first_imgI leave the answer to the audience. We can learn from the masters, but can we become one?DIRECTOR’S BIO: Neal Thibedeau is a Southern California Native, educated at Chapman University and the American Film Institute, where he fostered his love of storytelling. He now lives in the South Bay with his wife/muse and his two rowdy dogs, while writing, directing, editing, and sometimes shooting projects. This past year he had INTERSECTION (edited by) at over a hundred film festivals, a number of produced projects for El Rey Network, and he just directed his first TV pilot ‘Homeroom’, about an alcoholic Special Ed Teacher.BECOMING ICONIC represents his first foray into directing documentary.FILM: BECOMING ICONICWHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?The crew didn’t want us to feature them in the documentary. So every shot had to be done from the shadows (figuratively and sometimes literally).WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESIt asks the universal question:Can you manifest your own heightened destiny?andWhat role does fate have in Becoming Iconic?WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?I don’t have a choice. Either I get these things out of me in a creative way or they will tear me apart from the inside. It’s my therapy and my connection to the people around me.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I just finished a Pilot for my Television show ‘Homeroom’ about an alcoholic Special Education teacher. It’s a comedy. ( ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?You better love it. There are a lot easier ways to make money, so if this is the ONLY thing you can picture yourself doing, then keep at it. It can feel like a Sisyphean occupation, but the rewards are worth what it takes to achieve something. I had one teacher in film school who was honest about how hard it is. I think you have to go into it with eyes open.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Trainspotting. Requiem for a Dream. Cool Hand Luke.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?You Become IconicIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Never never. I can’t insult any of the films i love by remaking them.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)Several Film School teachers changed the way I viewed storytelling, and made me serious about my craft. Both were teachers at Chapman University, Everett Lewis, and Joel Moffett.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:30 PM – SLCCDECEMBER 2, 2017, 12:30 PM – SLCCGET YOUR TICKETS AT: This feature length documentary that contains interviews with some of Hollywood’s most iconic directors talk about and with Jonathan Baker . The film explores the process of filmmaking from the ground up through the eyes of top directors as they tell their story of their first time making a feature film in the director’s chair. Then Jonathan takes the chair after listening to their advice and gives his advice though making his film INCONCEIVABLE. Nicolas Cage Jodie Foster Faye Dunaway Warren Beatty Taylor Hackford Adrian Lyne John Badham Jonathan Baker Becoming Iconic GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY NEAL THIBEDEAU, DIRECTORDIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Just over a year ago, I set off to Cincinnati on an adventure; to follow a director making his first feature, with A-list talent – INCONCEIVABLE.I found so much more than a movie in Ohio. I found an existential question: what does it mean to be an icon, and what would it take for someone to manifest their own iconic destiny? Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Champions League Atalanta go 3rd but Calhanoglu keeps AC Milan in chase

first_imgMilan: Unheralded Atalanta moved third in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Genoa edging the Bergamo side closer to a first-ever Champions League qualification with two games left this season. Musa Barrow and Timothy Castagne’s second-half goals on Saturday sent Atalanta two points clear of Inter Milan, who play already-relegated Chievo on Sunday. But AC Milan responded with Hakan Calhanoglu heading in the only goal against Fiorentina to boost Gennaro Gattuso’s team’s hopes of a return to elite European football for the first time since 2013-2014. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAC Milan are fifth, one point behind Inter, with Roma a further three points adrift in sixth before they host champions Juventus on Sunday. “Today’s win was really important, as the closer we get to the finish line, the more decisive each point becomes,” said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini. “Mathematically, we have only a few points left to go, but it also puts us in a better state of mind going into the Coppa Italia final. “The team has been extraordinary in terms of mentality.” Juventus and Napoli have already qualified for next season’s Champions League, but behind them the scramble is frenetic in the chase for the two remaining berths. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersCastagne and Duvan Zapata both had goals ruled out for offside in the first 20 minutes of the game at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium, with Atalanta’s home ground undergoing work. But 20-year-old Gambian Barrow broke through immediately after being substituted on at the break for his first goal this season, with Belgian Castagne adding a second on 53 minutes, finishing off Berat Djimsiti’s low cross. Goran Pandev pulled a goal back for Genoa one minute from time, but the fightback came too late as Atalanta extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches. Atalanta’s next two league games are against Juventus in Turin and back at the Mapei Stadium against Sassuolo on May 26. The victory is a boost for Gasperini’s side who head to Rome on Wednesday to play the Coppa Italia final against Lazio. “The Champions League is a dream,” said Castagne. “We realised we could fight for fourth place when we completed the comeback against Roma, then beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia. “Now we’ll try to end on a high.” In Florence, French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko started for Milan despite his touchline bust-up with Gattuso during last Monday’s win over Bologna as the team push for a top-four finish. Turkish midfielder Calhanoglu headed in Suso’s cross on 35 minutes for his second league goal this season, condemning 13th-placed Fiorentina to their fourth consecutive defeat. “There are six points left, we have to do it,” insisted Gattuso, with their final games against relegated Frosinone and midtable SPAL. “From January until 20 days ago we were in the Champions League, we regret those lost points, but we certainly can’t stop believing in it now.” Lazio beat Cagliari 2-1 in Sardinia to sit seventh, five points adrift of Inter and the top four.last_img read more

