New gassniffing crisis grips Natuashish Innu Theyre doing it on the street

first_imgNATUASHISH, N.L. – Fifteen years after the Innu of Davis Inlet were moved to a fresh start in nearby Natuashish, leaders are once again fighting to keep kids as young as 11 from sniffing gas.“They’re doing it right on the street,” said Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation in Labrador.He took a late-night walk three days after a fire May 8 at an abandoned house known for gas-sniffing injured two boys who, according to police, were 11 and 17.The younger victim was flown to Toronto for treatment while the other was sent to hospital in St. John’s, Tshakapesh said. RCMP described both their injuries as serious.Tshakapesh wanted to see for himself what he calls a “solvent abuse epidemic” in the remote coastal community of 1,000 residents.He figures about 20 people — some adults, several teenagers and some kids as young as 11 — are getting high on gasoline in plastic bags.The fire conjured old headlines back in 1993. Video recordings of kids at Davis Inlet sniffing gas and yelling that they wanted to die made international news. Media reports beamed images of decrepit housing without running water.Almost a decade later, the federal government helped relocate residents to new homes in nearby Natuashish.Tshakapesh said alcohol continues to flow in the officially “dry” community. He also described a range of street drugs from pot to cocaine.Similar problems plague other small towns and big cities across Canada, he added.The Mushuau Innu people who lived off the land for thousands of years are still struggling with white ways forced on them over the last century, the deputy chief said.“We’re stuck in two worlds,” he said from Natuashish. “We have TVs, satellites, cell phones, the Internet, Facebook.“The Mushuau Innu came out of the bush not even 50 years ago. We were a nomadic people.”Tshakapesh said one of his own children struggles with solvent abuse.“There’s a lot of peer pressure and I understand that, living in an isolated community.”About 60 people, including leaders and residents, met for four hours Friday to discuss solutions, Tshakapesh said. They include plans for more night patrols, prevention programs, summer camp and maybe a small theatre space or teen recreation centre where bored kids can gather.There are hopes the province will soon hire a full-time mental health therapist, Tshakapesh said.He and other leaders are painfully aware of comments on social media asking: “Where are the parents?”“When the parents are having their own personal problems, it affects our children,” Tshakapesh said.The provincial government says it’s working with Innu leaders to increase support services.“The health and well-being of children and youth depends upon a safe, secure and nurturing environment at home and in the community,” spokeswoman Krista Dalton said in an e-mailed statement.“We are committed to continuing our efforts to collectively find solutions to these complex and critically important issues.”There are no pat answers or quick fixes, says a now-retired St. John’s lawyer who has lived in Natuashish since 2010.Garry O’Brien also served as Mushuau Innu band manager for more than two years. He wrote a letter to the editor in 2013, arguing that “essentially all the present problems of the Innu are of our making, however well-intentioned our society may have been.”He described how the rampant dejection seen in the confines of Natuashish evaporated as Innu led him and his wife in 2011 on a 180-kilometre snowmobile trip. Their lives were in the hands of their guides.“In our ordinary dealings with them as nurse practitioner and lawyer we were the ones with the expertise. It must always be remembered that all humans require dignity and as such we seek it in the feedback received from our day to day activities.“The ancient Innu way supplied the Innu with all the dignity they required. When the Innu were no longer free to live the old way, they lost nearly all of their sources of self-respect or human dignity.”O’Brien suggested the way forward is through celebrating and urging Innu youth to get educated in “the white man’s ways,” while still revering their own traditions.Tshakapesh agreed that, above all, young people must know and respect where they come from.“We are Innu. We cannot be healthy or successful in life without understanding and embracing our culture, our language and our connection with our land and animals.”Tshakapesh said addiction prevention is ideal but aboriginal groups — Innu, Inuit and Metis — must also collaborate to build a multi-treatment youth centre in Labrador. He fears that the scourge of potent, deadly drugs such as fentanyl is still to come.“We need to get ready. If not, we’re going to be in really dire straits 10 years from now.”— By Sue Bailey in St. John’slast_img read more

Stars Join Puppets For Puppetry Fundraiser

first_imgOn Saturday, May 5th, celebrities and puppet VIPs showed their support for puppetry when The Jim Henson Company hosted the second “Puppets for Puppetry” on its historic Hollywood lot.Host Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with the cast of Puppets for PuppetryThe event raised funds for the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts, and honored the esteemed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, best known to fans around the world as the performer of the iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. The unique live performance was hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick (The Wall, Talking Dead) and featured special guests Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph), Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Inside Out), and Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz (“I’m Yours”).Jason Mraz and Big Bird at Center for Puppetry Arts’ Puppets for Puppetry honoring Caroll SpinneyThe unforgettable evening raised well over $225,000 for the Center and included tribute music and sketches from Sesame Street cast members Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson, David Rudman, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Ryan Dillon, and Jennifer Barnhart. Brian Henson, Heather Henson, Bill Barretta, and other special guests also gave puppet performances.“We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors, Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Workshop, Tyler Perry Studios, and of course The Jim Henson Company, for creating an unforgettable tribute to the iconic Caroll Spinney,” said Vince Anthony, The Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts. “What a night! Hilarious moments with special guests and iconic characters, heartwarming music from Jason Mraz, and all those wonderful puppetry performances ably wrangled by our wonderful host Chris Hardwick made for an incredible and memorable event for our guests.”The Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation’s largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, a vibrant theatre space and the development of puppetry talent through workshops and performances. Also, the Center for Puppetry Arts uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing. The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide. The Center’s two permanent exhibits, the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection, together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.last_img read more

