1 for the Planet Jack Johnson Team Up To Give Back

first_imgOn May 23, Jack Johnson, 1% For The Planet Ambassador and business member, will perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, MA, kicking off a summer long collaboration with 1% for the Planet, the world’s largest environmental network.During his 2014 summer tour, Jack will entertain crowds around the globe. He’ll simultaneously raise awareness around sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives in his All At Once Village Green, which highlights several environmental nonprofits within the 1% for the Planet network.Jack Johnson joined 1% for the Planet in 2004, becoming the 50th business member to join the movement. Businesses within the network donate at least 1% of sales annually directly to nonprofit partners to maintain membership, however, this past year Jack went well beyond the required minimum, donating nearly 6% of record royalties and 100% of his net tour income back to environmental organizations. A longtime advocate for the earth, Jack is also an ambassador for the network, raising awareness and encouraging additional organizations, businesses, and individuals to get involved.From May 23 – September 1, 1% for the Planet will hit the road with Jack, appearing at multiple venues from New York to Hawaii to gain support and raise awareness about 1% for the Planet and Jack’s commitment to local foods, clean water, and a plastics-free lifestyle. 1% for the Planet will attend the following shows:• May 23 – Boston, MA (Boston Calling Festival) • May 30 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH • June 7 – Wantagh, NY (Jones Beach) • August 1 – Oahu, HI (Wakiki Shell) • August 23 – Quincy, WA (The Gorge) • August 28 – Los Angeles, CAAs part of the All At Once Village, Jack Johnson’s tour is collaborating with over 130 community groups that focus on plastic-free initiatives, sustainable local food systems, and other hands-on, grassroots environmental projects. At most Jack Johnson shows, nonprofits from the 1% for the Planet network will be on-site and for every donation made by fans, Jack’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, will offer a matching contribution up to $2,500.“As our 50th member and a longtime ambassador, Jack has always gone above and beyond to encourage individual action to better the environment,” said 1% for the Planet’s Managing Director, Melody Badgett. “We’re excited to be able to partner with him during his summer tour to amplify his work through our network.”Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign was founded in 2008 and aims to empower consumers to connect with nonprofits, take environmental action, and receive recognition for their efforts. Jack empowers people to get involved with a simple mantra: An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change.To learn more about 1% for the Planet’s involvement on Jack Johnson’s tour this summer, click here. To learn more about Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign, click here and for a complete list of Jack Johnson tour dates visit JackJohnsonMusic.com.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

