Yarmouth Gets New High School

first_imgMore than 900 Yarmouth students in grades 9 to 12, will soon attend a new high school. The Department of Education will replace Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School with a new $24.9-million facility, which is expected to open in 2011. “Investing in a new high school for Yarmouth will ensure the area’s students are well-prepared for a successful future,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. Ms. Casey made the announcement this morning at an assembly of Yarmouth Consolidated’s students. “Government has made Educating to Compete a priority. One way to do that is to build effective, safe and healthy learning environments.” Yarmouth Consolidated was originally planned to be renovated, but the Tri-County Regional School Board’s priorities for capital projects changed. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will begin potential site assessment soon. A landowner has offered to donate land for the new school and it will be considered under the site-assessment process.last_img read more

Premier Dexter Reveals Fouryear Plan Priorities in Throne Speech

first_imgGovernment today, March 25, unveiled its four-year vision to make life better for Nova Scotia families while providing the strong leadership to improve the province’s finances and ensuring it lives within its means. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis opened the Second Session of the 61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia with the Speech from the Throne today. In it, Premier Darrell Dexter outlined government’s plan to meet the challenges ahead with the determined, focused effort needed to get the province’s finances back to balance while making life more affordable for Nova Scotians. “Even while facing difficult financial challenges, we are working hard to keep commitments to Nova Scotians and achieve much needed change,” said Premier Dexter. “We are ready to make the right decisions to enable a better life for Nova Scotia families, to take on the difficult challenges the province faces while seizing the opportunities provided by Nova Scotians’ talent, drive, ambition and optimism.” Government’s four priorities presented in the speech are: Better Health Care for You and Your Family, Creating Good Jobs and Growing the Economy, Making Life More Affordable, and Getting Back to Balance and Ensuring Government Lives Within Its Means. To address the financial priority, the upcoming budget will outline a multi-year fiscal strategy to help government manage the province’s finances and get Nova Scotia back to balance. It will take into account the most extensive budget consultation process in the province’s history — 24 meetings with Nova Scotians about how to deal with the serious fiscal challenges the province faces. “The 2010 budget will be fair,” Premier Dexter said. “It will make the right decisions, because government’s job is to find the right balance of priorities, values, programs and services. We are demonstrating genuine leadership and taking on the hard work to get our finances back to balance.” To help ensure government lives within its means, new House of Assembly management legislation will be introduced to establish a new, open, and accountable system, with clear guidelines for appropriate constituency expenses. It will require that expenses be posted online and will eliminate non-receiptable allowances to ensure taxpayers’ money is not wasted. To improve health care, a Quality Initiative will make health services across the province better. A number of programs will help ensure families have access to the emergency care they need, mental health and addiction services will be revamped, more resources will improve care and wait times for cancer patients, and a drug information system will be developed to enhance patient safety and ensure health dollars are being used wisely. Premier Dexter said government will build on progress made to create good jobs and grow the economy. The new Manufacturing and Processing Investment Credit will continue to boost innovation and productivity, particularly in rural Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia, together with the federal and municipal governments, have created thousands of jobs by committing almost $230 million to more than 100 road, water, and other infrastructure projects and will release a five-year plan to pave provincial roads. Students are a cornerstone of the strategy to grow the economy. The province will invest another $2 million in the Nova Scotia Community College to make room for 250 more students, contribute $31.5 million over the next two fiscal years to support post-secondary infrastructure projects and provide a tax rebate of up to $15,000 over six years to university graduates and up to $7,500 to college graduates who stay and work in Nova Scotia. To help make life more affordable, the Employment Support Income Assistance program will increase economic independence and enhance social inclusion, making the program client-focussed, and providing lasting support. Year two of the housing stimulus plan will spend $128 million to build and upgrade affordable housing. Government will introduce legislation for fairer treatment of people injured in an auto accident, while keeping insurance premiums affordable.last_img read more

Eric McCormack to return to Stratford Festival in The Fantasticks

first_img Facebook Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The actor has a long history with Stratford as one of its best-known alumni. He was the recipient of last year’s Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Stratford says “certain language and situations” from the original script have been changed to “reflect the evolving social awareness and attitudes of a 21st-century audience.” Advertisement Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks.The Will & Grace star will take the stage in October for what’s being called a “special concert version” of the world’s longest running musical.The Fantasticks in Concert follows the story of two fathers who create the illusion of a feud between them in hopes of tricking their children into falling in love. The story is propelled by a narrator, who will be played by McCormack. The Fantasticks in Concert will be performed at Stratford’s Avon Theatre on Oct. 30. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Court digest Trio of attackers sentenced in Simcoe

