Re-entry only on merit in Madhya Pradesh Congress

first_imgCongress general secretary Deepak Babaria said on Monday that leaders who had left the party for their “vested interests” would not be taken back in the organisation in Madhya Pradesh, where polls are due by the year-end.“Ghar wapsi” campaign Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Congress has started a “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) campaign to bring back leaders who left the party for different reasons.Mr. Babaria, in-charge of the party affairs in Madhya Pradesh, however made it clear that not all those who left will be allowed to come back.Vested interests“We are in talks with different leaders who are willing to come back into the party fold. But most of the party workers are of the view that those who left due to their vested interests should not be taken back. I support this view,” he said.The AICC general secretary said, “Those who deceived the party would not be taken back. The decision about other leaders would be taken on merit.”After 2003, when the BJP came to power in Madhya Pradesh, some prominent Congress leaders had left the party, including Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, Bhagirath Prasad and Rao Uday Pratap Singh.Election strategyReplying to a question on election strategy, Mr. Babaria said the party would focus on the Assembly seats where it has not been very strong in the past.Potential candidates at such seats would be sounded out about poll preparations much before the elections, he added.last_img read more

Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Another hurdle: With the change in date, LA apparently needs to renegotiate and extend financial guarantees approved by the city and state to cover potential shortfalls connected with the 2024 bid. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that puts California taxpayers on the hook for up to $250 million if Los Angeles were awarded the 2024 Games and they ran over budget, and the city has promised the same.Chicago-based sports-finance consultant Marc Ganis said the overall outcome was favorable for LA, given that Paris was in line for the 2024 Games. Additionally, financial sweeteners will help cover costs over the longer wait time.Still, facilities age, technology advances and costs rise.“There is always going to be financial risk,” Ganis said, “when you are targeting 11 years into the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles’ decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits. But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U.S. also comes with the risks of the unknown.“It’s a big chunk of time,” noted Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who has written widely on the Olympics. “You just don’t know what’s going to come. The world presents surprises.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHistory teaches that the economy swings up and down, sometimes with disastrous results. Political scientists foresee an era of continuing upheaval and unrest. Geologists say an inevitable big earthquake in quake-prone Southern California could damage venues envisioned as part of the Games.Mayor Eric Garcetti shrugged off a question about the uncertainty. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Los Angeles Olympic Committee leader Casey Wasserman, from left, and City Council President Herb look on as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — By 2028, a new stadium being built for the Rams and the Chargers will have been beaten up by nearly a decade of NFL games. The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse.So much can change in 11 years.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Los Angeles County is home to 10 million people, and that population could increase by more than 500,000 by 2028, state demographers project. The cutting-edge technology in the new NFL stadium, now scheduled to open in 2020, will probably look like the forgotten Blackberry by 2028.Many athletes in their prime today will be in the bleachers in a decade. And how can officials accurately estimate ticket prices and the revenue they will generate?Events that happened 11 years ago can seem part of a faded, distant past. Facebook was a mere two years old. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Taylor Swift released her first album, and “Game of Thrones” was years into the future.Consider the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The nearly century-old iconic structure — which would be used in an Olympics for a third time after the 1932 and 1984 Games — was constructed long before modern building codes. It was also severely damaged in a 1994 earthquake. The coliseum is currently undergoing an extensive makeover, but experts have warned it could still be vulnerable to shaking.Estimates vary widely on what the federal government would need to spend on security for the two-week event, by some accounts $1 billion or more. It’s only a guess what the price tag will be in 2028, or the level of threat at that time.Higher construction costs are likely, too. One example of the work that needs to be done: the Coliseum, a football stadium, would need to be converted into a venue for Olympic track events, then back again.Over the years Olympics have been notorious for cost overruns, and studies have questioned if host cities benefit economically. Russia has struggled with costs from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which have been called the most expensive Olympics of all time.But Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, said LA was better positioned for a longer wait than other recent Olympic cities because its plan calls for no new major construction“They will be able to run an operating surplus,” he predicted.In the shorter term, the private committee behind the LA bid must retool its initial 2024 plans for four years in the future, including renegotiating contracts for housing athletes and temporary venues, which were all hooked to 2024. “Los Angeles is resilient,” said the youthful-looking mayor, who will be granddad age, chasing 60, by the time of the Games.“If the entire earth falls apart, probably the Olympics aren’t happening in Los Angeles. But short of that, we are going to have a great Games here in LA,” the mayor told reporters.In embracing the 2028 date that is expected to be finalized later this year, city Olympic organizers ceded the 2024 Games to Paris, which both cities had craved.But Garcetti and other supporters argued that the four-year delay was advantageous, giving the car-choked city more time to build rail lines. Additionally, the delay comes with financial sweeteners that, among other things, will pump millions of dollars into youth sports.But time rushes on, and major changes are bound to happen.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Juan Antonio Pizzi stands down as Chile coach after elimination: Reports

first_imgJuan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed he will stand down as Chile coach, just hours after his team were beaten 3-0 by Brazil to miss out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup Finals, local news reports said.Pizzi’s contract was due to expire at the conclusion of the qualifiers and after Chile finished sixth in the 10-team group, outside the places for Russia, he said there was no reason to discuss a new deal.”I am ruling myself out of continuing,” Pizzi said in comments reported by Chilean media and confirmed by veteran midfielder Gary Medel.Pizzi, 49, led Chile to victory at the 2016 Centenary Copa America but his aging team have struggled in the closing stages of the qualifiers, winning just two of their last six games.Several of the team’s biggest names — including Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal and Medel — are already in their 30s and Tuesday’s defeat in Sao Paulo appears to have signaled the end of the most successful team in the country’s history.last_img read more

