first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “Oh, you know, I’m just learning how to milk a cow and sew and churn butter,” Gadon, 29, said in a phone interview to discuss her role as a jury member for this year’s Air Canada enRoute Film Festival.“I’ve been working on my Belfast accent. I’m doing all sorts of things. I’m reading some interesting books, watching some great films, just kind of immersing myself in that world and in that time period.” Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will showcase 20 short films on its flights around the world from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31. The shorts will also be available at, where viewers can vote for their favourite. Other jury members include actors Jason Priestley and Karine Vanasse.Gadon is so busy juggling multiple projects, she expects she’ll have to watch the finalists on her laptop while in the air over the next few months. It’s a labour of love, though.“I love film and I love short films,” said Gadon, who was also a jury member in 2013 and has been in many short films. Sarah Gadon is diving into what she calls “pioneer boot camp” as she prepares to play the lead in a much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.The Toronto actor is in pre-production for the six-hour miniseries, which is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant and maid who was convicted of murder in Upper Canada in 1843 but exonerated decades later.Sarah Polley wrote and produced the project, which will screen on CBC and Netflix. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The Conservative government appears poised to introduce a bill to force First Nations chiefs and band councillors to publicly disclose their salaries.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is expected to introduce a bill Wednesday titled, An Act to enhance the financial accountability and transparency of First Nations.The title of the bill echoes the title of a private member’s bill introduced by Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block before the last federal election.Block’s bill would have required the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year.The minister of Aboriginal affairs would publish the information if a band council refused to comply.Block’s bill, titled An Act respecting the accountability and enhanced financial transparency of elected officials of First Nations communities, died on the order paper when the previous minority Conservative government fell.Duncan and Block are scheduled to hold a press conference in Saskatchewan at 4:30 p.m. local time at the Whitecap Dakota First Nations’ administrative office.Block’s bill had the support at the time of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses during an Assembly of First Nations meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, last December.The resolution, however, also blasted Block’s bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”last_img read more

first_imgZimmer will wrap up ‘Coffee with Bob’ on August 8 with stops in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.Here is a list of the next ‘Coffee with Bob’: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m. – The Canadian GrindWednesday, August 7th, 2019 – Taylor at 1:30 p.m. – Lone Wolf Golf ClubThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Pouce Coupe at 12:00 p.m. – Papa Don’s PizzaThursday, August 8th, 2019 – Dawson Creek at 2:30 p.m. – Hug a Mug’s Coffee House FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer is doing a series of ‘Coffee with Bob’ events where local constituents can meet with the MP and discuss current happenings in their community and in Canadian politics.So far, Zimmer has been to Valemont, McBride, Prince George, and Mackenzie.The next ‘Coffee with Bob’ is today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at The Canadian Grind and at Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor at 1:30 p.m. For more information, you can visit Bob Zimmer’s Facebook page.last_img read more

OTTAWA — Hoping to fund your retirement by winning the lottery is a ridiculous idea.Sure, someone has to win, but banking your future well-being on a cheap ticket, a handful of carefully chosen numbers and near-impossible odds isn’t financial planning — it’s wishful thinking.But if you’re fond of daydreaming about winning the big jackpot — Friday’s Lottomax jackpot is $38 million, after all — how much would you actually need to win to quit your job for good?That depends on an array of factors, including how you plan to live your life going forward, how old you are and what kind of financial legacy you want to leave, says investment adviser Kathryn Del Greco at TD Wealth.While some may be happy to putter in their gardens, others may have a bucket list that includes playing the great golf courses of the world and indulging their love of rare wines and fine dining.“There isn’t a magic number that you could apply to everyone,” Del Greco said.The No.1 eternal truth of personal finance: Live below your meansThe No. 2 eternal truth of personal finance: Pay yourself firstAs you begin your fantasy session, keep in mind that lottery winnings aren’t taxed in Canada, so the amount on the oversized novelty cheque you’ll be handed in your dreams will be the very same sum you’ll deposit in the bank.But once that money starts earning interest and investment income, those amounts will be taxed.Larry Moser of BMO InvestorLine estimates a risk-free portfolio of GICs will yield close to one per cent, while you may be able to earn four to five per cent a year by taking some risk in a conservative portfolio.“The longer the time horizon for needing the income, the greater the pool of money you’re going to need at the beginning to make sure that money lasts,” he said.A five per cent return means that for every $1 million in lottery winnings, you could generate about $50,000 in annual income before any fees and taxes. Put another way, a five per cent annual return on $5 million could generate about $250,000 a year.However, many forms of investment income are taxed at a lower rate than money earned by working, so compared with your salary, you may not need to make quite as much from your investments to have the same amount in your pocket after taxes.Del Greco also cautioned inflation can erode the value of your nest egg without at least some investment growth.“That’s why we encourage a balanced portfolio that would incorporate high-quality, dividend-paying stocks, because dividends are taxed at a lower tax rate, and also blue-chip equity stocks provide a natural hedge to inflation pressures,” she said.If you do hit the jackpot, both Del Greco and Moser recommend putting the money aside for a time before doing anything with it to give yourself time to formulate a plan once the initial thrill of the win passes.“Before you make any rash decisions, before you start spending any money, before you start giving away all the money, you really want to sit down and figure out what the purpose of this money is,” Moser said.In your dreams, at least.The Canadian Press read more

