Snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass

first_imgSee the full warning below.  For road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caA photo from the Pine Pass taken at 8 a.m. March 11, 2019.Issued at 2019-03-11 11:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James.Snow is expected to ease this evening with total amounts up to 10 cm expected. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass with another 10 cm of snow expected on Monday.Environment Canada says the Pine Pass could see 10 cm of snow on Monday.  The snow is expected to diminish by the evening.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.last_img read more

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Public and Bank holiday set for May 1st cancelled

Vesak week falls on May 1st, the same day May Day rallies are held across the country. (Colombo Gazette) The Public and Bank holiday set for May 1st has been cancelled, the Government information department said today.The Government said that May 7th will be the alternative holiday to May 1st as all May Day events have been shifted to May 7th this year. President Maithripala Sirisena had recently declared May 7th as a public holiday to mark May Day.Official May Day events of the Government will be held on May 7th instead of May 1st owing to Vesak. read more

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Library unveils John Wells Reading Lounge

A seating area in the Port Dover library has been named after John Wells, who helped steer the fundraising committee in opening the branch five years ago.Wells says he did not know the lounge was being named after him until the day of the celebration.“(Norfolk library CEO) Heather (King) showed it to me, it was lovely,” Wells said about the plaque bearing his name. “I certainly appreciated the honour.”The name John Wells Reading Lounge was chosen as a way for the community to show thanks to Wells for serving on the Norfolk County library board for more than 20 years and his leadership in fundraising for the new branch, which celebrated its fifth anniversary on May 5.The community helped raise $200,000 in 2014 to create the Port Dover branch. The Fishing for Funds campaign was instrumental in inspiring the current Friends of the Library group, who have continued to raise funds and awareness for the local branch.Wells was the leader of that fundraising campaign.  The former municipal politician gives credit to the resourceful team that he built to achieve the financial goals set for the project.“I think it was relatively easy to fundraise for the library because the community of Port Dover certainly realized the need for a new library,” said Wells. “When people know there is a need it is much easier to have them support it.”Wells served on City of Nanticoke and Norfolk County councils for several years.  He was Port Dover’s inaugural councillor for Norfolk County beginning in 2001.Wells expressed his thanks to all who had worked so hard to make the new library in Port Dover a reality.“We had the leadership of Heather, who certainly was a real go-getter as far as the library was concerned. The volunteers who served on the fundraising committee were certainly all, each and every one, very committed to raising the funds,” said Wells.The public is welcome to drop into the Port Dover branch and spend time in the John Wells Reading Lounge.“I think what is more important than the John Wells (Reading Lounge) is the fact that we have a library serving the needs of the community, that’s the important thing. I don’t think any one individual, while I appreciate the honour, I don’t think any one individual was any more important than anyone else. It was a group effort,” said Wells.This announcement follows Wells being named the Port Dover Citizen of the Year in 2018.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Bolt Has No Regrets After Shocking ThirdPlace Finish at

