Marathi audience difficult to please

first_imgWhy did you wait so long to make your debut in Marathi films? Television took away all the time and energy and my life. (Laughs) I have been doing television for quite a while. But then, it came to a point when I was saturated and felt that I had it me to do something more than just play roles on TV. I needed to get out. So I wrote a short film called D.A.T.E. I had no clue what I was doing. I bounced it off my mother. She said, ‘It is a good script. What do you want to do with it?’ I said I wanted to make it into a film. She then asked what I was doing about it. I should make it! So we pooled in money. My mother, my husband and I started a company called Purple Morning Movies. I had no idea that there was such a big market out there that showcases short films. I did a lot of research and I am lucky that D.A.T.E. received an overwhelming response. That was a catalyst and that is where the journey began. Then we got Sholay Girl, which was a huge canvas and then came Mogra Phulaalaa. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyMy mother had been writing the script for this film for over a year. She is one of those writers who take their time. Finally, when the script was ready, I had been buttering her to cast me in the film. She would bully me and say, ‘You had better behave or I will throw you out of the film!’ So, this has been a very exciting year for me, as a director, a producer and as an actor. Were you always the first choice for Mogra Phulaalaa? Right from its nascent stage, I have been involved with Mogra Phulaalaa. From the ideation stage, Swwapnil (Joshi) who is opposite me in the film and all of us were wondering what we should make when mom cracked the story. As the film developed and progressed, it kept getting better and better. She had me in mind when she wrote the film. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot What was it like working with your mother as the director of the film? People say you are a different person on the set than when you are at home. But it has never been like that for us. Do we take our work home? Absolutely! It is our work that defines us. We are constantly talking about it. But on the set, mom was very strict, so I was very careful not to overstep. I was extra-cautious. I did put my thoughts across but I used to be very diplomatic. I have learnt the craft from her. She has taught me everything. What I like about her is that if somebody gives a good suggestion, she will consider it. She lets the actors do what they want to do but she also knows exactly what she wants. As a director yourself, what did you learn from your mother, the director? Scripting – she taught me that in execution, things may go a little haywire or you may not be able to make it like you want to, but if your script is good, everything else can be managed. That is one thing she absolutely ingrained in me, a good script is the crux. Tell us about your character in Mogra Phulaalaa. There is a very interesting dynamic, which will be revealed in the film. My character’s name is Shivangi Gupte and she is an assistant manager in a bank. She is a strong woman on the outside but is actually very vulnerable because of what she has endured. She meets a man of marriageable age who is a mamma’s boy. The mother wants to get her son married but is also worried that she may lose him. Shivangi opens a new world for him and starts a love story between them. The film features stalwarts like Neena Kulkarni and Chandrakant Kulkarni. What was it like working with them? I didn’t get the chance to work with them very much, but they are very close to me as they are from the film industry. And since this was my first film, they were very protective about me. To me, they are Neena maushi and Chandu dada, and I am fortunate that I could do this film with them. What are your plans as a filmmaker and actor? I am working on my directorial project. I have been away from it because of Mogra Phulaalaa. Also, today, the dynamics have changed. No longer are people only actors or filmmakers; you don’t have to limit yourself. Hollywood has been doing this for years, where actors are actively involved in the filmmaking process. People used to tell me, ‘Sai, if you want to concentrate on your acting, stop thinking about direction.’ I never understood that because they are different crafts. You have someone like Farhan Akhtar, who sings, acts, writes, directs and produces. I think he started the whole movement that said, ‘I can do everything’. As an actor, I am really looking forward to Mogra Phulaalaa. People haven’t seen me act in Marathi, Hindi audiences have. And the Marathi audience is difficult to please. They are very critical about what they see. So, I was careful not to lose the sincerity of my character. I am nervous because I want to be accepted by the Marathi audience and do more Marathi films. Organically, nothing came to me and I kept doing what came my way. But now,, I think I am at a stage where I can be choosy and not do things I don’t want to.last_img read more