Worry About Johnny Manziels Weight Not His Height

“If you’re 6-5, 230, run a certain time, there’s like 35 guys I can compare you to that have been successful in this league. If you’re 5-11, there’s two, unless you go back to Fran Tarkenton: Doug Flutie and Russell Wilson. That’s not real good odds to me. You still might make it, but history says no. Just because you’re 5-11 doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. Johnny has magic.” — Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals“I feel like I play like I’m 10 feet tall.” — Johnny ManzielAt the NFL scouting combine in February, wildly popular Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel officially measured in at 71¾ inches and 207 pounds. His diminutive stature was such a hot topic prior to the 2014 NFL draft that the media couldn’t resist the puns: “Johnny Manziel Comes Up Short At NFL Combine “(CBS Cleveland); “The Long and Short of Johnny Manziel” (ESPN Cleveland); “Will Johnny Manziel Measure Up for the Browns?” (CantonRep.com).Ultimately, the Cleveland Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round. With several QB-starved teams near the top of the draft (including the Browns, who passed up two earlier chances to draft Manziel, first by trading out of the fourth pick and then by selecting Justin Gilbert with the eighth), most expected him to go higher.We don’t know why Manziel went where he did, but we do know that he is undersized for his position. And historically NFL teams’ approach to undersized QBs has been not to draft them — if they’re short. My research suggests this strategy is insufficiently nuanced: If height matters at all, NFL teams have already accounted for that and then some. Being too light-weight, on the other hand, appears to be a stronger predictor of performance (or lack thereof), and NFL teams seem not to have accounted for it enough.For a QB of Manziel’s height, being drafted even late in the first round is incredibly rare. From the 1967 merger through 2013, NFL teams selected 209 quarterbacks in the first three rounds of the draft, yet just five of them were 72 inches (6 feet) or shorter. Of those five, only Michael Vick (listed as 6 feet) was selected in the first round. For comparison: Since 1987, NBA teams have drafted five players 6 feet or shorter in just the first 10 picks of the first round.If we looked at those five quarterbacks alone, drafting short QBs would look like a pretty good bet. They have a combined career Approximate Value (AV)1I’m not in love with this metric — or really any QB rating metrics — but it sums well, and for testing league-wide hypotheses, virtually any reasonable metric will do. of 260 — greater than the combined AV (210) of all 12 QBs listed as 78 inches (6 feet 6 inches) and taller.This comparison is for amusement purposes only: It’s a tiny sample, and both of these groups include a number of active players with a lot of productive years ahead of them. But it hints at bigger issues with how the NFL accounts for height.Many media pre-draft scouting reports don’t distinguish between height and weight, frequently referring to a player’s “size” or “bulk” instead. But when it comes to size metrics, the NFL appears to be much more forgiving of light quarterbacks than short ones. The average weight for a 71- to 72-inch quarterback is 202 pounds, yet 27 quarterbacks this weight or below have been drafted in the first three rounds over the same time period (1967-2013), which saw only five QBs of that height taken.To examine whether this particular reluctance to draft short QBs (while being willing to draft light ones) makes any sense, I classified the broader pool of drafted quarterbacks (limiting to those selected in the top seven rounds) based on how they compared to Manziel’s weight and height. From there I compared each group’s average AV per season to see whether any of the groups performed better than the others.Looking at the right column, we see that short QBs have done slightly better on average than non-short QBs (3.0 average AV per season versus 2.4). But even with seven rounds of draft picks this number is still pretty small: Just 29 short QBs are included in this comparison (so the results are not statistically significant).But the weight columns show a stark divide between quarterbacks on either side of Manziel (2.7 average AV per season versus 1.6 overall). There’s a broader sample, too: 107 players weighed in at 207 pounds or less, compared to 311 who were heavier.Based on that, it seems that drafting a quarterback of Manziel’s weight is a more dangerous proposition than drafting one of his height. But that’s a pretty crude binary analysis. Because the NFL draft market is fairly efficient, if there were a relationship between height or weight and career potential, we’d probably expect it to be priced into each quarterback’s draft position (or whether a quarterback gets drafted at all).So let’s expand the investigation to include each quarterback’s draft position. Then, rather than splitting the players into groups, let’s look at the overall correlations between height, weight and pick2Technically these correlations use the logarithm of each player’s pick, as do all the regressions in this article. and a few different QB metrics — Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt.3If you’re wondering why I’m not using more complicated efficiency metrics like Passer Rating, ESPN’s QBR, or Brian Burke’s Win Percentage Added, it’s because I think they all correspond much too strongly with the style and quality of a QB’s team and offense — at least for these purposes. If you’re making finely grained comparisons, you may be willing to accept that cost in exchange for those metrics’ higher precision, but for evaluating the long-run impacts of hundreds of QBs, I prefer to use broader measures. Mostly what I want to know is how likely these players were to have long, productive careers. (For this comparison, I’ve filtered out QBs drafted later than 2008.)That grouping of bars on the left shows us that height is at least a little correlated to Approximate Value, yards per game and yards per attempt — but it correlates much better with the QB’s draft position. Weight, on the other hand, correlates to our QB metrics much more, and, importantly, it correlates with draft position less.In other words, height appears to tell us less than weight does, and what it does tell us we’re more likely to have already known.While correlations alone don’t tell us what’s causing what, so far this is a pretty poor showing for height as a predictor of quarterback performance. But there are still a lot of possibilities, so to get a better sense of which variables are doing what work, I created regression models that use height, weight and draft pick to predict a variety of metrics, and then compared how important each variable was to each model.Those regressions produced “t-values,” basic measures of the predictive reliability of each variable.4It’s the weight you should put on the variable divided by its average error. In this case we’re looking for a minimum value of 2.0.5This is about the cutoff for “statistical significance,” meaning that the correspondence seen in the data would happen less than 5 percent of the time by chance. This is about the minimum amount of confidence you need in a variable to make using it worth your while. Not only is height not a good predictor when combined with weight and pick location, it’s a slightly negative one (though to be a statistically significant negative predictor, we’d want to see values below -2.0). This doesn’t mean that height is bad, it just means that — whatever value it may have — NFL teams are likely overvaluing it.Weight, however, is a highly significant predictor for these metrics.6As it is for most metrics to varying degrees, though it does tend to do best on per-game and per-year bases. Since draft location is included as input for this regression, this strongly suggests that NFL teams have not been sufficiently pricing weight into their selections.There are a number of possible reasons for this. My guess would be that it has something to do with the physicality of the NFL game, and that teams may become enamored with a QB’s skill or accuracy and undervalue his strength or durability. But figuring out exactly why weight is so predictive is a whole different investigation, and one which may be too complicated for the amount of data available.7This is basically the main challenge with every NFL-related problem. So instead of diving deeper, let’s simplify.The thing we really care about is whether a QB has a minimally successful career. To test this, I’ve set the “successful career” cutoff at about 32 AV, which sets apart more or less the top 100 drafted QBs since 1967.8Note that it doesn’t really matter exactly where we draw the line so much as that we draw a line at all: Anything will do for a barometer. Basically, our “successful” cutoff is going to be all the good QBs you’ve heard of, down to about the likes of Joey Harrington, Rick Mirer, Vince Young, Byron Leftwich or (going further back) Steve Spurrier. While the worst of the “successful” quarterbacks may sound pretty bad to you (Tim Couch, Browns fans?), nearly two-thirds of quarterbacks selected 22nd overall (Manziel’s draft position) will likely be even worse.We can predict the baseline likelihood of a QB being “successful” or not by using a logistic regression9A regression that predicts binary outcomes like wins/losses, good/bad, etc. with just his draft position.10In case you’re interested, the Excel formula for this is =1/(1+EXP(-(1.1536-0.40511*[logpick]))), where [logpick] is the logarithm of the QB’s draft position in base 2 (or log([pick],2)). I’ve grouped QBs by rounding their weight to the nearest 5 pounds, then calculated how many of that group should have had “successful” careers based on each of their draft positions, and then compared that to the number of them who actually did. Once that was done, I plotted how each group succeeded relative to our expectations.The red line shows how much more or less likely a QB of a given weight is to be successful than we would expect based on his draft position alone.11In Excel, this formula is: =((1/(1+EXP(-(-7.814506+0.031653*[weight]))))-0.272723209)/0.272723209. Manziel is listed as 207 pounds. From the model, we’d expect about 19 percent fewer 207-pound QBs to be successful than we would expect based on their draft position.The odds of being “successful” for a QB taken 22nd overall are approximately 34 percent. The odds of a 207-pound quarterback selected 22nd overall being successful are around 27 percent (81 percent of 34 percent). In draft-pick terms, that’s about the same as an average-weighted quarterback drafted 38th overall — a substantial but certainly not damning drop. We can make that same kind of calculation for each draft position.On the other hand, Manziel was projected to go higher in the draft. It’s possible that he was unfairly dinged for his height, but not dinged enough for his weight.If the Browns had selected Manziel with the eighth pick, my model’s size-weight adjustment (which is basically a weight adjustment, since height didn’t meet the threshold for inclusion), would make him about as likely to be successful as a No. 16 pick. That would match up pretty well with the Browns’ actual draft day decisions: to pass on Manziel with the eighth pick, but then to trade up to take him with the 22nd. read more

