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Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord Shares New Trailer; Japan Collector’s Edition and pre-order bonuses revealed

Compile Heart has unveiled the new promotional trailer for its upcoming tactical RPG, Fairy Fencer F: Chordfeaturing multiple characters and highlighting previously iterated gameplay systems.

A Japanese Collector’s Edition has also been unveiled with pre-order bonuses, visible below:

You can see the latest trailer of Fairy Fencer F: Chord below:

Fairy Fencer F: Chord releases in Japan on September 15, 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any further announcements regarding this unexpected new entry and potential location news.

In Fairy Fencer F Refrain Chord, “song” is the key to the game, and Divas can use special skills to enhance allies within range. A new system called “Dramatic Resonance” is also introduced, in which the songs of allies and enemies overlap to create a kind of “mashup”, up to 6 songs at a time, thus allowing the player to experience a sense of unprecedented excitement as if watching the climactic scene of a TV anime.

This game news was previously teased under the newly branded Galapagos RPG Evolve.

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force follows the story of a war between the vile god and the goddess. After the war, the power sealed by the two entities evolved into weapons known as Furies, warriors who wielded these weapons were known as Fencers. These fencers fought for power until one day a man named Fang rescued a girl named Tiara, who was also a fencer. Fang then finds himself playing a key role in the vile god’s ongoing war.

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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is currently available on PlayStation 4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

NOC and Japanese Chief of Staff meet to discuss maritime security

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WASHINGTON (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, DC, for an office visit, June 28.

The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The alliance between Japan and the United States is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” Gilday said. “Our bond with Japan has never been stronger. We share a common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and together we will work tirelessly to ensure and maintain security and stability in one of the important regions of the world. Admiral Sakai’s visit provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand strategic knowledge of regional security issues as well as engage in productive discussions on how our navies can accelerate critical advances in interoperability.

“The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, and our history has always been with the United States Navy – protecting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” Sakai said. “The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance is growing day by day, and today Admiral Gilday and I confirmed our strong bond and our commitment to realizing our shared values ​​of peace and stability in the Indo region. -peaceful”.

The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss how Japan and the United States can increase preparedness, deter and counter malicious gray area activity in the Indo-Pacific, and focus on interoperability. and the interchangeability between the two forces.

The JMSDF and US naval forces regularly operate together around the world. This year, both navies have participated in exercises such as Noble Fusion, Sea Dragon, Resilient Shield and many other bilateral engagements.

It is the first opportunity for the two leaders to meet since Sakai became the JMSDF Chief of Staff in March 2022.

Book review: Children of Paradise, by Camilla Grudova

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Camilla Grudova’s novel Children of Paradise is set in a cinema PIC: Andrew Zarivny/Getty Images/iStockphoto

I don’t know if it’s quite the thing to admit it, but I have a weakness for book mentions. So when a novel is flagged with dust jacket quotes from Nicola Barker, Deborah Levy and Sinead Gleeson, three writers I greatly admire, I’m more inclined to think it might deserve attention, even if I don’t I disagree with their opinion. On this occasion, I do not. Camilla Grudova’s Children Of Paradise is a remarkable and memorable achievement. Combining the gothic, the carnivalesque, the dreadful and the sublime in a relatively slender novel is indeed a considerable skill.

The principle is relatively simple. Holly – alias, young in a new town and country and unemployed – sees a sign that reads “We’re hiring” on the door of a movie theater. “The Paradise Cinema had a garish interior and a pervasive smell of sweet popcorn and mold,” the opening sentence reads. Its unique screen has plaster casts of “couples kissing, perhaps not quite human, with long pointed ears and horns, and stars like unrecognizable constellations on the ceiling. It also has a hatch in a functional sewer below them.The discerning reader, given the presence of this Stygian river, the distant stars – not to mention the name of the cinema – might expect there to be a heavy element of allegory in all of this.

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There is and there isn’t, because it’s also, realistically, a failing business and not even shabby chic. Sally, the beturbaned manager who says she was once a beauty queen, gives Holly a job as an usher. Then we get the rest of the cast, a compilation of cranks and eccentrics, who are variously picky, obsessive, idle, thieving, nostalgic and drugged, plus the elderly landlady with her own romantic history. Rather than just being a gallop through variously offbeat characters, the novel requires an alter engine. This happens when the owner dies and the family sells Paradise to a corporate giant. There is an enemy now, beyond the cast’s ability to self-sabotage.

Children of Paradise, by Camilla Grudova

One extremely noteworthy aspect is the depiction of professional life, both in the original half-haunted paradise and its commitment to “classic movies” as well as profitable blockbusters and in the latter part slick, heartless and micro- managed. Work is often not really part of the novels, with a few notable and important exceptions. Grudova imparts an almost rapid distaste for menial tasks: not just spilled popcorn, but syringes, stains, visceral descriptions of toilets and their many unsanitary purposes, theft and the like. When it turns into CCTV trained on staff not customers, pusillanimous demands and a new boss who looks like a CGI version of a human, it gets darker.

There’s a clever structural “necessary quirk” to the book, in that each chapter is preceded by a movie title, director, and release date. As a book set in a cinema, it will already appeal to those who love cinema, but it works as a device because the reader must guess the connection between the title and the action of the plot. Sometimes it’s obvious – The Seven Samurai of Kurosawa as we assemble the rest of the directors, or Aldritch’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane as an introduction to the bewildered and demanding owner. Others are more oblique, and of course that helps if you’ve seen the movies. There are 22, I’ve seen 13. But getting a program wrapped up in such a clever and provocative novel doesn’t strike me as a bad thing (and there are plenty more movies referenced in the text).

The emotional keystone is how the cinema’s staff of “fundamentally unemployable freaks” develop an esprit de corps. Cinema is what unites them. It’s clever to balance the magic lantern of the screen, that veil to another reality, with Holly’s feeling that “she looked too boring to work in the movies”. The desire for glamour, a sense that the old is decidedly better than the mundane, is kind of a keynote. The gothic tone is supported by these lost individuals working in the dark, surrounded by the moving but non-living forms of dead actors and actresses, seeing everything in snatches except during illicit afterworks. If there’s a symbolic element to the novel, perhaps it’s that these low-paid, emotionally confused and insecure people could be in purgatory, or more ominously, limbo.

It’s difficult to convey the unique atmosphere of this novel because much of it is evoked by the juxtaposition and gradual drip of references. In addition to endorsements, it’s always worth checking out the author’s biography; here it opens “Camilla Grudova lives in Edinburgh where she works as a bailiff.” I really, really hope that a good percentage of Children Of Paradise is fiction and not report. I am not afraid.

Children of Paradise, by Camilla Grudova, Atlantic Books, £14.99

Are AI recruitment tools ethical and effective? The pros and cons of ATS.

Identifying the right talent remains a challenge for HR professionals and recruiters. Companies rely on artificial intelligence (AI) technology to perform tasks such as CV screening and interview scheduling. But are AI recruitment tools ethical and effective? Automated hiring practices have advantages and disadvantages.

AI-based technology and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have become indispensable tools for businesses around the world. According to Predictive Hire, 55% of recruiters have invested in AI recruiting. And most Fortune 500 companies are using AI technology to filter resumes before they get to hiring teams and recruiters.

In recent years, there have been concerns about the ethics and effectiveness of data analytics and AI-based recruiting tools. Companies that adopt applicant tracking systems run the risk of eliminating qualified candidates from the pool.

Additionally, there are growing concerns about the ethics of ATS: Is AI technology widening employment gaps between demographic groups?

How AI recruiting works

AI-powered recruiting software collects and filters hundreds of resumes. These are stored in a database accessible to recruiters. Depending on the system, HR professionals can manually review resumes, but recruiters typically skim through them and only take about six seconds per candidate. In a competitive market, those six seconds are crucial, but many systems don’t even allow it.

Recruiting software applies machine learning algorithms to complex recruiting data to optimize recruiting and make high-volume tasks more efficient.

Here’s a breakdown of how automated recruiting works:

  • Hundreds of applications are received, most of which are not qualified according to the requirements entered into the system.
  • Intelligent screening systems identify qualified candidates in minutes, scoring applicants based on keyword matching, algorithms and recruiting data.
  • Some recruiting tools can interact with candidates via automated messaging, answering questions about the position.
  • Recruiters instantly schedule interviews with candidates ATS deems qualified, using technology to organize and track interviewees.

Benefits for Applicant Tracking Systems

When organizations use AI-based technology and applicant tracking systems, they hope to find the perfect candidate for the vacancy while conserving resources.

AI tools can:

  • Help recruitment teams to process the maximum number of applications in a shorter time. Automated scheduling processes also save HR professionals time, increasing the chances of finding quality candidates.
  • Filter out candidates who don’t suit you. Sifting through hundreds of resumes has a higher error rate. Recruiters can lose focus over time, missing key details that can indicate a successful hire.
  • Help candidates experience a faster response time for HR teams, leading to higher acceptance rates.
  • Minimize operational costs. Since ATS can perform automated tasks, executives and business managers can focus on higher value work.

Ethical Concerns with Applicant Tracking Systems

The human component

The fundamental problem with automated processes is the lack of human intelligence; ATS cannot identify human potential or creativity. Instead, AI technology can filter out desirable talent that doesn’t structure their resume or application perfectly.

Diversity is the biggest concern when it comes to determining whether AI is effective and ethical. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are critical components of the workforce, and employers need to address hiring bias. For example, the ATS may weed out applicants who may not have access to the resources needed to build technologically perfect applications, leading to further ethical issues.

Among the many other setbacks caused by the pandemic, many women and marginalized groups have been left without work. While these demographics are improving, the job recovery remains uneven among marginalized communities.

Rushing to recover economically from the devastating losses caused by COVID-19, employers failed to consider the consequences of ATS and other automated hiring systems.

Machine learning algorithms often involve systematic biases, leading to unethical hiring practices:

  • In 2018, Amazon discovered that its AI software was demoting applications from women, excluding applicants from all-female colleges.
  • A 2018 study found that facial recognition technologies such as Face++ and Microsoft AI can analyze applicants’ emotions and personality characteristics. Black men, for example, were given more negative qualities than white men.
  • AI-based hiring processes raise privacy and protection concerns. By law, employers cannot inquire about physical disabilities, mental health, age, gender and marital status. However, this demographic information cannot inform hiring decisions. Yet automated systems can potentially access each candidate’s private information without their consent.

How to Limit AI Bias to Promote DE&I

New legal requirements

In 2021, the New York City Council voted to pass a bill requiring automated system audits. Candidates and employees will be informed about the use of automated assessment and assessment for hiring or promotion, among other requirements. Companies using ATS can follow New York’s lead in preparing for possible audits.

Audit

  • Identification of bias: The ATS is inherently “biased” against those deemed unqualified for the position. HR professionals must first identify performance gaps between groups, i.e. race, gender and other marginalized communities.
  • Assess Justifiable Bias: Observing eliminated applications does not address AI results. What are the root causes of observable differences in automated biases?
  • Mitigating biases: Documentation is essential in hiring strategies. Reports should include information about the company’s equity goals, disadvantages among demographic groups with ATS, identification of root causes, and information about targeted intervention.

The easiest way to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, especially for companies that commit to using automated recruiting tools, is to use ATS to invite and stimulate diverse profiles.

Edit job postings to promote diverse talent and force tracking systems and applicants to remove photographs, names, and addresses from the pool to better focus on candidate talent and potential.

The New York City law will go into effect as early as January 2023. While companies can prepare for the event that similar regulations take place in their states, executive hiring can do more to ensure DE&I is a priority in the workplace.

Failure to monitor your company’s recruiting values ​​can result in a significant loss of time, money, and reputation. Assessing and auditing your hiring strategies is an opportunity to consider different AI tools that will streamline the process while remaining impartial and transparent.

Fair recruitment and promotion processes will foster trust and morale within the team, thereby enhancing employee retention.

Best Nintendo Switch Warriors Games – Every Switch Musou Game Ranked

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Updated with Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Remember, this is a dynamic, reader-rated list that automatically reorders based on each game’s rating in our database. Three Hopes is a new title, but after enjoying it a lot (as you can read in our opinion), we imagine that he will climb the ladder quite quickly as more and more people play and rate.

In order to rate any of the games in the list below out of 10, users logged in to Nintendo Life can simply press the “star” and give each game a personal rating. Enjoy!


The Warriors series may have taken its time getting off the ground in the West, but in recent years there has been an explosion of mainstream Musou, with more players than ever before discovering the delights of hacking hundreds of enemies at once, slicing your way around a map controlling crowds while capturing and holding forts, and generally commanding the playing field while inflicting colossal amounts of pain in wave after wave of grunts.

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Developer Omega Force gave birth to the Musou genre with the Warriors franchise – made up of not just the original Dynasty Warriors line (itself derived from Koei’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms) with its expansions Xtreme Legends and Empires, but also samurai warriors and Orochi Warriors (the latter being a Dynasty X Samurai crossover series), as well as the many ‘guest’ IPs who enjoyed the ‘crossover’ releases of Warriors and ushered in a new era of mainstream popularity for the genre. The One Piece: Pirate Warriors series, for example, a four entries at the time of writing (two on Switch), and on the Nintendo side we’ve seen two Zelda-based on Hyrule Warriors games and a brilliant Fire Emblem too. Not two!

We recently asked Nintendo Life users to rate the Warriors games they’ve played, and the ranking below is the result. Remember: this list is not fixed. Registered Nintendo Life users can always click on the stars below and rate games out of 10, and watch the leaderboard change in real time based on each game’s score in our games database – so even if you have missed the “vote” step, your scores will still count and can potentially influence the order below.

Besides Omega Force, other studios have also picked up the torch from Musou, and we’ve decided to add Marvelous’ Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star and Fate/Extella Link into the mix below; they may not be Warriors games developed by Omega Force – much like Persona 5 Strikers – but they’re both good examples of the Musou experience. Don’t you think they should be there? Just mentally remove them from the list and the command remains just as valid.

Alright, ready to go? Let the battle begin!

To note. We only included Musou games released in the West, so no Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada, Samurai Warriors 4 DX, Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires, Orochi Warriors 3 Ultimateor the Japanese Switch launch game Dragon Quest Heroes.

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (Switch)Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: February 15, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / February 15, 2022 (UK/EU)

Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires is a bad Switch port of a disappointing entry in the long-running spin-off series. This is an extremely downgraded version of the game, with seriously revamped visuals that fail to put a stop to the constant frame rate issues during the heat of battle. With a lack of game modes, no multiplayer options, terrible AI, and cosmetic customization options gone at launch – Koei Tecmo opting to go the DLC route instead – it’s a really lackluster package, bargain. great deals with a premium price, and a Dynasty Warriors game you can feel comfortable enough to skip completely.

Touken Ranbu Warriors (Switch)Touken Ranbu Warriors (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: May 24, 2022 (UNITED STATES) / May 24, 2022 (UK/EU)

Touken Ranbu Warriors is a game best suited for players with little experience with the Dynasty Warriors series in general. If it’s intended to appeal primarily to fans of free-to-play games – with much lower expectations for action games – as a big part of Touken Danshi’s fan service, it’ll be a great addition to their collection. For players less versed in the world of Touken Ranbu, this is a much harder sell, offering a repetitive, rote gameplay loop that does little to quench your thirst for a gaming experience. more meaningful and scalable. This criticism could no doubt apply to everything Warriors games, sure, but where the biggest license-based games add to the formula, Touken Ranbu Warriors feels like distillation. In many ways and for some audiences, this is fine. The Dynasty Warriors machine produces a well-oiled, refined and polished product; the gaming equivalent of a Honda Civic. But even with a beloved product as reliable as this, there comes a time when it’s just time to adapt to the times.

Orochi Warriors 4 (Switch)Orochi Warriors 4 (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: October 16, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / October 19, 2018 (UK/EU)

It’s not for everyone, but Warriors Orochi 4’s countless hordes can be fun to wade through, despite the game feeling by the numbers in many ways. It’s simply Afterand while fans can forgive the bland presentation, we bet non-fans would have a much better time with the Zelda or Fire Emblem spin-offs – with the characters, settings and getup you know and like to help temper the monotony when you’re not quite “in the zone”.

Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Koei-Tecmo

Release date: December 27, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / December 27, 2018 (UK/EU)

Although it might seem odd that in 2018 Omega Force chose to wear the then five-year-old Dynasty Warriors 8 more Dynasty Warriors 9, it was the right decision for Nintendo Switch owners. Not only was Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Definitive Edition the best version since Dynasty Warriors 5it’s come to the hybrid platform offering more stable performance than the versions that once graced the PS3 and Xbox 360. Even when its frame rate takes a hit when playing co-op, it’s a remarkably port sturdy with a obscene quantity of contents fresh out of the box.

Orochi Warriors 4 Ultimate (Switch)Orochi Warriors 4 Ultimate (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Omega Strength

Release date: February 14, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / February 14, 2020 (UK/EU)

Warriors Orochi 4 was a solid, albeit uninspired, Musou game, and this “Ultimate” edition fleshes things out with new characters and modes, significantly beefs up the story, and tweaks the core gameplay here and there. However, the additions that have been made sometimes seem like the least amount of effort. The new playable characters, while fun, are pretty much integrated without fanfare, the new weapons don’t even have unique skins, and Infinity Mode feels like a missed opportunity. Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate is certainly an improvement over the vanilla version of the game – and absolutely the way to go if you’re keen but haven’t picked it up yet – but it’s also a rather disappointing little game that has quite a hefty price tag for loyal fans who want to upgrade from the base version.

Destiny/Extella Link (Switch)Destiny/Extella Link (Switch)

Editor: XSEED Games / Developer: Marvelous Inc.

Release date: March 19, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / March 22, 2019 (UK/EU)

The nature of the genre makes it quite difficult to make a Musou game Wrongbut it is also quite difficult to make one that is really right, providing an experience capable of rising above repetition and of relatively easy difficulty. Coming from Xseed and developer Marvelous (not Koei Tecmo and Omega Force), Fate/Extella Link manages to do just that, including all the trappings of a Musou release while sprinkling in a handful of fun, engaging, or creative changes. to the design and styling package to elevate this version a little above the competition (and certainly above its predecessor). If you’ve never been a fan of insane hack ‘n’ slash games, this is a great way to test whether this genre is for you. If you consider yourself a Musou nut, this is one of the best distillations of the concept we’ve ever seen.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)

Editor: XSEED Games / Developer: Marvelous Inc.

Release date: July 25, 2017 (UNITED STATES) / July 21, 2017 (UK/EU)

A real treat for anime-action fans, Fate/EXTELLA is an adorably frenetic affair with a feeling all its own. Developer Marvelous has created engaging characters and an irresistible sense of style that draws you into its world, along with addictive, satisfying gameplay and excellent writing to keep things exciting throughout. It suffers from some common Musou-like ills, like minimal enemy variety and subpar AI, and it’s far from a technical showcase for the system, but if you’re looking for a slash-’em-up fun and fast – or to seriously complicate your relationship with one of Rome’s most infamous sons – Fate is a perfect choice.

Samurai Warriors 5 (Switch)Samurai Warriors 5 (Switch)

Editor: Koei-Tecmo / Developer: Koei-Tecmo

Release date: July 27, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / July 27, 2021 (UK/EU)

Samurai Warriors 5 takes the long-running franchise, gives it a wonderfully vibrant coat of paint, adds some great new combat mechanics, and fills its story mode with well-directed cutscenes, making for a sleek, stylish addition to the series that doesn’t sure to please fans and newcomers alike. Yes, it’s a bit of a fumble here and there – we don’t like its cranky system of leveling up your Dojo and your blacksmith, it sometimes limits your character choices in the campaign and this stripped down list will certainly annoy some – but Overall, what’s here is a nice addition to Switch’s lineup of Musou titles. It’s a fast and flashy hack and slash effort that looks and plays amazingly well and, more importantly, works almost flawlessly while doing it.

The best sci-fi movies on Prime Video

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Although it’s not immediately obvious, you can find a wide range of excellent sci-fi movies on First video streaming shelves. Slide in absolute classics, from The Terminator to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, plus the hidden gems that more people need to watch. One of them is Coherencewidely regarded as the best hidden sci-fi gem.

Scroll down for our top picks for sci-fi movies on Prime Video, you can stream right now.

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Remember Dane DeHaan from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starred in that found sci-fi sequence? He plays a friendless teenager who develops telekinetic abilities. What starts out as a way to have fun and prank ends up in an act that goes too far. With a twist of superhero origin story, Chronicle is a smart, documentary-style sci-fi taker.

The sci-fi actor who put director Neill Blomkamp on the map. The hybrid found-footage film takes you straight into the intense action of an alternate 1982, when an alien spacecraft appears over Johannesburg, Africa. A unique, exciting and slightly political classic.

Yes, it’s a prequel movie. Yes, it’s the fifth in the Alien franchise. Yes, it’s awe-inspiring and its plot doesn’t do justice to its stunning visuals. But Prometheus introduced us to the brilliantly creepy and unnerving android David, played by Michael Fassbender. Its plot may ultimately make no sense, but nothing takes away from the entertainment value of this sci-fi horror.

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This low-budget indie film has surprisingly high production values, impressive performances and inventive camerawork to help tell the story of two teenagers in 1950s New Mexico. The resourceful duo track down potentially extraterrestrial origins of a mysterious audio frequency.

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City of Lost Children (1995)

Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought his flair and visual styling to fantastic science fiction (co-directed by Marc Caro). The City of Lost Children follows an evil scientist who kidnaps children, believing their dreams are the key to preventing aging.

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For those missing out on Black Mirror, this will go some way to filling that gap. Black Box follows a father who tries to put his life back together after a car accident. He agrees to an experimental procedure that takes him to the darkest recesses of his mind.

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For well-made, thoughtful sci-fi that makes sure it doesn’t let its meditations exceed entertainment value, Archive is a loud cry. Gavin Rothery’s UK film debut stars Theo James as a scientist working to make an AI as human as possible. His reasons are hidden, personal and sure to put a spanner in the works. Drawing comparisons to Ex Machina, Archive is assured storytelling with a clever focus on character.

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Coherence doesn’t need an avatar-sized budget to create a compelling story. The low-budget indie film follows friends at a dinner party who begin to notice bizarre happenings after a comet passes by. Even more unsettling due to its grounded setting, Coherence nails the case for a true indie gem.

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Intriguing premise? Check. Small budget? Check. Twist at the end? Check. This indie sci-fi mystery from Travis Milloy solidifies its place in Google’s search for “best indie sci-fi gems.” The complex story of Infinity Chamber centers on a man held in an automated detention center. He must fight superior technology to escape, an extremely tricky feat.

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Beyond Two Infinite Minutes (2020)

How cool and intriguing is this title? Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes is a low-budget time travel comedy from Japanese filmmaker Junta Yamaguchi. The Crazy Premise: A cafe employee discovers that his television can show him what’s happening 2 minutes in the future. There’s obviously a lot more to it and the results are as creative and trippy as you’d expect under the constraints of indie cinema. A gem.

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Invasion of the Body Thieves (1978)

Remakes are rarely better than the original, but sometimes there is a notable exception. The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers builds on the already excellent sci-fi horror of 1956, telling the story of a health inspector and his colleague who realize that the people of San Francisco are slowly replaced by drone-like replicas. Creating an atmosphere of dread and paranoia, with Donald Sutherland in the lead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers has been hailed as one of the best science fiction films of all time.

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There’s not much to say about the first in the Terminator franchise. Seemingly born out of a fever dream, James Cameron’s story introduces us to a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to save humanity from the robotic apocalypse.

Photo credit: Jan Thijs

Before Dune, Denis Villeneuve directed another huge sci-fi classic. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist who suffered a personal tragedy in the past. When mysterious alien spacecraft fly overhead, she is recruited to come into contact with completely unexpected, life-changing results. Arrival is a complete package, with performances, cinematography and writing that are… out of this world.

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

The second Star Trek movie in the rebooted franchise features a terrific adventure with a memorable villain in Benedict Cumberbatch’s Khan. The USS Enterprise gang travels to the forbidden zone of space to save an endangered species. Although a bit dated – a gratuitous underwear scene and a change of ethnicity for Khan – Into Darkness is an exuberant journey.

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The Fifth Element isn’t for everyone, but if you’re in the mood for an unbridled space adventure, it’ll bring all the blue alien opera performances you could want. Follow Korben Dallas, a taxi driver who has set off in pursuit of a mysterious fifth element capable of defeating a cosmic evil force.

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Oh look, it’s another Roland Emmerich movie! This one follows Earth’s resistance troopers making one last stand against an alien attack, an event they log into the calendar for the 4th of July.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Sci-fi comedy isn’t always a hit, and this Douglas Adams adaptation will either be weird in a good way, if you know the source material, or weird in an unfunny, confusing way. My 13 year old self loved it.

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It’s hard to leave The Tomorrow War off this list, as it’s about Prime Video’s sci-fi big starring Chris Pratt. It follows a teacher who is drafted into a war with aliens – in the future. An easy to digest movie that you can watch while looking at your phone.

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The vivarium is interesting. It might frustrate a lot of viewers with its surreal aspects, but it’s still a compelling film. A young couple find themselves trapped in a labyrinthine suburban neighborhood of identical houses. As they attempt to escape, they find themselves caring for a mysterious baby.

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Emile Hirsch stars in this sci-fi horror about a father who keeps his 7-year-old daughter locked in their house all her life. Chloe inevitably seeks out the great outdoors, which leads to unexplainable events and a run-in with a government department. Impressive work with a father-daughter relationship at its heart.

Pope Francis against himself – POLITICO

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Nothing else compared to the new pope’s obligation to deal with the anarchy infecting the priesthood and the hierarchy, and his 2019 declaration Vos Estis Lux Mundi (“You are the light of the world”), he was hailed by the church establishment for doing just that. But the decree’s fatal flaws in its response to covering up priestly abuse of children and others quickly became apparent: its new accountability structures required no public disclosure, required no reporting to civil authorities unless the civil law does not require it, and did not require any participation of the laity in the judgment of the crimes of priests and bishops. The most obvious (and protector of clerics) of Your Estis flaws is that it makes ecclesiastical self-surveillance compulsory: the bishops investigate their colleagues; the reporting of crimes committed by priests not to civil authorities, but to ecclesiastical offices long complicit; the Vatican alone determines the penalties. Who knows how many complicit prelates have been sanctioned in any way as part of this policy? Three years later, with Your Estis’ with the probationary period ending June 1, the Vatican has disclosed nothing about the bishops investigated, charged, or punished under its procedures. Rules of Omerta.

Pope Francis has denounced clericalism, the malignity that inflames it, but he has done nothing to uproot its sources in the sexually repressive all-male priesthood and the authoritarian system of ecclesiastical power to which this clerical culture is essential. And Francis has done nothing to address the misogyny that is at the heart of Catholic teaching on everything from birth control to reproductive biology to the purpose of marriage. Inhuman notions of sexuality, stemming from misinterpretations of the Adam and Eve story and reinforced by theologians like St. Augustine, serve to subjugate women. Such male supremacy is morally equivalent to white supremacy. Yet, by church officials and most Catholics, this remains undisputed.

Francis called the subject of women’s ordination a “closed door” and said a “No! resounding. to married priests. When, for example, the bishops of the Pan-Amazonian region voted overwhelmingly in 2019 to ask him to admit married deacons to the priesthood in order to overcome the severe shortage of priests in the region, Francis even refused to answer the question. request. That is to say, the bishops of the Amazon offered him a golden opportunity to take a step, however small, towards dismantling the toxic culture of clericalism – an opportunity from below, attacking a serious pastoral problem and advancing a diaconate, a subsidiary form of holy orders, which his immediate predecessors had already put forward as an instrument of change. Indeed, this approach could also have paved the way for the admission of women to the rank of ordinate. But Francis left intact the male and celibate priesthood, and with it the soul of clericalism – the pyramid of ecclesiastical power, the structure of abuse.

Here is the tragic irony: what the world needed most from Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he donned the legendary white cassock nine years ago was not his empathetic intervention in secular affairs, however urgent- them, but its firm progress in terms of reforms. in Catholic Church. Failing that, it reinforces within Catholicism the currents and the very values ​​to which it most opposes outside of it. Francis rebels against inequality, but inequality defines the being of the Church. He is the tribune of the poor, but by protecting the second-class status of women, he supports a global engine of poverty.

Alaska faith leaders applaud Senate passage of gun safety bill

By Matthew Schultz, Abram Goodstein and Heather Robertson Barbour

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Hospitality is one of the strongest values ​​of a faith community. We all want meaningful community experiences in our places of worship. Unfortunately, the value of security often clashes with hospitality. Religious communities across the country are afraid. They are afraid to let violence enter the doors of their homes, places of worship and schools. In congregations, we respond to this fear by trying to be safer. But this is only an attempt. We close our entrances, install security cameras and hire guards. We sacrifice our welcome value for security. We do this because the amount of powerful firearms available to people with hate in their hearts is truly terrifying. We pray for our safety but we are tired of being afraid.

As believers, we consider thoughts and prayers to be very important parts of our lives. We pray with joy in gratitude, we pray solemnly in grief, and we pray for guidance on what actions we should take. Unfortunately, in the face of endemic armed violence, our national refrain of “thoughts and prayers” has excluded this essential aspect of action. It left us in a tragic cycle of murder, heartbreak, thoughts and prayers, and repetition. Through inaction, our country has chosen this as part of our common rhythm – even as our children are slaughtered.

But for the first time in three decades, our leaders have taken action. The bipartisan gun safety bill passed by the Senate is an important first step. It expands background check requirements for potential gun buyers under 21, establishes new penalties for those who illegally buy a gun for another person, and provides funding for expanded mental health programs and school safety. At the same time, it does not violate the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners, which is important to so many Alaskans. These are not extremist positions: they enjoy overwhelming support from American voters, and similar measures have been successful in other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Norway. If we choose not to adopt similar ones here, we choose instead to perpetuate the pattern of our children hiding in fear under their desks at school, and our religious communities worshiping in holy spaces that function as beleaguered fortresses. .

Laws like these are essential as we consider the safety of our religious communities. A life of faith is not only lived internally in one’s own hearts and souls, and it is not expressed only in individual interactions. It lives in the way we shape society as a whole. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “There comes a time when we have to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling. Our laws are an expression of our common sense of community ethics. Our laws are our societal decisions about what we can morally tolerate. This is clearly not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is a moral issue; it’s not a question of right and left, it’s a question of right and wrong.

We thank Senator Lisa Murkowski and other members of Congress for supporting this common sense bill to address gun violence; to protect our freedoms while protecting our children. Because thoughts and prayers are wonderful. We believe they are essential. But only – only — if they are accompanied by works of justice and righteousness. With this new legislation, our thoughts and prayers are finally followed by action.

Reverend Matthew Schultz is pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage.

Rabbi Abram Goodstein serves as rabbi for Congregation Beth Sholom in Anchorage.

Heather RobertsonBarbour is a representative at the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage.

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On This Day in History – June 25 – Almanac

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Grants Pass High School students participate in a prayer circle during a nationwide strike honoring the victims of the Florida school shooting in Grants Pass, Oregon, March 14, 2018. On June 25, 1962, the Court U.S. Supreme Court ruling interpreted as banning prayer in public schools. File photo by David Tulis/UPI | License picture

Today is Saturday, June 25, the 176th day of 2022 with 189 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in 1852; French composer Gustave Charpentier in 1860; English novelist/critic George Orwell in 1903; director Sidney Lumet in 1924; actor June Lockhart in 1925 (age 97); author/illustrator Eric Carle in 1929; civil rights lawyer James Meredith in 1933 (age 89); musician Harold Melvin in 1939; Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed in 1942 (age 80); musician Carly Simon in 1945 (age 77); actor Jimmie Walker in 1947 (age 75); Sonia Sotomayor, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in 1954 (age 68); chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain in 1956; actor/writer Ricky Gervais in 1961 (age 61); musician George Michael in 1963; Dikembe Mutombo, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1966 (age 56); actor Angela Kinsey in 1971 (age 51); actor Linda Cardellini in 1975 (age 47); actor Busy Philipps in 1979 (age 43); actor Sheridan Smith in 1981 (age 41); actor/TV personality Alani “La La” Anthony in 1982 (age 40); actor McKenna Grace in 2006 (age 16).


On this historical date:

In 1876, US Army General George Custer and his force of 208 men were killed by Chief Sitting Bull’s Sioux warriors at Little Big Horn, Montana.

In 1942, US Army General Dwight Eisenhower assumed command of US World War II forces in Europe.

In 1950, North Korean forces invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War.

In 1951, CBS aired the first color television broadcast. At the time, no color televisions were owned by the public.

In 1962, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision interpreted as banning prayer in public schools.

In 1973, White House lawyer John Dean told a US Senate committee that US President Richard Nixon had joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

In 1991, Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence from Yugoslavia, triggering a civil war.

In 1993, Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada’s first female prime minister, taking the post after Brian Mulroney retired. Campbell served as prime minister until November, stepping down after his Progressive Conservative Party lost in the federal election.

In 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata resigned two months after taking office rather than face a vote of no confidence in parliament.

In 1997, about half of Mir’s power supply was cut off when an unmanned cargo ship collided with the Russian space station and blew a hole in it.

In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected President of Iran.

In 2006, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted by militants from the Gaza Strip. He was released on October 18, 2011.

In 2009, entertainment superstar Michael Jackson, known as “the King of Pop”, a big influence on the music scene of his day, died of cardiac arrest at age 50 while planning a comeback.

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that mandatory sentencing of teenage killers to life without parole was unconstitutional.

In 2019, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes.

In 2021, a Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 270 months in prison for killing George Floyd during an arrest in 2020.


A thought for the day: “Politics is the art of looking for evil, finding it whether it exists or not, misdiagnosing it and applying the wrong remedy. — English writer Ernest Benn

Have we hit rock bottom?

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By Veronica Fulton, Research Analyst

The key question on everyone’s mind is – “Is this the bottom?” It’s no secret that based on certain indicators – notably the S&P 500 being more than 20% below its all-time high – we have seen a significant correction in the market. History tells us that corrections provide an opportune time for investors with a longer time horizon to invest money in the market. With only 2% of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 50-day moving average and compressed valuation multiples, it looks like investors are ready to “buy the dip”! Discipline tells us to buy at the absolute low point to minimize downside risk and maximize upside potential. Have we reached this point?

Our team takes a holistic view of the markets to answer these types of questions. Core elements of our process include: Fundamentals – macroeconomic events that influence market behavior, Technicals – trend analysis that gives us insight into investor behavior and sentiment, and Quantitative – rating/ ranking of assets based on factors and other relative measures.

