Canadian designers regularly showering Justin Trudeau and family with gifts

first_imgOTTAWA – A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. A limited edition, painted leather clutch. Beauty products, glittering jewelry, shoes, luggage, children’s clothing, sporting accessories.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, are regularly showered with lavish gifts from world leaders and dignitaries, often as a matter of protocol.But a growing trend among the high-priced offerings to the prime ministerial family are gifts from private companies — clothing and accessories from Canadian designers hoping the famous family will sport their wares in public.Canada’s ethics watchdog, Mario Dion, says all the gifts listed on the prime minister’s public gift registry have been cleared by his office and are compliant with the rules of the Conflict of Interest Act.But NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus says he believes these corporate gifts are “problematic.”“What’s concerning is fashion labels sending clothes to the family, because this is a family that is very much in the spotlight, very much in the world of Instagram and there would be a very real benefit for a company to have them sporting their clothing labels as gifts,” he said.“The connection to the pecuniary interests of those companies is clear and direct.”If the Trudeaus are photographed sporting their gear, the companies often use these images to promote their business brands.For example, the prime minister’s most recent disclosure shows he was gifted some clothing for his son, Hadrien, in July from the Vancouver-based company North Kinder. In late August, a photo was posted to Gregoire Trudeau’s Instagram account of her children and husband, featuring Hadrien wearing a T-shirt made by North Kinder. The company later posted this photo to its business Facebook page for promotional purposes.Numerous clothing designers have offered gifts to Gregoire Trudeau, and have later posted photos or references to the prime minister’s wife sporting their wares on their official websites and social media feeds. They are also apt to name-drop the Trudeaus when interviewed in magazine-style feature stories about their brands.It’s a relatively new phenomenon for Canada’s political realm.Canada’s Conflict of Interest Act has only been in force since 2007, and has therefore governed only two prime ministers and their governments — those of Trudeau and Stephen Harper.Harper received his own trove of gifts: paintings, sculptures and even some personalized gifts such as Beatles paraphernalia from world leaders and dignitaries during his tenure as prime minister.But the clothing and accessories from Canadian fashion designers being sent to the Trudeau family fall within a newer category, Angus argues, more in line with the kinds of gifts given to celebrities and royals.“We are dealing with a new genre of politics which is very much focused on the politician as a celebrity, and nobody anywhere in the world personifies this more than Justin Trudeau and the Trudeau family,” Angus said.“They’re trailblazers in the sort of brand identification of celebrity politicians. So a clothing line tied to them would have huge financial benefits.”For that reason, Angus believes these kinds of gifts should not be accepted.All gifts to public office holders over $200 must be publicly declared. Anything over $1,000 must be forfeited to the Crown, although they can be retained if the public office holder pays the difference.The rules dictate that public officer holders cannot accept gifts that could reasonably be perceived as attempts to influence them in the exercise of their official duties, but there are a few exceptions to the rules.Trudeau and other MPs can accept gifts given as a normal expression of courtesy or protocol within customary standards for their position. They can also receive gifts from relatives and friends.Dion’s office has determined the clothing and accessories given to the Trudeau family fall within the protocol exceptions.But Trudeau has found himself in hot water over gifts in the past.Last year, former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau broke Canada’s ethics laws by accepting two all-expenses-paid family trips to a private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan, head of a charitable organization that lobbies the federal government for funds.Trudeau, who has since apologized, initially defended the trip as a gift from a longtime family friend.The whole ordeal raised questions about who is considered a “friend.” Dion, who took over as ethics commissioner in January, says he believes the exception for friends giving gifts to public office holders should be eliminated from the act.“A friend is a very, very subjective notion,” Dion said.“Some people have 3,000 friends on Facebook, some people have only one friend they confide to. So what is a friend?”Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch, says he believes the Trudeau family should pay to rent or borrow fashion label clothing if they want to promote Canadian brands and should not accept them as gifts.“You can’t allow the appearance of public office holders being bought off,” he said.An senior government official who spoke to The Canadian Press on background said some garments listed under Gregoire Trudeau’s gift registry were borrowed or loaned or were later donated to charities, but this information is not contained in the public disclosures.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

Read More →

Morocco to Host the Worlds Largest Solar Parc

Rabat – Morocco has launched an international call for tenders on Tuesday for the completion of the Central Noor IV project located in Ourzazate with a total capacity of 50 to 70 megawatts. The project is part of Noor Solar Power Project, the largest solar power complex in the world. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) said it will take bids until the end of April for “the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance” of the project.The bids could also include the Noor Laayoune and Noor Boujdour projects in the Sahara with a capacity of about 50 megawatts each, MASEN said in a communiqué. A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power International has won a $2 billion contract to build two solar power plants in the southern Moroccan city of Ourzazate.ACWA Power is already building a 160MW plant in the first phase of the project.The two plants totaling 350 megawatts are the second phase of the 500MW Ouarzazate project, which aims at producing 2 gigawatts of solar energy by 2020.Consortiums led by Spain’s Abengoa, GDF’s International Power and ACWA Power were pre-selected for the 200 MW (Noor II) tender. The three groups were also pre-qualified for the 150 MW (Noor III) tender, along with another consortium led by Electricite de France (EDF).To finance the plants, Morocco has secured loans of $519 million from the World Bank, 654 million euros from German state-owned bank KFW and the rest from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Commission and European Investment Bank.The Noor Concentrated Solar Power Project is expected to contribute in Morocco’s efforts to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by developing its renewable energy resources. read more

