MONTREAL – Once dismissed as unreliable, Wikipedia has emerged as a trusted source of information in an era of fake news, its founder said Friday.Jimmy Wales said the free online encyclopedia has become stronger and more accurate with time, although he maintained it was never as inaccurate as its critics claimed.“We always wanted to get to quality,” he said during a panel discussion in Montreal. “When there would be an error the press would make a big deal, but they never made a big deal about how passionate we were about trying to fix it.”Wales was in Montreal Friday for the opening of the annual Wikimania conference.The three-day event is gathering about 1,000 people for a series of training sessions, presentations and workshops that focus on the future of free knowledge projects.In an hour-long panel discussion with McGill University professor Gabriella Coleman, Wales said Wikipedia’s reputation has soared as people seek out neutral sources in an era of fake news and intense partisanship.Wales said that while true false news sites have had little impact on Wikipedia because ofthe encyclopedia’scommitment to checking sources, it was still a challenge to maintain “a real sense of neutrality” in a time when public voices tend to be loud and divergent.“I wish the New York Times would occasionally write ‘the neutrality of this article is disputed’ at the top of their articles like we do to acknowledge, as we acknowledge, we’re still struggling, we’re grappling here,” he said.Wales said that as traditional media outlets have declined in quality, Wikipedia has stepped up to satisfy people’s desire for unbiased information.To take the concept further, he is launching a separate crowd-funded news website that will be produced by a team of paid journalists working with community volunteers.In an interview, he said the site, called WikiTribune, will have no advertisers, no paywalls, and will be funded by subscribers.“I’ve been joking it’s a series of bad business decisions, but that’s how I’ve built my career,” he said.Wales said his project will avoid the pitfalls of a business model based on ads, which he said has forced traditional media outlets towards clickbait and “fluffy stories.”He said WikiTribune will instead focus on investigative journalism, features and explanatory content that is good enough to convince people to support the service.“We have to produce content such that at the end of a story people say ‘this is different, I understand the world in a way I didn’t before, this deserves to exist,’” he said.
New Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi got former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination “cancelled” as he was “afraid” to contest against him from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate from the seat was rejected Wednesday over “discrepancies” in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. Notices in this regard were sent to him on Tuesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “There will be fewer occasions in history when the jawans of a country are compelled to challenge their PM, but this is the first time in history that a PM has been so afraid of a jawan that instead of competing with him, he got his nomination cancelled on technical grounds. “Modi ji, you are very weak and the country’s jawan won,” Kejriwal tweeted. Yadav was dismissed from the Border Security Force (BSF) after he triggered a controversy by uploading a video in which he alleged that poor quality food was being served to jawans. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers – this time as the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha seat – but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Modi is seeking reelection from Varanasi. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi, who contested from two seats –Varanasi in UP and Vadodra in Gujarat– had defeated Kejriwal from here. Congress’ Ajay Rai finished third.
Jaffna university students are to commemorate the “massacre” of Tamils in 2009 at a ceremony to be staged outside the university tomorrow.The Jaffna university student’s union has invited the public to attend the ceremony tomorrow morning. In a public notice, the Jaffna university student’s union says the death of hundreds of Tamils during the final stages of the war in 2009 was the biggest massacre of a single community. Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingham said earlier that the main event will be staged in Mullivaikal tomorrow.In the past the authorities had attempted to prevent the Mullivaikal commemoration events from being held as it was seen as paying respects to LTTE cadres killed during the war. (Colombo Gazette) Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war began in the North and East last week. Northern provincial council members and families of those killed during the final stages of the war attended the events.
In announcing the plan, the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Kim Hak-Su, said it was time “to change the way the UN works in Asia and the Pacific and perhaps we can be a reference to other regional Commissions.””As important as discussion and dialogue is to the UN, we need very much to follow-up our words with action,” said Mr. Kim, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary.The changes were announced after a closed-door roundtable meeting of government ministers at the 58th annual session of the Commission being held in Bangkok. The ministers are expected to adopt a resolution tomorrow to formally grant approval to the new scheme.Mr. Kim also pledged his commitment to making the Commission’s work programmes more results oriented, referring to such Millennium Development Goals as halving poverty by 2015. ” In a sense, all our work at the Commission is devoted to reducing poverty and this we will try to do,” he stressed.Given the special expertise of some Asian countries in space and satellite technology, ESCAP also said that as part of the changes emphasis would be put on the region-wide promotion of “Information, Communication and Space Technology” (ICST).
