ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Predicts The Winners Of Today’s Big Games

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.There are several major college football bowl games on tap for today, but ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum singled out two.Those games:LSU vs. UCF in the Fiesta BowlTexas vs. Georgia in the Sugar BowlThe ESPN college football analyst made his predictions for those two major contests.Finebaum is predicting an upset in the first one. He likes UCF.“I think there’s great significance for the little guys out there, the Group of 5 and all those not quite sitting at the elite table with the Alabamas, and the Clemsons and the Ohio States,” Finebaum said. “This isn’t quite the stakes of last season when UCF was the only undefeated team. That’s why their fans claimed a national championship. They can’t do that this year because of Alabama and Clemson, but they will have a parade and they’ll beat an SEC team. And that’ll hurt because Ed Orgeron won’t get to 10 wins and the season will end badly for him.”That would make two straight big bowl wins for UCF, which defeated Auburn last season.Finebaum likes Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.“There was a narrative going into this game a couple days ago that maybe Georgia wouldn’t be motivated, but I think what happened Saturday will motivation them,” Finebaum said. “They have a chance to prove again that the (CFB Playoff selection) committee got it wrong. And by winning tonight and looking impressive, that’s what the takeaway will be for many people. That Georgia should’ve been in there.“It doesn’t matter now, but I think it does to Kirby Smart’s team. This is the team that gave Alabama the best game of the season and a win tonight over a good Texas team, not a great one, they can walk out of the season with their heads high.”LSU and UCF are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. Georgia and Texas will play at 8:45 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

Vision 2030 on Display at UWI Research Days Feb. 6-8

first_img Vision 2030 Jamaica will be on display at the 20th staging of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days (February 6 to 8), on the Mona Campus.Vision 2030 Jamaica is a strategic road map to guide the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. The comprehensive vision of the national development plan is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Programme Director of Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Elizabeth Emmanuel, said that Jamaica’s first long term national development plan is a framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are integrated.She pointed out that academia has played an important role in the development of the plan, the monitoring of Vision 2030 Jamaica and also determining the strategies for going forward to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Ms. Emmanuel noted that as far back as 2005 when the plan development process began, academia and certainly the UWI were on board as part of a group of persons who were planning for what Jamaica should look like in 2030.“We have taken deliberate time and effort to really look at aligning the National Development Plan and Jamaica’s National Goals to research that is being done,” she said.As Vision 2030 Jamaica partners with UWI on Research Days 2019, which will be staged under the theme: ‘Driving Research for Social and Economic Development’, there will be 12 posters on display across the UWI’s Assembly Hall, which will not only speak to Vision 2030, but will also speak to the alignment of the National Development Plan with the Research being conducted at UWI.According to Ms. Emmanuel, the intention is to showcase linkages between Vision 2030 and the work being done at the UWI as “we advance an information driven society by 2030.”The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 6, at which Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, will be the keynote speaker.On the same day, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, will lead a lecture/discussion on Vision 2030 and its interaction with research.The annual event gives stakeholders an opportunity to create partnerships to propel innovation in their businesses, as UWI’s research covers a number of areas, including health, biotechnology, education, energy as well as science and technology. Vision 2030 Jamaica will be on display at the 20th staging of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Research Days (February 6 to 8), on the Mona Campus. Story Highlights Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Programme Director of Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Elizabeth Emmanuel, said that Jamaica’s first long term national development plan is a framework in which the economic, social, environmental and governance aspects of national development are integrated. Vision 2030 Jamaica is a strategic road map to guide the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030. The comprehensive vision of the national development plan is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.last_img read more

Untoward incidents 960 died in rail related mishaps in 6 mnths

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 960 persons died in untoward incidents reported in the first six months of the current year across railways jurisdiction in the city, reveals the data of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Delhi division. According to the data, the incidents were trespassing, falling from trains, pole hitting, falls in platform gaps, suicide, natural death, stunt, electric shock. Last year 2,725 cases were reported in which 2,201 persons died. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe RPF data revealed that this year (till June 2019) as many as 1,212 cases of untoward incidents were reported from railway jurisdiction including tracks. As many 634 trespassing incidents were reported till June in which 558 persons died and 76 people were injured. “When any person enters the railway premises through tracks, chances are there that he or she can be hit by a train,” RPF official said. Last year 1,502 trespassing incidents were reported in which 1,314 persons were dead whereas 188 were injured. In April, 50-year-old constable Jagbir Singh Rana from RPF died after saving four lives on Adarsh Nagar-Azadpur rail section. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe data further said that 130 cases of falling from trains were reported in which 54 persons died and 76 were injured. Last year, 249 such cases were reported in which 90 persons died and 159 were injured. In more than 30 cases, people fell into the platform gaps which led to seven deaths and 31 injuries. As many as 22 persons died and 43 injured due to falling in the gap of the platform last year. In June, a 65-year-old senior citizen slipped while boarding a moving train at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. But the presence of mind shown by the RPF sub-inspector saved the life of the passenger. Over 100 people committed suicide in first six months of 2019. Last year, 272 persons died after committing suicide at several stations. The data further added that till June, 114 cases of natural deaths were reported whereas last year 250 persons died due to natural causes. “Two persons died while doing stunts in three cases whereas last year three stunt cases were reported,” data said. Four cases of pole hitting were reported this year in which one person died. Four incidents of electric shock were reported in which one died. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr AN Jha said that three-pronged actions like awareness campaign, preventive measures such as fencing/boundary wall in phased manner & legal action under 147 of Railway Act, are being taken to eliminate such cases.last_img read more

