Death toll in floodhit Bihar climbs to 92

first_imgPatna: Death toll in Bihar floods climbed to 92 on Friday with 14 more casaulties reported from different marooned areas of the state in the past 24 hours.The relief and rehabilitation measures were running in full swing with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launching a drive under which over Rs 180 crore were disbursed among affected people through direct cash transfer. According to the state disaster management department, the death toll which stood at 78 on the previous day included 27 casualties in Sitamarhi, the district worst affected by the flash floods which hit the state in the wake of torrential rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal last week. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedSignificant number of casualties have also been reported from districts like Araria, Madhubani, Purnea, Sheohar and Darbhanga. Altogether 66.76 lakh people, spread over 12 districts of the state, have been hit by the calamity, the department said. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister kicked off the program for providing aid to flood victims under the Public Financial Management System, by the click of a mouse at the CMs secretariat, whereby Rs 181.39 crore were transferred directly into the accounts of 3.02 lakh families in the initial phase. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliEleven more people died in Assam floods, taking the toll to 47, while 48.87 lakh people were affected in 27 of the 33 districts of the state, an official report said on Friday. A total of 1.79 lakh hectare agricultural land was submerged and around 90 per cent of rhino habitats — the Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary — are under water. Of the 11 deaths, five were reported from Dhubri district and three each from Barpeta and Morigaon, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.last_img read more

UN remains costeffective option for global peacekeeping says top official

Speaking at his first news conference since taking up the post of Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy cited a 2006 study by the United States Government Accountability Office which estimated that it would cost the US about twice as much as the UN to conduct a peacekeeping operation similar to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). He also recalled a separate study by the RAND Corporation which found that the UN is far more cost-effective at nation-building than individual governments.“While $7.2 billion may seem like a lot,” stated Mr. Le Roy, “if we compare the figures that UN missions cost to the costs that other institutions would incur… the UN remains cost effective.”He highlighted the important role UN peacekeeping operations have played in places like Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti and Timor-Leste. “It is very clear that the UN has made a positive contribution, has had an impact and made a difference.”At the same time, the new peacekeeping chief expressed concern that the same could not be said as yet in Darfur, the strife-torn region of Sudan where a five-year long conflict between the Government and rebels has claimed the lives of about 300,000 people and displaced more than 2.7 million. Recent weeks have witnessed fresh violence in the region, despite the deployment of a joint African Union-UN force – known as UNAMID – which is slated to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength. Currently, it has only 9,900 personnel on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters. “So far UNAMID, to my eyes, is clearly not making enough difference on the ground,” Mr. Le Roy stated, adding that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) will continue to work with the Department of Field Support (DFS) to make sure the deployment happens as soon as possible.Although the target to have 80 per cent of the mission deployed by the end of this year is “a bit over optimistic,” he did note that 3,000 additional personnel – mostly from Ethiopia and Egypt – will be joining UNAMID in the next two months. This will bring the total number of troops by the end of November to about 13,000, or 50 per cent of the estimated 26,000 expected at full deployment.Aside from attaining the needed troops and equipment, a challenge for UN peacekeeping in recent years has been dealing with sexual abuse and exploitation by personnel deployed in the world body’s missions.Mr. Le Roy acknowledged that while the UN is “making huge efforts on the ground,” there are still cases of misconduct, such as those alleged to have been committed by members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUC.The UN has a strict “zero-tolerance” policy on the matter, and a conduct and discipline unit was established last month within DFS, with branches in all peacekeeping missions in the field. Mr. Le Roy noted that while the UN does not have the legal means to force any troop contributing country (TCC) to pursue a trial for someone who has been accused of misconduct, it can engage the government concerned as much as possible to ensure that the matter is followed up.Last week a French court sentenced a former UN employee to nine years in prison for sexual abuse committed while working in Africa. “I will use that as an example to convince other countries to do the same,” said Mr. Le Roy, a French national.Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet noted that the UN is engaging more and more with countries that contribute troops on this issue. “If an incident of this kind happens, we are also now making sure that the countries that do not follow up, do not apply sanctions, do not apply disciplinary measures against the people who are involved in these incidents… those countries will not be welcomed as TCCs in the future,” he stated. 17 September 2008The United Nations, which currently deploys some 110,000 personnel in 18 peace operations worldwide at a price tag of $7.2 billion, remains the most cost-effective option for global peacekeeping, the senior official leading those efforts said today. read more

UNESCO chief condemns wave of killings of journalists in Iraq

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the recent murders of several journalists in Iraq, calling the attacks an “alarming campaign against freedom of the press in the country.”“I am deeply concerned about the unrelenting violence against journalists and media workers in Iraq,” said Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a statement released in Paris. He urged those rebuilding the country to work with media organizations to devise measures that “make respect for the fundamental human right of freedom of expression an absolute priority.”According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 77 journalists and 27 media support workers have been killed in Iraq since the war began there in 2003.In this latest wave of violence, unidentified gunmen shot Mohammad Abbas Mohammad, 28, as he was on his way to work in western Baghdad on 7 August. Mr. Mohammed, an editor for the Al-Bayinnah Al-Jadida newspaper, had been highly critical of politicians and officials. He had received several death threats in connection with his work, the CPJ said.Later that same day, police found the bullet-riddled body of freelance journalist Ismail Amin Ali, 30, in eastern Baghdad. Mr. Ali, a well-known columnist for several papers, may have been targeted because he had criticized the security forces, the CPJ said.Adel Najee al-Mansouri, 34, a correspondent for the Iranian satellite channel Al-Alam, was shot by unidentified gunmen on 29 July as he was driving in western Baghdad, according to the CPJ.Unidentified attackers shot Riyad Muhammad Ali, a reporter for the local weekly Talafar al-Yawm, in Mosul on 30 July, the CPJ said. He was the second journalist from the weekly to be murdered.As part of UNESCO’s continuing campaign to spotlight such threats to freedom of the press worldwide, Mr. Matsuura has in recent weeks issued condemnations of the killings of journalists in China, Russia and Brazil. read more

