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first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Board of Management met in Sydney over the weekend and announced Peter Rooney as Chairman to oversee the position after the resignation of Michael Sparks, effective Saturday 28 April 2007.Michael Sparks had announced his intention to resign his position late last month after serving the sport in the capacity of Chairman of the TFA Board of Management since November 2002.Peter Rooney was elected as Chairman of the National body after an internal ballot process and will continue in this role through to the TFA Annual General Meeting in the latter part of 2007.Peter has a long and illustrious association with the sport in Australia. Peter commenced his involvement with the game in 1974 and became the first New South Wales and Australian Touch Association Director of Referees.Peter has also previously held the position of President of the New South Wales Touch Association and the Australian Touch Association and in 1984 was elected Executive Director of the Australian Touch Association.A life member of both the Cronulla and New South Wales Touch Associations, Peter was also the founding Secretary General of the Federation of International Touch.After a self imposed exile from the game to concentrate on his business career, Peter has returned to the sport in recent years and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for TFA & is committed to ensuring the Association progresses positively and purposefully down the pathway of the revised Strategic Plan.“I’m looking forward to hopefully offering genuine stability and a steadying influence as we continue to move forward productively and positively as a sport in the future.” Mr. Rooney said.last_img read more

The Actors Fund Celebrates The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards In Hollywood

first_imgThe Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program, which helps professional young performers and their families address the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry, celebrated the 2017 Looking Ahead Awards with a star-studded gala on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.The fourth annual gala was hosted by Corbin Bleu and featured special performances by Ashley Argota (singing “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”) and The Dream Talent Management Dancers.Holly Robinson-Peete honored her mother, Dolores Robinson, with the Judy and Hilary Swank Award for parenting.Activist Kenya T. Parham presented the Looking Ahead Award for Community Service to the ensemble cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film “Detroit (Laz Alonso, Joseph David-Jones, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Austin Hebert, Malcolm David Kelley, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Leon Thomas III, Samira Wiley and Tyler James Williams).Kellie Martin received the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her longtime friend, actress Lindsay Price.“This Is Us” stars Eris Baker, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Faithe Herman, Hannah Zeile and Logan Shroyer were honored with the Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness by Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren, Tarquin and Naomi Wilding.The legendary Charlotte Rae received The Shirley Temple Award from her “The Facts of Life” co-star Mindy Cohn.The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAG-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 400 youths, families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2017 Looking Ahead Awards was generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, HINT Water, Sextant Wines, and Devotion Vodka.last_img read more

