Young guns vital for Queensland’s defence in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s openlast_img read more

a month agoTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham see Southgate as top replacement for Pochettinoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see England boss Gareth Southgate as their top replacement for Mauricio Pochettino if the Argentine quits the club.Spurs chiefs believe Southgate’s relationship with the club’s England stars would make him the ideal successor to Pochettino, who increasingly looks as though he is in his last season at Tottenham, says the Mirror.Pochettino said before last season’s Champions League final that he could might leave if Tottenham lifted the European Cup – as it would have been the culmination of a five-year project.And speculation Real Madrid will come in for him refuses to go away, with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane already feeling the pressure after returning to the La Liga giants.Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Eric Dier have all made huge strides with England under Southgate’s tutelage.And that made him the perfect candidate when Pochettino’s comments in the lead-up to the Champions League final forced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to consider potential replacements. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay apology not enough

first_imgPUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.Goldman CEO David Solomon apologized Wednesday to the Malaysian people for its former banker Tim Leissner’s role in arranging bond sales for 1MDB. Those sales provided a means for associates of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegedly steal billions over several years from the fund.Solomon has said the investment bank conducted due diligence but was misled by Leissner and former Malaysian government officials.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stunning ceramics make a Pit Stop at Peace Gallery North for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.last_img read more

Bright Nights in June celebrating Peace Regions farming and ranching heritage this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Cultural Centre will be bringing Bright Nights in June back to the North Peace this weekend. The theme of this year’s Bright Nights is a celebration of the farming and ranching industries and the part they’ve played in the history of the B.C. Peace Region. The three-day festival will kick off with Art Stars: a roundtable chat with Tom Cole, Tara Brule, Karl and Ann Musgrove on June 7th at 7:00 p.m. The Bright Nights Gala takes place June 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. with cowboy cocktails & small bites. Peace Gallery North will be hosting Inspirations: Breathing it In by Judy Templeton, while the theatre will see Duane Steele bring The Legend of George Jones to life with special guest Tom Cole.  The festival continues on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the Art Market and Big Print Day followed by Stage North’s production of Always Patsy Cline in the evening. Watch as local artists join a worldwide craze and use a street roller to bring their extra large prints to life. The Printmakers, Flying Colours, Quilters Guild, Spinners and Weavers, Friends of the Library, and the Potters Guild will all be set up, and kids can try their hand at print making, sand sculpting, quilting and other activities. The Art Market and Big Print Day are both free events.For more information on Bright Nights in June, contact the North Peace Cultural Centre at 250-785-1992, visit them on the web at npcc.bc.ca.last_img read more

AMMK wants EC to allow agents 24×7 in EVM centres till counting day

first_imgChennai: The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV Dhinakaran Monday urged the Election Commission to allow agents of political parties to stay round-the-clock at centres where EVMs used in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu are stored. A day after a woman tahsildar was suspended for alleged violation of norms in entering a room where polling records were kept in Madurai, AMMK leader Thanga Tamilselvan said his party had ‘suspicion’ about state government officials deployed for poll work. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Presently agents were not allowed beyond 10 pm and the restriction should be eased to avoid escalation of suspicion, Tamilselvan, a key aide of Dhinakaran, told reporters here. “If the counting happens in a day or two, it would not be a problem. But it is a month-long wait (for May 23). We are okay with efforts taken by the EC, but its implementation lies with officials of state government,” he said. He also questioned the need for the official to visit the storage room. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata SahooSunday ordered the suspension of the tahsildar after an inquiry based on a complaint by CPI-M candidate in Madurai constituency. Officials had clarified the tahsildar did not enter the strong room, where the electronic voting machines were stored. Three-tier security system has been provided to the strong rooms, which are being monitored using CCTV cameras round-the-clock, according to poll officials. A delegation of leaders of DMK, Left parties and VCK called on the Chief Electoral Officer here Sunday and demanded a high level enquiry into the ‘lapse’ and criminal action against erring officials involved in the Madurai incident.last_img read more

