first_imgA former guest lecturer of the Delhi University’s Hindu College has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in his “arbitrary removal” as the guest faculty of Manipur University (MU) allegedly because of his political ideology.The MU had on August 6 terminated the service of Ningombam Bupenda Meitei as the guest lecturer in the Department of Philosophy much before his six-month agreement was to end. The university had appointed him on June 26.The Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations had condemned the “arbitrary termination” of Mr. Meitei’s service who “was asked to clarify whether he was a member of a political party throwing all academic freedoms to the wind”.Mr. Meitei has been associated with the Congress in Manipur.In a letter to the Prime Minister submitted online, Mr. Meitei said that he was disgracefully and arbitrarily removed as a guest faculty despite having been recommended for appointment by the MU’s selection committee.Three conditionsHe said that the MU Vice-Chancellor or administrator had stated only three conditions while making the offer — his term as guest faculty would be for six months, he would be given an honorarium of ₹1,500 per lecture subject to a maximum of ₹ 50,000, and he should not claim regular appointment.“My nature of engagement with the university was not non-academic,” Mr. Meitei said, outlining a few ordinances related to the appointment of the MU’s academic staff that made it clear he was neither an employee nor were the rules binding on him.Since he was not bound by these ordinances, Mr. Meitei said that a rule of the university barring an employee from taking part in politics and elections did not apply to him. He said that the university had asked him to clarify on his political affiliation but he did not reply to the queries “as I was answerable to only the three stated conditions mentioned in the administrator’s offer letter”.“Unfortunately, my genuine right to remain silent – by not replying to any irrelevant query or queries – was officially concluded as ‘amounting to disobedience to his superior authority’. The administrator was neither my superior authority nor was I his subordinate,” he said.Mr. Meitei said he was a primary member of the Congress and its designated spokesperson in Manipur. “As I respect your philosophy and ideology towards our nation and our people, I also do expect you to have the same honour for my philosophy and my ideology towards our nation and our people,” he said in the letter.“As our Prime Minister, I strongly believe that you would look into the matter raised here on whether the action of the administrator Jarnail Singh (Manipur’s former Chief Secretary), in the capacity of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, removing me by breaching the terms of the three stated conditions was justified or not,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgAhead of the start of the 2019 World Cup extravaganza, the captains of all the ten participating teams stopped over at the Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II in London which hosted a star-studded opening ceremony on the eve of the tournament.The Queen along with Prince Harry hosted an annual garden party in the 1844 Room of the Palace to wish the teams good luck for their endeavour at the 46-day long showpeice event.India captain Virat Kohli along with the nine other skippers dapped in suits to pose for a picture with the Queen.The 10 #CWC19 Captains with the Queen. pic.twitter.com/cT42NfuPCvBCCI (@BCCI) May 29, 2019All the 10 captains were in attendance later in the day at the opening ceremony held at The Mall, the iconic street in central London. Speaking at the opening party which had the Buckingham Palace as it picturesque background, hosts England captain Eoin Morgan said: “Hopefully, we will be great hosts and hopefully we will do everybody proud”.Virat Kohli said he was enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere at the opening ceremony and talked up the crowd support India receive in the United Kingdom.””It’s lovely to be here. We have such a huge fan base in England. The amount of people travelling from home as well. It’s great to see at every stadium we play at, at least 50 per cent of the crowd is Indian fans. For us, that’s a thing of pressure but a thing of pride as well. Hopefully, we have got to use to the crowd support to our advantage,” Kohli said.advertisementEngland is hosting the tournament after 20 years and will take on take on South Africa in the tournament opener. India wil begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 with playing all other countries in the Round Robin format.The final of the World Cup is slated to be held on July 14 at the Lord’s.Also Read | World Cup 2019 opening ceremony: Virat Kohli, Malala Yousafzai show stealers in London partyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: How the teams prepared in the warm-up gamesAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_img​Chelsea not open to Ampadu loan offersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not willing to lose Ethan Ampadu.The 18-year-old has many clubs after his signature, including Cardiff and Derby.But Goal reports that Chelsea have stated that Ampadu is not available this month, unless there is a late change of circumstances.He has only played twice this season, but Cesc Fabregas leaving could give him more opportunities.One player who is close to leaving is Gary Cahill, who will complete a switch to Fulham. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool youngster Cain overjoyed with first professional contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain says it’s a dream come true signing his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the club since the age of nine, penned terms earlier this week.”It’s a dream come true really,” Cain told Liverpoolfc.com.”It has been one of my aspirations all my life and it has finally happened. I’m buzzing with that and all my family are made up as well.”I was at the Academy and Alex [Inglethorpe] called me into his room and offered it to me. I was over the moon to get it signed.” last_img

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first_img a lending library with appropriate selections for preschool children physical activity programs for preschool children and their parents and grandparents evenings dedicated to support the health and well-being of mothers with young children. The centres also promote services that are available to families with children and offer liaison between families, communities and government. “I have participated in la Pirouette’s program Jouons ensemble with other mothers and their babies,” said Rayna Comeau, mother of nine-month-old Clarisse. “It has helped me a lot by socializing with other mothers and their babies. We learn a lot from each other.” Government is committed to increasing funding support for the province’s family resource centres in 2014-15. Acadian and Francophone children will continue to have access to programs and materials in their first language with the announcement of interim funding for family resource centres. MLA Gordon Wilson, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced the $30,000 funding commitment in Pointe-de-l’Eglise for the group that runs the centres, La Pirouette. The funding will help the group continue to operate French-language family resource centres in Pointe-de-l’Eglise, Tusket, Isle Madame and Halifax. “We want to continue to ensure that Acadian and Francophone children across the province have the best possible start in life,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs. La Pirouette is sponsored by le Centre provincial de ressources prescolaires. “From a linguistic, cultural and identity perspective, it is crucial for the French-speaking community that the government takes into consideration the unique needs of this population,” said Suzanne Saulnier, executive director of Centre provincial de ressources préscolaires. “I sincerely thank the Department of Community Services of Nova Scotia for recognizing these needs and offering us this contribution today.” These family resource centres provide a variety of programs and services, including: last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy for his statement that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”. The Hyderabad MP termed the minister’s remarks irresponsible and said it was unfortunate that he has stooped so low. Kishan Reddy, who was elected from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in Hyderabad city, had said on Friday that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Talking to reporters, Owaisi asked Kishan Reddy to spell out as to how many written advisories were sent by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to the Home Ministry during last five years that Hyderabad had become safe heaven for terrorists. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief also said for the last five years, there was complete peace in Hyderabad as no communal riots broke out in the city and all religious festivals passed off peacefully. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Owaisi, who was re-elected to Lok Sabha from Hyderabad for fourth consecutive term, said out that the city is also the second major exporter of software exports after Bengaluru. “The statement shows how much they hate Telangana and Hyderabad. They don’t want to see the state and the city grow because major companies are investing here due to the efforts of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said. Owaisi said that such statements from BJP leaders are not unexpected as “wherever they see a Muslim, they think he is terrorist”. He clained the BJP was following a “theory of confusion” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi says one thing while his ministers, leaders of BJP, VHP, other organizations and Baba Ramdev say something else. Recalling that after Modi first became Prime Minister, they started with “Love Jihad”, he said that “this was followed by “Ghar Wapsi”, mob