Monument honouring Polish immigrants erected at Pier 21 in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – A monument erected in Halifax to honour the Polish-Canadian community further cements the bond between the two countries and highlights the centuries of history that forged it, dignitaries said at Sunday’s unveiling.Dominik Barcz, a fur merchant from a Polish city on the Baltic coast, was the first recorded Polish immigrant to arrive on Canadian soil in 1752, leading many generations of Poles who later found a new home in Canada.In a letter read aloud at a ceremony Sunday morning, Andrzej Duda, president of Poland, said he was proud of the many contributions Polish people have made to Canadian society in areas of science and culture while continuing to carry on their heritage.“We want to preserve and develop the closest possible bonds with our compatriots all across the world, and this connection — the Canadian-Polonia — occupies a very special place,” Duda wrote.“I trust that it will be a lasting trace of Polish people’s presence in Canada, and inspiration for even better cooperation between our two respective countries.”The monument, displayed outside the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, is built with a large piece of natural sandstone from southern Poland, mounted on a granite base from Nova Scotia.A plaque on the front of the monument reads: “A stone from Poland in honour of emigrants from Polish lands who contributed to the creation and development of Canada, which in return offered them shelter and new prospects.”“This is not just an average rock,” said Jan Skora, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, who came up with the idea for a monument in 2016.“This is extremely important, emotionally, for Polish people, the people who cannot go anymore to Poland, to touch this rock and be in Poland. This is a special rock.”The first Polish migrants came to Canada soon after the First Partition of Poland in the late 1700s, and more would come in the 19th century.In the mid-1800s, two waves of Poles arrived in Canada, forming the country’s first Polish settlements in Ontario. Another wave occurred through the 1890s until the start of First World War, in part because of Prussian and Austrian occupation in their home countries.While immigration was restricted during Depression-era Canada, around 64,000 Polish exiles and refugees came to Canada between the end of the Second World War and 1956.According to Statistics Canada, around one million Canadians claim full or partial Polish ancestry, with about 10,000 people of a Polish background living in Nova Scotia — nearly 10 per cent of the province’s population.Chris Solarski, who attended Sunday’s event with his family, is one of them.His grandparents came through Pier 21, then an immigration facility, in the early 20th century.His ancestors settled near Toronto, where they had his parents, who in turn had him and raised him in the area. Seven years ago, he decided to move back to Halifax, where he found more information about his relatives at the Canadian Museum of Immigration.“We found the registry and we found their names, and what they came over with: literally $25 in their pocket and one suitcase,” said Solarski.While he said the language got lost over the years as his family settled in Canada, he said he tries to maintain Poland’s culture and holiday traditions as much as possible with his wife and two children.“It’s important to carry on so it keeps going. We’re Canadians first, but we still have that Polish heritage and we need to maintain that,” he said, adding that he was pleased to see a monument dedicated to families like his.“The people who came over, like my grandfathers and my grandmothers, they were the building blocks of the country and it’s important to recognize their contributions.”last_img read more

Hudsons Bay investor threatens to remove directors unless it takes bold action

MONTREAL — An activist investor in Hudson’s Bay Co. threatened Wednesday to seek the removal of company directors unless it takes bold action to address the chain’s lacklustre performance after it posted $201 million in losses in the second quarter.HBC governor and executive chairman Richard Baker said the company continues to explore ways to extract value from its properties during a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss its latest earnings.That wasn’t good enough for Land & Buildings Investment Management, which has urged the company to tap into its real estate holdings, including the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York alone estimated to be worth $3.7 billion.The investor criticized a “lack of urgency” by the company given that its net loss grew more than 40 per cent in the second quarter amid rapidly shifting industry trends, lower store traffic and deep promotions.It also attacked HBC for not being transparent about whether the board is evaluating a potential go-private offer from management.“This is why we believe HBC must act boldly and decisively for the good of all shareholders to unlock the substantial value currently trapped in its real estate,” it said in a news release.“Otherwise it will be clear that other steps will be needed including potential change at the board level through the calling of a special meeting to remove directors.”In a statement issued Wednesday evening, HBC said it welcomes feedback from shareholders and shares Land & Buildings Investment Management’s view “that the public markets do not fully reflect the intrinsic value of HBC’s global businesses, powerful brands and unique assets.”“To drive shareholder value now and over the long term, we are actively evaluating the best use of our retail and real estate portfolio and are focused on making the right decisions to improve performance, grow through our all-channel strategy, and identify opportunities for accretive real estate transactions,” it said.Earlier, the chain (TSX:HBC) said it was hopeful that cost-cutting and investments will bear fruit in the busy fall and holiday season.“While the performance is still very disappointing — and I wouldn’t paint it any other way in the second quarter — as we look to the future we see continued improvement,” chief executive Jerry Storch said during the Wednesday conference call.The retail giant has responded to its persistent losses with major restructuring that is forecast to generate $350 million in annual savings by the end of fiscal 2018.These include the cutting of 2,000 jobs throughout North America, the expansion of its online offerings, and looking at ways to unlock more value from its vast real estate holdings.Shares of HBC closed up 92 cents, or 8.16 per cent, to $12.19 on Wednesday.The retailer has also seen significant changes at the top recently, with its president of HBC International departing, and new appointments for the chief financial officer and the president of Hudson’s Bay.The company said its investments in online sales is showing growth, with a 1.2 per cent increase in overall sales to $3.3 billion in the quarter.Nearly 20 per cent of sales came from digital department store sales. That’s well above the industry average and on par with online rivals such as Amazon, Storch told analysts.“We’re making the moves that we think we need to make in order to be forward looking and provide great customer experiences online and in-store which is the answer to the online-only threat,” Storch added.Same-store sales were up 0.4 per cent but comparable sales at Saks grew 1.7 per cent excluding currency fluctuations, the most in more than two years.HBC continues to invest in its physical stores as well, opening a Hudson’s Bay branded store in Amsterdam Tuesday, and scheduled on Friday to open a renovated designer floor of its flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York.In response to analyst questions about real estate plans, Baker said the company has a history of squeezing more out of stores by adding other uses such as Pusateri’s fine foods hall in Saks, Topshop in Hudson’s Bay, Sephora in Germany and exclusive rights to Kleinfeld bridal gowns in Canada.Hudson’s Bay is the oldest company in North America. It employs more than 66,000 people and operates more than 480 stores under banners such as the Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Gilt, and Saks Off 5th. read more

