Select Nova Scotia Campaign Kicks Off

first_imgThis year’s Select Nova Scotia marketing campaign kicks off today, July 28, with advertisements encouraging Nova Scotians to buy locally grown food. The campaign runs throughout the year and includes the first provincewide Incredible Picnic next month. “Nova Scotia farmers are an important part of our rural communities, producing quality food products for consumers,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “This campaign is truly a public-private partnership designed to encourage residents to buy more Nova Scotian produced foods. It is supported by the provincial government, as well as hundreds of producers.” The summer advertising campaign includes television, billboards, transit shelter and newspaper ads encouraging consumers to buy local, look for the Select Nova Scotia symbol on products, and attend the Incredible Picnic. The picnic will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in a number of communities including Halifax, Truro, Annapolis Royal, Port Williams, Tatamagouche, Windsor, Guysborough, Sydney, Liverpool and Antigonish. “While the Select Nova Scotia program has already gained consumer acceptance and recognition, the Incredible Picnic will undoubtedly take it to a whole new level,” said Jennifer Reynolds, planning and development officer for Select Nova Scotia with the Department of Agriculture. Inspiration for the event came from the 1,000-kilometre cross-country picnic held on Bastille Day in France where participants celebrate with local food. “By bringing the concept of eating what is available from local farmers, fishers and producers, the community picnic celebration reminds all of us of how important it is to purchase products produced here in the province,” said Ms. Reynolds. Vendors interested in selling local food products at one of the picnic sites should call 902-722-1305. More details on the Incredible Picnic are available on the website at .last_img read more

MM retrenches 1500 workers

first_imgMumbai: Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is seeking a fiscal stimulus package from the government for the automobile sector, which had been battling a prolonged slowdown. Pawan Goenka, managing director, M&M, told reporters that the company has retrenched about 1,500 temporary workers since April 1 this year. He said if the slowdown continues the company will be forced to lay off more employees. M&M has deferred about 15-20% of its capex from its overall investment plan. However, he emphasised that the concern on job losses is more at the automotive suppliers and dealers and not as much at original equipment manufacturers.last_img read more

Evander Holyfield Leverages Cryptocurrency To Fund Humanitarian Disaster Preparedness Efforts

first_imgEvander Holyfield is teaming up with AriseBank, the first decentralized cryptocurrency bank and blockchain development company Cryptonomex, to raise money for disaster preparedness.Using [BitShares ], one of the most advanced blockchain platforms in the world, they will accelerate the slow process of recovery in future disasters like the recent hurricane and wildfire storms.In 2017, super-storms devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, California and dozens of other communities in the Caribbean and the Gulf States. These disasters have left millions without the help they need.The money required to restore the Houston Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other areas, can’t be raised fast enough if you’re homeless or forced to live with relatives because your family’s house was one of the one million homes destroyed. Holyfield wants to help raise the funds needed through his charity endowment to help these people recover from these type of disasters in the future.This is not your usual celebrity endorsement. This is a long-lasting strategic partnership. The world sees “digital currency” as a unique solution to the biggest challenges presented by these national tragedies.Holyfield plans on using cryptocurrency to fund humanitarian disaster preparedness. He hopes to raise a million dollars for disaster-related causes and then grow it to a billion-dollar endowment using the Bitshares Endowment model created by the Billion Hero Campaign. Holyfield’s endowment, as well as the original Billion Hero Endowment are hosted on“I am really excited about this. The more I can do, the better. Cryptocurrency seems to be a good way to help the causes that I care about,” said Evander Holyfield.The team has developed a way to create digital currency endowments that leverage the growth of cryptocurrency using the BitShares platform. One dollar can become hundreds of dollars paid out to victims over several years. One thousand dollars can become hundreds of thousands and so on. As BitShares value grows the donations grow with it.There are a number of companies like AriseBank, building on the BitShares platform and the price is starting to rise. As BitShares becomes more and more popular, the endowment will use that growth to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.Announcements of the launch of “The Holyfield BitShares Endowment for Global Disaster Preparedness” will be coming soon.last_img read more

