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Highlight159: Bedi leads pledge against corruption. Then bands are back.#Highlight158: Bedi on copy-cat fasts: Politicians can choose their moments. Indian politics is all about this.#Highlight157: Q – What makes you sure Jan Lokpal Bill will not become corrupt? Bedi – It’s very transparent. It has search committee and is very accountable. All its functioning will become website-oriented. It’s the harbinger of change.#Highlight156: Kallie – Like Pandavas, did Team Anna have its weak moments? Bedi – There were many. We feared violence even.#Highlight155: Kallie – Did people have guts to bribe you? Bedi – People find ways, but you build a reputation, draw a line, which needs to be kept sharp.# Highlight154: Q – Are you supporting Rahul’s candidature? Bedi, who said earlier the next election will throw young leadership, says, “I’m not.”#Highlight153: Bedi – We are voting without asking questions. It’s herd mentality. We need the right to reject. Then we will see voting percentage going up to 90%.#Highlight152: Every citizen will be benefited by the anti-corruption movement. Even lawmakers, who have young children, will be benefited from it.#Highlight151: Bedi – In winter session, we need a strong law. We don’t need any reward, because the movement is for the love of people of the country.#Highlight150: Bedi – The government was protective about – against re-opening – old cases if CBI came under the Lokpal.#Highlight149: Bedi – The youth movement was a success, because of you. Full credit to Anna Hazare.#Highlight148: Bedi – At the end, you live with your convictions. I was overlooked for the post of Delhi police commisioner. Had I got it, there would not ne false policing.#Highlight147: Bedi – I saw the sabotage of police reforms by the Home Ministry.#Highlight146: Bedi – The biggest thing for me is transparency.#Highlight145: Bedi – Today policing is a different story, with corruption eating away the system. These is no discussion..saying no is not allowed.#Highlight144: Bedi – What you did at teen age returns to you at 20-23.#Highlight143: Bedi – One has to prove oneself at every stage…I was never in doubt what I wanted to do.#Highlight142: Bedi – Had I not been somebody, I would have been nobody. So, I never lost track of my priority. At 16, I knew when to say yes, when to say no.#Highlight141: Bedi – When I was your age, I was bundle of energy. I realised then I would be the woman in-charge, while my friends sought security.#Highlight140: Bedi – I belong to the youth.#Highlight139: Kallie Purie on Bedi – She has the courage to bring about the revolutionary change.#Highlight138: Kallie Purie – Bedi had been dissuaded from taking the job, but she went ahead. The rest as they say is history.#Highlight137: India Today Group Chief Creative Officer Kallie Purie to introduce former IPS officer Kiran Bedi.#Highlight136: Ranbir says ‘I have no six-pack abs’ and bares his chest amid cheering girls.#Highlight135: Ranbir on his future life-partner – she should be nice and do something in life, instead of sitting at home, and respect my/her parents.#Highlight134: Ranbir on charity – It should come naturally just like Salman Khan does it. Unless you have belief in what you do, everything is pointless.#Highlight133: Q – How do you concentrate on your work amid commotion at the film shooting. Ranbir – I get paid for that.#Highlight132: Ranbir on dream role – cinema itself is a dream. The actor also says support staff help an actor be what he/she is.#Highlight131: Ranbir – If I have link-ups, I will not hide. I am very open… I don’t feel bogged down by comparisons. I’m a good actor, do hard work.#Highlight130: Ranbir – Not Lady Gaga, but Kiran Bedi. Do things with right heart and right intention. Just be honest. Re-invention no, but you can’t bore the audience. It’s important to do everything.#Highlight129: Koel – In this age of Lady Gaga, reinvention is the only way to survive?#Highlight128: Ranbir – I want to be a great actor. But it requires hard work. And it’s not that easy, thinking building body will make one a big star. Acting is beyond that.#Highlight127: Ranbir – I liked Devdaas and decided to go, assist Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make him like me…I was at the right time.#Highlight126: Ranbir – It was very demotivating that I was not good at school. But I told my dad even if I failed as an actor, I would still struggle.#Highlight125: Ranbir – There was never a moment in my life where I said this is the Eureka moment.#Highlight124: Koel – While Ranbir is always compared with Khans and the Kapoor clan, luck is on his side and it helps he has a ‘little talent’ too.#Highlight123: Koel – Ranbir has the rare quality of his grandpa, the great RK, to connect with the ordinary people.#Highlight122: Here cometh the heartthrob of millions of girls – actor and TV anchor Koel Purie Rinchet will introduce Rockstar actor Ranbir Kapoor, who is on stage.#Highlight121: Zarina – Our role models have changed. You judge success from your personal measures.#Highlight120: Zarina – Being jugadu is bending the rules, not breaking it…take some money from your father and start a business you are passionate about.#Highlight119: Zarina – Unprecedented access to the world (I get irrrated at “idiot box”)…that is the power of television. Net is not that penetrative.#Highlight118: Zarina Mehta – I had no clue what I wanted to do while young…the generation of the last five years is “fundamentally different”.#Highlight117: UTV co-founder Zarina Mehta – this is the best time of your life. You guys have really have the power.#Highlight116: Q – Any plans for Kiran Rao to pair with Aamir? A – Thanks for the vote of confidence. I would love to act with my husband.#Highlight115: Kalikesh – Don’t lose faith in democracy, though we have to improve it (our democracy).#Highlight114: Kalikesh – The biggest change, while dealing with corruption, comes from the people of India, who need to take informed decisions.#Highlight113: Kalikesh – I support Anna Hazare for centre-staging corruption as an issue. I may or not agree with the entire Jan Lokpal bill, but we must give him credit.#Highlight112: Kalikesh – Politics gives you platform to be an agent of change. Lots of politicians cut party lines for good cause too – be it HIV issue or climate change.#Highlight111: BJD MP Kalikesh Deo – No other field is as least paying, while being so satisfying, as politics is while you connect with people.#Highlight110: BJD MP Kalikesh Deo – I made up my mind 18…I was very clear I wanted to enter politics.#Highlight109: Divya Narendra – Keep your eyes open as India continues to grow.#Highlight108: Divya Narendra – India is an incredible place. There is so much opportunity…so much untapped opportunity. When you see problem, do something about it.#Highlight107: Divya Narendra – Be able to do away with barriers. Come up with new solutions; try to come up with something new.#Highlight106: Divya Narendra – The key aspect of success is persistence. It’s particularly important to be persistent.#Highlight105: Divya Narendra – There are various ways of entrepreneurship..there are many untapped markets.#Highlight104: Subodh Gupta showcases his talent as one feels one is on a world tour.#Highlight103: Subodh Gupta displays his art work, telling stories about his experiences as a travelling artist.#Highlight102: Subodh Gupta – I learnt from students in hostels and not teachers. I studied art by travelling, by seeing things.