Canadian director Ted Kotcheffs memoir dives into his Toronto roots and his

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “I was blue and I could hardly breathe and my mother woke up and she saw me, this blue frozen piece of meat, and she screamed,” the 85-year-old raconteur recalled in a recent interview.His father, a marathon runner, ran 20 blocks to get a doctor while his uncle risked being arrested by chopping down two spruce trees and dragging them back for firewood.center_img Canadian writer-director Ted Kotcheff has racked up a wide variety of credits in his long career, from The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz to First Blood and Weekend at Bernie’s.He’s directed many Hollywood heavyweights, including Gregory Peck, William Shatner, Ingrid Bergman and Gene Hackman, and developed a close friendship and working relationship with the late acclaimed author Mordecai Richler.Most recently he’s been an executive producer for hundreds of episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one of the longest-running TV shows ever. Login/Register With: All this from the most humble of beginnings in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood during the Great Depression, Kotcheff writes in his candid new memoir Director’s Cut: My Life in Film, when his Bulgarian dad and Macedonian mom were so poor they couldn’t afford coal or wood to heat their home.One winter night, when temperatures dipped to around -40 C, a nearly 2-year-old Kotcheff almost froze to death. Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccan Actress Zineb Smaiki Dies

Rabat – Moroccan comedian Zineb Smaiki died on Thursday morning.The news was announced by Moroccan actress Latifa Ahrar on her official Facebook page.Zineb Smaiki began her career when she was just 13 in the theater group “Chabiba Lhmrae” (Red Youth) in Marrakech. She also featured in several films since 1998. The deceased rose to the limelight following her participation in the television series “Yak Hna Jiran” aired on Moroccan second channel 2M during the holy month of Ramadan.

Sudan UN welcomes restart of peace talks in Nairobi after nineweek break

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy to Sudan, Tom Eric Vraalsen, said he hoped the talks would continue in a spirit of goodwill. He noted positive developments – including deliveries of food to some 188,500 people who had previously been unable to gain access to it and a record number of polio immunizations of children – that demonstrate the commitment by both parties to humanitarian goals. “UN agencies and its partners have already been able to reach a much larger number of people in need,” Mr. Vraalsen said. “We hope that this climate continues to allow suffering to be relieved effectively while creating the right conditions for meaningful talks.” read more

Uniforms for Michigan game released

As part of its Rivalry uniform program, Nike has designed a special uniform with cutting-edge fabrics and technologies (37 percent lighter!) to be be worn by the Buckeyes when they play Michigan, November 21, 2009.  This new uniform, inspired by the 1954 National Championship team, are meant to honor Ohio State tradition and accomplishment.  They were officially unveiled Monday at the Newport Music Hall for the Beat Michigan pep rally.  The team will return to wearing their traditional uniforms after the game versus Michigan. read more

Zambia is a hotbed of uranium exploration

first_imgKinti Mining has signed a joint venture agreement with Samarium Group Holding. The new venture, called Kinti Energy, will have an overriding focus on uncovering and assembling undervalued uranium resource properties in Zambia, a region that it says “has turned into a hotbed of uranium exploration because of the resurgent global interest in nuclear power.”Samarium Group is a leader in private and public investments in small and mid cap companies and as such will help raise the investment capital required to sustain the uranium exploration activities conducted by Kinti Mining. Preliminary budget estimates for exploration activities are approaching $30 million.Kinti Energy is preparing a three year operational plan and budget to acquire and explore African properties with indicated uranium mineral resources. Zambia has enacted new mining legislation that has resulted in a historic opportunity for mineral exploration and mining companies to acquire tenements with significant mineral resources. Kinti and its partners have submitted several applications to the Zambian Ministry of Mines for such uranium tenements. It expects to develop at least two of its exploration projects to the bank feasibility stage after proving reserves of up to 40 Mlb of recoverable uranium with a potential valuation of $2.1 billion, at the uranium spot price for January 5, 2009.Kinti Mining describes itself as “a mineral exploration company with an overriding focus on uncovering and assembling undervalued resource properties or companies. With such inventories it expects to build stakeholder wealth through the public markets, along with being able to offer, other public companies, properties on a wholesale basis in exchange for a combination of company stock and/or cash.last_img read more

