first_img Best Father’s Day TV Episodes to Stream This WeekendAll the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCC Adventure Time‘s new miniseries begins tonight. For a normal cartoon, a miniseries is ultimately self-contained. The stakes may be higher, the story may be more complicated, but nothing changes. By the end, it’s back to the status quo. Adventure Time, if the past seven seasons somehow haven’t made this clear, is not a normal cartoon.One of the things that make it such a unique and amazing show is the fully-realized world in which it takes place. At first glance, it comes off as silly. There’s an ice king, a bubblegum princess, vampires, a talking/shape shifting dog and a human with a thirst for adventure.  Keep watching, and you find a depth not present in many other cartoons. The world has a deep history. The characters, however fantastic, have very real, relatable reasons for how they became who they are.Islands is everything we love about Adventure Time spread across 88 minutes. It’s irreverent, silly and hilarious, as you’d expect. It’s also emotional, touching and surprisingly topical. Plus, it finally answers the shows biggest mystery: What happened to all the humans? The answer: It depends.(Photo: Screenshot via Cartoon Network)The miniseries revolves around Finn and Susan Strong. Their journey begins when a mysterious flying ship shows up in the Candy Kingdom and starts attacking its citizens. It stops its assault when it realizes that Finn is human. Just when Finn realizes the ship could teach him something about where he came from, Jake destroys it. Fortunately, BMO links up to its data port and find out that its mission was to find Susan Strong and bring her to an island. And with that, Finn, Jake, Susan and (possibly) BMO set off on an adventure.There are plenty of laughs to be had on the journey, but the miniseries picks up once the characters reach the titular islands. We quickly learn that humans fled to this small group of islands during the Mushroom War. Things have gone differently on each island. Possibly the best episode of the miniseries is “Imaginary Resources,” co-written by series creator Pendelton Ward. Finn and Jake find virtual reality (or rather, Better Reality/BR) headsets and put them on. They are immediately accosted by players who’ve been in this strange MMO for what seems like forever.The episode features some decent gaming jokes and fantastically surreal art direction, but it’s also a well-handled commentary on technology dependence. The players are humans who have chosen the Better Reality over the real one outside. Friendly mechanical butterflies tend to their basic needs and give their muscles a workout from time to time. They spend all their time in the game. It’s easy to escape into our technology when real life gets too hard to deal with. Be careful, though, because that can lead to a pretty depressing existence. This from a cartoon featuring a talking dog and sentient desserts.(Photo: Screenshot via Cartoon Network)The back half of the miniseries doesn’t let up on the social commentary. It deals with class, authoritarianism and the question of whether giving up freedom is worth a perceived sense of safety. It tackles all these issues without feeling hamfisted or coming across like “a very special episode.” Islands never loses the Adventure Time‘s sense of humor or wonder as it deals with these larger issues. We also learn more about familiar characters like Dr. Gross and Finn’s father, Martin. As you’d expect, there’s a very real, understandable reason for how they became the people we met in past seasons.While Finn’s storyline takes center stage throughout the miniseries, it’s as much Susan’s show as it is his. In fact, the episodes focusing on her are the most interesting. We learn exactly where she came from, how she became so strong and why she ended up in the Land of Ooo. The way her story ends also has some interesting implications for the future of her character in the series. With a new friend and new, different adventures ahead of her, I’m looking forward to seeing what the writers do with the character in the coming seasons.Adventure Time: Islands is pretty much everything you want from an Adventure Time miniseries. It’s cheerful, hilarious opening episodes make way for deeper lore and relevant commentary. The show started out great and has consistently gotten better season after season, and Islands evolves it even further. Adventure Time sets new standards for what kinds of stories can be told in 12 minutes. You definitely want to see what they can do with 88. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target Sega released a new video today that spotlights some of the bonus stages and time attack modes in Sonic Mania. Like everything else in the game, these extra levels are a throwback to classic bonus stages. They’re quite brilliant, actually.The special stages are reminiscent of the ones from Sonic CD. Here, players must catch a UFO. As they collect blue orbs, they’ll gain more speed. Catching the UFO will reward players with a shiny Chaos Emerald.The bonus stages are straight out of Sonic 3. Like that game, players must collect blue orbs while traversing a spherical world. Unlike the special stages which are updated versions of what was in Sonic CD, these bonus levels look straight out of Sonic 3. That’s not a bad thing, however.Time attack is pretty self-explanatory. Players must complete levels as quickly as possible. What’s great about this mode is that you can compete with others to get on the online global leaderboard.This video is just another example of why Sonic Mania is going to be so great. I’ve been a fan of Sonic since the Sega Genesis days so seeing this game in action truly makes me happy. It’s clear that Sega has put a lot of love and care into this title. Many folks have wanted the series to return to its 2D roots, so Sonic Mania will no doubt be embraced by fans worldwide. I also hope it shows people who may only know the (awful) 3D Sonic games what this series is really supposed to be like.Sonic Mania will be released on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 15. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HerMajesty’sPrison, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – Allegations of excessive force, cold and unnecessary orders and undue punishment for the innocent are among the shocking charges against officials responsible for law, order and living at the Grand Turk prison in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The category five hurricane was extremely hard on Grand Turk, the capital of the country and reports to #MagneticMedia from relatives of inmates are that Irma ripped the roof off the maximum security block at the prison and that two convicted murderers managed to escape, living as fugitives for hours before being caught.Clifford Gibson Jr convicted of murdering a 16 year old boy in 2008 and Tyrone Williams, convicted of killing Jason Smith in Grand Turk a few years ago hopped over the fence, which Irma’s winds tore down and were recaptured a few hours later.   