MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – A Saskatchewan judge is weighing whether a teenager who fatally shot four people and injured seven others at a school and a home in La Loche, Sask., should be sentenced as an adult or a youth.His sentencing hearing wrapped up Friday; now it’s up to Judge Janet McIvor to consider all the testimony and evidence that has been presented since the hearing started in May. Her decision is expected Feb. 23.The prosecution argued the teen should be sentenced as an adult after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder for the attack in January 2016.Crown prosecutor Pouria Tabrizi-Reardigan noted the teen researched school shootings and guns online. He also researched what it felt like to kill someone.“(The teen’s) school shooting was not this sudden, impulsive outburst … rather the shooting had historical awareness and depth,” Tabrizi-Reardigan told the court in Meadow Lake, Sask. “In our case, it seems that (the teen) knew exactly why he committed the offences.”He said the teen ultimately knew he was outgunned by police and gave himself up at the school — a sign he knew the consequences of his actions. The teen may have panicked but carried out his plan “with stark efficiency.”Tabrizi-Reardigan also argued that the teen has never expressed genuine remorse about the plan to shoot up the school.The young man cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shootings occurred.The defence lawyer is seeking a youth sentence.“The point being that simply because it’s a serious offence doesn’t obligate the court to sentence the person as an adult,” said Aaron Fox, adding the teen suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and has cognitive problems which have affected his maturity.The teen also doesn’t have a criminal record, he noted.“This was not a person who had a history of violence,” Fox told court.The teen has said he wasn’t bullied, but Fox said the youth hated school and was repeating Grade 10 for the third time.In June, a neuropsychologist testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average.However, a child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown has already said the teen did not come across as being overtly developmentally delayed or slow.The penalty if he is sentenced as a youth could be six years of custody and four years supervision; as an adult, he could face a life sentence, but would get credit for time already spent in custody, meaning he could be eligible for parole after 10 years.Some victims have already told court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of his crimes.An agreed statement of facts detailed the shooter’s murderous path from the home in La Loche to the community’s high school.The teen first killed Dayne Fontaine, 17, and then his brother Drayden, who was 13. Dayne pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden was shot twice.The teen then drove to the high school, where surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.Fox said his client has never blamed anyone else for his actions and did express remorse and apologize to his victims.McIvor said she’ll deliver the sentence in La Loche.Mayor Robert St. Pierre said that could bring some closure to the community, but he does have some concerns.“It’s just two years and a month after the incident and it’s back in La Loche, so the winter scenery, it’s going to dredge up a lot of memories,” St. Pierre told reporters outside the courthouse.
Aiming to help the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cement stability, the Security Council today extended the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there until the end of this year. Through a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body agreed to maintain the personnel strength of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), whose mandate was due to expire today, at approximately 17,000 troops, 760 military observers, 400 police trainers and 750 personnel of formed police units. The resolution reaffirmed the importance of security sector reform and of the reintegration of Congolese and foreign armed groups for the long-term stabilization of the county, which is rebuilding following the end of a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives due to fighting, hunger and disease. In March, hundreds of people were killed in the capital, Kinshasa, during fighting between Government forces and the guards of the former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, who lost the run-off round of landmark presidential elections to Joseph Kabila last year. In January and February, in the country’s far west Bas-Congo province, violent clashes over closely contested local elections led to the deaths of more than 130 people.In the wake of those deadly clashes, the Council called on the DRC’s authorities and political parties to pursue national reconciliation and resolve their differences through dialogue, with respect to the constitutional framework and the law. 15 May 2007Aiming to help the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cement stability, the Security Council today extended the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there until the end of this year.
The Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association has announced Tracy Haskett as their new administrator.Haskett worked for Norfolk County for the past 15 years, including projects such as the Norfolk County cookbook, and last year’s Terroir Retreat. She has over 25 years of experience specializing in marketing, promotions, and graphic design.“We want to build on the success of our association,” said Nick Vranckx, president of the OSCWGA said in a media release. “Tracy’s expertise and skills are assets as we further look to continue the work we have done in developing our emerging wine region.”The duties of the administrator position include serving as a liaison between the members and stakeholders and leading the association’s marketing initiatives.“I have never felt better about the future of the association,” said Ron Barr, owner of Rush Creek Wines. “Tracy will no doubt strengthen and expand the reach of the South Coast Wines and Toast the Coast brands and that’s a move in the right direction.”
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a senior United Nations official as his Deputy Special Representative for Ethiopia and Eritrea.Angela Kane, currently the Director of the Americas and Europe Division in the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York, will be based in Asmara, where she will serve as the Deputy Head of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).Ms. Kane, a national of Germany, has worked for the UN for 25 years in a variety of political and managerial positions. Her appointment is effective as of 15 January 2003.A second Deputy Special Representative, Cheikh-Tidiane Gaye, is based in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
Yes, TDK gets another post this morning. What can I say, I’m just really digging the company’s entry into consumer audio devices–at least from a purely aesthetic point of view. Also, anyone who’s still supporting vinyl in this day and age gets some serious points from Gearlog.According to the rep I spoke with, the turntable was initially going to be USB-only, for converting your vinyl collection into digital songs, but too many asked the company to make it a functioning turntable, as well. The record player can handle 33 1/3 and 45 RPM discs, while the floating plater helps protect playback from shocks and bumps.Like the Two-Speaker Boombox, the USB Belt-Drive Turntable will run you $399.
Julie Uhrman and her team have been crowd sourcing the evolution of the Ouya platform for months now, with the end goal being a piece of hardware that all gamers love. In looking forward at the next step in their growth, Uhrman maked it clear that she would be totally open to the idea of Ouya existing on someone else’s hardware.If you remove the beautiful design flourish and the custom, fan inspired controller, there’s very little that is special about the Ouya hardware. Inside that little box is basically a Nexus 7, which paints a pretty clear picture of what kind of games the platform will be capable of in this generation. We know that the company plans a yearly hardware release with an impressive spec bump every year in order to remain in step with the games released in that generation, but there’s not been a lot of talk about whether or not anyone else would be able to make an Ouya. Since the Ouya is built on Android, would it be possible to see this experience delivered by another company, or perhaps embedded in something like a television? According to the CEO, that is absolutely something that could happen in the future.The selling point for Ouya has nothing to do with the hardware. The Nvidia Tegra 3 that powers the Ouya is nothing special, and will be nearly a whole generation old by the time this console hits the market. The company is focused on delivering a console experience that takes the small mobile game shops and giving them a space on the biggest screen in the house. On top of this, the company is looking to bring higher quality games to the same kind of platform in order to create a single place for both experiences. During a SXSW interview, Julie Uhrman spoke specifically to returning to the “friends on a couch” game versus massive online gameplay. As long as that experience is intact, it’s entirely possible that Ouya as a platform would find its way to other pieces of hardware.A Smart TV with Ouya CEO says platform could be available to other manufacturers embedded, or a custom built Android HTPC with Ouya running, even a USB stick with Ouya on board could be possible in the future. It’s clear that Ouya isn’t a hardware only company, and much like the Google Play Store it would require permission from Ouya in order to implement. Since it’s based on Android, it wouldn’t be hard for OEM’s to make hardware that supported the concept. All it would take is the right idea to catch the support of the fans and Ouya would seriously consider it.
