First Nations educator develops suicide prevention curriculum for teachers

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsThere’s a new resource for educators interested in teaching about suicide.First Nations educator Harvey McCue has produced a program of 24 one-hour sessions designed for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.The experiential learning initiative features student activities, learning materials like stories, interactive videos and internet resources. It provides all required materials for in-class activities and a detailed guide for teachers.McCue, who hails from Georgina Island First Nation but now lives in Ottawa, says the exercises were designed to make students reflect.“What inspires me? Who are my heroes? What are my dreams? What would I like to be doing five years from now, 10 years from now?” he says.The curriculum is free and available for download at to the website, the curriculum “connects culture with content related to resilient-rich choice-making that is applicable across the distinct First Nations in Canada.“Framed in highly creative, stimulating, and interactive ways, the First Nations Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum has the capacity to build resilience by being responsive, engaging, and applicable to the worldview of participating First Nation’s youth.”McCue, who has been educating for 50 years, says the program could also be adapted to cater to non-First Nations Indigenous youth.“It might take six or eight months for a team of Inuit educators to say, alright let’s tear this one apart — let’s not throw it out entirely, but let’s make it more Inuit specific,” he read more

More must be done to lift fisherman out of poverty and preserve

27 April 2007The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said that greater efforts must be made to lift fishermen out of poverty and reduce the overexploitation of threatened fish stocks. “While fishing’s role in helping people in the world’s poorest communities feed themselves and stave off destitution cannot be understated, our studies reveal that despite the food and income that fishing provides many fisherfolk still live in poverty,” said Ichiro Nomura, Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.Fishing communities are often overcrowded and are characterized by sub-standard living conditions, with residents having low levels of education and lack of access to services, such as schools and health care, and infrastructure, such as roads and markets. Many fishers also do not have the rights to the property on which they live.Opportunities for employments in fields other than fishing – an extremely hazardous occupation – are limited.Due in part to their poverty and vulnerability, fishing communities also face problems such as a high rate of HIV infection. In developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America, the rate of infection is as much as five to 14 times greater in fishing areas than in the general population.“Stronger efforts to tackle the diverse factors underlying this reality are needed, or else these communities will simply continue to tread water, surviving from day to day, living in poverty, and not managing local fish stocks as well as they might,” Mr. Nomura said.FAO asserts that poverty also contributes to poor fishing management, resulting in the shrinking coastal and inland fish stocks.“Poor people can rarely afford to defend their long-term interests of securing access to healthy fish stock,” Mr. Nomura noted.According to the agency, greater strides to bolster education, income and health issues in fishing communities will not only help combat poverty and social problems, but will have the added benefit of solving problems related to fish stocks.In addition, by granting small-scale fishermen legal access to fishing sites, increasing their responsibility in managing local fisheries and providing training, the issues of poor management and stock degradation could be addressed.The topic of poverty and social problems in small fishing communities was discussed by 131 countries participating in FAO’s Committee on Fisheries meeting last month, who called for the “adoption of human rights principles” in social development and a “rights-based approach to managing small-scale fisheries.” read more

Rising oil prices play havoc with UN aid for Bhutanese refugees in

“We were alarmed at the prospect of having to reduce fuel rations for the refugees because there is already a huge amount of frustration in the camps and any reduction in fuel rations would have affected their daily lives,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Asia Pacific Bureau director, Janet Lim, said. In Nepal, there has been a 61 per cent increase in fuel prices since January and further increases are expected.“The main cooking and lighting fuel for the 105,000 Bhutanese refugees in the seven camps is kerosene,” Ms. Lim said. “It’s always been a major part of our total assistance budget for the refugees – just under 50 per cent. But the oil price hikes over the last few months have really hit us hard, and we had to ask for about $675,000 more than was planned for 2005.”UNHCR has already been exploring alternative, more sustainable fuel sources, in particular carbon briquettes. The current rise in oil prices will only add urgency to the search for viable fuel alternatives.“UNHCR never has enough funding. And these continuing hikes in oil prices are not going to go away,” Ms. Lim said. “Even if we have succeeded this time in getting the extra money we need for the Bhutanese refugees up until the end of the year, we are still going to face the same problem next year.”The refugees, of Nepalese ethnic origin, sought refuge 15 years ago after being evicted from Bhutan. After years of fruitless bilateral negotiations between Nepal and Bhutan on repatriation, tension is now rising in the refugee camps as prospects for return and any kind of normal future are fading. read more