We are also told that fire was set, rebellion broke out and the Police Swat team was sent in, in an effort to restore some semblance of calm to #HerMajesty’sPrison when over a dozen maximum security inmates, the most serious of offenders, got into the general population and were said to have been running around the prison yard at nights.The anarchy forced more stringent measures and it is said that with orders from the Governor, Police were dispatched but according to some, those members of the Force went way too far against those who were not responsible for the outbreak of disorder.   One relative said she was told that the command was ‘shoot to kill’.A mother of an inmate explained that she was denied entry and the ability to see her son at the prison, supplies brought from Provo were unable to be shared with him and from another family, allegations that mace was sprayed on their son and others who had nothing to do with the revolt.    Lock down was enforced, drinking water limited, the prison is dark and dank say those speaking to Magnetic Media.Another family shared that they were told about 20 to 30 trips made by the fire department to the prison to put out the fire set there, how the water left behind went un-cleaned for three days.    The families say their children are being treated inhumanely and they are calling on officials, including the Human Rights Association, to do something about the conditions at HMP.Government, during a debrief to media hinted at problems at HMP when it was said that the TCI would not be in the same state as other regional countries where convicts escaped and were on the loose after hurricane Irma destroyed their prisons.    Another indication of challenges came in the Premier’s Monday (Sept 11) report that some prisoners would be transferred to St Lucia, however the gravity of the problems were not expressed and despite questions, who will be transferred and for how long and now new inquiries by us about the charges that conditions are inhumane at the Grand Turk prison, there remains no comment up to news production time.Our news organization is told that while all inmates are accounted for at HMP, conditions are deplorable. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more


first_imgAn activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed in a bomb attack at Chandrapur village in Jhikargacha upazila in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Abbas Hossain, 40, son of Hazra Moral and brother of upazila BCL general secretary Kamal Hossain.Locals said some unidentified miscreants hurled bomb on Abbas and his brother when they were standing in front of their house around 11:30 am.However, Kamal managed to escape the attack but Abbas sustained serious injuries.Abbas died on way to hospital.Assistant police superintendent of Jessore Imran Mehedi said the attack might have launched over political rivalry.last_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Executives at Sony Pictures have been essentially banging their heads against a wall for almost 10 years trying to figure out how to make their own answer to the industry-dominating Marvel Cinematic Universe out of the fact that they still own exactly one extremely very valuable piece of the Marvel cosmology in the movie rights to Spider-Man. In pursuit of this goal they mangled Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, blew-up Spider-Man 4 entirely, produced two of the worst films of the early 2000s (likely doing permanent irreparable harm to the career of Andrew Garfield) with the Amazing Spider-Man reboots, finally begged Marvel for an official helping-hand and still only managed the barely-average Homecoming and green-lit a slew of terrible-sounding spin-offs thus far including the embarrassingly bad Venom which, yes, all of you apparently went to see, so now I’ve got to watch at least one more of those — thanks for nothing.But it turns out it’s all been worth it! Because by the same principal that a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters will eventually write the Great American Novel; Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, and Avi Arad’s “Hey, maybe this will work?” approach to the Spider-Man license has finally landed on a good idea: They made a cartoon — a terrific cartoon that willingly and enthusiastically embraces the fact that animation lets it live closer to the kinetic storytelling and anything-goes, freely-remixable world of comic books that superheroes originated in.Directed by a trio of veteran animation hands with a script from the writer-producers of the LEGO Movie franchise, Into the Spider-Verse is easily the most visually dynamic animated feature of the year and might well be the best-looking movie of the year, period. It’s a film that’s so deeply in love with (and eager to show off) its ability to execute the bizarre dreamscapes that live-action superhero fare can only pay tribute to and the flourishes of movement that comics can only suggest that it might’ve been good even in the absence of either a strong central storyline or a genre-bending meta-gimmick. And yet, it also has both of those things.Set in a contemporary New York City sort of like the real one, sort of like the Marvel Cinematic Universe one but also sort of not; the main storyline follows Miles Morales, a Black/Puerto-Rican teenager from Brooklyn torn between science-scholarship responsibilities and graffiti-artist dreams who just got himself bitten by a science-experiment spider and endowed with special abilities not unlike those of, well, Spider-Man — aka Peter Parker. In Miles’ world, Peter is a hyper-competent, do-gooder superhero whom Miles encounters all too briefly during a battle with The Kingpin, who’s attempting to activate a strange inter-dimensional machine for unknown purposes that’s somehow connected to Miles’ newfound spider-powers, and may or may not be capable of destroying the city and maybe reality itself. In attempting to investigate the matter and the extent of his strange new abilities, Miles discovers the film’s main conceit: That the device has also inadvertently pulled five other alternate-universe versions of Spider-Man out of their timelines and into his: A gone-to-seed, out of shape, middle aged version of Peter Parker, a Spider-Woman from a universe where Gwen Stacy got the special spider-bite instead, a Japanese teenager who pilots a sentient spider-mech, a hard-bitten 1930s noir detective voiced by Nicolas Cage, and a cartoon pig — “Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham;” all of whom must team up to stop Kingpin from reactivating the device and ultimately return to their own worlds before universe is undone.This is the sort of thing that sounds like it could either be naked obnoxious fan service or even more naked obnoxious product-placement (or both i.e. “let’s pander to fans with obscure references and make a bunch of new toys”) and — to be clear — it is those things on at least one level. As in The LEGO Movie, Lord and Miller aren’t particularly concerned with pretending that a fundamentally commercial project isn’t fundamentally commercial; opting instead for the “do a good job and it won’t matter” approach.The main through-line is all about Miles, the older Peter and Gwen, whose dynamic would fit together and make sense even without the dimension-hopping conceit bring them together; while the others are able to function more as outsized comic relief with their more bizarre personalities and added visual flair through the masterstroke of rendering them in a contrasting mix of animation styles: Whereas Miles, Peter, Gwen and their home world are already