After living away from home for years DFCs grads talk about how

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN News They say it takes a community to raise a child- but what happens when children have to leave their communities for an education?Tanisha Chikane left her home and family in North Caribou Lake First Nation, to attend Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay 500 km to the south.She was only 14 years old at the time.“That was hard,” she said. “I didn’t have anybody to look out for me for a while and I had to learn to look out for myself.”Now, Tanisha is being celebrated for her accomplishments.The valedictorian just graduated with 23 of her classmates.The reality for many First Nations in northern Ontario means students have to leave their communities to attend high school.Aaron Guthrie has been a teacher at DFC for nine years.“They’re the ones who’ve made the sacrifice, who’ve said I want to graduate high school and I’m going to put my life on hold,” Guthrie said.He said that also means saying goodbye to parents, siblings and sometimes their own children to move away.High school can be a challenging time for any student and that’s no exception at DFC. Students often travel hundreds of kilometers by plane and road to get to Thunder Bay.Visits home are limited to holidays.Valedictorian Tanisha Chikane and her daughter Baelee. Tanisha plans to pursue welding in college. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNTanisha became a mother at 15. She had to leave her daughter Baelee at home with family so she could finish high school.“My mother wouldn’t let me drop out so, she wouldn’t sign the papers,” Tanisha said with a chuckle.She said she focused on her assignments and gave it her all for one reason.“My daughter. I figured since I’m out here I should do my best,” Tanisha said.Guthrie said the students need a supportive community to succeed. At DFC, that means having staff who are committed and dedicated to student life outside of the classrooms.“I tell people all the time I’m not just a teacher. I feel like I’m a part-time teacher, part-time social counselor, part-time friend, part-time parent, part-time coach like we play a lot of roles in our student’s lives,” Guthrie said.Miguel Quequish, also from North Caribou Lake First Nation, faced his own challenges throughout high school.Five years ago, his sister Cheyanne died by suicide.“It was kinda hard the first two years,” Miguel said about her death.“She was like a mom to me. She would always make sure I was well-fed, made sure I made it to school on time.”Miguel Quequish from North Caribou Lake First Nation lost a brother and sister to suicide. They told him to never give up on his education and he plans to go to college in the fall. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNThen last October, his brother Trevor also died by suicide.Miguel said he wanted to give up.“It was hard to go back to school. I didn’t feel like going, I didn’t feel like coming out to DFC,” Miguel said through tears.“But the staff and other fellow students helped me pull through and I would like to them for that.”The needs of the students at DFC are diverse and unique but it’s also what brings them together as a community.“We know the kids don’t have their parents with them here, we know that they might need an extra hand, we understand that the majority of our students are coming with some type of traumatic life experience in their back pocket,” Guthrie said.Destiny Fiddler, a young mother from Sandy Lake First Nation, left her daughter at home with her family so she could get her high school diploma. Destiny is going to pursue nursing so she can work in northern communities. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNDestiny Fiddler became a young mother two years ago.She came to DFC to graduate last year while her daughter Creelyn stayed home with her family in Sandy Lake First Nation, 600 km northwest of Thunder Bay.She stayed connected to her daughter through FaceTime calls and short visits home.“I kept telling myself and people kept telling me that I was doing it for my daughter and her future,” Destiny said.The future is something Alaina Sakchekapo is excited about. When we first met her two years ago, she had already lived in seven different boarding homes.“Because I didn’t have a stable boarding home, DFC was my stable place,” Alaina said at the graduation ceremony.Alaina kept busy with sports, academics and extracurricular activities. She most recently traveled to Parliament Hill in Ottawa where the students met with political leaders to discuss their needs.“It was very humbling and it really broadened my horizons of what I can do,” she said about her involvement at DFC.Alaina Sakchekapo from North Caribou Lake First Nation lived in 13 different boarding homes while attending high school in Thunder Bay. She is getting her own place with her sister and going to college in the fall. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNAlaina said she is planning to stay in Thunder Bay to work for the summer and wants to pursue university to become a teacher – she’s already found her own apartment with her sister.“I’m adulting,” she said with excitement.Miguel said he hopes his brother and sister are proud of him.“They would always threaten me, better finish or else I’m going to break your Xbox or my sister would be like don’t come home until you get that diploma,” he said laughing.Miguel said he doesn’t intend to quit now either, he plans to attend college in the fall.Tanisha said she is also planning to go to college to pursue welding – a skill she picked up thanks the trades program at DFC.While some students have their eyes set on college and university, Guthrie said that’s not always a priority for students.“They’ve been away from home since they were 14 years old and they yearn to go back to live on the land,” he said about the importance of returning home.“To reconnect with their parents and their siblings and their grandparents and you can’t blame them for that.”Valedictorian Tanisha Chikane from North Caribou Lake First Nation. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTNIn her valedictorian speech, Tanisha said it helped to be in a supportive environment with her peers.“Being around everyone and being a First Nations person gives me such motivation to do the best I can, at all I do,” she said.Both Destiny and Alaina said while they are sad to leave the school they are grateful for the experience.“They make you feel like you’re family right away,” Destiny said, who plans to pursue nursing so she can work in northern communities.Alaina said she is leaving with many great memories but one thing stands out for her.“The people that have helped take care of me while I was out here,” she said.But at the end of the day, it’s the students who deserve the diplomas they’ve worked hard for.“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it,” Tanisha read more

TSX rises to record high as Tim Hortons shares extend rally on

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index hit a record high on Tuesday as shares of Tim Hortons Inc extended their rally after the coffee chain said it planned to merge with Burger King Worldwide Inc in a $12.64 billion deal.The companies said the cash-and-stock agreement would create the world’s third-largest fast-food restaurant group, with roughly $23 billion in combined annual sales. Tim Hortons shares jumped 8.7% to a multi-year high. The Toronto market received further support from shares of energy companies, which benefited from gains in the price of oil.The benchmark TSX has climbed nearly 15% this year.“The market is marching ahead. We’ll have to wait until Labor Day to see any material change in direction,” said David Cockfield, managing director and portfolio manager at Northland Wealth Management. “It’s one of those markets. It seems unshakable,” he added. “But I don’t think it’ll keep going up forever.” The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 41.06 points, or 0.26%, at 15,639.80.Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher. Shares of energy producers advanced 0.9%, with Suncor Energy Inc rising 0.7% to $44.61 and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd jumping 1.7% to $47.41.Financials, the index’s most heavily weighted sector, slipped slightly after two of Canada’s major banks reported results. Bank of Montreal gained 0.9%, to $82.53, after the company reported a stronger-than-expected third-quarter profit, helped by gains at its Canadian and U.S. personal and commercial banking units and higher revenue at its capital markets arm. But Bank of Nova Scotia gave back 2% to $72.68 after the lender reported quarterly results.Tim Hortons was up at $89.16 and was one of the most heavily traded stocks on exchange. In the previous session, the stock shot up more than 19%.© Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