Read More →

1st direct KLM flight from Amsterdam arrives in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Officials in Las Vegas are marking the start of direct KLM Royal Dutch Airlines service from Amsterdam following the arrival of the first scheduled flight.A water arch ceremony greeted the Boeing 787-9 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol after it landed a little before 2 p.m. Tuesday at McCarran International Airport.The flight took 10 hours and 20 minutes.KLM President and CEO Pieter Elbers says Las Vegas is KLM’s 18th North Atlantic destination.Airport executive Rosemary Vassiliadis (vas-ill-ee-AH’-des) says that beginning July 2, flights seating 294 passengers will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.McCarran airport is a short distance from the Las Vegas Strip.It handled almost 50 million passengers in calendar 2018, making it one of the 10 busiest airports in the U.S. based on passenger count.The Associated Press read more

Read More →

Saputo says it has 1355 per cent of Australian diary it wants

MONTREAL – Saputo says it has increased its stake in Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter to 13.55 per cent, up from 4.8 per cent last week.The Canadian company advised the Australian Stock Exchange that it has nearly 7.6 million shares in the company it is seeking to buy.It wasn’t immediately clear if Saputo (TSX:SAP) will be able to accept the additional shares because a regulator placed an interim order preventing it from processing acceptances until its bid is investigated.Rival Murray Goulburn Co-operative had applied to the Australian Takeovers Panel to block Saputo’s efforts for up to two months.It alleged that Warrnambool’s shares traded for a period in November based on “misinformation as to the terms of the Saputo bid” because of Warrnambool’s decision to no longer pay up to AU$1.31 per share in special dividends.That means shareholders can’t access 56 cents per share in “franking” or tax credits from Saputo’s earlier offer.Last week, Saputo raised its offer to AU$9.20 per Warrnambool share if it gets majority ownership, or AU$9 if it doesn’t get more than half of the Australian company’s stock.Murray Goulburn responded by hiking its all-cash bid to AU$9.50 per share but retained two key conditions — getting approval from Australian competition authorities and obtaining a majority of Warrnambool stock.The company filed a request for approval from Australia’s competition tribunal on Nov. 29, a process that could take three to six months.Warrnambool said it was reviewing Murray Goulburn’s offer and a non-confidential version of the application to determine the likelihood of whether it will be able to remove a key condition of its bid and complete the transaction.Public hearings by the competition tribunal are expected to begin Feb. 10. Warrnambool said it will seek to be declared an interested party and participate in initial meetings next week. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2013 3:47 pm MDT Saputo says it has 13.55 per cent of Australian diary it wants to acquire AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Read More →

Albertas November jobs report still bleak

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Chris Bowen Posted Dec 4, 2015 11:05 am MDT (Stock photo: Thinkstock) You won’t find many positive takeaways in the latest Alberta jobs report.Statistics Canada says the province’s unemployment rate reached seven per cent last month, with 15,000 job losses from the previous month, and 60,000 year over year.ATB Financial’s Todd Hirsch says job losses may slow down a bit over the holidays.“Employers are human beings too, they don’t like to hand out pink slips just right at Christmastime. Some of them, I think, will probably try to figure out a way to hold on until sometime in the New Year,” he said.Hirsch says even just a modest increase in oil prices in the New Year would help a lot.Unfortunately, he sees the unemployment rate eventually surpassing what it hit in 2009, seven and a half per cent.“We’re now at seven per cent, and it doesn’t really seem to be showing signs of letting up. I’m still not expecting it to get nearly as severe as it was in the 80s, where we had 12.5 per cent unemployment,” he said.Hirsch adds Alberta’s economy is as diversified as any other, but so many sectors rely on oil and gas, everything from construction to food and accommodation. Alberta’s November jobs report still bleak read more

Read More →

JK Rowling criticises Jeremy Corbyns response to potential Scottish independence referendum

first_imgJK Rowling has tweeted scathingly about Jeremy Corbyn after his response to a potential Scottish independence referendum.Yesterday, after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon announced she would be pushing for an independent Scotland, Labour sources said Mr Corbyn “will be campaigning vigorously” if a second referendum happens.However, seemingly unimpressed with the Labour leader, JK Rowling tweeted: “For which side?” Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for his comments on the potential referendum, after he said on Saturday a second vote for independence would be “absolutely fine”.The Labour leader said he “wouldn’t block” a referendum if it came through Westminster, but said he would campaign against Scottish independence. For which side? https://t.co/9mRcylROzC— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 13, 2017 Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen. https://t.co/4MDj7pndcq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016center_img 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. JK Rowling, who vocally advocated for both the EU Remain campaign and the Scottish Better Together campaign, seemed less than impressed by David Cameron as well as Mr Corbyn.When Nicola Sturgeon announced her plans to push for a second referendum, the author retweeted something she said last year.The tweet said: “Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen.”last_img read more

