If the girls have to be at a comedy show, it might as well be this one — but of course, they don’t have to be at the club, not least because Smith’s new comedy special is now on Netflix.That’s not a very exclusive club anymore; the service released a jaw-dropping 47 half-hours of standup, Smith’s among them, on Jan. 1 as their Comedians of the World series. It’s probably about time the diminutive, androgynously attired Toronto-based comic got this sort of credit, after performing across North America, in Britain and Australia for years, landing a spot or two on American TV and racking up millions of views online for a standup clip entitled “Straight Men, Step Your Game Up.”Those squeezed into the seats at that cosy side stage on a brisk December weeknight got a preview for some of the material bound for Netflix, including her choice of gender identities (“transmasculine house mouse”) … Facebook On the smaller of two stages at Toronto’s Comedy Bar, DeAnne Smith is labouring through what she calls the “painful birth of new jokes.”Her notes about premises, she confesses, seem like a journal of depression, with items like “tired of showering”; her ADD and anxiety also get referenced. “This gets a little sincere, but stick with me.”Before her, the opening acts were each thrown in succession by the presence of two 13-year-old girls in the front row who say they’re dating. The headliner, a forerunner of an absolute tidal wave of lesbian standup in the last couple of years, handles the oddity in the audience adroitly and earns a warm reception for her new material. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: American-born, Toronto-based comedian DeAnne Smith has a new special out on Netflix. (NETFLIX) Advertisement
APTN National NewsA delegation of Russian scientists toured a planned liquefied natural gas terminal along the northwest coast of British Columbia.The scientists have a dire warning about how LNG development in their country has devastated salmon stocks.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
The Colombo Additional Magistrate today gave the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) the approval to exhume the body of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen on Monday August 10.Court had yesterday decided to consider a request to exhume Thajudeen’s body after the CID said that there was suspicion over the manner in which he died. Thajudeen was earlier believed to have been killed in a car accident but later there was suspicion that he may have been murdered. Accordingly the Colombo Additional Magistrate today approved the request and ordered that the body be exhumed on Monday. The son of a VVIP has also been indirectly linked to the death of the former National rugby player. (Colombo Gazette)
He pushed his pawn up to c5, instantly giving Karjakin his biggest edge of the entire match, according to the chess engine Stockfish. After the two traded the rooks at the top of the board and the Russian captured the Norwegian’s pawn on c5 with his knight, the position belonged to Karjakin and his two unimpeded pawns on the board’s left side, itching to become queens. The game was won.But Karjakin had been burning through his time, which ticked down to less than a minute for five moves in a row. (If a player runs out of time he loses.) He relied on the bonus 30 seconds, burned them down, made a move, received 30 seconds in return, and then burned them down again. It was torturous to watch. In chess, thanks to the 30-second increment, you can relive ulcerous final seconds over and over and over again. The crunch got to Karjakin, eventually. He misplaced his queen on the 37th move, ceding back to Carlsen all of the advantage. One blunder cancelled out another, and the game was level again.With seven seconds left on his clock — seven seconds until instant defeat and devastated title chances — Karjakin made his 40th move.Things calmed down for a while after that, both players comfortably pondering the game with their added time. Stockfish saw the endgame as level, or maybe just a touch better for black, until the 51st move. Carlsen (white) had to make a decision here: Chairs have a storied history at the world championship. Bobby Fischer famously demanded that an Eames Time-Life Chair be shipped to Reykjavik for his 1972 championship match against Boris Spassky. He said he thought better while sitting in it. An Icelandic chess official thought it’d be nicer for the cameras if Spassky had a matching chair, so one was driven by limousine to John F. Kennedy Airport and put aboard the first flight to Iceland. The model of chair, now an icon of 20th-Century design, thanks in part to the match that had a rabid viewership in the States, is now sold by Herman Miller for $3,000.And what about this year’s