GAME THEORY FILMS LAUNCHES

first_img(L-R) Tim Smythe-Bishop, William Woods, Hilary Hart and Luke Black Advertisement Toronto, ON – Producer William Woods has announced the launch of Game Theory Films, a new boutique film distribution company based in Toronto. Game Theory will distribute narrative and documentary indies across all platforms in the Canadian territory.Pictured above are (L-R) distribution veteran Tim Smythe-Bishop has come onboard as Senior Market Strategist, William Woods as President, Hilary Hart as Director of Acquisitions and Distribution and Luke Black as Director of Development.The company’s first acquisitions reflect their goal to acquire films that are original, visually striking, and emotionally compelling. Game Theory has acquired the Canadian rights to Igor Drljaca’s first-ever feature documentary, The Stone Speakers, in advance of its international premiere in the Forum program at Berlinale ’19. They have also acquired Daniel Leo’s English-Polish-Portuguese language feature debut, Man Proposes, God Disposes. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN Chief Ban: Drug smuggling rises in West Africa

first_imgUnited Nations – $1.25 billion of cocaine passes through West Africa each year, says UN Chief Ban-Ki moon.The UN estimates that $1.25 billion of cocaine is passing through West Africa each year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki–moon said on Thursday in New York. Ban stated that a rising portion of drugs entering West African coasts followed the Sahel route on the way to the Mediterranean. “In a particularly disturbing development, West Africa is no longer just a transit route for drug traffickers but a growing destination with more than a million users of illicit drugs. I urge all member states to ratify and fully implement these conventions and instruments without delay,” Moon said. Ban also stressed that “he also expressed that their work was guided by the conventions against organized crime, drug trafficking and corruption, as well as the international instruments on terrorism, which must be implemented in full compliance with human rights standards and norms.”last_img read more

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Cabinet approves proposal to pay rent for Uma Oya affected families

The proposal includes paying a monthly rent allowance from Rs. 10,000 to 25,000 to the families that have been evacuated, as per the recommendations of Government Assessor, for a maximum period of 06 months until they are being resettled.The proposal also includes granting dry rations given to the affected families for a further six months. (Colombo Gazette) Cabinet has approved a proposal to pay rent to the families affected by the Uma Oya project.The cabinet approved relief as per the recommendations of the cabinet subcommittee appointed for this purpose. read more

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Hydrogen Sulphide leak in Norfolk County

Officials in Norfolk Country are investigating leaks of Hydrogen Sulphide from natural gas wells.The Norfolk County Taskforce is continuing to monitor the situation in the area between Silver Hill and Langton.The gas, which is lethal and flammable in large doses, can lose its potency at high concentrations and humans won’t smell the usual ‘rotten egg’ scent.Ontario Provincial police (OPP) are urging people to stay away from North Walsingham Concession 10 between Forestry Farm Rd. and East Quarterline Rd. for the time being, which has seen six homes evacuated. Residents and visitors are also prohibited from entering the area on foot or any type of vehicle as OPP continue to police the area.Police are asking anyone who believes a well is leaking to contact the Spills Actions Centre of the Ontario Ministry of Environment at 1-800-268-6060 (toll-free) or 416-325-3000.For more information on the risks of Hydrogen Sulphide, visit: http://www.norfolkcounty.ca/ and click on the info link. read more

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FAA chief meets Boeing officials tries out Max simulator

DALLAS — The nation’s top aviation regulator has tested new software for the Boeing 737 Max in a flight simulator and is tentatively giving a favourable review to the updates to a plane that remains grounded after two deadly crashes.The new chief of the Federal Aviation Administration, Stephen Dickson, also toured the Max assembly line near Seattle and met with senior Boeing officials on Thursday.Boeing aims to have the plane flying again in the next couple months, but Dickson says that his agency has no timetable for its review of changes Boeing is making after the accidents, which together killed 346 people.Boeing has not yet submitted its safety analysis of the changes. Dickson said he has seen draft materials that still need more work. He did not provide details.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

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UK engine output down in September but still on track for record

