LATEST STORIES Smith participated in the Mavericks’ shootaround on Friday morning and was a late scratch.The Mavericks were also missing guard Devin Harris, who was granted leave of absence after his brother died on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rockets could be without Paul for four weeks — reports Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half at American Airlines Center on October 18, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with swelling in his left knee.Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft out of North Carolina State, had 16 points and 10 assists in the Mavericks’ season-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Couldn’t lose after this,” the Saints said on their official Twitter feed. “#Blessed and highly favored”.Indeed the Saints, who have thrived despite losing star quarterback Drew Brees to a thumb injury in the opening game of the season, had little trouble beating the Jaguars 13-6 to improve to 5-1.Coach Sean Payton put the win down not to papal intervention but to solid defense.Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was sacked twice and intercepted once as Jacksonville failed to muster a touchdown.“I told our defense I felt like if we had played eight quarters they wouldn’t have scored a touchdown today,” Payton said.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 13: Jared Cook #87 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter of a football game at TIAA Bank Field on October 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFPThe New Orleans Saints got a surprise shoutout on Sunday from Pope Francis, with fans and at least one player taking the inadvertent tag as a good omen for the NFL team.Francis created five new saints on Sunday in a canonisation ceremony at the Vatican attended by heads of state from across the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man La Salle bags 2nd straight UAAP poomsae crown Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints.” he posted on Twitter — with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team’s fleur-de-lis logo. “They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.”One wag with the Twitter handled @hacksawDG2 replied with a Tweet asking “Who Dat, father” — invoking the Who Dat rallying cry of Saints fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSaints linebacker Alex Anzalone took time out from preparations for the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars to put a screen shot of Francis’ tweet on his own Twitter feed.“Wow, are we blessed or what?!??” Anzalone wrote. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue
Liverpool boss Klopp confident after Bayern Munich drawby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side face a tough two games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.The Reds were drawn against the German champions in the Round of 16.”For me it’s nice going to Germany. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.”We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.”The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league.”In the last couple of years they have dominated the German league in the best period of German football. It’s obviously long ago that I played Bayern in a competitive game so I’m really looking forward to it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
zoom 2016 proved to be smooth sailing for the Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners LP, the company claims as it reports financial results.Namely, the owner of LNG carriers posted a full-year net income of USD 66.9 million, higher than a net income of USD 60.1 million seen in 2015.The increase in net income was mainly attributed to Lena River, a 155,000 cubic meter ice class liquefied natural gas carrier acquired in late 2015.Adjusted EBITDA amounted to USD 139.5 million in 2016, compared to EBITDA of USD 113.2 million recorded in 2015.“The year ended December 31, 2016 has been a record financial year for us, during which Adjusted EBITDA increased by approximately 23% as compared to the full year ended December 31, 2015, mainly to the acquisition from our sponsor of the Lena River in late 2015,” Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive Officer of Dynagas LNG Partners, commented.“Our fleet of six LNG Carriers performed at 100% utilization during 2016, which contributed positively to our full year financial results,” Lauritzen added.In 2016, the company’s voyage revenues totaled USD 169.9 million, against USD 145.2 million posted a year earlier.According to Lauritzen, revenues are derived from the employment of the company’s vessels on fixed multi-year charter contracts and they are not directly linked to commodity price fluctuations.“With our fleet 86% contracted through 2017 and 75% contracted through 2018 and 2019, and with an estimated fleet-wide average remaining contract duration of 10.7 years, we intend to continue to focus on obtaining additional contract coverage, particularly in 2017,” Dynagas’ CEO said in the outlook for 2017.The company’s fleet is currently comprised of six LNG carriers, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 913,980 cubic meters.
