Communities Celebrating Local Food in February

first_imgNova Scotians will get a taste of local, seasonal foods when the Winter Fresh campaign shines the spotlight on delicious ingredients available during the winter months. “We live in a province that offers families many opportunities to enjoy a variety of delicious local foods in the winter months,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “When Nova Scotians support farms and retailers by choosing local products, they’re helping to create good jobs and grow the economy.” The Winter Fresh campaign begins with 12 Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers being held in schools, church halls and community centres across the province. This is the third year the province has supported the suppers, which are open to the public and part of the Select Nova Scotia campaign. “It’s important for people to see their neighbours not just as farmers, but as representatives of the industry who are interested in promoting the well-being of the agricultural community,” said Rupert Jannasch, a farmer and member of the Hants County Federation of Agriculture, which will host a supper Feb. 4. “Appreciation of the value of farming as an occupation in our changing culture is strengthened when we sit down and share food grown and produced within the local community.” The Winter Fresh campaign is again partnering with the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia to include the popular Dine Around event where Nova Scotia restaurants feature multi-course, local food-inspired meals at a fixed price. “Dine Around has been a successful program for us to promote the use of local food over the last number of years,” said Gordon Stewart, executive director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. “Prix-fixe menus in restaurants across the province featuring local food-inspired menus allow more Nova Scotians to get out and discover what our chefs and cooks have prepared.” There are also a number of fruit and vegetable samplings planned in grocery stores around the province to allow Nova Scotians to taste the local food advantage. Mr. MacDonell said the Winter Fresh campaign will raise consumer awareness about locally grown foods and help support a more competitive and profitable agriculture industry. Select Nova Scotia was developed to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food. More information on the Winter Fresh campaign, Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers and which foods are in season and where to find them can be found at .last_img read more

Nova Scotia surplus rises to 149 million but tax revenue lower than

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government closed the books on the 2016-17 fiscal year Thursday, registering a surplus of nearly $150 million — about $110 million more than the Liberals touted on the campaign trail in May.Finance Minister Karen Casey attributed the change to the difficulty in predicting revenues, and said figures last December indicated the province needed a more cautious approach to spending.“During the period from mid-January till March we had new information which showed that those numbers were more positive, so with that volatility it is hard to do any kind of prediction,” said Casey.She rejected any notion that the lower figure suited the government’s positions on such things as health care spending and holding the line on public sector contracts ahead of the May 30 provincial vote.“We certainly have to take the updated revenue numbers as we get them,” said Casey.The Finance Department said total revenues were up $62.3 million to $11.23 billion mainly due to higher than expected amounts from cost-shared federal programs and net income from government business enterprises.The increase in revenue was partially offset by lower than expected tax revenue.Taxation revenue was down $36.1 million mainly due to a decrease in personal income tax and HST. The drop is due to a decline in the labour force at a time when the economy expanded by just 0.9 per cent in 2016, similar to the pace of the previous two years.A statistical breakdown shows the province gets about 50 per cent of its revenue from taxes, while another 31 per cent comes from various federal sources.Total expenses were also up $40.2 million to $11.08 billion mainly due to university funding and costs for flooding last fall and winter snowstorms.The province’s net debt also decreased by $121 million to $14.95 billion.Casey said the overall numbers were an indication the government’s fiscal plan is working.“I think the corner that we have turned is that we are living within our means, we can control our spending, and we can take any money that we have and invest it in what Nova Scotians want,” she said.Major savings were realized through lower than expected departmental spending in areas such as health, where spending was $27.6 million lower than estimated due, officials said, to lower capital grants and delayed project spending.Another $133.9 million in restructuring savings were realized because several unspecified government “corporate projects” were either delayed or not carried through with. Finance officials also said the savings had nothing to do with ongoing labour negotiations with public sector unions.Tim Houston, the Progressive Conservative finance critic, had a different view of the higher surplus.“They achieved that by ignoring issues in health care … they have been ignoring the state of our roads, which are terrible across the province, and they didn’t do $133 million worth of projects, which at one time they thought they needed to do and they won’t tell us what they are,” said Houston. “So there are a lot of questions.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government’s fiscal priorities given the books are better than it has portrayed.“In the face of the needs we have … particularly in health and also in education, it’s no time for the government to say, ‘Yeah for us we have put more money in the bank,’” he said.The figures released Thursday showed more than $234 million in additional appropriations were made during the last fiscal year, including an additional $10.5 million for Acadia University.The money included $7 million to cover a federal loan and an extra $3.5 million for the school’s operating grant.Despite repeated questions from reporters, officials refused to say why the university asked for the extra cash, saying “Ask Acadia.”Acadia president Peter Ricketts said the money, including the loan, was part of helping the school deal with a loss of about $7 million that resulted from changes to its operating grant made in 2008.“It was at that time that Acadia had asked for some financial help to address that and that was originally done with the loan,” said Ricketts. “Following that, the request for help resulted in this $3.5 million addition to the operating grant on an annual basis for the last four or five years.”last_img read more

