New Delhi: The Station House Officers (SHOs) were given directions to constitute with the government agency in identifying locations in the city for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by the Delhi government.Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Special Commissioner of Police rank officer on June 6 around 4 pm in his office at police headquarters in connection with issues raised by the a government agency related to installations of 1.40 lakh cameras. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe meeting was attended by six Joint Commissioner of Police, one DCP and senior officials from the government agency. Sources further added that one of the discussions were regarding the installation of the cameras. “As requested by the agency direction is being given to Local SHOs (police station) to associate with the PWD authorities, contractor and other representatives of the committee, constituted by the government authority, in identifying the locations in the area of RWA/MWS for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by government,” sources said quoting meeting Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsagendas. Sources further added that it was also discussed that cameras already installed by Delhi Police through a firm and other projects, which are in pipeline, should be taken under consideration to avoid duplicacy. “Special regard may be given for maintaining the privacy of individuals and CCTV shall be installed in public areas without encroaching on any private rights of individual,” sources said quoting the one of the discussions point. Officials also discussed that feed of the cameras may not be given to any private person so as to maintain dignity and privacy issue. “Feed may be provided to Delhi Police as per demand and requirement of local police was another point during discussion,” sources further disclosed. The city-wide closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance has helped the police to solve 102 criminal cases in three months of 2019. Police said that the “third eye” is an excellent aid to police investigations and efforts are on to add more CCTV cameras with recording facilities all over the city. Currently, Delhi is being guarded by more than two lakh private cameras. Last year, a theft case of Rs 8 lakh in West Delhi’s showroom was solved with the help of the Nigehban camera. In another case, a gang of six burglars were nabbed with the help of CCTV footage in north D elhi.
Sydney: Australia’s cricket union Sunday slammed fans at Lord’s for booing Steve Smith after he was felled by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer, saying the sport deserves better. The star batsman collapsed face forward after a sickening blow to the side of the neck and head when on 80 during Australia’s first innings of the second Ashes Test against England on Saturday. He was eventually able to walk off the field for concussion checks to a standing ovation after another gritty performance. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut when he returned some fans booed him, mirroring the treatment he has received from sections of the crowd in England keen to remind him of his 12-month ban for ball-tampering. The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), which represents players, said it was wrong to hurl abuse at an injured player. “Cricket deserves much better than that. And Lord’s, the home of cricket, deserves much better than that also,” president Greg Dyer and chief executive Alistair Nicholson said in a joint statement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”What we witnessed was bravery from an outstanding young man. It should be commended not vilified. “Over the English summer, generally the crowds have been terrific and really added to the contest. But when someone is hurt, yet the boos continue, it’s time to call ‘enough’.” Several former Australian greats also condemned the behaviour with Ian Healy calling it “disgusting” while Mark Taylor said it was “very disappointing”. While angry at Smith’s treatment by some fans, the ACA applauded the decision by medics to insist the 30-year-old leave the field for concussion checks, a protocol pushed by Australia following the death of Phillip Hughes in 2014. Hughes, a former team-mate of Smith’s, died after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. “The events at Lord’s show the importance of the concussion protocols which have been developed in Australia over the last few years,” it said. “Administrators in Australia working with the ACA and now the ICC have done a good job in putting the protocols in place. Plainly, they are necessary to protect the players who are struck. “Let’s remind ourselves — this is a workplace for these players,” it added. “The reality is that cricket can be a dangerous sport, especially when the bowling is as ferocious as it has been in this series. “To see the protocols practised at Lord’s overnight was important and correct.” While Smith was wearing a helmet it did not have the additional neck protection that was introduced after Hughes died, which remains optional. Australia coach Justin Langer said after Saturday’s scare that he can see a time when it becomes mandatory.
