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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Even for this show, we’re paying for it,” he said, since they’ve already used up all the grant money they’re eligible for and have received.Northern Canadian musicians are ballooning in popularity, thanks in large part to streaming, which has given these artists the ability to reach audiences as never before. But it’s also forcing them to rely more heavily on live shows and touring to generate an income. In the past, they would have benefited from album sales.Artists from Canada’s remote communities face a particularly difficult, expensive and emotionally draining reality of struggling to simply get to the same venues that musicians from the South can easily access, said Morrison and Jerry Cans bandmate Nancy Mike. Andrew Morrison of The Jerry Cans is setting up to play what would be — for most bands with their popularity — a standard-sized gig at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. Instead, the concert has become something much bigger: a showcase of northern Canadian musicians that he and his bandmates hope makes the money they spent on the trip worthwhile by maximizing the participating bands’ exposure.It took more than $10,000 to get the five-piece band from Iqaluit, where they’re based, to Toronto — and that’s only counting the plane tickets. It’s a significant amount of money for the band, which performs largely in the Inuktitut language.“Touring is super-challenging,” Morrison said a few hours before the group’s show, part of the Curator Series during Toronto’s North by Northeast (NXNE) music and arts festival. The Jerry Cans’ Andrew Morrison, left, performs at the 2018 Juno Awards. Despite their success, Morrison says the resources northern musicians need to succeed are often lacking. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Morrison says it cost more than $10,000 to get his band to Ottawa for a single tour. ‘We’ve struggled a lot to get out of Nunavut sometimes to play music.’ (Jackson Weaver/CBC).“[Flying] from Iqaluit to Ottawa is, like, $2,200 return for one person,” said Mike.And because they took every opportunity to play as many dates as possible while touring in the south, “we’d be exhausted by the end of it,” she said. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Trump signs 867B farm bill without food stamp program cuts

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a massive $867 billion farm bill that reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs without any cuts to the food stamp program.Trump signed the bill Thursday after the Agriculture Department announced plans to tighten work requirements for recipients of food aid. Negotiations over the farm bill had stalled for months in Congress over a provision by the House to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and over the Senate’s unwillingness to go along.Trump had voiced strong support for stricter work requirements.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the regulation to tighten work requirements was a tradeoff for Trump’s support for the bill.The farm bill will cost roughly $400 billion over five years or $867 billion over 10 years.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Imperial to host an exotic French affair

first_imgThe great global event, ‘Goût de France / Good France’ will be celebrating its 5th annual edition on March 21, 2019, and ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ – a proud purveyor of classic western cuisine in the capital since 2011 – is chosen to be a part of the largest dinner in the world featuring 5000 restaurants across 5 continents. The Good France menu at Nostalgia, The Imperial will pay a tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and will showcase a menu using fresh and seasonal regional produce. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA combination of old world charm coupled with an unparalleled French menu featuring authentic recipes across aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course and dessert promises a distinct dining experience. More than 70 restaurants have been selected across India by the committee of international chefs headed by Chef Alain Ducasse, placing India among the top participating countries. The traditional and rare European theme around which ‘Nostalgia’ at ‘1911 Brasserie’ makes it an ideal property to promote this glorious French dinner. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThis extraordinary evening will have a delectable array of signature French dishes, in the backdrop of a venue that makes you experience the old Hollywood glamour. Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial will be cooking up a French-style dinner, with a focus on more responsible cuisine. “French food is based on local sourcing of very simple ingredients paired with good-old wine and hand-picked variety of cheese. The cuisine has already been influenced in terms of standardising menus and presentation so the day is not far when Indians will be more familiar with French specialties and classic ingredients. The French culinary events like Good France is a great initiative to promote French gastronomy in India and it’s an honour for The Imperial to be part of an international gourmet at a global level. We at ‘Nostalgia’ use exclusive French cheese, cream, butter, and meats to keep the local flavors intact and these local ingredients only help in achieving a perfect dish which the French guests relish,” said Chef Prem.last_img read more

Former Rwandan mayor receives 11year jail term from UN tribunal

Juvénal Rugambarara, who was mayor of Bicumbi commune in Kigali-Rural Prefecture in Rwanda from September 1993 to late April 1994, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of extermination as a crime against humanity after prosecutors agreed to withdraw eight other charges.The amended indictment stated that he had failed as mayor to investigate the killings committed in Bicumbi commune during his term in office and had also failed to apprehend and punish the perpetrators of those crimes.Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete or club, across Rwanda in less than 100 days starting in early April 1994. Later that year the Security Council established the ICTR to deal with the worst cases.Announcing the sentencing today, a three-judge panel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said they had taken into account both aggravating and mitigating factors before reaching their decision.Judges Asoka da Silva (presiding), Taghrid Hikmet and Seon Ki noted the magnitude of the deaths of Tutsi civilians in Bicumbi, but they also took into account Mr. Rugambarara’s public expression of regret and testimony from five witnesses that he had also helped some Tutsi refugees. 16 November 2007The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up after the Rwandan genocide today sentenced a former mayor to 11 years in jail for his role in the mass killings that engulfed the small African nation in 1994. read more

