Justin Brake APTN News Since the mid-1980s Mi’kmaw artist Jerry Evans has been using art to speak to his ancestry.Evans is an actor, filmmaker and powwow dancer – and now a traditional Indigenous tattoo artist.In the process, he’s helping others explore and express their identities as Indigenous peoples. Like many in Newfoundland, the attempted assimilation of Mi’kmaq people and erasure of Mi’kmaq culture had a profound impact on him and his family.“There was so much that was lost, that my artwork for me became a means to learn about who I was who my family is, who our people are here in this place,” he said.“I guess to a certain extent it still speaks to that, my artwork does.”The recent establishment of the Earthline Tattoo Collective in British Columbia presented Evans with a new opportunity.Following in the footsteps of friend and fellow Mi’kmaw artist Jordan Bennett, Evans was selected as one of six Indigenous artists for the collective’s tattoo training residency in Kelowna, B.C.Now he’s inking friends in the basement of his home in St. John’s, including people from Inuit, Mi’kmaq and Métis communities.That includes his friend Stephen George, who already has a tattoo of his great-grandmother on his left arm.On his right, a tattoo of his grandfather.“I wanted something to connect the two ancestors on either arm and what Jerry’s doing now is—I call it Tkaqamkuk, you know, which is Mi’kmaw for Newfoundland, Land over the water,” he said.“The jagged lines are the waves, and the straight line is the land. And the starburst in the middle, well, we’re the People of the Dawn, right? So where the sun first comes up. So it’s all there together.”Evans and George were both denied Indian Status and membership under the Qalipu Mi’kmaq band.But they said status is not what defines them as Mi’kmaq people.“There was different things, bureaucratic, administrative things, that were going on that were quite beyond genealogy or identity issues that make us who we are — cultural things, ceremonial things,” said George.“They can’t be captured in a piece of paper you send to the government.”For Evans, the tattooing and its importance to him and others isn’t something Canada can measure in defining Indigenous people.“It’s part of not just me reclaiming something that was denied our family,” he said. “But it’s something that was denied here in this place for most our people. And it’s a way to reclaim our traditions, our power, and I’m honoured to be able to do this.”email@example.com
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – MGM Resorts International drew criticism Tuesday for saying hundreds of survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting, who are being sued by the casino operator, could opt to have the money that will be used to serve them a lawsuit instead donated to a charity.The company in July sued more than 1,900 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at one of its properties and has been working to notify them as it faces a standard 90-day deadline.MGM told the victims’ attorneys it would rather make the donations to charities than spend the money to pay people to serve the legal notices.“The money spent on personal service of process — up to $250 per person — could be better directed to do some affirmative good,” MGM’s attorneys wrote in the letter shared with The Associated Press.MGM offered to make a $500 charitable donation for each person who waives being served or authorizes an attorney to accept service on their behalf, but a victims’ lawyer quickly called it all “nonsense.”Attorney Robert Eglet, part of a group representing most of the victims, said the company is just trying to “spin” its attempt to save money on serving legal notices.“It will cost the MGM significantly more than $250 to serve them,” Eglet said. “This is just more outrageous conduct by them.”Serving defendants is a crucial step in a civil lawsuit. It informs a defendant that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her, provides the individual a copy of the complaint and starts running a 21-day deadline for the person to respond to the lawsuit.Eglet said the firms representing most of the victims have not been authorized to accept the legal notices. That would force MGM to find and serve each of the 1,977 people it sued.Letters explaining the offer of charitable donations were sent Tuesday to 37 attorneys representing victims.As part of MGM’s offer, each defendant would choose a charity that supports survivors or families of slain victims, and the donation would be made in his or her name.If the offers are not accepted, “we will personally serve the complaints courteously and respectfully,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong said.The casino operator filed the lawsuits in an attempt to have a federal judge declare that it has no liability to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The law limits liability when a company or group uses services approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. MGM argues it is free of liability because the security vendor for the outdoor venue was federally certified at the time of the attack.Twenty-two thousand people were at an MGM-owned outdoor venue for a country music festival, when a high-stakes gambler broke the windows of his 32nd-floor casino-resort suite and began shooting. The gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 800 before taking his own life.MGM has insisted its lawsuits, which don’t demand money, are meant to avoid years of costly litigation.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO
London: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.
