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Nova Scotia marijuana outlets to be bright open inviting corporation says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s legal marijuana stores will be “bright, open, and inviting” — but the product itself will be sold in secure containers and then sealed in a paper bag.Conceptual drawings released by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation show what customers can expect once Ottawa legalizes recreational marijuana.It will be sold in clearly demarcated areas of 11 NSLC stores that also sell alcohol, while one downtown Halifax store will be the province’s lone pot-only retail outlet.“There will be a section of the store that has a frosted glass area, because you are not allowed under federal regulations to be able to see the product,” corporation spokeswoman Beverly Ware said Monday.“The key for us is to keep the area bright and open and inviting and in keeping with the NSLC stores that people are accustomed to.”The drawings show a well lit area where various strains of marijuana are displayed in glass jars inside glass cases. The cash register area is flanked by a station where customers can get information about the marijuana they are buying on computer tablets.Bright posters outline the various categories of product according to levels of THC or medicinal CBD.The categories are Relax, Unwind, Centre, and Enhance, Ware said.With the exception of the pot-only Halifax location, customers will not be allowed to smell the product on the premises so the odour doesn’t permeate into areas where alcohol is sold.“But you are able to closely look at the product and we will have a written description of what the smell of the product would be like if you were able to open it,” said Ware.Before they begin to shop, Ware said customers will be met by a product specialist who will ask questions about the type of marijuana they are looking for, and who will also give health and safety advice.Customers will be advised not to consume alcohol with their purchase and will be asked to store it safely once they are home. They will also be told not to smoke pot while driving.“We expect that there might be a number of new users and cannabis affects different people differently,” said Ware. “So we’ll be asking customers to start low and slow, to start with lower levels of THC and to slowly learn how the product will react with their body.”Ware said the marijuana will only be handled by the clerk who will get it for the customer. It will be sold in secure containers similar to those used for drug prescriptions and then sealed in a paper bag.Ware said eight of the 12 stores are currently under renovation and the goal is to have them ready for a July startup.Ware said it’s estimated the average cost of the renovations for the “stores within a store” is just over $500,000. She said there is no cost estimate yet for the stand-alone outlet, although the entire startup cost for the NSLC is estimated at between $10 million to $11 million.She said product supply is yet to be secured, although NSLC officials were in the process Monday of narrowing down possible suppliers.Nova Scotians will also be allowed to grow up to four plants on their own, and will be able buy online from the NSLC.last_img read more

QuickList governments rules for Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says a skating rink erected on Parliament Hill to mark the country’s 150th birthday will now stay open until the end of February, after critics and the public assailed the original window of Dec. 7-31.The rink also comes with a list of “guidelines” that differ little from the rules that govern typical public skating facilities, but have nonetheless earned the scorn of Canadians on social media and elsewhere. They are as follows:— Skaters will have to obtain passes that are available for free 48 hours before their scheduled use date and are good for 40 minutes on the rink.— Only those wearing skates are permitted on the ice surface.— It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a CSA-approved helmet during all skating sessions.— Patrons attending must have a responsible adult of 18 years of age to accompany children 12 years and under. Carrying children while on the ice surface, including baby carriers, is prohibited.— Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.— All accidents or injuries must be reported immediately to the on-site supervisor.— Hockey sticks and/or pucks are prohibited.— The use of headsets, cell phone or electronic devices is prohibited.— Rough play, speed, figure skating and multiplayer games (i.e. tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.— Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted during skating sessions, with the accompaniment of a responsible person age 18 or older with skates on.— Only so-called “E-Z gliders” are permitted as a skating aid.— CSA approved helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.— Wheels must be cleaned of sand and salt prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.last_img read more

Canada to ban singleuse plastics

TORONTO — Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.Trudeau said the specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but the government is considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.“As early as 2021, Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said.Trudeau said his government is drawing inspiration from the European Union’s Parliament, which voted overwhelmingly in March to impose a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from discarded items that end up in waterways and fields. Legislatures of the EU member states must vote on the measure before it takes effect.“Many other countries are doing that and Canada will be one of them,” Trudeau said. “This is a big step but we know can do this for 2021.”Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. The government said that 1 million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals worldwide are injured or die each year when they mistake plastic for food or become entangled.The EU’s measure would affect a range of plastic products for which reasonable alternatives exist, from straws to earbuds, starting in 2021.Disposable utensils would not be completely off-limits, but the EU measure calls for them to be made of sustainable materials when possible. The EU legislation also sets a goal of having 90 per cent of plastic bottles recycled by 2025 and of halving the litter from the 10 items that turn up in oceans most often.The EU estimated the changes will cost the bloc’s economy 259 million to 695 million euros a year ($291 million to $781 million). It’s not clear what the cost would be for Canada.China’s decision to no longer import some of the EU’s waste helped spur the plastics ban.China banned the import of plastic waste last year, causing other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations. The Philippines, complaining of being treated like a dumpsite by wealthier nations, shipped 69 containers of what its officials called illegally transported garbage back to Canada in May.Rob Gillies, The Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka creates panel to stem sexual abuse of women

