Canadian Red Cross ready to assist in monster storms

first_imgCanadian Red Cross teams remain on stand-by ready to help if they’re needed in either the Philippines or Carolinas. They are continuing to monitor and liaise with their sister societies.Hundreds of thousands of people are still on the move but they already have strong national teams at both sites. Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta Jenn Mcmanus said they’re not asking people to donate funds just yet as they’re still assessing needs. “Family members actually try and stay off the phone lines because of course, we want people to get through for emergency purposes so check the Canadian Global Affairs website on what to do to find a relative.” In terms of visiting the areas, they’re asking people to listen to Global Affairs and register with the authorities.last_img read more

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Press bodies say need to reexamine OSA

first_imgNew Delhi: A group of press bodies on Thursday expressed concern over the government threatening The Hindu newspaper with action under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for publishing articles on the Rafale deal based on documents stolen from the Defence Ministry, and said the legislation needs to “re-examined”.In a joint statement, Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps and Press Association said, “We feel it is time that the Official Secrets Act as well as law on defamation need to be re-examined given the potential of their misuse against the Fourth Estate.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government on Wednesday told the SC documents related to Rafale aircraft deal have been stolen from the Defence Ministry and the petitioners seeking a review of its verdict dismissing all pleas against the purchase of the jets relied upon those documents. The Attorney General also submitted in the apex court that the documents on the deal relied on by the petitioners were marked secret and classified, and therefore, are in violation of the Official Secrets Act. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe had also sought dismissal of the review petitions and perjury application as they relied on stolen documents and said that today’s The Hindu report on Rafale amounts to influencing hearing in apex court and is itself contempt of court. “We, the undersigned journalist organisations express deep concern over the statements made by the Attorney General of India insinuating that reports on the Rafale deal published in The Hindu newspaper were based on documents stolen from the Ministry of Defence,” the joint statement said. The Attorney General’s statements made in open court suggesting that the publication of such reports and the documents “imperiled national security and therefore should be deemed as criminal, has the potential of sending out a chilling effect to one and all in the media,” the statement claimed. The implications and ramifications of the statements made by the top most legal officer of the government are not only for the media but also for the sources of information that journalists rely on, the press bodies said. The Editors Guild of India also unequivocally condemned Attorney General’s remarks before the Supreme Court pertaining to the documents based on which the media had reported on the Rafale deal, saying any attempt to use the Official Secrets Act against the media is as “reprehensible” as asking journalists to disclose their sources. The Guild, in a statement, also urged the government to refrain from initiating any action that might undermine the media’s freedom and independence.last_img read more

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WatchHousing market no longer considered highly vulnerable after prices ease CMHC says

OTTAWA — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says it no longer rates the country’s housing market as highly vulnerable after an overall easing of price acceleration.The federal agency said in a report Thursday that it rates the overall market at moderate after 10 consecutive quarters at the highly vulnerable rating, though some cities remain at elevated risk.“The state of the national housing market has improved to moderate vulnerability,” CMHC chief economist Bob Dugann said in a statement.“Even though moderate evidence of overvaluation continues for Canada as a whole, there has been improved alignment overall between house prices and housing market fundamentals in 2018.” The real estate market’s burning question: Should you buy now or buy later? Don’t kill the mortgage stress test — modify it: CIBC’s Benjamin Tal Scrapping mortgage rules would boost Canadian home prices by about $32,000, TD says The inflation-adjusted average price decreased 5.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2018 from the same period a year earlier.CMHC said that while house prices in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Hamilton moved closer to sustainable levels, it continues to see a high degree of vulnerability in those markets.The agency noted that while Vancouver remains rated at highly vulnerable, evidence of overvaluation has changed from high to moderate.The biggest cities in the Prairies remain at a moderate degree of vulnerability, while Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax and St. John’s are rated as low vulnerability.The report based its vulnerability assessment on several criteria including price acceleration, overvaluation, overbuilding, and overheating.Price acceleration has eased nationally after the federal government’s mortgage stress tests came into effect in 2018 and raised the bar for qualifying for a mortgage, the report said.“Tighter mortgage rules, likely reduced demand for housing, and contributed to the observed decline of house prices.”CMHC also noted that inflation adjusted personal disposable income dropped by 1.2 per cent to reduce buying power, but that was partially offset by a young-adult population that grew by 1.9 per cent to continue to increase the pool of potential first-time homebuyers. read more

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Annan appoints expert panel to followup on Liberia sanctions