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without them.Poinsettias are a staple of winter, and Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience is selling the plant until late November.The poinsettias are available in red or white six-inch pots for $8 each. They can be delivered to your office or department for an additional $2.To place your order, visit Student Life & Innovation Commons (SLIC) located in MCA204 (under the stairs in Mackenzie Chown), or call x6321 no later than Friday, Nov. 28 to fill out your order form and make your payment.For any questions please contact x6321 or email

“This treaty will enable developing countries to avoid many of the mistakes made in the richer countries, where the misuse of chemicals and pesticides has too often harmed or killed people and damaged the environment,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the pact “will help countries to avoid using pesticides that are recognized to be harmful to human health and the environment and highly toxic pesticides that cannot be handled safely by small farmers in developing countries.” Jointly promoted by UNEP and FAO, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade initially lists 27 hazardous chemicals.As many as 15 more pesticides and industrial chemicals, including some forms of asbestos, will be considered for inclusion at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Geneva from 20 to 24 September, UNEP and FAO said.Some 70,000 different chemicals are being marketed and another 1,500 new ones are introduced every year. Many pesticides that have been banned or restricted in industrialized countries are still being used in developing countries, they said.In another development, UNEP announced that Barcelona, Spain, would host World Environment Day (WED) 2004, held annually on 5 June and focusing this year on seas and oceans.Welcoming the offer from the Barcelona City Council, the Spanish Government and the Catalan Autonomous Government, Mr. Toepfer said unlike the land, where concepts of ownership and management have long been established, “the oceans have been viewed as wilderness areas, owned by no one and free for all.””That was fine in a world, now long ago, where a coastal mega-city might have been a few thousand rather than 10 million souls,” he said. “But the growth in the global population, where more than 40 per cent now live by the coast, allied to our abilities to hunt faster and further for ever greater quantities of marine-living resources, means we can no longer treat the seas and oceans as free for all, uncared for and unmanaged.” read more

The Red Book, as the report is known, is a recognized global reference on uranium jointly prepared by the IAEA and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA/OECD).It found an increase in uranium supply, exploration and production. Some seven per cent more uranium resources have been identified since the last report was published in 2012, adding almost 10 years to the existing resource base. Global uranium production continued to increase between 2010 and 2012, albeit at a lower rate than in the previous two-year period. The growth in the resource base is mainly due to a 23 per cent increase in uranium exploration and mine development, which totalled $1.92 billion in 2012.On the demand side, projections vary from region to region. While the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident resulted in a change of policies in many developed countries, nuclear capacity projections, notably in East Asia and non-European Union states on the European continent, continue to grow. The Red Book projects that world nuclear electricity generating capacity by 2035 is expected to increase between 7 per cent on the low and 82 per cent on the high side. This is in line with the IAEA’s most recent projections of between 8 and 88 per cent for the year 2030.More than 20 countries around the globe produce uranium, with Kazakhstan, Canada and Australia as the largest producers, accounting for approximately 63 per cent of world production. The reported growth in production is mainly driven by Kazakhstan, with smaller additions in Australia, Brazil, China, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Ukraine and the United States.The continued robust demand for the resource has led to future plans for mining operations in new countries including Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia. And to minimise the social and environmental impacts, efforts are being made to develop safe and well-regulated operations.The new report provides analyses from 45 countries in order to address questions on global uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements. It also offers updated information on uranium production centres and mine development plans, as well as projections of nuclear generating capacity and reactor-related requirements through 2035. read more

Forty-five games into his collegiate career, Zach Boren finally debuted at linebacker, the position he was originally recruited to Ohio State to play. Boren came to Ohio State in January 2009 as the No. 45 overall middle linebacker prospect in the nation according to the recruiting site, but, until Saturday’s 52-49 win against Indiana, Boren was used as a fullback. Against the Hoosiers, Boren finished the game with a team-high eight tackles and the position switch is a move his OSU teammates said is for the good of the team. “That’s the ultimate sacrifice. He’s the best fullback in the country, and he’s going to go over and play linebacker and give up three years of playing fullback and maybe be an All-Big Ten playing fullback, to go over there and do everything he can for the team playing defense,” redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “We love him for that and that’s just the guy that he is.” The change might have been less of a sacrifice in Boren’s own mind, because defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said he has wanted to play defense for years. “He wanted to be a linebacker for three years here. He’s been asking, ‘Hey, can I come over? Can I come over? Can I come over?’” Fickell said. “Tuesday afternoon in practice … (head coach Urban Meyer) brought him over, because we had talked about it, and … he naturally gave us a spark.” Boren was given an opportunity at linebacker because redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino broke his fibula. Meyer said Sabino was “kind of our guy” and called Boren’s switch “temporarily permanent.” Against Indiana on Saturday, Boren played linebacker for the first time since high school, and in his first start, he led the Buckeye defense with eight total tackles. “I think someone said he led the team in tackles, which is hard to believe, but he did,” Meyer said. This was not the first time Meyer has dealt with a depth issue by switching over an offensive player to defense. Meyer said strength coach Mickey Marotti reminded him that while at the University of Florida, Meyer moved current Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey from offensive line to defensive line. “Right in the middle of the practice I moved (Pouncey) to defensive tackle because we were banged and bruised and didn’t have the leadership, didn’t have the toughness at that point. His energy, his leadership, his toughness, and we kept him over there for several games just until guys got back,” Meyer said. Meyer said Boren’s switch would not have happened if it were not for the play of sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. He is fourth on the team in reception yards, and is one of five players with a touchdown reception. “That move could not have been made if you didn’t have Heuerman and (redshirt freshman tight end Nick) Vannett. Heuerman has been coming on,” Meyer said. “He’s been playing 10 to 15 plays a game, and now he played 50,” Meyer said. When faced with the challenge of learning an entire defense, Boren had help from some of his teammates, including sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier.. “We try to help Zach a lot,” Shazier said. “Zach pretty much knows everything because he came in a little bit at (linebacker) and it wasn’t that difficult because he knows what he is doing.” read more

first_img This is the year of retro gaming: Classic titles are reappearing on modern consoles, and nostalgic appliances are reappearing as modern consoles.So it’s no surprise that hobbyist electronic firm Pimoroni recently launched a redesigned version of its Raspberry Pi-powered mini arcade machine.Unveiled in August, the build-it-yourself Picade features authentic controls, a high-res 4:3 display, and a “punchy speaker to hear those 8-bit game soundtracks at their best.”The kit takes about two to three hours to build (according to the experts who created it). All you need is a Raspberry Pi, micro-SD card, power supply, and £150 ($198) to spare.The original Picade was introduced in 2012 as the UK’s first Kickstarter project, collecting more than £74,000 ($98,000) toward a £33,000 ($44,000) goal.Six years later, Pimoroni has updated its “ultimate desktop retro arcade machine,” now more compact, with a better display, dedicated power button, and Picade X HAT “packed full of useful features.”Fans may also notice splashier artwork and packaging. Each Picade comes with “a bunch of extra goodies,” like an enamel pin, sticker selection, poster, and assembly instructions.In an effort to drum up interest in the new toy, Sheffield-based Pimoroni asked folks around the world to come up with a retro game concept that would suit the new Picade.Entries from the UK, Europe, and US included hand-drawn posters, punny titles, and “screenshots.” Ultimately, the team behind Trolley Wars—a Supermarket Sweep-like game—won for its “simplicity and button-bashing of arcade favorites of old.”New packaging for a new machine (via Pimoroni)Everything old is new again, and arcade cabinets are no exception: British manufacturer STOA last year rolled out custom-built cupboards, each handcrafted from start to finish for one or two players.In place of traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, STOA uses modern LCD screens, with the same 4:3 aspect ratio as the Picade. Every device comes with a curated selection of games (Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, etc.), tailored to the client’s preference and design.You can do anything with a Raspberry Pi and a little imagination: DIY a Spotify speaker, upcycle a karaoke machine, track foosball scores. Check out our recent Geek Pick, the Retroflag SUPERPi case for Nintendo lovers. And stay up to date on all things Raspberry Pi here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

first_img Have you ever been added to a WhatsApp group chat without your consent? That is about to change, thanks to WhatsApp’s latest privacy move. The Facebook-owned company will now allow you to block randoms from adding you to annoying group chats and spare you from unnecessary notifications.On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced that it’s changing its messaging app to give users more control over which groups they choose to communicate or not communicate with, VentureBeat reported. With this change, WhatsApp aims to enforce more privacy on its messaging app, so users aren’t randomly added to group chats that they don’t want to be part of. This new feature will roll out to users in the next couple of weeks, and it will require the most updated version of WhatsApp to work.Looking to Marie Kondo your digital life? Pin the chats that bring you joy to the top of your list and mute the most chatty groups when you’re feeling bogged down in messages. #WAProTip— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) March 29, 2019WhatsApp told VentureBeat that the new group chat feature can be accessed if you go to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then Groups. To update your group chat settings, you can select Nobody, My Contacts (the numbers you’ve saved on your phone already), and Everyone, if you don’t care if your added to random group chats. If someone wants to add you under the “restricted access” setting, they will have to send a private message to you that contains an invite link. You have 72 hours to decide if you want to join the group through the invite link and participate in the conversation.WhatsApp’s group chat feature comes on the heels of its recent security initiatives. The Facebook-owned company is currently piloting an image search tool that aims to limit hoax news, Engadget noted, and in January, it limited messaging forwarding to reduce misinformation and rumors on its messaging app.More on ‘Momo Challenge’ Reappears on WhatsAppWhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your Desktop Stay on target WhatsApp Was Hacked: Here’s How You Can Protect Your Phone InformationSri Lanka Temporarly Blocks Social Media Following Terror Attacks last_img read more

