Atlus has officially announced its celebrations for the Persona series 25th anniversary. To kick things off, it’s opened an anniversary website.
This website teases seven different projects which will be revealed between September 2021 and Fall 2022. Some text on the same page reveals a little bit more about what to expect from the upcoming announcements. Keep in mind, there are no guarantees we’ll see any Nintendo-related announcements.
“In 2021, the “Persona” series exceeded the cumulative worldwide sales of 15 million units. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and gratitude to all those who have watched over and supported us for a long time. And in September, the “Persona” series will finally celebrate its 25th anniversary. With gratitude to all of you, we are preparing a lot of fun as PERSONA 25th Anniversary YEAR for about one year from September 2021 this year to autumn 2022 next year.”
aI have Maria. If the navigation system knows this place, you’re in luck. The name of one of the most unusual cities in America is often not programmed into the program, after all, it was only founded less than 20 years ago. If you start in Miami it takes 2 hours, the road leads through Florida and into areas that used to feel lonely Florida tiger Cautious. There are only an estimated 130 specimens remaining in the case of this native species of puma. The fact that it can be expected here says a lot about the remoteness of the area.
There is no car on the road to Ave Maria. You can see new single family homes and small villas – some apparently inhabited, some vacant. Only when a large-sized cathedral appears in the distance, one suspects that there may be more than a handful of people living in this settlement.
According to the latest estimates, there are about 10,000 inhabitants. Avi Maria is a vision in the making, the eternal construction site of a Christian town, designed and financed by billionaire pizza tycoon Tom Monaghan. Christian modesty doesn’t seem to be a thing, however, and couldn’t help putting the motto of his “Domino’s” on the sidewalk right in front of the cathedral.
The biblical name of the place is its program: a city for devout Catholics, where no condoms or other contraceptives are sold, and where each couple has a large number of children. At the private Catholic university, there is also a dress code for students: shirts without straps or with spaghetti straps are just as taboo as shorts, and slippers, usually too narrow or too wide, revealing clothing.
The church dominates the cityscape on Ave Maria
“The church is the dominant building in the city, as it is in many European cities,” explains Forrest Wallace, the parish deacon proudly. “On the left is the campus of Ave Maria University, and on the right is the city center.” And the oval square around the church with shops and apartments is what is called the Annunciation Circle, Annunciation circle.
Deacon Wallace is kind of a fact of this place, it is atypical, he says: not only for the United States, but also for the rest of the world. In addition to his work as a clergyman, he is responsible for press relations at the city university, where he is a lecturer in marketing.
This is how it is at Ave Maria: you not only have a job and a family, but you are also always the founder of a city. Wallace says it was a great opportunity for him to build something completely new. In 2007, he and his wife moved from Cincinnati with their eight children to help build a green Catholic town.
Chelsea Allen, a mother of nine, is also a passionate Aviary. She moved from Minnesota with her husband and offspring the year the city was founded. “By Way of the Family” is the name of her store, which she opened at the crossing address Verkündigungskreis 5080. In addition to school supplies, it mainly sells religious gifts such as figures of saints such as adorable dolls.
Ave Maria is “a little piece of heaven on earth,” says Chelsea Allen. “I love the weather; I love the neighborhood; I love the schools; I just love everything here.” There are so many children in the city that their nine children can play with them. “And I know that your parents share the same values as us.”
No minorities – but lots of kids
In fact, Ave Maria is a dream come true for many conservative Americans. The majority of the population is Catholic and white, even if people of different faiths such as Protestants, Jews, and Muslims are expressly permitted. This is a tolerant city, said Reverend Robert Tatman: “We built Maria Street true to the American conviction that we don’t discriminate against people,” he said. No matter where someone comes from, everyone is welcome.
However, the cityscape on Ave Maria is dominated by white heterosexual couples, mostly in their mid-40s and fifties. The minorities that the priest would like to welcome here do not seem to feel the need to settle in this major Catholic city. Neither dark-skinned nor homosexual people could be seen during our visit to Ave Maria.
However, Ave Maria’s offspring can be seen and heard from afar, much to the delight of Cathy Delaney, who left New York City in 2006 to start a new life here. “If you look around you’ll see kids everywhere,” she says, her eyes shining. Here is a perfect place to raise them. Everyone can find support everywhere. “It’s like a big family.”
She proudly shows a brown chest. Engraved prayer on the front and the image of the Virgin on the lid: a music box. Cathy Delaney opens it and looks like “Ave Maria” – kitsch to some, a nice souvenir from the only souvenir shop in town to others.
The shops have only the necessities
Moving to a new city seemed tempting to her, Delaney explains of her decision on Ave Maria, but the deciding factor was the presence of a college here, Ave Maria Catholic University, which she could send her son to. “I wanted to be by his side, so I looked for a job at Ave Maria.”