Read More →

Alfie Evans granted Italian citizenship after Pope steps in as family hope

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. Protesters gather outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool  Police try and stop protesters getting into the hospital The Italian government’s move was welcomed by Giorgia Meloni, the head of the hard-Right Brothers of Italy, part of a Right-wing coalition that won the most votes in last month’s general election.“This is one of those days which remind you that politics can do great things. As a mother, as an Italian and as head of the party I thank from the bottom of my heart the prime minister (Paolo) Gentiloni and ministers Alfano and Minniti for having granted citizenship to Alfie Evans. It offers a glimmer of hope.” A children’s hospital in Rome, Bambino Gesù or Baby Jesus, has offered to treat the 23-month old boy.The head of the hospital is in Liverpool but claimed hospital directors there had declined to speak to her.“I feel totally impotent. I’m here and I’m ready to do whatever they ask me. The hospital knows I’m here but they told me they don’t want to talk to me,” said Mariella Enoc. Police try and stop protesters getting into the hospitalCredit:CHRIS NEILL/MAVERICK PHOTOGRAPHY On Monday, about 200 people turned up to protest outside the Liverpool Alder Hey hospital after judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) refused to intervene in the case.An angry mob tried to charge inside the children’s hospital after the final legal appeal to continue treatment was lost, but their path was blocked by police officers forming a line to repel intruders. Tom Evans and Kate James, who have been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle for their son Alfie Evans Tom Evans and Kate James, who have been at the centre of a life-support treatment battle for their son Alfie EvansCredit:Philip Toscano/PA Wire Alfie Evans’ parents have been fighting to either take him home or for further treatment in Italy “Your Holiness, save our son” Mr Evans told the Pope. Pope Francis said that cases like Alfie’s were “very painful and complex”.He asked that “every sick person may always be respected in their dignity and cared for in an appropriate way for their condition… and with great respect for life.”The Pope said the Vatican’s Secretariat of State would ensure a “decisive diplomatic channel is opened up for Alfie” so that “the dignity of his life is respected”. Alfie Evans' parents have been fighting to either take him home or for further treatment in Italy Protesters gather outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire Last week, Mr Evans flew to Rome and met Pope Francis at the Vatican, appealing to him to grant “asylum” to Alfie. Alfie Evans has been granted Italian citizenship after the Pope stepped in to help his case, as the toddler’s family hope they can save his life with treatment there.The move was announced in a statement from the Italian foreign ministry in the hope that he can be “immediately” transferred from hospital in Liverpool, where doctors are due to pull the plug on his life support system, for treatment.The statement read: “Foreign minister Angelino Alfano and interior minister Marco Minniti have granted citizenship to little Alfie.“The Italian government hopes that in this way, being an Italian citizen will enable the immediate transfer of the child to Italy.”Tom Evans, the toddler’s father, wrote on Facebook: “Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship. Alfie belongs to Italy.” read more

Read More →

British Film Institute celebrates unapologetically bad leading ladies

As Bette Davis once said: “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b****.”Now that theory is to be put to the test in a season of films at the British Film Institute (BFI) that celebrates “unapologetically bad leading ladies”.From Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind to Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, the month-long series of films in June will look at screen anti-heroines and ask if their traits would be regarded in the same way if they were male characters.”The BFI have committed to a programme that re-appraises and celebrates women’s contribution to film and TV: not only looking at women directors, but also at the contribution that women actors make.”In this season we want to look at a key stereotype, where the woman protagonist is a malicious, treacherous, unreasonable control freak.”There is a whole history of these roles in film and TV where the woman is most definitely the subject, not the object,” a BFI spokesman said.”We want to explore how the star power of the lead actor in these roles is critical and shapes the narrative, and how the audience’s response to and pleasure in the film can be highly ambivalent as a result.” Other highlights of the BFI’s 2019 programme include a season devoted to Barbara Stanwyck, with screenings of more than 20 of her films including The Lady Eve and Stella Dallas, and another celebrating the films of Cary Grant, for Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday to North by Northwest and To Catch A Thief. Kate O’Mara and Joan CollinsCredit:LMK Mae West One of the most recent films on show will be Gone Girl, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller about a seemingly perfect young wife, played by Pike, who disappears from the marital home.The role transformed the image of Pike, who was previously viewed as a demure English rose. She has said it was “thrilling” to play “a woman who didn’t have to conform in any way ever to expected behaviour or desirable behaviour or attractive behaviour.”So many times, when the woman is being rescued or saved, if she’s not a nurturing, maternal type then she’s in some way less of a woman – absolutely not, in my view.”Other performances singled out for appraisal will include Linda Fiorentino as a con artist in The Last Seduction and Charlize Theron as an unlikeable author in Young Adult.The season will also feature discussion about women on the small screen, among them Alexis Carrington in Dynasty – a role that at one point made Dame Joan Collins the highest-paid woman on television – and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), who succeeded her equally ruthless husband as president of the United States. Some of the films see Hollywood actresses play against type. Julia Roberts, America’s sweetheart after her performance in Pretty Woman, starred in the 1997 hit My Best Friend’s Wedding, which will be shown as part of the season.She plays a woman who becomes so jealous when her male friend announces his engagement that she secretly schemes to sabotage the wedding – on paper, the behaviour of a “b****”, yet the film manages to be a feelgood comedy. The BFI will also address “how the meaning of these unlikeable characters has changed over the years”.The earliest films will feature three Hollywood greats: Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West and Joan Crawford, who “challenged the audience with unlikeable but compelling characters”.West set the template with her very first film role as Maudie Triplett in Night After Night, strolling into a club in diamonds and furs. “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds,” exclaims the cloakroom girl. “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie,” West replies.The season will move on to Vivien Leigh, whose off-screen reputation matched that of her most famous character, the Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. Noel Coward, a friend, wrote in his diary: “She is such a darling when she is all right and such a conceited little b**** when she isn’t all right.” 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. Kate O'Mara and Joan Collins Mae WestCredit:Cine Text/Allstar/Sportsphoto Agency read more

