The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge last week called on the highest levels of government to form a global partnership to stop the illegal trade in wildlife – a trade that presents a grave threat not only to our natural world, but also to our global security.The conference took place in the St James’s Palace State Apartments, London.The conference featured speeches from The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, a short film highlighting WildAid’s work with Yao Ming to end the demand for ivory in China, and remarks on effective demand reduction through communication by WildAid’s Executive Director, Peter Knights. The audience consisted of more than 160 NGOs and government representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America that play a role in the illegal trade: those that are a source of the wildlife and related products; those where the contraband crosses their national borders; and those whose citizens fuel the demand for the illegal products.“We face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever, and we must treat it as a battle, because it is precisely that,” remarked HRH The Prince of Wales. “It is clearly vital to tackle the demand for such products amongst consumers by recruiting the help of every form of media to communicate more widely and effectively its disastrous consequences.”“As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals,” he added. “Humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. Their destruction will diminish us all.”In recent months, the killing of elephants and rhinos has reached epidemic levels with losses threatening certain populations of African elephant with extinction for the first time within a decade. Both the black and white rhino are also under unprecedented attack for their horn on a scale previously unseen. According to conference organizers, “experts are finding increasing evidence that the illegal activity is being driven by international organized criminal networks and, in some cases, terrorist and rebel militia groups. It seems no country with valuable wildlife populations is immune from the activity, which not only robs citizens of natural resources, but also contributes to global instability.”“The poaching and trafficking crises invariably coincide with rapid economic growth in consuming markets,” said WildAid’s Knights. “We can only solve these crises in consuming nations as we did until 2008, with stronger laws in consuming countries and consumer awareness that reduced demand. When the buying stops, the killing can too.”WildAid was honored to stand with The Prince of Wales and the British Government to put what has become a battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. The meeting focused on promoting international efforts to:· reduce demand for endangered wildlife and related products in markets around the world;· increase capacity for global law enforcement against the organized syndicates engaged in this activity; · assist rural communities to find long-term, viable alternatives to the trade.Convened by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), it is hoped that this conference will be the first stage in a process which will result in key countries signing a “Declaration” at a meeting in Autumn 2013 to commit at the highest levels to end the illegal trade in wildlife.Source:WildAid
The Toronto stock market overcame pessimism out of Europe and weaker commodity prices on Monday to end the session higher as markets around the globe weighed the outcome of the Greek elections against concerns about Spain’s debt troubles.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,601.13, + 76.23S&P 500 — 1,344.78, +1.94 Dow — 12,741.82, -25.35 Nasdaq — 2,895.33, –22.53 The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 76.23 points to 11,601.13, while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 8.73 points to 1,259.75.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.18 of a cent to US97.65¢.Much of the attention was focused on the outcome of the Greek election won by a party backing harsh austerity measures. That was considered a positive development, though concern then shifted towards Spain’s debt problems.Commodity prices fluctuated as both developments influenced markets.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 76¢ at US$83.27 a barrel.Gold bullion dropped $1.10 to US$1,627 an ounce while July copper edged up one cent to US$3.39 a pound.On the TSX, materials stocks rose 2.1% with Barrick Gold rising 90¢ to $41.18.Financials were on the downside, off 0.4%, with TD Bank dropping 41$ to $78.57.The outlook for the global economy appeared to be weighing slightly heavier on U.S. markets.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was off 25.35 points at 12,741.82. The Nasdaq composite index rose 22.53 points to 2,895.33 and the S&P 500 index inched up 1.94 points to 1,344.78.The Greek election results suggested the country would not drop out of the euro currency union, a scenario that would have put severe stress on the financial system.But much of the relief faded when it became clear that Spain’s fundamental economic and fiscal problems remain huge. Spanish borrowing rates spiked Monday above levels that forced other countries to take bailouts, a sign that bond investors fear Spain will default on its debts.European stocks ended slightly higher in the afternoon. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.22% while Germany’s DAX added 0.3% and France’s CAC-40 fell 0.69%.“The mind set seems to be forming that the Band-Aid approach is too little too late, and there’s not much of a concerted set of initiatives to really tackle the problem appropriately,” said Garey Aitken, director of equity research, Bissett Investment Management.“Until people see there’s really significant change coming, I think we’re just in this washing machine of a market.”In Canada, Yamana Gold Inc. announced the acquisition Monday of Extorre Gold Mines Ltd., a miner with a promising gold-silver project in Argentina for about $400-million. Yamana will pay $3.50 in cash and 0.467 of a Yamana share for each Extorre share, while also saying it plans to increase its dividend by 18 per cent. Yamana shares rose 39¢ to $16.75.Celestica Inc. said it will wind down manufacturing services for Research in Motion over the next three to six months. Celestica says it has been working with RIM as the troubled BlackBerry maker assesses its supply chain strategy. Celestica shares rose 28¢ to $7.89, while RIM stock fell 30¢ to $10.87.Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust is selling six properties in the United States for about US$165.5-million, including outstanding mortgages. Its units rose 40¢ to $9.20.Microsoft is expected to make a “major” announcement on Monday, with speculation leaning towards either a tablet computer or a system that uses an upcoming version of Windows to help people access TV shows and movies across a range of devices.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Greek vote fails to stem pain in Spain, ItalyCelestica to stop making BlackBerrys for RIMForeigners go on Canadian securities buying spree in AprilBrent oil prices fall to 17-month low on economic fearsON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (April): Economists expect 0.2% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Housing starts (May): Economists expect 0.6% gain Building permits (May): Economists expect 1% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFedEx Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.92 a share Adobe Systems Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 59¢ a share
