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Finland Bankrolls Three LNG Terminals

first_imgPress Release, September 19, 2014 These new terminals will help facilitate a move to significantly reduce the industrial use of fuel oil and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in Finland, the Ministry stated in a release.”The decrees to go ahead with these three operations will see more than EUR 200 million being invested into LNG terminals. This will then instigate the development of a network of terminals along the Finnish coastline,” said Minister of Economic Affairs Jan Vapaavuori after signing the decrees.”LNG offers an environmentally-friendly and carbon-free alternative fuel source for the shipping industry. It also enables us to create alternative procurement streams for industries that use gas. According to estimates, the market potential for the use of LNG by the shipping and other industries is particularly significant in the Satakunta region. Furthermore, a terminal in the Bay of Bothnia would make possible the use of LNG in all the harbours located in the Northern part of the Bay of Bothnia.”The combined employment effect of the three projects’ construction phases is estimated to be approximately 500 person years. Upon completion, the terminals and their associated logistics chains are hoped to lead to around 40 permanent jobs.The combined maximum operating capacity of the three terminals will be 450,000 tonnes, which equates to more than 6 terrawatt-hours a year. The three new terminals will also reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 370,000 tonnes and carbon emissions by 1,870 tonnes.In addition to the three projects currently under way, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is also handling applications for investment support from Haminan Energia Oy, LNG Finland Oy, and Containerships Ltd Oy. A comprehensive decree on these three applications is intended to be issued in 2014.The large-scale regional LNG terminal planned for construction in Inkoo, Southern Finland, does not fall under the remit of the national aid programme. It is hoped that funding for this project can be secured from the European Commission’s list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). zoom Computer rendering of the Tornio LNG TerminalFinland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy has committed a total of EUR 65.2 million in energy subsidies for three liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. With the help of this support, Manga LNG Oy, Skangass Oy, and Oy Aga Ab will build LNG terminals in Tornio, Pori and Rauma respectively.last_img read more

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Robber held after brief encounter

first_imgNEW DELHI: Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested one desperate Snatcher cum Robber wanted in a case of firing upon police persons in the area of Kotwali.One country-made pistol and two live and one fired cartridges have been recovered from his possession when he was coming to Bhairo Mandir Pragati Maidan for any criminal activity. Accused Dharmender was signed to stop on July 3 at Bhairo Mandir Pragati Maidan but he accelerated his scooty when his scooty was interrupted he hit his scooty in police team’s vehicle and tried to escape after opening fire upon the police team. After a chase team overpowered him Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDuring interrogation, he disclosed that he went jail 1st time in the year 2006 in a motorcycle theft case. After that, he remained in jail for eight years in a murder case since 2008 to 2016 where he met with Tanish and Sammi. After coming out from jail in the year 2016 he started snatching and committing robberies with his associates. On June 3 evening he along with his associates Tanish, Ajay and Raju opened fire upon police persons when they were stopped for checking.last_img read more

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Prisons not meeting health endoflife needs of older inmates report says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s prison ombudsman says some older, long-serving inmates are being “warehoused” in prisons not equipped to handle end-of-life care.The federal correctional investigator and the Canadian Human Rights Commission are calling on the Correctional Service of Canada to meet the unique needs and rights of older people behind bars, whose numbers are going up — along with government costs.The two bodies say the country needs a national strategy to address the care and needs of people over 50 prison in federal custody.In a new report Thursday, they say the corrections service should find ways to release older inmates who don’t pose undue risk to public safety into the community, long-term-care facilities, or hospices to outsource their care.Many aged inmates remain in prison well past their parole eligibility dates even though they have completed almost all of their correctional plans and pose little risk to the public, the report says.Older inmates account for one-quarter of the inmate population in federal institutions, with their numbers increasing by 50 per cent over the last decade.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Issues with Suncors Edmonton refinery the cause of fuel shortages in the

first_imgMcTeague said that he doesn’t forecast the shortage of fuel to have an impact on the price at the pump, but that shortages could also result in shortages at filling stations other than Suncor’s Petro-Canada, such as Shell and Esso. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Canadian petroleum industry expert says an extended shutdown at an oil refinery in Edmonton is causing a ripple effect across the B.C. Peace Region, with the effects coming in the form of fuel shortages.Senior GasBuddy.com petroleum analyst Dan McTeague said that after being closed to conduct routine maintenance last month, Suncor’s 145,000 barrel per day refinery in Edmonton has yet to reopen, which is causing a pinch in supply. He said that all three major refineries in Edmonton owned by Suncor, Shell, and Imperial Oil were scheduled to be closed for the month of May to undergo routine maintenance, but only the Esso and Shell refineries are back up and running.McTeague explained that the Suncor refinery has now been closed for six weeks instead of the planned four, and that at this time, there’s no word on when the issue with the facility will be solved. He said that much of the gasoline that was stockpiled by producers ahead of the planned shutdown have been depleted, and that the lack of supply is causing shortages across the Interior of B.C. and Alberta to as far away as Winnipeg. last_img read more

