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PMO says gambling problem prompted Brampton MPs sudden resignation

first_imgOTTAWA — Raj Grewal’s sudden resignation as a Liberal MP was prompted by a gambling problem, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.Grewal, who represented the riding of Brampton East, announced his immediate resignation Thursday, citing unspecified personal and medical reasons.On Friday, the PMO issued a statement saying that Grewal had informed the office earlier this week “that he is undergoing serious personal challenges and that he is receiving treatment from a health professional related to a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.“Based on these circumstances, we agreed that his decision to resign as Member of Parliament for Brampton East was the right one. We hope he receives the support he needs.”The statement, issued in response to numerous media inquiries, went on to say: “We are not aware of an investigation by the Peel Regional Police. We are aware of inquiries by the RCMP regarding the circumstances that were the subject of a complaint to the ethics commissioner about Mr. Grewal earlier this year.”Ethics watchdog Mario Dion launched a formal inquiry last May after two opposition MPs expressed concerns that Grewal might have been in a conflict of interest when he invited a construction executive — who was paying Grewal for legal services at the time — to official events with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister’s trip to India early this year.The conflict-of-interest code prohibits MPs from using their positions to further their private interests or to improperly further another person’s interests.It’s not clear what prompted the PMO’s reference to the Peel police and a spokesperson for the force declined to comment.“We do not confirm if we are investigating an individual or if there is an active investigation,” said Const. Akhil Mooken. “The only time we would share information on an individual is if charges were laid.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Game Changer Will New Brooklyn Nets be a Threat

Now that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry have been traded to Brooklyn Nets, one has to wonder if LeBron James and Miami Heat will be in trouble next year.All three of the players, who left the Boston Celtics, all have championship rings already, which may be a problem for the 4-time league MVP and the rest of the Eastern Conference next year.

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Jamaican parents told to treasure children as they do cell phones

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Nov 2015 – The Jamaica Teachers Association with some bold advice for parents in that country which can be taken for parents in any country; ‘Treat your children as you do your cell phones.’ In an hilarious comparison featured in the Jamaica Observer which also rings too true, Greig Smith of the Office of the Children’s Registry or OCR in Jamaica told over 100 parents at a forum that since they do not go anywhere without their cellphones, they should be just as mindful of their children and keep them close. Smith encouraged the parents to stop leaving their children at home, unsupervised and to be far more vigilant in checking the mobile devices on which their children are communicating. The forum was the first in a series arranged in Jamaica by the JTA for ‘Parents Month’ under the theme: “Parents, Take the Time… Be Involved.’ Related Items:cellphones, greg smith, Jamaica Teachers Associationlast_img read more

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Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.Manchester United slipped 19 points behind the Liverpool on Sunday and a poor start to the Premier League season has left them in 6th place.Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017, reached the FA Cup final and finished runners-up the Premier League behind City last season.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been touted as his possible replacement at United.last_img read more

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Suspect taken into custody after police standoff

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police took a domestic violence suspect into custody at a City Heights home after a lengthy standoff, officials said today.Officers were called to a home near 42nd and Dwight streets at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of domestic violence, according to Officer Dino Delimitros of the San Diego Police Department.Police and SWAT officers surrounded the home when the suspect refused to come out. After about three hours, police were able to take him into custody. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom June 16, 2019center_img Updated: 6:57 PM Suspect taken into custody after police standoff Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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XMen Dark Phoenix director shares whats behind the MCU Easter egg