Three people who were involved in an Oakwood Avenue, Simcoe assault have now all pleaded guilty in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Police said that November 27 last year, a woman and two men got into a home early in the morning and began to assault the female homeowner.One of the men threatened to steal both the woman’s car and her children.The victim ran to a neighbour’s property but was assaulted again before the trio took her keys and ran away.The OPP quickly identified the attackers and got warrants for their arrest.The three were convicted after each pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault, and sentenced in separate court appearances.Jorden Douglas Morin, 31, of Simcoe, was sentenced by Justice Aubrey Hilliard to time served of 177 days. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample and remain on probation for the next three years.Morin can’t own or use weapons for 10 years and was told to get counselling for anger issues, substance abuse and psychiatric or psychological problems.Kyle Leonardo Palmer, 23, of Brantford, was sentenced by Hilliard to 202 days time served.Palmer had to provide a DNA sample for the national offenders database and must remain on probation for three years.Holly Jade Larocque, 20, of Exeter, was sentenced by Justice Ken Lenz to time served of 150 days.Larocque also pleaded guilty to a November charge of breaking probation orders and a December charge of obstructing an officer. She was given a suspended sentence on the first charge and time served of a further 45 days in jail on the second. She will remain on probation for three years.Man gets more jail timeA Port Dover man who harassed one woman, stole from another and assaulted a third was given six months of time already served and another 75 days in jail when he was sentenced earlier this year in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Trevor William Whittaker, 26, pleaded guilty before Justice Aubrey Hilliard to five counts of breaking probation orders and theft under $5,000.Whittaker didn’t report to a probation officer and failed to stay under supervision in 2017, he stole cash from a woman in May 2018 and he assaulted a woman a month later.Whittaker also pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for his attack on a woman he had been ordered to stay away from.Hilliard ordered Whittaker to make restitution of $75 to that victim and sent him back to jail.Guilty plea in break inA man who helped steal a plasma cutter and generator from a Redbud Crescent garage in Simcoe was sentenced for that crime and several others when he appeared in Simcoe’s Ontario Court recently.Tyrell Akeem McGeary, 28, helped two others in the Sept. 17 break-in. He pleaded guilty to break and enter and breaching probation orders.McGeary also pleaded guilty to breaking his probation in June last year, threatening a person with death and not showing up for a court date in October.Justice Aubrey Hilliard gave McGeary credit for 90 days of time already served on the garage theft and ordered that he make half of the restitution owed to the victim — $1.314.Hilliard sentenced him to another 90 days of time served for his other crimes.SGamble@postmedia.com read more

Bloated pooch steals Christmas dinner and crashes out

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bubba The way Bubba should lookCredit:Deadline David Barrett, the dog’s owner from Prestwick, Ayrshire, wrote: “No chance has my dog just scranned (eaten) the whole turkey for tomorrow? There’s the culprit she can’t move.”He said that Bubba had suffered no ill effects, but was about to be put on a strict New Year diet.He added: ”It was a turkey breast and mum cooked everything and sat it on the bottom tier of a two tier table and put tin foil and a dish cloth over it. She just couldn’t move. It was pretty big, a whole turkey breast.”The turkey was meant to feed three people. Luckily, Mr Barrett’s aunt had two turkeys and was able to deliver one to the family to save Christmas dinner.  Bubbacenter_img All that was left for Christmas dinnerCredit:Deadline The social media post of the gluttonous pooch has since attracted almost 10,000 retweets and 24,000 likes on Twitter.Aimei Melvin wrote: “She’s the same shape as the turkey, oh my god.”Jamie Connolly said: “Oh my god I am screaming. I actually have tears you must be so mad.” Another Twitter user said Bubba “looks like she’s about to burst.” It’s not unusual after tucking into Christmas dinner to feel bloated and barely able to move. Sometimes a quick lie down and a nap can help after all that excess.It certainly seemed to help Bubba, the dog that stole her family’s turkey before collapsing on the floor.The five-year-old Chi Apso found the meat on Christmas Eve, wrapped in tin foil under a tea towel, and had left only a tiny fragment by the time she finished.Her owners found their bloated pet lying on her side and posted an image on Twitter that has been re-tweeted thousands of times.last_img read more

Sir David Attenborough Ill give up filming when I cant climb the

first_imgSir David Attenborough has been making nature programmes for 75 years Credit:BBC Sir David Attenborough has been making nature programmes for 75 years  But he said he hoped he would be able to tell if he was no longer up to the job, before he was asked to step down. David Attenborough has said he will finally stop making nature documentaries when he can no longer climb the stairs.The 91-year-old broadcaster who has been making programmes for 75 years, once claimed he would never retire from filming.But speaking to the Radio Times, he admitted that when he can no longer meet the physical demands of directors, he will stand down.In his latest film, Attenborough and the Sea Dragon, which explores the a new species of ichthyosaur found in the fossil beds of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, he was asked to repeatedly walk up a tall spiral staircase.“I did it at least six times because of these bloody directors,” he said. “‘Could you turn a little  sooner? Could you look over here? Could you walk down the steps, as well as up?’“If I can’t walk up and down steps any more, that will stop me. Yes, I do dread not working, although there are things I can do without running up steps  six times – books to be written, things I’ve never got round to. But at the moment it seems to be all right.” “I would like to think  I would be able to detect when I couldn’t find the right words any more. If I think I’m not producing commentary with any freshness, or which is apposite or to the point, I hope I would be able to recognise it before someone else told me.“I spend a lot of time fiddling with the words.  I write a commentary, and feel it’s finished, then go back over it the next day and find it full of infelicities, clumsiness and redundancies. If  I thought I was turning in substandard work, that would stop me.” Sir David said 2018 is already looking “pretty full” with “a couple of Natural Worlds, an overseas project and another big series” on his to-do list.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

