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Kartarpur Corridor India Pak officials discuss technical aspects

first_imgChandigarh: Officials from India and Pakistan on Monday met at the Zero Line along the international border in Punjab’s Dera Baba Nanak sector and discussed the technical aspects to link Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. Official sources said officers from the two sides discussed the road alignment of around 5-km-long Kartarpur Corridor. Out of this, nearly 4.5 km will fall in Pakistan’s territory. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Indian officials who participated in the meeting included those from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Highways Authority of India and the Land Ports Authority of India. This was the third meeting and the last one held on April 16 focused largely on security aspect of the corridor. Officials say the security is important as the corridor is expected to cater to daily movement of hundreds of pilgrims from India who will be visiting the Sikh shrine inside Pakistan under a visa-free arrangement. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The corridor is expected to be completed before November this year to enable pilgrims to travel to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has been demanding visa-free “khula darshan” at the gurdwara for Indians of all faiths, from India and overseas, all days of the week. The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, located 4.5 km from the border near the Dera Baba Nanak town in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, is significant for the Sikh community as it is here that Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place. The governments of India and Pakistan are trying to facilitate the travel of pilgrims to offer prayers at the gurdwara, a demand made by the Sikhs for over 70 years. Dera Baba Nanak town is around 260 km from the state capital.last_img read more

UGC asks varsities to ban singleuse plastic

first_imgNew Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic. The move comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching a mass revolution against single-use plastic from October 2, which will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The guidelines state that the institutions should systematically ban the use of plastic on their campuses and replace it with “environment friendly substitutes.” It also mandates that every higher education institution in the country should ban single-use plastics in canteens, hostels and shopping complexes in the institution’s premises. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Carry out awareness drives and sensitisation workshops on the harmful impacts of single-use plastics, mandate all students to avoid bringing non-bio-degradable plastic items to the institution, install necessary alternative facilities like water units to avoid the use of plastic,” the guidelines state. The UGC guidelines also ask the institutions to encourage the students to sensitise their respective households about the harmful effects of plastics and make their households ‘plastic-free’. The guidelines are an effort to encourage the universities and colleges to adopt policies and practices towards cleaner and plastic-free campuses. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The guidelines also ask the higher education institutions, which have adopted villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, to undertake a campaign in their adopted villages till they are converted into ‘plastic-free villages’ through promoting awareness and encouraging shift to alternative products. The higher education regulator, while issuing the guidelines, said that plastic waste has emerged as one of the biggest environmental concerns adversely impacting the soil, water, health and well-being of citizens at large and that time has come for a systematic campaign to reduce the usage of plastics. It added that the educational institutions have the unique spread and influence to educate the students and households on the need to avoid the usage of plastics. Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day speech had urged citizens to eliminate the use of single-use plastic, besides suggesting that shopkeepers should provide eco-friendly bags to the customers. Subsequently, in his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” address, Modi had said that the time has come for the citizens to join hands in curbing single-use plastic.last_img read more

Income Tax serves notices to Reliance First Family under Black Money Act

first_imgNew Delhi: The Mumbai unit of the Income Tax Department, after an investigation aided by information received from agencies in several countries, has served notices to members of the Mukesh Ambani family under provisions of the 2015 Black Money Act. In a closely guarded move, notices were served on March 28, 2019 in the names of Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani and their three children for their alleged “undisclosed foreign income and assets”.The I-T probe began after the government received details of an estimated 700 Indian individuals and entities holding accounts in HSBC Geneva in 2011. This was followed by an investigation by The Indian Express and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (February 2015) — called Swiss Leaks — which expanded the number of HSBC Geneva account holders to 1,195. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It was The Indian Express investigation that had first revealed how a cluster of 14 HSBC Geneva bank accounts with a cumulative balance of $601 million held by offshore entities in tax havens were all linked, through a complex chain of associates and offshore holdings, to the Reliance Group.Details of the Income Tax investigation report dated February 4, 2019 and the notices sent on March 28, 2019 reveal that members of the Ambani family are named as “ultimate beneficiaries” of one of these 14 entities, the Capital Investment Trust, through various foreign and domestic entities. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Responding to questions sent by The Indian Express on the notices and the key allegations, a Reliance spokesperson replied: “We deny all the contents of your email including receipt of any such notice.” However, The Indian Express has learnt that the notices were served after a protracted “back and forth” between the Mumbai unit and the top brass of the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Final clearances were given days before the notices were served. Details reveal that the notices, from the office of the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax 3(3), Mumbai, were served under Sub-Section (I) of Section 10 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. There are details of how Capital Investment Trust was created on November 5, 2003 with one C J Damani as its Settlor/ Economic Contributor. The Trust’s initial funding was just $1,000. It owned an entity named Thames Global Limited which, in turn, owned Infrastructure Company Limited and Antalis Management Limited based in the British Virgin Islands. The IT Department notice has also alleged that the Ambanis failed to disclose details and holdings in the Capital Investment Trust and in its “underlying company,” the Cayman Islands-based Infrastructure Company Limited of which they were also ultimate beneficiaries. The notice states that the assessees were ultimate beneficiaries of another entity named Harinarayan Enterprises, having a Mumbai address. Citing “non-compliance,” the notice states that following provisions introduced in the 2012 Finance Bill, the assessees were required to disclose details of all foreign bank accounts, Trusts as well as financial interest/ immovable property or assets held outside India. And that the assessees also did not avail of the Black Money Disclosure Scheme of 2015 under which a four-month compliance window was given to declare any foreign income or assets. The notice clarifies that in this case, the officer proposes to assess the “Undisclosed Foreign Asset” in Previous Year (PY) 2018-2019 relevant to Assessment Year (AY) 2019-2020. The assessees have been asked to produce accounts/ documents/ evidence in their support either in person or through authorised representatives. The first date of hearing fixed for the case was April 12, 2019. The notices are based on the IT Department’s investigation which was finalised about three months before the notices were served. Its key findings: * Records received from overseas under foreign exchange treaties show that Infrastructure Company Limited invested $400 million on February 9, 2004 in GDRs of Reliance Ports & Terminals (RPTL) and Reliance Utilities & Power Ltd (RUPL). However, the name of this investor (Infrastructure Company Limited) does not appear in the list of shareholders of the two Indian companies. This $400 million ultimately reached RIHPL (Reliance Industries Holding Pvt Ltd) whose ultimate beneficiaries are the four members of the Ambani family. * Foreign assets were obtained via The Bank of New York Mellon in the form of GDRs in the year 2002-03 and after transfer/ demerger/ amalgamation, the funds reached Reliance Industries Holding Private Limited having a share capital of Rs 5 lakh only. The shareholder of this company was a private Trust named Harinarayan Enterprises with four beneficiaries belonging to the Ambani family. Inquiries with The Bank of New York Mellon showed that it acted as the global custodian of the GDRs and was neither the owner nor beneficial owner of the GDRs. It is concluded that the two Indian companies “tried to hide” the names of owners and beneficial owners of GDRs by incorporating the name of Bank of New York as investors/ shareholders.(Inputs From The Indian Express)last_img read more

