WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) has reached a settlement in a patent dispute with smartphone maker Blu Products.The two companies say they have signed a patent license agreement and ended their legal fight.Under the deal, Blu will make on-going payments to BlackBerry.Additional terms of the agreement were confidential, the companies said.BlackBerry holds a portfolio of approximately 40,000 patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies.The company says the deal will allow it to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.
COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s prime minister has had a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, who earlier this week scrapped a visit to the country by saying Mette Frederiksen was “nasty” when she rejected his idea of buying Greenland as an absurdity.The prime minister’s office said Friday that the two spoke late Thursday, and Danish media reported that the call was “constructive.”Frederiksen’s office says details of the discussion won’t be released.It is believed that it was first time the two spoke since Frederiksen, who repeatedly has said the U.S. remains one of Denmark’s close allies, took office June 27.Trump cancelled a Sept. 2-3 trip to Denmark as part of a European tour.The Associated Press
Kenzo Oshima, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, is scheduled to leave tomorrow for China. On Tuesday he is expected to travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for a four-day visit that will take him to Pyongyang and Kangwon Province.Mr. Oshima will wrap up his mission with a two-day stay in the Republic of Korea, followed by two days in Japan, before returning to New York on 11 August.
UK police: Post-mortem shows Russian tycoon Berezovsky’s death ‘consistent with hanging’ by Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said.Thames Valley Police said Monday that further tests, including toxicology examinations, will be carried out. The force did not specify whether the 67-year-old businessman hanged himself, but they have said there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in the death.Once one of Russia’s richest men and a Kremlin powerbroker, Berezovsky fled to Britain in 2001 and claimed political asylum after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He became a vocal critic of the Kremlin.Berezovsky had survived several assassination attempts in Britain and Russia, including a car bomb in 1994 that killed his driver.Berezovsky’s body was found by an employee on the bathroom floor at his upscale England home on Saturday. The employee called an ambulance after he forced open the bathroom door, which was locked from the inside. Police said the employee was the only person in the house when Berezovsky’s body was discovered.A forensic examination of Berezovsky’s home will continue for several days, police said Monday.A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky built up his wealth during Russia’s chaotic privatization of state assets in the 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union. In return for backing Russian President Boris Yeltsin, he gained political clout and opportunities to buy state assets like oil and gas at knockdown prices.Berezovsky helped build Putin’s power base but fell out of favour when the new president moved to curb the ambitions of the oligarchs. The tycoon was charged in Russia with fraud and embezzlement.Berezovsky later associated himself with ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, another Kremlin critic. Litvinenko died after ingesting polonium in his tea at a London hotel in 2006.In recent years, Berezovsky’s fortunes declined with numerous expensive court cases.Last year, Berezovsky lost a huge legal battle against former business partner and fellow Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, which left him with legal bills of at least 35 million pounds ($53.3 million.)Berezovsky had said that Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, cheated him out of his stakes in the oil group Sibneft, arguing that he blackmailed him into selling the stakes vastly beneath their true worth after he fell out of Putin’s favour.But a judge threw out the case in August, ruling that Berezovsky was a dishonest and unreliable witness, and rejected Berezovsky’s claims that he was threatened by Putin and Alexander Voloshin, a Putin ally, to coerce him to sell his Sibneft stake.In 2010 Berezovsky also took a hit with his divorce from Galina Besharova, paying a settlement estimated to be as high as 100 million pounds.