rendered in a strikingly gorgeous mix of 2D and 3D animation that looks like modern comic-book illustration in motion and snaps into full-on extreme pop-art comic strip color explosions when the action gets especially kinetic. Meanwhile, ”Peni Parker” and her robot have popped from an Anime dimension, “Spider-Man Noir” looks and moves like an inky black and white shadow right out of Sin City and Spider-Ham is a literal cartoon funny animal with all the abilities and affects that would entail. And the overall of all this is, quite simply, amazing. Overwhelming, even. The sheer amount of visual imagination on display in any one scene blows every other animated feature this year (and probably last year too) utterly out of the water, but the real stunner is how well it ties together the overarching theme of the main story about Miles and it’s meta-theme.In the story-proper, surreptitiously being saddled with the responsibility to become his New York’s “new” Spider-Man is one more hurdle in any already complicated life that finds him unsure of his identity, where he belongs, the path he wants his life to take as opposed to some kind of clarifying moment. And while the fun-for-the-audience recurring gags of the multiversal alternate-Spider-Men and various people in Miles’ orbit revealing themselves as just-different-enough reimaginings of famous Spider-Man supporting-characters no doubt also serve to help the more staunchly traditionalist in the crowd (or, y’know, the vast majority of people who’ve only ever the seen the movies and cartoons and thus have never of “other” Spider-Men) “ease into” the idea of Miles’ Spider-Man as a character; more substantively this “anyone could be Spider-Man” moralism really does come back around to being about how he can be what he chooses. Obviously, every movie like this ideally wants it’s brand-reinforcing up-with-you empowerment mantra to also “work” as a legitimate thematic-narrative arc, but you rarely see one actually pull it off this successfully — and unlike the similar versions executed in the LEGO Movies, this one does so without needing to cushion the sincerity by becoming a full-scale parody of itself: Into the Spider-Verse may be animated and extremely funny in spots, and it’s definitely the most “out there” Marvel-adjacent movie of late outside possibly Doctor Strange; but it’s as good as it is because at the center of the big-idea multiverse story and the visual spectacle is a very strong, real, relatable story about a kid trying to figure out who he’s supposed to be made up of richly-drawn, well-written, well-performed characters.Miles and Gwen especially are as instantly iconic comics-to-screen leaps as Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi Spider-Man or even Christopher Reeve as Superman — I hope Marvel-proper is ready for how enthusiastically people will be demanding for them to show up in the MCU somehow. The other Spiders are all charming in their own ways (it feels like asking for trouble but it’s *really* tempting to say that Cage could probably carry an actual Spider-Man Noir movie…) and the non-Spider supporting cast (many whose full names would be spoilers) are great as well.Strange as it may be to suggest that an animated superhero movie with “THE AVENGERS: BUT THEY’RE ALL SPIDER-MAN” as a part of its premise is both an affecting, heartfelt character piece, a high achievement in visual artistry and singularly great film… Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the real thing.More on Geek.com:Sony Seeks Patent for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Animation TechGeeksplainer: The Spider-VerseNike and Jordan Brand Announce ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Shoelast_img read more


first_imgIn a suspected inter-caste violence case in which two Dalit kids were burnt alive, the state administration arrested four accused out of 11 and suspended four police officials who were in charge of the situation in the Sunped village of Faridabad district.On Tuesday morning a few people of one community allegedly set fire to the home of a Dalit family killing Vaibhav (2) and Divya (nine-months-old) and causing serious burn injuries to their mother Rekha.According to the information received from a state government spokesperson — Balwant, Dharam Singh, Kartar and Guddu have been detained out of the 11 accused. All these four detained accused belong to the influential Balu Rajput camp in Sunped village in Faridabad district. The police also suspended four policemen who were amongst the seven police personnel who were deployed with the victims’ family for security. The four policemen included police officers of different ranks. Inspector Anil Kumar, OC of  Sadar Ballagbarh police station was suspended for dereliction of duties. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportConstables Bali Mohammed, Vikas and Sandeep have been placed under suspension for showing laxity as they failed to protect the victims as they were deployed for the security of the victims’ family. Till now, nineteen persons have been booked for the triple murder in 2014 of the three members of Jitender’s family. Sources also reveal that Balwant’s relatives could be the other accused responsible for the incident as Jitender (father of the two kids) and Balwant have been having clashes between them since October 2014. It also came to light that this bitter rivalry between the Rajput Balu family and the Dalit Lajli camp have been on since three decades.last_img read more


first_imgKB4501371 and KB4503288 for Windows 10 version 1809 and 1803 released by Martin Brinkmann on June 19, 2019 in Windows – 7 commentsMicrosoft released cumulative updates for several supported versions of the company’s Windows 10 operating system on June 18, 2019.The two notable updates KB4501371 and KB4503288 are for Windows 10 version 1809 and 1803, two of the three supported “Home” versions of the Windows 10 operating system.Microsoft did released updates for earlier versions of Windows 10 as well that are still supported in Enterprise and Education environments.The two updates mentioned above are already available for administrators who run manual checks for updates and as direct downloads from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Note that it may be necessary to install the Servicing Stack Update for the operating system first before installing these new updates. Consult the release notes linked below for details on the procedure.KB4501371 for Windows 10 version 1809Support page: linkMicrosoft Update Catalog: linkServicing Stack Update: linkKB4501371 brings the build of the operating system to 17763.592. The update fixes issues for the most part:Fixed an issue that prevented Microsoft Edge from opening properly when selecting links in other applications.Fixed an application opening issue when these were launched from the command prompt and min or max values were specified.Fixed an issue in Calculator that prevented the app from following the Gannen setting.Fixed an issue with the Your Phone application not connecting to the Internet via web proxy servers.Fixed a GDI+ issue that returned an empty font family name for the font Bahnschrift.ttf.Fixed an issue that prevented devices with East Asian locales from responding periodically.Fixed a Citrix issue that caused the mouse pointer to disappear in Citrix Remote PC