MUST WATCH TITLES FOR JUNE 2019 ON CRAVE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The third season of Hulu’s Emmy Award-winning series is available for streaming on Crave, beginning with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 3 is driven by titular handmaid June’s (Elisabeth Moss) resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead, in which she finds herself once again after opting not to flee to Canada with her baby at the end of the second season. Now, she will struggle to strike back against the regime against overwhelming odds. There will be startling reunions, betrayals and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead which forces all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”June 16 – HBO’s EUPHORIA *Series Premiere* (10 p.m. ET) Worth Watching:AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 MEALS (June 6)KILLING EVE, Season 2 (June 7)THE DETOUR, Season 3 (June 7)DOOM PATROL, Season 1, Episode 11 (June 7)REESE: THE MOVIE: A MOVIE ABOUT REESE (June 9)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, *Season 3 Premiere* (June 9 at 9 p.m. ET)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3, Episode 2 (June 9 at 10:15 p.m. ET)DOCTOR WHO, Season 11 (June 14)DOOM PATROL, Season 1, Episode 12 (June 14)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3, Episode 3 (June 16 at 9 p.m. ET)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3, Episode 4 (June 16 at 10:15 p.m. ET)IT WILL BE CHAOS (June 21)DOOM PATROL, Season 1, Episode 13 (June 21)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3, Episode 5 (June 23 at 9 p.m. ET)VERONICA MARS, Seasons 1-3 (June 28)DOOM PATROL, Season 1, Episode 14 (June 28)DOOM PATROL, Season 1, Episode 15 *Season Finale* (June 28)THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Season 3, Episode 6 (June 30 at 9 p.m. ET)– Crave – From executive producers Drake and Future the Prince, HBO’s new drama series EUPHORIA follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love, and friendship. Zendaya leads an ensemble cast that also includes Maude Apatow, Eric Dane, Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney, and more. All episodes are created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer. EUPHORIA is based on the Israeli series of the same name and was recently described by Vogue as “a kaleidoscopic, hyperbolic depiction of contemporary American high school life, where the youth of today are formed in a crucible of social media, online porn, and easy access to drugs of all kinds.”June 16 – SHOWTIME’s CITY ON A HILL *Series Premiere* (9 p.m. ET) June 9 – THE HANDMAID’S TALE *Double Episode Season 3 Premiere* (9 p.m. ET) Following its broadcast run, the eight-episode second season of KILLING EVE begins streaming on Crave. Starring Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Season 2 picks up just 30 seconds after the end of the Season 1 finale. Villanelle has disappeared and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does… but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.June 8 – A STAR IS BORN *Movie Premiere* STARZ Programming (Available as part of the STARZ add-on to Crave):BIG (June 1)THE LONELY GUY (June 1)MAN ON THE MOON (June 1)WEDDING CRASHERS (June 1)CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (June 1)MEET JOE BLACK (June 1)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY, Season 1, Episode 2 (June 2)BEING CANADIAN (June 3)THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE (June 4)THE BABY FORMULA (June 5)THE MEDDLER (June 7)THE DESCENDANTS (June 7)MR. DEEDS (June 7)AIR FORCE ONE (June 7)FIREWALL (June 7)IT FOLLOWS (June 7)TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY (June 7)THE KINGDOM (June 7)NO ESCAPE (June 7)KING OF NEW YORK (June 7)RAMBO (June 7)A GOOD WOMAN (June 7)PERMANENT MIDNIGHT (June 7)SHATTERED GLASS (June 7)TRADE (June 7)TRAITOR (June 7)WAITING…(June 7)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY, Season 1, Episode 3 (June 9)THE HISTORY OF LOVE (June 10)A STAR IS BORN (June 14)CORALINE (June 14)ROBOT AND FRANK (June 14)WHITE MAN CAN’T JUMP (June 14)FAST TIME AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (June 14)IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (June 14)MALLRATS (June 14)THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (June 14)JOHN Q (June 14)TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (June 14)KICK-ASS (June 14)AT THE MIDDLETON AKA JUST ONE DAY (June 14)CRITICAL CARE (June 14)DAYBREAKERS (June 14)A DIFFERENT LOYALTY (June 14)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY, Season 1, Episode 4 (June 16)FALLS AROUND HER (June 17)CORRINA CORRINA (June 20)DIRTY GRANDPA (June 21)LAND OF THE DEAD (June 21)MAGIC MIKE (June 21)NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME I (June 21)NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME 2 (June 21)PHILADELPHIA (June 21)IN A WORLD… (June 21)THINK LIKE A MAN TOO (June 21)CITY ISLAND (June 21)SAW (June 21)SAW 2 (June 21)SAW 3 (June 21)SAW 3D (June 21)SAW 4 (June 21)SAW 5 (June 21)SAW 6 (June 21)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY, Season 1, Episode 6 (June 23)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY, Season 1, Episode 7 *Season Finale* (June 23)IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH (June 28)INDEPENDENCE DAY (June 28)THE INTERPRETER (June 28)ARGO (June 28)CINDERELLA MAN (June 28)PREMONITION (June 28)ABOUT SCHMIDT (June 28)THE ROOK *Series Premiere* (June 30) STARZ’s new Original series THE ROOK, from Lionsgate and Liberty Global, premieres Sunday, June 30 and stars Emma Greenwell, Olivia Munn, and Joely Richardson. New episodes are available weekly (streaming Sundays and airing on the STARZ linear channel at 8 p.m. ET). The supernatural thriller tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas, a woman who wakes up beside London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory of who she is and no way to explain the circle of latex-gloved dead bodies splayed around her. When Myfanwy discovers she is a high ranking official in the Checquy, Britain’s last truly secret service for people with paranormal abilities, she will have to navigate the dangerous and complex world of the agency to uncover who wiped her memory.HIGHLIGHTSJune 7 – KILLING EVE *Season 2* (Eight Episodes) MUST-WATCH TITLES FOR JUNEJune 9 – HBO’s BIG LITTLE LIES *Season 2 Premiere* (9 p.m. ET) Movies (Available on Crave + Movies + HBO):BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (June 1)PIERCING (June 7)DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH (June 7)A STAR IS BORN (June 8)TALL TALES (June 13)THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE (June 14)HALLOWEEN (June 14)ELLIOT THE LITTLEST REINDEER (June 20)GRAND-DADDY DAY CARE (June 20)THE HATE U GIVE (June 21)THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (June 22)MARY SHELLEY (June 27)SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE (June 28) Oscar winner HBO’s award-winning, subversive, darkly comedic drama BIG LITTLE LIES returns for a second season. The new seven-episode season explores the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, and the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Created by David E. Kelley, “The Monterey Five” – Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Renata (Laura Dern), and Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) – are joined by Celeste’s visiting mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), and their husbands, Ed (Adam Scott), Nathan (James Tupper), and Gordon (Jeffrey Nordling). The new season is directed by Andrea Arnold. In anticipation of the VERONICA MARS revival, coming to Crave on July 26, Seasons 1-3 of the series drop on Crave on Friday, June 28. Featuring 64 episodes which originally aired from 2004 to 2007, VERONICA MARS stars Kristen Bell as a smart, fearless apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the toughest mysteries of her wealthy seaside community, Neptune, where the rich and powerful make the rules, own the town and the high school, and are desperate to keep their dirty little secrets just that. SHOWTIME Programming (Available on Crave):OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 2, Episode 4 (June 2 at 8 p.m. ET)BILLIONS, Season 4, Episode 11 (June 2 at 9 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 2, Episode 8 (June 2 at 10 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 18 (June 3 at 11 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 19 (June 6 at 11 p.m. ET)XY CHELSEA, *Documentary Premiere* (June 7 at 9 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 2, Episode 5 (June 9 at 8 p.m. ET)BILLIONS, Season 4, Episode 12 *Season Finale* (June 9 at 9 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 2, Episode 9 (June 9 at 10 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 20 (June 10 at 11 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 21 (June 13 at 11 p.m. ET)16 SHOTS *Documentary Premiere* (June 14 at 10 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 2, Episode 6 (June 16 at 8 p.m. ET)CITY ON A HILL *Series Premiere* (June 16 at 9 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 2, Episode 10 *Season Finale* (June 16 at 10 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 22 (June 17 at 11 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 23 (June 20 at 11 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 2, Episode 7 (June 23 at 8 p.m. ET)CITY ON A HILL, Season 1, Episode 2 (June 23 at 9 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 24 (June 24 at 11 p.m. ET)DESUS & MERO, Season 1, Episode 25 (June 27 at 11 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 2, Episode 8 (June 30 at 8 p.m. ET)CITY ON A HILL, Season 1, Episode 3 (June 30 at 9 p.m. ET)THE LOUDEST VOICE *Series Premiere* (June 30 at 10 p.m. ET)center_img Facebook Advertisement Bradley Cooper and Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) star in this Academy Award and Golden Globe winning remake of the classic showbiz love story. Cooper plays a fading country music star who discovers a talented unknown that he guides to glory as they fall in love as his own career declines.June 14 – HBO’s JETT *Series Premiere* (11 p.m. ET) Spotlight on Canada:MASTERCHEF CANADA, Season 6 (June 14)KILLJOYS, Season 4 (June 21) New Kids’ Programming (Available on Crave):IN THE NIGHT GARDEN, Season 5 (June 7)DINO SQUAD, Season 1 (June 14)CARTOON CONSIPIRACY (June 21)THE PALS PLAY ROBLOX, Season 2 (June 28) Starring Carla Gugino, the new nine-episode drama series JETT follows world-class thief Daisy “Jett” Kowalski. Fresh out of prison, she is forced back into doing what she does best, while a cast of morally ambivalent, dangerous, and eccentric criminals are determined to exploit her skills for their own ends. The series is created, written, directed, and executive produced by Sebastian Gutierrez.June 24 – HBO’s YEARS AND YEARS *Limited Series Premiere* (9 p.m. ET) This six-part limited drama series, a co-production from HBO, BBC One, and CANAL+, follows the members of one family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019, when Britain is rocked by political, economic, and technological advances. Rory Kinnear, Russell Tovey, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley, and Anne Reid star along with Emma Thompson who plays an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation.June 28 – VERONICA MARS, Season 1-3 Social Media links @CraveCanada Facebook Instagram SHOWTIME’s new one-hour drama series CITY ON A HILL stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran and Aldis Hodge as an assistant district attorney. Set in the early 1990s, together, the two form an unlikely alliance and ultimately subvert the entire criminal justice system of Boston. Created and executive produced by Chuck MacLean, additional executive producers include Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck and Academy Award winner Matt Damon.June 30 – SHOWTIME’s THE LOUDEST VOICE *Limited Series Premiere* (10 p.m. ET) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Fox News founder Roger Ailes. SHOWTIME’s new seven-part limited series THE LOUDEST VOICE takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes, played by Russell Crowe, arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. Also starring Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson; Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth; and Seth MacFarlane as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis.June 30 – STARZ’s THE ROOK *Series Premiere* (Sundays) COMPLETE LISTINGSHBO Programming (Available on Crave + HBO + Movies)LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, Season 6, Episode 13 (June 2 live at 11 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)CHERNOBYL, Season 1, Episode 5 *Series Finale* (June 3 at 9 p.m. ET)GENTLEMAN JACK, Season 1, Episode 7 (June 3 at 10 p.m. ET)THE COLD BLUE, *Documentary Premiere* (June 6 at 8 p.m. ET)WARRIOR, Season 1, Episode 10 *Season Finale* (June 7 at 11 p.m. ET)WYATT CENAC’S PROBLEM AREAS, Season 2, Episode 10 *Season Finale* (June 7 at 11 p.m. ET)REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Season 17, Episode 18 (June 7, live at 10 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)BIG LITTLE LIES, *Season 2 Premiere* (June 9 at 9 p.m. ET)LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, Season 6, Episode 14 (June 9 live at 11 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)GENTLEMAN JACK, Season 1, Episode 8 (June 10 at 10 p.m. ET)ICE ON FIRE, *Documentary Premiere* (June 11 at 8 p.m. ET)REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Season 17, Episode 19 (June 14, live at 10 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)JETT, *Series Premiere* (June 14 at 11 p.m. ET)BIG LITTLE LIES, Season 2, Episode 2 (June 16 at 9 p.m. ET)EUPHORIA, *Series Premiere* (June 16 at 10 p.m. ET)LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, Season 6, Episode 15 (June 16 live at 11 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Season 17, Episode 20 (June 21, live at 10 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)JETT, Season 1, Episode 2 (June 21 at 11 p.m. ET)BIG LITTLE LIES, Season 2, Episode 3 (June 23 at 9 p.m. ET)EUPHORIA, Season 1, Episode 2 (June 23 at 10 p.m. ET)LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, Season 6, Episode 16 (June 23 live at 11 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)YEARS AND YEARS, *Series Premiere* (June 24 at 9 p.m. ET)REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Season 17, Episode 21 (June 28, live at 10 p.m. ET, on demand the following morning at 6 a.m. ET)JETT, Season 1, Episode 3 (June 28 at 11 p.m. ET)BIG LITTLE LIES, Season 2, Episode 4 (June 30 at 9 p.m. ET)EUPHORIA, Season 1, Episode 3 (June 30 at 10 p.m. ET) Twitterlast_img read more

