Liverpool fail with £61m bid for Benfica teenager Joao Felix

first_imgLiverpool offer of £61m for Benfica teenager Joao Felix has been turned down according to reports.According to Correio da Manha Benfica turned down the offer by Liverpool and are believed to have included a £105m buy-out clause in the teenager’s latest contract.Felix has scored six times in 17 appearances for Benfica in the 2018-19 campaign.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Sports mole report that Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Monaco are all monitoring the progress of the youngster and are also keen to land him a deal should there be a chance.Liverpool are currently top of the English Premier league table with four points ahead of closest rivals Manchester City. They face Cystal Palace on Saturday while Manchester city travel to Huddersfield in a make or mar encounter that could see them maintain the close pursuit on Liverpool or widen the margin.Liverpool also face Bayern Munich in a UEFA champions league round of 16 tie.last_img read more

All Marvel franchises ranked from Avengers to Daredevil

first_img 26 Photos 6 Sphero Spider-Man Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 10. ThorThree movies in, Thor has managed to produce one of the most fun Marvel movies we’ve seen (Ragnarok, helmed by Taika Waititi) and one of the most ponderous, dull ones (The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor). Ragnarok was everything The Dark World wasn’t — like good. Who knew giving the god of thunder a sense of humor would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience?11. BladeWhile reviewers gave 1998’s Blade props for its visual style, the trilogy was inconsistent. Of Blade 2, Slate said “There’s no script to speak of,” and Blade Trinity earned this sick burn: “If ever there was a case for quitting while you’re behind, this Blade is it,” from The Washington Post. However, as The Ringer pointed out in 2018, the original Blade accomplished two important things: essentially launching the superhero movie industry, and placing a person of color in the lead role.12. The Amazing Spider-ManIn short, there was no solid reason to make this iteration of Spider-Man. Granted, Andrew Garfield does a good job capturing teenage boy nervous energy. But it’s not enough to save what feels like long, un-noteworthy deviations from Sam Raimi’s earlier movies. The Amazing Spider-Man flirts with the hour mark before Peter Parker gets into something resembling a suit. Also, who is prepared to watch Jed Bartlett die on screen? Not us. 13. Fantastic FourIt’s almost hard to believe our beloved Cap originally came from the critically panned Fantastic Four franchise. The original? Oft referred to as “juvenile.” And when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer came out in 2007 (two years after its predecessor), it smacked of trying to milk this whole superhero movie thing for maximum dollar before leaving the genre a desiccated husk. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you’d have the Fantastic Four franchise.”14. Ghost RiderIf you’re like me, you might have forgotten that Ghost Rider and its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance even happened. It did, though. Nicholas Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze and the The New York Times asked the important question, “Is the world ready for a flaming Nicholas Cage?” Meanwhile the New York Daily News called it a “vast an array of spiritual gibberish, literary poppycock and pure flummery.” We cringed hard at the CGI effects, which probably should have been a lot better for 2007. The real question remains, though: How did Sam Elliott get dragged into this? 15. DaredevilBy the early 2000s, superhero movies smelled like money. Unfortunately, we ended up with Daredevil and the Jennifer Garner-led follow-up Elektra, two films that still take casual beatings for how bad they were. If you need a refresher on just how bad, consider that the Daredevil trailer alone contains the lines “time to give the devil his due” and “I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night searching for justice —  blind justice.” Elektra, meanwhile, claims a whole 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 42 on CNET sister site Metacritic and might have put Marvel off female superhero movies until, well, this year. A February Times piece on Marvel’s “woman problem” referenced an email exchange that surfaced out of the 2014 Sony hack where then-Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter listed Elektra and other disastrous female-led superhero movies. CNET’s Andrew Gebhart and Chris Monroe contributed to this report.  More Marvel Share your voice Originally published April 6, 2019.  How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Since 2012, we’ve been all about waiting for that next team-up, curious how the various relationships will play out, inching our way toward the highest stakes we’ve seen yet with Endgame, out April 26. From the original, to Age of Ultron, to Infinity War, it would be an understatement to say audiences were excited. Just consider that seven years after Joss Whedon’s original entry, tickets for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame broke Fandango’s presale record in just six hours. 2. Captain AmericaCaptain America. He’s quite a guy — self-sacrificing with a ram-rod-straight sense of ethical duty. Maybe most importantly, Cap is reliable. That evenness translates to the franchise, which has been one of the most consistent of the lot. While franchises don’t always produce a second movie that’s as good as the first, Captain America came back even stronger with The Winter Soldier. Plus, this franchise has also done a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of setting up Infinity War and, ultimately, Endgame. 