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  •  IT S hard to believe it s been 18 years since Nanny McPhee The wickedly charming film starring Emma Thompson as a hag like nanny with magical powers has become a cult classic loved by kids and adults alike Nanny McPhee s mission is to reign in seven brattish children after their widowed dad Cedric Brown played by Colin Firth reached breaking point Here we take a look at where the child actors who played the Brown kids are now Sneaky Eric was played by then 10 year old Raphael Coleman Afterwards he went on to star in the horror film It s Alive in 2009 and won best young actor at the British Independent Film Festival in 2010 He gave up acting and studied a degree in zoology at the University of Manchester Tragically he died in February 2020 aged 25 after collapsing from heart failure while out jogging on a trip away He was reportedly exercising as part of a training to stop animal poaching Raphael was a passionate climate activist and a vocal member of Extinction Rebellion where he went by the name Iggy Fox and controlled its social media On his website he described himself as a twenty something zoology graduate travelling the world on a shoestring budget working with wildlife and exploring wildernesses She played Chrissy in Nanny McPhee but Holly is just as famous for her recurring role as creepy Milly in The Story of Tracy Beaker The daughter of former actress Claire Toeman she went on to star in Teensville on the BBC about the Jewish Bar Mitzvah celebration The glamorous 25 year old studied Art at Central St Martins in London and specialised in sculpture but later decided it wasn t for her She s now keen to pursue writing and is also a TikTok star with 36 000 followers where she pokes fun at her one hit wonder acting career Cute Lily Brown who told Nanny McPhee her name was Knickers O Muffin is the family bookworm She was played by Jennifer Rae Daykin now 28 who has seemingly stepped away from the limelight She featured in The Catherine Tate Show in 2006 as Chloe and a short film and studied drama at Loughborough University Jennifer currently works as an operations manager at a VR company and shares snaps of herself enjoying music festivals and dog walks on Instagram Chrissy s cute twin brother Sebastian was played by Samuel Honywood who these days looks unrecognisable He had another couple of roles in TV movies but appears to have left acting behind Now 26 Samuel studied real estate management at Oxford Brookes University before taking time out to go travelling sharing photos of his trip to Thailand on social media He s also tried his hand at DJing using his surname as his monicker According to his Linkedin profile Samuel works as a surveyor for The Office Group a company which manages workspaces across the UK and Germany After playing Tora Eliza has continued acting and has a string of film and TV credits to her name She landed her first role aged nine in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2002 Following Nanny McPhee she s appeared in the sitcom Plebs alongside Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal Broadchurch Grantchester and Dynasty and starred in Sweet Vicious on MTV Now 30 Eliza is a singer songwriter and has moved across the pond to Los Angeles She released her new EP called Late Twenties in November 2022 The most famous of his young Nanny McPhee castmates Thomas acting career has gone from strength to strength He was already a familiar face having played adorable Sam in Love Actually two years previously in 2003 Thomas 32 is actually related to his Love Actually co star Hugh Grant they are second cousins as his great grandmother and Hugh s grandmother are sisters Roles in Doctor Who Nowhere Boy Death of a Superhero The Last Furlong and Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens followed and more recent credits include The Queen s Gambit Game of Thrones Wolf Hall and the Maze Runner trilogy His youthful looks makes him a hit with the ladies Thomas dated model Gzi Wisdom before moving on to Elon Musk s ex wife his Pistols co star Talulah Riley Thomas is estimated to have a personal fortune of 2 4million according to Celebrity Net Worth Scene stealing cutie Baby Aggy who infamously blurts out inappropriate phrases like poop bum was played by Zinnia Barnes and her sister Hebe now 19 Little is known about the two siblings with the pair seemingly staying out of the spotlight since Both are on Instagram with Zinnia s feed mostly made up of cat pics and holiday snaps Meanwhile Hebe who sported a range of different vibrant hair colours last year including pink and lime green appears to enjoy trips to galleries and art and is active on TikTok Credit https www thesun co uk tv 21174349 where child stars nanny mcphee are now
    Where 7 Nanny McPhee kids are now
     IT S hard to believe it s been 18 years since Nanny McPhee The wickedly charming film starring Emma Thompson as a hag like nanny with magical powers has become a cult classic loved by kids and adults alike Nanny McPhee s mission is to reign in seven brattish children after their widowed dad Cedric Brown played by Colin Firth reached breaking point Here we take a look at where the child actors who played the Brown kids are now Sneaky Eric was played by then 10 year old Raphael Coleman Afterwards he went on to star in the horror film It s Alive in 2009 and won best young actor at the British Independent Film Festival in 2010 He gave up acting and studied a degree in zoology at the University of Manchester Tragically he died in February 2020 aged 25 after collapsing from heart failure while out jogging on a trip away He was reportedly exercising as part of a training to stop animal poaching Raphael was a passionate climate activist and a vocal member of Extinction Rebellion where he went by the name Iggy Fox and controlled its social media On his website he described himself as a twenty something zoology graduate travelling the world on a shoestring budget working with wildlife and exploring wildernesses She played Chrissy in Nanny McPhee but Holly is just as famous for her recurring role as creepy Milly in The Story of Tracy Beaker The daughter of former actress Claire Toeman she went on to star in Teensville on the BBC about the Jewish Bar Mitzvah celebration The glamorous 25 year old studied Art at Central St Martins in London and specialised in sculpture but later decided it wasn t for her She s now keen to pursue writing and is also a TikTok star with 36 000 followers where she pokes fun at her one hit wonder acting career Cute Lily Brown who told Nanny McPhee her name was Knickers O Muffin is the family bookworm She was played by Jennifer Rae Daykin now 28 who has seemingly stepped away from the limelight She featured in The Catherine Tate Show in 2006 as Chloe and a short film and studied drama at Loughborough University Jennifer currently works as an operations manager at a VR company and shares snaps of herself enjoying music festivals and dog walks on Instagram Chrissy s cute twin brother Sebastian was played by Samuel Honywood who these days looks unrecognisable He had another couple of roles in TV movies but appears to have left acting behind Now 26 Samuel studied real estate management at Oxford Brookes University before taking time out to go travelling sharing photos of his trip to Thailand on social media He s also tried his hand at DJing using his surname as his monicker According to his Linkedin profile Samuel works as a surveyor for The Office Group a company which manages workspaces across the UK and Germany After playing Tora Eliza has continued acting and has a string of film and TV credits to her name She landed her first role aged nine in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2002 Following Nanny McPhee she s appeared in the sitcom Plebs alongside Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal Broadchurch Grantchester and Dynasty and starred in Sweet Vicious on MTV Now 30 Eliza is a singer songwriter and has moved across the pond to Los Angeles She released her new EP called Late Twenties in November 2022 The most famous of his young Nanny McPhee castmates Thomas acting career has gone from strength to strength He was already a familiar face having played adorable Sam in Love Actually two years previously in 2003 Thomas 32 is actually related to his Love Actually co star Hugh Grant they are second cousins as his great grandmother and Hugh s grandmother are sisters Roles in Doctor Who Nowhere Boy Death of a Superhero The Last Furlong and Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens followed and more recent credits include The Queen s Gambit Game of Thrones Wolf Hall and the Maze Runner trilogy His youthful looks makes him a hit with the ladies Thomas dated model Gzi Wisdom before moving on to Elon Musk s ex wife his Pistols co star Talulah Riley Thomas is estimated to have a personal fortune of 2 4million according to Celebrity Net Worth Scene stealing cutie Baby Aggy who infamously blurts out inappropriate phrases like poop bum was played by Zinnia Barnes and her sister Hebe now 19 Little is known about the two siblings with the pair seemingly staying out of the spotlight since Both are on Instagram with Zinnia s feed mostly made up of cat pics and holiday snaps Meanwhile Hebe who sported a range of different vibrant hair colours last year including pink and lime green appears to enjoy trips to galleries and art and is active on TikTok Credit https www thesun co uk tv 21174349 where child stars nanny mcphee are now
    Where 7 Nanny McPhee kids are now
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    Where 7 Nanny McPhee kids are now

    IT’S hard to believe it’s been 18 years since Nanny McPhee.

    The wickedly charming film starring Emma Thompson as a hag-like nanny with magical powers has become a cult classic, loved by kids and adults alike.

    Nanny McPhee’s mission is to reign in seven brattish children after their widowed dad Cedric Brown - played by Colin Firth - reached breaking point.

    Here we take a look at where the child actors who played the Brown kids are now.

    Sneaky Eric was played by then 10-year-old Raphael Coleman.

    Afterwards he went on to star in the horror film It's Alive in 2009, and won best young actor at the British Independent Film Festival in 2010.

    He gave up acting and studied a degree in zoology at the University of Manchester.

    Tragically he died in February 2020, aged 25, after collapsing from heart failure while out jogging on a trip away.

    He was reportedly "exercising as part of a training to stop animal poaching".

    Raphael was a passionate climate activist and a vocal member of Extinction Rebellion, where he went by the name Iggy Fox and controlled its social media.

    On his website he described himself as "a twenty-something zoology graduate travelling the world on a shoestring budget, working with wildlife and exploring wildernesses".

    She played Chrissy in Nanny McPhee, but Holly is just as famous for her recurring role as creepy Milly in The Story of Tracy Beaker.

    The daughter of former actress Claire Toeman, she went on to star in Teensville on the BBC, about the Jewish Bar Mitzvah celebration.

    The glamorous 25-year-old studied Art at Central St Martins in London and specialised in sculpture, but later decided it wasn’t for her.

    She’s now keen to pursue writing - and is also a TikTok star with 36,000 followers, where she pokes fun at her “one hit wonder” acting career.

    Cute Lily Brown, who told Nanny McPhee her name was Knickers O'Muffin, is the family bookworm.

    She was played by Jennifer Rae Daykin, now 28, who has seemingly stepped away from the limelight.

    She featured in The Catherine Tate Show in 2006, as Chloe, and a short film, and studied drama at Loughborough University.

    Jennifer currently works as an operations manager at a VR company, and shares snaps of herself enjoying music festivals and dog walks on Instagram.

    Chrissy’s cute twin brother Sebastian was played by Samuel Honywood - who these days looks unrecognisable.

    He had another couple of roles in TV movies, but appears to have left acting behind.

    Now 26, Samuel studied real estate management at Oxford Brookes University before taking time out to go travelling - sharing photos of his trip to Thailand on social media.

    He’s also tried his hand at DJing, using his surname as his monicker.

    According to his Linkedin profile, Samuel works as a surveyor for The Office Group, a company which manages workspaces across the UK and Germany.

    After playing Tora, Eliza has continued acting and has a string of film and TV credits to her name.

    She landed her first role aged nine in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2002.

    Following Nanny McPhee she’s appeared in the sitcom Plebs alongside Friday Night Dinner star Tom Rosenthal, Broadchurch, Grantchester and Dynasty, and starred in Sweet/Vicious on MTV.

    Now 30, Eliza is a singer-songwriter and has moved across the pond to Los Angeles.

    She released her new EP, called Late Twenties, in November 2022.

    The most famous of his young Nanny McPhee castmates, Thomas’ acting career has gone from strength to strength.

    He was already a familiar face, having played adorable Sam in Love Actually two years previously in 2003.

    Thomas, 32, is actually related to his Love Actually co-star Hugh Grant - they are second cousins, as his great-grandmother and Hugh's grandmother are sisters.

    Roles in Doctor Who, Nowhere Boy, Death of a Superhero, The Last Furlong and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens followed, and more recent credits include The Queen’s Gambit, Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall and the Maze Runner trilogy.

    His youthful looks makes him a hit with the ladies; Thomas dated model Gzi Wisdom before moving on to Elon Musk’s ex-wife, his Pistols co-star Talulah Riley.

    Thomas is estimated to have a personal fortune of £2.4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

    Scene-stealing cutie Baby Aggy, who infamously blurts out inappropriate phrases like “poop bum”, was played by Zinnia Barnes and her sister Hebe, now 19.

    Little is known about the two siblings, with the pair seemingly staying out of the spotlight since.

    Both are on Instagram, with Zinnia’s feed mostly made up of cat pics and holiday snaps.

    Meanwhile Hebe - who sported a range of different vibrant hair colours last year including pink and lime green - appears to enjoy trips to galleries and art, and is active on TikTok.