Commentary Scott Torgersons death tweet about Desmond Howard no joke

When I was a kid, I hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still do to a certain extent. They always seem to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, sometimes in the most heartbreaking ways imaginable. I remember when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came very close to losing his own life in June of 2006 when he was involved in an ugly motorcycle accident. Luckily, Roethlisberger survived the crash, but I was not about to send my condolences to the quarterback of the Steelers. I was mad that he didn’t die that day. I thought with Roethlisberger out of the picture, maybe the Bengals and the Browns could finally break through and win a championship. I realize now that comments such as those are insensitive. Wishing death upon someone is cold and heartless. I could use the “excuse” that I was young and didn’t know any better, but, nevertheless, I accept the fact that I used a very poor choice of words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who wishes death to well-known athletes. Last weekend, Scott Torgerson, host of the popular sports talk radio show “Common Man and the Torg” here in Columbus, made a similar comment.  Torgerson, who professes his Buckeye fandom on a daily basis, along with his extreme distaste for everything involving the Michigan Wolverines, tweeted this about former Heisman trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Now, I know that Ohioans, fans of the Scarlet and Gray, are bred to hate that School up North. Lord knows that image of Howard striking the Heisman pose against the Buckeyes makes any Ohio State fan cringe.  However, there is a fine line between being passionate and letting that passion overtake you. That is what happened to Torgerson. He deleted the tweet and apologized for his comment, tweeting, “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologies to those who took it seriously. Total Joke.” My question to Torgerson is this: How is wishing someone would die a joke? I recently went to the funeral of the brother of one of my best friends from high school. Believe me, death is no laughing matter. Since this infamous tweet, Torgerson has been suspended from the airwaves indefinitely.  The lesson to take from this is do not let your fandom cloud your overall judgment as a human being.  There is more to life than spending every waking moment hating someone just because they beat your favorite team. I learned this lesson when I was young. Unfortunately, there are some people in this world like Torgerson who didn’t get the message until it was too late. Think before you say it. Think before you tweet it. Think before it is too late to fix. read more

Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Petit says Arsenal is wasting opportunities

first_imgFor the former Gunners midfielder, the English Premier League team is wasting its opportunities by not signing anybody during the transfer window.Arsenal has not spent a dime during the January transfer window in the English Premier League.But the team might need a player or two, as they are currently in the sixth position of the table with 47 points 15 points behind leaders Liverpool.For former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit, Arsenal not getting any new footballers during the January transfer market window is a wasted opportunity.“The frustration level must be very high for Emery, as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager he was told he cannot sign anybody,” Petit was quoted by Sky Sports.“You look at the money Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.”Not the end to the weekend we were all hoping for 😔But, there’s still another 13 @PremierLeague games to go – let’s dust ourselves down, regroup and we’ll go again at Huddersfield 👊#WeAreTheArsenal 🔴 pic.twitter.com/gTSzRMuDks— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Tottenham are not spending money but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago, building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now,” he complained.“If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him ‘you have no money to spend on new players’, I would ask; what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?”“Defensively, Arsenal have not been good enough this season, so I was surprised they did not try to sign defenders in January. But the problems they have will not be solved by signing a player or two,” he continued.“Clearly, the defense is a problem. The better teams are getting through them far too easily, and when I hear Emery say he is happy with his defense and he does not need new players in these positions, I’m pretty sure he does not believe this.”💥 B A N G 💥Well done to @LacazetteAlex – you’ve voted his fine finish against @ChelseaFC as our January Goal of the Month 💫 pic.twitter.com/YKedat9Wfx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 5, 2019last_img read more

Quader says govt cant meet transport workers demands now

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said there is no possibility to bring any change to the Road Transport Act right now.Referring to the eight-point demand of the transport workers, Quader said, “We can’t change the Road Transport Act now. If there is any logical demand, then we’ll consider it after discussion and they have to wait until the next parliament session.”The minister came up with remarks while talking to reporters at the Shetu Bhaban.Earlier, transport workers went on a 48-hour work abstention from 6:00am on Sunday to press home their eight-point demand.Talking about the seven-point demand of Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, Quader said, “There is no chance to meet the seven-point demand made by Kamal and BNP now because if we want to meet the seven-point demand, we’ll have to change the constitution.”last_img read more

St Lukes Church Celebration of Alexander Crummell

first_imgAlexander CrummellSt. Luke’s Episcopal Church is holding two events to honor its Founder Alexander Crummell through a symposium titled, “Alexander Crummell and African American Activism in Antebellum” Sept. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church located at 1514 15th St N.W. Panelists include: Rev. Dr. J. Carlton Hayden, Howard University; Dr. Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University; Dr. Michael Fauntroy, Howard University; and Dr. Phillip Magness, George Mason University. The church will also hold Alexander Crummell Day Service Sept. 14 with Dr. Wilson Jeremiah Moses, professor of History at Penn State University and author of Alexander Crummell: A Study of Civilization and Discontent, as the keynote speaker. An Evening of Jazz featuring Anita King will also be held at the church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 202-667-4394.last_img read more

