Floods submerge ONGC sites in Tripura

first_imgIncessant monsoon rains weredisrupting operations of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) in Tripura. Rain triggered floods submerged its drilling sites especially in northern part of the State.Tripura Asset of the ONGC on Tuesday confirmed that its operational activities were severely affected due to rains. ‘The drilling location at Pechartal of Unakoti district hds been affected by torrential rains’, ONGC spokesperson Debashis Saraswati said in a statement.He said that the RIG location at Pechartal had been flooded by rain water which left heavy equipments submerged. The water level in the particular site was continuously rising, he added.Mr Saraswati informed that the crew and staff were safely evacuated from the site. Experts capped ‘X mass tree’ on the well to keep it secure.The exploration work would remain suspended there till climate situation limps back to normality.ONGC was also worried about another drill site at Panisagar in Unakoti district. The location had been submerged forcing suspension of work.Meanwhile, heavy downpour disrupted normal life across the State on Tuesday. Several localities and roads were flooded due to water logging.last_img read more

Girl helps police arrest molester in Agartala

first_imgQuick thinking by a 16-year-old girl helped the police to arrest her molester on Friday. The girl, a State-level badminton player, was travelling in an auto rickshaw when her co–passenger misbehaved with her.She immediately shouted and forced the auto driver to stop. A large crowd gathered and she told them of her ordeal.“The crowd started beating the accused… Our team reached the spot and rescued the man,” an officer of East Agartala Women’s Police Station told The Hindu.The accused Kollol Bahadur Chetry is a resident of Kunjaban locality in Agartala. He was arrested under IPC sections and the POCSO Act. A court remanded him in custody.last_img read more

Will welcome Zlatan with open arms: AC Milan

first_imgItalian football giants AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday said French club Paris Saint-Germain’s star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will always be welcomed back.”We will welcome Ibrahimovic with open arms if he wants to return to Milan,” Berlusconi was quoted as saying by goal.com.The striker enjoyed a successful stint with the Serie A club between 2010-2012, before signing for Ligue 1 giants PSG in 2012. However, inspite of the interest from AC Milan, PSG is adamant to not let go the star striker whose current contract with the Ligue 1 champions runs till June 2016.Milan have roped in Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano to strengthen their forward line this season, with midfielders Alessandro Bertolacci and Jose Mauri and defender Alessio Romagnoli also signed.last_img read more

Bangladesh hopeful of England visit despite Dhaka attack

first_imgBangladesh is hopeful England will go ahead with their planned tour of the South Asian country later this year despite Friday’s attack by gunmen at an upmarket Dhaka restaurant that left 20 dead.A spokesman of the England and Wales Cricket Board has said the ECB would follow government advice on the trip to Bangladesh for three one-day internationals and two Tests from Oct. 7 to Nov. 1. (Also read – Dhaka attack: One of the terrorists was educated boy from rich family, who once met Shraddha Kapoor) ‘UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT’ “It is a very unfortunate incident for Bangladesh. We never imagined such a thing could happen in this country,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan told local media.”I have seen England’s reaction, which is quite normal. We would have done the same thing if we were in their position.”Even after the Paris attacks, the game didn’t stop there. Sport will go on. England are coming after three months, by which time the situation in Bangladesh will get better.”BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was not available for comment to confirm if they had received any communication from their English counterparts.’SECURITY HAS TO BE STRENGTHENED’ Security concerns have been a major issue in the region, starving Pakistan of international sports at home while the Australian cricket team postponed their Bangladesh tour last year following a warning from their government.”It’s very hard to say which place is safe and which is not,” Hassan added.”Whatever the situation is, I’ve always said that our security has to be strengthened. We have to provide maximum security. I don’t see any reason why sport should be stopped.”advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing rips dignity away like a stolen heart – David Haye is a spent force