first_imgAfter sending him a comforting message, Jürgen Klopp got a little real explaining what is next for Jose Mourinho after getting sacked.The whole day for Jose Mourinho has been quite interesting, to say the least, he got support from a lot of people like Jürgen Klopp earlier on Tuesday.But the German manager also wanted to talk about what could be ahead for the Portuguese manager now that he doesn’t have a job, a fate that is not so fortunate for other coaches who are not as prestigious as Mou has been throughout his career.The second message that Klopp had for the now former Manchester United manager, was aimed to come across as a direct statement that conveyed he didn’t want Jose to think he felt sorry for him.Because even though technically Klopp is the one who got him sacked after last weekend’s Liverpool win over United, Jürgen wanted to remind everyone that every single manager is always exposed to these types of situations in which things don’t work out as they expected and the boot can kick them in the ass at any given moment of their careers.The Reds’ boss also wanted to remind everybody that Mourinho did have a successful spell with the Red Devils, he did win important trophies but was unlucky on the last year leading the squad.🗣️ “Ahora se va, pero nadie puede olvidarse de todo lo que ha ganado Mourinho, un entrenador increíble”, afirma Klopp— MARCA (@marca) December 18, 2018“He wanted to be successful at United and he was, but then it didn’t work out in the way everybody wanted it to,” he told UK newspapers via Four Four Two.“Then you have to take the consequences. That’s how it is in our job. I always said it. It’s the same for me and if the club thinks there is someone who can do it better, then they have to change.”“Today that’s how it is. There’s no looking at how we played in the last game; if they think there is someone who can do it better, change it now.”“In our jobs, that can be very expensive for the clubs. That is actually the only thing that saves our lives sometimes, but that’s the situation.”“I have to say on our level, and it’s not that I don’t feel for him or whatever, I know it’s difficult to get as a person, but if a manager got the sack in the Championship or in League One or League Two then that’s a bad moment because you don’t know if they will get another job,” he added.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“If Jose wants to have another job, he has it in two days. That’s really easy. We are talking about someone at a really high level.”Jose Mourinho’s win percentage at Manchester United: 58%Jurgen Klopp’s win percentage at Liverpool: 51%— TeamFA (@TeamFA) December 18, 2018What’s next for Jose Mourinho after Manchester United?The talk of the day has been about Jose Mourinho’s next destination, the Spanish press’ mouths are watering with the possibility of the Portuguese manager taking the job at Real Madrid after Santiago Solari fails.But we are convinced that Jose is looking more into a sabbatical than continuing his career as a football manager for now, the truth is that the last five years have been completely exhausting for Mourinho and taking a breather is something that he is very keen on doing.Some people may even call it a spiritual retirement for at least one year, because the man needs to rethink his outdates strategies with his players and go through what he has been doing wrong.Because even he has already noticed that there is a pattern emerging on his managerial career of late, Jose Mourinho has increasingly gotten into heated disagreements with several of his players and they are getting too repetitive even for his taste of confrontation.The Portuguese boss isn’t getting any younger, but we are certain that he still has at least another good decade of football inside of him. Let the man take a break, let the man rest and enjoy life for a little while.#Klopp la pesadilla de Mourinho. (📸Vía @mihu_8) 😂😂😂— Esto Es Anfield #LFC (@esto_es_anfield) December 18, 2018What do you think Jose Mourinho will do after getting sacked by Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgA 19-year-old Hazel Dell man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly shooting at another teenage boy after the boy failed to score marijuana for their group of friends.Kevin T. Barsotti was held on $75,000 bail and will face a charge of drive-by shooting at his March 7 arraignment. Barsotti has no criminal history in the county, said Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena.Judge Scott Collier appointed attorney Edward Dunkerly to defend Barsotti.An informant reported the shooting to Clark County Sheriff’s Office and put deputies in contact with Barsotti’s friend, Andrew Musgrave, and other witnesses, according to court documents.This is what happened, according to a probable cause affidavit:Musgrave told police that he, Barsotti and a friend, named Terrance, had plans on Jan. 26 to drive in the same car to another friend’s Hazel Dell apartment, where they all would hang out. Terrance and Barsotti said they needed to run an errand around 10:45 p.m. and drove the group to a convenience store on Northeast 51st Circle to pick up another teenager named Zack. As the group drove around Orchards, Zack made about seven phone calls on his cellphone trying to find someone who would sell them marijuana but was unsuccessful.“Andrew said they were on 94th Avenue, and Terrance and Kevin began getting frustrated so they kicked Zack out of the car,” according to the affidavit.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A total of 55 people were injured when a charter bus bound for a casino overturned in Irwindale, Calif., on Thursday, snarling traffic as emergency crews responded with helicopters and an army of ambulances.The midmorning crash stopped all traffic on the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway. Authorities said it was too early to tell how it happened.Witnesses said they saw the bus brake hard in the far left lane before it ended up on its side on the freeway’s shoulder several lanes to the right. Aerial TV news footage showed skid marks streaking across the freeway behind the crash site.Jeff Lewis, a truck driver and former firefighter in the military, said he was driving behind the bus when it slammed on the brakes.Seconds later, with the bus resting on its side, Lewis said he and five or six others got out of their cars and helped pop open the front window to help passengers climb out one-by-one.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near-ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama’s plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it.The provision was added to spending legislation that will ensure the federal government operates normally after the Sept. 30 end of the budget year. Final approval is expected in the Senate on Thursday.Even supporters of the military plan found little to trumpet. “This is the best of a long list of bad options,” said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.One Republican supporter noted the measure includes strict limits on Obama’s authority. “Members on both sides of the aisle are very concerned that too much of Congress’ warmaking power has gone to the president,” said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.last_img read more