LONDON (AP) — One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him.One final time, the World’s Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners as the finish line fast approached.This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough. Not one, but two overlooked and underappreciated Americans — Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman — withstood what was once Bolt’s undeniable late charge.This time, Bolt finished third in the 100-meter dash at world championships. That’s right: A bronze-medal finish Saturday night in the going-away party for one of the planet’s most entertaining icons and track and field’s lone shining star.“No regrets,” Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence. “It was always going to end, no matter what happened — win, lose or draw. It doesn’t change anything in my career.”Gatlin, who actually trailed Bolt at the halfway point, heard boos cascade loudly across the stadium when his winning time, 9.92 seconds, popped up on the scoreboard. The 35-year-old, who has served two doping bans and been widely cast as a villain to Bolt’s hero, went sprawling to the ground with a huge smile. Later, he bowed down to the man he finally defeated.“I wanted to pay homage to him,” Gatlin said. “This night is still a magical night for track and field and Usain Bolt. I’m just happy to be one of his biggest competitors.”Coleman, a 21-year-old in the first major race of his life, was in shock, too: “To beat someone I looked up to when I was growing up. I was just happy to be on the line with him,” he conceded.Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the perfect time to retire.“I did it for the fans,” he said after collecting a bronze to go with his three world golds at 100 meters. “They wanted me to go for one more season. I came out and did the best I could.”In the past, the scene after a Bolt race was really just an after-party masquerading as ceremony, filled with Bob Marley tunes, Jamaican flags and dancing. On Saturday, it felt surreal to anyone who’s been at one of these Bolt victories before.With house music playing softly throughout the stadium where Bolt won the middle three of his nine Olympic finals, Gatlin and Coleman passed through the exit tunnel while the former champion took a 10-minute trip around the track, then detoured into the stands for selfies with the Jamaican fans who came across the ocean to see him one last time.A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4.Then, he gave the fans what they’ve come to expect: The famous “To The World” pose, which used to be the cherry on top of a raucous, fun-filled night. But where in the past the stadium would have still been brimming, this time, it was about one-eighth full and emptying quickly.Bolt still has the 4×100 relay next weekend. He was asked if he wished he could run what is widely considered his best race — the 200, one of three events (100 and 4×100 are the others) where he holds the world record.“It probably would’ve been even worse,” Bolt said. “I’m not in shape to run 200 meters right now.”Should we have seen this coming? Maybe so.Bolt raced very lightly this year, and his best time coming into the meet was the same 9.95 seconds he ran in his finale.His first heat, on Friday night, was ugly. Though he won, he lumbered out of the start and later complained about the feel of the starting blocks.In the semifinals, he actually lost by .01 to Coleman — a rare defeat in any sort of race, but one that could still be chalked up to it being a tune-up, with the real race more than two hours away.But in the back of his mind, reality was setting in: “After the semifinal, I knew if I didn’t get my start, I was going to be in trouble,” he said. “I knew it. And when I left the blocks, I was like ‘Aaaah.’”He was the second-slowest starter in the eight-man field. Nothing new there, though his less-than-ideal racing shape, to say nothing of the fitness of the guys he was chasing, turned the usual comeback into something nobody’s seen before on this big a stage.Through most of the race, it looked as if Bolt would be trying to reel in Coleman, the NCAA champion who was in Lane 5 and got out faster than anyone in the field.While that chase was unfolding, Gatlin, out in Lane 8, was coming from behind.Two years ago at the world championships, Gatlin had Bolt all but beaten in the 100 finals, but he leaned too early before the line and let the champion pass him for a .01-second victory.This time, it was Gatlin doing the passing, and now he is a world champion in addition to a trivia question: Who was the last sprinter to win Olympic gold in the 100 before Bolt? It was Gatlin in 2004.“You guys call it losses, losses, losses,” Gatlin said. “I’ll call it lessons, lessons, lessons.”The new champion spent much of his post-race news conference insisting he’d learned to tune out the booing that has followed him the past few years and explaining that he’s not that bad a guy.“I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c’mon,” he said.Bolt, meanwhile, was insistent that neither Gatlin’s win nor his own loss were disasters for track. He called the evening and the crowd “beautiful” — even if that medal he earned might not seem as pretty as the rest.“It doesn’t change anything,” Bolt said. “I lost the race to a great competitor. I came out here and did my best. I’ve done all I can do for my sport and for myself.” read more

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ExBritish soldiers criticise PSNI decision not to probe IRA attacks on them

first_imgIn response Mr Harmson, who served for two years in the province as a private in the 1980s, accused the PSNI of “doing absolutely nothing to investigate the serious crimes committed against us”.Mr Harmson, who later joined the RUC and then the PSNI added: “As a former PSNI detective I would say that justice should be equal and all innocent victims of the conflict deserve closure.”It would appear that we veterans who gave so much are being brushed under the carpet of history by those who attempt to re-write the bloody legacy of the Troubles.”Meanwhile, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has warned the Northern Ireland Policing Board that the current mechanisms to manage legacy matters are “inadequate”.His warnings have come amid allegations that investigations into killings during The Troubles were unduly focused on those committed by the Army.The DUP has claimed that up to 90% of the PSNI legacy investigation branch’s caseload is focused on killings by the Army.The PM, secretary of state and other unionist and Conservative politicians have also claimed there is an imbalance.But PSNI figures show investigations into killings by the Army account for about 30% of its legacy workload.The PSNI’s Legacy Investigations Branch (LIB), which was formed in 2014, are currently investigating 1118 killings.Mr Hamilton told the Policing Board there are 238 deaths attributed to the Army during the Troubles.”Each of the 238 deaths are now within the caseload of LIB. The cases are sequenced alongside over 700 other cases. The military related cases have not been placed ahead of other cases in a special category,” he said.LIB has 70 staff and an annual budget of £4.2 million.”The current mechanisms to manage legacy matters are inadequate. We have neither the funding nor the people to manage the huge scale of legacy deaths, legacy inquests and legacy litigation that we are now facing,” warned Mr Hamilton. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Former soldiers have criticised a decision by police in Northern Ireland not to investigate IRA attacks on them during The Troubles.Scores of ex-British soldiers had asked the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to launch probes into terror attacks against them when they served in the region during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.However, more than a year after they lodged their complaints the PSNI has now informed the veterans it does not have the necessary resources to re-investigate all Troubles-related crimes.Ex-soldier Mike Harmson, a member of the Veterans Party lobby group, claimed that the decision “only highlights the terrible injustice that we veterans have been subjected to by both the PSNI and local government”. In a letter to the veterans the PSNI said that from 1969 to 1989 there were over 35,000 shootings, 15,000 bombings and more than 3,200 deaths reported to the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).The letter continued: “The PSNI has recently assessed both its capacity and its obligation to review or re-investigate non-fatal crimes that occurred during The Troubles.”Whilst every indictable offence remains open until all perpetrators have been brought to justice, there’s no binding legal obligation upon the PSNI to proactively re-examine all the crimes that occurred during this period.”If we were to do so, it would require such a significant use of our resources that our ability to protect the people of Northern Ireland today would be drastically undermined.”The letter continued: “The PSNI does not have the necessary resources to review or investigate any non-fatal Troubles-related crimes, committed against any persons, including soldiers, police officers, the broader public, or members of paramilitary organisations, where there is no binding legal obligation to do so.” Show more A photographer captures a scene of soldiers infront of a buiding in May of 1981 in Northern Ireland A photographer captures a scene of soldiers infront of a buiding in May of 1981 in Northern IrelandCredit:Joe McNally/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Court security criticised after upskirting defendant leaves through secret exit to avoid

