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Soon tea to be served in kulhads across railway stations airports malls

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Soon, your favourite cup of tea may be served in eco-friendly ‘kulhads’ across all major railway stations, stalls at bus depots, airports and malls across the country, with Union Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari writing to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard. Currently, caterers at two railway stations, Varanasi and Rae Bareli, use terracotta-made ‘kulhads’, glasses and plates. “I have written a letter to Piyush Goyal to make use of kulhad mandatory at 100 railway stations and also suggested airports and state transport undertakings having tea stalls at bus depots to make the use of kulhads mandatory. We will also encourage malls to have kulhad tea stalls,” Gadkari said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME said the move is expected to provide a huge market for local potters and also help conserve the environment by eliminating the use of paper and plastics to serve beverages. Gadkari said he has also instructed the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to supply equipment for large-scale production of kulhads as their demand increases. “We distributed 10,000 electric wheels to potters for making kulhads last year. This year, we have set a target of distributing 25,000 electric wheels,” KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said. Under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the government has been distributing electric wheels to potters to increase their productivity. In 2004, then railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had introduced ‘kulhads’ to boost the pottery industry and also give passengers a taste of eco-friendly cups. He had made it clear that hot beverages should be served only in ‘kulhads’.last_img read more

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Halt Toronto casino deal during BC money laundering probe Ontario PCs

By on October 8, 2019

TORONTO — Ontario’s Opposition is calling on the government to halt a deal with a gaming company that is facing money laundering allegations in British Columbia.The B.C. government has launched an independent expert’s review of the province’s policies in the gambling industry after concerns were raised about the possibility of money laundering at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C.That casino is run by Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (TSX:GC), which the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. selected in August — along with Brookfield Business Partners LP (TSX:BBU.UN) — to run facilities at Woodbine, slots at Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.Ontario Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli said Monday the province should halt the deal while it gathers all the facts about the situation in B.C.“I think our main impetus is to ensure integrity in the industry,” he said. “We’re asking them — halt right now while we gather the facts. I think that’s the prudent thing to be doing.”Premier Kathleen Wynne said OLG has strict anti-money laundering provisions, but Ontario is watching developments in B.C.“I think it raises questions, which is why the minister has spoken with OLG and we will be paying very close attention to it,” she said.Great Canadian Gaming said it has ensured that regulatory compliance procedures are strictly followed, and it is committed to preventing illegal activities at all of its locations.“Contrary to suggestions otherwise, to our knowledge our company is not under investigation in any jurisdiction,” chief operating officer Terrance Doyle said in a statement. “Our employees followed all procedures required of them by BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC), none of our employees are facing charges, nor we do not believe our company’s actions would give cause to initiate any investigation.”OLG noted that Great Canadian Gaming is not under a criminal or regulatory investigation in either province and is satisfied the company will operate the Greater Toronto Area facilities responsibly.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said it would be “totally inappropriate” for a minister such as himself to get involved and expressed confidence in OLG’s procurement process.“The Opposition are inferring criminality but that is not the case,” he said. “It’s a stretch to start to suggest that somehow the province of Ontario should retract from a legitimate operation and a legitimate contract because of some inference that happened two or three years ago that is being reviewed under due process.”B.C.’s attorney general has said he launched the probe after reading a report about the casino accepting $13.5 million in $20 bills in July 2015 that police said could be proceeds of crime involving Asian VIP clients.A July 2016 report commissioned by the province’s previous Liberal government said single cash buy-ins in excess of $500,000 with no known source of funds were accepted at River Rock. Law enforcement intelligence indicated the money may have been “direct proceeds of crime,” the report said.The head of Great Canadian Gaming said it initially detected suspicious activity at the casino in 2012 and that its ongoing monitoring and reporting to the B.C. Lottery Corp. was crucial to identifying the individuals allegedly involved.In Ontario, Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield won the exclusive right to operate the Toronto-area facilities for a minimum of 22 years. OLG said in its procurement process that it was looking for up to 5,000 electronic games and up to 400 gaming tables for the Woodbine facility in northwest Toronto, and the city of Toronto has granted conditional approval for such a casino.The Woodbine, Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron locations have a total of more than 4,000 slot machines, 60 table games and employ more than 2,200 people. Great Canadian Gaming would operate the facilities and hold a 49 per cent stake in the partnership.The company has 22 gaming properties including 14 casinos, four racetrack casinos, three community gaming centres, one commercial bingo hall and resort hotels in Richmond, B.C., and in Moncton, N.B. read more

