Colin Cowherd Asked Urban Meyer If This Will Be Michigan’s Breakthrough Season

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)This will be Jim Harbaugh’s fifth season at Michigan, and many feel the time is now to finally do two things: beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten.Harbaugh is 0-4 against the Buckeyes, with all of those matchups featuring Urban Meyer on the OSU sideline. Twice, Meyer’s team beat the Wolverines with a berth in the Big Ten title game on the line.Meyer isn’t coaching this year, but he knows this Michigan team well. Appearing on The Herd this afternoon, Meyer was asked by host Colin Cowherd if 2019 will finally be the breakthrough season for the Maize and Blue.Meyer slyly sidestepped a definitive answer to the question, but did offer high praise for the Michigan offensive line (“the best they’ve had [under Harbaugh]”), offensive line coach Ed Warinner and the UM wide receivers (“three legitimate high draft picks”). He added that the key for Michigan will be the transition from a Pro Style offense to a spread-based attack..@ColinCowherd: Is this the year Jim Harbaugh and Michigan finally breakthrough?@OSUCoachMeyer on his former rivals’ upcoming season…— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 1, 2019All in all, Meyer’s assessment is pretty accurate. Michigan is big and experienced up front, they have Nico Collins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black on the outside and an experienced quarterback in Shea Patterson.On defense, they have to break in new starters, but defensive coordinator Don Brown is still one of the best in the business.In the first edition of the 2019 Coaches’ Poll, Michigan is ranked seventh.last_img read more

Magnetuck Magnetic Shirt Stays: Go Tuck Yourself

first_img Buzzed and Beautiful: The Best Short Hairstyles for Men Editors’ Recommendations 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date While our ranks remain somewhat divided here at The Manual on the subject of tucking versus untucking, we definitely all agree that when you do tuck, there’s nothing worse than gradually coming untucked. You know what we’re talking about — over the course of the day, as you lift your arms, sit down, bend over, and move like a normal human being, your shirt pulls out from your pants just a little bit and you slowly start to look like you’ve got a flabby muffin-top spilling out over the waistband of your trousers.Most guys just accept untucking as an unfortunate and unavoidable fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The good folks at Magnetuck have developed a stunningly simple solution to the dreaded phenomenon of untucking: magnets.That’s right, guys — magnets. The same things that adorn your refrigerator door can be used to keep you looking sharp. Except these ones are far more powerful. Each Magnetuck stay employs a pair of super-strong rare-earth magnets to ensure that you stay tucked all day, no matter what.Check out the video to see ’em in action! The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now last_img read more

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding’s Earnings at All-Time High

first_imgDespite having 9 vessels delivered in 2Q 2014 compared to 11 vessels in 2Q 2013, the shipbuilding related segment’s revenue contribution only decreased slightly by 3.2 % y-o-y to RMB 3.9 billion primarily due to the construction and delivery of the first batch of 10,000TEU containerships with higher contract prices.Shipbuilding business accounted for about 86% of this segment’s revenue for 2Q2014 (2Q2013: 91%).The shipbuilding related segment’s 2Q2014 revenue was also effectively supplemented by the trading business, the revenue of which accounted for approximately 12% of the segment’s revenue.With respect to the outlook, leveraging on the upswing of the shipping industry, the group wants to focus on shipbuilding business and has deployed more resources into R&D for better and more sophisticated vessels in order to strengthen its shipbuilding capabilities.In 1H2014, the group secured a total of 32 effective shipbuilding contracts amounting to US$1.4 billion, comprising of 3 units of 64,000DWT, 16 units of 82,000DWT, 3 units of 208,000DWT, and 4 units of 260,00DWT bulk carriers, along with 2 units of 1,100TEU, and 4 units of 10,000TEU containerships.Notably, the group secured an order for its largest ever bulk carriers, consisting of the four 260,000DWT very large ore carriers in June 2014, from its first Australian customer.Year to date, the Group has won the most new orders among the Chinese yards and its order size ranked No. 1 in terms of Compensated Gross Tonnage (CGT) in China.The current outstanding order book at the shipyard as of 30 June 2014 amounts to US$5.0 billion for 122 vessels and the yard capacity is expected to be highly utilized until the end of 2016. Mr Ren Yuanlin, Executive Chairman of Yangzijiang said,: “We are happy to deliver another good set of results for 2Q2014, and we will be striving to keep the strong growth momentum going.”“The shipping industry continues to be on a steady recovery track and we have observed that ship owners are enhancing their focus on vessels’ operational efficiencies. This has led to a rise in demand among the shipping industry for vessels that are more complex and larger. We aspire to maintain our leadership position and competitiveness by driving our innovation forward to better fulfill the needs of our long term customers,” he added.Press Release, August 6, 2014 zoom One of China’s top shipbuilders Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (YZJ) has recorded the strongest quarterly earnings of RMB 1.24 billion based on the shipbuilder’s latest results, up 52 % year on year.last_img read more