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Report says justice system failing Indigenous youth and their communities

first_imgAPTN National NewsYoung people from across Ontario released a report today on juries and justice and it says Canada’s justice system is failing Indigenous youth and their communities.APTN’s Delany Windigo has this story.last_img

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Canadian malls add genderneutral bathrooms to promote inclusivity

first_imgTORONTO — Shoppers at one of Canada’s biggest and busiest malls can now use the same bathroom regardless of whether they identify as male or female as Yorkdale Shopping Centre opened its first gender-neutral bathroom.The Toronto mall is the latest public space to offer such washrooms as schools, restaurants, community centres and other institutions move to be more inclusive.“The new washroom provides an inclusive option for anyone, including transgender people, people of diverse gender identities and those who may require accompaniment of some kind,” reads a statement from the mall.The 10-stall washroom has been open to the public for just under two weeks and is in addition to the mall’s seven men’s and women’s washrooms respectively, two family facilities, three nursing rooms and several single toilets.“Yorkdale strives to offer shoppers and employees the choice to use whichever option is most comfortable to them,” the mall said.The shopping centre is not the first mall to do so.Real-estate company Ivanhoe Cambridge, which operates 28 shopping centres across Canada, has had what it refers to as universal washrooms for some time now.“We identified the need for such facilities sometime ago,” said Roman Drohomirecki, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of retail, as it is the company’s intention to provide shoppers and retail partners with a safe, inviting environment.Starting with its Vaughan Mills retail outlet north of Toronto in 2012, the company has added 20 universal washrooms at nine of if its properties, he said, and there are ongoing plans for additional facilities at other locations.“All of our new projects incorporate design-built universal washrooms. All of our renovations or redevelopments call for the addition of universal washrooms beyond our gender specific and family washrooms. In our centres, a universal bathroom is for one single person at the time.”Cadillac Fairview and Morguard, both which own several malls in Canada, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about gender-neutral bathrooms at their facilities.Several other public places have incorporated gender-neutral bathroom facilities.The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto also has a non-gender specific washroom with multiple stalls — as do several Canadian restaurants and universities.Some community centres and swimming pools around the country also boast inclusive changing rooms.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Two Moroccan Software Teams Win Big at MIT’s Startup Competition

Rabat – Two Moroccan software development teams  – Deep OR and Ostor Lab – won the second and third place awards and associated cash prizes in the ideas track of MIT’s Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition last week. The organizers announced the awards at the end of a four day conference held on the 14th of April in King Abdullah Economic City in Kuwait, according to the competition’s official website.MIT partnered with the Saudi Arabia-based Community Jameel and the Kuwaiti telecom company Zain Group to host the competition, which brought in 76 teams from 15 different Arab countries to participate in performance-enhancing workshops and mentorship sessions. The organizers received 5,957 entries in the competition, which speaks to the growing entrepreneurship field in the Middle East and North Africa.The competition was divided into three tracks – ideas, startups and social entrepreneurship.Deep OR received the second place award in the ideas track for its software providing data analytics and operations information to help companies and non-profits made swift and educated resource allocations decisions, according to Disrupt Africa, a continental news source.Ostor Lab took third place for developing a cloud-based mobile application that detects virus and software malfunction vulnerabilities in the user’s device.The competition profited other North African teams as well. A Tunisian startup won first place and a USD 50,000 cash prize in the social entrepreneurship track for developing an economic leaf-proof flush that withstands frequent use.Last year, the team of Moroccans heading Screen DY, an easy-to-use software development platform, won a third-place prize worth USD 5,000 in the competition.Another startup from the kingdom, Le Perle de la Mer won the second-place award in the entrepreneurship track for its plans to construct a “purification plant” to ensure the safety and healthiness of Morocco’s fishing products.The Enterprise Forum – Pan Arab aims to promote “MIT-style” innovation in the Middle East and North Africa region. The organization is one of 28 Enterprise Forum chapters promoting similar initiatives. read more

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Development in Central America stymied by crime and drugs UN warns

“The warning signs are evident in this report – gun-related crime, gang violence, kidnapping, the proliferation of private security companies,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “But these problems are in no way inherent to the region. They can be overcome.” Crime is the single largest issue impeding Central America’s stability, the study, entitled “Crime and Development in Central America: Caught in the Crossfire,” noted. It called attention to the need for increased international assistance for the region to allow development efforts to take root as the area’s numerous vulnerabilities allow crime to thrive, which in turn limits growth and obstructs social development. Despite the diversity of the Central American countries, they are united by the fact that they are all affected, to varying degrees, by drugs, crime and underdevelopment. Many face problems resulting from income disparity, urbanization, high levels of poverty and easy access to guns. Key sources of revenue such as tourism are especially susceptible to high crime rates. These countries are also made vulnerable by their geographic position, as they are sandwiched between Colombia, the world’s largest supplier of coca, and the United States, the world’s largest consumers of cocaine. Almost 90 per cent of cocaine en route to the US is transported through Central America. “Where crime and corruption reign and drug money perverts the economy, the State no longer has a monopoly on the use of force and citizens no longer trust their leaders and public institutions,” Mr. Costa said, underscoring that development is stunted where crime and corruption thrive. “As a result, the social contract is in tatters and people take the law into their own hands.” As a result of decades of conflict, the region is mired with the problem of firearms and has some of the highest homicide rates worldwide. Although gang violence is a significant issue, particularly in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, it does not play as large a role in the total crime problem as commonly believed. “Heavy-handed crackdowns on gangs alone will not resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it may exacerbate them,” Mr. Costa noted. “Gang culture is a symptom of a deeper social malaise that cannot be solved by putting all disaffected street kids behind bars. The future of Central America depends on seeing youth as an asset rather than a liability.” He urged all of the region’s countries, as well as others, to take action to shatter the links among drugs, crime and underdevelopment, emphasizing the importance of collaboration. “Cooperation is vital,” Mr. Costa said. “The problems are too big, too inter-linked and too dangerous to be left to individual States.” Also key is bolstering the criminal justice systems of poor countries, he pointed out. Limited resources lead to low ratios of police to civilians and low conviction rates, resulting in law enforcement having a limited deterrent effect. “As a priority, States should strengthen their justice systems in order to root out corruption and restore public confidence in the rule of law. This would create a fertile environment for economic growth and attract foreign investment, thereby promoting development,” Mr. Costa stated. International assistance is critical, he said, to address the problem through long-term solutions rather than short-term ones. “We have a shared responsibility and common interest in helping the countries of Central America to withstand external pressures and to strengthen their internal resistance to the damaging effects of drugs and crime,” Mr. Costa said. “Let us unlock the potential of this region.” 23 May 2007Central America is beleaguered by violent crime, much of it fuelled by drugs, which is thwarting economic development, according to a new report by the United Nations anti-narcotics agency released today. read more

