Disney’s “Lion King” Remake Breaks Box Office Records on Opening Weekend

first_imgDisney dominated at the movie theater this weekend.The company’s remake of “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, raked in a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office, and an early global total of $531 million.That earns the movie the position of biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest launch for any movie. It also tops the final “Harry Potter” movie, which took in $169.2 million during its opening weekend, for a July title.Overseas, “The Lion King” earned a $269.4 million this weekend, largely the result of a strong showing in Russia, Australia, and the entire Latin America region.The overall foreign total of $346 includes $97.5 million from China, where it actually debuted early last weekend.Although the film opened to lukewarm reviews, ticket buyers awarded it an “A” on CinemaScore.The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover serving as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other characters from the 1994 original. In addition, James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.Favreau is also known for directing Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book.”last_img read more

Sam Houston State Sweeps Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Championships

first_imgIn the women’s 5,000m final, it was the Hackett twins who broke away from the pack early, followed well behind by the Islander pair of Girard and Rabea Schoneborn. As the gun lap sounded, it was Michaela Hackett who moved ahead for the gold in 16:52.63, followed by Alexandria in 16:55.75. Schoneborn earned bronze in 17:00.02. Women’s 400m Natashia Jackson Northwestern State 53.63 Women’s 5,000m Michaela Hackett Abilene Christian 16:52.63 11. Houston Baptist 10.0 11. New Orleans 11.0 Sam Houston continued to run up the medal count in the women’s shot put with a one-two finish from Kristine Hanks (49-05.50/15.07m) and Halie Daniel (47-05.75/14.47m). 10. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 40.0 10. Southeastern Louisiana 31.0 Fabian McCall took gold for Sam Houston State in the 110m hurdles, clocking a 14.05, followed by Stephen F. Austin’s Kerry Gleason (14.27) and Darion Dunn from McNeese (14.41). 13. Nicholls 1.0 Tristyn Allen repeated as the women’s outdoor triple jump champion for Sam Houston State, reaching a distance of 43-01.00 (13.13m), ahead of HBU’s Natayla Nance (41-04.25) and Northwestern State’s Fabriana Nation (39-06.00). Men’s 110m Hurdles Fabian McCall Sam Houston State 14.05 In the women’s 800m, Houston Baptist’s Kierstin Santana sat right behind the lead pack of Camry Grigsby and Jamie Eckford, eventually laying down a strong final 200 to take gold for the Huskies in 2:08.01. In the men’s race, Central Arkansas’ Alex Hanson blew past the lead group in the final turn, taking an impressive gold for the Bears in 1:48.67. In the women’s pole vault, Stephen F. Austin’s Kaylee Bizzell (13-07.25) upended defending champion Hannah McWilliams of A&M-Corpus Christi (12-11.50) to earn gold for the Ladyjacks. For athletes who achieved qualifying marks this season, preliminaries for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place on the last weekend of May – in Tampa, Fla., for the East Region (May 25-27) and Sacramento, Calif., for the West (May 24-26). 7. UIW 63.0 7. McNeese 52.0 Men Points Women Points De’Shalyn Jones left no doubt in defending her 100m dash championship from 2017, breaking away late and clocking an 11.44 to best second-place Thai Williams (11.76) by over .3 seconds. The Demons again responded in kind to a Lady Demon win, showcasing their sprint dominance in the men’s 100m, with Micah Larkins tying the fourth-best all-time mark with 10.12 and tying the championship record set in 2011. Final Team Standings 4. McNeese 98.0 4. Abilene Christian 92.0 In the women’s 400m, Northwestern State standout Natashia Jackson broke away in the home stretch to register a 53.63 first-place finish, winning her second consecutive outdoor 400m gold. Avery Williams edged teammate Blaze Brownlow by .17 seconds at the line in the men’s 400m to lead a one-two finish for the Wildcats. Williams finished in 46.30, ahead of Brownlow (46.47) and Central Arkansas’ Daniel Lawson (46.77). Top three finishers in each event final are automatically named All-Southland Conference. The teams will be formally announced along with individual superlative winners on May 15. Men’s 400m Avery Williams Abilene Christian 46.30 Next up was the women’s 400m hurdles final, where Daeshon Gordon controlled the field from the start and took a commanding win in 58.48. On the men’s side, Kerry Gleason took first