Read More →

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (left) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan after a press conference as part of day-long briefings to mark the exit from the bailout this coming Sunday. Image Credit: Brian Lawless/PA WireIRELAND It was the last working day ahead of Ireland’s bailout exit on Sunday.Minister Michael Noonan said that the Irish people are the ‘real heroes and heroines’ of the exit, but also said not to expect life to be hugely different next week.The board of governors at the Central Remedial Clinic resigned following at the request of the HSEAn explosion forced the evacuation of a busy Belfast retail district.A woman and her young daughter were threatened during a robbery in Howth this morning.Members of the Public Accounts Committee said there are keen to question the St Vincent’s Hospital Group over their finances.The Director of Public Prosecutions said it is to accept guilty pleas from a man charged with the rape of two young girls.RSA chief executive Simon Lee stepped down.Mandate said it will recommend that union members at Marks and Spencers accept an LRC proposal.Defences Forces recruitment will resume next next year, the Justice Minister confirmed.Alan Shatter also confirmed that the State will not take over the administration of compensation to victims of rogue solicitors.The Central Bank fined Citibank €500,000 for failing to ensure the accuracy of its reporting.President Michael D. Higgins welcomed the former residents of Priory Hall to a reception in Áras an Uacharáin.INTERNATIONALA crane places a statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela into position at the Union buildings in Pretoria, South Africa (Image Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/Press Association Images)#SCOTLAND: The death toll from the Glasgow helicopter crash rose to ten after one of those seriously injured in the incident died in hospital. [BBC]#SYRIA: A United Nations said it has evidence that chemical weapons were used against civilians during the ongoing conflict in Syria.#SOUTH AFRICA: A giant statue of Nelson Mandela was erected in Pretoria, as his body lies in state for the third and final day. Hundreds pushed through police lines to see him. [BBC]#UNITED STATES: Two students were injured in a shooting at a school in Colorado.INNOVATIONTwitter reversed changes to its block function just hours after it was implemented.The NSA review panel called for reform and an end to call gathering.Automated bots make up 61.5 per cent of all web traffic, a report found.The European Union’s banking watchdog warned of the risks of using Bitcoin. [RTÉ] PARTING SHOTThe giant octopus straddling the world — is that what you think when you hear of the US National Reconnaissance Office? That’s certainly how they portrayed themselves last month, when they launched a secret satellite into space displaying this rather unusual logo.Here’s what happened yesterday >last_img read more

