Maybe tomorrow A look at some Canadian series due for a comeback

first_img“Slings and Arrows” — Fans of this star-studded comedy series have been calling for a reboot for years, and its creators have done nothing but stoke the flames with assurances that a script is in the works. Given how many of its regulars went on to forge stellar film and television careers, a true reunion would be a remarkable coup. Its regulars included Paul Gross, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar and Colm Feore. Advertisement TORONTO — Television’s reboot resurgence continues unabated with an animated take on the Canadian comedy “Corner Gas” about to join the recent return of “Roseanne,” while upcoming reboots of “Murphy Brown,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Charmed” wait in the wings. Canadians can also look forward to a reboot of “ReBoot,” a Canadian computer-animated classic from the ’90s, that will be titled “ReBoot: The Guardian Code” in its new incarnation. Advertisement Twitter But there are many more Canadian classics that command wistful memories, even decades after leaving the dial. Facebook And it’s no wonder there’s a plethora of returning faves — viewer appetite for refreshed hits has proven strong with successful returns including “Will & Grace,” “Fuller House,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.” Login/Register With: “The Littlest Hobo” — Few Canadian series engender as much drippy fondness and mushy sentiments as this ’80s series about a homeless German shepherd that roams the country, looking for people to save and criminals to catch. Whatever form it takes, any restart would have to include the indelible theme song “Maybe Tomorrow” and its evocative lyrics, “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.” “Being Erica” — OK, it’s only been seven years since the last episode of this quirky CBC series about a time-travelling woman aired, but this is another somewhat groundbreaking show that could have benefitted from more seasons to push the envelope further. Besides, there isn’t much that’s hit network television since that has delved as deeply into a woman’s interior life, actually putting her struggle to conquer insecurities, grief, and remorse front-and-centre.By: Cassandra Szklarski | The Canadian Press Published Advertisement “King of Kensington” — A life-sized statue of late star Al Waxman stands tall in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood where this ’70s CBC-TV hit was set. He’d be tough to recast, so perhaps a sequel featuring a new generation of Kensington pals is in order? Cameos from past guest stars, however, would be more than welcome — they include a young Mike Myers and Eugene Levy. “Ready or Not” — This Canadian teen series portrayed the coming-of-age angst of two very different girls — one a drummer with three older brothers who often clashed with her family’s traditional Italian Catholic background, the other an imaginative only child raised by hippie parents and eager to grow up fast. The slyly subversive storylines were ahead of their time, but they may be just right for the debates about gender and identity politics of today. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here’s a look at some other Canadian series that might be ripe for a reset:last_img read more

Proposed changes on Medicare drugs but would costs go down

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is proposing changes to Medicare’s prescription drug benefit that would affect people’s costs over the next few years.Officials say their goal is to lower costs and modernize Medicare, the government health insurance program that covers about 60 million seniors and disabled people. Some proposals could create winners and losers among seniors, insurers, middlemen and drugmakers.The changes include more leeway for insurers to exclude a specific drug in Medicare’s six “protected classes” of medications. Also, use of e-prescribing would grow.And insurers could require “step therapy” for drugs given in a doctor’s office, which means patients first have to try a lower-cost drug.The administration also wants changes to Medicare rules so rebates from drugmakers get passed on to beneficiaries at the pharmacy.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sisodia trying to violate MCC RP Singh to Delhi CEO

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP National Secretary RP Singh on Thursday registered a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer in Delhi, in connection with a Parent-Teacher Meeting called by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, saying that the meeting is being held to publicise the Aam Aadmi Party under false pretexts. The meeting has been scheduled for April 20 in a government school run by the Delhi government. Singh said, “The Deputy CM of Delhi is going to misuse this PTM for the publicity of AAP with the help of a committee on the pretext of a meeting with the parents of children studying in Government schools.” Singh said that Sisodia is trying to influence the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by holding this meeting at the cost of the public exchequer and also claimed that it is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The BJP leader said that while the meeting has been called to suggest ways to improve students’ ability to learn and make the education system better, most of the team that is to meet the parents are party workers.last_img read more

Marrakech Business Aviation Expo Jordanian and American Companies Sign Agreement for

