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Former MP Stoffer apologizes five times for his touchy behaviour

first_imgHALIFAX – Peter Stoffer, the former New Democrat MP known for his outsized personality on Parliament Hill, has apologized for behaviour perceived as demeaning or inappropriate, saying he never intended to insult anyone or make them feel uncomfortable.The series of apologies came the day after allegations of inappropriate touching and kissing were levelled against him by a former NDP staffer who recalled being kissed by him in 2006 and 2009 — the second time while surrounded by others, including MPs.The popular former politician and well-known veterans advocate held a news conference Friday in Halifax, where he said he was “deeply apologetic and regretful” for what happened when he was the MP for the suburban riding of Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook.Stoffer, who served as a Nova Scotia MP from 1997 to 2015, specifically denied sexually assaulting or physically abusing anyone.However, he admitted that his actions as a “touchy” and “very gregarious, fun-going person” may have led to behaviour that was perceived as inappropriate.“By some of the comments that I’ve heard recently, from some people in the past, they’re saying that some of my demeanour, some of my comments were inappropriate,” he said.“For that I humbly apologize without reservation. If there is any man or any woman that at any time felt uncomfortable … because of my demeanour in any way shape or form, for that I apologize and I humbly regret that I put them in that type of situation.”In all, Stoffer apologized five times.In allegations made public Thursday, Lauren Dobson-Hughes accused him of grabbing and kissing her without her consent on two separate occasions.Dobson-Hughes, who was an NDP staffer at the time, told the National Post that several MPs and senior staff were present at the second alleged incident “but nobody batted an eyelid.”She said she complained to her boss, former B.C. MP Dawn Black, after the 2006 incident.Black told the newspaper she took the complaint to then-NDP Leader Jack Layton, but was “disappointed” that Layton delegated the task to then-NDP caucus chair Judy Wasylycia-Leis instead of taking it up with Stoffer himself.In an message posted on Twitter, Dobson-Hughes said senior party leaders ignored a systemic problem.“For me, this is about the way — as normal practice — political parties … go out of their way to protect the electoral chances and reputations of abusive men, at the expense of legions of women,” she wrote.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Thursday that he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations, and he said the party would continue to “review, renew and expand” its harassment policies.Bob Gallagher, who was chief of staff to Layton from 2005 to 2011, said he was never made aware of the complaint against Stoffer, but he thinks the way it was handled — and that fact that Dobson-Hughes recalled no one speaking up for her the second time it happened, in front of other MPs — is a damning assessment of the culture on Parliament Hill.“The fact that you could actually have somebody kiss someone inappropriately and have other people around and nobody say anything and therefore the victim feels as though there is no way to really raise this as an objection — that is an utter indictment not only that there wasn’t a formal process, but that there was a culture of allowing that kind of thing to happen,” said Gallagher, who is now with the United Steelworkers.Steve Moran, a former senior NDP staffer who was the direct supervisor to Dobson-Hughes at the time of the 2009 allegation, said he wished he had done more to prevent something like this from happening under his watch.“I’m sickened, but not surprised, to learn these details,” Moran, who was the NDP’s deputy director of policy and research at the time, wrote in a Facebook post Friday, in which he said he would take part in any investigation.“I accept my responsibility in not providing a harassment free environment,” he said. “I clearly failed in my duty in this regard.”Stoffer said he has not been in contact with Dobson-Hughes, but he said he’s willing to talk to her.Stoffer, speaking to reporters gathered outside the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21, said he did not intend to “insult or demean or belittle” anyone, but he said he has come to accept that’s “exactly what happened.”He said he grew up listening to the raunchy humour of Rodney Dangerfield and Canadian comedians Maclean and Maclean, a notorious musical duo known for their strong language and bawdy topics, and tried to enliven life on Parliament Hill with an annual party for the 3,000 people who work there.“Everybody knows that the office I had was, what I would call, a fun office,” he said, where visitors were encouraged to shoot darts or enjoy a beer.Ian Capstick, who was a press secretary to Layton at the time, said he always took issue with the way Stoffer behaved around young women in Ottawa.“I told Peter that on more than one occasion, directly to him,” said Capstick. “Frankly, there is a reason that I never signed his guest book, wasn’t welcomed for a cold one, never had a hat on his wall and never (expletive) played darts with the guy.”Still, Capstick suggested he should have shared his concerns more widely.“There are a lot of people, myself included, who are responsible for the fact that nobody ever actually called Peter (out) on all of this.”— With files from Joanna Smith in Ottawa.last_img read more

Blueribbon education panel quietly unveiled draws immediate fire

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The members of a promised blue-ribbon panel to study First Nations education have been quietly named and the selection is already drawing fire from a key First Nations chief.The names of the three panellists were posted on the government tendering website Merx on Sunday as an “advanced contract award notice.”The notice names David Hughes, president of charitable organization Pathways to Education Canada and former head of Habitat for Humanity Canada, as chair of the panel.Hughes will be joined by George Lafond, from Muskeg Cree Lake Nation, Sask., and currently an Aboriginal initiative special advisor to the University of Saskatchewan’s president, along with Caroline Krause, a faculty associate at the University of British Columbia and former principal an elementary school in one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods.The independent panel is expected to be officially unveiled sometime between March 14 and 18.Their final report on elementary and secondary First Nations education is expected for release in July during the Assembly of First Nation’s annual general assembly held this year in Moncton, N.B.The panel is also expected to submit an initial report in late May to Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan.The panellists will each be paid $200,000 for the contract which runs until July 31.While Atleo could not be immediately reached for comment, a source indicated the national chief was aware of the initial concerns raised by some chiefs over the appointments. Atleo, however, is urging chiefs to work through the panel to force their concerns onto the agenda, including a close study of funding levels.Duncan’s office issued a statement saying the three panelists were the best choices for the job.“The national panel consists of three very qualified and respected individuals, each of whom bring an informed perspective to the discussion,” said the statement. “This government is committed to First Nations students and we continue to work with the AFN on this important issue.”Duncan announced the creation of the panel in the House of Commons last December, saying it was a joint initiative between the government and the AFN.The panel announcement came in response to consistent calls from First Nation leaders for a major overhaul of First Nations education.The blue-ribbon panel has been touted by Duncan and the AFN as a major step in reforming First Nations education. The panel’s recommendations, while non-binding, could also lead to legislative changes, Duncan has said.In December 2009, Kitigan Zibi First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, with a roomful of chiefs standing around him in in support, dramatically demanded then Indian affairs minister Chuck Strahl make education a pressing priority.Whiteduck, who sat on a senior education advisory council involved with the creation of the panel, said he was disappointed with the choices.Whiteduck said he was informed during a council meeting Friday that the panel had been selected but the names would be kept secret until the Merx notice appeared on Sunday.Whiteduck said he had no idea how the panellists were selected, despite several regions submitting suggestions for candidates.He said he is upset about the decision to appoint a non-First Nations member as chair of the panel.“They selected a chair that is not First Nation. What message are we sending to our students that we can’t even lead this thing?” said Whiteduck.Whiteduck said he was also upset at the appointment of Krause.Whiteduck said an internet posting by Krause on the Macdonald-Laurier Institute website should have disqualified her as a candidate.“Is it the intent of the AFN to unconditionally support the candidacy of Ms. Krause who obviously views First Nation education administrative practices as being corrupt? This is unacceptable,” wrote Whiteduck, in an email to Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.Krause wrote on the website that she supported the creation of individual education accounts for First Nations students to pay for university because “the current funding system is not working and…it is open to serious abuse, favouritism and other discriminatory practices.”The proposed Aboriginal Post-Secondary Savings Account has been promoted by the likes of First Nations thinker and author Calvin Helin.The idea, however, has received lukewarm reception from many>last_img read more

