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first_imgRahul Gandhi has finally promised Rs 72,000 yearly to 20 per cent of the poorest people in the country if Congress comes to power. BJP’s Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister, called it a bluff and termed Rahul’s announcing the basic minimum income scheme ‘a bid to cheat poor’. Supporters of the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) hailed the announcement. Sceptics, being worried about fiscal costs, raised a probing finger as to how the required money would come? Also Read – A special kind of bondHowever, the two recently published papers of the IMF, one published as Finance and Development article in December 2018 and the other as an IMF Working Paper with special reference to India in July 2018, have already proved that budget neutral UBI can be planned for economic growth and well-being of the people. The papers have also given various models of implementing such a programme emphasising that a UBI can be a more effective way of supporting low-income households when existing income support programmes are inefficient, and can play an important role in generating public and political support for the implementation of structural reforms in support of economic growth. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe authors of the article published in December are soon coming with IMF Working Paper titled “Universal Basic Income: Debate and Impact Assessment” which the present article draws on. The article was titled ‘What is Universal Basic Income?’ The article says that simple UBI programme could save administrative costs and increase the transparency of transfer systems, making them less subject to administrative discretion and corruption. It would also be useful as a strategic instrument to support structural reforms. The IMF Working Paper published in July was more specific. It was titled “Universal Basic Income in Developing Countries: Issues, Options, and Illustration for India.” The paper starts by discussing the adoption of UBI as a substitute for the Public Distribution System (PDS), which provides income support to households through price subsidies for wheat, rice, sugar, and kerosene consumption. It then discusses the introduction of UBI as part of an ambitious structural reform programme centred on increasing energy prices to efficient levels that reflect the true social cost of energy consumption. Both models are designed to be budget neutral. While the replacement of PDS with UBI would help to address the under-coverage of low-income households, this gain would come at the expense of a slight increase in leakage of benefits to higher income groups. Alternatively, by excluding higher income groups from the UBI, the savings could be recycled to finance the scheme. A key feature of the analysis in the paper is the focus on fiscally neutral reforms to help bring out the important trade-offs between various policy objectives and possible concerns about the adoption of UBI, such as enhancing public expenditures (e.g., public investments in infrastructure, education, health, and nutrition). Fiscal gains from subsidy reforms may finance such a scheme, the paper showed. The authors of the papers argue in support of replacing the inefficient system to reach the poor. They cited the example where the Indian Ministry of Finance estimates that 36 per cent of total PDS allocation never reaches final beneficiaries because of “out-of-system” leakages along the procurement-transportation-distribution chain (Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2017). More specifically, taking kerosene as an example, there is an estimated 41 per cent gap between the total PDS subsidised kerosene allocation by the Central Government and actual household consumption as captured by the 2011–12 NSS (Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2016). Furthermore, despite its broad coverage of the population, sizeable under-coverage of lower-income groups still exists under the PDS. Based on NSS 2011-12, approximately 20 per cent of households in each of the bottom two income quintiles do not receive any benefits. At the same time, a large proportion of higher-income deciles receives PDS subsidies, with the richest 40 per cent of households receiving 35 per cent of total PDS subsidies. It has been estimated that 36 per cent of PDS total spending never reaches the intended households (Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2017) due to the existence of “ghost beneficiaries” and the large illegal diversion of subsidised goods resold in the open market. That is, out of every 100 Rupees spent on the programme, only 64 reaches households. The case of energy subsidy and prices is more alarming. Since the rich consume more energy in all its forms, they are the largest beneficiaries of it. The poor are getting little benefit. It has been estimated that the efficient energy prices would require following price hike: gasoline (67 per cent), diesel (69 per cent), kerosene (10 per cent), LPG (67 per cent) and coal (455 per cent). The high level of subsidies to the rich can be cut to finance UBI for the poor. Rich should be charged efficient energy price without subsidy. On average, household subsidy benefits are equivalent to around 10 per cent of their total expenditures, with wealthier households benefiting more (on average, 11.5 per cent of total expenditures in top three income deciles) than poor households (on average, 9 per cent in the bottom three income deciles). While households in the bottom four income deciles receive 17 per cent of total energy subsidies, households in the top four income deciles receive 69 per cent. Replacing these subsidies with a UBI in a budget neutral way would, therefore, result in a substantial redistribution of benefits from higher to lower income groups and a substantial increase in benefit generosity for lower income groups. Over recent years the government has implemented substantial energy subsidy reforms but benefits are not percolated to the poor. Gasoline prices have been liberalised since 2010. Starting in 2013, diesel prices were increased by a half rupee per month until they reached international parity, and have been fully liberalised since January 2015. Since June 2017, gasoline and diesel prices at the pump are changed daily according to a revised automatic pricing formula that sets consumer prices, instead of twice a month under the previous regime. The government also used the fall in oil prices to offset the price decline at the pump with higher taxes. Currently, petrol and diesel are taxed once by the Central government through a central excise tax and then again at the state level through a value-added tax. Excise duties, levied by the Central government on petrol and diesel, have been increased nine times since November 2014. In 2017, the government committed to gradually phase out LPG subsidies by April 2018 for domestic consumers, by increasing the cost of LPG cylinders by four rupees/month. The present government seems to be interested in only making money for themselves or giving maximum benefit to the rich even in the subsidies. They fail to visualise that a little curtailment of benefit to the rich can make the UBI budget neutral. Jaitley’s remark on Rahul is thus in bad taste. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX advances as Fed strikes dovish stance in minutes

