Sri Lanka says bilateral relationship with Japan strengthened

The Economic Diplomacy Programme which is being operationalized in 10 Sri Lanka Missions abroad will bring tangible benefits to Sri Lanka in emerging markets through economic promotional activities. This was followed by a technical presentation by Hiroyuki Ota, Managing Director of Bansei Group, who explained their target markets in Sri Lanka. Bansei group in Japan has business interests in Sri Lanka including the financial, hotel and trading sectors. Mr. Prasanjith Wijethilake, Executive Director of the BOI made a presentation on the investment policies in Sri Lanka.Coinciding with the BOI delegation visit, the Embassy arranged for the signing of obtaining Honorary Membership of The Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI). The JOI collects and analyzes a wide range of information beneficial foreign direct investment (FDI), aims to facilitate sound and smooth FDI from Japan and to contribute to the expansion of international economic cooperation with many countries around the world.The Embassy also arranged bilateral meetings with MUFG bank, with whom BOI had entered into an MOU to promote investments between the two countries. The BOI team also met with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, one of the largest accounting and professional service networks in Japan and discussed matters pertaining to FDI promotion. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka says its bilateral relationship with Japan has strengthened, particularly after high level political and business interactions that had taken place earlier in the year.A series of Investment Promotion events organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan concluded earlier this month. The events included a business forum in Osaka, Kansai, on 5th November supported by Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries and around sixty (60) Kansai based companies attended the event. These promotional events held were co-organized by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo under the Economic Diplomacy Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Board of Investment team additionally conducted business seminars in Nagoya and Tokyo and held a number of follow-up bilateral discussions in Tokyo with the Japanese counterparts.The event commenced with introductory remarks by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Japan Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake where he highlighted the strengthening bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and Japan, particularly referring to the high level political and business interactions that had taken place earlier in the year. read more

Bombardier and Gulfstream fighting for worlds top business jet maker

Bombardier and Gulfstream fighting for world’s top business jet maker by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2013 3:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier and Gulfstream are in a dogfight that could decide which plane maker flies highest this year in terms of business jet sales.At the end of the third quarter, Gulfstream was ahead of Montreal-based Bombardier, which has been the global leader each year since 2005.Bombardier delivered 36 aircraft valued at US$1.38 billion in the quarter, compared with Gulfstream’s 38 planes valued at US$1.96 billion, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association says.After nine months, Bombardier trailed Gulfstream in terms of sales value (US$4.48 billion vs US$5.3 billion) although Bombardier was ahead in terms of units sold (120 planes vs. 103).The introduction of the Gulfstream 650 helped the U.S. manufacturer more than double both the number of planes it sold and the value of shipments recorded in the third quarter.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) said it expects a stronger fourth quarter after enduring some challenges in registering and delivering business jets due to the U.S. government shutdown.The company has forecast that it will deliver 245 planes, including 190 business jets this year. That means it has to deliver 90 aircraft, including 20 business jets in the fourth quarter.“We do believe that top spot is still within our reach,” spokeswoman Annie Cossette said in an interview.She said the company had anticipated variations in revenues and market share once Gulfstream began G650 deliveries. Deliveries of its Learjet 70/75 recently started to move and interest is growing for ultra-long-range planes.The Global 7000 is slated to enter into service in 2016 followed a year later by the Global 8000. Also, its new Learjet 85 is expected to have its first flight this year and enter into service by next summer.“Of course everybody wants to be No. 1… For us, the most important thing is to see our product portfolio being well-received and well-positioned in the market.”David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said he doesn’t care which company ultimately claims top billing in terms of annual sales.“An investor should really care about profit. Sales figures mean nothing if you don’t make any money on it and clearly Bombardier didn’t make enough profit in the third quarter,” he said.He expects many more aircraft deliveries in the fourth quarter that should boost full-year profits.“Although it won’t be a great year for aerospace and the business jet business, it will probably look a lot better than where it is right now.”Overall industry shipments of business jets were relatively flat in the quarter at 138 planes, but were down 2.1 per cent to 421 planes over nine months.Since the economic downturn, larger business jets such as Bombardier’s Global 5000/6000 and Challenger 300 have performed better than smaller aircraft such as Bombardier’s Learjets.On Thursday, Bombardier’s company’s stock fell by more than 10 per cent after it reported weaker-than-anticipated third-quarter results in its aerospace and railway divisions amid low aircraft deliveries and “execution” issues for new large rail contracts.Analysts said the magnitude of the stock selloff was “unwarranted” but Bombardier’s shares closed down another 3.38 per cent or 16 cents to C$4.58 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Fullfledged UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be highrisk undertaking Security Council

