Skipping breakfast may increase death risk

first_imgDo you skip your morning meal and eat dinner late at night? If so, it may increase the risk of death and other heart-related problems, researchers have warned. The findings, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggest that people with such an unhealthy lifestyle had a four to five times higher likelihood of early death and increased chances of a second heart attack. “Our research shows that the two eating behaviours are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse,” said co-author Marcos Minicucci, from Sao Paolo State University in Brazil. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We also think that the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, and endothelial function could be involved in the association between unhealthy eating behaviours and cardiovascular outcomes,” he added. For the study, the team involved 113 patients with a mean age of 60, of which 73 per cent were men. The study enrolled patients with a particularly serious form of heart attack called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). According to the team, this was the first study to evaluate these unhealthy behaviours in patients with acute coronary syndromes. Skipping breakfast was observed in 58 per cent patients, having late night dinner in 51 per cent, and both behaviours in 41 per cent. To improve eating habits, researchers recommended a minimum two hour interval between dinner and bedtime. A good breakfast usually consists of dairy products (fat-free or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese), a carbohydrate (whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals), to name a few.last_img read more

‘Aladdin’ soars, but ‘Booksmart’ barely passes at box office

LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers have voted with their dollars and chosen the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend.The Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” has crushed the competition at the box office including the critically acclaimed teen comedy “Booksmart” and the horror movie “Brightburn.”Studios on Sunday say “Aladdin” grossed an estimated $86.1 million to take the top spot in North America. It’s expected to pass $100 million by Monday.“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” placed second with $24.4 million, “Avengers: Endgame” took third with $16.8 million, and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” landed in fourth with $13.3 million.Sony’s modestly budgeted horror movie “Brightburn” opened in fifth with $7.5 million.And “Booksmart” debuted in sixth with only $6.5 million, despite excellent reviews and steady buzz from its SXSW film festival debut.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

Targeting journalists unforgivable UN says after death of BBC Afghan reporter

9 June 2008The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed its sadness at the killing of an Afghan reporter working for the BBC in the country’s southern Helmand province, stressing it is “unforgivable” that journalists should be targeted for simply doing their jobs. Abdul Samad Rohani was the Pashto service reporter for the BBC World Service in Helmand. He was reportedly abducted on Saturday and his body was found the next day in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. “Afghan journalists risk their lives everyday to highlight the concerns and needs of ordinary Afghan people and it is unforgivable that such selfless individuals are being targeted for no other reason than doing their job,” UNAMA’s Nazifullah Salarzai told reporters in Kabul today. “We urge the Afghan authorities to leave no stone unturned in search of those responsible for this callous murder,” he added. Mr. Rohani was one of two BBC journalists killed over the weekend. Nasteh Dahir, who worked for the BBC and the Associated Press, was gunned down in Kismayo, Somalia, on Saturday. read more

Harrison takes on Nimal on paddy at MRIA

Rural Economic Development Minister P Harrison questioned the statement made by Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva on the decision to store paddy at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA).Harrison dismissed the claim that the paddy had resulted in birds flocking to the airport and causing damages. Minister P. Harrison however says the MRIA was paid to store the paddy and the income it got as a result was more than it was earning on a normal day.He said that Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva should be careful in what he says in public. However he insisted that the comments did not mean there was a rift between the United National Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister said that the environment at the airport had been damaged as a result of paddy being stored at the airport premises. He said that birds had begun to flock around the airport after paddy was brought to be stored in one of the stores in the airport by the Paddy Marketing Board.The Minister, under who the subject of civil aviation now operates, said that he will give the Paddy Marketing Board time to remove the paddy in stages. Nimal Siripala de Silva had said recently he wants paddy stored at MRIA removed and the airport maintained at international standards. read more

OPP investigate break and enter at Caledonia school

The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after several electronic items and notebooks were stolen from a Caledonia school. Police were called to River Heights Elementary School on Forfar St. East around 6:50 a.m. on Saturday for a break and enter. Investigators have determined the items were likely stolen sometime between 4:50 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police.

