Laser beams predict apple ripeness

first_imgIn the 1989 movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a hobby scientist played by Rick Moranis accidentally blows up an apple with the laser in his shrink ray machine. Now, scientists have found a better use for lasers trained on apples: measuring their ripeness. In a technique known as biospeckle, researchers shined a helium-neon laser on the surface of golden apples and then analyzed how the light was reflected (seen above). The laser wasn’t very powerful—just a couple of milliwatts stronger than the average laser pointer—but it picked up tiny imperfections on the apple’s smooth skin, which caused the laser light to bounce irregularly and result in a grainy appearance at small scales. As the fruits ripened, the “grains” in the pattern became smaller and smaller, the team reports this month in Applied Optics. They attribute the shrinking to a rise in an apple’s cellular activity during the ripening process—the study notes that cellular respiration, for instance, is known to increase as fruits ripen. To confirm that the smallest grains occurred during peak ripeness, the team also monitored the apples’ production of ethylene gas—a known byproduct of the ripening process that peaks just as the fruit reaches optimal edibleness. Once the apples were past their prime, ethylene gas production slowed, apple activity decreased, and the size of the reflected grains began to increase. Because traditional methods of assessing ripeness either destroy the fruit or rely on subjective visual cues, the researchers suggest that the technique could eventually help farmers accurately harvest their crops at optimal times and predict how long a fruit can be stored.last_img read more

California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals

first_imgMOST READ Newsom and others cast it as an attempt to bring more fairness to big-money college athletics and let players share in the wealth they create for their schools. Critics have long complained that universities are getting rich off the backs of athletes — often, black athletes struggling to get by financially.“Other college students with a talent, whether it be literature, music, or technological innovation, can monetize their skill and hard work,” the governor said. “Student athletes, however, are prohibited from being compensated while their respective colleges and universities make millions, often at great risk to athletes’ health, academics and professional careers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Newsom predicted other states will introduce similar legislation.The NCAA — which had called on him to veto the bill, arguing that it would destroy the distinction between amateurs and pros and give California an unfair recruiting advantage — said it is considering its next steps. It did not elaborate. Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics But the governor, a former college baseball player, said he doubts the NCAA would kick California schools out, arguing that the state’s 40 million people and status as the world’s fifth-largest economy make it too big to lose.The NCAA “can’t afford to do that,” he said.Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner, the bill’s author, said it could especially help female athletes, who have limited opportunities for professional sports once they leave college.“College is the primary time when the spotlight is on” them, Skinner said. “For women, this might be the only time they could make any money.”NCAA rules bar players from hiring agents. The NCAA has also steadfastly refused to pay players in most cases. But a committee is studying other ways players could make money. Its report is expected in October.The NCAA does let some athletes accept money in some instances. Tennis players can accept up to $10,000 in prize money per year, and Olympians can accept winnings from their competitions. Also, many schools pay players yearly cost-of-living stipends of $2,000 to $4,000.“We just kind of joked every kid is going to want to go to college out here in Cali now,” Warriors forward Glenn Robinson III, who played college ball at Michigan, said of the new law.“I think it’s time. A lot of people are waking up and starting to see how much money that these universities are making off of players,” he added. “Where I went to school, a lot of players couldn’t afford lunch. “A majority of these athletes, it’s no secret, are African American,” said Sen. Steven Bradford, a co-author of the bill who is black. “It’s an issue of fairness, and it’s an issue that has been long overdue.”Newsom tweeted a video showing him signing the law during a special episode of HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted” alongside NBA superstar LeBron James, one of many professional athletes who have endorsed the measure.James, whose 14-year-old son is a closely watched basketball prospect in Los Angeles and will be 18 when the law takes effect, exulted over its signing on Instagram, saying it will “change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it!”He added: “NCAA, you got the next move. We can solve this for everyone!”NBA rookie Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors also welcomed the new law. Six months ago, as a player at the University of Michigan, he hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer in the second round of the NCAA tournament as millions watched on TV.“I know for sure I would have been using my name after that Houston shot,” he said.His teammate, three-time NBA champion Draymond Green, went further.“The NCAA is a dictatorship,” the former Michigan State star told reporters Monday. “I’m tired of seeing people get ripped off, and I’m tired of seeing these college athletes being ripped off.”Before the governor signed the law, the NCAA threatened to bar California universities from competition, meaning powerhouses such as the University of Southern California, UCLA, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, could find themselves banned.If that were to happen, California schools could form a new governing body and get schools from like-minded states to join, in a threat to the NCAA’s dominance. Celtics vow to move past last year’s disappointing season In a statement, the NCAA said it is working to revise its rules on making money off a player’s name and likeness. But it said any changes should be made at the national level through the NCAA, not through a patchwork of state laws.California’s law applies to students at both public and private institutions — but not community colleges — in the nation’s most populous state. While the measure covers all sports, the big money is in football and basketball.Student athletes won’t get salaries. But under the law, they can’t be stripped of their scholarships or kicked off the team if they sign endorsement deals.There are some limitations: Athletes can’t enter into deals that conflict with their schools’ existing contracts. For example, if your university has a contract with Nike, you can’t sign with Under Armour.The law represents another instance of California jumping out in front of other states when it comes to social and political change. The movement to allow student athletes to profit from their labors on the court or the playing field has been simmering for years, portrayed as a matter of economic fairness and civil rights.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ FILE – In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)SACRAMENTO, California — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros.The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and set to take effect in 2023, could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Chopper tours for Kakinada beach festival launched

first_imgKakinada, Dec 17 (PTI) Chopper tours for the Kakinada beach festival were today launched by District Collector Kartikeya Misra.Misra said the heli-tours would help the tourists to get an aerial view of Kakinada city and the sea-shore.The three-day long festival will be held from December 19 to 21 at the NTR beach, the Collector said.He said security has been beefed up in view of the festival.Officials from the district collectorate said activities like para-gliding and water sports would be held during the festival.”In addition to it, a few rock-bands would perform at the festival,” they said. PTI COR NRBlast_img read more

