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first_imgWith more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at Aid has announced that Jamey Johnson and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals will join an already star-studded lineup at Farm Aid 2012. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson; Neil Young, performing with Crazy Horse; John Mellencamp; and Dave Matthews, performing with Tim Reynolds, will headline the event. In addition, the stellar lineup to be hosted at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., includes Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.“We are grateful for the overwhelming enthusiasm that Pennsylvania has shown for Farm Aid 2012,” said Jennifer Fahy, spokesperson for Farm Aid. “We hope that people across the country will tune in to to watch the “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass,” webcast. While we wish all our fans could join us at Hersheypark, we’re glad that those at home have a chance to be part of this music, food and farming event.”In addition to performances on stage, viewers of “Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass” will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2012, featuring interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.Farm Aid also announced that Willie Nelson will be joined onstage by special guests the Blackwood Quartet & the Bee Creek Gospel Singers. Brent James and the Contraband will entertain the crowd in the HOMEGROWN Village.The sponsors of Farm Aid 2012 are Giant Food Stores, Anvil Knitwear, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Horizon Organic, Weis Markets, Organic Valley, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Silk Soymilk, Amy’s Kitchen, Bell & Evans Air Chilled, Martin Guitar, Messina Wildlife PLOTSAVER and UNFI Foundation.For updates about Farm Aid 2012, visit and join the conversation at and Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook This interview has been edited and condensed.The TV Junkies: You’ve had such an interesting and varied career working in journalism, as a television executive and now running a production company with your sister. Can you share a little bit about how you got into the industry and whether making TV was something you always wanted to do?Amy Cameron: It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I remember telling my best friend in high school that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but if I could figure out a job telling stories then that would be great. I found myself circling various storytelling jobs and TV is just another way of telling stories. However, I went to university for fine arts and painting, found myself in New Brunswick and ended up working as a journalist. I then went to Maclean’s where I decided I would write a book and started freelancing as a journalist. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Stories can change our lives. Stories are an important tool for communication and in getting people to relate to one another. They matter. Telling good and interesting stories is exactly what producer Amy Cameron has strived to do for her entire career. It’s one of the driving reasons that she, along with her sister Tassie Cameron, started the production company Cameron Pictures Inc. Together, the sisters have used their independent production company to back Mary Kills People for Global TV and Lifetime, starring Caroline Dhavernas as an ER doctor who performs doctor assisted suicides, as well as the upcoming CBC comedy series Little Dog, created by and starring Joel Thomas Hynes as a boxer on a quest for redemption.Amy Cameron’s path to production company head was anything but straight-forward. She has worked at various positions, in and outside of the television industry, as a writer, journalist and network executive. As the former executive in charge of production in the drama department at CBC, Cameron oversaw projects such as Heartland, Republic of Doyle and The Book of Negroes. She was an editor for Maclean’s and contributed to publications such as The Globe and Mail, as well as a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.Cameron recently spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series. She shared with us the principles used by Cameron Pictures when staffing their shows, and how they try to find diverse, sometimes young and inexperienced voices, and give them an opportunity to find new and exciting ways to tell stories. She also touched on positive initiatives she sees happening in the industry that give her hope things will continue to become more diverse and more inclusive moving forward. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

The attack took place at 12:15 local time in the capital, Islamabad, according to a statement from WFP, which added that a number of injured – some of whom are in a critical condition – are being treated in hospital.“This is a terrible tragedy for the UN and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued in Geneva, where he is currently on an official visit.“This is a heinous crime committed against those who have been working tirelessly to assist the poor and the vulnerable on the frontlines of hunger and other human suffering in Pakistan,” he added.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran expressed her deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the staff members who were killed or injured in the attack. They have been identified as Botan Ahmed Ali Al-Hayawi of Iraq, and Mohammed Wahab, Abid Rehman, Gulrukh Tahir and Farzana Barkat, all of whom are Pakistani nationals.“All of the victims were humanitarian heroes working on the frontlines of hunger in a country where WFP food assistance is providing a lifeline to millions. This is a tragedy – not just for WFP – but for the whole humanitarian community and for the hungry,” she stated.The UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Fikret Akcura, said there is no possible justification for this “shocking” crime against humanitarian workers. “We urge Pakistani authorities to place their full attention on arresting the perpetrators who planned and implemented this horrendous act of terrorism.” Following today’s attack all UN offices in the country have been temporarily closed. WFP is providing vital food assistance to as many as 10 million people across Pakistan, including emergency relief to as many as 2 million Pakistani civilians who were displaced by conflict in the Swat Valley region earlier this year. The agency also supports school meal programmes and targets food assistance at vulnerable groups of people across the country. 5 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s suicide attack against the office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan in which five staff members were killed. read more