    Credit: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/21174349/where-child-stars-nanny-mcphee-are-now/

  •  In October 2017 publisher Electronic Arts unceremoniously shut down its studio Visceral Games best known for shooter series Dead Space Visceral was part of a dwindling breed at EA devoted to linear high budget games instead of a profitable live service model One former employee noted that even the popular Dead Space 2 had been considered a financial failure and the odds of a new one appearing in the near future seemed small Yet tomorrow EA will do just that releasing a remake of the original 2008 Dead Space developed by its Canadian team Motive Studio The Dead Space remake isn t the path I d have chosen for a resurrection of one of my favorite series It also happens to be great Dead Space 2023 is most obviously a better looking version of Dead Space 2008 Debuting on next generation consoles and PC it s the kind of game where everything glistens from the slimy explosive tentacles wreathing its futuristic spaceship to the ornate brassy ridges on protagonist Isaac Clarke s suit But beneath that surface Motive has polished the foundations of Dead Space with changes drawn from its 2011 sequel as well as some simple yet effective new ideas Rather than an elaborate reimagining in the vein of the Resident Evil 2 remake a metanarrative experiment like the Final Fantasy VII Remake or a user friendly transformation of a tough to play classic like the yet unreleased System Shock remake it s just an immensely solid update to an already excellent game and one that couldn t have come at a better time The Dead Space franchise is a third person shooter series defined by a clever twist you re in a disaster zone overrun by grotesque zombie like monstrosities dubbed necromorphs but instead of a bullet to the head the creatures go down when you sever their blade or bomb like limbs While horror games have explored just about every permutation of the hideously twisted human form Dead Space forces you to confront it with combat that feels like gruesome surgery aided by weapons based on power tools like plasma cutters and radial arm saws as well as telekinetic powers and a time slowing ability called stasis The Dead Space remake like the original sets this action on a mining spaceship called the USG Ishimura which has gone unexpectedly silent after cracking open a planet in the depths of space Engineer Isaac Clarke boards the Ishimura hoping to repair it and track down his girlfriend a doctor named Nicole Brennan Instead he and his team find themselves thwarted at every turn not only by the necromorph outbreak but also by a mysterious sabotage operation and their own increasingly unstable mental states Isaac learns the outbreak stems from an apparently madness inducing alien artifact brought on board the Ishimura And a powerful religious cult called the Church of Unitology which is of course absolutely nothing like the Church of Scientology may be helping it spread Dead Space was initially conceived as a sequel to the exploration heavy immersive sim System Shock 2 and although that plan was abandoned early in development the influence feels evident in the original and carries over to the remake The Ishimura is a fairly small and self contained location full of looping shortcuts and a tram backbone that lets you move easily between levels It s unsurprisingly reminiscent of Arkane s 2017 Prey another indirect System Shock successor Both iterations of the game involve fixing problems by backtracking through flickering corridors and cavernous common areas blasting the monsters that burst out of vents or play dead in plain sight It s a structure that Dead Space s two direct sequels would downplay moving toward comparatively linear level design But while the original Dead Space established the basic combat system some of the series best elements came later Dead Space 2 turned telekinesis into a full fledged secondary combat option letting you do things like freeze an enemy with stasis chop its arm off with a plasma cutter and pin it to a wall with its own severed limb It s so intuitive that the original game feels incomplete without it and the same goes for some other features like free floating zero gravity sections that let you jet through the vacuum of space rather than just hopping between walls with magnetic boots The Dead Space remake is the best that playing a Dead Space game has ever felt I ran through it on a PC with a controller and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card the game s recommended spec On top of combining the first and second game s best elements Motive has overhauled a few undeniably bad encounters particularly a couple of interminable cannon blasting set pieces that now feel far snappier and less repetitive It maintains the methodical but not artificially slow pace of the original creating suspense with shameless sudden blackouts and enemy jump scares but mostly avoiding the heavily scripted sensory assaults and quicktime sequences that Dead Space 2 became known for Isaac will certainly take his share of physical and mental punishment but Dead Space is emphatically a horror game something to play with and master not simply be subjected to And the remake introduces a few welcome tweaks of its own The game largely keeps Dead Space s original array of weapons but it buffs some of the less popular ones with fresh alternate fire modes the flamethrower for instance can now produce a protective wall of fire As you attack enemies you ll see chunks of their flesh visibly erode letting you know how close you are to severing a limb One weapon takes things further with a fire mode that strips off entire layers of skin and muscle leaving brittle animate skeletons that you can knock out with another weapon It s gory and over the top and I can t get enough of it Dead Space still happily embraces the shooter genre s artificial yet satisfying shorthands Enemies have familiar glowing weak spots to aim for and you ll stomp gigantic supply crates to release the futuristic equivalent of a single 100 bill carefully collecting money for supplemental ammo and dopamine drip upgrades like new suits On top of being glossy and dramatically lit compared to their 2008 counterparts the levels are now full of clearly marked stuff to smash and throw at enemies I have never been so aware of furniture s potential impalement value Some doors and lockers are gated behind a new clearance system that lets you open them later when you ve collected credentials off the bodies of dead crew officers giving you an organic way to learn about the people on the Ishimura The upgrades encourage exploration too Like before you collect power nodes that you can weld to your weapons and suit at benches scattered through the levels But this time some of those welding points are unlocked by items that enable specific special functions like setting enemies on fire with plasma shots While the powers aren t necessarily new the items add an extra incentive to poke around the ship And they re far simpler than the confusing modular weapons in Dead Space 3 an okay at best game whose influence is nearly undetectable in the remake The riskiest moves Motive makes aren t mechanical but narrative Dead Space began as a relatively simple space horror story that evoked Event Horizon but its plot became more lore heavy and tortured with each game and supplemental tie in book Dead Space 3 s climax is as baroquely incoherent as a fever dream culminating in the decision to spoilers make players physically fight a moon And between the first two games Isaac underwent a dramatic shift from a silent masked protagonist to a character voiced by actor Gunner Wright who plays the man as a combination of weary snarky and horrifically traumatized Wright came on board for the Dead Space remake giving Isaac a voice in conversations that have been extended centering characters motivations and backstories more clearly You re no longer playing a silent figure constantly ordered around by snippy superiors doing the bare minimum to convey where you re supposed to go but instead a competent technician who has a tense but collegial relationship with his team A series of side missions which are basically just encouragements to explore specific optional rooms also give a little extra background on his relationship with Nicole and what she s been doing on the ship But I always found Isaac s inexpressiveness in Dead Space distracting because it was so ostentatiously stiff in a story about ordinary people having a brush with madness and tragedy A first person control system lets the protagonist simply disappear but a third person avatar makes it impossible to ignore all of the moments that someone would normally react and doesn t A lot of these reactions were buried in the original game s menu text which is written from Isaac s perspective Wright imbues the character with an endearing charm that makes him fun not only to protect but also to be around for 15 or 16 hours It s enough to make me forget that Motive has made Isaac a generic brunet in his rare unmasked scenes rather than keeping his distinctive salt and pepper hair Isaac s companions including Nicole have been rewritten to feel more engaging and human We re thankfully past the period where blockbuster shooters have to pretend to be nuanced high art but the remake is simply better at pragmatic genre storytelling the underappreciated craft of giving characters enough personality and relatable motivation that I want to listen to them talk The remake is weakest toward the end where it feels either rushed or hemmed in by the original script But it still pulls a little twist that s compellingly creepy even if it doesn t change the story s ultimate trajectory The Dead Space remake feels clean and good in a way that few big budget Western titles do right now In 2008 Dead Space seemed like a variation on any number of story based horror shooters It was directly inspired by Resident Evil 4 which itself is getting a remake this year but also shared DNA with first person games like BioShock and Half Life 2 which beat it by a few years to telekinesis and weaponized industrial tools But in 2023 s world of modest indie narrative games and sprawling open world AAA slogs it stands nearly alone The closest equivalent Dead Space creator Glen Schofield s The Callisto Protocol seemed almost embarrassed to be a game instead of an unforgiving interactive movie Sadly I m not sure what Motive s success here means I ve seen the game compared to a director s cut but none of Dead Space s original primary creators are involved and the term suggests a level of deference toward designers that EA simply hasn t shown Dead Space remains a relic from an age of self contained prestige shooters that almost certainly isn t coming back I m not even sure Motive s approach would work for remaking the series other games But none of that diminishes the sheer ridiculous pleasure of ripping up a zombie with a sawblade and stomping it for loot Credit https www 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    The Dead Space remake is a grisly cut of classic horror
     In October 2017 publisher Electronic Arts unceremoniously shut down its studio Visceral Games best known for shooter series Dead Space Visceral was part of a dwindling breed at EA devoted to linear high budget games instead of a profitable live service model One former employee noted that even the popular Dead Space 2 had been considered a financial failure and the odds of a new one appearing in the near future seemed small Yet tomorrow EA will do just that releasing a remake of the original 2008 Dead Space developed by its Canadian team Motive Studio The Dead Space remake isn t the path I d have chosen for a resurrection of one of my favorite series It also happens to be great Dead Space 2023 is most obviously a better looking version of Dead Space 2008 Debuting on next generation consoles and PC it s the kind of game where everything glistens from the slimy explosive tentacles wreathing its futuristic spaceship to the ornate brassy ridges on protagonist Isaac Clarke s suit But beneath that surface Motive has polished the foundations of Dead Space with changes drawn from its 2011 sequel as well as some simple yet effective new ideas Rather than an elaborate reimagining in the vein of the Resident Evil 2 remake a metanarrative experiment like the Final Fantasy VII Remake or a user friendly transformation of a tough to play classic like the yet unreleased System Shock remake it s just an immensely solid update to an already excellent game and one that couldn t have come at a better time The Dead Space franchise is a third person shooter series defined by a clever twist you re in a disaster zone overrun by grotesque zombie like monstrosities dubbed necromorphs but instead of a bullet to the head the creatures go down when you sever their blade or bomb like limbs While horror games have explored just about every permutation of the hideously twisted human form Dead Space forces you to confront it with combat that feels like gruesome surgery aided by weapons based on power tools like plasma cutters and radial arm saws as well as telekinetic powers and a time slowing ability called stasis The Dead Space remake like the original sets this action on a mining spaceship called the USG Ishimura which has gone unexpectedly silent after cracking open a planet in the depths of space Engineer Isaac Clarke boards the Ishimura hoping to repair it and track down his girlfriend a doctor named Nicole Brennan Instead he and his team find themselves thwarted at every turn not only by the necromorph outbreak but also by a mysterious sabotage operation and their own increasingly unstable mental states Isaac learns the outbreak stems from an apparently madness inducing alien artifact brought on board the Ishimura And a powerful religious cult called the Church of Unitology which is of course absolutely nothing like the Church of Scientology may be helping it spread Dead Space was initially conceived as a sequel to the exploration heavy immersive sim System Shock 2 and although that plan was abandoned early in development the influence feels evident in the original and carries over to the remake The Ishimura is a fairly small and self contained location full of looping shortcuts and a tram backbone that lets you move easily between levels It s unsurprisingly reminiscent of Arkane s 2017 Prey another indirect System Shock successor Both iterations of the game involve fixing problems by backtracking through flickering corridors and cavernous common areas blasting the monsters that burst out of vents or play dead in plain sight It s a structure that Dead Space s two direct sequels would downplay moving toward comparatively linear level design But while the original Dead Space established the basic combat system some of the series best elements came later Dead Space 2 turned telekinesis into a full fledged secondary combat option letting you do things like freeze an enemy with stasis chop its arm off with a plasma cutter and pin it to a wall with its own severed limb It s so intuitive that the original game feels incomplete without it and the same goes for some other features like free floating zero gravity sections that let you jet through the vacuum of space rather than just hopping between walls with magnetic boots The Dead Space remake is the best that playing a Dead Space game has ever felt I ran through it on a PC with a controller and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card the game s recommended spec On top of combining the first and second game s best elements Motive has overhauled a few undeniably bad encounters particularly a couple of interminable cannon blasting set pieces that now feel far snappier and less repetitive It maintains the methodical but not artificially slow pace of the original creating suspense with shameless sudden blackouts and enemy jump scares but mostly avoiding the heavily scripted sensory assaults and quicktime sequences that Dead Space 2 became known for Isaac will certainly take his share of physical and mental punishment but Dead Space is emphatically a horror game something to play with and master not simply be subjected to And the remake introduces a few welcome tweaks of its own The game largely keeps Dead Space s original array of weapons but it buffs some of the less popular ones with fresh alternate fire modes the flamethrower for instance can now produce a protective wall of fire As you attack enemies you ll see chunks of their flesh visibly erode letting you know how close you are to severing a limb One weapon takes things further with a fire mode that strips off entire layers of skin and muscle leaving brittle animate skeletons that you can knock out with another weapon It s gory and over the top and I can t get enough of it Dead Space still happily embraces the shooter genre s artificial yet satisfying shorthands Enemies have familiar glowing weak spots to aim for and you ll stomp gigantic supply crates to release the futuristic equivalent of a single 100 bill carefully collecting money for supplemental ammo and dopamine drip upgrades like new suits On top of being glossy and dramatically lit compared to their 2008 counterparts the levels are now full of clearly marked stuff to smash and throw at enemies I have never been so aware of furniture s potential impalement value Some doors and lockers are gated behind a new clearance system that lets you open them later when you ve collected credentials off the bodies of dead crew officers giving you an organic way to learn about the people on the Ishimura The upgrades encourage exploration too Like before you collect power nodes that you can weld to your weapons and suit at benches scattered through the levels But this time some of those welding points are unlocked by items that enable specific special functions like setting enemies on fire with plasma shots While the powers aren t necessarily new the items add an extra incentive to poke around the ship And they re far simpler than the confusing modular weapons in Dead Space 3 an okay at best game whose influence is nearly undetectable in the remake The riskiest moves Motive makes aren t mechanical but narrative Dead Space began as a relatively simple space horror story that evoked Event Horizon but its plot became more lore heavy and tortured with each game and supplemental tie in book Dead Space 3 s climax is as baroquely incoherent as a fever dream culminating in the decision to spoilers make players physically fight a moon And between the first two games Isaac underwent a dramatic shift from a silent masked protagonist to a character voiced by actor Gunner Wright who plays the man as a combination of weary snarky and horrifically traumatized Wright came on board for the Dead Space remake giving Isaac a voice in conversations that have been extended centering characters motivations and backstories more clearly You re no longer playing a silent figure constantly ordered around by snippy superiors doing the bare minimum to convey where you re supposed to go but instead a competent technician who has a tense but collegial relationship with his team A series of side missions which are basically just encouragements to explore specific optional rooms also give a little extra background on his relationship with Nicole and what she s been doing on the ship But I always found Isaac s inexpressiveness in Dead Space distracting because it was so ostentatiously stiff in a story about ordinary people having a brush with madness and tragedy A first person control system lets the protagonist simply disappear but a third person avatar makes it impossible to ignore all of the moments that someone would normally react and doesn t A lot of these reactions were buried in the original game s menu text which is written from Isaac s perspective Wright imbues the character with an endearing charm that makes him fun not only to protect but also to be around for 15 or 16 hours It s enough to make me forget that Motive has made Isaac a generic brunet in his rare unmasked scenes rather than keeping his distinctive salt and pepper hair Isaac s companions including Nicole have been rewritten to feel more engaging and human We re thankfully past the period where blockbuster shooters have to pretend to be nuanced high art but the remake is simply better at pragmatic genre storytelling the underappreciated craft of giving characters enough personality and relatable motivation that I want to listen to them talk The remake is weakest toward the end where it feels either rushed or hemmed in by the original script But it still pulls a little twist that s compellingly creepy even if it doesn t change the story s ultimate trajectory The Dead Space remake feels clean and good in a way that few big budget Western titles do right now In 2008 Dead Space seemed like a variation on any number of story based horror shooters It was directly inspired by Resident Evil 4 which itself is getting a remake this year but also shared DNA with first person games like BioShock and Half Life 2 which beat it by a few years to telekinesis and weaponized industrial tools But in 2023 s world of modest indie narrative games and sprawling open world AAA slogs it stands nearly alone The closest equivalent Dead Space creator Glen Schofield s The Callisto Protocol seemed almost embarrassed to be a game instead of an unforgiving interactive movie Sadly I m not sure what Motive s success here means I ve seen the game compared to a director s cut but none of Dead Space s original primary creators are involved and the term suggests a level of deference toward designers that EA simply hasn t shown Dead Space remains a relic from an age of self contained prestige shooters that almost certainly isn t coming back I m not even sure Motive s approach would work for remaking the series other games But none of that diminishes the sheer ridiculous pleasure of ripping up a zombie with a sawblade and stomping it for loot Credit https www theverge com 23567481 dead space remake ea motive ps5 xbox pc review
    The Dead Space remake is a grisly cut of classic horror
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    The Dead Space remake is a grisly cut of classic horror