#Highlight101: Kiran Rao – I wanted to tell stories, which interested me. So, it has been an exciting journey. I don’t think road less travelled is always hard.#Highlight100: Kiran Rao – Each one of us is special…I challenged myself. Dhobi Ghat was road less travelled.#Highlight99: Kiran Rao – I had hardly seen 10 Bollywood films when I came to Mumbai and wrote to Subhash Ghai.#Highlight98: Filmmaker Kiran Rao – Cinema was not my first choice. After Jamia, I knew I wanted to make films.#Highlight97: Filmmaker Kiran Rao – I consider myself quite young. I’m not used to speaking. My parents wanted a steady job for me.#Highlight96: Filmmaker Kiran Rao, artist Subodh Gupta, BJD MP Kalikesh Deo and Divya Narendra of SumZero website being introduced.#Highlight95: Next session – The Road Less Travelled – set to begin.#Highlight94: Yuvi – Indian women are the most beautiful. I have not found the right partner. She should be easy-going, understanding and love travelling.#Highlight93: Chetan – How is it like hanging out with Pak players? Yuvi – We have same language. They want to play IPL, but things are not in our control.#Highlight92: Yuvi – Healthy criticism is not bad. Media should be lenient with young players.#Highlight91: Clubbing – It’s pretty natural to see the other part of other countries, says Yuvi.#Highlight90: Gautam – There is no better feeling than representing the tricolour.#Highlight89: Gautam – There is a lot of hue and cry on “short balls”. Let’s not focus on negatives.#Highlight88: Yuvi & Gautam duck query on the RTI issue.#Highlight87:Playing against Pakistan is different. I did not sleep the night before the WC clash – Yuvi.#Highlight86: It’s fun to play against Pakistan and beat them in a WC.#Highlight85: Boys are not going to sit back, they are not going to make friends on the field, when England visit India, say Yuvi and Gautam.#Highlight84: Too much cricket – Gautam stresses ‘rotation” , says “player management” is very important “to keep performances going”.#Highlight83: Winning the WC was a dream come true for Indians and the Indian team, says Yuvi.#Highlight82: Gautam – The biggest motivation for me was 2007 WC when I was dropped, then destiny changed everything.#Highlight81: Gautiam – I was told if I didn’t perform, I would be dropped. Ian Chappell slamming me in his write-up motivated me.#Highlight80: Yuvi – There was a time when I wondered if I should be playing for India. Those were the worst days as I was getting criticism.#Highlight79: Q – What keeps you on the top? Yuvi – A lot of mental strength, lots of courage and determination and sweat. Gauti says passion.#Highlight78: Here come World Cup 2011 Man of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh & Gautam Gambhir.#Highlight77: I’ll never win a Man Booker Prize. I will win hearts, says Chetan.#Highlight76: Chetan – If the structure is in place, good people can make good money. There is no Western sociery. It’s a freer society.#Highlight75: Chetan – Only people with hungry stomach can make revolutions.#Highlight74: Chetan – My sales force are my readers, and I have huge.#Highlight73: If I become a youth icon, people will say ‘behave’. Youth icons are not babas, says Chetan Bhagat.#Highlight72: Don’t be serious, be sincere. It’s great to be young. I am 37, but the journey has just started.#Highlight71: Chetan – I am used to people not knowing what I’m doing.#Highlight70: Chetan – PM saying he has to compromise due to coalition politics was awkward. Compromise with what: truth?#Highlight69: Chetan – ‘Can I change the way people think’ is far more important than if I can make them laugh .#Highlight68: Chetan: This generation is far more ambitious, which requires opportunity. When there is none, there is frustration, and Anna happens.#Highlight67: Chetan – Love is practical these days: This is my love, that is my back-up. And a lot of back-ups.#Highlight66: Chetan: Bollywood thinks me as a high-literature person.#Highlight65: Chetan: Those who thought youth don’t read books now were proved wrong.#Highlight64: Chetan: I felt I was not good. But there is something in me that sets me apart. I don’t give up easily.#Highlight63: Chetan Bhagat: Initially, I went to nine different guys for my book publishing, all said no.#Highlight62: Chetan Bhagat: My art was equated with junk food.#Highlight61: Chetan Bhagat: I get extreme reactions.#Highlight60: Chetan Bhagat: I like the drummer.#Highlight59: Rahul Kanwal introduces Chetan Bhagat.#Highlight58: Sport has a great future in India, says Bindra.#Highlight57: Bindra – My biggest competition is myself.#Highlight56: Bindra – You don’t learnt anything when you win, but you learn a lot when you lose.#Highlight55: Success is inspirational: Bindra.#Highlight54: I love my sport. It has given me a sense of contentment.#Highlight53: Bindra: All my life all I wanted is my destiny should be in my hands.#Highlight52: Bindra: I want to be a yogi, but a yogi with a gun.#Highlight51: In sport you have one per cent inspiration and 99% perspiration.#Highlight50: Margin of error is least in my sport: Bindra.#Highlight49: Focus, attitute and hard work are what I owe my success to: Bindra.#Highlight48: What is important is struggle to keep your focus alive and you focus on struggle.#Highlight47: Bindra: Success loses its meaning over time; you are doing same thing again and again.#Highlight46: Bindra: There is another news though. There is no instant in success. There is no short cut to success.#Highlight45: Abhinav Bindra: Instant is the buzz word.#Highlight44: Next session – the speaker is shooter Abhinav Bindra and the moderator is Headlines Today sports editor Gaurav Gala.#Highlight43: Birla: Had I had my own dream, I don’t know what would have happended. I always wanted to be in business.#Highlight42: Koel Purie: Didn’t you wish to pursue your own dreams? Birla – I had no talent, was no rockstar.#Highlight41: Birla: When we started the cement business, we were told it was a complete no-no.#Highlight40: Cultural differences: It takes a lot of time. Sometimes it creates awkward situation for us; is a huge challenge for us, says Birla.#Highlight39: People are taught basic nuances of the language.#Highlight38: How do you manage teams with cultural differences? Birla: This needs to be handled carefully.#Highlight37: Birla says, in an answer to a Q, that the press stopped short of calling him a donkey; was written off while taking over the reigns after his father.#Highlight36: You won’t find skeletons in our cupboard – look at our figures, the website: Birla.#Highlight35: Q – What is the unique thing for Birla? A – We are as transparent as one could be: Birla.#Highlight34: At the end of the day, it’s a very decentralised organisation: Birla.#Highlight33: I spend 40% of time on people, 20% on growth: Birla.#Highlight32: CEO must spend time on people, is it true?: Mr Purie.#Highlight31: Leadership can be learnt through observation: Birla.#Highlight30: When one begins a trade, he needs to be aware of surroundings, time management etc.#Highlight29: Gen Y doesn’t think much what will happen ahead.#Highlight28: Gen Y a much larger part of population in our organisation: Birla#Highlight27: When we enter a new sector, we want to be on top: Birla#Highlight26: We have entered also service-oriented business: Birla#Highlight25: Amid challenges, our efforts are bearing fruition: Birla.#Highlight24: We have to manage people’s expectations: Birla.#Highlight23:Either you learn to swim or you sink, I had no option: Birla.