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MLB Steroid Supplier Bosch Jailed

first_imgMIAMI — The former owner of a Florida medical clinic who posed as a doctor and illegally supplied steroid injections and other performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players and even high school athletes was sentenced Feb. 17 to four years in federal prison.Anthony Bosch — who choked back tears in court and said the clinic was a legitimate business gone awry — sought a more lenient term because of his cooperation in the investigation, but U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles refused.“This defendant was the most culpable in this conspiracy,” the judge said. Prosecutors said Bosch could still get his sentence reduced through further cooperation, including potential trial testimony.Gayles said Bosch falsely held himself out as a licensed medical doctor at his Biogenesis of America clinic, where he accepted thousands of dollars a month to provide steroid injections to players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Most troubling, Gayles said, was Bosch’s injections of high school players in the Miami area.“He was the mastermind,” Gayles said. “He was the one who recruited others to assist him.”Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer issued a statement saying the message of the case is that “cheating doesn’t pay and individuals like Bosch, who distribute performance enhancing drugs to athletes and, more importantly, to our children, will be held accountable for their actions.”Bosch, 51, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, the sixth person charged in the Biogenesis case to do so. Bosch and Rodriguez are expected to testify if the last two defendants — Rodriguez cousin Yuri Sucart and ex-University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo — go to trial as scheduled in early April.MLB imposed a record season-long suspension last year on Rodriguez, one of 14 players penalized in the scandal. The Yankees say Rodriguez, 39, is no longer their third baseman and will have a chance to earn at-bats as a designated hitter.MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.A few hours after Bosch’s sentencing, Rodriguez issued a vague handwritten apology to fans saying he wants to “put this chapter behind me and play some ball.”Bosch, who has been undergoing treatment for cocaine addiction since his guilty plea, was joined by more than two dozen friends and family members at his sentencing hearing.“I’m ashamed of myself. I’m remorseful,” Bosch said. “I can’t put into words how sorry I am.”But Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said that rather than help people with medical problems, Bosch’s main goal was to rake in money by illegally making the athletes “bigger, stronger and faster ballplayers.” Bosch liked to call himself “Dr. T,” according to court records.“He was not a legitimate doctor. He wasn’t treating an illness. He wasn’t treating a disease,” Sullivan said.Bosch lawyer Guy Lewis, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, said that without his cooperation, MLB would not have had sufficient evidence to sustain Rodriguez’s suspension.Lewis said Bosch has met dozens of times with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and helped prosecutors pore over thousands of pages of documents.That cooperation, Lewis added, came despite threats from unnamed people warning Bosch to keep his mouth shut, forcing him to hire security services and move to several different locations. Bosch was also offered $150,000 to flee to Colombia and “lay low,” but he did not, Lewis said.“Mr. Bosch has cooperated thoroughly and extensively,” Lewis said. “He was truthful. He was reliable.”But Gayles refused Lewis’ request that Bosch receive a lighter sentence of just under three years._____By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer. AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dancing may help older women perform daily tasks better: Study

first_imgTokyo, Dec 19 (PTI) Dancing may help older women maintain their ability to perform daily tasks, according to a study. The research, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, examined the potential effects of 16 different exercise types for reducing disability for activities of daily living (ADL) in older women. Researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan enrolled 1,003 community-dwelling older Japanese women without ADL disability at the start. In the baseline survey, all participants were asked whether or not they participated in any of 16 exercise types through a face-to-face interview. ADL disability during eight years of follow-up was defined as dependence in at least one ADL task (walking, eating, bathing, dressing, or toileting). ADL disability was noted in 130 participants (13 per cent) during follow-up. Participation in dancing, compared with non-participation, was associated with a 73 per cent significantly lower likelihood for developing ADL disability. There were no significant associations between other exercise types and ADL disability. “It is unclear why dancing alone reduced the risk of ADL disability,” said Yosuke Osuka of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength, and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner, artistry for graceful and fluid motion, and memory for choreography,” Osuka said. “We think that these various elements may contribute to the superiority of dancing in maintaining a higher ADL capacity,” Osuka said. PTI SARSARlast_img read more