first_imgBoxing accommodates no calumny, which is why David Haye should look back over his pronouncements before and after his devastating second defeat by Tony Bellew and consider doing what all fighters must eventually do: quit the day job.Three days before the 37-year-old Londoner endured his what might prove to be his farewell nightmare, he confessed: “My only reason for being in boxing is to prove I’m the best on the planet. I need to prove I’m better than Tony before I can think about that.”Haye, with bits of his chiselled body falling off him, dreamt still of winning back his world heavyweight title, of challenging the young behemoths, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.“Even if I beat Tony,” he added, “I’ll have to watch the tape back and say, OK, is that person good enough to beat the Joshuas and Wilders of the world? If I’m getting caught with shots and missing … I’m not going to put myself in the ring with these guys. I’m not just going to get my head punched in. I’m not stupid. I’ll only do it if I genuinely believe I can win the fight. I’ve never gone into a fight I didn’t think I could win.” Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Boxing Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Even an hour before the fight on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, he said: “If I can’t get Bellew out of there in good fashion, my aspirations of winning titles are down the drain. So I need to go out and really put on a good performance.”It took Bellew less than a quarter of an hour to convince Haye his ambitions were illusory. Yet, having declared unequivocally beforehand he would need to win in style to carry on, Haye later dodged questions about retirement – far more efficiently than when he had attempted to avoid the head shots that had put him down twice in the third and once in the fifth, leading to the compassionate intervention of the referee.“I dunno. I didn’t feel that great in there,” he said, “but I’ll have to review the tapes and see exactly what went wrong.” The tapes are a fighter’s comfort blanket – or hair shirt.Without reference to them, he could say: “Tony Bellew boxed a great fight and I didn’t, plain and simple. Maybe after having these rounds, [I could] get back in there and keeping the momentum going, maybe I’ll put on a better performance. As of tonight, I was bettered by the better man.”So, a confusing psychological mishmash of diversion and denial rounded out the saga. Haye, who endures pain in the ring without complaint, could not inflict more on his psyche in the aftermath of losing to his Liverpudlian tormentor for the second time. He might cut the umbilical cord to his sport in the next few days, or he might try to squeeze one or two more paydays out of it.Haye, who has never lacked for swagger, is used to accusations that he is only in boxing now for the money but it is a curious slur on a professional fighter. It is, after all, what he does for a living. His dilemma is convincing customers to pay to watch him. His reflexes have dulled, his balance, composure and judgment have disintegrated to the point where his blows do not land with the force of old against someone as ring savvy as Bellew, and his fading punch resistance makes him a sitting duck at this level. Read more Share on WhatsApp Sportblogcenter_img Tony Bellew targets Tyson Fury while David Haye ponders his future The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The promoter Eddie Hearn, lending professional distance to the debate, observes: “He came up to me at the end of the fight and he went: ‘I really enjoyed the atmosphere’ and I’m thinking … like, he enjoyed the walk! But he’s never been hurt like that before.“He’s got a lot of heart. Fair play to him. And he boxed six rounds with a snapped achilles [in the first fight 14 months ago]. But, when people review his career, they will always see he lost to Tony Bellew, KO11, and he lost to Tony Bellew, KO5, as the last two. There’s no point in coming back. He’s not the same fighter. He can win. He can beat people but he can’t beat elite world-class fighters.“He’s still a world-class fighter but he’s not the old David Haye. Still very dangerous. He hit Tony with a shot and I know when he’s hurt, because he starts going for a walk, and you could see his [unsteady] legs. That was a dangerous moment but he’s not the fighter he was.”Was he still marketable?“Not box office. Dillian Whyte would be a really big O2 fight. The only thing I will say is he spent quite a long time giving value for money on pay-per-view. I know the first fight was a bit weird but there was a lot of drama. And, even tonight, he put his bollocks on the line. He didn’t take a knee. He put it all on the line. He does go out like that. Even getting up from the last knockdown – he went down face first.”It’s not the most dignified exit from a lifetime’s work but boxing is a job that rips away dignity like a stolen heart.There is another pre-fight observation from Haye that is worth revisiting: “Some times you’ve got to knock a building down to rebuild it. If the foundations aren’t right, no matter how nice a building looks, it will crumble sooner or later. For me to challenge some of these giants in the division, I can’t have a weak foundation.”When Bellew knocked the building down on Saturday, everyone knew Haye’s foundations were as likely to be put back together again as Humpty Dumpty. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Tony Bellew comment Topics David Haye Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Coquelin completes Valencia move from Arsenal

first_imgTransfers Coquelin completes Valencia move from Arsenal Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Francis Coquelin, Valencia Valencia CF Transfers Valencia AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Deportivo La Coruña v Valencia Arsenal Premier League Primera División The 26-year-old midfielder has moved to Spain, where he is committed until 2022, with a release cause of €80 million Valencia have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, with the value of the deal reportedly worth £12 million.Coquelin had joined Arsenal in 2008 as a youth, and made 150 Premier League appearances for the club, but had not featured prominently this season. Indeed, he played only seven times for the Gunners in the league this season, starting only once – at centre-back in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.Valencia took advantage of the 26-year-old’s lack of game time to swoop for the former France Under-21 international, who will bolster their push for a top-four finish in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Comunicado oficial | Francis Coquelin https://t.co/qEzkuwYMUH — Valencia CF (@valenciacf) January 11, 2018 “Valencia have agreed terms with Arsenal on Thursday for the transfer of Francis Coquelin, who joins the club until June 30, 2022, with a release clause of €80 million,” the Liga outfit posted on their official website . During his time with Arsenal, Coquelin won two FA Cups and two Community Shields. A former France youth international, he won the European Under-19 Championship of 2010 with his country.last_img read more

