The Mars Volta could be close to reuniting with some music in the near future. According to a tweet shared by singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala over the holiday weekend, the next phase of the band is indeed on the horizon.Over the weekend a fan tweeted “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter.” Bixler-Zavala responded with, “It’s happening.”Potential confirmation of The Mars Volta’s return since they disbanded in 2013 actually came earlier this month, when Bixler-Zavala initially stated, “We are in the kitchen finding new ways to through curve balls,” in regards to a fan inquiry as to whether they would ever do a tour based around their 2003 debut, De-Loused In The Comatorium. Bixler-Zavala had also revealed in a social media post shared on May 4th that he was in the studio with Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López.In a series of additional tweets from Bixler-Zavala which have since been deleted in response to the news of their potential reunion, he stated:“What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”The band’s last studio album, Noctourniquet, arrived back in March 2012.[H/T Pitchfork]
The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.
MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESThe early ouster of Eric Camson was supposedly a huge blow to Kia.But Camson’s ejection in the second quarter was hardly felt after Glen Khobuntin and Mark Yee stepped up in his absence.ADVERTISEMENT Yee picked up the slack in the third quarter, where he scored nine of his 13 points while Khobuntin came up clutch with eight fourth quarter points to finish with 11.“I knew he would [deliver]. I knew he would,” Kia coach Ricky Dandan said of Khobuntin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were just working on some combinations on the floor, we were trying because we are undermanned, we have no more bigs left we lost Eric and Prince (Caperal) was in foul trouble, we were rotating people. But after halftime, I talked to him and said be ready, you’ll start in the third quarter.”Khobuntin made his presence felt in the third period but he saved his best for last, hitting back-to-back baskets inside the last two minutes and 28 seconds that put the Picanto ahead, 96-89, with only 1:52 remaining. LATEST STORIES He also sealed the game with a breakaway layup after Yee won a crucial jump ball against Gabe Norwood in the final seconds.The former National University star refused to take all the credit for his impressive showing, pointing out that his other teammates had significant contributions as well.“It wasn’t just me. All of us played well,” Khobuntin said in Filipino. “I just had an opportunity and it just so happened that the play was designed for me to get the ball.”“I’m just thankful that coach trusted me.”ADVERTISEMENT Over the hump Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Almost a quarter of a century after he immortalised himself and the Indian selectors with a pithy observation that has stood the test of time, Mohinder Amarnath finds that the joke is still on him.Sidelined as a player in 1989 – which is when he called the selectors “a bunch of jokers” – on Thursday Amarnath found to his chagrin that a change in status was not much improvement: he was now dumped as a selector and left to mull his standing in Indian cricket. By all reckoning, it is still that of an outsider.The precise reasons for Mohinder’s ouster are mired in conjecture. One school of thought says that he ran foul of the BCCI by donating his father’s bat to James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia, instead of the BCCI. I find this reason batty even if Mohinder, as this story goes, had not-so-kind words to say about his own Board. Fact is, the BCCI has been exceptionally tardy in caring for the legacy of Indian cricket.There is no museum yet, for instance, so what does a player do when he receives a request for this from somewhere else? Mohinder’s father Lala Amarnath, it might be remembered, had toured Australia, captaining independent India’s first-ever team, so there is historical significance attached to his bat.This event – if indeed it is true – only enhanced the friction between Mohinder and the BCCI which arose for the bigger – and more plausible – reason that he was not enamoured of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy: more so after the 0-4 whitewash by Australia on the last tour.From all accounts, Mohinder believed that a change in captaincy – Sehwag reportedly was his choice – is what Indian cricket needed to resurrect itself from the despairing incompetence that had gripped the team after the World Cup triumph.There can be pros and cons to this argument, but none whatsoever that a selector should not have a contrarian view to the rest of the committee.That said, I am not sure of the truth value to the speculation that Dhoni enjoys some kind of immunity because he also captains Chennai Super Kings, the franchise owned by BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI is too large, diverse – and fragmented – a body to accommodate such blatant power-play I would imagine.Perhaps it is the art of negotiation (or lack of it) that cost Mohinder dear. A former selector – and his former colleague