Thun Tankers Orders Fifth Newbuilding

first_imgzoom Dutch coastal shipping company Thun Tankers has declared the option for a fifth tanker to be added to the previously contracted four product/chemical tankers.The additional order comes only months after the company decided to expand its fleet with four new 17,500 dwt IMO II tankers.The five vessels, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2020, are set to enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network. They will be built at China’s Avic Dingheng Shipbuilding.Thun Tankers said that the contracted vessels “will be built to the absolute latest design with focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, new regulations, and customers’ needs as key in the design and building process.”The tankers will be commercially managed by Furetank, responsible for the intermediate segment within the Alliance.In addition to the five contracted intermediate vessels, Thun Tankers together with the Gothia Tanker Alliance partners Furetank Rederi AB and Rederi AB Älvtank have previously ordered another six 16,300 dwt tankers with LNG propulsion. These units, currently under construction, are being built at the same yard and will be delivered between 2018 and 2020.With latest contracted newbuilding, the Erik Thun Group currently has a total of twelve newbuildings on order.last_img read more

AN32 aircraft victims rescuers remain stranded at crash site

first_imgItanagar: A team of 12 rescuers that retrieved the bodies of 13 people who were on board the AN-32 aircraft which crashed in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh early this month, continued to remain stranded at the crash site, waiting for the weather to improve so that they could be airlifted, a state government official said on Friday. The rescuers are at the crash site since June 12, when they were airdropped for the search operation. Nine Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, civilian mountaineer Taka Tamut and two of his associates deputed by the Shi Yomi district administration to guide a foot trek in case the weather continued to mar the chopper service remained stranded, West Siang district Information and Public Relations Officer Gijum Tali said. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references The rescuers were braving the hostile weather conditions and feeding on the ration commodities airdropped for them on the day they were taken to the crash site, he added. The team is stranded for 17 days now at a height of 12,000 feet even after the strenuous exercise of retrieving the 13 bodies and the black box of the plane. The Russian AN-32 aircraft went missing 33 minutes after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat on June 3. It was headed to Mechuka in Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France “The weather condition is not conducive at all to lift the 12 brave men,” Tali said. A foot-march would also be dangerous in the monsoon as climbing up and down the mountains would be risky and the dense forest had venomous snakes, wild animals and insects, he added. The weather is likely to improve by Saturday or Sunday according to a metrological forecast. However, things might turn worse if the weather played spoilsport with a limited stock of ration commodities and force the team members to trek on foot, Tali said. The task of retrieving the 13 bodies from the crash site in the Pari mountains in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was completed on June 20. While six bodies were retrieved on June 19, the remaining seven were retrieved the next day.last_img read more

Terrorist threats against opening schools shops Army

first_imgNew Delhi: Terrorist groups have threatened locals in the Kashmir valley against opening shops and schools through posters put up in various areas, the Army said. Women have also been threatened against going out through these posters. The terror threats came after the Parliament, earlier this month, withdrew the special category status to Jammu and Kashmir by reading down Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into two Union territories. The Valley has been under unprecedented security cover ever since August 5, with most areas still without any communication lines. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Posters belonging to terror outfits Hizbul Mujaheedin and Lashker-e-Taiba have been recovered, army officials said. In a poster of Hizbul Mujaheedin recovered from Kulgam district, locals have been warned against plying their private vehicles on roads, the army said. “We have registration numbers of certain private vehicles that are still plying on the roads and we issue a final warning to their owners. No schools should be opened. No woman should be seen on the road. Keep your womenfolk inside your houses,” says one of the posters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K According to officials, traders have been warned by terrorists particularly in the last two weeks of August from carrying out business. Officials said that on August 21, three terrorists had threatened traders in the Aishmuqam market in Anantnag against opening their shops. On the same day, four terrorists had threatened traders in Pulawama district against sending fruit outside Kashmir. On August 24, militants had threatened traders in Anantnag against opening shops and the next day, three terrorists had threatened orchard owners against selling pears. On August 27, terrorists had threatened traders that their shops will be burned if they opened them. On Friday, unidentified bike-borne militants opened fire upon a shopkeeper in Parimpora area of Srinagar. The victim, Ghulam Mohammed, 65, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.last_img read more

Nova Scotia New Democrats promise to raise minimum wage to 15 if

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill says if elected his party will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.The current minimum wage is $10.85.Burrill says too many people are working full time hours and struggling to put food on the table and keep up with their bills.He says the move would help lift 130,000 people out of poverty.Burrill says the plan includes a commission on the economy that would consult with businesses, corporations, and not-for-profits to determine how to help them adapt to the wage increase.Nova Scotians go to the polls May 30.last_img read more

