Pak answered Indias aggression with responsibility Alvi

first_imgIslamabad: Amid vociferous protests by opposition members, Pakistan President Arif Alvi told Parliament that Islamabad has always answered India’s aggression with “responsibility” and that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism in their country. With opposition members shouting “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor, Selected government namanzoor”, almost drowning out his speech, Alvi on Thursday also warned the international community that “any negligence” in countering alleged genocide in Kashmir “will pose a serious threat to international peace”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We have always answered India’s aggression with responsibility in a bid to ease the already volatile situation. When India violated Pakistan’s airspace [in February this year], the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) responded with great valour and showed the military forces’ operational preparedness to India,” he said. He said Kulbhushan Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan is evidence that India has always sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil. “He has confessed that he is a serving officer and was sent to ignite tensions in Balochistan,” Alvi added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Alvi said that “a Hindu extremist mindset had taken over India” and the world would have to confront these fascist policies. He alleged that the “religious extremism of the RSS was fast reshaping the face of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s India and had made the lives of minorities and moderates of India unsafe”. He claimed that the geographical significance of Pakistan has focused the world’s attention on it. “Pakistan is world’s seventh and Muslim world’s first nuclear power. Our nuclear assets are a deterrent to the aggressive designs of our enemies,” he said. He blamed “certain bad decisions” taken in the past as responsible for “the curse of terrorism” in the country. Opposition members kept shouting anti-government slogans throughout his speech, and even tore papers and threw them in the air. They also blocked Alvi’s vision with placards inscribed with slogans like “Kashmir ka sauda namanzoor” (No deal acceptable on Kashmir).last_img read more

WHO Warns Morocco of Possibility of Zika Virus Spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of “explosive” Zika spread in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, including Morocco, with greater risk in areas where the Aedes aegypti mosquito lives.Taroudante – While Morocco’s Health Ministry announced the absence of any case of Zika in Morocco on Friday, WHO warns of the possibility that this disease could spread to the country.Entomological surveys have revealed that the Aedes mosquitoes that carry this disease do not exist in Morocco, the Ministry pointed out in a statement, adding that the Health Ministry has taken preventive measures to prevent a possible spread of the virus. After Spain confirmed that a pregnant woman who returned from Colombia has the virus, the risk of the spread of the virus in Europe and its neighboring countries remains a possibility that governments must address.The World Health Organization recommended that European governments begin preparations against the Zika virus before spring and summer.“Every European country in which Aedes mosquitos are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease,” wrote Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s regional director for Europe.Jakab provided the following recommendations:Control the mosquitoes, including employing community engagement in eliminating mosquito breeding sites and plan for insecticide spraying and killing of larvae in case of outbreaksInform people at risk, especially pregnant women, about preventing mosquito bitesEnhance surveillance and ensure laboratory detection of Zika virus disease and its neurological complicationsStep up research to understand Zika virus disease and develop diagnostic tests and vaccinesWHO declared Zika a public health emergency on February 1 due to the thousands of cases of the virus linked to birth defects in newborn children.The organization also encourages pregnant women, or those considering pregnancy, to avoid the countries affected.While it is not yet scientifically proved, the virus has been linked to thousands of cases of babies born in Brazil with microcephaly. The newborn babies, who were believed to have been affected by Zika virus, have abnormally small heads and brains that have not developed properly.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Former Prime Minister of Portugal Mario Soares Dies at 92

Lisbon – Portugal’s former president and Prime minister, Mario Soares, has died aged 92.He was hospitalized on 13 December and had been in a coma before doctors confirmed his death on Saturday.Soares, the founder of the Portuguese Socialist party, was Prime minister three times and later spent a decade as the country’s president. “Today Portugal lost its father of liberty and democracy, the person and face the Portuguese identify most with the regime that was born on 25 April, 1974,” the Socialist party said in a statement.The government decreed three days of mourning. read more

Former CJ acquitted in case filed by bribery commission

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been acquitted in a case filed against her by the bribery commission.She was acquitted after the bribery commission withdrew the case. The case was filed wen former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council unanimously adopts resolution paving way for UN force in Darfur

