As Black Panther shows inclusion pays at the box office

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theatres with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday through Monday. Much has been made about the film industry’s struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did — that TV and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.But when Hollywood does manufacture a must-see theatrical event, it has increasingly been propelled by the power of inclusivity. Just as Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated “Get Out” ($253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget) and Patty Jenkins “Wonder Woman” ($821.1 million) did before it, “Black Panther” captured the zeitgeist by the potent combination of top-notch filmmaking (the film stands at 97 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), studio backing and an audience hungry to see itself represented on the big screen in a way it seldom has before.At the box office, inclusion is paying — and often, it’s paying off big time.“Diversity does in fact, sell,” said Darnell Hunt, a professor and director of social science at UCLA whose research has detailed the connection between diversity and bottom lines. “In hindsight, it’s kind of a no-brainer. The American public is about 40 per cent people of colour now, and we know that people of colour over-index in terms of media consumption. The patterns we’ve been seeing are only becoming more pronounced as time goes on.”“Black Panther” debuted with $361 million in worldwide ticket sales, setting up the $200 million film for a theatrical run that should easily eclipse $1 billion. History is assured. Just months after Jenkins helmed the biggest box-office hit directed by a woman, Ryan Coogler will set a new mark for films directed by an African American. The debut, the best ever for February, is the fifth highest of all time, not accounting for inflation.At a time where hits are hard to come by for Hollywood, diversity in storytelling is proving to be not only a just cause, but a box-office imperative.“If you want to succeed on the global stage, certainly in the tent-pole business, you have to have diversity in storytelling, in the characters that you put in front of the camera, in the artisans you put behind the camera — to be able to get that better, richer storytelling and to drive huge results,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. “The results speak for themselves.”Hollis pointed to the many factors that made “Black Panther” a hit: Coogler’s direction, the stewardship of Kevin Feige’s Marvel, the reliability of the brand. But he also noted a developing pattern for Disney — that inclusive films are both richer for their diversity and, often, richer for the bottom line.“It feels like the right thing to do. It makes for better, richer storytelling, and we’re a business. It’s something that’s just delivered big, huge box office,” said Hollis. “When we have leaned into and had inclusion and representation as part of the mix, it’s just really worked. When you think about ‘Star Wars” and ‘Rogue One,’ the female protagonist leading those stories. Also ‘Moana’ or ‘Coco.’ ‘Coco’ has been an absolute juggernaut.”“Coco,” which is expected to win the Oscar for best animated feature next month, has gross more than $730 million worldwide. It’s the biggest budget release starring an all-Latino cast.Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, did more than any previous “Star Wars” film to elevate its female characters, and featured the widely hailed breakout star Kelly Marie Tran.By promoting diversity in its films, Disney has faced some backlash from social-media critics who deride films like “The Last Jedi” and Sony’s 2015’s female-led “Ghostbusters” as politically correct overreach. Some fans have even gone to the extraordinary length of trying to drive down audience scores for those films.But consider the fate of movies that haven’t tried as hard to be culturally authentic. Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” which starred Scarlett Johansson in a role originally written as a cyborg in a Japanese woman’s body, last year bombed at the box office after a backlash over Johansson’s casting.Meanwhile, the diverse cast of Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” films helped make it one of the most bankable franchises in movies. Other standout hits have included “Girls Trip” — the biggest comedy of 2017 — and Sony’s unexpectedly lucrative “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, reigned over the January box office as the no. 1 film on four weekends.“Jumanji” has grossed more than $904 million worldwide, including more than a half a billion dollars overseas. The old argument that films starring African-American actors don’t travel well has never had a worse two months. “Black Panther” opened with $160 million abroad, even without several markets (China, Japan, Russia) yet open.And in Hollywood, nothing talks like money.“‘Black Panther’ can be an important first step toward really dispelling the myth that has held Hollywood back for generations in terms of telling the stories that we certainly want to see in this country but I think that the rest of the world wants to see, too,” said Hunt.Studies have also shown that diverse casts attract wider audiences. Last year, talent agency CAA found that of the top 10 grossing films in 2016, 47 per cent of the opening-weekend audience was made up of people of colour, up 2 per cent from the year before. The effect was even more pronounced in the biggest hits. Seven of the 10 highest-grossing films from 2016 had opening weekend audiences more than 50 per cent white.The audience for “Black Panther” was 65 per cent non-white, including 37 per cent black, according to comScore.Latinos and African Americans are also more eager moviegoers, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. In the MPAA’s most recent report, it found that though Latinos make up 18 per cent of the U.S. population, they account for 23 per cent of frequent moviegoers. Though African Americans are 12 per cent of the population, they make up 15 per cent of frequent moviegoers.“If you look at some of the bigger blockbusters from the last year, they were representative of what the audience are looking for, how they’re feeling,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “These films reflect society and then society reflects back on the films. That’s when you get to these much bigger than expected debuts. It becomes more than a movie. It becomes a cultural event.”Communal movie-going may be under siege from other entertainment options. But films like “Black Panther” are making movie theatres more communal than ever.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

