first_imgThe hosts took the lead when Mario Goetze was fouled in The hosts took the lead when Mario Goetze was fouled in the area and Gomez banged home the 13th-minute penalty.Napoli defensive midfielder Hamsik made Slovakias first clear chance count by drilling home the equaliser on 40 minutes and his long-range shot gave Leno no chance on his debut. The goal fired up the visitors who then took the lead a minute before the break when striker Duris slipped his marker and floated his header past Leno.The skies opened during the half-time break as torrential rain pelted the pitch and the black clouds mirrored Loews dark scowls as he trudged off.The match resumed with pools of water on the surface and Slovakia profited from the deluge.Kuckas speculative shot looked set to be gathered by Ter Stegen, on for Leno, only for the ball to roll between his legs on 52 minutes.It was virtually identical to the own-goal the Barcelona shot-stopper leaked against the USA in Germanys 4-3 friendly defeat in Washington in June 2013.Loew must now cut four names before submitting his 23-man squad for Euro 2018 before midnight on Tuesday while Slovakia coach Jan Kozak is set to name his on Monday.Germany have one more warm-up match, against Hungary in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, the same day Slovakia host Northern Ireland in Trnava.Germany play their first Euro 2016 match in Group C against Ukraine on June 12 in Lille, the day after Slovakia open their campaign against Wales in Bordeaux. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Shane Warne, Sourav Ganguly recall old cricket memories and ‘sledge’ each other

first_imgThe Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 brought together some of the most iconic names in the cricketing world and there were some expected fireworks right through the day, especially when the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne came face-to-face with Michael Clarke watching on.Ganguly had, in 2001, tamed Australia in that historic series which the hosts won 2-1 after bouncing back from a defeat at the Wankhede Stadium. It was in the course of that iconic series that the then Indian captain Ganguly, had got to the Australians’ nerves by delaying the toss.Sixteen years later, Shane Warne, who was an integral part of Steve Waugh’s team, said he was okay with what Ganguly did in his home turf and thought it was a smart, aggressive move to derail the Aussies by coming out late for the toss.However, Ganguly, who was present along with Clarke for the session titled “Warnie, Pup and Dada” show, reiterated that Warne wasn’t as accepting of the tactic back in 2001: “Everytime I came out to bat , he would pitch the ball outside leg and remind me to play the game in the right spirit.”Known for their wit and humour, both Ganguly and Warne kept ‘sledging’ each other as the audience burst into laughter. However, their mutual respect was palpable.”I have seen Warne sledge me throughout. We were playing for different counties and he would see me come out and he would sledge me. Even when it was Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, he would come at the toss and start sledging me from there itself. And all this happened for a period of 10 years. But he’s a fabulous bowler and the best I have faced. I have played against Muttiah Muralitharan too and I’m lucky to get some runs against both of them,” Ganguly said.advertisementWarne said he got sledged by Ganguly in equal measure.: “Sourav never said a word back – can you believe that ?”But Warne showed his admiration for Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag – known as the Fab 5 of Indian cricket and said their contributions towards Indian cricket was immense.  “Don’t ever underestimate how good these guys are – I would much rather bowl to the modern day Indian guys than these guys. India became one of the best sides in the world under Sourav,” Warne said.Warne said sledging Ganguly made the legendary Indian batsman more determined than ever: “I sledged him thinking I could get him out this time but that only made him more determined. It was under Sourav that India because one of the best sides from one of the better sides because he gave them the toughness, the feeling of not going under any team.”Clarke, who had captained Australia with great success after Ricky Ponting stepped aside, said he was lucky to play the game alongside legends such as Warne and Ganguly.”The players I idolised I got to play with and against – it’s a great example of why you play the game. They were so competitive on the field. That’s why the game is so special.”Shane would always want to get Sourav out and Sourav would want to stay and you see this friendship now, this is how the game (is played).”So tournaments like the Champions Trophy or the recent India-Australia series, there were lotsd of talks of competitiveness and on the friendship between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. You want to win and you’re so passionate about it. That’s why you play so hard on the field.”But Virat Kohli and Steve Smith would be no different to these two in 5-10 years when they’ll be sitting here talking about the good times. Because we are so competitive, that’s why we respect each other so much. And thats why I idiolise these two.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India, South Africa face off in virtual quarter-final

first_imgHaving suffered defeats in their previous matches, India and South Africa face a do-or-die battle in their quest for a semi-final spot when they meet in a Group B contest of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval here on Sunday.India suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their last group match while Pakistan beat South Africa via the Duckworth-Lewis method.India must have faced the biggest reality-check in the tournament, having lost to Sri Lanka even after registering a formidable total of 321/6 after being asked to bat first. The toss might have had its own effect on the match with India captain Virat Kohli always willing to chase first.Kohli might look to replace middle-order batsman Kedhar Jadhav with star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin alongside left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who might just add to the balance of the team.Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been in good nick and will look to give India a good start against South Africa.Kohli and Yuvraj Singh will look to click in Sunday’s tie after failing to reach double digits against Sri Lanka. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya meanwhile, will look to inflict some damage on the opposition bowlers lower down the order.The bowling department will be a matter of concern for India with only pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar being able to produce a wicket against Sri Lanka while the others failed to provide breakthroughs.Pacers Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya bowled economically but failed to take any wickets.advertisementFor South Africa, neither the batting nor bowling looked to have clicked after a 19-run defeat by the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method against Pakistan in their previous match.David Miller was the only batsman who was amongst the runs, scoring 75 against Pakistan. Pacer Morne Morkel was the only successful bowler among the Proteas with figures of 3/18.South Africa will look to heavily improvise in both the departments to give their side any chance to win against India.South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ form in the series has also been a matter of concern for the side, having scored only 4 runs in two matches, and will try to come back big against India.The South African bowling unit comprising of Kagiso Rabadda — the top ranked bowler in the ICC rankings — fellow pacers Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel and Chris Morris along with their lone leg-spinner Imran Tahir are a lethal unit on paper, but have failed to produce wickets at regular intervals.Squad:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane.South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), David Miller, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Farhan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada.last_img read more

