Delhi Congress intensifies poll campaign

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress has intensified its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. “Haath ke Saath cycle Yatra” campaign has now passed through several assembly constituencies in Delhi. Addressing the people assembled at the Chaupal, Congress working President Devender Yadav said that people were enthusiastically taking part in the cycle yatra, which was a clear indication that they were now looking towards the Congress party to form a government at the Centre, under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe “Haath Ke Saath Cycle Yatra”, being held under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit covered the Assembly segments of Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri and Najafgaarh. “The cycle on Friday started from Dichamu Kala, Najafgarh, Anaj Mandi, Dhansa, Khera Road, Paprawat, Deenpur, Bharatgarh Ayushman Chowk, Matiala Village, Sector-3 JJ Colony and finished at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Apartment, Sector -13 Dwarka. Yadav said that the Congress workers were emphasising the fact that the poorest people in the country will be given Rs 72,000 annually which will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore people across the country.last_img read more

Colombia UNESCO chief hails release of former presidential candidate

4 July 2008Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today voiced his “immense relief” at the news of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other Colombian and American hostages who had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In a press release issued in Paris, he said he shares “the joy and emotion of their families and all their compatriots.”Mr. Matsuura noted that Ms. Betancourt “became a symbol of resistance and courage throughout her imprisonment. Her behaviour, the constant dignity she displayed for six long years of captivity, inspire the deepest respect.“All those who defend human rights rejoice at her rescue. I hope that this episode will mark a decisive step towards the freeing of all the other hostages still held by the FARC,” he added.The Colombia office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also expressed its “deep satisfaction” at the liberation of the hostages. The office in a press release reissued its call to all illegal armed groups – FARC in particular – to immediately and unconditionally release all hostages, and said that it also “reiterates that kidnapping is a cruel, inhumane and degrading act which under no circumstances can be justified or excused. Moreover, it reminds that this act constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian law.”In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warmly welcomed the hostages’ release and called on FARC “to immediately and unconditionally release the remaining hostages, whose security is their responsibility. He urges the FARC and other groups to engage in dialogue with the authorities with a view to freeing hostages and ending the violence that has afflicted Colombia for so long.”Ms. Betancourt’s father, Gabriel Betancourt, was the Colombian Ambassador to UNESCO from 1968 to 1974. read more

As floods hit Sri Lanka UN agencies back Government relief efforts

21 May 2010United Nations agencies are supporting the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to provide relief to an estimated half a million people affected by floods in the South Asian island country following a week of torrential rainfall that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people. The UN World Food Programme will provide food for 400,000 of the affected people to supplement rations being distributed by the Sri Lankan Government, according to a situation report jointly prepared by the country’s Disaster Management Centre and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and issued yesterday.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided water tanks, more than 80,000 water purification tablets, soap and other sanitary items. The agency has also made available 3,000 packs of high-energy biscuits for distribution to those affected.For the past one week, heavy pre-monsoon rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, has caused flash floods that have affected 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts, including the capital, Colombo.As of yesterday, more than 513,000 people or 118,888 families had been affected, including some 17,039 people who have been forced to move out of their homes. Initial reports indicate that 1,354 houses have been damaged or destroyed.The Sri Lankan navy has responded by deploying teams in boats to assist with evacuations and delivery of relief, while the army has been assisting in transporting supplies to affected areas where access has been cut off.Yesterday, a Government-led inter-agency flood assessment mission, which included officials from WFP and OCHA, visited Kalutara district in South-Western province, a day after visiting Gampaha district in North-Western Province. The two districts are among the worst affected and have recorded large numbers of displaced people and heavy damage to property. read more