Flames ink Lance Bouma to new deal

After a career season, Lance Bouma is earning a raise and will be with the Calgary Flames for three more years.The 25-year-old netted 16 goals and added 18 assists for 34 points in the 2014-15 season.He is also known as one of the team’s grittiest players, willing to block shots and put his body on the line.The three-year contract is said to be worth a total of $6.6 million dollars.Bouma was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft. by Sandra Prusina Posted Jul 23, 2015 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Flames ink Lance Bouma to new deal Image via Calgary Flames read more

Ohio State mens tennis topples Golden Gophers Badgers

Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka (left) and his doubles partner redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach prepare for serve in a match against Wisconsin April 5 in Columbus. OSU won, 6-1.Credit: Aubrey DuVallThe Ohio State men’s tennis team’s transition to the outdoor courts seemed to be seamless this weekend as it went 2-0, taking sole possession of second place in the Big Ten.Minnesota visited Columbus on Friday, but the weather forced the teams to play inside once more. The story changed on Sunday when the weather cooperated enough to let the Buckeyes (18-7, 6-1) take on the Wisconsin Badgers (6-14, 2-5) in their first outdoor Big Ten match this season. Coach Ty Tucker said he was happy with the weekend’s variation.“One match indoors and one outside with some tough conditions with lots of wind, it’s good to get some wins to get some confidence,” he said.With a win under their belt after topping Minnesota, 4-2, the Buckeyes were able to take their talents outdoors on Sunday.Tucker said the transition was to the outdoor courts was hard and will continue to be tough for the Buckeyes as the season progresses.“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take us a couple more weeks,” he said. “You keep working hard … Move your feet, you’ll find yourself OK.”OSU bucked the Badgers early on to take the doubles point. The Buckeyes picked up two quick wins by redshirt-junior Chris Diaz and redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-senior Kevin Metka.OSU continued to make it look easy with Steinbach, Diaz and Callahan all taking wins in singles to seal Wisconsin’s fate. OSU wrapped it up with a 6-1 win over the Badgers.The match might not have been as easy as the box score made it seem when taking the elements into account, though, Tucker said.“We haven’t been outside much in these conditions with heavy, heavy, heavy winds. When it’s heavy, heavy, heavy wind, anything can happen in tennis,” he said. “Tough match, tough conditions.”Before OSU cruised against the Badgers, the Golden Gophers put up a fight, especially for the doubles point. Minnesota took the win on court two but Diaz and Callahan battled back to tie it up with a win on court three. It all came down to court one, where Metka and Steinbach were pushed into a tiebreaker. The duo came back with a clean 7-0 win, taking the tiebreaker and the doubles point for the Buckeyes.“We were able to survive a close doubles point against a good team with Minnesota … So how can we be upset?” Tucker said.The momentum continued through the singles matches with wins from Diaz, Callahan and Steinbach clearing the Buckeyes way to their 4-2 win. OSU’s victory marked the Golden Gophers’ first conference loss.Chances are high that this wasn’t the last time OSU will be thrown in to outdoors conditions, with spring weather rolling into Columbus. With two weeks and four matches left in the regular season, there is still a lot of tennis to be played.Indiana is scheduled to visit Columbus on Friday, followed by Purdue on Sunday. read more

Wrestling Ohio State believes dual meet with Penn State a missed opportunity

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will take on No. 1 Penn State on the road Saturday night, yet the highly anticipated meet will not take place in the largest sports facility on the Nittany Lions’ campus. The Rec Hall, the location for the meet, holds 6,502 people. That capacity is much lower than the amount of people that fit in Ohio State’s home arenas — the Schottenstein Center or St. John Arena. Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan view the smaller venue as a missed opportunity. “Unfortunately the opposing team doesn’t get to pick the venue. I think that an event like this can sell 45-, 50-thousand tickets,” said Ryan. A basketball game at the Bryce Jordan Center Saturday prevents the meet from being held in the 15,261 seat arena. Basketball, along with football, are the main sources of income for college athletic programs. Ryan believes the amount of revenue sports can grow.“College wrestling needs to move to a place where there is season ending significance,” said Ryan. “When we get there, I think that it will add to the excitement.”Ryan thinks wrestling can become popularized enough to turn a profit, and he believes it will not happen until everyone surrounding the sport adjusts their mindset. “Wrestling can become a revenue-generating sport if we start to think like people that want it to be,” Ryan said. “If it was here, I would’ve asked [Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] to do what he can to have it here in the Schott,” said Ryan.On ticket app Seatgeek, the cheapest secondary market ticket available for the meet is $56, and many tickets are priced for more than $100. Since the high-profile nature of the matchup and the small venue, wrestling fans must pay more than usual to see the meet, leading to casual fans passing up the opportunity to watch the nation’s top-two teams battle.“I believe that the event has to have more significance than that evening. If you study any organization, any TV show, any show that has a following, there’s something else coming,” Ryan said.Ohio State senior top-ranked heavyweight Kyle Snyder agreed with Ryan, explaining his dream idea for what this meet could have been. “I wish it was a bigger venue,” Snyder said. “But it’d be cool if we had it in like a neutral arena that was 35, 40,000 people cause I think we would sell that out. I think we could sell out a 50,000 person arena for this match.”With all this being said, Ryan is still hyped up for this showdown.“I’ve been doing this for a long time. These are the events that, man what a blessing. How can you not be excited to watch 20 really high-level guys fight it out.” read more

