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Watchmen teaser trailer for new HBO series takes fans to eerie universe

first_img Share your voice Tick-tock, tick-tock. The teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series came out on Wednesday, and you shouldn’t watch it if you’re disturbed by masked faces or ticking clocks. They fill the eerie trailer, which doesn’t reveal any spoilers, but is set in an alternate universe where superheroes are forced to become outlaws.The series adapts Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel of the same name, and stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Frances Fisher and Tim Blake Nelson. The first season will have eight episodes, and Damon Lindelof of Lost fame is the show creator. A 2009 movie was also based on the series.With all the clock-ticking, the teaser still manages to not reveal a premiere date, only citing “fall.” HBO may be needing a new hot show by then, as blockbuster Game of Thrones only has two episodes left.Here’s everything we know about HBO’s Watchmen so far. Tags HBO Post a comment 0 187 Photos See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos TV and Movieslast_img read more

India vs New Zealand World Cup match under threat forecast remains bleak

first_imgThe England weather, that notorious weather has arrived and just as the World Cup was beginning to heat up, it has started acting as a damp squib. Two matches have already been called off, there have been interventions, there have been delays and now there is a bleak forecast staring in the face of the administrators.The match between West Indies and South Africa could barely last eight overs, the umpires called off the match, incessant rains could well force the fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be called off and the forecast for the entire week is absolutely dour.Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunchtime on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility.There have been showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and as per the local Met department, it will not subside and they have also issued a warning for the residents.’Yellow warning for rain has been issued’ Virat KohliGetty Images”A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website ‘Nottingham post’ reported.The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle.”There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” the report further said.However, the same report also mentions that the rain might subside at around lunchtime on Thursday which increases the hopes of a curtailed match between India and New Zealand.”That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunchtime on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degrees Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degrees Celsius,” the website reported.India have got off to a great start as Virat Kohli’s side got the better of South Africa and Australia in the first two games. However, their mood will be dampened as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for a minimum of three weeks owing to a thumb injury.They will take on New Zealand on Thursday, followed by the big clash against Pakistan on Sunday. If the weather department is to be believed, both these matches could possibly see interventions by rain and this could have an effect on the points table.last_img read more

Malta rescues 180 migrants

first_imgMalta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as the weather worsened in the Mediterranean.An army patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy some 71 nautical miles southwest of Malta before plucking another 152 people from a wooden boat to the south.The rescues followed the recovery by Malta Sunday of 69 migrants on a wooden boat which had run into trouble.Meanwhile, the UN’s refugee agency said time was “running out” for 49 people rescued by NGO boats but denied a safe port in Europe, some of whom have been stranded at sea for over a week.The NGOs — the German Sea-Eye and Dutch Sea-Watch — called for “an immediate solution for those being held hostage by European States, who are denying them a safe port”.”With the weather conditions forecast to worsen this evening, a solution must be found by the end of 2018 in order to prevent placing people’s heath at further risk,” they said in a joint statement.The German-flagged professor Albrecht Penck ship has 17 migrants from West Africa on board who were rescued on Saturday in international waters off Libya.At the same time, the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 has 32 migrants rescued on December 22 including three young children, three unaccompanied adolescents and four women from Nigeria, Libya and Ivory Coast.While Italy, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands have refused to accept the Sea-Watch 3 migrants, several German cities have offered to take them in.On Saturday a government spokesman said Germany would only accept some of the migrants if other European countries also agreed to do so.Last week, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from a boat to Malta.”The negotiations over which country takes them in must happen only once those rescued are brought safety to land,” UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel said.More than 1,300 migrants have died trying to reach Italy or Malta via the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Italian interior ministry said Monday that the number of 2018 arrivals in Italy was down over 80 per cent compared with 2017 at just 23,370.The biggest number came from Tunisia, followed by Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.In mid-2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy and the war-torn North African country.A campaign against the NGO rescue organisations peaked in June this year with far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed-ports” policy aimed at ending all rescue operations, including military ones.last_img read more