#Highlight22:Kumar told the Chinese that AV Birla Group may sponsor the Conclave but it doesn’t interfere in the editorial content.#Highlight21:Birla fully capitalized on the mood of economic liberalization of the ’90s and methodically restructured his group.#Highlight20: Mr Purie introduces Kumar Mangalam Birla.#Highlight19: This is a great time to be young in India. You are in the right place at the right time.#Highlight18: When I was growing up, our horizons were limited because of our controlled, closed economy.#Highlight17:When I was growing up, our horizons were limited because of our controlled, closed economy.#Highlight16:The Commonwealth Games scam embarrassed us in front of the world.#Highlight15:Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief, India Today Group, welcomes guests.#Highlight14:Agrath sings who’s your….#Highlight13:Agrath rocks, giving the event a great start.#Highlight12:Agrath, the band from Jalandhar, which won the Mind Rocks auditions begins performance.#Highlight11:Invitees trickle in for the last few seats before the rock performance begins.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisementHighlight10:Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi will speak on how change has to be brought about with grit and determination.#Highlight9:Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor will speak on the importance of being grounded in a larger than life profession.#Highlight8:UTV Co-Founder Zarina Mehta will speak on how television has managed to keep Generation Y glued to their TV sets.#Highlight7:The session on careers will have artist Subodh Gupta, film director Kiran Rao, BJD MP Kalikesh Deo and SumZero website founder Divya Narendra speak on following one’s heart while choosing a career.#Highlight6:The cricket session will have Team India members Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh will speak on how to retain success.#Highlight5:Author Chetan Bhagat will deliver the lunch keynote speech.#Highlight4:Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will deliver the keynote address on what it takes to be a hotshot.#Highlight3:Aditya Birla Group chairman Kuma Mangalam Birla will deliver the inaugural address on nurturing an international empire.#Highlight2:India Today Group Editor in Chief Aroon Purie makes the welcome address.#Highlight1:The Mind Rocks India Today Youth Summit 2011 begins at Hotel Le Meridien in New Delhi.#
Mumbai, May 27 (PTI) NCP leader Praful Patel today filed his nomination from Maharashtra for the Rajya Sabha election slated for June 11.If elected, this will be Patels fourth term in the Rajya Sabha. He was first elected to the Upper House in 2000. In 2004, he became the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation.He was again elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2006 before winning the Lok Sabha election for the fourth time in 2009. Patel represented Bhandara-Gondiya constituency of Maharashtra in the 15th Lok Sabha.In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Patel lost to Nana Patole of BJP. The same year, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, who was elected to Lok Sabha, quit his Rajya Sabha seat and Patel was re-nominated from Anwars seat.In Maharashtra, six Rajya Sabha seats are up for grabs while there are 10 vacancies in the Legislative Council, the elections for which are slated on June 10.The retiring Rajya Sabha MPs from Maharashtra are Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut (who filed his nomination on May 26), Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal (who filed his nomination on June 24), Ishwarlal Jain and Praful Patel (both NCP), Vijay Darda and Avinash Pande (both Congress). PTI MM NP NSD
BOCA RATON — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman followed through on his vow to aggressively transform his team this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from Minnesota for catcher John Ryan Murphy on Wednesday and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego for a minor league pitcher.The 26-year-old Hicks takes the roster spot of Chris Young, who became a free agent, and the move could be a precursor to trading All-Star Brett Gardner. The 14th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Hicks hit .256 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 97 games for the Twins this year, including .307 with six homers and 11 RBIs in 101 at-bats against left-handers.“A young, exciting talent,” Cashman said after making the first two deals of the annual GM meetings. “We think he’s an everyday player. … At the very least, he provides us what we were getting from Chris Young the last two years, and at the very most he provides us a lot of flexibility depending on how the winter transpires.”New York thought Hicks was helped this year by tutoring from Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter, a five-time All-Star who retired after the season.Hicks is part of the Yankees’ movement for a more athletic roster.“I wasn’t going to trade John Ryan Murphy for an old guy,” Cashman said,Murphy, 24, was Brian McCann’s backup this year and batted .277 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 67 games. He looked ready to assume a starting role elsewhere, and New York considered itself deep at catcher, with Austin Romine and touted prospect Gary Sanchez in the minors.“We know he’s got power and he can throw and he’s a pretty good defensive catcher,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “We think he has all the skills and the traits to be a major league starting catcher. Whether it’s now or down the road, it may take a little time.”Minnesota expects Murphy at first to share time with Kurt Suzuki, the starting catcher the past two seasons. The trade gives Bryan Buxton a chance to win the center field job in spring training and could open a corner spot for Miguel Sano, who was moved from third base to outfield in winter ball.As for the Yankees, Cashman says he has no untouchables. A trade could be explored for Gardner, who has been with the organization since 2005 and was New York’s primary left fielder this year.“I have been hit on Gardy over the years quite often, and he hasn’t gone anywhere,” Cashman said. “I value Gardy a great deal. … He’s not an easy get.”Cashman sensed Hicks might be available when the Twins made the position move with Sano.Pirela, a 25-year-old who made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2014, hit .230 with one homer and five RBIs this year with the major league club. He batted .310 with three homers and 23 RBIs at three minor league levels in 2015.Pirela was dealt for right-hander Ronald Herrera, who is not eligible to be selected in the winter meetings draft next month. Cashman said he made the trade to clear space on his 40-man roster, a reason he sold reliever Chris Martin to Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters last week for $750,000.The 20-year-old Herrera was 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance for Double-A San Antonio and Class A Lake Elsinore this year.New York also has Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder as second-base options and could look on the free-agent market, where Ben Zobrist and Howie Kendrick are both available.Cashman hopes to make more moves quickly.“Why wait?” he said. “If it makes sense, do it.