“Progress would not have been possible without the continuing sacrifices of AMISOM troops and the Somali National Army. Their heroism deserves our collective tribute,” said Edmond Mulet, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, attributing the significant gains made against Al Shabaab to a surge of AMISOM military personnel and to the logistical support package for the Somali National Army.“However, in the face of these advances, A1 Shabaab continued to adapt, launching asymmetric attacks and blocking access to some of the newly recovered areas. It also expanded its presence in Puntland and became a more significant threat within the sub-region,” warned Mr. Mulet. Underlining the importance of the extension of State authority throughout the Somali territory, the Assistant Secretary-General said that the international community should engage in Somalia in accordance with the new federal map. The recommended strategy was designed to create an enabling environment for the political process to unfold in Mogadishu and the regions during the next critical 18 months, and would be guided by three interlocking objectives: enabling the political process at all levels; reinitiating offensive operations against Al-Shabaab strongholds as soon as possible; and enabling consolidation efforts.Those objectives, he said, required strong commitments from all partners, including the Somali Federal Government, the African Union, troop-contributing countries and the United Nations.While improving AMISOM’s efficiency and effectiveness, the surge in uniformed personnel should be maintained until the end of 2016, as recommended by the Secretary-General, he said, welcoming the African Union Peace and Security Council’s decision to reconfigure the Mission within the authorized ceiling. Ultimately, “the proposed security strategy would only succeed if Somali security institutions were supported and able to progressively assume greater responsibility for their own security,” Mr. Mulet said. To that end, it is important to devise an enhanced and more coherent architecture for international partners to deliver capacity-building support to the national army and the country’s defence sector. In that regard, he highlighted, the adoption of the “Guulwade” Plan for the development of the army on 23 April was a critical step forward.A gradual shift of efforts towards establishing and capacitating the Somali police force is equally critical, he said, noting that the development of effective and accountable forces, particularly in the regions, should be accelerated.Adding that the security of Puntland should not be forgotten, the Assistant Secretary-General recommended extending the non-lethal support package to 3,000 Puntland forces on an exceptional basis until the end of 2016, but only upon completion of their integration into the Army, as well as their formal inclusion in the “Guulwade” Plan. read more

UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly AlShabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

The United Nations Security Council has “condemned in the strongest terms” a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister.“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council members added in a statement today on the 25 June attack on the Nasa Hablod Hotel that resulted in a number of injuries and deaths, including that of Bur’i Mohamed Hamza, the country’s Minister for Environment Affairs and former Foreign Minister.In the statement, the Council members underlined “the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.”In addition, the Council members expressed their deep condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Somalia, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, while also reiterating their determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia. read more

