Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay Singh

first_img Next Asian News International GuwahatiMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 09:52 IST Mary Kom says her main focus is now on the 2020 Olympics. (Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSingh also mentioned that the Indian boxers are getting to a level where they can expect a medal in the 2020 OlympicsPlayers who have done well in the last Olympics are working harder, Indian boxing has a wonderful opportunity, Singh saidMary Kom said that her main focus is now on the OlympicsAjay Singh, President of Boxing Federation of India, on Friday said that boxing league is likely to happen this year in August or September as ‘decent amount of work is happening’.”It’s on. We expect this to happen this year in August or September. They are trying to find windows in the TV schedule to see that does not clash with any other major league. So, that there is undisturbed period,” he said during a press conference after the conclusion of India Open boxing tournament.”And it also has to match with our preparation as well. We need to make sure that our players are available when we want them to be. We can’t suddenly make them available in the middle of a World Championship. Players have started to be contacted and teams have started to be distributed. So, there is a decent amount of work that is happening,” he added.Singh has also expressed his confidence of getting a medal in the Olympics saying that they are getting to a level where they can really look forward to a medal.”We are regularly beating people who have already participated in the Olympics and done well in the Olympics. So, I think there is a wonderful opportunity that we have in Indian boxing. We have potential medallist for sure, there is no question,” he said.Whereas six-time world champion Mary Kom, who won gold in 51 kg category during the tournament, said that her main focus is now on the Olympics.advertisement”We are trying our best to improve better and better. We are preparing for the upcoming championship and especially we are preparing for the qualification for the 2020 (Olympic),” Kom said.Also Read | India Open Boxing: Mary, Sarita lead hosts’ gold rush on final dayAlso Read | Indian Open Boxing: Mary Kom feels disrespected with opponent Nikhat Zareen’s challengeAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajay SinghFollow Boxing Federation of IndiaFollow Mary KomFollow 2020 Olympic Games Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay SinghBoxing league is likely to happen this year in August or September as ‘decent amount of work is happening’, Ajay Singh, President of Boxing Federation of India, said. It is trying to find a slot to see that the league does not clash with any other major leagues.advertisementlast_img read more

More Steps Shared to Provide Stability in Bridgetown

first_imgA new mayor, council and chief administrative officer are now in place, as part of the province’s plan to provide leadership and stability in Bridgetown. People with extensive experience in municipal and public service form Bridgetown’s new leadership team. Robert Fowler, with more than 34 years of public service, is now Bridgetown mayor. Anna Allen and Jim Thurber, both with experience in Valley municipal governments, are serving as councillors, beginning immediately. They will serve until the town’s financial status is determined and will help make decisions about its long-term future. “Bob, Anna and Jim have the experience and skills Bridgetown needs during this time of transition,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “I have every confidence in their leadership and commitment to the people of Bridgetown. “I look forward to working with them to return elected leadership to the town and bring about other changes as quickly as possible to ensure services can be delivered sustainably now and for the long term.” Along with senior leadership roles within the civil service, including deputy minister to the premier, head of the Nova Scotia public service and clerk of the Executive Council, Mr. Fowler also headed the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. In 2011, he received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Ms. Allen served as the Mayor of Windsor until retiring in 2008. She also served as a school board member, town councillor and as a former president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Mr. Thurber is a former warden of the Municipality of the District of Digby, a post he held from 2000 to 2010. He also served as councillor from 1998 to 2000. “Anna, Jim and I are looking forward to helping Bridgetown get back on its feet,” said Mayor Fowler. “We will do whatever needs to be done to ensure the residents of Bridgetown are heard, and get the stable government and services they expect and deserve.” Darrell Hiltz is now the chief administrative officer of Bridgetown, also effective immediately. Mr. Hiltz served as chief administrative officer for the Municipality of the District of Chester from 2004 until 2009. Before that, he spent 30 years with the province, serving as deputy minister of Natural Resources and Economic and Rural Development. Mr. Hiltz will now lead Bridgetown municipal staff and help council carry out the changes needed to ensure the town’s future financial stability. Provincial staff have been in the town since the mayor and council resigned May 31. Financial irregularities in the town’s books have been uncovered, including questions about recording of payments of some residents’ tax and water bills. These findings prompted the province to order, and pay for, a forensic audit. The accounting firm hired to conduct the forensic audit will be announced this week. The audit will ensure Bridgetown’s financial documents are in order, and provide relevant information to support the RCMP investigation. “The future of Bridgetown must be shaped by you and your family, the people living, working or running a business within the town,” Mr. MacDonell said. “The team we have put in place will actively seek out your views, as we work together to build a strong future for families and the community of Bridgetown.” The town will hold its first public council meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 14. Residents with questions or ideas can call 902-665-4637, or go online to the town’s website at www.town.bridgetown.ns.ca .last_img read more

Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program Reduces Incidences of Drunk Driving

first_imgNova Scotia’s Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program (AIIP) is keeping Nova Scotians safer from drunk drivers. “Drunk driving is serious issue in our province, contributing to 25 per cent of all motor vehicle fatalities each year on average,” said Margaret Miller, MLA for Hants East and past president of MADD Canada, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “I have long been a supporter of using the interlock device as a way to deter impaired driving. It’s great to see such strong evidence that the AIIP is working to modify behaviour among drunk drivers.” Five years ago, government embarked upon a research study on the effectiveness of the AIIP to reduce re-offences among impaired drivers. An interlock device is used to measure blood alcohol content by having the driver breathe into a tube connected to the device. The car will not start if the driver’s blood alcohol reading is greater than 0.02 per cent. Research results showed that AIIP participants were 90 per cent less likely to drive impaired when the device was installed on their vehicle and 79 per cent less likely even once the device was removed. Between 2008 and 2014, researchers tracked 1,613 participants. Currently in Nova Scotia, 317 people are in the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program. “The design of the program was based on best practice so that participants would have the best opportunity for rehabilitation and behavior change,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Due to the comprehensive nature of Nova Scotia’s program, we know other jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally, have a keen interest in our approach and results.” Based on the results, government is developing an action plan for the continued use of the interlock device in Nova Scotia. The research was conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and was overseen by the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Health and Wellness, and Justice.last_img read more

Delhi govt all set to launch nearly 200 Mohalla Clinics by September

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government is all set to launch nearly 200 Mohallah Clinics by next month, said the sources in the government. All these clinics are mostly ready for the use and now the government is working on the appointment of doctors in these clinics and also some last-minute infrastructural work is going on.”Most of these Mohallah Clinics are fully ready. The Public Works Department is working on the last-minute setting up of furniture in these clinics. The work of appointment of doctors are also going on,” said a senior official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi government will declare the list of premises selected for the opening of mohalla clinics on a rental basis next week, according to a notice issued by the state nodal officer of aam aadmi mohalla clinics. Recently, the government had issued an advertisement seeking expression of interest from people who want to rent out spaces. Sources said the government is offering up to Rs 20,000 rental for mohalla clinics, the first tier of health services in the state, with a minimum space of two rooms and two toilets spread over 50-60 sqm. “Currently, 195 mohalla clinics are operational. Of this, 97 are running out of rented premises,” said an official. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe government has decided this year to rent private lands because the projects got delayed due to the availability of the lands. Now after the decision of taking lands in rent, the work progress is going fast, sources confirmed. The Delhi government will also extend the timings of mohalla or neighbourhood clinics, and in effect starting a second shift in them to cater to excessive demand. According to report nearly 36 Mohallah Clinics will now work for 12 hour which was earlier of 8 hours. The existing clinics each seeing visits by at least 150 patients a day will be open from 7am to 7pm, six days a week. Mohallahclinics of Delhi, the flagship project of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will also get an up-gradation where the various important tests for the patients would be outsourced to the private labs. Tenders have also been issued for outsourcing laboratory services for the clinics and mobile health services. This will make the tests faster and perfect. “The Delhi government tries to give all the tests facilities at the Mohallahclinics but in some places, we face problems due to lack of technicians. Now if we can outsource these tests it will help the patients and also bring down the rush,” said an official.last_img read more

Responses to sexual misconduct allegations against Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown

first_imgTORONTO – Allegations of sexual misconduct have been reported against Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, who resigned his position early Thursday while emphatically denying the claims. Here are some of the responses to the situation.___“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear. However, defeating Kathleen Wynne in 2018 is more important than one individual. For this reason, after consulting with caucus, friends and family I have decided to step down as Leader of the Ontario PC Party. I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations.” – Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown___“These allegations are false. Every one of them. I will defend myself as hard as I can, with all the means at my disposal. I can’t speculate on the motive of my accusers, I can only say they what they are saying is categorically untrue.”“I know that the court of public opinion moves fast. I have instructed my attorneys to ensure that these allegations are addressed where they should be: in a court of law. In short, I reject these accusation in the strongest possible terms.” – Brown___“My thoughts are with the brave young women who have spoken out to describe horrible, degrading and unsafe experiences they say happened at the hands of Patrick Brown. I’m disgusted and disturbed by these sexual misconduct allegations. Patrick Brown must resign, immediately. He deserves his day in court, but no person can lead a political party in this province with allegations like these hanging over his head.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath___“It’s a difficult and brave thing to do to come forward in the way these young women have done tonight. My government and I have been clear on the issue of sexual harassment and assault. In fact our policy and our ad were called ‘It’s Never Okay.’” – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.___“Sexual misconduct and sexual harassment have no place in Canadian society, especially within our political system. I understand how difficult it can be to come forward under these circumstances. The allegations against the Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are extremely serious and should be fully investigated.” — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer___“In the interest of the Ontario PC Party we unanimously agree that Mr. Brown cannot continue serving as the leader. Mr. Brown is entitled to a legal defense and due process, but he cannot lead us into an election as a result of these allegations. — Ontario PC Deputy Leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark___“Every citizen of Ontario deserves respect. Everyone has the right to be free from unwelcome behaviour or advances. I do not and will not tolerate abuse or harassment, and I will do everything in my power to fight against it. My heart goes out to the women who have been impacted by this behaviour. It takes courage to come forward and make these claims. These women deserve our support and thanks.” – Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod.___“Earlier today all three of us became aware of allegations against Patrick Brown. After speaking with him, our advice was that he should resign as PC Party leader. He did not accept that advice. Since our view is that this advice was in the best interest of the PC Party, we have therefore resigned our positions as, respectively, Campaign Manager, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Campaign Manager (Strategy).” — Joint statement from Andrew Boddington, Alykhan Velshi and Dan Robertson.___“This evening I learned of allegations against Patrick Brown. As a result, it is in the best interest of the PC Party that he step down immediately. As he has chosen to follow a different route, I am resigning as the PC Party Press Secretary.” – Nick Bergamini, former PC Party Press Secretary___“We are living in a powerful moment where woman and girls across Ontario, Canada and around the woerld are ending their silence — and their stories of sexual harassment are being heard. This is a sad day.” – Caroline Mulroney.___last_img read more

