Five-Star Wide Receiver Narrows Options, Includes Oklahoma State

first_imgFive-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall has narrowed his options to 11 schools, he announced on social media this week. The Bossier City, Louisiana native with 22 offers cut his list in half, naming Miami, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, OSU, OU, North Carolina and UCLA. 6-foot-4, 200-pound 2018 recruit, Marshall has been on Oklahoma State’s radar for well over a year. The Cowboys offered him at the same time period that they extended an offer to Keondre Wudtee — now a current OSU quarterback. Wudtee and Marshall were a dynamic QB/WR duo, and it seems OSU is trying to parlay that connection into stealing one of the best receivers in the country. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Check out some of the highlights from Wudtee’s senior season. The connection between he and Marshall (No. 80 — the guy who catches almost every pass). Also a reminder: Keondre Wudtee is going to be a very fun quarterback.last_img read more

Watch: It’s Never Too Early for an OSU Football Hype Video

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re closing in on two months before college football starts. You know what that means. We all still have time to grow out our mullets before the season opener.And with Mason Rudolph and all of his weapons returning, we’re chock full of grandiose expectations and as excited for fall as ever.But if you want to add a little more hype to your weekend (who wouldn’t?) take a gander at this clip. It’s sure to whet your appetite for college football.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Porter, Cunningham Chat About the Pokes’ 59-24 Win

first_imgCarson Cunningham and Kyle Porter are live on the postgame show discussing Tyron Johnson, Mason Rudolph’s 300-yard performance, James Washington’s ridiculous showing, all those running backs … and mostly Tyron Johnson.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘The ref favoured Brazil!’ – Mexico fumes at officials & Neymar

first_imgWorld Cup ‘The referee favoured Brazil’ – Osorio furious at officiating and ‘actor’ Neymar Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Mexico Brazil referee World Cup 2018 020718 Getty World Cup Mexico Brazil v Mexico Brazil The coach was frustrated by the number of fouls given when Brazil’s forwards went to ground, while defending his side’s showing in Samara Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the refereeing during his side’s World Cup last-16 defeat at the hands of Brazil. Having matched the Selecao for the first 45 minutes, Mexico came unstuck after the break in Samara . Neymar swooped from close range to open the scoring, before forcing a late rebound that was turned home by Roberto Firmino to seal a 2-0 victory.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar It marks the seventh consecutive World Cup that El Tri have exited at the last-16 stage, despite making a brilliant start in Russia by toppling champions Germany. But Osorio turned his ire on referee Gianluca Rocchi, whom he accused of leaning towards the Brazil side in his decisions. “I think the officiating totally favored the Brazilians,” the Colombian fired to Telemundo  after the final whistle. “It looked to me like their forwards were always looking for the contact and the foul and the referee always protected them. I think the officiating got too involved.”Neymar was another man to feel Osorio’s wrath after finding himself in the thick of the action on Sunday.  “Unfortunately, it’s a shame we wasted a lot of time because of one single player,” he fired”This is a real shame for football. We lost our style in the second half, due to the referee’s style of too many stoppages and my players got tired of that situation.Neymar Brazil Mexico World Cup 2018 020718“There was a situation where there was a four-minute stoppage and that’s a poor example for the world of football and all the children.”It’s a strong sport, a man’s sport and I think there shouldn’t be so much acting.”Despite going out once more in the fourth game of the World Cup, Osorio believes his charges can be proud of their campaign and how it ended.”When you compare the possession against Brazil we had 53 percent against 47 percent, it looked to me the game was very even and it was decided in the penalty area,” he added. “You have to remember that the second goal was at the very end of the game.”Mexico gave a good account, stood toe to toe, but we didn’t have the efficiency in the final third that they sure do in the final third.”Mexico started well, we had a good start, but unfortunately we didn’t finish our chances well, and when you face a team with that quality up front you’re always in danger of them finding the game.”last_img read more