Chris Pratt Named As Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man Of The Year

first_imgThe Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Chris Pratt as the recipient of its 2015 Man of the Year Award.The Pudding is excited to honor a performer who became a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight in the past year, going from lovable supporting roles to headlining two of the highest grossing blockbusters of the year. Pratt joins his Parks & Recreation co-star Amy Poehler, who was recently announced as the Hasty Pudding’s 2015 Woman of the Year.The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris.The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comedie Francaise and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.The Man of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actor and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will be held at 8:30 p.m., following the roast. Afterward, the Pudding will stage the opening night performance of its 167th production, ¡Oops!… Madrid It Again!“We vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with Parks & Recreation,” said Jason Hellerstein ‘15, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “There is absolutely no basis to the rumors of ritualistic weekly viewings of the show at the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse… Joking aside, Chris Pratt’s recent achievements as an actor are outstanding and we could not be more thrilled to host him and celebrate his talent as only the Pudding can.”Best known for his role as Andy Dwyer on Parks & Recreation, Chris Pratt is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. Pratt will next star in Universal’s Jurassic World (4th installment of the Jurassic Park film franchise from executive producer, Steven Spielberg) in June 2015. Most recently, Chris top lined as Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was one of the top 3 grossing films of 2014 with over $600 million at the global box office. Pratt also lent his vocal talents to lead character, Emmett in the enormously successful animated feature, The Lego Movie, which made over $400 million worldwide.To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 167th production, ¡Oops!… Madrid It Again! contact the HPT Box Office at 617.495.5205, or order online at the Pudding’s website, www.hastypudding.org. It will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall, located at 12 Holyoke Street, starting February 6th. The show continues in Cambridge until March 8th. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13th and 14th (call 212.772.4448 for tickets), followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.last_img read more

UN committee head calls for continued work on decolonizing last 16 territories

Video of the press briefing Acknowledging that he was always optimistic about solutions, Uruguayan representative Enrique Loedel told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York: “At each stage in the negotiations of the question of Western Sahara it seemed that a solution was out of reach, but in the end some alternative proposal always came up.”“The good will and creativity of all the parties involved has now generated a new proposal which is being considered,” he added, referring to the latest peace plan devised by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker III.Mr. Baker has presented the plan to representatives of all the parties involved, including Morocco, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO Front), Algeria and Mauritania.Representing something of a compromise, “[the plan] provides each side some, but not all, of what it wants,” Mr. Annan wrote in a report to the Security Council in May. It envisages a period of transition during which there would be a division of responsibilities between the parties before the holding of a referendum for self-determination within four or five years. And unlike an earlier proposal, the new peace plan does not require the consent of the parties at each and every step of its implementation.Earlier this week Mr. Annan urged Morocco to accept the peace plan, but he agreed to a Moroccan request for more time to study the proposals. He also recommended an extension of time for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).Questioned about the continuing role of his committee, whose main agenda includes decolonization, Mr. Loedel said although only 16 territories were yet to achieve self-determination, the effort was still relevant.Failure to help the 16 territories choose their political future for themselves would be similar to “a family not taking care of younger children once the eldest child has grown up,” he said. read more

100 days after tsunami UN back in emergency mode after latest Indian

Jean-Jacques Graisse, WFP’s Senior Deputy Executive Director, described the powerful 28 March quake that ripped through the islands off Indonesia’s west coast as “a crushing blow” to the local people as he travelled today to Sumatra to view the damage first hand and assess humanitarian needs.”It was a massive challenge to get aid to Indonesia after the [earlier] tsunami,” he said, “and the humanitarian community has responded in record time to this latest disaster.”Because of the incredible response to the December tragedy, WFP had plenty of supplies close by and was on the scene last Monday within hours to get food and other relief aid to the devastated islands of Simeulue and Nias. According to the agency the number of people affected keeps growing, as its assessment teams continue to locate island communities, as well as coastal communities on the Sumatra mainland that were crushed by the quake.WFP is using helicopters, small aircraft, landing craft and ships to rush food aid to the earthquake zone, while also giving cargo space to other aid agencies for the transport of relief materiel such as water purification equipment, tents and blankets. Effectively working at two speeds, WFP is in full emergency mode providing relief aid to the some damaged areas, while in others it has already shifted into rebuilding communities.Mr. Graisse stressed that the recent quake had not diminished the agency’s efforts to continue providing food to tsunami survivors in other countries. For example, WFP is currently feeding 915,000 Sri Lankans, 42,000 Maldivians and 30,000 Somalis. In addition, the agency’s food-for-work projects in Myanmar are well underway, with some 8,000 tsunami survivors rebuilding bridges, roads, ponds and dykes in exchange for rations of rice, cooking oil and beans.Stressing that WFP had succeeded in averting starvation and widespread malnutrition in the wake of the tsunami, Mr. Graisse said the humanitarian community could not afford to be complacent. “This latest earthquake has shown how vulnerable people in this region are.” read more

