5-Star Darnell Washington Outlines Planned Visits

first_img They aren’t locked in yet, but Darnell Washington has five schools that stand out as potential official visit spots.Four of the five are SEC programs, while the last one is a school he refers to as “TEU.”From 247Sports:Washington took a ton of unofficial visits over the last year and said he now has a good idea where his five official trips will be.“If I had to choose today, my five visits would be to Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami and LSU,” Washington said. “Things could change but that’s where it’s at today. I haven’t set up any dates yet but I plan to take all of those visits during the season so I can visit on a game weekend.”Washington says Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, and Penn State all remain involved, and that he has no timetable set for a decision. Things are still very open.In the 247 piece, he goes into detail on what stands out about those five programs though, from how Kirby Smart has personally recruited him, to Alabama’s ability to land tight ends in the NFL and the program’s incredible facilities.The site’s composite rankings list Washington at No. 11 overall, and No. 1 among athletes, though he is widely expected to stick at tight end at the next level. He ranked over 60 spots ahead of any of the pure tight end recruits in the class.[247Sports] Five-star tight end Darnell Washington lined up.YouTubeIt isn’t hard to see why Darnell Washington is such a coveted recruit. The tight end is listed at over 6-foot-7, 248 pounds.With his combination of athleticism and size, the Desert Pines (Las Vegas) star is a nightmare match-up problem. Naturally, he’s drawing attention from some of the biggest programs in the sport.Back in May, Washington dropped his top 12 schools. His list is quite SEC heavy.Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, and Tennessee all made the cut for the star tight end.last_img read more

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Elliot Donald, 4-Star Nephew Of Aaron Donald, Announces Top 8 Schools

first_img I’d like to thank all of the schools who recruited me and helped make my childhood dream into a reality. With that being said I’d like to drop my TOP 8 schools. My recruitment is still open!!! #HardWorkPaysOff @210ths pic.twitter.com/kwyWj2c5Ap— Elliot Donald (@ElliotDonald3) August 27, 2019As of today, there is one prediction logged on his 247Sports crystal ball predictions. The site’s Tom Loy has him staying at home and playing for Aaron Donald’s Pitt Panthers.That prediction came back in March. Obviously a lot can change with over a year before Donald has a chance to commit in the December 2020 early signing period.247 ranks Donald the No. 85 composite overall player in the class. He’s the No. 8 strongside defensive end and the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania.Considering the player that his relative developed into at Pitt, a first-round pick who would go on to become arguably the best overall player in the NFL, it is unsurprising that a number of big teams are after Elliot Donald early on in his recruitment. Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 03: Defensive end Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 32-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Aaron Donald wasn’t a major recruit back in the 2010 class. The three-star defensive lineman ultimately chose Pitt over offers from Akron, Rutgers, and Toledo, per Rivals.Schools aren’t being as shy about going after his nephew, Elliot Donald. The class of 2021 recruit is a four-star, and has attention from some of the country’s top programs.Unsurprisingly, Pitt is involved. His uncle became a superstar at the now-ACC program, and he is from the city of Pittsburgh.The Panthers are joined by LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M, and West Virginia. He has 17 offers overall.last_img read more

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West Indies women beat Pakistan by 71 runs in 1st T20 in Karachi

first_img Associated Press KarachiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 21:01 IST West Indies players celebrate (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDeandra Dottin top-scored for the West Indies with 90 in a total of 160 for 2Pakistan, playing their 100th T20, were bowled out for 89 in 18 oversThe next T20s will be played on Friday and Sunday in KarachiThe West Indies women’s first cricket match in Pakistan was a 71-run victory that passed without incident on Thursday.Pakistan have staged only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, a World XI, and the West Indies since a deadly terrorist attack in March 2009 against the Sri Lanka Test team in Lahore. A women’s team from Bangladesh also toured Pakistan in October 2015.The West Indies women, making their first appearance in Pakistan in 15 years, agreed to play three Twenty20s there before both teams fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for three one-day internationals.Opener Deandra Dottin top-scored for the West Indies with 90 in a total of 160 for 2, then Pakistan, playing their 100th T20, were bowled out for 89 in 18 overs. Medium fast bowlers Shamilia Connell (3 for 29) and Shakera Selman (2 for 8) led the way.The next T20s are on Friday and Sunday, all in Karachi.West Indies captain Stefanie Taylor will join the team in Dubai as she didn’t come to Pakistan due to security fears.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Deandra DottinFollow Shamilia Connell West Indies women beat Pakistan by 71 runs in 1st T20 in KarachiWest Indies women’s team registered a 71-run victory over the Pakistan women’s team in the first Twenty20 International played in Karachi.advertisementlast_img read more

