New Zealand would like to give a better account of themselves when they take on a second-string Board President’s XI in the final warm-up game before the first ODI against India, scheduled on October 22.A young Board President’s XI side comprising Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Karun Nair easily defeated Kane Williamson’s men by 30 runs in the opening warm-up game.Poised for a challenging spin test with likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian squad, the Kiwi batsmen faltered against the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem and Karn Sharma in the opening game.The Black Caps will certainly look to improve upon their previous performance against slow bowlers.For the home team, local boy Prithvi will again be centre of attraction for the manner in which he negotiated the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne.For Rahul, who has been dropped for the New Zealand ODIs, it is a good opportunity to get some runs before he goes back to Ranji Trophy duty during Karnataka’s next game, starting October 24.But tomorrow, all eyes will be on Shaw again, the 17-year-old and he would want it to make it big to impress the national selectors.Nair, who has done precious little after his triple hundred against England in a Test match, has been in good form and would like to continue from where he left during the first game.Thats it. Presidents XI win by 30 runs in Mumbai. Another warm-up match on Thursday #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/tlQtLRIn4Uadvertisement- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 17, 2017For the Kiwi top-order, the key will be to settle down and show patience against the spinners.Their skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham, who usually open the innings, came down the order, were among who got runs under their belt.But other batsman like Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, failed to hit big shots, dealing in ones and twos, which cost them the game.Also failure of flamboyant opener Martin Guptill would be a sign of worry for the Kiwi dug-out.Having a reputation of a world-class hitter, Guptill will have to live with it tomorrow and ensure that there are some runs under his belt, which will boost his confidence ahead of the main tournament.Also Colin Munro, will need to play his natural game. It would be rather interesting to see whether the Kiwis open with Munro again or bring Latham to his original position to start the innings with Guptill.On the bowling front, Kiwi pacers Milne, Southee and Boult will look to adjust with the humidity and the weather conditions.Spinner Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner will also look to unsettle the batsmen. They were successful in contending the runs and should aim for the same tomorrow.Meanwhile, the game is also important for home team skipper Shreyas Iyer, who is also pushing his case for national selection.Squads: New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker.Board President’s XI: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Milind Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.
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Scotland rugby union team Since you’re here… Read more For England, it was a humbling game, an exploration of their limitations. They were not just beaten, they were exposed. And while Jones insisted that this will not change their preparation for the next game, he did not sound convincing. He will use this match, you guess, as a watershed. Late last year he gave a talk on the art of coaching at the Soccerex conference. He explained that his first two years with England were the easier part of the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, because the players were so hurt by the sorry way they had played at the 2015 tournament.The hard task, Jones said, was keeping them hungry now they had won so many games. Because there was a risk all that success would start to go to their heads, and blunt their edge. “It’s in the next two years,” Jones explained, “that I’ll really earn my money”. It feels like that second stretch, when England will need to reset and then kick on again, started this Saturday night. They were shot away, especially in the first half. They looked powerful but ponderous, a labouring, lumbering beast of team.Early on, England attacked through a series of short, sharp drives down the centre and a couple of rolling mauls out wide. Neither approach made much impression on the Scots, who soaked it up and then pounced on the breakdowns, where John Barclay and Hamish Watson went digging around like starving hounds looking for scraps of meat. When they did get the ball the Scots played deft and nimble rugby, they stretched play wide either side, pulling England this way and that until they tore holes in their defensive line. Read more Scotland 25-13 England: how the players rated in the Six Nations At the beginning of the Championship, Barclay had described his team’s strategy as “organised chaos”, and here England, so well-drilled, seemed almost bewildered by Scotland’s helter-skelter style of play. The lingering images from the rush of the first half were of Anthony