UN launches first World Interfaith Harmony Week

1 February 2011The United Nations launched the first World Interfaith Harmony Week today with a broad range of activities around the world, including interfaith breakfasts, film screenings and talks featuring the active participation of civil society, UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations. The UN General Assembly in November resolved that the first week of February be devoted to spreading “the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship… based on love of God and love of one’s neighbour or on love of the good and love of one’s neighbour, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.”“The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around the world to promote mutual respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and beliefs,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message. “These partners play an indispensable role in supporting United Nations efforts for peace.“Respect for diversity and peaceful dialogue are essential if the human family is to cooperate globally to face shared threats and seize common opportunities,” said Mr. Ban. “That is why efforts by States, civil society and other actors to build trust among communities and individuals lie at the heart of so many United Nations initiatives, from the Alliance of Civilizations to our wide-ranging work to protect human rights, promote social cohesion and build a culture of peace.” The Alliance of Civilizations is an initiative launched in 2005 by Spain and Turkey under UN auspices to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide.From Jerusalem to Malappuram in India, from Amman in Jordan to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, from Sedona in the United States to Newcastle in Australia, and a myriad of other places special events are being held to shine the spotlight on the need for interfaith understanding. read more

Another UNAU peacekeeper slain after ambush in Sudans Darfur region

Unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying five UNAMID troops about 11:30 a.m. in the village of Duma, northeast of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping mission. One peacekeeper died at the scene and a second peacekeeper who was seriously wounded has been taken to hospital in Nyala for emergency surgery. The mission has dispatched staff to the scene of the ambush to investigate the attack, while the vehicle has been recovered. UNAMID reported that Government police are also combing the area. Today’s killing occurred little more than a month after a UNAMID peacekeeper was shot and killed in West Darfur. Thirty UNAMID personnel have now died as a result of hostile action since the mission took over from an earlier AU force in Darfur at the start of 2008. UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political), Aichatou Mindaoudou Souleymane, described the killing as deplorable and offered her condolences to the family and friends of the slain peacekeeper.“UNAMID is doing all it can to render treatment to the injured and, with the Sudanese police, to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” she said.Darfur has been wracked by fighting between Government forces, allied militiamen and rebel groups since 2003, and millions of civilians have been either internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. 5 August 2011A peacekeeper serving with the joint United Nations-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID) has been killed and another blue helmet is seriously wounded after an ambush today in the south of the beleaguered Sudanese region. read more

Lancaster coming home to Hamilton

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster bomber has left England to begin its three-day journey back to Hamilton.The World War II bomber just finished touring Britain with the only other airworthy Lancaster, owned by the Royal Air Force. After the last air show near Blackpool on sunday, the two Lancasters made a simulated low-level bombing run over the Derwent dam in Derbyshire.The 69-year old Lancaster will hopscotch across the Atlantic, landing in Iceland, Greenland, Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, and at CFB Trenton before reaching its home at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope; that’s expected on Thursday. read more

