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Ontarios teen royal wedding guest ready with dream dress

first_imgLONDON – Teenage royal wedding guest Faith Dickinson says she’s got her “dream dress” ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The Peterborough, Ont., resident is among the throngs of royal fans who have flooded the town of Windsor west of London to celebrate the union at Windsor Castle on Saturday.But unlike most, the 15-year-old will watch the spectacle from the castle grounds, as one of seven youth associated with the Diana Award to receive a coveted spot outside St. George’s Chapel.Some 200 others from a range of charities are also invited onto the grounds, as well as more than 2,000 members of the public. Tens of thousands of other royal fans are expected to line the historic town’s winding streets.Dickinson expected she’ll have a prime view of the couple’s arrival, as well as their emergence from the ceremony as newlyweds.But her day will start early — she says she’ll have to dress and complete her makeup for an 8:30 a.m. arrival at the castle.With the wedding not set to begin until noon, and the couple’s procession through town not expected until 1 p.m., it’ll make for a long morning spent outside, the teen noted Friday.“But it’s all worth it,” Dickinson said, adding she’ll also get a chance to enter the chapel after the guests leave.“I love them, they’re a perfect couple and they do so much amazing charity work.”It’ll be a whirlwind trip for Dickinson, who arrived in London on Thursday, heads to Scotland on Sunday and returns to Canada on Wednesday.She’s still in school, after all, she points out.The Grade 10 student brought homework to tackle on the train to Edinburgh and back.“I have to get back to school — it’s exam season so I can’t miss too much,” said Dickinson, who brought math, history and science work.Nevertheless, she’s soaking up as much of her fairy tale trip as possible and plans to bring a camera to snap some prime shots of famous guests.And she gushed over her bespoke silk and lace dress by Ottawa designer Nora Pucci of the brand Zarucci, and a matching fascinator by Toronto milliner David Dunkley.“It’s a perfect outfit, my dream,” she said of the dress, in mauve.Dickinson said it was exactly one year ago that she met Prince Harry in London to receive a Diana Award for her charity work. Cuddles for Cancer provides blankets to cancer patients and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.“I would never have imagined that I would be back for his wedding.”last_img read more

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Ban calls for greater efforts to protect children in armed conflict in

In his latest report on the issue, the Secretary-General encourages national and international justice systems to take strong action ending impunity for crimes against children committed within their jurisdictions.Among other recommendations aimed at halting violations committed against the young caught up in war zones and bolstering their protection, the Secretary-General urged the Security Council to put measures into place against repeat offenders.“Accountability for perpetrators will create a sense of justice for the victims and it will also have a deterrence effect,” noted Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.“Persistent violators have to realize that their crimes will not remain unpunished,” she added.The Secretary-General’s annual report to the Security Council explicitly lists in its annexes 56 parties, both State and non-State, who have committed grave violations against children, including 19 persistent violators who have been listed for more than 4 years. The report covers compliance and progress in ending six grave violations against children caught up in armed conflict: the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming of children, rape and other grave sexual violence, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access to children.Noting that while progress has been made through plans to release child soldiers in several countries, such as in Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, children continue to suffer in many conflicts.The report also documents grave violations against children in 20 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, the Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Uganda. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that the child protection community was waiting for a strong signal from the Security Council on its commitment to tackle the protection of children during armed conflict when it discusses the report on 29 April. 22 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council and judicial systems to step up action in the fight to end abuse of children in conflict zones around the world. read more

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Brock scribe cooks up a literary hit