Watson scrabbling around to try and gather Finn Russell’s little chip while Huw Jones raced past him to score, and of Watson, alongside Mike Brown now, throwing himself desperately after Jones as he sped through again for the third try.That was the crucial score. At 15-6 down, England were fighting back hard. The match had become a test of their mettle, and they are nothing if not relentless. In the next few minutes they twice came right up into the Scottish 22. But they lost the ball both times, once after a sloppy penalty, then to a turnover. Then Huw Jones made it 22-6. Eddie Jones’s finishers, as he calls them – they might be starters after this – have dug the team out of trouble often enough in the past. But not this time; the first half left them too much to do.It felt telling that the England coach substituted all three of Mike Brown, George Ford and Dylan Hartley. But it was not just a question of the personnel on the pitch but of England’s entire approach to the game. They simply were not powerful enough to grind Scotland down nor sharp enough to cut them open. They did not commit enough men to the breakdown, they were sloppy in the defensive spacing and their high penalty count – which Jones had defended before the match – cost them plenty too. Share on Twitter If England shot ahead of everyone else in Europe during 2016, those teams have been slowly reeling them back in since. Ireland caught them last year, and Scotland have done this. Jones was quick to praise his opponents. And they were brilliant: as stubborn in the second half as they were slick in the first. England, as the song goes, were sent homeward, to think again. And the thousands of Scottish fans inside Murrayfield took a lot of pleasure in telling them exactly that, over and over again. Finn Russell masterminds historic Scotland victory over England It was a crisp, clear afternoon at Murrayfield, with just enough sun to fool you into thinking it was going to be a warm and pleasant day. It wasn’t, not for the English. The Scots’ hospitality turned with the weather and by the time the England team arrived, their welcome was anything but. You could feel the atmosphere grow tense as their bus, stuck behind the Fife Police Pipe Band, made the long, slow crawl through the gauntlet of Scottish fans at the back of the West Stand. They were hanging off the gantries there, waiting to let Eddie Jones know exactly what they think of his team up here in Edinburgh. 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Poland 4 Lithuania 0: Lewandowski on song ahead of Russia Matt Dorman 02:07 6/13/18 Getty Images Poland’s World Cup opponents will be on red alert after Robert Lewandowski sparked a big friendly win over Lithuania. Robert Lewandowski appeared in ominous touch ahead of the World Cup as he scored twice in Poland’s accomplished 4-0 win over Lithuania on Tuesday.The Bayern Munich striker improved his tally to four goals in three international outings with a first-half brace that laid the foundation for 21-year-old David Kownacki and substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski to later put the result beyond doubt.Adam Nawalka’s men are likely to lean heavily on their star striker in Russia and Lewandowski, judging by his 45-minute effort in Warsaw, looks ready to handle the weight of expectation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He notched the opener on 19 minutes by side-footing home at close range from a smart Maciej Rybus lay-off, before going it alone in the 32nd minute with a delightful free-kick that went in off the underside of the bar.Kownacki’s first international goal arrived in simpler fashion in the 71st minute, the Sampdoria forward tapping home following a classy one-touch move on the edge of the area.And the confidence-boosting result was capped off when the VAR spotted a handball against Algis Jankauskas with eight minutes remaining, Blaszczykowski converting from the spot to sew up a second win in three matches for the world’s eighth-ranked nation ahead of their opening Group H clash against Senegal next Tuesday.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re less than two hours from Miami’s adidas uniform release party at Club Liv in Miami Beach. It looks like those in attendance are dressed for the occasion, including Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Sebastian is donning a suit for the occasion.Sebastian The Ibis is ready for the Adidas jersey reveal party at Club Liv pic.twitter.com/I2MLM6wnK1— CaneSport (@CaneSport) July 18, 2015Looking sharp, Sebastian. Check back later tonight for the full scoop on Miami’s uniform reveal.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 18:37 IST Yuzvendra Chahal and Shikhar Dhawan will be in action in India’s upcoming limited-over series vs Australia at home (Twitter Photo)India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to social media on Tuesday to troll Shikhar Dhawan over what seems to be a new fashion statement. Chahal uploaded a picture of Dhawan wearing a sock on only one of his legs.Chahal, who has made it a habit to post funny comments on his teammates’ social media posts, uploaded the photograph and wrote: “The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock… #legend.”Meanwhile, Dhawan shared a video of him trying out horse riding on Tuesday. The left-handed India opener, who is certain to make India’s World Cup squad, suggested that he has been learning horse riding during his time away from competitive cricket.”Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda (If a Jatt has passion, he finishes it). #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation,” Dhawan wrote on Twitter. Notably, Dhawan’s India teammate Ravnidra Jadeja is an avid rider as well.The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock #legend pic.twitter.com/TBXvKsZGUMYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 19, 2019Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda. #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/bbGiRmM3kuShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 19, 2019India cricketers have been able to find time to unwind after a hectic season of overseas cricket. Only recently, MS Dhoni was spotted flaunting his football skills in a charity practice match in Juhu, Mumbai. The celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman, once known for his trendsetting hairstyles, also found time to pay his hairstylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani a visit last week.India had a relatively successful overseas campaign even as they finished their tour Down Under with a defeat in a T20I series in New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led team had clinched their first-ever Test and bilateral ODI series wins in Australia and then followed it up with a 4-1 win in a five-match series against the Black Caps.advertisementKohli, who was rested for the latter half of the New Zealand tour, returns to lead India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia which will also be their final international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24 at home against the reigning 50-over world champions.Speaking ahead of their departure to India, Australia captain Aaron Finch said the team can’t afford to make even the slightest of errors if they are to do well against India in India.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Also Read | I don’t look at Rishabh Pant as my competition: Wriddhiman SahaAlso Read | My processes are working, I can trust my game: Rishabh Pant on Test cricket experienceAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow India vs Australia Yuzvendra Chahal trolls Shikhar Dhawan for forgetting to wear one sockIndia cricketers are finding time to unwind after what has been a busy season of overseas cricket. The World Cup favourites will be back in action from February 24 as they face Australia in limited-overs series at home.advertisement
TORONTO – Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
Rabat – A French man and a Swiss man converted to Islam on Friday and Sunday in the Koutoubia Mosque of Marrakesh.The French man took the Shahada (the Islamic declaration of faith affirming the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as His prophet) in the presence of thousands of worshippers in the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech.The French convert reportedly decided to change his name to Adam, although Islam does not require new converts to adopt Muslim names. Two days later, John, a 23-year-old Swiss man, proclaimed the Shahada before the Trawaih prayers – the extra prayers performed during Ramadan after the last prayer of the day.Eyewitnesses said that John decided to adopt the name Mustapha.Every year during Ramadan, a number of non-Muslim foreigners announce their conversion to Islam in the Koutoubia Mosque, one of Morocco’s most emblematic mosques.Thanks to its tradition of openness and tolerance, in recent years Morocco has become one of the top destinations for foreigners seeking to learn about and convert to Islam. Every day, foreigners adopt the Islamic faith in different cities of the country.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
As International Mining prepares an article on surveying and GPS for the November issue, the news from Leica is the Viva that combines the latest state-of-the-art technologies into an unrivalled portfolio of total stations, GNSS receivers, controllers and onboard software. Encompassing innovative, feature rich functionality with a new, modern and ergonomic design, Leica Viva is easier and more intuitive to use than any of its predecessors, whilst maintaining speed and precision.The new Leica GS10 and GS15 can be used for all GNSS tasks and set-ups for GNSS surveying and construction, may it be all-on-the-pole or backpack rover, mounted on a vehicle, RTK field base station and long term monitoring sensor. From completely integrated to totally modular solutions, Viva GNSS provides a system for all tasks. Leica Viva also provides a complete range of GNSS and TPS solutions. With the unique SmartStation and the versatile SmartPole fewer set ups are required, fewer control points are needed and flexibility and productivity is maximised. Leica says the “Viva TPS combines the world’s best total station sensors: angles, distances, drives and the patented automated prism search, creating