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Quick Facts DauphinSwan RiverNeepawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsDuring the election, APTN will be profiling 51 ridings the Assembly of First Nations say Aboriginal voters can make a difference.Riding: Dauphin-Swan River-NeepawaCandidates: Quick facts:Incumbent Conservative Robert Sopuck was first elected to Parliament in a 2010 by-election for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.In the 2011 general election, Sopuck took 63 % of the vote and beat out runner up NDP candidae Cheryl Osborne by nearly 11,000 votes.The riding is now called Dauphin Swan River-Neepawa.This is Laverne Lewycky’s 5th time running for a seat in the House of Commons.The NDPer worked behind the scenes for the party starting in 1980.In 1974 he started his run at Parliament representing Dauphin, winning once in 1980, and being defeated three times.Liberal Ray Piché is a 21 year veteran of the RCMP. After serving in Regina and Ottawa, Piché settled in Manitoba. The former Mountie isn’t new to politics. According to his website, he served briefly as a municipal councilor in the town of Emerson.According to the Green’s website,  candidate Kate Storey is an organic farmer, ecologist and community advocate who graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Botany, researching the effect of human activity on the habitat of Manitoba’s woodland caribou herd.The riding includes the Waywayseecappo First Nation and the Sioux Valley Dakota Nationlast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral convenes senior UN staff retreat in Italy

Under-Secretaries-General and Assistant Secretaries-General from Headquarters and other duty stations will be attending the two-day gathering, will also assess the world body’s performance over the past 20 months.“The working sessions will also address organizational matters of accountability, teamwork and building a modern, mobile and efficient workforce within the UN system,” spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.This year’s retreat – organized by the Turin-based UN staff college, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Department of Management – marks the second in a row to be held in the northern Italian city.It kicked off this morning after the swearing-in of two new senior staff members: Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.Following the end of the retreat, Mr. Ban will travel to Geneva, where he will address the latest session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 31 August, coinciding with the body’s 20th anniversary.On Monday, at a memorial ceremony for the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, he will lay a wreath for the fallen staff and meet with survivors and the families of victims in Geneva.The Secretary-General is also expected to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Iraq and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on science and technology cooperation.The trip will wrap up in Spain, where he will give a speech at Exposition Zaragoza 2008 about the importance of water for social, economic and political security and meet with Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos. He will also stop in the capital Madrid for talks with Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero. 29 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a retreat today in Turin, Italy, for dozens of senior United Nations officials to discuss how the Organization can best tackle key global challenges, including climate change, the food crisis, human rights and staff safety. read more

UNs top rights official touring Uganda including rebelinfested north

The mission from 7 to 14 January will focus on the general human rights situation in Uganda as well as on the protection of civilians, particularly those who have been forced to flee their homes, according to the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In addition to Kampala, Ms. Arbour will visit Gulu in the north of the country and the Karamoja region, in northeastern Uganda.Northern Uganda has been the scene of nearly two decades of fighting between government forces and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants against LRA leaders, while the OHCHR established an office in Uganda last year in response to reported abuses.During her mission, the first by a High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Arbour will meet senior government officials. She will also hold talks with representatives of State institutions and civil society organizations as well as with traditional leaders. read more