NASA releases first video taken of the far side of the moon

first_imgAs part of the ongoing effort to keep NASA relevant and in the news, the space agency has released the first video ever captured of the far side of the moon. Not to be confused with the dark side of the moon (although I did cue up my copy of the album while writing this), the region in question is the area of the moon that is permanently turned away from the Earth due to tidal forces creating what is known as “tidal-lock.” The above video is footage of the moon that has never been seen by terrestrial bound humans and creatures, existing pictures from previous missions not-withstanding. Captured by a camera aboard NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) that is in orbit around the moon, the video shows a landscape that has undergone a large amount of celestial abuse. Because the moon doesn’t rotate on its axis, the far side receives no relief from meteors and other space debris travelling in its direction. The result is the cratered surface you see below. In fact, the second-largest impact crater in the solar system is located on the far side. Called the South Pole–Aitken basin, it’s a 1600-mile wide impact feature that highlights the kind of pummeling the far side of the moon is subject to.The purpose of the GRAIL project is to explore new areas of the moon as well as “understanding its interior and thermal history”. As part of the ongoing research, NASA has teamed with over 2,500 schools around the country in an effort to get kids excited about science again. Classes are allowed to make requests of GRAIL to take images and video of certain regions to allow in-depth study. This kind of interaction is smart on NASA’s part, giving students a sense of ownership in the project. In addition, scientists are hoping GRAIL will shed some light on how the Earth and other rock-based planets formed.Read more at NASA via Wiredlast_img read more

FYROM applauds ratification of Prespes Agreement

first_imgCongratulations my friend @tsipras_eu, together with our peoples we reached a historical victory. Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!— Зоран Заев (@Zoran_Zaev) January 25, 2019Western countries are celebrating the agreement that will now pave the way for FYROM to join the EU and NATO.  The ratification of the Prespes Agreement by Greek Parliament was applauded by the newly-named Republic of North Macedonia. Just hours after the bill was passed, a statement was released by the government of the neighbouring country welcoming the decision.FYROM’s government stated that the “Republic of ‘Macedonia’ warmly welcomes the decision of Greek Parliament to ratify the historic Prespes Agreement, ending a three-decade conflict that hampers the develpoment in the region.”FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev congratulated Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for his efforts in ensuring that the agreement came to pass on Friday afternoon. He uploaded a photo of himself and Mr Tsipras on his Twitter account, and wrote: “Congratulations my friend @tsipras_eu, together with our peoples we reached a historical victory. Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Calvitie précoce moins de risque de développer un cancer de la prostate

first_imgCalvitie précoce : moins de risque de développer un cancer de la prostate ?États-Unis – Les hommes souffrant de calvitie dès la trentaine auraient 29 à 45% de risques en moins de développer un cancer de la prostate.C’est le constat qu’ont établi les chercheurs de l’université de Washington lors d’une étude menée sur 2.000 hommes âgés de 40 à 47 ans. Publiée dans le journal Cancer Epidemiology, elle montre qu’un taux élevé de testostérone chez les jeunes hommes favoriserait la perte des cheveux mais protègerait également contre l’apparition du cancer de la prostate. Or, la testostérone était auparavant accusée d’accélérer le développement des tumeurs. C’est pourquoi on traitait les patients atteints du cancer avec des médicaments dont l’action consistait à diminuer le taux de testostérone dans le corps.Les experts ont estimé qu’étant donné la contradiction, il était préférable d’entreprendre de nouvelles recherches afin de confirmer ou d’infirmer cette hypothèse. Ces analyses complémentaires pourraient permettre de mieux comprendre l’action de la testostérone sur le développement du cancer de la prostate.Le 20 mars 2010 à 12:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Kevin Tsujihara in sex scandal Shocked Warner Bros shows him door