Rabat – The international aviation company Honeywell Aerospace has signed a license agreement with Jordanian Aeronautical Systems (JAC) to provide support services for Honeywell’s T53 series, on the sidelines of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) expo currently taking place in Marrakech.JAC will be the first dedicated T53 engine service center in the Middle East and Africa region. The center will provide military and commercial operations with localized repair and maintenance options, according to a press release issued by Honeywell.The company explained that the regional service center will provide a reliable, cost-effective, and local option for companies looking for repair and maintenance in the Middle East and Africa region. The agreement was announced during the second edition of MEBAA business air show, which is being held from September 12 and 13 at Marrakech’s Menara airport.Mosab Alkubaisy, director of the Honeywell Aerospace’s Middle East and Africa office, said of the agreement that “as the Middle East and Africa region continues to grow, we recognize the need to offer a more accessible, regional repair, and maintenance option.”He explained that “with the new Jordanian Aeronautical Systems service center, operators can have their T-53 engines repaired locally, which means quicker turnaround and less downtime so they can stay flying for longer.”The statement added that, the T53 turboshaft engine is best known for powering some of the world’s most iconic helicopters for over 50 years, including the Bell UH-1H Huey, Huey II and AH-1H Cobra, with a total of more than 62 million flight hours.Ziad Abuain, CEO of JAC said that “by reducing operational costs, we can pass this benefit onto JAC customers, ensuring they get a better deal and can actively manage the repairs and maintenance for their T53 engine.”Honeywell and JAC have affirmed that this agreement will provide support on multiple RJAF aircraft. The JAC service center is a subsidiary of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). read more

HBC cancels Saks Off Fifth store in Montreal Eaton Centre — but

TORONTO — European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre.Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location.The Toronto-based department store chain owner tells The Canadian Press that plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are.A spokesman for the Montreal Eaton Centre owner confirmed that the store would not be opening, but also did not provide a reason why.FAO Schwarz comes to Canada with holiday pop-ups at all Hudson’s Bay Co. storesHudson’s Bay Co. shares surge on news of partnership with European rival SignaHudson’s Bay pulling Ivanka Trump clothing line due to lack of salesFrance-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.“This location in the downtown core, which is a relatively new approach for us, will enable us to deliver even more effectively on our brand promise, which is to make sport accessible to as many people as we can,” Tristan Vende of Decathlon Canada said in news release.Ivanhoe Cambridge leasing vice-president Jean Landry said the opening of Decathlon is one of the highlights of its $200-million revitalization project for a property that once housed the Eaton’s department store and adjacent mall.Decathlon operates more than 1,400 stores in 42 countries and generates almost $13 billion in annual sales.In addition, European-based Time Out Market will open in Canada for the first time in the mall. It will offer 16 food options, two bars, a demo kitchen, cooking academy and retail shop.HBC announced in late 2015 that the purveyor of discount designer clothing and other goods would open at the centre in 2018, as part of the brand’s Canadian expansion.The company said that the store would take over about 4,165 square meters (44,850 square feet) in the Montreal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes spaces that merged in 2016.HBC says it operates 18 Saks Off Fifth locations in Canada in cities including Ottawa, Winnipeg and Niagara-on-the-lake, Vaughan and Pickering, Ont. read more

Vital to preserve Malis unity when tackling its political crisis says UN

“The first step is clearly to push for unity in the Malian Government,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.“The existing divisions, the past divisions, the history that we had and the present difficult relations are certainly obstacles to preserving the unity and solidarity of the country,” he added.The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to neighbouring countries, with 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally displaced.“The second goal is clearly to preserve and guarantee the unity of a country that is now divided,” said the former Italian prime minister, noting that the current split of the country is “unnatural.” This is the first visit to New York for Mr. Prodi since his appointment in early October. In addition to meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday, the envoy held a range of consultations that will help him to move forward with his mandate, which is focused on the development and implementation of a UN regional strategy on the crisis affecting the Sahel as a whole. This included meetings with the Secretariat officials, Member States of the Sahel region, as well as with Security Council members and other delegations interested and active on the issue.The western part of the Sahel region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, and includes Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and parts of Sudan, Cameroon and Nigeria, is currently facing a swathe of problems, which are not only political but also involve security, humanitarian resilience and human rights.In addition to political instability in Mali, the region suffers from extreme poverty, with human development levels among the lowest in the world, porous borders that present significant security challenges, as well as human rights problems.Added to that is the humanitarian crisis affecting the region this year, in which over 18 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity and over one million children risk severe acute malnutrition.Since his appointment, Mr. Prodi has travelled to a number of cities for meetings with government officials, including in the Malian capital, Bamako, as well as in Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria. He is scheduled to travel to Morocco next week. He stated that his mission is not only focused on the security situation in Mali but also on humanitarian aid and development issues, noting that there can be no solution to the crisis in Mali without addressing these two dimensions. Last month, in a unanimously adopted resolution, the Security Council indicated that it could consider endorsing an international military force to restore the unity of Mali. The 15-member body called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the Malian political process and provide, at once, military and security planners to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other partners, to help frame a response to a request by Mali’s Transitional Authorities for such a force, and to report back within 45 days.Upon receipt of the report, and acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, the Council said it was ready “to respond to the request of the Transitional authorities of Mali regarding an international military force assisting the Malian Armed Forces in recovering the occupied regions in the north of Mali.”Chapter VII of the Charter allows the Council to use force in the face of a threat to peace or aggression, taking “such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security,” including blockades and other operations by the forces of Member States. read more