Marlins-Pirates in Puerto Rico?

first_imgCHICAGO — The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates will find out within the next few days if they will play in Puerto Rico this month.Commissioner Rob Manfred said May 5 that the announcement on whether the two-game series will be moved because of concerns about the Zika virus will be made May 6 or May 9 “at the latest.”The teams are scheduled to play May 30-31 in San Juan to celebrate Roberto Clemente Day, a league-wide tribute honoring the late Pirates Hall of Famer and Puerto Rico native.But with players on both sides expressing concern about Zika, the games might be moved to Miami since the Marlins are the designated home team.“We are in the process of still having discussions with a variety of interested parties, mostly outside the game … before we make a final decision and announcement,” Manfred said in Chicago before the May 5th game between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox.U.S. health officials say Puerto Rico is the front lines of the nation’s battle with Zika.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, where infants are born with unusually small heads. The virus is most often spread by mosquito bites, but it also can be spread through sexual intercourse.Manfred said he also expects a decision soon on suspended Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes, echoing comments he made last month.Three weeks ago, a Hawaii judge approved dismissing a domestic abuse charge stemming from an Oct. 31 incident with his wife at a Maui resort. But the judge gave prosecutors about two years to refile charges if Reyes’ wife cooperates — something she has not been doing.Reyes was suspended with pay under baseball’s new domestic abuse policy, an action Manfred took just before the shortstop was to report to spring training.A four-time time All-Star, Reyes has been accruing his $22 million salary. If the punishment becomes an unpaid suspension, he has the right to offset the time served against the penalty, but must repay any salary he received during the paid suspension.“I think that we are in the home stretch on the Reyes case,” Manfred said.Manfred touched on a variety of subjects during his session with reporters. He said baseball needs to increase its social media presence to build a broader audience particularly among youngsters.“We understand that baseball, to move forward with the next generation, needs to make our game available to give our fans an opportunity to engage with our game on a variety of platforms,” Manfred said.“I think you can criticize us for having been a little slow in that regard. Even this season, you’ve seen us undertake a number of initiatives, new partnerships — I point in particular to the Snapchat page that we did during spring training. I think that is indicative of a desire of Major League Baseball to increase that fan engagement on those variety of platforms.”He said it was “a really unfortunate circumstance” that Cubs ace and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta felt he had to defend himself late last month against rumors he is using performance-enhancing drugs.“You can’t tell who’s using performance enhancing drugs by things based on things like personal experience, outstanding performance — they’re just not accurate predictors,” Manfred said. “If someone is using performance enhancing drugs, our testing program is the one sure way to know that is happening.”Manfred had high praise for retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, calling Big Papi a “great ambassador for the game.”“He’s one of those individuals who has an engaging smile that he wears most of the time,” Manfred said. “Those are the kinds of athletes that I know people in Boston have come to love.”(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rakitic, Coutinho & the 12 players Barca hope to get rid of

first_imgHow different Barcelona’s season could have been.Wrapping up La Liga with time to spare not only added to the humiliation of Real Madrid’s dreadful season, but had fans and pundits alike tipping the Catalans for additional glory in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.For the second campaign in a row, however, the Blaugrana threw away a sizeable first-leg lead, ultimately being dumped out of Europe by a determined Liverpool side who were simply better than them in the 4-0 battering at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In addition, an inconsistent Valencia lifted the Spanish cup as they pulled off a 2-1 result against a Barca bereft of ideas and still reeling from the beatdown handed to them on Merseyside.Fingers had been pointing left and right: first it was the coach, then it was the players, then it was the general manager’s fault. Since then, Ernesto Valverde’s Camp Nou future has been secured. And so the club have decided the faults primarily lie with those on the pitch. However, Barca blew their entire transfer budget on signing Frenkie de Jong, meaning several players will be put up for sale to raise funds and inject some fresh impetus into the side.Here, Goal breaks down the 12 players that the club are ready to move on…Umtiti, Rakitic & CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho Barcelona 2018-19Three huge names – a World Cup winner, a World Cup runner-up and one of the most recognisable Brazilian stars in football.Umtiti is largely regarded as a top player within the ranks, but niggling knee issues and the potential to make a profit on the €25 million (£22m/$28m) they paid for the 25-year-old back in 2016 has Barca ready to listen to offers for the centre-back. Rakitic has been a key cog in the Barca machine since his arrival, winning four La Liga titles in the five seasons he has turned out for the club. However, with the Croatian turning 31 and teams such as Manchester United crying out for experienced heads, there is money to be made.Coutinho. Oh, Coutinho. A £130m ($164m) outlay was required to land the man seen as the perfect replacement for Neymar, but the playmaker has shown only glimpses of his brilliant best since making the move from Liverpool.The Reds have gone from strength to strength in his absence, while the 26-year-old continues to struggle to cement a spot in the starting XI and fans continue to question whether he can fully adapt to Valverde’s system. If the right offer comes in, Coutinho is gone.Cillessen, Rafinha & VermaelenMarc-Andre ter Stegen’s presence between the Barca sticks has drastically limited Jasper Cillessen’s playing time. But while the player himself has asked to leave, Barca want to recover at least the €16m (£14m/$18m) paid to Ajax in 2016. Benfica are understood to have an interest in the Dutchman, but his parent club are currently asking for as much as €30m (£27m/$34m) for the shot-stopper, a sum the Portuguese giants simply cannot afford.With Valverde staying, Rafinha is almost certain to leave. The Brazilian’s famous father, Mazinho, admitted in November that he was looking for a new club for his son due to a lack of playing time under the Barca boss.The 26-year-old has been out for much of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture but is expected to be back in the game near the end of June. With time to reach full fitness before the new season gets into full swing, the attacking midfielder could be a bargain.A disaster of a signing since day one, Thomas Vermaelen, meanwhile, has spent five years at Barcelona and has a list of injuries almost long enough to match his total appearances for the Catalunya side.The Belgian is out of contract this summer and thus will leave for free, but cutting the wage bill will please Barca at least and they can move on while pretending the whole thing didn’t happen in the first place.Murillo, Boateng & TodiboKevin-Prince Boateng Barcelona 2018-19Jeison Murillo was brought in on loan from Valencia as cover and has made a grand total of seven appearances for the club. As such, it is extremely unlikely that the Blaugrana will exercise their right to purchase the Colombian.Similarly, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s rebirth as a ‘false 9’ at Sassuolo saw him snapped up as backup for Luis Suarez, but a a combined playing time of just 303 minutes with no goals will see the Ghana international heading back to Italy.Highly-rated and versatile, Jean-Clair Todibo appears set for a big future. Barca, however, are still extremely keen on bringing in De Jong’s Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt. Should the Camp Nou side raise the funds and bring in the Dutchman, Todibo will be allowed to move on.Malcom, Denis Suarez & Andre GomesFamously hijacked from Roma at the last minute, Malcom’s market value remains high – even if his total appearances don’t. Barca are already looking for a buyer for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who has started in only 16 per cent of the Blaugrana’s matches in 2018-19.From a muscle injury at Barca to a groin issue at Arsenal, Denis Suarez, meanwhile, has had a season to forget. The midfielder, deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, is understood to be more likely to leave on loan due to a lack of interest in an outright purchase.Andre Gomes is another who left on loan, and, after arriving at Everton, quickly banished the memories of a string of poor performances in a Barca shirt.Despite his strong performances in the Premier League, Valverde’s side are still keen to sell the Portuguese and it’s been reported that West Ham have already had an offer turned down.last_img read more

