Blog Posts by Deepak Shenoy

  • Ashton Eaton(Cameron Spencer/Getty)
    When an American Indian named Jim Thorpe won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm,
    legend has it that King Gustav V of Sweden presented him the medal and said, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

    (“Thanks, King,” Thorpe is rumored to have responded.)

    Exactly 100 years later, at the 2012 Olympics in London, Oregon-native Ashton Eaton became the latest in a long line of American Olympians to win the gold medal in the decathlon. He had previously set the world record in the event at the U.S. Olympic trials, but as with every decathlete since Thorpe’s win in 1912, it was winning the Olympic gold that earned Eaton the formidable title of the world’s greatest athlete.

    (Queen Elizabeth II was not, unfortunately, in attendance to present Eaton with his medal.)

    Spanning two days and ten events, the decathlon is, and has always been, sports’ best objective measurement of sheer athleticism. And Eaton is so convincingly

    Read More »from The world's greatest athlete reveals which major pro sport requires the most athleticism
  • 'Technical issue' cripples much of Swedish air traffic

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish officials say "a technical problem" is affecting air traffic control operations in Sweden — the second such issue in two weeks to hit the Scandinavian nation.

    Airports operator Swedavia said Saturday that the glitch was affecting major Swedish airports, including those in Stockholm and Goteborg and Malmo, Sweden's two largest cities. The problem is causing delays of up to one hour because arrivals and departures are being handled manually.

    Civil Aviation Administration spokesman Per Froberg told Swedish broadcaster SVT that his agency believes the error was in Sweden "but we are not sure."

    On May 19, an unidentified glitch affected air traffic control operations in large parts of Sweden, barring planes from taking off for 90 minutes. The cause of that problem has still not been found.

  • By Jonathan Spicer and Svea Herbst-Bayliss

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates "in the coming months" if the economy picks up as expected and jobs continue to be generated, U.S. central bank chief Janet Yellen said on Friday, bolstering the case for a rate increase in June or July.

    "It's appropriate ... for the Fed to gradually and cautiously increase our overnight interest rate over time, and probably in the coming months such a move would be appropriate," Yellen said during an appearance at Harvard University.

    Her comments, while balanced, suggested the powerful Fed chair is on board with several of her colleagues who in recent weeks have said the central bank is preparing to follow up on an initial policy tightening in December.

    Although Yellen expressed caution about too steep a rise in U.S. rates, she sounded more confident than she has in the past that the U.S. economy has rebounded

    Read More »from Yellen says Fed rate hike likely appropriate in coming months
  • Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016 Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016

    The Angry Birds Movie earned $5 million on its second Friday, a drop of 53%. That brings the film's domestic total up to $52m domestic. We should expect a $19.4m Fri-Sun (-47%) weekend and a $25.755m (-37%) holiday haul. That will give the Sony animated feature a $73.5m eleven-day total, or about its domestic budget. It should be over $220m worldwide by Monday, so yeah it's going to be one of the biggest video game movies ever. Your move, Warcraft.

    Captain America: Civil War earned another $4 million on its fourth Friday (-53%) to bring its domestic cume to $360m. It should pass Deadpool ($362m) today to be the year's biggest domestic champion and will likely earn around $16.8m (-49%) over the Fri-Sun weekend and $21.7m

    Read More »from Friday Box Office: 'Captain America 3' Surpassing 'Dark Knight Rises' As 'Angry Birds' Stays Afloat
  • Officials: Man charged 9 years after bomb left in NC Walmart

    Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to arrest a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains

    SYLVA, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains.

    Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007.

    Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby's fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the explosion. Initially, it didn't match any prints in the federal system, but agents ran it again this year.

    He was arrested Tuesday and charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a business involved in interstate or foreign commerce.

    Prosecutors say Bowlsby was captured on surveillance video in the Sylva Walmart pushing a cart and leaving an object behind.

    It wasn't known if Bowlsby had a lawyer.

  • Syria rebels under fire from IS militants, government troops

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses ground elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.

    The town of Marea, just north of Aleppo city, has long been considered a bastion of relatively moderate Syrian revolutionary forces fighting to topple Assad. The IS assault underlined the weakness of the groups fighting under the loose banner of the so-called Free Syrian Army that have been struggling to survive.

