On the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will open an exhibit commemorating a human rights tragedy with Canadian connections that occurred at the beginning of the Holocaust. The special year-long exhibition on the voyage of MS St. Louis opens on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. In late May 1939, 907 German Jews fled Nazi Germany aboard the Hamburg-America ocean liner St. Louis. Turned away by Cuba, the United States and then Canada, the ship was forced to return to Europe where 254 of the passengers were later killed in Nazi death camps. “It is fitting that this exhibit opens on the anniversary of Kristallnacht,” said museum curator Dan Conlin. “That traumatic event compelled thousands of German Jews to seek refuge, including those who bought passage aboard St. Louis.” Kristallnacht was an attack on Jewish people in Nazi Germany on the night of Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Jews were murdered, sent to concentration camps and property was destroyed. The museum worked on the project in close partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council. “While the exhibit evokes painful memories of a much less tolerant time, it is necessary to do so to ensure that a similar event never takes place again,” said council executive director Jon Goldberg. The fateful 1939 voyage of St. Louis was made famous by the book and subsequent movie Voyage of the Damned. Few people, however, know the ship had a close connection to Halifax. This city was a regular port of call for MS St. Louis as she made both her maiden and final voyage to Halifax. In mid-June 1939, St. Louis was two days away from Halifax when efforts were made to provide sanctuary for the 907 Jewish refugees to enter the port. Unfortunately, indifferent and anti-Semitic officials in Ottawa sealed the passengers’ fate by refusing an appeal by Canadian academics and clergymen to let the ship dock. The exhibit includes the document trail of this tragic injustice including the original secret telegram, on loan from Library and Archives Canada, that refused the ship entry to Canada. It also features a rare selection of ocean liner documents about St. Louis, including an anti-Semitic postcard written by a passenger who travelled aboard the ship after the infamous refugee voyage. The exhibit opening is presented in combination with the Atlantic Jewish Council’s Dignity Day Ceremonies. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
An eminent Canadian historian whose writings on the Holocaust in Poland have attracted death threats said Tuesday that fierce criticism of his research is an unjustified attack on academic freedom.In an interview, University of Ottawa Prof. Jan Grabowski, 55, said he would not allow the “campaign of hate” to distract him from delving into what he called an ugly, but little-told, piece of history.“I feel personally attacked but this is for me a much more dangerous and general problem that has to be dealt with,” Grabowski told The Canadian Press from Ottawa. “It’s a pure and simple attack on basic academic freedoms, which we take for granted here in Canada. I’m dismayed.”The history professor, who has spent years studying the Holocaust in Poland, maintains many Poles who killed Jews were not simply forced to collaborate with the Nazis, who occupied the country during the Second World War.“They were realizing their own dream of a Jew-free Poland,” Grabowski said. “At the same time, they were very ardent opponents of the German occupation. Nothing is simple here.”While no stranger to controversy over his views, what’s changed recently is that his critics are no longer content to denounce him in Poland. Now, he said, they have brought their criticism to Canada by writing directly to the university where he has worked for almost 25 years to accuse him of lying and fabricating historical evidence.In two letters this month, the Polish League Against Defamation says Grabowski’s views are damaging to Poland.“He falsifies the history of Poland, proclaiming the thesis that Poles are complicit in the extermination of Jews,” the leagues writes. “Grabowski fails to adhere to the fundamental rules of researcher’s credibility. He uses vivid and exaggerated statements to create propagandistic constructions, rather than to provide an honest picture.”One of the letters is signed by 130 Polish scholars — none, he says, with any connection to Holocaust studies.In 2014, Grabowski was given the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for his work “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland,” an award the league called “disturbing.”Grabowski said the prevailing political climate in Eastern Europe is emboldening nationalist groups. He also said some of the league’s founders are now either ranking members of Poland’s government or senior advisers to its ministers.