ARod Would Appeal Any Suspension From Baseball

Photo by www.bostinno.streetwise.comA suspension handed down to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez must be on the horizon. What else is there to think when his lawyer, David Cornwell, says he’s already looking to counter any punishment.“We are focused on an appeal,” Cornwell, said in an interview on ESPN radio in New York.And there you have it. Word on the street is that Major League Baseball soon will exact penalties on Rodriguez and others allegedly involved in the Biogenesis case.Cornwell said Rodriguez’s “primary focus” is playing in the majors again. Rodriguez is in Tampa rehabbing a quad injury that postponed his return to the Yankees last week. Clearly, New York wants no part of a Rodriguez return. Why? A lot of it is a money game.The team would like to get from under his contract that has about $100 million left on it. If Rodriguez hits 13 more homers, he would tie Willie Mays with 660 on the all-time list and receive a $6-million bonus. For every 50 games that Rodriguez is suspended, the Yankees would save $7.5 million.Rodriguez, 38, would be eligible to play during the appeals process, which could take weeks or months. If he has no setbacks physically and spends the full five days on his minor league rehab, Rodriguez could return to the Yankees on Aug. 6 in Chicago against the White Sox.However, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, according to The Associated Press. If MLB goes ahead with the suspension under the labor deal, Rodriguez would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case.He has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ union files a grievance. That means the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator rules.Cornwell said the goal for Rodriguez is to have “no discipline,” not just a reduction in any suspensions. There have been numerous reports that Rodriguez could face anywhere from a 50-game suspension to a lifetime ban. read more

Youth WCh 2017 Spain and France for the trophy

France and Spain will fight for the gold medal at Men’s Youth World Championship 2017 in Georgia. The Spanish team will have chance to win second trophy this summer after winning Junior WCh in Algeria. Spaniards beat Croatia 26:24 in the first semi-final, while France had easier 60 minutes against Denmark 35:27.Spain, Denmark and France were also at the semi-final of older generation 1996 in Algeria a few weeks ago.PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2017: France and Denmark for the final Next Story → Mikael Franzen (Alingsas HK): We hope to have a good season read more

Citizenship and employment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Questions about the citizenship of Australian parliamentarians have dominated headlines in recent weeks, but employment lawyers are warning bosses that asking their potential employees about their cultural heritage could be a breach of anti-discrimination laws.Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce became the most senior politician to become embroiled in the controversy surrounding Section 44 of the Constitution this week, after it was revealed he was a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen by descent. According to employment lawyer Henry Pill said questions about a person’s citizenship are only permissible in the context of Parliament.“State and federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit questions about a person’s race or nationality in the workplace,” Mr Pill says explaining that while politicians need to be asked about their citizenship status during pre-selection, that sort of questioning is off limits in an ordinary job interview. “Questions during interviews need to comply with anti-discrimination laws and that includes avoiding unnecessary questions about nationality, race, religion, sexuality and age,” he adds.The only questions they are permitted to ask should refer to whether or not the applicant has the right to work in Australia and if they have the right to be employed in another country outside Australia.Questions such as “What country are you from?”, “Where were you born?”, “Where are your parents from?” and “In which countries do you have citizenship?” are not acceptable during a job interview. Dealing with discriminatory interview question can be difficult for workers and jobseekers and the onus should rather be on employers to familiarise themselves with anti-discrimination legislation to ensure they don’t ask unlawful questions in the first place, Mr Pill stresses.“One option is to politely decline to answer, but it’s a good idea to make a note of the question and keep it in mind in case you need to make a claim for discrimination,” he says.“Complaints can be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission and each state also has an anti-discrimination commission or organisation that can assist, and you can also seek legal advice.”last_img read more

Program preps potential firstgeneration college students

first_imgThere’s a hallway at Evergreen High School lined with college pennants from across the nation. Posters remind visitors of deadlines for tests and scholarship applications. A corkboard tells students, “The sky is your limit.”This is the high school’s College Prep Center, and at the heart of it is the Upward Bound program, a new addition to Clark County’s offerings for college-bound teenagers. The office is sponsored by the educational arm of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the LULAC National Education Service Center.Upward Bound targets students who will be first-generation college students if they pursue higher education. Here, students learn how to apply for financial aid, explore careers, access general advising, take cultural field trips and visits college campuses. In an otherwise nearly empty school Monday — it was a day off for the rest of the campus — five students huddled around their laptops, plugging community service hours and work experience into their résumés.The program is working to bridge the gap for students who may not know how to start looking toward college, and who may not be able to ask their parents for help navigating the process.“What does it mean to not have a parent that expects you to go to college but doesn’t know how to get you there?” program director Maria Cabrera said. “We are providing the experiences parents and teachers don’t have the time to offer to kids.”last_img read more

