Viera would ‘treble’ wages in China

first_imgTransfers Viera offered ‘outrageous’ opportunity to treble his wages in China Ryan Benson 23:58 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonathan Vieira Las Palmas Getty Transfers Beijing Guoan Las Palmas v Sevilla Las Palmas Primera División CSL Beijing Guoan are interested in the Las Palmas midfielder, and the player is eager to secure the move as it will greatly increase his salary Jonathan Viera will earn three times what he makes at Las Palmas if the club accept an offer from Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, according to the Spanish team’s president Miguel Angel Ramirez.The attacking midfielder is the subject of a bid reported to be in the region of €22 million, €8m short of his release clause.Viera has already publicly confirmed Las Palmas have received an offer for him and he has not been shy about his desire to agree a deal and make the move to the Chinese Super League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Las Palmas, however, are yet to make a decision, with Ramirez calling the situation a “delicate” one.Ramirez is well aware of the economic significance of Guoan’s offer to Viera, calling it “outrageous”, but he also recognises the former Valencia midfielder, capped once by Spain, is their best hope in the battle against relegation, with Las Palmas third from bottom in La Liga.”It’s a delicate situation,” Ramirez told ABC. “The boy would solve his future economically if he goes to China.”The offer he has would treble what he earns here. It’s outrageous. But we know that Jonathan is an essential player for the second half of the season. Let’s see what happens.”Las Palmas host Sevilla in Saturday’s early LaLiga game and, although coach Paco Jemez is unsure about whether Viera will feature, he insists the 28-year-old’s head is clear.”I do not know [if he will play],” Jemez said. “He’s fine… his head is on straight. That doesn’t worry me. I know he is a great professional. I know it.”Jonathan came to ask my opinion and I gave it to him, the same one that I have given to the club.”last_img read more

New Health Update On Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff kicks off in just a few days as No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Clemson faces off against No. 3 Notre Dame. Ahead of the two biggest games of bowl season comes the media availability for the top players from all four teams.On Wednesday morning, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was scheduled to meet with the media. However, the star quarterback was reportedly “under the weather” and missed the media availability segment.Just a few hours later, Murray showed up at Oklahoma’s practice. According to ESPN’s Laura Rutledge, Murray “wants to do as much as possible” at practice this week despite the illness.Kyler Murray here at Oklahoma practice despite missing media this morning due to illness. I’m told he doesn’t feel great but wants to do as much as possible.— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) December 26, 2018Rutledge reported Murray “doesn’t feel great” but all indications are that he’ll be ready to go when the Sooners take the field against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.Meanwhile, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa revealed he’s at 80-85-percent heading into the Orange Bowl. Hopefully both quarterbacks are healthy when they take the field on Saturday.last_img read more

Look fresh at summer weddings with Brooklyn Tie Company and Corridor

first_img The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations With the summer months finally upon on us — and all those dreary, rain-plagued days sitting firmly in the rear view — it’s time to start digging up all those “Save the Dates” you got back in December. As you plan out your various weekends spent watching your cousins, high school acquaintances, or college buddies tying the knot, don’t forget to pay attention to the most important part of being in attendance.You have to be — at the very least — the second best-dressed person in the building (or outside the building, depending on the venue).Related: What to keep in mind while buying a suitTo do this, it’s imperative to consider several factors before the big day — most of which we’ve already covered at length — though perhaps the most crucial accent to your summer wedding attire lies simply with the kind of tie you choose to wear. Like the perfect carpet, a proper tie brings your entire suit ensemble together, and shows off your knack for having a remarkable attention to detail.The thing is, there are literally a million different options when it comes to ties, and worse yet, the quality of such ties ranges wildly. To help with this confusing predicament, we’ve tracked down two of our favorite companies who currently produce some of the best looking ties on the market. So go ahead and jot yourself down as “attending” on those RSVPs, here’s your ticket to finding the best ties fit for any summer wedding.— Brooklyn Tie CompanyNew York City’s Brooklyn Tie Company particularly stands out this summer due to its affordable — yet incredibly stylish — assortment of neckties. Whether you opt for one of its cotton floral ties, or intend to spice things up by donning a red, lime, or khaki seersucker tie, you can’t go wrong outfitting yourself in Brooklyn Tie Company. With roughly 20 different styles available via its online store, choosing a new color style for each wedding you attend is a walk in the park.Perhaps Brooklyn Tie Company’s greatest asset is the fact it makes each one of its products in its own production facility. Not only does this mean the company has the ability to achieve its desired top-tier quality firsthand, but also gives them the opportunity to sell each of its ties at an affordable price. Plus, who doesn’t like supporting self-made businesses, as opposed to a giant retailer?— CorridorCorridor — yet another Brooklyn-based company — offers a gorgeous array of uniquely classic ties, all made right in New York City. Founder and designer Dan Snyder’s goal with Corridor is to produce each of his products the same way he’d create something for himself; timeless, quality-made, and full of character. Each of the ties Snyder offers via his website feature their own exclusive design, a thick, Italian-made lining to help achieve the perfect knot, as well as a three-inch width — not too skinny, yet not obnoxiously wide.Capable of sprucing up any old suit, a tie from Corridor shows you possess a certain level of style, and know how to dress yourself. Though people tend to shy away from patterned ties — or patterned-anything for that matter — don’t get the wrong idea about Snyder’s selection of neckties; these aren’t the least bit tacky, and almost assure you’ll have as many (if not more) eyes on you as the groom this summer. The Best American Gin The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts last_img read more

