“The mithai boxes, weighing over 250 kg, landed at Srinagar airport from Chandigarh and reached the 41 Rashtriya Rifles on Wednesday, for distribution among the soldiers Mahadik once commanded,” said one of his classmates, involved in this initiative. Colonel Mahadik was a student of Sainik School at Satara.The classmate said, “This Diwali, we thought of his comrades-in-arms, who suffer harsh climes and the enemy from across the border, as well as some within. We thought this would be a nice gesture for soldiers who spend Diwali away from their families.”An officer from the elite 21 Para-Special Forces unit, Colonel Mahadik was awarded a Sena Medal for gallantry during Operation Rhino in the Northeast in 2003. An ace football goalkeeper, a skilled horse-rider and a passionate boxer, Colonel Mahadik was an all-rounder, his classmates recall. Sweet gestureDespite the inhospitable terrain that made the Kupwara operation immensely challenging, the Colonel particularly chose to lead his battalion. For Colonel Mahadik’s classmates from the batch which passed out of the Sainik School 24 years ago, this is the third year of the “sweet gesture” which they call ‘Operation Diwali’. Mahadik’s wife Swati was commissioned in the Army as a lieutenant in 2017. The classmates of an Army officer from the State, who laid down his life battling militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in 2015, have sent 250 kg of sweets to soldiers in his unit.Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the Commanding Officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was critically injured during the operation in Haji Naka forest area of Kupwara near the LoC in Kashmir in November 2015 and succumbed at a hospital.
Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar has criticised the BJP for its renaming spree, saying it was only a drama to distract the backward and oppressed voices from demanding their rights.He suggested that the BJP should change the names of its prominent Muslim leaders, Mohsin Raza, Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, before renaming cities with Mughal legacy. He said the contribution of Muslims to India was immense. “Shall we discard the Grand Trunk Road? Who built the Red Fort? And Taj Mahal,” asked Mr. Rajbhar.Joining in the criticism, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said renaming places was a way of telling “Muslims they don’t belong here.” She tweeted that it was an “attempt to demolish the idea of India we grew up with.”Historian S. Irfan Habib said the demand to change the name of Muzaffarnagar to Laxminagar was “blatantly communal”. “No one changed the name before, it was established in 1633 by Syed Muzaffar Khan, a noble in Shahjahan’ time. The demand is being made [by] Sangeet Som, accused in the riots,” he tweeted.“It’s an assault on the country’s composite Ganga Jamuna culture & trying to tell Muslims they don’t belong here. But be sure it is as much my country as yours. We are just not going anywhere. “
What about March 9?That date probably wasn’t circled by many looking for potential NBA Finals previews this season, but it sure looks possible now.Houston visits Toronto in that Friday night showdown, a matchup of the best in the West and the leaders in the East.The Rockets take a 16-game winning streak and the league’s best record into their game Wednesday at Milwaukee. They have won nine straight on the road.The Raptors are an NBA-best 27-5 at home and have won five in a row overall.___Other games to watch this week:San Antonio at Golden State, Thursday. Start of a treacherous three-game trip for the Spurs, who then go to Oklahoma City and Houston.Philadelphia at Miami, Thursday. The sixth-place 76ers are two games ahead of the Heat, who are eighth in the East.Golden State at Portland, Friday. The Blazers beat the Warriors 123-117 on Feb. 14, when Kevin Durant scored 50 points and Lillard had 44. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New York at Milwaukee, Friday. It’ll bring up bad memories for the Knicks, since it was against the Bucks last month that Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL.Cleveland at the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday. Think Isaiah Thomas would like to have a good game against the team that sent him west at the trade deadline? With stellar play steering their sizzling teams, they have at least entered their names in the conversation with a little more than a month left in the regular season.Harden has been runner-up to Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in recent years, but it’s looked like his time this season. With more than 31 points and nearly nine assists per game — third in the league in that category — for a team with the league’s best record, it’s hard to imagine needing to look elsewhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What Harden and Houston is doing right now, he’s the MVP of the league right now,” Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV.Davis and Lillard could deserve some thought. US women’s hockey goalie challenges Justin Bieber to score goal against her Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Davis has carried New Orleans with dominant basketball since DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season last month. The Western Conference player of the month for February opened March by winning player of the week, largely on the strength of a 53-point, 18-rebound, five-block effort that rallied the Pelicans from a 17-point deficit to a victory over Phoenix on Feb. 26.Then he went for 41 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in his first game this week, hitting the tiebreaking shot as the Pelicans beat the Clippers in Los Angeles.He’s second in the league in scoring and blocks, and eighth in rebounds.Lillard is building a good resume for this week’s honor. He’s scored 39 and 37 in two games thus far, with 19 in the fourth quarter Monday to rally Portland past the Lakers, and eight 3-pointers Tuesday in a rout of the Knicks. That gave the league leader in second-half scoring 35 or more in seven of the last 10 games.Most importantly — for their teams and their candidacies — their clubs are rolling. New Orleans has won nine straight and Portland has won eight in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lillard scored 37 points as the Blazers won 111-87.(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)With the Houston Rockets on top of the NBA and James Harden on top of the scoring race, he may be running away with the MVP vote.Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard might have something to say about that.ADVERTISEMENT ___The top four teams in the Western Conference have combined for 39 straight victories.And if a couple of them have even a minor slump, they might fall right out of the playoff picture.That’s how tight things are in the West headed down the stretch. Golden State is 6-0 since the All-Star break and can’t gain on Houston, which has won 16 in a row to remain a half-game ahead.Third-place Portland has won eight consecutive games and is a game up on New Orleans, winner of nine in a row. Yet the Pelicans are just three games ahead of ninth place, and there remains just a 4 ½-game difference between No. 3 and No. 10.“There’s just not a whole lot of separation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, “so I think that’s what you’re going to see for the rest of the year.”___Christmas? Certainly.Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Same.Those were the dates of the two Golden State-Cleveland matchups, so they were obvious. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Sky Sports)Smriti Mandhana who became one of the most followed Indian Women’s cricketer following her successful World Cup last year has said that her recent blitz in the KIA T20 league is just the beginning for her.Smriti has so far torn apart the opposition bowling attacks in the KIA T20 League. The Indian opener has thus far scored 338 runs in six innings at an average of 85. But, Mandhana feels that this is only the beginning for her and she hopes to keep up this form while playing for India too.“I believe that my best is yet to come, and I’ve to keep improving myself and keep pushing myself and not be complacent. Scoring runs for my country and being consistent is what I always aspire to do,” she is quoted as saying by TOI. Smriti’s knocks have included a 61-ball 102. It was her first ton in T20 cricket and an innings that she said is special to her. “I never expected myself to be leading across so many different stats on the batting chart in the tournament,” she said. “However, I’m the happiest when the team wins. Personal performance is always secondary.”This form of Mandana comes as a big boon to India with the 2018 T20 world cup just about the corner. “I will try my best there. Our team is working hard towards it, and the BCCI has really helped us in organizing preparatory camps and tours, which is providing us with enough match practice. These tours and camps help us assess our strengths and weakness, and plan accordingly for the T20 World Cup,” said Smriti.Also Read:Cricket: The Indian U-19 team celebrates as they win the one-day series in Sri Lanka by 3-2 Advertisement
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP MAKES A RETURN CAMPAIGN APPEARANCE TO WESTERN IOWA TODAY.TRUMP WILL SPEAK AT A RALLY IN COUNCIL BLUFFS AT THE MID-AMERICA CENTER THIS AFTERNOON AT 2:30.HIS CAMPAIGN WILL LAUNCH IOWA CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES FOR TRUMP.AREA FAITH LEADERS WILL ALSO SPEAK THERE.
