Census Director Nominee Promises to Control Costs for 2020

first_imgThe biggest challenge facing the U.S. Census Bureau is to rein in the spiraling costs of the decennial census. Yesterday, at his confirmation hearing, the likely next census director told a Senate panel that he could break that cycle for the next census in 2020—but only if the agency is given enough money ahead of time to road-test putting the census online and making other changes in how the data are collected.John Thompson, now president of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in Chicago, Illinois, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Robert Groves as director of the Census Bureau. Trained as a statistician, Thompson knows the bureau well, having spent 27 years there and having led the 2000 census before joining NORC in 2002. And his return to the agency seems like a sure bet judging from the bipartisan support that he received during yesterday’s appearance before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.The 2010 census cost $13 billion, and that number is projected to exceed $25 billion for the 2020 census. But the committee’s chairman, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), said that “a $25 billion decennial census is unacceptable.” Minutes later, the panel’s top Republican, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, called the figure “ridiculous.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Thompson said he readily agreed that the next census has to cost a lot less than that. Under questioning from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), he even promised “to put in place a [2020] census that is no more expensive than in 2010, except for inflation.”Thompson said that the agency has developed four “promising options” to bend the cost curve. The biggest change, he said, would be “to use the Internet as the primary self-response option.” The Census Bureau also wants to cut down on the number of fieldworkers needed to go door-to-door by tapping into the reams of demographic data already collected by other federal agencies. Using existing geographic tools such as Google Maps should cut down on the cost of preparing the address lists that form the basis of each census, he added, and collecting data electronically should reduce the amount of time spent on field operations.But Thompson also reminded lawmakers that there are plenty of wrinkles to be ironed out before these changes can be incorporated into the next census. “To realize this potential,” he said in written answers to questions from the panel, “there must be funding to support the advance research necessary to take full advantage of these opportunities.” His unspoken message was clear: If Congress continues to cut the bureau’s annual budget as part of the overall push to reduce government spending, we won’t be able to work out the kinks in time for April 2020.While controlling costs is the most pressing issue for the agency, Republicans on the Senate panel also used the hearing to register their unhappiness with what they regard as inappropriate and intrusive questions on the decennial census and its longer and more frequent cousin, the monthly American Community Survey (ACS). The issue has become a rallying point for those concerned about privacy and trust in government, said Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). “Some of these questions are quite personal,” she told Thompson. “They would get my dander up.” To make her point, she cited a question on the ACS about whether persons with physical or mental disabilities have trouble dressing or bathing themselves.Thompson’s response was diplomatic but firm. “Senator, I certainly do not want to unduly burden the American public,” he said. “And my entire professional career has been devoted to protecting the privacy of survey recipients. … But I also want to collect the important information that this survey is designed to generate.”Johnson also asked Thompson about the possible fines, which he said range from $100 to $5000, facing survey recipients if they do not fill out the questionnaire. Thompson acknowledged that the law exists but said it was a matter for the Justice Department, not the Census Bureau. “I don’t think fining people is the right way to encourage their response,” he said. “We are a data collection agency, not an enforcement agency,” he added, saying that he didn’t know how the fines were assessed.After the hearing, Carper told ScienceInsider that he agreed with Thompson that fines are not a useful tool to encourage participation and that public education is the way to go. “We need to do a better job of explaining to people why we have this survey, how it helps local and state government and the business community,” Carper said. “And that’s not just the job of the federal government.”Asked how quickly he expected Thompson’s nomination to be taken up by the full Senate, Carper said that he was “encouraged” by the presence of Coburn, Johnson, and Ayotte at the hearing and by what he characterized as their “positive” comments. He said that he couldn’t promise a final vote before the Senate recesses in August but added, “I’ve not heard of anything today that would cause us to slow down.” NORC at the University of Chicago John Thompsonlast_img read more

Food and Fuel: 2 Grand Challenges Facing Us this Earth Day

first_imgSince the very first Earth Day more than four decades ago, the environmental movement has tackled a wide range of problems, including air pollution, contaminated water, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and more. But this Earth Day, I propose that there are two fundamental issues the movement must address over the coming decade if it is ever to defuse the tension between development and the environment. In fact, these two issues underlie many, if not most, of the world’s environmental challenges.I’m referring here to the human quest for food and the human quest for fuel.Unsustainable Food ProductionFood production has significant―but often underestimated―impacts on the environment. Take climate, for instance: About one-quarter of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are agriculture-related. In particular, nearly 13 percent of global emissions comes from livestock, fertilizer use, and farm-related energy consumption, while another 11 percent results from the clearing of forests and other ecosystems, primarily for agriculture.Take water: Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70 percent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals and up to 85 percent of its freshwater consumption. Farming also impacts water quality; excess fertilizer washes from farm fields into waterways, creating massive “dead zones” in lakes and coastal waters.Or take land: Today, nearly 50 percent of the planet’s land mass outside of deserts and permanent ice is used for growing food. Next time you take a flight, look out the window. Most of what you will see isn’t cities and concrete; it’s farms and pastures.And then there are the oceans. Fishing now occurs across one-third of the world’s marine surface, and unsustainable fishing threatens 60 percent of the world’s coral reefs.The Environmental Costs of FuelThe human quest for fuel―or energy―has similar, wide-scale impacts. Take climate, once again: About two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions arise from burning coal, oil, and natural gas for power, heat, and mobility.Take air pollution: Burning coal is a major source of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, and mercury emissions, which are implicated in smog, acid rain, and various human health problems. And recent events in Beijing—where residents inhale life-threatening pollutants—remind us that urban air pollution woes are far from over.Or take water: Energy demand for freshwater withdrawal is projected to double by 2030.Our Mission, Should We Choose to Accept ItOf course, all of this doesn’t mean we should forgo food and fuel. We all need to eat; we all need energy to improve our lives. And food and fuel are critical for the global economy. Although it directly accounts for just 3 percent of global GDP, agriculture employs more than 2 billion people. That’s more than one-quarter of the human population. Likewise, the energy sector is a large direct and indirect employer around the world.If the aspirations of Earth Day are ever to be realized, then figuring out how to implement sustainable agriculture and deploy sustainable energy at scale will need to be a strong focus of the environmental movement. Such a focus would directly tackle the underlying causes of most of the world’s environmental challenges. It would ensure environmentalism aligns with human development—little is more basic to human well-being than food and energy. And such a focus would be relevant for all nations—every country is concerned about its food and energy security.So it boils down to food and fuel. Fix these, and much of the rest may fall into place.last_img read more


