first_imgLegislation to protect construction tradespeople and supplierswill take effect on Jan. 1, 2005, it was announced today, Oct.16, by Premier John Hamm, in a speech to the ConstructionAssociation of Nova Scotia. The Builders’ Lien Act, formerly the Mechanics’ Lien Act, willhelp ensure that builders and suppliers get paid for their work.The legislation was introduced by Justice Minister Michael Bakeron April 21. “Government has an important obligation to the industry,” saidPremier Hamm. “Workers need security, not just the physicalsecurity on the site — but the economic security that theirwork, their time and their effort, will get paid for.” Mr. Hamm also thanked the Construction Association of NovaScotia, and president Carol MacCullough, for their valuable inputinto the legislation. “These new changes — these new protections are a result of thiscollaboration in action. Construction projects can involve manydifferent contracts. Therefore, one party’s inability or refusalto pay, especially if it’s at the top of the constructionpyramid, can harm various contractors and suppliers on theproject.” The legislation would give builders and suppliers extra time toregister a lien — 60 days as opposed to 45. It would also createa legal trust so funds are set aside by the property owner to payall the expenses for services or goods. Similar provisions existin most other provinces. There are also new provisions for those using arbitration toresolve disputes.last_img read more

first_imgNew Out-of-School-Time Learning Grants will help more Nova Scotia students succeed in math and literacy. “As much as we are investing in education and providing more resources for students and teachers, there are students who need more support outside of the regular school day,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “This new initiative is designed to provide additional supports for students who could benefit from extra academic and enrichment programming but may not otherwise have the means or the opportunity.” The grants will help eligible community groups, schools and other organizations use innovative approaches to engage students. Activities are to focus on academic coaching or tutoring and build in other complementary experiences such as homework help, enrichment activities, recreation, arts, music, and mentoring. Applications from community-school partnerships that support family literacy will also qualify. A total of $176,000 is being invested in this new initiative which supports the goals of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education. Eight grants of $22,000 each will be awarded. The goal is to award one grant within the boundaries of each of the province’s eight school boards. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7. More information and a link to the application can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

first_imgA smattering of retail chains closed their doors in another tough year for the industry in 2017, but the demise of Sears Canada seemed to resonate most with Canadians, many of whom grew up devouring its annual holiday wish book and shopping at the department store.The high-profile closure and ensuing controversies helped make Sears Canada’s demise the 2017 Business News Story of the Year. It received 47 per cent of the votes from journalists in an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press.Small business tax changes received 16 per cent of the votes from a field of nine candidates, while trade talks and marijuana companies tied for third place at 14 per cent each.“For many Canadians, Sears is more than a store, it’s an institution,” said Allan Shifman, managing editor at Yahoo Canada Finance.“Add to that the horrible way the retailer wound down… This is a story that resonates with all Canadians, not just the ones tuned into the finance news cycle.”The struggling chain spent the bulk of the year attempting to re-invent itself — a hodgepodge process that included adding grocery stores to certain locations, hosting a pop-up shop in a trendy Toronto neighbourhood and developing dash buttons that would give customers the ability to restock favourite products from home.But those efforts failed to materialize and the long-time staple of Canada’s retail landscape filed for creditor protection in June, sold off some locations and decided to liquidate the rest of its roughly 190 stores, leaving some 15,000 employees out of work.The chain’s closure sparked a number of controversies.Sears Canada planned to dole out millions of dollars in retention bonuses to head office staff while grappling with a more than $260-million shortfall in its pension plan.A plan by executive chairman Brandon Stranzl that would see the company continue to operate was rebuffed in favour of liquidation, prompting further questions about whose interests were being prioritized.After the sales began, the Competition Bureau said it was investigating allegations that some merchandise was marked up ahead of the liquidation.The way Sears Canada treated its employees also struck a chord with many, given the chain was a big employer across the country, especially in smaller towns and cities, where few retailers are present.The company originally wanted to pay a total $7.6 million to 43 top employees, but, facing backlash, revised that to a total of $6.5 million to 36 employees.The reduction was approved by an Ontario judge, but some employees argued it was still too much money given the company was also facing a 19 per cent pension plan funding shortfall, meaning employees would likely see a similar cut to their benefits.The Sears story also points to a larger trend in business today — “the so-called retail apocalypse, in which brick-and-mortar stores lose out to online sales,” said Daniel Tencer, senior business editor at HuffPost Canada.The rise of e-commerce was one of several factors that led to Sears Canada’s struggles, said Brandon Stranzl, who stepped away from his position in August to lead an unsuccessful bid to buy the company and save it from liquidation.