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Huawei assures Sri Lankan customers after Google suspends deal

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The suspension could hobble Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system.Future versions of Huawei smartphones that run on Android will also lose access to popular services, including the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps. (Colombo Gazette) Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei today assured Sri Lankan customers of it continuous support for present, existing Huawei smartphones in the market after Google suspended its services with Huawei.Huawei said that it has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. In a statement today Huawei said that as one of the key global partners, they have worked closely with their open source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Reuters reported earlier that Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.The move is a blow to the Chinese technology company that the US Government has sought to blacklist around the world. Huawei said it will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products covering those which have been sold or is still in stock globally. read more

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INTERPOL says Red Notice led to arrest of Sri Lankan over bombings

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INTERPOL said the Red Notice was issued as part of the support to the investigation provided by INTERPOL, including its deployment of an Incident Response Team (IRT) immediately following the bombings which targeted churches and hotels and left hundreds dead and injured. The team included expertise in areas including counter-terrorism, explosives, analysis and Disaster Victim Identification, in addition to providing real-time crosschecks against INTERPOL’s global databases.A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. (Colombo Gazette) “The arrest and extradition of one of the key suspects in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks is an important step in the ongoing investigation, and one which INTERPOL is proud to have supported,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock. “Red Notices are a powerful tool in helping our member countries cooperate seamlessly across borders in order to locate and bring international fugitives to justice,” added the INTERPOL Chief.The IRT, which was the first international team to arrive in Colombo after the attacks, was in place from 23 April until 22 May. One of the alleged ringleaders in the 21 April bomb attacks in Sri Lanka was arrested in the Middle East following the publication of an INTERPOL Red Notice.Ahamed Milhan Hayathu Mohamed, a 29-year-old Sri Lankan national, wanted on charges including terrorism and murder, was today extradited to Sri Lanka, along with four other suspects, following their arrest in the Middle East, INTERPOL confirmed. read more

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Iraqi crude exports spike under UN oilforfood programme

By on October 6, 2019

With the price of Iraqi crude oil averaging approximately €24.30 (euros) or $24.50 per barrel, the week’s exports netted an estimated €238 million or $240 million in revenue, according to the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), which runs the oil-for-food scheme. Despite the recent rise in exports, an accumulated shortfall has left nearly 1,000 approved humanitarian supply contracts, worth almost $2.1 billion, without funding. A further 2,172 humanitarian supply contracts, valued at about $5.4 billion, are currently on hold in the Security Council sanctions committee. According to the OIP, contracts are generally put on hold because they lack technical specifications or because the goods in question have the potential to be used for purposes other than those stated. In another development, the new UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ramiro Lopes da Silva of Portugal, arrived in the country on Friday, succeeding Tun Myat, who had served in the post since April 2000. read more

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UN Security Council condemns renewed fighting in Somalia