France calls for strong UN resolution to enforce Syrias surrender of chemical

“France wanted a strong reaction to respond to this appalling crime and to dissuade [President] Bashar al-Assad’s regime from committing new massacres,” he told the General Assembly on the first day of its annual General Debate, noting that this pressure led to Syria’s agreement to give up its chemical weapons.The divided Council has been unable to adopt a resolution on Syria and Mr. Hollande called on the five permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – to collectively renounce their right to a veto in the case of crimes against humanity. “France has three demands,” he said, referring to Council negotiations over verification and the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles. “The first is that the text enables the Security Council to take up the issue at any time.“The second is that the resolution includes measures under Chapter VII in case of Syrian non-compliance with its commitments,” he added, referring to the chapter in the UN Charter that provides for the possible use of military force amid other measures to ensure compliance. “The third demand is that those who committed these crimes must be brought to justice.” Stressing the need for urgent action to end the fighting, in which he said 120,000 people have been killed and a quarter of the population driven from their homes, Mr. Hollande said the forthcoming Geneva meeting must not be just a talking shop but must take decisions to install a transition government with full executive powers to re-establish peace, protect every community and organize future elections. Turning to other hot spots in the Middle East, he noted the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, stressing that these were the only path to peace and a two-State solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side within secure borders. He also referred to hopeful statements by Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani on engagement over his country’s nuclear programme.“His words must now be translated into acts,” he said. “What France is waiting for from Iran are concrete deeds that prove that this country has no military nuclear programme even if it obviously has the right to pursue its civil programme.” Iran says its nuclear programme is solely for the peaceful production of energy, but many countries fear it is seeking nuclear weapons. Turning to Africa, Mr. Hollande cited the threat of terrorism, voicing horror at the “barbarous attack” by militants on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. But he also pointed to hopeful signs such as the Security Council-backed French and African intervention in Mali to drive out militants and terrorists from the north and restore stability in the West African country.He called for a similar Council resolution to provide the logistical and financial means for an African force to restore order in the conflict-riven Central African Republic.“In every field – security, proliferation, development, climate – there is no worse danger than inaction,” he concluded. “The worst decision is not to take one. The worst danger is not to see it. It is the responsibility of the UN to act. And each time it reveals its impotence, peace loses. “That is why I propose a code of good conduct to for the Council’s permanent members: in the case of mass crimes they must renounce their right to a veto.”On the margins of the General Assembly, Mr. Hollande met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with whom he discussed ways to avoid a further spill over of the Syrian conflict into Lebanon. The two men also exchanged views on the situation in the Central African Republic and Mali and the role of France in supporting both nations. read more

UN chief welcomes second anniversary of Implementation Day for Iran nuclear deal

“This marks another significant milestone” in the historic agreement, said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a statement, noting that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union – constitutes a major achievement of nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy, and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.The day, known as “Implementation Day,” occurred on 16 January 2016 when the Security Council received the report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirming that Iran has taken a series of nuclear-related actions specified in the JCPOA’s annex.“The Secretary-General remains convinced that the JCPOA is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and to realize the promised tangible economic benefits for the Iranian people,” Mr. Dujarric said.“The Secretary-General calls for concerns regarding its implementation to be addressed through the mechanisms established by the agreement,” and “believes that issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments,” Mr. Dujarric added. read more

Raspberry Pi controls real instruments playing NES Mario and Zelda game audio

first_imgNintendo has some of the most recognizable music, not just in videogames, but in all of music. The Mario soundtrack, in particular, has melodies that transcend fandom. They’ve been translated and re-imagined in virtually every musical form, from the kazoo to a full symphony orchestra. However, few have tried to reinvent the full audio output of the original NES. For those who grew up playing the games, the beeps and boops that accompany actual play are just as recognizable and nostalgia-inducing as the music itself.Now, an enterprising fan has found a way to interpret the audio from the original NES and play it with actual instruments. The creator used a new and unattributed YouTube account called Roboband. Not only do the notes come out of a player piano, a Yamaha Disklavier grand piano, but even the percussion comes to life in semi-real time. It’s only semi-real time since there is a roughly half-second delay between on-screen action and instrumental output, but that’s been removed when compositing the video.The piano and percussion instruments are controlled by separate Raspberry Pi units running custom audio-translation software. The program listens to the audio from the NES and decides first which instrument is bets suited to recreate each sound it hears, and second how to create that sound on the chosen instrument. Once percussion is chosen, for instance, a sound can be played on either a drum or wood- block. When destined for the piano, the assortment of option is far greater.One impressive thing about this setup is the fidelity of its recreations. Power-ups, in particular, are accompanied by notes played in very quick succession. The three-by-three rising scale that signals Mario has picked up a mushroom comes out perfectly.The piano is controlled thanks to a built-in MIDI controller and Yahama’s own mechanical solution for depressing the keys and pedals. However, the system controls the drumsticks with a more DIY solution. Simple coils of wire called solenoids become electromagnets when a current is passed through them. This causes a small metal slug inside to move in and out of the coil, producing the force needed to move the stick.last_img read more