first_img 1 Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Comment 51 Photos It’s not often you get another crack at adapting a classic Marvel comic book story for the silver screen, but X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg is doing just that.The 12th movie in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, in theaters globally now, shines the spotlight on psychic mutant hero Jean Grey as her powers are cosmically supercharged to the point she endangers the planet.If this sounds familiar, it’s because it was one of the plot lines in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which Kinberg co-wrote with Zak Penn. That didn’t quite do the Dark Phoenix Saga arc justice, lifelong comic reader Kinberg acknowledged when I met him in a London hotel ahead of the new movie’s release. His own fandom shone through in the way his eyes lit up as we talked. He seemed more than happy to geek out over his pop culture influences.Since The Last Stand, Kinberg’s worked as a writer and producer on First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, Deadpool, its sequel and Logan, but Dark Phoenix was his first time in the director’s chair. Despite this, I got the sense he was quietly confident he’d gotten the Dark Phoenix saga right. We even talked about the movie’s subtle nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (directly under the spoiler warning below), which the X-Men movies aren’t a part of due to rights issues (these were resolved when Disney acquired Fox). Here’s a transcript of our chat, lightly edited for clarity.Jean Grey dances with the darkness in this X-Men adventure. 20th Century Fox Q: Congratulations on your directorial debut. How do you feel?Kinberg: I feel very honored to have been given a chance to direct an X-Men movie, given the fact that I grew up reading these comics. When I was reading the comics as a kid, I didn’t even know if there’d be X-Men movies, let alone that I’d be actually working on them.You mentioned growing up reading the comics. What was your relationship with the Dark Phoenix Saga?Dark Phoenix was always my favorite story growing up. It was a little bit like The Empire Strikes Back, which is my favorite movie of all time. They both were about challenging what it is to be good and evil. You were one or the other, but this comic came along and took a character that you loved and who was a hero and imbued her with a cosmic force that took her over but made her do evil, dangerous, deadly things.All of a sudden, I looked at the world differently. I felt like we all have that darkness inside of us, and certainly we still have the ability to recover as well. So, it always stuck with me. It informed a lot of the way that I just saw the world, with the way that I wrote as an artist and filmmaker. screen-shot-2019-06-04-at-18-21-22Famke Janssen played Jean in X-Men: The Last Stand, but didn’t have much to say in the latter half of that movie. 20th Century Fox/Screenshot by CNET Where do you think X-Men: The Last Stand went wrong?It’s a fair question. Otherwise we wouldn’t be making the Dark Phoenix story again.The cosmic elements of the story weren’t explored at all, but more importantly, the Dark Phoenix story became the secondary story, the B-plot of that film, and the cure plot became the A-plot of the film. The traditional heroes of the X-Men movies — Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine — became the heroes of the film and Jean really took a backseat, especially in the back half of the movie. And Famke [Janssen] (the first actor to play Jean) has like five lines of dialogue in the last half of the movie. 2:46 Wolverine 21st Century Fox Marvel Target X-Men Disney Star Wars Deadpool I … wanted to ground this movie as much as possible. Generally, I wanted it to have a bit more raw and gritty feel and a more human feel than the other X-Men movies and because of the storyline, I wanted you to really feel what she was feeling. And so I wanted to ground this fantastical supernatural thing that’s happening to Jean, this cosmic force, this possession in a way, I wanted to ground it in something real, and so we talked a lot about schizophrenia. I would send her books and articles and YouTube videos about schizophrenia and she would watch them and read them, and send me back questions and thoughts almost as fast as I could send them to her. tr-0130-v0087-mpc-1023Professor Xavier’s ego plays a major role in Dark Phoenix. 20th Century Fox I had a lot of great, extraordinary people around me on this film, but Sophie was the partner in constructing this film. I asked for more rehearsal time in this film than we’ve ever had on an X-Men movie. We had weeks of rehearsal and Sophie came to the first day of rehearsal and script had little postmarks on every single line of the screenplay, with motivation, with backstory, with subtext, with questions. And so she brought all of her natural talent, with an immense amount of preparation. img-4657Kinberg chats about the movie in London. Sean Keane/CNET Charles Xavier has a pretty fascinating arc in this movie. What was your thinking with his journey here, especially since the X-Men are surprisingly popular with the wider world in the beginning?I wanted to explore this idea that the X-Men, after so many movies where they are hated, feared, hunted and hidden, would actually be embraced by humanity. With all of the characters I wanted to explore a new side of them that we hadn’t seen in the other movies.And with Charles specifically, I wanted to deal with his ego. There is an aspect to a man who names a superhero team essentially after himself and has a mansion. Or he has a bunch of kids that he feels like he’s the sort of patriarch or father to — there’s an element of ego to that. Even the sort of spiffy suits he’s always wearing in movies, even that has as an element of ego to it, the fanciness of his wheelchair. There’s been a lot of evidence of his ego in these movies but it’s never really been like delved into and