Shoot the Messenger follows sex and violence playbook

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the final seconds, another intercut: Three quick scenes from the next episode pop in and out of the closing credits. In the first, Muslim men chant threats and shoot guns. In the second, a cop witnesses a troubling handshake. In the third, Daisy purrs to co-worker Simon (Lucas Bryant), “You should check out my bedroom.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook The Show:Shoot the Messenger, Season 1, Episode 1The Moment: Grabbing eyeballsIn the opening seconds, an intercut: Our hero, Daisy (Elyse Levesque), a reporter for the (fictional) Toronto Gazette, has sex with her cop boyfriend Kevin (Lyriq Bent). Meanwhile, Daisy’s source on a story, Hassan (Araya Mengesha), gets beaten up. “Ah,” Daisy moans. “Ow,” Hassan moans. Sex and violence, coiled together.last_img read more

Rick Hansen visits Iqaluit on 25thanniversary tour

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen Rick Hansen embarked on the original Man In Motion World Tour in 1985, he was unable to visit the Canadian North.On a two-day visit to Iqaluit, Hansen made good on his wish. He spoke to classrooms, gave Man in Motion medals to Iqaluit volunteers, and even square-danced. Yes, you read that correctly: square-danced.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has the story.last_img

Canada Goose plans to open six new stores including two in Europe

TORONTO — Luxury parka maker Canada Goose announced plans today to open six new stores including two in Europe.The retailer says it plans to open a store in Milan, Italy, and in Paris as well as an additional store in the United States and three more in Canada.The Milan store will be on Via della Spiga in the city’s fashion district, while the Paris store will be on Rue St. Honore, which is also home to some of the world’s top luxury retailers.The new U.S. store will be in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Mall of America.The new Canadian locations will be in Toronto at the CF Sherway Gardens mall, in Edmonton at the West Edmonton Mall, and in Banff, Alta.Canada Goose currently operates 11 company stores. Companies in this story: (TSX:GOOS)The Canadian Press read more

Ban hopes Nobel peace award to Chinas Liu will not detract from

8 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope today that any differences over the awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China, which Beijing has opposed, would not detract from promoting the human rights agenda globally or from the prize’s prestige. “The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China is a recognition of the growing international consensus for improving human rights practices and culture around the world,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said. “The Secretary-General has consistently emphasised the importance of human rights along with development and peace and security as the three main pillars of the work of the United Nations. “Over the past years, China has achieved remarkable economic advances, lifted millions out of poverty, broadened political participation and steadily joined the international mainstream in its adherence to recognized human rights instruments and practices. “The Secretary-General expresses his sincere hope that any differences on this decision will not detract from advancement of the human rights agenda globally or the high prestige and inspirational power of the Award,” it concluded.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called Mr. Liu a “very prominent human rights defender” and said advocates like him make an important contribution to China’s development.“We welcome this recognition of the very important role human rights defenders play in China, and in many other countries, as well as the challenges they face – also the courage they so often show in speaking up for what they believe in,” she added. read more

Kumar also turns down invite as past proposals were ignored

Earlier former cricketers Mahela Jayawardena, Muttiah Muralitharan and Roshan Mahanama had also turned down the offer to join the SLC administration. (Colombo Gazette) Sangakkara said in his letter that what is needed for Sri Lanka Cricket is not temporary fixes but complete change. Among the changes he proposes is amendments to the Sports Law and Sri Lanka Cricket Constitution. Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has also turned down an invitation to be part of the Sri Lanka Cricket administration calling it a “waste of time”.In a letter to the Sports Minister, Sangakkara has said that the former Sports Minister had also sought his assistance yet he wasted six months in an advisory committee as none of his recommendations were taken seriously. read more

Public support for new nuclear power plants low according to UNbacked poll

While majorities of citizens generally support the continued use of existing nuclear reactors, most people do not favour building new nuclear power plants, according to a new 18-country opinion survey sponsored by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and released today.At a time when the nuclear power option is being vigorously pursued in the fast developing countries of Asia and being reconsidered in some European nations and the United States, the findings raise questions as to whether the nuclear industry and politicians have sufficiently raised public confidence in the safety and efficiency of the nuclear power option, IAEA said.The survey, conducted by Globescan Inc. shows that six in ten citizens (62 per cent) overall believe that existing nuclear reactors should continue to be used, but nearly the same number (59 per cent) do not favour new plants.Support for nuclear power is highest in South Korea, the United States and India, where clear pluralities support the building of new nuclear plants. In Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Cameroon, pluralities prefer that all existing plants be shut down.The survey was conducted between May and August this year in 18 countries representing all regions – Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United States. Some 18,000 people were polled by telephone and in-person interviews. The poll fielded six distinct questions, ranging from awareness of the IAEA and the effectiveness of IAEA inspections to support for peaceful nuclear applications and views about the security of nuclear materials and facilities and the threat of nuclear terrorism.Findings included:Pluralities in all but three of the 18 countries believe IAEA inspections are not effective in monitoring countries´ nuclear programmes – 46 per cent against 29 per cent.Majorities in 14 countries, and pluralities in the remaining four, believe the risk of terrorist acts involving radioactive materials and nuclear facilities is high due to insufficient protection, with 54 per cent believing the risk to be high and 28 per cent low.Stressing the climate benefits of nuclear energy positively influences one in ten people but there is still a general reluctance to build more nuclear plants. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State defeats No 4 Michigan 1815 but Kyle

