ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan have silenced their critics, says Shahid Afridi

first_imgPakistan cruised to the ICC Champions Trophy final after thrashing hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final at the Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.Twitter exploded with congratulatory messages for paksoitan on reaching their first ever ICC Champions Trophy final.Here are a few of them,You make us proud team Pakistan! What a stunning comeback after first loss, silencing/shocking critics. Such a joy. Pakistan Zindabad ????-  Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 14, 2017Congratulations Team Pakistan for an outstanding performance today.- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 2017Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India – if they defeat Bangladesh https://t.co/abTx4b0vo2- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 2017Nailed it team green what a https://t.co/ndEoXtYGvK more to go give it your best shoot .We all are behind you all the way.What a feeling.-  Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) June 14, 2017Gr8 bowling effort on slow pitch by every1..perfect start by Azhar & fakhar all they need to do is just stay there& mint English bowling ..- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 14, 2017Triumph for Pakistan Cricket Team, congrats on getting into the finals of the icc champions trophy.- Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) June 14, 2017Thank you team pakistan ???? on making the whole nation proud,no words to describe the emotions #CT17 #EngvPakadvertisement- sohail tanveer (@sohailmalik614) June 14, 2017So they were saying it would be 1 sided match & Eng will be through to the finals. They were partly right ??.#ENGvPAK #CT17- Javeria Khan (@ImJaveria) June 14, 2017This Fakhar is some player …. #ENGvPAK #CT17- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 2017 Oops, England did it again.- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 14, 2017last_img read more

Cricket Australia confirms pre-Bangladesh tour camp

first_imgCricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the national cricket team will undergo a week-long camp at Darwin before moving to Bangladesh for a two Test series in August.The cricket board’s official site reported that the team will set out on a seven-day training camp from August 10. The camp also includes an intra-squad match at the Marrara Cricket Ground on August 14.The Australia squad features 13 members. The selectors are likely to add a fast bowler to the Test squad after the conclusion of the Australia A tour of South Africa.Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar, who are members of the Australia A one-day squad have already been included in the Test squad.The Australia team is expected to fly for Dhaka on August 18, and the first Test is scheduled to be held on August 27.Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard said: “We’re extremely grateful to the support received from the Northern Territory Government and NT Cricket for assisting in facilitating this camp ahead of our Test tour of Bangladesh.””Darwin will provide the ideal acclimatisation ahead of the tour and the facilities at Marrara Cricket Ground are first-class.”We’re working closely with NT Cricket to replicate conditions in Bangladesh, as we did in Dubai for the Indian Test tour earlier this year, so the squad gets the best preparation possible before departing from Darwin directly to Bangladesh.”The decision was based on the first-class training opportunities that Darwin will provide and there are a variety of pitch options to choose from and also opposition for competitive matches.advertisementNT Cricket CEO Troy Watson said.”We can offer a valuable preparation environment and simulate similar conditions to those the team will face during their tour of Bangladesh in late August, which will be of great benefit to everyone.”Australia’s tour begins with a two-day warm-up match at Fatullah ground. This is Australia’s second Test tour of Bangladesh – they played in Bangladesh back in April 2006, Australia won the two-Test-series 2-0.last_img read more

Simonovic, Kuzmic lead Zvezda to 7th straight win (Video)