Harry’s Introduces a New Generation of Razors

first_imgTo this point, they improved the blade cartridge by adding a precision trimmer so guys can touch-up sideburns and access hard-to-reach spots (look for it at the very top of the razor!) And a flexible hinge was added to give the razor the ability to hug the face’s curves. Handles were also upgraded. The sporty Truman model now has a rubberized grip and grooves so there’s almost no chance you’ll drop it while it in slippery shaving situations. And the sleeker Winston has a new ergonomic shape and strategically placed rubberized grip “zones.” Even with all the enhancements, the new and improved razors retain the same wallet-friendly prices ($15 for the Truman set and $25 for the Winston set) that help make them so damn popular. How to Shave With a Straight Razor How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About When Harry’s first introduced razors that looked and performed like upmarket varieties, but came with a price tag usually associated with the crappy kinds, they filled a middle-ground void in the expanding grooming market and gained an army of clean-shaven fans who wanted a cool alternative to the drugstore options. Since then, the brand has expanded to include a small collection of skincare and shaving accouterments (plus, a barbershop in N.Y.C.).Now, Harry’s latest launch is going back to its razor roots and proving the devil is in the details. While the original models were far superior to most of the options on the market, customers helpfully pointed out weaknesses in the design that the brand decided need to be addressed with Harry’s new razors.Related: The Manual’s Guide to ShavingTruman RazorWinston Razorcenter_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts last_img read more

Irans President hints at quid pro quo for seized British ship

first_imgTehran: President Hassan Rouhani suggested on Wednesday that Iran might release a UK-flagged ship if Britain takes similar steps to release an Iranian oil tanker seized by the British Royal Navy off Gibraltar earlier this month. His remarks could create an opening to reduce tensions as Boris Johnson becomes prime minister. It’s unclear how the new government will respond to Rouhani’s suggestion or the impasse with Iran. “We do not seek the continuation of tension with some European countries,” Rouhani said in comments carried on his website. “Should they be committed to international frameworks and give up their wrong actions, including what they did in Gibraltar, they will receive a proportional response from Iran.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBritain this week announced plans to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the area after Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. Rouhani said that while Iran does not seek a military conflict, it will not allow threats to its security in the important waterway. He described the Iranian seizure of the ship as “professional and brave.” Iranian officials have alleged the ship was seized after it violated international maritime law by turning off its signaling for longer than is allowed and passing through the wrong channels. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, Iranian officials have also suggested the ship was seized in response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker two weeks earlier off the coast of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory. The UK says the tanker was suspected of violating sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. Both sides have called the interception of one another’s ships “hostile acts” and “piracy.” Stena Bulk, the owner of the ship being held by Iran, said it made first contact Tuesday evening with the crew of 23 since its seizure five days ago. The company said the ship’s master advised “that everyone was safe with good cooperation with the Iranian personnel onboard.” The crew are mostly Indian, but also include Filipino, Russian and Latvian nationals. Iranian state TV aired video of the crew onboard the vessel off Iran’s port of Bandar Abbas earlier this week.last_img read more

Mounties conduct raid at Ridge View townhouse

first_imgWhen asked to comment on the nature of the raid, a member of the RCMP at the scene said that it was part of an active investigation but declined further comment.When reached, the Fort St. John RCMP’s watch desk also would not comment on the incident, saying that the lead investigator would need to be consulted before any further details could be released.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the RCMP conducted a raid at a home in the Ridge View Townhouse complex on Friday afternoon.Shortly before 6:00 p.m. Friday, several officers were seen outside of one of the townhouse units located in the 8500-block of 85th Avenue in Fort St. John.One of the officers was seen wearing a hazmat suit, while other officers were seen inside the unit being investigated.last_img read more