WatchNational joins other big banks in beating profit expectations

MONTREAL — National Bank of Canada is reporting $518 million of net income for its third quarter, up eight per cent from last year.The profit is equal to $1.37 per common share of net income or $1.39 per share after excluding certain items.The Montreal-based company’s total revenue was up eight per cent at $1.68 billion.Domestic growth buoys results at Scotia and BMONet income at its personal and commercial banking arm rose 21 per cent from last year to $240 million while net income from wealth management was up 31 per cent at $106 million.CEO Louis Vachon says revenue growth and cost controls contributed to National Bank’s third-quarter performance.National Bank continues a trend that began last week, when Royal Bank and CIBC began the industry’s third-quarter earnings season with results that were above analyst estimates.They were followed by strong results issued by Scotiabank and Bank of Montreal on Tuesday. Toronto-Dominion Bank issues its results on Thursday before markets open. read more

UN remains vital forum for countries facing ruthless reality Prime Minister of

He said that all too often the international community is unable able to stop bloodshed, with the situation in Syria serving as the most tragic illustration. It is unacceptable that the world appears to be at peace with atrocities carried out in that country, he said, adding that those crimes could not go on without the punishment of the perpetrators.There is also a clear link between global sustainable development goals and the fight against terrorism. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is the world’s best chance to protect societies from unconventional threats. Social and economic programs should specifically focus on youth, their empowerment and inclusion in the job market, and he called for Member States to intensify their efforts integrating the 2030 Agenda into their national plans.His country has been among the first countries to completely integrate the goals of the 2030 Agenda into its national strategy and had participated in the first round of voluntary national reviews at the High-Level Political Forum in New York in July, he pointed out.Also showing its commitment to the Paris Agreement, Montenegro is aiming for the ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gases by 30 per cent. His country is small, but its contributions to sustainable growth displayed its commitment to the global international community. More States should push for enhancement of global social and economic rights, so that “no one is left behind or neglected,” he said. read more

Adults recognize ownrace faces more accurately than otherrace faces even when viewed

Adults recognize own-race faces more accurately than other-race faces, according to the findings of researchers’ experiments over the years. In fact, researchers have given this phenomenon a name: “own-race recognition advantage” (ORA).But these experiments were based on participants looking at individual headshots of a variety of faces and being asked to identify, at a later time, the ones that they saw.In a new study, Brock PhD student Thalia Semplonius and psychologist Catherine Mondloch set out to determine if peoples’ perception of same- and other-race faces would change if the experiments were based on groups of faces rather than single-face headshots.“I was reading through all this literature and I thought, OK, we have this phenomenon, but why are we studying it in this way?” says Semplonius. “It doesn’t emulate how we see faces in real life.”The study – “Attentional biases and recognition accuracy: What happens when multiple own- and other-race faces are encountered simultaneously?” – was published January 23 in the online journal Perception. Brock researchers conducted two experiments. In the first, the research subjects – Caucasian students who had minimal interactions with people from Asia – looked at a picture of Caucasian and Asian faces interspersed among random objects such as tacks, pens, a battery and a ring.In the second experiment, Caucasian and Asian faces were grafted onto bodies walking and standing in a busy street scene. “So, rather than seeing one face at a time during the study, you’re seeing multiple faces in a naturalistic environment,” explains Semplonius.“What was really novel was that this was the first time that somebody has said, let’s put these faces on bodies in a scene and record where people look,” says Mondloch.In the second experiment, the researchers also measured the participants’ eye movements with an eye tracker. They were then asked to recall the faces that they had seen.The researchers found that participants looked longer at own-race than other-race faces, “perhaps because they were seen as in-group members,” says Mondloch. They also remembered them more accurately.However, although there were variations in the amount of time participants looked at the faces, the grouping and presentation of those faces made no difference in participants’ accuracy in recalling same- and other-race faces.“Our prediction was that when you put faces in competition with each other, this advantage with own-race faces would increase dramatically and it didn’t,” says Mondloch. “That was surprising; it’s not just about where we look. Rather, there are key differences in how we process own versus other race faces.”Mondloch identifies two basic reasons why people tend to recognize faces of their own race more accurately. The first is “we’ve had much more visual experience with own-race faces, so our brain has ways of decoding them and representing them that’s very efficient for the category of faces with which we’re most experienced.”Secondly, “it’s about social categories,” says Mondloch. “When we see somebody from an ‘outgroup’ – a different age or race – we would simply process them at the categorical level. When we see somebody from an ‘ingroup’ we process them at the individual level.”Semplonius says the Brock study – and own-race recognition advantage research in general – has implications for people giving eyewitness testimonies or for social interactions, such as shopkeepers trying to recognize their customers.“The research shows we might not actually be as good as we think we are at recognizing faces of unfamiliar people, which is obviously important to take into account during these testimonials and other situations,” says Semplonius.Mondloch says she and her colleagues are now doing research with Asian international exchange students to study any changes they may have in processing Caucasian faces over a four-year period of studying at Brock University. read more