challenged. And so the movie starts, like you say, where they are superheroes. And he’s being lauded by the President at the White House. And then over the span of the movie what you see — and it resembles the world in which we live — is that just the slightest incident sparks or re-sparks prejudice and fear from the people who had been persecuting and oppressing this, I guess, minority of mutants for so long. I had this notion that maybe Charles changed everyone’s mind. Because he could!Yeah. A lot of them certainly.spoilers-mcuThe soldiers near the end were part of the “Mutant Containment Unit” — was that a deliberate reference to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?Kinberg: It actually wasn’t initially. My production designer came to me about the designs for the train. I was trying all kinds of different names. It all felt like a little too prisony and normal, and it didn’t also pertain to the mutants. And they came up with the idea of “Mutant Containment,” which felt correct, and then the costume designer had to create patches for the soldiers and so “Mutant Containment Unit” is what he came to me with and I obviously immediately recognized that the acronym was MCU. We kind of didn’t have time to do anything else. But also, I love Kevin Feige. He’s somebody who produced the first X-Men movie I ever worked on. I mean, he is quite literally the most successful producer of all time. What he’s done with the MCU is beyond imagination for someone like me who grew up a fan of the comics. So I put it in there as sort of like a wink and smile with respect to the MCU and by the end of the movie that MCU soldiers are fighting alongside the X-Men. I felt like this was the last X-Men movie in this current incarnation. Did you approach it like that?Yes absolutely, from the beginning of writing the movie, which was three years or so ago, I approached it as the culmination, the climax of this particular saga of the X-Men. This cycle of X-Men storytelling that started with, really 20 years ago, and especially with the X-Men: First Class.I felt like with these characters that were strangers, with the X-Men: First Class, they were strangers that came together, formed this family, this unit. This film, that is based on obviously the most iconic and the most popular of X-Men stories, this film splits this family apart, challenges this family, forces this family to face trauma in a way that they never had before. And that was a natural climax and culmination for 10 plus years of storytelling. You can find out if Kinberg succeeded by reading CNET’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix review. Tags Best geek movies of the decade Originally published June 4.Update, June 7: Adds details about MCU Easter egg. X-Men: Dark Phoenix: A Jean Grey history lesson Share your voice 21 Photos Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Culture Interesting, I’ll have to watch it again.I haven’t watched it a long time, but [she has] very few lines. And listen, I say all of this with the blood on my hands of being the co-writer of the movie, so it’s not as though I’m judging anyone. But it didn’t focus on what is the greatest storyline in the history of X-Men comics and potentially all comics. That story itself is too much for one movie, let alone to be the background story of someone else’s movie.And it’s the reason I was so desperate to get a chance to tell the proper version of the Dark Phoenix story to really tell a movie where Jean was a hero and the villain and the focus the film, where you really got into the moral, emotional, psychological complexity of what’s happened to her character. And I didn’t know if I would be able to do that but when I wrote Days of Future Past and retooled the timeline, it suddenly became possible to tell the Dark Phoenix story again.x-men-days-of-future-pastSimon Kinberg (left) directs Michael Fassbender in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Doane Gregory/20th Century Fox I remember my mind reeling with possibilities after Days of Future Past. And I try not to think too much about the timelines of the X-men movies because my brain explodes.I have a sense of what the timelines are and I can walk people through them, but certainly there is a looseness to them that over the years we’ve tried to stitch back together.They’re not told with the same level of precision that some of the franchises have been told because they’ve been handed off from filmmaker to filmmaker. And I think … sometimes we’ve just told stories that were one-off stories. We told them the best we could, not necessarily thinking they’re part of a larger tapestry of storytelling. What do you think Sophie Turner brought to Jean here?She has a combination of incredible strength and power, with real vulnerability and fragility. And what Jean Grey’s going through, especially in this movie, requires both. I mean she’s the most powerful creature, not just mutant, she’s the most powerful force in the entire galaxy. And yet she can’t control that power.So you need the humanity of the lack of control and the struggle and the trauma of that, with the power and strength of someone who actually could take out the most powerful mutants on Earth and beyond. sr-6050-v0007-sho-1035X-Men in spaaaaace! Nightcrawler, Jean and their friends go beyond Earth’s orbit on a rescue mission. 20th Century Fox I sat down with Sophie about a year before we started shooting, and said, “Listen, you’re gonna have to occupy and explore the entire spectrum of psychological emotional colors. You’re gonna have to go to some very dark, difficult places. And you’re gonna be doing it going toe-to-toe in scenes with the greatest actors of all time, or at least of our time, you know, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain. And you’re the center of this film.”And I’m saying this to, I don’t know what she was at the time, 19, 20 years old. At 19, 20 years old, I barely could get myself to a class in college, let alone handle that.last_img read more

