first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to celebrate local food by applying to host an Incredible Community Supper. The suppers are part of the Select Nova Scotia campaign to feature locally produced foods that are readily available in the winter. The province is sponsoring Incredible Community Suppers during February. “These events bring together communities with their farmers and processors to provide an appetizing and educational experience,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “There are many opportunities for families to enjoy delicious local food products in the winter months. Supporting local farm businesses helps create jobs and builds a strong economy.” Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to locally produced ingredients by submitting their menu and details of suppliers to the Department of Agriculture. Events must be open to the community and include an educational component about local food. The events are not limited to supper and could be a breakfast, brunch or lunch. Successful applicants receive $500 toward their event. Mr. MacDonell said winter is a perfect time to share a delicious meal with friends and neighbours. Applications are available at or by contacting the Department of Agriculture at 902-722-1305. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 19. This is the third year the province has sponsored Incredible Community Suppers. Last winter, more than 35 events were organized at schools, churches and community halls across Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday reminded people of the Emergency and urged them not to take democracy “for granted”, saying in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away.In his first ‘Mann ki Baat’ monthly radio address after returning to power, he said every day when one gets to eat food on time, one doesn’t realize what hunger pangs are. “Similarly, in day-to-day life, it is difficult to savour the joy of democratic rights, unless they are snatched away. During Emergency, every citizen of the country had started getting the feeling that something that belonged to him had been snatched away. If what was snatched had never been enjoyed by that person, ever, it had to eventually precipitate into a painful inner agony,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefThe prime minister reminded people that in order to ensure smooth conduct of the social order, a constitution is required. “Laws and rules are necessary, rights and duties should be part of the due discourse,” he said. On June 25, India marked the 44th anniversary of Emergency. In 1977 Lok Sabha elections, the PM said, people voted without bothering about other rights and requirements. They voted, he said, “just for the sake of saving democracy. And the country had witnessed one such Election in 1977.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC”When something is in close proximity to us, we tend to underestimate its importance. We ignore even amazing facts about it. We have been blessed with democracy so invaluable, yet we take it for granted so easily,” he said. Modi was of the view that people must keep reminding themselves that democracy is “gloriously great, it flows in our veins, through centuries of dedicated practice.” Referring to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election, he said a record 61 crore out of nearly 91 crore voters exercised their franchise. “If you exclude China, the number of people who voted in India exceeds the population of any other country in the world. The number of people who voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election is more than the entire population of America, close to double the figure. The total number of voters in India exceeds the entire population of Europe,” said in his address.last_img read more

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night has announced that Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage will be honored with the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award” at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy,” taking place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night with guest of honor Nicolas Cage, who will receive the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award.” The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, and a gourmet dinner at the country home of the Bocellis, with memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillat and Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Evander Holyfield, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.last_img read more


first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsEvery night Niki Dumas feeds herself through a tube.The 30-year-old can no longer stomach solid food.For the past four months Dumas has been relying on a daily tube feed to receive the nutrients she needs to live.Dumas lives with a rare abnormality called intestinal malrotation, which is a condition where the intestines are not in the correct anatomical position.“My organs are in the wrong place. My large and small bowels are completely twisted,” Dumas told APTN News from her home in Carberry, Man.People living with intestinal malrotation have a hard time digesting things.Because of this people can experience intense bouts of vomiting, nausea and overall discomfort.