Queensland Touch Football (QTF) is pleased to announce partnerships with the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys in a move that further solidifies the partnership between the NRL and Touch Football. As a result of these partnerships, the Queensland Chiefs Elite Eight teams will be rebranded to the Queensland Broncos and the Queensland Outlaws will transition to the Queensland Cowboys for the 2016 Elite Eight Series.This announcement comes two weeks after Queensland Touch Football announced a wide-ranging agreement with the Gold Coast Titans which has also seen the formerly-known Queensland Stingrays align to the NRL club.â€œItâ€™s great to be able to announce partnerships with both the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys,â€ said Queensland Touch Football Chief Executive, Jamie Oâ€™Connor.â€œTo have the Broncos and Cowboys join the Gold Coast Titans in partnering with Queensland Touch Football and our elite teams is tremendous for our sport and organisation.â€â€œWeâ€™re excited at the opportunities that lie ahead for not only our elite players and coaches but also our grassroots participants. To be able to offer the opportunity and pathway for our junior players to one day represent the Broncos, Cowboys or Titans is really special.â€Discussions between Queensland Touch Football and both the Broncos and Cowboys will be ongoing in relation to further initiatives between Touch Football and the two NRL clubs.Related LinksQLD Elite Eight
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Evra slams ‘weak’ Arsenal: They’ve always been babiesby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United left back Patrice Evra did not hold back in his assessment of Arsenal and their players.The United legend was on Sky Sports as a guest pundit, analysing the Gunners’ clash against Sheffield United on Monday.Arsenal lost the game 1-0 and put in a limp display against the newly promoted side.Speaking about Arsenal and the game, Evra said: “First of all I’m really happy for Sheffield.”They deserved the win but I’m not surprised by Arsenal and I told you that before the game, make sure they don’t fall in the trap.”I used to call them my babies 10 years ago and they’re still, when I look at them, my babies and that’s the truth.”I’m not being disrespectful when I say that, it’s just the feeling I got with this team.”They look pretty, they look good but they don’t look like a winning team. They’re just here like playing good football.”When I looked at Arsenal, I was so happy to play against Arsenal because I knew I was going to win.”Even when Robin van Persie came and the first day I shake his hand and I said: ‘Welcome to a man club’.”At the beginning he was like upset but after one month he said ‘you’re completely right Patrice’ and that’s my feeling.”[Matteo] Guendouzi is the best in midfield but he is a player who was playing in the second league in France and he was even not like playing regularly, and he’s the best player on this team.”I know some are fuming when they see [Granit] Xhaka is the captain of Arsenal.’I respect them, like [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, but you can see if those guys don’t score goals, they are in trouble and nothing’s changed.”I am like ‘where is Arsene? Where is Wenger?’ because it’s the same.”
A local coffee shop has walked away with small business award of the year. The 35th annual Small Business Calgary Awards ceremony took place Thursday night at the BMO Centre and Rosso Coffee Roasters took home the title. The cafe has been in Calgary for ten years and has grown to seven locations. The Chamber of Commerce said part of Rosso’s success can be attributed to its loyal clientele who continues to spread the word about its brand. Past winners of this award include Village Brewery, Vets To Go and Fiasco Gelato.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, is preparing to bid for newspaper publisher Gannett Co.The newspaper, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported Monday that MNG holds 7.5 per cent of Gannett’s stock and intends to push the company to sell itself.There was no immediate response to emailed inquiries to the two companies before office hours Monday U.S. time.MNG Enterprises is one of the country’s biggest newspaper chains.The report said Digital First plans to offer to buy Gannett for $12 per share, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications. It has a reputation for cost-cutting.The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and charged with new drug trafficking offences this week after being found with more than $15,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.43-year-old Andre Rozon was arrested by the Grande Prairie organized crime team on Wednesday. Rozon was wanted on a warrant stemming from a previous ALERT drug trafficking investigation that concluded last September.Rozon’s latest arrest occurred while he was stopped in a vehicle, along with co-accused Nolan Knibbs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 157 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2 grams of heroin, and $1,970 cash. Rozon was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance. Knibbs, aged 27, was also charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.It’s not known when the two will next appear in court.