Court security guards have been accused of giving preferential treatment to criminals after a man who admitted taking an upskirt photo of a woman was allowed to leave the building through a secret exit – avoiding photographers outside.Neil Abbott, 32, darted back inside Westminster Magistrates Court when he emerged from the building and saw members of the press standing outside the main entrance waiting to take his picture.Staff with security firm Mitie told the Press Association special measures were only allowed in rare circumstances, such as when a vulnerable witness was concerned about facing a suspect in court, and that any agreement had to be made beforehand.But it transpired another security guard allowed Abbott to leave the building through a staff-only side door, which he said followed a request from the defendant concerned about “the press outside”.Latest guidance from HM Courts and Tribunal Service says security “should only allow defendants to use a side entrance if you have been specifically advised to, on security grounds, by the police or the judge”.Ian Murray, executive director at the Society of Editors, said it was unacceptable that staff should show favouritism to anyone attending court by providing them with a private exit, especially when they have been found guilty of serious crimes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We know that excuses will be made and others will see it as trivial. It is not.”Mitie declined to comment when contacted by the Press Association.An HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman said: “We are working with our security contractors to conduct an investigation into the incident.” He said: “Far too often it seems court staff are siding with those accused of or are guilty of crimes, enabling them to avoid publicity by using entrances to court buildings that should not be available to the public.”In this case it is even more alarming given the nature of the crime committed, if not ironic, that someone guilty of taking the most appalling photograph is then shielded from having their own photograph taken.”I wonder what his victim thinks.”Sarah Green, co-director of the End Violence Against Women coalition, said: “The prosecution of a man for ‘upskirting’ a stranger in a train station, following station staff action to apprehend the offender, is a welcome sign that this abusive behaviour is being taken seriously.”The victim’s description of her distress and the impact of the crime is no surprise.”But it appears the defendant was allowed to leave the court by a private exit, thus avoiding the media.”This is contrary to the openness of our courts and should be investigated.”If he was allowed to do this due to any sense of pity, or a view that the crime he has committed is trivial or not very harmful, then this is a strong reminder of why women find it so difficult to challenge and come forward about this kind of extremely invasive behaviour. read more

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Wikipedia bans Daily Mail links as references

first_img Share165 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 10:25 PM Image: Shutterstock/Radu Bercan Image: Shutterstock/Radu Bercan As a result, the Daily Mail should not be used for determining notability, nor should it be used as a source in articles. An edit filter should be put in place going forward to warn editors attempting to use the Daily Mail as a reference.According to Wikipedia, there are multiple thousands of existing links to the Daily Mail currently on their site. Volunteers are being encouraged to review them, and remove/replace them with other links.A spokesman for Mail Newspapers told the Guardian:“It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at this move by Wikipedia. For the record the Daily Mail banned all its journalists from using Wikipedia as a sole source in 2014 because of its unreliability.”Read: Facebook launches ‘community help’ feature to aid people dealing with disasters or tragediesRead: ‘We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do’ – The trouble of keeping kids safe online Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,582 Views http://jrnl.ie/3232160 center_img Feb 9th 2017, 10:25 PM Source: Shutterstock/Roman PyshchykIn their assessment of the debate, administrators said that most people who supported the ban based it on the Mail’s “reputation for poor fact-checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication”.The administrators decided to deter users from referencing the site: Wikipedia bans Daily Mail links as references A spokesperson for the Daily Mail said it had “banned all its journalists from using Wikipedia as a sole source in 2014 because of its unreliability”. 32 Comments Consensus has determined that the Daily Mail is generally unreliable, and its use as a reference is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist. Short URL THE INFORMATION SITE Wikipedia has taken the decision to ban users from including Daily Mail links as referencing to their website’s pages.The site aims to be an online encyclopedia, allowing users to edit pages to include information they feel is missing, and a reference as to where that information originated.The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia but does not control its editing processes, said that volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had discussed the reliability of the Mail since 2015.In an online forum where volunteers of the site debated whether or not the site should be banned, people defended the Daily Mail, saying they were a reliable source of news for some subjects, and that there was no justification for a blanket ban.last_img read more