US media claims AlQaeda operating in Lanka

In 2006 it was reported that the police arrested five Maldivian nationals in Colombo sparking unconfirmed rumours that the suspects were linked to Al-Qaeda.The Sri Lankan government has however insisted that there are no Al-Qaeda cells operating or training in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile the Telegraph reported that a recipe for how to make pressure cooker bombs, which investigators say were used in the Boston Marathon attack, was most notoriously published in the Al-Qaeda magazine Inspire. The Times of India, in 2001, highlighted an alleged nexus between Al-Qaeda and the LTTE, and claimed that “Qaeda links with the LTTE is the first instance of an Islamist group collaborating with an essentially secular outfit”.The US-based research organisation “Maritime Intelligence Group” had also said the Indonesian group Jemaah Islamiya, which has known links to al-Qaeda, had been trained in sea-borne guerrilla tactics by LTTE Sea Tiger veterans.Wikipedia had reported that the “Norwegians Against Terrorism” led by Falk Rune Rovik, described how some groups in Norway, at the behest of the LTTE, sold fake and stolen Norwegian passports to al-Qaeda members. A US media report has claimed that Al-Qaeda factions are operating in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and these groups then enter the U.S. for terrorist, an independent news network operating in Washington also reported, quoting sources as saying that Iran was behind the Boston bombings and pointed to the collaboration of the regime’s Quds Forces with Hezbollah and elements of Al-Qaeda with links to individuals in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He said that under Quds Force guidance, Hezbollah recruited Sunni terrorists allied with Al-Qaeda factions in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who then entered the U.S. for terrorist activities. The LTTE itself acquired a fake passport for Ramzi Yousef, convicted mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. He further alleged that funds from Government of Norway had been inadvertently diverted to the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette) read more

1000 entries received by UN so far for new Cyprus flag and

A spokesperson in New York said the UN expected to register more entries, as submissions are expected to continue to arrive by mail over the next two days. The deadline was yesterday.According to the UN mission in Cyprus, most contestants – individuals, schools and commercial graphic design firms – submitted multiple entries of very high professional standards. Anthem compositions were submitted as scores, with some accompanied by recordings on tape and compact disc of renditions by full orchestra.One flag design was submitted by the Greek Cypriot father and Turkish Cypriot mother of a talented three-year-old. Entries were sent from Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and from as far a field as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Others came from the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Norway. read more

Rona dismisses persistent demoralizing rumours about a possible sale

BOUCHERVILLE, Qc – Home renovation retailer Rona Inc. told shareholders Wednesday that it’s not for sale and dismissed persistent demoralizing rumours of a possible buyout.“Rona is not for sale — either in whole or in pieces,” board chairman Jean Gaulin said in response to an investor question at its annual meeting.American retailer Lowe’s has long been rumoured as a potential buyer as it looks to expand its presence in Canada to compete with U.S. rival Home Depot.Rumours have intensified since late February when Rona (TSX:RON) announced the closure of a dozen warehouse stores in Canada, following further disappointing results.President and CEO Robert Dutton said speculation about a buyout is “demoralizing” for employees, dealers and suppliers.He insisted that “no one” has so far “formally approached” Rona with a purchase offer.“If ever we get something concrete, you can be assured that we (the board) will take our fiduciary role with shareholders,” added Gaulin who stepped down from the board Wednesday.He was replaced by Geoff Molson, owner of the Montreal Canadiens and board member of brewer Molson Coors (TSX:TPX.B).The Molson family had been a shareholder in Home Depot and the defunct hardware chain Beaver Lumber.When asked why he had agreed to serve on Rona’s board, Molson said he was proud to become director of a “large company in Quebec.”A shareholder had proposed that Rona enter into a partnership with a retailer like Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A), which could help repel any advances from a U.S. giant.Dutton didn’t respond to the suggestion. Noting that one of Rona’s largest shareholders is the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, he predicted it would remain a Canadian company “for a long time.”“The best way to stay in Canada, is to publish results that give confidence to our investors,” said Dutton.Dutton said the company closed locations, including two in the Toronto area, but will increase the number of smaller stores to add more “points of contact.”Rona believes that its new strategy will allow it to maintain sales and add $40 million in annual operating profit by the end of 2014.The company trimmed its losses in the first quarter to $13.3 million as revenues grew on the addition of stores and expansion of its commercial and professional division.The Quebec-based company said it lost 10 cents per share for the 13 weeks ending March 25. That’s down from 13 cents a year earlier when net losses were $17.6 million.The loss was lowered due to a 38 per cent improvement in pre-tax earnings (EBITDA), and lower depreciation and financing costs.Total revenues increased by 1.8 per cent to $934.9 million, stemming from higher distribution sales, store openings and the expansion of its commercial and professional market division.Rona was expected to lose nine cents per share on $917 million revenue, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Overall same-store sales decreased 0.8 per cent on weaker results in January but improvements in February and March.Comparable sales for larger retail outlets that sell lower margin building materials rose 4.2 per cent while proximity stores were up 2.2 per cent.Dutton said the improvement in building materials sales bodes well for the coming months because it usually signals the start of larger construction and renovation projects.He added that the trend of improving same-store sales continued in April.Rona says it is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. It operates a network of close to 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores, and a network of 14 hardware and construction materials distribution centres.With close to 30,000 employees, Rona and its franchise dealers generate $4.8 billion of annual sales.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Rona closed at $10.14, down 17 cents in Wednesday trading. by News Staff Posted May 9, 2012 7:03 pm MDT Rona dismisses persistent ‘demoralizing’ rumours about a possible sale read more