first_imgA maximum of twenty teams entered the annual NAIDOC Touch Football tournament hosted at the Deakin Playing Fields. NAIDOC celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia. All Australians are encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week activities.Defence won the tournament, winning all their games including the final 2 – 0 over ADG. Earlier in the day, Defence defeated RA Mint 5 – 0 to claim a spot in the Grand Final and ADG defeated DIAC 3 – 2 to do likewise.The day was hosted by Touch Football ACT and sponsored by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).Touch Football ACT would like to thank APSC for their generous sponsorship, the referees for giving up their time to officiate, and Chris Castro for organising the event.Further information about NAIDOC activities can be viewed from www.naidoc.org.aulast_img read more

$6 Million Set Aside for Crime Victimisation Survey

first_imgThe Jamaica National Crime Victimisation Survey has been given $6 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. With support funding from the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID), the project, which started in October 2012, is expected to end in July 2013. It seeks to contribute to the detailed and accurate analysis of major crime trends in Jamaica; and provide data on the types and incidence of crimes not reported to the police. It also aims to provide uniform data on specific types of crime, which will form the basis for future comparisons at the community, national and international levels; develop detailed information on criminal victimisation, including demographic data on victims; and generate important comparative data on the outcome of targeted social interventions in specific communities. The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards drafting the final report for submission; and delivery of PowerPoint presentations to officials in Jamaica, to enable them to present the data by July 2013. The project is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Alphaliner Carriers to Increase AsiaEurope Transit Times

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Carriers on the Asia – North Europe route will implement major changes to their networks from the end of March, resulting in longer average transit times as vessel sailing speeds are further reduced. According to Alphaliner, the average duration of services on the corridor will reach a record high of 11.3 weeks as a result of these changes.Asia – North Europe round trip durations have increased steadily from an average of eight weeks in 2007 to the current average of over eleven weeks, mainly due to slower sailing speeds to mitigate rising bunker prices.The use of larger ships on this route has also resulted in longer port stays, as the average size of vessels deployed in this trade has more than doubled from 7,000 TEU in 2007 to above 15,000 TEU currently, Alphaliner noted.The 2M carriers, Maersk and MSC, will extend the duration of two of their six Asia – North Europe services to 13 weeks, making the AE-5/Albatross and AE10/Silk services the longest strings on this route. The extended 91-day rotations for both services includes planned diversions for bunkering calls at the Russian Baltic port of Kaliningrad, which add more than four days to the loops’ total rotations.Apart from the extension of the two 2M services, THE Alliance has also stretched the rotation of its FE5 from nine to ten weeks, while HMM extended its standalone AEX service from ten to eleven weeks.In contrast, the OCEAN Alliance will shorten the rotation of its ‘NEU3’ from eleven to ten weeks, while calls at Shanghai and Ningbo will be removed, leaving overall transit times largely unchanged.last_img read more


first_imgThe province is investing $1 million into the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2009. The event will be the largest Tall Ships gathering in North America in a decade. Between 50 to 70 ships from 30 countries and up to one million visitors are expected. “Next July, we will proudly welcome an international fleet to ports right across the province,” said Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. “All Nova Scotians benefit from events like the Tall Ships through job creation and the increased number of visitors to our province.” The Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007 generated $27.5 million in economic benefits for the province. The 2009 gathering is expected to generate an estimated $42 million in incremental economic spending. The American Bus Association has named the Tall Ships festival the number one Canadian destination in its annual list of Top 100 Events in North America. The association’s selection committee chose this festival from among hundreds of events in the United States and Canada nominated by state and provincial tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus. “With support from the province, our sponsors and volunteers, Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2009 is set to be an extraordinary international event,” said Waterfront Development Corporation Limited (WDCL) president Colin MacLean. “Recognition from groups like the American Bus Association will only raise the profile and attraction opportunities as we move forward.” Led by the WDCL, the festival takes place in Halifax Harbour from July 16 to 20. A number of ships will then set out across the province to Lunenburg, Shelburne, Pictou, Port Hawkesbury, Louisbourg and Sydney as part of the outports program. The festival is part of an international race series that circles the North Atlantic Ocean and is organized by Sail Training International and American Sail Training Association. It will see some of the world’s most majestic Class A Tall Ships including Canada’s own Bluenose II, along with Captain Miranda (Uruguay), Europa (The Netherlands), and Mystic (United States) take centre stage in Halifax along with an array of Class B and C ships, each with their own story and experience. A highlight is the Parade of Sail on July 20, when many of the ships begin the final leg of the race to Belfast, Northern Ireland. A naval theme is especially significant for 2009 marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Navy dockyard in Halifax. Five-metre longboats, complete with animators and sailors, will row in formation. They will also transfer naval-significant items from the old world to the new recognizing those historic years. The festival will also kick off the 2010 Canadian Naval Centennial, celebrating 100 years of the Canadian Navy. The American Bus Association Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org. For more information, visit www.tallshipsnovascotia.com .last_img read more

America on alert after explosive devices found at several locations

The devices have been described by US authorities as pipebombs.It comes comes just days after an explosive package was intercepted en route to billionaire investor George Soros. (Courtesy Mirror.co.uk) US authorities are on red alert after pipebomb devices were sent to former President Barack Obama and the Clintons’ home – as well as multiple other targets.A suspicious package was found near the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton in upstate New York – and a similar item was sent to President Obama in Washington DC. Other significant buildings have also been targeted, including the Time Warner Center where the CNN offices are based in New York. It was later reported another device was sent to the White House, however this was later denied. read more

UN envoy for Iraq hears briefing on situation in Fallujah

Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, expressed concern about civilian casualties in Fallujah, according to a UN spokesman in New York. Mr. Qazi also expressed the hope that a peaceful settlement of differences will bring about an end to violence and use of force.The UN envoy also asserted that the world body will do everything it can to contribute to a successful political transition and to a peaceful resolution of differences in Iraq.