We’ve known about Sony’s upcoming S1 and S2 tablets since April, but they’ve remained somewhat mysterious since then. We’ve been catching glimpses of the tablets via the company’s elaborate Rube Goldberg-insprired promotional teasers, but we’re still waiting to get our hands on them. Sony just released its fourth teaser video of the five-episode story, which is just as detailed and entertaining as the past three.The fourth episode, entitled “Two will,” continues the journey of the two wedding-cake topper miniature figurines that appear in all four videos. The catchy soundtrack that appeared in the third video is back for the fourth episode and sounds like something from Indie pop darlings Pomplamoose who we saw cover the Angry Birds theme song.The video still doesn’t give us any information about the tablets themselves, but it’s still fascinating to watch such a captivating contraption. Marbles fly and bubbles float out of old speakers as the figurines move through the course. We’re greeted with a message at the end that says “open your imagination,” which is what we have to do to infer anything about these tablets.Though we didn’t get this information from the videos, we do know that both tablets will run Android Honeycomb. The wedge-shaped S1 will be 9.5-inches and will use a Tegra 2 chip. It will also have PlayStation certification, which means you can run both PSP and first-gen PlayStation games on it. The clamshell dual-screen S2 has two 5.5-inch screens and a Tegra 2 chip as well. When it’s closed, it looks no bigger than a glasses case. However, when it’s opened, the two screens together are about the size of an average tablet screen. The S1 has two cameras, while the S2 has just one.The tablets are rumored to be available for pre-order in August and will ship by late September. Stay tuned for the fifth and final Sony S1 and S2 teaser video which Sony says is “coming soon.”via Engadget
Pyrénées : les anti-ours écrivent à NKMLe lâcher d’une ourse pourrait avoir lieu avant l’été dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Mais alors que la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet doit prochainement rendre sa décision définitive, l’Association pour le Développement Durable de l’Identité des Pyrénées (ADDIP) a tenu à l’alerter quant aux conséquences que pourrait avoir cette décision.Dimanche, l’ADDIP, qui réunit plusieurs associations opposées à la réintroduction de l’ours dans les Pyrénées, a publié un communiqué destiné à la ministre de l’Environnement, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. En juillet 2010, l’ancienne secrétaire d’Etat à l’Ecologie Chantal Jouanno avait fait part de sa volonté de voir une nouvelle femelle ours lâchée dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. D’après l’ADDIP, citée par 20 minutes, c’est le 23 mai que NKM annoncera sa décision. Si elle se prononce en faveur du lâcher, celui-ci aura lieu avant l’été, afin que l’ourse ait le temps de s’adapter à son nouvel environnement avant d’affronter l’hiver.À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoque”Sous-estimer la colère des Pyrénéens serait une erreur politique majeure”, prévient alors l’association. “Le lâcher d’une malheureuse ourse slovène en Béarn n’apportera rien à la biodiversité des Pyrénées, rien à une espèce animale nullement menacée au niveau planétaire et européen. Il est sûr par contre qu’il sèmera le feu dans tout le massif”, poursuit le communiqué.Aujourd’hui, une vingtaine de plantigrades vivent dans le massif des Pyrénées. Et tandis que les anti-ours s’opposent fermement à ce nouveau lâcher, les défenseurs des animaux dénoncent l’insuffisance de cette unique réintroduction pour l’avenir de l’espèce.Le 16 mai 2011 à 14:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews tended to 10 victims involved in a two-vehicle collision in Miami Gardens.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash along Northwest 191st Street and Second Avenue, around 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.Officials said five of the victims were treated at the scene and then transported to nearby hospitals.Among the remaining five are two pediatric victims and one adult victim with serious injuries.Two other adult victims were described as having minor injuries.Southbound lanes were temporarily closed until the scene was cleared.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Email News Justin Tranter Co-Founds Facet Records justin-tranter-wants-elevate-new-generation-superstars-new-label The highly regarded songwriter, who earned a Song Of The Year GRAMMY nomination in 2017, has teamed up with A&R executive Katie Vinten and Warner BrosJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2018 – 3:55 pm GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Halsey’s “Bad At Love” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” is teaming up with A&R executive Katie Vinten and Warner Bros. Records to form Facet Records, which aims to house the “next generation of superstars,” Warner Bros. has announced.“Justin is a true visionary and one of the greatest songwriters in the game, with a remarkable ability to bring the best out of people,” Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck said in a statement. “Katie is a brilliant A&R person who has been the guiding force behind an incredible roster of chart-topping songwriters, Justin among them.”Tranter is a highly regarded songwriter and has been widely recognized by the Recording Academy. In 2017, at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Tranter earned a Song Of The Year GRAMMY nomination for Julia Michael’s “Issues.”