Archaic liquor laws in BC hurt consumers whisky distributor says

first_imgVANCOUVER – An Alberta-based whisky distributor says “archaic” liquor policies in British Columbia are limiting the range of products consumers can access.Robert Carpenter with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society says B.C. bars have long skirted rules that prevent them from buying unique products at private liquor stores that aren’t carried at government stores.He says forcing bars to only buy from the provincial government’s distribution channels doesn’t make sense because the province still regulates and taxes booze through private stores.His comments follow the seizure of his whisky products at four B.C. bars last week, and Carpenter says B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has yet to inform the bar owners of the exact rationale for the seizure.The Ministry of the Attorney General says in a statement that the branch does not release information about specific licensees.It says the government has appointed a liquor policy advisor to meet with stakeholders to advise the province on future liquor policies.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards on May 17 in Winnipeg, presented the first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Anachnid from Montreal.Anachnid, a member of SOCAN, accepted the award and the accompanying $10,000 cash prize from SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste and James Baxter, Winnipeg TD Canada Trust Branch Manager.“It means a lot to win this award which will help me achieve my creative endeavours,” said Anachnid. “I want the world to see the strength and beauty of the culture and craft that empowers all of us.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “The Indigenous Songwriter Award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an indigenous music creator in Canada, and we’re proud to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Anachnid,” said Charlie Wall-Andrews, , Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation. “The award is a significant part of our ongoing, mutual efforts with TD to foster, promote and create opportunities for indigenous music creators.”The Indigenous Songwriter Award is determined by a jury of SOCAN members. This year’s esteemed panel comprised Alan Greyeyes, Kinnie Starr and Leanne Goose, who carefully reviewed nearly 200 submissions from across the country.Applications to the 2020 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2019. Visit for more information about programs and awards.About AnachnidAnachnid  (Ana-k-nid) is a contemporary Indigenous artist inspired by art and sculpture, but also by street fashion and music. She defines herself as Oji-Cree and Kitchi-Sipi Mi’kmaq First Nations. Given by an elder, her totem is a spider; the arachnid. Just like a spider who weaves her web, she strings along music, poetry and art into one piece. Since she reflects what she sees in her environment, she explores very different musical styles, from soul, electro-pop to indie trap. Her music highlights her modern lifestyle as an Indigenous woman and shares the various cultures around which she grew up. Anachnid acknowledges this hybridization of urban influences, yet still attached to Indigenous traditional roots. Her first singles were released under Musique Nomade : Windigo, La lune and Now Wow We (with Annie Sama), available on all platforms.About The SOCAN FoundationFounded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit and TD Global Corporate CitizenshipTD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit Twittercenter_img Facebook Advertisement L to R: Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN; Anachnid, TD Indigenous Songwriter Award Recipient; Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation; James Baxter, TD Branch Manager. Photo Credit: Brad Ardley. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Advertisementlast_img read more

UPDATE Amber Alert issued for three children taken in Fox Creek

first_imgUPDATE – The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children have been located.FOX CREEK, A.B. – Alberta RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for three children that were taken early Saturday morning in Fox Creek.At 1:30 am this morning, 4-year-old Isabella Darnel, 3-year-old Elijah Darnel, 9-month-old Arlo Darnel, are believed to be abducted from their home in Fox Creek. All three children have blonde hair and blue eyes. Isabella Darnel is wearing a purple nighty with peach pyjama pants. It is believed that the three children were abducted by their mother Charmaine Darnel.Charmaine Darnel is five feet, 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. They were last seen leaving a residence in Fox Creek driving a 2014, medium grey Dodge Ram pickup truck, Alberta licence plate B W Z 8 6 4 5. The vehicle was last seen leaving Fox Creek, heading south towards Edmonton.Photos have yet to be releasedPlease contact the RCMP at Fox Creek at 780-622-3740 or 9 1 1 if you have any information.last_img read more

