Chennai’s first cafe bar by the beach is here to woo you

first_imgHere’s something that the city has been waiting for a really long time. Despite a breathtaking shore line at its disposal, a drink by the bay could cost you an hour-long drive to Mahabalipuram. Not anymore. Boats (Based on a True Story), the city’s first cafe bar by the beach,Here’s something that the city has been waiting for a really long time. Despite a breathtaking shore line at its disposal, a drink by the bay could cost you an hour-long drive to Mahabalipuram. Not anymore. Boats (Based on a True Story), the city’s first cafe bar by the beach is here to make all your seaside dreams come true–complete with Molaga Bajji and catamaran benches. The ambience is the highlight, but food and drink aren’t far behind. The place has a casual sports bar vibe and you won’t feel out of place in a pair of shorts and flip-flops, we assure you. The cocktail menu is extensive with classics and innovative options that use fresh fruits such as melons, dragon fruit and pineapple. The Heaventh One, a blend of fresh watermelon juice, white rum and basil is mildly sweet and quite refreshing. From local favourites to oriental options, the food menu here will boggle your mind. The Kozhi Vepudu, a fiery Andhra speciality with tender cooked chicken is a great replacement for your plate of chicken wings with beer. The Spinach Corn dragon bites served with spicy mayo dip is a must try. The Creme Brulee, a unique yoghurt version of the classic is just as creamy, if not creamier and fluffier than the original. At Boats (Based on a True Story), Besant Nagar; Tel 30853962 Price for two Rs 3,000Photo: Simply ChennaiAlso Read: 7 places to find the best street food in ChennaiMexican treats (Till June 30)This summer, head over for a meal of beans, sour cream and tacos at the Mexican Food Fiesta. Cool off with a Pom Mango or Rasberry Margarita and let specialities like Chimichanga with Lemon Cilantro and Jalapeno Quesadilla work their magic. You’ll also find innovative preparations like Mexican Fajita Sizzler and Jain options on demand. AT All Cream Centre outletsadvertisementPhoto: Simply Chennailast_img read more

Ambati Rayudu hits first hundred since 2015, third in ODIs

first_imgAmbati Rayudu is fast becoming a dependable batsman at No. 4 for India, a position which the team management has been looking to fill for a long time now after trying out several options.But Rayudu seems like he has done enough to board the flight to England next year for the ICC World Cup after he smashed his third ODI hundred in the ongoing 4th ODI against the Windies at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai.Rayudu, who came to the crease after captain Virat Kohli’s dismissal, joined forces with Rohit Sharma when the score was 101 for 2 in the 17th over.India vs West Indies 4th ODI: Live ScoreRayudu got going from the word go and was the more aggressive partner in the third-wicket stand. The Hyderabad batsman brought up his 10th half-century off 51 balls in the 37th over and then went on to reach triple figures at an even quicker pace.Dhawan-Rohit opening partnership now better than Tendulkar and SehwagRayudu scored his hundred in the 47th over with a single off Keemo Paul as India’s score reached 333 for 3.This was Rayudu’s first hundred in over three years, the last of which came against Zimbabwe in Harare in July 2015. It was also the first century by an Indian batsman at No. 4 after Yuvraj Singh’s 150 against England in Cuttack in Januaray, 2017.Rayudu added 211 runs with Rohit off 163 balls which kept India well on course for a big total at the CCI. He was eventually run out on 100 off 81 balls with eight boundaries and four sixes.advertisement.@RayuduAmbati departs after scoring his 3rd off 80 deliveries #INDvWI.What an innings from Rayudu this has been! pic.twitter.com/0flMaT1CbcBCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2018West Indian bowler Keemo Paul mimics Shikhar Dhawan in funny send-offRayudu’s century came after Rohit’s 21st hundred which he brought up in the 33rd over with a boundary off Fabian Allen. It was the local boy’s second in the series and fifth in 2018, the second most in a calendar year after Virat Kohli, who has slammed six centuries in 2018.The Hitman’s innings – 162 off 137 balls – was probably a fitting tribute to the Brabourne Stadium, that is seeing India play an ODI there after a gap of 23 years.Earlier in the day, he and Shikhar Dhawan became the second best opening pair in ODI history for India after the duo surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.Tendulkar and Sehwag had first opened together in 2002. Over the next 10 years, the pair scored 3919 runs from 93 innings and were involved in 12 hundred-run partnerships.Rohit and Dhawan came together as India openers during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and have not looked back since. Rohit went on score three double hundreds while Dhawan has been the epitome of consistency. They have stitched up 13 hundred-run partnerships over the last five years.During his innings, Rohit also went past Tendulkar’s record of 195 sixes in one-day internationals. MS Dhoni happens to lead the pack for India with 211 sixes.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Clash of firepower as Kings XI Punjab host Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgMatch 22 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 will see Kings XI Punjab host former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Monday’s single-header, considering the firepower in their ranks.Some of the biggest names in world cricket, including Chris Gayle, David Warner and Rashid Khan, will be in action when the two teams take the field later on Monday.Both Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad are heading into the match on the back of defeats. While Kings XI suffered a 22-run defeat in Chennai, Hyderabad were handed a 40-run thrashing at home by Mumbai Indians.With the focus being on getting back to winning ways, the big names from both the teams need to step up and deliver.Here’s a look at possible head-to-head battles that is set to dominate the narrative when KXIP take on SRH at home.Chris Gayle vs David Warner AP PhotoYou can’t ask for more explosive batsmen than these two in an IPL side. Chris Gayle, who was bought at his base price by KXIP last year, has been in fine form in the recent past. After smashing two hundreds in a five-match series against England at home, Gayle has been in decent form for the Kings XI this season. As usual, the Universe Boss has been striking at a phenomenal rate (158.24).On the other hand, David Warner, who recently served out his ball-tampering suspension, is making a strong case for a spot in Australia’s World Cup squad with some devasting big-hitting show in IPL 2019. Warner has already scored 279 runs in five matches, including a hundred and two half-centuries. He also currently holds the Orange Cup for the most runs this season.advertisementKL Rahul vs Jonny Bairstow Courtesy by BCCIKings XI Punjab would be hoping KL Rahul gets back to his brutal best at home on Monday. The India opener set the stage on fire last year but hasn’t been able to reproduce such powerful knocks in IPL 2019. However, Rahul showed signs of returning to form when he played a match-winning knock of 71 against three-time champions Mumbai Indians in Mohali last month.Jonny Bairstow has been a major boost for the Sunrrisers this year. The English wicketkeeper-batsman is second on the list of most runs scored in IPL 2019 behind his opening partner Warner. However, Bairstow, who has already scored a hundred for SRH, is striking at a slightly better rate than Warner.R Ashwin vs Mohammad Nabi Courtesy by BCCIBoth R Ashwin and Mohammad Nabi are in the list of top-10 wicket-takers this season. The Kings XI Punjab skipper has been bowling in the powerplays to good effect and has picked up six wickets from five matches so far. Ashwin will play a key role in Monday’s match as he will be keen on posing trouble to the dangerous SRH opening pair of Warner and Bairstow.On the other hand, Nabi, the veteran off-spinner from Afghanistan, has been proving his mettle as a front-line bowler this season. From three matches, Nabi has picked up seven wickets and has conceded at a miserly rate of 3.75.Rashid Khan vs Murugan AshwinConsidering his standards, Rashid Khan hasn’t shone in IPL 2019 so far but the top-ranked T20I bowler will be keen on settling scores with Chris Gayle when he faces Kings XI Punjab batsmen in Mohali. Last year, Rashid was tonked for 55 runs as Gayle switched on the beast mode in Kings XI Punjab’s big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali.Meanwhile, M Ashwin has proved to be quite a handy bowler for Kings XI Punjab. The seasoned leg-spinner has played only three matches but has done enough to impress his namesake and captain R Ashwin. M Ashwin has helped Kings XI put the brakes on oppositions’ scoring rate, conceding only at 6.70 this year.Also Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?Also Read | 6 out of 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore touch new low in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | Rest Virat Kohli now: Calls grow louder after RCB lose 6 in 6 in IPL 2019Also See:last_img read more

