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first_imgLos Angeles: Naomi Watts says she had not seen “Game of Thrones” before she gave a nod to starring in its spin-off, but finished the HBO series in three months after she was “hooked” to it. The actor, who is set to headline the much-anticipated prequel of the epic fantasy show, said her brother, photographer Ben Watts egged her on to watch it. “I didn’t start watching until I was approached about this job. But my brother, who is heavily into it, told me, ‘Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down’,” Watts told Net-A-Porter’s PorterEdit magazine. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka She added that as soon as she started watching “GOT”, she “was in – hook, line and sinker”. The 50-year-old actor said she now has a better understanding of the show’s fandom and has an idea on how important her stint in the spin-off could have on her career. “I still have fears about that. I don’t really know what to prepare for,” she added. According to HBO, the new show will be set thousands of years before the events of “GOT”. It will chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, the official logline of the show read.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices.Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.For an average family of four, that represents an increase of $348 to about $11,948 for the year.About 59 per cent of the expected hike — $208 — will come from consumers eating out and opting for prepared food.“Most of (the increase) will come from food service which would make some consumers a bit vulnerable — particularly those who don’t cook or (who) eat out a lot,” lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview from Halifax.“But if you are cooking and you rely mainly on grocery stores to get your food, you should be in good shape for 2018.”Restaurant and store owners recognize the demand for eating out and ready-to-eat products is a robust one. In the United States, the divide between grocery expenditures and those types of eating out reached a 50-50 split in 2016.Charlebois said a fast-food culture has been successfully cultivated over the past 50 years in the United States, but Canada could reach that split by 2035 at its current pace.Canadians now spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on eating out and consuming prepared meals.The report suggests different parts of the country will feel different impacts at the checkout line next year.Atlantic Canada is expected to see above average increases — with prices bouncing back after consumers in the region enjoyed lower prices in 2017.British Columbia too is expected see increases, due to inflation.But increased competition in Alberta and Ontario means consumers will see below average price hikes, while Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are expected to remain steady.The cost of dairy, baked goods, meats and seafood is expected to rise by up to two per cent, while fruits and nuts are forecast to rise by one to three per cent.The other category where consumers are expected to pay significantly more is vegetables — as much as four to six per cent extra because of climate woes like the La Nina weather phenomenon, bringing drought conditions to the United States.Health Canada expects to unveil a new Canada Food Guide in 2018, which the department hopes will change the way people eat over the longer term as a shift toward plant-based diets continues.A dramatic policy shift isn’t expected to have much impact in the short term, Charlebois said.Another issue is where people buy food — the so-called Amazon effect as food sales move online has grocers trying to change their pricing strategies and approach.Charlebois said that in an effort to compete, grocery chains are looking at online delivery, embracing more responsive business models and using data science.Researchers found that pricing discounts intensified around September 2016, which has made food prices more difficult to predict.“Grocers are trying to compete, they are discounting aggressively to keep consumers in their stores,” Charlebois said. “That will come to an end at some point, but we’re not sure if that’ll happen in 2018.”– Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Supporters of conservative host Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show are responding to a decision by Keurig to stop advertising on the show by smashing Keurig coffee makers.The company announced Saturday it had pulled advertising from “Hannity” after several Twitter users questioned the company’s support for the host, citing Hannity’s coverage of sexual misconduct allegations against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. Moore is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago when he was in his 30s.It’s unclear when Keurig stopped advertising on “Hannity.” The Waterbury, Vermont, company didn’t respond to a request for further comment Monday.The move prompted several people to destroy Keurig products in protest and post videos to social media. Blogger Angelo John Gage promoted what he called the “Keurig Smash Challenge” while posting a video of himself taking a hammer to his brewer.Another user posted a video of a Keurig brewer being tossed to the ground from the second story of a building. Hannity commented “love it” while retweeting one video of a man teeing off on a coffee maker with a golf club.Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America has been putting public pressure on Hannity’s advertisers for months. The group’s president, Angelo Carusone, told The Associated Press it again called for companies to stop supporting Hannity’s program after the Moore allegations came to light Thursday in a Washington Post story.Carusone said that while he feels bad for Keurig, Hannity’s encouragement of the protest against the company “demonstrates to other advertisers to run for the hills.”Several other brands, including DNA testing company 23 and Me , women’s clothing label ELOQUII , food delivery service Hello Fresh and natural supplement maker Nature’s Bounty also said they don’t advertise on “Hannity.”Nature’s Bounty said it hasn’t advertised on the show since the summer but declined to give a reason. Hello Fresh said it last advertised on “Hannity” in August and added that it doesn’t advertise on certain shows “for a variety of reasons.” It’s unclear if 23 and Me and ELOQUII previously advertised on “Hannity,” and the companies didn’t immediately return requests for comment.Realtor.com posted on Twitter on Saturday that it doesn’t run ads on “Hannity” and wouldn’t do so in the future. That tweet was later deleted, and the company posted a statement on its website Sunday stating it would “continue to place ads across a broad range of networks, including Fox News and its top shows.”Realtor.com declined comment on the reason for the change.Realtor.com is owned by News Corp. Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of both companies.Fox News didn’t immediately return a request for comment Monday.___This story has been corrected to show that Realtor.com is owned by News Corp. Fox News is owned by 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of both companies.last_img read more

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. — A grass fire erupted near the CN Rail yard in Chetwynd on Sunday.Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said that the fire was reported at around 11:30 yesterday morning and grew to 15 hectares in size before crews managed to contain the blaze around four hours later. He said that a helicopter was dispatched by BC Wildfire Service and bucketed water to the site and a cat was used to build a fire guard.According to Sabulsky, the fire is now contained and the BC Wildfire Service’s Northern Fire Attack Teams will continue to monitor the scene over the next three days as a complete mop-up is necessary. The fire has caused the District of Chetwynd to close the Crown and Centurion Trails, and residents are asked to stay clear of the burn area.  Sabulsky added that the cause of the fire is suspicious and all residents are asked to be extra diligent and note any hikers or persons using the trails.last_img read more

The Toronto stock market headed higher after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered on expectations for more stimulus to sustain a fragile economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 46.12 points to 12,278.74 after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it will spend US$40-billion a month on a new round of bond purchases to boost the weak U.S. economy, and has not set an end date.The money will be spent on mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.[np-related]The bank will also continue to buy bonds with long maturity horizons under the its so-called Twist program, leaving them buying a total of US$85-billion per month for the balance of the year under the two programs.The Fed also says it will keep buying more bonds until the job market shows substantial improvement.The TSX Venture Exchange climbed 10.33 points to 1,292.98.New York markets shot higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 113.44 points to 13,446.79.The Nasdaq composite index jumped 28.84 points to 3,143.15, and the S&P 500 index was 13.04 points higher to 1,449.6.The Canadian dollar gained 0.35 of a cent to 102.75 cents US in the wake of the Fed announcement.The stimulus program involves quantitative easing, which sees the central bank print more money to fund the bond purchases, which in turn weakens the U.S. currency.The Fed turned to quantitative easing as a way to stimulate the economy after it lowered short-term overnight interest rates to about as low as they can go. The Fed said Thursday it has extended a plan to keep short-term rates at record lows through mid-2015.The loonie has surged in value against the U.S. dollar since last week after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi announced the ECB would buy government bonds to hold borrowing costs down the most vulnerable eurozone members. And the greenback further weakened over the last week as speculation grew the Fed was prepared to launch a third round of stimulus, particularly after August job creation figures disappointed even modest expectations.In two previous bond-buying programs, the Fed bought more than US$2 trillion of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities after the 2008 financial crisis.The gold sector led TSX gainers, up 1.75% as December bullion gained $18.20 to US$1,751.90 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. was up 68 cents to $39.43.The base metals sector rose 0.5% with December copper ahead a penny at US$3.70 a pound. Teck Resources rose 64 cents to $31.26.The energy segment was up 0.35% while oil prices moved down from session highs with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 13 cents to US$97.14. Prices had earlier moved above US$98 a barrel after attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions and the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya sparked new worries about unrest in the Middle East. Cenovus Energy gained 54 cents to $34.63.The TSX financial sector also provided lift to the market as Manulife Financial gained 17 cents to $11.75.The tech sector led decliners.The U.S. Department of Justice is asking satellite technology company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to shed some more light on its US$875-million takeover bid for California-based Space Systems/Loral Inc. The deal, which the company has called “a game changer” will boost