“I am beyond honored and excited to begin this next chapter with Warner Bros. Records,” Tranter said in statement. “It makes perfect sense to partner with my queen Katie Vinten on this label venture, since we built my songwriting career from the ground up.”Vinten and Tranter have worked with Warner Bros. on artists’ projects, including Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani and Imagine Dragons. With the continuing collaboration Tranter hopes to “change other people’s lives as well.”Tranter told the GRAMMY Museum’s “Required Listening” podcast that as a teen he was inspired by many female songwriters of the ‘90s era, including Courtney Love and Tori Amos.He also spoke about his close relationship Julia Michaels. “Obviously, me and Julia have written an insane amount of songs together. At that point, when we wrote ‘Issues,’ we were already really close. To write something as raw and honest and bare your soul as ‘Issues,’ you kind of really need to know somebody.”READ: Songwriter Justin Tranter: Women Tell Awesome Stories | “Required Listening”Tranter, an advocate for songwriters and the LGBT community, said he named the label ‘Facet’ “because the most precious stones deserve thought-out, passionate facets to make them really shine.””Justin is a fierce champion for artists and their songwriting peers, takes risks, dares to be different and fights daily for the causes they believe in, both within and outside the scope of the music business,” Bay-Schuck said.With the new label, Tranter hopes to continue elevating voices.”Once I got into pop songwriting, I was kind of just ready to help other people tell their stories. … I’m here to facilitate, and structure, and grow, and make things a little more fabulous and a little more urgent,” he said.Song Of The Year Nominations Roundup | 2019 GRAMMY AwardsRead more Twitter Justin Tranter Wants To Elevate A New Generation Of Superstars With New Label Facebook
Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and detectives have arrested the ‘mastermind’ behind the killing of a businessman from Gulshan in the city, reports UNB.The arrestee is M Helaluddin, 38, a mid-level Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader.Law enforcers arrested Helal from Kalachandpur area at Gulshan on Tuesday along with five pistols and nine bullets, said CTTC chief Monirul Islam at a press briefing at DMP media center.During the primary interrogation, Helal said he, in association with five others, shot Siddique Hossain Munsi alias Siddique Hossain, owner of a recruiting agency, to death as per the directive of a Bangladeshi expatriate who lives in Europe.”Four of them entered the recruiting agency and fired 25-26 bullets to complete the mission,” the CTTC chief added.The Bangladeshi expatriate, who is also a JCD leader, is wanted in a murder case filed with Badda police station in the capital.Businessman Siddique Hossain was gunned down by a group of miscreants at Banani in the city on 14 November.
Share APDwight Chandler walks through his devastated home in Highlands, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Chandler, 62, said he worried whether Harvey’s floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pits that were designated as a U.S. EPA Superfund site just a couple blocks from his home. The Highlands Acid Pit site near Chandler’s home was filled in the 1950s with toxic sludge and sulfuric acid from oil and gas operations. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)—–Texas state biologists say residents cleaning up their properties as Harvey’s floods recede should watch out for snakes, skunks, raccoons and other wildlife.John Davis is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s wildlife diversity director. Davis says snakes and other animals may seek shelter in debris piles and people should use common sense during cleanup.He says displaced wildlife will return to their usual habitats quickly if left alone because “they don’t want to be there, either.”An alligator specialist at the agency, Jonathan Warner, says people should stay away from alligators in places where they are not normally seen, even though the reptiles are usually wary of humans.Davis says wildlife populations are fairly resilient and will likely recover, because “these species evolved with hurricanes and floods.” THE LATEST: Texas Governor Greg Abbott said 11 toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites still need follow-up visits to “confirm their status,” after flooding unleashed by Harvey, but “we are unaware of any damage or danger that has occurred.”Abbott said at a news conference in Austin on Tuesday that no threat to the public from the 11 sites “is known at this time.”He said state environmental officials are “working constantly and collaboratively” with the EPA to monitor the situation and ensure that any damage eventually discovered “is contained.”The Houston area houses more than a dozen Superfund sites, among the nation’s most intensely contaminated places.The AP surveyed seven such sites and previously reported that all had been inundated with water, raising concerns about flooding spreading pollution. Charlie Riedel/APHomes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)—–People in Brazoria County under mandatory evacuation are being given limited access to their homes.Brazoria County officials announced on Tuesday that people will be allowed to enter and exit the mandatory evacuation zones with proof of residency, but the lift on the restrictions is only from sunrise to sunset.Some neighborhoods near the Brazos River and San Bernard River are still under water.———-Harris County officials say about 96 percent of the 900 county-operated traffic signals are back to normal.Traffic signal maintenance teams haven’t yet been able to get into a small number of areas, primarily upstream from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in west Houston where releases from the reservoirs swollen by Harvey’s record rains continue to flood some neighborhoods.Harris County includes most of Houston. And most of the county-operated traffic signals are in unincorporated areas of Harris County.___The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says about 1,400 inmates who were evacuated from Houston-area prisons affected by flooding are heading back to the lockups.The Jester 3 and Vance Unit prisons are near Richmond, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of Houston and in an area flooded by the Brazos River.Another 4,500 inmates removed from three other prisons farther south along the Brazos River remain in other prisons in East Texas.Prison agency spokesman Jason Clark says officials are continuing to assess the flood situation at the Ramsey, Stringfellow and Terrell Units near Rosharon in Brazoria County.—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for Community Disaster Loan assistance for parts of the state hard-hit by Harvey. Abbott revealed the grant approval in a tweet posted on Monday night. Texas cities struggling to recover from the storm can obtain loans to help keep their operating budgets intact and full operations functioning while the cities focus on reconstruction.This happens as Congress could pass the first relief package for those hurt by Hurricane Harvey before this week is out. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the announcement on Monday evening at NRG Center, alongside Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and much of the Houston Area congressional delegation.Members of Congress return to work Tuesday, following the August recess and Labor Day weekend. Congressman McCarthy pledged to the lower chamber would vote to send the first Texas relief package to the Senate by Wednesday. He said it would be the first aid package but not the last. ___ FEMA says it has about 560,000 families registered for its housing assistance program. That comes from John Long, deputy federal coordinating officer of the agency. FEMA spokeswoman Tiana Suber says if those people’s homes are found to be uninhabitable or inaccessible for an extended time, they may qualify for the agency’s Transitional Shelter Assistance. Some will qualify for short-term hotel lodging at FEMA expense, while others will be referred to local agencies or voluntary organizations for possible assistance. Long said the main focus is to move people from the large shelters, where stress levels can run high. He says FEMA is tracking the families being moved from the large shelters as best as it can, but people will move in and out of those shelters. He says FEMA’s mission is changing from life-saving to life sustaining. ___ Officials blame at least 60 deaths on Harvey after the storm dumped many feet of rain on several counties in a matter of days. Many of those deaths were people drowning in flash floods or water-logged roads. But county emergency management departments across southeast Texas tell The Associated Press they are including people in their storm-related death totals who died from indirect complications of Harvey. The huge dump of water loosened the ground around trees that have fallen into at least two homes in Montgomery County and on a car in Jasper County, accounting for some of the deaths. Power outages have knocked out electricity to medical equipment that several elderly people needed to survive. And officials say floodwaters have caused delays in responses to medical emergencies that resulted in deaths. ___ The Federal Emergency Management Agency says 53,630 Texas residents displaced by Harvey are currently staying in government-funded hotel rooms. FEMA spokesman Bob Howard the temporary housing has been provided for 18,732 households. Once people are granted the assistance there is a minimum allotment of 14 days, but that can be extended on a case-by-case basis. FEMA is currently using vacant hotel rooms to provide temporary housing, but officials also are weighing other options such as mobile homes should the need arise. Under another FEMA program, displaced residents who are able to find their own apartment can receive two months of paid rent upfront and can qualify for more as needed. Howard says that under the disaster declaration President Donald Trump signed, the federal government contributes 90 percent of the relocation costs while Texas provides the other 10 percent. ___ The Red Cross says that its officials counted 1,400 people Sunday night at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which has been turned into a shelter for evacuees from Harvey. That’s down substantially from over 10,000 a few days after the storm struck. At a second mass shelter opened after Harvey, the NRG convention center, there were 2,800 people as of Monday morning. NRG was opened last week to take some of the overflow from George R. Brown. Many people have left shelters after they received transitional assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for temporary housing.
When Nintendo announced the bigger 3DS XL last week, it had a chance to rectify what seemed to be an oversight with the original hardware: there was no second thumbstick.You could argue Nintendo didn’t think the handheld needed one for a while, but then the Circle Pad Pro peripheral was introduced for the 3DS, which added a second thumbstick next to the main buttons on the right. It may have a 480 hour battery life, but it doesn’t exactly look great when attached.So if games are being made that utilize two thumsticks, and you’re introducing a new iteration of your hardware, wouldn’t you integrate the second stick as a standard feature? Nintendo decided not to, but has now stated a new version of the Circle Pad Pro will be released for use with the 3DS XL.Nintendo confirmed what is likely to be called the Circle Pad Pro XL in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. I’m guessing it’s also going to mean spending another $20 to acquire one when it launches later this year. Having it bundled with a game is out of the question as there’s now two versions of the peripheral.What remains to be seen is whether it has a negative impact on holding the 3DS XL, which is already much bigger than the original 3DS. It’s also going to make remaining portable with the handheld that much more difficult as cases won’t support it.Maybe Nyko will come to the rescue with an updated Power Grip Pro that offers up screen protection and additional battery life, too.via Kotaku
If you were negatively affected by the last PS3 update, the good news is there’s a fix on the way. The bad news is you’re going to be waiting a little while.What started out as a minor update for the PS3 has ended in a number of users left without a console for a little while. The 4.45 version update affected a number of PS3 units such that they system would fail to boot fully. There have been a few recovery methods located — such as booting into safe mode on the console and either formatting your hard drive or attempting to restore the file system — though neither hasn’t been officially confirmed to work. Some gamers have even swapped the drive out entirely to get the console up and running. Either way, if you take these measures you’re probably out some precious game saves and you’ll need to reinstall everything.If you’re patient, it looks like Sony will have a fix. All you have to do is wait until the 27th.Sony’s Twitter account announced recently that they had finally discovered what turned this minor update into bad times for some of their customers, and they are now working on a fix.This fix is expected to be issued on June 27th, but there’s no explanation as to how this update will be issued. Presumably, users will need to boot into safe mode and either apply the update manually. Since the PS3 forces users to only install firmware that is newer than the current version the have, if you have a console that was affected by this update you can either wipe your system and destroy your game data or wait for this update and hope your game saves are still around when it happens.