Human rights have been totally violated in Kashmir Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that human rights have been “totally violated” in Kashmir and urged people to pray for peace in the Valley. Banerjee, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, said she had once taken to the streets to protest against human rights violations. “Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in #Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in #Kashmir. “Human rights is a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups,” the CM tweeted.last_img read more

How Trump administration ignores Trump Presidential demands sometimes dismissed

first_imgWASHINGTON, Untited States – Something strange has been happening lately in Washington when the most powerful man in town, the president of the United States, makes a headline-grabbing declaration on some new policy.The recent response has been: Nothing.Some recent presidential statements have been simply ignored, tuned out as meaningless noise by the federal apparatus he runs. Sunday provided the latest example of the Trump administration ignoring Donald Trump.It came after the president suggested at a partisan rally this week that the Justice Department should be investigating his defeated election opponent: “What the prosecutors should be looking at are Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails,” Trump told a crowd, prompting chants of, ”Lock her up!”No way, said his deputy attorney general.Rod Rosenstein not only rejected the idea that public statements from the president should be viewed as an order — he made clear that even if such an order were delivered explicitly more formally, in a private setting, he would refuse it as improper.”No,” Rosenstein replied, when asked about the presidential demand, in a Fox News interview. ”I view what the president says publicly as something he said publicly. If the president wants to give orders to us in the department, he does that privately.”He went one step further: ”The president has not directed us to investigate particular people. That wouldn’t be right. That’s not the way we operate.”That back-of-the-hand dismissal followed a similar event a few days earlier.The president triggered an avalanche of attention with a headline-grabbing announcement on Twitter: After consulting with his generals and military experts, the president said, the U.S. military would no longer accept or allow transgender people.The blunt, clear statement prompted questions about what procedures might be implemented; what would happen to the transgender people already serving; what financial conditions might apply to any discharges; and whether the order might be fought in court.But then a considerable wrinkle developed: The military said it wasn’t happening.It shrugged off the announcement from its commander-in-chief. In an internal communication published by Politico; a statement issued by the Secretary of Defence; and in an exchange with reporters, the military made clear it did not view Trump’s statement as official policy.“What you saw in the form of a tweet represented an announcement,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told Pentagon reporters, according to the Washington Examiner. “Orders and announcements are different things, and we are awaiting an order from the commander-in-chief to proceed.”One well-connected military official, chatting off the record, said this discord could occur in the most urgent, life-and-death matters. If the president issued an ill-advised order for a military strike, against North Korea or elsewhere, he predicted the military might push back under a four-word justification: ”If it’s not legal.”That definition of an illegal order, he said, might include a military strike that doesn’t get congressional authorization. He said there was already widespread anxiety last spring, among military brass, over the order for a limited strike against Syria.That order was ultimately carried out.But the Syria issue has also offered examples where administration officials have cited policies different from the president: Vice-President Mike Pence, and UN ambassador Nikki Haley, have taken anti-Russia, anti-Assad, pro-regime-change positions at odds with the president’s.”There’s a certain amount of dysfunction,” conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review told an ABC talk panel Sunday.”The Pentagon seems to be basically ignoring the president’s tweet (on transgender people). And that’s not something that’s just isolated to the Pentagon. The vice-president seems to have his own Russia policy… Attorney-General Sessions, not doing what the president wants him to do in terms of prosecuting or investigating Hillary Clinton.”There’s a question on the part of subordinates in this administration of how seriously they should take the utterances of this president.”Some of those glaring public differences have fuelled speculation that different Republicans are seeking to build their own political resumes. A weekend article in The New York Times suggested different Republicans were even planning the possibility of running in 2020, in case the president doesn’t.Pence vigorously denied a weekend story in The New York Times that he was organizing for such a run: “The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration.”But the congressional wing of Trump’s party doesn’t deny this: Republican lawmakers are indeed pushing back.They’ve passed a Russia-sanctions bill; used procedural tools to block presidential appointments during the summer break; and several have crafted bills to protect the special Russia investigator Robert Mueller from being dismissed without cause.All of this is against the president’s wishes.”I think, actually, it may be the Republicans should get some credit for showing independence and not necessarily deferring to a White House that happens to share their party,” Republican Sen. Thom Tillis told Fox on Sunday.”One of the mistakes that Congress has have made over the past 70 or so years is convey a lot of authority (to the president) that they should never have allowed to leave the Congress.”last_img read more