9 months ago​Cardiff manager Warnock: I still want striker signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff manager Warnock: I still want striker signingby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff boss Neil Warnock is still hopeful that he will be able to sign a striker this month.The veteran boss knows that is side must score more goals if they are to remain in the Premier League, having only netted 19 in 21 games so far.”I’d still like another striker, even with the lads that are here, because something like this might happen again,” Warnock said in his press conference. “We’re very thin on the ground in that area and we’ve got to try and get more goals into the team.”Cardiff are only a place and two points off the drop zone. last_img read more

a month agoWest Ham midfielder Rice studying Man Utd, Man City stars

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham midfielder Rice studying Man Utd, Man City starsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice admits he studies his rivals at Manchester United and Manchester City.Rice says he still has much to improve and is watching some of the world’s best holding-midfielders to do so.”As a holding midfielder I’ve got so much to learn,” Rice told Monday Night Football following a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa when his side were down to 10 men.”I try to watch the top players.”The likes of Fernandinho, Rodri, Carrick back in his day, Busquets and try to pick little bits out of their game, see how they play.” last_img read more

Iraq Security Council members support pullout of five UN staff for safety

In a statement to the press on behalf of the members, Council President Jean-David Levitte of France expressed full backing for the decision by the Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme, Benon Sevan, who withdrew the staff for their own safety after Baghdad declared them persona non grata. The Council President said he would contact the Iraqi Permanent Representative to the UN to seek clarification on the matter. “For the time being, we have no detailed information about what they could have done, and this is why I will have a discussion with Ambassador Muhammad Aldouri, to go beyond what we know and to insist on the importance to get more information,” he said. Ambassador Levitte also reaffirmed the members’ full support for the Iraq Programme, particularly its “personnel on the ground who carry out their task under difficult conditions.” Ambassador Levitte’s comments followed a closed-door briefing to the Council by Mr. Sevan, who expressed regret that “we still have not received any detail or supporting evidence to the charges levelled against the five staff members concerned.” Mr. Sevan stressed that all UN staff members in Iraq are under strict instructions to carry out their tasks in full compliance with the relevant Security Council resolutions as well as the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Secretariat and the Baghdad Government. “All staff members are also under strict instructions to observe local rules and regulations as well as respect fully Iraqi national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “I should like to assure you,” he told the Council, “that my decision, which was a difficult one to take, was taken purely out of concern for the personal safety and security of the staff members concerned.” read more

Columbus police officer doubles as Clippers bullpen catcher

Jason Kulp, an officer for Columbus Division of Police, has added a new uniform to his wardrobe for the summer. Kulp has been named the Columbus Clippers’ bullpen catcher and will be in right field this season. With the position comes the opportunity to catch for the pitchers of the Cleveland Indians’ minor league affiliate and have one of the best seats in the house for all of the home games. His main responsibilities include warming pitchers up in the bullpen and catching for pitchers on their off days. Kulp, who grew up in Columbus, played baseball for four years and majored in criminal justice at Tiffin University before graduating in 2010. He then chose to return to Columbus to join the police department. Kulp’s favorite part of his new job for the Clippers is being able to call himself part of the team. “Just being out here and seeing these guys play. I mean, I’ve been playing for so long … it’s just good to be back out on the dirt,” he said. But Kulp is no stranger to the Columbus Clippers. He can remember going to Clippers games when the team played at Cooper Stadium before switching to the Huntington Park in 2009. The opportunity to become the bullpen catcher was presented by fellow officer and teammate on the Columbus Police Department’s baseball team, Scott Polgar. Kulp jumped at the opportunity and within a day had tried out and gotten the job. Having two jobs could be overwhelming, but Kulp seems unfazed by the busy summer ahead of him. He described it as a “pre-work activity” and admitted it will time-consuming, but was sure it would be well worth it. George Robinson, director of clubhouse operations for the Clippers, said Kulp is adjusting well to the new job. “He’s fitting in very well. He’s a very polite young man, pretty cordial and that’s the kind of people we need. And he wants to be here,” Robinson said. Columbus Clippers pitcher Scott Barnes threw to Kulp and was happy with what he saw. “Sometimes you can tell (from) throwing a few pitches to them whether or not they’ve had some experience,” Barnes said. “He seemed like he handled himself well and I look forward to throwing to him this year.” read more