12 awesome TV bedrooms we all wanted to sleep in

first_imgAS A KID, your bedroom is all you’ve got to call your own.There’s the excitement of decorating it, plastering it with posters, and carefully displaying your ‘cool’ bits and bobs around so they’ll be tactfully seen by whoever stops by.But then you turn on the TV, and all of your bedroom interior dreams are ruined by crushing inadequacy against animators and set designers.Here are twelve of television’s best bedrooms that our shared box-room with bunk beds could never live up to.1. Drake and JoshA bed. On a platform. Is there any greater joy as a kid?It’s like average sleeping, but higher.Drake and Josh are strong contenders for the best Nickelodeon room in history, and there are a lot of great ones. Source: SodaheadSo much room for activities. Source: Mtvnimages2. Dawson’s CreekDawson may be drippy, but his bedroom is anything but. It was like a damn Planet Hollywood in there with all that movie memorabilia hanging around. But most importantly, it was accessible from a ladder below the porch. A secret entrance, the holy grail of all room envy. Source: Starnewsonline3. That 70s ShowEric’s basement wasn’t technically his room, but we still dreamed of the day we’d have a space where mammy and daddy wouldn’t pop in unexpectedly, catching us with the wacky tabacky.Yeah, we’d even sit on deck chairs. Source: Wylie RTF 305 Blog4. Clarissa Explains it allJust one of the many things we were envious of Clarissa for. Her clothes, her mad photography skills, her second name being darling, these amazing dinosaur earrings… Source: The Autumn IssueMost of all though, it was her rad room. Source: FanpopWindow entrance, check.Various car parts on the walls? Check. Source: Tumblr/Thule5. The OCRyan’s pool-house was the ultimate teen pad.Never mind the inside–which was a bit too ‘adult’ for us–but think of the pool access. Morning shower? No, morning dip. Source: Tumblr/Smittensilly Source: TV Hangover6. Sex and the CityLet’s be honest with ourselves, men, women, children–we all wanted Carrie’s New York apartment. Source: Hookedonhouses Source: HookedonhousesWhat woman didn’t want that wardrobe? In fact, we’d be happy now if our dingy apartment was even half as nice as the closet alone. Source: Hookedonhouses7. California DreamsIf we couldn’t have Matt’s life, we’ll settle for his basement. If you could throw in our own teen-pop band to jam with too, that’d be amazing. Source: YouTube/Elaine Noriega8. Boy Meets WorldCory’s Room was organised chaos.Why oh why do Irish builders never put in those window seats with the drawers under them? Think of all the stuff you could put in there. Source: Brobible9. Hey Arnold!What a badass that football head was. As the only cartoon to make the list (we’re realists here), Arnold’s loft room with the bed that comes out of the wall–amazing. Source: AdmercialSomeone’s only gone and made a real-life replica. Want. Source: Tumblr/Prophetized Source: Tumblr/Prophetized10. Gilmore GirlsRory’s room always looked amazingly comfy, and was weirdly situated downstairs just off the kitchen. Peak snacking location, we approve. Source: Hookedonhouses11. Gossip GirlDan’s room and whole Brooklyn loft made us green. We thought you were the poor one Dan?!Look at that book shelf, the exposed brick, the garage door separating the bedrooms.Want it all. Source: The Lemon Pear12. Raising DadRemember Raising Dad? Of course you do.Sarah had a proper basement bedroom with loads of junk on the walls and your very own door. You could skip the family household interaction altogether, as well as sneak your friends in.Living the dream, Sarah, living the dream. Source: YouTube/kaoschic9 vintage MTV shows you have forgotten>11 Nickelodeon theme songs you’ll immediately sing along to>last_img read more

Greece most sexually aggressive nation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turns out a down economy doesn’t affect the confidence level of Greeks at all. Athens been named the world’s most flirtatious city on Thrillist, but Greece as a country was dubbed the most sexually aggressive nation. Unlike most countries on the list, Greece makes the top for a good reason: its citizens being the most sexually active.Dr. Simon Hardy, author of the journal article, The Greeks, Eroticism and Ourselves told the Telegraph that “the Greeks may have perfected their flirting skills way back in the day during those ultra-sexual symposiums.” “You know, when they were just talking about philosophy. Obviously, they enjoy using these skills.”Dr Hardy said that Greeks flirt more than any other people and have more sex than any other people and they basically invented rhetoric, which is pretty handy when trying to turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’. “If you are visiting Greece soon, be on guard, you may get yourself into a sexy situation before you can say, ‘Aristotle’,” he concluded.Italy came second and Egypt took third place. Egyptians, however, have a long history of harassment towards female tourists. Brazil got fourth place and Colombia Colombia hits the middle. On the downside, its major city, Bogota, topped another not-so-lighthearted list: worst public transportation systems for women in a Reuters survey. Meanwhile, Spanish females are the world’s most flirtatious online bringing their country on sixth place. India, where men take the idea of the ‘chase’ a little too far, is seventh on the list. France is eighth and Dominican Republic came ninth while Russia got tenth place.last_img read more