    In October 2017, publisher Electronic Arts unceremoniously shut down its studio Visceral Games, best known for shooter series Dead Space. Visceral was part of a dwindling breed at EA, devoted to linear high-budget games instead of a profitable “live service” model. One former employee noted that even the popular Dead Space 2 had been considered a financial failure, and the odds of a new one appearing in the near future seemed small. Yet tomorrow, EA will do just that, releasing a remake of the original 2008 Dead Space developed by its Canadian team Motive Studio. The Dead Space remake isn’t the path I’d have chosen for a resurrection of one of my favorite series. It also happens to be great.

    Dead Space (2023) is most obviously a better-looking version of Dead Space (2008). Debuting on next-generation consoles and PC, it’s the kind of game where everything glistens, from the slimy explosive tentacles wreathing its futuristic spaceship to the ornate brassy ridges on protagonist Isaac Clarke’s suit. But beneath that surface, Motive has polished the foundations of Dead Space with changes drawn from its 2011 sequel as well as some simple yet effective new ideas. Rather than an elaborate reimagining in the vein of the Resident Evil 2 remake, a metanarrative experiment like the Final Fantasy VII Remake, or a user-friendly transformation of a tough-to-play classic like the yet-unreleased System Shock remake, it’s just an immensely solid update to an already excellent game — and one that couldn’t have come at a better time.

    The Dead Space franchise is a third-person shooter series defined by a clever twist: you’re in a disaster zone overrun by grotesque zombie-like monstrosities dubbed “necromorphs,” but instead of a bullet to the head, the creatures go down when you sever their blade- or bomb-like limbs. While horror games have explored just about every permutation of the hideously twisted human form, Dead Space forces you to confront it with combat that feels like gruesome surgery — aided by weapons based on power tools like plasma cutters and radial arm saws as well as telekinetic powers and a time-slowing ability called stasis.

    The Dead Space remake — like the original — sets this action on a mining spaceship called the USG Ishimura, which has gone unexpectedly silent after cracking open a planet in the depths of space. Engineer Isaac Clarke boards the Ishimura hoping to repair it and track down his girlfriend, a doctor named Nicole Brennan. Instead, he and his team find themselves thwarted at every turn, not only by the necromorph outbreak but also by a mysterious sabotage operation and their own increasingly unstable mental states. Isaac learns the outbreak stems from an apparently madness-inducing alien artifact brought on board the Ishimura. And a powerful religious cult called the Church of Unitology, which is, of course, absolutely nothing like the Church of Scientology, may be helping it spread.

    Dead Space was initially conceived as a sequel to the exploration-heavy immersive sim System Shock 2, and although that plan was abandoned early in development, the influence feels evident in the original and carries over to the remake. The Ishimura is a fairly small and self-contained location, full of looping shortcuts and a tram backbone that lets you move easily between levels. (It’s unsurprisingly reminiscent of Arkane’s 2017 Prey, another indirect System Shock successor.) Both iterations of the game involve fixing problems by backtracking through flickering corridors and cavernous common areas, blasting the monsters that burst out of vents or play dead in plain sight. It’s a structure that Dead Space’s two direct sequels would downplay, moving toward comparatively linear level design.

    But while the original Dead Space established the basic combat system, some of the series’ best elements came later. Dead Space 2 turned telekinesis into a full-fledged secondary combat option — letting you do things like freeze an enemy with stasis, chop its arm off with a plasma cutter, and pin it to a wall with its own severed limb. It’s so intuitive that the original game feels incomplete without it, and the same goes for some other features, like free-floating zero-gravity sections that let you jet through the vacuum of space rather than just hopping between walls with magnetic boots.

    The Dead Space remake is the best that playing a Dead Space game has ever felt. (I ran through it on a PC with a controller and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, the game’s recommended spec.) On top of combining the first and second game’s best elements, Motive has overhauled a few undeniably bad encounters, particularly a couple of interminable cannon-blasting set pieces that now feel far snappier and less repetitive. It maintains the methodical but not artificially slow pace of the original, creating suspense with shameless sudden blackouts and enemy jump scares but mostly avoiding the heavily scripted sensory assaults and quicktime sequences that Dead Space 2 became known for. Isaac will certainly take his share of physical and mental punishment, but Dead Space is emphatically a horror game — something to play with and master, not simply be subjected to.

    And the remake introduces a few welcome tweaks of its own. The game largely keeps Dead Space’s original array of weapons, but it buffs some of the less popular ones with fresh alternate fire modes — the flamethrower, for instance, can now produce a protective wall of fire. As you attack enemies, you’ll see chunks of their flesh visibly erode, letting you know how close you are to severing a limb. One weapon takes things further with a fire mode that strips off entire layers of skin and muscle, leaving brittle animate skeletons that you can knock out with another weapon. It’s gory and over the top, and I can’t get enough of it.

    Dead Space still happily embraces the shooter genre’s artificial yet satisfying shorthands. Enemies have familiar glowing weak spots to aim for, and you’ll stomp gigantic supply crates to release the futuristic equivalent of a single $100 bill, carefully collecting money for supplemental ammo and dopamine-drip upgrades like new suits. On top of being glossy and dramatically lit compared to their 2008 counterparts, the levels are now full of clearly marked stuff to smash and throw at enemies; I have never been so aware of furniture’s potential impalement value. Some doors and lockers are gated behind a new “clearance” system that lets you open them later, when you’ve collected credentials off the bodies of dead crew officers, giving you an organic way to learn about the people on the Ishimura.

    The upgrades encourage exploration, too. Like before, you collect power nodes that you can weld to your weapons and suit at benches scattered through the levels. But this time, some of those welding points are unlocked by items that enable specific special functions, like setting enemies on fire with plasma shots. While the powers aren’t necessarily new, the items add an extra incentive to poke around the ship. And they’re far simpler than the confusing modular weapons in Dead Space 3, an okay-at-best game whose influence is nearly undetectable in the remake.

    The riskiest moves Motive makes aren’t mechanical but narrative. Dead Space began as a relatively simple space-horror story that evoked Event Horizon, but its plot became more lore heavy and tortured with each game and supplemental tie-in book — Dead Space 3’s climax is as baroquely incoherent as a fever dream, culminating in the decision to (spoilers) make players physically fight a moon. And between the first two games, Isaac underwent a dramatic shift from a silent masked protagonist to a character voiced by actor Gunner Wright, who plays the man as a combination of weary, snarky, and horrifically traumatized.

    Wright came on board for the Dead Space remake, giving Isaac a voice in conversations that have been extended, centering characters’ motivations and backstories more clearly. You’re no longer playing a silent figure constantly ordered around by snippy superiors doing the bare minimum to convey where you’re supposed to go but, instead, a competent technician who has a tense but collegial relationship with his team. A series of side missions, which are basically just encouragements to explore specific optional rooms, also give a little extra background on his relationship with Nicole and what she’s been doing on the ship.

    But I always found Isaac’s inexpressiveness in Dead Space distracting because it was so ostentatiously stiff in a story about ordinary people having a brush with madness and tragedy. A first-person control system lets the protagonist simply disappear, but a third-person avatar makes it impossible to ignore all of the moments that someone would normally react and doesn’t. (A lot of these reactions were buried in the original game’s menu text, which is written from Isaac’s perspective.) Wright imbues the character with an endearing charm that makes him fun not only to protect but also to be around for 15 or 16 hours. It’s enough to make me forget that Motive has made Isaac a generic brunet in his rare unmasked scenes, rather than keeping his distinctive salt-and-pepper hair.

    Isaac’s companions, including Nicole, have been rewritten to feel more engaging and human. We’re thankfully past the period where blockbuster shooters have to pretend to be nuanced high art, but the remake is simply better at pragmatic genre storytelling: the underappreciated craft of giving characters enough personality and relatable motivation that I want to listen to them talk. The remake is weakest toward the end, where it feels either rushed or hemmed in by the original script. But it still pulls a little twist that’s compellingly creepy, even if it doesn’t change the story’s ultimate trajectory.

    The Dead Space remake feels clean and good in a way that few big-budget Western titles do right now. In 2008, Dead Space seemed like a variation on any number of story-based horror shooters. It was directly inspired by Resident Evil 4 (which itself is getting a remake this year) but also shared DNA with first-person games like BioShock and Half-Life 2, which beat it by a few years to telekinesis and weaponized industrial tools. But in 2023’s world of modest indie narrative games and sprawling open-world AAA slogs, it stands nearly alone. The closest equivalent, Dead Space creator Glen Schofield’s The Callisto Protocol, seemed almost embarrassed to be a game instead of an unforgiving interactive movie.

    Sadly, I’m not sure what Motive’s success here means. I’ve seen the game compared to a director’s cut, but none of Dead Space’s original primary creators are involved, and the term suggests a level of deference toward designers that EA simply hasn’t shown. Dead Space remains a relic from an age of self-contained prestige shooters that almost certainly isn’t coming back; I’m not even sure Motive’s approach would work for remaking the series’ other games. But none of that diminishes the sheer ridiculous pleasure of ripping up a zombie with a sawblade and stomping it for loot.