“The major moat of a department store was aggregation,” he said, explaining Sears Canada was once the go-to for all household needs.That model was upended when specialty retailers appeared and started to eat away at the department store’s mattress, appliance and other core businesses, while discount chains like Walmart forced prices down and internet-based retailers swooped into provide a direct to consumer option, he said.“The company would have had to execute flawlessly to avoid, you know, a restructuring,” he said, adding they did everything possible to avoid that fate, but it came down to time.“We didn’t have sufficient time to get through all the plans.”The closures are the latest in a string of department store exits in recent memory. Target, Zellers and now Sears Canada have left repeated vacancies at malls across Canada and shopping centres have struggled to fill the void with new anchor tenants.Now, former competitor and one of the few remaining department store chains in the country, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), appears to be struggling with similar headwinds.The company is in the midst of a transformation plan that includes laying off 2,000 people across North America and posted a $243-million loss in its most recent quarter.Interim CEO Richard Baker has said the company expects to benefit from the Sears Canada closure.But Stranzl isn’t so sure.He warned any sales bump to HBC after Sears Canada’s liquidation sales end is likely to be temporary due to the long-term challenges facing department stores.“I think their business model… fundamentally has to be altered for it to be, you know, successful over a long period of time,” Stranzl said.“Consumers just aren’t going to shop that way any more.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgHOUSTON — When Walmart’s Greg Foran took over as CEO of the discounter’s U.S. division four years ago, he found messy stores with lots of items that were frequently out of stock. The 57-year-old New Zealand native dove in, making sure shelves were loaded with the most popular products and establishing controls to increase freshness in produce like strawberries.Foran’s obsession with the nitty-gritty details has helped lead to several years of straight quarterly sales gains for the U.S. division. But with Walmart facing competition from Amazon and other pressures, he’s also reimagining the shopping experience at Walmart’s 4,700 stores, transforming them into distribution hubs that can fill the fast-growing online orders to reduce shipping costs and speed up deliveries. To do that, Walmart has been training its 1.5 million workers at its new academies while using automation to relieve them of menial tasks.Scanning robots at a store in Houston as well as a cluster of others keep tabs of what’s on and not on the shelves and communicate that information to the automatic conveyor system that’s backed up to the truck bay. Workers with new apps on their hand-held devices manage routine tasks like price changes on the spot, freeing them to serve shoppers and even check them out.Foran, who used to head Walmart’s China business, says he’s always looking to new technology that improves efficiency. Still he takes delight in old-school retail basics like watching shoppers open a carton of produce.AP recently spoke with Foran during a tour of the Houston store about the holiday season, his views on workers and other issues. The questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.Q. What makes this holiday season different?A. I wake up on Monday morning at 4 a.m. and the first email I look at is Amazon has gone and introduced free shipping. You’re getting competitors out there starting to up the ante. I think we’ll see more business done online, not just at Amazon but at Walmart and in other retailers. I think the fact that people like Toys R Us are out of the market has changed the environment around toys, both physical and digital offering.Q. So do you think you’ll drop the $35 minimum order for free shipping for the holidays?A. These things are always discussed and reviewed. Sometimes that means following and other times it doesn’t.Q. Does Amazon keep you up at night?A. To be frank, lots of things keep me up at night. Amazon is one of them. Target is another. I am in Aldi stores, Lidl stores. There’s no doubt that Amazon is a significant competitor. You keep tabs. But your job is not to copy.Q. How are you approaching wages given increasing competitive pressures?A. We look at it regularly. As you can imagine, it’s a particularly large country. We’ve made a lot of progress getting ourselves from where we were to $9, then $10, and then $11 earlier on this year. We’ve got a number of stores that pay well over that now, $12, $13, $14. So we continuously review that. We then take into account what we’re doing in things like benefits so parental leave, PTO (paid time off) etc.Q. Will there be fewer workers at Walmart stores given robotic technology?A. That’s going to play itself out. I am a big proponent of the good jobs strategy. For a lot of tasks that you used to do that were mundane, tedious, we’re now working out how we can digitize those. And then we’re creating new roles through turning stores into fulfilmentcentres because now we’ve got thousands of personal shoppers who are picking your order, so the jobs are changing._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