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was higher Wednesday as minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate meeting were taken to indicate that the U.S. central bank will be more accomodative than thought in keeping short-term rates low.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,435.58+63.130.44%S&P 500 —  1,872.18+20.22 1.09%Dow — 16,437.18+181.04 1.11%Nasdaq — 4,183.90  +70.91 1.72%The S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.13 points to 14,435.58.Indexes were also boosted by strong earnings reports from the retail and resource sectors.The Canadian dollar climbed 0.42 of a cent to 91.98 cents US.New York indexes ran ahead as the minutes showed that Fed officials had a secret video conference call in early March where they reached a consensus that the 6.5% unemployment rate threshold for the first rate hike had become outdated. On the conference call, the central bankers were clearly worried that changing the forward guidance would impact markets.In the end, the Fed settled on an open-ended approach — that even after employment and inflation are nearly back to normal, short-term rates may need to stay unusually low for a while because the economy isn’t fully healthy.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 181.04 points to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq rose 70.91 points to 4,183.9 and the S&P 500 index gained 20.22 points to 1,872.18.Traders are braced for a slew of first-quarter earnings reports over the next few weeks.“We’re looking for pretty modest revenue growth,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer, Scotia Private Client Group.“I think it’s going to be very stock specific. Valuations don’t give you much room to disappoint too far because we’re fairly or fully valued. But the general tone of things is that, on the year, global growth is improving. Things still look pretty good,” Mills said.The reporting season got off to an auspicious start Tuesday as Alcoa Inc. said that it lost US$178 million in the first quarter as the price it was paid for aluminum dropped 8% from a year ago. However, earnings excluding writedowns to reduce smelting and milling capacity were nine cents per share, four cents better than expectations and Alcoa shares rose 3.75% in New York.And on Wednesday, Montreal-based discount chain Dollarama (TSX:DOL) announced a hike in its quarterly dividend to 16 cents from 14 cents. The retailer also posted a quarterly net profit of $83 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.17. That compares with $77.1 million in the same quarter last year on diluted EPS of $1.04. Sales for the quarter were $582.2 million compared with $561.8 million year over year. Its shares ran ahead $7.19 or 8.38% to $92.97 after earlier hitting an all time high of $94.25.Tech stocks led TSX advancers, up 2.19%, with Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) ahead $11.78 to $276.99.The base metals component turned higher, up 0.89% while May copper was down one cent to US$3.04 a pound. May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.15 to US$103.71 a barrel and the energy sector gained 0.57%.The gold sector was flat as June bullion fell $3.20 to US$1,305.90 an ounce.TOP STORIESCRA temporarily stops accepting online tax returns due to Heartbleed security bugFed minutes show several officials think forecasts overstate pace of rate hikesToyota calls back nearly 6.4M vehicles, including 513K in Canada, in one of industry’s biggest ever recallsToronto-Dominion tops Canada’s banks for best returns with least riskWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.New Housing Index (Feb): Economists expect 0.1% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 320,000 new claims Import price index (March): Economists expect 0.2% rise from month before, 0.9% decline year over year CORPORATE NEWSCANADABauer Performance Sports Ltd Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 12¢ a share Corus Entertainment Inc    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 32¢ a share Sandvine Corporation Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 3¢ a share Shaw Communications ‘b’ Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 40¢ a share UNITED STATESFamily Dollar  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 91¢ a share read more

Submit nominations for honorary degrees

Nominations for honorary degrees may be submitted by any member of the university community or the public on an ongoing basis throughout the year.Nomination forms and guidelines are available at brocku.ca/secretariat/senate or by contacting the Office of the University Secretariat at 905-688-5550 x3334 or x4307.The Senate Governance Committee reviews, in confidence, all nominations received and forwards its recommendations to Senate for consideration. Due to confidentiality, Senate does not report on its deliberations.In order to ensure that nominations are considered for the June 2011 Convocation, nomination forms should be submitted to the Office of the University Secretariat, ST1107, by Jan. 26, 2011.Honorary degrees are normally awarded at both Spring and Fall Convocations. read more

