Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she helped sex cult guru Keith Raniere

first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk (PHOTO BY FRANK OCKENFELS / THE CW) Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she helped sex cult guru Keith Raniere recruit womenVancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she was part of the “inner circle” of the self-help group Nxivm, several days after leader Keith Raniere was arrested on sex-trafficking charges at a compound in Mexico.In a Twitter post on Thursday, the Smallville star said she left Nxivm five years ago and has had little contact with those still involved.“The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” she said. READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver star Kristin Kreuk denies recruitment for alleged U.S. sex cultVancouver actor Kristin Kreuk has spoken out to deny accusations she was involved in recruitment of women for an alleged sex cult, after the founder of NXIVM, a self-help organization whose classes she attended, was arrested.NXIVM, founded by Keith Raniere, describes itself as “a company whose mission is to raise human awareness, foster an ethical humanitarian civilization, and celebrate what it means to be human.”Raniere was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on March 25 on sex-trafficking charges and was returned to Texas to appear in a U.S. federal court on March 26. He is being held without bail and may face up to life in prison if convicted. READ MOREKristin Kreuk breaks silence on involvement in ‘Smallville’ co-star’s alleged sex trafficking cultFormer Smallville star Allison Mack has been in the headlines due to her involvement with NXIVM, a self-help group that is alleged to be a sex-trafficking cult, after NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) leader Keith Raniere was arrested and charged with keeping women as sex slaves and branding them as his property.Mack, who played teen reporter Chloe Sullivan on the young Superman series, has been accused of recruiting young women into the cult in order to turn them into sex slaves; Mack is believed to have assumed control of the group after Raniere’s arrest, and is expected to be arrested next. READ MOREKristin Kreuk: Why She Got The ‘Courage’ To Speak Out Against Sex Cult After Years Of Being ‘Afraid’Kristin Kreuk was ‘afraid’ to speak out before, but not anymore! A former NXIVM member who knows Kristen tells HL about her brave decision to make a stand against the sex cult.Kristin Kreuk, 35, once had fear to speak out about her experience with the NXIVM, but following the arrest of Keith Rainere, she’s felt the time is finally right. A former member of the now-infamous group who knows Kristen EXCLUSIVELY told us about her recent statement she made about the sex cult. “Kristen was afraid to speak out before, plain and simple,” our source said. “But the arrest of Keith Raniere galvanized her. It proved that he was finally going to face consequences and that gave her the courage to speak out.” Meanwhile, Raniere and fellow actress Allison Mack allegedly branded the women in the sex cult with their initials. The New York Times reported that former members of the sex cult claim 57-year-old Raniere would allegedly brainwash women, have sex with them and put them on 500-800 calorie near-starvation diets because he wanted to make the women in NXIVM extremely skinny. READ MOREA report claims that “Smallville” actresses Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack were involved in a sex cult, and here’s what we knowAs more disturbing details have come out about Nxivm, a secretive self-help organization some have described as a cult, those familiar with the group are speaking out. That includes Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk.Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana on the 2000s CW series, posted a statement on Twitter on Thursday, March 29th, saying she is “horrified and disgusted” by what’s been reported in the wake of Nxivm leader Keith Raniere’s arrest — and she denied that she’d ever recruited sex slaves during her time as a group member, as the New York Post claimed. There have been no comments from Kristin Kreuk’s Smallville co-star who’s also been tied to Nxivm, Allison Mack — and some have even alleged Mack may have served as Raniere’s No. 2. READ MORE‘Smallville’ star Kristin Kreuk denies recruiting ‘sex slaves’ into alleged cultSmallville actress Kristin Kreuk has denied allegations that she used to recruit girls as “sex slaves” for a controversial group.The Canadian actress, who currently stars in the CBC series The Burden of Truth, has been named as a former member of NXIVM, a group many publications have branded as a sex cult, with stories swirling over her role after the group’s co-founder Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico recently.Raniere is accused of using women to recruit sex slaves for him as part of a secret society called DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium) or The Vow, according to the federal complaint against him obtained by editors at The U.K. Sun. READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

Sudan UN reports continued tension and insecurity in Darfur region

Coming just days after the killing and abduction of African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) personnel in Darfur, UNMIS also reported that almost two-thirds of the humanitarian operations in South Darfur have been suspended for security reasons.Civilians continue to be displaced amid recent violence in Zam Zam Camp in North Darfur, where there have been 6,000 new arrivals. There are also constraints on humanitarian agencies attempting to make deliveries in Geneina, West Darfur, where all roads in and out of town have now been completely restricted due to armed clashes and roving bandits.UNMIS also noted concern over recent African Union (AU) reports that white, non-governmental organization (NGO) type Land Cruisers were being used by the government army and the SLA. “If true, this might constitute another serious threat to humanitarian actors operating in the area,” mission spokeswoman Radhia Achouri said in Khartoum.Also today, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported that the Sudan Petroleum Corporation has indicated it will no longer allocate jet fuel for humanitarian operations. If confirmed, the refusal to allocate fuel could hurt the agency’s accessibility to Darfur.Two days ago, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan Mendez, just back from a visit to the Darfur region described a situation of growing lawlessness, with unprecedented attacks on camps for IDPS by men on horseback or trucks from the Sudanese army. Also on 10 October the Security Council condemned the killings and attacks on AMIS personnel, and called for an immediate end to violence by all parties concerned.The Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan, Sima Samar, will be touring the area from 16 to 22 October, her first visit since being appointed to the post in August. read more

