In a populist move ahead of the State Assembly elections, the Rajasthan Cabinet has decided to provide a guarantee to the State Apex Cooperative Bank to take a loan worth ₹ 5,000 crore from the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for funding the State government’s crop loan waiver scheme for farmers. The Cabinet has also relaxed the two-child norm for government employees.In its meeting held here on Wednesday, the State Cabinet extended the time for organising camps to give loan waiver certificates to farmers till August 15, and approved 13 proposals for investments in different sectors. The waiving of loans to the tune of ₹ 5,077 crore in the cooperative sector is set to benefit over 16.5 lakh farmers.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presided over the Cabinet meeting. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said the clause in the government employees’ service rules for compulsory retirement on the birth of a third child would be deleted, thereby relaxing the two-child norm introduced in 2002.Thirteen proposals for investments worth ₹ 6,000 crore in different sectors across the State were approved, said Mr. Rathore, while claiming that the projects would create thousands of jobs. The investments would be made in the sectors such as cement, mining, textiles, agro-processing, plastic manufacturing, business process outsourcing, distilleries and beverages, and auto parts.Moreover, additional benefits will be extended to individuals and institutions investing money in the State’s backward regions. Among other decisions, land was allotted to six community-based organisations for housing schemes, a proposal for giving houses to the families of martyrs in the Armed Forces was cleared, and a committee was appointed for recruitment to the Home Guards.
Terming the axing of trees in Aarey Colony as “shameful and disgusting”, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday tweeted that the Mumbai Metro 3 officials should be posted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to destroy terror camps rather than trees. In a series of tweets, he also said that several environmentalists and even local Shiv Sena members tried to stop the tree felling. The Yuva Sena chief went on to say that with the increased police presence and deforestation, Mumbai Metro 3 is destroying everything that India had said at the United Nations (UN). He said Shiv Sena leaders Sheetal Mhatre, Shubha Raul and MLA Sunil Prabhu have been standing up in support of the citizens. “Wonder why Mumbai Metro is treating Mumbaikars like criminals and not listening to their sensible demand of sustainable development,” Mr. Thackeray said. The Central government ministry of climate change doesn’t need to exist or speak about plastic pollution, when Mumbai Metro 3 is senselessly destroying Aarey, Mumbai’s green lung, he added. “This ego battle taken up by Metro 3 is destroying the purpose of making it,” the 29-year-old leader, who is contesting the Assembly election from Worli constituency in Mumbai, said. “The vigour with which the Mumbai Metro 3 is slyly and swiftly cutting down an ecosystem in Aarey is shameful and disgusting. How about posting these officials in POK giving them charge to destroy terror camps rather than trees,” Mr. Thackeray tweeted. “A project that should be executed with pride, the Metro 3, Mumbai Metro 3 had to do it in the cover of the night, with shame, slyness and heavy cop cover. The project supposed to get Mumbai clean air, is hacking a forest with a leopard, rusty spotted cat and more,” he said in another tweet. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started cutting trees from Friday evening to make way for its car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.