Casemiro: Neymar is the best Brazil player

first_imgCasemiro believes Brazil would be even better with Neymar as he lauded the quality of the squad ahead of Sunday’s Copa America final against Peru.Despite being without Neymar, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, Tite’s men and the tournament hosts have reached the decider.While Casemiro hailed the forward’s quality, the midfielder also praised the talent in Brazil’s squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “The quality of Neymar, indisputably we have to say he is the best Brazilian player,” he told a news conference on Friday.”If the kid is OK, I’ll tell you, it’s almost impossible to stop him. He is a player of extreme quality, already demonstrated for all, already demonstrated in the Brazilian squad.”But, of course, we have other great players. We have great players.”If Neymar were here, it would be better for us and it would help a lot more, but he isn’t and we have to overcome his absence, overcome this difficulty.”We have created a game identity, but if he were here it would be much better.”Brazil head to the Maracana with plenty of confidence, having thrashed Peru 5-0 in the group stage two weeks ago.Casemiro, who opened the scoring in that win in Sao Paulo, said Brazil needed to avoid changing their approach in the final.”You have to know the time to suffer, you have to know the time to attack, you have to know the time to defend,” he said.”Above all, we are creating a very solid team at the back. When I say solid back, it’s not just the defenders, everyone is committed. That’s it, don’t lose our characteristics.”We don’t have to do anything different from what we’re doing, not only in relation to the last matches, but for the last two, three years.”We built a good average of wins, few losses. We don’t have to do anything different. We have to play our football. We know there is a great team as an opponent, but it is our football.”last_img read more

ICS: Implementation of Global Sulphur Cap Likely in 2020

first_imgzoom The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has agreed that the shipping and bunker refining industries should work to the possibility that the global 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap, required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is more likely to be implemented worldwide from 2020, rather than 2025.Annex VI of the IMO MARPOL Convention allows for the possibility that implementation of the global sulphur cap – which will dramatically increase the cost of marine fuel for the shipping industry worldwide, perhaps by as much as USD50 Billion a year – can be deferred until 2025.This decision is meant to be subject to the results of a fuel availability study that IMO is legally required to complete before the end of 2018.“While postponement of the sulphur global cap until 2025 is still a possibility, the shipping and oil refining industries should not assume that this will happen simply because they are unprepared. ICS has concluded that, for better or worse, the global cap is very likely to be implemented in 2020, almost regardless of the effect that any lack of availability of compliant fuel may have on the cost of moving world trade by sea,” ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, explained.ICS said that despite its repeated requests, IMO Member States have so far refused to bring forward the conduct of the fuel availability study.“If supply problems are identified at the end of 2018 this will be far too late for governments to take action. ICS member national shipowners’ associations have therefore concluded that a political decision may in effect already have been taken, at least by the United States and the European Union which view the global cap as a public health issue,” ICS said.ICS’s position is influenced by the fact that the EU has already agreed, regardless of any decision by IMO to postpone the global cap, that a 0.5% sulphur limit will apply to international shipping within 200 miles of the coast of all EU Member States.“In theory, if the global cap was not implemented until 2025, this would create a narrow corridor along the coast of North Africa in which ships could continue to burn less expensive residual fuel with a sulphur content of 3.5%. ICS believes that the EU Member States will be unlikely to permit this and will therefore push hard at IMO for global implementation of the 0.5% requirement in 2020,” ICS added.last_img read more