UN issues warning that deadly flooding could soon spread to southern Pakistan

Martin Mogwanja, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, told reporters in New York via telephone today that the devastation wrought by the current flooding is on par with that caused by the earthquake that struck the country in 2005.He said that the floods – the worst in Pakistan in living memory – have affected 4 million people so far, with at least 1.5 million people having lost their homes.Mr. Mogwanja said that 1,400 people have been killed so far, “but this number may rise as new bodies may be found.”The monsoon season, he pointed out, could last up to four more weeks, with the possibility that the flooding – currently concentrated in northern Pakistan – could move south towards the Indian Ocean, affecting millions more people. Already, the central areas of Sindh province in the south have felt the effects of flooding.The search-and-rescue and evacuation phase has come to an end, with many people having been moved to safer areas by helicopters and boats.UN agencies have been rushing relief to the area since the early days of the disaster. The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided 500 metric tons of food, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed enough clean drinking water for 700,000 people. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has supplied 11,000 tents and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has distributed dozens of cholera kits for health centres.“However, this is only a small fraction of the response required given the scale of this disaster and also its geographic scope,” Mr. Mogwanja stressed.In the hard-hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, it is estimated that between 30 and 40 per cent of those in need of assistance have received help, but there are still many who have not been reached with aid.“This is of great concern to us, which is why we are acting as quickly as we can,” the Coordinator stressed.Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that up to $10 million will be disbursed from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), set up in 2006 to allow the UN to dispatch funds to tackle disasters and crises as soon as they emerge, to help address needs in Pakistan following the floods.In addition, Mr. Mogwanja said that the UN has set up an emergency relief fund, with nearly $10 million received so far. UN agencies have also received $16 million for their work.“However, this response so far is not sufficient to enable UN agencies and their partners to address the extent of the crisis,” he underlined, adding that a flash appeal to deal with the disaster will soon be launched by the UN and its humanitarian partners.An initial emergency response plan is being prepared to cover immediate relief needs – such as food, health care, clean water, shelter, agriculture and others – for the next 90 days.The UN, Mr. Mogwanja said, is using its contingency stocks and has diverted funds, but “all this is just running out given the scale and scope of this crisis.”He estimated that between $150 million and $200 million, or possibly more, will be required for relief and longer-term recovery to allow people to rebuild their livelihoods and repair infrastructure, with many bridges and roads having been washed away by the floods.“In some affected areas, crops have been destroyed or severely damaged, which will significantly affect livelihoods in the medium-term,” Catherine Bragg, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said yesterday.UNICEF today appealed for more than $47 million to fund its relief operation in Pakistan, where 1.4 million children have been affected by the flooding.The agency said it will concentrate on the critical areas of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education and child protection.For its part, UNHCR today called for $21 million to help those affected by floods, including Afghan refugees and Pakistani host communities.It initially hopes to support more than 350,000 of the most vulnerable among the flood-affected population.The UN is also helping thousands of people in neighbouring Afghanistan, where monsoon rains have also caused flooding. 6 August 2010With monsoon rains expected to continue pummeling Pakistan for several more weeks, the United Nations warned today that the country’s south could also be affected by deadly flooding, which has already affected millions of people. read more

Lifesaving food aid in jeopardy for millions of Syrians warns UN agency

WFP has “reached a critical point where drastic cutbacks are unavoidable,” according to a statement on the Programme’s website. The agency says that it needs $352 million for its operations until the end of the year, including $95 million for its work inside Syria, and $257 million to support refugees in neighbouring countries.Unless more funds come in, starting in October, the size of the Syria food parcel will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut.Next month, WFP will continue to provide food to more than 4 million people in Syria, but the food parcel will be smaller, providing less than 60 percent of the nutritional value recommended in emergencies. The agency will have to cut parcels even more in November if it doesn’t have the funds. And for December, WFP has no funding available for programmes in Syria.“It is a cruel irony that in recent weeks WFP has had better access inside Syria that has enabled us to reach a record 4.17 million people in August, including those in hard-to-reach areas. But just as we have the potential to scale up, the cupboard is bare, and unless we receive new contributions we will be unable to provide people with desperately needed food,” said the statement. read more

Challenges to peace accord cast shadow on Bosnia and Herzegovinas progress Security