“It’s to an extent aligned with the wishes of the Polish state, which makes it all the more, I would say, appalling,” he said of the group’s campaign.In a display of solidarity, however, scores of pre-eminent international Holocaust scholars on Monday penned a letter to the chancellor of the University of Ottawa defending Grabowski as a scholar of “impeccable personal and professional integrity.” The letter praises his courage in pursuing his research despite the attempts to shut him down. The writers also criticize the league.“The current attack on Prof. Grabowksi by the Polish League Against Defamation, as in a recent public letter signed by more than 100 academics who have no expertise in the subject, is baseless, putting forth a distorted and whitewashed version of the history of Poland during the Holocaust era,” the letter states.“We are confident that your university, which is a bastion of learning and freedom of scholarly inquiry, will give its full support to Prof. Grabowski against those who seek to besmirch his reputation and curtail his work, and by extension, ours as well.”League founder Maciej Swirski denied in an email on Tuesday that it was running a campaign targeting Grabowski or academic freedom.“This is to pay attention to the campaign of slander against Poland conducted by Mr. Grabowski,” Swirski said.About 5.5 million Polish citizens — three million of them Jews — were killed in the war and many Poles view their nation as blameless in an era of Nazi atrocities.Grabowski, who was due to fly to Warsaw on Wednesday to continue his research, said his work uncovered grim truths about that view.“What I found is huge areas of human misery that has not been reported sufficiently or never,” he said. “These things are not palatable to Polish nationalists who believe in myths.”The professor said he had reported the threats to authorities and was exploring his legal options.The University of Ottawa did not responded immediately to a request for comment but the professor said the rector assured him of its full support.— With files from The Associated Press
APTN National NewsA big birthday bash in Kingston featured celebrations and protests.It was all over Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A MacDonald.He was celebrated for what some call the birth of a united country, while others see him as a racist who wanted nothing more than to rid the land of Indigenous peoples who did not follow his orders.APTN’s Annette Francis was in Kingston for the party and files this story.
New Delhi: Over fifteen poets including Javed Akhtar, Munawwar Rana, and Gauhar Raza will be participating at the 53rd edition of Urdu poetry festival — Shankar-Shad Mushaira scheduled to be held on March 16. Organised by the Shankar Lal Murli Dhar Memorial Society, the annual event that will be held at Modern School in Barakhamba here, celebrates the legacy of Urdu poetry. “We believe Urdu is more than just a language, it is a culture in itself. This art of oration needs to be preserved and nurtured against the face of extinction,” Madhav B Shriram, chairman, Shankar Lal Murli Dhar Society, said. Other participating poets will include Waseem Barelvi, Popular Meeruthi, Manzar Bhopali, Rahat Indori, Iqbal Ashhar, and Sheen Kaaf Nizam. The festival commemorates the memory of Sir Shankar Lal and Lala Murli Dhar, known for their contribution to the social, educational and cultural life of New Delhi as patrons of Urdu poetry.
Visakhapatnam: Former Australia speedster Brett Lee applauded Harbhajan Singh, saying that the veteran Indian off-spinner has shown a lot of confidence while bowling for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL. Harbhajan, 38, has turned the clock this IPL season more than once, taking crucial wickets during the tournament to help CSK reach their record eighth final in 10 years. CSK were suspended for two years in between. “He exactly knows where to bowl for certain batsmen. His bowling was outstanding, he got some beautiful shape on the ball again. I love the revolutions of the ball,” the Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, Lee said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”That tells us that he has good control on the ball. He is bowling with confidence,” the former fast bowler added. Harbajan finished with figures of 31 for two in Qualifier 2 to help CSK restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for 9 on Friday night and then the defending champions reached the target to win by six wickets. Two wickets in the game against Delhi meant Harbhajan became the third Indian to claim 150 wickets in IPL. “His stand is basically right-handers vs left-handers. Just shows how good a bowler he is. He can bring in the LBW both against the left and the right-handers,” Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson, who is also a Star Sports Select Dugout Expert, said. Harbhajan has taken 16 wickets from 10 matches so far in the ongoing cash-rich tournament.
Vesak week falls on May 1st, the same day May Day rallies are held across the country. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has declared May 7th as a public holiday to mark May Day.Official May Day events of the Government will be held on May 7th instead of May 1st owing to Vesak.