Share59 Tweet Email3 Monday 26 Feb 2018, 3:03 PM 43 Comments Feb 26th 2018, 3:03 PM PHOTOS: Many parts of Europe are under snow A snow-ice warning has been issued for seven counties in Ireland. An aerial shot of snow in Grünenplan, Germany Source: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/PA Images People skiing down the snow-covered streets of Pristina in Kosovo Source: Visar Kryeziu/AP/Press Association Images 60,514 Views Nuns under the snow at Via della Conciliazione near St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy Source: Matteo Nardone/Zuma Press/PA Images The Seated Man sculpture surrounded by snow near Castleton on the North Yorkshire moors, England Source: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images Icicles photographed in the Baltic Sea harbour of Warnemuende, near Rostock, eastern Germany Source: Bernd Wuestneck/AP/Press Association Images Snow at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy Source: Matteo Nardone/Zuma Press/PA ImagesRead: Status Orange snow-ice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to plunge to -7Read: What exactly is the ‘Beast from the East’? And why is it going to be absolutely freezing this week? Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3873040 AS IRELAND BRACES itself for very cold weather this week, other parts of Europe are already dealing with heavy snowfall.Earlier, Met Éireann issued a status orange snow-ice warning for seven counties in the east of Ireland, as the country gears up for Storm Emma.The warning has been issued for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. It will be valid from 3pm tomorrow until 11am on Wednesday.The wintry chill from Siberia – dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ – has already started sweeping across Europe, affecting many countries including the UK, Italy, Germany and Kosovo. By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stayed tuned for part two later in the week. Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News The other day I had the opportunity to have an in depth interview with a true trailblazer in comics, Mindy Newell. She’s the first woman to write Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Lois Lane, and more. This is part one of our two-part conversation. Thank you for joining me, Mindy! It’s an honor. Let’s start from the beginning, sort of. You are a long time comics fan. When did you fall in love with comics as a kid? What were some of your favorites and why?Mindy: It’s real pleasure, Joe, and thanks for the compliment…though I don’t know why it’s such an “honor.” When I reflect on how I got here, it seems that I was “in the right place at the right time.” Or, truth to power, I think the better phrase is “I stumbled” into the comics industry. But more on that later. I can’t tell you exactly at what age I started reading comics, but it was definitely during the Silver Age—I was born in 1953 (yikes!)—and all I can tell you is that by the time I was 5 or 6, which would make it 1958, 1959 (and onwards, )I was avidly reading comics…my first definitive memory is discovering and reading them at sleepaway camp (Camp Monroe, if any alumni of the place I’ve always thought of as “Brigadoon” are reading this), where comics were passed around the bunks like candy on Halloween. I read them all—something about them captured my imagination; not only superheroes, but the romance comics, westerns, horror, science fiction, World War II stories—so we’re talking Superman, Wonder Woman, Sgt. Rock, Thor, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Superboy, Tales from the Crypt, and especially Adam Strange. Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, and Supergirl. You name it, I read it. During the school year I didn’t get to read them as much, except when I was home sick and my parents would bring them home for me. Any concerns they had about my reading comics were assuaged by my Uncle Max, who was a principal in the New York City school system. “She’s reading,” he told them. “And she’s learned to love reading because of comics. Besides, how many kids her age know what “invulnerable” means (thanks, Superman!) or how many miles the Earth is from the Sun?” (Remember those “Editor’s Notes,” guys?) Anyway…they were all so full of wonder—“strange new worlds, new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before,” to appropriate a well-known phrase—I can still clearly see in my mind’s eye Wayne Boring’s (though of course I had no idea who the artists were back then) Lori Lemaris; the worlds of Ranagar and Krypton; the “time-bubble” of the Legionnaires, Superboy and Supergirl’s robots…so much more…but of all of them, my heart belonged to the orphaned Linda Lee, aka Linda Lee Danvers, aka Kara Zor-el, aka Supergirl.Of course it was the idea of a girl not really that much older than myself—Kara was about 12 or 13 when she first popped out of her rocket ship—though of course when you’re 5,6,7 years old you think that those ages are “really grown-up,” and you can’t wait to get there—with the same powers as the awesome Superman when she first enchanted and entranced me; but later on, when I did grow up and thought more seriously about the implications of my love for the character, I realized that she was an incredibly powerful symbol for little girls back then. Think about it…this wee thing, barely pubescent, was Superman’s “secret weapon”; he depended on Kara to pull his super-ass out of the super-fire in emergencies, he depended on Kara to protect the Earth when he was off-planet—Supergirl literally told little girls that they were capable of doing anything we wanted to. (Hmm…I wonder how many of my generation, who grew up to march in the streets and demand women’s rights, were influenced by this four-color “proto-feminist?”) In 1983 you sent a submission to DC Comics that lead to you getting work at DC. Could you tell me what motivated you to submit to DC?I’m gonna cheat here a little bit and quote from my first column at ComicMix—HOW I BECAME A COMICS PROFESSIONAL…OR HOW THE FUCK DID THAT HAPPEN?… I wish I could tell you that I always knew I wanted to be a comics writer, and that I was encouraged by my high school teachers and then went to university and majored in English with a minor in writing, or that I was a “convention-ho” and showed sample after sample after sample of my writing to every editor who didn’t make a beeline for the bathroom when they saw me coming. Or that I’m related to someone in the comics world, and hey, a little bit of nepotism doesn’t hurt. (Let’s get real, here, right?)But…Once upon a time –1983 – I was working in the OR at a “great metropolitan hospital of a major American city.” It was an ordinary day, with no hint of things to come. Lunchtime came, and, not having anything to read while I ate, I went down to the hospitality shop, thinking I would pick up a magazine or maybe a paperback. None of the magazines or books was really catching my interest, when out of the corner of my left eye I noticed a rack.A rack of comic books!Spider-Man. Action. Thor. Superman. Green Lantern. Fantastic Four. Daredevil. The Legion Of Super-Heroes. And more. I mean, it was a veritable cornucopia of all my old favorites! (Yep, I was one of those weirdo girls who devoured super-hero comics back in the days when the prevailing wisdom was girls only read Nancy Drew and maybe an occasional Betty And Veronica.) I couldn’t believe it. Why hadn’t I ever noticed them before? I scooped them all up, and went back upstairs. I was really excited as I sat down and tried to decide which one to read first. I had just decided on Green Lantern when one of my co-workers tapped me on my shoulder and said, “Hey, can I read Green Lantern?” And before I knew it, everybody in the staff lounge – nurses, X-ray technicians, surgeons, orderlies, aides – were grabbing all my comics! “Where’d you get these, Min?” “Man, I haven’t read a comic in years! This is great!” “You don’t mind if I take this Spider-Man, do