The Milwaukee Bucks Mediocre Record Is Hiding A Dangerous Team

MILWAUKEE — The NBA’s elite teams almost always have a singular, defining trait.Golden State gives opposing teams headaches due to its ridiculous outside shooting. Cleveland’s players, as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving illustrated during the Finals, can get almost any shot they want in one-on-one matchups. The San Antonio Spurs, the gold standard for team play and consistency, have long drawn praise for their lack of egos.Then there are the 18-16 Milwaukee Bucks, who, bizarre as it sounds, are quietly building a case for inclusion onto that short list of the league’s best teams.As of Thursday, Milwaukee was just two games ahead of the ninth-place Washington Wizards and far from a lock to reach the playoffs. But for most of the season the Bucks have ranked among the league’s top-10 teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency, generally a loose prerequisite for a team to be a title contender. (Sixteen of the past 20 NBA champions, including each of the past six, finished in the top-10 in both categories. By contrast, no team with that profile has missed the playoffs since the 1974-75 season, when three teams did it in an 18-team league, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.)Unlike with the Warriors, Cavs or Spurs, the average fan might struggle to identify a particular trait about the Bucks, aside from their star player having a name that’s challenging to pronounce.But spend a little time watching the Bucks and it becomes clear that Milwaukee’s defining characteristic is its weirdness. Its roster full of interchangeable, Stretch Armstrong-types goes outside the bounds of the NBA’s traditional parameters of play at both ends.Still, Milwaukee is far from the first team to lean on its length and athleticism. “Positionless basketball” has been in vogue for a while now.In recent years, the Big Three in Miami was unusually aggressive with how it tasked Chris Bosh with defending pick-and-rolls. The Brooklyn Nets turned their 2013-14 season around (and did so under current Bucks coach Jason Kidd) after injuries forced them to downsize to a quicker small-ball lineup that could switch assignments and jump passing lanes. And of course the Warriors can make life miserable for opposing offenses and impossible for opposing defenses with their range and versatility, particularly when they opt to use their Megadeath Lineup, with Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.No one is going to mistake these Bucks with the Warriors any time soon, or with the Cavs or Spurs, for that matter. But the Bucks’ combination of uncommon youth, length and style of play makes Milwaukee uniquely equipped to deal with teams that throw more traditionally constituted opponents into disarray. In other words, teams like Golden State.The formula starts with the Bucks’ unusual youth and length at multiple positions. In Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 years old), Jabari Parker (21), Tony Snell (25) and John Henson (26), Milwaukee trots out four starters who are all 26 or under, and boast at least a 6-11 wingspan, making them one of the youngest1The Bucks are the NBA’s sixth-youngest team when you weight players’ age by minutes played, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. and longest teams in the NBA. The Bucks use their length and athleticism to play a more aggressive, switch-heavy brand of defense than most teams.They often gamble by overloading one side of the floor and using two players to blitz a pick-and-roll ball-handler, trusting that they’ll have enough back-end quickness to snap back into position before opposing players can capitalize by finding the open man for a clean look. (Milwaukee also sends aggressive help when teams dump the ball onto the block, explaining why the Bucks own the stingiest post-up defense in basketball, according to Synergy Sports.)So many interchangeable defensive parts moving, switching and rotating in harmony has a suffocating effect on an offense. Milwaukee’s defense has forced opposing offenses to throw more passes than all but eight teams this season after leading the league in the stat the past two years, according to an analysis run by SportVU, and has pressed opposing clubs into the last four seconds of the shot clock — where offensive efficiency plummets due to rushed shots — more often than any other defense this season, per Synergy.“Against them, you have to go in understanding that it may take several extra passes or multiple paint touches” in order to find a good shot, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said ahead of a recent game against Milwaukee. “What appears to be an open shot often turns out to be a contested shot.”The stat sheet seems to agree with Donovan. While the Bucks give up the fourth-most 3-point attempts per game — generally a bad sign for a defense — Milwaukee also contests 87 percent of opponents’ threes, the highest percentage in the league. As a result, it holds foes to 34.6 percent from 3-point range, tied for the NBA’s fourth-lowest mark. In other words, lots of attempts are not quite as open as they seem.“Shooting is obviously huge,” said Henson, the Bucks’ best defensive big man. “But probably the best things to counter the shooting in today’s game are interchangeability and length. And we’ve taken the idea of building around length to another level.”That’s a key trait in the NBA today. The commitment to flustering ball-handlers and ability to close out shooters help neutralize the floor spacing that teams like the Cavs and Warriors usually take advantage of.While the Bucks have targeted length as a market inefficiency, that length comes at a cost.For one, the Bucks’ lengthy, versatile athletes aren’t as gifted from long range. Last season, Milwaukee attempted the fewest threes in the league and made just 34.5 percent of them, below league average. (This is a big reason the Warriors are so special: They combine many of the same elements that make the Bucks unique with all that outside shooting.)But this season the offense has increased its number of 3-point attempts per game by a whopping 53.5 percent while also increasing its conversion rate, led in part by Parker, who’s hit 39 percent of his triples while taking more than six times as many threes per game as last season.“[Coach Kidd] told me [two years ago] that I was too reliant on my jumper and challenged me to work on my inside game first, then take what the defense was giving me on the outside,” Parker said in an interview, explaining that he and Antetokounmpo were essentially banned from taking threes when Kidd first got the job. But Parker said they’ve since been given the green light to fire away. (That inside-out mindset is an interesting one, given that Kidd himself developed into a much better shooter as his own career progressed.)In any case, Parker and the Bucks are still working through a handful of issues. The former Duke star has improved as a defender, but still gets beaten off the dribble far too frequently on the wing, leaving the team vulnerable at the rim at times. And despite the club’s ability to get out to shooters quickly, it’s not ideal that the Bucks surrender the highest number of corner threes in the league, since those shots are among the most valuable in basketball.And even after Antetokounmpo’s heroic last-second shot to beat the Knicks on Wednesday, Milwaukee’s stats in crunchtime (when the score is within 5 points in the last five minutes or overtime) are among the worst in the NBA.But things are beginning to come together. The awkward fit with scoring big Greg Monroe has been alleviated with a move to the bench, where his limited rim protection isn’t as much of a liability. After struggling to score last season, Milwaukee has found success in having Antetokounmpo bring the ball up the floor himself after grabbing a board instead of having to look for a teammate. (The Bucks rank fifth in fastbreak points, despite ranking 20th in possessions per game; impressive given that the four teams ahead of them in transition scoring — Golden State, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Houston — rank among the top-10 in pace.)And the club could even get injured swingman Khris Middleton back toward the end of the season; potentially a big lift for the Bucks, given that he was arguably their best player at times the past few seasons.The teamwide developments, though, have been mere icing on the cake, as no one in the organization saw Antetokounmpo producing a season anywhere near this impactful so soon.His defense, particularly as an occasional rim protector, has been a revelation. Antetokounmpo, despite being a wing player, is near the top of the defensive leaderboards among players who defend at least four close-range shots per game, according to SportVU. But understandably, his offense draws the lion’s share of the attention, both because of his unconventional point-guard play and the gaudy numbers he’s posted.He currently owns career-high marks in total-shooting, rebounding, assist, block and steal percentage — and a career-low turnover percentage — all while handling the ball more and using a much greater share of Milwaukee’s possessions in his fourth season.Even with his rapid ascension in mind, it might still seem wild to consider Milwaukee among the NBA’s best. But give it time. If the young Bucks continue on their current trajectory, and their gambles on length and versatility continue paying off, the thought may not seem so far-fetched this time next year.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Bahamas Conducts Continuing Dialogue with European Union During Diplomatic Week