Fundamentally, we believe three key forces are driving the market, and until they change course, we assume we will continue to see further weakness.

The first is rising interest rates, which continue to put downward pressure on bond and stock prices – we wrote about this recently.

The second is the rising dollar. As the dollar is the safe-haven currency, these recent surges of strength have put pressure on international economies as foreign investors scramble to sell their currency in order to buy dollars to service US dollar-denominated debt. Japan is a more extreme case where the strengthening of the dollar and the global rise in yields have a cumulative effect. The yen has now hit a multi-decade low against the dollar. At the same time, the country is dealing with the consequences of its commitment to accommodative monetary policy as the rest of the global economy tightens. Last week, the Bank of Japan had to buy more than $80 billion of Japanese government bonds to defend its self-imposed rate cap. This kind of pressure on the global economy is probably unsustainable.

Finally, the elephant in the room – energy. Years of global underinvestment in new oil discoveries, combined with policies incentivizing green energy, have curtailed oil exploration and refinery expansion in the United States. Currently, the Russian-Ukrainian war is acting as an accelerator, further reducing supply. The events have pushed up oil prices in a global environment where demand for energy is increasing as economies reopen. This energy crisis has been one of the main drivers of inflation. Inflation caused the Fed to react aggressively, which in turn inverted the yield curve, sucked market liquidity and slowed economic growth. Simply put, we believe the market cannot reach new highs until energy prices are brought under control.

In recent days, we have seen evidence that all three of these factors are calming down, but until there is more conviction, we think any attempt at a market rally may be transitory.

Technicians often struggle to tell the difference between an oversold bounce and a significant bottom in the market. With our technical indicators, we are looking for clear signs of capitulation. Some magnitude indicators, such as the percentage of NYSE stocks above their 200-day moving average, are weak and at levels that historically indicate buying opportunities. However, many other indicators have still not reached washed out levels – namely higher put/call ratios, VIX readings above 40, increased selling volume of large cap names and widening credit spreads would be more indicative of a capitulation. Granted, we could see the market bottom out before each of these items is ticked off, but we think more evidence is needed.

Quantitatively, GLOBALT’s proprietary model ranks asset classes based on a combination of momentum, downside deviation and external factors. Currently, cash takes the top spot when ranked against US bonds, international equities, US equities and REITs – the model suggests the odds aren’t entirely clear as the downside risk is even bigger in all asset classes.

None of these components alone will cause us to adjust positioning, but when combined they have proven to be a powerful tool for navigating the markets and answering timely questions. Based on our work, so that we got to the bottom with conviction, some of the things we mentioned – yields, dollar, energy and technical indicators need to peak first. We are not there yet.

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NYPD Commissioner Mayor Adams says old rules still apply after SCOTUS overturns concealed carry law

NEW YORK — Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have teams analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned New York’s concealed carry law find ways to limit guns.

For now, the mayor and NYPD commissioner are making it clear that the old rules still apply, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

“We can’t allow New York to become the Wild Wild West,” Adams said.

READ MORE: Supreme Court strikes down New York’s concealed carry law

Adams and his top aides wasted no time meeting to analyze the Supreme Court’s decision. But while the mayor said on a scale of 1 to 10 that it was “very close to 10 as a major concern”, he and his police commissioner warned New Yorkers that the decision should not be interpreted as the Supreme Court waving a magic wand and saying go ahead and buy guns.

“The important thing to know today is that nothing changes. If you have a premise permit, it does not automatically convert to a carry permit. If you carry a weapon illegally in New York, you will be arrested. Nothing changes. changes today,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.

“It’s so important because we saw it when marijuana was legalized in the state. People automatically, they just read the headlines. They thought they could go out and sell marijuana, what they wanted. And the police commissioner’s comment that nothing has changed, if you have a target license, it’s not a carry license,” Adams said.


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Currently, only about 1,700 city residents are allowed to carry a gun when they leave their homes. About 1,400 others have transport licenses issued by other counties who need NYPD approval to be transported within the five boroughs.

About 20,000 people have premises permits. That’s what the mayor and the police commissioner are talking about.

READ MORE: Many Long Islanders hail the Supreme Court’s ruling on carrying firearms as a major victory for law-abiding citizens

State and city officials are also focusing on language in the ruling that will allow them to limit where people can carry guns.

“We will not allow our city to live in fear that everyone around us will be armed, that any altercation could turn into a shootout,” Adams said.

“We don’t need people walking into our subways, our restaurants, our cinemas with concealed weapons. We don’t need more guns on our streets. We are already facing a major crisis of violence army. We don’t need to add more fuel to this fire,” Hochul said.

Watch Ali Bauman’s report


Hochul and Adams work to limit where guns will be allowed after ruling

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In the majority view, Judge Clarence Thomas warned that guns won’t be allowed everywhere, but there are limits to what are considered sensitive locations.

“…There is no historical basis for New York actually declaring Manhattan Island a ‘sensitive place’ simply because it is overcrowded,” Judge Thomas said.

“If the federal government doesn’t have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens,” Hochul said.

Hochul said she would call a special session of the legislature to try to pass laws that would limit the scope of the Supreme Court ruling. The city and state could authorize businesses, places of worship and public transit systems, among other things, to ban guns.


MTA Responds to Supreme Court Concealed Carry Ruling

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In a statement, the MTA said, “The presence of firearms in a sensitive location like New York City’s transit system is an unacceptable risk. In light of this Supreme Court ruling, we have begun to write appropriate rules to prevent dangerous weapons from entering our subways, buses and commuter trains.”

Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine told Kramer the legislature could return to Albany “in a matter of days.”

10 Great Games That Could Be On Sale In Steam’s Upcoming 2022 Summer Sale

The highly anticipated Steam Summer Sale is almost upon the gaming community. In fact, the massive sale begins today June 23, 2022 and is expected to last until July 7, 2022. For PC gamers everywhere, this is the best time of the year as they prepare their wallets for a crazy few weeks.

Since the Steam Summer Sale is one of the biggest Steam events of the year, gamers can definitely expect to see big discounts this time around as well. Interestingly, these discounts will be available on all game types, ranging from lesser-known indie titles to AAA titles. Here are some of the best games to watch that will likely be heavily discounted for the event.


Ten games that could be featured in the 2022 Steam Summer Sale

1) The wonders of Tiny Tina

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The latest installment in Gearbox Software’s FPS/RPG series, Borderlands, is coming soon to Steam. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands takes players back to the fantasy realm of Bunkers & Badasses. Get ready for a new loot shooter adventure with new mechanics based on the familiar and iconic gameplay style of Borderlands 3.

The game is expected to go live later today and will likely coincide with the Steam 2022 Summer Sale.


2) Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

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The recent Director’s Cut update for Hideo Kojima’s “bit-like” third-person adventure, released in 2019, seems to have improved the game even further. Playing as Sam Bridges, your mission is to give hope to humanity by connecting the last survivors of a decimated America. The game had a controversial release for its “walking simulator” elements. However, it was also praised for its engaging storytelling and unique concepts.


3) Elden Ring

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FromSoftware’s latest epic is Elden RIng, an all-new open-world RPG made in collaboration with acclaimed novelist George RR Martin. The fantasy hack & slash features the vast danger-filled realm of The Lands Between. The Japanese developers certainly brought their A-game for this title as it’s an amazing buildup of their experience from the iconic Souls series. Challenging boss fights mixed with an interesting world full of secrets await players who try this title.


4) Golden Persona 4

With the news that Persona 3 Portable and Persona 5 Royal are coming to PC, now is the perfect time to revisit the 2020 port of Persona 4 Golden. The PS Vita remaster of the iconic PlayStation 2 game updates the title’s old visuals and adds new content. Players will be able to explore the serene town of Inaba and deal with a supernatural murder-mystery plot while engaging in dungeon crawling and social simulation elements. The PC port further enhances the remaster and brings the popular JRPG series to Steam gamers.


5) Sekiro: shadows die twice

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Yet another FromSoftware experience, this time players control a shinobi in ancient Japan ruled by the supernatural. As a stealth action-adventure game, there are different areas to explore and challenging enemies to fight. The skill-based combat requires precision and practice to defeat the various bosses along the way. Can you emerge victorious against corrupt beasts and hostile warriors?


6) Prey (2017)

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Arkane Studios’ acclaimed 2017 sci-fi RPG reintroduces the immersive simulation gene to modern audiences. As Morgan Yu, players find themselves aboard a space station filled with dangerous alien creatures. True to the genre, Prey gives players the freedom to approach problems differently or even bypass them altogether. Stealth, makeshift platforming, hacking, and direct combat, there’s definitely something here for everyone.


7) Yakuza: like a dragon

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The latest entry in SEGA’s popular Yakuza series takes the franchise in a whole new direction. Beat ’em up gameplay is phased out in favor of turn-based combat in this installment. Players can control the protagonist Ichiban and his party in strategic battles against enemies using numerous over-the-top skills and abilities. On top of that, it still retains Yakuza’s signature humor, aesthetic, and world exploration.


8) Weird West

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With Weird West being the first game from former members of Arkane at WolfEye Studios, this action RPG combines Old West aesthetics with the occult for a rather interesting and immersive simulation showcase. There are a range of different characters to command, each with their own storyline, playstyle, and abilities. Additionally, the game world is very reactive with different objects interacting with each other and player choices having consequences.


9) Hollow Knight

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Team Cherry’s universally praised 2017 Metroidvania game continues to be one of the best games of its genre available on Steam. As a brave insect warrior, the knight explores the vast labyrinthine network of tunnels and chambers. Each biome presents its own enemies, bosses, challenges and all must be overcome with the nail at hand. For those who haven’t experienced the perils of Hallownest yet, chances are they can get their hands on this title during the Steam Summer Sale.


10) Cyberpunk 2077

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CD Projekt Red found itself embroiled in controversy with the launch of the highly anticipated open-world sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077. The game had a turbulent time in development and was plagued with technical issues at launch. However, a large majority of these issues have been resolved at this point, especially on PC, so Steam users need not worry. The first-person journey puts players in the shoes of V, a mercenary for hire who finds himself in a race against time after a bad heist in the megalopolis known as Night City.

If there’s one thing I can tell you about this town, you either love it or you want to burn it down. No middle ground. #Cyberpunk2077 https://t.co/NnRPS8ExU3

Taking inspiration from games like Deus Ex, players can use a variety of playstyles and techniques (like hacking) to take down enemies across the story-rich and expansive open world.


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Form 6-K TOYOTA MOTOR CORP/ Due: June 23

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3. Arrangements for ensuring the efficiency of the performance of the duties of the members of the Board of Directors, etc. subsidiaries

TMC will require board members of its subsidiaries to promptly determine management policies based on on the ground information, determine responsibilities, implement appropriate delegation of authority based on responsibilities, and conduct business effectively.

4. System to ensure that board members, etc. and the employees of the subsidiaries carry out their activities in accordance with the laws and regulations in force and the articles of association

TMC will require its affiliates to implement a compliance system. TMC will periodically confirm its status and report the outcome at TMC sustainability meetings and other meetings.

TMC will promptly obtain information regarding the legal compliance and corporate ethics of its affiliates and respond to compliance-related issues and questions of its affiliates through whistleblower offices established by its affiliates and through the office of whistleblower that TMC has established outside the company and covers its subsidiaries. in Japan and other channels.

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TMC has extended the “Guiding Principles at Toyota” and the “Toyota Code of Conduct” to its subsidiaries. Through this, in addition to propagating the corporate philosophy through staff exchanges, TMC provides guidance to ensure that these principles are properly integrated into the management philosophies and behavioral guidelines of its subsidiaries. .

TMC has clarified the roles and missions relating to the management of the subsidiaries and each department manages the subsidiaries in a global manner and adapted to their positioning. In addition, each financial year, TMC carries out inspections of the management of the subsidiaries by each department, the results of which are confirmed during meetings of the Board of Directors, etc.

1. TMC provides instructions to ensure that on material management matters in its subsidiaries, prior consent is sought from TMC or reports are submitted to TMC in accordance with internal rules agreed between TMC and its subsidiaries. Of these material management matters, those which have implications for the Group’s operations are discussed at meetings of the TMC Board of Directors in accordance with TMC’s standards stipulating that matters should be discussed at the Board of Directors.

2. TMC directs its subsidiaries to establish a system to implement initiatives related to risk management, such as finance, safety, quality, environment and natural disasters, and directs them to immediately report material risks to TMC through regular communications with the subsidiaries. Important issues and related measures are discussed at sustainability meetings or board meetings, etc. in accordance with the standards for the submission of questions.

3. TMC confirms that the organizational structure is reviewed in its subsidiaries to ensure efficient execution of operations, that responsibilities are appropriately determined and authority is appropriately delegated, and requires improvement where necessary.

4. TMC reviews material risk areas to ensure that each subsidiary’s compliance systems are adequate and undertakes activities to improve these systems and reports the results of these activities at its sustainability meetings, etc.

TMC has extended to its subsidiaries the financial compliance rules that must be instituted at the subsidiary level. TMC also provides subsidiaries with instructions on carrying out regular voluntary inspections to ensure that these rules are imbued in the day by day

operations of its subsidiaries. Furthermore, to ensure that the missions carried out by the directors, etc. of the subsidiaries comply with the laws and regulations, TMC strives to raise the awareness of these directors, etc. the laws and regulations they must comply with, key points to ensure compliance, etc.

TMC is made aware of its affiliates’ compliance issues and questions through the whistleblower offices established by its affiliates and through the whistleblower office that TMC has established outside of the company to cover its affiliates. in Japan. Factual investigations are conducted by relevant TMC subsidiaries and divisions, and necessary actions, including corrective actions and reports to relevant management, are taken.

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Korinkyo in Kanazawa City and Tsuji Ryokan in Nagano City offer great getaways

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Kana bar tours is something I wish I had known about when I visited this area earlier in the year. Navigating Japan’s nightlife can be confusing for a first-time visitor who doesn’t speak Japanese. Places are also usually full on Friday and Saturday evenings if you don’t reserve in advance.

“Mother kicks everyone out if she knows I’m coming,” Kana says.

A craftsman making thin sheets of gold leaf, a traditional craft in Japan that dates back to the 16th century. Michael Smith

Kanazawa’s diverse nightlife matches the range of daytime activities in this mountainous region of Nagano and its surroundings – a short Shinkansen (bullet train) ride northeast of Tokyo and best known to Australians for its ski slopes.

In the past 24 hours, I have walked through 400-year-old cedar forests, visited ancient temples, learned how to make soba noodles, dressed in a kimono, and visited the home of artisans producing delicate leaf Golden.

Snowshoeing in Togakushi in the Japanese Alps.

The last time I visited the Japanese Alps was in February to ski the wonderfully tourist-free, powder-rich snow of Hakuba. At the time, I had no idea of ​​cities such as the historic resort town of Kanazawa and the provincial capital of Nagano. Easy day trips from the slopes, they are home to some of Japan’s best shrines and temples and bursting with culture.

A new generation of young entrepreneurs are adding a contemporary twist to Japan’s more traditional offerings. Cutting-edge art and design are prevalent in Tokyo. But regions have also upped their game during the pandemic, with new contemporary art installations, organic farms, rooftop bars and onsen, and luxury glamping.

Zenkoji (Temple of Benevolent Light), pictured here in spring, is a sacred Buddhist site.

Nature remains a major asset. On my first day in the area, we take a leisurely two-hour hike through 400-year-old cedar forests to one of five ancient shrines at the foot of Mount Togakushi. The site is also accessible in winter, when these silent forests are blanketed in snow.

After working up an appetite after the morning hike, we arrive at the nearby Togakushi Soba Museum for lunch with a twist. Cold soba noodles are one of my favorite dishes in Japan and I’m going to make them from scratch. But my sensei (teacher) knows his stuff and patiently guides me in the art of making the dough with buckwheat flour, which is kneaded and stretched with a huge rolling pin. My result looks more like fettuccine than the delicately thin noodles that make up soba, but it still tastes delicious.

The four-century-old cedar forest leading to Togakushi Shrine in Nagano.

A night or two in a traditional ryokan is a must for anyone visiting Japan. Tsuji Ryokan, my accommodation that night, is a classic example. Think of tatami mats, shoji screens, garden views, a lavishly adorned fire pit with a huge red paper umbrella and tiny slippers I could never fit into.

After a soak in the decadently deep tub, I head to the dining room for a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner known as a kaiseki. Cleverly arranged with an intricate selection of local dishes, the menu that evening is so complex that it takes the waiter about 10 minutes to describe all the dishes. Staying at a ryokan usually means an early night, so I crashed at 9pm on the futon that was set up for me while I ate.

The next morning, a short drive will take you to Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. It turns out that our visit coincided with a ceremony once every seven years called Gokaicho.

This marks the temporary unveiling of a replica of the country’s oldest Buddhist statue (the actual statue is considered too sacred to be displayed). Crowds line up for miles, but the atmosphere is festive as families eat ice cream, shop for souvenirs and line up to touch a huge wooden pole, set up in front of the main temple, believed to bring happiness.

Lunch that day is a vegan Buddhist feast served in dozens of iron bowls at the nearby Yakuoin restaurant.

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Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa. Alamy

From the city of Nagano, it’s a short train ride to Kanazawa, my preferred alternative to Kyoto as it’s a smaller, more manageable city without the crowds. Its main attractions are the Kenroku-en sculpted garden, a castle and its samurai and geisha quarters.

By avoiding the traditional sites that I have already seen, I discover the alternative attractions of the city. These include two world-class contemporary art galleries, lunch at a craft brewery, and an afternoon of awkwardly hanging out in the historic geisha district in a rented kimono, split-toe socks, and wooden sandals.

After this experience, I’m relieved to arrive at my accommodation – the funky boutique hotel Korinkyo.

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The Korinkyo boutique hotel in Kanazawa. This room has its own private sauna. Michael Smith

My favorite hotel of the trip is a successful blend of traditional Japanese culture and modern industrial design. My room even has its own sauna.

The day ends with an entertaining evening making sushi at the Kanazawa Salon cooking studio, located in a charming historic district. Machiya (wooden townhouse), where my host, Chikako, serves me plum wine.

The writer has equipped himself with a rental kimono. Next to him is Lia, an Australian blogger based in Tokyo.

“I almost forgot how to speak English. You have to use different muscles in your mouth,” she laughs when I ask her if she misses foreign tourists.

Japan has allowed tour groups back into the country from June 10, but has yet to announce when it will fully open borders. Government sources say this should happen well before the Northern Hemisphere winter ski season.

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Stay here Korinkyo Kanazawa city. Rates from 25,710 yen ($275) per night. Tsuji Ryokan City of Nagano. Fares from 15,000 yen ($160) including two meals
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The writer was a guest of Tourism Exchange Japan.

SCOTUS erodes progress as Title IX turns 50

SCOTUS erodes progress as Title IX turns 50

June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, civil rights legislation that prohibits educational institutions receiving federal funding from discriminating on the basis of gender.

We should celebrate how Title IX has helped women and other marginalized genders succeed in sports and education. Since its adoption, the number of places available for female athletes in high schools has increased from less than 300,000 to 3.5 million, and the percentage of NCAA athletes who are women has increased from 15% to 44. %. With this record of success, we should devise ways to further improve Title IX.

Instead, women and civil rights activists mourn. In April, the court issued a ruling removing Title IX protections.

Non-recoverable damages in private action

On April 28, the Supreme Court ruled in Cummings v Premier Rehab Keller PLLC that damage caused by emotional distress is not recoverable in private action to enforce the Rehabilitation Act 1973 or the Affordable Care Act.

The majority argued that emotional damages should not be available under these laws because health care facilities would not have anticipated facing such liability when they agreed to accept the federal funds that awarded to them on the basis of the expenses clause of the Constitution, only the most allegedly foreseeable damages such as those resulting from a breach of contract.

Since schools’ obligations under Title IX are also based on their receipt of federal funds through the Expenses Clause, this reasoning should also reduce the emotional damages schools pay to those who win Title IX lawsuits. They might still be able to recover lost tuition or lost income, but the court named emotional damage as not a foreseeable consequence of the discrimination.

Lawyers and advocates who work with survivors know, Nevertheless, that emotional distress resulting from discrimination or sexual abuse is not only predictable, it is the most common harm suffered and, in many cases, the only harm.

I worked on Title IX cases (and equivalent cases against universities in England) for eight years. My firm’s founding partner, Dr. Ann Olivarius, who filed the first case to establish that sexual harassment was a form of sex discrimination and therefore prohibited by Title IX, has worked in this area for more than four decades.

Emotional harm from bullying is common

Each of our clients has experienced emotional abuse such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder and/or suicidal ideation. Many of them had to change their degree program, transfer to another university, give up a beloved extracurricular activity or drop out of higher education altogether to escape their stalker and the oppressive environment that the abuser created.

And beyond that, clients often tell me that the most hurtful part of their experience wasn’t the discrimination itself, but being let down by their school that didn’t do anything right. effective in protecting them despite complaints.

This shouldn’t be surprising. For many of us, college is a time of transformation. This is where we open up to possibilities and decide who we want to be in the world.

When a university undermines a student’s trust in institutions at this point in the student’s life, when it is malleable and evolving, it can upset their sense of fairness and safety in the world. , even if he graduates and finds a job. And meanwhile, their suffering is real, the definition of emotional distress that the courts have long recognized as deserving of redress.

For many of my clients, suing their universities isn’t primarily about money, it’s about getting school decision-makers to understand what their action or inaction has cost them, and it’s is about regaining control by asserting their rights. It is a question of responsibility.

Other Ways to Hold Institutions Accountable

The Supreme Court’s decision in Cummings, by now making it impossible for many students to sue, robs them of that power. Of course, there are other ways to hold institutions accountable beyond seeking damages for emotional distress in a private lawsuit.

The Ministry of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issues regulations and investigates schools allegedly in violation. But it can take years for the OCR to fully investigate a complaint, and for a student who’s only been in college for four years, it might help prospective students, but probably not her. Case. The approach to OCR also vacillates from one administration to another, creating uncertainty not only for students but also for the administrators tasked with applying them.

Survivors can still bring other claims alongside Title IX claims allowing damages for emotional distress, depending on the specific condition and facts. They may be able to prove that their university acted negligently, resulting in a psychiatric injury. They may be able to rely on state law equivalent to Title IX like New York and California, which the cumming decision does not affect.

Nevertheless, while plaintiffs’ attorneys will seek alternative avenues of justice for their clients, the cumming decision erodes the moral progress we have made over the past 50 years. Title IX said something about us as a nation, that we recognize the real harms that a climate of sexual harassment and discrimination can inflict on students and the education they receive.

For all its flaws, Title IX has given us a common starting point and framework for mitigating and preventing these evils. He said that while we disagree on specific procedures, we agree that people should be safe on campus and that sexual harassment is important because it causes real harm, including emotional harm to individual students.

Universities have been accepting federal money under the spending clause for decades no doubt about it. It is obtuse for the Supreme Court to deny this reality.

Even before this decision, Title IX was far from perfect. It is only 37 words long and the protection it offers has largely been left to the courts to interpret, creating significant differences – and loopholes – between jurisdictions. Proponents have long called on Congress and state legislatures to pass laws with clearer, codified rules. It’s more important than ever.

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Kelsey Murrel is a senior partner and the firm’s Higher Education Practice Leader, works on a wide range of cases for the firm, including UK and US employment matters, civil litigation and Title IX. She is particularly experienced in discrimination, harassment and sexual assault cases.

Fans love to look back at Demetrious Johnson’s guillotine finish on his ONE debut

What more can we say about MMA legend Demetrious Johnson that hasn’t already been said? The former 11-time reigning UFC flyweight champion and ONE Grand Prix flyweight champion has literally done it all in the sport.

After having a storied career in the UFC, Johnson had an impressive run in ONE. While his time in the Asian organization isn’t quite as perfect as his time in the UFC, “Mighty Mouse” still looks pretty competitive in the cage against Asia’s best.

Before losing by knockout for the first time in his career when he challenged Division Champion Adriano Moraes in 2021, DJ compiled a three-fight winning streak in ONE. It started with his highly anticipated ONE debut against Yuya Wakamatsu in 2019. Johnson won the fight via guillotine choke in the second round.

ONE recently posted the finish on Instagram:

Fans are all expressing their amazement and admiration for how great Demetrious Johnson is in the cage. An Instagram user, who goes by the name @sip_nudhir, said:

“Look DJ man what a fighter 🔥🔥🔥”

Another user @dww108 said it best:

“One of the greatest fighters of all time. Very few, if any, have been more skilled than Demtrious Johnson.”

Indeed, very few fighters can be named who match Johnson’s skill level and technical mastery when it comes to the sport of MMA. We may very well never see another fighter of his caliber in the cage again.


A closer look at Demetrious Johnson’s ONE Championship debut against Yuya Wakamatsu

On the heels of a historic trade between the UFC and ONE, Demetrious Johnson has packed his bags for Asia to test the waters in another pool of Warriors.

While most fans, fighters, and pundits predicted the dominant flyweight would clean house in ONE, it was quite the opposite. ‘Mighty Mouse’ faced arguably tougher competition than his opponents towards the end of his UFC career.

In his ONE debut against Yuya Wakamatsu, DJ had one of the toughest fights of his career. The Japanese warrior surprised everyone by matching Johnson’s pace on the feet. He also stuffed almost all of Johnson’s takedown attempts and even landed in top position at one point.

Wakamatsu even managed to create a nasty puff under DJ’s right eye. It’s a sight we don’t normally see.

In round two, however, the great “Mighty Mouse” proved again why he was a legend by adjusting and finishing the fight after a very tough first round.

Demetrious Johnson scored his double-leg takedown midway through a striking exchange and dominated Wakamatsu from top position. Johnson’s legendary scramble saw him slap a mean guillotine in the face to force the Japanese warrior to tap.

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10 fighters with a ton of variety

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Capcom Battle Collection is a sound collection of unique fighters. Do you want a fighting game with vampires and mummies? How about a fight between two giant robots? Maybe you want to play as a humanoid lion and face giant bosses? Or maybe you want a chibi street fighter? Whatever your preference, Capcom Battle Collection got you covered, and I was thrilled to review the game.

Old arcade games with modern tweaks

Here is the list of titles featured in the collection:

  • Darkstalkers: warriors of the night
  • Night Warriors: Revenge of Darkness
  • Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires
  • Vampire Hunter 2: Revenge of the Darkstalkers – Previously unavailable outside of Japan
  • Vampire Savior 2: Lord of the Vampires – Previously unavailable outside of Japan
  • Red earth – Released for the first time outside the arcades
  • Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix

Every game here has been reproduced to play exactly as it did in the arcades. There are also some modern gameplay touches. Most titles have a practice mode where players can practice combos, play online with restore netcode, adjustable difficulty settings, quick saves, and display filters. Newcomers can also use customizable controls that include one-button special moves. Additionally, there are Fighter Awards for completing specific challenges, such as beating a game without continuing and performing multi-hit combos. They unlock illustrations in Capcom Battle Collection‘s Museum.

Speaking of the museum, it’s a great insight into Capcom’s history. You can find over 500 pieces of artwork from all featured games, including concept art, promotional materials, and design documents. There are also over 400 music tracks to groove to (the main menu song is particularly good.) some of which are brand new remixes. A few of these remixes, as well as artwork by various artists paying homage to these classics, can only be obtained by pre-ordering Capcom Battle Collection.

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A multitude of fighters

There are nine fighting games in Capcom Battle Collection and a puzzle title.

Red earth had never been released outside of the arcades. It’s a unique game that contains a Quest mode where you choose from four fighters and face giant bosses. It has an RPG level system, as well as passwords to continue your progress where you left off. Health doesn’t fully recharge when you complete a battle, adding a touch of difficulty to the game. Unfortunately, multiplayer only has you and a friend battling among the title’s roster. I was hoping for a co-op mode so you could take on the dreaded bosses together. Never mind!

There are a total of five Dark Stalkers games in this collection. The first three were already available, but the two vampire hunter 2 and vampire savior 2 had never been released outside of Japan. These are alternate versions of Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires instead of full sequels, containing different characters, movelists, and backgrounds. It’s fun to see the vampire Morrigan and the cat lady Felicia again, and I hope this collection does well so Capcom can see there’s interest in making a new one. Dark Stalkers Title. stay away from Darkstalkers: warriors of the night on the default difficulty, however, as it is way too hard.

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Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness is another fascinating game featured in this series of fighters. Players can customize robots known as Variant Armors and participate in giant robot battles. It has a cool story mode with talking character artwork, a perfect encapsulation of the 90s. And players will probably recognize Jin, who appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom series of titles (without robot).

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To complete the package are the street fighter Games. The star for me is Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. It has cute miniature versions of Dark Stalkers, Red earthand street fighter characters. There are simplified combos and controls, and there are gems you can collect to power up your attacks. These adorable chibi fighters also appear in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, where players must match gems of the same color and blast them with the corresponding sphere. Finally, there is Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition. This title brings together fighters and move lists from all SFII original game up Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You can choose any variant and fight it, but it’s super hard and the damage values ​​are insane.

The disadvantages and the problem of the stadium

There are problems with Capcom Battle Collection. Many relate to the fact that these games are almost unchanged from the arcade. If you play a round with a buddy and one of you loses and gets a rematch, the winner can’t switch fighters if they want to try someone else. Likewise, each title has an English and Japanese version to choose from, except for the two Japanese-only versions. Dark Stalkers brawlers. That in itself is great, but if you hover over any of these two games, your settings will automatically change to Japanese for all the other games in the menu. Also, and this is a personal nitpick, the trials featured in games such as Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. They were a great way to practice specific combos that were a gateway to experimenting with your own.

There’s Capcom’s own Capcom arcade stadium serial problem, too. Between the first Stadium and its sequel launched on July 21, seven of the titles featured in Capcom Battle Collection ride. These collections also contain more genres than just fighters/puzzlers, including platformers, shooters, etc. Of course, if you want unique remixes, artwork, and the ability to play Red earth and Japanese exclusivity Dark Stalkers games, you want Capcom Battle Collection. Pre-ordering it also earns you Three Wonders free to use in Capcom Arcade Stage 2. And physical purists can pick up a cartridge or a disc copy of Capcom Battle Collectionunlike all digital Stadiums.

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The verdict of the review on Capcom Fighting Collection

Taken on its own merits, Capcom Battle Collection contains a fun set of games. Previously unavailable titles are perfect for finally being tuned into gamers’ hands, and the modern touches are much appreciated. While I would have liked a more robust practice mode and less overlap with other Capcom collections, the variety presented here was clear and I enjoyed jumping in and out of each title presented. Give it a try, especially if you want to experience Red earth.

Release date: June 24, 2022

Publisher: Capcom USA, Inc.

Developer: Capcom

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

A PlayStation 4 review code for Capcom Battle Collection was provided by the publisher.

10 Things One Piece Tore From Other Anime

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A play is the pinnacle of shonen storytelling for over two decades. With over a thousand episodes under its belt, the series has continued to lead popular anime and influence new creators. But for all that anime has done to push the medium forward, it’s not without its inspirations from the past.



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A play continually references and borrows from older anime and manga, helping to keep the spirit of creativity alive after all these years. While some of these references are just gags in any given episode, many of them have become iconic to the franchise.

ten Cyborg Franky is straight out of a Mecha Anime

Franky stood out in A play to be one of his few living cyborgs. Technology in the world has varied from archaic to far beyond our own reality.

Franky’s cyborg body has taken anime technology further than it’s ever been before, and his most recent versions have been nothing less than a full mech suit. Cyborg Franky’s mech samurai armor is straight out of some of the most popular mecha anime, referencing iconic franchises like Gundam and gurren lagann.


9 Germa 66 is inspired by Super Sentai

It may be difficult for many people to imagine how a man wrote A play for so many years. After two decades of storytelling, it’s no surprise that Oda has to change the formula from time to time to keep things fresh and exciting.

Oda does his best to put a different kind of storytelling into the A play cannon as it is. This is the case with Germa 66, which was clearly inspired by Oda’s desire to write something like Great Sentai.

8 Time jumps are an essential part of Shonen storytelling

Many of the most popular shonen anime have included a time jump in their stories. Of dragonball at narutothese time skips were crucial to letting the characters age and grow stronger in a way that felt natural to the viewer.

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A play went a long time without doing the same, leaving many wondering if the whole story would be told in the space of one continuous adventure. But that was answered when after more than a decade of storytelling, A play finally suffered its first two-year time jump after the Marineford arc.

seven Zoro was inspired by Oda’s time on Rurouni Kenshin

Before the creation of Oda A play and became the most successful Shonen Jump artist, he was an assistant working on the manga Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most iconic and acclaimed samurai manga to ever exist and had a huge influence on Oda’s career as a storyteller.

It makes sense that when the time comes for Oda to break away and pursue his own manga, he’ll include a clear reference to his past work. Zoro as a samurai is directly related to Rurouni Kenshin.

6 Luffy was designed with Goku in mind

oda became a fan of dragonball manga. Like many other Japanese designers of his time, dragonball had a huge influence on Oda’s writing and art.

When Oda started developing A play, it was no coincidence that he designed a protagonist who shared many similarities with dragonballthe protagonist, Goku. Both Luffy and Goku are simple-minded warriors with a knack for punching, clumsy, and eating like there’s no tomorrow.


5 Oda wrote about pirates because he loved Vicky the Viking

Battle Shonen stories are filled with warriors and magic of all variations, but the world of piracy had rarely been explored before. A play. Oda brought pirates into the limelight with his manga and moved them away from mean raiders to fun and goofy groups of friends. But the inspiration behind this choice did not come from heaven.

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Oda has publicly stated that his love for pirates stems from an old cartoon called Vicky the viking. Although few have seen this cartoon, it may have inadvertently ended up as an important part of anime culture.


4 Luffy continued the evolution of protagonists Slim Shonen

In shonen manga and anime from the 90s and earlier, the protagonists were bullheads with a lot more brawn than brains. These characters were designed to be power fantasies for young boys and would have idealistic bodies like classic action heroes. But over time, these designs gradually disappeared in favor of thinner protagonists.

While some may point to Luffy as the leader of this charge, it may be fairer to give credit to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The trajectory of character design can be directly observed in the transition from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders at The diamond is unbreakableLuffy just continuing this evolution.


3 Lao G is a parody of Master Roshi

As a fan of dragonball and its many sequels, Oda has never been shy about including references and gags to his favorite manga. Because of how long A play is and how many characters Oda needs to create, it makes sense that he developed shortcuts to come up with ideas.