Carabao Cup final: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa refuses substitution, winks at camera

first_imgThe Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City was devoid of much goal-scoring action throughout the 120 minutes of football at the Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. However, the last few minutes of the extra time saw an incident that was astonishing and may be a never-seen-before situation.Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga openly defied his manager Maurizio Sarri and left him frustrated and fuming when he refused to be substituted with Willy Caballero in the dying moments of the extra time.Caballero was stretching at the sidelines all ready to take the field for the impending penalty shootout but Kepa, who had injured his hand a few moments ago, waved his hands at Sarri and the Chelsea technical staff telling that he is okay to continue and denied his manager.Those were a bizarre few moments when Sarri screamed at the sidelines, throwing stuff on his seat in the technical area and at one point, even looked like walking out on Chelsea while Kepa argued with defender David Luiz and told the referee that he was okay and will not be substituted.Kepa Denies Sarri Substitution, who owns the club? . That is the question. Absolutely unprofessional Kepa. (@BettKMax) February 24, 2019All this while, Caballero stood at the sidelines clueless. Chelsea eventually lost the shootout 3-4 with Kepa saving just one of the five penalty strokes and letting slip a weak Sergio Aguero penalty from right under his palm.If defying his manager was not enough, Kepa winked at the camera after the final whistle and that left the fans confused and fuming.advertisementThe wink when the final whistle goes . Absolute muggings from Kepa!! #CHEMCI McKay (@diggyuk) February 24, 2019Kepa Arrizabalaga was the biggest culprit tonight, so disrespectful. Not only did he refuse to leave the pitch, he then winks at the camera at the final whistle. Chelsea are a laughing stock.Josh (@StrettyUltra) February 24, 2019The audacity from Kepa here to wink at the camera after he refused to follow Sarri’s instructions to come off the pitch. The ego on this (@FutbolCheIsea) February 24, 2019Childish, selfish, disrespectful liar… why did you wink to the camera then you disrespectful kid? (@mo98khedr) February 25, 2019I have never seen this. Utterly disgraceful. Kepa absolutely undermined the manager. No respect. Also the audacity to wink at the camera. I have never witnessed this in football and i have been watching it for 15 years.Fadumo (@fadumofoo) February 24, 2019After the match, Maurizio Sarri defended Kepa and said there was a misunderstanding as he thought Kepa wasn’t fit enough to continue.”It was a big misunderstanding because I understood that he had a cramp. So I didn’t want a keeper (to) go to penalties in that physical condition,” Sarri told reporters.”The goalkeeper wanted only to let me know that he was in condition to go to the penalties,” the Italian said.”It was only a big misunderstanding. Kepa was right, but in the wrong way.”Kepa later took to Twitter to clear the air that he did not mean to defy Sarri and he was only letting his manager know that he was fit to Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) February 24, 2019On February 10, Chelsea were hammered by Manchester City 6-0 in the Premier League but on Sunday, they showed resilience and put up a far better defensive show at the Wembley to keep City at bay.Sarri tweaked his system a bit from the hammering they had got in the Premier League and that reaped benefits for them in terms of their defensive capabilities.However, neither teams had much to show for their attacking chances throughout normal time and extra time and in the end, it were the penalties that decided the winner of the EFL Cup.Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero, Bernando Silva and Raheem Sterling scored for Manchester City with Sterling striking the winning penalty while Leroy Sane missed.For Chelsea, Jorginho had his penalty saved by Ederson and David Luiz struck the bar while Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard scored off their strokes.Also Read | Manchester City retain Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea rocked by keeper controversylast_img read more

PM Encourages Communities to Create Play Areas for Children on Labour Day

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging communities to renovate open spaces or parks for children to play, as part of activities for Labour Day.“Part of the safety and security and emotional and psychosocial development of the child is their ability to play… . Let’s get our children out there playing… . It’s good for their health,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7).Stressing the importance of play to the development of the child, Mr. Holness pointed out that it teaches good sportsmanship, how to resolve conflicts, builds confidence and helps with physical development.“Children have stress as well, and it is an excellent way to reduce stress… both for parents and for children,” he said.He noted that sophisticated playsets are not necessary, noting for example, that used tyres and rope could be utilised to make swings.In the meantime, Mr. Holness invited all Jamaicans to volunteer their services, talents and abilities on Labour Day in support of the well-being of the nation’s children, in keeping with the theme ‘Child Safety…it’s you, it’s me, it’s all ah we!’.“The safety and security of our children must be everyone’s business,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, announced four national Labour Day projects, which will focus on renovating the environs of some schools.The activities will take place at the Papine High School in St Andrew, which will be led by the Prime Minister; Holland Primary School in St Elizabeth; Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland; and the Barrett Town All-Age/John Rollins Primary School in St. James.The scope of work includes installation of pedestrian crossings; paving/repairing of roads; installation of sidewalks, bus lay-by and signage; erection of fencing; bushing of school environs; and painting of murals.The works will be carried out by the National Labour Day Committee in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica, JN Foundation and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).Additionally, there will be parish projects organised and led by mayors and councillors across the island.Minister Grange encouraged persons to register their projects with the municipal corporations, the Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport or on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) website at Day 2019, to be recognised on Thursday (May 23), is the culmination of Workers’ Week activities, which begins on Sunday (May 19). The week is being observed under the theme ‘Yes to decent work; No to child labour’. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging communities to renovate open spaces or parks for children to play, as part of activities for Labour Day. “Part of the safety and security and emotional and psychosocial development of the child is their ability to play… . Let’s get our children out there playing… . It’s good for their health,” he said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 7). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Tiny bubbles in our body to fight cancer better than chemo