Tumbler Ridge offers Museum Foundation 50k to open for the summer

first_imgAccording to the mayor’s motion, it would be at the Foundation’s discretion to choose which of the five days each week the museum would be open. The motion passed after a brief discussion.McPherson’s motion also included that the issue of what to do about the Museum FOundation’s funding woes be brought forth to a committee meeting with the intention of drafting a referendum question. “This will take us through the summer, until we get this hopefully taken to a referendum — find out what the people of Tumbler Ridge want,” said McPherson. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — The District of Tumbler Ridge is offering a $50,000 grant to the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation so that it can reopen its doors for the summer tourist season, after the museum closed its doors at the end of March. The Museum Foundation was unsuccessful in its application for a $200,000 grant from the District earlier this year, and announced shortly thereafter that it was closing its doors and laying off staff.Tumbler Ridge mayor Don McPherson made the funding motion at the District council meeting on Monday evening so that the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery could open five days a week from June 1st to October 1st. McPherson said that he came up with the $50,000 amount from looking at the Foundation’s budget for the year and tallying up staffing and operating costs. last_img read more

Cracks appear in German govt over planned climate law

first_imgBerlin: Germany’s environment minister on Monday backed a European proposal to virtually eliminate man-made greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, deepening divisions within the German government over how to tackle climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron and eight either EU countries pitched the plan at a summit of European leaders last week, but Germany was a notable holdout. “I don’t think this decision is final,” said Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the center-left Social Democrats, the junior partners in Merkel’s government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I think we should talk about it again. Because I think it’s very sensible to stand alongside France and work to say at the EU-level that we want to implement Paris.” The 2015 Paris climate accord, approved by almost all countries around the world, set a target of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times. Scientists say this is only possible if emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are drastically reduced in the coming decades. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking to reporters ahead of a climate change meeting of 35 countries in Berlin, Schulze also favored the introduction of a carbon tax to discourage fossil fuel use. The leader of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has instead favored expanding an EU-wide carbon trading system. A recent poll for public broadcaster ZDF found environment topped immigration as the issue Germans are most concerned about. But the survey of 1,357 phone respondents, conducted May 7-9, also found 61 per cent oppose a carbon tax on fossil fuels, even if other taxes are cut. Only 35pc were in favour, according to the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen polling agency. Despite its much-vaunted plan for an “energy transition” away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to renewable power sources, Germany has struggled to lower its emissions in recent years, particularly in the area of transportation. Germany is set to miss its reduction target for 2020 and under EU rules it could be forced to buy billions of euros (dollars) worth of carbon credits from other countries starting in 2021. A report published Monday by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a London-based research firm, listed 43 cities around the world that are leading on environmental action. None of them are in Germany. Schulze said she wants Cabinet to pass a “strong” climate law this year. “This is about big investment decisions that affect all of society, each and every one but also industry,” she said. “We need certainty about where the journey is going.”last_img read more

