TIFF director Piers Handling looks forward to time off when post ends

first_imgTORONTO – Piers Handling says he is looking forward to enjoying a luxury he hasn’t had in 35 years — a summer break.The director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival still has another year before he steps down from his post.But while the long-serving executive says he has relished his role leading TIFF, the time has come to step aside.Handling has been working for the festival since 1982.He will have been CEO for 24 years by the time he steps down next year.TIFF’s board of directors says it will begin searching for its new CEO in the coming months.“It’s a quarter of a century running an organization. I’ve loved every single minute of it,” Handling said Sunday following the TIFF awards ceremony.“It’s been so demanding. It’s taught me so much, matured me as an individual, allowed me to fulfil my dreams. But after that period of time, I just want a little bit of my own life back, my own freedom to do other things.“I’ll be 69 when I step down next year and obviously I’m thinking about other things. I’m a big outdoor person, I want to enjoy summer,” Handling added. “Seriously, I have not had a summer for 35 years. You’re in dark screening rooms, you’re travelling, you’re trapped by the festival.”Handling said he was happy to have been able to help establish the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which is a central hub for TIFF programming during the festival and throughout the year.“I will have had eight years as CEO in the building, too. I wanted to see us in the building and very successful. So, I just felt it was time. It was right for me emotionally, and I think probably it’s right for the organization,” he said.“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at the TIFF Awards capturing the People’s Choice prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. The $30,000 Canada Goose Award for best Canadian feature film went to Robin Aubert’s zombie film “Les Affames.”When asked about a potential Canadian contender for the foreign-language film prize at the upcoming Oscars, Handling said he didn’t think there was a clear frontrunner.He suggested one potential candidate was “Ava,” from Iranian-born, Montreal-based Sadaf Foroughi, which captured the Discovery program prize and earned an honourable mention for best Canadian first feature film. Another contender was Aubert’s movie, or Francois Girard’s historical drama “Hochelaga.”“That’s a bit of a mystery this year, I think. It will be a surprise for all of us.”— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.last_img read more

Archbishop fears Quebec governments secularism bill will erode freedoms

first_imgMontreal’s Archbishop says he fears the province’s move to legislate on secularism will come at the expense of individual freedoms.Archbishop Christian Lepine says in a statement that while the state must demonstrate neutrality, it must also demonstrate an openness and acceptance towards all its citizens.Quebec’s Bill 21 would prohibit public servants in positions of authority — including teachers, police officers, Crown prosecutors and prison guards — from wearing religious symbols on the job.Public hearings into the bill wrap up today in Quebec City.Lepine says taking away individual freedoms in an attempt to establish state neutrality is the first step in a gradual elimination of individual and collective public expressions of belonging to a religious community.Instead, Lepine suggests a the government promote a form of secularism where the state preserves, protects and promotes freedoms in the public sphere, allowing for a constructive dialogue in mutual respect.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EC to hold first meeting with central observers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) will hold its first meeting with central observers, including those who will keep a check on black money and illegal inducements, on Thursday as part of preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Officials said the full EC, comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, apart from other senior officials of the poll body, will “brief the central observers about their roles and responsibilities while being on election duty”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The meeting is the first since election dates were declared by the EC on March 10. The officials said the EC, till now, has earmarked deploying over 800 expenditure monitoring observers for the multi-phase polls that begin on April 11. The observers are drawn from various central services like the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax and Customs and Excise), the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service (IPS), apart from others, and they are considered to be on ‘EC duty’ till the elections process ends. The CEC, ECs and other EC brass will talk to the observers and tell them about the process, code of conduct, rules, laws and other subjects that they will encounter during the polls for over two months time now, the officials said. The EC’s mechanism to curb black money and illegal inducements like liquor and drugs and the teams deployed to check these will be specifically shared with the expenditure monitoring observers during the day-long meeting, they said. A question and answer session at the end of the conference will allow the observers to clarify their doubts and queries on these issues and subjects, said the officials. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedWhile there have been interactions between the two sides in the past in anticipation of the polls, the Thursday meeting is the first since the poll process began formally and there could be a next such meeting on March 26, they said.The EC had declared the dates and processes for elections to the 17th Lok Sabha on March 10. The elections will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, followed by counting of votes on May 23.last_img read more