WOMEN BEHIND CANADIAN TV MOLLY MCGLYNN

first_imgMolly McGlynn Advertisement Advertisement Treating others with kindness and respect can go a long way, even when you’re the one that’s supposed to be telling everyone else what to do. That’s a key lesson director Molly McGlynn has learned over the years working on a variety of projects ranging from short films, feature films, television and digital series in both Canada and the U.S. A typical day on set can be very long and very tiring, so McGlynn places a high level of importance on creating a safe and welcoming environment that uses positivity to encourage creativity.After beginning her career as a writer, McGlynn soon found herself directing projects, including her first feature film Mary Goes Round, starring Aya Cash. Soon after finding success with that movie, McGlynn moved into directing well known Canadian TV series such as Workin’ Moms, Little Dog and Bad Blood. She also directed the CBC digital series How to Buy A Baby, recently an International Emmy nominee for Short-Form Series.McGlynn spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss her experience directing episodic television. Not only has she directed on several different Canadian shows, but when we spoke, McGlynn had just completed directing an episode of ABC’s Speechless, which aired January 18. She discussed the differences she’s noticed between directing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as how she got that very important first opportunity at directing for TV. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: Were you always interested in directing? How did you get into it?Molly McGlynn: Directing didn’t occur to me until a little bit later in life. As a kid, I knew I was drawn to the arts and I really loved art history. I got my degree at Queen’s University in Kingston and majored in film, but minored in art history. There was even a point where I got in to do a master’s in museum studies in Dublin and was going to move there, but I ended up staying in Toronto doing postgrad at Humber College for writing and producing for television. That certainly helped me think about directing a little bit more. Twitterlast_img read more

Heightened awareness about weapons of mass destruction Security Council told

Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica, chairman of the so-called 1540 Committee, which is named after the relevant Council resolution from 2004, told a Council meeting that the threat from non-State actors remains significant and the international community must therefore act with vigilance to combat it.Many United Nations Member States had taken specific measures to implement the resolution, such as adopting new laws and enforcement programmes, creating assistance schemes and executing new policies, Mr. Urbina said.But he added that some Member States need to step up their efforts, especially in trying to overcome potential or real links between weapons of mass destruction and non-State actors, such as terrorist groups and black marketeers.Mr. Urbina made his briefing as the Committee presented its latest report on the resolution to the Council. 18 August 2008The committee tasked with monitoring the Security Council resolution about the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction has substantially raised awareness about the dangers posed by the links between such weapons and non-State groups since it was formed, its chairman said today. read more