David Warner and Virender Sehwag put on 75 runs for thefirst wicket as Delhi beat Pune by three wickets during their IPL match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Score | Photos They this win they have opened their account in the fourth edition of the IPL.Well aware that the 188-run target would prove to be a tough one, Delhi openers Virender Sehwag and David Warner got off to a flyer. They just went hammer and tongs against the opposition bowlers smashing them across the park. The prevailing run rate that was well above 12 an over was bare witness to their bating blitzkrieg.Finally, David Warner got run out in the seventh over off Rahul Sharma’s over after posting a quick-fire 46 and helping Delhi to 75/1. His fall, however, failed to curtail the run rate as soon Sehwag and new man Irfan Pathan got on with the clubbing act. But, Kiwi Jesse Ryder, who had scored a fiery 60 in the first innings, had other plans. He came and clean bowled Delhi captain Virender Sehwag and the Delhi run rate took a nosedive. Sehwag fell for 37 and Delhi fell to 97/2 in the 10th over.Soon Pune captain Yuvraj Singh got in the thick of things and claimed Irfan Pathan on the third ball of the 13th over and then got rid of Naman Ojha on the next ball with keeper Robin Uthappa removing the bails in a millisecond. Delhi were down to 116/4. Then Delhi’s Aussie import Matthew Wade departed leg-before on Rahul Sharma’s ball and Delhi were down to 120/5 in 14 overs.advertisementAt death Venugopal Rao and Aaron Finch performed the revival act for Delhi hammering a few over the fence shots and boundaries. But, just when the two were looking dangerous, Pune got rid of Finch with captain Yuvraj Singh taking a catch off his own ball in the 19th over. He fell on 25 and Delhi were 167/6. Then on the last ball of his over he removed Rao on 31 when the Delhi total was 180/7.Delhi now needed just eight runs off the last over and Jesse Ryder was the bowler. James Hopes hit him for a six off the first ball and then hit a four and Delhi won the match by three wicket with four balls to spare.Pune inningsEarlier, Jesse Ryder scored a quick-fire 60 and captain Yuvraj Singh’s batting blitz helped Pune score a fine 187/5 in 20 overs.Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl and he got rewarded when Ashok Dinda got the better of Pune opener Graeme Smith in the 4th over. Delhi struck early to reduce Pune to 28/2.In the 8th over next man Mithun Manhas fell to James Hopes ball. He charged down the track looking for a big one, but failed to get the desired elevation and ended up getting caught by David Warner at mid-off on 20. Pune were 82/2 at the stage.But, Kiwi bit-hitter Jesse Ryder was still in the middle and looking dangerous. Delhi’s sloppy fielding too helped his cause, he was dropped in the 10th over by Dinda in the deep. After being dropped he hit a six a ball later for complete his half-century that came off just 24 balls — the second fastest in IPL-4.But on the last ball of the 10th over he fell to Shahbaz Nadeem on 60. He wanted to sweep Nadeem but a top edge off his bat was taken by Aaron Finch at square leg and Pune fell to 98/3. Ryder’s 60 that came off 27 balls were Punctuated with five fours and an equal number of sixes.There was more in store for Nadeem though. In the 14th over he managed to get the wicket of another Pune big-hitter – Robin Uthappa. Uthappa took an aerial route and wanted to clear the boundary but failed as Warner caught him close to the fence on 4 and Pune were down to 117/4.In the 18th over Dinda scalped Mohnish Mishra on 7 and Puner were 146/5. In the last over Yuvraj Singh scored a four and three sixes as Pune posted 187/5 in 20 overs. He remained unbeaten on 66.
Nova Scotia is improving highway safety and creating jobs with a $195 million investment in twinning Highway 104. The federal government is contributing $90 million to the project, which will see 38 kilometres twinned between Sutherland’s River, Pictou Co. and Antigonish. “Nova Scotians want us to improve the safety of our roads and we are committed to doing just that,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.“Highway 104 is an essential piece of infrastructure connecting communities in our province and our province to the rest of the country. I’m pleased our federal partners are working with us on this project that will make the highway safer and create jobs.” The project will include a new, 10 kilometre, four-lane alignment between Barneys River and James River, south of the existing Highway 104, made necessary by the area’s topography and terrain as well as a river and rail line. “Twinning and upgrading Highway 104 is about improving road safety, creating good, middle class jobs, and making it easier for people – and products – to move across the province and the country,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Our government will continue to listen to communities, and make historic investments in the infrastructure they need, today and for the future.” Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020 with the goal to have that portion of Highway 104 twinned by 2024.