Networks sue Locast a service that streams TV for free

NEW YORK — The country’s biggest TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX — are suing Locast, a streaming service that transmits their broadcasts for free.The companies say that Locast is violating their copyrights. Locast has held that under the law, it is allowed to stream the networks without paying them because it is a non-profit.The lawsuit comes after Locast last month got a $500,000 donation from AT&T. AT&T has integrated Locast into its DirecTV and U-verse cable services, as has Dish. That could help the TV providers in its fights with the networks over money that sometimes leads to blacked-out channels. AT&T also is in a payment dispute with CBS that has taken CBS off its platforms.Locast did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

UN launches project to achieve universal primary education in Equatorial Guinea

Over the next four years the UNDP and Equatorial Guinea have promised to spend $5.2 million training 2,000 teachers, 45 school inspectors and 36 education advisers as part of a scheme dubbed “Education for All,” the agency said yesterday. Currently only half of Equatorial Guinea’s primary school-age children attend one of its 884 primary schools. One in five pupils drops out each year and half the children in school are older than their grade level. Some schools have classes of 70 students and the country’s two teacher training colleges cannot keep up with demand, according to UNDP. The scheme’s target date of 2010 is five years ahead of the deadline for the Millennium Development Goal – set at a UN summit in New York in 2000 – of achieving universal primary education. UNDP said the education system in Equatorial Guinea is still recovering from the legacy of 11 years of dictatorship that ended in 1990. But it added that the country’s vast oil and gas reserves have brought “remarkable economic growth over the past decade, averaging 19 per cent a year,” and the opportunity to use that money to help the majority of the population still living in poverty. read more

The devils disciple is dead Families of Ian Bradys victims celebrate his

first_img​ Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett, died in 2012Credit:Dave Thompson/PA Winnie Johnson, mother of Keith Bennett Relatives of Ian Brady’s victims are celebrating the death of the Moors Murderer as they branded him “the devil’s disciple”.Family members spoke of having to live with the “nightmare that he left behind” as they described the serial killer as a “murderous psychopath”. ‘I poured myself a glass of wine… it’s closure’ Terry West, brother of Lesley Ann Downey, told Mail Online: “I poured myself a glass of wine when I found out – we’ve been waiting for this day for such a long time. It’s closure for our family.”But I really feel for Keith Bennett’s brother Alan and the rest of his family – this probably means they’ll never know where his body was buried.”He’s taken it to the grave. There’s still one poor kiddie up there on the Moors. My heart goes out to Alan – at least I’ve got somewhere that I can visit our Les, he hasn’t even got that.” In February, he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed. Mr West, 66, added: “What Brady did will never be forgotten – it’s had such an effect on all our lives.”I had to protect my children when they were growing up, I wouldn’t let them play out in the street.”‘We will never give up in hunt for Keith’Alan Bennett, the brother of 12-year-old Keith Bennett whose body has never been found, vowed to keep looking for the grave on Saddleworth Moor.Mr Bennett, whose campaign group Searching For Keith organises digs on the moor, said: “Thank you to everyone for your sincere words and thoughts.”We will carry on doing whatever we can to bring Keith home and your support means more than I could ever put in to words. In 2012, Keith’s campaigning mother Winnie Johnson died of cancer and was buried with his glasses – still unable to give her boy a Christian funeral.Brady refused to reveal burial site on deathbedBrady’s lawyer Robin Makin has confirmed that the killer – who held back the secret to Keith’s burial spot as one final torment to his victims – never disclosed the information on his deathbed.Winnie Johnson’s family lawyer John Ainley confirmed that Greater Manchester Police had tried to convince him to reveal all before he died on Monday night.Mr Ainley added: “The police spoke to me in the course of the evening, and they were trying to have access to his papers.”That’s difficult without consent from his solicitors and a court order.”[The police] were trying, I think, to implore Brady at this very late stage to pass on any information or documents to them so they could carry out a meaningful search of the moors.” “He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone. I feel numb.”Mr Kilbride added that there were no other words to describe Brady apart from “a murderous psychopath”. Brady, who tortured and killed five children with his lover Myra Hindley, died at a secure mental health hospital on Monday night aged 79 after spending more than five decades behind bars.’The best news ever… may you rot in f—— hell’A family member of Lesley Ann Downey reportedly posted online: “We as a family have had the best news ever! Brady the devil’s disciple is DEAD!!! May you rot in F—— HELL!!!!!!!!!!!” The crimes that shocked the nationThe crimes of Brady and Hindley shocked the nation as details of how the pair snatched children off the street, abused and tortured them to death were recalled during their trial at Chester Assizes.Brady escaped the hangman’s noose as the death penalty was abolished just months earlier and was handed three life sentences.In 2013, Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wishes. His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital. 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. “I will never give up, we will never give up – we will carry on.” ‘Taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave’The brother of John Kilbride said he felt “numb” at the news of Brady’s death.Describing him as a “murderous psychopath”, Terry Kilbride said told The Sun: “He’s ruined our lives all these years and he’ll still ruin it even though he’s gone.” He said Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died five years ago, would be “turning in her grave” that Brady did not reveal where her son’s body is.”We’re going to be taunted by a dead man from beyond the grave,” Mr Kilbride said. He added:”It’s a lot to take in. It’s been years and years of anguish and pain for us and the families of the victims.”But nothing will change. He’s dead but we will have to still live with the nightmare that he left behind.last_img read more