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Ban condemns latest violence in southern Israel and Gaza Strip

5 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned ongoing rocket and mortar attacks by militants inside the Gaza Strip against southern Israeli civilian targets and crossing points that have led to the death of an Israeli civilian and injuries to four others. In the statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also condemned the death of a Palestinian child and the injuries to its mother as a result of Israeli Air Force (IAF) fire.“While recognizing Israel’s right to self-defence, the Secretary-General calls upon Israel to exercise maximum restraint, and reminds the IAF and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) of their responsibility to protect civilians under international humanitarian law during military operations,” it said.Mr. Ban called on Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to stop the rocket and mortar attacks that led to today’s death.“He also reminds them that these actions, as well as attacks on crossings, have detrimental implications for the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.” read more

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UN development agency addresses inequities in Africas Great Lakes region

“Rwanda, a country which is endeavouring to address past inequities in its society, is writing a new chapter by pursuing policies that improve the lives of the poor, giving them room to participate fully economically, politically and socially,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator Abdoulie Janneh, who also heads the agency’s Regional Bureau for Africa.Rwanda was, therefore, a perfect venue from which to launch the project as African countries worked to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing an array of socioeconomic ills by 2015, he said.Seventy-four officials at the three-day gathering, which began Tuesday and ends tomorrow, would examine pro-poor economic policy options, building coalitions around such policies and preparing to build capacity in the countries concerned, as well as strengthening economic policy frameworks for the poverty reduction strategy papers (PRSPs) that low-income countries must prepare, UNDP said.According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), “a PRSP describes the macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programmes that a country will pursue over several years to promote broad-based growth and reduce poverty, as well as external financing needs and the associated sources of financing.”The $2 million workshop project would also be held in Zambia, Mali, Chad, Sierra Leone and South Africa, UNDP said. read more

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World Cup Shooters Keep Misfiring From LongRange

World Cup Shooters Keep Misfiring From LongRange

Scoring is up at the World Cup, but it would be even higher if more players could shoot straight.Teams have taken 221 shots on direct free kicks or off shots set up by direct free kicks. TruMedia, a soccer stats supplier to ESPN, has developed a model, based on club soccer data from Opta, to predict the probability of any shot going in, according to its location and other variables. That model predicted that those 221 shots should have yielded 21 goals. But just 11 have gone in the net.Or take long-distance shooting. In the World Cup’s first 62 matches, players have let shots fly when they were 20 yards away from the goal or farther 817 times. TruMedia predicted the ball would go in 31 times. But it has gone in just 17 times. (There is some overlap between these categories, because some shots off free kicks are from long-range.)The low yield from these shots could mean that World Cup goalkeepers are better than the club goalkeepers who defended the shots that were used to build the model. Or it could mean that the average shooter in the World Cup isn’t as good as the average shooter in top club soccer, because many World Cup nations can’t field 10 shooters who play for top clubs.To check who was missing the shots, I cross-referenced the World Cup shooters with shooters from the top five European leagues — the top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — in the most recent club season.Not surprisingly, players who didn’t take any shots of a certain type in those club leagues — either because they don’t play in them or don’t get the chance to take those shots — have been the source of many of the misfires in the World Cup. But even the players who shoot often on free kicks or from long-range in Europe have been firing blanks more often in Brazil.The effect is particularly pronounced on shots from 20 yards or more. Players who took no shots in the big five leagues in Europe could have expected to score 9.5 goals on their World Cup kicks off long shots. They’ve scored three goals — or about a third as much as we’d expect on their shots. The European long-range shooters have been better, but not great — scoring about two-thirds as many goals as we’d expect. Two players — the impossible Lionel Messi, and the merely improbable James Rodriguez, who plays club soccer for Monaco and national soccer for Colombia — account for a very large chunk of long-range outperformance in Brazil.On shots created through free kicks, the players who didn’t take any such shots in the top European leagues have been dreadful — scoring four goals for every 10 expected. The European club shooters again have been better but still disappointing, scoring at just 79 percent of expectations.The errant World Cup shooting, then, is partly a result of shooters without top club experience taking lots of shots, and of shooters with top-level experience underpeforming. That’s especially disappointing because the overlap between the top five European leagues and the World Cup is a very impressive set of players, who as a group scored 8 percent more goals on free kicks than expected in club play last season and 11 percent more goals than expected on long-range shots.Three explanations come to mind:1. World Cup goalkeeping is very good. There are more than three times as many teams in the top five European leagues as there are in the World Cup. World Cup teams need to field 10 outfield players, but they need just one high-quality goalkeeper.2. It’s easier to organize a defense made up of players who don’t play club soccer together than it is to organize an offense. Defensive principles transfer more readily and require less training, so World Cup defenses have the advantage on these plays.3. This is a bit of a fluke, because factors Nos. 1 and 2 apply at every World Cup, yet this has been the worst shooting performance on these kinds of shots since 1966 — as far back as Opta has tracked the stats. read more