Mumbai: In a move that may lead to lower home, auto and other loan EMIs, the RBI Thursday cut interest rates for the third time this year by 25 basis points to their lowest level in nine years and signalled more easing as it looked to support an economy growing at the slowest pace since the BJP first came to power in 2014.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the repo rate to 5.75 per cent and reverse repo rate to 5.50 per cent and expected banks to transmit these to home, auto and other loan borrowers faster. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistWith all the six members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voting unanimously for a rate cut and switching of its stance to “accommodative” from neutral, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the shift in the stance meant that an increase in interest rates is “off the table.” He wanted banks to expedite the transmission of the current reduction in rates as well as similar ones that happened in February and April. In three back-to-back bi-monthly monetary policies, the RBI has lowered interest rates by 75 basis points (0.75 percentage point). Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceWith India’s GDP growth slipping to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the January-March quarter – the first instance of growth falling below China’s in last few quarters, the RBI lowered its growth forecast for the economy to 7 per cent from the April view of 7.2 per cent for the 2019-20 April-March fiscal year. “Growth impulses have weakened significantly,” the RBI said in the monetary policy statement. The reduction in interest rate will help boost credit growth, helping arrest the slowdown in the economy ahead of the new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting Modi-2.0 government’s first budget next month that is widely expected to announce measures to generate jobs and revive the economy. With the 0.25 percentage point cut Thursday, the repo rate, at which the central bank lends to the system, comes down to 5.75 per cent, as was widely expected. Earlier, the repo rate was at 5.75 per cent in July 2010. Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.50 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.0 per cent. MPC noted that political stability, high capacity utilisation, buoyant stock markets, an uptick in business expectations in the second quarter and financial flows are positive from a growth perspective.
NEW YORK — Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.They’re timing their protests in advance of Uber’s initial public stock offering, which is planned for Friday. Uber aims to raise $9 billion from investors.It’s not the first time drivers for ride-hailing apps have staged protests. Strikes were planned in several cities ahead of Lyft’s IPO last month, although the disruption to riders appeared to be minimal. This time more cities are participating.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Katie, left, and Bri Teresi, sisters and swimsuit models who live at 1600 Vine, were tapped by a neighbor to appear in an Instagram video that has been viewed more than two million times.Credit: Molly Matalon for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — On any given day, something crazy is likely to be happening at 1600 Vine Street, a 550-unit apartment complex in Hollywood.A scary-looking clown might be shimmying across a narrow ledge eight floors above the sidewalk, or a young woman dangling from a balcony while a masked man wields a knife. A husky dog with pink ears, a pony, a baby monkey and other exotic animals also call it home.But you don’t need to live there to experience the high jinks, because they are available for anyone to watch on YouTube, Instagram and whatever social media platform comes next. The building at 1600 Vine functions as dormitory and studio lot for some of the internet’s biggest stars. Facebook Videos shot there have been watched billions of times. The common spaces — a spacious gym, walkways lined with beige blocks and a courtyard surrounded by lush plants — are so recognizable that it’s like walking onto the set of a popular TV show. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