The appointments were announced in a letter by the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters in New York. Citing Liberia’s “active support” of rebel groups and the resultant destabilizing effects on the West African sub-region, the Council unanimously re-established the expert body in early May, when it renewed sanctions against Liberia, and extended the measures to include a ban on timber exports in addition to existing arms and diamond embargoes. The Panel will investigate and compile a report on the Government of Liberia’s compliance with the demands contained in resolution 1343, adopted in 2001 in response to concerns about the reported transit of illicit diamonds – which were being traded to fuel the conflict in Sierra Leone – through Liberia. Along with investigating any violations of the measures referred to in subsequent resolutions adopted by the Council, the Panel was also asked to investigate the effects on the Liberian populace of the Government’s diversion of any funds from civilian purposes, to assess the possible socio-economic and humanitarian impact of the ban on timber exports, and make recommendations by 7 August on how to minimize such impact.The Panel will be chaired by Atabou Bobian of Senegal, and also includes Enrico Carisch of Switzerland, Damien Callamand of France, Arthur Blondell of Canada, Caspar Fithen of the United Kingdom and Harjit Singh Kelley of Kenya.In other news, the Council committee which monitors the sanctions against Liberia announced yesterday that it had approved the removal of two individuals from its list of persons affected by the measures. Francis M. Carbah, also known as Francis Kabah, Former Minister of Transport and former Economic Advisor to President Charles Taylor and Y. Mewasah Paye-Bayee former Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, were both de-listed on 6 June. read more

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In or out UKs David Cameron proposes vote on EU membership after

In or out? UK’s David Cameron proposes vote on EU membership after next election AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Cassandra Vinograd, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 5:42 pm MDT LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Wednesday to offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting rebukes from European leaders accusing the premier of putting the bloc’s future at risk over domestic politics.Claiming that public disillusionment with the 27-nation EU is “at an all-time high,” Cameron used a long-awaited speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain’s membership in the bloc should be revised and the country’s voters should have a say.Cameron proposed that his Conservative Party renegotiate the U.K.’s relationship with the EU if it wins the next general election, expected in 2015.“Once that new settlement has been negotiated, we will give the British people a referendum with a very simple in-or-out choice to stay in the EU on these new terms. Or come out altogether,” Cameron said.The speech was seen by many as a gamble to shore up support from Cameron’s fractured, increasingly anti-EU party that risked antagonizing other countries focused on stemming the eurozone debt crisis.The fiercely independent island nation has never been an enthusiastic member of the bloc, seeing itself as culturally different and balking at having policy dictated by Brussels. But the drumbeat has grown over fears that new EU regulations to address the debt crisis will further restrict the country’s control over its own economic policies.Many EU member states, which had in the run-up to the speech stressed the importance of Britain’s presence in the bloc, took a sharper tone after Cameron spoke.Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, said Cameron was playing “a dangerous game,” and accused him of playing domestic politics.“This was an inward-looking speech that does not reflect European reality and will not impress many of the U.K.’s European partners,” Schulz said.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius likened the EU to joining a soccer club — “you can’t say you want to play rugby,” he told France-Info radio.Britain does not use the euro currency, but membership in the EU has given the U.K. access to the massive joint European market as well as a say in how the region should govern itself and run its financial markets. The country has also benefited from EU funds to build infrastructure such as broadband networks.German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country wants Britain “to remain an active and constructive part” of the EU, but suggested that countries could not be allowed to write their own terms for EU membership, saying “a policy of cherry-picking won’t function.”Italian Premier Mario Monti said the EU does not need “unwilling members,” adding that he hopes British citizens will decide to remain in the bloc and help shape its future. He said the referendum would be best framed with a direct question — up or down on membership — rather than a fuzzier query for voters.“I think there is an advantage in the idea of eventually putting to the people the real question in a referendum,” he said.Cameron stressed that his first priority is renegotiating the EU treaty — not leaving the bloc.“I say to our European partners, frustrated as some of them no doubt are by Britain’s attitude: work with us on this,” he said.Cameron said a new EU treaty should reshape the bloc, protect and complete the single market, allow the transfer of powers on issues from crime to working hours back from Brussels to national governments, and make Europe’s economy more competitive and its institutions more flexible and democratically accountable.Cameron insisted Wednesday that a “one size fits all” approach to the EU is misguided.“Let us not be misled by the fallacy that a deep and workable single market requires everything to be harmonized,” he said. “Countries are different. They make different choices. We cannot harmonize everything.”Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany is “of course prepared to talk about British wishes, but we must always bear in mind that other countries have other wishes.”Her foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer added that Britain could lose future economic benefits if it exits the EU, for example if tentative talks on a free trade deal between the U.S. and EU are successful.“If such negotiations lead to a conclusion the fruits will only be available to those who are members of the union,” he told reporters in Berlin.Even as he raised the spectre of a referendum, Cameron reiterated his view that Britain should stay in the EU.“I speak as British prime minister with a positive vision for the future of the European Union. A future in which Britain wants, and should want, to play a committed and active part,” Cameron said. “There is no doubt that we are more powerful in Washington, in Beijing, in Delhi because we are a powerful player in the European Union.”In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration welcomes Cameron’s call for Britain to remain an active force in the EU.“We believe that the United Kingdom is stronger as a result of its European Union’s membership and we believe the European Union is stronger as a result of having the United Kingdom in the EU,” he said.The timeline Cameron laid out mostly hinges on a Conservative victory in the next general election. But he said legislation will be drafted before 2015 so that if his party wins, it can be introduced and passed quickly to ensure a vote could be held “in the first half” of the next Parliament.Cameron’s proposals drew lukewarm support from the foreign minister of the Netherlands, where the prime minister was initially slated to give his speech last week before it was postponed due to the Algeria hostage crisis.Frans Timmermans said in a statement that the Netherlands agrees with many of Cameron’s criticisms of the EU.“That’s why we want to keep the British on board in the EU,” he said. “Because you reform the EU from within, not by walking away.”___Associated Press writers Elaine Ganley in Paris; Geir Moulson, David Rising and Frank Jordans in Berlin; Don Melvin in Brussels and Angela Charlton and David McHugh in Davos, Switzerland, contributed to this report.Cassandra Vinograd can be reached at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd read more