Toronto stock market tumbles 205 points worries over fiscal cliff intensify

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market tumbles 205 points, worries over fiscal cliff intensify by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market sold off Wednesday after U.S. president Barack Obama again insisted that higher tax payments will have to be part of any deal to save the U.S. economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year.That dimmed hopes for a quick resolution of the crisis since those higher taxes are strongly opposed by congressional Republicans.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 204.87 points 11,929.79, leaving the main index down about 25 points below where it started the year. The TSX Venture Exchange fell 28.2 points to 1,258.69.The Canadian dollar lost 0.19 of a cent to 99.62 cents US.U.S. indexes also tumbled with losses accelerating Obama’s afternoon news conference.“The Street was looking for him to say some magic buzzwords about avoiding the fiscal cliff, about co-operation,” Sal Arnuk, of Themis trading, a brokerage firm in Chatham, New Jersey.Instead his comments were “very consistent with some unyielding positions he’s had over the years.”The Dow Jones industrials plunged 185.23 points to 12,570.95, the Nasdaq dropped 37.08 points to 2,846.81 while the S&P 500 index backed off 19.04 points to 1,355.49.Stock markets have registered a series of losses over the last week after the results of the U.S. election essentially left the political landscape unchanged — and amid heightened pessimism that lawmakers can come together and arrange a compromise to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff at the start of the year.The cliff scenario refers to a series of tax cuts from the Bush-era due to expire at the first of the year. This would raise tax bills for almost all Americans. As well, huge spending cuts are automatically set to take effect, which would take a huge chunk out of U.S. gross domestic product and likely push the economy back into recession, taking other countries’ economies with it.Such a scenario is bad news for a resource-heavy market like Toronto’s as slowing economies in other countries will slash demand for oil and metals and pressure mining and energy stocks.Losses have been especially severe on U.S. markets this past week, with selling across all sectors because investors are worried they will be paying substantially higher dividend and capital gains taxes in the new year.“That’s what’s driving a lot of it these days — taxes are bound to go up,” said John Tsagarelis, managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“It may not be the full effect that is the doomsday scenario, but at the margin, I think taxes will go up.”The TSX has dropped 3.49 per cent in the last week while the Dow industrials have fallen 5.09 per cent.The gold sector led TSX decliners, down about four per cent with December bullion up $5.30 to US$1,730.10 an ounce.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) tumbled 19.49 per cent to $22.98 after the miner reported a 10 per cent drop in revenue to $386.8 million in the latest quarter. Net earnings ran up 56 per cent to $78 million. Ex-items, earnings came in at 60.2 million, or 16 cents a share, down from $112.4 million a year ago. Analysts had called for adjusted earnings per share of 24 cents on $427 million in revenue.“Gold prices at $1,730 are roughly flat for the year but cost pressures continue to go up for resource companies so that’s taking the shine off that sector for sure,”added Tsagarelis.Elsewhere in the sector, Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) lost $1.65 to $41.28.The base metals sector was down 2.49 per cent with December copper down two cents at US$3.45 a pound. Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) lost 38 cents to $5.35 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 60 cents to $32.21 even as the miner said it will pay a dividend of 45 cents per share on its outstanding Class A common shares and Class B subordinate voting shares on Jan. 2, 2013, up 12.5 per cent from the previous dividend.The energy sector was off 1.1 per cent as December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 94 cents to US$86.32 a barrel. Prices found support on worries about supply disruptions from the Mideast after Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing in one of some 20 air strikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) declined 69 cents to $31.86.Industrial stocks were also weak and shares in Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) fell 11 cents to $3.19 after the S&P ratings agency lowered its long-term corporate rating one notch to ‘BB’ from ‘BB+’ with a stable outlook. S&P cited Bombardier’s “significantly lower-than-expected” cash generation this year as customer advances and operating profit fell amid the weak global economy. Fitch Ratings recently did the same and Moody’s shifted its outlook on the company from stable to negative and lowered its liquidity rating, citing similar reasons.Financials also weighed as TD Bank (TSX:TD) backed off $1.23 to $79.13.The consumer staples sector was higher amid positive earnings reports from the country’s biggest grocers.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TX:L) shares ran up 29 cents to $33.64 as the company increased its quarterly dividend by nearly five per cent. The retailer also said net income fell by 5.9 per cent to $222 million or 79 cents per share, however, due to several items excluded from the adjusted earnings.Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) reported its quarterly net income was up 75.9 per cent compared with the same time last year, rising to $145.1 million or $1.46 per share. Metro’s overall sales were up 11.1 per cent to $2.9 billion, while same-store sales from locations open at least a year were up 1.1 per cent. Its shares ticked 42 cents higher to $59. read more

Premier Wall says BHP potash project sign of confidence in Saskatchewan economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2013 1:28 pm MDT Premier Wall says BHP potash project sign of confidence in Saskatchewan economy REGINA – Premier Brad Wall says BHP Billiton’s decision to invest US$2.6 billion in a potash project is a strong vote of confidence in Saskatchewan’s industry.BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) says it will develop the Jansen mine, although at a slower pace than previously expected and with the possible addition of a partner.Wall says the Anglo-Australian mining company likes the geology and the economic environment in Saskatchewan.Some financial analysts had said potash projects could be delayed after a Russian company threatened to pull out of a marketing consortium and prices plummeted.Wall says potash can be a volatile industry and there will be some people who are going to over-react.The premier says the Jansen investment is good for jobs and the economy. read more

Google Facebook partner with French media over fake news

PARIS – French journalists are teaming up with American internet giants Google and Facebook to fight propaganda and misinformation online, mirroring similar efforts already underway in the United States and Germany.French daily Le Monde says it is one of eight media organizations working with social networking site Facebook to fact-check questionable content ahead of France’s upcoming presidential election.At the same time, non-profit First Draft News announced the launch of CrossCheck , a verification project aimed at helping French voters “make sense of what and who to trust online.” Google’s News Lab is also involved.Google and Facebook have both been under increasing scrutiny over the spread of hoaxes, conspiracy theories and propaganda — sometimes referred to by the catchall term “fake news.”Le Monde said Monday the collaboration was “an experiment.” Google, Facebook partner with French media over “fake news” by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2017 4:06 am MDT Last Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) read more

First Farmers Market cancelled Thursday

The first Farmers Market in Jubilee Court was scheduled for Thursday, May 25, but Mother Nature had other plans.With rain continuing throughout the day, the decision was made to cancel the market for this week.The popular weekly event will take place every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.— weather permitting — until September.