Tributes paid following death of motor neurone disease campaigner Fr Tony Coote

first_img Aug 29th 2019, 8:29 AM 15 Comments By Sarah Slater Coote featured in an RTÉ documentary called Walking the Walk. Coote featured in an RTÉ documentary called Walking the Walk. Image: RTÉ Short URL 30,946 Views Image: RTÉ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share93 Tweet Email1 As his neighbouring parishes, we, along with so many others, prayed for Tony each day. Last September, after the United Harvest Thanksgiving Service in St Thomas’ Church, we raised €1,250. He was so appreciative of our effort, not for the money itself – although he was very glad to accept it on behalf of Walk While You Can – but for the neighbourliness, solidarity and fellowship that it represented. “Please pray for all those who have been deeply affected by Tony’s life and his death, and especially, his mother Patricia, his brothers David, Kieran and Pat, and all his family.” Funeral arrangements are to be announced later. Tributes paid following death of motor neurone disease campaigner Fr Tony Coote Fr Coote’s Walk While You Can campaign raised hundreds of thousands of euro for research. TRIBUTES HAVE BEGUN pouring in for the much-loved priest and social justice campaigner Fr Tony Coote, who suffered from motor neurone disease, led by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Fr Coote passed away yesterday evening surrounded by his mother Patricia and brothers David, Kieran and Pat. He was diagnosed with the disease in March last year and made it his mission to raise awareness of the disease and raise much-needed funds for research. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his sympathy to Father Coote’s mother, members of his family and all those who supported him during his long illness, especially his ever loyal priest friends.In a statement, Archbishop Martin said: “Tony showed all of us how strength can be witnessed even in the face of human weakness. His courage and determination touched the hearts of people of all backgrounds. “His courage leaves all of us more humble. May the Lord welcome and give him the deep peace to which he witnessed in his suffering. May he rest in peace.” Fr Tony Coote who was administrator of St Therese’s Roman Catholic Church Mount Merrion and St Laurence O’Toole’s Roman Catholic Church in Kilmacud. His fundraising campaign Walk While You Can for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and to further research into motor neurone disease was extraordinary raised over €600,000.His book Live While You Can which was published in May of this year, was both candid and moving. Half of the money raised from the walk was used to fund healthcare services for the 400 sufferers of MND in Ireland. The remainder of the money was earmarked for a research project headed up by consultant neurologist Professor Orla Hardiman of Trinity College Dublin which focused on better understanding how the disease progresses. The walk was the subject of a documentary on RTÉ called Walking the Walk. It followed Fr Coote’s journey through Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Cork. The programme showed how, along the way, people and communities turned out to welcome and support him. The Reverend Canon Gillian Wharton, Rector of Booterstown and Carysfort with Mount Merrion said it was with great sadness she heard of his passing. “It is with great sadness that I email you to tell you of the death of our neighbour. As you know, Tony was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in March 2018, and his form of the illness was aggressive,” Wharton said. Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 8:29 AMlast_img read more