first_imgResearchers have found that tiny bubbles in our body might potentially be used to treat cancer and could fight the disease better than chemotherapy. Healthy cells in our body release nano-sized bubbles that transfer genetic material such as DNA and RNA to other cells. It’s your DNA that stores the important information necessary for RNA to produce proteins and make sure they act accordingly. According to the researchers, these bubbly extracellular vesicles (EV) could become mini treatment transporters, carrying a combination of therapeutic drugs and genes that target cancer cells and kill them. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study, published recently, focused on breast cancer cells in mice. “What we’ve done is improve a therapeutic approach to delivering enzyme-producing genes that can convert certain drugs into toxic agents and target tumours,” said the study’s lead author Masamitsu Kanada, Assistant Professor at the Michigan State University. These drugs or prodrugs start out as inactive compounds. But once they metabolize in the body, they are immediately activated and can get to work on fighting everything from cancer to headaches. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAspirin is an example of a common prodrug. In this case, researchers used EVs, to deliver the enzyme-producing genes that could activate a prodrug combination therapy of ganciclovir and CB1954 in breast cancer cells. Minicircle DNA and regular plasmid – two different gene vectors that act as additional delivery mechanisms for DNA – were loaded into the vesicles to see which was better at helping transport treatment. This is known as a gene-directed enzyme, prodrug therapy.last_img read more

Cuba mystery grows New details on what befell US diplomats

first_imgWASHINGTON – The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 U.S. victims in an astonishing international mystery still unfolding in Cuba. The top U.S. diplomat has called them “health attacks.” New details learned by The Associated Press indicate at least some of the incidents were confined to specific rooms or even parts of rooms with laser-like specificity, baffling U.S. officials who say the facts and the physics don’t add up.“None of this has a reasonable explanation,” said Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA official who served in Havana long before America re-opened an embassy there. “It’s just mystery after mystery after mystery.”Suspicion initially focused on a sonic weapon, and on the Cubans. Yet the diagnosis of mild brain injury, considered unlikely to result from sound, has confounded the FBI, the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies involved in the investigation.Some victims now have problems concentrating or recalling specific words, several officials said, the latest signs of more serious damage than the U.S. government initially realized. The United States first acknowledged the attacks in August — nine months after symptoms were first reported.It may seem the stuff of sci-fi novels, of the cloak-and-dagger rivalries that haven’t fully dissipated despite the historic U.S.-Cuban rapprochement two years ago that seemed to bury the weight of the two nations’ Cold War enmity. But this is Cuba, the land of poisoned cigars, exploding seashells and covert subterfuge by Washington and Havana, where the unimaginable in espionage has often been all too real.The Trump administration still hasn’t identified a culprit or a device to explain the attacks, according to interviews with more than a dozen current and former U.S. officials, Cuban officials and others briefed on the investigation. Most weren’t authorized to discuss the probe and demanded anonymity.“The investigation into all of this is still under way. It is an aggressive investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday. “We will continue doing this until we find out who or what is responsible for this.”In fact, almost nothing about what went down in Havana is clear. Investigators have tested several theories about an intentional attack — by Cuba’s government, a rogue faction of its security forces, a third country like Russia, or some combination thereof. Yet they’ve left open the possibility an advanced espionage operation went horribly awry, or that some other, less nefarious explanation is to blame.Aside from their homes, officials said Americans were attacked in at least one hotel, a fact not previously disclosed. An incident occurred on an upper floor of the recently renovated Hotel Capri, a 60-year-old concrete tower steps from the Malecon, Havana’s iconic, waterside promenade.The cases vary deeply: different symptoms, different recollections of what happened. That’s what makes the puzzle so difficult to crack.In several episodes recounted by U.S. officials, victims knew it was happening in real time, and there were strong indications of a sonic attack.Some felt vibrations, and heard sounds — loud ringing or a high-pitch chirping similar to crickets or cicadas. Others heard the grinding noise. Some victims awoke with ringing in their ears and fumbled for their alarm clocks, only to discover the ringing stopped when they moved away from their beds.The attacks seemed to come at night. Several victims reported they came in minute-long bursts.Yet others heard nothing, felt nothing. Later, their symptoms came.The scope keeps widening. On Tuesday, the State Department disclosed that doctors had confirmed another two cases, bringing the total American victims to 21. Some have mild traumatic brain injury, known as a concussion, and others permanent hearing loss.Even the potential motive is unclear. Investigators are at a loss to explain why Canadians were harmed, too, including some who reported nosebleeds. Fewer than 10 Canadian diplomatic households in Cuba were affected, a Canadian official said. Unlike the U.S., Canada has maintained warm ties to Cuba for decades.Sound and health experts are equally baffled. Targeted, localized beams of sound are possible, but the laws of acoustics suggest such a device would probably be large and not easily concealed. Officials said it’s unclear whether the device’s effects were localized by design or due to some other technical factor.And no single, sonic gadget seems to explain such an odd, inconsistent array of physical responses.“Brain damage and concussions, it’s not possible,” said Joseph Pompei, a former MIT researcher and psychoacoustics expert. “Somebody would have to submerge their head into a pool lined with very powerful ultrasound transducers.”Other symptoms have included brain swelling, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches, balance problems and tinnitus, or prolonged ringing in the ears. Many victims have shown improvement since leaving Cuba and some suffered only minor or temporary symptoms.After the U.S. complained to Cuba’s government earlier this year and Canada detected its own cases, the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police travelled to Havana to investigate.FBI investigators swept the rooms, looking for devices. They found nothing, several officials briefed on the investigation said.In May, Washington expelled two Cuban diplomats to protest the communist government’s failure to protect Americans serving there. But the U.S. has taken pains not to accuse Havana of perpetrating the attacks. It’s a sign investigators believe that even if elements of Cuba’s security forces were involved, it wasn’t necessarily directed from the top.Cuba’s government declined to answer specific questions about the incidents, pointing to a previous Foreign Affairs Ministry statement denying any involvement, vowing full co-operation and saying it was treating the situation “with utmost importance.”“Cuba has never, nor would it ever, allow that the Cuban territory be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents or their families, without exception,” the Cuban statement said.After half a century of estrangement, the U.S. and Cuba in 2015 restored diplomatic ties between countries separated by a mere 90 miles of water. Embassies were re-opened and restrictions on travel and commerce eased. President Donald Trump has reversed some of those changes, but left others in place.Mark Feierstein, who oversaw the Cuba detente on President Barack Obama’s National Security Council, noted that Cuban authorities have been uncharacteristically co-operative with the investigation.If the Trump administration felt confident Raul Castro’s government was to blame, it’s likely the U.S. would have already taken major punitive steps, like shuttering the newly re-established American Embassy. And the U.S. hasn’t stopped sending new diplomats to Cuba even as the victim list grows.“Had they thought the Cuban government was deliberately attacking American diplomats, that would have had a much more negative effect,” Feierstein said. “We haven’t seen that yet.”___Weissenstein reported from Havana. Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Eric Tucker and Lauran Neergaard in Washington, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Jake Pearson in New York contributed.last_img read more