lynching, excesses on Dalits and now they were speaking of safe zone for terrorists”. After Modi took as the Prime Minister for the second term, series of hate crimes against Muslims occurred in Gurugram, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, he added. “Mere lip service will not help. You have to practically discharge your constitutional responsibility,” he said on Modi’s call to end fear among minorities. On BJP leaders setting the goal of coming to power in Telangana in next elections, Owaisi said the state under the leadership of Chandrashekhar Rao was making all-round progress and it believed in the composite culture. “RSS and BJP leaders will not succeed in their efforts,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgBERLIN – A lawmaker for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is apologizing to the son of former tennis star Boris Becker following a racist outburst on Twitter.Jens Maier claims the tweet that was directed at Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff, who has since been disciplined.A lawyer for Becker said Thursday the 23-year-old had filed a criminal complaint against Maier.In an unusual step, the party on Friday released a copy of an email in which Maier said he regretted the “mishap,” had issued a formal warning to the staffer and planned to apologize to Becker.Maier, a judge from the eastern state of Saxony, is regarded as being on the far-right wing of the nationalist party.last_img

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The Niagara Symphony Association is down to three candidates for the post of music director with the withdrawal of John Morris Russell.Russell told Symphony executive director Jack Mills in an email in February that “the future of the (Symphony) depends on a musical leader who can devote himself or herself wholeheartedly to the huge tasks at hand, and I no longer believe I can make the kind of commitment (the Symphony) will need to move forward”.The other candidates, Russell added, are “exceptional.”The three remaining candidates are Timothy Hankewich, Bradley Thachuk and Diane Wittry. Hankewich has already conducted a Masters concert and a POPS! program earlier this season. The remaining appearances are:April 11, 2:30 p.m. — Thachuk conducting the final concert in the Masters Series with a program that includes Beethoven’s “Emporer” Piano Concert with David Louie and the Second Symphony of SibeliusMay 1, 7:30 p.m. and May 2, 2:30 p.m. — Wittry conducting a big band swing program called “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” with Niagara vocalist Juliet DunnFor tickets, call 905-688-5550 x3257. read more

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“Under international law, if the death penalty is to be used at all, it should only be imposed for the ‘most serious crimes,’ namely those involving intentional killing,” said Mr Ban in a statement issued by his office.“Drug crimes are generally not considered to meet this threshold,” he added.Before the end of the week, 14 people who have been sentenced to death for drug related offences are scheduled to be executed by firing squad.Noting that the UN opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances, the Secretary-General urged Indonesian President Joko Widodo to consider declaring a moratorium on the use of the death penalty and to move towards its abolition.The Secretary-General’s appeal follows yesterday’s call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on the authorities in the South-East Asian country to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty.A similar call was also made by three UN human rights experts.In a joint statement, the UN Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns; on torture, Juan E. Méndez; and on the independence of the judiciary, Mónica Pinto urged the Indonesia Government to halt executions to re-try the 14 persons in compliance with international standards.“Such death sentences are unlawful and tantamount to an arbitrary execution as they are undertaken in contravention of Indonesia’s international human rights obligations,” warned the Special Rapporteurs in the statement issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.“Resorting to this type of punishment to prevent drug trafficking is not only illegal, it is also futile,” they added, stressing that is a lack of persuasive evidence that the death penalty contributes more than any other punishment to eradicating drug trafficking.The joint statement also noted that most of the persons scheduled for execution did not get a fair trial or had exhausted their appeal avenues. Of the 14, ten are foreign nationals who generally have no adequate interpreting services, the right to a translator or a lawyer at all stages of trial and appeal.The experts also expressed alarm at reports that at least four of those scheduled for execution were tortured and forced to incriminate themselves. They called on the authorities to urgently investigate, prosecute and sanction those abuses.