LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook International Muslim Fashion Design Festival (August 13-14)IMFDF is a two-day fashion and design festival geared towards Muslim women, “creating a more cohesive tie between fashion and modesty, while creating stronger ties between Muslim women entrepreneurs and fashionistas,” according to their website.Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (August 15-23)TOM is still working at building its reputation as a professionally run and managed event but it still stands strong as a fashion event worthy of your attention. This August they present Spring/Summer 2017 collections from a slew of local menswear designers. I recommend catching the Joao Paolo Guedes’ show.African Fashion Week (August 18-21)One of the most recognized fashion weeks in Canada in its own right, AFW takes over the Design Exchange and supports local, national and international designers. The African Fashion Industry Awards take place on August 21. There’s also a student designer competition, and runway showcases.TFI Fashion Labels Design Competition Show (Fall 2016)Move over Toronto Fashion Week, the Toronto Fashion Incubator is the fashion beast on the block with lots of cred and cash. They host a Design Competition and Show, which basically acts as a boot camp for new, talented Canadian designers. Stay tuned for an exact date. Twitter Login/Register With: Last month the already shaky legs of Toronto Fashion Week officially gave out when its sudden end was announced to the public. Many were sad, many shrugged their shoulders and kept shopping, others rubbed their hands together and thought: this is the time to really shine.Though the official week is gone, there are a swell of other recurring fashion events in this city worth paying attention to. Even more so now that the official week is dead and gone, it’s these small, more interesting shows that truly support Toronto’s fashion scene without Joe Fresh’s Canadian leftovers trampling in the way.Here’s a round-up of other Toronto fashion weeks and events you should know about. Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsThe federal government continues to drag its heels on fully complying with the landmark decision of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January that found Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children on-reserve.The tribunal ruled for far too long the feds funded First Nation children living on-reserve less than non-Indigenous children off of reserve.It gave the government a list of areas that needed to fixed and issued a compliance order.They did so again in April.On Thursday, the tribunal did so again.“It rests on INAC and the federal government to implement the panel’s findings and orders, and to clearly communicate how it is doing so,” the tribunal said Thursday.The tribunal said it’s unclear who the feds have consulted with in the Indigenous community address the gaps.“INAC has previously acknowledged that it does not have expertise in the provision of child and family services to First Nations. Therefore, the need to consult with experts in the field, including the Caring Society, should be a priority,” the tribunal said, referring to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.Blackstock, along with the Assembly of First Nations, were the ones who first brought the complaint against Ottawa about 10 years ago.Blackstock said she was happy with the latest compliance order and was scheduled to hold a media conference in Ottawa Thursday afternoon.The AFN also was happy the tribunal is keeping on the feds.“But it is disappointing to see that Canada has to be pushed to respect human rights and end discrimination against First Nations children, said National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Canada must be more transparent and work with us a on a better system to reform the federal First Nation child welfare program that is supported by fair funding based on real needs.”The federal government is expected to release a statement later Thursday.Download (PDF, Unknown)
YELLOWKNIFE – B.C. Premier John Horgan says he is fighting to both retain and restrict Alberta energy imports because while the existing shipments are vital to his province, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would see the unrefined oilsands oil go somewhere else.“The proposal to twin the pipeline is not to send more product to the Lower Mainland, but to export to other jurisdictions,” Horgan told reporters after a meeting of western premiers wrapped up Wednesday in Yellowknife.“There’s a distinct difference between those two things. One is diluted bitumen. The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely.”He made the comments after he was asked to explain why his government is going to court to determine if it has the right to regulate heavy oil imports while at the same time trying to stop Alberta from curtailing existing oil shipments to B.C.Horgan denied a suggestion that his government’s position is selfish.