67 guns seized from BSO bailiff accused of making threats

first_imgPinter’s neighbors were not surprised to hear the news about him.“If you told me somebody on the block was gonna do that, he would be one of two people I would suspect,” said one neighbor.The 67 guns were seized under the new Red Flag law that was put into effect after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.The law allows police to take weapons from people who could pose a threat to themselves or others.Pinter is now off duty and will be evaluated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Over 60 guns were taken from a Broward Sheriff’s bailiff due to a change in the law.Court documents describe the bailiff, Franklin Pinter, making threats to other bailiffs.According to the Sun-Sentinel, an affidavit said Pinter was seen on the fifth floor of the courthouse, pretending to hold a long gun and shoot at people while leaning over the atrium.One bailiff reported hearing Pinter say, “Pow, pow, pow … Easy prey, I can take everybody out.”Another bailiff claims Pinter told him he wanted to burn two of his colleagues with a blow torch. In a separate instance, one bailiff said Pinter told him, “I’m going to exterminate you.”An affidavit also quotes Pinter allegedly telling another bailiff, “Nobody will take my guns, not over my dead body.”A judge granted a temporary order to seize Pinter’s guns, writing, “There is reasonable cause to believe the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself or others in the near future.” last_img read more

Retired cop rescues toddler who ran in front of cars on California

first_imgTUSTIN, Calif. (WSVN) — A retired police officer was in the right place at the right time to save an unsupervised toddler who ran into the middle of a California road while chasing after a ball.Darryl Pang says he was driving next to a park in the Los Angeles suburb of Tustin when he spotted a little boy by the gutter on the side of the road.Pang made a quick U-turn and stopped his car so he could make sure the boy was safe.“I got to here waiting for a parent to come running up,” he recalled. “I honk the horn, seeing a bunch of parents off to the side trying to get their attention to see if some would come up. I didn’t want to scare the kid.”That’s when Pang’s dashcam shows the toddler bouncing his ball into the road and running after it. Luckily, the former cop managed to stop cars on the road and picked up the boy from the center lane and brought him to safety — still with no parent in sight.“I’m actually thinking that at any moment now a parent is going to come running up because that’s what usually happens, you’ll get somebody panicked to come running up, and it didn’t happen,” he said.It wasn’t until after he rescued the little boy that a man walked out into the street and retrieved the child. Pang said the man mumbled something as he headed back into the park, but he couldn’t understand him. “We were taught a thousand years ago in high school drivers ed [about] the little kid chasing the ball in the street,” Pang said. “It still happens. It still happens.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

first_imgWashington: The Trump administration is finalising major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, in a move that it says will reduce regulatory burdens but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction. The administration was making public a final version of a rule overhauling the way the federal government handles protections for plants and animals at risk of extinction. Information about the rule was obtained by The Associated Press beforehand. The Endangered Species Act is credited with helping save the bald eagle, California condor and scores of other animals and plants from extinction since President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1973. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The Trump administration says the changes will make regulation more efficient and less burdensome while preserving protections for wildlife. At least 10 attorneys general joined conservation groups in protesting an early draft of the changes, saying they put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction. A draft version of the rule released last year would end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened, allow federal authorities for the first time to consider the economic cost of protecting a particular species, and could let authorities disregard impacts from climate change, one of the largest threats to habitat. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The Endangered Species Act currently protects more than 1,600 species in the United States and its territories. A United Nations report warned in May that more than 1 million plants and animals globally face extinction, some within decades, owning to human development, climate change and other threats. The report called the rate of species loss a record.last_img read more

SAAC Hosts Inaugural Cardinal Games

first_img Print Friendly Version Christine Herring, Senior Woman Administrator, was a member of one of the six staff teams. “The first annual Cardinal Games was a huge success. It was a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, staff and coaches to create multi-sport and department teams to compete against each other.  It’s really special seeing the camaraderie within our department and competitive spirit between our student-athletes.” The other six teams were featured of UofL Athletics staff members from various departments and teams including: administration, marketing, academics, facilities, compliance, football, field hockey and volleyball. “The Cardinal Games was a great way to get the athletics department together for a night of fun-filled competition,” said Funke. “It was a great event put on by SAAC and I’m looking already looking forward to next year!” Story Links Softball’s Celene Funke’s Goon Squad finished the night victorious defeating Winner’s Winner which was composed of primarily football coaches and staff. The first year of the Cardinal Games featured 20 teams with 8-12 people per team. Fourteen of the teams were led by student-athlete captains who had selected their squads in a large draft the week before. The University of Louisville’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the inaugural Cardinal Games event on Monday, April 22 at Cardinal Stadium. Over 200 student-athletes and staff came out for a night full of fun, fellowship and competition. The goal for the day was to accumulate as many points as possible in a series of 11 activities. The games consisted of several bracketed events such as dodge ball, corn hole, spike ball, and kan jam as well as hula hooping, golf chipping, lacrosse passing, and an obstacle course.last_img read more