Lao G is one of many villains introduced in the Dressrosa saga, and to make his design more iconic and recognizable despite the little screen time given to him, Oda designed Lao G as a clear reference to Master Roshi. .

2 Dinosaur zoans are a reference to Beast Wars

In the most recent One Piece arc, Oda employed a number of characters with ancient zoans that give them the ability to transform into dinosaurs. While there could be a number of reasons why he did this, it’s entirely possible that it’s a reference to the old cartoon. Beast Wars.

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Beast Wars was a continuation of Transformers franchise that featured the robots not transforming into vehicles, but into animals instead. In a roundabout way, the Tobi Roppo of A play may be inspired by this same cartoon.

1 One Piece’s world-building is as grand as Hunter X Hunter’s

Very few anime could claim to have such a vast and engaging world as A play. The anime spent over two decades fleshing out its huge globe, with each new island expanding the already huge scale. Whereas Hunter X Hunter may not be as long as A playit presented a world that seems very similar.

They don’t share any direct parallels, but their reach and size carry roughly the same weight. Since these two series were released around the same time, it’s possible that A play was strongly inspired by Hunter X Hunter in this regard.

A code of ethics is needed before AI takes on more of the doctor’s role, report warns

Clear ethical standards and guidance are needed for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare settings, otherwise there is a risk of undermining trust between doctors and their patients, a Council report has warned. from Europe.

There are several potential ways in which increased use of AI in healthcare could impact patients’ human rights and the doctor-patient relationship, the report concludes, including inequalities in access to health care. health.

Other issues with AI that need to be considered are transparency for both healthcare professionals and patients, risk of social bias in AI systems, dilution of patient reporting on his health and the risk of automation bias, deskilling and misplaced responsibility.

The report’s author, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, research director at the Oxford Internet Institute, said he hoped it would inspire people to think about how AI could disrupt the basic processes involved in Health care.

He fears this is being used as a way to cut budgets or cut costs rather than improve patient care.

“If you’re considering bringing a new technology into the clinical space, you need to think about how it will be done.”

“Too often it is seen only as an exercise in economy or efficiency, not as one that could radically transform healthcare itself,” he said.

The report comes as a study found that AI has the potential to relieve pressures on the NHS and its workforce, but “frontline healthcare staff will need tailored and specialist support before ‘use with confidence’.

In the study, Health Education England and NHS AI Lab had also said there was a risk that AI could exacerbate cognitive biases and that clinicians might accept an AI recommendation uncritically due to time or difficulty. other pressures.

Council of Europe report says use of AI remains ‘unproven’ and could undermine ‘healing relationship’

“The doctor-patient relationship is the foundation of ‘good’ medical practice, and yet it seems to be turning into a doctor-patient-AI relationship.

“The challenge facing AI providers, regulators and policy makers is to establish strong standards and relationships for this new clinical relationship to ensure that the interests of patients and the moral integrity of medicine in as a profession are not fundamentally damaged by the introduction of AI,” the report concludes.

Dr. Mittelstadt also noted that it is not the patient’s vulnerability that is changed by the introduction of AI, but the means of delivery of care, how it can be delivered and by whom and who “can be disruptive. in many ways”.

In addition to the already widely recognized biases in AI systems due to the data on which they are based, there are also issues related to professional standards, in the event that AI is used, according to the report.

He adds: “If AI is used to greatly augment or replace human clinical expertise, its impact on the care relationship is more difficult to predict.”

JAPAN 1945 Atomic Bomb Emperor Hirohito General MacArthur by Marie Ueda

Born and raised during the American occupation of Japan, Marie Ueda remembers a dramatic transformation of post-war Japan led by General MacArthur, which catapulted Japan to gigantic economic prosperity and made the country the one of the leading prosperous nations.

Japan 1945: Atomic Bomb Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur by Marie Ueda

This book explores “the bizarre twists and ironies” of wartime events, which have never been uncovered by historians or war researchers before.

Portugal by Marie Ueda

This book explores such a relatively unknown nation in the world. This is a story of Portugal – the rise and fall of the Portuguese colonial empire

Hearsay, “Truth is stranger than fiction”, yes indeed. Readers of “JAPAN 1945” would surely be amazed and amazed by his “findings”.

—Marie Ueda

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, June 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — “The history of war is written by the victors,” hearsay. In this book, the defeated Japanese perspective is presented. The atomic bomb, Emperor Hirohito, General MacArthur and the end of World War II were familiar to generations born in the 20th century. It’s been 77 years since. There have been thousands of books written and several hundred films produced, so the majority of the world’s population has had enough. Looking back, however, behind this greater global conflict, the author exclaims that there are many “missing gaps” between the United States and Imperial Japan, which have never been covered by the media and scholars. Of the history. Therefore, these “key events” that took place during the war never surfaced and are still completely unknown to the world even today, almost eight decades after the war. As a bilingual journalist, author Marie Ueda uncovers the two sides of war history or information hidden by the two governments, as well as her own interviews with veterans of the American Pacific War, whom she has compiled into a single volume, giving a deep dimension and clear understanding of WWII.

The author first questions the nature of human conflicts. Since the Meiji Restoration, Japan has entered into three overseas wars – with China, Imperial Russia and the United States of America. They are huge countries compared to Japan, and they had strong military powers in the world. Why did Japan fight with them? His answer lies in the “passage of Japanese history”, explains the author. The era of the discovery of new world territorial explorations by the West and the colonial empires begins in the 15th century, the Shogunate of Japan refusing to join the West to become a member of Christianity. Instead, they chose isolation and closed doors to the West; what is called “national isolation”. Isolation lasted 260 years and it was Japan’s most peaceful time – no more civil wars or religious conflicts with Westerners – during this time Japanese culture evolved and flourished – no outside intervention. When American Commodore Mathew Perry arrived in Japan in the mid-1800s, the Japanese shogunate realized that most of its neighboring East Asian nations had been “colonized” by the West and the Japan was alone. This has become an alarming sign and a new threat to Japan. In order to avoid being invaded or colonized, Japan quickly armed itself to protect itself. After the start of the Meiji Restoration, within 40 years, Japan built up its own military force.

World War II ended dramatically, as we know it was the most extraordinary end of war in all 2,000 years of human history, due to the use of “bombs atomic”. Referring to atomic bombs, focusing on the last war year of 1945, the author exclaims that two atomic bombs were not the reason the Japanese surrendered. Even after receiving the deadliest destructive bombs against humanity, the Japanese army did not want to surrender. They still wanted to keep fighting the Americans. Why? Because Imperial Japan was also developing its own atomic bombs and planning to retaliate against the United States. A race to produce atomic bombs was going on in both countries during the war. The decision to use atomic bombs to end the war, President Truman made the right decision. As a result, he prevented Japan from becoming “communism”, a planned invasion by communist Soviet Russia. Truman became Commander-in-Chief after the death of President Roosevelt and was sworn in as a new president without knowing the progress of the Manhattan Project. Although he had no experience in presidential diplomacy, he had to make an urgent decision about whether the US military should use him or not. He has done a good job at this critical juncture in our civilization. He was a remarkable president.

The author deepens his research: the German origin of the atomic bomb and the reason why Nazi Germany allied itself with Japan. Hitler’s interests in Japan were Bushidui, samurai philosophy, and the spirit of Japanese warriors.

Referring to the progress in the production of atomic bombs, Germany was ahead of America and Japan, because they had “uranium”. When the Allied Army occupied Germany months before its surrender, it found “two atomic bombs” that were ready to be deployed. These “German-made atomic bombs” may have been used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Prior to his death, Hitler supplied Japan with uranium, but it was confiscated by the US Navy, and the US military was able to build “17 more atomic bombs” to continue attacking other Japanese cities. But this plan was stopped by President Truman. Truman had a clear conscience; he practiced true human morality. He was indeed the best American leader at this most critical moment of the world crisis.

There were so many “weird twists and ironies” as the war developed, and Marie Ueda recounts in detail as a story investigator. In her book “JAPAN 1945: Atomic Bomb, Emperor Hoirohito, General MacArthur”, she reports the political events and the history of the war on both sides: the United States and Japan, as well as Germany. While many historical scholars write “compartmentalized history”, “JAPAN 1945” encompasses everything in one volume so that readers understand and can see the full picture of the war. Hearsay, “Truth is stranger than fiction”, yes indeed. Readers of “JAPAN 1945” would surely be amazed and amazed by his “discoveries”. In this regard, Ms. Ueda’s work is a unique presentation.

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What do the masks of the characters in the Skull-Face Honda-san bookstore symbolize?

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Honda-San Librarian Skull is a quirky and comedic anime that focuses on the real-life experiences of its creator Honda, who worked as a clerk in the manga department of a Japanese bookstore. The mangaka uses a series of different masks to protect the identity of her colleagues.

However, these masks are not just used for practical purposes, but rather are implemented to symbolically represent each character’s personality, hobbies, or reflect elements of Japanese culture.

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Rabbit Head is one of Honda’s junior colleagues at the bookstore, who takes care of the games section. The rabbit mask (usagi) she wears was probably used to represent her young age. In many cultures and traditions, rabbits have been associated with youth and fertility.

Additionally, the Usagi has often been used as a symbol of selflessness. The moon rabbit is a well-known mythological story contained in the Japanese anthology Konjaku Monogatarishū, which depicts acts of great kindness.

The fable features acts of charity by a monkey, a fox, and a rabbit after witnessing a passing beggar. In an effort to appease the stranger’s hunger, the fox gathers fish, while the monkey picks fruit. However, since the rabbit is not as resourceful as the others, they decide to burn the grass they have collected and throw themselves into the flames as an offering. Impressed by the Rabbit’s selflessness, the beggar reveals himself to be the Emperor and sends him to the Moon to be its guardian.

In traditional Japanese work culture, younger employees are often expected to sacrifice more of their time to gain experience and help their respective companies and senpai. As a junior within the Honda bookstore, it’s likely that Rabbit Head would try to help out his older, more experienced colleagues as often as possible to pay homage and impress him. The Usagi mask that Honda used to represent her is likely a reflection of these beliefs.

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Okitsune is one of Honda’s senior colleagues who is in charge of the comics section and specifically focuses on books published by Kondansha. Okitsune shows genuine appreciation for her co-workers and will likely be the first to stand up for them when they are treated poorly. However, she can be rather abrasive, unprofessional and often uses profanity.

Honda’s use of a fox mask (kitsune) to conceal his identity was used to reflect both his caring and edgy personality. In Japanese folklore, kitsune are often depicted as creatures possessing paranormal abilities and living in harmony with humans.

They are generally classified as benevolent beings who are loyal friends and guardians (zenko) or mischievous creatures who cannot be trusted (yako). The Okitsune character apparently bridges the gap between this duality and has been employed by Honda to symbolically emphasize both his charm and fiery temper.

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Ko-omote

Ko-omote is another Honda Bookstore junior who tends to the shelves of boy and teen romance manga. The Ko-omote (“little face”) mask she wears is a traditional Japanese headgear that is typically used in Noh, a classical dramatic dance form that has been performed since the 14th century.

While these masks can represent a wide range of emotions, values, and ideas, the Ko-omote mask this employee is wearing was likely chosen by Honda-san to represent beauty and innocence. It seems that Honda recognized this particular co-worker for her charming appearance, kindness and youthfulness and decided that this mask was the perfect representation of those personality traits.

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Armor and Kendo

Two of Honda’s colleagues wear masks related to combat and fencing. While Kendo-san is soft-spoken, Honda notes that he is incredibly strong and able to lift a lot of heavy books with minimal effort. Compared to many masks used throughout the show, the Kendo (Bōgu) mask this character wears is less cryptic or obscured in mythology.

Honda’s use of this mask to represent this character is almost certainly a reflection of the hobby this person pursued outside of work time. Since Kendo requires considerable dedication to master, they likely spent much of their free time practicing the skill.

The mask of armor deviates from Japanese traditions and instead is based largely on a western medieval knight. She is one of Honda’s superiors and is in charge of the love comics section for boys. Armor is a complete fangirl when it comes to male and BL idols, and even takes some of her co-workers to see shows featuring the boys she looks up to. The knight’s helmet is probably a reference to the classic ideal of heroes, which she spends her time flattering.


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Azarashi

Azarashi (seal) is Honda’s editor in Kadokawa and is depicted after the animal he is named after. While this character is voiced by a male, his gender was subverted for the show.

Unlike many other characters in the series, Azarashi requested that she be drawn as a baby harp seal. It’s probably because it’s her favorite animal and because it provides visual puns. As editor, it’s her job to review Honda’s work and provide her stamp of approval to give the project the green light.

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Other characters

The meaning behind the masks of some other characters is either for more simplified reasons or for personal reasons. Yōsetsu Mask’s appearance is possibly due to him being a former mechanic or engineering hobbyist, while Full-Face’s look is likely due to his love for motorcycles.

Other masks were chosen to emphasize the disposition of the people. Gas Mask is a perfect example, in which his stoic and cynical nature is accentuated by the well-fitting mask that Honda has chosen.

Choosing a paper bag for Kamibukuro is a little trickier to decipher. As a general rule, at least in Western media, when a brown paper bag is placed over someone’s head, it means they are ugly. However, this interpretation would be rather strange considering that paper bag kun is one of Honda’s closest friends and senior colleagues.

That said, Honda-san has a weirdly dark sense of humor, so that could be a possible explanation. However, Kamibukuro proved to be rather rambunctious and often prone to panicking. It is therefore more likely that the paper bag refers to their heavy breathing, which they could often be seen doing to calm themselves down.

5 Most Iconic Ninjas In Video Games (And 5 Indomitable Samurai)

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After World War II, Japan realized that it was falling behind in the competition against the United States. Whether industrial or military, their opponents were too big and had a big advantage. Instead, the Japanese focused more on exporting their culture.

Since then, this non-violent approach has worked surprisingly well in times of unprecedented peace. From video games to TV shows and, most importantly, cartoons, Japan’s rich heritage has been exported around the world. Among these exports are tales of the martial prowess of Japan’s iconic ninjas.

The contrast between the two could not have been starker. One is a true medieval battlefield chariot that fought with honor and discipline. The other was a cunning rogue who struck from the shadows and was ruthless in getting his way, no matter the means.

Their popularity over the decades hasn’t waned, and even today they enjoy a strong spirit of sharing with games still being released according to their tradition. Players around the world have enjoyed playing as these two warriors and experiencing their different fighting styles and weapons.


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5) Shadow – Final Fantasy VI

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A solitary warrior who lives by his own rules, Shadow pledges allegiance to no one. A playable character in Final Fantasy VI, Shadow is a mercenary with a compelling personality who has caught the attention of players.

A man of few words and a loner par excellence, this ninja’s only constant companion is a canine sidekick.

Frequently switching sides from empire to rebellion, Shadow works for the right price and plays by a different set of rules.

While much of Shadow’s past, present, and future are a mystery, players get a glimpse of his backstory through dreams while resting between missions.


4) Leonardo – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Leonardo, the unspoken leader of our favorite half-shell heroes, is on the other end of the spectrum.

As loyal as he is strong, Leonardo is a disciplined warrior who always puts the team before himself.

Leo trains and studies tirelessly, the most driven of the team, and it’s no wonder he’s the favorite student of Splinter, their adoptive father.

Leonardo, the eldest of his brothers, is identifiable by a distinctive blue mask.

While each Ninja Turtle is unique in their skills and personality, this Ninjato wielding dual fighter is famous for always being calm under pressure and a rock that the team can rely on.


3) Wolf – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Sekiro, also known as Wolf, has made a lasting impression on gamers’ minds with his prosthetic tools and combat arts. The immense capacity for learning, the agility that would put the fastest to shame, and the ability to see in the dark make Wolf a shinobi of legend.

A young orphan rescued from the mess of a terrible battle, Wolf was taken in by the owl, who became an adoptive father and mentor. A lifetime of discipline and training turned this ninja into a lethal weapon, and he was soon sworn to a lifelong duty to protect a young lord.

Believing his master to have died in an attack that also crippled him, Wolf wasted his life aimlessly until news of his master still alive reached him. The story that follows is what makes Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice an award-winning game.


2) Scorpion – Mortal Kombat

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Mortal Kombat’s roster of ninjas (secret characters included) has one key differentiator, but Scorpion stands out for several reasons. An undead ninja, fueled by the exacting revenge of those who killed his clan, not even death can stop him.

With attacks propelled by a deadly Kunai or a rope spear, Scorpion unleashes a show of grotesque power at his opponents in the bloody fighting game. The signature taunts of “Come Here” and “Get Over Here” accompanying his spear attacks add to the character’s personality and make him even more memorable.


1) Snake Eyes – GI Joes

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Arguably the most famous ninja of our time, Snake Eyes became a fan favorite of all the 90s kids of GI Joe TV shows. Although later GI Joe games hardly caused ripples in the gaming community when they were released, the legend of the mighty silent ninja never waned.

An orphan taken in and trained by the clan of his future nemesis Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes is a deadly warrior with legendary combat abilities. Severe burns and the loss of his vocal cords in an accident didn’t stop him from completing a mission and haven’t slowed him down since.

Since its debut, every franchise film has featured the iconic ninja, including one entirely dedicated to its origins.


The most honorable samurai in video games

5) Oshiro Mugen – Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

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Set in feudal Japan, Shadow Tactics essentially follows Oshiro Mugen, the samurai tasked by his Shogun with bringing peace to the country. He then recruits four other allies and is the undisputed leader of the team.

A tough, honorable warrior with a heart of gold and the skills to back it up, he’s excellent at taking down many targets together. The team’s paladin, Mugen, is used to being the center of attention and likes to be in the thick of the action while leaving the rest of his team free to attack key targets.

Born a peasant, Mugen rose through the ranks to become the Shogun’s most trusted and fearsome warrior.


4) Guillaume Nioh

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Possibly the only character on this list who is not originally from Japan, William is an Irishman skilled in violence on the high seas. His initial mission to find powerful spiritual stones called Amrita led him to Japan in pursuit of the alchemist Edward Kelley, where he formed an unlikely alliance with the Tokugawa shogunate against his quarry and the Oni. They are a threat to the political stability of the country.

Nioh is set in a dark fantasy version of Japan’s Sengoku period, where different clans are at war. William is based on a real person and meets several other historical figures from this period during his journey.


3) Haohmaru – Samurai Shodown

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A Ronin (samurai with no lord or master) is based on legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, Haohmaru is an iconic gaming character, having starred in each of SNK’s Samurai Shodown games.

First appearing in 1993, it has been featured 20 times since then. While serving no master and fighting for the thrill of battle, players are acquainted with HaohMaru’s journey from a reckless young warrior to an enlightened and wise samurai with pointed observations on his adversaries and the mystery of the life.


2) Jin Sakai – Ghost of Tsushima

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Jin Sakai, or the Ghost of Tsushima, has been masterfully animated by Sucker Punch Productions for an open-world samurai experience. He is one of the most popular samurai of recent times. The only remaining member of the Sakai clan, he is the nephew and ward of Lord Shimura, the Jitō of Tsushima.

Set during the historic event of the first Mongol invasion of Japan, Jin was part of the small army of defenders who made the ultimate sacrifice for Tsushima.

Understanding that the enemy cannot be taken head-on, Jin must choose between the honorable Bushido path or the ruthless Shinobi path, and this conflict within him is apparent throughout the game.


1) Samurai Jack – Time Battle

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Samurai Jack, the ultimate indomitable samurai warrior, made his first animated appearance in 2001. Trained from a young age to battle the demon Aku, Jack is cast into a spell and sent eternities into the future where Aku reigns supreme.

The post-apocalyptic world our hero wakes up in is plagued by all kinds of thugs who thrive on the chaos that the Demon King is spreading. Without thinking of giving up, Jack confronts all the evil townspeople Aku sends him and becomes a beacon of hope for the terrorized populace.

A stoic hero with a wise wisdom that puts the needs of others above his own, Samurai Jack is one of a kind.


Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author only.


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Rougenoirs must find killer instinct after double loss to Bombers

“The moral victory: ‘Hey, we’re fine, but…’ I don’t think that’s going to help us in the locker room.”

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Nate Behar summed it up shortly after Friday night’s tough 19-12 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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“Finish.”

Much like in Week 1 – a 19-17 loss, also at the hands of the Bombers – the Ottawa Redblacks were unable to complete offensive practices in their first home game. Four field goals. None touched. The Blues in the red zone. Now, with a bye week ahead of them before they face the BC Lions at home on Thursday, June 30, there’s a lot to settle.

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Receiver Nate Behar had seven catches for 91 yards against the Bombers on Friday.
Receiver Nate Behar had seven catches for 91 yards against the Bombers on Friday. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

“Finish,” said Behar, who caught seven passes for 91 yards. “It’s a simple word. I’m sure it’s going to be stuck on every wall. When we come back from the week off (Head Coach Paul LaPolice) might have a tattoo on his neck, with the word “Finish.” The receivers were talking…we felt incredible confidence from the 25th to the 25th. It was just easy – hit this, hit that. Then it crackled. Some of them were penalties, some were lack of execution. Maybe we’re trying to go too fast, not breathing. We need to fix this problem, figure out what’s wrong there and get rid of it.

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The Rougenoirs outplayed the defending Gray Cup champions in each of Weeks 1 and 2. On Friday, the Rougenoirs were better in almost every area except the scoreboard, which matters most. Ottawa once again dominated the first half, but had only three field goals to show.

“I don’t want to do the whole moral victory thing,” Behar said. “There’s a big difference between a moral victory – with people patting you on the back and you might not get what you need out of it, which is to work hard and get better – versus we’re 0-2, let it sting, soak up the week off, but have that hunger to be better. The moral victory: ‘Hey, we’re doing well, but…’ I don’t think that it will help us in the locker room.”

Receiver Jaelon Acklin, who caught seven passes for 77 yards, said he thought the Redblacks “played pretty well.” We can’t make mistakes, myself included. We’re a game or two away. We’re going to eliminate the week off and make the most of it.

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Two turnovers, both on failed third-down attempts in the fourth quarter, and penalties (10 for 96 yards) hurt. An obvious kicker penalty on Adam Auclair late in the game was the final dagger. It’s also worth pointing out that the officials had a night off, with head-scratching penalties back and forth.

Redblacks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli followed up last week’s 380-yard passing effort with 320 yards. He looks confident and in control, which Ottawa has lacked in the last two Canadian Football League seasons.

Asked about missed opportunities, Masoli said: “Two come to mind: trial and error; which led them to score a touchdown. It’s on me, 100 percent. And then throw it to Darvin (Adams in the end zone). I had a bit of pressure to the right, but if I threw him a bit more there… He routed the guy. Our level of expectation is to win a championship. We work every day to win a championship.

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It is difficult to determine what happened in the second half of each of the first two games. Obviously, the Bombers redouble their efforts. But there was also a disappointment among the Rougenoirs. It’s about sinking your teeth into an opponent and not letting go. Finish…there’s that word again.

“It was a bit flat, which is frustrating,” Behar said. “We have to try to control our energy a little better. Get on the ups and downs and stay balanced and keep your foot on the throttle the whole time. We still did some good things in the second half. We moved the ball again and the defense was making plays. But the energy must be matched throughout the process.

“We have a week off to learn,” Redblacks receiver Jaelon Acklin said.
“We have a week off to learn,” Redblacks receiver Jaelon Acklin said. “If we don’t learn, we will die.” Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

For the second week in a row, Les Rouge et Noir did not call a time-out late in the first half despite having the ball near midfield. But get this: Ottawa was going downwind, probably needing to advance the ball 20 or 25 yards before entering the shooting range. Also – and I was wrong – each team only gets two timeouts per game, not two per half. So coaches make sure to protect timeouts, because they really need to save at least one for a potential challenge, unless they’re really sure of getting points.

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The voices of veteran players will be heard as the Redblacks breathe and prepare for the Lions.

“We have a lot of guys staying (on the bye week),” Masoli said. “One of our leaders, Avery (Williams, linebacker), said, ‘Don’t waste time, don’t sit on the couch. Come back healthier and fitter. Mentally flush everything and we’ll come back and launch.

“We have a week off to learn,” Acklin said. “If we don’t learn, we will die.”

It’s about figuring out that you have enough space to do great things and then figuring out what hasn’t been good enough to do it,” Behar said. “It’s not about restarting everything, blowing everything up. It’s like, ‘OK, we know we can do X, Y, and Z, we’ve been throwing for X yards. How can we improve it? That has to be the goal, cleaning up our trash, cleaning up the stuff we killed ourselves over.

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REDBLACKS BULLETIN

Offense B-: Lots to really like. Masoli looked sharp again. The offensive line was solid despite three sacks. Running back Devonte Williams rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries. And receivers are a force. But the team must start pushing the ball into the end zone.

Defense B+: Really good in the first half. Gave up yardage in the second half, when Winnipeg put their game on track. Money Hunter had one interception and five tackles. Frankie Griffin had seven tackles, Avery Williams had six. Lorenzo Mauldin IV and Tre Hornbuckle each had a bag.

Special Teams D: A unit that consistently gets high marks here didn’t have its best night. Reliable Lewis Ward missed one of five field goal attempts. Richie Leone, one of the CFL’s best punters, averaged 38 yards. And a brutal kicker penalty on Adam Auclair was the final nail in the coffin.

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Pokemon Conquest’s appeal is clearer than ever after 10 years

In 2019, TitleMax released statistics showing Pokemon was the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. This status continued until the 25th anniversary of Pokemon Red and Green in 2021, and now Game Freak is gearing up to launch its ninth generation of core creature-collecting RPGs with pokemon scarlet and Purple. The Pokemon Company’s multimedia empire includes ongoing anime, trading card game, and spin-off titles in nearly every genre, including tactical RPG. Pokémon Conquest.

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A joint venture with the Koei-Tecmo franchise Nobunaga’s ambition, Pokémon Conquest was one of many spin-offs to emerge during the fifth generation. This period featured a diverse mix of titles, including an edutainment game Learn with Pokemon: Strike Adventurecasual adventure game PokePark 2: Wonders Beyondbeat them toy based Pokemon Rumble Blastand dungeon crawl roguelike Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity. Conquest was an underrated experience for more hardcore fans, and as it celebrates 10 years in North America, it’s worth wondering how a second attempt could thrive now more than ever.


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How Pokemon Conquest’s Bizarre Crossover Was Born

Nobunaga’s ambition is a turn-based grand strategy game series that began life on Japanese PCs in 1983, chronicling Oda Nobunaga’s quest to unify Japan during the Warring States period of the 1500s. he seems to be a strange companion for Pokemon, a series usually set in modern times where young children befriend powerful animal companions. These kids often have to stop megalomaniac geniuses from destroying the planet with ancient legendary Pokemon, but the series’ Saturday morning cartoon vibe is a far cry from the political intrigue of leading armies through mock war.


In an IGN interview with director Hisashi Koinuma before Conquest launched in 2012, it acknowledged the odd mix of “two distinct kinds of worlds” which was resolved by emphasizing fantasy elements. Koinuma said The Pokemon Company President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara is a fan of Nobunaga’s ambition and approached Koei Tecmo, leading to a collaboration in which the studios worked on design documents and concepts together, but Koei Tecmo handled most of the development.

Pokémon Conquest has been compared to the Mystery Dungeon series as a spin-off intended to broaden the appeal of the franchise, though Koinuma told IGN that the team didn’t give much thought to how it would appeal to non-Pokemon Fans. “The most difficult aspect would have been to come up with a strategy game that Pokemon users can play,” he said. “Something that would be comfortable for Pokemon users.” Creating a game that appealed to young children was a big consideration.


The simplicity of Pokemon Conquest is its charm

The strategy game is set in the Ransei region, moving away from realistic Japanese environments in favor of anime-inspired fantasy. Ransei is divided into 17 realms – representing the 17 types of Pokémon at the time – ruled by Warlords from Nobunaga’s ambition; themselves based on historical figures. For example, the electric-type realm Violight is commanded by Ginchiyo Tachibana, the psychic-type realm Illusio by Kenshin Uesugi, and the dragon-type realm Dragnor by Nobunaga himself.

Pokémon ConquestThe main storyline sees players unifying all of Ransei before Nobunaga, as completing this task is supposed to summon his creator Arceus (the region itself is in the form of this mythical Pokemon). Each “warrior” is paired with one monster at a time, much like sync pairs in later spin-offs Pokemon Masters EX, and they all bring a unique warrior skill that applies buffs or other benefits. Players can have each character pair up with wild Pokemon to find their “Perfect Bond”, some of which include legendaries like Mitsuhide Akechi and Articuno.


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As in the main series, players take six warriors into battle – in any combination of generic characters or warlords. The grand strategy battlegrounds of Nobunaga’s ambition have been simplified into smaller grids to accommodate those six-on-six matches, and Pokemon can only use one move with specified attack ranges and patterns. His pixel art style went further than Pokemon Black and WhiteSprites animated with a pseudo-3D isometric design. Arenas had their own gadgets ranging from the feudal farmlands of Aurora where log barricades can be pushed to a huge magnetic factory in Valora.

With each realm having a main battleground and a small handful of wild Pokemon cards, it’s relatively easy for players to see it all. Pokémon Conquest has it all – the periods between battles are spent moving units to different realms so they can raise funds or develop the terrain. However, the inherent replayability of ConquestThe deceptively simple mechanics are where it shines. Once players beat the main campaign, they unlock dozens of scenarios based on various Warlords; each with a difficulty and objective, whether it’s conquering pieces of Ransei or recruiting a certain number of Pokémon. Unit upgrades continue, so playing all of these campaigns can contribute to the quest for Perfect Links.


Pokemon Conquest has a lot more potential

While this collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Koei Tecmo was well received, it wasn’t a big seller. According to sales figures published by Media Create and reported by Siliconera in January 2013, Pokémon Conquest only 341,250 sold in Japan in 2012 – a far cry from the millions hit by the typical Pokemon Games. You could say that the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in 2011 hampered interest, but that same sales chart was dominated by pokemon black 2 and White 2 2.9 million copies. Even these Gen 5 sequels are on the lower end of the spectrum. Pokemon list of bestsellers.

Pokemon shift to an isometric tactical RPG was also perhaps less adopted at the time. Similar titles like Final Fantasy Tactics had found an audience, but overall the genre was less prevalent than typical JRPGs. Today, games like Square Enix’s 2D-HD Triangle strategy and the next from Leikir Studio Metal Slug Tactics attract more mainstream attention and marketing; not to mention a glut of indies like EVC Games’ Wintermoor Tactical Club.

The Pokemon Company certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing down its production of spin-offs. Return of old series like New Pokemon Snap and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX released every year alongside new genres, such as MOBA Pokemon Unite. Although not technically a spin-off, Pokemon Legends: Arceus shows Game Freak’s continued willingness to try out original concepts (especially with historical Japanese settings). With all of this in mind, not to mention Koei Tecmo’s ongoing work with Nintendo on the theme Warriors games, maybe now is the perfect time to give Pokémon Conquest another shot whether it gets a remake or a sequel.

Pokémon Conquest is now available on DS.

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Sources: IGN, Siliconera

Why Japan has one of the lowest COVID death rates in the world without a warrant

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Japan’s virus strategy relied on people voluntarily complying with social distancing guidelines, especially when cases spiked. This proved more effective than top-down measures in other places, which in some cases made people resistant and defiant.

“People use their own judgment to avoid risk and change their behavior and that plays a hugely important role,” Ohmagari said.

This includes wearing masks. They were adopted at the start of the pandemic and the practice remains almost universal even though the government has relaxed its recommendation to wear one outside. Mask use in Japan is generally above 90%, a threshold that other G7 countries have only occasionally approached, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Almost 90% of Japanese people still choose to wear war masks, even though it is not mandatory in many circumstances. Credit:PA

The government’s “Three Cs” slogan – which touts avoiding enclosed spaces, crowded places and close contact situations – has also reinforced how it wants people to act.

Additionally, taxi buildings have undertaken efforts to improve ventilation, including the use of carbon dioxide monitors to show indoor air is being exchanged.

The relatively light nature of the restrictions also meant that Japan did not face the significant disruption to daily life from a severe lockdown, rolled out in countries from Italy to China and Australia at various times. . This may have helped people comply with restrictions longer and allowed the nation to avoid the kind of social unrest seen abroad.

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And even though other populations have returned to normal life, the Japanese seem to remain cautious: Activities in Tokyo’s nightlife district are still down nearly 40% from 2019, according to one estimate.

Vaccination

Before the pandemic, the Japanese had one of the lowest levels of vaccine confidence in the world. But they are now among the best-protected populations in the G7, quickly catching up with countries like the United States that had launched their vaccination programs months earlier and were doing so without a mandate.

Experts pointed out that the initial slow rollout of vaccinations and an early shortage created a sense of urgency, especially among the elderly, while the act of inoculation was not politicized as it was in the States. -United.

While vaccine hesitancy was high in Japan when the pandemic began, it now has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world – without a warrant.

While vaccine hesitancy was high in Japan when the pandemic began, it now has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world – without a warrant. Credit:Bloomberg

About 93% of Japanese people aged 65 and over have had two injections and 90% have had a booster, according to data from the Prime Minister’s Office. This compares to 81% of the total population having received two doses and 61% receiving a third.

“Thanks to the protection the Japanese have gained through vaccination and natural infection, I don’t expect hospitalizations or deaths in Japan to increase dramatically anytime soon,” said Kenji Shibuya, epidemiologist at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.

Health

One of the main pillars of the low death rate was the underlying good health of the Japanese population. The country has the longest life expectancy in the world and was one of only six OECD members to see no reduction in 2020. Only 5% of Japanese are obese, one of the conditions that is increasing the risk of serious illness from Covid, compared to 36% of the population in the US and 28% in the UK, according to the World Obesity Federation.

Widely adopted actions like mask-wearing and hand-washing have also wiped out other illnesses like the flu, which typically kills more than 10,000 Japanese a year.

Deaths in the country were almost entirely in the over-60s, indicating a strong health base for the middle-aged and younger cohorts. This contrasts with a wider distribution of deaths in the United States, where around a quarter of deaths were among people under the age of 65, according to government figures.

Contact tracing

Like most countries around the world, Japan’s healthcare system has been strained during outbreaks of infections. But it has managed to maintain a high level of contact tracing during the pandemic, which means resources can be sent to where they are needed, free of charge.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike with one of the cleaning robots deployed at a hotel for COVID patients with mild symptoms, May 2020.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike with one of the cleaning robots deployed at a hotel for COVID patients with mild symptoms, May 2020. Credit:PA

A network of local public health centers trace cases and find positive patients in a free hospital or hotel room. Those self-isolating at home are constantly contacted by health center staff, who send nurses and doctors as needed.