Read More →

Irelands injured XV A lineup of woe and 6 Nations disasters

first_imgIRELAND FINISHED THEIR 22-15 loss to Italy with players such as Rob Kearney, Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip on the field.That trio were part of the 2009 Grand Slam team and have each won multiple Heineken Cups with Leinster.A selection of others, and their Test caps, that stood, defeated, on the Stadio Olimpico pitch include Paul Marshall [1], Stephen Archer [1], Paddy Jackson [3] and Devin Toner [5].Speaking after the loss in Rome, which ultimately left Ireland fifth in the Six Nations table, captain Jamie Heaslip said:[It is tough], especially when you see that [flanker] Peter O’Mahony had to move to the wing for 60 minutes. That’s just what happened. You move on. It’s nothing new to us in this championship. It’s not ideal.”Here is a starting XV of players that were either ruled out of the campaign through injury, suspended, missed matches with injuries or picked up game-ending knocks: Loosehead: Cian HealyCited for a stamp on England’s Dan Cole. Missed the defeat to Scotland. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Hooker: Richardt StraussAn ankle ligament injury ended Strauss’ Six Nations bow ambitions in January. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Tighthead: Declan FitzpatrickCoach Declan Kidney revealed the Ulster man would miss the France game through injury. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Lock: Paul O’ConnellUnderwent back surgery in December that nixed his Six Nations hopes. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Lock: Mike McCarthyKnee ligament trouble saw him miss the Scotland match. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Blindside: Stephen FerrisA troublesome ankle tendon injury has cut Ferris’ season short. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Openside: Chris HenryA cartilage tear to his right knee cut Henry’s championship campaign short. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Number 8: Fergus McFaddenWe’re stretching here but look at McFadden (broken ribs) take on French flanker Yannick Nyanga. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Scrum-half: Eoin ReddanA leg fracture against French has ruled Reddan out for 12-16 weeks. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Out-half: Jonathan SextonSexton strained his hamstring against England and tore a tendon in his foot before the Italy game. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Left wing: Simon ZeboThe Munster winger broke a bone in his foot against England. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Inside centre: Gordon D’ArcyA stress fracture of the foot saw D’Arcy miss the final three matches. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Outside centre: Keith EarlsThe versatile Earls dislocated his shoulder against Italy. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Right wing: Tommy BoweThe Ulster winger hyper-extended his knee against Northampton Saints in December. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Fullback: Luke FitzgeraldA replacement that could cover multiple backline positions, Fitzgerald injured his knee against Italy. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Subs: Craig Gilroy [groin], Luke Marshall [concussion], Tomás O’Leary [back].Dropped: Ronan O’Gara, Tom Court, Andrew Trimble, Kevin McLaughlin.President Higgins congratulates Ireland’s women’s rugby sidelast_img read more

Read More →

The Game Boy Phone project takes its first steps

first_imgAn HTC 8525, available for around $50 on eBayA Game Boy Advance case, around $5 on eBay from Hong KongTri-reme screw driver, Torex screw driver, and Phillips screw driver.Dremel Rotary toolThe phone’s creator has successfully crammed a HTC 8525 Windows Mobile phone into a GameBoy Advance case. Admittedly, the Gameboy Advance buttons are cosmetic at this point, but the hope down the line is to figure out how to get them to work. Upon getting the hardware to mesh well together the next thing to tackle was the software.To give the phone a “Game Boy feel” the original Game Boy animation has been programmed to begin at startup with the appropriate soundtrack. That has been accompanied by special software to keep the phone in landscape mode, custom notifications and Mario-based ringtones. Of course, the next question you probably have is how are you going to play games made for the Game Boy on this thing?For games, PocketGBA comes to the rescue which allows you to play the original Game Boy games on the Windows Mobile platform. Again, you’re stuck playing them using the phone’s touchscreen, but the project is off to a good start considering we can now say a custom Game Boy phone exists. Getting the Game Boy’s buttons to work will be icing on the cake.Read more at Windows Phone Hacker I’m a child of the 80’s. I look back on watching the original Transformers and GI Joe cartoons with a bit of nostalgia. I feel the same way about some of the video games back in the day including the Nintendo console and the breakthrough mobile gaming console the Game Boy. If you’re like me then you’ll really appreciate a new project which hopes to create a Game Boy Phone.The prototype for the phone was made using:last_img read more

Read More →

Greek migrants honoured in Bonegllia exhibition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek exhibition From Petronis and Ekaterina to Peter and Catherine: Greek Journeys Through Bonegilla was opened in Wodonga last Friday by the Minister of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras. The exhibition features rare photos, artefacts and documents when addressing an audience of over 100 Greek Australians their families and officials, who went through Bonegilla. “Over 300,000 migrants have come through Bonegilla in that period of mass migration to Australia from war torn Europe” Mr Kotsiras said “It is in Bonegilla where multiculturalism was born, regardless of the original intention of assimilation. It was here that Greeks, Italians, Poles, Russians, Dutch, Germans and others met, communicated, shared and exchanged stories, ideas and cultures,” Mr Kotsiras said. “These post war immigrants had a profound impact on Australia’s society, culture, and economy.” The Mayor of Mayor of Wodonga Cr Mark Byatt also heralded the importance of the Greek community to Australia and to the local community. “We think of the Greek community as our community here in Wodonga and as the Minister passionately expressed it, Bonegilla was the beginning of multiculturalism.” Cr Byatt said. The exhibition includes objects Greek immigrants brought with them including tools, costumes, musical instruments and passports. IT also features documentation of the first families to arrive through the 500 Greek Farmers project as part of Australia’s post war immigration program. Paul Loustas from the Albury-Wodonga Greek Orthodox Church went on to bless the exhibition which has received $13,000 from the Victorian Government through the Victorian Multicultural Commission.last_img read more