Warning that excessive bureaucracy holding back Indonesias mining economy

first_imgMinerals exploration difficulties will hold back Indonesia’s economy, a new mining group has warned. “Indonesia is facing a future drop in export earnings from minerals and increased costs from importing industrial minerals if its exploration sector remains in difficulty,” Malcolm Baillie said in a recent statement. Mr Baillie is chairman of the Forum for Exploration and Mining Development Indonesia / Forum Explorasi Pertambangan Indonesia (FEMDI / FEPI), a new mining sector organisation of explorers, medium-size producers and service companies.Increased demand for mineral products, particularly from China and India, has resulted in soaring metal prices and placed pressure on existing mining operations to meet the demand. The inevitable result of this is the depletion of known reserves and not enough major new mines are being discovered.“Indonesia is ranked as one of the countries with the highest potential for new mineral discoveries, and has attracted its fair share of investors. Interest was heightened last year with the introduction of the new Mining Law and some of the implementing regulations. However, the initial enthusiasm of these investors is wavering due to the complex and lengthy administrative procedures which also encourage unacceptable practices,” he stated.FEMDI-FEPI was founded as a result of these frustrations and concerns. The statement continues: “It is our positive desire to assist the Government of Indonesia to clarify and streamline the procedures needed to encourage more risk capital to the sector. New discoveries of hard-to-find minerals are critical for Indonesia’s economic growth and the well-being of its people. While exploration investment in Indonesia has only averaged $20 million a year over the past decade, in just one year, 2008, $470 million was spent in Brazil and $3.3 billion in Canada. Studies show that spending of at least $500 million annually is needed just to sustain Indonesia’s current production levels.” Mr Baillie concluded: “We call on all stakeholders, including the companies involved, the associations representing them and the Government of Indonesia, to address this worsening situation with a sense of urgency.”last_img read more

Penumbra thermal coal mine sees first production

first_imgSouth African thermal coal production, development and exploration company Continental Coal, has begun producing thermal coal from its Penumbra coal mine in South Africa – which is its third operating thermal coal mine, but the first underground operation. First production has been achieved following extensive underground development activities by decline contractors Murray & Roberts, as the twin declines were advanced into a full face of the C-Upper and C-Lower coal seams.The declines first developed into the C-Upper coal seam in mid-November 2012 and subsequent advances of the declines has now fully exposed the C-Upper and C-Lower coal seams. ROM coal has been stockpiled at Penumbra and is being hauled to the company’s Delta Processing Operations for processing through the existing wash plant. ROM coal production from development activities in the declines will continue as the first of two 14HM15 Joy continuous miners is commissioned ahead of commencing full scale underground mining activities in late November/early December. ROM production of 5,000 to 10,000 t for the December quarter of 2012 are forecast, ramping up to the targeted ROM production rate of 63,000 t/m by 30 June 2013.The Penumbra coal mine has JORC compliant reserves of 5.4 Mt and total JORC compliant resources of 68.3 Mt. It is forecast to produce 750,000 t/y of ROM coal over an initial 10 year mine life at forecast average total FOB costs of ZAR 490/t (May 2011 terms), or about $57/t. The ROM production will be beneficiated through the existing and adjacent Delta Processing Operations, which comprises a 1.8 Mt/y coal processing plant and the 1.2 Mt/y Anthra Rail Siding.Sales of 500,000 t/y of a high quality export thermal coal RB1 specification coal product are now forecast to commence this quarter. Construction and development activities at Penumbra are scheduled to continue through to June 2013, with additional underground shaft bottom development and the construction of the upcast ventilation shaft representing two of the key activities.last_img read more