“Not at all,” he said, stressing that they are two separate issues.Horgan joined leaders from other western provinces and territories to discuss a range of shared concerns from cannabis legalization and pharmacare to market access.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declined to go, saying she’s too busy trying to strike a deal to ensure Trans Mountain is built.She sent deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who declined to sign off on the meeting’s closing statement. Hoffman said Alberta didn’t endorse the document because there was no statement affirming support for Trans Mountain.She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.“Talking about market access without talking about Trans Mountain … is irrational” said Hoffman.The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan’s government.Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, has ratcheted back spending on the $7.4-billion project, citing B.C.’s obstruction tactics. The company says it needs assurance by May 31 that the line can get built.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and Alberta are exploring a range of options including buying the project from Kinder Morgan or making sure whoever builds it is covered for any losses tied to political delays.Horgan’s government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills. His government has asked B.C.’s highest court to rule on whether B.C. can cap oil imports.Alberta has passed a bill to allow it to reduce shipments of oil and other fuels to B.C., which could lead to gas price spikes and other fuel-related hardships. B.C. has filed a suit in Alberta to stop Notley from turning down the taps, saying it violates the Constitution.Notley told reporters Tuesday that Horgan’s logic is head-spinning — he wants the fuel on one hand, but is trying to keep it the oil out on the other.Horgan, on a conference call Wednesday with B.C. reporters after the meeting, admitted things have gotten frosty on a personal level with Notley, someone he considers a friend.“They did invite me to the swearing in of their government,” he said. “I went gleefully and enjoyed myself. Maybe I’m just an acquaintance. It does not really matter. It’s not about me.”He said the last time he spoke with Notley was in Ottawa in April.“I think the tone between the two of us is strained,” Horgan said. “This is not personal for me. It’s about my responsibility to make sure that I’m doing my level best to protect our economy, our environment.”
The Police today released a sketch of one of the assailants of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and sought public assistance to identify the suspect.The Police media unit said that the sketch was drawn based on information provided by eyewitnesses. The suspect is believed to be around 35 years of age, just over 5 feet tall, fair in complexion with brown eyes.Anyone with reliable information on the suspect can contact 011-2422176, 011-2380380, 071-8305528, 071-8349505, 077-3291500 or 071-8070207. (Colombo Gazette)
The ARPU factor is critical for vendors like RingCentral and 8×8. Even as revenues have grown, neither has produced an annual positive net income. Losses have narrowed, but even the EBITDA results are negative. This might cause one to wonder why, then, is cloud and MRR so appealing to the legacy vendors? The answer, as Phil has pointed out to me more than once, is the cost of acquiring new customers. Unlike the newer cloud-first vendors, the legacy suppliers have an opportunity to convert existing (premises) customers to an MRR model. This is a fundamental element of the analysis by Brent and Phil: If the cost for conversion is much lower than acquiring new customers, the bottom line benefits will be more easily realized. Why Not the Cloud?This brings us to a key point of the whole MRR-based solution approach: The analysis shows the recurring revenue business model produces better financial results for the suppliers, including higher revenue over time. But those increased revenues equal increased costs for customers. Repeatedly, independent lifecycle cost analysis shows that customers pay more for cloud (MRR) solutions than premises (CapEx) over time – the longer the analysis period, the greater the gap. This supports the reason the MRR solutions appeal to the seller, but it also supports the reason some customers are resisting cloud solutions. sctcperspective_Small.png cloud_colorful_774.png But our clients worry about their own bottom lines, not the vendors’. Although there may be many reasons to go cloud (and MRR), the financial advantages remain more clearly in favor of the vendors than the customers. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. It was not that many years ago (at least for us industry veterans) that a telephone system was a large capital investment, followed by minimal operating expenses (OpEx) for maintenance and upgrades. Furthermore, the maintenance contracts were optional and allowed competitive (third-party) vendors to flourish. Software patches were free and software upgrades were optional. Unfortunately, some of our clients’ key decision makers remember the same thing and wonder why communications system OpEx costs today are so high. In Brent and Phil’s article, they mentioned the Timothy Chao quote: “Cloud is not a technology, it is a business model.” But even if cloud is a superior business model, is it the only business model that can survive in today’s world? Perhaps more importantly, if enough customers demand an alternative, basic economic theory tells us that someone will step up to supply a solution. Given the positive financial impacts, even if cloud is better, it’s hard to see Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, NEC, Unify, etc., abandoning the premises CapEx sale. And so we can expect the manufacturers to continue to provide this alternative approach, even as they increase ongoing software support costs and other elements to balance the financial benefits. Sure, they may vigorously pursue cloud/MRR business, but they will not likely walk away from the premises business and thus create a vacuum for a competitor to grab market share. The excellent article shared by UC experts Brent Kelly and Phil Edholm last week on No Jitter highlights the compelling case for communications suppliers to pursue monthly recurring revenue (MRR) instead of the traditional one-time sale of a perpetual license coupled with on-premises hardware. However, as a consultant, not all of our customers are as eager to move their telecommunications systems to the recurring revenue model. For some customers — especially those in the public sector — it can be far easier to raise capital than increase operational budgets. This may be due to the ability (or need) to fund one-time expenses via bonds, loans, levies, or with a separate capital projects approval process. Frequently, a different budget (and approvals) are required for an ongoing expense commitment. For such customers, it may not matter if total cost of ownership over the expected lifecycle is a wash. The ARPU FactorThe rate of change could be accelerated if the monthly per-user costs for cloud begin to drop. For some reason, despite adequate competition, cloud costs to the customer and average revenue per user (ARPU) to the suppliers have remained fairly consistent. In RingCentral’s Q2 FY2018 analyst call last August, CFO Mitesh Dhruv stated, “We are seeing our ARPU hold steady in all segments.” Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsARPUOpexCapexMRRCloud CommunicationsDeployment ModelsOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like This is evident both through the experience of many consultants and vendor-posted results. For example, last month UC analyst Dave Michels posted that Avaya’s recent financial growth (Q4, FY2018) was accomplished substantially from premises-based solutions. Although Dave states that “there’s several cloud attributes that are in conflict with general enterprise objectives,” which is true, he did not include the purely financial reasons that cloud is not the automatic choice. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. See All in Cloud Communications » Log in or register to post comments
Members of the Security Council today welcomed the recent decision by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO Front) to release 115 Moroccan prisoners of war . In a statement to the press, the current President of the Security Council, Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, noted that some of the prisoners had been in detention for decades.Expressing support for the efforts in this regard by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the current President of the Council of the European Union and others, Ambassador Koonjul stressed that the issue “must be solved on a strict humanitarian basis.”Members of the Council also noted the Moroccan Government’s commitment to address the problem of the fate of people unaccounted for in the Western Sahara conflict, and welcomed Rabat’s recent decision to release a number of Sahrawi detainees. Recalling the relevant provisions of resolution 1359 (2001) on the situation in Western Sahara, he said the members “urged the parties to solve the problem of the fate of people unaccounted for.”Pointing out that Council members had raised the issue several times in the past, the Ambassador called on both parties “to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to release without further delay all those held since the start of the conflict.”
Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNine plays into Ohio State’s first drive against Nebraska, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took the handoff from quarterback J.T. Barrett and followed a block from redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry to the left sideline.Fifty-two yards later, Dobbins was in the end zone and the Buckeyes had their first score of the game. Like Dobbins, they never looked back.“I saw [the defender] the whole time, and I knew I was going to have to beat him and he was the last person to beat,” Dobbins said after the game. “So I beat him.”For Dobbins, everything this season has seemed to be just that simple. Any obstacle facing Dobbins so far, he has beat with ease. With 775 rushing yards on 100 carries this season, the 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back is on pace to become the fourth freshman running back in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knows the Buckeyes will rely heavily on Dobbins the remainder of season. He said Wednesday he intends to wear Dobbins out and not hold back on his usage of the freshman. That sentiment has not changed.“We’ve had a couple games where he hasn’t had an opportunity to get a lot of carries and we’ll see him bust out,” Meyer said Saturday. “He’s just an exceptional player. And when you have a home-run hitter like that, you feed him the ball as much as you can.”Dobbins has had an exceptional freshman season. Heading into the year, the expectation was that he would serve as redshirt sophomore Mike Weber’s backup. A hamstring injury to Weber in fall camp thrust Dobbins into a starting role. And even though Weber has returned, Dobbins has continued to shine.“I didn’t think I would have this much success early, but I knew I would get a lot of success,” Dobbins said. “I think it’s advanced, but I’m glad I could help my team get a spark.”He is far from the first freshman running back to provide his team with an unexpected spark. Two years ago, then-freshman Penn State running back Saquon Barkley entered the season as the backup running back to Akeel Lynch, the team’s returning leading rusher. Barkley had had some big games before, but it wasn’t until an injury to Lynch in the fourth game of that season provided Barkley with an opportunity to claim the starting spot. Barkley missed two games with his own injury before making his debut as a starter against Ohio State. In that game, Barkley rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries.That season, he established himself as a top threat out of the backfield for the Nittany Lions as he rushed for 1,076 yards on 182 carries. However, he was outshined in the Midwest by Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, who finished the season with 1,821 yards on 289 carries in his final collegiate campaign.This season, Barkley has stolen the spotlight in the Big Ten, appearing to be an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy and a likely top-10 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley is the face of Big Ten running backs right now, but Dobbins is in the early stages of what should be a fruitful collegiate career.Dobbins currently has the edge on Barkley in rushing yards this season (775 to 649), but Barkley’s impact as a receiver and on special teams solidifies him as the top running back in not only the conference, but also the country.The two will soon square off in arguably both teams’ most crucial game of the year. Just as the game between Elliott and Barkley was seemingly the start of Elliott passing the torch to Barkley as the face of Big Ten star running backs, this could be the changing of the guard from Barkley to Dobbins.Dobbins might not have the same 194-yard breakout game as Barkley, but just as long as he provides his team with another spark, he will be satisfied with the end result.“I know coach Meyer says he wants to get me the ball more, but if it’s all about winning the game, and it’s not going through me, then I’m fine with it,” Dobbins said. “Just want to help my team.”
POLICE IN LONDON have issued an appeal to track down a woman believed to have stolen a Christmas tree from a care home last week.At about 7.15pm on Monday, 16 December, the woman entered the sheltered housing building for vulnerable adults in Camberwell in the southeast of the city. She pretended she was visiting somebody who stayed there – but they have since confirmed they did not know her.After a short time in the building, the woman left and brought with her the small tree from the entrance.The tree had been donated to the facility by a member of staff and, according to Scotland Yard, was “liked by all the residents who now have no tree for Christmas”.“This is a particularly callous crime especially at this time of year involving some of our more vulnerable members of society,” said PC Lorna Clark who issued an appeal to the public for information.CCTV footage of the incident has been released.Read: Mountain rescue teams urge walkers to be safe this ChristmasToday: Difficult driving conditions, but no major travel disruption amid ‘orange alert’ winds
If you didn’t quite understand the point of Floating Touch when you read about the Sony Xperia Sola the other day, maybe this new video from Sony will help. Then again, maybe it won’t.While the Sola appears at first glance to have the same sort of touchscreen as other smartphones, it’s not. Sony utilizes two different types of capacitive sensors, one (mutual) which detects physical touches and a second (self) that can pick up events from a distance of about 2.2cm. Yes, floating touch on the Xperia Sola can theoretically tell what you’re pointing at from almost an inch away!That ability, coupled with the arrival of hover events in Android 4.0, could allow for some very interesting user experiences down the road. However, right now the Xperia Sola floating touch demo Sony has posted makes the whole thing look a little futile.The finger we’re looking at is never anywhere near an inch away from the screen. Most of the time it appears to be narrowly avoiding actually touching the display — and you can see the occasional accidental touch take place. Unless you’re intently focused on not touching the screen of your Sola, chances are good you’d probably end up touching it anyway.Floating touch is a cool concept, but it’s just not very well suited to a handheld device that is meant to be handled and touched. It works much better in your living room or office, where the Kinect has shown repeatedly just how cool touch-free interaction can be.More at Sony and The Verge
The Clark County Council has settled on two finalists for county manager. The council is inviting the public to come meet them at a forum that’ll be held the morning of May 30.According to a county news release, the county has selected Rick Rudometkin, county manager of Eddy County, N.M., and Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Mo.The news release states that Rudometkin has 24 years of local government experience and previously served as director of public works in Eddy County, which has a population of 57,578 and is located in the southeastern portion of the state.According to the release, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. He also holds credentials as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics and Certified Public Manager through the New Mexico EDGE program, part of New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.Henessee also has a background in local government. Since 2017 he has held his position at Pleasant Hill, Mo., which has a population of over 8,000. Previously, he served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wis.
