Advertisement Advertisement Whistler, B.C. (November 19, 2018) – With 10 days to go until show time, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has just announced the four Canadian actors selected for its Stars to Watch program presented by UBCP/ACTRA. The performers selected as WFF’s Stars to Watch finalists and connected to films at this year’s festival include: Cara Gee with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN; Richard Harmon with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND; Marc Senior with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST; and Taran Kootenhayoo with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!.“We are excited to celebrate these masters-in-the-making with our 2018 Stars to Watch, a diverse and impressive group of four talented actors arising from Western Canada, each on a trajectory for international success,” said Julie Di Cresce, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming.WFF’s 5th annual Stars to Watch program is a four-day immersion experience for UBCP/ACTRA member actors, all of whom are poised for international recognition and are connected to features premiering at the festival. The initiative draws on homegrown talent from the four Western Provinces, with a specific focus on British Columbia. WFF will formally acknowledge the four Stars to Watch with an official awards presentation at its Awards Celebration on December 2. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The selection committee included Roger Cross – Actor; Murray Gibson – Agent/Manager & Partner, RED Management; Judy JK Lee – Casting Director, Red Card Productions; and Ben Silverman – Managing Director, Integral Artists & Partner, LevelFILM. Stars to Watch is sponsored by the Union of BC Performers (UBCP/ACTRA).WFF’s Stars to Watch is one of the festival’s 11 talent programs that provides creative and business immersion experiences for 80 Canadian artists – including screenwriters, directors, producers, actors and musicians – with 78% of the talent pool coming from British Columbia and 50% being female. Geared towards the advancement of business and creative opportunities for emerging and mid-career Canadian screen content creators and their projects, programs include the Producers Lab, Praxis Screenwriters Lab, Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, Power Pitch, Stars to Watch, Doc Lab, Women on Top Mentorship and Music Showcase. WFF also collaborates with several industry organizations by hosting specific third party initiatives including the Women in the Director’s Chair Industry Immersion, Women in Film & Television Film Market Preparation Mentorship, and the MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and Creative BC.From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age. The Summit features four themed days with 30 interactive sessions designed to foster business connections and collaborations for filmmakers and dealmakers through high-level keynotes and panel discussions on topics that range from finance, marketing, distribution and technology to export. With up to 14,000 attendees expected including 1,000 industry insiders from across North America and beyond, Whistler is the place for industry to get intel, connect, deal and see great films.WFF’s film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com, and will be updated regularly.The Festival’s online box office at whistlerfilmfestival.com/tickets is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15 and the WFF Box Office Kiosk opens for walk-up sales on November 23. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com/attend.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Encore Vancouver, NETFLIX, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Gibbons Whistler, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com.———————————-WFF18 STARS TO WATCH BIOSCARA GEECara Gee is an accomplished actor who recently moved to Los Angeles and is now living and working in Hollywood. Gee is currently shooting a lead role in the film, CALL OF THE WILD (20th Century Fox). Other notable film credits include: PULLING INWARD and EMPIRE OF DIRT where she was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Gee is a series regular on The Expanse. Prior to that, she starred as the series lead in the CBC series Strange Empire. Other selected TV credits include Republic of Doyle (CBC), King (Showcase), Darknet, Carmilla, Inhuman Condition and Seraphim. Gee was named one of the Top 13 People to Watch (Toronto Star, 2013), a TIFF Rising Star (TIFF, 2013) and one of the 15 Canadian Rising Stars (Deadline Hollywood, 2017). She is attending WFF with lead roles in the World Premiere of RED ROVER and Western Canadian Premiere of TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN.RICHARD HARMONComing from a family thoroughly involved in the entertainment industry, Richard’s start in film and television was natural. The Vancouver actor has worked in a large spectrum of small screen