(“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” says Niki Dumas seen here in the hospital. Submitted photo)Dumas, who is originally from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, has been sick since she was an infant but was only diagnosed with the condition in 2017.She was four months pregnant with her youngest at the time when she started experiencing violent spells of vomiting.She was hospitalized numerous times before doctors were finally able to determine what was wrong.Since then Dumas has been in and out hospitals every month.She has to travel from her home in Carberry to either Brandon or Winnipeg to receive treatment to help alleviate the pain.“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” said Dumas. “Half of the time I’m sleeping because I’m so uncomfortable.”“I just can’t be a mother to my children because I don’t have the energy.”Dumas has three children aged six, four and her youngest is now 15 months.She has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the issue including laparoscopic and open bowel surgery; she’s had her gall bladder and appendix removed; and the Ladd procedure, which is the most commonly used procedure to treat intestinal malrotation.Dumas had all but given up hope of a solution when through a Facebook support group, she learned about a specialized surgery option based at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States – the only problem is Manitoba Health won’t pay for it, she said.This appears to be an issue across the country.Last year Andrea Taylor, 32, traveled from her home in Prince Edward County, Ont., to the Cleveland Clinic on her own dime after the Ontario government refused to pay for the surgery.“The procedure has given me my life back,” Taylor said over the phone from her home. “It has given me more than what I had before.”Taylor was the first to tell Dumas about the surgery.She was diagnosed as a newborn and received the Ladd procedure at 12-weeks-old.“The Ladd procedure is a bit of a band-aide on a bullet hole. It’s really good in emergency situations but for overall gut function it kind of just sets things up for problems down the road,” said Taylor.(“The procedure has given me my life back,” says Andrea Taylor. Submitted photo)Those problems came throughout the years ultimately leading to complete gut failure in 2017.Taylor was placed on IV nutrition support for nine months. She had to quit her job as a teacher and move back home with her parents.Both Taylor and Dumas were essentially told the surgery is considered experimental and therefore would not be covered.Taylor’s family and friends spent months fundraising to cover costs.The nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory also helped fundraise for the family. Taylor, who is non-Indigenous, worked at the school as well as her mother for most of her life.Taylor says governments need to be held accountable because lives are at risk if the surgery isn’t covered.Dumas has also started her own fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.LINK: says doctors in Cleveland have estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars for travel and surgery.Last month, Dumas completed a five-day awareness walk from Carberry to Winnipeg where she ended at the Legislative Building.She called on the government to intervene.“I’m hoping…they help me get on my way to receive this life saving surgery that I need,” Dumas told reporters at the time.Since then, Dumas says she has received numerous messages of support but little has changed.Manitoba Health did send a Winnipeg man to Cleveland for the surgery last year.According to a government spokesperson, out of province procedures can be covered if a physician deems it necessary.Dumas says she hasn’t had much luck with her previous doctors. She has since been assigned a new one and is working to meet with a read more

first_imgMarrakech – The former Director of UNESCO on Friday praised the personal involvement of King Mohammed VI in defending the Palestinian cause.The personal involvement of King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, for the defense of the Palestinian cause is “beyond any doubt”, said former Director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Federico Mayor Zaragoza.The Sovereign who is “custodian of a multi-century legitimacy does not spare any effort to support the Palestinian people’s legitimate claims for an independent, free and sovereign state”, the UNESCO former chief (1987-1999) told MAP as Morocco is holding this January 17-18, under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI, the 20th session of Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Federico Mayor, who also served as Spain’s education and science minister underscored the importance of Al Quds committee meeting in Marrakech as “a new and important opportunity” to resume dialog on the Middle East peace process and discuss Israel’s policy of illegal settlements.He also considered that the world is closely following this meeting which is held in a crucial period for the Palestinian issue and peace negotiations, stressing that the timing is “more than pertinent” given Israel’s provocations and aggressions, which are a source of worry to the international community.Federico Mayor further commended the actions and initiatives of Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, the field arm of Al Quds Committee, to preserve the religious and cultural legacy and civilization of city.“The Agency’s programs have efficiently contributed to alleviating the sufferings of Al Quds inhabitants and to improving their daily life”, he insisted.last_img read more