MacDonald, Dettwiler’s role as a supplier of commercial communications satellites. MacDonald, Dettwiler shares lost $3.02 or 5.6% to $50.80 on top of a 7% slide on Wednesday.In other corporate news, shares in travel company Transat AT Inc. surged $1.04 or 26% to $5.03 as it reported quarterly profit of $9.4-million or 25 cents a share, compared to a year ago loss of $2.8-million. Revenue was down three per cent from a year earlier to $909.1-million.Empire Company Ltd. says its first-quarter profit rose to $108.9-million or $1.60 per share, up from $89.2-million or $1.31 per share a year earlier. The Nova Scotia-based company is best known for its Sobeys grocery stores but it also is involved in other retail operations, movie theatres and real estate. Revenue for the company was up 9.7% to $4.56-billion, thanks in part to the acquisition of 236 retail gas locations and convenience stores and its shares gained 87 cents to $58.45. read more

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake says he is compiling a report on the UNP May Day rally held in Jaffna yesterday which will include the names of UNP members who boycotted the event.He said that the report will be submitted to the UNP working committee to decide on the course of action to be taken on those members. The report by the UNP General Secretary will also cover the outcome of the May Day rally in Jaffan which was headed by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, Karu Jayasuriya, Dayasiri Jayasekera and Budhika Pathirana were among those who were in Colombo at the R. Premadasa commemorative ceremony.  (Colombo Gazette) Attanayake says the UNP had given permission to a select few to attend the R. Premadasa commemorative ceremony in Colombo instead of being present in Jaffna. However he says some UNP members who had not been given permission were in Colombo instead of in Jaffna. read more

A 28-year-old man has been charged with criminal harassment after allegedly trying to get a student to enter his vehicle.Police say a man followed a student to a St. Catharines area school earlier this month and repeatedly tried to get the student to enter his vehicle. The student did not know the man and ignored his demands.The student safely made their way to school and police were contacted. Mohammad Sharif, of St. Catharines, was arrested and charged. He was scheduled to appear in a Hamilton courtroom on Sunday. read more

With less than a week to go before the big man in red arrives, it’s crunch time.Calgarians are making lists and checking them twice, making sure all the gifts are purchased and wrapped, and stockings are stuffed.A survey from Retail Me Not says holiday shoppers across the country expect to spend over $1000 this month, on top of their potentially maxed-out budget.Not all of that cash is going to what’s under the tree either; about two-thirds of that is going towards gifts, but some other costs not planned for are weighing on our wallets.“Food was an incredibly high area, you know people are spending on average $300 plus to host people, and that is in addition to already surmounting grocery bills,” explained Katie Dunsworth with Smart Cookies.She says that $300, doesn’t account for booze, which is (on average) an additional $300.And how about that cab ride to and from those Christmas parties?“Transportation is another big one — getting to the places you need to get to, travel and those sorts of things.”That’s an additional $165 bill.Dunsworth says having a free and frivolous holiday spirit can really mangle your budget and leave you starting the new year in the red.She says ask yourself, “is it worth being overly nice this year?”As far as a big cost cutter goes, Dunsworth says in place of gifts for coworkers and teachers — bake, don’t buy.Dunsworth bets spending money for Boxing Day wasn’t part of your budget either.“If you’re doing Boxing Day shopping, plan ahead and figure out flyers will be released early next week on Boxing Day sales. Sometimes even on Christmas Eve you can go in and see if you can get Boxing Day sales in advance.”On the whole, Dunsworth says Christmas isn’t about spending money but about spending time. by Kayla Butler Posted Dec 19, 2015 8:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What’s breaking your holiday budget? STOCK PHOTO/PEXELS.COM read more

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council decided that, after over 13 years operating in its current form, the UN Stabilization Mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, would gradually draw down its military component during the next six months, finally withdrawing from Haiti by 15 October 2017. Acting on the recommendations of the Secretary-General, the Council also decided to establish a successor operation, the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which would be mandated to assist the Haitian Government to strengthen rule of law institutions; further support and develop the National Police; and engage in human rights monitoring, reporting, and analysis.Further to the resolution, MINUJUSTH would be composed of up to seven Formed Police Units – or 980 FPU personnel – and 295 Individual Police Officers for an initial period of six months from 16 October 2017 until 15 April 2018, and emphasized the importance of reaching those levels. The current Mission has just over 1,000 individual police and 11 police units.The new Mission was also authorized to “protect civilians under imminent threat of physical violence, within its capabilities and areas of deployment, as needed.” Briefing the Security Council early last week, MINUSTAH chief Sandra Honoré said Haiti had made significant progress in consolidating democracy and maintaining security and stability with the inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as President on 7 February, marking the restoration of constitutional order. Yet, in spite of these gains, pockets of fragility persisted and political challenges remained. It is time, she said, to reshape the partnership among the international community, the United Nations and Haiti, with a view to monitoring concerns such as human rights issues and ensuring that progress made since MINUSTAH’s 2004 establishment endure. With the Council’s support, said Ms. Honoré, the joint transition plan would guide the handover, underpinning the gradual transfer of tasks to the Government, the international presence and the United Nations Country Team, thereby allowing Haiti to seize the opportunity to “begin a new chapter in [its] history as the Mission transitions.” read more