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Desperate England recall opener Keaton Jennings for third Test vs West Indies

first_img Reuters St. LuciaFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 08:11 IST Keaton Jennings was dropped from the squad for the 2nd Test vs West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have recalled misfiring opener Keaton Jennings for the third and final Test against the West IndiesJennings, who averages 25.86 from his 16 Tests, was dropped for the second Test for Joe DenlyDenly retains his place but wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has been droppedEngland have recalled misfiring opener Keaton Jennings and dropped wicketkeeper Ben Foakes for the third and final Test against the West Indies, which starts in St Lucia on Saturday with the hosts already 2-0 up.Jennings, who averages 25.86 from his 16 Tests, was dropped for the second Test in Antigua for Joe Denly, who retains his place along with fellow opener Rory Burns.Foakes, who was unable to don the wicketkeeper’s gloves in the 10-wicket Antigua defeat through injury, was passed fit but overlooked – with Jonny Bairstow back behind the stumps.The selectors have named a 12-man squad with Sam Curran or the recalled Mark Wood set to miss out if Ben Stokes, as expected, is fit to play after recovering from a heel injury. England have had a torrid series, being bowled out for 77 in the first innings of the first Test in Barbados and being blown away in three days in the second in Antigua.”There is plenty to play for in this game especially off the back of our two previous performances,” said captain Joe Root. “There is an Ashes around the corner and it is an opportunity for those guys to show how good they are and put their hand up and put in some proper performances.”I think a lot of it comes down to a mental approach individually with the bat and I think that clarity coming into this game is really important.”England squad for the third Test against West Indies:Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Keaton JenningsFollow Joe DenlyFollow Ben Foakes Desperate England recall opener Keaton Jennings for third Test vs West IndiesKeaton Jennings, who averages 25.86 from his 16 Tests, was dropped for the second Test in Antigua for Joe Denly, who retains his place along with fellow opener Rory Burns.advertisementlast_img read more

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Feel vindicated: Hasin Jahan after Kolkata Police chargesheets Mohammed Shami

first_imgFeel vindicated: Hasin Jahan after Kolkata Police chargesheets Mohammed ShamiHasin Jahan said she felt vindicated after Mohammed Shami was chargesheeted by Kolkata Police on Thursday. In 2018, Hasin had accused Shami of domestic abuse and several extra-marital affairs.advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 08:52 IST Hasin Jahan said her accusations against Mohammed Shami have now been proven. (Mohammed Shami Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami was charged under sections of dowry and sexual harassment on ThursdayHasin Jahan said that she had been through a long journey for this little bit of successJahan said Shami had even stopped the allowance for their daughterHasin Jahan said she felt vindicated after her husband and India pacer Mohammed Shami was charged under Section 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment) by Kolkata Police on Thursday. The chargesheet was submitted before the Alipore court in Kolkata.Last year, Hasin had accused Shami of domestic abuse and extra-marital affairs. After several dramatic developments for days, Shami did play in the IPL but he was far from his best. However, after his recent outstanding performances in Australia, Shami is almost certain to make the World Cup squad.On Thursday, Kolkata Police filed a chargesheet over Hasin’s complaint that she was subjected to domestic abuse and torture by Shami and his family.”I have had to complete a long journey for this because the torture, the injustice that happened with me and my daughter was immense. So many people supported him in his wrong deeds, BCCI should have taken an action but they didn’t.”I had thought that I am a Bengali and I will definitely get justice and today that day has come. My faith has been fulfilled today even though there are only two sections levied against him in the chargesheet, there had to be more on the basis of the evidences that I had submitted. On the basis of that, the chargesheet should have been stronger,” Hasin Jahan told Sports Tak.”Somewhere, I did feel the chargesheet won’t be filed because of their sources, money and power, they might get successful in pulling me down but I had faith in God and my honesty. My allegations that Shami and his brother behaved extremely badly with me is now in front of you.advertisement”Since a few months, Shami had stopped Bebo’s maintenance also. He can do whatever he wants but since I have come into this fight, I will fight till the end and I will see who wins.”BCCI never supported me even when I had proven that Shami did wrong with me. Now that the chargesheet has been filed, at least now they should take some action against him. He is performing well for the country which is good but at the end of the day, he is a criminal and he spoilt my life and the life of my daughter.”I am struggling so much to make the ends meet,” Hasin Jahan said.Mohammed Shami played in the fifth and final ODI against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Before that, he featured in the Tests and ODIs in Australia and in the ODI series in New Zealand and stood out with some fine performances.Mohammed Shami is in India’s World Cup mix and will most likely be selected as part of India’s pace battery alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Also Read | Mohammed Shami vs Hasin Jahan: A timeline of bitter spats, alleged threats and high dramaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Hasin JahanFollow BCCIlast_img read more

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Smith Optics Launches Limited Edition Olympic Gear

