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The short break has worked wonders for Delhi Daredevils as they ended Sunrisers Hyderabad’s winning streak by registering an easy seven-wicket win. The table-toppers Hyderabad, despite the defeat are sitting pretty on the top and Delhi climbing to the third spot with 12 points.Delhi were without their regular captain and strike bowler Zaheer Khan, but in his absence Chris Morris and Nathan Coulter-Nile shined with brilliant spells. Skipper JP Duminy was all praise for the pace duo and overall bowling effort to restict Hyderabad to a modest total.’Bowlers were brilliant'”The bowling was exceptional in the last overs after they had a great start, but the way we came back was exceptional. We bank on those two to strike for us (NCN and Morris). It was a collective bowling effort,” Duminy said.Youngsters stepping up”It’s a short tournament and you have to put your best foot forward and we’ll see how it goes. The youngsters have been performing very well, it’s all about backing them. And they’ve been responding very well and it’s been a delight for me to watch them,” Duminy added.’Bats are massive’Man of the Match, Morris lauded the fellow bowlers for giving their 100 per cent and didn’t miss out on the opportunity to mention about the big bats used by modern day batsmen.”My job in the team is to bowl fast, and keep the run-rate down. No jokes, the bats are massive,” Morris said.
England captain Wayne Rooney will be left out of the starting lineup for their last Euro 2016 Group B match against Slovakia, British media reported.England need a point to make sure of reaching the last 16 but Rooney will not begin the game in St-Etienne on Monday and nor will full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Jordan Henderson will replace Rooney in midfield, with Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand coming in at right and left back respectively, the newspaper reports said.Strikers Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, who both scored after coming on as substitutes in England’s 2-1 win over Wales, will also start the match.England top the group with four points, one point ahead of Slovakia and Wales with Russia bottom on one.
4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar dismissed the notion that the Indian team won the Border-Gavaskar series against a depleted Australian side who were without two of its best batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner.Fittest, unstoppable and consistency personified — India’s history-making cricket team was showered with gushing praise by former players with Gavaskar slamming critics that the triumph came against a weak Australian team.India won the four-match series 2-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a rain-forced draw, their first ever Test series triumph on Australian soil in 71 years. What the weather could not hide was Australia’s poor performance with both bat and ball throughout the four matches.Gavaskar rejected the assertion and said that Cricket Australia could have handed Smith and Warner shorter bans instead of suspending them for a year for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March last year.Australia Cricketers’ Association (ACA) had also urged the board to reduce the bans but CA decided against it. Smith and Warner’s bans will end in March this year.What was the turning point in the series? Aussie skipper Tim Paine has his say… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/9oLqIKLNnTcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019″It is not India’s fault that this Australian team was without David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia could have handed them shorter bans but obviously it was thought that one-year bans would be good for Australian cricket, that they needed to be made an example for anyone who brings the game into disrepute,” Gavaskar said during a post-match show on ‘Sony Six’.advertisement”India played the opposition they were presented with and it’s a great achievement for them,” the former captain.According to Gavaskar what separates Kohli’s men from earlier teams is their world class fitness standards.”It is not that teams that I was a part of didn’t play to win. We also played to win but this team is at a different level in terms of fitness and the captain has shown the way. In our times, we used do our individual routines,” recalled Gavaskar.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael HusseyAlso Read | PM Narendra Modi congratulates Team India: A historic cricketing accomplishment in Australia
Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who toured the science exhibit, praised the students for their ingenuity in initiating solutions to the country’s pressing energy needs. A record 1,974 students, aged six to 19, from 85 primary and secondary schools participated in this year’s staging, which was held under the theme ‘Using Natural Resources to Generate Renewable Energy at Your School” and culminated with an awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 30. Story Highlights More than $2.6 million in cash and prizes were awarded to the top performers in this year’s renewal of the annual Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition.A record 1,974 students, aged six to 19, from 85 primary and secondary schools participated in this year’s staging, which was held under the theme ‘Using Natural Resources to Generate Renewable Energy at Your School’ and culminated with an awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 30.Cedric Titus Comprehensive High School from Trelawny topped the 16 to 19 age group for science, with