first_imgCrvena Zvezda mts Belgrade registered its seventh consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by downing Panathinaikos Athens 72-66 in front of a sellout crowd at Aleksandar Nikolic Arena in the Serbian capital on Thursday. Zvezda improved to 12-8, while Panathinaikos dropped to 11-9. Marko Simonovic led the winners with 13 points, Luka Mitrovic added 11 and Ognjen Kuzmic posted 10 points and 14 rebounds for Zvezda. Kenny Gabriel paced Panathinaikos with a career-high 23 points, Mike James added 19 and K.C. Rivers 12 for the visitors. Zvezda started the game with a 16-0 run, during which Panathinaikos missed 9 shots and committed 4 turnovers in the opening six minutes.Zvezda excelled on defense early, holding Panathinaikos scoreless for more than six minutes. Meanwhile, Kuzmic had 5 points while Stefan Jovic and Mitrovic each dunked in a 16-0 opening run. James and Rivers rescued Panathinaikos with back-to-back three-pointers and Gabriel added an alley-oop slam to make it 16-8. Gabriel struck twice from downtown, but free throws by Charles Jenkins and a dunk by Milko Bjelica gave Zvezda a 20-14 lead after 10 minutes. The hosts kept finding open shots, as Bjelica, Nate Wolters and Branko Lazic each hit one from beyond the arc to restore a double-digit lead, 31-21. It didn’t last long, however, as James and Ioannis Bourousis combined for 8 points in a 2-10 run that brought Panathinaikos within 33-31. Mitrovic and Lazic stepped up for Zvezda and a wild driving layup by Jovic gave Zvezda a 39-33 lead right at the halftime buzzer. Rivers stepped up with back-to-back baskets after the break and Gabriel followed free throws with a triple to tie it at 42-42. A three-pointer by Gabriel soon gave Panathinaikos its first lead, 46-47. Thompson took over with a couple of baskets and got help from Jenkins and Jovic to give Zvezda fresh air at 55-50. James had 4 points in a 0-6 Panathinaikos run, but a floater by Wolters restored a 57-56 Zvezda edge after 30 minutes. Rivers struck from beyond the arc and Chris Singleton dunked for a 59-61 Panathinaikos edge. Kuzmic and Simonovic rescued Zvezda, giving the hosts a 66-63 edge with two minutes left. Panathinaikos kept struggling in crunch time and a put-back layup by Kuzmic caused the visitors to call timeout at 68-63. A layup by Simonovic sealed the outcome and the Zvezda fans celebrated yet another big home win against a EuroLeague powerhouse.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Everyone wanted to avoid Liverpool – Hummels

first_imgLiverpool ‘Everyone wanted to avoid Liverpool’ – Bayern star Hummels admits to Champions League fear of Klopp’s men Chris Burton 21:12 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool's win at Crystal Palace Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Jürgen Klopp Bayern München The Reds are set to face Premier League leaders Manchester City at the quarter-final stage, with the German champions paired with Spanish side Sevilla Liverpool were the side to avoid in the Champions League quarter-finals, admits Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels.The Reds have failed to piece together a Premier League title challenge this season, while also falling short in Carabao Cup and FA Cup bids.They are, however, still in the mix for European glory, having reached the last eight, and boast the necessary match-winning ability within their ranks to challenge the best sides on the continent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino performing at the top of their game, World Cup winner Hummels believes Bayern are not the only side relieved to have steered well clear of Jurgen Klopp’s men.He told the Daily Mail, with Liverpool set to face Manchester City and Bayern paired with Sevilla: “I know how strong Klopp’s teams are.“I know how good his teams are when they get to this level. Sometimes it is a bit more difficult against the teams in the lower half of the schedule.“But his teams always perform at the highest when they face the best teams. That’s for certain.“I don’t think there was a team remaining who wanted to face Liverpool. They work so hard, they play so intense and aggressively with the quality of players they have – especially up front.”Germany international Hummels previously worked with Klopp during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.He considers the flamboyant 50-year-old to be one of the best in the business, even if they did not always see eye-to-eye during a productive period which delivered Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final appearance.Mats Hummels Jurgen Klopp“It was almost like family between us,” added Hummels.“Of course we had our issues from time to time. One day we would be there, screaming at each other. But the next day? It was all fine. He understood me, I understood him.“Each of us would know why the other one would act like he did. We never, ever had a big problem.“He always considers what you say. He doesn’t always agree and he has the final word. But he considers it and he will say ‘OK’ or… ‘Think about it again’. He is the boss.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Tierney to Arsenal a ‘fairy-tale’ – Brown