Heart attack patients can suffer substantial emotional trauma after treatment, and showing kindness may help them find their way back to emotional wellbeing, a study has found. The emotional whiplash can range from phobia about moving in case their heart rate rises, to difficulty accepting a new identity as someone with a serious health condition, according to a study published in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. The study found emotional trauma following a heart attack was more common in men who saw themselves as alpha males who, after becoming a heart patient, saw themselves as the runt in the litter, weak and likely to be ‘picked off’ by life and other people. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research by Samantha Meredith, a PhD student University of Portsmouth in the UK, found cardiac rehabilitation played a huge role in helping people find their way back to emotional wellbeing. The study examines cardiac patients navigating shock and grief, including depression, feelings of loss of control, and a disruption to their understanding of who they thought they were. “We saw substantial emotional trauma following a cardiac event, including ‘cardiophobia’, the fear of elevated heart rate or doing anything strenuous,” said Meredith. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Cardiac patients need better support in terms of counselling, identity support, social support and emotionally intelligent care to help them find their feet again, following a traumatic experience,” she said. “They also need to talk about their feelings. Some patients appear to bury their emotions for fear of judgement and to avoid being labelled ‘sick’. “This is particularly true of men, who seemed to see expressing emotion as not masculine,” she added. Previous research has shown that not being able to accept a serious health experience or a new identity as someone with a life-changing condition can influence the clinical outcomes for a patient. “For many, their ability or inability to manage and accept this experience and their ‘new’ identity as a patient influenced their clinical outcomes, underlining why it’s so important patients are helped to rebuild emotionally as well as physically,” she said. The support for patients in the study included kindness and warmth from nurses and physiotherapists that patients at a cardiac rehabilitation centre. The study reports the findings as three fictional stories based on the most common types of emotional trauma seen in cardiac patients over a year. The most common ‘patient’ was an alpha male unable to accept that they were now vulnerable, and or who rejected their ‘useless’ heart, and avoided engaging with the cardiac referral. Another common story was that of people so fixated on their heart rate monitor that they’d become crippled by fear of their heart rate rising by even a few beats per minute.
When Peter Falk passed away in 2011, the focus was naturally on his most famous role: Columbo. The premise of a shabby-looking, seemingly absent-minded detective who in reality was a tack-sharp hunter of wealthy killers, was ground-breaking and made him into a household name. For Falk, the role was a blessing but he had his regrets over the experience. In a 1996 interview for the newspaper Libération and covered by the New York Post, he discussed his experimental work with director John Cassavetes, remarking “It did me good to meet him, I was beginning to become a cynical actor” and “I’d surely be a better actor today if I hadn’t played Columbo all these years.”Publicity photo of Peter Falk as Colombo.This isn’t to say Falk didn’t enjoy chasing those rich frauds onscreen in his beat-up car, vexating them with frequent references to his wife and that classic line of “One more thing…” He’d left the life of a public administrator behind in his twenties to pursue an acting career, and in interviews seemed delighted with the way things had ended up.One distinctive factor about Falk was his artificial eye, which replaced the cancerous one that had to be removed when he was just three years old. Despite this traumatic experience with retinoblastoma, he found ways to turn the new eye to his advantage, especially when it came to pranks and putting people at ease.Falk as a senior in high school, 1945.The army wouldn’t take him because of his disability, but he found a place in the merchant navy where he worked as a cook. In 2014 The Guardian quoted him from a Nineties piece, where he said “You’re not wanted on deck or in the engine room with one eye, but you’re good to fire up the ovens and cook hundreds of chops.”Falk as Columbo, 1973.One of the most infamous stories of Falk’s sense of humor occurred during his service, when a bunkmate got more than he bargained for after asking “how come a young kid like myself was in the Merchant Marine.”As described to Cigar Aficionado in 1997, Falk replied that he “had a slight physical problem. With that, I sat down in my bunk and took out my two front teeth–at that time I had a bridge on my upper front teeth.”Things You May Not Know About James Bond“Anyway, I took it out and laid it on the bench in front of my bunk. Then I reached in and took out my eye and dropped it on the bench next to my teeth. It made a nice sound effect. As Joe was doing a double take, I then bent over and with both of my hands pretended to be twisting my leg, as if I had a false leg, which I was unscrewing to take off. Suddenly Joe’s face went white, and he leaped off his bunk and said, ‘I’m going out on deck for a while.’”Because of his appearance, Falk was discouraged from acting. At one point Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures cruelly informed him that he could hire a performer