“We know that early intervention saves more lives,” Ohmagari said. “Although I think we can do more, the Japanese system tries to leave no one behind, monitors patients carefully and intervenes early.”

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San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Panel List Announced

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The official San Diego Comic-Con schedule is normally released exactly two weeks before the convention (which would put this year’s release dates as July 7-10), but many properties reveal well in advance that they’ll be attending the convention. . This is where you can find all of our announcements compiled into one handy main article.

We will update this post until the times are officially announced – and it’s important to note that the schedule is never finalized until Comic-Con International or the various studios/entities reveal it. All schedules are subject to change.

1. Wednesday – Preview Night
2. Thursday – Movies, TV, Comics, or Other Panels
3. Friday – Movies, TV, Comics or Other Panels
4. Saturday – Movies, TV, Comics or Other Panels
5. Sunday – Movies, TV, Comics or Other Panels
6. No Dates Announced Yet – Movies, TV, Comics, or Other Panels

Wednesday, Preview Night (July 20)

Thursday (July 21)

Movies

Television

Comics

Live Art and Panel Discussion (Room 2). Should appear: Todd Nauck.

[NEW] Rick and Morty Comics (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room 25ABC). Planned appearance: Alex Firer, Annie Griggs, Troy Little.

Other panels

True or false? Darren Shulman (co-host of the Shulbros Week in Review and Through the Lens podcasts) and Jon Kuang host a panel of stars playing Real or Fake?, the game show where contestants must decide if a comedic character or plot is… real or fake. Panelists include Shawn “Big Clutch” Kirkham (SVP, Skybound Entertainment), Terry Mayo (Comic Creator, The Wicked Righteous), Don Nguyen (Pablo the Gorilla, Upper Deck Marvel Anime), Christie Shinn (creator of Demon Bitch and Personal Monsters ), Leonard Sultana (The Convention Collective), Alanah Tweedy (The Convention Collective) and Fawaz Qashat. Participants who play with Twitter will have a chance to win a Funko Pop.

Friday (July 22)
Movies

Green Lantern: Beware of my power.

Television

Comics

[NEW] horror in comics (5-6 p.m., Room 32AB).

[NEW] Importance for comic creators to own their own intellectual property (4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 26AB). Expected to appear: Phil Jiminez, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti.

Other panels

Mictlan: An Ancient Mythical Tale (Codex to Console) (7:30-8:30 p.m., room 29CD).

Saturday (July 23)
Movies

Television

Comics

Aspen comics (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Room 4).

[NEW] Party like it’s 97 (12 p.m.-1 p.m., Room 28DE). Comedic talents celebrate Oni’s 25th anniversary. Should appear: James Lucas Jones, Charlie Chu.

[NEW] Spotlight on Willy Mendes (3-4 p.m., Room 4). Moderator Brian Doherty, (Dirty Picures…), will lead Mystic Comix artist Willy Mendes to exhibit his intricate work from the Underground Comix era, (Gothic Blimp Works, It Ain’t Me Babe, All Girl Thrills, Illuminations, etc. .) and just recently returned to the field with Red 5 Comics’ Queen of Cosmos Comix series; with Trina Robbins, celebrity artist, editor of (Wonder Woman), (It Ain’t Me Babe, Complete Wimmen’s Comix) author and historian (many books!), Kim Munson, author (Comic Art in Museums) and curator (Women in Comics), and Joshua Starnes, publisher of Red 5 Comics and comic book writer (The Box).

Other panels

pure gold. Short film in which a desperate farmer is tempted by something precious. Should appear: Rik Gordon.

Sunday (July 24)
Movies

Television

Comics

[NEW] 25 years of Oni Press: from classic to modern (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 23ABC). Should appear: James Lucas Jones, Charlie Chu.

Other panels

No date announced
Movies

An Evening with Kevin Smith (Room H). Should appear: Kevin Smith.

Directors on directing. Set to appear: Tim Miller (director of Deadpool, creator of Love, Death + Robots), Andrew Stanton (director of Finding Nemo, WALL-E and John Carter) and Chad Stahelski (director of the John Wick franchise). Moderated by: Steve Weintraub.

Television

The Dragon Prince.

Hamster and Gretel. Intro to preview.

Hollow’s Bend: the radio play.

[NEW] The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Planned appearance: Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay and “stars”.

X-Men: The Animated Series 30th Anniversary. Set to appear: series showrunner Eric Lewald, series writer Julia Lewald, series director/producer Larry Houston, series screenwriter Dan Veesenmeyer and voice actress Lenore Zann (Rogue). Moderated by: Dayspring and Michelle Waffle.

Comics

Charlie Brown Professional Education Program (4:30 p.m., room 26AB). Should appear: Nat Gertler, Benjamin L. Clark (curator of the Schulz Museum).

Comics on Campus: Fandom at Academia. Should appear: Ed Catto.

DC and the creation of post-war American society. Should appear: Viola Burlew.

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Civilians.

From Mopsy to Trina: Mid-Century Fashion in Comics and Its Legacy. Expected to appear: Sydney Heifler, Trina Robbins, Michael Dooley.

Made for Women by Women: Girl Power and Barbie Comics in the 1990s.

Remembering Brian Augustyn. Expected to appear: Patrick Gerard, Mark Waid.

X-Men Fandom Panel. Planned appearance: Lenore Zann (voice of Snape in X-Men: The Animated Series).

Other panels

alien panel. Should appear: Clara Carija

American Outlaws.

Bad Medicine in TV and Movies. Should appear: Johnny Kolasinski.

the bee. Short film. Should appear: Michael Karr.

Black and Queer. Should appear: Victor T. Kerney

Captain Action: The Classic Collection. Should appear: Ed Catto.

Couples who do cosplay. Expected to appear: Shawn Richter, Lisa Lower, Trevor and Wendy Newton, Miguel and Lucy Capuchino. Moderator: Leana Ahmed.

Creating 3D models for storytelling in Blender 3D. Should appear: Stephen Burns.

Funko (Room H). Expected to appear: Rosario Dawson, Simu Liu and William Zabka.

Game of Thrones / House of the Dragon fan sign. Expected to appear: Amin Javadi, Tara Lynne, Ashaya.

Gay Geeks and where to find them. Should appear: Julian Jetson.

Level Up: Create an RPG Empire.

Make a living being creative. Should appear: Johnny Kolasinski.

[NEW] The Mandalorian: Under the Helmet. The Mandalorian is a complicated character, a loner who becomes a loving guardian, a bounty hunter who learns compassion. Host Melissa Miller (Nerdist, Star Warsologies) chats with experts on the show and the man behind the mask. Psychologist Drea Letamendi (Arkham Sessions, Mindfulness-Based Therapy Using Star Wars) shares insight into Mando’s changing loyalties. Real bounty hunter Matt Laird shares stories from his work. Blacksmith and materials specialist Waltteri Vakki provides insight into the creation and meaning of Beskar weapons and armor. Paul Wynns, aerospace engineer and former Navy jet pilot, talks about flying and maintaining the Razor Crest and Naboo fighter. And actor Chris Bartlett (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett) connects it all to his experience as a mercenary, teacher, and bartender in Star Wars. Bring your Mando questions to our experts!

Manifest Fan Panel. Moderator: Marcia Middleton.

Mental health and pop culture. Should appear: Vince Alvendia.

Outlandish Confabulation: A Panel of Outlander Fans.

Podcasting 101.

relive.

[UPDATE] Jurassic World Science. In the Jurassic World movies, dinosaurs travel from the island park to our cities and wilderness. We chat with fan scientists from the franchise to explore the real-world science of bringing dinosaurs back to life and setting them free. We’ll ask the big questions: what’s good and bad about the movies about these extinct creatures? What are the technical challenges and ethical considerations of genetic recreation and tinkering with different species? What is the impact of introducing megafauna in different environments? Once the dinos are free, what rights do they have to survive? Does life really find a way? Our team of scientists includes paleontologist Stuart Sumida (technical consultant, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Camp Cretaceous), herpetologist Earyn McGee (“Find That Lizard”), conservation biologist Sam Wynns, evolutionary developmental biologist Claire Meaders, paleontologist Gabe Santos, and geneticist and science fiction author J. Dianne Dotson (Questrison Saga). Moderated by James Floyd (Podcast Host, Star Warsologies, Regular Freelance Contributor, Star Wars Insider magazine).

Sonny vicious.

Universe Star Wars Samurai. Set to appear: Doug Marcaida (History Channel “Forged in Fire” weapons and samurai expert), Dude Vader, Brendan Prout, Nathan Seekerman, Beth Accomando, Leah Panos and David Hernandez.

Massachusetts bishop punishes school for Black Lives Matter, Pride flags

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Diocese of Worcester told a local college it could no longer identify itself as a Catholic school because it disobeyed the bishop’s order to remove its Black Lives Matter and Pride flags.

The Boston Globe reports that the Bishop of Worcester, Robert McManus, told Worcester Nativity School in a letter this week that waving these flags in front of a Catholic school “sends a mixed, confusing and outrageous message to the public. on the church’s position on important moral issues. and social issues.

The school displayed the flags for more than a year before the bishop objected. The school is a private tuition-free college for boys in central Massachusetts with approximately 60 students. The students had requested that the flags be flown.

The diocese said it was waiting until the end of the school year to ban the school from identifying itself as a Catholic school, an order that takes effect immediately. Masses and sacraments are no longer permitted on school premises.

Thomas McKenney, president of the school, said in a statement Wednesday that the flags simply indicate that all are welcome at the Nativity and that this value of inclusion is rooted in Catholic teaching. McKenney added that flying the flags is not an endorsement of any organization or ideology, “they fly to support marginalized people.”

McManus published a letter in May on flags. He wrote that symbols that embody specific agendas or ideologies contradict Catholic social and moral teaching.

He took issue with the Black Lives Matter flag because he said “a specific movement with a broader agenda has co-opted the expression,” promoting a curriculum for schools with principles that “affirm queer” and “affirm trans “, as well as disrupting the “nuclear family”. He said the pride flags represent support for same-sex marriage.

Flags that say “End Racism” or “We are all children of God” would be far more appropriate for a Catholic school, he wrote.

The Nativity can appeal the bishop’s decision through the Jesuits who oversee the school. The city of Worcester raised the Black Lives Matter and Pride flags in support of the school, which has pledged to continue flying the flags to show solidarity with students, their families and communities, reports the Globe.

June is also Pride Month, known as a celebration of the LGBTQ community that involves parades and events.

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UPSC Ethics Simplified: Politics Plus or Minus Ethics

General Studies Paper IV, “Ethics, Integrity, and Suitability,” is an essential component of the UPSC Diet Examination. The Indian Express UPSC Ethics Simplified is to assist and enable aspirants to decode, deconstruct and analyze the article “Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude”. With that, today’s topic is politics and ethics.

Political ethics, sometimes referred to as political morality or public ethics, is the practice of making moral judgments about political action and the study of that practice. Ethics is generally defined as the set of moral principles that guide a person’s behavior and define what is considered right and wrong. Similarly, political ethics refers to the formulation of moral judgments to guide action and decision-making methods for the public good.

“Politics” and “ethics” do not go together

It is often said that politics, ethics and personal morals are not always aligned. There are different schools of thought on ethics in politics. Some will say that politicians should stick to universal principles such as justice or equity to govern better. On the other hand, political realists such as Machiavelli argued that there is no place for ethics in politics or that ethical principles that govern the behavior of citizens should not bind politicians.

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In fact, political leaders throughout history have often had to make unethical decisions to advance the interests of their nation or state. For realists, politics is an active pursuit of power, and nation states are engaged in a constant struggle against each other to maximize their security in the anarchic world order. So, if politicians and statesmen are to be effective in this anarchic system, they cannot be bound by abstract ethical principles that would limit this pursuit. Political realists like Machiavelli reject ethical principles because they compel nations to seek power.

Ethics is an integral part of the policy

Mahatma Gandhi tried to bridge politics and ethics. According to the Mahatma, the ultimate goal of politics is to serve the people, not politics itself. Politics cannot be done without morality and ethics. As for morality and ethics, their meaning is to be compassionate and to understand the feelings of others. In the same way, Aristotle also believed that ethics and politics were closely related. Ethics examines the good of the individual, while politics examines the good of the state, which he considered the best kind of community. In this sense, there are codes of conduct for politicians in many countries, such as the United States, the United States, Canada and Germany. Also in India, there is a code of conduct for members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

Any discussion of an ethical framework for governance in a democracy must begin with ethical values ​​in politics, experts say. Politicians and people engaged in politics play a vital role in the legislative and executive wings of the state, whose acts of commission and omission in the functioning of the constitution and the rule of law become the focal point. intervention of the judiciary. Norms set in politics profoundly influence many aspects of governance and the behavior of people in general.

Politics without ethics is disastrous

In the current scenario, experts say, politics is more about competition than doing good to the public and it is no longer about idealism and constructive criticism. They say that bearing in mind recent incidents internationally and domestically, such as the Russian-Ukrainian war and the Nupur Sharma affair, the lack of ethics in politics is palpable. The repercussions of these events have an impact on the country and the general public. Experts point out that politicians are public servants too – their actions should be for the public good and their opinion should not be insensitive to any community.

They say it should be ‘us’ rather than ‘them and us’ and for a country like India, whose democracy is woven from the threads of different communities, castes, races, religions and languages, ethical conduct is very essential to follow to keep this nation united. As Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, politics without principles and ethics would be disastrous.

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Ice Queendom Reveals First Episode Titles

RWBY will officially make its anime debut next month as part of the increasingly packed summer 2022 anime schedule, and it has revealed the first episode titles for RWBY: Ice Queendom as he prepares for his big premiere. RWBY fans may be patiently awaiting the next major volume in the main series, but Rooster Teeth surprised everyone by announcing a new partnership with Bandai Namco Arts, Studio SHAFT, and more for a full-length anime adaptation of the long-running franchise. Not only that, but this series will surprisingly air next month, so the wait won’t be too long.

RWBY: Ice Queendom is gearing up for a special premiere later this month in Japan and with Crunchyroll, and ahead of its full launch in July, and the official site has detailed some of what fans can expect from this special premiere. While there’s no word on exactly what we’ll see in the first three episodes of this new anime take on the franchise, the series’ official website has revealed the titles of the first three episodes. They break down as follows:

(Photo: Rooster Teeth/Bandai Namco Arts)
  • Chapter 1 – “Departure” red, white, black, yellow
  • Chapter 2 – Here’s the Beacon “review”
  • Chapter 3 – A nightmare comes “Nightmare”

Originally created by Monty Oum, RWBY: Ice Queendom will feature Studio Shaft’s Gen Urobuchi on concept animation (with the studio itself animating the project) and Tow Ubukata as screenwriter. Releasing with Japanese and English dubbed sound, the main returning cast for the Japanese release includes returning Saori Hayami as Ruby Rose, Yoko Hikasa as Weiss Schnee, Yu Shimamura as Blake Belladonna and Ami Koshimizu as Yang Xiao Long. RWBYThe original English cast of will also provide dubbed audio with Lindsay Jones as Ruby Rose, Kara Eberle as Weiss Schnee, Arryn Zech as Blake Belladonna and Barbara Dunkelman as Yang Xiao Long, all confirmed so far.

Rooster Teeth and Bandai Namco Arts officially describe RWBY: Ice Queendom as such, “In the world of Remnant, a place where science and fairy tales co-exist, human civilization is plagued by deadly monsters known as the Grimms. For a time, the Grimms’ victory seemed almost certain, if not for the heroism of those sworn to protect humanity – the Hunters and Huntresses.These warriors are trained and assembled into teams at schools like Beacon Academy, where Ruby meets Weiss and Blake – forming Team RWBY with Ruby’s sister, Yang. As Team RWBY studies to become the greatest huntresses the world of Remnant has ever known, they face a terrifying threat…”

But what do you think of these first episode titles? What are you hoping to see from RWBY’s new anime debut? Are you eager to check RWBY: Ice Queendom when it will be launched this summer? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

“Ōoku”: The Alternate History of a Japan Ruled by Women by Yoshinaga Fumi

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In the manga Ōoku, Yoshinaga Fumi imagines a world in which women rule Japan after most of the country’s men die of disease. The alternate version from the Edo period (1603-1868) has received awards and praise both at home and abroad.

A reversal of social positions

Manga artist Yoshinaga Fumi Ōoku (Ōoku: the inner chambers) tells the story of an alternate version of the Edo period (1603-1868) in which most of the male population is killed by Redface Pox, a disease that only affects males, during the reign of Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shōgun. Families of peasants, merchants and samurai lose their breadwinners and heirs, and Iemitsu himself dies, to be secretly replaced by his illegitimate daughter. The female shogun establishes a new society in which the social positions of men and women are reversed. (Spoiler alert: this article discusses the plot of Ōokuincluding the end.)

Japan has a long history of male-female inversion. In particular, there is the classic work Torikaebaya monogatari (trans. by Rosette F. Willig as The changing ones), written in the late Heian period (794-1185), in which a brother and sister both live passing for the opposite sex, as well as the various manga adaptations of the story. Tezuka Osamu’s 1950s manga Ribon no kishi (Princess Heart) features a protagonist with male and female hearts, whose personalities change when they are swapped. In the 1970s, Oscar, a noblewoman raised as a man, is a main character in Ikeda Riyoko’s seminal manga series. Berusaiyu no bara (The Rose of Versailles), set at the time of the French Revolution.

« Yoshinaga Fumi Ōoku stands out in that instead of just having changes in appearance, it presents a retelling of history in which the social positions of men and women are entirely reversed,” says manga researcher Yamada Tomoko of the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures at Meiji University.

After Iemitsu’s daughter takes over as shōgun (also using Iemitsu’s name), his former nanny Kasuga no Tsubone establishes the Ōoku – originally a name for the ladies’ rooms housing his leading wife and his concubines in the palace, but here with new meaning — to ensure that his line can continue. This parallels Kasuga’s role in reality, where she was prominent in the Ōoku, except in Yoshinaga’s version of the story, the “inner chambers” are quarters for males, chosen for their reproductive potential. The country goes into national isolation to prevent foreign powers from learning of the sudden reduction in the number of men. In another twist, Yoshiwara’s famous pleasure quarters become a place where ordinary women choose men to father their children. During this time, women perform physical labor.

“Instead of suddenly reversing male and female roles, Yoshinaga constructed a plausible and coherent world in which women took a central position that brought about social change.” Yamada said. “At the end, too, the story returns to the ‘true’ story we know. This kind of skillfully constructed story was unprecedented, which I think explains why it so quickly gained such appreciation in Japan and abroad.

Awards and acclaim

Five years after the start of serialization, Ōoku won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award in 2009, and the following year received the James Tiptree Jr. Award (now the Sinon Award) for works of science fiction and fantasy that encourage exploration and expansion of the kind. It was the first time a Japanese writer had won the American award, and also the first time a comedian had done so.

“Alternate stories reversing the positions of men and women are common in science fiction. But applying that to the shōgun family and the Ōoku got SF readers talking from the very start of the serialization,” comments sci-fi critic and translator Ōmori Nozomi. “I myself was eager to see how this conceit would align with the Tokugawa family history and how Yoshinaga would serve it.”

In the series, all the shōguns from Iemitsu to Yoshinobu (the fifteenth and last) appear – Yoshinobu and two others are male – and the real story is woven into the story. At the time of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the destruction of top secret documents concerning the Ōoku, covering history from the time of Kasuga no Tsubone, completes a return to the old social positions of men and women. Saigō Takamori rewrote history to make all shōguns male, erasing the “shameful” version produced by women.

“A typical science fiction writer would probably change the names of the shōguns after Iemitsu and come up with a completely different story of the family that diverges from our story,” Ōmori says. “In Ōoku, however, the major events largely unfold following the story we know, while creating a compelling alternative. It was a new approach.

The James Tiptree Jr. award was based only on the first two books in English translation. “More manga was being translated at the time,” Ōmori continues. “Yoshinaga had a lot of American fans and news of her Tokugawa shogun story as the women spread quickly via word of mouth and blogs. Many science fiction writers read Ōoku in the English-speaking world as well. A notable reader who praised the series was NK Jemisin, later a three-time Hugo Award winner for Best Novel, who had been a Yoshinaga fan for years.

Says Ōmori: “Science fiction in the United States and Britain, which was dominated by male writers, has in recent years seen a trend of female writers producing alternate stories with women as protagonists. You could say that Ōoku was a pioneer of this trend.

After the completion of the 19 volumes, Ōoku won the Japan SF Prize in February 2022.

“It wouldn’t have had that impact if it was just an alternate story,” Ōmori says. “I feel like the end of Ōoku won it increased appreciation. He provided an answer at the end as to why, other than the inversion, there was so little deviation from our story. There’s the shock that our real story is an edited version by Saigō Takamori. This double inversion provides an amazing finale with that SF-style “sense of wonder”. The startling revelation kind of reminds me of the end of Planet of the Apes.”

Skillful proofreading

Born in 1971, Yoshinaga began by creating parodies of The Rose of Versailles and slam dunk in dojinshi (self-published magazines) before breaking into the boys’ love genre, making her debut in a commercial magazine in 1994. She established herself as a mangaka in 1999 with Seiyō kottō yōgashiten (antique bakery); the hit series has been adapted into a television series, as well as a movie in South Korea.

“With derivative works, fans can make changes or links in the spaces between their favorite stories to make the original more meaningful to them or more fun,” Yamada notes. “For these fan communities, sharing their feelings like this is the greatest thrill. Yoshinaga has honed her skills for skillful proofreading in her dojinshi Activities.

“When I interviewed her about Ōoku, Yoshinaga said the story came from an idea she had in college to write a fantasy about a country ruled by a dynasty of queens. She gave it up after finding it impossible to build a world from scratch. But when she saw a 2003 TV drama that was also called Ōokushe thought she could write a parody of Japanese history.

The series includes a section devoted to medical efforts to eradicate Redface Pox, with an alternate version of “Dutch studies” scholar Hiraga Gennai, portrayed as a lesbian who dresses as a man, and a character called Aonuma, the blonde-haired blue. son in the eyes of a Dutchman and a prostitute. While contemporary readers will think of the current battle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, this part of the story also cleverly adapts real history. Yoshinaga’s account draws on the smallpox epidemics that were common during the Edo period, with Iemitsu and other shōguns catching the disease, as well as the development of the smallpox vaccine by British physician Edward Jenner. She was also inspired by the Ebola epidemics in Africa in the early 2000s.

Rethinking gender

Yoshinaga chose the setting because of his distaste for the way the system ensuring shogunal succession trampled on human feelings.

“Since his debut, Yoshinaga has always considered genre,” says Yamada. “As a fan of period dramas, she enjoyed the live action of 2003 Ōoku show, but felt the great difficulty of maintaining a direct succession through the line.

Yoshinaga depicts many male-female relationships related to succession, but in the case of the fourteenth shōgun Iemochi and Princess Kazu, there is a same-sex marriage between two women. Iemochi argues that a blood relation is not necessary to be parents and adopts a child.

Yamada comments, “It doesn’t have to be a male-female relationship. Children do not have to be related to their parents by blood, and they can be part of the family if they are brought up in love. Yoshinaga’s message to contemporary readers, via the setting of the inner chambers, is that this new type of family is possible.

As the history of female shōguns is erased after the Meiji Restoration, the manga’s final scene offers some hope. In 1871, aboard the mission ship Iwakura, Yoshinaga depicts a conversation between Taneatsu, a fictional character who had been the male consort of a former shōgun, and six-year-old Tsuda Umeko. Taneatsu tells the girl how women once dominated politics and encourages her to take on a political role in the future.

In 2007, three years after the start of Ōokubegan Yoshinaga Kinō nani tabeta (What did you eat yesterday?), which continues serialization today.

“I think it’s amazing that a work in a men’s comic that simply shows the everyday life of a middle-aged gay couple continues to draw in readers,” Yamada said. “Maybe at first there was a novelty factor, but now that the pair have moved on from their 40s to 50s, it feels like the characters and readers have aged together.

“For many years in Japan, shoujo [girls’] the manga encouraged consideration of gender and the place of women in the world. The genius of Yoshinaga Fumi comes from this tradition and is expressed in Ōoku and What did you eat yesterday? His willingness to persevere in creating these engaging works played a big role in changing readers’ feelings and values. »

(Originally written by Kimie Itakura of Nippon.com and published in Japanese on June 8, 2022. Banner image: The covers of volumes 1 and 19 of Ōoku (Ōoku: the inner chambers). © Hakusensha.)

10 most immersive historical films

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Historical films are difficult to film. When focusing on intense and tragic events such as World Wars, it is very important not to blur the line between fact and fiction too much. As a result, many of these historical films strive to be as immersive as possible to do the period justice.



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Whether through talented actors, true-to-the-time language, accurate renditions of difficult moments, or in various other ways, many of these films strive to immerse viewers and imbue audiences with empathy. . One of the reasons to watch many of these historical films is to experience the reality of that time.

ten The Last Samurai is the emotional end of an era

Despite starring Tom Cruise, an actor who frequently stars in campy (but awesome) action movies, The last Samourai is a dark, grounded tale set during the fall of the samurai and Japan’s transition into an imperial power. Highlighting the clash between modernism and tradition through the conflict between technologically advanced Imperials and traditional samurai, the film delves deep into the final days of the samurai when Tom Cruise’s character is taken hostage by them.

The last Samourai is an amazing movie. Featuring a stellar cast alongside Tom Cruise, it’s an immersive and emotional tale of changing times, lost causes, and what makes a culture.

9 Gladiator has made its way to the forefront of movies

Ridley Scott’s first foray into historical films was the triumphant Gladiator. Starring Russell Crowe, the story follows a betrayed Roman general who is overthrown by the Empire he served and sold into slavery. Gladiator captivated audiences around the world when it was first released in 2000.

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Gladiator The reputation is strong and the film is still impressive over twenty years later. A walk through Rome to the center stage of the Colosseum is still a stunning sight after all these years, and the underlying human story is sure to keep viewers engaged.


8 kingdom of paradise Sequel to Ridley Scott’s Crusade

Similar to Gladiator, kingdom of paradise spends an amazing amount of time focusing on the world of crusades, creating a beautiful take on the world.

kingdom of paradise is further bolstered by talented actors and combined with the reputation that Ridley Scott has developed for historical epics, the filmis a brutal journey through the early days of the Crusades. The film features notable historical figures such as the leper king Baldwin IV.

seven The king’s man Is an immersive and light representation

The king’s man is a prequel to the hugely popular Kingsman spy movies. Set during World War I, The king’s man mostly retains the fictional air of the series’ acrobatic spies with fancy gimmicks. At the same time, however, the film shows chilling scenes that keep it rooted in the moment.

In a first scene, the protagonist must fight in the trenches in France. It’s a dark, gritty scene that reminds the viewer of the harsh realities of the time. Although this is probably one of the least faithful renditions of the Great War, The king’s man is always an enjoyable romp with moments of startling realism.

6 1917 tells it all in one fell swoop

Making headlines when it was released for its incredibly difficult filming method, 1917 is presented as a long shot. A one-shot film is a camera style in which a scene is either shot with a camera without any cuts or made to look like it. 1917 follows a soldier who desperately tries to deliver an urgent message to the front lines that could decide the fate of thousands.

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Every painful second counts until a potential massacre. Every second is displayed on the screen, from the moment the character wakes up in the first scenes of 1917 until he finally delivers the message.

5 They Shall Not Grow Old is a touching memoir

Using state-of-the-art technology, First World War images are colorized in They won’t grow old. Director Peter Jackson tells the story of the Great War through the voices of soldiers and images of their lives on the front lines. A deeply personal story, They won’t grow old is part documentary and part memoir, as the soldiers discuss the food they eat, the friends they make, and what they have planned for the future.

The First World War was one of the darkest periods in human history, and They won’t grow old don’t forget it while making sure the viewer doesn’t forget it either. They won’t grow old is something everyone should watch at least once.

4 The Lost City of Z tells the story of a lost adventurer

The Lost City of Z tells the story of real-life adventurer Percy Fawcett who disappeared in 1925 while searching for the titular city. Hailed by critics as one of the greatest films of the year, The Lost City of Z is the story of a British explorer hungry for fame and good name.

Over multiple Amazon expeditions, Z’s hauntingly wild nature is beautifully captured and Charlie Hunnam skillfully plays the desperate explorer. Although it takes creative liberties with the end of Percy’s life, The lost city is a beautiful film that is sure to captivate viewers for the duration of its runtime.

3 apocalypto Is surprisingly committed to historical accuracy

apocalypto made headlines upon its release as the entire film was a modern take on the indigenous Yucatan Mayan language with English subtitles. A film directed by Mel Gibson featuring a cast of indigenous Mexican and Native American actors, apocalypto focuses on the end of the Mayan Empire as it approaches stagnation and begins to crumble.

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Following an everyday character, apocalypto follows the Mayan people and their experiences as their entire civilization slowly crumbles around them. As the film is set during the arrival of the conquistadors in the New World, it’s a chilling watch knowing that people are only generations away from disappearing.

2 Outlaw King was a breath of fresh air

outlaw king has been released at a time when the historical film genre was sick. The golden age of historical epics by Ridley Scott or semi-documentary films by Mel Gibson is long gone. Despite an outing with little fanfare, outlaw king was a smash hit and brought the genre back in a big way.

Starring Chris Pine, who perfectly fills the role of Robert the Bruce, the film follows a Scottish king who has risen in rebellion against English oppressors, fighting for the freedom of his people. Between beautifully crafted costumes, panoramic images of the Scottish countryside and the stirring story of a people fighting for their freedom, outlaw king absolutely worth the detour.

1 The king Continue the revival of the genre

In one of the films that saw Timothée Chalamet begin to flex his acting muscles, he played the dark Henri le V in The king. A historically significant king who invaded France to claim his throne, The king follows his exploits, beginning with his father’s death and Henry’s coronation.

The reluctant king must rise up and protect his kingdom from people who seek to take advantage of what they see as a weakness in the young king. The film is a dark, dark tale of the pointlessness of medieval politics and feud, and the pointlessness of violence. The king culminates in a brutal, muddy battle that is one of the most accurate ever to appear on screen.

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Team Ninja’s Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will arrive on Game Pass release day

Team Ninja’s latest title, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty was announced at Microsoft’s Bethesda press conference today.

Team Ninja, the developer behind the Nioh and Ninja Gaiden series, has a new franchise, and it seems to draw heavy influences from its previous work.

It was confirmed during the Xbox Bethesda showcase that it should arrive in early 2023 and will be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one on Xbox consoles and PC.

Details are light on the title, but it seems to be heavily influenced by Japanese history, which is true of many previous games from the developers. The game’s trailer shows a hero battling gnarled beasts and intimidating warriors, but it all looks wonderfully stylish.

You can watch it right here:

The official trailer contains a description giving more clues about the game’s story. It reads: “Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty follows the dramatic and action-packed story of a militia soldier without name struggling for survival in a dark fantasy version of the later Han dynasty where demons plague the Three Kingdoms.”

Team Ninja’s Nioh series has become something of a cult classic, and while there’s no gameplay in the trailer, it’s not too much of a stretch to think the title could take inspiration from the Souls-like title. Of course, that’s just speculation on our part, but Team Ninja loves making tough games, so expect it all to be tough as nails.

Development of an International Molecular Prognostic Scoring System

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YARDVILLE, NJ, June 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the MDS Foundation announced the development of a new prognostic scoring system, the IPSS-Molecular, which will significantly improve risk stratification in diagnosis to to better inform how treatment plans are constructed for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes.

“By taking into account the genetic makeup of each patient in the IPSS-M, we can now truly offer patient-tailored risk stratification,” says Dr. Elli Papaemmanuil of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “This will enable optimized treatment decisions tailored to those most in need of intervention, and sets a biological framework for the design of future clinical trials.”

For more than two decades, risk stratification of patients with MDS at diagnosis was based on diagnostic blood count, morphology, and cytogenetics through the International Prognostic Scoring System. In recent years, a complete catalog of mutated genes in MDS has been discovered. However, even though patients are increasingly receiving panel genetic testing at the time of diagnosis, there were no guidelines on how this information could be used clinically to guide risk stratification and treatment decisions. .

Creating an effective set of prognostic guidelines was particularly important for MDS because current clinical outcomes are very heterogeneous. In the absence of targeted therapies, risk stratification at the time of diagnosis is essential to guide treatment decisions. For example, supportive care with less toxic treatments would be considered for low-risk patients, while patients with high-risk disease require higher-intensity treatments to mitigate the risk of disease progression. leukemia and death.

International collaboration to improve risk stratification

Through the efforts of the International Working Group for the Prognosis of MDS – a consortium of expert clinicians, pathologists, computational biologists and statisticians – and under the auspices of the MDS Foundation, a total of 2,957 blood and marrow samples from patients were sampled at 24 centers in 13 countries. These samples were all uniformly sequenced by panel testing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and analyzed at Papaemmanuil’s lab. Each sample was profiled for mutations in 152 genes, and clinical and molecular variables were assessed for associations with leukemia-free survival, leukemic transformation, and overall survival. In order to validate the IPSS-M, the study used 754 other samples from the Japanese MDS consortium. The results of this survey, conducted by Drs Elsa Bernard, Elli Papaemmanuil and their colleagues at the IWG, ‘Molecular International Prognostic Scoring System for MDS (IPSS-M)’, have just been published in the June 12, 2022 issue. of the magazine New England Journal of Medicine Evidence.

Determination of the IPSS-M risk score and risk categories

The study found at least one driver genomic alteration in 94% of patients (41% of patients with cytogenetic alterations and 90% of patients with genetic mutations). On average, the higher the number of changes, the worse the results.

Using this data, the researchers developed the IPSS-Molecular which integrates information from 31 genetic mutations along with diagnostic and clinical parameters to provide a personalized, patient-specific risk score. The IPSS-M Risk Score indicates the continuum of prognostic risk seen in patients with MDS and produces six risk categories (very low, low, moderate low, moderate high, high, very high) that can be used to determine the eligibility criteria for clinical trials, correlative studies and therapeutic recommendations.

In addition to its effective prognostic categorization of primary MDS, the IPSS-M effectively stratifies patients with treatment-emergent MDS, a diagnostic subtype that was considered to be uniformly high risk and therefore lacked no applicable prognostic system. Compared to the previous IPSS-R, 46% (approximately 1 in 2) of patients were reassigned to a different risk category in the IPSS-M, resulting in improved prognostic discrimination. It is important to note that 7% of patients were reassigned by more than one stratum (eg, IPSS-R Low to IPSS-M High or vice versa).