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The butler did it Jim Carter lets slip about Downton movie

first_img“We’ve all heard this rumour – the cast – that the script has been written,” she said.”There’s a hard copy somewhere but none of us have seen it or know what’s in it. So we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that it all comes together. We’re all willing it to happen. I’d absolutely jump at the chance to star in it if I’m asked. I’ll squeeze it in.”Fellowes has also spoken of the possibility of a film, saying the difficulty was getting cast members – such as Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery – free. Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has hinted that a movie spin-off could be close – with the cast asked to keep dates free for the big-screen version.The hit TV period drama ended on Christmas Day 2015 but has since sparked endless speculation about whether it will return with a film. “The difficulty is rounding up the actors. One is in America making a new series, another is in a play,” he has said.”My lips are sealed! It’s very unlikely there won’t be a film because there is an audience out there for it.” Michael Fox – who portrayed footman Andy Parker in the series – has suggested that Dame Maggie Smith could reprise her role as the acerbic Dowager Countess in the drama.”She elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure. The film without her would still be good with all the other actors, but it puts a stamp of quality with her in it,” he said.The final episode of Downton Abbey was the most-watched TV show on Christmas Day in 2015. Joanne Froggatt as Annacenter_img Joanne Froggatt as AnnaCredit:Nick Briggs/ITV Carter, who played butler Carson in the show, told Good Morning Britain that “nobody’s seen the script”.But he said: “We’ve been asked to keep ourselves available at dates in the future…”He added of the script: “There’s a place in the West Country called Julian Fellowes’ head and it’s in there somewhere. I’m sure it will emerge.”He told Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid: “I think there’s a willingness there to do a film but until there’s a script there’s no film.”Carter said he was meeting the cast of the ITV drama on Thursday night.”I’m having dinner with a few of them tonight. And I’ve just gone dry January … We’ll all be gossiping about this very topic probably.”His comments come after Joanne Froggatt, who played maid Anna Smith, said she had heard rumours that Downton’s creator had already penned the script. 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

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Carl Beechs compensation payout criticised by mother who was refused money after