PARIS — France is deploying thousands of police to try to contain nationwide protests and road blockades by drivers angry over rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.Tensions have been mounting around the grassroots movement that drew more than a quarter million people a week ago to protests across France, from Provence to Normandy and in between.A new wave of protests is planned Saturday, including beneath the Eiffel Tower. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for calm and promised tough police measures against unruly crowds.Paris alone is deploying some 3,000 security forces, notably around tourist-frequented areas like the Champs-Elysees, after an unauthorized attempt last week to march on the presidential palace.Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in the week of protests, which are posing a big challenge to Macron.Authorities are struggling because the movement has no clear leader and has attracted a motley group of people with broadly varying demands. The protesters call themselves the “yellow jackets” for the neon security vests that drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.A man caused a dramatic standoff with police Friday when he donned a neon vest and brandished an apparent grenade at a supermarket in the western city of Angers. He was later arrested.Most of the protesters’ anger is focused at Macron, a pro-business centrist accused of indifference to the struggles of ordinary people.Macron has defended the fuel taxes as necessary to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels, but promised to lay out new plans Tuesday to make the “energy transition” easier.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Canadian government has signed a deal to sell a 90 per cent stake in Ridley Terminals Inc. to a company owned by Riverstone Holdings and AMCI Group for $350 million.The remaining 10 per cent stake will be transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation at the close of the sale.Ridley Terminals, a federal Crown corporation, operates on Ridley Island in Prince Rupert, B.C.It transfers bulk commodities such as coal and petroleum coke from rail cars to ocean-going vessels.The Canada Development Investment Corp. put the stake in the company up for sale last year.The deal is subject to the successful completion of a review by the Competition Bureau and other customary closing conditions. The Canadian Press
Mark Arthur (BA ’77), president of Industrial Alliance Private Wealth Management, is being honoured with the award in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements.One of the first graduates of Brock University’s business program has been named the 2014-2015 Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate.Mark Arthur (BA ’77), president of Industrial Alliance Private Wealth Management, is being honoured with the award in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements.The Distinguished Graduate Award celebrates the outstanding professional or personal achievements of graduates of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.Every year, an alumnus from the Goodman School of Business meets with student leaders and is honoured at the annual Distinguished Graduate Reception.“It is a great honor for us at the Goodman School of Business to recognize Mr. Arthur’s contributions as a leader in the field of finance, particularly given that he is an alumnus of the first graduating class of business students at Brock University,” says Don Cyr, dean, Goodman School of Business. “This is especially significant this year, given the 2014 celebrations of the establishment of Brock University.”Mark Arthur is the president of Industrial Alliance Private Wealth Management, which manages the private wealth management companies within that organization.He is the CEO of three operating companies within the IA group, TE Wealth, Leon Frazer & Associates Inc. and Hahn Investment Stewards & Company Inc.Mr. Arthur joined the predecessor company Jovian Capital Corporation in 2003 as one of the partners. Jovian invested in the financial services arena by acquiring, creating and growing companies.Over 10 years Jovian built a diversified growing portfolio of unique companies involved in the traditional and emerging asset management business.Prior to his time at Jovian, Arthur held the title of president, chief investment officer and director at RBC Global Investment Management Inc., the position of president, chief executive officer and chief investment officer at Royal Bank Investment Management Inc. – Royal Mutual Funds and was also appointed as the chairman of Investment Strategy Committee, Wealth Management Division.Arthur also holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as an MBA from the Western University.Past distinguished graduates have included Doug Wilkinson (BBA ’91), Deloitte & Touche LP; Deborah Rosati (BAcc ‘84), Karma Atheltics Ltd., Sears Canada; Dr. Paul Ingram (BBA ’90), Columbia University; Debbie Sevenpifer (BAdmin ’87), YMCA of Greater Toronto; Dr. Stephan Young (BAdmin ’84), Citi; Jim Ryan (BAdmin ’86), Pala Interactive; John Zoccoli (BAdmin ’86), Jamzoc Holdings Limited; James MacLellan (BAdmin ’87), Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Kristian Knibutat (BAdmin ’86), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Jeff Park (BAcc ’85),Catamaran; Fred Losani (BAdmin ’87), Losani Homes; and Anne-Marie Robinson (BBA ’90), Public Service Commission of Canada.