first_imgKieran Tierney’s move to Arsenal is a “fairy-tale” according to ex-Celtic team-mate Scott Brown, who believes the left-back’s transfer would have been widely celebreated at other clubs.Tierney completed his long-awaited move to Gunners on the Premier League transfer deadline day, securing a £25 million ($30m) switch from the Scottish Premiership champions.The 22-year-old ended his long affiliation with Celtic, having joined their youth system in 2005 and featuring exclusively for the club until his move to London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Tierney wrote a goodbye on social media which included a message to fans he felt will never forgive his departure, saying: “I hope we can continue to have a relationship although I understand that will be never for some people, which is heartbreaking for me but I understand the emotions surrounding this situation.”While there may be some discontent among the Celtic faithful over Tierney’s exit, especially as Champions League qualifiers loom, Brown says the team as whole are thrilled for the defender.“All the lads are delighted for him,” Brown told reporters. “He got a fantastic move and he’s got a fantastic club as well.“He loves this club so much that it was a hard thing for him to do, but he’s going down to England, he’s going to play against the best players week in, week out and he’s going to be in Europe as well. Here’s hoping we get to the Champions League though.“But we all wish him the best, he has been a fantastic servant to the club.“When you look at it, he came through the youth, he has supported Celtic all the way through, he has not cost the club a penny and we have sold him for £25 million.”Kieran Tierney Celtic 2018-19Brown believes it is hard to ask for a better outcome, and though Tierney wasn’t afforded a massive send-off, the 34-year-old believes an opportunity for him to return will be on the cards eventually.“For me personally, it should be a fairy-tale story. When you look at Ajax and other teams like that, when they sell players that have come through the youth and given so much to the club, they have a big, massive party on the street and all the fans come out and cheer.“It’s sad that we couldn’t all wish him a farewell at Celtic Park but I’m sure he will be back up.”Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed Tierney has stopped by to see his old team-mates and coaches, and acknowledged the cycle of players leaving and new ones stepping up in their stead is part of the game.“He popped in and everyone was delighted to see him,” Lennon said. “He got a nice farewell from the players.“It was emotional for him obviously, but the players get on with it now. That’s what you do, you move on.“He’s going to be a big miss obviously but there’s an opportunity there for someone else to take on the mantle now.”Celtic have started their Premiership title defence off with a pair of wins but will look to move into the next round of Champions League qualifying on Tuesday when they face Romanian side CFR Cluj at home, following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Meanwhile, Tierney will hope for his Arsenal debut when the Gunners face Burnley on Saturday.last_img read more

Antwerp Port on Track for Record Volumes

first_imgPress Release zoom The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of 148,344,168 tonnes during the first nine months of this year. That’s 3.7% more than the same period last year. Both the container volume and the liquid bulk volume were strongly up, which helps to explain the continuing growth. If the port stays on trend it will finish this year with a new record freight volume, breaking the last year’s all-time record of 190.8 million tonnes.The container volume rose during the first nine months by 6.0% to 81,127,972 tonnes, while the liquid bulk volume expanded during the past three quarters by 3.8% to 46,163,344 tonnes. The dry bulk volume came to 10,235,255 tonnes, a decrease of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. Once again, the amount of coal handled is mainly responsible for the decrease, having contracted by 39.6% or 1,175,659 tonnes during the past nine months.The number of ships calling at Antwerp during the past nine months was 10,526, a decrease of 2.3%. However the gross tonnage rose further by 1.9% to 251,604,830 GT, thus confirming the trend towards fewer but larger and more heavily laden ships coming to Antwerp.The port of Antwerp generated direct added value of EUR 9.9 billion (USD 12.5bn) in 2013, according to a flash estimate by the National Bank of Belgium. This puts the port slightly below the level for 2012, down by 1.6%. The direct employment rose in 2013 by 1.0%, to 61,873 full-time equivalents.At the beginning of this month the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington gave the go-ahead for 2M, the alliance between Maersk and MSC that is due to start operation at the beginning of next year and that has opted resolutely for Antwerp. The port maintains three calls on the route from the Far East, but in one of the calls Antwerp is the only port in the Benelux with both an import and an export call. On the trans-Atlantic route Antwerp goes from two to three calls.last_img read more