Codelco recognises Immersive Technologies for outstanding contribution to training

first_imgImmersive Technologies was awarded for its ‘Outstanding Contribution to Training’ at the Codelco 3rd Technical Standards Exhibition in Calama, Chile. The picture shows attendees of the Codelco exhibition watching a demonstration of the PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator. Business partners were invited to attend the five-day event which highlighted current technologies being used at Codelco mines and being integrated into the company’s safety guidelines and standard operating procedures.Immersive Technologies exhibited an underground truck module on its Advanced Equipment Simulator. This technology, Immersive says, “has helped mining companies around the world lower their cost per tonne in the safest possible way and transformed the way the mining industry recruits, trains, improves and assesses the risk associated with their equipment operators.”Manfredo Manfredi, Immersive Technologies Regional Vice President- Latin America, said “we are honoured to be recognised by Codelco for our efforts in operator training.  This award is particularly significant to Immersive Technologies, as Codelco is a long term user of our simulator products.“We offer the mining industry’s only complete and scalable operator training solution and were delighted to showcase our latest offering to Codelco operators, supervisors and executives. We combine eLearning, instructor led training, medium and high fidelity simulators to provide the most cost effective training solution.“As a company our goal is to make every mining and earth moving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable. This award from Codelco is testimony to our progress in achieving this objective.”last_img read more

5 apps worth downloading this week

first_img12 Days of GiftsFor: iOSCost: FreeWhy should I care?- If you’re an iPhone user and you haven’t been availing of Apple’s Christmas app, get on it now.- 12 Days of Gifts offers you paid apps to download for free between 26th December to January 6th.- The apps offered are only free on the day so having notifications switched on so you don’t miss them is a good idea.- Quality of apps can be hit and miss, some days you get something like Broken Sword or Toy Story short movies, other days you’ll get songs from Maroon 5.- Still, you’re getting paid apps for free so there’s very little to complain about.(Image: 12 Days of Gifts/iTunes)DipticFor: iOS, Android, Windows Phone Cost: €0.99 for iOS, €0.75 for Android, Free for Windows PhoneWhy should I care?- If you’re the kind of person who loves creating collages, there are many good apps out there but Diptic is probably one of the more consistent examples out there.- Diptic provides both a large number of layouts, and a vast number of adjustments so that your collages look perfect before they’re published.- Using it is a breeze and it manages to cram a lot of features in without overwhelming users, which is impressive in itself.- You can purchase additional layouts, but unless you’re very particular about how your photos are placed, the basic ones are more than enough.- It just arrived on Windows Phone, where users get it for free. iOS and Android users aren’t so lucky.(Image: Diptic/Windows Phone) EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.We’re going to assume that you already have a lot of the most popular apps, so let us do the hard work for you and pick out the latest apps that are deserving of your time.This week features a new and intuitive lock screen for Android users, a native Gmail client for Windows Phone users and a classic PS2 game arriving on the small screen.Cover (beta)For: AndroidCost: FreeWhy should I care?- One of Android’s strengths is that you can customise both the lock screen and extra screens, but most of the time, you will want to access the app proper.- Cover is currently in beta mode, but is a very intuitive app allowing you to switch between apps without unlocking your phone.- Replacing your current lock screen, it learns what apps you use the most and sets it up so that they’re only a swipe away.- Switching to and from apps is also handy.  All you have to do is swipe down from the top-right hand corner when you’re in an app.- If you use your smartphone or tablet for work, it can present you with relevant apps suitable for each place.(Video: Cover for Android/YouTube) GTA: San Andreas For: iOS (Android & Windows Phone out next week) Cost: €5.99Why should I care?- Vice City is usually the favourite GTA game, but San Andreas is wacky and never takes itself too seriously which makes it fun.- It was released in 2004 meaning it’s almost ten years old. Let that sink in for a moment.- On the game itself, it’s been modified for touchscreen players, meaning there’s two separate control systems for driving and moving as well as a more forgiving checkpoint system.- Probably the exciting part is that for iPhone users, it’s compatible with iOS controllers. We’re going to assume/hope that the Android and Windows Phone version will get similar treatment.- Only iOS version is out now, Android and Windows Phone will be out next week.(Video: PlayscopeTimeline/YouTube)MetroMailFor: Windows Phone Cost: €1.49Why should I care?- If you’re heavily reliant upon Gmail, either for work or personal reasons, MetroMail brings the experience to Windows Phone.- A lot of work has been put into the app, It’s been built from the ground up, meaning it integrates with WP perfectly.- Pretty much every major feature associated with Gmail can be found here.- It’s only the first version, with the developer hoping to add extra features like drafts and attachments support.- The native mail app is still good, but if you use Gmail for work or personal use, you should give it a go.(Image: MetroMail/Windows Phone)Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 7th Dec >Read: Smartphone users are 33% more likely to fall victim to identity fraud >last_img read more

