Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun

first_imgReview: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations Twitter William Konig + posts ReddIt Previous articleParking lot behind Moudy closes for construction, new lot opens on Princeton AveNext articleOffice of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin William Konig Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy ReddIt William Konig William Konig Facebook Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should Facebook Review: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Phantom Thread falls flat The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin print“Ready Player One” is full of movie, gaming and pop culture references that will keep almost anyone entertained. Even though it can be cheesy a lot throughout the film, you can look past it to find the beauty in the visuals and pure fun it brings.The film is based on Ernest Cline’s best selling book that came out in 2011. The film takes place in 2045 when the world is coming close to collapsing but many people are able to find escapism through the OASIS- a virtual reality world where players can be whoever they want without dealing with the real world problems.When the creator of the game dies, he releases a video describing an Easter egg that he has hidden somewhere in the game. The first player to find it will earn the creator’s fortune, which includes the OASIS itself.The two main actors in the film were Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan. While they did an admirable job as these characters, I do think they could have chosen different actors to do a better job. Some of the scenes outside the OASIS that involved both of them were very cheesy and felt like a bad teen drama.My favorite performance however came from Mark Rylance who played the creator of the game. He brought emotional depth to the story that it needed at some points.The film was at its weakest when outside the OASIS and every awesome and exciting scene came when they were all in the OASIS- not unlike how many of the characters in the movie itself felt.I loved the CGI video game visuals that the movie gives you. If there ever will be something like the OASIS I feel like this is what it would look like. Every time they made an old movie or pop culture reference it was really satisfying to catch it for the 10 seconds it was on screen.Verdict: While some of the acting and writing was cheesy, it was not enough to hold down the film from being a lot of fun and a great family film for the weekend. Even though it’s nowhere near Steven Spielberg’s best films, it is still a blast to go see with the stylish visuals and pop culture references the film has.8/10 William Konig read more

Authorities remain silent about imprisonment of Syrian journalist Ata Farahat

first_img RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Since his arrest, the court has banned defence lawyers and the Israeli media from providing any information about the ongoing trial. No information has been revealed either about the charges against him. September 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities remain silent about imprisonment of Syrian journalist Ata Farahat May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Israel News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go further News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Reporters Without Borders today condemned the “unacceptable silence” of the Israeli authorities about Syrian journalist Ata Farahat, who has been held in custody for more than a year without any explanation.The Israeli media has been banned by court order from publishing news about the trial of the journalist, correspondent for Syrian daily al-Watan and Syrian public television, who has been held in prison since 30 July 2007.“The blackout imposed by the Israeli justice system is unacceptable and unworthy of a democracy”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Whatever the case against him, Ata Farahat has the right to a fair and transparent trial”.Farahat’s family told the organisation that the journalist was currently held in al-Jalbou prison in Beit Shean, about 120 kilometres from Jerusalem. Only his immediate family and his lawyer have been allowed to visit him.Farahat was arrested at his home in Buqata in the north of the Golan Heights on 30 July 2007, by the Yassam special forces unit. He appeared before an examining magistrate in Tel Aviv and his trial opened on 2 March 2008 behind closed doors. To date there have already been 17 separate hearings.last_img read more