Congressional analysts Economy hurt by poor 1st quarter to grow by just

Congressional analysts: Economy, hurt by poor 1st quarter, to grow by just 1.5 per cent in 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2014 8:01 am MDT WASHINGTON – The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 per cent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration’s, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6 per cent this year even though it contracted by an annual rate of 2.1 per cent in the first quarter.The economy did grow by 0.9 per cent during the first half of 2014.Looking ahead, the CBO said it expected the economy to grow by 3.4 per cent over 2015 and 2016, and predicted that the unemployment rate would remain below 6 per cent into the future.The economy went into reverse at the beginning of this year, reeling from an unusually harsh winter that disrupted consumer spending, factory production and other business activity.Growth in the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and services, recovered in the second quarter, advancing at an annual rate of 4 per cent, according to the government’s first estimate. That forecast will be revised on Thursday.Even with the rebound, economists have lowered their outlook for the entire year, given the weak start. Economists at JPMorgan Chase are forecasting that the economy will grow by 1.9 per cent this year, when measured from the fourth quarter, down from 3.1 per cent in 2013.The CBO also projected that the government would run a deficit of $506 billion for the budget year that ends Sept. 30. That would be the lowest level of Barack Obama’s presidency.When the deficit is measured against the size of the economy, the comparison used most by analysts, it is within historic levels at 2.9 per cent of GDP. Last year’s deficit was $680 billion.The deficit spiked at $1.4 trillion in Obama’s first year in office and remained above $1 trillion for his entire first term.The CBO foresees a slight increase from its earlier $492 billion projection of this year’s deficit in part because of a decline in expected corporate tax receipts. But it see modest improvement over the coming decade compared with earlier forecasts, in large part because it predicts lower-than-expected interest payments on the national debt.Obama inherited a recession and a trillion-dollar-plus deficit picture when he took office in the aftermath of the 2008 fiscal crisis. The economy has recovered more slowly than hoped; some of the recent drop in the jobless rate is due to frustrated job-seekers leaving the labour market.“There is no question we have made progress — businesses have added 9.9 million jobs over 53 straight months of job growth,” said Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. “But there is more we need to do.”The report confirms a trend of short-term improvement in the deficit but an unsustainable long-term fiscal path if Washington doesn’t cut spending or raise additional revenue.Over the long term, the CBO said “the large and increasing amount of federal debt would have serious negative consequences” including the risk of a crisis that could raise interest rates.All told, the CBO predicted that the government would add $7.2 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade, bringing the total debt to $26.6 trillion by 2024.The latest numbers come as the GOP-controlled House and Obama are taking a break from the budget, debt and tax battles that have flared up several times since Republicans won back the House in 2010.One of the biggest unresolved issue facing lawmakers when they return to Washington next month is the fate of dozens of popular expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Those breaks, if renewed, could add almost $140 billion to next year’s deficit.Obama did not see attacking the deficit as a priority during his first term. Republicans forced him to the negotiating table in 2011 and extracted more than $2 trillion in spending cuts over the following decade, though little of that savings came from big benefit programs such as Medicare.___AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report. read more

Column Its easy for ministers on high salaries to ignore the importance

first_imgWHEN MY DAUGHTER Beth was first born I received one monthly payment of €166 before it was reduced. I didn’t pay much attention to the drop in the child benefit then as I did think it was a very high payment. According to my mother, back in the 80s child benefit was a fraction of what was received now. I felt lucky to have the payment.Even last year, when it was reduced further to €140 for the first child I didn’t worry about it too much. Having €10 less a month wasn’t really going to make much of a difference to me. However, this year, there is another €10 per month gone from my monthly budget. Since Beth was born, there has been a total of €36 per month reduction and she’s only three. Although I’m not headed for the poor house I am constantly making cuts and living frugally.While I understand there are cuts to be made I would like to have seen a lot more thought put into it. Surely an across-the-board cut on child benefit was not the best answer. Yes, it was the easiest with no extra admin costs but there are many families that are depending on child benefit to get them through the month.What I would have preferred to have seen in Budget 2013 was a proper look at how family services could be improved so that a reduction in the child benefit would not mean as much – things like subsidised childcare and education costs for all kids. The cost of childcare is a real barrier for people who want to get back out into the work place but in reality, childcare costs would take all of, and in some cases more than, their wages. Working for a loss while you are already struggling to put food on the table is just not feasible.Different circumstancesI asked three other mums to tell me how it has affected them. They are all in very different situations – which shows that cutting everyone simply wasn’t fair.Deborah, a working mum of one, wasn’t worried about money when her son was born but things have changed. She told me:The drastic reduction in my take home pay while on maternity leave was the first clue. Although we had savings, having a good salary reduced to €262 per week maternity benefit for six months certainly took its toll. Our ‘good’ salaries were also getting eaten up by extra taxes such as the household charge and the increase in motor tax and increased rates for petrol, heating oil, and electricity. Another mother is Alison, a mum to three kids and is down €38 per month. She has been finding things difficult for the last few years, but January was particularly bad. She told me that even though many people are broke just after Christmas, she believes that €38 would have made a big difference to her. Alison said:I hate telling the kids I’ve no food there. Now, have to say, this is the first time it has been this bad. I don’t bring the kids anywhere these days as we have no money. If we hadn’t of bought this house that is costing us all we have then I’d have left Ireland by now.Wasting moneySiobhan, another mother affected by the recent cuts, runs a local parenting website called Mumstown. She finds it hard to swallow that the government have spent €23m on the Poolbeg incinerator project, which was abandoned, and €26m on the children’s hospital before the location was changed. The wasting of so much money and the taking of money from those who need it is something that bothers her a lot.Siobhan told me:For the first and second child the cut was €10 which was bad enough each but for the third child it was €18 and the fourth, fifth, sixth and subsequent children it was €20 each. So a family with four children lost €58 and a family with 5 children lost €78. It’s a big cut in one go and has had a serious impact on many families.She said the fact they cut the back to school allowance so much during the summer hurt families too, adding that she had very little faith in the government:When Labour canvassed for our votes they swore they would tackle the mortgage crisis and not touch children’s allowance and they blatantly lied about both those issues. Despite all the petitions, marches they ignore the ordinary people and do what they want.The child benefit cuts that came into effect this month have made a difference to a lot of families. My situation, and the situations of my friends mentioned here is testament that everyone’s circumstances are different. The speculation is that cuts will continue to be made until there is a flat rate of €100 per child. These cuts will have a detrimental effect on the children in our society if there aren’t improvements made in other areas like childcare and education.It’s easy for ministers on high salaries to ignore the importance of child benefit to families. In most cases, I believe they are so far removed from the person on the street they have no idea how badly off people are and what a difference this particular cut makes. We could argue about means testing the payment, but the government would probably use admin costs as a reason not to implement it.There are many groups on Facebook and other social media sites still discussing cuts and organising protests. I, for one, will be involved. Don’t just complain, stand up and be counted.Nessa Toale is a single mother and a writer. Her book is called The Secret Beneath Bleeker Avenue. She also writes a blog:  Life, love and the pursuit of a crawling baby. More information can be found on her Facebook Page here. To read more articles by Nessa click here.FLASHBACK: Eamon Gilmore says Labour won’t cut child benefit>Explainer: Can you refuse Child Benefit payments?>last_img read more