The commission will have powers of prosecution, said the Government in a statement. Many have struggled in the war’s aftermath to obtain identity papers and birth certificates which are essential to obtain government handouts and other aid.Prosecutions of military personnel or officials for sex crimes are rare in Sri Lanka, although four soldiers were jailed for 25 years for the gang-rape of a young Tamil mother in 2010, a year after the war ended. (Colombo Gazette) Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga said last week that women faced sexual abuse from local officials, with those widowed during the 37-year conflict particularly at risk. Sri Lanka will set up a special panel to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the Government said Wednesday, the AFP news agency reported.The establishment of a new National Commission on Women comes amid warnings that women from the Tamil minority face widespread sexual exploitation by officials in their own community as well as from the military. read more

Laurentian Bank targets continued growth in 2015 as it seeks higher revenues

MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank is targeting a five to eight per cent increase in adjusted diluted earnings next year after having completed the integration of two recent acquisitions, MRS Companies and AGF Trust, the Montreal-based bank said Wednesday.“We are proud of our 2014 results and we know that we can still do better and accelerate our growth now that integrations are behind us,” president and CEO Rejean Robitaille said Wednesday during a conference call.The bank, which marked its eighth consecutive year of record profitability with $5.31 per share in adjusted earnings in 2014, will continue to focus in 2015 on higher-margin commercial activities and increasing its footprint outside of Quebec, Robitaille said.Revenue at Laurentian’s Toronto-based B2B Bank, which offers banking products and services to Canadian financial advisers and brokers, are expected to be flat to slightly positive next year, after decreasing seven per cent in 2014, the company said.And, with no exposure to the energy sector, Laurentian Bank hopes to get a boost from lower fuel prices and the weaker Canadian dollar that will support exports and economic growth in Ontario and Quebec where it mainly operates.While the earnings guidance is in line with other Canadian banks, Laurentian may be challenged to achieve its forecast unless it can overcome slowing mortgages and personal loans, said Scott Chan of Canaccord Genuity.“The target is there but my gut feeling is that it’s going to be hard to reach the mid- to high-end of that target next year,” he said in an interview.He said the bank needs to continue to control costs and see an uptick in commercial loans, whose portfolio grew 15 per cent in 2014.Over the longer term, Laurentian plans to double the volume of business portfolios to $10 billion in 2018. With the integration of MRS Companies and AGF Trust completed, it aims to double B2B Bank’s mortgage loans to $8 billion in five years.Laurentian (TSX:LB) became the fourth Canadian bank to increase its quarterly dividend this earnings season after capping a strong year with higher profits in the fourth quarter, although they were shy of analyst estimates.The bank is boosting its payout for the third time in the past year, raising its dividend by four per cent to 54 cents with the next payment in February. Since 2010, the dividend has grown by 50 per cent.It joins Quebec banking rival National Bank (TSX:NA), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), all of which announced recently they were raising their dividends.Canada’s seventh-largest bank earned $33.8 million or $1.09 per diluted share for the three months ended Oct. 31. That was up from $25.9 million or 82 cents per share in the fourth quarter of its 2013 financial year.The profits were reduced by $5.6 million or 19 cents per share for restructuring costs, including $4.4 million for severance and $1.2 million related to IT projects.Excluding one-time items, adjusted net income reached a record of $42.6 million or $1.39 per diluted share in the fourth quarter. That was up from $38.5 million or $1.26 per a share last year.Revenues increased to $221.4 million, from $215.5 million.Laurentian was expected to earn $1.41 per share on $221.6 million of revenues, according the analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Most of Canada’s banks missed expectations this quarter, causing their stock prices to fall. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Laurentian’s shares closed at $47.60, down $2.67 or 5.31 per cent in Wednesday trading.For the full year, the bank’s net income surged 17.5 per cent to $140.4 million on $874.1 million of revenues. Adjusted profits were $163.6 million or $5.31 per diluted share, up from $155.4 million or $5.07 per share in 2012.Provisions for loan losses increased by $6 million to reach $42 million for the year, and were up five per cent to $10.5 million in the fourth quarter year over year, but unchanged from the third quarter.The bank’s core personal and commercial segment’s adjusted profit grew nearly 18 per cent to $33.4 million in the quarter on revenue of $153.8 million.B2B Bank earned $8.46 million, up from $4.4 million a year ago, on $43.6 million in revenue. Laurentian Bank Securities earnings slipped to $2.4 million from $2.9 million a year ago on $16.16 million of revenues.Follow @RossMarowits on TwitterNote to readers: This story corrects an earlier version that counted severance separately from restructuring charges. Laurentian Bank targets continued growth in 2015 as it seeks higher revenues AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2014 10:27 am MDT read more