The pledges, made in response to the 2003 Global Appeal for the agency’s overall projected requirements of around $1 billion, are seen as a “good early sign” of donor support. The bulk of the newly promised funds will go to Africa and Afghanistan.“The initial pledges are higher than ever and they are generally more flexible,” said UNHCR’s Director of Communications, Anne Willem Bijleveld. “We are particularly pleased to see a widening of our traditional donor base, with contributions announced for the first time by some Central European Countries.”UNHCR’s 2003 funding appeal includes the agency’s $836.3 million annual budget, as well as a number of supplementary programmes covering a variety of humanitarian needs. Africa is slated to receive the largest portion of next year’s budget – $325 million, with $112.8 million going to the eastern part of the continent and the Horn of Africa, $84.8 million for West Africa, $82.5 million for the Great Lakes region and $38 million for southern Africa.Despite the increased pledge level for 2003, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers added that the agency still faced a shortfall of about $25 million for this year. “There is an urgent need to receive this amount,” he said.
CAE adjusts to cuts in European military by shedding 300 jobs; 90 in Montreal by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 3:46 pm MDT MONTREAL – CAE Inc. is making the largest cut to its workforce in nearly three years by trimming 300 jobs as the flight simulator and training company adjusts to the impact of military budget cuts in Europe.The Montreal-based company announced Wednesday that it is trimming about four per cent of its global workforce of 8,000 despite growing revenues and profits.Most of the job cuts are in Germany, but 90 employees in Montreal were notified as of Wednesday they would no longer be needed. No engineering positions are affected. Most are general, administrative and support jobs.CAE (TSX:CAE) said its pipeline of defence opportunities remains large as orders accelerate from high-growth regions like Asia and the Middle East.However, European governments are cutting their military budgets resulting in lower business activity for CAE, which provides training services for their pilots.“We are taking measures to refocus our resources and capabilities in response to this change in the defence market,” CEO Marc Parent said during a conference call.About half of CAE’s workforce is located in Canada, including about 3,600 in Montreal and 200 in locations elsewhere in the province.It will record a restructuring expense of about $25 million in the first half of fiscal 2013. About $8 million will be saved annually.The layoffs are the largest since 700 workers were laid off in 2009 as part of its effort to trim costs amid the global recession.Parent said CAE added about 250 employees in Quebec in the past year and raised employment in Montreal since 2005 by 27 per cent.While refusing to rule out additional decisions if the U.S. defence budget is dramatically cut, Parent expects the company’s total workforce will be higher next year as CAE adjusts to its growing backlog of work, especially in the civil aerospace sector.“It’s pretty hard to pick when you will get the orders but we had a record order intake in the U.S. this year…and I would expect that to continue in a difficult environment.”The company also announced Wednesday that Gene Colabatistto has been appointed to be group president of military simulation products, training and services. He replaces Martin Gagne who has decided to retire.Overall, CAE’s fourth-quarter profit rose to $53.2 million as it received higher revenue from its core civil and military operations as well as its new business segments.The profit amounted to 21 cents per share, up from $45.5 million or 18 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue was $506.7 million, nine per cent higher than $465.6 million a year earlier.CAE was expected to earn 19 cents per share on $508 million of revenues in the fourth quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, it earned $180 million or 70 cents per share, compared with $160.3 million or 62 cents a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits were $183 million or 71 cents per share.Revenues increased 12 per cent to $1.82 billion, up from $1.63 billion in fiscal 2011.Parent said the company achieved a “solid performance” in the fourth quarter and full year, laying the foundation for future growth.“We made significant moves in all of our business to further strengthen their positioning and growth potential,” he added.CAE’s civil business, which manufactures and sells flight simulators used to train commercial pilots and provides training at centres around the world, generated $215.4 million of revenue, up nine per cent from a year earlier.The military segment, which also provides training equipment and services to governments around the world, contributed $267.1 million of revenue — up four per cent from a year earlier.CAE’s relatively new mining and health-care segments contributed a total of $24.2 million in revenue for the quarter, up from $11.1 million last year.