“Questioning and challenging the fundamentals of the peace agreement is not a formula for success,” Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, told the Council, citing the continued policy by representatives of the ruling party in the Republika Srpska (RS), in particular, its President, to advocate for the secession of that entity from Bosnia and Herzegovina.“I remain concerned that this party’s official platform includes a threat to organize an independence referendum in 2018 if certain conditions are not met,” he said, reiterating that the peace agreement does not grant the entities the right to secede, and any attempt to change the peace agreement requires the agreement of all the parties.Sharply divergent reactions to the recent UN tribunal’s guilty verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader over the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica highlighted the need for greater efforts towards reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said. In our countries it would be unthinkable to glorify individuals convicted of committing mass atrocitiesHe said he was “deeply shocked” by the high-profile opening by the current Republika Srpska President of a dormitory named after Mr. Karadzic, only two days before his first instance conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.“In our countries it would be unthinkable to glorify individuals convicted of committing mass atrocities,” he said. “With this act, the RS President sent an insidious message to those affected by the horror and trauma of wartime ethnic cleansing, and put himself outside the standards and morality of the civilized world.”Processions organized in March in Srebrenica and other municipalities to celebrate the acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj on war crimes charges raised fear among Bosniak returnees who are still trying to come to terms with the crimes of the past, he added.Other direct challenges to the peace agreement included the RS government concluding in December that the entity’s institutions would cease cooperating with SIPA, a state-level police agency, over a legally authorized raid on a police station in the RS as part of a war crimes investigation.While the RS authorities eventually resumed operational cooperation under a signed agreement, this apparent interference of politics into police work is unacceptable, he said.On the positive side, the country submitted its membership application with the European Union. Associated with this, the authorities also took steps to implement reform, including the adoption of new labour legislation in both entities, RS and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Although the RS has still not officially withdrawn the referendum, it does appear to have been put aside.Another positive factor has been the regional situation. The Serbian Prime Minister’s high-profile commitment of notable donor funds to Srebrenica had done much to foster reconciliation; and the convening of the first joint session of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Government of Serbia in November was a positive step forward. A similar joint session with the Croatian government has been announced.With these mixed developments on the ground over the last six months, “it remains unclear at what point we can say Bosnia and Herzegovina is irreversibly on course for Euro-Atlantic integration,” he said.On the security front, he said that a terrorism-inspired act carried out by a single attacker in Sarajevo on 18 November killed two soldiers of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another concern is the participation of some citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in foreign conflicts, some of whom have returned and could present a threat for the future stability of the country.Given the complex environment, he said, the presence of the EUFOR, or European Union Force, in Bosnia and Herzegovina with an executive mandate remains of vital importance, enabling his office and others in the international community to fulfil respective mandates as well as reassuring citizens from all ethnic groups throughout the country of a safe and secure environment.On the next local elections to be held on 2 October, it is not only essential that these local elections are held to the highest standards, but now critical that local elections be held in Mostar, he said. At the moment, that will not be the case because the parties continue to fail to implement the 2010 ruling of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Concluding his remarks on a positive note, he reported that a few days ago, several local associations agreed to create a single karate association for the whole country. This small step required 20 years of efforts. And the day after tomorrow, the Ferhadija Mosque in Banja Luka, demolished in the war, will be reopened – an event of wider significance for reconciliation and tolerance in the region, he said. read more