model? After a Zapruder-esque examination of photographs from this year’s match, a lengthy search of office chairs online, and a crowdsource of my social networks, this year’s chair appears to come from Staples, the office-supply chain store. It’s called the Baird Bonded Leather Manager’s Chair and it retails for $270. Both players appear to use the same model. (Multiple messages to FIDE and its partner Agon Limited asking about the chairs were not returned.) Sitting in an Eames chair, Bobby Fischer, right, plays Soviet chess player Tigran Petrosian in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 1971. Getty Images The two grandmasters will take their seats for at least two — and up to four — more hours-long games. There could be further shorter games if the match is tied after that. They should both get comfortable in their Staples chairs. Kirill Zangalis, Karjakin’s manager and a spokesman for the Russian chess federation, addressed the press after the game. “Sergey now knows how he can win this match,” he said. “Now, it’s only the beginning.”Tuesday is a rest day, and Game 9 begins Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here — although there will be no dispatch here on Thursday — and on Twitter. “Chess is everything: art, science and sport,” the former world champion Anatoly Karpov once said. With the ticking clock and dramatic swings, it had never felt more like a sport to me than it did Monday night. And in sport, the equipment matters. The brilliancies and blunders are born in the minds of the two geniuses vying for this title, but they’re expressed to the world via more mundane physical objects. I wanted to know the tools of these sportsmen’s trade. Consider this your guide if you’re hoping to build a chess arena of your own at home.The official chess clock of the sport’s governing body FIDE — the small plastic box that loomed over Game 8 — is the handsome maroon model DGT 2010. It goes for about $80.The championship uses a souped-up board with sensors in the pieces, so that moves can be instantly related to spectators on monitors in the venue and on the internet. But you can buy an essentially identical version, sans sensors, for $470. It sports a rosewood and maple board and ebonized boxwood pieces, and was designed by the Pentagram architect Daniel Weil. The size of the pieces are, apparently, proportioned to the pitch of the facade of the Parthenon.But, most importantly, in what do the grandmasters sit? Chairs are important to chess players, for obvious reasons. In this year’s match, the two grandmasters have sat — minus the odd bathroom break and so forth — for about 68 total man-hours. He slid his queen over to e6. Karjakin pushed his right-side pawn to h5, heading down toward the white king’s defenses. And thanks to Karjakin’s innocent-looking pawn move, Carlsen had, essentially, run out of useful things to do. The black pawn on a3 was sprinting toward queendom while the black queen and knight were menacing the white king. One move later, Carlsen resigned and the two players shook hands.After his loss, a distraught Carlsen brushed past a would-be postgame interviewer without a word. As Karjakin dutifully did interviews backstage, Carlsen came out onto the stage for the press conference. But the timing was off. There was no moderator, no Karjakin, no questions being asked. It was just Carlsen, sitting alone on the stage in silence, facing a thick phalanx of expectant reporters, photographers and chess fans. You could pierce the awkwardness with the top of a bishop. And he sat and he sat and he sat, for minutes that felt like hours.Eventually, Carlsen had enough. He threw his hands up in disgust, stormed backstage and never returned. Magnus Carlsen testing different chairs before the match. The Staples chair that was chosen is at left. Photograph by Misha Friedman After a lengthy series of draws and building tension over the past 11 days, the deadlock at the World Chess Championship was finally broken Monday evening. The defending champion and world No. 1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, was bested and resigned after 52 moves and five hours of play. His challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, a heavy underdog coming into the match, now leads 4.5 to 3.5 in this race to 6.5 points and chess’s ultimate crown.