“The assault on a free press in Sri Lanka extends beyond Uthayan. The BBC Tamil-language service has had its programs about Sri Lanka and the Human Rights Council censored. Reporters have been physically assaulted and murdered in years past, and a prominent political cartoonist has been missing for three years,” he said.The State Department official said that Sri Lankan authorities have been urged to demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law and freedom of expression by conducting thorough investigations into all attacks and killings of journalists and bringing perpetrators to justice. Uthayan has seen its personnel beaten, its newspaper shipments burned, its equipment destroyed, and its offices set ablaze in this last month alone. He also said that as the US continues its ‘Free the Press; campaign, they will highlight the case of Uthayan, the Tamil-language newspaper based in Jaffna. The United States (US) says it will continue to support the need for justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.Acting Deputy Spokesperson at the US State Department Patrick Ventrell said that the US government has seen the Amnesty International report on Sri Lanka released yesterday and note that it echoes many of the concerns the US raised in its own Human Rights Report. “We urge Sri Lankan authorities to protect freedom of expression. The necessity of upholding this fundamental right was not only a component of the UN Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva this March, but it was a central recommendation of the Sri Lankan Government’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission,” he said.Asked what the US will do with regards to Sri Lanka in future, Ventrell said they will continue to work with the Sri Lankans bilaterally.“We’re going to continue to work with interested parties that include a number of people quite frankly in the international community who are deeply concerned. And so we’ll continue to do so bilaterally, but we’ll also continue to do so with other members of the international community and that’s certainly been the case with the – at the UN Human Rights Council and in other fora. So we’ll continue to press our concerns very directly,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)
Brock’s student artists take centre stage this month in Supper Club, an annual juried exhibition at Rodman Hall.Supper Club features paintings, drawings, photography, video, sculpture and installation work. All artworks were selected by Niagara Falls artist Geoff Farnsworth and Port Colborne sculptor Joyce Honsberger.The Department of Visual Arts exhibition runs from March 19 to April 3. There will be an opening reception and award presentation on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.Rodman Hall is located at 109 St. Paul Cres. in St. Catharines.
A disturbing discovery of more than 100 rusting nails on the beach at Port Dover has the OPP searching for the person who they believe deliberately put them there.Imagine walking bare foot, with your young children playing in the sand never expecting to stumble across 100 rusting nails.A close call for Chantel Miller’s son who was playing in the area along with a beach full of children.“I don’t understand why anyone would dare to do something like that”.At this point in the investigation police believe the nails were put on the beach Sunday night or early Monday morning.“Right now we are trying to determine that but there’s really no other means of discarding nails along the beach”.According to Miller, parents began pulling their kids from the water to head home. The OPP say there has been a sweep of the beach but they are reminding families to stay cautious.“Make sure you put your safety as a priority make sure that if you have young kids to let them know that there may be items in the sand that might cut them or injure them”.People enjoying the beach at Port Dover were disturbed by the news. While Miller is glad her son and other children playing on the beach that day are safe, she says they won’t be heading back to the beach anytime soon.The OPP are asking anyone who may know something about this case to give them a call. They are treating it as a mischief investigation and they hope to find the person responsible.
An abridged version of the play, organized by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, is being staged to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The event, ‘Globe to Globe,’ also coincides with the launch of the United Kingdom’s Presidency of the Security Council for the month of August.“It is a huge pleasure to see just how far Shakespeare has reached and quite how important he is not just to us in the UK but to everyone in the world,” said Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, at a headquarters press conference today. “We wanted to carry on that commitment.”The Globe intends to stage the production in all 193 countries between 23 April 2014 (450 years since Shakespeare was born) and 23 April 2016 (400 years since Shakespeare died). Having already performed in 28 countries, the Globe said it looked forward to going to the other 176 countries. Joined onstage by the play’s performers and actors Miranda Foster, Rawiri Paratene and Ladi Emeruwa, Mr. Dromgoole said that “there are obviously going to fascinating, extraordinary and exciting challenges in each place we go.” The Global has already performed in Russia, the Balkans, as well as in Ukraine on the night before the elections in Kiev, where “suddenly we became the ticket that everybody from the incoming political class had to get.” “It was thrilling to see that commitment of the whole political class of that country to celebrate Shakespeare,” Mr. Dromgoole said. When asked how the Global was going to go to conflict ridden nations, he said, the troupe was “determined to try and get into every country” and stressed that international inclusion was better than non-inclusion.