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Column We have a president with an opinion whats the big deal

first_imgARTICLE 15.1.2 OF the constitution of Ireland declares that executive authority resides with the Oireachtas, comprising the President, the Dáil and the Seanad. The president is elected by universal adult suffrage for a seven-year term, following their nomination either by at least 20 members of the Houses of the Oireachtas or by at least four county or county borough councils.This effectively ensures that, despite the popular vote for election, all would-be candidates need the support of one of the main parties or some combination of the smaller ones. Added to this, as the rest of the constitution makes quite clear, executive authority is vested directly with the government. Even though Article 12.1 states that the office of President takes ‘precedence over all other persons in the state’, it was clearly not intended that the president would have much of a role in the day-to-day politics of the state.Appearances can be deceptiveInstead, it seems that de Valera intended the office of President to be something of a ‘reserve power’, ‘intervening on the people’s behalf only if government or parliament appeared to be threatening to violate the letter or spirit of the constitution’. But even so, the discretionary powers afforded to the president fall far short of those needed if his or her role were genuinely to guard the constitution or prevent the government or Oireachtas attempting to set up a dictator. According to this logic, the office of the Irish President is a weak and ceremonial position, largely constrained by party politics and with no real power. And yet, appearances can be deceptive.Mary Robinson, who accepted the Labour party’s nomination on the condition that she stand as an independent, and won the first presidential election in 17 years, is widely credited with changing how we understand the role of Irish President. Robinson, who was a constitutional lawyer and expert herself, explained how she had come to understand the role of the president by examining the terms of the office as set out in the Irish constitution.Robinson recognised the importance of political symbolism“When I looked and saw that, unusually, in the Irish constitution the President – although not political – is elected by the people as their choice… this opened up a means to be close to the people and represent all those other things that matter,” she said. In this respect, Robinson realised the power of political symbolism and pushed it to its limits, directly in her own embodiment as president, and indirectly in the work that she chose to do as president.In terms of her own symbolic value, her election was widely viewed – by Irish political practitioners and commentators alike – as of enormous symbolic value. Upon taking office at the age of 47, Mary Robinson was a young, professional woman holding the highest office of the state. She is a practising Catholic, married to a Protestant.Her CV includes independent membership of the Seanad, Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, and extensive experience as a practising constitutional lawyer – seeking to liberalise contraception laws, advance women’s rights, decriminalise homosexuality and, opposing the insertion of an anti-abortion clause into the Constitution in 1983. She supported the unsuccessful attempt to remove the ban on divorce in 1986. The widespread and enthusiastic support for Mary Robinson was indicative of a developing self-image in Ireland: that of a modernising state, beginning to acknowledge diversity of tradition, religion, and values across the island.The ‘bridge building’ presidential theme of McAleeseThe projection of Ireland as a pluralist, secular and inclusive state was as much a consequence of the presidential work that she did as it was of her own person. Previously excluded, marginalised and disadvantaged groups were imbued with importance when visited by the president. During Robinson’s term of office, the presidential diary became much more crowded and she was credited with reinvigorating the role.According to the constitutional lawyer, Gwyn Morgan, in all but the most obviously political areas, Robinson left it up to the government to intervene or not, leaving them with the onus of ‘either being seen to instruct the presidency or of accepting whatever the president chose to do’. This symbolic style to the presidential office was further developed by her successor, Mary McAleese, whose ‘bridge building’ presidential theme was conclusively cemented by the historic visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland.Certainly, in the two decades since the two Marys took up the office, the chief significance of the presidency has come to be seen much more explicitly in terms of the ways in which our head of state embodies, represents and reflects core values that we want associated with Ireland. And in this respect we can see some significant evolution in the role of the Irish presidency.The projection of core Irish valuesIn the last presidential election, we no longer needed to look for implicit and unstated messages that our would-be presidents might convey, by their dress code, gender, lifestyle or domestic arrangements. Quite the opposite: our would-be presidents were happy to package them as the cornerstone of their presidential campaigns.In fact, during the last presidential campaign, it became abundantly clear that the most significant role for an Irish president is the projection of core Irish values: the presidential competition was an exercise in debating what exactly these should be.Michael D Higgins, who won with the biggest vote in the history of Irish presidential elections, argued that the role of president was all about ‘hope and creativity’ in a ‘radically inclusive republic’. And so, really, should anyone be surprised when he took the opportunity to elaborate on that vision when invited to do so by the Financial Times? His thoughts developed themes that he had already articulated in his speech to the European Parliament two weeks before.Moral and social discourse on the eurozone crisisThere was no political controversy then, so presumably President Higgins concluded that he was not pushing the Irish government beyond its comfort zone. In both addresses, he argued that Europe needs a moral and social discourse to match the technical discussion of eurozone problems. On a technicality at least, he cannot stand accused of commenting on government policy – given that there is very little in the way of moral and social discourse about eurozone problems, here or in wider Europe. Perhaps that is the kind of hope and creativity he was referring to in his election campaign.More concretely, he argued that Europe’s current ‘hegemonic model’ fails to distinguish between the different types of economic difficulties experienced in different European states. Without doubt, on this point the Irish government must most surely agree.In fact, on this point, many other European states and economists also agree – as did the FT’s own editorial the following day. Few, however, find themselves in a position to articulate this reasoned call for reconsideration. Least of all the Irish government, as it tries to negotiate the implementation of its bailout conditions in ever more constricted circumstances. In this respect, an independent president, with a close connection to his people, and a direct popular mandate to speak on their behalf, might be just exactly what was required.Maura Adshead is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. To read more articles by Maura for TheJournal.ie, click here.Read: Michael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’>Poll: Has President Michael D Higgins crossed the line by criticising Europe?>Read: 21 reasons to cuddle Michael D Higgins>last_img read more