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations With the official kickoff to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games just a short couple of days away, athletes are descending on Olympic venues and fine tuning their pre-Games rituals. Our friends at Smith Optics have more than a few sponsored athletes heading to the Games this year and because of this, they came up with a unique way to celebrate some of our favorite sports. They’ve teamed up with famed artists from Bicicleta Sem Freio, a street art collective known for their vibrant mural style, to create a very limited collection of sunglasses, apparel, and bicycle helmets.Related: How a Crash Helped Taylor Phinney Get to RioComprised of artists Douglas Castro, Victor Rocha, and Renato Reno, Bicicleta Sem Freio (literally: Bicycle Without Brakes) is known for their street art all over the world, as well as immensely colorful – almost psychedelic – imagery that has been used by brands like Nike, Sony, Levi’s and MTV. Their limited edition artwork will officially be unveiled at the games this weekend, and a limited amount will be available to the public later this month.Overtake HelmetThe Overtake’s sharp angular design lends itself well to Bicicleta’s bright, manic style. Underneath that paint job though, Smith’s AEROCORE design features both Koroyd safety material and a full MIPS liner. It is one of the lightest helmets available for road cyclists and the most ventilated. Expect to see this one on the podium at the cycling road races on August 6th in Rio.Related: Olympic Sailor Luke Ramsey On His Career and StylePivLock Arena MaxSmith’s Arena Max sunglasses were built for speed. The over sized single lens blends protection and comfort. They also have a hydrophobic coating, allowing them to stay sweat and fog free when you’re working hard. If you’re lucky enough to snag a pair of these limited editions sunglasses, you’ll have a functional piece of commemorative art that will help you look and ride faster. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

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Cole Haan and JackThreads bring you the shoes of the summer

first_img Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Inspired by the nonstop pulse of summer, popular men’s style destination JackThreads teamed up with the shoe designers at Cole Haan to create the Capsule Collection, a line of shoes designed for all facets of a man’s life.For David Maddocks, the CMO and GM of Business Development at Cole Haan, the collection is a perfect compliment to the busy days of summer, when men are rushing from the office to after work drinks to a formal party.Maddocks remarked that designers were able to echo this hectic rhythm by “creating versatile styles that are not only timeless, but interchangeable for any occasion.”“We want our guy to be able to go from work to play seamlessly,” he added. “We want them to have a strong foundation of key pieces that will not only keep him fashionable but cover all of his functional needs.”This fashionable and functional aesthetic manifests in a trio of shoes that marry timeless Cole Haan silhouettes with sport-forward performance technology: the ZeroGrand Oxford No Stitch (pictured below in red, $270), the GrandPro Tennis (pictured in white, $160) and the Pinch Weekender (pictured in blue, $100).While the three shoes fill different voids in a man’s wardrobe (the Oxford is the perfect work-to-play shoe, while the Tennis and Weekender are ideal options for casual wear), they all received a summer face lift with cushioned gum rubber soles, added arch support and suede details. The resulting designs are sleek, yet playful, classic, yet undeniably modern and fresh.Related: These high-performance dress socks will seriously up your style gameThough this marks their first collaboration, Maddocks says the partnership between Cole Haan and JackThreads worked well because of both brands’ dedication to supplying their customers with excellent products.“We always look to evolve with another brand that shares our same deep appreciation and respect for premium craftsmanship, superior quality, timeless style and of course, innovation,” he commented. “So the partnership with JackThreads was a natural fit!”Check out the collection, here. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A.last_img read more

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4 Big, Bold Luggage Options to Replace Your Tired Rollaboard

first_img The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App If shoes make the man, luggage makes the traveler.Seriously, good luggage can make or break a trip. Which is why, when most of us find a solid, reliable carry-on or rollaboard, we stick with it way longer than we should. If it’s time to update your luggage inventory, consider these four bold options.Herschel Supply – Realtree Xtra Camo Trade LuggageHerschel Supply’s Trade Luggage is well-known for its simple, classic silhouette. The hard-sided line offers essential features like quiet, multi-directional wheels, TSA-approved combinations locks, and zippered mesh storage pouches with adjustable straps. But, this year, they’re going bolder and thinking outside the tried-and-true black shell. Trade Luggage is now available in Realtree Xtra Camo print — perfect for hunters, jarheads, and anyone who likes to hide at the baggage carousel. Available now in Small (carry-on) or Large sizes in limited quantities.Ted Baker – Rubruck Graphite SuitcaseLondon-based Ted Baker understands the difference between garish and bold. The brand’s signature look blends modern British design sensibilities with a healthy dose of sophistication and in-your-face swagger. The exterior shell of the Rubruck Graphite Suitcase features a dark, garnet red frame with a graphite, polycarbonate inlay that looks as if it were pulled straight off Ferrari’s latest supercar. The interior is adorned with a bird print lining (a la Tommy Bahama) that should feel gaudy, but instead provides a dash of irony. Available now in Dark Red for £245 direct from Ted Baker.Kenneth Cole – The Gateboarder CaseOn the surface, The Gateboarder Case offers the same, sleek, almost too reserved look that Kenneth Cole is known for. But, this bag’s boldness is more about what it does rather than how it looks. Drop the rear wheel of this otherwise standard hard-sided rollaboard, and it transforms into a suitcase-scooter hybrid. A rear foot brake ensures you won’t become a gatecrasher. While it may look and sound like a ridiculous concept, we like the thought of never having to run through the airport to catch a connecting flight. With a full-featured Razor-esque scooter available no matter where you travel, it’s hard to imagine you’ll ever be late. Available now for around $199 USD.Ebby Rane – Quartermaster HommeA newcomer to the U.S., Ebby Rane crafts sophisticated luggage for the discerning gentleman traveler (with a price tag to match). While the look of their Quartermaster Homme is stylish and mostly modern, distinct vintage elements recall the good ol’ days of travel when no man left home without a VW-sized steamer trunk. Vegetable-tanned leather trim, a custom dopp kit, and gold-stamped carryalls make it clear that this is not your papa’s Samsonite suitcase. The full set includes a leather valet and seven carryalls to provide safe space for shoes, beachwear, and “knickers” (their words). Available now directly from Ebby Rane for around $925 USD. How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best American Gin Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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How Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane Keeps Forging His Own Path