UK engine manufacturing declines -9.5% in September as UK demand falls by double digits.Production for export drives demand, up 8.9% in the month and 14.6% in first three quarters.Year-to-date output surpasses 2m units with volumes up some 60,000 on the same period in 2017. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Given September’s drop in output from UK car plants, it’s no surprise to see engine production follow suit. Preparation for tough new emissions tests, model changes and operational restructuring have all played a role, and today’s figures, which also show healthy exports growth, highlight our reliance on global demand for our advanced, low emission powertrains. To ensure this sector continues to break records, maintaining free and frictionless trade is imperative. read more

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Ohio State field hockey shuts out Ohio University 30

OSU junior forward/midfield Maddy Humphrey (23) protects the ball from California sophomore midfield/back Mara Gutierrez (24) and redshirt junior back Michaela Swensen (18) during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State field hockey (1-3) team dominated the Bobcats (1-3) on Sunday afternoon, resulting in a 3-0 victory at Buckeye Field.Freshman midfielder Esther Clotet Alsina helped put the team in a favorable position early on in the game. In the 21st minute, she was able to slide the ball past OU goalie Lina Trucco for the lead. This set the tone for the first half as the Buckeyes were presented with multiple scoring opportunities, including four penalty corners and nine total shots.Junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey helped seal the deal for OSU with two goals of her own. Humphrey concluded the first half with a penalty stroke that doubled the lead for the Buckeyes with only 32 seconds to go.“That was huge,” Wilkinson said. “OU is a lethal team and even being up by two goals, you never really feel comfortable. We continued to attack in the second half and do the things that got us the lead in the first place”.As the second half commenced, there was a lot of back and forth between the Buckeye offense and Bobcat defense. OSU accumulated seven penalty corners during the second half but were denied each time. However, the Buckeyes persisted and achieved a second goal from Humphrey; this time with an assist from redshirt junior midfielder Maggie Reddecliff.Humphrey now has at least one goal in every game this season (five goals, one assist).Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro, junior back Caroline Rath, freshman back Maartje Bongers, and junior back Carolina Vergroesen held Ohio University to only five total shots. The Buckeyes surrendered the least amount of shots since their 2015 season opener against Saint Louis. Tamburro earned her fourth career shutout.Ohio State will conclude the Buckeye Invitational this Wednesday, September 7th at 3 pm against UC Davis. read more

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Roof bolt installations you can count on

first_imgSandvik’s new Sandvik DO600 onboard roof bolting solution is designed to meet the coal industry need for faster, safer bolting – the first step towards hands-free bolting. Roof support is of course one of the most important tasks in coal operations.Aligned with Sandvik’s focus on the aftermarket, the DO600 series will replace a number of older models and is suitable for retrofit on existing units, converting current equipment to the most advanced bolting technology available. It will ultimately be provided as standard on all new mechanical cutting machines.Compared to equivalent older bolter models, the Sandvik DO600 series is designed to offer up to 40% longer interval between repairs, 100% cost control with the “price per bolt” model and up to 30% reduction in operating cost.DO600 upgrade solutions come with an extended warranty, with ongoing maintenance provided. The conversion can be quickly undertaken by Sandvik skilled technicians, in the same time as a standard on-board bolter exchange.The frame, feed and timber jack modules are designed for ease of maintenance, increasing production time. Available in different lengths and drill strokes, the new DO600 series can accommodate a range of customer applications and preferences and is available with a variety of head plates, drill head types and inlet manifolds.“Designed with future industry needs in mind, it will eventually lead to Sandvik DO600i – the intelligent enabler for measuring feed force, timber jack and drill head positioning, data logging, etc.”, says Bruno Reumueller, VP Underground Coal and Minerals, Mechanical Cutting, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.last_img read more

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Two Millennium coal project shoreline permits denied