The Security Council took a major step forward today towards establishing a robust United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region by unanimously adopting a resolution calling for the deployment on the ground of a joint UN-Africa Union (AU) team to pave the way for the operation, which would take over from the AU mission (AMIS) now monitoring the vast region.Immediately welcoming the resolution’s adoption in a statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the UN “hopes to dispatch, as quickly as possible, a joint UN/AU Technical Assessment Team to Darfur, and towards that end, is in continuous consultation with the Government of National Unity” of Sudan.The Secretary-General also hailed the AU Peace and Security Commission’s decision to take “concrete steps” to bring about the transition from AMIS to a UN peacekeeping operation. “The United Nations is continuing to prepare for that operation so that it can begin as early as possible,” the spokesman said.Mr. Annan pledged continued support for AMIS, including through efforts to mobilize the international community to strengthen the AU Mission in the interim period before a UN operation. The Council resolution called on all parties to the Darfur Peace Agreement signed earlier this month by the Sudanese Government and the largest rebel force in the region to “work with the African Union, the United Nations, regional and international organizations and Member States to accelerate the transition to a United Nations operation.”The resolution also called on those rebel groups that have not yet signed the Agreement to do so without delay.Adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, the resolution expressed the Council’s intention to consider a travel ban and assets freeze against any individual or group that violates or blocks implementation of the Agreement, which aims to end fighting in a region that has seen the deaths of scores of thousands of people and the displacement of 2 million more. Under the resolution, the Secretary-General would submit recommendations to the Council within one week of the assessment team’s return on all relevant issues, including force requirements and cost estimates, for a UN operation. Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, today returned to Khartoum from Addis Ababa, where he took part the AU’s Peace and Security Council meeting on Sudan, telling participants that while the Darfur Peace Agreement was a major achievement, implementing it and improving the situation on the ground for the people of the region may prove to be even harder.Mr. Pronk will leave tomorrow for Darfur to continue his efforts to widen the circle of support for the pact, according to the UN mission in Sudan (UNMIS), deployed to monitor a peace agreement that ended over two decades of fighting in the south.During his three-day visit, Mr. Pronk will meet AMIS commanders, as well as the Wali, or governor, of West Darfur and local representatives of civil society and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

UN agency expresses concern over plight of civilians in southern Lebanon refugee

“We are deeply concerned over reports that civilians are endangered and that our installations have been directly affected by the fighting,” said UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness in a statement. “UNRWA condemns any armed group that fails to respect its obligations under international law to protect civilians and to respect the inviolability of United Nations premises.” With the possibility of some 3,000 people displaced, the UN agency has been unable to confirm fatality or casualty figures – but called for the prevention of further deterioration.Mr. Gunness said that heavy fighting has been reported in the vicinity of a number of UNRWA installations, including schools and health clinics. Residents are reportedly vacating the camp and have taken refuge at various locations, mainly in Saida municipality and Mieh Mieh camp, but also elsewhere in Lebanon. “UNRWA calls on all parties to respect the neutrality of the UN and its installations, to desist from conducting armed hostilities in residential areas and to allow its resumption of services,” he said.The UN agency’s lack of full access to and movement in and around Ein el Hilweh camp restricts its ability to deliver essential services. However, UNRWA has mobilized its humanitarian response and, coordinating with partners, is helping to support displaced people – including by providing food, medical assistance and shelter. “UNRWA will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and provide assistance.” concluded Mr. Gunness. read more

SMMT Update 189 – 21 October 2011

SMMT’s Friday round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from our Chief Executive.Read SMMT Update 189 onlineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Sea cadets join in Trafalgar Day celebrations in London