Bryce HonsingerLast month, TVOParents visited Premier’s Teaching Award winner and Brock University 2010 Faculty of Education Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Bryce Honsinger (BA ’99, BEd ’00) and his grade 5/6 class at Applewood Public School in St. Catharines. The video documents Honsinger’s innovative methods of teaching history.Watch the video “History Comes Alive: Inside Bryce Honsinger’s Classroom” on tvo.orgLinksVideo: History Comes Alive: Inside Bryce Honsigner’s Classroom | tvo.orgVideo: Recognizing Brock Alumni | Brock University’s YouTube Channel
The first leaders debate of the provincial election campaign was waged in Ontario’s north today, but only two of the three main contenders showed up.Tim Hudak says his schedule didn’t allow for this debate so it was just Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP leader Andrea Horwath, both of them committed to funding infrastructure to help develop the Ring of Fire. That’s a deposit of chromite 500 km north of Thunder Bay that could be, in Wynne’s words, as important to the country as the oil sands are in Alberta.Chromite is used to make stainless steel and there’s about $60 billion of it in the Ring of Fire, but it could cost more than a billion dollars just to build the roads up there. Both the NDP and the Liberals committed to that.Observers found that Kathleen Wynne sped through her speech as if she had somewhere else to be. “The north is going to be an economic driver again. It’s going to be an economic driver because of those resources. We need that chromite, but we also need your talent, ingenuity and determined spirit,” Wynne said. Andrea Horwath got kudos for taking the gloves off right away. “I’m pleased that Wynne has decided to join us today. Hudak’s absence sums up his opinion of northerners,” she said. That was as much credit as she was willing to give the Liberal leader, saving significant criticism for the gas plant scandal.“Ms. Wynne was at the centre of it, she was a Senior Cabinet Minister, she endorsed it all.”Wynne disagreed, and tried to redirect the conversation.“I understand people are angry about the gas plant relocation and I have apologized for it, but the fact is we must make investments in the future of this province.”In separate appearances, both leaders poked at the absent Tory. “Our plan is the diametric opposite of Tim Hudak’s proposal. He’s going to start to grow the economy and consolidate the recovery by cutting the knees out from under the recovery, taking 100,000 jobs out of the economy,” said Wynne.“Mr. Hudak thinks firing 100,000 people will get us good jobs. I dont’ know how he does his math,” said Horwath.
Companies in this story: (TSX:CWB) The Canadian Press EDMONTON — CWB Financial Group raised its dividend as it reported a third-quarter profit of $71 million.The Edmonton-based bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share, up a penny from its previous rate.The increased payment to shareholders came as the bank said its latest profit amounted to 81 cents per share, up from a profit of $62 million or 70 cents per share a year ago.The bank’s adjusted cash earnings per share amounted to 82 cents per share for the most recent quarter, up from 75 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 80 cents per share, according to financial markets data from Refinitiv.CWB chief executive Chris Fowler says the results came as the bank continued to make significant progress on its strategic transformation.“Investment in capabilities to broaden our client relationships is clearly yielding results, and we are excited about our tremendous growth potential,” he said in a statement.“Going forward, further development of our differentiated full-service client experience will bring in highly scalable digital capabilities and an increasingly focused, team-based personal service model.”
The United Nations is helping Namibia recover from flooding when the sluices of a dam fed by eight rivers had to be opened last month to alleviate rising waters, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to provide an additional 10,000 water purification tablets to the southern African’s country’s Emergency Management Unit to address a shortfall and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is sending hygiene kits to affected households.On 25 February, the western side of the town of Mariental was flooded after sluices of the Hardap Dam were opened. Five people died. By 28 February, the situation had improved as floodwaters subsided but some 2,100 people remained displaced as of 3 March. Since schools are about to resume, the displaced people will have to be relocated.Although the sewerage system is being restored, and water tankers are being placed in strategic areas of the town, only one water reservoir is functional and water quality remains a problem, OCHA said.