Designers lining up to dress Ontario teen headed to royal wedding

first_imgPETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A 15-year-old Ontario girl who scored an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding says she’s now being approached by designers who want to dress her for the big event.Faith Dickinson says the whole experience is “like a dream” and she’s looking forward to getting dressed up for the big day.The Peterborough teen earned the coveted invite for her charity work as the founder of Cuddles for Cancer, which last year won her a Diana Award, named after Prince Harry’s mother.She’s one of seven young people affiliated with the prize who’ve been chosen to watch the nuptials from the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19.While overseas, Dickinson says she’ll be scouting opportunities to expand her charity to London, where she says she’s received interest in a U.K. outpost.Dickinson says there are plans to open a second location in Edmonton. Cuddles for Cancer makes blankets for cancer patients and veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.The whole process has been “overwhelming,” she adds.“We’ve been into some stores and they’ve been like, ‘We would love to dress you and make a hat and fascinator.’ It’s very exciting in that way,” says Dickinson, who attends a performing arts high school.“You dream of this when you’re a kid, right? Like, getting all dressed up to go to a royal wedding. It’s so surreal.”Dickinson says the details of her trip are still being worked out but that she’s been told to clear her schedule the night before the wedding and all day on the 19th.She met Prince Harry and Prince William last year when she won the award named after their mother, given to youth who display leadership and philanthropy.“I got to meet them 20 minutes before the actual awards ceremony and we got to talk and I was very nervous and the staff just said, ‘It’s all right, just shake their hand like they’re normal people.’ But it’s pretty difficult,” she says.“They felt very personable and they were both very down to earth. They were just so nice.”During her London trip, she and her parents visited Princess Diana’s island burial site on the grounds of Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire, England. This time, they’re musing on a trip to see family in Scotland.In the meantime, Dickinson says she’s still getting used to all the attention, which has been “a little bit overwhelming.”“I used to get the odd interview when something happened, we use to get minimal press, but this time it blew up — everyone was calling me and I couldn’t answer because I was in science class and math class and I was getting texts from people,” says Dickinson, who considers herself a dancer but also has a handful of acting credits in music videos.She’s also dedicated to her charity, which she founded at age nine when her aunt said cancer treatments made her feel cold.Since then, Dickinson has made more than 3,000 blankets, each personalized with details about the recipient’s hobbies or favourite colour. They’ve been sent across Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Australia, France and Africa.She’s raised more than $30,000 to provide them for free to those in need and says she’s now seeing a boost in donations, and more demand.“We’ve had interest over there about opening a Cuddles for Cancer in London. That might be cool, (to) maybe have a meeting with some people who are interested,” she says.The wedding hoopla is undoubtedly one of the biggest things to happen to Dickinson.“Even bigger than prom,” she laughs.— By Cassandra Szklarski in TorontoNote to readers: CORRECTS that Dickinson is one of seven youths associated with Diana Award in para 4, not all are winners; CLARIFIES wording in quote 3 paras from the bottomlast_img read more

TNA demands probe over illegal occupation by army

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance today called for a probe on the alleged illegal occupation of civilian lands by the military in the Northern Province, the Press Trust of India reported.The Tamil National Alliance was responding to accusations that on April 16, a group of party legislators led by the main opposition leader R Sampanthan had forcibly entered a military installation at Paravipanjan area in the northern Kilinochchi district. “There is no camp there so there was no illegal entry. The military was occupying civilian lands so we went for an inspection,” M.A Sumanthiran, a senior TNA legislator told reporters. He said some 84 families had been displaced when the army occupied the area in the Tamil-majority Northern Province. He also said the Sinhalese and Muslims displaced from the north were welcome to return back. (Colombo Gazette) The alleged illegal entry by the Tamil politicians to a military installation drew fire by the opposition groups and majority Sinhala nationalists who urged the President Maithripala Sirisena to arrest Mr. Sampanthan.The incident comes in the backdrop of last week’s resolution in the TNA controlled northern provincial council to set up a federal Tamil government in the north.Sumanthiran said the Northern Council had not advocated a separate Tamil unit by passing the resolution. Sampanthan also met the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the morning to complain about the incident.Wickremesinghe has asked the army to verify the ownership of the land, TNA spokesperson said. read more

Pan Am Games mascot unveiled

A Japanese comic book is the inspiration for the mascot for the 2015 Pan American games.“Pachi the Porcupine” was unveiled Wednesday after a nationwide contest was held among school children to design the character. Originally designed by four, grade 8 students at Buttonville Public School in Markham, Pachi has 41 quills — one for each country participating in the games. In Japanese “Pachi” loosely translates to “clapping with joy.”00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Katie Hopkins to leave LBC immediately after calling for final solution over