Navy teams mobilised for relief in floodhit Kolhapur Sangli

first_imgMumbai: Five rescue teams of the Indian Navy have been mobilised to provide assistance to those affected by heavy rains in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur and Sangli districts, an official said on Wednesday. Kolhapur and Sangli have been the worst affected by heavy rains in western Maharashtra in the last few days. Three villages, having around 7,000 people, in Kolhapur were marooned due to the floods, even as over 50,000 people were evacuated from the two districts on Tuesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “In response to the state administration’s request for assistance to local populace affected by heavy rains in the area, five teams of the Western Naval Command have been mobilised,” a defence spokesperson said. The rescue teams were initially planned to be airlifted to the locations, but the adverse weather did not permit helicopter flying, he said. “The teams then proceeded to Pune by road overnight, equipped with rescue gear and rubber inflatable boats, and will be airlifted to the affected areas,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Five additional flood relief teams of the Navy are being prepared to be airlifted to the affected areas from Mumbai on Wednesday morning, the official further said. Meanwhile, the Goa naval area has also deployed four teams of divers for rescue operations in Kolhapur. The rescue teams, along with diving equipment, were flown from INS Hansa Naval air station at Goa on Wednesday morning for Kolhapur airfield, where they will join the other teams from the Western Naval Command, NDRF and the district collector for coordination of rescue work, the official said. Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar on Tuesday said the flood situation in Kolhapur and Sangli was “critical” as several rivers in the region were flowing above the danger mark. “Three villages in Kolhapur with 7,000 people have been cut off completely and efforts are on to evacuate them,” Mhaisekar said. Around 34 out of 103 bridges in Kolhapur have gone under water due to rains in the past few days, he said. “A total of 12,228 families, comprising nearly 53,582 people, in Pune division have been shifted to safer places,” another official earlier said. The administrations of Kolhapur and Sangli have declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Wednesday.last_img read more

Nova Scotia sailboat captain pleads guilty to two cocainerelated charges

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia sailboat captain has pleaded guilty to two drug charges after 250 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in his vessel after it pulled into a small marina two months ago.The Canada Border Services Agency says its officers boarded the vessel at East River Marine in Hubbards, N.S., late on Sept. 3.The agency says the Canadian-registered, 29-foot boat — called Quesera — had arrived from the small Caribbean island of Saint Martin.Inside the vessel’s forward sleeping quarters, officers found several bricks of cocaine hidden inside a sealed bed frame, and the RCMP were called in.Sixty-eight-year-old Jacques John Grenier of Hubbards pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and importing cocaine.A third charge, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, will be dealt with at Grenier’s sentencing hearing on Jan. 25 in Halifax provincial court.In the past four years, the CBSA in Atlantic Canada has recorded between 130 and 159 drug seizures every year, many of them at ports handling large shipping containers.Finding such a large stash in a small boat is unusual, Dominic Mallette, the agency’s acting director for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, said in September.“In terms of small vessels … something of this magnitude is extremely rare,” he said. “It’s very difficult to be aware and monitor the sea.”Mallette said the agency knew the boat was coming in that night, but wouldn’t say if it had been tipped off.“I can tell you that we had an awareness and we were ready,” he said. “Anything beyond that would jeopardize our internal work.”The RCMP confirmed it was the second significant suspected drug seizure in Nova Scotia this year. In May, about 200 kilograms of hashish was found hidden inside chocolate bars stacked in a shipping container at the Port of Halifax.last_img read more