SENIOR TEAM TRAVEL INFORMATION

first_imgATTENTION ALL SENIOR PLAYERS FOR THE 2005 ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT: Australian Senior Team members travelling to New Zealand to participate in the 2005 All Nations Championships are invited to make their travel with the ATA travel provider International Sports Tours Pty Ltd. (IST) This offer is also being made to any Australian spectators or family members who would like to have any aspect of their travel organised for them. If you would like IST to book your flights for you, accommodation for spectators or to organise extended travel before or after the All Nations tournament, please use the following links to find all the info and the booking forms that you can send back to IST to help you with your travel arrangements. Link to Informatiom Memo MEMO Link to Itinerary planner ITINERARY PLANNER Link to Booking Form BOOKING FORM For more info feel free to contact International Sports Tours on (02) 9922 6166last_img read more

ESPN Releases 2nd Half Prediction For Ohio State-Penn State Game

first_imgView of the Beaver stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Ohio State is in a battle with Penn State in Happy Valley as both teams look to stay undefeated on the season. The past two winners of this game have gone on to win the Big Ten, though both teams were spurned by the College Football Playoff committee.Tonight, it was all Penn State early as the Nittany Lions’ defense stifled Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes offense. Penn State heavily out-gained Ohio State on offense, but the Buckeyes defense played bend-but-don’t-break football in the first half.Ohio State used a late turnover to put seven points on the board and finally enter the game. After 30 minutes of play Penn State leads 13-7.Can the team hold on? ESPN’s FPI gave its prediction for the second half.ESPN score prediction for Ohio State and Penn State.The final 30 minutes of play will go a long way to determining the potential Big Ten champ. Both teams are capable of playing at the highest level, but who will win out?Stay tuned.last_img read more

Alabama 5-Star Has Entered The Transfer Portal

first_img Via Yahoo! Sports:“He’s kind of disappeared a little bit,” Saban said Wednesday. “I talked to our team today about the fact that — people make mistakes. We all make mistakes. I make mistakes, probably everybody in this room makes mistakes…”Antonio Alfano has entered the transfer portal this morning.— BamaHammer (@Bama_Hammer) September 13, 2019Coming out of high school, Alfano was the No. 5 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports. He was the No. 1 strong-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 1 recruit from the state of New Jersey.We’ll see where Alfano lands in the coming days. Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Lost in Alabama’s dominance to start the 2019 season has been a strange saga involving freshman Antonio Alfano. The former five-star defensive end was one of the top recruits in the nation, but doesn’t appear to be sticking around in Tuscaloosa.According to BamaHammer, Alfano entered the NCAA transfer portal this morning. The move comes after Alfano missed the last few weeks of practice for what head coach Nick Saban called “disciplinary reasons.”Saban wouldn’t go into specifics at the time, but noted that Alfano has “kind of disappeared a bit.”Saban also indicated that there was some kind of “mistake” that had been made by Alfano.last_img read more