EBay 2Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ EBay Inc. (EBAY) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $402 million.On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had net income of 46 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, were 68 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share.The e-commerce company posted revenue of $2.69 billion in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.67 billion.For the current quarter ending in October, eBay expects its per-share earnings to range from 62 cents to 65 cents.The company said it expects revenue in the range of $2.61 billion to $2.66 billion for the fiscal third quarter. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $2.68 billion.EBay expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.70 to $2.75 per share, with revenue ranging from $10.75 billion to $10.83 billion.EBay shares have risen 39% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 19%. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $39.03, a rise of 3% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on EBAY at Associated Press read more

Steps needed to stem accidental deaths of dolphins in North Sea UN

“Placing a clear limit on the levels of dolphins and porpoises being lost in fishing gear could play an important role in guaranteeing a recovery of these charismatic and intelligent marine mammals in European waters,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement on Saturday. The agency reports that members of an international conservation treaty – the Agreement on Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) – will press the European Commission to restrict the level of marine mammals that die after becoming entangled in nets to 1.7 per cent of their populations as a first step in improving their conservation. ASCOBANS hopes that these “by-catch” limits will be taken up when the Commission undertakes a review of its Common Fisheries Policy, set to be concluded in December 2002. “Studies indicate that in some parts of the North Sea and adjacent waters, such as the Celtic Sea, 6 per cent of small cetaceans are dying after becoming entangled in fishing nets,” Mr. Toepfer said. “This may amount to more than 2,000 harbour porpoises annually in the Celtic Sea. Scientists advise that this level of by-catch is unsustainable and threatens to undermine conservation efforts.” Mark Tasker, the chair of ASCOBANS, has noted that technologies such as “pingers” are available to help fishermen reduce the level of by-catch. Pingers are small devices attached to nets which emit sounds designed to warn marine animals of imminent danger. According to UNEP, tests in British and Danish waters indicate that the by-catch of small cetaceans can be cut by more than 90 per cent when pingers are used. read more

Canadian dollar slightly lower Ottawa postpones balanced budget by a year

Canadian dollar slightly lower, Ottawa postpones balanced budget by a year AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as traders digested news that the federal budget won’t be balanced until 2016-17, a year later than previously forecast.The loonie was off 0.06 of a cent at 99.81 cents US as federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered a fiscal update that said the federal deficit will rise by about $5 billion to $26 billion this year.He said the key problem is a weak global economy which has depressed prices for commodities Canada sells to the world. In turn, this erodes government tax revenues.The loonie also moved lower amid wrangling over dealing with more bailout money for Greece and worries about the approaching “fiscal cliff” in the United States.The dollar has been under pressure recently as nervous traders have bought into the safe-haven status of U.S. Treasuries and avoided riskier assets such as resource-based currencies.The looming end-of-year deadline over the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and the automatic launch of massive spending cuts at the end of the year continued to cast a pall over markets. Economists reckon that such a scenario, the so-called fiscal cliff, would take a big chunk out of economic growth, likely pushing the U.S. back into recession and taking other economies down with it.Meanwhile, financial markets also focused on Greece after ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro failed to agree on how to put Greece’s bailout program back on track.The EU and the International Monetary Fund disagree on the timeline for bringing Greece’s debts down to a manageable level. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, wants to give Greece until 2022 to reduce its debt to 120 per cent of gross domestic product. But the IMF wants to stick to the original deadline of 2020.Giving Greece the extra time means the country would require about €33 billion in extra funding.Finance ministers will meet Nov. 20 to decide where that extra funding will come from.Meanwhile, Greece raised €4.06 billion from the sale of short-term treasury bills Tuesday. With the disbursement of a massive €31.5-billion instalment from Greece’s international bailout long delayed, Athens would have found it impossible to repay a €5-billion treasury bill maturing on Friday, the day on which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said Greece would run out of money.Commodities were mixed as crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 19 cents at US$85.38 a barrel. December copper shook off early losses to close unchanged at US$3.47 a pound. And December gold bullion edged $6.10 lower to US$1,724.80 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 4:29 pm MDT read more