3. Spider-ManLet’s get something out of the way: Spider-Man 3 was terrible. In fact, it was almost awful enough to tarnish the legacy of the Sam Raimi trilogy, because now when you think of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, you think of ill-advised guyliner… and that cringe-worthy dance number.Why, Peter, why?However, we’re focused on the impact of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 — evidence that you can make fun, satisfying, heartfelt comic book movies capable of burrowing into our pop culture psyche (hello, upside-down Spidey kiss). Those two entries from 2002 and 2004 helped create the kind of interest in terms of both box office and critical acclaim (domestically, the first did $114.84 million in its opening weekend, and the second did $88.16 million and is a Metacritic Must See) in superhero movies that’s made it sustainable for Marvel to make a 20-something-part story arc in the years since. Also consider the strength of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. What’s scarier than a good man corrupted? Turns out making a villain relatable and even a bit sympathetic makes for a more compelling battle. 4. Iron ManBack in 2008, Iron Man was first in a long line of MCU movies. This franchise helped establish a strong foundation for all MCU offerings that followed. It also gave us Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, who is narcissistic, vexing, funny and kind of an ass, but a character you can’t help but like. Iron Man also helped clue the MCU in on how to balance tone and stakes, pushing Stark’s humor even while chaos is unfolding. 5. DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth garnered attention when it came out in 2016, R-rating and all. Dripping in smart-assery and digs at the other inhabitants of its genre, Deadpool was just the counter-programming we needed to balance out the glossy and at times over-earnest MCU. Deadpool also gets a tip of the hat for consistency — Deadpool 2 was just about as joke-packed and irreverent as the first. 3:13 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel X-Men Iron Man Tags 6. X-menIn assembling this ranking, we made a call to keep all the X-Men movies together given Days of Future Past essentially fixed and linked back to X3.  Both sets of films have had inconsistencies, starting strong but battling weakness in the third iterations. Rolling Stone said of X-Men: Last Stand that “the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.” Meanwhile, X-Men Apocalypse’s villain was… blue with a propensity for chewing up scenery. Even X3’s writer Simon Kinberg told ScreenCrush in 2014 that “there are a lot of things about ‘X3’ that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret.” In any case, the later movies tried to clean up some of the messiness the earlier ones left behind. And yes, we did also make allowances here for the size of the franchise. guardians-of-the-galaxyGuardians of the Galaxy brought the jokes.  Marvel 7. Guardians of the GalaxyWhen Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014 with its ’70s rock soundtrack, it brought an important insight — superhero movies don’t have to be stifling and take themselves too seriously. They can be funny. While the 2017 installment wasn’t quite a strong as the original, we’re giving it serious points for paving the way for the likes of the surprisingly funny Thor: Ragnarok. 8. Ant-ManWhen we put Ant-Man right smack in the middle of this ranking, we do it with love. Why? Because Ant-Man is fine. The world isn’t about to end. Half the population is about to disappear. There are stakes, yes, but they’re a break from the destruction and catastrophe the MCU wreaks. Also, at this point we’ve seen so many action sequences it’s easy to get numb to them. Ant-Man gets props for re-energizing fights by, you know, getting Thomas the Tank Engine in the mix. 9. WolverineOne word: Logan. My race to see every MCU film before Avengers: Endgame Endgame a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Women of Marvel: Straight talk from real-life superheroes The Avengers are a tough team to battle for the top spot.  Marvel Marvel movies have been part of our popular culture for the better part of the last 20 years, but you might forget that given the dominance of Marvel Cinematic Universe films these days. You know, that whole kit and kaboodle encompassing Iron Man on through Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, which busts into theaters next week. The MCU isn’t where Marvel begins or ends on screen, though. With this in mind, I decided to take a look back at all of Marvel’s movie franchises (defined as having more than one movie in the series) and rank them from the best to the most regrettable. In an effort to share the power bestowed on me to compile such an Earth-shaking list, I turned to my colleagues here in Louisville, Kentucky, where we busted out a white board on wheels and undertook the serious task of deciding just how bad Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was and what exactly to do with Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider. Here’s our ranking, from best to worst: 1. AvengersEnsembles movies can easily sprawl into unwieldy, disjointed disasters. Somehow, the Avengers have avoided all that. And after four years of movies leading up to the first Avengers installment of the MCU, there was a lot riding on this first point of culmination for the franchise that brought together the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the high-powered crew. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Comments TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 2:09last_img read more