Air Canada Flight 624 Timeline of a crash landing

first_imgHALIFAX – On March 28, 2015, an Airbus A320-211, operating as Air Canada Flight 624, flew from Toronto to Halifax with 133 passengers and five crew members. Here is how the Transportation Safety Board chronicles the flight’s progress — and its crash landing in blizzard conditions (some times approximate):10:05 p.m. — Plane leaves Lester B. Pearson International Airport for Stanfield International Airport.10:56 — Air Canada tells flight crew an Air Canada flight had landed on Halifax’s Runway 05 after a missed approach due to insufficient visibility. The crew determines conditions are suitable for the aircraft to land.11:25 — Because of weather conditions, the Stanfield controller tells crew to hold at 9,000 feet.12:07 — Captain indicates flight will have to divert to Moncton if the weather does not improve within 20 minutes.12:16 — Tower controller tells flight crew visibility is a half-mile in snow and drifting snow, and that vertical visibility is 300 feet. Flight crew determines they will carry out an approach to Runway 05.12:17 — Crew asks tower to confirm runway lights are on setting 5. The tower controller, who is also dealing with snowplows on the runway and an aircraft taxiing for Runway 05, says lights are currently on setting 4, but would be on setting 5 in time for the landing.12:27 — Tower controller clears AC624 to land; runway lights remain at setting 4.12:27 — As aircraft descends, its flight path diverges because of wind variations. Divergence continues to increase throughout the approach.12:29 — Captain disconnects autopilot, and plane makes automated calls they are 100 and then 50 feet above land. Co-pilot says to pull up. AC624 severs an electrical power line, cutting power to the airport terminal.12:29 — The captain advances thrust levers to the takeoff go-around and pulls side-stick to the full nose-up position. A left main tire hits an approach light 861 feet from the runway threshold.12:30 — The main landing gear, aft lower fuselage, and left engine cowling strike the snow-covered ground on an embankment sloping up toward the runway. The plane strikes the localizer antenna array and continues airborne before striking the ground twice more and then sliding along the runway.12:30 — Aircraft comes to rest about 1,900 feet beyond the threshold. It has completely lost power.12:30 — Tower controller activates crash alarm.12:32 — As passengers complete evacuation, firefighters arrive at accident site.12:36 — Passengers, many wearing open-toed shoes, shorts, and T-shirts and carrying baggage, are grouped about 200 metres behind the aircraft in frigid temperatures. Occupants with more severe injuries sit in emergency vehicles.12:42 — Firefighters confirm everyone has evacuated the aircraft and request transportation to bring them to shelter.1:22 — About 50 minutes after the aircraft came to a stop, all remaining passengers are transported to an indoor holding area.last_img read more

Acquisitions insolvencies cited as drilling company count tumbles by 40

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A research report by AltaCorp Capital shows the number of companies actively drilling in Canada has declined by 40 percent since the oil price crash of late 2014.The analysis cites industry data which shows only 26 drilling contractors have been working so far in 2019, 17 fewer than observed in 2014.It says consolidation is the biggest reason companies have disappeared, with seven companies holding about 17 percent of market share being purchased over the period, including CanElson Drilling in 2015, Savanna Drilling in 2017 and Trinidad Drilling in 2018. It says insolvency removed four companies, although the market share held by those firms was just one percent. Two companies which together held about one percent of market share in 2014 are simply inactive, they have rigs but aren’t operating them.One company left the Canadian market and the fate of four other missing names isn’t known. There is just one new entrant on the 2019 list.The report says the Canadian drilling market would benefit from more consolidation given recent declines in drilling activity but says acquisitions are unlikely given high debt levels in the larger players and the relatively unattractive assets available.“Ultimately, we expect that rig transfers out of Canada, smaller one-off asset sales and gradual atrophy of older and less relevant rigs, will be the primary drivers of further Canadian industry concentration over the near-to-mid-term,” the report concludes.last_img read more

World Cup a challenge for Bdesh bowlers warns Walsh

first_imgDhaka: West Indies great and Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Monday warned that bowling conditions in Britain would make the upcoming World Cup a tough test for the South Asian side. The ten-team tournament will run from May 30 to July 14 in England and Wales. “It will be a big challenge,” Walsh told reporters in Dhaka. “There are going to be some good cricket wickets, which are batting-friendly. We have to be intelligent, and try to execute well. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We have to read the conditions and the surfaces we play. Some places the ball might swing more than the others. We have to assess when we get there.” Walsh, who played four World Cups for the West Indies between 1987 and 1999, tipped the bowlers to rely on their variations to be successful. “Most of the wickets will be docile and flat. We have to work on our variations and execution,” he said. “Everybody studies one another these days. So they know our strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, we also know theirs.” Walsh will be overseeing a Bangladesh pace bowling unit already grappling with injury problems. The Caribbean star revealed that three of his five charges — Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin — were injured. “We need to get them back into bowling, within the right frame of mind, and be sharp enough to do a bit of bowling in Ireland and be ready for the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