“Confessions extracted under torture are impermissible in a court of law,” the experts emphasized.The statement added that Indonesia has rapidly become region’s ‘most prolific executioner State’, with 19 executions in the last three years. The Government resumed executions in March 2013, after a four-year de facto moratorium, in a decision that was heavily criticised by the international community as running counter to the international trend towards the abolition of the death penalty.Resorting to this type of punishment to prevent drug trafficking is not only illegal, it is also futileIt further added that according to reports, the Indonesian authorities are actively pursuing the policy of executing drug offenders sentenced to death, and exercise a blanket refusal to consider clemency applications in all such cases.The experts reiterated that they had, from time to time, urged the Indonesian authorities to reconsider the death penalty for drug related offences or following judicial proceedings which fall short of international standards of fair trial and due process.“We urge once again the Government of Indonesia to establish a moratorium on execution with a view of its complete abolition,” they concluded, urging the authorities to adopt all necessary measures to avoid further unlawful executions, including granting clemency.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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The Ohio State wrestling team wins the 2017 Big Ten championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter junior Kyle Snyder sealed his individual championship at heavyweight, it became official: the Ohio State Buckeyes are the 2017 Big Ten wrestling champions.OSU scored 139.5 points as a team to claim the top spot while Penn State placed second with a score of 130. Both teams entered the tournament with three No. 1 pre-seeded wrestlers.In addition to the team victory, the Buckeyes also took home four individual championships, including redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello (133 pounds) winning his third, and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore (197 pounds) winning his first.The other two champions were redshirt junior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds, his first Big Ten championship after finishing as a runner-up twice previously, and world champion Snyder winning his second at heavyweight.Two other Buckeyes finished as runners-up: Myles Martin at 184 pounds and Micah Jordan at 149 pounds.The Buckeyes next competition will come at the NCAA National Championships tournament March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. read more

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first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN and Carlow are investigating two separate and unconnected shootings this evening.One shooting took place in Blanchardstown, in Hazelbury Park. Shots were fired in the estate on a road shortly after 8pm.No one was injured and there are currently no details of the type of firearm used or the amount of people involved.Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Blanchardstown gardaí on 01 6667000,CarlowMeanwhile, a separate shooting was reported in Carlow shortly after 8pm at St Mary’s Park, at the back of a house.As part of the follow-up investigation, gardaí recovered a shotgun and a short time after that, at 9.15pm, arrested a male in his late 30s.He is currently being detained under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Carlow Garda Station.No one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

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first_imgIf 15% of the Internet suddenly was hijacked, would you even notice? Apparently not. In fact, almost nobody did, but back in April, that’s just what happened when China hijacked 15% of the internet’s total traffic in one fell swoop.The shocking allegation comes by way of McAfee vice president Dmitri Alperovitch, who says that the event might have been the largest successful hacking ever made.AdChoices广告The attack only happened over the course of an 18 minute window, but during the time, China Telecom sucked in hundreds of terrabytes of unencrypted internet data, including emails and instant messages.Even scarier is that no one knows what happened to the data when it entered China. How did they do it? Alperovitch explains:The telephone giants of the world work on a system based on trust, he explained. Machine-to-machine interfaces send out messages to the Internet informing other service providers that they are the fastest and most efficient way for data packets to travel. For 18 minutes April 8, China Telecom Corp. told many ISPs of the world that its routes were the best paths to send traffic.For example, a person sending information from Arlington, Va., to the White House in Washington, D.C. — only a few miles away — could have had his data routed through China. Since traffic moves around the world in milliseconds, the computer user would not have noticed the delay.This happens accidentally a few times per year, Alperovitch said. What set this incident apart from other such mishaps was the fact that China Telecom could manage to absorb this large amount of data and send it back out again without anyone noticing a disruption in service. In previous incidents, the data would have reached a dead end, and users would not have been able to connect. In other words, if you sent an email or an instant message sometime during that 18 minutes back in April, there might be a Chinese intelligence official reading it on a computer screen right now. Scary.Read more at National Defense Magazinelast_img read more