Bridget Jones would be fine now because the age of the singleton

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Helen Fielding made the comments at the Hay FestivalCredit:Clara Molden for the Telegraph But Fielding said times have changed. “The pressure from society was so great – remember that scene in the first movie where she goes to a dinner party with six married couples who asked, ‘Why aren’t you married?'” she told an audience at the Hay Festival.”And I think what probably has shifted now is that pressure to be in a couple. I think people are too embarrassed now to say, ‘Why aren’t you married?’ because they know it’s a stupid question.”Women are big multi-taskers now. There’s lot of reasons for not wanting to take that traditional route. People live in urban families in cities, people make their families out of their gay friends, their single friends, their married friends.”Life is very complicated. Gender roles are evolving apace and people choose to live the way they live.” The age of the singleton is over, according to Helen Fielding, who says Bridget Jones’s Diary would be a different book if it was written today.The original 1996 book and the film adaptation divided the world into single people and ‘smug marrieds’, who looked at her with pity because she didn’t have a man. Helen Fielding “Judging themselves on how many ‘likes’ they get on Instagram is pretty stupid really,” she said, adding that the Bridget Jones stories were “about the gap between how we think our lives should be and how they actually are”.The author, who has written three sequels to her original book, also laughed off those who said her books were anti-feminist because the heroine wanted to find a husband.”My god-daughter told me that at her university they’re studying Bridget as ‘post-feminist’, so that’s one to put in one’s pipe and smoke,” she said. But Fielding said her main concern for today’s young women is the self-doubt brought on by social media.last_img read more

Greek only handouts continue despite ban

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 2,000 people queued last week to receive free food outside Golden Dawn’s headquarters in Athens after the far-right party was banned from conducting the handout in Attikis Square. The police’s decision to forbid all public gatherings, as it did last week when German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble visited Greece, came after Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said he would not allow Golden Dawn to use the central square for its ‘Greeks only’ event. Kaminis congratulated the police and Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias for helping him to prevent the handout taking place in a public square. The authorities’ actions, however, failed to deter Golden Dawn and its supporters and the venue was switched to the party’s offices near Larissis Station. Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos used the occasion to deliver a speech to the crowd, which booed whenever he mentioned foreigners or people of other race and the word ‘democracy’. Reports say a Greek version of the Horst Wessel song – known as Keep the Banner Flying in Greek – was played on loudspeakers outside the central Athens offices of the Golden Dawn party. A video of the event, including the sound of the song, was posted on the party’s website. The handout coincided with the anniversary of democracy being restored to Greece after the collapse of the military dictatorship, which the far-right party exalts. “They are celebrating the so-called anniversary of democracy but in fact they are celebrating the arrival of the kleptocracy, scandals and betrayal,” said Golden Dawn’s leader. Earlier, Mr Michaloliakos’s wife Eleni Zaroulia, who is also an MP, caused outrage when she referred to SYRIZA deputy Yiannis Dragasakis’s daughter as a “junkie” and asked whether she was still in jail. According to reports, she was arrested in March with three other suspects for allegedly possessing drugs and selling weapons. Zaroulia’s comments were wiped from parliamentary records and prompted Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis to threaten her with expulsion. “The phrases used are disgusting and are more excessive than anything that has been heard until today,” he said. Source: Kathimerini, Washington Postlast_img read more

Guardiola makes Sarri defence after heavy loss

first_imgFollowing Chelsea’s heaviest defeat in any competition since 1991, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pleaded for more time for his Chelsea counterpart Maurizio SarriGuardiola’s men took the Blues to the cleaners with a 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Sarri’s worst league defeat as a professional manager.However, the former Barca manager sympathised with Sarri citing his own career struggles when he first joined the League and the Italian’s exploits as Napoli’s boss.When asked if he felt pity for Sarri, Guardiola told Sky: “Yes of course. I know exactly what he wants to do. I think this kind of person – it always helps to make our (Premier League) football better.“They beat us at Stamford Bridge – and against Napoli last season – they were tight games. During moments of those games, they were better than us.“People don’t understand how difficult it is. I said many times, my first year was difficult too. Some moments we played good but not consistently.“People expect ‘Okay, manager arrives, he buys players and immediately come [results]’ – it needs time. It depends on the belief from the owners, the people who are in charge; they really need to believe in that.“The main reason I decided to come to Manchester City is because my bosses, the chairman specifically, I didn’t have to convince him. He knows me.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.“When it’s not going good, we try to find a solution. He doesn’t think I’m good when I win and bad when I lose. That is the reason why I am enjoying this period at this club.”Emotional Sarri headed straight down the tunnel after the 6-0 drubbing, appearing to ignore Guardiola’s outstretched handshake.“I spoke with (Chelsea assistant) Gianfranco Zola,” Guardiola added.“Maurizio Sarri didn’t see me. I have a good relationship with him so it is no problem at all.”Maurizio Sarri: I’m ‘always at risk’ of being sacked by Chelsea #MCICHE #MCFC #CFC— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) February 10, 2019last_img read more