Road Improvements for Northern Nova Scotia

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements for Northern NovaScotia Residents and visitors in the northern area of the province canlook forward to more road improvements. Three contracts, worth more than $1.6 million, have recently beenawarded for road work in Cumberland and Pictou counties. “Improvements to our roads means safer travel and better accessto goods and services for all Nova Scotians,” said Ron Russell,Minister of Transportation and Public Works. In Cumberland County, a contract was awarded for repaving about6.5 kilometres of Trunk 2, from the Route 302 and Trunk 2intersection, northerly towards Springhill. The contract, worthmore than $1 million, was awarded to Chapman Bros. Construction.Work will be completed in summer 2005. The second contract in Cumberland County is for repaving twosections of road. One section is Riverbend Drive, from Route 204southwesterly. The other section is on Route 204, east of theNappan Road and Route 204 intersection. The contract was awardedto Dexter Construction for $188,000. Work is expected to becompleted by the end of October. The contract for Pictou County is for repaving GrantonAbercrombie Road, from the Trenton connector southerly to the NewGlasgow town line, about two kilometres. The contract was awardedto S.W. Weeks Construction for $423,000. Work is expected to becompleted by the end of October. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices located inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Modi to meet party leaders on simultaneous polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss “one nation, one election” among other key issues. Modi has invited the heads of all political parties having representatives in Parliament on Wednesday to freely interact and exchange views with the government. He will also interact with the members of both Houses of Parliament on June 20 over governance issues. Modi’s pitch for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections has been strongly backed by Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), while some other opposition parties termed the suggestion as “impractical”. The Prime Minister is also likely to discuss the plans for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and creating good atmosphere in the Parliament with the party leaders.last_img read more

Canada should do more to help women refugees worldwide Oxfam Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s self-proclaimed feminist government could and should be doing more to address gender-specific challenges faced by female refugees affected by wars and displacement.That’s according to a new report from Oxfam Canada, which takes a close look at how Canada provides international humanitarian aid and the gaps that exist when it comes to outcomes for women and girls in refugee situations.Canada has made great strides when it comes to making gender equality and feminism a key priority of its domestic and foreign policy agenda, but more can be done to help women being disproportionately affected by global crisis, the report says.“Currently, Canada’s international assistance funding is out of step with its ambition to be a world leader on gender equality and feminist aid and foreign policy,” the report states.“The fact that Canada’s international assistance spending is at a near historical low, merely reaching 0.26 per cent of gross national income, as compared to the UN aid target of 0.7 per cent, undermines its credibility and leadership on the international stage.”The study zeros in on areas where women in conflict zones are not getting the help they need or where efforts to improve gender equality in these areas are not being fully realized.Some of the findings are unsettling, including a statistic showing 25 to 50 per cent of maternal deaths in refugee camps are caused by unsafe abortions and related complications.This is due, in part, to a lack of adequate access to sexual and reproductive health services, which are often seen as a “second-tier” priority when people are forced to flee their homes due to conflict.“Our argument is that services are totally life-saving when you consider, for example, that last year 500 women and girls died during emergencies every single day from pregnancy and childbirth complications simply because sexual and reproductive health and rights weren’t a priority,” said Brittany Lambert, a women’s rights policy and advocacy specialist with Oxfam Canada.“These things should be prioritized from the very inception of these humanitarian responses and could save many lives.”Oxfam Canada also published findings last month following a series of interviews, focus groups and surveys of hundreds of women and men from the host and refugee communities in Bangladesh, suggesting Rohingya women and girls who survived genocide in Myanmar are facing new risks in refugee camps, notably when it comes to access to water and sanitation facilities.Some women are choosing to go hungry and thirsty and are restricting their children’s diets in order to limit their trips to these facilities to reduce risks of physical and sexual abuse and harassment, according to this research.The organization is calling on Canada to develop a 10-year plan to achieve the United Nations aid target of 0.7 per cent of national income.It also wants Canada to establish a dedicated pool of 15 per cent of all its humanitarian aid to be specifically earmarked to address the needs of women and girls.“Right now the way Canada’s funding system works is that humanitarian assistance is aligned with the global humanitarian system priorities, which are things like shelter, water, food — but gender is not one of those categories,” Lambert said.“Women’s needs can be inserted into these categories but there are really limited funding opportunities to actually undertake programming that address gender inequality as a main goal so that’s why we’re calling for a stand alone pool of funding where Canada could actually fund this kind of feminist programming.”In addition, Oxfam Canada says the Trudeau government should take firmer action to ensure weapons do not end up in the hands of those who commit gender-based violence.Several international aid agencies, including Amnesty International, have said loopholes exist in Canada’s arms export policy that would allow arms sales to the United States — weapons which could end up being transferred to countries that abuse human rights.The government has announced several measures aimed at championing women’s issues both at home and abroad, including launching a feminist international assistance policy and a national action plan on women and government. Canada also disbursed more than $68 million in humanitarian assistance to support sexual and reproductive health needs in 2017-18.In addition, Canada has committed to increase its foreign aid effort by $2 billion over five years, which will bring total assistance to nearly $6 billion by 2021, says Global Affairs Canada.“We agree with the report that we need to ensure that the voices of civil society partners and affected communities, particularly women and girls, are included throughout the humanitarian response,” said the statement from Global Affairs Canada.“That is why Canada expects its partners to directly consult affected communities, and ensure that women and girls, in particular, are involved in the design of initiatives and decision-making processes that affect their lives.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