On Monday, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the DPRK had asked the body to remove seals and surveillance from the Yongbyon plant. “This work was completed today. There are no more IAEA seals and surveillance equipment in place at the reprocessing facility,” the agency said in a news release.The Asian nation’s authorities informed the IAEA that they will begin introducing nuclear material to the reprocessing plant in one week and that its inspectors are being barred from the site.Last July, the agency verified that the Yongbyon plant had been taken off line.At the time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the shut-down as “a very important and encouraging step.” 24 September 2008The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will restart nuclear activities at its reprocessing plant in Yongbyon, shut down last year, and is terminating the United Nations atomic watchdog agency’s access to the facilities, it was announced today. read more

Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting. The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged. The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations. read more

LOS ANGELES — Audiences helped the “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw” take another lap at No. 1 even with an onslaught of four new major releases this weekend. From family films to R-rated adult fare, moviegoers had their pick as studios tried to capitalize on the waning days of summer. But although August can be a great opportunity for non-superhero films, it’s not a sure thing. And this weekend some, such as “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” fared better than others, like the Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish mob thriller “The Kitchen.”“There are always going to be casualties when there are this many openers,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for box office tracker Comscore. “They cannot always be lined up in the top four rankings.”“Hobbs & Shaw” managed to hold on to first place again. According to estimates from Universal Pictures Sunday, the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham action flick fell 58% from its first weekend but added $25.4 million from North American theatres. It’s now grossed $108.5 million domestically and $332.6 million worldwide.Second place went to the PG-13 film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” from CBS Films and eOne Entertainment, with a better than expected $20.8 million. Lionsgate distributed the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror which had been tracking to open in the mid-teens.“The filmmakers and the team at CBS Films are thrilled that moviegoers are embracing the world of ‘Scary Stories,’” del Toro said in a statement Sunday. “It’s particularly satisfying to see families experiencing the fun of the movie together.”Good reviews helped raise its profile, although audiences were more underwhelmed after the fact, slapping it with a C CinemaScore.Dergarabedian noted that, even with a PG-13 rating, horror movies once again prove to be, “a consistent draw at the box office.”Close behind in third was “The Lion King” with $20 million in its fifth weekend in theatres. With $1.3 billion globally, it’s now surpassed “Beauty and the Beast” as Disney’s highest-grossing “live-action” release.Newcomer “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” from Paramount Pictures, found a healthy audience too, earning an estimated $17 million for a fourth place start. Starring Isabela Moner, “Dora,” based on the popular television series, also got good reviews from critics and audiences, who gave it an A CinemaScore.And in fifth place, Quentin Tarantino’s star-vehicle “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” added $11.6 million and crossed the $100 million mark.But not all the newcomers were so lucky. The dog owner tearjerker “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” with Milo Ventimiglia, opened in sixth place with $8.1 million. The Fox 2000 property was inherited by Disney in the takeover.And the ’70s-set McCarthy and Haddish crime thriller “The Kitchen” flopped in seventh with only $5.5 million. Based on an obscure Vertigo comic, the film from first time director Andrea Berloff (an Oscar-nominated screenwriter) features both McCarthy and Haddish in more dramatic roles. But critics were not impressed: The film currently has a dismal 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences also largely stayed away.Warner Bros. distribution head Jeff Goldstein said that they were “very disappointed” with the results.“I think that the filmmakers took a very bold approach to their choice with the movie and I think it just didn’t resonate with the viewers,” Goldstein said. “The good news is the movie was a fairly low-budgeted film.”Audiences also had a slew of new limited releases to choose between: The BTS concert film “Bring the Soul: The Movie,” which earned $2.3 million from only 873 locations; “Brian Banks,” based on the real story of a false accusation that upends a promising football star’s life which debuted in 1,240 locations and earned $2.1 million; “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” with Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, which earned $205,236 from 17 locations; and “After the Wedding,” with Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore ($57,124 from five locations).Still the weekend is down from last year and the year continues to lag.