South Sudan UN reinforces peacekeeping presence in Pibor town amid violence

“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has a full time presence in Pibor and is continuously monitoring the security situation, particularly in respect to the few remaining residents,” the spokesperson told journalists in New York.“The Mission is prepared to assist and protect civilians under threat in the current period as well preparing to assist and protect should residents decide to return to their homes,” he stressed.UNMISS said on 14 May that it is particularly alarmed by reports about the involvement in some of the incidents of “allegedly defected and ill-disciplined members of security forces,” as well as by statements issued by David Yau Yau’s led armed group demanding civilians to leave Pibor as well as the town of Kapoeta, in Eastern Equatoria state.In addition to “significant” displacement, the Mission said it had also received reports of widespread looting, including of food and aid supplies from private homes and humanitarian dwellings.In an interview with UN Radio, spokesperson Ariane Quentier said UNMISS wants the Government to take action against the perpetrators of the violence that has been going on and make sure that those people are held to account.UNMISS was already patrolling the town before the looting started, but had reinforced its presence there with additional troops and has deployed a military unit. UNMISS peacekeepers also have clear instructions to assist in protecting the civilian population in Pibor, Ms. Quentier stressed.In addition, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Yasmin Haque, said she was “alarmed” that once again, civilians from Pibor town have fled for their safety in large numbers, and at the reports of looting.Dr. Haque said aid organizations had seen armed, uniformed personnel taking apart homes and breaking into small shops where those who fled the town had placed belongings for safekeeping. read more

Comerford comes aboard as new Chair of the Board

International management and financial specialist Gary Comerford was confirmed as the Chair of Brock University’s Board of Trustees during the board’s annual meeting on June 22.Comerford begins a two-year term in succession of John Suk, who had been Chair since 2014, seeing the University through a chapter characterized by campus growth and presidential change. Suk will now serve a one-year term as Immediate Past Chair before stepping down from the Board.“It has been a privilege to serve as Chair these past three years,” said Suk. “As we turn it over to Gary, Brock is in a strong position academically, financially and with excellent leadership. I only see very positive developments for Brock and Niagara as we move ahead.”Tom Traves, the University’s Interim President for the past nine months, praised Suk’s leadership qualities.Gary Comerford“Being the board chair is a very demanding job, and John’s service has been outstanding,” said Traves. “He has been supportive and wise in his counsel, and I see why people across Niagara respect him so much.”Comerford is a Niagara native who has worked around the world and now divides his time between Oakville and Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the 1970s he was a lecturer at Brock, and was elected to the Board in 2014. This past year he chaired the Advisory Committee on the President, which oversaw the recruitment and hiring of Gervan Fearon, who will take office as Brock’s next president on Aug. 1.“As a Niagara native, I am honoured to be given this role,” said Comerford. “John and my other predecessors worked hard with the Brock community, getting the University to where it is today. There’s opportunity in front of us, and good people to work with. It’s an exciting time to be at Brock.”Comerford has an honours BA in History and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, as well as Institute of Corporate Directors certification from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.Currently the CEO of Comerford Management Consultants, his career has included appointments as Vice-President of Marketing for Canada Permanent Trust, and Senior Vice-President (International) for Sun Life of Canada. He served as Sun Life’s general manager for India, and is past president of the Canada India Business Council. He is also a past chair of the Shaw Festival Board.The Board’s Governance/Nominating Committee also approved other nominations:Trustee Kristine Freudenthaler was elected to a one-year term as Vice-Chair of the BoardCommunity members Mario De Divitiis, Beverley Morden and Robin Williams were re-elected for a three-year termFaculty member and Chair of Senate David Whitehead was appointed as an ex-officio member for one yearChris Phillips, President of the Brock University Alumni Association, was appointed as a new ex officio community member of the BoardStaff member Giulia Forsythe was appointed to a three-year termStudent member Faisal Hejazi was appointed as an ex-officio member as President of the Brock University Students’ UnionShannon Kitchings was appointed as an ex-officio member as President of the Brock University Graduate Students’ AssociationTrustees William Rickers and Elisabeth Zimmermann were elected to one-year terms as Board representatives to SenateConcluding their terms as trustees and stepping down from the Board were community member Marco Marrone, staff representative Gloria Gallagher, faculty (Senate) representative Scott Henderson and student member Patrick Foster.All new appointments take effect July 1. read more