Church treasurer tried to confess to police after stealing £32k but was

first_img“The money taken was generously given by local families over many decades, in legacies and faithful weekly giving. Many people have been left feeling betrayed and devastated by what has happened.”I feel heartbroken that a person we trusted and welcomed into the church family, has abused this trust and responsibility, in this way.”Breaking the news of this loss was one of the hardest things I have had to do. It will take us years to recover our financial position.”I will continue to pray for David as we put this awful episode behind us and start to look forward, so we can all begin a new chapter.”Prosecutor Katy Flint said Peach-Miles, who had ambitions to become a priest, took over as treasurer in March last year. He was not a signatory of the church’s cheque books but he had full access to its current and savings accounts on line.He started plundering the funds within weeks of becoming treasurer – withdrawing £2,000 on April 13, 2015. He described the withdrawals as being for loan payments or flowers.”There were numerous withdrawals over a 10-month period,” said the prosecutor. “The payments all went into an account held in the name of his wife.”The deficit in the church accounts was only discovered when a number of payments did not clear due to insufficient funds.”The previous treasurer was called in to make enquiries in February this year. Peach-Miles was confronted by the Rector and immediately admitted he had taken the money and it was to fund a gambling habit. Your fall from grace is significant… It is unsurprising that elements of the community find it difficult to forgiveJudge Michael Cullum He said after the first couple of times he took money he then got a thrill from doing soKaty Flint, prosecuting One can reasonably ask what do you have to do to get arrested?Joe Maloney, defending “He was interviewed by the police and said it was too easy as no-one was checking up on him and he thought he would be able to win all the money back.”He said after the first couple of times he took money he then got a thrill from doing so.”Rev Bromfield, in a victim impact statement read to the court, said the £31,000 was the balance of more than £242,000 raised by the church and congregation to fund major restoration of the 905-year-old building.The “gigantic” restoration scheme had just been concluded and the balance would have gone towards another £120,000 which is needed for further work, he stated.”The loss of this money has affected the financial viability of the church,” he added.Joe Maloney, defending, asked the court to defer sentence on Peach-Miles for six months so that he and his wife’s parents, who are willing to help, can raise £20,000 in part repayment of what he had stolen.He said that if the court allowed the deferment and the money was raised he would ask for a suspended jail sentence on Peach-Miles so that he work and repay the balance within two years.Both Peach-Miles, his wife and two of their children have health problems and he family would be devastated if he were jailed, Mr Maloney said.He told the court that Peach-Miles had tried on Feb 15 – before the thefts were discovered – to give himself up to the police.”He went to Gloucester police station because it had all got out of hand and was getting too much for him. He was beside himself with worry.center_img “He knew he had done something extremely foolish and he tried to hand himself in. His details were taken and he was advised someone would get in touch with him.”On Feb 22 my client took an overdose and was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. On Feb 24 the Rev Bromfield went to his house and confronted him.”He admitted his guilt and expressed contrition. He then went again to the police station so he might hand himself in and get the matter resolved.”Once again his details were taken and he was told someone would be in touch. One can reasonably ask what do you have to do to get arrested?”When Judge Michael Cullum asked if Peach-Miles knew he had a gambling problem before he took on the treasurer’s post Mr Maloney conceded he did have one when he was a student and had lost between £6,000 and £7,000.Jailing Peach-Miles, the judge said: “When you took that job you knew you had previously had a gambling addiction. Knowing that, you should never have taken the job.”Your fall from grace is significant. You were an active member of that community and you were training to be a minister yourself.”It is unsurprising that elements of the community find it difficult to forgive.” A church treasurer who gambled away £32,000 of his congregation’s funds tried twice to give himself up to the police and confess but was sent away, a court heard.On both occasions when David Peach-Miles went to Gloucester police station to hand himself in he was told to leave his details and an officer would contact him, his solicitor claimed.Father-of-three Peach-Miles, 37, of Newent, Glos, admitted defrauding Ruardean Parochial Church Council in the Forest of Dean of £32,120 between March 2015 and February this year.He was jailed for 16 months. The court heard that the Rector of St John the Baptist Church, Ruardean, and his congregation had been devastated when they realised the money had all gone on online betting.After the hearing the Rector, Rev Nick Bromfield, said: “The taking of more than £32,000 has affected all aspects of church life and has greatly shocked and saddened the congregation and the wider community. 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

ThyssenKrupp to deliver new IPCC system to Cuajone including gearless drives

first_imgThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, the engineering and construction specialist within the ThyssenKrupp Group, has won a contract from Southern Peru Copper Corporation to supply a primary crushing and overland conveying system. The new system will be installed at the Cuajone copper mine in Peru, which has been in operation since 1976, to transport ore from the open pit mine to the concentrator. It will replace the existing long railway haulage system and is expected to start operating in 2016.The contract awarded to ThyssenKrupp includes engineering, procurement and construction supervision as well as commissioning support of the complete in-pit crushing and conveying (IPCC) system to process run of mine copper ore. Christof Brewka, Head of Operating Unit Mining, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions: “The new crushing and conveying system will significantly reduce operating costs and energy consumption as well as emissions. This makes it a good example for our leading customised solutions for the mining industry which provide added value for our customers while at the same time helping to conserve natural resources.”Zlatan Azinovic, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Peru) said: “As part of our global growth strategy, we are further strengthening our footprint in South America. Our service center in Peru enables us to provide better and faster services to our customers in the local mining, minerals and cement industries. Only recently we have also invested into new service centres in Brazil and Chile.” As part of the new order, ThyssenKrupp is supplying a semi-mobile crushing plant with discharge, transfer and two overland conveyors with a capacity of 120,000 t/d of crushed ore transported to the existing coarse ore stockpile. The copper ore will be fed directly into a semi-mobile crushing plant located in the mine. Truck ramps made of sectional steel modules provide access for mine trucks with payload up to 360 t. The crushing plant’s main service and operating areas, including electrical infrastructure, will be physically separated and independent from the truck dumping level, which will significantly reduce vibration, dust and noise levels. The semi-mobile design is especially suitable for mine sites affected by frequent seismic activities.The 63–114 heavy duty ThyssenKrupp gyratory crusher with its 1,200 kW direct drive takes the feed material from the feed hopper and reduces the run-of-mine copper ore to the required product size. The crushed ore is extracted from the surge bin underneath the crusher by means of a heavy duty low speed belt feeder. The 2,800 mm wide ST 1800 conveyor will run at a nominal speed of 1.5 m/sec and is powered by one 800 kW conventional drive and a variable-frequency drive (VFD). A 400 m long sacrificial conveyor carries the crushed ore from the semi-mobile crushing plant and crusher discharge conveyor to two overland conveyors spanning the 7.5 km distance to the coarse ore stockpile. The first of the two overland conveyors will be 1830 mm wide with ST 6800 belting and will run at 6.2 m/sec. It is powered by two 6,000 kW Siemens gearless drives. The largest of their kind in the world, these conveyor drives utilise Siemens Integrated Drive System technology to provide a high level of availability (exceeding 99%) by eliminating many of the traditional conveyor drive components such as reducers, couplings, and motor bearings and their associated maintenance times and costs.last_img read more

