Rabat- After Moroccan maritime police stopped hundreds of Moroccans on Martil beach trying to leave for Europe, some protested to demand the right to migrate.When a migrant boat approached a beach in Martil, a town on the Mediterranean near Tetouan, on Saturday night, September 22, to pick up undocumented migrants hoping to leave for Europe, maritime police made a surprise appearance.A video of the incident shows migrants franticly making their way back to the shore to escape the authorities. Disappointed, many Moroccans wishing to migrate protested that night, chanting the slogan: “The people want free herga [irregular migration]!”Morocco has become strict with undocumented migration, especially in northern regions. Authorities in northern cities have deployed security barriers to stop irregular Moroccan migrants from leaving for Europe.According to a statement from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Rights (ONDH) on Monday, security services in Tangier and other northern cities and towns like Martil have arrested young Moroccans and sub-Saharans trying to escape to Europe.Authorities transported the migrants back to their home cities under strict supervision.“Hundreds of young people in Martil flood to the town’s shores with the hope of migrating irregularly across the Mediterranean,” ONDH emphasized.Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi has said that “at the end of August 2018, 54,000 attempts of emigration were aborted in Morocco [compared to] 39,000 during the same period of 2017.”Moroccans account for 13 percent of undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018 (7,100 Moroccans).The Spanish Ministry of Interior indicated that more than 250,000 undocumented Moroccans are currently living in Spain, with close to 5,000 identified as “unaccompanied minors.”
Davis + Henderson Corp. acquires U.S. bank software company for $1.2B by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Financial technology provider Davis + Henderson Corp. (TSX:DH) said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to buy U.S.-based Harland Financial Solutions for approximately US$1.2 billion in cash.D+H chief executive Gerrard Schmid said the deal gives the company the scope and scale needed to compete in the U.S. market.“It more than triples our U.S. customer base and expands our business into profitable and growing new areas of the U.S. fin-tech market,” Schmid told a conference call with financial analysts.“It rebalances our revenue geographically and by service line, providing a good boost to our strategic diversification efforts.”D+H said the deal for the financial services software company will give it access to 5,400 U.S. bank and credit union clients.“It delivers a solid financial return by materially increasing our revenues and earnings with good margins, is accretive and makes us more comparable to our U.S. publicly traded fin-tech peers,” Schmid said.Best known as a provider of cheques for bank customers, the company has been diversifying its business in recent years as its traditional cheque-printing business has come under pressure.HFS provides software and services that help banks with branch automation and business intelligence as well as loan compliance, loan servicing and risk management.“We are excited by the prospect of becoming part of D+H and believe that this transaction is right for both our customers and our employees,” said HFS chief operating officer Bill Zayas.The deal is subject to regulatory approval U.S. and other conditions.To pay for the purchase, D+H has signed an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters to sell nearly $400.2 million in subscription receipts and $200 million in convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.The company said a syndicate of existing and new lenders has also offered to provide funding for the acquisition.Earlier this year, D+H acquired full ownership of California-based Compushare Inc., as part of its strategic focus on financial technology services.Compushare uses online technology to assist financial institutions control costs and improve efficiency as they prepare for increased compliance requirements.Shares in D+H, which were halted pending the announcement, closed up 13 cents at $22.98 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.D+H is expected to release its second-quarter results after the close of markets on Aug. 7. read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWinston Brassington, Dr Ashni Singh charged with “misconduct in public office”April 12, 2018In “Court”UPDATE: “We will be vindicated” says Singh, Brassington on chargesMay 8, 2018In “Court”Charges against Brassington, Singh “trumped up”, “whimsical” – Dr RamsammyApril 13, 2018In “Court” Below is an opinion piece by former Government Minister Dr Lesile Ramsammy: Former Health Minister Dr Leslie RamsammyI stand with Dr Ashni Singh, I stand with Winston Brassington, I stand with all those who are being victimized, I stand against political victimization. I reject the policy of belittling political opponents. I will not let apathy be my solace. I will raise my voice to say unequivocally, political victimization is wrong.There can be no dispute, no vacillation, APNU+AFC is on a mission to harass, intimidate, embarrass, humiliate and victimize their political opponents and any citizen who dares to stand up and speak out. The charges of public misconduct against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, two dedicated and distinguished Guyanese public servants, are appalling, disgusting and nauseating. Parading them in handcuffs to dehumanize is the stuff of petty despots. Whatever may be our differences, whatever our political affiliation, our country’s freedom is far more precious than blind loyalty to a group of persons who blatantly disregard the civil liberties of citizens. We must stand up, we must speak out. Our rage must be evident, loud and unbending.Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant Pastor in Germany emerged as a formidable public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in various concentration camps. He believed that decent Germans, in particular, the leaders of the Protestant churches, had been complicit through their silence in the NAZI imprisonment, prosecution and murders and genocide of people. He wrote these famous words: First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.Niemoller’s words were a lyrical manifestation of the evils of apathy, arguing that the only way to stop evil is for the moral connectedness of people. Like it was during those brutal NAZI days in Germany, so it is today in Guyana, no time for decent people to opt for silence. The right thing to do now is to band together in collective rage.While President Granger and his Cabinet smiled with wicked glee as Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington were handcuffed and paraded through the prisoner’s chute, even after they had voluntarily entered the courtroom, clearly intending to embarrass, humiliate and dehumanize them, the majority of Guyanese people responded with absolute rage. Far from humiliating these distinguished Guyanese public servants, the standings of Ashni and Winston were elevated among their sisters and brothers. Granger and APNU+AFC took joy in treating Ashni Singh and Brassington