Mens Basketball Healthy Keita BatesDiop shines in Ohio State seasonopener

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) goes up for a contested layup in the second half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State fans collectively held their breath when redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop hit the floor fighting for a loose ball with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The 6-foot-7 wing got up and brushed himself off, allowing the home crowd to exhale as he walked off the floor uninjured.Just as he entered last season with lofty expectations, Bates-Diop is counted on to be a key cog in Ohio State’s team this season. The forward missed the majority of last season due to an injury, and a loss of the star forward could prove detrimental to the Buckeyes’ success.Bates-Diop excelled in his return to Ohio State’s starting lineup with 19 points and 11 rebounds — both team-highs — in the Buckeyes’ 95-64 season-opening victory against Robert Morris at the Schottenstein Center Friday night.Bates-Diop previewed his season in the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Wooster last Sunday, producing 17 points and nine rebounds. He completed his return with an impactful performance Friday, officially making his full return from the injury last season.“I’m healthy; I’m feeling great,” Bates-Diop said. “Obviously, it was a good game from everybody, but that type of energy and production is what we’re hoping for.”After playing only 9.9 minutes per game as a freshman, Bates-Diop emerged as a key contributor during the 2015-2016 season, leading the team in total rebounds (210) and finishing second in points per game (11.8). With all signs pointing to a breakout junior campaign, the stress fracture came at a bad time for the Buckeyes’ budding star.He returned to the team midseason, but the injury clearly limited his productivity. Bates-Diop played his final game of the season on Jan. 1, and took a medical redshirt for the season.In his return, Bates-Diop made his presence felt immediately, using an array of moves to get to the basket throughout the night. Just five minutes into the game, the Buckeye forward maneuvered past a Colonial defender with an impressive spin move, leading to a layup for his second basket of the night.Bates-Diop provided efficient scoring, activity on defense and relentless effort on the boards in the Buckeyes’ season opener. He converted 9-of-12 shot attempts and hit 1-of-2 attempts from 3-point range in his return.The versatile forward used his 7-foot-2 wingspan to block two Colonial shot attempts and grab a team-leading 11 rebounds, including a career-high seven offensive rebounds in only 23 minutes of play.“I was pleased with his activity tonight — his ability to kind of make the right play,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Overall, his ability to impact things on both ends and his ability to get to the glass tonight was really important for us.”Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole took notice of how Bates-Diop’s size and versatility presented a hard matchup for the Colonials.“He’s much bigger and longer than he looks on film for sure. He’s just so smooth and really effortless with a lot of his decisions,” Toole said. “And obviously, a really talented and skilled player and someone that Ohio State’s going to be able to build around, and I think be able to have that kind of production night in and night out.”Bates-Diop aggressively attacked Robert Morris from the opening tip and tallied 13 points by halftime on 6-of-8 shooting while recording five rebounds. Halftime intermission did not slow down the forward. Bates-Diop added six points and brought down six more rebounds in the first seven minutes of the second half before checking out at 12:59 for the final time with Ohio State leading comfortably 66-41.Holtmann had continually emphasized the importance of consistent production from his veteran players, particularly Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. And now being fully healthy for the first time in two years, Bates-Diop might be the Buckeyes’ go-to guy this season.“I’ve said that Keita, as well as Jae’Sean, we’re gonna kind of go as they go. And I really believe that,” Holtmann said. “Our season in a lot of ways will be impacted by one or both of those guys. (They) are going to need to play well for us to play well — to have a chance, because they’re terrific kids and they’re really good players.” read more

Chairman of the Prasanthi Council for the Sai Organization visits Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: English Sathya Sai Blues bhajan singer finds Guyana connectionFebruary 26, 2017In “Featured”Persaud calls for reduction in cost of gold production at UN SeminarNovember 9, 2013In “Mining”Guyana attends ICAO 39th General Assembly in CanadaOctober 11, 2016In “latest news” Dr Narendranath ReddyDr Narendranath Reddy, Chairman of the Prasanthi Council of the Sri Sathya Sai International organization, headquartered in India, has for the first time visited Guyana.The Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO) is a free, non-denominational voluntary organisation based in 126 countries. Its members come from all faiths and share a common goal: “to reach the ultimate goal of realisation of their innate divinity by practising the teachings of love and service taught by their spiritual teacher, Sathya Sai Baba.”The Prasanthi Council handles implementation and oversight of day-to-day functioning of the Sathya Sai International Organization.Dr Philip GosselinDr Reddy along with Zone 1 Chairman, for English and Dutch speaking countries within the Western Hemisphere, Dr Philip Gosselin in an interview with this media group on Saturday, discussed the organization and its mission in Guyana.According to Dr Reddy, “I came here to see the good work that is being done by the members of the Sri Sathya Sai organization of Guyana…the main purpose is to meet with the devotees and officers of the organization and see the progress and enjoy being in their company.”Moreover, commenting on the trip Dr Gosselin, whose last visit to Guyana was over five years ago, said that they were pleased with how the organization is being run in Guyana and expounded that “what we would really like is if Sathy Sai Baba our teacher, if more people knew about him and the human values that he espouses, the idea being that, all people of goodwill they can agree that, there are certain characteristics, certain values that we all share such as love, peace, truth, non-violence and right conduct and if the world really became unified behind those values, this world could be quite a different place.”Sri Sathya Sai BabaTouching on Education, one of the pillars of the organization Dr Reedy explained that ” this is all started by our founder Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, he started providing education at the primary school level which has blossomed from primary school education to the doctoral education, PHD, the education is provided completely free and the emphasis is not only on academic excellence but the character development in the individual.“He wants a well rounded personality, not just having a degree to eking out a livelihood, but to be able to serve the society. His students and people who work with him are his exemplars…even though this was started in India, we now have educational institutes all over the world and we also have Sai schools all around the world which teach this value based education” said Dr Reddy.At the core of the organization is the individual who believes in the assumption of personal responsibility for ethical transformation through selfless love and service. The membership is free and open to all.It was outlined that individual seekers of love and peace, drawn by the experiences of friends and family members, come to their local or regional Sathya Sai centers for participation in weekly group spiritual singing together with other devotional and spiritual activities, and also to volunteer in regular service activities such as giving food to the needy, organizing medical camps and medical services, and other forms of civic volunteerism.The SSIO consists of about 2000 Sathya Sai Centres. Centre activities are coordinated by voluntary organizational leaders working at regional, national and international levels according to the broad guidelines and ideas envisioned by the governing bodies of the organization, the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and Prashanthi Council.Sathya Sai Baba left his physical body on 24 April 2011, but his legacy continues through his teachings and work of the SSIO.Concluding his interview with this media group Dr Reddy said remember always “God is love, love is God, live in love and the very best you can do is start the day with love, fill the day with love, end the day with love this is the way to God.” read more

