…demand owed severanceOver 100 sugar workers have downed tools and held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice (Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne) in response to the harsh working conditions meted out to them for several months.Workers protesting against harsh working conditionsAccording to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the workers were transferred to the Albion Estate after the closure of the Rose Hall Estate back in 2017. From that time onwards, serious difficulties ensued in carry out their daily functions.During the second day of the picketing exercise, the workers held placards highlighting their plight. They related that they were unable to earn on many days due to the insufficient punts to load the sugarcane. Consequently, it takes two days of work to achieve a daily earning.Adding to the list of hardships, the distance travelled to reach the Albion Estate is greater, and workers would reach late to their work sites, impeding productivity. Usually, work would begin as early as 05:30h to capitalise on the favourable weather conditions, but the present situation results in them commencing at 08:30h, when the sun is scorching.According to GAWU, the protestors claimed that the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s initial position was that they would be working in a section of the Rose Hall cultivation which was annexed to the Albion Estate. As the matter unfolded, they realised that this was not the case.Workers calling for their severance paymentsAfter the protest ensued earlier this week, GUYSUCO wrote the Union to inform that disciplinary action would be taken against those participating in the picketing exercise.GAWU responded, insisting that the workers are subject to freedom of expression, and further opened the floor for dialogue between the mediating parties.GAWU, in a response dated April 03, 2019, pointed out to the sugar company that workers, as Guyanese, have a right of expression. “The possibility of disciplinary action could be seen as impinging on that inalienable constitutional right…The workers, during today’s (Thursday) picketing exercise, echoed similar views, and called on GuySuCo officials to engage them in frank dialogue,” the Union stated.The workers are also calling on GuySuCo to pay them their severance pay. They have already sought legal advice from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on the matter.“At this time, the law is being examined to see what possibilities present themselves, and the Union will be accordingly guided”, the Union has said.In December 2017, some 181 workers from the Rose Hall Estate lost their jobs when the estate closed its doors. Most of those who were transferred to the Albion and Blairmont Estates were from the East Bank of Berbice.While many await the second half of their severance pay, many of the jobless workers are finding it difficult to secure employment. This, several workers have said, has forced them to utilise the first half of their severance to meet their expenses and obligations.Last December, workers from the closed estates protested in front of Parliament Building during the budget debates in a bid to have their voices heard in regard to the owed severance payments.
The fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival is taking place along Letterkenny’s Main Street on Saturday the 24th of August. Spots are filling up fast for this annual festival so if you would like to take part, we would encourage you to register now.This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet with various types of performers from Donegal and beyond registered to participate in the competition. But it’s not just about competing. The whole street will be alive with music and performance. This year the Busking festival is taking place during the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Letterkenny International Folk Festival so Letterkenny will be full of people who are here for all the various activities and after the busking there will be more live acts on the street.Each act will be in with a chance of winning prizes from the €1000 prize fund but not everyone can win. The acts love the support and can maybe collect a few cents from appreciative audiences. So if you’re out on Saturday 24th August between 11am to 2pm come and see some brilliant acts showcase their talents.Spots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so it is best to pre-register for the festival and all performers will be visited by the judges.This year a special guest will announce the winners at a prize-giving event at McGinley’s Bar at 2.30pm. The winning act will have the chance to perform on stage at the venue. So while you’re shopping in town, head up to the Main Street and feast your eyes and ears on some great performances. The Letterkenny Busking Festival draws a large crowd each year of both spectators and performers.“Bringing music on to the street on a Saturday afternoon always brings a feel-good atmosphere especially in the Summer”, explains Leonard Watson President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce that is organising the Busking Festival through its ShopLK Brand.“This year we have a great line up of entertainment building on previous years. With the prize fund on offer we know we’ll have a high standard of acts and we encourage everyone to come out and support the buskers on the day”.