After months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will take their war of words into the ring on Sunday (August 27) for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history. Promoters have sold the bout as “historical,” a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype surrounding undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor.The winner will also be getting the ‘Money Belt’ created by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown. The Money Belt is made of 1.5 kilograms of 24 carat gold; 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and crocodile leather.(VEQTA Photo)A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view.LIVE STREAMING IN INDIAVEQTA, India’s only dedicated sports OTT service, has bagged the broadcasting rights for the much awaited event and will live stream the fight only on its digital platforms VEQTA.in.When and where to watch The Money Fight?Fans in the India will be able to watch the historic fight of the millennium live on VEQTA.in on Sunday August 27, 2017 at 9:00am (IST).The under-card fights will be broadcast Live on the platform from 6:30 am (IST) onwards. The fights will also be available on the platform for sports fans to view on a video on demand basis after the event.advertisementVEQTA in an official statement said, “We are thrilled to be the official broadcaster in India for what will be one of biggest and most anticipated sporting events in recent history.”This will be the first time that such a global mega sporting event will NOT be telecasted on any television channel in India but only on a digital platform.(With Reuters inputs)
World Cup Brazil and Neymar can’t find the spark to down England Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:26 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar England v Brazil England Friendlies Opinion PSG’s superstar flickered in spells at Wembley and the five-time World Cup winners are not going to find the going easy at the tournament next summer Much has been written about Brazil’s return to form, the resurgence of Jogo Bonito and the possibility of Tite leading the national team back to World Cup glory.This was a chance then to demonstrate for the first time in front of a European audience that Brazil were worth considering as a threat in Russia 2018 following their 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals on home soil three years ago.Brazil 5/1 to win the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There was no doubt that they dominated the game against England at Wembley but they still remain short of a crucial spark – Neymar apart – to consistently unlock teams at the top level.He had a couple of sensational passes and one barely-legal nutmeg on Jake Livermore but his shooting was mostly of the skyward variety.Brazil – and Neymar – will be stepping up several levels come the World Cup and any issues in breaking down doughty defences better be sorted out now. England have discovered a nascent confidence in these last two friendly encounters against Germany and the Brazilians here and gave Brazil a good sparring test as they tune up for next summer.Even without such talents as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, Gareth Southgate’s side were resolute and hard to break down.Man-of-the-match Joe Gomez did well alongside John Stones in the heart of defence while Joe Hart was ready when called upon.However if Brazil have serious designs about reclaiming the trophy next summer they need to be able to solve puzzles like this.The issues would appear to stem from the midfield sector where a capable – but all too workmanlike – trio of Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Casemiro operate. What Tite gains in solidity and protection against penetrating counter-attacks he lacks in a playmaker.That may sound greedy for a team containing both Neymar and Philippe Coutinho but Brazil could perhaps do with a central rover – either the Paris Saint-Germain man starting centrally or else for Coutinho to be deployed there with Roberto Firmino coming into the attack.As things stand the team could be split in two between the three players tasked with scoring goals and the rest of the side keeping them out.While support is offered by Marcelo and Dani Alves on the flanks, Brazil still find it difficult to get behind and create clear-cut chances for Gabriel Jesus – the kind he has become used to at Manchester City.Brazil’s qualification campaign was nearly flawless with only one defeat in 18 matches but maybe they are suffering the effects of playing the same kinds of teams over and over.Their friendlies under Tite have come against Argentina and Colombia – CONMEBOL neighbours – and Australia and Japan who – with all due respect – any aspiring World Cup contenders should be looking to beat.More will be learned in games like this where Tite has got to find a better balance. The Mineirazo against Germany will be revisited in March for the next friendly and by then we should have a better idea of Brazil’s standing.Right now they look reliant on magic from Neymar and that is a lot to ask game by game for even the very best.
All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Editors’ Recommendations Dockers makes a mean pair of khakis. Like any man who occasionally dons business casualwear, you likely have at least one pair of Dockers in your closet. If you happen to be a San Francisco Giants fan, prepare to increase your khaki collection by one pair.“Orange Is the New Black” is not just the facetious title of a hit Netflix series — it might just be apt fashion advice. Dockers and the SF Giants have joined forces to create slick, orange pants that they’re calling “Dugout Pants.” If orange isn’t the new black, it’s at least the new khaki.Related: A New Day for DockersThe Dugout Pants are an offshoot of Dockers’ Original Alpha Khaki line. From the outside, these pants appear to be normal pants (or as normal as orange pants can be). On the inside, you’ll find a funky baseball-inspired design and the Original Alpha Khaki logo.Dockers has released a series of videos featuring Giant’s own Hunter Pants — er, sorry, Hunter Pence. These videos ask the pressing question, “What’s in Hunter’s Pence (er, pants, sorry again)?” What, indeed.Giants fans will find that these pants make it easy to observe casual Friday and #OrangeFriday simultaneously. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to be a Giants fan to rock a pair of Dugout Pants — you could just be a gentleman who enjoys taking fashion risks.Unfortunately for our non-Bay-area readers, the Dugout Pants are only for sale at Dugout Stores, which are peppered throughout the Bay Area (with an odd one in Scottsdale, AZ). However, you can quench your thirst for khakis (weird metaphor) with other prime choices from Dockers’ Original Alpha Khaki line.Dockers Dugout Pants — $69 at Dugout Stores William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie
Nova Scotia secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton. The province is providing funding to Skills Canada-Nova Scotia to cover transportation and substitute costs for teachers to accompany them so students are able to attend the competition. The deadline to apply for funding is May 13. “Students will be able to observe the skills competition, participate in hands-on activities and explore careers through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics),” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “These are key priorities of the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education.” Katie Lemoine, a Grade 10 student at Cole Harbour District High School, competed in the provincial electrical installations competition this year. Although she did not qualify as a member of Team Nova Scotia, she will now be able to attend the national competition and take part in the many activities open to visiting students. “Becoming an electrician is a profession I want to pursue,” said Ms. Demoine. “This opportunity will help me prepare for next year while learning more about career options. I am determined to work hard, come back again, and win.” Courtney Gouthro, executive director, Skills Canada–Nova Scotia, said the funding means that more Nova Scotia youth will have the opportunity to gain exposure to skilled trades and technologies. “This will be an educational, fun-filled, and interactive event that will inspire visiting students to consider career options and help them make informed career decisions,” said Ms. Gouthro. Ms. Casey extended best wishes to the members of Team Nova Scotia and participating students as they head to the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. More than 550 youth from across Canada will participate in the competition, June 6-7, in over 40 skilled trade and technology contest areas. For more information about the competition, visit www.skillscanada.com . Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education can be found at http://www.ednet.ns.ca/ .
Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were on target as Uruguay thumped 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their opening Group C match at the Copa America on Sunday. Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes before Ecuador full-back Jose Quintero was dismissed for a flailing arm. With a numerical advantage, Uruguay ran riot at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte as Cavani and Suarez netted before the break. The rout was completed 12 minutes from time with an Arturo Mina own goal. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”We had chances in the first half, we managed to take them and that gave us the tranquility to manage the game,” said Cavani, who finally scored his first Copa America goal in his fourth participation. “It was an important step.” It was the ideal beginning for Uruguay in a tough Group C alongside champions Chile and guests Japan, who meet on Monday in Sao Paulo. “We’re not as bad as that,” lamented Ecuador’s Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”It was a match that got away from us, especially in the first half when it got away from us in every aspect.” Uruguay were off to a dream start. Suarez crossed from the right and Lodeiro proved the coolest customer in the Mineirao stadium as he beat one defender with his chest control, flicked the ball over another and then hit a crisp, low volley into the bottom far corner. “We knew they would be very tough opponents. The important thing was start the game with maximum concentration and we managed that,” said Cavani. Uruguay were rampant and had the ball in the net soon afterwards only for Cavani to be given offside in the build-up. Ecuador brought a physicality to the contest that upset the Uruguayan players and Quintero was perhaps lucky to escape punishment when catching Diego Laxalt with an elbow in an aerial challenge. But moments later, his arm made contact with Lodeiro’s face when challenging for another header, this time drawing blood. Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco — whose bulging arm muscles put even Ecuador’s strapping players to shame — initially showed the full-back a yellow card but after consulting VAR he changed that to red. That left Ecuador with a mountain to climb. On 27 minutes, Alexander Dominguez made a brilliant low save to turn behind Cavani’s half-volley from 15 yards. Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani was denied again when Dominguez stunningly tipped his clever back-flick onto the post one-handed. But it was third time lucky on 33 minutes as Diego Godin headed the ball into the danger area and Cavani acrobatically rasped a bicycle kick from seven yards past a helpless Dominguez, his 47th international goal. Nahitan Nandez wasted a good chance, shooting straight at Dominguez but Suarez put the game to bed a minute before the break, stealing in at the back post to poke home a flick-on from Martin Caceres. With the game all but over as a contest, the second half was a damp squib of an affair. Uruguay had the ball in the net soon after the restart but Cavani was offside again. Ecuador showed plenty of commitment, continuing to rough up Uruguay’s more technical players, but never looked like they believed they would get anything out of the game. Uruguay looked content to play a patient possession game without pushing for more goals. Cavani did send Suarez scampering in on goal after a defensive mistake but Dominguez was quickly off his line to snatch the ball off the Barcelona forward’s toes. The fourth came in calamitous fashion as Gaston Pereiro tried to pick out Suarez from Cavani’s cross even though he was only six yards from goal. His header dropped to Ecuador center-half Mina, who inadvertently volleyed into his own goal. “The important thing was that the team won and now we’ll prepare for the next match,” against Japan on Thursday, said Suarez, who notched his 57th goal for Uruguay.
HALIFAX – The Dalhousie Student Union is offering emergency hijab kits after Muslim women on campus reportedly had their head coverings pulled off and spat on, but the university says it doesn’t expect the kits will be used.Dalhousie Student Union president Amina Abawajy said the emergency hijab kits come in response to mounting harassment and violence against Muslim women on campus.“We were hearing about safety concerns from Muslim students across campus,” she said Tuesday, noting that the hijab campaign is an attempt to make students feel safer while raising awareness about hate crimes against Muslims.The hijab kits, created in partnership with the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG), includes a piece of fabric, pins, tips for bystanders, a guide for wrapping the hijab and phone numbers for reporting crimes.A Dalhousie University spokeswoman said the school has agreed to have the hijab kits on hand with campus security should they be needed.But Janet Bryson says the university doesn’t expect the kits will be used.“The university has not had a case where someone has had their headdress targeted,” she said in an email. “Our expectation is that they won’t have to be used.”A Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman said she wasn’t aware of any incidents related to head coverings being pulled off in the city.Clark MacIntosh with NSPIRG said as with other cases of gender-based violence, women might not feel comfortable reporting such incidents for a number of reasons.“There is a level of identity and safety that comes with a head covering so when that is taken away, it puts someone in a vulnerable position,” MacIntosh said. “To then have to speak with security or police could be re-traumatizing.”MacIntosh said the emergency hijab kits will hopefully help people feel more comfortable reporting hate crimes.About 20 kits have been dispersed throughout the university’s Halifax and Truro campuses, while another dozen or so are expected to be made available this week.MacIntosh said none of the kits have been used yet but the program — just over a week old — is still being rolled out.Despite the lack of reported incidents, Dalhousie student executive Masuma Khan said Islamophobia is on the rise at the Halifax university.“I’ve heard many Muslim women talking about their hijab being yanked, spat on, or even pulled right off,” she said. “Sometimes you don’t even notice it, like you’re in class and someone will spit on you from behind and you don’t realize it until you’re fixing your hijab. It’s the most demeaning behaviour.”Khan, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab, said she was called a terrorist by another student on campus in September.She was embroiled in controversy this fall for comments she made on social media related to Canada 150 celebrations. The university dropped disciplinary proceedings against her last month, in part because of the threats against Khan and her identity.Khan said fears of Islamophobic attacks have been growing since a shooting at a Quebec City mosque last January that left six worshippers dead and scores injured.The number of victims of police-reported hate crimes in Canada targeting Muslims grew by 30 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.Dalhousie has about 18,900 students, but could not provide a breakdown on the number of students that identify as Muslim.