VIDEO Meet the Dujshebaevs

← Previous Story Kielce win “Holy war” in Plock Next Story → CSM Bucharest appoint new coach Dragan Djukic Dujshebaev family is unique in world of handball and not only handball. Talant, Alex and Dani all together in front of EHF TV cameras speaks about unique handball and family experience in the Polish club PGE Vive Kielce.Enjoy…Daniel Dujshebaev about family “No.1”: Talant is better than me and Alex Dujshebaev family

Flights getting back to normal after major air traffic control problem fixed

first_imgUpdated 19:51FLIGHTS IN AND out of Britain are getting back to normal this evening following a major air traffic control problem which led to major delays throughout the day.Passengers at Dublin Airport were among thousands affected by the issue, with the airport repeatedly advising customers to check with their individual airlines for details of delays and cancellations.Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Cardiff and Glasgow airports were all affected by the issue.In a statement, the National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) said a technical problem occurred at its Swanwick centre in Hampshire in the early hours of this morning.The problem was related to the internal telephone system used by air traffic controllers and NATS said at 12.30pm that it expected to take about six hours to resolve with engineers “working hard” to fix the issue.This evening NATS confirmed that the problem had been resolved.It said that more than 80 per cent of flights had operated as usual but that the reduction in capacity had disproportionately affected southern England which it said is an ‘extremely complex and busy airspace’.It described the problem as “a major challenge for our engineering team and for the manufacturer”.“To be clear, this is a very complex and sophisticated system with more than a million lines of software,” the statement said. “This is not simply internal telephones, it is the system that controllers use to speak to other ATC [air traffic control] agencies both in the UK and Europe and is the biggest system of its kind in Europe”.More than 100 Ryanair flights to and from the south of England were affected with ten cancelled over the course of the day.At least seven Aer Lingus round trips were cancelled and there have been some delays on other flights. A spokesperson told that the majority of cancellations wereon routes with multiple flights a day and customers were being accommodated on the next available flight.While no flights were cancelled at Shannon Airport, there were a number of delays but a spokesperson said the majority of flights are back on schedule now and passengers are being asked to come to the airport on time.NATS apologised to everyone affected by the problems.First published 10:20Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: Just one air traffic controller to work night shift at Cork Airport from January>last_img read more

George Calombaris devastated over his restaurants underpaying staff 26 million

first_imgGeorge Calombaris has apologised after a review revealed his restaurant group had been underpaying over 100 of their staff by a total of $2.6 million. Of the 430 current staff working across the celebrity chef’s restaurants, 162 were underpaid over the past six years, which the celebrity chef attributed to “historically poor processes”, leaving him “devastated”. “You, our amazing team, are the key to our success. I am so sorry we have messed up and let you down on a fundamental issue,” Calombaris said in an email to staff on Monday.“I am devastated by what has happened and we have been working extremely hard to fix this. I want to be clear that getting it right means ensuring that every single one of our team members is paid what they are entitled to under the industry award, and that any outstanding money owed to staff is rectified.”To rectify the matter, affected employees will be back-paid an average of just over $16,000 each. Issues with the payroll were brought to the MAdE Establishment Group’s attention by Fair Work Ombudsman over 18 months ago, yet was not thoroughly investigated until October last year when Troy McDonagh was appointed as the new chief executive.It was then that the company enlisted KPMG to conduct a comprehensive review into the issue.“Regrettably, our attention to detail at that time wasn’t at a level it should have been, but we now have a CEO and human resources manager in place,” Calombaris said.The mismanagement also saw nearly half of all staff members being overpaid their base salary, however an email to staff confirmed that they would “not be asked to pay back any money” and that they “will retain the same payments they are now on.”The employees known to be affected worked at The Press Club, Gazi and Hellenic Republic, while those of souvlaki bar Jimmy Grants were not impacted, confirmed management.The already significant payout figure is expected to increase as MAdE Establishment Group sets out to contact former staff. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Lowest Price Ever on RTX 2080 Oversized Pikachu amiibo