Directorate General of Mines Safety looks to bring down accident count

first_imgKolkata: Concerned over the vulnerabilities of contractual workers in mines and falling standards of supervision in maintaining the highest safety standards, the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) is working on a strategy, according to Sanjibon Ray, Deputy Director General, Directorate General of Mines Safety.”This is part of an ambitious plan to augment mining production, as well as reduce accidents, including fatalities. Currently, we are in the process of preparing a set of recommendations as a strategy to improve the occupational safety and health (OHS) of contractual workers. The recommendations will be placed during the 12th National Safety Conference in Mines, scheduled for November. We are having talks with all stakeholders before we finalise the recommendations,” Ray said at a Session on Mines Safety on the second day of the CII Safety Symposium and Exposition organised by CII on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that about 100,000 contractual workers are engaged in mining activities. “The prime areas of concern include lack of adequate training and safety awareness of the contractual workforce – something which is one of the contributory factors in creating unsafe and accident-prone situations in mines,” he said, adding that the living condition of the contractual workforce in the mining sites needs vast improvement, including judicious space management while deploying transportation machinery in mining sites. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The prime factor leading to accidents in mines is fatigue and poor living condition. They don’t get proper drinking water, hygienic food and medical facilities,” Ray said, adding that the DGMS will recommend defined codes to safeguard precious human lives. “Accident statistics reveal that the percentage of involvement of contractual workers in fatal accidents is increasing. Data reveals that fatality rate is more in case of contractual workers than the regular employees. The rate of accidents in case of contractual workers was 2.47 times more than regular workers during the period between 2010-2016,” he said.last_img read more

Helicopter parenting may up depression risk in kids

first_imgParents who tend to get overly involved in the affairs of their kids, may kindly note: Crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for young adults, a study says.“Helicopter parents are parents who are overly involved,” said one of the researchers, Kayla Reed from Florida State University. “They mean everything with good intentions, but it often goes beyond supportive to intervening in the decisions of emerging adults,” Reed noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 460 college students, aged 18 to 25, about how their mothers influenced their life decisions by asking the students how their mothers would respond to sample situations. They specifically looked at mothers because they are traditionally in the primary caregiver role.They also asked students to self-assess their abilities to persist in complicated tasks or adverse situations and then also rate their depression, life satisfaction, anxiety and physical health. Students who had mothers who allowed them more autonomy reported higher life satisfaction, physical health and self-efficacy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, students with a so-called helicopter parent were more likely to report low levels of self-efficacy, or the ability to handle some tougher life tasks and decisions. In turn, those who reported low levels of self-efficacy also reported higher levels of anxiety and depression, and lower life satisfaction and physical health. The findings appeared online in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. “The way your parents interact with you has a lot to do with how you view yourself,” Mallory Lucier-Greer, Assistant Professor at Florida State University, said. “If parents are simply being supportive, they are saying things like ‘you can manage your finances, you can pick out your classes.’ It changes, if they are doing that all for you,” Lucier-Greer said. I think there are good intentions behind those helicopter behaviours, but at the end of the day you need to foster your child’s development,” she noted.last_img read more

Two NRS nursing students released from jail

first_imgKolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students of NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for beating 16 puppies to death, have been released from jail custody after they submitted the bail bond at Sealdah court.It was learnt that they have gone back home as the NRS authorities have restricted their entry into the nursing hotel at the hospital. It may also be mentioned that some of the nursing students, who were staging a demonstration in solidarity with the two of their fellow students who had put forward certain demands including proper sterilisation of campus dogs, have gone back to their classes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to a senior official at the hospital, the two accused nursing students will not be allowed to attend classes or enter the hospital premises until the probe initiated against them is over. An investigation has also been pending against three other nursing students who are believed to have been indirectly involved in the incident. It may also be mentioned that the three-member committee, constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of the 16 puppies, had submitted a report to the hospital on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe report has been sent to the state Health department and senior officials are going through it. If the accused are proven guilty, stringent steps may be taken against those found to be involved in the killing of the puppies, an official said. The incident of beating 16 puppies to death had sparked massive outrage throughout the state and on various social media channels. Animal rights activists have demanded stern action against those involved in their killing. Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday had called up senior officials of NRS and asked them to immediately suspend the two nursing students, a hospital official said.last_img read more