“The international community, and in particular the UN, has accepted its share of responsibility with respect to the tragedy at Srebrenica and has worked hard to learn from the lessons of its failures,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement today.“The difficult task of building trust to allow for full reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina lies with the people of the country’s various communities. To build a better and common future, the tragedies of the past must be recognized by those communities,” he added, reaffirming UN’s support non-repetition and reconciliation efforts.In his message, the UN chief also noted that 2017 marks the closing of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a UN tribunal established to prosecute those persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.Both the ICTY and the International Court of Justice have concluded that the acts committed at Srebrenica constituted genocide. The ICTY has determined the criminal responsibility of different individuals for the Srebrenica massacre and has convicted them of genocide.“The terrible events […] are historical facts and have been documented extensively,” said Mr. Guterres, speaking of the killing of 8,000 boys and men by Bosnian Serb forces when they overran Srebrenica in July 1995.“On this day, we remember and honour the thousands of men and boys who were slaughtered, and express our solidarity with the families and friends of those whose lives were taken,” he added. read more

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) defends a Purdue player in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorAway contests for the Ohio State women’s basketball team have been problematic, as it has lost three of its five matches as the visitor this season.Now, after a convincing 90-70 victory Sunday afternoon over the Purdue Boilermakers, No. 7 OSU (13-4, 5-1) plans to carry over the energy it exposed in that game against Michigan (11-6, 3-3) Thursday evening. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to tip off at 6 p.m. in the Crisler Center.The main problem for the Buckeyes on the road revolves around their focus on the court. There have been times throughout the season where they haven’t honed in on what they had to do to get the job done, hurting them by the time the fourth quarter came around.“When we are not at home we have to make sure we have a lot of focus and stay together,” sophomore guard Asia Doss said. “The breakdowns mostly come on the defensive end, then (our opponents) get in transition and we don’t get back.”Doss returned to the starting lineup against Purdue, marking just her second start of the year. She contributed seven points and four assists in the 31 minutes that she saw the hardwood. Doss mentioned how it was a different experience starting rather than coming off the bench, specifically not being able to have those few minutes to analyze what is going on in the game prior to checking in.Although on paper the Scarlet and Gray have the clear advantage, the Wolverines have a roster that is littered with complete players. Despite the fact that the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is typically referred to when talking about the gridiron, there is still tension between the two regardless of what the sport may be.The last time these two faced off in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a year ago on Jan. 11. The game extended into overtime, where the Wolverines eventually came out on top, 100-94. Just like the team that hit the century mark last year, Michigan is a high-scoring team, and the Buckeyes said they need to bring lockdown defense if they want to come out victorious.“I think our defense has to be really good,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “They really make you pay. They shoot the ball so well, and that’s what happened last year.”Scoring, contrary to focus for road games, has not been a problem for the Buckeyes, as they lead the conference in that category, dropping 86.4 points per game. Having two prolific scorers in senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell — both ranking in the top 10 in scoring for the conference — does not hurt OSU’s chances of putting the rock in the basket.Handling Thome and ThompsonThe Buckeyes have a tough task at hand stopping the talents of junior guard Siera Thompson and freshman center Hallie Thome. Both players have different types of games but can be lethal if they are able to get the shots they are looking for.