New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the government to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.In a letter to the Law Ministry, the commission has proposed that provisions of the Representation of the People Act be amended to allow the EC to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of voters list. According to the EC proposal sent earlier this month, the electoral law should be amended to empower electoral registration officer to seek Aadhaar numbers of the existing voters as well as of those applying to the voters’ list. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card has put brakes on the Election Commission’s project to link Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Aadhaar) numbers with voters’ electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. The poll panel was then collecting Aadhaar numbers as part of its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP). Seeking to check multiple entries in electoral rolls and to make them error-free, the Election Commission had embarked on an ambitious project to link Aadhaar numbers with voters’ electoral data. “Since the Supreme Court order makes it clear that sanction of law is required to collect Aadhaar number, the commission has proposed changes in the electoral law,” a functionary explained.
Director X, far right, director of the upcoming film Superfly, discusses the film onstage with cast members, from left, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis and Trevor Jackson during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2018, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at Caesars Palace on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP) Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook LOS ANGELES—In a nondescript room on the mammoth Sony Pictures lot, music video veteran-turned-filmmaker Director X edits a semi-finalized version of the upcoming Superfly remake, chicken salad in hand.The film, which will be screened before a small audience of friends and family the following day, is undergoing a last-minute cleanup before it’s scheduled to be shown to studio heads in its entirety for the first time.When asked whether the version of the film being edited today will be the same one theatregoers see upon the film’s June 15 release, the director, born Julien Christian Lutz in Toronto, laughed good-naturedly. “It all depends on Monday,” he said. “But this is what we’re presenting.” Superfly, which stars Grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson as the titular drug dealer, is a highly stylized action flick that truly pushes the limits of its R rating. News first broke that the film would go into production in January. After less than 40 days of shooting, it will open just in time for summer blockbuster season — a super-fast turnaround compared with the Hollywood standard.“It was not a lot of time to get this together,” X admitted. “But I tell my guys, ‘All those jobs where you had all the prep time you needed and time to get it right, this ain’t that job. All those jobs prepared you for this job.’ When they say, ‘Smooth seas don’t make experienced sailors,’ this was not a smooth sea.” As for the director himself, “I’m born from chaos filmmaking,” he said. “So it didn’t bother me a bit.” Twitter
APTN National NewsAbout 500 residents from the communities of Sikichu and Hall Lake in northern Saskatchewan have been forced to flee their homes after a lightning strike ignited a forest fire.Hall Lake is one of six communities that forms the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.The blaze was about one kilometre away from the community when people were forced to leave.Community members are staying in the nearby town of La Ronge.There is no word on when they will return home.
NEW YORK — Citigroup is reporting its profits rose by 9 per cent on an adjusted basis from a year earlier, helped by a lower tax rate and a reduction in expenses.Citi said Monday it earned $4.31 billion in the last three months of 2018, or a profit of $1.64 per share.That compares to the fourth quarter of 2017, when Citi reported an $18.89 billion net loss. The loss was mostly an accounting adjustment, caused by the impact of the then-new tax law which required Citi to write off billions of dollars of what are known as tax-deferred assets.The results beat analysts’ estimates, who were looking for Citi to earn $1.55 per share, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press
Rabat – Moroccan-Italian activist Nawal Soufi has been awarded the “Arab Hope Makers” prize in Dubai for her role in helping refugees.Soufi won the prize along with AED 1 million during an award ceremony on Thursday, where she had been competing with four other finalists.Nicknamed the “Refugees Angel,” the 30-year-old Moroccan helped save the lives of 200,000 refugees, mostly Syrians fleeing war , seeking to reach Europe by embarking on a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. “Lady SOS,” as some refugees call her, has been actively working to make sure refugees reach Italian shores safely. She frequently receives phone calls from refugees asking for help. Soufi has always been there to deliver, sending them rescue.“Often, I am the first person they call in panic when their boats get lost or start to sink”, she said once.When she told her story before the award’s judges, she explained how the phone is part of her life now.