New book outlines Canadas shameful animal rights record

Professor John Sorenson poses with his two recent books, About Canada: Animal Rights and Ape.Canadians pride themselves on being nice, but the country is a moral contradiction when it comes to animal rights, says a Brock University professor in a new book released this week.More than half of Canadians have pets. Some churches conduct an annual “blessing of the animals.” But when it comes to animal rights, Canada is in the dark ages compared to some other countries, says John Sorenson, chair of Sociology at Brock, in his book About Canada: Animal Rights.“Gandhi is quoted as saying ‘The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats animals,’” he said. “Then we look at how animals are really being treated in Canada. In comparison to 10 other countries, we come out at the bottom of the pile.”Sorenson, one of the country’s foremost experts in Critical Animal Studies, argues that Canadians are opportunists who profit from advanced legislation passed in other countries. He points out that while the U.S. has banned the practice of slaughtering horses, in Canada, 112,887 horses were slaughtered in 2008 for uses like pet food, fertilizer and glue. This is supported by Agriculture Canada.Sorenson cites other examples of animal exploitation such as factory farming, the fur trade, sport hunting, puppy mills and a lax Canadian Council on Animal Care code of ethics that issues a “blank cheque” to vivisectors.About Canada: Animal Rights was launched this week. It is published by Fernwood Publishing.Quick links:• About Canada: Animal Rights | Fernwood Publishing• Dr. John Sorenson | Brock University read more

Lewiss big 2nd half helps Alabama beat Murray State 7872

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Freshman Kira Lewis Jr. scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help Alabama beat Murray State 78-72 on Monday night.John Petty Jr. added 16 points while Alex Reese and Dazon Ingram each scored nine points for Alabama (5-1). The Crimson Tide picked up 29 points from its bench while Murray State’s reserves scored just 11.Ja Morant poured in 38 points for Murray State (3-1). Morant, who shot 55 per cent from the floor, played so well that Alabama fans gave him a standing ovation after a late put-back dunk.The Crimson Tide knocked down 23 of 30 free-throw attempts, including eight straight in the final 25 seconds to hold off the Racers.BIG PICTUREMurray State: It was a close loss against one of the two SEC foes the Racers will face this season, including No. 8 Auburn on Dec. 22.Alabama: It was a quality win over a team that went 26-2 last year, including 16-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and made the NCAA Tournament.UP NEXTMurray State resumes play on Saturday with a home game against Prairie View.Alabama gets a couple of days off before hitting the road to face UCF on Thursday night.The Associated Press read more