Hang on to every little glimmer of hope says UN envoy for

Outgoing Special Representative and the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Ellen Margrethe Løj (left) attends a diplomatic farewell reception, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Nektarios Markogiannis On the other hand, “I am extremely depressed that their hopes and aspirations at the time of independence have not yet been fulfilled, the conflict that erupted in December 2013 continues to make many South Sudanese homeless, internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries,” she noted.She urged all South Sudanese and especially the country’s leaders to put the well-being of their people, including the boys and girls, in the forefront of their actions.When peace arrives, the South Sudanese could feed themselves, take care of their families, fulfil their dreams, and see the country that they fought so hard for grow and prosper, she said. She believes that like South Africa, Ghana and other many countries that comprise various ethnic groups, South Sudan can achieve national unity.Asked if South Sudan is on the verge of collapse or becoming ‘failed State,’ Ms. Løj said she does not want to “put labels” on the country but acknowledged that there is fighting in various areas, and the economy is in a very bad shape. “Something has to be done in order to turn that around and to start moving forward, and first and foremost the guns have to be silent,” she said.“I have not given up on South Sudan,” she stressed, explaining that she used to say to her colleagues: “Yes, when we look at the news in the morning it might be depressing, if you go on a patrol or visit and monitor human rights it might be depressing, but hang on to every little glimmer of hope and argue for that hope to expand because we are here to improve the lives of the people of South Sudan.” Ellen Margrethe Løj, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), urged the country’s leaders to put the well-being of their people at the forefront of their actions. Meanwhile, she called on the South Sudanese to build national identity regardless of ethnic affiliation. Creating a prosperous future “is possible because South Sudan is such a rich country in terms of resources and fertile land,” Ellen Margrethe Løj told reporters at what is expected to be the final press briefing in her capacity as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).Ms. Løj will step down at the end of November after more than two years of leading UNMISS, which was set up in 2011 after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan. It played a major role in trying to protect civilians when war broke out in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of then Vice-President Riek Machar.“We have not yet finished our job, we don’t have peace in South Sudan, we don’t have prosperity in South Sudan,” she said at the press briefing held at the Mission’s compound in Juba, the nation’s capital.“But I think we all have to work for that. I am extremely moved by having learned so much about South Sudan, I am extremely impressed by the resilience of the South Sudanese people,” she said. read more

Its the SecondBlingiest Finals Matchup in Modern NBA History

No matter how the NBA Finals plays out, by the end of this season fully half of the 16 finals since the breakup of the second three-peat Chicago Bulls in 1998 will have been won by the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. When these teams met in the 2013 finals, it marked the first time since the 1980s that both teams had multiple championships in their recent history. This year, both teams feature multiple players — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker for the Spurs; Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem for the Heat — with at least three rings (all from their present teams).How does this stack up with other finals in NBA history? Very well. Counting total rings owned by players on both squads when entering their series, this is the second-blingiest matchup in the post-merger era (counting championships back to 1963, 10-ring minimum):Amazingly, the Spurs are the team with less championship pedigree in this matchup. The Heat have 11 players with championship-winning experience (unsurprising for the defending champs). But though the Spurs’ Big Three (Duncan, Parker, Ginobili) have more rings (10) than the seven held by the Heat’s Big Three (Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh), no other Spurs were around for their last title in 2007, and none has won a championship with another team. This 12-ring difference is large historically, and teams with such a disparity don’t have a good record:Teams with an eight-or-more ring advantage are 18-4 in finals series, though a lot of those were mismatches between a dynasty and a flavor of the month. But the Spurs this year are the better team on paper, with both the better record (62 wins in the regular season vs. Miami’s 54) and the better statistics (Spurs SRS was 8.0 vs. Miami’s 4.15). Additionally, the Spurs have a lot more rings than most ring underdogs. This year’s squad ties last year’s for the third-most rings ever owned by the less pedigreed team entering a finals:For a team with multiple championships to be the least decorated going into a finals is extremely rare. The Lakers in the 1987 Los Angeles/Boston matchup tops the list; the Lakers had 14 rings, fewer than the Celtics’ 20. That matchup had an interesting combination of NBA greats in their primes combined with NBA greats past their primes:Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seemed to be an ageless wonder and averaged nearly 22 points per game in the 1987 finals. But Bill Walton — in his final NBA season — played only 24 minutes in five games against the Lakers (after having played in only 10 games the entire regular season). Without his two rings, even that stacked finals would only be tied with this year’s. And if these two teams meet again next year, they will surely break the record.UPDATE (June 5, 6:48 p.m.): I only counted the rings of players who were on their teams’ active rosters in the NBA Finals. There are players such as Matt Bonner, who received a ring with the Spurs in 2007 but wasn’t on the Spurs’ finals roster. Bonner and his ilk aren’t included.(June 5, 8:28 p.m.): The first chart in this article originally omitted the 2005 series between the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons but has since been updated. read more