13 Things That Will Probably Make 2017 Suck Less

first_img Solar Energy Outpaced Fossil Fuels in 20174 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 Stay on target We’re so close to the end of this miserable year, though it still feels so far away. Not that there’s any reason 2017 is going to be all that much better. We’ll have all the same problems we do now and at least one new one. But we can’t just give up on the new year before it even begins. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2017, things that will help us escape, if only for a moment, the world we live in. Hey, if we’re all going to live in a Black Mirror-esque dystopian nightmare, we might as well have some fun while we’re there.TechThe Further Evolution of V.R.One of the most exciting developments to follow this year was virtual reality. Yes, they’re still absurdly expensive. Neither major headset has an experience that makes the thing worth owning by itself. And since you have to deal with wires and rearranging your living room, they can be a little clunky. We can probably expect some kind of hardware revision this year to alleviate some of those problems. HTC and Valve are already working on a wireless Vive, and Oculus is probably cooking up something cool too.Despite the clunkiness inherent in first-generation hardware, putting on a VR headset still feels like the future. It would be nice if the resolution were better, especially for driving games, but we’ll probably have to wait longer for that. For now, we can likely look forward to cheaper hardware (hopefully) and get rid of the immersion-breaking wire you have to step over during play.MoviesStill from Alien: Covenant trailer. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)Alien: CovenantI got to see a little bit of this movie earlier in December, and that was enough to put this one on my must-see list for 2017. From the 10 or so minutes I saw, it truly feels like Alien. Not like Aliens, which was a completely different thing. Danny McBride adds a comic relief space-trucker vibe, and I totally believe this crew would make the dumb horror movie decisions that lead to aliens bursting from their bodies.Oh yeah, there’s a new alien called the Neomorph. It’s looks like a Xenomorph, but it’s white and has sharp spikes on its back. It also isn’t particular about where on your body it exits from. In the clip I saw, it burst through a guy’s back, spikes first, impaling another character’s hand. This looks to be a horror movie through and through, which should be nice after the giant disappointment that was Prometheus.Star Wars Episode VIIIIf there’s any movie that’s going to get us through the year no matter what happens, it’s this one. While we still don’t have any idea where the story will go, there’s reason to believe it will be even better than The Force Awakens. Remember, the dark middle chapter of a trilogy is usually the best, and Episode VIII already has a lot going for it. Now that The Force Awakens got most of the housekeeping of starting up a new trilogy out of the way, Episode VIII is free to go in its own direction and explore the new characters further. Plus, it’s directed by Rian Johnson. Looper is one of my favorite sci-fi movies of this decade, so I’m excited to see what he does with something like this.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Baby Groot! What more do you need to know? The best Marvel movie, with the best soundtrack, is getting a sequel this year. If it has even a fraction of the fun of the first one, we’re in for a pretty great time.GamesStill from Nintendo Switch reveal video. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)The Nintendo SwitchPortable gaming has become a much bigger part of my life in the last few years, so I’m definitely excited for a system that will allow me to play full-sized games on the go. Yes, the recent news that the GPU will run 40 percent slower undocked is a little disappointing, but it’s possible that won’t matter, thanks to the screen’s lower resolution. Plus, we’re most likely getting a new 3D Mario game and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That’s almost too much Nintendo excitement for one year. Not that I’m complaining.Hitman: Season TwoI’ve been a huge fan of the Hitman series ever since I struggled through Hitman 2: Silent Assassin on PlayStation 2. I love how each game gives you a big open area, a single objective and a myriad of options to complete it. Last year’s Hitman was the ultimate expression of this ideal. Its episodic release structure was strange at first but ultimately worked in its favor, allowing us to fully explore and master each level before moving on. Some maps were stronger than others, but each had plenty of opportunities for improvisation and open world wackiness. Now that the second season of Hitman content is underway, I can’t wait to see what they do next. A crowded city center like the Mardi Gras level of Blood Money might be fun. Or maybe the set of a reality show. There are a ton of great video games to look forward to in 2017, but all I really want to do is play more Hitman.TelevisionStill from American Gods trailer. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Starz)American GodsI’ve been waiting for this series ever since it was announced. It’s based on one of my favorite books of all time, so I have pretty high hopes for this series. Thankfully, I have complete confidence in showrunner Bryan Fuller. His weird, surreal style is perfect for adapting a novel like this. Everything he’s said so far sounds like they’re staying true to the novel, even including one scene that should be unfilmable. Those who have read the book know what I’m talking about. Those who haven’t… well, you’re in for a surprise at the end of the pilot.Star Trek: DiscoveryThis show has had a few struggles along the way, but the promise of a new Star Trek TV series is too exciting to ignore. Yes, it’s disappointing that Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner, but hopefully, the people that remain know what made Star Trek great in the first place. It also helps that the cast is stellar, with Sonequa Martin-Greene ditching The Walking Dead to explore strange new worlds. She’ll be joined by Michelle Yeoh and Anthony Rapp, who is presumably living on the Discovery despite not having paid last year’s rent.The DefendersMore than Iron Fist, more than Legion, this is the Marvel show I’m looking forward to the most this year. After three Marvel Netflix series that were pretty great overall, I’m excited to see what they’re all building towards. Since the problems these heroes deal with are much more local than anything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of threat forces them to team up. The fact that it’s a full series rather than a movie should mean each character gets time to shine, which is frustratingly not the case in the Avengers movies. Best of all, we’ll get to see Jessica Jones again. Hers is still my favorite Marvel series so far, and with season two still being a ways off, I’ll take anything that lets us see her in action again.ComicsVia Marvel.com (Artist: Luke Ross)Darth MaulIf there was anything good that came out of The Phantom Menace, it was this guy. He and his double-bladed lightsaber are just so cool. Plus, the way that The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have expanded on his character made him one of the scarier villains in Star Wars. Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with its Star Wars comics lately. The recently concluded Darth Vader series had some of the best moments of any recent Star Wars thing. With Maul being a five-issue miniseries, I’m excited to see where they take the character. The series will reportedly be a prequel to the prequels, showing us exactly how Maul became a Sith apprentice. That sounds like it could be pretty great.Deadpool the DuckIt’s the crossover you never knew you wanted. Marvel is putting out a series this year where Deadpool and Howard the Duck share a body. The plot, according to Marvel, involves S.H.I.E.L.D. sending Deadpool out on a mission to capture a rampaging extraterrestrial. Some kind of accident happens, and he ends up trapped in the same body as Howard. This might be the weirdest thing Marvel puts out for a long time, so it’s a must-read for me. I may even go by a physical copy, from a comic book store and everything.CultureSwery65 (Photo via Twitter/Gamasutra)Swery65’s Mystery NovelAs a huge fan of Deadly Premonition and D4, I was sad to hear that Swery was forced to leave game development temporarily due to health problems. It was relieving to learn that he was spending his time writing a mystery novel. All we know right now is that it’s a murder mystery in the style of Deadly Premonition that takes place in London and is narrated by a cat. That sounds like a Swery65 production, alright. The book is due out this coming year, and I just hope it gets an English translation. He ran a poll on Twitter earlier this year in which 94 percent of respondents said they wanted an English translation. Another 3 percent said they wanted to translate it themselves, so it looks like an English version will come out one way or another.Even More Death Stranding Fan TheoriesThe game isn’t even close to being out, assuming its even far enough along to be called a game at this point. We’re certainly not going to see it in 2017. We almost certainly will see more trailers, though. And with each trailer will come a legion of fans across the internet dissecting every frame looking for clues. It’s almost more fun than the eventual game will be. Part of that fun will be trying to guess at what exactly Death Stranding will be about, but my favorite part of these trailers is trying to decipher the subtle digs at Konami in each one. Hideo Kojima has every right to be mad at his former employer, and there’s something satisfying about watching him use his fast resources to deliver the most expensive middle finger in history.last_img read more