Nine sites join UNbacked list of globally recognized geological sites

Nine geological sites of exceptional scientific and educational importance, rarity or beauty have been added to the Global Network of National Geoparks, a United Nations-backed list launched to promote greater cooperation in the management of the world’s geological heritage.The new members – approved at a meeting that concluded yesterday in Norway – come from seven countries, with Spain and China having two entries, and France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Japan each having one. The network, launched with the backing of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), now has 87 sites from 27 countries. To qualify, sites must not only be of scientific importance, but should also possess an effective management structure which allows for sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on sustainable tourism.The chosen sites this year include the Muroto Geopark in Japan, which was once submerged by the sea but has been uplifted by the region’s earthquakes over thousands of years, making it an area of scientific study for the prediction of large quakes and tsunamis.The Katla Geopark in Iceland, home to the now famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, whose eruption temporarily paralysed European air travel in April 2010, also made the list. The region is characterized by its glacier-filled landscape and volcanic activity. This last one affects the population strongly, giving geotourism an important role to drive sustainable development.The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark situated on Ireland’s west coast not only features impressive 200-metre high cliffs along its coastline, but is also home to more than 70 per cent of Ireland’s native plants, and has a legacy of human settlement spanning more than 6,000 years.Another new site is the Bauges Regional Park in France, a preserved natural island in the north-western French Alps. The park includes the renowned “Savoyarde” cliff, a folded limestone deposit at the area’s southern tip, which resembles the folk headdress traditionally worn by women in the region. The Apuan Alps region in Italy, known for its beautiful marbles, deep canyons and large karst caves, is also home to many endemic species as well as fossils and tectonic structures. The rare morphology of the Apuan Alps has attracted travellers since the 16th century, and today the park offers visitors recreational activities such as mountain climbing and hiking.Spain’s two sites are: Sierra Norte di Sevilla, one of the largest natural parks in Andalucía, and containing rocks that date back to the earliest stages of Earth’s history; and Villuercas Ibores Jara Geopark with its famous peak La Villuerca and a landscape complimented by vestiges of a mining culture and decorated menhir stones, or monoliths, dating to the Bronze and Iron ages.China’s two new sites are: Tianzhushan Geopark in Anhui, rich in geo-heritage such as mammalian fossils and an ultra-high pressure metamorphic belt of eclogite, an unusually dense rock important for driving convection within the solid Earth; and the Hong Kong Geopark, whose coastal processes have resulted in diverse erosional and depositional landforms.The nine sites were selected out of 16 applicants, which were examined by the Bureau of the Global Geopark Network at the three-day 10th European Geoparks Conference. 19 September 2011Nine geological sites of exceptional scientific and educational importance, rarity or beauty have been added to the Global Network of National Geoparks, a United Nations-backed list launched to promote greater cooperation in the management of the world’s geological heritage. read more

US will push to ensure all Sri Lankans enjoy equal rights

“Sri Lanka’s exciting transformation began in January 2015, when voters gave their mandate to President Sirisena to implement a reform agenda aimed at restoring democracy and human rights, establishing transparent governance, and rooting out corruption,” he said while speaking at the 177th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He says the Sri Lankan people resoundingly endorsed the reform agenda again last August when they elected a parliamentary coalition committed to democracy, good governance, and economic growth under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Ambassador said that with its renewed commitment to rule of law, equal administration of justice and economic opportunity for all, the Government of Sri Lanka is moving beyond the acrimony of the past toward a future that is inclusive, just, peaceful, and prosperous. He says the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is moving ahead with needed constitutional reform, national reconciliation, and fulfilling their United Nations commitments. The United States says it will remain steadfast in its support of efforts to rebuild the economy, advance good governance, and ensure that all Sri Lankans can enjoy equal rights, equal opportunities and the full benefits of post-conflict development and prosperity, regardless of their ethnicity or origins.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap said American relations with Sri Lanka are at an historic high. He says the international community has embraced this positive vision and extended its considerable support, providing enormous dividends for the Sri Lankan people. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Venezuela opposition leader Capriles banned from politics