The Only Opponent Villanova Has Left Is History

101991Duke682.868.8+14.0+6.0 171998Kentucky685.772.3+13.3+3.7 82008Kansas675.060.8+14.2+6.5 SeasonChampionGamesTeamOpponentAveragevs. Expected Which champion had the most impressive tourney run?Best NCAA tournament points per game margin vs. expected (based on Elo ratings) for men’s champions, 1985-2018 321997Arizona678.272.8+5.3-0.2 181995UCLA686.372.0+14.3+3.6 291994Arkansas687.576.3+11.2+0.3 301987Indiana689.278.7+10.5+0.1 251986Louisville685.573.7+11.8+1.6 In the battle between the nation’s best (Villanova) and hottest (Michigan) teams, it was the latter that started Monday’s NCAA men’s national championship game right on script. The Wolverines led by 7 about a quarter into the game, and it looked like Michigan was tracking for a title-game upset that would rank alongside Syracuse over Kansas in 2003, UConn over Duke in 1999 and Arizona over Kentucky in 1997.1Just to name a few comparable upsets from recent memory.Soon, though, reality set in, and the superior Wildcats asserted themselves. With its 79-62 victory over Michigan, Villanova ended any debate about who was No. 1 this season — and instead opened up the discussion about where coach Jay Wright’s team should rank among NCAA champions from history.When things were going well for Michigan, the Wolverines were perfectly playing to their strengths — and shutting down Villanova’s. Led by the versatile 6-foot-10 forward Moe Wagner, Michigan had the big advantage over Nova in Ken Pomeroy’s effective height metric (which measures frontcourt size), and it flexed that muscle early on. Michigan outrebounded Villanova 7-4 in the game’s first seven minutes, while Wagner scored 9 quick points in the same span. At the same time, Michigan’s staunch 3-point defense — which held opponents to the sixth-lowest rate of attempts from beyond the arc during the season — gave Villanova few clean looks from deep. Uncharacteristically, the Wildcats missed eight of their first nine shots from the outside.But after the textbook start, the wheels fell off for Michigan. Midway through the first half, Nova embarked on a 16-5 run that saw them take the lead for good. The rest of the game was a clinic for Villanova; the final stats for the title game bore little resemblance to the numbers that generated Michigan’s early lead. Nova ended up outrebounding the bigger Wolverines 38-27 and knocked down 10 of 27 3-pointers. (In the end, it was Michigan — another team heavily reliant on the three — that went cold from deep, missing 20 of 23 attempts from long range.)It helped Nova that sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo saved the game of his life for the championship. Despite starting the game out on the bench, DiVincenzo poured in 31 points, including 15 from 3-pointers alone. Every time Michigan appeared to be on the verge of mounting a comeback, DiVincenzo came up with a big shot to quell the rally. Monday’s performance, on the heels of a mega-efficient 15-point outing in the national semifinals, earned DiVincenzo well-deserved most outstanding player honors for the tournament.Now the only real question that remains is where Villanova ranks in history. By winning two championships in three years, the Wildcats have already earned some measure of immortality: Before Villanova, just three teams in the 64-team bracket era — since 1985 — have won twice in three seasons. (The others were Duke in 1991/92, Kentucky in 1996/98 and Florida in 2006/07.) But this season’s team is also in elite company by deeper metrics than simple ring-counting. According to’s power ratings, Villanova ended the season as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002, trailing only Kansas in 2008. The Wildcats also rank eighth among champs in the 64-team era according to our Elo ratings,2Behind 1992 Duke, 1996 Kentucky, 2001 Duke, 2016 Villanova, 1993 North Carolina, 2008 Kansas and 2009 North Carolina. which estimate a team’s quality at a given point in time, and their impressive title run should elevate them on anybody’s list of all-time champs.How to judge a champion’s tournament performance? One way is to look at how much more it outscored opponents than we’d expect based on those opponents’ Elo ratings. During the 2018 tourney, Villanova trounced opponents by an average of 17.7 points per game — never winning by fewer than 12 and covering the Vegas spread in all six games — against a set of foes that we’d expect the average champ3With an Elo rating of 2150. to beat by just 9.8 per game. That difference of 7.9 points per contest ranks fifth among men’s champs since 1985: Points/GameMargin 11996Kentucky689.267.7+21.5+13.0 111993North Carolina684.568.8+15.7+5.7 22016Villanova683.562.8+20.7+12.9 32009North Carolina687.867.7+20.2+10.2 132000Michigan State671.756.3+15.3+4.6 241992Duke682.369.8+12.5+1.7 52018Villanova683.866.2+17.7+7.9 162010Duke671.356.8+14.5+4.2 62001Duke686.870.2+16.7+7.5 122013Louisville679.563.3+16.2+5.4 41990UNLV695.276.5+18.7+8.2 332003Syracuse677.068.0+9.0-0.4 311988Kansas673.865.0+8.8-0.1 222017North Carolina681.770.5+11.2+2.1 341985Villanova655.050.0+5.0-2.6 232004Connecticut677.263.8+13.3+2.0 201989Michigan690.080.2+9.8+2.4 92006Florida672.756.7+16.0+6.1 142005North Carolina684.270.3+13.8+4.4 282014Connecticut671.763.8+7.8+0.9 192007Florida682.768.5+14.2+2.5 152002Maryland683.569.5+14.0+4.4 212012Kentucky681.369.5+11.8+2.1 262011Connecticut666.356.0+10.3+1.5 72015Duke671.856.3+15.5+7.0 Show more rowsExpected margins were generated for an average champion with an Elo rating of 2150. 271999Connecticut675.864.0+11.8+1.1 Of course, as impressive as Villanova was this season, Elo still thinks more highly of the team’s championship run two years ago. So it’s not completely open-and-shut where this season’s Wildcats even rank relative to themselves in terms of recent champs. But after the way Nova dismantled Michigan and Kansas in San Antonio, it’s run out of yardsticks from 2018 with which to compare anyway. The only opponents left to vanquish at this point are the ghosts of the past.UPDATE (April 3, 2018, 1 p.m.): This post has been updated to reflect the latest data from, which shows Villanova as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002. (Villanova’s new +33.76 rating moved them ahead of Duke’s +33.29 mark from 2010.) read more

Wave goodbye to Aer Arann and say hello to Stobart Air

first_imgAER ARANN HAS announced it is changing its corporate name to Stobart Air.This transition to its new corporate name will be complete by the end of this year and the company said this marks the conclusion of the first phase of its ‘new beginning’ strategy.The airline will continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement and Stobart Air’s Irish operations will remain at Santry.Stobart Air said it aims to become a specialist in franchise or contract flying for major European airlines, and to double its passenger numbers within five years.Stobart Group first acquired a shareholding in Aer Arann in 2010 following the airline’s examinership, and is the airline’s largest shareholder. Over the last year, the airline has created 50 new jobs and successfully restructured its finances. It also announce a number of new routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.Read: Aer Arann sells aircraft as part of profitability strategy>Read: Aer Lingus Regional adds 50 extra UK flights including new route to Newcastle>last_img read more