Dropmix is the Crown Jewel of HarmonixHasbro Music Games

first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!There was a point in middle school where I went from wanting to perform music to wanting to write and manipulate it. I got into MIDI music software and vague DJ aspirations. There’s a different kind of creative joy that comes from combining and remixing existing sounds, of hearing new art emerge from the old.That’s a tough joy to replicate in video games. Making music that sounds good is really hard. It takes a lot of memorizing math and scales and all kinds of patterns, to say nothing of artistic taste. Give the player too much freedom, and they just make noise like in Wii Music. Meanwhile, rhythm games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero were huge hits but those are about following music, not leading it. Activision’s wonderful DJ Hero experiment in my opinion actually came the closest to letting players experience the joy of the expressive improvised mash-up.Until now.Harmonix has spent like two decades mastering the art of the music game. But ever since the plastic instrument boom they created and thrived on went bust, they’ve needed a new hit. Backed into a corner, they’ve now partnered with Hasbro to create Dropmix, a new product that combines music games with Skylanders-esque toys to life ideas. The result is weird, risky, and perhaps the greatest music game I’ve ever played. It’s a legitimate Game of the Year contender.With the base Dropmix you get the physical deck and 60 starter cards for $99. Looking like something out of hip-hop Yu-Gi-Oh, the battery-powered deck (unfortunately lacking in AC charging) lights up as you place cards on it and pairs via Bluetooth to a mobile device with the free Dropmix app. There’s even a handy slot to place your phone/tablet. From there you can start up one of Dropmix’s multiple game modes.Freestyle is the purest expression of Dropmix’s creative brilliance. Each card (featuring lovely original abstract art like some kind of musical tarot deck) represents a loop of a certain part of a specific song. Different colors stand for different parts like bass or percussion. You can then play up to five of these cards at once and listen as they are seamlessly blended together into an original dope mix.Want to combine the bass line from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with the vocals of “It’s Tricky” by Run D.M.C? Why stop there? Throw in the horns from Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and the drums from “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce. The first card you play sets the tempo and pitch. But certain powerful cards that can function as all parts of the song tend to reset things. Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” can’t help but loudly announce its presence with some Neil Cicierega-approved grunts. You can stack the RFID cards on top of the each other and the card on top always takes command.Colors on the deck help guide you toward making better mixes but you can really do whatever you want, and it’s incredible. It’s unreal how well the software knows when to drop in the new tracks. Outside of creating a cacophony of shouting with multiple vocal cards, it’s difficult to make something that sounds truly bad. I got chills when “Bring Me to Life” segued right into a hot Ricky Martin beat. It sounds like a magic (iPod) trick and so wonderfully captures the experimental beauty of being a rave DJ. You could honestly put on a killer club set using this tool, provide an exciting surprising soundtrack at your next party or drug adventure.Dropmix also does a fantastic job at educating you about the artistry that goes into a song’s component parts. It’s like the Song Exploder podcast. Some sounds can overpower others, and building the right balance trains your ears to appreciate the unique flavor of each audio ingredient. The subtle bass horns of Charm Syndicate’s “All Frazzled” can really make a mix much more dramatic. Meanwhile, if you quickly need to inject some energy, thrown down “Bangarang” by Skrillex.That said, because all of these samples are compressed inside one somewhat large mobile app, the sound quality isn’t fantastic. You can save custom mixes and listen to them later without even using the physical deck but even as a non-audiophile I was a little disappointed with the results.Dropmix also cunningly uses of the collectible card game format/business model. The base game comes with a healthy amount of cards, but I’m already itching to buy expansion packs either centered around certain genres and artists or even just full of random new tunes. Harmonix flexed its Hasbro muscles and showed off a limited PAX card featuring the Transformers theme song (why not “The Touch?”). But literally every song ever would be a great addition. Daft Punk! Freezepop! Chance the Rapper! Chaos Chaos ft. Justin Roiland! I would pay a significant amount of money for a single foil card featuring “All Star” by Smash Mouth with custom Shrek art.You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned Dropmix’s other modes at all. They’re not bad. In Clash mode individuals or teams compete against each other to dominate the board using cards and modifiers of certain colors and strength. Meanwhile, Party mode has players keeping the crowd happy by taking requests like a real DJ.These other modes are nice for people who’d like some more structure as an excuse to keep playing, and they can help you discover new great mixes you may have never considered. But given the option, I would always just rather just play Freestyle. Dropmix is at its absolute best when it’s being the greatest artistic musical toy, not game, technology has ever produced. Sorry, Instrument 1.I’m obsessed with Dropmix. I want to buy every expansion pack. I’m constantly showing it off to people in the office. I want to bring it to parties and family gatherings. I love seeing other people’s musical taste come through in their mixes. I’d love to see real musicians mess around with it. I made me wish I listened to more contemporary pop songs so I could recognize more of the cards (even if it’s also a low-key indictment of how all pop music basically sounds the same). I create instrumental mixes, plug in my headphones, and use Dropmix as personal editing music. I’m listening to it right now. I love Dropmix and I can’t wait for everyone else to love it once it drops September 24.In 2009, The New York Times published a review of Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band that might be the most hyperbolic piece of video game criticism ever written. “The Beatles: Rock Band is nothing less than a cultural watershed, one that may prove only slightly less influential than the band’s famous appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1964.” Sure. But with Dropmix, Harmonix has made something, a Game of the Year, actually worthy of that level of praise. Its success would be an artistic, musical win for all of us. It sings.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!last_img read more

ASA NBB Meet with USDA Secretary Vilsack Deputy Secretary Harden to Protect

first_imgRepresentatives from ASA, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and biodiesel manufacturing companies met last week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to reiterate the impacts of not increasing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel. The groups urged USDA to continue to advocate on our behalf within the Obama Administration. Sec. Vilsack indicated he would continue to do what he could while acknowledging that he has no official jurisdiction over the RFS decisions.A draft proposal has been circulating that suggests the Environmental Protection Agency is considering setting the RFS RVO at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014. ASA sent a letter to EPA and the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to set the biomass-based diesel RVO at a level not less than the 1.7 billion gallon expected production level in 2013.ASA also issued an Action Alert to members asking them to contact members of Congress and urge them to weigh in directly with EPA and OMB on this issue. When the proposal is officially released, ASA will submit comments for the record and provide draft comments for members to submit individually.A full copy of the letter can be downloaded here.[gview file=””]last_img read more