These 5 turning points in Virat Kohlis career turned him from great

first_imgKohli has completed 11 years in international cricketIANSIn 2008, a teenage Virat Kohli first came into the limelight as the captain of the India under-19 team that won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. It wasn’t long before the Delhi boy made it to the Indian national side. However, his first stint with the Indian team turned out to be a disappointment. But Kohli wasn’t going to give up. He returned to the Indian team next year and didn’t look back.Let us trace Virat’s journey to the legendary status that he has acquired by looking at 5 innings which together catapulted him to iconic status in not just Indian but also world cricket.107 vs Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens (December 24, 2009)This innings can be regarded as the arrival of Kohli on the big stage. In this match, the fourth of the series, the Sri Lankans had set a target of 316 for India to win. Virat, whose reputation as the world’s greatest chaser of scores was still in the future, scored 107 and shared a 224-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir to take India to victory. This was the first international hundred for Kohli and a justification of the faith selectors had shown in him.118 vs Australia at Vishakhapatnam (October 20, 2010)This was a crucial innings for Kohli as he was up against the World Champions in this game. India had to chase a target of 290 under lights and the future Indian captain showed his class once again. A brilliant innings of 118 set up India’s 5-wicket win. While the Australian attack wasn’t the most impressive, this was still a team that had beaten India in India just a year back. Now, with his scintillating stroke-play, Virat once again proved his mettle and convinced even the doubters of his incredible talent. Kohli has been a master chaser in ODI cricketBCCI Twitter75 vs Australia at Perth (3rd Test, January 13-15, 2012)It was this innings that turned around Kohli’s Test career. He struggled in his maiden series in West Indies and had failed in the first two matches of the 4-Test contest in Australia. At Perth, on a fast, searing wicket, most of the Indian batsmen seemed out of their depth. However, Virat looked perfectly at ease in both innings and seemed to have extra time on his hands to play his shots. He had batted well in the first innings to score 44 but had thrown away his wicket. But in the second innings, he ensured that he got a good fifty which removed all lingering doubts about his capabilities in the longest format.133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart (February 28, 2012)How good was this innings can be gauged by the fact that some of the commentators deemed it the greatest innings in ODI history. India were set a target of 321 to win but they had to achieve it in 40 overs or less in order to keep their chances of reaching the final of this tri-series alive. What Kohli produced was an innings that was dazzling in the extreme. His knock of 133 from 86 balls ensured that India reached the target in just 36.4 overs. The biggest highlight of this innings was the brutal treatment meted out to Lasith Malinga by him. The Sri Lankan pacer conceded 96 runs in just 7.4 overs, mainly thanks to Virat’s hitting. It was a show to remember. The contest between Virat and Anderson has been riveting149 vs England at Birmingham (1st Test, August 1-4, 2018)By the time this tour of England came about, Kohli had achieved almost everything worth achieving. There was just one doubt that remained about his ability: can he succeed in England, especially against James Anderson. In India’s previous tour to the country, he had failed to score even one fifty in 10 innings and was dismissed very often by the English swing expert. It was believed that only a good performance in England separated Kohli and true greatness. The contest in the first Test between him and Anderson was gripping. The Indian captain had a slice of luck when he was dropped in the slips off the bowling of his nemesis. Kohli put aside his ego and refused to play any dangerous drives outside the off-stump. This proved decisive as he scored a hundred that eventually led him to score nearly 600 runs in the series. England was conquered by Virat and no doubts remained about his legendary status.last_img read more