“The calls I get everyday are like: we are drowning; the waves are high; please help us, we are dying. This call can change anyone’s life,” she said.In addition to her refugee activism in Italy, Soufi went to Syria in 2013 to deliver aid for refugees. There, she was witness of the horrors of war and grew more sensitive to the tragedy of Syrians.Soufi and other four panelists were selected among 65,000 participants representing 22 Arab countries.During the award ceremony, the other four finalist were also granted AED 1 million “for dedicating their time to serving others,” said United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Police are searching for a bat-wielding thief after a convenience store was robbed in Brantford. Around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a man walked into St. George Grand Street Variety on St. George St. armed with a baseball bat.The man told the clerk to hang up the telephone and proceeded to hand him a plastic bag.The Brantford Police Service (BPS) say the man obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and the victim was not physically injured.The suspect is described as a white male, about six-foot, with an average build. He was wearing a black hood, red bandana, sunglasses and blue pants with a white stripe.“The BPS are releasing the video including the audio in hopes that with both the visual of the suspects stature including his voice that someone from our community may be able to identify him,” said police in a news release.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Darryl Graham of the Major Crime Unit at 519-756-0113, ext 2206.
The general elections began on 25 August, with the opening of 165 polling stations throughout the island nation and some 70,000 Fijians casting their ballots for 71 legislative seats. Voting will continue through Saturday, due to the country’s geography and electoral system, which requires voters to cast ballots once in a communal constituency and again in an open one, according to the UN Fiji Electoral Observer Mission (UNFEOM).The Mission reported the elections were taking place in what seemed to be a “relaxed atmosphere,” the only hitches in the process being long lines to vote and some missing election material and equipment, such as posters and computers to check voters’ names on the electoral roll. In most places, those problems were fixed later in the day.Since 23 August, UNFEOM has deployed 20 teams of observers to different locations, including three small island groups. On Saturday, UN teams were on hand at 140 polling sites to witness station openings and closings, balloting and complaint procedures, and the transportation of sealed ballot boxes.Together with the Commonwealth and the European Union observer groups, UNFEOM also witnessed the vote of the President of Fiji on the first day. The President warmly welcomed the UN’s presence and expressed confidence that “the elections will be carried out in a free and fair manner and safeguard Fiji’s return to constitutional democracy.”
According to a spokesperson for the Organization, Staffan de Mistura – who has been engaged since 5 May with representatives of the Syrian Government, the Syrian opposition Coalition and 39 Syrian political and civil society groups – will continue the consultation process into the month of July with the “sincere hope and belief that guns will fall silent one day.”“The sooner they fall silent, the more lives will be saved,” Mr. de Mistura’s spokesperson added in a statement issued earlier today. “It is the responsibility of all Syrian, regional and international actors to try to bring that day forward and to make every effort to protect civilians under any circumstances and at all times.”During Syria’s tragic five-year arc of conflict, 220,000 people have been killed, more than one million have been injured, 7.6 million have been displaced and four million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates. In the past weeks alone, well over 100,000 people were displaced in a new wave of fighting in Idlib while some 14 million people are now displaced due to the interlinked crises in Syria and Iraq.In addition, the repeated use of highly lethal weaponry, such as barrel bombs, has increasingly drawn condemnation from the Special Envoy and the UN itself. In the statement, the spokesperson said Mr. de Mistura stressed the existence of a “general consensus” that there cannot be a military solution to the Syrian tragedy and that the continued use of force “will only create further suffering, destruction and grievances.”“An inclusive and Syrian-led and owned political solution is urgently needed,” the statement added. “Only such a solution can address the aspirations of the Syrian people and end the conflict in a sustainable manner.”The UN describes the Geneva Consultations as “a rolling process of separate and informal meetings” aimed at operationalizing the Geneva Communique of 30 June 2012 and Mr. de Mistura has announced that he remains set on briefing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his findings from the process. “Special Envoy de Mistura hopes to be in a position to present to the Secretary-General views on ways to help the Syrian parties reach a political solution, as per the Geneva Communique, to end the unacceptable bloodletting in their country, which has led to countless deaths and injuries, and destruction of cities, towns and villages,” the statement concluded.