Mountie being investigated for racist comments not the only one

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA shocking online comment about Colten Boushie by an RCMP officer has the force investigating one of its own and others saying scrap the service altogether.“Disband the RCMP,” tweeted retired Vancouver police officer Lorimer Shenher with a link to Wednesday’s APTN story.“She is not the only one with that attitude,” Shenher added in a telephone interview Friday.“In Saskatchewan and Alberta – let’s face it – and in B.C. too, these kind of sentiments are pretty common among law enforcement.”APTN reported a female Mountie in Alberta posted Boushie “got what he deserved” on a private Facebook page called ‘News Stories that Matter to or May Impact RCMP’.Related: RCMP Facebook group claims Colten Boushie ‘got what he deserved’The shooting death of Boushie, from Saskatchewan’s Red Pheasant First Nation, and subsequent acquittal of farmer Gerald Stanley revealed a racial divide across Canada.“I’m not on Facebook myself but I would imagine these kinds of things have been going definitely since Colten was shot,” said Shenher, who worked with Indigenous people and members of the RCMP as lead investigator on the missing women investigation that eventually led to serial killer Robert Pickton.Shenher, who has since written a book about that case and blogs about reforming police culture, says the comment was “horrifying.”“This obviously affects the public’s trust in the RCMP and it affects Indigenous peoples’, I would venture to say, hope for any reconciliation.”The force has told APTN it is investigating the private page with 1,200 members that admitted an APTN reporter as a member who screen-grabbedthe shocking post and others. But it won’t comment further.Shenher thinks that’s a mistake. He says now would be a good time to do things differently – more transparently, for example – to rebuild relationships.“And, to show the RCMP are even sensitive to these issues.”Vice-chief Kimberly Jonathan says the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan has been assured the RCMP are taking this latest scandal seriously.“Despite the challenges, I can assure you that we’ve been in close contact with the RCMP,” she said Friday in Saskatoon, “and we’re working towards resolve and accountability for people who write and incite hate.”Although she didn’t know what the end result would be.“What that looks like, I guess, is dependent on the community. There’s so much that needs to be said.”The Boushie family and its supporters have been bombarded with hate speech since the not-guilty verdict came down Feb. 9.Rallies in their name are being held across Canada and politicians are promising to reform the justice system. Again.But only they can say how this latest attack feels on top of all the other discrimination they say they have had to deal with. Although they weren’t available for comment Friday.“We’re very aware of the effects,” Jonathan added. “We’re very aware of how huge and troubled this could be.”APTN has made numerous attempts to contact the officer who made the controversial post on Facebook. But she was not the only person to make questionable comments on the page.An APTN reporter took screen captures of numerous conversations about the trial, defence and verdict. Officers appear to use their real names, describe their detachment areas, name the provinces they work in, and complain about issues of under-staffing and Indigenous communities.“If there was a failing in this trial, it was with the law as it currently stands, not the jury or verdict,” said a male in a post on Feb. 14.“It’s not about race,” a female posted a few hours later. “I don’t care if someone is green or has a tail, if you trespass with intent to harm, steal or cause damage, how can you expect bad things not to happen?”There are links to media stories on the trial. And debate about the issue of the lack of visibly Indigenous members of the jury.“So the family and friends are now going to drive the karma bus and become vigilantes for justice? That’s the sentiment I’m getting from this…as if the people from that area haven’t been terrorized by these upstanding model citizens off the Rez?” added the female APTN has confirmed works at a rural Alberta detachment.Shenher says the officer may find sympathetic ears among her peers but to him it sounds like she should leave the field.Although he knows that’s likely to backfire.“I know that firing them probably isn’t going to decrease the world’s population of racists by one or two because then they’re just going to be bitter, fired racists,’ he said.“But they’re still going to be racists and they’re just going to be bitter because they’re going to say, ‘Oh, somebody played the race card …and now I don’t have a job.’”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccos Al Adl Wal Ihsan Urges Government to Criminalize Ties with

Rabat – Al Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Benevolence), the banned but tolerated Islamist opposition group, has called on the government to outlaw contacts with Israel.“There are several indicators showing that trade between Morocco and the Zionist state is on the rise,” Omar Iherchane, a leading member of the Islamist opposition group, was quoted as saying by Telquel.“Although Israeli has no embassy in the kingdom, ties between the two states do exist,” Iherchane noted. He went on to add that these ties include cultural corporation, under which “Israeli artists are allowed to perform in Morocco and Moroccan artists are invited to perform in Israel.”Iherchane stressed that the Moroccan government should criminalize relations with Israel and render trade with Israeli entities illegal.This demand follows the Pro-Palestine march, which was led by the Islamist group in Casablanca on Sunday.In 2013, five Moroccan political parties sponsored two law proposals calling for the criminalization of any attempt to normalize ties with Israel. Both bills sought to make it illegal to trade with Israeli entities, while one of them proposed making it illegal for Israelis to enter Morocco. read more