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Dharun Ayyasamy broke the national record in the men’s 400 metres hurdles to claim the silver medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday. After the race, Ayyasamy said that he hopes that his silver will be enough to get him a job so that he can support his stoic mother, who raised him single-handedly after the death of his father.”My father passed away when I was eight years old. My mother has made a lot of sacrifices for me. I owe her this. She is still earning just Rs 14,000 per month as a teacher,” said the 21-year-old from Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.He now wants to support his mother and is hoping to get a job after his best ever performance.READ – 3 silver medals for Indian athletes on Day 9Dharun recorded his personal best of 48.96 seconds to finish second behind Qatari Abderrahman Samba, who delivered a Games record timing of 47.6s.The Tamil Nadu athlete held the previous national record mark of 49.45 seconds, set during the Federation Cup in March.The soft-spoken athlete gave an insight to his state of mind during the race.”I just wanted to run my race. I did not give importance to others. My pace in the first half was not very different to the pace in second half. Really happy to better my national record,” said Dharun, who had clocked a then Personal Best of 49.45 in the Federation Cup in March earlier this year.ASIAN GAMES 2018, Day 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYadvertisement He trained for six months before the Asian Games in Poland and Czech Republic.”That helped a lot,” said Dharun, who is a second year college student.The seasoned Sudha Singh, who won a silver in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, was relieved to win a medal after the disappointment in Incheon four year ago.”I gave my personal best time in Incheon but that was not good enough for a medal. So it did not mean much,” said the 32-year-old from Amethi.She had won a gold at the 2010 edition in Guangzhou.She has been around for a while but will take a call on her future after the 2020 Olympics.”Lots of new girls are coming up in steeplechase, which is heartening to see. It was not the case earlier. Hope this silver inspires more youngsters,” she added.(With inputs from PTI)
Twitter Share on Messenger Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook THE STATE OF ITThe Fiver preferred it when Borislav Mihaylov was best known in this country for his funny little syrup. Now he will probably be remembered as the face of a governing body that made itself the embarrassment of world football before, during and after Monday night’s match against England. Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, has resigned in response to the large-scale racist abuse that completely overshadowed England’s 6-0 win in Sofia. He was given little option by the Bulgarian prime minister. “It is unacceptable that Bulgaria – which is one of the most tolerant states in the world and where people of different ethnic and religious background peacefully live together – should be associated with racism,” tweeted Boyko Borissov, before suggesting that Mihaylov might wish to consider an alternative career path at his earliest convenience.Mihaylov had written an open letter to Uefa last week, criticising England for responding to questions about how they would react to any racist abuse during the game. Their stance was put to the test, wearyingly and inevitably, with the match halted twice in the first half after England players complained about a spectrum of abuse including monkey chants and Nazi salutes. The collection of wrong’uns congregating behind one goal, in particular, looked like they had been teleported to the match from the Stone Age. Share on WhatsApp Derby County pair Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have avoided prison after they admitted drink-driving in a crash that left Richard Keogh seriously injured. “You are both intelligent and talented young men who have brought shame upon yourselves, your family, your profession and your club,” said district judge Jonathan Taaffe.Paul Gascoigne wept as he denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train, claiming he wanted to boost her confidence after she was called “fat and ugly”. The trial continues.Turkey’s players have defied Uefa with a military salute in their 1-1 draw with France on Monday, three days after they made the same gesture during a 1-0 win over Albania. The salutes are understood to be in support of Turkey’s military in Syria – another footballer has been released from German club St Pauli for posting similar messages of support online. As expected, North and South Korea played out a goalless World Cup qualifier, but fans were left in the dark with Pyongyang refusing to broadcast the game live. North Korea had promised to provide footage of the match on DVD, the South’s unification ministry said. “We would need time for technical checks, but despite some delays, our people will be able to watch the game,” said a ministry official.Southend have scrapped plans to appoint Henrik Larsson as their manager.And Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 700 career goals.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly is right here, yo.STILL WANT MORE?Barney Ronay describes the vile Sofia spectacle that will live in sporting infamy, while Paul MacInnes praises Tyrone Mings’s composure on and off the pitch.Darren Tullet gets his chat on with Thomas Tuchel about, inevitably, Neymar, PSG’s expectations of success and life in Paris. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics The Fiver Most Bulgarians were ashamed. The captain, Ivelin Popov, spent half-time appealing to the better nature of some of the home supporters. His coach, Krassimir Balakov, meanwhile, achieved the rare feat of having his fingers in his ears while his head was in the sand. “If our captain spoke to the fans, it was probably because of the way the team was performing, and the whole topic in the build-up to the game,” he said, putting the crass in Krassimir. “I didn’t hear anything. If something happened, I’m sure it was a small group of people who were really were out of their minds because it was unacceptable, if it happened of course. I also have to say the unacceptable behaviour was not only on the behalf of Bulgarian fans but also the English fans, who were whistling and chanting during the national anthem and used words against our fans in the second half which I found unacceptable.” England fans called the home supporters “racist ba$tards” via the medium of song.The goalkeeper, Plamen Iliev, also said the home fans “behaved well” and that England “overreacted”. The reality, of course, is that England and everyone else have underreacted to racism in football for decades. It soon became clear on Monday, however, after the visceral revulsion, that a precedent had been set and something profound had occurred. “I’m incredibly proud of the players and all the staff,” said Gareth Southgate. “It’s such a difficult area as not everyone will agree we’ve gone far enough but I still believe we’ve made a huge statement. The game was stopped twice – I don’t believe that’s happened in international football.”Whatever England do under Southgate, they have surely left a legacy as a team who did more than pay lip service to the fight against racism – not just in Bulgaria, but in England and everywhere else; 14 October 2019 already feels like one of the more significant dates in the history of the England national team. Of course, the most famous moment in English football occurred when some people were on the pitch, thinking it was all over. On Monday night, another landmark moment occurred when some players weren’t on the pitch. And while nobody thinks racism is all over, we can only hope it took one hell of a beating.