Prince Georges favourite dinosaur is TRex as it is noisiest and scariest

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Natural History Museum Credit:Yui Mok/PA The Duchess of Cambridge spoke of her son George's love for the T Rex on a visit to the Natural History Museum 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. Prince George loves dinosaurs and likes the T Rex because it is “the noisiest and scariest”, the Duchess of Cambridge has revealed.The duchess was at the Natural History Museum in London for a children’s tea party to bid farewell to one of the museum’s best-recognised exhibits, the enormous skeleton of a Diplodocus.The 21.3 metre plaster-cast sauropod replica, affectionately known as Dippy and made up of 292 bones, is going on a nationwide tour.Kate, who was wearing a patterned LK Bennett dress, joined pupils from the Wembley-based Oakington Manor Primary School as they made dinosaur egg topped pencils. The duchess could be seen delicately gluing red and white patterned paper onto the shell as she asked the youngsters if they liked the T Rex and quizzed them on their dinosaur knowledge.Kate, who has been a patron of the museum since 2013, told the children: “George loves the T Rex because it’s the noisiest and the scariest.”Elizabeth, 10, said the duchess told her that the young prince “likes dinosaurs and volcanoes”, while Anastazja, 10, added: “She said he was learning about that in school.”The duchess could also be heard asking the children if they had seen the films Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, which she thought were “brilliant” and that she remembered seeing the original film as a little girl and that she “really enjoyed it”. Kate joined other pupils from the school, which supports one of her chosen mental health charities Place2Be, in activities which included a mini fossil dig, before she and the pupils cut a Dippy-shaped farewell celebratory cake.Place2Be is a charity that provides in-school emotional support for children. It is one of eight mental health charities whose work is supported by the Heads Together campaign.This year’s Telegraph Christmas Appeal will raise funds for three good causes, including Heads Together – with money to be used to support all eight charities in their vital work.The duchess then posed for a good luck photo in front of Dippy, cheering along with the children as they wished him well on his tour.Crouching down to talk to the youngsters before she left, Daytahne, 10, said he asked her what car she drove. Natural History Museum director Sir Michael Dixon said the duchess is a “very supportive patron” of the museum and “comes on private visits occasionally with the children”.”George is very keen on dinosaurs – apparently he would have loved to come today,” he added. “She did remark on the fact that as her children get older she is going to have to mug up on the names of dinosaurs.”She is actually very knowledgeable on the natural world and passionate about oceans. She is a keen scuba diver. She is very, very keen to engage more with the museum and its collections.”She has been behind the scenes on a number of occasions and talked to some of our researchers and seen quite a lot of our collection areas.” Dippy the Diplodocus in the background at the Natural History Museum as the Duchess of Cambridge speaks to pupils She did remark on the fact that as her children get older she is going to have to mug up on the names of dinosaursNatural History Museum director Sir Michael Dixon Show more Dippy the Diplodocus in the background at the Natural History Museum as the Duchess of Cambridge speaks to pupilsCredit:Yui Mok/PA Dippy’s tour starts in early 2018, and will include the Dorset County Museum, which has a gallery dedicated to Britain’s fossil-rich Jurassic Coast.Dippy will then travel to Birmingham Museum, Ulster Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Great North Museum in Newcastle, the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff, Number One Riverside in Rochdale, and Norwich Cathedral. He said: “She said a Land Rover, she said she loves it and said it is really good in the dirt. She also said Charlotte is extremely chatty and she always wants to have a play date with George.”Dippy’s last day on show at the Natural History Museum will be on January 4, 2017. Conservators will take the next 12 months preparing him for his tour, which will last until late 2020.His coveted spot at the entrance to the museum is being taken by the real skeleton of a 25.2 metre female blue whale, weighing 4.5 tonnes. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Natural History Museum  The Duchess of Cambridge spoke of her son George’s love for the T Rex on a visit to the Natural History MuseumCredit:CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER FOR THE TELEGRAPH/PAlast_img read more