UN envoy tells Security Council that Kosovo operation now in critical phase

Speaking to the Security Council today, the senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo said the next few months offered great opportunities for the province’s leaders and its people to work together to decide their future, saying also that the UN mission was now in its most critical phase.In his latest report to the 15-member body, Søren Jessen-Petersen said that major developments in the province since October included the death last month from lung cancer of Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, the start of a process to determine the province’s future status and the efforts made at decentralisation.“Much has been achieved – much more must and will be done. The next months offer an opportunity for Kosovo’s leaders to redouble their efforts, to reach out to Kosovo’s Serbs and to the other minorities, and to register solid and substantive progress,” Mr. Jessen-Petersen said.“With the beginning of the status process, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo has entered its most critical phase. Now, as in the past, our focus must remain on building in Kosovo a society that is democratic, multi-ethnic, inclusive and tolerant,” the senior envoy added.Mr. Jessen-Petersen also called on Kosovo’s Serbs to take “an active part in the central and municipal institutions” if they wish to shape the province’s future and said Belgrade must also encourage and support such participation.“Our goal must now be to make good the political wrongs of the past, with a focus on the rights of all people – of individuals and families – for the future,” he added.Mr. Jessen-Petersen noted that last week Kosovo’s Assembly had elected Fatmir Sejdiu as the province’s new President, saying this had demonstrated a “mature and dignified” political response to the recent death.The UN envoy also said that President Sejdiu had already discussed the former President’s vision on the status of Kosovo with the province’s negotiating team, ahead of a meeting on decentralisation between Pristina and Belgrade to be held in Vienna next week.“The majority in Kosovo, who suffered so much as a minority themselves in the past, has a right to expect that their aspirations will be met when Kosovo’s status is decided. The minorities, who have in turn suffered revenge and isolation, have a right to expect that their concerns will be just as seriously heard and addressed,” Mr. Jessen-Petersen concluded.Kosovo has been run by the UN since 1999, when NATO drove out Yugoslav troops amid human rights abuses in fighting between Serbs and Albanians.Last month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Kosovo Serb leaders to work to promote government reform and other key goals in the province, saying he was “seriously concerned” by the slow progress and setbacks between May and December last year. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2017 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,379.61, down 165.21 points):Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Down 0.09 of a cent, or 6.82 per cent, to $1.23 on 6.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 0.09 of a cent, or 2.57 per cent, to $3.41 on 9.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 0.06 of a cent, or 1.38 per cent, to $4.29 on 6.6 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 0.27 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $3.78 on 6 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 0.57 cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $66.39 on 5.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 0.37 cents, or 2.59 per cent, to $13.90 on 5.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Down $1.62, or 9.99 per cent, to $14.59 on 3.1 million shares. The Laval, Que.-based company’s shares hit a seven-year low after one of its largest investors sold off all remaining stock in the drugmaker, the latest knock to what was once one of Canada’s most valuable companies. Valeant shares hit $14.15 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That was down nearly 13 per cent from Monday’s close and the lowest level since January 2009. They partially recovered in later trading at $14.47, down $1.74 or 10.76 per cent. Pershing Square Capital Management announced Monday that it had sold its final stake in Valeant for a large tax loss. At one time, the New York-based firm headed by CEO Bill Ackman had been the largest single shareholder in Valeant and one of its most vocal defenders.Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Convenience stores. Down $2.95, or 4.77 per cent, to $58.85 on 2.7 million shares. The Laval, Que.-based company reported stronger third-quarter net income as revenue rose 22 per cent. The convenience store operator says it had US$287 million of profits in its fiscal third quarter, up from US$274 million in the comparable period last year. Revenue at the Quebec-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, rose to $11.4 billion. That included $3.07 billion of merchandise and service revenue and $7.97 billion from fuel revenue. Couche-Tard’s net income was equal to 50 cents per share, up from 48 cents per share. read more

Wrestling Ohio State set to make another run at a national championship

Redshirt sophomore wrestler Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon at 197 pounds on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team returns three former individual national champions and multiple members of the team that won a national championship in 2015. There are 10 Ohio State wrestlers — one in each of the 10 weight classes — are ranked in the top 12 of FloWrestling’s preseason individual weight class rankings. Given the depth of the roster, it might seem like national championship or bust for the Buckeyes.Head coach Tom Ryan took it one step further. “In March, not only do we want to win, I want to be the best team to ever walk on the mat,” he said. “I want this team to have more points and more champions than any team in the history of the sport.” Ohio State opens the season Saturday with the Princeton Open in Princeton, New Jersey. The open will strictly feature individual-weight brackets in lieu of a team competition. Ohio State opens its dual-meet season at home Sunday against Arizona State. Ryan’s roster is headlined by a trio of seniors looking to become the first four-time All-Americans together in NCAA history. That group features senior heavyweight and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder, redshirt senior and 2015 national champion Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds) and redshirt senior and 2017 Big Ten champion Bo Jordan (174 pounds). For the first couple months of the season, however, the 125-pound class will be anchored by Columbus product and freshman Brakan Mead. He will be stepping in for Tomasello, who sustained a right knee injury while competing internationally last month. It was believed initially that Tomasello would return in January, but the recent prognosis now points toward December, Ryan said. The lineup is supplemented by No. 2 junior Myles Martin (184 pounds), No. 1 redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore (197 pounds) and No. 4 redshirt junior Micah Jordan (157 pounds). Two competitors with NCAA tournament experience — sixth-ranked junior Joey McKenna (141 pounds) and 12th-ranked Te’Shan Campbell (165 pounds) — transferred to Ohio State during the offseason. No. 6 sophomore Luke Pletcher dropped from 141 pounds to wrestle at 133 pounds. Ryan finds it hard to contain his enthusiasm when he looks at his lineup, which he said is likely the most talented in Buckeye history. “Sustained excitement,” Ryan said. “That’s what I think of. I think of just one after the other. They all bring so many unique things to the sport, to wrestling, their styles. They have different styles but they’re all uniquely good. I’m just looking forward to seeing the team compete. I think they feed off each other, they will feed off each other and it’s just going to be an exciting year up and down the lineup.”Though it can sometimes be hard to view the upcoming season as anything other than national championship or bust, Martin said outcomes can often be unpredictable and that only a lack of effort would be considered a failure this season. “If some guys around nationals time get nervous, they like hold back, get a little conservative, I feel like that’s a failure,” Martin said. “Just because all year we focus on putting all we have out there and trying to put the best wrestling and just wrestle through every position and just leaving it all on the mat. If that doesn’t happen up and down the lineup then it’s probably a failure.” Two away dual meets in February loom large. The Buckeyes will travel to meet No. 1 Penn State on Feb. 3 and head to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the No. 4 Wolverines on Feb. 11. Ohio State wrestles in the Schottenstein Center twice this season, once on Jan. 12 against No. 6 Minnesota, then on Jan. 21 against No. 7 Iowa. For now, the Buckeyes are simply just ready to wrestle opponents outside of the Steelwood Training Facility. “It’s been getting chippy in the wrestling room,” Martin said. “A couple of the bigger guys have just been pushing each other. We beat each other up all the time, we fight every day.” read more