Christofias Cautious about progress of talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has said he is very cautious to speak about convergences during the first phase of the intensive talks, in the framework of the ongoing direct negotiation process, to solve the Cyprus problem. Speaking on his return to the Presidential Palace after the end of Wednesday’s meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, at the residence of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Tayie Brook Zerihoun, President Christofias said that they continued the open discussion on the issue of governance, “in an effort to reach a mutual understanding. And this will continue during the next meeting,” he added. Asked if the goal of reaching convergences during the intensive talks has been accomplished, President Christofias said “not yet”. UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer, noted on Wednesday that the leaders continued through the course of the day with “a free and very open exchange of views” on the chapter of governance and power sharing. “The talks”, he said, “were held in a very positive atmosphere, there was a very good spirit.” The representatives of the two leaders, George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami, will continue discussion on the same chapter following Wednesday. The first round of meetings concluded on Wednesday, while the second round will take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of January.last_img read more

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ Trailer Resurrects This Franchise

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Do people really care that much about Zombieland? The first movie was fun enough in 2009, with some entertaining actors both in the main cast as well as surprise cameos. But in a media landscape swarming with zombie content, was this really anyone’s favorite? The box office doesn’t seem to suggest that. Plus there was that failed attempt at a TV spin-off for Amazon.But whatever, zombies haven’t gone anywhere in the past ten years. And director Ruben Fleischer is riding high off the success of famous bad yet successful movie Venom. So here’s your first trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap.The sequel reunites the original cast, human survivors of the zombie apocalypse who all use their hometown as a code name. Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone return as relatively normal Columbus and Wichita. Abigail Breslin is all grown up as Little Rock. And Woody Harrelson once again steals the show as trigger-happy Tallahassee.The plot seems to involve rescuing Little Rock who has run away with a pot-dealing hipping boyfriend played by Avan Jogia. But really the trailer just teases more zombie comedy action. Tallahassee wears an Elvis outfit in the abandoned White House and gets held at gunpoint by Rosario Dawson. Columbus brings home a dumb new survivor played by Zoey Deutch. Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch appear as Bizarro alternate universe versions of the main cast. And who knows what other celebrities will pop up.Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters October 18. For more on zombies learn more about the inexplicable upcoming Walking Dead movie and check out this fungus that turns cicadas into horny zombies.last_img read more

WWE refutes claim of scheduled NXT events in Philadelphia

first_img Roman Reigns is in Remission SPOILERS: 6/29 ROH tapings from Philadelphia, NWA National Title changes hands Google+ Twitter Triple H Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Rare footage of final ECW match from ECW Arena, WWE in Nielsen’s Top 10 for social media Impact Wrestling announces television tapings for May at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE has refuted a story from earlier today that they had a hold on two dates to run NXT live events in Philadelphia at the former ECW Arena (2300 Arena) for 5/15 and 5/16.WWE contacted Dave Meltzer and notified him that while there has been talks with the 2300 Arena to run NXT live events in May, nothing has yet to be made official as of today. Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Carmella sends a message to “trolls”, Jonathan Coachman to miss RAW, Pat McAfee returning

