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BTS Drop Fake Love Video With New Album Love Yourself Tear

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first_imgNews Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS Announce New Full-Length Album Twitter BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS Announce New Full-Length Album NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com More K-Pop Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Korean pop superstars release imagery-packed new video along with their third LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 18, 2018 – 7:45 am The wait is over for the BTS fans, as their new album Love Yourself: Tear arrives today along with a brand-new music video for “Fake Love.” The album is their third LP and the second in the “Love Yourself” series, and the striking video continues the group’s ongoing narrative. Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Email TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day”center_img BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Watch: BTS’ New Video “Fake Love” bts-drop-fake-love-video-new-album-love-yourself-tear BTS Drop “Fake Love” Video With New Album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Is BTS Coming To Your Town? BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Prev Next Is BTS Coming To Your Town? NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Facebook Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Chock-full of symbolic imagery of sand, water, fire, and a flower that won’t bloom, “Fake Love” sees the group members alone in solitude in various settings and dancing together with sharp choreography, creating slick mirror and shadow effects. The video is the second from Love Yourself: Tear following V’s “Singularity,” which dropped less than two weeks ago.BTS’ highly anticipated album features 11 songs, including “Singularity” and “Fake Love,” and covers a wide range of sonic spaces and moods, infusing hip-hop, EDM, and alt-R&B elements into the group’s carefully crafted pop sound. The songs “Love Maze” and “Magic Shop” are dedicated to the group’s fanbase, known as “ARMY,” while “The Truth Untold” features Steve Aoki in a raw, stripped-down piano ballad — quite a different approach from the first collaboration between Aoki and BTS, last year’s upbeat “Mic Drop” remix.Love Yourself: Tear follows 2017’s Love Yourself: Her EP and the group’s previous LP, 2016’s Wings. Pre-orders for the new album surpassed 1.4 million copies, according to Billboard, topping …Her’s sales totals in pre-sales alone.The Korean pop superstars are currently in the U.S. preparing for appearances at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20 and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on May 25. BTS will return to the States later this year when they embark on the Love Yourself World Tour where they’ll perform in six North American cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Fort Worth, Texas.The tour kicks off in Seoul, South Korea on Aug. 25. In the meantime, fans now have a new album and music video to hold them over.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout leaps into 8bit Claymation and more

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first_img Tags 3:41 TV and Movies The Guardians of the Galaxy are moving into a retro-inspired art style. Disney XD Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is using 8-bit, Claymation, 3D and more styles of experimental animation in an upcoming episode.As part of a four-episode storyline, the group will jump into a Black Vortex Mirror, finding themselves in brand new worlds and brand new looks.PETER QUILLPeter Quill is getting a Claymation-style makeover. Disney XD This will allow the show to bring the Guardians into art styles such as CG-stop motion, book illustration, motion comic and the previously mentioned 8-bit video game style.There will also be a Golden Age animation style, which makes Rocket look a bit more like Mickey Mouse, and traditional CG. The claymation-style in particular gives Star-Lord a whole new look, complete with a pointy hairstyle.ROCKET RACCOONRocket Racoon goes vintage in this black-and-white animation style. Disney XD The first two Black Vortex episodes will debut on May 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The third and fourth parts will debut on May 12 at the same time on the Disney XD network and the DisneyNow website. Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Marvellast_img read more

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Nextgeneration Audi RS6 Avant teased ahead of September debut