first_imgHopkins, a former Apprentice contestant and now a columnist and broadcaster, caused outrage earlier this week with a tweet that appeared to reference the term used by the Nazis for the Holocaust.The now-deleted tweet, made in the hours after the explosion, read: “22 dead – number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution #Machester (sic).”Complaints were made to the Metropolitan Police about Hopkins’ tweet.A spokesman for the Met said on Tuesday: “We can confirm that a complaint has been received by the Metropolitan Police Service on Tuesday, 23 May in relation to a tweet published on the same day.”As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers.” Hopkins is currently employed by the MailOnline as a columnist. LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.— LBC (@LBC) May 26, 2017 Katie Hopkins, the controversial broadcaster, and LBC “have agreed” that she will  leave the radio station “immediately”, LBC said.They have parted company in the same week that she called for a “final solution” following the Manchester attack, which saw 22 people killed and dozens injured after a suicide bomber detonated a device as concert-goers left the Manchester Arena on Monday night.Hopkins hosted a weekly show every Sunday on the station.center_img The 42-year-old is known for being an outspoken commentator on far-ranging topics from terrorism and Islam, to children’s names and obesity.She has also appeared on reality TV programmes I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother, as well as fronting her own programmes on TLC entitled If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World and My Fat Story.Following LBC’s announcement, Hopkins has posted on Twitter but has not referenced her departure.Hopkins, an avid tweeter, has said she is writing a MailOnline column about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 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.last_img read more

Bids for Bord Gáis Energy are not acceptable Rabbitte

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that Bord Gáis Energy will remain in State ownership after it failed to attract bids that met the government’s valuation.Pat Rabbitte and Brendan Howlin had expressed hopes to sell the gas provider, but with no suitable offers, it will stay in state control and be split up, says Rabbitte.“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and I have been clear from the outset of the offer process that Bord Gáis Energy would only be sold if a sale price was achieved which fully recognises the inherent value of the business”, Minister Rabbitte said.Rabbitte said that the sale attracted “significant interest” from a broad range of potential international acquirers, reflecting what he dubbed “the positive international sentiment towards Ireland”, he added that current conditions in the power and commodity markets were “not favourable”.“The Department and NewERA will work with Bord Gáis to complete the separation of Bord Gáis Networks and Bord Gáis Energy in accordance with EU energy law, to continue investing in and developing the Bord Gáis Energy business and to review options for the future of Bord Gáis Energy,” The Minister said.Read: Gas and electricity prices increase from todayRead: ESB union will serve notice of industrial action on Fridaylast_img read more

One third of all drownings in the last 25 years recorded as

first_imgOVER A THIRD of all drownings recorded in Ireland between 1988 and 2012 were classified as suicides, according to a report from Irish Water Safety.36 per cent of fatalities in the period were classed as in ‘intentional’. Of that figure, the vast majority were by suicide, while a small number (less than 1 per cent) involved foul play.The actual figure for suicides may be far higher, as 19 per cent of drownings in the period remain ‘undetermined’.Accidental drownings made up by far the largest category, at 43 per cent of the total.An overwhelming majority of victims were men — accounting for almost four-fifths (79 per cent) of the total. Data compiled over the 25 year period gives a profile of a man aged 42 as the average drowning victim.The data shows that, on average, 140 people die from drowning every year in Ireland. In 79 per cent of cases, the victim died in a body of water near their home where there was “a potential familiarity between the victim and the drowning venue”.Irish people were the victim in 97 per cent of cases, followed by those from other European countries.Regarding the high proportion of suicide deaths, Irish Water Safety CEO Roger Sweeney said it was likely the case that the high level of ‘undetermined’ causes of drowning were masking the correct figures on suicides by drowning.He said he was concerned at the high level of ‘undetermined’ causes or ‘open verdicts’ made by Coroners.IWS, which is the country’s statutory body for promoting water safety, has developed a new Suicide and Self Harm Intervention Policy to outline how its members should respond to someone who is contemplating taking their own life.“Our primary school water safety programme will definitely help in the longer term too,” Sweeney told TheJournal.ie.“We often receive reports of people entering the water but reacting as if to change their mind about suicide, perhaps because of the cold shock of open water.“Our primary school pupil training programme will ensure that as these children get older, that they will have the skills necessary to survive in water and save themselves.Twelve people drowned in single two week period this year during the summer heatwave. IWS-trained lifeguards plucked people from 559 situations where they were in danger of drowning in July — a rise of more than 250 compared to the entire bathing season last year.Read: Warning over “life-endangering” homemade boatsRead: Above and Beyond: Meet the lifesaving Luas driver who went back on duty after a dramatic rescuelast_img read more