Syria chemical attack Trump cancels Latin America trip

Mr Trump has pledged a “forceful” response, and has spoken of numerous military options.US President Donald Trump has cancelled his first official trip to Latin America to focus on the issue of a suspected chemical attack in Syria.He will remain in Washington to “oversee the American response to Syria”, the White House said.Meanwhile, the global chemical weapons watchdog has said it will send a fact-finding team to the site in Douma.Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics allege that bombs filled with toxic chemicals were dropped on Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the capital Damascus, by Syrian government forces.The Syrian-American Medical Society said more than 500 people were brought to medical centres with symptoms “indicative of exposure to a chemical agent”.Medical sources say dozens were killed in the alleged attack there, but exact numbers are impossible to verify.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said a team would deploy to Syria “shortly”.It comes after Syria and its military backer, Russia, both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors. Syria denies being behind any chemical attack.US Vice-President Mike Pence will travel in President Trump’s place for the Latin America trip, which begins in Peru for the Summit of the Americas.Later on Tuesday, the UN Security Council will vote on competing US and Russian draft resolutions on the Syria incident. The US wants a new panel to be set up that would investigate and apportion blame for chemical attacks in Syria, but Russia is likely to veto the proposal.The estimates of how many people died in the suspected chemical attack range from 42 to more than 60 people, but medical groups say numbers could rise as rescue workers gain access to basements where hundreds of families had sought refuge from bombing. (Excerpt from BBC). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFrance has not declared war on Syria regime, says MacronApril 16, 2018In “World”Syria ‘chemical attack’: France’s President Macron ‘has proof’April 12, 2018In “World”Syria war: Trump and Putin trade barbs as ministers meetApril 12, 2017In “World” read more

Cork candidates to attend meet and greet with asylum seekers

first_img Source: Donnchadh ÓLaoghaire/Twitter A SUPPORT GROUP for migrants and asylum seekers will host an event later today, inviting local election candidates to meet with them and discuss their issues.Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, which is based in Cork, said the aim of the event is to “facilitate an open discussion on migrant issues between local migrant communities and candidates for the local elections”. The informal ‘meet and greet’ will allow asylum seekers and migrant communities the opportunity to have their voice heard by their local representatives.Nasc said it also provides an opportunity for candidates to meet and engage with migrant voters in their constituency and develop a deeper understanding of the issues that are most pertinent to migrants.This event comes on foot of news last week that politicians have been forbidden from canvassing for votes in Ireland’s asylum centres even though thousands of people who live in them are allowed to vote in the upcoming elections.Management at these direct provision centres had ruled that politicians were not even allowed to give their leaflets to residents. Will have to try figure something else out, but still intend on making contact with residents. Their vote as important as anyones— Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (@Donnchadhol) May 13, 2014center_img Following the outraged expressed by a number of candidates, like Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire who first raised the issue, management made a u-turn and told staff that candidates should be allowed to drop off leaflets for residents to read.“Although the ban has now been amended slightly to allow the distribution of election materials, we are still concerned that the ban on canvassing may infringe upon the democratic rights of asylum seekers,” commented Nasc CEO Fiona Finn. “Direct provision centres are effectively their homes while they are waiting an outcome of their application.”The event will take place at Nasc’s offices on Ferry Lane in Cork from 2pm to 4pm today. Ten candidates are already confirmed, including Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, Chris O’Leary, Lorraine Kingston, Mick Barry, Cormac Manning, Dan Boyle, Shane O’Callaghan, Marion O’Sullivan, John Kelleher, Liz Dunphy and John Buttimer.Read: Politicians are not allowed to talk to people seeking asylum in Ireland>Read: Policy u-turn means people seeking asylum can now receive election leaflets>last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews CARS 3