Two dead after car driven on wrong side of motorway on M62

first_imgTwo men have died in a collision after a car was driven on the wrong side of the motorway, West Yorkshire Police said.Officers were called at around 2.34am to reports there was a vehicle driving eastbound on the westbound carriageway of the M62 near to junction 26 at Huddersfield, the force said.A spokesman said they were called again shortly after and told there had been a two-vehicle crash.”Officers have responded and located the two vehicles. Two males in one of the vehicles, which is a white Skoda, were declared deceased at the scene,” he said.”A male, believed to be the driver of the second vehicle involved which is a black Vauxhall Insignia, was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.”He also failed a roadside breath test … the major roadside collision team are continuing the investigation.”The force said the two men killed in the collision were 34 and 37, and that the 22-year-old man who was arrested is currently being questioned by officers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Two German and two Spanish teams to EHF CL F4 in Koln

← Previous Story Sandi Sola, President of CHF until 2015 Next Story → EHF CL F4 in Koln (Semifinals): “Kings” against HSV – “Lions” vs. Barca Two German and two Spanish teams play for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 trophy. After HSV Hamburg (against Chekhovski Medvedi 38:24 – 37:37) and Rhein Neckar Löwen (against Montpellier 27:29 – 35:26) had made their way to Cologne on Saturday, FC Barcelona-Borges and Renovalia Ciudad Real complete the most important tournament in the club handball on 28/29 may. After winning against Kiel 27:25 on home ground Barcelona also won in Sparkassen-Arena – 36:33. Ciudad Real had built their base with the 38:24 away victory in Flensburg, so the defeat 21:22 on home ground did not hurt.The draw for the semi finals is on Monday in Cologne. read more

Administrative issues stop some welfare recipients paying property tax

first_imgA ‘SMALL NUMBER’  of people who chose to pay their Local Property Tax through reductions in social welfare payments are yet to make any payment because of administrative issues.According to the Revenue Commissioners, the problems occurred when a number of property owners either selected the wrong social welfare payment type, selected a social welfare payment where reductions at source did not apply or were found not to be in receipt of any social welfare payment.The information came to light last month in response to a Dáil question put to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan by Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath.McGrath was asking about a Department of Social Protection facility put in place to allow customers, when making arrangements with revenue, to choose to pay their property tax over an extended period from their social welfare payments.Noonan said that in cases where the wrong payment was selected, it was subsequently corrected and deduction at source in these cases should have already commenced. He added however that in the other two cases mentioned above, the Revenue Commissioners contacted the property owner for it to be corrected, advising them to select an alternative payment method for the property tax. According to Minister Noonan however, in a “small subset” of cases, this has not yet occurred: 15,500 property ownersNoonan confirmed that approximately 15,500 residential property owners opted to pay their property tax obligations by way of a deduction at source from a social welfare payment.This represented a  total liability of €2.26 million in 2013 with the minster confirming that latest figures showed that approximately €720,000 had been collected by revenue to date.The Minster also said that up to the end of August, just over €21 million had been spent on setting up the operations of the Local Property Tax. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform last December made a provision of €25.9 million in 2013 for its’ implementation.Read: Over 75 per cent valued homes at less than €200,000 in property tax return >Read: People who overpaid property tax to get details on how they can claim refunds > The commissioners also advise that, where operational and administrative issues have arisen, they have been addressed on a case by case basis, and there may be a residue of cases where deduction at source from social welfare payments has not yet commenced as these are currently being worked by Revenue.last_img read more