    Credit: https://www.theverge.com/23567481/dead-space-remake-ea-motive-ps5-xbox-pc-review

  •  I didn t expect to enjoy Forspoken as much as I did After all trailers for this game became the mockery of memes Forspoken published by Square Enix and developed by Luminous Productions was widely criticized during its pre release news cycle for following the Joss Whedon style of dialogue dubbed Whedonspeak by Vice News When a character recites obvious things about the story to the audience in a dry tone that s Whedonspeak When Frey Holland the Forspoken protagonist who is transported from New York to a fantasy land called Athia says in a trailer So let me get this straight I m somewhere that s not what I would call Earth that s Whedonspeak It s a phenomenon that plagues many films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe This type of speak was also common for Nathan Drake the protagonist of the Uncharted series which shares the same writer as Forspoken Amy Hennig So it s not really a surprise it appears here too The story is riddled with cliches It s a rote fish out of water story where Frey is paired with a sassy British sidekick in the form of a cuff whom she insists on calling Cuff that gives her magical offensive powers This is on top of the fact that this is a by the numbers open world video game with a list of waypoints on a big map with various activities to do usually in the form of battling fantasy monsters But a lot of things happen later in the game that make Forspoken just a little more special The story relies on modern day misfit tropes for a bit too long and hides some genuine late surprises that turned my opinion around almost completely Credit goes to Hennig and story creator Gary Whitta screenwriter for Star Wars Rogue One for crafting something memorable and fun despite the game s cringe surface As the player you are Frey Holland a 21 year old orphaned New Yorker who loves her cat and her kicks performed by the very capable and charismatic Ella Balinksa She s had a very difficult life and the game doesn t shy away from the fact that Frey is suicidal There s a tenderness in how she cradles her cat magnificently named Homer and cries herself to sleep unable to escape a merciless life that has left her homeless and with a criminal record As she s about to end her life she finds the magical and sassy Cuff that whisks her away to Athia a land besieged by something called the Break which turns people mad and creates monsters The Break is caused by four goddesses called Tantas former rulers of the land who have gone mad Frey is the only person unaffected by the Break for reasons she has yet to discover and the people of the only human city left Cipal depend on her to figure things out First of all there just aren t a lot of action adventure games about spellcasting wizards even fewer with a Black woman in the lead role and Forspoken offers at the very least this And you get to gather and wear colorful flowing capes do cool kick flips twirl and spin like a ballerina and race across fantasy lands with superpowered kicks like Sonic the Hedgehog Frey is an engaging fun hero to be Balinksa injects just enough verve in her dialogue to make even the cringiest line at least a little charming The game also offers an option to minimize the dialogue which I flicked on halfway through the adventure since Frey and Cuff both often repeat lines whenever they visited the various repeating activities across the map Being Frey only becomes liberating and powerful at the end of the game once she s collected and absorbed all four powers from her defeated foes Forspoken falls into the trap so many power fantasy games can t seem to get around Progressing the game and story is tied to the self imposed limits of creating a progression curve which is a carrot to keep playing but locks the most fun and interesting ways to play the game toward the end It s a bit disappointing that Frey s complete spell set is as generic as the game s setup It s all elemental based spells of earth fire lightning and water But at least with the larger area of effect attacks Forspoken lets you conjure up some impressive and good looking fireworks The biggest disappointment with the spell set is that it lacks impact Her fire set gives her a much needed melee moveset and lets her summon a flame sword But hitting monsters with it feels like smacking things with tissue Luminous Productions is made up of staff who worked on Final Fantasy XV which had a similar problem and it s unfortunate they haven t figured out how to animate and develop real punch for their punches especially since Square Enix s own Final Fantasy VII Remake solved that problem in 2020 with its chunky heavy sword attacks But at least the bigger spells land with some force The light feeling also contributes to making Frey s fighting feel effortless so your mileage may vary depending on what you want in a combat system The biggest hiccup in combat is the lock on mechanic for aiming spells It behaves erratically sometimes unlocking from enemies If a locked on enemy is defeated the game doesn t target a nearby enemy Instead the camera flies away from the horde requiring fiddling with the joysticks while you re trying to charge and switch spells Coupled with voluminous particle effects fighting can be visually chaotic and confusing I d advise taking a look at the accessibility options which allow players to automatically dodge enemies making the game amenable to many accessibility control setups Players can also set the stamina meter to refill immediately as it s not exactly fun to run out of stamina running across the fields Through these options the game allows you to lessen the frustrations of the topsy turvy camera movements and chaos of the combat There s not much to say about the open world gameplay that hasn t been said with every other game of this type The map is large and cavernous and beautifully designed but it s just scattered with waypoints for activities Don t get too excited about the dungeon areas They re all cut and paste hallways and combat rooms with treasure chests never deviating from a very bland format I wouldn t have bothered if these dungeons hadn t promised more capes for Frey to wear so at least they offer worthy rewards Other areas have ruins to explore which only means looking around to fight more monsters while statues just need a bit of magic shoot bang to unlock statistic points It s all transparently a video game Even Frey when encountering a boss battle in a cut and paste dungeon will say Ooo a boss battle There s that Whedonspeak again Frey we know it s a boss battle We can see the Leviathan The PlayStation 5 version of this game runs at a decent clip with little to no noticeable frame drops in its 60 frames per second performance mode or the ray tracing and quality modes which aim for 30 frames per second while trying to stay at a 4K resolution It s too bad the performance mode drastically reduces image quality often at 900p or lower making for a smooth but blurry experience I switched between the two modes because the 4K modes offered enough additional detail Although I enjoyed Frey more than I thought I would it s inescapable that plucky American with sassy British sidekick is a well worn trope and Forspoken does little to distinguish itself from other stories of this type until it actually does Cuff and the denizens of Athia are strangely combative and argumentative to Frey and to be fair Frey is an abrasive character herself given her background Initially I thought these arguments were written in just for the sake of having tension and conflict in the story Then the story begins to justify this as the people of this land aren t what they quite appeared to be at first blush I consider myself a pretty cynical viewer when it comes to being surprised by video game stories yet Forspoken still caught me off guard Yes I struggled to finish the game s formulaic open world activities but once the story got going I was riveted And if I can inject some personal bias into this review as a cat owner I was charmed by Frey s insistence to center her little Homer as much of her motivation to return home Throughout her entire terrifying and surprising journey she always has Homer top of mind I would too Credit https www washingtonpost com video games reviews forspoken review
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     I didn t expect to enjoy Forspoken as much as I did After all trailers for this game became the mockery of memes Forspoken published by Square Enix and developed by Luminous Productions was widely criticized during its pre release news cycle for following the Joss Whedon style of dialogue dubbed Whedonspeak by Vice News When a character recites obvious things about the story to the audience in a dry tone that s Whedonspeak When Frey Holland the Forspoken protagonist who is transported from New York to a fantasy land called Athia says in a trailer So let me get this straight I m somewhere that s not what I would call Earth that s Whedonspeak It s a phenomenon that plagues many films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe This type of speak was also common for Nathan Drake the protagonist of the Uncharted series which shares the same writer as Forspoken Amy Hennig So it s not really a surprise it appears here too The story is riddled with cliches It s a rote fish out of water story where Frey is paired with a sassy British sidekick in the form of a cuff whom she insists on calling Cuff that gives her magical offensive powers This is on top of the fact that this is a by the numbers open world video game with a list of waypoints on a big map with various activities to do usually in the form of battling fantasy monsters But a lot of things happen later in the game that make Forspoken just a little more special The story relies on modern day misfit tropes for a bit too long and hides some genuine late surprises that turned my opinion around almost completely Credit goes to Hennig and story creator Gary Whitta screenwriter for Star Wars Rogue One for crafting something memorable and fun despite the game s cringe surface As the player you are Frey Holland a 21 year old orphaned New Yorker who loves her cat and her kicks performed by the very capable and charismatic Ella Balinksa She s had a very difficult life and the game doesn t shy away from the fact that Frey is suicidal There s a tenderness in how she cradles her cat magnificently named Homer and cries herself to sleep unable to escape a merciless life that has left her homeless and with a criminal record As she s about to end her life she finds the magical and sassy Cuff that whisks her away to Athia a land besieged by something called the Break which turns people mad and creates monsters The Break is caused by four goddesses called Tantas former rulers of the land who have gone mad Frey is the only person unaffected by the Break for reasons she has yet to discover and the people of the only human city left Cipal depend on her to figure things out First of all there just aren t a lot of action adventure games about spellcasting wizards even fewer with a Black woman in the lead role and Forspoken offers at the very least this And you get to gather and wear colorful flowing capes do cool kick flips twirl and spin like a ballerina and race across fantasy lands with superpowered kicks like Sonic the Hedgehog Frey is an engaging fun hero to be Balinksa injects just enough verve in her dialogue to make even the cringiest line at least a little charming The game also offers an option to minimize the dialogue which I flicked on halfway through the adventure since Frey and Cuff both often repeat lines whenever they visited the various repeating activities across the map Being Frey only becomes liberating and powerful at the end of the game once she s collected and absorbed all four powers from her defeated foes Forspoken falls into the trap so many power fantasy games can t seem to get around Progressing the game and story is tied to the self imposed limits of creating a progression curve which is a carrot to keep playing but locks the most fun and interesting ways to play the game toward the end It s a bit disappointing that Frey s complete spell set is as generic as the game s setup It s all elemental based spells of earth fire lightning and water But at least with the larger area of effect attacks Forspoken lets you conjure up some impressive and good looking fireworks The biggest disappointment with the spell set is that it lacks impact Her fire set gives her a much needed melee moveset and lets her summon a flame sword But hitting monsters with it feels like smacking things with tissue Luminous Productions is made up of staff who worked on Final Fantasy XV which had a similar problem and it s unfortunate they haven t figured out how to animate and develop real punch for their punches especially since Square Enix s own Final Fantasy VII Remake solved that problem in 2020 with its chunky heavy sword attacks But at least the bigger spells land with some force The light feeling also contributes to making Frey s fighting feel effortless so your mileage may vary depending on what you want in a combat system The biggest hiccup in combat is the lock on mechanic for aiming spells It behaves erratically sometimes unlocking from enemies If a locked on enemy is defeated the game doesn t target a nearby enemy Instead the camera flies away from the horde requiring fiddling with the joysticks while you re trying to charge and switch spells Coupled with voluminous particle effects fighting can be visually chaotic and confusing I d advise taking a look at the accessibility options which allow players to automatically dodge enemies making the game amenable to many accessibility control setups Players can also set the stamina meter to refill immediately as it s not exactly fun to run out of stamina running across the fields Through these options the game allows you to lessen the frustrations of the topsy turvy camera movements and chaos of the combat There s not much to say about the open world gameplay that hasn t been said with every other game of this type The map is large and cavernous and beautifully designed but it s just scattered with waypoints for activities Don t get too excited about the dungeon areas They re all cut and paste hallways and combat rooms with treasure chests never deviating from a very bland format I wouldn t have bothered if these dungeons hadn t promised more capes for Frey to wear so at least they offer worthy rewards Other areas have ruins to explore which only means looking around to fight more monsters while statues just need a bit of magic shoot bang to unlock statistic points It s all transparently a video game Even Frey when encountering a boss battle in a cut and paste dungeon will say Ooo a boss battle There s that Whedonspeak again Frey we know it s a boss battle We can see the Leviathan The PlayStation 5 version of this game runs at a decent clip with little to no noticeable frame drops in its 60 frames per second performance mode or the ray tracing and quality modes which aim for 30 frames per second while trying to stay at a 4K resolution It s too bad the performance mode drastically reduces image quality often at 900p or lower making for a smooth but blurry experience I switched between the two modes because the 4K modes offered enough additional detail Although I enjoyed Frey more than I thought I would it s inescapable that plucky American with sassy British sidekick is a well worn trope and Forspoken does little to distinguish itself from other stories of this type until it actually does Cuff and the denizens of Athia are strangely combative and argumentative to Frey and to be fair Frey is an abrasive character herself given her background Initially I thought these arguments were written in just for the sake of having tension and conflict in the story Then the story begins to justify this as the people of this land aren t what they quite appeared to be at first blush I consider myself a pretty cynical viewer when it comes to being surprised by video game stories yet Forspoken still caught me off guard Yes I struggled to finish the game s formulaic open world activities but once the story got going I was riveted And if I can inject some personal bias into this review as a cat owner I was charmed by Frey s insistence to center her little Homer as much of her motivation to return home Throughout her entire terrifying and surprising journey she always has Homer top of mind I would too Credit https www washingtonpost com video games reviews forspoken review
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    I didn’t expect to enjoy “Forspoken” as much as I did. After all, trailers for this game became the mockery of memes.

    “Forspoken,” published by Square Enix and developed by Luminous Productions, was widely criticized during its pre-release news cycle for following the Joss Whedon style of dialogue, dubbed “Whedonspeak” by Vice News. When a character recites obvious things about the story to the audience in a dry tone, that’s Whedonspeak. When Frey Holland, the “Forspoken” protagonist who is transported from New York to a fantasy land called Athia, says in a trailer “So let me get this straight: I’m somewhere that’s not what I would call Earth,” that’s Whedonspeak. It’s a phenomenon that plagues many films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This type of speak was also common for Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the “Uncharted” series, which shares the same writer as “Forspoken” Amy Hennig. So it’s not really a surprise it appears here too.

    The story is riddled with cliches. It’s a rote fish-out-of-water story where Frey is paired with a sassy British sidekick in the form of a cuff (whom she insists on calling Cuff) that gives her magical offensive powers. This is on top of the fact that this is a by-the-numbers open-world video game, with a list of waypoints on a big map with various activities to do, usually in the form of battling fantasy monsters.

    But a lot of things happen later in the game that make “Forspoken” just a little more special. The story relies on modern-day misfit tropes for a bit too long, and hides some genuine late surprises that turned my opinion around almost completely. Credit goes to Hennig and story creator Gary Whitta (screenwriter for Star Wars “Rogue One”) for crafting something memorable and fun despite the game’s cringe surface.

    As the player, you are Frey Holland, a 21-year-old orphaned New Yorker who loves her cat and her kicks, performed by the very capable and charismatic Ella Balinksa. She’s had a very difficult life, and the game doesn’t shy away from the fact that Frey is suicidal. There’s a tenderness in how she cradles her cat (magnificently named Homer) and cries herself to sleep, unable to escape a merciless life that has left her homeless and with a criminal record.