During a trip to the Arctic aboard a Greenpeace ship, Actor Emma Thompson has spoken out about what she describes as a ‘culture of guilt’ around what’s needed to protect the Arctic and deal with global warming.The two time Oscar-winner urges people who feel powerless about the problem to stop feeling guilty and to use their voices to call for solutions that are already available.Speaking from the deck of the Greenpeace Esperanza, Emma said: “We’re told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that’s simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don’t make these things easily available.“The changes we need, that the Arctic needs, must come from the top as well as the bottom. We need electric cars to be cheaper and more accessible. We want safer bike lanes in every big city. We want plastic bags to be banned for good. We need governments to stand up to the dirty industries that have for so long funded and controlled them, and to give us all an affordable chance to live our lives in a more sustainable way.”The multi-award-winning actor and writer has embarked on a mission to the Arctic with her 14-year-old daughter Gaia, on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Along with Canadian Cree actor Michelle Thrush and her 14-year-old daughter Imajyn, the group has visited retreating glaciers, heard lectures on climate impacts in the north and the plastic crisis in our oceans, encountered walruses, seals and reindeer, and walked on the precarious sea ice.Emma continued: “Yes, keep recycling; keep using your own shopping bags, taking transit and using your bike. But also use your voice. Know that you have power and you can make your government listen. Above all, I hope that people stop feeling so guilty and powerless about climate change. That’s the lie that keeps us paralyzed when really together, we are so much more powerful.“But bear in mind that politicians often lose sight of issues that aren’t in front of them all the time. They can end up ignoring even something like climate change, which is possibly the most pressing challenge of our time. So we all need to be bold. Attend a rally, write to your local leaders. If tens of millions of us wrote to our leaders demanding action on the Arctic and climate change, well – that could change everything.”Emma’s trip to the Arctic is part of a global Greenpeace campaign that has attracted over five million people in just two years.During the journey, Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant, Rita Wilson and Stephen Fry have taken to twitter to voice their support for fellow actor and friend, who has been tweeting for the first time using the handle @savethearctic.Greenpeace is calling for a ban on dangerous oil drilling and industrial fishing in the Arctic, as well as the creation of a protected sanctuary in the international waters around the North Pole.Emma is also calling on Americans to attend the world’s largest climate march in New York this September, on the eve of Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit there.Emma is asking people to join the campaign at www.savethearctic.org/emma.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) signed an agreement today with the soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola to collaborate on projects to improve community access to water and sanitation in India and Nepal.Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director UN-HABITAT, described the deal with Coca-Cola, India as “an innovative example of how public-private-community partnerships can help meet the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”The Goals are a series of eight targets for reducing social and economic ills – including the halving of the number of people without access to clean water and adequate sanitation – by 2015.Today’s agreement includes the setting up of demonstration projects to increase water supply through rainwater harvesting and to better conserve and store water in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. In West Bengal state, 150 schools will be provided with safe drinking water and sanitation. Coca-Cola has also pledged to improve water management and sanitation in selected urban slums and rural areas in neighbouring Nepal.Mrs. Tibaijuka, who signed the agreement with Coca-Cola, India at a ceremony in Nairobi, UN-HABITAT’s headquarters and the site of this week’s session of its governing council, said “clean water and sanitation can make or break human development.” 18 April 2007The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) signed an agreement today with the soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola to collaborate on projects to improve community access to water and sanitation in India and Nepal.
TORONTO — An investigation by the Competition Bureau into allegations of price fixing of packaged bread products comes as demand for the pantry staple faces pressure from health-conscious consumers and heightened competition from discount retailers.John Williams, a partner at retail consulting company J.C. Williams Group, called the probe “shocking” given that Canada’s major retailers are governed by very-well defined codes of ethics.He also noted that the bread industry has been in “turmoil” as consumers look for healthier or artisan versions of the food staple, while increased competition from discount retailers also puts pressure on prices.“It now has almost become a fashion item… Huge aisles of white bread are slowly shrinking,” Williams said.The Competition Bureau said Tuesday that the Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa granted search warrants “based on evidence that there are reasonable grounds to believe that certain individuals and companies have engaged in activities contrary to the Competition Act.”Bureau spokeswoman Marie-France Faucher said it was conducting the searches and gathering evidence to determine the facts, but that there has been no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.Faucher added that she could not reveal more details as the bureau is required to conduct investigations confidentially.Shares of Canada’s major grocers were little changed on Wednesday, a day after several confirmed they were aware of and co-operating with the probe.Loblaw Companies Ltd. and George Weston Ltd. released a joint statement late Tuesday confirming they were aware of and co-operating fully with an industry-wide investigation, but declined to comment further. Metro Inc. also put out a statement saying the investigation concerns certain suppliers and Canadian retailers, and that it was fully co-operating.Canada Bread said in a statement “it has been informed it is included in an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau into pricing conduct dating back to 2001. The company is co-operating fully.”A spokesman for Walmart Canada said Wednesday that it is providing “full co-operation” to the bureau and it “takes its legal obligations very seriously.”Canada’s Competition Act prohibits agreements that “prevent or unduly lessen competition or to unreasonably enhance the price of a product,” according to the bureau.That could include agreements between competitors to fix prices, or to restrict production of a product by setting quotas or other means would be considered cartel activities. Penalties for price fixing could include fines of up to $10 million, imprisonment to a maximum term of five years, or both.However, the bureau says price-fixing conspiracies are, by their nature, difficult to detect and prove.“Suspicions and evidence of identical prices are not enough to prove a criminal offence,” the bureau says on its website.The Competition Bureau has in recent years examined price-fixing or deceptive pricing of a variety of products, including e-books, mattresses and chocolate.