first_img Twitter Carmella replaces Dolph Ziggler, will appear at Oz Comic-Con in Australia Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Facebook WhatsApp Carmella sends a message to “trolls”Following her win at WWE Backlash this past Sunday night in Newark, Smackdown Women’s Champion Carmella took to Twitter to address “trolls” tweeting at her.Carmella successfully retained the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Charlotte.Trolls:“Carmella screams too much!”“Carmella is the ‘wrong’ kind of annoying!”“Carmella can’t wrestle”Me: pic.twitter.com/EgQZU7786I— Smackdown Womens Champion (@CarmellaWWE) May 7, 2018Jonathan Coachman to miss RAWDue to obligations with the Golf Channel, Jonathan Coachman revealed he would miss next week’s RAW taping in London, England as part of WWE’s European tour.Next week is my 2nd @WorldLongDrive telecast for @GolfChannel. I hate missing any show but as I have said cross promotion is good for everybody. And I LOVE golf as many people know. https://t.co/mNh5408PHI— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) May 8, 2018Pat McAfee returningFormer NFL star Pat McAfee announced on Instagram that he will be returning to NXT to take part on the NXT TakeOver: Chicago Kickoff Show on June 16.McAfee was brought in to be part of the NXT TakeOver: New Orleans Kickoff Show over WrestleMania weekend and received very positive reviews.center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest WWE announces Mixed Tag Team Match for 24/7 Championship to open RAW tonight last_img read more

Harry Kane plays down concerns over his fitness

first_imgTottenham forward Harry Kane has declared he feels “sharp and fit” even after having a slow start to the Premier League season.There have been concerns that Kane needs to rest after he helped his national side England reach the World Cup semi-finals. A World Cup that gave him the award of Golden Boot in Russia.However, the 25-year-old Kane played down any worries he was struggling with fatigue as he confirms he would respond against Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“People are always going to look for stuff, especially when you are a big part of the team and someone who is there to get the goals,” he told UK newspapers quoted in FourFourTwo.“As a team, we can all do better and as the striker, you get spoken about more, but I feel sharp and fit and if I wasn’t the manager would not be picking me.“He believes in me, I believe in myself and hopefully I can score a couple of goals on Tuesday and it will be put to bed.”last_img read more

Marko Arnautovic vows to be ready for West Hams London derby

first_imgWest Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic is prepared to play through pain ahead of Saturday’s derby with London rivals TottenhamArnautovic has been struggling with a knee injury since West Ham’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in August.But the 29-year-old did feature in the club’s 1-0 win over Manchester United last month and managed the full 90 minutes in West Ham’s 1-0 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion before the international break.After scoring the winning goal in Austria’s 1-0 triumph over Northern Ireland last Friday, Arnautovic is expected to feature against Tottenham at the London Stadium.Although he admits that it will take some time for his knee to fully heal.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.“And on the weekend I can play, that is the most important thing. Obviously, you can’t do anything on this bone bruise.“You can’t change it you can’t do nothing, you just have to treat it well to settle it down but I can handle the pain so for me in the game I am 100 per cent fit.”last_img read more

Leicester City to honour late chairman with memorial statue

first_imgLeicester City football club have announced that they will hoist memorial statue of their owner late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside of the King Power Stadium, following his tragic death in a Helicopter crash last month.Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five victims that died in a helicopter crash on October 27, after Leicester’s Premier League game against West Ham.After Leicester’s Premier League game against West Ham on October 27, Leicester City chairman aboard with other five victims died in the helicopter crash.While Leicester City confirmed the plan on their official website, Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, Aiyawatt, made another announcement in souvenir programme for Saturday’s match against Burnley.In the programme, as quoted by BBC Sport, Aiyawatt said:Harry 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.“We will never be able to repay what he did for us – for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond.”“We are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy.”“Our continued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new training ground and our planned stadium expansion will help realise his vision for Leicester City.”A special video will be played before the kickoff of Leicester City game and Burnley on Saturday as club players will also wear shirts embroidered with their former owner’s name.last_img read more

DeafVibe prepares 2014 national tour

first_imgVancouver is also home to the Washington School for the Deaf, 611 Grand Blvd., which was first founded as the “Washington School for Defective Youth” in 1886. Its stated mission is to ensure “all deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington reach their full potential.”At first DeafVibe was a part of a for-profit company, setting up students and colleges with sign language interpreters for a charge, but the business was soon divided in two. However, both parts — nonprofit educational guidance and for-profit interpreting — are still tied together. National Vocational Interpreting (NVI) subsidizes DeafVibe with thousands of dollars a month. In turn, the nonprofit offers, but doesn’t require, the services of NVI to private colleges and students in need of interpreters.Brian Bearden remains chief executive officer of NVI but has been shifting his time more toward DeafVibe, of which he is the executive director. He hasn’t made a salary from DeafVibe yet and said he no longer handles most day-to-day operations of the for-profit business. He’s wary of any implications that DeafVibe is persuading its clients to hire NVI interpreters in lieu of others. Half of DeafVibe’s current crop of students use NVI interpreters, he said.“At the end of the day if they don’t use our interpreters, that’s fine,” Bearden said.— Stover Harger IIISucceeding in college can be tricky, even without the ongoing struggle to communicate in a world without sound. That’s why the DeafVibe Foundation wants to lend a hand.The Vancouver-based advocacy organization, which helps guide deaf and hard-of-hearing people from all over the country while they are training in vocational schools, is preparing to take an RV on the road for its second national tour, starting in March.last_img read more