More than 16000 new traffic poles installed along I95 Express Lanes

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of new, more durable plastic poles have been installed along the Express Lanes of Interstate 95.The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol completed the installation Friday. More than 16,000 poles were placed along the Express Lanes to help increase drivers’ safety.The completion happened as a South Florida lawmaker filed a bill to eliminate the Express Lanes on Florida’s highways.Republican State Senator Frank Artiles said FHP statistics show that Express Lanes have fueled an increase in accidents, totaling more than 12,000 in the last three years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Actress Regina opens Peter England store in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Actress Regina Cassandra inaugurated Peter England menswear brand at Imperial Mall VSN Estates, Vijayawada on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Manish Singhai, COO, Peter England said, “Andhra Pradesh is an important market for us and we are delighted with the overwhelming response we have received so far. We are excited to launch our brand new store in Vijayawada, which has over 26 categories to choose from with customisation options and assistance from in-house stylists. As a brand, we work towards creating exciting shopping experiences for our customers. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us We are positive that our wide range of fashionable menswear at an unmatched value along with an excellent customer service will benefit us to become Vijayawada’s one stop shopping destination for men.” He said the 3,119 sq ft one-stop fashion destination will offer an unparalleled shopping experience to its patrons. The upscale store will house 2,000+ unique designs at an unmatched value to the fashion-focused men in the city. Shoppers can now choose from over 26 categories of formal and casual wear ranging from suits and blazers, chinos, denims, T-shirts, formal shirts, footwear and accessories, creating a fashion extravaganza for the style conscious men in the city, said the COO.last_img read more

Vladimir Putins secret gymnast lover gives birth to twins in Moscow VIP

first_imgRussia’s President Vladimir PutinLUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty ImagesAlina Kabaeva, the 36-year-old ex-gymnast who is the secret lover of Russian president Vladimir Putin has given birth to twins, reports coming out of Moscow revealed. Even though there is no official confirmation from Kremlin or Kabaeva regarding the relationship, many believe that the Olympic gold medallist has long been associated with the Russian president.Sergei Kanev, an investigative journalist close to the Russian intelligence services revealed that the entire VIP fourth floor at the Kulakov Research Centre for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology was completely cleared earlier this month before admitting Kabaeva for delivery. Kanev claims that Federal Protective Officers conducted a thorough check in every corner of the maternity hospital before Kabaeva’s arrival.”Half of the medical team was kicked out of the delivery ward. A famous doctor from Italy was the key to helping the birth with the assistance of academician Gennady Sukhikh, director of the medical center. The mother was delivered of two boys. However, a C-section had to be performed,” said Kanev, the Sun reports.However, Kanev did not name the Italian doctor who reached Russia for Kabaeva’s delivery.It should be noted that Vladimir Putin was married to Lyudmila Shkrebneva, and the couple has two daughters, 34-year-old Maria, and 32-year-old Yekaterina. The couple who got married in 1983 parted ways in 2014, thus ending 31 years of togetherness.It was after his divorce that Kabaeva’s name started popping up with the president. Interestingly, Kabaeva appeared several times in front of the public with a seemingly wedding ring on her fingers, and this made many people believe that Putin has secretly married her.There are also claims that the couple had already given birth to their first son in 2015 from a Swiss Clinic. Several reports also allege that Kabaeva has a fleet of jets for her service, and she also enjoys top-category security with the protection of armed soldiers.last_img read more