first_imgWarnerMedia CEO John Stankey stated that “It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees, and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.”In addition to this, Stankey further stated that Kevin Tsujihara has contributed a lot to the studio in the last 25 years and for that, everyone is grateful. But at the same time, his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership and would impact the ability going forward.”Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”Even Kevin Tsujihara explained his decision for leaving in a memo that was issued to staff in which he stated that over the last week, he has reflected how his previous actions would affect the company and its future. After a lot of discussion with CEO John Stankey, they have decided that it would be in Warner Bros.’s best interest that he steps down as CEO and chairman. Charlotte Kirk moviesCharlotte Kirk (@charlottekirkofficial/Instagram)Amid the ongoing sexual misconduct allegations made by actress Charlotte Kirk, Warner Bros. has officially decided that its chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, should step down from his position.It was earlier reported that Kevin Tsujihara and Charlotte Kirk allegedly had an inappropriate relationship. As per the report by The Hollywood Reporter, back in 2013, Tsujihara and Kirk were introduced to each other by James Packer, an Australian billionaire, at Hotel Bel-Air.James Packer allegedly told Charlotte Kirk to come to the hotel as the night is going to change her life forever. Following which, an alleged sexual relationship was formed between Kirk and Tsujihara in which she reportedly believed she was promised favorable treatment in Hollywood.However, Charlotte Kirk was not happy after learning that she was not getting good roles and made it clear in text messages that she was going to hold these three men responsible for everything.As per The Hollywood Reporter, in March 2015, Charlotte Kirk texted Kevin Tsujihara the following message:”You’re very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you’re doing now it makes me feel used. Are u going to help me like u said u would?”For this, Tsujihara responded, “Sorry you feel that way. Richard will be reaching out to u tonight.”Kirk, however, denies any inappropriate behavior in her defense. She has also stressed that her relationship with Tsujihara was consensual and it ended many years ago. But it looks like WarnerMedia is not taking these allegations lightly.In a released statement, WarnerMedia announced that Kevin Tsujihara will no longer continue with the company after it was revealed through multiple text messages that he allegedly promised actress Charlotte Kirk several acting auditions and roles in exchange for a sexual relationship.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty close day with losses FIIs turn net sellers for 15

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex closed at 26,117.85 on Wednesday, down 51 points, or 0.20%, after opening the day at 26,217.Lupin, Tata Steel and Bajaj Auto were the biggest gainers, while State Bank of India, Infosys, BHEL and ICICI Bank lost on a lacklustre day of trading.Godfrey Phillips, Jet Airways, Crompton Greaves and Bajaj Holdings were some of the stocks that hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday on the BSE. ABG Shipyard, Rallis India, Adani Ports and BHEL touched a new 52-week low.The Nifty was down 23.55, or 0.30%, and closed at 7,931.Financial institutional investors (FIIs) are on a selling spree on the stock exchanges since 9 November, selling more equities than they are buying.The net sell-off spiked on 16 and 30 November, when the net values were Rs 1,051 crore and Rs 1,043 crore, respectively. On 30 November, the FIIs bought and sold shares worth Rs 13,538.84 crore and Rs 14,582.68 crore, respectively, marking the highest trade over the 15-day period.On 1 December, the first trading day of the month, they bought shares worth Rs 4,097.82 crore and sold equities worth Rs 4,204.60, marking a net sale position of Rs 106.78 crore.Domestic institutional investors were net buyers on 1 December, purchasing shares worth Rs 1,337.74 crore and selling shares worth Rs 1,142.99 crore.November was the fifth month since January this year that FIIs turned net sellers.Analysts are of the view that the sell-off is in anticipation of an imminent US Fed rate hike this month.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty turn choppy as IT pharma stocks fall

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters file [Representational Image]The BSE benchmark Sensex pared early gains and turned choppy after opening over 200 points higher Monday, led by fall in IT and pharma stocks amid strengthening rupee.The 30-share Sensex pared early gains and was trading 4.38 points or 0.01 per cent, higher at 34,985.40.The NSE Nifty too witnessed similar movement and was trading 10.15 points or 0.09 per cent, higher at 10,536.75.Infosys, TCS and Sun Pharma were the biggest contributors to the losses on bourses in early trade, falling up to 2.13 per cent.Yes Bank, Adani Ports, ONGC, Vedanta and Kotak Bank were among other top losers, dropping up to 5.55 per cent.On the other hand, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, Asian Paints, HDFC and PowerGrid rose up to 1.77 per cent.Investors also booked profits at higher levels after indices opened on a strong note.Rising for the eighth straight day, the rupee climbed 39 paise to 70.30 against the US dollar in early trade Monday, as global crude prices slipped below the USD 60 per barrel mark and were trading at USD 59.47 per barrel.On a net basis, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought Rs 446 crore worth of domestic stocks on Thursday and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers to the tune of Rs 49.68 crore, provisional data available with BSE suggested.Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.65 per cent, Taiwan’s benchmark index was up 0.83 per cent, and the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.29 per cent.Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 178.74 points, or 0.73 per cent, to 24,285.95 on Friday as the US energy sector tumbled on continued weakness in oil prices.last_img read more