Even Priyanka Chopra will go ROFL over memes on her quirky Met

first_imgMemes on Priyanka Chopra’s quirky Met Gala 2019 lookTwitterPriyanka Chopra’s appearance at Met Gala 2019 hogged a lot of limelight. Her quirky avatar at the event impressed many, but at the same time made her subject to trolling.Priyanka graced the red carpet hand-in-hand with husband Nick Jonas. While Met Gala appearances of celebs are always expected to be unusual, PeeCee’s dress and overall look amused netizens who came up with extremely funny memes.Although Priyanka’s look goes perfectly with this year’s theme of ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion”, she became a butt of jokes on social media for her appearance. The actress sported a Dior outfit coupled with quirky makeup and eye-catching hairdo.While the gorgeous diva caught a lot of attention at Met Gala 2019 red carpet, the memes that followed are equally worth seeing. Some simply trolled her with their comments on social media, others flaunted their creativity with memes that will even make PC laugh out loud.From the on-screen character of Mad Hatter to Sri Lankan cricketer, Lasith Malinga, Priyanka got compared to every possible people and things under the Sun. This is the third time that Priyanka attended Met Gala, and each time her surprising look gave way to hilarious memes. However, the 36-year-old diva’s latest appearance is by far one of the most amusing.Check some of the funniest comments and memes on Priyanka’s Met Gala 2019 appearance:last_img read more

Final Televised Gubernatorial Debate

first_imgAll nine candidates vying for the Democratic nomination and the opportunity to face Gov. Larry Hogan in the General Election in November, debated for the last time before early voting begins on June 14. WMAR-TV hosted the debate in their studios and featured (from left): Alec Ross, Ben Jealous, Valerie Ervin, Rich Madaleno, James Jones, Krish Vignarajah, Ralph Jaffee, Rushern Baker and Jim Shea. The debate, which was recorded June 6 and aired June 13, did not reflect the fact Valerie Ervin dropped out of the race on June 12 and endorsed the candidacy of Baker. WMAR news anchor Christian Schaeffer moderated the debate and the panel of journalists that presented the questions to the candidates included, Kelly Swoope, WMAR anchor, Bryan Sears, The Daily Record and Sean Yoes, Baltimore Editor of the AFRO Newspapers.(Courtesy Photo)last_img read more

Kingdom Rush Frontiers Strategy guide with tips and tricks

first_img 1 2 If you haven’t played Kingdom Rush yet, you should because it’s a great game. The team behind Kingdom Rush and its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Ironhide Games, got the popular tower defense genre and perfected it for mobile play. Some people might tell you to try Fieldrunners 2 or geoDefense or iBomber Defense Pacific, but Kingdom Rush is better than all of them — trust me, I’ve spent the money and the time.But if you’ve landed here, it’s probably because you know how good KRF is and you want to get better at it. (Me too!) Let’s put our heads together and figure this game out. With that in mind, this article with feature most of my better ideas about the game, and then you can leave your tips in the comments.First off, Frontiers is fundamentally the same fame as Kingdom Rush, so the lessons you learned over the last year or so still apply. Even so, the enemies this time around are very different and much more diverse — this game is not throwing tank after tank at you. You’re going to have to learn the enemy types, get better at detecting patterns, and figure out the new towers (all the top-level versions of each two types is new, which means eight new towers to learn).A perfect example is Level 7, Crimson Valley. This level is basically impossible to beat if you just clicked through the game’s tips and don’t read about the new enemy type. Here’s my video explainer:The trick is that the new enemy is a cannibal, so if one kills your militia man or soldier, they get their health back. And they are pretty tough, so they kill a lot of soldiers. So if you keep throwing barracks at them, you’re creating an unbeatable horde. The answer? Spam them with arrows and the cannibal Savage Warriors don’t stand a chance.And the brings me to my biggest tip for Kingdom Rush Frontiers: Use archer towers. Archer towers are cheap, they have great range, and they are highly versatile. Archers should be the foundation of your tower defense strategy. Seriously, resist the urge to use a lot of Militia Barracks (the soldier guys). Archers are also awesome because they handle flying enemies where ground-based towers and cannons can’t.If your strategy goes heavy on archers, then you next focus should be choke points. Basically, you need to slow down masses of enemies at certain points. This is where you can take advantage of area of effect spells and splash damage from your cannons (Dwarven Bombardment). Choke points are mandatory for defeating fast-moving enemies, like spiders. Creating choke points usually means soldiers, but they can also be created with the oil slick upgrade from the Battle-Mecha T200 (top-level Dwarf Bombardment).Another great way to slow down a mass of troops is using the sand soldiers that Alric (the hero) creates. Once he us fully upgraded he will shoot out three sand soldiers fairly regularly. They are pretty tough, plus when killed they will not replenish the health of cannibal warriors or Saurian Myrmidons (who bite your troops to get health back). Alric may be free, but you get him first so by the time you bother getting another hero he’ll already have gained a few levels.Alric, your first hero, creator of sand soldiers.Ground troopers might seem like an obvious choice for a tower defense game, but they should be the option you choose the least. Use Militia Barracks to create choke points and to stop bad guys before the end of the map. You hero is the best option for this, but if a level has multiple exits, or the hero, is being overrun you’ll need barracks.Once you upgrade your barracks a few times, you’ll be given the option of Assassins or Knights Templar. Assassins are really cool, can dodge attacks, and they can earn you some gold, but Templars are best for stopping enemies in their tracks. They tend to be the better choice, especially as your last resort before enemies leave the map and you lose hearts.Speaking of upgrades, once you get a few levels in you get the two different top tier options from the archer towers: Tribal Axeman and Crossbows. Both are very useful, but they are not interchangeable. Crossbows have great speed and amazing range, but their most important benefit is that their falcon upgrade can increase the attack distance of surrounding ranged units. This mean, crossbows work best in a group. Tribals axemen are slower and have less range, but their area of effect totems are perfect for queuing up enemies for massive damage and dispelling enemy magic. Use axemen before a choke point or killzone.Next page: More advanced towers and Kingdom Rush Frontiers tips… VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersAlric, your first hero.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersThose are the Mechs, they are super cool.Kingdom Rush FrontiersKingdom Rush FrontiersUpgrade the cannon towers enough and you get these killer earthquake machines. Kingdom Rush FrontiersMore dragon!Kingdom Rush FrontiersCheck out the dragon. He’s a $7 in-app purchase. Kingdom Rush Frontierslast_img read more