New remote pulse sensors promise a good nights sleep at last for

The software also monitors activity, alerting staff to behaviour that could lead to a fallCredit:Matt Cardy So far Digital Care Assistant has been certified only for supervised remote checks of patients’ vital signs.However, the intention is to obtain approval for the software to automatically monitor entire wards of patients at a time, alerting doctors or nurses in the event of an emergency.Professor Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians, said: “Using new technology in this way, to monitor patients at a distance, is a good idea, allowing doctors and nurses working under great pressure to deliver the best possible care, to focus on the patients who are unwell.”The green light from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency follows six years’ of development.This comprised trials on more than 250 patients, including those at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the high-security Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire.The software also includes a non-medical motion monitoring system which can alert staff when a patient is about to get out of bed, or if he or she has spent a long time in the bathroom, in order to help prevent falls.Oxehealth said that in a trial at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, 79 per cent of staff had said the system had helped them prevent at least one fall. With the 24-hour bustle of staff going to and fro and the beeping of alarms, hospital wards are notoriously noisy places.But NHS patients of the future can expect a better night’s sleep thanks to the introduction of discreet wall-mounted monitors capable of automatically measuring their vital signs without waking them up.In a world-first, UK regulators have given approval for a new robotic software which detects subtle changes in the colour and movement of the skin in order to determine a person’s pulse and breathing rate.Because the “Digital Care Assistant” algorithm is linked to an infrared camera, the technology also works at night, significantly reducing the need for repetitive physical checks by staff.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A study in 2016 found that 37 per cent of patients are disturbed overnight on NHS wards, and that even in the early hours of the morning noise levels are nearly 20 decibels above the World Health Organization-recommended maximum.Much of the disturbance is generated by staff performing basic checks, with guidelines stating that acute patients should be checked at least once every four hours, although many require hourly monitoring.Created by Oxehealth, an Oxford University spin-off company, the new software uses photoplethysmography to detect minute changes in the redness of the skin that takes place every time the heart beats. 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. The most immediate use for the newly certified system is likely to be in mental health units, where the need to monitor a patient’s vital signs while disturbing them as little as possible is most acute. Patients who are tranquilised are required to have their vital signs checked six times in the first three hours.Hugh Lloyd-Jukes, CEO of the company, which is part-owned by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Humans are the heroes of healthcare and they always will be, but we don’t have enough of them.“What we’re here for is to give doctors and nurses far more time for hands-on care for the patients who really need it.”He told The Sunday Telegraph the system is also intended for care homes, prisons and police stations.A study by Johns Hopkins University found that British hospital wards are now on average 10 decibels louder than they were in the 1960s.Monitoring of hospitals in the Thames Valley area found the average level of noise was 55-60 decibels, equivalent to the noise in a busy restaurant. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum of 35 decibels. Meanwhile a person’s breathing rate is determined by detecting movements in the chest. The software also monitors activity, alerting staff to behaviour that could lead to a fall read more

Legoland Goes Star Wars

first_imgThe force, as they say, is strong with Legoland’s California amusement park. An army of stormtroopers interrupted the park’s annual business results press conference (similar to Darth Vader’s recent crashing of 20th Century Fox’s ces press conference) to announce the launch of a new Star Wars “mini-park” for the Carlsbad location.The new park features seven scenes from the six Star Wars film and a scene from the Clone Wars animated feature, recreated with 1.5 million Lego bricks on a 1:20 scale. They also feature life size Lego recreations of iconic Star War characters like Darth Vader, R2D2, and Chewbacca. AdChoices广告The California version of the mini-park is set to open on March 31st. Mini-parks will follow in the Billund and Deutschland locations. The scenes were designed by eight Lego model engineers and two animation electricians.last_img read more

New law to crack down on cyberbullying and material that promotes selfharm

first_imgNew law to crack down on cyberbullying and material that promotes self-harm Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is proposing the establishment of an Online Safety Commissioner. Operate an Online Safety Code, which would set out the steps they are taking to keep their users safe online.Include in their code a number of issues at a minimum (eg. a prohibition of cyber bullying material – provide a complaints procedure where people can request material be taken down, with timelines)Build safety into the design of online platforms through the application of technology and human intervention.“The situation at present where online and social media companies are not subject to any oversight or regulation by the State for the content which is shared on their platforms is no longer sustainable,” Bruton said. “I believe that the era of self-regulation in this area is over and a new Online Safety Act is necessary,” he said.Online Safety CommissionerBruton said that in passing an Online Safety Act, it was important to set out clearly the powers and role of an Online Safety Commissioner. It is proposed that a number of powers could be provided to the Commissioner. For example, the Commissioner would certify that each Online Safety Code is either “fit for purpose” or requires changes to it. The Commissioner would also require a service to remove an individual piece of content within a set timeframe, on receipt of an appeal from a user who is dissatisfied with the response they have received to a complaint submitted to the service provider.They would also, among other powers, be able to impose administrative fines in relation to failures of compliance and publish the fact that a service has failed to comply or cooperate with the regulator.“Many parents find it difficult to keep up with the latest technology, or the latest app. That is understandable given how quickly online games and technology can evolve. To me it emphasises why the establishment of an Online Safety Commissioner is so important,” Bruton said.While it would be impossible to remove every danger from the internet or from the adaptation of new technology, what we need to do is to ensure that parents and children are better equipped, that the State can provide regulation and enforcement, and that online platforms take responsibility.Bruton said there are two ways in which an Online Safety Commissioner can be established including through a new Media Commission by restructuring the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), along the lines of the multi-Commissioner Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Alternatively, he said there could be two regulatory bodies, one of which would involve restructuring the BAI and assigning its responsibility for content which is subject to editorial control (such as traditional television and radio). The second online safety regulator would be a new body responsible for online content that is not subject to editorial controls (such as social media).ConsultationThe Minister also announced the commencement of a six-week consultation period on the options which he has set out today. “I urge all parents and students, all teachers, all industry and groups who have views on these issues and who have concerns about possible impacts to make their views known so that we can take them into account as we develop legal proposals which are implementable,” Bruton said.Following the consultation period, Bruton will be a draft Bill to government, setting out a detailed plan of how progress will be made. 7,076 Views Image: Shutterstock/ImageFoto By Hayley Halpin Monday 4 Mar 2019, 8:28 AM https://jrnl.ie/4522600 A NEW ONLINE Safety Act to improve online safety and ensure that children can be protected online has been proposed by Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Bruton proposed harmful online content that needs to be targeted under his plan includes serious cyber bullying, material which promotes self-harm or suicide and material designed to encourage prolonged nutritional deprivation that would have the effect of exposing a person to risk of death. An Online Safety Act, according to Bruton, would place new requirements on operators to:center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/ImageFoto Share75 Tweet Email2 Mar 4th 2019, 8:28 AM Short URL 21 Comments last_img read more