Read More →

Taboos Fourth Episode Is a Slow Mostly Forgettable Gunpowder Plot

first_img After last week’s episode began to pick up the pace of Tom Hardy’s slow burn of a revenge tale, this week brings it right back down. We are halfway through the season, and it’s still not entirely clear where the story is going. Episode Four goes back into set-up mode. Delaney spends most of it collecting a group of people who will help him achieve… whatever he means to achieve.As the episode begins, Delaney’s prediction from the end of last week comes true. The British government uses Lorna’s assault of a nobleman in self-defense as an excuse to arrest her. Delaney instructs her not to sign anything they put in front of her. Once Lorna is in custody, Solomon Coop strips her, makes vague threats of rape and torture, and appeals to religion to get her to sign a document. If she signs away her claim to half of Nootka sound, she’ll be let go and given 1,000 pounds.She refuses, and before he can make good on any of his threats, members of the East India company interrupt and set Lorna free. It turns out Delaney had sent them proof that Coop’s document only included the British Government. That would be a betrayal of the deal between the company and the King. Once free, she is taken back home. Delaney hoped the experience would convince Lorna to leave, but she’s more determined to stay than ever. She agrees to join Delaney’s league of the damned and work with him.Tom Hollander as chemist and dirty old man Cholmondeley. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Here, we also learn that Delaney needs gunpowder, which will set up the heist this episode is building to. Godfrey, Delaney’s former classmate and confidant inside the East India Company, tells him that he’s been blackballed. Despite only mentioning tea to the Americans and fur to the Brits, the East India has figured out that the only thing Delaney can trade with the Nootka people is gunpowder. As the substance is strictly regulated, nobody will sell it to Delaney. He will have to make it himself, and for that, he needs a chemist.Enter yet another gross British guy, Cholmondeley. He’s a chemist who provides demonstrations to audiences of women and has sex with some of them after. Because that’s just how Taboo rolls. Delaney interrupts one of these… private lessons to buy his services. Delaney brings him to the farm where his brother/possibly son is being kept to look at poop. Cholmondeley concludes that if he mixes poop with more poop and soaks it in pee for a year, he might end up with gunpowder. That’s the basic gist anyway. Delaney doesn’t have a year to wait and asks if there’s a faster way. Cholmondeley says, as a matter of fact, there is. Refined saltpeter would speed the process up to about four weeks. The problem? Refined saltpeter can only easily be found in the East India Company’s warehouse. Time for a heist.Well, not quite yet. This is Taboo, we can’t just rush right to the exciting part. After Cholmondeley leaves, Delaney is accosted by a very large assassin. Despite taking a serious blow to the head, Delaney can pull out a knife and stab his assailant multiple times. He ends the brief struggle by ripping the man open and leaving him for dead by a water wheel. While most of the episode is fairly dull and slow, this was one moment of suspense and tension that the rest of the show could really use more of.French Bill (Scroobius Pip) and Atticus (Stephen Graham) prepare for a heist. (Photo via FX)Back at home, Delaney performs a ritual in front of a fireplace that has a strange effect on his sister across town. As he rubs ash on his face and chants, Zilpha writhes around her bed as if she’s possessed and moans in pleasure. Once the ritual is over, her husband, Geary comes home and notices her arousal. Flying into a jealous rage, he climbs on top of her. How much hell must this woman go through? If this series doesn’t end with Zilpha stabbing all the men in her life and escaping to safety and happiness, I’m not going to be OK.Delaney prepares for the heist and notices he’s received an invitation to a ball. The party is being hosted by Countess Musgrove, and the invitation comes from the Americans. That’s enough for Delaney to make an appearance, and he brings Lorna along as a date. As you’d expect, he’s kind of a sucky date. He ignores Lorna for the most part, doesn’t dance and chases after his sister once he sees her at the same party. They discuss the ritual he’s been performing, and she asks him to stop. Before the conversation can go much further, they are interrupted by Dr. Dumbarton. He encourages Delaney to take a deal offered by the Americans, noting that Zilpha can be part of the deal if he wants.Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary, Jessie Buckley as Lorna Bow. (Photo via FX)Things in the episode finally start picking up. The heist goes off without a hitch. Cholmondeley uses science to blow the warehouse door open while Helga and her prostitutes distract the company men and hold them captive. They all make off with barrels of saltpeter, and Delaney has an alibi for where he was during the heist. It looks like he will have his gunpowder soon.Back at the ball, Delaney has a brief meeting with the Countess, who turns out to be Carlsbad, the American informant he’s been looking for. They don’t have much time to discuss the deal, but Delaney does communicate that he wishes to meet with the American embassy in Paris. After a very awkward bathroom conversation between Lorna and Zilpha, a drunken Geary notices Delaney’s presence. Geary accuses Delaney of having sex with Zilpha and Delaney punches him, dragging him outside. Zilpha’s plea that James not hurt Geary enrages Geary more. In front of the whole crowd, he screams “you fucked her” and challenges Delaney to a duel. Delaney remains silent as the episode ends.This was not one of Taboo‘s better episodes. The pace was as slow as its ever been, which is a real letdown after last week’s jump in quality. Most of it was completely unnecessary. The good stuff didn’t happen until right at the end. The rest was all build up, some of which was necessary, but most of which was redundant. I am fully on board with the bleak, horrifying aesthetic Taboo has to offer, but that’s not enough. The story needs to be there too, and for most of this episode, it wasn’t. The pick up right at the end, along with last week’s episode, ultimately makes me hopeful for next week. It helps that the characters are messed up in interesting ways and, thanks to the performances, I do care about what happens to them. I just wish the story would move forward, rather than reiterating things we’ve already seen. Stay on target Taboo’s Finale Lived up to Most of Its PromisesTaboo Delivers Answers, Intrigue and a Torturous Cliffhanger last_img read more