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Videogame nets Defence Forces 3600 applicants from wannabe recruits

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:50 AM 17,446 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3281091 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Videogame nets Defence Forces 3,600 applicants from wannabe recruits The Defence Forces took a different approach to its latest recruitment campaign. Mar 11th 2017, 8:50 AM Share Tweet Email1 36 Comments Source: aoifeTHE DEFENCE FORCES has seen an uptick in the number of applications from would-be recruits after coming up with a cunning way to spark interest in available positions.Rather than go for the old-school approach, for its latest recruitment campaign it decided to create a first-person ‘video game’ to draw people in. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeA total of 3,600 people have applied for a role in the Defence Forces since the campaign’s launch. That number is made all the more impressive when you compare it to the fact that the Defence Forces is looking to recruit 860 applicants across general service, apprentices and cadets.That’s part of honouring the Government’s commitment to keeping the strength levels of the Defence Forces – which includes the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps – at 9,500 personnel. Source: aoifeThe game, called A New Dawn, can be viewed online.The Defence Forces specifically wanted to target frequent gamers with the new campaign, so it kicked it off with a teaser trailer for what looked like a real video game.According to the Defence Forces, the trailer “received widespread attention as gaming aficionados attempted to establish its origins”. The video was viewed 500,000 times in the campaign’s first five days.Approaching recruitment in this way helped the Defences Forces engage with men and women who it might not usually make contact with. On the website, the viewer assumes the viewpoint of a real-life soldier as they take part in a number of missions. At various points, a recruitment message appears on screen, which brings the person to an application form. Source: aoifeThe Defence Forces said that the scenario, “where every decision has a consequence, offers an unprecedented opportunity for players to appreciate the skill, determination and courage required of Defence Forces personnel as they conduct their basic training”.This isn’t the first time that the Defence Forces has created a targeted campaign – last year, it won a Silver Lion at the Cannes Festival of Creativity for its female-focused campaign.This new campaign invites young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 to ‘Join Our Team’.At the launch of the campaign in February, Defence Minister Paul Kehoe encouraged women and “new Irish” in particular to join up, saying:“It is important that Óglaigh na hÉireann represents the richness and diversity of the community it serves. The Defence Forces welcomes and respects all, irrespective of gender, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”Last year, we also took a look at how the Defence Forces is using Oculus Rift to replicate hostile scenarios that members face overseas: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRead: Looking for a job? The Defence Forces are recruiting 860 personnel> By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

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An electronic wallet fit for a currency revolution