Les paquets de cigarettes deviennent recyclables

first_imgLes paquets de cigarettes deviennent recyclablesFrance – L’un des plus importants fabricants mondiaux de cigarettes joue la carte du marketing vert en lançant des paquets recyclables et en organisant des collectes chez les buralistes. Une initiative qui ne convainc pas les écologistes, ces derniers dénonçant une campagne visant uniquement à redorer le blason de l’industrie du tabac.La filiale française de British American Tobacco (BAT) va peu à peu remplacer tous ses paquets de cigarettes par un nouveau paquet 100% recyclable, sans aluminium. Huit des principales marques du fabricant, telles que Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Winfield, ou Peter Stuyvesant, bénéficieront de cette démarche. Parallèlement et à partir du 1er juin, 400 buralistes du XIe et XIIe arrondissements de Paris, ainsi que du Val-de-Marne, organiseront des collectes pour récupérer les paquets vides recyclables. Comme l’explique Yves Trévilly, porte-parole de BAT France, les buralistes disposeront de boîtes pour collecter les paquets, à l’image des bacs conçus pour récupérer les piles usagées.Les nouveaux paquets de cigarettes seront réalisés avec un carton provenant de forêts gérées durablement et seront notamment collectés par une entreprise de réinsertion par le travail, spécialisée dans la livraison par vélo électrique.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Le Cniid, une association qui milite pour la réduction à la source de la toxicité et de la quantité des déchets, se dit sceptique quant à cette initiative qui ressemble fort à du greenwashing, un procédé marketing qui vise à donner à l’opinion publique une image écologique responsable d’une entreprise quand elle investit en réalité plus d’argent dans la publicité verte que dans de véritables actions en faveur de l’environnement.Alors que le Cniid s’interroge sur le coût économique et environnemental de l’opération, qui nécessitera entre autres l’utilisation de camions pour transporter les paquets de cigarettes à recycler, l’industrie du tabac devrait aussi se pencher sur le problèmes des mégots jetés sur les trottoirs et dans la nature.Le 13 mai 2010 à 11:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eleven Years on Resident Evil 4 is still a masterpiece