RSF hails new UN resolution on journalists’ safety

first_img Organisation November 22, 2017 RSF hails new UN resolution on journalists’ safety RSF_en Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Help by sharing this information Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expressionUnited Nations News The resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity was adopted on 20 November by the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which is responsible for social, cultural, and humanitarian issues. The resolution’s central focus is on the “specific risks faced by women journalists in the exercise of their work,” including in the online sphere, and on the need to “effectively tackle gender-based discrimination, including violence, inequality and gender-based stereotypes.” The arbitrary detention and mistreatment of journalists, and the challenges they face in the “digital age,” are also mentioned in the resolution, in accordance with RSF’s requests. It urges member states “to do their utmost to prevent violence, threats and attacks against journalists and media” and “to bring perpetrators, including those who command, conspire to commit, aid and abet or cover up such crimes, to justice.”The resolution also calls on states to assume their responsibilities and to develop concrete mechanisms for protecting journalists. “We hail this new UN General Assembly resolution, the fourth on the safety of journalists since 2012,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It reflects a growing recognition of the need for action to reduce abuses against journalists and to combat impunity, begun in the UN Plan of Action in 2012, and it consolidates international law. We now hope for swift and concrete implementation of these principles.” The resolution is due to be definitively adopted in mid-December and many states have already expressed their support. International awareness The resolution also welcomes the recent decision to “mobilize a network of focal points throughout the United Nations system to propose specific steps to intensify efforts to enhance the safety of journalists and media workers” and urges the UN’s various branches to actively cooperate in this initiative. The mobilization of this network of focal points was announced by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on 2 November. RSF had called for the creation of such focal points within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), within UN agencies such as UNDP and UN Women, and within peacekeeping operations in the field, so that the response to violence against journalists could be quicker and more systematic. In August, Guterres put Ana-Maria Menéndez, his senior adviser on policy, in charge of following cases involving the safety of journalists. The creation of this direct and permanent communication channel makes it possible to refer urgent cases to the secretary-general’s office and seek his intervention. It already facilitated promotion of the decision to appoint focal points within UN agencies and departments. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes a new UN General Assembly resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity for crimes of violence against them. RSF submitted recommendations for the resolution and urged states to approve it. last_img read more

Art Center College Partners with Dwell on Design Conference

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Business News Top of the News Photo by Art Center College of DesignThe student creation on the right side, is on display in the Goodwill’s first boutique store in Tustin. The vinyl rockabilly outfit was part of a 2012 Designmatters project for Goodwill of Orange County focused on upcycling.Art Center College of Design will be the only school recognized as an educational partner of Dwell on Design, “America’s Largest Design Event,” taking place Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The three-day exhibition and conference will feature world-class speakers, product demonstrations, continuing education classes for design professionals and seminars for consumers.As an educational partner, Art Center is the only design school to have an exhibition space on the showroom floor featuring the work of Environmental Design and Product Design students.Additionally, Art Center will host a special presentation on the Demo Stage Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Environmental Design faculty will present the concept of upcycling, or the process of converting used goods, waste material, and “useless” items into new materials or products of better quality to improve their value and reduce the overall impact on our environment, as explored in Art Center’s sponsored projects and transdisciplinary studios.To register for tickets, visit Education Art Center College Partners with Dwell on Design Conference Article and Photos courtesy of ART CENTER COLLEGE of DESIGN Published on Thursday, June 13, 2013 | 3:00 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img read more