Straus Puts Stamp On Legislature Houstons Commercial Real Estate Market Still Recovering

first_img Share Monday, December 17, 2018Top afternoon stories:AP Photo/Eric GayTexas Speaker of the House Joe Straus..Straus Puts His Stamp On Incoming Texas LegislatureTexas House Speaker Joe Straus will surrender his gavel to State Representative Dennis Bonnen in a matter of weeks. But before he does, Straus still has one last opportunity to make a mark on state policy.The Legislative Budget Board is meeting this month, and its main task is to set a spending limit for the 86th Texas Legislature.“The speaker is the co-chair of that budget board, along with the lieutenant governor,” said Jon Taylor, professor and chair of political science at the University of Saint Thomas. “So you have a lame-duck speaker who’s actually having some real influence right now on potential policy initiatives, spending priorities for the Legislature as we go into 2019.”Passing a budget is the one thing the Legislature is required to do. Anything the state has to pay for over the next two years, from education to public safety, flows from that.Apart from Straus, the budget board includes four other state representatives – among them, incoming Speaker Dennis Bonnen.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaCommercial real estate firms are optimistic about the year ahead, but the office market will likely have to live with higher vacancy rates.Houston’s Commercial Real Estate Market Still Recovering From Oil DownturnHouston has, for the most part, survived the oil downturn, but some areas are still in recovery.Though Houston’s commercial real estate market is doing well overall, the office sector is still struggling with high vacancy rates. Eli Gilbert, director of research at commercial real estate firm JLL in Houston, said this has to do with oversupply and jobs lost during the downturn. Also, companies have learned to be more efficient with less space.The office vacancy rate is currently around 20 percent, with estimates placing the amount of vacant office space between 50 and 60 million square feet, according to the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2019 Employment Forecast.  Nicolas Henderson/FlickrThis August 2014 shows the Gulf of Mexico shoreline in Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula.Some Texas Coastal Residents Oppose Proposed Storm BarrierA proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state’s land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns.The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a barrier system of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements. But hundreds of Bolivar Peninsula residents near Galveston are against it, fearing that a barrier would leave thousands of residents between a wall and the Gulf of Mexico, the Galveston County Daily News reports.Hundreds of people lined up to sound off at a public hearing Saturday.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has called for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider more time for public comment and another meeting for Bolivar residents.Texas Highway PatrolTexas Troopers conduct patrols along more than 300,000 miles of roadways in the state.Highway Patrol Gets Social Media PresenceThe Texas Highway Patrol has launched a Facebook and a Twitter account, which are independent from the accounts of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).The new accounts will provide the public information about the work and service of state troopers in general and that of specialized units, such as the mounted horse patrol unit, the commercial vehicle enforcement unit and the tactical marine unit, among others.Texas Troopers conduct patrols along more than 300,000 miles of roadways in the state and the expanded presence on social media intends to strengthen the relationship with local communities.last_img read more