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Ram mandir will be built at any cost Shiv Sena pitches for

first_imgShiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesHours before Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Sunday, June 16, party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, the Ram temple would be constructed at the disputed site in Ayodhya.Raut also said that the BJP won with a huge majority in the Lok Sabha elections for the construction o the Ram temple.”We don’t want to take any credit for the construction of Ram temple. Earlier also we had said that it would be constructed under the leadership of Modi and Yogi. The majority in 2019 polls for the BJP led NDA is for the construction of Ram temple,” Raut told news agency ANI.Uddhav Thackeray will offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple along with 8 newly inducted party MPs. This will be his first visit to the temple after the results of the just-concluded general elections. Thackeray will also address a press conference later in the day.Last Friday, Adityanath visited Ayodhya to offer prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple.However, senior party leader Raut said that Thackeray was visiting Ayodhya as he promised during his last visit to the disputed site. “Uddhav Thackeray is coming to Ayodhya on Sunday. This time, the atmosphere is better. Earlier, the atmosphere was tense,” Raut added. He went on to say that Ram temple issue is not a political issue but a matter of faith.It was on November last year that Thackeray last visited Ayodhya had asked the BJP-led Modi government to announce a date for the construction of Ram temple. Thackeray had promised full support if an ordinance was brought for the purpose, Raut said.Meanwhile, Maharashtra will be going to polls later this year. However, Thackeray’s visit is an attempt by the Shiv Sena to put pressure on its ally BJP.last_img read more

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US may consider military action on N Korea

first_imgRex Tillerson. Photo: ReutersA US policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, secretary of state Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.”Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table,” Tillerson told a news conference in Seoul.He said any North Korean actions that threatened the South would be met with “an appropriate response”.”If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table,” Tillerson said when asked about military action.Tillerson also called on China to implement sanctions against North Korea and said there was no need for China to punish South Korea for deploying an advanced US anti-missile system aimed at defending against North Korea.China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system’s powerful radar is a threat to its security.”We believe these actions are unnecessary and troubling,” Tillerson said, referring to what South Korea sees as Chinese retaliation in the form of business restrictions in response to the deployment of the missile system.”We also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a serious threat for everyone. So we hope China will alter its position on punishing South Korea.””We hope they will work with us to eliminate the reason THAAD is required.”North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since the beginning of last year.Last week, it launched four more ballistic missiles and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told the joint news conference the missile system was only intended to defend against North Korea, not any other country.FACING OFF AT THE DMZEarlier, Tillerson visited the Demilitarized Zone, and looked across the heavily fortified border at armed North Korean guards, staring back. He met some of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea.Tillerson also met South Korean prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is also acting president.The latest bout of tension with North Korea comes at a time of political turmoil in South Korea. President Park Geun-hye was ousted last week after being impeached in a corruption scandal and an election for a new president will be on 9 May.A liberal opposition politician, Moon Jae-in, who has raised questions about the THAAD deployment, is leading in the opinion polls.Tillerson, a former oil executive with no prior diplomatic experience, said he expected a new government would “continue to be supportive” of the deployment, adding it was also intended to protect US troops in South Korea.China resents US pressure to do more on North Korea and says it is doing all it can but will not take steps to threatened the livelihoods of the North Korean people.China has urged North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile tests and said South Korea and the United States should stop joint military exercises and seek talks instead.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterated that talks were the best way to resolve the problems of the Korean peninsula.”As a close neighbor of the peninsula, China has even more reason than any other country to care about the situation,” she told a briefing.Hua also said the THAAD would “upset the regional strategic balance”. Its radar, with a range of more than 2,000 km (1,250 miles), meant it could cover a large part of China, far outside the scope of the threat South Korea faces, Hua said.”We do not oppose South Korean taking necessary measures to protect its security, but these measures cannot be based upon harming the security interests of South Korea’s friendly neighbour, China,” she said.last_img read more

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VuNow Sends Free Internet Video Directly to Your TV

first_img VuNow provides the viewer with an online viewing experience by bringing the videos directly to your TV instead of the PC. Now you can enjoy movies, TV shows, sports, live events, special interests, travel and user-generated content, from content owners, and video portals around the world!This is what VuNow has to offer:- A Standard Definition and a High Definition model- Small foot print and easy to install- Support for wired or wireless connectivity- A user friendly Navigation and intuitive User Interface- Watch YouTube videos by categories- Search for videos with the powerful built-in Video Search Engine- Download videos using BitTorrent protocol- Watch videos directly from popular websites by categories- Watch Live TV Channels from around the world- Access to Personal Media such as video, music, and photos from the home network stored on a PC, Networked Attached Storage device, or even on a connected USB storage device- No subscription fees- Coming soon: Watch a large selection of movies and download them from CinemaNow!VuNow Pod is available now and comes in a high-definition version priced at $150, and a standard definition at $100.© 2008 PhysOrg.com Verismo’s VuNow is an affordable solution for video lovers that sends free internet video content directly to your Television set. VuNow only takes a minute to connect, just plug in the AC power, connect your A/V or HDMI cable, and connect your home network via Ethernet or an optional wireless adapter. How DVR is changing the world of TV advertising Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: VuNow Sends Free Internet Video Directly to Your TV (2008, December 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-vunow-free-internet-video-tv.html VuNow by Verismo Networkslast_img read more

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