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder stands during the national anthem prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) beat No. 4 Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) 18-15 Sunday evening in a closely contested dual meet, despite senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder losing his first collegiate match since 2015. Snyder dropped his first match of the season 3-1 against No. 2 Adam Coon, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, 7 inches and 60 pounds larger than Snyder. The physical mismatch made this match interesting leading into tonight, but Coon stunned many by beating the Olympic gold medalist. Snyder had not lost in college since Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson beat him in the 2015 NCAA final at 197 pounds.In the third period of No. 3 Bo Jordan’s match against No. 6 Myles Amine at 174 pounds, he took the lead with a takedown, and gained the riding time advantage point after preventing Amine from escaping. Eventually, a stalemate was called before Amine got the escape. Jordan led 5-4, essentially because of riding time.As the clock wound down, Amine needed a two-point takedown to win, and he got it in the final seconds. Initially, the referee did not award any points, but Amine found the correct positioning for the takedown before the clock hit zero. This moment gave Michigan their first lead of the meet, 12-11, with three bouts remaining.Michigan remained close with the Buckeyes, but Ohio State received solid performances from two of its highly ranked heavyweights. Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin won 5-3 against No. 5 Domemic Abounader.The Buckeyes’ No. 1 Kollin Moore bounced back after his first loss of the season against Penn State with a major decision win against No. 12 Kevin Beazley 17-6 at 197 pounds. Moore registered two takedowns late in the first period to take control, and dominated in the second and third with Beazley losing energy. Another undefeated Buckeye went down when No. 5 Stevan Micic upset No. 2 Luke Pletcher 11-4 at 133 pounds. Pletcher is now 22-1.Michigan’s No. 9 Logan Massa beat No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell 6-2 at 165 pounds to hand Campbell his sixth-straight loss. His last win was 8-2 against Maryland’s Brendan Burnham on Jan. 5.Ohio State’s No. 5 Micah Jordan also lost, falling 12-7 to No. 7 Alec Pantaleo in an evenly matched bout. No. 4 Nathan Tomasello won via technical fall against Michigan’s No. 9 Drew Mattin 20-5. Ohio State’s No. 7 Joey McKenna beat Sal Profaci 6-2 at 141 pounds in the only match in which both wrestlers weren’t ranked. Buckeyes’ No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won 9-2 against No. 18 Malik Amine.Ohio State’s next meet will take place on Feb. 18 at No. 6 North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina. read more

Commissioner admits corruption a problem at Lands Surveys

…says several employees firedCommissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), Trevor Benn, has admitted that corruption and collusion are problems at the agency.Benn made this admission during an appearance on local radio programme ‘Hot seat’ hosted by broadcaster Stan Gouveia on Monday. Asked directly about the favoritism showed by staff for certain persons at the expense of others and the perception of corruption, Benn made no bones about the corruption within the agency.GL&SC Commissioner, Trevor Benn“Corruption in Guyana is a big problem. And lands and surveys is no different,” Benn said. “There is corruption at the institution, I would be the first to admit and whenever we find it we deal with it. In fact, for this year alone we sent home a couple of staff for corrupt practices,” Benn admitted.Another way the problem is being addressed, according to Benn, is through the digitization of records. This allows the commission to better track transactions dealt with by staff. Benn also noted that they are working to facilitate master’s level training for lands and surveys staff.GL&SC recently featured prominently in the news, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had dropped bombshell revelations last month that the Government has been quietly distributing massive tracts of prime state lands to employees of the Ministry of the Presidency as well as close associate to the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) faction of the coalition Government and officials of the States Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), which was formed to recover state assets.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAccording to the party, the lands were all strategically located to massively benefit the beneficiaries from the coming oil boom. Jagdeo had revealed that most of the leases for these plots of prime real estate were issued by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) after the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored No-Confidence Motion that caused the Government to fall.Among the state employees had been State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) executive Eric Phillips. Phillips, had vehemently denied back in February that he ever applied for, or received any, 3000 acres of lands as was then being claimed.But the Opposition Leader had pointed to GL&SC File No. 321132/1604 which showed 1000 acres in the Essequibo River was issued to Phillips in April 2019 and File No. 3312317 for another 1000 acres in the Demerara River.Another prominent name to come up from Jagdeo’s revelations had been Chief Elections Officer (CEO) for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield. According to GL&SC documents, Lowenfield received land at Millie’s Hideout, Linden, Region 10.Since the revelations that persons closely affiliated to the government had snapped up land in prime locations, questions have been raised about the process that was used to allocate such large tracts of land.Among those questions have been exactly how much these beneficiaries paid per acre for their land and how they received information on which prime land locations were available, in the absence of advertisements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Call the police” – Jagdeo challenges Benn on land documentsJuly 5, 2019In “latest news”Lands and Surveys Commission going digital, says CEODecember 20, 2018In “Business”Town, City Council granting licences to occupy reserves is illegal- GL&SC CEONovember 5, 2016In “Business” read more