End to the era of massive bailouts as EU reaches deal to

first_imgIt will further contribute to the return to financial stability thus creating the right conditions for the financial sector to once again lend to the real economy which is essential to consolidate the economic recovery and to create jobs.“This is very good for restoring confidence in European banks,” said the EPP’s Corien Wortmann-Kool, one of the lead negotiators in the marathon talks.Problem banks should be treated within a weekend. This is a big plus of this agreement; a year ago we clearly saw that the extensive talks on Cypriot banks raised the costs. THE EU HAS reached an agreement on a new regulatory system designed to prevent a failing bank from wrecking the economy.Parliament had opposed an agreement reached in December by EU leaders on how to close down a bank in trouble, saying it was too unwieldy, but the European People’s Party said these differences had now been resolved.The EPP, the biggest party in parliament, said the process would be speeded up so as to ensure that a problem bank can be closed down in the space of a weekend to avoid markets turmoil on a Monday.“Together with the reforms to the financial sector for all 28 countries, the completed banking union will put an end to the era of massive bailouts,” according to commissioner Michel Barnier. The agreement will also reduce what the EPP said was “undue political interference” in the procedure.Some elements of the agreementIn December, EU leaders agreed to set up a so-called Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) to close failing banks in a safe and orderly fashion. This will be governed by two texts, one regulatory and another related to some specific aspects of the Single Resolution Fund (SRF).The EU Commission says there a number of key elements to the agreement: A central board made up of the various EU arms and national authorities would be notified by the ECB if a bank is failing. They would then asses if there is any systemic threat. The mechanism would not apply to banks which only operate nationally. Banks not under full ECB direct supervision would be dealt with by national resolution authorities.A Single Resolution Fund would be constituted to which all the banks in the participating Member States would contribute. The fund has a target level of €55 billion.A board meeting would be required to approve any decision which involves the use of funds above €5 billion.The new rules are expected to come into force in January of next year and first need to be approved by the EU Parliament and EU member states in the council.© – AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Taxpayers will no longer pick up all of the tab for failed banks >Read: EU finance ministers fail to agree on who should pay for bank bailouts >last_img read more

One of Miyazakis Most Memorable Ghibli Characters Was Based on His Mother

first_img AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on target Laputa: Castle in the Sky was Studio Ghibli’s first film and one of its most successful in Japan. TV audiences still tune in by the droves when it is broadcast, even 30 years after its premiere.During Nippon TV’s Friday Roadshow movie slot this past Friday, the Friday Roadshow official Twitter shared some behind-the-scenes facts about Laputa: Castle in the Sky. One of the more interesting points was the origins of the character Dola.海賊にして母、物欲と食欲の人・ドーラさん、実は宮崎監督の思い入れが一番深いキャラクターなんです。そのモデルはなんと宮崎監督のお母様!!宮崎監督のお母様は病気がちで、監督が6歳から15歳までの9年間、病床にありました。☞続く #ドーラ #ラピュタ pic.twitter.com/Jp2pdfErn3— スタンリー@金曜ロードSHOW! 公式 (@kinro_ntv) September 29, 2017Dola is the gruff and rambunctious leader of a gang of sky pirates. She starts off the movie as the primary antagonist to Pazu and Sheeta, but as the film continues, she becomes endeared to them and shows her true nature as a loyal and fiercely protective soul. In effect, Dola is a mother to those who need nurturing and protecting, and she plays that role not only to her gang but Pazu and Sheeta as well.Miyazaki didn’t just conjure Dola out of thin air though, The Studio Ghibli founder based her directly on his mother. Dola shares his mothers commanding presence, and Miyazaki commented that even though she had to take care of four boys, none of them dared oppose her.There is a bit of sadness in the origins of Dola. One of the reasons Miyazaki may have made her so boisterous is because his mother was in poor health a lot of his life. This shines a new light on the character, who tries to instill her strength into those around her.If you’ve ever seen the movie, you probably know a lot about Dola, but if not hopefully you took a bit away from the film’s origins from these explanations. There’s always a little something extra to learn about these films that make so many people smile over the years, and this is just a prime example.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Cause of house fire undetermined

first_imgInvestigators were unable to determine definitively what sparked a fire that damaged a home the evening of Sept. 30 in the greater Brush Prairie area.Firefighters were called to the home at 9905 N.E. 117th Ave. shortly before 8:30 p.m. after callers reported hearing explosions and flames coming from the home’s windows and eaves.Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said the fire appeared to have started in a bedroom, but she couldn’t for sure say what caused it.No one was hurt in the fire, but the Red Cross assisted three adults and a pet who were displaced. The fire did an estimated $132,000 in damage between the home and its contents, Anderson said.last_img