Where Does This Summers NBA FreeAgent Class Rank

14Julius Randle25NO4.66.66.918.0 11Thaddeus Young31IND5.97.08.721.6 SummerBest players (by 3-year Wins Created)Overall Total WC 2015L. James • M. Gasol • D. Jordan1365.1 1Kevin Durant31GS14.012.912.939.9 2Jimmy Butler30PHI17.811.09.137.8 2017S. Curry • K. Lowry • K. Durant1200.6 17Darren Collison32IND3.07.36.416.8 2011T. Duncan • N. Hilario • R. Allen887.8 6DeAndre Jordan31NY12.08.97.828.7 2010L. James • D. Wade • D. Nowitzki1187.1 Which free-agent class had the most total production?Best free agency classes since 2010, based on the total Wins Created* by free-agent players in the preceding three seasons Among free-agent classes since 2010, only the 2015 group — which contained James (who re-signed with the Cavaliers after initially rejoining them the previous summer), Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan (whose free-agency saga that year is worthy of its own post), Paul Millsap, Tim Duncan, Kevin Love and Leonard — ranked higher than 2019 by that metric:2Important note: These rankings include players who potentially could have become free agents if they opted out, even if they ultimately didn’t. 18Trevor Ariza34WAS7.15.73.616.4 2013C. Paul • D. Howard • P. Millsap1232.1 * Based on a blend of Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares and Estimated Wins Added.Source: Wins Created 2012T. Duncan • D. Williams • G. Wallace1181.7 13Brook Lopez31MIL7.24.27.819.2 2018L. James • K. Durant • C. Paul1037.7 9Marc Gasol35TOR10.96.78.526.2 15Paul Millsap34DEN8.42.86.417.7 4Kemba Walker29CHA11.410.911.333.7 RkPlayerAgeOld Team2016-172017-182018-19Total 2019K. Durant • J. Butler • K. Irving1354.5 The 2019 class’s ranking is also hampered by Leonard’s nearly season-long absence in 2017-18, when the then-Spurs forward generated just 1.2 wins in nine games. Had Leonard played to his average over the preceding three seasons and created 14.8 wins that year, his three-year total would have been 42.7 — tops in the class, and good enough to boost 2019 to No. 1 on our class rankings over 2015. (But then again, how much else about the league would be different today if Leonard hadn’t suffered that quad injury — the management of which led to a rift with San Antonio, a trade to Toronto and ultimately an NBA championship?)The summer of 2019 also rises up the ranks to No. 1 if we include Davis as a de facto free agent. (Yes, he went to the Lakers via trade, but Davis’s departure from New Orleans was all but assured, and he was often listed among the offseason’s biggest prizes.) When Davis’s three-year value is included among the rest of the free agents, 2019 pulls ahead of 2015 with a total haul of 1396.4 Wins Created by available players over the previous three seasons.But strictly in terms of top free-agent talent, this year’s class isn’t quite on the same level as other years. Durant’s 39.9 Wins Created over the previous three years ranks third-lowest among leaders for the 10 years we looked at, ahead of only the 2011 and 2012 free-agent groups (both headlined by Duncan). It’s a far cry from James hitting the 2010 market with a class-high 81.8 Wins Created for the last three seasons under his belt. If we look only at the totals of the Top 10 players available, the 2010 class ranks No. 1, thanks to a ridiculously stacked set of Hall of Famers that included James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen.Though this year’s crop has plenty of big names, none of them are coming off performances quite as prodigious as James and Wade had in the years leading up to 2010. (Among the top five, Kemba Walker, at No. 4, comes closest to matching his counterpart from that year, Pierce; Walker generated 33.7 wins over the past three seasons, while Pierce had 33.8 from 2008 through 2010.) But the 2019 free-agent class makes up for its perhaps surprising lack of production at the top with sheer depth: 19Ricky Rubio29UTA6.36.33.516.1 2014L. James • C. Anthony • K. Lowry1048.0 12Tobias Harris27PHI7. 8Nikola Vucevic29ORL6.06.014.726.7 16Enes Kanter27POR3.97.75.817.4 5Kawhi Leonard28TOR17. NBA fans (and general managers) have had the summer of 2019 circled on their calendars for a very long time. With names like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving available via free agency — plus the inevitable Anthony Davis trade having already gone down earlier in the month — the sheer amount of star power potentially swapping teams this offseason could reshape the league for years to come.But is this the most star-studded free-agent summer in recent memory?It depends on how we look at things.To calculate the value of every player in each free-agent class since 2010 — the year LeBron James’s “Decision” kicked off our current era of free-agency mania1And the earliest season for which I was able to grab an archive of’s free-agency tracker. — I’m combining three widely used metrics (Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares and Estimated Wins Added) into a consensus measure of Wins Created, all scaled to an 82-game season. In terms of total Wins Created over the previous three seasons, this year’s top free agents are Durant (39.9), Butler (37.8) and Irving (34.0), who contribute to a three-year total of 1,354.5 Wins Created across all of the 2019 free agents. 10DeMarcus Cousins29GS13. 2016L. James • K. Durant • N. Batum1169.8 20Danny Green32TOR4. Who are the most productive free agents of the summer?Top 2019 NBA free agents, ranked by Wins Created* over the previous three seasons * Based on a blend of Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares and Estimated Wins Added. Age as of Feb. 1, 2020.Source:, Spotrac 3Kyrie Irving27BOS9.911.412.734.0 7Al Horford33BOS8.29.89.427.4 The next tier of free agents — aka the Khris Middletons and Brook Lopezes of the world — might not contain the sexiest names, but it does offer better-than-usual options to teams who strike out on the biggest free agents. And that’s also true even further down the rankings: An unusual number of players up for free agency this summer (101, to be exact) produced at least five wins over the preceding three seasons, compared with an average of 76 players per season in the nine years leading up to 2019.Of course, the next handful of championships will still probably hinge on the destinations of Durant, Leonard, Butler and the rest of the biggest names on the list. But if this summer’s free-agent class does end up going down among the best of the decade, it should be just as much on the strength of its lesser stars as its top-line players. read more

2001 A Space Odyssey gets a recut summer blockbusterstyle trailer

first_imgAlmost everyone that has ever seen a movie can identify the hallmarks of a modern blockbuster movie trailer. There are quick cuts, exciting music, and ominous sentence fragments flashed on the screen. It’s all carefully designed to get your attention and pique your interest. The classic Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey came out long before trailers were done this way, but this YouTube video makes that introspective movie feel like a summer blockbuster.The film was a 1968 collaboration between Kubrick and renowned science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. The novel version of 2001 was written by Clarke as the movie was filming. This epic tale explores some big questions like the nature of humans, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It also provided us with a lifetime of hilarious HAL 9000 references about pod bay doors.The trailer doesn’t really make any of that clear. The movie being promoted here is an adrenaline-fueled ride into the blackness of space. That’s not what the real film is, but you’d never know that from the new trailer. The wonderful special effects used in 2001 are probably what made this video possible. I’m still impressed with the quality of the visuals in 2001.2001: A Space Odyssey is a long movie with a subtle plot. It engages you to think, not just to absorb. Maybe that’s why this remixed trailer is so interesting. It’s a modern movie convention applied to a movie that could probably never be made today. It goes without saying that you should watch the movie, but reading the book will also shed some light on the more unusual parts of Kubrick’s work.last_img read more