28 April 2011The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today urged businesses to transform their enterprises into low-carbon operations that are environmentally sound and benefit communities in order to remain profitable and sustainable. “Business as usual, which leads to broken ecosystems and a warming climate, contributes to increasing economic volatility, and to higher costs and lower profitability of doing business,” said Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator, in a keynote address to the summit on business solutions for the environment, held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.“Conversely, I believe that there will be significant business and livelihood opportunities, and a better future for us all, if we collectively commit to a sustainable course. The way we live and the way we do business needs to be aligned with achieving inclusive and low-carbon development,” she added.Miss Clark said she believes that, increasingly in global markets, goods and services with high carbon footprints and negative social costs will become less competitive and less desirable. She highlighted the proliferation of green certification systems as an indication that future markets will demand greater compliance with environmentally and socially responsible standards.“Markets will adapt to those global frameworks which are agreed to by the international community,” she said, citing as an example the Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization, which was adopted last year in the Japanese city of Nagoya.She said the protocol established a groundbreaking new standard for ensuring that local communities and developing countries benefit more equitably from the proceeds and use of biological resources.Miss Clark expressed UNDP’s solidarity with the one billion people across the world who live in extreme poverty and rely on the environment in which they live for their livelihoods and primary assets. Preserving ecosystems is critical for their daily survival and that of humankind, she said.She noted that the world’s poor are the most vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation, including severe floods and droughts, extreme temperatures and rising sea levels resulting from climate change.“How to advance human development and progress for all those yearning for a better life, while also securing the future of our planet and its ecosystems, is one of the greatest challenges of our time.”The Administrator emphasized that inclusive and sustainable business models, as well as strong and capable government institutions and good policy, are key to achieving transformative solutions for the planet.“But above that, we need vision and commitment from all stakeholders, and the passionate belief that we can transform living standards while also sustaining our environment. Developed countries have a heavy responsibility for cleaning up their act, and for supporting developing countries to advance human development in sustainable ways. We are all in this together.” read more

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston sets the offense during a game against Illinois on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 117-74. Credit: Brooke Profitt | Lantern photographerAs time ticked down at the Schottenstein Center in the final home game of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s regular season against Illinois, the question was not which team would score more points. It was whether OSU’s starting backcourt of Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston could outscore the Fighting Illini on their own.On a warm Sunday afternoon in Columbus, No. 5 OSU (23-4, 15-1) ran past Illinois (9-18, 2-14) with an outstanding offensive showing, 117-74. The Buckeyes powered past the Illini behind an impressive offensive performance from the senior guard Alston, who scored 39 points, just three points shy of the single-game record at OSU. Meanwhile, the sophomore Mitchell had an extremely efficient day, putting in 35 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including eight 3-pointers.Combined, the duo matched the point total of the entire Illinois team, with 74. “We played with great pace, we shared the ball (and) we shot it well. We were extremely efficient,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “There’s not much more I could ask for in terms of how our offense went today.”The Buckeyes are now on a season-high 11-game win streak and still hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.  Before their final game at the Schott began, Alston, along with fellow senior Cait Craft and redshirt junior Kalpana Beach, were recognized for their contributions to the program over the course of their careers.The emotional pregame turned into a high-powered first-quarter offense for the Buckeyes. The Fighting Illini held their own through the first five minutes, but quickly fell behind by double digits when the Scarlet and Gray turned to their full-court press defense. The Buckeyes finished the first quarter with 37 points, 16 of which were dropped in by the nation’s fifth-leading scorer, Mitchell.OSU followed up its first quarter outburst with another offensively charged 10 minutes. An array of Buckeyes contributed to the second-quarter barrage.By the half, the lead had bloomed to 27 points as the Buckeyes owned a 67-40 advantage heading into the locker room. It marked the highest-scoring first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray’s big lead was due in part to impressive team 3-point shooting effort, as they connected on 11 of their 18 attempts. At the midway point, Mitchell had 25 points for the Buckeyes on a nearly perfect 8-of-9 shooting. Alston added 19 points of her own.Although the Buckeyes maintained control for the vast majority of the game, Craft said she is still focused on what the team can improve on heading toward the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.“I feel that offense is something our team has, even when we’re not hitting shots, we find other ways to score,” Craft said, “Defensively is where we really need to work.”OSU showed no signs of rust coming off the break as it continued to add onto its already-impressive lead. No single player took control in the third period, but just about everyone who checked in meshed with the others and helped create scoring opportunities. At the conclusion of the third period, the Buckeyes were in control by 44 points. In the closing quarter, the Buckeyes held their own, maintaining their massive lead and spreading out playing time. The three players recognized before the game subbed out just before the end of the final quarter and were given a big round of applause by the home crowd. “I think we were really dialed in,” Alston said. “I feel like that’s how the game should be. When you make it fun and everyone is scoring it becomes contagious.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action Wednesday on the road against Minnesota (18-9, 10-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