Russie des stations de ski au coeur du Caucase pour les JO

first_imgRussie : des stations de ski au coeur du Caucase pour les JO de 2014Le gouvernement russe serait sur le point de permettre la construction de stations de ski et de routes dans la région du Caucase, l’une des seules régions montagneuses d’Europe encore sauvage. Le projet, élaboré dans le cadre de la préparation des Jeux Olympiques d’hiver de 2014, menace un site classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.Le Premier ministre Vladimir Poutine pourrait prochainement signer un décret autorisant plusieurs projets de construction de stations de ski dans des aires protégées de la région du Caucase, en vue des Jeux Olympiques d’hiver de 2014. C’est ce qu’affirme Suren Gazaryan, porte-parole de l’association Environmental Watch on North Caucasus. Citée par Environment News Service, il évoque “l’arrêt de mort” du Caucase de l’Ouest, un site naturel inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, situé à une cinquantaine de kilomètres au nord de la ville de Sotchi où se dérouleront les JO de 2014.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce grand massif montagneux est le seul en Europe avec le site des Forêts vierges de Komi, à ne pas avoir subi un impact humain significatif. Avec ses vastes zones de forêts de montagne intactes, il est encore considéré comme sauvage. 60 espèces de mammifères, comme le loup, l’ours, le lynx, le sanglier, le cerf du Caucase, ou encore le chamois, ainsi que 246 espèces d’oiseaux, dont nombre sont endémiques à la région et menacées de disparition, vivent dans le Caucase de l’Ouest. La remarquable diversité en géologie, écosystèmes et espèces qu’il abrite lui confère “une importance globale comme centre de la diversité des plantes”, souligne l’Unesco qui estime que “la construction de plus de 250 installations pour les jeux olympiques de 2014 empiétera gravement sur le site et la région”. Des remontées mécaniques, des pistes, et des infrastructures routières et d’ingénierie pourraient également être construites sur le territoire de deux réserves naturelles de la biosphère, Kavkazsky et Teberdinsky, ainsi que dans deux parcs nationaux, sanctuaires fauniques, alerte Suren Gazaryan. “Les plans d’aménagement sont un signal clair que le gouvernement Russe ne suivra pas les recommandations de l’UNESCO” déplore-t-il. Au lieu de revoir ses plans, les autorités entendent en effet modifier la législation régissant les aires protégées.Le 8 février 2012 à 17:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HandsOn Ghost Recon Breakpoint Has Something for Everybody