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThompson is a crafty guard who is known for her speed and getting to the basket. OSU’s backcourt will need to pressure her but also stay in front to not allow her to get penetration toward the basket. When Thompson is able to find a hole in the defense, she not only is able to create her own shots, but she can use her impressive court vision to distribute the ball to the open teammate, evident by the 4.7 assists she averages on the season.The 6-foot-5 freshman Thome is a skilled post player who originates from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland. In her last outing against Penn State, Thome grabbed five boards while shooting 8-of-9 from the field to finish with 18 points. Growing up nearby Buckeye Nation, one could expect Thome to bring her best play to the Crisler Center on Thursday.Switching up the starting fiveMcGuff and his coaching staff have yet to stick with one starting lineup, and it doesn’t look like there will be one solidified any time soon. With the lineup constantly changing, it could be difficult for a team to find chemistry and understand each other’s tendencies. Despite such concern, it hasn’t affected the Buckeyes quite yet, as they have been able to adjust to whatever fivesome McGuff decides to put on the floor.“Our kids have done a really good job right now, for the most part,” McGuff said about the flip-flopping of the lineups. “We are playing with different combinations and playing around with the lineup a little bit just because I was never really tied to anything in that regard.”Like many coaches, McGuff said he notices hard work, and if the players continue to work hard in practice and in the games, then they will be earning their playing time. What’s nextFollowing the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, for their second clash of the season with Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) on Sunday. On Jan. 10 when the Scarlet Knights visited Columbus, OSU had no problem overcoming them in a 90-78 win.Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 3 p.m. read more

first_imgNicola Sturgeon had supported their causeCredit:Andrew Cowan /PA Brain family The Brains faced having to return to AustraliaCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA “This case also illustrates a wider issue, which is that the UK Government must deliver an immigration system that meets Scotland’s needs and which allows talented international graduates and others with key skills to remain in Scotland after their studies are complete. We will continue to press for this.”  Their seven-year-old son Lachlan’s first language is Gaelic.  But they have now been granted a visa after Mrs Brain was offered a job with a Highland hotel group.Mr Brain had previously warned the family would be “homeless, jobless and significantly in debt” if they were not allowed to remain.Speaking on Tuesday he said: “We are still significantly in debt even with the incredible support we’ve had from our community and people right across the UK, but we’ll now have the opportunity to work and repay that, so we’re very grateful to be given that opportunity.” An Australian family who were fighting deportation from the Scottish Highlands have been told they can stay in Britain after the wife secured a new job.Gregg and Kathryn Brain set up home in Dingwall in 2011 but last month they were advised to quit the UK voluntarily after the Home Office said their leave to remain would not be continued.The family initially moved to the UK on Mrs Brain’s student visa but a two-year post-study visa scheme then on offer was later withdrawn by the UK Government. Nicola Sturgeon We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be consideredHome Office Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I’m glad the UK Government has finally seen sense on this occasion – but the Brains should not have had this cloud of uncertainty hanging over them for so long. A Home Office spokesman said: “We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be considered.”We gave them a number of extensions on an exceptional basis to allow them to try to secure a job that would allow them to meet the immigration rules. “Mrs Brain was subsequently offered a job with a hotel group. This has been considered and we are satisfied that it meets the conditions for a tier two visa.”Today we have written to Mrs Brain and confirmed that she and her family have been granted leave to remain in the UK.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_img Throughout Logan, Laura Kinney–the young mutant who ends up following after Logan over the course of the film–seems fixated on comic books. When the titular mutant meets her for the first time and finds a few older issues, he exclaims “looks like we’ve got ourselves an X-Men fan.” She doesn’t respond but remains aloof and hostile. This despite how she’s looking at the Wolverine, who is featured prominently on the cover of one of the comics.Many of us in the theater are in a similar position. I can attest that I’m at least fixated on comic books, especially X-Men comics. Before I knew there was a larger Marvel universe to explore, or that there were decades of dense, absurd storylines to go through, I discovered the X-Men. I followed the stories of Wolverine, Professor X, Jean Grey, Cyclops, or whoever else was leading a story at the moment, and watched them as they grew, got hurt, got intimate, or punched robots in the face.I followed the characters when they came to life in theaters, whether they were depicted in a great film, a mediocre one, or in Wolverine’s case, a tragic one. No matter how many times 20th Century Fox decided to retcon films, or unretcon them, I was watching.While it’s possible to watch Logan without having seen any of the previous X-Men films, doing so would be a disservice to what it’s trying to do. It’s created a world where, as Moviebob pointed out in his review, that’s “disappointing,” dark, and grim by comparison to what was built up before. However, it’s also a world where the power of comic books and fiction is evident but subtle. Like us, Laura is hoping for more from this story because comics have told her there is hope. In that way, Logan makes the greatest case for comic books of any comic book film to date.Logan follows the Wolverine in one of his darkest hours. He’s old and sick. Most of