No buyout offer from Govt – BBCI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Patterson refuses to meet with Berbice Bridge Company to discuss possible saleSeptember 5, 2019In “Business”BBCI says it cannot properly service pontoons without increasing revenueAugust 6, 2018In “Business”Berbice Bridge challenge: AG given more time to make submissions on unilateral takeoverDecember 18, 2018In “Business” Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI) has refuted claims made by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, that government has offered to buyout ownership of the bridge company.In fact, the BBCI is accusing the Minister of making a number of false and disconcerting statements about the Berbice Bridge during a recent interview on the state-owned NCN.Minister Patterson had disclosed that his government has offered to purchase the ownership of the bridge from the BBCI.However, the Bridge Company in a statement today (Saturday, August 24, 2019) said no such offer has been made at any time by government.“This is a completely irresponsible statement on the part of the Minister and a most unfortunate attempt to mislead the public,” the BBCI said.Nevertheless, the Bridge Company welcomes a “fair and reasonable” offer from government. In fact, the BBCI has since written the Public Infrastructure Minister for an urgent meeting to discuss government’s proposed offer.But the company noted that efforts since last November to meet the minister on the revision of the Concession Agreement have been futile.Below is the full statement from the BBCI: Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr David Patterson, interviewed on NCN on Saturday last (August 17th ) on the subject of the Berbice River Bridge, made a number of false and disconcerting statements which have absolutely no basis in truth.The Minister claimed that the financial challenges faced by the Berbice Bridge Co. are no fault of his government. The Minister knows perfectly well that his government has consistently refused to respect its contractual obligation to address the annual adjustments to the bridge toll required by the Concession Agreement between the government and the Bridge Company.The Bridge Company, as recently as November 2018, has repeatedly requested to meet with the Minister, in writing, to discuss a revision of the Concession Agreement. In response, in a letter of 19th November 2018, the Minister informed the BBCI that his Ministry “in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance, will be appointing an International Financing Firm/Company to provide guidance and expert financial advice regarding the current status and proposal of the BBCI” and that his Ministry was available for a meeting.It is now some 10 months since the Minister promised to meet but not a word from him since then.In the meantime, the BBCI, in January and March this year, again, wrote the Minister pointing out on the urgency of the need to meet on the matter of the tolls and possible revision of the Concession Agreement. The Bridge is yet to receive a response.The BBCI has heard absolutely nothing further from the government with regard to the promised engagement of the International Financing Company.The Concession Agreement between the government and the Bridge Company is a product of a public/private partnership, but instead of recognising its role as a partner, the government refuses to meet and has preferred to take control of the bridge and as a result has been ordered by the court to give reasons for its action.  The Court hearing is scheduled to be heard on 18th October 2019.True to form, even while the matter is proceeding before the court the Minister has declared the Government’s intention of appealing the Court’s ruling should it not go in the Government’s favour. The Minister’s statement can, of course, be considered to be an attempt to intimidate the Court.Minister Patterson, to the complete astonishment of the BBCI, claimed in the interview, that his government has offered to purchase the ownership of the bridge from the Bridge Company. No such offer has been made at any time by the Government. This is a completely irresponsible statement on the part of the Minister and a most unfortunate attempt to mislead the public.The BBCI, nevertheless, is pleased to hear publicly from the Minister that his Government is willing to make a fair and reasonable offer to purchase the ownership of the Bridge and has, as a result, written to the Minister requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the Government’s offer.The Berbice Bridge Company Inc. continues to remain available to meet with the Minister in good faith and in the public interest. read more