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Canadian research into deep mining – an IM report

first_imgOne of the articles in the October isssue considers the great amount of research into deep mining underway in Canada. The latest news is that the McGuinty Government is providing C$823,000 to the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) toward a Research Chair for Holistic Mining Practices. Funded through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s (NOHFC) Emerging Technology program, Douglas Morrison, former Global Mining Director at Golder Associates will work to achieve the following: Create a five-year Research and Development plan to help attract and retain jobs and sustain mines in the region Provide local innovators with easier access to large-scale research initiatives Mentor and recruit innovators, researchers and students in regional-to-global collaborative solution teams Build on established expertise in areas of interest to the global mining community through the development of new or enhanced innovation focus areas.Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci said: “We need to find innovative ways to capitalise on our mining knowledge in order to compete in the global economy. This investment in mining research and development will strengthen our position as a centre of mining excellence world wide.”This funding is in addition to the C$10 million allocated to CEMI in 2006, and C$8 million in funding to CEMI President, CEO and Laurentian University Professor Dr Peter Kaiser to support mine productivity and safety research in 2007 – the single largest research grant ever received by Laurentian University.“CEMI is in the business of mining innovation,” said Kaiser. “NOHFC’s investment in a research Chair with extensive industrial experience is an important step towards branding the North as one of the best places in the world to go for new knowledge.”“Research and innovation is what makes us competitive in the global economy,” concluded Bartolucci. “Today’s investment will strengthen Sudbury’s position as a global centre for mining research.”CEMI’s mandate is to deliver innovation to the mineral industry, from idea to implementation, with one of the most experienced R&D leadership teams in the country, and core competencies in deep mining, mineral exploration, integrated mine engineering, rapid development, and sustainability. www.miningexcellence.calast_img read more

His Eminence Archishop Stylianos passes away aged 83

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos passed away today, succumbing to his illness today after years of battling with cancer. For days now, his health had taken a turn for the worse, however a number of clergy members received text messages informing them of the religious figure’s passing.In Melbourne, the death was announced by Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick at a Greek Independence Day function at the Greek Consulate, that was also attended by Greek Deputy George Varemenos. A minute of silence was held for the church official that founded many Greek churches, aged hopes and schools in Australia.Born in Rethymnon, Crete, he studied at the Theological School of Halki before being ordained to the Diaconate in late 1957. He completed postgraduate studies in Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion in Bonn, W. Germany (1958-1966). Upon his return from Germany, he was appointed Abbot of the historic Patriarchal Monastery of Vlatades, Thessaloniki, which he had been requested by the Holy Synod of Constantinople to help establish together with other scholars of the local Theological Faculty. He was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of Constantinople as the Titular Metropolitan of Mitoupolis and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Mount Athos in 1970 before being unanimously elected Archbishop of Australia five years later.READ MORE: Archibishop Stylianos reaches 40 years of serviceHe arrived in Sydney in April 1975, and was published widely in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology in international theological journals, and has represented the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Assemblies of the World Council of Churches and in bilateral Dialogues. From 1975 he had also taught Orthodox theology and spirituality at the University of Sydney. He was unanimously elected in 1980 by all representatives of Orthodox Churches as their Chairman in the official Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, while his Co-Chair, Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, was appointed by the Vatican. After serving faithfully for more than two decades in this highly responsible and difficult position, he tendered his third and final resignation (15th April 2003) – having attempted this twice before without acceptance – when he published an extensive Report, titled “The Misfortune of the Official Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics” ([in Greek] Epistimoniki Epetirida of the Theological School, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, vol. 13, 2003).Archbishop Stylianos is also the Dean and FOunder of Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, where he lectured Systematic Theology.As a poet, he has 37 collections of poetry and has made outstanding contribution to European culture.last_img read more