Samantha Craggs, Web editor, Marketing and CommunicationsSamantha Craggs is a Brock University communications and news media specialist who decided to try her hand at fiction-writing.She’s off to an excellent start.Craggs, a writer and web editor in University Marketing and Communications department, is one of the top three winners in the Toronto Star 2011 Short Story Contest, the most competitive event of its kind in Canada.She received her award Wednesday (April 27) in a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library, where she shared the podium with first-place winner Toronto novelist Richelle Kosar, and University of Toronto physicist Erik Martinez, who won second prize.Craggs, a former newspaper reporter who joined Brock’s Communications staff in 2009, won for her submission Drinking in the Basement. Set in Niagara Falls, N.Y., it is the story of a frustrated wife dealing with her husband’s alcoholism.She said she was “stunned” when she was contacted and told she was a finalist.“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” she said after this week’s ceremony. “Fiction writing is a labour of love. It’s a whole lot of rejection, even for the best of them, so to get a ‘yes’ like that was amazing.“I was especially happy to get the chance to mention Brock University.”Now in its 33rd year, the Star’s literary competition is the biggest of its type in Canada and one of the largest in North America.With national prestige and thousands of dollars in prize money on the table, the competition is stiff. This year’s contest drew more than 2,000 entries from writers — including published authors —across Ontario. Stories must be no longer than 2,500 words.The first-place winner gets $5000 plus tuition (worth about $3,000) for the Creative Writing Correspondence Course offered by the Humber School of Writers. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000.The winning entries will be published in the Star on three consecutive Sundays, starting May 8.For more on the story, see–celebrity-drama-wins-star-short-story-contest read more

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Starrcade Highlights: Styles vs. Joe, Rey Mysterio and Rusev team, Ric Flair and Elias

first_img Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte rachel bloom Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE posted these highlights from the Starrcade special on the WWE Network.You can check out a full report from the event taped on Saturday in Cincinnati. Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcastlast_img read more

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Aubameyang buzzing after derby win

first_imgArsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has thanked the supporters after he scored a brace in their 4-2 victory at home against Tottenham Hotspur.Aubameyang converted a first-half penalty and scored a second-half equalizer as Arsenal came from behind to win 4-2 against Spurs in Sunday’s North London derby.“We had a great first half but after the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down,” Aubameyang told the club’s website.“At half-time we were confident. We spoke and we knew that we could do it in the second half, to come back. We did it. Then we had the fans behind us and we had power, we felt strong. We went for the win.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The victory took Arsenal to fourth place in the table, but Aubameyang insists that their performance is more important.“I think the most important thing right now is the performances. Of course, we want to continue this form and we’re still winning games,” he said.“We’re unbeaten, so it’s great at the moment. We just have to keep going.”last_img read more

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Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire

first_img RAMONA (KUSI) – Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.The fire destroyed one back-country home and threatened several more before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. Friday off the 25000 block of Old Julian Highway, near Cinnamon Rock Road in the Witch Creek area, according to Cal Fire.Within an hour, the flames had scorched about 10 acres and engulfed a house, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.By 2:15 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the blaze, dubbed the Cinnamon Fire. A more accurate estimate showed the blaze had burned about 13 acres by 7 p.m.Firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 100 percent surrounded by about 9:30 p.m., the fire agency tweeted. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018 Updated: 12:23 PMcenter_img Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Police warn of stranger danger near Gaiser Middle School

first_imgLaw enforcement and school officials are warning of possible “stranger danger” near Gaiser Middle School.Three students reported being spoken to by a suspicious man in a pickup truck in the 2200 block of Northeast 94th Street, a few blocks from the school, about 8:20 a.m. Thursday, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The man spoke to a female Gaiser student, but the girl pulled out her cellphone, acted as if she was making a call and kept walking, the sheriff’s office said.A moment later, police said the same man then spoke to a male student, asking him if he wanted candy. The boy began texting and kept walking. Another boy walking behind the first boy also saw the man in the pickup and kept walking.“They did the exact right thing: ignored the suspect adult who was trying to get their attention,” said Sgt. Fred Neiman. He added that while pretending to call someone is a good thing to do, “Don’t be afraid to make a call to 911 if you feel threatened as you’re walking to school.”The suspicious man is described as white, heavy-set, 30 to 50 years old, and with gray hair and a short beard. He was reportedly wearing a blue or tan shirt and smoking a cigarette. His truck was described as white, possibly with gold trim at the bottom, and having a Washington license plate.Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Deputy Jeremy Brown at 360-397-6008 ext. 5461.last_img read more