300 Irish people worth more than Moroccos GDP source

first_imgRabat- The Irish news website Independent has recently published a news story which compares Morocco’s global gross domestic product to the wealth of Ireland’s richest 300 in 2014.This week, the Independent published a list of wealthy Irish citizens. The Irish independent said Ireland’s 300 wealthiest people “are now worth more than the entire economy of Morocco.”The wealthy elite have net assets of €70.74bn this year, while Morocco’s Global Domestic Product is estimated at €69.25bn. Forbes magazine published an article last November in which it highlighted that three Moroccans are among Africa’s 50 billionaires.The list of Moroccan billionaires is led by Outmane Benjelloun with a net worth of worth of $2.8 billion. He is followed by Miloud Chaabi, with $1.9 billion, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, with an estimated $1.4 billion fortune and Anas Sefrioui with $1.3 billion.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Drug consumption should be made illegal Colombia tells General Assembly

23 September 2009The consumption of drugs should be made illegal to break the increasingly close links with production, trafficking and organized crime, Colombia’s President told the General Assembly today as he warned about the dangers posed by the illicit drug industry. Álvaro Uribe Vélez told the start of the Assembly’s annual General Debate, held at UN Headquarters in New York, that proposals to legalize drug use did not make sense given the tightening nexus between consumption and production.“The old division between producer and consumer countries has disappeared,” he said. “Colombia began as a space for trafficking, broke into production and today suffers as a consumer. Those who started as consumers increase production. All peoples are exposed to the risks of production, trafficking and consumption.”Mr. Uribe urged UN Member States to “reflect on the need to make consumption illegal,” rather than to advocate for the legalization of drugs.“There is no coherence between the severity facing production and trafficking and the permissiveness of consumption. This has led to murderous micro-trafficking in cities, to encouraging consumption by adolescents and youth and to involving children in the criminal enterprise.“We are advancing in the constitutional process to make consumption illegal, making sure not to confuse the sick addict with the criminal distributor.”The Colombian President said the only reason now for terrorism in his country was the illicit drug industry, with criminals more open about their connection to the drug trade and their tactics, such as abductions.But he said authorities in the South American country, where Government forces, rebels, paramilitary groups and criminal gangs have fought over four decades, were having success in combating criminal activity and what he described as “paramilitarism.” read more

UNmandated measures to significantly reduce carbon emissions from shipping

14 November 2011The implementation of United Nations-mandated energy-efficiency measures will lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions from ships and an increase in savings in fuel costs to the shipping industry, according to a study released today by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). The study found that by 2020 an average of 151.5 million tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced every year, and this figure will increase to 330 million tons by 2030. The measures to enhance fuel efficiency were introduced in July and entail technical as well as operational aspects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. The regulations require new ships to be designed to be more energy efficient by making it mandatory to adopt the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). The measures are non-prescriptive as ship designers and builders are free to use whatever solution they want for each particular ship as long as the required energy-efficiency level is attained.The new measures also require ships to implement a plan which sets out how energy savings can be made for each ship. Each package will differ depending on the type of ship, cargo and route, among other factors.The regulations will apply to all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above, and are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013. This is the first time that energy-efficiency measures are mandated for the international transport sector. In a news release issued by the agency, the IMO said further work will be carried out on market-based measures next year. These measures would place a price on greenhouse gas emissions, providing an economic incentive for the maritime industry to invest in more fuel-efficient ships and technologies, and to operate ships in a more energy-efficient manner. In addition, these measures can generate funds that could be used, for other projects, such as mitigating climate change in developing countries. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes at twoweek high as oil prices rise

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed at its highest level in two weeks on Tuesday as oil prices rose and encouraging data emerged on the U.S. economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,642.19 up 47.92 pointsS&P 500 — 1,694.16 up 4.69 pointsDow — 15,451.01 up 31.33 pointsNasdaq — 3,684.44 up 14.49 pointsThe S&P/TSX composite index was up 47.92 points to 12,642.19.The Canadian dollar was down 0.38 of a cent to 96.68 cents US.Energy stocks were ahead 0.2% as the September crude contract gained 72 cents to settle at US$106.83 a barrel.December gold bullion dropped $13.70 to US$1,320.50 an ounce, while September copper increased one cent to US$3.31 a pound.The TSX financials sector moved up 0.6% ahead of bank earnings season which kicks off later this month. Royal Bank (TSX:RY) increased $1.14 to $64.05.Information technology stocks were mostly higher, with the sector rising 0.8%.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares were volatile, closing ahead 1.7% after rising about 10% earlier in the session. The company announced Monday that it was exploring its “strategic options,” which could include a possible sale. Its stock ended up 19 cents to $11.32.Wall Street traders responded positively to the latest data on the U.S. economy. The Commerce Department says retail sales edged up 0.2% in July from June, despite a drop in auto sales.The Dow was up 31.33 points to 15,451.01, the Nasdaq rose 14.49 points to 3,684.44 and the S&P 500 gained 4.69 points to 1,694.16.“The U.S. economy is gaining some strength… and continues to do better,” said Allan Small, senior advisor at DWM Securities.“The numbers that are coming out of retail sales are strong enough we’re not talking a recession, but not strong enough that we’re going like gangbusters.”A rise in U.S. Treasury yields lifted financial companies, as higher interest rates could help them generate better profit margins. Growth-oriented sectors like industrial and technology companies gained on signs that Europe is poised to emerge from recession. That helped offset declines in homebuilders and other stocks that are sensitive to rising borrowing costs.The yield on the 10-year note climbed close to its highest in two years after industrial production in the eurozone rose in June from the month before and investor confidence rose in Germany, the region’s biggest economy. European sales account for about 10% of revenue for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices.The yield, which rises when bond prices fall, is also climbing on speculation that the Federal Reserve will cut its stimulus as soon as the economy recovers. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said Tuesday that it was too early to say when the bank would ease back on its stimulus, but hinted that it would likely happen before the end of the year.In corporate developments, rewards point operator Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) is likely to face heightened competition in the coming months after ending a longtime partnership with CIBC (TSX:CM). While the company has secured a new partnership agreement with TD Bank (TSX:TD) for a credit card, competitors see the changes as an opportunity to lure away customers.A spokesperson for American Express Canada says the company will step up promotions in the coming months. Aimia reported late Monday a second-quarter net loss of $415.2-million or $2.43 per share, compared to a profit of $35-million or 19 cents per share a year ago. The company’s stock was ahead 22 cents to $16.15.Iamgold (TSX:IMG) fell to a second-quarter loss of US$28.4-million from a profit a year earlier as the company took impairment charges related to its investments. The Toronto-based gold miner, which reports in U.S. dollars, reported a loss of eight cents per share, compared to a profit of $52.9-million or 14 cents per share during the same quarter last year. Revenue was down 17% to $301.1-million. Shares rose 12 cents to $5.62.Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) reported a second-quarter net loss of US$718 million or $5.38 per share compared to a net loss of $172-million or $1.75 per share during the prior year. Shares gained $1.23 to $53.20.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) flagship newspaper the Toronto Star has begun charging a fee for non-subscribers who access its website more than 10 times a month. The plan will cost $9.99 a month plus HST after that, but will be free for most home subscribers. The company’s shares were ahead one cent to $5.70.And Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) shares gained nearly five per cent after billionaire investor Carl Icahn urged the company to buy back more stock. Icahn said on Twitter that he has a large position in Apple and believes the company’s stock is “extremely undervalued.” The tech company’s shares gained $22.21 to close at $489.57. TOP STORIESBill Ackman resigns from JC Penney board after Soros backs CEORailway at centre of Lac-Mégantic tragedy ordered to cease operating in CanadaFears grow that fracking chemicals are making shale oil a disaster waiting to happenBlackBerry’s cheaper Q5 phone goes on sale in Canada todayWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Producer price index (July): Economists expect a 0.3% rise from the month before, 2.4% increase year over year  CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAg Growth International Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ a share Delphi Energy Corporation Q2 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 2¢ a share Fortress Paper Ltd Q2 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 53¢ Linamar Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 80¢ a share Metro Inc ‘a’ Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.53 a share Paladin Labs Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 54¢ a share Rona Incorporated Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 32¢ a share Silver Wheaton Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 24¢ a share Uranium One IncQ2 earnings: Analysts expect 1¢ a share  UNITED STATESDeere & Company Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $2.17 a share Macy’s, Inc. 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Durr scores and dishes as No 5 Louisville beats Nebraska