Too soon to say whether job cuts will follow HeinzKraft merger executive

FILE – This Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt. H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, the companies announced Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File) Too soon to say whether job cuts will follow Heinz-Kraft merger: executive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2015 10:26 am MDT TORONTO – A merger between H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods is expected to generate about $1.5 billion in cost savings, but the companies say it’s too early to say whether they will shutter any of their Canadian operations.“We’ll be looking at all of our operations over the coming months, but for now it’s business as usual,” Michael Mullen, senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs at Heinz, told reporters during a conference call after the deal was announced Wednesday.The merger will create a combined company called Kraft Heinz Co., which will own brands such as Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer and Philadelphia, and have annual revenue of about US$28 billion.The cost savings are expected by the end of 2017.Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in Ottawa, said the deal will likely lead to layoffs as the two companies find ways to share costs.The cuts will most likely to occur in the companies’ head offices or in regional offices, as the companies find ways to consolidate expenses. However, consolidation of manufacturing is also possible, Lee said.“We don’t yet know where the synergies are going to be identified, but chances are there will be some layoffs in Canada,” Lee said.Kraft has three distribution centres and two manufacturing and processing facilities in Canada, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has around 2,000 Canadian employees.Mullen said Heinz’s Canadian operations are based in Toronto and St. Mary’s, Ontario. Heinz also has a small office in Leamington, Ont.3G Capital, which co-owns Heinz along with Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is known for paring down the assets of acquired companies in order to boost profits.“Every time you put two major public companies together, there are natural synergies and efficiency opportunities associated with that,” said Alex Behring, Heinz chairman managing partner at 3G Capital.After being acquired by 3G and Berkshire in 2013, Heinz announced plans to shutdown a number of plants, including one in Leamington that has been in operation for more than a century.Around 740 full-time, permanent staff were going to be laid off as a result. Highbury Canco later agreed to buy the plant, saving at least 250 jobs.3G Capital also owns 51 per cent of Restaurant Brands International Inc., the company formed last year when Burger King bought Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons Inc.That merger led to about 350 Tim Hortons employees losing their jobs. read more

Peanut Johnson Maddy Humphrey spark Ohio State field hockey

Left: Junior forward Peanut Johnson looks on during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Right: Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey goes for the ball against Ball State on Sept. 14. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerFreshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey stood at the opponent’s end of Buckeye Varsity Field, tied 2-2 in overtime against Ball State, looking for an opportunity to attack.When the chance presented itself, she pounced.Humphrey dove forward to steal the ball near Ball State’s goal and quickly dished it to junior forward Peanut Johnson, who promptly hit the back of the net for a Buckeye win.Afterward, Johnson said she knew the pass was coming. She knew Humphrey would find her right in her comfort zone.“There it was, just spoon fed,” Johnson said. “But definitely other plays I for sure know where Maddy’s gonna be and she knows where I’m gonna be. It’s super easy and fun to play together.”The connection Johnson and Humphrey have goes beyond their time as teammates. As a junior at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va., Humphrey took her unofficial visit to Ohio State.Her host at the time was Johnson, a Dayton, Ohio, native and second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2013. Humphrey said her time with Johnson let her know OSU was the right school to attend.“She’s one of the main reasons why I came here, because it was such a great feeling,” Humphrey said about her visit with Johnson. “Right when I came here, I was like, ‘Yes, this is the place.’ And then when I got here for preseason, she just had open arms and was there for me, helped me out, and just pushed me.”As a freshman, Humphrey leads the Buckeyes with seven goals on the season and ranks sixth in the Big Ten in points with 21. Her early season performances have landed her two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.Johnson said though she has been a heavy influence on Humphrey’s early career at OSU, she is still learning a lot from the newcomer.“I think it’s a similar style,” Johnson said of the player’s abilities on the field. “But I’m trying to learn from her a lot because she’s really strong on the ball. So I’m definitely learning stuff from her getting the shots off, and she has really sick skills.”OSU field hockey (3-6, 0-2) is set to hit to the road Friday to take on the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins in College Park, Md. The team is embarking on a three-game road trip ahead of its return to Buckeye Varsity Field.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she sees Humphrey and Johnson as a microcosm of the team. She said in an interview Sept. 17 that OSU’s chemistry on and off the field continues to blossom under their leadership.“They really work well together, they respect each other,” Wilkinson said. “Whatever areas we need to improve on, we kinda do a good job of covering for each other, making each other look good on the field.“And that’s the sign of a good team. Their first focus is making their teammates look better.”Humphrey grimaced when asked if she was becoming a leader amongst the younger players on the team.“I hate this question,” Humphrey said. “I just try to support my teammates as much as possible. That’s how I’m going to lead.”Johnson, who’s second on the team in points with 17, echoed the sentiment. She said seniority doesn’t matter much for OSU.“Just trying to step up and trying to make sure everyone’s included,” Johnson said of her leadership style. “(Humphrey’s) stepped up as a leader. Not just for the freshman, but for the team in general.” read more