first_img— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas has used the opportunity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 4th annual ‘Diplomatic Week’ to stage the third in a series of dialogues with the European Union.   The exchange took place during a meeting between The Bahamas and the EU on Thursday, 19 October 2017.The political dialogue was held under the auspices of Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, which states that the Parties “shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides”.   The Cotonou Agreement is an international agreement between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the nations of the European Union, aimed at promoting a stable and democratic political environment.The talks were led by the Honourable Darren Henfield, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, and Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to The Bahamas.The talks covered a wide range of global and regional issues, including climate change and natural disasters, security and crime, and human rights and migration.   The wide ranging dialogue also included discussions on the future of ACP-EU relations and the ongoing implementation of the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement, both in light of the Brexit process.   Both sides welcomed the opportunity to restart this key dialogue, which was last held in October 2015, and looked forward to increased cooperation in the future.Minister Henfield welcomed the European Delegation – also comprising non-resident Ambassadors attending Diplomatic Week from Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the British High Commissioner – and conveyed The Bahamas’ pleasure and honour to receive the group.   He noted that The Bahamas’ relationship with the European Union continued as a high priority for the country, and that the two parties were bound by a proud democratic tradition and commitment to good governance and the rule of law.   Restarting the dialogue, under the new government represented a positive step in further developing these relations.The Minister – who led The Bahamas side comprising representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, and the Ministry of the Environment and Housing – considered today’s exchange as frank, meaningful and opportune, as it occasioned the stipulation of important elements of the national agenda to individual members of the EU side present.Ambassador Wasilewska described the talks as both comprehensive and dynamic.   She said that the EU/Bahamas relationship was of growing importance in an increasingly global world that now faced a series of unprecedented challenges.   She added that, ‘Only through partnerships such as ours will we be able to tackle those challenges and help create an enabling environment which helps all of our citizens’.*****************************************************BAHAMAS DIALOGUES WITH EU – Bahamian officials are shown meeting with representatives of the European Union as part of The Bahamas 4th annual Diplomatic Week, held in Nassau, 15-18 October, 2017.  Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Darren Henfield is shown at centre along with the Head of the European Union delegation, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska and Ambassador Reuben Rahming various senior Government and diplomatic officials.Press Release: BISPhoto: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Many in Bahamas Public Sector going home near broke