first_imgThe Lowest Price on a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Equipped DesktopThe RTX 2080 Ti is easily the fastest video card out there – roughly 30%-40% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. Finding one under $1200 is impossible. Unfortunately that makes pre-built desktop computers also very pricey, but we’ve found one that’s far cheaper than the rest. Specs include an Intel Core i7-8700K unlocked 6-core processor, 16GB of memory, and dual drives (240GB SSD + 2TB HDD).Get it on Amazon for $2399.991200A Peak Car Jump Starter 10,400mAh Power Bank for $43.78I didn’t realize just how handy (and effective) these power bank jump starters were until a good samaritan with one of these recently helped me out. They really work, and the 10,400mAh battery capacity is no slouch for charging your smartphone.Use code “Y6TTROWZ” to get it on Amazon for $43.78Detective Pikachu Super-Sized amiibo for $25.13If you collect amiibo, then you’ve got to snag the largest amiibo made. This super-sized amiibo stands 5.35″ tall and is almost double the height of the standard Pikachu amiibo.Get it on Amazon for $25.13 Out Tomorrow – Preorder Forza Horizon 4, Get $10 Amazon CreditToday is the last day to get the $10 Amazon credit. We absolutely loved this game and gave it an “Amazing” score. Luke Reilly writes “Forza Horizon 4 is a gorgeous, rewarding, and self-renewing racing experience that I can’t tear myself away from.”Get it for Xbox One on Amazon for $59.99The Ultimate Edition is $99.99 but doesn’t include the creditlast_img read more

Mourinho believes Klopp wont underestimate United

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t underestimate his team when both sides meet on Sunday.The Reds host United at Anfield looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season, and knowing a victory against their arch rivals will see them return to the top of the league.Notwithstanding, Mourinho is of the opinion that Klopp will not be underestimating the challenge that awaits, regardless of the visitors’ inconsistent campaign so far.“I think Liverpool are obviously very, very confident but I think they are not stupid. They also know the match they have with us is difficult,” Mourinho said, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They also know that we have our weaknesses, our strengths, and I think they will respect our strengths.”“I think if they don’t do that I will be happy with that. But I think they know that the game is very difficult for them.”“They know that they need every point if they want to be champions so I think they are professionals and being professionals is respecting Manchester United. They know that we can go there and win.”last_img read more

Search underway for missing Weston teen

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a teenage boy who went missing in Weston, Wednesday.According to city officials, 16-year-old Jonathan Perez was last seen at a residence along the 300 block of Cameron Drive in The Lakes community. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Update: photo – subject may not have his glasses. Has no shoes. Wearing white shirt/Blue shorts. Last seen Cameron Drive— City of Weston (@CityofWeston) March 22, 2018Perez stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has his hair dyed turquoise. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and a gray T-shirt.Officials said the teen was not wearing any shoes, and although he wears glasses, he may not currently have them on.Officials said Perez is known to have depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. last_img read more