the other X-Men are gone. Charles Xavier, who has served as a begrudging mentor for decades, is battling a degenerative neurological disease and can no longer control his powers. Mutants, for the most part, are an endangered species. When Logan meets Laura, who is not only a mutant but a mutant just like him, you would think he’d begin to question what he has accepted as the new normal. But he doesn’t. He accepts Laura as a person that exists, but his outlook on the world doesn’t change. He’s still dying, his family is mostly wiped out, and there’s a group of cybernetic men after him. All he wants to do is buy a boat. He doesn’t want to fight anymore.The problem of course is that because this is an action film, Logan can’t get that idyllic life. He has to fight, which involves getting Laura to the Canadian border where she can remain safe. She is headed to a place called “Eden,” which we discover she read about in a comic book. At the very least, the nurses and other staff who were tasked with helping the kids escape Transgien read about it in a comic and noted the coordinates. This upsets Logan since it feels like this entire mess–which has put him and the Professor at risk–may have been make believe.But Laura constantly keeps bringing them out and throwing them in front of Logan. When she finally speaks, she keeps pointing at a photo of her friends and at the comic pages. When he skims through them and finds coordinates to a location that may or may not exist, it’s less about the movie pointing directly at a comic that’s in a comic book movie and laughing a bit. It holds emotional resonance.The comic books we see in the trailers for Logan, and which are featured more prominently throughout the film, are more than just a cute Easter Egg, or a fun jab at the world of comics itself. They can pose theoretical problems about the X-Men cinematic universe (so does that mean some of the previous X-Men movies only existed in the comic book world of the movies?), but they’re mostly there to create distance between old and new, or between Logan and Laura.Logan, who has been played by Hugh Jackman for 17 years now, represents the old guard. He’s visibly buff; he’s white, he’s based on a traditional comic book character. For most of his life, Wolverine has been a prototype for the gruff, begrudging superhero. He constantly has to deal with his past both physically and psychologically, often abandons his team when things get too personal, and doesn’t follow the rules. He’s a maverick, but the X-Men always welcome him into their ranks. This characterization has changed over the years. Logan sometimes leads the X-Men, for instance, or acts as a father figure to some of the younger members.Courtesy Logan FacebookIn Logan however, there isn’t any room for that. That is until he meets Laura, who represents this new brand of superhero. X-23 is a relatively new character, created by the show X-Men: Evolution in the early 2000s. She’s Wolverine’s clone but is different than her father. She’s female, most importantly. In Logan, like most of the other clones, she’s a person of color and speaks Spanish. The comic iteration was created to appeal to younger readers, and to replace Logan as the Wolverine in due time, so her existence is already tied to this transition. She is literally a Wolverine replacement as Marvel begins substituting in new versions of beloved characters, such as the Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and others. Most of these have been from groups not typically seen as heroes in comics: women and people of color.This is reflected in the film, which sees Logan having to help Laura cross the border and get out of the United States. In the final battle, Logan works to protect the kids from the Transgien goons, and at first, he is succeeding. However, his age and illness is no match for X-24, who is a younger, more angry Hugh Jackman clone. It’s not him who saves the kids but rather, the kids who save him. The mutants collectively use their budding powers and help to turn the tide.If you’ve seen the film, you know that this is where Logan meets his end. His fight with X-24 proved to be too much, and in his final moments, he reaches out to Laura for the first time.But it’s that moment at the end, when you see one of the kids holding a Wolverine doll over Logan’s grave, or when Laura takes the cross and turns it on its side, transforming it from a cross into an “X,” that you realize that Logan isn’t exactly gone. The X-Men that have come and gone from the big screen are still there, even if we as a culture are done with them. Comics and comic book films were escapism at their most minimal but provided hope at their greatest impact. This is upped in Logan, where comics act as a symbol of hope, and motivation for these lost mutant kids to keep going.Granted this is probably because they’re stories that feature idyllic versions of them, but the message is still there. While Logan is a depressing film that shows the downfall of a beloved hero, there is still hope for the future. It might not be with the X-Men that we are familiar with, but it’s with this new generation.So when people say that Logan is the death of the modern superhero movie, they’re partially right. But they’re also missing how it works as a transition point to the next generation. Superhero movies are only just getting started.You can start the Old Man Logan series with Comixology now and read it digitally here. Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Hulu and author George R.R. Martin are developing two new shows based on Martin’s sci-fi anthology book series, Wild Cards.The streaming service will open a writer’s room for the Wild Cards shows, reported Variety. Hulu and Universal Cable Productions will produce the shows, while industry vet Andrew Miller will executive produce and write both shows. Martin, who is also co-executive producing Game of Thrones, and Melinda Snodgrass, a co-editor of the Wild Cards series, will also executive produce the new projects. Hulu hasn’t disclosed dates for the shows yet, but it’s likely they will both premiere in 2019.