Six Jewish Terrorists Arrested for Attacking Palestinians in West Bank

Rabat – Shin Bet, an Israeli security service, dismantled six members of what they called a “Jewish terror network” in the West Bank on Wednesday, according to The Times of Israel.The six men had been suspected of carrying out several attacks on Palestinians, including the firebombing of buildings with civillians inside, the service said in a statement.Three of the arrested suspects were named: Itamar Ben Aharon and Michal Kaplan, both 20 years old and from the settlement Nahliel, along with Pinhas Shandorfi, 22, a resident of a settlement called Kiryat Arba. Of the three others, one was a soldier for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and two were minors: one born in 1999 and one born in 2000. Isreali laws prohibit the public release of the names of arrested minors and a military court banned publication of the soldier’s identity.“During the latter half of 2015, there were a number of terror attacks and violent incidents against Palestinians in the Gush Talmonim region,” the Shin Bet said, according to The Times. “Two notable attacks were against buildings that had Palestinians inside.”Some of the group’s members were issued administrative restraining orders before the end of Shin Bet’s investigation on the danger they posed to Palestinians. Indictments will be filed against the suspects in the near future, the security service said.Last April, Shin Bet and Israeli police forces began investigations on the potential existence of a Jewish terror organization. Interrogations led the suspects to admit to “terror activities” including attempted attacks against Palestinians inside buildings, attacks targeting other minorities, the arson and vandalism of Palestinian cars and more.“Reenactments in the field and the confessions of the suspects revealed a violent and extremist network, which systematically attacked Palestinians and their property while fully aware of the possibility of killing someone, even after the results of the arson in Duma, and were even inspired by it,” the Shin Bet said.The service referred to a July 2015 arson attack on a home in Duma, killing three members of a Palestinian family and seriously injuring a fourth. After the incident, the Shin Bet rounded up dozens of suspected Jewish extremists. By January, prosecutors indicted two suspects over the firebombing in Duma.According to the Shin Bet, the members of the group were behind a June 20, 2015, attack on a Palestinian farmer whom they had beaten with sticks and subjected to tear gas.Last November the terrorist suspects allegedly threw firebombs called Molotov cocktails into a house in the village of al-Mazra’a al-Qibliya with a Palestinian family was sleeping inside. Disaster was averted when one of the firebombs bounced off the window of the home instead of entering. They sprayed “Revenge,” “Death to the Arabs,” and “Jews wake up” on the family’s home, the Shin Bet said.A month later, the gang’s members threw military grade tear gas grenades into a house in Beitillu to avenge the arrests of Jewish activists in an investigation of the Duma attack. The father woke up to the sound of the attack and immediately evacuated his family from the house – including his newborn son – when he had difficulty breathing. The attackers sprayed “Revenge, regards from the prisoners of Zion” on a house nearby.A number of car arson attacks in the past couple of years, including the torching of a car in Beitillu in October 2015, and another in July 2014, were attributed to the terrorists.“The interception of the network blocked many attacks that could have caused much more serious outcomes or even cost peoples’ lives,” Shin Bet said. “This development is another stage in the continuing effort to thwart Jewish terror infrastructure in the last year that has brought a significant drop in the scope of Jewish terrorism activities.” read more

AI launches petition for Salley

State media has reported that he was arrested over alleged links to terrorism and attempts to create communal disharmony in Sri Lanka. Salley was reportedly detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act but without any charges being specified against him, Amnesty International said. “Under international human rights law, all people have the right to be informed immediately of the reasons for their arrest and of any charges against them, the right to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, the right to a fair and prompt trial and the right to be free from torture,” Amnesty International said in the petition. Amnesty International (AI) has launched an online petition calling for the release of Muslim politician Azath Salley.The online petition urges President Mahinda Rajapaksa to free Salley or charge him and while in custody to ensure he is treated humanely and allowed access to his family, his lawyers and any medical care he may require. read more