18 ballons stratosphériques vont survoler lAntarctique

first_img18 ballons stratosphériques vont survoler l’Antarctique Antarctique – Le programme international d’observations atmosphériques mené en Antarctique, Concordiasi, lancera en septembre prochain une campagne de lâchers de ballons stratosphériques. Ce projet aura pour but de mesurer les données atmosphériques en Antarctique.Cette opération, qui consistera en un lâcher de 18 ballons au-dessus de l’Antarctique, permettra de “mieux utiliser les données satellitaires dans les modèles climatiques, et de mieux comprendre les mécanismes de destruction de la couche d’ozone”, a expliqué lors d’une conférence de presse Florence Rabier, responsable du projet pour Météo-France. La campagne durera au minimum trois mois lors desquels “nous allons doubler le nombre de profils atmosphériques dont nous disposons habituellement sur l’Antarctique” a-t-elle souligné.Les ballons, tous équipés d’une nacelle capable de transporter des charges de 50 kilos d’instruments scientifiques,  seront lâchés à partir de la base américaine de Mc Murdo, sur la côte antarctique. “Emportés par le vortex polaire, ils tourneront […] à une altitude de 20 kilomètres au-dessus de l’Antarctique, afin de mieux connaître son climat et ses mécanismes de destruction de l’ozone stratosphérique”. Les données recueillies permettront alors de suivre en permanence l’évolution de l’air dans la stratosphère et seront confrontées à celles obtenues à partir du sol des stations antarctiques américaine Mc Murdo, française Dumont d’Urville et franco-italienne Concordia, mais aussi aux données du spectromètre infrarouge Iasi de l’Agence spatiale française (Cnes) embarqué à bord du satellite européen Meto.L’ensemble de ces données devraitpermettre aux scientifiques d’améliorer sensiblement leur connaissance de la météorologie de l’Antarctique afin de comprendre “le rôle de la calotte polaire antarctique dans le climat actuel de notre planète et son évolution”. Le 4 avril 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Predictions for WrestleMania 34 Lesnar vs Reigns Styles vs Nakamura Ronda Rousey