Vintage Shelf Video Game Movies Are Bad But Double Dragon Is a

first_img Do you remember Dragon Flyz? I do. Kind of. I remember Dragon Flyz toys, for sure. I definitely had two and definitely got at least one stuck in a tree once. Dragon Flyz were these toys that consisted of two parts: an armored action figure with these rotating “wings” on their necks and a dragon that featured a pull string and a launch pad. You put the figure on the launch pad and pull the string and they start spinning and eventually their wings carry them off of the dragon and they fly around for a bit and then crash. Good stuff.I loved Dragon Flyz growing up even though I didn’t quite know what they were or the context of the toys. I think I always assumed there must have been a TV show (there was) but I never actually saw it. I just knew what Dragon Flyz were through the kind of cultural osmosis you can only get at daycare as a kid.Double Dragon was one of those things. I remember my friend Marshall showing up to play one day with a plastic replica of the medallion from the… game? Movie? I honestly don’t remember which he explained it as. I just knew that Double Dragon was a thing where two brothers in cool costumes did karate and I guess fought for/to find this cool necklace that probably had powers? I was like, 7 years old, I didn’t need anything more than that to know I liked it. I have vague recollections of eventually seeing the movie at a sleepover alongside the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers movie but that’s it.When you experience pop culture as a kid your perception of it is often tied so much more to concept and mood than content itself. Anybody who has revisited X-Men: The Animated Series can tell you that. As such, revisiting something you loved in childhood as an adult is disappointing more often than not. You remember the colors, the theme songs, the flash of it all but forget about shoddy animation, incomprehensible storytelling, or laughable dialogue. Generally if it isn’t Batman: The Animated Series (big ups to the icon Bruce Timm) some memories are better left unvisited.Still, a few months ago I saw that MVD Entertainment was releasing a Blu-ray restoration of the film Double Dragon and found myself… curious. Despite not remembering much of anything about Double Dragon (I only just recently remembered there was also a cartoon), I remembered what that movie felt like when I saw it. And I’m not particularly precious about that memory so I figured hey, why not see if the actuality lives up to the nostalgia?I should probably clarify first that Double Dragon isn’t a good movie in the conventional sense. But let’s also be fair: there are no good video game movies. Remember that time they made a movie out of Rampage and it featured Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fighting giant monsters and somehow was still kinda dull? If a video game movie features The Rock fighting giant monsters and can’t manage to be interesting the whole enterprise might be cursed. Double Dragon isn’t a The Room-esque “So Bad It’s Good” situation but it also isn’t “So Good, It’s Good.” Ultimately, neither matters. Quality isn’t the point of watching Double Dragon in 2019.What is the point is seeing if this thing you loved for reasons both nebulous and specific as a kid lives up to those memories — or seeing if those memories are based on falsehoods, if you only loved this thing because of what you and your friend’s imaginations turned it into on the playground.In that respect, Double Dragon is a success in every way. Facets of filmmaking that matter to assessing a film’s quality as an adult may fall flat but everything you remember about it as a kid is still there. The bright colors, the crazy costumes, and the dope karate fights? Those hold up, as does the chemistry between our protagonists, the Lee Brothers. The production design draws heavily from the Mad Max movies and The Warriors, painting a vibrant picture of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in the far-off, futuristic year of uh… 2007. It’s tough to call that setting a fault but having lived through it, oh man, I wish the real 2007 had been half as cool as the one in Double Dragon.Mark Dacascos, Alyssa Milano, and Scott Wolf in ‘Double Dragon.’ (Photo Credit: Imperial Entertainment)That production design, from the sets to the costuming to the design of the bizarre mutant biker Bo Abobo, lends greatly to what I found myself appreciating most about the film with my slightly more mature perspective. Frequently when video games are adapted to film the writers and directors will take the story of the game, a story crafted with the specific intent of being told through the medium of the game, and warp it into a more film-friendly narrative. It’s not that Double Dragon fully subverts this, but watching it now it’s clear that director James Yukich made a conscious effort to structure the film like a video game. The action set pieces that make up the bulk of the film are structured not only around the Lee Brothers fighting, but fighting in a very video game-specific way. There will be an army of henchmen and a boss of sorts at the end.Each set piece tends to revolve around the brothers attempting to move from point A to point B or achieving some MacGuffin, often a piece of the mystical amulet most of the film’s drama revolves around. The scenes that link these set pieces often function in the same way that cutscenes do in gaming. And hey, this movie came out in 1994 so maybe I’m giving Yukich a lot of credit here (I have no idea when cutscenes became prominent in video games). But it’s still hard to not notice when watching the film today.Video game movies are mostly bad. Nostalgia often clouds your memory of what you loved as a kid and revisiting those books, movies, and TV shows can often lead to disappointment. That Double Dragon defies this is reason enough to recommend it. It’s got karate and a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia and some incredibly 90-ass haircuts, and a cursed medallion. It’s even got Alyssa Milano as a rebel gang leader. It’s a good time. Sometimes that’s all you need.Vintage Shelf on Geek.com offers recommendations inspired by long-beloved and long-forgotten classics of cinema. Twice a month, we’ll take a look at some of those movies and see how they hold up and what they mean today.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: Rock and Roll Fable ‘Streets of Fire’ Is Everything We Want in a MovieVintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesome Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a Character Stay on targetlast_img read more