Haiti PM resigns after deadly unrest

first_imgDemonstrators march along a street during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersEmbattled Haiti prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices.”I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature.Lafontant had faced a potential vote of no confidence had he not resigned — something he had previously insisted he would not do.Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes — 38 per cent for gasoline, 47 per cent for diesel and 51 per cent for kerosene.The announcement sparked mass protests, with streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities blocked with barricades of debris and burning tires.Dozens of shops were looted and burned and cars were set ablaze. At least four people were killed. The government quickly did an about-face and called off the planned price increases.Lafontant, a physician who had little political experience before taking office in February 2017, had faced widespread criticism even before the spasm of violence.Several hundred protesters marched on Saturday in Port-au-Prince demanding the departure not just of Lafontant, but also of president Jovenel Moise.”It’s not just a question of changing the prime minister, because day by day, the people are still suffering from more misery, unemployment, insecurity, hunger,” said Fleurette Pierre, one of the demonstrators.Haiti is desperately poor: around 60 per cent of its people live on less than two dollars a day, and they are extremely sensitive to even minor increases in prices of just about anything.In February, Haiti signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the Washington-based global crisis lender, in which the country committed to carrying out economic and structural reforms to promote growth.- ‘More gradual approach’ -One of those conditions was the elimination of petroleum product subsidies, prompting the doomed price hike proposal.The accord also called on the government to keep inflation under 10 per cent.Since 2015, inflation has been running at 13 to 14 per cent annually. The budget blueprint submitted to the legislature in late June still foresaw a rate of 13.6 per cent.On Thursday, the IMF suggested “a more gradual approach” to ending fuel subsidies, paired with “compensatory and mitigating measures to protect the most vulnerable people.””We will continue to support Haiti… as they develop a revised reform strategy,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said, noting that ending subsidies would free up funds for other programmes such as education.Crafting a revised strategy — and divvying up Haiti’s meagre budget resources — will be a delicate task.The decision to scrap the price hikes means the government will have to find another way to come up with the $300 million the move would have generated.It is not an insignificant amount — the total is more than 11 per cent of the 2018-2019 budget presented to parliament in June for debate.Now, Moise’s government has to find a way to appease all sides — angry and impatient consumers, politicians with varying interests and IMF economists.Haiti’s deep levels of inequality are often cited by protesters who want both Lafontant and Moise out of office.More than 200 years after gaining independence from France, Haiti is still ranked by the World Bank as having one of earth’s most unjust societies.last_img read more

Thai boys share cave experience

first_imgThe 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave arrive for a news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 18 July 2018. — ReutersThe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand recounted details of their ordeal on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast.Doctors, relatives and friends, some in yellow traditional garb, greeted the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, who wore T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar and carried in footballs they kicked gently on the set.“Bringing the Wild Boars Home,” read a banner in Thai that used the name of the soccer team to welcome them on the set, designed to resemble a soccer field, complete with goalposts and nets.A crowd of media and onlookers was penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since last week’s international effort to extricate them from a flooded cave complex in which they had been trapped.“I told everyone fight on, don’t despair,” said one boy, describing how the group had battled to stay alive during the excruciating days spent in the cave in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai.Another, Adul Sam-on, 14, recalled the moment when two British divers found the group on 2 July, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometers within the cave complex.“It was magical,” he said. “I had to think a lot before I could answer their questions.”That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought them all to safety over the course of three days, organised by Thai navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts.The order in which the boys eventually left the cave did not depend on the state of their health, said their coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who has been credited by some parents with keeping the boys alive.“The ones whose homes are the furthest went first, so they could tell everyone that the boys were fine,” he added.“WE ONLY DRANK WATER”The group had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on 23 June. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.“We took turns digging at the cave walls,” Ekkapol said. “We didn’t want to wait around until authorities found us.”But their efforts were to no avail, he said, adding, “Almost everyone can swim. Some aren’t strong swimmers, however.”The group, which had eaten before going into the caves, took no food on an excursion they had intended to last only an hour, and had to subsist on water dripping from stalactites in the cave, he added.“We only drank water,” said one of the boys, nicknamed Tee.“I had no strength. I tried not to think about food so I didn’t get more hungry,” added the team’s youngest member, who goes by the name Titan, and was greeted with a rousing cheer from the audience on his arrival at the news conference.Thoughts of their parents also preoccupied the boys, with one admitting, “I was afraid. That I wouldn’t go home and I would get scolded by my mother.”The boys, who sported crisp haircuts, had gained 3 kg (6.6 lb) each on average since the rescue, and ran through confidence-building exercises ahead of Wednesday’s event, said hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal.The rescue effort drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists. Excitement picked up again in the usually sleepy town of Chiang Rai ahead of the much-anticipated 90-minute live broadcast on dozens of channels.“We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in their hearts,” said justice ministry official Tawatchai Thaikaew, who asked for the boys’ privacy to be respected after the discharge, for fear the media attention could affect their mental health.But the moment was bittersweet, as two of the boys held up a framed pencil sketch of Samarn Kunan, 38, the former Thai navy diver who died while he worked underwater, laying oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.“Everyone was very sad,” said the coach, Ekkapol, adding that the boys would spend time as novice Buddhist monks to honor the diver’s memory. “They felt like they were the reason he had to die and his family had to suffer.”last_img read more