first_imgDingo Software, the supplier of heavy asset management software and services, has announced the formation of what it claims is the world’s first Global Asset Wellness network. “Customers will now be able to receive expert maintenance insights on a wide range of mining assets anywhere, anytime” said Paul Higgins, CEO of Dingo. After developing this Cloud-based approach with customers in 2007, Dingo’s Asset Wellness network now protects over 70,000 major components daily, having received and processed tens of millions of data samples from a large range of sources including oil analysis labs, vibrations systems, VIMS, Komatsu VHMS, Detroit DDEC, Cummins Cense, Equipment Management Systems, SAP, tyre wear, component inspection reports and images, CMMS work orders, undercarriage wear, and fluid consumption.Data entering the 24-7 network is transformed into proactive work using Dingo’s Trakka software, which first filters the information using sophisticated rules and statistics, passing identified problems to teams of experienced maintenance experts for real, contextual decisions.  This announcement links Dingo’s global Insight and Action Centres and extends coverage across all time zones, meaning lower risk and higher responsiveness for customers. Dingo’s network is comprised of dedicated Asset Insight centers in Brisbane and Denver, connected to Asset Action centres in the UK; Muswellbrook, New South Wales; Timmins, Ontario; Fernie and Kamloops in British Columbia; Madisonville, Kentucky; Silver City, New Mexico; Boise, Idaho; and Elko, Nevada.  This Asset Wellness network is connected to customers through the Cloud-based Trakka software and to data sources through Dingo’s Connector Library.“Much like in human health, asset intensive industries are looking for ways to push the boundaries of what it means to operate in an optimum state”, said Higgins.  “While ‘health care’ triggers images of hospitals treating the ill, ‘Wellness’ describes groups of people enjoying long and full lives, through regular exercise and proactive measures.  This vision captures what Dingo is bringing to the world of Asset Management.” In a recent example, a Dingo customer, whose five mines are served by Dingo’s Denver Insight center, realised a 19% improvement in average life across an entire mining system.  This was achieved through close monitoring of health indicators, combined with rapid action on recommendations issued directly from Dingo’s Network, to maintenance staff. “Users benefit from analysis of the largest OEM-independent database of comparative machine performance information,” commented Colin Donnelly, Dingo’s Director of Engineering. “Our goal is to make it easy for asset managers to find and fix problems before they become an expensive failure, and to take care of their machines so they can maximise their longevity.”last_img read more