There are things comedians want to say but dont

first_imgWith a show curated and designed by him, Singh is all set to call a spade a spade. The show Shut The Mic Up will feature Amit Tandon along with opening acts by Danny George and Madhav Mehta.Speaking to Millennium Post, Singh explained that the whole idea behind the show is to drop the guard and get candid. There will also be an interview session where Singh will be throwing questions at Tandon about his life and the funny career decision.This is to bring out the human face of the comedian says Singh. ‘People often misunderstand comedians, am going to try break that down,’ adds the funnyman.WHEN: 7 November, 8 pm onwardsWHERE: Akshara Theatre, BKS Marglast_img read more

For nice winter evenings

first_imgWinter is for foodies. There’s no two ways to that belief and a lovely way to explore this best is when we go restaurant hopping. Millennium Post checked out two new ones in the Capital. Here’s the lowdownFio Cookhouse & Bar, Epicuria, Nehru PlaceAfter the success of the excellent restaurant in the Garden of Five Senses, Fio has opened a fresh new outlet at Nehru Place’s Epicuria. For starters the location is brilliant, you are nestled below the metro station but you cannot feel a single tremor. The interiors are sleek and cosy and they also have tables outside with heaters for the season.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let the bartender surprise you with some excellent cocktails as you enjoy the view. That’s what we did and he gave us something that can be best described as a Kala Khatta with a kick. It hands down one of the best cocktails we have ever tasted. Fio has European and Indian dishes on offer and they also have an excellent brunch menu. We had the Spit Fire Grilled Chicken and the Char Grilled Chicken which were perfectly done. The Spit Fire Grilled Chicken gets our vote. They also served up some excellent chicken tikka. But the Salmon Salad is something that took our breath away. If you are in Fio – you have to try the salad. The salmon was fresh, delectably pink and went perfectly with the greens. A lot of restaurants spoil the fish by cooking it terribly wrong – that should just be illegal. Salmon is a great fish and it should be enjoyed as fresh as it comes.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTry the tiramisu for dessert – it comes in a very cute jar.  A meal for two at Fio’s would be Rs 2500 (without taxes and alcohol). If you are around Nehru Place – check out Fio. It is quite a laid back, lovely place that makes for great evenings. Market Cafe, GK II, M BlockYou must have visited the Market Cafe in Khan Market, what they have in GK II is their latest outlet. At the very onset the cafe soothes you with the lovely blue interiors. Since the focus is on Mediterranean cuisine, the setting is perfect.   While you have to forget about the liquor for a while, the Cafe whips up some great mocktails. Over-looking a park, it is a great place to spend a nice lazy afternoon over the dip platter. We tried the nachos topped with cheese and beans and they were very good.  For the main course we were served the Turkish Turlu (Pan Roasted Veggies – Chickpeas – Herb Couscous – Tomato Celery Broth) and the Grilled Fish (Grilled fillets of fish – Sautéed Veggies – Herbed potatoes  – Lime Coriander Cream Sauce). The Grilled Fish is excellent and definitely something we would recommend to anyone visiting the cafe. The desserts are excellent at Market Cafe – try the molten chocolate for sure. It is divine and so excellently sinful that it is a must for the winter chill. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1500 (without taxes). Do head over – this place is worth a visit.last_img read more