Guwahati : Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said over 1,000 cases are pending in courts across the country for 50 years, while a whopping two lakh plus cases are pending for 25 years. Gogoi instructed Gauhati High Court Chief Justice (Acting) Arup Kumar Goswami to clear such long pending cases in Assam as soon as possible. He said he had addressed the chief justices of various high courts on July 10, during which he requested them, inter alia, to “go after” the 50-year-old and the 25-year-old cases. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us The CJI also said, out of about 90 lakh pending civil cases, more than 20 lakh are at a stage where summons have not been served yet. Gogoi expressed concern over “belligerent and reckless behaviour” by some individuals and groups and hoped the country’s institutions will overcome such “wayward” elements. The CJI did not elaborate on his remarks and refrained from naming any individuals or groups. “It is unfortunate that the present times are witnessing belligerent and reckless behaviour by a few individuals and some groups. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “I am hopeful that such incidents turn out to be exceptions and the strong traditions and ethos of our institution shall always assist our stakeholders to display resilience to overcome the belligerence of such wayward constituents,” Gogoi said. He said that unlike offices or government establishments, courts are unique, with multiple stakeholders converging every day to facilitate and make the wheels of justice move forward, though they may not be bound by any single hierarchy of commands. Advertise With Us “It is therefore important, for each stakeholder functioning in a court complex, to learn and accept that the institutional traditions and practices are the greatest gifts that we inherit in our respective journeys even as we associate with the process of justice dispensation in various capacities,” Gogoi said. The CJI said that judges and judicial officers must remember that judgments and court orders have a bearing on public faith. “Today, I feel compelled to assert that judges and judicial officers must remember that public faith and confidence, on which our institution lives and survives, is largely built on the basis of orders and judgements passed by us,” Gogoi said. The CJI also said that getting selected as a judicial functionary is an opportunity to serve the hallowed institution, whose value is always immeasurably more than what can be reasonably visualised. “The right to adjudicate the affairs of fellow human beings and citizens has an element of divinity to it and this privilege by itself must fill us with humility and a profound sense of duty towards the people, whom we serve,” he said.
00:00 /00:45 Gage Skidmore/FlickrU.S. Sen. John Cornyn Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Republican Sen. John Cornyn is facing a growing field of challengers to keep his seat, with the entry of Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards. Other Democratic candidates already in the contest include Air Force veteran M.J. Hegar, former Congressman Chris Bell and Houston activist Sema Hernandez.Cal Jillson with Southern Methodist University says the crowded presidential contest to challenge President Donald Trump is largely driving the interest in the Senate race.“I think that represents the uncertainty of the electoral climate as we move toward 2020,” Jillson said. “Will President Trump’s appeal to racial divisions in the country affect the presidential election and all the Senate elections and House elections going on around the country?”Jillson says at this stage the large number of challengers to Cornyn could generate enthusiasm among the Democratic base in Texas. Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston agrees.“A growing primary field for Democrats is a good problem of their own making,” Rottinghaus told the Texas Standard. “Twenty-eighteen showed that Texas is winnable, it’s flippable, or purple, or it’s a toss-up, depending on how you want to characterize it.”Jillson argues that, at this point, the odds still favor Cornyn winning a fourth term, both because of his advantage in cash-on-hand and his greater name recognition.“M.J. Hegar is out front. Chris Bell won one U.S. House race, lost the governor’s race, lost a race in Houston for local office. Amanda Edwards is a local candidate in Houston who has no name recognition outside the city,” Jillson said.A fifth Democrat, State Senator Royce West of Dallas, is expected to declare his candidacy on Monday. Listen