Column I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this

first_imgColumn: ‘I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island’ My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton. 196 Views Share250 Tweet Email 8 Comments Short URL Carer and mammy By Geraldine Renton Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I PEERED THROUGH the glass panel and watched as he slipped another piece of toast into his mouth.“Good boy.” He gently rubbed his head.  I couldn’t help but feel guilty as I watched both my sons sitting together enjoying The Simpsons.  I tapped the glass, “Two minutes.” I smiled at my twelve-year-old son, Jack. “Just going to finish these then I’ll be in.”I held up the tea towel in my hand by way of proof. I was actually doing the dishes. He nodded, gave me the thumbs up, and continued to feed his brother.You’d be forgiven for presuming Jack was sitting with his toddler brother. Jack is what we call “a great big little brother” to Ethan. For nine years it was just the two of them, until our toddler joined them in the latter part of 2013.Pangs of guiltMy toddler came running out to inform me that his eldest brother had finished his juice and needed another one, “Pronto mammy, in case he has a meltdown”.  Another pang of guilt hit me.Guilt and I are old friends; guilt never leaves me. I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island of ours.My three-year-old stood waiting while I added the thickener to Ethan’s juice. “You want to shake it?” I handed him the sippy cup.  He ran off shaking the cup. “I am coming Ethie, no need for a meltdown”, he called out as he made his way down the hallway.I peered through the glass again. Ethan was laughing and pointing, his voice getting louder and louder. My toddler was well able to spot the signs of a possible meltdown.Changing moodsEthan can be happy and excited, but this can flip in an instant. His face changes as dark clouds roll in, and all the thunder he can muster erupts from his frail frame.I too could see it coming. I left the dirty dishes and followed my toddler into the dining room where Ethan was beginning to yell while swinging his arms and legs. Jack held Ethan’s chair tightly, trying his best to keep it from moving.Ethan can move a locked wheelchair, while being strapped into it, across the room. Ethan may look small and have a frail body but Ethan is as tough as nails, as his grandad likes to point out. The toddler ran off into the sitting room while I tried to keep the thunder at bay.This time it worked. Never underestimate the power of distraction. Dancing, singing and clapping all work wonderfully.Daily routine“I hate to tell ya mam, but I think he may need a change.” Jack is often the one to pinpoint the exact moment Ethan needs to be freshened up. “I’ll get everything for ya”.He went off to get everything I needed to ensure changing Ethan is done as fast as it can be. Jack’s job is to keep his eye on the TV so he can fast forward any adverts. Ethan does not like advertisements. We pre-record his shows daily to avoid those pesky adverts.Ethan isn’t a fan of having to be changed either. This is only a new development. Before his latest decline, he would happily accompany me to the bathroom. Now he’s different. His understanding has declined and he isn’t as steady on his feet as he once was. We need to take breaks in between changes, making it easier to just change him where he is.Jack tries his best to engage with Ethan while I work as fast as I can to freshen him up.We are a team. This was never the kind of team I envisioned for me and my sons, but life as a full-time carer changes the way a family works. Lines get blurred and we all become a carer for that one person we can’t imagine life without.As the evening rolled into the night we checked our camera to see if Jack had left some surprises for us. Recently Jack has taken to snapping pictures behind our backs and leaving us to discover his snaps on our phones or the camera long after he has gone to bed. There they were. Beautiful bright sneaky snaps of mainly Ethan and me, with a few selfies of Jack and Ethan thrown in for good measure. Jack takes pictures I know we will treasure in years to come.Through all the heartache he seems to be able to capture that moment of calm.It’s not easy being Ethan’s siblingI had bookmarked a post on social media during the day to remind myself to read it. It was an article about the young carers of Ireland and attached was a competition. When I say competition, it’s not a typical competition as every single young carer is thought very highly of. But it is a way to acknowledge the all too often forgotten young carers on this island of ours.I read, that for National Carers Week 2017, they were looking for young people who are carers, who would like to share their experiences and interpretation of caring for a family member. All creative mediums were welcomed and so I entered a handful of Jack’s photographs.We were told last week that Jack is invited to Dublin as a guest of honour at the launch of National Carers Week as he has won the competition. I was shocked and had not mentioned to Jack what I had done with his photographs. My confession came pouring out of me when he got back from school.Jack has ADHD, which makes it harder for him to process news. Later that evening he had many questions. Ethan was granted respite, meaning Jack will have both his parents and his younger brother with him. “So, Ethan can’t come?” Jack asked.  “No buddy, we think it might be a bit much” I smiled. “Oh. Ok. Well, we could take some pictures and show him.”  I nodded.It’s not easy being a sibling to Ethan. Ethan’s needs are great and often take priority over his siblings needs, despite them being younger than him. They take on a caring role regardless of us trying hard to prevent that from happening. I guess it’s true. Children will see and do what they see their parents doing. My boys may not have “typical” childhoods but l hope they look back and see all the beauty in those moments that Jack has forever frozen in time.Geraldine is a wife to D and a mammy to three boys. In 2008 their world forever changed when their eldest son, Ethan, was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome. Geraldine has been writing about their lives for two years. Last year Geraldine won best new blog of 2016, as voted by the IBA. Geraldine writes regularly on and over on her Facebook page ‘It’s Me & Ethan’ 2017 marks Ireland’s 11th National Carers Week and will celebrate and recognise the contribution of Ireland’s 360,000 Family Carers, with events being held throughout Ireland from June 12 to 18.  For more information on National Carers Week and to find events near you, visit our website,, or join us at‘Last Sunday Bernie Sanders delivered a message Ireland needed to hear’>Opinion: ‘An ambitious strategy with the potential to revolutionise Irish healthcare’> Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 8:30 PM Jun 14th 2017, 8:30 PM Geraldine Renton last_img read more

Solskjaer reveals how he intends to improve Rashford

first_imgManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed his plans for Marcus Rashford, who believes has “far more” than he did in terms of physical attributesThe English striker has only found the net five times in 22 games for United this season, amid struggles under former manager Jose Mourinho.Following Solskjaer’s appointment, however, Rashford excelled in both of the Norwegian’s games in charge of United against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.Now Solskjaer has paid tribute to the talented 21-year-old and intends to improve him further by working on his movement and finishing in the area.“I think Marcus Rashford has got the motivation and inspiration himself to become the best he can be,” Solskjaer told the club website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He practises a lot, he’s got so much more than I had in the physical attributes – his pace and strength, striking from outside the box.”Maybe I can give him a little bit of that nous that I had in the box – your movement to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal. But it’s easy to say when I was 27, 28 or 29 because Marcus is 21 and still learning.“But for me, the most important thing is to settle him down in front of goal. I’ve seen him rush a few finishes like ‘I really need to get a shot off early’.“Sometimes you just pass it past the keeper, because if there’s a defender you just pass it past him or you go past him. That goal will never move. I’m really looking forward to having the amount of talent that I’m working with now up front.The 45-year-old was a prolific scorer himself during his own playing days with 127 goals in 364 appearances for United, which includes the famous match-winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.last_img read more