ICC Women’s World T20: Pakistan skipper rues penalty runs after heavy loss to India

first_imgPenalty runs played an important part in the Women’s World T20 matches on Sunday. Both the India-Pakistan match as well as the Australia-Ireland match was immensely affected when the teams broke the game’s laws.India began their chase on the unusual scoreline of 10/0 after Pakistan were twice docked five penalty runs for their batters running on the pitch in their ICC Women’s World T20 clash.Penalty runs came into play in the second game of the day as well, when Ireland were docked five runs for the same offence against Australia.The ICC’s playing conditions for the tournament calls for a first and final warning from the umpires to the batters for encroaching the protected area of the track, before the team is penalised five runs for the next offence.Pakistan’s batters Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof, who both hit half-centuries, were initially warned by the umpires after the 13th over for running on the danger area. On the first ball of the 18th over, Pakistan were penalised for the first time, before being hit with another five-run penalty on the last ball of the innings.India overcome a spirited challenge from Pakistan in Guyana to take a stranglehold of Group B in their pursuit of World T20 glory.Match report to come shortly, but you can watch all the highlights now!https://t.co/jiFI2Vth6v #WT20 pic.twitter.com/AIXlBs1J6KICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 11, 2018That meant that though Pakistan posted 133/7, their highest total in an ICC Women’s World T20 match, India needed only 124 off the bat in their chase in Guyana and eased to a seven-wicket win.advertisementREAD – Harmanpreet Kaur demands improvement despite crushing win over PakistanSpeaking after their loss, Javeria Khan, the Pakistan captain, said her team had been warned three times. “I had a chat with the umpires and they told me that they warned the player thrice, and after warning three times, they gave the penalty,” she said.”It’s unprofessionalism on our part that after being warned, we were still on the danger area. This is an area we should look at, because it has not happened the first time, it’s [happened] in the past in the Sri Lanka series as well. We should seriously look into this because these are the things that cost you the game.”Dar added that the umpires had spoken to them. “It was a silly mistake from us. We shouldn’t do these things, we should learn from this,” said Dar. “Maybe if the 10 runs hadn’t been minused from our total, maybe it would have been a good game.”READ – Mithali Raj stars as India demolish PakistanPlayer of the Match Mithali Raj said India too had been given a warning, but they were careful not to repeat it. “We were told before getting into bat that the 10 runs [would be added],” said Raj. “The Pakistan batters were warned, and so were we, but we didn’t get to that point [of a penalty].”After the second match of the day, Ireland’s Kim Garth echoed Khan’s sentiments. “It’s something we’re going to have to learn from,” she said. “Against sides like Australia we absolutely cannot afford a penalty. Rules are rules, we broke them, so we have to learn from it.”I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. You run one side of the wicket, the non-striker runs the other, it’s pretty simple … I’m surprised we didn’t learn from it, and same from Pakistan. To do it once is criminal, to do it twice is a brain explosion. We should have definitely learnt from it.”Australia’s Ellyse Perry, who has been a part of all six ICC Women’s World T20s, said the penalty runs were a novel experience for her. “I have never played in a tournament where this has been a key issue, it seems to be in the first couple of matches and that’s completely fine, that’s within the rules of cricket,” she said after Australia’s comfortable victory,” she said.Eleven league games of the tournament are being played at Providence Stadium over the course of nine days. “They are paying particular attention to it,” Perry said, “I wonder if to a degree that’s got to do with the fact that we are playing a lot of games on these wickets, and probably need to be mindful of looking after them.”last_img read more

Sadhguru tweet to congratulate Hima Das on gold win is viral for all the wrong reasons

first_imgYou don’t expect godmen to boast of a robust vocabulary derived from Urban Dictionary. But when it is Sadhguru, the expectations might be a little more than that from, say, a Gurmeet Ram Rahim. So when Sadhguru made a slip that is best attributed to Freud, many on Twitter did not know how to react. It has been a while since Sadhguru congratulated Indian sports star Hima Das on her fifth gold win. Except, with a tweet saying it is ‘a Golden shower’ for India.Sadhguru wrote, “Hima Das, a Golden shower for India. Congratulations and Blessings. -Sg”Twitter took a few days to react to Sadhguru’s slip of key. For the uninitiated, ‘golden shower’ is a slang used for the practice of urinating on someone for sexual pleasure. Yes, Sadhguru was definitely not attributing to this shower while talking about Hima Das’s achievements.One Twitter user wrote, “Okay who’s gonna tell him?”Okay who’s gonna tell him? https://t.co/9NalE1fNIUAavi (@poisonaavi) July 23, 2019″It’s kanak varsha.. Indian way of saying it. Macaulaywadis who have learnt “Rain Rain Go away” as a poem in Monsoon weather of India won’t understand this,” wrote another user.Someone jumped to Sadhguru’s defence: “Hey, first of all, the kinky meaning is just a slang and not a formal phrase of speech. And you have to also context the expression to get the meaning. People wearing tinted glasses will always see the world through the coloured tint, which others don’t see.””Golden shower is a beautifully worded for Hima’s Golden run. The problem is with people who use the word for sexual slurs not with the guru,” wrote another person in defence of Sadhguru.advertisementAnother user wrote, “Is he inviting Donald Trump?”BUT WHY TRUMP?Last year, American lawyer and author James Comey, while promoting his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, said that it was possible US President Donald Trump spent time with prostitutes in a ‘golden shower’ in Moscow. Trump, however, went on to dismiss the allegations.The origin of the claim was an explosive dossier authored by Christopher Steele, which said that Trump would get prostitutes to pee on each other in a bed at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Moscow, on a bed that ex-US first couple Barack and Michelle Obama have slept in.While Trump’s fascination for golden showers might have had the world talking about him, Sadhguru has got Indian Twitter divided.ALSO READ: More from Trending NewsALSO READ: Rahul Bose shocked over bill for bananas at Chandigarh 5-star hotel. Thele se le lete, says InternetALSO READ: Hima Das wins 5 gold medals. Anushka Sharma leads Bollywood in congratulating India’s Golden GirlALSO WATCH: Meet Assam’s Hima Das, who won 5 gold medals in 20 dayslast_img read more