the four-member team copping the $200,000 cash prize for their innovative waste-to-energy biodigester unit.Additionally, each member of the team was awarded a trophy and day passes to the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay.Second place went to Westwood High School, also from Trelawny, for their solar energy project, which landed them $160,000 in cash and prizes.The all-girl school was also adjudged this year’s overall top school, having won the 13 to 15 age group science competition, and placing second in 16 to 19 age category of the essay competitionAdditionally, PCJ awarded each school $500,000 to assist in funding the installation of the energy-efficient systems that were designed by the students at the institutions.The teams will also work with the PCJ’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department, which will provide recommendations and oversight in developing the projects.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who toured the science exhibit, praised the students for their ingenuity in initiating solutions to the country’s pressing energy needs.“We believe that the young people are critical to creating energy literacy in the country. By raising the level of awareness and appreciation for the cost of energy, speaks volumes to the success of this programme,” he said.In his remarks, PCJ Group General Manager, Winston Watson, noted that while the entity’s mandate is to drive Jamaica’s energy programme through government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as schools and hospitals, “we figure another way to get this message across is to start with the kids”.“So, if we can get the children to learn about energy and conservation, they can, in turn, teach their parents, and we can drive that message through until the whole society is knowledgeable about energy and conservation, and, hopefully, that will get us on the right path,” he stated.The annual competition challenges students to propose scientific solutions to prevailing industry issues as well as highlight the importance of energy conservation and diversity through prose and illustrated designs.The programme exposes participating students to the energy industry through seminars with industry experts and tours at energy facilities, with the aim of promoting the importance of conservation and diversity among youth. More than $2.6 million in cash and prizes were awarded to the top performers in this year’s renewal of the annual Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Competition.
zoom South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a contract to build two containerships for an undisclosed European client.HHI has not disclosed the ships’ capacity, but the contract amount of KRW 74.93 billion (USD 68m) places the containerships at around 1,900 TEUs.The expected delivery of the vessels is set for end of July 2016.Earlier this week HHI received a USD 200 million order for two 180,000 dwt bulk carriers, again for an unnamed European client, and one patrol boat for the South Korea’s Navy.The latest order pushes HHI’s 2014 orderbook to KRW 2.52 trillion (USD 2.28bn).World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO – Canadian pets are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Dr. Shane Renwick says there’s been a flurry of cannabis-related pet health research as Canada’s laws on recreational cannabis crystallize ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.The association’s national issues and animal welfare manager expects there to be more clinical trials in the pipeline going forward.“We hope that there will be the research required to allow safe registered products on the market in the not-too-distant future… It will offer alternatives in a lot of cases to medications we’re currently using for a variety of conditions,” Renwick added. “So it’s an exciting potential that we see.”Dr. Renwick said the association’s members have fielded many queries from clients asking about treating their pets ailments, such as pain, with cannabis. However, there is no legal avenue for veterinarians to prescribe pot, unlike for medical physicians, and not enough clinical evidence to support it, he added.The association is hopeful that Health Canada will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them “one step closer” in the process, he said.Many cannabis companies have been positioning themselves to cash in on the drug’s potential for pets as the country prepares up to for legalization of cannabis for adult use this fall.Canopy on Wednesday announced it got the green light from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada for its research into the use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, enriched oil to treat anxiety in certain animals. The research will be conducted by Canopy Animal Health, a division of Canopy’s affiliated research arm.“The use of natural-occurring cannabinoids as a therapy for companion animals is a logical new forefront of medical discovery… These trial approvals mark a significant milestone on the journey of making cannabis-based drugs accepted and recommended by veterinarians,” said Marc Wayne, managing director, Canopy Health Innovations, in a statement.CannTrust Holdings Inc. in April entered into a letter of intent with Grey Wolf Animal Health Inc. to develop cannabis products to support the well-being of pets. B.C.