first_imgFacebook Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Wrestleview Post-RAW #50: Celebrating 50 episodes, discussion on RAW from New Orleans WhatsApp Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Videos Articles Triple H Lanny Poffo to appear at Ring of Honor Glory By Honor event as special guest center_img The Miz WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE WrestleMania 34 PredictionsApril 8, 2018By: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.comThe day is finally here. WrestleMania Sunday. Every wrestling fan, regardless of how bitter they are that WWE isn’t pushing their favorite wrestler or whatever complaint of the day they have, perks up and pays attention to this day a bit. Maybe they utilize the free trial WWE offers for the WWE Network, find a stream, or follow along with the live recap right here on Wrestleview. Either way, they’ll know what happens on this show and are curious.This year certainly has a loaded card. Were all these matches built really well? I don’t think so. This WrestleMania includes (or does it?) one of the most bizarrely built matches in WrestleMania history: John Cena vs. Undertaker. Still, if you just watch the show without really paying too much heed to the build or lack thereof, this on paper looks to be one of the better WrestleMania presentations they’ve put out in quite a while. If anything, it’s worth watching just for the return of Daniel Bryan. If you’re not excited about that and aren’t insanely happy for him as a human being, check your pulse.With that being said, let’s dive into the predictions.WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipMustafa Ali vs. Cedric AlexanderSince the departure of the repulsive Enzo Amore from the WWE, the Cruiserweights have been on a mini rise. The 205 Live show has had an overhaul and it’s more about wrestling than characters now. Unfortunately, for me at least, the damage has been done and it’ll be tough to erase the stink of the first year and a half. Still, there hasn’t been a Cruiserweight Champion since late-January, so this is a chance for a much-needed restart button. I’m not up to date on most of the Cruiserweight stuff, but Mustafa Ali does interest me, so I’ll go with him.Prediction: Mustafa AliAndré the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalParticipants include Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, Tye Dillinger, Dash Wilder, Scott Dawson, “Woken” Matt Hardy, Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler, Goldust, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Zack Ryder, Primo, Elias, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, R-Truth, Sin Cara, Titus O’Neil, Apollo, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Mike KanellisA couple of names on that list made me exclaim, “He’s still on the roster?” Primo Colon… I wasn’t expecting that one. Where’s Epico? Winning this battle royal hasn’t done much for the last four winners. I’m not expecting the fifth to really excel. I’d like to see someone from NXT take a surprise victory. A guy like Killian Dain winning would make me happy. Heck, even Elias. Huge toss-up no matter what. My gut is saying Big Cass though.Prediction: Big CassWrestleMania Women’s Battle RoyalParticipants include Sasha Banks, Natalya, Lana, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Bayley, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville and CarmellaAnother toss-up match. These are matches where good prediction records go to die. I’m sure there will be quite a few surprises in this with legends and NXT women coming in. I’m just going to go with someone I’m really digging on the roster right now: Ruby Riott.Prediction: Ruby RiottRAW Women’s ChampionshipAlexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia JaxThe last time they did a fat shaming angle with a female was a few years ago on Smackdown when Lay-Cool was harping on Mickie James’ weight in an angle that disgusts me even thinking about it now. Ironically, Mickie James is involved on the other side of this one. The payoff of the last one was a quick, less than a minute-long match with James and Michelle McCool. I’m sensing that’ll happen again. I think Jax will squash Bliss like a bug and win the title. Then they can go back to consistently booking Jax like a monster. Enough of the crying and screaming thing.Prediction: Nia JaxSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipCharlotte Flair (c) vs. AsukaI loved the set-up angle for this one with Asuka challenging Flair out of nowhere on the Fastlane PPV. Since then they have not done a great job with Asuka. To me, they’re almost booking her like this streak is a fluke. They’re making her look weak, constantly being beaten down, selling way too much… I’m not a fan of it. Still the payoff should be Asuka standing tall with the Women’s Championship. However I’ll throw in a curve by having Carmella cash in on her and enter into nuclear heat territory (which she can handle) by having her end Asuka’s streak. If it doesn’t happen at WrestleMania, it’ll happen soon.Prediction: Asuka, but watch out for CarmellaSmackdown Tag Team Championships – Triple Threat MatchThe Uso’s (c’s) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon BrothersI love me some Bludgeon Brothers. I absolutely love what they’re doing. I’m so happy Luke Harper is getting a chance to shine. I thought Harper should have been in the Randy Orton/Bray Wyatt match last year. He’s been underutilized for a while now. I’m also psyched for The Uso’s making the main card for the first time in their careers. I had no clue they’d a.) been here that long, and b.) hadn’t been on the main card of WrestleMania as a tag team. Lots of good things happening in this match. I’m going with Bludgeon Brothers having a stranglehold on the Tag Titles and (fantasy booking now) feuding with AOP if/when they get a call-up in the near future.Prediction: The Bludgeon BrothersRAW Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Bar (c’s) vs. Braun Strowman and a mystery partnerLet’s tackle the mystery partner. I’m just going to call my shot and say Big Show. Then I’m going to say Braun Strowman takes the victory regardless of who his partner is.Prediction: Braun Strowman and TBDWWE United States Championship – Fatal Four Way MatchRandy Orton (c) vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Bobby Roode vs. RusevI’m so psyched about the addition of Rusev to this match. I don’t believe he was added because he “threatened to walk out,” but rather he organically got himself over with this awesome “Rusev Day” thing and forced WWE’s hand to put him in a higher position on the card than the André Battle Royal. In recent years, WWE doesn’t always jump on the hot hand, but I think they’re getting on board the Rusev Train here. I’d love to see Rusev come out on top here and win the title. That’s right – I’m title change heavy so far in the predictions.Prediction: RusevWWE Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat MatchThe Miz (c) vs. Finn Bálor vs. Seth RollinsThe build for this match was kind of brutal. Just a lot of not good segments, but the matches between Rollins and Bálor have been highlights. They’ve been trading wins, but Miz hasn’t really been involved recently. I think with Miz having the new baby and reality show coming up, on top of really being a highlight of the night on most RAW shows, I think he retains the title here. Bálor is about as uncharismatic as they come except when they throw some Demon paint on him so winning the title won’t change that, and Rollins doesn’t really need this title.Prediction: The MizDaniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens and Sami ZaynSo many things going on in this match to be happy about. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are both participating in a major match on a WrestleMania card, something well deserved for both men, and one of the few great people in professional wrestling is getting a second chance in Daniel Bryan. Also, Shane McMahon is apparently healthy enough to perform following what sounded like a truly devastating diagnosis of diverticulitis. Owens and Zayn must win or they’re gone forever from Smackdown Live. That’s fine because there’s a Superstar Shakeup coming next week apparently. They’ve mentioned that a few times on the shows. A lot of people are calling for a Shane McMahon heel turn, but I don’t think that’s happening here. I’ve got to go with Daniel Bryan winning in a triumphant return… and he’ll still reinstate Owens and Zayn anyway on Tuesday. Good guy Daniel Bryan, ya know?Prediction: Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahonRonda Rousey and Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon and Triple HA lot of people are dogging this match saying it’s going to be awful, but I’m going to be Mr. Positivity and say they’re going to surprise us. I’m sure they’ve been rehearsing and preparing for this match for months and will do more than most people expect. Is it going to be a mat classic? No, but it’ll be something special.Prediction: Ronda Rousey and Kurt AngleUndertaker vs. John Cena (if this is happening)This match is probably happening. I can’t imagine them doing all that build for a nothing payoff or Undertaker challenging him for a match next year. I think it’ll be a safe, easy match. Cena is guy that can work around limitations, which Undertaker has plenty of. If this happens, I hope this is the last hurrah for Undertaker because he is close to becoming embarrassing. Time for one last Undertaker victory.Prediction: UndertakerWWE ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraThe dream match with a nightmare build. Ok, it wasn’t that bad of a build, but it was certainly lackluster. My problem with the dream match label is it puts impossible standards on this that even if they have an excellent match – and I think they will – it still won’t live up to the criterion in peoples’ minds. It’ll be good, it’ll go long, and in the end it’ll be AJ Styles standing tall.Prediction: AJ StylesWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman ReignsThis is going to be excellent. There’s a lot of undeniable buzz about this match with all the uncertainty of what Lesnar is going to do. Is he really going to UFC or is Dana White working people? Is he going to re-sign with WWE? It’s going to be hard hitting and possibly bloody. The long talked about coronation of Roman Reigns will finally happen tonight. It took three and a half years, but I think there’s enough momentum here with him to warrant it. I still think there needs to be a big impact storyline with him. Even though Paul Heyman is a master of deception, I do think there’s something to his talking about being Roman Reigns’ manager. I think Reigns and Heyman are joining forces to do a modern day Austin/McMahon ending. Gives Lesnar something to come back for down the line.Prediction: Roman ReignsI went 3-2 with my predictions at the Royal Rumble, missing the two Tag Title matches.All-time Predictions Record: 104-49 (.680)Well, those are my predictions for the show. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!E-Mail – MikeyT817@gmail.comTwitter – @MikeTedescoWVCheck back on Wrestleview.com starting at 5 PM EST for a live recap of WrestleMania 34 starting with the preshow.Thanks for reading and enjoy WWE WrestleMania 34!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Ricochet, Baron Corbin advance to the Quarterfinals of the King of the Ring tournamentlast_img read more