Stranger Things season 4 might start filming in October

first_img See It More on Stranger Things Apple iPhone XS TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read DJI Osmo Action preview I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It $999 Turo Tags 59 Photos Stranger Things, please be on your way back. Netflix Stranger Things season 3 hasn’t even been out for a month yet, but fans who’ve already binge-watched it on Netflix are ready for some news about season 4.According to CNET sister site ComicBook.com, a new listing from film trade publication Production Weekly indicates the sci-fi/horror series is going to begin shooting a fourth season this fall. The site says filming could begin in October, meaning the new series might be available in 2020.Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See at Turo $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Angela Lang/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comment $210 at Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylocenter_img See it Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate See at Amazon $999 Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Warning: possible spoilers ahead! There’s no word on what the plot will be (it will almost certainly involve chasing monsters from the Upside Down, duh), or when in the 1980s the show will take place. (Season 3 was the summer of 1985.) But ComicBook.com reports “there are contracts in place for the cast to return,” and even star David Harbour, who had a mysterious ending in the third season, could be back.”There’s always discussion on set about kicking around ideas about what would be cool and stuff,” Harbour told the site earlier in July, before adding that fans needed to watch the third season, which leaves his character’s fate ambiguous. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Season 3 is now live: What’s coming for season 4? The biggest season 3 WTF questions we want answered Watch the Stranger Things cast play their own video game Stranger Things 3 turning Netflix ratings records Upside Down 1 Boost Mobile Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 7 $999 $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Best Buylast_img read more

Intel to invest Rs 1100 crore in India

first_imgKarnataka CM Siddaramaiah with state IT minister Priyank Kharge and Intel India General Manager Nivruti Rai during a press conference to announce the US-based multinational’s investment and expansion plans in the Indian sub-continent, in Bengaluru, on June 14, 2017.IANSChip maker Intel Corporation is investing $170 million in India to set up a new Research and Development (R&D) centre in this tech hub, a company executive said on Wednesday.”We are investing Rs 1,100 crore in our upcoming R&D centre in Bengaluru as part of our India expansion plans,” said Intel India General Manager Nivruti Rai at a news conference on the US-based multinational’s investment and expansion plans in the sub-continent.The new R&D facility in an eight-acre campus is expected to generate about 3,000 jobs over the next 18 months. It will also have a computer software development and hardware design services facility.The fresh investment is in addition to $2 billion the chip maker had invested in the country till 2016.The company’s Indian subsidiary has about 7,000 techies to design and power semiconductor chips for its global customers, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of computers, smart phones and other electronic devices.Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and IT Minister Priyank Kharge were also present on the occasion.The state high-level clearance committee, headed by the Chief Minister, cleared the company’s investment proposal on February 1, 2016 and the Karnataka Industrial Development Board allocated it the land in the city’s south-east suburb.The company’s India operations focus on R&D, hardware design, testing and validation of computer hardware and software products for the next-generation digital devices.The Intel India arm is registered with the state-run Software Technology Park India (STPI) under the 100 per cent export oriented unit scheme of the government.last_img read more