first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Stay on target When you dive into the back catalog of Image Comics, it’s easy to get overwhelmed pretty quickly. They’ve published a staggering amount in 25 years. But for every massive success like The Walking Dead, there are a half-dozen books that didn’t get their own TV show but were just as good. Because it’s our job here at Geek to see all and know all, we’ve tasked ourselves with bringing 11 Image series that you might not have read to light.ProphetOne of the most curious initiatives the publisher ever took was bringing a new group of artists and writers in 2012 to take some of Rob Liefeld’s goofiest concepts and breathe new life into them. The biggest success came courtesy of Canadian artist Brandon Graham, previously best known for indie comics like King City featuring sci-fi hijinks and lusciously drawn bubble butts. Along with artist Simon Roy, Graham took Prophet – previously a cliched “immortal soldier” – and transplanted him 10,000 years into the future. 24 issues of the reboot were published, and they’re heady, rich, engaging adventures that take the worst ideas of the 90s and transform them into something truly modern.Midnight NationJ. Michael Straczynski’s comics career has featured stops at pretty much every major publisher, but we think his 2002 Image miniseries Midnight Nation ranks among his best. When a Los Angeles cop gets sucked into a shadow universe just underneath our own, he has to navigate a bizarre landscape and get to New York to recover his soul. On the way, he encounters a wide variety of trials and tribulations, illustrated brilliantly by Gary Frank. Make no mistake, this is a religious comic book, but it’s not interested in preaching to you. Instead, Straczynski laid out his own cosmology of the lost and forgotten, using Judeo-Christian iconography to serve his own ends. It’s a hell of a read, no pun intended.Lions, Tigers & BearsOne of the coolest things about Image in the modern era is their willingness to take the plunge on concepts and styles that don’t look like anything else in the mainstream. Lions, Tigers & Bears is a great example. The 2004 series is about an eight-year-old boy being raised by a single mother. Like many kids, he’s tormented by monsters under his bed, but luckily for him, his stuffed animals come to life to battle them back. It’s appropriate for all ages but has enough depth and intrigue to hook adults as well. With bright, cartoony artwork and a remarkably complex and satisfying story, this is one of those properties that should have caught on a lot bigger than it did.The HumansIf you liked Sons of Anarchy, this one’s for you. The team of Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely debuted The Humans in 2014. Taking place in an alternate universe heavily indebted to Planet Of The Apes, it tells the tale of the titular biker gang as they sell drugs, battle rival gangs and try to establish their dominance. The story is propulsive and fun, the setting is deeply weird, and each issue comes with a few awesome original songs from a wide variety of bands that you can listen to on a SoundCloud page. It’s a great example of how Image serves as a home for books that would never find an audience otherwise.G0dlandTom Scioli is full stop, one of the weirdest dudes in comics. His brilliantly bizarre Transformers vs. GI Joe is unlike any toy tie-in ever published, weaving a hallucinogenic tale of interstellar warfare. But before he got to play in Hasbro’s sandbox, he teamed up with maverick writer Joe Casey for G0dland, a take on Jack Kirby’s cosmic mania that ratchets everything up to amazing levels. The book tells the tale of astronaut Adam Archer, who is forcibly brought to cosmic enlightenment by mysterious aliens and sent back to Earth to bring the rest of us up to his level. Needless to say, crappy old humanity has other ideas. The 37 issues of this book are crammed to the gills with wild ideas and innovative visual design.GutsvilleThe real bummer about some of these books is that they never reached their full potential. Gutsville was solicited as a six-issue limited series in 2007, but we’ve only seen three of those issues on the stands. Created by Si Spurrier and Frazer Irving, it’s got one of those concepts that can only work in comics – the descendants of a ship lost at sea in 1846 struggle to survive in a city inside the digestive system of the massive beast that swallowed them. It’s a remarkable idea that’s executed amazingly, with the neo-Puritan ruling class struggling to keep hold of a situation spiraling out of control. Gutsville seems to have ground to a halt due to artist Irving’s lack of time to devote to the project, but the first three issues are well worth snatching up on eBay or at your local comic shop.The FixMany of the comics on this list are pretty cosmic, but Image does down to earth as well as anyone. The team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, who were behind the cult hit Superior Foes of Spider-Man, reunite for this tale of criminals and cops in Los Angeles that happen to be the same people. Roy and Mac are LAPD detectives who moonlight on the other side of the law. Unfortunately, they’re pretty damn lousy at both of their jobs, and eventually, they get in up to their neck. Spencer’s dialogue is laugh out loud hilarious, and Lieber’s deft art gives it lots of room to shine. This one’s like nothing else on the stands right now and deserves a massive readership.Minimum WageOne of the coolest things about Image is how the publisher has served as a home for other indy and self-published titles that could use a little boost. In 2014, they took on a book that was pretty far outside their umbrella in Bob Fingerman’s Minimum Wage. The New York slice of life (with extra sauce) was originally published by Fantagraphics in the 1990s and follows Rob Hoffman, a struggling comic book artist navigating the rapidly changing New York of that era. It’s gloriously drawn, packed with detail and character, and each issue packs enough story for a whole graphic novel. The series is on hiatus right now, but Fingerman has expressed interest in coming back to it if sales are good enough.StarlightMark Millar’s work for Image has been, for the most part, pretty nasty and brutish. But somehow he managed to also produce one of the most heartwarming books of his career with Starlight. Telling the tale of a classic Dan Dare-esque hero who has