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Woman charged with assault following fight on Hamilton Mountain

A 25-year-old woman has been charged with assault with a weapon after police responded to a fight on Hamilton Mountain.Police say a physical altercation broke out between two women at a home near Millwood Pl. and Carousel Ave shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.They say a 20-year-old woman received “injuries caused by a knife.” She was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.A Hamilton woman was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and four counts of breach of probation.Hamilton police are asking anyone with information that could help with the investigation to contact Det. Cst. Tracey Constable at 905-546-8956 or Det. Sgt. Marco DelConte at 905-546-3851. read more

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UN survey sees slow economic recovery in 2001

According to the “World Economic and Social Survey 2001,” which was launched simultaneously in New York and Geneva, pulling out of the current worldwide slump will be hampered by the new features in the business cycle – corporate profit, the availability of credit and investment spending – that helped fuel the rapid expansion in the United States in 1999 and 2000 in the first place.”Correspondingly, the factors behind the slowdown [in the United States] were the interrelated decline in corporate profits, the tightening of credit conditions and the decrease in investment spending,” the survey says. “This combination of factors, rather than an acceleration in core inflation, caused business confidence to decline and brought the investment boom to an end, precipitating a slowdown.”Prior to the slowdown, 2000 was “a remarkably good year,” according to Ian Kinniburgh, Director of the UN’s Development Policy Analysis Division, which prepared the report.Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Kinniburgh said that for the first time in 10 years, none of the economies in transition went backward and declined in gross domestic product (GDP).”There was some optimism that we might be able to maintain some of that momentum into 2001,” he said. “But as everybody knows, some of that momentum was lost and it starting going downhill during the last quarter of 2000.”The United States economy supported the rest of the world economy during the [last] crisis but it now seemed to have stalled or slowed down,” he said.To head off large imbalances in economies in the long run, the report urges reform of the global trading system and the international financial architecture “in order to facilitate development by securing less volatile and more balanced world economic growth.” read more

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Pro basketball player stars in new UN HIVAIDS awareness campaign

“Using condoms and not sharing needles are intelligent decisions that can help you live a longer, healthier life,” Mr. Mutombo says in the public service announcement (PSA) produced by the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the NBA. “Through education we can learn more about the prevention of HIV and AIDS and together we can help stop the spread of this epidemic.”The PSA was filmed in English and French and dubbed into Portuguese and Swahili. It will be shown during NBA programming internationally and through UN television contacts. A poster, featuring Mr. Mutombo and the message “Sports. Not Drugs,” will be distributed to youngsters around the world through UN field offices.Mr. Mutombo, a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and a special emphasis on getting his message out will take place in Africa. He also serves as a UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Emissary working with young people.The PSA marks the third year of collaboration between ODCCP and the NBA. Prior media awareness campaigns featured Sacramento Kings star Vlade Divac, of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and Dallas Mavericks player Eduardo Nàjera of Mexico. ODCCP and the NBA also worked together to create a camp for children from the Balkans, Basketball without Borders, in the summer of 2001. read more

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Climate change forcing builders to rethink how they design structures expert

Climate change forcing builders to rethink how they design structures: expert TORONTO – Severe weather events like wildfires and floods are becoming more frequent and more difficult to predict, forcing architects and engineers to rethink how they design buildings, infrastructure and cities.Brock Schroeder, managing director of engineering firm Entuitive, says events such as the fire in Fort McMurray, Alta., and the floods that hit Alberta in 2013 have led to changes in how structures are designed in Canada.“You can’t put major electrical infrastructure below grade in a downtown office building in Calgary anymore because of the risk of flooding,” says Schroeder.“Now that (weather events) are becoming less predictable, you need to take a more performance-based approach to how you design a city or how you design a building. It can’t just be the way we’ve always done it before.”While some of the changes are reactive, others are proactive — for example, using computer models to predict how a structure would fare in the event of an earthquake and designing it accordingly.Technological advancements in recent years have made it easier for architects and engineers to use computer simulations that test how a particular building would withstand floods, fires, earthquakes and wind events, says Schroeder.This shift towards the so-called performance-based approach allows for buildings to be designed to take into account a structure’s unique attributes and its surroundings — rather than adhering to the one-size-fits-all approach outlined in many building codes, says Schroeder.While some building codes are calling for a performance-based approach, much of the change is being driven by the design community and by property owners, who are looking for structures to be resilient, says Schroeder.“It’s becoming more accelerated with the extreme weather events we’re experiencing, whether it’s a snow event or a fire event in Fort McMurray or even the flooding that occurred a few years ago in Toronto,” says Schroeder.“People are now asking questions like, ‘How do I design my building to be more resilient?’ It’s becoming more difficult to put these things out of your mind when they’re happening with more frequency. It’s much more forefront in people’s minds.”Climate change and the resiliency of cities has been a hot topic in recent weeks, particularly in the wake of the wildfire in Fort McMurray. The blaze forced nearly 90,000 people from their homes and is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.Don Forgeron, the insurance bureau’s president and CEO, recently said cities should begin rejecting proposed developments located near fire-prone forests or on flood plains in order to mitigate the damage from future natural disasters.And an audit published last month by Julie Gelfand, the federal environment and sustainable development commissioner, recommended that the National Building Code be updated to take into account increasingly frequent severe weather events stemming from climate change.“Climate change has really been the catalyst in this, and it’s exposed many of the fragilities in our socioeconomic structure,” says Alec Hay of Southern Harbour, a Toronto-based risk, resilience and protection planning consultancy.While technology has made it easier for building designers to predict how a structure may fare through various weather-related events, it has also made natural disasters more costly, says Hay.That’s because, thanks to technology, the value of the operations being conducted in a building is often “orders of magnitude greater” than the value of the structure itself, says Hay.———Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – A trailer park damaged by the wildfires is seen in Fort McMurray, Alta., in a May 9, 2016, file photo. Severe weather events such as fires and floods are becoming more frequent and more difficult to predict, and it’s forcing architects and engineers to rethink how they design buildings, infrastructure and cities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz, File read more