Animation shows how great a Portal 2 movie could be

first_imgPortal 2 is, quite possibly, one of the most well written video games ever created. If you wanted proof of that, look no further. Tumblr user Not-quite-normal, also known as Chelsea, is an animator who’s, well, animated one of the scenes from Portal 2.It’s the iconic scene where Chell, accompanied by Wheatley, meets the re-animated GLaDOS for the first time. Chelsea has made Wheatley and GLaDOS into human characters and synced their animations perfectly with the speech directly from the game. Not only does the animator have some serious talent, it also shows how great Valve’s writing is. It’s so good that you could easily imagine the whole game being made into an animated movie. Which is quite an achievement, considering the protagonist is a mute.Chelsea uses TVPaint to create the drawings which are eventually made into a film using Adobe Premiere. She runs another Tumblr blog to answer any technical questions users have about TVPaint. This process is long and complex though, and involves storyboarding, animating, adding backgrounds, coloring, and finally adding after effects.Since this animation was done purely by one person, that process really does take a long time. Just look at how long it takes Pixar to make one movie and they have a team of hundreds of animators. So the 47 second clip took Chelsea months, although a lot of that time was spent not doing anything to it at all. Sadly, because it took so much of her energy, she says she won’t be doing any lengthy, full colored Portal animations for a while now.It’s a shame because she’s done such a great job, and the video below shows some more rough work of Wheatley quotes and scenes, which again, just demonstrate how great Portal 2 would be as a movie. Perhaps if Chelsea ever gets together a team of animators (and Valve sanction it), Portal 2 the animated movie, could become a reality.via Chelsea’s Tumblrlast_img read more

Guardiola Sane far from his best

first_imgManchester City manager has said Leroy Sane his far from his best, according to Sports Mole.Pep believes the Germany international is far from his best despite coming off the bench to score against fellow English side Liverpool in the International Champions Cup pre-season friendly in New York.Sane put Manchester City a goal ahead when he raced past the Liverpool back line to slot the past Loris Karius in goal but Liverpool responded with two goals courtesy of Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.The 22-year-old winger who won the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) young player of the year was surprisingly left out of Germany’s 23 man squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where the Germans crashed out of the group stages after suffering two defeats.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Sane had a stellar campaign last season with the Citizens with 14 goals and 19 assists but he’s manager is demanding more from him.“Everything depends on him. He needs more minutes and needs to improve when playing without the ball. He has the talent to do that and we’re happy that he scored. But he’s still far away from his best.” Pep said about his young star.City next face Bayern Munich in the ICC on Saturday.last_img read more

Kenai Educators Vote On Potential Strike Date

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Executive Boards of both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA) met and took action towards a strike as early as September 16, according to a press release issued on Wednesday. Representatives from KPEA and KPESA have been bargaining for 559 days with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and say they will continue to bargain in good faith until a settlement can be reached. The release states “This action is the direct result of the District’s unwillingness to offer a healthcare plan that meets the needs of public school employees and their families.”center_img David Brighton, KPEA President: “This step represents just how serious of an issue healthcare is to our educators and their families. Until the District comes to the table with a realistic proposal that won’t bankrupt families for using their own health insurance we’ll continue to move towards the strike we voted on in May.”last_img read more