India bleeds blue for sportperson of the year Virat Kohli, finds Mood of the Nation poll

first_img Next India Today Magazine New Delhi January 25, 2019 ISSUE DATE: February 4, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 08:21 IST What Kohli wears, does and says becomes a topic of conversation. (Photo: AP)He’s the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Cricketer of 2018, one day International player of the year and test player of the year as well as captain of choice for both the best ODI and test team of the year respectively. With such domination in his field, it comes as noHe’s the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Cricketer of 2018, one day International player of the year and test player of the year as well as captain of choice for both the best ODI and test team of the year respectively. With such domination in his field, it comes as no surprise then that Virat Kohli also dominated India Today’s Mood of the Nation survey in which he was judged as the sportsperson of the year.Kohli’s superlative performances on the pitch, which saw him become the fastest to cross 10,000 runs in the ODI format, and inspiring leadership skills have seen him emerge as a youth icon. What’s more impressive is that he’s delivering results not just in India but also abroad as evident by the centuries in South Africa, England and Australia. India’s historic series win in Australia both in test and one-day formats demonstrated how under Kohli the men in blue have come of age, no longer underdogs as they take on rivals in their own turf. Off-field he’s one of the most valuable celebrities, serving as brand ambassador to 18 brands and also one of the biggest social media influencers with a following running in millions both on Twitter (28 million) and Instagram (28.9 million). On the popular photo-sharing platform Instagram, Kohli earns a reported $120,000 per post according to HopperHQ, the Instagram post scheduler, making him the highest-paid Indian on the list and ranked 17th in the world.What Kohli wears, does and says becomes a topic of conversation such as when he suggested a cricket fan to “go live somewhere else” after he stated that he preferred watching Australian and English batsmen over Indians. It’s one of the signs of how passionate Kohli is about his profession and his nation.advertisementNEXT | No country for minorities in India, finds Mood of the Nation pollPREVIOUS | Padmaavat propels Deepika Padukone as Bollywood’s queen: MOTN pollYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 byNishtha Gupta India bleeds blue for sportperson of the year Virat Kohli, finds Mood of the Nation pollVirat Kohli’s superlative performances on the pitch, which saw him become the fastest to cross 10,000 runs in the ODI format, and inspiring leadership skills have seen him emerge as a youth icon.advertisementlast_img read more

Hi-Fi Corner: Yamaha’s $1,700 YSP-5600 is the Rolls Royce of sound bars

first_img Sound of Lapland Captures the Pristine Beauty of Finland on a Mixtape Some people don’t have the space, or the patience for all the trappings of a traditional surround sound setup, but still crave capable surround sound. It is for those people that Yamaha has crafted the company’s latest in a long line of so-called “sound projectors,” the new Yamaha YSP-5600. Also part of Yamaha’s new MusicCast multi-room audio system, this striking surround sound bar is loaded with dozens of drivers, and boasts Dolby Atmos support to offer unparalleled immersion from a unit you can mount on your wall.Related: Make that turntable sing with Yamaha’s A-S1100 integrated ampConstructed around a 44-speaker array of Yamaha’s “beam drivers,” and towing a whopping $1,700 price tag, the YSP-5600 is the kind of all-in-one home theater monster that only Yamaha could dream up. The miniature drivers (each just a touch over an inch in diameter) are employed throughout Yamaha’s sound projection lineup to create accurate immersion by bouncing sound off the walls of your listening room. But the YSP-5600 takes things even further than its predecessors.To create 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround imaging, the bar boasts six “height channel” speakers on each side, which follow the same method as more traditional Atmos speaker designs, mimicking overhead speakers by bouncing sound off the ceiling. Yamaha’s digital sound projectors have been taking aim at surfaces from the front of the room to simulate traditional surround sound for some time now, but the Atmos channels add another dimension for a whole new level of immersion.The height channels combine with an arsenal of 32 front-loaded beam drivers. The system uses a controller app and microphone to sonically assess your home theater room, and adjust for an optimal surround sound experience. While Yamaha’s sound projection tech isn’t quite the same as a traditional surround sound setup it’s also not really virtual either, using real sound waves that sneak up behind you, or bounce off the sidewalls for a realistic experience, though its effectiveness is at the mercy of obstructions in your room.Along with Atmos, the YSP-5600 will be upgradeable via firmware to support DTS’ flavor of overhead surround, DTS:X. And immersive surround sound is just a taste of the wide selection of bells and whistles that come loaded in this luxury-class bar.Related: Yamaha’s RX-V379 can power your home theater on the cheapAs part of the new MusicCast system, the YSP-5600 is compatible with up to 10 total speakers or receivers, all of which can be controlled via a centralized app to playback virtually any sound source in unison, or multiple sources individually. In addition, like all MusicCast components, the bar supports high-resolution audio at up to 24bit/192kHz, able to stream a wide variety of lossless audio files. The bar also supports Bluetooth, Airplay, and even 4K UHD video passthrough at 60p via the HDMI connection.Other features include a variety of DSP settings, and Yamaha’s Clear Voice dialog enhancer.Yamaha’s new behemoth of a bar is still mostly under wraps, but you can get your hands on one stateside in December.A version of this piece was also published on our “brother site” Digital Trends. Mustard is the Weirdest and Tastiest Cocktail Ingredient 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Is Hiring! last_img read more