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form During a private event in New York City, I got to go hands-on with Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and tried out its PvE and PvP modes. I played a little bit of Breakpoint during another event earlier this summer but this was the first time I got to truly sink my teeth into the tactical shooter. What I found was a brilliantly-designed title that’s a hell of a lot of fun to play with others.The game starts off with the protagonist’s helicopter crashing deep in enemy territory. It’s a strong, action-packed intro that demonstrates the dangers you and your team will face during the course of the game. After treating my wounded leg with a bandage, I linked up with three peers and began to rummage through our crashed helicopter. It wasn’t long before the Wolves began to hunt us down.Ghost Recon: Breakpoint takes place on an island called Auroa. Owned by the billionaire, Jace Skell, the technological paradise is the leading manufacturer of civilian and military drones. Trouble starts when a rogue mercenary outfit called the Wolves takes over the island. Led by ex-Ghost, Cole D. Walker (played by Jon Bernthal), the Wolves are every bit as well-trained and disciplined as your unit. They are an ever-present threat to the player.Unlike Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the player has no official backup support. Cut off from their command center, players must scout the island and decide which objectives to take on. That isn’t to say the Ghosts are bereft of all help. A small resistance movement scattered across Auroa wages a guerrilla war against the rogue unit. The Ghosts must use whatever resources the resistance provides in order to take back Auroa and perhaps bring Cole D. Walker in to face justice.Like previous Ghost Recon entries, Breakpoint emphasizes team tactics. After seeing a Wolf scouting party heading our way, my team took cover behind the helicopter’s wreckage and waited. We marked our targets and shot them simultaneously; avoiding a loud firefight. Going further up the rainswept road, we met and dealt with additional Wolf units in the same manner. There’s a great sense of satisfaction when you and your team successful take out foes without alerting them. Breakpoint’s design allows for this type of gameplay, though players can certainly go in with all guns blazing. Of course, that means risking the chance of serious injury.More than Wildlands, Breakpoint puts survival in the spotlight. Players can suffer serious damage not only from firefights but from the very environment. There was one moment where I had to mend my leg after falling off a high ridge. Unlike other games with instant-healing, you actually see the character wrapping bandages around injured body parts. Fatigue sets in from excessive running and players must occasionally stop to rest and eat at campsites. The survival elements aren’t overwhelming. They serve to enhance the tension of being behind enemy lines.After visiting a rebel base (and getting to drive a motorcycle down a muddy hill), my team went ahead and did some scouting. I rode shotgun in a helicopter piloted by a teammate. Taking in the sights as we flew, I saw the full scope of Auroa. The island has many different biomes, including dense forests, flat grassy plains, and gargantuan snow-capped mountains. Landing near our objective, my teammate and I hopped in a jeep and pressed forward. An enemy jeep spotted us and I opened fire using our jeep’s mounted gun. This led to a huge firefight involving ground troops, jeeps, and even helicopters. I took out as many as I could before we decided to leave the area to find a camping spot and wait for the rest of the team. After linking up, we went as a full team to our objective.While Breakpoint emphasizes tactics, players can complete missions by shooting and blowing up everything in sight. My team and I began the mission properly enough by sending out scouting drones to assess the enemy’s strength. Things escalated when one teammate misfired. Taking cover on a roof, I took out any and all human and robotic foes crossing my path. Robotic enemies proved the most formidable because of their heavy armor. It didn’t take long for us to wipe out the enemy force occupying the small factory.You can play Breakpoint’s entire campaign solo or with friends. Based on my experience, PvE is a great deal more enjoyable with others. It’s not only fun to joke and laugh with other players, but it’s a blast when you successfully manage to take out enemies using tactics. This is only one half of the Breakpoint experience, however. There is an entire multiplayer component for those who wish to test their skills against other players.We got to check out three of the six launch day PvP maps and played two modes: Elimination and Domination. Elimination is standard Team Deathmatch. Domination has players taking turns defending or destroying power generators. Teamwork is of utmost importance during PvP. My team suffered humiliating defeats whenever we didn’t communicate with each other. When we planned things out instead of rushing toward the other team, we secured victory. I’m not the biggest fan of PvP multiplayer but I had a good time playing against others.Breakpoint’s environments affect PvP as much as they do PvE. Out of perhaps a dozen matches, I only recall playing under clear skies once or twice. Most of the time, we had to contend not only with living opponents but against the very elements. Whether it was thick fog at night or whiteout blizzards during the day, Breakpoint’s dynamic weather system tested us at every turn. This made certain scenarios frustrating since I could not clearly see what was in front of me. On the other hand, it also made it harder for the other team to find us. Weather is a component that will help keep any two matches from feeling the same.Ghost Recon: Wildlands is one of Ubisoft’s biggest hits of the generation. I expect Ghost Recon: Breakpoint will become every bit as successful, perhaps even more so. With its huge expansive map, mission variety, and online modes, Breakpoint has something for everyone. As my first true Ghost Recon experience, I have to say I’m pleased by what I’ve played of Breakpoint. The developers promise a slew of content at launch, with more coming down the line during the course of the following year. It’ll be interesting to see how this one evolves over the coming months and years. I’m fully on board to see where this journey leads.Pre-order Ghost Recon: Breakpoint on AmazonMore on Geek.com:These Are the Games You Should Play in September 2019Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the Franchise‘Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey’ Is the Next Step in Survival Game Evolution Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man dies in Vancouver house fire

first_imgA fire on West 30th Street in Vancouver Tuesday evening claimed a man’s life, according to firefighters.The fire at 516 W. 30th St. was reported at 6:42 p.m. by a passer-by, who told dispatchers that someone was still inside the burning house.Vancouver firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the front of the house, said Darrin Deming, a spokesman for the Vancouver Fire DepartmentFirefighters tried to enter through the front door to in an attempt to effect a rescue, but, “They were met with extremely high heat and very low visibility, and were forced to back out,” Deming said.Firefighters then went to the rear of the home and found the house ablaze. Deming said they were able to subdue the flames enough so they could go inside.last_img