retired and settled down into his old age, it hits nostalgic notes perfectly while still seeming progressive and intelligent. Duck McQueen returns to the planet he liberated 40 years ago to discover that sometimes it takes more than a single act of heroism to set things on the right path. With amazing, expressive art by the great Goran Parlov, this puppy is a success on all fronts. Allegedly there’s a movie adaptation coming, but we all remember how well Wanted turned out.Jack StaffPaul Grist is about as far from a “typical” Image artist as it gets, with ridiculously stylized human figures drawn without a hint of exaggeration. But his Jack Staff captures exactly what the publisher gets right about genre work. The story of a forgotten British hero having to come to terms with the modern world plays with cape comic tropes and cliches in a way that feels fresh and fun. This is material that has been covered dozens of times by some of the best the medium has to offer, but Grist’s quirky characters and incredible knack for pacing and dialogue elevate it to something truly special.Ody-CMatt Fraction is one of the industry’s most well-respected writers, and his books typically do ver well. But when he paired with Christian Ward for Ody-C in 2014, people really didn’t know what to make of the thing. A psychedelic, pansexual take on the Homeric classic, Ody-C stars a cast of extraterrestrial warrior women returning home from a heaven-shattering conflict, only to be drawn into a seemingly endless series of distractions and challenges. This isn’t bubblegum reading by any means – it’s relentlessly experimental in form and content, and it’s a great illustration of the way Image can push the envelope in ways no other publisher could.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A person and his family members were allegedly harassed and beaten up by a car driver in front of Dum Dum station on Monday.According to local sources, Pankaj Debnath, a professor of Physics at a Kolkata based college, was returning home along with his wife, daughter and mother after attending an invitation. When they were crossing the underpass, a car allegedly passed Debnath’s family dangerously, which resulted in the left mirror of the car hitting Debnath. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhen he shouted, the car allegedly stopped a few meters ahead. Debnath reportedly approached the car and asked the driver for an explanation for driving in such a way and demanded an apology. He alleged that the driver of the car, who was later identified as Anupam Das, allegedly pushed him from inside. He then opened the door in a way that it hit Debnath on his face, resulting in an injury near his eyes. When Debnath’s family members came to his aid, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDas allegedly harassed them too and started assaulting Debnath. Later, the accused went away with the car. It was alleged that despite several pedestrians and locals witnessing the whole incident, no one came to help the Debnath family. He later lodged a complaint with the Dum Dum police station against Das by intimating the vehicle’s registration number. Police traced out the car and Das and he was arrested on Monday night on charges of beating Debnath and driving in a rash and negligent manner. Sources informed that Das has claimed that Debnath hit him while he was sitting inside the car and he just defended himself. Police are investigating the matter. Das will be forwarded to the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) Court, Barrackpore on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is conducting a special anti-larvae drive at a ward in Behala where some cases of dengue have been recently reported.Civic authorities got information that some people at ward 131 under borough 14 have been afflicted with dengue. Sovan Chatterjee is the councillor of the ward. Though Chatterjee had resigned from the post of mayor in 2018, he is still the councillor of the ward but has not visited the area in the past one year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataKMC’s special team visited the area and started cleaning operation. They visited the houses of the people who have been suffering from the disease. The KMC has set up Central Rapid Action teams in every borough in addition to the Borough Action Teams, thus there are 32 rapid action teams now to oversee 144 wards under Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The KMC officials said because of intense anti-larvae drive, which has been launched in February, the number of people afflicted with Dengue has been greatly reduced. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTwenty wards have been declared vulnerable and drives are carried out there on regular basis. Senior civic officials regretted that despite intense campaign on the dos and don’ts that need to be followed to combat the outbreak of the disease, many educated people are not following the instructions. They are not cleaning the containers used to store water once in a week. Also, the water in flower vase and the tray of the refrigerator which serve as the potential breeding ground for mosquitoes are not cleaned. “We need cooperation from people coming from all walks of life to combat the outbreak of Dengue as it is not possible for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation also to stop spreading of the disease,” said a senior civic official.last_img read more

first_imgThe news of China’s inhumane working hour policies is in the spotlight in the high growth tech world. Last month, a Github user with the name “996icu” created a webpage that he shared on GitHub, to protest against the “996” work culture in Chinese tech companies. The “996” work culture is an unofficial work schedule that requires employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week, totaling up to 60 hours of work per week. In fact, such is the culture, that Chinese tech recruiters are instructed by their bosses to not hire people over 30 years of age. Close to three-quarters of tech workers in China are below thirty in age and the employers further promote this concept, per a Bloomberg post published by Shelly Banjo, Roving Asia Tech Reporter. 