KLM fait voler ses avions à lhuile de friture

first_imgKLM fait voler ses avions à l’huile de fritureDès le mois de septembre prochain, les avions de la compagnie aérienne néerlandaise KLM qui relient Amsterdam à Paris voleront avec un bio-kérosène. Un carburant réalisé avec de l’huile de friture usagée que la filiale d’Air France expérimente depuis plus d’un an et demi.En septembre KLM lancera sa première ligne régulière écologique. Les avions reliant Paris à Amsterdam voleront grâce à un biocarburant fabriqué avec de l’huile de cuisson usagée, annonce la firme sur son site Internet. Plus de deux cents vols “verts” devraient ainsi relier les capitales française et néerlandaise chaque semaine. KLM n’attend plus que l’homologation de cette technologie pour les vols commerciaux. Produit par la société américaine Dynamic Fuels, le biocarburant est réalisé avec une huile provenant de restaurants. À lire aussiTop 10 des avions militaires les plus chersDans son communiqué, la branche néerlandaise d’Air France souligne que l’utilisation de ce biocarburant ne nécessitera aucun ajustement des moteurs des avions. Il est en effet conçu pour avoir les même spécificités techniques que le kérosène classique. La firme, qui rappelle s’être engagée depuis 2007 à développer des biocarburants, se dit par ailleurs “ouvert à différentes matières premières pour obtenir le produit final, aussi longtemps qu’ils répondent à un éventail de critères de durabilité, et notamment des réductions substantielles des émissions de CO2 et un moindre impact sur la biodiversité et les ressources alimentaires”. Pour l’heure, le lancement de la ligne verte Paris-Amsterdam est un “cap important pour rendre l’aviation plus durable” se félicite la compagnie aérienne.Le 26 juin 2011 à 07:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boxnet 50 GB de stockage offerts pour les possesseurs dXperia

first_imgBox.net : 50 GB de stockage offerts pour les possesseurs d’XperiaLes services de stockage en ligne ne se lassent pas de rivaliser à coups d’offres alléchantes pour attirer les mobinautes. Box.net n’est pas en reste, et après avoir proposé 50 GB gratuits aux possesseurs de terminaux iOS, c’est avec Sony Ericsson qu’il a conclu un partenariat, offrant la même chose aux détenteurs d’un smartphone Xperia.Deux mois après avoir lancé une offre proposant 50 GB gratuits aux mobinautes installant son application sur un terminal iOS, le site de stockage en ligne Box.net s’attaque aux clients de Sony Ericsson. La firme a en effet conclu un partenariat avec le constructeur japonais, pour offrir aux utilisateurs de smartphones de la gamme Xperia un espace de stockage gratuit de 50 GB.À lire aussiDot Switch : le futur du contrôle domotique bientôt présenté par SonyPour en bénéficier, il suffira télécharger sur l’Android Market l’application officielle Box.net, puis d’ouvrir un compte si l’utilisateur n’en a pas déjà un. Auquel cas il n’aura qu’à s’identifier. Limitée dans le dans, cette offre a été lancé le 15 décembre et sera valable jusqu’au 31 décembre 2012. En revanche, le mobinaute pourra conserver ses 50 GB d’espace de stockage autant de temps qu’il le souhaitera.Avec une offre si attrayante, Box.net, qui a déjà signé de tels partenariats avec HP et  LG, entend concurrencer son rival Dropbox, qui s’il propose d’avantage de fonctionnalités, offre moins d’espace gratuit. En octobre dernier, Dropbox a en effet signé un accord avec HTC. Mais ce partenariat permet aux mobinautes de bénéficier de seulement 5 GB gratuits. Le 20 décembre 2011 à 19:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les chiens exagèrent leurs grognements durant le jeu