Apple Gizmos May Be Going Solar

first_imgThe sleuths over at CNet have spotted a patent filed by Apple, which shows that the company is looking at a solar-powered charging solution for its range of portable electronics.The patent was filed way back in 2009, and Apple finally received it earlier this week. The patent describes a solar powered charging option, which would likely work in addition to traditional AC charging options, for products including ” a notebook/laptop computer, a media player (e.g., MP3 or video player), a cellular phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), an image processing device (e.g., a digital camera or video recorder), and/or any other handheld computing devices, or a combination of any of these device.”While this obviously doesn’t mean that the next iPhone or iPad will have a built in solar panel, at the very least it means that Apple is looking into the possibility.last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Gave Us the Hellblazer Weve Always Wanted

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s been an unusually long wait, but Legends of Tomorrow is back. While Supergirl is on break, Legends is taking over its Monday night time slot to finish out the rest of its third season. And if this episode is any indication, we’re in for a ride. This is a show that knows exactly what it wants to be. It’s easily the most fun and lighthearted of the Arrowverse shows, which allows it to go to unexpected, even sometimes ridiculous places. The kind of places you want a show about time-traveling superheroes to go. Especially when it brings an occult detective on board.It’s been a while since we last saw the Legends, and even longer since we saw John Constantine. His series was sadly not on the CW, and cancelled after one season on NBC. It’s a shame because this is easily the best live-action Constantine of all. And I kind of like the Keanu Reeves version. Kind of. That’s why it’s refreshing to see him back in action in the opening moments of Legends of Tomorrow. While performing an exorcism on a demon, he hears it mention Sarah Lance’s name. He cuts the exorcism short and uses occult magic to find the Waverunner and we’re right where the midseason finale left us. As soon as he’s aboard the ship, it’s clear that Legends is already handling the character better than the NBC show did. While NBC was afraid to center a big-budget comic book show around a chain-smoking bisexual man, the CW is nowhere near as uptight. Right away, he’s hitting on Leonard Snart, who calmly says he’s spoken for. It’s not a lot, but it’s way truer adaptation of the character than anything NBC gave us.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, Matt Ryan as Constantine, Wentworth Miller as Leo – X/Citizen Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW)Even with all the demonic stuff going on, it seems the spirit of Valentine’s Day has infected the Legends. Sara gets a call from Ava Sharpe that reveals absolutely nothing. She was unable to get any information on this mysterious Mallus character, and she isn’t even allowed to talk to Rip Hunter. Sharpe called for no reason. Snart immediately knows what’s up. Sharpe likes Sara. Sara denies it at first, but it’s clear where things are going. It’s all very cute and in line with the tone of the show. Legends of Tomorrow doesn’t focus on the romantic relationships as much as Arrow or The Flash, and it’s better for it. Relationships are allowed to build slowly over time in the background. They aren’t made out to be the driving force of the story. Instead, we get cute moments like this before moving onto the main plot.The Legends go back to the hospital to check out Constantine’s exorcism patient. She is possessed by Mallus, and even more interesting; her real name is Nora Darhk. This is Damien Darhk’s daughter, after he was killed but before he recruited her into the villain family business. This episode got going fast. We instantly know what’s at stake here. Exorcise Mallus here, and ensure that she never becomes a villain. That should make future fights slightly easier. This battle is going to be anything but easy, though. Mallus takes over Nora’s body and pulls the Legends back in time to 1969. If that wasn’t bad enough, they can’t even contact the rest of the team. Their only hope is to leave messages on the back of paintings and hope no one changes them around for the next half-century. Oh, and fight the demon who brought them back in time in the first place. It’s easy. I will say the show is using its newest guest star to his full potential. We have indulgent shots of him lighting up cigarettes as if each one was a giant, cancer-causing middle finger to NBC. It also embraces the horror the character brings. Mallus is proving to be a legitimately frightening villain, thanks in part to some well-timed jump scares.