IAFs MiG21 crashes after bird hit in Rajasthans Bikaner pilot ejects

first_imgA MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in Rajasthan’s Bikaner on Friday. The plane crashed after it reportedly suffered a bird hit. The plane had taken off from Nal near Bikaner. The pilot is said to have ejected safely. The plane was on a routine training sortie and hence was unarmed. A Court of Inquiry has been instituted to look into the accident.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img

Security Council extends European peacekeepers in Bosnia

16 November 2011The Security Council today extended for another year the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) that is tasked with ensuring that all sides continue to comply with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also expressed its intention to “consider the terms of further authorization as necessary in the light of developments in the implementation of the Peace Agreement and the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”The EU force assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004 when it took over from a stabilization force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which continues to have a presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Yesterday the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, told the Council that the country continues to stagnate politically mainly because of politicians’ reluctance to compromise and engage in dialogue. He also pointed out that given the negative trends and political instability, it is essential that EUFOR remains in place to continue to assist his office and other international organizations to fulfil their respective mandates.The Council, in its resolution, “reiterates that the primary responsibility for the further successful implementation of the Peace Agreement lies with the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina themselves.” It also authorized Member States to take all measures to defend the EUFOR and NATO presence and to assist both organizations in carrying out their missions, and recognized the right of both EUFOR and the NATO presence to defend themselves from attack or threat of attack. read more

Canadians say paying down debt is their biggest financial priority in the

TORONTO — A new poll suggests that paying down debt is the biggest financial priority for Canadians in 2015.It is the fifth year in a row that debt repayment came out as the top concern in the annual survey by CIBC.Twenty-two per cent of those recently polled said paying down debt was their top priority in the new year; followed by building savings (12 per cent); paying bills or getting by (10 per cent); managing day-to-day spending or budgeting (nine per cent) and retirement planning (five per cent).Christina Kramer, executive vice president of retail and business banking at CIBC, caution that it’s important for those, particularly in older age groups, to be concerned about debt repayment, but that should not mean they lose sight of other financial goals like retirement planning.Household debt hits record as ‘biggest risk’ to Canada’s economy tops 162% of disposable incomeIndebted seniors need to discover their inner ScroogeThe results were from a telephone survey conducted by Neilsen with 1,014 Canadians between Nov. 13 to 17.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

President says he will not rename projects of exPresident

President Sirisena noted that the Nelum Pokuna Theatre project was launched by Chandrika Kumaratunga with Chinese assistance when she was President.However he says Rajapaksa destroyed the plaque at the site and relaunched the project with his name when he became President. (Colombo Gazette) In one incident, President Sirisena noted that a plaque erected at the site of the Nelum Pokuna Theatre with the name of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, was destroyed by Rajapaksa. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will not rename projects launched by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Speaking at a function to declare open the Sugaladevigama model village in Polonnaruwa today, the President said that his Government will take forward new development projects and maintain those already existing in the country. He noted that the former President had destroyed name plaques erected by former Presidents and replaced them with his name. read more

Pilot Crushtec to launch the TwisterTrac VS300 VSI crusher and new cone

first_imgCrushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec will be hosting its annual open day on Thursday, October 13, at the company premises in Jet Park, east of Johannesburg. This event will feature the launch of new product offerings including the TwisterTrac VS300 VSI crusher, Pilot Modular/TRIO MC170 (66″) cone crusher, a MegaStak TC1050 tracked conveyor, and the CDE EvoWash 71 sand washing plant. Also to be displayed on the day will be Terex Finlay’s 984 horizontal screen and J-1480 jaw crusher.Encouraged by the success of last year’s inaugural event, the open day has become an annual occasion in which the company can showcase the latest products and technologies available to players in crushing.“This is a brilliant way of sharing who we are with both new and existing customers in a relaxed setting away from the stresses of the office,” says director sales Graham Kleinhans.”It provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our complete product range but more importantly new product offerings. Proving that Pilot Crushtec is aware of the growing needs of our customers, we constantly push the accepted boundaries, with new and innovative products.”Visitors will get first-hand information from the Pilot Crushtec sales team as well as product specialists from Terex Finlay, TRIO and CDE who will be in South Africa for the event.After sales service is critical to the crushing industry and service crews from Pilot Crushtec’s installation and support arms, InstalLink and SupportLink, will exhibit their comprehensive range of specialist support vehicles.“We want people to simply walk in and see what we offer, especially people who have not been to our offices before,” says Kleinhans.last_img read more