first_imgLes chiens ‘exagèrent’ leurs grognements durant le jeuUne étude expérimentale hongroise suggère que les chiens en train de jouer grognent de façon à paraître plus gros qu’ils ne le sont afin de ‘corser le jeu’, mais grognent ‘à leur taille’ dans les situations sérieuses, comme la défense de leur nourriture. Des scientifiques de l’Université Eötvös Loránd de Budapest, en Hongrie, se sont intéressés à la façon dont les chiens évaluent la taille d’un congénère d’après les grognements de celui-ci. Pour ce faire, ils ont testé (successivement) plusieurs de ces animaux en leur faisant entendre les grognements enregistrés d’un autre chien, tout en leur projetant, simultanément, la photo du chien grogneur enregistré (ou, du moins, d’un chien d’une taille similaire) et la photo d’un chien plus gros que le grogneur. Naturellement, chaque individu testé était instinctivement attiré par la photo qu’il estimait correspondre au son émis. Or, c’est justement la teneur de ces sons enregistrés qui importait dans l’expérience. Il s’agissait toujours du même chien en train de grogner, mais en deux circonstances bien différentes : soit pour défendre sa pitance contre un intrus, soit durant un jeu ‘musclé’ avec son maître. Il s’est avéré que les chiens testés associaient la photo du ‘bon’ chien (celui d’une taille correspondant au son entendu) à l’avertissement “touche pas à ma gamelle”, mais associaient en revanche la photo du ‘mauvais’ chien (celui d’une taille supérieure au gabarit du véritable grogneur) aux sons émis dans le cadre d’un jeu, explique l’étude publiée dans Applied Animal Behaviour Science.L’exagération, un signal de jeu À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Autrement dit, il semble que les chiens lancent un grognement ‘honnête’ (reflétant leur gabarit réel) lors des confrontations sérieuses (compétition pour la nourriture) – où il vaut mieux céder la place au plus fort que d’engager un combat perdu d’avance. En revanche, ils ‘exagèrent’ leurs grognements lors du jeu. “Ce sont les premiers résultats montrant que les chiens peuvent communiquer une taille de corps exagérée par le biais de leur grognement pendant le jeu, ce qui peut aider à maintenir ou à améliorer l’interaction ludique. (…) L’exagération peut fonctionner comme un signal de jeu lors des vocalisations animales”, concluent les chercheurs.  Le 28 septembre 2013 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV review a beautiful monster of film