Read More →

Apartments proposed near Uptown Village in Vancouver

first_imgThe Uptown Apartments developer is proposing a 46-unit apartment building six blocks north near Uptown Village.They hope to break ground late this year or early next year on The Broadway, as it’s been dubbed, to be built at 2409 and 2417 Broadway.The project on a half-block would include two buildings with some of the units as street-level walkups, a central courtyard and ground-floor retail, according to documents filed with the city of Vancouver.LSW Architects will design The Broadway, said Randy Printz, one of the participants in Cascadia Development Partners, which built and opened The Uptown in early 2018. That $45 million, six-story project at 1700 Main St. has units that rent for $1,515 to about $2,600, ranging in size from studios to two-bedroom units.The Broadway’s design is in its early stages, Printz said. Plans submitted to the city do not include potential rental rates, but say the average unit would be 721 square feet with units ranging from studios to two bedrooms.While city building rules call for a parking space per unit, the pre-application says the city offers a provision that for every five bicycle parking spaces provided, the minimum vehicle parking spaces may be reduced by one space. The Broadway calls for 39 vehicle parking spaces — seven fewer than total units — and 24 bicycle spaces.last_img read more

Read More →

Shan Mohan takes charge as Joint Collector

first_imgOngole: New Joint Collector of Prakasam district, Sagili Shan Mohan took charge in his chamber in Collectorate here on Thursday. A native of Anantapuram district, Shan Mohan completed BE Honours in BITS Pilani and did MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He started his career as a civil servant in 2013 as the trainee collector in Prakasam district and worked as ITDA PO, additional commissioner in CRDA and in other positions. Also Read – ZRCC member welcomes Suresh Angadi Advertise With Us The district officials, collectorate staff, leaders from revenue and other associations and organisations congratulated him and wished him all the best. The Joint Collector said that he is happy to work again with the officials and staff he worked earlier as the trainee collector and assured that he would do justice to his duties and public to the full extent. Additional joint collector Dr A Siri, DRO V Venkata Subbaiah, RDO Penchala Kishore, special deputy collectors Ramoji, Malleswara Rao, Addeiah, and other district officials also participated in the programme.last_img read more

Read More →

2 killed in gunfights

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo men were killed in separate incidents of what police called gunfight in Mymensingh district early Saturday.The law enforcement claimed deceased Alamgir was a murder accused and Sirajul Islam, 23, a suspected mugger, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police in the district Ashiqur Rahman said a team of police in a drive on Friday arrested Alamgir, an accused in a case filed for the murder of Abul Kashem from Gopalganj.A gang of criminals numbering 8-10 including another murder accused Siddiq, hurled brick chips to police, when Kashem was taken to Poranganj road from Charanchal Joybangla Bazar early in the morning, he said.At one stage, when the criminals opened fire targeting the law enforcement, in response police also fired upon them to defend themselves, triggering a gunfight that left Kashem injured with bullet.Later, the injured was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Two policemen were also injured in the gunfight, DB OC Ashiqur Rahman said.In another incident, a team of Kotwali model police station members early Friday arrested Sirajul and two other suspected muggers for their alleged involvement with the stabbing of school teacher Mobarak Morshed, said Ashiqur.Later, the team conducted a drive in Sankipara area around 4:00am along with Sirajul to arrest another mugger.When, the team reached the area, a gang of muggers opened fire on police, which triggered the gun fight, he said.Sirajul was found dead on the spot after the gunfight had ended.Police sent the body to a hospital for an autopsy.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of those incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

Read More →

US weighs banning laptops on intl flights

first_imgUS homeland security secretary John Kelly on Sunday said he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country amid signs of “a real threat.”Kelly made his remarks during the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel periods in the United States, at a time when the bombing at a concert in Manchester, England has raised concerns that further attacks-possibly involving explosives packed in electronic devices-may be planned.“There’s a real threat-numerous threats against aviation,” Kelly told the Fox News Sunday program when asked about the likelihood a wide-reaching ban on large electronics in airplane cabins could be imposed.Terrorists are “obsessed” with the idea of “knocking down an airplane in flight-particularly a US carrier, if it’s full of mostly US folks,” the homeland security chief said.But in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” later, Kelly specified that despite ongoing and persistent concerns, “we have no specific threats right now.”A laptop ban could disrupt travel between Europe and America. Some 3,250 flights a week are expected this summer between European Union countries and the United States, according to aviation industry figures.If put in place, a laptop ban would greatly expand on a rule Kelly announced in March banning electronic devices larger than a smartphone from the cabins of flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.The rule affects Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.Britain took similar measures in March targeting a smaller list of countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.In Europe last week during President Donald Trump’s nine-day foreign trip, Kelly met with European Commission officials in Brussels to discuss a possible laptop ban in airplane cabins.last_img read more