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Greek taxi owners form their own association

first_imgAn association of Greek Australian taxi owners was recently formed in Melbourne as a result of the Napthine State Government decision to adopt the ‘Fels review’.In an industry where Greek licence holders constitute approximately 25 per cent of the entire taxi owners’ population in the state of Victoria, the outcome of the Fels reforms are expected to impact on future investment prospects and incomes of the very people who up until now were serving the needs of the commuters in Melbourne and in the state of Victoria.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the association stated that their main objective is to empower members so that they can face collectively all the challenges brought in by the adoption of the Fels reforms. Greek Australian taxi owners also expressed their willingness to work closely with other migrant taxi licence holders and form a bigger collective. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lextinction des dinosaures serait finalement due à un astéroïde

first_imgL’extinction des dinosaures serait finalement due à un astéroïdeUne équipe d’une quarantaine de scientifiques affirme que les dinosaures ont été rayés de la surface de la planète à cause d’un astéroïde. Avec ses 15 km de diamètre, celui-ci s’est écrasé sur Chicxulub, au Mexique, à une vitesse quinze fois supérieure à celle d’une balle de pistolet. L’événement, survenu il y a de cela 65 millions d’années, a laissé un cratère de plus de 200 km de diamètre.Les chercheurs sont depuis longtemps partagés entre diverses hypothèses en ce qui concerne la disparition des dinosaures. Les deux théories les plus répandues sont celles des “supervolcans” indiens et celle de la collision d’un astéroïde avec la Terre. Les scientifiques ont infirmé l’hypothèse des volcans, pourtant sources de violentes éruptions à la surface de la Terre pendant plus d’un million d’années. En effet, ces éruptions auraient refroidi l’atmosphère et entraîné des pluies acides sur toute la Terre, mais dans ce cas, les dinosaures se seraient éteints lentement. Or, les scientifiques ont montré que l’extinction des dinosaures avait été très rapide, en l’occurrence quelques jours ou quelques semaines tout au plus. L’hypothèse de l’astéroïde est donc beaucoup plus probable. Le choc subi par la planète lors de la collision aurait été aussi puissant qu’un milliard de bombes atomiques comme celle d’Hiroshima, d’après les déclarations des chercheurs dans la revue Science. L’impact aurait dispersé des tonnes de poussière dans l’atmosphère, provoqué des tremblements de terre de plus de 10 sur l’échelle de Richter, entraîné des feux de forêts dévastateurs et des tsunamis, puis la poussière aurait complètement couvert le ciel, empêchant le soleil de réchauffer toute forme de vie, et provoquant l’anéantissement de la moitié des espèces vivant sur Terre.À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Les scientifiques ont passé en revue 20 ans de recherche sur la cause de la disparition des dinosaures, qui a également engendré celle des ptérosaures et d’une grande partie des reptiles en général, au profit des mammifères, qui deviendront l’espèce dominante par la suite. Une autre preuve confirmant cette hypothèse est la présence d’une couche d’iridium vieille de 65 millions d’années dans toutes les roches terrestres. Or, ce métal lourd est très rare à la surface de la planète bleue et est bien souvent le signe du passage d’un astéroïde. Le 8 mars 2010 à 18:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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MovieBobs Top 10 Movies of 2018