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points. If the match is tied after 12 games, four relatively speedy tiebreaker games will be played on Nov. 30. Each player would get 25 minutes for his moves. Karjakin, who began the match ranked No. 9, has inched up to No. 6 in the world.The advantage in Monday’s Game 8, played on a frigid day in lower Manhattan, swung wildly back and forth between the two players. The game featured back-to-back blunders and a last-second move with the clock’s final seconds ticking down, a scenario worthy of a classic NCAA Final Four game. In the end, Carlsen overextended his reach, wandering into endgame territory more dangerous than he’d realized. Karjakin eventually steeled himself, as he’s done in a number of previous games, and found the winning line.In the opening, Carlsen, playing as white, deployed something called the Colle-Zukertort System.2Edgard Colle was a Belgian master in the early 1900s and Johannes Zukertort was a contender for the 1886 world championship, which took place partially in New York. In this opening, “white develops pieces behind its pawns, then takes action on his own terms,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster and chess.com contributor, told me. In other words: White’s position could get quite intricate before the fight begins, as he gets his pieces just where he wants them. “White tries to release tension on his terms so that his pieces can flourish.”By about the 25th move, it was clear that time was going to be a factor in the game, as the players struggled to deal with the insanely complex board they’d created with all those flourishing pieces. (Karjakin later called the position “crazy.”) The players get 100 minutes to start the game, 30 bonus seconds after each move, and 50 minutes when they make their 40th move. On the 32nd move, Carlsen had six minutes remaining on his clock and Karjakin had five. On the 34th move, the time ticking, Carlsen (white) faced this position:
Prosecutions have reached an all-time low despite crime soaring to a new record high, official Government figures reveal.The number of people dealt with by the criminal justice system in England and Wales fell by 7 per cent in the latest year while recorded crime shot up by 11 per cent to 5.5 million.The Victims’ Commissioner warned that unless the trend is reversed people will “simply give up” reporting crimes, creating “a real disconnect” between the public and law enforcers.MPs said stretched police forces and prosecutors have “raised the bar” for what is worth pursuing as it emerged that the number of on-the-spot fines issued for offences including cannabis possession and petty theft fell by more than a quarter year on year.Police chiefs blamed cuts in police numbers, changes to the way crimes are recorded and “significant rises” in complex cases such as child sexual exploitation and online fraud. 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. Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ CommissionerCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner, said: “Behind these headline statistics, there is a human side, individuals whose lives have been blighted by crime and who will be feeling badly let down, not only by the absence of justice, but the message it sends to criminals, that the chances are you will get away with it.“It is important that we reverse this trend and re-build public trust and confidence. If we don’t, there is a real risk that victims will simply give up reporting the crimes committed against them– thereby creating a real disconnect between the public and our law enforcers.” Prosecutors said part of the reason for the decline in cases going to court is the mass of digital evidence which must now be processed from mobile phones and computers, which is taking up more and more manpower.The figures released by the Ministry of Justice showed that 1.61 million individuals were either prosecuted or given an out of court disposal in the year ending March 2018, down 7 per cent year on year and the lowest number since records began in 1970. The Ministry of Justice said the rise in recorded crime was down to improvements in the way police record crime, yet the Crime Survey of England and Wales suggests 10.6 million crimes were committed, almost double the number recorded by police.Decisions on whether to prosecute suspects are taken by the Crown Prosecution Service, which said: “Although the number of cases has decreased there has been an increase in the complexity of the cases we prosecute.“This is reflected in the growth in digital evidence and, in the case of sexual offences, reliance on vulnerable victims and witnesses.” The use of out of court disposals, such as cautions for cannabis use, fell by 14 per cent, while on-the-spot fines – which can be used for cannabis possession, theft of under £100 of goods, harassment and drunk and disorderliness – fell by 27 per cent.The independent MP John Woodcock, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: “The system is under so much strain that cases that would have been routinely thought of as being in the interests of justice are now not being followed. We have seen anecdotal evidence that the bar is being raised higher for what is worth pursuing.”