A public inquiry examining the case of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a serial-killer nurse who preyed on elderly patients in her care, has issued a report aimed at preventing such crimes in the future. Here are some key recommendations from the 91 listed in the report:— The government of Ontario should ensure that a strategic plan is in place to build awareness of the health-care serial killer phenomenon.— The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care should create new, permanent funding for long-term care homes for training, education, and professional development for those caring for residents.— The ministry should expand the parameters of the funding it gives homes for nursing and personal care to allow them to spend it on a broader spectrum of staff, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.— It should create a three-year program under which homes can apply for grants of $50,000 to $200,000, based on their size, to improve visibility and tracking of medication.— The ministry should refine its performance assessment program for long-term care facilities to better identify those struggling to provide a safe and secure environment.— It should conduct a study to determine adequate levels of registered nursing staff in long-term care facilities and table the findings by July 31, 2020. If the study shows a need for additional staffing to ensure residents’ safety, homes should receive more government funding.— Long-term care homes should analyze medication-related incidents and adverse drug events through a framework that includes screening for possible intentional harm.— Homes should document and track the use of glucagon, a hormone that raises a person’s blood sugar, to identify patterns and trends.— Facilities should require that directors of nursing conduct unannounced spot checks on evening and night shifts, including weekends.— Homes must maintain a complete discipline history for each employee so management can easily review it while making discipline decisions.— The Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service should replace the current form submitted when a long-term care patient dies with a redesigned, evidence-based death record that includes whether aspects of the resident’s decline or death were inconsistent with the expected medical trajectory.— They should also develop protocols on the involvement of forensic pathologists in death investigations of long-term care residents, as well as a standardized protocol for autopsies performed on the elderly.— The College of Nurses of Ontario should revise its policies and procedures to reflect the possibility that a health-care provider might intentionally harm those in their care.The Canadian Press
Related Story: Top think tank VP facing probe over ‘racially prejudiced’ remarks about Indigenous peoples, Asians Bloom is currently under an internal investigation by an external ethics officer after he was secretly recorded by a former employee, who is an Algonquin man, making racialized generalizations about Indigenous peoples, Asians and people from the Caribbean community.He is currently on a leave of absence.Dalton, who moved to Ottawa from Toronto with her ailing mother, worked for the think tank from April 11 to Aug. 29 when she was suddenly fired over the use of a corporate credit card.Dalton, who is of Mohawk, Innu and Metis heritage, reported directly to Doug Watt, a director in the think tank, who works essentially as the deputy to Bloom, who is vice-president for industry and business strategy.Watt faced a human resources investigation over the summer triggered by multiple complaints alleging abusive behaviour toward employees, APTN National News has learned. Watt received a warning as a result of the investigation.According to Dalton’s court filing with the Ontario Superior Court, she faced a chaotic and disorganized workplace when she entered the Conference Board.“(Dalton) discovered there was a very high turnover of employees with the Board as a result of the negative, toxic work environment,” according to the statement of claim. “(Dalton) was directed to take over two projects from an employee who had recently announced his departure. The projects were in disarray.”Dalton alleges she was assigned tasks that had nothing to do with her areas of expertise, which focused on Indigenous peoples and the justice system.Jennifer Dalton is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian and Aboriginal studies.The statement of claim states that Watt gave her an interim performance review in June that concluded she had a “bright future with the Board.”She was fired on Aug. 29 after a series of meetings on the use of her American Express corporate credit with had run up a $6,700 bill.The statement of claim states Dalton had agreed to pay the balance with payroll deductions and vacation pay. Dalton was told she was facing a possible suspension before being dismissed, according to the statement of claim. Three days before she was fired, Dalton suffered a migraine headache which forced her to stay home.The statement of claim alleges that Dalton faced “harassment and bullying” from Barb Hogberg, the vice-president of human resources, during the process.Dalton alleges she raised this issue with Bloom and Watt. After this complaint, Hogberg immediately suspended Dalton without pay and revoked her access to the building and computer network, according to the statement of claim.The Conference Board of Canada’s statement of defence in the case denies Dalton’s allegations about the workplace environment in the think tank. The statement of defence also alleges Dalton was initially informed by American Express that the corporate credit card was only for business expenses.The document alleges Dalton used the corporate credit card for expenses at Aldo, Nordstrom, Chateau Laurier and a dinner in Chelsea, Que. The Conference Board of Canada states in the document it proposed paying off the credit card debt and allow Dalton to repay the sum with payroll deductions.“Dalton flatly refused this offer, claiming she could not afford such a deduction from her pay,” said the statement of defence.The statement of defence said the Conference Board refused Dalton’s proposal to pay off the credit card through her vacation pay.“The Board declined the arrangement, as it believes vacation time is vital to employee health and did not want Dalton working many months without time off,” said the statement of defence.None of the allegations contained in any of the documents filed as part of this lawsuit have been proven by a court of law.Dalton declined comment because she is involved in ongoing legal action.The Conference Board of Canada said in a statement the investigation of Bloom is “underway and proceeding as expeditiously as possible.”The statement said the Conference Board would not comment on any circumstances “regarding individual employees” or active lawsuits.“Your questions involve personal and confidential matters which can’t be discussed in the media,” said the statement.Dalton—whose research has delved into the high rates of Indigenous inmates in prison, the impact of the Supreme Court’s Gladue decision and applying Indigenous knowledge to the justice system—worked in the same department as Veldon Coburn, an Algonquin academic tasked with working on a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) contract to update a training program with exercises aimed at Indigenous inmates.Veldon Coburn secretly recorded his boss at the Conference Board of Canada because he was tired of hearing his racist comments.Coburn, who also left the Conference Board, secretly recorded Bloom during a Sept. 13 meeting discussing concerns over the objectives of CSC with the program update. Coburn told Bloom he was uncomfortable with CSC’s approach which he viewed amounted to “tokenism” because officials wanted beads and moccasins used in the examples.CSC wanted to update its training exercises based on a workshop run by its corporate arm, CORCAN, which produces moccasins, drums and key chains made by inmates and marketed as hand-made Indigenous items to stores in Ontario for resale.Bloom disagreed with Coburn, according to the recording, and told him people wanted to “see themselves” in the program exercises.