Yacht catches fire in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews responded to a boat blaze in Miami Beach.An off-duty unit noticed the smoke along 45th Street and Collins Avenue, Thursday night.There was one person on board the 85-foot yacht who managed to get off safely.Firefighters put out the flames.The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

STATE REP RACE Independent Candidate Patricia Meuse Introduces Herself To Wilmington Voters

first_imgDear Voters,I want to reintroduce myself to the residents of Wilmington. My name is Patricia MW Meuse and I am running for State Representative.I am the only candidate that has actually lived in both Wilmington and Tewksbury my whole life.My mother and her sisters moved to Wilmington in the 50’s so that their children would grow up together. I grew up on Pershing Street in North Wilmington, went to the Wildwood School, the North Intermediate, the West intermediate and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1971. My first real job was on the line at Sweetheart Plastics.My father, John Winters, was the Commander of the American Legion, member of the Elks and an usher at St. Thomas Church. My 5 siblings and myself were brought up in a family that was expected to help others. Every Sunday from the time I was 6 years old it was our duty to clean the benches of the Church, wrap Christmas gifts for the annual Legion Christmas party for needy children, shovel our neighbors driveways and the fire hydrant at the end of the street in the winter. Dad was very involved in Memorial Day Services so all of us would help him out at the cemetery, then my brother, David and later my sister Paula would play taps at the service.Besides playing Kick the Can until the 9 O’clock whistle blew, we would walk to North Wilmington to the penny candy store and to the drug store for lime rickeys. Sometimes we would take shortcuts on the train track but couldn’t let our mothers know.If you are looking for a candidate that actually knows Wilmington, I am that candidate. My cousins, inlaws and friends live in Wilmington. I am the Wilmington connection.To find out more about me, go to meuse4staterep.com or call me at 978-658-5339.Sincerely,Patricia MW MeuseLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse Highlights Some Of Her Life Experiences That Have Prepared Her For The JobIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Meuse Says She’s The Best Person For The Job, Not Just “That Other Candidate”In “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

Iditarod adjusts Robert Redingtons rest schedule after mistaken early release

first_imgIditarod officials are adjusting Robert Redington’s race schedule after he was mistakenly released early from Nikolai. (Photo of Iditarod restart by Ben Matheson/Alaska Public Media)Iditarod officials are adding 50 minutes to Wasilla musher Robert Redington’s Yukon River layover after he was inadvertently allowed to leave the Nikolai checkpoint 50 minutes before the correct release time. Race Marshall Mark Nordman in a statement from the Iditarod Trail Committee, says the early release following his 24-hour layover was not Redington’s fault.“This adjustment does not affect Redington’s overall race time or provide any competitive advantage or disadvantage over other racers,” said Nordman.The 27-year-old rookie as of Thursday afternoon had checked into the Takotna checkpoint.last_img read more

Ted Cruz Proposes Five Debates with Beto ORourke in US Senate Race

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has challenged Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke to five topical debates before Election Day, about three months after O’Rourke challenged Cruz to six.Cruz strategist Jeff Roe sent a letter Wednesday to O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman, proposing the following debate schedule:Aug. 31 in Dallas on “Jobs/Taxes/Federal Regulations/National Economy”Sept. 14 in McAllen on “Immigration/Border Security/Criminal Justice/Supreme Court”Sept. 21 in San Antonio on “Foreign Policy/National Security”Oct. 5 in Houston on “Energy/Trade/Texas Economy”Oct. 12 in Lubbock on “Healthcare/Obamacare”Roe said the debates would all take place on Friday evenings “because the Senate is expected to be in session during that time.” The debates would each be an hour long and vary in format — some would be town hall-style, while others would feature the two candidates seated or standing at podiums.“As Senator Cruz has long believed, our democratic process is best served by presenting a clear and substantive contrast of competing policy ideas, and these five debates will be an excellent way for both you and the Senator to share your respective visions with Texas voters in the weeks leading up to the November election,” Roe wrote to O’Rourke.The five debates would be the most ever conducted in a U.S. Senate race in Texas, according to the Cruz campaign. A spokesperson described the proposal as “all-inclusive and final,” saying the Cruz campaign is not open to negotiating the dates, locations or topics. Cruz’s team, however, is willing to work with O’Rourke’s on other details such as moderators, sponsorships and media partners, the spokesperson said.Cruz has long expressed openness to debating O’Rourke, but his campaign has resisted making commitments until now. O’Rourke’s campaign first reached out to Cruz’s in April to start coordinating a debate schedule. The letter to senior Cruz staffers proposed six debates, including two in Spanish, and asked for a response by May 10. Though Cruz’s team did not respond directly to O’Rourke’s, Cruz told reporters at the time that his Spanish wasn’t good enough for him to debate in it.After about two months passed without a formal reply, O’Rourke’s campaign sent another letter to Cruz’s senior staffers, nudging them on the initial proposal and offering to replace the two Spanish debates with two more English debates. Cruz’s team responded with a letter that reiterated he was looking forward to debating O’Rourke.“However, your arbitrary timeline for coordinating between the campaigns remains irrelevant to our decision-making process,” senior Cruz adviser Bryan English wrote. “We will let you know when we are ready to discuss the details of joint appearances.” Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Hackers Accessed Personal Data from 29 Million Accounts