Every profession has conflicts: Anil Kumble on ‘Conflict of Interest’ issue

first_imgAfter former India cricketer Rahul Dravid received a notice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Ethics Officer Justice DK Jain regarding the Conflict of Interest, Anil Kumble on Friday said that every profession has conflicts and it all comes down to how one deals with it.”I think every profession has conflicts in every walk of life. How you deal with it, how you disclose those prior that what you are involved in I think it is very critical. And once people know that you are involved in so and so, then I don’t think there is any conflict,” Kumble told reporters here.As per the complaint, Dravid is conflicted as he is the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head and is also employed as the vice president of India Cements group, which owns Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).Kumble also said that it is unfortunate as there are only a limited number of cricketers who have played for India and can contribute back to the game.”It’s unfortunate that every cricketer only has to deal with conflict and you know it’s something unfortunate that only a few of them can only contribute. There are only a few cricketers who have played for India,” he said.”There are only 300 as of now and out of 300, I guess 50 per cent of them are living. So, only those can contribute back to the game. If you don’t want them to contribute back to the game, then I think you need to find somebody else to contribute in cricket,” he said.advertisementSanjay Gupta, who filed the complaint, had earlier filed a conflict of interest charge against former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for their dual roles. Both Tendulkar and Laxman were part of the Cricket Advisory Committee and were also the mentors of their respective IPL franchises.Read more | BCCI committed to following the law of the land: CEO Rahul Johri on NADA complianceAlso see:last_img read more

David Glidden Looks on the Bright Side after Two Games

first_imgNobody ever thought OSU was going to lose either of its first two games against the Central bros (Arkansas and Michigan). But nobody thought Auburn was going to go to overtime against Jacksonville State and Washington State was going to lose to Portland State either.So while the outcomes of the first two games have been somewhat underwhelming, there’s still a silver lining.“We talk about it each week,” said Gundy last week. “For years we’ve had discussions about the parity in college football. It continues to grow each year. As the NCAA becomes more involved … it just continues to grow.”It’s true. I thought of this as I watched Jacksonville State-Auburn on Saturday afternoon, internally hoping this would be the only “FCS puts a scare into land grant, agricultural school that isn’t the best program in its own state” game of the day.Turns out, it was.And despite all the weeping and gnashing of teeth, Oklahoma State is one of just 48 teams sporting a 2-0 record heading into the third week of the season.“We started out slow, but we got the ball rolling and we got the W,” said David Glidden on Saturday. “Coach Gundy said that we’re 2-0 and there are a lot of teams that aren’t like that, they don’t have that benefit of going into that next game undefeated. There are a lot of improvements to make, but we’ll move on and get things corrected.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Amazon get money’s worth as City’s quadruple hopes die

first_imgFA Cup Amazon get their money’s worth as City’s quadruple hopes dramatically die Sam Lee Manchester City Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 07:05 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images FA Cup Manchester City Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Wigan Athletic Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Premier League Opinion Pep Guardiola’s side have a documentary crew following them this season, but even they will struggle to tell the story of a manic Monday in Wigan Given Manchester City are going into the entertainment business with their Amazon documentary series, you could easily imagine the opening scenes of the episode simply known as “Wigan”.Claudio Bravo, up for a corner, wins a header in the box. Bernardo Silva, one of the most intricate players in the most intricate team, hoists the ball into the area. Sergio Aguero clashes with fans on the pitch. Fade to black. The caption reads: “90 minutes earlier.”AdChoices广告Nobody would switch off at that point. 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 City rocked up in Wigan for what appeared to be a formality. With the FA Cup quarter-final draw already made, the attention of some supporters had already turned towards a home tie with Southampton next month, if not another trip to Wembley for an April semi-final.Yes, Wigan had pulled off one of the most famous FA Cup upsets of all time to beat City in the 2013 final, but nobody expected them to do it again.City, back in 2013, were in open revolt. The squad that had won the title 12 months previously had, by all accounts, decided they wanted Roberto Mancini out, and their performance on the day suggested that was more important than winning the cup. The fans chanted “you can stick your Pellegrini up your arse”, after news filtered through that the Chilean would be replacing Mancini whatever happened.Hardly the ideal circumstances for a cup final, even if the opposition were on the brink of relegation.Yet you could hardly have imagined a happier camp than the City side that arrived at the DW Stadium on Monday. Up until Fabian Delph’s red card, anyway.City were not at their best in the first half but they probed and created enough openings to suggest another victory was in the post. Certainly, when Christian Walton produced a super save to deny Aguero just before half-time, it seemed as if City were getting there.But all went wrong from the resulting corner. Delph, around 30 yards out and the closest outfield player to City’s goal, lunged in to make sure Max Power couldn’t nip around him and break. The left-back was overzealous, however, and while his robust challenge was not the kind of malicious foul which City have complained about recently, it had all the ingredients for a red card: powerful, clumsy, both feet, studs up.Referee Anthony Taylor pulled the yellow card out and even went to write Delph’s name on it, but soon switched to a red. Cue pandemonium. Pep Guardiola and his bench went ballistic. Aguero rowed with Wigan boss Paul Cook, having to be dragged away by Guardiola and his team-mates.Pep Guardiola Paul Cook Manchester City Wigan AthleticFabian Delph Manchester CityThe half-time whistle did nothing to alleviate the situation: BBC cameras captured footage of Guardiola and Cook arguing in the tunnel. They also appeared to show the Catalan racing towards the officials as they made their way off the pitch, but the pictures were prematurely cut. Hopefully Amazon caught the full scene.Despite the red card, the second half took the same shape as the first, though Kyle Walker came on for Leroy Sane, who had disappointed. The biggest problem for City, far from any concerns about Wigan looking to exploit their numerical advantage, was that they did not have much of an outlet on the left when they looked to break.Still, it seemed like one through ball and one cool finish would do it. When Kevin De Bruyne came on it felt as if the breakthrough was coming. With Aguero’s son in the crowd celebrating his birthday, you wouldn’t have been surprised if Aguero senior bagged the winner.Walker looked to take responsibility at right-back in the way that Danilo rarely does, bursting forward and trying to make things happen. But the England man, faster than the rest of his defensive colleagues by quite a distance, was the man to slip up. He misjudged, letting the ball and Will Grigg run in behind him, and even he could not catch up. Grigg, the subject of the catchiest football chant in history, fired past Bravo.City still had 11 minutes to earn a replay, or better, but could not pick their way through. For every presentable shooting opportunity they created there were two Wigan players in the way to block it. De Bruyne worked his way to the byline but could not pick out a team-mate, and there were plenty of them waiting.Never more so than when City won two late corners. Bravo has played less like a goalkeeper than an outfielder hastily handed gloves so far in his time in England, but you would not have him down as much of a presence in the air. Still, there he was, up for a corner, winning a header as City tried everything.Wigan, roared on by a desperate and delighted crowd, did everything to get the ball as far from their goal as possible. Bernardo scampered after it, but the time for picking precise targets was long gone. He looked up and launched it to the back post. Guardiola’s principles, for those final moments, were out of the window.That said, it’s a good job City have Guardiola as their manager, and not the director of next summer’s Amazon Prime series.  Speaking after the match, going against all available evidence, he accepted Delph deserved to be sent off: “For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decided what he decided. I’m not here to judge, it can be a red card.”He would not be drawn on the rest, either. “Guys, if you want to ask about football, ask about football, nothing happened in the tunnel.”This was, though, an explosive night of both football and the controversial stuff that often goes with it. City’s quadruple hopes are over, but they go to Wembley on Sunday for the next episode.last_img read more