“I think the case for Indigenous people, you see more often, at least from what I read, people who will be silent, you know. Yes, you the person who punched somebody, but the silence thing is an issue,” Bloom told Coburn, according to the recording.Bloom also told Coburn, Asians don’t know how to say “no” and that most of the people in Toronto jails are from the Caribbean community.Coburn said he recorded the conversation because of Bloom’s statements in a previous meeting where the vice-president questioned Indigenous peoples’ work ethic.During the recording, Coburn attempted to bring up Bloom’s past statement on work ethic by referring to labour force research data that contradicted the assertion. Coburn faced a dismissive retort from the vice-president.“We don’t have time to look at the data, so if there is something that is not clear, don’t do it, we don’t have any time. This thing has blown its budget beyond belief,” said Bloom, in the recording. “I don’t know anything about that one. I have no idea. It sounds to me it’s nothing where there is good evidence on it, just use real things.”Coburn sent his concerns to Hogberg in emails, but he said the human resources head did little to deal with his concerns about Bloom’s “racially prejudiced” remarks.“I am without words to describe how it feels when a non-Indigenous person lectures me on how I should feel and I must accept their denigrating view of Indigenous peoples, that I should not be offended by racist views of Indigenous peoples,” wrote Coburn, to Hogberg on Sept. 30, while he was off work on vacation. “My ancestry and heritage notwithstanding, the views expressed by Michael (Bloom) should not be held by anyone. They are the same, tired, stereotypical perspective of Indigenous peoples as inferior, the same ones used for decades to depict Indigenous peoples in a negative light, and they have no basis in fact.”Hogberg did not address any of Coburn’s points in her response, which came a little over an hour later.“Thanks for your note,” wrote Hogberg, adding that he could extend his vacation. “Veldon, I was pleased to read that you are getting some rest on this vacation.”Prominent professor Hayden King, with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, said Coburn faced a “classic” case of the type of willful ignorance on Indigenous issues and the racist and stereotypical views perpetuated by officials at the highest levels of corporate and political Canada.“The head of a research think tank, supposedly privileging data and evidence, who relies on anecdotes and assumptions about the nature or culture of Indigenous peoples as passive or incompetent or whatever to shape his organization’s orientation,” said King. “All the data in the world wouldn’t matter. And I think this helps confirm that when industry and government speak of inclusion, they often do mean tokenism. They mean: ‘We seek to validate our status quo, thinly veiled assimilative agenda.’ And when Indigenous—or racialized people—refuse to acquiesce to this role or perspective, they are marginalized, excused, and belittled.”Correctional Service of Canada refused to comment on whether the views of Indigenous peoples held by Bloom would taint the product delivered by the Conference Board of Canada to the federal prison agency.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office also would not comment on the possible impact the views of the top think tank official handling the CSC contract at the think tank could have on the final product delivered to Ottawa.Goodale’s office oversees CSC.Federal Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers has repeatedly raised concerns about the “disturbing reality of Aboriginal overrepresentation in Canadian correctional populations.” Indigenous inmates account for 23 per cent of the total inmate population, yet Indigenous people comprise 3.8 per cent of the total population of Canada.On any given day, there are about 3,500 Indigenous people in federal prisons, according to data released by Sapers’ firstname.lastname@example.org Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Indigenous scholar alleges the Conference Board of Canada operates under a “toxic work environment” which created a high “turnover” of employees at the think tank, according to a document filed as part of a lawsuit in Ontario.The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 15 by Jennifer Dalton, currently a visiting researcher at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian and Aboriginal studies. The lawsuit alleges Dalton was wrongfully fired from the think tank, which is one of the most prominent organizations of its kind in Canada.Dalton, who is seeking at least $175,000 in damages, worked in a department headed by a Conference Board of Canada vice-president named Michael Bloom.Michael Bloom, VP, Conference Board of Canada
Rabat – Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Maroc, is expected to leave his post at the head of the Moroccan airlines carrier, according to Moroccan news website Alyoaoum24.According to the same source, the announcement will be made on Saturday during the Council of Ministers that will be chaired by King Mohammed VI in Laayoune, Morocco.Benhima, who was appointed RAM CEO in 2006, will be replaced by Hmido Adou, who served as president of the Moroccan National Office of Tourism until 2013. During his tenure, Royal Air Maroc was at the center of several controversies, including its lack of punctuality as well as its poor customer service.A few weeks ago, Royal Air Maroc made headlines after an amateur video posted on social media showed live cockroaches inside a Royal Air Maroc (RAM) flight.The footage was allegedly taken by a passenger onboard a RAM flight from Casablanca to Montréal in December 2015 and posted on Facebook on January 15.However, while the company was criticized by its Moroccan customers, it received several international distinctions. Last June, Morocco’s flag carrier, was awarded the 4-star Skytrax label in Paris, which places it among the best international companies on the African continent.In addition, las November, Liberian authorities honored RAM for its continuing service to Liberia during the Ebola outbreak.
27 July 2010The United Nations today underscored the need for all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to ensure the protection of civilians, following reports of a large number of civilian deaths and injuries during a recent incident in the southern province of Helmand. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Afghan Government are investigating the incident in Rege on 23 July during which more than 50 civilians, including women and children, were reportedly killed.“While the Government and ISAF determine the facts of what occurred in Rege, where reports detail a large number of civilian deaths and injuries, I once again highlight the need for all sides to meet their obligations to protect civilians,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which is headed by Mr. de Mistura, added in a statement that it is essential that the investigation is completed in a “thorough, transparent and timely” manner, and that the findings are made public as soon as possible. UNAMA’s human rights office, which is focused on mitigating the effects of the conflict on civilians, is also gathering information on the matter.The mission emphasized that all parties to an armed conflict have responsibilities under international law to protect civilians and minimize the impact of their actions on the civilian population and civilian objects – such as schools and hospitals. A UN report released in January showed that 2009 was the deadliest year yet for civilians in Afghanistan, with 2,412 casualties recorded – an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year. It also pointed to anti-Government elements as being responsible for the largest proportion of civilian deaths, killing three times as many civilians as pro-Government forces.