Arab journalists can help explain UN work Annan tells meeting

“The United Nations has to deal with many crises in many parts of the world, but there is no other region where it has been so long and so intensively involved as in the Arab countries,” he told the high-level briefing programme held at UN Headquarters in New York.”And that means there is no area of the world where it is more important for us to make sure that what we are trying to do is clearly understood by public opinion, and that we are getting the message out and getting [it] out as clearly as we can,” he added.Concerning regional hotspots, Mr. Annan reiterated his long-held view that only a just and comprehensive settlement to the Middle East problem will end the cycle of violence and terror. On Iraq, he stressed that the country’s people are best place to decide on the best mechanism for the transition to full sovereignty. “It is important that the people of Iraq see us clearly as we are: an impartial world body with only one agenda – to help the people of Iraq.”The Secretary-General noted that the programme afforded the 10 senior representatives of Arab media organizations in attendance the chance to meet with both sides of the proverbial aisle dividing representatives of Member States and senior officials of the UN Secretariat.”You have had a chance, therefore, to see how the UN works, both as a place where governments can work together to reach common decisions, and as a mechanism for carrying out those decisions once reached,” he said.In the ensuing question and answer period, the Secretary-General addressed a range of topics, including efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the lead up to and fallout from the war in Iraq, and negative public opinion in the Arab world about the UN’s legitimacy.Speaking to the UN News Service following the discussion, George Hawatmeh, the Editor of Al-Ra’i in Jordan, said the briefing programme, which featured dialogues with numerous senior officials and diplomats, had served to inform participants about the challenges facing the UN. “We’ve identified areas where it is suffering from image problems, as well as credibility gaps, especially as far as Arab public opinion is concerned,” he said.He also indicated that the Secretary-General’s call for amplification of the UN’s message had been heard. “The fact that we understand the situation better now means that our readers, our audiences, will understand it better if we do our homework, and I’m sure everybody seems intent and determined to do just that upon going back home,” he said. read more

Billionaire says AEG owner of Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center no

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Billionaire says AEG, owner of Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center, no longer for sale by Greg Risling, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 1:47 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – AEG, the company that owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Staples Center, is no longer for sale, its billionaire owner Philip Anschutz said Thursday.The announcement came amid efforts by the company to build a downtown stadium to lure an NFL team back to Los Angeles.Anschutz said in a statement that he had made it clear that he wouldn’t sell the AEG sports and entertainment company unless the right buyer came forward.“They wanted more than what people were willing to pay,” said Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at University of Oregon. “I just feel as though there’s still differences of opinion about how valuable AEG is.”It wasn’t clear how far along the company had been in the sale process or how the move might affect its plans to build the proposed 72,000-seat Farmer’s Field football stadium.Anschutz said he will resume a more active role in AEG. Tim Leiweke, who has served as president and CEO and been the face of the company for more than 15 years, is leaving, Anschutz said.The sale of the sports and entertainment company had been expected to fetch billions of dollars.The Los Angeles Times reported that interested buyers included Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Guggenheim Partners, which recently led a consortium that bought the Los Angeles Dodgers.Last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a television interview that Anschutz had to find a buyer for AEG first before moving forward with what he termed as “uphill climb” involving the stadium effort.Villaraigosa stressed, however, that he believes the NFL would return to Los Angeles. The city has been without an NFL team since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders departed for Oakland in 1995.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will continue to monitor the developments with the stadium proposal and “remain interested in multiple sites in the Los Angeles area.”An email message left for AEG spokesman Michael Roth was not immediately returned.Swangard said Anschutz’s decision to retain AEG will likely help the process to build a new football stadium.“It creates certainty for the LA (football) project,” he said. “If they weren’t getting the price they wanted, and at the same time were getting pushback on their next big deal, this approach makes all the sense in the world.”AEG transformed the Los Angeles landscape with the opening of Staples Center in 1999. Its later addition of the LA Live entertainment complex helped revitalize the city’s long-neglected downtown.The company’s holdings also include the Los Angeles Galaxy, part-ownership of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, and major entertainment and real estate holdings in Los Angeles. read more