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results were “slightly below estimates” with “continued strength on the civil side but some softness on the military side.”The company’s stock declined 18 cents to $10.13 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A mother has been left desperate for news of her daughters after their father took them to Libya and refused to bring them back.The man has now been jailed for a year after failing to return the girls, aged five and 17, to their mother’s home in Wiltshire.Tanya Borg has not been able to speak to her children since March this year and has no idea where they are being kept in the conflict-ridden country and how well they are.Her ordeal began in February 2015, after she agreed with her estranged husband Mohammed Said Masoud El Zubaidy that he could take the two girls to visit their grandmother in Tunisia.But instead he whisked them across the border to Libya and has since refused to arrange for their return to the UK.Adding to Ms Borg’s agony is the fact El-Zubaidy has told his family not to let her speak to the children, something the judge in the case has described as “a wicked thing to do”.Ms Borg, a British national who was born in Malta, met El-Zubaidy on the Mediterranean island and married him in 2000.The couple settled in Britain two years later.Libyan-born El Zubaidy, of Wood Green, north London, took the children to visit their grandmother in the Tunisia, after Ms Borg had agreed to the visit. But according to court documents “the father took the children into Libya”. The documents added that Ms Borg said he “refused to return them despite the maternal grandmother even sending flight tickets”.Earlier this year El Zubaidy, who is a British national, returned to the UK without the girls, claiming he could not contact them because they were living at an unknown address with members of his family.Ms Borg, 38, a part time youth worker and actress who lives in the village of Pewsey, near Marlborough, went to court to commit her husband to prison in a bid to force him to return her daughters.Last week Mr Justice Moor, sitting in the High Court, ruled in her favour and sentenced EL Zubaidy to 12 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to comply with a previous judge’s orders to return the girls.He said there had been a “deliberate concealment of the girls girls since March” and added: “He has done absolutely nothing to procure or promote their return. Indeed, I am sure he has done the opposite.”The father has deliberately ensured the children have had no contact with their mother. Indeed, I find that he has instructed the grandmother either to disappear or to become uncontactable.” Justice Moor went on: “It follows that, far from ‘procuring and promoting that the children leave Libya forthwith’, he has done the opposite. The allegation that he has breached the order of Holman J is therefore proved to the criminal standard of proof.”The whereabouts of the two girls are still unknown.Justice Moor said if El Zubaidy helped find the daughters he would be released earlier from prison.Ms Borg said she did not want to speak about her missing daughters while the matter was being dealt with by the courts.”I can’t say anything. Not right now, it’s not the right time,” she said. 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.
Whenever a major milestone occurs on the App Store, Apple likes to mark the occasion with a running total you can watch tick up to the target and a generous cash prize. The company did this when the App Store hit 10 billion apps and again when it hit 25 billion apps. In both cases an iTunes gift card for $10,000 was awarded to the lucky person who managed to download the 10 or 25 billionth app.The same thing is set to happen today when the 50 billionth app is sold. If you manage to download it, expect a $10,000 gift card to spend. Apple has added to the offer this time around, though. If you manage to download one of the first 50 apps after the 50 billion milestone is reached, you’ll receive a $500 gift card.It’s interesting to look at how quickly app downloads are increasing on the App Store. It got to 10 billion apps on January 14, 2011. The 25 billion app total was reached a little over a year later on March 2, 2012. So that total has managed to double again in 14 months. What this shows is that while Apple may be suffering stronger competition for hardware sales, the popularity of the App Store is not really being effected.If you want a chance to win the $10,000 gift card today then there’s only one thing you can do: buy apps. You can watch the real-time total count up on Apple’s website, so it’s just a matter of timing your purchase right to be in with a chance. It’s going to be tough to judge, though, as the rate of purchasing will increase dramatically as it moves past 49,900,000,000 later today.