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn How to Remove Scratches from Glasses in One Easy Fix Most of us are lucky to accomplish one really cool thing in our lives. Todd McFarlane — comic book artist, indie entrepreneur, collectible figurine designer, and soon-to-be filmmaker — has a long streak of accomplishments that won’t stop. He dynamically redefined Spider-Man’s look in the early 1990s and helped introduce the supervillain Venom (soon to be a major motion picture!). He is one of the founders of artist-owned Image Comics, which disrupted the comic book industry in the ’90s and more recently introduced the world to a little property called The Walking Dead. He created the murdered-then-resurrected antihero Spawn, perhaps the first black superhero to helm a feature film (no disrespect, Black Panther). And through his collectibles company McFarlane Toys, he took accuracy to new hyper-real levels, first for sports figurines and grotesque original monsters, and later for subjects as diverse as “Halo,” The Walking Dead, and Rick and Morty.We caught up with McFarlane during Toy Fair — the sprawling New York City-based trade show (February 19-20) where the next trendy app-controlled robot or Fidget Spinner-level fad is unveiled — to talk about his planned Spawn reboot, sculpting realistic athletes, and how to launch a new product in the Kickstarter era.Let’s get to Toy Fair first. What is McFarland Toys unveiling this year?Most of what we’re going to be doing is showing extensions for the brands we’ve had success with: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and sets for Rick and Morty and “Five Nights at Freddie’s” [a popular horror-comedy video game series and franchise]. It was phenomenal for us last Christmas. We have an expansion of “Destiny”[a multi-player shooter/sci fi video game].We’ve announced a new partnership with the “Call of Duty” franchise, and we’re releasing the first two figures in that line [“Ghost” Riley and “Soap” Mactavish], and we’ve teamed up with [new indie stealth-horror game] “Hello Neighbor.” It’s got cool, unique looks to it. There’s not a lot of characters, but we’re hoping to catch a little bit of lightning in a bottle the way we did with “Five Nights.” That did phenomenal for us last Christmas. That’s the standard-bearer.Obviously we continue doing the sports stuff for the NBA and NFL. We have the “EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team” series, and we just approved another line for the NFL yesterday, taking into consideration who won Superbowl LII. Some of the players that were more of a local flavor are now national, especially for fantasy drafts.Speaking of sports: You may be the only comic book artist who also has a huge following in the sports collectibles world. You’re especially fond of baseball, it seems.The sports part of my DNA was always there, even before I honed the artistic parts of my interests. As a kid, not only did I watch and follow sports, and collect the cards, I also played. I went to school on a baseball scholarship and played at a fairly high competitive level.The comic book artist side percolated when I was about 16. By the time I got to college, my naive dream was that I was going to get drafted, play baseball in the minors, and then at night I’d do comics. I’d be like Batman: I’d have two occupations.What happened to Batman?At some point after college, I did my last tryout. I came pretty close and received some serious contemplation. I realized I might have to consider something else. Then something weird happened, which was like, “okay…” — I had started focusing on the art. As I focused on the art, and the years passed, we got into the toys. Initially it was me doing Spawn the way I felt they should be done. But I’m also a dude who loves sports, so why shouldn’t I be banging that out too?I’ve always said to people that one of the reasons I got into sculpting sports figures is that I’m also a collector (I’m a geek; I collect lots of stuff). And they could never get me to buy into the Starting Lineup figures. I had the posters, the trading cards, the Sports Illustrated issues, and I knew what these players looked like. So when I had the opportunity to dive into some of the sports, my instinct was to make them more realistic.As a consumer, at some point, your collection is only as good as what’s in front of you; “I like Spider-Man, but this is the only thing on store shelves, so I guess I’ll buy it.” For me, I went, “Nah. I’ll make what I want to see as a fan.” Lo-and-behold, it was what current fans wanted too. It was a seminal moment to have figures that actually looked like the players. It always seemed weird to me that I was suddenly getting awards for what the other toy manufacturers should have been doing for 40 years.You’re still into sports in real life?I’m 56 and I still play men’s hardball here in town. That competitive nature is always there.Let’s talk comics. You helped launch Image (along with six other ex-Marvel artists), which was revolutionary in 1992 as an independent brand that allowed artists to keep, and profit from, the characters they create, even when those comics become movies and TV shows. That’s still a pretty revolutionary idea, even in a world of cooperative web-based design companies.Here’s the thing that’s interesting to me: The thing that makes Image unique, and the deal we offer? That deal’s been there since day one. We used to do a bad job of selling it for what it is. We weren’t beating that drum hard enough. Now, with the success of people like Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy and Wanted) and Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga) that’s starting to blossom. Before we were offering it in a world dominated by superhero content, but now it’s these cool, eclectic stories coming out of the company. Our best advocates now are not us, the owners, but instead the recipients of that deal. They’ll tell their friends, “If you do a book at Image and make a fraction of what your work is doing at The Flash, you’ll make way more money. You’ll get your cake and eat it too.”Image’s rocky history (at one point, several of the principals left) was well documented as part of Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics series on AMC this year. I was particularly moved by the recent reconciliation story and the current success of the company under most of its original team. To me, it meant we shouldn’t just assume that all burned bridges stay burned. We can rebuild them.We’ve all been told at some point in our lives that time heals all wounds. I think there’s a little bit of that cliché playing out. It took different amounts of time for everyone to get into a good place. One of the things you notice: Our story doesn’t deviate that dramatically from many rock bands. It was a lot of success real fast for a bunch of 20-somethings not far removed from high school. As time goes by, you realize everything isn’t a war and that “I’m getting too old for this shit.” When I was young, everything was a fight. As you get older you realize, eh, it’s not worth it.You announced last year that you are bringing a rebooted Spawn to the big screen. Not everyone loved the 1997 film and its relatively light-hearted depiction of Spawn’s gritty comic book world. How involved are you in the new production?Well. I wrote the script, I’m directing, and producing it. It can’t get any more involved than that, short of a cameo. There is already a great team, but at the end of the day, when a decision has to be made, it’s going to be me. There’s going to be nothing on the screen that I’ll be able to say, “I wish they hadn’t done that.” If people don’t like it, I’ll take all the negative. If it’s successful, I’ll let everyone know who all the people were I collaborated with. The boss deflects all the bad, and shares the good.How is it going? You’ve announced recently that casting talks are underway.We’re still fishing for a couple of big fish as far as casting. One of the fish said they’re intrigued and wants me to come out and meet them. That’s a big deal. The ideal for me would be to open around Halloween 2018, because the tonality fits the vibe of the movie. But if that window’s not already closed; it’s barely open. The next reasonable opening would be February or March of 2019But I’ve waited 10 years, so I’m no tin a rush to make it happen at an artificial time. If it’s the right actor and we have to wait two months, we do that. We take it in a natural progression.Has anything surprised you so far about the process of bringing a film together?Not yet. If anything, people have been sort of intrigued at my responses. When something happens in a good way, they’re surprised I’m not more excited. But because of my cockiness, I assumed that’s how it was going down. Me, I’m assuming we’re going to get good actors and a little bit of name recognition. I’m cocky enough to tell people it will open at number one, and that it’s a good move for their career.Number one?Well. .. my sell is that, in 1997, Spawn opened to $20 million with the price of tickets back then [about $4.50]. If I get the same number of tickets, it’s already a $43 million opening. If I get half that, it should still be a minimum $22 million. That’s not a bad place to start the conversation.Then there are all the unknown variables happening right now. Spawn was the first minority superhero on the big screen (he beat Blade by a year). With Black Panther tracking to do so well, some moviegoers may be saying, okay, being proud of diversity is a good thing.There is the fact that Spawn will be R-rated this time around. Deadpool proved it can be done. It and Get Out proved it could be done. The New Mutants [an X-men-related story from Marvel] is coming out in 2019 as an R-rated and creepy film. It’s way more in the vein of what I’m hoping for with Spawn—something super creepy instead of superhero.Then the big one I hope completely crushes it is Venom (a Spider-Man foe and now a stand-alone film starring Tom Hardy), because I co-created that character. I can put in my trailer, “from the co-creator of Venom and a producer of Get Out …” At some point you don’t even care whatever comes after the “…” you just go, “Shit, that looks even cooler now!”You’re so busy. Do you even get to sleep at night?Like a baby. I have one of those great jobs where I get to get all of those wicked cool dreams people have at night; I get to do them during the day time. Most people have those amazing, restless dreams every night because they don’t have an outlet. I have an outlet. At night, I sleep and recover, and do it all again.Indie rebel turned successful business owner. What do you think should be the takeaway for a young entrepreneur?There are two hurdles for everyone. I don’t care if you’re selling a pickle, a black sock, or Rick and Morty figures. The first is you need to get it on a shelf or in the market someplace. That’s really a deterrent for most people. Everyone’s got a great idea, but how do I get it on a shelf? To me, that’s 51 percent of the battle. You now have hurdle number two, which is, “Why won’t it go off the shelf?” Just because you accomplished the big hurdle and WalMart or some Shark Tank investor said “yes,” it now needs to sell. Because if it doesn’t, they will never say yes again.When the retail market shifted several years ago, and a lot of outlets closed, I had two choices. I could either do stuff that was a little more widespread and put it into the big box stores and compete, or I could put the creative stuff we were doing at the time into an art house … Art houses are way less complicated, but then I’d need to let 40 percent of my employees go. When I was doing baseball figures, I made way more Yankees than I ever would personally. I hate the Yankees. But there are a lot of Yankees fans out there. No one’s going to buy a bunch of Arizona Diamondback figures.It’s called fiduciary responsibility, and I hate that part of my life. It was way more fun to be a renegade artist. Now there are too many people reliant on me making smart decisions, instead of just making cool decisions.Unfortunately my personal torture is that, at the beginning of the equation it’s Todd the Artist, and at the end of the equation it’s Todd the CEO. And sometimes Todd the CEO has to slap Todd the Artist. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Triplast_img read more