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. CICA is seeking to recover the £22,000 paid to Mr Beech, which he used for a down payment on a £34,000 Ford Mustang.Beech was jailed last month for for 18 years after being found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, relating to his claims that he was raped and tortured by a murderous VIP paedophile group. He was also convicted of one count of fraud in relation to the £22,000 he had received from the CICA for the abuse that had never taken place.He was awarded the money on the strength of Wiltshire Police’s support for his claims.The day his compensation payment was confirmed, Beech put down a £10,000 deposit on a Ford Mustang.In order to qualify for compensation, Beech only needed to have reported the alleged abuse to the police and have a crime reference number.He was also supposed to submit the date and location of the alleged crime and the name of his GP, but failed to do so.CICA rules and eligibility criteria, which entitle “blameless victims of violent crime” and “qualifying relatives” to compensation, have been criticised for being bureaucratic and complicated. Previous controversies include child abuse victims being denied compensation because they were viewed as having consented to the crime and payment being refused to the family of a man stabbed to death outside his home because he had confronted his attackers over the noise they were making. Ms McPhillips’ claim was initially rejected, but she won the right to appeal after her solicitors Fieldfisher obtained CCTV footage showing her running to the murder scene within minutes.Jennifer Buchanan, a personal injury lawyer at Fieldfisher called for the “outdated” £500,000 cap on payouts to be reviewed, along with the requirement for claimants to pay for their own appeals.“We deal with catastrophically injured claimants and they reach the cap very quickly. It’s great we have the scheme but there are huge delays and sometimes there is a failure to investigate properly.”It feels as if the system is not as generous as it was. Claimants who appeal are seeing their damages wiped out. It should be like common law that if you win your case on appeal, you get your costs back. ”Although CICA works to a tariff schedule, which allows £33,000 for the loss of a leg below the knee, and £44,000 above, other clients also claim to have been ‘short-changed’.  A mother who cradled her dying son in her arms after he was fatally stabbed has criticised the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for denying her a payout while giving £22,000 to convicted paedophile Carl Beech, aka the fantasist Nick.Karen McPhillips has had to spend her own money appealing against the decision not to give her a payout on the grounds she was not sufficiently “emotionally involved” in her son Jonathon’s death – despite accompanying him in the ambulance and switching off his life support machine.The 28-year-old father of two, nicknamed JJ, was stabbed through the chest outside Islington Town Hall in north London in February 2017. “Once I heard he had been stabbed, I ran 270 steps up the street to get to him,” said hotelier Ms McPhillips, 55.“I was with him in the street saying: ‘Keep breathing, keep breathing’. I was with him in the back of the ambulance. I saw the air ambulance guy massaging my son’s heart with his bare hands. Now wheelchair-bound and facing a dire financial situation having lost his livelihood, he said: “I’m at the point of giving up. I was hoping that CICA would help me to recover.The stress of what should be a straightforward claim has left me depressed and without hope. I don’t know how I will manage my life going forward.” Another man, who nearly died after being shot in the neck with an air pistol by a gang, received just £15,000. The Sunday Telegraph has also learned that an appeal by Mike Briggs, whose wife Kim was killed by courier Charlie Alliston riding a ‘fixie’ bike in February 2016, was rejected by CICA on the grounds that a bike is a vehicle and therefore doesn’t fall within the scheme. Six per cent of the total 33,000 decisions made by CICA were appealed last year and 82 per cent upheld the CICA decision. 81 percent of new applications were decided within 12 months.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme provided £130 million in taxpayer-funded awards last year as public acknowledgment of the suffering experienced by victims of violent crime.  “Decisions are based on information provided by applicants, the police, courts and medical professionals. CICA has a 95 per cent satisfaction rate and only a tiny fraction of its decisions are overturned at tribunal.” “I was in intensive care with him when I was told he was brain dead and to switch off the machine – so at which point was I not involved?“The CICA is not fit for purpose. It’s uncaring, it’s difficult to navigate, too many people have to fight to get money and there’s too much delay. It causes extra heartache for victims and their families.” Mohammed Banares lost both his legs in a completely unprovoked machete attack outside a Birmingham gym in May 2015 but was offered just £32,000 compensation, a sum described by his solicitor Claire Glasgow as ‘appalling’. read more

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TAKRAF leading design and implementation of stacker replacement at Rio Tinto Paraburdoo

first_imgRio Tinto Iron Ore has commenced a major sustaining capital project, spending almost $39 million (A$50 million) to replace the original stackers at the Paraburdoo mine which will create almost 100 jobs. Global advanced technology provider Tenova TAKRAF is leading the design and implementation phases of the stacker replacement and has committed to sourcing all material and equipment from well known, reputable suppliers with a preference for local content.Tenova’s engineering technology centre in Perth will manage all the lead engineering work to replace the stackers, which are large pieces of machinery used to evenly distribute ore into stockpiles. West Australian Premier Mark McGowan visited Paraburdoo to mark the start of the project. The design of the new stackers is underway and fabrication is expected to begin later this year with installation and commissioning completed by 2020.The design phase will create approximately 10 to 15 Perth-based roles. So far, the project has awarded a multi-million dollar subcontract to Western Australian company Paradigm Engineers to provide electrical engineering design and control system programming services, as well as the supply of electrical equipment.Around 80 Western Australian based roles are likely to be required during implementation. Fabrication, including pre-assembly, will take place in a local Perth workshop. Up to 30 Pilbara-based roles will be required to prepare the site and install the plant. Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said: “This is great news not only for Paraburdoo, but also for jobs here in WA. This project is an important part of our sustaining capital programme for 2018 and we’re pleased to be supporting local businesses with this significant body of work. A further feature of our commitment to local jobs is our local procurement programme that we launched last year. The programme already has over 750 business registrations and more than 200 packages of work placed online.”The old stackers were part of the mine’s original infrastructure, stacking the very first load of iron ore from Paraburdoo in 1972. In 46 years of operation, they’ve stacked just over 800 Mt of iron ore, requiring only minimal structural changes throughout that time.The project forms part of Rio Tinto’s broader sustaining capital programme estimated at $1 billion a year over the next three years. The company is also investing in replacing depleting assets with an estimated $2.2 billion expected to be spent on replacement mines over the next three years.Features of the new stackers include:Modern advances in engineering design and mechanical technologyLatest generation variable-speed drive control and fibre optic network infrastructureAnti-collision system with GPS back upFully automated and monitored from the Operations Centre in Perthlast_img read more