Jagdeo to Govt You cant run a country on selling plantain

…blasts “uncaring government” for not alleviating suffering of sugar workersThe Opposition Leader interacting with supporters at a rally on Sunday at Adelphi, East Canje, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne)Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday said the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)-led coalition Government would not heed sugar workers’ call not to close the Rose Hall sugar factory. This, he said, is so because the current Administration is an “uncaring government” that would not budge to alleviate the suffering of sugar workers.The Opposition Leader made the comments while addressing a massive rally on Sunday at Adelphi, East Canje, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).According to the Opposition Leader, no action by sugar workers or any concerned groups will have any bearing on Government’s decision to close the Rose Hall Sugar Estate.Speaking at the rally, Jagdeo said the rally in solidarity against the closure of the Rose Hall Estate would have made a difference if the current Government was a sincere one. “If we had a Government that genuinely wanted to create a future for sugar workers and the industry, but this Government is not motivated by an economic plan.“They are not motivated by a study. They are not motivated even by the numbers, because you do not make critical decisions that will affect the lives of 17,000 people and cause 10,000 of them to lose their jobs based on four years of profit and loss statements of an industry of this nature,” the former Head of State told the gathering.Jagdeo said that the coalition Government made a decision when it took office that it was going to close the sugar industry – an industry in which most of the stakeholders are in favour of a People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government.“We must never allow fear to paralyse us,” he said. “If we only allow fear to take us over, our future in this country is done. It is not just about sugar; it is about who we are as a people and the progress we make. Today, we are fighting for much more than sugar here…”Jagdeo noted that Government also wanted to sell the Skeldon Factory, explaining that it was profitable and through the co-generation plant, was able to supply 90,000 homes with electricity last year.Commenting on Government’s ability to see into the future, Jagdeo referred to the current Administration as a government without vision. “When we were in government, we were talking about a green sector, a low-carbon development strategy that will bring new jobs and new wealth.”This, he added, was going to upgrade the sugar and rice industries, and also ensure that Guyana got into rare metals and open up the savannahs. “That is what the vision was. You know what they have reduced it now to? When a reporter asked the President, ‘How are you going to create jobs in the future,’ he said, ‘We must do things like making pepper sauce and making cook-up to sell, and making plantain chips…’ That is where we have come from – talking about a future that will create thousands of jobs and new wealth and new infrastructure and a modern country to now selling plantain chips and cook-up rice; you can’t run a country on that…”The Opposition Leader also took the opportunity to address the issue of security, which he said the Government was in denial on among several issues other than the economy. The current Administration, he added, should be the experts in security since it has at the highest level ex-army personnel, including the President and Minister Winston Felix. “But they are totally inept on security matters and it will continue to do so.”In mentioning the two prison fires, Jagdeo said after the first fire, Government officials met with the prisoners; a decision which he had then criticised and which has caused the prisoners to feel that they can now get the attention of Government if they burn the prisons. “The moment that prisoners feel that they can get political attention by setting a fire, they will set more fires in our country.”Issues such as corruption were also addressed by the former Head of State.Prior to the rally, several thousand people representing sugar workers, women, civic society and party supporters marched through several villages before converging at Adelphi.Meanwhile, other speakers spoke of Government’s treatment of persons in the sugar industry, while citing the lack of salary and wage increases for sugar workers and the refusal of the Government to give Police Officers and military personnel a one-month salary as a bonus at the end of the year – something which they had grown accustomed to while Government Ministers benefited from huge salary increases. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP’s GS says Party manifesto will reflect the wishes of all GuyaneseJanuary 28, 2019In “latest news”President Granger visionless on creating jobs for young people- JagdeoOctober 30, 2018In “latest news”Skeldon factory was set up to keep sugar alive – JagdeoMarch 19, 2017In “Local News” read more

Detour Gold clears regulatory hurdles to begin building gold mine

first_imgDetour Gold is starting to build the Detour Lake gold project after clearing several regulatory hurdles. The company, which has its headquarters in Toronto, will be investing more than C$1.1 billion to bring the property into production by the first quarter of 2013. Recently, Detour Gold received notice that its Closure Plan for the mine has been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry.  Also, it received the Statement of Completion of the Class Environmental Assessment (Category C) for the Disposition of Rights to Crown Resources from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources.As well, the Ontario Ministry of Environment approved the mine’s Provincial Class EA for a Temporary Power Supply. The EA for the Permanent Power Supply has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment and is in its final review stage. Detour Gold is continuing the permitting process with a Comprehensive Report for the federal environmental assessment.“We have crossed a significant milestone in the development of the Detour Gold project with the approval of these provincial EAs and Closure Plan,” said Gerald Panneton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Detour Gold.  “We are now in a position to commence construction of the mine, which is an important project for the economy of Northern Ontario, providing significant employment for local and surrounding communities.”Current feasibility studies indicate the property contains 11.4 Moz of gold.   The plans call for a 16-year mine life with annual gold production of about 650,000 oz.  Detour Gold is engaged a major exploration drill program on the property and significant gold mineralisation has been found west of the planned pit. Detour Gold is working on finalising agreements with local Aboriginal groups and hopes to have them ratified by year end. The company has signed an Agreement in Principle concerning finalising an Impact Benefit Agreement with the Wahgoshig First Nation.“The AIP falls in line with the vision and needs of both our community and Detour Gold,” said Chief Babin of the Wahgoshig First Nation. “Since we acquired the Detour Lake project, we have been committed to working with Aboriginal communities,” said Panneton. “The development of the Detour Lake mine will provide positive economic and employment benefits to all the local communities in the region.”  Detour Gold is a Canadian gold exploration and development company with the primary focus of advancing the flagship Detour Lake gold project located in Northeastern Ontario towards production. The mine site is located at the end of a paved road 151 km east and north of Cochrane, Ontario. The company has an office in Cochrane, which serves as the administrative and finance centre mining operations.  It is also used as a training centre.  Detour gold plans on building a new facility in this city in the future.last_img read more