Voilà Coffee wants to reinvent the way we see instant coffee

first_imgWe don’t know about you, but when we think of instant coffee, images of crystalized grounds that come in containers with labels like Nescafé, Folgers, and Maxwell House. There’s just something about it that is watered down and doesn’t taste like the specialty stuff we brew at home and purchase on our coffee breaks. Kent Sheridan wants to change that with Voilà Coffee.Related: Easy Iced Coffee“Voilà started out of a desire to drink amazing specialty coffee anywhere and anytime,” says Sheridan. “When you really care about a good cup of coffee, it can make traveling, camping, or even just fast-paced mornings difficult. Spending five to ten minutes making a pour-over isn’t always practical.”So Sheridan went out on a quest to create a high-quality instant coffee that tastes just as good as brewing it. “Typical instant is always made using commodity grade coffee, roasted until it’s so greasy and charred that there’s absolutely no chance of sweetness or flavor left in the beans, then it is extracted by high pressure steam into a coffee goop before it’s freeze dried,” explains Sheridan. “Voilà is made with some of the world’s best coffees (typically 85 pts or higher on an exponential grading scale) and roasted by well-respected specialty roasters across the U.S. to bring out the unique characteristics and flavor of each coffee. It’s then brewed up to near-perfect extractions to highlight flavor, acidity, body, sweetness, and complexity. So that all you have to do is add water… & Voilà!”Sheridan is trying to launch Voilà Coffee on Kickstarter and so far, the preliminary results have been nothing but positive. Its roasters are so impressed that they can’t believe that they are drinking instant coffee. Sheridan is sure that you’ll feel that way too. “I’m confident that no one would be able to point out that they are drinking a cup of instant coffee,” he said.For more information, visit voila.coffee. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffeelast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: White Hill Road White Hill Road has a one-lane closure varying in length and location during ongoing work until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: West Advocate Road Detour Reids Brook Bridge on West Advocate Road will be closed for replacement until Tuesday, Aug. 1. Traffic will be handled by a two-lane gravel detour now in place beside the existing bridge. Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Poplar Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 – Bridgetown Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from Exit 21 westerly for 8.5 kilometres. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, June 30. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Magazine Hill Entrance Bridge The Magazine Hill entrance bridge structure on Trunk 7 was under repair until Wednesday, June 7. Work is now complete. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327 from Highway 125 overpass to Caribou Marsh Road will have a one-lane closure for road repairs until Thursday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HANTS COUNTY: Route 224 Route 224, from Cooks Brook easterly to Exhibition Grounds Road will have a one-lane closure for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a follow-me truck. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection, Route 311, Bible Hill The intersection on Route 311, Main Street, Trunk 4, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for improvements until Friday, June 30. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-568-3378 Fax: 902-563-3379 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Port Clyde Bridge Port Clyde Bridge on Route 309 will be closed until Friday, June 30, while a new bridge is being built. Motorists are advised to use the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, exit 9 (Avonport) interchange, on and off ramps and roundabout on Trunk 1 will have one-lane closures until Monday, July 31 for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie will have one-lane closures for paving beginning on Monday, June 12. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset and will last until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from north of the East Margaree-Belle Cote intersection, north for seven kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. The work will take place from Monday, June 12, until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A traffic control person will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from Northfield overpass to Exit 10, will have alternating lane closures until Friday, June 16, for repaving. A detour is available on Route 325 from Bridgewater to Mahone Bay. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle and flashing lights. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 southbound will have a one-lane closure between exits 13A and 15 (Highway 104) until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of signs. Commuters are advised to expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 5A on Highway 125 will be closed for gravelling and the installation of a guard rail until Wednesday, Aug. 30. Detour signs are posted. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-396-8426 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 3 to Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at Exit 25, Joggin Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, June 16. Work takes place Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-543-4733 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-369-2169 Fax: 902-369-2074 NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY – Miller Corner Bridge Miller Corner bridge on Pines Road was closed for repairs from Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9. Work is now complete. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from 6.2 kilometres south of Margaree Harbour to the new pavement at Margaree Harbour will have a one-lane closure for repaving until Thursday, August 31. Traffic control consists of a traffic control person. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs.last_img read more

Beverage company looks to pave the way with cannabis drinks in 2019

first_imgVANCOUVER (660 NEWS) – While the majority of cannabis products are already legal in Canada, the beverage industry will have to wait almost another year before they can ‘tap’ into the market.New regulations that will allow the production and distribution of cannabis-infused drinks won’t come into effect until October 2019.The CEO of Hill Street Beverages, Terry Donnelly, said there are some big hurdles they need to overcome in order for their products to be ready.“If you make an alcohol free wine or beer that has cannabis in it, you can’t call it wine or beer. We’re going to have to figure out a new way to call our products. Beer could be a malt beverage and wine could be a cascade, barrel fermented grape beverage, something like that.”Donnelly anticipates that Cannabis drinks will be ready no later than October 17, 2019, exactly one year after the national legalization of the substance.He said they’re working hard to make sure they have all the checks and balances in place come that time.“We’ll work through with Health Canada to try to fix some of the issues that they’ve created with the regulations and hopefully we end up in a place that’s good for both consumers and good for the business and good for the environment.”High Street Beverages is already in the business of creating alcohol-free beer and wine products and established in 2008. The company went public on the TSX last July.last_img read more