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Changes to age pension payments outside of Australia

first_imgAge Pensioners of the Greek community have not been affected by the new six week rule which reduces payments to people overseas for longer than that time. This new rule only applies to people receiving payments who are of working age. This means you can go overseas indefinitely without having your Age Pension affected (subject to the Australian Life Working Residence Rules).However, if age pensioners go overseas for more than six weeks and get the Pension Supplement in Australia, after six weeks this is reduced to Pension Supplement Basic Amount, but is reinstated as soon as you get back to Australia. This is because the supplement is specifically designed to help with Australian living costs.Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, said that if you are an Age Pensioner you need to advise Centrelink of your travel dates to make sure you get the right amounts and so that you don’t get extra money that you would then need to pay back later on. She also said that every Age Pensioner got an increase on 20 March 2013. The most recent increase was $35.80 per fortnight for singles and $54 per fortnight for couples combined. “Under the increases, which have been brought in by Labor to help pensioners with the cost of living, single pensioners now get up to $5390 more per year ($207/week) and couples combined get up to $6129 more per year ($236/week) compared to when the Liberal party was in government. We think it is really important to help pensioners and that’s why we keep raising pensions. There will be another increase on 20 September 2013,” she said. There is also a permanent extra payment of $351 per year for singles or $530 per year for couples combined which is the Clean Energy Supplement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Premier spot TV en France pour Google

first_imgPremier spot TV en France pour GoogleHier soir, le moteur de recherches est apparu sur TF1 avant la diffusion de “Bienvenue chez les Ch’ti”, avec un spot TV créé pour l’occasion. La publicité faisait apparaître les recherches sur les différents services de Google, toujours en rapport avec le Nord et le film de Dany Boon. La popularité du film de Dany Boon a attiré Google. Le moteur de recherches plaçait ainsi hier son premier spot télé en France, en prime time. Bergues, son beffroi, la région… En rapport direct avec “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”, la publicité d’une minute illustrait des recherches sur le moteur du géant américain en rapport avec le Nord et le film. Le spot TV a permis d’avoir un aperçu des services proposés par Google (Gtalk, recherche sur mobile, Maps…). Il lui aurait coûté 300.000 euros en achat d’espace, selon l’Expansion.Médiamétrie indique que le film a succès a réuni 14 millions de téléspectateurs, hier soir.Voir le spot Google adapté à “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” ici : https://www.maxisciences.com/publicit%e9/google-son-premier-spot-tv-en-france-diffuse-hier-soir_art10733.htmlLe 29 novembre 2010 à 14:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Devil May Cry 5 Is Devilishly Delightful