See David Harbour in Full Hellboy Gear and Daniel Dae Kim Talks

first_imgStay on target Holy crap #Hellboy #FirstLook pic.twitter.com/dpryXiHDHE— Hellboy (@HellboyMovie) September 13, 2017There are a few differences from Ron Perlman’s version, but not as many as you might think. Mignola’s design for the hero has remained pretty consistent over the years, so Hellboy’s look wasn’t going to change too much. He does have less of a forehead ridge and a different hairstyle than in the Guillermo del Toro flick. It’s hard to tell, but there might be fewer prosthetics all around, though obviously just as much makeup. It’s a lot less cartoony-looking that Perlman’s version, and the Fist of Doom has a more metallic look this time around. It’s also less chunky, which makes it look like more of a natural fit on Harbour’s body. Mignola has promised that the reboot will be much darker than del Toro’s movies. I guess that explains those nasty-looking scars on Hellboy’s chest. I wonder if we’ll see how he got those.Daniel Dae Kim (Photo by Ewen Roberts, via Wikimedia Commons)In other Hellboy news, Daniel Dae Kim confirmed that he will take over the role of Major Ben Daimio and addressed Ed Skrein’s decision to step down from the role following backlash over his casting. Daimio is Japanese-American, and clearly drawn as being an Asian man in the comics. The decision to cast a white man in the role raised an outcry over yet another example of Hollywood whitewashing. Skrein, who said he didn’t realize the character was meant to be Asian when he took the role, stepped down and encouraged the studio to cast someone more culturally accurate. That someone turned out to be Kim.“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors,” Kim said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly, and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character… I’m excited to confirm that I’ve officially joined the cast of Hellboy. We start shooting today and I’ll be playing Ben Daimio, alongside our very talented cast, headed by David Harbour, and director, Neil Marshall. Thank you for all the supportive tweets and comments, especially in light of the recent events surrounding its original casting.”Daimio is a member of the Bureau of Paranormal Research, like Hellboy. He has the power to turn into a jaguar when he’s angry or in pain. Hellboy is currently in pre-production, with full production set to begin later this month. This morning, a release date for the R-rated reboot was announced. Hellboy currently has no release date set.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Mike Mignola-backed Hellboy reboot is underway, which means we get to see David Harbour in full costume. While we’re all going to miss Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, Harbour looks fantastic as the half-demon hero. And if his performance in Stranger Things is anything to go by, he’s going to be a great Hellboy. The photo comes from the movie’s Twitter account, and now I can’t wait to see this Hellboy in action.center_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Hellboy’‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From Hell last_img read more

ICE Confirms 27 Cases Of Mumps In Detention Facilities Across Texas

first_imgCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)3-D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped mumps virus particle.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told News 88.7 on Thursday there are 27 confirmed cases of mumps in detention facilities across Texas.As we reported this week, there are 13 cases in the Houston area. The Houston Contract Detention Facility has eight confirmed cases and the Joe Corley Detention Facility, located in Conroe, has five cases.Seven cases of mumps among Houston ICE detainees were first reported on Saturday. The Houston Health Department said in a statement that the seven adults were detained during their infectious period, and that there was no evidence the disease was transmitted outside the facility.The remaining 14 cases of mumps are in the San Antonio Area of Responsibility (AOR), as ICE refers to the geographical sections within the state. The largest cluster of cases is at the South Texas ICE Processing Center, in Pearsall, where ten people are infected.ICE also confirmed two cases at the Rio Grande Detention Center, in the Laredo area; one case at the Laredo Processing Center; and one case at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Bayview, Texas.Another 17 ICE detainees at the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne are under medical segregation after prior exposure to an active mumps case. Officials said those individuals will be returned to the general population in detention once the incubation period has passed and they test negative for the virus.Though most people recover within weeks from mumps, it is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.Symptoms of mumps include fever, body aches, loss of appetite and swelling of the parotid glands. In rare cases, it can lead to more severe complications that require hospitalization.The mumps vaccine is a routine part of childhood shots in the United States, though not all countries have as high vaccination rates. Sharelast_img read more

Shiloh Baptist Church Tech Clinic Debt Management Classes

first_imgShiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth Street, NW, will be holding a Technology Clinic on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Bring your old gadgets for a check up; or learn how to use them. The clinic is free and members, friends, and guests are welcome. Free Wi-Fi will be available and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact the church at (202) 232-4288.On Jan. 11, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth Street, NW, will hold debt management classes under its Financial Peace University from 6:30-8 p.m. the classes will help residents get their finances in shape for 2017. For more information, contact David Hayes at fpu@shilohbaptist.org.last_img read more