you?” Grabbing all of my comics before I can say no, which I wouldn’t, ‘cause everybody knows I’m a softie. And I’m left staring at my PB&J on rye with nothing to read except an old New York Daily News from three days ago. But I did make sure I got them back before I went home, and that night I tucked myself into bed and read and read into the wee small hours of the morning. (Good thing it was a Friday and I was off that weekend.) So Sunday rolls around and it’s a rainy, dank, cold, absolutely miserable day. My daughter is out with the grandparents, I’ve read the Sunday New York Times and finished the crossword puzzle, it’s not football season so there’s no game to watch, and there’s not one good movie on the television. I don’t need to go food shopping. And I’ve walked my dog, who’s now sleeping as only a dog can do on my couch. Which technically she’s not supposed to be on, but she knows I’m a softie and won’t wake her. And then – maybe it was the hand of God or Dr. Fate, or maybe it was just being bored out my mind – I go into my bedroom, and rummage through the pile of comics on the floor next to my bed, and pull out Action Comics. I turn to the editorial column by the editor-in-chief, the late, dearly loved and missed, great and talented Dick Giordano – and reread the bit about DC Comics’ new New Talent Program. The rules are, you can’t use any of DC’s characters, i.e., you have to make up your own. Don’t write a whole story, just a synopsis with brief bios of the main character(s). Think outside the box. And good luck! I find some typewriting paper in a drawer. I pull my old portable manual out from underneath my bed, where it has been collecting dust bunnies for I-can’t-remember-how-long. I get a paper towel and some Windex and wipe off the keys. I pray that the ribbon is still good. I roll the paper in. Set the margins.And start writing… “Writing is easy,” Red Barber said. “You just open your veins and bleed.” I slit an artery that day, because I bled like a stuck pig. In a few hours, I had written a little story about a young couple expecting their first child. They were scientists – aren’t they always? – working in the then infant field of genetic research. There’s an accident at the lab – isn’t there always? – and the woman, exposed to a mixture of chemicals and radiation – isn’t she always? – gains super-powers. (Duh!) But there is a price. She loses the baby. And estranges her husband.I mailed it off. (Snail-mail. Remember, this was 1983, and I was writing on a portable typewriter. With carbon paper!)How did the subsequent interview with Karen Berger and your first work got to print?Funny you should ask! Here’s some more from “HOW THE FUCK DID THAT HAPPEN?” A week later I got a call from Sal Amendola, the coordinator of the talent search for DC. A month later I was sitting at the desk of Karen, who was then the editor of New Talent Showcase.Aside: Yes, I know, it’s not supposed to happen like that. You’re supposed to work and work and work and sweat and sweat and cry and cry and cry and revise and revise and revise and submit, submit, and submit.Karen and I talked for a while. She asked me about my background, and like Sergeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes, my answers were all I know notzhing! I see notzhing! The only thing I could really tell her is that I read comics. Always did. And when she asked me about my writing experience, I said it was only for school. But my brother, when I told him about the experience, said I was wrong. He said I was always making up stories and writing them down. But I don’t remember that. Well, except for one, a story I wrote for eighth-grade English, in which a UFO sighting is reported, and then the next day while walking to school I meet this funny little man dressed strangely and who had a weird accent. Karen sketched out the process of putting a comic together. Explained the full-script method – in which the entire story, including dialogue, panel layout and specified “shots” – is dictated by the author, and “Marvel style,” in which the writer does a detailed synopsis of each page, but basically leaves all artistic decisions to the artist.One thing I do remember very clearly – a man comes into Karen’s office. She introduces me. His name is Len Wein. Obviously an important person. Clearly as a comics reader I’m supposed to know him. But my inner dialogue is I’m supposed to know him? Len Wien. Len Wein. Sounds kinda familiar. Why do I know that name? Meanwhile I’m shaking his hand and saying things like, “I’m so pleased to meet you,” and “I love your work,” and “It’s an honor.”Never let ‘em see ya sweat, kids. Anyway, Karen sent me home with a stack of old comic scripts to “study,” and with instructions to take a whack at it. (My words, not hers.) And here let me say, very clearly, that any success I’ve had in comics is thanks to Karen, who nurtured me and encouraged me and was the best editor (and friend) a tyro like me could ever have. It was Karen who had faith in any untapped abilities I had, who championed and gave me the opportunity to write more stories for New Talent and to work with people like Paul Levitz (The Legion Of Super-Heroes) and Keith Giffen (Legionnaires Three, Amethyst).And for whatever reason, other people noticed. Robert Greenberger—whose articles I had read in Starlog magazine, and with whom I work at ComicMix—gave me an assignment on V, and later edited my Lois Lane mini-series. Len Wein—he whom I had faked knowing that fateful day—asked me to write a Tales of The Green Lantern Corps. It just kept going. Some of your earliest works included Legion of Super-Heroes and Amethyst. How did that come about? Would you pitch ideas, have options, or be assigned issues? As I said, it was all thanks to Karen. IIRC, when Legion was about to go “glossy” with all new stories, it was decided that there would be a “newspaper print” version—with some lag time, though I don’t remember how much—which would be titled Tales of The Legion of Super-Heroes and which would also include a short, original back-up story. This was an incredibly workload for Paul Levitz, as he was not only the writer of Legion, but also the Vice-President and then Executive Vice-President of DC Comics. Behind the scenes it was decided that a scriptwriter would be brought in to dialogue over Paul’s plots. I wasn’t privy to the actual conversations, of course, but one day Karen called me and asked if I would consider and like the assignment. Would I????? Are you kidding??? As I said up above, I had been a fan of the Legion—LLL!!!!—since their very first appearance in 1958 (Adventure Comics #247). My finest work, imho, of that run is “Triangle,” a little story in which Sun Boy, aka Dirk Morgana, the roué and male chauvinist pig of the Legion, finally gets his comeuppance. It appeared in Tales of The Legion of Super-Heroes #320, and also made the Best of DC Digest for that year, which I believe was 1985. I’m very proud of that story. I think it is/was my skill at dialogue that propelled me forward. (I still think I suck at actual plotting—like Ronald D. Moore, who has admitted this on Outlander podcasts, I tend to write straightforward, meaning that I don’t jump around the story, and though I have a singular climax or scene in my head, I let the characters take me there.) My style was once described to me by artist John Higgins as “very British,” meaning that my characters spoke in natural rhythms and reactions (while still pushing the story forward). He also told me that I was very popular across the pond and more well known and respected than here in the States. This was sorta confirmed to me when I was invited over to UKAC in London for my work on Catwoman. It was the first time I was treated like a “superstar”—someone even followed me into the bathroom at the convention, so eager was she to get my autograph! A weird—and, yes, ego-boosting—experience.) My work on Amethyst also occurred the same way, though in this case, as far as I know, it was a discussion between Keith Giffen and Karen. It may sound like I’m shortlisting the Princess of Gemworld, but I’m not. Writing her just came so naturally to me; after all, I had been that little girl who dreamed that she was capable of so much more. You are the first woman to write Wonder Woman. Were you aware of that at the time you took on writing duties? How much did that mean to you and continues to mean to you today?Mindy: No, I wasn’t. And it wasn’t until Gail Simone took on the writing responsibilities of the Amazon Princess in 2007 that I found out. In Gail’s own words, from her Five Questions With…” interview with me: “I’m really excited to score this interview. A little personal story first. “…many years later, when I got the Wonder Woman job, there was this crazy little firestorm of publicity…where we got the front page of the NY Times Art Section, a dozen major papers, TV appearances, the whole schmear. And the news was ‘Wonder Woman Gets First Female Writer.’ “I knew that wasn’t exactly correct, so I kept correct everyone, ‘No, I’m the first female ONGOING writer.’ But then I spoke to Kurt Busiek and he said I was STILL wrong, that Mindy had been absolutely pegged as the first female ongoing WW writer…’” Gail also said that “it feels like people are trying to pave over history, because the REAL pioneer was Mindy, back when being a female writer in comics was darn near impossible.”I gotta say, I never thought much about it at the time, but lately—I think Gail is right, it has felt like I’ve been “paved over” by TPTB. Of course, as I became more and more familiar with the ins-and-outs of the comics industry, I realized that it was a microcosm of the “Hollywood” scene—obviously, a lot more than a microcosm these days—in its attitude of “what have you done for me lately?” and in its overt and covert misogyny. And, frankly, it pisses me off. Hell, I’m not a saint!!What was your favorite contribution to Wonder Woman or favorite memory related to Wonder Woman while working on the book?Just the fact that thanks to Gail and other people, including here at Geek.com, I’m being recognized again. More specifically, and perhaps surprisingly to you, I actually don’t have “great” memories of working on Diana the first time around. Of course, I was terribly excited, and I had lots of ideas, but, truth to power, I was never given a chance. What I envisioned didn’t matter. The editor at the time—he’s an extremely good man and terrific gentleman in a field where that moniker is often lacking—was big into Mayan civilization, theology and myths, and that’s the story he wanted to tell. Maybe he liked the idea of two great “pagan” civilizations clashing, as Wonder Woman represented the Hellenic Period. But I had no interest in Mayan culture at that time—or was it Aztec? Anyway, it seemed like the editor didn’t give a damn about what I thought. He didn’t even give me a chance to talk about Diana and Steve Trevor and Etta Candy. I had always thought of Steve Trevor as a nebbish, a mama’s boy, a disgrace to the Air Force, a man who made it to Colonel by ass-kissing the higher-ups, a humiliation in uniform, the perfect pisher, I wanted to base him on my father, a WWII Army Air Corps P-51 fighter jock in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, who hardly ever never talked about his experiences in the war until his later years and after Tom Brokaw called his generation “The Greatest,” who kept all his medals and honors tucked away until finally we forced him to have them framed and hung on the wall in our den, a man who loved to fly and did his duty to his country. A man who should have never left the service that he loved. As for Etta: I liked that she was, plainly speaking, fat. It made her stand out from all the, no pun intended, Amazonian superwomen of comics. She was so normal in that way. I saw her as awakening to her strengths, not just because of Wonder Woman’s influence, but because she was maturing into an independent, intelligent individual. And then there was Diana.Honestly? I had always hated her. Well, not her. The way she was portrayed. She was the most powerful woman in the DC universe, and all she did was whine about Steve. No, she was definitely not an icon for women in the later part of the 20th century. But I thought, here’s an interesting dichotomy: a superbly intelligent, supremely physical young woman who didn’t know shit about life in the “real” world. A royal princess who was waited on hand-and-foot while growing up who now found herself in a nation that had rejected royalty at its birth. The only baby “born” in a civilization of women who had isolated themselves from “man’s world” 2000 years ago. Of course she would be “pro-life” and “anti-abortion.” (This has nothing to do with my own feelings. For the record, I am firmly pro-choice.) And as for men? How would she react to a world where women were just starting to break the glass ceiling, where they made 70 cents to every dollar a man earned? How would she understand a country that went nuts just because Hillary Clinton didn’t want to just stay home and bake cookies? And what about relationships? Frankly, I thought her background would lead her to be a lesbian. But that could also bring up lots of different things: nature vs. nurture, genetic disposition vs. environment. And if she was also attracted to men…okay, there was Steve—but as I indicated, “what a jewel.” Still, could make for some interesting situations as she started meeting more men—of the mortal kind, I mean. Until she came to New York, the only men she had ever had any kind of relationship with were her gods. But the editor just wanted to tell his story, his way. I could have said, thanks, but no thanks. But this was my first chance at writing a regular series, plus I was a “nice Jewish girl” who hadn’t grown up yet, so I tried to go along with him….I mean, he was the editor, right? And as anything that is done when your heart isn’t it, I thought it was a disaster. I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. I couldn’t spell the goddamn name of the god who was the antagonist. I didn’t give a fuck about spelling the name of the god who was the antagonist of the story. I started hating the whole assignment. I felt I was turning out crap. I was embarrassed. I was sad. I worried about my future as a comics writer. And finally, I was, and got, fed up. And Mt. St. Mindy blew. I firmly remember the day it happened. I was arguing with the editor. And something simply exploded. “FUCK YOU!!!! I DON’T NEED THIS SHIT! I QUIT!!!!” I slammed the door as I left. I walked out to the elevator. I pushed the button. I was fuming. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I was done. And then Marv Wolfman came out to the elevator lobby and talked me down. (Should I bless him or curse him?) He must have thought that I had talent and/or a future as a writer; he convinced me to keep going, not to quit, and he got me to go back into the office. He even got me to apologize to the editor. A miracle, I must say.Seriously, I thought (and think) of myself as a professional, and so, I finished my obligations to Wonder Woman and finished the run. But little did I know that I was not done with Wonder Woman!Dialoguing over George’s plots in the mid-eighties was a total joy. Hell, working with George was a total joy. He is, as I’m sure you know, not only a gigantically talented artist and storyteller, but a true mensch.Im-not-so-ho, the best thing George and I did together was Wonder Woman #46, “Chalk Drawings.” It is a tale of suicide and its aftermath on family and friends. Find a copy. Read it. That is the story that, to this day and forever, touches my heart. I hope it does yours. Stay on target
Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on target Just because the real 2015 has already passed us by doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some Back to the Future love. Not too long ago the real self-lacing Nike sneakers got folks to pay big money to pretend to be Marty McFly. Well soon those collectors will have another 1985 item to add to their shopping list. The DeLorean is coming back, adding modern conveniences to the classic car.A new DeLorean in 2015 sounds like a no-brainer. So why the delay? Well the automobile market is very regulated, for good reason. And apparently DeLorean got caught up in years of discussions over laws controlling the low-volume production of vintage vehicles, at least in America. With those issues nearly settled, the new DeLorean is now back on track for a 2019 release and $100,000 price tag.And it looks like the wait has been worth it. Just take a look at this beautiful old/new car. The exterior recreates the chassis of the 1980s original from the movie screens of your youth. The doors open up vertically. It’s sleek and silver and boxy. It’s got those great rear lights and presumably this DeLorean also travels through time when you reach 88 miles per hour thanks to not-Rick Sanchez.However, since this is a car The DeLorean Motor Company theoretically expects people to actually drive, and not just show off, it does have some modern upgrades. Don’t worry, none of them should ruin your vehicular nostalgia. The changes are largely internal. The engine is three times as powerful. As a result the brakes, wheels, tires, and cooling air intakes are all bigger. And you’re not stuck with an old radio.The new old DeLorean is still at least a year away. So you won’t be able to drive it to the premiere of Ready Player One. But once you drop that $100,000 for this car in 2019, it’s just a simple matter of driving it to yourself in the past.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson revealed just how significant their 2-1 win over Liverpool was to themPep Guardiola’s side hosted Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last week needing to avoid a third defeat in four games in order to prevent the gap between themselves and the leaders to increase to 10 points.Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were enough to seal a 2-1 win for City and decrease their deficit to four points with Liverpool losing their first league game of the season.“For us, it was a matter of life or death,” Ederson told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.“It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”City will next play Wolves on Monday in the Premier League.
The Veterans Affairs Department pledged to create a pilot program to help Alaska vets get health care services outside the VA. The pilot program didn’t fully launch by mid-November, as promised, but a top VA official says they’re making progress.Download AudioAlaska Sen. Dan Sullivan asked VA Undersecretary David Shulkin about it at a hearing this week. Sullivan says VA staffers told his aides a few days ago they may delay the Alaska pilot program indefinitely.“And on behalf of my veterans, I’m pissed!” Sullivan said, his hand striking the table. “So what the hell is going on?”Shulkin told Sullivan he’s still committed to the Alaska pilot program.“And I am not walking back on this.”“But your staff was walking back …”“My staff, who I bet is watching this right now, are listening to me as I say we are not walking back on this. I made a commitment to you and to the veterans and we’re going to see this through.”Essentially, the Alaska pilot is supposed to restore a program that allowed Alaska veterans to contact the VA to get care at private clinics and in the Native healthcare system. The new Choice program requires veterans to call an Arizona-based contractor called TriWest, and some patients say it’s been impossible to get appointments.Under the pilot program, TriWest is supposed to have employees working in the offices of the Alaska VA.These days Shulkin told Sullivan, Alaska calls are still routed to a TriWest call center out of state, but the calls are consolidated.“We have, through TriWest, a virtual call center only answering for Alaska. I said to you I want people in Alaska scheduling …”“And my team was told you’re not doing that now,” Sullivan interjects.“We are doing it, but it required a contract modification to a federal contract, which is a bigger deal than I knew when I came into the government.”Shulkin says the contract change was finally completed last month and he says TriWest expects to have employees embedded in the Alaska VA within six weeks.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast.The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau last week.Commissioners approved a coast-wide catch of just under 30 million pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of two point two percent from last year’s limits.Commissioner chair Jim Balsiger of Juneau said the decisions were not easy to make.“But all in all I think it was a really good meeting. Since, first time in the last few years that things are relatively optimistic in the stocks, first time in the last few years we’ve seen a fairly significant decrease in bycatch,” Balsiger said. “The discussions focused quite a bit, both in the public and in our executive sessions about thetrade offs we have to make between rebuilding the stocks and capturing some revenue in the fisheries now when things look a little bit better. And I’m happy where we ended up so I think it was a good meeting.”In area 2C, Southeast Alaska, the commission approved a combined commercial and charter catch of 4.95 million pounds, an increase of six percent from last year.British Columbia, area 2B, was approved for 7.3 million pounds, an increase of over four percent.In area 3A, the central Gulf, the commission approved a combined commercial and charter catch limit of 9.6 pounds. That’s a decrease of a half million pounds, or five percent, from last year. The Commission also adopted catch-share plans for Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf that impact the number and size of halibut that charter anglers can keep.Overall the commission approved catch limits above the IPHC staff’s “blue line” numbers. Those represent long-standing harvest percentages applied to the estimated legal-sized halibut for each regulatory area.Commissioner Jeff Kauffman of St. Paul noted the overall decision was about 12 percent, or 3.2 million pounds above that “blue-line” number.“To let you know where most of those increases came from, about 2.5 million pounds out of the 3.2 million pound increase above the blue line came from area 2, an area that I think we have a lot of confidence in, an area that’s responded very well to the cuts that we’ve all experienced over the last decade or so and about 660,000 pounds of the increase above the blue line came from areas 3A and west, areas that we have I think more concern about,” Kaufman said. “So the bulk of the allocation above the blue line came from area 2 and about 660,000 pounds of that came from area 3A and west.”Area 2 stretches from Southeast Alaska to California.For most of the coast, commissioners approved a season start date of March 19th and end date of November 7th.(The catch limit for 3B was set at 2.71 million pounds. Area 4A was set at 1.39 million, area 4B was set at1.14 million and area 4CDE was set at 1.66 million.)Commissioners did not approve any change to the size of halibut that can be kept in the commercial fishery. Charter bag limits are the same, although charter fishermen in Southeast get an extra inch on smaller keeper halibut this year, up to 43 inches.The commission voted to approve long-line pot gear as legal gear for halibut, in areas where the National Marine Fisheries Service already allows pots in the sablefish fishery. That will allow commercial boats fishing for black cod to keep halibut caught in pots in the Gulf of Alaska.That change will be reviewed by the IPHC in three years.Commissioners thanked outgoing director Bruce Leaman for his work. He has been with the IPHC since 1997 and is turning over the reigns this August to David Wilson. Wilson has worked in Indian Ocean tuna management and with fisheries in Australia.