WSUV commencement to feature 1,014 grads

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver will graduate 1,014 students at its 2018 commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 5 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside; Jose Scott, president of the student body, will deliver the commencement address.The graduates include 24 doctoral candidates, 125 master’s candidates and 865 bachelor’s candidates.Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets aren’t required.It will be live-streamed; go to to connect.last_img read more

OBITUARY James M Jimmy Bruce 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA –James M. Bruce, “Jimmy”, age 28 of Wilmington and Tewksbury, passed away on October 26, 2018.Jimmy came into this world on November 28, 1989, in Nashua, New Hampshire; he was the cherished son of Jim and Lori Bruce. Jimmy was raised and educated in Tewksbury, MA and was a graduate of Tewksbury High School with the Class of 2008.Jimmy was in his second year apprenticeship with the Electrician’s Union Local 103 and was very proud to be a part of this organization. Jimmy worked hard and was eager to learn; he often spoke about the new things he was learning at work and enjoyed talking about his accomplishments with his family and friends.Jimmy had a strong sense of commitment when it came to going to the gym and working out. He had a great physical strength and enjoyed participating in mixed martial arts.Jimmy was known to have an inner strength and determination; much like his grandmother Judy, when he made up his mind to do something he did it and did it well.Jimmy will be fondly remembered for his love of history, his great sense of humor and most of all his compassion towards others; he was never one to judge people and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Jimmy also had a soft side when it came to animals especially his dogs.Jimmy loved his family and friends unconditionally; especially his parents and grandparents who simply adored him. Jimmy was a “great kid” who brought a lot of light and laughter into the world and he will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.Jimmy was the cherished son of James and Lori (Duggan) Bruce of Holderness, NH, formerly of Tewksbury, MA, beloved Grandson of Joan and the late Chester “Chet” Bruce and the late Joseph and Judy Duggan. Dear nephew of April Bruce, Lori Hodgson, Chip Bruce, Scott and Brenda Bruce, Joey and Carla Duggan, Frank and Maria Mearls ,Marilyn Cunningham, David and Lauren Bruce and Roger Creamer. Jimmy is also survived by many great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, November 1st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.James M. Bruce(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Keith A.J. Sullivan, 38In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 5 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioCourt Says Alaska Must Translate Election Materials Into Alaska Native LanguagesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA federal judge says the constitutional right to vote requires the state of Alaska to translate all election materials into Native languages for voters lacking English proficiency.What Do The EPA’s New Carbon Rules Mean For Alaska?Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCAlaska utilities and policymakers are puzzling over President Obama’s proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants and what the rules would mean for Alaska. Around the country, the proposal is viewed as a push to get states to clean up their coal plants, but that may not be the easiest way for Alaska to meet its target.Company Operating Red Dog Mine Opts For Fine Over Wastewater PipelineMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeThe Canadian company that operates the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska says it won’t build a pipeline to carry wastewater away from the mine site to the Chukchi Sea—opting instead to absorb an $8 million fine laid out in a 2008 lawsuit settlement.NPFMC Meets in Nome; Bering Sea Pollock Remains Flat, Chinook Bycatch Is UpAnna MacArthur, KNOM – NomeAfter days of scientific subcommittees, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council had its first round of meetings Wednesday in Nome. The Council heard reports from fisheries across the North Pacific.NPFMC Looking to Reduce Salmon BycatchZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeThis morning an advisory panel of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council heard public testimony on proposed policy changes to salmon bycatch. The panel makes recommendations to the governing board of the council, which is meeting this week in Nome.Shipwrecks Take Long Path To CleanupLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaAn abandoned crab vessel will finally be pulled off the beach in Unalaska, more than seven months after it ran aground. But, the Arctic Hunter isn’t the only wreck that’s been waiting on a cleanup.Mat-Su School District Seeks Pre-K FundsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Matanuska-Susitna School District’s pre-school program is in jeopardy.  “Widening the Net” brings pre-kindergarten education into selected district schools, but school funding reductions may force the district to shut down the innovative program in the fall.Remembering The Internment Of 83 Alaska Natives During WWII Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauMore than seventy years have passed since the U.S. government forced the people of Atka from their homes to an internment camp on Killisnoo Island in Southeast Alaska.To protect them from Japanese invasion during World War II, they were moved 1,600 miles from the Aleutian Islands to an old whaling and herring village across the water from Angoon on Admiralty Island.They have not been forgotten. A group of Southeast Alaskans traveled to Killisnoo last weekend to memorialize the Aleut people of Atka.last_img read more