Pence says GOP ticket will absolutely accept vote outcome

first_imgWASHINGTON — Mike Pence said Sunday he and Donald Trump will abide by “the will of the American people” on Election Day, and suggested that Trump’s claim of a ‘rigged” election stems from his belief the media is ganging up on him.“We will absolutely accept the results of the election,” Pence said in television interviews. He said Trump’s complaint, articulated from the campaign stage and across Twitter but without evidence, reflects fatigue with “the obvious bias in the national media. That’s where the sense of a rigged election goes here.”Not long after Pence said that, Trump partly undermined his comments.“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places,” Trump tweeted. “SAD.”Pence’s words were the latest attempt by Trump’s surrogates to attempt to explain that some things the GOP presidential nominee has said and tweeted are not what he meant.Much of that cleanup duty has fallen to Pence little more than three weeks before the Nov. 8 vote. Trump is struggling to shift the focus away from mounting accusations that he sexually assaulted women in ways similar to what he is recorded describing on a recently released video. Trump says all of the accusations are fabricated.last_img read more

PaidContentorg Founder Launches Travel Media and Data Company

first_imgMore on this topic Skift Nabs Another $1.1 Million in Seed Funding Carolyn Kremins Named President of Skift Rafat Ali Leaving ContentNext, paidContent GigaOm Buys PaidContent Northstar Travel Media Buys PhoCus Wright Inc. Rafat Ali’s ContentNext Sold to U.K.’s GuardianJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Rafat Ali, the founder of, has launched a new venture called Skift. The company will target the business travel industry with a hybrid approach that serves up content and data for travelers as well as the market’s suppliers. So far, Skift has raised $500,000 in angel funding, which kicks in at launch and will be used to scale the operation going forward. Ali has self-funded the project to this point. There are a dozen investors including Chris Ahern, Gordon Crovitz, Alan Meckler, Luke Beatty, Tom Glocer and Vishal Gondal.Ali says the travel vertical is ripe for disruption. “When I started looking at doing something in this industry I discovered the sources are very old-school. They are also very siloed in their sub-sectors. No one is bringing it all together in a Web-native, social-friendly fashion of the kind that exists in the media, tech or finance markets.” Phase one, he says, will be to create “a homepage for the industry,” which to this point has largely been fed by aggregation software PublishThis. As the site expands, more content will be added through human curation and original reporting. The plan is to create a b-to-b destination site for the business travel market, with the content supported by advertising—endemic trade advertisers as well as consumer-oriented advertisers looking for an audience of business travelers. But the site will not solely rely on ad revenue—or content. Skift will also have a data services operation supported by a variety of subscription models. The data will initially be pulled in from publicly available sources, such as tourism, airport and arrival-departure data at the global and local levels. As the company grows, proprietary data will be added to the mix. This, says Ali, will be Skift’s core value proposition. “The better way to build a media company is not through content, but services. Media is a great way to build a brand, but the best way to scale is to figure out the data services that the industry and people will pay for.”Ali sold’s parent company ContentNext Media, Inc. to U.K.-based Guardian News & Media back in 2008 and left two years later, embarking on a glob-trotting adventure of his own as he figured out his next project. In the meantime, Guardian News & Media put ContentNext on the block in 2011 and sold it to online tech publisher GigaOm in February this year.last_img read more

Maryland Offers LowInterest Loans Financial Aid to Military Homebuyers

first_imgMaryland is offering active-duty service members and veterans two strong incentives to purchase a home in 86 designated communities, under a $20 million initiative introduced on Memorial Day by Gov. Larry Hogan (R).The “You’ve Earned It!” initiative is offering a 2.75 percent fixed-rate, 30-year mortgage and $10,000 in down payment assistance to active-duty military, including Reserves and National Guard, as well as honorably discharged veterans and honorably discharged disabled veterans, according to a press release.“I am very proud of this new initiative, which helps our brave men and women in uniform and their families to achieve the American dream of homeownership and establish roots here in Maryland,” Hogan said. “The program is not only good for our economy, but good for our communities.”The program is designed to help service members and veterans build roots in Maryland, as well as encourage investment in the state’s 86 Sustainable Communities, older communities in need of revitalization. There is at least one designated Sustainable Community in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.The initiative is available until the $20 million allocation is exhausted.“We are pleased to offer this program to members of our military and recognize all they do to keep our communities safe and stable in these times,” said Kenneth Holt, secretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Oil Price Crash What Does a 12 Billion Windfall Mean for Jaitleys