first_imgModern games don’t tend to attract the same kind of timeless love as their 2D ancestors. Part of that, surely, comes from the fact that 2D is just a lot easier to work with, and designers more or less mastered the form pretty quickly. Mario and Mega Man are easy for just about anyone to pick up and understand. With three dimensions, you have to work through layers of abstraction. No longer are you moving a figure through a flat space, you’re working through a window into a pixelated world.Super Mario 64, Nintendo’s first big foray into 3D games, came with a lot of problems that its 1983 forebear didn’t. Controlling the camera, for example, in SM64, is a pain in the ass. Levels will often shunt your view into an awkward angle, and it’s tough to internalize the limits of its world. Now we’re just hitting the point where some of the second generation 3D games have been around long enough for us to have a good idea of their longevity and importance in gaming history.Resident Evil 4, now in its 11th year, just saw another re-release for the Xbox One and PS4. It is without question one of the most praised games in history, but so was F.E.A.R. and you don’t see that getting trotted out every so often as one of the all-time greats. At the time of its release, games criticism hadn’t really come into own. Reviews praised realism and enemy design, without ever delving into what exactly makes a game that’s as campy as Rocky Horror shine.And that’s just it. Resident Evil in general, and RE4 specifically, were never meant to be the kind of high-concept, creeping horror you get from something like Alien. They’re schlock, and RE4 goes out of its way to ham it up.Some of the earlier games in the series are played mostly straight. They’re corny and a little over-the-top, for sure, but they aren’t patently ridiculous. In RE4, however, it’s normal to see a 3’6″ castellan fuse with a monster and a massive plant creature to become a 100-foot long horror. Moments after you fell that beast, you’ll have a phone call with the Big Bad where you exchange snide quips. It’s gloriously indulgent self-aware camp, and hilarious on its face.But it doesn’t start out like that. Before you’re mixing it up with body horror monstrosities, you’re in a quiet villa in the Spanish countryside. Every scene is played mostly straight, with only a handful of one-liners to let you know how insane everything will get down the line.Those first few levels are packed with brooding, foreboding atmosphere. Every step is an anxious one as you carefully manage your ammo, money, and healing items in the face of some tough enemies. These zombies (yes, I’m calling them zombies, get over it) can take off a third of your health with each hit. Others, like the chainsaw-wielding Dr. Salvador, will decapitate you in one go. These sorts of foes and the scarce resources at your disposal encourage more thoughtful play.You can blaze through the game trying to shoot everything in the face as you would in a standard action game, but that just makes some later sections insanely tough. Instead, you’re meant to use the environment to funnel enemies and control their approach — as you would during an actual zombie apocalypse. By controlling how and where you’re vulnerable, you avoid spray-and-pray style tactics and limit waste.It’s a small addition, but it’s a brand of environmental puzzle solving that has a stunning amount of depth, especially given how hokey everything else is. At the same time, it’s a clear nod to players that the designers know what they’re doing. It’s all a big, masterfully crafted joke with a wink to the audience.Games like this don’t get made anymore, at least not in the same way. Resident Evil 4’s approach to environmental combat has been picked apart and repackaged in just about every modern action game imaginable from Gears of War to Call of Duty. But they miss the essentials, the tactical depth that made that kind of combat meaningful. Even Resident Evil 5 and 6 didn’t quite get it. More recent action games are all so self-serious that after some stunning flourishes, they botch the landing.This kind of misinterpretation is common in media of all sorts. We’re seeing it now as the DC Cinematic Universe struggles to keep pace with the movie making monster that is Marvel. Usually, when something is successful, it’s not by accident. And it pays to dig into how all of its pieces fit together into a larger whole so that you don’t end up grasping desperately at unearned brilliance.last_img read more

Public Meetings for the week of Dec. 31

first_imgMondayNew Year’s DayTuesdayRidgefield City Council, Ridgefield City Hall, 230 Pioneer St., Ridgefield.• 10 a.m., special meeting: approval of claims and/or payroll.Regional Transportation Commission, Clark County Public Service Center, sixth Floor, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.• 4 p.m., regular meeting.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.• 4:30 p.m., workshop: transportation plan consultant agreement, pre-annexation development agreement extension, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency agreements.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: ordinance addressing animal noise.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters 1 Board creation.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave., Woodland.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: council committee appointments and assignments, nomination and election of mayor pro tem.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: use of town logo, interlocal agreement with Clark County for community planning services, county health department review of town septic regulation.WednesdaySkamania County commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.• 9:30 a.m., abridged meeting: public comment session, executive session on personnel issues.Clark County Clean Water Commission, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 6:30 p.m., meeting: 2017 Annual Report, Clark County Stormwater Management Plan 2018 Draft.ThursdayClark County Planning Commission, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver.• 5:30 p.m., work session: gorge scenic area revisions.last_img read more

Magenta Theater wins lighting grant

first_imgMagenta Theater won a matching grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust to upgrade its stage lighting system.Magenta raised $62,000 and earned an additional $62,000 from Murdock, according to a statement from founder and creative director Jaynie Roberts.The current tungsten lighting system will come down in February, as soon as Magenta’s production of “Jeeves Takes a Bow” has closed. A new LED stage lighting system will debut with the March production, “Pack of Lies.”“The LED lighting system will significantly reduce energy costs and expand the theatricality of the lighting effects used in productions,” said Magenta lighting designer Tom Hubbard. “In addition, it will be a much safer system for the company’s volunteers who design and operate the lighting system.”The old system will be donated to Pacific Stageworks, a revived Vancouver theater company, Roberts said. To learn more about Magenta Theater, visit http://magentatheater.com.last_img read more