The High Commissioner noted that domestic developments in the two countries have led to a revitalization of India – Sri Lanka relations.President Maithripala Sirisena visited India in February, which was his first overseas visit after assuming office while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Sri Lanka in March, the first stand alone bilateral visit to Sri Lanka by an Indian Prime Minister since 1987. India says the domestic developments in Sri Lanka and India have led to a revitalization of the relations between both countries. In a speech made at the event, the High Commissioner said that this year has been very eventful for both India and Sri Lanka and India’s policy of “Neighbourhood First” recognizes that neighbours have a first claim on India and Sri Lanka is amongst India’s closest and dearest neighbours. The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha said this at a ceremony held at India House in Colombo today to celebrated the 69th Independence Day of India. During Prime Minister Modi’s visit, it was reiterated that Sri Lanka has the potential to be India’s strongest economic partner in the region.The High Commissioner also reiterated India’s abiding commitment to boosting relations with Sri Lanka.The Indian flagship Housing Project involving construction of 50000 houses is making excellent progress and will be completed soon. Moreover, the bilateral relationship is expanding to new vistas, especially in field of Science and Technology. The extension of e-Tourist Visa facility to Sri Lankan citizens has provided a boost to people to people contacts. The Indian High Commissioner concluded that on the eve of parliamentary elections, Sri Lanka is poised to embark upon a new journey of peace, reconciliation and progress. He said India will continue to extend its hand of friendship and support to Sri Lanka in this endeavour. read more

This is the second time that inmates of the special refugee camp are getting released in the last 30 days. On July 18, the state government released four Sri Lankan refugees who were involved in various crimes in Tamil Nadu. They were allowed to reunite with their families living in various parts of the state.A total of 14 people are currently lodged in the camp. Agreeing to his plea, the state government passed an order to release him. Regional special deputy tahsildar S Natarajan released Hassan in the morning and sent him to Sri Lanka by flight.“He was escorted to the Trichy international airport from where he left for Colombo,” Natarajan told TOI. In 2013, immigration authorities at the Trichy international airport had found that the passport Hassan produced to travel back to Sri Lanka was a fake, and he was subsequently arrested. He was proven guilty and a Trichy court sentenced him to 13 months of imprisonment under the Foreigners Act and Passport Act. Although he was not a refugee, he was put in the special camp for refugees in the Trichy central prison. After he completed his term, he appealed to the state government to release him so he can go back to his paralytic father and siblings in Sri Lanka. The state government has to decide on his release since he was arrested under the Foreigners Act. The Tamil Nadu state government has released a Sri Lankan national who was lodged in the special refugee camp at the Trichy central prison.Hassan Mohammed, 32, from Kandy was sentenced to prison and lodged in the camp in 2013 for trying to leave the country with a fake passport. He completed his term recently, and appealed to the state government to release him on humanitarian grounds. read more

Sharma dismissed this criticism. “The most important point about the Commonwealth is that it engages with member states to advance the values template,” he told The Hindu newspaper. “I made five visits to Sri Lanka, but you can’t keep on talking about it in public for the reason that work has to be done below the radar to carry political conviction. The results become visible at the end.” He started the practice of issuing departure statements so that citizens were clear about why he had come and what he had achieved. Outgoing Secretary General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma has rejected criticism over his relationship with Sri Lanka.Criticism of the Commonwealth’s role and Sharma’s leadership peaked in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in Sri Lanka. Human rights groups and pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organisations in Britain accused him of soft-pedalling the human rights abuses of the Rajapaksa regime, which in turn led to some heads of government boycotting the meeting. Sharma pointed to the present Sri Lankan Government’s appreciation of the role the Commonwealth played, and the practical steps taken in the form of round tables on reconciliation, and in training observers for the elections: “In the case of appointments to senior judicial offices, I spelt my disappointment very clearly, and we gave a compendium to the Rajapaksa Government of best practices in the Commonwealth.” Sharma is of the view that the Commonwealth is more relevant than ever before, with “its face turned firmly to the future”, despite what doomsters say. With a charter crafted under his guidance and accepted by the 53 members of the Commonwealth in 2012, the organisation has become an incubator for big-ticket ideas such as the Multilateral Debt Swap for Climate Action adopted at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta.“The Commonwealth is not a boutique organisation; it is a great global good. And because of its composition, if the Commonwealth can agree on something important, it is already a prototype of a global idea,” said Sharma in the interview with The Hindu in his office in Marlborough House, the grand 300-year-old building that houses the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“Were it not for the Milosevic trial, we would be in the same situation as last year,” Carla Del Ponte told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. She added that the Tribunal faced obstruction by Yugoslav authorities and received only limited cooperation from Serbian authorities – and even that only after the international community put pressure on them. What cooperation was forthcoming was both “selective and limited,” she said. Ms. Del Ponte explained that a key reason for her trip to UN Headquarters was to ask the international community to apply pressure on Yugoslavia, so that those charged with war crimes could actually be arrested and tried – the message she conveyed during her trip to the officials of the United States and other permanent members of the Security Council. About half of the Tribunal’s 32 fugitive indictees were presently in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ms. Del Ponte said, and she was convinced both Yugoslav and Serbian authorities were fully aware of their whereabouts. Until very recently, former Serbian strongman Ratko Mladic was “enjoying” official protection from the Yugoslav army with the blessing of the Federal Presidency, Ms. Del Ponte added, though she had been assured that this protection had now been removed. read more

On the positive side, some of the roads blocked by about 900 landslides have been cleared, allowing vehicles to deliver food and non-food supplies that were previously moved only by helicopter, mules or on foot, Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a press briefing.Tens of thousands of people on the lower levels of the mountainous region had been added to those receiving food, supplies and services, such as sanitation, every week. About 334,000 tents had been delivered, while another 322,000 tents were expected. Relief workers had distributed about 3.2 million blankets, while 4.8 million blankets were in the pipeline, he said.On the other hand, some 150,000 people had descended from the heights into hard-to-reach valleys, while at least 200,000 people had refused to leave their ancestral areas above the snow line, with limited access to aid, as weather experts predicted a harsh winter, with a foot of snow expected around the earthquake epicentre in November, five feet in December and eight feet in January, he said.”This is the race against the clock that we’ve been talking about for some time,” Mr. Egeland said, adding that the whole region would be covered with its first snows in two to four weeks.The official death toll had reached 73,000 and would likely increase to 80,000, with the wounded dying for lack of medical help, he warned.Mr. Egeland estimated that about 10 to 20 per cent of the 200,000 people living at the higher levels had not received help. Relief officials wanted to reach each village and provide sufficient food and shelter for those people who would not leave so they could survive until reconstruction could begin in the spring.On the question of funding, he said the UN relief agencies had received $84 million of the $133 million pledged, while most of the larger total of $1.03 billion was bilateral funds earmarked for reconstruction beginning in the spring, rather than for saving lives now. read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She sobbed as she told the hearing: “I can only apologise that I am in this position.”I have worked for years doing my university degree and I have just destroyed it.”I completely understand the impact that this has on the force. I let myself down, if I could change anything I would.”Written mitigation detailing personal issues was provided to the hearing and her representative Pat Anstead said: “She has done nothing but apologise and been really remorseful for what has happened.”Dismissing her, Mr Edens said: “It’s simply unacceptable that a police officer cannot be trusted because of our unique role in society and we must be relied upon to tell the truth.” Finding allegations of gross misconduct proven, he said: “In your own words, you have destroyed your career and your future.”You deliberately lied to evade a fare. You were in the wrong and you knew you were in the wrong at that stage.”The hearing, at the force headquarters at Wootton Hall, heard that Pc Tilley travelled from Northampton to Castle Cary on June 22 last year.The officer, described as “diligent, professional and committed”, was travelling with friends and did not buy a ticket for the final leg of her journey. She was not in uniform.Force solicitor Elizabeth Briggs said: “She travelled from Bristol to Westbury and on to Castle Cary. At that stage, she did not have a valid ticket to travel.”There were opportunities for her to purchase a ticket. She said it was her intention to not pay a rail fare for that part of the journey.”A single off-peak ticket from Bristol Temple Meads to Castle Cary today costs £15.60 and the officer went on to pay a fine of £109.65. A police officer “destroyed” her career by trying to skip a £15.60 train fare while travelling with friends, a misconduct hearing was told.Pc Frances Tilley was sacked and admitted she had “ruined” her future after avoiding payment for a journey between Bristol Temple Meads and Castle Cary in Somerset last June.When challenged, the officer claimed she had taken a shorter journey and was “rude and abrupt” to a revenue inspector, it was said.The officer, who had served for less than two years and was still on probation, sobbed as she was dismissed from Northamptonshire Police by Chief Constable Simon Edens. In your own words, you have destroyed your career and your futureChief Constable Simon Edenslast_img read more