11 days agoLeicester striker Vardy deletes Rooney from social media accounts

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester striker Vardy deletes Rooney from social media accountsby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy has deleted Wayne Rooney from his social media accounts.Vardy has made the move as he stands by his wife Rebekah during her public falling out with Manchester United legend Rooney’s wife Coleen.Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking stories about her to the national press, something which Rebekah has furiously denied.Although Vardy and Rooney are thought to have been good friends from back when they played together for England, the Foxes striker clearly feels that he cannot engage with Rooney while the row is still ongoing.He has deleted Rooney as a friend on Instagram and also unfollowed him on Twitter.A source told The Sun: “Jamie has always got on well with Wayne, but he won’t stand for having his wife hung out to dry in public like this.” last_img read more

Report: Japan 1 Saudi Arabia 0

first_imgJapan reached the Asian Cup quarter-finals for the eighth consecutive time after Takehiro Tomiyasu’s goal led them to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia.In a game of few chances at Sharjah Stadium, Tomiyasu converted a header after 20 minutes and Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side failed to mount a comeback.Pizzi had been criticised for Saudi Arabia’s conservative approach during their group matches and once again they offered too little in the final third to trouble four-time winners Japan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hajime Moriyasu will have been pleased with Japan’s clinical performance, but he will be without Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto against Vietname in the next round after the 26-year-old picked up his second booking of the tournament.【試合終了!#SAMURAIBLUE 勝利!】AFCアジアカップUAE2019 ラウンド16SAMURAI BLUE 1-0 サウジアラビア#daihyo #SAMURAIBLUE #王座奪還— サッカー日本代表 (@jfa_samuraiblue) January 21, 2019Japan scored from their first corner of the game, Tomiyasu taking advantage of Saudi Arabia’s loose marking to rise on the edge of the six-yard box and beat goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais to his right with an accurate header.Saudi Arabia pushed forward and sought a response, but the closest they came to equalising before half-time was a curling Hatan Bahbri shot that flew narrowly past the post.The game opened up after the interval and Bahbri sent an effort bouncing just wide of Shuichi Gonda’s goal just after the hour mark.But even when presented with a free header from eight yards out inside the final 20 minutes, centre-back Ali Hadi Albulayhi failed to hit the target and ultimately Japan progressed without ever looking worried at the back.last_img read more

Vegas Computer Gives Updated Texas-Georgia Prediction

first_imgA closeup of UGA VI during a Georgia Bulldogs game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: UGA VI, the team mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, watches on before the start of their game against the UAB Blazers on September 16, 2006 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia defeated UAB 34-0. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Texas-Georgia matchup in the upcoming Sugar Bowl maintains the most one-sided spreads of any non-College Football Playoff game.The line in the Texas-Georgia game still heavily favors the Bulldogs, but there seems to be a growing sense that Georgia is going to run the Longhorns out of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.According to updated odds from OddsShark, Georgia has been given even better odds and is now a -13 favorite in the Sugar Bowl. That number is up several points from just three weeks ago, per OddsShark’s line history metric.The current predicted score is now 40.8-26.6 in favor of Georgia, which is also an increase in the predicted points the Bulldogs will score.Texas has not lost a game by 13 points or more since November 4, 2017 in a 24-7 loss to TCU. The Longhorns’ biggest loss of the 2018 season came in the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma, a 39-27 loss.But Georgia consistently managed to blow out their opponents. The Bulldogs beat both Florida and Kentucky by 19 and 17 points respectively, and scored at least 40 points in more than half of their games.The Longhorns, by contrast, scored 40 points or more only three times.Texas and Georgia are set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. E.T. on Jan. 1. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