Buy This Comic Punks Not Dead 1

first_img “As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn’t bad enough, “Fergie” Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically—the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid’s spirit was trapped in London’s Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid’s ghost is now stuck to Fergie—as if Fergie doesn’t have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new “abilities.” How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why is the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never Mind the Bollocks—all of this plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy in the new monthly series PUNKS NOT DEAD!”PUNK’S NOT DEAD #1(W): David Barnett (A): Martin Simmonds (L): Aditya Bidikar (CF): Dee CunniffeIf you’re looking for the most mysterious, yet insanely intriguing debut of a new series, look no further than Punk’s Not Dead. This comic was one of Geek’s picks for comics we’re looking forward to. Let me tell you; It did not disappoint. Punk’s Not Dead is created by writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, with Aditya Bidikar on letters and Dee Cunniffe covering color flats. With Punk’s Not Dead, Black Crown becomes solid with its comic footing. They’re allowing their arsenal of creators to tell their stories with one boot on the ground and the other in your head.via IDW/Black CrownDavid Barnett writes Punk’s Not Dead with an enigma, outlined with secrets and layers of problems attached. It’s a treat of “what the hell” and I’m ready to chow down on. It’s outstanding how he brings all of these elements together. He challenges the reader. Inviting us along the journey, but cluttering up the information and keeping us at arm’s length to let it unfold before you. With this, Barnett creates one great solid story that will no doubt leave you a bit confused.However, Punk’s Not Dead will have you grasping to find out what’s happening in this world and how it all will come together. That’s the beauty of this first issue and Barnett’s writing. It leaves you with scattered information and you don’t know how things come together just yet. You’ll be willing to continue because of the characters he presents within the story.Punk’s Not Dead treats you with an array of captivating and amusing characters. We’re introduced to these odd creatures from the start. Our main 15-year-old protagonist Fergie and his punk rock ghost, Sid. Dorothy Culpepper, the strange woman from Extra-Usual Affairs and her newest recruit, Asif Baig. These characters are not only eccentric but colorful and engrossing, and they instantly catch your eye and attention. Minor characters like Fergie’s mum and the mystery of his dad are enough to keep you holding onto this story in the hopes of finding out more.via IDW/Black CrownBarnett does an incredible job slowly debuting these characters. He brings them together that arouses your curiosity in this largely character-driven story. By the end of the issue, some of those pieces are starting to fall into place. However, the overall story is still a mystery. We’re just scratching the surface of what this story can do.Martin Simmonds’ art is something glorious. His panel perspectives are something I rarely see in comics, but I’d love to see more of. I want to see comics breaking the panel barrier and taking chances with their art to create something 3D (if the story allows for this). As Barnett scrambles the information in his writing, Simmonds does this with his art, creating an extraordinary world in lush details. He gives this comic personality, charm, an endless sense of time and a vast span of bizarro in each panel. Simmonds’ colors are something to behold as well. Accompanied by Dee Cunniffe with color flats, these two present muted, but bright color spectrums that create a feel and look of nostalgia, both mod and punk alike.via IDW/Black CrownAditya Bidikar continues to rule lettering comic by comic. Bidikar’s letters always allow the characters to shine. I notice more and more of his lettering because of this. He has a way of bringing the character their full voice from a script. Bidikar takes the panels and ropes them in, creating the last piece of storytelling. He allows your eyes to move through the mixture chaos without losing your place. Bidikar guides you with his lettering, flowing from panel to panel aimlessly without missing a beat.Punk’s Not Dead #1 is a curiously offbeat, but stunning debut that leaves you guessing. Punk’s Not Dead provides a fun yet complex labyrinth with an unexpected form of chaotic storytelling that knocks you out. This comic is built on the backs of chaos just like the punk gods intended. Punk’s Not Dead #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.02/21/18 Releases – In addition to PUNK’S NOT DEAD #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Mata Hari #1 by Emma Beeby (W), Ariela Kristantina (A), Pat Masioni (C) Dark HorseHeathen #6 by Natasha Alterici (C+W+A) Vault ComicsKong on the Planet of the Apes #4 by Ryan Ferrier (W), Carlos Magno (A), Alex Guimaraes (C), Ed Dukeshire (L), Mike Huddleston (CA) BOOM! StudiosIce Cream Man #2 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C) Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsBlack Panther Annual #1 by Matt Kindt (W), Tyler Jenkins (I), Jim Campbell (L) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