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW)If that all wasn’t complicated enough, Kuasa’s here. She wants to make sure Nora becomes the villain we saw her as earlier this season. And since Kuasa’s here, that means a whole bunch of complicated feelings for Amaya. Grandmother and granddaughter fight in the hallway while Constantine and the rest of the Legends work on Nora. Nate tries to help, but he’s probably the dumbest genius on this show. He takes Captain Cold’s gun and freezes Kuasa. Did you want more Nate-Amaya relationship drama? Well, you got it anyway. I love so much about this show, but watching these two constantly bicker is not on the list. She refuses to believe her granddaughter is completely evil, while Nate argues that it doesn’t matter as she’s mostly evil. With all the arguing, nothing would ever get done if not for Rory’s desire to watch a live football game. He can be an effective leader when he wants everyone to leave him the hell alone. But Amaya unfreezes Kuasa anyway, to understand what happened. And like any good villain Kuasa has a good reason for how she turned out. When Zambesi was destroyed, her mother thought she was dead, fleeing only with Mari. That’s how Mari became Vixen, and Kuasa was left to seek power however she could get it. So she met Damien Darhk, who promised her the ability to go back to the day the bad men came. He offered her the chance to protect her village and save Amaya’s life. Well, that makes things more complicated.In the past asylum, Sara, Constantine and Snart’s plan isn’t going so well. It seems mental health care wasn’t what it is today. When one of the nurses finds Snart carrying a note addressed to people in the future, she tries to lobotomize him. Sara and Constantine save him after a brief and charged fling, but it means they’ll have to find another path through time. And the only way to do that is for Constantine to possess Sara with Mallus. One the demon is inside her, she can bring them back to the present day. It turns out to be a good thing they’re doing this too. In the present, Mallus has once again taken over Nora’s body in the middle of The Flash’s favorite coffee shop. Sara’s actions allow Nora in the present to fight back against Mallus and regain control of her body. The solution comes a little too easily. Once Sara helps save Nora, there’s not much of a fight. She draws a symbol on the ground and the problem is solved. At least the fight scene that came before it was fantastic. Nora goes full-on demon, twisting her head backwards Exorcist-style and sending tables flying through the air. Does Legends of Tomorrow finally have a genuinely terrifying villain? It certainly looks like it.Wentworth Miller as Leo – X/Citizen Cold (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Sadly, it’s all for nothing. Damien Darhk shows up and convinces his daughter to accept Mallus and learn to bring him back to life. Everything we saw in the first half of the season will come to pass. Or will have already come to pass… you know what? Doesn’t matter. We knew the show wasn’t going to take one its villains off the board this early. That’s OK. It did a remarkable job of setting up the big bad of the season and giving the Legends a goal for this second half. When Zari grabbed the possessed Nora’s arm, Mallus got scared. He started burning and referred to Zari as “one of the six.” It seems the totems are the key to defeating Mallus. That means we’ll definitely be seeing more of Kuasa, and after this episode, that’s a good thing. I like the conflict she brought out in Amaya, and it’ll be interesting to watch the pair struggle with questions of the power and responsibility that comes with time travel. As long as Nate can go at least one episode without screwing everything up.I only wish we got a better goodbye from Leonard Snart. Wentworth Miller is leaving the Arrowverse, and I was hoping he would get one last big hurrah before hanging up the cold gun for good. It’s always possible that he could come back, but his exit just felt tacked on at the end. It was a disappointing end to a character that’s brought so much to this universe. Even so, this was a triumphant return for Legends of Tomorrow. It had great action, an engaging story and finally, a fantastic original villain. Constantine also made for a great addition to the team. He played off Sara and Snart well, and allowed the series to explore a scarier tone than it’s been able to in the past. I was sad to see him leave the ship at the end, but I think we all know he’ll be back. He can’t be in every episode. He has a CW Seed animated series to be in, after all.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Harney Heights neighborhood plagued by rash of daytime burglaries