first_imgIndia’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget FY15/16 will reflect the $12bn windfall, fuelled by the drop in oil prices by almost half.The savings are expected from the reduced fuel subsidy costs, increased levies in key petroleum products; and a finance ministry proposal to reintroduce import duties on crude oil, which was in vogue until 2011, says a Reuters report.The government is likely to realise all gains for itself, helping Jaitley reach the borrowing target, while the savings is unlikely to fuel a spending spree by the world’s second-most populous nation.India is the world’s third-largest importer of crude at four million barrels of oil a day, expected to cost the country an outgo of $88bn for the fiscal year ending March 2015; against a budgeted price of $105 a barrel.For Fiscal 2015/16, architects of Jaitley’s budget proposal are reckoning oil prices to average $65-$70, helping Asia’s third-largest economy to see its import bill cut by $18bn, or 0.9% of the GDP.A few senior finance ministry officials have confirmed the developments to Reuters.Estimates suggest an overall fiscal boost to be 750bn ($12bn), with about 400bn, to come from the oil subsidy savings.Diesel prices was deregulated by the Narendra Modi government; the oil burner accounts for 40% of overall refined fuels consumption.The fall in prices has helped the government raise factory gate duties twice in November, expected to benefit to the tune of $1.6bn for the current fiscal and almost $5bn for the next year. However, the common man has not benefited from the savings.With a return to profitability, state-owned oil companies could contribute another $1bn in dividends. ReutersIf the proposal to impose import duty receives cabinet approval, it would rake in about $4bn, taking the potential savings to over $16bn.The current fiscal deficit of 4.1% is being a hard match for Finance Minister Jaitley. He expects the deficit to drop to 3.6% for the next fiscal and to 3% for 2016/17.However, the common man continues to be worried about inflation, and is yet to open the purse strings, allowing a wide consumption drive to take over. Any boost to the household consumption is expected to be limited.The RBI has indicated that a rate cut could be in the offing in early 2015, which by itself would see a robust spike in economic activity.last_img read more

Ancient Sarcophagus Contains Cosmetics Mirror

first_imgIn a press conference, researchers claimed a sarcophagus dating from the 3rd century found in what is now Germany contained the body of a Roman buried alongside perfume, makeup, and a hand mirror.Scientists unearth all kinds of bizarre, ancient things. Like this mummy buried with weed (found in a country where marijuana possession can be punishable by death). Or this recently found bread oven — proving that paleo dieters have some big misunderstandings about what pre-agricultural humans ate. Often, these dives into the past reveal just how much in common modern humans have with their predecessors, and this story is no different.This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for some — mirrors had been around for centuries prior, and the Egyptians had enough cosmetics to keep the whole ancient Mediterranean decked out in dope wings and great highlighter. What is special, though, is the quality of the find, though. The pieces were largely sealed away, preserved for almost two millennia. Plus, the researchers waited months after their initial discovery for the reveal so they could confirm and study the finds.All of the funerary goods were found along ancient trading routes between Roman frontier settlements Trevorum and Colonia, which correspond to the modern cities of Trier and Cologne. There’s been a glut, too, of finds from Ancient Rome, a civilization one would think we’ve already studied well to death. Another recent find in London was a big shocker, holding a sliver of the riches of one noblewoman. That one though, was sullied by grave robbers centuries ago. It’s bizarre to think back on all the many different ways your remains and your trinkets might be stumbled upon many years later. I mean most of us won’t be found or remembered or anything’d by anyone in centuries. But there’s always the what if, y’know? Like the American dream, but for death, and the snappy bony bits.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Its Christmas in February on Legends of Tomorrow