SriLankan Airlines denies claims of suffering major losses

The effect of this, coupled with the acceptance of several new (and expensive) aircraft, a depreciation of the Rupee and other currencies against the USD (the majority of airline costs are in USD) saw a weakening of the balance sheet. Contrary to reports in the press, the management of SriLankan Airlines pointed out today that since the unity Government was formed, the airline’s losses have been dramatically reduced. The airline says that Rs. 91.8 billion in losses suffered between 2011 and 2015 had reduced to a fraction of this colossal number by 2017.A statement by the airline said that a fuel price reduction of 2015 saw a drop in ticket prices that did not recover when fuel increased again. The runway re-surfacing project at Colombo Airport, which was absolutely necessary, also forced the national carrier to cancel over 600 flights, equivalent to two entire weeks of scheduled services, in the first three months of 2017. These factors combined to worsen the performance of what could have been a successful financial year in 2016/17. Further restructuring is required in order to reduce the cost base and make the company competitive in this extremely challenging market.The Directors and management team are confident that with the support of the shareholder, the recovery of the national airline will continue and the positive trend will be further improved upon. (Colombo Gazette) The airline says it continues to pay a heavy price for the extremely high lease rental agreements entered into by the previous government. The cost of terminating the leases on four A350-900 aircraft that were grossly overpriced and completely unsuitable for the national carrier, imposed a further burden on the airline. (One-off items in table above).The airline is now undergoing a modest recovery in revenues and is about to launch significant regional expansion. Three new destinations in India, direct flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou and a long awaited non-stop service to Australia are all planned in the coming months. read more

US based Tamil diaspora group calls for probe on TNA

Tamils for Trump says it is imperative to investigate the bank statements of the TNA Parliamentarians and their relatives since 2010. (Colombo Gazette) However the diaspora group claims the TNA has abstained from conversing with the US, the EU, and India, but are instead conversing with the Sinhalese. “These Tamil MPs have abandoned the North-East merger, federalism and instead have enabled a foremost place for Sinhala Buddhism. Presently we have learned that these MPs were consulting in return for their parliamentary votes, supporting the Government’s legislation for 2 Million rupees. This is a payoff — a bribe. No Tamil party has ever done this, except Tamil paramilitary groups,” Tamils for Trump claimed. A US based Tamil diaspora group has called for an investigation on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).The ‘Tamils for Trump’ organisation said that the TNA was elected to Parliament get bring in North-East merged federalism for Tamils by conversing with the US, the EU, and India, so that Tamils can live safely and securely in a Tamil Homeland in the North-East. read more

UN chief deeply regrets Bahraini courts decision to uphold sentences against political

“He reiterates his firm belief that the only way to promote peace, stability, justice and prosperity in Bahrain is through a national dialogue which addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis, and in which all communities can participate freely, without fear or intimidation,” the spokesperson added in a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.“The Secretary-General calls on all Bahrainis to contribute to creating a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for such a dialogue to begin as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said, noting that the UN chief also calls on the Government of Bahrain to follow through on its recently reiterated commitment to judicial reform. In early 2012, the Gulf country experienced clashes between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged there. In June 2011, the King of Bahrain had established the so-called Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate incidents that occurred during the country’s unrest.According to media reports, the 20 activists involved in the Court of Cassation’s decision – made on Monday – were among opposition leaders and others originally convicted by a special military tribunal in 2011 of plotting to overthrow the State, and had been sentenced to between five years and life in jail.All 20 were reported to have lost an appeal in a civilian court last September, and the appeal court’s decision yesterday upheld their convictions – although only 13 of them had appealed, with the remaining seven tried in absentia because they were out of the country or in hiding.Earlier Tuesday, addressing reporters in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, expressed disappointment over Bahrain’s decision to uphold the convictions of the 13 pro-democracy activists in spite of concerns raised by an independent human rights panel and appeals by the international community.“We regret that Bahrain’s highest court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 activists for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations, after two years of trials and despite the conclusions of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the appeals by the international community concerning the judicial procedure and allegations of torture,” Ms. Pouilly said.“These persons are political and human rights activists and we are concerned they may have been wrongly convicted for legitimate activities. We are also concerned by the extreme harshness of some of the sentences, including imprisonment for life,” she added.At the news briefing, the OHCHR spokesperson also condemned the arbitrary detention of the Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Said Yousif Al-Muhafdhah, who was arrested on 17 December 2012 while monitoring a protest in the capital, Manama. Mr. Al-Muhafdhah was also sending messages on the online platform Twitter about attacks on protesters and posted a picture of a demonstrator wounded during the protest. According to the UN agency, the case is expected to be reviewed by the public prosecution office on Wednesday.“We call on the Bahraini authorities to release him immediately,” Ms. Pouilly said. read more

Road to Dignity by 2030 UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development