Throne speech launches Trudeau era in Parliament recaps election promises

by Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Throne speech launches Trudeau era in Parliament, recaps election promises Governor General David Johnston delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday, December 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The speech from the throne officially launched the Justin Trudeau era in Parliament on Friday with a general sketch that was heavy on social policy but light on details about the government’s broader economic plan or its timetable for action.The brief speech read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston echoed the same optimistic themes of the winning Liberal campaign; openness and diversity.It promised a new spirit of civility in Parliament, in which all members — on the government and opposition benches — will be “honoured, respected and heard.”“Canada succeeds in large part because here, diverse perspectives and different opinions are celebrated, not silenced,” Johnston said.“Parliament shall be no exception.”The assembled guests inside the Senate and in the surrounding halls appeared to be carefully selected to reflect the spirit of the document.Several new Canadians, including Syrian refugees, and local high school students, greeted Johnston and Trudeau as they walked to the Senate. The speech made specific mention of a promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by February 2016.“As a country, we are strengthened in many ways: by our shared experiences, by the diversity that inspires both Canada and the world and by the way that we treat each other,” Johnston read.Inside the Senate, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde had a prominent seat at the front near Trudeau and Johnston.The speech said the government would create a new “nation-to-nation relationship” with indigenous peoples, saying it was a path to economic growth.It also promised to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools and to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.The speech expanded on other well-worn themes that were central to the Liberals’ victory in the Oct. 19 election, but provided few signals as to when it wanted to achieve its objectives.It reiterated Trudeau’s pledge to cut the tax rate for middle-income earners and provide a more generous child benefit to those who need it.It also promised significant new investment in infrastructure, including public transit, to boost the stagnant economy.The speech did not specifically reiterate Trudeau’s promise to run deficits of no more than $10 billion over the next three years and produce a surplus in the final year of his mandate. Rather, it promised more generally to produce “a fiscal plan that is responsible, transparent and suited to challenging economic times.”Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose said the speech was about “big government and big spending,” and would mean higher taxes.“We saw no mention of the agricultural sector, no mention of the auto sector, no mention of the energy sector,” said Ambrose.“Bottom line is there is no mention of the private sector, which was very concerning when we’re thinking of the fact that we need job creation in this country and we have to focus on the economy.”Ambrose did say she was encouraged by a promise of legislation to address survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault and by the commitment to improve relations with First Nations.That also receive kudos from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.“I am thrilled that the government said it will be a top priority to establish a nation-to-nation relationship with our First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples,” said Mulcair.The speech highlighted Trudeau’s democratic reform promises: to run an open and transparent government, reform the House of Commons to empower backbenchers, replace the first-past-the-post electoral system and reform the Senate.Former prime ministers John Turner, Joe Clark and Jean Chretien sat together to Johnston’s left — perhaps meant to celebrate the non-partisanship that is sometimes required even in the most political of venues.On the environment, the speech promised to continue working with the provinces to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It did not specifically repeat Trudeau’s campaign promise to meet the premiers to hash out a national climate change strategy within 90 days of the United Nations climate conference underway now in Paris.It also promised to introduce a new environmental assessment process.The speech did not specifically address Trudeau’s promise to repeal controversial provisions in the anti-terrorism legislation passed by the previous Conservative government, or the decision to withdraw planes from the bombing mission against Islamic radicals in Iraq and Syria.“To contribute to greater peace throughout the world, the government will renew Canada’s commitment to United Nations peacekeeping operations, and will continue to work with its allies in the fight against terrorism,” it said.The speech also reiterated the Liberals’ promises to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana,” and develop a new health funding accord with the provinces.Mulcair said he was concerned that the speech did not include other campaign promises, such as the restoration of door-to-door mail delivery and new oversight provisions for anti-terror legislation. read more

New tests on river water after coal spill from derailed train near

ASHCROFT, B.C. – Another round of tests is being conducted and a health advisory remains in place after coal from a derailed CP Rail (TSX:CP) train landed in the Thompson River near Ashcroft, B.C., two weeks ago.Interior Health says a Do Not Consume notice is still in effect for a 50-kilometre stretch of the river, from seven kilometres south of Ashcroft to the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser rivers at Lytton.Officials with Interior Health say testing found no trace of hydrocarbons or other contaminants, but further samples will be checked for seven newly identified potential residues that could be linked to the dumped coal.A release from Interior Health says risk to health is believed to be minimal because there are few private users and no community water systems along the affected area.Cleanup continues at the site of the derailment and the health authority says the restriction on water use will remain at least until the new test results are received.A CP Rail spokesman confirms no dangerous goods were spilled and none of the 29 derailed cars fell into the Thompson on Jan. 12, but Interior Health says a “substantial amount” of metallurgical coal entered the water. (CHNL) New tests on river water after coal spill from derailed train near Ashcroft by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 27, 2017 11:36 am MDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SaintEtienne extends unbeaten run at home in French league

SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Saint-Etienne extended its unbeaten run at home to eight French league matches with a 3-0 win over Nantes on Friday.Saint-Etienne has lost just once in its last 17 league matches at Geoffroy Guichard stadium.The result lifted the hosts to fifth place in the standings, one point behind second-placed Lyon. Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain, which travels to Bordeaux on Sunday, has a 15-point lead at the top.Nantes was handed its first defeat in six matches and remained in 10th place.The visitors defended well during the first hour but cracked in the last 20 minutes. Robert Beric put the hosts in front in the 73rd with a header from Yannis Salibur’s cross before Saint-Etienne’s top scorer Wahbi Khazri slotted home his seventh goal this season with six minutes left.Timothee Kolodziejczak completed the win in the 90th with a header from a corner.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Football Urban Meyer releases statement regarding allegations around Zach Smith

OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement on Twitter on Friday that said he knew about allegations involving former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith in 2015, and that he took appropriate action at the time.pic.twitter.com/wrlRi9jtZz— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018In the statement, Meyer said that he has “always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures” when he has learned about incidents, and that he “did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015.”Meyer also commented on his previous statements that he made during Big Ten Media Days last Tuesday, where he had said he “was never told about anything” regarding that 2015 incident.“I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions,” Meyer said in the statement.This statement comes two days following allegations made by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy that Meyer knew about domestic violence incidents on Smith made by his ex-wife, Courtney, but that Meyer did nothing about it.Ohio State then put Meyer on paid administrative leave and formed an independent board to continue the investigation.The team held its first fall camp, but all practices are closed to the media, with the team anticipating that it would have an update on August 6. read more

Notting Hill Carnival should be cancelled London Police Federation leader suggests

first_imgThe Notting Hill Carnival should be cancelled because of the number of police officers who are attacked at the event, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has suggested.Ken Marsh, who leads the rank-and-file group, said it is a “disgrace” that police officers were attacked with blood and bottles.The Bank Holiday weekend event in west London saw 28 police officers injured, with bottles and other objects thrown at them, blood spat at them and a potentially acidic substance thrown at them.Mr Marsh said: “What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?” Police hold a man during the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival  The Carnival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekendCredit:Tim Ireland /AP  Police hold a man during the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Notting Hill Carnival The Metropolitan Police Federation represents 32,000 officers in London. Mr Marsh said he would be taking the issue up with every level of the Met and the London Mayor’s Office.Some 313 arrests were carried out as of 10pm on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said, many relating to drugs and offensive weapons.center_img Police officers at the Notting Hill CarnivalCredit:EPA “There are now so many officers being injured every year at the carnival – with more than 40 last year and let’s not forget that an officer was stabbed in 2015. What other event would be allowed to carry on regardless with so many police colleagues under attack?” More than a third of the arrests – 112 – were for drugs offences, while there were 58 arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or knife/blade, 37 public order arrests and 17 common assault arrests. Some 14 arrests for sexual offences were also carried out, while 17 arrests were made for assaults on police officers.Police seized a number of knives and batons, CS spray and a hammer. In another incident, three people reported “skin irritation” not thought to be serious, while two more were hurt in a subsequent stampede, when a “mild acidic liquid” was thrown over a number of people near Ladbroke Grove on Sunday evening. No arrests have yet been made in connection with it.The number of arrests is so far lower than last year, when more than 450 people were arrested across the two days of festivities. He said he suspected the true figure of officers injured on duty during the two-day carnival will end up being more than 28 – the number released by the Metropolitan Police on Monday night.In a statement he said: “The Met have put out a statement saying 28 of our colleagues were injured over the weekend at the Notting Hill Carnival. As almost a matter of fact. As if this is the norm. As if this is acceptable.”It is none of the above. It is a disgrace. Twenty-eight brave colleagues went to work this weekend and were attacked for just doing their job. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. Police officers at the Notting Hill Carnivallast_img read more

Dame Judi Dench Sir Andy Murray Joanna Lumley and 27 other celebrities

first_imgThe authors urge Theresa May to consider the “animals who have suffered a lifetime in tiny barren cages, often driven insane by neglect”. In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, which is also signed by Twiggy, Sue Perkins and Ricky Gervais, the group questions: “if fur is too cruel to produce in this country, it’s too cruel to sell in this country.” Dame Judi Dench, Sir Andy Murray, Joanna Lumley and 27 other celebrities today call on the Government to use trade freedoms after Brexit to ban all fur imports.center_img “It is from animals who have been brutally electrocuted or gassed, and sometimes even skinned alive. It is from animals caught and left for days in barbaric leg-hold traps. They endure all of…last_img read more

London woman driven by jealousy attacks former friend with acid

first_imgMary Konye who was today found guilty at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court. (Pic: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)InvestigationThere was no CCTV footage of the attack but footage showed Konye trailing the victim from when she left work.Konye was also spotted on CCTV loitering around the escalators at the centre where the vitcim worked some time before she finished.Analysis of mobile phones also placed the victim and suspect in the same areas at the same times and CCTV footage showed the suspect walking with a distinctive gait like Konye.Konye was arrested in April of last year and a handbag seen carried by the suspect on CCTV was found in her bedroom during police searches.(Mary Konye disguised in a Muslim veil following Naomi Oni home before she attacked her. Pic: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)The victim and suspect had know each other since school but had a falling out in April 2011 that ended with a heated argument over the phone and Konye threatening to throw acid at Naomi.While this appeared an unusual and specific threat, Konye knew that the victim had previously been very interested in the story of Katie Piper, a model disfigured in an acid attack. She had followed the story and watched a documentary and told Konye that would be the worst thing that could possibly happen to her.A friend of Konye’s had told police that Konye was jealous of Naomi’s looks to the point of almost obsession.Read: Two British teenagers attacked with acid on volunteering trip to Zanzibar >Read: Man sustains serious facial injuries in 6am acid attack > A LONDON WOMAN  has been convicted of throwing sulfuric acid over her former friend in an attack driven by jealously.Lead investigator at the London Metropolitan Police David Whellams said that the attack was “truly horrific” and was carried out by “someone the victim considered to be a friend”.Police say that Mary Konye (21) followed her victim Naomi Oni (20) from the shop where she worked in Stratford, North London to close to her home where the attack took place.“Konye was almost obsessively jealous of the victim’s good looks and, after a previous argument between them, hatched an almost unbelievable plan to attack her with acid,” according to Whellams.Naomi Oni began her way home by public transport at about 11.30pm on 29 December 2012 before stopping for food and then catching a bus at for the final part of her journey about an hour later.She then got off the bus in Dagenham and as she crossed a road she became aware of a presence behind her. She turned round to see a woman wearing a niqab showing just her eyes.The woman didn’t say anything and the victim began to turn her head back towards the road. The woman then suddenly threw a glass cup containing liquid over her.The liquid began to burn the victim’s skin and clothes and she immediately realised it was acid. The young woman then ran back to her home and banged hysterically on the door before getting inside and getting straight into the shower.Oni was taken to the Royal London Hospital and then transferred to a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital. She underwent a number of skin grafts and has significant scars to her face, hand and thigh.last_img read more