‘Wild Cards I’ book (Photo Credit: George R.R. Martin)Wild Cards isn’t your typical post-apocalyptic story line. Set in modern times, the Wild Cards books follow the impact of a deadly alien virus that plagued New York City in 1946. The airborne virus, which killed 90 percent of those infected, left life-changing consequences for survivors, including altered DNA, physical deformities, and for some, superpowers.Dubbed the Wild Card virus, it’s passed from generation to generation and activates after traumatic experiences. Victims of the virus are either killed, injured, or develop crazy powers when it hits them. The Wild Cards books follow these survivors as they seek justice and try to repair their lives.The Wild Cards books made their debut in 1987, and to date, more than 40 authors have contributed to the series. Over 24 books in the Wild Cards series have been published, and the most recent entries, Low Chicago and Texas Hold ‘Em, were introduced in early 2018.It will be interesting to see how the shows will interpret Wild Cards‘ twisted plot and the fate of the characters from 1946 to the present day.More on Geek.com:The Best Anime on HuluThe Best Classic Sitcoms on Hulu6 Shows to Check Out on Hulu While You Can Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 TrailerWhat to Stream on Hulu This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgInterior Secretary Sally Jewell visits King Cove in 2013. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)The city of King Cove is working closely with the Trump administration to find a way to build a road to Cold Bay through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. But city leaders are taking issue with a recent Washington Post article that describes the administration attempting to conceal a behind-the-scenes deal to build the road.Listen nowGary Hennigh has been working for the City of King Cove for decades and he’s focused on making the road to Cold Bay a reality. He said the community needs the road to provide access to Cold Bay’s all weather airport, so people aren’t left stranded in medical emergencies.Hennigh acknowledged that the Department of the Interior is working on an agreement to allow the road with the King Cove Corporation. But he said it isn’t a backroom deal.“It’s not like we’ve said, ‘oh, let’s meet in a dark alley at some point late at night,’” Hennigh said.When Donald Trump was elected president last November, Hennigh said community leaders representing the City of King Cove, the Aleutians East Borough, the King Cove Corporation, the Agdaagux Tribe and the Native Village of Belkofski immediately started discussing ways to reach out to the new administration. The conversation with the Interior Department got underway at the beginning of this year.Like other proposals, this deal would involve swapping land, this time between the King Cove Corporation and the federal government. The Corporation would then own a land corridor where the road through the refuge could be built.Other deals have included some element of Congressional approval. In 2013, after Congress directed then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to look into the road, Jewell rejected the idea saying it would irreversibly damage the Izembek Refuge and the wildlife that depend on it.This time around Hennigh thinks the deal could avoid Congress entirely.“We’ve come to be realistic, to know that the legislative world is a pretty big challenge,” Hennigh said. “If we don’t have to go there, we don’t want to. We want to see if that administrative agreement will work for us”That administrative agreement Hennigh mentions would be between the Interior Department and the King Cove Corporation. As he understands it, Congress approved administrative power in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) that could allow for land exchanges between the federal government and eligible Alaska Native Corporations. So there would be no need for additional congressional approval.Hennigh is hopeful this approach will work. But environmentalists, like Nicole Whittington-Evans of The Wilderness Society, are angry.After so many public processes that all concluded the King Cove Road would significantly impact wildlife in the Izembek Refuge, Whittington-Evans is frustrated it’s up for discussion again.“The federal government has exhaustively studied this numerous times and always concluded the road would have significant impacts to the refuge and it’s wildlife, which the refuge was established to protect,” Whittington-Evans said.Whittington-Evans believes because Congress decided the Izembek Refuge should be a designated wilderness area, the highest level of conservation given to federal lands, it’s only right that Congress would have to review any proposal to build a road.“For an administration to come along now and ignore congressional action and disregard all the public input on this issue to now,  shows a brazen disregard for existing laws and our nations framework around public input,” Whittington-Evans said.Whittington-Evans is worried the potential deal could undercut bedrock environmental laws like The Wilderness Act, The National Environmental Policy Act and ANILCA.The Interior Department did not respond to a request for comment. Alaska’s congressional delegation has advocated for a road to Cold Bay over the years. But if a deal is imminent, Senator Lisa Murkowski isn’t dropping any hints.“Have you been hearing anything about it that was going to break this week?” Alaska Public Media’s Liz Ruskin asked the Senator.“I’ve been hoping that it would break months ago,” Murkowski said.Hennigh also isn’t giving any indication of when a deal may become public. But he said the community is optimistic that a deal under this administration represents their best shot at the road in a very long time.last_img read more