first_imgLONGVIEW — In a huge blow to the proposed Longview coal dock, a Cowlitz County hearing examiner has denied two major shoreline permits that Millennium Bulk Terminals needs for its $680 million project.Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir rejected the permits Tuesday in spite of recommendations from Cowlitz County staff that he approve the permits under several conditions.Scheibmeir wrote in his decision that Millennium could not show that it would adequately compensate for 10 significant adverse impacts identified in the state’s environmental impact statement. The state Department of Ecology cited nine of those 10 impacts as reasoning to deny a water quality permit for the terminal in September. Those nine areas include: vehicle traffic, vessel traffic, rail capacity, rail safety, noise pollution, social and community resources, cultural resources and tribal resources.Scheibmeir added a tenth impact — greenhouse gas emissions — when the company said it could not mitigate for all the emissions generated as result of its project. A cradle-to-grave analysis estimated that the terminal would increase global greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million metric tons annually, according to the environmental impact statement.Millennium will appeal the decision to the state’s shoreline hearing board.“The decision is based primarily on issues outside the shoreline area applicable to any new terminal or transportation project in the State of Washington,” said Bill Chapman, Millennium CEO, in a prepared statement. “Not allowing Millennium to use this industrial shoreline for a bulk materials terminal simply because there will be more trains on the tracks and more vessels on the Columbia River, makes a bold statement that there is no industrial or port use for this site, or for any other industrial port site in Cowlitz County or anywhere else on the Columbia River System.”last_img read more

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Transcontinental Sells US Direct Mail Group

first_imgMagazine publisher and printer Transcontinental Inc. announced that it has agreed to sell its U.S. direct mail division to IWCO Direct, a direct marketing firm based in Chanhassen, Minnesota.Terms of the deal were not made available but, according to the company, Transcontinental Direct generated revenues of $153 million in 2009, down substantially from $250 million in fiscal 2008, said a spokesperson. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010.The deal includes assets from direct mail operations in Warminster and Hamburg, Pennsylvania; Fort Worth, Texas; and Downey, California. In a statement, Transcontinental president and CEO Francois Olivier said, “Transcontinental has decided to focus on its other market segments.”The spokesperson said the sale was necessary because Transcontinental “didn’t want to lead the direct mail industry’s much-needed consolidation,” and added that the company will focus on its Canadian publishing and printing operations while expanding its new integrated marketing services. “We feel that our core business of printing in Canada, publishing in Canada and building our new markting services sector is more strategic for Transcontinental as opposed to being the direct marketing consolidator in the U.S.,” he said.Company reports indicate the decline in direct mail usage in the U.S. accounted for 43 percent of the company’s revenue loss in fiscal 2009. Total revenues dropped 6 percent from $2.43 billion to $2.29 billion.It is so far unknown how the sale will impact the division’s 1,200 employees, if at all, or whether there will be any consolidation of operations. The spokesperson said the two companies will continue to operate separately until the sale closes, pending regulatory approval. “No staff changes until the closing,” he said.last_img read more

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Aleutian Sockeye Finds a Market With Full Circle Farms

first_imgSockeye on ice. (Credit Mike Mason/KDLG)Aleutian sockeye has found a new niche market through the organic food delivery company Full Circle Farms.Full Circle’s main business is sending out boxes of organic fruits and vegetables to its customers in California and the Pacific Northwest.In recent years they’ve added a selection of other groceries. And now, for $9.35 per 6-8 oz fillet, Full Circle subscribers can get Aleutian sockeye salmon in their weekly box.‘Aleutia’ is a non-profit, community-based brand of sockeye harvested by 30-some fishermen around the eastern Aleutians and western Alaska peninsula.It was started back in 2001 by a group of fishing families hoping to get better prices.One of those fishermen, Aleutia’s Vice President Danny Cumberlidge, says the organization has always emphasized quality rather than quantity.“We were some of the first to start with slush ice… we started the live bleeding, the slush ice, any capacity under 1000 pounds,” Cumberlidge said.Cumberlidge says icing the fish and treating each one with care makes for a higher-quality product.And his market seems to agree. Last year Aleutia reached out to Full Circle Farms’s product manager Debra Dubief. She says gets phone calls from people wanting to sell their products all the time.“After speaking with people from Aleutia, I loved their story but I said, the thing is, it has to be an amazing product, like all of our products have to be,” Dubief said. “She sent me a few samples, we all tasted it, it was wonderful, taken care of pristinely, some of the best frozen salmon I’ve ever had.”So the Aleutia brand had the quality piece figured out.Its second major selling point for Full Circle was convenience. Dubief says Aleutia salmon arrives frozen, so customers don’t have to cook it up that same night. And it comes in individual portion sizes.“Aleutia does a really good job of portioning to our size needs. And that’s something that’s unique to FCF… we can’t sell fish by the pound, we need to sell it by the unit. So they cut everything to our specifications, wrap it perfectly, it’s a beautiful product,” Dubief said.And when a customer unwraps that fillet, Full Circle hopes they’ll think about the story behind it.“We aren’t making a lot of money on this, we’re giving it back to the community,” Cumberlidge said. “That’s our structure. We are not a cannery. We’re a niche market, high-quality organization. If we get a little better price, we give that back to our fishermen.”Full Circle says their customers want to know that their food is good, not only for their health, but good for the land and sea and the people who produce it.And that, says Cumberlidge, lines up with Aleutia’s mission.“The biggest thing I think it does is it puts more pride back into the community and the fisherman,” Cumberlidge said. “When I started fishing at eight years old you were proud to be a fisherman. You know, we’re instilling more of that pride back into the young people that, hey, I do a good thing, I feed the world.”Both Full Circle and Aleutia are betting that what customers really want alongside their organic lettuce is this story – the story of sustainable, impeccable salmon that supports a community and a way of life.last_img read more