    As she’s about to end her life, she finds the magical and sassy Cuff that whisks her away to Athia, a land besieged by something called the Break, which turns people mad and creates monsters. The Break is caused by four goddesses called Tantas, former rulers of the land who have gone mad. Frey is the only person unaffected by the Break for reasons she has yet to discover, and the people of the only human city left, Cipal, depend on her to figure things out.

    First of all, there just aren’t a lot of action adventure games about spellcasting wizards, even fewer with a Black woman in the lead role, and “Forspoken” offers, at the very least, this. And you get to gather and wear colorful flowing capes, do cool kick flips, twirl and spin like a ballerina, and race across fantasy lands with superpowered kicks like Sonic the Hedgehog. Frey is an engaging, fun hero to be. Balinksa injects just enough verve in her dialogue to make even the cringiest line at least a little charming. The game also offers an option to minimize the dialogue, which I flicked on halfway through the adventure, since Frey and Cuff both often repeat lines whenever they visited the various repeating activities across the map.

    Being Frey only becomes liberating and powerful at the end of the game, once she’s collected and absorbed all four powers from her defeated foes. “Forspoken” falls into the trap so many power fantasy games can’t seem to get around: Progressing the game and story is tied to the self-imposed limits of creating a progression curve, which is a carrot to keep playing, but locks the most fun and interesting ways to play the game toward the end.

    It’s a bit disappointing that Frey’s complete spell set is as generic as the game’s setup: It’s all elemental-based spells of earth, fire, lightning and water. But at least with the larger area-of-effect attacks, “Forspoken” lets you conjure up some impressive and good-looking fireworks.

    The biggest disappointment with the spell set is that it lacks impact. Her fire set gives her a much-needed melee moveset, and lets her summon a flame sword. But hitting monsters with it feels like smacking things with tissue. Luminous Productions is made up of staff who worked on “Final Fantasy XV,” which had a similar problem, and it’s unfortunate they haven’t figured out how to animate and develop real punch for their punches, especially since Square Enix’s own “Final Fantasy VII Remake” solved that problem in 2020 with its chunky, heavy sword attacks. But at least the bigger spells land with some force. The light feeling also contributes to making Frey’s fighting feel effortless, so your mileage may vary depending on what you want in a combat system.

    The biggest hiccup in combat is the lock-on mechanic for aiming spells. It behaves erratically, sometimes unlocking from enemies. If a locked-on enemy is defeated, the game doesn’t target a nearby enemy. Instead, the camera flies away from the horde, requiring fiddling with the joysticks while you’re trying to charge and switch spells. Coupled with voluminous particle effects, fighting can be visually chaotic and confusing.

    I’d advise taking a look at the accessibility options, which allow players to automatically dodge enemies, making the game amenable to many accessibility control setups. Players can also set the stamina meter to refill immediately, as it’s not exactly fun to run out of stamina running across the fields. Through these options the game allows you to lessen the frustrations of the topsy-turvy camera movements and chaos of the combat.

    There’s not much to say about the open world gameplay that hasn’t been said with every other game of this type. The map is large and cavernous, and beautifully designed, but it’s just scattered with waypoints for activities. Don’t get too excited about the “dungeon” areas: They’re all cut and paste hallways and combat rooms with treasure chests, never deviating from a very bland format. I wouldn’t have bothered if these dungeons hadn’t promised more capes for Frey to wear, so at least they offer worthy rewards. Other areas have ruins to “explore,” which only means looking around to fight more monsters, while statues just need a bit of magic shoot bang to unlock statistic points. It’s all transparently a video game. Even Frey, when encountering a boss battle in a cut-and-paste dungeon, will say, “Ooo a boss battle.” There’s that Whedonspeak again: Frey, we know it’s a boss battle. We can see the Leviathan.

    The PlayStation 5 version of this game runs at a decent clip, with little to no noticeable frame drops in its 60 frames-per-second performance mode, or the ray-tracing and quality modes which aim for 30 frames-per-second while trying to stay at a 4K resolution. It’s too bad the performance mode drastically reduces image quality, often at 900p or lower, making for a smooth but blurry experience. I switched between the two modes, because the 4K modes offered enough additional detail.

    Although I enjoyed Frey more than I thought I would, it’s inescapable that “plucky American with sassy British sidekick” is a well-worn trope, and “Forspoken” does little to distinguish itself from other stories of this type … until it actually does. Cuff and the denizens of Athia are strangely combative and argumentative to Frey, and to be fair, Frey is an abrasive character herself, given her background. Initially, I thought these arguments were written in just for the sake of having tension and conflict in the story.

    Then the story begins to justify this, as the people of this land aren’t what they quite appeared to be at first blush. I consider myself a pretty cynical viewer when it comes to being surprised by video game stories, yet “Forspoken” still caught me off guard. Yes, I struggled to finish the game’s formulaic open world activities, but once the story got going, I was riveted.

    And if I can inject some personal bias into this review, as a cat owner, I was charmed by Frey’s insistence to center her little Homer as much of her motivation to return home. Throughout her entire terrifying and surprising journey, she always has Homer top of mind. I would too.

    Credit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/reviews/forspoken-review/

  •   Pope Francis led the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI on Thursday in front of tens of thousands of mourners in St Peter s Square an event without precedent in modern times Red robed cardinals dignitaries and thousands of priests and nuns from around the world gathered to bid farewell to the German theologian who stunned the Catholic Church in 2013 by becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to resign For the first time in modern history the proceedings were led by a sitting pope Francis who delivered the homily in Italian as part of a multilingual service with a Latin mass Benedict may your joy be complete when you hear his God s voice now and forever said the pontiff in homage to his predecessor who died last Saturday at the age of 95 At the end of the service Francis made the sign of the cross over Benedict XVI s simple cypress coffin and bowed his head before 12 suit suited pallbearers carried him into St Peter s Basilica Benedict will be buried in a tomb in the crypt below the basilica where the body of John Paul II lay before being moved for beatification in 2011 He was sainted in 2014 Born Joseph Ratzinger the former pope had not been head of state for a decade but world leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni were among those in attendance An estimated 50 000 people were in the square for the funeral according to police many of whom had been queuing since dawn to say goodbye Benedict is a bit like my father so I had to pay homage to him said Cristina Grisanti a 59 year old from Milan who praised the former pope s purity frankness sweetness An estimated 195 000 people had already paid their respects earlier when the body lay in the state Benedict XVI was the first German pope in 1 000 years and church bells pealed across Germany as the funeral ended on Thursday while many Germans were also at the Vatican We owe him a lot We want to show that we stand behind him said Benedikt Rothweiler 34 who came from Aachen with his family Actually we know very little about Benedict He always accepted everything as God wants it This is a good example for us humans Two potatoes Benedict was a brilliant theologian but a divisive figure who alienated many Catholics with his staunch defense of conservative doctrine on issues like abortion His eight years at the helm of the global Catholic Church were also marked by crises from infighting within the Vatican to the global clerical sex abuse scandal and its cover up When he resigned Benedict said he no longer had the mental and physical strength necessary for the task and he retired to a quiet life in a monastery in the Vatican gardens His death ended an unprecedented situation of having two men in white himself and Francis living in the small city state He and Francis an Argentine Jesuit were said to have gotten along well but subsequent interventions by Benedict XVI meant he remained a standard bearer for conservative Catholics who disliked his successor s more liberal stance The last time a Pope presided over his predecessor s funeral was in 1802 when Pius VII conducted the ceremony for Pius VI but the circumstances were very different Pius VI died in 1799 in exile a prisoner of France and was buried in Valence The remains of his successor were exhumed and brought back to Italy before being invited to a papal funeral at St Peter s European royalty Beyond St Peter s many of the world s 1 3 billion Catholics were expected to follow the funeral on television and radio In the majority Catholic Philippines churches held requiem masses for the former pontiff including at Malolos Cathedral near the capital Manila It s an inexplicable feeling to witness this said Cherry Castro 67 who was among the 500 people gathered for the special ceremony Portugal declared a day of national mourning on Thursday while in Italy flags were flown at half mast on public buildings The only official delegations were from Germany and Italy But other dignitaries including Belgian and Spanish royals the presidents of Lithuania Poland Portugal Hungary Slovenia and Togo and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic Gabon and Slovakia among others attended in their personal capacities The service followed traditional papal funerals with some changes to the prayers and readings to reflect Benedict s status as pope emeritus Before being placed in the crypt his cypress coffin had to be placed first inside a zinc coffin then in a wooden box As is traditional next to his body will be placed coins and medals minted during his pontificate and a written text describing his pontificate sealed in a metal cylinder AFP Credit https punchng com pope francis leads ex pontiff benedicts funeral
    Pope Francis presides over funeral of ex-pontiff Benedict
      Pope Francis led the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI on Thursday in front of tens of thousands of mourners in St Peter s Square an event without precedent in modern times Red robed cardinals dignitaries and thousands of priests and nuns from around the world gathered to bid farewell to the German theologian who stunned the Catholic Church in 2013 by becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to resign For the first time in modern history the proceedings were led by a sitting pope Francis who delivered the homily in Italian as part of a multilingual service with a Latin mass Benedict may your joy be complete when you hear his God s voice now and forever said the pontiff in homage to his predecessor who died last Saturday at the age of 95 At the end of the service Francis made the sign of the cross over Benedict XVI s simple cypress coffin and bowed his head before 12 suit suited pallbearers carried him into St Peter s Basilica Benedict will be buried in a tomb in the crypt below the basilica where the body of John Paul II lay before being moved for beatification in 2011 He was sainted in 2014 Born Joseph Ratzinger the former pope had not been head of state for a decade but world leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni were among those in attendance An estimated 50 000 people were in the square for the funeral according to police many of whom had been queuing since dawn to say goodbye Benedict is a bit like my father so I had to pay homage to him said Cristina Grisanti a 59 year old from Milan who praised the former pope s purity frankness sweetness An estimated 195 000 people had already paid their respects earlier when the body lay in the state Benedict XVI was the first German pope in 1 000 years and church bells pealed across Germany as the funeral ended on Thursday while many Germans were also at the Vatican We owe him a lot We want to show that we stand behind him said Benedikt Rothweiler 34 who came from Aachen with his family Actually we know very little about Benedict He always accepted everything as God wants it This is a good example for us humans Two potatoes Benedict was a brilliant theologian but a divisive figure who alienated many Catholics with his staunch defense of conservative doctrine on issues like abortion His eight years at the helm of the global Catholic Church were also marked by crises from infighting within the Vatican to the global clerical sex abuse scandal and its cover up When he resigned Benedict said he no longer had the mental and physical strength necessary for the task and he retired to a quiet life in a monastery in the Vatican gardens His death ended an unprecedented situation of having two men in white himself and Francis living in the small city state He and Francis an Argentine Jesuit were said to have gotten along well but subsequent interventions by Benedict XVI meant he remained a standard bearer for conservative Catholics who disliked his successor s more liberal stance The last time a Pope presided over his predecessor s funeral was in 1802 when Pius VII conducted the ceremony for Pius VI but the circumstances were very different Pius VI died in 1799 in exile a prisoner of France and was buried in Valence The remains of his successor were exhumed and brought back to Italy before being invited to a papal funeral at St Peter s European royalty Beyond St Peter s many of the world s 1 3 billion Catholics were expected to follow the funeral on television and radio In the majority Catholic Philippines churches held requiem masses for the former pontiff including at Malolos Cathedral near the capital Manila It s an inexplicable feeling to witness this said Cherry Castro 67 who was among the 500 people gathered for the special ceremony Portugal declared a day of national mourning on Thursday while in Italy flags were flown at half mast on public buildings The only official delegations were from Germany and Italy But other dignitaries including Belgian and Spanish royals the presidents of Lithuania Poland Portugal Hungary Slovenia and Togo and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic Gabon and Slovakia among others attended in their personal capacities The service followed traditional papal funerals with some changes to the prayers and readings to reflect Benedict s status as pope emeritus Before being placed in the crypt his cypress coffin had to be placed first inside a zinc coffin then in a wooden box As is traditional next to his body will be placed coins and medals minted during his pontificate and a written text describing his pontificate sealed in a metal cylinder AFP Credit https punchng com pope francis leads ex pontiff benedicts funeral
    Pope Francis presides over funeral of ex-pontiff Benedict
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    Pope Francis presides over funeral of ex-pontiff Benedict

    Pope Francis led the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI on Thursday in front of tens of thousands of mourners in St. Peter's Square, an event without precedent in modern times.

    Red-robed cardinals, dignitaries and thousands of priests and nuns from around the world gathered to bid farewell to the German theologian, who stunned the Catholic Church in 2013 by becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to resign.

    For the first time in modern history, the proceedings were led by a sitting pope, Francis, who delivered the homily in Italian as part of a multilingual service with a Latin mass.

    "Benedict... may your joy be complete when you hear his (God's) voice, now and forever!" said the pontiff in homage to his predecessor, who died last Saturday at the age of 95.

    At the end of the service, Francis made the sign of the cross over Benedict XVI's simple cypress coffin and bowed his head, before 12 suit-suited pallbearers carried him into St. Peter's Basilica.