Logan Stieber a Jedi Master for Ohio State wrestling

Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber smiles as he is named 2015 Big Ten Champion on March 8 at St. John Arena. Stieber became the first-ever OSU wrestler to win the title 4 times.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterIt’s 7:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, less than a week before Logan Stieber and his wrestling teammates board a bus for St. Louis and the NCAA Championships. The three-time National Champion is waiting in the French Field House for his teammates and coaches to arrive for conditioning. Why someone of his caliber would need to be up this early for a workout is debatable, but that’s what makes Stieber a different breed of athlete. Sprints of 300 meters ensued after a half-mile warm up run, and Stieber was near the front for every activity. I should know: I partook in this workout.After being in the lead for maybe 10 seconds of the opening sprint, I felt my legs turn to jelly, my heart beat faster than the OSU drumline as I watched the other wrestlers all pass me by. Coach Tom Ryan put my underwhelming performance in wrestling terms: “You got the first takedown, then you got tech falled.” The run was part of a single day I spent as part of the OSU wrestling team. My goal: to see what it takes to compete like Big Ten champion Logan Stieber.In the humid confines of the indoor track facility, the average person might want to wear less clothing whenever possible. But Stieber, with a 2015 season record of 24-0, makes sure he sweats enough for the entire team with a long-sleeve shirt and sweats tucked into his socks, so not to trip over his red and black Nike running shoes. “I have goals beyond college wrestling that I want to accomplish, so that keeps me motivated,” the No. 1-seeded 141-pounder said. “Everyone I wrestle wants to be the one who knocks me off, so I always have to be on my game.”Stieber recently won his fourth Big Ten title and did so in a place he has come very familiar with while at OSU: St. John Arena. His performance might have been one of the most dominant in finals history — a 16-1 technical fall in 187 seconds — and Stieber said he went in hoping to give the crowd something to remember him by.“Competing one last time in St. John Arena was unbelievable,” he said. “I thought I wrestled smart and a little conservative my first two matches of the tournament, but for my last match, I wanted to go out and score lots of points and put on a show.”Ryan, who won Big Ten Coach of the Year, put Stieber’s performance in a category by itself, but said he has come to expect that from his senior leader.“When you master a position and your opponent has no answer to it, that’s what happens,” Ryan said. “Logan’s not good at the position, he’s not great at the position, he’s not extraordinary at the position. He’s a Jedi Master.”Stieber became the first Buckeye to “four-peat” a championship and was just the 14th wrestler in Big Ten history to achieve four conference titles. Doing it at home made the moment even more perfect, Ryan said.“It was a fitting ending to the most amazing career in over a 100-year history of Ohio State wrestling,” he said. “That’s the way he should have gone out. It was amazing.”Winning championships has been the norm for Stieber since he started wrestling, having won the state tournament in Ohio all four years at Monroeville High School. Those experiences, combined with his 114-3 collegiate record, have made some indelible memories for Stieber. They include winning his fourth high school state title, his first national title, being named 2015 Big Ten Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and the 2013-14 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.He has also appreciated the chance to share his success with his younger brother, Hunter, who battled injuries all season, but has long pushed his elder sibling to be the best.How someone could become so dominant at one individual sport is a question many have asked Logan Stieber, but he deflects all credit to those who have long supported him.“My coaches and training partners are the reasons why I am as good as I am,” he said.Stieber, who has managed 49 falls, 26 technical falls and 17 major decisions, has about 10 days left in his college wrestling career, but his legacy in the sport will survive. And after a brief break, he will be back training in freestyle wrestling, with his goal to make the 2015 world team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympic team.Before he represents his country, Stieber has one more tournament to try to win for OSU. He hopes to join the likes of Cael Sanderson, Pat Smith and Kyle Dake as a four-time NCAA champion — a goal he set for himself as a freshman, he said.“It would be amazing to win my fourth,” Stieber said. “It was a goal of mine when I first came to college and it’s cool that I have a chance to do it. It would be an accumulation of my life of work to end my career at Ohio State with my fourth NCAA title and team title.” read more

Russia gives amnesty to Pussy Riot and Greenpeace

first_imgThere is certainly a chance, but until they actually leave Russia everything is speculation.All were arrested after the ship was boarded by Russian special forces in September and were first held under arrest in a jail in northern Murmansk, where the ship remains in Russian control.Last month the entire crew was released on bail, but Greenpeace said the foreigners are still not being allowed out of the country, with Russian investigators not giving migration officials a green light to issue exit visas.- © AFP, 2013 RUSSIAN LAWMAKERS HAVE approved a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill that is set to free the two jailed members of the punk band PussyRiot while also ending the prosecution of 30 Greenpeace crew members.Russia’s Duma lower house of parliament voted 446 in favour to none against for the amnesty, which commemorates 20 years since Russia ratified its current constitution.The bill, branded as just a token gesture by rights activists, can go into effect as early as tomorrow and should also see several anti-Vladimir Putin protesters, jailed after a May 2012 rally, walk out of prison.The amnesty affects a range of categories like mothers with dependents, minors and the elderly. However it also specifically mentions the charge of hooliganism as well as the charge of participating in mass riots.Could be released tomorrowThe jailed members of Pussy Riot punk band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who are serving two-year sentences on charges of hooliganism for staging an anti-Putin “punk prayer” protest in a cathedral, could be released as early as tomorrow, Tolokonnikova’s husband said.The officials in Krasnoyarsk and Nizhny Novgorod, where the two women are currently held, have promised to free them “right away and without bureaucratic delay, probably tomorrow,” Pyotr Verzilov wrote on his Twitter blog.The duo’s sentences run out in early March of next year.The initial bill listed hooliganism and mass riot charges, but said that only convicts can seek amnesty. The parliament then passed amendments that stipulated cases on those charges to be closed even before reaching trial or verdict.Protest in the Barents SeaThe amendments effectively meant that prosecution of the entire Greenpeace crew arrested after a protest in the Barents Sea and charged with hooliganism would end and the foreigners now staying in Saint Petersburg could finally go home.The amnesty does not require approval by the upper chamber of parliament and will go into effect when it is published, most likely on Thursday.The 26 foreign crew from the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship will then request to leave, and still hope to be home by Christmas, said spokesman Ben Stewart. He said:last_img read more