Bell Fibe TV the first Canadian television service available on Apple TV

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter You can experience Fibe TV on Apple TV first hand with live demonstrations at Bell stores across Québec and Ontario. Apple TV 4th generation 32 GB is now available at Bell stores in both provinces for $199, and you can also purchase through 310-BELL and online at its introduction in 2010, Fibe TV has transformed television in Canada with the best picture quality available, the first 4K Wireless Whole Home PVR, the ability to Restart shows in progress or from the past 30 hours, access to the top 5 most-watched shows in Canada at any time with Trending, control your Fibe TV experience with your Apple Watch, and access to up to 450 channels on your mobile devices with the Fibe TV app.Discover the free Fibe TV app on the App Store for Apple TV or download on iPhone and iPad at The app will download automatically on Apple TV for users with Automatic Downloads enabled.About BellBell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone, small business and enterprise communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital and out of home media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal’s BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Fibe TV is now available on Apple TV, enabling consumers to experience Canada’s best television service alongside their music, photos, games and favourite apps on Apple TV 4th Generation.“Fibe TV continues to be the fastest growing TV service in Canada because of our constant focus on delivering new and exclusive features and building great partnerships to make television better,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business. “Consumers can access Fibe TV through a receiver, on their computer or mobile device, and now, for the first time in Canada, on Apple TV.”With the Fibe TV app on Apple TV, you can watch up to 450 channels live or on demand – the most of any provider – and see the top trending shows at any time. By the end of the year, you’ll also be able to watch Fibe TV recordings as well as pause and rewind live TV on Apple TV. Advertisementlast_img read more

Senior UN relief official warns health and education systems in wartorn Yemen

“Eight months of conflict have had a devastating effect on all aspects of life in Yemen, with the health and education sectors the hardest hit,” said the Head of Operation for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging in a news release.Mr. Ging also reported that a sharp reduction in imports and a ban on exports have reduced public and commercial revenues, resulting in collapsing services and livelihoods.“Ministries are running out of money for supplies and salaries for health workers and teachers, and there are widespread shortages of medicines to treat chronic illnesses. MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières] is warning of a catastrophic situation for dialysis patients in particular,” he added.On his visit, from 15 to 17 November, Mr. Ging met affected people, humanitarian partners, and representatives of the Government and the opposition and stressed that everyone “called for an immediate end to the conflict and the resumption of normal commercial activities.”Mr. Ging commended the work of Yemeni civil society organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) and UN organizations during the course of the crisis.”There has been an impressive scale-up of aid operations thanks to the heroic efforts of humanitarian staff, but we must be clear that humanitarian agencies cannot substitute for a country’s public services,” noted Mr. Ging.OCHA reported that UN and its humanitarian partners are doing their utmost to deliver aid despite the challenging environment.Agencies are distributing food to 2.4 million people on a monthly basis, providing medical supplies to improve health access for 2.6 million people, and treating 97,000 severely malnourished children, OCHA said adding that country-wide vaccination campaigns continue.Further, the UN agency said that emergency water and sanitation support has reached 3.7 million people since April. Mr. Ging stressed the need for all parties of the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law saying that it is ‘unacceptable to prevent aid deliveries or to steal humanitarian supplies.’Lastly, he appealed for the immediate lifting of the siege on Taiz city and an end to the bureaucratic obstacles to aid delivery inside Yemen. read more