Nick Cannon Hosts StarStudded HALO Awards

first_imgEnrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Austin Mahone, Dax Shepard, Darren Criss, Kevin Jonas, Nikki Reed, Chloe Bennet and Jennette McCurdy were among the celebs who joined host Nick Cannon in honoring four extraordinary teens at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 8 – 9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for the west coast) on Nick at Nite.Nick Cannon honors extraordinary teens at fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards.Conceived, hosted and executive-produced by Cannon, the TeenNick HALO Awards were broadcast live for the first time ever from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Calif., and celebrated real teens who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) and making a difference in their communities.As part of Nickelodeon’s ongoing commitment to encourage young people to take action, the network announced the “HALO Effect,” a year-round initiative that recognizes one deserving teen every month for their work to help and lead others in the community. The “HALO Effect” will kick off January 2014 and a $5,000 grant will be awarded to a charity designated by each teen. Nominations are being accepted now and details can be found here.“We started the HALO movement and awards five years ago to honor young people who are doing extraordinary things in their communities, and it’s been amazing to see the positive message they are sending spread across the country,” said Cannon. “We know so many teens are committed to HALOing year-round, so we created the ‘HALO Effect’ to support the great work they’re doing and keep the momentum going.”In the spirit of the awards, Nickelodeon partnered with Amigos de los Rios, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Key Club International in the Los Angeles area to reward their star volunteers with the opportunity to be part of the TeenNick HALO Awards. The audience was comprised of kids who earned a ticket by participated in at least three hours of community service.Fall Out Boy kicked off the awards ceremony with “Alone Together,” while Mahone had the audience singing along to a medley of “What About Love” and new single “Banga! Banga!” In a show-stopping performance, Iglesias closed the night with “Heart Attack.” Celebrities in attendance also visited the “HALO Hive,” an interactive social media lounge hosted by iJustine, to encourage viewers to tweet with #HALOawards and Instagram pics to share how they help and lead others in their own communities.Previously announced HALO Award honorees – Miranda Fuentes, Zachary Kerr, Rocio Ortega and Denzel Thompson – were awarded scholarship funds at the awards ceremony. They previously received a grant for their charity and were given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with a mega-celebrity who shares a similar passion for their cause. Their celebrity matches are Shay Mitchell, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Paul and Queen Latifah, respectively, and their taped segments were featured in the show.The TeenNick HALO Awards dedicated site features profiles of the honorees, and photos of celebrity hosts, presenters and musical performers, in addition to enlisting teens across the country to show how they “HALO.” On the night of the event, TeenNick.com offered viewers an immersive, enhanced viewing of the live show with real-time orange carpet coverage, show highlight clips and exclusive behind-the-scenes pics and videos. Starting Nov. 18, TeenNick.com will have even more exclusive goodies including a post-show wrap-up video and blog recap, celebrity interviews and GIFs on the orange carpet, plus the honorees’ most memorable moments. The 2013 TeenNick HALO Awards can be viewed on the site in its entirety beginning Nov. 19.last_img read more

Box Office Top 20 Avengers holds at No 1 for third week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Avengers: Infinity War” topped the charts for the third weekend in a row, adding $62.1 million to its domestic grosses.The superhero blockbuster has now earned $548.1 million from North American theatres.It easily beat out newcomers, such as the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Life of the Party,” which opened in second place with $17.9 million, and the Gabrielle Union thriller “Breaking In,” which took third with $17.6 million.In fourth place was “Overboard,” with $9.9 million in its second week, followed by “A Quiet Place” with $6.5 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $62,078,047, 4,474 locations, $13,875 average, $548,090,150, 3 Weeks.2. “Life of The Party,” Warner Bros., $17,886,075, 3,656 locations, $4,892 average, $17,886,075, 1 Week.3. “Breaking In,” Universal, $17,630,285, 2,537 locations, $6,949 average, $17,630,285, 1 Week.4. “Overboard,” Lionsgate, $9,864,415, 2,006 locations, $4,917 average, $29,358,392, 2 Weeks.5. “A Quiet Place,” Paramount, $6,455,396, 3,144 locations, $2,053 average, $169,608,030, 6 Weeks.6. “I Feel Pretty,” STX Entertainment, $3,805,437, 2,858 locations, $1,332 average, $43,952,013, 4 Weeks.7. “Rampage,” Warner Bros., $3,462,442, 2,548 locations, $1,359 average, $89,827,105, 5 Weeks.8. “Tully,” Focus Features, $2,248,945, 1,356 locations, $1,659 average, $6,992,005, 2 Weeks.9. “Black Panther,” Disney, $2,077,207, 1,370 locations, $1,516 average, $696,331,818, 13 Weeks.10. “RBG,” Magnolia Pictures, $1,188,186, 179 locations, $6,638 average, $2,025,953, 2 Weeks.11. “A Wrinkle In Time,” Disney, $1,156,780, 1,984 locations, $583 average, $96,812,656, 10 Weeks.12. “Blockers,” Universal, $1,115,025, 1,111 locations, $1,004 average, $58,126,660, 6 Weeks.13. “Isle Of Dogs,” Fox Searchlight, $1,072,567, 1,046 locations, $1,025 average, $29,951,941, 8 Weeks.14. “Super Troopers 2,” 20th Century Fox, $982,594, 1,379 locations, $713 average, $27,383,171, 4 Weeks.15. “Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare,” Universal, $916,100, 1,269 locations, $722 average, $39,727,000, 5 Weeks.16. “Raazi,” Zee Studios International, $894,284, 132 locations, $6,775 average, $894,284, 1 Week.17. “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros., $892,682, 804 locations, $1,110 average, $134,563,601, 7 Weeks.18. “Nothing To Lose (Nada A Perder),” Independent, $679,531, 69 locations, $9,848 average, $679,531, 1 Week.19. “Bad Samaritan,” Vertical Entertainment, $518,597, 1,546 locations, $335 average, $3,088,522, 2 Weeks.20. “Disobedience,” Bleecker Street, $420,895, 100 locations, $4,209 average, $1,189,096, 3 Weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