Is Justice League any good?…are you being serious right now?…yes?……for real?So it’s NOT good, is where you’re going with thi-Are you new here – as in, on the planet?…was there a reason I was supposed to be expecting it to not be good?Well, it’s a movie that was already in production when they got the bad news that its direct predecessor opened as one of the worst reviewed films of its year. This prompted the studio-wide panic and placing the rest of what was already a production slate of questionable ambition in jeopardy and setting off a “troubled production” rumor mill that’s continued to plague it to this day. Most notably that it was supposed to be TWO movies and at some point became just the one for now. Who’s director stepped down from post-production owing to a family tragedy, leading to the film being finished by another filmmaker best known for similar features in a competing series leading to still more drama involving massive reshoots and more rumors of drastic changes to tone, story and pacing as its studio attempts an in-motion course correction? Does that strike you as a recipe for “good?”So it’s NOT good?No, it’s not very good.What’s wrong with it?Everything that was wrong with every one of these movies so far except for the first 2/3rds of Wonder Woman. Weak story, bad script, ill-defined characters, actors who feel like they want to be anywhere else, a tonal clash between “dumb” and “pretentious” and some of the most hideously ugly production design this side of the Riddick movies. This is all coupled with a franchise-filmmaking production philosophy that still favors cart-before-the-horse world building over making good individual films. It’s ugly, empty, dumb as a bag of hammers and obnoxiously insistent about its owns supposed gravitas.Is it better than Batman V Superman, at least?Ironically, it’s nowhere NEAR as bad as Batman V Superman was… but it’s also a thousand times less interesting; scaling back and cutting out all the bizarre gonzo bad decisions that characterized its predecessor but keeping all the boring corporate Hollywood bad decisions. And I… guess that’s a better outcome? If Dawn of Justice was a cauldron of scalding-hot gorilla piss, then Justice League is… the same thing, but the gorilla-piss is just room-temperature? So it’s every bit as gross and unpleasant, and you shouldn’t go near it but touching it won’t physically injure you. So that’s something.But I take it there’s a downside to that?The thinking on the post-production side here clearly seems to have been that releasing a dud is preferable to risking another disaster; and that (plus what feels like a deliberate excising of ANY plot details that might have existed to set up future storylines they’re no longer planning on using) basically means that you’re watching a film where everything that wasn’t a joke, an action scene or a character striking a dramatic pose for their merchandising stills just… doesn’t exist. Functionally, Justice League is the cinematic equivalent of a cheap fiber supplement: It has no taste, no texture and it’s mainly designed to pass harmlessly through the plumbing and kind of make you feel like you saw something.How much story did they end up leaving in?There’s a magical cube with vaguely defined cosmic significance on Earth that an alien bad guy needs to conquer… I assume the Universe? So he shows up with an army of interchangeable CGI henchmen and tries to take it. In order to prevent this, a group of superheroes is assem- er… eh, “gathered” to stop him and save the world.Um… that sounds a lot like…Yes, but there’s a pretty big difference!Oh?Yes! In this one… there are THREE magic cubes.Ha-ha. Wait – isn’t the villain Steppenwolf? And isn’t he connected to all that Darkseid/New Gods business that was so much fun in the cartoons?That seems to have been the plan when this was the next step in “big story” and not the salvaged-together remnants of what no longer seems to be the DCEU’s main direction anymore, yeah. That’s probably why it feels so empty on the stakes/villain side: You can feel where all the “bigger mythology” stuff was supposed to go in the now-unexplained places between characters changing personality or gaining understanding.Is any of it good?Gal Gadot is still fun as Wonder Woman, though she’s given very little to work with here. Some of the action beats are well staged, even though they don’t mean anything. Beyond that, not much. Affleck looks like he’s literally eyeing the exit, Fisher has presence but Cyborg is a brooding bore, Flash is a whiny, annoying, weightless Millennial stereotype and Aquaman is… easily the WORST character in the entire DC franchise now – I don’t understand how a dude as large and “exuberant” as Jason Momoa can have absolutely zero screen-presence… but here we are.How are the FX?It’s also shockingly bad-looking in a lot of spots. If you’ve seen the first wave of trailers compared to the most recent, you can already tell this was originally meant to be slightly more in line with Batman V Superman’s palette and has been color-graded and retouched into a COMPLETELY different look (to be frank, it looks mainly like they’re trying to make it match the more Crayola-colored vibrancy of the last couple Marvel and X-Men movies) and the problem with that is that things like costumes, sets and props are designed around how they’re going to be shot and lit; so the level of tampering on display here has the effect of highlighting how artificial and stagey it all looks.So… about that character who died in the last one?Gonna need to throw up the spoiler-warning on that one. For now: A waste of time, effort and classic comics – utterly skippable, and a real shame. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target [SPOILER WARNING FOR THIS POINT ONWARD]Okay, so Superman comes back to life in the middle of the movie and it doesn’t mean ANYTHING. seriously, it’s not really built up that this is a thing or a plan, just – “Hey, maybe the Motherbox can ressurect the dead, let’s try this!” And then he’s back. He’s angry for a bit, then he’s not because Lois Lane shows up and they contrive to hit “pause” on this whole plotline so he won’t have to show up and save everybody easily until the VERY end. It’s a hugely disappointing way to handle it, with a complete lack of interest in what “death” or dying now means in this context – it’s like not even the other characters can bring themselves to pretend he wasn’t coming back right away. Maybe there was more there before they took the hatchet to the movie, but it just feels like so much rushing through plot-points so the DCEU can move on to whatever it’s going to morph into post-Wonder Woman.Do they ever pay off the time-traveling Flash or Batman’s weird nightmare from the last movie?Not even a little bit – I wonder if they’ll decide to pay it off different than it was meant to pay off here at some point, or just forget that it happened, honestly.Anything else spoiler-ish or of interest?There’s a flashback scene where we see unidentified characters using Green Lantern rings, but nothing comes of it. Superman and Flash have a race in the first of two post-credit scenes, which would be a nice payoff for a relationship between the two characters that never actually develops during the movie itself. “Bonus scene” #2 I won’t spoil, save to say that the brazenness with which it says “Hey, forget an entire previous movie’s worth of characterization and a ton of plot stuff we promised would pay off – instead we’re doing this even if [character] is suddenly a totally different [personality] for no reason” is almost offensively disrespectful of the audience. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Related posts:The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants The zombie wasp that gives alien spiders nightmares Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José When looking for wildlife in Costa Rica, it’s easy to become fixated on the unusual mammals and vibrant birds, but one of the country’s most complex creatures lies underfoot.Living in massive colonies of up to 5 million members, leaf-cutter ants (Atta cephalotes*) have walked the Earth for millions of years. The resilient ants can even be found streaming through the street gutters of San José in their characteristic sea of green leaves. Moving along their forged path, each ant will carry a piece of leaf up to three times its own weight.Common sense would indicate that the ants feed on the tiny leaf pieces, but leaf-cutters actually use the clippings to cultivate their own fungal garden. To sustain this production, the ants have evolved intricate societies that are now among the oldest and most elaborate on earth.Three-way symbiosisLeaf-cutter ants’ millennia-long existence can be attributed to their relationships with other organisms. Using leaves cut from trees, the ants cultivate a fungus from which they feed. Studies show that leaf-cutting ants have been cultivating the same strain of fungus for at least 23 million years. Neither the ants nor the fungus can survive without the other, and this link is perhaps the best recognized example of mutual symbiosis, the dependance of two species on each another.The two species are so inter-connected that each new colony begins with both an ant and a fungal growth. A new queen will take a small bit of fungus from the colony where she is born before flying off. The queen will then mate before taking the fungus underground to form the new colony.The first days for a newly anointed colony queen are busy. Along with nursing her young, the queen has to begin growing a new fungal garden by feeding it with her feces. Soon, the queen’s first set of young are large enough to leave the nest to cut leaves to continue to feed the fungus. As the fungus expands, so does the colony.But the ants’ monoculture fungal garden is extremely susceptible to another type of parasitic fungus that the ants cannot ingest. Left uncontrolled, the fungus will form a white growth over the ants’ garden, rendering it inedible and leaving the colony to starve. To combat this threat, the ants — already the world’s first farmers — became the world’s first pharmacists.Female leaf-cutters carry a small patch on their cuticle that grows the bacteria Streptomyces. The ants spread this bacteria over leaves and fungi in the garden to kill other types of fungi. Not only does this particular bacteria ward off parasitic fungi for the leaf-cutters, but it also is found in more than half of the antibiotics in modern medicine today. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)The caste systemTo manage the enormous tasks required for a farming ant colony, leaf-cutters have divided roles, or castes. Leaf-cutters, like many insects, are polymorphic, meaning that within each species there are a number of different body types, each suited to a specific task.Queens, the colonies’ founders, have wings to fly off to start another colony, and are the only fertile female ants in any given colony. Their sole job is reproduction, which is aided by drones, or small, winged males that fly from colony to colony to help queens reproduce.The rest of the ants in the colony are infertile females tasked with protecting the nest and caring for the fungal garden. Soldier ants are the largest in the colony and, as the name implies, are responsible for guarding the other ants from predators. Next down the line are the workers, which forage and cut leaves and carry them back to the colony. There, they pass the leaves on to the smallest ants, the minima, which use their small size to work inside the colony tunnels. These ants are responsible for gardening, feeding other ants, caring for young ants and cleaning other ants and leaves.Leaf-cutters also divide themselves by age and ability. The colonies put their older, weaker ants to work in the colony’s garbage dump. These ants are quickly infected with parasitic fungus and usually do not live long. Their bodies then die in the waste dump away from the healthy ants.Biologists estimate that the ants manage to clear as much as 15 percent of the leaves in Neotropical forests for their fungal gardens indicating massive populations. Today the ants are among the most evolutionary successful creatures on the planet, having survived for tens of millions of years.So the next time you walk through the forest, turn your head from the trees and skies and direct your gaze down for a glimpse at the oldest society on the planet.Originally published on April 3, 2015. Note: There are seven species of leaf-cutting ants found in Costa Rica. Atta cephalotes are the most common.Also Recommended: 6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seenRead more “Into the Wild” columns here Facebook Comments
This Arizona Cardinal has done it four times this season,each time over 80 yards and he currently leads the NFLwith 558 total yards. The player is Patrick Peterson and the name of the game ispunt returns. Peterson returned his fourth punt for a touchdown Sundayagainst the Rams, tying an NFL record for punt returns fora touchdown in a single season. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt knew Peterson was a goodreturner, but had no idea he could be this special. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “I didn’t know that he was going to return four fortouchdowns,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s pretty clear that hehas those abilities to do that quickness, strength, greathands, I can say now after his fourth one I’m notsurprised I couldn’t say that at the start of the season.” Obviously by now most punters realize the danger Petersonpresents and will probably try to keep the ball away fromhim. Although that wasn’t the story Sunday, even afterPeterson warned punter Donnie Jones not to punt to him.However, Whisenhunt says sometimes keeping the ball awayis easier said than done.“I watched their punter in pre-game and he was obviouslytrying to kick it to the sideline, but it’s not an exactscience,” Whisenhunt said. “Every once in a while you’llmiss you and it’ll you go down the middle and you justhope that it doesn’t hurt you. It’s a tough deal when youhave someone back there that can return it like Patrick.” Whisenhunt believes Peterson is a legitimate threat forrookie of the year. “I don’t have a vote in it but I would certainly push forhim,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s had a huge impact with ourteam on our wins and I know we don’t have a lot of winsbut what he’s done tying a record in the NFL that’s prettyspecial.” Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’
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