Brooks City Base Breaks Ground on 106M Urban Park

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Brooks City Base on Wednesday broke ground on the Greenline, a $10.6 million, 43-acre linear park that will connect the South Side of San Antonio to the San Antonio River and a recreational trail running 15 miles through downtown to the North end of the city. In addition to providing recreational opportunities for individuals living and working at Brooks, the park is expected to attract tourists and residents from across San Antonio. The Greenline will connect to a portion of the San Antonio River known as Mission Reach, which links four of the city’s five historic missions that recently were designated a World Heritage site. The park will feature five terracing lakes, six plazas and a great lawn, WiFi, a food truck court, fitness stations, outdoor games and public art, according to a news release.The first phase of construction of the park — which will include 10 acres of manicured grasslands, 10 acres of native vegetation, 265 new trees and 1,100 tons of boulders — is scheduled to be completed next fall.Beyond serving as a community gathering spot, the Greenline will help Brooks attract employers and spur job creation on the South Side, said Brooks CEO Leo Gomez.“Major employers aren’t just looking for tax breaks, they are looking for quality of life,” Gomez said. “What will help them recruit a great workforce? Time and again, we hear that companies want to be able to offer amenities such as parks, eateries, entertainment venues and attractive housing near the workplace. This is the kind of community we are building at Brooks,” he said.The park is being funded through $3 million in city bonds and $7.6 million from a Brooks infrastructure bond, according to the release. last_img read more

AK Fire investigators train to determine how blazes begin

first_imgFirefighters with Capital City Fire/Rescue put out last of the hot spots in a staged room during a recent fire investigator training exercise at Juneau’s Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)When a fire breaks out, it’s not always obvious how it started. Not only could the entire structure be wiped out, but items that started the fire could be partially destroyed or altered beyond recognition.That’s the job of the fire investigator: interview witnesses and find clues at the scene that would help them determine how the fire started.Listen now“Can you tell us what happened?” a fire investigator asked at the scene of an apartment fire in Juneau.“This is ridiculous,” a man believed to be a resident said. “Absolutely sucks.”After firefighters doused the fire a day earlier, they put most of the occupants’ wet and smoldering belongings out in the front yard as part of overhaul and salvage of the scene.“We don’t pay a lot in rent here,” the resident said. “This is kind of crappy stuff here. But it’s all we can afford.”“This is all of our possessions,” a woman believed to be one of the apartment’s residents said.The couple is agitated and upset, but they continue talking to a fire investigator.“Was the lamp plugged in when you left?” the investigator asked. “Was it on?”“Yeah, usually we always keep the lamp on,” the woman said. “You don’t want to come home to have the house all the way dark.”The investigator will go inside, look for evidence. Then, he’ll take all the stuff in the front yard and put it back in the apartment. He’ll try to recreate the scene before it burned.“Hey, I want you to figure out what happened here,” the male resident said to the investigator. “This ain’t right.”Instructor John Gamboa (bottom left) assists instructor Brian Balega as he ignites a fire one of the staged rooms during a recent fire investigator training exercise at Juneau’s Hagevig Regional Fire TrainingCenter. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)This may look or sound like it’s real, but it’s only a training exercise at the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center in Juneau. Students are questioning instructors who are role-playing the burned out couple. In real life, something like this scene may happen three times a day across Alaska.According to the latest figures compiled by the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Fire and Life Safety, there were nearly 1,470 structure fires in 2015 that killed 16 people and injured 83. Total damage estimated at $49 million. As much as 5 percent of those fires were intentionally started.That’s where the fire investigator comes in. They determine the origin and cause of the fire, and whether it was intentionally or unintentionally set.“We don’t call fires accidental anymore because accidental has the connotation that it was not a preventable type of thing,” Ernie Misewicz said. He’s chief of the Salcha Fire Department and president of the Alaska Association of Arson & Fire Investigators.“Any fire that we have has its own indicators,” Misewicz said. “And so, we look at all of the potential causes for fire: smoking, unattended cooking, electrical, heating systems. And, so as we go through our fire scenes, we’re looking for these potential causes and then ruling them out.”Indicators of an electrical fire, for example, would include a burned or melted electrical outlet that had power to it.“Fire investigation is like learning a new language. Initially, it’s very difficult. But once you start mastering it, it becomes even kind of fun,” John Gamboa said. He’s a retired special agent and fire investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Chicago.Gamboa teaches new and experienced investigators a variety of subjects including fire behavior, fire chemistry, fire modeling, scene processing and evidence collection.“We teach them a multitude of disciplines so hopefully it’ll make them better fire investigators and they’ll learn from our experience and from other individuals that come here to teach them on how to approach a fire systematically,” Gamboa said.Of course, there’s classroom work. But the training also includes students putting their knowledge to the test.Six rooms are built outside of the Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center. Each room is furnished and stocked with clothes and other personal belongings. A fire is started in each room and then put out by firefighters.Student investigators arrive the next day to figure out happened.Instructors and student investigators talk about the investigative process in the aftermath of a fire in staged room at Juneau’s Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)The crew led by North Slope Borough Fire Department battalion chief Mauricio Gueco discover a couch that was doused with accelerant and ignited by a road flare. An end table in the room was undamaged. So, they get a search warrant before opening the table drawer and finding a diary that described how the resident had been threatened by someone.“The diary will definitely come into play. Same with the flare, the couch,” Gueco said. “We still have some homework to do. We have to see if that flare can actually ignite that couch. Do those tests.”Jason Mardirosian, formerly with the Chicago fire department and the Department of Homeland Security, frequently pulls me aside to interpret the language Gamboa uses, like reading a burn trail left by a liquid accelerant. Or, how a missing picture frame or bookcase can leave tell-tale burn and smoke shadows.“What they call protected areas or witness marks on the floor, to put things back in, and now you start to see how the corresponding damage and fire damage makes sense to lead back to where the area of origin is,” Mardirosian said.Remember the couple who got burned out of their apartment earlier? After looking at burn patterns, students determined everything was piled up in the center of the room before the fire started. A small plastic garbage bin had melted into the framework of a chair.“What could an insurance company budget do to this if we have a solid molten mass like that?” an instructor asked.“Package the whole thing up and take it to their lab” one of the students answered.“And what might they do?” the instructor prompted again. “Did you guys talk about it in your class that they might be able to like X-ray this?”“X-ray testing, yeah.”“You might find something in the middle of that.”Was the fire started to conceal a crime? Hard to tell right now. Hopefully, the investigator’s report will be thorough enough to allow prosecutors to get a conviction.40 students from around Alaska participated in the training. Some of them, someday, may be trying to figure out how that fire started in your business or home.last_img read more