Bombardier Inc shakes up rail divisions management in Europe

MONTREAL — Bombardier Transportation says the head of its Central Eastern Europe region will be leaving and his responsibilities will be split between two separate management teams.Michael Fohrer will take responsibility for Bombardier’s locomotives and light rail vehicles segments within the CEE region while Germar Wacker will become head of the mainline and metros segment.Bombardier’s Kassel, Mannheim, Zurich and Vienna sites will come under Fohrer and its Hennigsdorf, Bautzen, Gorlitz and Vasteras sites will come under Wacker.They replace Dieter John, who is leaving the company at an undisclosed time. The pair will become members of Bombardier Transportation’s leadership team.Bombardier Transportation, headquartered in Berlin, is the rail-equipment division of Bombardier Inc. The Canadian PressBombardier Inc slammed by London for ‘shameful’ Tube project: ‘Nothing short of a disaster’Bombardier’s biggest gamble: How everything went so wrong with the CSeries dream read more

Jarvis school goes to Whoville

The Jarvis Community was treated to a trip to Whoville during a production of Seussical Junior ~ The Musical by Jarvis Public School.During Education Week,  50 students were involved in the production that saw five shows over two days, May 8-9. More than 450 people took in the two evening productions and two area schools were able to take in the afternoon shows.“The best part of acting is you can do it no matter what. A person’s a person, no matter how small,” said Chloe Dawson, who played Horton the Elephant.Her cast mate and cousin, Aubrey Dawson, said she enjoyed meeting new people in different grade levels that she may not have gotten to know outside of the play.“Everyone was so positive and they supported us no matter what,” said Aubrey.Director Julie McIntyre said that putting on a production takes a lot of effort but many helping hands make it all worthwhile.“The talent we saw from our cast was incredible.  Without giving children the opportunity to participate in the dramatic arts, some of the quiet, shy young people would never have the opportunity to share their gift with us.”  Noah Michaud as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical Junior ~ The Musical. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) The Cast of Seussical Junior from left to right Abby Dorr as Mrs. Mayor, Brant Dawson, as JoJo and Andrew Yager as Mr. Mayor, the smallest Who’s in Whoville. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) Chloe Dawson plays Horton, in Jarvis Public School’s production of Seussical Junior ~ The Musical. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) read more

UN war crimes tribunal reinstates genocide charge for Bosnian Serb

Five judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sitting in The Hague, agreed unanimously that the Trial Chamber had erred last November when it acquitted Radoslav Brdjanin of one count of genocide.Mr. Brdjanin, 56, also faces charges of crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.The indictment alleges Mr. Brdjanin, as a prominent member of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS), played a leading role in a campaign of ethnic cleansing, or the permanent removal of the non-Serb population from certain areas of Bosnia during 1991-92.In 1992 Mr. Brdjanin became the President of the Autonomous Region of Krajina’s Crisis Staff and later served as a minister and acting vice-president in the Republika Srpska government. read more