Woodland preps for another population boom

first_imgWOODLAND — There are plans to build hundreds of homes both inside and just outside Woodland’s city limits over several years.The city’s elementary schools are packed, and Woodland Public Schools is considering building another.The city also is proposing a new Interstate 5 exit to reduce traffic in the city center.After the recession halted a spurt of early-century growth, Woodland is gearing up for another boom that is increasing traffic and converting farmland into housing subdivisions. It’s also likely to drive up taxes and may make Woodland’s population the youngest in Cowlitz County. Not everyone wants the changes, but many residents see them as inevitable.“It’s coming. There’s no stopping them,” said George Tsugawa, 96, owner of Tsugawa Nursery, who’s lived in Woodland for over six decades.“It’s inevitable that it’s going to happen, so do it under a controlled, managed program,” said former True Value owner Tom Golick, a Woodland resident since 1976. “You’re not going to stop it, so you might as well embrace it.”Others are a bit more cautious about the growth, not wanting Woodland to become a mere bedroom community for commuters to the Portland metro area.“If we build up our industry … (and) have good paying jobs, then I think it’s a good thing,” said Woodland Truck Line co-owner Darlene Johnson, a Woodland resident since 1967. “If we’re just going to have a lot more homes and become a bedroom community, then I don’t consider it a good thing.”last_img read more

Alexandra Resort hosts Hospitality Recruitment drive

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – Two days of hospitality recruitment launches this morning at the Alexandra Resort and it is a big moment for Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd which always draws huge crowds when seeking new staff.  The Turks and Caicos collection of resorts is growing in popularity, boasting some of the finest eateries, making strides in food safety and handling, taking on more and more yachts at its marina and Blue Haven has become a favorite venue for events.Virtually all positions will be open and managers tell us that they are looking for the best and brightest, dressed to impress to work at either the Beach House, the Alexandra Resort or Blue Haven Resort.  The recruitment drive is both today and Saturday from 9am to 5pm at the Alexandra Conference Room. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego County Grand Jury looking for new applicants

first_img January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 2, 2019 San Diego County Grand Jury looking for new applicants KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Superior Court is now seeking people throughout the county to serve on the 2019/2020 San Diego County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury investigates citizen complaints and performs its traditional function as a “watchdog” over government agencies. It does not conduct criminal investigations.The 19-member body will work four days a week, approximately six hours a day, from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 at the office located in downtown San Diego. A small stipend per day, plus mileage, and downtown parking are provided. All application forms must be received by January 11, 2019. Qualified candidates will be nominated for a random drawing scheduled for June 7, 2019.Candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old,  have sufficient knowledge of the English language and have lived in the county for one year prior to selection. All candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check. Individuals meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply.Applications are available by telephone at 619-450-7272 or in person at the San Diego Superior Court in the Jury Services Office at the Central branch, and the Jury Lounges at the North, South and East branches of the court.You may also download an application from the San Diego Superior Court’s website or the Grand Jury’s website. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Part of the US Mexico border fencing knocked down in Campo

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Part of the U.S. Mexico border fencing knocked down in Campo KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today it has issued a waiver to expedite the replacement of 12.5 miles of fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County.DHS originally awarded the fence replacement contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December. Department officials say the improvements to the bollard-style fencing, which will begin at the eastern end of Border Field State Park, will help curb illegal immigration into San Diego.Officials cited section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 in the waiver, which grants DHS the authority to enhance border barriers if it will deter illegal immigration in high traffic areas. The waiver was published yesterday in the Federal Register.“Tactical infrastructure, when combined with the appropriate technology and personnel, significantly reduces the amount of illegal border entries and enhances the Border Patrol’s ability to secure the border,” DHS said in a statement.According to DHS officials, federal immigration authorities have apprehended more than 18,500 illegal immigrants in the San Diego area since fiscal year 2019 began Oct. 1, 2018, an increase of more than 69 percent over this time last year.On Wednesday, Customs and Border Patrol agent Rodney Scott posted a photo on Instagram of a section of the border barrier that had fallen over. The barrier section, comprised primarily of rusted metal panels, is located in Campo in eastern San Diego County.“This is proof we need to update this aging infrastructure,” Scott said in the post’s caption.DHS officials did not disclose when the fence replacement would begin or how long it is expected to take. February 8, 2019last_img read more