Channel 4’s new show in the UK, “Hotel GB”, features an all-star cast working with unemployed people looking for jobs in the hospitality industry.Hotel GBFrom Princes-Trust.org.uk: “Hotel GB” will be the first ever hotel staffed by Channel 4’s most well-known and popular faces. For one week only, the stars will take over a hotel and staff it with unemployed people hoping for a break, in an attempt to show that hard work and a good attitude are the best way to get on.“With Gordon Ramsay running the restaurant, Mary Portas taking charge of the rooms and a host of other celebrities working at the hotel, or visiting as guests, the week of Hotel GB promises to be an exciting one.“For the Channel 4 stars, the challenge is to ensure that Hotel GB makes as much money for The Prince’s Trust and The Springboard Charity as possible, and to get their trainees into full-time employment by the end of the week.“Gordon and Mary will throw their teams straight in at the deep end, and with all of them relatively new to the job, it is going to be tough. Each day the Hotel will open its doors to guests that need to be checked in, served food in the restaurant, and entertained in the bar. There will be breakfasts to make, rooms to clean, complaints to manage, requests for the concierge and plenty of surprises. The teams will be put the test, and at the end of the week, the one which raises the most funds will be crowned as winner.”Among the other stars taking part are Gok Wan, Phil Spencer, Kirstie Allsopp and Katie Piper.“We are all putting ourselves on the line to help kick-start careers for young people in the service industry,” said Ramsay.Hotel GB will air on Channel 4, starting on 1st October. Find out more here.
Kiev: Ukrainians voted on Sunday in the first round of the country’s presidential election, with incumbent leader Peter Petro Poroshenko seeking re-election and a surprise front-runner, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. If no candidate gets more than 50 per cent on Sunday, the top two will fight it out in a second round on April 21, the BBC reported. Besides Poroshenko and Zelenskiy, the third important face in the election is former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA total of 39 candidates are in the fray, but only the three front-runners are considered to have any chance of victory. More than 34 million citizens are eligible to vote in nearly 30,000 polling stations, which opened at 8 a.m. Voting will end at 8 p.m. First results of the exit polls will be announced as soon as the voting closes. Vote counting will begin at 10 p.m. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine is expected to release primary official results on Monday morning. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe top three candidates have expressed largely pro-European views during campaigning. None of the pro-Russian candidates were being seen as serious contenders. Poroshenko, 53, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs, was elected in a snap vote after former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in the February 2014 Maidan Revolution, which was followed by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and insurgency in eastern Ukraine. He aims to appeal to conservative Ukrainians through his slogan “Army, Language, Faith”. Meanwhile, Zelenskiy, 41, is aiming to turn his satirical TV show, in which he portrays an ordinary citizen who becomes president after fighting corruption, into reality.
Rabat – The third annual Spanish Universities Fair in Morocco will take place next week. Three fairs are planned in Tangier, January 14; Casablanca, January 16; and Rabat, January 17. Twenty Spanish universities and three institutes will meet Moroccan parents higher eand students to promote higher education offers for students interested in starting or continuing their studies in Spain. The Spanish embassy in Rabat, the Spanish Education Internationalization Service (SEPIE), and the student counseling agency Orientation Carrefour have organized the events.Read Also: Moroccan Students Living Abroad to Participate in 10th ‘Summer Universities’ ProgramThe Spanish Universities Fair in Morocco will take place in three locations: the Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, the Juan Ramon Jimenez Institute of Secondary Education in Casablanca, and the Rabat Hotel in Rabat. The slogan of this year’s event is “Study in Spain.”In exchange for border control, Morocco called on Spain for aid to train workers in key sectors such as tourism and health care, a university program to study in Spain, and a campaign to stop messages encouraging Moroccans to migrate into Spain, according to El Pais.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels, saying its extremists opened fire in the airport and “several of them” detonated suicide belts.The posting in the group’s Amaq news agency said another suicide attacker detonated in the metro.The posting claimed the attack was in response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition arrayed against it.Belgium has raised it terror alert to its highest level after 11 people are died and 81 hurt in twin explosions at the Brussels airport. Brussel’s Mayor has said that 20 people have also been killed in an explosion at a subway station, with another 55 hurt there.Two explosions ripped through the Brussels airport during the morning rush hour as hundreds of passengers were trying to check in. All flights have been cancelled and flights are being diverted. At least one of the blasts came from a suicide bomber. A passenger arriving at the airport this morning described a scene with “blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere,”Thousands of people were evacuated from the airport. And hundreds more were out on the tarmac as they deplaned from flights that were about to take off.Outside of the airport smoke was seen where another explosion occurred. Panicked people started running through the streets, while others stood still, in shock over what was going on.Another blast took place at the subway station. People underground we evacuated, trying to find their way out in the dark. Back above ground, emergency officials treated those who were hurt.These explosions come only days after the prime suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels. Dramatic video shows his safehouse surrounded by police, and Abdeslam bursts out and runs down the street. Officers open fire, and he’s shot in the leg, then he is then led away.Officials have not linked the arrest to the explosions, but Abdeslam did tell investigators he was plotting more violence from Brussels.