Carmelo Anthony has been awarded the honor of having his image in wax at famed Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York. On his visit to see the piece, the New York Knicks’ star forward posed as himself and “came to life,” stunning passersby.The wax likeness bears an uncanny resemblance to Anthony – from its tattoos, headband and sleeves and facial features.Anthony decided to put on his Knicks uniform and pose, stiff as a board before shocking visitors by addressing them.“Hey! Hey!’ he yelled at a man who came in trying to block wax Anthony’s shot. He scared t a young couple just as they get close to him.“I do some acting but that was probably one of the toughest acting jobs to do,” Anthony said, “cause it is right on the spot.”Anthony’s acting roes nclude spots on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, and Sesame Street with teammate Amar’e StoudemireMelo joins New York sports stars Derek Jeter, David Wright and Eli Manning in the museum’s “Sports Zone” which also includes Michael Jordan and Serena Williams among others.Watch the video:http://youtu.be/cEyxt3jeejs
OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s basketball team struggled again through their second-straight Big Ten matchup. The Buckeyes shot 32.3 percent from the field, but were bailed out by 26 bench points to help pick up a 61-56 victory over Purdue.In the first quarter, the Buckeyes surrendered seven turnovers while only picking up six points, a season low for OSU. Coach Kevin McGuff’s team earned just one assist in the first quarter, while allowing Purdue to pick up 20 points.An early full-court press by OSU kept things close, before Purdue was able to find holes in the Buckeyes’ defense and stretch its lead to 14 points.Attacking the hoop in the second, OSU and junior guard Kelsey Mitchell heated up. Of the Buckeyes 34 points at halftime, 12 came from the charity stripe, all scored in the second quarter.Outscoring Purdue 28-16 in the second, the lead was cut to just two. Backed by hot shooting, the Boilermakers headed to the locker room with a 48.3 percent mark from the field and the advantage.Heading into the fourth quarter with the game still in the air, freshman forward Tori McCoy stuffed a Purdue shot and picked up a layup on the other end. Later, McCoy swatted away another, before Purdue was called for a technical foul for arguing the block should have been a foul.Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga picked up two late field goals to seal the deal for the Buckeyes. OSU is now 15-5 and 5-1 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes will return to Columbus on Tuesday to face Wisconsin at 7 p.m.
The 96th Rose Bowl will feature a classic clash of styles.Oregon has rushed for at least 175 yards in each game since its season-opening loss to Boise State. Against USC, who delivered one of Ohio State’s two losses, the Ducks piled up 394 yards on the ground.The Buckeyes, on the other hand, are one of just five teams in the nation that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher. Oregon tailback LaMichael James has topped the century mark on nine different occasions this season.Clearly, something has to give.“I haven’t seen [Ohio State] play an offense like ours,” James said Tuesday.Junior linebacker Ross Homan echoed James’ sentiment, saying that Oregon “is going to be the best offense we’ve seen all year.”Oregon employs a quick-hitting offensive attack, with several rushing options, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. OSU safety Kurt Coleman said the key lies in keeping the Ducks’ offense in a location where they can’t do much harm: the sidelines.“We’re trying to stop them as soon as possible to get them off the field,” Coleman said.Contrary to Oregon’s relentless offensive scheme, the Buckeyes have pounded the opposition with their steady running game during their current five-game winning streak.“If you look at the offenses, we’ve stuck to what we do best, and that’s our running game,” Coleman said. “It’s not the glitz and glamour of it, but it’s effective for us. Oregon spreads it out and they do a lot of trickery and try to do a lot of misdirection plays, and that works for them. They’re different styles of offense, but they both work in our favors.” Defense’s last standLeading Texas in the waning minutes of last year’s Fiesta Bowl, the Ohio State defense surrendered a game-clinching touchdown drive.As the clock trickled toward zero against USC on Sept. 12, the Buckeye defense couldn’t hold a 15-10 advantage.If the Buckeyes assume a late lead during the Rose Bowl, can the defense be trusted?“The Texas game we probably celebrated a little too early,” Coleman said. “We thought that game was ours.”Granted, the OSU defense did halt Iowa in overtime to put its offense in position to kick the game-winning field goal.But that was only after the defense allowed a 70-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes that sent the game into the extra session.“It’s a stigma that’s been on us for a while,” senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington said. “But you go back to some games, like the Iowa game, where it’s the same situation and we buckled down and made the plays we needed to make.“It’s reassuring that it can happen, but you have to make sure that you do that. We understand that it’s a four-quarter game, and a team like [Oregon] can strike at any time. If it’s a close game, we have to make sure we buckle down at the end and make the plays to stop them.” Knee injury of little concern for PryorQuarterback Terrelle Pryor revealed Monday that he has been playing and practicing with a slight tear in his left knee, though the injury shouldn’t hinder his play Friday, he said.Pryor stated that his knee has been “a little sore,” and was informed that the grounds for the discomfort is likely a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament.The sophomore played through a sore ankle for much of the second half of the season, but there was no prior indication that he was suffering from a knee injury. He sat out the second half of Ohio State’s 45-0 win over New Mexico State on Oct. 31 after hurting the ankle.The Buckeyes focused more of the offense around the running game once Pryor suffered the ankle injury, rushing for at least 225 yards in each of their last five games.Pryor said that the knee isn’t something he worries about and that it shouldn’t slow him down in the Rose Bowl.