Bengals tableau to highlight Gandhis ties with Santiniketan

first_imgKolkata: The tableau of the Bengal government is all set to take part in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. The Defence Ministry has already approved it with the theme ‘Santiniketan and Gandhiji at Beliaghata’. Bengal is one of the 14 states whose tableau will be gracing the parade on January 26.This is for the first time when the Defense ministry had selected the theme of the tableaus for the Republic Day Parade. Gandhiji was selected as the theme to mark the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary. Bengal’s tableau has been designed as per plans and directions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal”It was in March 1915 when Gandhiji had met Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan. The moment will be captured through the tableau this year. A fibre model is being created to portray the meeting. The model will be placed at the front of the trailer which will be 48 feet in length and 14 feet wide. The model of Rabindranath Tagore’s house ‘Shyamoli’ has been created as a background of the meeting,” a senior official of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAt the back side of the trailer, the model of Haider Manzil, now known as Gandhi Bhavan, has been made. Gandhiji had sat on fast at this place in Beliaghata on August 13, 1947 for 73 hours to protest against countrywide riots. Some rioters had surrendered before the ‘Father of the Nation’ and after they assured peace, Gandhiji broke his fast. “This entire sequence has been etched out in the form of model,” the official added. It may be mentioned that on August 15, 1947, when India gained Independence, Gandhiji was at Haider Manzil. There is an expert committee of the Ministry of Defence that qualifies the tableaus that the states propose to display at the Republic Day Parade after going through all its details. The committee goes through the sketches, models and all aspects of the tableau. Last year, the tableau of the state government with the theme “Ekatai Sampriti” was not allowed by the Defence ministry. It may be mentioned that the erstwhile Left Front government had refused to send tableaus at the Republic Day Parade in Delhi from 1999. It was in 2012 when under the initiative of Mamata Banerjee the state’s tableau took part in the parade. Bengal had won the award for the best tableau in 2014 and 2016 respectively. In 2014, the tableau was based on Chhau Dance while in 2016 it was Banglar Baul. In 2017, the theme for the tableau was Sharod Utsav which depicted how people from all communities participate in the state’s biggest festival — Durga Puja.last_img read more