first_imgFive daytime burglaries that occurred within the past ten days have Vancouver police warning citizens to take extra precaution when they leave their residences. The burglaries all took place in the area surrounding the Harney Heights neighborhood between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Burglars gained access to the house through rear sliding glass doors and windows, Cmdr. Dave King said, and they are stealing items such as laptops and jewelry.“If you’re not home, which most of these people weren’t, make sure your house doesn’t look like an inviting target,” King said. Vancouver police offer tips to prevent citizens from falling victim to burglary, including: installing deadbolts, using a wood stick on sliding door tracks, installing an alarm system and getting to know your neighbors.last_img read more

XS Platinum mine manager convicted of Clean Water Act violations

first_imgOld dredge at Platinum in 2002. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)A jury has convicted 57-year-old James Slade of violating the Federal Clean Water Act.U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler made the announcement after a two-week trial.Slade was Chief Operating Officer for XS Platinum during the events.He’s charged with two counts of violating clean-water regulations by polluting the Salmon River, according to a press release from the U.S. district attorney’s office.Federal prosecutors accused XS Platinum Inc., its executives and on-site managers of violating the Clean Water Act when they increased efforts to recover platinum from an old mine on the edge of Kuskokwim Bay, from 2010-2011.The operation allowed dirty water in a pond to enter the Salmon River, according to prosecutors. The ponds were not lined to prevent waste from leaking into the ground and nearby streams.The wastewater turned the river, “from crystal clear to dirty brown.”This caused the water turbidity, or its cloudiness, to be 200 times the amount permitted under federal law.XS Platinum, Inc., is no longer operating. It’s owned by an offshore company and only registered in name in Delaware.Slade is the third XS Platinum mine manager to be convicted in this case. The other twomanagers are Australian citizens and refuse to return to the U.S. to stand trial.Slade is Canadian and has had his passport revoked and must stay in the U.S. for sentencing.His sentencing hearing is scheduled for next month, on Nov. 12.last_img read more

B Chy Kamal for sending emissary to Russia China to resolve Rohingya

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain. Photo: Saiful IslamFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain have asked the government to send emissary to China, Russia and India seeking their good offices to resolve Rohingya crisis.They have also emphasised that a national unity is necessary to deal with this issue and that Bangladesh needs to take a strategic stand to solve permanently the Rohingya issue.The two senior politicians came up with their recommendations while addressing a meeting at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium in the capital on Thursday.It was organised to protest the attacks on Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar authorities in Rakhine that forced more than 400,000 Rohingyas to take shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August.“Rohingya crisis is a major problem in our national life now and we can’t ignore it. It’s related with international politics,” said Badruddoza Chowdhury, also Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president.He pointed out that Myanmar buys arms mainly from four countries – India, China, Russia, and Israel. “So, they will support the Myanmar government.”The former president urged the government to send emissary to these countries, saying, “We have to go to China, Russia, and India and make them understand (the situation).”  Echoing Badruddoza Chowdhury, Kamal Hossain, an eminent jurist, called on the government to immediately assign emissaries to persuade Russia and China.“Why are you wasting time? If possible, send emissaries tomorrow. I can guarantee you we’ll be benefitted if we can persuade China,” said Kamal Hossain.Terming the atrocities on Rohingya people as violation of human rights and international law, he urged the government to formulate a national framework to deal with the issue.”The Rohingya issue involves international law, diplomacy and politics. So those who are in the government need to take advice from others in this regard,” he added.Alongside diplomatic initiatives, B Chowdhury suggested that national unity must be forged.”Involving all political parties and intellectuals we can hold public meetings in major cities to show the world that we are united on this issue,” he added.Supporting their proposal, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui said Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus might be used to make international lobbying in resolving the Rohingya crisis.The meeting was also addressed by Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Khalequzzaman, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hassan Chowdhury, political science professor Dilara Chowdhury and former Awami League leader Sultan Muhammad Mansur Ahmed.last_img read more

Road crash kills one

first_imgA man was killed while another injured when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw in Dakpara, Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 52, son of Sohrab Hossain of West Rabishur.The accident took place around 11:45 pm when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw carrying Shafiqul and his wife Saima, leaving them injured, said Shaker Mohammad Zibaiyer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mitford Hospital where the doctors declared Shafiqul dead.last_img read more

Another strong quake hits Indonesia

first_imgClose-up map of Lombok where a new earthquake struck on Thursday. AFPA strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.The 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday’s quake.“The quake was felt strongly. There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said.Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms.“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”The aftershock comes after Sunday’s devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok.A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday’s quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.Indonesian search and rescue members react shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on 9 August 2018. AFP Meta: A strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday’s aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage.“The earthquake does not have any tsunami potential,” Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday’s aftershock.last_img read more

Griefstricken Bbaria man dies of heart attack after mothers death

first_imgA man died of heart attack at Kalyanpur village in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria on Wednesday, the Eid day, soon after the death of his elderly mother.The deceased is Sahera Begum, 80, wife of Qaiyum Miah, and their son Abul Quashem, 60, of the village, reports UNB.Family sources said Sahera breathed her last around 4:45pm due to old-age complications.Failing to bear the death of his mother, Quashem collapsed on the ground around 5pm.He was taken to a hospital where physicians declared him dead.Quashem left behind wife, one son and one daughter, said inspector (Investigation) of Akhaura police station M Ariful Amin.A pall of gloom descended on the area following the death of the mother and the son.last_img read more