Abbas due to visit Athens next month

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece and the Palestinian Authority are to form a joint ministerial committee aimed at strengthening their relationship, it was announced Thursday.The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, revealed the initiative after talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Ramallah. It was also announced that Abbas will visit Athens on December 21 and 22.“We ask states that have not yet recognized Palestine as a state but who believe in a two-state solution to do so,” said Abbas. Tsipras said that his government is in favor of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.On Thursday, Tsipras also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras informed President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday of an invitation by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to visit the country, government sources said.According to the sources, during a phone call earlier this morning with the President, Tsipras said of Rivlin’s intention to extend an invitation to visit and Pavlopoulos agreed to do so at the start of 2016.Source: Kathimerini, newsbomb.grlast_img read more

Meet six creatures from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

first_imgThis November 18th, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be unleashed in theaters and we’ll be introduced to Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, a collector of magical creatures. Even though the screenplay was written by J.K Rowling and it takes place in the same world as the Harry Potter stories, Potter and his friends won’t be showing up.Since the film is set in 1920s New York City, the ramp up to Fantastic Beasts has thus far been comprised of tidbits about North American magical history, not the titular beasts. With roughly three months to go until release we’re finally getting a look at a few of the magical creatures that will be featured.The photos and information about the movie was debuted by Entertainment Weekly, but for some of these creatures the source text for the film can be used to elaborate.Despite being the basis for what Warner Bros is hoping will be a trilogy of Newt Scamander movies, the original short book that Rowling wrote in 2001 is not available digitally at Pottermore, the official site for Rowling’s digitial publications. Luckily, we have a copy on hand to reference for some extra tidbits of information.NifflerAppearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire novel, the Niffler is making his onscreen debut in Fantastic Beasts. The little bag it is holding is where it keeps the treasure it finds. It’s an enchanted bag, so it can hold more than it looks like it can. Nifflers seek out treasure like jewelry or coins (in America, the wizarding coin is the “dragot”) and covet it in the bag/pouch.Harry and his fourth year Care of Magical Creatures class were sent on a scavenger hunt to find buried leprechaun gold by Hagrid as a contest. Each student was given a Niffler to help dig and search. The scene didn’t make it into the film adaptation, so this is the first visual pass at the little buddy.“We saw some great footage of a honey badger raiding somebody’s house with a completely insatiable desire to find food and nothing would get in its way,” said Fantastic Beasts special effects supervisor Christian Manz. In the Fantastic Beasts book, it’s revealed that Nifflers breed in litters of six to eight. Fun facts!BowtruckleThe bowtruckle got only a passing mention in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie when Hagrid bemoaned to Harry at Privet Drive “I brought you here sixteen years ago when you were no bigger than a bowtruckle.”The Fantastic Beasts book describes Bowtruckles as woodland creatures that grow no taller than eight inches in height. Even though they are difficult to find in their native Scandinavia, Newt Scamander has at least four of them including actor Eddie Redmayne’s favorite beast of the movie, a bowtruckle named Pickett.“Pickett has attachment issues, so Newt knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but like he loves Pickett to sit in his top pocket,” says Redmaybe. “I felt for him quite badly.” Apparently his name is also a new bowtruckle function which EW hints at by saying “it can be very handy to have around when there are locks to pick.” That detail is absent from the Fantastic Beasts book.ThunderbirdThe Thunderbird is noteworthy for a few reasons, among them its prominent placement in the trailer (“was that a hippogriff?”) and its status as one of the mascots for a house at Illvermorny school of magic. The Thunderbird is entirely absent from the Fantastic Beasts book, so all we have is a quote from Entertainment Weekly as to what to expect from this particular fantastic beast:“The Thunderbird is a large, regal avian creature native to the arid climate of Arizona. Its head is similar to that of an eagle or, in the wizarding world, a Hippogriff. Its multiple powerful wings shimmer with cloud-and sun-like patterns and their flapping can create storms. Thunderbirds can also sense danger. After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona.”It’s name is Frank.Swooping EvilAs you can probably guess from the name, this creature has not appeared in previously published material. Instead it’s a new creature that appeared in the Fantastic Beasts trailer when Newt threw some sort of orb in the air (yes, it kind of looks like he’s choosing a Pokémon).The new information about the swooping evil actually makes it much more sinister like its name, not like it’s appearance: “when at rest, the swooping evil lives in a green spiny cocoon. But when it spreads its colorful, spiked wings, it is strangely beautiful. It can be dangerous, as it is capable of sucking out brains, but, conversely, if properly diluted, its venom can be quite useful to erase bad memories.”DemiguiseThe demiguise is a creature also seen in the trailer and a few successfully guessed the identity out of the Fantastic Beasts book. These primate creatures originate in the “Far East” and they are peaceful beasts who can turn invisible at will. That ends up making them valuable because their silvery hair can be used to weave ultra-rare invisibility cloaks (not ones as good as Harry Potters, but not everything can be a Deathly Hallow).What the movie is adding to the mythology of the demiguise is that it has light precognitive abilities, so to catch it, you have to do something completely unpredictable. The book hints that they could only be caught by “wizards skilled in its capture,” now we know why…they can feel the future.OccamyLast but certainly not least is the occamy. This creature appears in the Fantastic Beasts book and is the final image released in the new creatures batch, in both incarnations it is very, very dangerous.The book portrays the occamy as aggressive, especially in defense of its young. Occamy eggs are made of silver and worth a lot of money, so wizards are warned to be cautious when encountering an occamy. However, the book lists the occamy as a feathered, two-winged creature that can grow up to fifteen feet in length while the movie version is choranaptyxic, meaning it will grow or shrink to fit the container it is in. That could be bad news if it gets out in the open air, right……guess we’ll have to wait until November to find out.last_img read more