roles including A&E’s Bates Motel and the critically acclaimed AMC/Netflix series The Killing. Richard has also had pivotal roles on the big screen, including a lead role in the indie JUDAS KISS, RUFUS, IF I HAD WINGS, AGE OF ADALINE and I STILL SEE YOU. Richard can currently be seen in the hit CW series The 100 and the upcoming films THE RETURN and ANDERSON FALLS. He is attending WFF with the lead role in the World Premiere of WOODLAND.MARC SENIORMarc Senior is an actor, whose passion is bringing people closer through story-telling. With an extensive background in theatre, stand-up, sketch & tv/film he brings a unique skill set to every story he tells. Toronto born, and now Vancouver based, Senior’s notable television credits include ‘Sammy Davis Jr’ on NBC’s show Timeless, ‘Victor’ on CW’s hit show Supernatural and a recurring role on ABC’s The Whispers. Other memorable television appearances include The Magicians (SYFY), Supergirl (CW), Arrow (CW), Alcatraz (FOX). Marc Senior can next be seen in a lead role as ‘Detective Fiore’ in the TV movie RADIO SILENCE on THE MOVIE NETWORK. He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of IN GOD I TRUST.TARAN KOOTENHAYOO Born in Cold Lake, AB (1993) Taran Kootenhayoo is a Denesųłįné & Stoney Nakoda actor, playwright and spoken-word poet based in Vancouver. Taran is a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble, signed on with Premiere Talent and is currently producing work with Savage Society. Recent credits include: Remy in “Literally” a Web Series, Him in Him/Her, Corbin in Corbin, Ohanzee in Ohanzee, Himself in Lelum’, Riot/Construction in No Reservations. He also received the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from The Hnatyshyn Foundation (2017). He is attending WFF with a lead role in the World Premiere of BELLA CIAO!. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter
Rabat – Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French authorities appear to be going too far in their campaign against hate speech. An eight-year-old French boy, Ahmed, from the southern French city of Nice was reportedly questioned by police on Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school supporting the Parisian terrorists who attacked satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.According to media reports, when asked by other students if he was “Charlie”, the boy allegedly replied “I am with the terrorists”. The police also questioned the child’s father following a report by the school’s headmaster.Marcel Authier, director of the region’s public security, was quoted by the Agence France Press (AFP) as saying that the child raised concern when he refused to take part in a minute’s silence to honor the lives of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, in which two terrorists fatally shot 12 people.According to news website the Local France, the boy’s school reported the incident to the local education authorities which informed the police on the grounds that the student’s words constituted “glorifying terrorism”.His teacher said the child also expressed “solidarity” with the gunmen.The parents have reportedly filed a complaint against the school’s head teacher.Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP
Rabat – A helicopter operated by Algerian airline Tassili crashed on Thursday in Douera, a suburb of the city of Algiers, causing the death of four people.The helicopter hit a high voltage cable at 10:20 a.m., which caused its crash, reported Algerian TV channel Al-Nahar.The channel confirmed the death of the helicopter’s pilot, co-pilot, and two photographers.
In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban congratulated the negotiating teams of the Government and the MILF for “their perseverance, courage and commitment in having reached this important milestone in the peace process”. He also commended President Benigno S. Aquino III and the MILF chairman, Murad Ebrahim, for their “vision and leadership throughout this historic peace process”. The MILF has been fighting for decades for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines to be named Bangsamoro.The sides today signed in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur the last of the four Annexes to the “Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” of 2012. These security annexes are the final agreements needed for a final Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Mr. Ban acknowledged Malaysia’s role as negotiator in the talks, today expressing “his sincere gratitude” to that Government, as well as the national and international actors who had a role in the process. “The Secretary-General expresses the readiness of the United Nations to accompany the final phase of the peace process and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, as the parties may find appropriate,” the spokesperson added.That agreement is to be signed in the Philippine capital, Manila, possibly next month, according to media reports.