Zidane thinks of Juventus amid Manchester United takeover talk

first_imgAccording to the French publication, Le Parisien, Zinedine Zidane prefers a potential Juventus comeback over Manchester United takeover.Over the past few weeks, the media all across Europe have been reporting about a probable switch at the Red Devils’ bench, which would see Jose Mourinho departing, with Zidane taking over his role.Even yesterday, it was published the former Real Madrid manager is already taking English lessons to prepare for a new challenge, but the French news outlet has a brand new idea.It seems the 46-year-old Frenchman don’t appreciate a chance of taking charge of the Premier League heavyweights at this point, especially considering the current relationships within the club’s ranks.Zinedine Zidane is in the running to become the new chief executive of Juventus, despite the rumours of him being one of the potential options to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (Source: Tuttosport) pic.twitter.com/ucsV8ohLpPMario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) October 2, 2018Zizou would rather opt for a return to Turin, where he would have the opportunity to work again with Cristiano Ronaldo after the duo wrapped up three Champions League titles over the last three years.However, the Bianconeri look unstoppable this season under Massimiliano Allegri, and it’s yet to be seen whether the board would even think about parting company with the former AC Milan manager.last_img read more

ASA Welcomes Final Safety Certification of Roundup Ready Event in China

first_imgThe 25,000 producer-members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) today welcomed the announcement that the government of the People’s Republic of China has issued a final safety certificate for the importation of soybeans and soybean products derived from biotech-enhanced Roundup Ready® Soybean seedstock. This action is based on two years of field and food safety tests in China that have confirmed the safety, healthfulness and environmental friendliness of Roundup Ready soybeans. China has been importing Roundup Ready soybeans under a series of interim safety certificates.”China’s decision to issue final safety certificates for Roundup Ready Soybeans is good news for U.S. farmers, as well as for Chinese consumers who rely on imports of high quality soybeans to be processed into cooking oil and livestock feed,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “This action will help ensure a steady market for U.S. soybeans, while helping stabilize meat, fish, egg, and cooking oil prices for Chinese consumers.”First certified by the U.S. government in 1995, and since then approved by 38 other countries, Roundup Ready soybeans are the only biotech-enhanced soybean variety commercially planted in the U.S. Last year, about 85 percent of the soybeans in the U.S. were grown from Roundup Ready seed. On a worldwide basis, more than 60 percent of soybeans in world trade have been improved through modern biotechnology.Within the last seven years, China, a genetic center of origin for the soybean, has made a dramatic transition from being a net soybean exporting country, to the largest export market for U.S. soybeans. In 2003, U.S. soybean exports to China totaled 10.9 million metric tons (400 million bushels) worth $2.8 billion. This represented more than 35 percent of all U.S. soy exports and more than 40 percent of China’s import requirements.”Today’s announcement covering soybeans and a handful of biotech events approved for other crops also marks a significant step toward universal acceptance of crop biotechnology that is improving the environment today and will help feed the world tomorrow,” Heck said.Biotech-enhanced soybeans have allowed farmers greater flexibility in adopting conservation tillage practices that save millions of tons of valuable top soil and reduce the number of times U.S. farmers have to run equipment over their fields, which saves millions of gallons of fuel. Biotech crops also have allowed farmers to reduce the amount of insecticides and pesticides applied to their fields, and use products that are more environmentally friendly because they biodegrade more quickly.”In the past, ASA has expressed concern about the willingness of China’s regulatory agencies to repeatedly move the regulatory target for approval of Roundup Ready soybeans,” Heck said. “So we are very pleased that today’s announcement actually comes well before the scheduled April 20 expiration of the interim safety certificate program.””At times, U.S. soybean exports have faced issues such as trade restrictions, import permit delays, confusion over biotechnology regulations and problems with transparency,” Heck said. “This hurt U.S. soybean producers, and made life difficult for major buyers of U.S. soybeans in China who need to be able to operate knowing that they have a free and unencumbered flow of soybeans from the United States,” Heck added.ASA has worked diligently to obtain meaningful access for U.S. soybeans and soybean products in China’s World Trade Organization accession agreement. During the past several years, ASA has repeated called on the Administration and Congress to insist that China’s political leadership honor and enforce its commitment that access to the Chinese market for U.S. soybean exports would not be restricted.”ASA is very appreciative of the efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and President George W. Bush for the persistent efforts that have brought about resolution of this important issue,” Heck said.Last year in December, ASA signed a cooperation agreement with representatives of the China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CFNA) in support of continued U.S. soybean exports to China. The agreement calls for a wide range of mutually beneficial exchanges and activities, including the exchange of delegations between ASA and CFNA.”In 1982, long before China imported soybeans, ASA producer-leaders decided to open an office in China to begin building demand for U.S. soybeans,” Heck said. “While U.S. soybean farmers have greatly benefited from ASA’s work in China, so have Chinese consumers. Today, imports of soybeans from the United States allow China to keep meat and vegetable oil supplied and prices under control for Chinese consumers.””Obtaining a final safety certificate for Roundup Ready soybeans has been one of the American Soybean Association’s major goals for the past several years,” Heck said. “ASA views today’s announcement to be the result of continued vigilance, and it demonstrates ASA’s willingness to confront any efforts to restrict market access for U.S. soybean farmers.”With a land area that is slightly smaller than the U.S., China has a population of 1.3 billion, which is about four and a half times as many people than living in the U.S. ASA believes that China’s past and current decisions in support of agricultural biotechnology signal China’s recognition that modern biotechnology is an effective tool that will enable it to better feed its people in a more environmentally sustainable manner.last_img read more