UK man donates amputated frostbitten toes to famed Sourtoe cocktail

first_imgA U.K. man who lost three toes to frostbite in a Yukon race says he can’t think of a better place for the digits to go than into people’s drinks.Nick Griffiths plans to donate his amputated appendages to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, home of the famed Sourtoe Cocktail.“It would be quite a novelty one day … to say ‘your granddad’s toe is in a bar in Canada,’” Griffiths said from his home in Bolton, England.Griffiths said he spent a year training for the Yukon Arctic Ultra, a 483-kilometre race that follows the Yukon Quest trail — one of the world’s toughest sled-dog races.Conditions on the first day of the race were especially tough, with temperatures dipping below -40 C and a high level of humidity, he said.He was disappointed when he had to drop out of the competition 30 hours in, when a ranger identified frostbite on his ear, nose and fingers.But Griffiths didn’t realize how bad his toes were until a doctor at a hospital in Whitehorse explained that they weren’t getting their natural colour back. Instead, they were turning purple and the doctor said he could lose half of his foot.After five days of treatment, Griffiths was discharged and still hopeful he would be able to keep all of his toes. But in the weeks that followed, they blistered and began turning black.It was like something from a zombie film, Griffiths said.A doctor amputated the toes on March 28.Griffiths has never been to the Downtown Hotel, but said he learned about the Sourtoe Cocktail from a Whitehorse nurse who showed him a video of her downing the beverage, while he was in hospital.According to the hotel’s website, adventurous drinkers interested in joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club should visit the hotel’s Sourdough Saloon and ask for Captain River Rat. They then purchase a shot of their preferred liquor, pledge the “Sourtoe Oath,” and watch as a dehydrated human toe is dropped into the glass. Then it’s bottoms up.The only rule: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have got to touch the toe.”Bar manager Jonny Klynkramer said the saloon is looking forward to Griffiths toes, since they only have two “pointer toes” at the moment.“We always prefer big toes, they’re the meatiest,” Klynkramer said.Since the digits are stored in salt, to keep them dried out, he said they pair best with tequila.The cringe-worthy cocktail dates back to the 1970s, but over the years toes have been lost, stolen and fallen apart, so the bar is always looking for more donors.Klynkramer said they get most of their appendages from people who lose digits to frostbite, lawnmower accidents or surgery, and most have been from living donors, as it’s harder to find someone to remove them from a dead body.Griffiths wrote the bar an email to see if they were interested in giving his toes a new life.“They wrote back and said they’d really love to have them and I would forever by immortalized in their hall of fame if I did. So I asked the surgeon, when I went into the theatre. And he said, ‘yeah it’s sort of a bizarre thing to ask for, but you can have ’em,’ ” Griffiths said.“He put them in three little jars for me in medical-grade alcohol and they’re currently in my bedside cabinet at home. I’ve just got to find a way to get them to the hotel, I’m not sure if you can just put them in the post.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the race was a sled-dog race.last_img read more

Parole board grants escorted leave to informant who helped lock up Hells

first_imgA former biker-gang hit man turned informant whose testimony brought down Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher has been granted escorted leaves from prison.The Parole Board of Canada granted the temporary, police-supervised leaves Wednesday to Stephane (Godasse) Gagne, the former elite Hells Angels member sentenced for the 1997 killing of a Quebec prison guard.Gagne pleaded guilty in 1998 to the first-degree murder of Diane Lavigne and the attempted murder of a second guard. He has served nearly 21 years of his life sentence.He was also involved in the slaying of a third guard, Pierre Rondeau, but the Crown agreed to withdraw that murder charge in exchange for Gagne’s testimony against Boucher.Boucher, convicted in 2002, ordered the killings of the prison employees in an attempt to send a message and destabilize the justice system.Gagne appeared for his hearing at a location that cannot be disclosed in order to ensure his safety. He called his crimes “disgusting” and said he would be cautious but not paranoid if granted leaves.Prison officials consider Gagne to have made progress and judge his risk of reoffending to be acceptable, the two commissioners hearing his request were told. The commissioners nonetheless told Gagne they consider his file troubling.Gagne, 48, told them that after nearly 21 years in prison, he was suffocating behind bars. He said he would assume responsibility for his release and is very conscious that his safety and that of his family would be at risk.For security reasons, details of the length, time and place of his first release were not disclosed.Gagne was initially not eligible to apply for parole until he had served 25 years, but in 2015 he won the right to seek an earlier release under the now-repealed faint hope clause.This was Gagne’s second attempt at securing the leave, following an unsuccessful bid in 2016.The Hells Angels were at the centre of Quebec’s decade-long biker wars, which claimed more than 160 lives.(Cogeco Nouvelles)last_img read more