Buy Microsoft Office for 100 get a 50 Amazon gift card

first_imgMicrosoft Cheapskates don’t use Microsoft Office. Or, at least, they don’t pay for it: Microsoft offers pretty decent freebie versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that live in your browser.And let’s not forget the various free alternatives, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice and WPS Office.All that being said, some people have a particular need for Microsoft’s suite — and if you’re one of them, you might as well try to score a deal. Like this one: Today only, Amazon is offering a $50 gift card when you purchase a 12-month Office 365 Home subscription for $99.99. That’s for a digital download.See it at AmazonThis version supports up to six users, and they don’t all have to be in your house. Each person gets a 1-terabyte OneDrive cloud account, which is definitely one of the bigger value-adds here.You also get Publisher, which is one of the few remaining desktop-publishing tools, and Outlook, one of the few remaining full-featured mail clients.The regular $100 annual price bugs me. I’d really like to see Microsoft drop it to $50 — but that would be unparalleled, so we have to settle for sales like these.Your thoughts?Blue Yeti USB microphone: $70 (save $49)blue-yeti-steel-red Blue A good microphone is essential for everything from podcasting to Skype calling, and Blue makes some of the best consumer mics out there. They can be a little pricey, though.Ah, but this: For a limited time and while supplies last, BuyDig has the Blue Yeti USB microphone in Steel Red (drool) for $69.99 when you apply promo code MICD. Price elsewhere (including Amazon) for this color: $119. The black one can often be found for $100.See it at BuyDigThis attractive desktop mic works with PCs and Macs and supports four recording patterns. I haven’t used one myself, but the user reviews everywhere you look are overwhelmingly positive.Definitely Cheapskate approved.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags 10 Share your voice Comments The Cheapskate Amazon Microsoft Office Microsoft Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Software Componentslast_img read more

Margot Robbie goes braless at premiere of Once Upon A Time In

first_imgMargot Robbie attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Getty ImagesMargot Robbie turned up the glam at the UK premiere of her latest movie, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.”Reportedly, she plays Sharon Tate – the Hollywood actress brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969 – in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film. She was joined by the rest of the cast which includes Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Margot Robbie went braless and stunned in a plunging burnt orange Grecian-inspired gown, which draped around her lithe frame as she stepped out in the summer evening breeze of England’s capital.Quentin Tarantino reportedly received a really long-standing ovation when he presented the movie at Cannes. Tarantino has said that he wants to retire after making ten films, which may very well include a Star Trek film as well.  Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiereTwitterQuentin Tarantino’s last feature, “The Hateful Eight” was almost ruined when the script of the movie was apparently leaked. So Quentin Tarantino went ahead and pleaded with fans to avoid revealing any spoilers ahead of the film’s official release, through a written message posted to the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Twitter account.The message read: ‘The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.’ This could very well be the penultimate film Quentin Tarantino directs.”Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is Margot Robbie’s first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino. He has worked with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio on “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” respectively. You can check out the pics here: Margot Robbie was looking breathtaking in Oscar de la Renta FW19 gown while attending the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” UK Premiere in London ? #MargotRobbie #OnceUponATimeInHollywood pic.twitter.com/zReAMqi0Pz— Mr. Quijada (@UnaiQuijada) July 30, 2019last_img read more

How to Write Batman According to the DCAU

first_img DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCCFinally, Batman Gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Stay on target Ace is a girl about to die. She’s an incredibly powerful psychic and metahuman that has a city at its knees. She has altered reality into a shadowed fun house. For such a small person, she has the normally domineering Amanda Waller scared shitless, so she gives Batman a device that she says will kill Ace before an aneurysm unleashes a wave that alters reality and he walks calmly into the haunted brush. He comes across the girl, playing on a swing, fully aware that she’s about to die. And then he does something crazy.He sits down on the swing next to her and holds her hand.There have been dozens of interpretations of the Batman character, so I’m not here to say that there is one definitive version. Some are more entertaining than others, whether it’s a campy take on the character such as in the Adam West television show, or a darker and more psychologically disturbed Bruce Wayne like in… every recent adaptation. Some drench themselves in yellow paint in order to take down Green Lantern because they want to be the big boss or some shit (I’m still not entirely sure what happened here and I don’t think anybody does).However, no Batmen have come close to what many people consider their “canon” version of the character than the one in the 1990s DC animated universe (or the DCAU). His introduction was in Batman: The Animated Series, which began airing in 1992, and has become a template for most Batmen ever since. Since then, this version of the character–who you can assume is the same character based on the continuity between all the DCAU shows–has appeared in Justice League and in Batman Beyond, among other spinoffs and films. It’s this Batman–in his gray suit, black mask, and with the deep, soothing voice of Kevin Conroy–that is the ultimate Batman, and one that writers attempting to take over the character need to study.He can’t be all edgeFor many, this is the embodiment of Batman, and not just because for a lot of us, this was our first exposure to the character. It’s a version that exemplifies his character highlights and flaws–his sense of duty to Gotham, his high intelligence, and his ingenuity, but also his inability to get close to others, and how his dedication to his second job keeps him from accepting the cruelties that led him to this point.It’s tough to make superheroes interesting in the long run. They need to be power fantasies, but also need to be three dimensional enough to keep readers interested. The campy stores of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics don’t fly as well as they used to, so comics writers have been struggling (just look at what’s happened with Superman). It’s easy to make Batman disturbed and angsty, or an antihero. His origin story, plus his dark aesthetic, scream “I have issues!” It’s also why he’s so easy to make fun of, such as in The Lego Movie, where he’s the embodiment of edgy teens everywhere.You need tragedy to have a Batman. At this point in the character’s history you can’t really erase something that large (even if you can spin it into something else, such as in Flashpoint). What you can do is have a Batman that copes with the tragedy in his own, weird way and often fails. This is a very human trait. Trauma tends to leave its mark in the long term and Wayne wouldn’t just get over something like a double homicide so easily, especially one that is so ingrained in his person. You can’t just punch trauma in the face, and a psychological conflict can add a lot to a Batman interpretation.He’s an actual detectiveHis nickname is the “world’s greatest detective,” but you’d be surprised how often people forget that he has to do some actual detecting. This is even more pronounced in the Justice League series, where Batman is putting his stealth and technological skills to use. He manages to be a show off in regards to the other members, even though he’s in the minority of heroes without any powers. When he says that he can basically take down every member of the JLA because he knows everybody’s weaknesses you believe it because of how detailed and observant he proves to be.This is one of the things that Dawn of Justice gets correct about its depictions of the iconic hero. In this, Bruce Wayne actually does detective work. There are a few times where he seems to go in and start punching and shooting things without any foresight, but Batman is the kind of person who doesn’t just go flying into the scene of a major crime. He gets data first. Sure he’s got a lot of extremely high-tech equipment that he doesn’t share with the police department, but he does use it. Considering the image that prevails of Batman–the one of the man swooping down from a building and punching bad guys in the face–it’s rare to see a depiction of him that’s cautious and meditative.This differing of philosophies also ensures that Wayne and his prodigee, Terry McGinnis, are constantly butting heads in Batman Beyond. Terry is hotheaded and Wayne always calls for him to calm down. It’s not a unique dynamic, but it works because it’s entirely in character for Batman.He cares for childrenFor me, this is the most important thing to note when writing Batman. His interaction with Ace comes in the Justice League Unlimited episode “Epilogue,” which ties together all of these instances: Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Batman Beyond. The episode sets up some other story pieces that can be ignored (mostly the retconning that made Bruce Terry’s father), but Waller’s reminiscing of Bruce Wayne highlights the most important aspect of Batman, the one that’s often missing.Bruce Wayne was a child once. He was a child that was there when he lost both his parents to violence. There’s a part of him that is still that scared kid, who feels helpless to save Gotham, which is why most of his history has seen him taking care of lost and broken kids. The Robin tradition has been mocked relentlessly, but at its core is Bruce attempting to be a father figure that he never had (besides Alfred). It’s unhealthy in a lot of ways, and despite his cautious nature with certain Robins, it’s incredibly dangerous. Jason Todd died at the hands of the Joker. In the DCAU, Tim Drake was brainwashed by the Joker and turned against his former partner. Bruce often feels guilt over these things, and he has every right to. He put small children in danger.But at his core is somebody who cares deeply about children, which brings us back to Ace. It’s on the nose, but she has a lot in common with Batman.“They got their weapon. I was cheated out of my childhood,” she tells him. So was Bruce.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Tokyo smellingscreen demo lets scents go virtual

first_img Explore further The TUAT demo was titled, “Smelling Screen: Presenting a Virtual Odor Source on a LCD Screen,” by Haruka Matsukura, Tatsuhiro Yoneda, and Hiroshi Ishida.”The smelling screen is a new olfactory display that can generate a localized odor distribution on a two-dimensional display screen,” they stated. While the user perceives the odor as coming from a specific region of the screen, the position of the virtual odor source can be shifted to an arbitrary position on the screen. In fact, they said, the viewer can freely move his or her head to sniff at various locations on the screen, and can experience “realistic changes in the odor intensity with respect to the sniffing location.”New Scientist’s explanation of how the technology works said that odors from vaporizing gel pellets were fed into four air streams, one in each corner of the screen. The streams are blown out by fans, and they can be varied in strength and direction.Matsukura said a next step in their research will be incorporating a cartridge where smells can be changed easily.In another undertaking, Hiroshi Ishida, Associate Professor, Division of Advanced Mechanical Systems Engineering, had discussed “Olfactory display that presents a virtual odor source by manipulating airflow,” in which he relayed practical applications of smelling-screen research.Although attempts have been made to promote sales in supermarkets by releasing appetizing smells, he wrote, in most cases the airflows and odors are simply blown from motorized fans. He said the attempt to lure customers toward foods through scent delivery could be more effective through another approach:”If we can provide users or customers with a sensation that the odor and airflow are coming from the image on the monitor or screen, we can draw their attention with some surprise.” Beyond food sales, he said he thought that this device could also be used in museums and art galleries to create unique exhibitions and artwork. A woman’s nose knows body odor (Phys.org) —”Scent-delivery” technologies continue to interest marketers, who are always looking for ideas on how to deliver an enhanced shopper experience. Scent stimulation related to targeted products is one way to go. Now, a “smelling screen” has been developed by researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) and it makes smells appear to come from the exact spot on any LCD screen that is displaying the image of a food item. A peach or a steaming cup of coffee, for example, would lend the illusion that their respective smells were coming from the images on the screen direct to the viewer. The smelling screen was shown at the IEEE Virtual Reality conference in Orlando, Florida, which ran from March 16 to March 23. Citation: Tokyo smelling-screen demo lets scents go virtual (2013, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-tokyo-smelling-screen-demo-scents-virtual.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Smelling Screen: Presenting a Virtual Odor Source on a LCD Screen © 2013 Phys.org More information: ieeevr.org/2013/program/activities/researchdemoswww.computer.org/csdl/trans/tg … g2013040606-abs.htmlwww.tuat.ac.jp/~h-ishida/proje … lfactorydisplay.htmlvia Newscientistlast_img read more