The Flash Couldnt Wait to Put Barry Allen in Jail

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis The Flash returned from its midseason break with an event it’s been foreshadowed for a while now: The Trial of The Flash. In the first episode of the season, when Barry was pulled from the Speed Force, he was speaking strange combinations of words that appeared out of time. One of those phrases was, “I didn’t kill anyone.” Since then, we’ve known that the trial was coming. Now it’s here, and it’s… over. Central City has the fastest justice system alive. In one short episode, Barry was arrested, tried and convicted. For something the show has been teasing for months, I expected it to be a bigger deal.I also can’t help but think they missed some story opportunities by rushing through the trial so fast. Wouldn’t it have been great to have a story where Barry is under house arrest, or police supervision, and had to figure out a way to fight a dangerous meta without revealing his identity? But we don’t get any of that. Any potentially interesting problems are handwaved away. Barry needs to discuss things with his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs? Cisco hacked his ankle tracker. Barry needs to save the world from a criminally underdeveloped metahuman? It turns out he doesn’t need to be in court for closing statements, as long as he makes it back for sentencing. Every dilemma is easily solved for the purpose of racing through the trial as fast as possible.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Candice Patton as Iris West and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)I understand why. As we saw in Season Three, this show can easily get bogged down in gloom and doom while it’s waiting for something bad to happen. We don’t want any more episodes full of Barry moping about a potential separation from Iris, and endless “can I talk to you” scenes in the lab hallway. But there had to be some kind of middle ground. Instead, our first episode back from the break can’t wait to be over and get us to the next one. It’s an entire hour of TV that could (and does) end with Barry being sentenced to life in prison and the stakes couldn’t feel lower. The episode just doesn’t give them time to build. And because it’s rushing through the trial so quickly, we know that Barry’s life sentence can’t be that big a deal. Who’s to say the show won’t rush to find a way out of that just as quickly? I get that The Flash wants to get us to the meat of the story as quickly as possible, but this maybe wasn’t the best episode to come back to.It wasn’t all bad, though. The bright side about an episode trying to speed us through a complicated legal process as quickly as possible is that there isn’t much time for the “can I talk to you” hallway. What few character moments there are have to work, and the episode pulls them off. We get two great scenes between Ralph and Joe. First, when they use Ralph’s shady P.I. skills to snap photos of Marlize DeVoe kissing Dominic (who is actually her husband in another body). It’s a brief moment of comic relief in a heavy episode. Ralph even does that nose twitch thing, which is both fun and disgusting. The second is a little more serious. When Marlize turns out to have an excuse ready to go, Joe asks Ralph to get him inside the DeVoe house. Joe is planning to plant evidence against Marlize. Ralph, who lost his job and reputation because he planted evidence, tells Joe exactly what happens when you cross that line. It’s an honest, emotional moment from a character that doesn’t get too many of those.Kim Engelbrecht as Marlize Devoe (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Marlize is also becoming a fantastic villain. We’ll see if Dominic ever becomes the more threatening Thinker we were hoping for, but it might not even matter. Her abrupt shift from dramatic courtroom sobs to taunting Iris in the hallway was sinister, cold and everything we want from a good villain. Her ability to think on her feet is also scary. You’d expect photos of her and her apparent new lover would fluster her, but she has a story ready to go about her husband inviting Dominic into the relationship to fulfill the needs he no longer could. It’s weird that a generally wholesome superhero show like this would introduce the concept of cuckolding, but it’s also a show where the main character married his adoptive sister. It’s always had some low key kink going on.The rest of the episode is just the show going through the motions. A metahuman shows up emitting radioactive energy, and causing everyone around him to pass out. He’s not a criminal, he doesn’t even realize he’s having this effect on people. We get no backstory on him. We’re never told who he is, how he got his powers, anything like that. The show just needed The Flash to do a heroic thing so they could have him be commended at the same time as Barry gets sentenced to life in prison. It’s a cool scene pulled off really well, but the show definitely could have spent a little more effort building up to it. The moment, while well shot, isn’t entirely earned. I will say the final scene of the episode is nice. Barry, having resigned himself to life in prison looks around his cell. It’s the same one his dad was held in. And just like his dad, we all know Barry will be out soon.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Candice Patton as Iris West and Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)While the actual plot of the episode was rushed and weak, it certainly had a few things going for it. The fast-paced nature of the trial kept things from getting boring. Even not being a fan of the overall arc, the episode kept me engaged and eager to see what was going to happen next. What really kept the trial from being a total misfire were the character development moments. They were well-written and natural. I especially loved Cisco and Ralph scolding Caitlin for not being scared enough by a nuclear explosion to bring Killer Frost out. Even the Barry and Iris moment, cheesy though it was, felt much more natural and real than most of their romantic scenes. Barry’s reasons for not taking the stand, stupid though they were, at least felt like he believed them. Barry’s lines, especially when he moves Iris so fast that they can have a whole conversation in a fraction of a second, could have been saccharine and obnoxious. It could have easily come off like a lazy justification for sending Barry to prison. But they didn’t. The story may have been thin, but the episode backed it up well. I guess next week, we’ll see if they had a good reason for rushing Barry to prison. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Get to Know The Sartorial Geek