A man has been jailed for life for the “despicable and cowardly” murder of waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar in a retrial under double jeopardy laws.Ronnie Coulter was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this month of stabbing the 32-year-old almost 18 years ago.The attack happened as Mr Chhokar returned from his work at an Indian restaurant in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on November 4, 1998.Coulter, 48, was previously acquitted when he stood trial in 1999 for the murder but was convicted by a majority when the case became only the second to return to court since Scotland’s centuries-old double jeopardy law was reformed in 2011.He was sentenced to life at the same court on Monday, with a minimum term of 19 years and eight months.Judge Lord Matthews said the minimum sentence would have been 20 years but he took off four months for the time Coulter spent in custody before the first trial in 1999.The latest trial had heard Coulter, his nephew Andrew and David Montgomery went to see Mr Chhokar on the night following a row over a stolen Giro cheque.After an altercation, Mr Chhokar collapsed in front of his partner Liz Bryce.Coulter had denied the charges and blamed Andrew Coulter and Mr Montgomery for the murder. Giving evidence at the latest trial, Andrew Coulter and Mr Montgomery admitted being present at the scene but denied murder. Lord Matthews said Mr Chhokar was the “victim of an ambush which cost him his life”.Passing sentence, he said: “The evidence showed that what happened was not on the spur of the moment.”Along with your nephew and David Montgomery, who was recruited to drive you and who on his own admission was prepared to get involved in an assault, you travelled the short distance to Overtown.”It is plain that your only purpose was violence and you must have had a knife to hand.”When the trap was sprung you were not content to let Andrew Coulter use his baton on Chhokar but you inflicted three stab wounds on his body in the most despicable and cowardly fashion.”Thereafter you attempted to cover your tracks, and in large measure you succeeded in doing so.”Now, many years later, you are here to answer for your crime.”The judge praised the patience and “quiet dignity” of the Chhokar family, and particularly the victim’s father who passed away in November 2015.Lawyer Aamer Anwar, who began campaigning for justice for the family as a law student, said: “In the 18 years it took to prove Ronnie Coulter’s guilt, he has never shown a shred of remorse or sorrow.”Surjit Singh Chhokar was not his only victim. His two parents, a sister, two young children and his partner Liz had their lives devastated, but today the presence of justice has finally given Surjit’s family peace.”Every step on a long journey has required the Chhokar family’s sacrifice and struggle.”They taught us that there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to fight for justice.”Victim’s rights at the heart of our legal system will be the Chhokar legacy long after Ronnie Coulter’s name has turned to dust.”In mitigation, Coulter’s lawyer Donald Findlay QC said his client maintains that he was at the scene but did not “wield the knife”.Mr Findlay also said race “had no part whatsoever to play in this matter” and urged Lord Matthews to exercise leniency in respect of Coulter’s treatment for depression and paranoid schizophrenia.Detective Chief Superintendent Clark Cuzen said: “I hope today’s sentence gives some closure to the family, and again I would like to thank them for their courage and dignity throughout.” 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. Ronnie Coulter, 48, from Wishaw was convicted of the 1998 murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar after being tried for a second timeCredit:James Chapelard / SWNS.com
IT’S QUITE THE story – involving a young Donegal man, the Mafia in 1970s New York, a 100kg drug seizure, a tainted NYPD career, and a 10 year jail sentence.An RTÉ Radio One documentary tells the tale of now-80-year-old Ballyshannon native. Recorded in Donegal and New York over three months in the summer of 2013 tells of emigration, corruption, loyalty and regret which linked a small town in North West Donegal with was, at that point, the the biggest drugs bust in US history.Peter Daly – Good Cop/Bad Cop, tells of how the young Daly was sucked into the mob underworld after emigrating to America and becoming a police officer.The new documentary examines Peter’s life in Ireland, his service in the Korean War and his NYPD career, as well as featuring exclusive interviews with ex cop Frank Serpico (famously portrayed by Al Pacino in Serpico;, Bob Leuci the cop who lifted the lid on NYPD corruption; and Joseph Jaffe who joined forces with Rudolph Giuliani to prosecute Peter and other members of his unit.First broadcast on RTE Radio 1 on September 14th 2013, listen back: here.
The most amusing experiences of this year’s Toy Fair? Watching Rock Star Mickey in action was certainly up there. Disney’s public domain-proof rodent was strutting his stuff in the Fisher-Price booth, to a customized version of the 60s Kinks jam, “You Really Got Me.” Mickey does the Chuck Berry duckwalk, bobs his head, does the splits–everything short of a full Pete Townshend windmill, really. He’ll hit the market in September, priced at $49.99. Video (the best part, naturally) after the jump.