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Dhaka targets 100000 for first Rohingya repatriation

first_imgThe government wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslims who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said Friday.Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said a list of 100,000 names was to be sent to Myanmar authorities on Friday so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments.More than 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August, fleeing what the US and United Nations have described as ethnic cleansing.That added to more than 300,000 in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing earlier violence in the Buddhist majority state.The two governments signed an agreement in November allowing for repatriations from 23 January. Many aid groups and diplomats doubt that fearful Rohingya will agree to return.The Rohingya have been the target of past pogroms in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which does not recognise the group as a genuine ethnicity and has stripped them of citizenship.Quader said repatriations would start as soon as a working group of officials from the two countries finalise a list of names.”Based on the decision of the joint working group, a first list of 100,000 Rohingya will be sent to the Myanmar government today for their safe and honourable return,” Quader, road transport minister and deputy leader of the ruling Awami League, told reporters during a visit to Cox’s Bazar where the refugee camps are.”The next meeting of the working group, which will be held in Myanmar, will decide how the repatriation process begins,” Quader added.”This list will be finalised as early as possible. The repatriation process will begin after the list is finalised.”Abul Kalam Azad, the government relief commissioner for Rohingya refugees, said a decision was made Thursday by Bangladeshi members of the repatriation working group to send a list of 100,000 refugees to Myanmar.He told AFP repatriations would begin after Myanmar verifies the list and the authorities in Bangladesh get consent from willing refugees.Most Rohingya refugees approached by AFP in the camps insist they do not want to return, saying Rakhine is not safe enough. Diplomats have expressed doubt about whether Myanmar will allow substantial numbers to return.According to Azad, nearly one million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, many of whom have been there for decades. Myanmar has agreed to take back those refugees who arrived since October 2016, believed to number about 700,000.last_img read more

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Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance

first_img Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week News Share This! Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the U.S. government.“We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges,” the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week (June 14).“We did not feel the same confidence, however, in how the current Supreme Court would rule in our case, had we appealed. After ‘counting heads,’ we concluded that any decision from the current court would put the kibosh on challenging the housing allowance for several generations.”The FFRF said it hopes its strategy will allow the issue to be reconsidered when the high court has a different makeup.In March, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the allowance was constitutional. A lower court had ruled in FFRF’s favor. But a three-judge circuit panel reversed a Wisconsin judge’s decision.RELATED: Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules“Any financial interaction between religion and government — like taxing a church, or exempting it from tax — entails some degree of entanglement,” wrote Judge Michael Brennan. “But only excessive entanglement violates the Establishment Clause.”He added that the allowance also is not forbidden by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.Under IRS regulations that date to 1954, clergy do not have to pay taxes on housing that is supplied in a parsonage by their congregation or on the portion of their salary that they use for housing expenses.FFRF also challenged the housing allowance in 2013, winning in a lower court. But an appeals court also overturned that ruling.Becket, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on religious liberty, celebrated the FFRF’s dropping of its legal fight over the parsonage issue. It had represented a Chicago church and religious leaders who supported the allowance.Luke Goodrich, Becket’s vice president and senior counsel, said the tax code exempted ministers as well as members of the military and others in special categories.“The court rightly recognized that providing this kind of equal treatment to churches is perfectly constitutional, and churches should be allowed to serve the neediest members of their communities without the tax man breathing down their neck,” he said. Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Canada’s Drew Marshall, ‘raw and real’ Christian radio host, ends hi … TagsBecket clergy housing allowance court Freedom From Religion Foundation homepage featured lawsuit parsonage allowance Supreme Court Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