City of Heroes is now free to play

first_imgOf all the MMOs I have played, City of Heroes remains one of the most enjoyable. Released in 2004 it was very popular due to the fact you could create your very own superhero. So good were the options for creating and developing your character that Marvel took offence and sued both publisher NCSoft and developer Cryptic Studios. I think that should be taken as a compliment as to how well they implemented the superhero aspect of the game.Jump forward seven years and City of Heroes has been re-released as a free-to-play game carrying the new name City of Heroes Freedom. Regardless of the name, this is the original game, but with all the content that has been released over those seven years. That includes 21 Issues (content and feature updates) plus the merging of follow-up game City of Villains.Although you can play for free, NCSoft still wants to return a profit on the game, so has included both subscription options and in-game content purchasing. There are actually three types of account: Free, Premium, and VIP. The Free account is for new players, the Premium account is for existing players who get to keep their existing content and have a bit more freedom in terms of features. Finally, the VIP account is paid-for and costs $14.99 a month.Differences between the accounts comes down to features and content. Paying for VIP access gets your 14 archetypes instead of 8, 150+ power sets instead of 100, and a lot more costumes and auras to choose from. Additional content is also freely accessible including City of Heroes Going Rogue, exclusive access to missions known as Signature Story Arcs, and access to the Incarnate System, which includes end-game raids and abilities above the 50 cap everyone else plays to.As with all free-to-play models, you can try the game without spending a dime. If you like it and play regularly, then the subscription makes the most sense in terms of having access to the full game experience.There’s a full rundown of the differences between the accounts over at the City of Heroes Freedom website. Getting access to the game is a simple matter of signing up for an account and downloading the client.last_img read more

Moomba with a Greek flavour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual Enosi Cultural Festival will unite with the Italian, Hungarian and Brazilian community for the Moomba weekend in March. The main area of Federation square will be transformed with culturally diverse dances, songs and activities from 12-8pm on March 9. The Greeks will be represented by the music of the Thessaloniki Voiakis Group, accompanied by sixteen dancers and four brass players. Celebrations will also be held at the Pontiac Community Melbourne and Victoria, 345 Victoria Street, Brunswick 3056 on Sunday March 10, at 7:30pm, with the Voiakis Group treating audiences to another show.last_img read more

The Most Fabulous Alola Forms in Pokemon Sun and Moon

first_imgStay on target Pokemon Sun and Moon, the next generation of pocket monsters, are almost here. In fact, you can play a demo of the Nintendo 3DS games right now and get a taste of the tropical new features they introduce to the beloved franchise. But whereas past Pokemon games were satisfied just introducing new Pokemon, Sun and Moon also revisit old favorites with new twists.In case Pokemon wasn’t secular enough, Sun and Moon debut “Alola Forms” or variants of existing Pokemon specific to the game’s new, Hawaii-inspired Alola region. In theory, this is a cool bit of vaguely accurate science mixed in with the Pokemon fantasy.For example, to deal with predators, Alola Rattata morphed into nocturnal Dark-type Pokemon, unlike their Normal-type cousins. In practice, this is also a great way for Nintendo to goose your nostalgia for Rattata while still kind of making a new monster. If the leaks from the demo data-mining are true, all of the Alola Pokemon are based on the first generation of creatures, the ones you recognize from Pokemon Go.Alola Forms are a great excuse for Game Freak’s artists to redesign classic Pokemon. But not all Alola Forms are drawn equally. So here are, in our opinions, the most fabulous Alola Forms in Pokemon Sun and Moon.ExeggutorLet’s start with the Alola Form that’s already gotten the most ridiculous attention, even on this website. Yes, the new Exeggutor and its comically tall neck are certainly a sight to behold. But for me, what really makes this form so fabulous is the face. Just look at how stoked this thing is to be such a tall and beautiful palm tree. I’m jealous.NinetalesNinetales douses its fire for a new icy form that just exudes elegance. This fox is a goddess, constantly and implicitly giving you shade for not being nearly as cool as it is. Its pre-evolutionary Vulpix form is certainly adorable, but Alola Form Ninetales is straight up fabulous.MeowthMeowth’s Alola Form is fabulous in a different way. Let’s call it a vaporwave way. From its royal purple color to its satisfied expression to its groovy pose, this might be the chillest Pokemon in existence. This Pokemon exists to be your guru or veg out on your coach. This cat has great AESTHETICS. Plus it evolves into purple Garfield.GolemAlola Form Golem is a living boulder with a full-on beard and mustache. It’s real and strong and my friend. It. Is. Fabulous. Moving on…MukAnother cool pseudo-scientific aspect of Pokemon Sun and Moon is how the monsters reference Hawaii’s actual ecology. The starters specifically reflect some of the state’s native species. With Alola Muk, the vibrant new color scheme actually resembles the rainbow colors of oil spills. But it also looks like Spring Break vomit, which is pretty darn fabulous.DugtrioWe’ve saved the best for last. I mentioned previously that these Alola Forms are supposed to be some kind of unique evolutionary adaptation. Well I don’t know what caused Dugtrio to suddenly sprout beautiful blonde Hanson hair, but quite frankly I don’t care. Maybe these luscious looks ward off predators? Who could hunt something that handsome? When you all get your hands on this game November 18, if you don’t catch this precious battle child as soon as possible, you’re playing it wrong. Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K last_img read more

David Luiz warns Chelseas rivals Anything can happen

first_imgDavid Luiz refuses to rule out a Chelsea title challenge this season, despite recent result not going in their favourAgainst expectations, Maurizio Sarri’s side got off to a strong start for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign by winning their opening five matches.But a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last month derailed their title hopes with Chelsea since suffering another loss at Wolves recently.The Blues now trail leaders Liverpool by 11 points, albeit with a game in hand, and appear set for a season-long top-four battle.But Brazilian defender Luiz, who has won the Premier League across his six seasons at Chelsea, is refusing to throw in the towel yet.“Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” Luiz told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”The former Paris Saint-Germain player is certain aiming for the title is a realistic objective for Chelsea.“Yes, I think so but with humility, with our feet on the ground, thinking step by step,” Luiz added.“Of course we lost some points and it could be better for us at the moment but everybody knows in this league everybody can win against everybody.“It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”Chelsea will host Leicester City today at Stamford Bridge with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).last_img read more