Foreclosure Rates Continue to Decline

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CoreLogic’s latest Loan Performance Insights report found that the amount of mortgages that were delinquent more than 30 days decreased slightly year-over-year by 0.8% to 4%.The report states the nation’s overall delinquency rate has fallen on a year-over-year basis for the past 14 consecutive months. Fewer delinquencies attribute to the strength of loan vintages in the years since the residential lending market has recovered following the housing crisis.In February, 11 metropolitan areas experienced small annual gains in their serious delinquency rates—mortgages that are more than 90 days delinquent. The largest gains were in four Southeast metros affected by natural disasters in 2018.Panama City, Florida, had the nation’s highest serious delinquency rate of 2%. Every state, with the exception of Minnesota, saw a decrease in serious delinquency rates. Minnesota’s rate was unchanged from 2018.Eleven core-based statistical areas/metros experienced increases in serious delinquency rates, most of them located on the East Coast.”We are on track to test generational lows as delinquency rates hit their lowest point in almost two decades. Given the economic outlook, we are likely to see more declines over the balance of this year. Reflective of the drop in delinquency rates, no state experienced a year-over-year increase in its foreclosure inventory rate so far in 2019,” said Frank Martell, CoreLogic’s President and CEO.The amount of homes in foreclosure saw a slight decline, falling to 0.4% in February 2019 from 0.6% last year. CoreLogic also reported the amount of homes more than 120 days past due fell to 1.1% from 1.7% in February 2018.The share of mortgages that transitioned from current to 30 days past due held steady at 1%. This stat peaked at 2% in November 2008 and was 1.2% in January 2007, just before the financial collapse.Even more than a decade beyond the housing crisis, individual states are still working to improve their foreclosure situation. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed several new laws into effect last month aiming to curb New jersey’s ongoing foreclosure struggles.“The foreclosure crisis has hurt our economy and jeopardized economic security of too many New Jersey families,” Murphy said. “Our communities cannot succeed while vacant or foreclosed homes sit empty or while families live in limbo. I am proud to sign these bills into law [Monday] and get New Jersey closer to ending the foreclosure crisis.”Black Knight’s 2018 Mortgage Monitor report had New Jersey’s foreclosure rate at the end of 2018 at 1.77%, trailing only Mississippi (2.36%), Louisiana (2.05%), and West Virginia (1.81%). Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Rates Continue to Decline May 14, 2019 2,726 Views Related Articles Previous: Freddie Mac’s $307M Non-Performing Loan Auction Next: The GSEs’ Homeowner Assistance Efforts CoreLogic Foreclosure Rates Housing Market mortgage 2019-05-14 Mike Albanese Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.  Print This Post Foreclosure Rates Continue to Declinecenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mike Albanese Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Foreclosure Rates Housing Market mortgage Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Calm Before the Storm: Q1 Delinquency Less than 4%

first_img Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: housing market 2020 Mortgage Market OCC About Author: Mike Albanese Share Save Previous: FHFA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Next: The Pandemic Effect of Housing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Calm Before the Storm: Q1 Delinquency Less than 4% Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Calm Before the Storm: Q1 Delinquency Less than 4% Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago housing market 2020 Mortgage Market OCC 2020-06-17 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 17, 2020 1,655 Views Related Articles with nature background. A sustainable investment.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Mortgage Metrics Report for Q1 2020 found 96.5% of mortgages were current and performing at the end of the quarter. This is a slight increase from Q1 2019’s 96.2%.During Q1 2020, servicers initiated 19,815 foreclosure, which is a decline of 10.9% from the prior quarter and an annual drop of 28.2%. Servicers completed 14,241 mortgage modifications in Q1 2020, and 85.7% of the modifications reduced borrowers’ monthly payments.The first-lien mortgages included in the OCC’s report made up 28.7% of all residential mortgages outstanding in the U.S.—approximately 15.4 million loans totaling $3 trillion in principal balances.The share of outstanding principal has been falling steadily since 2018. In Q1 2018, there was a total of $3.29 billion in unpaid principal. This has fallen to $3.05 billion in Q1 2020.The OCC reported that just 1.8% of homes are between 30 and 58 days delinquent and just 0.3% of homes are currently in foreclosure.The overall delinquency rate in March 2020 was 3.6%, which is a slight decline of 0.4% from March, according to CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights Report. “The first three months of 2020 reflected one of the strongest quarters for U.S. mortgage performance in recent history. The build-up in home equity over the past several years, government stimulus programs, and lower borrowing costs have helped cushion homeowners from the initial financial shock of the pandemic and kept widespread delinquencies at bay during the first months of the recession,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO, CoreLogic. “Looking ahead, we can expect a more widespread impact on U.S. delinquency rates as the economic toll of elevated unemployment and shelter-in-place orders becomes more evident.”Early-stage delinquencies—those categorized by 30 days or fewer—was 1.9% for March. The delinquency rate for mortgages more than 60 days past due was 0.6% and serious delinquency—those more than 90 days past due—was 1.2%.March was also the third consecutive month that the serious delinquency rate has been at its lowest level since June 2000.March’s foreclosure inventory rate was 0.4%—unchanged from March 2019. Also, the month’s foreclosure inventory rate tied the prior 16 months as the lowest for any month since January 1999. Subscribelast_img read more