first_imgKingsglaive, you beautiful, confusing beast of a movie.Although fans are wary of another Square Enix film after the box office disaster that was Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, and the confusion that was Advent Children, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV promised bigger and better things for fans. There’s clearly a vast amount of time and money gone into this project, along with an A-list cast. The team has done everything they can to assure fans that this was going to be the film that broke their losing streak.Should fans still be wary of this film? Yes and no.Those who know the Final Fantasy world and have seen the sneak peek of the FFXV game will know what to look for to follow the story, although the plot is fraught with confusion. A non-fan with no FF knowledge and no desire to play the game afterwards will be completely lost as to what is going on.Why do they keep talking about a prince who’s not even in the movie? Why do the characters have American, English, Scottish, and Australian accents all mixed together? Why is the evil chancellor dressed like a cowboy with a British accent dragging what looks like a dragon wing on his arm?So many questions, with no answers strictly given in the movie itself. It’s a much tougher ride for those not familiar with the franchise.StoryThe story in the film occurs parallel to the events that will occur in the Final Fantasy XV game. While Prince Noctis and his buddies road trip in the game, the movie covers what happens at the kingdom while they are away.The movie opens with a dense monologue by Lena Headey, explaining the struggle between the kingdom of Lucis and Niflheim throughout the ages. Niflheim has been conquering lands left and right for hundreds of years, and continues to battle Lucis for control of their magic crystal that protects their lands and imbues the king and his subordinates with power. In what is obviously a con, Niflheim offers Lucis a chance at peace: if they marry crown prince Noctis to their princess Lunafreya, Niflheim will take over control of Lucis, but in a peaceful way.Exhausted by the centuries of long war, the King agrees, setting off a chain of events that are full of beautiful battle and chase scenes, and over-long diplomatic meeting sessions. But man, what a pretty adventure it all is.CharactersSuper Great: King Regis Lucis Caelum CXVIII is played by Sean Bean. As soon as the world learned that Sean Bean would play an elderly king again, we all feared he was in for the same fate as Bean’s past characters. No spoilers here, but the thought looms pretty heavy throughout the film until the end. Regis is a king with noble aspirations, but has a tired soul from the years of battling with Niflheim.When Niflheim suggests the peace treaty, with some struggle he accepts. He knows he cannot fight the war this way forever, sacrificing his troops to endless battles. Bean does a wonderful job portraying the weary king and breathes life into what would normally be a throwaway monarch character. Despite the sometimes stiff nature of the CG for the faces in this film, the voice gives Regis all the regalness and compassion that his character has.Great: Nyx Ulric, played by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Bojack Horseman), is written admirably as a member of the Kingsglaive who just wants peace. His home country was taken by Niflheim years ago, and he lost his family in the process. Now, he only hopes for peace and will do anything to achieve it when it is threatened.Paul gives a great performance as Nyx, showing the actor has a wide range outside of his past characters as the young side kick for Walter White or the wacky roommate of Bojack Horseman. Nyx is the quintessential “hero” type of this film. It doesn’t seem like he needs a lot of pushing from Princess Lunafreya to continuing to try to protect the land even when all hope seems lost. Instead, his character is able to rise to the occasion of adversity, in an epic and action-packed way at the end of the film. Nyx is a pretty fun bad ass to follow.The Bad: Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, what is going on with you? The only female protagonist of this film is the Princess, who is offered up as a sacrificial lamb and then as bait by Niflheim. Her character is written as quietly strong. We see that she has accepted that her life is only the sum of what it symbolizes for the kingdom, which she embraces to an almost suicidal extent in the film.This girl has no sense of self preservation (she literally throws herself out of an aircraft with no gear on when she thinks she might not make it to where the king is in time), and sure likes to say “I do not fear death” an awful lot.Voiced by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Lunafreya’s frail, translucent features do not match her powerful voice in the least. Lunafreya’s character design is odd, which isn’t anything new to the Final Fantasy franchise, but it is distractingly so in the film. Her face emotes a total of zero times throughout the film, adding awkwardness to scenes where there should be fear, power, or willfulness.She falls off of a ladder into an empty abyss and only gives a weak “Oh!” in response, as her facial features never change. Her face reads sharp and a bit alien on screen, with her pure-as-the-driven-snow skin and white garments beating into the audience that, “Yes! Her thoughts and feelings are pure! She is the symbol of goodness and peace!” God, we get it, guys. Take it down a notch.I was disappointed in Lunafreya’s character to say the least, but maybe she’ll boss-up by the time we see her again in the FFXV game. As for this movie, she’s just a monotone plot device to keep the characters moving around.The WorldThe CG in this movie is exquisite. Disregarding everything else, this movie is the most beautiful thing you will see on the big screen for many years to come. The details of this world come alive in a truly magical way. In the movie, it is a treat to be able to see the various landscapes of the Final Fantasy XV world.The boiling disaster of the battlefield in the opening scenes crackles with fire and violence among a barren desert. The royal castle is majesty and magic in a scene where it is surrounded by fireworks and an aurora borealis-esque twinkling sky, the effect of the crystal’s protective shield domed around all of Lucis. Lucis’ capital city of Insomnia (the name is distractingly wacky) is a futuristic version of Tokyo, with sweeping freeways and giant statues plotted about the city.The only off scenery we see is the glimpse of the ghettos where Nyx and his fellow refugee friends live far outside the castle grounds. It’s introduced with a layover of pop Indian music, and looks a confusing amalgam of New York, Tokyo, and Agrabah. Despite that last weird one, the scenery is gorgeous and worth pausing to soak it all in.Action SequencesAfter the movie’s introduction, we are thrust into a brilliant battle sequence of the Kingsglaive protecting their country’s borders against Niflheim troops. They look like space-aged Nazi robots. Check the battle out in the clip above!This opening sequence had my jaw dropping to the floor. A beautiful display of the Kingsglaive transportation magic and stunning battle choreography, we also get to see the fearsome demonic technology of Niflheim. The biomechanical monster that spews a thousand missiles is stunning and horrifying in its destruction. I loved that this battle also included a team of magic users on the high ground creating shields for the ground troops. It was a nice touch for those of us hoping to glimpse some mages in the film.“Hi! I am totally not evil! Just look at my cool hat and ruffled collar shirt!” said the evil chancellor of Niflheim who was obviously totally evil.After this, the audience must wait until halfway through the movie for the action to pick up again as Nyx and Lunafreya battle the Niflheim forces trying to capture them. One of the strongest parts of this film is the action choreography. And let’s not forget about the surprises sprung upon viewers that nod back to the Final Fantasy franchise. No spoilers, but I can promise you some airships and hidden monsters. No chocobos yet, unfortunately.People of ColorWhat is happening here? The entirety of the main cast is Caucasian. We see maybe a total of 10 people of color in the entire film, ranging from background NPCs to side characters with no names. This was disappointing to say the least. For what’s supposed to be a city full of refugees from multiple Niflheim-conquered countries, y’all look kind of the same. Not a win for diversity here.VerdictKingsglaive is a treat for the eyes, but not really for the brain. The story is weak and it’s hard to care about the stone-cold princess or the wacky villains, but at least we love King Regis and the brave Nyx. The end falls a little flat as it neatly takes care of characters in the movie who won’t be appearing in the game. Despite this, the amazing landscapes and battle scenes make this movie worth watching for fans of the game and the fantasy genre alike. And hey, it did make me pumped for the game, which I’m pretty sure is its real purpose.Oh yeah, and don’t forget to wait until after the credits for a little surprise!The movie hits select theaters this Friday, August 19th, and will be available for digital download and Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th.last_img read more