The Criminal Assets Bureau says its now ready to sell John Gilligans

first_imgThe Criminal Assets Bureau says it’s now ready to sell John Gilligan’s former houses A Supreme Court decision today paved the way for more sales. The Olympic-sized equestrian centre got a new owner in 2014. Source: Niall Carson/PAThis included the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Kildare which was sold by CAB back in 2014.Today’s decision means that CAB can now sell three more former Gilligan properties, a house in Lucan, a house in Corduff and a house in Jessbrook.The Jessbrook estate including the house, equestrian centre, agricultural buildings and land measures 80 acres in total. Stables are seen during a media tour of Jessbrook Equestrian Centre. Source: Niall Carson/PACAB has said that it is satisfied the “lengthy proceedings” are now over.“This case shows the determination and dedication of the Criminal Assets Bureau to deny and deprive people of the proceeds of crime,” the bureau said in a statement.Read: John Gilligan’s prized Jessbrook estate sold by CAB >Read: John Gilligan left Ireland last night after being discharged from hospital > Short URL A general view of the Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in 2012, two years before it was sold. Source: Niall Carson/PATHE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB) has said that it is satisfied with today’s Supreme Court decision on the properties formerly owned by convicted drug dealer John Gilligan.In a statement this afternoon, CAB said it now plans to move ahead with the sale of three of the properties.An appeal by Gilligan against the seizure of three properties was unanimously struck out today, 21 years after the State first took control of some of his assets. Feb 1st 2017, 5:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 5:06 PM Share Tweet Email 22,486 Views By Rónán Duffy 31 Comments last_img read more

Four men jailed over Hatzis stabbing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Four men have been jailed over the manslaughter of Adelaide teenager Christopher Hatzis outside a city nightclub in 2012.Christopher Hatzis, 19, was ejected from nightclub and was fatally stabbed from a brawl that followed.Two of the four men, Rrok Jakaj, 20, and Dario Stakaj, 21, held Mr Hatzis down while David Zefi, 23, repeatedly stabbed the victim with a knife. Judge Ann Vanstone said the horrific loss of life will forever stay with the Hatzis family, and for those who tried to save his life the night of the attack. In sentencing, Judge Vanstone hoped to set an example and deter others from such crimes.“It was a futile but tragic altercation between young men who showed a complete lack of judgement, discipline and forbearance,” she said.“The consequences of the spur of the moment decision … will stay with you forever.“It was not a planned event. This was a confrontation which developed into a fight and which escalated because of the introduction of a knife.”Zefi received the longest jail sentence of eight years with a six year and 10 month non-parole period set. Stakaj received four years with a three year and five month non parole period and Jakaj five years and six months, but can be paroled in four years. The other offender, a youth at the time of the crime but now 19, got the shortest sentence, three years, that will be served at a youth detention centre.Source: ABClast_img read more