Peabody signs three year global deal to improve equipment maintenance with Mincom

first_imgMincom, a leading global provider of software and services to asset-intensive industries, has announced a global licensing agreement with Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company. Under the three year agreement, Mincom will provide Peabody with a hosted and fully managed implementation of Mincom LinkOne, a unique content delivery solution that provides maintenance staff with graphically supported electronic catalogs and maintenance manuals – helping companies to reduce equipment downtime and improve the efficiency of maintenance processes. Supported by Mincom’s managed services offering, Peabody Energy will implement Mincom LinkOne to streamline procurement processes and optimise the maintenance of key equipment across its global operations. Peabody Energy will use SAP’s standard Open Catalog Integration (OCI) to integrate data between SAP Enterprise Buyer Professional and external catalogs provided by the company’s heavy equipment OEM vendors, such as Caterpillar and P&H.Mincom LinkOne is a graphical content delivery solution that provides correct and timely parts information to maintenance staff, thereby reducing equipment downtime and improving maintenance efficiency. A world leader in graphical content management and distribution, Mincom LinkOne has the unmatched power to link graphics with parts lists and rich text to easily produce graphically supported electronic catalogs and maintenance manuals.To quickly achieve return on investment, the company will use Mincom LinkOne to enhance the on demand delivery model and other support services provided by Mincom. Mincom’s managed services offering can help companies decrease total cost of ownership by speeding time to deployment and reducing IT overhead, and achieve faster time to results while minimising risk. Mincom offers customers a fully managed solution over their entire project lifecycle, implemented either on premise or fully hosted from Mincom’s data center to support the unique requirements of remote mining operations.With 2009 sales of 244 Mt and $6 billion in revenues Peabody, a world leader in clean coal solutions, fuels 10% of US power and 2% of worldwide electricity – lighting cities on six continents.last_img read more

EHF Cup Round 3 Away wins for Szeged Csurgoi Lugi Constanta and

EHF Cup VSOIF Arendal    : (01.12.2013)    : (01.12.2013) TSV Hannover-Burgdorf :   22 : 24(23.11.2013)    : (01.12.2013)    : (30.11.2013)   22 : 20(20.11.2013) VSHC Kaustik VSIFK Kristianstad    : (24.11.2013) : HC Meshkov Brest : VSChambery Savoie Handball HCM Constanta Sporting CP    : (30.11.2013) : VSKadetten Schaffhausen Alpla HC Hard : VSAarhus Haandbold :    : (24.11.2013)    : (30.11.2013) Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau    : (30.11.2013)   28 : 28(23.11.2013) VSHBC Nantes HC Sporta Hlohovec VSTATRAN Presov   34 : 26(23.11.2013) :   24 : 25(23.11.2013) VSSkjern Handbold    : (24.11.2013) VSS.L. Benfica   31 : 24(23.11.2013)    : (24.11.2013)    : (30.11.2013) VSRukometni Klub Porec    : (30.11.2013) RK Vojvodina : Csurgói KK : VSBesiktas JK HC Zomimak-M VSMors-Thy Handbold :    : (01.12.2013) VSFüchse Berlin RK Maribor Branik   26 : 27(23.11.2013)    : (24.11.2013) Reale Ademar Leon : : Lugi HF Pick Szeged    : (23.11.2013) VSA.E.K. Athens    : (30.11.2013) : : :    : (30.11.2013) In the first matches of the EHF Cup Round 3  the most convincing performance have been seen by French Montpellier which won in Russia against KAustik 38:26. In nine matches yesterday, on five away teams celebrated victories…    : (30.11.2013) Montpellier Agglomeration HB   26 : 38(23.11.2013)    : (01.12.2013) VSRK Nexe    : (30.11.2013) Elverum Handball Herrer   29 : 31(23.11.2013)    : (24.11.2013)    : (01.12.2013) ← Previous Story Supergasbras Concordia is the new Brazilian champion! Next Story → NEW LEADER IN DKB BUNDESLIGA: Flensburg smash Kiel! read more