With Halo: Reach having been released in September 2010, and 2011 being completely Halo free, you probably guessed that something was going to come from the franchise this year.Of course, with Bungie no longer developing for Halo the future path wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but we all know that the next title would be in the capable hands of 343 Industries, and it was expected to see a Holiday 2012 release.Above is an early hint that everything is on schedule and that we’ll get a lot more information on the game quite soon: it’s a Finnish magazine graphic saying that on February 29 Halo 4 will be on full display.Don’t speak Finnish? Here is a rough translation:Halo 4 and other new products [will be] on display at the Xbox 360 Spring Showcase event in San Francisco. Remember the play to the podcast. @Kaban0ssi who tweeted the image asked, “Onko varmaa tietoa?” — is this information certain — to @pelaaja, the magazine that published the image. The magazine does not seem to have responded, at least via its Twitter account.The Spring Showcase unveiling, on the Leap Year-specific date of February 29th, would be a big move for Microsoft, with the company opting to show off the game at its own event as opposed to waiting for a major show, like E3. It would be in keeping with Microsoft’s new strategy of controlling its own message and stepping away from shows, CES for instance, though. Microsoft has done these showcases in the past, and they can range from major events with top-level executives speaking to smaller ones that are focused on giving industry people hands-on time with upcoming products.via neogaf
Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG If you’re a diehard Nintendo collector or purveyor of rare video games in general, you’ve probably got a special “Holy Grail” item you’ve lusted after for some time. A game that’s so rare you could never see yourself coming into the possession of one. For many, the grail is similar: a copy of 1987’s special edition Stadium Events for the Nintendo Entertainment System.The game was originally recalled shortly after its release in 1987 because the Family Fun Fitness series was being rebranded. It was later re-released as World Class Track Meet with what we’d later come to know as the Power Pad peripheral. Because the game was recalled, the original North American copies were so few and far between and are now considered by many to be some of the rarest NES games of all time.There were only 10,000 copies of the game created for its initial release, in fact. However, it seems that the exact reasons for why the game is so rare aren’t exactly known. Former spokesman for Nintendo of America Howard Phillips had previously denied allegations that the cartridges had been destroyed. Copies of Stadium Events have been documented selling for up to $35,000, though some listings have been fakes.ESPN recently investigated the cartridge itself, or one of several copies at that, and how it ended up changing the lives of a down-on-their-luck North Carolina couple. Jennifer Thompson originally stumbled upon a copy of the game at a Goodwill, of all places, having spent only $8 on a game that would later go for $25,000. It’s a pretty amazing story from humble beginnings to a fresh start in life for a couple who happened to stumble onto something amazing.If you want a taste of what the game’s like but don’t quite have that kind of pocket cash, you can spend a few bucks for World Class Track Meet on eBay and get the same experience, sans the disastrous havoc its previous iteration would wreak on your bank account. Easy!
FC Barcelona is starting to worry about Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig, the young La Masia product who is laying waste in the academy but getting too many fouls.Even Lionel Messi himself spoke about new Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig’s skills with the ball at his feet, FC Barcelona has found a brand new star who has the ability to play beautiful football in the same vein as Andres Iniesta did when he was still at La Masia. All you need to do in order to realize the level of performance that Riqui Puig has for Barcelona B, is tune in and watch the latest Third Division matches his side plays and look at how much the youngster gets fouled during 90 minutes. Riqui is actually going through a similar path that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is also experiencing because both are players that are well above their category and the rest of their opponents can only stop them through some unnecessary roughness. Riqui gathers all the greatest qualities that any great FC Barcelona product must have, he likes to play easy when he does it to the back and he also has that unique creativity when he goes on the attack.? Ciudad Deportiva⚽?? Sesión de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo. También se entrena Riqui Puig del @FCBarcelonaB?