first_imgThe TV Junkies: The scene in the finale where Wynonna gives birth is so powerful. It really felt as if it summed up the show for me because of the sisters’ connection, Wynonna having to make this choice and the great performances from you and Mel.Dominique Provost-Chalkley: I agree. This finale and this season is everything that Wynonna is about. It’s really cool and really exciting that Emily managed to set that bar right on up. I’m sure she will continue to do so. Every time I’m like ‘of course you managed to do that, Em because you’re a genius!’TTVJ: Except she just made me love Rosita (Tamara Duarte) and now she’s bad! Come on, Emily!DPC: I know! But also, that’s why Emily’s writing is so interesting and her storytelling is so great. It blurs the lines between good and evil constantly. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Wynonna Earp may be a show about a demon-hunting cowgirl who is the great great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, but it’s really about so much more than that, and a whole lot more grounded. That’s a fact that was especially evident in the supernatural western’s Season 2 finale last Friday, when Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) had her baby and it taken and hidden away so no evil could get it. Elsewhere, Wynonna’s sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) not only helped Wynonna deliver the baby, but she also discovered a few clues about her true identity as well.It was those human stories that really showed why Wynonna Earp is great to Provost-Chalkley. “That is the reason that Wynonna Earp is so special. It is always relatable and real despite being this fantastical world,” she told The TV Junkies in an exclusive chat about the finale. While Waverly did find out that she’s not half revenant as she suspected, there’s still plenty more questions that were raised by showrunner Emily Andras and her writing team as the show heads into Season 3. Provost-Chalkley weighed in on Waverly’s identity, as well as what Wynonna seemingly knowing where their mother has been all these years may do to the usually very strong Earp sisters relationship. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa fears admission it purposely destroyed Indian residential school files would lead

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDespite holding evidence to the contrary within its archival vaults, the federal government refuses to admit it purposely destroyed Indian residential school documents, fearing it could face additional legal action, internal government records show.Indian residential school documents were pulped and incinerated as a result of three major rounds of government-wide document destruction directives issued between 1936 and 1973.Yet, the federal government maintains that no residential school documents were ever purposely destroyed, but fell victim to floods and fires at the schools, according to an Aboriginal Affairs analysis obtained by the National Residential School Survivors’ Society through the Access to Information Act.“The government of Canada has taken the position that there was no deliberate destruction of student records and residential school documents and that documents were destroyed as a result of institutions that burnt down or were flooded,” says a departmental analysis from 2009. “The admission of the deliberate destruction of student records and documents might spur further legal action against the government of Canada.”The analysis was triggered by a report from the National Residential School Survivors’ Society, formed in 2003 to speak on behalf of residential school survivors, which took issue with the missing paper trails that left many residential school survivors receiving far less in compensation than they initially claimed because they couldn’t prove how many years they actually attended the school.Under the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement, $1.9 billion was set aside for “Common Experience Payments” which were based on the number of years former students attended the schools. A separate “Independent Assessment Process” was created to deal with compensation for abuse suffered at the schools.The society recommended the government adopt a “reverse onus” policy where it would be up to the federal government to prove that the claimants didn’t attend the schools during the claimed years.The department concluded such a policy was fraught with problems for the department.“Adopting the ‘reverse onus policy’ would imply that the destruction of documents was deliberately undertaken by the government of Canada,” said the analysis. “Adopting a ‘reverse onus’ policy could have significant legal implications for the department, the Government of Canada, and it could set precedence for legal action against provincial governments and their involvement in their involvement in the administration of provincially run residential and day schools….There is no likelihood that the settlement agreement will be reopened in order to adopt this policy.”While it remains unclear exactly what impact the loss of the destroyed records will have on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s project to reconstruct and preserve the historical record, the ramifications have already been felt by residential school survivors under the CEP.According to Aboriginal Affairs’ own data, as of March 25, 51,188 residential school survivors have received compensation below what they claimed because their residence at a residential school could not be confirmed. The primary reason for this stems from a lack of existing documents. For example, a residential school survivor may claim they attended a certain school or schools for a number of years, but if only partial documentation exists, they would not be eligible for the full amount they claimed.The Auditor General of Canada recently found that nearly three years after the TRC and Aboriginal Affairs began the process of finding and transferring historical Indian residential school records, no one knows how much it will cost to gather all the material, who will pay for it or what documents are even “relevant” for the project.The report found that the TRC and the federal department couldn’t agree on what constituted relevant documents, where to search, what time frames the documents would cover, what formats to use and who could pay for it all.The TRC’s mandate ends in July 2014.The Library and Archives Canada estimates that the total cost of gathering historical Indian Residential School documents could hit at least $40 million and take 10 years to find and digitize all the material. The documents are scattered across 24 departments and agencies and, laid side by side, would stretch for about 20 kilometres or fill 69,000 boxes.However, it appears the existing documents may be the remnants of a far more extensive historical record that has since been pulped or incinerated.According to a 2006 report from The Shingwauk Project, based out of Algoma University in Sault Ste Marie, Ont., Ottawa purposely destroyed residential school records as part of government-wide purges.The first round of document destruction occurred in 1936 to free up storage space, according to the report, which is based on archival documents. The then-named Indian Affairs department provided a list of documents it planned to destroy at certain times and which would be preserved. The residential school documents slated to be destroyed after five and 10 years included school returns, monthly reports, diaries, medical accounts, reports of inspectors, accidents and assistance to former students, according to the Shingwauk Project report.The second round of document destruction came in 1944 as part of an effort to deal with a paper shortage created by the Second World War. The destroyed residential school documents included medical, hospital and drug accounts, monthly reports, diaries, salary pay lists and school returns along with requisitions.The third round of document destruction came in 1954. The Indian Affairs department created “Records Destruction Teams” which obliterated a number of residential school records, including routine correspondence, memos to council, progress reports, repairs to buildings, all school supply correspondence, all health services correspondence, teacher’s reports, admission and discharge among a host of other documents.A moratorium on records destruction was put into place in 1973 as a result of an agreement between Public Archives of Canada and Indian Affairs.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