However, speaking at a Telegraph subscriber event on Wednesday night, he warned Tory and Brexit Party supporters that they “all want the same thing … to leave the EU”, but risked enabling Labour to win a general election. Jacob Rees-Mogg has praised Nigel Farage as he urged Brexiteers to come back to the Conservative Party after Britain left the EU. The Leader of the House of Commons said the Brexit Party leader was the most important political figure outside Parliament in the past 30 years and that Brexiteers “owe him a great debt”. He said that a vote for the Brexit Party would be “a vote effectively for Jeremy Corbyn”. Mr Rees-Mogg declared “we must deliver Brexit” and acknowledged that…
← Previous Story Handball-Planet.com visitors opinion: Croatia will become a World Champion! Next Story → Nikola Eklemović in Wisla Plock! When we made a predictions for Women’s EHF EURO 2010, we “captured” 3 of 4 semifinalist and hit the winner, Norway and bronze team, Romania. That’s why Handball-Planet.com team try to test knowledge or lucky again on coming Men’s World Championship in Sweden (13 – 30 January).Medals winners:1. CROATIA (With fantastic semi season in their teams around Europe and with no huge healthy problems, Croatia is on the way to repeat Portugal 2003 and finish on the TOP.2. FRANCE (Injuries of Gille and Narcisse are big problems for French team. With no real replacement for Fernandez and Karabatić in 10 games, we can’t say that “triple” champions are the first favorite.3. SPAIN (It is time for comeback. World Champions from 2005 with Rivera on the bench are ready for something big. Experienced players, also a coach and maybe easier part of the draw, give them a chance to enter battle for medals)Other places:4. POLAND (Big generation of Polish handball, still need more to become a winner at some big event. They will show their qualities, but probably will be defeated in most important matches).5. SWEDEN (Host team hasn’t real quality for semifinal, but they will be on the edge for this. With their fans and atmosphere, a little wind from a refferes, they will achieve the highest place from “the others”).6. ICELAND (Crucial match for semifinal will be one against Spain. We think that is time for ASOBAL boys, but who know. With Iceland you never know).7. DENMARK (Loss of Hvidt, Jorgensen and Knudsen will take effect on their performances. In company with host team, Croatia and Poland, they will probably fall out first two places).8. NORWAY (Even they think about semifinal, they don’t have a quality for that, but still, they are very danger team and probably will make some problems to “better”.9. SERBIA (Some TOP individuals, probably won’t make a team. Serbia is the squad, who can beat everyone, but the biggest problem is continuity and lack of experience at big tournament for something really big.10. HUNGARY (Hungarians have a team for second round, but nothing more. Still, they can play on high level, maybe not all the games…)11. GERMANY (An average team with so high ambitions. That is normal, when you know how much is handball popular in Germany, but still, lack of TOP players and sometimes “boring” play aren’t something for a optimism).12. SOUTH KOREA (Always nobody knows anything about them, but form from Bercy showed that they can play against Europeans. Game against Slovakia are they final.Good luck for all the teams.HANDBALL-PLANET TEAM Croatia handball championsHandball World Championship 2011
GARDAÍ IN DONEGAL are investigating a booby-trap bomb that exploded under a Jeep in Letterkenny in the early hours of this morning.The device detonated at about 4am in Manor View Park, off Long Lane in the town.Nobody was injured in the attack. Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle.The area was evacuated and residents were asked to take shelter elsewhere as gardaí sealed off the scene.An army bomb disposal team was deployed to the site. A search for additional devices is underway as a precaution.Local residents have been shocked by the event.Speaking to Highland Radio, one mother described how her young son was terrified by the bang.“The wee boy freaked out. We didn’t know what it was,” she said. “I am very shocked. What was the need for it? There are kids and elderly people around. This is normally a quiet neighbourhood. It is scary and shocking.”Gardaí have asked anyone who noticed a silver saloon car driving in the area overnight to contact them at the local station or on the Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.Read: Concerns about homelessness raised after body found in Bray car parkMore: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’Northern Ireland: ‘Elaborate hoax’ in Northern Ireland as three devices found overnight