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Dirk Harrison Appointed Contractor General

first_imgGovernor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Mr. Dirk Harrison as Contractor General, to be effective March 1, 2013. Mr. Harrison currently serves as Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and will fill the vacancy created when the tenure of former Contractor General, Mr. Greg Christie ended on December 1, 2012.Under Section 10 of the Contractor General’s Act, The Governor-General after consultations with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition may appoint someone whom he believes is fit and qualified to serve as Contractor General. The Governor-General engaged a process which resulted in the selection of a short list of three candidates, both local and International.Two sets of interviews were conducted with the applicants, the first of which was done by membersof the Public Services Commission (PSC) under its Chairman, the Hon. Justice Wolfe. In both interviews and a behavior competency diagnostic evaluation, Mr. Harrison emerged the top contender for the position.This was ratified by the His Excellency the Governor-General after consultation with the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness.A graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Mr. Harrison has more than twelve years’ experience as a prosecutor on a wide range of criminal matters in Jamaica’s Courts, including the Court of Appeal. In his current post, he serves as Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, as well as of the Coroners Unit and the Environmental Law Unit. He has represented Jamaica at several international conferences against corruption.Mr. Harrison’s expertise has been recognized internationally. He participated in the United Nations’ review of Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws and practices and is a member of a UN-selected team for evaluation and review of countries’ implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.The Governor-General thanks Mr. Craig Beresford for acting as Contractor General since December 1, 2012.Established as an independent Commission in 1983, the Office of the Contractor General is responsible for the monitoring and investigation of government contracts, licences and permits, to ensure that they are awarded impartially and on merit.last_img read more

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Mount Salem Residents Welcome Security Operations

first_img Ms. Watkins, who spoke to JIS NEWS on September 2, said the security operations in the area are necessary. “I have no problem with what is taking place,” said 58-year old Claudette Watkis, who has lived in Mount Salem all her life. Story Highlights Residents of Mount Salem in St. James are declaring their support for the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO), expressing the hope that the presence of the security forces will help bring peace to their community. Residents of Mount Salem in St. James are declaring their support for the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO), expressing the hope that the presence of the security forces will help bring peace to their community.“I have no problem with what is taking place,” said 58-year-old Claudette Watkis, who has lived in Mount Salem all her life.Ms. Watkis, who spoke to JIS News on September 2, said the security operations in the area are necessary.“I am just hoping and praying that whatever inconvenience we are currently experiencing will be worth it in the long run,” she added.Joyce Matthews, another resident, noted that the security forces are operating in a professional manner.“It was a little strange at first to see so many soldiers and police, but, to be honest, they have been very professional and courteous and are just here to do a job,” she told JIS News.“Persons who are not wrongdoers are not afraid to go through the checkpoints,” she noted.For his part, Justice of the Peace (JP), Marcus McKenzie, said that while it is still too early to make a reasonable assessment, “I have not seen anything that would warrant any form of criticism.”“What has been happening, as far as the crime situation in the western region is concerned, is certainly untenable,” he told JIS News.“As a community, we all are in support of anything that will bring crime under control. Like other JPs, however, we have a vested interest in seeing that things are done in a proper manner and that there will be no human-rights abuses”, he pointed out.In the meantime, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Major Basil Jarrett, said that up to Saturday (September 2), 1, 300 persons have been searched as well as 334 vehicles and 13 houses.“We have also detained some 42 persons using the system we had established with the JPs,” Major Jarrett said.“However, a majority of these persons have since been released. We have also recovered 10 offensive weapons, primarily knives,” he told JIS News.Major Jarrett informed that persons have been able to leave their homes of their own free will.He said the operations of the security forces “are in keeping with what have been established as it relates to the Zones of Special Operations (law)”.For his part, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, said he is pleased with the operations on the ground, noting that his job is to ensure that the rights of citizens are protected and that persons can move around without experiencing much inconvenience.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on September 1 declared Mount Salem and its environs as the first Zone of Special Operations under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.The law seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The security operations in Mount Salem will last for 60 days.According to information provided by the police, some 12 gangs are operating in the area, which has recorded 54 murders since the start of the year, 16 in the Crawford Street district alone.In 2014, there were 46 murders in the area, with the figure increasing to 70 in 2015, and 85 in 2016.last_img read more