The Latest In NYC Arlington not everyone Amazon thrilled

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Amazon’s second headquarters (all times local):12:55 p.m.Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations.Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are worried about home values and school overcrowding in areas where it’s already a problem for many residents.New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a joint statement asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers. He also raised the issue of overcrowded schools and traffic.___11:50 a.m.New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city.Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens.One-time mayor Michael Bloomberg said Amazon’s arrival affirms New York City’s long-term push to attract the nation’s top tech talent. Bloomberg pushed aggressive development in Long Island City while he was mayor. The neighbourhood is a jumble of massive construction cranes and work sites and brand new high-rises have reshaped the skyline.___11:15 a.m.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cheered Amazon’s choice of Arlington as one of two new headquarters locations for Amazon. He says the state will continue to invest in infrastructure and education as a key part of the partnership.Northam is calling the state’s proposal to land the headquarters a “new model of economic development for the 21st century.”Amazon is set to invest about $2.5 billion in its new Virginia headquarters and the state has promised a raft of incentives, including infrastructure investment and tax breaks.Virginia plans to invest in college-level computer science and related fields along with investing $50 million over 20 years in tech education for grammar and high school students.___10:15 a.m.Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___6:40 a.m.A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.The decision will end an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___Alan Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Storm causes power outage in Rose Prairie

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A thunderstorm moving through the North Peace has caused a power outage in Rose Prairie.The power outage is affecting 371 customers in an area West of Rose Prairie road and North of the 277 road.The outage happened just after 7 p.m. and there is no estimate on when power will be restored. For updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesA severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for the North Peace.  At 7:32 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The cluster is over Fort St. John and tracking southeastward along Highway 97 at approximately 60 km/h.It will impact communities along Highway 97 from Fort St. John to Taylor, as well as along communities along Highway 29 as far south Farrell Creek.last_img read more

India will carefully decide on Lanka Krishna

Mr. Krishana’s comments come days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa shot off two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking India’s support to the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations during the civil war. Mr. Krishna also said India was providing a number of humanitarian aids to the internally displaced “Tamil—speaking brothers and sisters” in the island nation. He himself had seen renovation of schools and other works undertaken by New Delhi, he added. India’s stand at the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council meet in Geneva on the resolution against Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes would be taken based on the overall ties between the two neighbours and the sentiments in the country, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said on Thursday.“Certainly we will take into account the overall relationship between India and Sri Lanka and the sentiments that are prevalent in our country. We will take every factor into consideration before we take a final call on our stand in Geneva,” he said. On concerns expressed by Ms. Jayalalithaa in another letter to Prime Minister over frequent ‘unannounced’ visits by Sri Lankan VIPs to Tamil Nadu, Mr. Krishna said the Centre would take her opinion into account.“We are a federal state, we have the greatest respect for the rights of States. Whatever is the assessment of the State governments, we will certainly take it into account… we will see how we can reconcile the issue,” he said. “I would like to assure the Chief Minister that her opinion will certainly be factored in the decision we are going to take,” he said. (PTI) read more