996 amassed more fire when Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, the Chinese rival to Amazon, defended the 12-hour, 6-day week working schedule and chastised people wanting a balanced and typical eight-hour work shift. In his own words, “To be able to work 996 is a huge blessing. If you want to join Alibaba, you need to be prepared to work twelve hours a day, otherwise why even bother joining.” Although the 996 culture violates Labor Law of the People’s Republic of China, and was the point of scrutiny and condemn by a large number of publishing firms, tech activists, and developers, a few are still favoring this inhumane culture. These are the so-called Silicon Valley investors and founders who are so jealous of China’s tech space that they are promoting other employers to follow China’s footsteps. Silicon Valley Investors envy the Chinese 996 culture It seems that regardless of the chastising and condemnation, the 996 culture has got the Silicon Valley spooked. Their argument, China’s 996 schedule is the kind of work ethic that will eventually help it become the superpower defeating the US. Something that all US founders and investors should aspire for. “Founders: We’re up against JackMa (& China) *enforcing* a 72-hour work-week 996 = 6 days a week, 9 am to 9 pm. The same exact work ethic that built America! You can get on your twitter pedestal & attack Ma or you can make a plan to win.” This is a tweet posted by Jason Calacanis, an Angel investor for Uber, Thumbtack, Wealthfront, and more companies. He further adds, “Not going to tell you how many hours you should work, but I will tell you that you need a plan to fight heads up against Chinese companies — which will be going head-to-head with every startup every created in the next decade. Ignoring, deriding or dismissing China isn’t a plan.” In January, Mike Moritz, a venture capitalist of Sequoia Capital wrote an editorial in the Financial Times titled “Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead.” He wrote that Silicon Valley has become “unhinged” with discussions about the “inequity of life.” He contrasted Silicon Valley tech culture with the work ethic in Chinese tech companies, where employees work for 14 hours six or seven days a week. He adds, “in many respects, doing business in China is easier than doing business in California.” Other quotes from Moritz’s piece speaks volumes about the inhumane 996 culture and how Chinese employees recuperate with the reality of such extensive work hours. “Top managers show up for work at about 8 am and frequently don’t leave until 10 pm. Most of them will do this six days a week — and there are plenty of examples of people who do this for seven. Engineers have slightly different habits: they will appear about 10 am and leave at midnight. Beyond the week-long breaks for Chinese new year and the October national holiday, most will just steal an additional handful of vacation days. Some technology companies also provide a rental subsidy to employees who choose to live close to corporate HQ. In China, by contrast, it is quite usual for the management of 10 and 15-year-old companies to have working dinners followed by two or three meetings. Many of these high-flyers only see their children — who are often raised by a grandmother or nanny — for a few minutes a day.” Moritz’s argument and his support for China’s 996 culture sparked a lively discussion on Quora. It has also invited a tsunami of unsurprisingly negative responses across the Silicon Valley tech community. Andy Manoske, former Associate at GGV Capital penned a blog post condemning Moritz’s condescending statements. Andy says, “Mike’s comments on paternity leave and seemingly slavish dedication run contrary to empirical evidence of the success of maintaining work life balance. Mike himself (an investor who has never actually worked in Silicon Valley as an operator and joined Sequoia after being a journalist) seems out of touch with the brutal realities of Silicon Valley’s already-imbalanced work-life balance, and that his post is clearly just an attempt to “win points” with Chinese tech firms that Sequoia is courting.” He further adds, “I feel this was a haphazard piece that read like a desperate attempt to somewhat patronizingly woo Chinese startups (most of whom will not read the Financial Times) and seemingly establish Western credibility on China.” One of the Quorans, Bowen Li wrote, “I think somebody read their history book in reverse order. Societies progress by giving people more rights and freedoms over time, not less. Creative, information work – the most valuable type of work that happens in Silicon Valley – does not benefit from increased hours. You cannot create twice as much innovation by putting in twice the hours. The human brain simply fatigues past a certain point and you get diminished or negative returns. People aren’t machines; thinking of this type of highly skilled work as “hours in, product out” is simply the wrong way to look at it.” According to job-hunting site Maimai, reports Reuters, the tech sector was the only industry out of thirteen surveyed to see more people leave than join between October 2018 and February 2019. This means 996 can result in an additional cost for tech firms, venture capitalists and analysts instead of increasing productivity. “One of the highest costs in an organization is high employee turnover. A culture that is less focused on hours put in, may also become more effective if the focus is turned to output versus input,” said Rui Ma, a San Francisco-based investor who has funded startups in China and North America. Tech solidarity and grassroots mobilization is necessary to eradicate 996 It is the tech workers solidarity which needs to fleshed out in order to eliminate the inhumane 996 culture. The tech worker groups should unionize and be backed by political campaigns, advocacy groups, and nonprofits to start a political conversation and effect change at an international level. This has already begun with Chinese state media newspaper People’s Daily criticizing the 996 culture, In an editorial they wrote, “Employees who object to 996 cannot be labeled as ‘slackers’ or ‘not fighters’. Their real needs should be considered.” Recently, Microsoft and GitHub employees also drafted a petition in defense of the GitHub repository which could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The project is an initiative towards making the Chinese tech companies obey the labor laws and the international labor convention. The 996.ICU GitHub project description reads, “By following the ‘996’ work schedule, you are risking yourself getting into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).” This petition was signed by 50 tech employees altogether, including several from Google, urging Microsoft and GitHub not to remove the 996.ICU project from the GitHub site. “We, the workers of Microsoft and GitHub, support the 996.ICU movement and stand in solidarity with tech workers in China. We know this is a problem that crosses national borders. These same issues permeate across full time and contingent jobs at Microsoft and the industry as a whole,” the letter said. Trade Unions should also come forward to support employees enduring 996 hardships. Discussing #996ICU Shen Jianfeng of