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 28, 2017 – Civil Servants wants government to relax its policy on how much of their salary can be assigned to lending institutions; it is currently set at 75% and Marlon Johnson, at the Ministry of Finance says the measure is in place so that government workers do not increasingly become the working poor.Johnson told media he is inundated with requests waive the 25% and that a recent memorandum to Permanent Secretaries of the various ministries was designed to reinforce the policy and to state that it would only be bypassed for medical emergencies.  Johnson said when the measure was established, some government workers were taking home less than $50 a month.The acting Financial Secretary says this is a problem, “Many Bahamians have fallen into the so-called ‘debt trap’, where the ‘take home’ portion of their salaries is minimal because so much has already been committed to salary deductions that service loan payments to banks and other lenders.This leaves them unable to afford basic, every day necessities essential for living, such as food and water, and the payment of utility bills”  The 75 per cent ‘limit’, “means that at a minimum your non-committed salary should be at least 25 per cent of your gross earnings”, had been in place for “at least 20 years” across successive administrations. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Celebrating the badass women of Marvel for International Womens Day

first_img Comments Black Widow takes out a room of men — while tied to a chair. Gamora wins an electric sword fight with her sister Nebula. Okoye points a spear at her own husband after he charges her down on a rhino. The women of Marvel, needless to say, are fearless.  CBS Interactive, which CNET is part of, is celebrating the March 8 release of Captain Marvel, and all of International Women’s Month, by highlighting the powerful women of Marvel movies and shows. We’re focusing not only on the incredible women of the MCU, but also on Marvel comics and their impact on pop culture. Multiple CBS sites have come together to produce this special report on the women of the Marvel universe. CNET has a mega-bracket showdown of powerful women; Entertainment Tonight is profiling prominent women behind and in front of the camera; and TV Guide will look ahead at the future of Marvel’s strong characters on the small screen.  Highlighting the scope of talented women who work at CBS Interactive, women throughout the company wrote, edited and produced every article, gallery and video in this collection — from our long-running compendium of Marvel movies to our roundtable of women talking about more strong ladies and our Q&A with Danai Gurira, Black Panther’s General Okoye, for CNET Magazine.  Women of the MCU making magic  Captain Marvel may be taking the lead right now, but many other women have been key to making magic happen in the Marvel universe. CNET’s Patricia Puentes talked to costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who just won an Oscar for costume design for Black Panther. Entertainment Tonight looks at the women of Wakanda, aka all the women behind Black Panther, making Oscar history. And there’ll be much, much more Marvel flying your way.  More on iDaily: Can you name all 25 of these Marvel women? Tags Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3:04 Powerful women of the Marvel universe Captain Marvel sets the stage Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, the 21st MCU movie now open around the world. For anyone unfamiliar with Captain Marvel’s backstory, check out GameSpot’s comic book history of Captain Marvel. CNET’s Patricia Puentes called the film “two hours of pure female empowerment packaged with all the visual power you’d expect from a Marvel blockbuster.”Additionally, Entertainment Tonight’s Meredith B. Kile reviewed Captain Marvel, noting that its “origin-story-in-reverse structure allows Captain Marvel to do away with many of the more overdone origin story tropes.” As the film opens, GameSpot will feature more explainers, spoilers, and breakdowns of how Captain Marvel (and those post-credits scenes!) will tie into Avengers: Endgame.  More from GameSpot: How the Skrulls change everything and Why everyone’s talking about Goose the cat 4 Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it 15 Photos 26 Photos Share your voice International Women’s Month The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States all the way back in 1909, many years before we’d celebrate Women’s History Month. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 to be National Women’s History Week, and by 1987, Congress had passed a statute designating March as Women’s History Month. We continue to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Did we mention one or 100 times that’s the day Captain Marvel, the first female-led film in the entire MCU, comes out?  Since the ’90s, the United Nations has focused on an annual theme for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” That’s why it feels appropriate for us to look to the women of Marvel who’ve been working in innovative ways, both on screen and off screen, to get more seats at the franchise’s proverbial table.  More on Entertainment Tonight: Women of Wakanda: The Female Forces Behind ‘Black Panther’s Historic Oscar Push TV and Movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

East meets West pairing tea and chocolate

first_imgEast meets West pairing tea and chocolate625 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00East meets West pairing tea and chocolate625 viewsBusinessPairing Chinese tea with luxurious chocolates at this Hong Kong workshop. The latest take on having a tea party, as East meets West in a region fast becoming choko-obsessed. Chinese consumption ofVentuno Web Player 4.50Pairing Chinese tea with luxurious chocolates at this Hong Kong workshop. The latest take on having a tea party, as East meets West in a region fast becoming choko-obsessed. Chinese consumption oflast_img read more

BJP leader from Bengaluru among the victims of Sri Lanka blasts

first_imgSri Lanka explosion at Hotel Shangri-LaTwitter [Representational Image]A 45-year-old BJP leader from Bengaluru reportedly died in the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Purushotham Reddy, from Koramangala, and his brother-in-law Nagaraj Reddy were lodged at the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo.According to reports, they were injured while having their breakfast at the hotel.Following the blasts, Nagaraj succumbed to his injuries while the BJP leader, who was severely injured has already undergone two operations conditions at the National Hospital in Colombo is battling for his life according to TOI reports.Two other people from Bengaluru escaped unhurt from the attacks as they were sleeping in their rooms on the fourth floor of the hotel. They were identified as Ramesh Reddy (47) a garbage contractor from HSR Layout in the city and Prasanna Reddy (47) from Koramangala.According to Ramesh and Prasanna, they had no idea about what happened and they ran out of their rooms to find out that the dining area of the hotel was a pool of blood. They got the information about Purushotham and Nagaraj after the hotel authorities check about the missing and injured people.The BJP legislator from Yelahanka SR Vishwanath is a relative of Purushotham. After receiving the news of the injury Visjwanath immediately flew to Colombo to take care of the BJP leader.”I am personally taking care of Purushotham. Two surgeries have been performed on him already. A vein had been damaged but has since been restored. He is OK for now,” Vishwanath said, reports TOI.Vishwanath said that he had made arrangements to airlift Purushotham to Bengaluru, but due to his critical condition the doctors advised against it. Two doctors from Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru will be visiting the injured party leader on Tuesday.last_img read more