LGBTI celebrities send their love to Demi Lovato following alleged overdose

first_imgDemi Lovato | Photo: Twitter/demilovato GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — Kehlani (@Kehlani) July 24, 2018Bisexual singer Kehlani showed her support and love to Demi in two tweets addressing addiction.‘addiction isn’t simple nor easy,’ she said.She also added: ‘addiction isn’t one of those things you can put yourself in the shoes of. you had to have fought the fight yourself or had it rip your family apart your entire life… even then, the latter is still not the same thing.’Openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon said ‘addiction is very real’.Thinking of and sending love to @ddlovato. Addiction is very real.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) July 24, 2018Halsey: ‘Your bravery is unbeatable’Sending all my love to @ddlovato. I hope she is given the privacy, respect, support and compassion she deserves right now. Demi you’re a warrior and you’re going to get through this. Your bravery is unbeatable.— h (@halsey) July 24, 2018Despite having had disagreements in the past, bisexual singer Halsey also tweeted her support to Lovato today.‘Sending all my love to @ddlovato. I hope she is given the privacy, respect, support and compassion she deserves right now.’Moreover, openly gay singer Sam Smith expressed his love.The world is deeply In Love with you @ddlovato xx— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) July 25, 2018Lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko tweeted she ‘can’t stop thinking about Demi’.I can’t stop thinking about Demi. My heart is with her and sending her so much strength. I know she will get through this. — Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) July 25, 2018Love, Simon gay actor Keynan Lonsdale also shared a message for Demi.Don’t know you personally but I love you @ddlovato. Always have, always will. You are strength.— Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale) July 24, 2018‘Recovery becomes a huge part of your life’Trans writer and comedian Shon Faye shared a thread about addiction. The LGBTI activist also accused media outlets to ‘betray the trust involved in her honesty’.The “tortured creative” archetype needs to die – Lovato has released music about her history of addiction bc recovery becomes a huge part of your life. It’s sad to see media betray the trust involved in her honesty— shon faye. (@shonfaye) July 25, 2018‘Lovato has released music about her history of addiction bc [sic] recovery becomes a huge part of your life.’Read more from Gay Star News:Demi Lovato contemplated suicide when she was only seven Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img In the tragic moments following Demi Lovato rushing to the hospital due to an alleged overdose last night (24 July), many celebrities took to social media to express their love for the singer. The initial reports by TMZ claimed it was a heroin overdose, but were later denied.Another source then told People the singer was stable in the early hours of today (25 July). They also stated the overdose wasn’t heroin-related.‘Demi is awake and with her family’Furthermore, a spokesperson for the artist released the following statement.‘Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support.’‘Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy.’Demi Lovato has always been vocal about her own battlesThe Skyscraper singer, who was going to perform in Atlantic City on 26 July, has been struggling with substance abuse all of her life.Lovato, who revealed she is attracted to both men and women, has also been vocal about battling her own demons and helped fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues and addiction.As if you need yet another reason to love her, she offered fans free therapy sessions before her concerts.Ellen and Gaga tweeted their supportLesbian legend Ellen DeGeneres was among the first celebrities to express their solidarity.I love @DDLovato so much. It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 24, 2018‘I love @DDLovato so much. It breaks my heart that she is going through this. She is a light in this world, and I am sending my love to her and her family,’ DeGeneres tweeted on 24 July.Lady Gaga also took to Twitter to show her support to her colleague in this delicate time.We should all wrap our arms of love around Demi Lovato. I am so happy you’re alive. Thank God. If I know my monsters as well as I believe I do, we all wish you self-compassion and inner peace. And may you receive the love so many have for you. #ImConfidentInDemi Demi, I love you.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) July 25, 2018‘We should all wrap our arms of love around Demi Lovato,’ she wrote.‘I am so happy you’re alive.’Khelani: ‘addiction isn’t simple nor easy’sending huge recovery love to Demi. this is a very personal moment and respected delicately. all we can do is send our best wishes and love. addiction isn’t simple nor easy. you’re very loved, @ddlovato you’ll beat this as you did before. — Kehlani (@Kehlani) July 24, 2018 addiction isn’t one of those things you can put yourself in the shoes of. you had to have fought the fight yourself or had it rip your family apart your entire life… even then, the latter is still not the same thing. this isn’t the time for the picking apart or making light of. Demi Lovato is still in the hospital, reportedly suffering ‘complications’Demi Lovato’s friends urge her to quit showbusiness after alleged overdoseDemi Lovato rushed to hospital after alleged drug overdoseRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-celebrities-send-their-love-to-demi-lovato-following-alleged-overdose/last_img read more