Both sides remain at loggerheads in Greyhound dispute as minister notes bitterness

first_imgMINISTER RICHARD BRUTON says that he wants to see the Labour Relations Commission step into the dispute between the Greyhound waste collection company and its workers.The dispute has been ongoing for over three weeks with the company replacing workers with temporary agency staff in the interim.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation acknowledged that the dispute has become increasingly bitter. Both side disagree not only on what past recommendations from the Labour Court mean in practice, but also whether the current dispute constitutes a strike or a lockout.“I know my own agencies are at the disposal of both sides,” the minister said this afternoon. “I would urge both sides to use the services of those agencies. The Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court have immense experience in solving even the most intractable disputes and they are a service there to be used.”Siptu President Jack O’Connor wrote to the minister yesterday outlining his concerns about how the waste industry has been operating since privatisation. Bruton says he is to consider those concerns in the wake of the current dispute. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandOn the wider issue of the sector. The President of Siptu, Jack O’Connor, has written to me and expressed some concerns and what I am now doing is I’m consulting with my own agencies – the Competition Authority, NERA, LRC, the Health and Safety Authority to look at this sector. I have indicated to Jack O’Connor that I’d be happy to meet him to discuss his concerns.“When I receive back those reports I will look at the issues that are raised by those. But this dispute, I hope, can be resolved through using the services of the Labour Court and the LRC,” he added.DisputeBoth sides reiterated their positions today with little sign of an imminent resolution that would see the crews returning to work.The company says that LRC recommendations on cost cutting measures linked productivity with pay rates. They also say that renewed pay scales will mean crews maintain pay that is above the industry average.SIPTU say that it is “completely misleading and false” to say that pay cuts of up to 35% were part of Labour Court proposals. They say that, under the LRC agreements, any changes to pay could be made only after more LRC negotiations and a 15 day notice period. Neither of which were forthcoming say SIPTU.Read: Greyhound: Agency staff are doing a better job than striking workers >Read: Greyhound getting legal advice over alleged abuse of staff during strike >last_img read more

Minister Kougiales upbeat on talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On a visit to Australia this week, Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture Nikos Kougiales told Neos Kosmos he is optimistic about the direction of current negotiations. “We hope we’ll have a sincere and substantial talk, and I hope by the end of these talks something positive will happen for the Cyprus problem,” Mr Kougiales said. The minister says the recent election of Turkish community leader Mustafa Akinci may be a game-changer in the ongoing discussions to find a resolution to ‘the Cyprus issue’.“Mr Akinci has a very positive attitude. The way he behaves and what he has said the last month is positive, and it seems that he understands what happened in Cyprus in 1974; he understands the crime that happened against Greek Cypriots and I’m pretty confident that if he continues to behave the same way, that an agreement will be reached,” said Mr Kougiales.Despite the agreement Greece has reached with its creditors, the state of Greece’s weakened economy has raised fears that the country’s perilous situation might impact Cyprus’ negotiating position within the United Nations, but it’s not a concern shared by the minister. “Of course we always like Greece to be strong economically, but I don’t think this weakness of Greece will affect the negotiations.“Greece is always there for Cyprus … always supports the negotiations … and Turkey has to do the same thing,” Mr Kougiales added.With Cyprus’ own economy in huge difficulty two years ago, and faced with its own €10 billion bailout, the minister says he is confident that the tide has turned. “I think the banking system and the economy are becoming stable now. Pretty soon we will get out of the financial support mechanism. We expect to see some higher rates of growth and I expect 2016 will be a good year for the Cypriot economy,” he said. The minister’s first appearance down under took place in Sydney last Sunday, when Greek and Cypriot communities gathered to show their solidarity in a church service for the fallen of the 1974 invasion.Following a visit to South Australia, the minister was due to attend a demonstration scheduled for yesterday evening at the Victorian Parliament, followed by a candlelight vigil.Events marking the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion which the minister will attend have been organised nationwide by the Pan-Australian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (PASEKA).Constantinos Procopiou, president of PASEKA, said the rallies and other ceremonies across Australia not only paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the invasion, but were a demonstration “against the continuing occupation of Cyprus, and a show of our support to the struggle for freedom”.Tomorrow a liturgy will take place at the church of Saint Efstathios in South Melbourne, followed by a protest march at 12.30 pm commencing and ending on the steps of the Victorian parliament.last_img read more

Xbox 720 Des informations ont fuité

first_imgXbox 720 : Des informations ont fuité Un document de 56 pages concernant la nouvelle génération de Xbox a fuité sur Internet. Il dévoile de nombreuses informations sur la prochaine console de Microsoft. On y apprend ainsi son prix, la stratégie marketing de la firme, ainsi que la sortie d’un nouvel accessoire.Microsoft va bien nommer sa console nouvelle génération Xbox 720. C’est en tout cas ce que l’on apprend dans un document Microsoft qui a fuité sur le net. Selon le fichier de 56 pages titré “XBox 720-9-24 Checkpoint Draft 1”, partagé sur le site Scribd, on append que la Xbox 720 sortirait en 2013, durant les vacances d’été. Elle serait alors vendue à 299 dollars (240 euros), en bundle avec la seconde génération de Kinect. Toujours selon le document, le cycle de production de cette console serait de 10 ans et aurait pour devise “All Your Entertainment. One Box” (tous vos divertissements. Une Box). Le fichier rapporte que cette nouvelle console ne doit absolument pas être dévoilée avant 2012. Une consigne qui est d’ailleurs bien appliqué par Microsoft, puisque rien sur celle-ci n’a été dit lors de l’E3 de cette année. Dans le fichier qui a fuité, il est même question de stratégie marketing. Une partie étant consacré à répondre à la problématique “pourquoi nous avons besoin d’une nouvelle génération de Xbox en 2013 ?”. Microsoft indique alors que le marché de la 360 est en déclin depuis l’année dernière, tandis que ses concurrents (Sony et Nintendo) redressent la barre. La firme de Redmond prend aussi au sèrieux la menace venue d’Apple et de Google qui viennent d’entrer sur le marché des jeux dématérialisés via leur interface (Apple TV et Google TV).La 3D à l’honneur  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Microsoft proposerait alors une console capable de supporter le Blu-Ray ainsi que la 3D. Et apparemment, la Kinect version deux pourrait détecter les mouvements en trois dimension de quatre personnes et serait équipée d’une reconnaissance vocale et d’une caméra HD RGB. Le point le plus intrigants dans le document porte sur “le chemin vers Fortaleza”. Vraisemblablement un nom de code qui désignerait un projet de réalité augmentée, via les “Fortaleza Glasses”, planifié pour 2014. Les lunettes de réalité augmentée disposeraient de la 4G et servirait comme une mini-console qui pourrait servir de plateforme pour le contenu Xbox. L’utilisateurs pourrait donc avoir accès aux jeux Xbox et ses médias grâce à cette interface. Bien entendu toutes ces informations doivent être prises avec des pincettes. Si le document s’avère complet et bien documenté, son authenticité reste à prouver.Le 18 juin 2012 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Pick Jumping Super Mario Question Block Lamp