Beto ORourke Draws Crowds In Some Conservative Enclaves In Bid Against Ted

first_imgAbby Livingston/The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks at an event for his U.S. Senate campaign in Roanoke, Texas on Feb. 24, 2018.There was a frantic energy in the air Saturday morning amid a downpour of chilly rain as cars circled the sprawling John M. Tidwell Middle School parking lot, in search of spaces. But the candidate was about to speak, so a number of cars gave up.Crying uncle here, however, didn’t mean leaving. Instead, they haphazardly parked in fire lanes and were out of their vehicles practically before the engines stopped running.It’s the type of scene that plays out every four years in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire: Curious voters cram into gyms and cafeterias and warehouses to see the latest buzzed-about candidate who’s come to town.Except this wasn’t an early voting state, and this was not a candidate for president.Instead, hundreds of Texans turned out on Saturday to hear U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from far away El Paso, make his case for the U.S. Senate. This has been happening around the state but O’Rourke assured these Texans that they were special in his path to victory against Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.“If there is one county that is the linchpin of the 254 [counties] that will determine the outcome of this election, it is Tarrant County,” O’Rourke said.So why Tarrant County, of all places?This section of the sprawling, multi-county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region is the largest county in Texas that voted for Donald Trump in 2016.While Republicans have fled some of the state’s other large urban counties in droves for surrounding suburbs, in Tarrant, many of those conservative voters moved to suburbs within the county, keeping it a GOP stronghold for years. And the strongest Tea Party bastion of all is Tarrant’s northeast corner.The county seat is Fort Worth, a large U.S. city in its own right that is often begrudgingly overshadowed by next-door neighbor Dallas. Some Fort Worth neighborhoods have been known to produce highly-organized voter turnout, particularly the liberal east side, which constitutes Democratic U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey‘s base.But on Saturday, O’Rourke campaigned in the suburbs of Bedford and Roanoke. This area is home to the NE Tarrant Tea Party, one of the most potently effective and organized Tea Party groups in the state. Later in the day, he hosted an event on the southern edge of the county in Burleson, another community where conservatism runs deep.Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, grew up in northeast Tarrant County and suggested moments like O’Rourke’s success in the area demonstrates “the long-term fracture in the Republican Party.”“We have traditional, business-minded Republicans who support the idea of investing in public education and respecting the ability of everyone to realize their full potential in conflict with Tea Party Republicans who stand for very different ideals,” she said.In Roanoke, O’Rourke criticized the recent GOP tax law and advocated for making changes to the campaign finance system and boosting education funding. But he also spoke heavily about gun control and immigration — issues that might cause cringing among down-ballot Democratic candidates who want to focus on job creation.He only passingly mentioned Cruz.“The fact that we don’t even need to mention the name of our opponent — because that’s not what it’s about,” he said.Earlier that morning, O’Rourke campaigned at a Mexican restaurant in a Bedford strip mall. Again, the rain poured, and again, curious Texans spilled out into the patio and stood under awnings.Susan Harper, a local teacher, suggested that is why she braved the rain. Ten or so years ago, she said, Democrats were so scarce in her precinct that she was among 12 to vote in her party’s primary on that day.Now, she said, she knows there are likeminded people in her conservative community.“I found my tribe,” she said.Obama’s strategyConsciously or not, O’Rourke is following then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama‘s Iowa strategy in 2007 of campaigning hard in conservative areas with an aim to lose less badly there and make up the difference in urban areas.There is scant reliable, public polling on this race, so the best indicators of where it stands are anecdotal evidence like crowd sizes. If a candidate drew these kinds of crowds in smaller states, alarm bells would ring.But Texas is massive in population and in geography, and it is an open question whether this strategy will work.O’Rourke is rapidly narrowing the gap in fundraising against Cruz – a sign of strength and enthusiasm. But Cruz could draw tens of millions of dollars in support from super PACs, and if control of the closely divided Senate were to boil down to Texas, the amount of money outside GOP groups might spend to hold on to the state could prove record-setting.At the same time, Senate Democrats must defend 10 incumbents in states that Trump won, as well as in Minnesota, which he nearly carried.The national parties typically protect incumbents ahead of fueling challengers, suggesting Democrats will spend on protecting seats in Nevada and Arizona before they take a bite out of the many expensive media markets in Texas.U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who oversees the Senate GOP campaign arm, brushed off any concerns about Texas in jeopardy.“I think Ted Cruz is an exceptional candidate and has been an exceptional leader for Texas,” he told the Tribune in late January. “He’s done all the right things, he’ll continue to be a strong voice.”Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. Gardner suggested that if Texas could flip, then the entire political map would have been upended.“If people are worried that Texas is in play, then I guess California is our next victim when it comes to Senate races, too.”Cruz’s own consultant, Chris Wilson, tweeted a link to an El Paso Times articlethat reported 500 people turned out to Cruz’s own event over the weekend in El Paso — O’Rourke’s own hometown. Tweaking reporters in Tarrant County, he wrote, “OMG it’s a wave!”But other Republicans are more outwardly cautious — including Cruz.“In Texas, there’s nothing Democrats would like more than to turn Texas blue,” Cruz said at that event, the Times reported. “The men and women in this room are on the frontlines of the battleground to make sure that doesn’t happen. If we know the hard left is going to show up in big, big numbers, then our job is clear: We got to make sure conservatives show up in big, big numbers to keep Texas red.”Julie McCarty, president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, said she expects Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in particular to bring long coattails to her area. But she is not rolling her eyes at the possibility of a future Democratic surge.“The numbers right now don’t worry me,” she wrote to the Tribune in an email. “Patrick will win handily. But it would be foolish to ignore the momentum. If they can maintain it, they will eventually start making progress.”Back at the Mexican restaurant in Bedford, many of the attendees said the O’Rourke event and the recent proliferation of anti-Trump local organizations has made them realize they are not the only Democrats in their neighborhoods.But what if Gardner and the other Republicans are right — that all of this excitement and effort is for naught, that Cruz’s re-election bid is safe, as all statewide Republican candidates have been for over 20 years? “I’m awake,” said Harper, the Democratic teacher. “I’m not going back to sleep.” Sharelast_img read more