Sri Lanka hopeful of Indian backing at UNHRC

“India is not yet aware about the contents in the new U.S. resolution on Sri Lanka. First of all, we have to study it properly,” India’s Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office, V. Narayanaswamy had said.Commenting further on India’s stance, Narayanaswamy added that India would approach the Sri Lankan Lankan issue in a manner similar to which it handled the issue last year. “It is too early to say what sort of stance India will take on the U.S. resolution. The country will take the right decision at the right time,” he stressed. Meanwhile the Sri Lankan government will on Friday give its official response to the U.S. resolution when Minister Mahinda Samarasingha addresses the Council.The Sri Lankan government last week vehemently rejected the new resolution saying that the resolution is “substantive, intrusive and political in nature.”The government had appointed a committee to study and make recommendations on the draft resolution on Sri Lanka that has been tabled by the United States in Geneva. India had earlier this month stated that it had not yet decided on its stance on the U.S.-sponsored resolution against its neighboring country and added that India was monitoring the developments in Geneva carefully. “Of course we will remain hopeful that India will back us. Even we are waiting to see what their response is,” Amunugama said. Sri Lanka said it remained hopeful of India’s backing against a U.S. sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Xinhua Chinese news agency reported.Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama told Xinhua that India is likely to make its decision however at the very last minute when the final document is presented. read more

QatarSri Lanka trade volume reaches 73 million in 2017

The total trade volume between Qatar and Sri Lanka stood at $73 mn in 2017, according to Qatar Chamber vice chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari, the Gulf Times reported.Speaking at the ‘Employment Promotion in Qatar,’ organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Qatar and the Chamber, al-Kuwari said Qatar considers Sri Lanka as a “strategic partner” in South Asia. “Meanwhile, we urge Qatari businessmen to explore the abundant investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and to establish business partnerships and alliances with their Sri Lankan counterparts,” al-Kuwari said.He said there are around 120,000 Sri Lankans employed in Qatar, and added that the “distinguished relations” between Qatar and Sri Lanka “are reflected in the presence of a large number of Sri Lankan expatriates who contribute to the development of Qatar.”“I will seize this opportunity to emphasise Qatar’s great efforts to strengthen and ensure the rights of the expatriate labourers through the applied laws and procedures. The achievements of Qatar regarding the care of expatriate labourers included the building high-quality labour camps and creating labour dispute resolution committees to facilitate litigation for labourers in need of care,” al-Kuwari said. (Colombo Gazette) “The state of Qatar is attaching great importance to developing co-operation relations in South Asia. There are many Qatari investments in this vital region and there is room for more in the near future,” al-Kuwari said in his speech. In 2017, al-Kuwari said the Chamber met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who, according to the Qatar Chamber official, “was very keen to meet Qatari businessmen whom he encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka.”Al-Kuwari noted that there are around 210 Sri Lankan companies operating in Qatar with a capital of about QR45.5mn.“On behalf of Qatar Chamber, I’d like to invite more Sri Lankan companies to take part in the renaissance taking place in Qatar and to establish joint ventures with Qataris in all sectors. He said both countries signed various agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to enhance economic relations, “but what has been achieved so far does not reflect the capabilities both countries have.” read more

White iPhone 4 available to buy in China for 828

first_imgEven though the white iPhone 4 has not been released, an increasing number of people seem to be in possession of or offering an opportunity to have one in your pocket.One enterprising teenager managed to import official white iPhone 4 cases direct from Foxconn and then offered a conversion kit. Now genuine white iPhone 4s are appearing on the market in China, but expect to pay through the nose for them.The handsets being sold are complete in the official Apple packaging, but the sticker you see over the cellophane in the image below states, “meant for internal company use and not for sale!” That may not stop some people buying the unit, but the price being demanded definitely could.The 8GB model is listed at $828. The 16GB model is a cool $1,204, and the 32GB is thought to be astronomical, but isn’t listed with a price. If you really want a white iPhone 4 then this looks to be the only way to get one other than waiting until the sketchy launch window of Spring 2011.Read more at GizchinaMatthew’s opinionPurchasing one of these phones is not advisable at any price. As they are marked for internal use only these may not be final hardware and therefore could be slow or missing some key internal components. It’s unlikely, but you won’t know until the box has been opened and your money taken.There’s also the issue of Apple potentially blocking or killing the phone. It may not happen, but if they know some handsets have gone missing they may have the kill switch prepared as soon as the phone shows up on AT&T. Do you want to take that risk after spending $800-$1200? No, didn’t think so.One thing this does show is that a white iPhone 4 is clearly possible, but Apple can’t release it yet. It must be down to an issue with the final color or a discoloration problem over time. Either that or they can’t produce white cases anywhere near as fast as black one making full production unworkable.last_img read more