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first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 Post a comment Audi 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is sharp but not shouty 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Enlarge ImageHey Audi? We want this. Audi Audi treats Americans to a rather wide variety of RS models, but there’s piece of forbidden fruit we’ve yet to taste. That’s the Audi RS6 Avant.While we don’t have confirmation the hot wagon will be heading our way, Audi is nearly ready to reveal it and teased the model on its German Facebook page this past Friday. According to the post, the brand plans to debut the wagon at its Audi City Berlin showroom locally this September. To be clear, Audi didn’t explicitly say this teaser shows the RS6 Avant, but there’s no denying the rear end and long roof on display here. Although cloaked in darkness and a sheet, Audi’s latest corporate taillight peeks through with a signature LED design. Compared to the current-generation RS6, the design should be rather evolutionary overall, but who are we kidding? It’s going to look gorgeous because it’s a sleek wagon. Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise 6:29 If the new RS6 Avant follows suit with the current car, it’ll pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with around 650 horsepower. Should Audi Sport feel frisky, an electric motor part of a mild-hybrid system could push that figure even higher.Will Audi finally bring it to North America? All signs have pointed to that being the case. Audi previously told Motor Authority in February that the company is actively looking at bringing the RS6 Avant and standard A6 Avant to these shores with the next-generation models. The company has also previously encouraged fans to continue speaking out in favor of bringing the model to North America. Say it loud, say it proud: we want the RS6 Avant, Audi. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes Wagons Performance Cars 69 Photos Audilast_img read more

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Dow SP close at record highs

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first_imgDow, S&P close at record highs1.8K viewsDow, S&P close at record highs1.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Dow, S&P close at record highs1.8K viewsBusinessU.S. stocks marched higher on a relief rally. The deal to extend Greece’s bailout pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to close at all-time highs. The Nasdaq stretched its win streak into an eighth session asVentuno Web Player 4.50U.S. stocks marched higher on a relief rally. The deal to extend Greece’s bailout pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to close at all-time highs. The Nasdaq stretched its win streak into an eighth session aslast_img

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Sources deny LufthansaEtihad stake deal Report

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first_imgGerman carrier Lufthansa is not in talks with Etihad Airways for a stake sale, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, denying rumoured media reports that stated otherwise.”A financial stake is out of question for the moment,” a source, who was familiar with the airliner’s plans was quoted as saying by Reuters. Another source said the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will not be willing to pay for a stake in the German carrier.Also read: Lufthansa pilots resume strike; more than 800 flights cancelledAn Italian media report had earlier said that managers from the two airlines were reportedly holding talks and vetting the possibility of Etihad acquiring 30-40 percent stake in Lufthansa as a pre-cursor to a merger. Following the news, shares of Lufthansa went up by six percent on Tuesday. In December 2016, Lufthansa and Etihad had inked a code-sharing agreement to link their route networks. The two airlines said they would look at further cooperation. The first source quoted by the agency said Lufthansa was indeed in talks with Etihad over code-sharing and catering cooperation, but not merger. However, analysts quoted by the agency questioned the benefits of the deal. They also cited foreign ownership rules with regard to international traffic lights and called the rumoured deal as “implausible.”69 percent of the German-based carrier is owned by German investors, 13 percent by US investors and 9 percent by other nationalities.last_img read more

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Civil society BNP Jamaat have no strength to defeat AL Joy