After He Decided to Play for Morocco Milan to Sell Hachim

Rabat – Shortly after he made his international debut with Morocco earlier this month, AC Milan are said to be willing to offer Moroccan starlet Hachim Mastour to the Turkish side of Besiktas.The Italian giants are reportedly offering 17-year-old Hachim Mastour and 3 million euros in order to sign Besiktas winger of Moroccan origin Kerim Frei.According to Italian media reports, the Istanbul club has decided to accept the offer and Frei may soon be in Milan to discuss with the Rossoneri. Frei is one of the most promising young players in the Turkish Super Lig and still has three years left on his contract with Besiktas.However, several Italian media outlets deemed as “strange” Milan’s decision to forgo Hachim Mastour for a player like Frei, who is definitely a “good talent but not that quite impressive.”The 21-year-old scored four goals and provided one assist in 43 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas this season.Media reports speculate that if a deal is to be concluded between the two sides it would be very “surprising” given the fact that AC Milan has invested heavily in Mastour, who is dubbed the Moroccan Messi.Frei, whose mother is Moroccan, was first spotted by Swiss side Grasshoppers at the age of 13 and was snapped up by Fulham just three years later.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2159 1.2128 1.3415 1.3049 British Pound 1.6140 1.5988 1.6982 1.7403 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0111 0.0122 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1957 1.1973 1.1205 1.1234 Euro in Cdn 1.4538 1.4521 1.5032 1.4659Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Interim injunction on Kotte Mayor

Earlier this year Vithana had lodged a complaint with the Mirihana police claiming that his private videos were being circulated by some persons. He had said that the videos were copied from his computer when it was taken to the Kotte Municipal Council during the provincial council elections. Vithana accused the Kotte Mayor Janaka Ranawake and the secretary to the Mayor of being involved in distributing copies of the videos. An interim injunction has been issued on the Mayor of Kotte Janaka Ranawake against making any defamatory statements against the Kotte Deputy Mayor Madura Vithanage.The order was issued by the Colombo District Court Judge Amal Ranaraja. read more

Top UN rights official welcomes acquittal of human rights activists in Egypt

In a statement issued from Geneva, Mr. Vieira de Mello hailed the release of 64-year old Dr. Saad El Din Ibrahim and his co-defendants as “an important and significant verdict” demonstrating Egypt’s commitment to justice.In May 2001, a State Security Court had sentenced Dr. Ibrahim, Director of the Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies in Cairo, to seven years in prison, and 27 other defendants – mostly colleagues at the Centre or members of the Egyptian Women Voters’ Support Centre – received sentences ranging from one to seven years. The charges ranged from accepting foreign funds without authorization and disseminating false information harmful to Egypt’s interests, to embezzlement.In the wake of those sentences, UN experts on human rights defenders and on judicial independence expressed their concern about allegations that the charges were politically motivated, as well as the speed with which the verdict was reportedly reached – following reports that the 28 defendants were convicted and sentenced within 90 minutes.Recently, Mr. Vieira de Mello had raised the case with Egyptian authorities and expressed his concern regarding Dr. Ibrahim’s deteriorating health. He also expressed the sincere hope that the overall process would be conducted in a manner consistent with international human rights standards. In his statement today, he reiterated his firm belief that the an independent judicial system is the cornerstone of a democratic state based upon the rule of law, and an important safeguard for the protection of human rights. read more

Welcoming Iraq back to family of nations Annan urges reconciliation

Reacting to the United States’ handover of power today to an interim Iraqi Government, Mr. Annan called on “all Iraqis to come together in a spirit of national unity and reconciliation, through a process of open dialogue and consensus-building, to lay down secure foundations for the new Iraq,” a UN spokesman said in a statement.”Their first duty is to assist their interim Government to establish security for the population so that the difficult process of return toward normalcy can commence,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric added.The Secretary-General pledged that the UN would “do everything possible, as circumstances permit, to help the Iraqi people in this challenging yet vital process,” Mr. Dujarric said. read more

TT man found hanging…as wife makes domestic violence report

(Trinidad Express) While the wife of Reynold Machiken was making a domestic violence report against him, he is suspected to have committed suicide.Machiken was discovered dead in his cell in the Princes Town Police Station on Sunday.A shoe lace was found tied around his neck, and fastened to the cell’s window.Machiken’s wife was in another section of the police station giving officers a statement.Police said Machiken and his wife walked into the police station around 9.30 p.m.The wife reported to officers that Machiken allegedly physically assaulted her, and officers detained him.He was searched in the presence of his wife, and placed in a cell.Police said he was wearing a pair of sandals.At around 10.30 p.m. officers checked the cell and Machiken asked for a bottle of water.The officers relayed the message to his wife.Twenty minutes later, the officers again went to Machiken’s cell and found him unresponsive and in a sitting position with the lace tied to his neck and the window. Paramedics were called in, but Machi-ken could not be revived.A district medical officer pronounced him dead at the scene.An autopsy is expected to be held today at the Forensic Sciences Centre.Inspector Williams is investigating. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedState slapped with $50M lawsuit by man allegedly abused by policeFebruary 14, 2019In “Court”Parika bed sheet murder: Husband on the run caughtApril 10, 2017In “Crime”T&T man torches himself after argument with wifeJanuary 29, 2019In “latest news” read more