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/IlNsaORYxu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 6, 2018The kid’s passing skills are on par with other La Masia players such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and even Messi himself who praised Riqui in his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio. The young player has received Messi’s warmth from the very first day that manager Ernesto Valverde decided to give him more time with the major squad during training sessions, the skipper is taking his role very seriously with every youngster, but he has taken a special kind of care to Riqui due to the unique skills he has: “I already knew Riqui, he had trained with us sometimes last season already, but honestly what he has done this season has been truly spectacular. Now he keeps training with us, I think it’s great that the club is trusting the academy once again and that they are producing these types of players again, these virtues had been lost in the last years,” said Leo Messi during his last interview with Catalunya Radio.¿Qué opinas de Riqui Puig?Messi: “Es bueno que el club esté restableciendo la confianza en la academia y ese tipo de jugadores”. pic.twitter.com/wIjBpQbkbQTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— ❤?declaracionesBlaugrana?❤ (@datosblaugrana) September 3, 2018Riqui’s absence from Barcelona’s training session.The last match that Riqui Puig played for Barcelona B took a hard toll on him, the player gave us all his repertoire during the 90 minutes against Third Division club Ejea. The player really suffered the consequences of playing for this division but he never stopped proving that he is at least two steps ahead of everybody else during these games, Riqui attempted to bring his squad back to the result but they lost in the end. However, there is a great sensation that Riqui will become a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s major squad and they have the idea that it’s only a matter of time before the boss tells the kid that he can no longer play with the academy. The club’s staff actually revealed that the player missed one Barcelona training session this week because of a recovery process he is going through after that match, Puig received a nasty knock on his right knee and he needs some time for the pain to disappear but he didn’t pick up a more serious injury.Manager Ernesto Valverde’s best chance of possibly handing Riqui Puig his debut with the first squad this season might be during September, the Catalan club has two specific consecutive matches in which the player may get the call-up he’s been waiting for. The first game where Puig could feature is against Girona on September the 23rd, then just three days after the Catalan club will visit Leganes for another La Liga match in a very busy couple of weeks that will have Barcelona play five matches in the span of 15 days. Puig can get his chance to play in one of these two matches because the rest of the Barcelona players are going to need some rest if they want to withstand the great burden of playing so many competitive matches in very little time. Puig’s time is better than ever for that debut, Valverde will keep us in suspense until the time comes to publish the call-up lists for those matches.Messi al ser preguntado sobre Riqui Puig: “Está entrenando con nosotros, ha hecho una pretemporada espectacular y es muy bueno que el Club se fije en este tipo de jugadores y vuelva a confiar en la cantera” pic.twitter.com/J8A1O4qCZW— Abuela Culé (@AbuelaCule) September 3, 2018When do you think Ernesto Valverde will give Riqui Puig his La Liga debut for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The Scottish Premier League club will take on Spanish La Liga side Villarreal on Thursday night, for Matchday 1 of the competitionScotland’s Rangers were drawn into Group G of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League.The Scottish club shares the group with Austria’s Rapid Wien, Russia’s Spartak Moscow, and Spain’s Villarreal.And for manager Steven Gerrard, even though the team is the “underdog” of the group, he believes they can surprise their opponents.“We are the underdogs in the group in terms of the opinions from outside, but in the dressing room we have a quiet confidence and believe we can cause a shock and get out of the group,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“We are not here to make up the numbers. We want to challenge in the group and see where we end up.”“This game doesn’t highlight how far I’ve taken the group but how far the team has taken themselves and the hard work and effort they have put in to get to this stage,” he added.“We all believe this is where this club should be after difficult times and not many people gave us a chance of making this stage.”“If people want to underestimate us or write us off that’s fine. I can see a togetherness and a team growing. I’m happy where we are at this moment,” he commented.“Kyle [Lafferty] will lead the line and there are no secrets. He goes into the game in good form and in a good place.