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When he tries to explain the concept behind his latest venture, George Parthimos uses the Gold Rush metaphor: “People are going to look for gold,” he says. “What we do is build the tools, the shovels and picks for them.”In this analogy, ‘gold’ is cryptocurrencies, that is forms of digital or electronic money sent peer-to-peer using blockchain technology. As for the ‘tool’ in question it consists of a card, the shape of a credit card, featuring a microchip and a numeric dial pad. It’s black, sleek and sports an image of an ancient warrior helmet. This is Spartacard.“Spartacard is a product that we’ve been working on and designing for the last six months,” says Parthimos, the CEO of Melbourne-based Spartacard, starting with a brief history of cryptocurrency.“In order to understand cryptocurrency and why it started, you need to go back to the global financial crisis in 2009, where banks and institutions which were the middlemen basically went and squandered customers’ money.George Parthimos, CEO of Spartacard.There was a dissatisfaction of having to deal with third parties who mistreated their customers and their money, so effectively the whole blockchain was developed to eliminate the need to deal with a third party. That’s the strength of blockchain and cryptocurrency and that’s why it’s becoming more and more popular,” he says. “Everyone has heard of bitcoins.”It does not take an expert on cryptography and blockchain to understand that cryptocurrencies are not like normal money, which is stored at banks. “Cryptocurrencies are stored and held by the people,” Parthimos stresses; “there’s no intermediary, no-one sits in the middle, [because] this creates a risk; a lot of the people who invest in this currency have to protect the actual currency itself personally, and there have been a lot of hacks online recently in which currency is stolen and people can’t recover it.”This is the first need that Spartacard addressed. Up until now, cryptocurrencies were stored in computers, mobile phone, USB sticks, or the cloud. “All these are prone to hacking,” Parthimos says. “We have designed a product that can store currency, and it can never be hacked. It’s got encryption and the card itself has a secure element; the chip in the card cannot be compromised. If someone takes your card and breaks it open, they cannot read what’s on the chip. We call it banking grade security.”As important as security is to the cryptocurrency investor, this is only one part of its potential appeal.“The next challenge for us was to allow for people to use the currency,” says Parthimos. “At the moment, bitcoin is accepted in over 1,000 merchants worldwide and that number is growing every week. More and more merchants are accepting bitcoin payments. Spartacard allows you to walk into a retail shop that supports crypto purchases and buy products, goods and services.”partacard co-founder and chief technology officer Nickolas Daskalou.What is even more interesting, is that the card also allows merchants to receive payment in their local currency, through a currency exchange patform. “You can be a plumber, an electrician, you can be any form of business, you can request to be paid in Australian dollars and the person with the Spartacard can pay you using their cryptocurrency, which we convert to a local currency globally, and the merchant would have the money in their account, depending where they’re located, within three days. We provide a facility for the customers to tap just like a normal credit card, and in the background it will be done through foreign exchange and through cryptocurrency exchangers.”It’s easy to see why Parthimos is excited about the product. This is a device that might prove to be groundbreaking, in terms of bringing cryptocurrency to the mainstream. “We’ve actually filed a global patent application to protect the technology that we built,” he says. But the true indicator of his belief in this product is the fact that he resigned from his previous venture, Smart Car software developer Connexion Media a year ago, right after it became an ASX-listed company, to focus on this project alongside his partner chief technology officer Nick Daskalou, who built the technology.Is it because both are Greek Australian, that they chose to name the product ‘Spartacard’?“My parents come from Sparti,” says the CEO, “and the reason we chose the name is that the Spartan name and logo implies strength and security That matched the branding where we wanted to position the product. Sparta as a global brand does represent a lot of values that we want to demonstrate in the product. We wanted to say that it is safe and secure and tamperproof.”Spartacard was officially launched this week, with an online campaign, via indiegogo, to allow for people to preorder it. Shipment of the actual products is expected to start in November.By that time, the company will be looking at an investment round. “We didn’t have the need to go to investors so far, although we’ve had a lot of people who want to invest,” Parthimos says. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the global aspirations of this venture. “Our target audience are Russians and Americans and Asians,” he says, pointing to markets as South Korea and Japan and the US, where most cryptocurrency investors come from. This is expanding. “There are at least 17 countries today, including Venezuela, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore, that are exploring releasing their own, government backed cryptocurrency assets,” he explains. “You’re looking at countries looking to implement their own type of cryptocurrency.”If he sounds like a champion of this system, it doesn’t mean that he does not know about the drawbacks and critique that comes with cryptocurrencies.“The biggest issue is around regulation,” he says. “Because cryptocurrency by its definition is private, so governments and regulatory bodies do not know how much currency you have, where you made your money and how you spend your money. Therefore it has implications right across our banking system; how do you collect taxes, or how do you know whether there is fraud or money laundering involved? All these are big concerns that the sector faces. Regulation will definitely happen and it’s needed; but blockchain is absolutely here to stay.”For more information and preorders, go to spartacard.com.last_img read more

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Riverdale Focuses On the Important Stuff Archie in a Singlet