Glamourcom Sees SocialFocused Redesign

first_imgIn March, Condé Nast’s Glamour magazine reintroduced itself to the world with a redesigned publication. The idea for the redesign, editor-in-chief Cindi Levie told FOLIO: in an interview, came from a need to update the magazine to reflect the desires and personalities of contemporary women.Now in the digital space the brand is looking to do the same, rolling out its newly redesigned website this week with enhanced functionality and avenues for social engagement—a move the magazine says reflects the desires of its target millennial audience.“We’ve seen really rapid growth on social media, both on platforms and as referral traffic back to the site,” says Mike Hofman, digital managing director for the brand. “We started to learn things as we tracked more and more of the social media referrals about how completely obsessed with visuals and rich imagery our readers were. We started to get a sense that the way people browse the Web is changing—as we were going into the relaunch, we knew we wanted the site to be way more visual than it had been before.” Hofman says that has almost doubled its online traffic year-over-year, growing to about 5.5 million monthly unique visitors. The brand’s total social media footprint has also risen to a total 5 million across the major networking platforms.  Glamour tracks the most shared, commented on or liked pieces of content across their various social media sites and used this information during the planning of its site redesign. “We wanted everything to be super sharable so that a real sense of community could be fostered by the site,” says Hofman. “We see this year and this relaunch as a way to signify that we’re a site that competes not just in the magazine category but with digital-native competitors as well.”In addition to social widgets, every image that appears on can be instantly pinned to a Pinterest pin board. Additionally, the brand has begun commissioning original photos, illustrations and infographics specifically for the Web and designed for social media. The site publishes about 70 pieces of new content a day across its seven core channels. “Rich and luxurious images are so important for us and something the magazine has always done well,” says Hofman. “With the refreshing that happened, the visuals in print are so fantastic and dynamic. We wanted to capture that same energy while still being true as a digital product since there are nuances with the two audiences.”SEE ALSO: With Redesign, Glamour Ditches Fashion Title SamenessWhile making the website more social was important, Hofman says the digital infrastructure was also refreshed to support the new image-heavy, socially geared site and its growing mobile audience that now represents 25 percent of all website traffic.“Early on we decided we wanted to do responsive design because our mobile audience is incredibly important to us,” he says. “We wanted to focus on the responsive piece because in the past we felt that the mobile experience was not consistent brand wise or design wise with the desktop experience. From a behind the scenes work-flow perspective, if you made a change on the desktop site you had to go in and manually make those changes on our mobile site. Keeping the two in synch was difficult. As the desktop site became more complex the mobile site felt like a lot of mobile sites do—clean and simple with a string of headlines but not much more than that.”Providing a seamless experience between the desktop and mobile phone was one of Glamour’s biggest challenges, adds Hofman, who says the site was redesigned with HTML5 to provide a cohesive experience. Additionally, when redesigning the site the brand considered its advertisers—now some ads remain stationary on the site even though a user scrolls, giving partners more exposure. Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Voting materials available in Alaska Native languages Spanish Tagalog

