LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement I trust some of you were able to take a few days off, get together with family and reacquaint yourself with your couch.Those of you working in the film industry could probably use the rest.That’s evident after reading through the latest dump of memos and emails posted on the city’s website from city manager Sadhu Johnston to city council. A quick stat: The city hosted 3,301 filming days in 2016, which is more than double the 1,518 days in 2015. The numbers for 2017 were expected to be equally impressive when Johnston typed up the memo in August.Johnston’s memo was based on a report authored by Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s general manager of engineering services. Before I get to some more stats, here’s a quote from Dobrovolny to illustrate just how busy the business of making movies and television shows was/is in Vancouver.“Based on the number of applications on file and discussion with the Directors Guild of Canada BC and local film studios, location filming levels are expected to reach close to 2016 levels for the remainder of the year,” Dobrovolny said. “Should that situation materialize, the city and its industry partners will need to assess resourcing and carefully manage capacity and fatigue while providing the excellent service on which the city has built its reputation.”Did that “situation materialize?” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
After just six seasons and at just 26 years old, running back Rashard Mendenhall retired from the NFL. He spent five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s quitting football with his health and mind intact. Here are his reasons, in his words:“I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn’t want to have to say things that were cliché. I’ve done enough of that since I’ve been playing football. I actually didn’t really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. I just kind of wanted to disappear. The fact that I was done playing would’ve been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn’t signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would’ve thought I couldn’t get another job. Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming, ‘Whatever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.’“The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal. For me it’s saying, ‘Football was pretty cool, but I don’t want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!’ However, as I told the people around me that I wasn’t planning on signing again, there was a surprising amount of shock and bewilderment.“‘Why would you stop now? You’re only 26 years old! You’re just going to walk away from millions of dollars? Is your knee fully healed? You had a pretty good year last year,’ etc. After the initial shock response and realization that I’m not kidding, the question that would continue to arise is: Why?“‘Why do you want to stop playing football at 26?’“Honestly, I’ve really enjoyed my time in the NFL and have had tons of fun.“I feel like I’ve done it all. I’ve been to two Super Bowls; made a bunch of money; had a lot of success; traveled all over the country and overseas; met some really cool people; made lasting relationships; had the opportunity to give back to causes close to my heart; and have been able to share my experiences and wisdom with friends, family and people all over the world. Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates! I’m thankful that I can walk away at this time and smile over my six years in the NFL, and 17 total seasons of football — dating back to when I started pee-wee ball at Niles West in 1997, when I was 10. These experiences are all a part of me, and will remain in my heart no matter what I do, or where I go.“Along with the joyful experiences I had, came many trials. In my last piece, ‘The Vision,’ I wrote about traversing through dark and dangerous waters, working to attain peace and refuge. That intense journey described my personal life in the NFL. Journeying through those waters symbolized living a private life in the public eye. Imagine having a job where you’re always on duty, and can never fully relax or you just may drown. Having to fight through waves and currents of praise and criticism, but mostly hate. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been called a ‘dumb nigger.’ There is a bold coarseness you receive from non-supporters that seems to only exist on the Internet. However, even if you try to avoid these things completely — because I’ve tried — somehow they still reach you. If not first-hand, then through friends and loved ones who take to heart all that they read and hear. I’m not a terribly sensitive person, so this stuff never really bothered me. That was until I realized that it actually had an impact my career. Over my career, I would learn that everything people say behind these computer and smartphones actually shape the perception of you — the brand, the athlete and the person. Go figure!“What was more difficult for me to grasp was the way that the business of entertainment had really shifted the game and the sport of football in the NFL. The culture of football now is very different from the one I grew up with. When I came up, teammates fought together for wins and got respect for the fight. The player who gave the ball to the referee after a touchdown was commended; the one who played through injury was tough; the role of the blocking tight end was acknowledged; running backs who picked up blitzing linebackers showed heart; and the story of the game was told through the tape, and not the stats alone. That was my model of football.“Today, game-day cameras follow the most popular players on teams; guys who dance after touchdowns are extolled on Dancing With the Starters; games are analyzed and brought to fans without any use of coaches tape; practice non-participants are reported throughout the week for predicted fantasy value; and success and failure for skill players is measured solely in stats and fantasy points. This is a very different model of football than the one I grew up with. My older brother coaches football at the high-school and youth level. One day he called me and said, ‘These kids don’t want to work hard. All they wanna do is look cool, celebrate after plays, and get more followers on Instagram!’ I told him that they might actually have it figured out.“Over my career, because of my interests in dance, art and literature, my very calm demeanor, and my apparent lack of interest in sporting events on my Twitter page, people in the sporting world have sometimes questioned whether or not I love the game of football. I do. I always have. I am an athlete and a competitor. The only people who question that are the people who do not see how hard I work and how diligently I prepare to be great — week after week, season after season. I take those things very seriously. I’ve always been a professional. But I am not an entertainer. I never have been. Playing that role was never easy for me. The box deemed for professional athletes is a very small box. My wings spread a lot further than the acceptable athletic stereotypes and conformity was never a strong point of mine. My focus has always been on becoming a better me, not a second-rate somebody else. Sometimes I would suffer because of it, but every time I learned a lesson from it. And I’ll carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life.“So when they ask me why I want to leave the NFL at the age of 26, I tell them that I’ve greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.“As for the question of what will I do now, with an entire life in front of me? I say to that, I will LIVE! I plan to live in a way that I never have before, and that is freely, able to fully be me, without the expectation of representing any league, club, shield or city. I do have a plan going forward, but I will admit that I do not know how things will totally shape out. That is the beauty of it! I look forward to chasing my desires and passions without restriction, and to sharing them with anyone who wants to come along with me! And I’ll start with writing!”
Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco has revealed he intends to win the team’s final group stage game of the UEFA Champions League despite already securing qualification to the second round.The Royal Blues face Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow night, and Tedesco has stressed the importance of winning the game.“The game is important because we want to underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16,” said Domenico Tedesco, according to the club’s official website.“In the Champions League, we’ve played well four times and very badly once.”“On Tuesday, it’ll be about representing the club and the Bundesliga in the best way possible once again.”The Schalke manager also suggested that there could be changes from the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Tedesco: Schalke fell apart after Aguero’s penalty Andrew Smyth – March 13, 2019 Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco believes Sergio Aguero’s penalty literally caused his side to fall apart following their 7-0 Champions League defeat.Guido Burgstaller, who was taken off after 36 minutes against Dortmund, won’t be available for Tuesday’s UCL game.Steven Skrzybski is also expected to miss out, and it’s still too early for Cedric Teuchert to think about playing the entire game.However, injuries can also provide the opportunity for other players in the squad to impress.“Ahmed Kutucu will definitely be in the squad. Ahmed is someone who always wants the ball and get forward. He can play up top, but he also plays quite well in midfield,” said Tedesco.The youngster has been causing a stir in the club’s U19 team recently.“He’s got great character and he’s earned the chance to get a few minutes under his belt,” added Tedesco.
Should you be worried?It’s hard to say. Patients have reported vaping products that contain a variety of substances, including nicotine and THC, as well as using do-it-yourself “home brews,” finds the Washington Post. At this time, health officials are unsure whether the lung issues stem from the e-cigarette devices or one or more ingredients commonly found in vape juice. “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” says the CDC. At least one Wisconsin man who was hospitalized had purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil on the street, according to news reports. Canva The American Vaping Association is skeptical that traditional vape products are at fault. “With approximately 10 million adults vaping nicotine each month without major issue, it appears much more likely that the products causing lung damage contain THC or illegal drugs, not nicotine,” an AVA spokesperson told CBS News.But health experts like Anne Griffiths, MD, a pediatric lung specialist who saw all four of the reported cases in Minnesota, aren’t so sure. “My sense is this isn’t new,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s new that we’re recognizing it. I really do think the primary cause of these illnesses is what’s been inhaled.”Currently, no one device or cartridge is associated with the reported cases of lung disease. When estimating the scope of the problem, health officials are only counting certain lung illnesses in which the person reports having vaped within three months. Most of the illnesses under investigation involve teens and young adults, a population in which e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: 78% among high school students and 49% among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC. As of 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, report using e-cigarettes. The suspected link to vaping is more bad news for an industry that’s already under fire for targeting teens. In an email to Reuters, industry-leader Juul Labs said, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports.” As the investigation progresses, the CDC is asking clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-related pulmonary illness to their state or local health department. And in a statement last week, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm strongly urged “people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”Read more: Why vaping could give you cavitiesWhat we know about vaping and respiratory healthE-cigarettes have only been available in the US for a little over a decade and, during that time, have gone largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, there’s a huge amount of variability in the market. Together, these two things make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the respiratory effects of vaping. That said, here’s what we know so far: E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than tobacco cigarettes and are considered safer in many respects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaping is not without respiratory risks — especially in people who have no prior history of smoking. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzed all the available research on the public health consequences of e-cigarettes — more than 800 peer-reviewed studies — it concluded that, “studies examining the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the development of chronic respiratory symptoms are completely lacking due to the newness of the product.” The jury is still out on whether vaping causes lung disease, but early research points to potential other problems. Canva However, it did find “conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarette products contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances” like acetaldehyde, acrolein, diacetyl and formaldehyde, which have all been linked to lung disease. And that exposing lungs to these substances could potentially damage the respiratory system or worsen pre-existing lung disease. Although NASEM was unable to identify any research on whether or not vaping causes respiratory diseases, it did find moderate evidence of a link between vaping and increased coughing and wheezing in teens, as well as an increase in asthma exacerbations.Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns, but preliminary research — and the lack of federal oversight — has health organizations like the American Lung Association concerned. “The e-cigarettes currently in the US marketplace have not been systemically reviewed by the FDA to determine their impact on lung health,” the ALA says. “While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of these products, the ALA is very troubled by the evolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.”Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction experts The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 2:19 How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs At least 24 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related respiratory issues since July — many of them young adults. Canva Health concerns over vaping intensify after state and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for suspected vaping-related respiratory issues. Most of the patients admitted to a hospital have reported similar symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue that worsened over time. Some patients also reportedly experienced fever, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. (The FDA is also investigating 120-plus reports of seizures after vaping. Check out this timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies.)In Minnesota, some of these individuals had to be hospitalized for multiple weeks, including stints in the intensive care unit. An 18-year-old man in Florida suffered a collapsed lung after vaping. One Wisconsin man in his 20s even had to be placed in a medically induced coma. It’s unclear at this time whether all patients will fully recover.In a statement issued over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that officials are working with the departments of health in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to investigate these “severe” pulmonary illnesses. Additional states have notified the CDC of more possible cases and investigations are ongoing. According to the CDC, says “there is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.”Read more: Why vaping is so addictive, according to doctors Wellness Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags Comments Share your voice
Tim Cook will on Wednesday inaugurate a development centre for digital maps in Hyderabad and introduce an accelerator programme for iOS developers in Bengaluru, a source privy to the Apple CEO’s first official multiday visit to India told Bloomberg.Indications weren’t clear if any talk on opening Apple’s first retail store in the country is scheduled. Another source said Cook’s widely-reported meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi wasn’t finalised yet, as the week will also witness results from five state Assembly elections. CNN Money noted that Modi had met Cook during his visit to Silicon Valley in the U.S. in September 2015.Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Simon Chan noted that Apple isn’t even among the top 10 in terms of smartphone market share in India. Samsung, Micromax and Lenovo are the top three.The $234-billion company’s market share in India is a mere 2 percent. However, in the first three months of the year, India registered a record 56 percent rise in iPhone sales, while globally the company saw its first ever fall in the same period, said Reuters. “I’m encouraged by the results that we’re beginning to see there, and believe there’s a lot, lot more. I view India as where China was maybe seven to 10 years ago from that point of view, and I think there’s a really great opportunity there,” Bloomberg quoted Cook as saying in a latest earnings call.While the rest of the smartphone markets in the world are saturated and seeing decline in new phone sales, India remains the world’s second-largest market by volume, and under-penetrated, said the news agency. Incidentally, Apple is the world’s second-biggest smartphone-maker, said CNN.However, Apple’s pricing of phones in India may be a big deterrent, noted IDC, the research firm. It told Bloomberg that while Apple’s cheapest iPhone, the SE, is priced Rs. 26,600, predictions for the average cost of phones in India in 2018 was expected to slump to Rs. 6,800 â€” half of the world average.Smartphone sales in India rose by 5.2 percent in a year’s time to reach 23.5 million units in the last financial year. Market estimates say the country will clock 1 billion smartphone sales in next five years.India retail entry apart, Apple wants the key issue of India accepting its import of refurbished iPhones in the country to be sorted out. While it also wants to know the benefits Apple could get by bringing assembly and manufacturing to the country selling its Make in India initiative.
Reliance Communication Chairman Anil Ambani announced that his company has “virtually” merged with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is owned by his elder brother Mukesh Ambani.Reliance Communication and Reliance Jio have agreements to trade and share spectrum. According to a report in the Economic Times, the two telecoms have synced their network operating centres, optic-fibre service contracts and network maintenance functions.”As far as our 100 million customers are concerned, as far as our one million retailers are concerned, as far as our employees are concerned and as far as our vendors and partners are concerned, there is already been a virtual merger of the two organisations (RCom and Jio),” Ambani told shareholders at RCom’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.Following the announcement, the Reliance Communication stock was trading at Rs 48. 30 at around 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday, up 0.63 percent from its previous close. On the other hand shares of Reliance Industries (parent of Jio) were trading at Rs 1,092.35 apiece, down 1.63 percent on the BSE.However, a Reliance group official later clarified that Anil Ambani was not hinting at any legal merger. “The two companies are not merging,” the official told publications.In other news, Reliance Communication and Reliance Jio among other telecom firms have been declared qualified to bid for airwaves during the upcoming spectrum auction. Reliance Jio can bid in any licensed service area across India, while Reliance Communication can bid anywhere except for the northeast region and Assam. Reliance Jio has deposited the highest earnest money of Rs 6,500 crore.