Miner fatalities dropped in 2018 ICMM says

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) recently released the 2018 safety data of its company members, which showed the industry suffered 50 fatalities last year.“ICMM and its members are committed to strengthening health and safety performance and reducing operational fatalities to zero,” the ICMM said. As part of this commitment, ICMM publishes an annual safety data report of its company members. The full report, Benchmarking 2018 Safety Data: Progress of ICMM Members, is available here.The 2018 safety data report, which collates the safety data of around 1 million workers and contractors, recorded 50 fatalities in 2018. This was a decrease from 51 fatalities in 2017 and 63 fatalities in 2016, the ICMM said.Eleven of ICMM’s 27 company members reported no fatalities in 2018, compared with eight in 2017. These were: Africa Rainbow Minerals, Barrick, Freeport McMoRan, Goldcorp, JX Nippon, Minera San Cristóbal, Minsur, Mitsubishi Materials, Newcrest, Orano and Sumitomo.The number of hours worked across ICMM’s members increased by 16% due to data being included from new company members, Minera San Cristóbal, Minsur, Newcrest and Vale, the ICMM said. While total fatalities dropped by 2%, the fatality frequency rate dropped 19% from 0.027 to 0.022 fatalities per million hours worked, the council said.There was also a drop in the injury rate from 3.94 in 2017 to 3.41, despite an increase in the number of recordable injuries from 7,515 to 7,751.Tom Butler, ICMM’s CEO (pictured), said: “ICMM and our company members are determined to eliminate fatalities from their operations. The single highest cause of deaths in 2018 was from mobile mining equipment which is why we are exploring collision avoidance technology in our Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles programme.”The report findings include:One fewer fatality recorded in 2018 compared with 2017;Eleven member companies recorded no fatalities in 2017, an increase from eight in 2017;Fifteen fatalities (30%) were caused by transportation/mobile equipment, four higher than the 11 fatalities recorded in 2017;Nine fatalities (18%) were caused by fall of ground in underground mines, eight fewer than the 17 in 2017;In the six years of safety data published by ICMM, fatalities have dropped from 90 in 2012 to 50 in 2018 and, in this time, the fatality frequency rate has dropped by 33% to 0.022 deaths per million hours worked;Total recordable injuries increased from 7,715 to 7,751 although the frequency rate reduced from 3.94 to 3.41 recordable injuries per million hours worked, and;Since 2012, total recordable injuries have dropped from 13,895 to 7,751 and the total recordable injury frequency rate has dropped by 33%.The report also examines incidents by country. The highest number of fatalities (14) occurred in South Africa, where 400 million hours were worked. There were six fatalities in Chile and Ghana where respectively 281 million and 51 million hours were worked.The highest fatality frequency rates were recorded in Hungary, Spain and Laos which each recorded a single fatality, the ICMM said.This benchmarking report provides the safety data from ICMM companies for 2018 and does not include fatalities from the Brumadinho tragedy that occurred in January 2019.last_img read more

Metso to keep its crushers working for longer with OSeries liners

first_imgMetso says it is expanding its crusher wear part offering by launching a new range of OEM crusher liners.Available for selected markets from September, the new Metso O-Series offers the right balance between performance, affordability and reliability, the company said.Olli Heinonen, Head of O-Series development at Metso, said: “The Metso O-Series offers a value-priced alternative that is ideal when you need to focus on optimising daily operations, while our premium crusher wears range ensures additional durability, performance and maximum return on investment.”The Metso O-Series range is now available for Metso Nordberg® HP Series™ and GP Series™ cone crushers as well as C Series™ jaw crushers, Metso said. In the first phase, the new range will be sold through Metso sales offices, and the accredited Metso distributors in China, Mexico, Central America, and Asia Pacific.Heinonen concluded: “The Metso O-Series was created in close cooperation and dialogue with our customers to especially meet the business requirements in rapidly developing markets. We are excited about this new range and the new opportunities to help our customers get better control of their operations without compromising on quality. Going forward, we’re looking into bringing further crusher models to the range as well as introducing it to additional markets.”last_img read more

Clark County truckers feel the pinch of Occupy groups blockade of Port

first_imgTrucking companies in Clark County said Monday their drivers and their bottom lines are getting hurt by Occupy demonstrators who are gumming up operations at the Port of Portland.“Looks like we are dead in the water today,” Amanda Engh, account manager for RoadLink’s operations in Vancouver, wrote in an email to The Columbian.Engh forwarded to The Columbian an email she received from the Port of Portland Monday morning notifying RoadLink that Terminal 6 is closed for the day.Reached by phone, Engh said about eight truck drivers – independent contractors who do work for RoadLink – are sitting idle because of the protest.“We just sit and wait and tell our drivers to stick it out,” she said.Brad Foster, a sales representative for Vancouver-based Mitchell Bros. Truck Line Inc., said the company has about 35 truck drivers standing down because of halted operations at the Port of Portland.Mitchell Bros. employs a mixture of truckers who are on staff and those who are independent contractors, Foster said.Foster said the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 is important to the region’s economy. It’s where scrap metal and other exports are handled, he said, and it’s where imports – including retail goods headed for Fred Meyer, Columbia Sportswear and Lowe’s stores – are processed.last_img read more

Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe

first_imgFile PhotoSri Lanka’s president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose a parliamentary select committee probe into the 21 April attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded nearly 500.Chief of national intelligence Sisira Mendis was sacked after testifying to the inquiry last week that the attacks could have been averted.He also said the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threat from Islamic radicals who carried out the bombings on three hotels and three churchs.Sirisena’s office did not give a reason for the sacking. Halfway through the testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president’s orders, official sources said.A ministerial source told AFP Sirisena has refused to allow any police, military or intelligence personnel to testify before the committee.The source added that the heated cabinet meeting ended “inconclusively” without taking a decision on whether to suspend the parliament probe.Sirisena’s office did not comment on the meeting, but said the president had told senior police officers on Friday that he will not allow any serving officer to testify.Sirisena’s defence secretary and police chief have suggested that the president, who is also defence minister, did not follow proper protocols in dealing with intelligence warnings about the Easter Sunday bombings.Sirisena has repeatedly denied he was aware of an impending threat.A local jihadist organisation and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The country has been under a state of emergency since the bombings.Sirisena said last week that he met with the national police chief and his top brass 13 days before the attacks but no officer raised warnings passed on by India and based on information from a detained jihadist.The crisis erupted ahead of a visit to Sri Lanka by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.The Indian premier is to make a brief stopover in Colombo on his return from an official visit to the Maldives on Saturday.The Sri Lankan government has admitted there were intelligence failures before the attacks.Sirisena suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundara and dismissed his top defence official Hemasiri Fernando after the bombings.last_img read more

Mayor RawlingsBlake Announces Changes to Operation of Youth Centers for Curfew Violators

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces changes to the city’s Youth Connection Centers during her press availability at City Hall. (AFRO/photo by Roberto Alejandro)Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced changes to the operations of the city’s youth connection centers, which, she said, were designed to connect children who have violated the city’s curfew with whatever support and services they need. Because of a reduction in the number of nighttime curfew violators, but an increase in daytime violations, the city will have only one center open at night during the school year, but two during the day.“Since the implementation of the year-round centers we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of nighttime curfew violators, and we’ve successfully connected dozens of children with the support that they need,” said the mayor. “Now that we are moving along with the new school year, we’re witnessing an increase in the number of daytime curfew violations, which has prompted my administration to adjust our tactics to better meet the needs of children who are out on the streets, instead of at school getting a good education.”Moving forward, the city will have one centralized nighttime center during the school year, expanding to two during the summer. While school is in session, the city will operate two daytime centers, rather than one.In announcing the change, Rawlings-Blake addressed the concern which dominated the run-up to the city’s expanded curfew last summer—that the curfew would serve as a pretext for involving more young people in the criminal justice system.“This is not about criminalizing our children, this is about reaching our children before they find themselves in a situation where the only option left is law enforcement,” said the mayor. “We’re very encouraged by the early success of our youth connection center, but I believe we have more work to do, and these common sense adjustments will help us to do our part to make sure our children are out of harm’s way, and will help us to make sure that they’re getting a good education.”According to Angela Johnese, director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, the adjustment to the operation schedule will not affect the costs of running the centers.“Based on the budget that we received for the youth connection centers for this fiscal year, we will remain within that budget,” said Johnese, who also said the city was seeing between 12 and 15 daytime curfew violators and between two and four nighttime violations per week.last_img read more