first_img Titles like Resident Evil 7 and Mega Man 11 prove Capcom knows how to successfully resurrect its beloved franchises. The famed Japanese publisher/developer is restoring another classic with Devil May Cry 5. Like those aforementioned titles, Devil May Cry 5 has everything that made the series great while introducing fresh gameplay elements. The end result is one of the best games in the Hack-n-Slash franchise.Devil May Cry 5 takes place several years after the events of Devil May Cry 4. A new demonic threat emerges and it is up to devil hunters Dante and Nero to stop it. I won’t go into story specifics, but Devil May Cry 5 tells an entertaining tale that’s relatively easy to follow. Though it is the fifth installment, you don’t need to have played any of the previous games. Even if you don’t watch the DMC story recap video, you’ll understand the narrative just fine.The big draw of Devil May Cry 5 is being able to play as three distinct characters. Nero, Dante, and newcomer, V, each have unique gameplay styles. Most of the time, you’re locked into playing as a specific character. Other times, you’re free to choose who to play as. Going with three playable characters was a smart decision since it prevents the game from becoming overly repetitive.Nero seems like the “vanilla” character since he only carries two weapons (a sword and gun). However, the character uses disposable robotic arms that lends him a wide array of attacks. Devil Breakers let Nero do things like stun, electrify, or blast foes. One arm has the ability to slow down time while another can remotely attack enemies from a distance. Devil Breakers eventually run out, but there are plenty scattered throughout levels or available from the item shop. Also, Nero can use his arm to pull enemies closer to him, which is always useful.Dante is what I call the swiss army knife character. The infamous devil hunter has four different styles: Swordmaster, Trickster, Royal Guard, and Gunsmith. On top of that, he has a wide range of different melee weapons, long-range weapons, and different Devil Triggers. Since one can mix and match all of Dante’s different attacks, he is a complex character to use. However, he is also the most rewarding to master. Dante is the legendary devil hunter through and through.Then there’s V. Unlike Dante and Nero, V is not a close-range fighter. Instead, the character uses a demonic bird, panther, and golem to attack. This forces players to employ a completely different playstyle since they have to attack from afar. I honestly wasn’t a fan of V at first, but his quirky gameplay style eventually won me over. I still prefer the two white-haired heroes, but playing as V is more enjoyable than it is frustrating.As you explore levels and kill demons, you’ll gather red orbs. This is your main currency for unlocking new skills, buying items, and upgrading weapons. Given their abundance, you’ll have more than enough orbs to constantly upgrade each of the characters. In addition to red orbs, you can find blue shards to increase your health, white shards to increase the devil trigger, and yellow stars that resurrect you upon death. Searching the world for these objects is half the fun of playing DMC5 since some items are in hard-to-reach areas.Though a single player game, Devil May Cry 5 has a form of multiplayer. During certain levels, you’ll actually see a player-controlled character in the background. They may even join you directly in battles. You can rate these players after completing a level. While this is an interesting feature, it doesn’t add much to the actual game. During my time, the other player was usually somewhere beyond reach. In all honesty, it would have been better to have full-blown co-op instead of this. But since it doesn’t impact the overall game, I can’t complain too much.This is the smoothest-playing Devil May Cry title ever released. Though combat is challenging, transitioning between different attacks is easy and seamless. This allows users to create their own unique combos. This is great considering how the game rewards players for being stylish. Though some platforming segments feel awkward, combat never fails to deliver. DMC5 sets a new standard for Hack-n-Slash controls.The Devil May Cry games have always had impressive graphics but Devil May Cry 5 takes the visuals to another level. This is due to the game running on Capcom’s RE Engine, which also powers Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2. All of the environments: from devastated city streets to hellish underworlds, come to life in stunning detail. More often than not, Devil May Cry 5 looks like a special effects-driven Hollywood blockbuster. Everything, no matter how (literally) out-of-this-world, looks absolutely realistic.Visually, I liked the various environments in Devil May Cry 5. Unfortunately, they aren’t as imaginative as those of previous installments. While there are some truly creative levels, most are rather mundane. This is especially true of the latter half where levels not only look the same, but are fairly straightforward. I’m obviously trying to be as vague as possible here, but I felt disappointed by the level designs in the last half of the game.Devil May Cry games are notorious for their high difficulty. In fact, it is one of the reasons the franchise has such a rabid fanbase. However, the high difficulty has always been a barrier for more casual users. Thankfully, Devil May Cry 5 caters to players of different skill sets. ‘Human’ difficulty is for folks who just want to enjoy the story, while the default ‘Devil’ difficulty provides a more traditional DMC experience. Those who want the greatest challenges available can unlock higher difficulties such as ‘Dante Must Die’ and ‘Heaven or Hell.’ Even if you’re a scrub like me, I encourage you to try out all of the game’s difficulty settings to see just how challenging things can get.Devil May Cry 5 is a near-perfect Hack-n-Slasher that delivers on almost every front. Those disappointed by DmC: Devil May Cry will find little to complain about. The game has everything fans expect: cool characters, demonic landscapes, terrifying monsters, and over-the-top combos. Both longtime fans and newcomers will find a lot to enjoy with this title. Devil May Cry 5 is definitely another home run from Capcom.Buy Devil May Cry 5 on AmazonMore on Geek.com:These Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019Final ‘Devil May Cry 5’ Trailer Spoils the Whole GamePlay These Nintendo Switch Games in 2019 Stay on target ‘Devil May Cry 5’s’ Kylo Ren Mod Is Angst OverloadFinal ‘Devil May Cry 5’ Trailer Spoils the Whole Game last_img read more

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Fashion Faux Pas Us Weekly Readers Charge Anna Wintour with Life Sentence

first_imgUs Weekly editors have reached across the fashion/celebrity magazine divide to report Vogue’s high pharaoh of fashion, Anna Wintour, in to—wait, yes—the Fashion Police.Fashion Police, one of Us Weekly’s departments where comedians and fashion experts weigh in on celebrity outfits with witty and usually scathing commentary, has also made its mark on UsMagazine.com as an interactive slideshow that allows its readers to be the judges. This time, readers’ crosshairs were targeted at Wintour, blasting the orange dress that the devilish editrix wore to the premiere of The September Issue, A&E’s new documentary film on Wintour and the making of the magazine’s big fall fashion issue.Online voting was divided into appropriate categories: Warning, Misdemeanor, Felony and Life Sentence. The overwhelming majority (56 percent, or more than 1,000 votes and counting) charged Wintour with a Life Sentence. One of the magazine’s “Top Cops,” comedian Jeffrey Giordano, wrote, “Is she going to Sunday night bingo?” Another, AOL News senior producer Buck Wolf, wrote, “The only thing busier than she is? This outfit.”While Wintour isn’t a stranger to being called out on her fashion choices (namely, her signature pair of sunglasses), UsMagazine.com’s reader feedback makes it personal. But hey, it’s probably karma for an editor known for her perpetually harsh style commentary.last_img read more