“ShopLK is all about enjoying the best shopping experience in Letterkenny and we want our regular customers and visitors to the town to really enjoy what Letterkenny has to offer. This type of event, that is funded through the Retail Promotion initiative from Donegal County Council, makes happy shoppers and creates a real buzz.”Come along on Saturday 24th August to Letterkenny Main Street and see magicians, dancers, street entertainers, trad groups and more celebrating local and national talent. Support our acts and help to bring the main street alive this Summer. To pre-register for the competition and get more information on the competition format, etc, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/letterkennybuskingfestival or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.orgLess than two weeks to go until the highly anticipated Letterkenny Busking festival was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Savitri Thakur, Dhar (ST Reserved), BJPWinning margin – 104,328 votes.2. She defeated her nearest Congress rival Umang Singhar. 3. Educational qualification – Higher Secondary, Marital Status – Married, Children – 2 sons.4. Asset declared – Rs 9,206,464, criminal cases – noneSavitri was a social worker before joining politics. She was co-ordinator of the NGO Vashp for 9 years. Her husband is a farmer and her father, a retired employee of the state forest department.She didn’t have anyone in her family who was active in politics. However, her family has been associated with the RSS for a long time.The 16th Lok Sabha elections was the first big elections she fought. Earlier, she successfully won Dhar Zila Panchayat president elections in 2006.She took a plunge in politics to empower poor, especially tribals. Her three priorities for constituency are Dhar-Jhabua rail line construction to join the two tribal-dominated districts, industrialisation and setting up of sugar mills.Savitri is expecting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will provide strong leadership to the country and turn the country into a developed nation. She says that Modi’s wave, Chouhan’s beneficial schemes and hard labour put in by BJP and RSS cadres helped her to win elections.She says that the primary responsibility of Parliament was to make effective laws and make the country strong. She says that social media was an effective tool for communication but it has not yet penetrated in tribal-dominated areas – like her constituency. Savitri says she does doesn’t find time for books, films, music and sports. She says that she draws pleasure in meeting people and mitigating their problems.She says that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was ideal politician for her. He was a great leader, who linked rural India with roads.She adds that politics can be done without money power but political patronage does help sometimes. Savitri says you money can’t buy votes. “It is the people connect that help a politician to get votes and win elections,” she adds. She says that there was no threat to the country as long as Modi is the Prime Minister.Her solution to1. Curb inflation – Strong government check.2. Tackle communal violence – Tough action against rioters and appeasement of none. 3. Stop terror attacks – Stringent laws against terrorists.4. Stop corruption – A powerful campaign against graft and strict punishment. 5. Normalise relations to Pakistan and China – Effective foreign policy.6. Stabilise rupee – Increase export, reduce import.7. Raise employment – Industrialisation.8. Reduce poverty – More poor friendly schemes.
Swimming sisters make big splash Playing in front of almost 10,000 spectators, Stephan Schrock’s spectacular goal at the stroke of halftime proved to be a consolation as the Busmen crashed out in the first phase of the most prestigious club competition in the continent.“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Busmen looked a step slower in the opening exchanges and their lack of a natural striker was exposed late on when they chased for an equalizer in the second half.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic admitted he may have underestimated Yangon, which the Busmen defeated over two legs in the AFC Cup zonal semifinal last year. A 28th-minute free kick from Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller right at the edge of the area and sub Kaung Htet Soe’s close-range strike early in the second half boosted Yangon to a second round duel with Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.With Bienvenido Maranon only available for a cameo role as he was hampered by a back injury, the Busmen’s attack didn’t look as potent as it used to be, although OJ Porteria’s volley rattled the crossbar in the second half.A moment of brilliance from Schrock in the 44th minute gave the Ceres faithful a ray of hope heading into halftime. But while the Busmen had plenty of ball, they struggled to carve open a compact Yangon defense.The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros shifts its focus to the AFC Cup for the fourth straight year, after a stunning first round exit in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage on Tuesday night.A night that started in a festive mood ended in heartbreak as the Busmen absorbed a stunning 2-1 loss to Myanmar champion Yangon United at a jampacked Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments
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You’re on a geeky pop culture site so you’re already familiar with Batman and you’re almost definitely familiar with his blockbuster debut (save for the serials and the Adam West movie), starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. It’d be a waste of my time and yours to rehash the plot of the movie (Batman does Batman stuff, fights Joker, there’s Prince music, etc.) and writers way smarter than me have already talked about what Burton brought to the directorial role and the effect it had on Batman’s trajectory as a cultural force in the coming decades. So what is there to talk about?I’ve been thinking about archetypes lately, specifically in relation to Batman and Superman (the back-to-back releases of Shazam and Brightburn, both of which play on the Superman archetype to some extent, are largely what’s prompted this). Superman hit the big 8-0 last year and his cranky best pal is joining the club in 2019. Eighty years is a long, long time for a couple of buff dudes in tights to stick around in the public mind. But it’s 80 years later and they’re more prominent than ever. Need proof? Just look at how Twitter reacted the day that it leaked that it was relatively likely that Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman in the next live-action movie.