Middle Caicos has a new man in charge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Brian Naqqi-Manco, caicos pine, kew gardens, london, middle caicos Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute North to Middle Caicos Causeway behind schedule; residents concerned over Joaquin flooding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – Fires will intentionally be set in Middle Caicos today. It is a part of the ‘burn event’ being managed by the Caicos Pine Project. There will be an early morning briefing with the specialists who are in from Kew Gardens, London and we are looking forward to showing you what happens in our feature of the controlled burning during Turquoise Morning. Our friend Brian Naqqi-Manco will keep us posted and will bring a presentation on what happened and why it had to happen this Friday morning at 10am at the National Environmental Center in Lower Bight, here in Provo. The Caicos Pine is naturally combustible due to resins within the barks of the trees… often it is best to hold burn events so that fires do not break out unmonitored. These controlled fires minimize damage and can possibly save lives and certainly save properties.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 11, 2018 – Nassau – The 51st. Anniversary of Majority Rule in The Bahamas was celebrated on Majority Rule Day, January 10, 2018 in an Ecumenical Service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street, attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, and other Cabinet Ministers and Officials.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
The former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Paris Saint-Germain was able to overpower Manchester United in the midfield.Goals by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain a 2-0 victory over English Premier League side Manchester United.The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match and was played at Old Trafford.And to try to explain why the Red Devils lost is difficult.Unless you are former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who gave an explanation on what happened.“In the Champions League it is an important thing that you cannot be dominated in midfield and the whole evening Man United were dominated in midfield,” he was quoted by Metro in the United Kingdom.“Paris Saint-Germain played with five midfielders and they never lost the ball.”“Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because Paris Saint-Germain dominated the midfield to win the ball back,” he added.“And they lost the battle there, in midfield. When you play at home and you cannot keep the ball, you’re always in trouble and that’s what happened.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Man United looked very poor in midfield compared to the class of PSG,” he said.“And basically it was a little advantage for Paris Saint-Germain to play with five midfielders tonight and with less offensive players.”“The difference technically, and speed of understanding of the game, between the two teams, was huge and became bigger as the game went on,” he continued.“Man United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League game – that tells you about the difference between the two teams.”The second leg will be played on March 6th in Paris, France. The winner will advance to the Quarterfinals.Full-time at Old Trafford. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/gv8Ai6ICXw— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 12, 2019
AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP US adds robust 263K jobs; unemployment at 49-year low: 3.6% WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and anticipate strong customer demand.The unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop partly reflected an increase in the number of Americans who stopped looking for work. Average hourly pay rose 3.2% from 12 months earlier, a healthy increase though unchanged from the previous month.Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed that solid economic growth is still encouraging strong hiring nearly a decade into the economy’s recovery from the Great Recession. The economic expansion is set to become the longest in history in July.Many businesses say they’re struggling to find workers. Some have taken a range of steps to fill jobs, including training more entry-level workers, loosening educational requirements and raising pay.The brightening picture represents a sharp improvement from the start of the year. At the time, the government was enduring a partial shutdown, the stock market had plunged, trade tensions between the United States and China were flaring and the Federal Reserve had just raised short-term interest rates in December for a fourth time in 2018. Analysts worried that the economy might barely expand in the first three months of the year.Yet the outlook soon brightened. Chair Jerome Powell signaled that the Fed would put rate hikes on hold. Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China made some progress. The economic outlook in some other major economies improved. Share prices rebounded.And in the end, the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the January-March period — the strongest pace for a first quarter since 2015. That said, the growth was led mostly by factors that could prove temporary — a restocking of inventories in warehouses and on store shelves and a narrowing of the U.S. trade deficit. By contrast, consumer spending and business investment, which more closely reflect the economy’s underlying strength, were relatively weak.Yet American households have become more confident since the winter and are ramping up spending. Consumer spending surged in March by the most in nearly a decade. A likely factor is that steady job growth and solid wage increases have enlarged Americans’ paychecks.Businesses are also spending more freely. Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting capital goods jumped in March by the most in eight months. That suggested that companies were buying more computers, machinery and other equipment to keep up with growing customer demand.Housing, too, is rebounding after home sales had slumped in the second half of last year. Mortgage rates rose to nearly 5% last fall as the Fed raised interest rates. With the Fed now putting rate hikes on hold, borrowing costs have declined.In February, sales of existing homes jumped by the most in three years. And in March, more Americans signed contracts to buy a house. Contract signings usually lead to finished sales one to two months later. Posted: May 3, 2019 May 3, 2019
The Reader’s Digest Association named its fourth CEO since 2011 Tuesday as Bob Guth, the company’s current top exec, announced his intention to step down in early April.Bonnie Kintzer will replace Guth as CEO, effective April 7.Kintzer was most recently CEO of media strategy firm, Women’s Marketing Inc., and held several leadership roles at RDA from 1998 to 2007. “At this point, where Reader’s Digest and the associated brands are, I think it’s much more about going forward with a strategic plan we can execute on,” she says. “I’m walking into a company that’s dealt with its hardest issues and I’m walking into a company that’s very stable. And I don’t think that was the same for the previous transitions.”Kintzer says she’ll aim to continue the company’s consumer-centric path put forward by Guth last summer, while looking internally for opportunities to grow.Guth—who, prior to RDA, had spent the entirety of his executive career in the telecom industry, including a stint guiding one company through a bankruptcy process—says he had always envisioned handing the role off once the company was on firmer financial footing. RDA went through bankruptcy proceedings in 2010, and again last summer.”In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been here, including the restructuring, that’s certainly been enough time to make the big decisions and to move the business in the right direction,” he says. “The restructuring wasn’t the starting bell for that. [It] was a piece of the process. It’s a tool, frankly, to enable a faster transformation. Not a tool you choose willingly, but once you have it, it’s one you take advantage of.”Citing RDA’s designation as a private company, Guth couldn’t go into specifics about profitability, but does say cash flow has improved significantly since he took over.”In 2014, we’re going to be a much, much more stable business from a cash-flow perspective than we were in 2011 by orders of magnitude,” he says.Guth will remain chairman of RDA’s board of directors.With experience in media and marketing, as well as 9 years at RDA, Kintzer seems well positioned to take the company into growth mode, according to one industry analyst.”Reader’s Digest has gone through a couple of stages with the last two years being rationalizations of their portfolio,” the analyst says. “I think [Guth] was the right person for that. They were very smart to sell a number of the assets at high prices, because in his position he had to satisfy many different constituencies—employees, lenders, equity holders, etcetera. He was probably the right person for that role, but after selling the assets and emerging from bankruptcy, you really need an operator. There are different CEOs for different situations and they need much more of an operating CEO now.”