first_img Enter BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ Fan Art CompetitionMCU News: Phase 4 Poster, Spider-Man Theories & More It’s that magical time of year again! No, not the anniversary of Liberia’s independence; I’m talking about The Penguin’s birthday! To help celebrate, I’ll give you all a brief history on this fan favorite Batman villain. Although Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot was born on July 26th, his first appearance was in Detective Comics #58 from creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger in December of 1941. In his first appearance Penguin guns down the crime boss, he works for and takes over the gang. He’s even using his signature umbrella guns. Yes, Batman does stop him, but The Penguin gets away, and his character traits, as well as his umbrella guns, are here to stay seventy-six years later.The Penguin has long since then been a recurring nemesis to Batman as well as occasionally showing up in supervillain teams. While he hasn’t often been featured in the most memorable comics where he’s the sole antagonist, he has shown up in some of the most widely acclaimed stories like Batman: The Long Halloween as well as playing a big role in No Man’s Land.Many people will be more familiar with The Penguin’s many live action and animated appearances. His first live action appearance was in Batman ‘66 starring the late Adam West and Burt Ward. Burgess Meredith portrayed The Penguin on many episodes as well as the movie version. The Penguin would then occasionally appear on episodes of Super Friends looking similar to the Burgess Meredith version. It wouldn’t be until June of 1992 with the release of Batman Returns that we would get a more grotesque like Penguin played by Danny DeVito. The success of the Burton Batman films led to arguably one of the most enduring legacies the comics have created, Batman: The Animated Series. The Penguin premiered in episode 20 titled “I’ve Got Batman in My Basement” which debuted in September of 1992. Paul Williams voiced The Penguin in that and all the future episodes of the series and is still the definitive Penguin when I think of the character.The Penguin’s most recent and arguably most nuanced and successful portrayal has been in the live action series Gotham that’s about to enter its fourth season. Played by actor Robin Lord Taylor, this interpretation of Oswald Cobblepot has more depth and humanity. We sympathize with this character more so than other interpretations. It’s important to note this is the first time that The Penguin is portrayed as queer too; having fallen in love with The Riddler. While yes, Oswald is still a bad guy, it’s important to have more representation, and Robin Taylor breathes new life into this character that’s older than most of you reading this. So go out and enjoy The Penguin’s birthday! Put on Batman Returns, go dig up your Batman: The Animated Series DVDs, or catch up on Gotham if you haven’t yet. Just don’t go stealing Faberge eggs.View as: One Page Slides1. Marcela Lozano2. Zimtdrache3. Mike Faist4. Tori Rdz5. Barnowlsoul6. Jason Angelone7. CatBat8. Shine9. Question Artbox10. BatDad11. Jotave12. Dust-in-my-Eyes13. Aleksey Batuev14. Edward Batkins15. Marie MagpieLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetcenter_img If there’s one thing we love, it’s video game Easter Eggs. Almost from the very beginning of the modern video game era, developers have found ways to sneak in hidden goodies. From UFOs in GTA: San Andreas to “Jill’s Sandwiches” in Dead Rising, Easter Eggs are a nice treat for gamers who love discovering secrets.Some Easter Eggs include cameos from video game developers. These secrets are fun since they are truly for the hardcore gamer. After all, general audiences probably don’t know who John Romero or Will Wright are, let alone what they look like. While some can see in-game developer cameos as egotistical, they are really there for the devoted player.Below are some of our favorite in-game cameos from game developers.Warren Robinett – AdventureAtari used to remove the names of developers from its games as a way to ensure competitors wouldn’t try to scoop them up. This lead some of its developers to leave the company due to lack of recognition (and royalties).Like other Atari developers, Warren Robinett wasn’t happy about this situation. He placed a hidden object (an invisible block) inside of the classic title, Adventure. This object allowed players access to a hidden room with a message that reads: “Created by Warren Robinett.” The trend of hiding Easter Eggs in games started with Atari’s Adventure due to Robinett’s desire for recognition.Dan Forden – Mortal KombatThe Mortal Kombat series has a ton of Easter Eggs, but none is more popular than Mortal Kombat II’s “Toasty!”Whenever players perform a brutal uppercut, sound designer Dan Forden’s face would appear on the lower right-hand side of the screen and yell “Toasty!” in a falsetto voice. “Toasty!” is an inside joke among Mortal Kombat’s developers. According to Forden, every time they’d play Super High Impact, he would yell “I predict toast!” which eventually turned into “I predict toasty!” This joke made it into the game after one of the designers suggested its inclusion.