James told which display piqued Man Utd interest

first_imgDaniel James is seemingly closing in on a £15 million ($19m) move to Manchester United, with one outing for Swansea in which he caused “carnage” considered to have piqued the Red Devils’ interest.A switch to Old Trafford for the 21-year-old winger has been in the pipeline for some time.His exploits across the 2018-19 campaign have enhanced his reputation considerably and attracted plenty of praise and admiring glances from afar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? James is now in the process of finalising a transfer to Premier League heavyweights, with Goal confirming that a medical is being completed.If he does end up becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first addition of the summer, then Wales international team-mate Joe Allen believes he knows which performance earned the move.The Stoke midfielder was on the receiving end of said display, with James tearing the Potters to pieces on April 9 as he scored one and contributed to two players seeing red in a 3-1 win for Swansea.“That was the day that probably sealed the potential Man United move. He was electric,” said Allen.”He scored, got two men sent off and caused carnage all game. It was one of the best individual performances I have ever seen as a fellow player.“He looks ready to make the next step, if I am honest. He has the potential to be a top player and I think he is ready for it.“When we went down to nine men, Ashley Williams got the short straw to go out to right-back to deal with him. I think Dan took it easy on him — and Ash was giving him about a 30-yard cushion.”Daniel James Wales 2019James came close to leaving Swansea during the last transfer window back in January.Leeds believed that they had a deal in place, but a proposed agreement fell through and the Whites were left empty-handed.That situation has now worked in the youngster’s favour, with a step up the ladder to a different United now set to be made.Allen added: “Leeds wouldn’t have been a bad move, of course not, but it has almost been a blessing it didn’t happen.“In the second half of the season I think there is plenty of clubs above that level who have come to the fore and that is the sort of bracket he is in now.“Second half of the season, he has been on fire.”Across 38 appearances for Swansea in the 2018-19 campaign, James recorded five goals and 10 assists, while also making his senior debut for Wales and finding the target in a meeting with Slovakia.last_img read more

Graduates Fill Skills Shortage

first_imgA unique partnership between government and industry will helppeople get the training they need to find good jobs, and will helpindustry narrow the skills gap. “This innovative program developed by government, industry andcommunity partners has provided people with the skills and supportthey need to become employed,” said Community Services MinisterDavid Morse. “We extend our congratulations to the programgraduates and wish them much success as they embark on their newcareers.” Mr. Morse attended a ceremony to mark the graduation of ninestudents from the Auto Parts and Inventory Control TrainingProgram, on Friday, Oct. 8, in Halifax. The 14-week program wasdeveloped in response to a skills shortage identified by theautomotive industry and was offered through the Community CareNetwork Society. Four of the graduates have already received joboffers. “Attitude is everything. Every night when I go to bed I know whenI wake up it’s a brand-new day, with brand-new opportunities –it’s exciting,” said Donna Marie Wenger, program graduate. “Ioften think how much I can’t wait to be in a position to give backto the people who have helped me, to give back to society.” The program, called One Journey Work and Learn, is part of theprovincial skills agenda, Skills Nova Scotia. It providesworkplace essential skills education in co-operation withpotential employers to respond to an identified industry need forskilled workers. “The program allows participants to adapt to differentcircumstances in today’s job market,” said Ralph McClair, projectmanager. “The success of this pilot project depends on ourpartnerships and on industry stepping up to hire our graduates.” Program partners included the departments of Community Servicesand Education, the Community Care Network Society, the AutomotiveHuman Resource Sector Council, Halifax Regional Development Agencyand other industry partners. For more information on the One Journey Work and Learn program,contact Employment Support Services, Department of CommunityServices at 902-424-1983; e-mail to pikene@gov.ns.ca ; or contactthe Department of Education at 902-424-8955 or e-mail tocaseyei@gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Two Ohio State freshmen fencers prepare for Junior Olympics