“Next year, 2015, will herald an unprecedented opportunity to take far-reaching, long-overdue global action to secure our future well-being,” Mr. Ban said as he called on Member States to be “innovative, inclusive, agile, determined and coordinated” in negotiating the agenda that will succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN-backed effort to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, promote education, especially for girls, fight disease and protect the environment, all by 2015.In an informal briefing to the 193-Member Assembly, the UN chief presented his synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet, alongside the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa who also addressed delegates, describing the process of intergovernmental negotiations that fed into the report’s compilation to set the stage for agreement on the new framework at a September 2015 summit and stressing the “historical responsibility” States faced to deliver a transformative agenda.The synthesis report aims to support States’ discussions going forward, taking stock of the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and reviewing lessons from pursuit of the MDGs. It stresses the need to “finish the job” – both to help people now and as a launch pad for the new agenda.In the report’s conclusion, the Secretary-General issues a powerful charge to Member States, saying: “We are on the threshold of the most important year of development since the founding of the United Nations itself. We must give meaning to this Organization’s promise to ‘reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of the human person’ and to take the world forward to a sustainable future…[We] have an historic opportunity and duty to act, boldly, vigorously and expeditiously, to turn reality into a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind.”Never before has so broad and inclusive a consultation been undertaken on development, Mr. Ban told the Assembly today, referring to the consultations that followed Rio+20 [ the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development], adding that his synthesis report “looks ahead, and discusses the contours of a universal and transformative agenda that places people and planet at the centre, is underpinned by human rights, and is supported by a global partnership.”The coming months would see agreement on the final parameters of the post-2015 agenda and he stressed the need for inclusion of a compelling and principled narrative, based on human rights and dignity. Financing and other means of implementation would also be essential and he called for strong, inclusive public mechanisms for reporting, monitoring progress, learning lessons, and ensuring shared responsibility.He also welcomed the outcome produced by the Open Working Group, saying its 17 proposed sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets clearly expressed an agenda aiming at ending poverty, achieving shared prosperity, protecting the planet and leaving no one behind.Discussions of the Working Group had been inclusive and productive and he the Group’s proposal should form the basis of the new goals, as agreed by the General Assembly. The goals should be “focused and concise” to boost global awareness and country-level implementation, communicating clearly Member States’ ambition and vision.The synthesis report presented dignity, people, prosperity, the planet, justice and partnerships as an integrated set of “essential elements” aimed at providing conceptual guidance during discussions of the goals and Mr. Ban stressed that none could be considered in isolation from the others and that each was an integral part of the whole.“Implementation will be the litmus test of this agenda. It must be placed on a sound financial footing,” he said welcoming the work of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing and encouraging countries to scale up their efforts. The Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa next year would play a major role in outlining the means for implementation, and he stressed the “key role” national Governments would play in raising domestic revenue to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. Official development assistance (ODA) and international public funds, particularly for vulnerable countries, would also be vital to unlocking “the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources”, while private investment would be particularly important on projects related to the transition to low-carbon economies, improving access to water, renewable energy, agriculture, industry, infrastructure and transport. Implementation would also rely on bridging the technology gap, creating a new framework for shared accountability, and providing reliable data, which he called the “lifeblood of sound decision-making.”Stressing his commitment to ensuring the best outcome from the post-2015 process, he underlined the need for States to be guided by universal human rights and international norms, while remaining responsive to different needs and contexts in different countries. “We must embrace the possibilities and opportunities of the task at hand,” he said.In an earlier interview with the UN News Centre Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning stressed that one of the report’s main “takeaways” is that “by 2030 we can end poverty, we can transform lives and we can find ways to protect the planet while doing that.”“I think that’s important because we’re talking about a universal agenda where we’re going to leave no one behind. It’s not doing things by halves or by three-quarters, it’s about everyone mattering…To say you don’t want to leave anyone behind is to look to see who is the most vulnerable and smallest member of the family and what is it that we’re going to have to do to ensure that they’re not left behind, because that will be the litmus test and success of what we do.” Sustainable development goals Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts* Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversityloss Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development * Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. read more