Share Photo via Twitter @opfavestylesBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday Nov. 27, 2017.Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting “understanding and respect” for Markle’s father after a celebrity news site reported he would not be coming to the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle, Kensington Palace said Monday night.A palace statement on “this difficult situation” did not confirm the TMZ report that Thomas Markle had decided not to attend Saturday’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The palace said earlier it would not comment on the report, and its statement did not clarify if the bride’s father would or would not be at the wedding.“This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the palace statement said. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”TMZ said Thomas Markle was upset over the way his decision to have staged paparazzi photos taken of him preparing for the wedding has been received and decided to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family.The site also said he suffered a heart attack less than a week ago.The palace had announced last week that Thomas Markle and his ex-wife, Doria Ragland, would play important roles in the wedding. Both were expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals in the days before the wedding.Thomas Markle and Ragland divorced when their daughter was 6-years-old, but they both played an active role raising her.He spent many years supervising the lighting and camera crew for the “Married…With Children” television show and often brought young Meghan to the set at Sunset Gower Studios. Since retired, he has been living in Mexico. The Associated Press has been unable to reach him for comment.Thomas Markle was set to walk Meghan down the aisle during the church ceremony, and Ragland plans to ride to the chapel with her daughter. Both were to be entertained this week by the queen and other senior royals, including Prince Charles and Prince William.TMZ said the father had a change of heart over the weekend after the British press reported he was paid to pose for photos that showed him getting measured for his wedding suit and making other preparations.According to TMZ, he told the website he regretted allowing the pictures to be taken and acknowledged they looked “stupid.” The website reported that he said money was not his primary motivation for agreeing to be photographed and he was opting to miss the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter and the royal family.Meghan Markle’s half-sister, Samantha, tweeted Monday that she is to blame for the photo debacle.“The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault,” she tweeted. “The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family.”Meghan Markle is estranged from her half-sister, who has not been expected to attend the nuptials, and from her half-brother.Harry and Markle have invited 600 guests to the wedding, which will be followed by a gala reception hosted by the queen.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is making great strides in strengthening ties to the communities we serve as we prepare to implement the Hogan administration’s transformative BaltimoreLink transit plan this June. MTA has recently cemented new partnerships with organizations to spread the word about the benefits of transit to a broader audience.Paul Comfort, MTA Administrator and CEOOn Jan. 25, MTA unveiled a new partnership with Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco, who will help us communicate the benefits of BaltimoreLink through a public awareness campaign that features five buses wrapped in Ravens colors with pictures of “No. 5” himself. He also will appear on radio, TV and in print ads for MTA. The buses will be used on routes throughout MTA’s system as part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the benefits of BaltimoreLink and the many ways transit can improve the quality of life in our city and state.In addition to this exciting new effort, MTA has partnered with Baltimore’s new arena football team, the Baltimore Brigade, to connect with a whole new audience. This expansion team begins its season in April 2017 at the Royal Farms Arena. So keep an eye out for our distinctive blue-and-silver Brigade bus and ride MTA to the games downtown. We also are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the debut of MTA’s Light Rail service by putting a special bus – wrapped in Orioles’ colors and bearing unique signage – into service. MTA and the Orioles go together as thousands of fans ride our Local Bus and Light Rail service to every game.While we work to raise awareness and communicate the benefits of our service, MTA also is giving back to our community. In December, I joined Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Kelly Schulz to sign an agreement between MTA and Vehicles for Change, a Baltimore area-based nonprofit group that trains ex-offenders for careers in vehicle maintenance. As part of this Hogan administration partnership with Vehicles for Change, MTA will be able to assist individuals who have paid their debt to society and are seeking a second chance in life to be trained as bus mechanics and apply for jobs at MTA. This important workforce development initiative will help MTA maintain its fleet while also offering an opportunity to people eager to have meaningful, stable employment.(Graphic courtesy of mta.maryland.gov)MTA’s employees take their commitment to the community personally. That’s why on Jan. 28, about 30 members of the MTA family – including me – went to Sandy Point State Park and ran into the ice-cold Chesapeake Bay for the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. The day before, MTA’s Police Force had participated in the plunge for law enforcement agencies. This year was the first time other MTA employees took part. I’m proud of MTA’s Team BaltimoreLink and our supporters who helped us raise more than $3,000 for this great cause.MTA is working creatively and actively to engage with communities throughout the region and promote awareness of our service, which is improving even as we move forward with BaltimoreLink.Did you know that in 2016 MTA reduced the number of missed trips on its local bus routes by 75 percent? That’s made a real difference in improving the reliability of our service. I urge you to try transit, especially if you haven’t ridden in a while.Join us and ride MTA as you connect to all of life’s opportunities!