Portland man pleads not guilty to harassing Colorado theater victims families

first_img An Oregon man has been accused of harassing at least a dozen families of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., telling them the killings didn’t happen or the caskets of victims were empty.Kevin Purfield, 45, of Portland pleaded not guilty at Thursday’s arraignment on charges of telephone harassment and stalking counts, both misdemeanors. Multnomah County Judge Adrienne Nelson increased Purfield’s bail from $10,000 to $100,000 at the prosecution’s request and appointed Cate Wollam as his attorney.Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania said Purfield was adept online at finding ways to make contact with the family members, and used email, social media and phone calls to get to them.Then Purfield spun fantastic theories, Fania said.“It starts out that the shootings didn’t really happen,” Fania said. “It goes into things such as that at the funeral, your relative’s body wasn’t in the casket.”Sometimes, if he didn’t get a rise out of a relative, he dropped the communication, Fania said. In other cases, and particularly if the relative responded, Purfield launched into vile, obscene “flat-out attacks,” Fania said. Kevin Purfield, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

This War of the Worlds uses holograms giant Martians to make you

first_imgIn addition to the actors whose prerecorded performances appear in VR and holograms, there are live actors in every room who interact with individual audience members and guide groups between the rooms where the action happens. The nature of immersive theatre means everyone will have a unique experience of the show, according to Guyenette, who says the actors’ performances will also vary depending on the audience’s reactions.Despite the show’s reliance on new technology, Guyenette describes it as a celebration of holograms from the past century. The volumetric-captured holograms are an evolution of early effects such as the 19th-century Pepper’s ghost illusion, which uses a reflected surface to make the transparent image of a “ghost” appear on stage. He names illusionist and film director George Méliès as a personal hero and inspiration for this production.marc-dotdot-5A motion-simulated VR trip along the Thames.   Dotdotdot Referencing Méliès’ 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, he says, “It’s the same kind of era and the same time [as H.G. Wells was writing]. And that was the time of the cinemascope and we’re referencing that all the way through this. Except you’re going into the cinemascope now.”The show also combines VR with a motion simulator as we witness the battle between the Thunder Child steamer and a Martian fighting machine at the climax of the first act. The audience is seated in a wooden boat that moves and pivots based on the movement of a physics-based water simulation. Because the sea is created by an algorithm instead of manually animated, Guyenette says it’s easier to change the variables of its programming to change the look and feel of the scene.”So you can go through it and be like, ‘We need more sea here!’ and you literally just change the variable and you get more sea,” he says. It’s about entertaining all layers of the psyche. Carl Guyenette, creative director 6:06 This VR-live actor mashup is like your best absinthe-fueled nightmare Time-warping nightclub game with live actors unlike anything I’ve tried Oculus wants to make immersive virtual theater a reality I’m in VR, suspended in an empty space that seems to stretch for miles. A stern-looking Victorian woman is standing nearby, scowling at me. I try not to judge her. After all, she’s on the run from a 300-foot Martian fighting machine. I’d look a bit grumpy too.I’m behind the scenes in London at The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience, created by theater company Dotdotdot. The interactive show, which opens Friday, brings Jeff Wayne’s 1978 musical to life with the help of holograms, motion simulators and audio you can physically feel. Audience members leave 21st-century London behind as they step into a steampunk speakeasy, watched over by the looming statue of an insect-like Martian fighting machine with a shiny metal body and three spindly legs. All the power ballads and tense original orchestrations from the album are still at the center of the show, but the immersive format allows the actors and creators to guide the audience through a maze of intricately designed sets and tell the story in a whole new way. The show combines detailed real-life sets with impressive visual effects to transport the audience to Victorian London. Dotdotdot H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel War of the Worlds, first serialized in 1897, has been remade and revived countless times. Perhaps the most famous adaptation is Orson Welles’ much mythologized radio drama, but there’s also Steven Spielberg’s post-9/11 take on the story and a BBC miniseries coming later this year. Then there’s Jeff Wayne’s musical version. Released as a concept album over 40 years ago, it’s a bombastic prog-rock epic with a full cast of distraught survivors and an ominous narration from Richard Burton to add gravitas.The musical has made its way to the stage before, originally touring the UK and Ireland in 2006. The show’s 40th anniversary UK arena tour in 2018 promised spectacular CGI, groundbreaking visual effects and the “incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience.” But personally, I never fancied it. It just seemed too… big. Other parts of the show do away with VR entirely, relying on physical effects, haptic sound and the actors’ performances to terrify the audience. Guyenette says he wants to arouse in audience members the fear of trying to escape something they have no control over. He’s hoping the audience will form a bond and consider the realities of losing friends and family on their journey through war-torn London. He also says the story gives “a stark warning of the loss of biodiversity” as we see the Martian’s invasive red weed creep across London, choking off other vegetation.”It’s about entertaining all layers of the psyche,” he says “It has to be physically fun, but it also has to be absorbing and introspective.” As we’re packing up in the steampunk bar, the production team is testing a flashing light that shoots out of the giant Martian’s eyes. It’s a disco heat ray, someone says. It’s also a reminder that the show owes a debt to the ’70s as well as the 19th century. The Victorians may’ve had holograms, but they didn’t have synths.Tickets start at £49.50 ($62, AU$90). The show runs through August. Share your voice More immersive VR experiences War of the Worlds is the story of an unfathomably huge event: the arrival of aliens who all but wipe out the human population. The novel is a critique of imperialism, asking why the then-dominant British empire should expect to be treated any better by bloodthirsty Martians than it treated the population of its colonies. But releasing the musical as an album shrinks those big themes to a smaller scale, giving them a more personal, terrifying resonance. My family used to listen to the album in my aunt’s car on summer holidays in the north of England. The unearthly sound of the growing red weed and Martians’ ominous call would seem out of place in a big concert venue. For me, the alien invasion is forever associated with endless traffic jams and the sun beating down on dusty tarmac. Tags 28 Photos Wearable Tech Culture Digital Media VR gets arty at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 3 Comments That’s why this version caught my attention. Immersive theater can tell big stories while keeping them intimate. The show doesn’t want to let you forget you’re a tiny human at the center of an interplanetary conflict. From the towering war machines to the vast scale of the destruction, which reaches beyond the boundaries of London, the world is engineered to play on your fear of large objects. The word “megalophobia” keeps coming up in my discussions with the show’s creative team.  Somewhere in the labyrinth of set pieces is a 20-square-foot room fitted with 52 high-speed motion-capture cameras. Twelve backpack PCs and VR headsets hang in a corner. Strap one on and the social VR platform will allow you to see other audience members, represented as characters from the 19th century. And that’s how they’ll see you. In the almost empty VR environment, I look down at my hands. They’re attached to me, all right — the fingers wiggle when I move them — but they seem rough and veiny. My fingernails are deathly pale, making me wonder what the rest of my virtual avatar must look like. Traumatized, I suspect. marc-dotdot-17 Dotdotdot The scowling Victorian woman reaches out and our virtual hands touch. She’s speaking, though her lips aren’t moving, in the voice of Carl Guyenette, the creative director of the show. Outside of VR he’s got red dreadlocks and wears a pair of steampunk goggles that resemble a magic leap headset. He’s previously worked on Somnai, Dotdotdot’s immersive VR experience that promised a dreamlike or nightmarish experience for Londoners in 2018, and his background is in visual effects. His IMDB credits include work as a rotoscope artist on Captain America: The First Avenger and as a visual effects artist on films including X-Men: Days of Future Past and Kingsman: The Secret Service.Guyenette has a hand in every part of the show’s development, right down to the visual effects projected onto the bulbous eyes of the Martian fighting machine that looms over the entrance bar. He even has an idea for a cocktail involving Prosecco and scotch bonnet chillies, though they never make it onto the bar’s menu.Guyenette tells me about the scene his international team of developers is working to create. It’s a shared sensory experience that’ll see live actors interacting with the audience in VR alongside real heat, the smell of smoke and the sound of cannon fire. VR can extend the boundaries of reality, making the audience feel like distances are longer and more time has passed. “It’s like a time machine and a teleporter all in one room,” he says. 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Vegetable vendor stabs customer to death over Rs 10 dispute in