More than 850,000 infants have been saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents requires urgent action to help this vulnerable group, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report released today.AIDS-related deaths amongst adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 increased by 50 per cent between 2005 and 2012, rising from 71,000 to 110,000, in stark contrast to progress made in preventing mother-to-child transmission, according to the 2013 Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS .UNICEF said there were some 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV in 2012, half of them in just six countries – South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zimbabwe. Last year, about two-thirds of new HIV infections in adolescents ages 15 to 19 were among girls.The report, which comes ahead of Sunday’s World AIDS Day, shows that by increasing investment in high-impact interventions to about $5.5 billion by 2014, 2 million adolescents, particularly girls, could avoid becoming infected by 2020. Investments in 2010 were $3.8 billion.“If high-impact interventions are scaled up using an integrated approach, we can halve the number of new infections among adolescents by 2020,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.“It’s a matter of reaching the most vulnerable adolescents with effective programmes – urgently,” he added in a news release.High-impact interventions include condoms, antiretroviral treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, communications for behaviour change, and targeted approaches for at-risk and marginalized populations.This is in addition to investments in other sectors such as education, social protection and welfare, and strengthening health systems, UNICEF pointed out.Earlier this week, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) launched new recommendations to address the specific needs of adolescents – both those living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection – many of whom do not receive the care and support they need.Among other things, the agency recommends governments review their laws to make it easier for adolescents to obtain HIV testing without needing consent from their parents, and suggests ways that health services can improve the quality of care and social support for adolescents.Today’s report also noted impressive gains in preventing new HIV infections among infants. Some 260,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2012, compared to 540,000 in 2005.“This report reminds us that an AIDS-free generation is one in which all children are born free of HIV and remain so – from birth and throughout their lives – and it means access to treatment for all children living with HIV,” said Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“It also reminds us that women’s health and well-being should be at the centre of the AIDS response. I have no doubt that we will achieve these goals.”Thanks to new, simplified life-long antiretroviral treatment (known as Option B+), there is a greater opportunity to effectively treat women living with HIV and to prevent the transmission of the virus to their babies during pregnancy, delivery, and through breastfeeding. This treatment involves a daily one-pill regimen.“These days, even if a pregnant woman is living with HIV, it doesn’t mean her baby must have the same fate, and it doesn’t mean she can’t lead a healthy life,” said Mr. Lake.Some of the most remarkable successes were in high HIV burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. New infections among infants declined between 2009 and 2012 by 76 per cent in Ghana, 58 per cent in Namibia, 55 per cent in Zimbabwe, 52 per cent in Malawi and Botswana, and 50 per cent in Zambia and Ethiopia.The new report also stressed the need to ensure that more children living with HIV receive antiretroviral treatment, and to apply the knowledge that already exists and pursue new innovations to turn the vision of an AIDS-free generation into reality.“The world now has the experience and the tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Children should be the first to benefit from our successes in defeating HIV, and the last to suffer when we fall short,” said Mr. Lake.
Brock alumnus Dave Greszczyszyn (BPhEd ’02) will represent Canada in the skeleton event at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea starting Wednesday night.The first and second runs of the event will begin at 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The third run of the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 with the final run to follow. The winners are determined by the fastest combined time from the four runs.Greszczyszyn’s full athlete profile can be found on the Canadian Olympic Team website.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian government’s long-held position of the renaming of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was raised again in federal parliament last week, this time by WA Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan.In her speech, Ms MacTiernan, Member for Perth, echoed efforts by fellow WA MP Luke Simpkins to reverse Australia’s policy on the naming issue, and added her own voice stridently to the debate, telling the House of Representatives that it was “common sense … that we should not continue to burden a country with a name that it hates”.Ms MacTiernan said that in line with the United States’ and the UK’s acceptance to refer to FYROM as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’, she wished “to see a bipartisan approach adopted in Australia in resolving this issue”. The MP’s comments are the latest efforts by a handful of parliamentarians to sway Australia’s policy away from the position it has held since 1993, after the United Nations declared the name FYROM should be used until such time as Athens and Skopje agreed a mutually acceptable title for the country that was formerly part of Yugoslavia.In the seemingly intractable dispute over the naming issue, the United Nations’ mediation process is in stagnation, without even a time-frame established for further talks, since government officials from Athens and Skopje met last November.Meanwhile, efforts in Australia by MPs whose electorates have significant pro-Skopje diaspora communities have increased in an attempt to redirect Australia’s foreign policy on the issue.Their push comes at a time when the Greek Australian community appears more galvanised than ever to argue Greece’s rights to negotiate the use of the term ‘Macedonia’.Last month the publication of Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania – the latest much-acclaimed book by Professor Anastasios Tamis – was described as a “new line in the sand” by former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett.Another revered Australian academic, John Melville-Jones – Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia, an acknowledged (and unarguably independent) expert on the history of the Macedonian region and its relationship to ethnic identification, told Neos Kosmos:“If only the Yugoslav Macedonians would agree to accept the name ‘North Macedonia’, and preferably stop printing maps which show their country and Greece joined together, both sides could move forward. It would be good for both of them.”Until such time, calls by MPs for the Australian government to change its course on the naming issue are likely to fall on deaf ears.