Video Game Controllers Are All The Same

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President The key selling point of the Nintendo Switch is its myriad of playstyles. You can play it as a handheld. You can play it propped up as a tablet. And you can play it as a home console. This versatility applies to its controller options as well. But for many “serious” gamers the only true Switch solution is the optional $70 Pro Controller.Don’t get me wrong, I have a Pro Controller and think it’s great. It’s nice and substantial. But for some, it is the ONLY acceptable way to play Switch games. Even though the two Joy-Con collectively have the same number of buttons of sticks and can be slotted into a grip approximating a traditional controller shape, that’s not good enough for some. This got me thinking once again about what might be one of my more controversial gaming opinions, so I might as well write it down this time: Get over yourselves! Video game controllers are all the same!From the trackballs and specialty arcade controls of gaming’s earliest era to Atari joysticks up until the N64/PS1 era, the video game controller transformed at a pretty state rate from generation to generation. Like an animal gaining evolutionary adaptations, new features like shoulder buttons and D-pads and analog sticks and rumble emerged. But around the beginning of the millennium, the industry sort of settled on making endless variations of the DualShock for the rest of time.Of course, there are outliers, most famously from Nintendo. The Wii, which I love, featured a radical remote-shaped controller that detected motion and went on to sell gangbusters. But for the most part, new features are fleeting flavors added to the standard controller shape used by everything from the mighty PS4 Pro and lowly Ouya.DualShock 4 has a nifty share button but a useless lightbar. The Wii U GamePad’s tablet distracted folks from the fact the controller still had all the buttons you wanted. The Switch Pro Controller, along with secret messages, has an NFC scanner and intriguing but nebulous “HD Rumble.” But in practice controllers, all look basically the same and are used in basically the same ways. So we argue endlessly and pedantically about minute differences in build quality or comfort for different hand sizes or stick placement.This bums me out because I think experimental controllers lead to experimental games, which lead to a more interesting and creative video game industry. I like weird stuff like the Wii remote or detachable Joy-Con. I think Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a Game of the Year that only works because of its bongo drum controllers. Would Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero be as popular if you played them with a normal controller? I love how hardcore Smash Bros. players adore the GameCube controller and not one of endless identical fight sticks. I thought the Steam Controller, with its touchpads attempting to merge console and PC mouse-and-keyboard control options, was a worthy experiment for the famously forgotten Steam Machine. Mice and keyboards have important uses besides games so I’m not mentioning them here. I love weird controller exhibitions like Strange Arcade at IndieCade East or Alt.Ctrl.GDC. Heck, I was even willing to give Kinect a shot if Microsoft hadn’t abandoned the camera entirely by the time I bought an Xbox One.Let’s also not pretend that the current controller status quo is some perfect final form. Wrapping your hands around these bizarre, vaguely bone-shaped device with all these buttons and triggers and sticks to manipulate can be totally baffling if you’re not just used to it. And even if you are used to it, a game that demands you instantly recall how to use every possible button and combination of buttons, like the magnificent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, can still trip you up.It makes you realize why millions of people enjoy otherwise terrible free-to-play mobile games that just let you intuitively touch whatever is happening on their phone. They don’t need to spend $130 on a controller that shaves off microseconds of input lag because they aren’t high-paid eSports athletes with their livelihood on the line. Most gamers aren’t those athletes either, so most controllers should suit their needs just fine! Stop being so precious!Again, I love me some traditional stick-and-button controllers. Part of what makes the Switch so cool to me is the convenience of mobile gaming combined with the ability to play games that aren’t constrained to touch-only inputs. I recognize there’s also real value in having standardized controllers to create a baseline for gaming literacy. More people could learn how to play more games more easily if all controllers stayed the same. After all, every new book doesn’t come with its own alphabet.I just want gaming culture to break out of this paradigm that controllers, as they are now, are essentially perfect, that the only thing left to do is squabble over infinitesimal ergonomic adjustments and refinements. Don’t pretend that swapping a glossy finish with a custom purple matte finish is some bold and innovative leap forward. It’s neat, but it doesn’t truly push games forward. Embrace experimentation!Want to learn more?Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Or check out Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