OTTAWA — A semi-annual report on complaints about Canada’s phone, internet and television services shows that the two biggest headaches for consumers continue to be billing mistakes and contract terms that are either misleading or not disclosed.Incorrect billing charges accounted for 16.5 per cent of all issues raised in 9,831 complaints over a six-month period and was the top issue for almost every type of service, including internet, television and phone service.The top irritant for wireless services was misleading and undisclosed contract terms, which was the second most common sore point for the other categories of service.Wireless services accounted for 37.1 per cent of all issues handled by the CCTS over the six months ended Jan. 31 while 27.8 per cent of the issues related to internet service and 18.2 per cent of the issues were about TV.The tally is published by the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services, an industry-funded body that gets its mandate from the federal government’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The CCTS says about 60 per cent of the complaints covered by the report were about five service providers — Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, Telus and Freedom Mobile, the wireless service from Shaw Communications.
Presenting his latest report to the Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee), Juan E. Méndez noted yesterday the conflict of interest out of fear of jeopardizing their employment or other reprisals. “If medical staff, including forensic doctors, serve under law enforcement or security agencies or the prison sector, they may have conflicted loyalty between their employer and their professional obligation to report torture or ill-treatment,” he warned. “In the context of allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, the provision of forensic services from within the police force and lack of independent oversight has been criticized by me on previous occasions and my mandate has recommended that systems be reorganized to ensure independence from the police,” Mr. Méndez said. “In those cases,” the Special Rapporteur stressed, “it should be mandatory to submit the person to an independent assessment, external from prison medical services.” In his report, the human rights expert urges Governments to undertake effective investigations whenever there are indications of torture or other ill-treatment, even without an express or formal complaint. “Forensic science has a key role to play regarding the obligation of States to investigate and prosecute allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, especially with regard to individual responsibility and the fight against impunity,” he said. “During my visits, I often observe that States are reluctant to carry out criminal investigations into torture allegations and that accurate statistics on the incidence of torture are difficult to obtain. The lack of investigation, together with the lack of accountability, perpetuates the practice of torture and other ill-treatment,” the UN expert cautioned. Torture may cause physical injury such as broken bones and wounds that heal slowly, or may leave no physical scars. It often takes place in secret, behind closed doors where there are no witnesses, and many torture methods used are becoming increasingly sophisticated and designed to be as painful as possible without leaving physical marks. The same applies when torture is predominantly of a psychological nature, such as sexual humiliation and threats to the life or physical integrity of the person detained or of his or her family. States have an obligation to put in place and apply an effective process of evidence collection in line with the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It is an exception that victims are examined shortly after the torture actually happened. More commonly, while the victim is in custody, the State often is the only one in a position to undertake examinations, he noted in the report. In these circumstances, Mr. Méndez warned, “examinations are frequently conducted that are neither independent nor impartial or victims are examined only after alleged victims manage to get released from detention and some even flee the country, in which case the lesions have healed, leaving no scars or only a few.” During his country visits, the Special Rapporteur has reviewed samples of medical certificates by State health experts and forensic assessments and found the majority of those reviewed of very poor quality and accuracy, not performed in accordance with the minimum international standards for clinical forensic assessment of victims, and unacceptable as forensic evidence. “Governments often argue that a high standard of forensic evidence is out of the reach of States with limited resources,” he said. “However, in my report I noted that the diagnosis of torture is usually not based on ‘high-tech’ methods or cost intensive equipment and that forensic assessment of torture is less a question of financial resources than of training and commitment by the authorities to ensure effective investigation into allegations of torture.” Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Freshman Antoine Davis knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a team-high 24 points as Detroit Mercy won its third straight game, holding off in-state rival Eastern Michigan, 78-74 on Saturday afternoon.Davis now has six 20-point games in his six-game collegiate career and entered the game averaging 31.2 points per game. He matched Paris Bass’ record of six-straight 20-point games to start his career. He has four 30-plus performances and scored 42 in the win over Loyola Maryland.Ty Groce hit two free throws with 1:15 left go get Eastern Michigan within two, 71-69, but Cole Long knocked down a 3 and Lamar Hamrick dunked to push the lead to 76-69 and Davis capped his performance with two free throws.Davis hit 8 of 23 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc, and posted career highs for rebounds and assists, both with seven. Josh McFolley added 20 points for the Titans (3-3).James Thompson IV scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Eagles (4-3). Boubacar Toure added 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.The Associated Press
James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board said that the aim of the IFB funding was to allow animation companies like Cartoon Saloon to develop their projects to a point where they can attract international sales and finance and find a global audience.Nickelodeon UK’s director of programming, Tim Patterson, said that Puffin Rock has a “beautiful art style and charming storytelling”. It will tell the tale of a family of puffins living on a wild Irish island, and is co-produced by Cartoon Saloon, Penguin publishers, and Northern Irish company Dogs Ears.You can expect to see it on your screen in autumn of next year.40 new jobs for Irish animation company used by Disney and Nickelodeon>“My head just exploded” – Irish director’s film chosen for Cannes>Geting paid to daydream and doodle> AN IRISH ANIMATION TV series has been bought by major children’s network Nick Jr (UK).Puffin Rock is one of 12 Irish-connected projects that were presented at the international financing event Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France late last week. The series is to be narrated by Moone Boy star Chris O’Dowd and is to be produced at Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. Cartoon Saloon was previously nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar for The Secret of Kells.The series – which was developed with funding from the Irish Film Board – has also been bought for distribution on RTÉ’s children’s channel, RTEjr.
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Grandpa’s old apple tree has a whole new meaning.This year, Washington became the first state in the U.S. to legalize natural organic reduction, a process of converting human remains into soil that has been casually referred to as “human composting.”Senate Bill 5001 offers two new post-death alternatives to burial and cremation, the only legal options available in Washington.“The main purpose is to provide more options to people in terms of how they can dispose of their own remains and those of their loved ones,” said state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, the Seattle Democrat who pre-filed the bill. “There are people who are very troubled by the environmental consequences with the current means of disposing with remains.”In addition to natural organic reduction, or recomposition, as it is called in S.B. 5001, the bill also allows a process called alkaline hydrolysis, which dissolves bodies using potassium hydroxide or lye in a pressurized vessel. Alkaline hydrolysis is already legal in more than 15 states, but recomposition likely isn’t legal anywhere in the world, according to a New York Times story.“It’s just amazing that we have this completely universal experience of dying and we live in a world that has been transformed over 100 years, or 50 years, or 10 years, or even five years by technology — and yet technology has not really helped us with this universal experience of what to do with dead bodies,” Pedersen said. “Because the law continues to say — or at least it will until next May — continues to say that the only permitted means of disposing with remains are burial and burning, which have been with us for thousands of years.”Pedersen said cremation and burial are more costly and worse for the environment than recomposition, which involves placing a body in a vessel with mostly wood chips and straw. The vessel is then turned gently over 30 days and a stream of warm air is applied, Pedersen said, with about two wheelbarrows worth of soil returned at the end.