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In a press statement read out by Ambassador Pascal Gayama of the Republic of Congo, whose country holds the Council presidency for May, the 15 members “strongly condemned the resumption of fighting in Mogadishu” and “expressed their deep concern over the loss of life, the suffering and the renewed violence against the civilian populations.” The Security Council “called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and urged both sides to find solutions to the problems in Mogadishu within the framework of the Transitional Federal Charter,” he said.The Council underlined the urgent need for the rapid finalization of an agreed national security and stabilization plan as set out in an earlier presidential statement.The Transitional Federal Institutions have been working with East Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU) and the international community in an effort to develop the National Security and Stabilization Plan to bring peace to the impoverished country.Before the latest outbreak of fighting, it appeared that Somali leaders were moving fast towards reconciliation. They had agreed on a transitional charter and members of the parliament were engaged in efforts to frame a constitution, giving the first signs of centralized governance in more than 15 years of civil strife.Security Council members urged all the parties to respect international law, ensure humanitarian access to needy populations and protect humanitarian workers.Mogadishu is the only capital in the world where the UN does not have access for international humanitarian staff due to insecurity – this despite an estimated 250,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in the city. The current fighting in and around the area has displaced thousands of people, many of whom have fled to more stable regions of the country or crossed the border into Kenya. Saying they would continue to monitor the situation, the members of the Security Council also reminded all 191 UN Member States of their obligation to implement and enforce the arms embargo imposed by the Council in 1992 and they expressed the need to continue efforts to achieve that end through the sanctions committee for Somalia.Earlier this month, the Council re-established for six months the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia, set up to investigate any embargo violations. A report to the Council from the Monitoring Group said then, in part: “Arms, military materiel and financial support continue to flow like a river to various actors.” read more

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Ohio State football to face tough questions at B1G Media Days