Surreal colourized photos from the First World War tell an old story

first_imgA soldier says goodbye to his family. A politician reviews the troops. A baseball game provides a distraction from the rigours of war. These are some of the images in the Vimy Foundation’s They Fought in Colour, a new book that collects 260 digitally colourized photographs showcasing Canada’s contribution to the First World War.Jeremy Diamond, the foundation’s executive director, calls it “a way for us to tell an old story in a new way.”RELATED: Margaret Atwood’s essay on the ‘two worlds’ before and after the Great War“The faces of those individuals in many cases look like people that we know today,” says Diamond. “That made it a lot easier for people to relate to, which I think is so important when you’re talking about a story from so long ago.”The colour was added by Mark Truelove, a B.C.-based artist who learned the process by working on his own family photos. Truelove conducted extensive research in order to get the colours as accurate as possible, from the colour of the patches on the uniforms to the weather on the day a given photo was taken.Open Gallery6 itemsClick here to buy the book.last_img read more

Celebrities Support Californias Proposition 37

first_img“You can’t handle the truth” about your food, insists Bill Maher in a humorous Public Service Announcement released this week to support California’s Proposition 37. Early voting began yesterday in California.
The parody video, which premiered on Extra!, features Maher and nine other celebrities — Danny DeVito, Dave Matthews, Jillian Michaels, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Emily Deschanel, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton, John Cho and KaDee Strickland – poking fun at the ludicrous arguments against labeling genetically engineered foods.
The video ends with a passionate appeal for voters to pass Proposition 37, which would make California the first state to require labeling of genetically engineered foods.Opponents of Prop 37, including giant pesticide and processed food companies, are spending $35 million in an effort to defeat consumers’ right to know about GMOs.
See the video here.
The video was sponsored by Food & Water Watch, which is working to raise money to get it on network television.
“While the parody of the food and pesticide companies’ arguments in opposition to Prop 37 is humorous, there really is nothing funny about the fact that Californians lack the most basic information about the food we eat,” said Food & Water Watch Pacific Region Director Kristin Lynch. “We hope the fans of these popular artists share this video with everyone they know to spread the word about how important it is to vote yes on Prop 37 to make GE labeling the law.”
“We’re proud to stand with these celebrities, the 2,100 endorsing organizations, and the millions of moms, dads and consumer advocates across California who are saying Yes on 37 because we have the right to know what’s in our food,” said Stacy Malkan, media director for Yes on 37.Other celebrities supporting Prop 37 include Chevy Chase, Maroon 5, Daryl Hannah, Russell Simmons, Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, Alicia Silverstone and Jack Johnson.
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Olympian coming to Bert Ambrose to celebrate completion of Classroom Champions program

first_imgClassroom Champions have increased the availability of the program by offering more chances to join with scholarships and self-funded routes.The Classroom Champions ceremony will start at 5:00 p.m. and go until 7:00 p.m. at Bert Ambrose. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Olympian Alysia Rissling will be at Bert Ambrose Elementary School tomorrow to celebrate the student’s completion of the Classroom Champions program.Rissling’s two-woman bobsled team placed sixth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Rissling also won her first World Cup bronze medal at the PyeongChang 2018 test event earlier this year.The program pairs teachers with Canadian and U.S. Olympians, as well as Paralympians who use video lessons and live video chats to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind to bring elite athletes into schools in hopes to make students, families, classrooms and mentors better to build strong communities today.last_img read more