“Toasty” has appeared in numerous Mortal Kombat games, including the self-titled 2011 release.Hideo Kojima – Metal Gear Solid seriesThe Metal Gear series is inexorably tied to its creator, Hideo Kojima. It should come as no surprise the storied game developer has made major appeares in Metal Gear Solid titles on three separate occasions.PSP’s Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker let players recruit different soldiers into their army. One of these was Hideo Kojima, who hid himself inside the back of a truck. In Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, you had to help Kojima escape the enemy’s base. Once rescued, an ungrateful Kojima is brought onboard your helicopter where he says: “What took you so long?” Kojima also appears in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as a prisoner of war that needs rescuing. Like with Peace Walker, you can recruit him into your army.Gabe Newell – Half-LifeOne of gaming’s most notorious personalities is none other than Valve president, Gabe Newell. The celebrated/infamous Valve founder actually makes a cameo inside of one of the company’s biggest titles: the original Half-Life. Easter Eggs in games are naturally hard to find, but this one required extra effort from players.In order to find this secret room, players need to enable cheats. As you can see from the video above, after enabling cheats and sliding down an elevator shaft, you can clip through the floor and end up in a dark room. Turning on the flashlight reveals a room full of tiles with Newell’s face on them. This is both very cool and extremely creepy.John Romero – Doom 2In Doom 2, players have to kill the final boss by shooting a hole in its head with a rocket launcher. But what’s in that hole? By utilizing a noclip cheat, players can enter the bottom part of the boss. Here, they will find the severed head of id programmer and founder, John Romero, on a spike. Yes, in order to complete Doom 2, you have to kill its creator.The Icon of Sin boss (as fans have dubbed it) actually says “To win the game, you must kill me, John Romero!” However, this is difficult to understand since the audio is played backwards and heavily distorted. Not every game has one of its creators as the final boss, so this is definitely one of the coolest cameos on this list.Various Developers – Chrono TriggerChrono Trigger is known for its multiple endings. Thanks to New Game Plus, players can replay it and still retain their equipment and stats. This means it’s possible to complete the game relatively quickly. Players who finish fast are treated to a rather interesting ending.After defeating the last boss, players enter a location called “the end of time” that is inhabited by characters in the game. Speaking with them reveals they are actually the game’s developers. After talking with all 30 sprites, players enter a VIP room containing supervisor Hironobu Sakaguchi, composer Nobuo Uematsu, character artist Akira Toriyama, and supervisor Yuji Horii. Each has a very specific message for the player. This cameo will certainly make those who didn’t know about it want to go back and try to uncover it.Markus “Notch” Persson – The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimIn ages long past, people actually liked Markus Persson, a.k.a “Notch.” One tribute to the Minecraft creator is a weapon in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim called the Notched Axe. Despite not having a single notch, the axe is clearly an in-game shout-out to Persson.As you may know, pickaxes are featured prominently in Minecraft. The Notched Pickaxe adds +5 to Smithing. The skill is similar to crafting in Minecraft. It’s possible this Easter Egg exists as a way to show solidarity between Bethesda and Minecraft publisher, Mojang. Prior to this, the two companies were in a legal dispute over a “Scrolls” trademark infringement. The court eventually settled in favor of Mojang. Looks like we all can get along… at least sometimes.Will Wright – SporeConsider this a case where an Easter Egg is discovered before a game’s launch. Shortly before the release of Spore, Maxis released the Spore Creature Creator demo. While playing a leaked version of said demo, a user accidentally discovered an amusing (and somewhat terrifying) secret.“Okay, so I was screwing around with the (leaked) Spore Creature Creator demo late this evening, and right before I quit out of the entire game I try just randomly clicking around the main menu (the galaxy),” said Kotaku reader, Bahamut. “If you click the center of the galaxy, the menu buttons for ‘Load Creature,’ etc. disappear, which allows you to view the galaxy unhindered. While in this view, if you hold down the left mouse button move left or right you can give the galaxy a ‘spin.’ If you spin the galaxy fast enough, this pops up in the center of your screen.”I like Will Wright and all, but I’d have nightmares for the rest of my life if I ever looked into the sky and saw his face in a galaxy. Just saying…Various Developers – MDK2Bioware is known for producing hits like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Back in 2000, the company released a quirky title called MDK2 which featured a janitor in a spacesuit and a pistol-packing four-armed dog. Those who played MDK2 still hail it as one of the most unique titles of its day. Among this list, it stands out as because it features not one, but two instances of developer cameos.For the first cameo, players have to find a platform that is completely invisible. The only real way of knowing where to go is to shoot the ground and see where the bullets hit. This path leads to a castle hovering in the sky. The castle is empty, save for a poster with three developers; one of whom has the body of South Park’s Satan.The second cameo isn’t as crazy to discover. By using a sniper rifle and zooming into the sky at a certain location in the game, you’ll see developers’ faces instead of stars.Keiji Inafune – Hyperdimension NeptuniaWith the (stupid) console wars still raging, it’s surprising that the Hyperdimension Neptunia series never took off. After all, the whole concept of the game is explicitly an allegory for internet trolls’ favorite pastime. The series is weird, but the inclusion of a certain gaming developer as a secret attack makes it even more outlandish.Keiji Inafune (i.e. the man who brought us the awesome Mega Man and the awful Mighty No.9) actually inserted himself into Hyperdimension Neptunia MKII and Victory. The hyper attack in Victory is particularly disturbing since Inafune is basically the Space Battleship Yamato. Even compared to the other strange cameos listed here, this appearance is completely insane — especially since Keiji programmed himself into these games.last_img read more