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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s information and communication technology affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday said people reaped the benefits of development as they voted for ‘Boat’, election symbol of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).“The people witnessed massive development after voting for boat. On the contrary, when the BNP comes to power, they destroy the country,” he told a discussion at a hotel in the capital.Suchinta Foundation organised the discussion titled ‘21 August: Present-Future of Bangladesh’s Politics’ with its chairperson Mohammad A Arafat in the chair.Freedom fighter and cultural personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, professor at Dhaka University (DU) Mesbah Kamal, freedom fighter Rokeya Kabir, late president Zillur Rahman’s daughter Tania Rahman, and journalist Mozammel Babu addressed the discussion, among others.Joy said AL has reached to its present stage braving all kinds of conspiracies. Civil society members, BNP and Jamaat have no strength to defeat the united Awami League, he added.“We can feel the pangs of sufferings for losing family members. I vowed to come to politics and oust the BNP government after the 21 August monstrous attack,” the PM advisor said.The then prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia was involved in the 21 August monstrous grenade attack, Joy said, adding it took 14 years to complete the trail of the heinous attack.Mainul Hosein, a former adviser to the past caretaker government, Dr Kamal Hossain and others were masterminds behind the 1/11, he said, adding, “Mainul Hosein helped Tarique Rahman, mastermind of the 21 August grenade attack, to flee from the country”.1/11 is the popular term in the country for indicating the changeover took place in January 2007, when military-backed caretaker government assumed power.Now they are trying to make Tarique the prime minister bringing him back home, he added.The AL does not do politics of killings like the BNP, Joy said, adding a total of 24 AL leaders and activists were killed in the 21 August grenade attack when leaders like Ahsanullah Master and Shah AMS Kibria were also killed during the BNP regime.“If BNP could have remained in the state power for 10 years like AL, no AL leader could have remained alive,” he said.Replying to BNP leaders’ allegation of arresting their leaders and activists, Joy said legal actions will be taken against those who killed people through arson attacks in 2013-14.Criticising the so-called civil society members, Joy said those who are ashamed of raising voice against killers and terrorists, they actually are trying to save the killers and terrorists.Talking about the newly-formed Jatiya Oikya Front, he said the Jatiya Oikya Front is trying to rehabilitate the BNP.Referring to different trials completed under the AL government, Joy said AL has established rule of law. And Tarique Rahman will be brought to book after extradition, he added.AL does not fear those who are not capable of securing a single vote in the election, he said, adding that AL does not care for the threats of so-called civil society members.Addressing the discussion, Tania Rahman said the main target of the 21 August grenade attack was to make the AL, which led the country’s liberation war, leaders less.The speakers said the 21 August attack and the 15 August incident of killing father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his family member were tied in a same string.The purposes of the incidents were to kill the country’s liberal democratic politics and make the country a militant state, they added.last_img read more

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Farright tipped to win big as Swedes vote

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first_imgStefan Lofven, leader of the Social Democratic Party arrives with his wife Ulla to a party leader debate with the Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson broadcast by Sweden’s tv-channel TV4 from Linkoping, Sweden on 8 September. Photo: AFPSwedes go to the polls in legislative elections Sunday, with the far-right expected to post a record score as voters unhappy about immigration punish one of the few remaining left-wing governments in Europe.Polling institutes have suggested support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could tick in anywhere between 16 and 25 per cent, giving it significant influence and making it impossible to predict the make-up of the next government.The party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement has called the arrival of almost 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012 a threat to Swedish culture, and claims they are straining Sweden’s generous welfare state.The traditionally two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and the conservative Moderates, were together predicted to win around 40 per cent of votes, down by 10 percentage points from the last elections in 2014.Candidates from the eight parties campaigned down to the wire on Saturday, targeting in particular the 20 per cent of the 7.5 million eligible voters believed to still be undecided, according to pollsters.“I’m still hesitating between the Moderates and SD. SD is quite close to the Moderates but they’re a little more clear in what they want. They’re more direct,” Elias, an 18-year-old voting in his first election, told AFP.Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has repeatedly called the legislative elections a “referendum on the future of the welfare state”.But the far-right has presented it as a vote on immigration and integration, after Sweden took in more than 160,000 asylum seekers in 2015 alone, a per capita record in Europe.Hateful forcesOn the eve of the election, Lofven condemned “the hateful forces” in Sweden.He urged voters to “think about how they wanted to use their time on Earth”, calling on them to “stand on the right side of history”.Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson meanwhile said that after the election, Sweden would need “a strong cross-bloc cooperation to isolate the forces… pushing for Sweden to withdraw from international cooperation”.In southern Sweden, an SD stronghold, party leader Jimmie Akesson campaigned among throngs of supporters as detractors booed him and shouted “No racists on our streets!”“We’re now competing against the Social Democrats and Moderates to become the biggest party in the country,” he said, dismissing the protesters as “communists”.Polling stations open across the country at 8:00am (0600 GMT) and close at 8:00pm, with first estimates expected soon afterwards.Final results are due before midnight (2200 GMT), but the composition of the next government may not be known for weeks.Deal with ‘the devil’Neither Lofven’s “red-green” bloc nor the opposition centre-right four-party Alliance (Moderates, Centre, Liberals and Christian Democrats) were expected to win a majority in parliament.Lengthy negotiations will be needed to build a majority, or at least a minority that won’t be toppled by the opposite side.Lofven, whose minority government made up of the Social Democrats and the Greens with the informal support of the ex-communist Left Party, has managed to hang onto power by sealing deals with the right-wing on energy and migration, among other things.But the opposition is intent on ousting Lofven, with some Moderates willing to go so far as to put an end to SD’s pariah status and open negotiations with them.That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Centre parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with “the devil”, as Akesson occasionally calls himself.In an interview with AFP during the campaign, Akesson stressed he would “lay down his terms” after the election, citing immigration policy, crime-fighting and health care as priorities.He sparked an outcry during a televised debate on Friday when he said foreigners had more difficulty finding jobs “because they’re not Swedes”.“They don’t fit in in Sweden and of course then it’s hard to find a job.”That prompted Centre Party leader Annie Loof to bang her fist on her podium, retorting angrily: “How can you talk that way?!”Akesson’s remarks, and the raw tone unusual in Swedish debates, triggered a wave of criticism in media and political spheres.Meanwhile, refugee aid associations said they have noted “anxiety” among asylum seekers over the far-right’s surge.“I’ve lived here for almost three years, I’ve learned the language. What will happen to me if they enter government or gain influence,” asked Mohammad, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee who spoke perfect Swedish when interviewed by AFP.last_img read more