first_imgStay on target There’s something spectacular about a company doing things that not only better themselves but a community at large. They bring products, articles and more of empowerment. They inspire you, thrive your creativity and develop ideas you never thought you could. Jordandené is that company. Jordan Ellis’ business aims to expand their geeky empire by creating things that empower, nurture and evolve what that true geek life is about.We had the pleasure to talk with Jordan Ellis about the company she started, the magazine, The Sartorial Geek, and their Kickstarter going on right now for their third issue focusing on sci-fi and STEAM!For our Geek readers, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your company Jordandené? How did you guys start? I started Jordandené about seven years ago as a response to the severe lack of well-designed, feminine, and geeky products. We started out with more of a home goods line and slowly expanded into fashion. We want to combine fandom with functionality to create all kinds of fun nerdy products!Now, tell us a little bit about your magazine The Sartorial Geek. You guys have such a great view on nerd culture that doesn’t just celebrate one thing but expands and celebrates everyone. The Sartorial Geek expands on everything we love about the geeky community that we didn’t have a good way to celebrate with Jordandené. We want to connect fans with cool brands they’ll love, work with all kinds of writers and artists, chat about our favorite TV shows, dissect fashion in pop culture, meet up at local events, and celebrate wins in the nerdy community. We try to include diverse voices to cover all kinds of unique ideas and viewpoints and fandoms!via KickstarterWith The Sartorial Geek, you guys are kickstarting your third issue based on highlighting women in sci-fi and STEAM. First of all, this sounds incredible and second, fill us in on everything you can about this issue. What compelled you to make this particular issue? And why kickstart the third issue as well?We’re really proud that we could self-fund the first two issues of our magazine, but we’re super excited to work with Kickstarter for our third issue to help get this project in front of even more geeky people who will love it! Making money with something like a magazine is super challenging, and we are committed to paying all of our contributors, so we don’t have many extra resources right now to reach a new audience. Kickstarter seemed like the perfect partner to work with at this stage. Get to Know Geek: Cosplayer – Lady Ava So far we’ve matched our issues’ themes with the month they’re released. Issue one came out during women’s history month, issue two during pride month, and our back-to-school issue seemed like the perfect time to highlight sci-fi and STEAM! We interviewed some real-life scientists doing super cool things, talk a lot about the thirteenth doctor, and discuss fashion in sci-fi. We can’t wait to see it all come together!Can you tell us about some of the rewards that people are eligible to get? Like, you have a chance to be a guest on your podcast, and that’s pretty damn dope.Every reward tier comes with an issue of our magazine, but we tried to get creative, too! In addition to being a guest on our podcast, you can also get your name hand-written on a special page in the magazine, advertise your brand or business, collect two pieces of exclusive Jordandené merch, or get a year-long subscription to our magazine.via KickstarterYou have a wide arrange of products in your line. What’s your dream project? What would you want to create in your product line that so silly or bonkers to even consider? I would really really love to be the go-to designer for a brand that has really cool properties, like a podcast network or comics publisher or tv network. I would also love to deck out our comic-con booth someday and make it a whole experience!Thank you so much again for talking with me. Can you let our readers know where to find you via social media, website, etc.? Also, where to go if they want to buy The Sartorial Geek? Also, do you have any other projects, events or cons on the horizon for our readers to look out for? We’re all over social media @jordandenenyc (twitter: jordandenenyc) and @sartorialgeek (twitter: @sartorialgeek). You can subscribe to our magazine at Jordandene.com or join our geeky community at https://sartorialgeek.mn.co/. We’ll be at Keystone Comic Con this weekend, NYCC, and Geek Girl Con in Seattle!You can back The Sartorial Geek now on Kickstarter. Don’t wait too long! The campaign ends on Fri, September 21, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT.Get to know some of our other favorite Geeks like Lady Ava Cosplay and UFC’s Demetrius Johnson. Support these 5 indie comic creators on Kickstarter too. And keep an eye on our spotlight series here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Former WWE star given offer to return names backstage at WWE RAW