(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Revisiting Burton’s Batman provides a unique perspective on the character’s longevity and the reason we still care about him all these years later. The reason it does so might surprise you, though. See, Burton’s Batman isn’t eternal in the slightest. More than any MCU movie, more than Superman: The Movie, and maybe even more than The Dark Knight, Batman feels like a product of its time. This doesn’t apply solely to performance or production design or the film’s photography so much as it does the way it interprets the mythos of Batman.Think about the typical interpretation of Batman today, the one present in everything from writer Scott Snyder’s lengthy comic run with the character to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of him in BvS. He’s mostly seen as an uber-prepared physical specimen who has already thought out and prepared for every single series of events possible; a cold, calculating crime-busting machine. I’m not sure when this became the consensus take on the character but I know that it’s largely a reaction to the character’s appearances in The Dark Knight and back to back runs by writers Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder that furthered this interpretation.That’s why it’s so weird to revisit Batman ‘89 — the character was in such a different place in the public consciousness then and Burton and Keaton’s take on the character reflects this much. In Keaton’s Bruce Wayne we see a far more human man behind the mask. In his Batman we see the human behind the iconography — and this is a movie very heavy on iconography, so that’s saying something. Burton and Keaton craft a far more human, restrained Batman than we’ve seen in a while — likely because Batman wasn’t the might-as-well-be-superhuman character he so often is today back then.Full disclosure though, I wasn’t alive in ‘89 so I can’t speak to specifics. I’m sure plenty of y’all weren’t either. But that’s part of what’s so fun about watching this movie today — it’s so easy to glean from it how fans saw the character at the time. While I’ve read enough Batman comics of the era to know that the character wasn’t exactly the Gothic icon Burton makes him into in the movie, there are elements of the design and interpretation of the character that feel ripped from the pages of those comics — most notably the film’s interest in Bruce Wayne over Batman. When Keaton suits up he’s awesome as the legendary Caped Crusader but it’s out of costume that he really shines. It feels like a great deal of Batman discourse over the last decade or so has focused on the idea that Bruce Wayne doesn’t really exist — that the identity of Batman is all that exists anymore and Bruce Wayne is simply a mask he wears in public.Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in ‘Batman.’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Aside from how boring and defeatist a take this has become (the idea of the clash between a superhero identity and a secret identity is half the fun of the genre!) it doesn’t allow writers or actors to explore how interesting a character Bruce Wayne is. That Keaton is given the space to make Bruce feel like a character in his own right — and an interesting one at that as Keaton is on the record as saying is take is that Bruce is a traumatized weirdo — feels revelatory today.Here’s the thing, though: I can’t say that I hope Matt Reeves or future directors take inspiration from Burton’s Batman. The character has evolved and shifted in the public consciousness since then and any interpretation of him in the future should reflect that. Batman is an archetype but an ever-changing one, a character that you can’t really break through experimentation. He’s inherently malleable and that’s why he has the longevity he does. Robert Pattinson’s rumored casting in the role seems like a bit of a curveball considering the last few men who have donned the cape and cowl but that’s probably a good thing — it means we might be in for something new, something modern. We might be getting the next Michael Keaton as Batman, which isn’t to say that the performance will resemble Keaton’s, but rather that 30 years from now it will feel distinctly of its time — in the best way.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’Vintage Shelf: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’Vintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time
Tempest is one of the most celebrated arcade games ever produced. It was revolutionary for its time, offering a gameplay experience like no other. And that’s what makes this 1:6 scale playable Tempest arcade machine so exciting, especially since it’s on sale for just $99.99.It was all the back in 1981 that Tempest first hit arcade floors. What helped make it an instant classic was the fact that it offered 3D vector graphics and it gave players the option to skip levels they’d already mastered. The unique triangular aesthetic of the game cabinet was also a draw and continues to be a source of nostalgic euphoria for those that remember playing it.And that’s why original Tempest arcade cabs continue to be in high demand. Unfortunately, finding an original in working condition is difficult and, if you do happen to locate one, you can expect a huge price tag to be attached to it. That puts the ownership of an original cab out of reach for most, which is what makes this scale replica