A pair of freshmen Ohio State fencers have spent the last few weeks preparing for their first Junior Olympic competition, which could pave their way to the United States World Championship team.Oliver Shindler and Ally Micek will take part in the four-day competition set to be held Friday through Monday at the Cleveland Convention Center.Shindler said he and Micek have been competing this entire season to accumulate enough points to qualify for the Junior Olympics. The pair have been getting advice and encouragement from many of the older members of the team.Micek said three men and three women will be selected from the Junior Olympics to represent the United States, making this a huge opportunity to be recognized on the national and international level.This isn’t Shindler’s and Micek’s first time competing on such a grand stage, however. After meeting each other through fencing in high school, the two traveled internationally on the same team, competing and representing the U.S.“When I first started, I was just doing this for fun, but once I got into high school, I realized the opportunities,” Micek said. “Once you get into high school, it was like a dream for me to compete in college.”The pair are both epee fencers, meaning their event uses the largest and heaviest weapons of the three main events (the other two being foil and sabre). Points are scored by making contact with the point of the weapon on any spot of the opponent’s body.Shindler said many of the upperclassmen on the team have been in their position before when they were freshmen, so they are a great resource for the young guns to turn to when they have questions about preparing.“A lot of the top guys like (OSU sophomores) Marc-Antoine (Blais Belanger) and Lewis Weiss, they’ve just been helping me mentally prepare for all of the competitions this season, whether they be college or national,” Shindler said.The duo is getting help and advice from other teammates on the team in order to better prepare.“Same thing goes for the upperclassmen girls, we talk about it and they’ve all been in the same situation as we were, like, two years ago. They have really solid advice for us,” Micek said.Despite the grand implications, Shindler said he is looking to prepare for this weekend’s Junior Olympics event just like any other competition.“I prepare the same for every competition,” he said. read more

Universe boss pays courtesy call on Minister of State

Chris Gayle know fondly as the “Universe Boss” for his proclivity for sixes and State Minister Joseph Harmon sharing a light momentMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Monday received a courtesy call from West Indies Cricketer Christopher Gayle at his office at the Ministry of the Presidency.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, during the meeting, the two sides discussed West Indies cricket, how the game can be improved and how it can influence the lives of both the young and the old.Minister Harmon also used the opportunity to pledge the Government’s support to the sport as he further noted that the entire nation stands strongly behind the team.“Cricket is not just a game, it is a part of our culture; it’s a lifestyle. This loved game of cricket is such a huge part of not just the Guyanese culture but it’s a part of our Caribbean culture, it is one of the sports that unify our people. The Government of Guyana fully supports the team and its players,” he said.The Windies will face Bangladesh in their second ODI match on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 starting at 14:30h at the Guyana National Stadium, after being defeated by the Tigers in their first match on Sunday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWICB boss pays courtesy call on State MinisterJune 1, 2016In “latest news”CPL donates bats, balls to promote cricket in GuyanaJuly 10, 2016In “Sports”Minister Harmon reaffirms Guyana’s support for CPLJuly 10, 2015In “Sports” read more

Green hypocrisy on steel support

first_imgAs the UK battles to save a major player in its steel industry, Tata Steel’s UK plants, Green activity in Australia underlines how illogical and ill-advised such people are. A statement from Greg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, Minerals Council of Australia, says “it is odd for the Greens to claim to support Australian steel for Australian infrastructure projects when they do not support the mining of Australian coal to produce that steel.“The Greens policy platform for Natural Resources: forests, mining and fisheries specifically states:The prohibition of both new coal mines and the expansion of existing mines.“Their Climate Change and Energy policy platform further states:No new coal-fired power stations or coal mines, and no expansions to any existing power stations or mines, plus the development of programs to assist coal-dependent communities to make the transition to other more sustainable sources of economic prosperity.“We trust the Greens are aware that coal is required to produce steel. Every tonne of steel produced requires 800 kg of coking coal.“The consequence of the Greens policy to shut down coal mining is that Australia would end up importing coking coal from overseas to produce Australian steel. This is another example of inconsistent Green policy that would harm Australia.”last_img read more