in the Indian team – I spoke to after Thursday’s dramatic developments said that Mohinder could be extremely stodgy in his opinions and hence gets easily isolated.It seems that Mohinder also did not quite enjoy the support from his own zone – North, which considerably weakened his position.Suddenly he was fighting on several fronts and without anything to prop him up.When the new selection committee was to be formed, the BCCI could simply use a technicality that selectors are appointed every year up to a maximum period of four years – to eliminate him.So here we are, with a new selection committee. It’s an interesting choice of personnel, though Sandeep Patil as chairman was a rabbit out of the hat.Nevertheless, he has a good track record as coach and selector in domestic cricket. What is significant, however, is the BCCI president’s statement that the Board is now not bound to choosing selectors on a zonal basis. “The best people will be given the job,” he said, though the current committee has still been drawn from the five zones.With the fee for selectors going up from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh per annum, the level of expectations and accountability will rise too.The task for the new committee is cut out: find the team that can help India rise to number 1 in the Test rankings again.Else, Mohinder Amarnath might have good reason to raise his old refrain again. And this time the joke won’t be on him.(The writer is a seasoned journalist)advertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield enquire about Stoke forward Bojan Krkicby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are reportedly interested in Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic.The 28-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Potters this season. He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Alaves and Mainz.Terriers boss David Wagner is desperate to strengthen his squad this month. According to The Sun, Wagner wants to sign Krkic to help increase his side’s paltry goal tally of 13 from 22 games.The Catalan was a prodigious young talent who broke through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, before making over 100 appearances for the club’s first-team.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after considering the cost involved and the necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.”
TORONTO – International cybersecurity company Trend Micro is setting up a new Toronto research lab for “ethical hackers” in collaboration with Canadian telecom giant Telus Corp.Trend Micro — a global company that originated in California but relocated its headquarters to Tokyo — said it expects the new office to house about 100 of the cybersecurity researchers within two years.“It’s a very difficult profile to find but I’m very confident that Canada has developed (an) incredible foundation over the years.” said Wael Mohamed, Trend Micro’s global president.In fact, Trend Micro already has a 200-person team in Ottawa that runs the company’s global cybersecurity operation for cloud computing.Mohamed co-founded the Ottawa operation, which began as Third Brigade, and joined Trend Micro when it bought the independent startup in 2009 for an undisclosed amount.Trend Micro also recently acquired a Montreal firm that does research into artificial intelligence and machine learning.The company hasn’t said what the financial commitment will be for the Toronto research lab but Mohamed said each of the highly-skilled staff will be paid more than $100,000 annually.About 25 members of Trend Micro’s new Toronto “threat” research team are currently working from a Telus office but they will move to a new Trend Micro location by mid-2018.Mohamed said Telus is a leader in detecting network vulnerabilities and its research is used by cybersecurity companies around the world, including Trend Micro.“What we’re doing is, we’re taking this nucleus that has proven that it’s very, very solid and putting on top of it (Trend’s) knowledge, insight, expertise and more investment,” Mohamed said.Telus said the strategic relationship with Trend Micro will result in increased Canadian-specific research into cybersecurity and enhance it with Trend’s global perspective.“Companies must co-innovate to solve tough problems for their customers, as they are directly faced with constant cybersecurity and privacy threats,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer for Telus.“This is why we are working with Trend Micro to increase the existing protection of our customers.”In addition to the Cybersecurity Research Centre in Toronto, Trend Micro has seven other research centres around the world in Taipei, Tokyo, Munich, Manila, Prague, Ottawa and Austin, Texas.“We chose Toronto because of the strength of the talent, as well as our overall increased investment in Canada,” Eva Chen, CEO of the parent company, said in a statement.Toronto and the surrounding area have been pushing to become a hub for advanced research on several fronts, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and automated vehicles.Companies in this story: (TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version used an outdated title for Wael Mohamed, who is now Trend Micro’s global president.