MeToo encouraging for young Canadian females survey suggests

first_imgTORONTO – A majority of Canadian girls and young women have found the #MeToo movement heartening when it comes to the prospects of increased gender equality, but feel they still face discrimination, a new survey suggests.The online poll of just over 1,000 females aged 14 to 24 also finds about one-third of respondents said they feel less equal than their male counterparts and have less opportunities to lead.Plan International Canada, part of a group focused on advancing girls’ rights and equality around the world, commissioned the Nanos survey in part to gauge the state of gender equality.The survey also looked at the effect of the #MeToo movement, which was sparked by the downfall last year of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul whose alleged abuse of women over decades led to an international debate and backlash over pervasive sexual harassment.According the poll, 28 per cent of Canadian girls and young woman said #MeToo had made them hopeful about gender equality in the future and another 40 per cent were somewhat hopeful. Only 11 per cent said they were left somewhat or totally pessimistic.Asked what #MeToo means to them, respondents cited support for victims of sexual harassment and awareness to end such bullying.More troubling was the indication from the survey that two in three of those asked said they had a friend who had been sexually harassed and that fewer than two in 10 said they felt completely safe in public spaces. Still, most said they do feel safe or somewhat safe when out it in public.When it comes to gender-based discrimination, seven in 10 females said they had bumped up against the issue even though more than half said they believed they had the same opportunities to lead.In other findings:— More than 60 per cent feel an affinity with the feminist movement, while 25 per cent do not feel that way.— Most say they are more or less optimistic about the future of gender equality at home and abroad.— Girls 18 to 24 reported lower levels of perceived gender equality and higher levels of discrimination than their younger counterparts.— About one-third reported feeling occasionally discriminated against because of their gender; the same percentage said they rarely felt that way.— About one in five said they never felt they were discriminated against.The poll also indicates that about 37 per cent of Canadian women feel pressure to have a successful career, while just eight per cent report pressure to get married or have kids. About 30 per cent report pressure to do it all: have a successful career as well as get married and have children.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.last_img read more

Discipline proceedings against two BC police officers after Cuba allegations

first_imgVICTORIA — Discipline proceedings will be held in British Columbia against two municipal officers who were detained while vacationing in Cuba following an assault allegation.The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in British Columbia says the RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged actions of Vancouer Const. Mark Simms and Port Moody Const. Jordan Long.It says if misconduct is proven to have occurred, a range of disciplinary or corrective measures up to and including dismissal may be imposed.Andrea Spindler, deputy police complaint commissioner, says in a news release the commissioner has determined it is in the public interest to release limited information but no further details will be provided at this time to protect the integrity of the proceedings.The Port Moody Police Department said in January that Long was acquitted in November by a Cuban judiciary regarding allegations of being an accessory to a sexual assault.In January, the families of the two constables said in a Facebook post that they had been declared innocent and returned home.Rollie Woods, who was the previous deputy police complaint commissioner in B.C., said in April 2018 that the men were in Varadero when they were arrested following allegations that an Ontario teenager was assaulted while vacationing in the same area.A 17-year-old female alleged to Cuban authorities she was assaulted by Simms, and officials held Long as a material witness in the case, Woods said.Spindler says discipline proceedings are not open to the public.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Attacks on food trucks force UN agency to cut rations in Darfur

17 April 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it will have to cut rations to the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan by half because attacks on its trucks are preventing vital relief supplies from getting through. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it will have to cut rations to the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan by half because attacks on its trucks are preventing vital relief supplies from getting through. So far this year 60 WFP-contracted trucks have been hijacked in Darfur – where the agency is feeding over two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees – with 39 trucks still missing and 26 drivers unaccounted for. One driver was killed in Darfur last month. WFP’s trucks should be delivering 1,800 metric tons of food daily around this time of year to supply warehouses ahead of the rainy season, due to begin next month. However, deliveries have dropped to less than 900 tons per day. “Attacks on the WFP food pipeline are an attack on the most vulnerable people in Darfur,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. In March, more than 2.4 million people in Darfur received WFP food assistance, which include cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. The number of those requiring assistance is expected to rise to some three million during the rainy season from May to September – also known as the pre-harvest ‘hunger gap,’ when last year’s agricultural stocks are depleted and there is less access to food in the market. Ms. Sheeran called on all parties to protect the access to food, stressed that with up to three million people depending on WFP for their survival in the upcoming rainy season, keeping the agency’s supply line open is “a matter of life and death.” Kenro Oshidari, WFP Representative in Sudan, noted that the Sudanese Government does provide police escorts for convoys on the main routes, “but unfortunately the frequency is not enough to maintain the food pipeline.” “We’re appealing to the rebel factions and their commanders who operate in other parts of Darfur to ensure security on the roads and to respect the neutrality of all people involved in the humanitarian effort,” he said. “If the security situation on the roads improves, we will be able to restore the ration levels.” read more