Arya Stark spinoff Game of Thrones boss revealed shocking details

first_imgGame of Thrones 8 episode 3TwitterAfter the end of Game of Thrones, fans were desperately pleading to get Arya Stark spin-off but HBO has finally decided to go against the fans’ wishes.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 “The Iron Throne” featured a happy ending for all the Stark kids — except Jon Snow, who had to spend rest of his life with the Wildings in the North. In the last scenes, we saw Arya Stark heading to the West of Westeros to explore new cultures or civilizations.Following which, fans were hoping to see a spin-off featuring the adventures of Arya Stark in the West. But HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys has recently shut down all the talks about ever getting an Arya Stark spin-off.When it was asked by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about Arya Stark spin-off, Casey Bloys stated that they want Game of Thrones to stay what it is and do not wish to take one character out of the equation and put it somewhere else to create something else.Casey then talked about the massive world which George RR Martin created and added that a sequel to Game of Thrones or a possible spin-off of any of the characters does not make any sense.”I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in,” Casey Bloys added. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)That a being said, fans of Game of Thrones should not get sad because even though the stories of Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow are far from over, they will still get to see Westeros in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel which features Naomi Watts in the lead role.Casey Bloys talked about the Game of Thrones prequel and revealed that they are planning to start filming the pilot episode in June and it will take some time to get aired on the television screen.”My expectation is that it will be great and we’ll move forward and it’ll move along on a regular TV timetable,” he further added.Although, Arya Stark spin-off is now off the table it would have seriously been amazing to see an adult Arya Stark coming back to Westeros with several stories and adventures up on her sleeves.last_img read more

Bharti Airtel Q2 net profit fall 64 at Rs 58610 cr as

first_imgBharti Airtel’s voice and data offerings suffered from the aggressive price war triggered by the Reliance Jio’s free services.ReutersThe country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday reported a 63 percent fall in net profit for the September quarter on year-on-year (YoY) basis.The company net profit declined to Rs 586.1 crore from Rs 1,615.10 crore profit in the corresponding quarter last year. On sequential basis, profit fell 5.11 percent sequentially, the company said in an exchange filing.The company’s weak result is primarily because of intense competition led by Reliance Jio Infocomm and low tariffs war which is continuing in the sector.”The financial stress in the industry continues due to double digit revenue decline and will be further accentuated by the reduction in IUC rates in the next quarter. This will eventually force operator consolidation and exits as we have witnessed in the recent past,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel.Average revenue per user (ARPU) during the quarter stood at Rs 154 which was lower than Rs 188 during the corresponding quarter year ago. However, consolidated mobile data traffic came in at 853 million MBs for the quarter, up 293.8 percent on year-on-year basis.”Airtel remains committed to its goal of increasing revenue market share in this competitive environment by providing superior customer experience and strategically investing behind building more data capacities,” Vittal added.The company’s revenue fell marginally to Rs 21,780. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 17.4 percent to Rs 7,922 crore, while EBITDA margin contracted to 36.4 percent from 30.72 percent in the previous quarter, the company said.last_img read more

Jamaat leaders can contest polls with BNP ticket

first_imgElection CommissionTwenty five Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, whose candidature was legally challenged for they contest with the BNP’s polls symbol sheaf of paddy, can be there in the election race.The election commission (EC) issued a ruling in this regard on Sunday after the High Court referred the matter to the EC authorities.The EC’s decision cleared the way for not only Jamaat leaders but also the opposition alliance, which has already lost a number of candidates, to contest in most of the 300 constituencies.Declaring the Jamaat leaders’ candidature valid, the commission said it has no authority to revoke it since they are contesting the polls as BNP and independent candidates, reports UNB.”The High Court directed the election commission to dispose of the application filed for cancelling the candidature of 25 aspirants, but the commission has no legal jurisdiction to annul their candidature,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said at a press briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban.Of the 25 candidates, Helal Uddin said 22 are contesting the election with Sheaf of Paddy while the rest are independent candidates.On 18 December, the High Court asked the EC to dispose of the application filed for cancelling the candidature of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders by three working days.Four individuals filed a writ with the High Court challenging the eligibility of those candidates to remain in the polls race.About the BNP’s demand for giving it either a scope to field alternative candidates or reschedule the election in the seats where the candidates of the party and alliance partners have been declared disqualified by the court, the EC secretary said they have also no legal authority to take any such step.He said they will take action as per the court directives in this regard.last_img read more