Alerte à la canicule en France : la prudence est de mise ce week-endFrance – Météo France a étendu vendredi son alerte orange. Elle reste maintenue jusque samedi soir sur plusieurs départements, et la vigilance est de mise. Météo France maintient son niveau d’alerte orange sur les départements du Rhône, de l’Alsace, une partie de la région parisienne (Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis et Val-de-Marne), et l’étend au Territoire de Belfort, et ce jusque samedi 10 juillet à 21h. Ce week-end caniculaire nécessite donc “une vigilance particulière notamment pour les personnes sensibles ou exposées”, explique Météo France dans un communiqué. Ainsi, si le pic de canicule est moins intense que les longs épisodes de 2003 et 2006, Météo France prévoit des températures maximales approchant les 34 et 35 degrés dans les grandes agglomérations, spécifiquement à Paris et Lyon. Elles dépasseront même les 35 degrés en Alsace et dans le territoire de Belfort. Les températures ne descendront d’ailleurs pas en-dessous des 20 degrés durant la nuit.Roselyne Bachelot s’est rendue vendredi au SAMU du Val-d’Oise à Pontoise pour expliquer que le ministère de la Santé était “mobilisé”. Elle a également précisé que “Cette vigilance, c’est aussi notre vigilance à tous, à toutes. C’est un regard de bienveillance, d’attention, à une personne âgée, à un enfant qui joue au soleil, à un travailleur du bâtiment par exemple exposé sur son échafaudage.” Ce week-end, il s’agit donc plus que jamais d’être vigilant, de ne pas s’exposer au soleil trop longtemps et de s’hydrater régulièrement. Le 9 juillet 2010 à 16:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekLupita Nyong’o Fights Gross Zombies in ‘Little Monsters’ Red-Band Trailer Crazy Rich AsiansHustlers is a real ensemble movie. But the main character is played by Constance Wu, a single mother and new stripper who learns from veteran Jennifer Lopez. Many were first introduced to Wu as the mom from Fresh Off the Boat. But her star turn in Crazy Rich Asians catapulted her from TV darling to major potential Hollywood fixture.Set It OffMovies about strong women bonding while doing crime, sisters breaking the law in a world where men make the rules, is a great subgenre. And one of its best examples is Set It Off. The film separated itself from other 90s urban crime epics of the time by centering its story on four women. Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise make for some excellent Birds of Prey.ShowgirlsPaul Verhoeven has more than earned his place in film history with RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, and more. But Showgirls is more infamous than famous. This erotic drama actually earned an NC-17 rating for the sheer amount of sex and nudity in an otherwise mainstream film. Audiences were already limited, and bad reviews made the film a box office bomb. But it recouped its losses on video, presumably because it was a lot easier to rewatch the parts you enjoyed.Bodak YellowHey, Cardi B is in Hustlers! This hilarious hip-hop superstar used to work as an actual stripper, so her expertise was vital on set. Her breakthrough song “Bodak Yellow” remains one of her most famous anthems. So why not watch it again?The Big ShortThe Great Recession looms large over the characters in Hustlers. The economic downturn is what forces these women to steal from the men who helped cause it. And if that whole fiasco is still confusing to you, The Big Short breaks it down in a great way that makes you informed and makes you angry. That film’s director, Adam McKay, produced Hustlers.Thelma and LouiseA stone cold feminist buddy crime classic, you know who Thelma and Louise are even if you haven’t seen a second of this movie. But you should. On this righteous escape of a road trip these best friends really live for the first, and last, time.WidowsWidows starts off with a great hook. After four bank robbers are murdered, their widows try to finish the job and pay off their debt. But from there the movie expands into a sprawling look at intersecting race, class, and gender issues in urban life not unlike The Wire. It almost spirals out of control if not for the sheer gravitational force of Viola Davis as the main character. It’s precisely the movie you want from the director of 12 Years of Slave and the writer of Gone Girl. Stay on target After a summer of watching huge blockbusters that take your cash by enticing you with nice sights, Hustlers feels especially appropriate right now. Based on a true story, Hustlers is about a team of New York strippers who scam drunk Wall Street bros out of their blood money. Sounds better than just getting dollar bills thrown at you on stage.Watch these movies before Hustlers.