Arq making real progress in coal waste to oil

first_imgEntech company Arq has patented a new process for transforming coal waste into high-value, low cost fuels ready for today’s market. The company’s product, (Arq Fuels™) contains micro-fine hydrocarbons, predominantly less than 5 microns in size, an industry-first, presenting a unique method for converting coal into oil products.Previous methods for upgrading coal which relied on changing the chemical structure of coal hydrocarbons have proven to be economically unviable and environmentally damaging. The Arq Technology™ centres on mechanical processes that turn coal into micro particles and remove over 99% of the impurities.Arq Fuels™ are so pure and small that they can be blended directly into oil products, without the need for expensive liquefaction. As a result, the process is ultra-low cost and able to ‘stretch-the-barrel’ whilst simultaneously reducing prices for customers.Arq has been granted its first patent (9777235) for fuel oil compositions and processes. The company has several other patents pending.Arq Technology™ helps the environment. Arq Fuel™ can be produced from waste discarded during the coal mining and preparation processes. Arq estimates that over one billion tonnes of coal waste are created each year, equivalent to throwing away over five million barrels of oil per day. Arq is partnering with the world’s largest coal companies to clean up these environmental liabilities and capture the lost energy.Julian McIntyre, Founder and CEO of Arq, said:“Coal is the world’s most abundant, and lowest cost fuel, with more than 10 billion tonnes of waste lying discarded in the US alone. We estimate that the energy trapped in global slurry lakes is equivalent to 70% of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves. That gives our cutting-edge technology an extensive, environmentally-beneficial and low-cost feedstock from which we are making these valuable fuels. With technology, we can open up a bright and alternative future for the coal mining industry”Arq has already raised over $175 million from industry investors and blue-chip funds. It was founded by entrepreneur and investor Julian McIntyre who created telecoms innovator Gateway Communications, later sold to Vodafone.Arq’s core team is built from industry leaders in technology, science, energy and finance. It includes Chairman, Richard Campbell-Breeden, formerly of Goldman Sachs, Dr Paul Snaith, who was Global Head of R&D Downstream at Shell, Michael Treanor who was CEO of Shell Coal, industry experts RW West and CK Lane who both have over 30 year’s experience in mining and heavy construction, and Dr Paul Groves who was a Managing Director of Petrofac.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Reaper

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Chiroptophobics, look away.You don’t want to meet one of these in a dark alley (via BBC)REAPERFirst appearance: “Father’s Day” (2005)—season 1, episode 8Place of origin: Time VortexDoctor: NinthCompanion: Rose TylerDoctor Who established early in its rebirth the consequences of meddling with time.Consequences with glowing red eyes, huge flapping wings, sharp claws, a scythe-like tail, and a mouth on its chest.When the Doctor takes Rose back to the day her father died—Nov. 7, 1987—they witness the hit-and-run accident that killed 33-year-old Pete Tyler.But the young companion can’t bring herself to go to her dying dad’s side, and asks to “try again.” When the Doctor (surprisingly) obliges, the pair round the corner again to see their earlier versions standing at the curb.“It’s a very bad idea, two sets of us being here at the same time,” the Time Lord warns. “Just be careful they don’t see us.”Feeding time (via BBC)Despite the reboot’s dark, brooding exterior, Doctor Who remains a children’s program at heart. And with that comes these sort of obvious-yet-exciting plots: Character A tells Character B to not do something because of the repercussions. Character B does it anyway while Character A rolls their eyes. The balance of time is disrupted and gargoyle-esque aliens come to kill everyone, until Character C steps in to save the day.Temporal predators, the so-called Reapers (their name never uttered on screen) are sort of like the garbage men of the universe. They search for disturbances in time, then swoop in to remove the offending element, therefore returning the world to right.Or, as the Doctor put it: “They’re like bacteria, taking advantage” of a “wound in time.”Unless, of course, Pete sacrifices himself by jumping in front of the car that should have killed him, but didn’t, because Rose saved his life, causing this whole mess in the first place.Reapers thrive off of temporal paradoxes (via BBC)Holed up in a church—the old stone walls a stronghold against attacking Reapers—Rose bonds with her father, the man she never knew as a child, and will never know again as an adult.Which makes it even more heartbreaking when Pete figures out the only way to save the world is to surrender himself.“I’ve had all these extra hours. No one else in the world has ever had that,” he tells his daughter, before running out of the church and into the oncoming car.Goodbye, cruel world. And goodbye, Reapers. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img read more