“Audiences are confounded by the number of newcomers,” Dergarabedian said. “There was so much overlap with all of these titles.”But the marketplace is already looking ahead to the fall and the release of “It Chapter Two.”“It’s going to feel like summer in September when ‘It’ opens,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” $25.4 million.2.”Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” $20.8 million.3.”The Lion King,” $20 million.4.”Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” $17 million.5.”Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” $11.6 million.6.”The Art of Racing in the Rain,” $$8.1 million.7.”The Kitchen,” $5.5 million.8.”Spider-Man: Far From Home,” $5.3 million.9.”Toy Story 4,” $4.4 million.10.”Bring the Soul: The Movie,” $2.3 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: Bahr, The Associated Press read more

“We are calling on the government to address this ongoing crisis, which has caused several waves of mass displacement this year,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing in Geneva.In northern Nariño near the border with Ecuador, more than 800 people were forced to leave their homes last week to escape fighting between two irregular armed groups and seek refuge in Los Andes, the largest village in the area, where they are being sheltered in the local school and in private homes. A UNHCR team on the ground reported overcrowding and lack of food for the displaced in the village.This is the third time this year that the municipality faces a mass influx of people displaced by violence. Also for the third time this year, Awa indigenous communities in two reservations are trapped in renewed fighting between the army and an irregular armed group amid reports that they are not allowed to leave to seek aid. Humanitarian organizations have not had access to the area.Schools on the territories have once again been closed, further disrupting the education of hundreds of children who were unable to complete the last school year because of an earlier wave of fighting in July, when 1,200 Awa fled to escape the violence. Five of them were murdered in the village of Altaquer, where they had sought shelter, on World Indigenous Day on 9 August. Their killers have still not been identified.“We once again call on all actors in the armed conflict in Colombia to respect international humanitarian law, the right to freedom of movement and the right of civilians to seek safety both inside and outside their country,” Mr. Spindler said.Today’s warning was just the latest in a long series on Colombia that UNHCR has issued in recent years. Just last week, the agency said dozens of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in the north-west were at risk. It has also warned that some indigenous communities displaced from land to which they are tied by their culture and traditions are in danger of disappearing altogether. Colombia contains the largest population of concern to UNHCR in any country in the world as more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries have hit most regions of the Andean country. There are also some 250,000 Colombians of concern to the agency who have fled to Ecuador. read more

“We are appealing for calm and calling on all in Guinea-Bissau to resolve differences by peaceful means, including through inclusive dialogue,” the spokesperson added in a statement responding to a question asked during today’s daily press briefing held at UN Headquarters in New York.In the statement, the spokesperson noted that the United Nations regretted the loss of life and was following the situation in the African country closely. According to media reports, six people were killed yesterday following a gun-battle between Government forces and unspecified armed elements at an air-force base in Bra, seven kilometres outside of the country’s capital, Bissau. Guinea-Bissau has a tumultuous history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. Most recently, rogue soldiers seized power in a military take-over which came just days ahead of the country’s 22 April presidential run-off election, prompting calls from the international community for the return to civilian rule and the restoration of constitutional order. Against that backdrop, ongoing advocacy and mediation efforts, spearheaded by the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) and the African Union, have been aimed at reviving dialogue between the country’s political players. In his statement, the UN spokesperson added that the United Nations would continue to work with Bissau-Guineans and international partners to implement the Security Council’s resolution 2048, adopted in May this year, in which the 15-member body demanded immediate steps to restore and respect constitutional order, including a democratic electoral process. read more