first_imgEarly Voting stickers say “I voted” in English, Spanish, Tagalog and several Alaskan Native languages. The stickers were designed by Pat Race and translated by the Division of Elections. (Image courtesy of Alaska Division of Elections)Every official ballot cast in Alaska this election will be printed in English. But for voters whose primary language isn’t English, they will likely find assistance in a familiar tongue.Listen now“This work addresses deficiencies in the democratic process that have gone back for a whole generation or two in which Alaska Native voters were really disenfranchised,” said Indra Arriaga, who is the elections language assistance compliance manager at the Alaska Division of Elections.Arriaga heads the state’s program to translate elections materials. Right now there are 10 full ballot translations available: eight Alaska Native languages and dialects, as well as Spanish and Tagalog. For historically unwritten languages, the state provides oral assistance, most often recordings.Voters can use the translations side-by-side with the official ballot — the one that gets counted — reading or listening to translations of each section, then marking their choices on the English version.Arriaga doesn’t write the translations: She oversees translation panels. Made up of fluent speakers, most of them elders, these panels pick apart dense elections materials, line by line.“These are complicated measures that have huge impacts on the everyday lives of people. When you read a ballot, it’s usually so complicated that it’s very difficult to understand, even in English.”The panels take that jargon and break it down. They want their translations to make sense to voters in their rural, majority Alaska Native communities. That means explaining concepts like like “the good old boy network,” or even “candidate.”Arriaga said the translations are typically much longer than the English original and added, “I think that actually the translations that we do in Alaska Native languages, and this is simply my gut feeling, is the translations are probably better.”That matters, especially for Alaskans without much access to lawmakers.Arriaga recalled working this summer in New Stuyahok, a Yup’ik village of about 500 near Dillingham. Their task: to translate Ballot Measure One. That’s the controversial initiative that would beef up protections for Alaska’s salmon habitat.Like many villages in the state, New Stuyahok relies on the salmon fishery for both subsistence and income.“So there are a lot of emotions that are attached to it, regardless of where they stand on it,” Arriaga said.That could be a problem.“My job then is to work with them, so that even though they may have concerns we have to translate what is there. And that is where working with a panel is really important.”The panel members help each other find the right words and hold everyone accountable, keeping out personal opinions and biases.Arriaga sees the project as a piece of something much bigger. For all Alaskans.“I want them to understand how important it is for Alaska. It helps everybody. You don’t have to be Alaska Native to support this. You don’t have to be a speaker of any language to support this, because the benefits of diversity and the benefits of a multilingual society is huge.”Alaska voters who need language assistance on election day can call 866-954-8683 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. to speak to a translator.last_img read more