Jussie Smollett charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police

first_img Image: Terrence Antonio James A CHICAGO JURY has indicted American actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime.Police say Smollett – who gained fame on Fox musical drama “Empire” – staged the attack in a bid to gain publicity and a bigger paycheck.Instead, the 36-year-old actor, who is black and gay, has been dropped from the last two episodes of the show’s current season, and his future is now in the hands of the court.Smollett was charged last month with one felony count of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.He allegedly sent himself a threatening letter and then hired two acquaintances to stage a street attack in downtown Chicago, complete with homophobic and racial slurs, while invoking Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.According to court documents published online by local media, the 16-count indictment lists the specific statutes Smollett violated by telling police he had been attacked when he knew “there was no reasonable ground for believing” that such crimes had occurred.Smollett has denied the allegations against him and in a statement to the media, his attorney Mark Geragos criticised the charges as “prosecutorial overkill”.“Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption,” Geragos said.The case has drawn intense national interest with everyone from politicians to celebrities and late night talk show hosts commenting.When asked about the indictment, a Fox spokesman declined to comment.Smollett was released on bond in February. He is next due back in court on 14 March.Comments closed as the case is before the courts. No Comments Share3 Tweet Email Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 2:33 PM Jussie Smollett charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police In a statement to the media, Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos criticised the charges as “prosecutorial overkill”. 16,407 Views Empire actor Jussie Smollett (centre) has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago.center_img By AFP Mar 9th 2019, 2:34 PM Short URL Empire actor Jussie Smollett (centre) has been indicted by a grand jury in Chicago. Image: Terrence Antonio James Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gaz à effet de serre Pôle Emploi réalise son premier bilan carbone

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : Pôle Emploi réalise son premier bilan carbonePôle Emploi vient de publier son tout premier bilan carbone, réalisé selon les exigences de l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Sans surprise, ce bilan révèle que les déplacements des conseillers de l’agence pour l’emploi constituent le premier poste d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre.Les déplacements arrivent en effet en tête des postes les plus polluants, atteignant 47% des émissions globales de Pôle Emploi : 23% pour les déplacements domicile-travail, 15% pour les déplacements des conseillers en visites, et 9% pour les déplacements professionnels. Les achats constituent le second poste le plus émetteur (25%), et sont suivis des infrastructures mobilières et informatiques (15%), de la consommation énergétique (12%) et enfin des déchets produits (1%).À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueSur son site Internet, l’établissement public en charge de l’emploi précise avoir atteint un total d’émissions de 300.000 tonnes équivalent CO2, soit 6,38 tonnes par collaborateur. “Ce qui correspond aux émissions d’un tour du monde en voiture”, note Pôle Emploi. Les chiffres sont toutefois très fluctuants en fonction des régions. Ainsi les zones insulaires présentent un taux d’émission bien plus important en raison de leur accessibilité par avion. Le poste énergie connait lui aussi d’importantes variations d’une région à l’autre, et ce indépendamment du climat, “la qualité des systèmes de chauffage en étant probablement la raison”, explique l’établissement, notant également que la consommation de papier varie de 36 à 154 kilos par collaborateur. “Des résultats qui offrent des perspectives de progression importantes”, souligne l’institution.Ce premier bilan carbone a pour objectif de servir de base à une nouvelle politique soucieuse de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre engendrées par Pôle Emploi, qui vise une diminution de 20% des émissions par collaborateur à l’horizon 2020. “Pôle Emploi affirme ainsi son ambition de devenir une référence européenne en matière de développement durable”, se félicite l’établissement public.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 19:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press Missing Vancouver man found dead pot ban ends school lunch

first_imgWhat kind of weather is headed our way this weekend? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the week:Missing Vancouver man found deadThe Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body found Monday in the Columbia River near Tidewater Cove as Leif Vigeland.Vigeland, 36, of Vancouver disappeared while training for a triathlon. He was last seen Thursday leaving his east Vancouver home on his black Trek road bike. The bicycle was located Saturday at Wintler Park along the Columbia River.Leif Vigeland went missing at the end of JuneClark County Council votes to lift marijuana banThe Clark County Council voted 3-2 to lift its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county at its Tuesday evening meeting. Recreational sales can begin in unincorporated areas of Clark County as early as Jan. 1, 2020.The vote came after a roughly 1 1/2 -hour hearing where the council heard primarily from proponents of the ban who argued that the adverse social effects of making the drug easier to access would outstrip any revenue generated from its sale. They also heard from critics of the ban who said that prohibition has failed and the legal cannabis industry provides jobs and opportunity.last_img read more

Ajay Devgn makers of De De Pyaar De face severe backlash for

first_imgAjay Devgn faces backlash for having Alok Nath in De De Pyaar De.Varinder ChawlaAjay Devgn and the makers of De De Pyaar De are facing a lot of flak on social media for having rape accused Alok Nath in the film. The trailer of De De Pyaar De was released on Tuesday. It shows Alok Nath, who was accused of raping Vinta Nanda, playing one of the characters.In the midst of the #MeToo movement in India, Vinta had charged the veteran actor of raping her decades ago. CINTAA had later cancelled Nath’s membership. Although allegations against Nath have not been proven yet, the general public demand has been to bar the actor from working in films.However, seeing Alok playing a pivotal role in De De Pyaar De, a lot of people are furious on Ajay and the makers of the movie. The official #MeToo Twitter handle of India vehemently slammed Ajay and producer Bhushan Kumar for having Alok in the film. Alok Nath, Vinta NandaTwitter”While women continue to be disbelieved, ridiculed and shoved back into silence, men accused of sexual violence continue to find work. @ajaydevgn @itsBhushanKumar I hope you know Alok Nath has been accused of rape and an FIR filed. Disgusting that he’s part of De De Pyar De,” the tweet said.”When it came to casting someone for that role, what made it absolutely necessary to pick a man accused of violence and harassment by multiple women? Is it a message that says you don’t care? What will it take for artists to stand up in support of women who call out predators?” it added. Several bald and sanskari looking men NOT YET accused of rape who could have been cast in @ajaydevgn @itsBhushanKumar movie instead of Alok Nath. But the pro-rape/ anti-women bias shows now.— Anoo Bhuyan (@AnooBhu) April 2, 2019The argument given by @ajaydevgn at the trailer launch today was that Nath was signed for the role way before the story of his sexual perversions came out. He also said it’s not the right platform to discuss the issue. Quite disappointing to see this!— Vinamra (@vinamravinamra8) April 2, 2019Shame on @ajaydevgn for defending Alok Nath. They could have given him the boot post the allegations & FIR. I hate when celebs say “this is not the right platform to discuss”. Issues such as this deserved to be discussed on every platform. #DeDePyaarDeTrailer @IndiaMeToo— Shamini.M.R (@Not_A_Shammer) April 2, 2019Shame on @ajaydevgn for defending Alok Nath. They could have given him the boot post the allegations & FIR. I hate when celebs say “this is not the right platform to discuss”. Issues such as this deserved to be discussed on every platform. #DeDePyaarDeTrailer @IndiaMeToo— Shamini.M.R (@Not_A_Shammer) April 2, 2019@ajaydevgn sir yeh molester #alok nath aapki film mein kyun hai boycott #De de pyaar de— Iam24 (@Iam2415) April 2, 2019Ajay was also asked about the same by a reporter during the trailer launch event. In reply to this, Ajay said that the shooting of the film was done much before the accusations against Alok were made. He also refused to talk anything more on the issue saying that it was not the right platform for such questions.This statement by Ajay also did not go down well with many, and series of tweets came in, criticising Ajay. Some even threatened to boycott the film.last_img read more