This coming Black Friday will offer up an abundance of deals including a new Flame Red 3DS with Super Mario 3D Land for $170. But if you can’t wait until the end of the week to get some cheap games, GOG has already started its Black Friday sale.The deal is a simple one: choose 5 games and only pay $10 for them. Unfortunately, it’s not GOG’s entire catalog of games on offer, but the selection is still pretty good nonetheless.In total, there are 20 games to choose from, including:Alan Wake’s American NightmareAnomaly Warzone EarthBlackwell BundleBotaniculaDarwiniaDefconGemini RueGeneforge 1-5Machinarium: Collector’s EditionMultiwiniaMutant MuddsResonanceSpacechemSymphonyThe BallTorchlightTo The MoonTrineUnmechanicalUplink: Hacker EliteThe sale is already running and will last for another 6 days (ends November 27 at 4:59am GMT) giving you plenty of time to choose your games wisely. Alternatively, you could view this as 10 games for $20 or even 20 games for $40 if you want them all. GOG dooesn’t let you select all the games, though, so you’ll have to make multiple purchases to get them all.The saving on your chosen 5 games is pretty substantial, and comes to around $40-$45. If there are games you want from that list, I doubt you’ll find them cheaper at the moment. If you already own the ones you want, GOG has another offer for a much more recent game. The quirky RPG The Real Texas by Kitty Lambda Games is being offered with an introductory discount of 40%, meaning you pay just $8.99 instead of the usual $14.99.More at GOG
Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Super strength, electricity manipulation, and hyper-speed? Yes, please. A new Shazam! trailer is out, and it shows Billy Batson’s hilarious experience as a teen stuck inside an “adult” superhero body.Warner Bros. Pictures teased a new Shazam! trailer on Monday, and it’s definitely on the lighter side of most DC Comics stories. The film follows Batson, who runs into a wizard and suddenly can transform into a grown-up superhero by shouting one word: Shazam! The movie, which stars Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer, will premiere in theaters on April 5.Batson, a 14-year-old foster kid, is chosen by an ancient wizard to embark on the greatest superhero journey, except he’ll have to act like an “adult” through it all. Once Batson goes through the crazy change, “IT,” Batson’s best friend, becomes his superhero enthusiast and helps him practice his powers. (Including having “Captain Sparkle-Fingers” buy some beer at a gas station.)It’s not all fun though for Batson: Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, a villain, is coming to town to stir up some trouble. Batson will have to quickly master his powers and fight Dr. Sivana, which means he’ll have to hide his teen personality from everyone. Oh, and did we mention Eminem provides background music for the killer showdown?Shazam! rolls into theaters in about a month, but you can sign up for ticket alerts on Fandango’s website.More on Geek.com:‘Captain Marvel’ Channels the ’90s With Trippy ‘Magic Eye’-Style Posters‘Mewtwo Strikes Back’ Remake Is Another Terrifying Pokemon MovieNew ‘Hellboy’ Trailer Unleashes the Blood Queen’s Gory Mission Stay on target
Are Firefox Add-on Collections dead? by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2016 in Firefox – 17 commentsMozilla introduced Collections to its Firefox Add-ons website (AMO) back in 2009 to provide users of the web browser with options to keep track of add-ons, and to showcase add-ons, for instance by creating themed collections.It allowed anyone with an account to create and maintain collections by adding add-ons (which included themes) to them.Creators could add and remove add-ons from collections, and others could follow them to receive notifications about changes made to these collections.Firefox users benefit from Collections in two ways: collections may help users of the browser discover new add-ons, and they make it easier to install a bunch of add-ons especially if they used an add-on like Massive Extender which allows them to install multiple add-ons of a collection in one operation.Add-on Collections TodayCollections are highlighted in the main menu on the Add-ons starting page on the Mozilla website. A click on the link opens the collections hub and there four collections managed by Mozilla that have been featured there for ages.You can change the listing to “most followers” which appears to be the best option to explore Collections for the first time as “newest” or “recently updated” seem to list collections that can be best described as theme collections.A quick of the 10 newest and recently updated collections revealed that nine out of then listed themes exclusively.Collections work for the most part as you would expect as a Firefox user. You can install add-ons individually from the collections page or click on any add-on listed to open its main page on Mozilla AMO to find out more about it first before you do so.Collections are still open, but the recent redesign of the add-ons website has made it a lot harder for creators to add add-ons to their collections.All that needed to be done previously to add an add-on to a collection was to click on the “add to collection” button on an add-ons page on the Mozilla website.Mozilla hides the button (and the favorite button) now which means that Collection curators need to edit the collection to add add-ons there.So, instead