TrumpKim summit in play as Moon visits White House

first_imgUS president Donald Trump greets South Korea`s President Moon Jae-in upon his arrival at the White House for meetings on 22 May 2018 in Washington, DC.Donald Trump welcomes South Korea’s president to the White House Tuesday, a high stakes and potentially testy meeting that could decide whether the US leader’s much-vaunted summit with Kim Jong Un goes ahead.Moon Jae-in is scheduled to arrive at the White House at 12:00 (1600 GMT) on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the US and North Korea that is in trouble almost before it begins.Trump had agreed to meet inscrutable “Supreme Leader” Kim in Singapore on 12 June, but the first-ever US-North Korea summit is now in serious doubt, with both sides expressing reservations.”I would still contend that this time is different,” South Korean ambassador Cho Yoon Je wrote in the Washington Post on the eve of his president’s visit.”We must still give hope a chance, even though there are miles to go and the road will be bumpy.”South Korea — worried about Kim’s bellicose weapons testing and Trump’s similarly bellicose warnings about “fire and fury” — was instrumental in convincing the two Cold War foes to sit down and talk.Moon sent his own national security advisor to the White House in March, carrying an offer of talks and word that North Korea may be willing to abandon nuclear weapons, an enticing prospect.Trump surprised his guests, his own aides and the world by summarily accepting the meeting, seeing an opportunity to “do a deal” and avoid military confrontation.Pyongyang is on the verge of marrying nuclear and missile technology allowing it to hit the continental United States with a nuke, a capability Washington sees as wholly unacceptable.Since then, there has been a landmark series of intra-Korean meetings, two trips to Pyongyang by Mike Pompeo — first as CIA director then as America’s top diplomat — and three American citizens have been released from the North.But after several Trumpian victory laps, North Korea’s willingness to denuclearize is now in serious doubt.Earlier this month, North Korea denounced US demands for “unilateral nuclear abandonment” and cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South in protest over joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.Trump responded by saying the meeting may or may not take place.Vice president Mike Pence warned in an interview on Monday night that there was “no question” that Trump would be prepared to walk away from the talks with Kim if it looks like they won’t yield results, and that the president was not just after a public relations triumph.Pence claimed that both the Clinton and Bush administrations “got played” by North Korea when Washington previously tried to get Pyongyang to denuclearize, but that the current administration would not make the same mistakes.”It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong Un to think he could play Donald Trump,” he told Fox News.- ‘We’ll see what happens’ -Trump also surprised many by offering Kim an upfront security guarantee, allowing him to stay in power, and suggested that Kim’s apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.”It could very well be that he’s influencing Kim Jong Un,” Trump said, citing a recent meeting between the pair, their second in a month’s time. “We’ll see what happens.”Analysts saw North Korea’s perceived slow peddling as evidence of what they feared all along, that Pyongyang may have been playing for time — hoping to ease sanctions and “maximum pressure,” or of South Korea overtorquing the prospects of a deal.”The current episode of tension reflects a wide and dangerous expectation gap between the United States and North Korea,” said Eric Gomez of the CATO Institute.”Denuclearization is not off the table for the North, but it expects the United States to end the so-called ‘hostile policy’ as a precondition for denuclearization.”It is far from clear what that means concretely, but it could include the withdrawal of 30,000 US troops from the Korean peninsula.With just weeks to go and little clarity on what will be discussed or what happens if talks fail, some Korea watchers predict fireworks during Trump’s talks with Moon.”It increasingly looks like the Moon administration overstated North Korea’s willingness to deal. Moon will probably get an earful over that,” said Robert Kelly of Pusan National University.Yonhap news agency quoted a Blue House official as saying Moon would “likely tell president Trump what to expect and what not to expect from Kim.”last_img

Welcome To HPMs New Arts Podcast

first_img 00:00 /10:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X Hosts Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu chat about what to look forward to on “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” including how they came up with the title, their passions and what they love about Houston’s arts scene.Share your comments, questions and ideas at This article is part of the Unwrap Your Candies Now podcast Sharelast_img

North Carolina Swears in 1st Black Female Chief Justice

first_imgBy The Associated PressNorth Carolina’s first African-American female chief justice says she believes her elevation to the post brings “a lot of hope and promise” to the state and for young people to become whoever they want.The court system says more than 1,000 people watched in person or in overflow rooms to see the public swearing-in of Cheri Beasley on March 7 at the Supreme Court.Associate Justices Paul Newby and Robin Hudson applaud for new Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, center, of the N.C. Supreme Court during Beasley’s investiture ceremony in Raleigh on March 7. (Paul Woolverton/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)Gov. Roy Cooper chose Beasley to fill the seat vacated by Chief Justice Mark Martin. Beasley — an associate justice since 2012 — was officially sworn-in on March 1 in a private ceremony.Thursday’s attendees included Henry Frye, who 20 years ago became the state’s first Black chief justice. Beasley says she’d follow Frye’s philosophy of treating the world’s problems as opportunities to do what’s right and good.last_img read more

Darker Skin Equals Higher Difficulty in South Park The Fractured But Whole

first_imgStay on target The South Park animated series has always been known for its biting social commentary. This is one aspect that isn’t overlooked in the recent South Park video games. Like most games out there, South Park: The Fractured But Whole features several difficulty settings. What’s unique here is that the various difficulties change your character’s skin color. Lighter skin means less difficulty while darker skin means more difficulty.As you change difficulty, Eric Cartman says: “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.” When Eurogamer asked Ubisoft developers about how skin color affects gameplay, they were told players who choose darker-skinned characters will receive less money and they’ll be treated differently by the game’s characters. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all a commentary on modern day racism. It’s both subtle and direct, which makes this a pretty genius move on Ubisoft’s part.The social commentary doesn’t stop there. In South Park: The Stick of Truth, you played as a boy. In Fractured But Whole, you can play as a boy, girl, or other. If you choose anything besides male, Mr. Mackey calls your parents to confirm your decision.When speaking with your parents, he’ll say: “So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?” Mr. Mackey follows up with: “It still tracks with The Stick of Truth, yes it does. She was definitely a girl the whole time. Yes of course. I get it.” This is a clever retcon of the first game if you decide to switch genders.South Park: The Fractured But Whole isn’t the only Ubisoft game tackling controversial topics this year. To many, the upcoming Far Cry 5 appears to be a commentary about American religious extremists and folks who voted for our current president. To be fair, the group in Far Cry 5 is actually a multicultural, anti-establishment cult similar to other insane groups in the Far Cry series. Still, there are some similarities to current events which are blatantly obvious and intentional.South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