Mr Capriles has stood twice as presidential candidate (Reuters Image)(BBC) A leading Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been formally banned for 15 years from public office.Mr Capriles has been at the forefront of demands for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.There was no immediate comment from the government on the ban.In a heated press conference, Mr Capriles said he would continue in his post as governor of Miranda state and called for a protest march to be held on Saturday.Mr Capriles, who has run twice as a presidential candidate, is seen as the opposition’s best hope of defeating President Maduro in elections scheduled for next year.The ban comes after a week of several large opposition-led protests in the capital Caracas. They accuse the government of stifling dissent.On Thursday a man was shot dead during the demonstrations.The Venezuelan comptroller’s office has for a decade used a procedure known as “disqualification” that bans politicians from holding office if they are deemed to have committed irregularities in managing state resources.The ruling said the ban on Mr Capiriles was due to “administrative irregularities” in his role as governor.Henrique Captriles is the latest in a series of prominent opposition politicians to be put out of action.Two years ago, Maria Corina Machado, a former congresswoman was banned from office as was a former mayor, Daniel Ceballos.In 2015 another prominent opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014.Mr Lopez was himself barred from office in 2008 when he was the popular mayor of a Caracas district.Over the last few days, authorities have accused Mr Capriles of inciting violence and bloodshed by leading protests against the unpopular president.The protesters were demonstrating against a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to assume control of the opposition-led congress.Although the court’s decision was quickly overturned, the street protests continued.The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, narrowly defeated Mr Capriles in the 2013 elections, a result that sparked controversy and debate as the opposition claimed electoral fraud.Mr Maduro’s government have said that a US-backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela’s economic downturn and that it is trying to organise a coup to impose right wing rule. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela’s Maduro wants ‘mega-election’ amid opposition boycottFebruary 22, 2018In “Regional”Venezuela’s opposition coalition likely to boycott presidential voteFebruary 19, 2018In “World”Venezuela prevents opposition leader from travelling to USMay 19, 2017In “World” read more

IEA 2011 report predicts surge in global coal use

first_imgA report released recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that under current polices, primary world energy demand will grow 51% between 2009 and 2035, with global demand for coal increasing by as much as 65%. IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook 2011 predicts that coal will continue to be tapped to meet more than a third of the predicted increase in global energy demand. The report concludes that China and India will account for more than half of the projected increase in global energy use. IEA notes that China “consumes nearly 70% more energy than the U.S. by 2035, even though, by then, per capita demand in China is still less than half the level in the United States.”The energy ‘work horse’ for power generation continues to be coal, although renewable energy gains share in coming years, says the agency. Industrial coal demand, for such uses as blast furnace and coke facilities, are expected to nearly peak by 2020, as natural gas begins to displace coal.The largest coal importing region is Europe, but Asia is expected to lead the world. By 2035, India becomes the lead importing country followed by Japan.The IEA estimates that despite significant growth in electricity worldwide, 1.3 billion people, or about 20% of the population globally, do not have access to electric power. Another 2.7 billion people do not have adequate cooking facilities. The agency projects that number to double by 2035.last_img read more

Flying Zebras smash Grimms amateurs

THW Kiel showed the best performance so far this season in victory over MT Melsungen 37:20.Team of Alfred Gislason played fantastic match in front of home fans to smash weak teams of Heiko Grimm, who performed far below a real individual quality of players like Kuhn, Reichmann, etc… MT MelsungenTHW Kiel ← Previous Story RK Celje present new coach Tomaz Ocvirk Next Story → HBC Nantes beat Montpellier after five defeats in a row!

Amazon unveils the Mac Download Store

first_imgApple, beware – Amazon is coming for you. In a surprise move, Amazon launched the Mac Download Store today, extending application downloads to Mac users the same way Apple’s own integrated App Store works. Amazon has experience with alternative app stores: their mobile app store for Android has gained traction even though Google continues to improve on the Android App Market. Now, since there’s no exclusivity with Mac OS the way Apple has with iOS app sales and downloads, Amazon is getting into the game as well.The Amazon Mac Download Store offers 250 software packages and video games for download, and unlike the App Store doesn’t require an download helper or utility installed on your Mac in order to work. In a way, this means the announcement amounts to little more than digital software delivery for the Mac, but it’s the first time a major software retailer other than Apple has offered the service.AdChoices广告As part of the Mac Download Store, Amazon also gives users a Software Library that tracks the applications they purchase and download so they can reinstall them if they need to, or download them again if they buy a new Mac.The Mac Download Store is separated into two areas: the software download store and the video game download store. When you visit the store on the Web, you’ll see an overview of some of the featured titles, and you can move on to visit each store individually if you’re looking for something specific.Some of the apps in the store at launch are notable, like Microsoft Office for Mac – which isn’t available on Apple’s own Mac App Store. The video game store also offers a broader selection of titles than Apple’s own App Store, including EA games like Dragon Age and The Sims.How Apple will respond, if at all, is anyone’s guess. Amazon is forcing Apple’s hand in a number of ways: Apple has said they’re planning to bring more of the lessons learned in iOS to Mac OS, especially in OS 10.7 “Lion.” Some analysts have concluded that means Apple will take a curated approach to app purchases and installs as they have with iOS. Others have said it would be a bad move for Apple to try and route all Mac application installs through one store and to prevent users from downloading software directly from manufacturers or loading it on their computers themselves. Either way, we’re likely to find out soon.Read more at Amazon via The Looplast_img read more