Gilmore Medical card cuts are still as set out in the Budget

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said today that the figure for medical card review, which could lead to cuts, is still the one that was set out in the Budget.In an interview with RTÉ at the Labour Annual Conference, Gilmore was asked about reports today in the Sunday Independent that the €113m target for medical card cuts had been slashed by more than €40m.Gilmore said that the overall saving in the health budget was €666m, and that the amount to be saved on medical cards is “the amount that was set down in the Budget”.He added that the HSE has drawn up a draft service plan which is currently before the Minister for Health, James Reilly. Reilly is due to present this to the government.Gilmore stated that the government is working to deal with the issue of medical cards, and the problems related to the issue of discretionary medical cards.The Tánaiste was also asked about the issue at a media conference in Killarney a short time later:Top-up paymentsOn the subject of top-up payments, the Tánaiste said that he and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny had reduced their salaries and those of the staff that work for them.They have also set down pay guidelines for State-funded agencies, who are expected to abide by them. Those that don’t comply could see certain measures used against them, such as a reduction in State funding.Gilmore added that he doesn’t intend that there will be exceptions to the guidelines.WATCH MORE: Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don’t comply with pay policy RecoveryOf the so-called ‘squeezed middle’, Gilmore said the government “have to make sure that the recovery succeeds”, and that the first priority is jobs.“We need to do more to ensure that jobs are created for young people,” he said.He said that “we don’t want to go back to the situation where people who benefit from economic recovery” are a “small handful of property developers” and they “want to see recovery is for those people whose sacrifices made recovery possible”.When asked about the prospect of a tax break for the squeezed middle, Gilmore wasn’t drawn on a specific type of break, but said that “as the finances of the country improve I would like to be in a position, and the government be in the position, to lift the burden of taxation somewhat on working families”.He said that would be in this term of Government if possible.Read: GPs warn of “chaos” in health system after HSE boss raises cuts concerns>last_img read more

The Best Gifts for TRON Fans

first_imgTRON: Legacy is hitting theaters tonight at midnight. Whether you have a loved one who’s a die-hard fan of the original, or you know someone who’s a brand new TRON convert, there are tons of creative gift ideas to surprise them with this holiday season. Thanks to Disney’s slew of licensing deals to a variety of companies, you can now have your own TRON jewelry, TRON headphones, TRON leggings…really, the list goes on.We chose a handful of our favorite TRON-inspired products perfect for any fan on your list. Check them out after the jump. TomTom TRON Collection – $255 to $495Like the leggings, these TRON products have no tech angle to them, but as a geeky girl, I still think they’re really cool. Contracted by Disney Consumer Products, Los Angeles-based jewlery brand TomTom (no relation to the GPS company) built a line of Tron-esque jewelry to reflect the cyber universe. The pieces use mirrored blue lucite, blue topaz stones, and gunmetal-plated brass. Unfortunately, they range in price from $255 for a Grid Escape Ring, to $495 for a Legacy Necklace. Monster TRON T1 Headphones by Disney (Daft Punk Edition) $349.95Monster is known for its musician-endorsed headphones, such as the Diddybeats, Bieberbeats, and Lady Gaga’s Heartbeats. What’s next for Monster? It’s Daft Punk Edition TRON headphones, The over-ear headphones are inspired by the group’s robot costumes, which resemble the fashion in TRON. The headphones feature animated LED lighting, noise isolation, an removable boom mic for gamin, and extra large drivers for that deep Daft Punk bass. They’re sold out right now at Amazon, but are marked down from $349.95 to $299.95. The regular Monster TRON T1 headphones (similar to the Daft Punk version, but black) are also sold out at Amazon, but you can get them at B&HPhoto for $299.95.Monster TRON iPod Identity Disc iPod Dock – $249If you don’t want to keep Daft Punk confined to your headphones, check out the Monster TRON iPod Identity Disc iPod dock. Inspired by the TRON data disk, the iPod/iPhone audio dock provides stunning lighting effects and high quality audio. It has a total of five drivers and one 3.5-inch long-throw woofer. It has high intensity dual pipe lightning rings with microprocessor controlled lighting effects. It’s sold out at Amazon, but you can get it for $299.95 at B&HPhoto, or pre-order it for $249.95 at J& Tron Leggings – Various PricesOkay, so these aren’t officially TRON leggings, but they sure look like they could be. Who would have thought that the fashion from TRON: Legacy could influence the oh-so-trendy leggings that all the ladies are wearing? At least they’re not jeggings. Thanks to blog Trend De La Creme who rounded up eight different styles and brands of these TRON-inspired leggings. Razer TRON Gaming Mouse – $99.99Why would Razer assume that gamers are also TRON fans? Well, they must know something, since they made a TRON-inspired gaming mouse. The mouse has blue lines across the top, and features a 5600 dpi optical sensor on the underside for accuracy. It has light and sound effects at startup and shutdown, as well as lighting alerts. It also has an ambidextrous design, and seven Hyperesponse buttons. You can buy it now at the Razer store. TRON Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Gaming Controllers – $49.99Speaking of gaming, you can now play the new TRON: Evolution video game on your Xbox 360 or PS3 with TRON-inspired controllers. My guess is that they’re not really any different from a regular Xbox or PS3 controller, but at least they look super cool. The controllers, from PDP (Performance Designed Products) have light-up accents, perforated details, and performance enhancing contours and design.last_img read more