Wednesdays Daily Brief Diplomacy for Peace Day VaccinesWork the cost of war

Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis. In recommendations specifically aimed at under-fives for the first time, the UN health agency said that some than 40 million children around the globe – around six per cent of the total – are overweight. Of that number, half are in Africa and Asia, it noted. Find the whole story here.‘Violent extremism must not divide us’: UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Sri Lanka’s attacks  The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace “underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good”, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres marking its first-ever observance on Wednesday.The UN chief pointed out that for nearly 75 years, multilateral arrangements established after the Second World War have “saved lives, expanded economic and social progress, upheld human rights and, not least, helped to prevent a third descent into global conflagration”.Read the whole story here.World Immunization Week starts today After an intensive four-day visit to Silicon Valley, in California, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has urged all States to adopt a “smart mix of measures to regulate new technologies”.   “Finding a smart mix in a digital, networked environment is particularly challenging and requires innovative thinking,” Ms. Bachelet said, on Wednesday, adding that regulation needs to be “flexible and capable of evolving to address the changing needs of this sector.”  Highlighting the urgency of finding solutions to some of the major threats to human rights posed by technological advances, the Human Rights chief said that technology “can, and should, be all about progress.”  But she warned that “hugely invasive powers” were being unleashed by tech innovation, which could do “incalculable damage” without enough checks.  Ms. Bachelet also announced a project to help technology companies incorporate established international human rights principles into their work. Under-fives’ daily screen time should be kept to 60 minutes only, warns WHO The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his “deep shock and sorrow” over the Sri Lanka attacks on Easter Day, and the rising death toll.  The UNHCR chief said he felt “encouraged by the outpouring of solidarity and calls for unity from all corners of the world”, adding that “violent extremism must not divide us.” Mr. Grandi said the agency would stand by the government and people of Sri Lanka, “a country that has offered protection to refugees of diverse religions and nationalities, at the same time as it continues to recover from its own experience of division and conflict” during its long civil war. Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Wednesday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”.And on Wednesday night, UNICEF also published a new report, showing that more than 20 million children worldwide missed out on measles vaccine annually, in the past eight years. Full details in our story here.To inspire confidence in the power and safety of vaccines, UNICEF is using the hashtag #VaccinesWork for the global campaign, centred around World Immunization Week, which runs from 24 to 30 April.Listen to our interview with UNICEF immunization chief, Robin Nandy:  Although Afghan civilians are continuing to suffer high levels of casualties due to ongoing conflict, rates are at their lowest level since the beginning of 2013. That’s according to figures released on Wednesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, which documented 581 civilian deaths, and 1,192 injured during the first three months of this year. That represents a 23 per cent drop for the same period last year, driven by a fall in the number of suicide attacks, as well as an unusually harsh winter. UNAMA said it was “very concerned by the continuing targeting of civilians” and an increase in casualties from the use of non-suicide explosives by “anti-Government elements”. There was also a significant increase in casualties due to aerial and search operations, which led to an uptick in casualties at the hands of pro-Government forces. More regulation on new technologies needed: UN Human Rights chief says after visiting Silicon Valley  Multilateralism’s ‘proven record of service’ is focus of first-ever International Day Violence continuing to inflict ‘high levels of harm’ on Afghan civilians  read more

UN chief condemns terror attack in Kismayo Somalia

In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack and wished a swift recovery to the injured.The attack took place in the port city of Kismayo where, according to media reports, a suicide bomber drove a car containing explosives into the Asasey hotel. Gunmen then stormed the building..@antonioguterres speaks out against terrorist attack in Somali port city of Kismayo, reaffirms @UN’s support and solidarity with the people of Somalia in their pursuit of a peaceful future @UNSomalia— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) July 12, 2019 The terror group al-Shabab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which is believed to have led to the deaths of at least 26 people, making it the worst to hit Kismayo since al-Shabab was forced out of the city in 2012.The killings took place around 4 months after al-Shabab set off two car bombs in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, reportedly killing more than 20 people, and injuring scores more.The Secretary-General reaffirmed the support and solidarity of the United Nations with the people of Somalia in their pursuit of a peaceful future. read more

Another family night for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

Another season, another first for Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.Even after more than four decades as head coach at his alma mater, he’s facing something new. When the Orange (4-2) host Cornell (4-3) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome, the matchup will give the 74-year-old Boeheim a unique moment in time — his two sons will compete against each other on the basketball court that bears the Hall of Fame coach’s name.A family affair like no other, to be sure.“It’s a tough game, an emotional game,” Boeheim said. “It is what it is. Just got to get ready.”Boeheim’s oldest son, Jimmy, has stepped up his game after averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games as a freshman for the Big Red last season. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward is shooting 46.2 per cent and averaging 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 22.1 minutes off the bench. Buddy, a 6-5 freshman guard for the Orange, has struggled, hitting just 2 of 18 shots from long range and 3 of 28 overall after excelling in the preseason.“They’ve been playing good this year, both of them,” coach Boeheim said. “Buddy hasn’t made any shots. He will. Jimmy’s been playing real good.”The brothers were fierce competitors growing up, learning the nuances of the game both at home and at the YMCA in downtown Syracuse on Saturday mornings with mom Juli watching intently while sitting on the hardwood floor against the wall of the tiny gym.“It’s going to be a little weird, lining up against my brother,” said Jimmy, who has a pair of 20-point games this season. “I’m going to do my best to put it aside and play to the best of my abilities.“I try to treat it like any other game, but that’s a little easier said than done, I guess. I’ve grown up playing there, so it’s just playing basketball to me. Now that I’ve done it once, I’m going into it a lot calmer, I guess, just trying to enjoy it more.”Jimmy Boeheim already has had a moment the family will cherish forever. He drained a 3-pointer in front of his father on Cornell’s first possession of last season and finished with a season-high 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. The Orange won, so there was a sense of satisfaction on both sides.“That was awesome. That just totally calmed me down. It brought me so much peace,” Juli said. “I needed to know that he was going to have some success. It really surpassed any of my expectations.”Like last year, Juli has ordered special T-shirts for the special night and will pass them out to family and friends before the game, then wait and worry.“I’ll still be a bag of nerves until they’ve both been in and something good has happened for both of them,” she said. “Then I can relax. It becomes a normal game. I just want success for them so badly.”Syracuse is coming off a road victory over No. 16 Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It was the Orange’s last chance this season to notch a signature nonconference victory away from the Carrier Dome, an important piece for an NCAA Tournament resume.Buddy started the first two games of the season and played sparingly in the next two. He did not play against the Buckeyes.“I knew it would be tough (for him),” Juli said. “I knew it was going to be an extremely high-level game. I think Buddy handled it very well. Jim said he was really happy that we won, he had a good attitude about not playing. He completely understood. If he can keep that mindset going, he’ll put a lot less pressure on himself.”Expect Buddy back in the lineup at some point Saturday night.“They’d both better play or I’m not going home. That’s all I can tell you,” the old coach said with a laugh. “I can get away with one game, but I don’t think I can get away with two.”___More AP college basketball: and Kekis, The Associated Press read more