After Justice Hill broke his record during the Cowboys’ road win against TCU, former OSU running back and hall-of-famer, Thurman Thomas took to Twitter to congratulate the young tailback.https://twitter.com/thurmanthomas/status/800451663790280704Hill leads the team in rushing with 943 yards on 5.5 yards per carry. He also has five rushing touchdowns in 11 games.Thomas, the Cowboys’ all-time leading rusher (5,001 yards) held the previous record at OSU for a true freshman at 843 yards. The overall freshman record is 961 yards held by redshirt freshman Mike Hamilton back in 2005.Hill should have every chance to pass that mark in Norman and become the first freshman in OSU history to get to 1,000 yards on December 3 as the Cowboys play the Sooners for the de facto Big 12 title. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang will be back in Dortmund team to face Tottenham – Watzke Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 18:12 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The Gabon international was left out of the squad as his side lost to Stuttgart on Friday but is expected to be back for their Champions League clash Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return to contention for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham after a club-imposed suspension.Reports have suggested that Aubameyang’s partying during the international break and his decision to film an unauthorised video on club premises with a freestyle footballer led to Peter Bosz punishing his star striker ahead of Friday’s match with Stuttgart.Dortmund 23/20 v Spurs 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 Dortmund lost 2-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as their slump in form took in a fifth Bundesliga game in succession without victory.That run has mirrored Aubameyang’s own lack of form – he has 15 goals for the season, but none in his last five games across all competitions.And chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the Gabon international will come in from the cold when Dortmund host Tottenham, when Bosz’s men require a victory if they are to keep their slim hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.Watzke told Eurosport: “A squad needs rules and, every now and then, you have to sharpen your senses. The decision is up to Peter Bosz and the coach has complete support from all sides.“Auba is still a great guy. He will be back to normal on Tuesday. But he has no special rights – you have seen that again.”Watzke firmly ruled out any prospect that the disciplinary measures could prompt Dortmund into a January sale of their prized asset.”It’s not about selling a player, that is complete nonsense,” he said. “But you have to sanction things. It’s like a family, you have to step in at some point. But he is our player and remains our player.”
Next India Today Web Desk June 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 12:15 IST ICC Cricket World Cup: The ICC has asked the BCCI to make sure the Army crest of MS Dhoni’s gloves is removed (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBaichung Bhutia said MS Dhoni should remove the crest if ICC rules do not permit itWe can be patriotic and sentimental but at the end of the day, nothing is above the laws of the game: BhutiaThe ICC had asked the BCCI to make sure the Army insignia on Dhoni’s gloves is removedFormer India football team captain Baichung Bhutia has said it is important to follow the rules of the sport while commenting on the furore over International Cricket Council’s directive to remove the Amry Insignia on MS Dhoni’s gloves.MS Dhoni was spotted wearing a pair of wicketkeeping gloves with the Insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces during India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa on June 5.Baichung Bhutia appreciated MS Dhoni’s gesture and the fans’ outburst of support to the India wicketkeeper but insisted that nothing is above the laws of the sport.After the images of Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves went viral on social media, a section of Indian fans appreciated his gesture but the apex body of international cricket wasn’t impressed. In fact, the ICC asked the BCCI to make sure the Army Insignia is removed from MS Dhoni’s gloves.The ICC has acted against players displaying messages relating to political unrest in the past and its rules state that “equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match.””I think it’s a wonderful gesture from MS Dhoni but at the same time, it’s important to follow the rules and laws of the sport. If the laws and rules do not permit, then I think as a player he shouldn’t be wearing it,” Baichung Bhutia told India Today on Friday.”If you start somewhere and then a lot of controversies may follow. So I think I think, for every player, no matter how big the player is, the laws need to be followed.”advertisementFans took to social media to express their support after the ICC gave its verdict on MS Dhoni’s gesture. #DhoniKeepTheGlove was one of the top trending topics on social media.Important to respect the rules of the sport: BhutiaResponding to the fans’ support, Baichung Bhutia said: “I can understand people’s sentiments. We all are patriotic about the country. At the same time, it’s important to respect the rules of the game. I am sure MS Dhoni also knows the rules.”We can be patriotic and sentimental but at the end of the day, nothing is above the laws of the game.”The BCCI has reportedly asked the ICC to reconsider its decision on letting MS Dhoni play with the special pair of gloves but Baichung Bhutia believes that the Indian cricket board’s request sets a dangerous precedent.”It’s very, very dangerous. I feel the BCCI is really trying to take a lot of advantage. They have to respect other countries as well. The money in cricket is coming only from India, you control the market. That’s where BCCI is trying to take a lot of advantage. They should be fair as well. The rule is at the end of the day ultimate.