ICC requests Nigeria to arrest Sudans President during visit to Abuja

In March 2009, ICC judges issued arrest warrants against Mr. Al-Bashir for crimes allegedly committed in the Sudanese region of Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have died since 2003 due to fighting between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed.Mr. Al-Bashir was reportedly in Nigeria for an African health summit that concluded today. Nigeria is a State party to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, and has the obligation to execute the Court’s orders, according to a news release issued by the Court.Under the Rome Statute, States that fail to comply with a request to cooperate with the Court may be referred to the Assembly of States Parties or to the Security Council.Since the arrest warrants were issued, Mr. Al-Bashir has travelled to a number of African countries that are parties to the Rome Statute, all of whom have failed to arrest the Sudanese leader and surrender him to the Court. Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – if national authorities with jurisdiction are unwilling or unable to do so genuinely.The Darfur region of Sudan is one of eight situations currently under investigation by the ICC. The others are northern Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Libya, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. read more

UN humanitarian chief sees firsthand harrowing conditions of refugees at SyriaJordan borders

“We [had to fly] in by helicopter so we could see over the whole area and in between two berms are tens of thousands of tents quite sparsely populated compared to a normal organized refugee camp,” the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told UN Radio during a telephone call from Jordan. “You have to imagine… completely out in the middle of desert… in very, very hot [conditions], baking in the tents,” he added. The UN humanitarian chief is in Jordan in relation to that country’s response to the war in Syria, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Syrians flee the conflict into Jordan, including some 75,000 people stranded between the two countries in an area made up of earthen embankments and known as the ‘berm.’ The living conditions there are dire with no access to basic resources such as food and water. Jordan, which had already welcomed more than 700,000 refugees from Syria, sealed the area due to security concerns following an attack in June on Jordanian military personnel – before the border closure, UN agencies and partners regularly delivered supplies from the Jordanian side to the people stranded in a ‘no man’s land.’ So far on his visit, Mr. O’Brien has met with senior government officials to discuss options, keeping in mind humanitarian principles, to help those stuck at the berm. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien (right), during a visit to northern Jordan. Photo: OCHA “Our discussions focused principally on national security concerns and on finding solutions to the Syrians stranded at the north-eastern border,” he said later in a media encounter in the capital, Amman. “For the people at the berm, the Jordanian authorities have facilitated and supported the delivery of humanitarian assistance.” He noted that that his discussions with the authorities also centred on ensuring that UN agencies and partners from humanitarian and non-governmental organizations which will work in the region are able to do so safely. Referring to Jordan’s provision of more than 20,000 work permits to refugees so that they are able to earn a livelihood, the UN humanitarian chief underscored that this generosity needs to be recognized. “Jordan serves as an island of stability, hosting the international community, contributing to and enabling us to respond to the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people fleeing the conflict in Syria,” the UN official said in his media encounter. Mr. O’Brien also said that the United Nations will be hosting a summit on refugees and migrants on 19 September at its headquarters in New York, and that will be followed by another meeting hosted by President Barack Obama of the United States where world leaders will discuss the issue. He also expressed his hope that there will be an understanding among the world’s nations on getting support to the refugees and those displaced due to such terrible manmade conflicts around the globe. read more

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals can remedy inconsistent season Sunday