Tamis sues La Trobe University for misleading conduct

first_imgA long-simmering row between La Trobe University and a former scholar and prominent member of Melbourne’s Greek community could come to a head early this year, with Anastasios Tamis suing the university after it dumped him from a promised ­adjunct professor post, according to recent report.Professor Tamis was head of La Trobe’s National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, which was found in a review by the university to have “serious problems”.The NCHSR – also known as the Ethniko Kentro Ellinikon Meleton kai Erevnas – was ­established by Professor Tamis in 1997 with contributions from the Greek and Cypriot governments and from Melbourne dim sim tsar Zissis Dardalis of Marathon Foods. The Australian reported that Professor Tamis was promised an appointment as adjunct professor if he agreed to retire as senior lecturer in the ­university’s humanities faculty, after his appointment as executive director of the NCHSR was not renewed.Professor Tamis, in documents filed with the Federal Court, claims to have been ­allowed to take five months in ­annual and long-service leave ­before taking up the adjunct ­professorship.But the university terminated the agreement one month before his return.Both Professor Tamis and the university declined to comment when contacted. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pandémie grippale lUnion Européenne tire des leçons

first_imgPandémie grippale : l’Union Européenne tire des leçonsBelgique – Les 27 États membres de l’UE souhaitent coopérer dans la gestion des futures pandémies.Wolfgang Wodarg, président de la sous-commission santé de l’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe, a décrit l’épisode de grippe H1N1 comme “l’un des plus grands scandales médicaux”. En effet, sa gestion financière vivement critiquée a entaché la réputation de l’OMS et de certains ministres de la Santé. Ce fut notamment le cas, en France, pour Roselyne Bachelot. Pour éviter qu’un tel phénomène ne se reproduise à l’avenir, John Dalli, le commissaire à la Santé, a repris des pistes déjà évoquées lors de la présidence française. Tout en veillant à respecter la souveraineté de chaque État, l’Union Européenne souhaite proposer une coordination pour l’acquisition de médicaments et de vaccins et un système de stockage commun. Ces recommandations seront préparées pour l’automne. Elles ont principalement pour but de ne pas renouveler la concurrence entre les États face à l’industrie pharmaceutique. En revanche, l’idée de la création d’une commission d’enquête sur la gestion de la pandémie a été écartée.Le 7 juillet 2010 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Plastique végétal plastique pétrole quelles différences

first_imgPlastique végétal, plastique pétrole quelles différences ?Le plastique végétal s’insère petit à petit dans le quotidien des consommateurs, remplaçant progressivement le plastique d’origine fossile fabriqué à base de pétrole. Mais quelles sont véritablement les caractéristiques de cette nouvelle matière ? Pour répondre cette question, Maxisciences est allé rencontrer l’Alfapac, une entreprise leader dans le domaine des produits plastiques fabriqués à partir de canne à sucre.Faire du plastique à base de canne à sucre, voilà une idée qui peut sembler surprenante. En vérité, le plastique peut se fabriquer à partir de tout élément végétal qui, par fermentation, donne de l’alcool :  des cerises, des betteraves, du maïs ou même des pommes de terre. Le principe est plutôt simple, explique l’Alfapac : “La molécule d’éthanol ou d’alcool produit à partir de la fermentation, est transformé en éthylène par déshydratation. Ces molécules sont ensuite assemblées entre elles pour donner du polyéthylène, élément de base du plastique”. Des caractéristiques communes Les molécules d’éthylène obtenues par le raffinage du pétrole ne diffèrent que très peu de leurs semblables obtenues à partir de matière végétale. Même composition, même structure, même disposition, l’unique différence réside dans leur datation au carbone 14. En effet, l’âge des matières fossiles s’élève à quelque 50 millions d’années contre à peine un an pour les matières végétales dont le cycle de vie se renouvelle régulièrement. Toutefois, cette différence d’ancienneté ne se répercute pas sur les produits définitifs. Preuve à l’appui, l’Alfapac propose de comparer deux sacs poubelle, un fait de plastique fossile, et l’autre de plastique végétal. Le résultat est sans équivoque : les deux objets présentent strictement les mêmes caractéristiques physiques.Les différences entre ces deux plastiques résident en fait dans leur impact sur l’environnement. Le plastique d’origine végétal possède de nombreux bénéfices écologiques. Toutefois, l’Alfapac met en garde contre les idées reçues qui laissent penser que celui-ci est forcément biodégradable. “Cette norme  qui implique qu’un produit soit entièrement détruit au bout de six mois  constitue une caractéristique complètement indépendante de la matière première à la base du produit”, explique l’Alfapac. Plastique végétal : Un bilan carbone moindreÀ lire aussiLes images choc d’une rivière de déchets en Roumanie (Vidéo)En réalité, les bienfaits du plastique végétal se mesurent au niveau du bilan carbone de son cycle de vie. Les émissions de gaz à effet de serre générées par la culture de matière végétale, le transport et la fabrication du produit sont largement compensés par l’absorption du carbone lors de la croissance de la plante. Une précieuse caractéristique dont le plastique fossile est dépourvu. Autre bénéfice de la matière végétale : elles évitent de puiser dans les ressources naturelles non renouvelables. Selon une étude commandée par l’Alfapac, la fabrication d’un sac en polyéthylène végétal émet 27 fois moins de CO2 et mobilise 2,5 fois moins de ressources non renouvelables qu’un même produit en matière pétrolière.Voir toutes les étapes de fabrication du plastique végétal en images en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/canne-%e0-sucre/de-la-canne-a-sucre-au-plastique_art14701.htmlLe 19 mai 2011 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews IRON FIST Season 1