Whats in a name How Canadas national birthday as we know it

first_imgMany hail July 1 as Canada Day, others may hearken back to when the nation’s birthday was labelled Dominion Day, and some may wish to ignore it altogether, just like those who refused to celebrate the country’s founding for the first dozen years of its existence.No matter the approach, the official celebrations of Canada’s creation are arguably more controversial than many realize.Matthew Hayday, a University of Guelph history professor who has studied the celebrations through the years, said squabbles over Canada’s birthday became mired in some of the hottest political issues in the country’s history and mirrored efforts to carve out a distinct national identity.“Canada Day … is part of a broader continuum of symbolic ways in which our national identity is presented,” he said. “It’s this long-simmering controversy that has attracted interest, and where people care about it, they can care quite passionately.”This year marks the 140th anniversary of a public holiday honouring Confederation, said Hayday, noting the festivities have evolved considerably from their earliest incarnations.No official celebrations took place during the first 12 years of Canada’s existence, he said, due in part to Nova Scotia politicians who felt they had been forced into Confederation against their will and believed July 1 ought to be treated as “a day of lamentation.”When Dominion Day was officially declared and made a public holiday in 1879, Hayday said it was done over the objections of a faction from British Columbia aggravated by the failure to complete a cross-country railroad.The earliest Dominion Day gatherings were grassroots affairs, he said, noting the federal government had no hand in the festivities.That did not change until 1958 when then-prime minister John Diefenbaker decided Ottawa should play a more direct part in the nation’s birthday.At the time, Hayday said calls had already begun to abandon the name Dominion Day and replace it with one that better reflected Canada’s growing autonomy from the British government. But while Diefenbaker may have been in favour of honouring Canada’s formation, Hayday said he had no interest in weakening ties with its imperial past.“From the end of the Second World War onwards, you had the Liberals doing things to subtly remove the word ‘dominion’ from various government institutions because ‘dominion’ was seen as being … a particularly British designation,” he said. “Diefenbaker was very pro-British, so celebrating Dominion Day was a way of celebrating that.”The earliest government-sponsored celebrations were relatively modest, Hayday said, noting events grew more elaborate throughout the 1960s. The government of Lester B. Pearson began incorporating more bilingual elements into the festivities, he said.The tide turned again in the 1970s, he said, as government celebrations grew more subdued and were eventually cancelled altogether in 1976.A shift in Canada’s political winds, however, re-energized efforts to commemorate Dominion Day when Quebec’s sovereigntist movement helped bring Rene Levesque to power later that year.“There’s a sense of panic that goes through official Ottawa about what’s going to happen to national unity,” he said. “They decided they needed to do some big, massive show.”A resulting four-hour broadcast, aired on nearly every television and radio station in the country, placed some Quebecois performers in the position of fending off criticism from residents who viewed them as betraying the separatist cause, he said.Even as Dominion Day festivities evolved, several politicians lobbied to see its name changed to Canada Day. Hayday said numerous bills were tabled only to be defeated or die on the order paper without undergoing debate.That changed in the summer of 1982, days after what would prove to be the final Dominion Day celebration.Hayday said 13 members of Parliament remained in the House of Commons one July day and began debating a private members bill tabled by Quebec Liberal MP Hal Herbert.“No one actually asked the Speaker of the House to verify that there was still quorum,” Hayday said. “Unless someone asks, it’s assumed that it still exists. But there was some doubt as to whether, in fact, there were enough members of Parliament in the House.”Undaunted, the MPs held first, second and third reading in a single day. While the bill did receive Senate scrutiny later that summer, it encountered no significant hurdles and became law later that year.The public holiday may now be officially known as Canada Day, but Hayday said changes to the federal festivities have been relatively subtle in recent years.One notable addition is a more culturally sensitive inclusion of Indigenous traditions, he said.Early performances featuring residential school students clad in kilts and playing bagpipes have been replaced by artists donning clothing of their choosing and performing in a variety of Indigenous languages.Anthony Wilson-Smith, chief executive of Historica Canada, said the colourful history that has shaped modern Canada Day celebrations has enhanced the country’s sense of national identity.Both he and Hayday acknowledge that many purists still prefer the Dominion Day concept, but Wilson-Smith is not among them.“There’s a virtue to simplicity,” he said. “The day is what it is — it’s the day we celebrate our country.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ED attaches Watali property in JK terrorfinancing case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has attached a property worth Rs 6.18 crore in Jammu and Kashmir belonging to a well-known associate of Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa, in connection with a terror-financing case, officials here said.The patch of land in Narbal, Budgam belongs to Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and his family members. He is currently under judicial custody in a case being investigated by the National Investigative Agency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED is pursuing the PMLA case based on a chargesheet filed by NIA, naming Saeed, Hizb-ul-Mujahiddin head Yusuf Salahuddin and others. According to investigations, during raids conducted at Watali’s cashier/accountant’s home, the agency recovered documents that revealed money trails originating from Saeed, ISI, and the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, officials claimed. The seized documents signed by Watali show that he was passing the funds along to Hurriyat leaders, separatists, and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KED has further alleged that Watali also received funds from Dubai through hawala operator Naval Kishore Kapoor, who is also one of the accused in the case. Watali is said to have received the money under the pretext of a lease agreement between his company Trison Farms and Construction Pvt Ltd and Kapoor, the agency said in a statement. ED had previously attached another of Watali’s properties in Gurugram, which was worth Rs 1.03 crore in he same case.last_img read more

UN gears up for discussions on firstever arms trade treaty

The priority given to the question of the weapons trade stretches back decades to the League of Nations, the forerunner to the UN, Ambassador Roberto García Moritán of Argentina, Chair of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), told reporters today.Currently, 80 per cent of the global trade in conventional weapons is dominated by a handful of countries, but with globalization, new producers are entering the market, with over 100 nations producing some type of weapons.“So the ATT is an effort to try to put a little bit of predictability into a very complex and sensitive issue,” Mr. García Moritán said at a press conference in New York.The ultimate goal, he added, “is to try to have common standards to be applied by all countries when they export or import weapons.”Article 51 of the UN Charter delineates that the world body’s Member States have the right to defend themselves against an attack. Countries can, therefore, purchase weapons for their self-defence and for their security needs, as well as in instances when they participate in UN peacekeeping operations.“What we have in the world is a situation that is quite different,” Mr. García Moritán said, with countries sometimes applying their own criteria in the sale of weapons.This can result in weapons finding their way to the illicit market and even in the destabilization of regions and countries.He acknowledged that “the ATT will not solve all problems,” but he expressed hope that the pact will pave the way for a “common responsible attitude from all States that produce or buy or import weapons.” 9 July 2010With the first round of United Nations-backed talks on a global, legally-binding treaty on the import and export of weapons set to kick off next week, the official chairing the discussions said today he hopes that the pact will be concluded in 2012. read more