IN PICTURES Farmers protest against CAP reforms

first_imgTHE IRISH FARMERS’ Association (IFA) staged a protest outside Dublin Castle this morning as an EU meeting on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms was held.The picket line coincided with the arrival of EU Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Dacian Ciolos. Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was also in attendance.Irish farmers say they will lose up to 50 per cent of their CAP payments if proposed changes come to fruition. Coveney has insisted that the changes will not take money from Irish farmers, but rather redistribute it in a fairer manner.About 2,000 protesters travelled to Cork last weekend for a demonstration outside the minister’s office. Henry Burns, who is a farmer in Laois and National Livestock Chair for the IFA told TheJournal.ie that farmers feel that the minister has let them down and is not representing their interests in Europe. He said a “satisfactory answer” was not received from the minister during a brief meeting on Saturday.last_img read more

LRC chief mesmerised by teachers decision

first_imgIt would look strange I think in the firmament of industrial relations and collective bargaining actually that union members don’t vote.He said he believes the proposals are materially different to what came before them.Yesterday, junior minister Brian Haye warned that less favourable conditions will apply to unions who reject the deal.The rejection of Haddington Road by the two secondary unions deepens the divide between primary and second-level teachers. The INTO, the sole union representing the primary sector, said its members ought to approve the new proposals.Doctors’ union delays decision on whether to back new pay dealSecondary teachers’ unions reject new ‘Haddington Road’ pay dealBrian Hayes: ‘Unions who reject new public pay deal will face harsher cuts’Brian Hayes: ‘Unions who reject new public pay deal will face harsher cuts’ THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the Labour Relations Commission has said he was surprised by the decision of two teachers’ unions not to ballot their members on the revised public sector pay deal.The ASTI and the TUI said its members would reject the Haddington Road Agreement as the proposals were not improved sufficiently on those contained in the previous version of Croke Park II. The ASTI had voted 84-16 against the original deal, while the TUI had rejected it 86-14. It decided not to cast another vote.“They haven’t said no. They just said they wouldn’t ballot their members on whether they should say yes or no,” Kieran Mulvey told Marian Finucane on her RTÉ Radio One show this morning.“I’m quite mesmerised by that decision because the fundamental role of any trade union is to consult their members and to ask their opinions.last_img read more

What does The new Motorola starts today mean

first_imgThe Motorola press conference held to announce the all new line of Droid Razr devices marked a special occasion. This event was the first US launch event for a device since Motorola got acquired by Google. In between the seemingly endless jabs at the competition, it became clear that there was a very specific theme going on with this presentation. The event was designed to help impress upon everyone that Motorola was going to be different moving forward. The lingering theme through the presentation was designed to make sure we all knew that “The new Motorola starts today”. What exactly does that mean, though?Google CEO Eric Schmidt took to the stage and spoke eloquently on the amazing journey Motorola has taken through the years. As the company to have made the first cellphone, Schmidt looked back on a rich history of innovation and celebrated the union between Google and Motorola. Then, as though he were announcing the promotion for the first time, Schmidt told the group about his decision to appoint Dennis Woodside as the CEO of Motorola Mobility. Citing his impressive history at Google when it came to increasing revenue for the company, Schmidt assured everyone at the event that Woodside was the man for the job.Woodside took to the stage with a fantastic speech about how Motorola was going to continue their rich innovative heritage and become a leader. He referenced Motorola’s bright past in building the device Neil Armstrong used to communicate from the Moon and the first mobile phone call. Marty Cooper himself, the man who placed that first mobile call, was in the audience. The message being pushed was on taking the things that made them great in the past to create something great for the future. And then, the Razr presentation began.For a Motorola conference the graphics, language, and imagery used was new. Gone were the previous stains on the Motorola name, like throwing the prefix Moto in front of everything and imagery that felt targeted at niche markets. This new Motorola presentation was fast, filled with simple colors and single word slides. The presentation format was new for Motorola, but it was certainly not new for Google. Every bit of the presentation, short of the people on stage, felt just like the Google IO keynote from a few months ago. The specs were flashed in the same way, the product demonstrations were quick and targeted to the widest possible audience. The event ended with a Verizon Wireless presentation on how happy they were to be working with this new Motorola, including the new developer editions of every device.When the curtains fell, and it was time to play with the devices, everyone working for Motorola was wearing the same matching white shirt with the Motorola logo on it. This is incredibly common, and typically companies hire out to staffing organizations to put bodies in a room like this. You give the person a script and they show off the device. There are usually PR people wandering around to handle any questions that these staffers can’t handle. At each of the four booths I went to as I explored the Razr devices, I wasn’t greeted by staffers. I was greeted by product managers and their staff. People who had spent the last few months developing the phone I was holding in my hand. When I asked a question, I was given a rich, detailed response as to why certain decisions were made. I was able to get a much better understanding of the devices very quickly.The new Motorola seems to be the same company with a healthy infusion of Google mixed in. During my hands on evaluations with the devices, it was clear how much influence Google has had in such a short time. The enhancements that Motorola is making are not only helpful, but they stay out of the way of the user.However, there’s still some legacy issues that are being dealt with. This line of devices won’t be shipping with the latest version of Android, which is a problem that is currently plaguing many different Android OEMs. If anything I think the fact that Motorola is struggling to keep up with Google despite their influence might be beneficial to everyone in the long run. I think that seeing these difficulties internally will help Google work with OEM’s to make sure that the entire platform grows, not just one or a few manufacturers.last_img read more