first_img If she goes to Raw, she’ll have to job weekly to Miss Flair. If she goes to Smackdown, it will will be to Mrs Cena. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ WhatsApp The end of her match at Takeover was really bad, I mean she seemed to almost tap out a second before she was locked in properly. No fight to get out or anything. Just seemed weak. Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? I think she’d be better utilized and the fans would get more out of her involvement with the company long term, if she was in NXT to help teach the ladies there. Her and Asuka could show them a lot. Glen Värîs Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE December 8, 2016 at 2:30 am Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 5 COMMENTS Ronda Rousey December 6, 2016 at 3:05 am Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Facebook Matt Demarle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former WWE star given offer to returnFormer WWE star Mickie James, who made a one-night return at NXT TakeOver: Toronto a few weeks ago against Asuka, has an offer on the table from WWE to make a return to the roster according to multiple wrestling media reports on Monday.Names backstage at WWE RAW in AustinThe Undertaker was backstage at tonight’s 12/5 WWE RAW in Austin, Texas according to a report by PWInsider.com. Also backstage was Tamina Snuka.Elimination Chamber updateIt was reported earlier that WWE would be bringing back the Elimination Chamber PPV in 2017. PWInsider.com is reporting the event will take place on February 12, 2017.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 91.01%0:06Remaining Time -0:44 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 Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter not really for both I doubt she will job to Nikki if she’s face mainly cuz Nikki gonna feud with Natalya soon and Charlotte too busy feuding with Sasha repetitively to the point u wanna rip ur eye sockets out but if she does go to RAW first she will probably feud with Emmalina Hart Guile Now Playing Up Next December 6, 2016 at 12:39 am December 6, 2016 at 5:28 pm December 7, 2016 at 7:03 am Pinterest Dean Ambrose being advertised for WWE beyond April, Reactions inside Chamber Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Mickie James is my all-time favorite lady wrestler and as much as I’d love to see her actively wrestle again; if they’re just going to job her out to nearly everyone they put in front of her, a la Chris Jericho, then… forget it. WWE RAW Results – 6/3/19 (Undertaker returns, Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank) last_img read more

Chelsea prepared to sell Willian

first_imgChelsea are now reportedly willing to listen to offers for Willian this summer with Barcelona believed to be heavily interested in a move, claims the Daily TelegraphThe Brazil international has been linked with a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United for the past two years after becoming a regular on the Chelsea bench under Antonio Conte.But now Mourinho’s desire to bring William to Old Trafford is under threat with Barcelona having already lodged a £50m bid for the 29-year-old.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…While Chelsea rejected the offer, they are still interested to listen to further proposals and are willing to sell Willian to a foreign club for a transfer fee in the region of £60m.The Blues are hoping that they can gather sufficient funds from Willian’s sale to help raise funds for their transfer business this summer.Russia international Aleksandr Golovin, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson have all been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Update on Myles Munroe Others Funeral Services as Bodies arrive in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ahivago laing, bahamas faith ministries, captain stanley thurston, debra bartlett, Dr. Myles Munroe, fnm, frhkan cooper, jay mullings, kwasi thompson, lavard parks, nassau, richard pinder., ruthann munroe, sky bahamas aircraft Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Recommended for you Former Bahamas PM warns new Govt to remain “humble” Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Nov 2014 – FROM MINISTER KEVIN HARRIS – Global Ambassador Dr.Myles Munroe Returns Home!!! The body of internationally renowned author, speaker and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, the late Dr. Myles Munroe along with his wife Pastor Ruth Munroe, Senior Vice President & Fellowship Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries Dr. Richard Pinder, Pilots Captain Stanley Thurston and first officer Frahkan Cooper were all returned to the Bahamian Capital of New Providence on Monday November 17th 2014. A brief ceremony was held in the hanger of the national flag carrier Bahamas Air and was attended by family members, friends, church members, local pastors and members of the Government including the Minister of Transport & Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin, her Deputy Minister the Hon. Hope Strachan, The Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town Renwood Wells and Speaker of the House of Assembly the Hon. Kendal Major.Bahamas Faith Ministries Pastor Emeritus Jay Mullings, Memorial Planning Committee Secretariat Chairperson Debra Bartlett, Former Cabinet Minister Zhivargo Laing and FNM Senator Kwasi Thompson, a nephew of the late Dr. Richard Pinder all accompanied the remains of Dr Munroe, his wife Ruthann, Dr. Richard Pinder and the other Bahamas Faith Ministries members from Grand Bahama to New Providence on board a charted Sky Bahamas aircraft.Members of Bahamas Faith Ministries Real Men Ministries were also on hand at the airport and were assigned two men per hearse, serving as custodians of the remains of their leader and Pastor Dr. Myles Munroe and the other fallen members of the BFM family. The remains of recently ordained Youth Pastors Lavard “Manifest” Parks, his wife Radel and their five (5) year old son Johannan arrived in New Providence the following day. All nine (9) were killed in a tragic plane crash in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Sunday November 9th 2014.The Home Going Service for first officer Frahkan Cooper will be held on Saturday November 22nd 2014 at Bahamas Faith Ministries. A memorial service will be held for Youth Pastors Lavard & Radel Parks along with their son Johannan on Wednesday November 26th 2014 with their Funeral set for Friday November 28th 2014. The Home Going service for Captain Stanley Thurston will be held on Saturday November 29th 2014 and the Funeral for Dr. Richard Pinder will be held on Tuesday December 2nd 2014. All services will be held at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road, Nassau Bahamas. A National Memorial will be held in Honor of Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe at the 15,000 seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. The Home Going or Funeral Service for Dr.Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe will be held on Thursday December 4th at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road, Nassau Bahamas.last_img read more