Maharshi 3day USA box office collection Mahesh Babu film crosses 1 million

first_img7Maharshi1.182 3Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu1.635 4Dookudu1.563 2Srimanthudu2.891 5SPYder (Including Tamil version)1.561 1Bharat Ane Nenu3.416center_img 6Aagadu1.482 MaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu’s Maharshi has shown further growth in its business at the USA box office on Saturday. With this, the film has finally crossed $1 million mark in the country in three days.Mahesh Babu has a huge fanbase in the USA. There was a lot of hype for Maharshi, as it is his 25th film. The distributors released it in 260 locations across the country in a bid to cash in on Mahesh mania. They also held 2,500 premiere shows there on Wednesday. It is the highest number of any Indian movie. Hence, it was expected to cross $1 million mark in premieres and first day together.The Vamshi Paidipally-directed film opened to good response in the premiere shows but showed a steep decline on Thursday. Maharshi collected $693,098 at the USA box office in preview shows and the first day. It failed to beat the records of Mahesh Babu’s previous films like Bharat Ane Nenu ($1.4 million), Srimanthudu ($1.11 million) Spyder ($1.14 million) Aagadu ($928,000) and Brahmotsavam ($810,000).Maharshi showed decent growth on Friday and collected $232,325 at the US box office, taking its two day total to $925,423. The movie once again failed to cross $1 million mark on its second day, as it fell short of $74,577. The film was expected to fetch big numbers on Saturday, as it is the trend for any Telugu film in the country. MaharshiTwitterAs predicted, the Mahesh Babu starrer has shown a decent jump on Saturday and surpassed $1 million mark. Its final numbers are yet to be released. But if we are to go by the early trends, Maharshi has collected $256,685 from 203 locations till 11 PM EST at the US box office on its third day, taking the gross total to $1,182,108. Its three day total will go up when its final numbers of Saturday are released.Maharshi has beaten the lifetime collection record of Brahmotsavam and become the seventh highest grossing movie of Mahesh Babu at the USA box office in just three days. The movie is expected to land in the third rank, by the end of its first week in the country.Here is the list of Mahesh Babu’s highest grossing movies at the USA box office. This list includes his movies that have crossed $1 million mark in the country. All the numbers are in dollar and million.RankRankMovieMovieGrossGrossRank1MovieBharat Ane NenuGross3.416Rank2MovieSrimanthuduGross2.891Rank3MovieSeethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle ChettuGross1.635Rank4MovieDookuduGross1.563Rank5MovieSPYder (Including Tamil version)Gross1.561Rank6MovieAagaduGross1.482Rank7MovieMaharshiGross1.182Rank8MovieBrahmotsavamGross1.158 8Brahmotsavam1.158 RankMovieGrosslast_img read more