The42 Rugby Show Irish frustrations test teams taking shape and Stuart Hoggs

first_img By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh Share Tweet Email The42 Rugby Show: Irish frustrations, test teams taking shape and Stuart Hogg’s replacement Murray Kinsella joined Sean Farrell from Dunedin with reaction to the Lions’ loss against the Highlanders. Brains and brawn in Henshaw display and more talking points after the Highlanders see off LionsHenderson makes impact felt for Lions as Payne has mixed night Subscribe for more videos 5 Comments http://the42.ie/3441789 IT’S BEEN A mixed tour so far for the Lions in New Zealand.With the first test against the All Blacks just 11 days away, the Lions recorded their second loss this morning, this time against the Highlanders in Dunedin.Murray Kinsella was there for The42 and we spoke to him live on our Rugby Show just after the game to get the immediate reaction, as well as the views from Warren Gatland and the players in the post-match press conferences. Source: The42.ie/YouTube Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 1:45 PM 12,328 Views Jun 13th 2017, 1:45 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hutch family member jailed for breaking into Revenue offices and assaulting man

first_img Share1 Tweet Email By Fiona Ferguson Criminal Courts of Justice Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 7:46 PM Short URL No Comments A MEMBER OF the Hutch family living in fear for his safety has been jailed for breaking into the Offices of the Revenue Commissioners and assaulting a man who tried to prevent him leaving.Alan Hutch (36) was confronted by a staff member who found him in his office as he returned from a tea break. The man was punched several times by Hutch during violent scuffles as he tried to prevent him leaving with a stolen mobile phone. Gardaí were alerted and all property recovered.The prosecuting garda told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the Hutch name had been involved in a feud in the Dublin area.“It’s an understatement, to put it mildly, that people are aware of the Hutch name,” said Derek Cooney BL, defending. He said there had been an orchestrated targeting of people bearing the Hutch name.He said his client did not like to hear the phrase “dead man walking” but said it was something all members of the Hutch family had been faced with and it was something Hutch had to live with. He outlined that Hutch’s father, taxi driver Eddie Hutch, had been killed on the doorstep of his family home. Hutch received the news of his father’s murder through a phone call while in custody.Hutch, of Portland Place, Dublin has 73 previous convictions including assault, robbery, burglary, threats to kill, endangerment, obstruction, production of article and road traffic offences.Hutch pleaded guilty to burglary and assault causing harm to Karl Higgins at the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Hammam buildings, Upper O’Connell Street on 7 March 2018.Violent struggleJudge Melanie Greally noted the burglary had developed into a violent struggle when Hutch was interrupted and his escape prevented. Higgins suffered a number of blows during two scuffles.Two of Higgins’ colleagues came to his assistance and subdued Hutch until gardaí arrived.Judge Greally noted Hutch has been in custody since the date of his arrest and is very isolated in prison, where he has become “paranoid” in relation to others including prison staff. She said he is “extremely fearful for his own safety and has substantial cause for that fear”.She took into account his drug addiction and efforts to deal with it, as well as a psychological report which outlined he had been exposed to violence and criminality from a very young age.The judge noted his guilty pleas were valuable as witnesses may have been fearful if required to give evidence in a case against him. She noted the circumstances associated with the current “feud” and said it was an “unimaginable situation for anyone to be living with on an ongoing basis”.SentencingJudge Greally imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions. She backdated the sentence to the date of the offence when he went into custody.During the sentence hearing, Cooney said Hutch was on protection in custody in a single cell and had formed certain views that the prison authorities were contaminating his food and water.He handed a psychological report into court outlining his family circumstances. His upbringing was described as challenging, with Hutch witnessing violence inflicted on his mother, brothers and himself by his father.He said that despite this Hutch described missing his father and wishing he was around to “steady the ship” and get him back on the right path. Cooney said his client began using cannabis at a young age, later progressing to heroin. He also became involved with criminality from a young age.Counsel said Hutch has been addressing his addiction while in custody and when he gets out of prison he wants to assist his mother who cares for a younger brother with special needs.He said that Hutch’s release will in effect be a “house arrest” as he cannot go out and walk the streets of Dublin.Additional evidence Garda Gavin Feeley told Aoife McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that at about mid day on 7 March 2018 Hutch got into the Eir building through an unlocked door as maintenance was taking place.He walked around the building for a time before going through another door into the adjacent Offices of the Revenue Commissioners. He walked upstairs and into the unoccupied office of Karl Higgins, who was on his tea break.When Higgins returned to his office he found Hutch in his office holding a white box containing his mobile phone and accessories. He shouted at Hutch, who put the box in his pocket and tried to leave the office.Hutch ran at Higgins who was in the doorway and a scuffle began in which they both fell to the ground. Hutch punched Higgins in the face as they fell. Hutch got up and ran away.Higgins raised the alarm and followed Hutch who was attempting to open an inner door that was kept permanently closed. Hutch turned and ran back towards Higgins, who shouted at him to drop the phone.Hutch punched him in the face on at least two occasions in the course of another scuffle, during which Hutch grabbed a steel pole and pushed it onto “the neck or chest area” of Higgins.Two of Higgins’ colleagues came to his assistance and they managed to subdue Hutch on the ground until security arrived. The phone in the white box was recovered as well as a second phone and a camera. Garda Feely was on duty nearby and was alerted by a staff member.Hutch was arrested and answered “no comment” to all questions in garda interview. He has been in custody since his arrest.The court heard Higgins suffered bruising and tenderness to his cheekbone. There was no victim impact report.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. 26,893 Views center_img Criminal Courts of Justice Mar 21st 2019, 7:46 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Hutch family member jailed for breaking into Revenue offices and assaulting man Judge Greally imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final 18 months on strict conditions. https://jrnl.ie/4554869 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