By on October 2, 2019

Shelby Lum / Photo editorThere is little doubt that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will be squarely in the spotlight at Big Ten Media Days on Wednesday and Thursday. This is especially true on the heels of Monday’s announcement by OSU that four players, including starting senior running back Carlos Hyde and starting redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, are facing suspensions and other disciplinary action following separate off-field incidents.Meyer is certainly going to be asked to address the Buckeyes’ recent off-field troubles, but that will not be the only topic of discussion for OSU. Meyer is also expected to face questions about one of his former players being charged with murder, OSU turning in Florida for alleged recruiting violations and about the Buckeyes’ chances of playing for a national championship.Joining Meyer at the annual media event in Chicago will be junior quarterback Braxton Miller, redshirt senior left tackle Jack Mewhort and senior safety Christian Bryant. Roby was originally scheduled to be among the players present, but is no longer attending the event after an arrest for misdemeanor battery in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday.Coaches and three player representatives from each of the other 11 Big Ten football programs will also be present.Trouble for the BuckeyesHyde and Roby were expected to be among the key figures in a potential title run for the Buckeyes this season, but following separate off-field incidents last weekend, the status of both players is uncertain.OSU announced Monday that Hyde has been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of student code of conduct and criminal investigations. Hyde has been named as a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, according to a Columbus Division of Police report.Roby has not yet been suspended by the Buckeyes, but could face additional discipline from the team “as more information becomes available,” according to an OSU athletics spokesman.Discipline for two incoming freshmen on the team was also announced on Monday. Defensive lineman Tim Gardner was sent home and removed from the team for the 2013 season after being charged with obstruction of official business in Columbus on Saturday. Tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended from football team activities and the team’s Aug. 31 season opener versus Buffalo, following a July 14 arrest for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification.These are not the only incidents involving OSU football players this summer. Former linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green May 25, a few days before OSU announced that Perkins would no longer be part of the football program.Meyer may not be ready at media days to provide more clarity on whether Hyde or Roby will be suspended for any games this season, but he will certainly be asked about it. Furthermore, he should face questions about how much he responsibility he takes for the off-field actions of his players.Are coaches responsible for their players’ off-field activity?Meyer has been oft-criticized in recent years for the number of former players he coached at Florida who have gotten into off-field trouble either during or since Meyer’s tenure with the Gators. With a recent string of off-field incidents from his Buckeyes, that criticism is not likely to subside anytime soon.Meyer has recently taken flak for the behavior of former Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez was also involved in multiple off-field incidents during his three years as a Gator.Meyer has already addressed this criticism once, in a text message to the Gainesville Sun.“Our staff, myself and our families worked very hard to mentor and guide him,” Meyer told the Sun. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to Univ. of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”Wednesday will be Meyer’s first scheduled media appearance since Hernandez’s arrest, so he will almost certainly be asked about it again. The potential for Meyer to make comments on Hernandez, and furthermore his take on whether he handled Hernandez’s behavior properly while at Florida, will be among the most anticipated moments of Big Ten media days.Unsurprisingly, Florida coach Will Muschamp was asked at SEC Media Days about the responsibility of a coach for his players’ behavior.“You’re 100 percent responsible,” Muschamp said, according to the Florida Times-Union. “I can’t possibly know everything that happens every single night with our football team. But you also can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is okay, either.”Meyer will likely be prompted to respond to Muschamp’s comments as well.OSU turned in recruiting violations by FloridaMeyer is also likely to be asked about a recent story, first reported by Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, that OSU reported Florida running backs coach Brian White for an alleged secondary violation. White was hired by Florida in 2009, and his first two years as a Gators assistant coach came during Meyer’s tenure as coach.There have been conflicting reports on Meyer’s knowledge of the situation. Meyer denied that he was involved in reporting the allegation in a text message to multiple media outlets. However, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that a source told him that “Urban was aware of it and he endorsed it.”“It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida,” Meyer said in the text message, according to the Gainesville Sun. “Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy (without any coach involvement) forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.”’It is almost certain that Meyer will be asked again about these reports, especially after comments made about the allegations by Muschamp at SEC Media Days.“That’s really a dead issue with me,” Muschamp said. “In both situations, we were turned in by Ohio. We didn’t do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject.”High expectations for the BuckeyesComing off of a 12-0 season, OSU is considered to be among the favorites to play in the final BCS National Championship Game at the end of the season. Miller, Mewhort and Bryant are among the players who will lead that charge, and they will certainly be asked about their expectations for the season.For Miller, the expectations will be more than just winning a national championship. After being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, the junior quarterback ranks among the favorites to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.Miller will likely be asked about what he thinks his chances are of winning the Heisman, along with the team’s chances of winning the national championship. He should also be asked about how he has continue to develop as a passer and leader since last season.Mewhort was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s best lineman. Bryant was named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s best defensive back, and the Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s best defensive players. Both players were second-team all-Big Ten selections last season.The Buckeyes did not face major expectations last year coming off of a losing season, but still went undefeated. This year, the Buckeyes will have to learn to play with the pressure of being a national championship favorite, and they will get their first taste of that pressure with the questions they will have to answer at media day.For the rest of the Big Ten, the goal will be to stop the Buckeyes from realizing those expectations. There should be no shortage of questions to representatives from other teams regarding Ohio State’s potential, especially for Michigan coach Brady Hoke and their players in attendance (quarterback Devin Gardner, safety Thomas Gordon, left tackle Taylor Lewan).State of the Big TenOutside of the Buckeyes, one of the most anticipated parts of media days will be Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany’s address to the media on the state of the conference.The Big Ten remains a 12-team conference consisting of Leaders and Legends divisions this year, but will expand to a 14-team conference with East and West divisions in 2014. Additionally, the Big Ten is slated to expand to a nine-game conference football schedule in 2016.Delany will likely address the conference’s new set of bowl agreements, which have been coming together over the course of the summer and are also set to begin in 2014.The Big Ten will remain aligned with the Rose Bowl as college football shifts to a playoff format in 2014, while they have also announced partnerships with the CapitalOne Bowl, Outback Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl and New Detroit Bowl. The Big Ten also announced a shared tie-in with the Atlantic Coast Conference between the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl.Commissioner Delany is also likely to be asked about the newest developments in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Penn State’s board of trustees has authorized approximately $60 million in payments from the university to victims of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse during his time at State College.Another topic of discussion could focus on the lawsuit being brought against the NCAA by former college basketball player Ed O’Bannon, which is attempting to force the NCAA to pay revenues to players for their usage of their likenesses.Last week, the NCAA announced that they would not renew their video game partnership with EA Sports for “NCAA Football 14,” citing litigation costs. Additionally, two Minnesota players (tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise) are among the first six active NCAA athletes to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs. Both Delany and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill are expected to face questions about the impact of having Golden Gophers athletes involved in the lawsuit. read more