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Brittany Giles didn’t spend a lot of time in her high school library.She found it difficult to navigate, which often left her hesitant to check out various resources.When the first-year Sport Management student made the transition to Brock last fall, the thought of visiting the large James A. Gibson Library came with a dose of anxiety.But then the emails came.Through the University’s Personal Librarian program, Giles was contacted by Library staff and taught electronically about useful resources and services available at her fingertips.It was a huge help for the 18-year-old Brampton native, who found herself faced with several university papers to write for the first time.“The emails definitely helped to get me into the Library during my first year,” Giles said. “It set a good foundation for later in my university career, so I’ll know how to use the system and how to access the resources I need.”Through the initiative, Library liaisons focused on specific Faculties and programs send personalized email messages that highlight the Library’s online and physical resources and services. They also run polls and contests, and refer students to other relevant campus resources, such as A-Z Learning Services and Student Wellness and Accessibility Services.PhD student Taylor Downes speaks with Liaison Librarian Jennifer Thiessen about the assistance she received through the Personal Librarian program.The Personal Librarian program was launched in 2013 as a means to help reduce “library anxiety” often experienced by students, while also promoting available campus services, said Elizabeth Yates, Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian.“We’ve grown into seeing the student as a whole person, recognizing there’s a lot of things going on their lives — not just academically, but socially and emotionally,” she said. For Faculty of Education PhD student Taylor Downes(BA ’13, BEd ’13 and MEd ’14), the personal service offered through the program made a world of difference. She reached out to Liaison Librarian Jennifer Thiessen for support finding a measurement scale for a paper and future dissertation focusing on adolescent self-concept and social media uses.“She didn’t rest until she found what I was looking for,” Downes said of the dedicated Library staff member. “Without finding this scale, I wouldn’t have been able to move forward in my work.”Downes intends to continue using the program and only wishes she had been aware of Library supports earlier in her Brock career.“It’s great to have someone with a different perspective and strong expertise to assist with finding the right material for my thesis,” Downes said. “One of the hardest steps is manoeuvring through the databases to find strong material to support an argument. If I had known there was someone there to guide me through the process, it would have been invaluable.”In addition to enhancing the program each year, often based on feedback from student surveys, the Library aims to reach out to new student populations.“This year, we included ESL students for the first time. While they’re not in an academic program, per se, there is evidence that specialized populations can particularly benefit from tailored Personal Librarian messaging,” Yates said.With the support of a Brock retention grant, the Library has also expanded the program to include transfer students, who may struggle when coming into programs where existing students have already made academic and social connections, or when transferring from college to find university-level coursework unfamiliar and challenging.While more common at U.S. universities and colleges, Brock’s personal librarian program is among only a handful in Canada. “We are consulted by Canadian libraries looking to develop their own Personal Librarian programs and have given presentations on our programming at Canadian and U.S. conferences,” said Yates, who is part of the program’s planning team alongside Liaison Librarian Justine Cotton and Digital Services Librarian Tim Ribaric.She said the positive feedback received from students is “very gratifying.”“We may not be able to reach out to all of our students in-person, but we can do it electronically. We are trying to make personal connections.”For more information on the Personal Librarian program, visit the Library’s website.