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target 2018 was a year that defied description and metaphor, which means it was difficult for list-writers required to include an introductory paragraph but probably a lot more difficult for literally anyone else. Fortunately, the movies were pretty good. Here are the top 10, according to Geek.com’s resident reviewer and cataloger of all things cinematic, Bob Chipman.10. Assassination NationPhoto Credit: Bron StudiosAmong other thing, 2018 at the movies was a year when progressive filmmakers reeling from the shell-shock of the 2016 Election found their footing when it came to channeling all that anger. Back in September, I called this button-pushing shocker about high school girls facing a doxxing-triggered present-day witch hunt “A searing howl of pent-up adolescent rage and defiance that begins in blood and flashbulbs as a kind of post-gamergate successor to The Legend of Billie Jean and escalates to a full-fledged – literal! – declaration of war by Generation Z women and girls on American Society in the Trump Era;” and while certainly not for everyone it’s been hard to stop thinking about since. (Full review)9. AnnihilationPhoto Credit: Peter Mountain/Paramount PicturesOne part art-house rumination on the nature of existence and what it means to be human, one part gonzo sci-fi thriller, that it’s hard to describe exactly what “really” happens after Natalie Portman helps lead an all-female military unit into the mysteriously force-field shrouded “Area X” to do battle with mutant plant/animal hybrids without giving away the best surprises only makes Annihilation more compelling. (Full review)8. First ReformedPhoto Credit: A24Leave it to Paul Schrader to sketch out a story about about regaining lost faith where the impetus to believe again is less about getting back to hope than finding new things to be existentially horrified by: Ethan Hawke swings for the fences as a depressed priest shocked out of trauma-induced complacency by a newfound obsession with an apocalypse induced not by God but by environmental pollution, and finds himself increasingly drawn to carrying out the eco-terrorism plans of a deceased congregant while also counseling the man’s grieving wife (Amanda Seyfried.) (Full review)7. MandyPhoto Credit: SpectreVision / Umedia / Legion M / XYZ FilmsFrom my original review: “Don’t get me wrong, you do get terrifying body-mod biker gangs, crossbow killings, drug-trips, villain monologues, battle-axe blacksmithing, tiger-uncaging and chainsaw-fencing. And nearly all of it is rendered in either through the neon haze of a blacklight poster or the high-contrast primary hues of an airbrushed van. But director Panos Cosmatos aims for an emotional tone that’s more about pain and darkness.” Easily the most somber, meditative action/horror micro-epic about Nicolas Cage as a lumberjack hunting down cult members with a homemade battle-ace and crossbow you’ll see this year (Full review)6. BlacKkKlansmanPhoto Credit: Focus FeaturesSpike Lee slow down upon reaching “Lifetime Achievement” age? Not on your life. BlackKklansman is his most accessible but also liveliest feature in years, a sharp and surprisingly funny romp that builds to one of 2018’s most memorable sucker-punches of a finale. (Full review)5. First ManPhoto Credit: Daniel McFadden/Universal Studios and Storyteller Distribution Co. LLCCall me a sucker for just about any competent NASA movie, but even apart from that it’s hard to imagine a better pairing of actor and role than Ryan Gosling as the Neil Armstrong — probably the only man more associated than Ryan Gosling with showing a taciturn lack of emotional affect while having life experiences most other people would be unable to contain themselves over. Add an impressive score, winning support turn by Claire Foy, and restrained direction from Damien Chazelle and this one really did it for me. (Full review)4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VersePhoto Credit: Sony Pictures AnimationEven in a year of superhero movie surprises that included Infinity War coming together, Black Panther elevating the entire genre and Aquaman… existing, somehow; Into The Spider-Verse still feels like a miracle: A premise that could’ve been feel-good treacle (“Anyone can be Spider-Man!”) or blatant commercialism (“The Avengers… but ALL SPIDER-MANS!” Collect them all!”) turned out to be one the most exciting, funniest and visually stunning animated features of the year and easily the best Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi’s second at-bat back in 2004. (Full review)3. Won’t You Be My NeighborPhoto Credit: Focus FeaturesStrange as it seems, this big hit documentary on the life of Fred Rogers occasionally felt like a companion piece to First Reformed — another story about a Man of God compelled to follow a different path to trying to put the world right. Stranger to think that the one about the guy who went into children’s television was, in many ways, the more emotionally devastating (or that audiences turned up in big numbers simply to be reminded that a decent person had existed.) (Full review)2. Black PantherPhoto Credit: Marvel StudiosEvery big action blockbuster gets called an “event movie” by nature of the business, but very few have ever earned the title as completely as Black Panther. Even in a year where the impending release of Infinity War already loomed, the spectacle of entire families turning up in cultural-tribute costuming, schools and celebrities organizing charity drives to book whole screenings for school kids and thousands of pop-culture journalists learning the word “Afro-Futurism” in unison was something to behold — and that the film itself was a towering achievement on its own was even more impressive. Will it continue to defy the odds by becoming (as many have predicted) the first superhero movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? No one knows yet — but Ryan Coogler has already changed the game forever by delivering the biggest Black-cast genre film ever and the most satisfying comic book adventure of the year. (Full review)1. SearchingPhoto Credit: Sony Pictures2018’s most intense thriller took place entirely on the computer monitor of a middle aged dad played by John Cho, and that fact is almost as surprising as the twists in the actual movie. Searching transcended what could’ve just been a well-executed storytelling gimmick to become one of Hollywood’s rarest beasts: A cyber-thriller that wants to reflect on how technology actually fits into the world — and how it can be a force for good instead of just paranoia (but still deliver plenty of paranoia all the same). Solving a crime with Google-fu may be a fantasy, but the illustration of how our digitally-curated lives reveal who we are (and aren’t) was all too real. (Full review)More MovieBob on Geek.com:MovieBob Reviews: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Mowgli’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Robin Hood’last_img read more