FRANKFURT – Airline Lufthansa AG says it will shed 3,500 office jobs to cut costs and boost lagging profits.The news Thursday follows the announcement of a â‚¬397 million ($521 million) loss in the first quarter because of higher fuel costs and taxes.The company said it would achieve the workforce reduction “in the coming years” by combining redundant functions and dropping “activities that do not create added value for our customers.” Some functions could be outsourced, it added.The cuts are part of a cost-reduction program that started at the beginning of the year and aims to improve the company’s operating profit by â‚¬1.5 billion compared to 2011 by the end of 2014.CEO Christoph Franz said the job reductions would be carried out using “socially acceptable” measures, which can include not replacing people who leave. But he added that cuts were unavoidable.“Only if we restructure our administrative functions and accept a workforce reduction can we keep jobs long-term and create new ones,” Franz said in a statement.Lufthansa employed 120,898 people as of the end of March. Airline Lufthansa says 3,500 administrative jobs will go as it seeks to cut costs by News Staff Posted May 3, 2012 5:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:35 am MDT Orders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 per cent in March with strength in business investment In this April 15, 2014 photo, Charles Rajecky packs a completed blender for warehousing at the Vitamix manufacturing facility in Strongsville, Ohio. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for March on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.Orders for durable goods increased 2.6 per cent in March following a 2.1 per cent rise in February, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Those back-to-back gains followed two big declines in December and January which had raised concerns about possible weakness in manufacturing.Demand for core capital goods, considered a good guide for business investment plans, rose 2.2 per cent in March after a 1.1 per cent drop in February. It was the best showing since a 3 per cent rise in November.Analysts were encouraged with the widespread strength shown in the March orders increase, saying it was an indication that manufacturing was recovering after a cold winter disrupted business activity.“The gains were spread across most sectors, from primary metals to computers,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.He and other analysts said the March report was an encouraging sign that increased factory production will lift overall economic growth in coming months.The strength in March was widespread, led by a 4 per cent increase in demand for transportation goods. Orders for commercial aircraft advanced 8.6 per cent while demand for motor vehicles and parts rose a more modest 0.4 per cent.Excluding transportation, orders rose a solid 2 per cent, the best showing in this category in more than a year.Orders for primary metals such as steel rose 2 per cent while demand for heavy machinery, computers and communications equipment all showed increases.The gains in orders for durable goods, products expected to last at least three years, were the latest sign that the economy is gaining momentum following a harsh winter.The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, reported that its closely watched index of manufacturing activity grew at a slightly faster pace in March, rising to a level of 53.7, compared to 53.2 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing.Manufacturing activity had plunged in January as harsh snow storms shut down factories and disrupted supply shipments and then rebounded slightly in February as orders and stockpiles grew. The overall index remains below the level that prevailed in the second half of last year, when it regularly topped 56.Last year, U.S. factories were cranking out appliances, autos and other goods at a healthy pace until harsh winter weather descended. The ISM’s index rose for six straight months until dipping slightly in December. That was followed by January’s sharp fall.Economists believe the severe winter weather contributed to slowing overall growth to a lacklustre annual rate possible as low as 1 per cent in the January-March quarter.But they are looking for the warmer weather to unleash pent-up demand that will kick growth in the April-June quarter to around 3 per cent. That stronger growth is expected to last for the rest of the year, lifting the economy to its best performance since the Great Recession ended in mid-2009.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDesperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclearOctober 1, 2018In “World”Indonesia earthquake: Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunamiSeptember 29, 2018In “World”Aftershocks rock Indonesia’s Lombok as quake death toll tops 300August 9, 2018In “World” EPA PhotoAt least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says.Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference.The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll could be thousands.have been digging by hand in the search for survivors in the city of Palu.