11 Scandinavian Crime Novels That Would Make KickAss Movies

first_img How ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Traumatized a Genera…Interviews With Late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Are Becoming a Book With the new installment in the Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, hitting cinemas today, November 8, interest is once again building in the unique and robust crime novel industry in the north of Europe. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and even Iceland have produced remarkable authors who take the traditions of noir and turn it into something special — so special, even Hollywood has taken notice.While not every adaptation is successful — 2017’s take on Jo Nesbo’s excellent The Snowman was pretty dire — there are plenty of really interesting novels out there that are crying out to have their movie rights bought. Here’s our guide to 11 of them that you should read before that happens.The Crow GirlOne of the things that brought Nordic noir to global attention was the darkness in it — while some of the books on this list leaven the grimness with humor, others wallow in misery and despair. Erik Axl Sund — the pen name for a duo of Swedish writers – originally released The Crow Girl in three parts but the entire saga was collected into one volume for the English translation. Three women — Jeanette, a police superintendent; Victoria, coming to terms with her childhood abuse; and Sofia, a therapist — get drawn into the case of a serial killer mutilating young men and things just get darker and gloomier from there. This isn’t a work for the faint of heart, but the powerful characters and visceral violence would make a can’t-miss movie.Buy the book at Amazon.comThe Susan EffectPeter Hoeg was one of the first Scandinavian crime novelists to make a splash in America with Smilla’s Sense Of Snow, and his 2017 novel would lend itself to a compelling movie just like that book did. The titular Susan has a strange gift — to compel people she’s interrogating to tell the truth. That makes her a pretty hot commodity, but when she’s hired to investigate a strange think tank called “The Future Committee,” it gets her in way deeper than she originally intended. Nuclear weapons, biological terrorism and the fate of the world bring this one to a scope that’s a little larger than the norm, but it’d be a fine summer blockbuster.Buy the book at Amazon.comSnarePlaywright Lilja Sigurdardottir brings us a frozen take on Narcos, as newly divorced mother Sonia turns to smuggling cocaine into Iceland to support her family. Needless to say, that’s not ever the smartest life choice, and it brings her into conflict with a customs officer who fixates on proving her guilt. The book picks up right in the middle of the action, with Sonia bringing a kilo of coke through Keflavik and as it goes the reader quickly learns how difficult her situation is. Things escalate, as they do in these kind of stories, and Sonia works to extricate herself from both sides of the law while keeping her kid safe. It’s a sharp, twisty, character-driven noir that has already spawned a sequel.Buy the book at Amazon.comSpring TideOlivia Rönning is training to join the police force like her father when she’s given an unusual assignment: pick a cold case out of the files and try to solve it in the present day. She chooses the mysterious murder of a pregnant woman 25 years ago, killed by being buried in the sand and drowned when the tide comes in. It’s a chilling crime, and the investigation brings her back in connection with her father, who worked the case, as well as the lead detective who has mysteriously disappeared. There was a Swedish TV adaptation but the story could be easily and potently condensed into a movie with few problems.Buy the book at Amazon.comThe Man Who DiedAntti Tuomainen’s 2017 novel gives a great picture of the sort of left-handed approach so much Scandinavian crime fiction takes. The protagonist is the founder of a mushroom company who learns he has a short time to live – because somebody has been steadily poisoning him. His quest to reveal the facts behind his slow-motion murder bring him into conflict with competitors in the fungus space, his adulterous wife and more in a series of misadventures. Brimming with black comedy and unexpected pathos, this is a clever and witty book that would translate very well to a movie adaptation.Buy the book at Amazon.comI’m Traveling AloneNorwegian novelist Samuel Bjork is a pen name for playwright and singer-songwriter Frode Sander Øien. In his crime debut, a young girl is found hung from a tree with a sign attached to her reading “I’m traveling alone.” This vile crime demands a special homicide unit be assembled in response, and detectives Holger Munch and Mia Kruger discover that this is much bigger and weirder than just one dead girl. When their own families get pulled into the investigation, things get decidedly more intense and unpleasant. The relationship between the duo is layered and complex, and fans of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series will find a lot to enjoy there.Buy the book at Amazon.comMarked For LifeYou’ll see a lot of female writers on this list, as the Nordic countries lead the world in gender equality in many fields. Emilie Schepp’s Marked For Life follows prosecutor Jana Berzelius as she prepares a case against the murderer of a government official who was shot in the head, execution style, in his own home. Clues are minimal, but for one: a child’s handprint on the window despite no children living in the home. This kicks off a tale of refugee children trained as assassins by a mysterious “Papa,” which seems absurd until you consider the prevalence of underage soldiers in developing countries all over the world. It’s a real page-turner that would make a solid thriller flick.Buy the book at Amazon.com1222The snowy mountains of Norway are the perfect backdrop for this gripping tale from the country’s bestselling female crime writer. Police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is on a train heading to the North when it derails and the passengers and crew are forced to take shelter in an isolated hotel. When one of the passengers turn up dead, things rapidly go from bad to worse. Throw in a mysterious guest in the hotel’s top floor under armed guard and you have a tense tale of paranoia. Paralyzed from the waist down and trapped in a wheelchair, Wilhelmsen is an unusual protagonist, but her acerbic personality interacts with the great supporting cast to create a true mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.Buy the book at Amazon.comThe Devil’s Wedding RingAlthough we think of the Scandinavian nations as modern marvels of social democracy, they rest on a bed of folklore and legend that goes back to Viking times. Author Vidar Sundstøl capitalizes on that in his novel The Devil’s Wedding Ring, set in the rural Telemark region of Norway. When a young researcher disappears, it goes mostly unnoticed – until the same thing happens thirty years later. Throw in a police detective found drowned with his pockets full of stones and a very unusual mystery starts to develop. Our main characters are equally offbeat — widowed P.I. Max Fjellanger and librarian true crime buff Tirill Vesterli. Great visuals and a compelling, briskly-told plot would translate well to the big screen.Buy the book at Amazon.comThe Dying Detective One of the most innovative aspects of Scandinavian crime fiction is their unusual choice of protagonists. Sure, there are plenty of cops and private detectives, but authors also tell tales with very different people at the core. Lars Martin Johansson is a retired detective who is content to live out his days in the countryside after suffering a debilitating stroke. But when the unsolved murder of a nine year old girl catches his attention, he decides to solve the crime from his hospital bed before time runs out. It’s a tightly plotted procedural that features exceptional character work and we’d love to see a movie version.Buy the book at Amazon.comBlackoutSet against the backdrop of a massive volcanic explosion that has blanketed Iceland with ash, Ragnar Jonasson’s Blackout starts out with the simplest of crimes — a man is beaten to death on a beach. But nothing is as it seems in this Northern noir, and Siglufjord police officer Ari Thor Arason — in his third book — gets sucked in by the investigation along with a reporter from Reykjavik. This one is all about the interplay between the two characters as they unearth the dead man’s history bit by bit, and fans of the Stieg Larsson books will find a lot to love here.Buy the book at Amazon.com More on Geek.com:AI Uses Goodreads to Predict Amazon Best Sellers11 Young Adult Novels That Are Surprisingly Mature For Their Age‘Good Guys’ in Superhero Movies Are More Violent Than Villains, Study Findscenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lesbian tennis star kisses girlfriend after winning Wimbledon match