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Agnico Eagle completes ore sorting plant install at Pinos Altos gold mine

By on September 24, 2019

first_imgIn the fourth quarter of 2018, Agnico Eagle states that it completed the installation of an ore sorting pilotplant at Pinos Altos. “The goal of this plant is to improve feed grades to the processing facilities. Commissioning activities commenced in January 2019 and testing is expected to continue for approximately six months. Over this period, samples will be processed from all of the ore bodies at Pinos Altos and La India to determine the merits of implementing the technology at the company’s Mexican operations. Similar ore sorting pilot testing is being considered at the company’s other operating regions.”The 100% owned Pinos Altos mine in northern Mexico achieved commercial production in November 2009. In 2018, Pinos Altos transitioned into a predominantly underground mining operation, with higher associated costs. The development of satellite deposits provides an opportunity to lower unit costs by filling available capacity at the processing and heap leaching facility. Optimisation opportunities are also being studied to reduce unit costs.last_img read more

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Gislason We have to beat one of the best home teams –

By on September 22, 2019

← Previous Story Veszprem from +6 to -1 – “Air France” saves Kiel hope Next Story → Italian Contested Handball Elections: La Grande Famiglia dell’ Handball is ready! One of the most interesting second match at the VELUX EHF CL 1/4 final will be played in Veszprem:– This was tough match. We knew that Veszprem didn’t show everything in our Preliminary Round clash in Kiel. Today we had a lot of problems in goal scoring. Veszprem’ s defense and goalkeeper were strong. I am happy that we won besides of that. Now we have match against one of the best home teams in Europe. If we wouldn’t be fantastic there, we won’t travel to Cologne. Cologne is our greatest goal. Tonight match showed that we believe in ourselves. This was fourth tough match in a week and a half. Small break will help us with regeneration. We lost in Veszprem at Preliminary Round, so we are prepared for revenge – said THW’s coach Alfred Gislason.Antonio Carlos Ortega knows how big chance missed his team:– It was good match on the highest level. In the latest phase we dropped six goals lead, but besided of that I am proud on my team and what we made here. Now we have chance to qualify for the F4 in front of our fans. That is our goal, but it will be very tough because Kiel is capable to win as an away team.. Alfred GislasonAntonio Carlos Ortega read more

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Vince Vaughn has made a film about the Northern Ireland murals