first_img 12,783 Views By Fiona Ferguson Short URL Friday 10 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Share Tweet Email Mar 10th 2017, 6:05 AM A FATHER OF two who used a knife “as a tool” to cut the straps of handbags he snatched from women during a robbery spree around Dublin city has been jailed for six years.Thomas Murray (34) was identified in several of the robberies from CCTV of him using the women’s bank cards to make “tap purchases” in small amounts where PIN codes are not required.Murray, of Cedar House, Marlborough Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight robberies, one attempted robbery and one threat to kill at various locations around the city on dates between December 2015 and February 2016.Several of the offences were committed while on bail. He has 37 previous convictions.Murray’s most recent offences came to an end in February of this year when he was “rugby tackled” by two Dublin Bus drivers who pursued him after they came to the aid of a woman he was robbing at knife point. He has been in custody since.On an earlier occasion one of his robberies was foiled after a car containing four young women spotted him attempting to rob a woman at a bus stop while armed with a knife. They drew the car up to the bus stop, blew the horn and shouted at him until he cycled away empty handed.AdmissionsMurray was cooperative with gardai when apprehended and made admissions in respect of all the offences. He apologised for frightening the woman and said he committed the robberies for food, to feed his addiction and to buy things for his kids.He said one offence in December was to fund a Christmas present for his child and he had targeted someone “who looked like they had money.”He told gardai he had difficulty recalling some of the events as he had been taking tablets.Stephen’s GreenWhen asked why he had targeted a woman in St Stephen’s Green he told gardai: “She was the only girl around on her own. Wrong place, wrong time.”Defence counsel, Sandra Frayne BL, said the offences had been committed in desperation at a time he was abusing Zimovane tablets on top of a heroin addiction.She said his “modus operandi” involved women as his victims and as a person who had a sister, mother, and daughter, he was deeply ashamed and accepted it was completely wrong.Yesterday Murray told the court that he had “real pure guilt” for what he had done and apologised to his victims. He said he had never gone into long term residential drug treatment to address his drug addiction but said he knew it was something he needed.Judge Melanie Greally said the most outstanding feature of the offences was the use of the knife to threaten the victims or cut the straps of their handbags. She noted that many of the victim impact reports indicate that the woman suffered trauma and upset as a consequence of his actions.She noted a probation report outlining his difficult background and long standing addictions with associated criminality which have never been successfully tackled.Judge Greally imposed consecutive sentence totalling eight years with the final two years suspended. She ordered 18 months post release supervision. 21 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Peyker Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man who threatened women with knife and robbed handbags jailed for six years He told gardaí one victim was in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. Image: Shutterstock/Peykerlast_img read more

first_imgVancouver, you really Kigged it.The Kickstarter campaign launched by the Kiggins movie theater last month, raising money for a do-or-die conversion to digital projection technology, has reached its $85,000 goal. As of Friday evening, the website of the crowdfunding campaign was reporting that 729 backers had pledged a total of $88,493 — with three days still left before its Monday morning deadline.Owner Dan Wyatt has said the movie industry is dumping film and going digital across the board, and that he was faced with the choice to “go digital or go dark” this year. And while everybody claims to love the spacious, historic Kiggins at 1011 Main St., he said, not everybody actually spends money on tickets — which is why he was forced to turn to Kickstarter, an online fundraiser that collects individual pledges to donate to good causes and creative projects.Also helping out was the CouvFest NW music festival, which made a big donation this past week, he said. There were a handful of other very large donations, Wyatt said, but the vast majority of those 700 supporters pledged amounts like $25 and $35 — and scooped up rewards like tickets, popcorn and T-shirts.“What I heard going in is, about 80 percent of the donations will be the little guy,” Wyatt said. “That’s what happened.”Wyatt was starting to feel optimistic about his “Kigstarter” campaign earlier this week — “but I didn’t expect to hit it this soon,” he said on Friday afternoon. “I was still on hustle this morning, making sure we were on track.” Now, he said, he can move ahead with the $85,000 bid for a digital projection system that he received two months ago. He could have the system up and running in a month, and it will let him show films by Disney and Fox that he wasn’t previously able to screen because of the technology.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) rap to Pakistan on failing to act on terror financing, India has said that it expects the neighbours to comply with the FATF norms by September 2019. On Friday, FATF issued a warning to Pakistan and said they have failed to complete its action plan on terror financing. FATF has issued a stern warning to Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us The Paris-based global body is working to curb terrorism financing and money laundering and has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of banned terrorist outfits in the country. In response to a media query regarding the FATF report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the FATF has decided to continue to keep Pakistan on its compliance document (ie. Grey List) for the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) monitoring for its failure to complete the action plan items due in January and May 2019. Also Read – JNU poll panel cancels Yogi’s nomination Advertise With Us He said, “We expect Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF Action Plan fully within the remaining time frame i.e. by September 2019 in accordance with its political commitment to the FATF and take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from any territory under its control.” India has welcomed the FATF’s slamming Pakistan for financing terror organisations on its soil.