Golf Story and Mr Shifty Devs Reflect on Debut Indie Hits

first_img No longer a fad or some emerging trend, quality indie games are just an accepted part of the modern video game landscape. Everywhere you look you can find some awesome new games made by an independent team to hold onto. Sometimes those teams are industry veterans looking to carve their own paths. Other times its folks looking to just get their foot in the door. Indie encompasses all.And no matter what kind of indie team you are, it all starts with that first game, your big break, your tone setter. If your debut game is a flop, it doesn’t mean a later game won’t elevate you to success. Conversely, if that first game is great, that goodwill can’t carry you through future blunders after blunders. Still, the first game from an indie developer can be pretty crucial, and pretty nerve-wracking for the team before and after launch.That’s why it’s fantastic when a team’s first game ends up one of the year’s best games. At this year’s The Game Awards the show honored five games for the “Best Debut Indie Game (Presented by Schick Hydro),” an award for “recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2017.” With its tight gameplay, killer soundtrack, and mesmerizing hand-drawn art style, Cuphead took home the top prize. But really all of the games, from Hollow Knight to Slime Rancher, are worth playing.AdChoices广告We’ve already sung the praises of two of these best indie debut nominees, superpowered action-stealth game Mr. Shifty and chill sports RPG Golf Story. So after The Game Awards we caught up with the developers at Team Shifty and Sidebar Games, respectively, to chat about knocking it out of the park on the first try.What was your response to being nominated for this award?Golf Story (Sidebar Games): I was very surprised, I wasn’t expecting the game to be nominated for such an award. Indie games are big productions these days so it’s a prestigious category for us.Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty): The whole team is still in shock. We’re so incredibly honored to be nominated. 2017 has been an incredible year for games and we’re so excited to be a part of the awards.Some see the rise of indie games as an antidote to increasingly huge, risk-averse AAA games from big publishers. What are your thoughts on that?Golf Story: I agree with that. I think it’s sad that entire genres had to be given up on because the audiences for them have to be so big for it to be worth it. Indie games and indie companies are becoming big enough these days that they can make the type of games that don’t exist anymore without needing to worry about selling so many copies.Mr. Shifty: I think it’s a bit unfair to attack big publishers for being risk-averse. If a game sells well, it means people are clearly enjoying it and game developers get to stay employed. That’s a win-win in my book. I think people tend to associate indie titles being more creative and innovative, which I also don’t think is always the case.If you look at Nintendo this year, both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are marvels of creativity and innovation. Zelda completely broke the mold of what their fans come to expect from a Zelda game this year, and it really paid off for them.My view is AAA titles focus on the macro, while indie games are able to focus on the micro. If you take Super Mario Odyssey for instance, the game is full of fun/fresh ideas around every corner (many of which could be a standalone game) and it utilizes them in a grand-scale adventure. Indies on the other hand, are able to take a simple idea (in Mr. Shifty’s case, teleporting) and are able to really dive deep into what might be possible in that space.What was behind your decision to be one of the first Nintendo Switch indie games? What was it like working with Nintendo?Golf Story: We spent a year waiting to become Wii U developers beforehand so the original goal was to be a late Wii U game. When they brought out the Nintendo Switch we naturally tried to upgrade to that. It worked out that we had a few months of work left when it launched. Working with Nintendo was great. They answered any questions that we asked them and went to efforts to make sure we released the game on time.Mr. Shifty: We’re massive Nintendo fans. I’ve played Smash Bros. almost every day during lunch for the past seven years. We’re lucky enough to be partnered with tinyBuild, who already had an existing relationship with Nintendo to get us onto the Switch. The whole thing has been quite surreal and we feel incredibly lucky. Working with Nintendo themselves was a dream come true. We can’t thank them enough for believing in Mr. Shifty and including the game in their roster.Do you think in the long-term the Switch will be a healthy platform for indie games in comparison to something like Steam.Golf Story: I think Switch will be pretty good for games that might go unnoticed on Steam. Especially these days, with less big games being released each year there’s a lot of room for indie games. Indie games have also been legitimized and can even resemble real games now. On the eShop the indie games go alongside Zelda and Mario so everyone has an opportunity to be seen.Mr. Shifty: I hope so. I’ve learned I can never predict the future but at least for the time-being the Switch has been very good for us. To me the Switch seems like the perfect platform for indies, and I’m looking forward to seeing more games on it!With both the freedom and potential risks that entail with being indie developers, if you had the choice would you prefer to do nothing but original games, iterate on a franchise and build up its fan base, or a mix of the two? And why?Golf Story: I would choose nothing but original games. There’s always a temptation to make a new game in the same series when you think of all the things you could do better, and how much less work it would be the second time. But there’s also a laziness that comes from working on the same thing and getting bored of it. Working on something new is always more exciting and the drudgery doesn’t come until much later so I would always do that if possible.Mr. Shifty: Haha, tough question! The real answer is “it depends”. Given the choice, we would only want to work on a franchise on two conditions. 1: We love the franchise, and 2: the franchise owners agree to whatever crazy vision we have to take said franchise to new and interesting places.The recent movie Thor: Ragnarok is a great example of where you can take franchises when given enough trust. The key thing really is just easily excitable people. There’s tons of original games we’d like to make, and there’s tons of ideas we’d love to do in franchises as well. As long as we’re making something that excites both us and our players – we’re happy :)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Play These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimat…Limbo and Inside Are Must-Have Games for Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

Indulge in delightful Christmas treats

first_imgGear up to be mesmerised with the sound of carols in the air and the sparkles of the festive hues. The chefs at The Imperial promise to make the season memorable as the year end festivities begin. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, the Christmas treat will bring out the epicurean in you while offering a satiating experience. Plethora of packages with extensive menus have been put together by master chefs for you to experience the festive occasion in style. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter soaking in the Christmas spirit at The Imperial’s lobby with a beautiful installation on the colourful forest of Christmas with hanging multi-hued trees, head to 1911 Restaurant (all day dining restaurant) to entice your taste buds and be a part of an extraordinary celebration on the Christmas Eve i.e. December 24 between 6:30 pm and 11:45pm. The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, pork loin in a blanket, bread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and a selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble with hot and exquisite Asian spread namely Kung krapao- Prawns tossed with Thai sweet basil, Silken tofu, bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, hot garlic sauce along with Seafood, Indian, Tandoori favorites and Italian specials, salads, desserts and cold cuts. The extensive feast will leave you asking for more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn December 25, 1911 Restaurant will feature a lavish Christmas Brunch to make sure that you drench yourself in the melody of Christmas carols, wafting through the air while you gorge on traditional feast with a selection including Roasted Lamb, traditional roasted turkey along with global cuisine like, Basil pesto marinated chicken, couscous stuffed tomatoes, grilled artichokes, Ricotta and spinach spanakopita, spiced tomato chutney, Smoked salmon and many more tempting offerings. An indulgent array of desserts like Spiced apple mousse, Traditional plum cake and Plum pudding with brandy anglaise put together with classic wines, make sure you celebrate the occasion delectably. The festive brunch would be open from 12:00 pm to 3:30pm where your little ones can also enjoy their favorite Mini Danish or Hakka noodles in the kids buffet.last_img read more