Bathroom Bill Fight Brewing In Texas

first_img Share Eric Gay/APThe dome of the Texas State Capital.Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own “bathroom bill” in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.The proposal threatens to split the Texas Republican Party, which controls all three branches of government in Austin. Proponents include the lieutenant governor and the Senate he leads, while the Texas House of Representatives is more sympathetic to the state’s business community. The politically powerful chamber of commerce and the Texas Association of Business both strongly oppose any bathroom bill.North Carolina’s bathroom bill nullified legislation passed by the city of Charlotte that expanded protections to LGBT North Carolinians. The state’s bathroom bill also prohibited transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity. It provoked a widespread backlash from businesses, entertainers, sports organizations and the movie industry.The NBA pulled its All-Star Game out of North Carolina, the NCAA moved March Madness regional games out of the state, and PayPal and Deutsche Bank suspended planned expansions there. Forbes estimated that North Carolina lost more than $600 million in the six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed the legislation into a law. McCrory was subsequently defeated in his bid for re-election in November by Democrat Roy Cooper, who made the bathroom bill a cornerstone of his campaign.None of these economic and political ramifications have deterred the Texas lieutenant governor. In fact, when the North Carolina legislature failed an attempt to reverse itself and pass legislation that would have nullified its bathroom bill just before Christmas, Patrick sent a note applauding the collapse of the effort.“Legislation to protect women’s privacy and business is essential to assure that sexual predators … will not be able to freely enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms or showers … ” Patrick’s note said.However, many of the Texas GOP’s most lucrative donors have indicated they’re going to the mat to stop bathroom legislation from passing in Texas. The Texas Association of Business held a press conference last month to announce results of a study, commissioned by the TAB and conducted by researchers at St. Edwards University in Austin, which estimated a Lone Star bathroom bill could cost the state upwards of $8 billion in economic impact and 100,000 jobs.“The message from the Texas business community is loud and clear,” Chris Wallace, president of the TAB, said in front of the Texas Capitol. “Protecting Texas from billions of dollars in losses is simple: Don’t pass unnecessary laws that discriminate against Texans and our visitors.”While Texas’s lieutenant governor is hot for a bathroom bill, his counterpart in the Texas House, Speaker Joe Strauss, is not “This isn’t the most urgent concern of mine,” Strauss said.Strauss is expected to be the business community’s political backstop, and he’s got the clout in the House to ensure that any bathroom legislation languishes and dies in committee. Not only would that please many influential donors, it would spare Republican House members from having to make a politically tricky vote.And where is Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on the subject? He’s currently sitting atop the fence. Abbott says a wait-and-see approach is prudent until an actual bill is produced and the details — and political and economic ramifications — can be carefully scrutinized.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Political Roundup Rep Conyers Resigns And Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Some of the stories we discuss this week include Senate Republicans passing a $1.4 trillion tax bill, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepping down from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case of a baker who refused to create cakes for same-sex weddings.Our panel of experts this week includes: Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. 00:00 /12:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