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NIA raids 5 places in Coimbatore seizes edevices

first_imgCoimbatore: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched five places allegedly linked to Islamic State (IS) sympathisers in Tamil Nadu and claims to have seized several electronic gadgets and incriminating documents. “The agency conducted searches based on warrants issued by the NIA Special Court, Ernakulam, in the ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu Module Case registered earlier this year,” the NIA said in a statement. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us During the searches, digital devices, like one laptop, five mobile phones, four SIM cards, one memory card and eight CDs/DVDs, and a large number of documents were seized. The seized devices will be sent for forensic examination. The NIA was maintaining surveillance on suspects regarding their association with those arrested in the case and their involvement in the conspiracy to further the IS/Daish objectives. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The anti-terror probe agency has been working on the case for several months, which has resulted in raids and arrests of several IS/Daish sympathisers. On June 12, the NIA had raided seven places in Coimbatore, including the house of Azarudeen, a social media friend of Zahran Hashim, the alleged Sri Lankan terror attack mastermind. Azarudeen is the Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, the mastermind of the Easter bombings, which claimed over 250 lives in Sri Lanka. Azarudeen, the leader of the module, was maintaining the Facebook page named ‘KhilafahGFX’, through which he was propagating the ideology of IS/Daish. Advertise With Us The NIA had arrested Azarudeen and Sheikh Hidayatullah soon after the June raids. The Thursday’s searches was conducted on the basis of their statements. The NIA had got leads on the Tamil Nadu IS module and the Kasargod module in Kerala from Abubacker, arrested on April 29. Abubacker had informed the NIA that he had been following Zahran Hasim for more than a year and was also impressed by speeches of Zakir Naik, an Indian Islamic televangelist and preacher living in Malaysia. Abubacker also admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala. In May, the NIA had searched 10 places in Tamil Nadu in connection with the IS module probe. Some people had allegedly conspired to raise funds to wage war against the state. The agency registered a case on May 30 against Azarudeen, Akram Sindhaa, Y. Sheikh Hidayathullah, Abubacker M, Sadham Hussain and Ibrahim alias Shahin Shah — all residents of Coimbatore. The case was registered after the information that they were propagating the ideology of IS/Daish on the social media with the aim of recruiting youth and carrying out terrorist attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.last_img read more

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Wasike Opens Up the 201819 Indoor Season at the BU Season Opener

first_imgWasike will run against a challenging field for her first competition of the season.  She is coming off another All-American season in cross country.   She finished with a time of 20:08.2 for a 14th  place finish at the NCAA Championships. She closed out a historic campaign with top-15 finishes in all seven races and five victories, including the ACC and NCAA Southeast Regional championships.She will begin her sophomore campaign in indoor track and field at the BU Season Opener.  She finished her freshman indoor season as the ACC Champion in the 5,000 meters.  She was also a silver medalist in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.  Print Friendly Version Live Results Story Linkscenter_img LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The University of Louisville track and field team will open their 2018-19 indoor season on Saturday at the BU Season Opener. Louisville All-American Dorcas Wasike will open the season in the 5,000 meters and will be the only Cardinal competing. last_img read more