Sides far apart in Canada Post talks despite mediation says postal union

first_imgOTTAWA — Union negotiators say there was little progress during the two-and-a-half weeks that a special mediator was assigned to the Canada Post labour dispute.The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday at different locations across the country, even though both sides have agreed to continue bargaining, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday. Special mediator Morton Mitchnick’s mandate expired Sunday.The union is frustrated by what is calls the Crown corporation’s perceived unwillingness to address key concerns raised at the bargaining table, CUPW national president Mike Palecek said.“We remain far apart at this point,” Palecek told The Canadian Press following weekend talks that marked the end of Mitchnick’s mandate.“Canada Post is still not willing to address our health and safety issues or provide equality to rural and suburban mail carriers… We still haven’t seen management willing to address our core issues.”Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned his government might soon act if there’s little progress in the talks, which have been ongoing for nearly a year.Trudeau did not elaborate on what the Liberals would do to resolve the dispute, but he suggested time is running out to put an end to rotating walkouts that have caused postal-service delays as the busy holiday shopping season ramps up. The strikes started Oct. 22.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu repeated the government’s warning Monday that it might step in, but again provided no details.“If the parties are unable to achieve a negotiated deal very soon, we will use all options to find a solution to reduce the impacts to Canadians, businesses, Canada Post and their workers,” Veronique Simard wrote in an email.Canada Post has maintained it has made significant offers to its 50,000 unionized employees that include increased wages, improved benefits and job security. Both sides have also repeatedly insisted they are committed to the collective bargaining process.The last time the federal government forced an end to a work dispute at Canada Post was in 2011, when the former Conservative government passed back-to-work legislation that was later declared unconstitutional. The move came after postal workers who had walked off the job were later locked out for two weeks by Canada Post management.The latest round of rotating strikes has forced the shut down of postal operations in more than 150 communities, including Canada Post mail and parcel sorting hubs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. It has created a backlog in the national distribution network and caused delivery delays, a Canada Post spokesman said last week.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Recipe Unlimited to phase out plastic straws at its 19 brands by

first_imgTORONTO – It’s the final straw for plastic at Recipe Unlimited Corporation.The restaurant giant, formerly known as Cara Operations, will start to ditch plastic straws at its 19 brands in August and replace them with compostable and biodegradable paper straws by the end of March 2019.The company, which owns brands such as Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s and New York Fries, joins a growing group of Canadian restaurants and international food corporations that are phasing out the plastic drinking implements.Recipe Unlimited, which has 1,382 restaurants, says compostable and biodegradable straws will automatically be provided with drink orders at its quick serve brands, including the Burgers Priest and St-Hubert. Paper straws will be available on request at its full-service restaurants like the Pickle Barrel, The Keg and Milestones.“Straws are just one component of the work we’re undertaking to eliminate single use plastics from our supply chain and shift to recyclable or compostable materials wherever possible,” Frank Hennessey, Recipe Unlimited’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.A&W Canada said last month it would soon switch to paper straws, while Ikea Canada promised to phase out plastic straws by 2020. Plenty of local bars and dining establishments have made similar declarations.McDonald’s announced in June that it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year. However, a McDonald’s Canada spokesman said it would monitor the trials in those countries before taking steps in Canada.The shift comes amid global pressure from environmentalists demanding restaurants switch to compostable options in an effort to stop wildlife from getting stuck and injured by plastic and to prevent the material from littering coastlines and green spaces.Experts say Canadians use about 57 million straws a day, but less than 20 per cent are recycled. They often recommend paper, metal or wood straws as alternatives.However, plastic straw bans have also generated concerns among some people with disabilities who say they need them and worry that sweeping bans will have unintended consequences.Still, many restaurants appear to be moving ahead with phasing out the plastic version.Restaurant Brands International, which owns Tim Hortons, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Burger King, said Wednesday that it is reviewing its packaging and looking at alternative options.Their considerations come after Vancouver city council recently put forward a proposal pushing servers to ask customers if they want a straw, instead of automatically delivering one with drink orders.On top of the recent environmental push, food industry expert Robert Carter said millennials — the restaurant industry’s biggest customer base — are playing a big role in the move away from plastic straws.“This is a segment that skews towards cause-based issues, so I think that is also putting pressure on restaurants to get ahead of these things before they have a backlash,” he said.He anticipates that the influence of millennials will soon extend beyond straws to target other plastic restaurant goods, including cutlery and packaging, because that consumer base often uses food delivery services, which are “exploding.” However, materials related to beverages are only a “tiny component” of the plastic items such services distribute, he said, making them ripe for change.Across the pond, British Prime Minister Theresa May is also eyeing a ban on plastic straws, cotton swabs and stir sticks and prodding other nations to follow suit.Canada has yet to make a similar commitment, but Carter believes “it is only a matter of time before it comes to North America.”Companies in this story: (TSX:RECP)last_img read more