Sterling Man Arrested In Sexual Assault Case From 2001

first_imgThe DNA matched to a known DNA profile for Perzechino in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). CODIS is a national database of DNA profiles from known individuals as well as from unknown suspects. He was extradited from the Philippines in August 2019. Upon landing in Seattle, Perzechino appeared in front of a Washington judge and waived extradition to Alaska. Perzechino will be arraigned by an Alaska judge upon his return to the state. Carmen Daniel Perzechino Jr., 57, was indicted on March 13, 2019, by a Kenai grand jury on two counts of first degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping for crimes allegedly committed on January 20, 2001. The indictment came after the sexual assault kit was tested as part of the SAKI project. Anyone with information about this or other crimes committed by Perzechino should contact the Alaska State Troopers. The indictment and charges against Perzechino are allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A fugitive wanted for a sexual assault that occurred near Sterling 18 years ago is being extradited to Alaska after his DNA proved a match in an Alaska State Troopers Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) investigation. Perzechino is believed to have left the United States early last February after Troopers renewed their investigation into the 2001 sexual assault report. Troopers requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in locating Perzechino.last_img read more

Playboy Editorial Operations Relocate to Los Angeles

first_imgThis latest move—initially reported by Time Out Chicago—is part of a continual shift west for Playboy. In 2009, the company closed its New York offices and relocated a number of its licensing, editorial and publishing positions to Chicago. The magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production, distribution and all other business operations were also outsourced to American Media Inc.’s Publishing Services division that year, in which the company’s interim CEO Jerome Kern told FOLIO: that the company had taken roughly $18 million in annual personnel-related costs out of the company, reducing headcount by 25 percent. In 2008, the company announced the elimination of 80 staff positions, as well as the closing of its DVD business. Playboy’s editor Jimmy Jellinek reportedly moved to Chicago in August. The company’s current CEO Scott Flanders also lives in Southern California. Earlier this year, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner took the company private at $6.15 per share, in a deal worth roughly $207 million.center_img Playboy magazine will relocate its editorial, art and photo departments from Chicago to Los Angeles in April 2012, ending an almost 60-year occupancy in its Midwest headquarters.“Some of the magazine’s employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition. Open key positions will be hired out of Los Angeles,” says Playboy Enterprises spokesperson Theresa Hennessey in a statement. She adds that no final decisions have been made regarding the remaining Chicago departments, which include human resources, public relations, legal, accounting and information technology.last_img read more

Instagrams GramFam magazine wants to help you survive examstress

first_img Post a comment Tags Instagram Instagram didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment. Share your voicecenter_img Mobile 0 Instagram’s magazine helps students get through exam season. The Mix In response to a rise in the use of #examstress on Instagram as finals kick in, the Facebook-owned social media site is offering advice in the latest installment of #GramFam. The online ‘zine will feature school advice from celebrities and influencers like Jameela Jamil and Love Island’s Dr. Alex George, Bloomberg reported Thursday.#GramFam is a collaboration between Instagram, charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) and digital support service The Mix. The groups hosted a #GramFam live event on Wednesday in London for the latest installment on exam stress. The initiative, which launched its first installment last year, can be found by searching #GramFam on Instagram or checking out the Instagram pages for Calm or The Mix. last_img read more