Which came first The birth certificate or the letter of intent

If only Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez would have been born a few years later.The neighborhood home run king and future Los Angeles Dodger from “The Sandlot” could have avoided years of backyard stickball. These days, scouts clamor over teenagers with that much talent. By the age of 12, Rodriguez could have inked a full ride to the school of his choice.Coach Lane Kiffin arrived at his new school, USC, just in time to land one of the top recruiting classes in the nation last week. But Kiffin didn’t waste any time in locking up future classes either; he offered 13-year-old David Sills from Bear, Del., a scholarship.Just after placing the finishing touches on his 2010 recruiting class, Kiffin turned his attention to his 2015 group. Before the frosty, bleached tips of Sills’ hair could dry, the seventh-grader had locked up his collegiate future, though even he seems perplexed by the ridiculous ordeal.“This is so crazy and out of nowhere,” the 5-foot-11-inch “phenom” said.Plenty can happen in five years.Five years ago, Jack Bauer was busy capturing and interrogating terrorists.Five years ago, Tiger Woods was happily married and faithful to his wife, Elin. Well, maybe.Five years ago, Ohio State was sitting near the top of the college football world after defeating Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.Just ask Buckeye Nation, three BCS Bowl Game losses later, about how much can transpire over the course of half a decade.Five years from now, Sills may have thrown away his football career in favor of high school show choir.Five years from now, Sills may have derailed his academic career by crashing and burning on the ACT or SAT.Five years from now, Sills may be married to his high school prom date and have three kids, choosing to forgo college and obtain a 9-to-5 job in order to support his family.How can coaches and scouts accurately judge a kid who lacks developed muscles and has yet to hit his major growth spurt?Maybe coaches should at least wait until the prospect has suffered through his first outbreak of acne or until his voice deepens.This isn’t the first time that a little tyke has been hounded by scouts and offered the world, and it certainly won’t be the last.So much money is poured into stud fees in horse racing that it’s probably only a matter of time before this practice catches on with humans. An auction for the right to offer a scholarship to any potential children that Terrelle Pryor fathers could raise thousands.Before we know it, the era of male and female athletes joining together just to produce top-of-the-line athletes will be upon us.At the end of the day, Kiffin can rest easy, knowing who his quarterback will be five years from now. But maybe he should focus more on who will man the huddle for the Trojans until his middle-school sweetheart graduates. read more

Ohio State womens soccer set for weekend series against Iowa Nebraska

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Managing editor of contentWith only three games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is looking to make a push into the Big Ten tournament with a pair of home games this weekend against Iowa and Nebraska.The Buckeyes are 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten following a double overtime draw against then-No. 24 Michigan. With OSU ending three of its last four games with ties, coach Lori Walker said the team has learned how to overcome mistakes made on the field.“What we’ve tried to focus in on is, everybody’s going to make a mistake in a soccer game,” Walker said. “It’s how we respond to those mistakes that should gauge who we are.”Walker said the game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation in last Sunday’s game against Michigan was a prime example of the heart and character of the team.She added that along with maintaining their attack and possession, she’d like to see the Buckeyes apply more pressure defensively to limit the opponent’s chances of scoring.   “Clearly there’s still room for us to stop giving up at least one goal a game. That’s got to end at some point,” Walker said.Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso said the team isn’t allowing recent disappointments to distract it and is focusing instead on the effort given on the field.“We’ve gotten a lot of goals scored on us late, which is definitely demoralizing,” Paradiso said. “But we keep trying to ramp up the energy and keep being competitive so we don’t let that get the best of us.”Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the team has learned to rely less on individual play and more on working together as a unit over the recent stretch of games.“We’re definitely playing better soccer than what we were in the beginning,” Gruber said. “We’re combining more, not just trying to take on one-on-one ourselves.”With the season winding down and the Big Ten Tournament approaching, Paradiso said the Buckeyes will need to give it their all in the final games to qualify for the postseason.“We need these last three games to get us into the Big Ten tournament,” she said. “We’ve got to definitely play with a lot of heart and energy out there and leave it all on the field with no regrets.”OSU is scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

What is the polar vortex sweeping across the US and how did

first_img AS TUNDRA-LIKE temperatures and wind chills as cold as 70 below zero fan out across the United States, everyone is blaming the “polar vortex”.Polar vortexes, though, are nothing new. They occur seasonally at the North Pole, and their formation resembles that of hurricanes in more tropical regions: fast-moving winds build up around a calm center.Unlike a hurricane, these are freezing polar winds, circling the Arctic at more than 100 miles per hour. The spinning winds typically trap this cold air in the Arctic.Splits apartThe the problem comes when the polar vortex weakens or splits apart, essentially flinging these cold wind patterns out of the Arctic and into lower latitudes.NOAA scientists have suggested that warming temperatures in the Arctic may be responsible for the weakening of the polar vortex. When the vortex weakens, it’s more likely to break apart and become a factor in our winter weather.A 2009 vortex breakdown drove temperatures in parts of the Midwest down to -22F. Here’s a NASA illustration of the polar vortex (left) and it splitting in two (right):Click here to view a larger version. (Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)It won’t just feel like Arctic temperatures in parts of the United States this week — the weather system is actually Arctic air invading from the north.Of course, the idea that the polar vortex is responsible for the current cold snap is a strong theory, not a fact. As NOAA notes: “Many factors, including random chaos in the development of weather patterns, can produce such extreme winter events.”- Lauren F FriedmanRead: US prepares for ‘polar vortex’ which could plunge temperatures to -51 degrees Celsius > ‘Why is my iPhone battery yellow?’: How to enable an iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve battery WeWork founder Adam Neumann joked about changing the United States Constitution so he could run for president The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students After discussing layoffs to cut costs, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann treated employees to tequila shots and a private performance by a member of Run DMC last_img read more