The Terror of a Movie Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff Wish They

first_imgThe opening sequence involving a hilariously cheesy skull sets the tone for this forgotten piece of cult cinematic history. Oftentimes a movie set can resemble a military operation. Much planning is required for the mobilization of cast and crew, who work as a unit to achieve the mission objective. Sometimes though that ethos goes out the window, and the troops are called into action at a moment’s notice.This is what happened for The Terror in 1963, a very low budget Gothic horror with a soldier as the main character.Jack Nicholson in 1963.Jack Nicholson played the Napoleonic soldier and Boris Karloff the ominous figure who dwelled in the shadows of an old castle. If the scenario looks familiar, it’s because producer/director Roger Corman used the same set he had constructed for Edgar Allen Poe adaptation The Raven.The Raven, 1875. Digitally restored.In fact, Karloff and Nicholson were part of that production also. When the notoriously canny Corman realized he had the castle setting for another few days, he decided to shoot another picture before the carpenters arrived to dismantle it.Writers Leo Gordon and Jack Hill were asked to put together a workable script in double quick time. But with so little wriggle room, what did they come up with…?Screenshot from the movieThe leading men were convinced to stay, along with Dick Miller, a stalwart of Corman’s team. Corman had a pre-existing deal with Nicholson, but bringing former Frankenstein’s Monster Karloff aboard proved a trickier proposition.It’s speculated that Karloff took the gig for financial reasons. However, his experience was not a happy one.Boris KarloffAs quoted in the 2016 book The Essential Jack Nicholson by James L. Neibaur, the screen legend remarked that “He (Corman) nearly killed me on the last day. He had me in a tank of cold water for about two hours… [The sets] were so magnificent… As they were being pulled down around our ears, Roger was dashing around with me and a camera, two steps ahead of the wreckers.”Karloff may have been put out but developed a sense of humor about the situation, adding “It was very funny.” He maybe wasn’t so amused when the producer said his deferred fee would be deferred a little longer due to the film not earning enough money.Furthermore, Dick Miller returned to his role of manservant Stefan three decades later to film new material. As The Terror was in the public domain because of an error in the credits, Corman hoped to copyright this revised version.Dick Miller in the public domain film A Bucket of Blood.According to the book Faster and Furiouser by Mark Thomas McGee (1995), Miller said the Nineties Terror resulted in the biggest payday he’d received from his friend and boss.This type of juggling act wasn’t exactly unusual behavior for Corman. While trying to shoot a film as the set got taken down was cutting it fine, even by his standards, he was renowned for his prolific output and cost-cutting sensibilities.Boris Karloff in The Terror, 1963.Despite causing those who worked for him aggravation, he remained much loved. The 2011 documentary Corman’s World saw tributes being paid not only by Nicholson, but the array of Hollywood talent who got their break toiling on his dime.A young Francis Ford Coppola handled exterior shots for The Terror, and audiences may not have been introduced to the likes of Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, John Sayles and others had Corman not hired them.Coppola in 1976Ultimately was this rush job and curio of American cinema worth the effort? Classic Horror states “The script, which was largely improvised, is to be commended for maintaining a fair sense of mystery for the first two-thirds.”Unfortunately, the gamble fails to pay off in the closing act: “the story holds its own until the end when it tries to have one twist too many.”“A flood destroys the castle and kills Von Leppe. (Sandra Knight’s) Helene/Ilsa’s spirit is freed while her face melts away (in a very unconvincing effect).”Read another story from us: The Most Ambitious, Troubled and Controversial Film Production in HistoryThe Terror may have ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Yet even today it’s a symbol of the enterprising spirit that became an essential part of American independent film. And for any Roger Corman fans or fans of cheesy cult horror, it’s a definite must-see.last_img read more

Sydneysiders can now arrive depart airport in style

first_imgSydney Airport now has its own limousines desk for travellers to come and go in style.  The biggest influx of new bookings for limousines has been from Chinese tourists, with a 20 per cent increase in bookings for Chinese New Year.  The opening of the limousine desk is the result of five years of work negotiating with Sydney Airport.  The Royale Limousines Premium Customer Service Centre in the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1 opened with fanfare yesterday. “Already, there has been a 10 per cent growth in enquiries since the desk’s soft opening in December 2013,” Royale Limousines managing director, John Bartolotta said.  Passengers will now be able to transit without a hitch between the airport and the 10 bay undercover parking area next to the terminal.  “Consumers are becoming more aware of how reliable and affordable a limousine transfer can be. “Markets using the desk are inbound tourists wanting to get to their hotel, as well as tourists booking a chauffeured car on an hourly basis for a scenic tour.” Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