Helen Boniface, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells representing six of the eight victims’ families, said: “The cumulative weight of intelligence known to MI5 and the police prior to the attack concerns the families that we represent.“Despite the coroner’s conclusion to the contrary, the families do believe there were many lost investigative opportunities that could have identified the planning of this attack.”The parents of Christine Archibald, 30, a Canadian woman knocked down on London Bridge, called for stricter measures to try to stop terrorists using hire vehicles as weapons following the inquest.Miss Archibald died in the arms of her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson. Barbara and Greg Archibald said in a statement: “We very much hope that he [the coroner] will now recommend that appropriate measures be introduced so that MI5 is notified when a vehicle is rented by a person on their watch list. Such a protocol might have prevented the death of Chrissy and others.” 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. “All of the family knew something of his extreme views. I have to say, I didn’t find any of them convincing witnesses,” said the coroner. “Each has accepted that they should have done more at the time.”However, grieving relatives and their lawyers said the attacks had been “preventable” at the conclusion of the inquest, held at the Old Bailey, and paid extraordinary tributes to their loved ones. The court had heard how tip-offs were lost, basic associations not explored and “opportunities galore” missed to expose the plan. MI5 did not identify Redouane and Zaghba until they were shot dead by armed officers in Borough Market.Christine Delcros, whose fiancé, Xavier Thomas, was the first bystander killed after being struck on the bridge by the attackers’ rented van, blamed the authorities for a catalogue of “staggering failings”, adding: “Imperfect communication between authorities meant that opportunities to identify all attackers and disrupt their activities did not occur.”She also condemned the authorities for failing to erect barriers at London Bridge, two months after the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge. A City of London police officer had identified London Bridge as a “primary security concern” but nothing was done.Ms Delcros said of the loss of her partner: “Since that fateful day, time has stood still … I am inconsolable. Moving on is too far away. Our love for each other is what keeps me alive now.”Julien Belanger, whose son, Sebastien, 38, was stabbed to death, said: “Many opportunities were missed to prevent this tragedy, including the prior arrest of Khuram Butt.”Mr Belanger criticised the “slow response” of the London Ambulance Service to reach his son after the inquest had heard he was the only one of the victims who could conceivably been saved had an ambulance been allowed more quickly into the area. Philippe Pigeard, father of another victim, Alexandre Pigeard, also expressed concern over “a lot of missed opportunities”.Helen Kennett, 38, an off-duty NHS nurse, who was stabbed and wounded as she tended to Mr Pigeard, told The Daily Telegraph: “I would do the same again. Even if I gave Alex just a glance that gave him comfort, then it was worth it. His parents are just glad that somebody went to him.” They added: “Chrissy was a beloved and sustaining presence in many lives. Nothing can deny the brutality of her death or mitigate our grief at her loss, but we hope that in the future no one else need be injured or killed in such an attack because authorities weren’t alerted in time.”Outside the Old Bailey, Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner and Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, paid tribute to the bravery of police officers and members of the public on the night of the attack.He said Scotland Yard had carried out a “painstaking and at times painful examination” of its own investigation into Butt, adding: “With regards to the investigation itself and with the benefit of hindsight, we know certain things could have been done differently.” A coroner criticised the family of the ringleader behind the London Bridge terror attack, accusing them of being unconvincing witnesses who should have done more to alert authorities.Mark Lucraft QC, chief coroner for England and Wales, concluded eight innocent bystanders had been unlawfully killed by Khuram Butt and his two accomplices, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, in the attack on June 3 2017.But to the disappointment of victims’ families, the coroner cleared the security services and counter-terrorism police of any failure to prevent the atrocity on Friday.Although Butt was the first jihadist terrorist to carry out an attack while under active investigation by MI5, the coroner praised the agency’s “thorough and rigorous” inquiries into his activities. Instead Mr Lucraft criticised Butt’s close family, including his widow, Zahrah Rehman. London Bridge attacker Khuram Shazad ButtCredit:Metropolitan Police