Annan to receive Philadelphia Liberty Medal on 4 July

The Philadelphia Liberty Medal honours an individual or organization demonstrating leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation.The Mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, will present the Medal to Mr. Annan at Liberty Hall where the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted. Noting that the presentation of the award to the Secretary-General came at a most significant time in the history of the world and of the United Nations, Mayor Street described Mr. Annan as “truly an individual who embodies the values of the Philadelphia Liberty Medal.” The Global AIDS and Health Fund was first proposed by Mr. Annan on 26 April at the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious, held in Abuja, Nigeria. On Wednesday, the General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS backed the establishment of the Fund “to finance an urgent and expanded response to the epidemic based on an integrated approach to prevention, care, support and treatment.” read more

BC spends 150M to plant millions of trees create 3000 rural jobs

B.C. spends $150M to plant millions of trees, create 3,000 rural jobs by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2017 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia is spending $150 million to plant tens of millions of trees, which it says will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.Premier Christy Clark says the funding will go to the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. to advance environmental stewardship and focus on reforestation initiatives throughout the province.She says the new trees are one plank in the province’s plan to fight climate change and over the next 10 years her government will invest $800 million in B.C.’s forests and create 20,000 jobs.Clark says her government will also seek innovative ideas to help it meet its climate goals, but the most basic solution is Mother Nature’s solution, which is sequestering carbon in forests.The province’s Climate Action Plan drew criticism from environmentalists last year who said planting trees would not pay off for decades, as forests need to be mature in order to capture significant amounts of carbon.The Forest Enhancement Society is an arms-length organization created by the B.C. government that supports projects that aim to mitigate wildfires and rehabilitate damaged or low value forests.Clark says the province is also working to open up new markets for B.C. lumber in China and India, which she says will help insulate the province from events like a softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.She says currently high value lumber goes to the U.S. and low value lumber goes to Asia, but she wants more valuable wood going to India and China as well as to increase the overall amount shipped to those countries.“What I’d like to see in the long term is … British Columbia’s market to be so diverse that the softwood lumber agreement is a great thing to have, but it’s not the most important thing in the world anymore.” read more

In DR Congo UN Security Council delegation calls for consensual inclusive electoral

The delegation, co-led by French Ambassador Francois Delattre and Angolan Ambassador Ismael Abrao Gaspar, arrived in Kinshasa, the country’s capital, Friday night. The delegation has so far met with various political figures, including President Joseph Kabila and opposition leaders, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations.President Kabila’s term ends on 19 December this year. A presidential vote, originally scheduled for 27 November, continues to be a deeply divisive issue in the DRC.Last month, the Constitutional Court granted a petition of the National Electoral Commission (CENI) to postpone the elections to 2018. Meanwhile, on 18 October, participants in the national dialogue on elections signed an agreement to hold the elections in April 2018. However, the dialogue is being boycotted by several of the main opposition groups, which have formed a coalition called “Rassemblement.” The group has been staging popular protests on the 19th every month to pressure President Kabila to step down.In Kinshasa, Mr. Delattre, said that the delegation highlighted the need for “a broad inclusive framework in order to reach a broad consensus on a specific electoral timetable, accompanied by confidence-building measures.” “In this context I would like to stress that we emphasized how freedom of opinion and assembly must be guaranteed, and fair access to the media ensured in order to have a free and constructive political debate,” he said.On Saturday, the UN-backed Radio Okapi signal was blurred momentarily, but Radio France International’s signal is still cut.He said UN Security Council members called on the Congolese authorities to re-establish Radio France International’s signal and to lift the ban on demonstrations. Earlier this month, Mr. Delattre told the press that the Council’s visit to DRC “will be a very important exercise of preventive diplomacy.”“We want to seize this opportunity to talk to all Congolese stakeholders to ensure that they fully realize the responsibility that they have in preserving peace in their country and show the necessary spirit of compromise and openness in order to prepare for the elections as soon as possible and, this is a key word, in full respect of the constitution,” he said.The Council delegation will visit Beni on Sunday before traveling to Luanda in Angola. read more