with two eyes for the same price. Yet Falk pressed on regardless and became a movie star, then one of the small screen’s ultimate snoopers.Falk with Natalie Wood in Penelope (1966).At one stage he wanted to join the ranks of law enforcement for real. After leaving life at sea, he approached the CIA for an administrator’s job, only to be turned down. Ironically this was nothing to do with his vision. In fact the Agency didn’t appear to have an issue with Falk’s eye at all.As recalled in The Guardian, he claimed the reasons were more political. He didn’t get the gig “because I’d joined the union of cooks and stewards at sea. And because I’d attended a liberal college and been in Yugoslavia. But they never mentioned the eye.”Peter Falk statue as Columbo with his Dog in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Illustratedjc CC BY-SA 3.0Perhaps Falk’s interviewer would have turned on his TV years later and received a shock. The man they’d shown the door had turned into one of the sharpest minds in America. Someone who could have cracked the CIA like an egg, had a murder taken place within its walls.Read another story from us: The Declassified FBI Files on Ernest HemingwayA combination of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease got Peter Falk in the end. However his fine autobiography Just One More Thing and a back catalog which saw him act with everyone from Frank Sinatra (Robin and the 7 Hoods) to Bob Hoskins (The Lost World, BBC) ensure he’ll live on forever in the minds of a grateful public.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.
5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – John Elway goes best available player with explosive N.C. State pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller. Colin thinks they would become the best pass rush combo in the NFL.Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018 7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For a ‘Dream Draft’ this isn’t a headline grabber, but Fitzpatrick falling to the Bucs could be a pick we look back on as a big time first round hit. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype NFL hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average. Day 1 starter on a defense that needs a tone setter.Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018 Advertisement 2. Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Colin isn’t buying the smokescreen that the Giants won’t draft a quarterback. They take the most NFL ready college QB from a skills standpoint to begin the transition on from Eli Manning. There would definitely be some Eli/Rosen drama at some point which would make an enticing sub plot for the New York media and the blogosphere.Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017 10. Cardinals (From Raiders): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Cardinals need to draft a quarterback and trade up to get the hotly debated Jackson. Jackson has elite NFL athletic ability, but doubters think he’ll struggle in the framework of an NFL offense. He could be a bust, but if he pans out he could be a star. With always injured Sam Bradford the likely starter, Jackson could get on the field sooner than later which would be a weekly storyline and back and forth from the anti- and pro-Jackson camps hoping for an ‘I told you so.’Lamar Jackson is held to a different standard.At age 19 & 20 he put up 3500+ PaYards/1500+ RuYard/45+ TD seasons. Heisman. 2x ACC OPOY.It took Deshaun Watson a few games to take the league by storm when a coach built a gameplan around his skillset. DO THE SAME FOR LAMAR. pic.twitter.com/jdqKgIENcU— Steve Frederick (@SportsGuyTweets) April 2, 2018 Colin has put out 7 versions of his mock draft, depicting what he thinks will actually happen in the 2018 NFL Draft, but today he put out his ‘Mocked Draft,’ which lays out his dream scenario of how he hopes the draft will play out. There are plenty of surprises and longshots, but if it played out the way Colin wants it to, the storylines would break the internet. He knows you’re going to hate it, but that’s why he loves it.Here are Colin’s dream draft picks, 1-10:Patriots (From Browns) : Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Bill Belichick has four picks in the first two rounds, and pulls off a stunner of a trade with new Browns GM John Dorsey to snag Tom Brady’s future replacement in Darnold. He packages his first pick, the Rams first pick from the Brandin Cooks trade, another pick to move up and get Darnold. Darnold’s personality is perfect for the Patriots culture and he can be groomed as Brady’s eventual replacement, while having time to learn the NFL game. Needless to say if this happened it would dominate sports talk for about a month. 9. Niners: Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – John Lynch gets Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo an offensive chess piece in what should be a prolific San Francisco attack. Lynch has done wonders overhauling the roster in a short time, but the receiving corps lacks explosive playmakers. Ridley should flourish in their scheme. This might be too high for some, but It’s a good fit and the Niners will be far more heavily covered as NFC West contenders than past years.Quick highlights for CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) who’s expected by most to be the 1st wide receiver selected in this year’s #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/oYadWGBE8i— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018 3. Jets (From Colts): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin has said that Baker Mayfield has the talent to win games, he’s just not sure about his maturity. He’s also said that Mayfield in New York