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FiveYearOld Sutherland Springs Victim Hopes To Be Released From Hospital In January

first_imgCOURTESY / MCMAHAN FAMILYFive-year-old Ryland Ward was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.A five-year-old boy is one of the last victims from the Sutherland Springs shooting that remains hospitalized. Now family members believe he could be out of San Antonio’s University Hospital in a few weeks.  Ryland Ward, who was shot five times, was one of the 20 injured rushed to hospitals Nov. 5, when a gunman killed more than two dozen others during church service. He suffered wounds to his kidney, bladder, arm and leg. His great-uncle Earl McMahan says Ryland has undergone multiple surgeries over the last six weeks.“Right now he’s got a brace on the outside of his leg — screws and pins through his hip down to his femur. He has his arms wrapped. He’s been having skin grafts on it,” he said. “They’ve done all they can for it. There’s going to be more surgeries later on but we’ll just take it as we go.”CREDIT COURTESY PHOTOChancie McMahan, left, sits with her son Ryland Ward a few weeks after he was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.Ryland does not have a damaged spirit. Last week he made a request for Christmas cards to be sent to him at University Hospital. So far he’s received almost 3,000 cards.“He just loves receiving these cards,” McMahan said. “He just lights up. He’s got such an awesome smile and just to see him smile makes everybody happy.”Ryland lost three family members in the shooting. His step-mother Joanne Ward was killed along with Ryland’s sisters, Brooke Ward and Emily Garcia. Joanne Ward sacrificed her life in hopes of saving her children, McMahon said.“Ryland would not be here if she had not laid on top of him,” he said. “She was a really special person.”The family credits the hospital staff and prayers for helping Ryland in his recovery. “There’s just been so many — just not in Texas and the United States but around the world — that’s been praying for him and the others involved,” McMahon said.Ryand was carried out of First Baptist Church by Rusty Duncan, one of the first responders to the scene.“He’s the one that found Ryland in that place and picked him up,” McMahon said.” (He) carried him outside, put the tourniquets on his arm and his leg. … From what I’ve heard the doctors say, (that) is what saved his life.”CREDIT COURTESYNearly 3,000 Christmas cards have been sent to Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5.Ryland still has a few surgeries to go before release but family members hope he can be home sometime around his sixth birthday early next month. Sharelast_img read more

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We were lying about the exit Unreliable narrators in video games