first_imgStay on target Is Cars 3 good?I doubt I’ll ever watch it again, but it’s alright.Care to elaborate on that?Cars is still the most shallow and least involving world Pixar has ever managed to dream up, but at least this time they decided to mainly focus on what works. Cars 3 is about races, winning races, losing races, the lives of the characters in said races and not really much else; and the result of that is easily probably the best of the Cars movies.So you didn’t care for the first two?Not really, no. Though I also don’t share the same level of overwhelming disdain for the franchise that I feel like a lot of the movie press does.Yeah, what’s up with that?I have a couple of theories. Mainly, it’s that these just aren’t as good as most of the other Pixar series, and they also feel the least ambitious. But I also think some of it is that it’s the only Pixar franchise that’s grounded in romanticizing a subculture (Nascar racing, specifically) that’s beloved by a lot of “Middle America.” Whereas they usually make movies about action figures, robots, superheroes, monsters – “pop-obsessions” that more tend to hit a nerve for the sort of folks who write very serious think pieces about animated movies. By the same token, it’s also nakedly obvious that Cars only exists beyond the original because it’s the best-selling Pixar toy brand, making it (somehow) more commercial-feeling than other productions of the Walt Disney Machine.So what does this one do that’s so different?Whereas the first two movies both get bogged down in their respective small-town redemption and spy-spoof storylines, this one feels like someone finally sat down and said “wait a minute… these are basically sports movies, right? So why don’t we just do that?” And that’s what Cars 3 is: A straightforward sports movie about auto-racing, set in a universe where the cars drive themselves. And in that respect, it basically works.What’s the story?Basically, we’re revisiting Pixar’s second favorite subject after Things-That-Don’t-Typically-Speak-Speaking-With-Surprising-Philosophical-Depth: Male obsolescence anxiety. We’re a few years into the future, and Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is now a longtime champion watching his fellow veteran racers gradually slow down and retire. His fears of being outclassed by the new generation of high-tech competitors who use computers and statistical analysis for a competitive edge (as represented by Armie Hammer’s arrogant Jackson Storm) ends up causing him to over-exert and seriously injure himself – potentially for good. Facing the prospect of winding up forced into retirement like his former mentor Doc Hudson (voiced again in flashbacks by the late Paul Newman via tricksy audio editing), he embarks on a last-ditch on-the-road training regimen, reluctantly paired with new-school trainer voiced by Cristela Alonzo, Cruz Ramirez.That’s it?Well… not exactly. There’s a subplot about how McQueen’s new corporate sponsor (Nathan Fillion) actually wants him to retire so he can become a George Foreman-style marketing brand, but it’s mostly there for structure. The main story does end up going in a somewhat unexpected direction – though getting into it verges on spoiler-territory.Lay it on me. [Skip this part if you don’t, in fact, want it laid on you]Okay: Lightning doesn’t initially get along with Cruz because she’s a new-school trainer who’s all about the kind of cutting-edge techniques Storm and the other new-gen racers use, while he wants to whip himself back into shape by “getting his tires dirty” with tried-and-true analog techniques. Amid their disagreements, he discovers that Cruz had grown up wanting to be a racer but was stymied by lack of support and self-confidence and resigned to being a trainer instead. Subsequently, he meets up with old friends of Doc Hudson’s and comes to understand that the aged champ found ultimately found more fulfillment as a mentor (to McQueen) than as a champion…Oh, I see where this is going.The kids won’t, though. But, yeah, it becomes clear that we’re actually seeing an “origin story” for Ramirez as a new potential face for the franchise well before it becomes a clear “twist” in Act 3. Still, it’s a mostly unexpected subversion of the expected Noble Elders vs. Snotty Millennials storyline, and in that respect, it’s a rare “aging athlete” story that doesn’t feel like it hates young people – though it very much seems to hate Moneyball-style stats-driven sports culture.Does it work?For the most part. Exactly how the cars “work” in terms of aging, sentience, etc. has never been very clear in this series, so what “getting old” actually means for Lightning and the other veterans feels somewhat difficult to invest in as stakes go. On that same theme, it’s weird to stop and realize that McQueen and Storm’s rivalry boils down to a “John Henry Vs The Steam Drill” man-versus-machine story… but where they’re both machines. It’s never boring, though, and there’s (mercifully) a lot less Larry The Cable Guy this time around.So you recommend it?I wouldn’t go that far. The two sorts of people who’re going to see this either really liked the first two or they have kids and don’t have a choice. I can’t speak for the first type, but the dragged-along-parents will probably find this at least substantially more tolerable than, say the Minions (or The Emoji Movie in a few months.) MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