    Benedict will be buried in a tomb in the crypt below the basilica, where the body of John Paul II lay before being moved for beatification in 2011. He was sainted in 2014.

    Born Joseph Ratzinger, the former pope had not been head of state for a decade, but world leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni were among those in attendance.

    An estimated 50,000 people were in the square for the funeral, according to police, many of whom had been queuing since dawn to say goodbye.

    "Benedict is a bit like my father, so I had to pay homage to him," said Cristina Grisanti, a 59-year-old from Milan, who praised the former pope's "purity, frankness, sweetness."

    An estimated 195,000 people had already paid their respects earlier when the body lay in the state.

    Benedict XVI was the first German pope in 1,000 years and church bells pealed across Germany as the funeral ended on Thursday, while many Germans were also at the Vatican.

    “We owe him a lot. We want to show that we stand behind him, ”said Benedikt Rothweiler, 34, who came from Aachen with his family.

    “Actually, we know very little about Benedict. He always accepted everything as God wants it. This is a good example for us humans.”

    - Two potatoes -

    Benedict was a brilliant theologian but a divisive figure who alienated many Catholics with his staunch defense of conservative doctrine on issues like abortion.

    His eight years at the helm of the global Catholic Church were also marked by crises, from infighting within the Vatican to the global clerical sex abuse scandal and its cover-up.

    When he resigned, Benedict said he no longer had the "mental and physical strength" necessary for the task, and he retired to a quiet life in a monastery in the Vatican gardens.

    His death ended an unprecedented situation of having two "men in white", himself and Francis, living in the small city-state.

    He and Francis, an Argentine Jesuit, were said to have gotten along well, but subsequent interventions by Benedict XVI meant he remained a standard-bearer for conservative Catholics who disliked his successor's more liberal stance.

    The last time a Pope presided over his predecessor's funeral was in 1802, when Pius VII conducted the ceremony for Pius VI, but the circumstances were very different.

    Pius VI died in 1799 in exile, a prisoner of France, and was buried in Valence. The remains of his successor were exhumed and brought back to Italy, before being invited to a papal funeral at St. Peter's.

    – European royalty –

    Beyond St. Peter's, many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics were expected to follow the funeral on television and radio.

    In the majority Catholic Philippines, churches held requiem masses for the former pontiff, including at Malolos Cathedral near the capital Manila.

    “It's an inexplicable feeling to witness this,” said Cherry Castro, 67, who was among the 500 people gathered for the special ceremony.

    Portugal declared a day of national mourning on Thursday, while in Italy, flags were flown at half-mast on public buildings.

    The only official delegations were from Germany and Italy.

    But other dignitaries, including Belgian and Spanish royals, the presidents of Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia and Togo, and the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Gabon and Slovakia, among others, attended in their personal capacities.

    The service followed traditional papal funerals, with some changes to the prayers and readings to reflect Benedict's status as pope emeritus.

    Before being placed in the crypt, his cypress coffin had to be placed first inside a zinc coffin, then in a wooden box.

    As is traditional, next to his body will be placed coins and medals minted during his pontificate and a written text describing his pontificate, sealed in a metal cylinder.

    AFP

    Credit: https://punchng.com/pope-francis-leads-ex-pontiff-benedicts-funeral/

  •  Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has said that the appointment of the14th Olowu of Owu kingdom complied with the Obas and Chiefs Law 2021 and the customs and traditions of Owuland Abiodun made the assertion at the presentation of the staff of office to Oba Prof Saka Matemilola Oluyalo Otileta VII in Totoro area of Abeokuta on Saturday The governor urged the people of Owu Kingdom to rally round and co operate with the new traditional ruler so that Owu Kingdom could continue on its path of progress and development Abiodun who expressed confidence in the ability of Matemilola to steer the ship of Owu Kingdom to greater heights urged him to consider his appointment as a call to service I am confident that you will concentrate on the task of accelerating the pace of socio economic development in Owu Kingdom and Egbaland by mobilising your people in such a manner that their efforts will complement the initiatives of our administration I believe that your vision for Owu Kingdom is aligned to ours as we continue to ensure focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership We consider such partnership as fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun he said He expressed appreciation for the support that his administration had continued to receive from the people since he assumed office as governor of Ogun We appreciate those who out of genuine desire for the economic growth and their people have offered plausible policy options encouragement and candid advice to us like the Balogun Owu Chief Olusegun Obasanjo He has been with us through thick and thin Abiodun said Speaking after his installment Matemilola commended the leadership of the Otileta dynasty for carrying out a credible and fair selection process in spite of many challenges He acknowledged the uniqueness of the stool of the Olowu of Owu kingdom and its responsibilities To rule over such a unique domain with a rich history and heritage requires great leadership qualities and capabilities As I step into my new role as Olowu U will be following in a long line of remarkable Olowus who have all made lasting impacts on Owu kingdom he said The new Olowu who acknowledged the immense expectations of his subjects promised that with their support and help of God he would move the kingdom to greater heights We have already mapped out an ambitious agenda designed to usher in unity peace prosperity and pride in Owu people We also have a clear strategy on how we intend to go about them he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the throne of Owu kingdom became vacant on Dec 12 2021 following the death of the immediate traditional ruler late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu who ascended the throne in 2005 NAN reports that Obasanjo the Balogun of Owu who unavoidably absent at the ceremony was represented by his wife Bola Obasanjo Among dignitaries at the ceremony were two former governors of the state Chief Olusegun Osoba and Sen Ibikunle Amosun and former governor of Delta state Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan Others were traditional rulers captains of industry and politicians including the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland Oba Aremu Gbadebo the Akarigbo of Remo Oba Babatunde Ajayi as well as the Olu of Warri Emiko Ogiame Atuwatse lll ngr ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Selection of Olowu complied with law, custom of land- Gov. Abiodun
     Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has said that the appointment of the14th Olowu of Owu kingdom complied with the Obas and Chiefs Law 2021 and the customs and traditions of Owuland Abiodun made the assertion at the presentation of the staff of office to Oba Prof Saka Matemilola Oluyalo Otileta VII in Totoro area of Abeokuta on Saturday The governor urged the people of Owu Kingdom to rally round and co operate with the new traditional ruler so that Owu Kingdom could continue on its path of progress and development Abiodun who expressed confidence in the ability of Matemilola to steer the ship of Owu Kingdom to greater heights urged him to consider his appointment as a call to service I am confident that you will concentrate on the task of accelerating the pace of socio economic development in Owu Kingdom and Egbaland by mobilising your people in such a manner that their efforts will complement the initiatives of our administration I believe that your vision for Owu Kingdom is aligned to ours as we continue to ensure focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership We consider such partnership as fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun he said He expressed appreciation for the support that his administration had continued to receive from the people since he assumed office as governor of Ogun We appreciate those who out of genuine desire for the economic growth and their people have offered plausible policy options encouragement and candid advice to us like the Balogun Owu Chief Olusegun Obasanjo He has been with us through thick and thin Abiodun said Speaking after his installment Matemilola commended the leadership of the Otileta dynasty for carrying out a credible and fair selection process in spite of many challenges He acknowledged the uniqueness of the stool of the Olowu of Owu kingdom and its responsibilities To rule over such a unique domain with a rich history and heritage requires great leadership qualities and capabilities As I step into my new role as Olowu U will be following in a long line of remarkable Olowus who have all made lasting impacts on Owu kingdom he said The new Olowu who acknowledged the immense expectations of his subjects promised that with their support and help of God he would move the kingdom to greater heights We have already mapped out an ambitious agenda designed to usher in unity peace prosperity and pride in Owu people We also have a clear strategy on how we intend to go about them he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the throne of Owu kingdom became vacant on Dec 12 2021 following the death of the immediate traditional ruler late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu who ascended the throne in 2005 NAN reports that Obasanjo the Balogun of Owu who unavoidably absent at the ceremony was represented by his wife Bola Obasanjo Among dignitaries at the ceremony were two former governors of the state Chief Olusegun Osoba and Sen Ibikunle Amosun and former governor of Delta state Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan Others were traditional rulers captains of industry and politicians including the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland Oba Aremu Gbadebo the Akarigbo of Remo Oba Babatunde Ajayi as well as the Olu of Warri Emiko Ogiame Atuwatse lll ngr ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Selection of Olowu complied with law, custom of land- Gov. Abiodun
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    Selection of Olowu complied with law, custom of land- Gov. Abiodun

    Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has said that the appointment of the14th Olowu of Owu kingdom complied with  the Obas and Chiefs Law, 2021 and the customs and traditions of Owuland Abiodun made the assertion at the presentation of the staff of office to Oba (Prof) Saka Matemilola, Oluyalo Otileta VII.

    in Totoro area of Abeokuta on Saturday.

    The governor urged the people of Owu Kingdom to rally round and co-operate with the new traditional ruler so that Owu Kingdom could continue on its path of progress and development.

    Abiodun, who expressed confidence in the ability of Matemilola to steer the ship of Owu Kingdom to greater heights, urged him to consider his appointment as a call to service.

    “I am confident that you will concentrate on the task of accelerating the pace of socio-economic development in Owu Kingdom and Egbaland by mobilising your people in such a manner that their efforts will complement the initiatives of our administration.

    “I believe that your vision for Owu Kingdom is aligned to ours as we continue to ensure focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership.

    “We consider such partnership as fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun,” he said.

    He expressed appreciation for the support that his administration had continued to receive from the people since he assumed office as governor of Ogun. “We appreciate those who out of genuine desire for the economic growth and their people have offered plausible policy options, encouragement and candid advice to us like the Balogun Owu, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

    “He has been with us through thick and thin’’, Abiodun said.

    Speaking after his installment, Matemilola commended the leadership of the Otileta dynasty for carrying out a credible and fair selection process in spite of many challenges.

    He acknowledged the “uniqueness” of the stool of the Olowu of Owu kingdom and its responsibilities.

    “To rule over such a unique domain with a rich history and heritage requires great leadership qualities and capabilities “As I step into my new role as Olowu, U will be following in a long line of remarkable Olowus who have all made lasting impacts on Owu kingdom,” he said.

    The new Olowu, who acknowledged the immense expectations of his subjects, promised that with their support and help of God, he would move the kingdom to greater heights.

    “We have already mapped out an ambitious agenda designed to usher in unity, peace, prosperity and pride in Owu people.

    “We also have a clear strategy on how we intend to go about them,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the throne of  Owu kingdom became vacant on Dec. 12, 2021 following the death of the immediate traditional ruler,  late Oba Adegboyega Dosumu who ascended the throne in 2005. NAN reports that Obasanjo, the Balogun of Owu, who unavoidably absent at the ceremony , was represented by his wife, Bola Obasanjo.

    Among dignitaries at the ceremony were two former governors of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, and former governor of Delta state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.

    Others were traditional rulers, captains of industry and politicians including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, the Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, as well as the Olu of Warri, Emiko Ogiame, Atuwatse lll.

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  •   Pope Francis will visit Kazakhstan as planned in September for a religious congress the Vatican confirmed on Monday two days after the pontiff revealed he would ease his international schedule The 85 year old has been suffering from knee pain that forced him to cancel a string of events in recent months including a trip to Africa Returning from a six day visit to Canada on Saturday he admitted it was time to slow his pace of international travel and said he may have to think about retiring but not yet Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities Pope Francis will make the announced Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan from September 13 to 15 Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni wrote in a short statement He will visit the capital Nur Sultan for the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions the Vatican said Speaking to reporters on Saturday the pope said Kazakhstan would be a quiet trip without so much movement Francis was elected in 2013 after pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to retire citing his declining physical and mental health Asked on Saturday about whether he might follow Benedict s example the pope said The door is open It s one of the normal options but up until now I haven t knocked on this door But that doesn t mean the day after tomorrow I don t start thinking right But right now I honestly don t
    Pope confirms trip to Kazakhstan despite slowdown talk
      Pope Francis will visit Kazakhstan as planned in September for a religious congress the Vatican confirmed on Monday two days after the pontiff revealed he would ease his international schedule The 85 year old has been suffering from knee pain that forced him to cancel a string of events in recent months including a trip to Africa Returning from a six day visit to Canada on Saturday he admitted it was time to slow his pace of international travel and said he may have to think about retiring but not yet Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities Pope Francis will make the announced Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan from September 13 to 15 Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni wrote in a short statement He will visit the capital Nur Sultan for the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions the Vatican said Speaking to reporters on Saturday the pope said Kazakhstan would be a quiet trip without so much movement Francis was elected in 2013 after pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to retire citing his declining physical and mental health Asked on Saturday about whether he might follow Benedict s example the pope said The door is open It s one of the normal options but up until now I haven t knocked on this door But that doesn t mean the day after tomorrow I don t start thinking right But right now I honestly don t
    Pope confirms trip to Kazakhstan despite slowdown talk
    Foreign6 months ago

    Pope confirms trip to Kazakhstan despite slowdown talk

    Pope Francis will visit Kazakhstan as planned in September for a religious congress, the Vatican confirmed on Monday, two days after the pontiff revealed he would ease his international schedule.

    The 85-year-old has been suffering from knee pain that forced him to cancel a string of events in recent months, including a trip to Africa.