the China University of Labor Relations, noted in the Global Times that  “trade unions in China should indeed play an active role in safeguarding the rights and interests of workers” in the tech sector. Other software developers also rose in mutual support of Chinese developers and more should do so. The US tech companies need to awaken to the Chinese competition but worrying about China’s 996 culture is not one of them. On the surface, working 996 is about companies working as many hours of the week as possible in order to beat the competition and to capture a market before the competition. However, a lot of other factors such as quality of the working environment, worker’s exposure to stress and the ability to frequently rest well actually determines a company’s progress. Working endlessly can make an individual less effective than if they work for fewer hours in a calmer manner. Not only work, but the 996 schedule also deprives people of their free time and makes families and relationships suffer, for no extra pay and no extra output. To conclude, Silicon Valley can, and should, learn lessons from Chinese tech cultures. But none of these should have to do with oppressive and authoritarian management philosophies like the unhealthy dedication to work or human rights eroding business decisions such as mass surveillance systems that are prevalent in China. Read Next ‘Developers’ lives matter’: Chinese developers protest over the “996 work schedule” on GitHub Jack Ma defends the extreme “996 work culture” in Chinese tech firms What the US-China tech and AI arms race means for the world – Frederick Kempe at Davos 2019last_img read more

first_imgFor families with young children, Centara offers a children’s pool, Kids’ Club, and babysitting service. Active adults and teens will enjoy the fitness centre, tennis court, games area, and activities such as kayaking, beach volleyball and kite flying.Centara Sandy Beach Resort DanangAmenities include Centara’s SPA Cenvaree, a sanctuary set in the tropical gardens that pampers guests with traditional Thai treatments and herbal balms. Centara added two new restaurants, giving the resort a total of five. They range from Ginger & Lime, featuring Thai, Vietnamese and Asian fusion dishes, to the two delightful poolside bars that offer an eclectic array of pizza, gelato, international classics and Vietnamese street food. Vietnam’s Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang has reopened following an extensive renovation and upgrade. The resort’s newly-designed premium rooms and suites feature furnished balconies where guests can enjoy views of the East Sea, forested mountains, and 42 acres of manicured gardens. All 198 rooms are just a few steps away from a swimming pool whether it be the luxurious beachfront pool or the more serene pool located in the gardens. CentaraDananghotelsVietnamlast_img read more

first_imgPaphos public bus (Osypa) drivers will go back to work on Wednesday, they decided at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon shortly after Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou urged them to do so and claim what they are owed from their employer, not the government.After the meeting ended at 5pm, Osypa spokesman Christos Evangelou said that the workers decided to restart their work on Wednesday as a gesture of good-faith to the company and the transport ministry, who have pledged to find a solution by December 23.Evangelou said the drivers and other workers would be paid their November salary after the government gave the company a sum of money and they would wait until December 23 to see what would happen with their December and 13th salaries.However, they warned of new action if they are not paid by December 23.The drivers, some of whom travelled to Nicosia on two rental buses on Tuesday, protested outside the Presidential Palace, parliament and the transport ministry in the morning after receiving a new government proposal.The protest followed a dispute between Osypa and the ministry over the settlement of overpayments made to the bus company in previous years.The drivers arrived outside the Presidential Palace at around 10.20am holding signs reading: “The (transport) ministry has cancelled Christmas,” referring to the insecurity of whether they would receive their December and 13th salaries.They delivered a petition to President Nicos Anastasiades, asking him to intervene so that they are paid on time. Since 2016, the letter said, they have been paid their salaries with a 15-day delay, including 13th salaries and holiday pay. They also expressed concerns for the future of the more than 250 employees of Osypa.The drivers then headed to parliament where they met House Speaker Demetris Syllouris who reassured them that if the company submits its invoices for December to the ministry the soonest possible then they would receive their salaries for the month. He also pledged parliament’s readiness to assist.The group later went to the transport ministry, where a delegation of the drivers met Anastasiadou.The minister said she felt understanding and compassion for the drivers.Their demands, however, “ought to be addressed to the company who is their employer and which ought to pay them their salaries, and not to the ministry.”Regardless of any financial differences between the ministry and Osypa, she said, the company ought to pay the salaries of its employees.As a sign of goodwill, the ministry has paid the company its grant for November “so that the company cannot argue that it cannot pay salaries,” she said.“We call on the employees to go back to work and of course, their employer ought to pay their salaries,” Anastasiadou said. She also called on Osypa to go to the ministry and discuss with its permanent secretary issues concerning their financial differences for a solution to be found.This, she said, is the same procedure that took place concerning overpayments. The minister said that consultations with the other bus companies were “in a good way.”On Monday drivers had warned they would continue their indefinite strike unless they receive reassurances they would get also their December and 13th salaries.The current deadlock between the state and the public transport provider is the result of the bus company insisting the ministry draws up a new independent arbitration committee to assess their dispute on financial matters, while the state refuses to begin dialogue until strike measures cease, with striking employees refusing to yield until a solution is found between the two parties.The intermittent strike measures have caused serious problems for public transport users who are mainly students, the elderly, low-income workers and tourists.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more