as hardcore criminals, but in the eyes of a majority of Guyanese, they were heroes, holding high the badge of honor and courage.They are criminally charged for serving their country well, for doing their jobs. They are not charged for stealing any money or for gaining any benefits. This the prosecution has made clear. They are charged for public misconduct, APNU+AFC claiming they could have sold government properties for higher prices. If what they are charged with has any legitimacy, there are ministers in the present Cabinet even more guilty of public misconduct.Indeed, if these charges have any legitimacy, Carl Greenidge should be handcuffed and jailed. One example suffices here. Under Greenidge’s tenure, Demerara Woods was sold to Lord Beaverbrook, in February 1991 for £9.7 million. He also negotiated and obtained a 50-year lease for 1.1 million acres of rain forest. Just two months later, in April 1991, he sold his interests to United Dutch Company for £61 million worth of equity in that firm. The new entity was re-named Demerara Timbers Ltd. Even though Beaverbrook had up to mid-1992 not finished paying the Guyana government for Demerara Woods, he merged the enterprise into the giant United Dutch Company. This latter company took control of Demerara Timbers of which Beaverbrook remained a major shareholder. By 1992, United Dutch valued Demerara Timbers at £74 million!…The rainforest concession alone was estimated at between US$160 million to US$206 million.Between 1992 and 1997, Cheddi Jagan was under intense pressure to scrutinize transactions like the Demerara Woods sale. It was only one of a long list of questionable and obviously corrupt deals that also included the sale of GTT. But Cheddi insisted that we must not follow the example of pettiness and political victimization. He agreed there were pressing concerns and valid reasons to hold his opponents accountable. But his view was that we must turn to a new page, focus on economic and social welfare needs of our people, build a fee, democratic state and reduce poverty.Even for those who may still be strong supporters of APNU+AFC, it is time to draw a line and reject political victimization. For while today is for people like Ashni Singh and others, we do not know whose turn it might be tomorrow. Apathy might seem like a safe thing to many, but apathy only provides encouragement for our tormenters. Remember, evil is not simply because there are evil people, but mostly because good people remain silent. read more
This project will make the Xingfa sulphuric acid plant one of the largest in China. MAX3™ not only offers sulphuric acid plants savings in water usage, time and money, but it also allows them to recover more energy while achieving best-in-class emission levels, DuPont reports.Yidu Xingfa Chemical Co Ltd has awarded DuPont Clean Technologies contracts for the engineering and technology license for this sulphuric acid plant. Xingfa is expanding its existing site, located in the Hubei province near Yichang city, with the aim of roughly doubling the phosphate fertilizer capacity. The new MECS® MAX3 acid plant will process 1,200,000 t/y of sulphuric acid per year, as well as support the production of an additional 400,000 t/y of phosphoric acid, 400,000 t/y DAP and 35,000 t/y of potassium phosphate monobasic. The plant will enable the Xingfa site to meet or exceed the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection’s strict emission requirements which govern the location in the sensitive Yangtze river basin area. “DuPont Clean Technologies is very pleased to be providing its proprietary MECS MAX3 technology for Xingfa’s expansion project to enable the company to become one of the most efficient fertilizer producers in China. This MAX3 sulphuric acid plant is not only a significant step for both DuPont and Xingfa, but also for the sulphuric acid industry,” said Eli Ben-Shoshan, President of DuPont Clean Technologies, “Never before has sulphuric acid technology delivered more value to the end user. MAX3 not only offers sulphuric acid plants savings in water usage, time and money, but it also allows them to recover more energy while achieving best-in-class emission levels.” The MAX3 plant for Xingfa’s expansion project will have both high pressure and intermediate pressure steam generation that will be used to produce electricity and provide heat to the plant. The plant combines a suite of technologies, including two recent technology breakthroughs – SolvR® and SteaMax™ heat recovery – in a revolutionary simplified sulphuric acid flow scheme. The Xingfa configuration will produce more than 1.5 t of high pressure steam per t of acid, which is an increase of more than 25% over conventional acid plant technologies. SolvR® is the second-generation regenerative technology which demonstrated best in class SO2 emission abatement at the first commercial installation. MECS MAX3 technology is on the leading edge and further advances DuPont Clean Technologies’ commitment to delivering value to producers of sulphuric acid. This is the first time a sulphuric acid technology has been able to deliver this level of heat recovery, emission performance and favourable capital expense. Furthermore, MECS MAX3 acid plants are designed for a high on-stream time to avoid disrupting the downstream phosphoric acid production while also providing best in class SO2 emission abatement in compliance with local and country environmental requirements. read more
THREE WOMEN DRESSED up as nuns were caught at a Colombian airport trying to smuggle cocaine taped to their bodies, police said today.The women were caught Saturday after arriving on Colombia’s Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota.They thought the disguise would spare them from being searched. But their habits were shabby and the women acted nervously, which gave them away, said San Andres police chief Jorge Gomez.Each had two kilos of cocaine taped to their body.Every month Colombia catches dozens of people trying to act as drug couriers headed abroad, with cocaine hidden everywhere from inside books to inside their stomachs.- © AFP, 2013Read: Pfizer to officially sell Viagra on the internet to fight fake drugs > Read: Why is the US investigating added caffeine in foods? > read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Free meals for kids have helped one franchisor attract more customers as small businesses deal with the threat of falling sales. The 23-store, Greek food restaurant chain Souvlakihut has claimed a 14 percent increase in dining revenue following the introduction of a ‘kids eat free’ promotion in early January. Designed as a casual Greek restaurant, outlets offer take-away and eat-in services. In the past quarter, the dining-in component has risen from 26 per cent to 40 per cent of the revenue due to the ‘kids eat free’ promotion and the introduction of plates and cutlery. The business reported that the promotion lifted revenue 32.5 per cent, based on figures for three weeks from January 4 when the promotion was running in Victoria. This figure was benchmarked against average sales figures from stores that were open in 2007. Bill Fotiadis, who founded the franchise with his brother John in 2004 attributed the upturn to further differentiating the dining-in service from the takeaway service. Previous eat-in meals were served the same way as takeaway food but the franchise introduced plates and cutlery at the same time as the ‘kids eat free’ promotion.