ADC AUTHOR With Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s announced nomination as the Pentagon’s top chief, a 200-day confirmation window begins. Here is a short roundup of what key players have to say about the nomination: Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman, Armed Services Committee:“We need a confirmed leader at the Department and, after working with him closely over the last few months, I welcome his selection. I look forward to talking with him…about how we can work together to implement the National Defense Strategy.” Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Armed Services Committee:“As Acting Secretary, Pat Shanahan has demonstrated that he is capable of managing the needs of our armed forces and protecting our national security. I look forward to working with him to advance the interests of Mississippi’s military installations, suppliers, and industrial base.” Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Armed Services Committee: “[Shanahan] may be the least qualified nominee for Secretary of Defense…during my time in the Senate.” Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee: “Today, the United States faces an unprecedented spectrum of serious threats. Facing those threats requires a new kind of thinking and a Pentagon that is more efficient and agile. Pat Shanahan has proven his willingness and ability to take on important reforms at DOD.” Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Ranking Member, Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee:“[Shanahan is] a reform-minded & forward-leaning leader and the right man for the job of rebuilding and wisely modernizing our military. I look forward to continuing our work together. Great pick by @POTUS!”DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Twitter Heading into the new year, the RIAA has updated its list of the albums that moved the most units—where does your favorite artist rank?Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 27, 2018 – 12:24 pm As the sun sets on 2018 and the music industry looks forward to the year ahead, the Recording Industry Association Of America has updated its list of gold and platinum album sales, providing a look in the rear view mirror.The battle for the top spot continues, as the Eagles and Michael Jackson both jockey for No. 1. The Eagles dethroned the King of Pop this past summer—in terms of album sales, that is— when the RIAA certified Their Greatest Hits as 38x platinum, edging out M.J.’s Thriller at 33x platinum. The latest top five includes another Eagles album, Hotel California, at 26x platinum, as well as Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II and Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV with 23x platinum sales each.Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic, Rumours, rounds out the top 10, followed closely by Shania Twain’s Come On Over, making Twain’s 1997 hit the highest ranking album by a female solo artist. Both albums sold over 20 million copies.The folks at Digital Music News took the list a step further, compiling the top-selling artists of all-time, according to RIAA’s certified gold and platinum sales data. The Beatles top that list with 178 million certified units, followed by Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin rounding out the top 5. Women in the top 20 include Barbra Streisand (No. 12), Madonna (No. 16), Mariah Carey (No. 17), and Whitney Houston (No. 19).Looking ahead, the RIAA has a big change of its own coming in 2019. Longtime chairman and CEO Cary Sherman is retiring after over 20 years with the organization, leaving behind an admirable legacy as a true music champion as an advocate for empowering music to thrive in the digital marketplace. With all the industry’s changes, one wonders who will top this list in another 20 years.Warner Music Group’s 2018 Revenue Exceeds Company HistoryRead more Facebook The 100 Best-Selling Albums Ever: Eagles, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain & More The 100 Best-Selling Albums Of All-Time 100-best-selling-albums-ever-eagles-michael-jackson-shania-twain-more Email News
Radhika ApteVarinder ChawlaActress Radhika Apte, on Tuesday (April 30) night, grabbed many eyeballs with her bold red carpet appearance at the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2019 in Mumbai.Wearing a sheer thigh-high slit silver gown by ace designer Manish Malhotra, Radhika turned many heads when she walked down the red carpet to pose for the photographs. But what caught the attention of many, was her ‘B’ letter tattoo on her left thigh, which could be scribbled after the initials of her husband Benedict Taylor.Radhika and Benedict, who is a London-based musician, married in 2012 and the couple had been balancing their long-distance marriage by taking out some time to meet each other.In her earlier interview, Radhika had said that either she flies off to London or her husband comes to India to meet her. She said that they are committed to being together for a few days every month and sometimes they cancel their other plans to make that happen.””There have been times when it turns into a month-and-a-half due to our schedules, but we don’t ever stretch it beyond that. If you really want to be with somebody, you make that effort; it automatically becomes a priority. And it’s very intuitive, it’s what we need, and what we want to do,” Radhika had told the fashion magazine.Not many people would know about Radhika’s relationship status and many feel that the actress is still single. For the uninitiated, Radhika had tied the knot with Benedict one year right after the release of her debut film Shor In My City.Radhika and Benedict had met through common friends eight years ago. They hit it off and soon culminated their relationship into marriage. It was a registered marriage.