Community asked to dig deep to restore Evangelismos Church

first_imgIt was only a few months ago that the Greek Australian community witnessed Victoria’s first Greek Orthodox Church, the Annunciation of our Lady (Evangelismos), engulfed in flames, causing millions of dollars in damages.As a result, the majority of the church interior and facilities was severely damaged, the flames also destroying priceless icons and tapestries dating back to the 1800s.Since the incident in May, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) formed the Evangelismos Restoration Sub Committee, which has been working tirelessly to prepare plans and issue the necessary permits to commence the anticipated restoration, which have faced delays due to the building’s heritage status but are now being finalised. “We’ve been working behind the scenes for over six months now, with a sub-committee comprising architects, engineers, assessors and a variety of other people, who have got the appropriate expertise to develop a plan not only for the restoration but for the upgrade now of Evangelismos,” GOCMV president, Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos.Along with the restoration of the church as a place of reflection and worship and the repair and replacement of furniture and objects, the GOCMV is also taking the opportunity to expand and improve existing facilities for both the clergy and parishioner’s needs. These additions include facilities for confession, office spaces, and a breakout area for churchgoers, which Mr Papastergiadis says will be well-designed and blended to suit with the original structure of the building. Working on the project are Constantine and Panayiota Moschoyiannis from Morea Architects, along with architect and heritage specialist Arthur Andronas and engineer Peter Paras.While insurance is covering the bulk of the total cost, Mr Papastergiadis is calling on the community to support the project and “to ensure that it is lovingly restored and upgraded for future needs”. The church’s fundraising committee is being chaired by assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Dr Marinis Pirpiris, who assures that all contributions will be deposited into an account solely devoted to the restoration.“All money raised from the fundraiser will be used for a purpose that will strengthen the church and our cultural presence in Melbourne,” Dr Pirpiris said. “The Annunciation is one of the ornaments of the community; a landmark building that represents many of the best elements of a strong community − a constant expression of understanding, tolerance, participation and worship in Victoria.” The second-oldest Greek Orthodox church in Australia, the Annunciation of our Lady (Evangelismos) was founded by the GOCMV 116 years ago and is considered a cornerstone of multicultural society, holding significance not only for the Greek but wider Australian community. “As chairman I would like to invite everyone to support the Greek community to restore the church back to its former glory,” Dr Pirpiris urged. “Please offer generously and assist the community to restore and renovate this important historical, religious and cultural monument of Victoria.”Those interested in donating funds towards the restoration can do so by calling the GOCMV on (03) 9662 2722 or via email info@greekcommunity.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Limbo and Inside Are MustHave Games for Switch