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Nearly One in Four Magazine Subs Sold Online

first_imgThe Internet is proving to still be a significant source of subscription revenue and audience growth for magazine publishers. According to the results of a new survey conducted by the Magazine Publishers of America, 24 percent of the subscriptions sold by publishers will be generated from the Web.“Internet sub sales have almost doubled in the last three years,” says MPA president and CEO Nina Link. “The Web is now the largest subscription source for one in five magazines.”In 2006, the Web generated only 13 percent of magazine subscription sales, the MPA says. On the rise each year since then, online subscriptions accounted for 22 percent of overall sub sales last year. Other survey results indicate that 93 percent of Internet subscriptions are sold directly to publishers and that publishers forecast that the Web will represent 13 percent of all subscription sales (new and renewal) this year. Besides magazine-branded Web sites, e-mail, cross selling and third-party partnerships account for other leading Internet-based sub drivers.The MPA conducted the survey in April among member magazines (and received responses from 14 companies, reflecting the experiences of 62 titles) regarding actual 2009 sales and forecasted 2010 sales. Trending analysis combined the results of that survey with previous surveys going back to 2006—utilizing statistics from respondents that participated in all of the surveys.last_img read more

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Primary Election Republican US Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan

first_imgIt will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which Republican should face incumbent U-S Senator Mark Begich in November. Each candidate has an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell has done it. And now it’s Dan Sullivan’s turn.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senate candidateCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

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Educators Work to Recruit Retain Black Teachers

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO“We need to know that our students have somebody that they can identify with and that automatically relates to some of the things that they are experiencing,” Principal Misha Scott told teachers, professors and paraeducators gathered at Booker T. Washington MIddle School, May 21. “90 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged, the majority of our students are African-American.”Booker T is what Scott calls a “legit middle school,” meaning it is solely comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It’s one of five such schools in the district, Scott says.The overwhelmingly student-facing gathering took place in Bookers T’s library, it included representatives of Teach for America, Teachers’ Democracy Project and Baltimore City Teaching Residency. Jeremy Grant-Skinner, Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City’s Human Capital, was also in attendance.Public School No._25 , S. Bond St., Baltimore City,, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)While operating under the auspices of Baltimore City Public Schools leadership, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Cheryl A. Casciani, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners Chair, and Dr. Sonja Santelises, educators had the run of last week’s update.The focus was Black teacher recruitment and retention.Schools throughout Baltimore City, including Booker T, struggle to recruit Black teachers, and particularly, Black men.“Pipeline,” usually a four-letter-word in Black education, was the talk of the evening, creating a structure, a “pipeline,” that moves Black students at middle school, high school and college level into Baltimore’s schools, early, easily and keeping them there.Joshua Sewell, currently a paraeducator, spoke of what could be a broader experience for Black students, Black teachers, and what could be a model for the task force’s ultimate objective.Mr. Sewell is a graduate from Morgan State University with a degree in political science, his mother and father are both paraeducators that finally prevailed up their son after three years.“Think about your favorite teachers,” they said.“Both of them are Black male teachers,” Sewell recalled. “Fourth grade, sixth and seventh grade, they’re the only two Black male teachers that I had. And when [Sewell’s parents] said, ‘Hey, you can be that difference in somebody’s life.”’And so, Sewell might be a part of the same positive feedback loop that got him started.“I’m not going to be a teacher forever, but I do need to make a difference in the community,” Sewell said. “And I have to be the difference that I want to see, so why not step up?”While prospects like Sewell, and the prospects of other students like Sewell improve, the pipeline face increased challenges that Human Capital, the office that “leads City Schools in … support of improved student outcomes,” per their website, may not be prepared for.“Put yourself in their spot: you’re a student teacher in Baltimore City,” Dr. Gary Thrift, Dean of Notre Dame of Maryland University’s School of Education, said. “You want to make a difference, you have a passion, you’re there, you see how it can work. It’s an oasis in this otherwise maybe bleak neighborhood, but you’re teaching, making a difference, you want to do it. And Howard County approaches you with an early contract, or Baltimore County.”70 percent of Baltimore’s teachers are hired from out of state, in part because quality local candidates have early guaranteed job security in another county or another state. Baltimore City is being beat to the punch when it comes to proposing contracts to educators. Thrift called the practice “poaching.”“[Student teachers] come to us, and they don’t know what to do,” Thrift said.“When is Baltimore City going to offer a contract, and they don’t let [Grant-Skinner] do it?” Thrift asked. “Because they’re so afraid of overspending, the budget. They don’t give him what he needs to be able to do his job. He needs to be able to go out on a limb, to offer those contracts to those people early in the Fall and early in the Spring semester to ones who are student-teaching then.”last_img read more