The future of MDS risk stratification

The IPSS-Molecular is set to become a new international standard for risk stratification of patients with MDS at the time of diagnosis. The IPSS-M score is personalized, interpretable, reproducible and provides a flexible and transparent strategy to account for missing values. It also provides a list of 31 genes that should be considered in the design of diagnostic tests.

To support widespread adoption and use, the research team developed a web-based calculator where clinicians can enter patients’ clinical and molecular data to provide personalized prediction of risk, outcome and likelihood. transformation of leukemia to guide the cost-benefit analysis of treatment. the decisions.

“It has been a privilege to work closely with expert MDS clinicians, pathologists, biologists, statisticians and the broader IWG community to develop the IPSS-M, aiming to better guide and ultimately improve care. patients with MDS,” says Dr. Elsa Bernard of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “While the IPSS-M can be calculated using a relatively simple formula, we have built a web-based calculator and an R package to facilitate its application, which we hope will prove useful for the community.”

Explore the web IPSS-M Calculator.

Read it IPSS-M study.

Study investigators:

Elsa Bernard, Ph.D., Heinz Tuechler, Peter L. Greenberg, MD, Robert P. Hasserjian, MD, Juan E. Arango Ossa, MS, Yasuhito Nannya, MD, Ph.D., Sean M. Devlin, Ph. D., Maria Creignou, MD, Philippe Pinel, MS, Lily Monnier, MS, Gunes Gundem, Ph.D., Juan S. Medina-Martinez, MS, Dylan Domenico, BS, Martin Jädersten, MD, Ph.D., Ulrich Germing, MD, Guillermo Sanz, MD, Ph.D., Arjan A. van de Loosdrecht, MD, Ph.D., Olivier Kosmider, MD, Ph.D., Matilde Y. Follo, Ph.D., Felicitas Thol, MD, Lurdes Zamora, Ph.D., Ronald F. Pinheiro, Ph.D., Andrea Pellagatti, Ph.D., Harold K. Elias, MD, Detlef Haase, MD, Ph.D., Christina Ganster, Ph.D., Lionel Ades, MD, Ph.D., Magnus Tobiasson, MD, Ph.D., Laura Palomo, Ph.D., Matteo Giovanni Della Porta, MD, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, MD, Ph.D . ., Takayuki Ishikawa, MD, Ph.D., Shigeru Chiba, MD, Ph.D., Senji Kasahara, MD, Ph.D., Yasushi Miyazaki, MD, Ph.D., Agnes Viale, Ph.D. , Kety Huberman, BS, Pierre Fenaux, MD, Ph.D., Monika Belickova, Ph.D., Michael R. Savona, MD, Virg ini a M. Klimek, MD, Fabio PS Santos, MD, Ph.D., Jacqueline Boultwood, Ph.D., Ioannis Kotsianidis, MD, Ph.D., Valeria Santini, MD, Francesc Sole, Ph.D., Uwe Platzbecker, MD, Michael Heuser, MD, Peter Valent, MD, Kazuma Ohyashiki, MD, Ph.D., Carlo Finelli, MD, Maria Teresa Voso, MD, Lee-Yung Shih, MS, Michaela Fontenay, MD, Ph. D. ., Joop H. Jansen, Ph.D., Jose Cervera, MD, Ph.D., Norbert Gattermann, MD, Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, Ph.D., Rafael Bejar, MD, Ph.D. , Luca Malcovati, MD, Mario Cazzola, MD, Seishi Ogawa, MD, Ph.D., Eva Hellstrom-Lindberg, MD, Ph.D., and Elli Papaemmanuil, Ph.D.

The MDS Foundation, Inc. is an international non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to support and educate patients and healthcare providers through innovative research in the areas of MDS, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and associated myeloid neoplasms to accelerate progress towards the diagnosis, control and cure of these diseases.

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UFC 275: Jiri Prochazka submits Glover Teixeira after thrilling fight that leaves fans stunned

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‘One of the greatest moments in MMA history’: UFC fans were left stunned as Jiri Prochazka submits Glover Teixeira 30 seconds into their five-round thriller to claim the light-heavyweight crown… and the Brazilian is already calling for a rematch

  • Jiri Prochazka emerged victorious after a dramatic clash with Glover Teixeira
  • The Czech fighter submitted Teixeira with 30 seconds left in his fight
  • He dramatically became the new UFC light-heavyweight champion in the process.
  • Prochazka was behind on two scorecards when he produced the late save

Jiri Prochazka submitted Glover Teixeira in the final 30 seconds of a dramatic encounter at UFC 275 to become the new light-heavyweight champion on Saturday night.

Teixeira became the oldest fighter to win a UFC title when he knocked down Jan Blachowicz in October, and the Brazilian was on the verge of a successful first defense in Singapore.

In a thrilling contest that some fans have called the greatest light-heavyweight hunk of all time, Teixeira was narrowly leading on both judges’ scorecards heading into the fifth and final round.

Jiri Prochazka submitted Glover Teixeira in the final 30 seconds of a dramatic clash at UFC 275

But in the final 30 seconds, Prochazka left fans stunned when he forced a grounded submission to mark a new era in the 205-pound division.

He also became the first Czech fighter to win a UFC title, with fans quickly taking to social media to express their disbelief at both the contest and the result.

One wrote on Twitter: “One of the best moments in MMA history. This fight was amazing”.

Another posted: “Massive respect to both fighters for this amazing fight!” #UFC275′

A third commented: “Amazing finish to a special fight. Jiri’s turn management and poor decision-making would have cost him if it made it onto the scorecards because the glover was winning this contest.

Prochazka became the first Czech fighter to win a UFC title after defeating Teixeira

Prochazka became the first Czech fighter to win a UFC title after defeating Teixeira

While one of them simply asked, “What did I just watch?”

UFC heavyweight star Tanner Boser also contributed saying, “Prochazka vs. Teixeira was one of the greatest title fights of all time.” It was madness. Both men are amazing. We knew that, but wow. Thanks guys.’

Prochazka, who practices the moral code of samurai culture, bushido, has now won 13 contests on the rebound after his dramatic last-minute win over Teixeira.

“It’s amazing and I’m happy,” he said in the Octagon after his latest triumph. “It was a real war. Glover is a true warrior.

Teixeira, meanwhile, is already calling for a rematch after losing his title just to the death on Saturday night.

The 42-year-old simply wrote on Twitter: ‘Rematch?? @jiri_bjp @danawhite @ufc’.

Teixeira is already calling for a rematch with Prochazka after losing his light heavyweight title

Teixeira is already calling for a rematch with Prochazka after losing his light heavyweight title

AI has the potential to support ethical principles in hematology, but there is a dark side

During a session at the 2022 European Hematology Association (EHA) Congress, speakers discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) can help advance the principles of ethical medicine, but also how new technologies are used to undermine the integrity of scientific research.

The session was part of the YoungEHA track at EHA2022, which is aimed at early career scientists and clinicians and aims to go beyond scientific data to provide a forum for discussion on the evolving field of hematology.

The first speaker, Elisabeth Bik, PhD, explained how her work as a consultant changed from the world of microbiology to consulting on suspected scientific misconduct – in other words, she is now a detective on the hunt for errors or potential fraud in research.

Scientific papers are the building blocks of research, Bik noted, and “if those papers contain errors, it would be like building a wall of bricks where one of the bricks is not very stable…The wall of science will collapse.”

Scientific fraud is defined as plagiarism, falsification or fabrication, but does not include honest mistakes, Bik explained. Reasons for cheating can include pressure to publish, feelings of having to meet high expectations after tasting research success, or even a “power game” in which a professor threatens a postdoctoral researcher with visa revocation. if an experiment is not successful. to succeed.

Inappropriate image duplication in research papers, which is Bik’s area of ​​expertise, can fall into one of 3 categories: simple duplication, repositioning and modification. Mere duplication may mean honest error instead of intentional misconduct, but it is still inappropriate and needs to be corrected, she noted.

The problem, however, is that these cases are difficult to spot. On an 8-frame slide, Bik asked the audience if they could identify a duplication. This reporter was proud to have spotted 1 set of identical images until Bik revealed that there were actually 2 duplicate cases.

Beyond simple duplication, Bik also showed examples of hematology-related images such as Western blots and bone marrow flow cytometry being repositioned, flipped, and altered to mask their identity, indicating a more intentional deception on the part of the authors.

To compound the problem, journals often did not take action to retract or correct the article when Bik brought his concerns to their attention. She advised the public to look at search figures with a critical eye, especially when acting as a reviewer. If the data “looks too good”, it is the responsibility to raise the issue with the editor privately.

“If you see something, say something, because it happens,” Bik warned.

One insidious use of AI to perpetuate scientific fraud is the presence of artificially generated Western blot images in articles published by “paper mills”. Bik has identified over 600 articles using these fake images, which are produced through generative adversarial networks. Unfortunately, the images are unique, so they cannot be captured with duplication detection software.

The cost to society of scientific misconduct goes beyond allowing readers to unknowingly base their research on articles that contain errors or fraud, Bik explained. The presence of fraud undermines the integrity of science and can be misused by those with a political agenda to claim that all science is flawed.

“We have to believe in science and we have to do better to improve science,” Bik concluded.

The next speaker, Amin Turki, MD, PhD, from the Universitätsklinikum Essen in Germany, discussed how AI can represent both an opportunity and a challenge for ethics in medicine, especially in hematology.

The use of AI in hematology has grown exponentially in recent years, Turki explained, as prediction tasks have evolved from risk prediction to bone marrow diagnosis, which is time consuming and difficult, due to the complexity of bone marrow with its abundance of cells and structures. , but has the potential to transform clinical practice.

Machine learning has identified new phenotypes to predict outcomes in chronic graft versus host disease (GVHD), and Turki and colleagues are working on research to predict mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, as well as in patients with acute GVHD.

Yet the use of AI in medicine is not without ethical questions, and the number of articles indexed on PubMed on AI and ethics has increased exponentially in recent years. Turki looked at AI through the prism of moral principles of medicine based on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights issued in 1948:

  • Autonomy: AI can support patient autonomy through the use of digital agents such as wearable devices.
  • Beneficence: AI can improve health by overcoming the limits of human cognition through better risk prediction or individualized treatment.
  • Non-harmfulness: Toxicity can be reduced through AI-defined dosing and treatment algorithms.
  • Justice: Researchers hope that AI can be used to reduce the impact of health disparities, but if not done correctly it can increase or perpetuate these disparities (for example, if health interventions are made accessible only in the richest countries).

Stakeholders for ethical AI in medicine include developers, deployers, users and regulators, and each has unique responsibilities, Turki said. He suggested several ways to overcome ethical challenges, including integrating ethics into the AI ​​development lifecycle, prioritizing human-centered AI, and ensuring fair representation. .

The ongoing digital transformation holds promise for transforming hematology care, Turki concluded, but it also forces us to “never forget that the human condition is the foundation of our understanding.”

Shiseido focuses on quality products made in Japan

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Cosmetics giant Shiseido Co. is relocating its production facilities to Japan in a bid to win customers with a “made in Japan” brand.

“What’s important for businesses are brand values,” said Shiseido Chairman Masahiko Uotani. “We are convinced that we should manage our production bases in Japan.”

Three factories were established in three years, doubling the company’s factories in Japan.

Supported by the weaker yen, Shiseido is looking to boost its exports from Japan to various parts of the world as fewer foreign visitors can travel to Japan to buy their products.

Shiseido unveiled its Fukuoka Kurume factory to reporters on May 26, which began operations in April in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. The factory can manufacture 140 million units of skincare products from its main Elixir line and other lines per year.

Products produced there are sent not only to Japanese consumers, but also to those in China and other Asian countries from the nearby port of Hakata. Factory-related profits are expected to increase due to the recent decline in the yen.

Shiseido opened its Nasu factory in Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture in December 2019, its first new factory in Japan in 36 years. The Osaka Ibaraki factory was then established in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture in December 2020, before the opening of the last factory in Fukuoka Kurume.

There are now six domestic production facilities. Shiseido had three. Investments in facilities totaled 140 billion yen ($1.1 billion).

Almost all flagship skincare products from the company’s main lines, including Shiseido and Elixir, will now be made in Japan. Shiseido products are available in 120 countries and regions.

Plans to erect new factories were proposed around 2015, when Tokyo saw a massive influx of foreign visitors who bought Japanese-made goods in bulk, according to Uotani.

Shiseido’s sales surpassed a record 1 trillion yen in 2017 and failed to meet growing demand. A succession of products went out of stock, putting the company under pressure to increase manufacturing capacity.

The novel coronavirus pandemic ended the boom soon after the Nasu plant began operations, sending Shiseido into the red as it posted a net loss of 11.6 billion yen for the fiscal year. ending in December 2020.

Shiseido, however, has decided to continue moving forward with its factory setup project as originally planned, as it believes manufacturing products in Japan is its “brand value”.

The company’s focus on the safety and quality of cosmetics applied directly to the skin is considered particularly important. Products made in Japan enjoy a much better reputation and popularity around the world after many foreign visitors have tried them.

The shift to domestic production contrasts sharply with Shiseido’s past policy of transferring production capabilities overseas.

Domestic factories were halved to three between the years 2000 and 2010. A Vietnamese counterpart was introduced in 2010 to create cheaper products targeting customers in other Asian countries.

Finding that the reform did not work to improve its profitability, however, with a net loss of 14.6 billion yen reported for the fiscal year ending March 2013, Shiseido appointed Uotani as chairman in 2014 to rebuild the society.

Uotani set his sights on making Shiseido a “global brand” and began to weed out low-profit sections. Daily-use product lines, such as Tsubaki and Uno, were sold in 2021 with an American cosmetics company.

This clearly showed Shiseido’s stance of focusing on mid- to high-priced skincare products, in which the company has specialized expertise.

Although relocating factories to Japan involves a higher risk of fluctuating exchange rates and high delivery costs, Uotani stressed that he has no intention of hesitating.

“Despite the exchange rate fluctuation, the basic course of action (to have domestic production) will not change,” he said.

(This article was written by Takuro Chiba and Kanako Tanaka.)

Listening: The Art of the Video Game Soundtrack

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Soundtracks are some of the most iconic pieces of pop culture. Think of the work of Danny Elfman or John Williams. Songs like star wars theme are universally known, and all it takes is that resounding first note of the orchestra for the listener to imagine the yellow text crawling from the top of the screen.

Awesome soundtracks like this have left a massive imprint on pop culture, becoming an integral part of how some of the most famous stories have been told. However, few would consider soundtracks to be casual listening music.

Fans of the franchise can listen to the jurassic park overture, but these pieces are generally enjoyed as an accompaniment to the medium for which they were created. Some movies have pop music as important parts of their soundtrack, like Top Gun, with songs like “Danger Zone” and “Take My Breath Away”.

It’s become a common trend lately, with movies like guardians of the galaxy franchise having their soundtracks composed primarily of licensed music – however, unlike Superior gunthese songs were not made for the movie.

Video game music has also had its own massive influence on pop culture. Think of the instantly recognizable music from the first Super Mario Brothersand the music of sonic the hedgehog first level “Green Hill Zone”.

Music in video games has come a long way from the sometimes abrasive, albeit unique, sound of chiptune melodies. With ever-expanding digital storage capacity, games now have fully professionally produced and recorded music to go with them. Modern games often get the same treatment as movies with full orchestral scores.

This has led to phenomenal music created specifically for games, music that truly transcends its ties to video games and stands on its own as enjoyable listening even for those with little interest in the source material.

A recent soundtrack that comes to mind are the tracks created for the “radio” in CD Projekt RED’s 2020 game Cyberpunk 2077. Often simplified to “Cyberpunk”, the game was a highly anticipated project based on a 1988 tabletop role-playing game.

Part of the game’s soundtrack is made up of pop songs that were created to be heard on the in-game radio. When traveling by car or just traversing the world, players will hear fictional radio stations playing music created specifically for the game.

As a way to build the world, the game features music created by a wide variety of artists. While many real-world artists are featured under fictional band names, some notable artists who have created and/or performed music for Cyberpunk include: Refused, Run The Jewels, A$AP Rocky, and Grimes. Grimes’ music is featured as fictional popstar Lizzy Wizzy, a character she voices in the game.

There are 31 songs, three volumes, of original radio music for Cyberpunk spanning genres, creating a wide variety of interesting songs. One of them, “Resist and Disorder” by “The Cartesian Duelists” (real world artist: Rezodrone), mixes electronic, hard rock and driving industrial rhythm. The song feels heavy with an incredibly catchy chorus that breaks up the sound before bringing it back to the crisp guitar riff that serves as the song’s foundation.

Like most “Cyberpunk” radio songs, the lyrics aren’t simply limited to the gaming world. Many of the punk and anti-corporate ideals expressed in the music seem just as relevant to the real world as the fictional dystopia of the science fiction.

Someone who isn’t necessarily a fan of the source material might fully appreciate this music and connect with it. The music in Cyberpunk is not hostage to its medium. Most of the songs do not reference video games or allude to slang or fictional terminology. This does not prevent the music from characterizing and constructing the game world in a believable way.

Arguably Cyberpunk’s greatest music is the music of the fictional band Samurai. Samurai is a key part of the story of Cyberpunk 2077with one of the main characters, Johnny Silverhand (portrayed by Keanu Reeves), as the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist.

Samurai’s music is performed by real-world Swedish punk band Refused, and the songs are great. “The Ballad of Buck Ravers” is a punk song about a corporate office worker driven to the limit by a mindless job that inevitably gets him nowhere. “Never Fade Away” is another song exploring the idea of ​​love lost, but not forgotten. The song features a catchy chorus that’s almost reminiscent of classic ’80s rock, contrasting but still complementing the harsher tone of the rest of the song.

“Chippin’ in” is a hard rock song that plays with the double meaning of the word playing with the transhumanist ideas of microchips and cybernetic implants, which serve as a key theme in cyberpunk.

Cyberpunk’s radio music was intended specifically as pop music, it was further removed from the traditional soundtrack in that sense; however, there are other games that imitate pop music as part of their backing tracks and with great success.

Atlus’ Persona series has a long history of soundtracks, with the most recent entry in the series personas 5 having some of the best music to date. personas 5 has what could be described as jazzy tunes with beautifully sung lyrics by Japanese singer Lyn. His vocals combined with the incredible combination of heavy bass lines, synth accents and strings make for unforgettable tracks.

The songs perfectly capture the vibe of a lounge singer in a smoky jazz bar. The silky vocals and catchy melody of a song like “Last Surprise” and “Life Will Change” are enjoyable even for people who don’t like video games.

Being a fan of punk and hard rock myself, the soundtrack of a game like personas 5 is not the kind of music I would identify with my general musical tastes. However, the quality of this soundtrack completely transcends genre preferences. While not every track is accessible for casual listening (it’s still a soundtrack after all), there are a staggering number of terrific tracks to choose from.

The Devil May Cry series is another franchise that mixes pop elements into its backing tracks.

Devil May Cry has a strong emphasis on hard rock – relevant to the over-the-top action and character of its main protagonist, accented with electronic elements.

The songs that really steal the show in the Devil May Cry games are the battle tracks that play during in-game battle encounters. songs from the rest of the franchise, while helping to provide insight into the characters they star as.

“Devil Trigger” is the battle theme for one of the game’s three protagonists, Nero. “Devil Trigger” stands in stark contrast to the series standard with a sound that can almost be described as EDM. The song has an explosive, high-energy attitude that matches the chaotic action associated with Nero’s fighting style.

The singer gives the piece an overall pop feel; however, below the surface is a solid hard rock base accompanied by hard rock backup vocals reminiscent of songs from previous games in the franchise.

The best song of The devil may cry 5 is “Bury The Light”, which is the fight track for longtime series antagonist Vergil, who was released as a playable character in conjunction with the game’s Special Edition in 2020. The song topped Apple’s music soundtrack chart in September 2020 and ranked #7 for all of September 2020 upon its release..

“Bury the Light” is an epic orchestral metal song. The song accentuates its heavy metal core with electronic and orchestral elements, such as its electric violin opening. The lyrics are sung by Victor Borba and capture the character of Vergil, a (half-demon) man on a quest for power who has gone too far to stop.

Narratives and themes aside, much of video game music is about fun. While there is an almost endless supply of music worth acknowledging, that’s a tall order for this article. However, I think the point is that there is a lot of great art being created in the world, much of it being ignored by the mainstream. If nothing else, I’m forcing you to listen to something you wouldn’t normally listen to, video game or not – maybe you’ll find something new worth enjoying.

Authors biography :

Garrett Hartman is a contributing writer at Smart magazine.

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Reviews | Rick Scott has raised the age required to buy a gun in Florida. Senators should follow his example.

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When he was governor of Florida, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) responded to the Parkland school massacre with action: He proudly signed legislation raising the legal age to buy a car to 21. firearm, acknowledging that the rules for buying weapons such as the AR-15-style assault rifle used by the then 19-year-old Parkland shooter and for buying handguns should be the same. Surely, then, Scott would support federal legislation to do the same. Right?

Bad. Scott told CNN this week that he would prefer state law, ignoring the obvious problem with that solution. Those who want to circumvent these rules can simply buy their guns from another state with more lenient rules, much like buyers wanting to avoid background checks can buy from gun shows or private sales. And keeping guns out of the wrong hands will always be secondary to keeping guns out of the market in the first place.

Congress is expected to approve any additional legislation that a bipartisan task force of senators is able to propose. But no one should have any illusions about why the nation is unable to do more: the Republican Party mindset that favors politics over people and the moral amnesia that drives Republican politicians to putting their career ahead of their principles and common sense.

Giving in to the fear of thirsty MAGA voters is reprehensible, at a time when the fourth-graders killed in Uvalde, Texas, are still buried. But unfortunately, it is not irrational.

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Last week, Rep. Chris Jacobs (RN.Y.), who represents a district that includes suburban Buffalo, announced he was ending his bid for re-election. In the general election in November, Jacobs would have been favored to win hands down – the redrawn district in which he would have competed leans heavily Republican. At issue is the August GOP primary and the fact that Jacobs, following last month’s supermarket massacre in Buffalo, expressed strong support for a federal ban on assault weapons.

“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth filled media attack, funded by millions of dollars in special interest money flowing into our community around this issue of guns and gun violence. and gun control,” Jacobs said in a statement announcing his retirement. In other words, he took a reasonable stance on gun violence and knew the gun lobby would do its best to crush him.

This is what the Republican Party has come to. A member of Congress sees 10 of his neighbors killed in a racist massacre, takes a stand in favor of reinstating the ban on weapons of war – and must resign, because decency and common sense are unacceptable to his party.

Gun violence should not be a partisan issue. Early Wednesday, a California gunman was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, and police say he told them he wanted to kill a specific justice. Bullets and rage have no respect for party affiliation.

The Democratic-controlled House passed a strong package that includes raising the age for buying guns to 21. The action came after the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday heard heartbreaking recorded testimony from 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo, who described how she survived. the Uvalde massacre by smearing the blood of a slain classmate on herself and pretending to be dead.

Cerrillo’s father told the Post that “she tells us, ‘I don’t have any friends anymore. All my friends are dead.'”

Roy Guerrero, Uvalde’s only pediatrician, told the House committee to go to the hospital and see the remains of young people who had been killed. “Two children, whose bodies had been pulverized by the bullets fired at them, decapitated, whose flesh had been torn apart, that the only clue as to their identity was the blood-splattered cartoon clothes still clinging to them,” Guerrero said.

Republicans on the committee focused their questions and remarks on what they said was the need for more law enforcement officers to protect schools and respond quickly to threats. The GOP tactic, in the difficult days after a mass shooting, is always the same: talk about everything under the sun, except the instrument with which the atrocity was perpetrated. Talk about everything except the gun.

When cornered and pressed on the subject, they seem ridiculous. Asked why anyone needed an AR-15 on Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) mentioned target shooting — not exactly what I would consider a “need” — then added that “in my state they use them to shoot prairie dogs and, you know, other types of vermin.

Good God. Are we really supposed to weigh pesky vermin against the shattered remains of murdered children?

Republicans, search your souls. If you can find them.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes ‘Awakened Rivals’ Trailer, Demo Now Available

Publisher Nintendo and developer Omega Force have released the “Awakened Rivals” trailer and downloadable demo for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes via Nintendo eShop, the companies announced.

Here’s a preview of the demo and gameplay, via Nintendo:

In the demo, you play as a lone mercenary searching for answers after suffering a brutal defeat at the hands of the mysterious Ashen Demon. Join Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude and others Fire Emblem: Three Houses characters and lead your companions in real-time battles that mix the strategy of the fire emblem series with Warriors-style action-packed gameplay.

Take control of the battlefield and use your tactical know-how to gain the upper hand. Use flashy combos and powerful special abilities against hordes of enemies from the start of the game through the first three chapters! The demo will also support local two-player co-op play so you can flex your arms alongside a friend. Additionally, you can carry over your progress to the full game when it launches.

In Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, the protagonist soon finds himself embroiled in a growing conflict that will determine the future of Fódlan. Align yourself with one of three leaders and build an army while fighting in multiple large-scale battles. The house you choose will take you through one of three dramatic stories, each with a different outcome. If you purchase the full game, you’ll be able to forge more character relationships, experience epic battles, and unravel each divergent path and gripping storyline as you fight to shape the fate of Fodlan.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is due out on Switch on June 24.

Watch the trailer below.

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Australian house prices break Japan’s 1989 record between residential land and GDP

ABC finance host Alan Kohler has shared a “scary” housing picture, after Australia hit a grim milestone dating back to 1989.

ABC finance host Alan Kohler has shared a ‘scary’ chart to illustrate Australia’s property bubble – comparing the current situation in Japan before the ‘lost decade’ crash that saw prices plummet by 70%.

“And finally another scary and depressing way to look at house prices in Australia,” Kohler said at the end of Wednesday’s segment.

“As a percentage of GDP, all residential land in Australia is now worth more than all land in Japan in 1989 – and it was one of the all-time great bubbles, followed by one of the all-time greatest crashes .”

He added: “But this time it will be different, of course.”

During Japan’s housing bubble, the ratio of residential land value to GDP hit a record high of over 330%.

“We just broke that record in Australia, which is not a good start,” said Dr Philipp Hofflin of Lazard Asset Management. Livewire Markets this week.

“It certainly didn’t work well in Japan.”

Dr. Hofflin also noted that in the run-up to the global financial crisis in the United States, real estate prices rose by the equivalent of 60% of GDP.

“Well, we just did more than 100% laziness in three years,” he said.

“Residential values ​​have increased by $2.5 trillion over the past three years, reaching over $10 trillion at the start of this year. And you can see that really dwarfs any other asset price in the country.

Japan experienced a major boom in the early 1980s that saw the value of stocks and real estate soar, with soaring asset prices blamed on “easy credit and rampant speculation, coupled with a lax central bank “, as AVATrade notes.

Land and real estate prices rose nearly 170% between 1985 and 1990, while stock prices doubled between 1987 and 1990.

The bubble began to burst in late 1989, when the Bank of Japan (BoJ) began raising interest rates sharply in an attempt to curb runaway prices.

Asset prices then crashed, leading to a period of economic stagnation from 1991 to 2001 called the “lost decade”.

The Japanese stock market was wiped out, losing 60% of its value between 1989 and 1992.

Despite the equity bloodbath, the BoJ continued to aggressively raise rates due to the resilience of house prices, which finally began to decline in 1991.

In June 1991, the BoJ quickly reversed course and began to cut interest rates dramatically again, and the following year the Japanese government launched a series of massive and ultimately ineffective stimulus packages.

But by then it was too late – the economy was already in a downward spiral.

Japan has been plagued by both a credit crunch – with banks cutting back on lending despite the BoJ’s rate cut – and a liquidity trap, with households and investors holding onto cash.

Land and property continued to plunge over the decade, finally falling 70% in 2001. The Nikkei index fell below 8,000 points in August 2003, from a high of just under 40,000 at the end of 1989.

Property declines as RBA offers shock hike

The Reserve Bank of Australia shocked markets on Tuesday with a bigger-than-expected increase of 50 basis points to take the official exchange rate to 0.85%.

It came after Australian house prices marked their first decline since September 2020, falling 0.1% in May, according to CoreLogic.

Annual price growth has fallen from 24% just six months ago to 14% today.

Several banks had already forecast declines of between 5% and 15% by the end of 2023, but Tuesday’s shock move led some experts to warn that prices could crash by up to 25%.

Writing for news.com.au, David Llewellyn-Smith and Leith van Onselen of MacroBusiness noted that prior to this week’s decision, most economists expected the cash rate to peak at 2.5% by the middle of next year.

They are now predicting another 50 basis point hike in July.

The futures market is even more hawkish, predicting that the RBA will raise the spot rate to 3.5% by May 2023.

“With mortgage demand and consumer confidence facing steep falls due to rising rates, the RBA stands to drive house prices down if it rises as aggressively as economists, let alone the market. , provide for it,” they wrote.

“Futures market forecast of 3.5% OCR would ‘crush’ the housing market, with real house prices falling by around 25% in real terms and more than 30% in nominal terms according to the modeling of the RBA.”

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The music most ingrained in our psyches?

Video game music really plays our emotions. Its impact and growing sophistication has inspired a growing number of academic studies (in a field sometimes labeled “ludomusicology”); in their 2006 essay The role of music in video games, Sean M Zehnder and Scott D Lipscomb noted the multifunctionality of game soundtracks; they “reinforce a sense of immersion, signal changes in narrative or plot, act as an emotional signifier, reinforce a sense of aesthetic continuity, and cultivate the thematic unity of a video game”.

Ontario scholar and filmmaker Karen Collins is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, and her excellent book game sound (2008) explores the history, theory and practice of video game music and sound design. As Collins observes, the player is not a passive listener, but can actively trigger in-game music, as well as react to it unconsciously; she writes that “mood induction and physiological responses are usually most evident when the player character is at significant risk, as in the chaotic, fast-paced music of the boss…sound works to control or manipulating the player’s emotions, guiding responses to the game.” She points out that silence is additionally used to powerful effect, whether it’s increasing tension or when the player is inactive (a musical fade that she describes as the “boredom switch”), prompting us to complete the task so the game can progress.

Video game music is a global expression, both in its international studio collaborations and in its audience reach. Earlier this year, the Poland-based Game Music Festival presented a concert in London, including a Polish big band performing the jazzy, Latin-inspired grooves of the much-loved adventure Cuphead (2017), composed by the Canadian artist Kristoffer Madigan. The concert finale focused on LA-based British composer Gareth Coker’s enchanting (and devastatingly beautiful) scores for the games Ori and the Blind Forest (2015) and Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020). ).

Coker first studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, then lived in Japan; his musical range is vast, including scores for film and television – but his love of video games runs particularly deep. “Growing up, I have the fondest memories of playing video games with my parents,” he explains. “These memories I made with my own family, I wish I could give to someone else.”

For the Ori games, Coker spent several years with the development team, creating music that felt distinctly attuned to the main character/player role (a childish forest spirit) and supernatural surroundings. “I react strongly to visuals when I’m working on a game; so I can really get inside by creating a sound world for them,” he says. “Ori’s visuals allow me to create this tapestry with the music, because we’re asking people to expand their imaginations.

The animal-loving community is shocked by the new identity: “don’t insult us with the label ‘Bishnoi gang'”

With Punjab Police suspecting involvement of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, the son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal and Congress MP Kuldeep Bishnoi have come out against the use of the “Bishnoi gang” by the media.

Kuldeep Bishnoi, boss of Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Mahasabha, wrote to Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday.

He mentioned, “For some time, different print and electronic media organizations have been using the word ‘Bishnoi gang’ in relation to criminal incidents, which is highly reprehensible and insulting to the entire Bishnoi community. Every community has good people and bad people, but the mention of swear words for the whole community is extremely reprehensible. For this, the Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Mahasabha had also warned the media groups earlier. At that time, some media groups had assured that in the future, the word “Bishnoi gang” would no longer be used. But after the Punjab incident, the whole Bishnoi community is insulted by using this word which is intolerable.

He urged Thakur to issue instructions to media groups not to use the “Bishnoi gang” in news or electronic channels. The head of the mahasabha also warned against legal action apart from boycotting the media groups concerned as well.

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Professor Surender Bishnoi, general secretary of Jambhani Sahitya Academy – which is the literary body of the Bishnoi community – suggests that the media should avoid using gangs behind a particular caste. Surender said, “There is no criminal caste. Thus, a criminal or his gang should not be called by his caste. The Bishnoi community has a golden history and high morals. The community believes in brotherhood, social harmony and non-violence. Community members have sacrificed their lives for the protection of the environment and wildlife. Some community members also suggest mentioning the word gang after a specific person instead of using the word after the community name.

However, Subhash Godara, former secretary of Hisar Bishnoi Sabha, said that nowadays communities and individuals have started to feel hurt even for small things. “If we take it in a lighter way, then there is no need for the whole community to be defamed even if such a word is mentioned to refer to a particular person who adds the name of his community behind his name. Everyone knows that this gang is mentioned to refer only to Lawrence Bishnoi, and no one else. However, if any part of the community feels offended by the use of a word like in such a case, then the media should respect their feelings and avoid the use of particular words,” Godara said.

The love of the Bishnois for the environment and wildlife

Guru Jambheshwar, also known as Jambhoji, was the founder of the Bishnoi sect. Community members are known for their love and sacrifice for the environment and wildlife. The Bishnois trace their origin to the teachings of Guru Jambheshwar who was born into a Panwar Rajput family in 1451 AD in Peepasar village of Nagore district in western Rajasthan. Guru Jambheshwar had published a list of 29 rules which had to be followed by his community of followers in order to lead a healthy and balanced life. The 29 rules enacted by the founder are what give the community its name — bish (20), noi (9).

The ban on killing animals and the ban on felling trees were part of these rules.

Perhaps the most famous among the cases of protection of Bishnoi flora and fauna is the incident dating back to 1730 AD, when Amrita Devi and her daughters gave their lives, challenging Maharaja Abhay Singh’s decision to chopping down Khejri trees in Khejari village. Rajasthan to build his palace. Legend has it that a total of 363 people died protecting the trees from the saws of the ruler and his men. Lately however, the Bishnoi have been making headlines for a battle they are engaged in against Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

The murder of Moosewala and Lawrence Bishnoi

Hours after the sensational murder of Sidhu Moosewala, Punjab DGP VK Bhawra hinted at the involvement of Lawrence Bishnoi gang. Although Bishnoi is currently being held in Tihar prison, his name is increasingly coming up in murder and extortion cases. Punjab Police on Monday made a breakthrough in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case by arresting a man from Sirsa district in Haryana who allegedly passed information on the singer’s movements to snipers who attacked his vehicle and shot him.