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Will Unwin from 7.45pm for hot clockwatch coverage of the day’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.QUOTE OF THE DAY10 January 2002: “What a relief it must be for [Tony] Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies … They say he is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird” – Boris Johnson in the Telegraph.15 October 2019: “Uefa needs to face up to facts. This stain on football is not being adequately dealt with. Racism and discrimination must be driven out of football once and for all” – Boris Johnson’s official spokesman, there.FIVER LETTERS“I don’t understand. Mike Hall’s indifference to this email (yesterday’s Fiver letters) cannot be real. If he was truly indifferent, he would not have been able to summon the effort to re-sign to The Fiver” – Steve Burton.“Has Mike re-signed to receive The Fiver, or is he simply resigned to getting it again? Join the club” – Mike Wilner.Send your letters to email@example.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Rollover, so no copies of Per Mertesacker: Big Friendly German. We’ll give more away all week.NEWS … AND ONE BIT AND ONE BOBIn what is quite a day for the Bulgarian Football Union, more than 20 police officers swept into its headquarters in Sofia on Tuesday afternoon. “I can confirm the presence of police officers but I can’t provide more details at the moment,” tooted a BFU spokeswoman. Soccer BFU HQ, earlier. Photograph: STR/AP Tommy T and Neymar. Photograph: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA-EFE Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Suzanne Wrack wonders whether Arsenal’s small squad will hinder their WSL challenge this season.The key for Liverpool now is learning to win from the front, warns Paul Wilson.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!SQUIRES IS ON HOLIDAY, IF YOU WERE WONDERING England’s vile and disturbing night in Sofia will live long in sporting infamy features Facebook
Image Courtesy: DamenThe 800-passenger cruise ship Marco Polo, owned by Global Maritime and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, has completed its tenth survey and general maintenance and refurbishment at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, the Netherlands.The project took around five weeks to complete and included an exterior repainting, interior repairs and maintenance to fine-tune Marco Polo.Other works included maintenance of propellers and propeller shafts, reconditioning the bearings on the main engines and servicing the air-conditioning units and gensets.Additionally, the life-rafts and other safety equipment were serviced, the cranes and winches were overhauled and various minor steel works were performed.Marco Polo arrived at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen on the 3rd of November and departed on the 14th of December.
the Atlantic Superstore in Truro, April 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Atlantic Superstore in Windsor, April 20, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. the St. Margaret’s Centre in Tantallon, April 22, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. the African Nova Scotia Affairs Office will host 2011 Games volunteer presentations April 21 in Truro and April 22 in Kentville, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, two volunteer toolkits will be launched next week to make it easier for people to get in the Games. Both will be available at canadagames2011.ca/volunteer . The Help Spread the Word toolkit provides resources to organizations offer 2011 Games volunteer information to their networks. The Info for Employers toolkit will help employers support employee volunteer initiatives. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions. Almost 33,000 volunteer hours given, 164,400 hours to go. From April 18 to 24, the Halifax 2011 Canada Games is celebrating National Volunteer Week by thanking their planning volunteers, welcoming new recruits, and making it easier for more Nova Scotians to get in the Games. Five-hundred and fifty planning volunteers are preparing sport facilities, and Halifax as a whole, to host the 2,700 athletes over 18 days in February 2011. In recognition, 10 lucky planning volunteers will win tickets to the Barenaked Ladies concert at the Halifax Metro Centre on April 24, as guest of 2011 Games volunteer program sponsor Atlantic Lottery. Nearly half of the 5,000 volunteers needed for Games-time roles have been recruited since the launch of the Games volunteer recruitment campaign and online registration system less than 10 weeks ago. In honour of National Volunteer Week, the 2011 Games Host Society is inviting prospective volunteers to visit the 2011 Games volunteer booth at:
The Department of Natural Resources is issuing a warning that a moose is moving quickly near Highway 104, Exit 3, close to the Wandlyn Motel. Department wildlife specialists are concerned that the animal could potentially move onto the highway. Drivers are urged to use caution. Department staff are onsite. -30-
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool-branded appliances, curtailing a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years.In a note sent to its stores last week, Sears said that Whirlpool was making demands that would’ve made it difficult to sell those name-brand appliances at a competitive price.Sears has been ravaged by new competition for years, from stores like Home Depot and also from Amazon.com and other online retailers. It’s been closing stores as competitors take a bigger slice of the territory it dominated for decades. In the U.S., consumers buy most of their small appliances, from Walmart, according to market research firm TraQline. Amazon comes in second, with Sears placing fourth behind Target.The change to the Sears-Whirlpool partnership is effective immediately and Sears is also pulling from its floor products from Whirlpool subsidiaries like Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air.Sears said that it would sell off the remainder of its Whirlpool inventory. Its stores will now only sell its Kenmore products and other brands like LG, Samsung, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux and Bosch.Whirlpool’s CEO Marc Bitzer told investors Tuesday that the company told Sears in May that it would no longer supply branded products because it could not reach terms that were “acceptable to both parties.” He said Whirlpool will continue to supply the Kenmore products it makes for Sears.Bitzer also said the entire Sears business has declined over time and now accounts for only 3 per cent of Whirlpool’s global business, of which branded products are only a small fraction.The relationship between the two companies reaches back to 1916, when Whirlpool began making two types of wringer washers for Sears, Roebuck and Co., according to Whirlpool’s website. At that time, Sears operated exclusively through mail order. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company, now Sears Holdings Corp., also owns Kmart.Shares of Whirlpool Corp., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, tumbled more than 10 per cent, or $18.30, to $164.20, in midday trading. The company had cut its profit outlook late Monday, citing rising costs. Sears shares fell 5.8 per cent, or 38 cents, to $6.18 in midday trading.
Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that people with disabilities not only make good employees, but that companies benefit greatly from employing them.“Persons with disabilities have the ability to make valuable contributions in the workforce as employees, entrepreneurs and employers,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day, whose theme this year is “Decent work for persons with disabilities.”“Whenever the opportunity arises, persons with disabilities prove their worth as productive members of the workforce,” Mr. Ban said. “That is why more and more employers are slowly coming to the realization that employing persons with disabilities makes good sense.”“Changing workplace environments and advances in information and communications technology are also giving persons with disabilities new avenues for seeking decent work,” the Secretary-General said.Economic factors will dictate more hiring of persons with disabilities, said Chris Sullivan, National Program Manager for Merrill Lynch’s Special Needs Financial Services, at a press briefing at UN Headquarters. There would be a global shortage of 31 million skilled workers by 2010, and companies would increasingly resort to the largely untapped pool of talented workers with disabilities.“The supply and demand cycle will turn the tide,” added National Business and Disability Council Vice President Judy Young. In addition, companies that hired persons with disabilities had come to recognize their contribution not only in terms of skills and productivity, but “in the innovative ways in which they are able to solve problems and accomplish tasks.”But a change of perception was needed, Ms. Young said. “Governments can dictate legislation, but cannot change attitudes. Attitudes only change when people with disabilities work side by side with people without disabilities, and each learn how to value each other and the contribution each brings to the workplace.”“It is all a matter of breaking down negative perceptions,” said Mr. Sullivan, who was born hearing-impaired. “You have to look at the person and not at the disability. That requires a tremendous change of perception in everyone, including the international community. But we are working on it.” His company employed persons with disabilities as financial advisors, propriety traders and staffers of the compliance division, he said. A Wall Street Consortium of Diversity was being formed and would hold its first meeting in New York in January, he added. Persons with disabilities also represented a large customer base, Ms. Young said, with an estimated $1 trillion in aggregate income worldwide. “Companies have long recognized that it is good business to hire workers who reflect their target markets,” she said. With advances in technology and accessibility, customers with disabilities were more often visiting businesses, in person and on-line.It was time, she said, “to turn the tide and recognize the power of people with disabilities as important players in the world economy, as productive workers and as viable customers.”In a related development, Spain became the tenth country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which introduces new international human rights standards to combat discrimination and promote equality of persons with disabilities. Spain’s Vice-President María Teresa Fernández de la Vega today deposited her country’s instrument of ratification, following Bangladesh and South Africa, which ratified on 30 November. Ten more ratifications are now needed for the treaty to come into force.Meanwhile, in an event to mark the Day at UN Headquarters in New York, eight pianists from around the world who have disabilities are performing tonight at a concert called “Unheard Notes.” The concert is being co-hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the New Heritage Theatre Group. 3 December 2007Marking the International Day of Disabled Persons, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that people with disabilities not only make good employees, but that companies benefit greatly from employing them.
China’s first large homemade passenger jet to fly in 2017 FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, the first twin-engine 158-seater C919 passenger plane made by The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is pulled out of the company’s hangar during a ceremony near the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. After years of delays, China’s first large homemade passenger jetliner will take to the air for its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state media reported Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2017 4:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – After years of delays, China’s first large homemade passenger jetliner will take to the air for its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state media reported Monday.State-owned aircraft maker Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd., or Comac, based in Shanghai, has nearly completed work on the 175-passenger C919, the ruling Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily reported.The C919 was originally due to fly in 2015, but has been beset by delays blamed on manufacturing problems. It is now scheduled to enter service in 2019, aimed at competing with the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, along with the Russian Irkut MC-21.Airbus and Boeing say the market for new aircraft will be worth more than $5 trillion over the next 20 years. Industry experts say China faces a tough slog capturing a significant share of that market, even with government support. Comac has 517 orders for the C919.Company officials couldn’t immediately be reached.The C919 is part of China’s efforts to develop a homegrown aviation industry in one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing air travel markets. China currently relies heavily on foreign-made aircraft.Last June, the ARJ21-700, China’s first homemade regional jet, made its debut flight carrying 70 passengers. The jet is one of a series of initiatives launched by the party to transform China from the world’s low-cost factory into a creator of profitable technology in aviation, clean energy and other fields.The ARJ21, also made by Comac, is a rival to aircraft made by Bombardier Inc. of Canada and Brazil’s Embraer SA.
Tenova HYL has been contracted by HYBRIT to supply its direct reduced iron (DRI) solution as part of the world’s first fossil-free steel-making technology in Sweden.HYBRIT, a joint-venture project between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, was established in 2016 with an aim to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with hydrogen, a fossil-free steel-making technology. This would result in steel with virtually no carbon footprint, the company says.The Tenova HYL DRI technology will be used at HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden, which is expected to begin operations in 2020.“Thanks to the unique characteristics of its process and its specific expertise in direct reduction with high content of hydrogen, Tenova HYL perfectly fitted with HYBRIT project,” Tenova said.The company added that the “manoeuvrability” of production of the DRI module was another contributing factor, adding flexibility in terms of operations.Mårten Görnerup, CEO of Hybrit Development AB, said: “By using state-of-the-art production technology as a starting point, we will more quickly reach our goal of a fossil-free future.”HYBRIT’s goal is to have a solution for fossil-free steel by 2035.