first_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Archie Andrews is a wrestler now. Possibly concerned that a shirts-vs-skins basketball game moves too fast for the camera to focus properly, Riverdale spent last night’s episode shifting Archie’s sport to one where it can really linger on muscular dudes in spandex. Yes, this was an Archie-focused episode. Riverdale uses Archie to pump the brakes when the drama gets too wild. In a show filled with homicide, dark alternate personalities and noirish conspiracy, sometimes it needs to reset itself and remember it’s a show about teens. And these can be fun too. They’re ridiculous for a completely different reason. The show blows these stories out to cartoonish proportions so the stakes feel, on the surface at least, as high as all the other drama going on. Here, a story about a boy trying to get closer to his girlfriend’s dad turns into a vaguely creepy dick swinging contest between the two men.With a written agreement in hand from the FBI agent who still barely registers as a character, Archie starts spying on Hiram Lodge. Or trying to. Like pretty much everything Archie does outside of football and I guess basketball now, he’s really bad at it. Practicing for basketball tryouts, he misses a whole meeting between the Lodges, the mayor and his dad. The Lodges want to put together a party celebrating the founder of the town, in hopes that it will open up the town to the idea of their SoDale project. The mayor is worried about the potential for Serpent interference, and Fred Andrews floats the idea of hiring Serpents as security. Nooo Fred, you were supposed to be the sane parent! I guess bad ideas run in the Andrews family. But since Archie missed all that, the FBI agent pressures him to find a way to get on Hiram’s good side. Veronica has one idea: Hiram Lodge used to be a wrestling star. And wouldn’t you know it, the team is holding tryouts.KJ Apa as Archie and Mark Consuelos as Hiram (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)From here on out, the episode becomes Toxic Masculinity: The Show. And like, Riverdale seems aware of it, but only to a certain point. Like the show recognizes that Hiram is being super creepy towards his daughter’s boyfriend, but stops just short of having anything to say about it. Hiram watches Archie try his hand at the new sport and be repeatedly brought to the mat by Kevin, who actually knows what he’s doing. Later that night, he goes to Veronica’s room specifically to emasculate his daughter’s boyfriend. He tells Archie that after his display at wrestling tryouts, he’s not so worried about him being in Veronica’s room. Archie takes the bait, and leaves to practice the moves Kevin helped him with. Veronica’s annoyed “seriously?” was the realest line in this whole scene.The next day, Hiram decides to challenge Archie directly, offering to demonstrate a new move to the boys at tryouts. The coach is perfectly fine with this. Why wouldn’t you let an eccentric rich adult grapple with underage boys on school grounds? Nothing could possibly be wrong with that. Especially when said adult is transparently using it to assert dominance over the boy dating his daughter. Seriously, nobody has a problem with any of this? Hiram eventually makes it appear as though there’s no bad blood between him an Archie, if only to appease Veronica. Even that scene gets super creepy. While assuring Archie that he’s just a phase in Veronica’s life, he says, “boyfriends come and go, but fathers are forever.” Ew. But hey, say what you will about Archie, he’s determined. He eventually earns his way onto Hiram’s good side. Hiram has the wrestling coach pair Archie against Chuck, who’s in a higher weight class. Because who cares about safety? Archie takes the challenge and defeats Chuck, earning Hiram’s respect. By the end of the episode, Hiram has offered to train Archie in the ways of “business.” Whatever that means. Oh, also Archie doesn’t answer a phone call from the FBI agent while he’s talking to Hiram which… is totally understandable. What, are we supposed to think he’s on Hiram’s side now? Because not talking to the cops while you’re in the room with the guy you’re snitching on is just smart. It might be the only smart thing Archie does all episode.Cole Spouse as Jughead and Vanessa Morgan as Toni (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)There were parts of Archie’s story that were fun, but it could definitely have been a little shorter. The episode tried to balance out the silly wrestling story with a more serious subplot about Jughead finding out the true history of Riverdale. Researching for an oral history report, he interviews Toni’s grandfather and discovers a shocking truth: Riverdale was founded on the back of a genocidal campaign against the native people who lived there first. Yeah, welcome to America, Jughead. White people doing awful things to anyone darker than them is kind of a theme no matter what town you live in. The oral history report is never brought up again. Instead, Jughead writes a condescending article for the school newspaper calling out Hiram Lodge for celebrating a town built on stolen land. Apparently, it’s news to everyone in Riverdale because suddenly the mayor is inundated with calls from concerned citizens. Who read the high school newspaper. I’ll never understand this fictional town. The only one with any sense this episode is Toni, who rightfully calls out Jughead for co-opting her story. Her line about how it wasn’t Jughead’s story to tell is probably the best moment of the episode. In the end, Jughead makes up for it by organizing a protest where he, and the rest of the male serpents are silent, allowing Toni to tell her own story. Which is immediately co-opted and sanitized by Hiram Lodge in a depressingly realistic moment.Hart Denton as Chic and Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)It’s hard not to feel just a little let down by the episode. It spent too much time on Archie and Hiram, which was fun enough, but definitely not the most interesting thing going on in Riverdale. Both Keven and Josie could have had interesting stories, but the episode stubbornly refused to focus on them. Keven having to train the golden boy who’s moving in on his sport? There’s dramatic potential there. Josie losing the Pussycats, caught between Veronica and her Mother and feeling she has no agency over her own life? There’s a great story in there. If only the episode cared about either. Betty and Chic’s story also went nowhere. It turns out Chic watched Betty sleep because he was wondering why she went back for him. Also, he’s a cam guy, which is somehow a bigger deal than prostitution. I felt like Jughead’s ending narration last week promised a lot that this episode didn’t deliver. And now, Chic is showing Betty his camshow business to explain how he escapes his dark side. There is potential in that story, but after a hit-and-miss episode like this one, I’ll wait to see how Riverdale handles it before getting too excited. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Check Out Dragon Ball Legends New Swordsman Character

first_imgStay on target Watch: This ‘Dragon Ball’ Fan Quit His Job to Set a World RecordNew Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way Dragon Ball fans have seen their fair share of new content over the last year or so, even as the anime series Dragon Ball Super has come to an end. But it’s not over just yet for the series, as it’s getting its own film and a new game based on the long-running shonen franchise. But there’s also a new game coming around the bend in the form of Dragon Ball Legends, which is bringing three new original characters from Akira Toriyama himself.There’s a new Saiyan character in the mix, as well as another mysterious fellow which you can see in the tweet below, but also a strange swordsman character who we don’t know very much about…that is, until now. His name appears to be Zahha, and according to his official character description, he’s a “magic swordsman” with an “icy demeanor” who was sent to us via “space-time confusion.” He’ll supposedly be an important aid to our heroes in Dragon Ball Legends, and we’ll get to know him a lot better when the game releases.Dragon Ball Legends3 Original In-Game Characters by Akira Toriyamahttps://t.co/ypjS2gXO8k pic.twitter.com/hsiVIDXPA6— GovetaXV @NextMonthVJump (@GovetaXV) April 24, 2018Zahha has an intriguing new design, and the short glimpse we’ve gotten of him as well as the other upcoming characters offers a new dimension to the Dragon Ball series. Right now, Dragon Ball Legends is being developed with iOS and Android devices in mind for a release this summer, though there isn’t yet an English release date in mind. There’s more in the future when it comes to Dragon Ball Super as well, with the film releasing in Japan this December.Have you caught up with all of Dragon Ball Super yet or have you been there from the series’ first moments? Let us know in the comments below!center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Reigns and Lesnar set to faceoff on RAW tonight Videos after WWE