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first_imgVaughn said the initial idea for the film came to him while on a visit to Ireland to meet with some relatives.“We ended up going up North and i had never seen the murals or heard of the murals,” he said. “I was aware of the conflict, but not all that educated about all the goings on with it. ”But I went to see the murals and what really struck me was that these murals were in these neighbourhoods. They were not, you know, pieces of art that were separate with an artistic point of view solely. They really were either points of view about the neighbourhood, remembering of events that they found to be important, or just put up to sort of intimidate people that wouldn’t be welcome. HIS FILMS ARE known more for their off-kilter bromances and failed relationships than for their politics, but actor Vince Vaughn has turned his eyes to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.Art of Conflict, Vaughn’s film about the historical and social significance of the murals in Belfast and Derry, was made several years ago but Irish audiences are getting their first chance to see it from today when it will be released on Netflix.In the film, directed by Vaughn’s sister Valeri, politicians, historians, muralists and everyday citizens are interviewed about the murals, which have become an ever-present reminder of the history of the Northern Ireland conflict, commemorating the dead, highlighting tensions, and incorporating the peace process over the years.In an interview to promote the film’s Netflix release,  Vince Vaughn said that they had tried to create a balanced portrayal of the murals.“We had to work a little bit at gaining trust to have everyone feel comfortable to sit with us and talk to us, and realise that we really – you know we really wanted their voices to explain the murals and their point of view, and for us to sort of get out of the way,” he said.center_img The murals are often spoken about in terms of their impact on people seeing them for the first time, compared to how they become a part of the landscape furniture for residents.“They’re so provocative, the visual images, and i think if you live among them every day, from talking to people there, it’s like you get used to it,” said director Valeri Vaughn. “But for someone to come in from the outside and see them, it’s a very strong, evocative feeling that comes from them.”A central theme of the film is exactly what role the murals are supposed to play: art or propaganda.“Some feel that they’re both,” said Valeri Vaughn. “Some feel that they’re one or the other”.Mostly in the documentary, what we try to do is just raise the question and let the murals and the arts and the artists that paint them speak for themselves.(Video: Netflix/YouTube)Read: Pat Finucane mural unveiled before de Silva report >last_img read more

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Contra is coming to iOS this is what it looks like

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgIf you’re looking for a hot new sidescroller for iOS, developer CocoaChina/Chukong has you covered. Never heard of them? Don’t worry about it — these guys, through an untold number of twists of fate, obtained the license for Contra and are remaking the NES classic on iOS. It’s Contra — up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right Contra — on your iPhone.The new game will be known as Contra Evolution (note the brave lack of a colon) and it will be “the first fully licensed mobile version of Konami’s classic alien-and-human-shooting side-scroller Contra.” The game has already launched in China, but will be landing in the US on June 27th. The iPhone version will be 99 cents while the iPad one will be $2.99.A release noted that the game is a “complete mobile reincarnation” as opposed to being a new game inspired by the legendary franchise. The screenshots (in the gallery above) confirm this — the first stage and second stage look to be high-resolution remakes of the original NES game. Videos already posted to YouTube double confirm this.Unfortunately initial reviews have been mixed, while some are quite negative. It’s no surprise that touch controls are not ideal for Contra, but it looks like they become a serious problem as the difficulty ramps up (which happens early on). Also the game seems to be quite reliant on in-app purchases. IAPs are used to buy diamonds which are, in turn, used to buy continues (of which you need many). You also need to pay to unlock the game’s two females characters, which are new for this release.So, yes, Contra is coming to iOS, or might already be here depending on your region. We’ll see if that’s good news or not. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Contra EvolutionContra EvolutionContra Evolution – 001Contra Evolution 003Contra Evolution 002Contra 1st bossContra Posterlast_img read more

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This Lake Looks Like a Christmas Tree From Space

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first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor The Earth is dotted with unique geographical and water features — and from above, they look even more amazing. One lake, located in Iraqi Kurdistan, looks like a Christmas tree from space.The image of Lake Dukan below was taken on December 3, 2018, by astronaut Alexander Gerst. Lake Dukan is separated into two parts by a winding gorge, according to NASA. The larger portion resembles the body of an evergreen conifer, while the smaller lake is reminiscent of a tree topper. The “ornaments” on the tree (the dark circles) are artifacts from the astronaut’s camera lens.Photo Credit: ISS Photograph by Alex Gerst, European Space Agency/NASASituated in the Zagros Mountains, the bright blue lake stands out against the surrounding yellow and green mounds. The swirls in the lake might be a phytoplankton bloom or suspended sediment, according to NASA.Lake Dukan covers 97 square miles and is actually manmade; it is a reservoir created by the construction of the Dukan Dam, between 1954 and 1959. It was created as a multi-purpose dam to provide water storage, irrigation and hydroelectricity.Prior to the flooding of Lake Dukan, the area has been subjected to archaeological research to investigate as many archaeological sites as possible. Nowadays, the area of Lake Dukan is actually a thriving tourist town. It is a popular honeymoon location for locals, with cabins to rent by the water side and beautiful scenery for walks.More on Geek.com:35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes from SpaceMars’ Ice Crater Is an Otherworldly Winter Wonderland ISS Crew Better Watch Out for the Elf on a Shelf Space Spy Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Christmas Day Robbery at Quality Supermarket