School districts and teachers unions continue to work on new contracts this summer, and billions of dollars in state money are hanging over the increasingly heated negotiations, most recently in Washougal.After the McCleary decision, a Supreme Court case that determined Washington was failing to fully fund basic education, $7.3 billion was allocated to the state school system last year. The Legislature added nearly another $1 billion for teacher salaries this year.In Clark County and around the state, teachers unions are volleying for significant raises in light of the increased funding. The Washington Education Association is pushing its membership to ask for 15 percent raises for certified teachers, and 37 percent raises for the classified support staff represented by some teachers unions.In Washougal, the Washougal Association of Educators and Washougal School District are coming out of recent bargaining sessions with different reactions.The district sent out a release on Tuesday about bargaining sessions that took place on Wednesday and Thursday, quoting Marian Young, the district’s human resources director, as saying that “the district’s proposal results in significant compensation increases for Washougal teachers.”District’s statementThe district’s release says the two sides are discussing an increase of 15 percent from the 2017-18 school year in professional salary combining the previous base salary with pay for responsibility and incentive pay, or TRI pay.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney insists that they are back where they belong after committing his future to the club by signing a new five-year deal ahead of their return to the Premier LeagueThe 27-year-old midfielder joined Fulham in 2015 from Blackburn Rovers in a bid to reach England’s top flight division.Cairney’s faith was rewarded in some style, when he scored the decisive goal to ensure their return to the Premier League in the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.“When I came to Fulham in 2015 and said that, I did believe that this club belonged here [in the Premier League], but to do it in the fashion that we did, I never could have dreamt of that,” Cairney told the club website.“I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it, with better boys, and to do it as captain is something special.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“I’ve committed my future again to Fulham, and it’s all I ever wanted to do from the start.”The Englishman is still not bored of seeing his match-winning goal at the Wembley Stadium back in May.“I’ve watched that goal from many angles,” he said.“I like the Spidercam one, that’s my favourite.”Fulham will mark their return to the Premier League with a home game against Crystal Palace on August 11.
Report of the stolen gray Hyundai from Lauderhill laundromat with child inside is correct. The car and the child were found safe and sound.— LauderhillPDPIO (@LPDPIO) January 15, 2017Detectives do not believe the car thief knew the infant or was even aware there was a baby inside the vehicle when it was stolen. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A baby who was inside a car that was stolen from a Laundromat in Lauderhill, Saturday night, was found safe inside the vehicle about one mile away, police said.According to Lauderhill Police, the baby’s mother came to the Laundromat located at 5590 West Oakland Park Boulevard, to pick up some clothes. After she went inside the business, someone got inside the mother’s gray, newer model Hyundai hatchback and drove off with her baby daughter still inside.When the mother realized what had happened, she called 911. Officers were able to track the car using the cellphone the mother had left inside the vehicle.Police found the Hyundai with the child still inside about a mile away from the Laundromat. The baby’s mother declined to comment on the incident.The subject’s whereabouts are unknown. No suspect information on the stolen car with child inside. Investigators beginning their investigation. More as we get it.— LauderhillPDPIO (@LPDPIO) January 15, 2017Police continue to investigate.If you have any information on this theft, 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.
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Down may not be the new up after all: Activision Blizzard celebrated its Q2 2019 earnings as a success story Thursday, with CEO Bobby Kotick saying: “Our second quarter results exceeded our prior outlook for both revenue and earnings per share.”But while the results were considerably better than the company’s previous outlook for the quarter, they were still down significantly from last year’s Q2 results. Investors weren’t entirely happy about that trend, and sent Activision Blizzard’s share price down as much as 3% in after-hours trading.During the quarter ending June 30, Activision generated revenue of $1.4 billion, compared to $1.64 billion during the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.43, compared to $0.52 a year ago.Analysts had expected earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion. However, analysts generally report the company’s revenue and earnings per share numbers without GAAP adjustment, as an Activision Blizzard spokesperson clarified in an email sent to Variety. Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO ×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 Related Popular on Variety “As a result, if you would like to compare our reported figures and consensus on an apples-to-apples basis, you would add the impact of deferrals to our GAAP revenues and non-GAAP EPS,” the spokesperson continued. “In this specific instance, Q2 consensus revenue of $1.19 billion can be compared GAAP Net Revenues $1.396 plus the impact of deferrals of negative $189. Q2 consensus EPS of $0.26 can be compared to our reported non-GAAP EPS of $0.53 plus the impact of deferrals of negative $0.15.”Across its franchises, the company had some 327 million monthly active users. That’s down from 352 million in Q2 of 2018, despite the fact that “Candy Crush,” the company’s most popular mobile game, grew its number of players year-over year. Executives attributed much of the user decline to the company’s split with “Destiny” developer Bungie, which was announced earlier this year.Also earlier this year, Activision Blizzard announced the layoff of around 775 people, or around 8% of the company’s total workforce. On Thursday, executives said that they were growing the teams for core titles like “Call of Duty,” “Candy Crush,” “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch” and “Diablo.”Update: This article was updated with an Activision statement on GAAP vs. non-GAAP results. Blizzard Co-Founder Frank Pearce Exits After 28 Years
Year ending holiday week is here and one has the time to make and experiment while cooking. Here is a recipie of Rum soaked mix fruit mince Pie from The Imperial. Rum soaked mix fruit Mince PIEIngredients225gms of cold butter, diced350gms plain flour100gms castor sugar280gms rum soaked mix dry nuts1 small eggIcing sugar to dust.Salt a pinchMethod1. To make the pastry, rub 225g cold, diced butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g castor sugar and a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball – don’t add liquid – and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can use the dough immediately, or chill for later. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas. Line mall tart moulds, by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each shell. Spoon 280g of rum soaked dry fruits into the pies.3. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies. Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal 4. Beat 1 small egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. They will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.
Dmoz Directory to shut down on March 14, 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on March 04, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: March 22, 2017 – 11 commentsDmoz, one of the longest standing, human curated, directories on the Internet will be shut down for good on March 14, 2017.Directories played a huge part in the early days of the Internet, especially if they were curated by companies or volunteers.There were several reasons for that. First, because search engines were not all that good in the days. Dmoz dates back to a time were Google did not exist yet, and Netscape fought it out against the dominating Internet Explorer browser. Yes, Opera was there to.It was a lot easier to use directories to find websites of interest, than to use a search engine.Second, webmasters used directories as a way to promote their sites. While there was a lot of abuse, especially when it came to automated directories that accepted any site, getting listed in a curated directory such as Dmoz or the Yahoo Directory.Links on those directories not only guaranteed a steady flow of visitors, but also a strong backlink which added weight to the site in search engines.Dmoz shutting downThe announcement does not highlight why Dmoz is shutting down, only that it is the case.Dmoz is owned by AOL, and the decision to shut down the site must have certainly come from AOL. While it is unclear why, costs of running and maintaining the site may have played a role next to Dmoz losing more and more relevancy on the Internet as a resource.The site will be taken down on March 14, 2017 and there is no indication that the directory will live on elsewhere. While you may be able to access its content on the Wayback Machine website, that only remains an option if AOL does not add a no robots tag to the site’s index after shutting down Dmoz.The Dmoz directory outlived Yahoo’s Directory for almost three years. While there are still plenty of directories around, none that I know of that has the name or popularity of Dmoz or Yahoo Directory.It is interesting to note that Dmoz won’t vanish completely overnight. The NOODP meta tag is used by Internet sites to indicate to search engines that search engines should not use the descriptions by Dmoz if available, but the site’s own. These tags won’t do anything anymore after March 14, 2017, and it is recommended to remove them from sites after that date because of that.Update: Dmoz shut down on March 17, 2017. You can access a copy of the site on Dmoztools.Now You: Do you use directories on today’s Internet?SummaryArticle NameDmoz Directory to shut down on March 14, 2017DescriptionDmoz, one of the longest standing, human curated, directories on the Internet will be shut down for good on March 14, 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