Prolonged presidential standoff in Lebanon must end UN report stresses

Lebanon’s people “have a unique opportunity to open a new chapter in their difficult history” and they and their political representatives must rise to the occasion and elect a president without any preconditions other than those outlined in the national constitution, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the troubled country.“Such an election would signify a major milestone on the road towards the full re-assertion of Lebanon’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence, as is the goal of resolution 1559,” Mr. Ban writes, referring to the Security Council resolution from 2004 that calls for free and fair presidential elections without interference from foreign influences.The Lebanese Parliament has been unable to agree on a president for months, with the top office having been vacant since last November, despite repeated scheduled plans to conduct a vote.“I regret that, despite the numerous calls of the Lebanese people and the international community, such an election has still not taken place in Lebanon,” Mr. Ban says in the report, published today.“I firmly believe that the leaders of Lebanon must think first and foremost about the future of their country and transcend sectarian and individual interests. Parliament, which has not met in more than a year, must be allowed to convene urgently to fulfil its constitutional duties in order to elect a president without further delay.”He adds that free and fair elections must be held immediately, warning that further delay will only complicate the adoption of electoral laws and the holding of parliamentary polls on schedule next year.The Secretary-General also states that, “three years after Syria’s military withdrawal from Lebanon, [the] time has come for a re-definition and formalization of ties between the two historically close neighbours, in mutual respect for their sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence.”He calls on the two countries to establish full diplomatic relations and delineate their shared border, especially in the Shab’a Farms area, to promote the normalization of relations. In addition, the issue of Lebanese detainees in Syrian custody should also be tackled.Turning to the disbanding of militias operating in Lebanese territory, the report says it is high time “to set aside this remaining vestige of the past” and disarm and disband all such remaining groups.“Hizbollah’s maintenance of a paramilitary capacity poses a key challenge to the Government’s monopoly on the legitimate use of force.”But it notes that the disarming and disbanding process should occur “through an inclusive political dialogue that addresses the political and economic interests of all the Lebanese.”The report also voices concern about the continued challenges posed by the conditions inside Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. 28 April 2008Lebanon’s people “have a unique opportunity to open a new chapter in their difficult history” and they and their political representatives must rise to the occasion and elect a president without any preconditions other than those outlined in the national constitution, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the troubled country. read more

Ban welcomes Israels decision to withdraw troops from northern Ghajar

In a statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, Mr. Ban said the withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from northern Ghajar would be “an important step” towards the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1701.Resolution 1701 brought to an end the conflict that took place between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah four years ago. It also calls for respect for the Blue Line, the disarming of all militias operating in Lebanon and an end to arms smuggling in the area.“The United Nations intends to continue to work closely with all parties in the coming period in a process to resolve the permanent status of Ghajar,” the statement added.Mr. Ban commended all sides for their continued commitment to resolution 1701 and stressed his determination and commitment to advance its full implementation.UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said that he and Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), will make a visit to Israel early next week to further discuss the decision on Ghajar.Speaking to reporters in New York after a closed-door meeting with the Security Council, Mr. Williams stressed that Israel and Lebanon have obligations to meet under resolution 1701.“I welcomed again today the expressions of continued commitment to the resolution. But I also warned that progress made so far could be undermined if the parties do not couple their reassertions of support with further concrete steps,” he stated. 18 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Israeli Government’s decision to withdraw its army from the northern part of Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon. read more

UPS says 4Q profit will miss expectations because of snarled holiday shipping

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Oct. 22, 2012 photo, a UPS driver drives after a delivery in North Andover, Mass. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elise Amendola UPS says 4Q profit will miss expectations because of snarled holiday shipping by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2014 7:41 am MDT ATLANTA – UPS said the rough holiday shipping season means its fourth-quarter profit will be smaller than expected.The package courier said on Friday that it dealt with a “an unprecedented level of online shopping that included a surge of last-minute orders.” Online shopping is good for UPS, but those last-minute orders snarled its system.The company said it “took extraordinary measures deploying additional equipment and people,” including hiring 30,000 more temporary workers than originally planned. Bad weather last month also hurt results.It delivered 31 million packages on Dec. 23, a company record. But that peak was reached six days later than UPS had expected.UPS has not said how many packages missed their delivery deadlines, but customers all over the country reported delays. offered shipping charge refunds and a $20 credit for some customers affected by UPS delays.FedEx also acknowledged problems.UPS said its fourth-quarter profit will be $1.25 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting $1.43 per share. It said its full-year profit would be $4.57 per share, after issuing previous guidance of $4.65 to $4.85 per share.Its shares dropped $2.59, or 2.6 per cent, to $97.90 in morning trading Friday.UPS reports full results on Jan. 30. read more