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Asia Durr has always been known as a scorer. Now, Louisville’s top player is finding other ways to beat opponents.The senior guard scored 25 points for the No. 5 Cardinals, who reeled off an 85-68 victory over visiting Nebraska Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. However, she also added a career-high eight assists in the win.“It felt great out there tonight,” said Durr, who made 8-of-17 shots and 4-of-9 3-pointers. “Every time I drove, they would pinch in. So, my teammates were there, and they made some great shots tonight.”Playing a team that has four starters returning from an NCAA Tournament trip last season, the Cardinals (7-0) never really dominated in the first three quarters, but they weren’t really threatened either. After the first quarter, the Huskers (2-4) never got closer than five points to the Cardinals, and that came with 6:30 left in the first half.Louisville finally broke away with a 10-2 run than spanned the final minute of the third quarter and the first 1:38 of the fourth that. Bionca Dunham’s inside jumper made it 68-52 with 8:22 left in the game.The Cardinals led by as many as 24 points in the final period, and it was with Durr dealing. Louisville’s fifth-leading career scorer got five assists in the fourth quarterDurr, a senior guard and national player of the year candidate, didn’t just provide a scoring punch. She added a career-high eight assists before leaving the game with 3:21 left. Five of those came in the final quarter.“She’s really starting to see the floor much better, and I think that’s something she can continue to do for us,” Louisville coach Walz said.Sam Fuehring added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville, while Arica Carter pitched in 12 points.Maddie Simon scored a season-high 16 points to lead the Cornhuskers, who also got a season-high 15 points from Hannah Whitish.BIG PICTURENebraska: Having already played two ranked teams, the Cornhuskers didn’t come into the Yum Center the least bit intimidated. They shot 56 per cent in the first quarter and even led midway through the period. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome their season-high 23 turnovers.“Their defence is very relentless, and so it kind of just wears you down,” Nebraska coach Amy Williams said.Louisville: While the Cardinals defence has been good at forcing turnovers, it has been a little shaky of late in allowing opponents better looks at the rim. After keeping their first four opponents under 40 per cent, the Cardinals have allowed 45.8 per cent in the last three games.While Walz acknowledges there’s room for improvement, he also said there are worse problems to have early in the season.“I’d rather be sitting here trying to get better defensively than trying to figure out how to score,” he said.FAMILIAR FOESThe game was a reunion of sorts as Walz was an assistant at Nebraska 20 years ago when Williams was a Cornhusker. The head coach of that team, Paul Sanderford, sat courtside and then got a chance to meet with his proteges afterward.Walz spoke highly of Williams, who led a 15-win turnaround in just her second season at her alma mater last year en route to a 21-11 campaign.“Amy’s done a fantastic job,” he said. “She does a great job of recruiting to the style she wants to play. I expect them to do well in the Big Ten.”BANNERS UPBefore the game, Louisville unveiled its banner for reaching last season’s Final Four, and in doing so, the school showcased the new, more conspicuous spot for the program’s achievements. The banner, along with ones for the 2009 and 2013 NCAA finalist teams, now stand next to the men’s Final Four and championship banners at the north end of the Yum Center.Previously, they were positioned elsewhere in rafters, but Walz and others contended they were harder to see behind the light banks.UP NEXTNebraska: The Cornhuskers venture to Omaha Sunday for an afternoon contest against Creighton.Louisville: The Cardinals play their third of six straight home games on Sunday when they host Tennessee State.Steve Bittenbender, The Associated Press read more