← Previous Story Duvnjak for HP: “Croatia can win a medal at the EC” Next Story → THW Kiel talks with Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson Fantastic Norwegian goalkeeper, Steiner Ege (39 ) prolonged his contract with the Danish Champion, AG Copenhagen for two more seasons. At the last stage of his career, former THW Kiel’s goalkeeper showing great form and with Kasper Hvidt is one of the best duo in Europe right now. At the end of a new contract in 2014, Ege will be 42 and that will be probably the end of one fantastic career.– I am just a part of this happy family here – says Ege – I had a choice to still play on the highest level or to say godbye to Handball. I am stil in good shape and I don’t see reason to stop. My family and I are very happy in Copenhagen, I couldn’t find a better team. AG CopenhagenSteiner Ege
WE’RE BIG FANS of Commander Chris Hadfield here in the Daily Edge.He’s doing stellar work living in space as a a flight engineer, and sharing some of the his experience with the world via his Twitter account.Last week he got some Irish bonus points when he tweeted an incredible photo of Dublin, along with a few words as Gaeilge. He later revealed in an online Q&A that his daughter is actually here at the moment.To commemorate this special relationship between Ireland and the first Canadian to walk in space, the clever clogs at T-léine.ie have made this lovely t-shirt.They’re available to order today and ready for delivery starting March 4th, just in time for Seachtain na Gaeilge!‘My daughter is in Ireland’: Astronaut Chris Hadfield says ‘ask me anything’>Our favourite Twitter exchange of the day>VIDEO: What Dáithí Ó Sé was thinking during Sausagegate>
Des poils vieux de 100 millions d’années découverts dans l’ambreFrance – Des poils de mammifères vieux de 100 millions d’années ont été retrouvés fossilisés dans l’ambre d’une carrière de Font-de-Benon en Charente-Maritime d’après la revue Naturwissenschaften.Il s’agit des plus vieux poils découverts à ce jour dans un tel état de conservation. D’après les chercheurs de l’université de Rennes (CNRS), ils auraient pu appartenir à un mammifère de la taille d’une souris et seraient identiques à ceux des mammifères de notre époque.Une constatation qui permet aux chercheurs d’affirmer que la structure actuelle du poil est établie depuis très longtemps.Les restes d’un insecte ont également été retrouvés dans le même dépôt de résine fossile. Ils pourraient appartenir à une mouche venue se nourrir du mammifère en décomposition. Pour l’heure, il est impossible de savoir exactement à quel animal appartenaient ces poils, même si les dents des plus vieux marsupiaux d’Europe ont été découverts l’année dernière dans cette même grotte. Le 29 mai 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
German forward Marco Reus has revealed he is delighted to be named Borussia Dortmund captain for the 2018-19 season.Reus, 29, has suffered from a succession of injury problems in recent years but recovered on time to nail a place in Joachim Low’s squad for the ill-fated Russia 2018 campaign.The German winger has netted 96 goals in 204 appearances for Dortmund and is now reunited with head coach Lucien Favre, who he played under at Borussia Monchengladbach.“The coach announced that I am the new captain,” the 29-year-old said in a statement.Merson 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.“This is, of course, an honour and makes me proud to represent this club and this team on the pitch and off it.”Reus played a vital role in helping the club secure European football last season despite a turbulent campaign that resulted in the departure of Thomas Tuchel.On the other hand, experienced Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek has announced his retirement from international football after making 65 appearances and scoring three goals for Poland.Lucien Favre’s men kick-off their Bundesliga campaign at home to RB Leipzig on August 26.
In his autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted to feeling betrayed by Milan when they sold him to PSG for €20 million in 2012.According to reports, Ibrahimovic is going back to San Siro, where he never wanted to leave.The 37-year-old Swede revealed details in his new book titled ‘I am football’. He gave an insight regarding his experience with former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.In excerpts from the book were published by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic wrote: “Galliani told me: ‘Ibra, you have nothing to be worried about, we won’t sell you.’“A few weeks later, I was in my holiday home in Vaxholm. I had just returned from water skiing and saw there were five missed calls on my phone from Mino Raiola.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’d made him swear not to call me during my vacation, so I knew something was going on. ‘We have to talk,’ he told me. ‘Leonardo will call you.’“I wondered who this Leonardo was, then put it together. Leonardo… the director of sport at PSG. ‘Listen, I don’t want to talk to him. There’s nothing to talk about, seeing as Galliani promised I wasn’t for sale.’“Raiola replied: ‘Well, see, in reality, they’ve already sold you…’ ”
Police say they are investigating the cause of a duplex fire that left a girl dead in south Anchorage.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Anchorage police detective Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz says the Wednesday morning fire is “suspicious” and that police are investigating with the Anchorage Fire Department.Fire Department Senior Captain Tony Schwamm says a caller reported flames tearing through the brown, two-story structure around 2:40 in the morning.He says the flames were at least 15 feet high by the time firefighters arrived.They heard there was one person still in the building and found the child in a second-floor bedroom.Schwamm says two other residents were rushed to an Anchorage hospital shortly after his arrival. He does not know their condition.