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target What’s better than a Super Mario Bros. lamp? More than one Super Mario Bros. lamp! If you love the red-and-blue maybe-plumber and need light to function in your home or workplace, ThinkGeek offers options. We already looked at the Chain Chomp Lamp, which is a pretty fun marvel with its own built-in LED light bulb and pivoting head (even if the chain itself doesn’t bend). Now let’s look at something a bit more traditional in the table lamp zone. The Jumping Super Mario Question Block Lamp.center_img It’s really all in the name. The lampshade is a question block. The pull chain is Mario jumping into it. It’s a lamp. There you go.It’s a very basic design, with a round base painted to look like New Super Mario Bros. grass, a plain silver-colored metal neck, and a standard light bulb fixture inside the question block lampshade. The pull chain is a standard lamp mechanism, too; you could take Mario off of the chain and replace the lampshade and you’d have a completely normal table lamp with a colorful base.Instead of the lamp stuff, let’s focus on the Mario stuff! Because at heart, you’re paying for the big yellow question mark lampshade and the jumping Mario figure to pull on. The lampshade looks great, very New Super Mario Bros. 3D Land in style and made of a stiff fabric material. Mario looks good, too, with excellent paint detail in the face and a dynamic pose, though the red/blue edges on his clothes are a little sloppy. He’s also comically smaller than the block, but if that annoys you, you can always replace him with a bigger Mario figure; just screw an eyelet into the hole and clip it to the chain.The Jumping Super Mario Question Block Lamp is $39.99 from ThinkGeek, currently out of stock on their site but might be available at any GameStop/ThinkGeek store. It’s a nice Mario lamp that doesn’t have as much fancy, custom flair as the Chain Chomp lamp, but works great for simply providing light with a pleasantly large, glowing box that might have coins inside.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Max Gentleman Sexy Business is the Victorian Dating Sim We Need

first_imgDevelop your “gentsona” and interact with your executives to establish relationships with them. When you’ve gotten to know each other better, who knows where you could end up? You can seduce the employees if you want, or even choose to stay friends. It’s up to you!Obviously, this is an amazing concept that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Victorian business? Dating our executives?! It’s ridiculous, but totally awesome. Plus, we could always use more dating sims in our lives, always.The good news? It’s already met its initial funding goal of $8,000 and it still has until September 6 to earn even more cash in an attempt to reach any other monetary goals ahead of release.Ready to help bring it to life?If you think is Max Gentleman Sexy Business is cool you’ll like Boyfriend Dungeon. You can also read up on all the Japanese RPGs we wish were translated. But to read about every RPG on Geek head here.  Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Ever wondered what it would be like to run a business back in Victorian society? What about dating? That’d be totally weird and surreal, right? Well, that’s exactly the experience that Max Gentleman Sexy Business seeks to deliver, and if you’re into forging business partnerships will cavorting in the sheets, it’s definitely something you’ll want to check out.Playing as a member of a formerly rich and well-to-do family, you’ll be forced to work your way back out of destitution after your family name is dragged through the mud. Oh no! Whatever will you do?! Work with a mysterious benefactor who lends you a wealth of money to get you back on your feet, and then hire a ton of executives to handle your business decisions of course. You’ll work your way back up to your former glory, all the while managing smart business decisions and new employees.But what’s a good business tycoon sim without a way to get closer to your employees? It’s nothing, that’s what. That’s why this game plans on letting you get a lot closer to your employees. A lot closer, like sharing a bed eventually close. Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreBoyfriend Dungeon: Date Your Weapons! Kickstarter is Now Live last_img read more

Richarlison a doubt for Chelsea match says Marco Silva

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has revealed that Brazilian winger Richarlison might miss their away game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday due to injury.Richarlison has been impressive for Everton this season after his £40m transfer from Watford last summer.The Brazilian has netted six times in nine Premier League matches but missed Everton’s training session on Thursday due to injury.“Let’s see how he will react after the individual work he did this morning,” Silva told Sky Sports.“We know he’s important for us as a striker and as a winger,” he said.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If he’s not fit there’s good options for other players in his position. It’s football. The players waiting for their chance have all my confidence.“It’s important for him and the club. The club paid a lot of money to sign him.“I told you from the first moment he signed I had no doubts. Not just because he can score as a striker and a winger but how he can work and how he can have a fantastic connection with our fans because he is a fighter and he never gives up.”last_img read more