first_img The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney Well, it’s finally happened – The Marvel Cinematic/Television/Streaming Universe has finally produced an installment that simply outright sucks. Not in the Iron Man 2 “Aw, that wasn’t as good as the first one” sense, or a Thor: The Dark World “Well hey, at least Loki is still fun” sense or even a third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Wow, this got boring fast” sense – Iron Fist is a legitimate full-on piece of shit. It is, without exaggeration, one of the worst TV shows I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch; and I watched CSI: Cyber. Even in the superhero pantheon, it would stand out: Perhaps not as bad as Batman V Superman, but absolutely on the failure level of Steel, Catwoman or Suicide Squad.Now let’s make something clear: Iron Fist is a bad show from the skin all the way down to the core, and it still would’ve been a bad show no matter who they got to play Danny Rand. There’s a lot of controversy over that point because the original 70s comics incarnation of Iron Fist was one of those Orientalist appropriation narratives (think Remo Williams. Or for that matter, Doctor Strange) largely grounded in a fantasy version of Asian kung-fu mysticism where the hero is a white American who turns out to be “better” at being Asian than the Asians. That sort of thing “sticks out” a lot more these days, and many have opined that changing up the casting might make that less uncomfortable. But make no mistake: Even if making Danny not look exactly like an “enlightened” poseur who wandered over from a froyo stand might make it slightly less cringeworthy when he starts in about “Respecting the DOJO!” or lecturing strangers with Buddhist aphorisms… well, everything else would still be bad.Amusingly, the main reason that Danny Rand being a White kid who inherits the mystical protector mantle of K’un-Lun (for the uninitiated: Shangri-La, basically) was ever remotely important was that it made him an outsider in the world he was tasked to protect. But here, stymied by Marvel TV’s famous cheapness – so tightly-budgeted that they usually can’t afford to have both stuntmen and interior lighting in the same scene. We spend almost no time in K’un-Lun other than some quickie flashbacks, and none of it gives us any actual sense of the place (we see a matte shot exterior, a single generic room, and a random forest stream) that whole thread of the character is completely nonexistent.Also not showing up: The Iron Fist costume (a predecessor wears it, briefly, in a hazy flashback), the dragon, pretty much all of the weird mystical kung-fu business that might actually have been worth making a 13 episode TV show about. And don’t expect them to be “saving” any of that potentially-cool material for another season: The final episode manages to end on the biggest raised middle-finger “fuck you!” to audience optimism I may have ever seen on a mainstream TV show – and not in a good way.Instead, Iron Fist starts up with Danny coming back to New York after having been presumed dead for 15 years and spends the majority of its runtime on an incredibly tedious storyline about trying to regain control of his family company. This requires a bevy of supporting characters and a ridiculously convoluted conspiracy narrative that is simply impossible to care about. It ultimately adds nothing of value to the story outside of a rambling subplot about David Wenham faking his death with zombie-magic that (amazingly!) could’ve been excised with almost no effect on the rest of it whatsoever.And yet somehow, all that remains slightly more watchable than when things switch over to Danny’s apparent “real” nemesis: The Hand; who are somehow just as uninteresting here as they were in the last season of Daredevil. That Marvel Netflix has actually managed to make the words “Magical Ninja Death-Cult” the single most boring thing in their entire universe is so incredible I’m almost impressed.Not that it’s possible to care about anything when the entire show is constructed around a series of “reveals” that aren’t worth revealing. Now, look – having a villain whose identity and goals are a mystery is intriguing. Having a hero, we don’t know the whole story of can be even more intriguing. Starting out a show with next to no indication of what it’s actually about or who anyone actually is can be fun… for a little while. But IRON FIST tries to do all three in the same show, so there’s never anything to care about or a fixed point to center on until the fucking season is almost over – and even then, not ONE of these mysteries is compelling enough to have kept a secret.And no, the fight scenes do not make up for it. There’s one sequence that rises above being merely passable, and even then it’s just an extended reference – an opportunity for the filmmakers to demonstrate that they’ve seen the Drunken Master movies. Otherwise, this is the first of the Marvel Netflix shows to have utterly dull action and be almost completely devoid of a signature style: Daredevil was lurid and edgy, Jessica Jones had a noir feel happening, Luke Cage went for an easygoing retro hip-hop angle, etc. Iron Fist? At best, it has the same basic aesthetic as the non-Japanese footage of an average Power Rangers episode.The supporting cast is all similarly adrift: Jessica Henwick has real screen presence, but they’ve handed her a disastrously written version of Colleen Wing who really does feel like she’s only on hand to be a love-interest… at least until they detonate her agency completely with the same basic moronic twist that ruined Elektra in Daredevil (seriously – they’ve done this twice now!). The sole bright spot is seeing Rosario Dawson come back as Claire Temple, and while she’s terrific it’s embarrassing watching the series bend its plot into pretzels to keep her involved: “Hey! Hey, guys! Claire’s back! We listened! We know you all love Claire! Here! Have some super-obvious foreshadowing that maybe she’ll be even MORE involved later!”But the main problem is Danny himself. One can understand how they decided that the “gritty realism” version of Iron Fist would essentially be “that bro you know” who does one-semester backpacking across Asia, comes home thinking he’s a guru and won’t shut up about his Yoga regimen… but I can’t for the life of me imagine why they thought anyone would like such a character. Even if the “optics” of an obnoxious fratboy whose entire arc is about trying to reclaim his various entitlements doesn’t utterly repel you, the character himself will: He’s annoying, glib, snarky, bratty and the show doesn’t seem to realize that none of it is endearing. Nevermind the fact that Finn Jones has no discernible charisma in part and the script can’t keep straight whether he’s naïve, secretive, traumatized or slick from scene to scene.Iron ‘Fish’ the show is the worst thing the Marvel Universe experiment has ever unleashed, but more distressingly Iron Fist the character is easily the least engaging, most unlikable character in their entire superhero menagerie thus far. What’s especially depressing is that it really feels like this character and all the still coyly unexplained Hand bullshit that didn’t work here (or in Daredevil) is going to end up as the main build for The Defenders. That is just not a foundation you’re going build anything worthwhile on. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Greece seeks criminal charges for 9 farright MPs