would be the worst scenario for his career. Mayfield’s lack of size and arm strength are a bad fit for the winter conditions in New York, and the swarming Big Apple media could eat him alive by dissecting every late night out and crotch grab. Still, the Jets drafting a next gen Broadway Joe would generate plenty of headlines, good or bad.Showing off the arm!! @bakermayfield feeling good throwing deep balls to his guys on @OU_Football Pro Day #Sooners #proday #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/Y7S4NxDdmf— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018 4. Browns (From Texans): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – After dealing the first pick to Belichick, the Browns still get a QB of the future in Allen. According to multiple reports, John Dorsey has Allen compared favorably to Sam Darnold, but Allen to Cleveland is the ultimate boom or bust scenario. Allen’s cannon arm is perfect for the AFC North winter conditions, but his accuracy problems could make him a massive bust.Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group. pic.twitter.com/sjxQbHeEor— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018 8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – Colin wants the Bears to be good because it’s good for the league, and if that’s going to happen Mitchell Trubisky needs to be upright. Nelson gives Trubisky immediate interior line protection and a nasty streak in the run game that’s a perfect match for Chicago. Zero bust potential and a likely Pro Bowler. Easy decision.Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018 Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !USC 24, Texas 17 OTpic.twitter.com/R1jDYdnOhe— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017 6. Colts (From Jets) : Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Colts traded down from the third pick, but the biggest home run hitter in the draft still falls to them at 6. Colin doesn’t think Barkley is a 20+ carry-a-game NFL back, but he’s dynamic and gives the Colts more offensive balance to take the pressure off of Andrew Luck coming off an injury. Colin is all in for a Luck comeback. Watch Colin break down his Top 10 dream draft:1. *Patriots – Sam Darnold2. Giants – Josh Rosen3. Jets – Baker Mayfield4. Browns – Josh Allen5. Broncos – Bradley Chubb“This is what I’d call my ‘Dream Draft’… My Mocked Draft” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/pqhocAFMw7— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 9, 2018
“Mumbai has not seen a congregation like this in the past 50 years,” said Kumar Ketkar, editor of a local daily and a respected political commentator.Thackeray’s Sena is among the most xenophobic of India’s Hindu right-wing political parties and held power in Mumbai from 1995 to 2000. His supporters often called him Hindu Hriday Samrat or emperor of Hindu hearts.In 1992, members of Hindu right-wing groups, including the Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, were instrumental in destroying a 16th century mosque in north India that they said was the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama, and Thackeray was blamed for the violence and rioting that followed. In Mumbai alone, nearly 1,000 people were killed.His extreme regional and religious parochialism led him to advocate Hindu suicide bombers and planting bombs in Muslim neighborhoods to “protect the nation and all Hindus.”His followers often attacked and rampaged through the offices of media organizations that he claimed were anti-Maharashtrian and anti-Hindu and threatened to dig up cricket pitches ahead of matches between largely Hindu India and its Muslim-majority neighbor Pakistan.Even though the Shiv Sena’s political grip over Mumbai _ its longtime power base _ has been waning over the last decade, it still commands tens of thousands of violent followers. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement His son and successor, Uddhav Thackeray, lit the funeral pyre amid chants of “Thackeray is immortal” by the supporters, some of whom wept.Top Indian politicians, industrialists and Bollywood stars including L.K. Advani, Sharad Pawar, Anil Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan, earlier placed floral wreathes aside Thackeray’s body, which was wearing his trademark dark sunglasses.Thackeray, an 86-year-old powerful, rabble-rousing orator for Shiv Sena _ which means Shiva’s Army _ died on Saturday following a cardio-respiratory arrest. He had been ill for several weeks.His body, wrapped in India’s national flag, was carried through the city on a trailer-truck. Policemen carried his body to the cremation site at the end of a daylong funeral procession as the Maharashtra state government, headed by the governing Congress party, announced state funeral for him.Life in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital came to a halt as people voluntarily closed shops and businesses and kept taxis and auto-rickshaws off the roads. However, state-run buses and trains plied to help Thackeray’s supporters to attend his cremation.Indian media reports said more than 1.5 million people attended his funeral procession. There were no official estimates of the mourners. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Associated PressMUMBAI, India (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of grieving supporters thronged the streets of Mumbai on Sunday for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India.Nearly 20,000 policemen were on hand because of the violent history of the group. The mourners, however, remained calm and orderly as the body of Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji park where he had made political debut by addressing his first public rally 46 years ago. In the early 1990s he led a successful campaign to drop what he called the colonially tainted name Bombay _ a Portuguese derivation of “beautiful bay” _ and replace it with Mumbai, after the local Marathi language name for a Hindu goddess. The city is the capital of Maharashtra state.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories
Comments Share Two others who announced they would stand were Andy Burnham, the party’s health spokesman, and Liz Kendall, also first elected in 2010.David Miliband, Britain’s former foreign secretary who lost to brother Ed Miliband in the party’s last leadership contest, has said he will not run.Nominations for leadership close in June. The new leader will be chosen through a postal ballot of party members and supporters, and announced on Sept. 12.The last Labour government was led by Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories LONDON (AP) — Four British politicians are in the race to replace Labour leader Ed Miliband, who resigned last week following the party’s election defeat.Miliband stepped down Friday after his party lost almost all of its seats in Scotland to the separatist Scottish National Party and ran well behind the winning Conservatives elsewhere.As of Thursday, candidates to replace him include ex-Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, long seen as the party’s potential first female leader, and Chuka Umunna, a lawyer and the party’s business spokesman who was first elected to Parliament five years ago. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Quick workouts for men
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Adam Radwanski, Cabin Crew and Business Class Winner Belinda Morris at A380 Perth EventQatar Airways celebrates its upcoming daily A380 serviceTo celebrate the upcoming launch of its A380 service from Perth to Doha, Qatar Airways hosted key stakeholders in the Perth travel industry to an event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.The airline showcased their award-winning Business Class seat that passengers can soon enjoy on the Qatar Airways A380 service from Perth to Doha, commencing May 1, 2018.The spectacular cocktail event was hosted by former Miss World Australia, Erin Holland, who performed a set of travel-themed songs to conclude the glamorous night.Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager for Australasia, Mr. Adam Radwanski, Perth Airport CEO, Mr. Kevin Brown, Perth Airport CCO Mr. Steven Holden, and 100 travel agents attended the launch, and ‘test drove’ the award-winning Business Class seat.Mr. Adam Radwanski said: “We are excited to launch our A380 service from Perth to further expand our offering to our Australian passengers. The A380 service will undoubtedly enhance customer experience with our luxurious First Class cabin, one of the largest onboard lounges in the sky, direct aisle access for all seats in Business Class with our 1-2-1 seat configuration, and a spacious Economy Class cabin. This aircraft will connect smoothly to our UK and Ireland network, offering passengers seamless access to Dublin and our five UK gateways – London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and soon, Cardiff. Qatar Airways always demands the verybest for its customers and the launch of the A380 is our commitment to set the highest standards of excellence and quality in the industry.”The launch of the A380 service comes in tandem with a series of recent announcements by Qatar Airways to expand their global network, with more than 45 destinations in Europe alone for travellers to choose from.On 7 March at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, Qatar Airways announced a raft of forthcoming global destinations for the airline in line with its expansion plans, including the announcement that Qatar Airways will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg and expanding its services to include London Gatwick, United Kingdom and Cardiff,United Kingdom.With the latest addition of Gatwick, Qatar Airways will increase its London services, to nine daily flights servicing Heathrow and Gatwick (including a British Airways’ codeshare flight from Doha to London).Passengers connecting from state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha to London can enjoy a transfer time as brief as 55 minutes.Complementing Qatar Airways’ London service includes a double daily service to Manchester, and daily flights to Cardiff, Birmingham, and Edinburgh.The 517-seater A380 is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class, featuring world-class amenities and first rate services that set it apart from other aircraft and airlines.The double-decker aircraft features a luxurious and exclusive First Class Cabin with ultra-wide seats, which recline into a flat bed, two-passenger table extension dining, and designer sleeper suits, flight slippers and amenities. Passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class can also enjoy direct aisle access with the 1-2-1 seat configuration and a suite of entertainment options including on-board Wi-Fi, keeping them fully connected while up in the air.In addition, passengers in First and Business Class can relax and socialise at the luxurious onboard lounge located on the upper deck of the superjumbo.Economy Class passengers also benefit with the added spaciousness of the A380, with higher ceilings on the main deck, a wider seat configuration and design to offer more legroom plus contoured headrests.Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA). Just last month, the airline welcomed the Airbus A350-1000, for which it is the global launch customer.Source = Qatar Airways
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