Trump warns Syria Russia and Iran on Idlib tragedy

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 9 April US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a “human tragedy.”The warning came as Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive.Syrian forces are amassing around the northwestern province of Idlib, in preparation for the assault.“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy,” Trump tweeted.“Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”The United Nations and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria’s seven-year-old conflict.But Russia and Iran have insisted that extremist groups in Idlib must be defeated and are expected to back regime forces in any assault.Zarif’s trip to war-ravaged Syria also comes just days before a top-level tripartite meeting in Tehran to discuss the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year.He met Assad to discuss “issues on the agenda for the tripartite meeting,” according to the Syrian presidency’s account on the Telegram messaging app.Former de-escalation zoneSince early 2017, Iran, fellow regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey have sponsored the negotiations track based in the Kazakh capital to tamp down hostilities in Syria.Last year, they had designated Idlib as a “de-escalation” zone where violence would halt in preparation for a countrywide ceasefire.Damascus’s main sponsor Russia has been sounding the war drums in recent days, all the while seeking to pressure Turkey into reining in jihadists in Idlib,Tehran and Moscow have provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad throughout the war, which has left over 350,000 people dead since it broke out in 2011.The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said an all-out assault on Idlib and its catastrophic consequences could still be avoided.ICG said Russia, whose air support would be crucial for the offensive to succeed, should understand that a bloodbath in Idlib would jeopardize its own political goals.“By backing an all-out offensive, Russia risks undermining its long-term political objectives in Syria,” ICG wrote in a nine-page briefing.“Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime’s military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through international re-legitimating at war’s end.”Further Iranian engagement in Syria meanwhile risks drawing Israel deeper into the conflict.A series of recent strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians has been attributed to Israel.But Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday signalled strikes could be extended to Iraq if necessary.Asked about the possibility of Israel hitting Iranian military positions in “Iraq or Tehran,” Lieberman said: “We do not limit ourselves to Syrian territory alone. It must be clear.”US warnings ring hollow?Britain, France and the US, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force.But analysts still say the United States appears resigned to the likelihood of a final military victory by Syrian government forces.Behind the scenes, American diplomats have been actively warning Moscow, which has been accused in the past of turning a blind eye to chemical weapon use by its Syrian proteges.But these “verbal warning shots” have little to do with today’s reality in Syria, said Jonas Parello-Plesner, a researcher with the Hudson Institute in Washington who recently published a study on the US approach to the region.And that reality, he told AFP, is that “Assad is advancing on the ground, aided by Iran by land and Russia by air,” while the United States places its hopes on a UN-backed Geneva peace process that might best be described as “moribund.”Trump said in April that “it’s time” to bring American troops home from Syria-once the jihadists of the Islamic State group had been definitively defeated.While he quickly backed away from talk of an immediate withdrawal, his underlying determination to leave Syria’s seven-year war as soon as possible seems unchanged.last_img read more

Delta Plan gateway to widen ties on maritime dev Dutch envoy

first_imgDutch ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij interacts with diplomatic reporters at ‘DCAB Talk’ in Dhaka on Sunday, 5 May 2019. Photo UNBThe Netherlands has said the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 will be one of the important gateways to galvanise their efforts in broadening the scope of bilateral cooperation in areas like maritime development and inland water transport, reports UNB.”Bangladeshi and the Dutch are longtime friends. We’ve a lot in common. The most prominent similarity is that we’re low-lying nations where big rivers end in the sea. We’re Delta nations,” Dutch ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij told diplomatic correspondents at ‘DCAB Talk’ in Dhaka on Sunday.He said the Netherlands private sector hopefully can play a role in these areas and Dutch companies are currently engaged in port development in Chittagong and Payra.At the same time, the ambassador said, the Netherlands supports capacity development and knowledge generation for maritime development.Verweij said their experience has led to a fundamental Dutch commitment to Bangladesh on its long-term vision for development –the Delta Plan. “It’s close to both of our hearts and minds.”The cooperation on the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is not just a potentiality for a distant future but a reality at this very moment, he said.At present, Dutch and Bangladeshi teams are working together making coordinated implementation of the plan possible.”We’re providing know-how through our specialised government agencies, our knowledge institutes and our private sectors,” said the Dutch ambassador.Terming Bangladesh a vibrant country with the positive economic development and impressive growth figures, the envoy said within the context of their relationship and the newly formulated strategy, the key word is transition.Bangladesh and the Netherlands are enjoying 46 years of bilateral relations.As Bangladesh has become a middle-income country, and will graduate out of the group of the least developed countries, Verweij said the Netherlands are transitioning policies towards Bangladesh.”No longer will the main focus be on development cooperation and a donor-recipient relationship only. We see Bangladesh as an equal partner,” he said.In this regard, the ambassador said, their focus will be on aid to trade, and Bangladesh’s upward growth fits in with their role.He said the Netherlands will pay more attention to identifying and integrating alternative and innovative forms of funding.”Our ambition is to be seen as a partner for finding multidisciplinary solutions that build a better future for all, thereby increasing trade and foreign investment,” he said.The ambassador said Bangladesh is a country with a young population and fertile ground of young entrepreneurs.”Indeed, the strength of the country lies in younger generation and we should all tap in. A positive image should be the key message. This is a country with opportunities,” he added.Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the event at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). DCAB president Raheed Ejaz and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has finally decided to join the tablet OS market. Following in the grand tradition of Kinect (motion controls for video games, which came out after the Nintendo Wii sported them) and Zune (MP3 players, which came out after Apple’s family of iPods was already on the path to market domination) the company is coming late to the market, joining both Apple and Google with a new tablet operating system, but not until 2012. Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS There are several Windows 7-based tablets already on the market, put out by third party hardware makers, but none of them have made much of an impact on the tablet market, in either sales or new features. Some of this may have to do with the fact that Windows 7 OS is not really designed to work with the finger-based inputs of tablets, which puts it at a significant disadvantage when you consider that both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Honeycomb were actually designed with tablet users in mind.There are some rumors that the new tablet OS will come out the same time as Windows 8, which is also expected to have a 2012 release date, but there is no conformation of this at this time. Though recent reports of a tablet-optimized beta version of Windows 8 coming in September have bolstered these claims. The final version is expected to be released in time for the back-to-school season.By the time this tablet comes to market it will not only have to compete with slew of Android-based tablets, but the newest model of RIM’s PlayBook tablets, and the possibly even an iPad 3. Joining an already crowded market will not be an easy task, and the lackluster success of the adoption of Windows 7 phones shows that Microsoft will have to learn from its mistakes and come out with some strong partnerships if they want to have a successful device in the market. Citation: Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012 (2011, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-microsoft-tablet-os.html Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Students stranded train services affected due to Adivasi agitation