Here is a still from Darshan’s Kurukshetra.PR HandoutAfter the success of Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna in 2012, Naganna has teamed up with Darshan Kurukshetra, a movie based on Hindu mythology the Mahabharatha. The latest film has ensemble cast that includes Arjun Sarja as Karna, late Ambareesh as Bheeshma, V Ravichandran as Lord Krishna, Sneha as Draupadi, etc.Munirathna-produced movie has the music of V Harikrishna, Jayanan Vincent’s cinematography and Jo Ni Harsha’s editing. The film is simultaneously being released in Kannada and Telugu on 9 August, while it will be out in Tamil and Malayalam next week. The Hindi version is scheduled for release in September first week.The movie was kick-started with the idea of making the mythological film in 2D format and the plans to make it in 3D was an afterthought. As per the makers, it has been shot twice, 2D as well as 3D formats. As a result, the Darshan-starrer, which was supposed to be out in 2018, has been delayed by an year.The story of Kurukshetra is based on Ranna’s epic poem Gadhayuddha. It will be narrated from the perspective of the Duryodhana played by Darshan. The sibling rivalry and the incidents leading to the bloody war in Kurukshetra is the primary focus in the film.In short, the 18-day battle between the Kauravas and Pandavas will be the major highlight of the film.Kurukshetra has garnered a lot of buzz as it is billed as one of the biggest movies ever made in Sandalwood. Further, Darshan has taken a break from his usual mass-masala films and opted for a challenging mythological role.Analysis: Darshan has come out with flying colors in the role of Duryodhana aka Suyodhana. His body language and high make it a tailor-made role for him. The first half belongs to the Challenging Star, while the second half majorly deals around the Kurukshetra battle. Despite weak screenplay, the film becomes a one-time watch because of Darshan’s performance backed with eye-pleasing visuals. Check it out in the viewers’ words below:McArthur: Kurkushetra is a waste of money,pure waste of starcast,,#dboss has become burden to kannada industry consistently making below par films,star plus serial Mahabharat was far better than this.#kurukshetraPOWERSTAR FAN: The best part of #Kurukshetra is the bond between duryodhana n karnano one can show thm as beautiful this movie has shown…hatsoff to entire Kurukshetra teamVinay Raikar: #kurukshetra gives us the message that birth does not define one’s character or greatness. Good quality movie. Best thing about the movie is the fresh perspective in which we see Suyodhana, Karna, Krishna, Draupadi, Bhishma, etc. @dasadarshan shines.Sumalatha Ambareesh: @dasadarshan proud of your journey as an actor, You excelled as Duryodhana of intensity , of pride ,of friendship & this will be one of your biggest milestones evercineloka.co.in: #Kurukshetra Interval. Entire First half belongs to Challenging Star @dasadarshan . Superb Performance Ravishankar as Shakuni is too good. BGM by @harimonium is apt. 3D is GoodMayur M Bharadwaj: @dasadarshan steals the show with his screen presence @danish_saifi10 your acting as Bheema is good @nallanagendra deserve appreciation for Lyrics and Dialogues.. Songs and BGM by @harimonium is apt Don’t miss this opportunity to watch the epic in 3D #Kurukshetra #DBossPailwaan: kurukshetra review : It Is not just a movie! We can experience the real Mahabharata in 3D effects! And dboss acting is ultimate overall movie making, direction, story naration each and every part of movie made perfect! my review – 4.75/5 #Kurukshetra #Kurukshethramನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಿನೆಮಾ: #Kurukshetra second half better with 3D. @akarjunofficial dominated with his fluency in playing Karna. Ravichandran could have dubbed his voice. #ambarish memorable role..delivers class act as bheeshma. Watch it in 3D. #Kurukshetra watch it in 3D only..ultimate experience. Will not put review as it’s must for all (link: http://kannadigas.it) kannadigas.it’s tremendous effort and class act by everyone @dasadarshan rules screen majestically. It’s interval now and till now it’s awesome fantastic. Movie richhh agide. #Kurukshetra one word review till first half ..awesome and mind-blowingಕನ್ನಡ MOVIE LOVERS#KML: #KURUKSHETRA 1st half:We have no words to describe the magnum opus,treat to eyes! Still 2nd half is not finished but we are saying it this is BEST movie in INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY with respect to graphics Take that slipper shot #KachadaKannadigas Rat:4.75/5 #KannadaMovieLoversKeerthi N ಕೀರ್ತಿ ಎನ್: #Kurukshetra #kurukshetrareview #Darshan sir steel the whole show with his energy Nobody can give more than #Arjunsarja to match karna #Ravichandran done wonderful job with acting but his voice match is drawback & #Ambareesh #RaviShankar #nikhil #srinath everybody did their best Totally everyone should thank for #MuniratnaKurukshetra #munirathna sir to produce historical movie like this. @MunirathnaMLA Thank you @dasadarshan what an acting by whole team. It’s not a movie it’s an experience of #Mahabharatha must watch for everyone. & Not to forgot D BOSS has his 1st 100 crore movie Kannada industry has 2nd 100 crore nowShreyas Prakash : One Man Army Darshan Thoogudeepa Srinivas anna at his very best and steals the whole show and a perfect one for his 50th mark. Rest of the caste are too good and Arjun Sarja again with his remarkable performance as #Karna Watching 3D will absolutely be a treat to everyone War scenes are exceptionally good and BGM throughout the movie haunts And this epic one should not be missed! Do rush to your nearest theatres. #DBoss #Duryodhana