    More than 160,000 civilians have been trapped by the fighting, which also forced the evacuation of one of the few remaining hospitals in the area, run by the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders.

    On Saturday, IS fighters staged two suicide bombings targeting "opposition forces" near Marea, IS said via its news agency, Aamaq.

    Read More »from Syria rebels under fire from IS militants, government troops
  • US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show

    NY 2016 Forever Stamp Folio

    NEW YORK, May 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Forever Stamp Folio celebrating World Stamp Show-NY 2016, which opened today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City and continues through June 4. The United States plays host to the sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, the first since being held in Washington in 2006.

    "Whether you're a seasoned collector or you're new to the hobby, these stamps will serve as a wonderful souvenir of the show," said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jim Cochrane while dedicating the new stamps. "The show gives visitors the unique opportunity to meet with thousands of fellow philatelists, expand their own collections and gain a greater appreciation of the many stamps and collections on display from around the world," added Cochrane.

    To add to the excitement and appeal for stamp collectors, these new stamps have been printed in intaglio -- line engraving reminiscent

    Read More »from US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show
    Contact:
    Joe Brockert
    202.268.3260
    joseph.p.brockert@usps.gov
    usps.com/news
  • Apple supplier says automation has freed up its employees for higher value-added roles, such as in R&D

    Getty ImagesPepper doesn’t work at Foxconn, but he did just get a job at Pizza HutDMAMBMCMDMEMGZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    The first wave of robots taking over human jobs is upon us.

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) supplier Foxconn Technology Co. (2354.TW) has replaced 60,000 human workers with robots in a single factory, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, initially published over the weekend.

    This is part of a massive reduction in headcount across the entire Kunshan region in China’s Jiangsu province, in which many Taiwanese manufacturers base their Chinese operations.

    In a statement to MarketWatch, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it has been automating its manufacturing facilities throughout China, including Kunshan, for “many years,” which it says has freed up its employees to focus on higher value-added elements of the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process

    Read More »from Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 humans with robots in China
  • YouTube star wakeboarded the canals of Amsterdam wearing a tuxedo

    caseyneistat.wakeboarding(YouTube/Casey Neistat)
    Casey Neistat wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam.

    Remember the guy who snowboarded through the empty streets of New York City during Winter Storm Jonas?

    YouTube star Casey Neistat's latest stunt involved wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam behind a jet-ski ... and he did it wearing a tuxedo.

    With just one day of training — he'd never been on a wakeboard until the day before the video was shot — Neistat donned a tux over a life jacket and wetsuit, and hit the canals just after sunrise.

    He didn't run into any problems while filming, but was stopped later in the day by officials who had seen the Instagram picture of him wakeboarding. "They were trying to say we didn't have the right permits to be wakeboarding in the canals — which we did," he explained. "In the end, everything was cool and they let us go."

    See how he pulled off the stunt in his behind-the-scenes video, "Busted for illegal wakeboarding" and watch the full stunt video below.

    Read More »from YouTube star wakeboarded the canals of Amsterdam wearing a tuxedo
  • A story that needs to be told.

    When I told my friends that the History Channel was doing a remake of Alex Haley’s Roots (premiering on Monday, May 30), I heard a lot of groans. “Do we really need another film about slavery?” my friends said. In a word: yes.

    40 years since Roots debuted, most of my students have never seen the groundbreaking original. I still have friends that tell me they refuse to see 12 Year’s a Slave. And even with all of the buzz surrounding the breakout WGN America series Underground, I still find myself having to convince people to watch. Today, we are finally entering a new phase of the slave narrative, one that is able to tell stories of empowerment and resistance with complexity and depth.

    Don’t be fooled: The debate over Roots is not about remakes. We love seeing the same story over and over again. Otherwise, how to explain Fast and Furious 7? Or Shrek 1, 2, 3, and 4. Rarely is anything original in Hollywood anymore. But, when it comes to America’s history of slavery, so few stories are

    Read More »from The “Roots” remake is a reminder that yes, America needs more movies about slavery

Blog Posts by Deepak Shenoy

  • Ashton Eaton(Cameron Spencer/Getty)
    When an American Indian named Jim Thorpe won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm,
    legend has it that King Gustav V of Sweden presented him the medal and said, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

    (“Thanks, King,” Thorpe is rumored to have responded.)