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first_imgDon’t want to wait for Microsoft to officially invite you to download the Windows 8 Release Preview? It looks like you don’t have to: a leaked build that appears to be the genuine article is now available on the web.This also seems to indicate that Microsoft’s streak of preventing Windows 8 ISO leaks has come to an end. It’s been just over a year since a pair of highly-publicized firings put an end to the trickle of pre-release Windows 8 builds that had been shared.The usual caveats apply here. Although the leaked Windows 8 Release Preview images appear to be legitimate, they’re not coming directly from Microsoft’s servers. That means you could be exposing your system to all kinds of untold risks should you choose to install. If you’re hesitant, it’s probably best to either install in a virtual machine using software like VirtualBox or VMWare. That, or just hold off until Microsoft’s own Windows 8 Release Preview links go live.There should be plenty of changes to check out, not the least of which is the apparent removal of Aero Glass — though it may just be disabled by default. The new startup and recovery screens should be active now, too.More at Winunleaked.tklast_img read more

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first_imgSoyouz rallie l’ISSUn vaisseau Soyouz transportant trois astronautes (deux Russes et un Américain) s’est arrimé aujourd’hui à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Un porte-parole de l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos a déclaré à l’AFP que “le vaisseau TMA-22 s’est arrimé à l’ISS en régime automatique à 09H24 heure de Moscou (05H24 GMT)”, soit dix minutes avant l’horaire prévu. “Tout s’est déroulé sans accroc”, a-t-il ajouté.Après un décollage effectué lundi depuis la rampe de lancement de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, la fusée emmenant à son bord les Russes Anton Chklaperov et Anatoli Ivanichine, ainsi que l’Américain Dan Burbank marque la reprise des vols habités vers l’ISS. Après l’ouverture des sas vers 08H00 GMT, selon des images diffusées par la télévision russe, les trois spationautes ont rejoint à bord de l’ISS l’Américain Mike Fossum, le Japonais Satoshi Furukawa et le Russe Sergueï Volkov.Cette mission était extrêmement importante pour la Russie qui avait vu son dernier vaisseau de ravitaillement s’écraser en Sibérie, peu après son décollage, en août dernier. L’accident avait entraîné un report de deux mois du décollage du nouvel équipage, initialement prévu en septembre. À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceL’agence russe  avait profité de ce délai pour passer en revue l’ensemble de sa flotte de lanceurs Soyouz. Une évacuation de l’ISS ayant même été pendant un temps évoquée. De plus, la sonde Phobos-Grunt, lancée la semaine dernière et censée explorer Phobos, la lune de Mars, a échoué à quitter l’orbite terrestre. L’engin peut donc être considéré comme perdu, estiment des experts.Le 22 novembre prochain toutefois, les trois astronautes américain, japonais et russe reviendront sur Terre et, un mois plus tard, un nouveau vaisseau emmènera trois remplaçants à bord de l’ISS qui profitera de nouveau d’un équipage complet de six hommes.Le ministère russe de la Défense a également confirmé que le lancement d’un Soyouz avec un satellite Glonass (destiné à concurrencer le GPS américain) initialement prévu le 22 novembre aurait lieu le 29 novembre depuis le cosmodrome de Plessetsk (800 km au nord de Moscou), selon l’agence Interfax.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 13:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgRéserver son vol via Facebook en choisissant son voisin de siègeLa compagnie néerlandaise compte lancer un tout nouveau service de réservation de vol. En utilisant Facebook, celui-ci permettrait aux voyageurs de choisir leur voisin de siège en fonction des affinités. C’est un service que de nombreux voyageurs apprécieront sûrement, particulièrement en cas de vol interminable ! Toujours plus à l’écoute de ses clients, la compagnie aérienne KLM a annoncé qu’elle comptait leur fournir un tout nouveau service pour plus de confort. Baptisé “Meet& Seat”, celui-ci leur permettrait de réserver en sélectionnant leur voisin de siège via Facebook et Twitter. Le but : voyager avec quelqu’un qui partage les mêmes centres d’intérêts. À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseLa compagnie