Eros Bajirao Mastani director Sanjay Leela Bhansali plan major tieup in 2016

first_imgThe stupendous success of “Bajirao Mastani” now and “Ram Leela” earlier has prompted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Eros International Media to think long-term in 2016, with both planning a slew of movies.Eros International Media is a listed company engaged in co-producing, acquiring and distributing Indian films, and is part of the Eros International Group.Its stock closed at Rs 240.45 on 31 December, 2015, on the BSE, far below its high of Rs 633.60 recorded on 20 July this year. With the worldwide box office collection of “Bajirao Mastani” crossing Rs 250 crore and poised to breach the Rs 300-crore mark, the Ranveer-Deepika movie’s global distributor Eros International Media and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali are planning to take their relationship to a different level.”So impressed is Bhansali with the production, marketing and release strategy of Eros that he is now going ahead with the company for his next five-six releases as well,” a source was quoted as saying in a report by”Against so many odds, it was the belief and conviction of Bhansali and Eros that resulted in the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra film being released on 18 December. There were challenges around clash with Dilwale…(but) the two mighty forces stood with each other and not just gave the film a major release but also won critical acclaim as well as audience perception,” the report added.Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol-Varun Dhawan-starrer “Dilwale”, which released on 18 December, the same day as “Bajirao Mastani”, has collected about Rs 250 crore worldwide in box office.Eros International earned a net profit of Rs 90.3 crore in the second quarter, ended 30 September, 2015, up 80% from Rs 50.1 crore in the year-ago period. Its revenues doubled to Rs 504.91 crore, up from Rs 239.90 crore in the second quarter ended 30 September, 2014. “Bajirao Mastani” is sure to lift Eros International’s revenues and reflect in the company’s third-quarter figures, with analysts expecting the movie to add about Rs 300 crore to its topline.last_img read more