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Acts of kindness can reduce depression

first_imgShowing compassion to others can help reduce depression and increase life satisfaction, say scientists who found that the most disagreeable individuals benefit the greatest.The most disagreeable individuals, who are also the least likely to be kind, can benefit most from behaving more compassionately, a York University study has found.More than 640 people who were mildly depressed took part in the study which tracked the results of online compassion training. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers from York University in Canada asked the participants, who were on average in their mid-30s, to take part in one of three online compassion intervention exercises including a control condition.They were asked to complete their exercise and report back via an online platform every other day for three weeks.Two months later, disagreeable participants who performed acts of kindness in close relationships showed the greatest reductions in depression and greatest increases in life satisfaction. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”As a result of their hostility and lack of cooperation, disagreeable types risk getting rejected or ostracised. There is a lot of conflict in their relationships, and they suffer the consequences, said Myriam Mongrain, a professor at York.We found that providing concrete suggestions to those individuals, giving them ways in which they could express empathic concern in their close relationships was tremendously helpful,” said Mongrain.Highly disagreeable people often lack empathy, even in their close relationships, said Mongrain. “Implementing these new behaviours might have left them feeling affirmed and liked in their close social circle. This might have been the anti-depressant ingredient in this group,” she said.The findings are particularly noteworthy given that the interventions were administered online and only required 10-15 minutes every other day. In other words, it was easy to implement, could be administered worldwide and had profound effects for some individuals.In another exercise condition, participants were asked to spend up to 10 minutes meditating on nurturing phrases such as “May you be happy” or “May you be safe.” This exercise was of benefit to participants as a whole. However, when examining interactions effects with the disagreeable personality variable, the researchers found that it was the kindness exercise that was most helpful for this subgroup.Researchers say the results could have immediate practical applications for social scientists, policymakers, psychology researchers, and health practitioners.The widespread application of compassion interventions could contribute to a more humane and kinder society, particularly when targeted at those proneto hostility.last_img read more

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VIDEO Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku started a grannystyle revolution last night

first_imgGranny-style free throws have long been taboo in the NBA. Rick Barry became the NBA all-time NBA leader in free throw percentage shooting underhand, but since his departure it’s all but disappeared.It’s so uncool that players in the modern NBA would rather shoot 50% from the line, than almost certainly improve their percentage shooting underhand.Apparently, Rockets rookie center Chinanu Onuaku is more concerned with getting buckets than style points. Last night, the rookie out of Louisville threw being cool to the wind when stepped to the line for his first two career NBA free throws and shot both attempts “granny style”.He nailed them both. Soft touch, friendly roll. What’s not to like? No matter what you think about underhand free throws, getting buckets is always cool. Do it DeAndre Jordan. Do it.Rockets rookie Chinanu Onuaku makes the first two free throws of his NFL career – underhand pic.twitter.com/8ZjqvDZpUD— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 27, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Samesex couples officially recognized in one of Japans big cities

first_img(L-R) Miho Yamashita, Anri Ishizaki and Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima. | Photo: YouTube Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima made the announcement about the good news in February.But now everything is up and running for the partnership oath system which allows same-sex couple to register their relationship at the municipal government.Couples could start registering their relationship from 1 April with many flocking to sign up in the first few days.Mayor Takashima handed the first partnership certificate to Miho Yamashita, 27, and Anri Ishizaki, 33.Ishizaki is a LGBTI advocate at the Fukuoka Rainbow Educational Networks and said having official recognition of their relationship felt great.‘We’ve already spent our lives together as a family but we’re happy because we feel like we received congratulations from society,’ Ishizaki told media. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Japan recognizing same-sex couplesThe certificate does not give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples under civil. But it will give them the same rights as traditionally married couples in instances such as applying for public housing.Fukuoka is only the second government designated city after Sapporo to recognize same-sex couples.Other wards to recognize same-sex relationships are the Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo. The city of Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture started issuing certificates to same-sex couples in June last year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Same-sex couples can now register their relationship in Fukuoka, one of Japan’s biggest cities. One of Japan’s biggest cities will officially recognize same-sex couplesJapanese gay man stopped from going to partner’s cremation will sueJapan’s city of Chiba to issue LGBTI partnership certificatesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sex-couples-officially-recognized-one-japans-big-cities/last_img read more