Transition in South Sudan uneven UN envoy tells Security Council

“The situation in Jonglei state remains a source of major concern and presents complex challenges for both UNMISS and the Government,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Hilde F. Johnson, referring to the UN Mission in South Sudan, which she heads.The eastern state of Jonglei is the largest in South Sudan and has been the scene of inter-communal violence since the country became independent from Sudan in July 2011. Recent weeks have seen an increase in heavy fighting between national authorities and David Yau Yau’s armed groups.“The Government remains committed to finding a peaceful solution,” Ms. Johnson said, but cautioned that “the window for dialogue is closing and that military operations may soon be launched.”She added that while the Government has committed to protect civilians during its operations, people could be caught in the crossfire. In case of potential fighting, UNMISS has developed contingency plans, including strengthening its troop presence, increasing civilian-military patrols to identify potential attacks and continuing to engage with vulnerable communities, Ms. Johnson said. She also told the 15-member Council that the UN’s operational environment “has become more challenging due to a number of grave violations” to the agreement between the UN and South Sudan. The most egregious of these violations, Ms. Johnson said, was the 21 December 2012 shooting of an UNMISS helicopter which resulted in the killing of four Russian crew members. “We have engaged the Government on this matter at the highest levels to urge a swift and transparent investigation,” Ms. Johnson said, in accordance with international civil aviation rules.In addition, a UN peacekeeper on patrol was attacked last week by an unidentified armed group in Jonglei and has been medically evacuated. The Special Representative also warned about the continuing proliferation of weapons in South Sudan which has “serious implications” for regional security and stability, as well as civilian communities in the country. She added that the country remains afflicted by internal security and political fault-lines, which continue to render it fragile and which has potential spill over effects. “Every effort to mitigate that risk and keep South Sudan on a path to stability and prosperity will contribute to the stability of the whole region,” she told today’s meeting. read more

Marking World Habitat Day UN highlights importance of public spaces for all

“Public spaces are crucial for poor and vulnerable citizens,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement. “Improving access to them, and making them safe for women and girls, increases equity, promotes inclusion and combats discrimination.” “High-quality public spaces encourage people to communicate and collaborate with each other, and to participate in public life,” he continued. “Public spaces can also provide basic services, enhance connectivity, spawn economic activity and raise property values while generating municipal revenue.”But, said Mr. Ban, public spaces require careful collaboration among local authorities, local inhabitants and other actors.The Secretary-General also highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal 11, which aims to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” noting that the goal represented a “broad international consensus that recognizes sustainable urban development as a transformational approach.”The Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Joan Clos, noting the importance of the day’s theme, said in a statement that “the character of a city is defined by its streets and public spaces.”“Public space is a vital component of a prosperous city,” said Mr. Clos. “Well designed and managed public space is a key asset for a city’s functioning and has a positive impact on its economy, environment, safety, health, integration and connectivity.“The quality of life for people in cities is directly related to the state of its public spaces,” he continued. “Public space provides room for social and cultural interaction and can foster a sense of belonging and pride in an area. A public space that is open to all, regardless of ethnic origin, age or gender, provides a democratic forum for citizens and society.”Without adequate public space, cities can become increasingly segregated, noted Mr. Clos. “The result can be a polarized city where social tensions are likely to flare up and where crime and violence rises.”He added that World Habitat Day is being celebrated this year with a partnership between UN-Habitat and the ‘HeforShe’ initiative promoted by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The two UN agencies are aiming to promote the role of men and women in the creation of “gender-equal public spaces for all.” read more

Football ESPN College GameDay coming to Columbus for Ohio StateOklahoma game

ESPN College GameDay will make its 16th appearance at Ohio State on Saturday for No. 2 OSU vs. No. 7 Oklahoma. Credit: Courtesy of @CollegeGameDayESPN College GameDay will travel to its second Ohio State game of the season next Saturday. The crew will head to Columbus for the Ohio State-Oklahoma game, which airs in primetime on ABC. An Ohio State spokesperson said it will be held in The Oval, the same location it was set up in for the 2015 matchup against Michigan State.Last Thursday, the show went to Bloomington, Indiana, to cover the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana. The crew also covered Ohio State’s matchups against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and last season’s game against Michigan and Wisconsin.Get ready, Columbus.We’re coming your way for Oklahoma-Ohio State!— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 3, 2017This will be the 40th time Ohio State has been featured in a matchup covered by College GameDay, setting the record for the most matchups covered all-time by the show. This will also be the 16th time Columbus hosts the crew for a football game, tying the record for the most times hosting the show with Alabama.College GameDay will begin airing at 9 a.m. Saturday. read more

First person prosecuted for transgender hate crime says it is a waste

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 51-year-old accountant, who still identifies as male, was prosecuted after Helen Islan, the mother of a transgender child, accused him of “outing” her son by posting a picture of him on Twitter. The first person in Britain to be charged with a transgender hate crime has warned that the police and courts are being used to stifle legitimate debate on the controversial topic. Mr Yardley was interviewed at length by Essex Police in April 2018, before a file on the case was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)…. Miranda Yardley, who was born a man but underwent gender realignment to become a woman, went on trial earlier this month after being accused of harassment by a transgender activist. read more