10 killed in Yemen air strike

first_imgWarplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen’s capital on Wednesday where mourners had gathered to offer condolences after a woman died, residents said, killing nine women and one child and injuring dozens. ReutersWarplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen’s capital on Wednesday where mourners had gathered to offer condolences after a woman died, residents said, killing nine women and one child and injuring dozens.The air strike hit the house of a local tribal leader in the Arhab district north of Sanaa on Wednesday night, a resident told Reuters.A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen could not be immediately reached for comment.“People heard the sound of planes and started running from the house but then the bombs hit the house directly. The roof collapsed. Blood was everywhere,” a resident of the village, Ashira, told a Reuters cameraman on Thursday.Pictures published in local media showed tribesmen searching through the rubble of a destroyed house said to belong to Mohammed al-Nakaya, a tribal chief allied with Yemen’s Houthi movement.Another picture showed a man kneeling in the dust with the corpse of an elderly woman in his arms.It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the pictures.In October the alliance of mainly Gulf Arab states came under severe criticism after launching an air strike on a funeral gathering in Sanaa that killed 140 people, according to one UN estimate.The death toll from that strike was one of the highest in any single incident since the Saudi-led alliance began military operations in March 2015 to try to restore president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power following his ousting by the Iran-aligned Houthis.The White House at the time said it may consider cutting its support to the Saudi-led military campaign which has been providing air support for Hadi’s forces in a civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced millions.The coalition, which says it does not target civilians, blamed the October funeral attack on incorrect information it said it received from Yemeni military figures that armed Houthi leaders were in the area.last_img read more