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Top Stories ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek judges have asked Parliament to allow the prosecution of another nine lawmakers from the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party, which is being investigated for alleged criminal activities.Approval of the request would mean that all 18 of the party’s lawmakers face charges of running a criminal group. Greek Parliamentarians enjoy immunity from prosecution, which can only be lifted by a parliamentary vote.center_img So far, nine Golden Dawn MPs have been prosecuted, six of whom _ including leader Nikos Mihaloliakos _ were jailed pending trial. Prosecutors are waiting for the parliamentary vote so they could proceed against the other nine.The crackdown on the extreme right-wing party started after last year’s fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways is back in action down under, resuming domestic services between Melbourne and Sydney earlier today.The moves comes after almost six weeks of being grounded after the carrier’s Air Operator’s Certificate was revoked by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for being a safety hazard in the sky. Demonstrating its new found safety of the low-budget airline, Tiger advised that its chief executive Tony Davis and newly appointed safety advisor captain Chris Manning would be part of the first flight to take off from Melbourne.The carrier told the public yesterday that as it returns to operations it would operate under a reduced schedule for the time being. last_img read more

Are Rising Student Loans Really Stifling Homeownership

first_img One of the pet reasons for explaining the lack of demand for houses among millennials is the presence of ever-escalating student loan debts. The thinking goes that college graduates are so mired in debt that they either cannot afford to buy or are too afraid to run up more debt, and so they stay living with their parents or find cheap places to rent.However, Mark Fleming, chief economist at CoreLogic, isn’t buying it.Citing a recent panel discussion at the Urban Institute on “Quantifying the Impact of Student Loan Debt on Homeownership,”  and recently published reports by the Brookings Institute and Jeffrey Thompson, economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Fleming draws the conclusion that  while student loan debt undoubtedly affects financial decisions for those post-college, there is zero empirical evidence to back up the claim that these debts are keeping young people from buying their first homes.For one thing, Fleming says, the monthly payback amount anyone has to spend on a student loan is based on a percentage of income. This percentage has remained virtually unchanged since the mid-1990s, but then, so have earnings—and members of Generation X didn’t shy away from buying houses just because of these obligations.Student loan debt is at the $1 trillion mark, and there are more outstanding loans than ever. But Fleming says these facts alone do not show that student loan debt is a bigger burden for millennials, much less one that will prevent homeownership.”Going to college still increases one’s earning potential,” Fleming said. “For those who had to finance college with loans, the burden of repayment relative to income remains the same today as in the 1990s.”This, he says, begs the question: If young people in the 1990s found a way to buy a home while coping with student loan debt, then “why wouldn’t young people today, with the same relative burden, be able to do the same?”One answer may be the increasing number of young people who do not finish college or take much longer than four years to get through it.In the past few years, reports by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that more students are taking six or more years to get through college these days, though the reasons why are not discussed. What’s important about this factor, Fleming says, is that the likelihood of homeownership drops among those who do not complete their education.”Accumulating the debt, but not earning the degree, results in the burden without any benefit,” he said. “Research still shows that, on average, getting a college degree results in higher earnings.”Beyond the basic message of “stay in school,” Fleming says it’s up to colleges to be more proactive in quelling a loan crisis that could lead to an entire section of Americans being unable to afford a home. “The post-secondary educational system and financing policies for a college education need to carefully consider, and potentially attempt to prevent, the burden of college debt without the benefit of a degree,” he said. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News CoreLogic Debts First-Time Homebuyers Millennials 2014-07-22 Scott_Morgan July 22, 2014 488 Views center_img Share Are Rising Student Loans Really Stifling Homeownership?last_img read more