Miami judge tosses Raquel Regalados lawsuit against Mayor Carlos Gimenez

first_imgA judge has dismissed Raquel’s Regalado’s lawsuit against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.Regalado, filed suit to knock him off the ballot after she claimed the check Gimenez filed to run for re-election was flawed because it has the wrong year on it.The judge ruled that the voters will decide the outcome of the race come Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Super Mario Maker 2 review A genius idea taken to a whole

first_img Tags Gaming 7:10 Share your voice Trying to break Super Mario Maker 2 Post a comment Nintendo 0 The possibilities are tremendously and amazingly weird. Super Mario Maker 2’s creative toolkit is larger than you might expect. In addition to the large swathe of objects and items players can use to create new worlds, Super Mario Maker also allows players to save levels in five unique Mario styles (Super Mario, Mario 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros, and Mario 3D World), all of which have different graphics and different Mario moves/mechanics. This means you could build a level, change it from one style to another and potentially give your level a whole new aesthetic with the push of a button. I wanted a completely portable magic Mario gaming kit when the Wii U version came out. There was a Nintendo 3DS version, which was fun but the screen was too small and there was no way to share your games on a larger screen. The Nintendo Switch solves for both, and offers up the perfect package. This is the beautiful Mario Infinity I can stick in my bag and experience on a large-screen TV.super-mario-maker-2-05I found this stylus in my desk, after seeing Jeff Bakalar use one. It’s helped. Josh Goldman/CNET Get a stylusI’ve been playing Super Mario Maker 2 for a week and also letting my kid play. He’s moved on to other games since the original Maker and he’s older now, but he caught up fast. Maker’s creative app is still about tapping and dragging icons and building them with the touchscreen. The Switch doesn’t have a stylus, but you could (and should) use a capacitive stylus like the kind you can buy for phones and tablets. It’ll help. Jeff Bakalar talked me into it, and he’s right.Super Mario Maker 2 does has a few multi-touch moves, though, including a two-finger zoom-out to see course overviews. It’s the most tablet-like game Nintendo’s ever made for the Switch.Unlike the Wii U version, which truly allowed second screen gaming when connected to a TV, the docked Switch ends up needing the controller to navigate, which isn’t ideal for creating but can be done. Nintendo added a two-player create mode, too, which I haven’t even explored. Levels can also be played with up to four players, even online.My son agreed with me that it’s hard to work on the TV, because you have to use the controllers to move the cursor, and it’s harder to select items. The button mapping is different, and not all that clear. (A better instruction manual would have helped.) In fact, I could have done with a whole textbook to study. I still feel like I’m missing things.super-mario-maker-2-03The Story Mode is a full Mario game of levels, and there are an infinity more that’ll be online. Josh Goldman/CNET So many things to makeMy son says: “It’s really cool because it has the original characters and also new spinoff characters, things like Meowser (a cat Bowser).” He made a level that cleverly guided me along a path of coins and an arrow made of blocks into a pit of doom.It may seem like you know everything Mario Maker 2 can do. You’re wrong. There’s the game’s Story Mode, which is like a full standalone Mario game and has dozens of levels to try. The levels are designed to illustrate ideas you could potentially make yourself. They blew me away with their creativity: From cranes and balancing games to shooter-like levels where you ride clouds. Then there are the levels others make. The most amazing thing about the first Mario Maker was the online community. Player-created levels ran the gamut from brilliant to ridiculous. Some felt like performance art. On the pre-release version I played, that community barely exists yet. But it will, and I can’t wait to see what happens. super-mario-maker-2-07The pigeon lessons are helpful. I could use a whole year’s worth of pigeon gaming classes. Josh Goldman/CNET My home-made levels suckI’ve realized, playing Super Mario Maker 2, that I’m a terrible game designer. My levels are a garbage pile of weird ideas thrown together. There is a sort of teacher in Mario Maker 2, in the form of a pigeon (Yamamura) who delivers a few dozen short lessons on game design, helpful ideas and tutorials.I loved watching these sessions, and I wish there were more. I’ve started getting addicted to Master Class, the online video educational series where famous designers and creators give classes on writing, cooking, filmmaking, and even game design (Will Wright has a series of videos). Mario Maker 2 feels like it’s Nintendo’s Master Class in game design. If only Shigeru Miyamoto were to materialize and give a few talks, too.Seriously: I need game design help! Playing with Mario Maker 2 began to teach me some things. I’d love it even went further. Nintendo’s onto something amazing here.super-mario-maker-2-08This, but also Zelda, Metroid, Mario Kart, etc etc. Josh Goldman/CNET Mario Maker, but for everythingMy final note, which I also made five years ago: Nintendo should make Maker a whole line of games. Zelda Maker. Metroid Maker. Mario Kart Maker. I love game construction sets. Many years ago, I played Pinball Construction Set on my Apple IIc. I remember Adventure Construction Set, too.Super Mario Maker 2 is a great update to the original Mario Maker. But what about a way to make other 8-bit and 16-bit games and publish them online? Do it, Nintendo. Let’s deconstruct every classic Nintendo franchise. It’s what a console like the Nintendo Switch is born to do. Now playing: Watch this: Get a stylus, btw. Josh Goldman/CNET If I asked you what the ideal Nintendo Switch game was, you might suggest Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Possibly Mario Kart 8 or Smash Bros. But the game that truly pushes the Switch in unique, compelling directions? Super Mario Maker 2. Super Mario Maker made its debut on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015. Super Mario Maker does exactly what it says on the tin: It’s a video game, but also a tool that allows you to create your own Mario levels. It’s a Super Mario construction set, essentially. A complete kit to make endless 2D Mario levels. I loved it. So did my son. He ended up making level designs and tinkering with world-building on his own. The Wii U’s game pad controller and stylus worked perfectly with the game’s level design tools.But most people never had a Wii U. For many Super Mario Maker 2 will be an entry point to an idea waiting to go stratospheric. last_img read more