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Independence of Auditors Necessary – Governor-General

first_img “Auditors must be independent if they are to give independent recommendations in their reports. An Auditor General’s report is crucial to good governance, transparency and accountability,” he said. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has underscored the importance of auditors being independent in their functions, as their work affects accountability.The Governor-General, who was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI), held today at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, said auditors help in the maintenance of good governance.“Auditors must be independent if they are to give independent recommendations in their reports. An Auditor General’s report is crucial to good governance, transparency and accountability,” he said.The conference will be held from August 15 to 16, under the theme: ‘Building the Future on the Foundation of the Past’.Participants are from international donor agencies, professional organisations, regional groups, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East.The Governor-General said that auditors’ “timely interventions” in the running of States, not only shed light on “apparent digressions,” but also help in directing operations “toward a path of robust fiscal management.”He told the gathering that individuals should be made to understand the “significant impact” of the work of auditors on national development.Arguing that corruption can be reduced with individuals adhering to high values, the Governor-General said if ethics serve as a code to govern people’s actions “they will do the right things.”He also charged Government auditors to be “more proactive” in advising public entities on investments in information technology to improve service delivery. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has underscored the importance of auditors being independent in their functions, as their work affects accountability. The Governor-General, who was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (CAROSAI), held today at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston, said auditors help in the maintenance of good governance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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MacGregor Receives Crane Order from Indonesia

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Cargotec, March 4, 2014 zoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order for two 50-tonne SWL versions of its heavy-duty grab cranes. The K5036-4HD MacGregor cranes are destined for a 68m floating crane barge, which is being built by Batam-based PT. Karya Tekhnik Utama (KTU), in Indonesia.“Indonesia has one of the world’s fastest growing bulk export industries, and this order further increases our presence in this significant market,” says Anders Berencsy, Sales Manager for Transloading cranes at MacGregor. “The floating barge will be used to showcase the yard’s capabilities and the cranes will be an important part of this.”“Historically, KTU has used other manufacturers for this type of crane, but has decided to install MacGregor cranes for the first time,” notes Mr Berencsy. “This is an important vote of confidence both for the K50 model and for the quality of the products and services delivered by MacGregor.”Offering a long, reliable service life, MacGregor’s K50 cranes were developed to meet the market’s increasing demand for high-performance bulk handling capabilities. The company’s first units of this type were delivered to Indonesia in 2011. The latest order is scheduled for delivery in November this year. My locationlast_img read more

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IMO Noise Code Becomes Mandatory from July 2014

first_imgzoom On 1st July 2014, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) will be amended to make the ‘Code on Noise Levels Onboard Ships’ mandatory for new vessels.IMO recognizes that high noise levels onboard ships could affect seafarers’ health and impair the safety of the ship. The purpose of the Code therefore is to limit noise levels and to reduce seafarers’ exposure to noise.Managements ResponsibilitiesWhilst it will become mandatory from 1st July 2014 for new vessels, all vessel owners and managers are encouraged to review their responsibilities in relation to this code. The key responsibilities are listed here:– To provide instruction in the hazard of noise exposure and the risk of hearing loss at initial employment and periodically thereafter.– Provide warning signs at all entrances to spaces exceeding a noise level of 85dB(A), entry to such areas is to be controlled.– Where hand tools, galley equipment or other portable equipment exceeds 85dB(A) in normal working conditions warning information needs to be provided.– Provide effective hearing protection on an individual basis.– Provide a Hearing Conservation Plan for seafarers exposed to high levels of noise and that no expense is incurred by the seafarer.Noise Awareness PosterMaritime Progress has for many years produced a range of posters designed to assist management in bringing safety and operational issues to the attention of marine personnel.Poster 1072 – “Control of Noise” forms part of the popular “ISM Safety Works”, series of posters which have been continually developed by Maritime Progress since the company’s inception in 1985.The poster has been developed to assist management in bringing the attention of the crew to this important subject and is available from Maritime Progress stockists now.Original Legislatively Correct ProductsThe popularity of Maritime Progress posters has encouraged some producers to make illegal copies and has lead to inaccurate and unaccountable information being displayed to crew onboard ship. Seafarers are strongly recommended to deal only with recognised Maritime Progress distributors for the supply of ISM SafetyWORKS posters and manuals.Maritime Progress, April 9, 2014last_img read more

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Captain and Chief Officer of Grounded Ferry Arrested

first_imgzoom  EuropalinkThe captain and the chief officer of the Europalink ferry shipwrecked near the islet of Peristeres northeast of Corfy have been arrested by the Greek authorities, the Maritime Operational Centre of the Ministry of Merchant Marine reports. The Italian-flagged ferry was on her regular route from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Italy, when it  hit underwater rocks at around 2 am on Sunday, September 21.The Europalink, operated by Minoan Lines, part of Grimaldi Group, suffered damage on the right side of the hull, with two large cracks and a number of smaller ones. The ferry was sailed to Corfu on Sunday evening, where it was cleared of 366 cars, with one bus, 10 trailers and 11 semi-trailers left on board. Corfu Port Authority set up a floating barrier around the ferry while the water was being pumped out.The crew and 692 passengers were evacuated, and accommodated in Corfu at the expense of the company. At midnight, Sunday, some 451 passengers, along with 88 vehicles and 118 trucks boarded Europalink’s ferry Cruise Europa which transferred them to Ancona. The ferry will stay in Corfu port until the port authorities grant sailing permission to the vessel.The captain and the chief officer were questioned by a prosecutor later that day. They are facing charges for causing a collision inadvertently, thus placing the lives of the passengers in danger. Both men were released after questioning. World Maritime News Staff; September 23, 2014; Image: GTRlast_img read more