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Titus This is my story of what I did in college

Senior guard Jon Diebler might have one of the purest shots in the history of the Ohio State basketball program, yet his shooting stroke can never earn him the nickname “Mr. Rainmaker.” That moniker belongs to “Club Trillion” blog founder and former Buckeye Mark Titus. The blog’s popularity and Titus’ writing spurred a book deal with the Doubleday Publishing Group — an announcement Titus made Feb. 21 on Twitter. Titus told The Lantern his intent behind penning the book was not to publish it, but to use it as a personal memento. “As corny as it sounds, I wanted to hand it to my kids and say, ‘This is my story of what I did in college,’” Titus said. “After my junior year, after about a year of the blog, I realized there would probably be an outside interest in a book.” The book, titled “Don’t Put Me In, Coach,” will chronicle Titus’ role as a team manager turned walk-on at OSU. “There are going to be a lot of stories about my teammates, the dumb stuff they did that I like to make fun of,” he said. “The overall gist will be what I went through over the course of four years, and the funny things that went alongside playing with guys like Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner.” The book has already spawned interest — particularly with OSU coach Thad Matta. “I can’t wait to see what he’s got coming out of there,” Matta said in a press conference Feb. 21. “I don’t even know what the book’s about.” Matta frequently asks about the book. “It’s like he’s nervous about what I’m going to write,” Titus said. “I don’t know if he’s going to read it, but I know the other coaches will. I’ve been told they want to screen it before I release it.” Titus’ legacy at OSU wasn’t just an impending book deal. When he graduated, he held the record for most career wins with 110, a mark he shared with fellow former walk-on Danny Peters. Unfortunately for Titus, fifth-year senior forward David Lighty broke that record against Minnesota on Jan. 9. “With guys like me, who can’t actually lay claim to anything, we search for ways you can twist it,” Titus said. “I decided to put the caveat on it that he’s a fifth-year player, so I have the four-year record still.” In his time in Columbus, Titus also cashed in on the YouTube craze of making “trick-shot” videos. His video, “Mr. Rainmaker,” set to the tune of the Warrant song by the same name, has nearly 400,000 views. “I never really thought of my video as a ‘trick-shot’ video,” Titus said. “At least, not until people started showing me all of these other ‘trick-shot’ videos.” Titus mentioned Duke forward Kyle Singler, who made a similar video called “Kyle Gets Buckets.” Titus said that video, released after “Mr. Rainmaker,” had a lot of elements similar to his. “The intro, where he looks at the camera, says something he thinks is funny, shoots it and then looks back at the camera — I took that as a blatant rip-off of mine,” he said. “I knew he obviously was going to get more attention for it because he’s a better player, so I just laughed it off.” Titus briefly wrote college basketball articles for ESPN.com before focusing on his book. With his experience from ESPN.com and The Walt Disney Co., Titus said he hopes he persuaded two of their most profitable personalities to help with his book. “(ESPN.com columnist) Bill Simmons and (ABC talk-show host) Jimmy Kimmel told me they would write the forward for the book,” Titus said. “If nothing else, I can throw their names on the book and sell a few more copies.” Titus said the book will be released March 2012 and that he hopes he can do a signing tour on campus before then. “Maybe I’ll try to get Ted Williams, the homeless man with the ‘golden voice,’ to do my audio book, too,” he said. “I’ll see if I can try to set that up.” read more

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Spotify US launch nears with signing of Universal Music

first_imgIf you’ve grown weary of your friends in the U.K. and Europe talking about how great Spotify is and lamenting the fact that you can’t sign up for it in the good old U.S.A., fear not — there’s officially a bright light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been known for quite some time that the company was pushing hard to get itself up and running on American shores, but as is so common with online media services, repeated delays were caused by the tiresome process of signing deals with rights holders.Now, however, Spotify is within striking distance. Having already signed deals with Sony and EMI earlier this year, half the work was complete. All Things D reports that Spotify has also closed a deal with Universal Music, which leaves only the Warner Group as the final piece of the puzzle. Spotify and Warner are said to be closer than ever, and surely with the other three top labels already on board they’ll feel some pressure to get things done.AdChoices广告An exact launch date and subscription pricing remains unknown at this point, but it’s generally expected that Spotify will run around $10 per month in the U.S. Unlike the cloud music offerings from Amazon and Google which launched recently, Spotify provides desktop and mobile access to millions of tracks whether you own them or not — and its mobile apps even support offline caching so that you can listen to your favorites without the need for a data connection.Rdio is actually a much more direct competitor, offering virtually identical functionality and selection. Even at $4.99 per month, Rdio has struggled to achieve real success in the U.S. so far — though a recent push from the folks at MTV has helped. Will the Spotify buzz help it vault into the top spot in the U.S., or could its higher pricetag drive users to a cheaper alternative like Rdio? Share your thoughts in the comments!More at All Things Dlast_img read more