for Stephen F. Austin in a time of 51.87. Women’s 4x400m Relay — Northwestern State 3:36.31 Men’s High Point Scorer – Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian (26)Women’s High Point Scorer – De’Shalyn Jones (25) John Lemke of McNeese came out on top in a back-and-forth battle, finishing first with a leap of 53-04.25 (16.26m), beating out the defending Southland outdoor champion Brian O’Bonna (52-07.50). On the men’s 5K, it was Enrique Soto of McNeese who found himself able to break away from the pack, solidifying a nearly four-second victory in 14:56.81 ahead of runner-up Matthew Arnold from Lamar (15:00.26) Northwestern State again put on a clinic in the 4x400m relay. The squad built a sizable lead and the field was no match for De’Shalyn Jones’ anchor leg as the Lady Demons finished first with a meet-record breaking time of 3:36.31. Women’s 1,500m Allyson Girard Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4:31.50 8. Lamar 54.5 8. Lamar 50.0 Men’s Javelin Donavon Banks McNeese 216-05 / 65.97 Women’s Discus Kayla Melgar Abilene Christian 175-07 / 53.53m In the men’s race, Chris Jefferson tied an 18-year-old conference meet record of 20.37 to take repeat gold for the Bearkats. His mark also ties him for fifth-best all-time in league history. Men’s 800m Alex Hanson Central Arkansas 1:48.67 Men’s 200m Chis Jefferson Sam Houston State 20.37 Men’s Triple Jump John Lemke McNeese 53-04.25 / 16.26m 1. Sam Houston State 130.0 1. Sam Houston State 167.0 Women’s Heptathlon Grace McKenzie McNeese 5,619 On the women’s heptathlon side, Grace McKenzie of McNeese maintained a relatively comfortable lead over Sam Houston State’s Baylee Lara, 4,179-3,979 after the long jump to open day two of multi competition. Despite a middle-of-the-pack performance in the javelin, she sealed the deal with a first-place finish in the 800m (2:12.96) to earn gold with 5,619 points. Lamar’s Migle Muraskaite took silver with 5,437 while Baylee Lara of Sam Houston State finished third (5,213). 3. Stephen F. Austin 101.0 3. Northwestern State 111.0 Women’s 200m De’Shalyn Jones Northwestern State 23.09 Abilene Christian got a huge performance from its throwers in the men’s discus, earning a full podium with finishes one through four. Kai Schmidt took the gold with a mark of 188-01 (57.32m) followed by Joshua Hunter (183-05/55.91m) and Ryan Simmons (182-03/55.54m). 6. Southeastern Louisiana 72.0 6. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68.0center_img Championships Homepage | Results | Photo GalleryCombined Final Results PDFSAN ANTONIO, Texas – When the dust settled on a wild three days in San Antonio, the Sam Houston State Bearkats emerged with both the men’s and women’s team titles at the 2018 Southland Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the women’s 200m final, De’Shalyn Jones found her way to the top of the podium again for the Lady Demons, repeating gold with a time of 23.09 – the No. 4 all-time 200 time in Southland history. This marks the second-straight year where Jones has won gold in both the 100m and 200m finals. Women’s 400m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon Northwestern State 58.83 The championship meet will again be held at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene from June 6-9. 12. New Orleans 9.0 12. Central Arkansas 4.5 Women’s 4x100m Relay — Northwestern State 44.75 Women’s 100m Hurdles Daeshon Gordon Northwestern State 13.14 Event Name School Distance/Time/Points Day Three Champions Eric Moore reclaimed the title he won in 2016 with a cleared height of 7-01.00 (2.16m). Sam Houston’s Tyler Adams took silver with 6-11.75 while McNeese’s Lentz Similien finished third (6-10.75). Men’s 5,000m Enrique Soto McNeese 14:56.81 Men’s Shot Put Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 60-03.75 / 18.38m Women’s Triple Jump Tristyn Allen Sam Houston State 43-01.00 / 13.13m In the women’s 4x100m to open the afternoon’s running finals, Northwestern State repeated as champions with a 44.75 final time. On the men’s side, the Demon’s achieved the same result, clocking a blistering second 39.53, good for second all-time and a new conference championship record. Both NSU men and Stephen F. Austin’s second-place squad (39.55) downed the previous Southland meet record of 39.58. Men’s 4x100m Relay — Northwestern State 39.53 To cap the 2018 championships, Abilene Christian put on a monstrous performance of their own in the 4x400m, taking gold in 3:07.75, followed by Stephen F. Austin (3:09.46) and Sam Houston State (3:09.57). 