first_img DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Maybe we shouldn’t have expected a show about time travel to follow standard TV conventions of when certain types of episodes air. That said, it was still surprising to see a fully Christmas-themed episode of Legends of Tomorrow nearly two months after that particular holiday. It was also a particularly patriotic episode, reminding us exactly what makes America so special. It was like celebrating two holidays at once. Just not anywhere near when they actually take place.After an admittedly hilarious summary by Mick Rory (“Who writes this crap?”), we see the now-evil Rip Hunter in full redcoat uniform announcing to the British army that George Washington has been killed. He gives the soldiers modern automatic rifles to squash what remains of the rebellion. (Someone on the writing staff has been reading Harry Turtledove, I’d bet.) In a conversation with Eobard Thawne, we learn that this is a plan to lure the Legends to revolutionary America, kill them and take their fragment of the Spear of Destiny.It works. Though they realize it’s a trap, the size of the aberration is too large for the Legends to ignore. They have to go back in time to save George Washington. They infiltrate a Christmas party Washington attends the night before his crossing of the Delaware. Sarah finds Washington, but the party is interrupted by Redcoats with assault rifles. Washington, ever honorable, refuses to retreat, but Sarah and Mick force him out of the house to safety. This leads to a pretty awesome fight scene with Steel blocking bullets and Atom flying around, punching British soldiers.Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Things go bad as Rip activates a device that drains power from the Waverider as well as Ray’s suit. He also makes his new nature clear to the Legends when they find him. When Sara calls out to him, he shoots her, and the Redcoats capture Washington and Mick. Jax and Martin rush Sara to the ship, but with all the power gone, it looks like there’s no saving her. Sara puts Jax in charge just before passing out. Atom, stuck in his small form, has to go into the ship’s internals and restart it. Martin has to take the bullet out of Sara before it kills her. Oh, and Rip is currently trying to break down the ship’s door, so Jax has to deal with that.Meanwhile, Nate and Amaya have a nice talk while tracking down Mick and Washington. They’ve been flirting all episode long and take the opportunity to ask each other what dating was like in their respective time periods. Amaya is shocked to learn about Tinder and the idea that men and women have sex for fun. Not that she’s completely opposed to the idea. After a surprise attack from two British soldiers, Nate takes a fall into the freezing River. Amaya uses her Seal power to save him and helps cure his hypothermia. Doing that requires skin-to-skin contact, and of course, one thing leads to another, and Amaya learns what Nate was talking about first hand.This relationship works, which is surprising. Romance has not been one of Legends‘s strongest elements. It works partially because they’ve taken enough time getting here that the buildup and flirting feel natural. The other reason is that Nick Zano and Maisie Richardson-Sellers have great chemistry together. Their interactions feel real and fun. Finally, Legends of Tomorrow has a couple worth rooting for.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW)Back on the Waverider, Rip gains entrance and storms the ship. As Jax fights off a random Redcoat, Rip tears the place apart looking for the Spear fragment. Jax defeats the soldier and runs from Rip, who offers to bring his father back if Jax gives it up. Fortunately, Jax is stronger than that, refusing to give up the spear. He leads Rip into a trap, but Atom triggers it early while running from a rat. Rip finds Martin and Sara, and threatens to choke Sara to death if Jax doesn’t give him the Spear. Jax does, but Rip crushes her throat anyway.Jax grabs a gun and goes to kill Rip, just as Atom gets the power working again. Gideon comes back online just in time to save Sarah’s life. Jax finds Rip, who implies that the darkness he’s showing was always inside him. Given the death of his infant son, Rip feels there’s no point in protecting history, so he might as well destroy it. That feeling wasn’t just put there by Thawne. Jax is about to shoot Rip, but Sara arrives in time to stop him. She convinces Jax to drop the gun. On Christmas, we remember to be our best selves, she says.Held prisoner in the British camp, Mick is frustrated by Washington’s commitment to honor. He’s ready to die with honor, refusing to break out and “return to Mount Vernon, a scoundrel.”  Mick isn’t having it. He gives Washington a speech about how being American means being a misfit and a proud outcast. He possibly inspires Washington to start using sneak attacks and shooting from behind trees. You know, the way America actually won the revolution.The next morning as Washington is about to be hanged, Mick shoots an explosive barrel and a pretty awesome 18th-century fight ensues. Nate and Amaya show up just in time to shield Washington from the Brits’ bullets and Washington, with his newfound sense of what it means to be an American, suggests a retreat.Franz Drameh as Jax. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)As the episode draws to a close, Nate and Amaya collect the remaining assault rifles from the British and leave Washington to prepare for his midnight river crossing. History is restored, but now Mick is a revolutionary hero with a statue in Washington D.C. The episode ends on a feel-good note with the Legends celebrating Christmas together as a family. Amaya tells Nate that while she had fun the previous night, she still thinks teammates shouldn’t date. Nate says he’s OK with it, but he clearly has feelings for her. Sarah assure’s the Legends will recover the spear and rescue Rip. It’s a heartwarming ending for Christmas in February.Legends of Tomorrow has been knocking it out of the park ever since they got back from the midseason break. This episode had decent action, lots time-travelling fun and some truly great character work. The unseasonal Christmas theme allowed the show to go to some dark places while keeping the levity and humor that makes it great. Jax also got some sorely-needed fleshing out. It was smart of the writers to put him in charge and let us see him in his darkest hour.This is the kind of episode Legends should do more of. It focused on developing the characters while still keeping the time-travel superhero hijinks we love about the show. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but the show nailed it last night. As an added bonus, it instilled a sense of patriotism that’s been hard to come by recently. The whole “outcasts and proud of it” speech was corny, but given real world events, it felt necessary. Sometimes, you need corny. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Celebrate Gamings Favorite Robot Boy With Mega Man 11