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Star Wars The Old Republic 13 update aims to bring players back

first_imgRumors are swirling that Star Wars: The Old Republic has lost almost 400,000 subscribers. In response, BioWare has announced the 1.3 “Allies” update for the MMO, and is surely hoping it will help bring some players back into the fold.Contained within the update are several mechanisms that players have been begging for, which is a good sign that BioWare is actually paying attention to its customer base. The question is, will it be enough to lure gamers away from ultra-hot titles like Diablo III? In some cases perhaps, but if I were BioWare I wouldn’t be holding my breath.The 1.3 update is called “Allies” for a reason. The new game mechanics focus on one of the most bitterly complained about areas of play in SWTOR, namely the ability find friends or groups to undertake flashpoints or operations. Currently if you want to find some guildmates to help you run through a dangerous area of the game, it’s not super complicated as you can just do a guild shout to get some assistance. But what happens if your friend isn’t in your guild? Getting to the same place and grouping can be a tedious chore that has reportedly taken some players over an hour to accomplish.The new “group finder” console illustrated above looks to alleviate the stress involved with this process by making it very easy to join a group or a friend with just a few clicks. If the mechanism works as advertised this certainly will be a killer new feature for players. In addition to having an easier time finding a group or other players, BioWare is now implementing a character transfer system that will let you take your character to a different server if you so desire. Again, this looks to be an effort to give you a reason to come back to the game so that you can play with your real-world friends easily.One of the other areas in which long time players of the Star Wars game have been less than happy is crafting. Those of you who played Star Wars Galaxies will fondly remember the incredibly deep crafting experience that allowed players huge amounts of freedom when it came to creating items for personal use or sale on the public market. During my own time in the game I was able to make millions of credits as a Combat Medic by selling high-quality poisons for people trying to grind out to Jedi.While SWTOR does indeed include a crafting system, it isn’t anywhere near as in-depth as Galaxies was, which has been something players miss. BioWare is looking to address that by adding a mechanism called the “augment table.” Said to allow customization of almost every single item in the game, there unfortunately isn’t much additional information on how it’s going to work. However, we do know that it ties into the new “adaptive gear” that will allow you to modify your look during different modes of play. That in turn allows you to create a customized character that most resembles the vision you have for your avatar in the game.Where this could be useful and even desirable is during PvP skirmishes, allowing your guild to don similar outfits that both grant abilities and bring uniformity to the group. It certainly would make for awesome screenshots during battle!Giving players more control over their experience is always a good idea, but this may be a classic case of too little too late when it comes to the success of the game. Currently every popular game in the world is monitoring the “Diablo effect” that Blizzard’s latest offering is having on their individual user bases. With predictions that Diablo III will sell 3.5 million copies this year alone, the competition for your gaming dollars and time is fierce.While BioWare certainly enjoyed initial success with SWTOR, it can be compared to the Facebook IPO that happened this week. The hooplah has died down, the honeymoon is over, and players are starting to realize that the experience they are having while playing SWTOR is almost hollow in nature. There is a decided lack of end-game content, as well as no deep mini-games that would keep players coming back on a regular basis. As a player of the game myself, I find that I get easily bored with the same run and gun kind of missions available to my character, and no longer am excited enough to return to the persistent game world where when I first started playing I couldn’t get enough.Do I think that SWTOR is going to sunset anytime soon? Of course not. I think it will be around for a long time to come. I appreciate BioWare’s efforts to improve the game, as well as the fact that it’s pretty difficult to create a balanced title that appeals to a wide audience. However, what’s missing from the title is simple exploration and freedom. While it feels like you can do whatever you like in the game, in reality you are being driven along a very specific path that makes it feel like a solo RPG. This in itself isn’t a bad thing at all, in fact it’s what made Knights of the Old Republic such a huge hit.I have confidence that BioWare will be able to find a good balance for SWTOR, what will be important is how fast it can get there. 1.3 is a step in the right direction, and with more updates being hinted at for later this year, it will be interesting to see what comes down the pipe.last_img read more

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Salvation Army needs 300000 for new facility

first_imgFundraising to expand the local Salvation Army in Vancouver is nearly complete. The nonprofit has about $300,000 left to raise toward the overall $5.7 million price tag to expand its facilities and services at its Northeast 112th Avenue campus.A public campaign is underway to raise the remaining $300,000 needed for construction to begin later this year. Consolidating all services into one campus will save money in the long run and the building will be debt-free, the Salvation Army said in a news release. Programs currently operating out of a leased building on Northeast 47th Avenue will move to Northeast 112th Avenue. The new facility will have offices, a food pantry, a nutrition education kitchen, classrooms for after-school programs, a clothing closet, and a community and worship center.The Salvation Army has contracted with Wilson Associates Architects and Roberston & Olson Construction for the project.“We’ve been talking with key funders for the past three years and have been overwhelmed with their response,” Major Michael Nute, director of the Salvation Army in Vancouver, said in the release. “Significant support from local donors has made this project a reality.”Major gifts include: $1.2 million from the state of Washington, a $332,000 Community Development Block Grant, $350,000 from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, $250,000 from The Firstenburg Foundation and other gifts from philanthropists Steve and Jan Oliva and the Hargreaves family. The Salvation Army’s intent is to not incur any debt from the project.last_img read more

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Snow a possibility this week

first_imgThe National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the week ahead but says it is unlikely the snow or strong winds appear until at least Tuesday.The cold weather system will move through the western Columbia River Gorge and across the Vancouver-Portland metro area, characterized by powerful east winds, with gusts of up to 25 mph, and snow in high elevations. Snow accumulation is possible on the valley floor Wednesday, and likely above 1,000 feet.At this point, it’s unclear if it will be cold enough to turn the forecasted rain into snow. It’s “a borderline event,” according to the weather service. Stay tuned.Here’s the rest of the week’s forecast:Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. East wind between 8 and 11 mph.Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 11 mph.Wednesday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. East wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Wednesday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 70%.Thursday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40.Friday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.Friday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.Christmas Day: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.Saturday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.Sunday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.last_img read more

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MGM Resorts declares US1 billion senior notes offering

first_imgMGM Resorts International has proposed a public offering of US$1 billion in aggregate principal amount of 5.750% senior notes due 2025.In an early Friday announcement local time, MGM said that the company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the notes for “general corporate purposes” which could include refinancing existing debt, funding the cost of acquisitions, paying dividends on common stock or repurchasing common stock in accordance with the company’s share repurchase program. Load More IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes Melco to raise US$600 million via senior notes offering RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan “Pending such use, the company may invest the net proceeds in short-term interest-bearing accounts, securities or similar investments,” it said.MGM had earlier announced that its public offering would be in the aggregate amount of US$500 million before upsizing the offer, adding that the transaction is expected to close on 18 June 2018.The notes being offered will be general unsecured senior obligations of the company, “guaranteed by substantially all of the company’s wholly owned domestic subsidiaries that guarantee the company’s other senior indebtedness and equal in right of payment with all existing or future senior unsecured indebtedness of the company and each guarantor.”Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc, BNP Paribas Securities Corp, Fifth Third Securities, Inc, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc are acting as joint book-running managers.last_img read more