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APSI Hands Over 2nd Aframax Tanker to SeaRiver

first_imgzoom Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has delivered its second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate.The 820 foot long, 115,000 deadweight ton tanker will transport up to 800,000 barrels of Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound, Alaska to the U.S. West Coast.The vessel is equipped with double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment, and an energy efficient engine, the shipbuilder said.“Delivery of this vessel marks the conclusion of a successful project that has transformed our company for the better. We are proud of the Eagle Bay and are confident that she will serve the SeaRiver organization well over the decades to come,” said Steinar Nerbovik, APSI’s President and CEO.APSI delivered its first Aframax tanker, the Liberty Bay, to SeaRiver in 2014 and the ship is serving SeaRiver in their Alaskan trade.Aker Philadelphia is currently building four 50,000 dwt product tankers for Crowley. In addition the company has contracts for two 50,000 dwt product tankers for Philly Tankers LLC and two 3,600 TEU containerships for Matson Navigation, with deliveries in 2018.last_img read more

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Hutchison Ports and MUA Agree to Hash Over Wharfie Sackings

first_imgzoom Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and stevedoring company Hutchison Ports Australia have agreed to return to the negotiating table following the sacking of 97 wharfies three weeks ago.The MUA and Hutchison have agreed to a six-week negotiation process to be overseen by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), deferring a Federal Court case which was set to begin next week.“The MUA welcomes a mature and normal process of consultation and negotiation with Hutchison – that’s what we have been after all along,” MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.“It’s pleasing that Hutchison has returned to the negotiating table rather than sacking workers at midnight by text and email and preventing them from clearing out their own lockers. We look forward to the fact that if this new attitude is maintained by the company – because it certainly will be by the MUA – then a solution can be found that both deals with the difficult commercial reality the company is facing and repairs the damage that has been done to the company’s relationship with its workers over the past few weeks.”FWC Deputy President Anna Booth released a statement today, outlining private meetings set down for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week in Sydney.“The parties have met in conciliation before me on a number of occasions, most recently on Thursday 27 August 2015, in an effort to resolve the dispute between them,” Booth said.“They have reached an agreement to adjourn the Federal Court proceedings that relate to this dispute and to put their efforts into resolving this dispute through further conciliation before me. I believe the parties are committed to reaching an agreement that best meets the interests of Hutchisons Ports, its employees, the Maritime Union of Australia and its members.”The Australian Federal Court granted earlier this month a temporary injunction preventing Hutchison from sacking 97 dockworkers at ports in Sydney and Brisbane, and ordering their return to work at least until the full hearing of the dispute which was scheduled for August 31.Meanwhile, Hutchison Ports worker Scott Matthewson yesterday told a local radio station that sacked workers were still not rostered on and had not yet received their belongings out of lockers.last_img read more

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Ardmore Buys Six MR Tankers

first_imgzoom  New York-listed Ardmore Shipping Corporation (Ardmore) has reached agreement to acquire six modern, Eco-Design MR product/chemical tankers for an aggregate purchase price of USD 172.5 million.The vessels, which have an average age of 2.4 years, are scheduled to be delivered to Ardmore on a charter-free basis between September and October 2016.The acquisition will expand Ardmore’s fleet to 28 vessels, or by approximately 32% on a tonnage basis, and is expected to be accretive to earnings and to net asset value.Ardmore said that it plans to fund the acquisition with the net proceeds from a public offering of common shares and a new credit facility with an existing lender.Separately, Ardmore announced that, subject to market conditions, it plans to offer 7.5 million of its common shares in an underwritten public offering. In connection with the proposed offering, the company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,125,000 additional common shares. GA Holdings LLC, the company’s largest shareholder, has indicated an interest in purchasing approximately 17.0% of the offered shares at the public offering price.last_img read more

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PDC Secures Financing for King Abdullah Port Expansion

first_imgzoom The owner and developer of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port, The Ports Development Company, has signed a SAR 2.7 billion (USD 719.8 million) financial deal for the development and expansion of the port’s facilities.Under the agreement, signed with SABB and the Arab National Bank, The Ports Development Company (PDC) will work to provide proper financing for the next phase of expansion and development for the port’s southern basin, which includes an additional container terminal, a ro-ro terminal and a bulk cargo terminal.The expansion works would increase the port’s total capacity to 6 million TEUs annually.This comes alongside the development of the ro-ro terminal with a storage capacity of 600 thousand vehicles, and the bulk cargo terminal, which has the capacity of handling up to 3 million tons.King Abdullah Port officials expect the first phase of bulk and ro-ro cargo terminals to be finalized by the beginning of 2017.Furthermore, part of the funding will be dedicated to the development of logistical support spaces inside the port, according to PDC.King Abdullah Port’s fourth pier was opened in May 2015 raising the port’s capacity to around 3 million containers. The pier, which was equipped with cranes that can carry up to 65 tons or 25 containers, pushed the number of handled TEUs to 1.3 million this year alone.last_img read more

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