Happy Birthday Jubilation Lee

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Some X-Men are impossible to nail down. Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee happens to be one of those heroes. She’s always been a character to strike out on her own. One that gets into the best and worst kind of shenanigans, but you go with the flow when it comes to her. She’s an impossible character pin, but an even fascinating character to talk about. For her birthday, let’s pay homage to our favorite mall rat and energy blast of sunshine, Jubilee.Created by creators Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilee was born in Beverly Hills, CA to wealthy immigrant parents. She was a natural gymnast and even thought about competing in the big games. She grew up with a pretty average life. As she was rollerblading through the mall with her friends, security spotted her and her friends. Each of them tried to get away as best they knew how, but Jubilee was cornered. Scared that she might go to jail or worse, her parents might find out, her powers manifested. She found that in her hands were light and energy combined. Jubes blasted the security guards and escaped. She came home to discover both her parents murdered. Sadly, her parents weren’t the intended targets of the hit. Jubes was crushed and sent away, but just like classic teenage fashion, she ran away to hide in the mall.Jubilee’s X-Men adventures don’t begin until The Uncanny X-Men #244, Ladies Night (1989). Some of our favorite X-Ladies of all time, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke and Dazzler, head to the mall and they come across a girl running from security (as always) with “fireworks” coming from her fingers. It doesn’t take long for the M-Squad, a group of mutant hunters, surround Jubilee and before capturing her Psylocke and the X-Ladies save her. Jubes finds herself curious about the ladies, so when they through a portal on their way back home, Jubes jumps after them, and that’s where the real adventure begins.Jubilee is one of those characters you can’t help but love. There’s not a bad thing that you can say about Jubilee. If you say a wrong word about Jubilee, someone in a crowd might fight you. There’s something just so incredible and happy-go-lucky about Jubes that makes it all worthwhile and everytime she’s apart of an X-Men group, you can’t help but notice her first and get stocked she’s apart of the roster. One thing about Jubes that’s forever enthralling is her ever-changing outfits and her ever-changing powers.After M-Day, Jubilee’s powers didn’t work anymore. She was one of the many mutants that were affected by it. To gain powers and fight with the X-Men, she dawned a high-tech suit and became Wondra, joining the New Warriors. There was also the time, she also once became a vampire. Yeah, let that soak in for a little bit. Yet that was one of my favorite arcs with Jubilee cause it came out of nowhere, but it worked so oddly into her storyline that you can just go with it and quickly move past it. These days, Jubilee is a mother to Shogo, a baby boy she brought back with her from Budapest. She’s also gained back her pyrotechnic powers thanks to Quentin Quire’s sacrifice.For Jubilee, there’s so much to get into comic wise. Again, she’s been such an important part of X-Men comics for a long time. If I had to suggest some beginning things to start with for her, I’d love to suggest her very first issue The Uncanny X-Men #244. After that, The Initiative: New Warriors (2007), Wolverine and Jubilee (2011), Curse of the Mutants (2016) (Vampires, I’m warning you now), Generation X and of course, my all-time favorite run of X-Men with Jubilee in it, X-Men (2013).In addition to that, Jubilee has FINALLY graced our screens and video games! All the 80s and 90s kids remember Jubilee in the X-Men: Animated Series voiced by Alyson Court. Court also voiced Jubilee in Spider-Man: The Animated Series as a guest star. She also starred in X-Men: Evolution voiced by Chiara Zanni. The biggest we’ve seen of Jubilee is her roles in the X-Men movies. She’s been played by a couple of different actresses in the franchise up until X-Men: Apocalypse. In X-Men, she was played by Katrina Florece. In X2 and X-Men the last stand; Kea Wong was in the role. However, Apocalypse changed all that with Lana Condor playing our beloved little firework. Hopefully, we see more of Jubilee in future films as an addition to an excellent time, but only time will tell.There’s no one like Jubes. She’s such a bright spot in the messiness that is X-Men. You can’t help but smile when you see her grace the panels. This new mum has her work cut out with her with a new baby on her back and being a part of the school now. It’s only a matter of time until we get some more Jubilee on our comic shelves, hopefully with her own series once again. Let’s raise our sparklers to Jubes. Happy birthday to our little firework and the cutest little mall rat to occupy our hearts. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