Facebook hit with housing discrimination charge by US government

first_img Facebook said it has been trying to work with HUD to prevent discrimination.”While we were eager to find a solution, HUD insisted on access to sensitive information — like user data — without adequate safeguards. We’re disappointed by today’s developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The social media giant also said that it had reached “historic agreements” with the National Fair Housing Alliance, the ACLU and other advocacy groups on changes to its advertising system. The charge marks the latest incident that calls into question how Facebook conducts its business. It’s been under fire over how it collects user data for the past year.Here is HUD’s filing: Tags 13 1:31 “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson says. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The US Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Facebook on Thursday with allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act through targeted ads.The charge follows an August 2018 complaint that alleged the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination through advertising that can exclude people based on race, national origin, religion, gender or disability.”Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”The initial complaint came after a ProPublica investigation in 2016 showed that housing advertisements could be targeted at and away from specific groups. ProPublica followed up a year later, showing that the targeting hadn’t stopped.According to HUD’s lawsuit, Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people who were born outside the US, non-Christians, interested in accessibility issues or interested in Latino culture. HUD also accuses Facebook of allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhoods or whether they have children.”Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear — discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law,” HUD general counsel Paul Compton said in a statement. “Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn’t mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook Comments First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updates, 6:16 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.: Adds more details, Facebook’s comment and HUD’s filing. Internet Services Politics Facebooklast_img read more

Gasline signs a DC insider

first_imgConsultant Mike Dubke, at a reception for Sen. Dan Sullivan in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention in 2016. (Photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky)Former White House communications director Mike Dubke is now helping promote the Alaska gasline project.Listen nowMike Dubke, through his company Black Rock Group, has a $15,000-a-month contract to advise the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on its communication strategy.Dubke worked at the Trump White House for three months in 2017.  He previously worked on the election campaigns of both Alaska U.S. Senators.Rosetta Alcantra, AGDC’s vice president of communications, said Dubke’s firm gives the gasline agency more of a presence in Washington, D.C.“Their resume speaks very well as far as their experience,” Alcantra said. “Not only on the national level and kind of knowing that messaging and who to talk to – that’s definitely a piece that kind of resonates – but they also have that Alaska connection.”The contract says Dubke will work on strategies to “amplify the benefits” of the liquefied natural gas project to the Trump administration, Congress and federal regulators.Dubke has worked for American Crossroads, a super PAC affiliated with Karl Rove, and led a group called Americans for Job Security that spent millions running negative ads about Democratic Senate candidates.Dubke’s firm has hired another well-connected political adviser as a subcontractor for the AGDC job: Kevin Sweeney, of Anchorage. Sweeney’s company, called Six-7 Strategies, will also be paid $15,000 a month. Sweeney is a long-time aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and is married to Tara Sweeney, Trump’s pick to serve as assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.Alcantra said Sweeney will focus more on in-state messaging while Dubke will work primarily in the federal arena.last_img read more

Govt gets offers to buy 50000t of rice

first_imgThe lowest offer in the tender from Bangladesh’s state grains buyer to purchase 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice was $445.11 a tonne CIF liner out, officials in Bangladesh and European traders said on Monday.The offer was made by trading house Olam.The tender had closed on 11 June and the rice is to be shipped within 40 days of contract signing.No purchase has yet been made and offers are still being considered, European traders added.They said the other offers in the tender in dollars a tonne CIF liner out were: Agro Corp at $449.55, Singsong Food at $458.00, Desh Trading at $459.67, Amir Chand at $474.00 and Sukhbir Agro at $459.30.Bangladesh has started a new programme to import rice to build reserves and cool local prices after sudden floods damaged local crops.Domestic rice prices reached record highs in May and state reserves are at six-year lows in the wake of the flooding that wiped out around 700,000 tonnes of Bangladesh’s rice crops.The state grains buyer said it would import 600,000 tonnes of rice after the flooding, initially issuing two tenders for a total of 100,000 tonnes of rice, its first such tenders since 2011.last_img read more

Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar due today

first_imgIndian external affairs minister S JaishankarIndian external affairs minister S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today (Monday) on a three-day official visit.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen will receive his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm today, ministry sources said.According to the foreign ministry, the Indian external affairs minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum on Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the morning of 20 August to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Both AK Abdul Momen and S Jaishankar will hold a bilateral meeting at the State Guest House Jamuna at 11am on the same day.S Jaishankar is scheduled to call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the day.Earlier on 29 July, Momen said Jaishankar’s visit will be a courtesy trip. He said his Indian counterpart accepted his invitation to visit Bangladesh.Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on the Indian foreign minister in New Delhi in July and conveyed him the Bangladesh foreign minister’s invitation to visit Bangladesh.In June Momen invited Jaishankar when he held first meeting with his new Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).During that meeting, Jaishankar assured that he would visit Bangladesh at his convenient time.It will be the S Jaishankar’s first Bangladesh visit after taking oath to office in Narendra Modi’s cabinet on 30 May.S Jaishankar, a career diplomat, served as India’s foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.The 64-year-old had joined the Indian foreign service in 1977 and had stints as the high commissioner to Singapore and the ambassador to China and the US.He is credited for helping resolve the Doklam stand-off through negotiations with China. Earlier in 2007, he played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement that was signed by the UPA government.After his retirements from the Indian foreign services in 2018, he had taken over as the Tata Group’s president of Global Corporate Affairs.S Jaishankar was honoured with the Padma Shri award by president Ram Nath Kovind in March this year.last_img read more

Marvels Ironheart and Bond 25 Tease Black Women Hollywood Heroes

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Stay on target A pair of spicy rumors from over the weekend about some of the biggest upcoming movies share something in common. When it comes to making their aging franchises feel vibrant and relevant again, it seems like Hollywood is finally realizing that sometimes an old white dude should be a young Black lady instead. We’re not complaining.First, did some snooping to maybe find some unannounced Marvel Phase 4 films before they presumably get unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. They did this by searching for Facebook URLs the studio may have created but not yet pushed live for a coordinated social media launch. Doing this revealed pages for upcoming Marvel films we already know about like Black Widow and The Eternals.However, there were a few apparent scoops as well. The site found pages for Dark Avengers and Young Avengers, and while we don’t fully trust this reporting method those two movies make sense. After years of traditional superhero team-ups in the first four Avengers films, making movies about teams of supervillains as well as younger superheroes would be a fun way to mix things up.Arguably more exciting though was a URL for Marvel’s Ironheart, seemingly announcing the introduction of Riri Williams into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A legacy character in the vein of Miles Morales (also created by Brian Michael Bendis) young Black woman Riri Williams was first the new Iron Man before getting her own superhero name. And with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man now dead in the movies (no matter how many dumb petitions you sign) there’s no better time to pass on the torch. Let Spider-Man be his own thing!Speaking of passing the torch, the upcoming unnamed Bond 25 may feature a similar shakeup according to the Daily Mail. Details remain scarce on the Cary Joji Fukunawa film, which seems plagued with production issues. But the rumors suggest that in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s new script, James Bond’s post-Spectre retirement has allowed a Black woman spy to inherit the MI6 mantle of agent 007, while avoiding Bond’s own regressive sexual advances.That Black woman is apparently played Lashana Lynch, who is already confirmed for the film’s cast. Lynch appeared in Captain Marvel earlier this year as the mother of eventual Black woman Captain Marvel successor Monica Rambeau. She’s also slated to star in next year’s FX adaptation of Y: The Last Man. But she’s still a relative unknown, which is a great quality for new 007s including Daniel Craig. Sorry, Idris Elba.Here’s hoping Lynch’s 007 sticks around after this movie, which also might see the return of Christoph Waltz as Bond’s big bad Blofeld along with new villain played by Rami Malek. These movies don’t tend to care that much for continuity. Remember when they were going to give Halle Berry’s Die Another Day character (Jinx?) a spin-off?Black women. They made Apex Legends better. They can make your endless movie #brands better, too.last_img read more