Killer Deal Amazon Echo Dot 52 Off with Smart Plug

first_imgAlexa is a very versatile assistant, with the ability to answer questions, play music, check the weather and perform all sorts of skills. But you’ll get the most out Alexa when you can control other smart home devices using just your voice.That’s exactly what the latest bundle deal from Amazon offers, as you can now grab an Amazon Echo Dot and a TP-Link smart plug for just $34.99. That means you’re getting the smart plug for just $5.Echo Dot with TP-Link Smart Plug: was $72.98 now $34.99The third-generation Echo Dot offers much better sound than it’s predecessor in a more attractive design. And when paired with the TP-Link HS105 Smart Plug you can voice control lights and other devices using your voice.View DealIn our Echo Dot 3rd gen review, we were impressed with the improved sound quality and sleek rounded design of the smart speaker. When you add the smart plug, you can turn electrics on or off in your home using your voice with Alexa. Or you can use the kasa app (available for Android and iOS) to control devices from anywhere in the world. In our TP-Link Kasa HS105 review, we liked the compact design, which means it won’t block nearby outlets. In fact, you can install two smart plugs side by side. We also liked the handy Home/Away mode.Other features of the TP-Link include the ability to create schedules, so you can automatically have appliances and other devices turn on and off at appointed times. Or you can create a scene so that you control multiple devices with a single button.We don’t expect this deal to last long, so you if you want to get a big discount way ahead of Black Friday, this is a good one to snag now.last_img read more

iPhone X Unlocked and Brand New Is up for Grabs at a

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you are camp iOS and the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are out of your league because of their price tags, you might be considering the iPhone XR. Sure, the relatively cheaper phone is fueled by the same processor as its more luxe counterparts, but there are some aspects on which it loses out to the iPhone X. Most importantly, for the next 24 hours, Best Buy is selling the iPhone X at a massively discounted rate, which might make you want to go for it instead of the iPhone XR.The Offer Expires in 24 Hours so Act Fast if You Want the iPhone X for Just $699.99For today only, Best Buy has reduced the price of the brand new iPhone X from $899.99 to $699.99 which means you get to save $200. There are no trade-ins needed but you are required to activate cellular service right away. You can choose from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, and the customers of the former two can also avail the deal by just upgrading, but for AT&T customers, getting a new line is mandatory.You also have the option of delaying service activation, but that would reduce your savings by 50 bucks as you will have to pay $749.99. This is the same as the price of a new iPhone XR. However, with a $200 discount, the iPhone X would be $50 cheaper than a brand new iPhone XR and $69 less than a refurbished unlocked iPhone X sold by Apple through its official website.Although the iPhone XR has a slightly bigger 6.1-inch display, that is an LCD panel, whereas the 5.8-inch iPhone X sports an OLED panel with the same resolution as the iPhone XS. Moreover, the iPhone X has a dual rear camera system, unlike the iPhone XR which has a single camera on the back, although that’s compensated for in some ways by the newer A12 Bionic chipset.It is also worth mentioning that the iPhone X model that Best Buy is selling is unlocked, which means you can change carriers later on. It is available in the colors Silver and Space Gray, as those are the only two models Apple launched back in 2017. Since this is a limited time offer, you will have to make your mind soon and act fast.Get the iPhone X 64GB for $699.99last_img read more

Get A 98 Discount Offer On The 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect

first_img Share Tweet Submit Big Data is now our present and our entire future. No matter what part of the world you are in, your life will change completely because of this. No matter what your career is, whether it is in IT or finance, Big Data is going to be a huge part of it. So, it is going to be in your best interest to become a certified Big Data expert. Wccftech is offering an amazing discount offer on the 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle. The offer will expire really soon, so avail it right away.2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle featuresThe bundle will offer you access to some extremely amazing courses that will help you get on the right track to success. Within a matter of a few days, you will be an expert in the field. Here are highlights of what the bundle has to offer:  Data Science with SAS Certification TrainingBecome an expert in analytics techniques using the SAS data science tool Learn how to apply data manipulation & optimization techniques Explore advanced statistical concepts like clustering, linear regression & decision trees Data Science with PythonEstablish your mastery of data science & analytics techniques using Python Learn the essential concepts of Python programming Gain deep knowledge in data analytics, machine learning, data visualization, web scraping & natural language processing Data Science Certification Training – R Programming Become an expert in data analytics using the R programming language Master data exploration, data visualization, predictive analytics & descriptive analytics techniques with the R language Gain knowledge in domains of healthcare, retail, insurance & many more Machine Learning Certification Training Course Master machine learning concepts & techniques Explore supervised & unsupervised learning, mathematical and heuristic aspects, and modeling to develop algorithms Big Data Hadoop & Spark Developer Certification Training Master the concepts of the Hadoop framework & prepare for Big data certification Learn how the components of the Hadoop ecosystem, such as Hadoop 3.4, Yarn, MapReduce, HDFS, Pig, Impala, HBase, Flume, Apache Spark, etc. fit in with the Big Data processing lifecycle. Tableau Certification Training Course Master the Tableau Desktop 10 data visualization & reporting tool Learn how to build visualizations, organize data & design dashboards to empower more meaningful business decisions Get exposed to the concepts of statistics, data mapping & establishing data connectionsImportant DetailsLength of time users can access this course: 1 yearAccess options: web and mobile streamingCertification of completion includedRedemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchaseRequirementsInternet requiredOriginal Price 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle: $2500Wccftech Discount Price 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle: $49last_img read more