    Exactly 100 years later, at the 2012 Olympics in London, Oregon-native Ashton Eaton became the latest in a long line of American Olympians to win the gold medal in the decathlon. He had previously set the world record in the event at the U.S. Olympic trials, but as with every decathlete since Thorpe’s win in 1912, it was winning the Olympic gold that earned Eaton the formidable title of the world’s greatest athlete.

    (Queen Elizabeth II was not, unfortunately, in attendance to present Eaton with his medal.)

    Spanning two days and ten events, the decathlon is, and has always been, sports’ best objective measurement of sheer athleticism. And Eaton is so convincingly

    Read More »from The world's greatest athlete reveals which major pro sport requires the most athleticism
  • 'Technical issue' cripples much of Swedish air traffic

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish officials say "a technical problem" is affecting air traffic control operations in Sweden — the second such issue in two weeks to hit the Scandinavian nation.

    Airports operator Swedavia said Saturday that the glitch was affecting major Swedish airports, including those in Stockholm and Goteborg and Malmo, Sweden's two largest cities. The problem is causing delays of up to one hour because arrivals and departures are being handled manually.

    Civil Aviation Administration spokesman Per Froberg told Swedish broadcaster SVT that his agency believes the error was in Sweden "but we are not sure."

    On May 19, an unidentified glitch affected air traffic control operations in large parts of Sweden, barring planes from taking off for 90 minutes. The cause of that problem has still not been found.

  • By Jonathan Spicer and Svea Herbst-Bayliss

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates "in the coming months" if the economy picks up as expected and jobs continue to be generated, U.S. central bank chief Janet Yellen said on Friday, bolstering the case for a rate increase in June or July.

    "It's appropriate ... for the Fed to gradually and cautiously increase our overnight interest rate over time, and probably in the coming months such a move would be appropriate," Yellen said during an appearance at Harvard University.

    Her comments, while balanced, suggested the powerful Fed chair is on board with several of her colleagues who in recent weeks have said the central bank is preparing to follow up on an initial policy tightening in December.

    Although Yellen expressed caution about too steep a rise in U.S. rates, she sounded more confident than she has in the past that the U.S. economy has rebounded

    Read More »from Yellen says Fed rate hike likely appropriate in coming months
  • Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016 Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016

    The Angry Birds Movie earned $5 million on its second Friday, a drop of 53%. That brings the film's domestic total up to $52m domestic. We should expect a $19.4m Fri-Sun (-47%) weekend and a $25.755m (-37%) holiday haul. That will give the Sony animated feature a $73.5m eleven-day total, or about its domestic budget. It should be over $220m worldwide by Monday, so yeah it's going to be one of the biggest video game movies ever. Your move, Warcraft.

    Captain America: Civil War earned another $4 million on its fourth Friday (-53%) to bring its domestic cume to $360m. It should pass Deadpool ($362m) today to be the year's biggest domestic champion and will likely earn around $16.8m (-49%) over the Fri-Sun weekend and $21.7m

    Read More »from Friday Box Office: 'Captain America 3' Surpassing 'Dark Knight Rises' As 'Angry Birds' Stays Afloat
  • Officials: Man charged 9 years after bomb left in NC Walmart

    Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to arrest a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains

    SYLVA, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains.

    Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007.

    Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby's fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the explosion. Initially, it didn't match any prints in the federal system, but agents ran it again this year.

    He was arrested Tuesday and charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a business involved in interstate or foreign commerce.

    Prosecutors say Bowlsby was captured on surveillance video in the Sylva Walmart pushing a cart and leaving an object behind.

    It wasn't known if Bowlsby had a lawyer.

  • Syria rebels under fire from IS militants, government troops

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses ground elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.

    The town of Marea, just north of Aleppo city, has long been considered a bastion of relatively moderate Syrian revolutionary forces fighting to topple Assad. The IS assault underlined the weakness of the groups fighting under the loose banner of the so-called Free Syrian Army that have been struggling to survive.