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The arrested accused was identified as Sandeep alias Kekra, who was enlisted to carry out the reconnaissance by Sachin Bishnoi, who claimed to have killed Moosewala “with his own hands”. Sachin is the nephew of Lawrence Bishnoi, whose gang members originally claimed to have carried out the revenge killing. Earlier on June 3, police arrested two people – Pawan Bishnoi and Naseeb – in another murder case registered in Moga and are investigating their role in Moosewala’s murder.

Kairi Sane explains her decision to leave WWE and return to STARDOM

Japanese wrestling superstar KAIRI (Kairi Sane in WWE) recently spoke with Entame Next about her decision to leave WWE and why she decided to return to the popular all-female promotion, STARDOM. Highlights from the interview can be found below.

Said she kept a promise she made to a friend and accomplished everything she wanted in WWE:

“When I left Japan in 2017, I promised my fans that I would take a long trip, but that I would come back as an adult. I told the president Rossy Ogawa (now executive producer). First, my goal was to learn high-level pro wrestling, and I had no real intention of living permanently in the United States. I thought about retiring from wrestling. It’s a personal story, but I lost my best friend to illness. I made a wish at his grave and promised to make it come true: I was going to compete in WrestleMania. I wanted this to happen for sure. Thanks to that, I was able to participate in three WrestleManias, I had a title match with Asuka as Kabuki Warriors, I became champion in both NXT and WWE, and I even received an award for Overall NXT Competitor of the Year.

How the pandemic has put things into perspective for her:

“After moving to the United States, my personal life was secondary to my professional life, and I was flying and competing four times a week non-stop, but the pandemic hit and I suddenly had time for myself. Then I took the time to do some introspection. I thought, ‘Where do I go from here? I had a sense of accomplishment in keeping my promise to my best friend and doing everything I could in my three years with WWE, and after several consultations with WWE, I decided to leave.

On his decision to return to STARDOM:

“After returning to Japan, I hadn’t looked at pro wrestling with much enthusiasm. But when I went to Stardom’s Budokan last year, the feeling of ‘I want to fight with everyone one day’ came from my heart. However, even if I were to return, it would be the first time in about two years that I had been in the ring. The pace of matches and the rules were different from those of WWE, and I was not not sure I could adapt quickly. However, I was training in the gym even when I was not competing, so I was in good physical condition. Another aspect of my decision to come back was that I was confident in my three years of learning and wrestling experience in WWE I’m proud of the fact that I once protected Stardom during a period of stagnation as player president, and I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been at the forefront of WWE women’s wrestling during its reform period, e I’m proud of the fact that I overcame both challenges.

(Thanks to Reddit user DamieN62 for the transcription)

Asian Actions – 07-06-22 | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency


TOKYO, JUNE 7, ARMENPRESS. Values ​​of the main Asian indices as of June 7:

The value of the Japanese NIKKEI rose 0.10% to 27943.95 points, the Japanese TOPIX rose 0.41% to 1947.03 points. Chinese Shanghai Composite up 0.17% to 3241.76 points, and HANG SENG down 0.56% to 21531.67 points.

The Nikkei-225 Stock Average is a price-weighted average of 225 top-rated Japanese companies listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Nikkei Stock Average was first published on May 16, 1949, where the average price was ¥176.21 with a divisor of 225.

The TOPIX, also known as the Tokyo Stock Price Index, is a capitalization-weighted index of all companies listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The index is completed by the sub-indices of the 33 industrial sectors. The index calculation excludes temporary issues and preferred stocks and has a base value of 100 as of January 4, 1968.

The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index is a capitalization-weighted index. The index tracks the daily price performance of all A- and B-shares listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The index was developed on December 19, 1990 with a base value of 100. The trading volume of the index on Q is reduced by a factor of 1000.

The Hang Seng Index is a capitalization-weighted free-float index of selected companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The constituents of the index are divided into four sub-indices: trade and industry, finance, utilities and real estate. The index was developed with a base level of 100 on July 31, 1964, reports “Armenpress”.

By Royal Order: The Queen’s Japanese Treasures

An estimated one billion people around the world watched parts of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on TV and online, including many viewers in Japan.

The most striking image was of the Queen, surrounded by members of her family, waving to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plus Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Color parade during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The palace is home to many treasures, including a collection of artefacts from Japan that went on public display together for the first time this summer. They reveal fascinating links between Japan and the UK.

Rachel Peat, curator of Japan: courts and culture, says: “We are delighted to give visitors a rare chance to see these stunning works of art from Japan, which have been marveled at, displayed and cherished by members of the British Royal Family for centuries.

Gifts between nations

The Queen’s reign spans one of the most transformative periods in British history. It marked a remarkable reconciliation between Japan and Britain, after a bitter war in Asia.

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Shirayama Shōsai, box and lid, circa 1890-1905, sent to Her Majesty The Queen by Emperor Shōwa on the occasion of her coronation in 1953. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022.

On the occasion of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953, Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) sent the Queen the first post-war diplomatic gift between the two nations: a box adorned with a delicate silver heron by the great lacquerer Shirayama Shōsai.

Gifts were also sent to mark treaties between the two nations. A pair of colorful screen paintings, recently rediscovered and exhibited for the first time, were sent to Queen Victoria by Shōgun Tokugawa Iemochi in 1860.

royal tattoos

By the mid-19th century, the British Empire was expanding into Asia, with Queen Victoria considered the Empress in India and Burma (now known as Myanmar). Japan was not colonized, but it looked westward at Britain in awe, considering it the most scientifically advanced and powerful nation in the world at the time.

In 1869, Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, became the first European king to visit modern Japan. He wrote to his mother: “To give you an account of this country, I feel quite lost. Everything is so new and so quaint that I am quite puzzled.

The future King George V visited Japan with his brother in 1881, and the official tour journal says the teenage princes had their arms tattooed during their visit. Albert Victor is said to have been tattooed with “a pair of storks” and George with a tiger and a dragon, a combination meant to signify East and West.

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Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the first modern royal to visit Japan
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Curiously, Princess Eugenie followed in her great-great-grandfather’s footsteps by getting a tattoo.

Royal watchers note that the Queen’s granddaughter had a small circle inked behind her left ear.

A recent survey suggested that 42% of Britons born in the 1980s, 90s or later now have a tattoo – a much higher proportion than in Japan, although Japanese designs are still popular.

The Royal Exhibition

The royal exhibition features four samurai suits of armor from the royal collection. These include armor sent to James I in 1613 by the Japanese military leader – the first known samurai armor to arrive on British soil and the first diplomatic gift between Japan and Britain.

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Other rare examples of weapons include a dagger with accessories designed personally by Emperor Meiji, the first ruler of the modern empire of Japan.

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The concept of empire fell out of fashion during the reign of Queen II as many countries opted for independence.

Nevertheless, the popularity of the Queen herself – both in Britain and abroad – does not seem to have diminished. Indeed, Her Majesty must be the only world leader to be more popular today – seventy years after taking office – than she was the day she started.

Presidents and prime ministers are lucky if they stay popular for seven months.

The Queen’s message was succinct: “I hope my platinum jubilee will be an opportunity for people around the world to enjoy a sense of togetherness; a chance to give thanks for the enormous changes of the past seventy years and also to look to the future with confidence.

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United Arab Emirates and Jordan join list of countries condemning comments by ex-BJP spokespersons | Latest India News

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan have become the latest countries in West Asia to condemn controversial remarks made by the now dismissed leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Prophet Muhammad.

The statements that sparked major diplomatic fallout were made by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and its Delhi media chief Naveen Jindal, both of whom were ousted from the party a day ago. The government said the comments reflected the views of fringe elements, while the BJP officially distanced itself from

In a statement, the UAE Foreign Ministry expressed “its denunciation and rejection of insults to the Prophet Muhammad”. He affirmed the UAE’s firm rejection of all practices and behaviors that “contravene moral and humane values ​​and principles”.

The ministry spoke of the need to respect religious symbols and not violate them, as well as to combat hate speech and violence. He also noted the importance of strengthening shared international responsibility to spread the values ​​of tolerance and human coexistence while preventing any practice that could inflame the sentiment of followers of different religions.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry issued a tweet condemning “in the strongest terms” the insulting statements against the Prophet made by the BJP spokesperson.

Prior to this, a senior Oman Foreign Ministry official met with Indian Ambassador Amit Narang to raise objection to controversial remarks made by former BJP spokespersons about the Prophet, saying such statements do not serve not the relations of peaceful coexistence.

Before that, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Afghanistan joined several Muslim nations in condemning a BJP leader’s controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, stressing the importance to respect all religious beliefs.

In a statement, the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the BJP spokesperson’s statements, saying they insulted the Prophet Muhammad.


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VOX POPULI: As weeds bloom in the rainy season, a reflection on what they cover

Actor Masaki Suda played the role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) in Japan Broadcasting Corp’s “taiga” period drama. (NHK) this year’s “Kamakura-dono no 13-nin” (The 13 lords of the shogun of Kamakura).

Suda performed the role of the tragic war hero – who was also a legendary warrior of the Minamoto clan and a prominent figure in the Genpei War (1180–85) with the Taira clan – with enigmatic cheerfulness.

The character, as played by the actor, scared me at times with his quest for victory by any means, but I kinda miss him now that he’s been ruined along with his vassals in the drama.

Centuries after the death of Yoshitsune and his men, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), a famous haiku poet, composed a short poem reflecting on the fate of these warriors.

“Natsukusa ya /tsuwamono domo ga /yume no ato” (Summer herbs /all that remains /of soldiers’ dreams).

According to an interpretation of the poem in a Dictionary of Famous Poems and Quotes published by Sanseido Co., a Japanese publishing house.

Summer grasses in Japan grow profusely as if to erase the memories of everything that happened there in the past.

Thanks to the heat and humidity of a Japanese summer, weeds grow so abundantly during the season that they are difficult to manage. The difficult challenge posed by weeds can have a profound impact on our society and our culture.

Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-81), a giant of folklore, believed that the strength of weeds defined Japanese agriculture. Weeding rice fields is a tedious job, but it must be done meticulously time and time again.

In large-scale agriculture using many workers, it can be difficult to ensure that weeding is carried out carefully.

This may explain why small-scale farming, in which arable land is left in the care of individual farmers, has become common in Japan, Miyamoto said in his book “Nihon wo omou” (Thinking about Japan).

Miyamoto probably developed this theory while traveling around this country.

Even though I only have a small garden to tend, I can understand that farming in this country is, at its heart, a war against weeds.

The phrase “as tough as weeds” sounds true to us because we’ve lived in this climate for a long time.

As the rainy season soon sets in, we will once again marvel at the creeping force of weeds.

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Marina Ito and Shoko Kojima have always wanted children. Since both identify as lesbians, they believed they had to choose between living true to their sexuality or resigning themselves to being with men in order to become mothers. Yet when they started dating three years ago, social media – Twitter in particular – was abuzz with more and more stories of lesbian couples sharing their experiences of parenthood.

“Seeing these stories made us realize that it was possible for us to have the life we ​​had always wanted – to be together and have children,” says Kojima, who, like Ito, asked to use a pseudonym to protect his family’s privacy. “It was like a dream come true.”

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Iranian artists in exile find a vehicle to demonstrate

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At the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual gathering of political activists and dissidents, participants face the challenge of making the world care about long-standing tyrannies. The passage of decades makes it all the more difficult to draw international attention to the plight of, say, Cubans or Zimbabweans – and even more difficult because new causes, such as the tragedy of the Uyghurs, claim our collective concern.

The forum awards the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent to those who bring invention and imagination to their activism to alert the world to their causes. Previous winners include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf and Emmanuel Jal, a hip-hop artist from South Sudan.

While art, comedy and music have long been deployed in political causes, one of this year’s award-winning projects breaks new ground: It’s a Car.

The PaykanArtCar project transformed an Iranian-made sedan once donated by Shah Mehammed Reza Pahlavi to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu into a vehicle for activism against Iranian leaders. The idea is to use the car as a canvas on which Iranian artists can protest against the depredations of the Tehran regime.

The first artist to participate is Alireza Shojaian, an Iranian-born, Paris-based artist who has chosen to draw attention to the plight of Iran’s LGBTQ+ community. On a yellow background, Shojaian painted images depicting Ali Fazeli Monfared, a 20-year-old man from Ahvaz in southwestern Iran who was reportedly beheaded last year by his own relatives because he was homosexual. The style evokes the 10th century Persian epic known as Shahnameh, and the artist says he was particularly inspired by one of his stories, the tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab, in which a father kills his son.

International and Iranian rights groups say the LGBTQ+ community in Iran faces discrimination in society and criminalization in law. Same-sex sexual activity carries the maximum death penalty. Mores and laws are upheld by liberal and conservative factions of theocracy. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said there were no homosexuals in Iran, and former Foreign Minister Javad Zarif justified the execution of gays by citing the ‘moral principles’ of Iranian society .

Hiva Feizi, executive director of PaykanArtCar, told me that the project is now looking for a second artist to use the car as a mural for another cause. “They can decide on a specific issue – it can be women’s rights, environmental concerns or anything else – as long as it is related to Iran,” she said.

A Florida-based nonprofit, PaykanArtCar is run by Mark Wallace, a United Nations diplomat under President George W. Bush. Wallace also leads United Against Nuclear Iran, which pursues more conventional means of advocacy — urging policymakers in Washington not to make concessions to Tehran and urging corporations to stop doing business with the country.

The PaykanArtCar project is actually an acknowledgment that conventional efforts are not enough to keep the cause of freedom in Iran fresh in the public mind. This certainly speaks to the Iranian diaspora, for whom the Paykan, which means “arrow” in Persian, is a national icon. Based on the Hillman Hunter, a British car, it was the first car made in Iran, starting in 1967.

Although production of the sedan ceased in 2005 (a pickup version was manufactured until 2015), the Paykan can still be seen on Iranian roads. Hardly the most comfortable or reliable of rides, the car nevertheless invokes pride, symbolizing the dynamic spirit of Iranian drivers and mechanics. It also inspires thousands of jokes, and I heard most of them from Paykan taxi drivers during a trip to Tehran in 2015, just months before authorities tried to ban them to fight air pollution. notorious in the city. My favorite: “How to make a Paykan accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 15 seconds?” Push him off a cliff.

The Shah’s gift to his fellow tyrant was made in 1974, when developing countries were especially proud of making cars. (My native India was then producing the Ambassador, based on another British car, the Morris Oxford).

Since being reused as a moving mural, it has been exhibited in the United States, Canada and Europe. Feizi says that although Iranian diaspora groups were initially skeptical of its use to promote LGBTQ+ rights, “they have come to see it, and most of them agree that using it as a vehicle for protest is a new idea, a good way to draw attention to people in Iran.

At OFF, he has done a much better job than the motley collection of Oslo-based Iranian dissidents who regularly gather outside Norway’s parliament to chant slogans calling for the downfall of the Tehran regime. They hadn’t received the creative dissent memo.

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Now is the best time for a Pokémon Conquest sequel

Pokémon Conquest came out 10 years ago and hasn’t been seen since. Now on Nintendo Switch is the best time for him to make a comeback.

The Nintendo Switch is in a prime place to resurrect one of the Pokemonare beloved but often forgotten spin-offs, Pokémon Conquest. Pokémon Conquest is a turn-based strategy RPG originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2012. Players fought to maintain control of the Ransei region, allocating their troops to different areas to hold them back and potentially capture neighboring lands .

This particular gameplay element comes from the Koei Tecmo series Nobunaga’s ambitionin which players take control of units based on historical characters from the Sengoku era to re-enact, unsurprisingly, Nobunaga’s ambition to unify Japan. Pokémon Conquest is a crossover with this series, which is most evident in Japan, where the game is clearly titled Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition. The name was probably changed internationally due to the general public’s lack of familiarity with the Nobunaga’s ambition series, as most of its games were not localized from their original Japanese releases.

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Pokémon ConquestThe unique mix of elements from doesn’t end there, however: the character designs of historical figures, which combine with various Pokémon to form a unit similar to Pokemon Master EXsync pairs are taken from the samurai warriors series. samurai warriors is one of the many products of Koei Tecmo Warriors series, this one focusing on the Sengoku era. With so many different influences, Pokémon Conquest was a truly one-of-a-kind title that unfortunately saw no return. However, now is the perfect time for such a revival, as the success of the Nintendo Switch has also led to increased demand for what would otherwise be considered Conquest‘s more niche items.


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A Pokemon title will always enjoy some success due to the series’ unwavering popularity. The same goes for Switch games in general, thanks to the sustained lifetime sales of the Nintendo Switch. But these two elements alone should not justify a new Pokémon Conquest when there is also increased interest in SRPGs compared to before. Nintendo’s Own fire emblem the series had its most successful outing to date with Fire Emblem: Three Housesand even Triangle strategy saw some impressive numbers considering its SRPG genre and brand new IP status. The growing appeal of SRPGs – which are finding an effective home on the handheld Nintendo Switch – now makes the perfect time to Pokémon Conquestis back.


A new Pokémon conquest would fit perfectly into Koei Tecmo’s Nintendo crossovers


Koei Tecmo continues to support most of its crossovers with Nintendo IPs. With Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity in the extension of the two Hyrule Warriors and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildand the next Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes in the extension of the two Fire Emblem Warriors and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, it is clear that Koei Tecmo’s partnerships with the Nintendo series are going well. A new foray into the world of Pokémon Conquest would be another great opportunity to reintroduce one of Koei Tecmo’s previous crossovers with a Nintendo franchise.

It would also be a fantastic opportunity to diversify Pokémon Conquest Even further. While a new Pokémon Conquest should follow in the footsteps of the SRPG of its predecessor, the characters – and Tecmo Koei’s continued support of Nintendo Warriors spin-offs – make this a great series to fit into a Warriors spin-off of its own. A hack-and-slash game would already be a welcome addition to the pantheon of Pokemon the spinoffs of the series, and even more if it can build on Pokémon Conquestits unique world and fun characters.


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Japanese ex-minister’s ‘beauties of the world’ photo collection on his website goes up in flames






Next, Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura answers questions from reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward on July 13, 2021. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO — Former Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura has come under fire for posting a collection of photos of overseas women on his official website for more than 10 years, titled “Picture Book of World’s Beauties entire”.

The photo gallery posted by Nishimura, 59, a member of the House of Representatives from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has become a hot topic on social media, prompting criticism such as “It’s disgusting”. In response, Nishimura removed the photo collection from his website and explained on his blog on June 3.

“I stopped updating it (the photo collection) in August 2017, but I forgot to delete it,” Nishimura told Mainichi Shimbun. A gender expert says the lawmaker’s messages in the photos were “inappropriate”.

Nishimura is currently serving his seventh term, representing Hyogo Constituency No. 9 in the lower house. Under the former regimes of prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Yoshihide Suga, Nishimura served as minister for economic revitalization and minister for coronavirus response. He is now general secretary of the largest LDP faction led by Abe.






Shown is one of the (partially edited) photos from the “World Beauties Picture Book” previously posted on the official website of PLD lawmaker Yasutoshi Nishimura. The photo has since been deleted. (Image partially edited)






Shown is one of the (partially edited) photos from the “World Beauties Picture Book” previously posted on the official website of PLD lawmaker Yasutoshi Nishimura. The photo has since been deleted. (Image partially edited)

Since at least around 2008, Nishimura had published the photos of women abroad under the title “Picture Book of Beauties Around the World”. When the Mainichi Shimbun checked the photos before they were removed from its website, a photo apparently taken in Belgium in 2008 was found with the title “Picture Book of Beauties Around the World – Part 21”. The caption for the photo read: “While traveling in Brussels, Belgium. As expected, it’s cold in the evening. A back shot of a beauty (?) returning from shopping (?).”

Another snap apparently taken in Ecuador showed a woman in the distance as she took a commemorative photo. The caption read: “A woman taking a commemorative photo in front of an equator monument in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Her smile is quite charming, even from afar.”

The collection of photos went viral on Twitter from May this year, drawing a wave of criticism. One tweet read, “Did he get permission from the women he photographed?” while another said: ‘It’s so disgusting he’s released the photos as a collection under the title ‘Beauties Picture Book’ working with taxpayers money?’

Nishimura’s office had deleted the photos on June 2. Following an interview request from Mainichi, the lawmaker responded by fax saying, “I stopped updating the website in question from August 2017, but forgot to remove it (the photo the collection).” The statement continued, “I assume some people were offended by this. I have removed them all. I will be very careful to prevent this from happening again in the future.” While the Mainichi also asked him why he started posting the “beauty collection,” the lawmaker didn’t answer the question.

On June 2, there was a blog post on its official website, titled “Regarding photos that were displayed on the homepage in the past.” The message read: “Generally speaking, photos taken in public places are rarely edited on television and other media, but because it has been pointed out that some people feel uncomfortable, I deleted them.”






This image captured from the official website of PLD lawmaker Yasutoshi Nishimura shows a post dated June 3, titled “Regarding photos that have been posted on the homepage in the past.”

However, Nishimura’s excuse that he ‘forgot to delete them’ sparked further backlash, with one person saying, “He’s not aware of the problem. It’s a pattern of the individual not trying not understand.” Another comment said: “He hasn’t apologized for posting the photos. He makes it look like an apology, but he distracts from what is being criticised.”

Fumio Sunaga, an associate professor at Showa University in Tokyo who is well versed in gender issues, commented, “He (Nishimura) may have shed some light on women. The old male-centric sense of values ​​has changed, and as a politician who is supposed to have acute sensitivity, he belittled social trends and that was inappropriate.”

(Japanese original by Tsuyoshi Goto, Digital News Center)

The Tom Hanks Mobster Drama You Probably Didn’t Know Was Based On A Graphic Novel

At the time, the Great Depression-era film “Road To Perdition” felt like a departure from Hanks’ usual good guy roles. Before the movie, we’d grown accustomed to seeing the actor play lovable men like Chuck Noland in “Cast Away.” Instead, in “Road To Perdition,” Hanks portrayed fearsome Irish mob enforcer Michael Sullivan, who is on a journey of revenge with his son after a horrific betrayal by his employers. Grayness is a more complex shade of cloudy gray. He is also originally a comic book character. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, is based on the 1998 DC Comics graphic novel by writer Max Allan Collins and artist Richard Piers Maynard (via DC Comics).

If the story of an anti-hero killer and his son walking a path of revenge sounds a little familiar to manga fans, it’s because “Road To Perdition” was influenced by a classic anime. samurai. In a BBC interview, Collins revealed that “Road To Perdition” is a tribute to “Lone Wolf And Cub” by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. In “Lone Wolf And Cub”, a skilled samurai executioner is betrayed by his shogun master and travels the path of revenge with his infant son. It’s not hard to make the connection between “Road To Perdition” and the manga. It’s also not too hard to see how influential the “Lone Wolf And Cub” network has placed on Western media. For example, even “The Mandalorian” could be considered a “Star Wars” homage to the iconic Japanese comic (via geek lair).

Disney+’s ‘Percy Jackson’ series launches five, including Megan Mullally

Disney+’s ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series completes its cast with five new additions, Variety learned exclusively.

Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally and Timm Sharp are all set to appear in recurring guest star roles in the small-screen adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular book series. They join previously announced series lead Walker Scobell, as well as recently announced co-stars Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries. The casting news comes as the series kicks off production in Vancouver.

Mullally (“Will & Grace,” “Party Down,” “Children’s Hospital”) will play Alecto, aka Mrs. Dodds. Mrs. Dodds is Percy’s strict and short-tempered math teacher who can act monstrous at times, because she is. She is one of the three Furies, known as Alecto, who loyally serves Hades, the god of the underworld.

Mantzoukas (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The League,” “The Good Place”) will play Dionysus, aka Mr. D. The irritable and sarcastic Mr. D runs Camp Half Blood, a camp for demigods.

Kull (“Super Pumped,” “NOS4A2,” “Big Little Lies”) will appear as Sally Jackson, Percy’s loving, protective, and selfless mother. Sally has raised her son knowing that one day she will have to abandon him to the dangerous world of the Olympian gods.

Turman (“Women of the Movement,” “The Wire,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) will play Chiron, aka Mr. Brunner. Disguised as Percy’s Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, Chiron is the famed centaur and hero trainer who provides Percy with moral advice when needed.

Sharp (“Enlightened”, “Blunt Talk”, “On the Verge”) will play Gabe Ugliano, Sally’s selfish, brash and combative husband and Percy’s stepfather.

Mullally is replaced by UTA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Mantzoukas is replaced by UTA, Rise Management and Yorn Levine Barnes. Sharp is replaced by Gersh and Lighthouse Management & Media. Kull is replaced by Innovative and Principal Entertainment LA. Turman is replaced by The Rosenzweig Group and Innovative Artists.

The live show ‘Percy Jackson’ tells the fantastical story of the titular 12-year-old modern demigod (Scobell), who has just come to terms with his new supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning master. With the help of his friends Grover (Simhadri) and Annabeth (Jeffries), Percy must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to find him and restore order to Olympus.

Riordan and Jon Steinberg are writing the pilot with James Bobin directing. Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz oversee the series and serve as executive producers alongside Gotham Band’s Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein , Jeremy Bell and DJ Goldberg. 20th Television is the studio. Salke previously served as president of Touchstone Television and initially put the show into development.

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Ahn Jung-hwan recalls the moment that defined his career

Ahn Jung-hwan poses for a photo in the Songpa district, south of Seoul, on May 12. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Tuesday marked exactly 20 years since the opening of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the global football festival that saw support for the Korean national team reach fever pitch across the country.

The Korean team that participated in the 2002 World Cup is still considered a hero today. One of the most famous members of this historic team, Ahn Jung-hwan scored the winning goal against Italy in a round of 16 clash that took Korea to the country’s first-ever quarter-finals .

Ahn also scored in Korea’s group stage match against the United States in 2002 and in a group stage match against Togo at the 2006 World Cup.

Those three goals make Ahn Korea the all-time top scorer in the World Cup, an honor he shares with Park Ji-sung and Son Heung-min.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 2002 World Cup, the Korea Football Association is currently holding a “Football Week”. Getting into the spirit of things, the JoongAng Ilbo sat down with Ahn to discuss his memories of the World Cup.

Ahn Jung-hwan attends the 20th anniversary dinner of the opening of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies in western Seoul on Sunday. [NEWS1]

Ahn Jung-hwan attends the 20th anniversary dinner of the opening of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies in western Seoul on Sunday. [NEWS1]

Guus Hiddink attends a 20th anniversary dinner for the opening of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies in western Seoul on Sunday. [NEWS1]

Guus Hiddink attends the 20th anniversary dinner of the opening of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies in western Seoul on Sunday. [NEWS1]

“2002 was the happiest period of my football career,” Ahn said. “It was also when I was most loved. I remember there were so many fans waiting that I couldn’t get out.”

After a difficult childhood, Ahn started playing football because players were given milk and bread to eat.

This difficult start did not hold Ahn back. He started his football career in 1998 with Busan I Park and then Busan Icons where he played 54 games and scored 27 points. He was named K League MVP in the 1999 season, scoring 14 goals and marking the first time a K League MVP was chosen from a club that was not top of the table.

In 2000, Ahn was loaned to Italian club AC Perugia and became the first Korean to play in Italy’s Serie A. Two years later, he was called up to the national football team by head coach Guus Hiddink.

“I hated losing,” Ahn recalled. “I also didn’t like comparing myself to others. Hiddink really brought out my abilities by challenging and motivating me. He told me personally that this World Cup was going to change my life, which it did. .”

In the round of 16 of the 2002 World Cup, Korea faced Italy, a team made up of some of the greatest players of the era like Christian Vieri, Francesco Totti and Paolo Maldini.

“I didn’t think we could beat Italy, who were a team of world stars,” Ahn said. “But I played for my life, and it worked. It’s football. It’s not football if the stronger team beats the weaker team all the time. That’s probably why the people are crazy about it.”

On the day of the match against Italy, Ahn ended up scoring the winning goal in extra time – until 2002 FIFA always followed the golden goal rule at World Cups – leading the Taeguk Warriors to an immediate 2-1 victory and a ticket to the quarter-finals. .

Ahn Jung-hwan scores the winning goal in the round of 16 World Cup against Italy June 18, 2002. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ahn Jung-hwan scores the winning goal in the round of 16 World Cup against Italy June 18, 2002. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates the winning goal in the round of 16 World Cup against Italy June 18, 2002. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates the winning goal in the round of 16 World Cup against Italy June 18, 2002. [JOONGANG ILBO]

But that victory cost Ahn personally. He was reviled by Italian fans, with AC Perugia president Luciano Gaucci announcing that Ahn would be fired for insulting the Italian nation. Gaucci’s announcement, which would certainly have breached a host of FIFA regulations, turned out to be a publicity stunt as Ahn’s contract was terminated anyway, but he still remained persona non grata in Italy. .

“After the World Cup, my wife returned to Italy to find that someone had broken my Mercedes. The local newspaper even said that the mafia were threatening to kill me. It was almost as if I had ended my my entire football career with that one goal.”

After the 2002 World Cup, Ahn got the chance to play in the Premier League after signing a deal with Blackburn Rovers. Pérouse blocked the move, citing contractual obligations, and attempted to sabotage Ahn’s career by demanding $3.8 million in compensation from anyone who wanted to sign him.

Fortunately, a Japanese agency was willing to pay and Ahn landed at Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse from 2002 to 2003. Had he been allowed to move to Blackburn, he would have been the first Korean to play in the Premier League. Instead, that honor went to teammate and friend Park, who joined Manchester United in 2005.

“Yes, my life could have been different if I had played in the Premier League,” Ahn said after a long silence. “But a lot of people told me they were very happy because I was in the 2002 team. I always tell them, no, you made me happy. I think 3.8 million dollars is the price I paid for the respect and love I received from people.

“I am proud of Korean football. I can say that I gained a lot of things playing for Korea but also lost a lot of things. But of course there will be bad times, some of which I I’ll have to figure it out on my own. I can say that I gave my all for Korean football.

Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates after scoring the winning goal in Korea's round robin match against Togo at the 2006 World Cup on June 13, 2006. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates after scoring the winning goal in Korea’s round robin match against Togo at the 2006 World Cup on June 13, 2006. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Ahead of the 2006 World Cup, Ahn was given the chance to join a La Liga club but opted to play for German side MSV Duisburg instead.

“The national team staff advised me to play in Germany in preparation for the 2006 World Cup,” Ahn said. “The salary was much smaller with fewer benefits, but I was able to lead Taeguk Warriors to our first away win by scoring against Togo. So, I have no regrets.

After three World Cups and 71 national team appearances, Ahn retired in 2012 and worked as a commentator and entertainer. During the Qatar 2022 World Cup draw in March, Ahn was filmed nervously waiting for the Group E draw, which included two strong contenders, Spain and Germany. Japan ended up in Group E while Korea landed in Group H alongside Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana.

“I was praying that Korea wouldn’t be placed in Group E,” Ahn said. “It’s more difficult to reach the round of 16 if the group is more competitive. Group H is obviously difficult but there is still hope.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup kicks off on November 21 in Doha, where Ahn will work as a commentator. Korea’s first game against Uruguay will be on November 24. Korea next face Ghana on November 28, before finishing the group stage with a game against Portugal on December 2.

BY PARK RIN, YUN SO-HYANG [[email protected]]

As Home Prices Rise, DIY Decorating Trends Soar

The Houston area has seen a steady increase in property values ​​and many homeowners and renters are staying put rather than moving. Do-it-yourself home decor projects are on the rise, and many have big impact for little money.

The walls offer a great canvas to change the atmosphere, sublimate a space or transform a room. While a vibrant paint can is the most obvious solution, we’ve found several unique DIY solutions to transform your wall decor.

First of all, every Houstonian appreciates air conditioning, especially during the summer. But what about those huge stamped metal air conditioning grilles that plug, hiss and catch partial dust? A local company offers an easy upgrade. Decorative wood louvers and laser cut air conditioning grilles fit into old HVAC openings and are ready to paint to blend in with any decor. Lori Machiorlette, president of Worth Home Products, explains, “There are certain hot buttons that are driving detail-oriented homeowners crazy, and that’s a dirty, ugly air conditioning grille. Our customers love the wall makeover. »

Wall decor continues to be a quick and easy upgrade project. In addition to wallpaper, another trend is wall stencils. Traditional Japanese Washi Tape is a nice decorative paper masking tape. It’s thin, durable, made of natural fibers like hemp and bamboo, inexpensive, and comes in hundreds of colors and patterns. The tape is easy to stick to many surfaces. Some favorite patterns are horizontal and vertical stripes, cool geometric grids, and diamond shapes. You can create a dramatic accent wall with some fun Japanese duct tape.

Beyond the walls, lighting is another easy and affordable upgrade. The Instant Pendant Conversion Kit is a quick and easy solution that transforms ordinary can lights into a decorative accent. This patented product screws into the old recessed box and the overhead canopy hides the old light fixture. You can design your own pendant or purchase complete kits. Pendants above kitchen islands, breakfast tables and beds can change the look of a room.

DIY decorating solutions will always be in demand for the creative and/or cost-conscious. Today, with rising interest rates and rising house prices, the mantra “there’s no place like home” seems especially true. So there’s never been a better time to tweak and improve our home sweet homes.

For more information, visit www.worthhp.com.

5 must-see destinations in Asia for the perfect vacation

Asia is a whole continent of endless possibilities capable of stimulating the imagination of any traveler. Magical jungles, islands with turquoise waters surrounded by palm trees, traditional villages, religious temples and sacred mountains await you. From the traditional land of the samurai, Japan, to historic Myanmar and the immersive tranquility of the islets of Thailand, every trip will thrill you. Let’s find our way to the secret and unknown treasures hidden by the Asian land.