Body camera turned on after fatal shooting of unarmed Black couple in Illinois, footage shows

first_imgaijohn784/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO and WILL GRETSKY, ABC News(WAKEGAN, Ill.) — A police officer involved in a fatal shooting in Waukegan, Illinois, did not turn his body-worn camera on until after the deadly confrontation with an unarmed Black couple, footage released by the police department showed.Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was fatally shot and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, 20, was seriously wounded during the Oct. 20 altercation in the suburban Chicago city after the officer opened fired into a car Williams was driving.On Wednesday, the city released six videos related to the incident from body-worn cameras, dash cameras and building surveillance cameras. None capture the shooting itself.The officer who shot Stinnette and Williams did not turn his body camera on until after the shooting, the footage shows.Once the officer, who has not been identified, turns on the body camera, he appears to be standing several yards away from the crashed car. About 30 seconds in, he says, “I was right behind you, and you almost tried to run me over.” Another officer can be seen running toward the car and its passengers, yelling, “Are you OK? What happened? Who shot you?” as Williams can be heard screaming for help.A few seconds later, the officer who ran toward the car backs away and asks several officers gathered at and arriving at the scene, “Who shot them?”The officer who is wearing the body camera says, “I did,” and the other officer responds, “You did?”The videos show the car reversing into a building.The lawyers for the families of the victims spoke to reporters after viewing the footage Wednesday.“We don’t have the transparency, we don’t have the truth,” said lawyer Antonio M. Romanucci, who is representing the family along with prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump.“We see over and over again, in other communities, in other neighborhoods, you show great restraint, you show de-escalation,” Crump said. “What is it about young Black people that makes police officers want to pull a trigger?”On Tuesday, Williams spoke for the first time about the incident that killed the father of her 7-month-old child.“There was a crash and I lost control. The officer was shooting at us. The car ended up slamming into a building,” she said from her hospital bed. “I kept screaming, ‘I don’t have a gun.’ But he kept shooting. He told me to get out of the car. I had my hands up and I couldn’t move because I had been shot. Marcellis had his hands up. I kept asking him why, why he was shooting.”An independent investigation by the Illinois State Police and the FBI is ongoing. The unidentified officer involved in the shooting was fired late Friday, according to Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles, after finding he allegedly violated numerous department policies and procedures when he unleashed a barrage of gunfire on the couple.Walles has declined to elaborate on the violations allegedly made by the five-year veteran of the force, who authorities described as Hispanic.Police officials initially said the former officer claimed he opened fire out of fear for his life after Williams’ car reversed toward him as he approached it.Waukegan Police Department Cmdr. Edgar Navarro said earlier this week that Stinnette was sitting in the passenger seat of a “suspicious” car that was approached by an officer. The car fled and was later pulled over by a second officer.“That officer exited his vehicle and the vehicle that he was investigating began to reverse toward the officer,” Navarro alleged. “The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and fired into the vehicle that was reversing. Both occupants were struck.”Willams was struck in the hand and stomach.The officer who initially approached the car has been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Workplaces breeding the killer instinct

first_img Comments are closed. Seventypeople were shot dead in US workplaces last year, with staff murdering aboutthree senior employees per month, according to a report.Terror Nine to Five: Guns in the AmericanWorkplace, published by Virginia-based pressure group Handgun-Free America,blames easy gun access, stress, erratic job markets and decreased wages.”Theover-abundance of guns and the easy access to them make workplace incidents farworse and more violent,” states the report, which examined shootings from1994 to 2003. Guns were used in the majority of the 290 workplace homicides.Manyshooters had known mental-health concerns and even displayed warning signs thatwere often ignored. Most were over the age of 40 andmale (91 per cent). Half of the perpetrators experienced a recent negativechange in job status – either being fired, suspended or demoted. Almost a thirdoccurred in white-collar settings, in companies of all sizes.  Workplaces breeding the killer instinctOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Kraken Oil & Gas partners with Crusoe Energy Systems to deploy digital flare mitigation systems in Montana and North Dakota