Former army commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was today appointed Regional Development Minister.Fonseka took oaths as the Cabinet Minister for Regional Development before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon and family members of Fonseka participated at the event. (Colombo Gazette)
“Muslim civilians lost lives; their homes, businesses and mosques were ransacked and burnt; and tens of thousands were displaced. Many of these attacks were carried out under the patronage of Buddhist monks and in the presence of security forces. The hatred against Muslims was systematically ramped up over recent years and the community has been harassed and intimidated in a multitude of ways – deceit and false propaganda, calls to boycott Muslim professionals and their businesses, and imposing dress codes in violation of basic human rights. Actions of the extremist Sinhala Buddhist elements thus resulted in the creation of a fertile ground for extremist Islamic elements to exploit. This is undoubtedly one factor that contributed to the Easter Sunday violence,” GTF said in a statement. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has express its strong condemnation of the anti-Muslim hatred and hysteria being whipped up by sections of Sinhala Buddhist community, and called on the Sri Lankan authorities to take immediate steps to arrest this dangerous development.Following the end of the decades-long civil war in 2009, the Muslim community became the prime target of the extremist elements among the Sinhala Buddhist community, and this was aided and abetted by powerful forces within the majority community. The emerging trend was unmissable – well-planned violence in the Kalutara district in June 2014, highly-coordinated riots in the Ampara and Kandy districts during February-March 2018, and the death and destruction in several towns across the North-West region in May 2019, GTF said. “Sri Lankan law enforcement officials and politicians have failed to show leadership in arresting this dangerous trend. Hundreds of Muslims continue to be detained in suspicion of involvement in the Easter Sunday violence, whereas key persons behind the recent anti-Muslim violence were released without regards for due process. Galagoda Gnanasara, an extremist monk known for inciting violence against Muslims, was pardoned within a year of serving his six-year jail sentence by President Sirisena, who did not have the moral fortitude to express public sympathy or support for the beleaguered Muslim community and its leaders,” GTF added.Amidst these tense inter-communal relations, a stand-out is the collective decision made by all nine Muslim Ministers and two Muslim Provincial Governors to resign from their positions. As articulated by Minister Rauff Hakeem, their actions were aimed at easing the fear of the Muslim population that was ‘terrified’ and ‘feared bloodbath’; he also called on the government to expedite investigations into all accusations related to the recent violent incidents. For the Tamil people it is a sense of déjà vu from the fifties to the eighties – when discrimination and high-handed actions against Tamil civilians; mob violence with collusion of security forces and elements of the government; total impunity for perpetrators; and harassment and intimidation of their Parliamentarians, all the while Sinhala national leaders appeased Sinhala extremism. Such appalling failure alienated the Tamil community, which ultimately led to civil war, the impact of which will take many more years to overcome. It will be tragic if the Muslim community is subjected to the same fate and made to feel as second-class citizens in their own country, GTF said.The hard-line Buddhist forces have historically played an abominable role in preventing ethnic harmony, equality, and political power sharing among various communities. The latest events took this a step further which resulted in the resignation of Ministers and gave the agitators a pseudo-veto in deciding who could be in the government. This set a dangerous new precedent.“Our strong conviction is that the numerically minority communities and their political leaders need to work together and in partnership with progressive forces from the majority community to regain their safety, rights and pride of place in the country. The political and religious leaders representing the majority community need to act beyond pandering to extremist elements, with a vision to create equality among all communities. The international community too should play its part in ensuring that Sri Lanka does not slide into another dark age of ethnic and religious intolerance and violence. This is essential for peace in Sri Lanka,” GTF said in the statement. GTF said that a notable crescendo was the recent hunger strike by the Monk-Parliamentarian, Athuraliye Rathana, calling for the resignation of Muslim Ministers and Governors by implicating them to Easter Sunday violence. GTF supports a thorough investigation into Easter Sunday attacks to identify all those directly or indirectly contributed to that carnage and bring them to face the full force of the law. Unfortunately, pre-empting such a process with vague allegations and a hunger strike helped build mass momentum around these demands and created a tinderbox with potential for serious violence against the Muslim community.
Saputo poised to gain full control of Australia’s Warrnambool dairy by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 12:17 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canadian dairy giant Saputo Inc. is poised to gain full ownership of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co. after Lion Dairy and Drinks accepted a sweetened offer to sell its minority stake in the Australian cheese and dairy producer.Lion, a subsidiary of Japanese beverage firm Kirin, said Wednesday it formally accepted Saputo’s improved offer of A$9.05 per share cash (C$9.17 at current exchange rates) for each of the remaining shares. Saputo took control of the company in 2014 after a hard-fought takeover battle.Lion said it will make a small profit on the sale of its 10.2 per cent stake acquired in 2013. The company sold its cheese assets to Warrnambool in 2015 as part of its focus on core dairy and juice categories.“Today’s sale to Saputo is therefore a logical step and a positive outcome for Lion,” it said in a news release.Lion said the sale of shares won’t affect contracts with Warrnambool, including its supply of parmesan cheese.Saputo (TSX:SAP) said the acquisition of Lion’s stake raises its ownership in Warrnambool to more than 98 per cent.Exceeding the 90 per cent threshold allows the company to purchase any outstanding shares.“We are very pleased with the successful outcome,” the company wrote in an email.Saputo said its new offer, described as final, is available until March 6 to all shareholders regardless if they already accepted the A$8.85 per share cash bid from Jan. 30.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court. Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two starts for Ohio State.The redshirt sophomore quarterback combined for 546 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception while completing 79.2 percent of his throws.These eye-raising statistics came against Oregon State and Rutgers, who held the third- and 55th-worst scoring defenses in the NCAA last season, respectively.Now, with TCU, the 16th-best scoring defense in 2017, on the horizon, Haskins and the Ohio State offense will be getting their first real test of the season. For Haskins, his first real test as a starter.Besides the final 20 minutes of the Michigan game last season, Haskins’ experience came at the end of games that were decided well before he ever touched the field.Haskins will be making his first collegiate start against a ranked opponent at a neutral site 18 miles from TCU’s campus. In doing so, he has an opportunity to build on his already impressive stats.In the press conference on Monday, acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he has seen promising decision-making in Haskins’ first two starts under center. “Whether it’s before or after the snap, he has to make decisions,” Day said. “He has the ability to make a check or in the pass game, he can change the protection and slide it one way or the other. He has a good handle on that.”Day said that despite the early season success Haskins has found, there are still plenty of mistakes to be corrected, especially with TCU coming up on the schedule.“I think that, you know, when the games get tighter, every play matters even more. And so the mistakes are still there,” Day said. “The interception in the red zone two games ago, or, you know, a play with false starting or sack on third down; those plays in a big game are going to show up even more.”To avoid these mistakes, Haskins will have to rely more on the rest of his offense than he has thus far, with sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having the big-game experience to help relieve some of the pressure.“I think the combination of a great offensive line and J.K. and Mike, you have to account for them,” Day said. “You saw Johnnie [Dixon], you see Terry [McLaurin] down the field, one-on-one situations with cornerbacks and then it’s just a matter of making the throw and catch. So it all starts with running the football, and if we can force that seventh guy in the box, that opens up stuff in the pass game.”With Haskins working almost strictly through the air, Day said big games from Dobbins and Weber allow for more chances to beat safeties on deep throws “whether it’s with [a run-pass option] or play-action pass,” something made more important in a matchup that’s expected to be closer than the previous two.It might have been Oregon State. It might have been Rutgers. But Haskins has lived up to the high expectations left behind by former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.Breaking the Ohio State record for passing yards and touchdowns in a first start, then completing 87 percent of passes for four touchdowns in his second, Haskins has looked the part of a worthy successor to one of the Buckeyes’ most decorated quarterbacks.Now, coming into TCU, Haskins has an opportunity to prove his worth against an opponent that seems more fit for the challenge than any he has ever faced.