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Sensex closes at threeandhalf week high Dr Reddys Sun Pharma ICICI Bank

first_imgThe absence of fresh triggers and the upcoming expiry of futures and options contracts on Thursday prevented the benchmark indices from making spectacular gains on Monday, even though the mood was buoyant.The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 26,034.13, its highest in three-and-a-half weeks. The 30-scrip index’s previous high during the month was 26,117.85 on 2 December.The Sensex opened at 25,901, a gain of about 63 points and touched an intra-day high of 26,067 at around 3 pm, before finally settling down at 26,034, up 195 points, or 0.76%.The NSE Nifty closed at 7,925.15, a gain of 64 points, or 0.82%.Top Sensex gainers included Dr Reddy’s Labs, NTPC, Tata Motors, ONGC, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, Lupin, Adani Ports and Cipla.Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel, M&M, BHEL and HDFC were the top Sensex losers.Pipavav Defence and Offshore, an Anil Ambani Group company, gained yet again on Monday and touched a new 52-week high of Rs 114 but later lost substantially to close at Rs 98.35, down 1.90% from its previous close.The stock had soared almost 20% last Friday on news that it will benefit from Reliance Defence signing a defence deal to make frigates for Indian Navy in collaboration with a Russian firm. The frigates are to be built at Pipavav’s facility in Gujarat.Other shares that scaled a new 52-week high included Tube Investments, Zensar Technologies, Jet Airways, Arvind, Berger Paints and TV 18 Broadcast.Insurance company Max India gained after the company’s demerger of its business got the approval of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.The three new entities will be Max Financial Services (currently Max India), Max India (currently Taurus Ventures) and Max Ventures and Industries (currently Capricorn Ventures), the company said in a regulatory filing with the BSE on Monday.On the NSE too, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Tata Motors, NTPC, Sun Pharma and ICICI Bank were the big gainers. The advances-to-declines ratio was 33:16.last_img read more

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Panama cuts ties with Taiwan switches to China

first_imgPanama’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi drink a toast after signing a joint communiqué on establishing diplomatic relations, in Beijing. Photo: AFPPanama and China announced Tuesday they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the world’s second-largest economy.The move prompted an angry response from Taiwan and will likely further strain ties between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the self-ruled island a renegade province awaiting reunification with the mainland.Taiwan is recognised by around 20 countries worldwide and its status is one of the most politically sensitive issues for Chinese leaders who pressure trade partners to accept its “one China” principle.Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said in a nationally televised message “to the country and the world” that “Panama and China establish diplomatic relations today”.The two countries issued a joint statement saying: “In light of the interests and wishes of both peoples, the Republic of Panama and People’s Republic of China have decided to grant each other, from the date of this document’s signing, mutual recognition, establishment of diplomatic ties at the ambassadorial level.”After decades of siding with Taiwan in the disagreement over its status, Panama now “recognises that there is only one China in the world” and that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Panamanian counterpart Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado signed the communique in Beijing.“This is a historic moment, China-Panama relations have opened a new chapter,” Wang said, adding that Panama’s decision was in “complete accordance” with its people’s interests and “in keeping with the times”.Saint Malo said Panama and China had made an “important step” and started a “new page in our strategic relations”The announcement comes after Beijing began construction last week of a container port, with natural gas facilities, in Panama’s northern province of Colon.Panama had long stressed it had diplomatic ties with Taipei and commercial ones with Beijing.Chinese ships, after those from the United States, are the number two users of the Panama Canal, the Central American country’s main source of budget revenue.Taiwan’s angerPanama is the latest country to cut ties with Taiwan.In December China signed an agreement to restore diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe after the African nation ditched the island.Taiwan reacted furiously to the latest move.“We strongly condemn Beijing for manipulating the so-called ‘one China’ policy to continue to suppress Taiwan’s international space through various means,” the presidential office said.“This kind of action is not only an open threat to Taiwanese people’s survival and welfare but also an open provocation to peace and stability in the Taiwan strait and the region.”Diplomatic tussles between Taiwan and Beijing eased under the island’s previous Beijing-friendly government.But relations have deteriorated since President Tsai Ing-wen’s China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party was swept to power in a landslide election victory last year.Tsai has refused to acknowledge the concept that Taiwan is part of “one China”, unlike her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou.Cross-strait tensions have been further exacerbated by a highly unusual call from Tsai to congratulate then US President-elect Donald Trump, who questioned Washington’s policy towards the island, including its decision to not formally recognise its government.last_img read more

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LawBreakers Publisher Blames PUBG for Games Failure

first_imgStay on target LawBreakers received a good amount of press coverage prior to its release. After all, it was the passion project of Cliff Bleszinski. Unfortunately, none of that translated to game sales. LawBreakers was one of the biggest bombs of 2017, despite its pedigree. Publisher Nexon has all but written the game off. Interestingly enough, it blames the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as the chief reason for LawBreakers‘ demise.A recent financial report from publisher Nexon states the company’s revenues were up 36 percent year-over-year. Its earnings in North America, however, fell short due to the poor performance of LawBreakers. Nexon financial executive Shiro Uemura said: “Our results in North America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales from Lawbreakers being below our expectations.”Uemura went on to say: “LawBreakers is a unique FPS developed for core users. We had very high expectations for its launch. However, the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”While PUBG has certainly been a massively popular game, it’s unlikely the cause of LawBreakers‘ ill-fortune. In truth, LawBreakers was too similar to other “hero” shooters like Paladins and Overwatch (two games not mentioned in the financial report). This was a comparison that stuck with the game before and after launch. Sure, LawBreakers had Cliffy B behind it, but it didn’t offer anything that was truly unique. We must also consider the fact LawBreakers was released well after PUBG went into early access in March of last year. The games didn’t launch close to each other as Nexon stated.On January 1, LawBreakers had a total of 50 concurrent users according to SteamSpy. On Dec 29, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had well over 3 million users. ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Cine Musique Radiomentale Night