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Explore your inner self

first_imgThe show will be inaugurated by Dr. Karan Singh and Naresh Kapuria. The participants of the exhibition are MS Rawat F Tarannum, Sangeeta Murthy, Poonam Chandrika Tyagi, Gaurav Chawla, Kamlesk Kumar Gandhi, Rohit Verma, Sudha R, Sama, Tara S., Manju Narain, Mannju Karmaker, Nira Davar, Padmini Mehta, Mrinmoy Rohatgi, Harminder Singh, Kapil Kapoor, Adittee Garg, Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal and Neeru Suri.These artists will showcase their artwork in different style and medium like oil, acrylic, charcoal, etc. Each artwork will depict the inner sight of artists and their moods like colorful, vibrant, and happy.The idea of the show is that it believes that life is a festival and this is best platform to celebrate this festival.When: 5-7 April; Timing: 11am – 7pmWhere: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centerlast_img read more

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An egg a day can reduce risk of stroke

first_imgConsuming an egg – nutrient-rich source of high quality protein – per day may lead to a 12 per cent reduction in risk of stroke, a new research shows. One large egg boasts six grams of high-quality protein and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found within the egg yolk, as well as vitamins E, D, and A, the study said.“Eggs do have many positive nutritional attributes, including antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. They are also an excellent source of protein, which has been related to lower blood pressure,” said lead researcher Dominik Alexander of the EpidStat Institute, Michigan, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies dating back between 1982 and 2015. They evaluated relationships between egg intake and coronary heart disease in 2,76,000 participants and stroke in 3,08,000 participants.“The study underscores prior research, showing the lack of a relationship between eggs and heart disease and now suggests a possible beneficial effect of eating eggs on risk of stroke,” added Tia M Rains, Interim Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center – the scientific research arm of the American Egg Board. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.last_img read more

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The White Houses social media bias survey has a terrible privacy

first_imgA good and thoughtful use of your time.Image: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / getty By Jack Morse2019-05-16 00:56:59 UTC Donald Trump wants you to know that he totally understands your online struggle. The 45th President of the United States is famous for complaining about the perceived censoring of conservatives on social media, and, in an effort to ride that wave of self-victimization toward a larger database of potential Trump voters, has launched a survey giving people to chance to gripe to their hearts’ content about losing Twitter followers or whatever. Oh, also, the site also just so happens to have an absolutely bonkers privacy policy. In addition to asking for respondents’ names, emails, phone numbers, zip codes, social media usernames, citizenship status, and whether or not they are over 18, the online form asks said respondents to submit screenshots of any enforcement action a company like Facebook may have taken against them. You’d be wise to make your way over to the linked user agreement before hitting “submit.”fReEdOoM oF sPeEcHImage: screenshot / white house“You grant the U.S. Government (including, but not limited to the Executive Office of the President) a license to any ‘Content’ (including but not limited to the photographs, information, text, or otherwise) you post or submit on this site,” reads the agreement. “This permission grants the U.S. Government a license to use, edit, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, post, or otherwise distribute all or part of the Content (including edited, composite, or derivative works made therefrom).”In other words, Trump can use anything you submit to the site in pretty much any capacity. And he can edit it any way he sees fit. That your submission are in no way private is made even more explicit later on. “You should not post any information that you do not wish to become public,” the agreement warns, “or any information regarding minor children.”fAcEbOoK hAtEs CoNsErVaTivEsImage: screenshot / whitehouseBut wait, there’s more! Because this is the White House gathering this data, your responses will almost certainly become a matter of public record. “You further understand that your submission may be subject to the Federal Records Act and/or the Presidential Records Act and may be subject to public release according to those statutes,” adds the user agreement.In other words, it’s possible that it won’t just be Trump’s interns combing through your delusional online complaints. Your friends and neighbors might see them as well. So go ahead and yell into the void that is this survey. Just be prepared for it to echo back into the real world.last_img read more

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Goway collateral now available through ENVOY

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Thursday, February 15, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Goway collateral now available through ENVOYcenter_img Tags: Envoy, Goway Travel TORONTO — Glen Harwood, President of ENVOY, is pleased to announce that Goway Travel has chosen ENVOY Network to be its warehouse, fulfillment and distribution centre in Canada.All Goway Travel brochures and collateral are available for travel agents to order through ENVOY effective immediately.ENVOY has been servicing he travel industry for over 19 years. Questions about ENVOY can be directed to Toni DeFino, ENVOY’s VP Marketing & Product Development, at tdefino@envoynetworks.ca.To order your Goway Travel brochures see envoynetworks.ca. Sharelast_img read more

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