Asia stocks rise as Fed minutes spur optimism dollar weakens

first_imgAsian stocks rose and the greenback languished near two-month lows on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed policymakers were in no rush to raise interest rates.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.4 percent as investors added to positions after a 14 percent rise over the last two months.Technology stocks, especially Tencent and Lenovo Group led the index higher.Hong Kong shares was the top gainer in Asia with a 1 percent rise, while a stronger yen, thanks to the Fed’s cautious outlook, pulled Japan’s Nikkei back 0.5 percent.The July meeting minutes released on Wednesday showed that Fed policymakers were generally upbeat about the U.S. economic outlook and labour market. But they also said they wanted to “leave their policy options open” as any slowdown in hiring would argue against near-term monetary tightening.Market participants interpreted the minutes as moderately positive for risk-taking appetite, with the Fed remaining divided on the timing of the next rate hike. Futures contracts dipped slightly, signaling receding bets of a U.S. rate increase.”There is clearly strong disagreement within the Fed with regards to the timing of further rate hikes,” wrote Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne.Bond markets greeted the rate Fed minutes with cautious optimism with the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF poised to set a fresh one-year high.Ten-year Australian government debt edged lower to 1.92 percent, about 100 basis points down from end-2015.In currency markets, the dollar was down 0.5 percent at 99.71 yen, nearing a post-Brexit low of 99.55 hit on Tuesday.The euro edged up 0.2 percent to $1.131 with the common currency on track to rise more than 1 percent this week. The dollar index dipped 0.1 percent to 94.49, having lost about 0.7 percent so far this week, during which it touched a 7-week low of 94.426 on Tuesday. The greenback felt the sting of lower U.S. Treasury yields, which fell overnight following the release of the Fed minutes. [US/] The weaker dollar was an additional help to commodities like crude oil though oil prices dipped in early trading on the prospect of record Saudi output.International Brent crude oil futures were at $49.67 per barrel at 0050 GMT, down 18 cents from their last close.Copper, which had slid on the dollar’s rise earlier in the week, trimmed some of their losses as the U.S. currency flagged. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.25 percent at $4,786 a tonne after losing 0.8 percent on Wednesday. RelatedSensex, Nifty poised for volatile trading next week over divergent triggersMarkets heading towards ‘gut wrenching drop’, says Marc FaberRBI monetary policy statement impact: Sensex down but bank stocks gain after Rajan leaves repo rate unchangedlast_img read more

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty in ColdCase Racial Slaying

first_imgBy The Associated PressGRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — More than three decades after a Black man died in a racially motivated killing in Georgia, two White men have been held accountable.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Moore Sr. pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 1983 slaying of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. Moore received a sentence of 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison.This undated photo provided by Heather Coggins shows her uncle, Timothy Coggins. (Courtesy of Heather Coggins via AP)His brother-in-law, Frank Gebhardt, went to trial in June on charges including murder and was convicted by a jury. He was sentenced to serve life plus 20 years in prison.Witnesses said Coggins was stabbed 30 times and dragged behind a pickup truck. His body was found in Spalding County on Oct. 5, 1983. Prosecutors said Coggins was killed because he was dating a White woman. The case remained unsolved for decades.last_img read more

Gary Vaynerchuks Gallery Media Group Hires Kate Mitchell From OWN

first_imgGallery Media CEO Ryan Harwood, who founded PureWow in 2010, said he interviewed more than 100 candidates for the CRO position before selecting Mitchell.“We need to put more rigor around the sales process in a way we haven’t had before,” Harwood said. In searching for a new sales leader, “we put a disproportionate emphasis on culture fit. With Kate, it was immediate love at first sight. We really hit it off. We come from the same train of thought.”In addition to Mitchell’s hire, Gallery Media has promoted Kevin Stetter — previously EVP of business and ad operations for PureWow — to chief operating officer.Mitchell, for her part, said, “When you come from the world of Oprah, you tend to be a little more selective about where you go next.” In Gallery Media, she found a company “leaning into the areas I love the most,” with the ability to tailor and target branded content to audiences across multiple platforms.Gallery Media is different from other digital-media companies because it’s focused on areas “where advertising actually works today,” according to Harwood. He says those include podcasts, voice-enabled interfaces like Amazon Alexa, and influencer marketing.In addition, Gallery Media doesn’t have the same church-and-state separation between ad sales and editorial departments that exist in traditional media companies. Harwood explained it this way: “Great content is great content, whether it’s sponsored or not. If we get [an advertising client] I don‘t want the ad sales team to be hesitant to talk with an editor about [ideas for promoting] the content.” That said, Gallery labels any paid-for content in accordance with FTC guidelines. Also, Harwood said, “We would never publish something that would compromise an editor’s integrity.”Mitchell said Gallery Media’s philosophy encouraging collaboration between editorial and ad-sales teams was something that appealed to her: “If you’re going to grab a consumer’s attention, you want to get the best people to do that,” she said.Gallery Media operates as a sister company to VaynerX’s digital advertising agency VaynerMedia, which was founded in 2009. Kate Mitchell is leaving Oprah Winfrey’s OWN to join Gallery Media Group — the digital-media holding company established by serial entrepreneur and investor Gary Vaynerchuk last year — as its first chief revenue officer.Mitchell most recently was SVP of sales at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which is majority owned by Discovery. Before joining OWN in 2014, she spent nearly a decade at Discovery, where she helped launch OWN in 2011.Gallery Media was formed when Vaynerchuk and RSE Ventures, a venture firm led by real-estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, acquired women’s lifestyle digital publisher PureWow in January 2017. In June, Gallery Media launched One37pm, a brand aimed at young men that blends “culture, style, music and sports, through the lens of entrepreneurship,” according to the company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Currently, Gallery Media has about 150 employees. Harwood said PureWow and One37pm represent the company’s core brands (“the surf and turf of Gallery Media Group”), with potentially more properties to be rolled up in the future.last_img read more