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan minister targets MS Dhoni over Army crest on glovesAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Baichung BhutiaFollow ICC Cricket World CupFollow BCCIFollow MS Dhoni Army glovesFollow Indian cricket team MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected, says Baichung BhutiaICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The BCCI has reportedly asked the ICC to reconsider its decision on letting MS Dhoni play with the special pair of gloves but Baichung Bhutia believes that the Indian cricket board’s request sets a dangerous precedent. advertisement
zoom Iran and Germany are negotiating the possibilities for re-establishing shipping cooperation including through establishment of a new container shipping company.During a recent visit to Hamburg, Mohammad Saiedi, IRISL managing director signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the owners of Germany’s shipping company PWL Group, Mehr News Agency reports. As informed, the joint company should be launched by March 2016.Within the framework of the visit, Saiedi also met with the Hamburg Economic Affairs and Logistics Minister Frank Horch along with the Hamburg Mayor, Olaf Scholz to discuss cooperation through joint venture agreements and shared companiesIRISL managing director also visited three terminals in Hamburg Port, where the company’s first containership since the lifting of the sanctions against Iran is expected to arrive by the end of February.Namely, IRISL plans to return to Europe before the end of this month, with HDS Lines ready to launch a full container service connecting Iran with Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.The new service is expected to start from Bandar Abbas, with calls initially limited to a fairly small number of North European ports (tentatively Antwerp and Hamburg), before being extended to other ports at a later stage, with ships of up to 6,500 teu to be deployed.Iran has already signed several agreements related to transport including the most recent one between IRISL and the French shipping company CMA CGM. Under the deal, the two carriers agreed to cooperate in the field of shipping and logistics, including sharing vessel capacity, setting up joint services in various international routes, exchanging containers and cooperating in terminal and port activities worldwide.World Maritime News Staff
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency daily rations to more than 10,000 people in Jamaica and Belize as they try to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Dean’s deadly and destructive sweep through the region earlier this month. For the next two weeks, some 5,500 Jamaicans will receive a 450-kilocalorie ration each day of high-energy biscuits, while another 5,000 people in Belize will receive a daily ration for the next two months consisting of pulses, vegetable oil and the biscuits. WFP said it is paying for the rations, which are expected to cost about $256,000, from its Immediate Response Account, a special revolving fund it can draw on in the immediate aftermath of emergencies when contributions from donors have not yet arrived. Carlo Scaramella, who is managing WFP’s response to the hurricane in Belize, said the rations represent “a key first step” for people whose livelihoods have been destroyed or drastically reduced by the hurricane damage. “While Hurricane Dean may have vanished from the front pages of the newspapers, the reality of its destructive power remains for thousands of very poor people who must begin to put their lives back together,” Mr. Scaramella said. Media reports estimate that at least 40 people were killed across the Caribbean and Central America as Hurricane Dean crossed the region earlier this month, leaving a trail of damage to key infrastructure. WFP said in a press release issued today from Panama City that it was able to respond quickly to the disaster because of preparations it took before the storm ensure that supplies could flow swiftly from its storage centres in El Salvador and Barbados to those affected. The Programme’s Deputy Regional Director Gordana Jerger said the speed of the response will prove even more critical in the years ahead, “given that the region faces a future of weather-related disasters whose intensity and number may well increase.” 30 August 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency daily rations to more than 10,000 people in Jamaica and Belize as they try to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Dean’s deadly and destructive sweep through the region earlier this month.