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Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan

first_imgMexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from theHonduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory, the country’s ambassador to Guatemala said.Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.The women ran forward when immigration officers unchained a gate that had been pinning back migrants at the crossing.“I’m happy, happy! At last!” shouted a relieved Gina Paola Montes, 21, as she ran onto Mexican territory.One of the women fainted, alarming her relatives.Eva Hernandez, 42, a Honduran activist, says the group had been promised they will receive refugee permits and a safe place to stay.“We better find that shelter today,” she said.The women and children are part of a group of thousands of Honduran migrants on the Mexican border with Guatemala hoping to reach the United States. Trump warns Honduran president to stop migrants en route to U.S. Related posts:VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration Trump warns Honduran president to stop migrants en route to U.S. U.S. ends protected status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants Migrants retreat after failed bid to force US-Mexico bordercenter_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Denis Akiyama a Toronto actor who played foe to K

first_img Denis Akiyama, a Toronto actor who played foe to Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic,” starred on Broadway in “Miss Saigon” and voiced an array of animated TV series, has died at 66. Akiyama is seen in this undated handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kintaro Akiyama, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto actor Denis Akiyama, star of ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ and Broadway dies at 66center_img TORONTO – Actor Denis Akiyama’s career included child psychology, playing in Toronto’s music scene, and Broadway — but few moments could grab as much attention as starring as the arch-nemesis of Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic.”It’s a part that would’ve defined many actors’ careers, but for Akiyama, who died Thursday at 66 of cancer, it was simply another role in a life that seemed to know few bounds. By then he’d already been hired to be in a film by director David Cronenberg, lent his voice to a number of popular animated series, and courted political controversy with a hit song on Canadian radio.“He was a soulful guy that was going through life doing things that interested him,” said longtime friend Tony Duggan-Smith.“It’s not surprising many people felt really strongly about him.”Akiyama began his professional life as a child psychologist, meeting his wife Danielle while on the job.In his downtime, he dabbled in music as part of Pukka Orchestra, a Toronto new-wave band that grabbed headlines with their 1984 single “Cherry Beach Express.” The song unabashedly addressed brutality at the hands of Toronto police, leaving some in the force feeling bitter about the attention it drew.It wasn’t long before Akiyama switched gears to pursue acting. He enrolled in George Brown College’s theatre program and began to score roles in Canadian TV series like “Seeing Things” and “Check It Out.”But it was a part opposite Pat Morita in 1987 drama “Captive Heats,” a pharmacist in Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers” and guest appearances on CBC-TV series “Street Legal” that solidified his career in show business.His roles weren’t limited to the screen though, as he added another layer to his career in the recording booth where he voiced a number of popular animated series. Among them, he played Silver Samurai in the 1990s version of “X-Men” and villain Malachite on “Sailor Moon.”Akiyama also forged a presence in the theatre, where he performed in both the Toronto and Broadway productions of “Miss Saigon,” as well as Sally Han’s “Naomi’s Road” and Hiro Kanagawa’s “The Tiger of Malaya.”His profile increased when he starred as Shinji, the laser-whip wielding Yakuza villain who chases down Reeves’ Johnny Mnemonic in an attempt to extract the data package stored in his head. The high-profile film was Reeves’ follow-up to the blockbuster smash “Speed” and gave Akiyama a major part in a Hollywood co-production.“I believe they put the down payment on their first home off that movie,” said his son, Kintaro Akiyama of his parents.The elder Akiyama went onto star in numerous other movies filmed in the Toronto area, and played Prince of Kushin in the Disney film “Eloise at the Plaza,” in a role alongside his son.He was also featured in Adam Sandler’s 2015 comedy “Pixels” as Toru Iwatani, the real-life designer of the Pac-Man video game, where he unsuccessfully attempts to stop the giant video game character from devouring the city.“He always found the details of things interesting,” Kintaro Akiyama said.“Whether he was talking to a mechanic changing the oil in your car, or a child, I think he tried to learn from every person he met. And inversely he imparted wisdom on each person he interected with. I believe that ability to connect gave him a deeper understanding of all the characters of life.”Akiyama said his father continued to work until shortly around the time he was diagnosed with bladder cancer late last year. His final project was the TV comedy series “Carter,” led by actor Jerry O’Connell and filmed in North Bay, Ont.“Anyone who would’ve seen him two months ago might not have even known he was really that sick,” his son said.“He was also a very strong-willed, strong-charactered man. And that stayed with him until the very end.”Denis Akiyama is survived by his wife and his son, daughter Miya Akiyama and brother Barry Akiyama.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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