In an up-and-down season, the Cincinnati Bengals have shown flashes of brilliance only to be followed by disappointing losses to teams with losing records. They can only hope the trend ends Sunday. On Sunday, the Bengals (4-5) routed the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, showing the football world what Cincinnati’s young athletes can do when their execution is on point. Quarterback Andy Dalton had a career day, throwing four touchdowns and ending a streak in which he had thrown at least one interception in every game this year. The Giants’ talented defensive line was not successful in pressuring Dalton and failed to register a sack. As a result, Dalton, the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, picked apart a defense that had been carrying New York in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s defense went to work on Giants quarterback Eli Manning, forcing him into a day to forget and making the MVP candidate look discombobulated and frustrated. The 31-13 triumph was more than Bengals fans could have asked for. To put that win into perspective, the San Francisco 49ers are widely perceived as being a championship contender. The Giants embarrassed San Francisco at home, 26-3, four weeks earlier on Oct. 14. Immediately after, experts began to doubt the 49ers championship pedigree while declaring that the Giants, the NFL’s 2011 champs, were still the team to beat in the NFC. When Cincinnati dominates the Giants the same way New York handled the 49ers, it raises eyebrows around the league. In addition to the margin of victory and level of competition, there were a number of other positive elements of last week’s win. Bengals running back Cedric Peerman had a productive game, proving he is worthy of sharing the load with fellow running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. And perhaps the best bit of news is that the Bengals might have found a legitimate threat to play opposite from wide receiver A.J. Green, the league leader in receiving touchdowns with nine. Rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu made an athletic grab for a first down on his first catch of the game against the Giants, establishing Dalton’s confidence in him. Dalton later found Sanu in the end zone for his first career receiving touchdown. The 6-2, 210-pound Sanu, who threw a 73-yard touchdown pass against the Redskins, continued to put his versatility on display, picking up a third down lined up at running back. Now it’s time for Cincinnati to come back down to earth. They cannot afford to overlook their next opponent. On paper, the Bengals have a huge advantage in their next matchup. The Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) have had just about everything go wrong for them this year. They’ve been outscored by double digits six times already. They have fluctuated between two quarterbacks who can neither stay healthy nor perform at a consistent level – Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have six touchdown passes and 15 interceptions between them. Their lone bright spot is in a rushing attack that ranks fourth in the NFL. Look for Kansas City to feed the ball to featured back Jamaal Charles in order to avoid exposing their quarterback to a Cincinnati pass rush that has been on a tear in recent weeks. Fortunately for the Chiefs, their biggest weakness on defense is against the run. Meanwhile, the Bengals are averaging only 3.7 yards a carry and rank 25th overall in rushing. This means that Kansas City, ranked eighth against the pass, can focus on shutting down Cincinnati’s greatest strength – an aerial attack with budding stars. Moreover, the Chiefs might have recently turned a corner. On Monday, the Chiefs played the Pittsburgh Steelers and would have won if not for a few unfortunate breaks, some of which were the result of questionable officiating. More importantly, Kansas City showed signs of pride and grit. On a number of big plays (though two of them were overturned by penalties) the Chiefs celebrated and even taunted Pittsburgh. In no way did they seem to be shrinking from the challenge of playing a team regularly in championship contention. Lastly, the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium is normally one of the most disruptive atmospheres for visiting teams, though such has not been the case this year. But the opportunity to play a team as inconsistent as Cincinnati might just inspire the home crowd enough to throw the Bengals off their game. After starting 3-1, the Bengals were upset by three teams with losing records: the Dolphins (1-3 at the time), the Browns (0-5 at the time) and the Steelers (2-3 at the time). In order to make the playoffs, Cincinnati simply cannot lose another game against an inferior opponent. The Bengals are slated to play at Kansas City on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Heidi Loke is pregnant

Baby boom in Norway continues! The World best player for couple years in row on Handball-Planet.com, Heidi Loke waiting for a baby! The 33-year old line player of Hungarian Gyor has already a 8 years-old son, but that didn’t had negative influence on her proffesional career in which she achieved the most after come-back from the first pregnancy.Loke has contract with Hungarian champions until end of the season. It is still early to say what will happen with her career after delivery. ← Previous Story Romanians waiting 22 years for EHF EURO: Handball is our national sport Next Story → Double triumph of Spanish teams Heidi Loke pregnant

Boldt will likely advance to general against Madore

first_imgClark County Commissioner Marc Boldt has seemingly secured his second-place finish in the primary election, as updated results released Thursday showed him with an extended lead over Democrat Roman Battan.“It looks pretty good,” Boldt said Thursday from Stevenson, where he was attending a Washington Association of Counties meeting. Boldt serves as the organization’s vice president.Boldt, 57, said he’s thankful for the support of voters and looking forward to facing Vancouver Republican David Madore, 61, in the Nov. 6 general election.“I was telling a few people the other night that I never thought a silver medal was the best, but it’s pretty good to have right now,” Boldt said.According to the latest results, Madore has a 487-vote lead over Boldt, a Hockinson Republican.Boldt has a 212-vote edge over Battan, a Camas resident in his first political race.An additional 10,649 ballots were counted Thursday. Of those, 2,909 ballots were from voters in District 2 who voted in the commissioner race.Auditor Greg Kimsey said all but about 3,000 ballots have been counted, and not all of those ballots are from District 2. Kimsey said 1,500 ballots will be counted Friday, Aug. 10, but the remaining ballots will take a few weeks to sort out because they have been challenged or they need to be duplicated because they cannot be read by the scanner.Battan, 31, said Thursday that he’ll be eager to see the final results, but acknowledged “at this point, it doesn’t really look good.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday April 10 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPresident Xi’s Alaska visit: salmon, scenery and a chance to deepen Arctic tiesElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker hosted an unexpected guest on Friday — the President of China. Xi Jinping was headed back from a meeting with President Donald Trump in Florida. It’s not unusual for foreign leaders to re-fuel in Anchorage, but this wasn’t just a pit stop. And experts say there are good reasons for China’s top leader to drop in.House Finance Committee looks to update Permanent Fund billAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House Finance Committee is taking a new approach and will combine its proposals to institute an income tax and raise oil and gas taxes with a proposal to draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.Repairs begin on Hilcorp’s leaking Cook Inlet gas lineRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageDive teams are finally working to repair Hilcorp’s leaking natural gas pipeline in Cook Inlet.Jessie Holmes wins 2017 Kobuk 440Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM – NomeJessie Holmes is the winner of the 2017 Kobuk 440. Holmes crossed the finish line yesterday morning at 1:51 a.m. with nine dogs.UA Regents schedule meeting to discuss Senate’s approved cutsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University Of Alaska Board Of Regents is holding a special meeting Thursday in Fairbanks to discuss contingency plans in light of State Senate approved budget cuts. Last week the Senate passed a budget that cuts $22 million from the $325 million in UA funding supported by the House and Governor Bill Walker.GCI: Law enforcement investigating damaged fiber cable, outagesCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s largest telecommunications company, GCI, has blamed statewide outages over the weekend on intentional damage to a fiber optic cable in Midtown Anchorage.Seward Highway construction begins in AnchorageCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAmong the massive road projects kicking off this year is an upgrade to a section of the Seward Highway running through Anchorage.Recall effort underway for three Haines Assembly membersEmily Files, KHNS – HainesA group of Haines residents is trying to recall half of the Borough assembly, including the two newest members.Senate passes Petersburg land grant billJoe Viechnikci, KFSK – PetersburgLegislation to increase the Petersburg Borough’s land grant from the state passed the Alaska Senate on Monday (April 10). The bill would transfer more than 14,000 acres to the new borough, which hopes to develop or sell off some of the property.Longtime fishing guides and King Salmon residents buy Bear Trail LodgeAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe Bear Trail Lodge in King Salmon is now fully owned and operated by Nanci Morris Lyon and Heath Lyon. The couple has been guiding fishing trips in Bristol Bay for decades.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE Trump Delivers 2019 State Of The Union