  1. The exotic beauty of Doi Mae Salong, Thailand
    The list of hidden beauties in Asia opens with the charming village at the top of Thailand. Doi Mae Salong combines the beauty of Thailand with the special cuisine of China and the charm of Myanmar. The village is located near the border with Myanmar and is famous for its Chinese tea merchants. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains like Mae Salong in Chiang Rai province, and if you need to get closer to nature, a visit to the top of the mountain will reward you with its exotic beauty.
  2. Paradise in Silk Country, Yaeyama Islands, Japan
    The journey to the hidden emeralds in Asia continues in the land of silk, Japan. The Yaeyama Islands, along with the Miyako Islands and the Okinawa Islands, form the three main island chains of the Okinawa region. The tropical atmosphere and laid-back rural lifestyle of the permanent residents will inspire you to travel with a difference. The Yaeyama Islands are an ideal getaway destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s metropolises. This island paradise offers secluded beaches for ultimate mental and physical relaxation. Of course, experiencing the seabed at Japan’s best diving spots will make your travel experience take off. Finally, be enchanted by the beauty of the well-preserved traditional village of Ryukyu on Taketomi Island, another destination in Asia that still retains its natural beauty.
  3. Lawrence of Arabia’s Experience in Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert
    Wadi Rum, or otherwise the Valley of the Moon, is truly a desert region, a miracle for all mankind. It is the particular climate that gives the region its undeniable appeal. Capture the sun as it melts into the hundreds of towering canyons, get lost in the rocky palace of Petra and sleep under the stars to admire the uniqueness of the night sky. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and live the unique experience of the desert as in the film of the same name. The Jordanian Wadi Rum monopolizes the interest of any tourist who wishes to visit a unique treasure in Asia.
  4. China’s sacred mountain, Wudang Shan
    China may belong to Asia, but its size is capable of creating a full-fledged continent. Wudang Shan Mountain is located in the northwest part of Hubei in China. It is called the sacred mountain of China because it is surrounded by Taoist temples and monasteries. Hot summers and cold winters characterize this magnificent place. All temples and monasteries are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If in your travel goals you also include China, then you should devote some time to the sacred mountain. Countless cultural activities will take you to different eras of Chinese culture. If you are a martial arts fan, consider visiting Wudang Kung Fu or Tai Chi masters. A good time to visit the mountains is fall or spring (March to May).
  5. South Korean Buddhist Temple, Haedong Yonggungsa
    Finally, the historic Buddhist temple Haedong Yonggungsa is definitely worth a visit. It is located in Busan, South Korea and was built in 1376 by a conqueror named Naong during the Goryeo dynasty. Originally, the Temple was called Bomun; however, during the Japanese invasions in 1592-98, the Temple was destroyed. In the 1930s the church was rebuilt and took on the current name, while in 1970 the main sanctuary was rebuilt with special attention to color. To get a perspective of the place, consider that it is built on a rock with an amazing view of the sea. So when is a good time to visit the place? The best time is the cherry blossoms in April; otherwise, on New Year’s Day, make a wish at sunrise. During celebrations of the Buddha’s birth, hundreds of lit lanterns light up the night sky. Whenever you visit South Korea and the glorious Haedong Yonggungsa, the epilogue in Asia will be truly unique.

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Grassley concerned about apparent political bias of top FBI public integrity official

WASHINGTON- Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is researching Justice Department records regarding the work history of a senior FBI official following revelations of his apparent political bias on social media. Ministry guidelines require employees to avoid even the appearance of bias, which could undermine investigations or call into question the credibility of the ministry’s work. However, Timothy Thibault, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, has been engaging and amplifying partisan content on social media, sometimes under the label of his official job title. Thibault is responsible for overseeing public corruption cases, often very sensitive, and involving political figures.

“It has come to my attention that while in a very sensitive role that includes making the threshold decision on which federal public corruption cases are opened for investigation, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (“ASAC “) Washington Field Office Timothy Thibault, likely violated several federal regulations and Department guidelines designed to prevent political bias from infecting FBI business, including the Attorney General’s Guidelines for FBI Domestic Operations and the FBI’s social media policies…. ASAC Thibault has demonstrated a pattern of active public partisanship, such as the use of his official title for public partisan positions related to his superiors and matters within the jurisdiction of the FBI, which is likely a violation of his ethical obligations as an FBI employee,” grassley wrote in a letter today to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray.

Grassley’s letter cited politically charged content from Thibault’s LinkedIn profile, including content directly related to Justice Department activity, where he identified himself as “Deputy Special Agent in Charge.” He also created and posted partisan content on Twitter.

Grassley also wrote to the Inspector General to request an investigation of Thibault for potential violations of rules and regulations aimed at preventing political bias from infecting FBI business.

Grassley frequently hears from current and former government employees who come forward to shed light on fraud, waste, abuse and gross mismanagement in government agencies or by government contractors. It protects the identity of these sources and frequently promotes policies that protect whistleblowers from retaliation. Individuals wishing to bring attention to mismanagement or misconduct within the Justice Department and its component agencies, such as the FBI, should contact Senator Grassley’s Investigative Unit at (202) 224- 3738 or email [email protected]
The full text of Grassley’s letter to the Justice Department and the FBI is available HERE.
The full text of Grassley’s letter to the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General is available HERE.

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Art meets spirituality in a watch inspired by Japanese culture

Richard Mille and two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, a fan of traditional Japanese arts, came up with the idea for a samurai-inspired masterpiece during a friendly conversation.

An aesthetic tribute to Japanese culture, the RM 47 Tourbillon is the result of intense reflection and nearly four years of design work.

It is a clever watch of a new kind, incorporating an extremely compact caliber, specially designed to make room for stylized samurai armor that was entirely handcrafted.

The decorative elements occupy no less than 16 hours of engraving and nine hours of painting.

Entirely hand-sculpted by the engraver Pierre-Alain Lozeron and painted by his wife Valérie Lozeron, Samurai armor illustrates the different aspects of ancestral Japanese culture.

Evoking the spirit of bushido, the ethics of the samurai whose values ​​still prevail in Japanese society, the armor comes to life in 3N yellow gold, reminiscent of the gold leaf used in ancient Japan to embellish the most beautiful shrines in the country. but also some works of traditional craftsmanship.

The Asano clan, a family that symbolizes the bushido spirit, is referenced in many details. The head of the family domain in the 18th century, Asano Naganori, was also the lord of the 47 ronin who avenged his death before following him into the afterlife.

Their Kamon, or heraldic clan sign – every Samurai clan has one – is proudly displayed on the tourbillon at six o’clock.

Representing two crossed falcon feathers, expressing strength in war and the authority of the suzerain, this emblem is also very finely engraved on the wings of the warriors’ helmet.

The RM 47 Tourbillon was born from a friendly conversation between Richard Mille and Fernando Alonso (photo)The RM 47 Tourbillon was born from a friendly conversation between Richard Mille and Fernando Alonso (photo)

The crown, crafted in titanium, carbon TPT and polished 3N yellow gold, bears the motif of a Japanese maple leaf, a symbol of the seasons but also of grace, beauty and the brevity of life.

Below, the two swords, sheathed in their sheaths, point the edge of their blades upwards to be drawn quickly in case of danger.

In total, this decoration required no less than 16 hours of engraving and nine hours of painting – in all, more than a whole day – to obtain the 11 components that make up the Samouraï, perfectly integrated around the movement of the RM 47 Tourbillon. .

To ensure optimal functioning of the movement, the mainplate and the skeletonized bridges are made of grade 5 titanium, a biocompatible alloy often used in the aerospace industry, with a black PVD treatment. This combination offers high corrosion resistance, remarkable rigidity and perfectly flat surfaces.

The movement, case and decoration of the watch show a design approach intended to ensure the harmonious and efficient integration of all the different elements. The tonneau-shaped case comprises three parts with a middle part in 3N yellow gold receiving a bezel and a back in black TZP ceramic.

The RM 47 Tourbillon, limited to 75 pieces, evokes the spirituality and values ​​of bushido, while embodying a determined quest for perfection and respect for tradition.

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Japan protests Seoul marine survey near Dokdo

By Kang Seung Woo

Bright prospects for stronger three-way cooperation between South Korea, Japan and the United States against growing threats from North Korea face uncertainty as long-running territorial dispute pits Seoul once again and Tokyo.

Japan’s claim to Dokdo, South Korea’s easternmost islet, and other historical issues surrounding its wartime atrocities, continue to overshadow their bilateral relationship, dashing Washington’s hopes of trilateral cooperation.

South Korea’s new president and US leader, who recently visited Asia, have tried to change that dynamic, as evidenced by last week’s unprecedented joint statement by their foreign ministers condemning ballistic missile launches. from Pyongyang.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry filed a protest against South Korea’s naval investigation around Dokdo for the second consecutive day on Sunday and Monday.

According to Japanese media, the ministry confirmed that a Korean research vessel threw something like a wire into the sea in Japan’s exclusive economic zone and South Korea acknowledged the marine investigation.

However, the South Korean Foreign Ministry rejected this claim, saying it was unacceptable. The ministry also said the investigation was a legitimate activity in accordance with national and international laws.

The row comes as new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pledged to restore bilateral ties with Japan, which the US government has been striving for in order to effectively deal with nuclear and missile threats from South Korea. North and, moreover, to keep China’s assertion under control. .

Relations between South Korea and Japan have reached their lowest point in years due to Tokyo’s imposition of export controls on three key materials essential for the semiconductor and display industries here. , in apparent retaliation for a South Korean Supreme Court ruling ordering Japanese companies to compensate surviving Koreans who were victims of wartime forced labor.

Yoon and U.S. President Joe Biden stress the importance of trilateral cooperation in addressing North Korea’s challenges, protecting shared security and prosperity, upholding common values, and strengthening the rules-based international order, according to the joint statement from their May 21 summit in Seoul.

Amid growing threats from North Korea, the three countries have shown signs of concentration.

Their nuclear envoys are due to hold a meeting in Seoul on Friday, while a vice-ministerial meeting is also being arranged. In addition, their defense ministers should meet in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, scheduled for June 10-12.

While the Biden administration stresses the importance of trilateral cooperation against North Korean aggression, the territorial dispute could disrupt those efforts, however, according to diplomatic observers.

In fact, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori canceled a joint press conference following talks with his South Korean and American counterparts in Washington, D.C., last November, citing the police chief’s visit. South Korean in Dokdo.

The dispute also comes as Kim Jong-un’s regime is widely expected to carry out a seventh nuclear test in the near future. According to the South Korean military, North Korea appears to have completed preparations for a nuclear test. He last detonated a nuclear device in September 2017.

South Korea has long maintained effective control of Dokdo with the permanent stationing of security personnel. In April, the Japanese government claimed that the islets belonged to the country in its annual report on foreign policy and activities, and in response, the South Korean foreign ministry called the deputy chief of mission at the embassy of Japan here.



































































































10 Directors and Their Best Film, According to IMDb

The form of cinema over the past century has been shaped by countless hands – innovative minds have spent their lives perfecting the art, with each generation improving on the work of their predecessors. While directing isn’t the only relevant aspect of filmmaking, it’s arguably the most important: translating one’s vision into a film requires a remarkably nuanced eye.

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Directors come and go, but there are a handful who have inspired and influenced audiences globally. Identifying top filmmakers is an easy task, but ranking their films based on quality is an exercise in subjectivity. Luckily, that’s where IMDb comes in.

ten Jeanne Dielman by Chantal Akerman (1975) is a common thread in the making of cinema — 7.7

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels is a Belgian arthouse film by Chantal Akerman. The film takes a realistic approach to its titular protagonist, whose life is explored in microscopic detail. Jeanne Dielmann has been called a “masterpiece of the feminine” and quickly became synonymous with the women’s rights movements in 1970s Europe.

Akerman has no interest in being seen as a feminist director because she “[doesn’t] think that women’s cinema exists.” However, Jeanne Dielmann is one of those films that ends up integrating itself into the cultural fabric by leaving itself open to interpretation.

9 David Lynch’s The Elephant Man (1980) was a smash hit and garnered eight Oscar nominations – 8.2

Critic Pauline Kael praised David Lynch’s abstract cinematic aesthetic, calling him “the first populist surrealist”. His films are so dense with information and complex themes that they all merge into “one big puzzle of ideas”.

The Elephant Man is based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, a man whose deformities made him an object of fascination and ridicule in 19th century London. The film was a smash hit, earning eight nominations at the 1981 Academy Awards and ultimately winning none. Interestingly, Lynch downplays his characteristic surrealism in The Elephant Man.

8 The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick is one of the best horror films ever made – 8.4

As a pioneer of the Hollywood new wave, critics recognize Stanley Kubrick’s production as “one of the most important contributions to world cinema of the 20th century”. He almost exclusively adapted his films from short stories and books — the brilliant is based on a novel by Stephen King.

The author did not appreciate the film adaptation of his book, as did Kubrick’s contemporary critics, but modern ratings have reconsidered the brilliant as one of the “greatest horror movies of all time”. Kubrick only made two more films after this one.

seven Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950) kept its freshness for several decades – 8.4

Billy Wilder’s triumphant vision has earned him 21 Oscar nominations and five wins over his long and esteemed career. Many of his films are definitive examples of the golden age of cinema, such as The lost weekend (1945), Some like it hot (1959), and The apartment (1960).

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Time magazine describes sunset boulevard like “Hollywood at its worst told by Hollywood at its best”. The film retained its freshness for several decades, an impressive feat for a 1950 film. That said, Sunset Boulevard owes its timeless charm to the commanding presence of Gloria Swanson.

6 Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) is studied by both scholars and filmmakers – 8.5

Alfred Hitchcock has been hailed as “the master of suspense” for his unprecedented directing style. He said his “suspense work just created nightmares for the audience”, adding that viewers would be thrilled “when [they] wake up because [they’re] relieved”.

Hitchcock’s films have won countless prestigious awards, including Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and more. psychology, arguably his most popular film, was the subject of a bit of controversy upon its release. However, psychology gradually gained popularity with critics and is now widely studied by scholars and filmmakers.

5 James Cameron’s Terminator 2 (1991) is one of the best sci-fi films out there – 8.6

James Cameron’s oeuvre is filled with blockbusters, aliens (1986) and true lies (1994) at Titanic (1997). Avatar (2009), officially the highest-grossing film of all time, revolutionized the field of visual effects. Cameron’s “genre-spanning work, lofty ambitions and unbridled energy” explain why he is called “the king of high-tech thrillers”.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day was an extremely expensive project, running over $100 million in production costs, but it ended up grossing more than five times its budget at the box office. The juxtaposition between the T-800 and the T-1000 highlights several questions about conscience and morality, especially since the technologically advanced model is described as emotionally stunted.

4 Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) Never Let Its Audience Lose Interest – 8.6

Akira Kurosawa has influenced dozens of modern filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, Federico Fellini, Satyajit Ray, Andrei Tarkovsky and Robert Altman. Kurosawa is best known for his epic drama Seven Samuraiwhich he edited and scripted in addition to directing.

The film has been “remade, reworked, referenced” so many times in pop culture that it has become a living entity in its own right. Seven Samurai is a cinematic gem that “never lets the audience lose interest” over its 3.5 hour runtime.

3 David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999) is an era-defining masterpiece – 8.8

David Fincher “challenges the status quo” in virtually every film he makes, from critic Alien 3 (1992) to the critically acclaimed film missing girl (2014). Interestingly, he’s also known for directing iconic music videos — Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and “Vogue.”

Fincher’s fight club “hit a nerve in the male psyche that has been debated in newspapers around the world.” This era-defining film distills the feelings of bitterness felt by 90s men into a deeply satirical dark comedy. To analyse fight club in its constituent parts is unnecessary – the story is inherently greater than the sum of its parts.

2 Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) defined him as an influential director – 8.9

Quentin Tarantino is famous for wrapping his movies with popular culture references and homages, a tactic that combines spectacularly with non-linear storylines and blood-curdling violence. Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich called Tarantino “the most influential director of his generation”.

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Tarantino is most associated with pulp Fictiona self-referential masterpiece that won Cannes’ Palme d’Or and garnered near-universal praise for its direction, screenplay and cast. pulp FictionThe “scruffy, fanzine” aesthetic of “represents the final triumph of postmodernism”.

1 The Dark Knight (2007) by Christopher Nolan was IMDb #1 for a short time – 9.0

Christopher Nolan’s existentialist perspective is clear in most of his work. Director Guillermo del Toro endorsed Nolan’s unorthodox style, calling the latter an “emotional mathematician” for elegantly conveying the overall narrative without losing sight of individual character arcs.

The black KnightIt is unquestionably Nolan’s highest-reviewed film to date, earning accolades from critics, audiences, and film pundits. In the weeks following its release, The black Knight climbed to the top of the IMDb chart, surpassing The Godfather (1972) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The film has since slipped to No. 3.


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Cost of living crisis: How employers are stepping in to help

Nicola Ryan worries about rising inflation. Not just the impact of price increases on her personally, or her employer One and All, a manufacturer of school uniforms based in Stockport, in the North West of England. She worries about the impact on all of her co-workers trying to manage their household budgets. “We are in a real crisis,” explains Nicola, who is director of support for colleagues. “We know [staff are] really worried.” The summer months will be relatively easy compared to October, when the “pinch point will increase [energy] bills”.

One and All has raised wages by 4.5% for everyone except administrators – a rise that would seem generous in normal times, but is now below UK inflation, which hit 9% on last month and is expected to reach double digits in the fall. . But the company is doing its best to target aid toward those in lower-paying positions, including manufacturing and warehouse work.

It has increased the share of all staff profits, which is expected to be worth more than £2,000 per person this year, and has set up an emergency fund to help those in difficulty. “We were really honest and said it was due to the cost of living crisis,” says Ryan. “We are preparing for October.” This is in addition to existing interest-free crisis loans for unexpected bills such as boiler breakdown and free money management advice. One and All is accredited by the charity Living Wage Foundation (which sets its ‘true’ living wage at £9.90 an hour in the UK and £11.05 in London) and is also committed to adhere to “real life hours”, ensuring predictable shifts of at least 16 hours per week.

After two years of pandemic upheaval, employers in the UK – as in much of the developed world – are facing rising costs. Although average wages are rising rapidly, by historical standards, inflation is rising even faster. Government support of the type announced by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Thursday will help a lot, but it won’t close the gap for everyone, and many families will still feel the strain. And while some companies say they can’t afford to pay workers more, others feel both an ethical imperative and intense business pressure, amid labor shortages, to help low-income people. revenue.

“Organizations say they struggle to pay, but they feel morally obligated to help employees. They try to make sure their benefits package is the best it can be,” says Sheila Attwood, editor of research group XpertHR, which tracks pay settlements for UK employers.

During the pandemic, many companies have strengthened sick pay provisions or offered new benefits related to wellness and mental health. Now the focus is on food, childcare or transportation. In the UK, supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Iceland have increased staff discounts, while the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has set up a food bank for staff.

In the United States, some employers offer assistance with driving expenses, according to Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America, a multinational recruitment company. “Gasoline subsidies are a new incentive. Transport vouchers and [help with] carpooling for workers for less than $20/hour is quite widespread. »

In France, tax breaks are prompting employers to offer meal vouchers and holiday vouchers, and business group Medef has proposed that the tax companies pay to fund public transport be redirected to help car commuters to fill up. Take-up of the “Macron bonus”, a tax-free bonus that employers can offer to low-wage workers, has been low. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire urged companies to do more.

Recent research from CEBR found that 10% of UK employees missed work days due to financial problems, while another fifth of workers were less productive because they spent working hours worrying about work. money – at a total annual cost to businesses of over £6 billion. However, employers are reluctant to take responsibility for day-to-day living costs, such as energy. “Most companies think this is best addressed through a fixed salary. It offers more security. Allocations are hard to stop,” says Alasdair Wood, senior director at consultancy Willis Towers Watson.

Bar chart of financial issues for employees experiencing presenteeism due to financial worries (%) showing that financial worries fuel presenteeism

Many employers are keeping a low profile on the issue, says Norman Pickavance, chief human resources officer and financial inclusion leader. “Tackling the problem means acknowledging the problem – which means they have to do something about it.” The most obvious solution is to raise salaries, he points out. “Everything else looks like window dressing.”

Yet the UK’s CIPD – representing HR professionals – says that even when employers can’t afford to raise salaries, they can still follow good practice to protect staff from poverty.

One is to ensure that the lowest paid employees receive a fair wage. In the UK, the number of Living Wage accredited employers has almost doubled since the start of the pandemic. Under pressure from activist investors, Sainsbury’s this year began paying real living wages to its direct employees, as have other supermarkets, although it is not officially accredited.

Greater flexibility around salaries can also help. Aviva, the insurer, is one of the companies that allows staff to resell unused annual leave. And Willis Towers Watson says employers in low-wage sectors are increasingly adopting tools like Wagestream, which provide instant access to earned wages. There are concerns about these apps, which incur transaction fees and could simply delay financial hardship. But employers in areas such as hospitality and care say they’re better than payday loans.

Other forms of flexibility matter too, with many white-collar workers now questioning the value of commuting. Tim Oldman, Managing Director of Leesman, a workplace research company, says: “We’ve had two years without travel expenses [on] our monthly salaries. All over the world, employees are thinking about the cost of travel. »

Some companies are now repositioning working from home as a cost of living rather than a matter of work-life balance. Neil Carberry, chief executive of the British Confederation of Recruitment and Employment, says: “Companies think very flexibly to respond to employee concerns. . . Hybrid work reduces travel costs and in this environment is more attractive. »

There’s also a new focus on compensation and career progression, says Duncan Brown, independent rewards management consultant. Many low-paying jobs offered “a fixed rate with no progression or career structure”, he says, but his children in their twenties now routinely asked in interviews when the salary would be reviewed.

Frankiewicz agrees: “The most exciting thing is that employers and employees are now realizing that blue collar workers expect and demand a career plan. Traditionally, this was a white-collar incentive.

Regardless of their longer-term outlook, some employees will struggle in the coming months. Some employers are offering targeted help: John Lewis, the employee-owned retailer, is doubling its financial aid fund, acknowledging that staff will find it “financially difficult”. Most, however, do not intervene directly: the buzz in HR departments around “financial wellness” usually results in offers of financial education and budgeting tools; nudges to save more in a pension; or perhaps referral to debt counselors if needed.

For workers whose problem is a lack of pay rather than the ability to manage their money, it can feel like a cynical distraction. But counselors say they help “normalize” conversations about money worries. “We encouraged employers to get people to talk more openly about money issues,” says Charles Cotton, senior adviser at CIPD.

“Companies should look at these things as a whole,” Wood says. “A financial wellness app alone won’t do you any good. But you can get a lot of help from some decent financial education, like tracking your expenses as part of the strategy.

Employers will need to pay greater attention to the personal circumstances of workers as the pressure on incomes worsens. “Companies learn as they go,” says Wood, noting that most senior executives don’t have the experience of leading companies through a period of high inflation. “The key element is uncertainty,” he says. “No one knows when this will end.”

Naomi Osaka tweets her experience at Barclays Center during active shooter scare | Launderer’s report

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka was inside the Barclays Center in New York when rumors of an active shooter sparked panic after Saturday’s boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero.

TMZ Sports reported that the incident, which happened early Sunday morning, resulted in 10 people being taken to hospital with minor injuries. No shooter was located.

Osaka posted her reaction on Twitter, and someone else inside the room shared a video of the scene:

yes @yampapii

It’s so scary pic.twitter.com/06HdOVwY6Z

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said John Annese of the New York Daily News an investigation determined that it was a false alarm. No shots were fired inside or outside the arena.

NYPD Detective Adam Navarro says there were ‘no firearms’ and it’s unclear what led onlookers to believe there was imminent danger, according to ESPN . Mike Coppinger.

Osaka, four-time Grand Slam champion, confirmed she “came out fine”.

The 24-year-old Japanese sensation suffered a first-round loss to Amanda Anisimova at Roland Garros last week.

Music superstar Madonna was among other celebrities in attendance for the boxing card, per TMZ.

The situation came amid a period of heightened awareness following two recent mass shootings in the United States.

On Tuesday, 19 students and two teachers were killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

This tragedy came less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a racist attack on a Buffalo grocery store.

This has led to calls for Congress to work on gun control measures, including a passionate advocacy by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, one of many high-profile members of the sports world to speak out following the shooting.

For safety’s sake: Southwestern Japan’s brewer strives to create pure, world-class products






This image provided by Takahashi Shouten shows a “Shigemasu” sake product.

YAME, Fukuoka — A traditional sake maker with a history of more than 300 years has overcome challenges as a pioneer in making Japanese alcoholic beverages that meet world-class safety standards.

Takahashi Shouten, whose brewing facility is located in Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture, has turned to overseas markets to weather declining sake consumption as people refrain from visiting the bars and restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since simply exporting Japanese sake will not distinguish them from other companies’ products, the southwestern Japanese sake maker has been working to obtain food safety certification that meets global standards.

When this reporter visited Yame Brewery, employees went inside after washing their hands, dusting their work clothes with a lint roller and putting on indoor shoes. Such measures are taken to prevent bacteria that cause food poisoning.

“Koji mold is used to make Japanese sake, so we have to strictly manage the facility and equipment to make sure other fungi don’t get in,” said security manager Kei Suzuki, 44. food at Takahashi Shouten.

The sake maker, founded in 1717 during the Edo period, is known for its “Shigemasu” brand – a dry sake handcrafted using traditional methods using underground water from a local river and high-grade Yamada Nishiki rice. quality produced in Fukuoka prefecture.

While the products are mostly sold at local sake shops, demand at izakaya bars has plummeted due to COVID-19. Suzuki said that in the worst-case scenario, annual revenues fell 70% from before the pandemic.






This photo from April 22, 2022 shows the entrance to Takahashi Shouten’s brewery in Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture. Employees put on indoor shoes and wash their hands here. (Mainichi/Junko Adachi)






Takahashi Shouten employee Kei Suzuki holds a registration certificate indicating JFS-C food safety standard qualification in Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, March 30, 2022. (Mainichi/Junko Adachi)

Takahashi Shouten president Takuya Nakagawa, 47, who saw the popularity of sake overseas as a business opportunity, offered to obtain JFS standard certification, managed by the Tokyo-based Japan Food Safety Management Association. The certification conforms to global standards and is divided into three levels “A”, “B” and “C”.

The sake maker launched a food safety team in 2017 and achieved Level B certification in 2019. Following this success, the company has been working to obtain Level C certification, which requires manufacturers to meet the strictest criteria and which is recognized worldwide.

The sake maker’s first effort was to control the sanitary conditions of the manufacturing process, from transporting the ingredients to brewing and shipping the products. The company has banned the custom of temporarily placing materials on the floor and has ensured that items are organized, such as sorting various product labels into boxes. The instructions, formerly given verbally, are recorded in manuals and internal audits verify their compliance.

“These efforts have led to reforms in employee awareness, as well as stability in the quality of our products,” said Chairman Nakagawa.

The C-standard certification recognizes senior management’s responsibility for food safety and the slogan “Provide products without food incidents”, accompanied by the name of the president, is hung on the wall of the factory. In February 2022, Takahashi Shouten became Japan’s first sake maker to achieve C-standard certification.

The demand for sake is currently increasing overseas. According to trade statistics from the Ministry of Finance, the total export value of Japanese sake in fiscal 2021 was about 40.1 billion yen (about $315 million), while the export volume totaled some 32,000 kilolitres, two records. Nakagawa said, “I want to aim for exports to be around 30% of our sales in the future.”

Hitoshi Utsunomiya, board member of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, pointed out, “Sake exports to the United States and Europe, whose economies have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as to China, have experienced a sudden increase. restaurants have increased overseas, as have sake orders.”

He said: “If the global shortage of shipping containers is resolved, further growth can be expected. Large overseas supermarkets sometimes check whether products meet food safety management standards, so it is important to make efforts to obtain certification.

(Japanese original by Junko Adachi, Kurume Bureau)

Mount Royal University hosts National Junior Kendo Championships

Athletes from a sport derived from an important symbol of Japanese culture meet at the first-ever Canadian Junior Championships, held right here in Calgary.

Kendo, which means “way of the sword”, is a Japanese martial art that evolved from the experiences of the samurai.

Two competitors face off and attempt to score two points in a match that lasts about three to four minutes. Points are scored in one of four areas of their opponent’s body.

“The first is the head, the next is the wrist, the third is the waist score, and the next is the throat score. So there are four targets,” said Kyae Lee, chief instructor at the Chinook. Kendo. Dojo and one of the organizers of the tournament, which takes place at Mount Royal University.

While the main essence is fencing with swords, officials say the activity is much more than that.

“Throughout the sword path of Japanese martial arts, people strive to be a better person,” he said. “As you also saw a lot of fighters, they also learn good manners and respect for the place and the teachers.”

He says that new competitors must “earn” their sword before they can fight by first mastering these principles.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of their junior players, Lee says, as they haven’t been able to meet and practice.

However, once the restrictions were lifted, they were allowed to return to the team environment.

“Growing up with the practice of kendo, they can become a better person. As a teacher, I always teach our students not only to win the game, but to be a better person.”

Tatcha’s Vicky Tsai and Daniel Martin on AAPI Representation in the Beauty Industry

Founder and CEO Vicky Tsai launched Tatcha, a San Francisco-based skincare brand, in 2009. Tsai said the company was inspired by the beauty rituals of Japanese geishas. In 2020, acclaimed makeup artist Daniel Martin joined the brand as its first global director of art and education. Martin collaborates with Tsai to offer innovative new product launches and brings his expertise on natural productslooking at to put on makeup. A skincare brand and makeup artist are a non-traditional partnership, but Martin’s beliefs align seamlessly with Tatcha’s brand values. Like Tsai, Martin believes that great makeup starts with great skin.

Tsai and Martin’s collaboration speaks to the importance of representation in a largely peer-reviewed industry. They have publicly teamed up to help address the lack of AAPI representation in the beauty industry, inspiring others in the AAPI community to do the same.

Tatcha is dedicated to making a positive impact on the world, in addition to providing clients with rejuvenating skincare rituals. The company’s Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures Education Fund, launched in 2014, supports the nonprofit Room to Read. Sales of full-size beauty products fund educational equality for children in underserved communities.

Tsai and Martin spoke with Glossy about beauty practices in East Asia and recent progress towards a more inclusive beauty community, including through greater AAPI representation in the Western beauty industry.

How did your Taiwanese-American identity influence your approach to Tatcha?

Tsai: “My Taiwanese-American heritage led to my interest in Japanese beauty culture. East Asian cultures often have a common history, and these shared histories often influence culture, including language, art, food, beauty, and wellness practices. The ingredients and principles of Japanese beauty culture felt familiar to me from my Taiwanese heritage and yet fascinatingly different from how I grew up as an American.

My goal has always been to share the philosophy and practices that have healed my skin and my mind. As a result, very little has changed in Tatcha’s approach to caring for our clients and their skin, although our approach may now resonate with more people due to this historic time we live in. [The] Covid-19 [pandemic] has been a catalyst for many people to begin to understand the connection between skin and mind and that wellness practices are essential to looking and feeling good on the inside.

How is your “no makeup” look inspired by your culture or upbringing?

Martin: “As someone who suffered from cystic acne in high school, my mission was to respect the skin in my work. [I like] have [my skin] to look as flawless as possible because I don’t like [the look of] heavy, cakey makeup. I grew up understanding Korean beauty rituals because my mother-in-law and my sisters have been doing it for years. That too played into my psyche.

Does culture and community play a role in maintaining the promise of Tatcha bring to its customers “the harmony of the skin to the soul“?

Tsai: “Yes. Eastern wellness practices have always recognized that the brain, body, skin and even the spirit are all part of a holistic system. This is why Eastern medicine is often referred to as holistic.As a result, our Eastern roots have shaped our skin and formula philosophies, as well as our customer service philosophy.

Our culture also plays a role in our commitment to our purpose. In Eastern cultures, there is a recognition that we are all part of a greater whole; there is less historical emphasis on individualism. We always consider our impact and our responsibility to the people we serve. It’s one of the reasons we partner with Room to Read to support girls’ education around the world. The beauty industry has historically done a lot of harm to women and their self-esteem. We believe beauty begins in the heart and mind. We are grateful that our customers are helping to create a bright future for these amazing girls around the world.

Given your heritage, do you approach marketing to non-Asian consumers differently?

Tsai: “We share our brand promise and the effectiveness of our collection with everyone in the same way. Where we may differ from some conventional Western companies is that we don’t believe in capitalizing on people’s insecurities or using scare tactics in our marketing. We believe in educating our customers on how to take care of their skin’s health and make their skincare rituals simple and joyful wellness practices.

Has Tatcha faced any challenges deviating from Western beauty standards?

Tsai: “Every time we launched something slightly outside Western conventions, we were faced with doubts and worries. We launched an essence, rice enzyme powders, a make-up balm inspired by geisha application techniques – these are all categories unfamiliar to the Western customer. Yet they have become the basis of our rituals because once a client is educated on the benefits and joys of using these formulas, they enjoy the smooth transformation and stay with us.

Historically, Western skincare has tended to promise instant results at all costs. The idea that tingling is proof of efficacy or that purging the skin is self-evident goes against everything we believe. We’re still regularly encouraged to take a more Western approach, but we’re clear about our form philosophy and know that transformative results and gentle ingredients aren’t mutually exclusive.

How has the industry changed, in terms of inclusivity, since you created Tatcha?

Tsai: “I’ve seen many new startups created by entrepreneurs who express their unique beauty cultures from around the world and represent all shades and genres of beauty. [These startups] are breaking through, and retailers like Sephora are using their incubation programs to help these young founders bring important new insights to the beauty industry. These new brands are also incorporating social enterprise into their business models, as is Tatcha’s Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program. It didn’t exist when we started, so I’m happy to see it now.

I also see categories that are more established in Asia starting to grow in the US due to the mainstream of more and more Asian-based brands. Cleansing oils, sheet masks, and even essences are now considered essential skin care for many more people. There’s room for all of us, and I’m glad we’re all here.

How is Tatcha celebrating AAPI Heritage Month this year?

Tsai: “AAPI Heritage Month is a significant time for us, as a company that exists to share Japanese wellness rituals, and because so many of us in the Tatcha family are part of the community AAPI. I initiated research on the representation of AAPI women in the workplace with students from Harvard Business School, and frankly, [the results have] was shocking to read. The Harvard Business Review reported that Asian Americans are the least likely to be promoted to leadership positions in the United States. Because we are exotic, the likelihood that we will be harassed or subject to racial or gender bias is high, but we are the least likely to report it. These are sobering facts, especially considering the growing violence against the AAPI community.

However, members of the Asian American diaspora come from cultures that have survived thousands of years. We have vast stores of history, wisdom and resilience embedded in our cultures that we can draw on to grow through these experiences.

When I was growing up in America, all I wanted was to be a typical American and fit in. Now, I am so grateful for the cultural diversity within me. It has become my superpower when I need community and strength the most.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: The True Meaning of the Jedi Name Explained | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television

Obi-Wan Kenobi is coming to Disney Plus on May 27, and Star Wars fans are excited to see Ewan McGregor reprise his role. Hayden Christensen, who originally played Anakin Skywalker in some of the movies, is also returning for the TV miniseries. Linguistic experts at language-learning app Babbel have revealed the origins of Obi-Wan’s name.