first_imgThe Nintendo Switch is a great home for indie games. This is why so many small developers are releasing their titles on the console/handheld hybrid. It comes as no surprise that both Limbo and Inside are now available on Switch. They are, after all, two of the most acclaimed indie titles released in recent years. While the games are virtually identical to their PC and console counterparts, they’re a nice addition to Switch’s library. They’re also widely different than the usual Nintendo platformer.Created by developer Playdead, Limbo and Inside are platforming games featuring boys who must traverse hellish landscapes. In Limbo, the boy is quite literally going through limbo, while Inside is set in a nightmarish dystopian setting. Despite their simplistic graphics and innocent protagonists, both games aren’t exactly “fun” in the traditional sense. They’re downright oppressive. Death can and will visit the two young heroes at any given moment. These aren’t games you play to unwind, and that’s exactly what makes them such compelling experiences.AdChoices广告Both Limbo and Inside employ platform game fundamentals in unique and interesting ways. Players can make characters jump, grab objects, pull switches, and climb ladders, wires, and poles. Mastering these basic actions helps players overcome difficult platforming sections and solve head-scratching puzzles. The characters aren’t super-human. They can’t leap over massive gaps or successfully land from great heights. The characters’ limitations are something one needs to account for, which also adds to the games’ respective challenges.While similar at their core, Limbo and Inside each has specific features the other doesn’t. In Limbo, players can use bear traps to wound or kill enemies. Later in the game, players can pull switches that alter a section’s gravitational pull, which leads to some interesting platforming and puzzles. Inside lets players take control of humanoids during certain parts. Trying to figure out where to place the beings in order to complete tasks is where the challenge lies. You initially begin by controlling one humanoid, but as the game progresses, you’ll control dozens. Each of the game’s unique mechanics is what ultimately makes them stand on their own, despite their similarities.The titles have a different philosophy when it comes to puzzles. Limbo is very much about trial-and-error. You have to fail multiple times in order to figure out what to do. While Inside contains its own version of these puzzles, it is very much about showing you your ultimate goal and letting you figure out how to get to it. In this sense, Inside is the easier of the two since you aren’t left in the (proverbial) dark the way you are in Limbo.Limbo and Inside look like innocent games on the surface, but they’re both quite gruesome and unnerving. Both delight in torturing and killing their protagonists in a myriad of gory ways. Limbo, in particular, is not for the faint of heart. Bear traps, buzz saws, giant spiders, spike traps, and more can behead, dismember, and gore the small protagonist. It helps that the game is in black and white to offset some of the on-screen brutality. Inside isn’t quite as sadistic, but it’s not exactly pleasant either. If dogs don’t maul the player character, he may drown underwater or get ripped to pieces by shockwaves. These are not games you want young children to play.Both take a similar yet different approach in terms of presentation. Limbo is completely black and white. There isn’t a hint of color anywhere in the world. It very much resembles a classic black and white film, visually. This contrast of black, white (with grays mixed in) creates an oppressive mood. You feel death closing it. The stark lighting differences also create some inventive visual puzzles. Despite the two-dimensional graphics and monotone visuals, there is a great sense of depth conjured by the environments. Graphics-wise, Limbo is the epitome of an artistic game.Inside isn’t black and white, but the few colors it does display are decidedly muted. You still get that same sense of unease you do in Limbo. This game is 2.5D. While it is mechanically two-dimensional, the environments and characters are three-dimensional. This gives players a better feel for the world around them. Graphically, there isn’t a whole lot going on. The world is heavily stylized. However, players can still gleam a sense of grandiosity from some of the game’s more spacious environments. Yes, most of the backgrounds are unpleasant and some conjure horrific images, but this just helps one get better immersed into the world.The games’ sound design is every bit as minimalist as their graphics. With few exceptions, there is virtually no music to speak of. Most of the time, you’ll only hear the sounds of the environment and the characters’ footsteps. The sparse sound design serves to heighten the tension a player feels while navigating through the worlds. Inside contains more music than Limbo, but both games reserve music for when characters are in danger or to highlight a specific story moment. There aren’t any “memorable” tracks in the traditional sense, but the music nicely compliments the games’ visual design.The titles play and look great whether you’re in docked or handheld mode. With that said, I did feel Inside looks somewhat washed out in docked mode. The darker tones don’t appear as dark as they do on console and PC. This isn’t the case when playing it portably. Limbo looks fantastic in both docked and handheld. I didn’t notice any significant differences between the two modes. This might be due to its black and white graphics. You can still play the game in docked mode and have a good time, but the experience is superior in a handheld.Frame rate-wise, Limbo seems to run better than Inside. I suppose this isn’t a surprise given how the game isn’t that graphically complex. That’s not to say Inside isn’t an overall smooth experience. It is. But when compared to Limbo, it seems to run at a slightly lower frame rate. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, and most players will probably not even realize any existing differences. Overall, both games lost nothing graphically when making the transition over to Switch.Limbo and Inside are two of the best indie games released in recent years. Buying them on Switch is a no-brainer, even if you’ve played them before. I know I certainly had a great time revisiting these titles. Nintendo fans, in particular, should try these out since they are so radically different from the standard Nintendo platformer. These titles are worth adding to your collection, just don’t play them late at night unless you want to have some weird and disturbing dreams.Want to learn more?Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Or check out Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Arn Anderson let go by WWE No longer in his backstage role