Canadian diaspora also back TNA at polls

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a leading diaspora group in Canada, said it supports the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the Parliamentary election.Earlier the London based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) had also supported the TNA and had urged Tamils to back the Tamil political party at the polls. The CTC said that the resolution of the Tamil problem will invariably involve meaningful negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka, the elected representatives of the Tamil people, and other relevant stakeholders. In this context, Parliamentarians elected by the Tamil people will have a major role to play. One strong united voice speaking for Tamils will have a significant impact at these negotiations.CTC noted that the TNA, under the responsible and experienced leadership of R. Sampanthan, has earned the recognition and respect of not only the Tamil people, but also other community representatives in Sri Lanka and international community members like Canada, USA and India. He has carefully and consistently articulated the concerns, grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people  CTC, in a statement today, said that it strongly urges Tamils and all citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their right to vote at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.  “The presidential election of January 8th, 2015 was a turning point in the recent political history of Sri Lanka. Voters turned up in large numbers and voted for change and a new beginning. While Canada and other members of the international community acknowledged and welcomed these changes it is the duty of all responsible Sri Lankan citizens to ensure that these tenuous beginnings are consolidated without giving any chance for their reversal. Although many issues of the Tamil people including land rights, political prisoners and disappearances were not addressed as expected, the election did bring about early signs of goodwill, as reflected in some actions that were taken by the current government. CTC believes that these positive developments, together with new-found political optimism, can be further strengthened after the August election,” CTC said. CTC works closely with TNA, and its partnership has been crucial in some of the diplomatic achievements made in Canada as well as at the UNHRC in Geneva.  CTC firmly believes that a strong mandate given to the TNA to represent Tamils in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka will strengthen our position during negotiations. CTC says together with a victory for the progressive forces that advocate democracy and good governance in the South, the chances of achieving a negotiated political resolution, accountability and sustainable reconciliation in Sri Lanka will more likely become a reality. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan congratulates Karzai on election as Afghanistans head of State

“Today’s election constitutes an important step towards peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman after Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga grand council chose Mr. Karzai to lead the Transitional Government for the next two years.The Secretary-General “welcomes the enthusiastic embrace of this democratic process by the Afghan people and their leaders,” said the statement, noting that Mr. Annan has been closely following the proceedings of the Loya Jirga. Urging delegates to continue to use the peaceful forum of the Loya Jirga to pursue national reconciliation and to create a representative government, the Secretary-General said he looked forward to the “successful completion of the Loya Jirga’s work and the inauguration of the new Transitional Authority.”Mr. Karzai won over two other candidates for the position of head of State: Masooda Jalal, a paediatrician with the World Food Programme (WFP), and Mir Mahfooz Nedai, a member of the Loya Jirga Commission. Mr. Karzai obtained 1,295 votes, Ms. Jalal 171 and Mr. Nedai 89.Speaking after his nomination, Mr. Karzai said that while reconstruction had started in Afghanistan, government projects needed to be transparent, properly coordinated and effective.In her statement, Ms. Jalal, the first woman candidate for President in Afghanistan’s history, said the country should adopt new standards so that a democratic order could be established based on dignity and respect.Also today, the Loya Jirga announced the results of the elections for the officers of its bureau. Muhammad Qasimyar, Chairman of the Special Commission for the Convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga, was elected to Chair the six-day gathering. The Minister for Women’s Affairs, Sima Samar, and Azam Dadfar were both elected as Vice-Chairmen. read more