A citizen initiative in Osnabrück, a city in the federal state of Lower-Saxony in north-west Germany, is trying to raise awareness of the plight of the 50,000 refugees stranded in Greece. The initiative, named ’50 from Idomeni’, presented a petition on Monday, signed by more than 50,000 people, to the Federal Ministry of the Interior to honour the country’s pledge to admit 27,300 refugees from Greece and Italy by September 2017. So far, the relocation process is advancing at a very slow pace, with only 2,200 refugees having been relocated to Germany. This came as a cause for concern for the people behind the initiative, who wrote an open letter to chancellor Angela Merkel, asking for the significant increase in the monthly refugee intake. “The relocation program, which was adopted by the EU in 2015, is intended to relieve Italy and Greece − the two countries which have led hundreds of thousands of refugees to Europe in the last two years,” reads the petition. “In particular, Greece, which suffers even under the economic crisis and the austerity policy imposed by the EU, is massively overburdened with a dignified accommodation and care for the refugees.” Holding the chancellor accountable for ‘quietly boycotting’ the decision (which could be instrumental in her losing the upcoming elections), the statement dismisses this stance, saying that it is out of “neither a necessity nor a moral justification. In Germany, there are plenty of vacant refugee shelters where people can temporarily stay. There are a number of municipalities that have agreed to be accepted and there are still tens of thousands of volunteers who would welcome and support the fugitives”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people have been taken into custody after trying to break into a South Florida business.According to police, three men tried to enter the Amscot, located on North Kendall Drive and 139th Avenue, through a hole they made on the rooftop.The trio was working their way inside the money superstore when police caught them in the act.Two were taken into custody after they took off running, but the third remains on the run. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ROAD IS NOW OPEN— Davie Police Dept. (@DaviePolice) September 10, 2018According to officials, the gas leak was at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine building. The building has since been evacuated.As of 5 p.m., roadways were reopened.It’s unclear if the leak has been capped. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities worked to cap a gas leak that temporarily caused traffic troubles near Nova Southeastern University in Davie.Davie Police shut down the 3200 and 3300 block of South University Drive in both directions, just before 4 p.m. as crews work to cap the gas leak, Monday.
Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft The spacecraft’s cylindrical sampler horn is designed to touch the asteroid’s surface, fire a bullet into the rock and then gather up the fragments ejected by the impact. The Hayabusa 2 team conducted an experiment on Earth to see if the sampler is likely to work with Ryugu’s gravelly surface. The test involved firing a projectile into a simulated surface made to mimic the asteroid. According to the results, the spacecraft’s system should work just fine. The touchdown is still a daring operation. The spacecraft will have to avoid boulders, but still get close enough to reach the surface. If all goes well, Hayabusa 2 will return to Earth in late 2020 with a bit of asteroid on board for scientists to study. 12 Photos Touchdown #haya2_TD is planned for Feb 22 ~8am JST! We will have a live web broadcast from the control room (link coming soon) with English translation.Have questions? Ask us at the #haya2_QA hashtag! (Early is fine.)(Please forgive us if we cannot get to all your questions.)— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 18, 2019 Sci-Tech 1 JAXA will broadcast live online from its control room with an English translation available. Comment Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 will try to bring a bit of Ryugu back to Earth. JAXA Let’s fire a bullet at an asteroid. This might sound like a plot point from a sci-fi show, but it’s about to become reality when Japan’s space agency JAXA directs its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft to go grab a sample of an asteroid.Hayabusa 2 arrived at the asteroid Ryugu in mid-2018 and has already delivered two rovers and a lander to the surface. But touching down on the rock with its sampler horn is a sensitive operation. JAXA delayed the touchdown from last fall after discovering Ryugu’s surface was much rockier than expected. The new sample collection time is set for Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. Japan time, which works out to Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Pacific in the US. The surface of Ryugu was not what we expected. So our sampler team had to conduct an experiment to check we could still gather material from the asteroid surface when we attempt #haya2_TD touchdown this Friday! https://t.co/bCzvW2gwSr pic.twitter.com/XxJXETKB6N— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) February 18, 2019 Tags Share your voice Space