Ms Marvel Gets an Awesome FanFilm and More Marvel Movie News

first_img We were pretty excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 later this year, but this fan-made Ms. Marvel short film might have the big budget Marvel Studios films beat. Kamala is a fantastically well-directed 5-minute superhero film featuring one of Marvel Comics’ current most exciting characters. If you haven’t been reading Ms. Marvel, you are definitely missing out. It stars Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager who finds herself able to grow and shrink her body at will. When she’s not superheroing, she’s trying to balance her life between the expectations of her loving but traditional family and the ones put upon all American teenage girls.The fan film does a fantastic job capturing all of this and making it fit into a satisfying five-minute arc. She deals with her parents nagging her about school work, some particularly racist bullies, and a few supervillains. Basic teenager stuff. The special effects are well-done and make for a particularly exciting, if brief, fight scene. The cast works well together, especially Kamala’s family. Their scenes are fun and heartfelt without being too corny. (A little corn is always nice.)So, Marvel. Two things. One: Please make a full-length Ms. Marvel movie. And Two: It better be at least as good as this.In other Marvel news, a major announcement for Deadpool 2 is on the way. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick say they’re gearing up to announce who will play Cable in the upcoming sequel. We already know that Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) will play X-Force member Domino, but Cable’s casting has taken some time. Stephen Lang, Dolph Lundgren, and David Harbour have all been rumored to be in the running.“An announcement will be coming very soon,” the writers told, ” We’re gonna go into production in the next couple of months, and cast announcements will be coming fast and furious.”The reason the casting is taking so long is the decision will affect future movies beyond Deadpool 2. They need the actor playing Cable to be a deadpan straight man for the Merc with a Mouth, but he’ll also need to carry the upcoming X-Force franchise. Here’s hoping all this leads to an X-Statix movie.(Photo: 20th Century Fox)Finally, we have some photos from the set of Thor: Ragnarok have been released. This is the first real look at what this movie is going to be. The biggest news to come out of these photos: Thor got a haircut. There will be no more flowing, blonde locks. I’m just as sad as you are. His new haircut looks… fine. It’s just not the same.We also get to see Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (no more Jane Foster), Cate Blanchett as Hella and Jeff Goldblum (yay!) as the Grandmaster. Loki is also back, surprising no one. Hey, any chance to watch more Tom Hiddleston. Finally, it looks like Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is making an appearance. At this point, we probably aren’t going to get another Hulk movie, but if that means Ragnarok gives us a Hulk-Thor team up, that might be OK. Thor could probably use the help. Puny god.View as: One Page Slides1. First Set Photos from Thor: RagnarokThor: Ragnarok Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20172. Thor: Ragnarok Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20173. Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20174. Thor: Ragnarok Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20175. 6. Thor: Ragnarok L to R: Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20177. Thor: Ragnarok L to R: Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20178. Thor: Ragnarok L to R: On set with Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Director Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 20179. Thor: Ragnarok L to R: On set with Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Director Taika Waititi. Photo: Jasin Boland ©Marvel Studios 2017 Stay on target What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Hellboy

first_imgStay on target Okay, to get it out of the way: Yes, I am on the side that feels Guillermo del Toro’s two Hellboy movies were highly underappreciated in their day, and that the fact we never got a third one (and thus he never got to finish up the story arc he was telling therein) is a great loss for popular culture and modern film. But it wasn’t caused — at least not directly or with malice — by the people making or starring in this reboot, so it’s unfair to hold the absence of Hellboy 3 in our lives “against” David Harbour, director Neil Marshall etc., or to judge the reboot more harshly for simply existing in its place. This new Hellboy isn’t a bad film because it’s not a continuation of the previous Hellboy… it sucks entirely on its own merits.Playing out like it was very much intended (at least at some point) to be a sort-of psuedo-sequel to the previous films and then awkwardly rewritten into a reboot, the new Hellboy is less a “film” than a pile of producer’s notes, mandatory trailer-moments and “stuff we think will pop in a comic-con sizzle reel” mashed together into something like a story; ostensibly culled from fragments of Mike Mignola’s original Hellboy comics that hew marginally closer to the edgy tone of their inspiration than Del Toro’s penchant for gothic fairytale whimsy but lack the sweeping imagination or narrative skill of either previous creator. It opens in-media-res, seemingly expecting that the superhero/supernatural/horror/alt-history/scifi/pulp-adventure mashup subgenre is now mainstream enough that Hellboy’s basic setup doesn’t require a formal origin story… but then spends the rest of its runtime cramming every other scene with tedious exposition lying out the origin story of other every minor character, scrap of world-building and gratuitous fanservice shout-out to other Mike Mignola comic character that wanders into frame until it starts to feel like a version of Buckaroo Banzai that isn’t joking about how absurd pulp continuity can be.In the story proper, Hellboy (a demon from Hell conjured to Earth as a child and *probably* also some version of The Beast and/or antichrist but raised to be a good-guy beer-drinking wisecracking monster-fighter for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense) is dispatched to the UK to help thwart a shitty version of the storyline from The Kid Who Would Be King from earlier this year: Milla Jovovich’s ancient medieval “Blood Queen,” once sealed away by King Arthur himself, is about to be resurrected and unleash a monster-plague on humanity, so Hellboy has to team up with a young psychic with whom he has history and a boring guy who hates monsters but also has to keep taking weird medicine so guess where that’s going. And yes, he’s also grappling with whether or not he’s fighting on the wrong side because he himself is also technically a monster and also whether or not he’s destined to eventually become The Beast and unleash the end of the world no matter what he does and several other plot beats, character-arcs and entire scenes that anyone who’ll bother trying to watch this will have already seen done better in the previous movies. But now they can drop F-bombs and do mildly-bloody gore FX that are *maybe* a tiny bit more extreme than an average episode of The Walking Dead so… worth it, apparently?Even if that sounds straightforward enough, getting there is a jumble of needless location swaps, conflicting loyalties, flashbacks, betrayals and pointless digressions for gratuitous cameos from The Nazis, Rasputin, “Lobster Johnson,” Baba Yaga and others mainly on hand for no other reason than to unsuccessfully make the whole thing feel less like the small, unimaginative retread that it is on a narrative scale or to justify how often it punches above its weight on the production side and comes off looking shockingly cheap for a theatrical feature in 2019: There’s some interesting set design work and the execution of a mostly-practical half-man/half-pig monster is pretty impressive; but the rest of it calls to mind nothing so much as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — terrible compositing and weaksauce CGI are the norm, especially in big mostly-animated cutscenes featuring armies of creatures or towering kaiju with no real story presence other than “looking like a thing for the trailers.”The only halfway-notable thing it has going for it are some clever classic-rock needle drops during the action scenes — though the execution doesn’t really fit the tone and mostly feels like an attempt to co-opt the energy of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. But with apologies to director Neil Marshall (a nice dude who I like and who, despite seeming to have lost control of this one pretty early on can still direct the hell out of people in monster suits punching each other) … he’s no James Gunn. And for that matter, Hellboy actor David Harbour is no Ron Perlman — though he seems to be making a game effort despite an underwhelming makeup prosthetic that renders his features all but immobile and unable to convey any real expression (which you’d think would be important for the title character…)Hellboy is a genuine disaster of a movie. It has a handful of decent monster-makeups lounging around with nothing interesting to do and what passes for almost a plot is equal parts a bad version of things yanked from other genre films and very bad versions of things done better in prior Hellboy films; featuring some of the most uneven special effects and pointlessly bloated runtimes in recent memory. It’s ugly to look at, a chore to try and follow, hard to remember from scene to scene and a dreary slog to even bother with; and for all the talk of it’s “faithfulness” to its comic book origins, the execution puts it much closer to something like the Stallone version of Judge Dredd or the Crow sequels. Avoid like the plague. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Team Geeks Favorite Games of 2017