Zambian mining industry to drive strategic consensus for longterm economic growth

first_imgReeling from the worst crisis it has faced this century, and losing millions of dollars a month in a depressed copper-price environment, the Zambian mining industry is to push for a long-term strategic consensus to promote the growth not just of the mining industry, but of the entire country.“As an industry, we carry the weight of an entire nation on our shoulders in terms of investment, jobs and foreign exchange earnings,” said Chamber of Mines President, Nathan Chishimba, speaking at a media conference in Lusaka yesterday.Since 2000, on the back of rising copper demand from China, the Zambian copper mining industry has led the nation’s development, spurring GDP growth and helping to achieve annual growth rates of 7% to 10%. The industry has ploughed more than $10 billion into new mining ventures, trebled the country’s annual mining output to around 800,000 t and increased employment fourfold to more than 80,000. This mining growth has been key in taking government tax revenue from less than half a billion Kwacha in 2000 to a peak of K8 billion ten years later.“We are the basket which holds all the proverbial eggs. Working together we have to create a high-growth, diversified economy which spreads risk and opportunities across the economy, creates more jobs and widens the tax base,” said Chishimba. “As we are seeing in the current crisis, Zambia should not be relying only on mining for its future.”As a measure of the industry’s unity of purpose, the Zambian Chamber of Mines media conference was attended by senior executives of First Quantum Minerals (FQM), Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), Mopani and Barrick Lumwana and other senior industry figures. These are Zambia’s four largest copper mining companies, accounting for around 70% of the country’s annual output.The objective, according to Chishimba, was to provide context and understanding for the slump facing Zambian and global copper miners after a reduction in demand in the past five years from China, the world’s largest consumer of copper (45% of world production). It has led to a five-year slide in the copper price, which is around 60% off its 2011 peak – triggering production cutbacks and layoffs in all of the world’s major copper-mining nations, from Zambia, DRC and Chile to Australia, Canada and the US.The conference also heard that the Zambian mining industry faced specific local constraints such as a debilitating power shortage that has reduced production capacity, increased costs and, in certain cases, forced the closure of operations, with the loss of many jobs.“We suffer from both production challenges, such as old mines, deep orebodies, low grades, low productivity, and regulatory challenges – for example, a constantly changing policy and tax environment.  The effect is twofold: our copper is expensive to produce, and investors are reluctant to start new mines or expand existing ones.”On the long-term prospects for the global mining industry, Chishimba said there had always been demand for copper on the back of industrialisation and modernisation of the world economy, and nothing suggests that this is about to change.  However, for Zambia to benefit from that continued demand, the Zambian mining industry needs to become more competitive.“There are new, low cost mines coming on stream in other countries that can thrive in this low price environment. Unless Zambia takes action now to address our challenges, so that we can compete with these other countries, our future as a copper producing nation is in peril,” he said. Chishimba said the challenge is for both the industry and the country to learn the lessons of the past and present.“This national crisis poses long-term questions over Zambia’s economic development, which cannot be avoided.  We all need to come together and agree the conditions which best promote the growth both of the mines and the broader economy. As an industry, we are ready to create dialogue on this vital strategic issue on which the future of our nation depends.”Chishimba concluded by saying that the Chamber of Mines, with the full weight of support of its members, would engage with stakeholders on this topic in the coming year. It is the industry’s intention to host an ‘All Zambia’ conference next year, as part of the drive to reach long-term consensus on economic diversification.last_img read more

Okada Manila continues upward GGR climb in February

first_imgPhilippines integrated resort operator Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc (TRLEI) has reported gross gaming revenue of Php2.38 billion (US$45.2 million) at Okada Manila in February, a year-on-year increase of 73% over the same month in 2018.The increase included a 147.2% increase in VIP revenue to Php969 million (US$18.4 million), while mass table games grew 64.9% to Php699 million and gaming machines by 27.2% to Php710 million. Other revenue reached Php166 million, pushing property-wide revenue at Okada Manila to Php2.54 billion – up 70.7% year-on-year. RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Adjusted segment EBITDA was Php361.2 million compared to a loss of Php181.5 million in February 2018.The results did, however, represent a significant sequential decline on January 2019, when GGR reached a record Php3.84 billion.“In addition to February being three days shorter than January, the decrease in gross gaming revenue in comparison to January 2019 was primarily due to the Chinese New Year holidays, particularly impacting VIP table games directly,” TRLEI said. “This was expected, however, and volumes in VIP rolling, mass table drop and gaming machine handle recovered for the latter half of the month.” Load More South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokeragelast_img read more