    Returning from a six-day visit to Canada on Saturday, he admitted it was time to slow his pace of international travel and said he may have to think about retiring — but not yet.

    “Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities, Pope Francis will make the announced Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan from September 13 to 15,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni wrote in a short statement.

    He will visit the capital Nur-Sultan, for the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Vatican said.

    Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the pope said Kazakhstan would be “a quiet trip, without so much movement”.

    Francis was elected in 2013 after pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to retire, citing his declining physical and mental health.

    Asked on Saturday about whether he might follow Benedict’s example, the pope said: “The door is open.

    It’s one of the normal options but up until now I haven’t knocked on this door.

    “But that doesn’t mean the day after tomorrow I don’t start thinking, right?

    But right now I honestly don’t.

  •  An indigenous oil firm First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited First E amp P on Thursday donated a solar powered water project to Koluama 1 community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa The Project is expected to provide the people and their environ with portable water to reduce cases of water borne diseases The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the oil firm executed the project with KEFFES Rural Development Foundation KEFFES is an acronym for Koluama 1 and 2 Ezetu 1 and 2 Foropa Fish Town Ekeni and Sangana oil rich communities located along the Atlantic coastline in Bayelsa Speaking at the hand over ceremony Mr Gerald Makiri representative of First E and P said the solar project was a pilot test and that it would be replicated in all the host communities Fela in his popular song says water no get enemy so we are hoping that this water will bring unity to this community We are hoping that as you drink from the borehole sickness will varnish there will be more prosperity to Koluama 1 the women youths boys and girls Makiri said Receiving the project Mr Matthew Sele epri Chairman KEFFES Rural Development Foundation thanked First E and P and NNPC for the kind gesture but asked that three additional points be built in the pilot scheme in Koluama 1 Sele epri who was represented by Moses Theophilus Kenibara VII traditional ruler of Moko Ama Sangana Kingdom also appealed that the project should be replicated in all KEFFES communities He noted that it was the first in KEFFES rural communities If you can recall that all our communities are surrounded by water but portable water to drink is a problem And today as God may have it First E and P have been able to deliver on the social development obligation and so we want to appreciate First E amp P for this kind and proactive intervention We are still demanding that this should be replicated in all the communities and all the KEFFES host communities because that is the only way we can see the goodness of this he said Sele epri said the project should be replicated in all the communities adding that it would not be good to expect the whole community coming to Kouama 1 to fetch water NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Indigenous oil firm donates solar-powered water project to host community
     An indigenous oil firm First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited First E amp P on Thursday donated a solar powered water project to Koluama 1 community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa The Project is expected to provide the people and their environ with portable water to reduce cases of water borne diseases The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the oil firm executed the project with KEFFES Rural Development Foundation KEFFES is an acronym for Koluama 1 and 2 Ezetu 1 and 2 Foropa Fish Town Ekeni and Sangana oil rich communities located along the Atlantic coastline in Bayelsa Speaking at the hand over ceremony Mr Gerald Makiri representative of First E and P said the solar project was a pilot test and that it would be replicated in all the host communities Fela in his popular song says water no get enemy so we are hoping that this water will bring unity to this community We are hoping that as you drink from the borehole sickness will varnish there will be more prosperity to Koluama 1 the women youths boys and girls Makiri said Receiving the project Mr Matthew Sele epri Chairman KEFFES Rural Development Foundation thanked First E and P and NNPC for the kind gesture but asked that three additional points be built in the pilot scheme in Koluama 1 Sele epri who was represented by Moses Theophilus Kenibara VII traditional ruler of Moko Ama Sangana Kingdom also appealed that the project should be replicated in all KEFFES communities He noted that it was the first in KEFFES rural communities If you can recall that all our communities are surrounded by water but portable water to drink is a problem And today as God may have it First E and P have been able to deliver on the social development obligation and so we want to appreciate First E amp P for this kind and proactive intervention We are still demanding that this should be replicated in all the communities and all the KEFFES host communities because that is the only way we can see the goodness of this he said Sele epri said the project should be replicated in all the communities adding that it would not be good to expect the whole community coming to Kouama 1 to fetch water NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Indigenous oil firm donates solar-powered water project to host community
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    Indigenous oil firm donates solar-powered water project to host community

    An indigenous oil firm, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited (First E & P), on Thursday donated a solar powered water project to Koluama 1 community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

    The Project is expected to provide the people and their environ with portable water to reduce cases of water borne diseases.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the oil firm executed the project with KEFFES Rural Development Foundation.

    KEFFES is an acronym for Koluama 1 and 2, Ezetu 1 and 2, Foropa, Fish Town; Ekeni, and Sangana oil-rich communities located along the Atlantic coastline in Bayelsa.

    Speaking at the hand over ceremony, Mr Gerald Makiri, representative of First E and P, said the solar project was a pilot test and that it would be replicated in all the host communities.

    “Fela in his popular song says: ‘water no get enemy’, so, we are hoping that this water will bring unity to this community.

    ”We are hoping that as you drink from the borehole, sickness will varnish, there will be more prosperity to Koluama 1, the women, youths, boys and girls,“ Makiri said.

    Receiving the project, Mr Matthew Sele-epri, Chairman, KEFFES Rural Development Foundation, thanked First E and P and NNPC for the kind gesture but asked that three additional points be built in the pilot scheme in Koluama 1.

    Sele-epri, who was represented by Moses Theophilus, Kenibara VII, traditional ruler of Moko-Ama Sangana Kingdom, also appealed that the project should be replicated in all KEFFES communities.

    He noted that it was the first in KEFFES rural communities.

    ”If you can recall that all our communities are surrounded by water but portable water to drink is a problem.

    “And today as God may have it, First E and P have been able to deliver on the social development obligation and so we want to appreciate First E & P for this kind and proactive intervention.

    “We are still demanding that this should be replicated in all the communities and all the KEFFES host communities because that is the only way we can see the goodness of this,” he said.

    Sele-epri said the project should be replicated in all the communities, adding that it would not be good to expect the whole community coming to Kouama 1 to fetch water. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita held talks on June 17 2022 in Rabat with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education Culture and Science ALECSO Mohamed Ould Aamar The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar s participation in the 7th UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education CONFINTEA VII co organized by the Moroccan government and UNESCO in Marrakech under the High Patronage of Her Majesty King Mohammed VI Held under the theme Adult Learning and Education for Sustainable Development A Transformative Agenda the conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to define the future of adult learning and education for the next decade The event aims to examine effective adult learning and education policies from a lifelong learning perspective in ways that contribute to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General
      The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita held talks on June 17 2022 in Rabat with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education Culture and Science ALECSO Mohamed Ould Aamar The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar s participation in the 7th UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education CONFINTEA VII co organized by the Moroccan government and UNESCO in Marrakech under the High Patronage of Her Majesty King Mohammed VI Held under the theme Adult Learning and Education for Sustainable Development A Transformative Agenda the conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to define the future of adult learning and education for the next decade The event aims to examine effective adult learning and education policies from a lifelong learning perspective in ways that contribute to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General
    Africa8 months ago

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita Holds Talks with Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Director-General

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks, on June 17, 2022 in Rabat, with the Director General of the Organization of the Arab League for Education, Culture and Science ( ALECSO), Mohamed Ould Aamar .

    The talks took place on the sidelines of Ould Aamar's participation in the 7th UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), co-organized by the Moroccan government and UNESCO in Marrakech, under the High Patronage of Her Majesty King Mohammed VI.

    Held under the theme "Adult Learning and Education for Sustainable Development: A Transformative Agenda", the conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to define the future of adult learning and education for the next decade.

    The event aims to examine effective adult learning and education policies from a lifelong learning perspective in ways that contribute to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  •   We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive engaging and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism DUBAI United Arab Emirates November 22 2021 APO Group As an extension of the company s Miraisha program https bit ly 3FC2cGi that focuses on promoting future job opportunities and livelihoods in Africa by offering extensive workshops and other educational support through this partnership Canon Canon CNA com seeks to empower young and aspiring African talents with a passion for documentary and photojournalist storytelling through a twelve week program in association with the VII Academy The workshops will be led and tutored by world renowned photographers namely Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi To strengthen the foundation of photojournalism the program will impart to students the practical tools necessary for the production of individual images and short photo essays suitable for publication in an editorial and digital context Canon Central and North Africa CCNA today announced its partnership with the VII Academy to launch its twelve week collaborative course on documentary photography and photojournalism Under the umbrella of Canon s Miraisha program https bit ly 3HGzRAh the twelve week course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of composition and camera control simple narrative narrative as well like basic business and freelance work skills all within an ethical and practical framework for photojournalism The three month program will include lectures on photojournalism concepts group tutorials assignments and feedback sessions in order to develop the student s ability to work in an editorial and digital context on individual images and short photo essays We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive engaging and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism for African youth The Miraisha program was carefully designed to provide relevant opportunities to young Africans across our continent as well as equipping them with the right tools and training necessary to carve out a career path in life Across all of our Miraisha offerings our goal remains the same empower African talents promote future job opportunities and livelihoods At Canon we believe it is imperative to nurture and nurture passionate talents through initiatives that focus on honing their skills As part of this twelve week program we aspire to instill in students the right skills from the fundamentals of photography such as taking individual photographs to advanced levels such as producing a short photo essay powered by a journalist Over the weeks students will gradually progress from how to control the camera to visual style and composition through funding and budget finally culminating in an exhibition of student work commented Amine Djouahra Director of sales and marketing for Canon Central and North Africa Divided into three months the program will cover lectures on relevant concepts in documentary photography and photojournalism as well as a group tutorial each week thus ensuring that students are well prepared for their assignments The workshops will be in charge of the world renowned photographers of the VII Agency Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi Nichole Sobecki who has lived in Nairobi for the past decade the primary focus of Nichole s work is humanity s tense intimate and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in our planet s ecological balance as a National Geographic Explorer Stefano De Luigi currently lives in Paris and began his career working for the Grand Louvre Museum as a photographer from 1989 to 1996 His numerous awards include four World Press Photo Awards 1998 2007 2010 2011 the Eugene Smith Fellowship 2008 and the Getty Scholarship for Editorial Photography just to name a few The initial weeks are tightly structured with regular assignments and feedback sessions for students to develop an editorial and digital approach to their photography assignments These first weeks of the course will introduce students to basic concepts of photojournalism as well as explore elements of professional practice such as personal branding portfolio presentation social media management as well as cover technical aspects of the camera such as aperture depth of field shutter speed lenses ISO and composition and aesthetics The intermediate weeks of the program will focus on assignments ranging from landscape shots to street photography portraits and sports for students to understand and develop a logical workflow for their production including captions image manipulation archiving and backup your work The course will conclude with two professional practice sessions that introduce the basics of self employment covering financial planning budgeting proposal writing personal branding and business development Therefore the program is complete to provide an intensive course on documentary photography and photojournalism to students who are interested in pursuing the editorial and digital path
    Empowering Future Livelihood: Canon and VII Academy Team Up to Launch Twelve-Week Seminar Program on Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
      We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive engaging and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism DUBAI United Arab Emirates November 22 2021 APO Group As an extension of the company s Miraisha program https bit ly 3FC2cGi that focuses on promoting future job opportunities and livelihoods in Africa by offering extensive workshops and other educational support through this partnership Canon Canon CNA com seeks to empower young and aspiring African talents with a passion for documentary and photojournalist storytelling through a twelve week program in association with the VII Academy The workshops will be led and tutored by world renowned photographers namely Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi To strengthen the foundation of photojournalism the program will impart to students the practical tools necessary for the production of individual images and short photo essays suitable for publication in an editorial and digital context Canon Central and North Africa CCNA today announced its partnership with the VII Academy to launch its twelve week collaborative course on documentary photography and photojournalism Under the umbrella of Canon s Miraisha program https bit ly 3HGzRAh the twelve week course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of composition and camera control simple narrative narrative as well like basic business and freelance work skills all within an ethical and practical framework for photojournalism The three month program will include lectures on photojournalism concepts group tutorials assignments and feedback sessions in order to develop the student s ability to work in an editorial and digital context on individual images and short photo essays We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive engaging and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism for African youth The Miraisha program was carefully designed to provide relevant opportunities to young Africans across our continent as well as equipping them with the right tools and training necessary to carve out a career path in life Across all of our Miraisha offerings our goal remains the same empower African talents promote future job opportunities and livelihoods At Canon we believe it is imperative to nurture and nurture passionate talents through initiatives that focus on honing their skills As part of this twelve week program we aspire to instill in students the right skills from the fundamentals of photography such as taking individual photographs to advanced levels such as producing a short photo essay powered by a journalist Over the weeks students will gradually progress from how to control the camera to visual style and composition through funding and budget finally culminating in an exhibition of student work commented Amine Djouahra Director of sales and marketing for Canon Central and North Africa Divided into three months the program will cover lectures on relevant concepts in documentary photography and photojournalism as well as a group tutorial each week thus ensuring that students are well prepared for their assignments The workshops will be in charge of the world renowned photographers of the VII Agency Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi Nichole Sobecki who has lived in Nairobi for the past decade the primary focus of Nichole s work is humanity s tense intimate and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in our planet s ecological balance as a National Geographic Explorer Stefano De Luigi currently lives in Paris and began his career working for the Grand Louvre Museum as a photographer from 1989 to 1996 His numerous awards include four World Press Photo Awards 1998 2007 2010 2011 the Eugene Smith Fellowship 2008 and the Getty Scholarship for Editorial Photography just to name a few The initial weeks are tightly structured with regular assignments and feedback sessions for students to develop an editorial and digital approach to their photography assignments These first weeks of the course will introduce students to basic concepts of photojournalism as well as explore elements of professional practice such as personal branding portfolio presentation social media management as well as cover technical aspects of the camera such as aperture depth of field shutter speed lenses ISO and composition and aesthetics The intermediate weeks of the program will focus on assignments ranging from landscape shots to street photography portraits and sports for students to understand and develop a logical workflow for their production including captions image manipulation archiving and backup your work The course will conclude with two professional practice sessions that introduce the basics of self employment covering financial planning budgeting proposal writing personal branding and business development Therefore the program is complete to provide an intensive course on documentary photography and photojournalism to students who are interested in pursuing the editorial and digital path
    Empowering Future Livelihood: Canon and VII Academy Team Up to Launch Twelve-Week Seminar Program on Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
    Africa1 year ago

    Empowering Future Livelihood: Canon and VII Academy Team Up to Launch Twelve-Week Seminar Program on Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

    We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive, engaging, and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism.