I GREW UP on sci-fi. Star Wars, ET, Superman… these were the movies that made me want to make movies. As a boy I always wondered why these stories never happened in Ireland. Why did Superman have to crash land in Kansas? Why did ET get stranded in California? Sure, Luke Skywalker lived in a galaxy far, far away but he, Han Solo and Princess Leia were definitely from planet America. Why couldn’t movies like these be made here, I wondered? Naïve is not the word.I think the first explanation I got was that Hollywood made trash, frankly, and with our tradition of world-class literature and tragic history, the stories most socially relevant and artistically-worthy rarely featured aliens or ray-guns or kick-ass spaceships that could do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. We were serious storytellers. They were peddling cheap popcorn and sticky candyfloss, tasty while on your tongue but devoid of any real merit.Sci-fi isn’t trash – many are classic stories, artfully toldI didn’t buy it. Hollywood did make trash, it’s fair to say, but it also made Star Wars – my favourite film (still!). Jaws wasn’t trash either, I was sure. And Close Encounters, Raiders, Empire and Jedi? Classic stories beautifully, artfully told. Right? “But they’re not reality” I was assured. This was a bad thing. We do reality, they do make-believe, and make-believe is inherently inferior. I didn’t buy that either.So if it’s not because Irish films are simply more worthy, and are obliged to reflect our historical tragedies or economic miseries (admittedly to occasionally brilliant effect), then what is it? Why don’t we make these kinds of movies? Well, money doesn’t just make the world go round, it builds sets, sews costumes and gives serious CG polish to the sight of New York (not Dublin!) swallowed by earthquakes and tidal waves. We don’t have the cash, so we can’t create the spectacle. We can’t compete, so why try? And wouldn’t it be better to play down the whole liquidity problem and instead suggest that we are somehow better off being unable to render anything vaguely fantastical? Sure sci-fi and fantasy are just silly nonsense anyway. Films are supposed to be about reality. Yep. Reality. Got it.Now, I wouldn’t be fool enough to say that things have completely changed since the ’80s, that computer-generated images of cinematic quality can be created in someone’s bedroom (although they can), or that advances in digital technology have levelled the playing field with Hollywood (they haven’t). But we can do a lot more now. We can record film-quality images on memory cards at a fraction of the cost of celluloid. We can edit feature films on laptops. And if I want to depict a scene in which a national monument turns into a projectile, I can (so long as I promise not to do it too often). It’s hardly cheap, but it’s far more affordable than it used to be.These kinds of movies don’t get made in Ireland… or do they?So, the time was right, it seemed, for me to pitch my idea for a story about a young man living a lonely, mundane life in Dublin who may in fact be an alien hiding on earth from intergalactic bounty hunters… or who may be deluded (“tune in next week to find out!” as the cheesy old sci-fi serials used to say). My hopes were low. These kinds of movies didn’t get made in Ireland after all.I hoped I’d been clever – the story wasn’t dependent on expensive visual effects (they would be sparingly used for, hopefully, maximum impact), wasn’t riddled with sci-fi gobbledygook, had more than a few scenes I was confident were laugh-out-loud funny, and presented at its core a sweet and accessible love-story about two out-of-place people finding each other and carving out a relationship in difficult circumstances. But it definitely wasn’t reality. Sure, it had a message, if you were looking for one, and theme and subtext and character-arcs and all that stuff high-brow connoisseurs look for, but it was essentially a fun romp designed to put big smiles on people’s faces. They were never going to go for that, I assured myself.But they did. Nobody seemed deterred by the imagery I intended to depict, or the weird devices I described, or the lashings of geeky sci-fi reference I couldn’t help but throw in. It turned out that they just really liked the characters and the story. It put big smiles on their faces. Shows what I know.And now today, 15 March, EARTHBOUND goes on national release. I know Irish films are a tough sell but I can’t help but get my hopes up. Audiences who’ve seen it so far have walked out grinning wide. I’d love to see the same look on more faces – but it won’t be easy. People are sceptical, and I don’t blame them. I mean, surely this Irish sci-fi rom-com (huh?) can’t be as much fun as the trashy Hollywood candy-floss flavoured popcorn playing next door, can it? After all, we don’t make films like that in this country. Or do we?Tune in next week to find out!Alan Brennan graduated from Dublin institute of Technology in 2000 with a BSc in Media Arts. Alan is lives in Dublin with his wife and son, and developing his next feature Before Midnight, a supernatural thriller, with support from the Irish Film Board.EARTHBOUND opens 15 March across Ireland. Dublin: Cineworld, IMC Dun Laoghaire, IMC Tallaght, Movies@Dundrum, Movies@Swords, ODEON Coolock, ODEON Point Village. Regional: Movies@Gorey, Mayo Movie World, SGC Dungarvan, ODEON Waterford , ODEON Limerick.
ioSafe, maker of tough storage products, wanted to show off their new Rugged Portable so they took it to a shooting range and pumped it full of lead. While the external hard drive is not specifically “shotgun-rated” the devices’s Full Metal Jacket can withstand multiple shotgun blasts, as well as a crushing force of over 2500lbs. The protection doesn’t end there either, you can immerse this puppy in diesel fuel, put it in 10 feet of water for up to 3 days, then put it in freezing cold salt fog and it will keep on serving up your data at USB 3.0 speeds.In the videos above the hard drive was shot four times with a 12-gauge shotgun and it survived. The pock-marked aluminum shell shows us just how tough the external is–not only can it take the forms of punishment previously mentioned, but it can withstand serious shocks as well. The “Full Suspension Drive” system inside the hard drive is what allows it to stand up to serious impacts (like a 10-foot drop onto concrete).AdChoices广告And if you do manage to break the drive inside, ioSafe has you covered. The Rugged Portable includes up to $5000 in data recovery services if you should need them.The Rugged Portable can use either an aluminum or titanium casing (the latter makes the drive a good deal tougher in almost all tests) and then either a normal disk or an SSD for storafge. The aluminum disk model starts at $149 (250GB) but no titanium version seems to be available yet. The SSD model starts at $1299 for the aluminum and $1999 for the titanium (both at 256GB).Read more at ioSafe.via WSJ.