11 JapanOnly RPGs We Wish Were Translated

first_imgHomelandDeveloped by roguelike masters Chunsoft, best known for their Shiren the Wanderer series, Homeland was one of the few GameCube games that let you use the Broadband Adapter for online play – very unusual for a role-playing game. That weirdness extends to the play mechanics, which see you befriending a variety of “mascots” with their own abilities to do the standard exploring, fighting and questing. Characters could also join hands to form linked human chains that combined their powers. Non-linear storylines and branching plots led players to one of 16 different endings, and the online component allowed players to serve as “game masters” and place monsters and traps for each other. Dark HalfThe Super Famicom was a potent platform for Japanese RPGs, many of which pushed the envelope in interesting ways. Dark Half, released in 1996 by developer Westone, let gamers play as both the lone paladin charged with defending the earth from a malevolent demon – and the demon himself! In alternating chapters, you control the forces of good and evil as they battle it out, exploring, recruiting allies and battling in 3/4 isometric perspective. Every action you take uses up “soul power,” and when it’s gone the game ends, making things a little more tense than your standard RPG of the time. Tengai Makyou: The Apocalypse IVThe Japan-only Tengai Makyou games are a curious lot, taking place in a fictional Asian country named “Jipang” that shares more than a few similarities with real-world Japan. For this Sega Saturn installment, they cross the ocean and take us to a bizarre alternate-universe United States in the 1890s, where your main character trains under an Indian shaman and has to at one point escape from Alcatraz and stop a villain from carving his face on Mount Rushmore. It’s a truly odd-sounding game that I’ve always wanted to play. Treasure of the RudrasSquaresoft is the name in the JRPG world, so it’s sort of surprising that some of the games they made during the peak of their SNES dominance were never translated. The last game they developed for the system, 1996’s Treasure of the Rudras, takes Hindu mythology as its starting point to weave a story of the last fifteen days of humanity’s existence. One of the most unique features is the game’s magic system, which lets you combine prefixes, suffixes and other parts of words to create “mantras” with varying effects. When an enemy uses a spell, you can write down the word they uses to cast it yourself later. That means the game was a nightmare for translators, so it’s unsurprising that Square didn’t make the effort so late in the console’s lifespan. London Seirei TanteidanWhen Japanese designers set games in non-Eastern locations the results can be a little mixed (look at Squaresoft’s legendarily racist Tom Sawyer game, for example), but everything we’ve read about London Seirei Tanteidan makes us want to give it a try. Set in Britain’s capital during the Victorian age, the PlayStation 1 game casts you as the orphan apprentice to a famous detective, tasked with discovering the cause of a plague of monsters that are swarming the city. It’s a bit cutesy – your hero fights with a slingshot against his foes – but reports from Japanese speakers tell of a remarkably rich and satisfying game. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan center_img Marvelous: Another Treasure IslandEiji Aonuma has been the man Nintendo picked to helm the Legend of Zelda franchise since 1998, but the game in which he showed his action-RPG bonafides has never been translated for the West. Marvelous: Another Treasure Island is a SNES RPG released in 1996 and developed by Nintendo R&D 2. In it, you control a trio of young lads who travel to a mysterious island where a pirate has stashed his treasure. It combines Zelda-esque combat and exploration with first-person puzzles and mini-games to create something very different than its inspiration. Marvelous was actually on track for an English release and even got a preview in Nintendo Power before being cancelled. Mother 3Probably the Holy Grail of Japanese RPGs, the sequel to SNES classic Earthbound took twelve years to develop, eventually being released on the Game Boy Advance. Producer Shigesato Itoi had already staked his claim as the master of using RPG systems to explore unique terrain, and the third game in the series carries on his themes of humanity’s tendency to work against their own better natures. The game also boasts a unique musical battle system, in which players can time their attacks to the beat of a foe’s heart to score extra hits. There’s an unofficial translation of this one floating around, but it’s insane that Nintendo hasn’t listened to demand and brought it here officially.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lunatic Dawn IIIArtdink is one of the more idiosyncratic developers in Japan, responsible for bizarre games about battling construction machinery and rampaging dominoes, so when they turned their attention to the role-playing genre things were pretty strange. The Lunatic Dawn games turn JRPG tradition on their heads – instead of sprawling narratives, they’re non-linear adventures where you wander a fantasy landscape taking quests from townspeople, battling monsters in vaguely Diablo-esque action and dodging traps. The visuals are pretty bland, but we’re just interested in seeing what such a non-traditional game would play like. The Black OnyxThis one is notable primarily for historical reasons – MSX game The Black Onyx was one of the first role-playing games produced for the Japanese market, developed by a transplanted team of developers led by Dutch designer Henk Rogers. In it, you assemble a five-person party to invade a tower to retrieve the titular gem. Some of the most notable tropes of the genre got their start here, including the use of color bars to display your party’s hit points instead of numbers. The game is presented in a sort of weird mix of English and Japanese so it’s semi-playable by monoglot audiences, but we’d be interested in delving into a full translation. If you’re a gaming geek, you know that there are two main schools of electronic role-playing games. The Western tradition emphasizes player choice and customizability, letting you choose the “role” you want to play as you move through the world. In Japan, though, RPGs stick to a more prescribed narrative, putting you in control of pre-determined characters with less agency in exchange for more in-depth emotional storytelling. Both approaches are great – and have made for great games – but the Japanese style is a little tougher to localize. For every RPG classic like the Final Fantasy series that makes it over here, there are tons that just never meet a translator.What follows is our wishlist of Japan-only role-playing games that we’d kill for somebody to officially translate to English and put out over here.Mark of the MermaidWhile I dig traditional sword & sorcery RPGs, some of my favorite games in the genre are the ones that blend it with other ideas. That’s why I’m so interested in Mark of the Mermaid, an untranslated PS1 game that incorporates survival horror into the mix. When a plane crashes on a deserted island, the survivors have to deal with a cult that engages in ritual sacrifice and corpse desecration. With a grid-based tactical battle system that has the unique twist of making it only possible for armed characters to kill foes and multiple endings, this one has been on my translation wishlist for quite some time.Lagrange PointKonami isn’t a publisher known for role-playing outside of the tremendous Suikoden series, but back in the 8-bit era, they released an entry into the genre that we’ve always wanted to try. Lagrange Point is a futuristic adventure in the Phantasy Star mode where you play a young soldier sent to investigate the disappearance of the staff of a trio of space stations at the Lagrange Point between Earth and the Sun where objects maintain their position between the two. It’s got a ton of unique mechanics – robot characters can rust, humans and cyborgs are affected by their emotional states in battle, and weapons can be fused and modified to create a sizable number of armaments. It’s primitive by today’s standards but still seems really cool.last_img read more