first_imgTwist endings are so common in video games that players have come to expect a Big Reveal at the end of the story. Sometimes, the twist is that the person telling the story has been lying to the player — the whole time! In books and film, this technique is called the Unreliable Narrator. Often it’s used for a mind-blowing paradigm shift at the end, but sometimes it’s used for comedy, especially when the reader is aware right from the start that the narrator can’t be trusted. Video game designers have found ways to use this idea by incorporating it into the mechanics, thereby making it part of the interactive nature of a game’s story.A twist ending, by itself, is not an Unreliable Narrator. When the designers reveal that the villain of their game is really the hero’s long-lost father, this is simply presenting new information to the player. The player still believes in the fundamental reality of the game’s world after the plot twist. The Unreliable Narrator only happens when the player has reason to doubt the sincerity (or sanity) of the character telling the story, essentially raising doubts about everything that happens in the game. This is particularly difficult for game designers, because players need to have some level of trust in the game’s interface and rules in order to interact with the virtual world.Some games do torment players by employing an Unreliable Narrator right in the interface; text adventure games did this frequently. There were no visuals or sound in a text adventure, so players were utterly at the mercy of whatever the narration told them. The text game adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was infamous for lying to its players. One room was described as empty until the player repeatedly searched it. Another room could only be exited if the player walked in the wrong direction, whereupon the narrator confessed, “We were lying about the exit.”Writers like Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft constantly used narrators who were telling their tales from within the walls of an asylum. Many game designers have implemented insanity as a tangible gameplay mechanic, but none have been as effective as the GameCube exclusive Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. Characters in the game have a sanity meter and, when this meter gets too high, the game begins to play cruel tricks on the character as well as the player. One of the most fiendish of these sanity effects involved a menu that tricked players into thinking that their save files had been erased. Another had a fake ending cutscene that appeared to end the game with an abrupt cliff-hanger.The developers who made the game were essentially the Unreliable Narrators of the very story they were telling. The characters would scream “This can’t be happening!” when these maddening events occurred, and players themselves were kept guessing as to whether or not a room full of enemies was real or just another hallucination that they shared with their character.Some games use an Unreliable Narrator for laughs, though. Tales from the Borderlands has two different narrators, each with their own version of the same story. Both of them are trying to make themselves look cool when recounting their adventures, and players can’t be sure which of them is lying. In fact, both are obviously bending the truth at times.This mimics the style of the classic Japanese film Rashomon, where several characters each contribute a false account of an event. Rashomon eventually revealed the “true” story, but in an interactive game like Tales From The Borderlands, players control both characters. Even when their stories don’t add up, they are sometimes both telling the “true” story, at least from the player’s perspective.Dragon Age II is framed by an interrogation scene. The sidekick character, Varric, is being grilled for information about the protagonist of the game, but he is reluctant to give up everything he knows. He isn’t necessarily trying to mislead the player, but he is certainly telling a carefully curated account of his experiences to the people who are interrogating him. This is sometimes reflected in the mission design; one mission has Varric slaughtering enemies quite easily. Players will find it a bit suspicious that he can wipe out a whole pack of bad guys with a single blast from his crossbow, but this is eventually revealed to be his heavily biased, self-glorifying account of the event. When the level boss begins praising Varric’s good looks, his interrogators catch onto the gag.Normally, the playable character represents the player’s point of view in the fictional world of the game. In Spec Ops: The Line, this is Captain Martin Walker, but he is certainly not the player’s window into the game. Rather, he is a distorted funhouse mirror who begins the story with an overt warning that he is biased about the events that he is about to relate.Walker’s self-professed bias seems innocuous enough to players. He appears to be just another jaded anti-hero in just another gritty shooter game. However, by the end of the first level, Walker and his team of soldiers have begun to drift away from their mission. Walker assures his men (and the player) that what they’re doing is the right thing to do. The non-playable characters voice disapproval, and only reluctantly obey their orders.The player, on the other hand, has only one choice: keep progressing through the story, or turn off the game. They push forward on their analog sticks, moving Walker through each blood-soaked mission, always assuming that they’re in charge, and that the playable character must be worthy of their trust. Long before the game’s famous twist arrives, there are many hints that this isn’t the case.The master of Unreliable Narrators in video games is Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, and its protagonist, Silas Greaves. Silas is an old cowpoke who regales the patrons of a saloon with tales from the old days. According to Silas, he’s a deadly bounty hunter, and he outdrew just about gunfighter in the West.Players know from the beginning of the game that Silas is spinning tall tales better suited to a dime novel than a history book. He also gets more and more intoxicated as the game goes on, and begins to makes obvious mistakes and contradict himself. When his audience in the saloon seems to get bored with a story, Silas makes the tale more exciting with the sudden arrival of hundreds of bloodthirsty Apaches.Because it’s a game, the player sees whatever Silas describes, in real time. When Silas accidentally says he was fighting Indians instead of cowboys, the enemy character models change on the fly, then change back when Silas remembers what he was talking about. When Silas has two options about how to proceed through a level, players will play through what might have happened if he took one path, but then find themselves back at an earlier point in the level after Silas reveals that he actually went the other way. Even though the game is set in the real world, it eventually veers into the supernatural as Silas drunkenly insists that he fought the vengeful ghosts of all the men he’d killed.The Assassin’s Creed franchise blends sci-fi with historical reality. The main storyline is presented as a virtual recreation of historical events using the “genetic memories” of modern day people. When the playable character dies or fails a mission, this contradicts the genetic memories, and the simulation is said to lose synchronization with history. This is a clever way to explain how the characters can have extra lives or retry missions, and it makes players try to avoid becoming unreliable narrators themselves.This is taken one step further in the stealth game Velvet Assassin. Its story is told from the point of view of Violet Summer, a WWII spy who is in a hospital remembering her missions during the war. If Violet gets into trouble while remembering a mission, the player can activate a mode, Morphine Mode, that blurs the line between past and present. It halts time in Violet’s memories just long enough to take down a guard that might have killed her. It also changes the character model to look like Violet in the present day (wearing a hospital gown). It implies that Violet was not really using drugs in the middle of the mission, but rather that she is using the morphine in the present to help deal with traumatic past events.Recently, the game Her Story was built entirely around an interrogation scene, not so different from Dragon Age II’s interrogation. The catch with Her Story is that, even when players complete the game and hear the final revelation, they still can’t be certain what happened. It is known from the start that players are dealing with a possible murderer who is clearly untrustworthy, but in the end, it isn’t clear if her story has been a cunning lie, a sincere delusion, or a forthright testimony about highly unusual events.The use of this form of storytelling in games began with cruel jokes, and later expanded to sensational twists. More ambitious designers have been exploring how an Unreliable Narrator is affected by the unique interaction of game as a medium. They have created multi-layered stories that leave players contemplating their characters long after the shock of a twist ending has worn off.last_img read more