first_imgRadiomentale showcased their style of creating new soundtracks for silent and classic experimental films in the city Wednesday evening. The electronic music, sound artist and DJ duo Jean-Yves Leloup and Eric Pajot got together in 1992, to bring this music form to the front stage. It is therefore, not surprising that Jean and Eric often are known as the pioneers of ‘cinemix’ which is an audiovisual performing practice popular in France.Jean-Yves Leloup, born in Paris, is a sound-artist, DJ, critic, journalist and a curator, specialising in electronic music, contemporary art and new technologies. Eric Pajot, born in Bourgogne is a visual artist, a musician and a DJ. The duo started their career in the mid 90’s with their own radio show by drawing on an eclectic range of audio sources, including sound experiments, movie soundtracks, ambient music, experimental and electronic music, natural sounds, fragment of interviews and human voice. Radiomentale is the outcome of that endeavor – but in a new, creative and innovative form! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised by Alliance Francaise,  the Radiomentale performance in central Delhi on 26 June bought together an audience with majority of youngsters who enjoyed the cinemix show followed by a DJ mash up for about an hour adding to the mesmerized and lively ambience. The film screened in the evening for this cine-concert was a rework of The General (USA, 1927) film by Buster Keaton which made an interesting combination of an American film with French duo DJ’s  music. The film is an adventure-epic classic, comedy film. The  audience got to form a whole new perspective of watching mute films with the Radiomentale style of music. RadioMentale are on a six- city tour with this show and other cities on the list are – Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. Their performances have also been witnessed in various international venues such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kassel’s Documenta, Luxembourg Mudam, Paris Cité de la musique, Cartier Foundation and more.last_img read more

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No Money No Problem 17 Free Ways to Boost Your Websites SEO

first_img 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 2, 2016 SEO is a popular online marketing strategy, and therefore, competitive, but I’m consistently amazed at how many business owners and marketers opt not to engage in an SEO strategy because of its perceived limitations or drawbacks.Related: Top 7 Things You Don’t Know About SEOOne of the biggest misperceptions is that SEO is expensive, and it’s driven by the fact that some agencies have higher-level packages that cost tens of thousands of dollars per month.Yes, SEO can be expensive for hyper-competitive, national-scale businesses, but that doesn’t mean it’s unaffordable for the average business owner.In fact, there are dozens of simple strategies you can execute yourself, for free, to better optimize your site for search engines. These are just some of the major ones:1. Find better keywords. Optimize for keywords that are closer to your niche and have fewer competitors. Google Trends and Google’s Keyword Tool in AdWords are free tools that should give you all the data you need. For help, see this article.2. Delete duplicate content.Google Search Console will display any instances of duplicate content it finds on your site. Usually, these are the result of canonicity errors (not plagiarism), but you still need to correct this to keep your site in good standing.3. Fix 404 errors. These errors are like dead ends, and nobody likes dead ends. Again, refer to Google Search Console for help, and set up 301 redirects where necessary to close the gaps here.4. Write a unique title tag for every page. Every page should have a title tag, of under 70 characters, that describes the page, features the desired keyword and is unique from every other title tag on your website. For a more comprehensive guide on on-site optimization, see this article.Related: 5 SEO Mistakes That Are Costing Your Business Money5. Write a compelling meta description for every page. Every page should also have a meta description, under 160 characters, that more elaborately describes the page. The meta description probably doesn’t play much of a role in your actual page rankings, but it certainly affects click-through rates. There’s evidence that click-through rates affect rankings, though, so ensure that your meta descriptions are unique, concise and compelling.6. Clean up your URL structure. Your URLs should have a breadcrumbs trail and feature readable indicators of the content on the page, such as the page title. Avoid using numbers or random strings of text in your URLs.7. Update your blog often. More content, as long as it’s valuable to readers, is never a bad thing. Google recently released an algorithm update that seems to favor fresh content, so keeping your blog updated is more beneficial than ever before.8. Include H1, H2, H3, etc. headers in your content. Your content should be logically divided into subsections, with headlines and sub-heads. These need to be marked with html tags (H1, H2, H3, etc.) to help Google process and understand the intent and organization of your content.9. Add internal links. Linking together the relevant pages of your site is good for user experience, and helps Google better understand relationships between pages on your site. If your site is on WordPress, there are plugins that can automatically help, such as SEO Auto links.10. Optimize your images. Your images should be optimized for SEO too, and that task is relatively simple — title them appropriately, add descriptive alt tags and keep them in the proper format.11. Reference authoritative outside sources. Google pays attention to what you link to in an article. Citing authoritative sources to back up your claims will make your content more credible and trustworthy to Google as well as to your readers.12. Include social media integrations. Every article on your site should be accompanied by social share icons; social shares serve as indirect ranking signals, giving you the opportunity to earn more inbound links, which pass authority back to your site.13. Optimize your website loading speed. This can be as simple or as complicated as you make it; there are several ways to make a site faster, such as reducing image sizes, adding a caching plugin, switching hosting providers and deleting unnecessary plugins.14. Optimize for mobile devices. The majority of Google search now occurs on mobile devices, so if your site doesn’t display attractively for mobile users, you could be missing out on a huge chunk of traffic. Also, Google will not display your website prominently in mobile search results if your website isn’t mobile-optimized.15. Earn some links. As a consistent strategy, link-building demands heavy investment, but if you’re just getting started, you can earn some links by: 1) getting active enough in your community to earn media coverage; 2) publishing an opinion about a controversial topic you’re qualified to write about; or 3) reaching out to a publication in your industry to secure a guest posting opportunity. These days, there are really only three viable strategies for link building; this article covers them.16. Remove bad links. Use Google Search Console to download a list of links to your website. Then, evaluate your link profile and identify “bad” links from low-authority sources. Remove them manually or through an email request to the webmaster.17. Syndicate your content. You’re writing lots of great content, but what are you doing with it? Take a moment to syndicate your content through social media channels, which increases the likelihood that it will earn rank-boosting links to your site.These tactics alone won’t guarantee you a top ranking for a competitive keyword, nor are they suitable to manage a campaign in the long term, but they will give you a strong boost and a good foundation to build an ongoing strategy. Building a full campaign from scratch takes time, effort and patience — and you’ll probably run into hurdles.Related: 7 Simple Changes to Make Your Website More Visible in Search EnginesIn addition, money is the substitute to addressing these problems — it spares you the time and effort of doing the work yourself, and connects you with experts right away. But even then, you’ll be paying for a return. Remember: This isn’t an expense, it’s an investment. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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