néerlandaise affiliée à Air France a déjà effectué un test en ouvrant les réservations d’un vol entre Amsterdam et Miami uniquement sur Twitter. Résultat : en cinq heures, 351 réservations ont été effectuées via le célèbre site de micro-blogging, rapporte Le Matin.ch. Néanmoins, l’option restera facultative sur Facebook. S’il s’avère concluant, le service sera étendu à d’autres réseaux sociaux, comme LinkedIn. Le 27 décembre 2011 à 18:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgHuawei Ascend G300 : Ice Cream Sandwich en entrée de gammeBien décidé à se faire une place sur le marché des smartphones européen, le fabricant chinois Huawei a présenté, lors du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone, son Ascend G300, un terminal entrée de gamme fonctionnant sous Android.Après avoir présenté l’Ascend D Quad, décrit comme le smartphone le plus rapide du monde, Huawei a dévoilé lors du Mobile World Congress 2012, qui s’est achevé ce mercredi 29 février à Barcelone, un smartphone entrée ou milieu de gamme baptisé Ascend G300.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Doté d’un écran de 4 pouces d’une résolution de 480 x 800 pixels, il embarque un processeur monocore cadencé à 1GHz. Le terminal est équipé d’un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels. Pour l’heure, il fonctionne avec Android 2.3, mais Huwaei affirme qu’il sera mis à jour pour passer à la dernière version de l’OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. La firme chinoise, qui espère parvenir à se faire une place sur le marché européen des smartphones, annonce sa disponibilité pour le second semestre, mais n’a pour le moment pas précisé son prix.Le 2 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on target The DC Extended Universe has a ton of announced movies we really don’t know all that much about yet. In some ways, that’s exciting. Unlike Marvel, where we have a decent idea of what each announced film will be, DC is still figuring out the tone and shape its own cinematic universe will take. One of the more interesting projects coming doesn’t even have any immediate ties to Justice League. We know there’s a Shazam! movie in the works, but no one has yet been cast to play him. One of the heroes rogues, Black Adam, has already been cast (Dwayne Johnson), and will have his own standalone movie before he and Shazam meet on the big screen. Now, Warner Bros. has reportedly narrowed down their options to two actors, and one would make Johnson’s casting even cooler.The Hashtag Show reports that in addition to having a finished script, Warner Bros. is talking to both Joshua Sasse and John Cena for the role of Shazam. Sasse isn’t too well-known at this point. His biggest role was starring in ABC’s Galavant!. In that show, he definitely proved that he could play the classic golden age superhero archetype that Shazam requires. Also, he has a great singing voice, and I’m all for anything that opens up the possibility of one of DC’s superheroes breaking out into song.As great as Sasse would assuredly be though, how awesome would it be to have Cena in the role? He certainly has the body for it, and in his recent film appearances, he’s proven to be a charismatic actor with great comic timing. But his acting isn’t the reason his casting would be great. If Cena is chosen to be Shazam, that would mean that he would eventually have to fight Dwayne Johnson in a sequel. The DCEU could give us a big screen The Rock vs. John Cena matchup. And you wouldn’t have to shell out for an expensive pay-per-view or keep up with years of terrible wrestling lore to enjoy it.Whether The Rock goes up against a former Wrestlemania opponent or a superpowered musical theatre kid is still up in the air. We’ll know for sure when as we get closer to February 2018, when Shazam! is due to start filming. Anabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is directing, so that’s already a point in its favor.Elsewhere in the DC Universe, we’re only about two months away from seeing Justice League. It’ll be the first time we’ll see all of DC’s heroes come together, and if Warner Bros.’ fall movie previews are any indication, they may be using the movie to unite all their future films under a common banner. Comic Book reports that the company released a new logo for the upcoming superhero team-up flick that puts DC front-and-center.