Mamata tells TMC MLAs to nurture their constituencies

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee instructed her MLAs to stay in their constituencies for all the seven days throughout the week and secure permission from the party before undertaking any foreign trip.She met the MLAs at Trinamool Bhavan to prepare a roadmap to be followed for 2021 Assembly elections on Thursday afternoon. “You will have to stay in your constituencies and work for all the seven days. In case any MLA wants to go on a foreign trip, he or she will have to take permission from the party,” she said to her colleagues. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe also spoke to political strategist Prashant Kishor and Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee separately. The team should comprise two booth-level workers, one social media activist and a district-level functionary. “The party would prepare a data-base of such team members with their photos and telephone numbers. The party higher-ups would directly get in touch with the team to know developments in the constituency, including grievances and misgivings of the voters,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe MLAs have been asked to give names of the workers who will be deputed for the purpose within July 18. Banerjee said the district leaders should not come to Kolkata all the time, but instead stay rooted in their districts in order to establish good mass contacts. “Spend more time in local tea stalls to understand the people’s pulse. Try to devise novel ways of mass contact,” she added. Banerjee further maintained that the MLAs should speak to the locals and seek apology for their mistakes. “Go to the people and talk to them. Tender apology for the mistakes. Don’t ignore the people,” she said, adding “Listen to what they have to say.” In her 25-minute address, Banerjee urged the MLAs not to run away from their constituencies if some untoward incident has taken place. “You will have to face trouble but try to avoid confrontation with the Opposition leaders,” she said. It may be mentioned that after the results of the general election, many MLAs did not face the problems that came up in their constituencies. This had happened mainly in North Bengal where the Trinamool Congress could not bag a single Lok Sabha seat. In the past one-and-a-half months, several incidents took place in which BJP workers had gheraoed TMC MLAs and even smashed their vehicles. Instead of facing the crisis, they had fled the area. Banerjee also urged the MLAs not to carry out loose talk with media persons.last_img read more

Screw Pile Machine Market Explores New Growth Opportunities 2019–2023

first_imgThe report includes six parts, dealing with:1.) Basic Information;2.) Asia Screw Pile Machine Market;3.) North American Screw Pile Machine Market;4.) European Screw Pile Machine Market;5.) Market Entry and Investment Feasibility;6.) Report Conclusion. Screw Pile Machine Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, united Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). The report firstly introduced the Screw Pile Machine basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis. Get Sample Copy of this Report @ Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail Get a discount on this research report @ About Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Table Of ContentChapter One Screw Pile Machine Industry OverviewChapter Two Screw Pile Machine Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisChapter Three Asia Screw Pile Machine Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Screw Pile Machine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Screw Pile Machine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Screw Pile Machine Industry Development TrendChapter Seven North American Screw Pile Machine AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Screw Pile Machine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Screw Pile Machine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Screw Pile Machine Industry Development TrendChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Screw Pile Machine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Screw Pile Machine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Screw Pile Machine ndustry Development TrendChapter Fifteen Screw Pile Machine Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Screw Pile Machine New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Screw Pile Machine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Screw Pile Machine Industry Development TrendChapter Twenty Global Screw Pile Machine Industry Research Conclusions Screw Pile Machine Market report contains all study material about overview, growth, demand and forecast research report in all over the world. This report offers some penetrating overview and solution in the complex world Screw Pile Machine Market in global market.last_img read more

Refresh multiple browsers with a hotkey

first_imgRefresh multiple browsers with a hotkey by Martin Brinkmann on September 08, 2016 in Development, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 4 commentsBrowser Refresh is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that allows you to quickly refresh multiple web browsers with a single keystroke.Please note that refresh refers to loading open web pages anew, and not resetting the browser. Refresh is used in that context as well, but Refresh Browsers is only for reloading open web pages.The question may come up why you would need a program like that. The main idea behind it is to make it easier for developers to create or modify web pages locally.Most developers test web pages in multiple browsers, and if they develop them locally, they may need to refresh the content displayed on a page regularly to take into account changes they made since the last loading of the page.While you may do so manually using the shortcuts F5 or Ctrl-F5, you’d have to run the operation in all browsers you test a page in. The difference between F5 and Ctrl-F5 is that the first may load site content from cache, while the latter forces a reload from the server the site is hosted on bypassing the cache.Browser RefreshBrowser Refresh sits silently in the system tray area on start. The program does display a quick start guide on first start which explains its functionality. You may open the guide at any time from the system tray icon as well.The menu displays a couple of options; all related to the program’s refresh functionality. First of all, it works right out of the box. You may use the shortcut Ctrl-D to refresh the active tab, or Alt-D to force refresh it in all supported browsers.The application supports Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Yandex browser currently. There is unfortunately no option to add other browsers to the list of supported browsers.You may use the system tray menu of Browser Refresh to change the hotkeys, and to select specific browsers from the list of supported browsers that you want refreshed.The only other option provided is to select whether you want the program to focus the browser automatically when you hit the refresh shortcut.If you hit refresh while supported browsers are not open, you get a prompt that enables you to open the browsers with a specific file which you may select then.This may be handy after system boot to get started right away. Browser Refresh supports command line parameters that you may use to perform a soft or hard reset. The developer of the program showcases his own Sublime Text configuration which uses the editors Build System functionality.Closing WordsBrowser Refresh is a useful program for web developers who create and edit web pages in a local test environment. The program’s greatest strength is that it can refresh multiple browsers at once which may improve the time it takes to test new versions of a page or application in select browsers.Browser Refresh is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows starting with Windows XP. The program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or higher.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 1 votes Software Name Browser RefreshOperating System WindowsSoftware Category DevelopmentLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