The Legacy Of James Byrd Jr 20 Year After His Lynching

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /11:46 Xcenter_img Biography Twenty years ago today, on June 7, 1998 in Jasper, Texas, about 130 miles northeast of Houston, James Byrd, Jr. was heading home. The 49-year-old black man accepted a ride from Shawn Berry and his friends, Lawrence Russell Brewer and John King. Byrd new Berry from around town. He wasn’t a stranger.But instead of driving Byrd home, Berry drove to a remote country road, where the three white men severely beat Byrd, chained him to their pickup truck, and then dragged him to death, for nearly three miles.Ron Jaap/Beaumont Enterprise-JournalIn a Thursday, June 11, 1998, file photo, the rear of the 1982 pickup truck owned by Shawn Allen Berry of Jasper, Texas, is shown. The vehicle was used in the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr.The three men were white supremacists and were tried and convicted of murder. Brewer and King received the  death penalty. Berry received a life sentence.The vicious killing shocked the nation and helped prompt passage of state and federal hate crimes legislation.To look back at the legacy of Byrd and the laws his death inspired, Houston Matters talks with Dena Marks, of the Anti-Defamation League in Houston and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday September 4

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of some of the week’s most important stories from the pages of the AFRO American Newspaper, including the first day of the Freddie Gray hearings in Baltimore. We’ll have reports and insights from our regular contributors the AFRO’s Roberto Alejandro and Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

PEOPLE Tucan Travel names new BDM for Western Canada

first_img[PEOPLE] Tucan Travel names new BDM for Western Canada Tags: Tucan Travel Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Tucan Travel has appointed Crystal Cornthwaite as its new Business Development Manager for Western Canada. She joins Tucan Travel with five years’ experience in the travel industry, most recently as an Assistant Team Leader with Flight Centre in BC.Before starting her career Cornthwaite spent nine years living abroad in both Europe and Asia, which gave her the opportunity to visit over 30 countries worldwide before returning to Canada. Not only did she live in five countries, she has also lived in nearly every province and territory in Canada.She will be covering B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “I’m excited to have Crystal join us with her passion, enthusiasm and experience in the adventure travel world,” said Tony Perdomo, Tucan Travel’s Director for North America.Cornthwaite can be reached at crystal@tucantravel.com and she will be on the road this fall with the new brochures. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Gorgeous waves on the Pacific coast

first_imgRelated posts:Luscious green Time for some more sloth therapy A family chat in Santiago de Cóbano Manuel Antonio’s official greeter Playa Blanca is a beautiful beach located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, in the province of Puntarenas. The beach has earned theBandera Azul Ecológica (Blue Flag) for several years as an acknowledgment of local efforts, particularly of the Punta Leona complex, to keep the beach clean and allow tourists to enjoy its pristine surf.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

October 19 2018

first_imgOctober 19 , 2018 U.S.: Del Rey Avocado expands in Southern Californ … You might also be interested in Mission Produce reveals avocado ‘size interchangea … Kenya and China are set to sign a phytosanitary agreement next month that would open up the Asian country’s market to many horticultural products including avocados and mangoes.According to local press, the Kenyan president will lead a delegation of horticultural farmers and traders to China in November for the 1st Shanghai Import Expo.The deal is expected to be signed during the event and would open the door for more than 40% of Kenya’s fresh produce exports.The information was revealed on Thursday during a cabinet meeting, according to the Daily Nation.The Head of State said in the meeting that the agreement will also allow exports of cashew nuts and stevia, a natural sweetener grown in the Rift Valley.During the Shanghai visit, the Kenyan President is also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a trade negotiation working group.“Another expected outcome of the President’s visit to Shanghai will be the signing of a MoU for the establishment of a trade negotiation working group whose mandate will be to negotiate trade tariffs, especially on tea and coffee exports to China as well as explore additional markets for the country’s cash crops,” said a government statement.The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics stated that China exported Sh390 billion (US$27.2 million) while Kenya exported Sh10 billion (US$697 million) to China.Kenya exports avocados to the U.K. worth about Sh240 million (US$16.7 million), and the revival of the cashew nut industry is a key point of the government to address the plight of farmers, according to local media.Kenya’s high annual growth rate for avocado exports helped it to overtake South Africa last year as the continent’s largest exporter.The East African country exported a record 51,507 metric tons (MT) in 2017 compared to South Africa’s 43,492MT, according to International Trade Center data.Photo: Shutterstock.com Colombian Hass avocado industry scores market acce … Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc …last_img read more