Denial of justice is a very difficult thing to bear John McAreavey

first_img By Garreth MacNamee 10 Comments Share564 Tweet Email1 45,757 Views JOHN MCAREAVEY IS returning to Mauritius  next week to make an appeal for information over the unsolved murder of his wife in 2011.Michaela McAreavey was found dead in her hotel room. She died by strangulation.Two hotel workers were charged with her murder but were both acquitted following a trial by jury. John, who has since remarried, has said that justice needs to be done for his first wife.Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Denial of justice is a very difficult thing to bear – it’s a very hard thing to endure. We’ll be appealing to the Mauritian public. We’re hoping that maybe someone will be able to come forward and maybe give us a little bit more information, maybe something that can lead to evidence, to bring us back on the road to justice. We need to appeal to the people of Mauritius, so we felt that the best way to achieve that is to get on a plane and get out there. Short URL ‘Denial of justice is a very difficult thing to bear’: John McAreavey is going back to Mauritius His wife Michaela was murdered while the couple was on their honeymoon. Mar 31st 2017, 10:00 PM Friday 31 Mar 2017, 10:00 PM Since the acquittal of the two hotel workers, there has been a number of developments in the case. Laws have changed in Mauritius which would allow retrials for the men if “compelling” new evidence comes to light. Some of the exhibits of evidence have also been sent to specialist a DNA testing facility in France.John said he has never given up hope of getting justice for Michaela. He said that he and the Harte family have been kept up-to-date on any development associated with her case.“What we’re trying to achieve from this whole process is justice – justice for Michaela and for our families. It is a hard process, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s been hard ever since Michaela died,” he added.Read: Former youth worker who pretended child pornography images were of him gets suspended sentence >Read: Man dies after his go-kart crashes into a van > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Go to Mars With NASAs New On a Mission Podcast Series

first_img PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Space exploration news is mostly found on the internet and TV, but NASA is providing another cool medium that will allow science buffs to tune into its latest Mars mission.Today, NASA launched “On a Mission,” an eight-episode podcast series that will follow the InSight lander’s journey beyond Earth’s borders and its attempt to land on Mars next month. “On a Mission” is the first JPL podcast to track a mission’s flight through interviewers with Insight’s team at NASA’s California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory.The podcast, which will be narrated by science journalist Leslie Mullen and InSight team members, will feature episodes that bring together humor and storytelling to keep listeners updated on InSight’s journey to Mars and the behind-the-scenes work of this mission. The podcast’s first two episodes are available to stream on NASA, the InSight website, Apple Podcasts, and SoundCloud. For Episode 1, readers will learn about how the odds of reaching Mars’ surface are low due to various factors, such as changing space conditions.As InSight gets closer to Mars, new 20 to 30 minute episodes will be released on a weekly basis. The final episode of the podcast will focus on what happens when the InSight team tries to land InSight on Mars on Nov. 26. If the mission is successful, InSight will be the first robotic explorer to study Mars’ crust, core, and mantle and give humans a glimpse of the early formation of rocky planets in the inner solar system.More on Scary Podcasts to Get You Ready for HalloweenThe Best Podcasts for Superhero FansMore Marvel Podcasts We’d Listen to After Wolverine: The Long Night Stay on targetlast_img read more