first_imgMumbai: A vegetable vendor was arrested for allegedly stabbing his customer to death over a dispute on payment of Rs 10 in Dadar area here, police said on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as 25-year-old Soni Lal Mahonto, Dadar Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Gawker said. The deceased, Mohammed Hanif, had gone to purchase vegetable in a market in Dadar area of the city around 11 pm on Monday when the incident took place. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us A dispute broke out between the man and a vegetable vendor which escalated to such a level that the latter stabbed him with his vegetable knife. The accused stabbed Hanif several times on his neck and hands before fleeing the spot, the police said. “As soon as we were informed about the incident, we reached the spot and rushed the man to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead,” Gawker said. Shivaji Nagar police have registered a case of murder against the accused and initiated an investigation in the matter.last_img read more

Valve gives us a true taste of VR using a green screen

first_imgThough virtual reality technology provides the most immersive experience a person can have playing a video game, this is an aspect that is almost impossible to explain to anyone who doesn’t have a VR device strapped around their head. Anyone using VR themselves can see what the tech is capable of, but those looking at it from the outside just see folks looking silly as they fumble about with a contraption on their face.This latest video for the HTC Vive finally solves the problem of how to show VR to the masses. In the video, we see the producers bring folks into a green screen studio to have them play on the Vive. This obviously doesn’t do anything for the person wearing the device, but to outside observers, it shows exactly what the person using VR is up to. By showing what a person playing with a VR headset experiences both in the physical and digital worlds, this video does the most effective job of selling VR to those who don’t know what it’s all about.Quite frankly, it’s kind of surprising that someone didn’t come up with this simple method of showing what VR is capable of until now. I suspect that from this moment onward, companies advertising VR hardware and games will do something similar to what is seen above. What better way to convey what virtual reality gaming represents than by showing gamers in the thick of the action?The HTC Vive is available now, and though it’s the most expensive VR headset out there (priced at $800), it’s also the most powerful VR peripheral on the market. Those who plunk down the cash to buy it won’t be short on games to play. Over on Steam, a list of available titles has been posted. This includes games like The Lab, Hover Junkers, Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel, Elite Dangerous, and more.last_img read more

