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  • Michael Bay in talks for Sonys Black 5

    first_imgLos Angeles: Filmmaker Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct Sony’s upcoming action movie “Black 5”. Ehren Kruger, who worked with the filmmaker on several “Transformers” movies, has penned the script of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Black 5” centres around an elite military team with advanced technology. Bay’s frequent collaborator Erwin Stoff will produce the project. The director is currently awaiting the release of his Netflix actioner “Six Underground”, which is his first project outside the “Transformers” franchise in years.last_img read more

  • Cryptocurrency fund NextBlock scraps plans to go public underwriter withdraws

    first_imgTORONTO – A blockchain-focused venture capital fund headed by a Toronto-based expert is abandoning plans to go public amid reports alleging it made misleading statements in its marketing materials.NextBlock Global, whose chief executive is business author Alex Tapscott, said it is “no longer doing a go-public transaction” and is in the process of reaching out to investors to discuss next steps, including the return of their original investment.“As a young company, we have stumbled in our efforts to take our company public and we will work hard to rebuild the trust of those we have disappointed,” NextBlock Global said in a statement late Sunday.NextBlock describes itself on its website as early stage investor of companies involved in blockchain, with a focus on infrastructure to support the technology. NextBlock had aimed to go public via a reverse takeover of Nobelium Tech Corp., which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.The fund’s statement on Sunday follows reports that NextBlock Global’s investor presentation allegedly incorrectly named four people as its advisers.Last week, Forbes reported that NextBlock in its efforts to raise $100 million named four blockchain experts as the fund’s advisers, who told the publication they had not signed on in that capacity.Forbes reported on Nov. 1 that NextBlock listed former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor Kathryn Haun; blockchain entrepreneur and chief executive of startup Civic Vinny Lingham; Dmitry Buterin, the father of Canadian Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin; and Karen Gifford, a special adviser for global regulatory affairs at Ripple among its eight advisers. All four told Forbes that they were not NextBlock advisers.On Monday, an underwriter on the planned NextBlock private placement pulled out. Canaccord Genuity’s president of capital markets Patrick Burke sent an internal email to employees on Monday about its decision, and asked them to communicate the change to clients.“As a result of ongoing developments related to the NextBlock private placement and consultation with our institutional clients, we have made the decision to withdraw participation from the private placement,” Burke said in the email obtained by The Canadian Press.NextBlock did not immediately respond to requests for comment.This comes months after Tapscott and his father, Don Tapscott, launched the Blockchain Research Institute. The Toronto-based firm was launched in March, funded by companies and governments from several countries, with the aim of conducting research into blockchain use cases and opportunities in a variety of sectors including financial services, manufacturing and healthcare, the institute said then in a statement. Founding member companies who funded the initiative included Accenture, IBM and SAP, the institute said.In addition to co-founding the institute, the Tapscotts also co-wrote the book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and The World.last_img read more

  • Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

    first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Carr says the government is still examining its options, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to meet with the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta.Ottawa’s options include buying a stake in the pipeline to both provide confidence the pipeline will be built and cash to compensate for nervous investors. B.C. Premier John Horgan’s persistent threat to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in court has investors fearful that the project will be postponed.Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction along with environmental safeguards.last_img read more

  • HC seeks TN govts response to plea for courtmonitored probe

    first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government and the CBI to file their replies on a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual harassment case.A bench comprising Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy gave the direction when the petition by an advocate came up for hearing. It then posted the petition to April 10 for further hearing. Petitioner P Pugalenthi referred to the Tamil Nadu government order transferring the case to the CBI based on a recommendation by the state DGP. A gang of four men had on February 12 allegedly tried to strip a 19-year-old woman inside a car near Pollachi in Coimbatore district, shot a video of the act and blackmailed her using the visuals. With the incident triggering outrage amid reports that more women had been assaulted by the gang, the state government had last week issued an order transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The petitioner submitted that the DGP had recommended the CBI probe since the case involved technical issues, including analysis of social media accounts. He also referred to the government order mentioning the name of the victim and said it was “unfortunate” the state ignored the fundamentals of justice and disclosed her identity. He wanted the court to monitor the probe by the CBI, saying the DGP himself had stated the case demanded more laborious and dedicated investigation. Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said the CB-CID, which is at present investigating the case, summoned editor of “Nakkheeran” R R Gopal to appear before it on March 25 in connection with the release of a video by the Tamil magazine reportedly containing visuals of some women being harassed by the gang. Gopal had Monday moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail, apprehending arrest by police. He has alleged that the case had been foisted on him. In Pollachi, almost all shops and other commercial establishments Tuesday downed shutters in support of a call given by various organisations seeking a court-monitored probe into the harassment case.last_img read more