State business advocacy group lists CRC project as a top transportation priority

first_imgA business advocacy group listed the Columbia River Crossing among the state’s top infrastructure needs in a report released today. The Association of Washington Business, or AWB, issued its report on transportation infrastructure in Washington as part of its legislative day in Olympia. The AWB focused on funding, regulation, environmental mitigation and other factors as they relate to business and commerce. In addition to the CRC, the report identified projects on state Highway 520 in Seattle, state Highway 167 in King and Pierce counties, and the North South Freeway in Spokane, as “critical to business growth.”The $3.5 billion CRC would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge connecting Vancouver and Portland, extend light rail into Vancouver and rebuild the freeway on both sides of the river.last_img read more

Source of Shishmaref Sheen Remains Unknown Locals Work to Absorb Substance

first_imgLocal responders in Shishmaref are working to absorb the oily sheen discovered off the island’s north coast last week. The source of the substance remains unknown.Download AudioRichard Kuzuguk is with the Shishmaref Environmental Program. He said a gasoline-like odor from the sheen can be smelt throughout the community.“You can smell the odor from the Native Store to the other store, which is three-quarters of the village’s length as far as houses,” said Kuzuguk.Last Thursday June 5, 2014 Shishmaref’s Village Public Safety Officer Barret Eningowak reported “a sheen on the nearshore icepack” to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The next day a team from the DEC, the Coast Guard, and Spill Response Coordinator Emerald Alaska arrived on the island to investigate.Paul Lhotka is an Environmental Program Specialist with the DEC and said the sheen “looked to us to be some type of weathered petroleum product, such as a gasoline or a diesel.”Contaminated nearshore sea ice. (Photo courtesy Barret Eningowak, DEC)Lhotka said no source has been identified and no volume estimation of the product has been calculated. However, a situation report estimates the sheen covers a 1,200 foot area of near-shore ice.Closeup of absorbent pad collecting product. (Photo courtesy Barret Eningowak, DEC)U.S. Coast Guard Chief Eric Vogel with the Incident Management Division at Sector Anchorage said this ice is hindering clean-up efforts. Local responders are maintaining an absorbency boom and pads along the coast of the affected area to soak up and confine the substance. But with the ice in break up, responders cannot venture more than five feet offshore by foot or skiff to absorb the product.“Responders are unable to work out on the ice,” Vogel explained, “so most of the recovery operations are from shore—the absorbent boom and pads that are anchored to the shore with rebar and passively collecting this emulsified oil.”DEC’s Lhotka said the ice is thawing at a rapid rate and should be melted in a few days. Both Lhotka and Kuzuguk said “no known wildlife impacts” have resulted from the sheen.Samples of the oily substance are being shipped to the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in Connecticut. They are being compared to petroleum samples from the Shishmaref tank farm.The Coast Guard personnel are returning to Shishmaref this Friday June 13, 2014 to continue their investigation.last_img read more

Trautman Aims To Make Voting Simpler Faster

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:51 Listen Diane Trautman campaignDiane Trautman is Harris County’s Clerk elect.This week, Harris County voters chose a new official to oversee future elections. Democrat Diane Trautman defeated incumbent Republican Stan Stanart in his bid for a third term as Harris County clerk.Trautman has been a vocal opponent of Texas’ voter ID law. While a county clerk can’t change the law, she can implement it in a way that makes it easier to vote.“One of the things I’m sure she’ll be looking at is ways to speed up the check in, where there are people who don’t have traditional driver’s licenses to be scanned and bring in other pieces of identification that are perfectly legitimate,” says Bob Stein, a professor of political science at Rice University.One of Trautman’s proposals is to set up county election centers. Voters would be able to vote at any location, not only during early voting, but also on Election Day.Stein says unless Trautman can speed up the lines soon, the problem will only get worse. That’s because Texas is eliminating straight-ticket voting in 2020.last_img read more