Student returns to UM on new prosthetic leg after 4th of July

first_imgHe said he remains grateful for all the people who pitched in money to help pay for his prosthetic leg.UM will host an open mic night on Wednesday, at 8 p.m., to help raise money for him at the UM Hillel. The event is $7 to attend.A GoFundMe page has also been set up for him.Golden wrote on his GoFundMe page in part, “I cannot find words that adequately express my gratitude for how much hope and support you all have given me. It is a beautiful thing to see how many people are by my side when a tragedy like this strikes.”But even with that support, the road for Connor remains long.While the honors student studies for exams at UM, he’s also learning how to walk with his prosthetic leg.Connor is hoping his passion for music will help raise the money he desperately needs for his recovery, Wednesday night. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured University of Miami student returned to campus on a new prosthetic leg after stepping on an explosive in Central Park, over the Fourth of July weekend.Eighteen-year-old Connor Golden is back on his feet and said he is excited to be standing again while going back to class at UM, Tuesday.Doctors had no choice but to amputate his leg below the knee.New York City Police said they believe the explosive that injured Connor was a homemade firework.Part of the device was tracked to a nearby bakery, but investigators haven’t yet found anyone who might have been responsible. Police said they had no reason to suspect a planned attack.Connor’s father never doubted his son’s ability to return to school after the accident.“Connor is so resilient, such a powerful person individually, and I think he’s going to do just fine,” Kevin Golden said in July at a press conference. The support he has received is not something Connor takes for granted.“You’ll see that I’m smiling in the photo. That’s not just because I’m happy to begin walking again,” Connor stated. “It’s also because I am so grateful for the huge amount of love and caring that has taken me from the shock of July 3 in Central Park … to standing on my new leg.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Intruder caught by Pembroke Pines homeowner during ransacking

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An intruder was caught ransacking a Pembroke Pines home after the homeowner walked in.Pembroke Pines Police are now searching for that burglar after he fled the home, in the area of Northwest 11th Court and 86th Terrace, Monday.Officials said the subject ran off after the resident came home and caught him during the raid.He got away empty-handed.If you have any information on this attempted burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Linda M Baillargeon Grover 66

first_imgHAVERHILL MA — Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover, 66, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully Friday, June 14, 2019 at Nevins Nursing & Rehab Center in Methuen, MA. She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Robert E. Grover.Linda was born in Lawrence, MA, August 27, 1952 the daughter of the late Jean and Esther (Robichaud) Baillargeon. She was raised in Methuen and attended Methuen schools. Linda later moved to Haverhill where she made her home for several years. She was employed for 25 years as an accountant for AGFA Corporation in Wilmington, MA. Linda was a longtime member of The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She enjoyed listening to books on tape and cherishing her time with her children and grandchildren.Linda is survived by two children, Jamie J. Spates and Samantha A. Cole. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Riley and Alicia, two brothers, Raymond Baillargeon and Ronald Baillargeon and three sisters, Jean Bohondoney, Carol O’Brien and Ann Nault. She will also be dearly remembered by several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Frank Spates and brother, Richard Baillargeon.Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 4-6 PM at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830. A private graveside service will be held at Walnut Cemetery in Haverhill. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations in Linda’s memory be made to The Wounded Warriors Project by visiting For directions or online condolences, please visit M. (Baillargeon) Grover(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian will be released at launch of Disney