Rosemont now a fullypermitted shovelready copper project Hudbay says

first_imgHudbay Minerals says it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations (MPO) for the Rosemont copper project from the US Forest Service.This completes the required permitting process for the project given Hudbay received the Section 404 Water Permit earlier this month.Alan Hair, Hudbay’s President and CEO, said: “With the receipt of the Section 404 Water Permit, an agreement to consolidate 100% ownership and receipt of the approved MPO, Hudbay continues to move the project forward.“Rosemont is now a fully-permitted, shovel-ready copper project and we look forward to developing this world-class asset.”Rosemont, some 48 km southeast of Tucson, Arizona, is one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper projects. A 2017 feasibility study showed Rosemont could produce 112,000 tons (101,605 t) of copper over its life of mine and, based on a $3/Ib copper price, deliver a 15.5% after-tax unlevered internal rate of return.last_img read more

Belarus SKA Minsk is the new leader

Belarus handballHC Dinamo MinskMeshkov BrestSKA Minsk Legendary team from the 80’s, SKA Minsk beat two biggest rival in the domestic Belarussian championship and currently is on the TOP of the table with EHF CL TOP 16 team HC Dinamo Minsk! Three time EHF CL (Champions Cup 1978,1988,1990) winner beat Dinamo Minsk 23:22 a few days ago in the local derby in Minsk and won easily over vice-champion Meshkov Brest 40:30 (23:13) last night.STANDING:1.Dinamo Minsk 272. SKA Minsk 273. Meshkov Brest 244. Viktorija Minsk 12… ← Previous Story Kinga Byzdra to Buducnost Podgorica! Next Story → Slovenian Play-Off: Celje PL beat Maribor – Gorenje keeps distance

Geek deals Dell Optiplex quadcore desktop with two LED monitors for 729

first_imgIt’s rare to find a quad-core processor in a machine for less than a grand, let alone a bundle that includes not one, but two LED monitors thrown into the mix. This deal on a Dell Optiplex 790 desktop and two LED monitors is that bundle.The Dell Optiplex 790 may not be the most beautiful desktop tower — OK it’s downright utilitarian — but at least it’s powerful enough to get the job done. In the grey box the high point is a quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU, which has more than enough horsepower to keep any system drumming along smoothly. Its other specs are, admittedly, pretty basic. They include 4GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW drive, and Intel integrated graphics. Photoshop-crushing, 3D-rendering workstation? Nope. But it’s more than enough to power some huge, two-monitor-wide spreadsheets or multiple YouTube videos.Ofc ourse, the key here is the price. Included with the computer are dual Dell E Series 21.5-inch LED-backlit monitors, keyboard, mouse, and a 3-year parts warranty.  Two 21.5-inch displays will get you a fantastic 3840×1080 resolution, more than enough for some very serious multitasking.The $729 price point is almost low enough to justify buying this bundle with only one monitor included, though we’d need at least a 24-incher for that to be the case. There is nothing wrong with running dual 21-inch displays though, especially if you don’t need the vertical resolution that a 27- or 30-incher would bring to the table. (And, of course, a reasonable display is either size costs more than this entire bundle!)Visit the Optiplex 790 deal at LogicBuy.last_img read more

Geek Deals PreOrder New Fortnite Nintendo Switch Bundle

first_imgIf you’re looking for a top-notch way to play Fortnite on the go, the Fortnite Double Helix Nintendo Switch bundle is an outstanding option. Pre-order now, and get a Switch, 1,000 V-Bucks, and access to the free game download on October 5th for just $300. 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Take a photo Cheetos to give thousands of dollars for funky shapes

Take a photo Cheetos to give thousands of dollars for funky shapes

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Stagnito Acquires BtoB Media Group

first_imgStagnito Media has acquired Zweig White Information Services’ media group, including CE News and Structural Engineer magazines. Stagnito is backed by Chicago-based private equity firm Cardinal Growth, which counts Zweig White in its portfolio of investments. Financial terms of the transaction, if any, were not disclosed.According to Stagnito president and CEO Harry Stagnito, the acquisition fits within the company’s goal of launching and acquiring media properties in the industrial engineering, architecture, construction and infrastructure industries, “both in the private and public sectors.”Previously, Harry Stagnito served as chief executive of Stagnito Communications, which was sold by Ascend Media to BNP Media in 2007 as part of Ascend’s estimated $30 million divestiture of its professional services division.last_img read more