Ivanhoe Mines and sinking contractor Aveng Mining have reached a new milestone at its Platreef PGM-nickel-copper-gold project in South Africa with Shaft 1 now at the top of the ‘Flatreef’ deposit, 780 m below surface.At the Shaft 1 intersection, the flat-to-gently-dipping deposit is an estimated 26 m thick, making it amenable to the sort of bulk-scale mechanised mining most PGM operators would dream of.This is the first time Platreef, in the Northern Limb of South Africa’s renowned Bushveld complex, has been intercepted by underground mining activity, according to Ivanhoe Mines.The mining team has now delivered first ore from the underground mine development to a surface stockpile for metallurgical sampling. “The estimated thickness of the mineralised reef (T1 and T2 mineralised zones) at Shaft 1 is 26 m, with grades of platinum-group metals ranging up to 11 g/t 3PE (platinum, palladium and rhodium) plus gold, as well as significant quantities of nickel and copper,” the company said.The 26 m intersection is expected to yield some 3,000 t of ore, estimated to contain more than 400 oz of PGMs.The 750 m station on Shaft 1 will provide initial, underground access to the orebody, enabling mine development to proceed during the construction of Shaft 2 – the mine’s main production shaft.The mining zones in the current Platreef mine plan occur at depths ranging from approximately 700 m to 1,200 m below surface.Shaft 1’s 750 m station will also allow access for the first raisebore shaft, which will have an internal diameter of 6 m, to provide ventilation to the underground workings during the mine’s ramp-up phase.As shaft-sinking advances, two additional shaft stations will be developed at mine-working depths of 850 m and 950 m. Shaft 1 is expected to reach its projected, final depth of 980 m below surface, complete with the stations, in early 2020.Shaft 2Excavation of the Shaft 2 box cut to a depth of approximately 29 m below surface is progressing well, according to Ivanhoe.Completion of the box cut will allow for the construction of the concrete hitch (foundation) for the 103 m-tall concrete headframe that will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar.Shaft 2, around 100 m northeast of Shaft 1, will have an internal diameter of 10 m, will be lined with concrete and sunk to a planned, final depth of 1,104 m below surface. It will be equipped with two 40 t rock-hoisting skips with a capacity to hoist a total of 6 Mt/y of ore. This is the single largest hoisting capacity at any mine in Africa, according to Ivanhoe.Headgear for the permanent hoisting facility was designed by South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation.In July 2017, Ivanhoe issued an independent, definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Platreef covering the first phase of production at an initial mining rate of 4 Mt/y. The DFS estimated Platreef’s initial, average annual production rate would be 476,000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, plus 21 MIb (9,525 t) of nickel and 13 MIb (5,897 t) of copper.
Réseau électrique français : “dangereusement vieillissant”, selon un expertLe Parisien a publié hier l’interview d’un ancien expert de la Commission de régulation de l’Energie, qui estime qu’en France, le réseau de distribution d’électricité ne répond plus à tous les critères d’efficacité et de sécurité.”Les ouvrages les plus vétustes n’ont pas été remplacés au fur et à mesure, comme il aurait fallu le faire. (…) La durée annuelle de coupure a augmenté de 50 % ces dix dernières années. Le réseau est devenu sensible à l’extrême aux aléas climatiques. A terme, les conséquences pourraient s’avérer dramatiques pour la sécurité des consommateurs”, a déclaré Michel Lapeyre.Ancien vice-président de la Commission de régulation de l’Energie (CRE, le “gendarme de l’énergie”), Michel Lapeyre avait cosigné quelques mois auparavant, lorsqu’il était encore en fonction, un rapport sur ce problème, rapport qui, estime-t-il, avait ensuite été “vidé de toute substance”. Interrogé sur le changement de statut d’EDF, désormais cotée en Bourse, il estime qu’il s’est fait “sans que soient instaurés les garde-fous nécessaires”, mais souligne “le dévouement et le professionnalisme” des agents d’ERDF. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 13:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles insists players of the club are hurt by their recent run of defeats and are desperate to turn things around.The Magpies have failed to claim victory in any of their first five games in all competitions, and are currently in the bottom three having only claimed one point from their four Premier League matches so far.But the Magpies captain disputes the idea that players are not affected by results to the same extent that supporters are. Rather, because football is the “priority” in their lives, Newcastle players can only fully relish other aspects of their lives if they record a positive result.Football, it kind of prioritises our whole lives; we put everything into it, with diet restrictions, preparations, anxiety before games,” Lascelles, who will become a father this week, told nufcTV, as quoted by Chronicle Live.“You put your whole life into football, and when you get just one victory it can make your whole week so much better.”“When you lose on a Saturday, your week can be terrible, and that’s how we all feel about it. That’s how important it is to us. That’s why we train as hard as we do; to give ourselves every possible chance of going out there on a Saturday and getting three points.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“At the end of the day, it’s not just about us; it’s about 52,000 Geordies that are paying good money to watch us play, the staff here working late to do their job, too.”“So, as players, the least we can do really is prepare the right way and work hard in training to put on a performance.”“It’ll be perfect timing for me if we win this weekend; with a baby coming, obviously three points would be lovely. The way we’ve been playing, we’re not far off it.”“We’re literally a few steps away from winning and we’ve had a tough start to the season, but now it’s about waking up and saying: ‘We need to start winning games now.”“It needs to change, and that’s what we’re looking to do on Saturday.”