Is Candy Corn Americas Most Divisive Halloween Treat

first_imgMore on Teens Create the Ultimate Hack for Messy Ice Cream ConesWTF? Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can BuyNational Pizza Month: Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza Flavors Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 Stay on targetcenter_img Candy Corn. Whether you love it or hate it, this treat plays a sweet role in American Halloween culture. A combination of yellow, orange, and white sugar not only appears in trick-or-treat bags each year, but remains implanted in our minds from youth to adulthood. How did candy corn elevate its status from a basic sweet to a must-have holiday staple over time? And, how did it become America’s most contentious treat? Farm-Inspired Roots Candy corn feels like it’s been around forever. From vintage greeting cards to old TV ads, people have been bombarded with candy corn communication for decades. However, candy corn did not reach its peak popularity status overnight. This seasonal confectionery made its debut at the end of the 19th century, when farming played a significant role in what people ate. “When candy corn was invented in the late 1800s, we were more agricultural, so it was very common to find candy in the shapes of the foods that many people ate. We think corn was just a natural fit,” said Lisa Rowland Brasher, the CEO and president of Jelly Belly Candy Company. “As time went on, candy corn became synonymous with the fall harvest, and it stuck around as the iconic candy of the season.”But, how did the concept of ‘candy corn’ come to life? According to Wunderle’s Candy, a former U.S. candy manufacturer, George Renninger, an employee at the Wunderle Candy Company, invented candy corn in 1888. Originally dubbed “Chicken Corn,” this creamy candy would evolve into the candy corn treat we know today. At the turn of the century, Wunderle Candy Company wasn’t the only producer of candy corn in America. Around 1900, the Herman Goelitz Candy Company (now called Jelly Belly Candy Company), began manufacturing candy corn as well. Since then, other candy companies, including Brach’s Confections and Dylan’s Candy Bar, have produced candy corn for customers nationwide.Photo Credit: Jelly Belly Candy CompanyOld-School Production and New VarietiesA kernel shape, a sweet taste, and fall colors make candy corn very recognizable. Interestingly enough, candy corn’s appearance has a lot to do with its old-school production process. The American Confectioners Association says candy corn manufacturers today use the corn starch molding process, which involves making kernel-shaped depressions in a corn starch tray. Candy corn is created with three-color passes. First, partially set white candy, also known as mellowcreme, is placed in the depression. Next, orange mellowcreme is added to the mixture. Lastly, the mold is completed by adding yellow mellowcreme. After the mold cools down, the trays are emptied out and confectioners glaze is added to the candy corn to give it a glossy finish.Photo Credit: National Confectioners AssociationTraditional candy corn isn’t the only way to get your sweet tooth on. Now, candy corn comes in many varieties and is sold all-year round. Alternative candy corn flavors include blackberry cobbler, cinnamon, s’mores, and Sour Patch Kids. If you’re bummed after Halloween, there’s even Christmas-themed candy corn and spring candy corn for your sugar fix needs. Unlike its seasonal availability years ago, candy corn has grown from an autumn sweet to year-round treat over the past few years.Photo Credit: CandyCrate.comDivided FoodiesIt’s no question that candy corn is a popular product, but people either have a love or hate relationship with it. Many factors can contribute to a “like” or “dislike” opinion for candy corn, but the top two are nostalgia and taste. A child’s Halloween might consist of the following: cute costumes, trick-or-treating, and mass amounts of sweets, such as candy corn. Nostalgia plays a major part in the candy corn divide, considering that many people have encountered the treat throughout their lives. They might not care about candy corn’s story, but the association of it with fall memories leads to positive reactions. “There are thousands of people who look forward to fall for the candy corn, the traditional color/flavor of which I’ve seen hit shelves as early as August. For many, there’s a nostalgia factor, a huge helping of which drives people’s love or distaste for food,” said Ms. Candy Blog, creator and producer of Ms. Candy Media. “There are those who love candy corn, as there are 25 million pounds of it sold every year!”Eating candy corn and candy corn-flavored products  is a whole other story. While some people love the taste, others might think it’s way too sweet for their liking. Or, candy corn might not make the cut it if they’re craving something more rich, including dark chocolate or a piece of pie. “People either really like candy corn or not — there isn’t much middle ground. The flavor is hard to discern, definitely not corn, and sometimes a bit too sweet,” said Matt Rozen, editor and reviewer at Candy Gurus. “They’re small, so I tend to eat a handful at a time, and once I eat 5 to 10, I’m done.”Candy Corn Oreos (Photo Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr)A Halloween LegacyCandy corn might be an old-school treat, but its not falling off the radar anytime soon. This simple, yet sweet edible staple still lives on in American Halloween culture. Whether people like or dislike candy corn, people embrace that fact that this sugary treat is essential to Halloween’s existence. According to a Statista poll, 21 percent of participants said that even though they disliked candy corn, they acknowledged that it’s an important part of the holiday. Despite the popularity of other candies, candy corn’s presence remains strong in the U.S., a U.S. candy retailer, shared its annual state-by-state ranking of favorite Halloween candy, and the results are surprising. While other candies like Hot Tamales and Starburst are popular this year, candy corn still earned a spot on the top 10 list. Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, Michigan, and New Mexico reported that candy corn was their most popular Halloween candy.Photo Credit: jenifoto/Getty ImagesWhen Halloween hits each year, America will still be thinking about candy corn. There might be different opinions on this sugary sweet, but the bottom line is that it’s not going anywhere. There’s even a National Candy Corn Day, which takes place annually on Oct. 30. It might not be the Victorian era anymore, but candy corn will continue to steal the spotlight in the U.S. From its traditional appearance to off-season varieties, candy corn remains a core piece of the greater Halloween narrative. What are your thoughts on candy corn? Take our poll and share what you like or dislike about the sugary treat. What do you think about candy corn? #Halloween— (@geekdotcom) October 29, 2018last_img read more