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Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of May 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 26, 2019:190598 — Vibert — 12 Ox Bow Drive190637 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Roberts Burke Gifford190686 — Superior Court — Ficociello — 500 Main St190693 — Benson — 26 Fairmeadow Road190694 — Land Court — Hutchison — 32 Marcia Road190695 — Land Court —  Armata — 26 Shady Lane Drive190708 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — RDA — 8 Lexington Street190709 — Wilmington Conservation Commission —  RDA — 6A Falcon Road190710 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 100 Research Drive190711 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 635 Main Street(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Damaged manhole repaired

first_imgRajendra Nagar: Reacting to a news item ‘Plea to stop sewage water overflowing’ published in The Hans India on Monday, Rajendra Nagar civic authorities swung into action to give much relief to the residents. The residents of Fortview Colony in Rajendra Nagar were facing hardships on account of a damaged manhole. The concerned civic authorities of Rajendra Nagar immediately informed their workers to visit the affected place and repair the damaged manhole.last_img

Hyundai India set to touch record sales in 2015 with Creta Elite

first_imgHyundai CretaHyundai IndiaHyundai Motor India, the subsidiary of South Korea’s largest car company, is set to end the year 2015 in grand fashion. With the domestic sales of the company projected to touch a record high of 4.76 lakh vehicles this year, there is every reason to cheer. The company is also expected to touch its export target of 1.67 lakh units for this year.The company will also register the highest year-on-year growth of over 16% in the past five years in 2015, reports The Economic Times. Hyundai India, the third-largest contributor of the South Korean company, accounts for about 14% of the company’s sales. What really helped it reach the coveted top spot was models like Elite i20 and Creta, and needless to say, both are doing remarkably well.The Hyundai Creta SUV, which opened its India chapter in July this year, has already bagged over 75,000 bookings and is expected to reach the 1 lakh mark by the end of this year. Creta has also been seeing overwhelming response in the overseas market, well received in places like Latin America (Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Panama), the Middle East (Oman, UAE, Saudi) and Africa (Egypt, Morocco & Nigeria). The company has increased production of the Creta to meet demand.Offered in both petrol and diesel-engine options, the Creta’s 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine can churn out 121bhp and 151Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre CRDI diesel engine is tuned to pump out 126bhp of power and 260Nm of torque. The petrol engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.6-litre CRDi is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission.last_img read more

National Poetry Month Still Life With Wadded Paper Towels By Paige Quiñones

first_imgThis poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Burnout Fugue (excerpt), Le Sablier (excerpt) and Le Vieillard (excerpt) by Alexandra Stréliski from Inscape and PianoscopeTo learn more about this series, go here. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /05:51 center_img X Margaret CiprianoPaige Quiñones Still Life with Wadded Paper TowelsI wonder whether familiarity will take over.Here, we are childrenwho marvel at a swirl of hair in sunlightor the sparrow’s cry for coitus.And though I’ve touched a body not mine,I’m surprised by your heat, howI can perceive this desire so easily—we are betrayed at our most animal.Here, nothing is not lovely. The slatted light.The accidental blood on my thighs,whatever I use to clean them.We have been painted in hard linesand I want to blur you out—a manis most interesting where he doesn’t belong.So you play at negation, as though we needthat bruise made new again.Someday I will hate you.This is your way of saying: I owe you nothing. In this sound portrait, we meet poet Paige Quiñones. She tell us how poetry changed her life in college, her interest in exploring the ends of relationships and her favorite place to write. She reads her poem, “Still Life with Wadded Paper Towels.”Paige Quiñones is currently a PhD student in poetry at the University of Houston, where she is the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Previously a fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH, she received her MFA in poetry from Ohio State University. Her work has been nominated twice for Pushcart Prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Gave Us a Slow Burn to a Great Battle