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Art and evolution

first_imgWorks of artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and India comprise the travelling exhibition underway at the India International Centre here. The series of uncanny artworks seem to tell a story. An anti-clock wise tour of the gallery indicates an evolution, a moving forward of time.Organised by Perve Galeria with support of the Portugal Embassy, the exhibition Lusophonies/Lusofonias display both modern and contemporary art by different generations of the Portuguese speaking countries or Lusophones which include Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and certain parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artworks in the exhibition have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, related to African roots. A troika of oxymoronic images, two from India and one from Africa, serves as a prologue to the collection which manifests the cross-cultural developments that followed the colonization across continents and the struggle against it.“The origin of this collection was the need to reflect on how lusophone countries saw and see Lusophonie, a plural and dialectical vision, full of discrepancies, ambiguities and mutual contamination about culture, society, and even about a common language,” says Nunes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show has been chronologically divided into three sections: ‘Colonialism’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Miscegenation and Diaspora.’  Moving from one period to another in the anthology portrays a clear evolution from the “tendency to use art as a revolutionary discourse” in colonies to the establishment of sovereign political regimes after independence.“In Portugal, the freedom of speech that followed several decades of repression was a symptom of the artistic development,” says Nunes. The final part of the Lusophonies exhibition represents the artistic development that has occurred over time extending up to the present, not only in the lusophone world, but also in the countries where artists today work about Lusophonie and African influence issues. Representation from India includes two photographs by Subodh Kerkar and a set of pots or ‘matkas’ usually used by women in Indian villages to carry water.Closing this chapter of exhibition, which speaks majorly of the African influence, is a box of postcard sized artworks, some of them suspended in the air through strings around it, by Nobel Laureate author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The exhibition is set to be on display till February 15.last_img read more

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A serverless online store on AWS could save you money Build one