SELECTMEN CANDIDATES DEBATE Eaton Fasulo Debate The Issues with VIDEO

SELECTMEN CANDIDATES DEBATE Eaton Fasulo Debate The Issues with VIDEO

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Selectmen candidates Rob Fasulo and Jonathan Eaton recently took part in a debate as part of WCTV and Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Night. Below are some highlights:Opening StatementsFasulo is hearing complaints from residents on the issues of traffic, consistent building, and nepotism. He promises, if elected, to “put the people first.”“Many Wilmington residents moved from a city environment because they wanted to live in a small town; they never expected the town to become so urbanized,” said Fasulo. “As I travel the town today, I see woodlands being decimated, houses popping up on lots the make me scratch my head, and wildlife fighting for its own existence.”Eaton highlighted some of his previous service to the community, including his work as a Finance Committee member, Rotarian, and member of the library’s Strategic Planning Committee.“I’m running for the Board of Selectmen because I believe my experience, my temperament, and my involvement in the community can help bridge the gap between our residents and our town government,” said Eaton. How Can Wilmington Foster Economic/Housing Development, While Maintaining Its Small Town Feel?“I’ve been very adamant about an inclusionary bylaw, which is one of the most important tools that we should have,” said Fasulo. “Our services in town need to keep up with the rate of growth in town. The rate of growth has been too fast, too much, too quickly. Our services should determine how fast we should be growing.”“An inclusionary zoning bylaw could be a good tool, but it’s certainly not a magic wand to solve the affordable housing issues here,” said Eaton, who wants the town to act proactively to avoid facing a 40B development. “I would like to see affordable housing and senior housing become a priority for the Board of Selectmen and the town.”Should Sciarappa Farm Be Taken By Eminent Domain? “The elephant in the room is not knowing how much the property would cost. Is it $15 million? That’s seems like a heck of lot more than we should be spending. Is it $6 or $7 million? That seems a lot more palatable to me,” said Eaton, who would prefer the town try to acquire the land first through negotiations.“The price is going to determine everything,” agreed Fasulo. “Thousands have propped up that land for many years, giving them tax breaks. I certainly want to see the town end up with that land, but done through negotiations. I don’t want it see it come to eminent domain, but the voters will be the ones to decide that on Town Meeting day. Let the voters say.”What Should The Town Use Sciarappa Farm For?“Preserving open space needs to be the short-term priority,” said Eaton, who noted voters would ultimately decide what to do with the land, pointing to the possible need for a fire substation and other “conversation points” generated by the Facility Master Plan.“I would like to see that agricultural land stay agricultural. It was a farm. Let’s keep it that way. I like the model of Brooksby Farm in Peabody,” responded Fasulo.Affordable Housing“In 2001, the Master Plan recommended an inclusionary zoning bylaw. It was rejected by the Board of Selectmen. And another study in 2004 recommended it,” said Fasulo. “It’s been talked about for a year and nothing has been done. It’s a very important tool for the town to get to [above the 10% affordable housing threshold]. It should have been done years ago.”“I believe the town owns plots of land that can be used for affordable housing and senior housing, and those are avenues we should be pursuing,” said Eaton, who expressed disappoint that a majority of the current Board of Selectmen would not allow residents a vote as to whether or not the land next to St. Dorothy’s should be used for such housing.”Economic Development Committee“I’m a very strong proponent of an economic development committee,” said Eaton. “It’s worked very well in different communities. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a bunch of proposals that have upset a lot of neighborhoods. One of the main benefits of an economic development committee is it actually empowers the residents to get a seat at the table, identify the types of businesses we want in our community, and then go out and get them. I don’t like that our residents feeling they’re always on defense.”“I’m also in favor of a committee, but with the proper makeup,” said Fasulo. “I want the committee to be made up of more residents. I don’t want to see any officials on that other than what we need. It’s the people who need to decide what types of businesses they want to see in their communities… The town can then offer incentives to that type of businesses.”What Will You Do To Keep Taxes Low?Eaton would like to consolidate the town and school’s IT departments, allowing the town to benefit from economies of scale and a greater purchasing power. Eaton would also like to see the town implement “See, Click, Fix,” a program used by another municipalities to alert DPW to issues such as pot holes and downed trees.“I would like us to attack this by bringing in more businesses to accommodate some of that burden,” said Fasulo. “The business tax rate is much higher than the residential. The more businesses that come here, the better off we’ll be as residents.”Agree With Facility Master Plan Committee Recommendations?“Placing a new Town Hall/School Administration Building at the current Senior Center site does appeal to me, but it’s up to the residents,” said Eaton. “The current Senior Center is not equipped to its current programming. Having a Senior Center at the current  Town Hall site is a great idea. There’s a lot of walking trails back there, and we’re building pickle ball courts… I think an expanded library should eventually happen, but it will come down to the cost. We can want all these things. We have to make sure the impact on residents’ tax bills aren’t overbearing.”“The cost — is it really feasible for us to do all of this building?” responded Fasulo. “This is something that needs to be done, piece by piece. Otherwise, we’ll be seeking overrides and debt exclusions, and I don’t think there’s any flavor in the town for that. They’re good ideas, sure, but is it feasible for us to do at this time as we dip into free cash by $5 million?”Fire Substation In North Wilmington?“Yes, I believe a fire substation in North Wilmington should happen,” said Fasulo. “I come from a public safety background. The most important thing is EMS, who will be responding to our families. Minutes, seconds count. If [public safety] needs it, they should absolutely get it. That should be priority #1. We need to give the police and fire and EMS the tools they need.”“Yes, I do believe that’s necessary,” concurred Eaton. “In the last 5 years alone, Fire Department calls have increased 10% and ambulance calls have increased over 33%… Our Fire Department has been overworked over the past few years. With the amount of development, both commercial and residential, going on in North Wilmington, we should make sure a substation is a priority.”Free Cash — Is The Town Saving Too Much?