An estimated two million Guatemalan immigrants living in the United States are undocumented, but not even the Guatemalan government knows the actual number, immigration attorney Pablo Solares claimed.For the past 15 years, Solares has worked in the U.S. to help fellow Guatemalans obtain identity documents from their native country. One problem, he said, is that Guatemala’s documentation system doesn’t take into account that many migrants come from marginalized communities with high levels of poverty and illiteracy. They generally are not accustomed to possessing identity documents, Solares told the daily Prensa Libre last month.“Nobody has the official figure, not even the government of Guatemala,” Solares said.Most “are in a very unstable situation regarding documents, not only U.S. documents but also those issued by their own country,” he added.“A centralized system has been set up that ignores and discriminates against traditions typical of those places,” Solares said.“Many migrants come from the places that are most affected by poverty [and] illiteracy, with no custom of having identity documents,” he said.Two of the more affected areas are the western departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos, both bordering Mexico, he said.According to Solares, Guatemalan consulates in the U.S. aren’t much help and “work with very seriously limited resources.”Part of Solares’ job is contacting groups of Guatemalans who are “totally out of the government’s reach” and living in pockets of Central American immigrant communities in the U.S.Through Guatemala’s Registro Nacional de las Personas, or National Registry of Persons, Solares helps immigrants obtain a Personal Identification Document without them needing to travel to Guatemala. Some Guatemalan returnees arrive back in their home country on August 27, 2014 with orange fruit sacks filled with all of their possessions. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States are returned to their home country on daily flights. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonHigh corruption levelsLast year, during a forum on the humanitarian crisis of migrant children, Guatemala’s Human Rights Prosecutor Jorge De León accused the government of being incapable of guaranteeing its citizens access to a decent livelihood.De León said funds earmarked for Guatemalan children need to be invested free of corruption, and currently “there are no conditions that allow citizens to think that they’ll have a better life in Guatemala.”Public policies haven’t sufficiently addressed poverty and extreme poverty, largely because of high corruption indicators, he said. Social programs “neither accomplish their aim or reach their goal.”De León said that every year, about 200,000 young workers look for decent jobs, but find none.“In some cases, they take informal, poorly paid jobs that create frustration and lead them to view migration as a way to improve their living conditions,” he said.On the issue of unaccompanied child migration, De León said, “It’s not a question of passing more laws or creating new types of crimes, or creating more bureaucracy to look after children.”Instead, more focus should be placed on investing funds “with transparency and without corruption in order to change the conditions under which most people live,” he said. A woman, her children and a dog are seen in the Manuel Colom Argueta neighborhood of Guatemala City on Dec. 22, 2013. Johan Ordóñez/AFPChild deportations increasingTens of thousands of children, most of them leaving the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have reached the U.S.’ southern border with Mexico – in many cases, only to be deported to their countries of origin.These three Central American countries are severely hit by violence from organized crime – mostly drug-trafficking organizations – as well as youth gangs known as maras.Children are sent unaccompanied, in high numbers, by parents from Northern Triangle countries to join relatives already established in the U.S. as a means of protecting them from increasing levels of local violence.According to figures provided this month by Guatemala’s Immigration Administration, the number of Guatemalan children deported by land from Mexico increased last month by 165 percent to 536 minors, from 202 in the same period last year.Guatemala’s First Lady Rosa Leal, who has been tasked with implementing strategies to respond to the issue of migrant minors, recently told local media that, “Before, each week we would receive 50 minors expelled by land, but the number tripled over the past several months.”Leal added that she plans to meet with her U.S. counterpart, Michelle Obama, to analyze strategies to prevent child migration and ensure that during the children’s journeys their rights are respected. 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MTA Top Achiever Baltic-bound with Insight VacationsMTA Top Achiever Baltic-bound with Insight VacationsPictured standing in the grounds of picturesque Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Jennifer McCullough who recently visited Poland and the Baltic States as part of an Insight Vacations’ Top Achievers study tour.Jennifer’s program also included the Baltic State capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. MTA Traveldiscover more hereSource = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA Travel
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals may be looking to add to their tight end depth.According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the team recently tried out Jake Ballard.Ballard has been working his way back tull strength following micofracture knee surgery and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction that he underwent last year.Ballard spent last year with the Patriots on injured reserve and was waived by the AFC East franchise in August. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Ballard, 25, spent the first two years of his career with the New York Giants, where he caught 38 passes for 604 yards and four touchdowns. A 6-foot-6, 256-pound player, he was originally undrafted out of Ohio State but quickly became a key contributor for the team.