← Previous Story World’s best player 2011, Laszlo Nagy: “Big honour” Next Story → Darko Stanic withdraws from the Serbian team for the WC in Spain bieglerdaszekjaszkajureckikuchzynskitwardowyszomirskizaremba Players will come to Plock at October 25. Six days later, Polish National Team will play against Netherlands. After this match players will be in Plock, to November 3 to prepare for the match against Ukraine, which will be held on November 4 in Zaporoże.We have few new faces like Michał Chodara (SPR Stal Mielec), Marek Szpera (SPR Stal Mielec), Mateusz Jankowski (KS Azoty Puławy), Przemysław Krajewski (KS Azoty Puławy), Piotr Masłowski (KS Azoty Puławy), Antoni Łangowski (MMTS Kwidzyn), Michał Bartczak (MKS Zagłębie Lubin).Biegler also resign from that players like Karol Bielecki or Grzegorz Tkaczyk.Polish National Team: Sławomir Szmal, Michał Jurecki, Krzysztof Lijewski, Tomasz Rosiński, Mateusz Jachlewski, Piotr Grabarczyk (all Vive Targi Kielce), Marcin Wichary, Michał Kubisztal, Kamil Syprzak, Adam Wiśniewski, Paweł Paczkowski (wszyscy Orlen Wisła Płock), Mateusz Jankowski, Przemysław Krajewski, Piotr Masłowski (wszyscy Azoty Puławy), Robert Orzechowski, Antoni Łangowski (both MMTS Kwidzyn), Michał Bartczak, Adam Malcher (obaj MKS Zagłębie Lubin), Michał Chodara, Marek Szpera (obaj SPR Stal Mielec), Mariusz Jurkiewicz (BM Atletico Madrid), Bartłomiej Jaszka (Füsche Berlin), Bartosz Jurecki (SC Magdeburg)Reserve: Adam Twardo (Orlen Wisła Płock), Patryk Kuchczyński (Handball Zabrze), Piotr Wyszomirski (Csurgói KK), Michał Daszek (MMTS Kwidzyn), Mateusz Zaremba (Pogoń Handball Szczecin)TEXT: Wojciech Wisniewski
Note on upcoming publication. A “super injunction” is a gag order that also gags reporting about the existence of the gag order itself.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 29, 2014 Gag orderWikileaks said that the last known blanket suppression order of this nature was granted in 1995.WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange said that with the order – which he described as “the worst in living memory” – “the Australian government is not just gagging the Australian press, it is blindfolding the Australian public”.This is not simply a question of the Australian government failing to give this international corruption case the public scrutiny it is due.Assange said he believes it is in the public interest for the press to be able to report on this case.Here’s how it is being reported in Australia and Malaysia: It explained:The super-injunction invokes “national security” grounds to prevent reporting about the case, by anyone, in order to “prevent damage to Australia’s international relations”.The court-issued order lists 17 individuals.The document also specifically bans the publication of the order itself.There are also fears that social media users could get into legal trouble for publishing Wikileaks’ documents on the case: Source: news.com.au/Twitter ALERT: In the next few hours we will release an unprecedented national security super-injunction (secret gag order) involving four nations.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 29, 2014 Source: WikiLeaks/Twitter Read: Wikileaks are up to something tonight… But what?> Social media users could be charged for sharing Wikileaks story http://t.co/8NQ8QrBtuQ— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 30, 2014 WIKILEAKS HAS RELEASED what it describes as “an unprecedented” Australian censorship order.Last night, the organisation tweeted that it was to make a big announcement within a number of hours. Source: WikiLeaks/Twitter Source: WikiLeaks/Twitter It has now emerged that the information concerns a “multi-million dollar corruption case”. The story we can’t publish http://t.co/3h3rg6lRCT— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) July 30, 2014
GameFly is apparently not content to sit out the mobile gaming revolution. According to the company’s latest announcement, GameFly will be following in Amazon’s footsteps and rolling out its own Android app store. The main difference being that this one will be focusing on games.The other piece of the puzzle is that GameFly plans to fund game developers to create Android games. Presumably, those titles would then be exclusive to the GameFly store. Amazon has dabbled in exclusive releases on its store, but also has its already huge retail operation backing the Appstore for Android. Developers of iOS apps can still have games funded by GameFly, but all the sales will happen through the existing Apple-approved channels.Google does not restrict app installs like Apple does, so any service is free to distribute APK files to be manually installed. Amazon managed to make the process fairly seamless, but it’s still nowhere as smooth as the official Play Store. GameFly will have some work to do before anyone will give it the time of day.The challenge for GameFly is going to be whether or not it can convince users to install its Android client. Many people frequent the company’s website where they could encounter ads and promotions, but that’s nothing compared to Amazon’s traffic and reach with consumers.Developers have openly complained about the restrictions and review process in the Amazon store, so GameFly might be able to earn some good will there if it makes things easier on devs. The Google Play Store has gone through some rough patches, but it’s getting very good these days. GameFly is going to have to bring big games to its store to garner any real attention.via BGR