The satellite blasts off on board a Soyuz rocked in 2014 Scientists said the maps was as revolutionary as the first chart produced by Galileo 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. Gaia, which is around 32 feet (10m) wide with its solar panels outstreteched, sits in an observing location nine million miles (11.5 million km) from Earth, from where it can slowly spin and scan the sky. The satellite was launched 1,000 days ago and started its scientific work in July 2014.It’s array of powerful cameras have been designed by Chelmsford-based technology specialists e2v and is are powerful they can measure the diameter of a human hair at a distance of 620 miles (1000km). Galileo’s original star map of Orion The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, with most of its stars residing in a disc about 100 000 light-years across and about 1000 light-years thick.This structure is visible in the sky as the Galactic Plane – the brightest portion of this image –which runs horizontally and is especially bright at the centre.Brighter regions on the map indicate denser concentrations of stars, while darker regions correspond to patches of the sky where fewer stars are observed.Darker regions across the Galactic Plane correspond to dense clouds of interstellar gas and dust that absorb starlight along the line of sight.The two bright objects in the lower right of the image are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way. The most detailed map of the night sky ever produced, which pinpoints the locations of more than one billion stars, was released today.The image is the result of 14 months of sky scanning by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite which carries a one-billion pixel camera designed by British engineers.Scientists said the map was one of the most significant produced in modern astronomy since Galileo drew the first star chart of Orion in the early 17th century.Antonella Vallenari, of Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium, Observatory of Padua, said: “In 1610, Galileo took a prototype of a telescope which had been built just for defence purposes and pointed it to the sky. To his great astonishment he discovered that the Milky Way is full of stars in all directions,” she said.“This is what we think of as the birth of modern astronomy. Since that moment people have begun to look at the sky with different eyes. Galileo produced a map showing the Orion cluster of stars which was a revolution and now this is a new revolution.“Gaia is going to provide not only information about the stars in the jy but also about the motion of the stars and information about how the stars formed.” Other nearby galaxies are also visible, most notably Andromeda, the largest galactic neighbour to the Milky Way, in the lower left of the image. Below Andromeda is its satellite, the Triangulum galaxy.A number of features and darker stripes are not of astronomical origin but rather reflect Gaia’s scanning procedure and will gradually disappear as more information is gathered during the five-year mission.“Gaia is at the forefront of astrometry, charting the sky at precisions that have never been achieved before,” said Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science. “Today’s release gives us a first impression of the extraordinary data that await us and that will revolutionise our understanding of how stars are distributed and move across our Galaxy.”The mission is also hoping to map thousands of new asteroids and comets in the Solar System and seven thousand new planets in neighbouring star systems. It is also hunting for exploding stars, called supernovae and distant galaxies.Gaia will observe one billion stars about 70 times each over five years. That’s an average of 40 million observations a day. However one billion stars is one per cent of all the stars in the Milky Way. The cameras work by picking up light and turning it into an electric signal which is then beamed to Earth. The most powerful instrument on Nasa’s Hubble space telescope incorporates two such cameras but Gaia has 106 meaning it can pick up far more data than ever before. “The beautiful map we are publishing today shows the density of stars measured by Gaia across the entire sky, and confirms that it collected superb data during its first year of operations,” said Timo Prusti, Gaia project scientist at ESA. Gaia satellite as seen with the Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The Gaia spacecraft Credit:ESA
← Previous Story Domestic squad ready for France 2017! Next Story → Dolenec to FC Barcelona – Richardson to Montpellier! Vive Tauron Kielce want to continue cooperation with the guys who were their biggest strentgh in climbing to the TOP of European handball. Polish Echo Dnia published story with Kielce’s boss, Bertus Servaas, who announced that club want to keep Karol Bielecki on two years basis, but also Slawomir Szmal and Uros Zorman for the next season.We are also interested in Blaz Janc. Our chances are 50-50, but more will be known after World Championship in France – concludes Servaas observation about fantastic Slovenian right wing-back from RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Kielce will have another look from the next season when Alex Dujshebaev and Marko Mamic come to Poland. Uros ZormanVive Tauron Kielce
Russian company ElcomSoft today threw their grey hat firmly into the top-secret ring of internationally important security companies. Though the actual innovation is quite simple, the company today announced a $500 piece of hardware that could change the face of electronic security for some time to come.For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that data can be secured. Though the Second World War was practically defined by the ongoing quest to achieve truly invulnerable communication, it took us until the early nineties to figure it out for the internet age: Phil Zimmerman’s Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). Since 1991, PGP has been the foundation of computer cryptography, and has spawned a number of successors and competitors like TrueCrypt and BitLocker. It was widely assumed to be unbreakable — and it is.PGP has not been broken, but with their latest gadget ElcomSoft has brought an age-old loophole to the masses. As the company’s CEO Vladimir Katalov explains, their “hack” is a physical retrieval of the user’s private key – the one thing keeping their information secure – from some portion of the system’s RAM. Once the unit is powered down, the RAM is wiped, and the key is gone. As a result, simple vigilance is enough to close this loophole; the user simply has to power down their computer when not in use, and refuse to let the password be held in memory.The RAM-scrubbing approach to password finding has been used by forensic examiners for years now, along with criminal hackers and (presumably) the covert sections of government. In the past, these invaders required significant expertise to build their own versions of ElcomSoft’s device. It was an expensive and meticulous process, and ElcomSoft has simply made it available to a much wider target audience.It’s important to note that this is a mostly superfluous invention for ongoing monitoring of a target, since if the hacker can physically touch their adversary’s machine there are already several cheaper ways to keep watch. From keystroke-loggers to taps on monitor cables, it’s much easier to watch a person than it is to investigate their encrypted past. ElcomSoft’s latest release makes such trawling not just possible, but accessible to all.
Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics has teamed up again with Ovarian Cancer Australia to raise funds and awareness for the deadly disease. On February 18, Napoleon Perdis stores all across Australia hosted a special in-store event “Make Me Over Day” where customers were charged half-price ($40) for a full make-over, with $20 donated to the charity. Napoleon Perdis store staff were again rallying behind the cause to top last year’s bookings of 832 makeovers. Makeup Artist for the Napoleon Perdis National Creative Team, Anna Papadopoulos, said the company has been supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia since 2008. “Last year the event was such a big hit, customers are always enthused and it’s so refreshing that half of the makeover dollars go straight to such a wonderful campaign,” Ms Papadopoulos told Neos Kosmos.“This year we’re trying to beat the 1000 customer mark.” Napoleon Perdis retail staff are always excited to take part in the campaign, Ms Papadopoulos said. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way so as staff we are all for helping out where we can.”In 2008, the cosmetic company donated the net proceeds from the sales of DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Hera to Ovarian Cancer Australia and since February last year it has contributed the net proceeds of every Auto Pilot Lip Service (RRP$28) sold at a Napoleon Perdis concept store. Every year in Australia around 1500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 850 will die of the disease. Ovarian cancer has always been considered a silent killer with about 75 percent of women diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced stage and is very difficult to treat successfully. When ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage the outlook is exceedingly good, with as many as 90 percent of patients being cured. However, only about 25 percent of diagnosis is at an early stage. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far If you hungrily devoured the first season of Attack on Titan, as you rightly should have (it’s awesome), you’re probably salivating over Attack on Titan 2, whenever you can get additional information on it, anyway. There have been a few updates going forward for the second season thanks to news that the anime will likely be returning on April 1st.Sure, that’s April Fools’ Day, so you might want to take that with a grain of salt. But there are some additional details to soak up regarding what we can expect from the second season via Funimation when it does land:Eren Jaeger swore to wipe out every last Titan, but in a battle for his life he wound up becoming the thing he hates most. With his new powers, he fights for humanity’s freedom facing the monsters that threaten his home. After a bittersweet victory against the Female Titan, Eren finds no time to rest—a horde of Titans is approaching Wall Rose, and the battle for humanity continues! Funimation has also announced that it simulcast of Attack on Titan Season 2 will be launching on April 1, so that lends a lot of credibility, as well as the teaser video Funimation launched for everyone to reach unnecessary levels of hype with. Check it out below!For additional icing on the cake, it seems that Linked Horizon is returning for season 2’s opening so we can have another epic tune to listen to when the shows come on each time.Watch the video for Season 2, and then get super hyped. There’s a lot going on there, especially if you haven’t caught up with the manga series. It’s finally time to get back on the Attack on Titan train, especially since there are so many unanswered questions out there for us to finally see some closure on. Stay on target
You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big (or little, as the case may be) bad. Now, let’s travel back to Victorian England to the idyllic garden city of Sweetville.DailymotionMISTER SWEETFirst appearance: “The Crimson Horror” (2013)—season 7, episode 12Home planet: EarthDoctor: ElevenCompanion: Clara OswaldYorkshire, 1893. The Paternoster Gang are called to investigate a mysterious case in which victims are found petrified, with bright red skin.The inquest leads Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax north to utopian community Sweetville, founded by chemist and mechanical engineer Winifred Gillyflower and her “silent partner,” Mister Sweet.Advertised by Mrs. Gillyflower as a safe haven where people can survive the coming apocalypse, Sweetville is actually a factory for the preservation of “the fittest and the most beautiful,” who will start anew to make a better world.DailymotionOn a two-fold mission—infiltrate the community and find the Doctor (last seen frozen in the retina of a Crimson Horror victim)—Jenny discovers the Time Lord chained up, red-faced, and stiff as a board. A reject from the pickling procedure (which doesn’t appear to work on alien lifeforms), he was saved and stored by Ada Gillyflower, blind daughter of the Sweetville proprietor.Clara, however, wasn’t so lucky: The Doctor finds his companion preserved in a glass dome, from which he gallantly breaks her out and reverses the process with a swish of the sonic screwdriver.Puzzle pieces begin falling into place when Madame Vastra recognizes Sweetville’s serum as the venom of a prehistoric red leech—a major menace to the Silurian race, but a source of life for Mrs. Gillyflower.When confronted by the Doctor and Clara, the businesswoman finally introduces Mister Sweet, the red leech she found feeding on “the filth humanity has pumped into the rivers.”Dailymotion ” His needs are simple,” Mrs. Gillyflower explains of the toothy creature, which resides on her chest. “And in return, he gives me his nectar.”That nectar is the very poison she intends to spread across Earth, killing everyone except the “perfect” people she’s preserved.The gang, of course, foils her plan. And when militaristic Strax takes a shot at her, Gillyflower falls to her death. Abandoning its host, Mister Sweet tries to escape but meets the business end of an angry Ada’s cane.Little is known about the parasitic creatures, aside from their apparent diet of flesh and salt, as alluded to in the episode. Dreamt up by Mark Gatiss, the red leech is a reference to a Sherlock Holmes adventure (perhaps a nod to Gatiss’s other BBC program, Sherlock).Fun fact: “The Crimson Horror” was written specifically for mother-and-daughter pair Diana Rigg (Winifred Gillyflower)—famous for her role in British TV show The Avengers—and Rachael Stirling (Ada Gillyflower), who had never before appeared on screen together.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon
Stay on target Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) “In this stand-alone Kong story, the year is 1912, and a wealthy humanitarian has traveled to Skull Island with the purpose of civilizing the native Tagatu living there. Although the Tagatu accepts his gifts and allow his team to live among them, they’re devoted to their god… and the team soon discovers that Kong is very, very real.”KONG: GODS OF SKULL ISLAND (W): Phillip Kennedy Johnson (I): Chad Lewis (C): Dee Cunniffe (L): Ed Dukeshire (CA): Jeremy WilsonI love a good Kong story. There have always been right and wrong ways to explore and expand the legacy that Merian C. Cooper and Edger Wallace created. We’ve gone full steam ahead with movies. The latest being Kong: Skull Island by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. We’ve also forward with creating more in-depth and detailed story within comics.via BOOM! StudiosKong: Gods of Skull Island, written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Dee Cunniffe, is one of those expansions that carries on the legacy of Kong but writes about a story within a story. Based on the classic movie King Kong and the illustrated novel Kong of Skull Island by Joe DeVito. The story steps