Iolanthie Gabrie, Ruby Slipper Consultants, has this to say about the recent Food For Thought Network (FFTN) Inspiring People Series: “As a Generation Y woman from a diverse multicultural background, I’ve been aware of networking entrepreneur Varvara Ioannou’s Food For Thought Network for some time. This year celebrates a decade of the FFTN, which promotes diversity in our communities. FFTN has created a true gem with the new Inspiring People Series, which premiered on March 22 at Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub. A buzzing crowd congregated to hear from several leading women in our community, including: Jill McCabe (Director of the Office of Women’s Policy), Nigisti Mulholland (inspiring ex-guerrilla fighter-come-nurse hailing from Eritrea), Lynda Morakis (Qantas Pilot) and Michelle Errichello (world -class paralympian athlete aiming for London Paralymic gold). The forum for the evening was a mixture of formal and casual, with each lady initially telling their life story before joining a panel discussion ably lead by Varvara Ioannou. Some of the interesting topics brought to the table included 100 years of International Women’s Day, cultural expectations and how life changes ‘while you’re making plans’ and great challenges in life and business. Overall, the event was well-organised by the FFTN community, and exceeded expectations. It was terrific to see a variety of generations and cultures present, as their very presence realises the FFTN goal of celebrating diversity. I can’t wait for the next FFTN event, which should be a unique event full of inspiration from our multicultural community.For a complete review and discussion of the FFTN’s Inspiring People Series, visit the Ruby Slipper blog: www.iolanthegabrie.wordpress.com. For more info about the FFTN: email@example.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “‘How do I succeed?’ ‘What can I do to fit in?’ As a teacher I am faced with these questions every day,” explains teacher Sophie Stamatelatos from South Oakleigh College about students arriving from Greece before they start the new school year. “The advice I give to newly arrived students from Greece is no different to the advice I give to students of all backgrounds and to my own children at home, and that is don’t be afraid to develop a strong work ethic. Chase those dreams and don’t let go but understand that anything you want badly enough involves work.” About 40 per cent of the students at South Oakleigh College are from Greece and in the past six months, the teacher said, there have been about 30 new arrivals. She said the best way to get involved in the school and the Australian educational way of life is to immerse yourself in every opportunity that comes your way. “Whether it’s participating in the Greek Parade, dancing the zorba for Harmony Day, volunteering for a leadership role or taking part in a maths competition, you don’t know what talent lies within you unless you try.” The College places a large focus on leadership and mentoring roles. The Student Representative Council organises many fundraising and social activities including Harmony Day. The Peer Support Program involves forty Year 10 students mentoring Year 7 students, helping them make the transition to high school. School house captain Nick Trepca, who is of Greek background and a recent arrival to Australia, encourages all students to participate. “Students should not be afraid to show leadership. You don’t know what you can achieve if you try,” he tells Neos Kosmos. The school encourages all students, not only new arrivals, to be proud of their culture. This year students will be taking part in the Greek National Day Parade and student competition on Pontos, and visiting Fronditha in Clayton. In 2011, Sophie Stamatelatos and her Year 8 class won the best film in the Antipodes Student Film Festival. L.O.T.E co-ordinator Phyllis Dimakakos and her students won a free trip to Crete where they performed a play on the theme ‘Migration’. Both teachers want their students to hold the Greek flag with pride, respecting everything Australia has to offer and remembering the sacrifices of their ancestors. As part of Harmony Day this year, students wore traditional costumes, performed songs and dances and shared food from different cultures. A broad range of cultures was celebrated including those from Greece, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Vietnam, India and Philippines. English/EAL teacher Mr Ioannidis said: “We’re currently studying the theme ‘Identity and Belonging’ in English. I’m so proud of all my students. The Greek students danced the zorba and played a rebetiko song and my Cook Island and Filipino students sang traditional songs. “It was encouraging to see so many students respecting the culture of other countries. The Student Representative Council and the teachers involved have done a brilliant job in bringing unity and culture to our College.” English and learning coach co-ordinator, Chris Melki-Wegner, organised a visit to the college from the author of the novel Chasing the Valley. They conducted writing workshop classes to develop the creativity and narrative techniques of the Year 7 and Year 8 students. Students were given a tool box of skills to produce and publish a narrative piece which will be distributed amongst all students at the school. These skills helped one student achieve the highest mark possible in the University of New South Wales Writing Competition in the Year 12 category, beating both public and private schools. “It is important to read and critique the work of other students. By reading the work of others in English and Greek I can improve my writing,” stated Year 8 student Katherine Demosthenous, who has a love and talent for creative writing. * South Oakleigh College will be holding an open night Thursday 27 March at 7:00 pm at the college, Bakers Rd, South Oakleigh. For any details please ring Year 7 Transition Co-ordinator, Mark Picone on (03) 95792322.