first_img Twitter Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan Videos Articles 1 COMMENT WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Braun Strowman on Roman Reigns fansBraun Strowman tweeted out the following regarding the fans of Roman Reigns after he defeated Reigns last night at WWE Payback in San Jose.https://twitter.com/BraunStrowman/status/858881930263011328Nakamura to make PPV debutWWE began promoting the upcoming Backlash PPV on May 21 last night during Payback and noting that it will be Shinsuke Nakamura’s first Smackdown Live PPV appearance. Seth Rollins WhatsApp Facebook Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed.center_img 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever May 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm “Tonight I drown myself in the tears of the fallen Empire’s fans!!!!!!”He must have been pretty dry last night then Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Zach Steven Whitlow Videos Articles Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Google+last_img read more

first_imgState Highway 14 reopened at 2 a.m. today after being closed all day Tuesday eight miles east of Washougal for clean up  of an oil spill.“We were able to get a contractor crew out to do the paving, that was a big part of it,” Washington State Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Treece said.More work on the stretch of highway, nine miles east of Washougal, is planned for the next few days, Treece said. Alternating lanes of traffic will be open during the work.A tractor-trailer hauling two tankers of hot oil was heading east on the highway about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when the driver tried to take a curve too fast, Washington State Patrol Trooper Steve Robley said.The rear trailer struck the guardrail and overturned onto its side, spilling the hot oil, which is used in asphalt paving.There were no injuries, but 3,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the roadway and grassy shoulder. It congealed, damaging the roadway.The State Patrol said the driver of the rig, 49-year-old Juan Williams Jr., of Yuma, Ariz., was cited for second-degree negligent driving. Robley said a State Patrol commercial vehicle inspector also found the rig’s brakes appeared to be out of adjustment, which may lead to more citations.last_img read more

first_imgClark College will welcome Wells Tower, an award-winning journalist and short-story writer, for its Columbia Writers Series, a free, public event. Tower will read from his works and discuss his writing process from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday in Penguin Union Building room 258C, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Tower is the author of the short story collection “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.” His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s Magazine and The Paris Review. He received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. During winter quarter, the series will bring National Book Award finalist Jess Walter, author of “Beautiful Ruins” and The “Financial Lives of the Poets.” Launched in 1988, the Columbia Writers Series brings local, national and international authors to Clark and the region. Learn more at www.clark.edu/cc/cws.Directions and maps are available online. Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to participate should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901.last_img read more

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The average gender pay gap between reward and benefits professionals currently stands at £24,100, according to research by Employee Benefits.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, benefits and reward professionals in November-December 2016, also found that male respondents earn an average basic annual salary of £78,600, compared to female respondents’ average basic salary of £54,500.In part, this may be due to the lack of male respondents in benefits or reward analyst or administrator roles, which are lower paid than manager and director roles.As in 2014, the job with the most pronounced gender pay gap is benefits/reward director or head with a £21,700 difference between male and female respondents. This is a rise on the £17,461 difference we identified three years ago.Benefits and reward managers have a much smaller, although not insignificant, gender pay difference of £4,000 a year.The overall average annual basic salary for reward and benefits professionals is £62,000. Click to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017last_img read more