Reigns and Lesnar set to faceoff on RAW tonight Videos after WWE

first_imgFacebook When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Triple H Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 Xavier Woods WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Reigns and Lesnar set to face-off on RAW tonightWWE RAW is live tonight from Detroit, Michigan.Set for tonight is a face-off between WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns as the build continues to WrestleMania 34.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of RAW starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Videos after WWE Fastlane PPVWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s Fast Lane PPV. Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Videos Articles Jim Bilbee New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions March 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm Twitter Comments are closed. It would be funny if Reigns didn’t show this time. WhatsApp 1 COMMENT Videos Articles The Miz Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Off Beat Fort Vancouver again a witness to the moons passing fancy

first_imgFort Vancouver has played different roles in eclipse-watching over the years. On Aug. 21, it will provide viewers of the Great American Eclipse with lots of parking spaces, plenty of room to hang out and one of the biggest skies in town.In 1860, it seems, its big contribution was mules.As part of an eclipse-watching event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, author Mary Rose will discuss the history of eclipses in the Pacific Northwest.Her presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. — just about the time the moon and sun go their separate ways — at the bookstore in the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.Rose has previewed some of the material for “Plunge into Darkness: Historical Eclipses that Crossed the Pacific Northwest.” She is a historian for the Confluence Project, a nonprofit that weaves education and heritage into public programs.The path of the total eclipse on July 18, 1860, went from the southwest corner of Washington Territory to the northeast corner. The U.S. Army’s quartermaster general instructed the quartermaster at Fort Vancouver to supply as many pack mules as might be required to transport the scientists and their equipment from Seattle to their observation point near Steilacoom.last_img read more

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Fatal crash elicits cry for fourway stop at 199th Street and 29th

first_imgThose who live near the intersection of Northeast 199th Street and 29th Avenue are calling for a four-way stop to replace the two-way stop there after a July car accident that killed 17-year-old Kaitlin Miller. The father of Miller’s best friend echoed that plea at the Clark County commissioners’ Tuesday meeting. “My daughter was driving the car in the accident that killed her best friend,” Dan Chandler of Vancouver said. Grace Chandler, 17, who will be entering her senior year at Skyview, was driving the car that failed to stop at the intersection of Northeast 199th Street and 29th Avenue. The car was southbound on 29th around 7:10 p.m. July 1 when it went through the stop sign and was struck in the passenger’s side by an eastbound SUV. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation is not yet complete. The county found that the amount of traffic on Northeast 29th Avenue is not high enough to warrant a four-way stop, as outlined by the requirements in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. “You should think about local knowledge,” Chandler said. “We elected smart folks who care deeply about the community. Don’t let a manual trump that.” Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart replied, “We will be looking into the feasibility of a four-way (stop).”Earlier safety improvementsBefore the accident, the county had installed new stop signs that are brighter and more visible. Additionally, “cross traffic does not stop” warning signs were replaced at the intersection with similar surface treatments, and “STOP” was painted in white on the roadway before each sign. The county installed “stop ahead” signs on each side of Northeast 29th Avenue before the intersection. All the additions, part of an annual traffic safety improvement program, are intended to alert motorists as they approach the intersection.last_img read more

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Venezuelan candidates shirts a boon for business