first_imgStay on target ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its Roots‘Devil May Cry 5’s’ Kylo Ren Mod Is Angst Overload During its livestream celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mega Man (featuring famous gaming rapper Mega Ran among others) Capcom played a retro-themed retrospective of its classic action-shooter-platforming franchise. We relieved everything from the original NES series of the 1980s to the fast-paced X spin-off of the 1990s to the Pokemon-esque 2000s Battle Network series. But when the video caught up the present, there was just a chunk of depressing emptiness reflecting how dormant the once omnipresent series has been.That void ends now since Mega Man is, once again, coming back. Check out the trailer for the next official entry in the series, Mega Man 11, coming late 2018.Unlike previous recent Mega Man revivals Mega Man 9 and 10, Mega Man 11 ditches the 8-bit sprite art for full 3D graphics within a 2D plane. It’s like his Super Smash Bros. appearance and the Mega Man: Powered Up remake on PSP, or if you’re being less charitable the doomed Mega Man “successor” Mighty No. 9.AdChoices广告Personally I’m cautiously optimistic. I loved Mega Man 9 and think there are still talented designers within Capcom. The characters in Mega Man 11 also have nice, clean designs with a pleasant anime sheen. Mega Man’s arm even changes to match the powers he gains from defeated Robot Masters. But the footage also suggests the early game has a very modest budget, which seems fitting for a Capcom that allegedly spent a pittance on a fighting game featuring freaking Marvel superheroes in it.Fortunately, even if Mega Man 11 disappoints, we’ll soon have other ways to entertain ourselves with The Blue Bomber. At last the Nintendo Switch is getting both entries of the Mega Man Legacy Collection, giving you more classic games on a device that doesn’t yet have an official Virtual Console. Meanwhile, all consoles as well as PC will soon receive re-releases of the Mega Man X series.While it’s not Konami-level dormant, Capcom still seems to be in a somewhat precarious place. Mega Man 11 doesn’t yet look like a AAA-level return to form, but hopefully it’s an indication the Japanese publisher is listening to and providing for fans that gave Mega Man such a legacy in the first place.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Chatbots Can Help Your Team But They Cant Replace Your Team