“Feedback from customers on the introduction of plate and cutlery is that they feel like they are having a proper restaurant meal at a fraction of the cost,” said John Fotiadis.But lower pricing has also played a role. The menu has been revised to offer six meals under $6. According to Bruno Ceraso, the franchise’s operations manager, research showed that restaurants offering meals costing more than $40 were finding it quite difficult.“Whereas what we are finding is quite a big increase in our dining. People can have that dining-out experience without the price tag attached to it.”Souvlakihut launched a $170,000 six-week television ad campaign created by Armchair Productions for the first time in January. “We feel quite positive up till June that things will remain as they are for us,” he said when asked about his outlook for 2009. Established in 2004, the company opened its 23rd outlet in Keysborough in late February but as a company store rather than a franchise outlet.After setting up the head office infrastructure and focusing on supporting new franchisees, a company site will allow the chain to test various concepts such as a casual Greek restaurant with a drive-through service.Turnover of the chain was $8.5million in the last financial year, when it only had nine stores. With the extra 14 this financial year, turnover is expected to be about $20 million, which does not include the distribution business which operates separately. There are 17 outlets in Victoria, four in Queensland and one in each Sydney and Hobart. Four more are planned for Queensland, three more in Victoria and one in each Canberra and Sydney, and possibly one in Launceston. Also under consideration is the possibility of taking orders online. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A looming shortage of teachers, large class sizes and a lack of teacher training are some chief concerns revealed by the staff in Australia’s Schools survey.Australian Education Union president Angelo Gavrielatos said the study showed Australia’s quality of education had been adversely affected by oversized classes.“This is the first time the SIAS survey has asked about class sizes, and we have discovered that class sizes in Australian primary schools are at an average of 24.5 students,” Mr Gavrielatos said.“But what is more concerning is that we have a situation where 40 per cent of primary school classes have 26 or more students,” he said. “This is far too high and makes it hard to provide students with the individual attention that they need and parents expect.” The survey covered about 20,000 teachers and school leaders from state, Catholic and independent schools across the country. read more
Fanatec sort le CSR Wheel et le pédalier Elite pour Forza 4 Volants et pédaliers de luxe spnt désormais en pré-commande pour les fanatiques de Forza Motorsport 4 sur Xbox 360!Avec la sortie de Forza 4 sur la console de Microsoft, Fanatec a sorti son CSR Wheel accompagné du CSR Elite pedals et du boitier de vitesse, appelé shifter. Et à fonction inédite (suivi de la tête du joueur par Kinect, par exemple), accessoire d’exception…Juste pour se plonger encore un peu plus dans la chaleur de la course.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Pour commencer, le CSR Wheel bénéficie d’une finition haut de gamme, avec une esthétique sobre. Le moteur du volant est situé dans sa base qui contient aussi un ventilateur. Paramétrable, vous pourrez notamment ajuster la rotation (de 90 à 900°), le retour de force, les vibrations, le mode drift (rotations violentes plus faciles). Vous pourrez y brancher également votre casque Xbox 360 pour dialoguer ou chambrer vos amis sur leur sortie de route !Du côté des shifters, en aluminium, vous aurez la possibilité de deux configurations: en H avec 6 vitesses (comme dans nos voitures citadines) et l’équivalent d’une boîte séquencielle (on pousse vers l’avant ou l’arrière pour changer de vitesse). Après, c’est une question d’habitude.Au niveau du pédalier CSR Elite, trois pédales (logique…) modifiables à l’aide d’un kit pour une configuration identique à celle des voitures monoplace. L’espacement des pédales est réglables, ainsi que la dureté et l’angle de celles-ci.Véritable Rolls de la simulation, la gamme CSR Wheel et les pédales CSR Elite demandent une adaptation tout de même assez longue afin de maitriser le matériel et de pouvoir performer lors des courses. Au démarrage, vos chronos risquent d’être plus proches de ceux d’une Twingo plutôt que ceux d’une Ferrari. Ces nouvelles gammes de Fanatec s’adresse donc aux amateurs de simulation auto qui compte investir beaucoup de leur temps…et de leur argent! Il faut savoir que le CSR Wheel seul (donc uniquement le volant) coûte la bagatelle de 539,95 euros (rendez-vous sur le site (lien non disponible) du fabricant). Avec le pédalier, cela représente un sacré budget etvotre salon ressemblera aux paddocks…A réserver aux pilotes hardcore! Les autres pourront toujours se rabattre sur une solution beaucoup plus adaptée que nous évoquions hier, ici même.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert read more
LG dévoile un écran de 25 pouces 3D Full HD LG a lancé la commercialisation au Japon du D2500N-PN, un écran de 25 pouces qui dispose de la technologie 3D autostéréoscopique.Prenant exemple sur l’écran de la Nintendo 3DS, LG a lancé un écran de PC de 25 pouces qui reprend la technologie 3D autostéréoscopique. Officiellement lancé au Japon, le LG D2500N-PN dispose aussi de la Full HD. Mais le must de ce produit reste la webcam qui suit en permanence le mouvement de vos yeux afin d’adapter automatiquement l’effet de profondeur. Plus besoin de rester fixe, l’écran se charge de tout, tout seul, note PC Inpact.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DNéanmoins, pour profiter de la 3D, il faudra quand même passer par la suite logicielle Tridef qui est fournie dans le bundle et qui permet de convertir automatiquement du contenu multimédia en 3D, tout en étant compatible avec plus de 500 jeux que ce soit avec une carte graphique d’AMD ou de NVIDIA. Côté technique, le D2500N-PN dispose d’une dalle TN qui affiche une définition de 1920×1080 pixels. D’après LG, la luminosité est de 250 cd/m² pour un taux de contraste de 1 000:1 mais une fonctionnalité permet de modifier ses deux paramètres pour les images en relief. En outre, il est équipé de deux entrées vidéo DVI et HDMI. Selon les informations données, le D2500N-PN sera disponible dès la fin février mais d’abord au Japon à un prix qui n’a pour l’heure pas été divulgué. Le 18 février 2012 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambert read more