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Real estate owners and buyers in Greece have to pay the highest property tax contributions in Europe, while one in three Greeks say that they will not be able to pay the new Single Property Tax to be imposed from January, amid reports of an amended bill that will raise the tax-free threshold against strong opposition by government MPs.According to a report submitted on Tuesday to the European Parliament by the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Greece is the only country in Europe in recent years to impose an annual property tax (FAP) equal to up to 2 percent of the property value, the special tax paid via electricity bills and the annual council tax on properties (TAP) ranging between 0.025 and 0.035 percent, not to mention the various other charges determined freely by local authorities.On top of that, there is a tax on the capital gains reaped in case of a sale, equal to 20 percent, while Greece has the second-highest transfer tax in the European Union, amounting to 10 percent, against an EU average of 4 percent, according to the report.While in most European countries taxation focuses either on transactions or on ownership, Greece taxes both, and heavily at that.According to an Alpha Bank analysis, the new Single Property Tax will amount to 1.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, meaning Greece will have the eighth-highest property taxation among all member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Meanwhile a survey by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, conducted on October 20-23, found that one in every three citizens will not be able to pay the new Single Property Tax as proposed by the government and put to public consultation. The rate of people who responded they would definitely fulfill their property tax obligations next year amounts to no more than 53 percent.This comes as the survey, conducted every month, found that the level of pessimism among Greeks reached the highest point this year – 70 percent, from 68 percent in September. Optimists accounted for just 15 percent, from 18 percent in September.Source: Kathimerini
If you’ve hit the gym, started a new journal or begun a new hobby in the first week of 2017, you might be one of many thousands of people who have resolved to make this year your year.This week’s episode of Clark Talks shares tips and tricks for setting and keeping goals for the new year with Vancouver psychologist Will Meek, who explains why we’re driven to reflect and set new paths at the beginning of the year. Co-hosts Katie Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti also sit down with health reporter Marissa Harshman to discuss the resolutions local leaders made, and Pesanti takes to the streets to ask people in downtown Vancouver how they’re planning to make their year better.Clark Talks, The Columbian’s weekly podcast, is released Wednesday evenings and can be found on The Columbian’s website every Thursday.You can find the show on Soundcloud, or subscribe for free weekly downloads on iTunes or Stitcher.
KENNEWICK — A Richland woman was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill a Trios Southridge Hospital employee if she couldn’t get into the Kennewick facility through a secured door.Cristi C. Chambers-Dozer, 47, allegedly held a knife with the blade facing up when she confronted the housekeeper late Saturday.She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Benton County Superior Court for felony harassment. Bail is set at $10,000.This is her second case in the past month for the same charge.Chambers-Dozer is accused of going into the HAPO Community Credit Union in Pasco on March 15 and threatening to get a gun if they didn’t do what she asked.She left before police arrived, but employees knew her because she is a member of the credit union. She also allegedly left behind her identification and purse.In the new case, the Trios housekeeper was leaving work at 11:34 p.m. when she found a small dog outside blocking the door at an employee exit.The employee was trying to move the dog when she heard a woman “aggressively yelling at her from a white van that if she touched the dog she was going to ‘f—— kill’ her,” court documents said.Chambers-Dozer then got out of her van and approached the employee. She again said she would kill the woman if she didn’t open the badge-protected door, documents said.
A man who recently moved from Vancouver was identified as the driver in a wrong-way crash on a Texas highway Monday that triggered a tanker truck’s explosion, leaving one man dead.Fort Worth, Texas police arrested Louis Nieves, 23, on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. He is being held in the Mansfield Jail after being treated for his injuries.Police said Nieves was driving a small red pickup truck eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 at Beach Street at about 2:30 a.m. when he slammed into a gasoline tanker.It was only minutes after police started getting frantic calls about the wrong-way driver that Nieves hit Alejandro Raya’s tanker truck, according to multiple reports.Flames ripped through the cab of the truck and Raya, 45, was unable to escape. He leaves behind a wife and three children.Nieves told news reporters in Dallas that he drank about 10 beers before the crash. He said from his jail cell he doesn’t remember the crash, but he’ll never forget the aftermath, according to reports.
