Nova Scotias First Dementia Strategy Announced

first_imgThe government and Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia are co-leading an advisory committee that will guide the development, consultation and implementation of Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive plan to care for people with dementia and their families. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine announced today, Jan. 27, that the provincial dementia strategy will aim to improve timely access to services, provide support for caregivers and ensure people affected by dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. “Nova Scotia has an aging population. As we grow older, there will be greater pressures on our health-care system to deliver the care people with dementia need and deserve,” said Mr. Glavine. “This work will take time to develop, build and implement correctly. It’s my goal to enhance delivery of dementia care and treatment so Nova Scotians living with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers, are well supported.” The advisory committee members will soon be named and provide direction and advice on the strategy’s content, recommendations and help craft the implementation plan. Nova Scotians with dementia, caregivers and service providers and geriatric health care professionals will make up the advisory committee members. “We’re very pleased the minister and government are moving forward with this commitment,” said Lloyd Brown, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. “We are excited to partner on a strategy that will support caregivers and families and no doubt add quality of life to those affected by dementia.” Nova Scotia has the oldest population per capita in the country; about 17.7 per cent of Nova Scotians are aged 65 or over. Mr. Glavine said these demographics highlight the need to review and refocus the province’s Continuing Care Strategy and create a provincial dementia strategy. “I am enthusiastic about taking part in helping to formulate a dementia strategy,” said Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, professor of geriatric medicine and neurology at Dalhousie University. “The commitment to a system that is more responsive, more efficient and more effective is inspiring.” A panel of experts was invited to discuss Nova Scotia’s aging population, its impacts on the Continuing Care Strategy and solutions around care delivery. The Minister’s Roundtable on Continuing Care brought together leading Nova Scotia researchers, academics, clinicians and advocates who work with seniors and people of all ages with disabilities and conditions for a discussion about how best to care for an aging population and how to move forward on a dementia strategy. January is national Alzheimer Awareness month. “January is a good time to begin work on the strategy as understanding the effects of living with dementia are top of mind for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Glavine. The provincial dementia strategy will be announced in spring 2015.last_img read more

Migrant sailboat defies Salvini docks in Italy

first_imgRome: A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s bid to close Italian ports to them. Mediterranea’s Italian-flagged Alex was met by a strong police presence on the quayside but people were not allowed to disembark after spending two days with the rescued migrants and asylum seekers on the sailboat. “I do not authorise any landing for those who couldn’t care less about Italian laws and help the people smugglers,” populist deputy prime minister Salvini tweeted as night fell. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingSalvini last month issued a decree that would bring fines of up to 50,000 euros (USD 57,000) for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel “entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation”. After the Alex reached port, he said that he would raise the maximum fine to one million euros. Mediterranea tweeted back a request to disembark those rescued, saying it had sailed to “the only possible safe port for landing”, citing “intolerable hygiene conditions aboard”. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Shipwrecks and crew are exhausted… people rescued need to be cared for… this is a surreal situation and it is an unnecessary cruelty to prolong the wait.” Authorities on Lampedusa last week seized another rescue ship belonging to German aid group Sea-Watch after it forced its way into port with dozens of rescued migrants on board and arrested its captain, Carola Rackete. An Italian judge this week ordered her freed as she had been acting to save lives, a decision which sparked Salvini’s ire but may have encouraged the Alex crew. Two other investigations, on charges of helping people smugglers and resisting the authorities are still under way after Rackete forced her way past Italian customs vessels. A third rescue ship, German charity Sea-Eye’s vessel Alan Kurdi, carrying 65 shipwrecked migrants rescued off Libya had also arrived in international waters off Lampedusa. The group said late Saturday that it was heading for Malta. In Germany, more than 30,000 people demonstrated in cities around the country in solidarity with Rackete, including 8,000 in Berlin and 4,000 in Hamburg.last_img read more

Tomar invites ideas from all MPs on crop insurance

first_imgNew Delhi: In a move aimed at effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY), the government has invited suggestions from all the members of the parliament on the matter. While divulging the information, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the government is working on making crop insurance more effective same.”Earlier also, there was PM Fasal Bima…today there is focus on PM Fasal Bima. But my Prime Minister and myself do not consider this PM Fasal Bima Yojna a complete scheme. Through you, I want to Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!tell the members that with regard to PM Fasal Bima Yojna, if they have some valuable suggestions they can give them to me in three-five days,” Tomar said. While replying to queries raised by members during the discussion on Demand for Grants under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Tomar said, “We are working on how can we make the crop insurance easier, more useful, more beneficial.” He further added that more funds were allocated under the PMFBY during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi than it was before 2014. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedStating that now more educated people were taking to farming, he said, “Technology was also being used for farming. As the government is committed to double the income of farmers, a big target and a road map has to be made to achieve the target.” Over 10 crore soil health cards have already been issued, he said, adding that work on allotting 9.82 crore cards in the second phase is underway. The government, he said, is working on zero-budget farming.last_img read more

CANADA 150 CHINA SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement For rules and information – CLICK HERE Advertisement Facebook In celebration of Canada 150, Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is launching the Canada 150 / China Scriptwriting Competition to better reflect Canada’s diversity across the country’s feature filmmaking landscape.The winner will receive a cash prize of CAD$10,000.Register and send in your pitch and script! Competition open to everyone. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

Moroccos democratic experience presented to NATO Parliamentarians

first_imgRabat – The democratic experience of Morocco in the light of the Constitution of 2011 was presented Monday in Rabat to parliamentarians of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).Representing the Sub-Committee on Democratic Governance (CDSDG) and the Sub-committee on Transition and Development (ESCTD) under the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the parliamentarians had the opportunity to learn, during a round table on “the political and democratic transition in north Africa and the consolidation of democracy in Morocco,” about the specifics of Moroccan democratic model.Held at the Mohammed V-Agdal University, this meeting highlighted the progress made by the new Constitution towards the recognition of human rights in Morocco and the strengthening of democracy. This roundtable was organized on the occasion of the joint meeting of the Sub-Committee on Democratic Governance (CDSDG) and the Subcommittee on Transition and Development (ESCTD), which opened on Monday in Rabat.This closed meeting is part of the Mediterranean partner status enjoyed by the Moroccan Parliament within the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO.last_img read more

UN environment agency announces 10 global finalists for development awards

Entrepreneurs promoting a range of businesses – from community-based tourism in Brazil to Vietnamese bringing medicinal plants to the international market – are among 10 finalists announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a key sustainable development award.The nominees are up for one of five Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (Seed) Awards, an incentive scheme for local entrepreneurs to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection will be announced at May’s session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York, UNEP said in a press release. The announcement of the 10 finalists was made both in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum and also at the World Social Forum being held in Nairobi, Kenya. An international expert jury will now identify the five winning partnerships from among the finalists.“As we meet in Davos and Nairobi to discuss scaling up sustainable solutions, the Seed Initiative is again offering inspiring examples of local level entrepreneurs in all parts of the world who are setting up new partnerships and using ‘global/local’ networks to address sustainable development challenges with a business-case approach,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.Finalists for the Seed Awards 2007 take a range of promising, locally-adapted approaches to sustainability, including the promotion of traditional medicine and community-based tourism and the production of alternative fuels. The countries represented by finalist initiatives are Brazil, Ecuador, India, Nepal, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone, Suriname, the United Republic of Tanzania and Viet Nam.The entry from Brazil aims to improve local communities’ livelihoods and promote environmental protection through the creation of community-based tourism, while that from Viet Nam involves a local business network, marketing high value-added products derived from the sustainable cultivation of traditional medicinal plants.The announcement of the 2007 finalists follows a rigorous 10-month selection process that drew together more than 230 applications from more than 70 countries worldwide – representing close to 1,100 organizations from the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), women’s groups, labour, public authorities, UN agencies and others.Partners in the Seed Initiative include the World Conservation Union (IUCN); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the Governments of the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom; and private sector partner Swiss Re. 25 January 2007Entrepreneurs promoting a range of businesses – from community-based tourism in Brazil to Vietnamese bringing medicinal plants to the international market – are among 10 finalists announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a key sustainable development award. read more

Former Air Force chief to be in charge of Sri Lanka cricket

Goonetileke, who joined the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1978 as a helicopter pilot rose to the rank of Air Chief Marshall, Commanded the Air Force and thereafter served as the Chief of Defense Staff, serving the Sri Lankan defense establishment for 35 plus years. “I am sure, his entry will strengthen the security program, we have placed in order to continue our cricketing calendar, without any hindrance.’’ said Shammi Silva, President of SLC.“We take security as our top priority, when it comes to any form of cricket, since having a secure environment helps teams and players to engage in healthy competition,’’ the SLC President further added. He will also be in charge of the strategic review of Sri Lanka Cricket’s security program. Former Air Force Commander Roshan Goonetileke has been recruited by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) as the Chief Security Advisor of SLC, in order to strengthen the security program covering all forms of cricket.His role will be to help enhance SLC’s security affairs related to all international inbound and outbound tours, security of the national and junior squads, players, coaches, ground security and also spectator security. His new appointment came into effect from 17th May, 2019. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Federal deficit came in at 19 billion last year final report on

OTTAWA — The federal government ran a shortfall of $19 billion in the last fiscal year, virtually unchanged from the previous year, Ottawa’s annual financial report card shows.The deficit for 2017-18 was slightly smaller than the federal government predicted in February’s budget.However, the Finance Department’s fiscal monitor estimated in May the federal books would post a deficit of just $16.2 billion for last year.To confuse matters, the government says it has changed the way it calculates its pension liability — a fix officials say has been at the top of the list for auditors for years. And that led to revisions of 10 years’ worth of budget numbers.Weaker than expected economic data not seen delaying Bank of Canada rate hikeGood thing there’s a lot more to the Canadian dollar than oil these daysPopulism and protectionism holding back Canada’s growth, EDC warnsAs a result, the slim surplus Conservatives left with much fanfare in 2014-15 is now noted as a small deficit.Tax revenues rose year-over-year, but it was less a windfall than what officials described as a “new normal” after the Liberals created a new tax bracket for high-income earners. The Finance Department says there was a $9.9-billion increase in personal tax revenue from the previous year.Beyond 2017-18, Morneau’s February budget predicted an $18.1-billion shortfall for this fiscal year — a number that’s expected to gradually shrink to $12.3 billion in 2022-23, including annual $3-billion cushions to offset risks.Following the 2015 election, the Liberal government abandoned campaign pledges to run annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books in four years — by 2019.Instead, Morneau has been focused on reducing the net debt-to-GDP ratio — also known as the debt burden — each year. After the pension-related revisions were taken into account, the debt ratio dropped to 31.3 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, from 32.0 per cent a year earlier.The latest numbers for 2017-18 pushed the overall national debt to $671.3 billion.The document didn’t provide a long-term outlook for the debt burden, but officials say internal projections still show the measure on a downward track, even if the numbers have shifted slightly due to accounting changes.Morneau has cited a weaker-than-expected economy for the bigger shortfalls as well as a need to make investments to lift Canada’s long-term growth.But the economy has delivered a strong performance for more than a year and the lack of a road map to return to balance has drawn criticism, particularly from the opposition Conservatives.There are concerns over the Liberals’ deficit-spending plan at a time of economic expansion and warnings it could find itself far deeper down the deficit hole in the event of a recession. read more

DR Congo Backing political dialogue UN and partners urge spirit of responsibility

In a joint statement, the African Union (AU), the United Nations, the European Union (EU), and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) said they are closely following the situation in the country, where there have been reports of increasing political tensions linked to the uncertainty surrounding the electoral process.The four organizations act under the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa, as well as their collective commitment to support the DRC in consolidating the achievements recorded during the last decade. They underlined once again the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections to take place in accordance with the framework of the Congolese Constitution, “thus preserving peace and stability in the country and deepening the democratic process and the rule of law.”The partners reaffirmed their full support to the facilitation efforts led on behalf of the AU by Edem Kodjo, former Prime Minister of Togo and former Secretary- General of the Organization of African Unity. In this context, they have agreed to set up a support group to the facilitation, which also includes representatives of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and the Southern African Development Community, and to mobilize the expertise and resources needed to maximize chances of achieving a successful dialogue. The four organizations also underlined the primary responsibility of the government and all concerned Congolese stakeholders to maintain peace and stability in the DRC, to preserve the hard-won gains and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. In this regard, they urged all Congolese actors to join the dialogue and extend their full cooperation to the Facilitator, recalling that “he is acting within the framework of the relevant bodies of the AU and resolution 2277.” Meanwhile, the organizations also urged the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence, stating that “more than ever, restraint and the spirit of responsibility are needed at this particular moment of the history of the DRC.”They also called on the government to maintain its commitment to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the DRC, including by releasing political prisoners; bearing in mind that the preservation of political space and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution is a necessary condition to the success of the political dialogue, an outcome to which President Kabila has expressed his utmost commitment. read more

Converting low rank coallignite into valuable commodities

first_imgA pilot plant to prove that the underground coal to liquids (UCTLTM) process can convert low rank brown coal/lignite into valuable commodities is set to be commissioned this month. Owner of the plant, Regal Resources’ first focus of the testing program will be on placing samples within the test vessel and exposing them to the UCTL high velocity/temperature water spray with supercritical properties. Other samples of Canadian oil sands are intended to be included in the surface testing program.The site office, control panel and surface test vessel have been delivered and drilling works for the monitoring bores are completed. Completion of the remainder of site works and other commissioning activities are on time and schedule. It is anticipated that a significant amount of information will be gained from using the test vessel. While underway, pressure testing of the existing wells will be completed prior to transferring the UCTL trials process underground, which is expected to commence this month.The aim is to produce crude oil that is acceptable to existing refineries, gas for domestic supply or power generation and heat for use in electricity generation. The pilot test aims to verify the production of long-chain hydrocarbons with low CO2 emissions.last_img read more

SEHA League Round 2 Nexe beat Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade

← Previous Story Juancho Perez is back to handball in Badajoz Next Story → C.O Zagreb’s Director, Bartol Kaleb: “We are the slaves of EHF” Croatian vice-champion, Nexe from Nasice entered season in the SEHA regional League in the best possible way. After great draw against C.O Zagreb 20:20 at home, team coached by Kasim Kamenica took first three points as a visitor in Belgrade against Serbian Crvena zvezda 37:32 (18:18).CRVENA ZVEZDA – NEXE 32:37 (18:18)Beograd, SC “Voždovac” na BanjiciSpectators – 3007 meter:  4(2) – 2(2)Exclusion: 10 min – 6 minCRVENA ZVEZDA: Jeraj  16 odbrana, Ivanišević dve odbrane, Jokić 4, Živković 1, Pušica 5, Nadoveza 6(2), Šćepanović 2, Pantelić 3, Šljivančanin 1, Vukas 4, Sudžum 4, Pavić 2(1), U. Milošević, Čavaljuga, IvančevNEXE: Šunjić četiri odbrane, P.Lelić 10 odbrana i dva sedmerca, Slišković 3, Varvodić 2, Mrđenović 2, Markotić 9(2), Kević 3, Kozina 3, Obad, F.Lelić 8, Mataija 7(1), Barišić, Velić.MOM: Robert Markotić (NEXE)RESULTS:  2:4 (8.) 3:6 (10.) 7:7 (15.) 10:8 (17.) 12:10 (20.) 13:13 (23.) 15:18 (28.) 19:21 (37.) 21:23 (39.) 21:26 (43.) 23:29 (47.) 26:33 (52.) handball leagueSEHA league read more

Agreement reached on CAP reform

first_imgAFTER HOURS OF discussions, European ministers reached a deal on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) late last night.The agreement has been described as a watershed moment by Ireland’s Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.The package of proposals were tabled by the Irish Presidency.The negotiation process now moves to the final trilogue stage, where the Irish Presidency will represent the Council in talks with the European Parliament and the European Commission.“After two long days and nights of discussions, I am delighted to announce that the Council of Agriculture Ministers has taken an enormous step forward in the CAP reform negotiations by agreeing its position on the Commission’s reform proposals,” said Coveney.“It is difficult to overestimate the scale of today’s achievement, given the range and complexity of issues which have had to be addressed by Member States.”He added that compromise was required on what have been “extremely sensitive issues”.As part of the agreement, flexibility in the way direct payments are distributed within Member States will be allowed (something known as internal convergence). This has been a major issue for Irish farmers who opposed a flat-rate system.Other difficulties addressed include greening payments, sugar quotas and voluntary-coupled support.Coveney explained: “On internal convergence, we have secured the required flexibility from Member States that allows the Irish model of partial convergence to be included in the options available for the distribution of direct payments. On greening, we have ensured that the payment may be a percentage of each farmer’s individual payment rather than a flat rate, as well as negotiating a difficult and complex compromise on the implementation of the three greening criteria proposed by the Commission. And on sugar quotas, we have secured an earlier abolition of the regime than originally sought by most Member States.”The target date for reaching an overall agreement and completing all processes is end-June. The Minister has urged continues engagement from all parties to the negotiations.EU approval of CAP reform leaves farmers ‘in shock’last_img read more

49 Cubieboard is like an AllWinner A10 Raspberry Pi

first_imgInexpensive DIY computers are popping up all over the place — almost as rapidly as Android-powered HDMI stick PCs. The Raspberry Pi got the ball rolling for just $35 and then along came the quad-core beast that is the $129 ODROID-X. Now there’s the Cubie Board, which sits somewhere in between with an AllWinner A10 processor and a $49 price tag.Like the Raspberry Pi, the Cubieboard’s specs are fairly humble. The ARM Cortex-A8 A10 chip is clocked at 1GHz and features 512KB of L2 cache and a Mali 400 GPU. There’s quite a bit more RAM on board — a full 1GB compared to just 1GB on the Pi — and the SoC is quite capable of handling full 1080P playback of h.264 and MP4 files. The base configuration also offers Ethernet connectivity, two full-sized USB ports, HDMI output, an IR sensor, dual SD card slots, and a SATA port for storage.Optional Bluetooth and Wi-Fi dongles are available, and there are also a wide range of choices when it comes to operating systems you can run on the Cubieboard. The A10 has attracted a pretty solid developer following ever since the chip appeared in the MK802 a few months back. In addition to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it should be able to handle Ubuntu 12.04, Fedora, and a host of other ARM-friendly linux distributions.No concrete date has been announced for general availability, but interested developers will soon be able to get their hands on the first batch of beta boards. Cubie also seems set to release the Cubieboard as an open-hardware product, which means you’ll be able to get your hands on everything from schematics to mechanical particulars once it’s all said and done.More at CNX Software and Liliputinglast_img read more

Rétinite pigmentaire des souris recouvrent la vue grâce à une protéine

first_imgRétinite pigmentaire : des souris recouvrent la vue grâce à une protéineFrance – Des souris atteintes de rétinite pigmentaire, une maladie incurable, ont recouvert la vue grâce aux travaux des chercheurs du Friedrich Miescher Institute suisse et de l’Institut de la vision français. La rétinite pigmentaire est une maladie génétique incurable qui entraîne une dégénérescence des photorécepteurs (les cônes pour la vision à la lumière du jour et les bâtonnets pour la vision pendant la nuit). La personne atteinte de la maladie perd progressivement sa vision nocturne, puis son champ de vision rétrécit jusqu’à la cécité totale.Les scientifiques ont introduit dans l’organisme des souris atteintes de rétinite pigmentaire une protéine ayant la propriété de donner aux cônes une nouvelles sensibilité à la lumière alors que ceux-ci n’étaient pas encore totalement dégénérés. Elles ont alors recouvert la vue.L’expérience a également réussi sur des rétines humaines en culture. Actuellement, 1,5 million de personnes souffrent de rétinite pigmentaire dans le monde. Le 25 juin 2010 à 14:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Money star power await Obama on tour

first_imgSEATTLE — President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an “impediment” to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party.Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. “I feel the spirit of my mom,” he said.He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are “more focused on positioning themselves for the next election.”“I’m not a particularly ideological person,” he said, adding he still is passionate about giving people a fair shake, about the environment, and working for peace and national security. “But I’m pretty pragmatic about how we get there.”Money, star power and Hollywood awaited the president on this trip, which featured a bit of official business, but mostly fundraising for a Democratic Party eager to go on offense after a politically debilitating two months.last_img read more

Comment Period Extended For Willow Development Plan

first_imgCompany executive vice president Matt Fox calls the results “promising.” The company says it plans to drill five wells, including two appraisal wells at Willow. Willow MDP comments can be submitted by any of the following methods through Oct. 29, 2019:Online:http://www.blm.gov/alaska/WillowEIS Email: BLM_AK_Willow_Comments@blm.govMail:    Attn: Willow MDP DEIS Comments, 222 West 7thAvenue, Stop #13, Anchorage, AK, 99513-7504 The Willow project could produce up to 130,000 barrels of oil daily, according to the most recent data provided by ConocoPhillips. The bureau said they will release a final report before a development plan is selected. The plan calls for five drill sites linked by seven bridges, an airstrip, 38 miles of roads, and a processing facility to prepare crude oil for shipment. The plan also includes 267 miles of individual pipeline and a state application for a temporary island for barges. Residents are encouraged to review and comment on the Draft EIS via BLM’s project website at http://www.blm.gov/alaska/WillowEIS. Comments on the draft analysis should be specific to the document itself, referencing sections or pages, and include specific details regarding issues or concerns that also provide rationale for the concern or suggestion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) extended the deadline for public comments on the proposed Willow Master Development Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from 45 to 60 days, moving the deadline from October 15 to October 29. The extension was provided to allow additional time for North Slope communities to focus on subsistence activities, according to a release from the BLM. Oil production would begin in 2024 under the plan. The state would collect $1.7 billion in taxes, plus $2.5 billion in royalties related to the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska impact mitigation fund. The federal government would collect $4.4 billion in taxes and royalties, while the borough would receive $1.9 billion in property taxes.last_img read more

Whats the Next Movie Studio to Publish Video Games

first_img If you’re the child of a billionaire, there’s strong chance you won’t end up a good person. It’s the American way, especially these days. But if you’re Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you defy that trend and use your privilege to fund cool and artsy indie movies. Thanks to Annapurna Pictures we have fantastic films like The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Spring Breakers, Everybody Wants Some!!, and Sausage Party. Not content with elevating cinemas, the production company is now taking on video games.Earlier this month we learned that Annapurna Pictures is working to publish indie video games starting next Spring. Annapurna games include What Remains of Edith Finch, the new puzzle game from The Unfinished Swan creators Giant Sparrow, and Gorogoa, a story-heavy puzzle game from Jason Roberts. Annapurna is also working with the makers of quirky yet lovely cult hits like Katamari Damacy and Monument Valley. The Annapurna games team includes folks who’ve worked on Mortal Kombat, Fat Princess, and perhaps most tellingly, ethereal art games from Thatgamecompany like Journey and Flower.“We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home,” said Ellison in a statement. This got us thinking. What’s the next studio primarily associated with movies to make the leap to game publishing? Games are already trying so hard to be like movies, and vice versa, so this seems like a pretty sweet, and lucrative, deal for everyone.There’s already precedent for this. After the success of The Walking Dead Telltale series, Robert Kirkman’s production company Skybound helped publish Oxenfree, another narrative-focused horror adventure game.Along with its subversive cartoons, Adult Swim has quietly become a powerful force in the indie game market. In addition to publishing promising games based on their own material like Rick and Morty, they’ve also helped bring out small but great games like the hilarious and provocative Jazzpunk or upcoming food fighter Battle Chef Brigade.And for better or worse, with games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Injustice, the Lego games, Shadow of Mordor, and more, Warner Bros. can now add “full-fledged AAA publisher” on its resume next to “Superman murderer.”So it’s only a matter of time before more movie studios make video games a part of their business, especially the big studios like Universal and Legendary Entertainment. They can’t all be Disney and decide that games aren’t worth the trouble. But the mind races thinking about the unique flavor some of these smaller production companies could add to games that no one else could.Imagine Adam McKay and Gary Sanchez Productions applying the comedy stylings of Anchorman and Step Brothers to a game. If OWN made video games, Oprah could find yet another medium to conquer. The ending of Inception was already a video game, so Christopher Nolan and Syncopy should just make the real thing already. What if Laika used the Donkey Kong Country technique and scanned in their intricate puppets of Kubo and the Two Strings as sprites for a game? Brad Pitt seems like a dude who plays games. Let him and Plan B try to make one. A24 has collaborated with Annapurna on movies; they should collaborate on games as well.Those are just Western studios. I’d love to see Bollywood studios take a crack at video games. They’d be the most dramatic rhythm games of all time!At the very least, movie studios trying to make video games sounds more promising than video game studios trying to make video games. I still die a little on the inside whenever I see the Ubisoft logo pop up in movie theaters before the Assassin’s Creed trailer. Give me an Amblin or Marv Films or 40 Acres and a Mule logo on my console instead. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

China adds 2 satellites to global positioning net

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix BEIJING (AP) – China has added two more satellites to a global navigation network that will eventually compete with America’s Global Positioning System.State media say the 14th and 15th satellites in the Beidou system were launched aboard a single Long March 3B rocket early Wednesday. The system, whose name means compass in English, is due to have 35 satellites in total by its 2020 completion date.The system already provides coverage over much of Asia, with at least one more satellite set for launch this year. China expects Beidou to generate a 400 billion yuan ($63 billion) annual market for services to the transport, meteorology and telecommunications sectors. Top Stories Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img The system’s military implications are just as important, freeing China from having to use GPS for tasks such as missiles guidance.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

School closed after dead man found on premises

first_imgAn unidentified man was found dead at a primary school in Kokkinotrimithia in the Nicosia district at around 7am on Tuesday.Police were immediately notified and the scene was cordoned off.  They ruled out foul play.A state pathologist was also expected at the scene.Parents were informed not to take their children to school which will remain closed for the day.Teachers are at the premises along with representatives of the education ministry.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Greek Cypriots accused of ignoring reality over gas

first_imgThe Greek Cypriot side keeps turning a blind eye to a clear reality in spite of warnings from the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey, the spokesman for Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Monday.Baris Burcu was responding to comments by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides on Sunday that the Turkish Cypriots were throwing away their future to serve Turkey’s hydrocarbon interests in the region.Christodoulides had himself been responding to earlier statements by Turkish Cypriot ‘energy minster’ Ozdil Nami who said the island’s hydrocarbons programme should be co-managed with the Turkish Cypriots “from A to Z” or be frozen until a Cyprus solution was reached.Nami also threatened that Turkey could very well scupper all drilling interests of the republic in the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) if it chose to do so, even in blocks that they did not lay claim to.Christodoulides said in response: “It is remarkable that, firstly, the Turkish Cypriot leadership seems willing to serve any plans by Turkey, which will sacrifice not only the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, but also their own future.”Commenting on the terms and conditions as laid down by Nami, he added: “Since the convergence at the negotiating table on the issue of natural resources is clear, the reluctance of the Turkish side to resume talks is apparent”.“Mr Nami’s warnings about Turkey’s intentions, are also in fact warnings to the United States, France, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and of course the EU itself,” he added, referring to Nami’s threat and to the international interests in Cyprus’ EEZ.Burcu said on Monday that the Greek Cypriot strategy of trying to keep the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey outside the “energy policies balance “does not serve peace”.“The Greek Cypriot side insistently turns a blind eye to this plain reality in spite of our warnings,” he said. Akinci, he added, had always exerted efforts to find a solution and protect the legitimate rights of both communities.“In the very first meeting held with Mr Anastasiades in the evening of 11 May 2015, our president explained to Mr Anastasiades that the natural gas explorations in the Mediterranean should not cause any tension and asked for the unilateral research and drilling activities not to continue. He has warned that in case they continued the tension which would be created would negatively influence the efforts for a solution and when the negotiations officially started on 15 May 2015, he secured a common understanding regarding this issue first,” Burcu said.“It is understood that the Greek Cypriot side is still not ready to share power and the natural resources with the Turkish Cypriots. If this is ever overcome by a change in mentality, new opportunities for all sides might be created,” he added.Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned against any tension in both the Aegean and Mediterranean regions.“Naval forces have the power to eliminate every kind of danger to their country under all conditions and circumstances,” he said. “No one should make a mistake [about that].”   You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more