back to 1912. We follow the adventures of Mister James Copland, who flies on uncharted land and happens upon a mysterious island. He brings his crew to the island to build “something from nothing.” He aims to “help” the indigenous people who already live there. We like to think this story is about Copland. However, we’re quick to discover that this story is about the native Tagatu. The indigenous tribe who live on the island and one the one god they worship: Kong.Again, I love a good Kong story, and Phillip Kennedy Johnson got it so right within Kong: Gods of Skull Island. He takes the narrative to another time, the same place and different narrative perspectives to keep you engrossed in his story. Johnson writes this tale like a tale in history yet discovered. It feels like a diary or pieces of a scattered story left behind by a team whose met their demise. He weaves you between the narrative views of Copland, who encroached upon land that doesn’t belong to him and the Tagatu, who tell their gospel and stories of the legend that is their god. It feels personal, but also something that you’re picking up and unearthing for the first time.Chad Lewis’ art within the comic makes my perception of the comic even more of a diary to me. He keeps to the classic Kong that’s from the original movie and the novel but makes Skull Island something he can only do. As Johnson tells the story like something from history, Lewis’ art enhances that. He treats it as if it’s something forgotten, but documented along the way. It makes it seems like we’re looking into Copland’s adventures through a sketchbook. One that he may occasionally draw in when he’s got the time.via BOOM! StudiosDee Cunniffe’s earthy and rich warm tones combine with Lewis’ art to enhance the story. I love colorists who can play around with time within the story. Cunniffe does this with artistry. We distinguish some of Copland’s voiceovers with a yellow sandy tone and the tales of Tagatu with a muted yet darker pastel. Ed Dukeshire enhances this experience of Johnson’s script with his lettering, especially in the voiceovers for the Tagatu’s gospels and Copland. You almost start reading the story in your head as if you were Copland (never be Copland) or the Tagatu.Kong: Gods of Skull Island is to be apart of the history of Kong. Sadly, this is only a one-shot. But, still a worthy to be read over and over. Kong: Gods of Skull Island goes back to the past, giving you a story you’ve never read before with a little more you wouldn’t expect. Kong: Gods of Skull Island is available now on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo will be suspended for the first leg of the Copa Del Rey tie against Sevilla, according to Barca Blaugranes.The Colombia defender, who joined Barcelona on loan from Valencia this month, will miss the Sevilla tie due to suspension.The Spanish Football Federation confirmed on Friday that Murillo would miss out due to an accumulation of yellow cards.The 26-year-old picked up yellow cards in both legs of Barca’s last 16 tie against Levante, he also picked up a booking for Valencia in their 2-1 win over the Ebro in October.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The news is a blow to the Catalan club, who are still without Samuel Umtiti due to injury, although Thomas Vermaelen has returned to training.Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde could turn to young players for the game, but given the first leg is at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, it’s likely Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start at the heart of defence.
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) raised questions about the $20 million District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) initiative. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced this program on Jan. 21 at Ballou Senior High School.“The programs and the all boys high school raise serious constitutional questions under the Equal Protection [clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution] and questions about the lack of conformity with Title IX, Title IX regulations, and the D.C. Human Rights Act,” Cheh said in a Feb. 9 letter to D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. In the correspondence Cheh requested Racine to issue an opinion on the initiative. A response from Racine has not been published on his website or by any other media sources. He has also not responded to the AFRO.Title IX is the federal law that mandates that both sexes must have equitable education programs if they are publicly funded.The EMOC initiative was launched to address the low-test scores, school attendance, and graduation rates of boys of color. The initiative includes a reading and mentoring program, a grant that is available to schools that encourage male academic achievement, and the college prep school. The initiative is the District’s response to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program, designed to raise the academic, economic, and social skills of minority boys and young men.D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)Cheh teaches constitutional law at the George Washington University Law School and has served on the council since 2007. Cheh said that while programs to help boys of color are laudable, District girls should not be ignored. “What is potentially illegal is offering educational benefits to boys without offering the same or substantially equal benefits to girls,” Cheh said in the Racine letter. “Our female minority students face problems just as serious and debilitating as their male counterparts.”Cheh is not the only prominent District female who is uneasy with the EMOC’s college prep school. “I think that in the old days it was a good idea to educate children based on gender separately but today, I don’t think it will work,” said Sandra “S.S.” Seegars, candidate for the Ward 8 council vacancy. “Children need to know how to deal with the opposite sex.”D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), does not agree with the purpose of Cheh’s letter to Racine. “I in no way believe that DCPS moving ahead with their EMOC initiative means that they will somehow abandon their commitment to ensuring that our young women also succeed,” Grosso said. “I recognize that there are unique issues facing young women of color and as the chairperson of the Committee on Education, I will continue to push our public schools and my colleagues to address the inequities in areas like school discipline and mental health. However, I know that the overall academic success of DCPS must include improving academic outcomes for our young men of color to ensure that they are able to go further faster.”Grosso said that he “will continue to support this effort to ensure that we are closing the achievement gaps.”D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), who serves as the council’s chairman pro tem and is the father of two daughters, supports the initiative, too. “This extraordinary initiative would provide tailored educational opportunities for the District of Columbia’s young men of color,” McDuffie said. “While there is reasonable disagreement with some components of this initiative, we have a responsibility to work together to find real-world solutions for these students.”McDuffie said that he is sensitive to Cheh’s concerns about the lack of an EMOC-like program for girls of color. “I am acutely aware of the dangers of gender equity in public education,” he said. “In fact, I was proud to re-introduce the ‘Title IX Athletic Equity Act of 2015’, which would promote gender equity in athletic participation, funding, and expenditures. It is significant that the legislation’s title contains the word ‘equity’ instead of ‘equality’; this important distinction recognizes that all programming must be robust, but not that every population has the same needs.”