Game of the Year Jordan Minors Best Video Games of 2018

first_img2. Mario Tennis AcesMario Tennis had always been my personal favorite Mario sports series. Tennis as a sport is already naturally fast and arcadey, and I have real tennis experience. But Mario Tennis Aces gave me the tennis game I never even knew I wanted. And it turns out the secret was adding a power meter and various fighting game-esque trick mechanics. Now, winning a rally feels as satisfying as completing a game-winning combo on the EVO main stage. It’s the hypest Mario sports game. 3. Dragon Ball FighterZAs bad as it is that people can openly love Dragon Ball Z again, at least we got this gorgeous fighting game that somehow manages to satisfy every possible audience. It’s a visual spectacle for the onlookers. It feels like DBZ anime poetry in motion for the fans. It has enough depth for true-blue fighting game players. But it’s accessible enough for newcomers. And it has like half a dozen Gokus in it. I’m personally glad I waited for the Switch version, but you can’t go wrong with any platform. 9. WandersongWandersong might grate at first with its plucky hero and art design that makes Paper Mario look monochrome. But the musical adventure quickly reveals layer after layer of surprising, poignant depth. The depth in the mechanics comes from the different ideas it gets out of the player’s analog singing ability. Sing to calm monsters, fly with birds, commune with mermaids, and tackle tricky surreal platforming sequences. But the more meaningful depth is the game’s utter philosophical commitment to nonviolence and harmonic unity even when the world is falling apart. 5. Red Dead Redemption III feel no obligation to put Red Dead Redemption II on my list just because it’s the biggest game of the year. I just happened to think Rockstar’s cowboy open-world tragedy is very good, and a lot better than the original which I didn’t care for at all. Read my review to learn more why I don’t think Red Dead Redemption II is boring. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target 1. Super Smash Bros. UltimateIt really couldn’t be any other game. I adore Smash Bros. as a whole and I think Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best one. It’s majestic. For some reason, I’m having a great time playing online. Its complete character roster soothes my OCD. It’s got Metal Gear Solid stuff in it. There’s an absurd story mode ripped out of Avengers: Infinity War. They even made Ganondorf way better. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best video game of 2018. Do not @ me.center_img The year in gaming is basically over, and while 2018 wasn’t quite as chock full of bangers as 2017, there are still plenty of amazing titles to play. In fact, I almost prefer my Game of the Year list this year compared to last year. 2017’s great games were all pretty obvious. I feel like my list this year has some much more interesting picks, ones that are most likely very different from the rest of you.So here are my choices, based on what I personally played, for the best video games of 2018!10. Battlefield V’s Senegal MissionI really couldn’t care less for Battlefield V as a whole. Battlefield 1 stood out with its novel World War I setting, but while WWII is less ubiquitous as it used to be in military shooters, it’s still pretty well-worn territory. However, Battlefield V’s approach to a single-player campaign managed to feel fresh by basically being an anthology of short and sort of historically accurate mini-campaigns. And far and away the most powerful War Story for me was “Tirailleur,” following brave French-Senegalese soldiers fighting for the country that treats them as second-class citizens. 6. Tetris EffectJust when you thought Tetris couldn’t get more perfect, they let the dude behind Lumines take a crack at it. With Tetris Effect, the world’s most elegant puzzle game now in VR set to trance-inducing lights and rhythms and sounds creates what can only be described as an emotional experience. And new mechanics like slowing time down to create matches beyond four gives your brain room to expand to galaxy levels. I could cry. 8. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and EeveeYeah I know there’s a “real” Pokemon RPG coming to Switch next year but honestly there’s a chance that game won’t entertain me as much as Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee did. It turns out making Pokemon a more casual experience isn’t just appealing to newcomers, it’s also appealing to people like me who would rather just throw balls at monsters and fight trainers than deal with layers of JRPG tedium. I’m also just surprised how nice Game Freak’s first console Pokemon game ended up looking. 4. Into The BreachI’m as shocked as you are that a roguelike, perhaps my most hated genre this side of Dark Souls clones, cracked my top five. But Into The Breach makes genius decision after genius decision allowing the format to sing rather than be a drag. The tight turn-based tactics are easily endlessly intellectually enjoyable. Actually reaching some kind of ending isn’t totally impossible in your first few runs. And the game has a bunch of sweet giant robots in it. 7. Yoku’s Island ExpressEnough people I think ultimately discovered this gem that it’s not really a surprise anymore. But if you haven’t checked out Yoku’s Island Express you really should. An open-world made up of organic interconnected pinball tables, a pinball metroidvania, is a brilliant concept excellently pulled off here. It makes two classic but very different genres feel completely new. And the breezy tropical island setting really grooves.last_img read more

Super Nawettan Brufut gaffer bemaons exit

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah & Abdoulie FattyBrufut gaffer Alieu Sanneh bemoaned his team’s shock exit from the Super Nawettan following their failure to reach the quarters.A 1-0 defeat to Bakau condemned Brufut at the serrekunda West mini-stadium on Tuesday adding to their woes in the championship.And on the back of this latest blip, Alieu Sanneh was left bemoaning in a campaign described as the side’s worst showing since their inclusion into the Super Nawettan.Sulayman Drammeh’s 21st minute goal proved decisive.He said in post-match remarks: ‘I am dispaointed with my players. But is football we accept it we are going to prepare for next year. If we had won our past matches we would have been on a better footing this moment so that cost us from going to the quarter-finals.’SK East, Banjul Brikama BEM are all through to the quarter-finals. Champions West on four points, were requiring of a win yesterday against SK Central to be assured of passage to the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Commodity Classic Offers Wide Range of Unique Anaheim Area Tours