EU Court Ruling Lumps CRISPRd Crops With GMOs

first_img CRISPR crops are no different from genetically modified organisms, and they should be subject to the same rigid regulations, Europe’s highest court ruled.The decision, determined this week by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, is a major blow to proponents of gene-edited foods.A 2001 EU directive, aimed at species into which entire genes had been inserted, limits the planting and sale of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the continent.Plants made using the technique of mutagenesis—the changing of DNA without adding foreign genetic material—developed before 2001 are exempt from the law.Advocates argue that genetic superweapon CRISPR, heralded for its advancements in curing disease, should not be highly regulated. After all, the resulting crops are exactly what you’d get through the much slower process of breeding.Alas, the Court of Justice this week announced that “organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs.”“In so far as the techniques and methods … alter the genetic material of an organism in a way that does not occur naturally,” according to the ruling, published on Wednesday.Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization Friends of the Earth applauded the court’s “forward-thinking decision,” suggesting that “all product made with genetic engineering … should be regulated, assessed for health and environmental impacts, and labeled.”Many researchers, however, believe this may be the beginning of the end for plant biotech in Europe.Crop geneticist Nigel Halford, a professor at Rothamsted Research in the UK, called the conclusion “tremendously disappointing,” telling Nature that “it’s a real hit to the head.”Stefan Jansson, a plant physiologist at Umeå University in Sweden, agreed, adding that “this will have a chilling effect on research, in the same way that GMO legislation has had a chilling effect for 15 years now.”While gene-editing techniques aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, there is some concern that European companies will lose interest in manufacturing them.As per this legislation, all new inventions—including CRISPR-Cas9 food—will have to go through the EU’s lengthy approval process.“From a practical perspective, I don’t think this will be at all of interest for business,” Kai Purnhagen, a legal scholar at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, explained to Nature. “So they will move somewhere else.”There is a possible loophole, though: If scientists can prove their gene-editing techniques are as safe as mutagenesis methods already exempt from the law (i.e. irradiation), they, too, could earn immunity.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered Stay on targetlast_img read more

At The Court Martial Audience Media Sent Out Of Court

first_imgBy Yankuba Jallow / Kebba SeckaThe five panelists of the General Court-Martial presiding over the trial of twelve military officers facing nine counts of treason, yesterday 26th March 2018, ordered the media and the audience including family members of the accused persons, to leave the courtroom.Lawyer A.N. Yusuf represented the State alongside Lieutenant Yusupha Jallow and others, whilst Lawyer Sheriff Kumba Jobe and others appeared for the Defence.Lawyer Yusuf made an application that the case be heard in camera and asked the court to grant him his application for the media and the audience to leave the court premises; that the application was made in order to safeguard the integrity of the witness whom he described as a public figure. His application was objected to by Lawyer Sheriff Kumba Jobe on behalf of the defence team and relied on certain provisions of the Constitution.The Court granted the application and ordered the media as well as the audience to vacate the Courtroom.Readers may recall that Captain Yaya Jammeh, Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Lieutenant Yaya Jammeh, Sergeant Malick Bojang, Private Mbemba Camara, Sergeant Baboucar Sanyang, Lance Couple Samboujang Bojang, Corporal Lamin Gibba, Corporal Sulayman Sanyang, Corporal Ebrima Jallow, Lance Coroporal Abba Badjie, Private Mbemba Camara and Private Alieu Sanneh, are facing nine charges of treason, mutiny and others.last_img read more

Official Fenerbahce deny interest in Moussa Sissoko

first_imgFenerbahce have denied suggestions that they are looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa SissokoThe France international is yet to make another appearance for Spurs after playing the full 90 minutes of their opening day 2-1 win at Newcastle United.Sissoko was again absent in Monday night’s shocking 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.But Fenerbahce, who have been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old, have now moved to deny the speculation.“In the public opinion, the news that we are attempting to transfer Moussa Sissoko…does not reflect the truth,” read a statement, via Sky Sports.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Regarding a transfer of Moussa Sissoko to our club, there has been no contact with the player, the manager or the club.”Sissoko joined Spurs in 2016 for £30m, but has struggled to establish himself under manager Mauricio Pochettino.25 Premier League starts in two years and 35 more as a sub is what he has to show for in two years.Although, Sissoko still has just under three years remaining on his current contract at North Londonlast_img read more