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I’m happy and it doesn’t make any difference if that’s with a woman or a man.‘I just feel that it’s something we shouldn’t be ashamed about and that does make me feel more free.’She added: ‘I’m not ill; I don’t have any kind of disease. I just think it’s a good thing because I have been able to come out as a gay person.’The reaction to the kiss has been overwhelmingly positive.‘My parents are very proud of me. Their support is important, because it makes me feel happier,’ Van Uytvanck said in March.‘I came out because it made me feel good. I’m really happy with Greet. She understands me, she understands the game because she’s a player, we train together in the mornings. She’s a very warm person and we have a great connection. The only thing I hope is that young people have the confidence to do what we have done.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The 24-year-old Belgian, ranked 47 in the world,beat Anett Kontaveit in the third round.After beating her on Court 3 at Wimbledon, Van Uytvacnk rushed over to kiss her girlfriend, Greet Minnem.Tennis star kisses girlfriend at Wimbledon‘We shouldn’t be ashamed about it,’ she said, proudly.This is the first time the tennis star reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam. However, Van Uytvanck was knocked out by world number 14 Daria Kasatkina in the quarter finals.Speaking at a press conference, she said she ‘felt more free’.‘I don’t think that I feel more free now, we just decided that it was something we didn’t want to keep to ourselves. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Tennis star Alison Van Uytvanck is showing off her bravery at Wimbledon this year.She’s gay, and she’s not afraid to show it at the biggest tennis tournament in the world. Tennis star announces retirement to spend more time with partner and kidsTennis player hints at boycott of Margaret Court ArenaTennis legend insists sexual abuse makes you gay, claims transgender children are SatanicRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lesbian-tennis-star-kisses-girlfriend-after-winning-wimbledon-match/last_img read more