the fastest total station in its class. Leica Viva TPS is equipped with Leica Geosystems’ state-of-the-art PinPoint EDM. Users benefit from the most reliable and accurate EDM delivering the optimal balance of range, beam visibility, laser dot size and measurement time.”The Leica CS10 and CS15 are new rugged field controllers that can be used for both GNSS measurements and efficient one-person surveying with total stations. Both have a full VGA colour touch screen display. Viva controllers allow an easy equipment setup with the unique ‘Snap&Go’ connection system to start work immediately. Long-range, secure and fast wireless connectivity to total stations and GNSS are now supported by the new Leica intenna technology. Leica intenna introduces a world’s first by fully integrating the total station communication antenna into the controller housing.The Leica Viva controllers integrate a 2 Mpixel camera for convenient field documentation and support a wide range of data storage and transfer capabilities such as wireless LAN, USB, Bluetooth wireless technology and CF/SD-cards.The new Leica SmartWorx Viva onboard software provides easy and intuitive operation. Users benefit from wizards to easily connect the controller to Leica Viva total stations and to setup a total station guided by clear graphics and step-by-step descriptions to minimise training. Users can decide between the basic version Leica SmartWorx Viva LT with selected functionality or Leica SmartWorx Viva with enhanced functionality. Customers, who initially decide to purchase SmartWorx Viva LT can update the software at any time to the full functionality of SmartWorx Viva. Increasingly users want to immediately send a finished job back to the office or need data quickly from the office. SmartWorx Viva allows users to easily transfer files to and from the office using the Field to Office connection.Leica MyWorld is the new web portal for instant 24/7 access to product information and knowledge. Customers can use myWorld to view detailed information about their products, status of their instrument repair at the authorised service centre and perform easy online software updates. Customers can also keep up-to-date with the latest documentation and training material and even purchase additional software options on-line.
LEINSTER CHAMPIONS DUBLIN are facing another biting controversy.Jim Gavin’s side romped to a 16-point win over old rivals Meath in the Leinster senior football final this afternoon.But the Dubs’ win was overshadowed by a biting allegation made by Royals boss Mick O’Dowd.Moments after finishing his post-match press conference, O’Dowd returned to the media room and reported that defender Mickey Burke was the subject of an alleged bite in the second half.A furious O’Dowd said: “I just went back to the dressing room after speaking to you and saw the doctor dealing with his finger.“He’s gone to the Dublin dressing room to speak to the Dublin doctor because there’s a protocol to deal with.“[I’m] extremely disappointed, ” he added.Asked about O’Dowd’s allegations in his own press conference a few minutes later, Gavin said he knew nothing about the incident.“It’s the first I’m hearing of it.”Dublin are expected to make a statement on the matter later this evening.Earlier this year, defender Jason Whelan was given an eight-week ban following a CCCC investigation into biting allegations in Dublin’s O’Byrne Cup defeat to DCU.Dublin are Leinster SFC champions for the ninth time in 10 years
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram About 120 students from universities across Melbourne flocked to Latrobe University’s Eagle Bar last Tuesday to celebrate the Latrobe University Greek Club’s (LUGS) first ever Greek night.DJ Kosta Kay pumped out house, Greek music and old school R&B and one by one, almost everyone made their way onto the dance floor.“It was great to meet other Greek first year students, the venue was vibrant and LUGS was very welcoming,” said first year LUGS member Nicolette Veis.“I don’t know how else I would have had the opportunity to socialise with my fellow Greek peers.” The night was refreshingly warm and friendly, in stark contrast to the typical booze-fuelled O-week nights that one would expect.Also present was NUGAS Victoria administrative co-ordinator, Kerry Matthews, and club liaison co-ordinator John Nasiakos. LUGS marked Nasiakos’ 20th birthday by breaking out into a ‘happy birthday’ chorus and presenting him with a surprise birthday cake.“On behalf of the current LUGS committee, I would like to thank all those who attended and made it the memorable night full of kefi,” said LUGS secretary, Natole Jasonides. “Also, a special thanks to our amazing DJ’s Kosta Kay, Aristokraft and Mikey Kay for a job well done!”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Terence Quick, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of issues of Greeks abroad, is about to visit Australia. Although the full program of his visit is not yet known, he is expected to arrive in Sydney on 30 May, and in Melbourne on 1st June. The Deputy Minister will meet with the Greek Ambassador and the Greek General Consuls, as well as with the community leaders in both cities.