11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History If there’s one thing I can say about Preacher it’s that it knows how to deliver its big moments. It’s getting to those big moments that it has trouble with. The second season concluded last night with an extended hour-and-15-minute episode. The extra length worked in its favor. It needed the extra time to finish all the storytelling the rest of this season forgot to include. The good news is there was absolutely nothing predictable. This show is best when it reminds us just how crazy it’s willing to be. When it’s able to keep surprising us with the places it’s willing to go. Last night’s finale certainly delivered that. As a matter of fact, the entire season did it much more consistently than the first. The other areas are where it dropped the ball.As finales go, this was about as strong as we could expect, given the episodes leading up to it. As we expected, the show was saving the biggest developments for this final episode. Thankfully, those developments played out in a way we didn’t see coming at all. Jesse’s story remains the strongest of the three, though only because that’s what the show spent the most time on. The finale opened with an extended flashback that served to set up the cliffhanger at the end as well as the story for next season. As a teenager, after being locked in an airtight container and held underwater, Jesse worked as a parking attendant for his grandmother, Marie L’Angelle. When two guys in a pickup truck come to collect the money, they nearly break Jesse’s arm. (Those two are T.C. and Jody, by the way. They’re going to be important next season.) Jesse gets so mad he kills a chicken, but feels bad about it. He takes the chicken to his grandmother, who… apparently can resurrect the dead in this version? Ok, sure.Jesse’s modern day arc was a lot of fun. In an update to the comic, Starr is trying to get Jesse to go viral so people might start worshiping him. He has Jesse speak to a Catholic school class that’s interrupted by vague Armenian terrorists. He tries to use The Word, but it isn’t working at all anymore. This all leads to a fun, stylish fight scene that reminds us why we keep watching this show. It may bungle its story sometimes, but the directors sure know how to shoot an action scene. Of course, it was all a set up by Starr, who just happened to capture the whole thing on his product placement smartphone. Jesse’s initially angry about that, but Starr gives him a reasonable explanation. Despite the horrific inbreeding, the Christ Child has name recognition. If Jesse’s going to compete for the title of Messiah, he needs to get famous fast. To that end, they have an appearance on Kimmel to get to. The show goes out of its way to name-drop Kimmel a few times, and yes, it’s funny every time.Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Pip Torrens as Herr Starr (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)The show does some good character work with Jesse in this episode. He was never all that comfortable with the idea of becoming the messiah, and you can see him grow even less comfortable as the episode goes on. Especially when he sees a baggage handler at the airport spontaneously start bowing down to him. You also have to love how clearly terrible Starr is. First, he makes Jesse read a speech about murder, rape, and incest to a bunch of grade school kids, which he’s clearly not happy about. Then, he includes “lesbianism” in that list of crimes. Starr never fails to be the absolute worst human on this show. It makes for a great villain, and he’s going to be around for a while. When Jesse hears Tulip’s been shot and leaves, Starr reveals he has part of Jesse’s soul. Could that be why The Word isn’t working anymore?Cassidy’s story also had a great ending, but the way it was handled in previous episodes lessened its impact a bit. For the last few episodes, Denis has been a vaguely menacing figure in the background. We knew he was up to something, but the show barely even hinted at what. Like it had more important things to focus on. Now, we find out that he’s going to blood play parties and killing people. He makes it harder for Cassidy to resist his vampiric urges, giving Cassidy nightmares about killing Tulip. In the end, Cassidy decides he has to destroy the monster he created. He shoves his son out the window in full daylight, and we see Denis burn to death. It was a shocking, gruesome end to the arc, but more build-up would have made it more effective. The finale had to do so much work to catch up to this point; it felt like it had to cram most of a full story arc into a single episode. By this point we should have been scared of Denis, or at least worried about the effect he had on Cassidy. Instead, we got one scene establishing that he’s bad and bad for Cassidy, then he dies.More build-up would have also made the fight between Jesse and Cassidy a bigger deal. When Tulip goes to say goodbye to her friend next door, she finally figures out that Featherstone and Hoover have been spying on them. Before she can do anything about it though, Featherstone shoots her. Jesse and Cassidy try to save her, but they don’t have any glue to close the wound, nor can Jesse use The Word to command her to breathe. Cassidy tries to turn her into a vampire to save her and Jesse kicks him off. The fight that follows feels like its there because it had to be. The show hasn’t done the necessary work of bringing the tension between these two characters to a breaking point. It’s a quick, in the moment fight that isn’t even all that fun to watch. Afterwards, Cassidy tells Jesse he hates him. That sure would mean more if the show spent any time getting him there.Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Tulip got the worst of it this season, and that continued all the way to the end. Remember all the great fight scenes she used to have? Where she would murder a dude with whatever object was lying around? Where was that Tulip all season? She spent most of her scenes staring into space or being the damsel in distress. It sucks to see the show do that to such a cool character and I really hope they got it out of their system for next season. She’s dead now, which is how the show is getting Jesse to go back to Angelville. He’s going to ask his grandmother to resurrect her. Because again, I guess that’s something she can do on this show. It works. It’s a little contrived, but it gets him there. Hopefully Zombie Tulip remembers how capable she used to be.Preacher’s second season started out incredibly strong. It was fast, funny, bloody, scary and truly messed up. It was everything you wanted from Preacher. Then, they got rid of the Saint of Killers and everything ground to a halt. There were individual episodes that rose above the rest. Starr’s intro was great, as was the gleefully blasphemous Humperdoo episode. For the most part, it felt like Preacher had no idea where it wanted to go or which story it wanted to tell. It did pull things out in the end, because that’s what it’s good at. Even Eugene’s meandering season-long Hell escape arc had a fantastic conclusion. Casual Charon was hilarious, almost as funny as “chill” Jesus. Hell feeling like it can do whatever it wants in God’s absence is interesting enough that I’d like to see more of the idea in season three. And of course, after going all the way in giving Hitler a happy Hollywood redemption arc, he turns out to be just as big an asshole as you’d assume. He abandons Eugene the first chance he gets. Never. Trust. Hitler. Next season, he’ll be running (well, limping, he did get hit by a car) around the modern world. Though, reading Twitter the last couple days, would anyone even be able to tell?Will Kindrachuk as Young Jesse (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Preacher always pulls off its big moments well. It’s the small threads that connect those big moments that it has trouble with. I’m not worried about the show pulling off anything it set up in the finale. Next season’s premiere will have almost certainly have Marie L’Angelle, T.C. and Jody, and Herr Starr holding Jesse’s soul hostage. It’ll be exciting, funny, disgusting, everything we want out of Preacher. It’s how long they can keep that going after next year’s premiere I’m not as sure about.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target read more