Iraq after reporters murder UN envoy warns free press is vital for

More than 70 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the war began three years ago.“Journalists should be granted security and freedom of speech so they can perform their duties,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said, calling on Iraqi security authorities to fully investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators before the law.Prominent journalists killed over the last three weeks include Mohsen Khodeir, editor-in chief of the weekly Alef Baa, Amjad Hamid from Al Iraqia TV and Monsef Al Khaldi reporter at Baghdad Satellite TV.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom, also condemned the latest murders.“The level of brutality in Iraq has reached appalling proportions,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “It is essential for the consolidation of democracy and rule of law in Iraq that the authorities do all in their power to improve the safety of media professionals in the country.”In the latest of his frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world that he has issued in recent months, Mr. Matsuura today also condemned the murder of a Mexican freelance press photographer shot dead last week in the state of Michoacán.Jaime Arturo Olvera Bravo, a former correspondent for the Morelia-based daily La Voz de Michoacán, was shot by an unknown gunman while waiting for a bus with his five-year-old son. His son was not hurt. Mr Olvera provided photographs and crime tips to local media on a free-lance basis.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that four Mexican journalists have been killed in direct reprisal for their work in the last five years and that another reporter has been missing since last April and is feared dead. read more

Voula Delios killer found not guilty

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 36-year-old man responsible for stabbing Greek Australian shopkeeper Voula Delios 22 times, has been found not guilty of her murder on the grounds of insanity.The judge instead ordered that Daryl Royston Wayne Cook be held indefinitely in a secure mental health facility.Diagnosed with schizophrenia, the trial heard that Mr Cook was in the grips of a psychotic episode when the attack took place in July 2016.At the time, Mr Cook believed the North Hobart shopkeeper was a heathen that God wanted him to kill.“I dragged her behind some shelving so she wouldn’t be visible and someone would sound the alarm so I could take the cash as well. I went in there to hit the heathens and also to get some cash as well,” Mr Cook told police.He stole $300, which he spent on drugs.Mr Cook also revealed that Mrs Delios was not his only target, and that he intended to kill another person the next day. He admitted to having shaved his beard so that he wouldn’t be connected to the murder.According to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Daryl Coates and defence lawyer Rochelle Mainwaring, two forensic psychiatrists agreed that Mr Cook was so mentally unwell at the time, that he did not know that what he was doing was wrong.“The crime where Mrs Delios was brutally killed has no apparent sane reason,” Mr Coates told the jury.“Two eminently qualified psychiatrists have given evidence that the accused was suffering a mental illness — schizophrenia — that he was psychotic … incapable of rationalising what he was doing was wrong.“They are both very experienced experts in their fields and both have concluded that he had delusions and as a result of those he could not rationalise that what he was doing was wrong.“There’s absolutely no expert evidence to the contrary.”It took the jury almost four hours to find Mr Cook not guilty.The victim’s family were visibly upset following the verdict, reported the ABC, Mrs Delios’ daughter crying as she left the court.“She’s not going to come back no matter what the verdict is,” she said.last_img read more

Hop Onboard the Rickmobile This Summer for Rick and Morty Season 3

first_img After forcing us to suffer a cliffhanger and nearly two years of silence waiting for Rick and Morty season 3, Adult Swim is really trying to make it up to fans of the sad sci-fi sitcom. First was the surprise April Fool’s premiere and the nugget sauce meme it spawned. Then there was the excellent Rick and Morty VR game (so excellent Google has now purchased the developer Owlchemy Labs).However, the next Rick and Morty event might be the best, most elaborate yet. To celebrate the return of the brilliant, hilarious cartoon this summer, fans can check out the Rickmobile as it tours across the United States.Here it is. pic.twitter.com/Ppnowmyb2E— RICKMOBILE (@rickmobile) May 7, 2017Kicking off today in Atlanta, the “Don’t Even Trip Road Trip” will give fans the chance to buy unique Rick and Morty merchandise from dolls to shirts to bags. But the real draw is the store itself: the Rickmobile, a truck shaped like Rick Sanchez hunched down on all fours. It’s like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile but a drunk sociopath drawing.The Rickmobile will roll and roam throughout the summer, stopping all throughout major cities in the East and West coast as well parts of the Midwest, South, and Southwest. You can find more details on the site along with more photos of merch and the Rickmobile in action. The tour ends in October during New York Comic Con.And don’t forget, Rick and Morty returns to airwaves this summer, too, complete with co-creator/voice actor Justin Roiland getting increasingly wasted behind the microphone. The rest of the world may be collapsing, but when it comes to Rick and Morty, this summer we will be living in the best possible (non-Cronenberg) dimension. You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

Inzaghi stunned by Sampdorias late comeback

first_imgSimone Inzaghi has expressed shock over Sampdoria’s late equaliser suggesting it’s something he’d never seen in 25 years of football.It was the club’s fourth successive Serie A stalemate, but Ciro Immobile’s controversial penalty had completed the comeback to lead 2-1 at the 96th.However, Riccardo Saponara’s acrobatic flick sealed a last-gasp equaliser at the Stadio Olimpico.“There is a bitter taste in the mouth, as the statistics clearly show we dominated the match,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.“At times we weren’t particularly sharp, but the performance was strong. We should’ve just kept the ball in the final 90 seconds and it was a serious error to give it away.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I’ve never seen anything like it in 25 years of football, so this is a really strange sport. Sampdoria are strong and well-organised, but we deserved to win.”Lazio spent the last five days in a training retreat to better prepare for this game after recent setbacks.“This result holds us back, because we’ll get nowhere with draws. They used to say we never played draws, now we’ve had four in a row.“Conceding a goal like that is a serious error, but we have some experienced players and others not so much. It’s time now to recuperate energy and I want a good performance in the Europa League on Thursday.”last_img read more