AP Interview Guatemala prez says legalize drugs

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “We can’t take unilateral action, it will be gradual,” Perez said, referring to his push for legalization. “Meanwhile, while we’re taking these steps, we’re not going to let Guatemala become an open corridor for trafficking and consuming drugs.”Perez Molina said he may be the first head of state to propose legalizing drugs before the General Assembly, but the Organization of American States already is studying the idea, with a report due in a year.“With cocaine and heroin, for example, they’re substances that are damaging and addictive,” he said. “We would have to regulate the procedures for selling them: a prescription or series of things that would come out of the discussion.”The legalization proposal came just a month after the retired general took office in January with promises of an “iron fist” against crime, and it provoked strong criticism from the United States, as well as intense discussion within Guatemala.The president said the traditional war on drugs had failed over the past half century, and that the United States’ inability to deal with its drug consumption problem left Central America with no option but to promote legalizing drugs in some way. The vital role family plays in society Meanwhile, to battle Mexican drug cartels that have overrun parts of Guatemala, Perez said he needed military equipment, and put a top priority on ending a longstanding U.S. ban on military aid that was imposed over concerns about human rights abuses during the Central American country’s 36-year civil war.Perez Molina has approved the creation of two new military bases and the upgrading of a third to add as many as 2,500 soldiers. He also signed a treaty allowing a team of 200 U.S. Marines to patrol Guatemala’s western coast to catch drug shipments.He says the measures don’t exceed limits imposed on Guatemala’s military under the 1996 Peace Accords, which he helped negotiate.Since the war’s end, the military force has fallen by 60 percent, Perez Molina said, and the growth of the civilian police force has not been sufficient to fight the security threat.“What you saw was an imbalance and parts of the country that were out of control of the state,” he said. “Organized crime took advantage of those areas, as well as drug traffickers and criminals and now we’re trying to take back that territory.”Mexican drug cartels or their local allies have taken over large swathes of Guatemala and other Central American countries, fueling some of the highest murder rates in the world. 0 Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressUNITED NATIONS (AP) – Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics cartels with the biggest military buildup in the Central American country since its long and bloody civil war.There’s no contradiction, the president said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, a day before he plans to address the U.N. General Assembly. A May 2011 report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service said that 95 percent of all cocaine entering the United States flows through Mexico and its waters, with 60 percent of that cocaine first coming through Central America.The new Marine operation is the largest in Guatemala since President Jimmy Carter sharply cut U.S. military aid to the country due to concerns over atrocities committed during the country’s civil war.U.S. law says that Guatemala can regain military aid once Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certifies Guatemala’s military is “respecting internationally recognized human rights” and cooperating with judicial investigations of former military personnel.Since Guatemala’s civil war ended in 1996, the U.S. has spent $85 million fighting drug traffickers in Guatemala. The level of spending was relatively low, less than $3 million a year, until 2007, when it shot up to $14 million. Last year spending peaked at $16 million, and is budgeted to decline to about $9 million in 2013.The new operations fall under the Central American Regional Security Initiative, a multinational U.S. effort to fight crime in the region, so officials do not categorize them as direct aid to the Guatemalan military. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “We continue to uphold the military aid ban as well as the Leahy Act which prevents the US from training people suspected of having committed human rights violations,” said William Ostick, a spokesman for the State Department’s Western Hemispheric Affairs Office.But he added that “narcotics trafficking is of great concern in the region … it is clear that interdiction has demonstrable and measurable effects.”Perez said he plans to increase the national police by 10,000, allowing the military to focus on securing the borders and fighting drug trafficking._________Romina Ruiz-Goiriena on Twitter: Ruiz-Goiriena reported from Guatemala City. Associated Press writer Martha Mendoza contributed from Santa Cruz, California.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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