Kolkata Book Fair to celebrate IndoFrench relationship

first_imgHere is a great news for bibliophiles as an end of this January will bring in the 42nd edition of Kolkata International Book Fair. A 10 member French literary delegation, headed by French cultural Minister Francoise Nyssem, will be attending the fair. The announcement was made by French ambassador Alexandre Zeigler, during a press conference held at Press Club of India. The fair, which is one of the largest around the world, will commence on January 31 and will last till February 11, at the Salt Lake Central Park. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the conference, Ambassador Zeigler mentioned that noted French novelists, poets, and translators are coming for the Kolkata Book Fair. Also, Tridib Kumar Chatterjee, General Secretary of the book fair said that it’s the first time they had organised joint sessions of noted writers, intellectual of West Bengal and of other parts of the country along with the visiting French literary delegation.Kolkata Book fair is recognised by International Publisher Association of Geneva. Chatterjee stated that last year 22 lacs people attended the fair. But organisers are expecting more book lovers to attend the fair this time. For this state government has made elaborate arrangement for transportation. More than 175 special bus service will be running from different corners of the city. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProviding further information, Chatterjee said that during the Book Fair, highest order of merit- the legion of honour – will be conferred to the legendary film actor Soumitra Chatterjee by the French minister of Culture. The fair will be inaugurated by the eminent French author Leonora Miano along with the chief minister of West Bengal, in presence of the French minister, on January 30 at 5-30 pm. The closing ceremony will be of Bonjour India festival which is unique in nature. The 5th edition of Kolkata Literature festival –an integral part of the International book fair – will be held at the auditorium of the fair ground for three days, starting from February 10. Many writers from abroad will participate in this festival as told by the Director of the KLF Sujata Sen. As in the previous years, a lucky draw will be held during throughout and the winners will get gift vouchers to purchase books. The grand finale will be organised on the last day of the Fair and the winner will get a new car. The main roads of the book fair will be named after legends of France in celebration of the 70th year of Indo-French relationship. Celebration of the 70th year of Indo-French relationship.last_img read more

Richard the Lionheart was so Pleased with his Food he Knighted the

first_imgRichard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, is unquestionably one of the most popular and complex monarchs in English and European history. Respected for his military prowess, however it was not the only thing that made him a great ruler.In the ten years that he was crowned king, he is known to have spent just six months living in England, remarking that it was too cold and rainy.19th century portrait of Richard the Lionheart by Merry-Joseph Blondel.It is also speculated that he didn’t even speak English as this was not a requirement during the reign of the Norman kings who spoke only French, creating a ruling class that was separate to the English-speaking peasantry.The House of Anjou, the old name for the of the House of Plantagenet, is Richard I’s noble family line. They had come to rule over much of France and England by the time Richard the Lionheart was born and would continue to do so far into the 15th century, with Henry VIII claiming lineage to this great family.13th century depiction of Henry II and his legitimate children: William, Henry, Richard, Matilda, Geoffrey, Eleanor, Joan, and John.Richard was one of eight legitimate heirs born to Henry II and his wife, Eleanor. He was third in line to the throne and would become king after the early passing of his two older brothers.Henry II was a ruthless and passionate leader; he oversaw the expansion of the Plantagenet state but made many enemies in the process.Henry II (1154-1189) is considered by some to be the first Plantagenet king of England.Perhaps his most famous enemy was his one-time friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered under his instruction. These enemies included not just rulers of other lands but also his own wife and sons.Stained glass image of Thomas Becket. Photo by Renaud Camus CC BY 2.0The familial discontent appears to be based around greed and land grabbing; it led to a rebellion in which Richard, along with his two elder brothers, joined forces with Louis of France in an attempt to overthrow Henry II.Although unsuccessful, it left Henry II embittered and relations did not improve right up until Henry’s death, at which point Richard was crowned King.Richard I being anointed during his coronation in Westminster Abbey, from a 13th century chronicle.From the outset, Richard was more interested in waging war than ruling. Although he was undoubtedly a brave knight, the Encyclopaedia Britannica describes him as “Like all of Henry II’s legitimate sons, he had little or no filial piety, foresight, or sense of responsibility.”His one objective from the beginning of his reign was to take back Jerusalem as part of what became known as the Third Crusade.Richard the Lionheart marches towards Jerusalem. James William Glass (1850).To achieve the financial backing for his expedition, he sold off everything he could, turning England into his own private cheque book.Richard the Lionheart loved to party almost as much as he loved war. It was during such a celebration that he famously declared his cook to be “lord of the fief of the kitchen of the counts of Poitou,” essentially knighting the chef for his tremendous food.Geoffrey de Rancon’s Château de Taillebourg, the castle Richard retreated to after Henry II’s forces captured 60 knights and 400 archers who fought for Richard when Saintes was captured.As historian David Boyd explains, due to a lack of hygiene, pretty much everything Medieval times could kill you; food was no exception, and this made your cook one of the more important lay members of your court.Historic Noblemen and their ridiculous nicknamesWhether the chef received the benefits of his new promotion or if Richard remembered the declaration the next day is not clear.King Richard the Lionheart marrying Robin Hood and Maid Marian on a plaque outside Nottingham Castle. Photo by RichardUK2014 – CC BY-SA 3.0What is clear is that thanks to a series of well-timed propaganda pieces, Richard the Lionheart has gone down in history as a great and just King.He is famously portrayed in the Robin Hood legend as the benevolent monarch who rids the country of King John (Richard I’s equally irresponsible younger brother) and the Sheriff of Nottingham; there is a statue of him standing outside Westminster today.Richard Lionheart statue. It stands on a granite pedestal in Old Palace Yard outside the Palace of Westminster, London.The reality was somewhat different. As David Boyd relates, his war-loving tendencies almost bankrupted England twice over, and his impetuous behavior during the Third Crusade, notwithstanding its early successes, made him just as many enemies as his father before him.Tomb of Richard the Lionheart.Richard the Lionheart died on the battlefield from an infected wound at the age of 47, leaving no legitimate heirs.Read another story from us: Royal Karma: The King who was Accidentally Burnt AliveThe lack of a clear line of succession signaled the beginning of the end of the Angevin state but paved the way for a new line of English monarchy which still survives to this day.last_img read more