Kolkata: The Wildlife Wing of the state Forest department seized 20 birds of three scheduled species of parakeets from Galif Street on Sunday.No one could be arrested as offenders probably had sensed danger and abandoned the cages full of birds to save themselves. According to sources, acting on a sources information sleuths from Forest department conducted a special raid on Sunday morning at Galif Street. Forest department officials posed as prospected buyers of pets and was taking a round of the pet market for possible catch. After almost an hours, some of them noticed few cages covered with pieces of cloth which were abandoned. Suspecting something fishy, sleuths started keeping strong vigil on the cages. But after waiting for a long time no one came to pick up those cages. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, forest officials removed the cloth pieces and found three species of birds identified as rose ringed parakeets, alexandrine parakeets and grey headed starling. Immediately, the birds were seized and it was found there are 20 birds from the schedule of forest department regulations which are banned for trade. Later, the birds were taken to the wild life rehabilitation centre in Salt Lake. A case has been lodged. A forest officials said they are continuously trying to inform people not to buy any scheduled birds as it is illegal. The aim is to save and conserve wildlife by awareness of common people. Earlier this month, state Forest department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) jointly carried out a raid at Galif Street, after the officials got a tip off that several endangered species of birds were being sold by a few persons. A large number of birds were recovered during the raid and nine persons are arrested by the officials of forest department and WCCB.
Governor Bill Walker signed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill into law today at the Lucky Wishbone, reportedly the first restaurant in Alaska to go completely smoke-free. Businesses affected by the ban are required to put up signs that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law–Fine $50.” Businesses that fail to post these signs will be liable for a fine between $50 and $300. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting on October 1, a new law goes into effect in the State of Alaska, the smoke-free workplace bill was signed into law today. If a community decides it wants to allow smoking in those environments, they can choose to “opt out” by putting the question on the ballot for the residents of the area to vote on. Smoking in pretty much any workplace whether it’s a public-facing business like restaurants, bars and music venues or more closed to the public like an office or hotel room is also banned. Senate Bill 63, commonly called the “Take it Outside Act,” was sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), to protect Alaskans working indoors from secondhand smoke. The law includes marijuana and electronic cigarettes. The new law will also ban smoking outdoors at open-air venues like the seating area of outdoor concerts and sporting events, as well as near entrances to buildings affected by the ban and near playgrounds when children are present. Smoking on public transportation or in shared work vehicles would also be banned.
While Alaskans have brutally criticized Governor Bill Walker’s move to “steal” the PFD, this check is close to an average (or ‘median’) value to what Alaskans have received in previous years. The state will pay 523,012 dividends by direct deposit and 70,452 by check, according to figures finalized on September 22. The first dividend distribution of $1,000 in 1982 went to 469,741 Alaskans, a total of $469,741,000. Last year, 530,067 dividends were paid by direct deposit and 78,281 paid by check. As the state faces a budget deficit attempts to restructure the permanent fund dividend (PFD) program to fund the government continue. This is the third year in a row, the state isn’t following the traditional distribution formula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited and checks are being sent out on Thursday, October 4.
Meredith’s National Media Group had an active 2015, buying several properties, partnering with others and cutting costs through layoffs, but the net effect of those moves was relatively minor. Ancillary businesses like brand licensing and Meredith Xcelerated Marketing both posted higher profits in FY 2015 as well. Overall, Meredith Corp. boosted revenue 9 percent to $1.6 billion. The company’s stock was up about half a point, as of press time Thursday. Circulation, tallying about a third of the group’s revenue, fell 4 percent over the past 12 months. The additions of Shape and the MSLO titles weren’t enough to completely offset the losses from Ladies Home Journal, which moved to a quarterly last year, the company says. “We’re pleased with our growth in operating profit, led by contributions from our newly acquired businesses, along with record digital and brand licensing performance,” says Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty, in a statement. “We will continue execution of the innovative and successful strategies that are driving rapid growth in our digital operations, and actively explore opportunities to add to our portfolio.” Total advertising revenue was up 3 percent on the strength of acquisitions of Shape, Selectable Media and Mywedding.com, and a partnership with Martha Steward Living. Digital continues to play a larger role at the company as well, up 50-percent from last year, and now accounting for almost a quarter of the company’s $500 million in ad sales. The company announced results for its fiscal 2015 on Thursday, noting flat revenue ($1.1 billion) and an 8-percent increase in profit ($123 million), though just a 3-percent increase excluding special items.