Watch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital Canon Square Enix is an incubator for some of the most iconic franchises in RPG history — Final Fantasy of course, but also Dragon Quest, and dozens more. But one of the company’s biggest hits came out of an unlikely experiment in fusing their overwrought storylines with the iconic cartoon characters of Disney. You got it: we’re talking Kingdom Hearts, which bursts back into our lives with a new game this week.So how did this unlikely cross-over become one of Square Enix’s biggest cash cows? Let your humble Geeksplainer walk you through it.What Is Kingdom Hearts?Released in 2002 for the PS2, Kingdom Hearts is an action role-playing title in the vein of Fable or the modern Legend of Zelda series, in which the player controls a spiky-haired anime protagonist as they battle against shadowy creatures called the Heartless. Sounds pretty normal, right? Here’s the twist: the worlds that the characters venture through, the companions they meet and the foes they fight are all taken from the animated films of Disney and the previous games of Squaresoft. Before Smash Bros. took fanfic to fighting games, Kingdom Hearts did it for RPGs.After the runaway success of the first game, the franchise grew. In between “main series” titles, of which there have been three on current-gen consoles, there have been a bunch of spin-offs and side stories on portables like the DS, 3DS and PSP, as well as remixes of those games for consoles.How Did It Come To Be?A crossover between two massive media companies doesn’t come easy, but the origins of Kingdom Hearts stem from a casual conversation in an elevator. For some time, Disney’s Japanese offices were in the same building as Squaresofts, and one day producer Shinji Hashimoto was riding the lift with a Disney exec. The pair got to talking, and Hashimoto started connecting some dots in his head. He’d been working on a concept for an open world action game like Super Mario 64 but was stymied by the task of coming up with iconic, recognizable characters to use in it.Square put a pitch together after the elevator meeting, and to their surprise Disney bit. Character designer Tetsuya Nomura was tapped to direct the new game, which was tentatively named after Disneyland’s newly-opened Animal Kingdom theme park. The House of Mouse has notoriously been very protective over their IP and reluctant to let outside creative hands meddle with it, so Squaresoft worked tirelessly to hew very close to the source material. But that sparked some dissent internally — the company’s grand master of RPG design, Hironobu Sakaguchi, warned Nomura that he needed to infuse the work with a deep plot that would appeal to adults as well as children.It worked. Upon release, KH was a massive hit, with many reviewers preferring it to the company’s Final Fantasy X. The smooth, simple combat mixed with plenty of Disney fanservice and propulsive narrative led the game to sell over 5.6 million copies worldwide. Sequels and spin-offs for multiple platforms soon followed, culminating in 2019’s hotly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III (available on Amazon on Jan. 29).Can You Explain The Plot?I… I can. It’s not going to be a smooth ride, though. JRPGs are notorious for convoluted narratives, and when you have a series like Kingdom Hearts with a dozen games and remixes in it, keeping everything straight is tricky. But here’s the gist:A mystical species called the Heartless are seeking to destroy various alternate worlds. Only a magical weapon called a Keyblade can defeat them and seal the keyholes that they enter through. The original Keyblade was a magical artifact that protected the linked worlds, also called Kingdom Hearts. But when that blade shattered, it split into pieces dark and light. The dark formed the Heartless and the light became the spirits of the Disney Princesses.You with me so far? OK. The main bad guy is a dude named Xehanort, who is trying to create a new Keyblade. In his quest, he gets split into two beings, Ansem and Xemnas, who both launch their own evil plots. They’re aided in this by a variety of Disney villains.Now for the good guys. The main series protagonist is Sora, who gets swept up in the adventure when the Heartless invade Destiny Island and kidnap his friend Kairi. That takes him to Traverse Town, where he meets King Mickey and his two main companions, Goofy and Donald Duck. After a series of adventures, we learn that Sora is carrying Kairi’s Princess Heart, and when he uses the Keyblade to remove it it transforms both of them into “Nobodies” — humans who have had their hearts removed. Sora becomes Roxas for a while, then gets better to battle Xemnas and his “Organization XIII” group.And then there’s Riku, who is a friend to Sora and Kairi at the beginning but is corrupted by Ansem in the first game and spends the next one and some of the spin-offs finding himself.After beating Xemnas, he and Ansem re-integrate into Xehanort who is back on his BS for KH III, attempting to “balance light and darkness” to gain ultimate power as Sora and crew try and stop him.I left a lot out here but those are the broad strokes.Why Is It So Successful?Of all the major content creators in the universe, Disney has had pretty great luck with licensed video games. Think about the great Sega Genesis platformers like Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, or the extremely ambitious Disney Infinity. When you get the chance to play with some of the most iconic brands in the world, you go all out.That’s because the company has a notorious reputation for quality. Nobody wants to be the guy who made a crappy Disney game. And, especially in the early 2000s, Square Enix had a rep for never releasing a game before it had been polished to within an inch of its life. So when the first Kingdom Hearts dropped, it satisfied both companies’ fan bases. JRPG fans got the dynamic combat, complex storytelling and diverse worlds they expected, and Disney lovers got the fan service of seeing all of their favorite characters in full 3D in a way they never had before. It was win/win for both teams.Before Kingdom Hearts, Japanese game development and Western cultural content seemed separated by an imposing wall. But the success of the game helped prove that we were truly living in a world where these barriers were less and less meaningful, and that was a pretty big deal.What Can You Expect In Kingdom Hearts 3Square Enix announced they had begun development on Kingdom Hearts 3 in 2013, so you bet your ass there’s a lot of stuff in this game. It’s being advertised as the end of the Xehanort saga, but you’re crazy if you think that everything will be wrapped up in a nice and tidy package.The series’ traditional three-person parties have been expanded — now in addition to Sora, Donald and Goofy you can be accompanied by two more AI fighters. The combat is faster and flashier, with more moves and specials added to the button-mashing basics. Powerful “Attraction Flow” moves work like summons, letting you harness the power of iconic Disney rides to bash the Heartless.The game has eight Disney worlds, based on Hercules, Frozen, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Monsters Inc. and Winnie The Pooh. Expect a bunch of mini-games as well as an excuse to shove even more franchise characters into the mix.The game is said to have 80+ hours of content, with the main quest itself taking 40-50 hours. That’s a pretty good bang for your buck, all things considered.Get Kingdom Hearts III at Amazon More on Geek.com:Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Face Your Fears and Listen to the ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Theme SongRemember, Mickey Mouse Is in ‘Kingdom Hearts’ Stay on target read more