Where does the name Obi-Wan Kenobi come from?

The next series is set a decade after the events of Revenge of the Sith, which saw Anakin Skywalker turn to the dark side.

Ewan McGregor serves as executive producer and stars as the fan-favorite lead character.

The series follows the Jedi Master as he lives in exile on Tatooine.

Darth Vader created Sith Inquisitors to hunt down any surviving Jedi after Order 66 destroyed them.

Obi-Wan lives as Ben on Tatooine, but Babbel spoke to Express.co.uk about the origin of his real name.

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They said, “Like the word Jedi, it’s another homage to Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films and Japanese culture.

“An ‘obi’ is the belt used to tie a kimono, ‘ken’ is Japanese for sword, and ‘wan’ sounds a bit like the Japanese honorific ‘san’.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi’s casting history also suggests Kurosawa’s influence on Star Wars.

“Before giving the role to Sir Alec Guinness, [George] Lucas approached Japanese superstar Toshiro Mifune to play Obi-Wan.

“Mifune has performed in many of Kurosawa’s jidai-geki, including The Hidden Fortress and Seven Samurai.

“You might consider it a coincidence if it weren’t for the fact that Lucas repeatedly cited Kurosawa as an influence.

“He even said that the two bickering peasants in Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress were his inspiration for R2-D2 and C-3PO.”

Themes like good versus evil, light versus dark, and nature versus technology are ubiquitous throughout the Star Wars universe.

The same can be said when it comes to character names.

As for Darth Vader, Lucas claimed that the name is a combination of two “evil” phrases, “water of death” and “dark father”.

Babbel added, “That doesn’t mean the vader-father connection was a deliberate foreshadowing.

“In early drafts of the Empire Strikes Back script, Vader wasn’t Luke’s father, so Lucas couldn’t have intended that when he named the character years earlier.

“Another theory, if the naming convention of other Sith is any indication – Sidious (Insidious), Maul, Grievous – Vader could be short for ‘invader’, hence ‘Dark/Death Invader’.”

The miniseries will consist of six episodes and will see the main character leave Tatooine to embark on an epic adventure.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is streaming on Disney Plus starting May 27.

Tokyo candidate for the world athletics championships

TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo’s $1.4 billion National Stadium, built by the Japanese government for last year’s Olympics, is being considered a site for the world championships. Athletics.

An inspection team from World Athletics – the sport’s governing body – met Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Wednesday and was due to visit the stadium on Thursday.

The next world championships, which have been postponed from 2021 to make way for the Olympics, will be held in July in Eugene, Oregon. Budapest, Hungary is expected to host in 2023.

Tokyo would be considered one of the favorites for 2025. This choice is expected in July. The location of 2027 has not yet been chosen.

Antti Pihlakoski, the chairman of the inspection team, praised Tokyo. But neither he nor Koike answered questions during a brief photo opportunity at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Pihlakoski said World Athletics had four candidates for 2025. He did not name them, but they would be Tokyo, Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, Singapore and a site in Poland.

“I believe there is no other city in the world that could have organized (Olympic) competitions during the COVID period, and did so in a very good way,” he said. “And everyone in the sport owes you a very big, deep thank you.

Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, said last year in Japan that he wanted to bring the championships to the city. Coe is not known to be in Tokyo this time. Many World Athletics sponsorship deals are negotiated through Dentsu Inc., the Japanese advertising and public relations giant.

Three of World Athletics’ four main sponsors are Japan-based companies: sportswear maker Asics, watchmaker Seiko and Japanese electronics company TDK. The other is the Qatar National Bank.

Dentsu was the main driver in securing over $3 billion in local sponsorship for the Tokyo Olympics and is a powerful player in Japanese business, politics and media. Much of Dentsu’s influence lies in sports marketing and handling broadcast rights issues.

Tokyo held the world championships in 1991 and Osaka hosted them in 2007. Koike said she remembers the 1991 championships and Carl Lewis’ world record of 9.86 seconds in the 100 meters.

“His overwhelming run is still fresh in the memories of everyone in Tokyo and all over Japan. And I, too, remember those days clearly,” Koike said.

Coe, a two-time Olympic 1,500m gold medalist and former member of Britain’s parliament, is a power player in his own right and is seen as a possible successor to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Bach’s term ends in 2025.

The Japanese city of Sapporo is also among the favorites to clinch the 2030 Winter Olympics. It competes with Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

The IOC is expected to name the site for the Winter Olympics in May 2023 during meetings in Mumbai, India. He could also do a double prize and name the host city of 2034.

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The Finnishization of Asia EJINSIGHT

“Finlandization” describes the commitment to strategic neutrality that a small country might take, in order to avoid provoking a much larger and more powerful neighbour. The term is derived from Finland’s longstanding policy of strict military non-alignment with the Soviet Union or the West – a policy it maintained vis-à-vis Russia after the end of the war. cold but that its recent application for NATO membership has overturned. But even as Finland abandons finlandization, many Asian countries may well be ready to embrace it.

Unlike Finland and its European partners, most Asian countries have refrained from verbal or vocal condemnation of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Of the 35 countries that abstained in the United Nations General Assembly vote on March 2 on a resolution demanding that Russia end its invasion of Ukraine, 11 were in Asia.

Two of those countries that abstained were great powers: China and India. For China, the decision to abstain was perhaps less about Russia, with which it signed a cooperation agreement a few weeks before the invasion, than about the West. Chinese leaders are highly skeptical of Western values ​​and fear the militarization of Western-led international institutions. If and when China decides to invade Taiwan, it hopes to avoid the high international costs that Russia has incurred for its aggression in Ukraine.

India, for its part, likely abstained due to its longstanding ties with Russia. India led the Non-Aligned Movement in the 1950s and 1960s – a period when it also pursued Soviet-style socialist economic policies. India abandoned these policies in the early 1990s – around the same time communism was collapsing in Europe – but continued to depend on Russia for military supplies, including warplanes and tanks. . Given the importance of these supplies, India cannot afford to alienate Russia, despite the Kremlin’s increasingly close partnership with China, which is waging a stealth war with India in the Himalayas.

Small abstaining countries – Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Vietnam – are even more likely to replicate some version of finlandization, reflecting pressure from Russia and China. Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea remain the West’s frontline in the region, facing threats from both powers, as well as North Korea (which voted against the resolution).

US President Joe Biden is currently in Asia trying to bolster that front. In meetings with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden sought to lay the groundwork for deeper cooperation, including planning for various contingencies, such as a North Korean missile attack. on one of the three territories of the countries. Biden has even vowed to militarily defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion.

But Biden held separate bilateral meetings with Yoon and Kishida. For the front line to hold, South Korea, Japan and the United States must develop a viable three-party strategy to deal with the security challenges facing Asia.

Here, Yoon’s election victory last March gives reason for hope. After defeating the incumbent party candidate, Yoon is expected to break with the foreign policy of his predecessor, Moon Jae-in. This includes abandoning Moon’s policy of appeasement toward North Korea, the biggest military threat to the South, and replacing his policy of “strategic ambiguity” in the Sino-US rivalry with stronger ties. deep with the United States. In fact, when they recently met, Biden and Yoon affirmed the critical importance of broad deterrence in their shared policy toward the North Korean regime.

Another political mistake Moon made was allowing South Korea’s relationship with Japan to be poisoned by historic disagreements dating back to World War II. Rather than remaining weighed down by the burden of history, the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States must bear the burden of peace together. We hope Yoon understands this.

Kishida, too, broke with the policies of his predecessors, who embodied a softer approach to Russia, in the hope that Russia would return to Japan the four Kuril Islands that Stalin had seized at the end of World War II. world. Abe Shinzō – Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, whose term ended in 2020 – met with Russian President Vladimir Putin 27 times between 2012 and 2020 and provided Russia with substantial economic aid.

These efforts proved unsuccessful. Putin never came close to engaging in serious negotiations on the islands. In any case, Japan has now abandoned the business. Following the invasion of Ukraine, Kishida’s administration quickly announced that it would join the rest of the G7 in imposing tough sanctions on Russia. It has since suspended most of its economic engagement with Russia.

Japan and South Korea seem determined to maintain a united front with the United States and Europe against Russia. This unity must be maintained – at the very least, until the willful Finnishization of Asia that the Ukraine war spurred begins to reverse.

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Takatoshi Itō

A former Japanese deputy finance minister, the writer is a professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a senior professor at the National Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo.

‘The Acolyte’: How ‘Star Wars’ is about to turn back time

When he took on the job of doing the prequels, the way he decided to approach technology and all those types of things was to make it much sleeker, more beautiful, almost After advanced time. That’s the weird thing about Star Wars. The further back you go, the better. “A long time ago” actually becomes more futuristic. So while we’re creating that type of world, we’re trying to convey George’s concept that the further back you go, the more exciting, new, stylish, and interesting things get.

The way you describe it reminds me of Roman times, a time when that empire was very powerful and quite technologically advanced. Then this region of the world falls into a period of barbarism, and the dark ages follow. Is it similar to what you’re talking about here? Is the High Republic an era of education, advancement, and glory, when the Star Wars movies and shows we know best date from a time of collapse and decadence?

Yes. We actually use the term Renaissance or Enlightenment. There need not be an uprising among the people in the extended regions or in the inner worlds, because everyone is doing so well. For what I’m exploring, another good analogy might be post-World War I in the United States, where we really got into this isolationist concept of: we don’t help anybody. We want to protect this particular atmosphere that we have. [Laughs.] “Vibe” is definitely not the word they use.

So, do the rulers of this galactic age prefer to ignore conflict or suffering rather than resolve it?

The High Republic is so golden in so many ways. Jedi uniforms are gold and white and it’s almost as if they’ll never get dirty. They would never come out. The idea is that they might have these types of uniforms because they don’t get much involved in skirmishes. So, of course, my question is like, “Well, what else is going on?” » You can’t finish with George’s phantom menace situation if all goes well.

It has to go well to the detriment of what? What is not supported? What are we turning a blind eye to that could lead to the rise of someone like Palpatine roughly a century later? Yes it is a villain, but he is a villain who completely undermines the whole system of government. Many other things must have happened below the surface.

And we know the Jedi completely miss that.

[They’re] constantly talking about balance. If the light side proliferates everywhere, what happens with the dark side? How does it manifest? What is this do to survive? Because he very clearly does later in the world.

I heard you describe The Acolyte like a mystery. So is that the mystery, what is beneath the surface of this shining world?

Yes, are things what they seem? Are things as good as everyone says? This is the big question for any society that has these big boom times. There is a form of counterculture or a form of underground, whether it’s good or bad, you know what I mean?

What are some of your cinematic influences for the show?

Jon Favreau said that when you work in this world, you want to go back to what George was inspired by. There were westerns and then of course Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, and the fact that he originally offered Obi-Wan Kenobi to Toshiro Mifune…

DOJ Commentary on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement: What You Need to Know | NAVEX

Recently, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. gave a speech during Compliance Week detailing how the DOJ evaluates corporate compliance programs. The purpose of clearly articulating these expectations in detail is to “ensure that companies design and implement effective compliance systems and controls, create a culture of compliance, and promote ethical values,” says Polite.

In this article, we summarize what compliance professionals need to know to ensure their programs comply with DOJ guidelines. To begin, Polite outlines three key DOJ expectations for compliance programs:

  1. That compliance programs are well designed
  2. They have adequate resources and are empowered to operate effectively
  3. Compliance programs work in practice

Polite explains very clearly how compliance programs should be designed and what the DOJ expects from organizations to meet this standard.

“First, when we say we expect a company’s compliance program to be well-designed, we look closely at the company’s risk assessment process and the development of a program tailored to the management of its specific risk profile. We want to see if the company has policies and procedures in place designed to address the key areas of risk identified in its risk assessments, and if these policies and procedures are easily accessible and understandable to employees and business partners of the company. We want to know how the company trains employees, management and third parties on the risk areas and responsibilities applicable to these individuals. Policies, training, and other processes should address relevant high-risk elements of the company’s business model, such as third-party relationships or mergers and acquisitions. We want to ensure that the company has a process in place for reporting violations of law or company policy that encourages employees to speak up without fear of retaliation, and that such reports are taken seriously , properly documented, investigated and, if substantiated, corrected. ”

Polite draws on his experience as a compliance manager and discusses some of the common challenges you may also face.

“I know the resource challenges. The difficulties you encounter in accessing the data. relationship challenges. The compartmentalization of your function. You are called to be a source of information, an enforcer of law and policy, and somewhat the main architect of your company’s ethical culture,” says Polite.

Compliance officers facing resource allocation issues may want to refer to Polite’s advice on how the DOJ defines “adequate resources.”

“When assessing whether a compliance program is adequately resourced and empowered to operate effectively, we want to know more than dollars, headcount and reporting lines. We will review the qualifications and expertise of key personnel in compliance and other gatekeeper roles. We want to know if compliance officers have adequate access and engagement with the company, management and the board. We seek to understand if and how a company has taken steps to ensure compliance has adequate stature within the company and is promoted as a resource. A company’s commitment to promoting compliance and ethical values ​​at all levels, from the CEO down to middle and lower management, is essential. »

A well-designed compliance program is one that is embedded in the culture of the company, used by employees at all levels and, to reiterate the point above, with sufficient resources and empowered leaders.

“We want to see evidence that the compliance program is working in practice. We review whether the company continually tests the effectiveness of its compliance program, and improves and updates the program to ensure it is sustainable and adapts to changing risks. We want to know that a company can identify compliance gaps or violations of policy or law. Equally important, we want to see how the company addresses the root causes of these deficiencies or violations and finds ways to improve its controls and prevent the recurrence of problems. We want to see examples of compliance success stories: disciplining bad behavior, rewarding positive behavior, transactions that have been rejected due to compliance risk, positive trends in whistleblower reporting, and partnerships that developed between compliance officers and the business. . We are also interested in how a company measures and tests its culture – at all seniority levels and throughout its operations – and how it uses data from these tests to embed and continually improve its ethical culture,” Polite says.

Politeness also includes “if and how the company responds to past misconduct demonstrates its commitment to compliance and an ethical culture. Companies that have effectively deployed capabilities to conduct independent monitoring and testing of all elements of their compliance program, not just their financial controls…”.

“We prefer not to hear a ‘check-the-box’ presentation from outside counsel. We love seeing the compliance manager leading the compliance presentation and demonstrating knowledge and ownership of the compliance program. Not for show, but because we want to empower these teams,” says Polite.

He goes on to say, “Other senior managers should also participate, taking ownership of their role in the compliance program and demonstrating their commitment to compliance. Based on what we learn about the company’s compliance program, we determine whether an independent compliance monitor should be required.

“We believe that surveillances are effective tools to strengthen corporate compliance programs in companies where there were compliance weaknesses that led to criminal behavior. Monitors can be allies of compliance officers by making recommendations that create lasting, long-lasting change in corporate culture,” says Polite.

The DOJ plans to mandate independent compliance monitors, where appropriate, to convince prosecutors that programs meet compliance and disclosure obligations for non-trial resolution. In these cases, they follow Criminal Division screening procedures to ensure applicants are well-qualified with “extensive compliance experience,” and they demonstrate diversity in experience and background.

Polite also says that even when a compliance monitor isn’t deemed necessary, there’s still work to be done. “When we determine that a monitor is not necessary, it does not mean that the company’s obligations to continue to test, improve and demonstrate the effectiveness of its compliance program end when the resolution is written. Businesses without a monitor are still required to comply with ongoing obligations and report to the Department on the status of compliance obligations.

Because compliance programs typically don’t provide an immediate return on investment, decision makers in some organizations may be reluctant to go all out to invest in and mature the E&C function. This is, unequivocally, a risky business decision. As Polite makes clear, “We hold companies accountable for failing to meet their obligations under our corporate resolutions, including obligations to implement an effective compliance program, cooperate or report allegations of misconduct.”

If you’re struggling to gain momentum, this poignant statement can provide clarity for those blocking the path to funding and maturing the program:

“Our message is clear: companies that invest seriously in improving their compliance programs and their internal controls will be better perceived by the Ministry. Support your compliance team now or pay later.

Polit adds that this declaration is “a new tool in your arsenal to combat these challenges. This is the type of resource that compliance officers, myself included, have been looking for for some time, as it makes it clear that you should and must have an appropriate stature in corporate decision-making. It is intended to enable our compliance professionals to have the data, access and voice within the organization to ensure you and us that your business has an ethical and conformity.

Whether starting out or looking to strengthen and mature your organization’s compliance program, there is plenty of ammunition demonstrating the importance and value of strong E&C programs. Compliance leaders must feel empowered to champion the resources and autonomy needed to improve the health and culture of their organizations through the E&C programs they lead.

The full transcript of Polite’s remarks can be found here. NAVEX is also pleased to offer tools and resources to help support your organization’s ethics and compliance journey.

For more helpful information, download these resources:

How to get started with ethics and compliance

10 Key Steps to a Strong Ethics and Compliance Risk Assessment

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Nonito Donaire Arrives In Japan For Comeback Battle With “Monster” Inoue

The seemingly ageless Nonito Donaire arrived in Japan not long ago, “The Filipino Flash” ready for his rematch with Japanese superstar and pound-for-pound contender Naoya Inoue. Donaire, a five-weight ruler and Hall of Fame lock, is now 39, but the current WBC bantamweight champion has looked significantly younger than his age in his last two fights.

Donaire, who scared ‘The Monster’ in November 2019’s The Fight of the Year, says he’s upped his game again and will surprise Inoue this time; the return is scheduled for June 7 at the Super Arena in Saitama.

“If Naoya thinks it will be the same Donaire as when we first met, that’s wrong,” Donaire told reporters upon landing in Japan. “I’m quite different because I can hit from any angle. My skills and motivation have improved.

The first fight was special, and since then Inoue has gone 3-0, with all three wins by knockout. Inoue may be at his peak right now, at 29, and he’s really going to get beat. Even from a great fighter like Donaire.

Donaire, however, has surprised us many times throughout his long career, especially in those last two brilliant performances (against Nordine Oubaali and Reymart Gaballo) and maybe he still has a performance/fight special in his locker? It’s going to be a big night in Japan on June 7 and fans are gearing up for another classic fight.

Will it be a rehearsal or a rematch this time around? Will Inoue-Donaire II go the distance? Will the rematch be another Fight of the Year trophy winner? Will we witness a crushing knockout this time? With just two weeks to go, fans are anticipating another big fight. With the styles, skills, passion and desire that these two 118-pound warriors possess, how could this be anything other than a great fight – a great rematch?

Could we even see these two modern greats fight a trilogy?

Not so fast, Albanese tells China as Quad reunites in Japan

Ahead of the election, Beijing has said through indirect channels that a change of government would be an opportunity to reset Sino-Australian relations.

For the first time, China suggested it needed to compromise, rather than blaming it all on Australia.

After the defeat of the Morrison government on Saturday, Beijing
spokesperson for the English language, The overall times, said the election of
Mr Albanese “foresees a turning point for Sino-Australian relations which are currently at an all-time low”.

“Morrison, in particular, has put his tough stance against China at the forefront of his election campaign,” he said.

“However, Saturday’s results showed once again that Australians care more about their government’s commitments and actions on issues related to people’s wellbeing, such as climate change, soaring prices and wages, than the unwarranted threat from China.”

On Monday, he had hardened his line, saying that the presence of Mr. Albanese
quad was “the first test of the political wisdom of the new
Australian Government”.

“Especially on the question of whether it might shed the shadow of previous
Scott Morrison’s anti-China strategy that has deeply damaged his own economy and trade.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Foreign Minister Penny Wong,
flew to Tokyo on Monday for the meeting with his United States,
Japanese and Indian counterparts.

The decision to attend the elections so close was intended to send a signal of the new government’s commitment to regional security and stability.

The Morrison government sought to make national security a key point of difference during the election campaign, but its credentials were damaged when the Solomon Islands and Beijing announced their security pact midway through the campaign.

Mr Albanese said Scott Morrison’s Pacific Step-Up had become a
Pacific Stuff-Up and he blamed the Pacific Coalition’s withdrawal of economic aid and its poor record on climate change as factors.

The former government suggested that the Solomon Islands government could have bribed to get closer to China.

Mr Morrison said Australia and the United States had agreed that establishing a Chinese naval base in the Solomons would draw “a red line”.

What this actually means should be discussed at the Quad. As a statement of Australia’s commitment to trying to stop such deals with China, Mr Albanese will present the leaders of the United States, Japan and India with his political pledges to increase the economic and diplomatic aid to the region and to combat climate change.

The “package” includes an aid increase of $470 million over four years, the appointment of a special envoy for Southeast Asia and other diplomatic initiatives.

On the sidelines of the Quad, Mr. Biden will launch his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), which is an attempt to substitute for the United States’ decision to withdraw from the 11-member regional free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

While Australia and Japan back the initiative as a stepping stone to U.S. membership in the TPP, “no amount of cheerleading will make up for the fact that the framework is a Spakfilla policy that cannot replace the absence of America’s Regional Trade Agreements,” Richard wrote. Maud in The Australian Financial Review Last week.

Mr Maude, executive director of policy at Asia Society Australia, said the IPEF was nothing more than a “list of US-centric initiatives on digital trade, labor and the environment. when Southeast Asia wants to access the market”.

10 tips newcomers should know before starting the game

With a TV show currently in development from PlayStation Productions (via Deadline), newcomers may try Ghost of Tsushima for the first time, whether on PS4, PS5 or via the Director’s Cut. The game is incredibly immersive, with players taking on the role of samurai hero, Jin Sakai, as he tries to free his beloved home.

The open-world gameplay and intuitive mechanics really help this title come to life, but there are still plenty of tips for new fans to consider, in order to get the most out of the game. Ghost of Tsushima gives audiences such a rich story to watch unfold, but there are ways to make that experience even better.

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Difficulty level


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Ghost of Tsushima is a difficult game. The boss battles are intense, the range of enemies to defend against is superb, and ultimately, it’s easy for the player to fall on the back foot. This goes for all video game experiences, but for those looking to enjoy the story, they might find it best to put the title on easy.

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The difficulty level can always change depending on the player’s progress, but there’s always some level of challenge for those who want to feel like they’re getting the full experience, while working through the narrative itself. For players who feel discouraged by the size of the title, choosing easy might be the best decision.


In search of hot springs


Ghost of Tsushima Hot Spring (Carved Mountain Hot Spring)

There are plenty of little-known details that gamers might miss if they don’t look to make the most of it. Ghost of Tsushima. Hot Springs is one of those areas that some players don’t care about, as they see them as time-consuming extras compared to the main campaign.

The finalists will, of course, target the Hog Springs anyway, but of all the discoverable locations, the Springs is worth the most. They actually increase Jin Sakai’s health, which means players can stay in the fight a bit longer. It is absolutely recommended to visit all available sources to continue leveling up.


Don’t Skip Side Quests


Khotun Khan holds a great blade in Ghost of Tsushima

Side quests in most open world titles can be considered pretty pointless. They might help round out the fictional landscape a bit more, but it often seems like audiences aren’t missing much if they were to skip a side quest. However, for Ghost of Tsushima, This is absolutely not the case.

The stories Jin explores in these additional quests can really help set the mood and tone of the room. He will meet new characters or form new relationships with established personalities, which, in turn, will play into the main campaign that is unfolding. The likes of Lady Masako’s story, for example, work perfectly with the play’s main quests.


Use positions


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One gameplay element that players might take some getting used to is stances. Players can flick through the controls to choose different positions for Jin. These moves will actually make a real difference in battle.

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Each brings with it a beneficial maneuver that can disarm a specific opponent and is designed to target a certain enemy. Some stances also help break down a shield’s defense, while others can aid in a dangerous spear fight.

Prioritize proper skill advancement


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Skill advancement and, to some extent, skill trees are an integral part of any title. It takes a little step back Ghost of Tsushima because there’s actually a little less to upgrade compared to other titles. This is because players can also add to their gear separately from the main menu.


Players really need to make sure that the first thing they really improve is their position. They can make such a difference when the situations Jin encounters become more dangerous and will help get through enemies, especially in the early days. After that, players will want to level up their skills depending on how they play, from their use of explosives to stealth moves.

Using stealth the right way


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One of the worst aspects of Ghost of Tsushima is that there’s actually a limited range of stances and choices when it comes to stealth combat. However, this style of play goes against the samurai code and should therefore be used to a minimum.

In fact, it’s a theme of the story, even time escalates depending on how cruel Jin is with his assassination techniques. There are definitely places where stealth is the most recommended tactic, including some of the campaign missions that require Jin to break into a heavily fortified fort. But to get the most out of the title, it’s probably best to save it for specific circumstances.

The use of a dead end


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A stalemate is an optional part of any combat situation. This is where Jin will use samurai lore to take a moment with his opponent before he strikes. It needs to be timed perfectly or the player will start out at a health disadvantage.

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Whether or not to use the deadlock option is always an argument to be had, but for the most part it has more pros than cons. As the player progresses, stalemate can allow Jin to eliminate more than one enemy at a time. Plus, it continues to help her honor her culture and traditions.

follow the birds


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Players will notice all kinds of animals across the stunning landscape the developers have created Ghost of Tsushima. The one they might find flying past them most often is a yellow bird. It is worth paying attention to whenever one begins to soar in the skies.

The yellow birds will actually lead players to places that will help them discover something new. It could be a side quest they weren’t aware of or a settlement that needs saving. Whatever the situation, they are a valuable guidance system to watch out for.

Save the hostages first


The Mongols usually take a hostage. These are just one of the realistic little details of the game and players should make sure to save them when they finish their clash. However, when liberating territories, there is an order on how to perform tasks.

Upon entering Mongolian territory, players will be given a list to complete. Always prioritize defending and saving hostages. When the alarms start sounding, they can actually be killed and as a result the mission is a disaster. Smaller story details can often be obtained by speaking with these hostages as well.

Liberate Mongolian Territory


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Mongol territory is all over Tsushima and Jin is tasked with reclaiming his land. Players will be warned that they are entering these areas and may wish to bypass them until it is absolutely vital that they return to finish the job.

It is best to go directly to them. Liberating these territories will help unlock new quests and clear a large portion of the map in one go. This can be very useful for those who are trying to find all the items available in Tsushima and have tried to clear the map just by walking through it.

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The founder of Ethical Esports has a vision for the grass field at the St. Lawrence Center mall | Business

“Right now, I think it’s kind of in the idea phase,” Bryan Thompson said.

The Shapiro Group, a Montreal company, purchased the mall from the Carlyle Development Group in January 2017, and in August 2018 held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new sports complex.

The state-of-the-art field complex with artificial turf that can be used all year round has replaced a year-round ice rink. It has a capacity of 1,300 and the turf is used for a variety of activities including soccer, lacrosse, frisbee, volleyball, putting and chipping.

But that could change if the SUNY Canton student succeeds in converting it into an esports stadium. He said the grass pitch could potentially be moved to another location in the mall.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, esports tournaments were held in person. At the start of the pandemic, these were largely held online. Now they can start returning to the in-person competition, which could take place in Masséna.

“I kind of want to reuse this in a stadium eventually because it could mean our city and our mall have a lot of revenue and stuff like that,” Thompson said. “As we start to come out of the COVID era, things are generally coming back online to in person. It’s a good opportunity right now because as things start to open up again, that’s when you should be opening up new things for people to come in and pique their interest, which is all the point of starting now because we’re sort of going post-COVID.

His vision is to make Massena the venue for competitions, which could give the mall a financial boost.

“What I hope to do with the arena is I want to make sure that we have amateur, professional and competitive level teams that compete against each other every weekend for different matches. It would draw a lot of attention to the mall,” he said. “If we manage to get a professional team here, we could sell tickets for $200, $300 each just to make a profit towards the mall.”

In addition to this vision, Mr. Thompson said that Ethical Esports Ltd. had other goals. Among them are raising awareness and working to address ethical issues in the esports/gaming industry, and organizing community events to educate people about the economic benefits of esports and the future of esports.

He also wants to provide advice to anyone who wants to enter the esports industry and ultimately help people who are passionate about esports access training equipment.

He wants to offer college esports athletes possible scholarships from his non-profit organization and offer internships for college students studying esports with the opportunity to follow his organization.

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Taiwan in time: bloody unrest in Yunlin

Local Japanese authorities perpetuated two massacres in 1896 and 1902 in response to local resistance, which took seven years to suppress

  • By Han Cheung / Staff Reporter

May 23 to May 29

After resisting for seven years, more than 250 Yunlin-based resistance fighters were finally persuaded to surrender in six separate ceremonies on May 25, 1902. The Japanese had subdued most of the Taiwanese Han within six months of their arrival in 1895, but intermittently. unrest continued – in Yunlin the Tieguoshan (鐵國山) guerrillas caused the new regime much headache until at least 1901.

These surrender ceremonies were common and usually conducted peacefully, but the Japanese had different plans for these troublemakers. After the event ended, they shot every participant with machine guns.

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Only Chien Shui-shou (簡水壽) survived because he left early, but he was arrested and executed along with several other leaders three months later.

The remaining commanders fled to China or went into hiding, ending this chapter of anti-colonial resistance in the region that included the bloody Yunlin Massacre of 1896, where countless fighters and civilians were killed indiscriminately and thousands houses were burned down. . The event was reported in Hong Kong and British newspapers, causing an international outcry, and the head of Yunlin sub-prefecture, Yunoshin Matsumura, was stripped of his honors and sent back to Japan.

The Japanese took a more tempered approach after this, preferring to force the fighters to surrender so they could help fight other rebels, but as the massacre shows they were still ruthless against anyone who pushed them too far.

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RIGID RESISTANCE

The Japanese arrived in Taiwan in May 1895 after the Qing Empire ceded the island to them through the Treaty of Shimonoseki. After taking Taipei without a hitch, they encountered heavy resistance as they moved south, with the biggest clash occurring three months later at Changhua, just north of Yunlin.

There were already many armed militias and bandit groups in the Yunlin area, as the Han settlers frequently fought among themselves and against the native warriors, and they constituted the bulk of the local resistance. Wu Te-kung (吳德功) writes in his early 1900s account of the resistance that Yunlin strongman Chien Yi (簡義) and several others participated in the defense of Changhua before retreating south.

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After recuperating in Changhua, a contingent of Japanese troops passed through Yunlin without too much trouble—sometimes even being greeted by locals—before stationing in the Dalin (大林) area of ​​Chiayi. However, the soldiers’ misconduct soon caused local resentment, and the people rose up and attacked them.

With the help of Liu Yong-fu’s (劉永福) Black Flag Army, as well as various local armed groups recruited by Liu’s subordinate Wang Te-biao (王得標), they managed to push back the Japanese in Changhua.

Japanese reinforcements soon arrived, and after a few weeks’ rest pushed south again on 5 October, clashing with the brigades of Wang and Chien. The Japanese easily prevailed and reached Tainan on 21 October. Like the two previous rulers of the Republic of Formosa, Liu fled to China without a fight.

MOUNTAIN GUERILLAS

The resistance was far from over, however, as revolts broke out intermittently across Taiwan over the next two decades. Chien joined forces with Ko Tie (柯鐵) and retreated to the Dapingding (大坪頂) mountains of western Yunlin, forming the Tieguoshan guerrillas.

Nicknamed the “Iron Tiger”, Ko was a young farmer from Dapingding who had a reputation for being violent. He joins Chien’s army and helps defend Douliu (斗六) before heading into the hills with him. Ko knew the local terrain well and made a name for himself as a sneaky fighter who seemed to appear and disappear at will and shoot at the Japanese.

On June 12, 1896, a Japanese-owned store near the Douliu police station was robbed in the middle of the night. Matsumura was furious. The police arrested more than 20 people suspected of having links with the Tieguoshan rebels and found out where they were hiding.

After half of the unit they sent to investigate Dapingding was wiped out, the Japanese began amassing troops at Douliu in preparation for a major assault. Convinced that the locals were in cahoots with the rebels, Matsumura declared that “there are no good citizens in Yunlin” and launched a bloody and indiscriminate campaign in the villages near the mountain. Thousands of homes were burned in a week and the death toll ranged from 700 to tens of thousands.

The Japanese thought this would scare the rebels into giving up, but instead it drew more fighters to their side. They launched an offensive on June 28, reaching Douliu in three days as their numbers grew, many of them civilians armed with agricultural tools. Matsumura fled to Chiayi and the rebels entered Nantou and pushed as far north as Taichung.

The Japanese quickly returned fire, this time with strict instructions not to harm anyone unarmed. On July 25, the resistance is crushed.

BLOODY ABANDONMENT

Due to international pressure, the government decided to employ loyal Taiwanese elites such as Koo Hsien-jung (辜顯榮) of Lukang to persuade the rebels to surrender. Chien answered the call on October 5, 1896, after which Ko became the leader of Tieguoshan.

Chien received a medal of nobility and a minor local official position. He died of illness a year later.

Ko refused to give up and continued to attack the Japanese over the next year. After losing four more battles, he also surrendered in March 1899. However, unrest continued in Yunlin over the next two years and the Japanese authorities finally had enough. On May 25, 1902, they rounded up over 250 rebels and officially surrendered them in six ceremonies across the sub-prefecture.

Ke Kuang-jen (柯光任) writes in “Matsu Legends in the 1895 Anti-Japanese War and Structural Amnesia” (乙未抗日媽祖傳說與結構性失憶) that in addition to the continuing unrest, local officials were annoyed that those have surrendered. the “bandits” received all sorts of privileges. After seven years, two of Yunlin’s top rebel commanders were still at large, and sub-prefectural officials decided to once again revert to extreme measures.

The surrendering fighters each wore a white flower on their chest, the size of which indicated their rank in the resistance army. At the end of the ceremony in Douliu, officers arrived under cover to look for weapons. The rebels tried to retaliate one last time, but soldiers and police were already in a position to open fire.

It seems that there were no consequences for this act. The Taiwan Daily News (台灣日日新報) claimed that the rebels tried to start a riot, and that was it. It wouldn’t be the first time they used this tactic either.

Taiwan in Time, a chronicle on Taiwan’s history published every Sunday, highlights important or interesting events in the country that have anniversaries this week or are related to current events.

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British Prime Minister Johnson congratulates Albanese | Camden-Narellan Advertiser

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated Anthony Albanese on his election as Prime Minister of Australia.

“Our countries have a long history and a bright future together. As thriving, like-minded democracies, we work every day to make the world a better, safer