9. Central Arkansas 46.5 9. Houston Baptist 36.0 Men’s High Jump Eric Moore Central Arkansas 7-01.00 / 2.16m McNeese took gold in the men’s javelin behind Donavon Banks, reaching a distance of 216-05, ahead of SFA’s Cord Neal (205-07) and ACU’s Kai Schmidt (205-05). Women’s Pole Vault Kaylee Bizzell Stephen F. Austin 13-07.25 / 4.15m Men’s Decathlon Brian Donna Southeastern Louisiana 7,006 Men’s Discus Kai Schmidt Abilene Christian 188-01 / 57.32m Women’s Shot Put Kristine Hanks Sam Houston State 49-05.50 / 15.07m Men’s 1,500m Garett Cortez UIW 3:46.95 Men’s 100m Micah Larkins Northwestern State 10.12 ACU earned another throwing gold behind Kayla Melgar’s 175-07 discus toss, ahead of Sam Houston State’s Tasha Crosse (167-05) and fellow Wildcat Lonnie Smith (164-03). 2. Abilene Christian 117.0 2. Stephen F. Austin 117.0 Thanks to a trademark well-rounded running squad and big performances on the field, the Bearkat men finished with 131.0 total points while the women racked up 166.0 to secure the team sweep. Abilene Christian men earned runner-up with 117.0 points while the Ladyjacks tallied the same for a women’s team second-place finish. ACU’s Kai Schmidt reached the top of the podium again with gold in the men’s shot put, reaching a distance of 60-03.75. Next was the women’s 100m hurdles race, where Northwestern State registered a one-three finish. Daeshon Gordon took a convincing gold in 13.14, ahead of Jerica Love from UIW (13.24) and Lady Demon teammate Braneshia Payon (13.51). Women’s 800m Kierstin Santana Houston Baptist 2:08.01 Women’s 100m De’Shalyn Jones Northwestern State 11.44 Kai Schmidt emerged as the men’s high point scorer thanks to gold medals in the shot put, discus, and bronze in the javelin for 26 total individual points. De’Shalyn Jones earned women’s high point honors on the heels of another dominant sprint performance with 25 individual points. The senior took gold in 100m, 200m, as well as running the second legs of the winning 4x100m and 4x400m relays for the Lady Demons. Men’s 400m Hurdles Kerry Gleason Stephen F. Austin 51.87 5. Northwestern State 78.0 5. UIW 78.5 With the opening two men’s decathlon events scored to start the final day – the 110m hurdles and discus – Southeastern Louisiana’s Brian Donna narrowly overtook Rodney Littlejohn for the total points lead with seven multi events scored, 5,024-4,999. With solid outings in the pole vault and javelin, the Lion built a 6,329-6,143 over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s James Manders, who had moved into second ahead of Littlejohn. Donna took third in the 1,500m run to secure gold with 7,006 points. Women’s High Jump Sashane Hanson Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5-10.00 / 1.78m In the women’s 1,500m, Allyson Girard took a commanding lead from the start and didn’t look back, earning gold for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 4:31.50. In the following men’s race, Garett Cortez of UIW laid down a huge final lap to surge ahead for a 4:31.50 gold medal. Sashane Hanson achieved the three-peat for the women’s high jump with a cleared height of 5-10.00 (1.78m) Men’s 4x400m Relay — Abilene Christian 3:07.75last_img read more


first_imgElaborating on the posts of estate managers, Sisodia saidElaborating on the posts of estate managers, Sisodia said they would provide daily reports and “video clips” of the cleanliness of school campuses within two hours of their opening to district level officers.”This would be done via a mobile app. The Deputy Director would take cognisance of this report, initiate required action and send a report to the Directorate of Education and the Minister. Within 4 hours of the beginning of the school day, the Minister would have detailed analytics about the status of each school on his mobile phone,” Sisodia said.The Deputy CM said the goal is to make government schools better than private schools in the next three years.”The process of recruiting and appointing 5,500 teachers is in its final stages. Entrance exams for the process of regularisation of guest teachers are also in its final stages. For this end, 9,623 new teachers posts have been sanctioned,” he said.Towards skill education, the government allocated Rs 152 crore and announced its decision to commence vocational courses in more than “100 smart career colleges, which would be run by private companies with expertise in different domains”. The government is also restarting the State Apprenticeship Scheme for giving on the job training to the youth that was shut down 2006.”Government is initiating multiple schemes which include the opening of school playgrounds for sports organisations, preparing world-class football grounds and tennis courts in 55 schools so that every child has access to sports. It is also in the process of starting a sports school and a sports university in Delhi,” he said. PTI SBR GVS PAL GVSadvertisementlast_img read more