American Vandal Season Two Is a Vital Ode to NonJudgment

first_img During college, a frequent object of ridicule for my friends and me was the notion of “Performance Studies” as an academic pursuit. We understood the practical professional value of studying performance as it related to the aspiring actors and filmmakers in our social circle. But analyzing performance for its own sake just sounded like another example of academia’s self-indulgence.Maybe it’s because I’ve now become a self-indulgent pop culture academic, but I study performance constantly these days. From hot pepper-eating streaming stars in pain on YouTube to Black people slyly navigating treacherous white spaces to people’s “Real Lives” they meticulously cultivate on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, folks are constantly performing in the modern world whether they are cognizant of it or not. The racial concept of “code-switching” has been expanded out to almost everyone.The second season of Netflix’s American Vandal explores this concept so brilliantly because the stakes of perpetual performance are infinitely heightened for a generation of hyper-contemporary teenagers growing up through it. With its perfect true crime parody mixed with stunningly insightful views of the new tech-driven high school experience (and a well-paced 4-hour run time per season), American Vandal was already the best show on the streaming TV service. The second season, as a result, can only meet those high expectations instead of shattering them. But that doesn’t diminish from its accomplishment in any way.THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER-FREE Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Although original (and fictional) documentarians Peter and Sam return, along with some in-universe Netflix money, their plots and anyone else’s from the first season of American Vandal are basically over. This season is a brand new sprawling Dickensian social epic about a prestigious Pacific Northwest private Catholic school at the mercy of villainous online alias “The Turd Burglar” and their nefarious poop crimes.I’m not the first to make this observation, but it is weird how a season that opens with everyone pooping their pants feels like it now only includes jokes as an afterthought. With the exception of maybe Hot Janitor, the comedy can’t cut through how effective the sheer mystery drama is or the deep teen melancholy that fuels it (and that we won’t spoil here). It’s not really an issue, just a shift in tone. And it’s actually maybe for the best since unlike season one the show can longer treat its high level of quality as a surprise.Honing down on the emotionally complex teen social dynamics really allows American Vandal to explore a variety of fascinating topics. There’s the difference between your various presentations of yourself depending on the context, privately and publicly, alone or with friends, on or offline. There’s a Get Out-esque look at the condescending racism that comes from being the beloved and profitable Black basketball star at a white school, and how that both reinforces and ironically inverts a person’s class background and social privileges. It’s about how fame can isolate you and warp your perspective, especially when you’re young and not fully formed, as well as how athletes are tragically underserved in their actual education. Like the poisonous poop crimes, a part where a character is mocked for his ignorance and opening up through bad poetry is too screwed up, real, and sad to be that funny.But wait there’s more! There’s a nuanced look at modern bullying and how it can lead to kids being weird on purpose (putting on affectations like weird accents or always looking down in pictures) to beat their bullies to the punch. It shows how these people can end up devolving into Reddit/4chan/incel white dudes poisoning so much of the online experience because of how they were mistreated as well as how they refuse to recognize their own issues. Just the performances alone wrung out of these young actors to get across these complicated feelings should win this show all the Emmys.The examination of how tech impacts today’s teens also makes American Vandal a more effective digital horror anthology than Netflix’s own Black Mirror and perhaps the best after-school special of all time. I made a choice to be Always Online and a #Brand because of this job. But these kids don’t have a choice. Dealing with Twitter in high school is just such a cursed concept. Pile on other nightmares like catfishing and the gaslighting of being forced to confess to a crime you didn’t commit.Even the poop stuff ends up having some larger thematic connections beyond just being funny and a meta-joke on this being season number two. Poop is gross, and we deny it but denying it also makes us full of it. Everybody poops. Poop is a fundamental part of being human. Poop is vulnerability made physical. Our hypocritical approach to it is a microcosm for larger hypocrisies. Plus poop is a top five emoji.The first season of American Vandal ended on a Breakfast Club-esque epilogue urging us to not judge kids based on archetypes we slot them into. It’s about personal human interactions fighting against societal dehumanizing (and self-inflicted) biases. Season two continues this message of non-judgment by laying out the protective and expressive reasons why kids, and really everyone, use performative social masks. They’re metaphorical as well as literal, like horse heads for your bad EDM band or the nickname Asian Josh when you’re really Mexican. I won’t sum up the season’s ultimate thesis, because the show does a great enough job itself and you should really watch, but the takeaway is an expert blend of intelligent and compassionate, as effective in its conclusiveness as season one was in its purposeful ambiguity. I’m still in awe of how entertaining, enriching, and just plain essential American Vandal is.For more on Netflix check out their recently announced Avatar: The Last Airbender remake as well as our review of Iron Fist season two. What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