-based True Leaf Medicine in 2015 established True Leaf Pet Inc. to produce hemp-based products for sale worldwide.True Leaf said that in its 2018 fiscal year, sales of pet products totalled $1.4 million, up 280 per cent from the previous year.It’s tough to quantify the size of the nascent market for cannabis products for pets.In 2017, sales of cannabis products marketed for pets at medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries was nearly $7 million in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, according to BDS Analytics. In Colorado, sales of pet products grew 49 per cent in 2017, versus growth across all product categories at 15 per cent, it said.The pet pot segment growth, however, comes from an initially low base and its hard to gauge demand, said Greg Shoenfeld, vice president of operations for BDS Analytics, based in Colorado. However, in an increasingly competitive cannabis landscape, catering to pets can be a differentiator, he said.“Being able to develop a presence with the pet loving consumer could be a point of strength,” Shoenfeld said.Renwick believes there is a “huge” demand for safe, tested cannabis-based products for pets. The CVMA has been advocating that veterinarians should have the same ability as medical physicians to prescribe them as well.“Our pets are living longer, generally, cancer and other illnesses can produce a good deal of pain and discomfort for animals near the end of their lives,” he said.“And owners today are much more cognizant of wanting to alleviate any suffering that animals might endure.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions to make on Friday.The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction, and whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp.It’s a pivotal point in the unraveling of South Carolina’s nuclear debacle, which started in the summer of 2017 when privately-owned SCANA and its minority partner, state-owned Santee Cooper, gave up on the reactors they had spent a decade planning and building. The main contractor, Westinghouse, went bankrupt as it failed to make good on its promises of cheaper, easier construction methods. Projections of soaring electricity demand never materialized, thanks to energy efficiency and the advent of cheap natural gas.Commissioners have two important judgments on their agenda. First is whether SCE&G executives knew the project was failing and lied so that regulators would approve additional rate hikes to keep customers paying for it. Second is whether Dominion’s offer is good enough for ratepayers, or still leaves them on the hook for too much of the debt for the never-finished reactors.“Let me be blunt. You have a utility that bet the farm and lost. SCE&G poured $5 billion into a project and got nothing for it. By the end of this year, customers will have paid $2.2 billion for absolutely nothing — not a single watt of electricity,” said lawyer Scott Rubin, arguing on behalf of the AARP and its members — many of them consumers on fixed incomes — at the start of three weeks of hearings held by regulators in November.For most of the past 18 months, political leadership in South Carolina told SCE&G and Dominion they weren’t doing enough to ease the ratepayers’ burden. But now Attorney General Alan Wilson and House Speaker Jay Lucas are backing Dominion’s latest offer, which the state’s own consumer advocate and environmental and consumer groups says falls short.Dominion’s latest offer gets rid of the $1,000 rebate checks to SCE&G customers that dominated much of the merger discussion in 2018. Instead, Dominion wants to keep SCE&G rates at the same level set by legislators who passed a temporary 15 per cent rate cut earlier this year that knocks about $22 off the typical monthly bill. In 20 years, SCE&G customers would add $2.3 billion to the $2 billion they already paid for the mothballed project.Most of the consumer advocacy groups are still pushing for more. Watchdogs in the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff want about a 20 per cent rate cut, removing closer to $30 from monthly bills, and eliminating most of the extra charges for the reactors. Consumers and environmental groups want a bigger cut.Dominion Energy said a larger rate cut would force them to walk away from the SCE&G deal, although they made the same threat when lawmakers considered the temporary cut. When that passed, they altered their merger proposal.SCE&G said a significant rate cut without the extra money from the Dominion deal means bankruptcy, although utility executives testified before regulators they could not guarantee that is what they would do.Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Comer said the regulators’ hands remain tied by a law passed in 2007 that greatly reduced their ability to scrutinize rate hikes.The Base Load Review Act allowed the utility to get rate increases to essentially pay in advance for the reactors without risk to its shareholders, and sets a high bar to get that money back. There have been legal challenges, but the law is still in place.“For about the last year, we’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. Some by people looking for a good sound bite on TV or in the newspaper,” Comer said at the end of the November hearings. “We’ve been unable to respond.”On Friday, the commissioners get to speak as loudly as they want.Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press