Sacrifices of Gandhi Nehru remembered

first_imgGuntur: MLA Mustafa recalled the sacrifices made by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and others in the freedom struggle at a programme organised by GMC to mark Independence Day on Thursday. GMC Commissioner Srikesh B Lathkar hoisted the national flag. Mustafa participated in the meeting as chief guest. Speaking on this occasion, he urged the youth to follow footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He assured that he will develop infrastructure in the constituency. The GMC Commissioner explained development works taken up by the GMC in Guntur city. MLC KS Lakshmana Rao was also present.last_img

HC issues rule for compensating Barguna school collapse victims

first_imgHigh-CourtThe High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why directives should not be given to provide compensation to the victims, killed and injured in a ceiling collapse in a government primary school in Taltali upazila in Barguna district.The HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the rule following a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer.Lawyer M Mainul Islam stood for the writ petitioner.The HC also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure in ensuring safety to the students of PK Government Primary School should not be declared beyond legal jurisdiction.The primary and mass education ministry secretary, Barguna deputy commissioner, district education officer, Taltali upazila education officer, and president of the school managing committee have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.Supreme Court lawyer Ishtiaque Ahmed filed the writ petition seeking compensation for the families of the school students killed and injured in the collapse of plasters from the ceiling of the school.Besides, Supreme Court lawyer Hasan Tarek and Humayun Kabir, on behalf of the Law and Rights Foundation, a human rights organisation, filed another writ with the High Court in this connection on Sunday.The writ also sought Tk 10 million compensation for the family members of the deceased while Tk 1 million each for the families of the injured.The writ also sought an order to conduct a survey on risky educational institutions across the country.On Saturday, Mansura, a third-grader of PK Government Primary School and daughter of Najib HossainTalukdar of Gendamara village in Taltali upazila of Barguna, was killed and three others were injured after plasters from the ceiling of a government primary school collapsed on them.last_img read more