first_img Share Thibault Camus/APFacebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details like sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.Twenty-nine million accounts had some form of information stolen. Originally Facebook said 50 million accounts were affected, but that it didn’t know if they had been misused.The news comes at a jittery time ahead of the midterm elections when Facebook is fighting off misuse of its site on a number of fronts . The company said Friday there’s no evidence this is related to the midterms.On Friday Facebook said hackers accessed names, email addresses or phone numbers from these accounts. For 14 million of them, hackers got even more data, such as hometown, birthdate, the last 10 places they checked into or the 15 most recent searches.An additional 1 million accounts were affected, but hackers didn’t get any information from them.Facebook isn’t giving a breakdown of where these users are, but says the breach was “fairly broad.” It plans to send messages to people whose accounts were hacked.Facebook said third-party apps that use a Facebook login and Facebook apps like WhatsApp and Instagram were unaffected by the breach.Facebook said the FBI is investigating, but asked the company not to discuss who may be behind the attack. The company said it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks that used the same vulnerability.Facebook has said the attackers gained the ability to “seize control” of those user accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in. They could do so by exploiting three distinct bugs in Facebook’s code.The hackers began with a set of accounts they controlled, then used an automated process to access the digital keys for accounts that were “friends” with the accounts they had already compromised. That expanded to “friends of friends,” extending their access to about 400,000 accounts, and went on from there to reach 30 million accounts. There is no evidence that the hackers made any posts or took any other activity using the hacked accounts.The company said it has fixed the bugs and logged out affected users to reset those digital keys.At the time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg — whose own account was compromised — said attackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someone’s account, but there’s no sign that they did.Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen said in a call with reporters on Friday the company hasn’t ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale efforts to exploit the same vulnerability that the hackers used before it was disabled.The company has a website its 2 billion global users can use to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen. It will also provide guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails or texts. Facebook will also send messages directly to those people affected by the hack.Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, said the breach appeared similar to identity theft breaches that have occurred at companies including Yahoo and Target in 2013.“Those personal details could be very easily be used for identity theft to sign up for credit cards, get a loan, get your banking password, etc.,” he said. “Facebook should provide all those customers free credit monitoring to make sure the damage is minimized.”Thomas Rid, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, also said the evidence, particularly the size of the breach, seems to point to a criminal motive rather than a sophisticated state operation, which usually targets fewer people.“This doesn’t sound very targeted at all,” he said. “Usually when you’re looking at a sophisticated government operation, then a couple of thousand people hacked is a lot, but they usually know who they’re going after.”last_img read more

Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Delete Texts

first_imgFacebook has finally added the ability for Messenger users to delete messages in a chat — something the social media giant had already selectively done for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s old texts.Last year, TechCrunch reported that some of Zuckerberg’s older Messenger texts had quietly vanished from the recipients’ inboxes. In a statement, Facebook cited the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 as a reason to “protect our executives’ communications,” which included “limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger.” It’s not known what the contents of Zuckerberg’s deleted texts were.Now, Facebook is making the ability to trash embarrassing or inappropriate Messenger texts available to all users worldwide, although you can only delete a message within 10 minutes of sending it. The feature is rolling out starting Tuesday (Feb. 5), the company announced. In April 2018, after the revelation of Zuckerberg’s deleted messages, Facebook claimed it planned to launch an “unsend” feature for Messenger in the “next several months.” To use the feature, Facebook Messenger users tap on the message they want to remove and select the option to “Remove for Everyone.” The removed message will be replaced by text alerting everyone in the conversation the message was removed. Users will have up to 10 minutes to remove a message after it is sent.If you want to remove a message just for yourself, you can still do that by selecting “Remove for You.” When you choose this option, the message will be removed for you, but not for anybody else in the Messenger chat. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