so exciting.From the folks at RepliCade, this 1:6 scale Tempest arcade cab is a fully playable work of art. It matches every aspect of the original in stunning detail. The angles of the cabinet are accurate, the side artwork is perfect, and even the marquee and coin slots light up.And, though the cabinet is scaled down significantly, it still manages to offer a gameplay experience that’s just like the original. It features modern controls that are as responsive as can be and the high-resolution screen will let you see even the smallest objects in great detail. The cabinet itself is made with wood and metal for durability and the game ROM is officially licensed from Atari.Never played before? Then this is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it was like to play Tempest in an arcade. To win, players rotate a gun around the edge of a geometric playing field and shoot enemies as they approach. The geometric shape of the playing field changes from level to level, becoming progressively difficult. Which was really unique for the time, as most other games — like Pac-Man — maintained the same playing field throughout.Start collecting your quarters because this vintage styled arcade cabinet would look great in any games room, office, or bar. Get your game on and save 16 percent off the cost of the Tempest 1:6 scale playable arcade machine, available now at the Geek Shop for just $99.99. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Tempest x Replicade 1:6 Scale Playable Arcade Machine – $99.99See Deal
Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Before the Caped Crusader conquered every medium out there, from video games to movies to cartoons to Prince music videos, Batman was first of course a comic book character, the comic book character of DC Comics alongside Superman. And Batman’s history in his home medium is rich and unexpectedly varied if all you know of him is a gravely Christian Bale voice.If you want to familiarize yourself with Batman’s comic book legacy, you’ll soon have an exciting new chance. The Society of Illustrators, a New York City art society, is about to open three new art exhibits celebrating 80 years of awesome Batman drawings.Opening June 12 and running until October 12, these three exhibits collectively showcase over 200 pieces of original Batman art that fall under all sorts of different themes. If you don’t know where to start, consider going to the opening reception on June 21 kicking everything off.“Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture,” the main exhibit, is a comprehensive look at Batman in comics. Famous Batman creators like Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Jim Lee are all featured. And along with illustrated art you can enjoy Batman toys and commercials and essays.“Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession” is a more personal collection from graphic designer Chip Kidd. But you’ll still recognize rare pieces from heavy hitters like Alex Ross and Bruce Timm.And for all you folks who wish Batman was more anime, check out “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” and discover the quirky classic 1960s Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata.If you’re in New York and this all sounds cool to you, head over to the Society of Illustrators for Batman tickets while there’s still time. For more on Batman, get ready for Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight in the upcoming movie and revisit the 1989 Tim Burton classic.
A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat Footage captured in Florida appears to show a grieving dolphin carrying and pushing her dead calf through the waters.(WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers)The See Through Canoe company shared video of the heartbreaking scene, spotted in the intracoastal waterway in Indian Shores, Florida, on Twitter Monday.Mother #dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway.It’s hard to say for sure without examination, but the calf may have been hit by a boat. Please don’t assume that because #dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them. #sad pic.twitter.com/Le2MAwvPIB— See Through Canoe (@SeeThroughCanoe) June 3, 2019“Mother dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway,” See Through Canoe’s tweet said.The company said that the calf may have been struck by a boat. “Please don’t assume that because dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them.”Scientists have long tried to get a handle on grief-like behavior to determine if cetaceans — dolphins and whales — really do experience the emotion.Accounts of whales and dolphins caring for or attending dead or dying individuals have been reported since the 1950s, and are observed by cetacean watchers and researchers worldwide, according to Cosmos magazine.A 2018 study published in Zoology suggests that this behavior exhibited by a female dolphin carrying its deceased calf around for days (sometimes until the body is in such a state of decomposition that only the head or part of the body remains) is evidence that dolphins grieve for their dead.An earlier study, conducted in 2015, also showed that Atlantic spotted dolphins seemed to show grieving behaviors for several minutes or sometimes hours after the death of a calf. “Species that live in a matrilineal system, species that live in pods of related individuals, such as pilot whales whose pods can comprise up to four generations of animals — when they spend a lifetime together, sometimes 60 years or more, yes, I believe they can grieve,” said the study’s lead author, Filipe Alves of the University of Porto, Portugal.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastPacific White-Sided Dolphin at Chicago Aquarium Is Pregnant — Here’s the UltrasoundBaby Dolphin Stranded on Florida Beach Had Belly Full of Plastic Trash