Column The truths and costs of moving to London

first_imgI MOVED TO London over three years ago now. I sailed over here on the ferry, the James Joyce Ulysses to be precise, although that was probably the most romantic part of the entire move. Initially I didn’t choose to move to London but in the end, I didn’t really have any other option, career wise.After completing my Masters in Journalism in 2010, I spent about 10 months working and interning in various magazines, papers, I produced and presented a radio show and threw myself into anything I could.  I had exhausted every avenue and finding any stable full time or paid employment was quite impossible.The physical moving to London is the easy part but it’s the start up costs and things that you don’t know, but need to know, that make life quite difficult. Normally people will make sure they have a job before they move and find somewhere to live afterwards. I did the total opposite as I made up my mind that I was moving and just went with it.  I was lucky to move in with a girl in London who I had already met a few times through working in radio in Ireland.Money, money, moneyBefore I got here, I had to pay a deposit upfront for the house that we were moving into . The standard requirement is 6 weeks up front. Rent in any standard room is minimum £650 per month wherever you go in London when you include council tax and bills.When you move into a place, the landlord will require references from past landlords.  As I didn’t have this, one of my parents had to be my guarantor. This involved getting a physical signature from one of my parents, a faxed or scanned signature copy was not acceptable. This delayed the process with moving into our house.Red tapeEverybody who works in the UK needs to have a national Insurance number, this number will remain the same through your whole life. In order to get a National Insurance number you need to make an appointment which involves an interview and producing necessary documents like your passport and a bill with the proof of address.The proof of address is what gave me the most problems. I went to open a bank account and if you don’t have a bill which your name and address on it, it makes life more difficult. I then had to use my tenancy agreement signed by the landlord to open a bank account. And this again, could not be a copy, it needed to be the original.You need to register with a doctor immediately. I learned this the hard way. Within two weeks of being here, I was frantically searching for a job. I think the stress was starting to get to me as I realised I was totally clueless about how the job interview process differed here to Ireland. It’s quite a long process here, this was something I had to learn to be patient with.I then broke out in a nasty rash around my mouth. I went to the local doctor in my area and asked to see a doctor.  I wasn’t registered with a doctor so I was told I couldn’t. I was informed that I could fill in some forms and it would basically take a week to get registered and if I wanted to come back, I’d need to make an appointment a few days in advance. As the rash was erupting like Mount Vesuvius on my face, I decided to take matters into my own hands and head to A&E at Paddington where I got a strong anti biotic. It’s typical that these things will happen so registering with a doctor is so important and saves a lot of added stress.Getting an English mobile number will probably be the next thing you need. If you’ve just opened a bank account in the UK, you may as well be non existent before that. I wanted to register for a contract phone to begin with. The mobile companies run a credit check on their system and if you don’t meet a certain criteria, due to having no history or records, you’ll have to make do with a pay as you go phone for a while. Things that will help increase your credit rating will be registering to vote, joining a gym, registering with a doctor, getting a credit card, using it and obviously paying it back.Don’t be afraid to ask for advice!I know many people will have had so many different experiences whether it’s London or somewhere else in the world, some good and some bad but it’s all been a bit of an adventure for me. It took me about six weeks to find a job and I’ve never looked back. I’m lucky enough that many of my friends have moved here since so it’s almost like I’m a little bit at home again.I know London isn’t that far from Dublin but if you’re moving over, make sure to ask someone who’s already done it, as it will make your life a lot easier, trust me!Jenny Conlon is an Irish journalist living in London.last_img read more