first_img2017 has been a pretty phenomenal year in gaming. With the introduction of Nintendo’s Switch, it certainly seems companies are playing to the strengths of the platform and making sure their properties look as wonderful and perform similarly (if not better) to the others we have been loyal to over the years. This year we’ve seen games that have advanced the industry and pushed developers to go further in 2018.  Here are a few of Geek’s favorites from the past twelve months.Animal Crossing Pocket CampSubmitted by Betty Felon As a longtime fan of the Animal Crossing franchise, I’ve been enjoying Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, the latest mobile installment of the game. Pocket Camp is a minimized version of the game that includes fishing, bug-catching, and running errands for your campers, without the stress of being the town mayor. Since I don’t really have the time to regularly play video games nowadays, Pocket Camp is the perfect slice-of-life mobile game that’s both cute and relaxing to play.AdChoices广告Persona 5 Submitted by Tony PolancoJRPGs are great and all, but the genre has grown stale as of late. Thank goodness Persona 5 landed this year to invigorate the world of turn-based RPGs. Persona 5 takes everything that worked in the previous installment and improves on it in every way. Bigger, more dynamic dungeons. A rollercoaster ride of a story with plenty of twists and turns. And of course, an attention grabbing presentation that assaults eyes and ears with pure artistry. My only regret is not having enough time to replay Persona 5. It’s just so damn good!Gorogoa Submitted by K. Thor JensenPlenty of games are beautiful. Plenty of games are innovative. Plenty of games are meaningful. But it’s rare that one pulls off the hat trick like Gorogoa. Developer Jason Roberts has been grinding away on his unique puzzle game since 2011, and it was certainly worth the time in the oven. It’s a short experience – two or three hours to get through the whole thing – but every part of the game is there for a reason. All killer, no filler makes this long-awaited release my top pick of 2017. Bendy and the Ink Machine Submitted by Insha Fitzpatrick Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Indie games have ruled my life. For the past year, I’ve grown my Steam account to disgusting levels, and Bendy and the Ink Machine rules my current gameplay. Game developers TheMeatly creates something so simple, yet creepily bizarre. I’m a super fan of old-school animation. TheMeatly puts you smack in the middle of the narrative revealing an intriguing plot with tons of hidden secrets within an abandoned studio. Bendy and the Ink Machine is the right kind of indie game. The look and feel are dipped in pure black ink and sepia. You learn more about characters that look like Betty Boop, Goofy, and Bimbo (who Bendy’s character is modeled after, fight me) and a horror game with jump scares that’s better than any horror movie that came out this year. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSubmitted by Jordan MinorIn a fantastic first year for the new Nintendo Switch, launch title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stands out as not only the best game on the system, not only the best game of the year, but a new contender for one of the best games of all time. The gorgeous, lovingly crafted open-world and systems explode the idea of a Zelda game is supposed to be giving players the chance to explore and create their own thrilling, surprising, and personal adventures.NieR: AutomataSubmitted by Nick MangioneYoko Taro isn’t interested in making standard JRPGs or action games. He doesn’t let you play the savior. In NieR: Automata, it’s clear right away that not everything you’re doing is on the up and up. Some enemies don’t attack you at all. Others cry about how scared they are. Your partner insists they’re just making random sounds because robots don’t have feelings. At this point, you might think you know where the story is going. And for your first playthrough, the game is content to let you think you’re right. As you start to dig deeper, you see that it’s not about whether or not robots can be human. It’s about whether or not anyone or anything can be. It’s about whether anyone really knows how to be human and why we even try to begin with. There’s some great, thought-provoking sci-fi in here that’s worth putting in the work the game asks of you. It’s fun work too. Some people complained about the gameplay, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. It combines bullet-hell shooter mechanics with a simplified (but deep if you choose to invest in it) character action combat system. And some of those enemy designs are seriously disturbing.Friday the 13th: The GameSubmitted by Keenan McClellandNot since playing Left 4 Dead have I had this much fun with a multiplayer horror title. When I heard IllFonic and Gun Media were developing a game based on the Friday the 13th franchise, I was beyond ecstatic and slapped some cash down on their Kickstarter! What struck me the most was how much of a labor of love the game was for themselves, as well as the fans. From the development videos, all the way up to its release. These devs shared everything with Friday fans because they knew it was up to them if this game took off or not. The game itself is a ton of fun, splitting counselors and a very cranky Jason Voorhees up on different Camp Crystal Lake maps. From here, it is up to the counselor to either work together (or not) and figure a way out before Jason claims his next victim in a “colorful” way. Leveling up different Jason’s and unlocking new kills is half the fun! Plus with constant updates to counselors including themed costumes, emotes and tapes; it’s never a slog being one. With Virtual Cabin 2.0 already out, I’ve seen a bit of what’s to come and all I gotta say is, I cannot wait to freeze some helpless teens head in liquid nitrogen and smash it to pieces in a galaxy far, far away… Yakuza 0 Submitted by Brittany VincentThe only reason I’m not writing about Persona 5 right now is because it was taken, because it was my favorite game of 2017. However, there was a close second in terms of what captured my attention and refused to let it go this year, and that game was Yakuza 0.  Yakuza 0 is a decadent and addictive combination of Japanese crime drama, dating sim, open-world title, and simulator. It deftly weaves all of these genres together to tell an engaging story that’ll grip you from the onset and make sure you don’t put the controller down until it’s shown you everything it has to offer. It’s an excellent beginning to the series, and a game that will likely ignite a lifelong love for the irreverent and always entertaining Yakuza series. And that’s a good thing, especially since there are still plenty more to come, at least for Western audiences. Plus, Kiryu is bae. Night in the WoodsSubmitted by Sheilah VillariNo game (for me) has quite nailed the desolation of growing up in a small town quite like Night in the Woods. I went to college in a small industrial mountain town and totally understand the dark and dreariness of the world we’re exploring here. We follow Mae who returns to her hometown after dropping out of school and all that comes with that. Isolation, depression, bleakness. But all is not as she left it in Possum Springs…there’s definitely something darker at work. The character designs are the perfect compliment to the story and backdrop. Like disturbingly adorable. The curse of the tiny town is alive and well and real in the world Infinite Fall has created. And if all else fails you can always just hang out with your childhood friends, play the bass, and hit up the Donut Wolf for fantastic yums!last_img read more