Anthony Jeselnik Sets Comedy Central Series and Podcast in Multiplatform Pact

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The new pact also covers Jeselnik’s gig as a judge on the upcoming season of “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle.”“Anthony’s sardonic humor and critical eye are a big part of what makes him such an incredible comedian,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Comedy Central’s exec VPs and co-heads of talent and development. “Those attributes are also why he’s a perfect fit for the host’s chair in his own series, the ‘Roast Battle’ judge’s chair, and the podcast booth.”center_img Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is set to host a new Comedy Central series and launch a podcast under a multiplatform development pact with the Viacom cabler.The deal calls for Jeselnik to host an untitled half-hour series that will mine the cabler’s vast library of standup material as a “springboard for conversation, insight and humor with well-known comics.” Comedy Central has ordered six episodes. The former writer for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” previously worked with Comedy Central as host of “The Jeselnik Offensive,” which ran two seasons. He also toplined the 2013 standup special “Caligula.” Jeselnik will co-host the podcast with his longtime friend, NFL Network analyst Gregg Rosenthal. “The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project” will focus on the pair’s interest in pro football. The podcast will bow Sept. 11 as part of Comedy Central’s Global Podcast Network and incorporate digital video elements for the cabler’s social media platforms.last_img read more

The Flash Meets His Adversary and Is a Big Dope About It

first_img Study: Be Careful How You Use the Word ‘The’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img It’s been a while since we’ve had an episode like this. You know, one where Barry is ultimately right but goes about proving it in the dumbest way possible. An episode where Barry doesn’t stop for one second to think things through before he does something, and creates way more trouble for himself. Where there’s at least one “can I talk to you” sequence in the hallway. It may not be the greatest or most fun episode of The Flash, but it’s become an essential part of any season. The episode that evokes from viewers a phrase so closely linked with this show that it might as well be its tagline: “Dammit, Barry…”For the first big meeting between Barry and the main villain of season four, this episode did away with the metahuman-of-the-week formula this season has been sticking to. It was a nice change of pace, even if the episode was mostly set-up with very little actual forward progress. Not that we could really expect it to do anything more than establish Clifford DeVoe as the villain. It’s a logical stopping point before next week’s “Crisis on Earth X” crossover. If they moved the story much further than they did, stopping everything to deal with Nazis from another Earth would be awkward. Well, more awkward.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Kim Engelbrecht as Marlize DeVoe and Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)Still, for an episode of The Flash, there really wasn’t a whole lot of… Flashing(?) going on. There is plenty of Barry being the giant dope we all know him to be. He’s playing all the hits: Stalking people, not telling his friends important information, not listening, not giving anyone a good reason to believe him… For all the attempts to reestablish the tone of the show to be more lighthearted and fun, this episode is a reminder that it’s the same show it’s always been. It picks up with Joe and Barry awkwardly questioning DeVoe and his wife after seeing that he doesn’t quite look like the supervillain type. After getting no answers from them, Barry still isn’t convinced. He visits DeVoe after his history class at the university, and asks him some more questions about the night Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne’s particle accelerator exploded. This still gets him nowhere. In fact, Barry now has a complaint against him for harassing an innocent citizen.By now, Barry’s been right about enough things that his friends should know better than to immediately write off his theories. That cuts both ways though. Barry should know by now that he needs more proof that “he looked at me funny” if he’s going to convince anyone of a person’s evildoing. He should also know that there are better ways to get that proof than breaking and entering. Although, if he hadn’t done that, there might not have been any Flash action at all. Seriously, the most we see him do is phase through a wall to get into DeVoe’s