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Police More than 600K stolen in Vancouver burglary

first_imgMore than $600,000 worth of property was stolen from a Vancouver home during a burglary discovered Monday morning.Homeowners arrived at their house on Southeast Evergreen Highway at about 11 a.m. Monday to find the garage door open and a BMW X5 missing, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.When they went inside they found that their home had been ransacked — items were turned over, things had been gone through and a window had been broken, Kapp said.Among the things stolen from the house were jewelry, cash and paintings, which had been cut out of the frames, Kapp said.While an officer took the information about the stolen property, they learned that police in Gresham, Ore., had recovered the stolen vehicle, Kapp said. It had been towed and was made available for the owners to collect, she added.No arrests have yet been made, but because of the dollar amount the case has been forwarded to detectives in the agency’s Major Crimes Unit, Kapp said.Anyone with information is asked to call the agency’s tip line 360-487-7399.last_img read more

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Working in Clark County Jason GreeleyRoberts Clark County Scaregrounds operator

first_imgHaunted house entrepreneur Jason Greeley-Roberts doesn’t believe in ghosts. Nor is he even particularly fond of the horror genre.“I’ve never been against (horror movies); they were just never my thing,” he said.Yet on a dreary, drizzly Thursday night six days before Halloween, he was backstage at a haunted house attraction, standing amongst latex and rubber scabs and gashes. Fog seeped in from the other side of the wall, where people were willingly being terrified.He was cleaning out the airbrushes used for actors’ makeup. As the cast manager of a crew of about 60, he has to make sure everything’s on point throughout each night’s show.This is just the life of a commercial haunted house operator, or a “haunt,” as those who are in the business call it. It’s also where some so-called “theater kids” end up as adults.“It’s a unique experience because people are wanting you to scare them,” said Greeley-Roberts, 32, who started acting in plays in middle school. “It’s a little sadistic but (fear is) the craziest, most fun, incredibly powerful, potent emotional response to your performance.”Indeed — people love Halloween and being scared. The National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $9 billion on the holiday this year, and 36,855,644 adults will pay to be scared at a haunted house.last_img read more

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Tank And The Bangas On Staying Grounded SmokeNetflixChill

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 24, 2018 – 12:07 pm Tank And The Bangas On “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” Tank And The Bangas On “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” tank-and-bangas-staying-grounded-smokenetflixchill Facebook News Email The funk/soul group explains the team effort behind their latest single and why it’s important for them to keep the family vibes alive in the bandAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 24, 2018 – 12:07 pm New Orleans-based group Tank and the Bangas have a sound influenced by their hometown, blending hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and even a little bit rock, but it’s truly all their own. In their latest single, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill,” released on April 20, they brought their playful vibes led by Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s upbeat rap and spoken word verses over a laid-back, floating beat. Tank And The Bangas On Staying Grounded & “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” Ball, along with bandmates Norman Spence, Joshua Johnson and Albert Allenback, sat down with the Recording Academy to tell us a little more about how they vibe together as a group while touring, as well as how “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” came to be.Cuban-French Duo Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Twitter last_img read more

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Two Indian diplomats locked up harassed at gurdwara in Pakistan

first_imgGurdwara Sacha Sauda near Lahore, Pakistan.FacebookIndia has raised its concerns with Pakistan over harassment of two of its diplomats by intelligence personnel last month and asked it to conduct an inquiry and prevent recurrence of such incidents, sources said in New Delhi on Saturday.It also conveyed its concerns regarding the security of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.Sources said that the concerns about the security of the mission were conveyed to Islamabad in a demarche on April 25.India also sent a note verbale last month protesting about the harassment of two of its diplomats and their being locked up in a room for over 20 minutes at Gurdwara Sacha Sauda Gurdwara near Lahore on April 17.The two Indian diplomats, who were at the gurdwara to facilitate Indian pilgrims, were also threatened and asked never come to the area again.They were locked up in a room by about 15 Pakistani intelligence personnel, their bags were searched and they were questioned.India had earlier this year also raised concern over harassment of its diplomats with Pakistan.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar leaves Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of his World Cup XI