Look, everybody at Geek has mixed opinions on The Walking Dead. Either we haven’t watched it, knowing the criticisms that surround it, or have been keeping up but are ready to call it quits. As you can guess, this had made putting recaps together difficult. So, welcome to “The Walking Dead Hate Watch,” where each of us will watch an episode of the AMC show and try to make sense of what’s going on. We’re going to watch it. We’re not happy about it.After the firestorm that last week’s season seven premiere ignited everywhere, I was expecting something equally as bleak in the second episode. Instead, we get a reprieve from the blood and gore that is The Walking Dead while catching up on characters whose story runs parallel to the main narrative concerning Negan and his Saviors. To be honest, it’s nice. At least, until the tiger shows up.There are two things most of us knew going into the seventh season: that somebody important was going to die in episode one and that there was going to be a tiger. And there was certainly a tiger. The tiger didn’t do much, but it was there, and it was a tiger, and that was enough.The episode opens with Morgan and a bunch of men wearing football armor carting Carol, who is wavering in and out of unconsciousness. When the group gets attacked by zomb–I mean walkers, she stumbles off, seeing many of the walkers as alive before their faces suddenly shift. Morgan can save her with his staff, and she wakes up in what Morgan tells her is The Kingdom.The Kingdom, we learn as Morgan wheels Carol through to meet the leader, is oddly normal looking. Besides the appearance of two abandoned school buses blocking the entrance, most of it looks peaceful and communal. There are children sitting on a porch in a makeshift classroom, people are growing plants out of pots and drawers, and to my surprise, nobody is shooting up the place.So what’s the catch? It’s The Walking Dead. Nothing is “normal,” and if it is, doesn’t stay so for long. Within seconds we get a glimpse of that catch and his name is King Ezekiel and he has a pet tiger named Shiva.Gene Page/AMCMorgan is hesitant with revealing this information to Carol, knowing how ridiculous it sounds. When she meets Ezekiel, who is sitting on a throne with the mighty pet at his side, Carol tries her hardest to remain respectful. It’s tough though considering that Ezekiel talks like a small-time Shakespearean actor, packed with all the delusions of a Quixotic protagonist and a cult leader. The rules of The Kingdom are simple: you take from the well, and you give to the well. Everybody contributes in some manner. Carol is speechless, or as she says, would be speechless if she weren’t already speaking, and is all smiles even when turning down the offer of a pomegranate.Of course, Carol drops the act as soon as she and Morgan are out of his sight, and she tells Morgan that once she is better, she’s out of there. The Kingdom is built on lies. “It’s make-believe,” she says. “It’s playtime.”We find out that there are even more lies abound in The Kingdom. Morgan joins Ezekiel and his group on an expedition where they herd wild pigs into traps to eat walkers. This is to fatten them up without wasting any of the commune’s crop, which would be a fine idea if it weren’t for the fact that he’s feeding dead people to his followers. The world acts on logic that didn’t exist before the zombie apocalypse. People come back from the dead even if they haven’t been bitten. There seem to be no consequences for this at the moment, but I can’t imagine this plan will go unnoticed.Anyway, it’s sort of fine because the pigs were slaughtered and handed over to a group of Saviors from Negan, who show up weekly to take from The Kingdom. This week, they’re getting some zombie-fed pigs. Richard, one of Ezekiel’s men, gets in a scuffle with one of the Saviors, which causes everybody to draw their weapons, but Ezekiel cuts in, breaking up the fight and allowing the Savior a number of free punches. Gavin, the leader of this group of Saviors, agrees, saying that The Kingdom is never late and always delivers the requested amount of food on time.Gene Page/AMCMeanwhile, back at The Kingdom, Carol is keeping up her helpless woman in a wheelchair act to steal items. It’s not that much later that she attempts to make her escape. Morgan returns later and finds her bed empty. Ezekiel, however, encounters her on her way out and sits her down to talk. He reveals that while he was convinced at first, he saw through her act, saying “don’t bullshit the bullshitter.”That’s when he drops his act, the revelation of yet another lie within The Kingdom. He was a zookeeper who saved a tiger who was injured. After that, the tiger wouldn’t lay a claw on him. After the apocalypse, he returned to the zoo to find the tiger was the only animal left and freed her. When people see a guy walking around with a tiger, they’re bound to start spreading rumors about his greatness. Ezekiel had been in community theater, so he adapted to the part, turning into the literal king and ruler that he said people needed to feel safe.He’s able to convince Carol to go, but not go, which ends with Morgan leading her to a home on the outskirts of town. She takes care of the walker inside and starts to set up her new life. Morgan knocks the flag on the mailbox down and Ezekiel visits later with Shiva, signaling the