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target As far as this season’s story is concerned, The Flash had its midseason finale last week. We still got a new episode this week. Well, three actually even if two technically belonged to other shows. The CW decided to close out the fall season this year with the big annual crossover event. This is the third one in a row, and the network has consistently knocked it out of the park with these. There was one big question going into this year’s Elseworlds, though. How were they going to top Crisis on Earth X?The first crossover, with the Dominator invasion, was fun and felt like a big deal due to it being the first time we saw Team Flash, Team Arrow, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow on screen together at once. Then, last year’s Crisis completely blew that first one away. Not only was the entire gang back together, it featured inter-dimensional Nazis ruining Barry and Iris’ wedding, evil versions of each hero, the return of Captain Cold and the introduction of The Ray. Plus, after we had all just been royally let down by the Justice League movie, Crisis on Earth X showed us what a DC superhero crossover story should look like. How was Elseworlds ever going to be better than that? Well, it did the smart thing and didn’t try.Jeremy Davies as John Deegan and LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)Elseworlds told its own story. It was a noticeable smaller story too, crossing over only three shows instead of four. With the Legends getting up to their own ridiculous antics, there were only four or five superheroes onscreen at once. To be fair, two of them had a pretty big impact. The first was the return of Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, who continues to be an ideal embodiment of the character. The second was the newly introduced Batwoman, who the showrunners hope will get her own CW show in the future. That, plus this being the first time we see Gotham City in the Arrowverse, makes Elseworlds still feel special despite not being quite as Bombastic or Arrowverse-encompassing as last year’s crossover.The trouble all starts when a mysterious inter-dimensional being gives an insane doctor the power to reshape the universe as he sees fit. Something goes wrong though, and Barry and Oliver end up switching lives. They’re the only ones who realize something’s out of place though, which leads to a ton of great comedy as they try to get used to each other’s abilities. (Barry does exactly what we would all do if we woke up with the abilities of Green Arrow: Ladder pull-ups.) The problem is nobody else believes them. In fact, the rest of Team Flash lock them both up, thinking they’re crazy. The only one they can think of who will believe them is Supergirl, since her Earth wasn’t affected. So that gets all three of our heroes in one place. And her cousin Clark tags along too, because why not?Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Carlos Valdes as Cisco/Vibe, Stephen Amell as Oliver/Arrow, Grant Gustin as Barry/The Flash, Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)Even with the body-swapping and guests from another universe, the episode of The Flash, which aired Sunday, still felt like a villain-of-the-week episode. With the team slowly figuring out why Barry and Oliver swapped places, they have to take on a more pressing threat: An android who can copy superpowers, accidentally awoken by Oliver trying to use Flash lightning. It’s a much bigger villain of the week than normal, and is a fitting send off before the holiday break. After it copies everyone’s powers, including Superman’s, it takes the entire team to take the thing down. It’s a huge, exciting fight scene and The CW certainly didn’t skimp on the special effects budget here.We still don’t get into the real meat of the crossover until Arrow on Monday night, though. That’s when Cisco vibes the scene of the doctor receiving the universe-altering book from a strange man. It’s not enough to tell them exactly what’s going on, but they know where it happened. The gang is going to Gotham City. Gotham, at this point, is run down and almost entirely run by criminals. Even Batman (and coincidentally enough, Bruce Wayne), has abandoned the place. Not only does this give us a mostly satisfying explanation as to why nobody in the Arrowverse has mentioned Gotham before, it also lets the show introduce its newest superhero. When Oliver, Barry and Kara get locked up for tangling with some criminals, a mysterious benefactor bails them out. That’s where they meet Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman.Pictured: Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)She is fantastic in this episode. I don’t know if the execs at the CW loved her as much as I did, but I hope so. If this is a test run for a new Batwoman TV series, I desperately want to see it. I’m only sad we only get to see her for this one episode. She doesn’t stick around for the entire