sessions.Fixed an issue that caused mouse press and release events to be registered twice occasionally.Fixed an issue that caused the user interface to stop responding when scrolling.Fixed a Windows Media Player issue that caused the program to terminate unexpectedly when media files were looped.Fixed an issue that prevented SharedPC policies from migrating properly during upgrades.Fixed the duplicate profile folder creation issue on systems with redirected folders.Fixed an issue that allowed users to disable the sign-in background image if the policy “Prevent changing lock screen and logon image” policy was enabled.Fixed a desktop and taskbar flickering issue on Windows 2019 Terminal Server.Fixed an audio loss issue if Windows was not restarted for more than 50 days.Fixed a compatibility status evaluation issue.Fixed an issue that prevented Internet of Things devices from activating.Fixed an issue that prevented the updating of user hives in Connection Groups.Fixed an issue that prevented a provisioning package from being applied correctly.Fixed a sign in issue in to Microsoft Surface Hub devices with Azure Active Directory accounts.Addressed an issue that could prevent Windows Information Protection from enforcing encyptions on removable USB drives.Fixed the printing issue in Microsoft Edge and other UWP applications.Fixed an issue that prevented antivirus filters from attaching to DirectAccess volumes.Fixed an issue that caused Disk Management and DiskPart from responding.Addressed a Reset PC issue.Addressed a Storage Spaces issue.Addressed an issue that caused Group Policy updates to be triggered without policy changes.Addressed an issue that caused Office365 deployed as App-V packages from working properly.Fixed a programmatic scrolling issue in IE11.Fixed the Event Log issue.Fixed the issue with Realtek Bluetooth devices not pairing or connecting.Improved isolated browsing in Microsoft Edge with Windows Defender Application Guard.Supported added for a customer configurable safe list for Windows Defender Application Control.Known Issues:Cluster Shared Volume operations may fail (longstanding issue)Error 0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND on devices with some Asian language packs (longstanding issue)Black Screen on first boot after update installation issue.KB4503288 for Windows 10 version 1803Support page: linkMicrosoft Update Catalog: linkServicing Stack Update: linkThe update shares most of the fixes with KB4501371. It brings the build to 17134.858. Note that Microsoft will start enforcing a feature update on this version of Windows 10 at the end of June.Here are the unique ones:Fixed an issue that prevented Windows from loading new icon files if it encountered a badly formatted one.Fixed an Outlook issue that caused the program to stop working when closing mails.Addressed an issue that removed UserRights policies from all users in a security group when removing devices from a mobile device management server or when a UserRights policy is deleted in Microsoft Intune.Addressed an issue with using Data Protection Application Programming Interface NG (DPAPI-NG) or a group-protected Personal Information Exchange Format (PFX) file.Fixed a Windows Account Manager issue that caused it to fail when a Trusted Platform Module was used.Addressed an issue with a system that has preboot kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) protection enabled.The update disables Microsoft Visual Basic Script in the Internet and Restricted sites zones in IE and web browser control.Known issues:The update shares the issues with KB4501371 but is not affected by the East Asian language pack issue.Quick links to updates for earlier versions:KB4503281 for Windows 10 version 1709KB4503289 for Windows 10 version 1703KB4503294 for Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016Closing WordsI suggest you wait with the update installation unless you are impacted by one of the issues mentioned in the release notes or want to test the update quality. If you decide to install the updates make sure you make a backup before you do so.The updates fix some long standing known issues but there are still some that have not been fixed yet. (via Born)SummaryArticle NameKB4501371 and KB4503288 for Windows 10 version 1809 and 1803 releasedDescriptionMicrosoft released cumulative updates for several supported versions of the company’s Windows 10 operating system on June 18, 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTags: Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Trend Watch, United Airlines Friday, November 17, 2017 Share Source: The Associated Press U.S. airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights WASHINGTON — Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year.The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that airlines bumped 2,745 passengers between July and September.That is about one in every 67,000 passengers, and it is the lowest rate since the department started keeping track of bumping in 1995.The rate has dropped steadily this year, especially since April when video surfaced of Chicago airport officers yanking a 69-year-old man off a United Express plane to make room for an airline employee.United and other airlines responded by making changes, including raising the compensation paid to encourage passengers to voluntarily give up seats on oversold flights. But the number of volunteers who take cash or a travel voucher is also falling sharply – 74,358 in the July-through-September quarter, compared with 114,119 a year earlier.Spirit Airlines was most likely to bump a passenger in the latest quarter, followed by Frontier and Southwest. Four airlines – Delta, Virgin America, JetBlue and United – bumped no more than one in every 250,000 passengers, according to government figures. Delta was the runaway leader in paying passengers to give up a seat – more than 32,000 in the quarter.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesMeanwhile, for the second straight month hurricanes were blamed for more flight delays and cancellations than a year ago. Hurricanes Irma and Maria disrupted travel in Florida and the Caribbean.The 12 airlines covered in the Transportation Department report completed 83.6%t of flights on time in September, down from 85.5% a year earlier. A flight counts as on-time if it arrives within 14 minutes of the airline’s schedule.Hawaiian Airlines, which benefits from many short flights around the island chain, held on to the top spot. JetBlue Airways had the worst record, with nearly 30 per cent of its flights arriving late.The same 12 carriers cancelled 3.3% of their September flights, up from 0.3% in September 2016.Spirit cancelled more than 10 per cent of its flights in September, and JetBlue cancelled more than 9%. Both have a high percentage of their flights in Florida and the Caribbean. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_imgThey say it takes a village to raise a child but if that child is on the autism spectrum, it seems like it takes a city. In the two years that we have known that our son is on the spectrum, we have done just that, we have built a city of professional educators, therapists, child psychiatrists and child neurologists.We knew that we might have some complications bringing our son up from the get-go. His was a very difficult delivery, so difficult that just hours after his birth we were warned he could be brain dead. He stayed in intensive care for two weeks and before he was two months old, he had had two MRI scans. All seemed fine, but we still had to take him to physiotherapy (which was done at Makarios hospital and paid for by Radiomarathonios) until he could walk and have check-ups with a child neurologist.Autism tattoo Maria’s husband got on his-arm after their son’s autism was diagnosedBy the time he was a toddler, everyone thought he was developing normally and that his penchant for putting everything in a clear, organised line was just cute. But a simple check-up at the paediatrician’s when he was two-and-a-half ended with me in tears and a whole lot of questions. She said that she noticed some soft neurological signs which pointed to difficulties that I had started to suspect for months. This acknowledgement of my fears didn’t lessen the blow nor did it make me feel any kind of achievement. The word autism wasn’t spoken yet, not by any professional anyway.This is how it began. We were told to take him to a nursery immediately, to socialise with other children, and to a child psychiatrist. The few days that followed had everything to do with making calls and visiting nurseries. We had to visit the psychiatrist first alone, without our little one and give her details about our son. Not only was he under a microscope now, but it felt like we were too, silently being blamed for not noticing sooner or, perhaps, being the ones who caused it. After her initial assessment of my son, the psychiatrist recommended speech therapy and so the design for the city took shape. We had entered the world of analysis, talking about behaviours, waiting in waiting rooms, being told about what happened in the half hour he was in a session and the endless coming and going.I didn’t tell many friends, I still don’t really. Not because I am ashamed in any way, nor do I dread their questions or their sympathetic looks, but because if you do not know, you simply think he is a really smart kid who just happens to not pick up on how to speak properly yet, that he is just a shy kid who likes to play alone.When we started speech therapy, the therapist practised what she called traditional speech therapy but one-and-a-half years in, she trained in ‘intensive interaction’ and we have been working with this for a while now. As our therapist explains it, if our child feels comfortable to really interact with us, in a way that makes the parents the toy, then the idea is that this will overflow into society. In this system, he became the leader, games were child led at first, we did whatever he wanted us to do and his self-confidence grew.Then we started to concentrate on cycles, on him opening a cycle, for example, wanting to pretend that he is serving us tea and closing it by actually serving the tea and not leaving the game half-way. This encourages him to hold a conversation without drifting off. Next, we had group problem-solving tasks which opened a whole new channel of communication. At the moment we are concentrating on putting all this together so we can have a ‘back and forth’ kind of play, which will later develop into holding a proper conversation.As he approached three-years-old he was assessed by a child psychiatrist and it was then that we heard the term we now live with every day: he was on the autism spectrum but high functioning. The goal she set was for him to grasp the functionality of language and to be able to handle his body better so that by the time he goes to preschool he will fit in perfectly. Now armed with the actual assessment, occupational therapy was next on our list. It was at this time that his behaviour became more intense, maybe because his whole routine was being disrupted. Now we had to face tantrums if something in the routine changed, if we took a different route than we usually took, if I forgot the dummy, if we heard a car horn on the road, if I had to use the wipers, if there was a toy that had flashing lights or made sounds, if someone else closed the door instead of him, if we tried to cut his hair and if … there were so many ifs.At the beginning, we had to learn what bothered him and how to handle it. No amount of professionals explaining how this spectrum works could ever prepare us or give us the concrete solutions to the problems that seemed like mountains at the time. We had to work it out for ourselves because we were the ones he went home with and we were the ones who had the responsibility of making him feel safe in an oversensitive world.Occupational therapy centre where Maria takes her sonWe had to decide if we could continue in the private nursery he was in or take him to the public sector. This is when we went to a special educator who at first didn’t believe he was on the spectrum when she saw him in school, but once she saw him in her office observed some stereotypical behaviour patterns. There was nothing wrong with the nursery he was in, but there were around 20 kids in the class and the rooms were too busy for a kid on the autism spectrum. Neither did we want to send him to the specialised state nursery because there were many more kids in the classroom and they were of different ages. The educator did recommend some other schools but after visiting them, I decided against disrupting his emotional well-being and kept him in the same nursery.Then there was the financial aspect. Every visit to the child psychiatrist is €70, a report is €140. Each therapy session is around €30 and we also take him to group activities. After approaching the social welfare services, I got a call from the Department for Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and was told to come for an assessment. We had to take reports with us once more, and they seemed to concentrate particularly on the one from the intensive care unit. After a ten-minute assessment in front of a four-person panel, we were told that they had all they needed. Within weeks we were approved for financial aid. This will cover the next two years, at which time he will be assessed again.Two years on and I still fight it every day. I still believe it is part of his character, that he just loves numbers and letters, that he just repeats and repeats them because he will become the physicist who will discover all the secrets of the universe. I still want to teach him that is it OK to be different, even though we have been trying to take him out of whatever shape he was born in and put him, very neatly, into a square. But we have our city now, and there are some very strong building blocks in place that we lean on every day.You May LikeHousediver15+ Awesome Foods That Naturally Clear ArteriesHousediverUndoGotGravy.com15 Of The Most Unwanted Christmas Gifts You Are Secretly Avoiding To ReceiveGotGravy.comUndoHealthXoXo10 Best Liveable Cities with Clean Air for People With Asthma!HealthXoXoUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