Debloat Windows 10 script collection

first_imgDebloat Windows 10 script collection by Martin Brinkmann on December 23, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 12 commentsDebloat Windows 10 is a collection of Powershell scripts that block, disable, modify, or optimize various Windows 10 features that users may find annoying, or at least not super useful to begin with.Word of warning: these scripts have no undo function. The author suggests you run them on a fresh installation of Windows 10. I suggest you create a full system backup before you run them, so that you can restore the system should things go wrong.You can open any of the Powershell scripts in a plain text editor or directly on GitHub to find out what they do in detail.Debloat Windows 1You are probably wondering what those scripts do. You find nine scripts in total on the Debloat windows 10 GitHub repository right now. They are:Block Telemetry — Adds a list of telemetry domains to the hosts file to block them. Additionally, sets Allow Telemetry to 0, and blocks several telemetry IPs using the firewall.Disable Services — Disables more than a dozen services including the Diagnostics Tracking Service, the Geolocation Service, Remote Registry and Xbox Live related services.Disable Windows Defender — Disables Windows Defender tasks, and sets several Registry values.Experimental Unfuckery — Removes system apps such as Feedback, Contact Support or BioEnrollment among other things.Fix Privacy Settings — Sets quite a few privacy related values in the Registry that are related to privacy.Optimize User Interface — Again, Registry values for the most part that change visual, interface, and accessibility elements including a mouse acceleration fix, easy access keyboard features, changing folder view options and so on.Optimize Windows Update — Disables automatic download and installation of windows updates, disables the “updates are available” message and automatic driver updates.Remove Default Apps — Removes the majority of apps that Windows 10 ships with.Remove OneDrive — Disables OneDrive, and removes OneDrive traces from the system.You need to open an elevated Powershell prompt to run those script:Tap on the Windows-key, type powershell, hold down Shift-key and Ctrl-key, and hit the Enter-key.Run the command Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted first to enable the execution of Powershell scripts. Select Y when the prompt spawns on the screen if you want to go ahead.Run any of the scripts afterwards using .\scriptname.ps1 from the directory you saved them to.Once you are done, run Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted, the default policy setting.That’s all there is to it. You can run as many of the Powershell scriptlets as you like. I can’t stress the importance of creating a backup of your system before you run any of the scripts. (via Inside Windows)Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 9 votes Software Name Debloat Windows 10Operating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more