Vancouver man sentenced after sex charge reduced

first_imgA 39-year-old Vancouver man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to engaging in sexually explicit chats with someone he believed was a 12-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 30 days on a work crew.Originally, Ryan Lown had been charged with one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, a Class C felony, and sexual exploitation of a minor, a Class B felony. The charge was lowered to one count of luring, a class E felony. Judge Daniel Stahnke sentenced him.Stahnke accepted the sentence recommended by the defense, citing evidence that Lown has a low risk to reoffend and no criminal history. There was also no actual victim in the crime.Lown starting speaking with a Renton police officer in October 2011 on Yahoo! chats, under the belief the officer was a young girl. The chats eventually escalated to a sexual nature, leading the Renton officer to contact Vancouver police that March.Members of the Vancouver Police Digital Evidence Cybercrimes Unit served a search warrant at Lown’s residence in the 1700 block of Northeast 94th Street, where they seized several pieces of evidence.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (May 29-June 4):Tewksbury Man Sustains Severe Burns In Fire Pit Mishap SOCIAL MEDIA GALLERY: 2018 Tewksbury High Senior Prom VIDEO: 2018 Tewksbury Memorial Day Parade Julia Hartnett, Shaun Johnson Honored As Hats Off Winners For May last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of April 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of April 21, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, April 22Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; 100% Frozen Juice CupTuesday, April 23High School: Wholegrain Assorted Paninis; Spudsters; Mixed Fruit; Middle School: Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread; Spudsters; Mixed FruitWednesday, April 24Asian Tangerine Chicken; Asian Seasoned Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; CookieThursday, April 25Baked Wholegrain Pasta with Meat Sauce or Cheese Only; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; PeachesFriday, April 26Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Celery Sticks with Low Fat Dip; Watermelon (High School Option: Wholegrain Pretzel with Smoothie)Lunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, April 22Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; 100% Frozen Juice CupTuesday, April 23Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread; Spudsters; Mixed FruitWednesday, April 24Teriyaki Chicken; Asian Seasoned Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; CookieThursday, April 25Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; PeachesFriday, April 26Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Celery Sticks with Low Fat Dip; WatermelonLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, April 22Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; 100% Frozen Juice CupTuesday, April 23Toasted Cheese on Wholewheat Bread; Spudsters; Mixed FruitWednesday, April 24Teriyaki Chicken; Asian Seasoned Brown Rice; Fresh Stir Fry Veggies; Pineapple; CookieThursday, April 25Wholegrain Pasta with Meatballs & Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; PeachesFriday, April 26Wholegrain Stuffed Crust Pizza; Celery Sticks with Low Fat Dip; WatermelonLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Jean Miceli Endorses Suzanne Sullivan For Selectwoman

first_imgDear Editor,Suzanne Sullivan is my choice for the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. She’s honest and independent.Jean Miceli(NOTE: The above handwritten note was shared with Wilmington Apple by the Sullivan campaign.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Suzanne Sullivan For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

WHS Football Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburns Jake n Joes On

first_imgWOBURN, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The Wilmington High School Football program is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from noon to 11pm.Visit for lunch, dinner, drinks or take-out and let your server or phone representative know that you’re participating in the fundraiser and to FLAG YOUR CHECK. When paying your bill, double check that the word “FUNDRAISER” is noted on the bill to insure your check is being included with the fundraiser. 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS Football program.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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Baseball Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On May 31In “Community”Wilmington High DECA To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On January 25In “Community”WHS Lacrosse Team To Hold Fundraiser At Woburn’s Jake ‘n Joes On March 5In “Community”last_img read more

Several places in Chittoor district receive widespread rains

first_imgTirupati : Wide spread rains reported in Chittoor district on Sunday cheering the farmers who have taken up ground nut crop in an area of about 1.35 lakh hectare in the kharif season. Many mandals in the district are witnessing incessant rains since Saturday which intensified and spread to more areas. The pilgrim city which experienced intermittent rains on Saturday witnessed heavy rains since morning to evening. Corporation authorities have taken precautionary measures including cleaning and desilting of drains avoiding overflowing . Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us The heavy rains on Tirumala hills saw the two waterfalls Kapilatheertham and Malavanigunta coming to life and start flowing. As a precautionary measure, corporation authorities alerted the residents near the banks of the two streams. Hill top temple town recorded 48 mm rain fall till evening, according to official source. However in Renigunta town a major railway junction 10 km from here, the heavy rains resulted in the inundation of many localities including Panchali Nagar, Bismilla Nagar and other areas. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us According official sources, the total rain fall (cumulative) received in the district was 1165 mm (recorded at 8 a.m. Sunday) registering an average rainfall of 17.7 mm. Karvetingaram recorded highest rainfall of 158 mm followed by Puttur 76, Narayanavanam 64 mm and Vedurukuppam 50 mm. With the rains to continue for few more days, the district likely to reach normal rain fall in August which is 117.4 mm.last_img read more

McFarlane Toys Does Its Own Rendition of Attack on Titans Mikasa Ackerman

first_img Todd McFarlane Toys is no stranger to awesome action figures, and it looks like there’s a brand new figure coming fans’ way that’s no doubt going to garner some very special attention. She’s awesome, dark-haired, and she’s from Attack on Titan. You probably already know who we’re talking about thanks to the title of this post, but just in case you didn’t guess, we’re talking Mikasa Ackerman!Todd McFarlane Toys is bringing out a 7-inch figure of the character with her 3D Maneuver Gear, scarf, and other signature items that make her uniquely Mikasa. She stands proudly with fine detail and a determined look on her face. The figure itself is going to run $19.99 and will be available going forward at major retailers, but you’ll have to work fast if you want to get Mikasa and take her home!If you’re an Attack on Titan fan, the current season has been filled with some pretty interesting twists and turns, especially some more recent episodes where some of the cast were revealed to be Titan Shifters. Though for the sake of spoiling anything I’ll keep it light on the answers as to who those individuals are here. Mikasa hasn’t been in the episodes as much as we’d like her to be just yet this season, but rest assured she’s still playing a pivotal role and is just as important as ever. Of course she is, because Eren’s still around too!You can add this sweet figure to your collection and act out scenes in the anime while they play out, or just find a cool place in your home to pose her because she looks like she means business. Better give her a space where she can give out orders and totally rock it out, because that’s what she’s good at, after all. The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Stay on targetlast_img read more