Now offering manicures, pedicures, peelings and massages at the Temple of Wellness “Salon d’Maria” – everything that keeps the body in good shape, but can also be understood as a form of pastoral care. “I love helping people feel better,” says Cathy Delaney. “For me, this is an act of love; as a gift from God I share with others.”
Your salon joins the shops around the central cathedral. The house of the Lord forms the center of Avi Maria, and anyone can stand there at any time to pray. It saves space for about 1,100 insured at the same time – a 30-meter-high structure made only of glass and steel.
If wood had been used, the high humidity in South Florida would have caused clouds to form inside the building and create its own ecosystem in the church. The church was built within one year, from March 2006 to March 2007. It is hurricane-resistant and said to be able to withstand even the highest category of hurricanes.
All the streets pour into the circle of preaching. In addition to the shops, you will also find the pubs of the city – a Mexican restaurant, grill, bar, Irish restaurant, café, fruit shop and supermarket.
Socialist touch? “Well, we don’t have big department stores here,” Cathy Delaney admits. “We have to get out of town to do the really big shopping.” On Ave Maria there are only the necessities, such as schools, doctors, a few shops and a church. By the way, there is no pizzeria. However, she likes the place here: it is safe, one feels protected, the other is surrounded by like-minded people. Not like there.
Lots of scholarships for local university
Of course, this is not entirely true with like-minded people. At least not every student is here because of religious beliefs. “Ave Maria attracts more people with money and educational opportunities,” says Veronese Leiter, who studies literature here. The university was relatively new a few years ago, so it offered a lot of scholarships to attract students. It was this financial support that made it possible for my family to send me to university in the first place. “Ave Maria University has won nearly a thousand students in just half a decade.
It is difficult to say to what extent the lecturers are trying to exert theological influence, Leiter says. “I don’t think the professors place special emphasis on the religious aspects of our reading.” In general, lecturers will try to teach as objectively as possible. Rather, they assert that theology and literature are two different things.
And it feels good here, she says, “but honestly, changing the scenery now and then is a really good thing.” She has to go out at least every two weeks. Then she and her friends drove to Naples, a 40-minute drive away.
And they’re not alone: On weekends, you see surprisingly few students at Ave Maria. In Naples, which has a population of 22,000, there are more than thirty churches. However, it can be assumed that young people from Maria Street do not go there to pray on weekends.
Tips and information
Heading there: Closest airport: Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, about an hour’s drive from Ave Maria.
Accommodation: There are no hotels or motels for tourists on Ave Maria. However, it is possible to book an apartment or house via Airbnb. The nearest motel is in Immakalee, about ten kilometers away, and the hotels in Naples, 60 kilometers away.
Information desk: City information: avemaria.com. Tourist entry to the United States is currently not possible.
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Over the years Michael Jackson tried not to talk about his love life with the press. Although he did various interviews with ex-wives and discussed his sex life with Oprah Winfrey, by 2009 he was trying to be a bit more private. Actor Shana Mangatal claims she was romantically linked with Michael in his final days, but could not visit him in time to save him from his tragic death.
Michael died on June 25, 2009 after all of his upcoming This Is It shows had sold out.
The star’s death was caused by a cardiac arrest, which was brought on by a medicinal cocktail administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray.
Recalling the harrowing events of that fateful week, Shana told The Sun in 2019: “It was a huge shock because I was supposed to go see him that week at rehearsal.
“That whole week I was preparing to see him. I’d gone to the mall to find an outfit to wear. And I was trying to think of what to say to him because a couple of the people who were close to him had been calling me frantically, telling me that he was in trouble and he needed help.”
Shana continued by revealing that other members of Michael’s entourage had “reached out” to her to tell her about Michael’s ever-increasing workload of tour rehearsals, looking after his children, and organising his final shows.
She explained Michael’s nanny “really wanted me to go there and offer my help to him because she knew that he needed it but I couldn’t think of what to say to him. It was going to be hard for me to go to rehearsal and bring this up so I had been procrastinating all week”.
Shana revealed: “I could’ve gone any day that week, but I thought I’ll just go on Friday and that will give me time to find the perfect outfit to wear and figure out what to say.”
The actor, who appeared in the film Ghosts alongside Michael, added that she was trying to “formulate the words to give him” on Friday.
Shana said: “I’m not God. I couldn’t have saved him probably but you can’t help but think what would have happened differently if I had just seen him in that week?
“Maybe something would have changed. And those events of the final month, they keep replaying in my mind. I think it’s hard to stop those thoughts.”
Shortly after Michael’s death, Shana wrote a book about her “secret” relationship with her.
She titled the book Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance.
In the first pages of the book, Shana reveals she first built a connection with Michael while working under his personal manager.
Throughout the 1990s she witnessed his biggest albums being released, the scandals erupting around him and the reported addictions he faced.