MiamiDade Police beautify residents home

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officers are sworn to protect and serve, and on Friday, Miami-Dade Police made sure to continue fulfilling that pledge.A Northwest Miami-Dade home was painted and cleaned in an effort to fill a homeowner’s heart with cheer this Christmas. “I feel real good that someone is doing something for me,” said homeowner Gloria Martin.Miami-Dade Police’s Northside District worked all morning to beautify this retiree’s home. “We do something called the Northside District Home Beautification Project,” said Miami-Dade Police Major Ricky Carter. “We identify a homeowner who is in need of services, whether it be beautifying the home or social services we can help with.”Not only were there police at Martin’s home, but there were volunteers and local business owners that spent their morning making sure the home was in tip-top condition. Adding shutters, fixing light fixtures, laying mulch and planting were some of the jobs completed.“It’s Christmas,” said neighbor Perline Smith. “It’s like a Christmas miracle! The house looks beautiful.”Smith was the neighbor who nominated Martin’s home for the beautification project, knowing her neighbor cannot work on the home herself due to health issues.“For the past couple of years, she had numerous strokes,” said Miami-Dade Police officer Keenan Johnson. “She just lost her husband in February. She can’t do work on the house because she can barely walk and move.” Tears flowed from Martin’s eyes as she witnessed the home she loves become beautiful once more. “I cry very easy,” said Martin.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 killed after Deerfield Beach crash

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was killed after two cars collided in Deerfield Beach.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the crash took place near Southwest First Street and 32nd Avenue, just before 4 a.m., Sunday.Officials said one passenger inside one of the vehicles did not survive.7News cameras captured one of the mangled cars at the scene.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In Other News Virginia Post Needs to Upgrade Main Gate Former WVa

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A member of the Virginia House of Delegates has submitted an amendment to the state budget allocating $700,000 for the purchase of 30 acres of land in Newport News to provide space for Fort Eustis to build a new entry control point. The post’s main gate currently does not meet the Army’s anti-terrorism and force protection standards, reports 13 News Now. “One of the things we are always concerned about is the base realignment commission that’s going to be coming,” said Del. Mike Mullin. … The former Navy Information Operations Command Sugar Grove, a 122-acre communications facility located in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, will be turned into a 95-bed treatment facility for individuals dealing with substance abuse. The Highlands of Sugar Grove is expected to open in July and create an estimated 200 jobs, reports WHSV. The site was sold via auction for $4.0 million in December 2016 after the Navy closed it the previous year.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Suttonlast_img read more

Budget cut impacts to municipalities

first_imgLance Wilber, left, briefs the Anchorage Assembly on the administration’s 2017 budget proposal. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)State lawmakers continue to chip away at the budget to stabilize state finances. Millions of dollars have been cut from government spending and some lawmakers want millions more slashed. How is that affecting communities across the state?Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Kathie Wasserman – Head of Alaska Municipal LeagueJonathan King – economist with Northern EconomicsStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Bharat box office prediction Reason why Salman Khanstarrer may not earn expected

first_imgBharat box office predictionTwitter.Salman Khan’s Bharat is all set to be released this Eid. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of this year and is expected to create a storm at the box office. However, there a few factors that might affect its first day earning.Bharat has all the elements to pull a massive audience to the theatres right from day 1. Apart from Salman’s huge craze, the movie has the super-hit pairing of Salman and Katrina. Also, it is Ali Abbas Zafar’s directorial, who has proved his mettle in his last two movies- Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan.The film’s trailer and songs have created the right buzz around it, making it a highly anticipated flick. Plus, the festival of Eid has always worked wonders for Salman.However, there is one big factor that might affect Bharat’s first-day box office collection to a great extent. It is going to be released on the same day of India’s first World Cup Match this year.India-South Africa match on June 5 is likely to impact the business of Bharat as the match will start in the afternoon and will continue till night.Although die-hard Salman fans would any day pick the movie over the World Cup match, a big section of people may choose to watch the film a day later instead of missing out on the thrills of such a big sports event.Also, Eid may turn into a hurdle for the film as a lot of people may want to spend the festive day with celebrations at home or outside.Nonetheless, Bharat is still expected to register a huge opening day box office collection at the domestic market. With a screen count of over 4,000 across India, the movie is expected to earn at least around Rs 25-28 crore irrespective of the mentioned factors.Although a Salman-starrer is expected to rake in around Rs 35 crore on opening day, as Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai did, it will be a huge opening if Bharat collects anything close to Rs 30 crore on day 1.last_img read more