Get there with GOPlaya Beach search engine offers exclusive rental car benefits

first_imgGOPlaya Beach of the Week: Mangos Beach Click here to go directly to the GOPlaya English-language car-rental portal. Friends launch GOPlaya website to explore more than 200 beaches in Costa Rica GOPlaya Beach of the Week: Buena Beach GOPlaya Beach of the Week: Penca Beach Learn more about GOPlaya: GOPlayahas made it easier than ever to find a remote, tranquil and unspoiled beach in Costa Rica.But what about getting there?In addition to their search engine functionality, GOPlaya also has a rental car portal with benefits to turn your beach getaway into the perfect vacation.There are plenty of authentic experiences in Costa Rica, as well as difficult roads. GOPlaya visited more than 200 beaches across the country and knows firsthand every single route you’ll find on your trip. They know that if you want to explore, you’ll need a car.That’s why GOPlaya partnered with Adobe Rent a Car to offer its community the option to rent a car safely, with an exclusive 10% discount and eight other unique benefits.GOPlaya rental car benefits: 10% discount from the first day of car rental.Free cooler to keep your drinks cold during your trip through Costa Rica.Two free drivers. (On other platforms, it is normal to charge an additional amount per day for each driver.)Free delivery and return at nearby hotels.The deposit is cut in half.Free cell phone if you rent the car for more than 4 days.Insurance that covers up to $20,000 in damages to third parties.24/7 assistance anywhere in Costa Rica.And the most important thing: If you rent through GOPlaya, you’ll receive access to the “GOPlaya advisory,” individualized recommendations to make your trip perfect. When planning your travel or debating between beach destinations, write them at info@goplaya.cr and they will suggest incredible routes and beaches. Calzón de Pobre beach in Carrillo, Guanacaste is perfect perfect for snorkeling, cooling off in the water or simply enjoying the sun. Photo via GOPlaya.GOPlaya advisory is a great opportunity to get the most out of your rented vehicle, as experts will provide personalized recommendations based on your interests and travel plans. GOPlaya’s recommended beaches: This story was sponsored by GOPlaya. To sponsor your website or event, contact kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Comments Related posts:Friends launch GOPlaya website to explore more than 200 beaches in Costa Rica Tico Times Beach of the Week: Quesera Beach GOPlaya Beach of the Week: Penca Beach GOPlaya Beach of the Week: Buena Beach Tico Times Beach of the Week: Quesera Beachlast_img read more

Five ways to cash in on Mandelas legacyFive ways to cash in

first_img2. Slap the Mandela name on to your elite wine labelA range of the House of Mandela wines. PHOTO: The GrioIf it’s a taste of a powerful legacy you want, take a swig of a House of Mandela wine. Founded by Mandela’s daughter  Maki and granddaughter Tukwini, the range includes a Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon  Blanc, Pinotage and a Sparkling varietal. History can now be savoured in one sip. 3. Turn a prison number into a worldwide awareness campaignThe different 46664 bangles. PHOTO: Make Luxury Count Mandela’s log-standing awareness campaign on the spread of AIDS in South Africa took a global step when music  artists such as Bono from U2 and Bob Geldof became headline acts of the 46664 AIDS charity concert in South Africa in the early 2000s. This  sparked more 46664 concerts in Spain, Norway and London. Artists such as Beyoncé, Annie Lennox and the Soweto  Gospel Choir have since been a part of the AIDS awareness concerts. The 46664 bangles were also introduced to  generate funds to go towards the HIV and AIDS cause, but have also become an in-trend statement for many. A  46664 Fashion brand also exists, and money generated from the sales go towards the Nelson Mandela Foundation. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 1. Start an exclusive shirt lineMadiba presidential shirt from the Presidential brand. PHOTO: Presidential.co.zaThe Presidential Shirt, also known as the Madiba Shirt, became a part of Mandela’s signature style when Desré  Buirski, a then-struggling fashion designer, presented the former president with a shirt during a visit to Cape Town  in 1994. Mandela then requested Buirski to tailor more shirts for him, catapulting her unique printed shirts to  widespread popularity. Today, Buirski’s shirt forms a part of a larger Presidential men and women’s clothing range.center_img 4. Start a reality showZaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. PHOTO: Essence MagazineYour life has a high chance of being endlessly interesting to common folk, particularly if your surname is “Mandela”.  Following their grandfather’s legacy in the public eye – albeit for a different purpose – Mandela’s granddaughters  Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini decided to star in their own reality show aptly called “Being Mandela”.  The two are also daughters of Zenani Mandela, the daughter of Mandela’s former wife Winnie. The reality show, as  expected, was a flop, and many accused the siblings of exploiting the Mandela name. 5. Manufacture some “Randelas” and collectible coinsThe current bank notes sporting Mandela’s face. PHOTO: BidorBuyAnyone can carry a piece of Mandela in their pocket since the introduction of new banks notes sporting the great  man’s visage in 2012. A number of Mandela commemorative coins have since been made, with some being sold for  up to R150, 000. This includes a rare 90th birthday R5 Mandela coin which sold for roughly R100, 000. Sources: Presidential brand, SA Coin, Heritage Link Brands, 46664 Bangles, Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more