Wii U launch expected November 18 but hardware is lacking

first_imgThe Wii U is now expected to launch on November 18. That’s not an official release date from Nintendo, instead a claim made by a Japanese retailer. It is a date that makes sense though, as the Wii launched on Sunday, November 19 in 2006. November 18 this year is also a Sunday, which ties up nicely. It is also expected to be available in the U.S. first with Japan getting it a week later and Europe still to have a confirmed date.Whether you want a Wii U or not is a different matter, and the feedback from developers working with the hardware is anything but positive. The general consensus is that the Wii U isn’t even up to current generation consoles in terms of performance and graphical capabilities. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 outperform Nintendo’s new machine, which isn’t a great start.Since the Wii U was originally announced (quite poorly I might add) there has been speculation that the final unit would ship with support for only one tablet controller. There have been attempts to support two tablets, but apparently that just isn’t going to happen. Multiplayer gaming will require the use of Wiimotes (or possibly a 3DS), or some modified form of those controllers compatible with the Wii U.It all adds up to Nintendo attempting to do what it did with the Wii: substituting raw performance for a new idea. Back in 2006 it was motion control, today it is a tablet controller. The problem is, tablets are commonplace so this is nothing new. Gamers are also used to what the 360 and PS3 can do, and now we have the PS Vita and ever more powerful smartphones and tablets vying for our attention. If the Wii U looks worse then all of those I can’t see the console doing well.Nintendo always has its first-party games to fall back on, but they can only go so far. Selling an underpowered machine with limited multiplayer and a tablet controller that could seem dated at launch is a huge risk. Will gamers flock to buy it or take a step back and realize it’s a machine once again aimed at the family, only this time without the horsepower or input to cater for it?I’d love for Nintendo to prove everyone wrong and launch with a killer feature, but so far there’s no signs of that. After what happened to the 3DS: a sudden price drop, extra thumbstick peripheral, and now a stand shipping with Kid Icarus, Nintendo has shown it is fallible when it comes to hardware.Read more at Gamesindustry.biz and WiiUDailylast_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow is Getting the Most Out of Victor Garber While

first_imgStay on target It’s such a shame that Victor Garber is leaving Legends of Tomorrow this season. He’ll be joining the cast of Hello Dolly on Broadway, which doesn’t leave any room to shoot a TV show. While we still don’t know what the show will do with Jax (maybe they’ll find him a new partner?), it is clearly getting everything it can out of Garber while he’s still here. I just hope they find an excuse to make him sing one more time before he leaves. While we didn’t get to hear his beautiful voice in this episode, we did get the funniest Titanic joke ever. “I refuse to set foot on the Titanic! Whoever built that ship should be shot.” How long do you think they’ve been holding onto that one? Is it blunt and obvious? Yes, but that’s what makes it so funny.The Titanic references didn’t end there. This episode also starred Billy Zane as P.T. Barnum, who appeared right after the Titanic joke. This is a show that knows exactly what it’s doing. For its second episode, Legends of Tomorrow continues to be about just how bad the team can screw things up. Even when they aren’t explicitly going against the Time Bureau, they manage to take a simple mission and make it nine times more complicated. That’s an exact figure. A fun running joke throughout the episode is that every time they check in on the mission, the scale of the anachronism has tripled. First, all they need to do is to P.T. Barnum’s circus and retrieve a saber-toothed tiger. The job is made even easier by the fact that Ray has invented a shrink ray.