WWE Smackdown moving to Tuesday night with live broadcasts in July Variety

first_img I know, so was my response May 26, 2016 at 12:55 am Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter I think Smackdown was the better show for much of it’s run during brand split. That doesn’t mean anything now, but I can only see it improve. I thought that too. They are going to introduce a second belt at some point, and it will be for wrestlers on the lower tier to feud over. Once Cena and Orton come back, I’m sure they will be back on Raw again doing the same things they have done for 10 years. So everyone on Raw now, will never be seen there again Videos Articles Al79 Now Playing Up Next All I’m asking is PLEASE don’t make two world titles again. In fact, no new titles whatsoever. Make the champions exempt from the draft and have the titles defended on both shows, with the only possible exception being the IC and US titles. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp I think he was being sarcastic… Super mario May 26, 2016 at 2:25 am Shayne Ritter Zach Steven Whitlow Fredrik Larsson Vince Move to Tuesday night hmmm also this seems to be an attempt to totally wipe TNA out of existence. very nasty Vince. May 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm Triple H For this split title needed are 2 tag team,IC title,World title,Wwe title,US title,Diva title back,womens title with cruise weight and hardcore title back means total of 8 single titles and 4 tag title(i.e. 2 world tag and 2 wwe tag). May 25, 2016 at 11:30 am fayaz Bryant So what does this mean for Sportsnet and Canada? Still Wednesday on Delay? May 27, 2016 at 8:51 am Rob Morris May 25, 2016 at 4:48 pm goddessroleplay May 25, 2016 at 10:17 am Cameron Huff Vince Mcmahon May 25, 2016 at 10:26 am This could also be something to address the injury plague to give the wrestlers a day off or two during the week. I think it would be cool to split the IC and US titles on different shows, but still have the WWE title be on both shows. If you have it, you got to do both shows to earn it. May 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm May 25, 2016 at 10:37 am May 25, 2016 at 11:54 pm Now Playing Up Next May 25, 2016 at 10:13 am Vinnie Mac has a low opinion of the cruiserweights because he just sees them as cannon fodder for the bigger wrestlers (and he also sees the cruiserweight division as a joke), so he’s not going to bring back the cruiserweight title. Sounds like they just want an outlet where they can put wrestlers who are sub par and not carrying their weight on Raw. Another belt will probably follow, yet again making a “Smackdown” World Champ that no one will deem as important as their “RAW” counterpart. I like that it will be live, but other than that, I can’t see making another brand extension. May 25, 2016 at 11:28 am Zach Steven Whitlow WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 May 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm fayaz Al79 WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX I have to completely agree. Cena’s work with the younger talent in his “open challenge” matches, put their names on the map indefinitely. He even stepped up his game. Itd be great to see Cena put over the newer talent and the new Smackdown May 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm May 26, 2016 at 5:39 am I’m not against any of that, just was saying that I have a bad feeling they are going to bring the “World” title back. It would be nice if Smackdown would become the NXT showcase, but that will never happen. justice I think this is a great move and could help cut down on the injuries. People only will need to work one show a week, and it will also help to establish characters and give a greater emphasis to the in ring product 30 COMMENTS May 25, 2016 at 10:33 pm tag title, cruiser weight, and wwe championship belt on smackdown I’m missing DB (Daniel Bryan) Now, he is the one who desperately needs smackdown to be in a spotlight. i think he will be back in some point. Bryan Holmquist May 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm Why not make the ic title the main title for raw and the us title the main title for smackdown and the world the tag and the womens be on both shows May 25, 2016 at 10:13 am Variety.com is featuring an exclusive article revealing that WWE Smackdown will be moving to Tuesday night on the USA Network with a live broadcast every week starting on July 19 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00-9:00 p.m. CT). This will be the first time in the 17-year history of Smackdown on broadcast and cable television that the show will air live on a weekly basis.The move, which now creates five hours of live WWE programming each week on the USA Network, was touted by President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chris McCumber describing a “huge appetite” among viewers for live programming going forward in 2016.WWE.com has also announced in conjunction with the move of Smackdown that there will be a split of the rosters with an impending superstar draft to once again have separate rosters for the RAW and Smackdown programs. This will be the first time that there will be separate rosters for RAW and Smackdown since 2011 when WWE quietly ended the brand extension that had been in place since 2002.Vince McMahon is quoted in the article discussing how the move will leverage the talent roster and continues the unpredictable nature of live television.“This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.”WWE.com also released an official announcement of the roster split and move to Tuesday night starting this July.WWE has posted video of Shane and Stephanie McMahon announcing the roster split and move of nights for Smackdown. Thats what I think they will do. IC and US might get unified which would leave you with 4 champions who can appear on both. This would make it essentially useless to have a Night of Champions pay per view but I think it would go well fayaz May 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm Enzo and Cass on Raw and The Vaudevillians on Smackdown (my perspective). Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Not fully grasping the brand split and roster situation, are you? oh no! how else am I going to see the events of raw over and over again in a 2 hour show that features nonstoryline essential matches?WHAT WILL I DO ?!?!?!?!? Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR if not cruiserweight then we can hopefully see some new belts will get introduced. Al79 FordOLoads May 25, 2016 at 11:10 am Vince Jeffery Adam Phillips May 26, 2016 at 3:37 pm May 26, 2016 at 5:22 am Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. May 26, 2016 at 6:30 am May 26, 2016 at 5:37 am May 26, 2016 at 2:31 am I knew the draft was coming as soon as they said Shane AND Steph are GMs NJ Louch May 26, 2016 at 3:14 am Jason Jimerson The_Northwesterner Pinterest Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter May 25, 2016 at 6:04 pm Wow this should be good but I hope they won’t split championships too and add new ones. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions I think they should have Cena on Smackdown. Not as any kind of punishment or relief for the Raw audience, either, quite the contrary. If they’re serious about making Smackdown important again, then Cena HAS to be one of the big name guys that goes there. Cameron Huff May 25, 2016 at 4:37 pm KingRichard609 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list I think the brand split is a bad idea. I never liked it when it started in 2002 either. It limits the amount of rivalries and storylines that can be done, as well as a feeling of isolation. I don’t mind the brand split as long as they make all their titles defendable on both brands and don’t try to make Smackdown seem like the superior brand even though Raw has been around longer,has more episodes,and is a hour longer than Smackdown. So does this mean their new game will be called WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2K17? With TNA airing the same night as Smackdown this could be the Teusday Night Wars. I hope they don’t split the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in two again because World Heavyweight Title paled in comparison to the WWE Title and when they unified both titles as it gave us classic fans a sense of nostalgia. …I wonder if this new came faster then WWE were expecting. I would think thos would be an announcement for Raw not a video blog.Also with the MASSIVE influx of new talent this will allow them to make storyline for more of the roster. If anything TNA will move time slots again. Their 0.08 ratings will drop further. Facebook Jeffery Adam Phillips Ugh! Not this again… NJ Louch Andrew Renaldo Rusty Shackleford May 25, 2016 at 11:05 pmlast_img read more

Will Brikama Beat Soldiers to Win League Title

first_imgBy Sulayman BahSunday will decide who become kings of Gambia’s Semlex-sponsored Premier League as favourites Brikama United face Armed Forces.The stadium, a neutral venue to both teams will host the must-watch encounter. Brikama top the table standings leading second-placed Real de Banjul by a point. The West Coast Region outfit have their fate in their hands as they eye ending a seven-year title wait for the domestic league.The tie takes place at 4:30pm.In other fixtures beginning today, Gambia Ports Authority FC face Banjul United in Banjul while PSV Wellingara battles Wallidan in a final fight to save face having been already relegated.Fortune FC squares BK Milan on Saturday while Gamtel rub shoulders with Tallinding United who are fighting to beat the drop as Hawks face off Samger in Banjul.Real de Banjul lock horns with Marimoo in Brikama as the other match on Sunday.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery eyes Vazquez