Ballot stuffed in 33 out of 50 constituencies at night before voting

first_imgTIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman addresses a media conference at the TIB office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on 15 January. Photo: CollectedTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has found evidences of vote rgging in 47 out of 50 constituencies the anti-corruption watchdog monitored during the holding of 30 December parliamentary polls.TIB has observed that the law enforcement and the administration had collaborated with the process through participation or silence.It has suggested that there should be a “judicial inquiry” into the massive irregularities committed in the 11th national elections.Ballot boxes were stuffed in 33 constituencies in the previous night before the election while 41 constituencies saw casting of fake votes at the polling stations, according to TIB’s report titled ‘Overview of 11th parliamentary elections’ published at its office on Tuesday.In the 50 constituencies that the TIB used as sample for reporting quality of the elections, it was found that the administration and law enforcers played a “silent role” in 42 constituencies during the voting. The voters were restricted or driven out of the polling stations in 21 constituencies, the TIB report pointed out.”In many cases, the voters couldn’t cast their votes freely,” TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said at the launch of the preliminary report.“The law enforcement agencies, a section of officials of the administration and election officials behaved in a biased manner during the elections. This is a gross violation of law, devoid of any ethics.”However, election commissioner Rafiqul Islam dismissed the TIB findings, saying that it is imaginary and predetermined. “Since TIB calls it, preliminary report, it’s imaginary,” he argued, in his reaction to the TIB report.Before the release of the TIB report, a number of international groups and organisations called the tainted and rigged while the country’s opposition including the BNP and new coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front rejected the election results, alleging massive irregularities.The opposition candidates were intimidated by the law enforcers and the ruling party men in as many as 44 constituencies, the TIB report said.On the voting day, the TIB report said, polling booths were forcibly captured in 30 constituencies, voters forced to vote in favour of a specific symbol in 26 seats and polling agents of the opposition parties not given entry into 29 seats.Of the 50 seats, ballots were stuffed in the box prior to the start of the vote in 20 constituencies and ballot papers were finished in 22 constituencies before conclusion of the vote, according to the report.Flawed ElectionTIB said the election was participatory, but far from being fair.It pointed finger at the election commission for failing to play due role in many cases.”The EC failed to give equal opportunity for all the political parties to hold rallies and processions, carry out electoral campaign and to give the opposition leaders and activists required safety and security,” observed the TIB.It added, the commission failed to play its due role in preventing the ruling party men from violating electoral code of conduct.Moreover, the report pointed out, imposing various restrictions on election observers and media professionals, blocking 3G and 4G network and restricting the vehicular movement also made the election questionable.TIB trustee board chairperson Sultana Kamal addresses a media conference at the TIB office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on 15 January. Photo: CollectedVarious activities of the ruling Awami League and its alliance partners influenced the course of the electoral game, the TIB report said.It further listed that not dissolving parliament before the election, carrying out election campaign through implementation of various development projects with public money, preventing the opposition men from campaigning by means of filing cases and arresting them put adverse impact on the election.The TIB report referred to blanket arrest of the opposition leaders and activists despite the prime minister’s assurance of ‘no fresh arrest’ during the dialogue with opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front. Such actions, the report observed, had stopped the opposition from carrying out election campaign.The report mentioned that the attacks on opposition candidates and activists during the campaign created an uneven field for them ahead of the elections.The TIB found that the ruling party men were actively engaged in campaigning in all the 50 seats.In many cases, it observed, the administration and law enforcers were used in the campaign. And in some cases, the law enforcement and the public themselves joined the campaign alongside the ruling party men.AL candidates spent more in campaignTIB’s analysis of campaign spending shows that each candidate spent around Tk 7.76 million for campaign — from days before the announcement of polls schedule to the election day.The average amount is three times more than the limit — Tk 2.5 million for each candidate of a constituency — set by the election commission.Candidates of the ruling AL spent more, on average five times higher than the EC’s threshold while the independent candidates spent the least, according to the TIB report.Iftekharuzzaman termed the parliamentary elections “partially inclusive” but said the disproportion in electoral campaign was huge.The TIB executive director also said the violation of the election code of conduct was rampant. The election commission was also not free from the violating the code.“The role of the election commission was surely shameful and questionable and the role of law enforcing agencies was controversial as well. And that is why the election is questionable. It can be said that this was an unprecedented election, the results of which was discussed as unbelievable.”In this context, he demanded a judicial inquiry into the allegations brought about the 11th parliamentary elections for “ensuring moral position and boosting confidence of the government.”TIB trustee board chairperson Sultana Kamal said, “There were many mistakes in the way the election was conducted. This is why we hope the commission will analyse the validity of the mistakes to try to avoid its repetition in the next elections. Because we want to see that the representatives truly elected by the people are getting the chances the rule the country.”She said, “The teaching of this election for the democratic process is, the lack of level-playing field will make the election questionable and controversial. This makes people suspicious about how far the elected representatives will take care of the interest of the people.”Recommendations for fair pollsThe TIB made six points of recommendations at the media conference to make the parliamentary election of the country fair and effective.Those are: effective steps based on objective investigation into the allegations of multifaceted violation of code of conduct; analysis of the EC failure in stopping the violation and its publishing, and taking the allegations into cognisance, government initiative for judiciary investigation; enactment of law to appoint non-party election commissioners; making all the stakeholders including the EC, administration and law enforcement unbiased and free of partisan influence for holding a free and fair election under a party government; and digitisation of the electoral process and congenial atmosphere for polls observers and the media.The research was conducted to analyse how far the EC, political parties/coalition and their candidates, administration, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders complied with laws and rules to carry out their duties as well as to estimate the money spent in campaign by candidates.The report was prepared based on information and observation of the candidates, party leaders and activists, returning officers and other election officials, law enforcement agency officials, election tribunal officials, journalists and voters as well as data collected from the field between November 2018 and 10 January 2019.The full report will be published later.The report was presented by the senior programme manager of TIB’s research and policy department Shahzada M Akram. Other members of the research team were programme managers Juliet Rosetti, Taslima Akhter, Biswajit Kumar Das and assistant programme manager Nazmul Huda Mina.TIB adviser (executive management) Sumaiya Khair and policy department director Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan were also present at the media briefing.last_img read more

Joyner to Speak at Morgans 142nd Commencement

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFRONationally-syndicated radio show host and philanthropist Tom Joyner will deliver the commencement address for Morgan State University’s 142nd Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 19.  Joyner, host of the nationally broadcasted “Tom Joyner Morning Show,”and founder of Reach Media, The Tom Joyner Foundation and BlackAmericaWeb.com, will address nearly 1,000 academic degree candidates at the Hughes Stadium during the morning ceremony.Joyner will talk with students about how he used his degree in sociology, awarded from Tuskegee University in the 1970s, to become the “hardest working man in radio.” He earned the nickname when he took jobs in stations in both Dallas and Chicago in 1985 and, for three years, flew between the cities daily to host his weekday radio show.Nationally-syndicated radio show host and philanthropist Tom Joyner. (Courtesy Photo)Joyner started his radio career shortly after graduating from Tuskegee and refined the morning show format on a variety of stations throughout the country until 1994, when ABC Radio Networks signed him to host a nationally-syndicated version of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” featuring Joyner and a team of comedians and public affairs commentators discussing the news of the day interspersed with R&B music and hit songs.Joyner’s commitment to HBCU’s (historically Black colleges and universities) led him to establish the Tom Joyner Foundation in 1988.  The Foundation, which has raised more than $60 million to help fund scholarships for students attending HBCU’s has featured Morgan University as its “college of the month” on numerous occasions, most recently August 2017.Joyner will be awarded an honorary degree from Morgan May 19 along with veteran filmmaker and former Morgan professor Stanley Nelson and Gloria Ladson-Billings, a university professor emerita and president of the National Academy of Education.The academic procession starts at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Sony to rerelease some PSP games on new PSP 2 carts

first_imgWhen the PSPgo was released without a media drive, you can understand gamers being a little upset that all the games on UMD were not compatible. If you wanted to play them on a PSPgo, you had to buy the games again even if you still owned the UMD version.With the announcement of the PSP 2, it was clear there wouldn’t be any backwards compatibility with PSP games. Sony has dropped the UMD drive and replaced it with a cartridge slot.But that doesn’t seem to be the end of PSP games. Sony is looking to release as many games as it can from the PSP line-up on PSN as it has already been doing for a while. That allows PSP 2 owners to download and play them. There’s another alternative, though, which Sony hadn’t mentioned until now: there are plans afoot to re-release select PSP games on the new cartridge format.What this means is we may see a special range of PSP Classics titles appear for the PSP 2 at a budget price point. Sony isn’t saying anything about gamers who already own these games on UMD, which can only be interpreted as: you will need to buy them again.Read more at Andriasanglast_img read more