Exservicemen call off fast as stir enters day 88

first_imgEx-servicemen, who have been protesting for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) for the past 88 days, on Sunday said that they would call off their hunger strike, but continue their agitation till the government accepts all their demands. The hunger strike ended on a positive note with ex servicemen expressing hope that the Centre would work on OROP, which is their right. Jantar Mantar, which has hosted several protests, was a witness to smiling faces and relieved families of retired Armymen. The crowd raised slogans of “vande matram” and distributed food among the 14 ex-Armymen, who had been fasting unto death. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHawaldaar Ashok Chauhan said: “I have worked for the past 19 years and retired in March 2004. I hope that my pension increases under the scheme. We welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance and hope that our efforts will not be ignored.”Retired Wing Commander Dhawan shared similar sentiments with Millennium Post. He said: “We are happy with the Prime Minister’s announcement about OROP. However, we want a written statement from the Ministry of Defence.” On being asked how much will the ex-serviceman be paid after the implementation if the scheme, he said: “It entirely depends on the document, which we will receive from the government.”Empty chairs and laughter enveloped the protest site as Army officials congratulated each other. Subedar Harcharan Lal, who has served the Army for 26 years, is a relieved man. However, there were some who were not happy with the government’s decision to revise the pension after a period of five years.last_img read more

Sunwing readies for winter with Price Drop Guarantee 3x STAR points

first_imgTags: Discounts, Sunwing Thursday, May 24, 2018 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Sunwing readies for winter with Price Drop Guarantee, 3x STAR points TORONTO – Sunwing is bringing back its popular Price Drop Guarantee to entice clients to book their winter vacations early.Those who book between May 22 and July 4, and travel between Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019, will be guaranteed up to $400 back off their winter vacation should the price drop closer to their departure date. What’s more, their travel budgets will go even further with a reduced deposit of $100 per person and a travel voucher of $50 per person towards their next vacation.As for agents, they are eligible for 3x STAR Agent Reward points on each booking made between now and July 4.Resorts to consider for winter vacations include the upcoming Riu Palace Baja California in Los Cabos, Mexico, which includes four infinity pools, five specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service and more when it opens later this year.Also new for this winter is the family-oriented Grand Memories Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, featuring one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean along with four pools, five restaurants and plenty of activities like windsurfing and snorkelling.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemNot to be outdone is the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica, a top-rated luxury resort featuring five-star accommodations on the beach, a pool complex with a swim-up bar, world-class spa and daily kids club with extended hours.Early bird savings are also available on cruise packages with MSC Seaside, which boasts the multi-storey Forest Aquaventure Park, considered the most interactive water park at sea. Cruise packages include return flights to Fort Lauderdale, roundtrip transfers to PortMiami, complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance and all meals onboard the ship.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown 13

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13), wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) and running back Chris Johnson (23) check on Larry Fitzgerald, on ground, after he pulled in the game winning touchdown during overtime of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 18-15. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact More accurately, just take a listen to Trujillo’s final call of the Week 4 win if you need more proof that the 34-year-old Fitzgerald can be just as thrilling in his 14th season in the NFL.Audio courtesy Arizona Cardinals. 3 Comments   Share   Larry Fitzgerald played hero once again.It was no surprise for long-time Arizona Cardinals fans when he pulled down a 19-yard touchdown reception courtesy of Carson Palmer for the game-winning score in an 18-15 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.But the appeal — and the emotion — of Fitzgerald making such a play was as fresh as it’s always been.Don’t believe that?Just ask the Cardinals’ Spanish play-by-play man Gabriel Trujillo. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Spanish radio calls Fitzgerald’s TD catch vs. 49ers last_img read more

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