After over two months of speculation, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid to join Juventus in a €112m deal, but what kind of legacy did he leave the club after nine years?The Portugal captain arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu as a fresh-faced 24-year-old from Manchester United in a then-world record deal of €94m in the summer of 2009 and as the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.A return of 33 goals in all competitions was to follow in his debut campaign in what was a trophyless season following Real’s disappointing exits in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.After questions on whether Ronaldo’s hefty price tag was worth it, after all, the Portuguese superstar responded in astonishing fashion with 53 goals in a single season and since then he has achieved the following across his magnificent nine-spell:Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.450 goals in 438 games.A record of 17 goals in the 2013-14 Champions League season105 Champions League goals4 Champions League titles311 goals in La Liga.2 La Liga titles (2011-12 & 2016-17)15 Major trophies with the club4 Ballon d’Or awards44 hat-tricks8 times he had scored four or more goals for Real.Club record quickest ever hat-trick inside eight minutes in a 9-1 win over Granada.A record total of 61 goals in all competitions during the 2014-15 season.658 Career goals(Obtained by the Daily Mail)Undoutably he is a true great for Real after the many, many records he has broken and will likely be forever regarded on the same level as club legends like Andrea Di Stefano.Nine years on, and with football’s most coveted individual prize still in his hands in the Ballon d’Or, the question now is whether he will be up to the challenge of ending Juventus’ 22-year wait for glory in Europe? And what will become of Real Madrid in his absence?
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — A lockdown has been lifted at a Miami Gardens school after reports of shots fired near the campus launched a police investigation, Monday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade School Board Police, Myrtle Grove K-8 Center was placed on lockdown for precautionary measures, at around 1 p.m.7Skyforce captured Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics rendering aid to a passenger of a black SUV on the side of the road.Officials said that person was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital. The injury was deemed not life-threatening.Everyone at the school was safe.Miami Gardens Police remain on the scene investigating the shooting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for two thieves who were caught on surveillance video trying to break into a North Lauderdale home.According to officials, they repeatedly tried to shatter an impact-resistant window with a large paver. However, after 16 attempts to smash their way in, they gave up and ran off.The attempted burglary happened back in July.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
READING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) is currently holding a “Calendars for Cans” Food Drive in conjunction with the distribution of its annual historical calendar.The response has been tremendous so far, and RMLD would like to thank customers who have opted to make a non-perishable food donation when picking up their historical calendar. For those who would still like to participate, non-perishable food is being collected at the following calendar pickup locations through December 21, 2018 in Wilmington:Lucci’s SupermarketWilmington Town HallWilmington Memorial LibraryWilmington Senior CenterDonations will benefit the Wilmington Community Fund’s Food Pantry.Calendars are available while supplies last. Food donations are appreciated but not required to pick up a calendar. For more information and a list of suggested food items, please visit https://www.rmld.com/home/pages/calendars-cans-food-drive.(NOTE: The above press release is from the RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Runs Successful “Calendars For Cans” Food Drive To Benefit Wilmington Food PantryIn “Community”RMLD Announces “Calendars For Cans” Food Drive, November 21-December 21In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”
Coming-of-age tales about lost dreamers may be well-trodden ground but Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store has something that the rest do not: A reunion with fellow Captain Marvel alumnus Samuel L. Jackson.With Captain Marvel soaring in cinemas worldwide, fans of the duo may be tempted to dip in to this by-the-book tale. Unicorn Store had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival way back in 2017 but is about to gather a wider audience come its distribution on Netflix this Friday.And fans won’t be disappointed. Unicorn Store proves that Larson and Jackson should be a buddy duo in at least 20 more films, unicorn-related or not.Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson make the perfect team. Netflix Kit, played by Larson, is a 20-something art student who fails her degree by literally coloring outside the lines. She ends up back on her parents’ couch, chugging Coke and watching infomercials until dark. We learn from a trip down VHS recorder memory lane that Kit was a fairy child who grew up painting rainbows. Despite her subsequent hard times, glitter is still encrusted on the soles of present-day Kit’s feet.She’s stuck until a mysterious letter leads her to The Store, a hall filled with odd trinkets, an ice cream parlor and hay — for a unicorn of course. There Kit can nab one of those mythical creatures for her own, if she proves herself worthy.Larson plays the colorful Kit. Netflix Unicorn Store isn’t full-on fantasy — The Store that Kit dips in and out of may or may not be real. This creates a level of intrigue, similar to other charming indie films such as Safety Not Guaranteed.Larson’s done off-beat comedy before (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street), but this is a chance for her to show off her chops as a cutesy, temper tantrum-deploying yet dry-humored oddball. And she’s great at it.Just as great is Jackson’s Mr.-Magorium-meets-Willy-Wonka figure in his pink suit, with his beehive hair decorated like a Christmas tree. Known only as The Salesman, he gives Kit the quest of proving herself worthy of a unicorn. She can only do so by succeeding in various areas of her life, from her relationship with her parents to her new “proper” job as a print assistant.Did I mention she likes color? Netflix Our story moves along briskly as we cut from morning to night, grey office to rainbow Unicorn Store, with no real emotional thread. Larson’s no-frills direction does a satisfactory job bringing Samantha McIntyre’s script to life, with bright moments when Larson gets to show off her excellent comic timing.Kit’s love interest comes in the form of hardware store worker Virgil, played by Mamoudou Athie. For all its predictability, there’s a layer of sweetness in the relationship, and the film’s overall message of acceptance and love. Kit briefly faces a rival for her parents’ affection in counsellor Kevin, played by Karan Soni. He channels the nerds of Napoleon Dynamite, along with several other underdeveloped and deadpan characters in the film.It’s hard to connect to Kit through the glitter and rainbows, despite Larson’s best efforts. She tries to make the right changes to her life, but also seeks acceptance for exactly who she is right now. Her parents, played warmly by Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford, are counsellors at a camp for young people dealing with real difficulties in their lives, some abuse-related. Their briefly touched-upon struggles cast an unfavorable light on Kit, whose greatest hardship is not receiving the unicorn she dreamed of as a child.The scenes in Kit’s office of identical cubicles offer a spike of commentary via a dull and slow-talking sexual predator played by Hamish Linklater. This is delivered with a light hand and may have been a missed opportunity to provide more depth to Kit’s experience.Instead, she’s treated to on-the-nose neatly packaged lines of wisdom, from “Everyone needs a little magic in their lives, even if they’re all grown up” to “The most grown-up thing you can do is fail at the things you care about.”No prizes for guessing what happens in the end: Unicorn Store is more about unleashing the weirdness of Larson and Jackson and assuring young people, like they didn’t already know, that it’s OK to be who you are. Yet ultimately, for a sweet film about dreamers and unicorns, it’s curiously black-and-white. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 0 Post a comment TV and Movies Tags 26 Photos Share your voice Movie reviews Target
The S&P BSE Sensex was the best-performing Asian stock market index in May, gaining 4.14 percent. Though the index snapped its five-day gaining streak on Tuesday and lost 57 points to close at 26,668, it was still ahead of its Asian counterparts.The 30-scrip benchmark index raced ahead of Pakistan Stock Exchange’s benchmark 100-share index to finish as the “best performer in the region” in May, reported Reuters, citing Thomson Reuters data.The 50-scrip NSE Nifty shed 18 points to close at 8,160 on Tuesday.A slew of positive factors, ranging from an expected above-normal monsoon, better-than-expected corporate earnings buoyed the markets, notwithstanding external headwinds in the form of a likely interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve next month, uncertainty over Brexit, and rising crude oil prices.On Tuesday, the biggest Sensex loser in trade was Sun Pharma (down 6.13 percent), followed by TCS, GAIL (India) and ITC. Sensex stocks that bucked the trend and gained included Tata Motors (up 8.95 percent), followed by Tata Steel, State Bank of India and Maruti Suzuki.On the NSE, Tata Motors, Aurobindo Pharma and Tata Steel were the top gainers.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs//FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs. 114 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange.The markets did not factor in the March quarter GDP numbers as they were released after trading hours. The Indian economy grew at 7.9 percent in the March 2016 quarter, up from 7.2 percent in the three-month period ended December 2015, affirming Asia’s third-largest economy as the fast-growing in the world.The upbeat March quarter numbers were due to a broad-based pick-up in agriculture, mining, construction, electricity production and manufacturing. The news comes within days of the Narendra Modi government completing two years in office, on May 26.The two significant events for stock markets to watch out this week are the Opec meeting and the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy review meeting.