Producers were not casting me because I am sheer bad luck Mission

first_imgTaapsee PannuPR HandoutTaapsee Pannu, who is now one of the most critically acclaimed Bollywood actresses, was once shunned away from South industry as she was considered to be “bad luck”.Currently basking in the success of Mission Mangal, Taapsee did not have a smooth journey initially. The actress shared a few incidents from the past that had almost ended her career in the entertainment industry.”The producers were not casting me because they thought my five scenes and two songs in the film made a hell lot of difference to the film’s result because I’m sheer bad luck. That was really hurtful and scary because it questioned my credibility and existence at a point. But thank God, that part didn’t take over me and I survived,” Hindusan Times quoted her as saying.Taapsee further said that she was extremely discouraged by people, who had rigorously cautioned her about casting couch and other negative aspects of the industry. However, she remained focussed, and achieved heights without compromising on her morals.”When you’re not from a film background, and work to carve a niche, people try and paint a different image about the film industry. I was told, ‘Everyone will pounce upon you or take advantage of you’. And if you enter the industry, you’d have to bend backwards or do things against your morals. It was a scary image for a girl who was sitting in Delhi having a middle-class life. Thankfully, the image didn’t turn out to be true and I didn’t compromise on her ethics, or bend rules to fit in,” she added. Taapsee PannuTwitterThe Naam Shabana actress further asserted that every industry has positive and negative sides, but she is blessed to have some people from the industry who are still her support system.”Everything has a good and a bad side [to it], but I only saw the bad side being portrayed very gloriously, everywhere. When I entered the film industry, there were experiences that weren’t great but I had some people who were genuine, and they’re still with me on my journey,” the 32-year-old actress said.After the success of multi-starrer Mission Mangal, Taapsee will next be seen in films like Saand Ki Aankh and Tadka.last_img read more

Buy This Comic HackSlash Resurrection 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “Cassie Hack is the lone survivor of an attack by the slasher called The Lunch Lady… a slasher that happened to be her mother! She traveled the world with her monstrous partner and friend Vlad, hunting down and destroying slashers wherever they found them! But then Vlad died. And Cassie disappeared… Cassie Hack has been living off the grid, but when a new monstrous threat arises to torment promiscuous teens, it’s time for Cassie to pick up the baseball bat once again! Gory, sexy, twisted, and funny…HACK IS BACK!”HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1(W): Tini Howard (A): Celor (C): K. Michael Russell (L): CRANK!I’m a massive nerd for Hack/Slash. I believe it was one of the top five titles I picked up when I started my adventure into comics and it hasn’t disappointed yet. Yes, there have been some ups and downs in the Hack/Slash series and spinoffs, but Cassie Hack, always the badass, forever stays true to herself. And now, she’s back! Writer Tini Howard helms this new series with artist Celor, colorist K. Michael Russell and letterer CRANK! by her side to bring Cassie along some new adventures whether she likes it or not.via Image ComicsTini Howard’s writing for the new series feels organic. It feels like the next natural development in Cassie’s slashing days. If you’re a new or old fan of the series, Hack/Slash: Resurrection doesn’t leave you behind. It flourishes in introducing new readers to the series with a brand new unique experience or, for the old fans, keeps you up to date with Cassie and prepares you for a brand new ride.The best thing about this comic, and I can’t stress it enough, is how well Howard understands Cassie and Cassie’s personality. Cassie almost feels natural for Howard to write. She pays homage to her history and moving on from her past she can’t hide from. Some golden moments come when Howard gets into Cassie’s head a little bit in the comic. She mainly has herself in these moments as she tries to struggle her natural instincts to get rid of the zombie problem knocking at her door. Howard has her continually fighting herself, stating “Not My Job,” but having to combat what comes naturally to her.via Image ComicsCelor’s art not only gives the new series unique and abstract looks, but it’s also downright surreal. If available, I’d buy every single panel in this comic as a print; it’s striking. Each panel has its own individual touch to it that’s awe-inspiring and off-kilter. The proportions are off, but that doesn’t make it less incredible. In fact, it makes me want to go back in and read again. K. Michael Russell’s colors make you feel cold. It not only goes along with the setting that Cassie’s in but also goes along with her personality that Howard perfects well. You feel the seclusion environment and the aloof arm-length stance Cassie puts herself in just in the colors alone. Russell gives you a Fargo like palette when alone and counterbalances it with heat when she finds herself having to slash.Last but not least, Crank!’s letters guides you throughout the story that builds within Cassie’s head and flows out. As Tini gives you Cassie’s internal and external fight, Crank just knows where to place the text to make your eyes follow naturally between the panels. Crank’s lettering is starting to become some of my favorites because they know how position and limit within the visual to make everything come together.via Image ComicsTim Seeley passes the bat onto Tini Howard and secures Cassie Hack in the safest hands possible. Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 is a new beginning, but not at all a fresh start. If I know anything about Hack/Slash, I’m definitely looking forward to some classic slashing references, sexy bites, gory panels within the series and it feels like Howard and the team will deliver that and so much more.10/25/17 Releases – In addition to Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Jughead: The Hunger #1 by Frank Tieri (W), Pat & Tim Kennedy (A), Matt Herms (C), Jack Morelli (L) Archie ComicsDaddy Lost His Head and Other Stories by Al Feldstein & Jack Kamen (W) Jack Kamen (A) FantagraphicsStreet Angel: Superhero For A Day by Brian Maruca & Jim Rugg (W), Jim Rugg (A) Image ComicsTank Girl World War Tank Vol. 1 by Alan C. Martin (W) & Brett Parson (A) Titan ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Battle Report Evolve Big Alpha on the Xbox One