house. And he still doesn’t find anything. When he tells his friends this, they have the same reaction we all do: Hands over their faces and exasperated sighs of “Barry…” Even they know at this point. At least the show has a sense of humor about itself. That really helps when it retreads old ground like this. Cisco at one point asks if Barry is getting bad feelings about DeVoe because he’s in a wheelchair. Because Barry doesn’t have the best history with smart dudes in wheelchairs. That got a laugh out of me.Candice Patton as Iris West and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Dan Power/The CW)It’s a little frustrating the Barry doesn’t even prove that DeVoe is the bad guy by himself. DeVoe just reveals himself to Barry after being asked the right question. And then, all he has to tell his friends is, “hey guys; he knows I’m The Flash, so he’s bad.” And then everyone is convinced. They even finally give him his supervillain name: The Thinker. It is funny how the first episode where Team Flash deals directly with the Thinker features Barry being the most colossal dunce he’s been in a while. If The Thinker is the fastest mind alive, Barry seriously has his work cut out for him. Especially since there are weeks, like this one, when he has trouble keeping up with minds moving at average speeds.I did like the origin story we got from The Thinker this episode. The flashback scenes made up the more enjoyable part of last night’s Flash. It’s a nice change from last season, where we didn’t even know who Savitar was, much less how he got that way, until almost the finale. Here, we get a classic mad scientist story, and it’s very well-told. Clifford DeVoe was a history professor who wanted to physically change how peoples’ minds worked. He and his wife, an engineering genius, built a cap that would rewire his brain if exposed to a significant amount of energy. And fortunately for them, Wells/Thawne is just about to turn on his machine. It was cool seeing the younger season one version of Harrison again. Sure he was a supervillain, but he was a likable one. It’s also a nice reminder that the Wellses are very different people and Tom Cavanaugh is really good at playing them all. The accelerator goes off, DeVoe gets struck by lightening and the cap works. It also causes his body to deteriorate, which is how he ended up in the wheelchair.Kim Engelbrecht as The Mechanic and Neil Sandilands as The Thinker (Photo: Dan Power/The CW)The episode ends with the one question we’ve been wondering this whole time. Why doesn’t he look like the creepy wired-up guy we’ve seen at the end of every episode until this point. It turns out, DeVoe can only survive outside his high-tech chair for so long. It’s another device, presumably built by his wife, that hooks into his brain and keeps him alive. It’s a cool reveal, and I’m glad The Flash is getting us through all of this early. It may have been a semi-frustrating set-up episode, but it was a necessary one. Now, even the metahuman-of-the-week episodes should have more meaning and urgency. The show can finally start driving the overall story forward. After next week’s big crossover, of course. And hey, Wally’s back! Can’t fight inter-dimensional Nazis without him!last_img read more

First StarCraft 2 Legacy of the Void trailer revealed

first_imgWhile StarCraft fans expressed no end of frustration at the initial announcement that StarCraft 2 was going to be broken up into three separate titles, the game has thrived all the same and still managed to deliver compelling story modes in the two-thirds that have already released. Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm are about to be met by the final chapter of this tale, Legacy of the Void.If you played through to the end of Wings of Liberty, it wasn’t hard to see where the StarCraft 2 story was headed. We’ve seen the rise and fall of empires, the return and re-return of Kerrigan, and as players we’ve explored tons of new battle scenarios with dozens of new unit types and abilities. Legacy of the Void will bring all of these elements together and walk players through the noble-yet-violent Protoss storyline.As trailers go, Blizzard delivered exactly what the fans wanted to see. It’s clear the story is headed to a thrilling conclusion, and all of the fan favorites are going to be there as it all goes down. Between the multi-colored energy blades on the Protoss and the improbable alliance with the Zerg (through Kerrigan’s leadership), Blizzard is hoping the hype will justify asking another $50 to finish out the story. Well, probably $70 if you want all of the limited edition goodies. Chances are, if you played through this far you won’t mind the extra cash. En Taro Tassadar!last_img read more