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The anachronism grows a little bit worse when Ray mixes up his controls and accidentally sets a giant saber-toothed tiger loose. From there, the entire mission spirals out of control. The tiger is actually the least of the Legends’ worries. Bringing Amaya back on board to deal with the animal nature of the mission opens up a wound for Nate. He gets drunk in a bar and reveals his powers, along with spilling the beans about Jax and Ray’s abilities. P.T. Barnum, in desperate need of an attraction, captures Jax, Ray, Nate and Amaya. If the entire season is about how bad the Legends can break time before fixing it, that’ll be OK with me. It’s fantastic fun to watch.What’s less fun is Nate’s constant whining and fragility. At first, you feel for the guy. We see the night they broke up. Amaya saw how amazing her granddaughter is as Vixen in Detroit. (Seriously, The CW Seed animated series is really good, and Megalyn Echikunwoke’s Mari McCabe deserves her own live-action series.) Amaya realized that if she stayed with Nate, Mari would never exist. She left without giving him a reason why. It’s understandable that he’d be hurt. At this point, he’s just an annoying guy who can’t get over his ex. This series is all about its corny jokes, but Nate constantly trying to assert his masculinity when he’s too hungover to steel up (get it?) cross the line from funny to annoying. Nate was cool last year. Don’t reduce his personality to a bitter, jilted ex.Billy Zane as PT Barnum (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Billy Zane is absolutely perfect as the villainous P.T. Barnum in this episode. What really makes him work is that he’s not completely evil. He’s just self-serving. He’s desperately trying to save his circus by putting on a great show for people. Since there are a lot of performers relying on his circus, you can absolutely see where he’s coming from. It’s possible to get behind him, even if his methods put him firmly in the “bad guy” category. That’s what makes a great villain, and it’s something you don’t see that often on this show. Or any of the CW superhero shows, really. Of course, he can’t be too likable. We still need to root for our heroes, such as they are. Zane’s confidence, and snide delivery of every line sells just what a douche this guy is. We may see where he’s coming from, but we still want the Legends to escape. In the end, the show gives everyone a win, in a surprisingly satisfying way. The Legends use their powers to save each other, giving Barnum’s audience one spectacular show, and a guaranteed audience for whatever he can cook up the next week. It’s a fun, energetic superhero action scene. As a bonus, we also got to see Victor Garber dress as a clown. They really are making the most of his presence while they still have it.What’s even more fun is the fight between Sara and Agent Sharpe. She once again comes to clean up the Legends’ mess and prove to Rip that the Bureau is better suited to the task of cleaning up history. This show has great action in general, but the scenes where it’s just Sara fighting someone one-on-one are truly special. That’s when you can see that someone on staff is really good at fight choreography. The two are well-matched against each other, and there’s even a little bit of comedy when they both have to take a water break. Of course, the rest of the team manages to fix everything before Sharpe can prove her point and arrest Sara. She hints at a coming threat that she doubts the Legends won’t be able to handle. For a second, it looks like the Legends take her concern seriously, but they laugh at the idea, and at the audience for thinking this show would take anything seriously. I love this show.Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Of course, the ending scene makes it clear that they should be paying at least a little bit of attention. A mysterious figure in a purple robe resurrects Kuasa, the main villain from season one of Vixen. (Seriously, go to CW Seed and watch that show.) Kuasa is Mari McCabe’s sister, and therefore Amaya’s granddaughter. She feels the Anansi Totem should have gone to her. It’s a good thing Amaya decided to stay on for now. The bigger question is the identity of the woman in the purple robe. She mentions being a follower of Mallus, a name that means nothing to us right now. She could be the Time Trapper, a powerful DC villain with a scary amount of control over time. The Time Trapper never shows their face, always draped in a robe. This character could either be a follower of the Arrowverse’s version of the Time Trapper, or she could be the villain herself. Either way, that’d make a great villain for the Legends to fight. Especially since she can bring people back from the dead. It’ll be exciting to see how the Legends manage to defeat such a powerful enemy. After they screw everything up, of course.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Legends of Tomorrow Signs Off with a Proper Farewell to Martin SteinCrisis on Earth X Is How You Do a DC Superhero Crossover last_img read more