first_imgIt seems like many of the major game studios are currently trying their hand at some form of mostly online first person shooter, placing greater focus on the online gameplay than anything else. Unlike Titanfall and Destiny, however, the folks at Turtle Rock Studios and 2K Games have decided to focus on a game that is deliberately unbalanced, and is creating an experience where both careful strategy and split second twitch-shooter skills come together to create a monster hunt.This weekend many users are logging on to check out Evolve in its Alpha state for the first time, and after a few hours playing it’s clear this is going to be a great online-only game.Where most online shooters work hard to create a balance between the two sides that are fighting, usually over multi-colored flags or curiously lit patches of dirt, Evolve is intentionally unbalanced. Every fight is four on one, and that’s because the one on the other side is a giant beast. If you’re playing as one of the four hunters, your job is to work together with your squad to hunt down and eliminate this beast before it gets powerful enough to either eliminate you or eliminate the power station for the base in the area.Where things get particularly sticky for the squad of four is the forced character assignment. Everyone in the squad can only be one character type. While the game could certainly be easier if your team was comprised of four big bruisers with lightning guns, the forced placement makes it so everyone in the squad has a job and must work together in order to take the monster down.You’ve got your tracker, your medic, your support character, and your tank. Each character is absolutely vital, and when everyone on the squad does their job it’s not that hard to take down a monster. Since that level of cooperation isn’t always easy when playing online with total strangers, your best chance for victory is to be playing with friends.Playing as the monster represents a very interesting set of challenges. When you first start the round, monsters are very easy to kill. As the monster, you need to avoid detection and eat the other beasts in the area in order to build up armor and speed up your evolution. As you evolve you get stronger and more difficult to kill, but if you are trapped before you hit that first evolution there’s a good chance you won’t survive.Since the tracker in the squad of four is very good at locating you, the first few minutes of the fight is all about continuous movement and careful kills to avoid detection. After the first evolution the fight is a lot more balanced, and after the second evolution the monster has the upper hand. Its not impossible to kill a fully evolved monster, but it requires a lot of teamwork to pull off.While each of the four character in the assault squad are interesting in their own right, the most interesting is perhaps the medic. Like most healer characters, your job is to sit back and do whatever you can to keep your team alive. Unlike most healer characters, you have absolutely no way to deal direct damage to the monster you are fighting. Healers have a special gun that can heal from a distance, as well as a sniper rifle that decreases the armor on the monster in a specific area of the body and a tranquilizer gun that can slow the monster down, but none of these weapons are capable of actually dealing damage.The ability to bypass the armor makes fights with evolved monsters a little easier, and a tranquilizer shot or three in the early stages can quickly end a match. It’s also nice to know that the healing gun can resurrect fallen enemies from a distance, just in case the monster decides to thrash on top of your tank character for a while.You can still get in on the Evolve Alpha if you haven’t gotten a code yet, just by heading over to the Evolve website and requesting one. So far there’s a lot to like about Evolve, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered about repetitive online gameplay and whether or not there’s going to be a decent story mode. Evolve in its current form runs the risk of getting old quickly like Titanfall, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about this game yet. It’s probably best to just enjoy the Alpha for now and wait for the folks at Turtle Rock Studios to explain everything in due course. Happy hunting!last_img read more