of clicking on “add to favorites” or “add to collection”, it is now necessary to open the collection or favorites first, click on the edit button, type the add-on name to run a search for it, browse the results to find it, click on add, and then on save.Mozilla’s reasons for removing the option are to streamline the add-on pages (not to confuse users who may be overwhelmed by the options presented on the page), and that the feature was not used all that much.We did remove the “add to” buttons from the add-ons details page to focus this page on it’s core function of informing the user about the add-on it shows.This is intentional to focus the details page more and simplify. For collections users still can add add-ons in the collections section of AMO. I am not sure if those feature are used enough to justify the prominent placement.If you check the source code on an add-on’s profile page on the Mozilla website you may notice that the two “add options” that were removed are just hidden, and that the functionality is still there.Firefox users who maintain collections can install the AMO EZ on the Eyes userstyle which makes the buttons visible again on Mozilla AMO.Not dead yetCollections don’t appear to be high on Mozilla’s priority list. In fact, things have not changed all that much ever since they were introduced. They are linked from the main add-ons website but I would not be surprised if that link would be removed from the site in the future as well.The removal of the add buttons make it harder for active maintainers of collections to add new add-ons to their collections or favorites, and it seems likely that some will stop updating their collections because of this.Now You: What’s your take on the collections feature?SummaryArticle NameAre Firefox Add-on Collections dead?DescriptionThe article tries to find out whether Add-on Collections for the Firefox web browser are dead already or slowly dying.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
PARIS (AP) – France sold nearly (EURO)8 billion ($10 billion) in long-term debt at an auction that saw its borrowing costs for its 10-year bonds fall.The yield, or interest rate, on the benchmark bond was 2.21 percent, down from 2.53 percent when it was last sold in July. There were no recent comparisons for the 5-year or 15-year bonds sold Thursday.But demand was strong for all three. The sale reaped (EURO)7.98 billion, at the very top end of the Treasury’s goal. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean France’s borrowing rates have been dropping in recent months. It even sold short-term bonds at negative interest rates earlier this year.But economists say that because of its large debt and slow growth, France must quickly reduce its spending and jumpstart its economy, or face higher borrowing costs.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments Share Top Stories Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day
by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 8:04 am PDT Dalhousie administrator’s controversial book shortlisted for $50K Donner Prize AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — A book on campus debate by Dalhousie University’s interim president that stirred controversy at the Halifax school is among the books shortlisted for the $50,000 Donner Prize.Peter MacKinnon’s “University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus” (University of Toronto Press) is one of five finalists for the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian.MacKinnon’s interim appointment at Dalhousie earlier this year was met with outcry from a group of students who rebuked his book for expressing “racist perspectives” and “oppressive rhetoric,” prompting some to call for his dismissal.A group of law professors at Dalhousie University also wrote a letter to school’s provost in February asking MacKinnon to confirm that blackface violates the code of student conduct and personal harassment policy.In the book, MacKinnon suggests there was a “lack of proportion” in the outraged responses to campus incidents involving white students in blackface, saying these were “just Halloween parties.”In response to the backlash, MacKinnon issued a statement saying he does not condone blackface.Ken Whyte, chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, announced the 2018/2019 short list on Tuesday. In a statement he said the selected titles, which also examine topics including basic income, police reforms, and population growth and climate change, “will undoubtedly provoke debate and elevate the conversation in Canada.”Other Donner finalists include:– “Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond” by Thomas J. Courchene (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University)– “Population Bombed! Exploding the Link Between Overpopulation and Climate Change” by Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak (Global Warming Policy Foundation)– “Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier and More Secure Life for All” by Evelyn L. Forget (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.)– “Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing” by Alok Mukherjee with Tim Harper (Douglas & McIntyre)The winner of the $50,000 honour will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 1. Each other nominated title receives $7,500.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
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