start to a new beginning that’ll never come to fruition.It’s The Walking Dead. We know that this setup isn’t going to last, especially with Negan still being sadistic on the edges of the episode. I suppose that the writers meant for “The Well” to act as a palette cleanser of sorts after the premiere, but considering the tired “go to a new town that’s not quite what it seems” premise, all of the build-up and exposition seems useless.Plus, instead of seeing the aftermath of what Rick and the gang are up to, we get derailed to another story, which seems like emotional whiplash.The Kingdom is fine enough, and the inclusion of Ezekiel and the tiger is a campy touch, but it’s out of place with the rest of the series, which is too dark and grim to be alleviated by this bit of humor. The strength of Ezekiel as a character–as a relatively good person who, unlike many of the other leaders in this universe, is opting for lies and peace rather than violence and what the series deems as truth–is undermined by everything The Walking Dead has built up to this point.There’s no tension or stakes after this episode. We know that it’s all going to go to hell. So in the end, what’s the point? Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target
Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva…Domino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston National Pizza Day, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9, isn’t any ordinary day: On this food holiday, chains and restaurants are offering sweet deals and freebies for the slice-obsessed.Whether you’re craving a margarita pie or a classic pepperoni slice, you can get your pizza fix on the big day. From Domino’s to Blaze Pizza, here’s where to score affordable (and free) pizza on National Pizza Day.Domino’sTomorrow is #NationalPizzaDay! RT for a chance to win FREE PIZZA for a year. Rules: https://t.co/yxqR91GGCf #WinDominosPizza pic.twitter.com/PJ1hcZxGxi— Domino’s Pizza (@dominos) February 8, 2019Free pizza? Yes, please. Domino’s is giving Twitter users the opportunity to win Domino’s e-gift cards: One lucky winner will receive a $500 Domino’s e-gift card and 10 winners will each get a $50 Domino’s e-gift card. Just post three unique tweets and include the hashtag #WinDominosPizza to enter.Buy it HereRound Table PizzaNext Saturday is National Pizza Pie Day!!Stop by on 2/9 to receive a coupon for a FREE personal pizza! Bonus – $1 will be donated to @LLSusa for every pizza ordered! Offer valid at participating stores on 2/9/19. Coupon for free personal pizza valid from 2/10/19-3/31/19. pic.twitter.com/hOa8g8xdUH— Round Table Pizza (@RoundTablePizza) February 2, 2019At Round Table Pizza, every slice will go to a good cause on National Pizza Day. The chain will donate $1 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for every delivery or in-store purchase. Plus, customers will also get a coupon for a free personal pizza on Saturday.Buy it HerePizza HutOnly two more sleeps until #NationalPizzaDay! The countdown is on… pic.twitter.com/8G8xFgRoy0— Pizza Hut Delivery (@pizzahutIRL) February 7, 2019If you’re hungry for slice (or two), Pizza Hut is offering some sweet deals for National Pizza Day: Grab a large, two-topping pizza for $7.99 or go for the $5 mix-and-match meal offer when you order online. Don’t forget to sign up for Hut Rewards so you can rack up more points.Buy it HereChuck E. Cheese’sPizza has us feeling some kind of way. Get a free XL upgrade with any large pizza purchase from 2/4-2/9 this week at most Chuck E. Cheese’s locations. Use code 4860 at the register. pic.twitter.com/nnxV7L4ylM— Chuck E. Cheese’s (@ChuckECheeses) February 4, 2019Game night just got better: From February 4 to February 9, Chuck E. Cheese’s will give you a free XL upgrade when you purchase a large pizza at participating locations.Buy it HereIHOPSorry, pizza. We stole your holiday… and your box. It’s #PANCIZZA! The pizza-sized pancake. It’s round, fluffy and available to order on https://t.co/fQIMAUMdBL #NationalPizzaDay #MoreLikeNationalPANcizzaDay pic.twitter.com/xNjRqwqw26— IHOP (@IHOP) February 8, 2019IHOP created this mouth-watering “Pancizza,” just in time for National Pizza Day. From February 8 to February 10, you can choose from three types of Pancizza: original pancake, bacon and cheddar, and cupcake. On Saturday, IHOP will also give away free slices of Pancizza at its IHOP Pancizzeria in New York City.Buy it HereBlaze PizzaBecause two pies are always better than one. Get 2 pepperoni pizzas for $10 when you order online (at participating U.S. locations)! https://t.co/7WIWdgMxC0 pic.twitter.com/9C1bwVJLIo— Blaze Pizza (@BlazePizza) February 8, 2019Artisan pizza ingredients don’t come cheap, however, Blaze Pizza wants to gift you cheap, fired-up pies for National Pizza Day: You can get two pepperoni pizzas for $10 when you place an online order.Buy it HerePilot Flying JIt’s #NationalPizzaDay! Well, not quite. We’re celebrating all week by offering a free slice in our app. Download it today to get yours.— Pilot Flying J (@PilotFlyingJ) February 4, 2019In honor of National Pizza Day, Pilot Flying J, which has many locations across the U.S., will gift you a free pizza slice when you download its app.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Watch: This Maggot ‘Fountain’ Can Consume a Pizza in 2 HoursHow to Make the Best Pizza, According to Physicists This Slice of Pizza Will Outlive You Stay on target