MCU News The Return of the Winter Soldier More Black Panther More

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 There’s still another movie in between us and Avengers: Infinity War, but you know how Marvel does things by now. The hype train starts at least two or three movies out. We probably have a little bit to wait before new footage from the movie is released, but a new comic will get you up to speed on everything that happens just before Infinity War starts. Black Panther will fill us in on what happens to T’Challa directly after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Presumably the opening moments of Infinity War will fill us in on what the rest of the Avengers have been up to. But what about the Winter Soldier himself, Bucky Barnes. We’ve seen him in the trailer, so how did he get unfrozen? That’s where this comic comes in.As We Got This Covered reports, Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #1 will show us what’s going on with Bucky as he’s cryogenically frozen in Wakanda. The page of the comic we’re able to see shows Shuri showing T’Challa exactly how she plans to fix Bucky. She’s developed an algorithm that will keep Bucky’s memories intact, but stop the trigger words from turning him into a murderous psychopath. She also brags about what her work will do for Wakandan A.I. technology because she’s just that brilliant.(Via Marvel)That last line is very sweet, too. Bucky Barnes can finally rest, and Steve will be very happy to hear that. Just like any good boyfriend. These prelude comics aren’t essential to understanding what’s going on in Infinity War, but they’re usually fun side-stories. You might even pick up on little details in the movie you’d otherwise miss. From this page alone, it’s looking like this will be a series well worth picking up. Especially if you have a lot of love for Bucky Barnes. Like certain editors of this website.Speaking of T’Challa, we got to see just a little bit more of his upcoming solo movie. The action portion of this clip was already shown off on The Ellen Show earlier this week, but this new, more complete clip adds some context to the energetic car chase. And by context, I mean a car that turns invisible. Wakanda just gets cooler with every new look we get at it.I also love the brother-sister banter. You can tell their relationship is going to be a big part of this movie, and Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright have amazing chemistry together. It’s not hard to imagine people walking out of the theater with Shuri as their new favorite Marvel character. Of course, this is mostly an excuse to post that kinetic energy car flip again. That shot’s never getting old.With Black Panther and Infinity War out this year, there’s never been a better time to rewatch all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in order. When you get to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 though, you might want to pay extra close attention. Director James Gunn filed both Guardians movies with Easter Eggs and references to other parts of the Marvel canon. Fans have been pretty good at finding them, except apparently for one. Gunn started a twitter thread praising an Easter egg hunter who’s been looking for an Easter Egg in the first Guardians of the Galaxy that no one has been able to find yet. That’s when this exchange happened. Stay on targetcenter_img Yes.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 24, 2018Straight from the director himself, there is a secret hidden in GOTG Vol. 2 that it even diehard fans have found yet. Unfortunately, Gunn didn’t reveal any more than that, so we have no idea where to start looking. That bar scene is where we first meet Yondu’s old crew wouldn’t be a bad place to look. Or maybe there’s something in the bedside drawer Groot goes digging through. Given that nobody’s found it yet though, it could be somewhere no one’s thought to look yet. Happy mid-MCU-marathon hunting.Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Photo via Disney/Marvel)Finally, it’s no secret that every movie studio wishes they could replicate the success of the MCU, but that’s proven to be a difficult task, especially for Warner Bros. and the DCEU. But why is that? Why do Marvel movies get so much more love at best box office? According to AdWeek, one study has figured out Marvel’s secret. It’s all about character.A company called ZappiStore studied people’s reactions while they watched trailers for Marvel and DC movies. While people reacted positively to the action in DC’s trailers, they didn’t respond as strongly to moments when the characters were on screen. During the Marvel trailers on the other hand, people reacted just as strongly to both the characters and the action. The company says Marvel has just done a much better job of creating a connection between the audience and their characters. It sounds simple, but it’s clearly important. Especially after Justice League’s less-than-amazing performance at the box office. So if you want to see MCU-level success, it’s clear what you have to do: Write good characters. Who could’ve guessed?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Esquires Paywall Experiment