Matt Lucas Nardole Has a Job To Do in Doctor Who

first_img Bill Potts isn’t the only one traveling through space and time with the Doctor.Following appearances in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, Nardole returns this spring as the Doctor’s first full-time alien companion in more than 30 years.But who is the lovable-if-dim sidekick, brought to life so sweetly by Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Bridesmaids)?Hired by River Song as a servant on Mendorax Dellora on Christmas Day 5343, Nardole unwittingly brings the Doctor and River back together in “The Husbands of River Song.”He also manages to get his head chopped off and transplanted onto King Hydroflax’s cyborg body—a small detail the writers gloss over during Nardole’s fully intact reappearance in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”“I lost my head very carelessly,” Lucas said during a December appearance on The One Show, promising that the reconstruction will be explained.“You do discover … across the course of the [upcoming] series how Nardole was put together again and why he’s back,” Lucas continued. “He’s not just there on a whim. He has a job to do. All becomes apparent throughout the series.”Little else is known about the character—aside from his affinity for plaid pajamas and orange bathrobes. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Pajamas make for great hiking clothes if they’re brightly colored. Right, Nardole? #DoctorWho #BehindtheScenes pic.twitter.com/n8wWPMiKg4— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) February 8, 2017“Some people say, ‘I quite liked Nardole, but why does he need to come back?’ Well, there is an answer,” Lucas told Doctor Who Magazine late last year. “I can’t tell you why he needs to come back, but I can tell you that he does need to come back.”And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Lucas specifically asked Moffat for a chance to reprise the character.“This guy who’s out in LA being offered every kind of pilot and every kind of career advancement has basically decided that instead of all that wealth and spectacular success, he’d rather go to Cardiff and make Doctor Who,’” Moffat reminisced in August. “I decided to import the best comic timing I’ve ever seen into Doctor Who on a regular basis.”Upon the show’s return on April 15, the Doctor’s bobble-hat-wearing cohort will become the first full-time alien companion since Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson), who traveled with the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from 1983–84.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

NYCC Steven Universe Will Get Deeper as Rebecca Sugar Debuts New Song

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Steven Universe continues to be one of the deepest, most complex worlds on Cartoon Network. It started out as a funny cartoon about a young boy and three alien heroes. Slowly, over the course of its first season, it started to reveal more about its characters. The world of the show went through dramatic changes that stuck around, rather than being wrapped up and reset like most cartoons. It’s not easy to write a show like that, which is why the voice cast is understandably in awe of creator Rebecca Sugar.In a panel at New York Comic Con, Sugar was joined on stage by Zach Callison (Steven), Tom Scharpling (Greg), Grace Rolek (Connie), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and Deedee Magno (Pearl). It won’t surprise anyone to learn that (Greg) sounds just like Greg. Steven’s voice, on the other hand, shocked the crowd with how different he sounds. Back in season one, he actually was a young kid. Now an older teen, his voice is remarkably different from the one you hear in the show.Callison spent his formative years making Steven Universe, which turned out to be really helpful. His life, the things he went through, and the things he learned, mirrored Steven’s journey on the show. As the show went on, the narrative got deeper, and pushed Steven to some darker places. Callison said he really appreciated the chance to play someone going through a lot of the same things (emotionally, not literally) that he was.And as you’d expect, it took a lot of work for him to keep that voice. Callison credits his theatrical training and his voice coach for helping him keep Steven sounding like Steven. Based on his prepubescent voice, Callison said he spent multiple days per week in is voice coach’s studio to push his vocal range higher. It worked. When he and Scharpling join in to sing together, it sounds like the characters have come to life on stage. Fun fact: This panel at New York Comic Con 2017 is the first time they’ve been in character together. Scharpling usually records his lines separate from the rest of the cast. Sadly, that means he’s the only person who hasn’t been in the booth with Estelle as Garnet. (They excitedly report that Estelle wears her sunglasses in the booth, and she’s basically Garnet in real life all the time. When she sings for the show, they’re overjoyed. It’s like they’re getting a free concert.)(Via Cartoon Network)Scharpling was the most on awe of Sugar’s plan for the show. He says he even asked Sugar if she didn’t want to just reset everything at the end of every episode like The Flintstones. The answer was no. “There was a huge plan, she worked so hard, she put so much in that I’ll never not be in awe of,” he said.Steven isn’t the only character who’s had an effect on their voice actor. Connie inspired Rolek to take a fencing lesson at a renaissance fair. She wasn’t quite as good with a sword as Connie is, but she does have the agility. Dietz said she channeled Amethyst by eating a wad of notebook paper. Just to prove she could. “I didn’t die, I’m here!” she told the crowd.For her part, Magno says that much like Pearl, she like the emotional scenes. Anything to do with Rose Quartz or Steven are her favorite. She then proved just how good she is at striking our emotions by singing “It’s Over.” It’s a beautiful song in the show, and hearing it live with Sugar on ukulele… I’m going to admit; there were tears. Magno says when she recorded the episode with that song in it, she had to put it off. It came after a lot of screaming, and her voice needed rest if it was going to sound as good as it did.Of course, the biggest thing to come out of the panel was the debut of a new song. Sugar sang “Escapism,” which hasn’t aired on the show yet. We don’t know in what context it will appear, but judging by how it sounds, it’s going to hit us in the gut.The new season of Steven Universe will premiere sometime this winter. We saw a clip from an upcoming episode called, “Dewey Wins,” which will open the season. It follows directly from the events of last season’s finale, and things aren’t looking good. Connie is mad at Steven for giving up, for not believing in what they could do together. We only saw one scene, but it doesn’t seem like the kind of problem this show will wrap up with one episode. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like we have too long to wait until we find out. You can watch the clip below.In the meantime, Steven Universe fans will have something to tide them over. Sugar announced that the Steven Universe Podcast is returning with new episodes with deep dives into fans’ favorite episodes and specials. New episodes will begin on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more