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If any Skyscanner fans have stayed in an amazing hostel, worthy of inclusion in the project, please drop me a line at europebudgetguide@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you.The Luxury Hostels of Europe is free to download now from BudgetTraveller.org.You can also follow Kash on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.And of course, find your perfect place to stay with Skyscanner Hotels ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. You have become a champion of the hostel: what’s the advantage of staying in a hostel VS a hotel?I think hostels are better at being ‘social’ and people who work in these hostels are travellers themselves. When you speak to them at reception, in the bar at the hostel-you feel you can connect with them on a more personal level. Plus hostel staff are better travelled and seem to be able to give their guests the inside track of the best things to do in a city. The communal facilities are outstanding and you can get free WiFi. Whereas in hotels, you still often have to pay for WiFi, while a lot of the staff still can’t communicate in a language which makes travellers feel welcomed and valued. Good hospitality and customer service costs nothing and this is one area where some hotels could learn from the Luxury Hostels featured in my project.6. What is a ‘design/luxury hostel’ and what’s the trend all about?The origins of the movement go back to 2005 to Lisbon. Until then the budget accommodation scene in Lisbon had been dominated by ‘pensões’ or ‘residenciais’ : cheap and basic family-run properties that were fine for those simply looking for a bed to lie on, but lacked the character and the fun of the hostels sought by the young independent traveller.In 2005 a group of a four design-conscious friends: a painter, an architect and two photographers, started a 23-room hostel called The Lisbon Living Lounge in the Baixa district. What made this hostel stand out, and go onto become the hallmark of all the stunning hostels in this city, was how chic and beautifully furnished the place was. Walking into the reception, you might have walked into a five-star boutique hotel. Set in an 18th century building, LLH had been beautifully refurbished to restore it’s original Art Deco features while adding quirky recycled furniture (eg. a century-old barbers’ chair reinvented as a chaise lounge) and vintage pieces that add lot of character to the place. Seventeen local artists were drafted in to give each room a unique feel. Soon after the opening of LLH, The Lisbon Poets Hostel opened up in nearby Chiado, again by local artist Ricardo who was close friends with the owners of the LLH.‘As artists we were more concerned about creating an experience rather than just a cheap bed to sleep in.’These hostels are more than just beautiful design. The owners were designing travel experiences for their guests and this is one key defining characteristic of the Luxury hostels experience.7. What’s your worst ever hostel experience?In Paris, two years ago: I stayed in a reputable hostel, in a 12-bed dorm, sharing with a bunch of drunken Brazilians. They snored like hyenas. In my 20s I had no problem slumming it in 16-bed dorms. In my 30s, I realize, as I grow older I need my personal space a little more when travelling. I didn’t sleep a wink that night. I was more worried that I was becoming a type of traveller I never thought I’d be. I still enjoyed the social aspect of staying in hostels and meeting new people. So it was that train of thought that led me to think of the Luxury Hostels project. 8. What are your favourite three hostels?I love all the 40 Luxury Hostels! If I was to pick three, Hostal Casa Gracia in Barcelona remains one of my favourites. At the Art Deco-inspired Casa Gracia, it’s all about the experience. As you can tell from the first word ‘Casa’, the concept of this hostel is all about feeling at home a ‘home in Gracia’ and that’s what they focus on offering.They have dedicated guest relations manager whose main job is to focus on creating an experience for guests to make their stay memorable, whether it’s organizing Tango and Catalan cookery lessons to showcasing the work of local fashion designers in the hostel to hosting an open air ballet performance on their rooftop terrace.Other favourites include Plus Berlin, a hostel with a difference. You can enjoy amenities like a private garden (with its own resident rabbits) and huge bar with a lively social vibe. They have very helpful young staff, and are currently running free yoga classes. The standout feature here is the huge swimming pool and sauna which is something you would not traditionally find in any hostel. It’s a very popular hostel and with prices as low as €11 for a bed here, it’s a steal.I am also a big fan of Ostello Bello in Milan. They offer a breakfast on demand service so even if you wake up at 3pm, they will offer you a cooked breakfast. On arrival, you get a free drink of choice from their bar plus in the evening they host a popular aperitivo where locals flood in and you have this happy fusion of international travellers and locals: wow! I love this place and the staff.9. Give your three top tips for having a happy hostel stay 3. It must have been a lot of fun researching – how long did it take and what were the highs and lows?I was a whole year on the road, visiting all the luxury hostels in this book. I had