“Standard and Poors has rated us as an AA+, which is the second highest rating they give out,” said Eaton. “They recommend that the free cash balance be 10%-15% of our operating balance. The current free cash balance will soon be just under that 15% mark. The amount we’re at right now has benefits as it serves as a “rainy day fund” and helps with [unanticipated expenses]… The bond rating allows us to pay less in finance charges when we have to go to a borrowing.”“I agree with Jonathan regarding the bond rating,” agreed Fasulo. “There are unforeseen circumstances… Is the current balance too much? No, we need to keep the bond rating up, but we shouldn’t need to worry about using it for one time projects.”Should Town Voluntarily Pay More To Trash Collector Or Cut Ties?“We shouldn’t be paying them extra money. They need to abide by their contract with the town,” said Fasulo. “They’ve put up bonds just for this situation. I don’t agree with paying them the extra money.”“I’m in favor the resolution that the board came to [in voluntarily paying more for FY18],” said Eaton. “The economics of the situation is that if Russell Disposal decides not to honor their contract, we’d then have to scramble to find a replacement, and the market rate – given the tipping fees – would be a significant increase over our current contract.  We had to make the best of a bad situation.”Thoughts On Proposed Detox Facility Location & What Should The Town Be Doing To Address The Opioid Epidemic? “Great idea. Wrong location. It’s backing up to an established neighborhood. I have safety concerns for the neighborhood,” said Fasulo, who wants to know would will actually be running the facility in question. “One incident is too many. There are places in town that can safely house this type of facility. Middlesex Avenue at that spot is not one of them.”“That’s not the ideal location. I did support Article 2 [restricting future detox facilities, hospitals and nursing homes to industrial zones with special permits] at the Special Town Meeting,” said Eaton. “I’m not insensitive to the epidemic and how it has affected my families in town. I was in favor of hiring Samantha Reif as the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator. This town used to have an agreement with Wilmington Family Counseling. That’s something we should revisit as well.”Is There Anything Selectmen Can Do About Traffic In Town? “A lot of it has to do working with our state delegation,” said Eaton. “There’s almost nothing the Selectmen can do, unfortunately, relative to traffic. That would have to come from the state level,” said Fasulo. “A lot of the traffic is coming from Tewksbury. We know what’s gone up in Tewksbury. There’s nothing we can do to stop [over-development in other communities].”Do You See Marijuana Dispensaries Opening In Wilmington?Both Fasulo and Eaton do not envision marijuana dispensaries opening in town. Both gave one-word “no” responses to the question.One Place In The Budget You’d Cut Money And One Place In The Budget You’d Add It?“I’d like to see a reduction in the amount of studies done,” said Eaton. I think sometimes too much analysis leads to paralysis. Sometimes we’re farming out what we could be doing in-house… A perfect example of that is the North Wilmington Fire Substation study.”“I’d like to see a reduction in the amount of studies too. I don’t think we need them. We have professionals in every department of the town,” said Fasulo. “I’d like to see money added to the police department… I’d like to see a police officer in every school, during school hours, protecting our kids.”Most Important Quality In A Selectman?“They need to be able to listen to the people and do the people’s work,” said Fasulo. “I don’t want a Selectman that I wonder why a decision is being made — is it being done honestly or for a special interest?”“The ability to communicate and listen,” responded Eaton. “There’s 23,000 people who live in this town. A lot of the issues that go in front of the Selectmen are very black and white. But, some are in between… [Selectmen] need the ability to pick up the phone and take the medicine when someone disagrees with you.  You need to responsive to those you represent… You need to be able to explain yourself.”Is Eaton The Establishment Candidate? Is Fasulo The Change Candidate? Is Wilmington Heading In The Right Direction?“I don’t like to define myself based on who endorses me,” said Eaton. “I’m humbled that many volunteers who have contributed so much to this community have found something in me that inspires confidence. That said, I’ve disagreed with every one of them that endorsed me and they know the issues I’ve disagreed with them on because, sometimes, I can’t keep my mouth shut. But I have the ability to be very professional in the way I disagree with people.”“Is Wilmington moving in the right direction? In certain ways, yes. In certain ways, no,” continued Eaton. “I’d like to see your neighborhoods preserved. I think too much growth too quickly is sometimes [bad].  Overall, from a financial standpoint, we’re in a pretty good position. Residential tax rate is lower than [most neighbors]. Wilmington is a great community, but there’s always room for improvement.”“I’ve had the ability to talk to Jonathan several times — he’s a very nice guy. There’s no ill will between either one of us. We bring two different methods that people can choose from,” said Fasulo. “When I look at a candidate, I do look for who is backing them. There’s something in the back of my mind — is there something driving their decisions?… I like Jonathan. I don’t like seeing a divisive discussion.”“Wilmington is a great place,” continued Fasulo. “I just think we need to take a step back from the amount of development, let’s stop the over-development, and let’s get back to our community roots.”Speed Round QuestionsTown Manager gets a “B” grade from Eaton and “C-” from Fasulo.Both are against the Town Meeting article that bans plastic bags at commercial establishments in town.The next Boston sports team to win a championship? Fasulo picked the Red Sox. Eaton chose the Patriots.Closing Statements“I bring to town a fresh perspective with no biases. My goal is that every resident has a seat at the table of our government and that perceptions of favoritism are ended,” said Fasulo. “I’m self-funded. I have no relations with law firms, real estate firms, or any special interests that go in front of the town boards.  My decisions will be based on the citizens’ desires and my compassion for the town.  I’m not in this race for financial gain. I will never make a penny of a decision from this board…. [I ask you to support] a new course that will be a better direction for this community.”“I’ve consistently fought to preserve our suburban environment by voting against spot zoning articles [as a Finance Committee member],” said Eaton. “I haven’t taken a dime from developers or contributions from any attorneys who practice in town.  100% of my income comes from my employment at a medical school in Boston.  I have no professional or financial gain to be elected to the Board of Selectmen. I’m doing this not just because I believe in how great Wilmington once was, but because how great Wilmington still is…  I hope to continue to fight for residents, to increase the financial efficiency of your tax dollars on the Board of Selectmen.”Watch the 45-minute debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/9/5/d/d/3/1/95dd3188-3468-47a7-822d-71a2ee3542ff1523467348.475%2B28250047.519%40castus4-wilmington%2B15234704441523468581019477.vod.720p.Candidates%20Night_%20Board%20of%20Selectmen%20-%20April%2010th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”last_img read more