“What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it’s impossible just to rely on their strength alone to clear this,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search-and-rescue agency, told AFP news agency.Indonesian men survey the damage following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Saturday(AP Photo/Rifki)There have also been concerns about the town of Donggala, where the impact is still unclear.The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami which it described as a tragedy that “could get much worse”.Many remain missing in the city of 335,000, some thought to be trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings.Rescue teams dug by hand to free 24 people trapped in the rubble of the Roa-Roa hotel in the city of Palu, but there are fears that dozens more remain trapped.EPA PhotoBodies have been lying in city streets and the injured are being treated in tents because of damage to hospitals.Anxious survivors in Palu bedded down in the open air on Saturday night, heeding advice by officials not to return to their homes as a precaution.“It feels very tense,” Risa Kusuma, who was with her feverish baby boy at an evacuation centre, told AFP. “Every minute an ambulance brings in bodies. Clean water is scarce. The minimarkets are looted everywhere.” (BBC)
THE ASHES OF late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher were laid to rest alongside the remains of her late husband Denis in London today, at a military nursing home she had long supported.An oak casket containing the ashes of the “Iron Lady”, who died in April after suffering a stroke at the age of 87, was placed in the leafy grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea nursing home beside those of Denis, who died in 2003.In power between 1979 and 1990, the former Conservative leader was Britain’s longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century and its only female prime minister to date.A plaque bearing the simple inscription “Margaret Thatcher 1925 – 2013″ was placed over her final resting place.Thatcher’s twin children Mark and Carol, 60, were among the small group of mourners who gathered for a private service at the nursing home’s chapel, along with Tim Bell, who masterminded her three successful general election campaigns, and Cynthia Crawford, her loyal personal assistant for more than three decades.A dozen Chelsea Pensioners — army veterans who live at the historic retirement home in central London — formed a guard of honour, dressed in their distinctive scarlet coats.Mark, his wife Sarah and Carol took it in turns to place a single red rose alongside the casket.Thatcher was a long-standing supporter of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which in 2009 opened a state-of-the-art care home named in her honour, the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary.Thatcher’s death on April 8 sparked heated debate over her legacy, with supporters arguing that her radical free-market reforms saved Britain from economic decline, but critics saying they left millions of people jobless and created a culture of greed.She was cremated after her ceremonial funeral on April 17, which was attended by leaders from around the world.© AFP, 2013Read: Ever dreamed of owning a life-sized Margaret Thatcher puppet?Read: Thatcher tweet sees Irish cricket star banned for three matches >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The International Monetary Fund will assist Athens’s project of disengagement from international funding, said Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis after his meeting with the IMG managing director, Christine Lagarde in Washington on Sunday.“The IMF will be of assistance to the Greek effort in what we are trying to achieve,” Hardouvelis said after the half-hour meeting in the US capital.According to a Fund statement, talks focused on “the progress noted in the context of the program and the possible next steps.”Lagarde asked for the efficient implementation of the crucial structural reforms included in the Greek streamlining program, and congratulated the Greek government on its significant fiscal progress. She also reiterated the Fund’s pledge to support Greece to continue meeting the targets of the program.According to sources, Lagarde placed particular emphasis on the need for reforms to continue and to be promoted as the achievement of the Greek people, which Hardouvelis also stressed.Speaking straight after the meeting, the Greek minister said “we had an interesting discussion. Mrs Lagarde congratulated us on the very big progress our country has made in the last few years.“She recommended that we continue the reforms, and that these reforms take place in such a way as to be owned by the Greek people and to be continued, we should not backtrack. The IMF will assist the Greek effort in what we are now trying to achieve,” said Hardouvelis.According to a top government official, the IMF is positive toward the evolution of its relationship with Greece because it believes in the Greek progress, although he added that talks have only just begun.He noted that this is a major national effort that has many parties involved, including Greece’s European peers, while “all options are on the table,” as he said.The government looks forward to the cooperation and consent of all sides to a smooth return to the markets, as they “do not like uncertainty” but “want a clear landscape, a clear solution. At the end of the day we want everyone to be happy.”Greek sources stressed that the IMF also wants to be credited with a Greek success. As one of them pointed out, “we feel that the IMF is on our side, understands our positions and is trying to help.”Regarding the terms of the period after the end of the funding program, government officials said they will not be the same as those nowadays and any support will not have the form of a bailout agreement.Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Athens Exchange will reopen on Monday, the head of the Capital Market Commission, Costas Botopoulos, said late on Wednesday in an interview with state broadcaster ERT.Botopoulos explained that for the stock market to open for the first time since June 26, banks will have to complete their information technology adjustments to accommodate limitations imposed by capital controls on Greek traders. He said the banks’ tests should be completed by this weekend, so that the Athens Exchange can resume trading on Monday.For the market to reopen, it will also take a ministerial decision based on a joint proposal of the commission and the Bank of Greece.Meanwhile, MSCI will make no changes to its Greek stock indexes in the context of its quarterly revision of August, according to a report by Eurobank Equities.Once the market reopens it will have the new stock of blue chip Viohalco listed, following the absorption of Sidenor, as Hellenic Exchanges decided this week.Source: Kathimerini, Reuters
2019 movies to geek out over Luke Perry was a man for a millennial generation (even if he only scraped in by virtue of the fact that he was a 20-something actor playing a high school heartthrob). He was the pop culture icon of an era. Entire schoolyard lunchtimes lived or died based on what had happened on TV the night before between Dylan and his latest flame. When it came to fictional couples, his was a face that launched a thousand ‘ships.And he stayed a heartthrob even as he grew older and moved away from 90210. A whole new generation found him when, as a father himself in real life, he starred as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in Riverdale. People were tuning in to see Luke Perry on primetime TV and they were drooling over his son instead? The younger me would have never believed it. (And Molly Ringwald, Perry’s onscreen wife in Riverdale? Wasn’t she literally just in The Breakfast Club, like, two years ago? When did she get old enough to have kids?)But time is ruthless. We’re getting old, and our heroes are getting old too. If Luke Perry can go, then none of our heroes are safe. One day, I’ll tell my kids about the loss of those ’90s heartthrobs and they’ll roll their eyes before turning back to their HoloPhones — certain that no stars they love, no Marvel heroes or geek culture icons of their generation will ever grow old. But they’ll have their Luke Perry moment. You always get a glimpse of mortality at times like these when you realise that you can’t go home again. But in my case, I’ll never be able to go back to the Peach Pit. Luke Perry, still rocking the sly smile ’til the end. Dominik Bindl / Getty Images There’s nothing more sobering than realising your heroes are getting old. And there’s nothing more sobering than realising you are too. I remember when a wizened Christopher Lee appeared onscreen as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings — it was a near biblical moment for my Dad. Here was the iconic villain from the films Dad had grown up with, from Dracula to The Man with the Golden Gun, booming on screen as Tolkien’s great wizarding villain. It was a stroke of genius casting that resonated with a generation of moviegoers. When Lee died in 2015, the moment was felt by a generation too. But for those of us who came to The Lord of the Rings as nerdy teenagers, this was just another icon from a bygone time. A sad loss, but an actor from another era dying after a life well lived. 16 Photos Super-expensive TVs worth drooling over But that age gap doesn’t last forever. And you know you’ve truly grown up when you start losing your heroes like they were friends. On Monday, the world mourned the death of pop culture icon Luke Perry who died a week after suffering a massive stroke. This wasn’t a silver screen starlet or an old war-era crooner. This wasn’t your grandma having a glass of sherry while she put on Sinatra’s old records whilst remembering the Rat Pack days. This was Luke Perry. Dylan flippin’ McKay from 90210. The boy you were absolutely going to grow up and marry if only you could get a plane ticket to Beverly Hills and get Brenda Walsh out of the way. The swoonboat you stayed up to watch on TV with your older sister (who was also planning her wedding to Dylan in the idyllic surrounds of the Peach Pit diner). And he didn’t die in a car crash, like that erstwhile white t-shirted dreamboat, James Dean. The James Dean of the ’90s died of a stroke aged 52. Comments Share your voice TV and Movies 2 Tags 77 Photos
Subhrangshu Roy, the suspended Trinamool Congress MLA, announced on Friday (May 24) that he is joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in a few days. He was suspended by the TMC earlier of Friday for his anti-party comments for the past six years.He was a legislator for the TMC from Bijpur in West Bengal.Subhrangshu is the son of Mukul Roy, a BJP leader. He is following his father’s footsteps, who defected to the BJP in November 2017 after a rift between him and the TMC party leader Mamata Banerjee.Addressing the media on Friday, Subhrangshu said, “Now, I will breathe freely. Many in the TMC feel suffocated.He added, “My father has advised me to be careful, as I may be implicated in a false criminal case, or may be attacked…I will join the BJP within two to three days.”Talking about him losing to his father, Mukul Roy, Subhrangshu said that he had no qualms over the loss and commended his father’s organisational skills. He said that Mukul Roy was a better organisational player than him.He said, “Today, I have no qualms in accepting that I have lost to my father. He is a real Chanakya of Bengal politics. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it.”