first_imgIn this article you will learn to build an entire serverless project of an AWS online store, beginning with a React SPA frontend hosted on AWS followed by a serverless backend with API Gateway and Lambda functions. This article is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ written by Diego Zanon. In this book, you will be introduced to the AWS services, and you’ll learn how to estimate costs, and how to set up and use the Serverless Framework. The serverless architecture of AWS’ online store We will build a real-world use case of a serverless solution. This sample application is an online store with the following requirements: List of available products Product details with user rating Add products to a shopping cart Create account and login pages For a better understanding of the architecture, take a look at the following diagram which gives a general view of how different services are organized and how they interact: Estimating costs In this section, we will estimate the costs of our sample application demo based on some usage assumptions and Amazon’s pricing model. All pricing values used here are from mid 2017 and considers the cheapest region, US East (Northern Virginia). This section covers an example to illustrate how costs are calculated. Since the billing model and prices can change over time, always refer to the official sources to get updated prices before making your own estimations. You can use Amazon’s calculator, which is accessible at this link: If you still have any doubts after reading the instructions, you can always contact Amazon’s support for free to get commercial guidance. Assumptions For our pricing example, we can assume that our online store will receive the following traffic per month: 100,000 page views 1,000 registered user accounts 200 GB of data transferred considering an average page size of 2 MB 5,000,000 code executions (Lambda functions) with an average of 200 milliseconds per request Route 53 pricing We need a hosted zone for our domain name and it costs US$ 0.50 per month. Also, we need to pay US$ 0.40 per million DNS queries to our domain. As this is a prorated cost, 100,000 page views will cost only US$ 0.04. Total: US$ 0.54 S3 pricing Amazon S3 charges you US$ 0.023 per GB/month stored, US$ 0.004 per 10,000 requests to your files, and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred. However, as we are considering the CloudFront usage, transfer costs will be charged by CloudFront prices and will not be considered in S3 billing. If our website occupies less than 1 GB of static files and has an average per page of 2 MB and 20 files, we can serve 100,000 page views for less than US$ 20. Considering CloudFront, S3 costs will go down to US$ 0.82 while you need to pay for CloudFront usage in another section. Real costs would be even lower because CloudFront caches files and it would not need to make 2,000,000 file requests to S3, but let’s skip this detail to reduce the complexity of this estimation. On a side note, the cost would be much higher if you had to provision machines to handle this number of page views to a static website with the same availability and scalability. Total: US$ 0.82 CloudFront pricing CloudFront is slightly more complicated to price since you need to guess how much traffic comes from each region, as they are priced differently. The following table shows an example of estimation: RegionEstimated trafficCost per GB transferredCost per 10,000 HTTPS requestsNorth America70%US$ 0.085US$ 0.010Europe15%US$ 0.085US$ 0.012Asia10%US$ 0.140US$ 0.012South America5%US$ 0.250US$ 0.022 As we have estimated 200 GB of files transferred with 2,000,000 requests, the total will be US$ 21.97. Total: US$ 21.97 Certificate Manager pricing Certificate Manager provides SSL/TLS certificates for free. You only need to pay for the AWS resources you create to run your application. IAM pricing There is no charge specifically for IAM usage. You will be charged only by what AWS resources your users are consuming. Cognito pricing Each user has an associated profile that costs US$ 0.0055 per month. However, there is a permanent free tier that allows 50,000 monthly active users without charges, which is more than enough for our use case. Besides that, we are charged for Cognito Syncs of our user profiles. It costs US$ 0.15 for each 10,000 sync operations and US$ 0.15 per GB/month stored. If we estimate 1,000 active and registered users with less than 1 MB per profile, with less than 10 visits per month in average, we can estimate a charge of US$ 0.30. Total: US$ 0.30 IoT pricing IoT charges starts at US$ 5 per million messages exchanged. As each page view will make at least 2 requests, one to connect and another to subscribe to a topic, we can estimate a minimum of 200,000 messages per month. We need to add 1,000 messages if we suppose that 1% of the users will rate the products and we can ignore other requests like disconnect and unsubscribed because they are excluded from billing. In this setting, the total cost would be of US$ 1.01. Total: US$ 1.01 SNS pricing We will use SNS only for internal notifications, when CloudWatch triggers a warning about issues in our infrastructure. SNS charges US$ 2.00 per 100,000 e-mail messages, but it offers a permanent free tier of 1,000 e-mails. So, it will be free for us. CloudWatch pricing CloudWatch charges US$ 0.30 per metric/month and US$ 0.10 per alarm and offers a permanent