Konami Lives With Classic Anniversary Collections

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target Is Konami back? Eh, we aren’t so sure. After blowing up its relationship with Hideo Kojima, along with the entire Metal Gear franchise, Konami seemed to exit the major video game scene aside from yearly soccer releases shown off in sad E3 booths. They gotta get that health spa money, baby!But recently Konami has been making modest but appreciated efforts of caring about video games again. Nintendo Switch (and eventually multiplatform) game Super Bomberman R got a shocking amount of updates to turn a mediocre launch title into arguably the current Bomberman game of record. And Castlevania guest stars Simon and Richter Belmont were two of the best additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Konami’s latest game announcement feels like the company is once again just dipping its toes back into traditional gaming waters, but it is reassuring for those afraid the publisher’s previous lack of interest in new games would also kill its legacy of classic games. Konami is releasing collections of Castlevania games, Contra games, and arcade games for the company’s 50th anniversary.AdChoices广告The Arcade Classics collection comes out first, on April 18 for $20, and includes eight vintage hits including Gradius, TwinBee and Life Force. The Castlevania and Contra collections release in early summer and also include eight games each, but their full lineups haven’t been revealed. We know we’re getting Castlevania 1, 2, and 4, as well as Contra, Super C, and The Alien Wars. But there are still plenty more games to choose from like the vertical Contra 4 for DS and the forgotten Game Boy Castlevania games like Aria of Sorrow.Unlike last year’s disappointing Castlevania Requiem collection, these games are coming to all platforms, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So you can kill Dracula and bring back memories of 1980s Nicaraguan political scandals on the go if you want. For more on retro games make your own desktop arcade cabinet with the Retro Picade Kit.last_img read more