Ohio Pastor Encouraged Other Ministers to Have Sex with Groomed Teen Prosecutors

first_imgTOLEDO, Ohio — A minister who promised a woman he’d take care of her daughter began having sex with the teenager daily and later encouraged two other pastors to have sex with her as well, federal prosecutors said Monday.Anthony Haynes could face up to life in prison if he’s convicted of child sex trafficking and other charges. The two other Toledo-area pastors charged in the investigation have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.Prosecutors said during the opening of Haynes’ trial that he first had sex with the girl when she was 14. They said the evidence against him includes text messages, photos, voice mails and DNA evidence from his church where the girl said they often had sex. By The Associated Press Pastor Anthony Haynes. (Lucas County Sheriff’s Office / The Blade via AP)center_img Haynes’ attorney told jurors that the allegations are shocking, but there’s not enough evidence to prove the trafficking and conspiracy charges he faces.Attorney Pete Wagner also said Haynes may have had a questionable relationship with the girl, but he didn’t coordinate or take part in trafficking her to the other ministers. He also said there was no paying for sex.Prosecutors say the girl had a difficult childhood and was sexually abused by a relative.Haynes pledged in front of his congregation to protect her and serve as a father figure, but he began grooming her for sex when she turned 14 and first forced her to perform sex acts in front of him, said Michael Freeman, an assistant U.S. attorney.They had sex day after day, often at a motel or his church, the Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, and Haynes would give her cash, Freeman said.After about a year, Haynes introduced her to Kenneth Butler, another pastor, and he also began having sex with her, Freeman said.Sometimes, the two men joked about the arrangement, prosecutors said. One text shown in court that prosecutors say was sent by Butler to the girl said: “You better be nice and naked when I get there.”Prosecutors said the girl next met Cordell Jenkins, a minister who founded his own church in Toledo and built a large following until it closed after his arrest.The FBI has said in court documents that Jenkins had sex with two girls at his home, church office and a motel and often recorded the acts with his phone.Haynes, prosecutors said, encouraged the relationship with Jenkins.In addition to the charges against the men, Haynes’ wife and stepdaughter are accused of abducting the girl at gunpoint in January and warning her not to testify at his trial.Court documents say the pair forced the teenager from her apartment, choked her with a cord and told her to take back statements she made to investigators. Attorneys for Haynes’ wife and stepdaughter have declined to comment.Just before her husband went on trial, his wife appeared Monday in the same courtroom where the judge overseeing the case turned down her request to be released.last_img read more