Why Resident Evil crushes every other video game movie

first_img Culture Video Games The spectacular gunplay of the movies matches some of the later, more action-packed games, but overall the tone is very different from the survival horror spirit of the games. “We’re not trying to look like a video game, which is a mistake some video game movies make,” says Anderson, who wrote all the films and directed four of them. A lot of filmmakers try and appeal to both markets and fail to get either, added film journalist Luke Owen, author of a book about video game movies, Lights, Camera, Game Over! He points to a first-person sequence in the movie version of Doom that mirrors the original gameplay.”It sounded great on paper — a literal adaptation of the game’s format — but in reality you’re not in control, so it’s not as satisfying,” he says.The Resident Evil films began with the 1996 hit game Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, which invented the survival horror genre and spawned a best-selling series of its own. “I love the game,” Anderson says. “Milla used to play it with her brother. Michelle Rodriguez was a big fan. When we come together to make one of these movies it’s always with a massive amount of passion from the people in front of the camera and behind the camera.” According to Box Office Mojo, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the top-grossing video game movie, raking in $166 million in theaters — but even that only just covered the film’s $115 million budget. Warcraft was infamously rescued from a dire US opening by success in China. Other big-budget adaptations like 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed couldn’t recoup even half their production costs during their theatrical runs, despite big names like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender on the marquee.Let’s face it, most video game movies tank because they’re just not very good. At the time The Final Chapter was released, Prince of Persia was the highest-rated video game adaptation on review aggregator Metacritic, but even that has a decidedly average Metascore of 50 — which beats the stale 2018 Tomb Raider reboot’s score of 48.resident-evil-stills-milla-jovovich-guns-corridor.jpgEnlarge Image2002’s “Resident Evil” set the template: Milla Jovovich, a big gun, beer and pizza. Screen Gems Could it be that the Resident Evil films are successful because they’re actually… good? They’re certainly a hell of a lot more fun than the trudgingly average likes of Max Payne or Need for Speed. Apart from a woeful nosedive in the incoherent fourth film (Resident Evil: Afterlife), the series genuinely gets bigger and better with every film, and the increasingly epic fifth and sixth films actually build the series to an unhinged crescendo.Jovovich describes Resident Evil as “perfect beer and pizza movies,” and she’s not wrong.Despite the financial risk of video game adaptations, Hollywood has plenty more in the pipeline. Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off and featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, will engage in some on-screen sleuthing this summer. We’ve also heard that a Resident Evil movie reboot will use the seventh game as “a touchstone.”Paul WS Anderson himself is developing a movie based on another Capcom game, Monster Hunter. Tom Hardy was set to star in a Splinter Cell flick. Movies are planned for Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Minecraft — even Tetris, for crying out loud.They can learn a lot from Resident Evil: Keep the budget under control. Welcome non-players. Remember the human element at the heart of the story.And get the beers and pizza in.This article was first published Feb. 1 2017, and updated Jan. 25, 2019 to reflect the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and further video game adaptations.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool. CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. 77 Photos Believe it or not, the first Resident Evil movie was something of a trendsetter. Today, hordes of zombies claw at the windows of the mainstream from The Walking Dead to World War Z, but back when the first Resident Evil flick hit, zombies had been shuffling around the straight-to-video bin for 20-odd years. That was 2002, the same year 28 Days Later came out. When Shaun of the Dead and a remake of Dawn of the Dead followed, the zombie genre was well and truly reanimated.Resident Evil movies distinguish themselves from the zombie horde with their technological themes. The all-encompassing Umbrella corporation that’s responsible for the zombie outbreak was a fictional precursor to Facebook, Google and other tech monoliths that have infiltrated our lives. Technological surveillance, one of the defining issues of our age, pervades the movies from the first film’s all-seeing video cameras to the later movies’ omniscient satellites.And with the characters Alice, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Rain Ocampo and Ada Wong, the films (and games) are refreshingly full of capable women. “Nobody in Hollywood was putting money behind female-driven action movies,” remembers Jovovich, who had created a new kind of action hero in The Fifth Element and paved the way for female-fronted action flicks from the Underworld series to the rebooted Ghostbusters.resident-evil-stills-jovovich-ruby-rose.jpgEnlarge ImageAli Larter, Milla Jovovich and Ruby Rose in the sixth movie, “The Final Chapter.” Ilze Kitshoff For gaming fans, familiar characters like Chris and Claire, Ada and Albert Wesker show up in later movies.”Over time the filmmakers realized they needed familiar faces to get the die-hard fans on board,” says Tamoor Hussain, news editor at CNET’s sister site GameSpot. Hussain points out that players will have spent hours, days or years immersed in locations like the Spencer Mansion, Raccoon City or Resident Evil 7’s Baker Estate, giving gamers a strong emotional connection to the source material.resident-evil-stills-apocalypse-nemesis.jpgEnlarge ImageThe Nemesis monster, which had a very different story in the movies than in the games. Screen Gems Hussain cites the unlikely redemption of the hulking Nemesis monster in the second film as a moment that could turn off gamers. The monster had a very different story in the movies than in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where he hunted protagonist Jill Valentine.”That damn monster terrorized me for upwards of 20 hours in the games,” he says. “I just refused to buy what the movie was selling me. He’s choked me to death too many times.”That reaction doesn’t surprise Owen.”I think it’s fair to say that most fans of the games aren’t overly fond of the films,” he says. “It’s rare to find any fans of video games who like the movie counterparts.”If you can’t rely on fans of the source material, it’s important for a film series to establish its own audience.”Creating an ongoing story that made audiences want to come back for more was a smart play,” Owen says. “The increasing box office revenue (give or take) between films shows they have created a fan base that want to see the next chapter of Alice’s adventure.”There are enough fans of the saga to ensure each of the sequels opened at No. 1 at the American box office. The series had rung up a running total of $1 billion and counting by the time The Final Chapter wrapped things up in 2017. That’s a long way off the kind of megabucks made by franchises with a similar number of sequels like the Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and the Furious movies, but it tops lesser franchises such as Saw, Paranormal Activity and American Pie. Heck, the Resident Evil series took more money than the six Jack Ryan movies up to that point, and some of them had Harrison Ford. 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 10 Filmmakers Enlarge ImageResident Evil: The Final Chapter ended the record-breaking series. Screen Gems Despite video games being a multi-billion dollar industry, they face a steep path to the big screen. Transferring them from console to theater is a huge financial gamble, and many video game movies tank at the box office.Unless they’re Resident Evil movies. Having cracked a record-breaking billion dollars at the box office, the six-film franchise is easily the longest-running, highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. As reports say Netflix is developing a new TV show based on the games, and the remade Resident Evil 2 game wins rave reviews and inspires nostalgic thinkpieces, we ask what’s behind the blazing success of the zombie-blasting, monster-mashing series. Considering the video game industry raked in $3 billion in the US alone in 2017, you’d think video game movies would be a sure thing. But bona fide hits that the Resident Evil movies are, it’s their relatively frugal budgets that guarantee a healthy profit.”We don’t have Harry Potter money,” laughs Milla Jovovich, who played the heavily armed lead character Alice in all six movies up to 2017’s The Final Chapter.In the first movie, Alice wakes up with no memory, letting the audience discover the world of the films through her eyes — almost like the character you play in a game. But writer, director and series mastermind Paul WS Anderson (who also happens to be married to Jovovich) deliberately avoided re-creating the game’s format or storyline on screen.”Imagine going in to see the first Alien — one of my favorite, favorite movies — and I tell you the order in which [the characters] die,” he says. We’re not trying to look like a video game. Paul WS Anderson, writer and director 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Crave Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Apple promotes mangrove conservation efforts on Earth Day