How One Houstonian Almost Lost Everything When It Was His Word Against

first_img But every legal action failed as weeks passed.In Houston, Isabel’s kids missed their dad as she tried to comfort them.“When my son woke up in the morning he was asking, ‘Dad didn’t give me a kiss… Where is Daddy because he didn’t give me kiss?” Isabel said. “Remembering those words from him, that breaks my heart.”  Elvin was transferred to detention centers in San Antonio, Wisconsin and Illinois, which isn’t uncommon. In jail, he said there was a two-day delay whenever he asked for pain reliever. He said he spent a lot of time hungry, too, but the worst pain was psychological. “I spent day and night crying,” Elvin said. Locked away in a tiny cell in an Illinois county jail, his mind was racing. At this point, several weeks had passed, and he was still facing deportation. “It’s all over,” he said he would say to himself. “What am I going to do now? They’re going to send me to my country. My kids are going to stay here. Who is going to help them?”A rare case?In some ways, Elvin’s case is unique.Julie Pasch, an attorney with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, said that she’s never seen anybody with his background be erroneously put in expedited removal proceedings. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening, she said.“What’s concerning me is that if this is happening to him, how many other people is it happening to [who] didn’t have access to an attorney, who didn’t have the chance to push back?” U.S. Department of Homeland Security data compiled by the American Immigration CouncilThe use of expedited removal has grown since it was first created in 1996.Pasch also said that she frequently sees errors in immigration documents coming from the border zone.“Finding either outright falsifications or errors — and often time it’s difficult to tell which — on documents prepared by Customs and Border Protection is extremely common,” Pasch said. She said that she’s seen a high percentage of clients with errors on their documents. For example, she often talks with clients with paperwork that says they were coming to the U.S. to work, when the client says they actually left out of fear for their lives. Asylum laws protect people with fears of returning to their home countries because of violence. Economic strife is not protected, so having incorrect documentation could impact the outcome of someone’s asylum claim. Pasch also said it’s important to consider that the border zone is a special place where immigration officials have more powers.“There is so little protection built into the system, particularly for expedited removal, which happens within 100 miles of the border. The American Civil Liberties Union has termed that the ‘constitution-free zone’ and I think this case really demonstrates that,” said Pasch. Expedited removal was rolled out in 1997 to speed up the processing of undocumented migrants found at the border. Its use has since expanded to apply to any undocumented person found within the 100-mile border zone who entered the country within 14 days. In 2017, expedited removal was used to deport over 103,000 migrants, according to Department of Homeland Security data.It looked like Elvin would be another one of the thousands deported through expedited removal.National Immigrant Justice CenterAfter being released from detention, Elvin (center) stands with National Immigrant Justice Center lawyers (left to right), Guadalupe Perez, Hannah Cartwright, Hena Mansori and Chuck Roth.One last shotIn Houston, Isabel had gone through all their savings, and she couldn’t make rent. Now midway through her pregnancy, she was rejected when she asked for work. With no income and now no savings, they had to abandon most of their furniture and belongings and quickly move away from Houston. “I know it’s something material, but it’s something that we work a lot to get,” Isabel said. “I cried when I saw all my things outside of the house.”Their only option was to move in with Isabel’s family in Tucson, Arizona.All was lost, they thought.Courtesy of ElvinElvin reunites with wife and kids at a bus station in Tucson after he is released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention.Then some lawyers from the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center filed a special motion after learning about Elvin’s case. Days before his flight to Honduras, they showed a federal judge proof Elvin had been living here: his marriage certificate, tax returns, a credit card statement and other documents.The judge cancelled his deportation.“I was really really happy that I screamed,” Isabel said. Nearly two months had passed, but Elvin was released mid-February. He took a bus to Arizona to their family’s new temporary home. Isabel took her kids to the bus terminal without saying they would be reunited with her dad. “I saw the bus when it parked in the parking lot and I said, ‘Stand up to see if there’s someone familiar to you,’” she said.  Her two kids finally recognized Elvin and ran towards their dad to hug him. They may have lost their home, but they didn’t lose their family. Courtesy of ElvinElvin embraces his two kids after being in immigrant detention for two months.Isabel was expecting her third child with her husband Elvin when their lives unexpectedly started to unravel. Elvin, a welder living in Houston, went to Laredo last December to scout out a job opportunity. On his way back home, his bus stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. These checkpoints within the 100-mile zone of the border allow for immigration authorities to question anybody about their legal status, even though they’re not at a port of entry. Immigration officials detained Elvin, who’s undocumented and from Honduras.They took him to what’s referred to in Spanish as a hielera or “icebox”, a Customs and Border Protection holding facility.“They put you in a extremely cold room,” said Elvin in Spanish.Elvin said officers questioned him for hours. He refused to talk at first, since he didn’t have a lawyer with him. Officials came forward with paperwork and a photo of another Honduran man with his same name who had already been deported, according to Elvin. He said that wasn’t him — they were wrong. Then, border agents came to Elvin with other questions, like if he drove an Infiniti and had a pending immigration petition.Elvin said, yes, that was him. He did have an petition.“I’ve never been deported,” said Elvin. “I’ve lived in this country since 2007.” But in documents shared with Houston Public Media, Border Patrol agents wrote down that Elvin said he crossed the river into the U.S. near Laredo five days prior, on December 15, 2018. Courtesy of ElvinIsabel, two months pregnant, with her husband Elvin and their two kids.People who have crossed the border within 14 days can be ordered deported through what’s called “expedited removal.”That specific timing is crucial in the world of immigration enforcement.It’s a way to speed up the deportation of people who have recently entered by taking away their right to appeal their deportation. But Elvin hadn’t recently crossed the border, so he shouldn’t have been eligible for expedited removal, according to federal immigration rules. And Elvin had a strong case for staying legally in the United States and the right to plead his case before a judge: he has two citizen children, his wife is protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and his father is a U.S. citizen. As he discussed with border officers, Elvin already had a petition pending to gain legal status. Houston Public Media reached out to Customs and Border Protection for comment and they have not responded. After refusing to sign any papers, Elvin was locked away and sent to a detention center in San Antonio. Back in Houston, Isabel didn’t hear from him for five days until she finally received a call from him: her husband was in trouble. Using their family savings, Isabel spent thousands on an immigration lawyer.Battling pregnancy symptoms like dizziness and nausea, Isabel rushed around town to get papers to prove her husband had been living in Houston. “I [felt] dizzy and I still had to drive to go see the lawyer. It happened twice I had to stop in the middle of the freeway,” said Isabel. X Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /04:02last_img read more