Tribal council wants premine ecosystem study

first_imgBarbara Blake, special assistant to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, answers a question about transboundary mining while Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s Rob Sanderson Jr. listens at a Native Issues Form on March 9, 2016, in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Download AudioSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal government is pressing for an intensive environmental analysis of the region’s health. It’s part of a larger push for protection of transboundary rivers, which flow from British Columbia into the region.The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants to document the region’s waterways so it can measure any damage that might be caused by mines on those rivers.Council official Will Micklin said it’s lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal offices to fund a three-year, $4 million effort.“We believe that there needs to be a sustained environmental analysis and data collection and modeling and the development of key indicators that determines what the environmental quality and health of the ecosystem exists in Southeast Alaska,” he said.Micklin spoke at a recent Native Issues Forum on transboundary mines at Juneau’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.He said council officials have been meeting with the EPA, the State Department and other federal agencies.He said the council understands there won’t be any new appropriations. But it’s come up with a plan to shuffle existing budgets to get the study going.“We have put forward our analysis and we are expecting back from them in a very short time what sort of cooperation and collaboration we can pursue,” he said.The central council has joined fisheries and environmental groups, as well as the Walker-Mallott administration, in lobbying the federal government to get involved in the issue.The concerns focus on the Unuk, Stikine, Taku and other rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska waters.Council official Rob Sanderson Jr. said mine development on the B.C. side of the border could pollute those waterways, damaging commercial fisheries and tourism.“But the most important part, I believe, is our way of life. Protecting everything from the fish to the smallest organism in the river,” he said.British Columbia mine developers and supporters have said they’ve built or will build safeguards to protect regional watersheds.Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has been reaching out to Canadian officials overseeing such issues. After his election in October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed new ministers to agencies overseeing Environment and Climate Change, and Fisheries and Oceans.Mallott said he asked about a frequent request of mine critics, that a cross-boundary water-issues panel called the International Joint Commission take up Alaska’s concerns.Will Micklin of the Tlingit-Haida Central Council discusses environmental monitoring March 9, 2016, at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)He said he heard more interest in consultations and agreements already underway.“The bilateral process that British Columbia and the state of Alaska are now engaged in would be the most likely place that an issue or question might suggest a referral to the IJC,” he said.Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and B.C. Premiere Christy Clark signed a memorandum of understanding in November that increased the state’s role in provincial transboundary mine decisions. Work also continues on a more detailed agreement.The lieutenant governor also said he’s also pursued International Joint Commission referral with the State Department. He said officials made it clear it’s not the direction they want to pursue.But he’s asking for a more detailed explanation.“We would like to have clarity, not so much for ourselves, but for all of the stakeholders engaged in this whole issue to hear a clear statement from the State Department as to their view of the place of a potential IJC referral,” he said.Only one transboundary mine, the Red Chris, is in operation. Most others are under exploration, on hold or waiting for financing.last_img read more

Highway lanes reopen but McHugh fire threatens nearby neighborhoods

first_imgSmoke rises from the McHugh Fire south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway on Monday night. (Alaska Division of Forestry photo)Updated: 11 p.m.State officials say the McHugh Fire burning in the Chugach State Park near the Seward Highway is up to 600 acres. The figure is on the high end of estimates from crews working to bring the blaze under control.Two small communities in the area are threatened, though officials have held off issuing a full evacuation order.“Residents in the area should begin formulating an evacuation plan if they don’t already have one,” said a release put out by the State’s Division of Forestry Tuesday evening.“The fire is approximately 1.1 miles from the Potter Creek Subdivision to the south and 1.3 miles from the Rainbown Valley subdivision to the north,” the release continued. Earlier in the day, the fire advanced toward the south and west following a ridge-line running parallel the Seward Highway below.But there was good news for drivers. Congestion along the road – the only route connecting the municipality to the Kenai Peninsula — was significantly reduced by late Tuesday night, with both lanes of traffic re-opened.By Tuesday afternoon, state agencies were reporting three-hour delays in both directions as pilot cars led vehicles down just a single 10-mile stretch of road. Fire burned a steep area of the surrounding terrain above the road, causing debris to fall down onto the highway.But according the division’s spokesperson, Lori Wiertsema, concern over road hazards are now mostly abated.“There is a possibility, but it’s been small rocks that have come down, and that edge has had a lot of bucket-drops on it,” Wiertsema said by phone late Tuesday night. “We’re pretty confident that it’s out.”Asked whether weather was cooperating with the roughly 100 personnel battling the fire Tuesday night, Wiertsema replied, “So far so good.”The National Weather Service is forecasting precipitation and cooler temperatures in the area by Thursday.According to state fire officials, five hotshot crews are coming from the Lower 48 to help with suppression efforts, and “a Type 2 management team from Alaska has been ordered to take over command” starting Wednesday morning.Updated: 6 p.m.The McHugh Fire burning within the Municipality of Anchorage close to the Seward Highway is now estimated at 350 acres. Earlier estimates on Tuesday said it had grown to more than 500 acres, but fire officials downgraded the size based on better mapping.Listen nowDivision of Forestry spokesperson Lori Wiertsema said the main thing people need to know is to avoid the area. Traffic is backed up for one to two hours in each direction. Only a single lane is open on the Seward Highway and motorists are being led through by pilot cars, but Wiertsema says they do not plan to close to road. The Anchorage Police Department had sent out a community-wide alert earlier in the afternoon saying a closure was possible.Crews are battling the fire to prevent it from damaging structures in nearby neighborhoods. They are clearing vegetation around homes and laying out some pumps and hoses as preventative measures.Lindsay Fagrelius left Rainbow Valley yesterday with her dog and hung out at the Brown Bear Saloon waiting for news. She returned to the neighborhood that evening and all was peaceful. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Fagrelius.)Lindsay Fagrelius lives in Rainbow Valley, the neighborhood closest to the flames. She decided on her own to evacuate and was waiting it out at the Brown Bear Saloon.“The trees and brush are so dense up there I almost think it’s hopeless,” Fagrelius said. She used to work as a firefighter in Montana. “I think if it goes through, it’s going to burn pretty hot.”Fagrelius, who also had to evacuate because of the Funny River Fire on the Kenai two years ago, says she woke up, heard the news and started clearing brush from around the cabin she rents. Then she packed up her instruments, skis and dog and headed out.She said she was worried she could get stuck if the fire moved over the road, and she didn’t get the notice to evacuate.“Cell reception is so crummy [up there] I was worried I wouldn’t find out right away if there was an evacuation.”Anchorage fire marshal Cleo Hill said it’s been more than 30 years since there was a fire this size near the homes along the Hillside, and they are very concerned because of the extremely dry conditions.“Right now we’re monitoring Rainbow Valley, which is down by the McHugh Creek fire, but should the weather change and the wind head into Anchorage, we’ll be monitoring Potter Valley and south Hillside area.”Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers will notify community members of any evacuations via Nixle alerts if necessary.Meteorologist Dave Snider with the National Weather Service said the dynamic terrain along the coast where the fire is burning complicates where the wind is feeding the flames, and makes it tricky for crews working in the area. Conditions will likely continue to feed the fire until a new weather system arrives, he said.There could be rain early Thursday morning, but Snider cautions that only about a tenth of an inch of precipitation is expected. However, along with it should come more humidity and lower temperatures.A red flag warning has been issued through 10 p.m. tonight because of high winds, low humidity, and high temperatures.There is also a burn ban in place for Anchorage. Only closed barbeques and fish smokers are allowed. Parts of Chugach State Park near the fire, including the Turnagain Arm Trail, are closed to public use. The area in the pink boundary is currently closed to public use. (Graphic courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources)last_img read more