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free The use of chatbots has exploded this year and continues to create opportunities for businesses all around the globe. Entrepreneurs who understand this technology have more ways to interact with their customer base because these chatbots put their business right in the middle of the action.If you’re still new to the idea, let me explain. A chatbot allows you to have a quasi-conversation with a computer. Thanks to new developments in artificial intelligence, these chatbots can interpret your requests, and, based on particular rules in programming, can direct you to an answer or have a conversation with you in order to help you in some way.Related: Chatbots for Entreprise Customer ServiceWhen you want to understand the business aspects of chatbots for your company, you want to talk to Paul Armstrong. Armstrong runs HERE/FORTH, the advisory that helps business leaders decide how to best use rapidly changing and emerging technologies, and is the author of Disruptive Technologies; Understand, Evaluate and Respond.I sat down with Armstrong to determine the right path to take when deciding if chatbots are right for your business. Here are three key takeaways from our conversation. 1. Chatbots can’t take the place of human interaction.Chatbots are generally built on the back of a previously created platform like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Armstrong believes that ultimately, chatbots are meant to reduce strain, save money or speed up something in order to make or save money. Armstrong also believes that small businesses will be more tempted to overuse them when corresponding with their audience, thinking they’ll attract more customers when in fact, the bots could alienate existing customers. Sometimes the human touch, while costly, is the best result.The online workspace is ever-changing, and it’s up to you to determine which aspects are best, not only for your business, but also for the people who patronize your business. With chatbots, you take the chance of a poorly processed program losing a client or potential customer —  which could have been avoided had you just used a more personal touch for your business.One of the ways you can test the waters of chatbots is to design one to answer commonly asked questions you get from your audience daily. This will save you time and will allow your business to help a person with a pressing question by automating this one answer, or perhaps two. Ease into the chatbot waters slowly as your business progresses towards new technology because it can never take the place of a human conversation.2. Customers should be allowed to opt out of chatbot conversations.For Armstrong, this should be a standard practice for businesses who use chatbots. “People shouldn’t be railroaded into using a bot against their will and yet this is a strategy. I am seeing more and more. It won’t work for aging populations and is already seeing backlash online.”First of all, when the conversation starts between your chatbot and your customer, be transparent. This whole strategy isn’t about tricking people into believing they are having a conversation with a real human being, but to help them solve their problems quicker and bring results faster. There should be a safeword programmed into your chatbot which will let it know when the customer wants more or needs to talk to a real representative.Related: No One Is Happier About Customer Service Chatbots Than the People They Are Designed to ReplaceThe main point here is to use your bot in the first stages of the quandary, and then allow it to hand the customer off to you or one of your employees for further help. If the customer’s question or problem cannot be solved with one or two messages, then the bot should know it’s time to hand this off to someone who can help even further. Don’t just give your customers an option to opt out of a conversation with your chatbot, but have it programmed to know when it can no longer be of service to them and bring someone else in to help.3. The multi-faced chatbot for business.Created well, chatbots have the potential to build your businesses very quickly. They can save you time and money, and they can wear many hats within your company.Armstrong suggests if you have a lot of low level calls about things that are on the website or could be answered simply, you may want think about creating a chatbot and educating your consumers about their other options. Another reason to get a chatbots could be to lower the information needed to be gathered by a human before a telephone call — this is one of the most frequently cited things that annoys customers about calls —  or it may simply be a more convenient way for your customer to communicate with you.“Ultimately, the question to ask yourself is what job or jobs can or do our consumers want us to do with them?” Armstrong said. Understanding this question, you begin to realize the benefits chatbots have within your business. They are less costly to develop than apps, and the customer does not need to download your programming for it to work. Chatbots can easily be shared between people who are already on a chat platform or group, and those who are early adopters of your chatbot can improve customer loyalty within your business.What job does the customer need you (or the chatbot) to perform? This is the main question you should be asking yourself. Does it make sense to create a chatbot for your client base or audience? Your chatbot can be multi-faceted and well-equipped to take your business into the new era of business technology, however, it will be up to you to determine how you are going to use this powerful piece of equipment within your business.Related: Why Chatbots Are Failing Your CustomersIn conclusion.Chatbots are a great way to stay in touch with your congregation and keep a consistent line of help between your business and your audience. Whether you are just thinking about creating a chatbot for your company or you have already been in the trenches with this tech for a while now, there is one question you need to ask yourself: “Is this helping my audience and giving them the best possible customer care on behalf of my business?” If so, carry on, and continue to impress and influence. September 12, 2017last_img read more

Act Fast 60 Off 2019 iPad Mini

first_imgUnlike the iPad Mini 4, the Editor’s Choice 2019 iPad Mini sports a brighter and more colorful screen than its predecessor, better cameras, and can run a variety of augmented reality apps. Unfortunately, it packs the same big-bezel design as the iPad Mini 4, but what counts is performance — and the 2019 will not let you down.In our Geekbench 4 test, which measures overall performance, the 2019 iPad Mini notched a multiscore of 11,515. That matches the performance of the iPhone XS. By comparison, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 scored a 4,097, which doesn’t even come close to the iPad’s test results.The tablet includes Apple Pencil support and a 10-hour battery life. If you prefer Apple’s Pro tablets, Amazon has the current-gen iPad Pro 11-inch Tablet on sale for $674 ($125 off) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch Tablet on sale for $849 ($150 off). Both are at their lowest prices ever.AdvertisementRakuten’s deal is the best we’ve seen to date for the iPad Mini. Just keep in mind that the coupon expires at midnight. Best Laptop Deals of Today by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoAdvertisement Apple Announces New iPadsTwo models get the latest A12 Bionic chipVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:5100:51Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭 center_img Packed with a blazing fast A12 Bionic processor, the 2019 iPad Mini is the fastest and most versatile mini tablet you can buy.Today only, Rakuten has the 2019 iPad Mini (64GB) on sale for $339.99 via coupon code “SAVE15”. That’s $60 off and the best price we’ve seen for Apple’s new tablet. (By comparison, Amazon has it for $389, which is just $10 off. It’ll possibly be on sale for Amazon Prime Day, but unlikely to be this cheap).Buy the 2019 iPad Mini for $339.99 via “SAVE15” ($60 off)last_img read more