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.BCCIIndian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has not included Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his preferred XI from among those who played the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He also didn’t have Virat Kohli as the captain of this team.Tendulkar had New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as the skipper of his side and included five Indians in his team. Indian opener Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah feature in this line-up.The legendary batsman chose Rohit Sharma and English batsman Jonny Bairstow as the opening pair followed by captain Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli. Little Master chose four all-rounders for his World Cup XI. It includes Shakib Al Hasan, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja. In the bowling department, he went with Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Starc to lead the attack along with Jofra Archer. Twitter/Cricket World CupTendulkar not taking Dhoni in his team is not a major shock according to the current scenario of Indian cricket. Throughout the World Cup, Dhoni was criticised by many fans and former cricketers for scoring at a slow rate in most of the matches. The World Cup-winning captain could not perform up to expectations as a finisher and it looked like age has taken a toll on him.Sachin himself has been very critical about MSD’s performance in the World Cup. He mildly criticised the 38-year-old wicket-keeper batsman when the latter played an innings at a very slow pace against minnows Afghanistan which could have resulted in India’s defeat at the hands of the minnows. Similarly, against England also, Dhoni could not finish off the game like he used to do before.The Men in Blue eventually crashed out of the World Cup, losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals by 18 runs. The Indian middle-order got exposed against the Kiwis thanks to their pace bowling.last_img read more

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Bitcoin surpasses 12000 RBI issues warning says issued no licence to operate

first_imgA copy of bitcoin standing on PC motherboard is seen in this illustration picture, October 26, 2017. Picture taken October 26, 2017.REUTERS/Dado RuvicCrypto-currency Bitcoin is in news for the past one week as it hit $11,000. However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) warned public that it has not given any licence to anyone to operate such virtual currencies.In a notification, the central bank said, “users, holders and traders of Virtual Currencies (VCs) including Bitcoins regarding the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks associated in dealing with such VCs.”This is the third time that the central bank has come with a warning notice against the usage of virtual currencies.The RBI further stated that “no regulatory approvals, registration or authorisation is stated to have been obtained by the entities concerned for carrying on such activities.”Earlier in February, the apex bank had said that people using virtual currencies would be “doing so at their own risk. It also means that the RBI won’t provide any customer protection in case such currencies blow up or get compromised.”In the wake of the significant spurt in the valuation of many VCs and rapid growth in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), RBI reiterates the concerns conveyed earlier,” the bank said.Earlier in March, then Deputy Governor of RBI, R Gandhi had said, “Blockchain, the foundation for Bitcoins like innovations, is touted to be the death knell of currency. I believe its potential is being overstated. We can see that in these types of solutions for Virtual Currency, there is no central bank or monetary authority. They pose potential financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks.”On Tuesday, for the first time, Bitcoin surpassed $12,000 mark amid speculation that the widespread use of futures will help lead to digital currencies, Bloomberg reported.As Bitcoin is riding on a bull and hitting fresh highs, more and more investors are getting attracted toward this virtual currency. In the last three months, 400,000 investors have joined Bitcoin trading, which is 50 percent of its total user base.last_img read more

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Houston Fire Gets Ballistic Vests Ivanka Trump at Johnson Space Center New

first_imgThursday, September 20, 2018Houston Fire to purchase ballistics vests Allison Lee/Houston Public MediaFire Chief Sam Peña says “management and labor are on the same page”, when it comes to wanting to invest in more training.Houston officials will spend up to $1.4 million to purchase ballistic vests for firefighters as they join a growing number of cities buying the vests to better protect firefighters who are more often encountering active-shooter or other deadly situations.Falling through a collapsing roof or starving for oxygen in rooms filled with smoke have long been among the occupational hazards for firefighters, said Houston fire Chief Samuel Peña, but his department “must now also consider protection against violent acts.” Facility that treated priest accused of sexual abuse raidedMontgomery County District Attorney’s OfficeThe Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a rehabilitation facility located in Splendora where a priest who has been recently arrested for sexually abusing children was treated in the early 2000s.The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a rehabilitation facility located in Splendora where a priest who was recently arrested for sexually abusing children was treated in the early 2000s. Could Houston become a walkable city?Houston is a city designed for automobiles, and our massive urban sprawl is not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly… but is there a way to change that? Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is constantly compiling data and researching solutions to the problem of safety for non-motorists, and the key may lie in reconsidering the city’s infrastructure. Houston Matters talked with Kinder Institute Fellow Kyle Shelton about some of the possible solutions for existing infrastructure and things to consider as we continue to develop new parts of the city. Ivanka Trump touring Johnson Space CenterPresidential Adviser Ivanka Trump will be touring NASA’s Johnson Space Center with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), according to Sen. Cruz’ office.Several media outlets are reporting the first daughter will talk to crew members on the International Space Station. She will also reportedly be speaking with high school students, who are working with NASA engineers to build a robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Vice President Mike Pence toured the Johnson Space Center in August. Pence delivered remarks at the center about the future of human exploration in space.  New mental health, bullying prevention program could have powerful effectsLaura IsenseeStudents learn tools to recognize emotions in others and take action to challenge and empower others and themselves.At Stevens Elementary, a group of second graders gathered around a new coach, Kandice Sloop, who asked them what it means to “be nice.”“Do you think you can notice if someone was playing by themselves at the playground? Is that something we can notice? What would you do if that’s what you noticed?” Sloop asked.Then Sloop guided them through an action plan to be nice: — to notice how others are feeling and behaving, invite others to play, to challenge and empower themselves and others.It may sound simple, but the training — dubbed “Be Nice” — could have important, positive effects on school climate, according to early research Former student sues fraternityA former University of Houston student says he spent days in the hospital and almost died because of hazing at his fraternity.The student, Jared Munoz, filed suit this week against Pi Kappa Alpha and 29 of its members, seeking $1,000,000 in relief and damages. Pi Kappa Alpha was previously indicted for the incident.Munoz says in 2016 he was forced to roll around in human waste, drink scalding hot beer, and was tackled which he says caused internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen. Sharelast_img read more