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Goodnights,” the story of a daughter carrying out her father’s wish, discovering her roots and embarking on a journey around Taiwan, is already available on the platform. Episodes 11-20 will launch on Aug. 10. “Cities” is an award-winning dystopian thriller, told in reverse chronological order, that launched at the Toronto festival last September. It will be available on Netflix from Thursday.“Pili Fantasy: War of Dragons,” Season 1, is a popular glove puppetry show from Taiwan that has run since 1988. The first season depicts a story where turmoil looms in the Martial World, and the Eight Wonders of the Evil Dragon unleashes dark forces. The show is licensed from Pili International Multimedia, and available on Netflix from Friday.The “Mayday Life” fact-based movie follows Taiwanese mega-band Mayday on its “Life Tour” concert series, recorded live in 55 cities and 122 shows. Shot over two years across four continents, the show attempts to link together four stories. The movie chronicles the beginnings of one of Asia’s biggest and most popular bands, allows viewers along for the ride, and reflects upon life and friendship. Licensed from B’in Music, “Mayday” will be available on Netflix in August.“Til Death Do Us Part,” licensed from MirrorFiction, is a suspenseful anthology series spanning seven stories that explore one’s fears and desires when everything we have is at stake. It will be available on Netflix from Aug. 15.Over the past year, Netflix has acquired Chinese-language content including films and TV series including “Dear Ex,” “Green Door,” “Us and Them,” mainland Chinese sci-fi hit film “The Wandering Earth,” “Meteor Garden” “The Defected,” “On Children,” and “The Rise of Phoenixes.” Global streaming giant Netflix is growing its Chinese-language content with six new licensed titles. These will arrive on the service in the second half of 2019.Netflix is not permitted by China to operate its video streaming platform there. But it nevertheless perceives an appetite for Chinese-language content that can be accessed by international audiences, viewers in Chinese-speaking parts of Asia, and overseas Chinese. Netflix’s first Chinese-language original series are expected to launch over the next few months, including “Nowhere Man,” “Triad Princess,” and “The Ghost Bride.”The six upcoming Chinese-language licensed series and films lean heavily on productions from Taiwan and Hong Kong. They include an expansion of “A Thousand Goodnights,” from Taiwan’s Sanlih TV; the previously announced pickup of Taiwanese art house thriller “Cities of Last Things”; and”Sexy Central,” a female-led drama from Hong Kong’s China 3D Digital.
This year’s Pokemon launch is expected to be a big one, but it looks like the release of X and Y last year demonstrated that there are plenty of people interested in purchasing both versions of the game at launch. As a result, Best Buy will be offering a special bundle pack for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on launch day that includes in-game items and way less packaging.Nearly every Pokemon release is the same, in that there are two versions of a nearly identical game that include different critters to catch and play with. This encourages sharing and cooperative gameplay, as neither game gives you access to every Pokemon. With the launch of X and Y, many enthusiasts started picking up both versions of the game to create more compelling trade opportunities online. To streamline this process a little, Best Buy’s Pokemon bundle will give you both of the $39 games for $79. While you aren’t paying any less for the actual games, the bundle includes game codes for 100 potion packs that can be used with either game.As we saw in the demo that was released earlier this week, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are working hard to continue many of the traditions established throughout the franchise while adding lots of subtle new features and directly encouraging the use of Pokemon Link for bringing previous-generation critters into the new games for trading and enhanced gameplay.The Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bundle should be available to pre-order at Best Buy locations later this week.
It is Father’s Day on Sunday, and though it is unfair to pick one day in the middle of the year to show your father unconditional love – why not go with the flow we say!While almost all restaurants in the city have special Father’s Day deals on offer – make sure you pick what your dad likes, not food you want to eat. It is his day – remember? Take daddy for a nice beer and steak dinner or maybe seafood, if that’s his thing!Depending on how much pocket money you have saved, you can also book your father a nice spa day or a day in the golf resorts around the city. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Alternately – a nice shirt and tie or a comfy pair of pure cotton pajamas in this weather could be a very good gift. Throw in a nice perfume for good measure. If your father is the ‘gadgety’ kinds, there are loads of options to pick from, a new phone or the latest Ipod. Alternately you could pick some quirky gifts to brighten up his day. Be it notebooks from Chaap or the latest fad- funky flavoured popcorn from 4700 BC. Or perhaps shot-glasses and Ipad covers, focus on what he likes. If nothing works, make him a card, a nice one, he does enough for you all year round! And wish him Happy Father’s Day from us too!