During this tough transition period at Manchester United, Gilberto Silva explains how much Fred might struggle under the new manager.Now that Jose Mourinho is long gone from Manchester United, Brazilian Fred has a whole new challenge ahead of him and agent Gilberto Silva is obviously rooting for his client to overcome this situation.As manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes control of the squad, Silva reckons that Fred will have to make an extra effort that will ensure him a future at Manchester United and he can take that ‘flop‘ stigma off his back.“The fact that he is not playing makes him anxious, but what I say to him is that he must keep working hard on a daily basis, he should be patient because the club is going through a delicate moment,” said Silva to The Telegraph.“Many things have happened to him in six months. A new lifestyle, a different league and a historic club with the grandeur of United that are going under a lot of pressure.”“Perhaps this pressure impacts on him as well. In spite all of that, he sees everything as a learning process.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But there is no chance of him leaving United. He has a five-year contract. It is not because the first six months were not good enough that he is willing to leave – or even after one year.”” Obviously when you don’t play too much it is worrying because you want to show your quality. Although from the outside view it seems there is tension regarding him not playing that much, his work on a daily basis has been good,” he concluded.Man Utd outcast Fred meets advisor Gilberto Silva for crisis talks after losing starting spot under Jose Mourinho ~ https://t.co/ATF8xGcqTU pic.twitter.com/UCnBXPsLTG— Automatic Blogging (@MyAutoBlogging) December 10, 2018 read more
CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: All the big Google news from CES 2019 Acer’s new 315 is one of the first Chromebooks to run an AMD processor. Sarah Tew/CNET Google was as visible as any company at CES in 2019, with loads of promotion, integrations with other companies and product announcements of its own. Its Chrome operating system got some love, too, featured in a handful of new laptops and convertibles from Acer, Asus and HP.Marking one of the most significant milestones for the operating system in years, AMD announced that it has retooled two of its A-series processors to run Chrome OS. This will give Intel some real competition in the low-price Chromebook market for the first time — and offer consumers more choices, and perhaps lower prices, for Chromebooks in 2019. Post a comment Acer’s Swift 7, Chromebook 315 break new ground at both… HP brings AMD to Chromebooks Asus refreshes its bestselling Chromebook convertible… Acer’s $280 Chromebook 315 also runs on an AMD chip Acer The Chromebook 315 is based closely on what used to be the least expensive 15.6-incher in Acer’s Chromebook lineup, the Chromebook 15. That particular model features an Intel Pentium processor and starts at $400. The Chromebook 315, equipped with a seventh-gen AMD A-series processor and Radeon graphics, shaves $120 off of that — for a starting price of $280. (Converted, about £220 or AU$395.) It’s coming in February.Read: Acer unveils its first AMD-powered Chromebook The company also announced four other Chromebooks designed expressly for the classroom:Chromebook Tablet CT100, which features a 9.7-inch QXGA touchscreenChromebook C204, an 11.6-inch clamshell model, and the Chromebook Flip C214, its rugged convertible counterpartChromebook C403, a 14-inch clamshell Now playing: Watch this: Laptops Operating Systems 1:09 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2018 12:08 1:26 Now playing: Watch this: Asus overhauls its best-selling convertible Chromebook Big shoes to fill: the Chromebook Flip C434. Sarah Tew/CNET On the higher-end of the market, the Flip C434, starting at $569, replaces Asus’s Chromebook C302 — a breakout hit that’s currently the top-ranked bestseller in Amazon’s two-in-one category. With a new brushed aluminum design, the Flip now has a 14-inch FHD display, twice as much RAM and storage as its predecessor — and more powerful Intel processor options. Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice As a whole, the Chromebook category has made serious strides over the past two years. While once a lackluster option for classrooms and the extremely budget-sensitive, improving hardware and access to Android apps via the Google Play store have now made Chromebooks a valid option for work and entertainment. There remain exceptions, of course: If you’re into serious gaming, video editing or other hardware-intensive tasks, you’ll still need a machine running Microsoft Windows or Apple’s MacOS. But for the vast majority of people, Chromebooks are a totally viable option. They’re more than sufficient for basics like email, getting on the internet, creating documents or working with spreadsheets — especially if you’re already using Google apps. And whether you’re looking for an ultraportable, convertible or traditional laptop, there are lots of solid Chromebook options in the $300 price range and some exceptional ones in the $500 to $600 range.Here are the Chromebook highlights from CES 2019: You can now get AMD-powered ChromebooksAMD President and CEO Lisa Su. James Martin/CNET Though it wasn’t the main focus of AMD’s first ever keynote at CES, the company’s President and CEO Lisa Su did spend some time discussing the company’s partnerships with Acer and HP for the first crop of AMD-powered Chromebooks. To start, two retooled A series processors will match up against Intel’s competing Celeron and Pentium models. Read: AMD gets serious about Chromebooks at CES 2019 With AMD chip on board, the HP Chromebook 14 starts at $269 Sarah Tew/CNET One of the world’s first AMD-powered Chromebooks, the HP Chromebook 14 comes equipped with an A4 or A6 CPU with integrated Radeon R4 or R5 graphics. Otherwise, the specs are pretty pedestrian — 14-inch display, 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage (plus a built-in microSD card slot). But, whew, that starting price of $269 shows how AMD will be turning up the heat on Intel in 2019. Read: HP’s first AMD Chromebook lands at CES 2019, coming in January for $269 0 2:05 AMD CES Products Acer Asus Chrome OS Google HP Intel MacOS Mojave Windows 10 read more
Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week With over 8 million books sold, a heaping pile of fan-fiction, a television series, LARP’s across the world, a collectible card game, and some of the best video games you will ever play; Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption and Hunter: The Reckoning, the world that White Wolf had built for itself was unlike anything anyone had ever seen, let alone played in the 1990s. Directed by award-winning Giles Alderson (The Dare, The Heart of the Forest), World of Darkness: The Documentary has finally been released to the masses and explores the evolution of the series in the most cohesive way possible. Here you will witness the rise, fall and resurrection of one of gaming’s most popular role playing games and how White Wolf influenced modern vampire culture as we know it. One thing I absolutely adored about this documentary was that it really takes a look from the outside in as to what was going on when White Wolf sold its entire legacy to a gaming company and what went on during that time when all hope felt lost. For as long as I can remember, Dungeons & Dragons ruled the role-playing landscape. If you played any sort of tabletop game, it usually involved wizards, elves, dwarves, and rangers taking down a giant fire breathing dragon. I had an alright time playing these games, but it never quite grabbed me as much as this dark and sinister role-playing game I discovered in the back of my local comic book store in the early nineties. The cover was simple; a red rose laying on a green marble background with the words Vampire: The Masquerade strewn across the top. Once I opened the book and read that this was a modern day role-playing game centered around a fictional world where monsters exist, I instantly fell in love with The World of Darkness. Stay on target The game doc’s evolution and worldwide popularity is told through notable celebrities including White Wolf founders, Mark Rein-Hagen and Stewart Wieck, alongside Vampire: The Masquerade artists, Andrew Greenburg, Justin Achilli and Tim Bradstreet. Supporting interviews come from worldwide fans and their fan clubs that also assisted in the involvement of the franchise into the true phenomenon it is today.You can find World of Darkness (89 min.) from DarkCoast streaming on various VOD platforms (like Amazon) right now just in time for the Halloween season!More Horror on Geek.com:Halloween Horror Nights 28Scariest Goosebumps EpisodesAn Upside-Down Look at Halloween Horror Nights 28 read more
Tags: CLIA, Trend Watch Travelweek Group Tweet WASHINGTON — More than half of travellers say they intend to take an ocean cruise, and soon, with eight out of 10 (80%) of those saying they will board a cruise ship in the next 12 months, according to CLIA’s first Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook of 2017.Cruise popularity is on the rise amongst consumers and there is a surge of interest in cruise travel, says CLIA. Nearly two-thirds (64%) said their overall awareness of cruise vacations had improved within the last two years. Within the last four months alone, 30% said their awareness of cruising and ship-based excursions had “increased greatly” compared to a year or two ago.An overwhelming majority of travellers also had a positive attitude toward cruising, with only 6% of responders expressing unfavorable attitudes toward cruise vacations, down from 11% four months ago.The number of vacationers who are interested in taking a cruise vacation is up to 63%, with 50% of travellers saying they have a solid interest in ocean cruising, and 30% indicating interest in river cruising.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”J.D. Power conducted the North America Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook for CLIA via web-based surveys in August and December 2016 targeting 500 consumers who earn more than US$50,000 annually and had taken a vacation within the past three years.“The first installment of the Cruise Industry Consumer Outlook is vital in keeping the cruise industry abreast of consumer attitudes and behaviors, allowing the industry to continue to evolve in a direction that is appealing and beneficial to would-be and current cruise travellers,” said CLIA’s President and CEO, Cindy D’Aoust. “Each installment will help the industry, as well as cruise travel agents, continue to adapt business practices and offerings to coincide with the desires of travelers and propel the cruise industry forward.”The survey also found that travellers believe cruise vacations are good value with over half (67%) of travellers saying they believe that cruising offers a high value experience for the money, whereas 47% said the same for land-based vacations. Cruise line execs are often quoted as saying their biggest competition isn’t other cruise lines, but land-based vacations especially all-inclusive resorts. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 Cruise value winning out over land-based vacations: CLIA survey read more
“Enemies of progress in Limón prevented the public hearing ordered by the Sala IV for the construction of a new dock. Limón does not deserve such treatment!” the president tweeted. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís administration, striking dockworkers at loggerheads over port concession Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned Hurting the bottom line: Delays from dock strike have impact on business Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks Construction of a new cargo dock in the Caribbean port of Moín faced yet another delay over the weekend when union members disrupted a public hearing to discuss details of the project with local residents and dock workers. The meeting was suspended for a second time in less than two months.The National Technical Secretariat of the Environment Ministry (SETENA) convened the first town hall meeting to discuss an environmental feasibility study on Nov. 9. Rioting by members of the local dock worker’s union (SINTRAJAP) forced the suspension of that meeting, which was attended by residents and workers of the Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA).A few days later, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) ordered a second hearing, which was scheduled for last Saturday.According to union leaders, someone turned off the microphone while SINTRAJAP spokesman José Luis Castillo was speaking. SINTRAJAP members responding by hurling plastic bottles. SETENA had had enough and cancelled the rest of the event.Castillo denied that members of his group threw objects.“There was jeering, but I didn’t see any object-hurling,” Castillo told The Tico Times.Workers also said they were upset that representatives of the Dutch company APM Terminals and municipal officials did not attend.APM Terminals Communications Manager Rogelio Douglas said ATM representatives were at the hearing.“For reasons beyond our control, SETENA decided to end the public hearing on January 25, 2014. APM Terminals respects, above all, the principles of safety and integrity of individuals, so we will wait for SETENA and all other relevant agencies’ indications on what is next in this process,” Douglas said in a company statement.The statement also indicated that APM Terminals Legal Manager Flemming Falkentoft and Environmental Manager Sylvia Gamboa attended the hearing “along with the full staff of experts from the Tropical Science Center, responsible for conducting the environmental impact study for the project.”In addition to scuffles at the meeting, SINTRAJAP members on Saturday also blocked docks and prevented at least seven ships from transferring cargo, Repretel reported.Last year, government officials expected work on the $1 billion project to begin in March. They are now concerned that further delays could expose the country to breach-of-contract sanctions.Last weekend’s delay also means the project – which many consider crucial for Costa Rica to remain competitive – will not begin before President Laura Chinchilla leaves office on May 8.On Saturday Chinchilla condemned the union’s actions on her Twitter account: Enemigos del progreso en Limón, impiden audiencia pública ordenada por Sala IV para construcción de nuevo puerto.¡Limón no merece ese trato!— Laura Chinchilla M. (@Laura_Ch) January 25, 2014 read more
In the two games since his return, Newton has run for 63 and 51 yards, respectively. And while Wilson gashed the Cardinals for runs of 55 and 22 yards and Kaepernick had runs of 30, 19 and 15 yards, Newton’s longest run from scrimmage this season is modest by comparison: 22 yards.“I’m not really worried about what (the Cardinals) have planned (defensively),” he said. “I just have to be ready for what they have planned. That’s been my outlook for each and every week. I know they’re going to have some type of gidget or gadget that’s going in this week … but my thing has been just take what the defense gives me. If they give me the run, I’ll take the run. If they give me the pass, I’ll take the pass and do exactly what Coach (Ron Rivera) tells me to do.” Newton struggled in his most recent appearance against the Cardinals, losing a 22-6 decision at University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 6 last season. Yes, he threw for 308 yards and had four carries for 25 yards, but he also was intercepted three times, fumbled once and sacked seven times — which, at the time, was the most by the Cardinals since 1987.After watching film, Newton said he doesn’t see much difference in that Cardinals defense and the 2014 version. TEMPE, Ariz. — To say the Arizona Cardinals have struggled against mobile quarterbacks would be an understatement.Russell Wilson accounted for 427 yards of offense, while Colin Kaepernick totaled 267 in helping lead Seattle and San Francisco, respectively, to wins over the Cardinals in the final two weeks of the regular season.Even worse, the Cardinals (11-5) now to get face Cam Newton, who may not be as fleet-footed as the aforementioned QBs, but is bigger and stronger and just as elusive. 0 Comments Share “I see a lot of guys flying around, a lot of playmakers and a lot of talent on the field,” he said. “They may have the best secondary we may face all year. It’s one of the top secondaries in the league. It’s a credit to great coaching and great talent and those guys believing in the system. But it’s going to come down to which team executes the best and has the most fun.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Might the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton expect similar success as Wilson and Kaepernick when he and the Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) host the Cardinals in an NFC Wild Card game Saturday?“Well, there are obviously some things we’re looking at in those games,” he said during a conference call with Arizona reporters this week, “but nothing too much because we run completely different styles of offense. But, from watching game and game and game of film, hopefully we’ll get some type of keys or clues or try to home in come Saturday.”Newton, 25, doesn’t run the ball as much as he used to. The former No. 1 overall pick rushed for 539 yards this season, which was the second-best mark on the team, but the lowest output of his career. He missed two games because of injuries, including Week 15 after he suffered two fractured bones in his lower back in a car accident.“It wasn’t one of my best days, but the best thing that I got from it was that I was safe and nothing really permanent came from it,” Newton said of the Dec. 10 accident. He later added, “I’m lucky to be alive. When you look at an event like that, of course, it scares you for the time being. But, good thing I was all right.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires read more
Montage Laguna Beach continues its latest series of insider wine tastings and seminars in The Loft Bistro at the oceanfront resort, offered Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m. December through July.WHO: All wine lovers welcome.WHAT: The Artistry Of Wine is an exciting wine education series that features tastings of different varietals and vintages from wine regions around the world. Seminars and tastings led by Montage sommeliers focus on wine themes ranging from “New Horizons” to “French Showcase.”A program calendar is included below.WHEN: Sundays, December 20, 2009 – July 25, 2010, 2 – 4 p.m.WHERE: The Loft Bistro at Montage Laguna Beach 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CAWHY: Montage’s talented team of sommeliers want to share their enthusiasm for wine in a relaxed comfortable environment.HOW: $35 per person, space is limited. To reserve, please call 949-715-6420.JANUARY 10 New World Fruit and Spice Australia has taken the Syrah grape and renamed it Shiraz. 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Delight in an assortment of sparkling wines from Champagne to Tasmania.FEBRUARY 7 No Tasting, Superbowl SundayFEBRUARY 14 No Tasting, Valentine’s Day/President’s DayFEBRUARY 21 Spanish Reds – New Wines from Old Vines Modern techniques, new winemaking talent and seriously old vines combine to make Spain the country to watch in the coming years.FEBRUARY 28 White Burgundy, North to South Explore the white wines of Burgundy from North to South, and experience what these winemakers already know – real estate can mean everything.MARCH 7 Red Burgundy, North to South Join us as we examine the red wines of Burgundy, and see how the soils of the different villages can produce subtle and not-so-subtle differences in the wines.MARCH 14 What’s in a Name? Blends, Part 1 Bordeaux, Claret, Meritage: What do these wines have in common? Examine the various expressions of the Cabernet- and Merlot – based blends throughout the world.MARCH 21 Zinfandel, An American Immigrant Zinfandel is a unique American grape with roots as deep as the vines themselves. Allow us to showcase some of the finest examples crafted in the hills of California and compare them to Primitivo, the grape’s European forefather.MARCH 28 Rhône and the Rhône Rangers – Blends, Part 2 The Rhône Valley is the motherland of many grape varietals and wine styles. Enjoy some of these classics and explore how and where these grapes and styles have emigrated elsewhere in the world.APRIL 4 No Tasting, Easter SundayAPRIL 11 I Drank What? – Blends, Part 3 You’ve tried the classics. Now experience some examples of blends from cutting-edge winemakers who play their own rules with great result.APRIL 18 Wines of Alsace – Rich and Aromatic Whites Chardonnay isn’t the only grape variety with incredible complexity. 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