Stay on target Sci-fi movies are kind of in a slump lately. Sure, the Star Wars franchise is back in form, but Ghost in the Shell tanked, Passengers was a disappointment, and Max Steel was one of the century’s biggest flops.The common ingredient missing from all of those movies is exactly why we’re excited about Luc Besson’s upcoming Valerian: the spirit of adventure. Science fiction is about questing into the unknown, seeking out the new and different. But so many of today’s movies are grim, dark, gray and unpleasant, using the genre to exhume the worst of humanity.So what makes Valerian different? Come with us on a journey into the most popular comic book you’ve never heard of, and we’ll show you.Through Time And SpaceFirst, a little introduction into the world of bandes dessinees. The comic book industry in Europe isn’t dominated by superheroes like it is over here. Instead, comics come in a wide variety of styles, presented in anthology magazines and collected in oversized “albums” to let the art show off. Westerns, detective tales, science fiction, fantasy and, yes, superheroes all share space on the racks, and no single genre has prominence.One of the most successful French comics of all time is Valérian and Laureline, which was first serialized in Pilote in 1967 and ran until 2010. Created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, the series follows the titular duo as they jaunt through space and time solving a vast array of problems.Valerian is a straight-laced hero type who has a tough time deviating from his mission, while Laureline is a freer spirit. The pair are inseparable and complement each other perfectly. And it all comes together to form the most popular science fiction series in French history, with over ten million copies sold in 21 languages.A World Of ImaginationKeeping a series going for over forty years is a tough gambit, but Christin is the man for the job. Instead of knitting everything together into a massive saga, each volume of Valerian takes the duo into a different environment, giving Mézières the opportunity to stretch his pencil in a bevy of different directions.One of the reasons Valerian works so well is that it doesn’t stay anchored to any one narrative volume to volume. Our heroes have free reign over time and space, and they take good advantage of it. Because comics are a medium where you can spend an unlimited special effects budget, the stories are full of tons of bizarre alien races; massive action set pieces and gorgeous locales – the kind of thing that filming in the pre-CGI era would have been virtually impossible.The movie is based on the sixth volume of the series, and it takes one of the comics’ most astonishing creations as its setting. Point Central is a massive space station where thousands of different alien races congregate to trade and negotiate. Instead of being built in one architectural style like a sci-fi Marriott hotel, each civilization built their own little bit of it, creating a patchwork quilt of environments for our protagonists to journey through.Female TroubleAs you’d expect from French comics, they have a much more mature approach to sex and eroticism than our weird Puritan skin-tight leotard violence explosions. Laureline’s sexuality is a big part of her character, and she’s never shamed for it. Even though she’s from the distant past of the 11th century as compared to Valerian’s futuristic upbringing, she’s just as capable as he is, rarely fitting the mold of a damsel in distress.Although her name has been excised from the title of the movie, we’d expect Besson to keep Laureline in the forefront of the film’s action. He’s always had a penchant for strong heroines, going back to Nikita in 1990. And with Cara Delevingne in the role, it’d be foolish not to give her a lot to do.The Luc FactorThe last time Luc Besson dabbled in the escapist sci-fi genre was with The Fifth Element, a lurid, hyperkinetic fantasia that still holds up today. (We won’t talk about Lucy here, as while that was technically science fiction, it’s a very different kind of film) He’s never been a stickler for plot, more known for creating hyperkinetic action and memorable set pieces.The Fifth Element was inspired by Besson’s childhood love of comics, and Valerian lets him return to that territory with a bigger budget and the latest technology on his side. He worked with artist Mézières on the concepts for that film, so in some ways this is him giving back to his inspiration. From what we’ve seen and heard so far, it looks like he’s embracing the wildness.Breaking BoundariesHonestly, we’re excited for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets because the movie itself seems excited. It’s something new that also shows respect for the old school, and with 40 years of comics to pick and choose from, there’s no shortage of visual inspiration to choose from. When we see sci-fi, we want to see something that dazzles us, something strange and wonderful, not more gray bulkheads and energy rifles. Give us bizarre aliens, strange cultures, weird and wonderful music and stories that shake the stars.We’ll see if Valerian can deliver on that when it premieres on July 21st. MovieBob Reviews: VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETSAs Expected, the First Trailer for Valerian Looks Stunning
Listen Now 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. The recent buzz of celebrity nude scandals serves as a stark reminder for everyone who relies on cloud storage for their personal data. While we’re not all high-profile targets, we can still fall victim to hackers who gain access to our accounts by guessing our passwords, security question, and user names. This essentially created the perfect storm for the celebrity accounts that were hijacked at the beginning of September. When hackers obtain one set of login credentials, they can easily attack multiple accounts that a user owns, especially if you use the same passwords across services.Related: 10 Data-Security Measures You Can’t Do WithoutHere are four ways to proactive in the face of cloud security risks.1. Periodically refresh passwords and security questions. Phishing is the practice of misleading users so that they unintentionally provide personal information to hackers. This tactic played a pivotal role in the recent photo leak. Phishing can happen with fake login pages, spammy email links, duplicitous online surveys, and even over the phone.Cyber criminals can use personal details, such as your favorite color, the last four digits of your credit card and your email addresses, to make educated guesses about your sign-in credentials. They might contact a service provider posing as a user, provide identifying details and gain even greater access to accounts. This is why it is so important to prevent your security credentials from becoming stagnant. Rotate your password every few months and consider using new security questions and answers, too.Related: Best Practices for Employees to Protect the Company From Hackers2. Enable two-step authentication. Many online account services, such as Apple’s iCloud and Google Drive, provide users with an optional two-step authentication system that prevents hackers from getting into your data even if they’ve discovered your password.Two-step authentication asks users for a second, additional pin code to sign in and use an account on a new device. If someone is unable to provide this second piece of information, then they cannot gain access to the account and its data.Unfortunately, many people are unaware of two-step authentication or they find it inconvenient. These accounts are less secure. According to Apple, the celebrity accounts that were recently hacked did not have two-step authentication enabled. The next time you’re updating your security settings, make sure to opt into the two-step verification process. 