As tension between Greece and Turkey simmers down Athens adopts cautious stance

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Nikos Kotzias omitted to brief journalists after his lengthy meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday, his omission did not go unnoticed.The meeting took place during the NATO summit in Brussels and it had the promise of a ‘cool change’ in the Greece-Turkey relationships, after weeks, if not months of tension which nearly led to conflict a number of times.The Greek Foreign Minister’s recent stance marks a departure from that of his cabinet colleague, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, but also from his own sharp remarks towards his counterpart during this recent period.The reason for this change of attitude lies in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey, which are to be held on 24 June. The Greek government expects the nationalist rhetoric to continue dominating the Turkish public discourse up until the elections. Adopting a more cautious approach towards Ankara, Athens aims to avoid conflict, while waiting to see the result of the elections.One of the major points of concern for Athens is the possibility of Turkish election rallies being held in Thrace, where a sizable Muslim population resides, particularly Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his decision to deliver a campaign speech in Sarajevo, Bosnia on May 20.Moreover, Greece believes that behind Turkey’s bellicose stance hides a strategy to divert attention from the refugee crisis, which should be the primary focus of both countries at the moment.The Greek foreign ministry also decided to take a step back, after the US threatened to impose sanctions on Ankara over its planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.last_img read more

HandsOn Ori and the Will of the Wisps Takes Us on Another

first_img One of 2015’s best and most imaginative games is Ori and the Blind Forest. The Xbox One and PC exclusive managed to stand out from the flood of similar “Metroidvania” titles thanks to its gorgeous graphics and challenging gameplay. The sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, is taking things to the next level by adding new skills and expanding the size of the world. Based on the short demo I played last week after the Xbox E3 briefing, I believe Moon Studios is set to deliver another awe-inspiring platforming experience.The demo I played was set in an area called the Windswept Wastes, which is about four to five hours into the main story. The barren desert environment was a great place to test out Ori’s new moves. Chief among these is a new swinging mechanic that serves as a way to traverse the world faster and to avoid dangerous traps. Given all of the nasty dangers before Ori, the Grapple came in extremely handy. Another new ability gained near the end of the demo allowed Ori to burrow under the sand. This is another move that’s essential for getting around the world quickly.AdChoices广告Ori and the Blind Forest emphasized platforming over combat. The sequel seeks to strike a finer balance between the two. To help fend off the vicious creatures of the world, Ori has three different attacks he can employ. The first is a sword called Spirit Edge. This weapon is perfect for close-range combat. Another melee attack is the Spirit Smash. This hammer strikes slowly but hits hard. Lastly, the Spirit Arc is a bow that’s ideal for long-range encounters. Players can upgrade and modify each of these abilities to make them more effective.The world of the original game was beautiful, but it was also lonely. The only company Ori had were the monsters trying to kill him. That isn’t the case with the sequel, as various NPCs litter the map. These characters offer Ori side quests to complete or sell him useful items like maps and upgrades. In the demo, an NPC named Tokki asks Ori to retrieve a needle for him. Completing the quest rewards our hero with an upgrade. While NPCs aren’t necessarily crucial to the game, they do make the world feel more alive.Speaking about the game world, Moon Studios has somehow managed to make Ori and the Will of the Wisps more visually stunning than Blind Forest. That’s impressive considering how the demo takes place in an uninviting desert environment. Everything seen on screen, from Ori, his enemies, and the world, are brilliantly realized. The lighting effects give everything a decidedly otherworldly feel. Playing this level makes me yearn to see how welcoming environments like forests look. My words cannot do the visuals justice. This