In the early 1960s, during the height of the Space Race, Katherine Johnson was one of the women who played a crucial part: working out complicated math problems that NASA relied on to set the paths for the spacecraft to orbit Earth and to land on the Moon. Johnson, who hand-calculated the trajectories for the space travel of Alan Shepard in 1961 and John Glenn’s pioneering orbital spaceflight in 1962, turned 100 years old on August 26, 2018.Being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015Before the arrival of data processors, humans – mainly women–made up the workforce at NASA known as the “Computer Pool.” African American women played a crucial role in the pool, and the most important of them was Johnson.Johnson at NASA in 1966But few had heard of her work before the bestselling novel Hidden Figures, followed by the 2016 film, with Johnson portrayed by Taraji Henson. Johnson attended the Academy Awards ceremony last year at the age of 99.Katherine Johnson watches the premiere of “Hidden Figures” after a reception where she was honored along with other members of the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA.As depicted in the novel and film, “the Glenn mission required a complicated worldwide communications network,” according to Space.com. “The mission’s orbital calculations, which controlled the trajectory of the capsule for the mission, were programmed by a computer, but Glenn asked engineers to ‘get the girl’— referring to Katherine Johnson — to validate the calculations. She ran the same calculations by hand that the computer had run, and Glenn said, according to Johnson, ‘If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go.’ ”NASA Apollo moon landings conspiracies“Wishing a #happybirthday to Katherine G Johnson on her 100th birthday today,” NASA wrote in a tweet. “She worked at @NASA_Langley as a human computer starting in 1953. Her calculations were critical to our early human spaceflight program (you’ve probably seen that in the movies).”Katherine Johnson 1983.Johnson, born in 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, showed a talent for math and calculations at an early age. But public education for black children was not available beyond the 8th grade.Her parents persevered and arranged for Johnson, their youngest child, to attend high school on the campus of what is now West Virginia State University. She graduated from high school at the age of 14, and at that college studied math and science.Katherine Johnson in 1985 at NASA Langley Research CenterA day before her 100th birthday, Johnson attended a ceremony West Virginia State University, where a new statue of her was unveiled and a scholarship in her name announced.“What makes Katherine so extraordinary is she not only prevailed while segregation failed, Dr. Johnson has continued to persevere and thrive with the gracious poise and clarity that defies mere words of explanation, let alone definition,” said Yvonne Cagle, life sciences directorate at the Johnson Space Center, according to a story in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.Image of Katherine Johnson at NASA Langley Research Center in 1980“So what can you say after a century about someone like Dr. Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson –our very own global, global genius? Let’s see–you say nothing. You don’t say anything. You listen.”NASA Administrator Charles Bolden presents an award to Katherine Johnson, the African American mathematician, physicist, and space scientist, who calculated flight trajectories for John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962, at a reception to honor members of the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center.When Johnson first worked for the agency, she was part of a pool of women who read data from the plane’s black boxes and performed mathematical tasks. When she was temporarily put in the all-male flight research program, her grasp of analytic geometry was such that they, as she put it, “forgot to return me to the pool.”Read another story from us:Clayton Anderson: The NASA engineer who got to be an astronaut–after 15 years and 14 rejectionsJohnson’s work was key to the beginning of the Space Shuttle program. She worked for NASA for more than 30 years, retiring in 1986.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at *Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone*, and *InStyle*, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.