YouTube now with free adsupported blockbuster movies

first_imgYouTube now with free ad-supported blockbuster movies by Martin Brinkmann on November 19, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: November 19, 2018 – 31 commentsMost YouTube users don’t associate the site with blockbuster movies, probably, even though it is possible to rent movies on the site just as it is possible to do the same on Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes.Most full-length movies on the site seem to have been uploaded by users of the site and not rights holders on the other hand, and they are removed regularly because of that.YouTube users from the United States, and those using a VPN, have access to about 100 blockbuster films that they may watch on YouTube for free.The movies include popular titles such as Rocky I to V, the Terminator, Four Weddings and a Funeral, or Hackers, but also titles that you may have never heard about, e.g. Dino King, Main Street, or Memories of the Sword.Just click on any of the movies to play it on YouTube if you are from the United States; if you are not, you get a notification that the video is not available in your region.YouTube displays video ads regularly while the movie is playing similarly to how that is handled on TV. Rocky IV, for example, had nine one-clip advertisement breaks, Zookeper eight of them and one in the beginning. Some of these ads cannot be skipped after five seconds either.You can change playback quality up to 1080p and get the same level of control over playback that you get for free videos on the site.Adage had a chance to talk with Rohit Dhawan, director of product management at YouTube about the new feature on the site; it seems that it is a test to see if premium content can be offered for free on the site.Dhawan told Adage that YouTube would expand the selection going forward and that there is opportunity for advertisers to “sponsor individual movies”.Closing WordsThe current selection of movies on YouTube is limited; while you find some classics on the list, the vast majority of movies are not. It remains to be seen how well the new feature is received by users from the United States.Most of the movies that are available for free are relatively old and many may have seen the few classics already on TV, media, or other streaming services.Now You: Your take on ad-supported blockbuster movies on YouTube?SummaryArticle NameYouTube now with free ad-supported blockbuster moviesDescriptionYouTube users from the United States, and those using a VPN, have access to about 100 blockbuster films that they may watch on YouTube for free.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Government to shut down CONAVI National Concessions Council and create new infrastructure

first_imgPublic Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini on Wednesday announced the creation of a new agency called the National Infrastructure Institute (INI), which will entail the closure of the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) and the National Concessions Council (CNC).Segnini confirmed the government’s move at a press conference where he said the process already had begun with the appointment of Luis Gerardo Porras Quesada as the “Reforms and Projects Vice Minister,” serving under the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).In the first stage of the process, Porras will lead a staff composed of 10 MOPT and CONAVI officials who will be tasked with drafting a bill to create the INI and close the two agencies, which Segnini said “have been deficient in executing public infrastructure projects that the country urgently needs.”The bill will be submitted for approval by the Legislative Assembly during the first quarter of next year. Segnini stressed the process shouldn’t be considered a “reorganization, a strengthening or restructuring of CONAVI,” but rather its “closure [and] disappearance as the executing agency for public works.” The CNC also will “disappear as the governing body for public works projects granted under concession and in public bids,” the minister said.Both agencies were created in 1998. CONAVI was tasked with building and maintaining national roads, and the CNC with supervising projects awarded to private companies in concession contracts.The creation of a new agency must follow a process that could take up to four years, Porras said.The first step is the drafting of the bill to create the INI, expected to be ready by the end of the year. The bill then will be sent for discussion and approval by lawmakers in early 2015.MOPT officials did not announce layoffs, but according to Porras, it is a possibility.“The INI will require well-trained personnel with knowledge and experience. Decisions on employment and hiring will be based on performance and constant evaluation; we will keep the good employees and let the bad ones go,” the new vice minister said.Currently staff at the two agencies totals 500 employees, most of them at CONAVI (460). On Wednesday afternoon, CONAVI employees protested the announcement by placing banners on the agency’s walls and windows showing concern about the future of their jobs.Segnini said the INI would redefine the way public works concessions are executed by guaranteeing efficiency, quality and timely supervision of projects. He also said it aimed to establish new parameters for public employees based on performance.Both CONAVI and the CNC have been under heavy criticism over several failed roadway and bridge projects, most notably the shoddy work on Route 1856, a 160- kilometer road parallel to the border with Nicaragua that led to corruption accusations and an international dispute with Nicaragua for alleged environmental damage. Facebook Comments Related posts:Prosecutor’s Office to charge 26 people for failed border road project Solís visits scandal-plagued border road, vows to clean up predecessor’s mess Solís pledges to fix La Platina bridge – the third president to make the promise Chief prosecutor pledges indictments in border road scandal by year endlast_img read more