Khandaker Mosharraf HossainBNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said their party thinks the upcoming elections to Rangpur and other city corporations will be an acid test for both the government and the Election Commission ahead of the national election.He said, “We think Rangpur and other city polls are very important as those are going to be held ahead of 11th parliamentary elections.“We’ll closely observe the attitude and activities of the government and the Election Commission during the polls.”The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion arranged by Bangladesh Nagorik Odhikar Forum at the National Press Club, reports UNB.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said they will go to people to mobilise public support once their chairperson Khaleda Zia presents her election-time government’s formula.Though the government is trying to hold a lopsided election like 2014 one, he said they believe the country’s people will resist such move this time.The BNP leader alleged that government has long been trying to suppress BNP leaders and activists resorting to repressive acts and enforced disappearance.He warned their party, if returns to power, will put those involved in enforced disappearance on trial.Mosharraf said the prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement in parliament on enforced disappearance has created confusion among people.“The prime minister admitted that the incidents of enforced disappearance have been taking place in the country. She said such incidents are happening in many other countries. We want to say the enforced disappearance doesn’t take place in any country with state patron using sate machinery. You just gave the reference of other countries only to mislead people. We condemn it,” he said.The BNP leader said there is a huge difference between the incidents of disappearance happening in Bangladesh and other countries. “People are made disappeared in other countries either out of enmity or for ransom. But the administration and the government forces are involved in the incidents in Bangladesh.”Mentioning that the government cannot shirk the responsibility for the incidents of enforced disappearance, he urged the government to take steps to ensure the safe return of those still remained missing in the country.
Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Oh good, a new Eddie Redmayne movie! …said, nobody. Ever.Describing convoluted modern genre movies as being similar to bad fan-fiction has become a common criticism even I’m getting pretty sick of. But where it fits it fits, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is far and away the closest thing to the grotesque incestuous fuckpile that defines the deeper recesses of modern “fanfic” culture ever to grace a movie screen: It’s a Doctor Who meets Pokemon mash-up rewritten into a tangential Harry Potter prequel. How did we get so lucky?It’s become pretty clear that the lasting effects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe experiment paying off huge is going to be with us for a long, long time: Shared continuity is the name of the game for big franchise movies with prequels, sequels, spinoffs and side stories now all grist for the Blockbuster mill; and no level of “deep lore” bullshit is too obscure to throw up onscreen and see if it sticks.Case in point: Here we’ve got a Harry Potter prequel that deigns to offer up the riveting backstory of… the guy who wrote one of Hogwarts’ zoological textbooks. Yeah.And they’re already planning four more of these! I assume if they ever decide to tell us where that talking hat came from it’ll be a 15-episode Netflix series. Anyway, the premise here is that Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander is a wizard animal-lover who’s been traveling the world collecting and studying magical critters so he can write a book convincing other Wizards to not be afraid of them. Why are they afraid? What brought him to this vocation? I couldn’t tell you – and the movie doesn’t care to elaborate. Yeah, I’m sure it’s all laid out piecemeal in the appendices of this or that book or on the Pottermore site; but I review movies folks, not whatever J.K. Rowling jots down on a goddamn cocktail napkin every time her house needs a new addition.I was only half joking about Scamander basically being Doctor Who: Pokemon Trainer, incidentally – he’s such a direct knockoff of The Internet’s favorite Timelord that it’s practically plagiarism: A tweedy, fumbling British eye roll-generator whose personality is wall-to-wall quirky affectation, flits in and out of trouble on his own vague agenda, picks up and discards goofy sidekicks including a lovable wide-eyed oaf and a pair of quirky “adorkable” ladyfriends and does his business by way of a seemingly modest base of operations that’s a lot bigger on the inside.Plotwise, Scamander shows up in 1926 New York City for reasons he keeps secret without a clear rationale as to why and through one of the most hackneyed plot devices in the screenwriter’s arsenal (identical suitcase mix-up – no, really) winds up having to recapture a bunch of the creatures who escape from his collection; a development that seemingly exists solely to pad out the runtime by turning