first_imgKraken Oil & Gas is a private equity-backed exploration and production company focused on drilling and development in the Williston Basin of Montana and North Dakota Kraken Oil & Gas Partners with Crusoe Energy Systems. (Credit: MustangJoe from Pixabay.) Kraken Oil & Gas (“Kraken”) has engaged Crusoe Energy Systems Inc. (“Crusoe”) to deploy 18 Digital Flare Mitigation® (“DFM”) modules between three oil and gas production sites in eastern Montana and one site in North Dakota. The projects have been successfully deployed and are operating in the field currently. Cumulatively, Kraken’s DFM projects reduce natural gas flaring by millions of cubic feet per day, significantly curtail emissions, and provide an innovative beneficial use for otherwise flared natural gas.Kraken is the largest producer of Bakken oil in the state of Montana, and is also very active in North Dakota. In total, the company produces ~40,000 barrels of oil per day from ~320 wells. In Montana the company produces ~10,000 barrels of oil per day from ~60 wells. The majority of Kraken’s wells sell gas into traditional pipelines for processing at gas plants around the basin; however, a portion of the company’s acreage is located in areas where pipeline capacity is limited or unavailable. In these areas, Kraken has deployed Crusoe’s DFM solution to capture gas that would otherwise be stranded or flared.“Kraken has always embraced innovation and technology to improve our operations,” said Bruce Larsen, President & CEO of Kraken. “It has never been more important for oil and gas companies to demonstrate a commitment to environmental excellence. Flare mitigation with Crusoe’s technology has become a centerpiece of our environmental innovation and ESG strategy at sites with otherwise stranded natural gas. Crusoe continues to impress us with their reliability, safety standards and support. We feel proud of the work our companies are doing together to reduce flaring and emissions in Montana and North Dakota.”Crusoe installs modular computing systems powered entirely by gas that was otherwise being flared. In the current environment of challenging oil and gas economics, Crusoe’s solution offers a low or no cost solution to flaring which produces an additional revenue stream for oilfield operators from gas that was previously not captured. The systems are modular and scalable, which allows Crusoe to mitigate flaring at almost any scale from tens of thousands to millions of cubic feet per day. As a result, Crusoe’s clients range from publicly traded oil and gas firms to private companies, like Kraken.“People sometimes talk about technology as though it only happens in Silicon Valley,” said Alan Olson, Executive Director at Montana Petroleum Association. “These Digital Flare Mitigation projects are an excellent reminder of the incredible ingenuity and technological sophistication within the oil and gas industry here in Montana. Here is a set of mobile, modular data centers that capture otherwise wasted natural gas to power energy-intensive computation directly at the wellhead. Crusoe’s deployments with Kraken are the first of their kind in Montana, but I would not be surprised if additional operators deploy similar projects in due course.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Sports Complex redevelopment approved

first_imgOxford City Council has approved a £39 million project to redevelop the University Sports Complex at Iffley Road. Under the plans, the existing sports hall and all ancillary buildings will be demolished to make way for a new sports centre, grandstand and Eton fives courts.At present, there are around 2000 student members of the Iffley Road gym, with 13 colleges subsidising membership for their students. Sports Federation Executive Committee member Helen Hanstock said that there is a “dramatic need” to expand the complex to meet the demand from the University sports clubs.Sophie Winwood, a Womens’ Rugby Blue athlete, also welcomed the new plans, calling the old facilities “out of date.”Iffley Road Sports Complex was built in 1966, when there were fewer than 10 university sports teams, compared with the current 84.last_img read more