  • VC asks teachers not to comment on students

    first_imgNew Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s first woman Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar has urged varsity staff to ensure that they pass no comments on students’ clothing, complexion, race or religion.Addressing the members of the teaching and the non-teaching fraternity, Professor Akhtar underlined the need for updating the existing courses, overhauling outdated ones and opening new courses in sync with contemporary demands. “Growth and development of an institution has two dimensions consolidation and expansion. We must try to consolidate what we already have, update and tone up programmes that have been running and overhaul those that are outdated and lagging behind,” she said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAkhtar said JMI is a gender-sensitive institution and right from its inception, it has embraced the idea of co-education and healthy mixing and growth of both genders. “Let us do nothing or make no such utterances that can be even remotely be interpreted as disrespectful or derogatory to women,” she cautioned. Staff members should not make any comments on a student’s clothing, complexion, race, place of origin or religion, Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar said. “Women empowerment will be a special focus of the current administration,” the vice-chancellor said, adding, “let us all cultivate common virtues of humanity and cosmopolitanism.last_img read more

  • Football Dwayne Haskins returns home to play familiar faces

    Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the first quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins remembers his first high school start vividly. He faced St. John’s High School in his sophomore season at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, after moving to the state to play high school football. “I threw three picks that game, so I don’t really like to talk about it,” Haskins said. “But that’s probably the only time I felt nervous.” Saturday, Haskins will return to the state where he last doubted his football ability, but this time he is the starting quarterback at Ohio State, facing Maryland. And he has the opportunity to secure his place in Ohio State history in College Park, Maryland. Haskins needs 50 passing yards to break former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine’s record for most passing yards thrown in a single season, a record he has held for the past 20 years. Haskins only needs three touchdowns to break former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for most passing touchdowns thrown in a campaign. In his first season as the starting quarterback, Haskins did not think breaking these records would be realistic. But as the records come closer to a reality for the redshirt sophomore, he said it’s a testament to the offense and the game plan in which he was placed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday and so close to that single-season passing record. It’s been there for a long time, you know,” Haskins said. “It’s crazy to realize how cool that is.”But his return to Maryland is more than breaking records in front of friends and family, in front of familiar players and coaches. It’s Haskins’ first opportunity to play against the school to which he initially committed. As Haskins started the recruiting process, he said staying close to home was something that was important to him. He developed relationships with the coaching staff at Maryland, the players and the commits. His future seemed to be set. Haskins said he wanted to change the stigma at Maryland, to get the top-rated players from the area to go to their in-state school. But he said people made their own decisions and went their separate ways. Then Haskins’ dream school came calling. “It’s been everything for me to come to Ohio State,” Haskins said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.” Haskins had to wait his turn, watching Barrett through his tenure and having to battle former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow for playing time as the second-string quarterback and then the starting job prior to the 2018 season. Ever since Haskins took his first snap against Oregon State as the starting quarterback, he said the process of gaining experience, having an idea of what to do when adversity comes, is something that made him a more seasoned quarterback. But quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day saw the unknowns and uncertainties when Barrett left. He saw Haskins as a player without much playing time or experience. As the 2018 season continued, Day saw Haskins develop into “the guy” for the Ohio State offense. “I think now he’s battle tested, he’s been through it, and so now you know that he’s been, he’s got some experience on his belt. He has some experience to go upon,” Day said. “You know he’s been hit in the mouth. He’s responded that way. He’s had some success, handled that well.” To redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, Haskins, with being battle tested, needs to step up and be that leader of the offense that a quarterback is expected to be. And this is something that is especially needed at this time in the season. “We are in a time right now as a team, as an offense where, you know, championships are won in November and we kind of need Dwayne to step up and be the guy he’s been all year, but just take on more of a leadership role,” Campbell said.  Day said he realizes Haskins’ return to Maryland carries some extra weight.“I do know that once, any time you go back home there is a special feel of that friends and family,” Day said. “So I know that’ll be on his mind.”Campbell said he’s seen Haskins become more vocal as a leader this week, knowing the stakes of returning home, knowing the stakes of the records he is about to break. But Haskins really has not felt the stakes when behind center. Since his initiation into the Ohio State quarterback job against Michigan last season, he’s been described as calm, cool and collected behind center. As he’s worked as the starting quarterback, gone through adversity, trying to perfect his game, football has come easy to the redshirt sophomore. “I feel like [the game’s] always been slow,” Haskins said. “Since the first game.”  Haskins will not be focused on his family and friends in the stands. He will not be focused on the records he could break on Saturday against the Terrapins.He will continue with the same mindset he’s had set since his first high school football game as a sophomore quarterback at The Bullis School. Haskins will not be doubting himself. read more