first_imgKolkata: Train services in South Eastern Railway’s (SER) Kharagpur division were affected from Monday morning due to a blockade put up by an umbrella organisation of the Adivasis, who demands official recognition of their language.Around 72 students accompanied by 12 teachers of Ballygunge Siksha Sadan are reportedly stuck since afternoon while on their way to the city. The group had gone on an educational tour. Railway Recruitment Board Examination has also been cancelled. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA spokesperson of SER said members of Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa squatted on tracks at several stations such as Balichak, Nekusini, Salboni, Chattna and Khamasuli affecting train movement. A number of mail, express and local trains were detained at various stations of Kharagpur-Howrah, Kharagpur-Tatanagar, Kharagpur-Bhadrak and Kharagpur-Adra sections. A good number of trains were cancelled due to the agitation that included Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Duranto Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur AC Express, Shalimar- LTT Express, Santragachi-Puducherry Special, Santragachi-Chennai Central Antyodaya Express, Howrah-Puri Sri Jaganath Express, Shalimar-Bhanjpur Express. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe agitators also blocked roads at different places of Salboni, Khemasuli, Nekusini and Khirpai in West Midnapore district, said Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria. It may be mentioned that all the cancelled trains were scheduled on Monday. Three of the express trains were short terminated. The Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express was terminated at Mecheda. Titlagarh-Howrah Ispat Express was short-terminated at Tatanagar and ran from Tatanagar to Titlagarh. The Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express was short-terminated at Belda and further service to Puri was cancelled. The Santragachi-Anand Vihar Express was short-terminated at Uluberia, according to a release by SER. “Arrangements for drinking water and food have been made at major stations for the stranded passengers,” a senior SER official said. The Adivasis during their agitation also caused road blockade on National Highways in the state leading to disruption of traffic movement. Traffic movement in districts like Jhargram, East Burdwan, Purulia, Birbhum, Hooghly, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, East Midnapore and West Midnapore bore the brunt of the agitation. However, the police removed the squatters within a few hours. Demanding fulfilment of their nine-point charter of demands, including the propagation and promotion of Olchik script of Santhali language in various schools and colleges of the town, members of Bharat Jakat Majhi Pragana Mahal (BJMPM), the largest outfit of tribals had carried out the protests.last_img read more

Will not let Mamata down says confident Mimi

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of being nominated from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, noted actor Mimi Chakraborty started her election campaign in full swing on Wednesday morning.She was accompanied by state Public Works department minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Later in the day, party supremo Mamata Banerjee met all 42 nominees and discussed the poll strategy with them. Chakraborty shot to fame for her roles in popular Tollywood movies like Criss Cross, Dhananjay and Posto. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhen asked whether she was feeling nervous about facing the first election in her life, Chakraborty said: “When Mamata di has selected me for the seat, I will never let her down. I will seek the blessing of the people of Jadavpur, work for them and stand by them in their hour of need.” The name of Mamata Banerjee had become a household name in Bengal, after she defeated Somnath Chatterjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in 1984. CPI(M)’s Malini Bhattacharya, a teacher of English in Jadavpur University, was an MP from Jadavpur. Krishna Basu and her son Sugata were also MPs from the seat. Jadavpur was the Assembly constituency of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe seven constituencies under Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat are Tollygunge, Sonarpur North, Jadavpur, Bhangar, Sonarpur South, Baruipur West and Baruipur (SC) East. The Left-Congress alliance and BJP are yet to announce their candidates in Jadavpur, where CPI(M)’s Sujan Chakraborty was defeated by Sugata Bose in 2014. Aroop Biswas said though the campaign for Mimi has just begun, the response of the people is very positive. “It will pick up further with time. All the Assembly segments will be covered and Mimi has tremendous popularity in the rural belt,” he added.last_img read more

MTN grants US1M to UNESCOs General History of Africa project

first_imgAdvertisement Multinational Mobile Telecommunications company MTN has announced that it is backing UNESCO’s General History of Africa (GHA) project with one million US dollars over the next two years.UNESCO’s General History of Africa aims to put together the continent’s revised history without discriminatory prejudices and in a way commonly known and accessible to the public at large.The contribution from MTN will go towards the elaboration of the ninth volume. The mobile operator says this support is in line with its commitment to promote access to quality education on the continent, particularly through the digitization of learning and teaching. – Advertisement – The Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN Group,Chris Maroleng, emphasised the value of the second phase GHA project.“By supporting the GHA project, MTN is participating in a crucial education initiative which is aimed at re-appropriating the interpretation and writing of Africa’s history, as well as emphasising the contribution of African cultures, past and present, to the history of humanity. MTN recognises the pivotal role of education in building a better continent for future generations. And as a proudly African company, we are keen to support like-minded efforts.”Maroleng said that the project complements several projects aimed at the digitization of education in Africa the Middle East.Ali Moussa-Iye, Chief: History and Memory for Dialogue at UNESCO has welcomed MTN’s support on behalf of UNESCO.“The commitment by MTN to sponsor the GHA initiative will help to further develop a Pan-African perspective of the history and prospects of the continent and its diasporas, based on scientific findings. We are proud to partner with a company which has demonstrated active corporate citizenship in Africa, particularly in the field of knowledge development and education,” he said.last_img read more