Help build vulnerable island States resilience to extreme weather urges senior UN

UN Photo/Rick BajornasScene from Codrington town in Barbuda during the Secretary-General’s visit in mid-October 2017 to survey the damage caused by successive Category-5 hurricanes.With regards to the issue of financing, Mr. De Alba welcomed the mobilization of over $1.6 billion in reconstruction funds from across the Caribbean, with the support of the UN, but expressed concern that at least $1 billion in loans and debt relief need to be taken into account: he urged the international community to recognize the specific challenges faced by the region.Ms. King said that, between 1998 and 2017, the 10 countries most severely financially affected by climate-related disasters, in terms of the percentage of their gross domestic product, were small Caribbean countries or territories: Dominica’s losses after Hurricane Maria were equivalent to 259% of its GDP.Mr. De Alba reminded the delegates that, last year, thousands were made homeless, and key infrastructure for transportation, water, health, tourism, and education were devastated: “Between 70 and 95 percent of houses were damaged in Anguilla, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Barbuda and Dominica,” he said.Tuesday’s meeting, said Ms. King, was an opportunity to make the case for vulnerability to be used as a criterion when deciding when countries get access to financing.Looking ahead to 2019, Ms. King noted several key events of particular importance to Small Island Developing States, including the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the Climate Summit of the Secretary-General, the SDG Summit and the high-level mid-term review of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway. Ms. King was speaking alongside Louis Alfonso De Alba, Special Envoy for the UN 2019 Climate Summit, and a number of other senior UN officials at the meeting, a follow up to an event in October 2017 convened in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes that had swept over the islands of the eastern Caribbean a month earlier, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to describe the island of Barbuda as “paradise turned into hell.”Referring to the recent special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Mr. de Alba warned that the climate situation is not going to improve: “On the contrary it may worsen very quickly. And that’s why building resilience is an urgent matter, but Small Island Developing States find themselves in a very difficult situation, and that’s why we need to address these issues.”Greater investment in disaster risk reduction, recovery and reconstruction efforts and financing were identified as important steps in helping affected and vulnerable countries to recover and adapt to the consequences of climate change. read more

Boca Juniors players sick and injured after bus attack

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Boca Juniors players have been injured after their bus was attacked on the way to the Copa Libertadores final against River Plate on Saturday.TV footage shows a window in Boca’s bus being smashed apparently by a tear gas grenade upon arrival at River Plate’s Monumental de Nunez Stadium.Todo Noticias news channel says six Boca players have been affected and two have already been ruled out for the second leg of the final. Striker Carlos Tevez is one of the players affected by the incident.Boca chairman Daniel Angelici has requested the second leg be suspended, but no response has been given yet by South American soccer body CONMEBOL.Boca and River drew 2-2 in the first leg two weeks ago.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Man due in Derry court charged with stabbing another man in the

first_imgA 44-YEAR-OLD man is due in court in Derry charged with stabbing another man in the back at a house yesterday morning.The 43-year-old victim was taken to hospital after the stabbing took place at the house in  the Summer Meadows Park area at about 3am.The accused is being charged with attempted murder as well as two counts of assault causing harm, common assault, possessing an offensive weapon and intent to use it.The NI prosecution service is to review all of the charges with the man scheduled to appear at the Magistrates Court in Derry this morning.Read: UDR memorial removed and replaced with IRA slogan, PSNI investigating it as ‘hate crime’ >Read: PSNI chief apologises to Hyde Park bombing families over ‘failure to secure justice’ >last_img read more