The GSP+ scheme is designed to help developing countries by granting full removal of tariffs on over 66% of tariff lines covering a very wide array of products including, for example, textiles and fisheries. The GSP Regulation sets strict and clear criteria for granting GSP+.Firstly, the applicant must meet economic criteria, i.e. it must be a vulnerable developing country with a non-diversified economy and low level of imports into the EU. Secondly, the country must have ratified the 27 international conventions required under GSP+. It must not have formulated reservations which are prohibited by these conventions, and the most recent conclusions of the monitoring bodies under those conventions must not identify any serious failure to effectively implement them.The new GSP Regulation provides for continuous monitoring of the GSP+ beneficiaries’ obligations. Once a country is granted GSP+, the EU must, therefore, monitor that it abides by its commitments, namely to: maintain ratification of the international conventions covered by GSP+; ensure their effective implementation; comply with reporting requirements; accept regular monitoring in accordance with the conventions; and cooperate with the EU and provide all necessary information. (Colombo Gazette) More generally, the European Union says it supports the leadership shown by the Government in committing to address historic and long-standing problems that have caused conflict and negatively affected the lives and living standards of all Sri Lankans. Benefitting from GSP+ requires the Government to undertake to make further progress in implementing the conventions and to cooperate with the EU to monitor implementation and address shortcomings. The European Union today reiterated that the ratification and implementation of 27 international conventions signed by a succession of Sri Lankan Governments, are the only criteria on which the Government of Sri Lanka’s application to rejoin the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is assessed.The EU office in Colombo said that the conventions relate to international human rights, labour rights, environmental standards and good governance. This includes the undertakings made, for instance, in the resolution that Sri Lanka co-sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council. The European Union is working with the Government and civil society organisations to structure our support and engagement to positively contribute to the Government’s national reconciliation and good governance aims.The EU is Sri Lanka’s biggest export market, accounting for nearly one-third of Sri Lanka’s global exports. In 2015, total bilateral trade amounted to €4.7 billion. The EU’s Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance, GSP+, is part of EU’s unilateral tariff preferences in favour of developing countries.
OTTAWA – The federal government is broadening the scope of its $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments to include companies from all industrial sectors.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will be in Hamilton later today to announce that Ottawa’s so-called strategic innovation fund will no longer be restricted to just a handful of sectors in Canada.The fund was announced in the federal budget and designed to allocate the money over five years to support research and development, the scale-up of high-potential companies and efforts to attract investment to Canada.The budget described it as a consolidation of several “business innovation” programs, including existing funds to support the automotive, aerospace, space and defence sectors.The spring budget had also said companies from sectors such as clean technology and agri-food would be eligible.The program will now offer a mixture of repayable contributions and non-repayable contributions to firms in all sectors. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Singh Bains takes part in a technology event in Ottawa on May 8, 2017. The federal government is broadening the scope of its $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments to include companies from all industrial sectors. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will be in Hamilton later today to announce that Ottawa’s so-called strategic innovation fund will no longer be restricted to just a handful of sectors in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 2:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds to widen scope of $1.26B business innovation fund to cover all sectors
Invest urgently in services that give young children, especially the most deprived, the best start in life. Make family-friendly early childhood development policies a national priority – and a private sector imperative. Appropriately, its first commemoration falls on 1 June, the Global Day of Parents, which itself provides an opportunity to appreciate parents throughout the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. In a video statement, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham spoke passionately about the importance of parenting. “When you have children, you want to protect them, you want to teach them”, he said. “I always tell my kids to be respectful, to be polite, to treat people how you want to be treated”. UNICEF underscores that “being a parent is the most important job in the world”, saying that they and other caregivers are the main providers of the nutrition, stimulation and protection that every baby needs for healthy brain development. “During the first few years of life, a child’s brain develops at a never-again-repeated speed of more than one million new neural connections every second” according to the UN agency. “This period offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape a child’s ability to learn, grow and contribute fully to her society”. While parents want to do the best by their children, many must work long hours, often away from home, to support their families. The basis for this year’s message: “It’s about time”, underscores that parents need time to provide the “eat, play, love” children require to start their lives. “Family-friendly policies, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, childcare