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, November 22, 2021 / APO Group / -

    As an extension of the company's Miraisha program (https://bit.ly/3FC2cGi) that focuses on promoting future job opportunities and livelihoods in Africa by offering extensive workshops and other educational support, through this partnership, Canon ( Canon-CNA.com) seeks to empower young and aspiring African talents with a passion for documentary and photojournalist storytelling through a twelve-week program in association with the VII Academy. The workshops will be led and tutored by world-renowned photographers, namely Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi.

    To strengthen the foundation of photojournalism, the program will impart to students the practical tools necessary for the production of individual images and short photo essays suitable for publication in an editorial and digital context.

    Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) today announced its partnership with the VII Academy to launch its twelve-week collaborative course on documentary photography and photojournalism. Under the umbrella of Canon's Miraisha program (https://bit.ly/3HGzRAh), the twelve-week course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of composition and camera control, simple narrative narrative, as well like basic business and freelance work. skills, all within an ethical and practical framework for photojournalism. The three-month program will include lectures on photojournalism concepts, group tutorials, assignments, and feedback sessions in order to develop the student's ability to work in an editorial and digital context on individual images and short photo essays.

    “We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to present an interactive, engaging and educational course on documentary photography and photojournalism for African youth. The Miraisha program was carefully designed to provide relevant opportunities to young Africans across our continent, as well as equipping them with the right tools and training necessary to carve out a career path in life. Across all of our Miraisha offerings, our goal remains the same: empower African talents, promote future job opportunities and livelihoods. At Canon, we believe it is imperative to nurture and nurture passionate talents through initiatives that focus on honing their skills. As part of this twelve-week program, we aspire to instill in students the right skills, from the fundamentals of photography, such as taking individual photographs, to advanced levels, such as producing a short photo essay powered by a journalist. Over the weeks, students will gradually progress from how to control the camera to visual style and composition, through funding and budget, finally culminating in an exhibition of student work, ”commented Amine Djouahra, Director of sales and marketing for Canon Central and North Africa.

    Divided into three months, the program will cover lectures on relevant concepts in documentary photography and photojournalism, as well as a group tutorial each week, thus ensuring that students are well prepared for their assignments. The workshops will be in charge of the world-renowned photographers of the VII Agency, Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi. Nichole Sobecki, who has lived in Nairobi for the past decade, the primary focus of Nichole's work is humanity's tense, intimate, and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world. She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in our planet's ecological balance as a National Geographic Explorer. Stefano De Luigi currently lives in Paris and began his career working for the Grand Louvre Museum as a photographer from 1989 to 1996. His numerous awards include four World Press Photo Awards (1998, 2007, 2010, 2011), the Eugene Smith Fellowship (2008 ) and the Getty Scholarship for Editorial Photography, just to name a few.

    The initial weeks are tightly structured with regular assignments and feedback sessions for students to develop an editorial and digital approach to their photography assignments. These first weeks of the course will introduce students to basic concepts of photojournalism, as well as explore elements of professional practice such as personal branding, portfolio presentation, social media management, as well as cover technical aspects of the camera such as aperture, depth of field, shutter speed. , lenses, ISO and composition and aesthetics. The intermediate weeks of the program will focus on assignments ranging from landscape shots to street photography, portraits and sports for students to understand and develop a logical workflow for their production, including captions, image manipulation, archiving and backup your work. The course will conclude with two professional practice sessions that introduce the basics of self-employment, covering financial planning, budgeting, proposal writing, personal branding, and business development. Therefore, the program is complete to provide an intensive course on documentary photography and photojournalism to students who are interested in pursuing the editorial and digital path.

  •  Questions mounted Friday about the health of 95 year old Queen Elizabeth II after she had tests and spent a night in hospital despite royal officials saying she was resting at home Buckingham Palace had said on Wednesday morning that she pulled out of a planned engagement in Northern Ireland and had been advised to rest on medical advice But royal officials were forced to confirm late Thursday that she had in fact had some preliminary investigations in hospital on Wednesday and stayed overnight after The Sun newspaper broke the news She returned from King Edward VII s Hospital in central London to her Windsor Castle home west of London and was said to be in good spirits Britain s Press Association news agency said the hospital visit and stay was not initially disclosed because it was expected to be short and to protect her privacy She stayed overnight for practical reasons said to be because it was too late to make the 26 mile 42 kilometre trip back to Windsor The Queen has previously been treated at the exclusive private clinic which is known for treating the royal family including in 2013 for gastroenteritis when she also stayed for one night The development follows several busy weeks during which the monarch undertook more than a dozen public engagements including hosting a reception Tuesday for global business leaders at Windsor Castle Royals author Robert Hardman told the BBC there would be a mild degree of irritation at the palace this morning that news of the queen s overnight hospital stay had become public There s a concern to maintain the dignity of the office Hardman said adding officials had likely feared huge banks of cameras and 24 hour news setting up outside the hospital However veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said royal officials have not been giving us a complete reasonable picture of what has been occurring Rumours and misinformation proliferate and thrive when there is an absence of good proportionate trustworthy information We must hope that we can rely on what the palace is now telling us he added calling assurances that the queen was in good spirits a handy phrase that the palace dusts off at moments such as this Richard Palmer royal correspondent at the Daily Express also called the phrase a palace clich Royal sources had been keen to encourage the impression that she had just overdone it but may struggle to convince the public now he noted Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in the UK and 15 other realms around the world including Australia Canada and New Zealand Preparations are already under way to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year marking her 70 years on the throne The palace said she was back at her desk on Thursday afternoon undertaking light duties The disclosure however will inevitably raise fears for her health and the toll of her public duties given her advanced age Her late husband Prince Philip died in April just a few weeks before his 100th birthday months after spending four weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a pre existing heart condition The monarch who still rides and drives on her private estates has been especially active since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland at the start of October Last week she was seen for the first time at a major public event using a walking stick but royal officials said it was not linked to any specific health condition She is still expected to join other senior royals for a series of events linked to the upcoming UN climate summit in Glasgow next month She hates people making a fuss of her in general but particularly to do with health added Hardman But it s a reflection of the enormous affection and concern the whole country has for her and the fact that every news bulletin and newspaper is leading on it reflects that Source Credit TheGuardian
    Confusion reigns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health after hospital stay
     Questions mounted Friday about the health of 95 year old Queen Elizabeth II after she had tests and spent a night in hospital despite royal officials saying she was resting at home Buckingham Palace had said on Wednesday morning that she pulled out of a planned engagement in Northern Ireland and had been advised to rest on medical advice But royal officials were forced to confirm late Thursday that she had in fact had some preliminary investigations in hospital on Wednesday and stayed overnight after The Sun newspaper broke the news She returned from King Edward VII s Hospital in central London to her Windsor Castle home west of London and was said to be in good spirits Britain s Press Association news agency said the hospital visit and stay was not initially disclosed because it was expected to be short and to protect her privacy She stayed overnight for practical reasons said to be because it was too late to make the 26 mile 42 kilometre trip back to Windsor The Queen has previously been treated at the exclusive private clinic which is known for treating the royal family including in 2013 for gastroenteritis when she also stayed for one night The development follows several busy weeks during which the monarch undertook more than a dozen public engagements including hosting a reception Tuesday for global business leaders at Windsor Castle Royals author Robert Hardman told the BBC there would be a mild degree of irritation at the palace this morning that news of the queen s overnight hospital stay had become public There s a concern to maintain the dignity of the office Hardman said adding officials had likely feared huge banks of cameras and 24 hour news setting up outside the hospital However veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said royal officials have not been giving us a complete reasonable picture of what has been occurring Rumours and misinformation proliferate and thrive when there is an absence of good proportionate trustworthy information We must hope that we can rely on what the palace is now telling us he added calling assurances that the queen was in good spirits a handy phrase that the palace dusts off at moments such as this Richard Palmer royal correspondent at the Daily Express also called the phrase a palace clich Royal sources had been keen to encourage the impression that she had just overdone it but may struggle to convince the public now he noted Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in the UK and 15 other realms around the world including Australia Canada and New Zealand Preparations are already under way to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year marking her 70 years on the throne The palace said she was back at her desk on Thursday afternoon undertaking light duties The disclosure however will inevitably raise fears for her health and the toll of her public duties given her advanced age Her late husband Prince Philip died in April just a few weeks before his 100th birthday months after spending four weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a pre existing heart condition The monarch who still rides and drives on her private estates has been especially active since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland at the start of October Last week she was seen for the first time at a major public event using a walking stick but royal officials said it was not linked to any specific health condition She is still expected to join other senior royals for a series of events linked to the upcoming UN climate summit in Glasgow next month She hates people making a fuss of her in general but particularly to do with health added Hardman But it s a reflection of the enormous affection and concern the whole country has for her and the fact that every news bulletin and newspaper is leading on it reflects that Source Credit TheGuardian
    Confusion reigns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health after hospital stay
    Foreign1 year ago

    Confusion reigns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health after hospital stay

    Questions mounted Friday about the health of 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II after she had tests and spent a night in hospital, despite royal officials saying she was resting at home.

    Buckingham Palace had said on Wednesday morning that she pulled out of a planned engagement in Northern Ireland and had been advised to rest on medical advice.

    But royal officials were forced to confirm late Thursday that she had in fact had “some preliminary investigations” in hospital on Wednesday, and stayed overnight, after The Sun newspaper broke the news.

    She returned from King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London to her Windsor Castle home west of London and was said to be “in good spirits”.

    Britain’s Press Association news agency said the hospital visit and stay was not initially disclosed because it was expected to be short, and to protect her privacy.

    She stayed overnight for “practical reasons”, said to be because it was too late to make the 26-mile (42-kilometre) trip back to Windsor.

    The Queen has previously been treated at the exclusive private clinic, which is known for treating the royal family, including in 2013 for gastroenteritis, when she also stayed for one night.

    The development follows several busy weeks during which the monarch undertook more than a dozen public engagements, including hosting a reception Tuesday for global business leaders at Windsor Castle.

    Royals author Robert Hardman told the BBC there would be “a mild degree of irritation at the palace this morning” that news of the queen’s overnight hospital stay had become public.

    “There’s a concern to maintain the dignity of the office,” Hardman said, adding officials had likely feared “huge banks of cameras and 24-hour news setting up outside the hospital”.

    However, veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said royal officials “have not been giving us a complete, reasonable picture of what has been occurring”.

    “Rumours and misinformation proliferate (and) thrive when there is an absence of good, proportionate, trustworthy information.

    “We must hope that we can rely on what the palace is now telling us,” he added, calling assurances that the queen was in good spirits “a handy phrase that the palace dusts off at moments such as this”.

    Richard Palmer, royal correspondent at the Daily Express, also called the phrase a “palace cliché”.

    “Royal sources had been keen to encourage the impression that she had just overdone it but may struggle to convince the public now,” he noted.

    Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in the UK and 15 other realms around the world, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

    Preparations are already under way to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year, marking her 70 years on the throne.

    The palace said she was back at her desk on Thursday afternoon undertaking “light duties”.

    The disclosure, however, will inevitably raise fears for her health and the toll of her public duties given her advanced age.

    Her late husband, Prince Philip, died in April just a few weeks before his 100th birthday, months after spending four weeks in hospital receiving treatment for a pre-existing heart condition.

    The monarch, who still rides and drives on her private estates, has been especially active since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland at the start of October.

    Last week, she was seen for the first time at a major public event using a walking stick, but royal officials said it was not linked to any specific health condition.

    She is still expected to join other senior royals for a series of events linked to the upcoming UN climate summit in Glasgow next month.

    “She hates people making a fuss of her in general but particularly to do with health,” added Hardman.

    “But it’s a reflection of the enormous affection and concern the whole country has for her, and the fact that every news bulletin and newspaper is leading on it reflects that.”

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

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