first_img TV and Movies Digital Media 0 Share your voice The Mandalorian is a big-budget series produced by Jon Favreau, which follows a lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy.  Lucasfilm Disney’s live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian will be available at launch when the company’s Netflix-like Disney Plus service rolls out later this year. “We’re trying to make it look like Star Wars — a lot of visual effects, a lot of editing,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau said of his work now that shooting of The Mandalorian has finished. He spoke Thursday at an event in Los Angeles unveiling Disney Plus.A short featurette about The Mandalorian, shown to investors gathered at the Disney studio lot, featured the Mandalorian bounty-hunter character walking across a gray, snowy landscape near an alien outpost. He holds out a beeping tracker with a blinking red light, and the scene cuts to the character entering a bar with drums pounding. In the featurette, Favreau said the series starts with the bounty-hunting Mandalorian tracking down quarries. “This is a character you’ve never met before and period of time you’ve never seen before,” Favreau says. The story takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. High-profile originals like The Mandalorian are a crucial selling point for Disney as it attempt to launch a Netflix rival from scratch. After years of putting streaming in the back seat to protect its big-budget blockbusters and lucrative TV model, Disney has made streaming its top priority this year, even restructuring the company around it. It’s the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood going to extreme lengths to fortify against competition from digital powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple. The Mandalorian will star Pedro Pascal, known for playing Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones (aka the guy who lost that hand-to-hand fight against the Mountain. Yes, that one). The Mandalorian is one of two known Star Wars series planned for Disney Plus, in addition to a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor. The company also has Marvel originals in the pipeline, with programs that center on Avengers characters Loki, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye.  Disney Star Wars Fox Hulu Netflix Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Temple staff take up Haritha Haram in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: As part of ongoing Haritha Haram programme, the priests and the staff of Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Devasthanam planted saplings on the premises of cottages here on Friday. Temple Executive Officer T Ramesh Babu launched the programme.Speaking on the occasion, the EO informed a variety of saplings were planted around the cottages to enhance its beauty besides increasing the green cover. Assistant Executive Officer Sravan Kumar, Deputy Executive Engineer V Ravindernath, Camp Clerk to Executive Officer Anil Kumar and priests took part in the programme.last_img read more

BNP rejects 21 Aug grenade attack verdict

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday turned down the verdict in the 21 August grenade attack cases, saying it has been given at the ‘behest of the government’ with a political motive, reports UNB.“BNP thinks that the verdict is a politically motivated one. It’s a naked manifestation of satisfying government’s political vengeance,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he said, “We reject the verdict.”Fakhrul also said the government has set another bad example of taking political revenge using the court.As their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given life imprisonment in the cases, he said it has proved that country’s no citizen has now a scope of getting justice.Earlier in the morning, after a long wait for over 14 years, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others, including Tarique Rahman to life imprisonment, in two cases filed over the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.last_img read more

Rescued 8 Thai boys in good mental physical state

first_imgA marine biologist films as members of the Cypriot department of fisheries and marine research enter a cave to collect data from cameras they installed to observe the habitat of the endangered mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachuus) off the coast of Pegeia in western Cyprus on 23 May, 2018. Photo: AFPThe first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.”Everyone is in a good mental state,” Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters at Chiang Rai hospital.”None of the eight boys has fever today,” he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave.The boys, aged 12-16, were the first to be extracted on Sunday and Monday, while the final four and their coach spent a 17th night inside.Experts had warned of possible long-lasting damage from the ordeal, either through psychological trauma or infections caught in the cave.Jesada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that two presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia but were given antibiotics and were “in a normal state”.He said the group can eat, move about, and talk.”They (all the boys) will have to stay in the hospital for one week to wait for their results and to see if anything changes,” he said.Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys taken out on Sunday were eating normal and plain food.”They’re asking for chocolate. We can see that everything is ok as they’re eating well,” he said.The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass.Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the “Wild Boars” team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters.Rescuers are racing to extract the rest of the squad and their coach as heavy rains pick back up in the northern province, threatening to complicate the last phase of the mission by reflooding the cave.last_img read more