and child grants, give parents the time they need to build their babies’ brains”, the UN Children’s Fund maintained. As a shared responsibility, UNICEF calls on businesses and governments to “invest in family-friendly policies, to build more prosperous and fair societies”. Expand access to effective early childhood development services in homes, schools, communities and health clinics. UNICEF’s six-point call to action on early childhood development: Provide dedicated leadership for early childhood development programmes and coordinate efforts more effectively across sectors. Collect data on indicators of early childhood development and track progress in reaching the most deprived. Drive demand for quality early childhood development services. According to UNICEF, the month of June is a time to focuse on raising awareness of the impact that protection, nutrition and stimulation have on brains in the earliest years of life. It also supports parents in pressing governments and businesses to invest in family-friendly policies, especially targeted towards working parents, and seeks to build an online community of parents by meeting their demands for reliable, relatable, and practical content. A special message from our Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, on Global Day of Parents. https://t.co/acFJPUUbNE #EarlyMomentsMatter pic.twitter.com/tizZDHXDgo— UNICEF (@UNICEF) June 1, 2019
Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in a game on Oct. 11 against Minnesota State. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team faces its first major road test as the team travels to Minnesota for a battle between two top dogs of the Women’s Hockey Collegiate Association Conference. The No. 4 Buckeyes (5-1-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) will face off against the No. 3 Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0 WCHA) in an early matchup in conference play with two games this weekend. Coming off two victories the previous weekend against Minnesota State, Ohio State will try and build off that momentum in the hopes that it will negate the home field advantage that the Gophers will have. Head coach Nadine Muzerall said facing Minnesota on the road is nothing new to this team, and last season’s trip to Ridder Arena saw the Buckeyes win both games, one of which in a shootout. “It’s nothing different. Every year Minnesota is ranked in the Top 8, and often times ranked even higher,” Muzerall said. “They’re three, we’re four right now. It’s going to be a couple of great games. They have the home crowd advantage playing in Ridder Arena, but it’s nothing this team hasn’t seen over the past two years.”Senior forward Nicole Schammel leads the Golden Gophers with nine points on the season, tied for No. 3 in the NCAA. Minnesota also has three other players in the Top 20 in scoring: sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle, junior defenseman Patti Marshall and senior forward Kelly Pannek.The Minnesota offense is tied for No. 4 in the nation with 4.33 goals per game, and is tied for No. 6 with 1.50 goals allowed.The Buckeyes will have plenty of key weapons to look to as they try to come away with wins this weekend, most notably freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli, who was named WCHA Player of the Week for her performance against Minnesota State the past week. In only the second game of her Buckeye career, Braendli notched a shutout, stopping all 22 shots against her throughout Friday’s 4-0 win. On Saturday, she allowed one goal, but saved 33 shots and kept the Buckeyes in the game through overtime. In total, she ended the series with a .982 save percentage. “The goal that was scored off of her was tipped off a skate,” Muzerall said. “So, when she is able to see the puck, she tracks the puck well. She’s very well positioned, and is relaxed, calm and poised.”Another player that highlights for Ohio State is sophomore forward Emma Maltais. Maltais led the team last season in points scored and is starting this season doing the same thing. In just six games played, Maltais already has 10 points, tied for the lead in the NCAA.“You need dynamic players like Emma in this league,” Muzerall said. “Teams like Wisconsin and Minnesota are filled with them. She’s a phenomenal athlete both on and off the ice and it shows leading the league in points last year. Her commitment to excellence is very impressive.” The Buckeyes travel to Minnesota to play games at Ridder Arena at 8 p.m on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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Stay on target I love it when Once Upon a Time uses its flashbacks well. When the transitions between scenes are timed just right, it can enhance the story and make for satisfying twists and turns. If the story is told well enough, it can even make up for a so-so ending. We know that Jack is Hansel, so it’s time for some Hansel and Gretel backstory. In the episode’s cold open, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Two kids locked in cages inside a gingerbread house. An old witch threatening to fatten them up for some kind of cannibalistic ritual. The twist reveals itself early on, with Zelena showing up to put a stop to whatever this witch is doing. She’s not there to help the kids, though. She likely has her own motivations, though it’s not quite clear at this point what they are. She doesn’t get far though. The witch knocks her back and makes a gumdrop chandelier on her head. That sends a disoriented Zelena stumbling through the woods.She stumbles into the home of a blind man. The man tells her he’s been looking for his two children, Hansel and