first_img Categories: Featured news,News 02Mar Rep. Cole to promote March is Reading Month State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, will visit schools across House District 105 in an effort to promote March is Reading Month and encourage young people to read.Rep. Cole plans to visit several local schools to read books aloud to the students.“Reading is an essential skill for every child in Michigan to obtain and while I do believe the importance of reading should be stressed year-round, I am honored and overjoyed to visit several schools throughout the month of March to promote this national annual celebration,” said Rep. Cole. “I am looking forward to reading to the kids because spending time with the youngsters serves as a great reminder of why I decided to become state representative. The next generation is our state’s future and I want to do everything I can to prepare them for success.”For more information and additional ways to celebrate March is Reading Month, please visit the Michigan Department of Education’s online resources website at   www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Reading_Month_270348_7_272048_7.pdf.######center_img Tags: #SB, 105, Cole, March is Reading Month, reading last_img read more


first_img24Mar Rep. Lucido welcomes local students to Capitol Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos Rep. Lucido speaks with a group of fourth-graders at the CapitolRep. Lucido today welcomed a group of students from Duncan Elementary in Shelby Township.“The best days of being a state representative are days like today,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “It is wonderful to see groups of bright and talented students come to the state Capitol to learn about their government and see it work.”Rep. Lucido showed the fourth-grade students around the Capitol and then recognized them on the House floor during today’s session.“It was my honor to meet and talk with these great kids,” Rep. Lucido said. “Their visit was truly the highlight of my day and I wish each and every one of them and their families a blessed Easter.”The students were supervised by teachers including Nicole Tucker, Julie Willey, Vanessa Tucker, Jill Lee, Sue Kutskill, Allison Tayloe and Holly Siracoff along with several parents.###last_img read more


first_img Categories: Miller News 16Jan Reps. Miller and Chatfield introduce Religious Freedom Day resolution Resolution for Uplifting Faith and Freedom in AmericaState Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today joined Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering to introduce House Resolution 223 observing Jan. 16, 2018 as Religious Freedom Day in Michigan.Religious Freedom Day commemorates the anniversary of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson. This statute ensured that never again would private citizens suffer at the hand of an abusive state church.“Today is a special day, one of meditation and prayer,” Rep. Miller said. “I hope Michiganders will join me and use this time to reflect and ask God to continue to bless our state and our nation.”The resolution encourages citizens “to pray in his and her own manner, seeking God’s blessings on our families and government officials for personal renewal, moral awakening, and a new spirit of harmony across our land.”“Faith and religion have always played a vital role in America,” Rep. Chatfield said. “Since before George Washington, religious freedom has been revered. I am honored to continue the legacy of those before us by defending our God-given rights of religious freedom.”House Resolution 223 passed the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously.PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Chatfield and Rep. Miller joined in prayer for Michigan and the nation in recognition of Religious Freedom Day.last_img read more


first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep Diana Farrington helped secure state funding for several area projects in a new Michigan state budget given final legislative approval today.“From improvements in downtown Utica to a vital turnaround project for Mound Road, this budget will help make life better for area residents,” Farrington said.Among the projects:–Additional road project money includes $297,200 for a turnaround for Mound Road south of 15 Mile Road; $150,000 for curb repairs on Van Dyke Avenue in Utica; and $100,000 to help repave Summers Street in Utica.–Utica’s Downtown Development Authority will receive $500,000 for property redevelopment.–A landscaping project in Utica’s Grant Park will receive $25,000.Macomb County Community Mental Health will receive $1 million in additional funding, which Farrington called a step in the right direction.“This money is desperately needed to help people live healthier, happier lives,” said Farrington, who requested and helped secure the additional funding awarded outside of the state’s regular allocation formula. “This agency – and the Macomb County residents it helps – clearly deserve more support. But this allocation is a step forward in an ongoing effort to secure additional resources.”The new state budget is focused on improving job training, schools and other programs to further boost Michigan’s economic future without growing state government.Senate Bill 848 and House Bill 5579 advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. 12Jun Rep. Farrington secures resources to boost community projects, mental health fundingcenter_img ###last_img read more


first_imgShare21TweetShare4Email25 SharesImage Credit: Danny HuizingaOctober 1, 2015; San Francisco ExaminerSupporters and opponents of Proposition C on San Francisco’s municipal ballot next month have squared off in a public debate over the measure. It’s another example of how the political process can have a huge impact on community-based nonprofits.Prop C restores the city’s regulation of lobbyists and limits on their activities and expenditures, which expired in 2009; it would be similar to regulations in other cities. But the big impact for nonprofits is that it eliminates the exemption enjoyed by nonprofit advocates under the previous law. This has generated considerable debate in the Bay Area’s nonprofit community.Two op-eds in the San Francisco Examiner illustrate the points of the debate. In a column supporting the measure, journalist and ethics advocate Larry Bush argues for a “yes” vote.In a few weeks, San Francisco voters can put sunlight on secret influence peddling at City Hall. Proposition C…restores a law that sheds light on spending to urge others…to contact city officials to urge legislative or administrative action. Billions of dollars in tax policy, development permits, franchises and more are at stake—not to mention how a $7 billion city budget is divided.”Bush cites several examples of trade associations representing corporate interests that “can hide their funding sources and activities because of their nonprofit status. Their donors are secret and their activities are reported only once a year—not while they are underway, when it matters to the public.”In a notable case this year, no pretense was made to hide behind a nonprofit. San Franciscans were deluged with mailers, ads and online appeals urging the public to call City Hall to demand an EIR on a contract for Recology, the trash-hauling company. It never said who paid for it, or how much was paid. Insiders knew it came from Waste Management, which had lost the contract to Recology and was trying an end-run to get the contract for itself.Bush says that the measure has support from former mayor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, retired judges, a number of city supervisors (councilmembers) and past officials, as well as the Sierra Club and the San Francisco Coalition