Spoilers released by Emmerdale seem to hint that long-standing character Jimmy King could be set to exit the ITV soap.
The soap-land favourite found himself charged with death by dangerous driving after a devastating crash last month, and now teasers appear to show him preparing to plead guilty to the charge, which could see him jailed for a long time.
Actor Nick Miles has been on the show since 2004, so could he be making a shock departure?
Jimmy will leave his wife Nicola King mortified when he confirms his intentions following his recent charge, blaming himself over Paul Ashdale’s death, The Mirror reports.
Paul died after Jimmy crashed his lorry into the farm building he was in with Liv Flaherty, after he veered off the road at high speed.
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Jimmy was worried something was wrong with Nicola and that son Carl was being kidnapped, leading to him speeding back to the village in low sunlight.
Unable to see ahead, he crashed straight into the building injuring both Paul and Liv, before the lorry and the barn exploded.
Jimmy and Liv barely survived, while Paul later died from his injuries.
The police have charged him with death by dangerous driving, and a guilty Jimmy decides to accept his fate and admit blame.
Speaking to Nicola, he reveals he plans to plead guilty to the charge which could carry a long prison sentence.
But does this mean we could be bidding farewell to the character soon?
He isn’t the only one feeling the guilt, as Liv is hiding the fact she left an injured Paul in the barn and didn’t help him just before the explosion.
She will relapse in upcoming scenes, turning to alcohol to try and forget her actions which will soon be exposed – while fans will argue her actions were warranted given he was beating her up in the barn just as the crash happened.
Farhaj Mayan was just starting to raise the seed round for his cannabis-tech startup when a few investors encouraged him to travel east. “Come to Miami,” they told him. “A lot of people will be there.”
Mayan, who lives in Oklahoma City, bought a plane ticket and booked an Airbnb. Then he saw that Keith Rabois, a venture capitalist who had recently moved to Miami, was hosting a four-week fellowship for entrepreneurs and investors. Mayan applied, got in, and arrived in the city on Wednesday, just ahead of a kick-off party that would bring together 100 people “to explore ideas, build projects, and grow their networks.”
By the time Mayan’s plane touched down, a lot more than 100 people had showed up. The airport was crawling with venture capitalists. A highway billboard invited out-of-towners to “imagine Miami as the next tech hub.” A few miles away, more than 200 people gathered in front of City Hall to hear mayor Francis Suarez toast to the future of technology in Miami. Afterward, people lined up to pose for selfies with him. The city had gone into full-on festival mode for “Miami Tech Week,” a phrase that refers to neither a conference nor an event, but a vibe.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the unofficial start of the inaugural Miami Tech Week,” Delian Asparouhov, a principal at Founders Fund, tweeted on Sunday. “I know of at least 100 founders, VCs etc all flying in.” In the replies, hundreds of people chimed in about when they would arrive, and where they planned to stay. Round-trip flights from San Francisco surged to more than twice their usual fare, according to Google Flights. “I knew that tweet was going to go viral,” says Asparouhov. “It created a tech conference out of nothing.”
“It’s evolved into this massive unofficial event,” Mayan says. He invited a few founder friends to share his Airbnb; now, he knows 35 people flying in. “We’re all calling it SXSE.”
The hype over Miami Tech Week may be only a few days old, but momentum around the city has been building for several months. High-profile venture capitalists like Rabois and Jack Abraham moved there last year from San Francisco, and have shared details of their new lives on Twitter. Others have followed, shedding their fleece pullovers and income tax requirements. In December, Mayor Suarez made it his personal mission to make over Miami as the next great tech capital. He put up a large billboard in San Francisco that looks like one of his tweets: “Thinking about moving to Miami? DM me.”
“We’ve gotten past the first wave of people coming here, and now we’re getting into the second wave where their friends are coming,” says Ryan Rea, who builds chatbots for Sky Organics, an ecommerce company. Rea moved to Miami from the San Francisco Bay Area four years ago, and has become an unofficial ambassador of the city’s tech scene. He likes meeting people and showing them around town, offering advice on where to live or hang out. “Since December, I’ve had more than 75 meetings with newbies,” he says. “I had to tell my realtor to brace for impact.” Miami has seen record housing prices and heavy sales volume so far this year, according to industry reports—part of a larger trend in Florida since the pandemic began (and one that is not entirely attributable to startup founders).
This winter, Rea and a few other Miami tech veterans started a WhatsApp group, called Miami Tech Life, to field questions from recent transplants. Someone would move to Miami, find one of them on Twitter, and then join the messaging group to learn about events, make friends, or seek advice. The group quickly outgrew WhatsApp’s 256-person capacity, and now communicates on Telegram. “We do everything from happy hours, dinners, bike riding, dinners, wine tastings, networking,” says Rea. “There have been a couple of fundraising rounds just within the group itself.”