Nobel de la paix des attaques informatiques répétées frappent lInstitut

first_imgNobel de la paix : des attaques informatiques répétées frappent l’InstitutUne fausse invitation à la cérémonie de remise du prix Nobel de la paix circule en ce moment sur Internet. Cette invitation contiendrait un virus informatique susceptible de contaminer l’ordinateur de ses destinataires.Un mail de l’Oslo Freedom Forum, une organisation qui existe bel et bien mais qui n’est pas directement liée au Nobel, circule sur Internet. Destiné à remettre une fausse invitation à la cérémonie de remise du prix Nobel de la paix, ce courriel contient un “cheval de Troie”. Ce programme permet de prendre le contrôle de l’ordinateur.À lire aussiSchizophrénie : un lien établi avec le virus Epstein-Barr, responsable de la mononucléoseLe mail est ainsi composé : “Cher Monsieur, Chère Madame. Je vous joins une lettre du fondateur de l’Oslo Freedom Forum, Thor Halvorssen, qui vous invite à vous joindre à lui à Oslo pour la cérémonie du prix (Nobel) le 11 décembre” (rappelons que la cérémonie aura lieu le 10 !). Le groupe de sécurité informatique F-Secure indique ne pas savoir qui est à l’origine de l’attaque ni qui en est la cible exacte.D’aucuns pourront se demander si on ne peut pas voir là un lien avec le lauréat, le dissident chinois Liu Xiaobo. Le directeur de l’Institut Nobel, Geir Lundestad a lui aussi été la cible d’une attaque informatique sous la forme d’un courrier électronique, indique un journal norvégien. “Il y a quelqu’un qui essaie de contaminer l’Institut Nobel”, a déclaré un responsable des autorités de sécurité informatique. “Beaucoup de choses indiquent que c’est le même acteur qui est derrière ces attaques”.Le site Internet du Nobel (www.nobelpeaceprize.org) avait déjà subi une attaque informatique il y a deux semaines. L’agression provenait d’une université taïwanaise mais les pirates utilisent généralement plusieurs relais pour camoufler leurs traces, d’où l’impossibilité de retrouver l’origine de ces agressions.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eleventh Doctor Uncovers Truth in New Titan Comic

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Things you learn in part two of Titan Comics’ “Strange Loops”: The Eleventh Doctor wears a clip-on bow tie (sometimes).Writer Alex Paknadel and artist I.N.J. Culbard return with the second half of their Time Lord tale, on sale now for $3.99.In an attempt to regain his memories, the Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling traveled to Disch, capital city of Zoline—where a trio of revolutionary inventors led the people “out of the timeless forest into an age of industry.”But the so-called “Golden Triangle” are using a broken magic box Gallifreyan technology—the Orphaned Hour, part of the Time Lords’ Omega arsenal—to reset the world every 30 years.“Every time this planet got reset by a few decades, you kept the technological innovations made by others during the last cycle,” the Doctor deduced. “You claimed these innovations as your own and then waited for real geniuses to build on them so you could steal their ideas, too, and so on.”Collect both “Strange Loops: Part 2” covers (via Titan Comics)“Zoline’s greatest minds,” it turns out, are no more than “cheap con artists who lucked into the ultimate scam.”Unfortunately for the Golden Triangle, that luck has run out: Their ancient technology, like the Doctor, has run out of lives.Can the “Carbon Sequestration for Children: A Beginner’s Guide” book help? Or is Zoline headed for destruction?We may never know. The Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling have their own problems to deal with, namely a sacrificial Time Lord weapon of mass destruction and a crumbling TARDIS.But Orphan isn’t the only one willing to spare herself for the greater good: The Sapling comes to the rescue in a beautiful “We are Groot” moment, illustrated with care by Culbard.To help get readers in the Halloween spirit, “Strange Loops” part two ends on a cliffhanger that is… well, I forget. Find out what happens next in November’s comic continuation “Hungry Thirsty Roots.”last_img read more