is a breathtakingly gorgeous game.Blind Forest is one of the most challenging games released in recent years and Will of the Wisps is no different. If you want to proceed, you’re going to need to sharpen your platforming skills. For example, the demo featured sections where you had to bounce off sand walls and then quickly use the Grapple to get across a gap. The tricky part is that the sand walls disintegrate upon touch. You have to move quickly or end up falling into a pit of spikes. As before, you’ll receive certain upgrades that make platforming easier. Even then, you’ll need to master certain basic moves like double jumping and wall jumping in order to survive. Expect another tough (but fair) experience.Since I only played a small portion of the game, I didn’t get a feel for the full scope of the world. Like with other Metroidvania titles, this game contains numerous routes one can unlock with the correct ability or power up. I expect the world of Will of the Wisps to be every bit as expansive and intertwined as that of the original. Perhaps more so. Even in the demo, I located a number of secret items and passages. I’m looking forward to exploring every nook and cranny in the final game.The original Ori was (criminally) overlooked by many gamers. Hopefully, people will take the time to check out the sequel. While I realize players are no doubt suffering from Metroidvania fatigue at this point, this is a must-play title if you’re a fan of challenging platformers. Don’t miss out on Ori and the Will of the Wisps when it releases for Xbox One and PC in 2019.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on targetlast_img read more

In Florida a shifting Cuban vote could be difference on presidency

first_imgMIAMI — Francis Suarez comes from a long line of civic and political leaders who have formed the Republican bedrock in south Florida’s Cuban community for a half-century. Yet the 38-year-old Miami city commissioner hasn’t decided whether he will vote for his party’s presidential nominee.And he’s not alone. Many Cuban-Americans express solidarity with other Latin-Americans who see Donald Trump as anti-Hispanic. Still others hear in Trump’s nationalistic populism echoes of the government strongmen they once fled.“There are aspects of Trump that appeal to parts of the Cuban-American culture: strong leadership, the ability and willingness to say bold things,” says Suarez, the son of a former Miami mayor and a potential chief executive himself. The concern, Suarez says, comes when Trump’s boorishness, bullying and slapdash policy pronouncements “cross the line from bold to wild, unpredictable.”How those misgivings influence the votes of hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans could tilt the nation’s most populous presidential battleground state and, depending on circumstances elsewhere, determine whether Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the election.Roberto Rodriguez Tejera, a well-known Spanish-language radio and television host in Miami, says he won’t endorse Trump or Clinton, arguing neither has engaged in genuine, personal outreach to average Cuban and other Hispanic voters. But Tejera asks his audiences to compare Trump’s assertions that “I am your voice” and “I alone can solve” societal ills to the initial appeals of authoritarian rulers like Cuba’s Fidel Castro and the late Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.last_img read more

A Pearl wins Graceway Supermarkets prize car

first_img Revenue Control Unit and Treasury Department Reopens Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Nov 2015 – A winner was announced to the Turks and Caicos on Friday of that 2016 Hyundai i10 courtesy of Graceway Supermarkets and it was a 30 year employee with the Treasury Department. Pearl Bernadin had the key that started the car which was set up at Smart Grocery store down town.Winning Moment:(Screaming, Cheering… when car starts)Deandrea: “How fast is your heart beating right now?Pearl: “…very fast!”Deandrea: “…have you ever won anything before?”Pearl: “Not really, this is actually my first time…”Deandrea: “…and you did it big when you did it!”Pearl: “…exactly!”A priceless moment, truly! Congratulations, again to Pearl she gets her 2016 vehicle in a few weeks from Hyundai TCI. Related Items:2016 Hyundai i10, gracewaY SUPERMARKETS, Pearl Bernadin, raffle, treasury department Four finalists named to WIN THAT CAR at Smart Grocery store TODAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CLOSED: Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with moldlast_img read more