17th Dist Republicans host telephone town hall

first_imgState Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, will be available by phone at 6:30 p.m. Monday to talk to their constituents about this year’s Washington state legislative session.To participate, residents of the 17th Legislative District may call the toll-free number 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 17528. Callers can simply listen to the discussion or ask a question by dialing *3.For more information, contact Harris’ office at 360-786-7976 or by email at The 105-day legislative session ends April 28.last_img read more

KPops Monsta X Release Teaser Video For DramaRama

first_img Email K-Pop’s Monsta X Release Teaser Video For “DramaRama” Get a taste of what the seven-piece K-pop band has coming up on their Nov. 7 mini albumRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 3, 2017 – 6:15 pm Get ready for Monsta X’s return with their fifth mini album, The Code: Protocol Terminal, courtesy of a teaser video for the track “DramaRama.”The 40-second video clip from the music video shares an electropop vibe that promises as much drama as the title suggests. There’s slow-motion rain, ticking clocks, mid-air car flips, and more.The track was written by band members Jooheon and I.M. Formed in 2015, the seven-member group is rounded out by Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, and Hyungwon. Their most recent studio album, The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, was released in March.BTS, UNICEF Join Forces Against Violence With Love Myself Campaign News Twitter Facebook Watch: Monsta X’s New “DramaRama” Video k-pops-monsta-x-release-teaser-video-dramaramalast_img read more

Vedanta stares at liquidation of mining business in Zambia

first_imgA bird flies by the Vedanta office building in Mumbai August 16, 2010.Reuters fileVedanta, a diversified natural resources conglomerate, is facing the liquidation of its mining business in Zambia as the local government has continued with the liquidation process. Vedanta is locked in a dispute with Zambian government, which has accused the Mumbai-headquartered company of defaulting on tax payments and violating the operational license. Vedanta has a controlling stake in Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in which 20 percent is owned by Zambia’s state mining company ZCCM-IH.It is to be noted that Vedanta had taken the matter to arbitration and made efforts to halt the liquidation process in May. But the Zambian high court appointed a provisional liquidator to dissolve the company. However, contrary to Zambian high court’s order, the seat of international arbitration in Africa stationed at Johannesburg ordered the halt of any sell-off KCM efforts. But the Zambian government has gone ahead with the process and said last month that it expected numerous bids for KCM within weeks.Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is a major integrated copper producer in Zambia and operates one of the only two mines producing electro-refined copper cathode in the entire region. Its products are mainly exported to countries in South East Asia, China and the Middle East. The Zambian government is also focussing on Vedanta to extract as much tax revenue as possible as Zambia is Africa’s second-biggest copper-producing country after the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is reeling under high domestic as well as foreign debt. Anil Agarwal, Group Chairman of Vedanta Resources (India) talks during a meeting at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, on February 5, 2018, in Cape Town. The Mining Indaba is the worlds largest mining event in Africa.RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty ImagesHowever, Vedanta has denied any wrongdoings. In a statement issued to an online portal Business Today, the company clarified: “Vedanta is clear that KCM has not violated its license conditions. It also received no warning of these alleged breaches before the minority shareholder brought ex parte liquidation proceedings against it. As regards to the allegations of unpaid taxes, Vedanta contends that the Zambia Revenue Authority owed KCM (as of May 2019) over $180 million in unpaid VAT Refunds.”The company officials were expecting to meet Zambian President Edgar Lungu on his visit to India this week to discuss the issue but the Zambian State House has stated that no such meeting is scheduled. “The president is expected to meet representatives from 12 Zambian-based Indian companies, and KCM, whose majority shareholder is Vedanta, is not one of them. His Excellency the President has already stated that the Zambian government will follow the Zambian people’s wish over the KCM issue,” the State House statement read.last_img read more

Blizzards Black Friday sale StarCraft II Diablo III and WoW gets dis

first_imgEarly for Black Friday (or super early for Cyber Monday, depending on how you look at it), Blizzard has brought out the big guns, and put its newest games on sale at large discounts.Perhaps the most bang for your buck, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, is on sale at $19.99, down from its normal $59.99 price tag. Blizzard is also offering a StarCraft II bundle, which includes Wings of Liberty and a pre-purchase of the followup, Heart of the Swarm, for a total of $59.99. However, Blizzard already announced that HotS will release with a price tag of $39.99, so if you buy WoL today for $19.99, and then wait to buy the standard edition of HotS for $39.99, you actually save a penny. Of course, Wings of Liberty only seems to be discounted for the holiday sale, so the price should go back to normal after.Along with StarCraft II, Blizzard has put their newest non-expansion release, Diablo III, up for sale at $39.99, down from its usual $59.99. If you work hard enough at it, you can use the Real Money Auction House and consider that $20 discount startup money. Unlike SCII, Diablo III only seems to be discounted for its boxed version, rather than both that and the digital download. We’re not quite sure if that’s intentional or not, as other reports of the sale don’t mention that difference.Both the StarCraft II and Diablo III sales will last until 11:59pm on November 26th.Blizzard has also put some retail World of Warcraft items up for sale in honor of Black Friday. The Battle Chest, which includes World of Warcraft and its first two expansions (The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King) is on sale for only $4.99. Cataclysm, the third expansion, is on sale for $9.99, while Mists of Pandaria, the fourth and newest expansion, is down to $19.99. Remember, these sales are only on retail versions of the products, which are only available at GameStop, Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Fry’s, Fred Meyer, and Hastings.Whatever you end up buying, you can thank Blizzard for sucking away all of your holiday time with cheap, super popular games.last_img read more