first_imgAttendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., can make their experience even more memorable by signing up for one or more of the fascinating tours available during the event. These optional tours provide the opportunity to discover even more about the history, attractions and culture of Southern California—and this year’s tour schedule is among the most varied ever offered.In addition, this year’s Commodity Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, (Feb.27-March 1) which allows attendees to add a weekend on either end of their visit to enjoy the sights and attractions of southern California including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more.  Disneyland is just a few blocks from the Anaheim Convention Center, where Commodity Classic activities will take place.Optional tours are scheduled on Monday, Thursday, and Friday of that week. Tours available include:Dolphin and whale watching toursExploring Laguna Beach and the well-known Mission San Juan CapistranoA tour featuring urban agricultural trends with a stop at a chocolate-making facilityThe Richard Nixon Presidential Library and MuseumA private charter deep sea fishing excursionAn inside look at the Queen Mary ocean liner and tales of its haunted pastA visit to the Lyon Air Museum and Marconi Automotive MuseumA tour of the USS Iowa battleshipSome of these tours are close to selling out, so it’s important to register as soon as possible.  For details on the tours available and to register for tours during Commodity Classic, visit Tour fees vary and are not included with convention registration.The deadline to preregister for tours is Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.  Tour registrations are refundable only if canceled by Feb. 5. On-site registration in Anaheim will be accommodated subject to space availability.Tours may be reserved online, by mail, or via fax using the form available on the website.  Space is limited and tours are available on a first-come basis.“These optional tours are a great way for families to make the most of their time in Anaheim and to have one-of-a-kind experiences they can’t have anywhere else,” said Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic. “While Commodity Classic is focused on making all of us even better farmers, it’s also about having a little fun and taking some time with family. This year’s line-up of optional tours truly has something for everyone.”Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

Valve ports HalfLife to Linux

first_imgIn order for Steam to be a success on Linux it needs lots of games, and it needs games from all the major publishers going forward. But because this is Steam, Valve has a back catalog of games to call upon that everyone still wants to play. One of those games is Half-Life, and Valve has now made it available on Steam for Linux.The 1998 game has apparently been added to the library of games that runs on Linux. The good news is, if you already purchased the game for Windows and have it available on your Steam account, there’s nothing else to do but download it to your Linux machine and start playing. Alternatively, if you don’t own the game, it’s a $9.99 purchase.With the Steam Linux client now in open beta, releasing Half-Life makes a lot of sense for Valve. It may be an old game, but it’s still very popular and just as importantly doesn’t need the latest hardware to run. Valve has already started promoting Steam for Linux to Windows users, and having Half-Life available should entice a few more gamers to make the switch or at least try Steam on the free OS.The obvious next step is to get the add-on packs working and then move to getting Half-Life 2 running. We also have to consider that Valve will be focusing on ensuring Half-Life 3 can run on Linux as they will want to simultaneously launch that game on Windows and Linux. We may even see Steam for Linux get it first if Valve really want to shake things up.via Phoronixlast_img read more

Tuck in an extra helping for the Earth

first_imgWhile the rest of the Delhi swelters in the heat, the Imperial gave a lucky few a luxurious break to taste some zesty green recipes and join heads to talk environmental issues. Celebrating this ethos and committing to the environment, The Imperial had organized Green Luncheon for opinion makers to share a range of initiatives which the hotel has applied to reduce carbon footprint, have effective waste management, sustain recycle measures and energy conservation etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The luncheon included specialties like vegetable and cream cheese spanakopitas, sautéed greens with sesame and brown garlic, spinach and fresh ricotta cannelloni with butter garlic, ratatouille, Vanilla panacotta and some salads to die for. The special menu was designed by Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef The Imperial New Delhi.‘The Imperial has always demonstrated a commitment to environment conservation, whilst providing its guests with experiences which will enhance the awareness and understanding of the environment. We installed solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly,’ said Vijay Wanchoo Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager.  He further said ‘The Imperial key initiatives and significant efforts have been modeled to encourage healthy tourism and eco balance. An exclusive lobby décor for the occasion for the world Environment week is designed to create awareness amongst guests to contribute towards environment conservation and be conscious about it.’ He also shared few future green initiatives on the occasion, soon to be implemented in the hotel. The special recipes made for the World Environment day are available in the 1911 restaurant along with the perfect salad spread. The light eats are best suited for summer and will be available in the restaurant till 30 June. The mint and raw mango shooter and the wild mushroom and asparagus stew get the thumbs up from us. Go green, reduce the carbon foorprints as the experts put it and head over for this meal – you won’t regret it!last_img read more