This Italian City Gives You Free Beer for Riding Your Bike

first_img Eco-friendly commuting is in and driving is out, as environmental concerns continue to grow worldwide. Bologna, a city in northern Italy, is encouraging its citizens to ditch cars with a new green initiative. The secret sauce? Giving them cool perks, such as beer, when they engage in sustainable practices.According to BBC, Bologna is rewarding people with free beer for riding their bikes, taking public transportation, or walking. With a smartphone app called Bella Mossa (Good Job), they can rack up points to spend on beer, ice cream, or movie tickets when they engage in non-pollutive commuting.We’re often asked about our Bella Mossa programme which took Bologna by storm. Find out more about what we did and how it worked: #walking #cycling#behaviourchange #sustainability— BetterPoints Ltd (@BetterPointsLtd) October 22, 2018AdChoices广告Getting started on the app is very easy. All you have to do is download the “Better Points” app on your smartphone, log in your eco-friendly journeys, and swap points for rewards throughout the city. You can redeem points at more than 100 local businesses in Bologna, making it great for times when you want a drink or snack during the day. Plus, for some fun competition, you can compare your sustainable progress with other people on the app.Photo Credit: Bella MossaSo, how can this app track your sustainable commuting? A GPS tracker logs in your mileage and you can see how much carbon dioxide you save on your trips. The one downside is that you can only log in four green journeys every day, but you’ll enjoy earning points on a continuous basis.Developed by urban planner Marco Amadori last year, Bella Mossa aims to promote greener travel in the Bologna vicinity. In 2017, the app recorded 2.2 million miles of eco-friendly journeys in the city. More than 5,000 people have also used the app to claim rewards as well. With funding from the local Bologna government and the EU, Bella Mossa can continue its positive impact on people and the environment.More on Geek.com:Two Teens Create the Ultimate Hack for Messy Ice Cream ConesMcDonald’s Cuts Happy Meals From Dollar MenuWTF Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buy Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on targetlast_img read more

Microsoft broke search in Windows 10 somehow Fix inside

first_imgMicrosoft broke search in Windows 10 somehow. Fix inside by Martin Brinkmann on January 07, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 25 commentsSo if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this.Reports about search stopping to work completely on Windows 10 devices started to fill the usual chat rooms with frustrated and angry users of the operating system.All reports were identical: Search worked on the device before, but after a reboot or restart, it stopped working. Nothing the users tried brought search functionality back.The kill the Cortana process to bring search back on Windows 10 did not work at all, and some users went through great lengths in their troubleshooting attempts. This went as far as resetting the operating system, or installing it anew.Fix Windows 10 Search returning blanksApparently, search functionality returns if you kill the device’s Internet connection. I’m not entirely sure why Microsoft though it to be a good idea to merge local search functionality with online functionality on Windows 10, but the company did.This suggests that the issue is not caused by something that users did on their systems, but by something that Microsoft changed on the company’s end.Since you may require Internet to work, one of the available fixes is to block Cortana from accessing the Internet. Search functionality returns immediately when you do.Here is how that is done:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel item.Select “All Control Panel Items” in the address bar.Open Windows Firewall.Select Advanced Settings on the left. This opens the Advanced Firewall settings window.Select Outbound Rules.Locate @{Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.7.0.312_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy?ms-resource://Microsoft.Windows.Cortana/resources/PackageDisplayName}Right-click on the rule and select properties from the context menu. Or, double-click it instead which is faster.Select block the connection under action on the page that opens. Click on ok to apply the change.This should change the icon in front of the outbound rule to the blocked icon.Search functionality should be restored immediately. Please note that you may not be able to use some of Cortana’s functionality while the rule is in place.Closing WordsTwo things come to my mind when I read about this. First, why is there no fail safe for situations where online search may not work properly. As cutting the Internet connection shows, search is still working, and it should return results regardless of what is happening online.Second, that introducing online functionality adds another potential layer of issues to Windows’ search functionality.Anyway, if you use Cortana regularly, you may set the outbound rule to “allow” eventually again. SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft broke search in Windows 10 somehow. Fix insideDescriptionSo if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Water interruptions in Bergville other areas

first_imguThukela District Municipality would like to inform the community that they are experiencing power outages at one of their pumps in Bergville.Eskom is attending to the matter and say that the power will be restored at around 6.30pm today (Thursday).Areas such as Bergville, Woodford, Brookdale, Bethany, Action Homes and Hambrook will experience water interruptions. uThukela apologises for any inconvenience caused to those affected. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more