Poll Would you support a smartphone tax to fund suicide prevention

first_imgYesI would, but it depends on how high it isNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Senator: Tax the smartphone, and use the money for suicide prevention>Read: France wants to tax iPads and iPhones to fund the arts> I would, but it depends on how high it is (750) Yes (298) I don’t know (2502) Poll Results: No (3756) FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone has called on the government to introduce a levy on smartphones to raise money for suicide prevention measures.Earlier in the week a report in France encouraged the government to impose a tax on internet-linked devices to help fund the arts. Noone said that a similar tax in Ireland of between one and four per cent on the cost of a device could have a huge impact in terms of resources for suicide prevention.With some 1.6 million smartphone users in Ireland – a figure expected to rise dramatically in coming years – the tax could certainly raise major funds.However critics of recent suggestions for similar taxes have argued that the devices are expensive enough as it is and taxes in Ireland have already increased significantly in recent years.We want to know: Would you support a tax on smartphones and tablets to help fund suicide prevention?last_img read more

Greek Culture Minister responds to British Museum directors comments

first_imgFollowing the provocative comments by British Museum director Hartwig Fischer ruling out the return of the Parthenon Marbles after the Greek government demanded open negotiations on the issue, Greece’s Culture and Sports Minister Myrsini Zorba has come back with a response.Mrs Zorba underlined that the Parthenon Marbles “were born in Greece hence their natural place is the Acropolis Museum in Athens”, Athens News Agency reported.In her most recent statement to the newspaper Ta Nea on the weekend, the Greek MP argued that the director’s remarks about the British Museum being the “legitimate owner” after the marbles were sold to the British government by Lord Elgin, “exhibit a narrow and cynical managerial mindset”.“It is regrettable to hear this by the director of the British Museum and a well-known art historian. His remarks downgrade cultural heritage from an invaluable universal value to a mere exchange sale. Such views are diametrically opposed to the prevailing perceptions in the international field of culture. They are remnants of colonialism and ignore the international debate and UNESCO declarations, all the more when they involve a mutilated monument, a timeless symbol of Greece, which deserves to be reunified and restored according to the basic principle of ‘integrity’, as required by the 1972 UNESCO Convention,” Mrs Zorba concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Alerte Météo France orange 12 départements toujours en vigilance orage

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : 12 départements toujours en vigilance orageJeudi matin, Météo France a maintenu l’alerte orange aux orages sur 12 départements de l’est et du sud-ouest de l’Hexagone. L’organisme a en revanche levé l’alerte rouge sur les Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Alors que 42 départements étaient en vigilance orange mercredi soir, Météo France a levé une partie de son alerte aux orages, notamment sur l’Ile-de-France. Ce ne sont désormais plus que 12 départements qui sont en orange. À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseDans l’est, l’alerte s’étend de la Meuse au Bas-Rhin et au Jura. Dans le sud-ouest, seuls deux départements sont concernés les Pyrénées-Atlantiques et les Landes. L’alerte rouge a également été levée. Dans son bulletin quotidien, Météo France indique que “le temps très orageux s’est décalé vers le nord et le nord-est du pays et va se maintenir encore cet après-midi, alors qu’ailleurs pluies ou averses seront plus localisées”. Néanmoins dans l’après-midi, “le risque orageux va à nouveau se renforcer, principalement dans le Nord-Est. Des orages seront possibles sur tous les départements placés en vigilance orange, mais ils vont se multiplier et seront assez souvent violents, avec un fort risque de chutes de grêle, de très fortes rafales de vent et des pluies localement très intenses, sur la Franche-Comté, la Lorraine et l’Alsace”. “Sur le reste du pays, le temps sera souvent bien nuageux avec parfois quelques averses, plus nombreuses sur le Massif central, Rhône-Alpes, la Bourgogne et le Centre, et jusqu’à la frontière belge, qui deviendront plus fréquentes et orageuses au fil de l’après-midi”, ajoute encore l’organisme. Sur les régions de l’ouest en vigilance jaune ou sans alerte, le temps sera un peu plus clément, avec quelques averses éparses. De puissantes rafales de vents pourraient toutefois soufflé sur tout l’Hexagone.Le 20 juin 2013 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Pokemon Trainer