1 Now playing: Watch this: See it The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Ahmad noted that there’s “definitely a lot in the pipeline for next gen” and we might get a few more details at Game Developers Conference, which runs in San Francisco from March 18–22.However, he said Sony is expecting a strong 2019 for PS4, as noted by Techradar, which earlier reported on the post. The games lineup for the first half of the year is set, Ahmad wrote, but the company is also looking into making some of its unannounced games cross gen (meaning they’ll come out on PS4 and PS5) or next gen.This seems likely, since several games from the latter part of the PlayStation 3’s run got simultaneous PS4 releases — including Destiny, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Even games that came out years later, like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Persona 5, were released on both. 2:59 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The best games of 2018: CNET’s top picks $158 Tags Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.In October, Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida reportedly acknowledged that the company’s working on the next PlayStation, but stopped short of calling it PS5. Before that, a patent suggested that it’s looking to make the PS5 backward-compatible, and PlayStation boss John Kodera hinted that we’ll see its next console in 2021. We’ve also gotten an indication that it’s going by the internal code name “Erebus.”Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB) Review • Sony PlayStation 3 Preview • Sony PlayStation 3 – First Take Comment Sony PlayStation 3 Sony’s first-party developers could be looking to the next generation of PlayStation. Josh Miller/CNET Sony’s first-party game developers may have turned their attention to the next generation, an analyst said.The Japanese company’s in-house developers have switched their focus from making PlayStation 4 games to using PlayStation 5 development kits, according to a ResetEra post by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad.”PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future,” he wrote over the weekend.The company’s first-party developers include Naughty Dog (which makes Uncharted and The Last of Us), its Santa Monica Studio (God of War) and Sucker Punch (inFamous and the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima). Consoles Gaming 17 Photos Target Sony
An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo See It Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X There are a lot of iPhones out there. Angela Lang/CNET Apple may not share how many iPhones it sells each quarter anymore. But it did offer a tantalizing tidbit as part of its latest earnings.The consumer electronics giant has an active install base of more than 900 million iPhones, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestra said on a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The number is up year over year, with 75 million units added to the total over the last 12 months, he said.The number offers a little clarity on the health of Apple’s iPhone business, which suffered a 15 percent decline in revenue in the fiscal first quarter. But be wary of these types of numbers: companies tend to cherrypick the statistics they share to put their business in the most favorable light. Maestra said Apple would share the active installed base figure “periodically.” See It Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags 2 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple $520 at HP See at Amazon reading • Apple says there are more than 900 million iPhones in the wild See It $60 at Best Buy • Share your voice Read the AirPods review See All Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Phones Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 7 $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Earnings Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $210 at Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Comments Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Share your voice Tags The Cheapskate Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy
The house at Mirpur suspected to a militant hideout. Photo: Prothom AloMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered three bodies from a room of a suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the city on Wednesday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB Director (Legal and Media), came up with the information while talking to reporters at the spot.RAB personnel entered the militant den and found three charred bodies, Mufti said, adding they could not identify the bodies immediately.Earlier, in the day law enforcers resumed their operation around 9:30 am at the militant den after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire.Fire fighters rushed to the spot as a fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.Mufti Mahmud Khan said the militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm on Tuesday followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four RAB men injured with splinters.“It might be chemical firing,” he said, adding that casualties could be known after entering the building once the fire is doused.Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30 pm and 8pm, Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building on Tuesday evening.He said they earlier asked Abdullah, son of late Mir Yusuf Ali of Chuadanga district, to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.As per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives—Nasreen and Fatema—and two children to the balcony. But later he didn’t surrender.Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones.Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 12 am on Tuesday.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district and got information about Abdullah from the arrestees.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the RAB DG.