Body of missing man found in Salt lake

first_imgKolkata: The body of a missing rickshaw-puller was found from roadside swamp at Polenite in Salt Lake Sector V on Monday afternoon.Some local residents saw the body on the bank of the swamp and informed the Electronics Complex police station. According to sources, the person identified as Uttam Ghosh (37), a resident of Barokopat area in Polenite was missing since Friday. His father Biswanath lodged a missing complaint at the police station on Saturday. During investigation sleuths could not find any clues to trace Uttam’s location. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Monday, some residents sense a foul smell and tried to find its source. When they went to the swamp they saw Uttam’s body but could not recognise as the bode was in a decomposed state. Later Biswanath identified the body at the Bidhannagar Sub-Divisional Hospital. Police said that Uttam was a habitual drinker. Sources informed earlier in several occasions he was found lying on the road in heavily drunk condition. Though police are probing the case from all possible angles but during preliminary investigation no foul play could be noticed. No injury marks were visible when the body was recovered. Sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the cause of death.last_img read more

Air New Zealand commits to two more Boeing 7879 Dreamliners

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Air New Zealand has today announced plans to take delivery of two additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.These two additional aircraft are expected to be delivered in late 2017 and the latter half of 2018 respectively and will take the total number of Dreamliners in the fleet to 12.Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon announced the fleet investment at an event in Sydney this week.“This investment is possible as a result of our strong commercial results.  As the airline’s commercial performance continues to improve, we are focussed on reinvesting our profits directly back into the business on products, services and fleet to further enhance the customer experience and to ensure the business remains strong and competitive,” Mr Luxon said.“Air New Zealand is very committed to the Boeing 787-9.  The aircraft is a key component in our growth strategy.  These new aircraft will provide us with additional flexibility as we move forward with our growth plans.”Earlier this year Air New Zealand became the first airline in the world to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9 and the airline first operated the aircraft to Sydney followed by scheduled services to Perth, Shanghai and most recently Tokyo.“The entry into service programme has gone very smoothly and we’ve been incredibly pleased with the aircraft’s performance.  Feedback from customers has also been very positive with many commenting on the cabin fit out, our new inflight product and entertainment system,” Mr Luxon said.The aircraft is a game-changer for the airline with increased levels of fuel efficiency and passenger comfort through a raft of on board technologies.last_img read more

Real Journeys a privately owned tourism business

first_imgReal Journeys, a privately owned tourism business with operations from Queenstown to Stewart Island, has announced a new convention and events centre to be built near Queenstown by 2020.The convention centre is the second stage of a NZ$20 million development at Walter Peak High Country Farm, which will also include a restaurant, in a restored heritage building seating up to 150 people.“It’s such a stunning natural alpine environment at Walter Peak that our event facility will probably be more of a retreat,” said Real Journeys director of product development, Matthew Day.He said the venue would be a combination of heritage and architectural buildings set in cottage gardens, with lake and mountain views.A large new amphitheatre, seating up to 400 people, is part of the first stage of the development, to be built in time for next season’s Walter Peak Farm tour demonstrations.“We know people work better in a beautiful environment so we wanted something away from the hustle bustle where they can unplug, reflect and totally focus on the event,” said Day.Real Journeys has also added a new fleet of transportation at Walter Peak: the Ubco electric trail bike.Designed in New Zealand, the dual electric-drive trail bike has a lightweight frame and powerful near-silent motor in each wheel that provide complete control for an off-road adventure at Walter Peak.last_img read more