first_imgSuryapet: Activists of Democratic Youth Federation of India and Students Federation of India condemned the apathy of municipal officials for not filling the potholes formed on the roads of Suryapet town due to Mission Bhagiratha works and recent rains.On Wednesday, the activists and students came forward and filled the potholes located near Vanijya Bhavan in the town. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Leaders of the duo organisations stated that people of the town have been suffering a lot due to bad condition of roads. They alleged that Minister Jagadish Reddy has not done anything in this regard though they have complained to him several times. They demanded both municipal and R&B officials to carry repair of pathetic roads of the town on war footing for the safe journey of denizens. Leaders of the duo organisations J Narsimha Rao, D Srikanth Varma, S Upender, V Uttej , Y Shiva, S Venkanna, Rambabu, Mahaboob Ali, Gopi, Sathish and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

first_imgStellar line-up of spring events in AucklandIt’s shaping up to be a memorable spring for Auckland with a stellar line-up of large and small, international and local events on offer.Over the next few months the region will play host to a vast array of events including the critically acclaimed musical Cats, ITM 500 Auckland V8 Supercars, the Auckland Diwali Festival, Taste of Auckland, Fleetwood Mac, KISS, Ed Sheeran and Robbie Williams to name just a few.Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager Destination and Marketing Vivien Bridgwater says, “with such an impressive line-up there’s no excuse to not visit Auckland this spring.“Auckland is a vibrant and exciting region jam-packed with great experiences. Whether you’re kayaking on the harbour, watching a hit musical at The Civic, celebrating Indian culture at Diwali, or walking in the Waitakere Ranges, the show never stops in Auckland,” she says.To make the most of the busy calendar of events ATEED has kicked off a domestic marketing campaign under the ‘AKL: The Show Never Stops’ banner.The campaign will run in Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, as well as in the fly markets of Wellington and Christchurch encouraging people to visit Auckland for some of the events and spend time exploring what else the region has to offer.Ms Bridgwater says there’s also some fantastic prizes up for grabs as part of the campaign to entice domestic visitors to visit Auckland including double-passes to events and a major prize which includes double passes to four events of the winner’s choice.“The AKL: Show Never Stops – Stellar Spring Line-up campaign is part of the work being done to grow the visitor economy in line with the targets in the 10-year Auckland Visitor Plan. ATEED – on behalf of Auckland Council – aims to grow the visitor economy to $7.23 billion by 2021,” she says.“Domestic tourism currently injects more than $2.5 billion to the local economy and Auckland continues to attract the highest numbers of domestic visitors than anywhere else in the country.”Source = Auckland Tourismlast_img read more

first_img – / 18 Go here for BA’s postgame presser, which should start in about next 10 minutes: https://t.co/pPI0qAQvUK pic.twitter.com/PlkCuBDJMX— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 25, 2016 It didn’t matter at the end of the day, but Seahawks kicker Stephen Hauschka’s missed extra point with one minute left gave Arizona’s 34-31 win a sense of déjà vu.Fortunately for the Cardinals and, especially, kicker Chandler Catanzaro, that familiar feeling — much like the teams’ last meeting, a 6-6 tie — would only last one minute. That’s because Catanzaro nailed a game-winning kick on the ensuing drive as time expired, breaking a 31-all tie and avoiding overtime. Top Stories Is “missed extra point face” a thing?— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) December 25, 2016Let’s back it up a second to set up the scenario.With 4:15 to play in the game, Arizona had gone ahead 31-18 after a 42-yard Catanzaro field goal. But two six-play Seattle touchdown drives that each took 1:22 sandwiched a three-and-out by the Cardinals. On the second Seahawks scoring drive, Hauschka missed the extra point to keep the game tied 31-all with exactly a minute left.But Carson Palmer, David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals down the field. Without timeouts and on 4th-and-2, the field goal unit rushed on the field with the clock running before Catanzaro avenged his missed chip-shot field goal in overtime that would have given Arizona the win back on Oct. 23.It made Hauschka’s miss irrelevant in hindsight. But we will forever remember this glorious shot of the sideline. Last meeting with Seattle, the Cardinals felt like this: Merry Christmas. pic.twitter.com/3MEugDmq0K— Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) December 25, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact We are all Patrick Peterson pic.twitter.com/CNu404h96U— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 24, 2016On Saturday, they felt like this: Hauschka’s kick also gave us a familiar meme: The missed extra point face. 0 Comments   Share   HE MISSED THE EXTRA POINT. THE FACES ARE GLORIOUS!! pic.twitter.com/4p16ojTV72— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 25, 2016Meanwhile, the Cardinals left feeling much better than they would have had the game gone into overtime. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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