Universal Games Launches Episodic Game App With Saved by the Bell Law

first_imgNBCUniversal sees a potential $200 million-plus jackpot in adapting some of its old TV and movie franchises into an interactive storytelling game.The company’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms group on Thursday is launching a new, free-to-play mobile game, “Series: Your Story Universe” that lets players pick an avatar and play through different episodes of original stories in which they make choices that affect the narrative.It’s your chance to star in brand-new stories alongside the ’90s high-schoolers from “Saved by the Bell,” and a range of other characters from NBCUniversal’s TV and film catalog, including reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, the NYPD’s Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola from “Law & Order: SVU,” and Xena, the famed warrior princess.Out of the gate, “Series” will include episodic series based on seven NBCU properties: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” The iOS and Android app also will include original stories, starting with rags-to-riches tale “Legacy & Love.” According to Heatherly, Universal Games decided to get into the storytelling game after seeing the success of other apps, including Episode Interactive’s “Episode” and Pixelberry Studios’ “Choices: Stories You Play,” both of which have generated over $200 million in revenue to date, according to research firm Sensor Tower. “Episode” has been downloaded by 139 million users, who have spent approximately $256 million so far in the game. “Choices” has approximately 63.5 million installs globally and has raked in around $231 million since launch, Sensor Tower estimates.“We looked at the portfolio of IP [intellectual property] we have at NBCUniversal, and we thought it made sense for us to build an app and to bring a lot of that together in one place,” Heatherly said.Heatherly also saw the results of NBCU’s deal to license “Pitch Perfect” for an Episodes series two years ago. “It’s reaching a demographic that isn’t what you would think of as your traditional gamer,” he said, noting that an estimated 60% of mobile game players are women.The “Series” app, which launched in a beta-test last fall, is free to download and play. Like other titles, users can opt to make in-game purchases (of “gems”) that can be used to accelerate a player’s pace through a story or buy bonus content. Individual purchases in the app may be 50 cents to $1 each, according to Heatherly.The app was developed by Endless Entertainment, an interactive storytelling company with offices in New York City and Oakland, Calif., which provides a platform that lets artists and writers iterate the branching narratives quickly. “That’s part of the magic trick of being able to deliver this content at high volume,” Heatherly said.“We’ve really had to put together, in a sense, a content factory to do this thing,” he added. “It’s almost like running a television network.”In selecting the initial lineup for “Series,” Heatherly and his team gravitated toward titles that skewed toward young audiences and had sizable online communities following them. The stories can’t be too character driven, he said, “because then there’s no place for you entering that world. But they’re not just one-note characters. Your choices are actually going to matter.” Universal Games provides more info on “Series” at The “Series: Your Story Universe” app will be updated with new episodes each week, with additional shows also in the pipeline. The stories are adaptations, rather than retellings of the originals, said Chris Heatherly, EVP, Universal Games and Digital Platforms: “We tried very hard to not make you sit through the movie or show you’ve already seen.”The new game is the biggest initiative NBCU’s games group has ever undertaken. The Universal Games team’s big launch last year was “Jurassic World Alive,” an augmented-reality game tie-in with the movie. “That alone required a ton of work but, this is that times seven franchises,” he said.To promote the global launch of the game, Universal Games has enlisted talent from the shows tout the “Series” app in video spots. Mario Lopez, who starred as A.C. Slater in “Saved by the Bell,” invites fans to play the game while wearing his Bayside High letterman jacket, while Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” must make a critical decision to “whine or wine.” The promo videos will run online, and Bravo will feature the “Vanderpump” spot on-air.Lopez, who currently hosts syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” said he continues to be surprised that the ongoing fandom for “Saved by the Bell.” “It was a Saturday morning show for young kids,” Lopez told Variety. “It still kind of trips me out as to why it continues to resonate with people,” he said.The “Series” app take on “Saved by the Bell” is pretty true to the show, Lopez said, but “at the same time, there’s a little bit of tongue-in-cheek liberty taken with the characters.” He’s planning to talk about the game on his syndicated radio show and is likely to mention it on “Extra.”“It’s a very clever way for people who have an affinity for these shows get immersed in the world,” said Lopez. ‘Schooled’ Boss Breaks Down ‘Rent’ Episode and Plans to Tackle ‘Saved by the Bell’ Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoicescenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Settle Into the Suburbs Popular on Variety Relatedlast_img read more

Hear the Sailor Moon Theme On Traditional Japan Instruments

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Everyone knows how the Sailor Moon theme goes, whether you know the English version with lyrics by DiC (“Fighting evil by moonlight/Winning love by daylight”) or the original Japanese lyrics to “Moonlight Densetsu.” It’s an iconic track, and you probably know it even if you’ve not willingly given it a listen before. But there’s almost certainly a version of the song you’ve never heard before, brought to us via professional shamisen Nami Kineie, who’s put together a traditional Japanese iteration of the song, accompanied by other Japanese instruments such as the shakuhachi, fue, and koto.The result is a complete captivating version of the song that has something of an elegant and regal-sounding lilt, and the video of the performance itself is pretty awesome, too. The band members make everything look super simple, despite all the work that went into making this song a reality. And we’ve heard tons of different iterations of this iconic theme song over the years, but this is the only one that’s ever sounded this completely different.So if “Moonlight Densetsu” is a go-to in your karaoke mix or you tend to listen to the single a whole lot, you might consider adding this version of the song into your mix at some point, even if only to just listen to as tribute to one of the most catchy and amazing anime openings of all time.The best part? You can sing along with the English opening lyrics or the Japanese set, depending on which ones you’re more comfortable with. They still work even with this gorgeous-sounding rendition, so it works no matter which language you’re feeling more on a particular day. Hopefully, there are plenty more traditionally Japanese songs coming in the future, as that would be absolutely awesome to hunker down to and listen to sometime.center_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu last_img read more