The Grand National will not be postponed following the death of Prince Philip on Friday. Talks were held to discuss potentially pushing back the 2021 National but it has been confirmed the race will go ahead as scheduled at 5.15pm on Saturday.
The British Horseracing Authority and Jockey Club racecourses, the owners of the iconic Aintree course, held talks to discuss the matter after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99.
And a statement confirmed on Friday afternoon: “Jockey Club racecourses has held discussions with the British Horseracing Authority regarding the staging of Randox Grand National day tomorrow at Aintree racecourse.
“Following consultation with government, we can confirm it will go ahead on Saturday.
“Following the sad news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh a two-minute silence will be held on course ahead of the 173rd Grand National, jockeys will be invited to wear black armbands and flags will be flown at half-mast at the racecourse.”
Friday’s Ladies Day also went ahead as planned but a two-minute silence was held at the course prior to the first race at 1.45pm.
Big screens around Aintree also showed tributes during the silence while flags were also flown at half-mast.
Prince Philip had been an honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947. The Duke attended several race meetings with The Queen, who has long had an interest in horses, including Royal Ascot.
Senior Steward of The Jockey Club Sandy Dudgeon said in reaction to the news earlier on Friday: “We received the news of The Duke of Edinburgh’s death with great sadness.
“On behalf of The Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family.”
While Ascot racecourse said via Sir Francis Brooke, the Queen’s representative: “We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.
“We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.
“One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory.”
The 2020 Grand National had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, just weeks after the Cheltenham Festival controversially went ahead with sold-out crowds.
This year’s race, if it goes ahead, will be held behind closed doors just as Cheltenham was last month.
ITV meanwhile confirmed that their broadcast of Friday’s racing would switch to ITV4 for the day as the country morns the death of the Duke. Saturday’s Grand National will be shown on ITV as normal.
A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course.
“The royal family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said outside Downing Street: “He [Philip] was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.
“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.
We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.
“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.”
Rapper DMX was hospitalized Friday night and is facing “serious health issues,” according to a statement from his family.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A prayer vigil was planned for Monday outside the suburban New York hospital where rapper DMX remained on life support Sunday following a heart attack.
The family of the rapper said in an email Sunday that the vigil will be held outside White Plains Hospital at 5 p.m.
“On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) Hospital, facing serious health issues,” the family said through a publicist. “We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges.”
Another statement released Sunday afternoon said the rapper remained in a coma and was on a ventilator.
Simmons’ longtime lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper was admitted to the intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital after going into cardiac arrest. Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.
DMX made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy.”
The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including “…And Then There Was X,” “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” “The Great Depression” and “Grand Champ.” He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
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Along with his music career, DMX paved his way as an actor. He starred in the 1998 film “Belly” and appeared in “Romeo Must Die” a couple years later with Jet Li and the late singer Aaliyah. DMX and Aaliyah teamed up for the film’s soundtrack song “Come Back in One Piece.”
The rapper also starred in “Exit Wounds” with Steven Seagal and “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Li.
Over the years, DMX has battled with substance abuse. The rapper canceled a series of shows to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in 2019. In an Instagram post, his team said he apologized for the canceled shows and thanked his fans for the continued support.
Last year, DMX faced off against Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle, which drew more than 500,000 viewers.
Associated Press writers Dave Collins reported from Hartford, Connecticut, and Jonathan Landrum Jr. reported from Los Angeles.
Russian energy giant Gazprom is planning to start hydrogen exports to China, South Korea and Japan, the company’s First Deputy Oleg Aksyutin wrote in his column in the latest issue of business and science magazine Energy Policy.
According to the senior manager, the shipments of hydrogen could be supplied to Asia by rail, road and water.
“Production of hydrogen in the Russian Far East […] with subsequent export of it to such consumers as Japan, South Korea and China, is of particular interest,” Aksyutin wrote. Also on rt.comRussian LNG production sees modest jump in 2020
He added that the procedures for transporting the raw material to Asia requires an appropriate legal framework concerning taxation and customs regulation, as well as the development of logistics infrastructure.
“In the short-term, Russia and its Asian partners should develop cooperation on exchange of technologies for hydrogen transportation, and for fixation, storage and usage of carbon dioxide,” Aksyutin said, stressing that, on the medium- and long-term horizon, export supplies of hydrogen are possible if there’s commercial demand among potential importers. Also on rt.comRussia’s Rostech cooperates with UAE strategic developer to produce new light helicopters
Last year, the government included hydrogen energy in Russia’s energy strategy. According to the document, the country is planning to export 200,000 tons of hydrogen by 2024, and to increase supplies to two million tons by 2035.
Exports of Russian hydrogen to Japan are currently under the control of Russian state-run corporation Rosatom. In September 2019, Rusatom Overseas, the company’s subsidiary, and Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, signed an agreement to export hydrogen from Russia to Japan.
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