Rape videos on WhatsApp SC orders CBI probe issues notice to Centre

first_img“The fact of the matter is that it is a very serious issue and something needs to be done,” the social justice bench of justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said after going through the contents of the letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala to Chief Justice of India H L Dattu.“Since the first suggestion (of NGO) is for CBI investigation, notice be issued to the Director CBI to register the crime and start investigation with immediate effect,” the bench said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe NGO, which provided the videos in a pen drive along with the letter to the CJI, said that one video, which is 4.5 minutes long, shows a man raping a girl while another man is filming the heinous act.The other video, spanning 8.5 minutes, relates to gangrape of a girl by five culprits who have been shown smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim, it said.The court issued notices to central ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology and asked the MHA Secretary to “forward the pen drive/DVD” to the CBI Director “forthwith” for the investigation. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSetting up of old age homes: SC seeks Centre’s response on PILSupreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities across the country. A social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit issued notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the plea and sought its response. The bench, however, did not issue notice to other respondents including Medical Council of India saying, “Since we are limiting the scope of the petition to setting up of old age homes only, we are issuing notice only to the Health Ministry only.”last_img read more

The Next Big Opportunity for Tech Entrepreneurs Smart Homes

first_imgJune 12, 2017 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read The role of technology in the home has changed drastically in recent years. We’ve come a long way from the kitchen wall phone and desktop computer, in an era when smartphones, tablets and wearables dominate the scene. The newest wave comes from the internet of things (IoT), and today’s offerings are raising the bar on what makes a device “smart.”Related: This Company Wants to Make Your Dumb Fridge SmartIncreasingly, “smart” means safe, in terms of security and health. Joe Colistra, architect at the Center for Design Research at the University of Kansas, was recently profiled in The Atlantic on his vision for a smart home that safeguards occupants’ well-being. Such updates include motion-sensing walls and force-detecting floors that notice walking problems in senior citizens. Another update: “smart toilets” that analyze biochemistry and report to doctors on the user’s health.With technology redefining home life in these ways, now seems like a ripe time for entrepreneurs to get in on the action. But, with the new terrain comes unforeseen pitfalls, so those looking to make that leap would do well to watch where they land.The pitfalls possible with “smart” homesSoon we will expect more and more from our homes in terms of safety and health monitoring, energy efficiency, convenience and other domains. But the path to success for entrepreneurs requires the safe navigation of some new terrain.Take those smart “healthy homes,” for instance. More than any group, seniors would benefit, but they aren’t typically early adopters. Many will be reticent to install the sorts of sensor technology necessary — not because of cost, but because of security.And there’s good reason for that: It’s already bad enough that our webcams could be spying on us; we surely don’t want our entire houses to be informants to some unseen hacker or corporate bad actor.Smart home artifical intelligence needs to be designed to recognize uncharacteristic network traffic from every connected device in a home, acting as a tipoff for bot network shenanigans. Luckily, that’s not difficult: It’s instilling the “security first” mindset into developers and entrepreneurs that takes the most effort.For those who can establish the right approach to security and data sharing — and back it up with truly innovative and robust practices, there is a tremendous future ahead.The opportunities smart urban dwellings presentWith an explosion of population growth, tech offerings such as robots, IoT devices and energy-efficient updates will be important ways the economy and infrastructure can support society.Related: Moving Forward: Building a Smart Digital City in QatarConsider my own company’s home base of Miami. With the Port of Miami getting a $2 billion expansion, and once a multibillion-dollar expansion of the airport is complete, the city can expect even more travelers and commerce in coming years. But that influx will ultimately increase the human density in downtown areas. The city’s residences and businesses will not be able to effectively handle that increase without IoT and better automation.Entrepreneurs should take note: Big problems present even bigger opportunities, and Miami in particular is blooming with exciting new tech in this sector.Thankfully, these opportunities for smart living spaces are already on their way. The Muse Residences in Sunny Isles Beach, condos designed in collaboration with Deepak Chopra, and scheduled to open this year, will feature facial recognition, robotic parking, features for optimization of our sleep cycles, window shades that adjust to the sun’s brightness and other aspects that promote overall wellness.These improvements are reshaping workspaces, as well. Miami real estate entrepreneur Matthieu Merchadou Melki has created Art of Miami, a studio design firm, working with Mana downtown and local authorities to develop smart environments for buildings, thereby providing entrepreneurs a more effective shared space.The firm will include prototyping labs and VR/AR labs that will allow companies to prototype on site while enjoying support, special access to funding for their startups, introductions to lenders and access to other smart development startups for collaboration.Riding the future waveThe tide is already coming in for these smart living developments. For entrepreneurs looking to be part of this movement, these few steps will help lead to smoother sailing:1. Leverage the protective instinct. From parents with young children to businessmen concerned about elderly parents when the latter are travelling, people worry about their loved ones’ safety. And, with threats such as the Mirai malware which turned IoT devices into unwitting accomplices in large-scale attacks, nailing down security concerns should be at the top of any entrepreneur’s list.Apps have worked in this space for some time, but there’s a lot of room to grow. So, entrepreneurs can “do well by doing good” and focus on smart home products that keep occupants safe — including safe from the products themselves.2. Seek innovative architects and industry experts. Integrating smart-home technology starting with the design phase is much easier than is retrofitting. Often these architects, such as the late Zaha Hadid, are known for their breakthrough designs, and their names increase trust from homeowners.Likewise, chances are that you may not understand the housing or development industry if you’re a tech entrepreneur. Imagine selling thousands of square feet of “smart flooring” to contractors, only to have it returned because it doesn’t match the city’s code where the contractor is located. To avoid this problem, get those who know the ropes of the home development game in your corner from the get-go.3. Consider a licensing-based business model. Housing is heavy on regulation, requires you to hold inventory and puts you up against entrenched players who know the game better than you ever will. Instead of playing on this uneven field, consider patenting a product and then licensing it or generating royalties from it. This allows all the innovation and profits, with none of the hassles of the housing market.Google just launched a service, Google IoT Core, which allows startups to connect all IoT devices to a single cloud layer. It only collects data from these IoT devices — it doesn’t offer a way to build applications that leverage AI or trigger actions.But by adding in a layer such as Losant, it’s fairly easy to complete one-off AI tasks, such as connecting to IBM Watson’s API to perform speech-to-text. This approach allows the company to get into the game from a safer regulatory distance.Everyone wants to live a healthier and longer life, but the last thing the world needs is more snake oil preying on people’s fears. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of legitimate applications for this technology.Related: Is Apple Losing the Smart Home Battle?The time of the smart dwelling is upon us. Soon, many of us will be living this way and benefiting in terms of healthier lives. But those entrepreneurs who start now may benefit most of all. Are you up for the challenge? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Report Blast injures several people in south Iran

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Iran in the past has blamed explosions in the province on saboteurs tied to Arab and Western intelligence agencies.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that an explosion has injured several people in a port in the south of the country.The late Saturday report by ILNA did not specify the cause of the blast. It says it also damaged several cars and shattered windows of nearby buildings including a hotel in Imam Khomeini port, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) southwest of Tehran.The port, one of Iran’s major import and export terminals, is located in oil-rich Khuzestan province, the scene of occasional protests in recent years by members of Iran’s Arabic-speaking minority seeking more rights. Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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