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One more dies of dengue

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first_imgA dengue victim died while undergoing treatment at the Sadar Hospital in Madaripur on early Saturday, reports UNB.Medical officer Sasanko Babu identified the deceased as Nadira Akter, 45, wife of Shawkat Mia of Krishnanagar village in Kalkini upazila.The number of dengue patients is rising gradually. At least 48 patients were admitted to the hospital between Friday and Saturday noon, the physician said.Although the government claims the mosquito-borne disease has claimed 14 lives, unofficial estimates suggest the number is much higher.last_img

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake Trumps Tax Returns

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first_imgPaul J. Richards/AFP/Getty ImagesA lawsuit against President Trump alleges he is violating the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses of the Constitution. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta says Trump’s Washington hotel (above) is “an emoluments magnet.” Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty ImagesIf there’s one thing President Trump‘s critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it’s his tax returns.The returns didn’t come up during Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump’s grip on them.If the next step goes the plaintiffs’ way, the case could make the president’s tax returns surface.Trump is being sued by four plaintiffs who allege he is violating anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution, namely, its Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses.If Judge George Daniels says the plaintiffs have legal standing to proceed with the suit, they then can seek internal financial documents, including those tax returns.“We will be looking for detailed financial records, foreign and domestic transactions, in the president’s businesses,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Joseph Sellers told reporters after the hearing. “If the tax returns turn out to be relevant we may seek them.”Trump is the only president since 1977 to withhold his tax returns from voluntary disclosure. Unlike recent presidents, he has also refused to comply voluntarily with the federal conflict-of-interest law. Doing so would have forced him to separate himself from the Trump business empire.The lawsuit comes from three plaintiffs in the hotel and restaurant industry, and one watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.The Constitution’s clauses banning emoluments — that is, money and other favors — are meant to keep federal officials out of conflicts of interest.Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta told Daniels that Trump’s Washington hotel is “an emoluments magnet.” Its international business has been burgeoning, according to news reports.Justice Department lawyer Brett Shumate said the plaintiffs failed to show they have been injured by Trump hotels and restaurants, so they wouldn’t have legal standing.As the hearing wrapped up, Shumate opened a possible argument that presidents aren’t even covered by the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Sharelast_img read more

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Agents Arrest Designer Of Schlitterbahn Water Slide That Killed Boy