We’ve all seen Armageddon, the popular 1998 film by Michael Bay featuring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. The plot of the movie revolves around these blue-collar deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a humongous asteroid that’s on a collision course with Earth. As we learned from that movie, asteroids hurling towards Earth are bad, which gives many of us cause to scratch our heads when hearing about Hexi Baoyin and crew at the Tsinghua University in Beijing who are actually trying to pull an asteroid into an orbit around the Earth.Apparently, nudging a small asteroid towards the direction of Earth is pretty straightforward. The team was inspired by the comet Oterma that Jupiter’s gasses sucked into its orbit in 1936. The comet orbited the planet for about two years before floating back into the Solar System.Bayoin and his team have studied the orbits of the 6,000 known Near Earth Objects and don’t think it’s actually possible for any of them to come close enough as to allow Earth’s orbit can capture one of them by itself. So, they think a little nudge will do the trick, and there are a few NEOs that will come very close allowing just a little bump to make them enter Earth’s orbit as a small satellite.The 2008EA9, a 10-meter-sized object, will pass within about 1 million km of Earth in 2049, and has a similar orbital velocity as Earth’s. Bayoin and his team think that the NEO could be bumped into Earth’s orbit by a mere velocity change of 410 meters per second. The asteroid would be in an orbit about twice the distance of the Moon where it can be easily studied and mined before it floats off into the Solar System just like Oterma did.In other news, a different group of scientists at Tsinghua University are working on a plan to actually stop an asteroid that may potentially impact Earth. The asteroid, named 99942 Apophis, is a 46 million tonne, 1,600-foot-wide asteroid that’s currently heading towards Earth. The asteroid is set to pass Earth safely around the year 2029, which is a relief. But, there’s a teensy-weensy chance that the asteroid will pass through a small gravitational keyhole that would essentially turn it around to remain on its path towards Earth. The chance of this happening is 1 in 250,000, but still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.The researchers from Tsinghua University plan to smash the asteroid before it can enter the gravitational keyhole, which is about a 6,000-mile area of space. The goal is to build a 10kg solar sail which will orbit around the Earth and build up enough speed that by the time it hits the asteroid, it will be moving at 90km/s and will bash the space rock to pieces. The European Space Agency also plans to send two spacecrafts to the asteroid. The first spacecraft will do the smashing, and the second will observe the impact so that future asteroid-smashing scientists will know what to do in case another space rock comes our way.via MIT Technology Blog
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The impact of the loss of thousands of military and civilian personnel at Fort Huachuca in southeastern Arizona over the past several years continues to hobble the city of Sierra Vista, according to a presentation at the annual Sierra Vista Economic Outlook luncheon.Including the employment of defense contractors, the area lost about 4,000 jobs over the last five years stemming from cutbacks at the installation.“In recent years, Fort Huachuca has been the primary reason for the county-wide economic downturn, and that’s due to cuts in defense and war-related spending,” Robert Carreira, director of the Center for Economic Research at Cochise College, said last week.The region’s shrinking population and the sharp rise in the number of foreclosed homes are a primary factor in the bleak economic outlook for Sierra Vista and Cochise County, according to Carreira.“We haven’t really seen any signs of sustained job growth in the last seven, eight years,” he said, reported the Sierra Vista Herald.And with the Pentagon still grappling with stringent spending caps for the remainder of the decade, local officials are preparing for additional cuts at Fort Huachuca.“That’s something we need to brace ourselves for,” said Chuck Potucek, city manager for Sierra Vista.Of course, the installation remains one of the city’s best opportunities for economic growth and officials plan an initiative to attract new missions there.“We’re going to try to take a more offensive stance at the city in working with our partners to identify those missions and try to bring more growth to Fort Huachuca, as opposed to just circling the wagons just to save what we have,” Potucek said.