Three Dhaka University (DU) students, who were handed over to police from Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall on Tuesday morning on charge of spreading rumours on Facebook, were released in the afternoon, reports UNB.The students are Tariqul Islam of mathematics department, Mashiur Rahman Sadik of institute of information and communication technology and Zobaidul Haque Rony of physics department.Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly beat them up and handed over to the police over the allegation of spreading rumours.They were released around 4:00pm after students under the banner of ‘students against repression’ went to the proctor and demanded his step to release the detainees.The proctor assured them of taking steps to this end and later, the trio was freed.Officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station Abul Hasan said they released the students as they did not find any evidence of spreading rumours against them.
Twelve people were killed and another 25 injured on Saturday when the bus they were traveling in careened off a road in a coastal region of western Ecuador, officials said.“So far there are 25 injured…and 12 people died as a result of the traffic accident,” a rescue agency said in a statement.The accident occurred at around 2:00 pm local time (1900 GMT) on the Jipijapa highway, in the area known as “Las Americas” of the Manabi province, according to a report from the Ecuadorian Traffic Commission.Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in the Andean country.Last week, a frontal collision between two buses in the neighboring province of Guayas left 11 dead and 54 wounded.
This combination of pictures created on 17 March shows a 13 March file photo of US president Donald Trump (L) at the White House in Washington, DC; and a 13 December 2017 file photo of US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo AFPUS president Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his authority Friday after US media reported that his deputy attorney general had discussed ways to force him from office on grounds of incompetence, just months into his presidency.In the latest bombshell to rock the troubled administration, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 had suggested secretly recording Trump for evidence of White House dysfunction—and using that to formally remove him from power.Coming on the heels of an explosive book by respected White House chronicler Bob Woodward, the reports added to mounting evidence indicating that numerous people in Trump’s own government have serious doubts about his fitness for office—and have actively worked to undermine him.As the number two Justice Department official, Rosenstein oversees the probe into whether Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians in defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.The Time and Post reports were both based on secret memos by a former FBI director—which some speculated may have been leaked in order to undermine Rosenstein, and in turn the Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller.Rosenstein branded the reports “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”“I never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false,” he added.And the Justice Department released a statement by a former senior official—who would not be identified—saying that he was “in the room” at the time and that Rosenstein was only joking.“The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president,” said the former official.Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr held up the reports as evidence of disloyalty among the president’s entourage.“Who are we kidding at this point?” he tweeted, above a link to the Times article. “No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump.”Trump’s Republican ally Mike Huckabee meanwhile urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Rosenstein—or for Trump to fire them both if he refuses.Washington was convulsed this month by the release of Woodward’s book on the inner workings of the White House—which he described as mired in a perpetual “nervous breakdown” with staff battling to control an unstable president.Compounding Woodward’s account, The New York Times went on to publish an op-ed by an anonymous senior official—whose identity remains a mystery—claiming that select administration staff members are so alarmed by the president’s “erratic” and “amoral” behavior that they actively sabotage his most extreme policy efforts.“We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the writer said.Mueller probe threatened?The latest reports were based on private memos written by then-interim FBI director Andrew McCabe, summarizing discussions with Rosenstein.Because Rosenstein oversees the Russia probe, there was immediate speculation that the memos may have been leaked in order to damage Rosenstein, and by extension Mueller—more than to hurt Trump.Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the special counsel for the Russia investigation.After securing convictions of seven people associated with Trump, Mueller’s probe increasingly threatens the White House and the president himself.Trump has repeatedly pressured Rosenstein and Sessions to shut down what he calls an illegal “witch hunt.”The president did not respond specifically to the shock news reports, but at a political rally in Missouri late Friday he referred to “what’s being exposed at the Department of Justice and the FBI.”“You have some real bad ones. You see what’s happening at the FBI – they’re all gone, they’re all gone,” he said.“There’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too,” Trump finished.Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, immediately sought to pre-empt any attempt to fire Rosenstein.“This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order (to) install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation,” Schumer said.The Times said Rosenstein made the comments in a particularly chaotic period, in the weeks right after he was appointed deputy attorney general.Rosenstein’s alleged allusion to the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for removing a president if they are judged unfit for office, came just after Trump fired FBI director James Comey—invoking a memo written by Rosenstein.According to the Times, Rosenstein was unhappy about being “used” by Trump in the firing of Comey, as well as concerned about other turmoil in the White House under the new president.
Police have detained a madrasa teacher in Fatulla of Narayanganj city for allegedly trying to sexually assault a student, reports UNB.The detainee is Nizam Uddin, 25, a teacher of Ramarbagh Hafizia Madrasa.The victim’s mother said Nizam tried to commit sexual assault on the boy, 12, on Saturday and Sunday when he was asleep at night.He disclosed the matter to his mother when she went to visit him on Monday.Following a complaint, police detained the madrasa teacher around 10:00pm, said sub-inspector Fazlul Haque of Fatulla model police station.However, Nizam denied the allegation, saying the student fabricated the story as he asked him to study attentively.