first_img Phones Culture Post a comment Happy #EarthDay everyone! What a beautiful world we live in. Let’s all embrace our shared responsibility to each other to take care of our one and only planet Earth. Photos #shotoniPhone by @EstherHavens, Sarah Norvell, Jason Barnes and @VincentRiemer.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 22, 2019 Apple 0 reading • Apple promotes mangrove conservation efforts on Earth Day Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple’s report comes a week after the company announced an expansion of its recycling programs. The company said that it was quadrupling the number of locations US customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by Daisy, its recycling robot. First introduced in 2018, Daisy disassembles old iPhones to make it easier to reuse and recycle their parts. Read more: Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products Share your voice Tags An image of the mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay, Colombia.  Balazs Gardi/Apple To celebrate Earth Day today and promote its own conversation efforts, Apple has posted an in-depth account of its partnership with Conservation International to support a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Colombia. The company says the forest will eventually sequester 1 million metric tons of CO2. Conservation International says that coastal ecosystems, when damaged, emit their carbon reserves into the atmosphere. The organization estimates that the mangrove forest and other damaged ecosystems could release as much as 1 billion metric tons of CO2 annually — equivalent to the total annual emissions from cars, buses, aircraft and boats in the US in 2017.As part of the company’s Earth Day promotional efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a number of photos and encouragements: Green tech Applelast_img read more