Troopers Tentatively ID Truck Driver Involved In Fatal Rock Fall On Sterling

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享State investigators say that they have tentatively identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy, on the Sterling Highway. Troopers are requesting that anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the incident when it occurred and might have additional information to contact the Soldotna Post at 907-262-4453. The incident occurred in a construction zone, operated by Granite Construction between Mile 58 and Mile 79, that has many large vehicles moving in and out of the area. Granite officials wrote in a statement: “While the incident occurred within our project site, we are presently unaware that any of our equipment or personnel were involved. We are fully cooperating and assisting with the investigation. Out of respect for the family, we have voluntarily suspended night shift work on the roadway until Saturday night.” Jonathan Taylor, with the state Department of Public Safety in an emailed statement: “I can confirm that we have tentatively identified the truck and driver associated with the incident on the Sterling Highway. However, as those details have not yet been confirmed, I have no identifying information to release. Investigation remains ongoing.” The rock went through the windshield of the Hatchback and struck the middle backseat passenger, Noah Schwebach, 8 of Eagle River. Life saving measures were rendered but he succumbed to his injuries on scene. No one else in the Hatchback was injured. The accident happened around 1:23 p.m., yesterday, near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway. According to Troopers, a Volkswagen GTI Hatchback, occupied by a driver and four passengers, was traveling northbound when a volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck traveling southbound.last_img read more