first_imgShe said she has never met the state governor but he seems to have the interests of the poor at heart.She’s grateful, for instance, that Capriles’ state government contributed sheets of zinc to help her add on to her home. Others in the neighborhood have also taken advantage of the state home improvement program to repair their homes.Rengifo said many of her neighbors feel they have been bypassed by the social programs offered elsewhere by Chavez’s government. Construction began on a school and some government-offered homes nearby, but the work wasn’t finished, she said.Her neighborhood is one of the many poor communities across the country where Capriles is trying to make inroads.So far, Capriles has been trailing in the polls, though survey results have varied widely. Some polls touted by the government have given Chavez a lead of more than 20 percentage points, while others indicate a smaller margin for the president. One recent survey said Chavez led by about 4 percentage points.Rengifo said many in her neighborhood don’t identify strongly with either political camp. They’re just the kind of uncommitted voters seen as key in the upcoming presidential vote. Capriles has been crisscrossing the country making door-to-door visits to try to win their support, in part by pledging to continue many of the aid programs Chavez began. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressLEGON, Venezuela (AP) – In a home with bare brick walls and a zinc roof, a 58-year-old seamstress with short, curly hair is sewing shirts for a young politician who she thinks has a good shot at unseating Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela.Petra Maria Rengifo works at one of the four sewing machines that are among the few pieces of furniture in her concrete-floored home. Outside sprawls Legon, the ramshackle neighborhood of about 500 people built along a highway in the countryside east of Caracas, identical to countless other slums where millions of Venezuelans eke out a living. Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of And he has donned Rengifo’s shirts, often wearing several in a day as he strides through towns in the sweltering heat.Capriles also has said he’s proud to be supporting a local business with his clothing choices.“My shirts are made in Venezuela, with the talent that this country has more than enough of,” Capriles said during one event.For his part, the 57-year-old Chavez has been attacking his 39-year-old rival by calling him a “rich kid” and accusing him of representing the interests of the wealthy. Chavez’s critics, meanwhile, slam the president for his occasional use of designer suits and watches.Rengifo said it was pure serendipity that she ended up sewing shirts for Capriles. She was making the shirts for a small clothing shop run by businessman Lothar Luis Gonzalez when the orders from Capriles began coming in.Gonzalez said that he designed the casual shirt along with his son, and that sales have doubled in the past three months thanks to Capriles. His business now sells about 60 of the shirts a month, many of them to the campaign and Capriles supporters.Gonzalez’s small business also recently obtained a loan from Capriles’ state government to buy new machines and expand. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Rengifo might have stayed out of the public eye had it not been for a chance occurrence: One of the shirts made by the business that she supplies was picked up by an aide to opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, and the candidate saw him wearing it.Now, Capriles wears almost nothing but Rengifo’s short-sleeved, collared shirts on the campaign trail as he tries to defeat Chavez in the country’s Oct. 7 election. The shirts come in bright colors and are made of a light, wrinkle-resistant fabric.She says she’s thankful that Capriles, as well as his campaign staff and supporters, have brought in business. In fact, the garments she sews have become so popular among the candidate’s supporters that they’re now called “the Capriles shirt.”“I feel proud that a candidate, a (possible) president puts on a shirt I’ve made,” Rengifo said, pressing her hands to her chest.In the big picture, she said, it’s also healthy for an economy that relies largely on imports.“It’s very good for things that are made in Venezuela to at least be sold, shown off,” she said.The surge of business has also helped Capriles win Rengifo’s support, although Chavez’s political base still lies within the very same segment of working class Venezuelans to which Rengifo belongs. Top holiday drink recipes How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Rengifo said she feels pride whenever she sees the candidate on television wearing one of her shirts.For one Venezuelan, at least, Capriles has closed the deal.“I think he’s a humble person like me,” she said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. 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Merkel rules out haircut for Greece open to other relief

Merkel rules out haircut for Greece open to other relief

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday suggested that Germany would show flexibility in negotiating how Greece deals with its massive debt, but again ruled out writing off part of the money.Speaking on ARD television’s Bericht aus Berlin program, Merkel said that “a classic haircut of 30, 40 percent of debt cannot happen in a currency union.”But Merkel, who persuaded German lawmakers on Friday to give their overwhelming backing to another financial rescue package, suggested that she was open to discussing ways to lessen the burden on Athens. She said, for example, Greece previously has been given more favorable interest rates, time extensions and other relief“We can talk about such things again,” she said, but added such talks could only begin after details of Greece’s bailout program are finalized.Though the broad outlines of the Greek bailout were agreed last Monday by the eurozone’s 19 leaders, the details are now being negotiated.The discussions, which are expected to last four weeks, will include economic targets and reforms deemed necessary in return for an anticipated 85 billion euros ($93 billion) over three years.Merkel pushed for them to move as quickly as possible, saying that it was important that “the country gets back on both feet quickly.”Asked about Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s suggestion last week that Greece could take a five-year “timeout” from the shared euro currency to address its economic problems, Merkel said the idea of a “Grexit” was no longer on the table.“The option was discussed but we decided on this option, which was quite apparently the right one for all the other” eurozone nations, she said.Talking to Parliament on Friday, Merkel said the alternative to the new rescue package “would not be a time-out from the euro that would be orderly … but predictable chaos.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, right, talk during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 17, 2015. Merkel urged German lawmakers Friday to vote in favor of a third bailout package for Greece, arguing that the cash-strapped country faces chaos without a deal. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who is also economy minister and chairman of Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, on Sunday criticized Schaeuble for bringing up the idea of a timeout, saying “it wasn’t prudent to make this suggestion as a German suggestion.”He suggested there was a disconnect between Merkel and Schaeuble, but the finance minister downplayed any differences, saying in a Der Spiegel interview “we’re not always of the same opinion but we’re on the same path.”Merkel skirted the issue when asked about internal strife, saying only that her coalition and her party would work together going ahead, and that “the finance minister will conduct the negotiations the same way I will.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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