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VIP Room Wins LongFought Tavern License Battle

first_img“We could have gone to college and earned a degree in the time it’s taken to defend our family’s business and restore my father’s legacy; but thank God we’ve come out of this whole licensing tussle, victorious,” Bo Sampson, told the AFRO following a final ruling by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration on Nov. 3.The family-owned social hall, founded in 1978, began facing challenges in 2015 when new homeowners protested a shift in the venues liquor licensing that would permit The V.I.P. Room to permanently serve alcohol. Since its founding, the establishment secured temporary day/event alcohol licenses through D.C.’s Office of Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) at a cost of $300 per license.VIP Room, Washington, D.C. (Photo/theviproomdc.com)With the popularity of the venue, Sampson was advised to apply for a tavern license, which would offer an annual renewable liquor license and streamline the cost. It was during this revised application process, Sampson said, that new residents began an aggressive campaign to label the business a nuisance to the neighborhood. Complainants argued that public urination, debris, increased violence, reduced parking and decreased property values were a direct result of the VIP Room and its clientele; allegations later proved unfounded or erroneous.It took four years and the concerted effort of neighbors, other area businesses, and constant prayer, to resolve the issue. “We are thankful to God first and foremost because there are plenty of businesses in D.C. that are being targeted and closed by people who don’t see their value. It is because of the community and the reputation of the VIP Room for being stewards of the neighborhood that the board granted our license,” Sampson said. “The Board acknowledged that even with the temporary licensing there had [been] no issues or violations, and that our business model has not had a negative impact on quality of life in the community.”Sampson said that in addition to members of the community who endorsed their bid, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the police department and other business owners, including Peaches Watson of Peaches Kitchen Restaurant and Catering, offered testimony on their behalf for the September hearing.VIP Room neighbor Charlie Lassiter told the AFRO that she has supported the business from the moment the protestors and detractors came forward, and remains steadfast in ensuring the business continues to thrive.“I am all for people settling into a community, but they need to do so understanding what they are coming into rather than attempting to change things by maligning the characters and reputations of their fellow neighbors,” Lassiter told the AFRO. “I do believe the establishment was targeted, but I also believe that those who lied and schemed to try to keep the Sampsons from getting their license have learned a valuable lesson.”On the heels of the victory, the Sampson family has vowed to move on – continuing to serve the community that rallied behind them. “They tried to disrespect my father’s legacy and to target us the way they’ve done Black churches and small family businesses throughout the city, but we’ve always followed the rules and been faithful. That is a testimony to how God can fix things,” Sampson told the AFRO. “We want to make a living, but we want to honor God in everything we do. We will continue to ‘watch our backs’ because some folks still are unhappy, but we’re going to continue to follow the rules and give the same courtesy no matter your background or beliefs.”last_img read more

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VIDEO Gigantic 20foot great white may be the largest ever caught on

first_imgApparently, there’s a giant great white shark in Mexico that makes ‘Jaws’ look like a guppy.A segment from Discovery Channel‘s Shark Week showed footage of a cage dive that caught a 20-foot great white nicknamed ‘Deep Blue’ checking out possible snacks during a 2013 cage dive. It’s believed to be the largest white ever caught on camera, and it’s roughly the size of a small submarine. The old girl is believed to be about 50.If you’re in the ocean and see this thing coming at you, it was a good run.last_img read more

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