first_imgTyler Cabot: I’d been working on other ways of monetizing content, and a lot of that began with fiction. We got frustrated a few years ago with putting fiction stories up for free—it seemed there was a market there. So a little over a year ago, we did our first ebook. Three or four months later we did another fiction collection and a few anthologies of older material. So this was an evolution.It was in that way of thinking that I began this thing with Narrative 4. We had about 106 stories, put about 15 in the magazine and asked what we do with the rest. The initial thought was that we could do an ebook, but I wanted to experiment a little more and make it feel like it was living on and easier to access. One of the problems I’ve had with ebooks is that they come out and everyone’s really excited and then they vanish. That’s when I started exploring if there were ways to make this into a paid website. FOLIO: The ebooks, anthologies and the project with Narrative 4 are all behind some sort of paywall, but they use different models than the one you’ve used for “The Prophet.” How did you settle on this particular model?Cabot: This is somewhat similar to the Narrative 4 one, just because it is still a pretty basic paywall. At this point though, we’re experimenting so we want to try as many different ways of doing things as possible. We wanted to see if there was a way to have this actually be living on our website. That seemed like a pretty big plus to us. We’ve done the ebook thing, let’s try a different way of doing things and then we can have an even bigger set of data to see how this works.FOLIO: How successful has it been so far?Cabot: We’re still tallying all that stuff up, but I can tell you that our conversion rate is up to 5 percent. It’s still selling. And somewhere around 42 percent of people who start purchasing it, end up finishing [the purchase process].FOLIO: One of the big arguments against paywalls is that they hinder social sharing. What was the net impact of the article on social media?Cabot: This is something we thought about, but didn’t understand exactly how it would work. If you have content behind a paywall, how do you get people talking about it? How do you get people writing about it?There was a lot on social media, a ton on Twitter and so on. A lot of people were linking to The Atlantic [Wire] article about our article though [“The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science” | 7.2.13].One thing we did to help [mitigate that impact] was to partner with Longreads and with Matter. They both have big sets of subscribers and they said it was a piece that their subscribers would love, so they wanted to make a deal. It seemed to us to make sense to do that—to sell it in bulk. But also, there are a lot more readers there who are going to be talking about it.FOLIO: Do you have any other unique distribution strategies you’re pursuing?Cabot: One of the cool things both those places do is that [the article] is automatically sent to your Kindle or iPad device. That’s something I’m very interested in—how you can maximize the number of places that you can read it.In terms of other places to distribute, yes, we’d love to do that more. I think it’s finding the right partners for the right kind of story. For this story, these two made a ton of sense. They were audiences who were reading long-form journalism and long-form journalism about science.FOLIO: A few critics have noted that the paywall itself is pretty easy to bypass. Is that something you were aware of?Cabot: It was intentional in the sense that this was a total experiment. Tinypass [Tinypass provides the paywall in front of “The Prophet”] offers a more secure paywall, but it’s much harder to implement. We had no idea how this was going to go, so we said, ‘Let’s just do it and we’ll see how it goes.’ As we go forward, we may want to use the more secure one, or we may think this is great.If you start this and have no idea how it’s going to go, the biggest priority isn’t building the biggest holding box you can. It’s to get it done, see how it works and then you can invest more time and more money.FOLIO: Are you planning on doing this again?Cabot: We don’t have a plan right now, but I would say probably. We have to figure out the right story to do it again with. It could be a new story or we could do it with some old stories. The main thing to keep in mind was that this really was a complete experiment and it still is. It’s very much a living experiment. We’re just kind of rolling with it, pushing forward with it and learning as much as we can.More on this topic Politico Takes Paywall Baby Steps with Six-State Experiment Tinypass Gets Bigger With Swishu Acquisition Winning the Paywall Debate With 1,000th Issue, Esquire Debuts Full Archive Esquire Debuts Weekly Tablet-Only Magazine Press+ Brings Metered Paywall Platform to VideoJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Esquire made big news in the world of paid Web content in July, putting one of its magazine features behind a paywall. “The Prophet”—for sale on for $1.99—wasn’t the title’s first experience with a paywall though.Esquire has been testing paid content models for ebooks and anthologies since last year. More recently, they’d solicited more than 100 stories for a similar project with the charity Narrative 4.Tyler Cabot, articles editor for Esquire, has been behind each of the recent paywall initiatives. He admits they’re still very much in the experimentation stages, but they’re learning about models, distribution and security with each step.FOLIO: What’s the background of the project? Why this story? Why right now?last_img read more