Warner Bros Needs to Get its Act Together Before Harley Quinn Spinoff

first_img Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Despite negative feedback to Suicide Squad, DC and Warner Bros. will be moving forward with a Harley Quinn spinoff film, and will be bringing back two familiar faces.David Ayer, who directed Suicide Squad, will be returning to direct Gotham City Sirens along with Margot Robbie, who’ll be returning as Harley Quinn and will be executive producing.Robbie has been talking about making a Harley/female villain team-up film for a few months, stressing the idea that it was going to focus on other female characters in the DC universe. In Gotham City Sirens, which will be based on the comic book series by Paul Dini of the same name, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy will be making an appearance.This is in contrast with reports that the film was going to play off the Birds of Prey storyline, which would’ve included Batgirl.It’s worrisome to see Ayer in charge again, especially after the problems with Suicide Squad. Much of it can be attributed to studio meddling, but the emphasis on shock and the disrespect of the actors on set would’ve been visible in the final product.The film also didn’t address some of Harley’s more problematic criticisms. Harley is often portrayed as a victim to the Joker, but instead of emphasizing her recovery from abuse and emerging independence, as in some stories, the movie plays into the unhealthy aspects of the relationship. By getting rid of her agency when it comes to the Joker, and putting her back into an abusive relationship, one that is often romanticized by writers and fans, she becomes a less compelling character. Her more sexualized traits lend themselves to gross cliches instead of creating a complicated character.Harley doesn’t have to be a role model for girls and she doesn’t have to be perfect, but she also doesn’t have to be a puppet either. While Suicide Squad featured multiple female characters, she was the only one with a semblance of agency or any staying power. What does it say when one of the few women in the movie is put back into an abusive relationship for little reason?I respect DC and Warner Bros. for pushing for more female characters when competitor Marvel hasn’t had a female-led film yet, but not when a character as complicated as Harley is a disappointment. Warner Bros. needs to show that it knows what to do with its female characters instead of putting them in objectifying positions (Wonder Woman being the exception so far).Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who has already penned scripts for Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Tomb Raider reboot, will be writing the screenplay, so it won’t be completely without a female presence behind the scenes. As previously stated, Robbie, will also be involved in a producing role. Considering she gives the strongest performance in the film and obviously respects the character, we can hope she’l help to do the character justice.Plus, Gotham City Sirens puts Harley into Poison Ivy’s orbit, which could open the door for a queer relationship. Seeing an LGBTQ pairing in a mainstream superhero film would be refreshing, but only if the studio can manage to represent the characters as people, not as objects.But even beyond Harley herself, Warner Bros. needs to show that they care about everything. Suicide Squad made money despite muddling reviews, but it’s unclear how creating subpar movies will affect them in the long run. The studio seems to be greenlighting films with no regard for stories or quality, and that’s troubling. We still don’t even know if the DCEU as a cinematic concept will work, so why are we getting even more movies?Oh right, because money.It’s hard to care about representing the characters correctly when people are going to give you their money anyway, I guess.There’s no projected release date, but the film is “on the fast track,” according to reports, since it’s the furthest along of the Suicide Squad spinoff ideas (a Deadshot standalone film and an official Suicide Squad sequel being others).So Justice League isn’t even out yet, the first four films in the franchise have ranged from disappointing to garbage, and we’re getting three more Suicide Squad films alone. It’s going to be a long few years unless Warner Bros. can get its act together. Stay on targetlast_img read more

No Mans Sky release may be delayed until August

first_imgOne of the most highly-anticipated games of the summer is the very ambitious adventure survival game No Man’s Sky from Hello Games. The game has you exploring, trading, fighting, and hopefully surviving in a procedurally generated world that you have no chance of ever exploring completely.The game is expected to launch on June 21, but there are signs appearing that we will be kept waiting a month or two longer to play it. Those signs come in the form of GameStop store staff being told to cover up the June 21 release date printed on No Man’s Sky posters. The sticker to use is “coming soon” as you can see below:The note received by GameStop reads, “The Release Date for No Man’s Sky has changed since the provided posters were printed. Please use a coming soon pop-on to cover up the date and communicate as needed to your guest about the change of release.”Sony and Hello Games have yet to say anything publicly regarding a potential release date change. Another source Kotaku claims is reliable has suggested the new release date could be as late as August. Any later than that, and No Man’s Sky would start bumping up against the big holiday releases, something I’m sure everyone involved in the game’s development will want to avoid.A delay of one or two months is typically used in order to spend more time polishing the game rather than some core feature having gone seriously over schedule. I remain confident No Man’s Sky isn’t going to become another The Last Guardian, which is also apparently releasing this year.last_img read more