free tier of 50 metrics and 10 alarms per month. If we create 20 metrics and expect 20 alarms in a month, we can estimate a cost of US$ 1.00. Total: US$ 1.00 API Gateway pricing API Gateway starts charging US$ 3.50 per million of API calls received and US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the Internet. If we assume 5 million requests per month with each response with an average of 1 KB, the total cost of this service will be US$ 17.93. Total: US$ 17.93 Lambda pricing When you create a Lambda function, you need to configure the amount of RAM memory that will be available for use. It ranges from 128 MB to 1.5 GB. Allocating more memory means additional costs. It breaks the philosophy of avoiding provision, but at least it’s the only thing you need to worry about. The good practice here is to estimate how much memory each function needs and make some tests before deploying to production. A bad provision may result in errors or higher costs. Lambda has the following billing model: US$ 0.20 per 1 million requests US$ 0.00001667 GB-second Running time is counted in fractions of seconds, rounding up to the nearest multiple of 100 milliseconds. Furthermore, there is a permanent free tier that gives you 1 million requests and 400,000 GB-seconds per month without charges. In our use case scenario, we have assumed 5 million requests per month with an average of 200 milliseconds per execution. We can also assume that the allocated RAM memory is 512 MB per function: Request charges: Since 1 million requests are free, you pay for 4 million that will cost US$ 0.80. Compute charges: Here, 5 million executions of 200 milliseconds each gives us 1 million seconds. As we are running with a 512 MB capacity, it results in 500,000 GB-seconds, where 400,000 GB-seconds of these are free, resulting in a charge of 100,000 GB-seconds that costs US$ 1.67. Total: US$ 2.47 SimpleDB pricing Take a look at the following SimpleDB billing where the free tier is valid for new and existing users: US$ 0.14 per machine-hour (25 hours free) US$ 0.09 per GB transferred out to the internet (1 GB is free) US$ 0.25 per GB stored (1 GB is free) Take a look at the following charges: Compute charges: Considering 5 million requests with an average of 200 milliseconds of execution time, where 50% of this time is waiting for the database engine to execute, we estimate 139 machine hours per month. Discounting 25 free hours, we have an execution cost of US$ 15.96. Transfer costs: Since we’ll transfer data between SimpleDB and AWS Lambda, there is no transfer cost. Storage charges: If we assume a 5 GB database, it results in US$ 1.00, since 1 GB is free. Total: US$ 16.96, but this will not be added in the final estimation since we will run our application using DynamoDB. DynamoDB DynamoDB requires you to provision the throughput capacity that you expect your tables to offer. Instead of provisioning hardware, memory, CPU, and other factors, you need to say how many read and write operations you expect and AWS will handle the necessary machine resources to meet your throughput needs with consistent and low-latency performance. One read capacity unit represents one strongly consistent read per second or two eventually consistent reads per second, where objects have a size up to 4 KB. Regarding the writing capacity, one unit means that you can write one object of size 1 KB per second. Considering these definitions, AWS offers in the permanent free tier 25 read units and 25 write units of throughput capacity, in addition to 25 GB of free storage. It charges as follows: US$ 0.47 per month for every Write Capacity Unit (WCU) US$ 0.09 per month for every Read Capacity Unit (RCU) US$ 0.25 per GB/month stored US$ 0.09 GB per GB transferred out to the Internet Since our estimated database will have only 5 GB, we are on the free tier and we will not pay for transferred data because there is no transfer cost to AWS Lambda. Regarding read/write capacities, we have estimated 5 million requests per month. If we evenly distribute them, we will get two requests per second. In this case, we will consider that it’s one read and one write operation per second. We need to estimate now how many objects are affected by a read and a write operation. For a write operation, we can estimate that we will manipulate 10 items on average and a read operation will scan 100 objects. In this scenario, we would need to reserve 10 WCU and 100 RCU. As we have 25 WCU and 25 RCU for free, we only need to pay for 75 RCU per month, which costs US$ 6.75. Total: US$ 6.75 Total pricing Let’s summarize the cost of each service in the following table: ServiceMonthly CostsRoute 53US$ 0.54S3US$ 0.82CloudFrontUS$ 21.97CognitoUS$ 0.30IoTUS$ 1.01CloudWatchUS$ 1.00API GatewayUS$ 17.93LambdaUS$ 2.47DynamoDBUS$ 6.75TotalUS$ 52.79 It results in a total cost of ~ US$ 50 per month in infrastructure to serve 100,000 page views. If you have a conversion rate of 1%, you can get 1,000 sales per month, which means that you pay US$ 0.05 in infrastructure for each product that you sell. Thus, in this article you learned the serverless architecture of AWS online store also learned how to estimate its costs. If you’ve enjoyed reading the excerpt, do check out, Building Serverless Web Applications to monitor the performance, efficiency and errors of your apps and also learn how to test and deploy your applications. 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