Anchorage School Board member Dave Donley appointed to Dunleavy administration remains on

first_imgAnchorage School Board member Dave Donley (Photo courtesy of Anchorage School District)Anchorage School Board member Dave Donley has been appointed by Governor Dunleavy to serve in the Department of Administration.A spokesman for the governor says that since January 2nd, Donley has been deputy commissioner of the department. In his duties, he will help oversee state administrative services such as finance, labor relations and mail distribution.Donley is a former lawmaker — serving in the state House from 1987 to 1992 and the state Senate from 1993 to 2003. He was recently a lobbyist for Hope Community Resources, an Anchorage nonprofit that provides services to people with developmental disorders and mental health issues. Donley’s wife Jamie currently serves as the lobbyist for the nonprofit.A spokeswoman for the Anchorage School Board says that Donley hasn’t said he will step down from his position on the board. He served in his capacity as a board member as recently as Monday, several days after he was hired by the state. According to the school board, it isn’t unprecedented for someone to serve on a school board in Alaska and also work for the Governor.Donley has served on the board since 2017, and is up for reelection in 2020.last_img read more

Texas DPS 2018 Report On Gangs Notes MS13 Uses Houston As Hub

first_img Share Edgard Garrido/APThe Texas DPS says the gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is increasing its membership in Texas and using Houston as a “hub” for criminal activity.The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), one of the most violent and feared gangs in the world, is increasing its criminal activity in Houston, according to the Texas Gang Threat Assessment for 2018, which the Department of Public Safety has released this week.MS-13 is involved in drug and human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion, among other illegal activities. It was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador and later spread throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada.The report describes MS-13 as a Tier 1 threat and notes the gang has historically used Texas as “a transitional area or as a location to hide from criminal charges in other states or countries.” However, recent intelligence indicates Houston has gained relevance in the Mara Salvatrucha’s activity, so much that is has become a “hub.”The report adds that trend “is likely the cause of increased membership in Texas.” It also highlights MS-13’s relationship with drug cartels and its practice of recruiting juveniles.One of the findings of the report is that MS-13 is refining and changing techniques to evade law enforcement detection, for instance by changing the gang’s long-standing rules on clothes and tattoos.Citing the U.S. Department of Justice, the report gives an example of a local crime that occurred in 2018 when an MS-13 member who lived in Virginia instructed gang members based in Houston to shoot rival gang members who allegedly killed an MS-13 member.The report highlights that law enforcement agencies participating in the Texas Anti-Gang Centers (TAG) have made over 9,000 arrests since the first TAG center opened in Houston in 2013.last_img read more

Baltimores Clergy Response to Denigrating Remarks About Baltimore City

first_imgDr. Kevin Daniels, Special to the AfroIn light of the recent comments made about our great city, the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (MCBV) will continue to coalition build with its communities, faith-based institutions, developers, investors, as well as local and state elected officials, to make improvement in such areas as economic, education, public safety, in particular police and community engagement.  While others have chosen to speak ill of our city, for the past year MCBV has engaged the above mentioned stakeholders in a city and statewide process to develop a holistic approach and grassroots strategic action plan and movement to address Baltimore’s issues. Given that these issues did not develop overnight, we understand neither will its resolve and we intend to remain focused on building a better Baltimore, while understanding such criticism is par for the course. MCBV celebrates all citizenry and stakeholders of our great city and state that have participated in this process and would like to continue to extend an open invitation to those who would like to join us.  Dr. James L. Carter, and Dr. Kevin Daniels (Courtesy Photos)In this hour of our city’s social need and redevelopment, we are clear on the importance of the church leading and fully intend to continue leading this effort until we achieve our goals of making Baltimore a greater place to live, work, worship, and raise strong families in safe communities. To that end, MCBV looks forward to sharing more about this initiative in the near future. Dr. James L. Carter, President of Minister’s Conference (Baltimore & Vicinity), Pastor of The Ark Church.Dr. Kevin Daniels, Chair of the Civic Action Committee (Minister’s Conference Baltimore/Vicinity).*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Baltimore is a great city with a rich history. Many Baltimoreans, such as Rep. Cummings, have devoted their lives to making Baltimore the greatest city that it can be. Instead of casting aspersions and using our city as a scapegoat, the president could leverage his authority to help Baltimore improve infrastructure, education, and public health. Instead we, Baltimoreans, will continue to work together, will continue to fight, and will continue to rise.”Danielle McCray, Baltimore City Councilwoman. (Courtesy Photo)Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray – District 2*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Once again, Mr. Trump reminds us of the embarrassment that he continues to be to the citizens of this proud nation. While challenged, Baltimore is a great American City whose contributions to our country both past and present are noteworthy and well documented. The challenges that Baltimore faces are consistent with those being confronted daily by major cities across the nation. These are real national concerns like unemployment, affordable housing, public education and the opioid crisis, all of which warrant the sober and committed attention of the nation’s Chief Executive. Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III, District 7I wonder how far we could go to address those issues if we had leadership in the White House that was more invested in building up the infrastructure of our cities rather than hanging a “curtain” across our southern border. I wonder how better off our families would be if there was leadership in the Oval Office that saw black and brown people as significant contributors to the vibrancy of our country rather than just potential employees at Mar-a-Lago.Congressman Elijah Cumming’s record of public service is beyond reproach and not even worth comparing to the undistinguished career of private frivolity exhibited by Mr. Trump. It’s worth noting that since the America that Mr. Trump wants to make great again doesn’t include the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens that call Rep. Cumming’s district home, we’ll do fine making Baltimore great again without this president’s help.”Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III – District 7*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“President Trump’s comments and tweets reinforce what we already knew—his administration has no concern for urban cities like Baltimore. As one of the six State Senators for Baltimore City, I recognize that the real work to rebuild our cities will fall to State and Local governments. Those of us in these roles must resist the temptation to become distracted by the negative and offensive rhetoric of the Trump administration. “I am proud of the work we have already done to raise the minimum wage, restore voting rights to those who are disenfranchised, and to direct capital dollars to neglected neighborhoods. But our work is far from finished. Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City.(Courtesy Photo)“Our next priority is to focus on the $245 million in the state budget that Governor Hogan has refused to release. This money will provide an immediate impact to eliminate food deserts, increase green space in Baltimore, and provide more jobs for our city’s young people. “If we channel this energy and remain focused on moving our city forward, we can build on the great work that is happening in Baltimore and change the trajectory for our youth, seniors, and struggling neighborhoods.”Sen. Cory McCray – District 45*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***You are evidently Clueless about Baltimore!It is a miserable day in history when you can daily depend on the President to divide the States of America instead of Uniting the “State” of America.How can we articulate to our kids to dream big, when they wake up every morning to a nightmare produced by ego and political gamesmanship, one who cares more about Political points than Progress for the people?Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban LeagueAs a leader, I rise to add my voice to those who are proud to live in and honor Baltimore, those from Baltimore and those who credit Baltimore for assisting them to be who they are today. Mr. Trump, if you’d like to make a statement, let’s talk about strengthening the middle-class in Baltimore, merely acknowledging the lower-class in Baltimore, let’s talk about supporting those who work tirelessly on the frontlines to make our city great, let’s talk about ways the federal government can better incentivize minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and open businesses in Baltimore. If we are going to talk about Baltimore, let’s do more than just TALK. Let’s ensure that the children have increased opportunities, mere equity in opportunities to become productive citizens, as other Baltimoreans who have changed the globe utilizing what they have cultured in “Charm City.” Charm City has ultimately made America a better and more inclusive place. Make PEOPLE the POINT not politics!Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“I have never been more shocked or disappointed that a president representing these UnitedHouse Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-45), (Courtesy photo)States would say such horrible things about a District and area that he is supposed to be representing. His comments are unacceptable as a president and a citizen on this country I am devastated.”Del. Talmadge Branch – District 45last_img read more

Panorama12 Bringing contemporary issues to forefront

first_imgThe colours, shapes, and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital and together they will converge at Open Palm Court Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road this autumn. As a part of a group exhibition titled ‘Panorama-12′, over 20 artists will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues of social relevance from. The art show will be held from September 1 – 6.Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, Panorama-12 -literally meaning an unbroken view of a subject, celebrates the talent of the fresh and the new, and makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. The exhibition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, the ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through a mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanization and industrialization have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance.Mridul Chakraborty depicts the joy of festivity through his portrayal of human figures. Nilay Sarkar reverberates the same mood and shows happiness through vibrant and soft colours used on his canvas. Tapan Das harps on his love for nature through his abstract art. Meghna emphasises on the adverse effects of global warming through her vivacious paintings. Urbanization has led to the destruction of forest thus shrinking the natural habitats of some of the species pushing them on the verge of extinction. This thought-provoking issue has been beautifully portrayed by Meghna. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShalini Varshney’s paintings portray spiritual harmony which is lost in our lives. Biswarajan Bhunia’s paintings resonate the same feelings of Shalini’. The bright colours used, bold and graceful brush strokes make his paintings vivacious. Rama Sharma and Pooja Gujral have tried to bring colours and happiness into our stressful lives through their artworks. Rajeev Semwal has tried to bring the songs of nature woven neatly through his traditional artworks. Veteran artist Uma Bardhan deals with spirituality while the artworks of Archana Das are an impeccable blend of childlike innocence and adult wisdom.last_img read more

A woman allegedly hired a man to sexually assault a man who

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Officials say the crime is unusual | Photo: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon The victim allegedly owed Julia Haworth, 30, $15,000 for alcohol and marijuana. She asked an acquaintance, Austin Matthias, 24, to assault the victim in April 2017.According to documents from the Nome District Attorney’s office, Haworth asked Matthias to assault the victim in exchange for ‘a bottle’.‘I’ve never seen or heard of a case like this before,’ said DA Tom Jamgochian. ‘It is unique.’He added ‘contract’ sexual assaults like this one are highly unusual.Details and future of the caseAccording to a witness, the assault happened in the victim’s home.Haworth allegedly had Matthias and the victim get drunk. Then, she told Matthias: ‘Austin, I’m going to need you to rape [the victim].’ Matthias then said ‘sure’, according to the witness’ documented statement.Prosecutors believe it is also possible that Matthias owed Haworth money. His ex-wife reportedly sent Haworth a check for $1,000.The victim said the last thing he remembered was Matthias punching him in the face. He suffered a broken nose and more bodily trauma.Last June, a grand jury indicted Matthias on two felony counts of first-degree sexual assault. They also indicted Haworth on a count of solicitation of sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault.Both Matthias and Haworth are in jail at Anvil Mountain. The next hearing is 17 May.H/t: Anchorage Daily NewsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- A woman from St. Michael, Alaska is accused of hiring one man to sexually assault another man who owed the woman money. Elderly man charged for asking guy to ‘f**k’ him on Singapore train‘Transgender impostors’ attacking trans women in IndiaBill Cosby classified as ‘sexually violent predator’ and sentenced 3-10 yearsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more