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Who Are They?Pokemon Trainer represents the player character from the original Pokemon Red and Blue. While he/she stands in the background, players actually control the three original starter creatures in one of their three different evolutionary phases: beginner water-type Squirtle, intermediate grass-type Ivysaur, and advanced fire-type Charizard. Pikachu may be the Pokemon mascot, but this character is much closer to the first Pokemon gameplay experience.Smash HistoryAfter trying out transformation mechanics with Zelda/Sheik in Melee, Pokemon Trainer expanded the concept even further as a newcomer in Brawl. Fighters could switch between all three Pokemon on the fly, essentially controlling three characters in one with a shared Final Smash. However, Pokemon would become weaker if not switched out. And in Smash 3DS technical limitations meant only Charizard was carried over in both it and the Wii U version.What Looks New in Ultimate?Pokemon Trainer returns in Ultimate complete with all three Pokemon. The stamina system has been removed so you can play any single Pokemon as long as you like. Switching between them is also much faster, so you can even set up combos across Pokemon. The individual Pokemon themselves have received some mild tweaks like Charizard’s Flare Blitz Attack, Squirtle’s water-based smash attacks, and Ivysaur’s Bullet Seed finishing hit. But the buffs to Pokemon Trainer as a whole are what’s most exciting.Our Hopes?Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in general has a lot of potential for wild and crazy combos that will just be entertaining to look at. But Pokemon Trainer especially could be a spectacle. Seamlessly switching between Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard to finish off an opponent would create levels of 90s kid fighting game hype to surpass even Dragon Ball FighterZ.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. 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Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img Pokemon Trainer Is The Very Best!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Pokemon Trainer.last_img read more