Jon Snow to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe Game of Thrones star

first_imgJon Snow and Daenerys TargaryenTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageKit Harington may be leaving Game of Thrones behind and claiming a pair of superhero tights of his very own.According to Deadline, the 32-year-old actor has set his sights on the superhero franchise as he moves on from his role as Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones. The publication’s source claimed that Kit has been lined up for a role in one of Marvel and Kevin Feige’s franchise, though it is not clear which he’d appear in.It is known that Kit Harington shot to fame with his role as Jon Snow in the hit HBO adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels, which came to an end earlier this year. Recently Kit Harington spoke about the future of his character at the end of the show.Reportedly, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was asked about his character’s last moment on the show during a pre-Emmys chat with The Hollywood Reporter. Fans have apparently wondered about the finale of Game of Thrones, in which Snow — having been relegated back to the Night’s Watch — left Castle Black and was seen heading beyond the Wall. Was he was going on a ranging mission? Was he merely escorting the Free Folk? Or was he leaving the Night’s Watch behind and rejoining the Wildlings to live with them?Turns out, that final assumption (which, admittedly, was the most popular consensus online) is correct. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)”[S]eeing him go beyond the Wall back to something true, something honest, something pure with these people he was always told he belongs with — the Free Folk — it felt to me like he was finally free,” said the actor, who is currently nominated for the Emmys’ Best Actor in a Drama Series award. “Instead of being chained and sent to the Wall, it felt like he was set free. It was a really sweet ending. As much as he had done a horrible thing [in killing Daenerys], as much as he had felt that pain, the actual ending for him was finally being released.”Well, now we know that being a superhero may have been in that future. We wonder who Jon Snow will play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After playing Jon Snow, whoever Kit Harington chooses to play should become a fan favourite.last_img read more

Drug peddler killed in RAB gunfight

first_imgAn alleged drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in WASA area of Dhaka’s Purba Kadamtali on Friday night.The deceased Imran, 35, was involved with extortion and drug business in the area, according to RAB.Additional police superintendant Mohiuddin Faruqi of RAB-10 confirmed the incident.last_img

BNP candidate Milon detained

first_imgFazlul Haque MilonPolice arrested BNP candidate from Gazipur-5 constituency Fazlul Haque Milon from his residence at Bottul village in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur on Thursday afternoon.Abdus Sabur, additional superintendent of police of the district, said a team of police arrested Milon, BNP organising secretary for Dhaka division and its Gazipur district unit president, around 4pm while he was holding a meeting at his house.The police official claimed that they made the arrest as the BNP leader was facing a warrant for his arrest.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday June 23

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From 5-7 P.M.We’ll have a full report on the acquittal of Caesar Goodson on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, as well as analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision this week to allow evidence obtained by police officers after illegal stops, to be used in court. We’ll talk with former federal prosecutor Sheryl Wood of the Wood Law Firm and University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert. These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more