first_imgArsenal are looking to sign Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, Daily Star claims.Unai Emery has made the Spaniard one of his leading transfer targets, according to OKDIARIO, and offered to triple the Spain international’s current terms to move to the Emirates.Arsenal are reinforcing the squad left by Arsene Wenger for Emery and have been busy in the transfer market. Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno have already arrived. Deals are also ongoing for Borussia Dortmund center-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira.But signing Vazquez from the Champions League winners would be a huge statement by the club. Arsenal target Lucas Torreira “has left” Sampdoria, according to the Italian club’s sporting director Carlo Osti.Torreira is set to be confirmed as the third signing of the Emery era at the Emirates after the two clubs agreed a £26.4m (€30m) fee.Osti told Sky Italia: “Tomorrow we will have our first meeting with [manager Marco] Giampaolo.“This is when our transfer window starts. An excellent player like Torreira has left us but we will replace him.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The squad will be competitive as always.”Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil is still world class, according to Marco Reus.“We are one team, on and off the pitch, no matter what they say,” he said.“It just shows that Mesut, despite not playing, is with the team, and is there for us.“He’s just an extremely important player for us.“He’s one of the best players in the world, and I am more than convinced we’ll see him in this tournament again.”last_img read more

Police seek help finding missing Vancouver girl

first_imgJulianna Vara The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 12-year-old girl who ran away from home Friday.A VPD bulletin said Julianna Vara left the 1400 block of Northeast 86th Avenue in Vancouver wearing a short sleeved black T-shirt, blue jeans and black Keds shoes. She was carrying a black leather bag with her when she left. Julianna is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair with blond tips. She also has a pierced lower lip.Julianna is believed to be with unknown friends. The VPD asked that anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 911.last_img

Aladdin review Guy Ritchies liveaction Disney remake dazzles surprises

first_img Tags Originally published May 22.  Movie reviews Disney Now playing: Watch this: There’s plenty of great choreography on display in the movie’s colorful action and dance scenes, framed by Jordan’s shining deserts, shimmering streets and splendid costuming. Ritche’s signature visual trickery generally serves the movie’s heightened Disney reality too, aside from the occasional use of a strobing effect that speeds things up and feels a little unnatural.A huge portion of the internet would wish away Disney’s live-action remakes of its beloved classics, but you shouldn’t waste one of your three wishes on such nonsense. Despite a weak villain and some questionable Genie CGI, Aladdin is an entertaining, rich magic carpet ride for fans old and new. 2019 movies to geek out over 77 Photos 0center_img Post a comment 1:00 TV and Movies Disney’s Aladdin trailer reveals Will Smith’s blue Genie The 1992 version of Aladdin is among Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so it’d be easy to dismiss Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake as utterly redundant.Luckily, Ritchie goes far beyond a straight copy and paste, opting to update the classic — based on a story from an Arabian folktale One Thousand and One Nights — with fancy CGI visuals, some very modern sensibilities and more depth added to the characters. The movie is in theaters worldwide now. The basic thrust of the story is pretty much as you remember it. Orphaned street urchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls for Princess Jasmine of Agrabah (Naomi Scott) after a chance encounter and finds a magic lamp containing a wise-cracking, wish-granting Genie.Princess Jasmine (right) and her handmaiden/best bud Dalia (left) elevate this live-action remake of Aladdin. Daniel Smith/Disney This version, however, gives Jasmine a much bigger role, making her the emotional heart of the story as she struggles in Agrabah’s male-dominated hierarchy. It’s a surprising turn that infuses the update with renewed relevance, aided by the addition of handmaiden Dalia (Nasim Pedrad). This delightfully glib new character gets some of the movie’s biggest laughs and a pretty heartwarming story of her own.We still spend most of the movie with Aladdin, a happy-go-lucky character without much depth — Massoud’s acting has a showy Broadway quality to it, but he can belt out the tunes and leap around stealing only what he can’t afford as well as his animated counterpart.Of course, the charismatic Genie is the reason we’re seeing this movie, and it’s impossible not to compare Will Smith’s version with the late Robin Williams’ incredible 1992 portrayal. Smith is at his best when he puts his own energetic magic in Genie’s corner, but he doesn’t exude the same warmth as Williams did, and his magical shtick can be a bit of a sensory overload in live action. nullGenie is pretty unsettled in blue. Courtesy of Disney Genie still gets two of the movie’s most fun songs; Friend Like Me and Prince Ali are amazing, noisy displays of pageantry. And a surprising romantic subplot proves rewarding as it explores a fresh aspect of his character. Unfortunately, his blue CGI look is a bit unsettling — get ready to breathe a sigh of relief whenever Smith adopts his natural skin tone to blend in.Unfortunately, Marwan Kenzari’s villainous vizier, Jafar, feels pretty flat and underwritten despite an attempt to reframe him as Aladdin gone down a dark path. He gets some cool outfits and creates some spectacular visuals toward the end, but it’s too little, too late. His parrot pal, Iago, is much more realistic than Gilbert Gottfried’s shrill portrayal in the original. Alan Tudyk opts for a subtle approach, giving the character a sinister edge and managing to display more personality than Jafar through squawked repetition of other characters’ lines — it’s astounding a CGI parrot is more memorable than the movie’s big bad.nullJafar isn’t a terribly exciting villain, but his serpentine staff is cool. Daniel Smith/Disney Each character’s choices feel more organic and logical than they did in the animated movie — it’s clear screenwriters Ritchie and John August reverse-engineered their motivations and developed them.Jasmine’s expanded role is a complete success, to the point the movie feels shallow when she’s not the focus. She adds a strong message about equality that’s underscored by Speechless, a new song that fits seamlessly with the classic setlist. Scott and Massoud’s vocals carry the updated version of Whole New World as well, though the latter’s rendition of One Jump Ahead loses some of the original’s energy. Share your voicelast_img read more