  • Drogba believes that Mourinho likes Pogba

    first_imgDidier Drogba insisted that there are some similarities between his relationship with Mourinho and Pogba’s one – and he claimed that they are arguing this much just because Mourinho likes the Frenchman.The former Ivory Coast international believes that the Portuguese coach likes Pogba and that’s the main reason he is so angry at him sometimes – he wants him to be better and is not happy with Pogba not filling up his potential.The former Chelsea striker spoke about this complicated relationship, according to Goal:“It was heated between us more than once, but Jose will never attack people he doesn’t like.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He likes Paul a lot. It’s why he’s given him a lot of responsibility.”The national team coach, Didier Deschamps, also had something to say:“I had a long exchange with him to understand. He’s having a difficult period in Manchester, which is also linked to physical problems, the head as well… It’s a bit of both.”last_img read more

  • Iniesta shared when he will be revealing his decision

    first_imgEven though the Barca legend Andres Iniesta has not come to a decision yet, at least he has decided when he will be revealing his choice for his future at Barcelona.Iniesta scored the fourth goal last night in Barca’s 5-0 win over Sevilla as the Catalans won the Copa del Rey, which was the amazing 34th trophy of his star-studded career.The 33-year-old has been lately linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and discussed the decision for his future in the post-game press conference.“This week I will make my decision public,” said Iniesta, according to the Daily Star.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“What makes us happy are days like today. I really wanted today to go well and from the first minute, it did.”“It was a great night in all senses, on a team and personal level.”“This is a title that we love and we will try to add the league title to finish the season with a nice taste in the mouth.”“The team and the fans deserve a 10. There are a lot of emotions, a lot of feelings,” Iniesta went on to add.last_img read more

  • PierreEmerick Aubameyang Arsenal must improve

    first_imgDespite opening their Europa League Group E campaign with a win, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feels that there is still work to be done at Arsenal after conceding two late goalsThe Gabonese striker marked his European debut for the Gunners with a brace on Thursday night at the Emirates with Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil also getting on the scoresheet.But, with a 4-0 lead heading into the final 14 minutes, Arsenal then conceded two late goals against Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava via captain Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar.“I think we played well in the first half and at the beginning of the second as well and we scored four goals, but we need to improve and fight to not concede goals like we did in the last few minutes,” Aubameyang told the club website.The 29-year-old was cup-tied for Arsenal last season after playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League prior to his January arrival.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now Aubameyang has his sights set on helping Arsenal better last season’s semi-final appearance in the Europa League.“Of course [we want to win it], especially for me because I didn’t play in the Europa League last year and I am really happy to be back in this competition,” he said.“We want to go to the final of course, it is an objective and hopefully we will do well in our next games.”In the other Group E game, Sporting Lisbon beat Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag 2-0.last_img read more

  • Mesut Ozil delighted with Arsenal fans

    first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed his delight with the club’s supporters for their support.The former Schalke trainee is pleased with the way the Gunners fans have taken him to their heart, and explained how much it means to him to hear the song the fans have dedicated to him.The World Cup winner joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 and helped put an end to a barren spell of almost a decade without winning a major trophy, as he helped the club lift the English Football Association Cup (FA Cup) in 2014.“In the game you don’t really realise so much because you’re concentrating and want to give everything on the pitch,” Ozil said, according to the club’s official website. Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“But I had friends and some of the family sending me videos on the underground before the game against Stoke where they were singing this song.”“It was crazy to hear and I was really, really happy because it was the first time the fans had a song for me. Thank you for that and I really appreciate it.”“It’s crazy. I can just say: thank you guys and thank you for supporting. It’s been a lot for me, of course.”last_img read more