first_img Twitter F4WOnline is reporting that Arn Anderson is no longer with WWE.In a story first reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Anderson was let go after spending time with WWE for nearly 18 years, signing shortly after the closing of WCW in 2001.No details are known at this time as to why Anderson was let go. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2012 with The Four Horsemen.The company did sign a number of new backstage producers, something WWE profiled in a new video featuring Jeff Jarrett, Chris Parks (Abyss), Sonjay Dutt, Shawn Daivari and Shane “Hurricane” Helms. So it’s possible WWE decided to move in a new direction.Rusev tweeted out the following regarding Anderson’s departure.Thank you AA for teaching me and letting me sit under the learning tree. #ArnAnderson— Rusev (@RusevBUL) February 22, 2019 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

NSync Announce 20th Anniversary Merchandise Line

first_imgNews *NSync Announce 20th Anniversary Merchandise Line nsync-announce-20th-anniversary-merchandise-line Twitter Email Facebook *NSync Announce 20th Anniversary Merchandise Line GRAMMY nominees make a merchandise comeback just in time for the 20th anniversary of their first single “I Want You Back”Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2017 – 11:33 am *NSync want you back for their 20th anniversary, which comes around — believe it or not — in March 2018. In conjunction with the celebration of their debut single, 1998’s “I Want You Back,” the GRAMMY-nominated band will release a brand-new line of nostalgia-inspired merchandise in partnership with Epic Rights.The new line of merchandise will include apparel, accessories, gifts, and a range of collectibles. The fashion line will rely heavily on ’90s fashion trends and pair with iconic fashion brands. According to Billboard, product will also feature the group’s “album covers, photos, logos, and art for products such as tops, T-shirts, accessories, electronics, seasonal, and home décor, as well as games, collectible figures, slot machines, and more.””The band is thrilled to create an exciting new line of merch with Epic Rights in celebration of our 20th anniversary,” said member Lance Bass.The merchandise rollout will coincide nicely with the band’s March 2018 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the partners anticipate this 20th anniversary collection will be just as successful as the band’s original popularity. “*NSync ushered in the modern age of huge merchandise sales both at their sold-out concerts and at retail,” said Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano. “We are certain we will have equal success today.”Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018Read morelast_img read more

Take a Look Beyond Imaging at RSNA

first_imgArthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | RSNA 2016| November 01, 2016 Take a Look Beyond Imaging at RSNA FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more center_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director Related Content The theme for this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 102nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly is “Beyond Imaging.” This year’s conference invites radiologists to explore new ways to collaborate and envision their field beyond just imaging. The meeting will take place Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago.  In case you can’t make it to Chicago, this year’s Virtual Meeting features 25 percent more content, extended access and CME credit for live sessions in addition to 13 CME-eligible courses on demand. Extended access to the on-demand programming runs through Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. CST. However, if you do plan to attend, this year’s event will host more than 50,000 attendees from around the globe. The meeting will feature breaking news from more than a dozen scientific press conferences, and approximately 3,000 scientific presentations and posters covering the latest trends in radiologic research.“The RSNA 2016 Scientific Program offers a diverse selection of innovative and cutting-edge research from around the world,” said Jon A. Jacobson, M.D., chair of the RSNA Scientific Program Committee. “The quality of this year’s presentations is exceptional, representing submissions from the national and international scientific community.”If you are making the trek to the Midwest, use the RSNA FastPass to help with your pre-plans for the meeting. The FastPass can be found at www.rsnafastpass.com, and features many of the new systems and products being introduced on this year’s show floor. Some of these systems are also featured in this issue beginning on page 27, in the RSNA Show Preview section.Be sure to visit the ITN team in the South Hall, booth 3201. We will be showcasing our recent Technology Reports and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Procedures Roundtable Discussion videos in the booth, as well as the October and November/December issues of ITN and much more. Our editorial team invites you to stop by the booth and chat with us about the new technologies and procedures that you are experiencing at RSNA. We’d also like to hear more about your interests, goals and concerns as we head into a new year. What will you be doing that is beyond imaging? What are the challenges you will be facing, and how are you planning to overcome these obstacles? As a reader-driven publication, it is our ultimate goal to provide you with the information you need to remain competitive and informed in the industry …we want your feedback.The entire ITN team is looking forward to taking a look at future technologies … and delving into what lies beyond imaging. We will see you in Chicago!last_img read more