HELP NAME THE MARYLAND ZOOS NEWEST PENGUIN CHICKS

first_imgNew Penguin Chicks. (Photo – Screenshot from Maryland Zoo/YouTube video)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce the hatching of two African penguin chicks – the first to be hatched at the Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit!   “We hoped that moving the penguin colony in the beginning of breeding season would not impact egg laying this year, so we are delighted to welcome these first two chicks,” said Jen Kottyan, avian collection and conservation manager. “These chicks are not only the first to hatch this season; they are also being raised as part of our Animal Ambassador program. That means they will be traveling far and wide in the Zoomobile on education outreach programs.”The female chicks hatched on October 4 and October 9, and now they need names!  “The chicks are very healthy and are thriving under the care of the Animal Embassy staff,” continued Kottyan. “They now have their juvenile feathers, and they are very vocal chicks. We are looking for names to compliment the penguins already in the program – Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”The names, selected by a variety of Zoo staff are:–Shelly and Sandy – for the variety of beaches where they live in South AfricaNellie and Mandie – for Nelson MandelaDaisy and Rose – flower names to compliment current penguin LillyDawn and Hope –  Dawn for the dishwashing detergent that is used to clean wild penguins caught in oil spills and Hope for the Cape of Good Hope, home to the Boulders Penguin Colony.The Maryland Zoo has been a leader in breeding African penguins for over 40 years, winning the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award for the “African Penguin Long-term Propagation Program” from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1996.   The Zoo has one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America, with over 60 birds currently residing in the new Penguin Coast exhibit.  “Our penguins are bred according to recommendations from the AZA African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) which helps maintain their genetic diversity,” said Kottyan.  “Many of the African penguins previously bred at the Zoo now inhabit zoo and aquarium exhibits around the world.”Penguin chicks take 38-42 days to hatch out of their eggs after they are laid. Zoo keepers monitor development of the eggs by candling them about a week after they are laid to see if they are fertile and developing.  The eggs are then placed back with the parents.  “Both the male and the female take turns sitting on the eggs,” said Kottyan. “Once the eggs hatch, parents take turns caring for their offspring; they each protect, feed, and keep the chick warm for 2-3 days and then switch off.”At Penguin Coast, chicks stay with their parents for about three weeks after they hatch and are fed regurgitated fish from their parents. During this time, zoo keepers and vets keep a close eye on the development of the chicks, weighing and measuring them daily for the first week to make sure that the parents are properly caring for each chick.  When a chick is three-weeks-old, the keepers remove it from the nest, and start to teach the chick that they are the source of food. This step is critical as it will allow staff to provide long term care for the birds including daily feeding, regular health exams and both routine and emergency medical care.  “For these chicks, hand rearing is especially important as they will be an important part of our education program and will need to get used to any number of different situations,” continued Kottyan.  “We’d like to make sure they have family friendly names so they can take their place with our other penguin Animal Ambassadors like Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”Visit the Maryland Zoo website at  http://www.marylandzoo.org/Penguinnames for video, photos and the chance to vote on your favorite names!  Voting is open from Friday, December 5th thru Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote once per day, so visit often to make sure your voice is heard.  The winning names will be announced on December 21st.About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

VoterRegistration Snafu Sows Confusion in Maryland Primary

first_imgBy The Associated PressA major voter-registration snafu was sowing confusion in an important primary June 26 as officials prepared for as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots that won’t be counted until next week.State officials were still assessing the fallout from a computer error at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker lead a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field to win a nomination to face popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The problem relates to changes voters made in address and party affiliation on the administration’s website or self-service kiosks, information that failed to be sent to the state elections board.“As far as we know it was a failure of MVA to transfer data to us. That is what they are telling us,” said Nikki Charlson, the state elections deputy administrator. “They told us it was a computer-programming error that failed to transfer that subset of data.”She added that elections officials had not heard of any problems relating to the programing error during the first several hours of voting on Tuesday.“We haven’t heard of any great push for provisionals today,” Charlson said.The error comes in a big election year for Maryland. Voters were choosing candidates for all 188 state legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary, as well as the Democratic nominee for governor in a crowded primary. Polls have shown it to be a close contest between former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged in the GOP primary.“Our administration is obviously incredibly disappointed that this happened,” said Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s spokeswoman. “What matters most is that every eligible voter will be able to vote, and every vote will be counted. The governor has directed the auditor for the Maryland Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation and ordered MVA leadership to make themselves available for any legislative hearings.”The problem was discovered Friday when a state board of elections employee who changed her address realized she never received a voter notification card, said state elections administrator Linda Lamone.“And that’s why I picked up the phone and called the Motor Vehicle Administration and said, ‘What’s going on here? Why didn’t she get this notification card, and then we checked our database and it hadn’t been changed,” Lamone said Tuesday.Asked how things were going Tuesday, Lamone said, “so far so good.”State officials first said Saturday night that about 18,760 people were affected. On Sunday, state Sen. Joan Carter Conway said the Senate committee she chairs would hold a hearing. After Monday’s announcement, Conway and Del. Anne Kaiser, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, called for MVA Administrator Christine Nizer’s resignation.Affected voters are encouraged to verify their registration information using the state elections board’s voter look-up website. If the website doesn’t show the voter’s current address, a voter can use the board’s polling place locator to find the right voting location for the voter’s new address. Then, the voter can use the provisional voting process to cast a ballot on Tuesday.Provisional ballots won’t be counted until July 5.Lamone, the state elections administrator, said the timing was set long ago in regulations.“You need the time. You have to research every one of the provisionals,” she said.last_img read more