of Neighborhoods. It was placed on the ballot by the city’s Ethics Commission on the recommendation of the Civil Grand Jury. It is viewed as a way to increase transparency in San Francisco’s politics.Bush expressed surprise that some of the opposition is coming from members of the nonprofit community, along with some local labor unions: “past allies of good government. Now they fear disclosure when it comes to them.”He adds that an exemption for all 501(c)(3) and many 501(c)(4) nonprofits would apply as much to conservative groups as to progressive ones—“groups trying to kill environmental regulations just as much as to those advocating for affordable housing or human services.”He argues that Prop C includes reporting exemptions for certain nonprofit activities, such as general communications with their members, or if they spend under $2,500 a month to lobby the public to in turn lobby City Hall.Three nonprofit leaders counter Bush’s support for Proposition C. Debbi Lerman, administrator for San Francisco Human Services Network; Fernando Marti, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations; and Rebecca Cappy, Northern California Director for Alliance for Justice said in another op-ed that “Prop C threatens San Francisco’s rich history of including diverse public voices in policy debates.”They say that the measure was “intended to root out so-called ‘astroturf’ nonprofits fronting for politically influential corporations, but instead casts too wide a net and sweeps in our city’s patchwork quilt of community- and faith-based organizations that represent the voice of neighborhoods and vulnerable communities.”“By doing so, instead of running the risk of failing to comply with complicated registration and reporting requirements, many small and medium-sized organizations will simply decide not to engage in advocacy,” they go on to write.They point out San Francisco’s traditionally broad reliance on community and faith-based organizations that provide health and human services for children, youth and their families, seniors, people with disabilities, homeless families and people with HIV/AIDS, affordable housing, arts and cultural resources, job training and small business economic development assistance. This is in addition to the robust network of neighborhood associations that are key players in the city’s policy-making processes.In a process that had no community outreach, Prop C’s creators inserted poorly drafted language into an otherwise commendable measure that will have a chilling effect on those voices. It was a mistake. The measure’s authors missed the target and are now explaining the mistake away by arguing that it’s simply acceptable collateral damage for the larger cause of clamping down on the astroturf nonprofits.Nonprofits often spend money on research, media, reports and studies, and polling to educate or engage the public on city policies. The intimidating prospect of small nonprofits being required to register as “lobbyists” will have a chilling impact on this advocacy and civic engagement work.They point out that nonprofits are already subject to federal and state disclosure requirements:Adding new bureaucratic hurdles and fiscal liabilities for small organizations will drive many nonprofits out of public policy debates, and consequently disempower low-income and vulnerable populations.San Francisco’s grassroots and neighborhood organizations have a long history of successful public interest advocacy for significant social, environmental, economic and cultural changes to address community needs, from civil rights to health care. This service-based and community-building mission is far different from private sector industries, nonprofit front organizations, and individuals motivated by personal gain. The drafters of this measure could have focused on corporate disclosure of large donations to nonprofits for lobbying purposes.The authors conclude that “Prop C is well-intentioned, but has flaws that its drafters did not thoroughly consider,” and go on to cite a long diverse list of organizations opposed to the measure, including several advocacy organizations, nonprofit service providers, neighborhood groups and labor unions.—Larry KaplanShare21TweetShare4Email25 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgShare8TweetShare2Email10 SharesJanuary 10, 2017, ABC NewsIn times when nothing related to elections works the way one anticipates, it shouldn’t be surprising that confirming the incoming president’s appointees is setting its own precedents. The nation’s sharp ideological divide is reflected in the U.S. Senate’s progress and process in confirming Cabinet secretaries and other agency heads. In an unprecedented move, the Senate Democratic minority is signaling that they will oppose most or all of Trump’s nominees, making it likely that most will be approved by a party-line 52-48 margin.Traditionally, the U.S. Senate’s Constitutional “advise and consent” power over presidential appointees has been exercised with a presumption that people nominated for high office by the president should be confirmed unless there is an exceptional reason why they should not be. To be sure, exceptions have occurred throughout American history, but even those exceptions have typically been disposed of by a nominee’s decision—with or without prompting—to withdraw their name from Senate consideration rather than have the Senate hold a close vote or, worse, reject a nominee.Nominees, once announced, traditionally head to Capitol Hill to hold informal meetings with the members of the Senate committee that will hold hearings on their confirmation. Courtesy photos are taken, specific concerns and pet projects of each committee member are discussed, and the nominee is made aware of any particular policy issue or initiative that he or she may be questioned about during the hearing.These meetings are part of the preparation process for both nominees and committee members, regardless of party and any prior friendship or professional contact. Meanwhile, nominees fill out questionnaires and financial disclosure forms, and background checks are performed. Ideally, the president’s transition team will have already done much of this work, meaning that the nominee will have most of the materials ready for the Senate. The confirmation hearings themselves typically give the nominee the opportunity to assure committee members that the nominee, once confirmed, will work with the Senate as a whole and each committee member in particular. These promises are not legally binding, but it is understood by all that there is a certain amount of horse-trading and pledge-making being done using diplomatic (political) language.Democrats would like to have several of the confirmation hearings delayed. There is concern that not all of Trump’s nominees have provided all the financial records and other documentation of potential conflicts of interest necessary for evaluation and investigation. One reason for this, according to Republican spokespeople, is that many of the nominees are wealthy beyond the level of wealth typically associated with Cabinet service. These multimillionaires and billionaires have countless investments and other relationships, all of which take time to document. Some Democrats insist that no nominee’s hearing should be held before complete disclosure information has been received and