crossover. She helps the heroes find who their looking for, swings in to deal with the ensuing mess at Arkham Asylum. When they catch up to the doctor, who’s working at Arkham, he creates a distraction by letting all the inmates out of their cells. This is where it becomes obvious that the Arrowverse shows don’t have permission to use any Batman villains, and it’s super awkward. They’re just fighting a bunch of no-name inmates who are either vaguely similar to Batman villains or just use their stuff. A woman gets a hold of Victor Fries’ gun, for example. Barry and Oliver get exposed to Scarecrow–I MEAN HALLUCINOGENIC NEUROTOXIN, and have to fight each other’s worst fears. Each episode of this crossover has a giant setpiece fight scene, and I’m so happy. The CW really went all out here, and it’s only made better when Batwoman shows up and starts throwing batarangs around. God, I wish we got more of her.It’s weird to call a big three-night crossover event like this set-up, but that’s exactly what it was. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Elseworlds was still a visually spectacular, fun crossover that told a good story on its own, but it was also looking ahead. It was setting up for an even bigger crossover set for next fall. One that will probably mean big changes for the entire Arrowverse. Those changes are coming no matter what. In its seventh season, Arrow is getting pretty old for a superhero show. It’s current season is fantastic, but it’s probably time to call it quits soon. And The Flash probably won’t be too far behind. And what better way to send off the show that started this whole thing than with a Crisis?Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl (Photo Credit: The CW)See, the man that keeps giving the mad doctor the book is known as the Monitor. He’s been systematically screwing up universes to find one that could withstand an upcoming calamity. Or rather, a Crisis. One that will bring all the universes together, killing some of them. That story will be instantly familiar to any DC Comics fan. Yes, this year’s crossover event is setting the Arrowverse up for its take on Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the third episode, The Monitor gives the doctor back the book yet again. This time, he makes himself into Superman, and takes away Barry and Oliver’s powers altogether. He can’t affect Supergirl, since she’s not from this Earth, so he locks her up in S.T.A.R. Labs instead. All three of these episodes had fun, kinetic and absolutely enormous battle scenes, but they really saved the best for last. We have everyone teaming up to fight an evil superman with the power to rewrite reality.It’s a spectacular display of each character’s superpowers, with Supergirl and The Flash running around the Earth in opposite directions so they can slow down time. That’s comic book physics at its absolute finest. The interesting thing, and what I’m positive is setting up for the end of Arrow, is how Oliver made sure this universe passed the Monitor’s test. He and Barry figure out that Monitor isn’t looking for the strongest world. He’s testing how good each one is. While Supergirl, The Flash and Superman are fighting the doctor, he asks the Monitor to spare their lives. He’s forced to offer up something in return, but we’re never told what. Oliver also goes through some real character growth in these three episodes. He becomes a better, more trusting and patient person. He works things out with Felicity, with whom he’s spent this season estranged. That’s a pretty clear sign they’re about to start wrapping this character up.LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)We’re told at the end, as the doctor makes friends with Psycho Pirate, that Crisis on Infinite Earths is coming in the fall of 2019. We don’t have exact dates, but that timing makes it sound like the Arrowverse is going to clear some room. They keep introducing new superhero shows, and eventually some will have to end. Arrow would be in its eighth season next year. If Oliver offered his life for Barry’s and Kara’s, next fall’s big crossover would be a fitting finale for that show. And since, in the comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths merged the DC multiverse into one, it’s not hard to see that happening here. It would mean a huge restructuring of the Arrowverse, which is exactly what it needs if it’s going to fit in Batwoman and who knows what other superheroes.Elseworlds may not have been quite as big as the last two crossovers, but it was fun, action-packed, funny and had a major effect on the Arrowverse as a whole. I’m genuinely more excited to see where these shows go after watching it. Even if much of it was setting up for a much bigger crossover, you really couldn’t ask for more from an event like this.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash: Season 5, Episode 8 RecapThe Flash: Season 5, Episode 7 RecapThe Flash: Season 5, Episode 6 Recap Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