the first two acts into a lazy Jumanji ripoff and to make sure our stammering, mincing fop of a hero can cuddle a floofy animal often enough to complete the Frankenstein’s Monster of Tumblr-bait that is Redmayne’s characterization.It’s certainly not there because the narrative demands it: In case you were wondering where all the promised “Potterverse” worldbuilding would be in this glorified bug hunt, the remainder of the film is built around a subplot with Katherine Waterston as a disgraced female Wizard Cop trying to suss out the connections between an anti-Witchcraft hate group, a mysterious dark force terrorizing the city and a proto-Voldemort supervillain whose gone missing from Europe. Is there a big important bad guy hiding somewhere in the tertiary cast? Gee, I dunno, have you not seen a Harry Potter movie before? (Yes, that cameo you heard about is, in fact, real, and it’s exactly the groaner it sounds like.)But this secondary storyline (which, as tends to be the case even in the good Harry Potter movies, blunders ahead and decides it was supposed to be the main story after all at the last possible minute) is actually interesting! It feels genuinely fresh after eight fucking Hogwarts movies, Waterston’s Tina Goldstein is instantly one of the most interesting characters in the whole franchise, Alison Sudol as her psychic sister Queenie is a constant delight and she has fascinating chemistry with the ever-underappreciated Dan Fogler as Scamander’s unwitting Muggle sidekick.And any time the movie is about these three characters? You could easily fool yourself into having a good time – they’re that appealing. Sure, you’d still have the problem that the on-the-nose Prohibition-era setting and underground jazz-scene aesthetic ends up (inevitably) as a vehicle for making a movie “about” persecuted minorities while still having an almost-entirely white cast… but seriously, the “sidekicks” are so much more intriguing and their storyline so much more theoretically compelling it’s fucking baffling that they aren’t the main feature: I mean, holy shit – you’ve got a promising star like Waterston playing “Hermoine but also Agent Carter” right there in the lineup, and you decide to build the whole movie around the screamy guy from Jupiter Ascending?But yeah, they more or less did exactly that. So what we’re left with is a pretty dull, dreary, uninspired, overall surprisingly shitty movie with (sort of) the idea of a good movie hiding in the middle of it and hoping that finishing strong with a surprisingly grim final battle sequence will make up for the rest of it basically, well… sucking. I get wanting any excuse to dive back into the Harry Potter universe, and maybe for the most profoundly devoted fan the familiar musical cues, creatures and general sundry “wizard stuff” plus the handful of good characters (in search of a better film) will be enough to get you through it – but for me it was a fucking slog.Sorry, folks – it’s just a bad movie.
Veneta Viewer review by Martin Brinkmann on May 18, 2018 in Software – Last Update: May 12, 2018 – 10 commentsVeneta Viewer is a free open source image viewer for Microsoft’s Windows operating system that supports a large number of image formats including APNG files and many RAW image formats.Windows users have lots of choice when it comes to viewing images on devices running the operating system. They can use built-in tools like the Photos application or even Paint, or third-party programs that are optimized for the task.Good programs are, among many others, IrfanView, FastStone Image Viewer, QuickViewer, XnView, or HoneyView to name just a few popular options.Veneta ViewerVeneta Viewer is a portable program that you can run from any location. It opens quickly and is ready for use right after start. The program supports all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system; it ran fine on a Windows 10 Pro version 1803 system and on a Windows 7 machine.You can drag and drop images that you want to view on the program window or use the File menu to load images instead.One difference to most image viewers is that it displays information in the interface. Veneta Viewer displays exposure, saturation, gamma, and brightness, the resolution, size, and RGB information for the active image.The interface supports customization. Just right-click on any toolbar to hide any toolbar that is displayed in the interface using the context menu. You can still use most features provided by using the menu bar at the top or mouse.Veneta Viewer performs several operations on images that you load into the application. It corrects Gamma automatically, uses the EXIF orientation if provided, and will fit images to the window.You may uncheck any of those with a click on the options menu at the top of the screen.Use the buttons at the bottom to display the next or the previous image, or jump to the beginning or end of the queue. Keyboard shortcuts and menu items are available as well, but you cannot use the mouse wheel to flip through images quickly as it is mapped to zoom functionality.Still, flipping through images using the built-in controls is quite fast; you may notice somewhat of a delay when the images reach several Megabytes though. I ran a test with a folder