Bitter sweet pay rise for Tourism employees

first_imgFair Work Australia has increased award rates by 3.4 percent which has sparked concerns from Australia’s accommodation businesses.Australian business owners and operators say the increase will place a burden on this sector of tourism and businesses are suffering enough from the rise in the Australian dollar, recent floods and cyclone Yasi in north Queensland and this increase will make it even more difficult.“Australia’s accommodation industry is still in recovery mode following the financial crisis, a recovery which has been significantly slowed by the high dollar and natural disasters and this has been reflective by the negative impact on occupancy and revenue per available room,” Accommodation Association chief executive Lorraine Duffy said.“The Accommodation Associated supported a wage increase of three percent because our industry understands the need for wage increases for employees who are on the award structure, however to hike the minimum wage at 3.4percent without matching productivity benefits will potentially lead to a reduction in the amount of hours that businesses will be able to offer,” Ms Duffy said.Ms Duffy explained that for visitors from overseas who value high levels of service “this is not an ideal scenario for tourism” or its members and their employees.“As things stand, today’s increase will only act as a further deterrent to bargaining, as this level of increase should be properly negotiated at the workplace in exchange for productivity benefits.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Stay Guests enjoy an indulgent experience and soph

first_imgStayGuests enjoy an indulgent experience and sophisticated contemporary design while surrounded by picturesque vineyard landscapes.All 15 suites include luxury amenities, spa baths, private gated courtyards and vineyard viewsA 24-hour fitness centre, sauna and guest laundryOutdoor infinity edge poolBocce court and giant chess boardHelicopter landing, free car parking and full disability accessGroup rates begin from just $300 + GST per suiteCompetitive exclusive use and property buy-out rates availableMeetThe boardroom and meeting facilities at The Louise rank among the finest in South Australia. A dedicated 70-square-metre conference room with quality audiovisual equipment, a separate courtyard forecourt entrance and a private, vineyard-facing break-out terrace combine to provide the perfect venue for small group gatherings.Private executive boardroom with natural lightingSeats up to 24 delegatesFully integrated audiovisual included in venue hireComplimentary and comprehensive Barossa DMC serviceComplimentary and unlimited Wi-FiHalf- and full-day packages availableUnwindTraditional Italian cooking classes are available to groups of up to 12 at local cooking school and enoteca, Casa Carboni. Chef Matteo also offers a team-building class with activities specifically designed to test and improve the participant’s communication and leadership skills. The full-day program begins at 9am and includes two team-building activities. This is followed by a fun, hands-on cooking class preparing a long lunch using the freshest Barossa Valley produce, sourced from the weekly farmers’ market or directly from the farm gate. Prizes are awarded for the winners of each activity before lunch is served in the Enoteca, where participants enjoy their delicious creations with a glass of paired European wine.For more information, see thelouise.com.auGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterIdeally situated in the heart of South Australia’s iconic Barossa wine country, you’ll find absolute luxury and inspired design with private spaces, generous ensuites and breathtaking vineyard views at The Louise Barossa Valley. The hotel’s Appellation restaurant is regarded as one of South Australia’s finest dining destinations, where fresh, local ingredients and an extensive collection of wines have earned the venue critical acclaim, including being awarded in South Australia’s Wine List of the Year “Hall of Fame” for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the all-suite hotel also offers an ideal private business retreat, where colleagues can work and relax in the premium facilities of a luxury lodge.last_img read more

Two women arrested at Larnaca airport for cocaine possession Updated

first_imgPolice said on Sunday that two women aged 31 and 32 had been arrested at Larnaca airport after allegedly being caught carrying a kilo of cocaine between them.A brief announcement said the women had arrived on the island from another European country. At passport control the women  were denied entry. Police did not say why.Subsequently, they were interrogated at the airport and their departure arranged to their country of origin on the next available flight.During the departure process and baggage check,  a quantity of cocaine was found in one of the suitcases in two packages with 500g of cocaine.Drug-squad officers were then called in and arrested the women who were taken to Larnaca General Hospital for radiological testing.During a search on the person of the 31-year-old, two other packages were identified. After removing them, it was found that they contained a quantity of cocaine of a total weight of about 500g. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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