SBI Maruti Suzuki Tata Motors hit new 52week high as Sensex Nifty

first_imgShares of frontline entities such as State Bank of India (SBI), Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hero Motocorp, Axis Bank and HDFC zoomed to new 52-week-highs on Wednesday, catapulting equity benchmarks to new highs in the process. The BSE Sensex hit a new year-high of 29,067 before shedding gains to trade at 28,988, up 10 points, at around 12.39 p.m.The 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading with minor losses of around five points at 8,937 after reaching an intraday high of 8,951.The rally on the 30-scrip BSE Sensex was led by a diversified set of stocks that rose to new year highs. SBI hit Rs. 268.15, Maruti Suzuki Rs. 53,57.95, Tata Motors Rs. 598.60, Axis Bank Rs. 638, GAIL (India) Rs. 407.80 and HDFC Rs. 1,463.25. Tata Motors announced on Tuesday that it won orders to supply 5,000 buses worth Rs.900 crore to 25 state transport units, marking a growth of 80 percent compared to last year. Besides, many other bank stocks such as Kotak Mahindra Bank, Canara Bank, Federal Bank, South Indian Bank, Allahabad Bank and IndusInd Bank also hit new 52-week high. The BSE Bankex was up 0.32 percent on Wednesday, consolidating the 2.96 percent gain the previous day.Earlier, brokerage Angel Broking said in its pre-market note that Indian stock markets were expected to open on a positive note.The rupee opened at a four-month high of 66.36 to the U.S. dollar after closing at 66.52 on Tuesday. “The intra-day range is seen between 66.10-66.50 levels,” IFA Global said in a note on Wednesday.The appreciation is seen as an outcome of sustained buying by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) on the stock and debt markets. On Tuesday, FIIs were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 1,438 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Wipro shares were trading with marginal gains of around 1 percent at Rs. 487.75 after the Bengaluru-based company announced winning a three-year contract from Norway’s railway transport company NSB.The yield on the 6.97% 2026 bond, which is new 10-year debt, was down 4 bps to 6.92 percent on Tuesday while the 7.59% 2026 bond yield dropped 2 bps to 7.10 percent, retail financial services company Geojit BNP Paribas said in a note on Tuesday.last_img read more

Morning brief Emergency in Florida Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi ISL results

first_imgHere are some stories from International Business Times India to start your day with:1. Obama declares emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew arrives, having pummelled HaitiUS President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the coastal state of Florida as Hurricane Matthew approaches its shores, having wreaked havoc in Haiti, where it has claimed hundreds of lives and caused huge damage to property. Read more…2. Rahul Gandhi says Narendra Modi hiding behind blood of soldiersFollowing the media flaying some members of the Opposition over their comments questioning the surgical strikes, internet and late night television news erupted with the news of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in political exploitation over the sacrifices of soldiers. Read more…3. This is what Pepsi and Coke have to say about study highlighting harmful toxins in PET bottlesLeading soft drink companies, including Pepsi and Coca Cola, have responded to claims that products in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles contain harmful toxins. Read more…4. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher to have a baby boyMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting their second baby any day now and although the couple has been quiet about the sex of baby no. 2, they did finally reveal it. Read more…5. ISL 2016: Marcelinho steals the show as Delhi Dynamos defeat Chennaiyin FCDelhi Dynamos played some wonderful football to pick up three points in their first Indian Super League 2016 match as they defeated defending champions Chennaiyin FC 3-1 at Chennai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. Marcelinho’s brace and Badara Badji’s headed goal proved to be enough as Dudu Omagbemi scored the solitary goal for the home team. Read more…last_img read more