Darjeeling: The inauguration ceremony of the Uttarbanga Utsav has been rescheduled with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the festival on January 21.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb held an administrative meeting on Tuesday at the Mainak Tourist Lodge in Siliguri. “We have got a confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office that she will be arriving in Siliguri on January 21. On arrival at around 2 pm, she will inaugurate the Uttarbanga Utsav,” he stated. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe inauguration ceremony will be held at Siliguri’s Kanchenjunga Stadium. There will around 30,000 spectators present at the launch. About 100 conches will be blown in synchronisation at the time of inauguration. A large number of womenfolk have been imparted training for blowing the conches in sync and just about 100 would be selected from amongst them. There will be around 1,000 dancers performing at the inauguration ceremony. “We have decided to make it a global event. We are even trying for a world record. Around 20,000 children will take part in a sit-and-draw competition at the venue on January 28. The competition will be videographed using drones,” said the minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister had started the festival after her government had come to power and this is its eighth edition. The police and administrative heads were also present during the meeting. Special focus is being given to traffic arrangements for January 21 and 28 so that students from different schools can make it to the stadium smoothly for the inaugural ceremony and take part in the sit-and-draw competition in large numbers. Banerjee could be leaving Siliguri for the Hills either on January 21 evening or on 22. On January 23 she will take part in the state government programme commemorating the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the Hills. She could be returning to Kolkata on January 24. “The venue for the Netaji Jayanti has not been fixed yet. It will either be held at the Darjeeling Chowrasta or at Giddeypahar, Kurseong,” Deb added. At Giddeypahar, Kurseong, the Bose family used to own a villa that now houses a Netaji Museum and Centre for Studies in Himalayan Languages, Society and Culture.
Japan National Tourism Organisation Qantas goes double daily to JapanQantas is preparing for a significant expansion of its presence in Japan with the launch of double daily services between Australia and Tokyo this weekend.Qantas flight QF25 will depart from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport tonight, followed by the departure of QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport tomorrow morning.Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the almost doubling of capacity to Tokyo marked a new era for the national carrier’s presence in Japan in the wake of a growing Australia-Japan travel market.“This significant capacity expansion has been extremely well-received by Qantas customers and especially by corporate travellers heading directly to downtown Tokyo, who can now save up to one and a half hours on their airport commute by flying into or out of Haneda,” said Mr Evans.“Customers travelling on the new Brisbane-Narita route can explore Tokyo or beyond with popular holiday destinations across Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network, like Sapporo, Fukuoka and Osaka.“We’ll be working closely with our tourism partners to showcase all that Australia has to offer for the Japanese audience, and with a free trade agreement in place we’re anticipating healthy demand for travel in both directions,” added Mr Evans.Launch celebrations will commence at Brisbane International Airport Saturday 1st of August with Japanese-themed activity throughout the terminal and a water cannon salute to mark the departure of QF61.Traditional Japanese ceremonies marking Qantas’ new Tokyo – Australia services will take place at both Narita and Haneda Airports later that evening.Qantas’ Brisbane-Narita launch flights will be operated by the airline’s refurbished A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in Business, brand new Economy seats and new inflight entertainment. The refit of these aircraft, which takes one month each, is being done at Qantas’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane. These aircraft are being introduced progressively onto Asian routes.To celebrate the launch of the new Japan services, customers onboard flights departing to Narita and Haneda and in Qantas International Lounges in Sydney and Brisbane will be treated to Japanese-inspired menus for the first week of August, including Tuna Tataki Nigiri in Business, and Green Tea flavoured Kit Kats in Premium Economy and Economy.The launch of double daily Qantas flights to Tokyo follows Jetstar’s introduction of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Melbourne-Narita route earlier this month, increasing the available seats between the two cities by 20 per cent over the next year. The upgrade from Airbus A330 aircraft to the higher capacity B787 will be complemented by an increase in flights from four to six per week December to March to meet growing demand for flights between Melbourne and Japan in the peak season. Fly Qantas Source = Qantas
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