(Via Warner Bros.)All the movies that have come before have had their own unique looks and branding. Whether that remains the case or not, this could be seen as an attempt to make it clear that all these movies are connected. By now, it’s clear that DC isn’t copying Marvel exactly when building their cinematic universe, but aside from a couple of cameos, it’s felt a little disjointed. We don’t know if the movies will have more explicit connections in the future, but DC is at least making sure we know they’re all under the same banner. Whether or not they directly interact with each other, they’re all in the same universe. Depending on what DC’s plans are for the future, subtle changes like these might be all they need.Gal Godot (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)Finally, it’s no secret that people loved Wonder Woman. So far, it’s the only DC movie to enjoy massive critical success; it’s by far the DCEU’s biggest commercial hit so far. Now, it’s hit another milestone. Mashable reports that Wonder Woman is now in the top five highest-grossing superhero movies ever made. And that’s only counting domestic box office. This movie has made a ton of money.Marvel still leads the list with The Avengers sitting at number one, having made $623.3 million. At number two is The Dark Knight with $534.8 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is number two with $459 million, and The Dark Knight Rises is number four with $448.1 million. Rising to $409.1 million over a historically weak Labor Day weekend for newer movies, Wonder Woman surpassed both Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3 to claim the number five spot.It turns out there’s a sizeable market for a woman-led superhero movie. Particularly one as well-written and directed as Wonder Woman. That shouldn’t be a surprise, but you can bet there are some Hollywood executives who never thought something like this was possible. Here’s hoping this is enough of a lasso of truth to get them to make more.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tom Baker reprises his role as the Fourth Doctor in a new live-action scene filmed for lost 1979 story “Shada.”The oldest living Doctor, 83-year-old Baker threw on his stripy scarf and stepped back into the TARDIS to complete the serial—36 years after it was abandoned.Written by Douglas Adams, “Shada” was meant to mark the end of the classic program’s 17th series. But union strikes interrupted shooting, leaving only fragments of a fable—ironically, one of Baker’s “favorite” Doctor Who tales, according to the BBC.In the new scene, the Fourth Doctor delivers lines from Adams’ original script: “I expect that sometime in the future—in about 200 years’ time—someone will meet me and say, ‘Is that really the Doctor? He seemed such a nice old man.’”Nearly four decades later, BBC Worldwide is set to release a new version of “Shada” that blends original footage with new color animations and voiceovers by OG cast members Baker and Lalla Ward (who played companion Romana II).A two-disk DVD is scheduled for release in the US on Jan. 9 (you can snag a region-free Blu-ray via Amazon.co.uk as early as Dec. 4). A digital download hit the Web on Friday, available from iTunes and other outlets.The narrative revolves around the planet Shada, where Time Lords have built a high-security prison for some of the universe’s most dangerous criminals. (Think DC Comics’ Iron Heights Penitentiary, but with Daleks, Cybermen, and Zygons.)Trouble begins when Skagra (from the planet Dronoid) resolves to visit Shada, where he will extract inmates’ felonious knowledge. In an effort to find the hidden world, he calls upon a Time Lord—masquerading on Earth as Professor Chronotis at St. Cedd’s College in Cambridge—who, in turn, call on his old friend and protege, the Doctor.Location filming and the first of three studio sessions were completed as scheduled in 1979. But the second studio block was bollixed up by a technicians’ dispute at the broadcast company; the strike ended in time for the third recording session. But that was shelved to make way for Christmas programming.Despite attempts by new Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner to resume the episodes—scheduled to air Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 1980—production of “Shada” was formally dropped that summer.If the title sounds familiar, it’s because a number of versions have already been issued.The BBC finally completed the story—with new effects, a score, and linking narration by Baker—and six shortened episodes were given a 111-minute VHS release in 1992.In 2003, the broadcaster commissioned Big Finish to remake “Shada” as a 40th-anniversary audio play; Eighth Doctor Paul McGann joined original cast members Ward and John Leeson (the voice of K9).Elements of the story, meanwhile, were recycled by Douglas Adams in his novel “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” (readers might remember Professor Chronotis and his time machine). BBC Books later published a novelization of the serial, penned by Gareth Roberts.“When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realization of all my childhood fantasies,” Baker told The Guardian (video above). “So I took to it like a duck to water and I still do.“I loved doing Doctor Who because it was life to me,” he continued. “My real life was really rather drab. … I never left [the show] and that’s why I can’t stay away from it.”Baker starred at the titular Time Lord from 1974 to 1981, and has returned to the role a number of times since, appearing in TV shorts, video games, and 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor.”center_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

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