The Punishers Most Gruesome Kills

first_img Chris Hemsworth Gets Honest, Captain Marvel Gets a Prequel & More MCU NewsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Punisher Shirts Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img With the first official spin-off of Marvel’s core four Netflix series starting streaming this month, the Punisher is getting some new exposure. The black-clad vigilante seems a little inappropriate in our modern world where we see a mass shooting every week or so, but we’re going to separate fiction from reality and remind everyone that, due to the magic of comics, he only kills criminals.And kill them he does. Frank Castle typically guns down crooks wholesale with whatever firearms he has at hand, but sometimes he has to get more inventive. In this feature, we’ll run down the Punisher’s most intense criminal kills, with a warning for the weak of heart or tender of stomach.Pittsy’s DemiseWhile most thugs go down to Frank Castle pretty quickly, Carmine “Pittsy” Gazzera took a little longer. The enforcer for Mafia boss Nicolas Cavella faced off with the Punisher towards the beginning of his career, and took the newly-minted vigilante to his limits. The pair brawled through a building and Pittsy somehow managed to survive being thrown from a window and impaled on an iron fence. While he was immobilized, Frank finished him off with a shotgun blast to the face, rending it open in grisly detail.The Death Of The RussianGarth Ennis and Steve Dillon revitalized the Punisher after nearly a decade of poor stories, and they did it by ramping up the brutality. In their first storyline, the massive hired killer called the Russian is sent after Frank by crime lord Ma Gnucci (more on her later). He attacks the Punisher at his apartment and has his way with him until both men crash through the wall into his obese neighbor Mr. Bumpo’s apartment. Castle manages to down the Russian with a hot pizza to the face and then pin him under Bumpo until the Russian asphyxiates on his fat. Frank then cuts his head off as a warning to Gnucci, only to be stymied when they sew it on to a new body.Wolverine SteamrollerWe can’t count this as a “kill” precisely, because the Canadian mutant’s Adamantium skeleton and healing factor let him bounce back from pretty much any physical damage. But when Frank faced off with Wolverine as both men were on the track of some Mafia scum, he had to get creative. He started off by shooting Wolvie in the face with a shotgun, blowing all of the meat off his mush. After that, Logan got another shotgun blast to the balls and then Castle finished the job by running him over with a steamroller, keeping him pinned there until some good Samaritan came and rescued him. Who knows when that happened.Off The Empire State BuildingThe first issue of Ennis and Dillon’s run reintroduced Frank Castle as a street-level vigilante (previously he had been supernaturally charged by Heaven with magical guns, don’t ask) and had him narrate the whole thing to an unidentified listener. That listener turned out to be a low-level mob flunky who the Punisher dragged all the way to the top of the Empire State building just to throw him to his death. Dude, there are literally thousands of buildings in New York, you didn’t have to pick a famous one.Burning Ma GnucciFrank thought he’d seen the last of Ma Gnucci when he threw her to the polar bears in the Central Park Zoo, but she managed to survive minus her scalp, arms and legs. Even as a torso, she ran the Gnucci family with piss and vinegar, sending assassins after the Punisher to wear him down for the Russian. Naturally, he doesn’t take that lying down and heads out to meet her at home, burning down her mansion and throwing her helpless body into the flames to broil.Sliced To Bits By DakenLet’s mix things up a bit and revisit a time when Frank wound up on the wrong end of the stick. During the Dark Reign event, Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers ran roughshod on the streets, and when the Punisher faced off with Daken (Wolverine’s sociopathic son), he didn’t really do so well. After a rough melee, Daken’s healing factor tipped the scales and he left Castle in a pile of pieces in an alleyway. Because this is comics, the Punisher was sewn back together as “Franken-Castle” and sent off to war against an army of skeletons. Naturally, he got restored back to his normal non-monster self after a year or so.Vera’s Window ShotThe satisfying thing about the Punisher is that he deals out justice – or at least retribution – to some tremendously horrible people. Case in point: Vera Konstantin, the antagonist of the “Slavers” arc. The Romanian leader of a prostitution ring that kidnapped girls and abused them into terrified silence, she thinks she’s safe holed up in a skyscraper surrounded by bulletproof glass. Needless to say, Castle gets in, takes out her guards and then viciously beats her against the windows until they come loose from their frames, sending her to her grisly death below.Barracuda BrawlFrank’s battles with Barracuda, a massive Florida-born gangster who will sink to any level of depravity, are some of his nastiest. The first time they meet up, Frank takes one of his eyes and all of the fingers on his right hand. Naturally, that makes him even more pissed off, so Barracuda launches a series of increasingly screwed up revenge plots. They culminate with Barracuda kidnapping Frank’s baby daughter (that he didn’t know he had) and murdering her in front of him. It turns out to be a decoy but that doesn’t slow the Punisher down, and in a vicious climax he blasts Barracuda’s face off at point blank range with an AK-47.Intestinal FortitudeBefore he took care of Vera in the “Slavers” storyline, Frank needed to track her down. When you shoot first and ask questions later, it can be tough to get information. So when he had one of the whoremonger’s underlings at his disposal. Castle got creative. He knocked the man out and then did a little bootleg battlefield surgery, unspooling his intestines and tying them to a tree. Needless to say, the dude spilled his guts – literally. It’s fair to say he got off easy compared to what the Punisher did to his boss.Micro MassacreIt’s always tough to say goodbye to a friend, but when the Punisher’s tech buddy Microchip turns his back on the cause and starts working with organized crime, Frank can’t let it stand. In the Marvel MAX series, Micro tries to convince Frank to go to work for the U.S. government, but behind the plot is a massive drug smuggling ring. When Castle figures it out, he goes hunting for his former ally and ends up fighting alongside him against a group of rogue CIA agents. Mortally wounded, Microchip turns to his ex-boss and Frank executes him with a point blank shotgun blast to the dome.last_img read more