URS Corp., a provider of engineering and construction services, furloughed about 3,000 employees, the most announced by a single federal contractor since the U.S. government’s partial shutdown began.The total includes employees idled by the closing of a government facility where they work or directives from U.S. officials to halt operations or cut staffing, San Francisco- based URS said Thursday in a statement. More employees may be furloughed if the impasses continues, URS said.“The government shutdown, the continuing effects of sequestration and uncertainty about the federal budget are all having negative impacts on URS and many other government contractors,” Chief Financial Officer H. Thomas Hicks said in the statement. “We hope the situation is resolved as soon as possible to avoid additional impact on our federal business and our employees.”URS’s pullback showed the spreading effect on private business from the partial closing of government operations that began Oct. 1 with furloughs for about 800,000 federal workers. Federal agencies award more than $500 billion a year, or a rough average of $1.4 billion a day, to tens of thousands of contractors.The company is the 14th biggest U.S. government contractor with $3.9 billion in prime, or direct, awards in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It had more than 54,000 employees globally as of Jan. 25, according to regulatory filings.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers were notified of a reckless 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup that failed to stop for APD, and continued southbound on the Seward Highway, Tuesday.The investigation revealed Lance Colby Harrington, age 41 of Utqiagvik, stole a 2015 Toyota Tacoma from Anchorage, and continued driving in a reckless manner into Turnagain Pass.Harrington rammed a 2016 Dodge Journey SUV that was parked in a pullout near mile 72 of the Seward Highway, that was occupied by five people who received minor to no injuries, according to Troopers.Harrington left the scene of that collision and carjacked a nearby second vehicle, a 2017 Chevrolet pickup, operated by Paul Caron, age 46 of Palmer. Harrington threatened Caron with a metal bar, and then smashed his rear window, attempting to gain entry to the vehicle.Caron attempted to drive southbound on the Highway and was later pulled from the vehicle by Harrington near mile 71 of the Seward Highway. Harrington stole the Chevrolet pickup and drove at high speeds southbound in a reckless manner.Harrington lost control of the pickup near mile 65 of the Seward Highway and skidded off the roadway into a ditch at high speeds and continued driving in the ditch until the vehicle hit a culvert and creek drainage ditch causing it to roll over multiple times.Harrington was ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the woods. Harrington emerged from the woods, ran to the highway, then attempted to take another vehicle that had stopped for the collision.Harrington was unsuccessful with attempts to leave the scene. Harrington was arrested on scene after resisting arrest with a US Forrest Service Officer and Good Samaritan off- duty law enforcement officers who were vacationing from another state.An Alaska State Trooper arrived on scene and took custody of Harrington. Harrington received minor to moderate injuries and was transported by EMS ground to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for treatment.All three vehicles were totaled. Harrington was charged with Robbery I, Vehicle Theft I (X2), Assault 3 (X2), Assault 4, Reckless Driving, Leaving the scene of MVC-I, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.Harrington was later released from the hospital and transported to the Anchorage Jail held without bail.
Avengers: Infinity War’s cliff-hanger ending left me fuming. The highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now, picks up the pieces of that story with a completely satisfying conclusion that winds down over a decade of movies.Directors Anthony and Joseph Russo have made a three-hour epic that flies by, just like Infinity War did in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Yet Endgame multiplies the scale tenfold. Adding Captain Marvel to the lineup of familiar faces, it has way more heroes, way more destinations and way more complexity. (For a spoiler-filled take on the film, read my colleague Rich Trenholm’s review.) Last year’s Infinity War revolved around bad guy Thanos’ quest to “balance” the universe by wiping out half of all life with the snap of his finger (aka The Snapture). Endgame brings the focus back to the surviving Avengers as they fight to resurrect the lost. Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Now playing: Watch this: Spoiler-packed review — so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is (kind of) a stinger When to take a pee break during Endgame Avengers: Endgame and every MCU movie, ranked I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 11 4:23 Now playing: Watch this: Endgame is the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it serves as a giant sequel to every MCU movie ever. Thankfully an in-depth knowledge of all 22 earlier films isn’t essential. The plot does jump around at times, which might confuse casual viewers, but bottom line: This thrill ride kicks off big and never lets up. It’s so much fun. Now that half the cast is out of the picture, the core Avengers and other surviving characters get more room for character development. The film dives into each hero’s motivations and history — especially important since this could be the final adventure for some of the longer-serving actors. Marvel Studios Standout Johansson dazzles, as Natasha Romanoff becomes a true leader who by Endgame sees Stark, Rogers and all the other heroes as a family she must protect. This Natasha is a far cry from the agent who feared the leak of her dark history in the past seven MCU films she’s starred in. Endgame sets her up well for her highly rumored solo film. Comments The shift in focus brings a change in tone, marked by the camaraderie between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the rest of the heroes who headlined 2012’s The Avengers. The villain-focused Infinity War was dark and deadly. With the likes of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man on board, this one goes lighter as it turns toward the heroes with plenty of humor and even some absurdity mixed in with the heartbreak and dizzying action sequences. 3:14 More Endgame Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order Now playing: Watch this: Of the core characters, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner take over the more absurd side of the story. In one way it’s fitting, considering the more comedic take both characters have moved toward since 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Yet of the arcs given to the original Avengers, theirs feels less epic due to their comic roles. Their antics are welcome, though at times their scenes feel a bit cringeworthy considering the overall effort to save lives. Marvel Studios Her stories get further amplified by the return of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, who embraces both his darker Ronin identity seen in recent trailers and his archer skills as Hawkeye. Barton didn’t make an appearance in Infinity War, and his return here both evolves the desperation the heroes are facing while giving audiences a return to the close friendship Romanoff and Barton have shared since 2012’s Avengers. Downey Jr. and Evans also get arcs showcasing the evolution of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers — fitting since the former kickstarted the MCU with 2008’s Iron Man and the latter is the first Avenger. The movie wastes no time pairing the two back up despite Stark being last seen stranded in space, and gives audiences the chance to see how strong they are working as partners instead of rivals as established in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 26 Photos Share your voice 2:09 Every single action sequence here deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. In Infinity War, the Russos demonstrated their ability to take action from Earth to space and back, and each of Endgame’s locations provide plenty of epic clashes and gorgeous vistas to relish. Even the more basic settings, like the Avengers’ headquarters somewhere in upstate New York, get made over into expansive environments. If you’ve enjoyed previous Marvel movies, see Endgame as soon as you can. And stay away from any leaks until you do. Originally published April 23. Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know 3:13 Movie reviews Marvel The Avengers