Family vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing Ocean Hotels

first_imgFamily vacations in tropical destinations with Sunwing & Ocean Hotels Friday, July 26, 2019 TORONTO — With picturesque beachfront locations across Mexico and the D.R., spacious accommodations and entertainment for all ages, Ocean Hotels offers vacationers unforgettable family getaways in paradise, says Sunwing.Sunwing clients can upgrade their stay to the Privilege level for a luxurious Caribbean experience with additional amenities and services and dining options for all tastes. Ideal for family vacations, Ocean Hotels “provides guests with beautiful properties to make lifelong memories”, says the company.Families can also vacation better at Ocean Hotels with Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways.FUN IN THE SUN FOR EVERYONEThere’s never a dull moment for families staying at Ocean Riviera Paradise in Riviera Maya, with a complete entertainment program for the whole family to enjoy.Nestled on a beautiful white-sand beach, vacationers can soak up the sun, build sandcastles or play a fun game of beach volleyball before exploring the turquoise waters with available non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking ($). Mini-vacationers will love exploring the on-site water playground or spending the day at the supervised Daisy club with fun activities and games while parents hit the links at the nearby golf course or try their luck at the casino.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWELL-APPOINTED ACCOMMODATION & ADDED AMENITIESFamilies staying at Ocean Blue & Sand in Punta Cana can expect spacious, well-appointed accommodations with sweeping views of the lush resort grounds or the sparkling pool. Vacationers can upgrade their room category to the Privilege level for an even more comfortable stay with exclusive amenities and services.Clients can get their vacation started right away with private check-in and have their luggage brought to their room and unpacked by the provided Butler Service. Those looking for some active fun can spend the day scaling a climbing wall, hitting targets at the archery range or taking advantage of the non-motorized water sports before unwinding in their comfortable suite.DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS FOR ALL TASTESOcean Coral & Turquesa in Riviera Maya offers guests a range of delicious cuisines so even the pickiest vacationers can find something that they love. Sample some of the local flavours at Hacienda Los Girasoles or enjoy dinner and a show at Sensai, a Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Travel back to the 1950s at the Route 66 diner serving American classics, sample some delicious Caribbean flavours at Villa Marina and indulge your sweet tooth at La Petite Creperie by the sparkling pool. Mini-vacationers can build up an appetite at the new water playground, while parents can relax with a refreshing cocktail.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFamilies that upgrade to Privilege level accommodations can enjoy a gourmet dining experience at the exclusive Privilege Restaurant with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea or take advantage of the 24-hour à la carte room service and special Privilege menu.THE SUNWING ADVANTAGETravellers can Vacation Better at Ocean Hotels when they book their tropical getaway with Sunwing. Vacationers can look forward to Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Cancun from 22 gateways across Canada and to Punta Cana from 25 gateways with award-winning inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines.For more details see or Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Share Tags: Family Vacations, Ocean Hotels, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Gas prices go up again

first_imgRecent good news for drivers lasted less than a month as per-liter prices of “Super” and “Plus” gasoline on Saturday increased by ₡5. Diesel increased ₡3.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) last month approved a price decrease – the second this year – but Saturday’s was the eighth increase of 2014.A liter of “Super” gasoline now costs ₡779 ($1.46), while “Plus” costs ₡757 ($1.42) and diesel ₡669 ($1.25).The new prices follow an update of the Fuel Tax, which is calculated based on an inflation report issued quarterly by the Finance Ministry.Cooking gas prices also were affected. According to prices ARESEP published in the official newspaper La Gaceta, an 8.5-liter cylinder increased from ₡3,339 to ₡3,348 ($6.25-6.26), while a 17-liter cylinder jumped by ₡17 to ₡6,695 ($12.53).The Finance Ministry collects the Fuel Tax to fund public programs by redistributing 66.4 percent of the revenue among several agencies. The remaining 33.6 percent is sent to the National Roadway Council to fund road repairs and the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry for reforestation projects.According to a consumer report published earlier this month by the Central American Committee for Cooperation on Hydrocarbons, Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America for fuel. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica (still) has the most expensive gas prices in Central America Gasoline prices may drop again in October Higher gas prices expected this week Gasoline prices set to drop this weeklast_img read more