Woodburn mall Duck football back up I5

first_imgOregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported a busy Thanksgiving night along Interstate 5 in the Woodburn area as they worked with ODOT to handle expected heavy traffic for the annual Woodburn Outlet Mall “Moonlight Madness” sale.According to OSP Sergeant Bob Charpentier, the anticipated heavy backed up traffic and congestion happened as travelers and shoppers converged in both directions on Interstate 5 at exit 271 (Woodburn). OSP troopers concentrated patrol and enforcement efforts on a four mile stretch near the interchange. Fifty-one (51) citations were issued to motorists during a six hour period for violations including illegal stopping / standing on the highway, failure to obey traffic control device, failure to use safety restraints, driving while suspended, and driving uninsured.One person was arrested for DUII and three others cited for Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana. Traffic was still backed up for several miles in the far right lane to exit into Woodburn at 2:00 a.m.Travelers going to or through that area Friday may see some congestion near Woodburn as well as southbound toward Eugene as thousands of football fans go to Eugene for the 4:00 p.m. University of Oregon football game.OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to stay alert and focused on their driving. Keep a safe following distance at a safe speed for road and traffic conditions.last_img read more

Vancouver man accused of having dealing child pornography

first_imgA 47-year-old Vancouver man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of dealing or possessing several thousand images and videos of child pornography.Richard L. Walsh is set to be arraigned March 29 on charges of first-degree dealing in child pornography, first-degree possession of child pornography and first-degree Internet viewing of child pornography.An undercover FBI database revealed that Walsh was sharing multiple child pornography digital files between December 2011 and Feb. 13 of this year in a peer network on the Internet, according to a probable cause affidavit.Peer-to-peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers and are commonly used for illegal activity, according to the FBI’s website.The affidavit said:The FBI informed Vancouver police on Feb. 4 that Walsh was suspected of having and dealing child pornography and provided the police department with 100 digital image files downloaded from Walsh’s computer.last_img read more

UltraViolet goes dark on July 31

first_img Apple’s streaming service could take on Netflix 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 77 Photos If you signed up for the UltraViolet during its eight-year stint, now’s your last chance to rescue copies of your movies from oblivion before the service shuts down Wednesday. Earlier this year, the cloud movie locker sent emails to customers notifying them that it will go dark on July 31.It’s not much of a surprise, given that the cross-studio service has gradually been supplanted by the broader Movies Anywhere service over time. UltraViolet primarily focused on serving up digital versions of movies that people purchased on physical Digital HD and Blu-ray discs. It reportedly amassed more than 30 million users, who collectively stored over 300 million TV shows and movies in their cloud libraries.Your movies will still be available through linked retailers, but you need to make sure they’re all associated with one in order to retain access. You can still redeem “UV” codes, but they’ll be associated with the individual retailer accounts rather than your UltraViolet account. Here’s the email, with instructions, in full: We are writing to inform you that the UltraViolet service is planning to shut down on July 31, 2019. You are receiving this message because you signed up for an UltraViolet Library or for a service that created an UltraViolet Library for you. What does this mean for you? Between January 31 and July 31, 2019 You can continue to access your UltraViolet movies and TV shows through the retailer(s) linked to your UltraViolet Library.You can also continue to purchase new movies and TV shows and redeem digital codes by following the redemption instructions. Depending on the retailer, these new purchases and redemptions may or may not be added to your UltraViolet Library.Linking your UltraViolet Library to additional retailers can maximize your access to your Library and help avoid potential disruption.After the shutdown date Your UltraViolet Library will automatically close and, in the majority of cases, your movies and TV shows will remain accessible at previously-linked retailers.You can continue to make online purchases and redeem codes, but these may only be available through that retailer, and will not be added to your UltraViolet Library.What should you do now? As soon as possible, login at myuv.com and choose Retailer Services to verify the retailers linked to your UltraViolet Library. If your Library is not currently linked to a retailer or if you would like to link to additional participating retailers, select one or more retailers to link to your UltraViolet Library.Don’t unlink or close your UltraViolet Library, as UltraViolet and retailers will be working together to maximize your continued access to movies and TV shows.Look for further communications from UltraViolet and your retailers over the coming months, as some retailers may disconnect from UltraViolet before July 31. Some details may be updated, so visit myuv.com/faq often for the most current information and answers to frequently asked questions. Thank you for making UltraViolet part of how you enjoy digital entertainment. Please do not hesitate to contact customer support at customercare@uvvu.com if you have additional questions. Sincerely, The UltraViolet Team Originally published Jan. 31, 2019.Update, July 29: Notes that UltraViolet is shutting down this week. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 11 Comments TV and Movies Tech Industry 6:05last_img read more