St Xaviers Bcom student found dead

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of Rik Bose (21), a B.Com final year student from St Xavier’s College whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan inside his residential apartment at Purbachal.Police have started a case of unnatural death in this connection. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that he might have committed suicide following depression. Victim’s family members found the victim hanging from the ceiling fan inside his room which was locked from inside. The incident took place at around 1.10 pm on Wednesday afternoon. After being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the victim by breaking open the door. He was rushed to MR Bangur Hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNo suicide note was, however, recovered from the place of incident. A resident of Abhisikta I, Bose hanged himself by the help of the power cord of Laptop. The victim was a final year student of B.Com at St Xavier’s College. Police suspect that he was suffering from depression as he was not well prepared for final exam scheduled to start from 18 April.According to police, no external injury marks were found in his body. The circumstantial evidences also suggest that he committed suicide. Police came to know that the victim apprehended that his exam results would not be up to the mark. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have collected samples from his room for the sake of investigation. They are also going through his mobile phone and other electronic gadgets of the victim. In the course of investigation, police came to know that Bose was not mixing with his friends for the past few days.Cops are also investigating other possible angles into the incident. They are also probing if the victim was involved in any relationship. The family members of the victim and his friends are being interrogated in this connection so far. A probe has been initiated.last_img read more

Go camping

first_imgStruggling to reset your sleep cycle disrupted by night outs, higher smartphone use and artificial lights? Taking more weekend camping trips could help you go to bed earlier, regardless of the season, a new study suggest.Many of us sit up late into the night, watching TV, fiddling with our smart phones, or reading a book by lamp light.Now, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder in the US suggest that the solution to the sleeping woes could be as simple as spending more time outdoors in the Sun. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA few days spent back-country camping is enough to send people to bed earlier, no matter the season, they said.”Late circadian and sleep timing in modern society are associated with negative performance and health outcomes such as morning sleepiness and accidents, reduced work productivity and school performance, substance abuse, mood disorders, diabetes and obesity,” said Kenneth Wright from the University of Colorado Boulder.”Our findings demonstrate that living in our modern environments contributes to late circadian timing regardless of season and that a weekend camping trip can reset our clock rapidly,” said Wright. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn earlier study by the team found that our modern exposure to electrical lighting causes about a two-hour delay in our internal clocks, as evidenced by a shift in the normal fluctuations of the hormone melatonin.They found that a week of summer sun shifted those internal clocks back, sending people to bed earlier, without changing how long they slept.Researchers sent another group of five active people camping for a week in the chilly Colorado winter, right around the time of the winter solstice when the days were at their shortest – no flashlights or cell phones allowed – and watched what would happen to their sleep and hormonal rhythms. The data suggest that our modern lifestyles reduce light exposure in the winter by a whopping 13 times. With increased time spent outdoors, people in the study started going to bed at a more reasonable hour.Their internal clocks, measured by the timing of when melatonin levels began to rise in their bodies, shifted more than 2.5 hours earlier. Their sleeping patterns followed these changes in melatonin levels and people went to sleep earlier.Wright and his colleagues also asked whether a camping weekend in the summer was enough to shift the clock. They sent nine active people camping while another five stayed at home.A weekend spent camping prevented the typical weekend pattern of staying up late and sleeping in and prevented individuals’ circadian clocks from being shifted even later.The findings show that people are responsive to seasonal changes in daylight just as other animals are. “While our modern conveniences may leave us out of synch, our clocks can be readily reset with light exposure”, researchers said. “If a person wants to go to bed at an earlier hour, then a weekend spent camping could be just the thing”, Wright added.last_img read more

Collettes new line of tours is all about hyperlocal experiences

first_img Friday, August 10, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Collette’s new line of tours is all about “hyper-local” experiences Travelweek Group center_img Posted by MISSISSAUGA — How many tours are featured in Collette’s brand new line? Over 20 in all, each one focusing on “hyper-local” experiences for groups of no more than 19 guests.Called ‘Explorations’, the new line of tours has been designed to “shape the understanding of a destination and shape a traveller’s vision of the world”, says the company. Destinations include Finland, Morocco, Costa Rica, South Africa and more.Itineraries focus on “hyper-local” and active experiences, with many that include the choice-on-tour option where guests select the experience that best appeals to their interests.“Over the last 100 years, we’ve learned a lot about what works on tour and we’re excited to add this breadth of product to Collette’s offerings,” said CEO Dan Sullivan. “Whether it’s hunting for truffles in southern France, a home-hosted meal in Morocco, or an overnight in a glass igloo in northern Finland, our guests can now connect to destinations in an entirely different way.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNew Explorations tours include:Colors of MoroccoTaste of VietnamThe Northern Lights of FinlandItaly’s Bella VitaJourney Through Southern FranceThe Novelties of Northern SpainSwitzerland: Hidden Trails & Majestic PeaksMysteries of IndiaKingdoms of Southeast AsiaExperience ColombiaCosta Rica: A World of NatureIcelandic AdventureThe Plains of AfricaMachu Picchu & the Galapagos IslandsCountryside of the Emerald IsleItaly’s Treasures: Art, Food & Wine of ItalyExploring South Africa, Victoria Falls & BotswanaTuscan & Umbrian CountrysideFor more information go to www.explorations.com. Tags: Collette, New Tourslast_img read more

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