Rosewood Phuket will open on November 2

first_imgSource = Rosewood Hotels & Resorts About Rosewood PhuketOpening on November 2, 2017, the 71-room Rosewood Phuket will be nestled along a 600-meter secluded beachfront at Emerald Bay, features an environmentally sensitive, sustainable design and will be the first Southeast Asia resort for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®. Four dining choices will feature authentic Thai dishes at Ta Khai, Italian cuisine at Red Sauce, simply prepared seafood at The Shack and a chic poolside ambiance at Mai. Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, will debut at the resort with a bespoke program of alternative therapies, lifestyle coaching, fitness activities and specialized healing treatments. Recreation will also include a fitness center, Rosewood Explorers children’s facility and beachside infinity pool. The Pavilion residential-style wedding and events space will incorporate the 243-square-meter Glass House, Courtyard, Garden and Beach Lawn. For more information, please contact your travel professional or visit Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 20 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 11 countries, with 16 new hotels under development. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its number of hotels in operation by 2020.For more information: Connect with us: Facebook Twitter Instagram : @rosewoodhotels Rosewood Phuket will open on November 2Rosewood Phuket will open on November 2A new chapter in the global expansion of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® will begin on November 2, 2017 with the unveiling of Rosewood Phuket, the brand’s first Southeast Asia resort, accompanied by the “Charms of the Andaman” specially designed, experience-driven introductory offer.The resort is nestled along an idyllic 600-meter beachfront at Emerald Bay in southwestern Phuket and will offer 71 pool pavilions and villas that are immersed within the tropical landscape. The resort’s prime location will offer easy access to a carefully curated program of rare and exceptional discoveries revealing Phuket’s unique charms and melting pot of influences — from uncovering the hidden shrines and Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket Old Town to luxury yacht sails to explore nearby islands.The resort’s design will take guests on an unexpected journey through a diverse landscape of hilltop forest, lakes, wetland and sun-washed beach. An abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and open-sided spaces will merge interiors with the natural environment.Each sea-facing residential-style room, starting at 130 square meters for the Ocean View Pool Pavilion right up to the standalone 796-square-meter two-bedroom Ocean House, will feature a private infinity pool and interiors that blend polished details and rustic notes linking east and west, contemporary and traditional.An array of dining choices will include Ta Khai, a rustic seafood restaurant for authentic Thai dishes; Red Sauce, an Italian restaurant with sweeping views over the bay; The Shack for simply prepared seafood by the pool; and Mai, a poolside lounge with a chic ambiance that elegantly transitions from day to night.Asaya, Rosewood’s innovative, integrated wellness concept, will debut at the resort and offer a bespoke program of alternative therapies, lifestyle coaching, fitness activities and specialized healing practices. Recreation will encompass a fitness center, Rosewood Explorers with children’s facilities and activities program, and beachside infinity pool.Guests are invited to discover a specially tailored experience of the resort with the “Charms of the Andaman” introductory offer. The package includes an indulgent, two-hour bespoke Asaya experience with a personal consultation with the resident wellness practitioner and the opportunity for guests to blend their own essential oils and ingredients picked fresh from the herb garden. A deliciously fascinating culinary journey at Ta Khai includes observing expert chefs preparing of authentic local dishes which are then served family-style in a weathered timber pavilion. Additional benefits include a VIP airport fast track service for direct international flights, airport transfers and more.Introductory “Charms of the Andaman” rates start from USD5,350 for a minimum four-night stay in an Ocean View Pool Pavilion for two persons, including tax and service charge. The validity period for this offer is November 2, 2017 through April 15, 2018 and is subject to availability.For reservations, please contact your travel professional, visit, call the hotel directly at +66 76 356 888, or email read more

MERSCORP Holdings Launches eNote Solutions

first_img MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. and eOriginal, Inc. have launched a new solution offering that will enable originators to accelerate entry into the digital mortgage ecosystem. The MERS eNote Solutions, part of the MERS eSuite, will enable the creation, execution, registration, and management of the electronic promissory note, or eNote, to mortgage originators across the industry.“MERSCORP Holdings is proud to provide technology-based solutions that add value to our members’ bottom line,” said Brendon Weiss, COO of MERSCORP Holdings. “Our members identified several gaps that need to be addressed to increase eNote adoption, and this new solution fills a significant need for originators seeking to leverage existing vendor relationships.”Interest in the production of eNotes continues to grow as consumers and lenders recognize the value of moving toward a more streamlined, electronic process. With more than 5,000-member organizations, MERSCORP Holdings is central to the growth of digital mortgages, and the new service provides a turn-key solution to those members who are driving toward a paperless process.“This solution will enable thousands of originators to realize the benefits of a digitally executed promissory note at the closing table. The eNote is the most important document of a digital closing because it is critical for the funding of electronic mortgages by investors,” said Simon Moir, SVP and General Manager of Digital Mortgage at eOriginal. “MERSCORP Holdings, as the operator of the MERS eRegistry, has been instrumental in the advancement of a digital mortgage. We are proud to have eOriginal’s technology power the MERS® eNote Solutions.”eOriginal delivers a fully digital mortgage and supports every type of digital closing strategy. By creating a ‘digital original’, eOriginal guarantees trusted transactions of digital financial assets. Major financial institutions, leading law firms and credit rating agencies have validated and relied on eOriginal as a trusted partner with the greatest depth of digital transaction management expertise to navigate and advise on industry best practices. April 8, 2018 530 Views MERSCORP Holdings Launches eNote Solutions in Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img digital Digital Mortgage eNote eOriginal eRegistry Lenders MERSCORP Origination Servicers technology Transaction 2018-04-08 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more