By on September 17, 2019

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetingcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 26, 2016 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday  (Sunday 25th December 2016) at the Quality Supermarket located on Industrial Drive Providenciales that left employees running for safety.Police responded to the scene around 7: 17 am and were informed that three masked men entered the store area and began firing shots and demanding money.   The robbers were able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.    A security guard was overpowered during the incident.   No one was injured during this incident.   A crime scene was established, and an investigation has been launched.Anyone with information that can assist police with the investigation can contact Police at 1-649-338-5901 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477-tips. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Robertson praises David Bates ahead of debut

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first_imgScotland’s Andrew Robertson has heaped praises on David Bates ahead of his international debut with the team.The Hamburg defender is set to win his first cap in the heart of the Scotland defence, thanks to a large number of withdrawals from the team.Robertson has been impressed by the former Rangers Football Club defender, saying:“You don’t quite know how it will go on your debut but I think David can stand up and be counted,” he said according to Dail Mail.“He’s been really good in training. I remember watching him at Rangers and he’s come on a lot since he made the move to Hamburg.”“It’s up to the manager if he starts or not but, if he does, the more experienced lads will help him out and be positive.”Scotland’s Robertson hopes for a positive result against Belgium Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Scotland was defeated at home 2-1 by Russia in yesterday’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers, and the team is almost out of the race for a spot at the Euros.“Yes, it will be an inexperienced 11 due to circumstances, but I have confidence in the lads.”“Callum Paterson’s been doing well in the Premier League with Cardiff City and Ryan Fraser has the most assists in that league (with Bournemouth). The Celtic boys are all coming into international duty on a high.”“It can be hard to bring your own individual form from a club into a new team at international level but that’s what we’re aiming to do. Hopefull,y we can get the right result.”Meanwhile, Robertson admits the withdrawals have impacted Scotland’s preparation for UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel.“Of course it’s been a bit disruptive but we always plan with different team set-ups, and people are 100 per cent concentrated on what they are doing. These things happen and people will need to step up.”“We have to think that people will react well in adversity. I’m sure that will happen in Albania.”last_img read more

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Longtime WPD Officer Paul Chalifour Gets New Role As Community Liaison Officer

By on September 11, 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis is pleased to announce that Officer Paul Chalifour has been appointed as the Wilmington Police Department’s Community Liaison Officer.A 32-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department, Officer Chalifour will coordinate the police department’s public outreach programs and activities with residents, community groups, and businesses.Congratulations and best wishes to Officer Chalifour.Paul Chalifour(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

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US court rejects Trump appeal for Muslim ban

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgA US federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate president Donald Trump’s travel ban.Trump’s administration had made the request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an appeal against a lower court order temporarily suspending the travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.last_img

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Calls for Justice Want Immediate Action to Rid Police Brutality