After starting out as a family business in 1982, PepsiCo. has announced the Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island will shut down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs.In a statement, the company said it made its “difficult decision” on Thursday.“This facility will close later this year and Spitz production will be moving to an existing contract manufacturer partner in the US.,” the company said in a statement. “This was a business decision based on an extensive evaluation of the long-term viability of this site and its ability to meet our increasing volume requirements for the brand, which will continue to play an important role in our North American portfolio.“We are committed to assisting our impacted associates with financial support, access to financial counselling and job placement services.”Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island is shutting down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs. It was founded in 1982 in Bow Island and bought by PepsiCo in 2008. In a statement, company points to “long-term viability” and “increasing volume requirements” #abmoney pic.twitter.com/yrZR8VbmmV— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) February 16, 2018Spitz International was founded in 1982 by Dutch immigrants Tom and Emmy Droog, eventually becoming a leading sunflower seed producer and was bought by PepsiCo. in 2008.“We hope you get out there and enjoy all our delicious flavours and taste the Spitz® difference for yourself!” the Spitz website still said on Friday. “And when you do, think of the folks in Bow Island, who couldn’t be prouder.”While the company’s statement made no mention of politics, the area’s MLA and UCP Finance Critic Drew Barnes blames the NDP.“Many companies are going to vote with their feet, they’re not going to provide jobs, they’re not going to create wealth here in Alberta, and until a government change or a new direction, we’re going to be feeling the pain for it,” he said. “You look at our ever-increasing electricity rates, you look at our minimum wage changes, you look at our oil and gas people not working in Alberta.“They didn’t make their decision only in this vacuum, but I’m sure when I’m talking to the people in Bow Island in the coffee shop tomorrow morning, they’ll be feeling the current NDP government’s a big part of their decision.”
Aimia Inc. has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy the Montreal-based company’s stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.The proposed transaction to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), a joint venture which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program, would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.“The Company has promptly rejected the offer as it believes that its stake in PLM is worth significantly more than the offer price, which reflected no improvement whatsoever to the terms previously proposed by Aeromexico to Aimia in prior discussions between the parties,” Aimia said in a statement Thursday.Aimia noted that PLM generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of US$77.4-million in 2017, and the contract between the two parties runs until 2030.The offer came one day after a group led by Air Canada offered to buy Aimia’s loyalty business Aeroplan in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, including points liabilities they would assume.Grupo Aeromexico is “playing hardball” said Adam Shine, an analyst with National Bank in a note to clients.“If it wasn’t obvious yesterday, it’s increasingly clear today that Aimia is being pushed into selling off its pieces by larger partners who always had a stronger bargaining position in these assorted relationships.”Grupo Aeromexico, which currently owns 51.1 per cent of PLM, had said the offer for Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake would expire at midnight on Aug. 3, but such deadlines are often amended.Club Premier has more than 3.7 million members and more than 100 partners, according to Aimia’s website.Grupo Aeromexico, which also operates its namesake airline, said it has informed Aimia that its current contract will not be extended beyond its current expiration date in 2030.“If completed, the Proposed Transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia’s shareholders as it provides an opportunity to realize an immediate return on the disposal of an asset, the divestiture of which would have otherwise been challenging,” the group said in a statement. “The Proposed Transaction would also provide benefits to Aimia’s stakeholders as it would provide material financial resources which Aimia can use to strengthen its core business.”Air Canada told its clients that the proposed transaction, which expires Aug. 2, would allow customers to transfer their points to the airline’s own loyalty program when it launches in 2020.Grupo Aeromexico said Thursday that the US$180 million price tag, including dividends and marketing fees paid to Aimia since its investment, represents an annualized rate of return for the Montreal-based company of approximately 18 per cent. The group also said launching an initial public offering of PLM is not an option.“For this reason it is Aeromexico’s view that the best long-term solution for all stakeholders is for Aeromexico to acquire the equity stake currently held by Aimia,” it said in a statement.
Saturday, July 20th, 2019Saturday boasts wagon rides to three different music pit stops, a full day of family entertainment that includes a gold panning demo, artisan market, kids zone and more shares the organizer. Friday, July 19th, 2019 6:30 pm – Fort Motors Kick-Off Party 7:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – Music & Dance Floor with Travis Fowler Band & Party To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERECamping availableTickets available online and at 8 Seconds Western Wear in Fort St. John. BALDONNEL, B.C. – The Horse Ranch will be hosting the Beatton River Roundup Music Festival, two family-friendly days of entertainment, food and fun.Country music will be heard in this country settings with multiple music venues starting Friday, July 19th to Saturday, July 20th, 2019. 12:00 pm – Music Pit Stop Wagon Rides, Artisan Market Place and Kids & Adult Zones8:00 pm – Main Stage opening with Travis Fowler and headlining Trevor Panczak