    More than 160,000 civilians have been trapped by the fighting, which also forced the evacuation of one of the few remaining hospitals in the area, run by the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders.

    On Saturday, IS fighters staged two suicide bombings targeting "opposition forces" near Marea, IS said via its news agency, Aamaq.

    Read More »from Syria rebels under fire from IS militants, government troops
  • US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show

    NY 2016 Forever Stamp Folio

    NEW YORK, May 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Forever Stamp Folio celebrating World Stamp Show-NY 2016, which opened today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City and continues through June 4. The United States plays host to the sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, the first since being held in Washington in 2006.

    "Whether you're a seasoned collector or you're new to the hobby, these stamps will serve as a wonderful souvenir of the show," said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jim Cochrane while dedicating the new stamps. "The show gives visitors the unique opportunity to meet with thousands of fellow philatelists, expand their own collections and gain a greater appreciation of the many stamps and collections on display from around the world," added Cochrane.

    To add to the excitement and appeal for stamp collectors, these new stamps have been printed in intaglio -- line engraving reminiscent

    Read More »from US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show
    Contact:
    Joe Brockert
    202.268.3260
    joseph.p.brockert@usps.gov
    usps.com/news
  • Apple supplier says automation has freed up its employees for higher value-added roles, such as in R&D

    Getty ImagesPepper doesn’t work at Foxconn, but he did just get a job at Pizza HutDMAMBMCMDMEMGZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    The first wave of robots taking over human jobs is upon us.

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) supplier Foxconn Technology Co. (2354.TW) has replaced 60,000 human workers with robots in a single factory, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, initially published over the weekend.

    This is part of a massive reduction in headcount across the entire Kunshan region in China’s Jiangsu province, in which many Taiwanese manufacturers base their Chinese operations.

    In a statement to MarketWatch, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it has been automating its manufacturing facilities throughout China, including Kunshan, for “many years,” which it says has freed up its employees to focus on higher value-added elements of the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process

    Read More »from Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 humans with robots in China
  • YouTube star wakeboarded the canals of Amsterdam wearing a tuxedo

    caseyneistat.wakeboarding(YouTube/Casey Neistat)
    Casey Neistat wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam.

    Remember the guy who snowboarded through the empty streets of New York City during Winter Storm Jonas?

    YouTube star Casey Neistat's latest stunt involved wakeboarding through the canals of Amsterdam behind a jet-ski ... and he did it wearing a tuxedo.

    With just one day of training — he'd never been on a wakeboard until the day before the video was shot — Neistat donned a tux over a life jacket and wetsuit, and hit the canals just after sunrise.

    He didn't run into any problems while filming, but was stopped later in the day by officials who had seen the Instagram picture of him wakeboarding. "They were trying to say we didn't have the right permits to be wakeboarding in the canals — which we did," he explained. "In the end, everything was cool and they let us go."

    See how he pulled off the stunt in his behind-the-scenes video, "Busted for illegal wakeboarding" and watch the full stunt video below.

    Read More »from YouTube star wakeboarded the canals of Amsterdam wearing a tuxedo
  • A story that needs to be told.

    When I told my friends that the History Channel was doing a remake of Alex Haley’s Roots (premiering on Monday, May 30), I heard a lot of groans. “Do we really need another film about slavery?” my friends said. In a word: yes.

    40 years since Roots debuted, most of my students have never seen the groundbreaking original. I still have friends that tell me they refuse to see 12 Year’s a Slave. And even with all of the buzz surrounding the breakout WGN America series Underground, I still find myself having to convince people to watch. Today, we are finally entering a new phase of the slave narrative, one that is able to tell stories of empowerment and resistance with complexity and depth.

    Don’t be fooled: The debate over Roots is not about remakes. We love seeing the same story over and over again. Otherwise, how to explain Fast and Furious 7? Or Shrek 1, 2, 3, and 4. Rarely is anything original in Hollywood anymore. But, when it comes to America’s history of slavery, so few stories are

    Read More »from The “Roots” remake is a reminder that yes, America needs more movies about slavery

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