Disney Plus updatesThis one we know is coming as Disney is devoting a two-hour panel on Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT to talking about the streaming service. We also know we’re going to get our first look (read: a trailer) at Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian. But we could also get confirmation of Ewan McGregor’s rumored return as Obi Wan Kenobi in a Disney Plus series. That would certainly be unexpected but not out of the blue, since rumors reached fever-pitch last week. Early Friday Disney released our first look at the new Star Wars series In other Disney movie news, the world knows very little about the plot of Frozen 2, or the upcoming animated Onward (featuring the voice talents of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt). We also expect some word on the upcoming live-action remakes of Mulan and The Little Mermaid.We know at least a few deals were made in the days leading up to the Marvel Comic-Con unveil, so maybe we’ll get a Prince Eric signed on this week and learn about it Saturday! Let us know in the comments what you want to hear about from Disney this week and what you’re most excited to hear about. Don’t forget to check back this Friday for all the news from D23 in Anaheim. 3:04 Here’s how to stream D23 panels so you can follow along. Unfortunately, they don’t include some of the mega panels we expect the most news out of, or some of the panels with the biggest following. Here are a few of the other noteworthy D23 panels:Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, Episode 2 first look: Friday, 2 p.m. PTDisney Plus showcase: Friday, 3:30 p.m. PTBehind the scenes with Walt Disney Studios: Saturday, 10 a.m. PT”Secret Walt Disney Company Project” panel (which we expect to be announced shortly): Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PTMarvel Comics 80th anniversary: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. PTSneak peek at Disney Parks, experiences and products: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. PTJust looking ahead after Star Wars 9 this December, Disney’s updated movie release schedule for 2020 includes a lot of outstanding content. Animated Onward launching on March 6. Also scheduled for the year are The King’s Man — the third Kingsman movie — on Valentine’s Day, the live-action Mulan movie on March 27, The New Mutants on April 3, Black Widow on May 1, Artemis Fowl on May 29, Jungle Cruise on July 24, and the MCU entry The Eternals on Nov. 6.Attendees in years past have been treated to special footage and other goodies, and (good news!) CNET will be on the ground this year to bring you those tidbits. In the meantime, here’s what we’re hoping/planning to see in Anaheim at the Expo this weekend, Aug. 23 through 25. Enlarge ImageEpisode 9 will complete the Skywalker Saga, but is far from the end of Star Wars. Lucasfilm Ltd. Star Wars Episode 9 trailerRealistically, we know better than to expect anything from the marketing machine of Star Wars beyond info on the Disney Plus show The Mandalorian. But after storming out of the gates at Comic-Con with a packed Marvel announcement, Disney has proven anything is possible and it loves to surprise fans, all itching for info on the production, especially considering all we’ve seen is a teaser and a handful of photos.It’s not that I even *want* or need to know everything about Star Wars Episode 9: Rise of Skywalker right now, but I do want some new info and deets. I need me some new Kylo shots, ya’ll; I’ve just been Photoshopping helmets onto Adam Driver’s turn in The Dead Don’t Die and auto-tuning some of his lines and, look, my point is I know this just isn’t healthy.Ugh, and DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED on Keri Russell as the Already Iconic Zorri Bliss. I know in my heart she’s likely a baddie, but she looks so badass it doesn’t even matter. Her power pose is a Mood and I am channeling it all day, everyday to get through this year. Here is your first look at Avengers Campus, coming to Disney Parks! #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/mpAysFOdrC— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) August 23, 2019 Everything we know about Disney Plus Spider-Man is still on the Marvel banner at the #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/HFzT2q8RqG— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) August 22, 2019 1:29 Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Tags Which, the news: 🌎Canada/Netherlands will launch same day as US on Nov 12, Australia/NZ one week later📱Devices: Basically, you can stream it on most everything — except for the glaring omission of Amazon from the list RN— Joan E. Solsman (@joan_e) August 19, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: We also found out which devices will get the streaming service first:iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TVAndroid phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in deviceRokuPlayStation 4 and Android TV-based televisionsXbox OneThe service is currently set to launch in the US on Nov. 12 for $7, making it competitively priced with Netflix. Disney has unveiled a special deal on Disney Plus for D23 attendees called a Founders Circle offer, granting those who sign-up during the Expo $23 off per year with a 3-year commitment to the service. Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel and Pixar newsAt 10 a.m. PT this Saturday, the Walt Disney Studios panel is expected to include a variety of content from not just Disney proper, but also Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios and Disney Animation.After the unveil of the MCU’s Phase 4 at Comic-Con, we don’t expect much more out of Marvel this weekend. (We’ve been wrong in the past though, so who knows!) It seems likely we would hear more about The Eternals, or the upcoming Loki series even though neither has officially announced filming has begun. High on our wishlist is revisiting the Black Widow footage showed off in July at SDCC, or even getting something new from that movie — maybe even news about the villain(s)? 50 Photos Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… 2:04 This weekend, we’re expecting a mess of new information at Disney’s biannual convention. Referred to as D23, the Disney Expo gives fans a peek behind the curtain at the inner workings of Disney — from news about the parks around the world, to television and movie news about Star Wars or the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The event has never been boring, and it will be no different this year as we checkout the convention schedule.In fact, news has already started to arrive as first looks hit the web Thursday night, including a look at Spider-Man still on the Marvel posters around the convention center, a look at the new Avengers Campus set to debut at the parks around the world and more. Share your voice This piece was originally published August 19 and is sporadically updated with more news and speculation. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 2 On Monday, Disney announced international availability for the streaming service and we expect to get even more details about pricing, preorders and bundles this weekend. #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/JZsg6cikXA— Star Wars (@starwars) August 23, 2019 Comments Disney Plus Marvel Disney Star Wars Google
A basketball jersey once owned by former US President Barack Obama sold Monday for $120,000, according to the Dallas auction house that sold it. The number 23 jersey belonged to 18-year-old Obama while he was a senior at Punahou high school in Hawaii, where he lived at the time, according to Heritage Auctions. The jersey was valued at $100,000 before it was sold. Obama is a known basketball fan and was often seen playing during his tenure at the White House, with presidential staffers, celebrities or other guests.
Dhoni is scheduled to train with the Indian Army in KashmirCricket World Cup TwitterThe news about Mahendra Singh Dhoni desiring a stint of training with the Indian Army has become old. As per a press release issued by the Army, MSD is slated to be with his battalion from July 31 to August 15 in Kashmir for the training camp. However, the former India captain was present and seen at the Mumbai Airport on Saturday, July 27, leading to speculation about whether he would actually be going through with this commitment.It was due to this engagement that Dhoni had opted out of India’s tour to West Indies which begins in early August. The 2011 World Cup-winning captain had asked for permission to be away from the team for two months. It can be argued that he deserved a break anyway after having been involved in cricket almost continuously since the beginning of IPL. Still, any change of plans is interesting to watch out for.It is worth remembering that since the end of the World Cup, speculation regarding the future of MSD has been fervent. Many believe that the wicketkeeper-batsman is no longer going to be seen on the cricket field. Some reports suggests that he has refused to announce his retirement despite signals being given by the selectors. Speculation is rife about Dhoni’s future after World CupTwitter/Cricket World CupAmidst all these rumours and stories, one thing that was certain was Dhoni’s plan to train with the Army unit of which he is an honorary member. The 38-year old is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Territorial Army’s Parachute Regiment. It can be recalled here that it was due to his involvement with the Army that he was wearing the ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves that had to be removed after objections were raised to the ICC.While training with the Army isn’t necessarily the best way of getting a rest, perhaps the iconic former skipper of Men in Blue felt it is through this type of training that he can best get away from the mental strain that he must have endured, first in the IPL and then in the World Cup.Maybe, the former captain is merely making a small detour through Mumbai and would get to Kashmir in time. Let’s see what happens.