Police DNA match IDs killer in 1979 La Jolla cold case murder

first_img Updated: 7:59 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 21, 2019 Posted: March 21, 2019 Police DNA match IDs killer in 1979 La Jolla cold case murdercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A crime scene DNA match has, at long last, allowed homicide detectives to determine who stabbed a La Jolla mother of two to death at her home four decades ago, San Diego police announced today.The break in the cold case murder of 37-year-old Barbara Becker, however, is a bittersweet one, since the recently identified suspect has himself been dead for more than 20 years.On March 21, 1979, Becker’s two young sons returned home from school to find their mother’s bloody body in the living room of the family home.“She had suffered numerous stab wounds and “put up a tremendous fight for her life,” SDPD homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said.A trail of blood leading away from the scene of the savage attacksuggested that the assailant also had been injured during the desperate struggle.Homicide investigators worked diligently to solve the vicious murder, but eventually all of the investigative leads were exhausted, and the case went cold,” Dobbs said.Years later, when DNA became an accepted forensic technology, the genetic profile of the perpetrator of the slaying was uploaded into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, but no matches were found.In October of last year, the San Diego Police Cold Case Unit and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Unit asked the FBI’s Investigative Genealogy Team for assistance with the case.“The group worked together and were eventually able to identify a potential suspect using public-access genealogical databases,” the lieutenant said.The investigation also identified immediate family members of the potential killer. They were contacted and provided voluntary DNA samples that were compared to the genetic profile developed during the lengthy investigation into the slaying.Those comparisons identified one-time San Diego resident Paul Jean Chartrand as the source of the non-victim blood from the murder scene, according to police.Chartrand died in Arizona in 1995. Frustratingly for investigators, he had been arrested in Los Angeles the previous year, just prior to full implementation of the federal DNA database.Dobbs described finding final answers about the long-unsolved murder — the motive for which remains a mystery — as a gratifying achievement for all concerned, but one with a decidedly somber side to it.“The entire investigative team is grateful the case has been solved,” he said. “However, (the closure) is tempered by the fact it took 40 years to give Barbara Becker’s family the answers they deserved and that Chartrand was able to avoid justice for 16 years after Barbara Becker’s murder.” KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Theater for Young Professionals performs on Good Morning San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 23, 2019 Theater for Young Professionals performs on Good Morning San Diego July 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new theater company called Theater for Young Professionals will be performing their our first fully staged musical this summer at Diversionary Theater in University Heights in July.Owners and co-founders Jordan Miller and Jessica Couto stopped by Good Morning San Diego along with members of the company to perform. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Uptown Ups Rate Base and Frequency

first_imgLuxury lifestyle magazine Uptown is expanding its reach into the African American market. The magazine is expected to announce today that it is increasing its rate base from 200,000 to 225,000. In addition, Uptown will publish eight times a year starting March, up from its current bimonthly frequency.”On the heels of a successful 2010, Uptown Magazine continues its commitment to continued expansion in 2011,” Uptown Media co-CEO Len Burnett tells FOLIO:. “Our increased frequency gives our national and local partners additional access to this underserved and hard-to-reach audience. As the only media company serving this market, we are excited to expand our footprint on both the national and local levels.”Launched in 2004, Uptown publishes a national edition as well as regional editions in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC. With equity partner InterMedia Partners, Uptown Media acquired Vibe magazine in August 2009.last_img read more

51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriffs Youth Public Safety Academy

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian congratulated nearly 200 graduates of the Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) primarily from Chelmsford, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington during a ceremony at Chelmsford High School on Friday, July 26, 2019. It was the third of six such graduations planned for this summer.For six weeks each summer, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) offers youngsters ages 8-12 from Middlesex County communities the opportunity to participate in educational and confidence-building activities alongside members of the MSO as well as their local police and fire departments. YPSA staff incorporate multiple learning styles to teach personal safety and teamwork while building relationships between youth and public safety officials.“This is the 20th year we have hosted YPSA, and every year we see the positive impact it has on youngsters across the county,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Cadets at this camp learn lifelong skills in areas like fire safety and emergency preparedness, but just as importantly they foster bonds with their community officials in a way that keeps that educational curiosity alive far beyond one summer.”Over a thousand cadets from more than three dozen communities participate in YPSA each year. To learn more about YPSA and some of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office other community-based programming, visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.Below are photos of Wilmington’s graduates:(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”Wilmington Kids Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”last_img read more