Pic of the Day Costa Ricas underwater wildlife

first_imgRelated posts:Pic of the Day: Costa Rica from the air Pic of the Day: Hanging out at Rainmaker Conservation Project Froggy Friday: Red-eyed tree frog in Sarapiquí Pic of the Day: Skateboarding in San José Much of Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity lives underwater.That biodiversity includes the hammerhead shark, an important member of aquatic ecosystems in Costa Rica’s oceans.This picture is part of “Costa Rica Blue: The Underwater Guide,” a book that calls itself “the definitive travel guide to Costa Rica’s underwater world.” Click on the above photo for a higher-resolution version.For more information on the book, to preview its stunning photography and to buy a copy for your own coffee table, visit https://www.costaricablue.org/.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Guatemala Supreme Court president impeachment possible

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Wednesday for congress to decide whether to remove President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution in a corruption scandal.The move could end in a process similar to impeachment, if a congressional commission recommends trying Perez Molina.The court ruled Wednesday on a complaint filed by a legislator, who claimed the president is linked to scandals involving kickbacks and bribes. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies One scandal involves an alleged scheme in which businesses paid millions of dollars in bribes to avoid import duties. The other case involves allegations of kickbacks for overpriced contracts for the Social Security Institute.The president has denied any involvement. He hasn’t been charged with any crimes, but many Guatemalans blame him for the corruption since it involves his administration.In recent weeks, Guatemalan prosecutors and a U.N. commission formed to investigate corruption in the country have filed charges against dozens of people in the cases.The process now moves on to Guatemala’s unicameral legislature, which will elect a five-member commission to investigate the complaint.The commission will come back with a recommendation on whether to remove Perez Molina’s immunity or not. The legislature will then vote on whether to accept that recommendation.Perez Molina’s allies do not hold a majority in congress.In May, a court froze bank accounts linked to former Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who resigned this month after a corruption scandal reached into her office. Her former private secretary has been named as the purported mastermind of the import duties scheme. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice In this April 23, 2015 photo, Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina gives a press conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City. Guatemala’s Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for congress to decide whether to remove President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution in a corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)last_img read more

New Comptroller of the Currency Assumes Office

first_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing April 9, 2012 419 Views Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing Service Providers 2012-04-09 Ryan Schuette New Comptroller of the Currency Assumes Officecenter_img Share An old hand from the banking regulatory community took office Monday as the nation’s newest comptroller of the currency.[IMAGE]The Senate confirmed “”Thomas Curry””:http://www.occ.gov/about/who-we-are/comptroller-of-the-currency/bio-thomas-curry.html to helm the Office of the “”Comptroller of the Currency””:http://www.occ.gov/ (OCC) in March.””I want to express my sincere appreciation to President Obama, Secretary Geithner, and the United States Senate for their [COLUMN_BREAK]confidence in my abilities to serve as Comptroller of the Currency,”” Curry said in a statement.He added that “”[i]ts mission of ensuring the safety and soundness of America’s national banks and federal savings associations has never been more important or more challenging.””President “”Barack Obama””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama first nominated Curry, an “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ director, last year. He then served as chairman of the agency’s assessment appeals and case review committees.His record of service includes stints as first deputy commissioner and assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts banks division, positions he assumed after taking up the role of attorney at the secretary of state’s office.Before arriving at the OCC, Curry filled the role of chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors in the early 2000s, taking up terms on the state liaison committee ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and at one time chairing ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.The OCC recently assumed more prominence as a federal regulatory agency since undertaking transfers of authority from the now-defunct Office of Thrift Supervision.last_img read more

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