Korean play to highlight ancient connection to India

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre India in association with ASSITEJ India organized an award ceremony for playwriting contest. The contest was based on a story of Princess Hur from ancient Ayodhya who is believed to have initiated the biggest family clan in Korea. The Playwriting Competition was initiated in August 2016 to develop princess Hur’s tale as a theatrical art. The marriage of Ayodhaya princess with King Suro of Gaya Kingdom that existed in south eastern region of Korean peninsula in AC 42 was considered as representative connection between India and Korea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEntries were made through a scene selection for which more than 100 entries were received; only 10 scripts among the entries were selected to be fully written after the preliminary round. The Best script winner was Rajesh Nirmal, translated by Gandharv Dewan for the story with the title ‘Tale of many kings and the queen’ and was awarded with the cash prize of Rs one lakh. Manjima Chatterjee for her story – ‘The Legend of Queen Heo’ and Ruma Ghosh for her story ‘Legend of Queen Huh’ were awarded with Samsung galaxy phones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJudge Vibhawari Deshpande who is associated with children’s theatre from last 20 years shared her experience of judging the scripts said, “Each script had its own uniqueness. The tale is very beautiful, complicated and is full of larger than life events. It must be very challenging for writers to dramatise but stick to the story. As this story was made for children, we kept our focus on the use language, engagement, the use of theatrical devises, what the writers have done to contemporise it.” Kim Kyung Han, Minister Counselor (political), Embassy of the Republic of Korea awarded the top 3 winners and said that India and Korea doesn’t only have a technical and economical relation but have very historical deep roots. Both the countries share their Independence Day. India had supported Korean in times of war during the freedom fights. Now the time has come when Korea, the brother country will support India in all possible aspects.”last_img read more

RT apologises on twitter over using TRNC flag for Cyprus

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President Widodo and great to see him again” With reporting by Yenni Kwok [Reuters] Contact us at editors@timecomAhmed Makarfi former National Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said he will bring an end to the persistent killings and growing insecurity across Nigeria if elected president in 2019 Makarfi said this while addressing PDP stakeholders in Kaduna State yesterday The former Governor of the State said he would put a stop to the killings kidnapping and banditry being witnessed in Nigeria According to Makarfi “I have consulted the party and I thought it wise to come to my own base and the stakeholders to affirm to them just as they read on the pages of newspapers even though a formal declaration has not taken place where programmes and how they would be implemented would be read out “But like I had earlier said if nominated by the party and elected by Nigerians my priorities would be the issue of insecurity and stopping the killings in the country 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that something change"As I came to South Dakota there were a few billboards greeting me and they didn’t say ‘I hope you’re having fun’" Pruitt said Instead the administrator said he saw messages imploring him to support ethanol over big oil refineriesAfter touring a farm operated by Adam Schindler and his family in Reliance Pruitt addressed a group of about 50 farmers and other people with interests in agriculture in a building on the Schindler property He then responded to questions from a number of farmersIn total the event took about two hours and was closed to the public EPA officials said Pruitt took about an hour-long tour of the farm and then had a roundtable discussion with farmers as wellPruitt’s event in Reliance was private and not publicized ahead of time The Daily Republic newspaper in Mitchell arrived on site early Wednesday and was told it could not enter the event but EPA officials later changed course and allowed a reporter inside the building where the discussion was taking place"We want to be respectful but we want to very forcefully convey to the administrator that we’ve got real challenges in rural America and we have to preserve the markets that we have" said John Duff strategic business director for National Sorghum Producers the organization that hosted the event "There are real challenges on the farm and demand destruction for biofuels is not good It is something that we do not need in the face of ag processes the way they are today and we want to convey that message"Duff said Pruitt’s visit which made South Dakota the 35th state he’s been to during his time in office came at an ideal time as it coincided with a national discussion about ethanol Pruitt has been the EPA Administrator since February 2017One of the biggest concerns among those in attendance was the EPA’s recent increase in the number of refineries receiving financial hardship waivers which waive the requirement for refiners to obtain Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)According to the EPA’s website financial hardship waivers are intended to prevent disruptions in the fuel supply Many of the farmers who spoke to Pruitt said that they felt the waiver increase was hurting their farms and their income "Two of these companies that they handed waivers to made over a billion dollars last year" farmer David Fremark said "I don’t know what kind of hardship that is but it’s not like the hardship that I’m used to on the farm"Pruitt said that it’s important to understand that the EPA works alongside other government agencies to go through applications and determine who can receive a waiver"It’s not a decision the EPA makes in isolation We actually receive applications from the Department of Energy They have a methodology; they have formulas" he said "If you go back through time with respect to the applications when RIN prices have gone up . 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