Papa Murphys more than raising dough

first_imgThe future of Papa Murphy’s, the take-and-bake pizza chain, rides on CEO Ken Calwell’s leadership, and it’s difficult to think he won’t succeed when you witness him deliver his plan to win the 21st-century pizza wars.The 52-year-old former competitive triathlete locks his eyes on you and wrestles your questions to the ground. A Midwesterner, he exudes the region’s charm (“y’all need a value strategy”) and adeptly unpacks anecdotes. Then he bounds from his conference-room chair to command a big-screen presentation. Speaking in rapid-fire fashion, wiry arms waving, he proceeds to reveal what’s really going on in the $45 billion pizza market and why Papa Murphy’s, headquartered in unassuming Vancouver, is on a path toward pizza-world conquest.A datahead, he’s as quick with industry statistics as he is with anecdotes. “Fifteen to 20 percent of Americans say they’re pan pizza lovers,” says Calwell, who, in 2011, took the helm of Papa Murphy’s International, with more than 1,400 stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, all but about 5 percent operated by franchisees. “We didn’t have a pan pizza before I got here.”He also knows which pizza chain is putting what on your pizzas, and how much. He snaps off another stat: Papa Murphy’s’ “base pepperoni pizza has about 30 percent more cheese” than those of the company’s primary competitors: Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza (Calwell previously held management positions at both of those chains), Papa John’s Pizza and Little Caesars.Of course, Calwell doesn’t know all of this stuff just to dazzle fellow dataheads. What he knows is part of what he’s working on: to vault Papa Murphy’s, a popular brand well-entrenched in the Pacific Northwest, onto the national scene.last_img read more

The Spirit of Resilience How Tyndall and Bay County Are Moving On

first_imgLeaders at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and in Bay County say that rebuilding from Hurricane Michael, which devastated the area in October, gives them an opportunity to make Tyndall more resilient for the future.That is the focus of a new ADC video that debuted Tuesday at Installation Innovation Forum.“Everybody’s mind has had to shift into this new age of adapting and innovating and just doing what we can to make sure that the mission doesn’t stop,” said Staff Sergeant Stephanie Mahoney, an instructor at the Airman Leadership School.Bay County is one of five members of the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Baby Raven Reads Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

first_imgFamilies and young children mill around tables in the lobby of the Walter Soboleff Building. There’s a station for coloring, one for science. Margaret Katzeek and her 2-year-old niece Elayna are at the snack table.Download Audio:Inside the clan house at the Walter Soboleff Building, Mary Folletti sings familiar sounding songs with Tlingit lyrics. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“Do you want some water?” Katzeek asks Elayna. “Do you remember what it’s called? Heen. Let’s say heen.”This is their second Baby Raven Reads family night. The free early childhood program run by Sealaska Heritage Institute builds on the strengths of Alaska Native culture in teaching early literacy. Katzeek says they’re a fun way to learn the Tlingit language, for her niece and herself.“They say the best way to learn something and get to know something is trying to teach it,” she says, “so I definitely work on the words that I do know, I work with her on it lot.”But Katzeek says Elayna picks up songs better and, lucky for her, there are several that evening with language learner and teacher Mary Folletti.Margaret Katzeek brought her niece Elayna Katzeek to the Baby Raven Reads family night. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Inside the clan house, about 30 children, infants to 5-year-olds, start off sitting on small rugs or on the laps of family members. Moments later, many of them are on their feet, singing, laughing and dancing along. About 40 adults sitting on the periphery watch their children, smiling. Some join in the singing.Folletti leads the group in Tlingit songs to the tunes of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and “The Hokey Pokey.” She helped translate these songs several years ago.“Those songs are great because the kids are already familiar with them and they are the same idea. We do things different, like, ‘Dance like a Tlingit,’ but it is like, ‘Turn yourself around,’ so it’s got a lot of the same ideas,” she says.Folletti says exposing children to the sounds of the Tlingit language is important for development.“I know people who learn the Tlingit language when they were older and because they had never tried to make those sounds before, they’d never heard those sounds before, they physically could not make the sounds, so I think it’s important for them to hear it,” Folletti says.Early education specialist Karen Larson is working with Sealaska Heritage Institute. She says the Baby Raven Reads program emulates other successful early learning practices. It gives out a free children’s book at each session, like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. It brings families together, like events organized by the Association for the Education of Young Children. And it’s all done in ways relevant to Alaska Native families.“People are really craving cultural experiences for their children and language exposure. And then people bring their own culture to it and it grows from there,” Larson says.Parent Pamela Craig is one of those people. She’s with her 2-year-old son.“This is exactly the kind of thing that I think he needs, to be able to meet up with his Native peers from an early age and be able to work with them and have people to talk to, especially learning language,” Craig says.The Baby Raven Reads events are good for her as well.“Just looking around, I have family here, my relatives and other people I’ve met through the years going to different Native events, and so it’s a good opportunity for me,” Craig says.Betty Ann Samato reads a book with her grandson Bryson Stepetin at a Baby Raven Reads family night. (Photo by Brian Wallace/Courtesy Sealaska Heritage Institute)That’s part of the early childhood program – creating community.Jackie Kookesh is the education director for Sealaska Heritage Institute. She hopes people like Mary Folletti will be an inspiration to parents and relatives.“To sing along with Mary and their children and try to pronounce the Tlingit words that are in the song, that takes a lot of courage,” Kookesh says. “And so if that’s an outcome we come away with, I say that’s phenomenal, creating those safe places for the language to be in the air and to be heard and for everybody to do it together.”Kookesh hopes the program will make more parents comfortable singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Tlingit with their children.last_img read more