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(RNS) – The story of VeggieTales, the beloved Christian cartoon show, can be summed up in a famed line from one of its creators’ comedy paragons, “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail”:“I’m not dead yet!”The iconic Christian children’s program, which has attracted millions of fans with its mix of Bible lessons, trademark silly songs and, yes, Monty Python-esque humor, is undergoing its latest revival this fall on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.The Christian broadcaster will air 18 new episodes of VeggieTales, beginning with a Christmas special that will debut in late fall.VeggieTales co-creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki wrote most of the new episodes and will also reprise their roles as the show’s hosts, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.The show’s revival came as a surprise to Vischer, who thought his characters’ salad days were over.In 2016, Dreamworks Animation, which then owned VeggieTales, stopped making new episodes for sale on DVD. A Netflix version of the show, “VeggieTales in the House,” had been a disappointment to fans, said Vischer.He thought his days of playing Bob the Tomato were over.Phil Vischer. Courtesy photoThen Vischer got a call from TBN, which was in talks to license the show from NBCUniversal, which now owns VeggieTales. TBN asked if he would be interested in doing the voice of Bob.Vischer said no. He wasn’t interested in being part of VeggieTales unless he had a role in shaping the show.“Then they asked, ‘Would you at least look at the pilot?’” said Vischer.He did, and was encouraged by how much the pilot felt like a classic episode of the show. As he became further involved, he asked if he could rewrite the script. Before long, he and Nawrocki, who plays Larry the Cucumber, signed on as writers and voice actors.The new revival he said, centers on the relationship between its hosts.“Here’s what you need to know about Bob and Larry,” explained Vischer, who with Nawrocki invented the duo — and eventually a small media empire — on a computer in his family’s guest room in the early 1990s. “Bob wants to help kids. Larry wants to help Bob. That’s VeggieTales. Now, the conflict comes from the fact that most of the things Bob tries to do to help kids don’t work. And Larry helping Bob quite often isn’t actually helpful.”Nawrocki said he’s also surprised to be working on VeggieTales again.He’d stayed with Big Idea, the company that makes VeggieTales, when it moved to the Nashville suburbs after a bankruptcy sale in 2003. When it halted production of new episodes three years ago, Nawrocki no longer had a role. After more than two decades, he had said goodbye to Larry the Cucumber.“I had spent the last 25 years becoming really good at being an animated cucumber. So that was a big challenge for me,” he said. “It was, OK, God, what do you have next for me?”A scene from the new VeggieTales special, “The Best Christmas Gift,” which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Image courtesy of VeggieTalesNawrocki started his own creative company — one of his projects is a new series of kids books called “The Dead Sea Squirrels” — and began teaching film and animation at Lipscomb University, a Christian college in Nashville, where some of his students had grown up on VeggieTales.Many, he said, had fond memories of the show.Those memories help explain why VeggieTales has survived despite a changing media landscape, said Hillary Warren, professor of communication at Otterbein University in Indiana.The show began as straight-to-DVD video, then moved to feature films, a stint on Saturday morning network television and the series on Netflix.“One reason that VeggieTales has staying power is that the first generation who grew up with the show, who grew up with Bob the Tomato, now have kids of their own,” said Warren. “It’s a show that they know and they feel comfortable letting their kids watch it. “Parents today can be overwhelmed by how many choices there are for kids’ entertainment. And they can’t screen them all ahead of time.A scene from the new VeggieTales special, “The Best Christmas Gift,” which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Image courtesy of VeggieTalesThey’ll let their kids watch VeggieTales because they trust it, she said. And VeggiesTales, while clear about its Christian content, also teaches some universal values.“Share. Don’t lie. Don’t steal,” said Warren. “Almost everybody can get behind that.”Leslie Ferrell, senior vice president of the Big Idea Content Group at NBCUniversal, said the new show retains the classic feel and values of VeggieTales while updating the animation and feel of the show.She said the message of VeggieTales remains the same. “Bob and Larry are all about the kids,” she said. “That’s just what they are. They want to help the kids know God, know they’re loved by God and follow God. So that had to stay.”The TBN version’s format may remind some of “The Muppet Show.” Set in a theater owned by Mr. Nezzer, a familiar VeggieTales character, each show starts with a question from a kid, which will be answered in a stage show put on by the usual suspects: Bob and Larry, Junior Asparagus, the French Peas and the rest.A scene from the new VeggieTales special, “The Best Christmas Gift,” which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Image courtesy of VeggieTalesMost episodes will be based on Bible stories.“And once in a while we will break into a silly song,” said Nawrocki.Vischer believes the new shows will have more theological depth — in part, he said, because he and Nawrocki have grown since they first started the show. When they produced the first VeggieTales episode, “Where Is God When I Am S-Scared,” he and Nawrocki were in their late 20s. Now both are in their 50s; besides being more experienced in writing, their journey through good and bad times has given more depth to their faith.Vischer already stars in the Mr. Phil Show, a streaming Bible-teaching show for kids, and co-hosts the Holy Post Podcast. But most days, he said, he’s content to be himself.Bob the Tomato, however, still has aspirations of filling Mister Rogers’ shoes.“Mister Rogers is Bob’s hero. But that’s the thing that drives Bob crazy is when Mister Rogers does Mister Rogers, everything goes perfectly. Nothing ever goes wrong on ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.’ And Bob wants that for his show, but he can never achieve it.”(This story has been updated)A scene from the new VeggieTales special, “The Best Christmas Gift,” which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Image courtesy of VeggieTales Young activists push interfaith gathering to act on climate change, justice Share This! By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith News By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Catholicism Share This! Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Load Comments,Sister Helen Prejean on new book, getting rid of death penalty and getting Jesus ̵ … As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 TagsBig Idea Bob the Tomato homepage featured Larry the Cucumber Mike Nawrocki Mister Rogers Phil Vischer TBN Veggie Tales,You may also like We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Kolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed eastern India’s first green corridor which was facilitated to ferry a critical patient to the hospital from the Calcutta airport after he suffered a stroke in Uttar Pradesh.The patient was brought to the city by an air-ambulance on Tuesday morning. Both the Bidhannagar and Kolkata police made necessary arrangements to set up a green corridor in the city to ensure a smooth passage for the patient. The patient, Samarjit Das (69), a resident of Sil Lane in Tangra went to Manasarovar with his family members a few days ago. On his way back to the city, Das had suffered ischemic stroke and pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe patient was brought in an air-ambulance that had taken off from Lucknow. It landed at the city’s airport in the morning. Another ambulance was waiting outside the airport with the police escort. The patient was taken to a private hospital in Mallick Bazar within 23 minutes. The ambulance was however caught in a traffic jam for nearly five minutes at Hudco More before it finally reached the hospital around 11.38 am. Green Corridor was facilitated by Bidhan Nagar police as well as Kolkata Police in their respective jurisdiction. The patient was admitted to the hospital and a surgery was conducted in the hospital later in the day. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the hospital sources, patient suffered a major stroke due to his visit to a high-altitude area. As he is an elderly patient, he could not withstand acute shortage of oxygen. A city-based doctor said elderly people suffering from heart related ailments and sugar are often prone to heart attacks. The actual cause of the heart attack in case of Das is yet to be confirmed. The victim’s family members told the hospital doctors that he had no history of heart ailments or sugar. After performing various tests on the patient, the doctors felt the need of an immediate surgery. His condition is stated to be critical. The doctors thanked the police administration for creating the green corridor which helped the patient to reach the hospital on time. It may be mentioned that the city had witnessed a series of green corridors earlier also but in those case organs were transported from one place to another. But, this is for the first time in the state’s history, a critical patient was brought to the hospital.
Last week, the team behind Ubuntu announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta, which comes with Linux 5.0 support, GNOME 3.32, and more. Its stable version is expected to release on April 18th, 2019. Following are some of the updates in Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo: Updates in Linux kernel Ubuntu 19.04 is based on Linux 5.0, which was released last month. It comes with support for AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics processor, complete support for the Raspberry Pi 3B and the 3B+, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and much more. Toolchain Upgrades The tools are upgraded to their latest releases. The upgraded toolchain includes glibc 2.29, OpenJDK 11, Boost 1.67, Rustc 1.31, and updated GCC 8.3, Python 3.7.2 as default, Ruby 2.5.3, PHP 7.2.15, and more. Updates in Ubuntu Desktop This release ships with the latest GNOME 3.32 giving it a refreshed visual design. It also brings a few performance improvements and new features: GNOME Disks now supports VeraCrypt, a utility used for on-the-fly encryption. A panel is added to the Settings menu to help users manage Thunderbolt devices. With this release, more shell components are cached in GPU RAM, which reduces load and increases FPS count. Desktop zoom works much smoother. An option is added to automatically submit error reports to the error reporting dialog window. Other updates include new Yaru icon sets, Mesa 19.0, QEMU 13.1, and libvirt 14.0. This release will be supported for 9 months until January 2020. Users who require Long Term Support are recommended to use Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instead. To read the full list of updates, visit Ubuntu’s official website. Read Next Chromium blacklists nouveau graphics device driver for Linux and Ubuntu users Ubuntu releases Mir 1.0.0 Ubuntu free Linux Mint Project, LMDE 3 ‘Cindy’ Cinnamon, released
Tourism Committee chair opposes financial burdens for Michigan outdoor enthusiastsState Rep. Holly Hughes today expressed her frustration with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying the state’s natural resources.“The commission itself stated participation in paddle sports is increasing 7 percent each year in Michigan,” said Hughes, of Montague. “We should be encouraging people to continue that trend, not discouraging the momentum with unnecessary costs.”Though the commission claims the cost would be about $10 annually per watercraft, Hughes and others still have great concerns, especially for those who own many watercraft.“Even at a nominal cost, the fees could add up to hundreds of dollars annually for moms and dads who have kayaks or paddle boards for each member of their family,” she said. “Not to mention the burden on small businesses such as summer camps, rental companies and campgrounds.”Thus far, the commission’s proposal hasn’t gained any momentum, as no legislators have pursued the matter with legislation.### Categories: Hughes News 12Apr Hughes says proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes will sink