We knew Microsoft was going to give away a tablet to Build attendees. When it was teased the week before the conference, folks thought maybe the mystery tablet was packing Nvidia’s quad-core Kal-El processor. Instead, it turned out to be the Samsung Series 7 tablet running an Intel Core i5 and the Windows 8 developer preview.But Nvidia’s tablet did eventually make an appearance at Build, and it was indeed running a Kal-El processor. Unfortunately, a look-but-don’t-touch policy was in effect.While that meant no juicy specifics about the Nvidia tablet were uncovered by those in attendance, a company rep did offer one very interesting tease. Nvidia claims that tablets running its chips will see a significant boost in battery performance over current-gen tablets — and he was talking days, not hours.Kal-El will offer quite the one-two punch in terms of performance and efficiency if that’s true. Nvidia’s already shown what the chip can do in terms of gaming, so now all we need are some concrete benchmarks that can attest to its endurance.There’s also been some speculation that Windows on ARM might be Metro-only — that the Windows 7 style desktop mode won’t be an option on systems built with chips like Kal-El. Microsoft has, however, already demoed exactly that. In very early public shows of Windows 8, the company fired up Office and printed a document from Word on an ARM-based system.The Windows 8 Metro interface is certainly better suited to touch interaction, but upcoming ARM-based tablets, notebooks, and desktops will still have a traditional desktop to fall back on when required.More at Engadget
Batman has been many things over the decades; a masked detective, a brutal vigilante, and a law-abiding role model for the good citizens of fair Gotham. Depending on the decade and the medium, Batman can be at home in Adam West’s satin tights, or Ben Affleck’s Robocop suit with a cape.Telltale Games allows players to explore the different interpretations of the character in their new episodic game BATMAN – The Telltale Series. Is he Paul Dini’s shrewd detective who uses theatricality to intimidate criminals when necessary, or is he Frank Miller’s “Surgeon” who gleefully cripples the lawless scum? Players can choose for themselves. Or, if they can’t make up their mind, Telltale’s new Crowdplay feature lets a mob of backseat drivers take control of the Batmobile.For Batfans who aren’t familiar with Telltale Games, this is a story-driven adventure game as opposed to the action-packed Arkham series. Batman occasionally punches bad guys in Telltale’s game, but players will spend most of Episode 1 as Bruce Wayne, brooding over his dead parents, talking to Alfred, and trying to use the his family name to influence politics.This is a young Bruce Wayne, in the early stages of his career as a crimefighter. He is building the foundation of trust with young Jim Gordon. Harvey Dent hasn’t become Two Face yet, the Penguin is still just Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, and Catwoman is the new girl in town. The first episode pits Batman against the relatively mundane forces of organized crime and political corruption, although the groundwork is laid for some supervillain fights in later episodes.The version of Batman depicted in this game is the modern one that Warner Bros has been pushing on fans for the last decade. Equal parts brute force and high tech. Armored batsuit, transforming Batmobile, X-ray “Detective Vision” goggles, hang glider cape, and a miraculous grappling hook gun that shoots through concrete and can lift a burly henchman as if he weighed a mere 108 pounds. It makes a batfan long for the simpler days when a man could swing from one end of Gotham to the other, with nothing more than a rope tied to a boomerang…Bruce and Batman are given multiple choices in how they want to deal with situations. Bruce’s scenes are primarily conversations where he has to navigate social minefields, like political fundraisers, press conferences, and nosy police officers sniffing around stately Wayne Manor. The Wayne family reputation hangs in the balance of these conversations, and Bruce can’t simply play the role of insipid “Billionaire Playboy” all the time. Gotham City depends on Bruce Wayne just as much as it does Batman.When players control Batman, they have to walk a metaphorical tightrope; Batman needs to terrify criminals to get information out of them, but he also has to prove to the Gotham Police Department that he’s more than a costumed lunatic. Or DOES he? Players can rough up henchmen if they like, and there’s even a sequence where they can actually click a “Brutalize” button when dealing with one criminal. The police and the press will take note of Batman’s bloody rampages, so there are consequences for using “enhanced interrogation techniques”.Batman doesn’t have to rely on the Bat Waterboard. His skills as a detective are an integral part of the character, and this episode has a sequence where he must analyze a crime scene, then connect the evidence to recreate the crime. Players will literally connect evidence by clicking on items around the area, then dragging them to other pieces of evidence. If they make a match, Batman’s crime computers will slowly build a holographic simulation of the crime.This is a modern take on the classic adventure game item puzzles, but it manages to keep everything confined to a single area, and the puzzle can be solved without too much difficulty. Of course, the Player has to hunt down every single clue in the area before Batman can solve the crime, even if the Player has already figured out what happened. “World’s Greatest Detective” indeed.For fans of Telltale’s previous games, this one picks up the pace when combat is involved. Players still hit buttons when prompted to execute QTE sequences, but the sequences are faster and more complex. It’s nowhere near the degree of action seen in the Arkham games, but it does an excellent job of representing the various skills, tactics, and gadgets that Batman uses in other games.One very entertaining scene has Batman stealthily reconnoiter an enemy stronghold, carefully marking the location of the guards. Players then determine what tactics Batman will use to take down each one. This is a lot like the stealth Predator parts of the Arkham games where players stalk a room full of goons, planning how to neutralize them despite their superior numbers. In keeping with the main theme of this game, players can choose whether Batman disables these henchmen with minimal violence, or if someone’s going to end up pulling bone fragments out of that marble table top.In his 2008 book, The Art of Game Design, Jesse Schell speculated that “The Single-player phenomenon appears to have been a temporary abnormality…” In 2008 it was absurdly prophetic to suggest that narrative games like the ones made by Telltale could end up with a crowdsourced story, but that’s exactly what’s happened in their latest game.In previous games by Telltale, players guided the narrative with their choices and had a unique path through the story. Some players even refused to play a game twice because they wanted to live with those decisions. The older games had a feature where players could compare the choices they made with other players online, after completing an episode.With Batman, the developer takes