Xbox One S 1TB and 500GB models arrive August 23 with free

first_imgMicrosoft’s eagerness to rid itself of the old Xbox One stock by dropping the price to $249.99 makes even more sense today, because they’ve announced that although the $399 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2, we won’t be waiting very long for the cheaper 1Tb and 500GB models to arrive. And both ship with free games included.So, right now you can get a 500GB Xbox One for $249.99. Then on August 2 the 2TB Xbox One S will release for $399 creating quite the price differential. But fear not, on August 23 the other two S models hit the market.The 1TB Xbox One S will cost $349 and is being offered as a Madden NFL 17 Bundle, which includes a download of Madden NFL 17 (unless you buy at GameStop as they are including a physical copy) and seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs. There’s also one month of EA Access thrown in and a limited time promotional code that gets you 20% off a purchase at you aren’t a Madden fan, then there’s an alternative 1TB Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle which includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection totaling 5 games for the same $349 price tag. There’s also a 500GB version of this pack for $299.Now here’s the bad news. Microsoft has stated that in the US the 1TB model will only be available in very limited quantities through Microsoft Stores and So it looks like the 2TB and 500GB models will be the only option for most people. It’s unclear if this is a long term decision or just during the launch period and with this bundle. Either way, it seems like a silly decision.last_img read more

With age sense of smell might become inferior

first_imgOld age brings with it many health problems including the loss of vision, hearing and taste, and a new study says that the ability to smell the food through the mouth decreases with age.Human beings not only pick up aromas through the nose, but also through the mouth while chewing the food. Retronasal smell, which is smelling from behind the nose comes into play when food is chewed and volatile molecules are released in the process.These then drift through the mouth to the back of the nose where the odour is detected.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But, unfortunately, for some, this ability decreases with age, said Tyler Flaherty from Oregon State University in the US.This might be, among other reasons, because of the prolonged use of medication or physical and mental changes associated with older age, the researchers noted in the study published in the journal Chemosensory Perception. One’s ability to pick up smells through the mouth could also be influenced by, for instance, the use of dentures. The results revealed that many of the older participants found it difficult to pick out specific odours. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, younger participants fared better when individual smells where presented to them in combination with other tastes. “Generally, large individual differences in odour responsiveness become even greater when ageing is considered as a factor,” Flaherty said.The team studied how people experience odours via their mouths, and whether age or gender has an influence on it. They included 102 non-smoking healthy people aged between 18 -72 years old participants in the study.The researchers then rated how intensely they pick up on two tastes (sweet and salty) and four odours (strawberry, vanilla, chicken and soy sauce) put to them. Participants were also exposed to these in combinations that go well together, such as sweet and vanilla, or salty and chicken.last_img read more

For those with a sweet tooth

first_imgEatTreat, a pan-India community of food lovers, is launching EatTreat Shoppe, an online marketplace for high quality desserts, where some of the best bakers in Delhi have come together to provide their patrons with the best gourmet cakes, cookies and everything sweet. EatTreat serves as a platform for small businesses and home-sellers, who aren’t traditionally available online, and a space where one can get the gooiest and most scrumptious desserts. Customers can place online orders for customisable treats with the press of a button. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe website will constantly bring you recommendations from the community and influencers, and focus entirely on quality experiences and desserts that you will have a hard time sharing with anyone. EatTreat has associated with 30 unique home bakers so far, each showcasing a flurry of their products – bringing you delights from the likes of the renowned Georgia Dakota, Baked Loved by Vatsala, Sinful Bites and a lot of modest bakeries and confectioners, who make unique cakes, alcoholic goodies and gluten-free treats.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe e-commerce platform right now is available in Delhi and further plans to expand to the entire NCR, soon followed by other cities. Additionally, EatTreat’s aim is to bring something that you haven’t sampled before – recommendations from a community delivered to your doorstep. EatTreat offers its readers and customers with information on lost recipes, best places to eat in the city, tips and tricks with fun and interactive quizzes to keep you engaged. The editor of EatTreat, Kasturi Roy says, “EatTreat is a place where you will find your favourite home-baker or seller, who’s currently only operating through word of mouth, text messages or email. We at EatTreat, ensure that your gluten-free, sugarless, egg less or any other requirement is passed on to the seller, and you get exactly the experience you want.” EatTreat believes in exploring the new in food, fun things to eat in the city and delivering the best experience when it comes to gorging.last_img read more

Forever Tango sashays into San José

first_imgTo foreigners, tango is the champagne of Latin dance. The steps are complex and the expression is rich. The partners must touch, embrace, extend legs and link pelvises. Expert tango dancers can make every body part erotic at once. They must be open, even ostentatious; they must have the physical discipline of a gymnast; and they must, above all, have perfect chemistry with a partner.“Forever Tango” arrives in San José this week, and it’s a veritable wine basket of Argentinian dance: More than two hours of continuous choreography elapse before the exhausted audience is finally released into the night. The Broadway super-hit is a kind of South American “Riverdance,” a high-budget dance spectacular that sold out for 14 months in 1997 and returned for a second run in 2004. In true 21st Century form, “Forever Tango” has featured “Dancing with the Stars” winners.Most Gringos have never heard of Luis Bravo, but the musician is now a showbiz legend, and it is his name that graces the show’s billboards. A native Argentine, Bravo is a master cellist who moved to Los Angeles and gradually assembled the elements that would become “Forever Tango.” In past interviews, Bravo has credited his childhood in small-town Argentina and formative years in Buenos Aires as the show’s emotional core.Critics have noted – and it’s evident from promo videos – that “Forever Tango” is more than a dance showcase. Bravo’s vignettes tell distinct stories, told physically through the movements of 14-16 dancers. Elegant costumes, complex lightning and a 12-piece orchestra add to the spectacle. Not surprisingly, the premiere production was nominated for a Tony Award for best choreography.Like seeing Cirque du Soleil or David Copperfield in Las Vegas, part of the joy of “Forever Tango” is seeing some of the finest talents in the world do their thing, live. Such a production lacks the homegrown feel of a regional troupe, but you’d be hard pressed to find so many sophisticated dancers on a single stage. The show plays only two nights, but one evening should be more than enough.(“Forever Tango” plays Oct. 16-17. Melico Salazar Theater, San José. 8 p.m. ₡16,000-54,000 ($32-$108). Tickets: 2528-8777, Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more