Vincent Kompany knows that something special can happen in the Premier League – there will be the Manchester derby next week and City can win the title by winning this game.The Belgium international insisted that it would be something incredible for his side’s fans – there is just one win between Manchester City and the Premier League title after last 3-1 win over Everton.The centre-back spoke about his side’s situation in the title race as he said, according to Standard:“It’s steady but we have a big game midweek and then we have to deal with Manchester United on Saturday.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We’ll take it game by game but we have done very well so far.”“It would mean the world to our fans. I have lived in Manchester long enough to know what it means.”“It will be lively and spicy but I don’t mind. Manchester United have seven days to prepare, but we need momentum so we need a good Champions League game.”
The workplace benefits on offer at Norton Rose Fulbright include:PensionGroup personal pension for all employees, with a 1% employer and 1% employee contribution.The employer offers matching contributions up to a 5% employee contribution.The organisation auto-enrolled in 2013, and auto-re-enrolled in November 2016.Group riskGroup income protection, employer paid.Life assurance, employer paid.Healthcare and wellbeingPrivate medical insurance for all employees. Single cover is paid for by the employer, staff can cover partners and dependants through flexible benefits.Flu jabs, paid for by the employer.Dental plan.Health screening.Discounted gym membership.Private GP service.Employee assistance programme.Work-life balanceHolidays: minimum of 25 days, employees can buy up to five days a year through flexible benefits.Childcare vouchers.Flexible working arrangements.Company carsSalary sacrifice car schemeOther benefitsSubsidised on-site restaurant.Sports and social clubs.Retail discounts scheme.Mortgage advisory services.Will writing.Pensions advisory clinic.Gourmet Society discount dining.Bikes-for-work scheme.
Sen. Giessel (R-Anchorage): “There are multiple entities that understand that we need to transform how workers compensation works.” Story as aired: SB 112 rewrites portions of the workers’ compensation system in Alaska, and will be addressed at the upcoming legislative session set to convene in January. The Division of Workers’ Compensation is the agency charged with the administration of the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act (Act). The Act provides for the payment by employers or their insurance carriers of medical, disability and reemployment benefits to injured workers. According to Giessel, despite the number of work related accidents going down, the overall cost of workers’ compensation has continued to increase. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) presented a workers compensation overhaul bill at the joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, December 13. Senate Bill 112, sponsored Sen. Giessel, is a 50 page bill writing out changes to Alaska’s workers’ compensation system. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-workers-comp-luncheon.mp3VmJennifer-on-workers-comp-luncheon.mp300:00RPd
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, firstname.lastname@example.orgOn May 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, “The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed, Safely Transitioning Every Person Act” (FIRST STEP) by a bipartisan vote, 360-59. The bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a member of the CBC, and Doug Collins (R-Ga.).“The bill will transform lives by providing access to the mental health counseling, education and vocational services, and substance abuse treatment needed to help incarcerated individuals get back on their feet and become productive members of society,” he said.Hakeem Jeffries’s (D-NY) bill would provide mental health care, among others, to prisoners and returning citizens. (Courtesy Photo)Jeffries said the FIRST STEP Act “is simply the end of the beginning on a journey undertaken to eradicate our mass incarceration epidemic in America.”President Trump supports the bill.Highlights of the bill include provisions that an inmate cannot be incarcerated more than 500 miles from their home, an identification card has to be provided upon release, release conditions relaxed, changing compassion release based on age from 65 to 60 and from 75 percent of sentence served to 66 percent done, more resources put into inmates who have significant mental and emotional challenges and increasing the number of good time credits served.Jeffries had the support of the majority of the CBC including its chairman, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), but some of its House members such as Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) voted against the bill saying it did nothing to reduce mandatory minimum sentences.U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), also CBC members, oppose the bill on the grounds that it doesn’t address sentencing reform.Christopher Hawthorne, an advisory neighborhood commissioner representing district 8E03 in Ward 8, represents a number of returning citizens. Hawthorne told the AFRO that the bill is only good if it benefits the returning citizens.“Laws are often the barriers for returning citizens,” he said. “They aspire to be in the working-class but the law makes it difficult for them to get a driver’s license, get caught up on child support, and many of their job skills have fallen into relapse. The FIRST STEP Act sounds ok but it is not enough.”Eric Weaver, the chairman of the National Association of Returning Citizens, told the AFRO that some provisions of THE FIRST STEP Act are good, such as the having inmates 500 miles or less than away from their homes, but said other institutions may be in the way of returning citizens.“The prison population is definitely aging and the U.S. Parole Commission, in the case of D.C., has to change its ways,” Weaver said. “Bringing down the age requirement for consideration for parole from 65 to 60 is great but the parole board might not approve. In the job market, there is a world of difference between a 40-year-old coming home and a 60-year-old coming back to his family.”The Senate had not given any indication when the bill will be taken up at AFRO press time.