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his 2019 State of the Union address at 8 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Watch live in the player above, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The bitter partisanship of the past two years was on full display Tuesday just hours before President Donald Trump was to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York seems to have triggered the latest Trump twitter outburst when he said on the Senate floor that the president talks about unity in his annual addresses to the nation but “spends the other 364 days of the year dividing us.” He accused Trump of “blatant hypocrisy.”Minutes later, Trump tweeted that Schumer hadn’t even seen the speech and was “just upset that he didn’t win the Senate, after spending a fortune.”Skepticism was already expected from both sides of the aisle for Trump’s televised address to lawmakers and the nation. Democrats, emboldened after the midterm elections and the recent shutdown fight, see little evidence that the president is willing to compromise. Even Trump’s staunchest allies know that bipartisan rhetoric read off of a teleprompter is usually undermined by scorching tweets and unpredictable policy maneuvers.The deeply personal attacks show the challenge for Trump as he attempts a reset with Congress. Still, the fact that his advisers feel a need to try a different approach is a tacit acknowledgement that the president’s standing is weakened as he begins his third year in office.The shutdown left some Republicans frustrated over his insistence on a border wall, something they warned him the new Democratic House majority would not bend on. Trump’s approval rating during the shutdown dipped to 34 percent, down from 42 percent a month earlier, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders indicated the president would highlight what he sees as achievements and downplay discord.“You’re going to continue see the president push for policies that help continue the economic boom,” Sanders said Monday night while appearing on “Hannity” on Fox News. “You’re also going to see the president call on Congress and say, ‘Look, we can either work together and get great things done or we can fight each other and get nothing done.’ And frankly, the American people deserve better than that.”But Washington’s most recent debate offered few signs of cooperation between Trump and Democrats. Under pressure from conservative backers, Trump refused to sign a government funding bill that did not include money for his long-sought border wall. With hundreds of thousands of Americans missing paychecks, Trump ultimately agreed to reopen the government for three weeks to allow negotiations on border security to continue.With the new Feb. 15 funding deadline looming, Trump is expected to use his address to outline his demands, which still include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He’s teased the possibility of declaring a national emergency to secure wall funding if Congress doesn’t act, though it appeared unlikely he would take that step Tuesday night. Advisers have also been reviewing options to secure some funding without making such a declaration.“You’ll hear the State of the Union, and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union,” Trump told reporters.Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he remains hopeful Congress can resolve the dispute.“Democrats can call it a fence, the president can all it a wall and then we can call it a day, which I think is one way of skinning the cat,” said Cornyn, who is a close adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.The president’s address marks the first time he is speaking before a Congress that is not fully under Republican control. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who won plaudits from Democrats for her hardline negotiating tactics during the shutdown, will be seated behind the president — a visual reminder of Trump’s political opposition.In a letter Monday night to House Democrats, Pelosi wrote that she hopes “we will hear a commitment from the President on issues that have bipartisan support in the Congress and the Country, such as lowering the price of prescription drugs and rebuilding America’s infrastructure.”In the audience will be several Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, will deliver the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become Georgia’s first black governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for Senate.Schumer earlier previewed Democrats’ message for countering Trump, declaring Monday, “The number one reason the state of the union has such woes is the president.”While Trump was still putting the final touches on the speech Tuesday, he was expected to use some of his televised address to showcase a growing economy. Despite the shutdown, the U.S. economy added a robust 304,000 jobs in January, marking 100 straight months of job growth. That’s the longest such period on record.Trump and his top aides have also hinted that he is likely to use the address to announce a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. Despite the objections of some advisers, Trump announced in December that he was withdrawing U.S. forces in Syria.In a weekend interview with CBS, Trump said efforts to defeat the IS group were “at 99 percent right now. We’ll be at 100.”The U.S. military says the Islamic State group now controls about 5 square kilometers (less than 2 square miles) in the villages of the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, where the bulk of the fighters are concentrated. Including the large swath of desert around the villages, the militant group controls more than 50 square kilometers (20 square miles). The figures do not include IS militants in other parts of the country.That’s down from an estimated 400 to 600 square kilometers (155 to 230 square miles) that the group held at the end of November before Trump announced the withdrawal, according to two officials who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.However, a Defense Department inspector general report released Monday said the Islamic State group “remains a potent force of battle-hardened and well-disciplined fighters that could likely resurge in Syria” absent continued counterterrorism pressure. According to the Pentagon, the group is still able to coordinate offensives and counteroffensives.Administration officials say the White House has also been weighing several “moonshot” goals. An announcement is expected on a new initiative aimed at ending transmissions of HIV by 2030. “He will be asking for bipartisan support to make that happen,” said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.Trump’s guests for the speech include Anna Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who was allegedly bullied because of his last name. They will sit with first lady Melania Trump during the address.Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville, Matthew Lee and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more