Buy This Comic BLACK BADGE 1

first_imgStay on target “Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead. A haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken.”BLACK BADGE #1(W): Matt Kindt (I): Tyler Jenkins (C): Hilary Jenkins (L): Jim Campbell“Expect the unexpected” was a quote that honestly confused me when I was younger. As I got older and read and writing about comics, were something that I took to heart. Why do I say that? Comic have a way of making you think it’s going to be one thing. However, it dives into new territory that we weren’t expecting. With Black Badge #1, we’re setting up for the most interesting and intrigue boy scout trip we’ve ever faced. Prepare your camping equipment, roll up your sleeping bags, bring your lanterns and matches because Black Badge is something you never expected.From the first page of Black Badge #1, you immediately become immersed in this world of adventure, mystery, and espionage. Matt Kindt’s narrative delivers without hesitation or rest. He writes in a way that I can only dream of doing. Kindt hands you the story and sets up the situation slowly throughout the panels. He gives you as much as you need to know, but a quick bit of dialogue can change all that. Once you finally get to the end, you’re wide-eyed, stunned and gearing for that next issue because the narrative is so extraordinarily weaved.via BOOM! StudiosBlack Badge is a big story. Described at first, it can seem pretty overwhelming with the themes captured inside of it. However, Kindt works at a pace in his narrative that builds, weaves, surprises and connects. He establishes almost everything upon the first couple of pages, with little information trickling in. After that, as I said before, there’s one quick bit of dialogue or action that sends you spiraling. Kindt’s pacing within his script helps flesh out the world and characters that will soon break you, but it helps make it a spectacularly suspenseful story with unlimited potential.One thing that Kindt reflected in this and his and Jenkins’ other series, Grass Kings, is his way of capturing what it’s like being a kid. Even though these are extreme cases of kid experience, it still carries that feeling of being a kid in any life you may lead. It gives you the feeling that you have to take some matters into your own hands instead of waiting for others to save you. Especially in a world where things don’t always works out and it’s hard and heartbreaking. Matt Kindt masters and brings the emotion and depth to his characters. He creates and illuminates unconventional and unique individuals that build with the story, and doesn’t leave anymore behind.via BOOM! StudiosTyler Jenkins’ is one of my favorite illustrators in comics because there’s nothing else like his art here, there or anywhere. He has a distinct watercolor treatment to his illustrators that feels like a few ink strokes, and he created a masterpiece. There’s a couple of things I love about the way Jenkins lays his art down in this. The two major ones to talk about are the framing of panels and the character designs themselves. Jenkins knows how to compose different types of character designs that are so diverse and distinctive from one another. He has such a different eye for making each character varied and shining a light on that.He frames these characters so that the emotion, manners, can be seen. You’re with these characters. Why not be WITH these characters? You see the fear, determination, worry, disdain, regret and more. He frames the characters sometimes with JUST that, the characters, moving the background away so that your focus is just on them, but when they travel, you’re in for something gorgeous, and that’s when Hilary Jenkins’ colors very much come into play that leaves you breathless.via BOOM! StudiosHilary Jenkins brings such an Earth-like mood in her colors that make you feel so grounded. I know that’s weird to say, but hear me out. She brings such a one of a kind type wonder in the form of the look of watercolors to the comic that very much gives it a more natural feel. She works in lavish greens, blues, oranges, and reds for nature, fire and more. Then, she brings a dope stunning neon colors to fill in the frames of the background when it’s only our characters in frame. She creates a mood of calm. Then, a mood of tension, but then you’re calm again with the greenery in the background. It’s incredible how many feelings I felt between Kindt’s script, and the Jenkins’ colors and art.I don’t think anyone could have done a masterful job in lettering this if it wasn’t the one and only Jim Campbell. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it till forever. Campbell is damn good at his job. He places every so effortlessly, letting the reader’s eye scan from panel to panel. One thing about this comic desired with Jenkins’ art with Kindt’s script was placing lettering so the tension is felt from panel to panel. The mistrust between the three scouts and the new kid. It needed this particular thing to allow it to be as good as it could be. Campbell delivers this without a hitch.via BOOM! StudiosIf you haven’t read anything by this team, I highly suggest you pick up their book Grass Kings and pick up Black Badge #1 today. It’s boy Scouts on espionage missions, what’s not to love? Black Badge #1 is now available on ComiXology and your local comic shop.8/8/2018 Releases – In addition to BLACK BADGE #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.The Sandman Universe #1 by Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Simon Spurrier, Dan Watters (W), Bilquis Evely, Max Flumara, Sebastian Fiumara, Tom Fowler, Dominike “Domo” Station (A), Mat Lopes (C) Vertigo/DCShe Could Fly #2 by Christopher Cantwell (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Mirosalv Mrva (C) Berger Books/Dark Horse ComicsCatwoman #2 by Joelle Jones (W, A) Laura Allred (C) DC ComicsDumb by Georgia Webber (W&A) FantagraphicsHot Lunch Special #1 by Eliot Rahal (W), Jorge Fornes (A), Taylor Esposito (L) AftershockFantastic Four #1 by Dan Slott (W), Simone Bianchi, Sara Pichelli, Skotti Young (A) Marvel ComicsDeath or Glory #4 by Rick Remender (W), Bengal (A) Image ComicLumberjanes: A Midsummer Nights Scheme #1 by Nicole Andelfinger (W), Maddie Gonzalez, Brittney Williams (A), Ariana Maher (L) BOOM! 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PHOTOS Bulls in Zapote

first_imgRelated posts:Fiestas de Zapote get underway in San José Throwback Thursday: Bulls from 1981 December is almost over and that means a new year and a bunch of bulls in Zapote. Check out some of the best shots from this year’s bull run. Amateur bullfighters surround a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP) A man rides a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra/ AFP) An amateur bullfighter is charged by a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP) An amateur bullfighter is charged by a bull during the Zapote Feasts, an end of the year holiday celebration in San Jose, on December 28, 2018. (Ezequiel Becerra / AFP)​​​​Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. ​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Lawmaker Give Germans subsidy to visit Greece

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Two arrested in north as part of Gulen probe

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