the comfort of a secure job and was blogging part-time prior to starting this project. I decided to jack in a pretty nice , well paid job of teaching social media to charities, sold all my belongings , packed my life into a 80-litre backpack and hit the road on 15th April 2012. It was a seismic moment in my life. I was also starting a new life as a full-time professional travel blogger. However, the first hostels I visited, Palmers Lodge in Swiss Cottage, London and Gallery Hostel, Porto, were amazing experiences. Both are great hostels run by great people. Each hostel was like an amazing new discovery. I was amazed about how little people knew about these places. It was then I realized there is such a thing called destiny. I had made the right decision doing this project.Highs? At 34, I inter-railed for the first time, ritual that many experience in their 20’s. It was an amazing way to see Europe. Being a solo traveller, I was scared of how long I would last by myself on the road. However, I found it’s pretty easy to make friends on the road. The luxury hostels which tend to attract discerning, independent travellers were a hotbed for meeting the nicest and most interesting people. I also realized that I am not bad company when by myself. I learnt to enjoy life by myself – travel is always such a powerful, empowering experience.The lows were the times when my funds were close to zero. I was lucky to attract some great sponsors and the hostels were extremely supportive but I had still had so many past bills and debts to settle. It was a scary time. However, on the back of the positive publicity of the Luxury Hostels project, I managed to attract a steady flow of work after the turn of the year. It was gamble giving up everything I knew and a great life in Edinburgh, and putting all my time and energy into this project. In the end, it has been the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve met some great people, put myself on the radar of the travel industry and managed the dream transition to becoming a full-time professional travel blogger.4. What’s the different between a hostel and hotel? Is the line now blurred?I definitely think the line between hostel and hotel is blurring. In fact some hostels now have rebranded themselves as ‘hostel + hotel.’ I think the recession has offered the opportunity of hostels to diversify their product and reach out to a wider audience. The combination of the comfort of the hotel, and the communal feeling and the facilities that a hostel offers, is an irresistible package. I think the Luxury Hostels have showed that is possible to offer travellers an experience that is designed with their needs in mind: style-conscious but also budget-friendly. This is a step beyond the no-frills revolution. This is travel with all the frills but without the price tag. The hotel industry needs to sit up and take notice. I’m not just finding mature travellers, but even couples and business travellers staying in these luxury hostels so hotels need to up their game.center_img 1. In the intro to your e-book, you explain how hostels were (are?) in serious need of a rebrand. But is the term ‘budget luxury hostel’ an oxymoron?You’re right. Whenever I talk to people about the concept, for those not aware of this type of hostel, it takes a while for them to get their head around the idea of having ‘luxury’ and ‘hostels’ in one sentence. In my research prior to the project I found there is a negative stereotype surrounding hostels, especially amongst women. The key was to raise awareness that the hostelling experience is evolving. It’s no longer about a cheap bed. These luxury hostels offer their guests an amazing experience. In terms of design, I would say they are on par with a four-star boutique hotel plus the facilities in some of these hostels are amazing- you can expect anything from an indoor swimming pool, in-house cinema or an in-house chef that prepares for guests a three- course meal that is typically local.2. As you state in your e-book, hostels have had a bad reputation (sharing crowed dorms with 20 other noisy back packers etc). Why (and how) do think hostels are now appealing to an older crowd too?I think the key trend we are noticing is that people are ‘travelling younger.’ People who backpacked in their 20s are now 36 or 37 and still enjoy the freedom that independent travel offers them. Some hostels have noticed this trend and have upgraded their facilities to help cater to their specific needs. These hostels offer the comfort and convenience of private en-suite rooms alongside dorms. Plus, when you factor in: the excellent location of these hostels, competitive prices, many are ‘quiet’ hostels, key additional facilities like offering free WiFi, bike hire, staff that are passionate travellers and friendly- the overall experience is on par if not better than what you would get at a five-star hotel, without the price tag. RelatedSix beautiful hostels even luxury-lovers will adoreStaying in a hostel doesn’t mean you have to slum it. These budget boltholes are each beautiful in their own way – and they won’t make too much of a dent in your bank balance. It’s time to join the flashpacking revolution.10 best cheap hotels and hostels in LondonThe UK capital can be an expensive place to visit, but did you know that you can stay there for as little as zero pounds per person, per night? That’s right! 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