this one step further with a new Crowdplay feature. When a player is livestreaming the game through Twitch or other services, they can enable the Crowdplay, which allows people watching to send live feedback through Telltale’s website. People spectating can give a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down at any point and, when the person playing comes to a part where they make a dialog choice, everyone watching can vote. For some players this will be a fun way to spice up their livestreams. For other players it will come across as a cave full of sidekicks trying to boss them around.Batman has been reinvented multiple times in the last few years, including a reboot of the 2011 reboot of his comic books. Creatives are running out of new ways to interpret him, and Telltale takes a bit from the Arkham games, and the Nolan movies, as well as a liberal use of Frank Miller’s work. But Telltale manages to add something new to the Batman mythology by exploring the history of the Wayne family. In this episode, Bruce learns something about his beloved parents that neither he nor players are likely to see coming.The designers also establish a good mystery with several people who could plausibly be behind Gotham’s current troubles. There is a rather overt romantic subplot that will probably give players a Betty & Veronica choice between Selina Kyle and Vicki Vale, as well as bromances with Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent. But underneath all the other choices, the game is asking players if they believe the people of Gotham deserve a hero to inspire them, or if they need a merciless vigilante to terrorize them into obeying the law.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Remember how this season started off terrible? The first few episodes were a collection of half-gestures to well-known political phrases and images, interspersed with scenes of Sarah Paulson screaming at nothing. Then, miraculously, it managed to turn it all around. It took that mess and shaped it into something it could build off of. It produced some episodes that were incredibly scary, or at least interesting. Last night’s American Horror Story wasn’t one of those. It felt a lot closer to those first few.OK, that may be a little harsh. It wasn’t anywhere near the horrendous slog that was the first few weeks of this season. One scene elevated this episode above those. The show gave Kai a legitimately scary origin. As the women grow even more disgruntled with the way Kai’s cult is headed, what with them being in the kitchen serving his new army of white supremacist/misogynist bros, Winter tells them why she still trusts Kai. A few years ago, they were internet trolls on various forums. Their anti-abortion troll posts caught the attention of a man who invited them to his house. They decide to go because at this point, they’re stupid horror movie protagonists. Stretch this one sequence into 90 minutes, and it’d make for a pretty great horror movie.Rick Springfield (Photo via FX)Initially, Kai and Winter think it’s a haunted house. It soon becomes clear that the people inside are not actors. The religious nut who runs the house captured people from clinics that provide abortions, drug treatment, and AIDS treatment, torturing them for the sins of being gay, an addict or having an abortion. The scenes where Kai and Winter run through the house, trying to save people and escape are incredibly tense, and easily the scariest part of the entire episode. Kai eventually frees everyone and kills the man running the house. That experience changes him. He began abusing Adderall and going deeper into the dark web. That’s how we got to where we are today.Unfortunately, outside of that one sequence, the episode is a real mess. Winter promises to talk to Kai, and they do that Pinky Power thing again. As ridiculous as it looked before, it’s even worse when it causes Kai to break down in tears. He’s clearly going off the deep end, as he reveals to his sister his plan to create a Messiah. Instead of going full incest, he plans for Samuels to have sex with Winter while he has sex with Samuels at the same time. It’s like somebody watched The Handmaid’s Tale (which gets name-dropped earlier in the episode), thought of a way to make the ritual even creepier, but decided not to go through with it at the last minute. I’m happy the scene didn’t go all the way through with it, as it was gross and uncomfortable, and not in a good horror movie way. But then, what was the point of this? Nothing changes or really even happens in this scene, so why is it here? It’s also unclear if it’s supposed to be funny. Kai is deadly serious about everything, but then he turns on All-4-One’s “I Swear” for mood music. So we have an attempted rape, or at least coercion, played for laughs. This season’s real bad, folks.Alison Pill, Billie Lourd (Photo via FX)All it leads to is Samuels’s death, and not even in that scene. Seriously, how do you have that many candles lying around in a scene where no one gets burned? If you’re going to force us to sit through a near sexual assault, you could at least have Winter melt someone’s face off. That’d give us a Freddy Krueger looking monster to be scared of for the last few episodes. But no. For her insubordination, Winter is forced to pick up trash while wearing a dunce cap. She then has to re-litter because “global warming is a hoax.” Samuels tries to prove he can still get it up for a woman, leading to our second attempted rape of the episode. This one ends with Winter shooting him in the head. She’s turning against Kai, right? Well, no. She tells Kai that Beverly did it, and Kai exiles Beverly to an isolation chamber.Winter accuses Kai of not having an end goal in this episode. Of fully committing to ideas he only just made up. There’s an idea that Kai really doesn’t have a grand plan for his cult, that he’s just making it up as it goes along. That’s what it feels like the show is doing. Does it have any ideas for how the remaining three episodes will play out? It sure doesn’t seem like it. Ally is back, but she’s not obnoxiously scared of everything anymore. She’s come out the other side and fears nothing now. After her therapist confesses that he’s Kai’s brother, and that Kai must have broken into his office to read his files, she gets her revenge. She invites Kai over for Sloppy Joes and tells him that his brother is planning to have him committed. In exchange, she wants her kid back. Where Ozy has been all this time is never explained. Presumably, Ivy has found another babysitter now that she and Winter are both busy with cult stuff.Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson (Photo via FX)How will Kai get Ally her son back? Well, after he kills his brother (admittedly, slicing off his pinky during Pinky Power was a nice shocking moment), all the clowns take their masks off to reveal the newest member of the cult: Ally. Does it make sense? No, but nothing else does anymore. Increasingly, this season feels like it’s written itself into a corner. It’s hard to see where the story can possibly go from here. Whatever they have planned for the finale had better be something truly spectacular if it can redeem this pile.Also, goodbye Cheyenne Jackson. It was nice having you around this long. See you next season, I guess. Stay on target