Burger King Tests India Waters Starts with 12 Outlets

first_imgUS fast food chain Burger King Worldwide will open about 12 outlets in India over the next 60-90 days, Rajeev Varman, chief executive of the hamburger chain’s India unit said on Saturday.The chain announced last year a tie-up with the Everstone Group to develop the Burger King brand presence in the country.In India, the hamburger chain has changed its menu to sell mutton, chicken and veggie sandwiches.”In the long run, India is going to be one of the largest markets globally. Burger King most certainly sees India as one of the biggest opportunities in the future,” Varman said ahead of the chain’s first store opening in New Delhi.Burger King is a late entrant in the country. Rival McDonald’s Corp has been around for close to two decades and has already grown its network in tier two and three cities.”Turkey, China and Russia are each growing by around 100 restaurants a year. Here in India, we will set up our first few restaurants and use that to fine-tune our operating model before determining our growth plans,” Varman said in an email.last_img read more

Selection board lays out key criteria for new India head coach Will

first_imgThe selection panel, which has been convened to pick the next Indian head coach, is looking for a candidate who is a good and efficient planner and also possesses strong man-management skills to guide the senior national team.BCCI has invited applications for the position of the head coach and support staff for the men’s side, with incumbent Ravi Shastri and his team given automatic entry in the recruitment process.A Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Kapil Dev, former coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy has been constituted to pick the next head coach of India.”You have to be a good man-manager and a good planner,” Gaekwad told Reuters over a phone call. “These are the two aspects which are most important. There are so many other aspects which you have to take into consideration.”‘Technical knowledge is obviously important’ Will Shastri stay?Stu Forster/Getty Images”Technical knowledge is obviously important because without that you can’t plan,” Gaekwad further added.The BCCI has invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager.The incumbents have been given an extension till the end of the West Indies series. New coaching staff is expected to be in place before the commencement of India’s home season, which kicks off with a series against South Africa.However, just before jetting off for Florida, Indian captain Virat Kohli backed Ravi Shastri to continue as the coach. He said that the current coach shared a great equation with the players. Virat KohliGetty images”With Ravi bhai all of us have a great camaraderie, everyone in the team shares mutual respect and we have done really well together as a group,” Kohli told reporters on Monday.”We’ll definitely be very happy if he continues as coach, but as I said it is upon the CAC to seek my advice or opinion if they want. Right now, I haven’t been contacted at all,” he further added.Gaekwad also said that the panel might not consult the skipper before arriving at a decision.”We chose the women’s coach, we didn’t have any inputs from anyone. It’s not compulsory that we have to talk to them or not talk to them, either way,” said Gaekwad.last_img read more

Secretary Of State Kerry Attacks Religious Intolerance In Rice University Speech

first_img Share 00:00 /02:22 Listen View the video here center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before an audience of nearly 700 people at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Tuesday evening. The theme of the address was the role of religion in foreign policy.Secretary Kerry devoted much of his speech to condemning religious intolerance and violence.He cited Islamist atrocities against Christians in the Mideast and Africa, persecution of Tibetan Buddhists in China, and resurgent anti-Semitism in Europe. But he also turned his attention to intolerance at home, alluding to anti-Muslim rhetoric by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.“There are troubling indications here in the United States,” Kerry said, “where some have urged a ban on Muslim visitors, and where false stories about large numbers of Muslim-Americans supposedly celebrating the 9/11 attacks have been willfully disseminated by people who don’t bother to check their facts.”Kerry countered that Muslims have lived in the United States since the country’s founding and fought for the U.S. in every one of its wars.“Efforts to smear them collectively for the actions of a few are despicable,” he said, “and no more logical than it would have been in the 1990s to hold all Christians accountable for the atrocities committed against Muslim populations in Bosnia and Kosovo.”The secretary underscored the support the U.S. is receiving from Muslim political and religious leaders around the world in the long-term fight against terrorism.“The real challenge is not simply to defeat one group in one place at one time,” Kerry said, “but to create a global environment in which efforts to summon terrorist recruits fall on deaf ears.”Secretary Kerry also used his speech to highlight the role religious leaders are playing in efforts to address climate change. He cited Pope Francis, who issued an encyclical letter last year on the need to combat the problem. But he pointed to others as well.“The leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, asked, ‘When will we learn that to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin?’” he said. “In last year’s Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, Muslim leaders called for clear targets to phase out greenhouse gas emissions and invest in a clean energy economy.”Kerry said the Houston area is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. He noted the most recent studies of rising sea levels indicate that Galveston, Padre, and Matagorda Islands could be inundated by the end of the century and that significant parts of Houston itself are at risk.last_img read more