In case you were wondering why everyone is talking about a DC comic book villain that wasn’t one of the people appearing in Suicide Squad, it was because Ben Affleck – not Zack Snyder, not Warner Bros, but the Batfleck himself – tweeted out a short video of a monitor showing Deathstroke.https://t.co/0NsNzCtGip— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016Which is confusing for a couple of reasons. First, Ben Affleck is shooting Justice League right now in London. Second, Ben Affleck tweeted this so it’s obviously a well-calculated piece of marketing. Three, it was immediately followed up by a report from The Wrap saying that Deathstroke was going to be the primary antagonist in Ben Affleck’s Batman film: a movie that does not have a release date or title.Everything we’ve been told about Justice League so far indicates that the heroes of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will meet The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman to battle Steppinwolf, an alien warrior who has come to Earth to reclaim some MacGuffin objects called Motherboxes. That doesn’t have any room for a character like Slade Wilson, a former soldier in the U.S. Army, he was enhanced through an experimental super-soldier program, uses 90% of his brain and was originally a villain for the Teen Titans.Then again, there have been rumblings around some parts that Justice League might have a few more villains than Steppenwolf up its sleeve, I just don’t think anyone was expecting Deathstroke to be part of that equation.The Wrap’s assertion that Deathstroke will be the villain in the Ben Affleck written Batman movie seems to leave out that nothing about the Batman movie is anywhere close to being filmed. Right now Ben Affleck is with the rest of the Justice League cast in the process of making Justice League. Is it possible that he is doing screen tests for his solo Batman movie before there’s even a public release date?It’s much more likely that this iteration of Deathstroke is going to debut in Justice League in some way and that’s what we’re seeing. It might be a post credits scene or it might be a cameo like Ezra Miller’s The Flash in Suicide Squad this month, which was also shot on the Justice League set.The character previously appeared on The CW’s Arrow as the major antagonist in season two, but when asked about if that character would return, Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim said “The character of Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project.” That was last February, before the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.Since Dawn of Justice opened, the rumor about the Batman movie was that it was going to feature many Batman villains in what could be an Arkham Asylum like scenario. This new report from the Wrap that says Deadshot is going to be the “main antagonist” is puzzling because…well, you’d assume The Joker would be the head honcho in a multiple villain extravaganza.Although the tweet did come from Ben Affleck, I’m going to wait until we’re hearing Batman movie news from more than one unnamed source. But for sure Deathstroke is joining the DC Cinematic Universe and there’s someone in that costume on the Justice League set.Right now, rumor-money is on Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL, True Blood) who had apparently auditioned for “Deathstroke” in Suicide Squad. Eventually when we learned that Deathstroke wasn’t in the movie, everyone discounted the Deathstroke rumors. Now, Manganiello’s social media presence does suggest he is currently in London, so maybe the gossip mill actually got one right over two years in advance this time.
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