full of 10 Megabyte images and the delay was clearly visible.A quick comparison test using XnView revealed that XnView did a better job but had a delay as well. The images were loaded from a slow platter-based hard drive and your mileage may be better if the images are stored on a faster drive.You may load image sequences in the image viewer next to regular images. The player supports playback options, looping, and frame rate customization.Veneta Viewer supports basic image editing operations besides image viewing. Select Image to display the available options flip and rotate the actual image, or change exposure, brightness, sharpness and other values.The changes are not saved automatically; you may select File > Save As to save the active image to the local system.Other features of Veneta ViewerWhen you move the cursor the RGB values of the pixel the cursor hovers over are displayed automatically.You can disable Red, Green, and Blue color channels.Closing WordsVeneta Viewer is an interesting image viewer for Windows. The program may not be as fast as some of the other viewers out there, but the difference is not huge and you may like the extra features the application supports.Now You: Which image viewer do you use mainly?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Veneta ViewerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/veneta-viewer/ Advertisement
Hospitals in Pakistan to separate transgender patients, court rulesThe first trans designer fashion label in Pakistan is about to take offPakistan held a sports day for trans people and the photos are amazingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pakistans-trans-intersex-groups-release-political-manifesto/ The Transgender and Intersex Community Election Manifesto 2018 was released this week. It calls for the communities to be included in the political agenda ahead of July’s elections.TransAction Pakistan headed the manifesto alongside other trans and intersex organizations.They are calling for an inclusive political process and protection of their communities when it comes to policy decisions.The manifesto includes 33 demands. Some of those include; asking for quotas in the political positions, allowing political demonstrations and reviewing the legal frameworks which lead to the discrimination of gender minorities.High Court appealIn the Peshawar region, which has a high trans population, the community there filed a petition to the High Court to require the government to introduce a quota for trans people to get government jobs.Rahim Dada Khan a trans person filed the petition in the Peshawar High Court, according to a report in the Tribune. Ahead of Pakistan’s general elections, its trans and intersex communities have released a political manifesto for the first time. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Khan argued that their advanced tertiary qualifications should get them a job in the education department as a teacher in basic pay scale.Pakistan has made moves to improve the lives of its trans community. It has a third gender option on passports and national ID cards.Last year it counted trans people on the national census for the first time. But some in the trans community argued they were not counted properly.Most recently the parliament has voted in favor of changes to bill protecting the rights of trans people. Some of the changes include removing the need for approval from a medical board for a person to affirm their gender. The bill must now also pass the National Assembly and receive presidential assent before it becomes official law.And over the weekend the country made history with its first trans news anchor delivering her first live news broadcast.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Members of Pakistan’s trans community. | Photo: Facebook/TransAction Pakistan GAYSTARNEWS-
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Long grass and rubbish have brought Rose Terrace homeowners to the end of their tether, as they have repeatedly asked for something to be done about the situation.There is a large piece of vacant land between the houses in the street, which is overgrown with long grass. People dump there as well, which only makes matters worse.Homeowners now face a huge problem of snakes, rats and mosquitoes coming into their homes from the long grass.Also read: Illegal dumping takes over vacant landAlso read: Accused of dumping on vacant landAlso read: Illegal dumping causes fireAlso read: Long grass and reeds pose a threat to Saffa Street residents WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite In the centre of the vacant land is a ‘no dumping’ sign that was put up by the municipality, but that doesn’t make a difference as people continue to dump right next to the sign.Residents say the area was cleared by the municipality on one occasion, but they just left everything in a heap in the middle of the vacant land.One furious grandmother says she has small grandchildren and they cannot even play outside, as the snakes and rats move freely through their yard. “If they get bitten by a snake, what will they do?” she asks.Residents want the vacant land to be cleared and for the illegal dumping to stop.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!