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Abby LivingstonU.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate Majority WhipSenator John Cornyn is warning Texans not to get their hopes up that the end of the government shutdown brings the latest Harvey relief bill any closer to passage. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested he would move the bill after February 8, the next government funding deadline, along with action on DACA and other major issues.Cornyn, the Senate’s number two Republican, said the disaster relief bill enjoys broad, bipartisan support and that it could pass the Senate today, if Democrats would agree to it. But he accuses Democrats of holding the measure hostage – along with an agreement on spending for the rest of the fiscal year – in order to win passage of legislation protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.“Believe me, I share the frustration of Governor [Greg] Abbott and other Texans, who feel like we’ve been asked to wait and wait and wait again, only to find ourselves caught up in an unrelated issue. I think the people who suffered so much as a result of these hurricanes and natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey deserve better,” said Cornyn.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats said their opposition has nothing to do with DACA. Rather, they said the bill falls far short of providing what’s needed, particularly for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.The House passed an $81 billion disaster relief bill in December, after passing the Republican tax cut bill. Listen X 00:00 /01:08
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAnalysis:Despite an incessant rain on Election Day, Marylanders continued a vigorous voting pattern after record-breaking early voting and West Baltimore was not exempt from the electoral zeal.According to the State Board of Elections, 16.7 percent of eligible voters cast an early vote in Maryland, which is up from 8.3 percent in 2014. In all, more than twice as many Maryland voters, 661,276 cast early votes than in 2014, when only 307,646 voted early.A volunteer prepares to hand out stickers to voters. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)When I reported to the West Baltimore polling place, Gwynns Falls Elementary, School 60, that I have voted at for about 30 years, it was bustling at 7:30 a.m. In fact, every available voting space was occupied with a steady stream of people flowing into the school’s gymnasium, definitely unusual for a midterm election, especially one where so many had already voted early. What was also unusual was it wasn’t just elder Black women (with a sprinkling of elder men) casting their votes early in the morning, which has been the pattern for many years; there were many younger women (my hypothesis is most were under 40) who cast votes this morning. At least half of the women were in that age range, several mothers brought their daughters with them to vote. Unfortunately, I only saw one younger man voting during the early morning hours.“It’s not like the last election,” said Ms. Greer, an election official referring to 2016. “With all the hoopla, people are coming out.”However, I was hit with a disturbing experience almost as soon as I entered the elementary school gym. When I stepped to the desk to be directed to the section corresponding with my name, the election worker said something I had never heard before, “Where is your ID?” she said. I immediately replied, I’ve been voting here for 30 years and nobody has ever asked me for an ID. With that, another election worker stepped in and pointed me towards the other side of the gym. I gave them my name and I voted as I normally do. However, how many first time voters, or those who do not know that it is illegal in Maryland for an election worker to ask a registered voter for identification, will be deterred from casting their vote? Unfortunately, there have been other scattered reports of voting issues across the state during early voting. My friend Sylvester Short also voted this morning and he said there was some confusion at his polling place, Dallas F. Nicholas Elementary School 39, in East Baltimore.“My precinct didn’t open on time. It opened about 7:35 a.m., so there was a long line,” Short said via Facebook. Then, not all of the election judges knew what they were doing, but I persevered and voted…this election is so important,” he added.Indeed, he is right; this is the most important midterm election of my lifetime, perhaps the most important in the country’s history.Ultimately, if the early crowds in East and West Baltimore communities are any indication, Democratic voter turnout will continue to be high. If that trend continues throughout the nation, Democrats should seize control of the House (a flip of 30-40 seats perhaps).Further, Ben Jealous has trailed Gov. Larry Hogan by double-digits in virtually every poll. However, if Jealous’ strategy of targeting first-time and unlikely midterm voters is successful and he pulls off an upset tonight, that would indicate Democrats will not only take over the House, but, they’ll be the majority in the Senate as well. In other words, a Jealous win in Maryland could signal a “blue tsunami,” one that could wipe out Donald John Trump’s presidential hopes in 2020.