first_img Holy crap, that final scene. There may not have been a ton of action for most of last night’s Game of Thrones, but that last battle was worth the wait. It was massive, violent and emotionally harrowing to watch Daenerys fly overhead on Drogon, unaware of the weapon the Lannisters now possess. We’ll get to that later, though. There’s an entire show worth of cathartic reunions, foreshadowing and intrigue to get through.While the overall plot of Game of Thrones continues to move at the speed of light, last night’s episode wisely took its time early on. Knowing it would end with nonstop action, it filled the rest of the episode with slower moments hinting at where the story would go from here. (Also, if you were watching on HBO NOW, the episode title was “Game of Thrones 64,” which is hilarious. I bet “Game of Thrones 64” would have required the RAM Expansion Pak.) The best of these moments by far was the long-awaited reunion of the remaining Stark siblings. Arya finally arrived back in Winterfell, only to be nearly turned away at the gate. If you remember all the way back to season one, you know this tends to happen to her. People don’t think she looks the part of a Stark. This time, she handles the situation a lot more calmly, appealing to the guards’ sense of reason. And their desire not to face the wrath of Sansa.The scene where Arya and Sansa meet in the Godswood after years of being apart is easily one of the most emotionally satisfying moments in the entire series. It’s immediately clear that both have changed and hardened since they last saw each other, but they’re still sisters. They’re overjoyed to see each other, which is why Sansa is so desperate to laugh off Arya’s list of people to kill as a joke. She tries to appear accepting of the list when Bran reveals it to be serious, but she’s clearly uncomfortable with the idea. That becomes especially evident when Arya spars with Brienne, in another fantastic scene. This fight even gave the dragon battle at the end a run for its money. Though it was a friendly duel, we got to see the two best swordswomen in all of Westeros go up against each other, and it was just as glorious as we’d all imagined. (And you have to smile at Arya’s response that she was trained by “no one.”)Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Look closely in that scene, and you can find another parallel to season one. When Arya is fighting Brienne, Sansa looks on growing less comfortable by the second. That could be a callback to the scene all the way back when Arya began her water dancer training with Syrio. As Ned saw his daughter fight, a look of terror slowly took over his face. The same happens to Sansa here. The difference is, where Ned was clearly scared for Arya, Sansa looks to be scared of her. A fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by Littlefinger, who is probably already thinking of how to use this situation to his advantage.If there is anything good to come out of Philosophy Major Bran, it might be that he appears to be one step ahead of everyone else as far as Littlefinger is concerned. When Littlefinger gives Bran the Valyrian Steel dagger that almost killed him, Bran says to him “chaos is a ladder.” Those are the same words Littlefinger spoke to Varys in season three. Bran knows what Littlefinger’s up to. He aims to create chaos so that he can amass power amidst the confusion. Sansa knows that too, to a certain extent, but at this point, only Bran knows about how Littlefinger betrayed their father. And now, he gave the dagger to Arya for reasons that aren’t entirely clear yet. Maybe she’ll use it to kill Littlefinger. Since it’s made of Valyrian steel, maybe she’ll be the one to kill the Night King with it. That would certainly explain why such attention was paid to Arya’s match with Brienne. All that’s certain is that Bran knows things about the future that he’s not sharing with anyone. And that despite being more useful this week, he’s still your obnoxious cousin who went to college and discovered weed for the first time.Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Elsewhere in Westeros, Daenerys and Jon Snow are acting much friendlier towards one another. Before mining the dragonglass from under her castle, Jon brings Daenerys into the caves so she can see it. More than it being beautiful, they also find some ancient carvings deep in the caves. It would appear that the Forest Children and the First Men lived together, united to defeat a common enemy: The Night King. The message isn’t lost on Daenerys. They need each other to survive. Daenerys still won’t accept a sovereign northern kingdom, though. Much like Jon once said to Mance Rayder, she encourages him to bend the knee to her in order to save his people. Jon is now in the same position Mance was once, with people counting on him to lead. He knows at least a few bannermen leave if he surrenders to Daenerys. If the North becomes divided again, they won’t have a chance to stop the White Walkers. Even with Daenerys’s army.Their discussion is interrupted by the news that Tyrion’s invasion of Casterly Rock has failed. Not trusting Tyrion to lead a campaign against his own family, Daenerys is ready to storm the Red Keep with dragons and Dothraki. Thankfully, Jon is there to help discourage that course of action. He says if she does that, people will look at her as another tyrant, willing to kill common folk if it puts her in power. He encourages her to show people that she will be a different kind of ruler. She listens, leading to the greatest battle of the season, so far.The entire scene leading up to it, with Jaime and Bronn taking wheat from farmers to bring to King’s Landing, was tense as hell. You knew something was coming, but it still wasn’t quite clear what. Then, you heard the horses and the Dothraki yells. She didn’t, you think. And then you see them, and oh yes she did. It’s awe-inspiring to watch the Dothraki riders face a well-funded group of Lannister soldiers, and it gets even better when you see Daenerys’s true plan. The Dothraki keep the soldiers busy while Daenerys rides Drogon, commanding him to burn the wheat. It’s a much more strategic move than storming the Red Keep directly. Interestingly, Tyrion doesn’t enjoy watching the Lannisters be cut down by the Dothraki hoard. Deep down, he still cares deeply for Jaime. He doesn’t want to watch his brother die.Courtesy of HBOThe drama peaks right at the end of the episode, after Bronn, fires the dragon-killing arrow at Drogon. (No! If Drogon dies, I will NOT BE OK.) Fortunately, it only hit his shoulder. He can’t fly right now, but it looks like he’ll live. Then, as Daenerys is trying to pull the arrow out of her dragon, Jaime sees his chance to win the war once and for all. He charges at Daenerys, as Tyrion futilely begs him to run. It’s funny. The Lannister army fired a weapon from The Hobbit, then Tyrion paraphrased a line from The Fellowship of the Ring. Only instead of “Fly, you fools,” it’s “Flee, you idiot.”  When you run out of George R.R. Martin books to adapt, why not pull from the other fantasy author with two R’s in his name? As Jaime charges towards Daenerys, Drogon prepares to roast him alive. Jaime is seemingly pushed out of the way by Bronn, and ends up in the water. The final shot of the episode is Jaime sinking to the bottom.What? Is he dead? Is that how he dies? That armor is heavy, and one of his hands is made of metal. That can’t be easy to swim in. Jaime is also conspicuously absent from the preview of next week’s episode. No. I refuse to believe that that’s how he dies. He’ll survive this, only to die a more gruesome death later, either at the hands of Daenerys or Cersei, depending on what he does after he’s pulled from the water. It would be completely unlike the show to kill off one of its most important characters this way. It’s not a fitting resolution to his story, and it makes no sense for him to be spared dragon fire only to drown to death. He’ll be back. While I’m sure Jaime is not dead, don’t be surprised if the show makes us wait a while before we see him again. Game of Thrones likes to torture us like that.Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)“The Spoils of War” was a high point for the season. Not only did we see its most spectacular battle yet, for the rest of the episode, but we also had some much-needed time to breathe. It took its time, letting the slower moments live and giving some attention to the smaller family stories. This episode gave the audience everything we wanted: Stark reunions, Littlefinger being called out, Arya being the coolest, and a fight with a dragon. Of course, after all that catharsis, there’s probably a lot of trouble ahead for our favorite characters. Most likely, the writers are giving us a break before they stress us out all over again. Game of Thrones likes to play with our emotions like that.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on targetlast_img read more