Sweet Homecoming

first_imgShe reveals to Millennium Post that she is super excited about showing the country’s cultural heritage to her sons and she hopes to make this trip the best experience for her family.What are the activities that you indulge in(other than music) when you visit different countries to perform?I love how much I have travelled as I learned through travelling when I was a child and teenager. I had very rich life experiences at a young age and learned how to interact with people from all cultures with ease and comfort. I would love my son to have that as well, but I certainly want to balance that to the best of my ability with a solid base he can call home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Now that you are performing in India after two years, How do you expect the crowd to react? It’s been a long gap of two years since I last performed in India, because I was heavily pregnant with Mo (Mohan) last winter and therefore didn’t come to visit. Naturally I’m very much looking forward to the concerts, as playing in India is always a special experience. We will be taking a holiday together over New Year’s and I look forward to showing Zubin many things about our country and culture, as at nearly five years old he is now old enough to create memories and understand so much more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou are an internationally recognised classical musician after your late father. Do you think a musician requires more recognition especially when the art is left with few noble hands? How does this recognition make you feel? I believe honesty and integrity are paramount to making music of value. Everyone has something unique to offer the world, and as an artist if I can tap into that internal core when I make my music, then I am bringing something of value into the world. You are carrying the legacy of your late father. Does this responsibility make you emotionally or creatively vulnerable? And in your personal space, do you take decisions in life with his essence or thought in mind? One thing my parents were really smart about when I was growing up was avoiding letting me feel too much pressure as it’s difficult enough to be disciplined enough to commit to learn the sitar or any skill set properly and with the right frame of mind. Also, my father was never harsher on me to prove a point to other students that he’s not favouring me either because that’s not who he is as a person. For him, the commitment is yours for you to take responsibility of. Without that personal commitment, there’s no real understanding of the art form.What is your schedule like and how do you prepare for a concert? Any special routines? I enjoy my routine before a show as it calms me and helps me prepare. I do a thorough sound check with the band and then spend an hour or so doing stretches and hand warmups, getting dressed and putting on makeup. Just the act of sitting at a makeup table alone can be a nice quiet time to think, before the frenetic activity on stage. What kind of music do you listen in your spare time? My music taste is quite eclectic and diverse. I enjoy a wide range from both Indian and Western classical to alternative artists like Bjork, electronica from the Chemical Brothers and world music such as Tinariwem.Tell us about your new studio and the experience of recording the album Home. Oh, I can’t say how pleased I am to have my own studio! It’s totally changed the way I work, both on Home and on the next album I’m working on. It’s so freeing to have my own space and to feel comfortable and casual whilst recording. The need arose in recent years as a parent, to be able to work from home more. However, writing and trying to create whilst surrounded by the noise and chaos of young children is very difficult! Having my own studio at home is a dream, as I have a totally sound-proof room I can escape to when I need to write, and I have an impeccable room to record in. My studio was built with a team of experts to record the sitar at the highest level possible, and I’m very happy with the results.last_img read more

As of now the Sassa grants saga is not fixedAs of now

first_imgWednesday (yesterday) marks another important day in the history of this country, as the Concourt is expected to make a ruling in the much-talked-about and sensitive issue of the unresolved social grants contract issue.While Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to explain to the court how her department and Sassa intend to solve the issue over who will be awarded the contract of administering the payments of social grants, everything is as confusing as ever.Also read: Sassa pension and disability grant crisis hits Ladysmith pensioners hardAlso read: Millions of rands at stake as Sassa officials play political football with disabled and pension grants, as Dlamini’s minions wait in the wingsThe contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), which comes to an end at the end of this month, was in 2014 found to have been invalid by the Concourt.Reports that the department was in talks with the same company with the view of entering into a new contract have been met with criticism from various quarters, with some describing the negotiations as undermining the highest court in the land.CPS’s CEO also said that if a new deal is not reached soon, there might a possibility that millions of grant beneficiaries might not be paid come April 1.So all local pensioners can do is pray that sanity will prevail.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Sweltering temperatures in India leave 750 dead in 5 weeks

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairycenter_img Daily temperatures in both states have hit between 45 and 48 degrees Celsius (113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit). Officials have urged people to stay hydrated and remain indoors as much as possible.Blistering hot, dry winds have also swept across most parts of north and central India, wilting plants and forcing people to avoid the outdoors. In the cities, large crowds of office workers gather around stalls selling cold fruit drinks.Weather officials say the sweltering temperatures are likely to continue in southern India for at least another week. Monsoon rains, expected to arrive in the southern state of Kerala in the first week of June, should bring some respite. The monsoon season runs through September as the rains gradually cover the entire country.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HYDERABAD, India (AP) — More than 750 people have died in southern India since the middle of April as soaring summer temperatures scorch the country, officials said Tuesday.The southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana have been hit the hardest.More than 550 people have died from the unrelenting heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, state Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa said.A top state official in Telangana, Bhambal Ram Meena, said about 215 heat-related deaths have been reported since April 15. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more