SIBLThe Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) saw some drastic changes in its management in a sudden turn of events on Tuesday.In a covert meeting held at the city’s Hotel Westin, the bank’s board named the new chairman, managing director (MD) and executive committee chairman.Experts have likened the changes to those at Islami Bank Bangladesh, which came into place in January. In both cases, S Alam Group played a part.Former Chittagong University vice-chancellor Anwarul Azim Arif was named the new chairman of the bank, while Kazi Osman Ali, additional managing director of First Security Islami Bank, was named the new MD.Belal Ahmed, vice chairman of NRB Global Bank, has been named the chairman of the executive committee.Mohammad Saiful Alam, chairman of S Alam Group and First Security Islami Bank, was present at the meeting.However, the outgoing officers to these positions were not present at the meeting.Sources said the conglomerate bought 40 per cent of the bank’s shares last year. To buy the shares, they used names of a number of new companies, which had used the address of First Security Islami Capital and Investment, also owned by S Alam Group.In a recent interview with Prothom Alo, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said he has asked the Bangladesh Bank governor Fazle Kabir to look into the bank’s share market involvement.When the BB governor Kabir was asked about the incident on Tuesday, he said they will look into the matter.Former BB deputy governor Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled said a bank can have changes to its management, but what’s happening at present makes no sense. If the public loses confidence in the share market, the new owners have to take the blame.This correspondent tried to reach the chairman of the S Alam Group, but he could not be reached despite repeated attempts.The SIBL, which started its journey in 1995, has 135 branches while the bank has a reserve of Tk 120,000 billion.The bank got enlisted to the share market in 2000 and now has 39,000 shareholders.
Nintendo is all the rage these days thanks to the success of the Nintendo Switch. What better time than now to show the world your love for the company Mario built? Thankfully, you can do just that thanks to a new line of t-shirts from Nintendo and Uniqlo.The t-shirt designs come from the Uniqlo T-shirt (UT) Grand Prix 2017 contest. Since 2005, the world-famous clothing company received over 16,000 entries from all over the globe. Out of these, 25 designs were chosen to be immortalized in t-shirt form. They are based on ten of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Splatoon, Star Fox, Kirby, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and of course, Super Mario Bros. AdChoices广告The top three designs are based on Super Mario Bros., Splatoon, and The Legend of Zelda (respectively). These designs will be featured in Uniqlo stores in Japan and across the world. The winners will each get $10,000, an invitation to an awards ceremony in Japan, and a Nintendo Switch signed by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto.All of the t-shirts from the collection are priced at $13.50 for men and women and $9 for kids. They’ll be available at Uniqlo locations in Japan. We know the top three t-shirts will be available worldwide but it is unclear whether or not the rest of the line will be. If you’re in Tokyo on May 19 when these t-shirts are officially unveiled, it might be a good idea to snatch up a few and gloat to your friends back home.You can see all of the 25 Nintendo-themed Uniqlo t-shirts by following this link.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Gone are the good old days of arcades, but if you pay attention to the games modding scene, you’ve probably noticed that arcade cabinets are used for projects quite frequently. This time around, rather than someone modding an arcade cabinet to house current-gen systems or to contain every NES ROM ever released, Artica and TheArcadeMan teamed up and modded a Sega Rally Championship cabinet to control an actual RC car.Ripping out the guts of the arcade unit, the duo stuck an Arduino inside it, and mapped all of the inputs — steering wheel, buttons, pedals, gears — to the new board. The information was sent to the RC car via XBee, a radio module. The RC car had a receiver Arduino sending the cabinet’s input information to the wheels and throttle of the car.However, the duo wanted to feel like they were playing a video game, but using real life objects. So, rather than sit in the modded cabinet and control a car they couldn’t see, they hooked the RC car up with two cameras — one in the front, and one mounted on a piece of PVC higher up, facing the front.The car sent the video feed back to the arcade cabinet screen, so what was shown on the screen simulated a video game race, but was actually real life.Amusingly, the team’s biggest problem wasn’t modding a cabinet’s wheel or pedals to control an RC car, but getting the video signal to display on the cabinet’s CRTs. Eventually, the team gave up attempting to use the original CRTs, and replaced them with two newer CRTs that fit the cabinet’s frame.The end result of the project was a Sega Rally Championship arcade cabinet that controlled an RC car, displaying two video signals from which the player can choose. A real-life video game race, complete with different camera angles.via Artica
No related posts. José María Villalta of the Broad Front Party, the current presidential front-runner in the latest poll in Costa Rica, had to defend his redistributive policies to a pro-business crowd during a debate at the Costa Rican Union of Private Business Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) Thursday afternoon.The left-leaning candidate said that Costa Rica’s tax system should be more progressive, demanding that some sectors, especially, finance, should pay more taxes to offset the country’s rising inequality rate.Villalta, who currently leads in the polls, raised eyebrows earlier in the campaign when he spoke about pulling Costa Rica out of the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, and reassessing the country’s other trade agreements. On Thursday, however, the candidate took a step back, saying that it was not “viable” to revoke Costa Rica’s participation in CAFTA, despite his personal distaste for the free trade agreement.Costa Rica exports more than any other country behind only the United States within the regional trade alliance.Villalta clarified a question from the audience that nationalization was not part of the Broad Front’s government plan.Besides taxes, Costa Rica’s presidential candidates addressed the high cost of electricity and the country’s deteriorating infrastructure.Libertarian Movement Party candidate Otto Guevara hammered on his campaign promise to open Costa Rica’s electricity market to private generators as a solution to high prices, which he and UCCAEP agreed drives businesses and investment out of Costa Rica.“Opening the energy market will benefit everyone,” Guevara said, referencing the positive affects of CAFTA on the liberalization of the telecommunications and insurance industries.Several candidates pushed back against this idea, from National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya to Guillermo Solís and José María Villalta of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and the Broad Front Party, respectively.Electricity in Central America is three times higher than in other regions, according to the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank estimates the wholesale price of electricity in Central America at $150 per megawatt compared to $50 in other “similar systems.”PAC’s Solís said that infrastructure investment was the most “urgent” problem facing Costa Rica, and that it was synonymous with competitiveness. Several candidates spoke about the need to repair Costa Rica’s crumbling bridges and build new highways. Villalta said that the country needed a holistic infrastructure approach that looked beyond new highways as the only solution to congestion, including trains connecting the cities of the San José metro area, and other public transportation options.UCCAEP vice president and debate moderator Luis Mesalles challenged several of the candidates’ claims that large infrastructure projects would generate jobs in the quantities they promised.Mesalles also noted that most candidates sidestepped the issue of Costa Rica’s ports in favor of highways. According to the World Bank, Costa Rica has the worst ports in Central America. Facebook Comments