Extreme poverty rises again in Latin America

first_imgRelated posts:UPDATED: Mexico reels in response to 7.1 earthquake Billionaire Piñera to return as Chile’s president 2018: A big year for Latin American elections Trump cancels Latin America trip, cites Syria concerns Extreme poverty in Latin America hit its highest level for nine years in 2017, according to a report by the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) published on Tuesday.Poverty remained stable at 30.2 percent of the population —184 million people— but extreme poverty increased from 9.9 percent in 2016 to 10.2 percent, or 62 million people, it said.“The proportion of people living in extreme poverty continues to increase, continuing the trend begun in 2015,” ECLAC said while presenting its annual report in Santiago.“While the region made great progress during the previous decade and the middle of the current one, since 2015 things have regressed, in particular when it comes to extreme poverty,” added ECLAC executive secretary Alicia Barcena, during a press conference.According to ECLAC, a United Nations body based in the Chilean capital, poverty should decrease to 29.6 percent —182 million people— in 2018 while extreme poverty will remain stable at 10.2 percent.It noted that inequality has reduced in Latin America since the early 2000s, pointing in particular to “important” social security measures taken in recent years to contain unfair distribution of wealth.However, “Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most unequal region in the world with significant levels of poverty including many sectors, even if they have risen out of poverty and extreme poverty, that are still vulnerable to economic cycles,” the report said.ECLAC considers people in extreme poverty to be those who cannot afford basic foodstuffs.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica.We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Luxury Collection in coordination with its own

first_imgThe Luxury Collection in coordination with its owner partners announced a $300 million effort to expand and improve its hotel portfolio in North America. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection is investing in marquee hotel conversions and landmark renovations in diverse U.S. destinations, including Key West, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio and San Francisco, as it continues to grow around the world. A milestone year for the brand, The Luxury Collection is on track to surpass 100 hotels in more than 30 countries by the end of 2015.“As we look to accelerate Starwood’s growth, we are shining an ever brighter spotlight on our world-class hotel brands to further incite innovation and create compelling guest experiences,” said Adam Aron, CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts on an interim basis. “We fully recognize the enormous untapped potential of The Luxury Collection, and with these new hotel openings and impressive renovations, Starwood is setting out for The Luxury Collection to become the world’s largest luxury hotel brand by year’s end.”“Domestic demand for luxury travel is at pre-recession levels, which makes this an excellent time to invest in The Luxury Collection hotels in the U.S.,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Additionally, we continue to see increasing demand from owners of independent luxury hotels who find tremendous value in partnering with Starwood to take advantage of our powerful distribution, loyalty and sales platforms. We expect this to be a period of significant growth for The Luxury Collection both in the U.S. and abroad as we sharpen the brand and drive profound consumer awareness around the world.”With an uptick in U.S. luxury travel, The Luxury Collection is using conversion opportunities to expand its portfolio in North America. Most recently, the brand welcomed Sunset Key, a private island with 40 luxury cottages nestled off the coast of Key West, in addition to signing Conrad Chicago, which is slated to join The Luxury Collection with a new name following its renovation this fall.Later this year, The St. Anthony, Texas’s crown jewel in San Antonio, will officially reemerge after a multi-million dollar restoration that reflects the hotel’s enduring legacy while infusing a modern allure. In December, the legendary Cal Neva resort, situated on Lake Tahoe, will debut as part of The Luxury Collection after a complete renovation that will bring the glamour of the Rat Pack era back to the hotel. The brand will also make its long-awaited arrival in Napa Valley’s idyllic St. Helena in January 2016 with the opening of Las Alcobas, following a multi-million dollar transformation that will restore the historic Acacia House and add several contemporary multi-room cottages overlooking the vineyards.Existing properties are too being rejuvenated. The Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, recently unveiled its enhanced Mailani Beach Tower, offering a private haven in the epicenter of Waikiki Beach. Later this summer, Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis will conclude a comprehensive renovation of the hotel, including a new restaurant concept; and in September, San Francisco’s iconic Palace Hotel will reveal a striking, all-encompassing restoration, featuring redesigned guestrooms, suites, and public spaces as well as a renewed Garden Court.last_img read more

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