Read More →

Woman child repression cases to be disposed in 6 months HC

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Thursday issued seven directives, including the disposal of rape or murder cases within 180 days of filing those with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals, reports UNB.The bench of justice Enayetur Rahim and justice Mostafizur Rahman issued the order during hearing on three cases filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000.The court ordered continuing the cases every working day without any break after the start of hearing in the cases according to section 20 of the Act.It ordered formation of a monitoring committee with the additional district magistrate, additional superintendent of police (Admin), a representative of civil surgeon, and related public prosecutor (PP) to ensure the presence and safety of witnesses of the cases.The PP concerned will coordinate the committee and submit monthly report about its activities to the Supreme Court, the home ministry and the ministry of law, justice and parliamentary affairs, the court said.If there are multiple tribunals in a district, all the PPs will be included in the committee and the senior most one will coordinate the committee, it added.last_img read more

Read More →

Stranded Houston Ballet Instructor Teaches Montana Kids

first_imgLauren AndersonRenowned ballerina Lauren Anderson, a Houston native, was supposed to return home on Sunday. But after Hurricane Harvey left the nation’s fourth largest city under water and Anderson stuck in Helena without her family, she decided to put her extra time to good use for local children.Anderson was in Helena this weekend to teach a master class at Queen City Ballet. A critically acclaimed dancer, Anderson performed in leading roles in all the great classical ballets.She was the first African-American to be promoted to a principal dancer at Houston Ballet, where she started dancing in 1983 and continued until 2006. Her ballet shoes are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. After retiring, Anderson continued working for the Houston Ballet to teach master classes and give lectures.On Tuesday, Anderson taught a three-hour rehearsal with Queen City students to wrap up her fifth day teaching in Helena, the Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/2xNt6rT).Her son, Lawrence, and other family members, are in Houston. The storm has produced more than 50 inches of rain in Houston and displaced tens of thousands of people.“Everybody is safe,” she said. “But I have a son and family there and I want to get as close to them as possible.”What once were freeways leading to her home are now waterways, and Anderson has no way of knowing if anything is left.“I don’t care about that. You can always get another house,” she said. “But you can’t get more loved ones.”The Houston Ballet, where Anderson is supposed to be back to teach this week, is filled with water, and surrounding airports are closed until at least Thursday.“Life is on hold and prayers are being sent to Houston and the surrounding areas,” she said.With her family and community on her mind, Anderson said being in the studio is one of the few things that helps.Campbell Midgley, the owner of Queen City Ballet, used to dance with Anderson at the Houston Ballet. She was more than willing to have one of the best in the world teach her students for two extra days.“To be here for five days is really unheard of,” Midgley said.Anderson said she teaches a standard intermediate class to see where her students are and adjusts from there. While she always challenges her students, she said, she doesn’t give them anything they can’t handle.“They were incredible,” she said. “The technique here is really good.”Anderson started ballet at age 7 and was encouraged by her mom, who taught classical piano, and her dad, an assistant principal at a performing arts high school. When she was 11, she said dance picked her. She wasn’t great at the time, but she could do a jump that no one else could.“I found something that was different besides the way I looked,” she said.With decades of hard work that led to acclaim, Anderson said ballet remains universal, but there are more opportunities now. She said there are students in her classes that remind her of dancers she grew up with, but they are more likely to be people of color.“Plie is plie. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from or what city you’re from,” she said. “It’s classical. It’s taught the same way. The shades of people are different.”Anderson is anxious to get home and reunite with her family. She plans to return to the Heights neighborhood and eventually the Third Ward when the water goes down. Once repaired, she’ll return to the Houston Ballet, where she says she belongs.___Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com Sharelast_img read more

Read More →

Apple TV Gets Xbox One PlayStation 4 Controller Support

first_imgAn upcoming to the Apple TV will add support for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday.The announcement, mentioned in the middle of the presentation, didn’t include any word on timing, but Cook said that the two controllers would be supported by tvOS.Currently, the Apple TV supports the SteelSeries Nimbus and Hori Horipad Ultimate controllers, along with other made for iOS controllers that connect via Bluetooth.The news comes in the lead up to this fall’s release of the Apple Arcade, the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop, and the Apple TV.Apple Arcade, which hits this fall in 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS, and tvOS, will be curated by the same Apple team that curates the store. Pricing and further details will be announced later this year. Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Apple said it will also be contributing to the development costs and working closely with creators to bring the games to life. The service will feature games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more.Apple has already announced a handful of games coming to the service Monday including “Beyond a Steel Sky,” “Where Cards Fall,” “FANTASIAN,” “Lifelike,” “Overland”, “Little Orpheus,” “The Artful Escape,” “The Pathless,” “ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree,” “LEGO Brawls,” “Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm,” “Sonic Racing,”“Box Project,” “Frogger in Toy Town,” “Projection: First Light,” “Mr. Turtle,” “Enter The Construct,” “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” and “Hot Lava.”last_img read more

Read More →