Best horror movies on Netflix

first_imgSpring is going to be a great season for horror junkies! If you’re like me, you’re already patiently waiting for Jordan Peele’s latest film Us to hit theatres March 22. And you probably also have your calendars marked for April 5, when the newest adaption of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary releases. So to get you in the proper mood, here are all the spookiest, scariest and bone-chilling horror films currently on Netflix. Editors’ note: This guide contains movies with sexually explicit (or strong) language and imagery that aren’t suitable for readers under 18.  JawsMetacritic score: 87 Stream on NetflixHave you ever heard of Jaws? It’s a lighthearted romp about a misunderstood sea creature looking to enrich the lives of a his land-dwelling friends. Just kidding, it’s about a gigantic murdering shark. Spielberg’s jaw-clenching terror will have you thinking twice about swimming in your own backyard pool (let alone the ocean) ever again.I Know What You Did Last SummerMetacritic score: 52 Stream on NetflixThis teen slasher film wasn’t exactly ground breaking when it debuted in 1997. It’s a pretty obvious cash grab coming off the success of Scream, which was released the year before. But unlike Scream, which looks at the entire genre satirically, I Know What You Did Last Summer plays it straight. Still, it’s a pretty fun slasher film if you want to cuddle up under a blanket and go to town on a bowl of popcorn. And let’s not forget the greatest thing to come out of this film: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.’s love. More than twenty years later, they’re one of the Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples, having met during shooting. Hope isn’t lost, friends!Green RoomMetacritic score: 79 Stream on Netflix Green Room is a great horror film about a punk band that’s attacked by neo-Nazis after playing a gig. Patrick Stewart’s performance really makes the film, and quite frankly, he should play bad guys more often. It’s also one of the late Anton Yelchin’s last film performances. Definitely a worthy addition to add to your must watch list. The Haunting of Hill House*Metacritic score: Season 1: 79 Stream on NetflixThe Haunting of Hill House Steve Dietl/Netflix * Look, I already know what you’re going to say. The Haunting of Hill House is not actually a movie, it’s a TV series. And while you raise a valid point, I believe it would be a disservice to all the horror junkies reading this if I didn’t recommend The Haunting of Hill House. I failed twice at watching this show alone at night, and finally had to watch it during the day. It’s not only really scary, but this family drama is also fantastically well made and performed.  50 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Weird Halloween horror films and TV shows you may have overlooked Train to Busan (2016)  Metacritic score: 72  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon In this Korean zombie thriller, a man and his daughter are trapped on a train during a zombie outbreak. The rules of the world are clearly established, the zombie action is packed and the film includes some harsh socio-economic observations. Just because zombies are mindless doesn’t mean zombie films need to be as well. Creep (2014)  Metacritic score: 74  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon If you’re looking for further proof the Duplass brothers are actually evil, here’s an easy sell. Patrick Brice (also the director and co-writer) plays a videographer answering a Craigslist ad for Josef (Mark Duplass), who wants to make a movie for his supposed unborn child. I typically enjoy horror films that rely on performances to unnerve you, because they’re incredibly difficult to pull off. And I’ve got to give it to Mark Duplass. He is, in fact, super creepy. Oculus (2013)  Metacritic score: 61  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon A terrific November addition to Netflix’s horror bench, Oculus follows two siblings who believe an evil mirror murdered their parents a decade earlier. I first saw Oculus at a drive-in, and maybe it was just the spookiness of watching a film late at night in the middle of parking lot, but my expectations were met. Oculus has some solid jump scares and is one of the few “heart pumping” horror films on this list. The Invitation (2015) Metacritic score: 74  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon In The Invitation, Will (Logan Marshall Green) attends a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house and begins to believe something about the party is amiss. Maybe it’s just me, but I always find something sinister about a dinner party. Why does anyone need that much silverware? But I digress. The Invitation delivers on suspense, with a slow build that actually pays off. The Wailing (2016)  Metacritic score: 81  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon Anyone skimming this list looking for a truly exceptional horror film should stop here and go put on The Wailing. This dark Korean film about mysterious murders in a small rural village may be on the long side, but it’s an incredibly thoughtful tale about xenophobia. If you need a harder sell, I’ll just mention the warring shaman and assume you’ll now check it out immediately. hushHush Netflix Hush (2016)  Metacritic score: 67  Stream on: Netflix  This is probably the most under-the-radar film of on this list, but it’s absolutely worth your time. Co-writer Katie Siegel plays a deaf author living in isolation. One night a masked killer appears in her window and begins toying with her. At the very least it’s worth checking out if you appreciate the competence of director Mike Flanagan’s other horror films, which include Oculus and Gerald’s Game. Missing Scandal? 12 shows to stream on Netflix right now. Oscars 2018: 8 nominated movies you can watch on Netflix. 39 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Conjuring (2013) Metacritic score: 68  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon Folks who love classic, impeccably made horror films like The Shining or Rosemary’s Baby are always looking for the next iconic addition to the genre. The Conjuring is a strong contender for one of the best horror films this decade, with director James Wan consistently proving to be spine-tinglingly skillful. I was lucky enough to catch this one in theaters (where I watched from under my jacket), but I’m sure you’ll find it just as terrifying from your couch (while watching from under a blanket). Also, Annabelle. (This is me shuddering at my desk.) The Transfiguration (2016) Metacritic score: 65  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon Just give it five minutes, and I promise you’ll be hooked from the first scene. The film follows Milo, a teen obsessed with vampires, and his new friendship with Sofei. Michael O’Shea’s directorial debut moves at a slow, haunting pace and feels masterfully put together. Some might find the horror secondary to the powerful dark themes, but if Eric Ruffin’s portrayal of Milo doesn’t chill you to the bone there may be no hope for you. A Dark Song (2016) Metacritic score: 71  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon In some ways, A Dark Song is unlike any film I’ve ever watched. It follows a woman who recently lost her son and the occultist she hires to help her contact dark spirits. The two characters lock themselves in an isolated house for months performing repetitive, traumatic rituals. Both actors give raw, aggressive performances that anchor this chilling, must-watch horror film. Raw (2016)  Metacritic score: 81  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon After viewing this film, you might just have a new favorite female director in Julia Ducournau. Raw follows Justine, a vegetarian in her first year of veterinary school, who caves to peer pressure, eats raw meat and winds up with a rash all over her body. The film tackles questions of identity in a viscerally powerful and symbolic way, and is a must-see from Netflix’s indie bench. Netflix 1:05 TV and Moviescenter_img 3 tips to improve your Netflix experience Comments Tags Share your voice The House Next Door (2017)Stream on NetflixThis Tamil language horror film, also titled Aval, starts off in the romantic style of a Bollywood love story and then very quickly changes it’s tone to something dark and sinister. It stars the charismatic Indian actor, Siddharth, as a happily married brain surgeon with some interesting new neighbors. Netflix has it’s fair share of gruesome low-budget American horror films with production stills I can barely stomach looking at, so I’m always on the hunt for a more serious and well-made horror film to jump out in their catalog. I found The House Next Door to be just the film I was looking for. Veronica (2017)Stream on Netflix Veronica is a Spanish horror film about a 15-year-old girl who begins experiencing paranormal events after she and her friends conduct a seance with a Ouija board. The film is loosely based on a true story (if you believe that sort of thing). Also, it’s absolutely terrifying. I gave it a first watch it during the daytime while multitasking (a poor choice for a subtitled film, FYI) and yet the film kept demanding my attention. I just kept yelling “NOPE!” at my television. Good luck, friends. Maybe by next month I’ll be able to watch this one again in the dark, but I’m not counting on it.  The WitchMetacritic score: 83  Stream on NetflixIf you weren’t lucky enough to catch The Witch in theatres, at least you can finally check it out at home. For a first film, writer and director Robert Eggers knocks this one out of the park. Set in the 1600s in New England, The Witch follows a deeply religious family living alone near a forest after being kicked out of their Puritan settlement. Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance is an absolute must-see. the-witchThe Witch A24 The Nightmare (2015) Metacritic score: 68  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon Big red flag warning to the scream junkies, this isn’t your typical horror film. The Nightmare is actually a horror documentary that focuses on the experiences of eight different people who suffer from sleep paralysis. If you didn’t think a documentary could give you bad dreams, try watching a film about other people’s night terrors. Both the interviews and the recreations of what people experience during sleep paralysis are bone chilling.  Seven (1995) Metacritic score: 65  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon All right fine, it’s technically a crime thriller. But Seven (also know as Se7en, 7, or 6+1) is a truly freaky movie and a worthy addition to this list. David Fincher’s film follows two detectives as they investigate a serial killer targeting victims who embody the seven deadly sins. Visually, the film is fairly graphic and definitely not for the squeamish. Isn’t it time you finally found out the answer to the age-old question “What’s in the box?” The Ritual (2018) Metacritic score: 57  Stream on: Netflix  Horror junkies tend to be divided when it comes to big bads; some really appreciate the nuance of a metaphorical evil and others want a tangible creature to terrify them. (Feel free to debate among yourselves where non-corporeal ghosts land.) The Ritual uses that divide to its advantage, starting off with some intentional misdirection, and, without giving too much away, delivering a satisfying ending for actual monster lovers. Plus anything set in a forest is just super creepy, right? Dig Two Graves (2017) Metacritic score: 67  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon After her brother drowns, young Jacqueline is confronted by three strange men who offer to help bring her sibling back to life for a steep price. This eerie film weaves together the past and present and tells a chilling tale of family secrets and blood vengeance. Dig Two Graves is beautifully shot given its low budget, and a quick, easy watch. You can add it to the growing list of independent films that prove you don’t need jump scares to get that lurking, chilling feeling after you watch them. Beyond the Gates (2016) Metacritic score: 59  Stream on: Netflix | Amazon I don’t know when or where we’ll actually hit peak nostalgia. I’m not even sure it’s a threshold that can be reached. So you may as well enjoy this ’80s throwback, Beyond the Gates, which follows two brothers who’ve returned home to clean up their missing father’s VHS rental store. There, they find a VCR board game their father was playing before he disappeared. It’s a bit like Jumanji meets a neon-lit slasher film, though you might want to mitigate your expectations a bit. It’s not the best-performed horror film I’ve ever seen, but there’s a lot of violent bloody fun to be had. More streaming recommendations 6 Cord Cutters (OTT) Best Netflix documentaries Best Netflix shows How to stream every Marvel movie up to Avengers: Infinity War 2018’s hottest new sci-fi and geeky TV showslast_img read more