‘House of Cards’ and Ruthless Underwood Return for Season 2

first_imgComing along for the ride is his wife Claire, played by Wright, and Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), a tenacious reporter who doesn’t mind crossing any ethical lines of journalism if it means nailing an exclusive and one-upping her competition.Viewers will probably see much of the same from the Underwoods and Barnes this season, though teasers hint at some of Underwood’s transgressions possibly interrupting what he probably sees as his eventual ascent to the throne.We doubt it. But there’s only one way to find out. So join us on Valentine’s Day as we welcome Francis, Claire and Zoe back into our lives. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The big news out of the TV world a week ago was that Netflix—the wildly popular online streaming service—ordered a third season of its hit streaming show House of Cards. While not surprising, the news was notable in that it was announced prior to the 13-episode show’s much-anticipated second season, which debuts Friday, a signal, perhaps, that Netflix is quite confident that viewers will latch on to its sophomore season, as it did—religiously, actually—when the drama first hit our computers, phones and tablets a year ago.House of Cards’ meteoric rise is no hyperbole; the political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, a conniving Democratic congressman with an unquenchable thirst for power, and Robin Wright, his equally scheming wife, became the first Netflix-exclusive show to rattle the TV industry and its network partners, who load up our screens with so much content nowadays that many storylines are beginning to closely resemble one another.But House of Cards would never land on any of those networks, anyway. Which is probably a good thing.The appeal of Netflix-exclusive shows like House of Cards and even Orange is the New Black, is the option to view an entire season on our own schedule—no network telling us when to sit on our couch and no reason to scrub that DVR clean just so we can record each episode. (Netflix announced that the entire season will be released in one hearty helping.)For those unfortunate souls who have yet to experience House of Cards, we won’t ruin it by publishing any spoilers—though there’s really no excuse for waiting this long.But thanks to information regarding the new season provided by Netflix in its press release and through several trailers, we know that Spacey’s character (Francis Underwood) will continue to work the dirty halls—and probably some back alleys—of Washington D.C. to further his ambitions.In fact, Underwood is so effective as a political animal that President Barack Obama was quoted in December as saying: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient.”That off-the-cuff remark during a meeting with heads of tech companies, prompted this Tweet from Spacey:President @BarackObama, to help achieve ruthless efficiency, a copy of Frank’s new book ‘How to Kick Ass & Influence Congress’ is on its way— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 18, 2013last_img read more

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Pass the ‘SCRUB Act,’ NAFCU urges House

first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the leaders of the House to approve H.R. 1155, the NAFCU-supported “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act.”The bill would establish a review process for regulations and identify those that should be repealed or amended to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens throughout the government. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo.“The magnitude of the regulatory burden facing credit unions is immense and continuously growing,” Thaler wrote. “Many credit unions are struggling to keep pace with the compliance burden placed on them by multiple regulators, which is evident in the reduction of credit unions. The total number of credit unions has declined by 17% (more than 1,280 institutions) since the 2nd quarter of 2010; 96% were smaller institutions with assets of less than $100 million.”Thaler continued, “Credit unions are often forced to merge or simply shut their doors as a result of an inability to cope with regulatory burdens. While credit unions were not the cause of the financial crisis, they are still subject to the CFPB and many regulations intended for those that did.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Unai Emery makes bizarre Shkodran Mustafi claim after Arsenal choke against Crystal Palace

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery makes bizarre Shkodran Mustafi claim after Arsenal choke against Crystal Palace Shkodran Mustafi’s error gifted Wilfried Zaha a crucial second goal against Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)Unai Emery claimed Shkodran Mustafi ‘has been consistent all season’ after his calamitous display against Crystal Palace blew the race for the top four wide open.The Germany international was partly at fault for Christian Benteke’s opener, the former Liverpool flop’s first goal in a year, by allowing his opponent a free header before gifting Wilfried Zaha the opportunity to regain the lead after Mesut Ozil’s equaliser threatened to turn the tide in Arsenal’s favour.Mustafi made no attempt to challenge for an aimless long ball, hoping his goalkeeper Bernd Leno would clear the danger, and was horrified when he turned to see Zaha race through and beat his compatriot.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal had kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches but Mustafi’s presence – he was only playing due to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s suspension – heralded the return of familiar defensive failings.ADVERTISEMENT Emery post-Palace: Today we lost a big opportunityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:36FullscreenEmery post-Palace: Today we lost a big opportunityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-post-palace-today-lost-big-opportunity-1909956/This 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.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes he can play very well. I prefer to speak about the consistency in the season,’ said Emery on the performances of Arsene Wenger’s £35million signing.‘We are, every player, helping, playing with a big performance. Today also when you can defend. Against Benteke and Zaha you can suffer more.‘If today we were better in the set pieces maybe we could win this match. In all the season I think he has been consistent.’Arsenal missed the opportunity to move into third place, ultimately slumping to a shock 3-2 defeat, after Tottenham’s defeat at Manchester City and face a difficult trip to Wolves in midweek looking to get their top four bid back on track. Wilfried Zaha gave Arsenal’s makeshift defence a torrid afternoon (Picture: Getty)‘On Wednesday we have another chance with Wolves.‘We have progressed and it gives us the chance to fight for the top four. On Wednesday, three points will give us the opportunity to be in this position.‘We lost an opportunity today. But now we finish it. If we win on Wednesday… who knows it’ll be difficult. At the moment, it’s in our hands.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Apr 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link61Shares Christian Benteke opened the scoring against Arsenal with his first goal in a year (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘Bad result. We know how to win again again, again at home, we have been doing. Today we played a team with very good players. The first goal gave them confidence. The second goal for them takes off our confidence.‘In the first half we didn’t play with control. Yes, with possession – they defended very deep and well. In the set-pieces today, usually we have done better but today it didn’t happen.‘We are being consistent but it’s difficult to be in the high level each moment. Today the result was disappointing for us. We will analyse this match. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Men’s Hockey: Badgers prepare for Border Battle series against Gophers