familMacaoMacao Tourism

first_imgfamilMacaoMacao Tourism Co-hosted by Virgin Australia, Consolidated Travel and the Macao Government Tourism Office, a group of Adelaide travel agents recently took part in a four-day famil in Macao which focused on the Asian centre’s mouth-watering cuisine as much as its UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and neon-lit contemporary attractions.The educational visit also included a couple of evening shows (Cabaret Francaise and the Monkey King), with the group staying in the plush five-star Okura Hotel at the Galaxy.Food also played its part during the famil and, given that Macao is celebrating 2018 as the Year of Gastronomy in recognition of its designation as a UNESCO Creative City for its Portuguese-inspired Macanese cuisine, which dates back five centuries, the agents dined out on the delicious local fare, said to be one the world’s earliest forms of fusion food.IMAGE: At the steps to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s church. L-R: Maryanne Perera-Treacy (MGTO Australia), Mai Nguyen (Goodway Travel), Michelle Kerr (GMT Travel), Frank Piantadosi (All Style Travel), Sherrie Butcher (Peregrine Travel), David Wright (Travel Prospects), Kristen Bertram (Consolidated Travel) and Joao Sales (MGTO).last_img read more

More on AZCardinals and Mike Munchak a top candi

first_imgMore on #AZCardinals and Mike Munchak, a top candidate: #Titans wanted to keep him after 2013 assuming he’d make staff changes. He refused & was fired. But he held that place together … Would he bring OC Todd Haley along with him? Haley is a free agent now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Munchak were among the expected finalists for the Cardinals’ head coaching vacancy, reported 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was also in the conversation, but Rapoport reported Monday that he was lined up to accept the New York Giants’ head coaching job.Wilks, who interviewed for several NFL head coaching positions over the past week, is also garnering interest from the Tennessee Titans, reported Jason La Canfora on Monday. Tennessee entered the coaching carousel late after it fired coach Mike Mularkey to follow up its playoff loss to the New England Patriots over the weekend. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This is expected to be the second 2nd interview for the #AZCardinals. https://t.co/v7YkE2xx9Y— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2018DeFilippo and Munchak already interviewed with the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Top Stories With the Steelers’ season over following an AFC Divisional Round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Pittsburgh offensive line coach Mike Munchak will meet with the Arizona Cardinals for a second time to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rapoport adds that Arizona is filing its second round of interview requests on Tuesday.In addition to Munchak, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is expected to receive a second interview, but not until his team’s postseason run ends. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, Munchak has been Pittsburgh’s offensive line coach since 2014. The 57-year-old had one head coaching gig in the NFL with the Titans, where he compiled a 22-26 record with the team from 2011-2013.The Titans did not reach the postseason in any of those seasons.Prior to his head coaching job, Munchak was Tennessee’s offensive line coach from 1997-2010, spanning the team’s transition from the Oilers to the Titans. He was also an offensive assistant and quality control coach for the same franchise from 1994-96 when it was in Houston.Munchak entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career in 2001.DeFilippo, 39 , would fit in Arizona as it grooms a quarterback of the future. He has been employed as a quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08, 2012-14), New York Jets (2009), San Jose State Aztecs (2010-11) and Cleveland Browns (2015) before joining the Eagles in 2016. He interviewed with the Chicago Bears and impressed, according to Fowler, before they hired Matt Nagy as head coach.The Cardinals are the only team that have reportedly been interested in Munchak. They have interviewed nine known coaching candidates. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Remand after man robbed bakery with trident

first_imgA 20-year-old man from Liopetri in the Famagusta district was remanded on Saturday for three days for allegedly robbing a bakery on Friday armed with a speargun trident.The suspect was arrested on Friday afternoon, and has admitted to carrying out the robbery at around 4am on the same day. Police said he surrendered €75, saying it was the money he had taken in addition to the speargun.The bakery employee reported that an unknown individual who had covered his face with a hood and was wielding a fishing trident went into the shop and threatened members of staff.He then forcibly opened the drawer under the register and took a small bag with money.You May LikeHealevate320 Million-Year-Old Rock Formation Destroyed By Teenagers In EnglandHealevateUndoAcademy of Art UniversityWhy Do People Enroll as a Student in the Academy of Art UniversityAcademy of Art UniversityUndoNinjaJournalist35 Resignation Letters Giving Everyone InspirationNinjaJournalistUndo Rouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more