first_imguThukela again apologises for the inconvenience caused while the maintenance is being carried out at the Ezakheni Bulk Water Works.Updates to this story will follow.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The emergency maintenance work at the Ezakheni Water Treatment Plant in Embizeni has left over 250,000 households without water.Residents of Ezakheni, Acaciavale and Aloe Park have been without water since Friday (November 11).Residents are furious, saying that no tankers have been seen in their areas to distribute water. According to uThukela communications officer Jabulani Mkhonza, tankers have been sent out, but not everyone has received water thus far. Certain areas have received water from the tankers.At this stage, it is not known when the maintenance work will be completed; engineers are still busy.In the meantime, residents can collect water at the Acaciavale Jamaat Khana and the mosque in Poona Road. Residents are urged to bring their own containers.Young and old have been spotted since 6am collecting water from the mosque.last_img read more

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PHOTOS Lantern Parade

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Even with the rain as a guest, students from the Buenaventura Corrales School in San José celebratedthe traditional Lantern Parade. Demonstrating their creativity, the kids walked outside the school with their parents, lighting up the night before Independence Day with patriotic lanterns they had made in various designs.center_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:PHOTOS: Costa Rica Celebrates 193 Years of Independence PHOTOS: Lantern parade and torch kick off Costa Rica Independence Day festivities PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade Costa Rican foreign minister: US independence an ‘inspiration’last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterWellness-inspired resort and hotel chain Fusion will introduce a property to the oceanside of Bao Ninh Beach, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province. Located at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, with Son Doong — the world’s largest cave, the three-hectare Fusion Resort Quang Binh will offer Fusion’s unique all-spa inclusive service plus a range of original wellbeing-oriented concepts & services.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Outdoor (rendering)Blending natural and contemporary design elements with a strong focus on earth tones, textures, and materials, the property’s 60 well-appointed villas start at a spacious 132 square-metres and range in size up to a palatial 800 square-metres. Each offers private gardens and plunge pools and either a sea view or an enclosed tropical garden. Ideal for couples, young families, or groups of friends, the low-lying resort will make full use of the stunning views, the surrounding natural vegetation, and the crisp natural light, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an interior colour scheme of the natural world.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Restaurant (rendering)“Quang Binh is an up-and-coming destination,” said Peter Meyer, Fusion’s CEO. “Exploring Son Doong Cave and the many other natural gems in the area will make this province the newest travellers’ bucket list destination alongside the likes of Ha Long Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An.”Fusion’s holistic approach to well-being begins with the “all-spa inclusive” service. As with every Fusion Resort before it, Fusion Resort Quang Binh will offer daily spa journeys to all guests at no extra cost. The resort will launch a new spa concept: Water & Earth. Supported by 10 double treatment rooms, the spa menu will include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, plus body scrubs, wraps, and a signature mud treatment, all featuring 100% natural products.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Spa reception (rendering)Complimentary wellness activities such as yoga and meditation will also be offered, plus hot steam and cold plunge experiences for total rejuvenation and a healthy boost to the body’s immunity.Fusion Resort Quang Binh will boast a selection of dining options including Fresh restaurant, the brand’s signature all-day dining spot, the Zen Bar, and a seafood restaurant. All will offer indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful views of the ocean and a warm, casual, and friendly Fusion vibe.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Villa (rendering)With the introduction of Fusion Resort Quang Binh, Fusion is expanding into all of Vietnam’s top destinations, with a total of five hotels and resorts now in operation in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc island. Besides Quang Binh, three more Fusion properties are currently under development for 2019 and 2020 openings: a Fusion Original in Ho Chi Minh City, Fusion Resort & Villas Da Nang, and Fusion Suites Vung Tau.Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Outdoor bathtub (rendering)Lead image: Fusion Resort Quang Binh Dong Hoi | Ocean villa renderingGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

first_img by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2019 5:17 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spike Lee calls for Hollywood to ‘shut it down’ in Georgia Spike Lee arrives at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat.Most studios that have commented have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat” law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s AFI Lifetime Achievement tribute Thursday, Lee said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change.Lee acknowledged that a mass exodus could dent livelihoods, but cited black bus drivers affected by the Civil Rights Movement-era boycott in Montgomery.Georgia’s economy currently gets a $9.5 billion annual boost from the industry.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Presslast_img read more