first_imgTh University of  Wisconsin men’s hockey team (14-13-4, 8-9-3 Big Ten) will take on longtime rival University of Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1 Big Ten) this weekend in Madison with games on Friday and Saturday night.Wisconsin and Minnesota are both in the latter half of the top 20 in the USCHO standings, ranked No. 17 and No. 12 respectively.  With 16 teams making the Frozen Four and only four games left in the regular season, the Badgers will need to have an impressive run to earn a spot in the tournament.The Badgers have been playing solidly of late, riding the momentum from three weeks ago when they upset No. 1 Notre Dame at a neutral site in Chicago. Since that game, Wisconsin’s only loss has been when they split their last series against University of Michigan.Men’s Hockey: Badgers take on Wolverines, enter home stretch of regular seasonThe Wisconsin Men’s Hockey Team enters February riding a three-game winning streak and preparing to face a critical point in Read…Wisconsin scores slightly more than Minnesota at 3.26 goals per game to the Gophers 3.21. Luke Kunin leads the Badgers in this category with 12 goals on the year whereas Rem Pitlick is the primary option for Minnesota with nine goals.Despite comparable offensive output, Minnesota’s defense has been significantly better, averaging almost half a point less per game at 2.47 goals to Wisconsin’s 2.9 goals.Wisconsin will be without their head coach, Tony Granato, who is off in South Korea leading the charge for the United States Olympic Team.First puck drop will be in the Kohl Center at 8 p.m. Friday night and the next game Saturday at 8 p.m. with coverage of both available on BTN Plus.last_img read more

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Bowen scores exciting win on Barbican boxing card

first_imgJamaican light-heavyweight boxer Jermaine Bowen stole the spotlight last Saturday night when he scored an exciting unanimous points victory over Sheldon Lawrence from Trinidad and Tobago, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road, in a six-round contest. Judges Ransford Burton and Clifford Brown both scored it 59-55 and 59-55, while judge Lindell Allen had it 58-56. This was the highlight of a seven-fight Pro-Am card, which also featured four bouts between boxers from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. This ended with two victories each by the two countries. In the other fight on the card, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings scored a 2 minute 47 seconds fourth-round knockout victory over Courtney McCleave from the USA in what was definitely a mismatch. The was shared between the Jamaica Boxing Board, who where responsible for the amateur portion of he card, and two new boxing promoters, I-Fight Promotions and Creative Sports and Entertainment, who had one pro-fight each. It was the start of a new experiment designed to ensure that there are more boxing events over the next 12 months. The cost of putting on regular boxing cards is said to be the main deterrent, so the promoters shared the costs with the board. Sponsors who also assisted were Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports and Stoneleigh Coffee. Bowen, who went into the bout with a 1-3 record, was seen as the underdog because his opponent had a 6-0 record, with five knockouts. After a brief feeling-out process, Lawrence, who is a south-paw, made it clear that his aim was to knock out his opponent with body shots. He therefore kept the action at close range, and the Jamaican had to use a tight defence to weather the early storm. Battle of wits In the second round, Lawrence tried to resume where he had left off, but Bowen kept on the outside this time, and used his jabs to good advantage. It then turned out to be a battle of wits, and Bowen’s jab eventually turned out to be the superior weapon. He cut Lawrence over the left eye in the fifth round and referee Owen Nelson asked Dr AndrÈ McDonald to take a look at it. He allowed the fight to continue. Both men were winded at this stage and into the final round, and Bowen came away with a hard-earned but decisive victory. Mullings, at 18 wins and two losses, went against an opponent with one win and three losses and toyed with him all the way. McCleave, who does not have much boxing skills, was knocked down in the third and then knocked out in the fourth with a flurry of body shots. The amateur bouts were well contested. Two Jamaicans met in the first, and Collel Hogg ended his bout with Samuel Grant in the third round by technical knockout. There was a female bout between two boxers who are new to the sport, where Chambria Dolhouse from Cayman won on points over Keron Thomas. Young Daniel Hylton, who is a very talented boxer, won on points over Alexander Smith from Cayman in a junior light welterweight contest, Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter outclassed Cayman’s Eduardo Montalvo in a lightweight contest, and in the final bout, Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks outpointed Jamaica’s Alando Lewis in a light heavyweight contest.last_img read more

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