verified.Some nominees, like Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, are being opposed because they have expressed opposition to department policy (at the Environmental Protection Agency) or even, in the case of former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), advocated for the closing of the agency he has been nominated to lead (Department of Energy).Nominees are being opposed for both principled and political reasons. Commentators have noted that Democratic-aligned and other groups fearing change in federal policy are using the confirmation process to generate both protest and contributions. Senate Democrats can oppose Trump’s nominees, endearing them to their supporters without affecting the nominees’ confirmation by the full Senate.The mechanics of voting are simple. Since Republicans constitute a majority of all Senate committees, nominees are very likely to be recommended for confirmation once hearings are complete. Since it takes only 41 votes to defeat a filibuster and invoke cloture (force a Senate vote after a defined period of debate), it’s highly unlikely that nominations can be stopped on the Senate floor.The possibility exists that three GOP senators may join with all 48 Democrats to oppose a nomination and refuse to confirm a nominee. This is extraordinarily unlikely because, in a partisan environment, both Republican and Democratic senators will be encouraged by their leadership to be loyal to their party. Failure to do so can carry serious penalties for a senator—and promotion of their state’s interests in the Senate. Further, threats to hold a senator accountable to the electorate for their vote in 2018 is more problematic for Democrats than for Republicans, since 23 Democratic and two Democratic-aligned Independent Senators are up for reelection and only eight GOP Senators are. Besides, 2016 was the year the GOP was supposed to be vulnerable and expected to lose its Senate majority, and it didn’t happen. Defections from party rigidity may happen, but on both sides of the political aisle.As with much of the recent election-related drama, the confirmation process unfolding beginning this week in the U.S. Senate offers abundant opportunity but little likelihood of significant deviation from historical norms for both political parties, with the exception of more than usual close votes. President-elect Trump will get all or most of his nominees confirmed, and the partisan battles will continue.—Michael WylandShare8TweetShare2Email10 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgUK pay TV provider BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime Plus subscription video-on-demand service under proposals outlined by the Competition Commission.As part of its investigation into the market for movies on pay TV, the commission has also recommended that Sky should be forced to publish the expiry date of its contracts relating to first subscription pay TV window rights with the six major studios.The first remedy, concerning OTT providers’ access to Sky’s Ethernet-connected set-top base, would follow the principle that currently requires Sky to make its satellite platform and EPG available to third parties. This remedy would allow those providers of Internet-distributed SVOD movie services which meet certain qualifying criteria to gain access, via Sky’s Ethernet-enabled set-tops, to Sky’s Anytime Plus customer base, to whom they could retail their services directly. This would allow Sky subscribers to switch to alternative SVOD service providers, allowing the latter to make more credible bids for movie rights.The requirement to publish contract expiry dates is intended as a supplement to this, enabling OTT providers to engage with studios on a timely basis for rights.The latest proposed remedies follows the competition regulator’s earlier finding that Sky’s control over pay-TV movie rights in the UK is restricting competition between pay TV prices and reduced choice and innovation for subscribers. Initial remedies proposed including restricting the number of studios from which Sky could license exclusive first-run rights, restricting the nature of the rights to give access to rival SVOD services and a requirement that Sky should acquire rival services’ content on a wholesale basis. These remedies met with criticism from studios as “disproportionate” as well as from Sky itself.The latest proposed remedies are open for consultation until December 5.last_img read more


first_imgTwentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, the international sales arm of the Hollywood studio, has appointed Edward Anderson as vice president, international free television.Anderson is an entertainment lawyer who joins from his own law firm Anderson General & Entertainment Law. Before setting this up he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He will work across all aspects of the network, cable, satellite, digital television business, including format licensing and will report to international television president Marion Edwards.“We are delighted to have Edward join our team. His legal background and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow our businesses and respond to many new demands from our clients,” said Edwards.last_img read more


first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom has launched a new HD set-top box from Humax.The Humax CX-5100 offers optional recording via a USB hard drive and supports HbbTV interactive TV services. Users can also use the new device to playback multimedia files including video, music and photos.last_img


first_imgLG Electronics USA has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios that will see 3D Disney movies added to the 3D World rental application on LG’s Smart TV platform.3D titles including Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland are now available for rental. Future titles including Marvel’s The Avengers and Brave will be added to the Smart TV platform.“Providing consumers with the latest blockbuster hits from Disney is another boost for Smart TV in the home and a perfect fit for our family approach to enjoying our home entertainment products,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.last_img read more


first_imgGlobal online TV and video revenues will reach US$28.72 billion (€22 billion) in 2017, a significant increase from the $3.79 billion recorded in 2010 and the US$11.14 billion expected in 2012, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.According to the Online TV and Video Forecasts report, the over-the-top TV sector is close to a steep growth phase as key players expand globally, companies consolidate and new partnerships are formed.By 2017, 480 million homes in 40 countries will watch online television and video, up from 182 million in 2010, according to the report. By 2017, 64.6% of the world’s 745 million fixed broadband homes will view television and video online, up from 33.5% of the 473 million fixed broadband total in 2010.The report finds that online TV and video advertising is the key driver in the OTT sector, recording revenues of US$6 billion in 2012, up from US$2.4 billion in 2010. Rapid advertising expenditure growth will continue, to reach a global total of US$14.7 billion in 2017. However, advertising’s share of total OTT revenues will fall from 65% in 2010 to 51% in 2017.last_img read more