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. (WSVN) — Several students at a Collier County elementary school went home sick on Thursday after, officials said, they breathed in smoke from a massive brush fire.Firefighters and state forestry officials are still battling the blaze that continues to burn near Naples. Afternoon update from #LeeWilliamsRdFire in Collier County. #FLFire@FFS_cafc, @collierEM pic.twitter.com/PJ4Te9pPmp— FL Forest Service (@FLForestService) March 9, 2017Seventy-five acres of the Picayune Strand Forest have burned over the last five days. The fire is about 50 percent contained.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgCAPE COD, Mass. (WSVN) — Say cheese! Researchers in the waters off Cape Cod recently captured a stunning image of a curious, smiling shark.The shark had a grin to rival Bruce in the Disney movie Finding Nemo.The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the shark swam right up to a GoPro camera during a recent trip.Numerous shark sightings have been reported this summer in the area, forcing the closure of several beaches.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Tewksbury Public Library and Wilmington Memorial Library have teamed up to host a Prom Dress Drive and need your help! The libraries are looking for donations of good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses to help provide dresses to all teens who want to attend their prom! Dresses should be dropped off clean and are welcome in all sizes and styles. Dresses can be dropped off at either library during regular business hours Friday, February 1st through Friday, March 1st.Local teens will be invited to pick out dressed on Saturday, March 2nd from 2pm to 5 pm at the Tewksbury Public Library (300 Chandler Street). There will be dressing rooms so teens can make sure the dresses fit before taking one home. Dresses left after the event will be donated to Belle of the Ball.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Tewksbury Public Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Reading Kickoff On June 15; History Of Silver Lake On June 17In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”last_img read more

first_imgUpdated graphic on the prison riot in Brazil where 56 inmates were killed and 144 escaped. AFPAn attack by members of one crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including several who were beheaded or dismembered in the worst bloodshed at a Brazilian prison since 1992.Authorities said the riot that raged from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning grew out of a fight between two of the country’s biggest crime gangs over control of prisons and drug routes in northern Brazil.In a separate incident Monday evening, four inmates were killed at another Amazonas prison. Police were investigating whether there was a connection between the mass killings at the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex and the later ones at Unidade Prisional do Puraquequara.Amazonas authorities initially reported 60 dead in the Anisio Jobim prison in Manaus, but the state public security secretary’s office later reduced that figure to 56. Officials also said 112 inmates escaped during the riot.There were 1,224 inmates in the prison, which was built to hold 592, Amazonas state public security’s office said. The prison is run by a private company that is paid according to the number of inmates.Twelve prison guards were held hostage by the inmates during the riot, though none was injured.“This is the biggest prison massacre in our state’s history,” Public Security Secretary Sergio Fontes said at a news conference. “What happened here is another chapter of the war that narcos are waging on this country and it shows that this problem cannot be tackled only by state governments.”Fontes confirmed that many of the dead had been beheaded. Judge Luis Carlos Valois, who negotiated the end of the riot with inmates, said he saw many bodies that had been quartered.“I never saw anything like that in my life. All those bodies, the blood,” Valois wrote on Facebook.It was the largest death toll during a Brazilian prison riot since the killing of 111 inmates by police officers in the Carandiru penitentiary in Sao Paulo in 1992. Police said they acted in self-defense then.Two other prisons in Manaus also reported riots since Sunday. At one, 72 prisoners escaped, including an inmate who posted a picture of himself on Facebook as he left. Amazonas police were also looking for any links between those two incidents and the riot at Anisio Jobim.Authorities said that of the 184 inmates who escaped Amazonas prisons the last two days, only 40 had been recaptured.Fontes said the inmates at Anisio Jobim made few demands to end the riot, saying that hinted at a killing spree organized by members of a local gang, the Family of the North, against those of the First Command of the Capital that is based in Sao Paulo.Valois said that during the negotiations at Anisio Jobim, inmates asked only “that we did not transfer them, made sure they were not attacked and kept their visitation” rights.Authorities said officers found a hole in a prison wall through which weapons entered the building. A policeman was wounded in exchange of gunfire with the inmates. Several firearms were found when police searched the prison after the riot.Jose Vicente da Silva, a former national public security secretary, said the incidents in Manaus were a result of Brazil’s severe recession and poor management of the prison system.“Since 2014 homicides in prisons of Amazonas are double the national average, and last year they cut their public security budget by 50 percent due to austerity measures. This incident is a repetition in a bigger scale,” Da Silva told The Associated Press. “Every year 500 inmates die in Brazilian prisons. With the current economic crisis and the budget cuts, the gangs get even bolder.”The First Command, nationally known as PCC, is the most powerful drug and prison gang in Brazil and it has been trying to extend its reach to northern prisons dominated by the Family of the North. To counter, Family of the North associated with the Red Commando of Rio de Janeiro, the second biggest crime gang in Brazil.To avoid another wave of killings of PCC members, Amazonas authorities said they had relocated 130 inmates to a prison that was opened in 1907 but deactivated in October because of substandard conditions.last_img read more