Texas Gov Abbott Begins ReElection Bid With No Rivals Yet

Texas Gov Abbott Begins ReElection Bid With No Rivals Yet

first_img Share Andrew SchneiderGovernor Greg Abbott with Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick looking on.Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched his re-election campaign with no challengers yet in sight and a new immigration crackdown that could test Hispanic voters in 2018.Supporters cheered Friday when Abbott hailed a new “sanctuary cities” ban that lets police ask people during routine stops whether they’re in the U.S. legally. The largest cities in Texas, including Houston and Dallas, want a federal judge to block the law that opponents say will create a chilling effect in immigrant communities.Abbott says it’s irresponsible to release “known criminals” onto the streets.Democrats say voters won’t stand for the law next year. But there’s no obvious challenger to Abbott to emerge so far.Abbott made big gains among Hispanic voters for a Republican candidate four years ago.last_img read more

Gotham Finally Gets Bruces Story Back on Track

first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target Last night’s Gotham was absolutely packed with story. The show is at its best when every character has something to do and man, was that the case last night. We begin with Lee and Mario having dinner with Carmine Falcone. The conversation turns to Captain Barnes, and Lee says that while the symptoms of being infected with Alice Tetch’s blood can be hidden, the lab at GCPD has developed a test for the infection. She says it’s the first step for a cure. As Lee and Mario leave, Falcone’s valet goes to get their car. It explodes. The police arrive and Gordon makes sure Falcone isn’t coming out of retirement. He asks Falcone not to go looking for revenge, promising to figure out who rigged the car to explode. Falcone gives him one day.The Penguin is having a meeting when Barbara walks in with a gun demanding to know where Tabitha and Butch have gone. Penguin says he doesn’t know, not having seen Butch since his Red Hood scheme. Barbara says that Tabitha has been helping Butch hide and hasn’t checked in in a while. Penguin insists he doesn’t know where they are. As Barbara is outgunned, she leaves saying that Tabitha and Butch must have run off without telling her. Penguin says people do crazy things for love.You’ll never believe it, but Penguin does know where they are. Nygma has kidnapped them and is doing some crazy things for love. He interrogates Butch, trying to get him to admit to killing Isabella. When Butch says that he doesn’t know what Nygma is talking about, Nygma thinks he’s being difficult and tortures him. When Butch insists he’s never heard of Isabella, Nygma turns his attentions toward Tabitha.GOTHAM: Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) and Butch (Drew Powell) are held hostage by Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). (Credit: FOX.)Barbara keeps up her investigation and questions Penguin’s maid, who doesn’t like Nygma all that much. The maid gives Barbara a receipt from a bondage shop. Interrogating the clerk of the bondage shop and figures out what Nygma is planning. We see that Nygma has built a small guillotine, into which he’ puts Tabitha’s hand. Either the blade cuts her hand off, or she stops it and delivers a fatal shock to Butch. Butch tells Tabitha he loves her and tries to torment Nygma by saying he put a bullet in Isabella’s brain. Nygma realizes that Butch has been telling the truth, but it’s too late. The blade comes down, and Tabitha loses her hand. Barbara rushes in, and Nygma tells her to put Tabitha’s hand on some ice.At the hospital, Butch is ready to go to war with Penguin and Nygma, but Barbara has a better plan. She’s figured out that Penguin had Isabella killed out of love for Nygma. She tells Butch they can have all the power they want without going to war. They just have to start one between Penguin and Nygma.At Wayne manor, Selina is getting antsy about being cooped up inside for so long. Bruce, meanwhile is sore over the fact that Selina said they aren’t a couple. He channels his surly teen energy into researching the old key they found. Alfred takes some breakfast to Ivy, who has him sniff her perfume. When he does, he becomes very agreeable, and she asks how to turn off the alarms.Selina gets the idea to dip the key in vinegar to clean it. Bruce asks why she said they weren’t a couple and Selina asks why they have to be anything? That being too much emotion for Bruce to deal with, he examines the key and finds an engraving of an owl. Alfred worries that merely possessing the key is a break of Bruce’s agreement with the Court of Owls when Bruce and Selina notice that Ivy’s missing. Alfred gets a call from the crossbow-wielding men from last week. They have Ivy and want to arrange a trade.Selina (Camren Bicondova), Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) go underground. (Credit: FOX)Bruce, Selina, and Alfred meet them in an underground workshop. The men demand the key in exchange for Ivy and Bruce insists that he talk to the person who hired them. He asks to speak to the woman in the mask, to gain assurance that his friends are out of danger. The man tells him he doesn’t work for the woman; he works to destroy her group. He calls his group The Whisper Gang. They were betrayed by the Court of Owls and are now out for revenge. He tells Bruce that the key opens a safe somewhere in one of the Court’s buildings. The safe supposedly contains something that can defeat the Court. Bruce proposes they work together. Later, two Whisper Gang members are attacked by a member of the Court, who demands to know if they’ve found the key before killing them both.At GCPD, Bullock and Gordon learn that the bomb was the work of a mobster named Fuse. They investigate Fuse’s apartment and find him dead on the ground. Whoever hired him didn’t want to risk their identity getting out. Gordon investigates the scene and finds a folder full of photos leading him to conclude that Carmine Falcone isn’t the target. At the hospital, Mario is attacked by a pair of blade-wielding motorcyclists. Gordon arrives just in time and fires at the would-be assassins. As they escape, he grabs Mario and tells him that he’s the target.Gordon tells Mario to lay low, and Mario insists that’s impossible with his wedding the next day. Gordon asks him to put off the wedding, and Mario takes offense. He doesn’t like the idea of having to cancel his wedding so his fiancee’s ex can save the day. Gordon asks Bullock to keep an eye on Mario while he goes to talk to Carmine Falcone.Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tries to save Mario from motorcycle assassins. (Credit: FOX)Gordon tells Carmine that Mario is the target and says that the attacks don’t feel like a mob hit. He asks if Mario is mixed up in something bad and Carmine is offended. He too thinks Gordon is only acting out of jealousy that his ex is marrying someone else. Their talk is interrupted by a call from Bullock, who says that Mario has left the GCPD to “finish it himself.” Gordon finds Mario at a jewelry store and asks what’s going on. Mario insists he doesn’t know and only wants to protect Lee and Gordon resolves to help. The gang attacks and Mario stabs one of them in the eye with a brooch, demanding to know they’re attacking. The man says Mario knows why.At GCPD, Bullock says the feds have ordered the assassin transferred upstate, away from them. Carmine interrogates the assassin. Bullock, whose taken on the role of captain tries to convince Gordon to tell Lee how he feels. They’re interrupted by seeing Falcone ripping out the suspect’s tooth. Carmine says he knows who is after his son. He meets with the Court of Owls, who promise not to go after his son anymore for the time being. They won’t tell him why they are after him in the first place.Lee shows up at Gordon’s apartment instead of going to her rehearsal dinner. Gordon tells her how he feels and she kisses him before telling him goodbye. Mario sees her getting into a cab and flies into a rage, killing two random street thugs. We see in his eyes that he’s been infected with Alice’s blood.You know we’re getting close to the midseason finale because the pace has picked up in a serious way. Every character’s story took significant steps forward in an episode filled with fun action scenes and an intriguing mystery. Bruce and Selina’s teenage romance drama was a little grating, but it was made more bearable by the fact that we’re finally moving forward with the Court of Owls plot. The Mad Hatter was a fun distraction, but it was disappointing that their story was dropped three episodes into the season. Every storyline so far this season is coming together, and every scene seems to matter. Hopefully, they can keep this up as we head towards midseason.last_img read more