323 quadrillion shots have been fired in Call of Duty games

first_imgLater this year the Call of Duty series of games will be celebrating their 10th anniversary. The first game was released for PC back on October 29, 2003, and since then has seen outings across just about every available gaming platform on the market. It goes without saying that Call of Duty is popular, but just how popular has only now become apparent.Activision has released the infographic, which you can view below (click to view it full size), detailing some of the largest stats the series boasts. For example, 100 million people have played one of the Call of Duty titles. To put that into context, the population of Germany is only 80.4 million. Call of Duty also has France, Italy, and the UK populations beat.Every gaming session with Call of Duty loaded sees thousands of bullets fired, and somehow Activision has managed to count them all. I don’t know how they did this, especially as stat tracking wasn’t something that was being carried out in the cloud a decade ago, so there is probably some guess work involved here. But apparently 32.3 quadrillion shots have been fired. That’s 32,300,000,000,000,000 in long form. It also took 25 billion hours of play time to fire them all, which is longer than humans have actually existed.Call of Duty isn’t losing any of its popularity just yet, and new games in the series should keep selling in their millions for years to come. With that being the case these stats could be doubled or even tripled before we’ve all had enough of playing the games and moved on to the next big FPS franchise.Now read: Black Ops II designer receives death threats for altering weapon firing rateslast_img read more

Despite Deadly Prospects Elon Musk Wants To Go to Mars

first_img There’s a 70 percent chance Elon Musk will move to Mars.The tech entrepreneur—one of three iconic figures interviewed for an Axios HBO documentary series—hopes to someday ride one of his SpaceX rockets to the Red Planet.“I’m talking about moving there,” Musk told Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen in an interview that aired Sunday. “We’ve recently made a number of breakthroughs that I am just really fired up about.”The idea of humans colonizing and terraforming Mars is “science fiction,” according to Bill Nye.Last week, the science communicator and TV presenter suggested that modern technology just isn’t up for the task. Nor is our neighboring planet—with an average temperature well below freezing, and a general lack of food or water.“And the big thing,” Nye added: “There’s nothing to breathe.”Musk remains undeterred, though.His aerospace firm recently snagged its first private astronaut, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, and renamed the Big Falcon Rocket “Starship.” It also set a date—Jan. 7, 2019—for NASA’s first test of the unpiloted Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.Those accomplishments, however, pale in comparison to what Musk envisions for the future.In less than a decade, humans could take off on a voyage to Mars.But the adventure of a lifetime won’t come cheap; ticket prices are forecast to cost “around a couple hundred thousand dollars” each.Still, Musk shrugged off the idea that a cosmic cruise would be “an escape hatch for rich people.”“Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than Earth,” he said. “Really, the ad for going to Mars would be like [Sir Ernest] Shackleton’s [supposed] ad for going to the Antarctic.“It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space,” Musk continued. “You might land successfully. Once you land successfully, you’ll be working nonstop to build the base. So, you know, not much time for leisure. And once you get there, even after doing all this, it’s a very harsh environment, so … there’s a good chance you die there.“We think you can come back, but we’re not sure,” Musk admitted.None of that seems to scare the 21st most powerful person in the world and 54th richest person on the globe.“There’s lots of people who climb mountains,” he told Allen. “Why do they climb mountains? Because people die on Mount Everest all the time. They like doing it for the challenge.”Musk is featured alongside Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and Microsoft founder and advocate Bill Gates in the fourth installment of Axios’ limited documentary series.Catch up on the news-oriented specials via HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand, and HBO’s partner streaming platforms.More coverage on Musk’s Cannabis Controversy Sparks NASA ProbeSpaceX Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean LandingsSpaceX Nails First West Coast Falcon 9 Rocket LandingWhy Is Rocket Science So Hard? Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field last_img read more