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis lands in Kabul on Tuesday. Photo: ReutersThe United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, US defense secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.“There is interest that we’ve picked up from the Taliban side,” Mattis told reporters before landing in Kabul, saying the signs dated back several months.Afghan president Ashraf Ghani offered talks without preconditions with the Taliban insurgents last month, in what was seen by US officials as a major overture from Kabul.Mattis said some of his indications, which he did not detail, dated back before Ghani’s remarks.“We’ve had some groups of Taliban – small groups – who have either started to come over or expressed an interest in talking,” Mattis said.“In other words, it may not be that the whole Taliban comes over in one fell swoop. That may be a bridge too far to expect. But there are elements of the Taliban clearly interested in talking to the Afghan government,” he said.The United States has in the past also expressed hope of“peeling off” elements of the Taliban and it was unclear how this new effort might be different.Western diplomats and officials in Kabul say contacts involving intermediaries have been underway with the aim of agreeing on ground rules and potential areas of discussion for possible talks with at least some elements in the Taliban.However, the insurgents, who seized a district center in western Afghanistan earlier this week, have given no public sign of accepting Ghani’s offer, instead issuing several statements suggesting they intended to keep fighting.TALIBAN CONTROLThe United States has stepped up assistance to the Afghan military and greatly increased air strikes against the Taliban as part of its new regional strategy announced last year, in a bid to break the stalemate and force the insurgents to the negotiating table.Mattis said the goal was to convince the Taliban insurgents that they could not win, which would hopefully push them towards reconciliation.However, Taliban fighters control large parts of the country, the Kabul government itself is deeply divided and thousands of Afghan soldiers and civilians are killed every year.Uzbekistan is set to host an Afghan peace conference later this month, where participants are expected to call for direct talks between the militant group and Ghani’s government.However, the Taliban appears likely to miss that conference and have so far ruled out direct talks with the Western-backed government in Kabul, which they say is an illegitimate, foreign-imposed regime.They have offered to talk directly to the United States about a possible peace agreement.Asked whether the United States would be willing to talk directly with the Taliban, Mattis reiterated the US position that the talks should be led by Kabul.“We want the Afghans to lead and provide the substance to the reconciliation effort,” Mattis said.While the United States has been stepping up battlefield pressure, Afghanistan’s international partners have sought to build diplomatic support from neighboring countries to push the militants to the negotiating table.US president Donald Trump’s administration has also piled pressure on Pakistan to crack down on militant safe havens on its side of the Afghan-Pakistan border. Mattis said he had seen some positive indications from Islamabad, noting some Pakistani military operations along the border.Outlining his goals for the trip, Mattis said he wanted to get an assessment of both the re-tooled US war effort as well as the reconciliation efforts.Reconciliation, Mattis said, was “almost an equal priority of my interest going in.”
A still image taken from CCTV video and obtained by TRT World claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as he arrives at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey 2 Oct, 2018. Photo: ReutersA Saudi dissident in Quebec believes the kingdom hacked his phone and listened to calls he had with Jamal Khashoggi prior to the journalist’s disappearance.Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and US permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been missing since entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.“For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia,” Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.A report published recently by a University of Toronto lab concluded that Saudi authorities were “very likely” responsible for hacking his phone with powerful spyware sold only to governments.Abdulaziz said he was working on several projects with Khashoggi in recent months, including a campaign to counter Riyadh’s pro-government propaganda on social media.Khashoggi “promised me to sponsor the project and I guess they could listen in to those conversations,” he said.“His voice was a headache for the Saudi government,” said Abdulaziz.Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and lurid claims have been leaked to media that he was tortured and even dismembered, but Saudi Arabia insists he left the building safely.US President Donald Trump has threatened Saudi Arabia “severe punishment” if Khashoggi was in fact killed, and Riyadh has vowed to hit back against any punitive measures.