Banyan Tree Lifestyle Service gets underway in India

first_imgBanyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has launched another vertical Banyan Tree Lifestyle Services (BTLS) to cater to the growing demand of luxury products and services in the Indian market. BTLS encompasses the entire portfolio of hotels, resorts, residences and related services under the Banyan Tree Group.Currently, the Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts portfolio is grouped under four brands– Angsana, Banyan Tree, Cassia, Dhawa; and covers the different segment of evolved discerning travellers and thereby covers the A,B,C,D of segmented hotel portfolio.BTLS comes with several added advantages that is designed to augment the guest experience and strengthen the relationship with Banyan Tree hotel group. The three key offerings are Bespoke concierge service, Banyan Tree Private Collection, Banyan Tree Group Residences sales and owners club.Manas Sinha, Director- India Sales Associates (GSA-Banyan Tree & Angsana Hotels), said, “BTLS handling is a specialised function. We shall be conducting seminars and consumer connect events to educate the membership benefits and uniqueness to the potential consumers. It also entails visit and experience of various Banyan Tree locations so that the consumers can choose the right services and become a part of the growing Banyan Tree brands’ family.”last_img read more

Former coop CEO did not get job because of connections updated

first_imgThe former CEO of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) Nicolas Hadjiyiannis on Tuesday denied landing a job with the organisation solely because of his personal connections.Hadjiyiannis served as divisional manager at Bank of Cyprus before being hired as chairman of the CCB in November 2013. In December 2015 he was appointed CEO of the Co-op.He told the panel investigating the demise of the Co-op that his appointment to the CCB in 2013 came about after a certain political party tapped him for the job, for which he had expressed an interest.Though he did not name the party, it’s understood he was referring to ruling Disy.In his four-hour testimony, Hadjiyiannis spelled out what is common knowledge, namely that political parties had a say in who got appointed to the CCB after it was nationalised in 2013.He said parties would be asked to nominate individuals, with the names going to the cabinet. Later, the finance ministry would make a formal proposal to parliament, which ratified appointments following vetting carried out by the central bank.This, however, did not mean that the nominees’ sole merit was their party affiliation.But, Hadjiyiannis recalled, of the nine members of the CCB board at the time, only one was not proposed by a party.The former executive conceded that he was friends with Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, whom he knew from his college days as well as from the English School high school in Nicosia.“We have friendly relations, which have been demonised, they have become a burden for both of us,” he said.But, he insisted, friendship was one thing, and business another.Hadjyiannis said that he is currently on a contract with Sedipes, the asset management company set up to dispose of the defunct CCB’s residual assets.He is expected to terminate his employment by the end of the month.The chairman of the inquiry Giorgos Aresti cited a report compiled by the central bank – the regulator of the CCB – which described the 2014 purchase of a new car for Hadjiyiannis as unnecessary and wasteful, particularly at a time when the Co-op was being propped up by the taxpayer.In his defence, Hadjiyiannis said all chairmen at large banks have a service car, which in his case was deemed necessary because of his extensive duties.The former executive was also asked about a memo from the auditor-general, according to which two individuals were hired to assist Hadjiyiannis – one on €55,000 per annum, and the other person (a personal assistant) on €22,000.The two individuals were ostensibly hired for the purpose of forging strategy. However, as the auditor-general pointed out, this was gratuitous as the bank’s strategy was explicitly set out in the restructuring plan for the CCB.Hadjiyiannis disagreed, arguing that the bank needed people on point to handle day-to-day developments.On regulators’ concerns over lax corporate governance at the Co-op, the former CEO said these were unfounded, given that non-performing loans were dropping while new loans had a default rate of just 1 per cent.But the balance sheet deteriorated when European banking authorities revised the criteria for loan provisions, essentially wiping out the value of collateral for primary residences.The Co-op’s single largest non-performing loan did not exceed €30m, Hadjiyiannis said.During Tuesday’s proceedings, it emerged that two disciplinary procedures had been carried out against Hadjiyiannis prior to his appointment, including one for harassing a referee before a football game.The inquiry heard that the first case concerned the violation of capital controls imposed after the island’s messy bailout deal in 2013. It related to the payment of four cheques worth around €300,000 on behalf of a law firm while he was at Laiki Bank.Hadjiyiannis had also approved payment of €6,000 by the same law firm.The reason for the second disciplinary procedure was because he had harassed a referee before a football game in 2011 using his office telephone. No other details were immediately available.Hadjiyiannis, according to the panel, had been reprimanded in the second instance.The former CEO suggested that the issue with the disciplinary probes was raised in 2015, when he was going to be appointed, in a bid to hurt the Co-op bank.Of the first procedure, he said it concluded without there being a penalty before he had left Bank of Cyprus – which absorbed certain Laiki operations – to join the Co-op months later.Hadjiyiannis said BoC CEO John Hourican wrote to the European Central Bank explaining what had happened.It had taken the European supervisor a few months to approve the appointment in December 2015.Hadjiyiannis will continue testifying on Wednesday.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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