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The case has drawn widespread criticism from human rights and press freedom groups around the world.The case came to trial following the discovery in May of dozens of bodies buried at several jungle camps on the Thai-Malaysian border where traffickers held migrants as prisoners. Many of the migrants are ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar who face persecution at home. In many cases, the migrants pay to be smuggled by ship, but are then detained by traffickers in Thailand who hold them until their families pay ransoms.Human rights activists and foreign governments have long accused Thai authorities of collusion in the trafficking industry, but police, military and government officials have denied the allegations.However, the recent publicity about the camps prompted a Thai government crackdown on trafficking, and several dozen people were arrested, including a Thai army general and local officials.The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand in its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, designating it as a country that has not made sufficient progress in tackling human trafficking. It recommended that Thailand stop bringing criminal defamation cases against researchers or journalists who report on human trafficking. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Morison, 67, a native of Melbourne, Australia, said he believes the case was filed because Phuketwan had been reporting extensively on the Rohingya boat people for seven years, “and a couple of officers within the service have just become annoyed, perhaps a little paranoid and reacted in a strange way.”“More than once we’ve been asked to apologize and we’ve resisted that at every opportunity,” he told The Associated Press, describing the lawsuit as “a vindictive overreaction.”Capt. Pallop said the navy had talked with Phuketwan over the possibility of dropping the defamation charges, but the negotiations failed.“We had asked them to hold a press conference to apologize publicly for the article, but they said they would only express regrets. Therefore, a deal wasn’t struck,” he testified.He said the allegations against the navy had been investigated and “so far we have not found any wrongdoing.”Thai courts rarely rule against the military, which is in an even stronger position than usual since staging a coup in May last year that deposed an elected civilian government.The court is expected to set a date for the verdict after three days of testimony from witnesses this week. PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand’s navy against a small news website over a report it posted saying naval forces accepted money to assist or turn a blind eye to the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar by sea.The navy also accused two journalists from the Phuketwan website with violating Thailand’s Computer Crime Act by publishing the article online. If found guilty, Australian editor Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathien could each face up to seven years in prison and fines totaling 300,000 baht ($8,815). New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “The real message of this trial to Thailand’s journalists is report at your own risk because big brother in Bangkok is watching — but fortunately, when they went after Alan and Chutima, the navy and the ruling military junta came up against two courageous journalists who are not afraid to fight for their principles,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, said Tuesday. “They deserve the international community’s unstinting support.”___Associated Press writer Grant Peck in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The New York-based literary and rights advocacy group PEN American Center urged the Thai government to “refocus its energies on curbing collusion in human rights abuses by members of its own navy, rather than frivolous attempts to camouflage them by shackling the press.”The contested report on the Phuketwan website was excerpted from an extensive story published by the international news agency Reuters in July 2013. The Reuters story was one of a series about persecution of the Rohingya that won the agency the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.The trial’s first witness, Capt. Pallop Komalodaka, said the navy also filed a lawsuit against Reuters, but that case remains with the prosecutor’s office pending any further action.Phuketwan earlier said most of the legal costs of the case are being met by the London-based Media Legal Defense Initiative. But the navy’s action threatens to sink the website, it said.“Our reporting on vital matters about Phuket and Thailand will come to an end next week and may never resume,” it said. “Phuketwan’s future is uncertain because of a highly controversial criminal defamation action.” The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Alan Morison, right, Australian editor of the website Phuketwan and his colleague Chutima Sidasathien speak to the media ahead of their appearance in court to face charges of violating Thailand’s Computer Crime Act in Phuket, Thailand, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Testimony begins Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit the Thai navy has filed against a small news website over a report it posted alleging naval forces accepted money to abet or turn a blind eye to the seaborne trafficking of refugees from Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)
airlinesEmirates 10 passengers aboard Emirates Flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were transported to hospital via ambulances from JFK Airport around 10am local time on Wednesday morning (midnight AEST), following the flight’s arrival at 9.18am local time.Initial reports said that around 100 of the 500+ passengers and crew onboard the Airbus A380 fell ‘seriously ill’, with a ‘mystery illness’, complaining of symptoms including fever, coughing and vomiting.The airline quickly confirmed details in a statement via Twitter:Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority.The aircraft has been quarantined and passengers were reportedly being checked by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
RelatedComplete guide to cabin luggage: what you can and can’t take on a planeYou’ve got your head around cabin bag sizes, but what are you actually allowed to pack in that perfectly-sized carry-on? Find all the answers you need in this complete guide* to what you can and can’t take on a plane in your hand luggage.Liquids in hand luggage: What can you carry?Here’s a no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports Picture the scene. With the steely precision of a NASA scientist you’ve cut your capsule wardrobe down to minimum requirements, folded and rolled your lightest essentials, downloaded your boarding card – and…Thomas Cook cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceWhether you’ve booked a Thomas Cook all inclusive holiday, or you’ve gone for the flight only option, you’ll probably want to know the same thing: what is Thomas Cook’s baggage allowance, and how can you check you’ve got it right before check in? Here are all of the facts on… CorkscrewsA corkscrew may be a great Christmas present for an oenophile – but airport security won’t like it. Travel with one of these in your hand luggage and it will be taken from you at security, so if you pick one up as a souvenir over the festive season, be sure to stow it in your hold bags. Sports equipmentOk, so some of the restricted sports equipment is obvious – you probably wouldn’t walk onto an aeroplane with a snooker cue or a golf club, after all – but there are some banned items that might surprise you. Bats, rackets, darts and catapults must all go in the hold, as must all martial arts equipment. So if your Christmas travels include a spot of sport, check in a bag.LightersYou are allowed one lighter on board, but only one. And it’s meant to be kept “on your person” during the flight. Lighters make great presents for smokers (and great souvenirs from, say, Amsterdam) but it’ll be the airport security guards who get to keep them if you carry more than one in your hand luggage. What’s not allowed on a flight?These items