Two in hospital after car splits in two in accident on A34

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Two motorists have been taken to hospital after a two-car accident on the A34 in Staffordshire. Half of one vehicle ended up overturned with the other half ended up in a field after the collision on Stafford Road near Pottal Pool Roundabout in Huntington, between Stafford and Cannock at around 8.20pm last night (Wednesday June 26). Both drivers were taken to hospital, with West Midlands Ambulance Service saying they had sent two ambulances to the scene. A ambulance service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found two cars that had suffered significant damage.  One car had split in two with one half overturned with the other half in a field. “Somehow the driver, a man in his 40s, had managed to get out of the wreckage himself.  He was assessed at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution, although initially his injuries did not appear to be too serious. “Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the driver of the other car, a woman in her 50s.  She was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.” Read MoreFirefighters tackle large horse box blaze at South Cheshire farm   The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the collision . A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Two drivers were taken to hospital following a collision on the A34 Cannock Road near Pottal Pool roundabout at around 8.30 pm last night (26 June). “A Ford Focus and a Fiat Punto were involved in the crash. Colleagues from the Fire and Rescue Service released the woman driving the Punto and she was taken to New Cross Hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be serious. “The man driving the Focus was also taken to hospital (Royal Stoke University Hospital). His injuries are also believed not to be serious.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Activists IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Clashes, however, continued to the south and west of the predominantly Kurdish town on the Turkish border on Saturday, they said, although the fighting in the south quietened down by nightfall.Naasan said 23 of the city’s Kurdish defenders were killed in the fighting, but the Observatory put the number at 16. The discrepancy could not immediately be reconciled, but conflicting casualty figures are common in the aftermath of major fighting.“Kobani has been completely cleared of Daesh, and Kurdish forces are now combing the town looking for fighters who may have gone into hiding,” Bali, using the Arabic acronym for the IS, told The Associated Press by telephone from Kobani. The official Syrian news agency, SANA, also reported that Kobani has been cleared of IS fighters.The more than 200 civilians killed in the last two days include some who perished in IS suicide bombings, including one at the border crossing with Turkey, but they were mostly shot dead in cold blood, some in their own homes, the activists said.“They were revenge killings,” Rami Abdurrahman, the observatory’s director, told the AP.Others were caught in the cross-fire as gun battles raged in the town’s streets or were randomly targeted by IS snipers on rooftops. Bali, Abdurrahman and Naasan all said the number of Kobani civilians and IS fighters killed was likely to rise as rescue teams continue to search neighborhoods where the fighting took place.Massacring civilians is not an uncommon practice by the Islamic State group, whose men have slaughtered thousands in Syria and neighboring Iraq over the last year, when its fighters blitzed through large swathes of territory and declared a caliphate that spans both nations.The Islamic State group often posts on social media networks gruesome images of its fighters executing captives as part of psychological warfare tactics designed to intimidate and inspire desertions among their enemies. Last week, it posted one of its most gruesome video clips, showing the execution of 16 men it claimed to have been spies. Five of the men were drowned in a cage, four were burned inside a car and seven were blown up by explosives.The killing of so many civilians in Kobani, according to Abdurrahman, was premeditated and meant by the Islamic State to avenge their recent defeats at the hands of Kurdish forces.The Western-backed Kurdish forces have emerged as a formidable foe of the extremist group, rolling them back in the north and northeast parts of Syria, where the Kurds are the dominant community, as well as in northern Iraq, where they have also made significant gains against the IS. Turkish soldiers stand guard as people from the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani, in the background, wait to cross into Turkey following the attacks by IS militants as seen from the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, Turkey, Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish official Idris Naasan put at 40-50 the number of elite IS fighters killed in the two days of fighting since the militants sneaked into the town of Kobani before dawn on Thursday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Fighting is continuing in Hassakeh for the third successive day, with government and Kurdish forces separately fighting IS militants who have seized several neighborhoods in the mostly Kurdish town, according to the Observatory. Forces loyal to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad have brought in reinforcements from the town of Deir el-Zour to the south while the Syrian air force pounded IS positions inside the town.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Kobani has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance after it endured a months-long siege by the Islamic State group before Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, broke through and drove the militants out in January.Thursday’s surprise attack on the town and a simultaneous one targeting the remote northeastern town of Hassakeh came two days after the Islamic State group called for a wave of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting and piety that is now in its second week.“You Muslims, take the initiative and rush to jihad, rise up you mujahideen everywhere, push forward and make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers,” IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in an audio message released Tuesday.In what also appears to be a response to that call, terror attacks took place Friday across three continents: shootings in a Tunisian beach resort that left 39 people dead, an explosion and a beheading in a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse in southeast France and a suicide bombing by an Islamic State affiliate at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait that killed at least 27 worshippers.The attacks also came after the group suffered a series of setbacks over the past two weeks, including the loss earlier this week of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad — one of the group’s main points for bringing in foreign fighters and supplies. 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TTF pushes for Sydney CBD heliplatform

first_imgThe Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) are urging Barangaroo redevelopers to include a permanent helicopter base in the Sydney CBD, to better accommodate tourists and executives travelling to the airport. The tourism Group proposed the helicopter base be located in either the Headland Park or the centre of the site and insisted that its development would put Sydney in-line with other major cities including New York and London that already have established helicopter services, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.”TTF strongly supports the provision of a helicopter service that would provide a bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour and a unique way for residents and visitors to view its major attractions,” the Group said in a submission to the Government.The Forum’s chief executive John Lee added that he had received responses from wealthier travellers who were forced to travel into Bankstown to hop onto a helicopter that then took them around the harbour for sightseeing.Upon return they were then forced to sit in traffic as they drove back into the city. ”If we are to be a truly global city it’s time to have the debate about whether we have one – they do it on the Barrier Reef, they do it on the Yarra; it’s a no-brainer to do it in Sydney,” Mr Lee said.According to the newspaper, the same argument was also presented in the early 1980s when the helicopter platform at Darling Harbour was removed for the reconstruction of rail lines. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more