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgThe crowd with arms in the air shouted “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” in front of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Northwest D.C. Aug. 27.Progressive groups and sponsors such as No Fear Coalition, CODEPINK National, the Institute of the Black World, and WPFW Radio were there to send a message in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing.“Michael’s murder is symptomatic of a systemic, racist culture that condones the murder and incarceration of Black boys and men at rates highly disproportionate to the general population. U.S. police or vigilantes kill a Black man every 28 hours,” said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo of No FEAR Coalition and Black Agenda Report.A flyer was handed out to the crowd with a list of measures. The measures included the immediate arrest and prosecution of Darren Wilson and other policemen to stop the killing of Black people (particularly men and boys), the end of mass incarceration, the release of boys and men of color for minor crimes, the mitigation of the police militarization complex resonating throughout the country, and the assignment of an independent prosecutor to the Michael Brown case.A letter was also read at the rally, which contained an action plan that was forwarded to Attorney General Eric Holder. “We need the full support of the Attorney General’s office to make sure that Michael Brown is not simply another name added to the anonymous statistics and meaningless deaths of African Americans at the mercy of a merciless system,” Adebayo said.Rally speakers consisted of Black World President Ron Daniels, retired U.S. Marshal Matthew Fogg, and activist the Rev. Graylan Hagler.“I thought it was a good turnout considering the time,” Alli McCracken of CODEPINK National said. The rally began at 4 p.m. “The speakers were truly amazing. What we can do is network and create a broad-based antiracist support with more organizations after Ferguson.”After the rally, the group marched to Busboys and Poets for a town hall meeting to continue their stance on killings of Black males.A man holds one of the many signs calling for justice.The day before the rally a National Town Hall Meeting was held in Baltimore, Md. on the Michael Brown killing. It was televised on FOX 45 News in Baltimore and seen on Washington, D.C. station Newschannel 8.The conversation raised questions about race relations, police shootings, and police treatment of citizens – especially Black citizens. A panel of four experts, including  Roland Martin, author/journalist and weekday host of TV1’s “News One Now; Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP; Gary McLhinney, former Maryland Transportation Authority police chief; and Armstrong Williams, political commentator and radio show host, gave their opinions on these issues. Audience members were able to comment as well.“I think it’s a mindset problem. They think we’re less than dogs; they shoot us down in the streets. The question is why do they have a quick draw, why do they have to keep shooting us after we’re disabled,” said Frank M. Conoway, clerk of the Circuit Court in Baltimore City.McLhinney told the audience, “I only had one hour of this training in the Baltimore Police Department in 23 years.”  He stated many police officers have a “perception problem” and citizens have become an industry to meet police quotas.last_img read more

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Celebrate Mothers Day With a KFC Romance Novel

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first_imgStay on target Minneapolis Bans Construction of New Drive-ThrusBurger King’s Impossible Whopper Available Nationwide For Limited Time There are fewer things more romantic in this world than fried chicken. Everything about this meal is just plain arousing. This is why I’m not surprised someone has finally made a romance novel centered on the most delectable of meals.For Mother’s Day, Amazon will be releasing Tender Wings of Desire. This romance novel features none other than Colonel Sanders on the cover, along with a bucket of his famous chicken. The story is set in Victorian England and centers on a woman named Lady Madeline Parker. She leaves a loveless relationship only to find a “handsome sailor with a mysterious past.” That sailor being our pal Colonel Sanders, of course.Give Mom her true heart’s desire this Mother’s Day—a family meal and a romance novel featuring Colonel Sanders. pic.twitter.com/WHJNL9kRqn— KFC (@kfc) May 4, 2017 This may all sound odd, but there is a logic behind it. According to CNN Money (via The Grapevine), KFC sales jump by 40% on Mother’s Day. This makes Mother’s Day the company’s most profitable day of the entire year. KFC says that it sells 6.5 million pieces of chicken to 380,000 families on this day. Since Mother’s Day is KFC’s biggest day, a romance novel with Colonel Sanders doesn’t seem like such an insane idea after all.Now, this novel won’t be for every mom. My mom prefers to watch her stories rather than read them. She’s also not exactly a fan of KFC either (we come from a Popeye’s household). This isn’t for my mom, but it certainly sounds like many moms will indeed enjoy this (as evidenced by KFC’s sales on Mother’s Day). This sort of stuff is always fun. And considering how crummy the world can be these days, we can certainly appreciate this sort of gesture.You can snatch the 96-page novella for free from Amazon or get it when you purchase a $20 Fill-Up meal.last_img read more

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