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first_img Share flickrSchlitterbahn WaterparkFederal authorities in Dallas have arrested one of the designers of a Kansas water park slide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy.Trent Touchstone, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, said Tuesday that 72-year-old John Timothy Schooley was met by agents at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Monday.Schooley will be held in Dallas pending his arraignment and extradition to Kansas on charges that include second-degree murder.A Kansas grand jury last week indicted Schooley and Jeffrey Henry, a co-owner of Texas-based Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. The indictment alleges Schooley lacked technical or engineering expertise in amusement park rides.Caleb Schwab died on the 17-story Verruckt ride in 2016 when the raft he was riding went airborne and hit an overhead loop.last_img read more

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Trinamool Congress leading in gram panchayat seats

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first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress today surged ahead in 1,800 gram panchayat seats while the BJP and the CPI(M) were leading in 100 and 30 gram panchayat seats respectively, as per initial trends available at 10 am, SEC officials said. The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on May 14. The counting of votes began at 8 am amid tight security, the State Election Commission officials said. Of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the sources said.last_img

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Rep Hauck applauds additional state aid following flooding

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first_img Categories: Hauck News Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund now open to Midland, Isabella countiesState Rep. Roger Hauck today announced the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is now available to provide financial assistance to local communities after severe flooding caused extensive damages on June 22-23.“When our community got hit hard by the flooding last month, local first responders and relief agencies stepped up to ensure the health and safety of residents, and I commend them for their impressive response,” said Hauck, of Union Township. “The disaster continues to take a toll, however, stretching the budgets of local cities, villages, townships and counties that experienced unexpected expenses while responding to the flooding. I applaud the governor for making money from the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund available to help reimburse communities for some costs they have incurred.”Eligible local governments affected by the flooding in Bay, Isabella, Gladwin and Midland counties can apply for assistance grants for up to $100,000 or 10 percent of the previous year’s operating budget, whichever is less.The Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is used when communities demonstrate an exhaustion of local resources during a disaster or emergency. The money can be applied toward the immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency, as well as cover overtime for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.Under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when federal assistance is not available.The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will administer the grant program and assist local governments applying for the funds.### 25Jul Rep. Hauck applauds additional state aid following floodinglast_img read more

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Twitch the Amazonowned video platform and gaming

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first_imgTwitch, the Amazon-owned video platform and gaming enthusiasts, will replace traditional TV services in the future as a major destination for big-screen entertainment, according to founder and CEO Emmett Shear. Speaking at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London yesterday, Shear agreed that in the future he could imagine viewers tuning in to Twitch on their TV sets instead of Sky or the BBC, citing Twitch’s existing presence on TV platforms like the PlayStation and Xbox games consoles.“Thanks to things like Chromecast and Apple TV we have the opportunity for everyone that uses that mobile device to actually throw it [Twitch] up on the big screen,” said Shear.“What we’ve seen is that those features are actually very heavily used and there’s a lot of demand for that. So I think over time, we’ll see literally Twitch replacing your television in a sense – it will be the thing that you put up on the big screen.”Twitch lets users to broadcast and tune-in to videogame footage, but has recently also stared airing poker tournaments and experimenting with live music and concert coverage.With the popularity of online poker, Shear said that he sees this as “just another videogame.” However, he acknowledges that “music is definitely different” and its interest in offering this came from the “constant interest” in music from its community of users.“I think that we’re very cautious to try to bring cool music stuff to our existing community that they want, rather than trying to push something that doesn’t make sense for our community on them. But I hope over time we have great music content as well,” said Shear.Amazon agreed to buy Twitch for US$970 million in cash last August, in a deal that Shear said made sense for both companies.“What does Amazon bring to the table? They bring an amazing retail operation in gaming where they sell videogames really effectively. They bring an amazing platform for producing videogames [Amazon EC2], and what Twitch brings to that is this missing piece of the puzzle, which is a community. Amazon just did not, prior to buying Twitch, have a big community of gamers,” said Shear.“We got access to a bunch of things through being purchased through Amazon that would have taken us a very long time to build ourselves if we ever actually did. So it’s really actually worked out very nicely.”last_img read more

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