Gretel. She immediately realizes that they must be the two children she found in the gingerbread house. Which she immediately ignores in favor of the sappiest love story. And on this show, that means something. The episode spends a lot of time with Zelena making doll eyes at this blind man, only for her to feel guilty again when he starts talking about his kids. At least it spurs her to do something.Rebecca Mader (Photo: ABC/Jack Rowand)She goes to the Gingerbread house and, after the corniest Candy Crush pun (seriously the loudest this show has ever made me groan), she steals the witch’s sight. She runs into the house to rescue the kids, but they’re gone. She stares into the fire and laments that she’s too late. When she returns to the blind man’s house though, she realizes the kids have escaped. They’ve returned to their father and told him how she refused to help him. Hansel tries to attack her, so she burns him with the fireplace’s flames. So that’s how Hansel got those scars. Zelena also has a line about messing with a witch and getting burned. The dialog on Once Upon a Time has never been great, but Zelena’s in this episode is some of the worst it’s ever been.In the present, things aren’t going so well for Zelena either. It’s her anniversary and her ex-fiance is calling her, trying to figure out why she left. Oh, and the Candy Killer is after her. Speaking of whom, he’s holding Henry hostage. He’s even texting Jacinda to make sure nobody starts worrying about him. Nick/Hansel doesn’t want to kill Henry, though. He reveals that Zelena was the witch who hurt him the most. He wants Henry’s help in exacting revenge. Nathan Parson’s plays the unhinged killer very well. You feel like he believes everything he says, and he’s charismatic enough that you almost want to take his side. Until you realize that he wants to kill Henry’s aunt. Worse still, he knows everything about Henry. Before the curse, they were best friends. Afterward, he read Henry’s book cover to cover. Henry’s usual bluffs won’t work on this guy.Andrew J. West (Photo via ABC)Hansel didn’t tie up every loose end, though. Rogers is made aware that Henry’s car was found abandoned on the side of the road with a flat tire. Right after that, Zelena walks in to report that she’s the killer’s next target. We’d hope he’d eventually put the two cases together somehow, but Zelena might have a shorter route. She goes straight to Weaver, who’s also awake. He knows Hansel is the killer. Now, all that’s left is to find out who Hansel is. Zelena admits she did do something really horrible to Hansel, but her daughter doesn’t deserve to lose a mother. She points out that Weaver has to help her if he ever wants to see Belle again. Weaver tells her that she’s fighting her past, not Hansel. He gives her an emerald necklace that he says will help.Rogers isn’t very far behind though. He’s still a very good detective in this world. All it takes is one conversation with Jacinda for him to start putting the case together. He notices the gingerbread house in her car, finding it strange that Nick would give such a present to Lucy. It’s not even Christmastime. You can tell because they live in Seattle and every scene isn’t grey and depressing. Then, Jacinda realizes that Henry’s never called her “J” before. But Nick has. The revelation comes just a little too late, though. Nick showsHenry the DNA test confirming that he’s Lucy’s parent. Henry still doesn’t believe him. He tells Nick that Zelina is Kelly. She has a fiance and a kid. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Nick needed to know to get to Zelina. Rogers is able to rescue Henry, but Nick threatens Regina’s fiance to get to her.Nathan Parsons (Photo via ABC)The way this episode ended up felt disjointed. Like every story was heading towards the same conclusion, but only one of them got there. For most of the run time, this episode built out its mystery very well. The scenes swapped between past and present, keeping us wondering what exactly happened between Hansel and Zelena. It doled out the revelations at an engrossing pace, and advanced the stories just enough to keep the tension high. With all that, I was hoping for something a little bigger at the end. I wanted Rogers, Henry, Zelena and Hansel all to come together at the end. Instead, it was just Zelena and Hansel. We get one short, sappy scene of Henry assuring Jacinda that he’s OK and staying in Seattle. Zelena proves she’s a better person by refusing to kill or even seriously injure Hansel this time around. One clunky, awkward fight later, he’s tied up in the basement, awaiting his offscreen arrest.We did get a nice, emotional goodbye to Zelena, which I was happy about. As we get closer to the end of the series, we’re going to be saying goodbye to a few characters we’ve grown to love over the years. She could still come back before the series ends for good, and she probably will, but this was the end of her arc as a major character. She accepts that she really was happy being Kelly in San Francisco, and returns to marry her fiance after finally making up with her daughter. She even teases Margot about her budding relationship with Alice. It’s exactly the kind of sap I come to Once Upon a Time for. And hey, with the broadcast interrupted by the announcement of airstrikes in Syria… maybe we could use some sentimental cheese.Though the way the story resolved wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been, we got an enjoyable episode of Once Upon a Time this week. Lana Parrilla directed this one, and she really made it shine. I would have liked a little more time given to the Dr. Facilier story, since it appears he’s becoming the main villain now. All we got was he enlisted Drew/Naveen to learn Sabine’s beignet recipe. He uses it on a voodoo doll for reasons that will probably become clear next week. We do at least get to see him use a Voodoo doll on Nick/Hansel though. For failing to kill Gothel and getting himself arrested, Facilier decides he can’t let this loose end hang around any longer. He stabs the doll through the heart, killing Nick. Facilier’s becoming a fun villain/possible anti-hero, and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing more of him next week. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time