Transport workers declared to enforce a 48-hour strike from Sunday morning to press home their eight-point demands, reports UNB.The workers under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation’ will stage the work abstention from 6am Sunday to 6am Tuesday, the federation’s general secretary Usman Ali told UNB.We are willing to discuss our demands with the government, he said adding “If our demands are met we will call off the strike.”Their demands include making all offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.Earlier on 12 October, the workers’ association, decided to launch demonstration by going on a two-day work abstention from 28 October to press home their eight-point demands that included amendments to the Road Transport Act, if their demands are not met by 27 October.
It was an elite gathering, which had come to see the paintings and sculptures of the well known painter and sculptor, Renuka Sondhi Gulati at Triveni Kala Sangam, last evening. The show was inaugurated by Nishi and SC Sinha IPS (Retd), Member, National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Guests were Shalini and Sanjay Srivastava IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT Delhi, and the Guests of Honour was Neha and Balvinder Kumar IAS, Vice Chairman, DDA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Taking off a day before the International Womens’ Day, this show celebrates the coming of age of womanhood in India as she rises back from the Ashes to claim her rightful place under the sky as the mythical Phoenix Woman. It is a depiction of a real life saga of the inner power and strength of a woman. Compulsively, what the woman holds up inside her is out on the canvas.Renuka Sondhi Gulati paints to exist and sculpts to underline her existence. Her works vivify the journey of a woman from birth to death under going all the pangs of ageing and feeling all the bliss of maturity, and also they capture how a woman becomes a natural multirole person when she exists within the society, family and above all in history. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer paintings are a satire on political and social systems and depict human answers sometimes through struggles and at other times through silent prayers. Unlike the paintings, the sculptures also brings forth male protagonist and at times women and men are seen as couples. Perhaps sculpture medium helps her to play around the idea of love, family, being together and physical and spiritual union.Gulati said that as an artist she does not need to do anything else to be focussed, responsible and rebellious other than doing her works. The works, for her are the junctures of meditation and as she has been working ever since, she is in a constant state of meditation. If anything could be a meditative process, even a rebellion could bring in the same effects. Most of the women meditate with/through their silent rebellions. Out of them, some cut vegetables, some go to office, some fight at borders, some go underground, some just dream; and some women create works of art.Renuka Sondhi Gulati is one who creates art. There are untold stories of Phoenix women all over, here is one from an artist sees no limitations and is finding the way to fly on her canvas.WHEN: On till 16 MarchWHERE: Sridharani gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam
Same-sex spouses will be able to apply for dependent visas to stay with their partners in Hong Kong from Wednesday (19 September). The government will change its visa policy in line with a historic legal ruling in July this year. ‘Love Wins’LGBTI lawmaker Ray Chan was among the first to welcome the government move. ‘Welcome to #HongKong!’ he wrote on Twitter.Starting tomorrow, eligible same-sex dependents may apply for visas to stay with their spouses and partners. Welcome to #HongKong!Congratulations! #LoveWins https://t.co/yWxXq0V7kt— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) September 18, 2018LGBTI group Big Love Alliance welcomed the ruling a Facebook post. But significantly, they reminded everyone that the government only changed because it was forced to by the courts.‘There is still a long way to go for same sex marriage in Hong Kong’ the post said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Hong Kong Immigration Department in Wan Chai (Photo: Wikipedia) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The new policy means anyone who entered legal and officially recognized same-sex civil partnerships, civil unions or marriages overseas could apply for spousal visas. This is providing that themselves and their partners fulfill existing requirements.A British woman known as QT won a seven year battle with the Immigration Department. The Court of Final Appeal ruled in QT’s favor that she should be granted a dependency visa because her wife had been employed in Hong Kong.In the unanimous ruling, the Court agreed that denying QT a dependent visa was unconstitutional.But, the Immigration Department stressed, this week’s move did not change the meaning of ‘spouse’ in Hong Kong.‘The revision has nothing to do with legal recognition of same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, ‘same-sex marriage’, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil union in Hong Kong’ an immigration spokesperson said. Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hong-kong-recognizes-same-sex-partnerships-in-spousal-visa-applications/ GAYSTARNEWS-
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