Senate to return to Juneau to focus on oil and gas tax

first_imgSen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in April. She would like to see the end of oil and gas tax credits for which companies receive cash payments. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Senate plans to reconvene in Juneau on July 10 to try to overhaul oil and gas credits. But it’s not clear if there’s room for compromise with the House, which has different goals.Listen nowNeither chamber has held a voting session since it passed the state budget on June 22. But senators said they want to make changes to oil and gas taxes quickly, starting with ending the ability for companies to receive tax credits in the form of cash payments.The House wants to increase the amount that oil and gas companies pay in taxes.Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel said the change proposed by the Senate is more urgent than the House’s proposal.“That’s like a Band-Aid change,” Giessel, a nurse practitioner, said. “But the cash payments to oil companies, when the state itself is in deficit revenue, is actually urgent. It is the hemorrhaging of cash.”Under the Senate plan, oil and gas companies would be able to reduce the amount their liable to pay in taxes in the future, rather than receive cash payments sooner.Giessel and other senators said Thursday that they want to have changes go into effect on Saturday, six months sooner than they previously proposed.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr said the Senate bill doesn’t do enough.“We don’t want to just change the name of the incentive program, but have it cost the same,” Tarr said. “If it costs the same, it’s not going to work.”Senators also want to limit the tax benefits for spending money on an oil field to reduce the tax liability from that same field. Gov. Bill Walker supports the change, known as “ring fencing.”The trade group Alaska Oil and Gas Association expressed concern with both the ring-fencing proposal, and with the idea of moving up the end of tax-credit cash payments.Walker added the oil and gas legislation, House Bill 111, to the special session that is scheduled to end on July 15.The Legislature also hasn’t passed a capital budget for the 12 months beginning Saturday. Most lawmakers have returned to their homes from Juneau.last_img read more

BJP pulls out of Kashmir ruling coalition

first_imgBJP logoIndia’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday where militant violence has worsened in recent months, the party announced.The Hindu nationalist BJP entered into an unlikely alliance with a regional party after an inconclusive election in 2014 to govern the state where Indian forces have struggled to quell an armed revolt for decades.“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ram Madhav, party general secretary, told reporterslast_img

Microsofts Manual Deskterity Enhances User Touchscreen Experience w Video

first_imgBy combining the two, Microsoft researchers are working on a whole new variety of tools for interacting with your computer. There are also plans to adapt this user interface to work on mobile devices. Citation: Microsoft’s ‘Manual Deskterity’ Enhances User Touchscreen Experience (w/ Video) (2010, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-microsofts-manual-deskterity-user-touchscreen.html Microsoft Announces Windows Mobile 6.5 Pen writes, touch manipulates. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Pen plus touch equals new set of tools. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft’s “Manual Deskterity” combines touch and pen for a more natural user experience working with Microsoft Surface (tabletop touchscreen) and newer versions of Windows 7 tablet. Microsoft’s aims are to combine pen and multi-touch input into a more natural user experience. For example, moving papers around on your desk and jotting notes on them, and then dropping them into folders for filing. The pen input is great for certain tasks, but not others; the same holds true for touch. Microsoft’s new user interface exhibits many interesting features when combining the pen and touch interaction on the touchscreen. Take for instance, if a user wanted to copy an object, they can do so by holding it down with one hand and dragging the pen across the image to peel off a new one and place it anywhere on the desk. Microsoft’s Bill Buxton explains what the Natural User Interface is all about, in the above video. Microsoft’s researchers have arrived at the following perspective: the pen writes, touch manipulates, and the combination of both yields new tools. Microsoft’s “Manual Deskterity” adds power and a more natural user experience to the tablet PC. Pen writes, touch manipulates. Pen plus touch equals new set of tools. The above video demonstrates many user interface techniques that would have to be learned to fully utilize all the features incorporated into “Manual Deskterity”. Microsoft believes that the natural user interface will ease the learning process and prevent users from trying to remember a sequence of commands or menu operations. Explore further 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.last_img read more