Mesa family survives lightning strike to home They were shocked when soldiers searched the family, including the children, and its home for weapons while armed government loyalists were left alone.“When the army would come my kids would be frightened, and I would tell them to calm down, cool off, it’s going to be all right,” Alsorani said. “But it’s difficult because you see weapons, you see everything coming in through your house.”The violence and war was a great stress on the children, Albitar said. There would be days when they weren’t able to eat, because of the stress. She hoped to give them toys so they could play and forget about the bad living conditions.Eventually, Albitar would not let her children go to school or leave home because of the dangers.“There was a lot of kidnappings, there was a lot of rapes, so I was really afraid for them. Even me, I would not go out,” she said.After three months of constant searches, the family decided to leave Syria. First, they took a taxi from Homs to Damascus, and then another cab from there to a small village near Syria’s border with Jordan.Once they were at the border, the Free Syrian Army, an opposition group that has defected from the Syrian regime, escorted them across the border into Jordan. The family came under fire during their journey, and were forced to wait on the ground until it had stopped. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Since the attacks on Paris, Syrian refugees have been under extra scrutiny. Several governors, including Gov. Doug Ducey, have called for a halt to resettling Syrian refugees in their states. As of Nov. 17, there are more than 4.2 million registered Syrian refugees, according to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.The Syrian Civil War has gone on since unrest began in early 2011. Opposition groups have risen up against the regime controlled by Bashar al-Assad. Multiple opposition groups have been fighting for control of the country, leaving much of it to waste.The Alsorani family lived in Homs, a city in western Syrian. Alsorani said the, “people would go out to protest, and the government would retaliate with bullets.”The protests were against the mayor and local government, they were peaceful, during the first days, and the people did not have guns, Alsorani said.After some time, there was shelling from heavy artillery, and many people would die to be left in the streets, Alsorani said.“You could not pick them up,” he said.He and his wife, Rana Albitar, have five daughters and one young son aged 5 to 16. Eventually they had to leave their home and moved to a safer area in Homs where people loyal to al-Assad lived. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall PHOENIX — Bombs would explode in the street, spraying shattered glass at anyone nearby. They lost their home in a fire. And they were being subjected to constant searches and oppression by armed soldiers.So Abdulrafae Alsorani and his family fled Syria leaving everything behind.“It became very difficult to live there, difficult to get food and bread for the children,” he said, through a translator.Alsorani, his wife Rana Albitar and their six children took refuge in Jordan before coming to the United States and Phoenix in search of peace and prosperity away from the horrors of war. They have been in the United States for just two months and have not learned English. Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up The Alsorani family waited for more than a year in a Jordanian refugee camp. They first went to the United Nations to seek asylum, and when they were called they went through rigorous interviews with the United States’ Department of Homeland Security.During the interviews they were asked every little detail about their lives by United States officers, before they were granted access to the United States.Here in Phoenix, the children are finally able to play and go to school as the family settles into its new home.Rania, their oldest daughter, is very happy to be in the United States. Here she can finally study hard in school and have a hopeful future.“My friends are better here than Jordan, everything is better here than in Jordan or Syria,” she said.The family received help from Arizona Muslim Community, a nonprofit, to help them resettle. Alsorani was an electrician when he was in Syria, and once he learns english he hopes to find work.Alsorani wishes everyone could see the horrible conditions in the refugee camps before deciding they don’t want Syrians to resettle in the United States.“I wish the American government and people would change their mind, and bring the Syrian people from Jordan, because they are really living in a tragedy, a misery,” he said. Abdulrafae Alsorani, left, and his wife Rana Albital have been in their two home in Phoenix for two months, glad to be away from the horrors in Syria. (Photo: Lauren Michaels/Cronkite News) Comments Share Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation How do cataracts affect your vision?
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