are either heavily restricted – or not allowed on flights at all.Party poppersThese party faves are banned from flights entirely and can’t be placed in hand luggage or hold luggage as they contain explosives. Admittedly a low level of explosive but they still pose a security threat and may make your festive party plans fizzle out rather than go off with a bang if your luggage is ceased. Sweet chestnutsChestnuts roasting on a open fire may be an iconic Christmas treat, but you won’t find customs will be too merry about them. You can bring up to 2kg into the UK from anywhere in the EU and from most European and Mediterranean countries (including Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) but if you’re flying from anywhere else you won’t be allowed to bring in even one – not even in your hold baggage. https://www.instagram.com/p/-b3nh8iPiv/Citrus and vine plantsAlmost all plants are allowed into the UK if they’re from an EU country, but if they’re not, there are plenty you’ll find will be confiscated at customs, including all citrus and vine plants. So no bringing lemon trees back from the Canaries or olive plants back from Northern Cyprus (both of these places count as outside the EU). For more information on bringing plants into the UK download the government’s PDF about the restrictions. Christmas trees and wreathsWouldn’t it be nice to bring that Canadian spruce back from your Christmas abroad? Or that festive wreath back from the market in Prague, along with one for the neighbours? Customs won’t think so – only one tree, wreath or spray is allowed per person and even then only if it’s from the EU, Europe or the Med. Christmas trees must also be less than three metres in height. Bah humbug! Can I take wrapped gifts on board the plane?If there are no restricted items inside your wrapped gifts, the airport security scanners shouldn’t have a problem with these being in your hand luggage. However, if anything looks suspicious, all your careful handiwork might be unwrapped again by a member of airport staff. It’s safer to put your presents in gift bags that can be easily removed, or simply stash them in your hold luggage.Can I take alcohol on a flight?You can bring plenty of festive alcohol back to the UK if you wish – as long as it’s in your checked luggage. 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine and 10 litres of spirits are allowed if you’re coming from within EU, while 16 litres of beer, four litres of wine (not sparkling) and one litre of spirits are permitted if travelling from outside the EU. Merry Christmas! Duty-free alcohol purchased at the airport and still in the sealed bag with the receipt is allowed in your cabin baggage – but if you have a stopover on your flight, it may get confiscated when going through security at the transfer airport. Buy on the last leg of your journey to avoid disputes.All set to travel this Christmas but still not sure where to go? We’ve got you covered….Our guide to the festive season in LondonEver seen the twinkling lights of London at Christmas? Now’s your chance to plan a festive break in the capital, with our guide on what to see and do.Where to go on holiday in DecemberCheck out our guide to the best destinations to book for a last-minute holiday this December. Best travel gifts for Christmas 2015On the hunt for presents for the frequent flyer in your life? We’ve rounded up the best of what’s new for Christmas 2015 – all perfectly safe to fly with. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Cranberry sauceWhilst you are free to take your Christmas turkey onto a plane, Cranberry sauce is a no go. This is classed as a liquid and therefore can’t be carried in hand luggage. It would need to be 100ml or under to get through security so best to place in your hold luggage.Jams, honeys and syrupsSome foods count as liquids, including jams, chutneys, honeys and syrups. So if you pick up any of these at a European Christmas market, be sure they’re under 100ml – or in your checked luggage instead. What can I not take on board?You can pack the following items in your checked bags – just don’t carry them on board in your hand luggage.Cosmetics and toiletriesWe’re probably all familiar with this one by now: liquids in hand luggage, including creams or gels, are considered forbidden items unless they’re 100ml or less and in a clear plastic bag. Don’t forget that oils count, including cooking oils, so put any oil-based gifts in the hold. Camembert cheeseUnfortunately this is a food type which starts the flight as a solid but can turn into a liquid by the end of your journey and it is therefore recommended that you place this in your hold luggage. Brandy butter is another soft substance which turns to liquid and would be limited to 100ml. ToolsBuying a present for a budding DIYer? Pack it well and put it in the hold – tools of any kind are restricted items and not allowed in hand luggage (screwdrivers, spanners, drill bits, hammers, pliers and even artist’s equipment like paper knives). Christmas crackersThe other year Gatwick Airport stated crackers were strictly forbidden in their carry on luggage restrictions. Some airlines, like easyJet, allow you to bring up to two boxes of sealed Christmas crackers, but most prefer that you stow them in the hold. What can I take on board?So what’s the good news? The following items are ok to take in hand luggage or checked bags.Solid foods such as Christmas cake, biscuits and chocolates (just remember to pack them securely to avoid them getting squashed in transit!)Solid soaps are not classed as liquids in hand luggage so you’re free to take them on board. Bath bombs are also allowed, but call them ‘bath salts’ in the airport, to avoid any misunderstandings at security! Musical instruments. Bringing back a ukele or some Spanish maracas as a Christmas gift? Musical instruments can be take on board, but there are size restrictions and some airlines don’t give you an additional hand luggage allowance, meaning you’ll need to pack them in, or instead of, one of your carry-on bags. Check with the airline in advance in case you need to book space and read our list of cabin luggage restrictions for major airlines.Some sporting equipment If ice skates, rollerblades and skate boards are on your Christmas gift list, they are all allowed as hand luggage on a flight.
Doha, Qatar – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRizon Jet of Doha, State of Qatar is to become a new operator of an Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ), which it will manage on behalf of a new customer from the Gulf region and which was ordered from the manufacturer earlier this year.The latest order builds on the strong presence that Airbus corporate jets already has in the region, one of the world’s largest markets for business jets.Delivery of the “green” Airbus ACJ is planned for next year, with the outfitted aircraft being handed over to the customer in 2012. As part of the management contract Rizon Jet will offer its client consulting services in the design and completion process.The design of the interior has been tasked to Andrew Winch Design, based in London, United Kingdom. The aircraft will be completed by AMAC Aerospace, in Basel, Switzerland. The interior will reflect the latest standards of luxury in business aviation.“Our customer wants a comfortable and spacious environment for his family and friends during his travels. The new Airbus ACJ ticks all the boxes for his requirements. Moving into the management of an Airbus Corporate Jetliner was both a natural and desirable step for us,” commented Rizon Jet CEO Patrick Enz.“If you have the need to travel in a large business jet, you might as well get the best value for money by benefitting from the greater space and comfort that Airbus corporate jets have to offer, because otherwise you will settle for less,” reasons Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “We deliver unrivalled quality at the top end of the market, as more and more premium aircraft management companies such as Rizon Jet are discovering,” he adds.In addition to greater comfort and space, Airbus Corporate Jet customers benefit from many advantages that flow from being part of the world’s most modern airliner family – such as better value-retention, the latest in satellite phone technology, modern navigation aids such as GPS, and worldwide support that includes features tailored to corporate-jets.www.rizonjet.com