Twitter/UFO Sightings DailyA few days back, several photos and videos apparently taken from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surfaced online, and these images featured a strange circular structure in the skies. Most of the users who posted the video on Twitter and Facebook argued that a hole had opened up in the sky, while some others alleged that weather control manipulation is going on.However, after analyzing the videos and photos, popular conspiracy theorist and extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring proposed a bizarre theory that may seem too tough for the human conscience to digest.Alien UFO in UAE?As per Waring, the gigantic circular hole-like shape spotted in the skies of UAE could be a cloaked alien UFO. The self-proclaimed researcher argued that aliens have visited the Arab country because of its rich oil and wealth.شوهدت هذه الظاهرة النادرة والجميلة صباح اليوم في مدينة العين تُسمى hole punch cloud أو ظاهرة fallstreak hole pic.twitter.com/NbOd9zofNk— إبراهيم الجروان (@ibrahimaljarwan) March 17, 2019″That’s easy to answer, its a clocked alien craft. They are over the UAE to observe one of the richest countries in the world for their oil and wealth. If you look closely at the hole, you will see an inner and outer ring. This means the UFO is still there right now as this photo was taken. That’s right, it hasn’t flown away, it is still there. Did you also notice that the centre of the circle has a pushed down lower area of clouds? Because the ships lower part shoved the clouds out of the way to make room for the UFO,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring also alleged that these UFO sightings should be investigated seriously as it is a matter of public privacy.”They are watching, recording and gathering more data on you than you knew existed. All without your permission to do so. That is a crime that has continued for thousands of years on Earth and still does. I call that a crime against humanity,” added Waring.Experts put forward convincing explanationHowever, experts who analyzed the UFO images and videos quickly dismissed the alien angle, and they made it clear that the structure appeared in UAE skies is nothing but Fallstreak hole popularly known as hole punch cloud. Weather experts revealed that this is a purely natural phenomenon, and it usually happens when the water temperature in the clouds below get frozen, but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation.
Listen 00:00 /00:18 00:00 /00:16 X Several athletes have turned down invitations to the White House in the past. What if the Astros are invited? Pitcher Lance McCullers has been thinking about that. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4The team has been reflecting on their season, and met with reporters Friday afternoon at Minute Maid park, moments before taking part in the downtown parade in their honor. Outfielder George Springer says first baseman Yuli Gurriel has had a tough time making amends for a gesture perceived as racist earlier in the series. Share Gurriel took off his batting helmet and nodded his head when he faced Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Garvish in game seven of the series, in an apparent effort to make further amends. Members of the Astros have been reflecting on their win. Third baseman Alex Bregman is ready for more. 00:00 /00:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Listen The Houston School District cancelled Friday classes so that students, staff and their families could attend the parade. Houston officials had to extend the parade route honoring the World Series champions after more fans than expected showed up. X Third baseman Alex Bregman figures he’s in, if the team is asked to Washington. Listen 00:00 /00:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. KFC’s Loaded Cheetos Sandwich Is Here to Sabotage Healthy DietsFinally, You Can Buy a KFC Drumstick That Will Last Forever Stay on target The holidays don’t always feel like the hap-happiest season of all. There’s the last-minute shopping panic, the awkward family gatherings, the stress eating of an entire gingerbread house.And everyone has their own way of coping with the pressure: exercise, a long bath, eating fried chicken in an isolation chamber.King of bizarre promotions, KFC this week introduced the branded “Internet Escape Pod”—a tent-like dome designed to disrupt the Internet flowing to and from your devices.AdChoices广告“We’ve come up with several technologically advanced, creative experiences for our customers and fans this year,” George Felix, director of advertising for KFC US, said in a statement.Among them, a space-bound sandwich, branded smartphone, and a meal box with built-in gaming controls.“But even we feel the burden of technology during the holiday season,” Felix continued. “So we decided to go in the opposite direction and create an anti-technology product, using technology, to help one lucky buyer literally escape the holiday chaos.”Escape the holiday-related tech noise with this weird tent (via KFC)Made out of steel and high-density architectural foam, the Escape Pod fits four adults and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, so you can eat in peace under the Colonel’s reassuring embrace.Flee from calendar reminders for festive events you don’t want to attend. Ignore the desire to check disheartening social media apps. Sidestep nagging texts from your parents about where you’ve run off to in the middle of dinner.One lucky buyer can snag the themed Faraday cage (complete with drumstick door handle) for $10,000—assembly and installation included.“We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of the season, I said, ‘Nah, let’s make it a deal,’” Felix boasted.Don’t worry if you miss out on this exclusive deal. Everyone else can simply turn off and stow their electronics for the duration of the season.“Although we have done our best to ensure total Internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability,” according to the product page. “Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.”
‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Stay on target One sign that you maybe play too many video games is that you know about and have strong feelings on Nolan North and/or Troy Baker. As games get bigger and more cinematic, naturally they start making more use of voice actors. But for one reason or another, video games (and anime) tend to use the same pool of performers to bring characters to life through voiceover and motion capture. And since video games still largely star a certain type of adventurous white dude, so many games now star Nolan North and/or Troy Baker it’s basically a joke.But the video game industry is big enough to have more than these two ubiquitous actors. So we’d like to suggest a long-overlooked talent who has already began making her mark in some recent hits. Put Debra Wilson in more video games!MADtv, while never reaching the cultural appreciation of fellow sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live or even its own magazine, was a criminally underrated comedy artifact from the late 90s through early 2000s. It was often cruder and more juvenile than SNL, but that gave it a kind of FOX-y edgy energy the aging NBC institution lacked. Coke vs Pepsi and all that.While not every MADtv veteran went on to have the most illustrious careers (remember Frank TV?) others did. Phil Lamarr and Alex Borstein are beloved voice actors. Ike Barinholtz shows up in a bunch of movies now. Will Sasso had great lemon-based Vines. Taran Killam made the jump to SNL and then Hamilton. Key & Peele was a direct continuation of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s sketch chemistry on MADtv. And now Jordan Peele is an Academy Award nominee at least due to his work on Get Out.But for my money the most consistently hilarious performer MADtv ever had was Debra Wilson. In a sketch comedy landscape that can only make jokes about the lack of roles for Black women without actually fixing the problem, Wilson turned impersonations of Oprah and Whitney Houston and Chris Tucker into bonafide comedy masterpieces week after week. Just watch some of this stuff.Because the entertainment industry is unfair, Debra Wilson kind of disappeared after MADtv stopped being a thing. That is, unless you pay attention to voice acting credits. Wilson has appeared in some cartoons like The Boondocks and Black Dynamite and that Madagascar spin-off. But more interesting to me was all the video games she’s been in.She was the voice of Crying Wolf, one of the traumatized supermodels trapped inside robot animals who served as the bosses (and least confusing element) of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. She was in Fallout New Vegas, Grand Theft Auto V, Gears of War 4, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Far Cry Primal, and World of Warcraft. More recently she played Amanda Waller in the newest season of the surprisingly excellent Telltale Batman series (which understands Amanda Waller should never be skinny). And perhaps her now most famous gaming role is Grace Walker, the Black anti-Nazi revolutionary Angela Davis-type of last year’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.Wilson’s excellent, memorable performance in Wolfenstein, as a character we just don’t see in video games, sealed the deal for me that she absolutely needs to be in more video games, and not just because I’m nostalgic for her MADtv roles. We just need more cool, diverse, talented actors to keep showing up in our video games. With Debra Wilson, it’s already happening. Let’s keep it going. You get a video game voice acting career and you get a video game voice acting career and you get a video game voice acting career!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.