3. Store sensitive data offline. A small flash drive stored in a safe deposit box is much safer from prying eyes than data stored in a cloud account. If you are truly worried about storing sensitive data on cloud accounts, then consider using offline storage, such as external hard drives, to protect your information.Ultimately, you need to make a decision regarding the value and sensitivity of your personal data. When you upload information to a cloud service, you are handing the responsibility for protecting it to a third party company (just like you entrust a bank to protect your flash drive in the safety deposit box.) When users place their trust in a third party, they must carefully examine the security systems in place and consider the consequences if these third-party services are breached.These high-profile stories about cloud storage breaches should concern everyone. They demonstrate how vulnerable our data can be when they are stored online. A combination of safe credential practices and data storage alternatives can help you protect sensitive data from malicious parties.Related: Dark ‘Cloud’ Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy September 17, 2014
MIAMI, Florida — The first trickle of a group of thousands of Cubans trying to reach the United States crossed the Mexican border into Texas Friday, ending a dangerous, months-long odyssey through the Americas.A dozen or so Cubans were processed in an immigration office in the border town of Nuevo Laredo and walked out on the other side of the frontier in Laredo, Texas.Under U.S. law they’re automatically eligible for eventual residency.That’s the sweet reward the Cubans sought after a grueling trek through South and Central America that was fueled in part, and ironically, by the thaw in U.S.-Cuban ties.“We are happy because we achieved our goal,” said one of the Cubans, Randy Cuevas, 29, in a video posted on the Facebook page of Cubanos en Libertad, an organization which helps Cubans arriving in Texas. For many of the Cubans their trip began in Ecuador, where until recently they could travel without a visa.From there they made their way through Colombia, into Panama and then Costa Rica, often traveling along smuggling routes.Many of the Cubans experienced extortion and kidnapping threats along the way. The trip through Mexico is particularly daunting: there, crime and drug gangs are known to prey ruthlessly on migrants, often kidnapping and holding them for ransom and then killing them if no one back home pays up.“It has been a tough fight. I have been putting up with this since October. But in the end I made it, thank God and thank everyone,” new arrival Cuevas said of his trip.“It was a tough odyssey.”Read more stories about the Cuban migrants’ odyssey through Central America from The Tico Times. Facebook Comments “This was my dream, the dream of all Cubans,” said another, 20-year-old Lilian de Gonzalez.The dozen who arrived overnight from Thursday into Friday were among 180 who set out from Costa Rica this week, first by plane to El Salvador — skipping over Cuba ally Nicaragua, which would not let them pass through — and then by bus through Guatemala to Mexico.That bus trip alone took 13 hours. It was organized by regional governments and the International Organization for Migration.Nearly 8,000 others remain stranded in Costa Rica, hoping to make the same trip north to the United States and the lure of a better life.All of them — the avant garde arriving in Texas and those still in Costa Rica — have been stranded in Costa Rica since late last year.Thousands of Cubans have left the communist island in recent months over concerns that the re-establishment of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations will prompt Washington to drop its policy of giving them automatic residence when they set foot in the United States. Related posts:Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua’s closed border After Central America slog, Cubans can expect US welcome Cubans bound for US inch closer, arrive in Guatemala Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass
‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG noms, ‘Big Sick’ bounces back This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Frances McDormand in a scene from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” landed a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, including best ensemble. (Fox Searchlight via AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and left many Oscar favourites empty handed.Martin McDonaugh’s “Three Billboards” led all films with four nominations, including best ensemble, and acting nods for McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. That adds to the movie’s strong awards portfolio, including six Golden Globes nods and the often predictive audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.The other nominees for best ensemble were: Greta Gerwig’s mother-daughter tale “Lady Bird,” Jordan Peele’s horror hit “Get Out,” Dee Rees’ Jim Crowe-era drama “Mudbound” and “The Big Sick,” which was shut out Monday by the Golden Globes.In the television categories, HBO’s California murder mystery “Big Little Lies” dominated as expected with five nominations, including best ensemble. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “GLOW” fared well, with four nods apiece. The steaming service led all networks with 19 total nominations.As one of the steadiest bellwethers of the Academy Awards, the SAG Awards have considerable sway over the Oscar race. Actors make up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, though the guild’s ranks are much larger. Only about 1,000 of their 160,000 members are in the film academy. Last year, “Hidden Figures” upset eventual Oscar-winner “Moonlight” as well as “Manchester by the Sea” for the SAG Awards’ best ensemble. But it’s been 22 years since a film that wasn’t at least nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards won best picture at the Oscars.The Oscars race is so far considered wide open, and by winnowing the field down to five movies for its top award on Wednesday, the Screen Actors left out many frontrunners. Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” was shut out entirely, including its lauded stars, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.After topping the Globes with seven nods Monday, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” missed out on the ensemble category, but still landed nods for Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins. Critical favourites “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Florida Project” each emerged with just a solo acting nomination. Notably passed over was “Call Me By Your Name” co-star Armie Hammer.Instead, “The Big Sick,” an autobiographical comedy scripted by real-life couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, followed up its rough Globes morning with not just a best ensemble nod but a supporting actress nomination for Holly Hunter.“Now we have to go tell our real parents that they aren’t actually nominated,” Nanjiani and Gordon said in a joint statement.Along with McDormand and Hawkins, the best actress nominees were: Judi Dench (“Victoria & Abdul”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Margo Robbie (“I, Tonya”). Ronan was joined by her “Lady Bird” cast mate Laurie Metcalf, who was nominated for best supporting actress.The best actor nominees were: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”). Notably left out was Daniel Day Lewis in “Phantom Thread,” a performance the actor has said is his final one.Along with “Stranger Things,” the nominees for best ensemble in a drama series were “The Crown,” ”Game of Thrones, “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “This Is Us.” Up for best ensemble in a comedy series are: “Black-ish,” ”Curb Your Enthusiasm,” ”Glow,” ”Orange Is the New Black” and “Veep.”Winners will be announced during a January 21 telecast hosted by Kristen Bell. Morgan Freeman will be presented with the awards’ lifetime achievement honour.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 12:48 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The US President’s bi-monthly report on Cyprus for the period August 1 – September 29, released on Tuesday by the Department of State, referred to the positions of the two sides over the collapse of the negotiations in Crans Montana, Switzerland, last year.In the cover letter, Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Mary Waters says the report on progress toward a negotiated solution of the Cyprus question covering the period August 1, 2017 to September 29, 2017 “outlines the events from August through September that saw the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities attempting to shape the narrative in the aftermath of the closure without agreement of the Crans Montana conference”.She then notes that “the United States nevertheless remains committed to ﬁnding a just and lasting settlement reunifying Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation”.The report says that in August and September 2017, Cypriot leaders entered a period of reﬂection after the closure of settlement talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland. “Both communities tried to shape the narrative on why the talks concluded without agreement and stake out positions on the way forward”.The report includes a statement of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on August 5 that “fading prospects for a federal Cyprus meant the next best option was two separate states both within the EU” and adds that Akinci defended Special Advisor to the Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide’s role in the process.It also says that on September 11, President Anastasiades “repeated his willingness to return to talks provided Turkey respected the UN Secretary—General’s parameters for the creation of a normal state, which Anastasiades interpreted to be without security guarantees and intervention rights”.It adds that the President sent letters conveying this message to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation states, European Union members, the UN Security Council’s five permanent members, and the UN Secretary-General and that he said he would meet with Akinci and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres together in New York only if the Turkish Cypriots accepted the UN Secretary-General’s framework.The report notes that on the margins of the September 21 and 22 UN General Assembly, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern Europe Jonathan Cohen met with Greek Cypriot representatives, including the then Spokesperson of the Cypriot Government Nikos Christodoulides, and with Turkish Cypriot representatives. “Cohen said the United States remained committed to the UN Secretary-General’s framework and urged both sides to take advantage of the work achieved thus far” it adds.The report refers extensively to the decision of the breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus on September 25, to impose “taxes” on humanitarian aid sent to the enclaved Greek Cypriots and Maronites living there.It says that the self-styled foreign minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu told UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations that the illegal puppet regime “would start levying customs duties on UN shipments of food (but not medical supplies) to Greek Cypriots and Maronite enclaves, a practice which began in October. Ertugruloglu argued the enclave residents did not need the supplies and were selling them on the local market, and that provisions sent the false impression that Greek Cypriots were conﬁned in the north and did not enjoy freedom of movement. The United Nations said the decision was ‘unfortunate’ and the Greek Cypriot media noted the imposition of duties violated the Third Vienna Agreement” the US President’s report says.It goes on adding that on September 28, UN Secretary-General Guterres issued the provided report on the mission of his good offices in Cyprus, covering developments from May 2015 to August 2017 and that Guterres assesses “the essence of a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem is practically there and it is, therefore, my firm belief that a historic opportunity was missed in Crans Montana.”The report notes that Guterres called for a period of reﬂection to determine if and when conditions will mature again for a meaningful process in the near future and that he reiterated the United Nations would be available to continue to host future discussions, should the parties decide to engage in such a process with the necessary political will to conclude the strategic agreement that was emerging in Crans Montana.CANYou May LikePickup TrucksThese Pickup Trucks Are The Cream Of The Crop!Pickup TrucksUndoGroovy HistoryVintage Photos Bring Back Some Good MemoriesGroovy HistoryUndoList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog Breeds From Around The WorldList NebulaUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola