Liberal plan for First Nation child welfare came from the Conservative play

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ Federal funding for First Nations child welfare was determined well before the government was ordered to increase it, new documents filed with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal show.The documentation means that the government had set in stone what it would spend on child welfare regardless of what the tribunal ordered it to do, says child-rights advocate Cindy Blackstock who is involved in the tribunal case.“It signals to me a disregard for the tribunal’s (legal) orders,” Blackstock said Monday.Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, has spent nine years fighting the government on the level of child welfare support provided to First Nations kids on reserve.“Canada decided for itself what it was going to do to comply with the tribunal order even before they ever saw it,” Blackstock said.“There’s no evidence in these submissions that they ever adjusted Budget 2016 after they settled on it in the fall of 2015.”See more stories on First Nations Child Welfare here: First Nations Child WelfareThe federal documents filed with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal show the level of spending on First Nations child welfare services in the last budget was determined months before the quasi-judicial body’s landmark ruling in January _ a ruling that ordered Ottawa to immediately enrich services for children on reserves.“The rationale for the five-year (fiscal) plan was developed in fall 2015 as part of the 2016 federal budget process, prior to the Jan. 26, 2016 tribunal decision,” the Indigenous Affairs department said in a submission.“As part of this annual process, departments usually prepare their proposals between September and November, after which time further deliberations are subject to cabinet confidence until the budget is announced.”The tribunal’s January ruling found the federal government has been discriminating against First Nations children in the way it delivers child welfare services on reserves. It has since issued two compliance orders, including one handed down last month.Since the release of the spring budget, Blackstock pressured the Liberal government to immediately increase the level of funding earmarked for services on the ground.She pegs the need this year alone at least $200 million, rather than the just-over $70 million contained within the fiscal blueprint released last spring.During question period on Monday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett reiterated the government is committed to overhauling child welfare services on reserve.“There are more children in care than at the height of residential schools, and we want to fix that system,” Bennett said. “We have invested $71 million, and approximately $30 million has already flowed.”The tribunal has already made it clear the budget was not sufficient, NDP Indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus said, noting the government documents suggest there was no intention to respond to the tribunal’s findings with additional funds.“They simply pulled out a five-year plan that was developed under Stephen Harper and passed it off as their own,” Angus said in an interview.“What is really disturbing from what we have seen from the documents and the response from the minister and the prime minister is that the reason that they’re not appealing the decision is they don’t believe they have to follow it.”At an Ottawa press conference on Sept. 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conceded more needs to be done to improve the lives of young people in Indigenous communities, but he did not explicitly acknowledge the tribunal decision.last_img read more

Providing medical services part of UN Police role in Haiti Commander

Officers from the Formed Police Unit (FPU) provide free consultations, medicine and hot meals to people from Cite Militairé and Village Solidarité, the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a press release, adding that most of those receiving treatment are women and children.“Since our arrival in Haiti, we initiated a policy of taking charge of medical services… officers must carry out development actions outside of their security activities. Thus they provide reinforcement to civilian doctors in offering consultations to the population,” said the contingent commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Hassan Diouf.The most common cases treated are children or adults suffering viral infections and those who have been involved in road accidents. Shooting victims also receive help. In addition, Senegalese officers working with charity organizations, distribute food to the poor three times a day, including inside orphanages.Working closely with the Haitian National Police, FPU officers are also helping restore law and order in the violence-ridden country, through regular patrols and crowd control, efforts that along with the work of other UN and national units has improved security, said Lieutenant-Colonel Diouf.“When I arrived in Haiti the security situation was bad but it is now very different,” he said, voicing satisfaction with the work of the men under his command.In particular, in recent months the mission has stepped up efforts to crack down on criminal gangs. Since the start of the year, more than 400 gang members have been arrested.MINUSTAH is currently staffed with almost 9,000 uniformed personnel, including over 7,000 troops and 1,800 police, along with 444 international civilian personnel, 727 local civilian staff and 165 UN Volunteers. 14 May 2007Along with its security and law-enforcement role, the Senegalese specialized United Nations police unit in Haiti continues to help civilian doctors provide medical services in some of the poorest areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, its commander highlighted recently before ending his mission to the impoverished country. read more

Elon Musk becomes Daddy DotCom on Twitter

Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk tweeted late on Sunday that he had “just deleted” his Twitter account, while also changing his Twitter display name to “Daddy DotCom.”https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1140481957341495296Sunday, June 16 was Father’s Day in the United States and the Tesla Inc chief has a history of being playful with his Twitter account, one of corporate America’s most-watched.In February, Musk briefly changed his display name to “Elon Tusk” and added an elephant tag to his account.Musk has previously been accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for disclosing misleading corporate information about Tesla on Twitter.Under a settlement with the regulator, he is required to have a securities lawyer to review tweets that have material information about the company before publishing.Related Stories:Elon Musk says ‘pedo guy’ tweet did not suggest British cave diver was a pedophile read more

Are newborns ugly Brock research says newborns rated less cute than older

Parents who aren’t feeling that magical bond with their newborn babies need not panic.It turns out that adults find the faces of babies most appealing at around the six-month mark, says new research from Brock University.“We want to let parents know that if they’re not instantly grabbed by this baby as much as they thought they might be, then that’s normal. The bonding will build and grow over time,” says Tony Volk, Child and Youth Studies Associate Professor.In their study, Volk, graduate student Prarthana Franklin and undergraduate student Irisa Wong showed 142 research participants photos of 18 babies taken shortly after birth, at three months old and at six months old.The researchers asked participants how willing they would be to adopt the babies based on their perceptions of the children’s cuteness, happiness, health and self-resemblance.“We noticed adults rated the newborns as the least attractive and the six month olds had the highest ratings across all of the facial cues,” says Franklin, the lead author of the study titled “Are Newborns’ Faces Less Appealing?”“That was interesting because usually we think that the younger children are, the cuter they are and so more people prefer younger children,” she says, adding that their study showed “a lower limit of three months old that’s the preferred age compared to newborns.”Babies, whether they be human or animal, possess certain physical traits that adults consider to be “cute.” In human babies, these could include big eyes, chubby cheeks, broad smiles and cooing noises.In the 1940s, ethologist Konrad Lorenz coined the term “kinderschema,” or “child schema,” to describe these traits. He theorized that babies’ cuteness brings out adults’ nurturing and caretaking behaviour, which, in turn, ensures infant survival.If this is the case, newborn babies should be seen as being the cutest of all, as they’re the most vulnerable and they need the most protection and care, says Volk.Initially, he and his research team were puzzled by their finding that adults’ perception of cuteness intensifies six months or so after the babies are born.“We wondered, why would there be this specific peak?” says Volk. “But then, we read the medical literature, which was almost universal in that six month olds are better at surviving illnesses than younger babies.”Other studies and reports worldwide shows that most infanticide or abandonment occurs within the first few weeks of an infant’s life.Volk says the delay in cuteness perception is an adult-driven adaptation that may be a leftover from evolutionary times when resources were scarce and infant diseases were deadly.“Hunter-gatherers who already had a child they were nursing, couldn’t nurse two children at once,” says Volk. “If you’re a peasant mother in medieval England and you only have enough food for one child, and if having two means they’re both likely to die, it’s best just to have one child.“These are difficult decisions that humans have made for thousands of years,” says Volk. “A delay in attachment makes those early losses easier to cope with.”Volk identifies two other possible factors for the delay in baby-parent bonding.He says it can take up to a month for babies to develop the ability to consciously smile at someone out of happiness, which adults often find endearing.Also, research that Volk conducted a decade ago found that fathers who were actively involved with their babies tended to notice that their months-old offspring looked like them, which increased the fathers’ bonding.It turns out babies may also take their time bonding. Previous research shows babies develop a preference for a specific caregiver and experience “separation anxiety” when away from that person at around the seven-month mark.The Brock research team urges parents and society to come up with ways of bonding with newborns.“We firmly recognize that every newborn infant offers the tremendously appealing, unlimited potential that all humans initially possess, and we fully encourage investing in all newborns as much love and resources as is possible,” says the paper.Ways to bring about earlier bonding include infant massage, spending lots of time with the baby, skin-to-skin contact and supporting new parents materially and psychologically as much as possible. read more

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Forget Repeating As Champs The Broncos Might Not Make The Playoffs

Based on average Elo rating of the division’s teams.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com And the rest of the AFC West has improved — by leaps and bounds, in some cases. After Week 12 of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ division rivals — the Chiefs, Raiders and San Diego Chargers — had an average Elo rating of 1489, well below the NFL-wide average of 1505. K.C.’s Elo rating ranked seventh in the league, and the Chiefs were five victories into what would eventually be an 11-game winning streak. But the Raiders and Chargers were each in the league’s bottom third, and the AFC West was fourth among the NFL’s eight divisions in overall average Elo.This year’s AFC West, by contrast, easily ranks first in all of football in average Elo. The Chiefs’ Elo rating has improved by 32 points from where it was this time last season, the Chargers’ by 68 points and the Raiders’ by a stunning 139 points — that makes Oakland the league’s second-most-improved team over that span (trailing only the Dallas Cowboys). With an average Elo of 1578, the 2016 AFC West is on pace to be the NFL’s 10th-best division since the league merged with the AFL before the 1970 season. 22007AFC South41608 31984AFC West51600 Rushing offense-1.6-1.82023 Defense+6.6+4.811 Special teams-0.3-1.42526 How the 2015 and 2016 Broncos compare 52014NFC West41588 Passing defense+4.8+5.711 YEARDIVISIONTEAMSAVG. ELO 2015 numbers are for the full season; 2016 numbers are as of Nov. 27.Offensive and defensive EPA won’t necessarily match the sum of rushing and passing EPA on each side of the ball because penalties are tracked in a separate category.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 61976AFC Central41583 92008NFC East41581 For most of the season, the Denver Broncos’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champs looked like it would be relatively smooth sailing. The Broncos opened the season as the best team in the NFL according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, and before this weekend, our playoff predictions (which are based on Elo) never gave the team less than a 74 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Going into Sunday night’s game against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, Denver had a healthy 76 percent chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs.But after losing to K.C. when Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos banked in a game winner off the left upright as time expired, Denver unexpectedly finds itself in a precarious situation. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a game behind the Chiefs and two behind the Oakland Raiders, and our model gives Denver only a 54 percent chance of returning to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Broncos’ title defense is in doubt.How did Denver get into this predicament? For one thing, the team’s quality of play has slipped ever so slightly compared with last season. At this stage of the 2015 season, Denver ranked fourth in the NFL with a 1661 Elo rating, and our model assigned them a 10 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl. This year, despite competing with fewer great teams, the Broncos rank fifth with a 1606 Elo and a 4 percent Super Bowl probability. If they instead sported that 1661 rating from last season, this year’s Broncos would be second in the NFL, nipping at the New England Patriots’ heels for the right to be No. 1.For a while this season, the Broncos’ defense looked like it might be able to keep steady with the all-time great D the team assembled last season, and Denver still has the best defense in football according to expected points added. But like most of history’s dominant defenses, the Broncos’ D has experienced some reversion to the mean, and the team is now getting 4.8 EPA per game out of its defense rather than the 6.6 they got last season. As expected, Denver’s offense has improved under first-year starting QB Trevor Siemian (it would have been hard not to, given how poorly Peyton Manning played last season), but it hasn’t been enough to offset that defensive regression and a drop-off on special-teams after adjusting for strength of schedule.1If you add up Denver’s EPA on offense, defense and special teams, you’ll find that the Broncos have a better per-game point differential this seaon than they did in 2015. (By definition, EPA is designed to add up to a team’s points-per-game differential.) But the Broncos have also played an easier schedule this season; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s simple rating system, the 2016 Broncos (+5.4 SRS) are running slightly behind their 2015 form (+5.8) after adjusting for strength of schedule. As a result, the Broncos are no better off now than they were last year. 102016AFC West41578 Passing offense-1.1+2.22720 42004AFC East41590 Rushing defense+2.5-0.5527 Offense-2.6+0.72518 71975AFC Central41581 All of this has conspired to make the Broncos’ bid for a championship repeat far more daunting than it seemed before the season began. Only 12 teams with an Elo rating as high as Denver’s current mark have missed the playoffs since the merger,2Most recently, the 2008 New England Patriots. but right now, it’s basically a tossup as to whether the Broncos will become No. 13. And because the Broncos’ playoff odds would have been much higher if they’d won or tied Sunday night, their playoff fate might end up depending on — of all things — the few inches that determined where Santos’s kick went after glancing off the goalpost in overtime.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Share on Facebook 81970NFC Central41581 EXPECTED PTS ADDED/GAMERANK The NFL’s strongest divisions, 1970-2016 CATEGORY2015201620152016 12013NFC West41624 read more

Zeitz to end his career in THW Kiel

Christian ZeitzTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Jicha again handball player of the year in Czech Republic Next Story → Gorica Acimovic to Krim Mercator Christian Zeitz has decided to end his career in Kiel. He was the best player of this years “Final Four” of the German Cup, when in the final Kiel beat Flensburg. The left-handed player was also the one of the best players in this year’s Bundesliga, and was probably the best THW Kiel player this season, in what seemed a rather weak season. This move to finish his career in Kiel was welcomed by the management and the fans warmly, a sign of the mutual benefits for both, the player and the club, and the player’s dedication to the club.

Tragic death of Slovak goalkeeper

← Previous Story Carlen – injured again! Next Story → Jonas Kallman says “goodbye” to Sweden! “Black series” of handball players death this year continues. HC Tatran Presov announced at the official website that their young goalkeeper, Frantisek Bohac (22) lost his life last night in tragic accident. Bohac was one of the most perspective Slovak goalkeeper. His last game was the match in Zagreb against home team C.O Zagreb (29:35), where he had 8 saves.

Workers agree to LRC meeting with ESB management

first_imgIt is unthinkable that our economic recovery should be jeopardised, domestic consumers inconvenienced and our country’s reputation undermined by a power disruption that appears to be out of all proportion to the issues in dispute.“I have therefore this evening requested the Labour Relations Commission to convene the parties at the earliest possible time,” he added, noting that he hoped the LRC would be able to “clear up any uncertainty as early as possible”.More: Government asks LRC to resolve ESB dispute and “clear up any uncertainty” WORKERS AT ESB have agreed to meet with management at the Labour Relations Commission following an intervention by government.Minister Pat Rabbitte asked the LRC to resolve the dispute over pensions before consumers are impacted by interruptions to the country’s power supply.The ESB Group of Unions is planning industrial action, beginning 16 December.In an irate statement in the early hours of this morning, the unions slammed a “so-called offer” it had received from ESB management yesterday. The offer, it said, will infuriate every union member of the Defined Benefit pension scheme.“Yesterday, ESB management stated to the Unions that they agreed that the description of this scheme as a DB scheme and, simultaneously as a DC scheme, was no longer sustainable. Today, that same management tabled a formal so called ‘offer’ which did just that,” the unions explained.“Given that ESB management have again demonstrated utter bad faith and duplicity the ESB Group of Unions welcome an invitation from the Labour Relations Commission for a meeting and have agreed to such a meeting.”Announcing the government’s intervention, Rabbitte said:last_img read more

Japan orders more than 1 million people to evacuate their homes after

first_imgJapan orders more than 1 million people to evacuate their homes after two die in heavy rain Two men were killed in their cars during heavy flooding. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 8:18 AM A car submerged in floodwaters in Japan 18,028 Views TWO PEOPLE HAVE been killed following heavy rains in southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 670,000 people to seek safety.Nearly a million more people were advised to leave their homes after the country’s weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu.The emergency warning is issued “if there is a significant likelihood of catastrophes”.Officials confirmed the two deaths, one of which occurred in the western Saga prefecture, where a man was found in a car that had been swept away.A second man died in Fukuoka as he tried to escape from a car trapped in rising floodwaters.Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said that a third person, also in Saga, was in a state of “cardiorespiratory arrest” – a term usually employed by Japanese officials to indicate a person’s death before it has been officially confirmed by a doctor.“There are many reports of damage in different areas due to flooding of rivers, landslides, and submerged houses, and there is a possibility of serious damage occurring in the coming hours,” Suga added. Source: AP/PA ImagesThe fire and disaster management agency said it had already received multiple reports of flooded houses in Saga and Nagasaki.“We are seeing unprecedented levels of heavy rains in cities where we issued special warnings,” a spokesman for the Japan Meteorological Agency told reporters.“It is a situation where you should do your best to protect your lives,” weather agency official Yasushi Kajiwara said.Television footage showed rivers swollen by the rain and parked cars sitting in muddy brown water nearly up to the vehicles’ roofs.Small landslides have already been reported.Japanese authorities regularly urge people to take evacuation orders seriously, particularly after heavy rains last summer in the west of the country killed more than 200 people.Many of the deaths were blamed on the fact that evacuation orders were issued too late and some people failed to follow them.Entire neighbourhoods were buried beneath landslides or submerged in floodwaters during the disasters.- © AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aug 28th 2019, 8:18 AM A car submerged in floodwaters in Japan Image: PA Images Short URL By AFP Image: PA Images 13 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4785156 Share25 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

Neville believes Pogba would have left United

first_imgFormer Manchester United player Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba would have left Manchester United if Jose Mourinho was still the manager.The former United defender insists the breakdown in the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would have meant the Frenchman would seek greener pastures elsewhere when the transfer window reopens in January.The fall-out with the former Chelsea manager took a major turn at the start of the season when he was stripped of the captain’s armband in September, following Pogba’s comments in the aftermath of United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner was also dropped from the starting lineup at the start of December including United’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s last game in charge.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.When asked if Pogba would have left the Red Devils in January, Neville said, according to Daily Mail:“I think they would (have lost him). The relationship was gone (with Jose Mourinho). It was clear at that point.”“He was sat on the bench at the end. But in the last few games he has been fantastic.”last_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have launched an investigation into an Aggravated Burglary report that was made on Tuesday 25 July 2017.At 1:29am police were dispatched to the area of Ralph Close in Blue Hills and met with the complainant who stated that he secured his home around 11pm and went to bed.   He was later awakened by three men dressed in black clothing with guns inside of his home.   The culprits made off with Identification cards, a small amount of cash and jewelry.   Investigations into this matter are ongoing.We are appealing to persons who may have any information that may assist in this investigation to please contact us at 338-5901 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police investigating threats made against two high schools classes not cancelled

Police investigating threats made against two high schools classes not cancelled

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police are investigating a pair of threats made against two different San Diego high schools Friday.There will be extra security at Point Loma High School and Patrick Henry High School Friday after two separate, nonspecific threats were made towards the campus. Classes will not be cancelled on either campus.The San Diego Unified School District addressed both threats in a statement:San Diego Unified is investigating both of these incidents involving nonspecific threats. Out of an abundance of caution, we have added additional security presence at both schools. Unfortunately, this is the new normal in our country. Our staff is accustomed to handling these situations, and we encourage all students to be in school today so they can continue with their education.These threats come just one day after 21-year-old Kevin Gregory Matlak was arrested for making a threat against Torrey Pines High School, prompting the school to cancel classes for the day.The identity of the suspects who made the threats have not yet been identified.This is a developing story, stay with KUSI.com for more details as they become available. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 1, 2018 Posted: June 1, 2018 Updated: 8:30 AM , Police investigating threats made against two high schools, classes not cancelledlast_img read more

Magazine Digital Initiatives Up 33 Percent in 2007

first_imgThe full list of initiatives, including links, can be found here. EXCLUSIVEMagazines announcing digital initiatives—video, content sharing partnerships, integrated marketing, social networking and other buzzy products related to Web 2.0—increased by more than 33 percent in 2007, according to year-end data by the Magazine Publishers of America scheduled to be released later this morning.Overall, 207 initiatives were announced last year, according to the MPA. There were 155 announced in 2006.Among those the MPA identified: Bonnier’s social networking platform; first-time partnerships with online communities made by Forbes, Condé Nast and Hearst; Consumer Reports’ Web crash-test videos; BusinessWeek’s widgets; Meredith Corp.’s broadband network; and Martha’s Circle, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s blog network.last_img read more

Regional Publisher Sells One Title Shutters Two Others

first_imgMinneapolis, Minnesota-based Key Professional Media has sold its group of Super Lawyers magazines to Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers—a listing of attorneys from more than 70 practice areas—is published as a supplement in newspapers and city magazines in all 50 states.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Super Lawyers will become part of Thomson Reuters’ legal and business of law group and will be led by vice president and general manager Barb McGiven.“There’s nearly perfect integration between Super Lawyers and Thomson so nearly all 75 employees will retain their jobs,” founder and former publisher Bill White told FOLIO:. White said he and four member of the senior management will not make the transition to Thomson Reuters butinstead will remain with Key Professional Media. At the same time, Key Professional Media said it was shutting down bi-monthly Minnesota Law & Politics and Washington Law & Politics, a quarterly. Both Law & Politics publications carried circulations of approximately 16,000.The goal for now, according to White, is for Key Professional Media to continue publishing Super Doctors, a similar listing of top doctors that publishes in Florida, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York and Texas.last_img read more

The Mountain Actor Posts Instagram Apology for Killing Missandei

first_imgStay on target Missandei of Naath, who was introduced early on in Game of Thrones, has been crucial to the show’s story line. For many years, she’s served as Daenerys Targaryen’s loyal confidant, friend, and translator, never once questioning her queen’s authority, even up to Season 8 where things were incredibly rocky after the “Battle of Winterfell.” When she perished in Season 8, Episode 4, many fans were heartbroken and upset at the character’s ill-fated outcome in the Westeros power struggle. ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future In the recent Game of Thrones episode, fans had to say goodbye to Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen’s right-hand woman and loyal friend, who was beheaded at King’s Landing. Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, the actor who plays ‘The Mountain’ on the show, “apologized” to Missandei in a hilarious Instagram post and blamed Cersei Lannister for making him do the evil deed.On Tuesday, Bjornsson posted a funny tribute on Instagram that read “So sorry. Cersei [Lannister] made me do it. Hope we’re cool!” Bjornsson also tagged Nathalie Emmanuel, who also posted a touching farewell message about her character earlier this week. It’s unclear if Emmanuel responded, however, the post generated more than 300,000 likes on Instagram and many fans left laughing emojis in the comments section. Even though Missandei didn’t have a happy ending, Emmanuel took a moment to praise her character, the cast and crew she worked with on Game of Thrones, and the millions of fans worldwide who loved the kind and brilliant advisor.“It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath… The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice… and her one and only love,” Emmanuel wrote on Instagram. “She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward.”RIP, Missandei.Game of Thrones <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&nbsp;</p><p>Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 airs on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Recap: The Violence Continues Anyway‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Wanted Missandei to FightFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 5 Photoslast_img read more

Geek deals Get 30 days of anime on Crunchyroll for free

first_imgIf you’re an anime fanatic, you simply must give Crunchyroll a try. With access to countless hours of high quality anime streams, live-action dramas, and plenty of manga, this service is an outstanding value at just $6.95 per month. Even better, you can get your first month free with today’s exclusive deal. First 30 days of Crunchyroll for free ($6.95 per month afterwards) With a wide selection of popular titles like Naruto Shippuden, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096, RWBY, and Kill la Kill, you can spend your spare time getting lost in some of your very favorite anime. And since your membership covers Crunchyroll’s entire collection, you can feel free to explore shows that you’ve never seen before.Never dipped your toe into Japanese dramas? Take this opportunity to check out the likes of No Dropping Out: Back to School at 35, Wild Mom, and Always the Two of Us for free. Give ’em a try, and you might just find a new favorite.And if you’re also obsessed with manga, Crunchyroll has Android and iOS apps available that let you read your favorite manga on your smartphone or tablet. Enjoy series like ReLIFE, Princess Jellyfish, and A Town Where You Live.While the typical free trial period for Crunchyroll is only 14 days, today’s deal gives you a full 30 days of access. Sign up, give the service a thorough look-see, and then decide if it’s worth the monthly fee. If you don’t absolutely love it, simply cancel before the trial expires, and you won’t be charged.Terms and restrictions apply. See Crunchyroll’s site for more details.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great Crunchyroll deals, check back on TechBargains.last_img read more

Foodpanda IRCTC partner to offer meals during train journeys

first_imgOnline food ordering platform Foodpanda on Tuesday said it has partnered with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to allow passengers order food from restaurants during their train journeys. IRCTC is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles catering, tourism and online ticketing operations. A pilot of the proposed association will be launched at the New Delhi Railway station, Foodpanda said in a statement, without disclosing the timeline. After Delhi, the service will be extended to more cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai in due course of time, it added.last_img

Why You Wont Be Playing Super Mario Bros in VR Anytime Soon

first_img Listen Now 4 min read How Success Happens While Sony will debut a virtual reality add-on for the PlayStation 4 this October, it sounds like Nintendo’s anticipated debut of its next games console will not incorporate the buzzy technology. In other words, there will be no virtual immersion into Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom — at least not any time soon.At Nintendo’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima asserted that while the company is researching VR technology, it is choosing to focus its efforts on the impending launch of its next console, codenamed the NX, scheduled for a March 2017 release.Forrester Research forecasts that 52 million units of VR head-mounted displays will be in use in the U.S. by 2020. But in its recent report on virtual reality, Forrester touched on the balance between “overheated hype” and “excessive VR skepticism.” It seems that Nintendo, in investigating but not yet implementing, perceives VR in a similar way.Related: Meet the Little-Known Entrepreneur Behind the $1 Billion Gaming Company You’ve Never Heard OfWhile its competitors dabble in VR, Nintendo is skeptical as to whether the world is ready to don headsets to play its games. During the meeting, game creator Shigeru Miyamoto, father of Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda, noted that while many gamers spend hours on end in front of their screens, VR headsets are not conducive to such long-term play. The technology has been reported to induce headaches and nausea after prolonged exposure, which also may deter parents from allowing their children to use it.Miyamoto also said that he did not believe VR was a major talking point during this year’s E3 gaming conference. Ultimately, too few people have had experiences with VR to make it mainstream. The company wants to make sure its users are aware of and excited about the technology before investing heavily in it.“It takes content-creating companies like us to really make things that the consumers wants to experience, that they want to jump into the particular technology,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, in an interview with Bloomberg West. “That’s how we move it forward.”Nintendo has been slow to incorporate trendy tech in the past. A prime example is its use of game cartridges rather than optical discs until the release of the GameCube console in 2001, while other systems used CDs throughout the 1990s. In other cases, Nintendo has led the charge. The company experimented with a VR-like project in 1995, the Virtual Boy, although the endeavor was a failure.Related: What You Can Learn From Nintendo’s Weird and Wonderful 125 Years“Though not a commercial success, Nintendo was a pioneer in VR with Virtual Boy, and revolutionized gaming last generation by embracing new motion control technology with the introduction of the Wii,” wrote Liam Callahan, industry analyst for The NPD Group, in an email to Entrepreneur. “Nintendo has always been a company willing to take risks. Regarding their recent reluctance with VR, I believe Nintendo is staying focused on a successful launch of the Nintendo NX.”Nintendo is open-minded to VR, notwithstanding its caution today. “We want to make sure that our next content is going to be mainstream, mass-market approachable,” Fils-Aime told Bloomberg West. “And when something like VR is at that point, you can expect Nintendo to be there.”Despite Nintendo’s ups and downs, the company has always shown it wants to introduce the next big thing and stay true to its brand, not just follow the trends.center_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. July 1, 2016last_img read more