first_imgEnda Kenny is not someone that hold’s grudges, we have seen that in other incidences too. It is not his style. I have always had a good working relationship with him.He reiterated however that him rejoining the party was not something that “is best for him, but what has to be best for the party”.Reapplication When asked why he was waiting to make a formal application he agreed there is a cooling off period, but added that when Peader Tóibín was suspended from Sinn Féin over the same issue last July, it was for a period of six months.“Fine Gael took a stronger line on the matter than Sinn Féin did,” adding he did not think it was feasible for him to be reinstated prior to Tóibín being brought back into Sinn Féin.Speaking about the contentious relationship he has had with other colleagues that were expelled and have since formed the Reform Alliance, he said that a lot of what he said to them was “taken completely out of context”.Reform Alliance members claimed that Walsh spoke about fundraising for the new grouping and creating a fully-fledged political party at a meeting held before the Dáil resumed last September.Fundraising He said that during a meeting members of the Reform Alliance spoke about hiring researchers and setting up a website.“I simply asked the question about how this was all going to be funded, that was all I asked. Since then I see they have signed up to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) as a third party, meaning they can now raise funds,” said Walsh.When asked if other members, such as those in the Reform Alliance, were to reapply for readmittance to the party, what would the atmosphere be like, Brian Walsh said he held nothing against the Reform Alliance members.He added that he had spoken to a number, such as Lucinda Creighton and Paul Bradford over Christmas.“I don’t hold anything against them. It’s all water under the bridge. I don’t in any way discourage what they are doing, fresh ways of thinking are to be welcomed, and things can be said in the heat of the moment”.Reform AllianceHe did however state that the Reform Alliance was originally set up to ensure the members got adequate speaking rights, but said: “I think it has evolved to something much bigger than that now”.When asked whether he thought applications for readmittance from members of the Reform Alliance would be looked on as favourably as he thought his might be, he said, from his own assessment only, “if they were to reapply, like me, then I think the party would look on them favourably”.He added that that was his own assessment and not something that had been indicated from anything internal from Fine Gael.Read: “Reform Alliance wants to undermine Taoiseach” – Brian Walsh> Read: Creighton: ‘I don’t have any anti-Enda sentiment, I just want to get on with the job’> GALWAY WEST TD Brian Walsh believes he has a “good chance” of being allowed rejoin the Fine Gael parliamentary party when he submits a formal application to rejoinSpeaking to, he said that Enda Kenny had taken a “softer line” than previous during his trade mission to the Gulf on the ‘rebels’ who were expelled from the parliamentary party for voting against the abortion bill last July.He said he hoped to reapply for membership “perhaps in the first half of this year”, adding: “I always said that I wanted to be a member of Fine Gael party. I think I have demonstrated, unlike other members, that this was a single issue matter for me”.He added that from discussions with members of the party he said he believed it would be looked on favourably, stating he had consulted widely with colleagues on the matter.Meetings with the TaoiseachWalsh also said that he had met the Taoiseach on numerous occasions since his expulsion from the party.“I have spoken with Enda Kenny on many matters since I left. I have met him socially down in Galway while he was here and of course at formal occasions too and we have discussed many issues. The decision about my readmittance ultimately lies with him to decide,” said Walsh.He added:last_img read more

first_img Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on target We all have that one friend who can’t bear to watch a movie where an animal dies (me, for example). And yeah, I get the real world is hard, and we shouldn’t shelter ourselves blah blah, but look. I’ve seen some shit and maybe when I chillax for the night, I don’t want to see cute stuff dying. Also, content warning for mentions of a lot of rough stuff. That’s the idea behind It’s essentially a website that logs lots of information about various movies and shows and crowdsources answers on basic triggers. Some people (also me) really can’t stomach seeing torture on-screen. Others hate nail-pulling or anything with teeth, or whatever. The idea here is that if you’re looking to sit down for a good movie, you can do a quick scan (obviously with loads of spoilers). But it will let you know if it’s going to be something you can snuggle up with, or one that might need to be consumed alongside two gallons of hot chocolate and a giant baggie of marshmallows. The top movies currently include Avengers: Infinity War (no, no dead dogs), The Meg (also no), and… uhhh…. John Wick. Which… yeah. We shouldn’t even mention that anymore lest alternate-reality Wick pops out of a screen and murders me six ways to Sunday for even thinking about his pooch.Unfortunately, as of yet the database is pretty fresh, so there isn’t too much data on each film/show/book/game, but that’s part of the jam. As it gets more coverage, more people use it and it becomes more useful. And given just how many people I know from all different walks of life really want to have some idea about specific shit in a movie like… well whether or not the dog dies, this is a pretty good resource to keep your eye on. But yeah. Trillions of spoilers. So… mega-warning there.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Military officials are investigating the sudden death of a South Florida soldier inside the barracks at Fort Bragg.This marks the second death of a Fort Bragg soldier in the past week.Twenty-two-year-old army specialist Carlton Butler was found dead in his barracks in North Carolina over the weekend.Butler was from North Miami Beach and joined the Army in June 2014. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in December of that same year.Lt. Col. Graham R. White said in a statement, “Carlton was an energetic and motivated paratrooper. Our thoughts now turn to his family and fellow paratroopers.”Days earlier, on Thanksgiving Day, a soldier from Georgia was also found dead in his barracks.Both deaths are under investigation by military officials. last_img read more

first_imgA Palestinian demonstrator covers her face during clashes with Israeli troops in Ramallah, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank on 13 December, 2018. Photo: AFPA Palestinian shot dead two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, sparking army raids in the city of Ramallah during which a Palestinian was killed.The attack came hours after security forces killed two Palestinian murder suspects, with fears of wider unrest.In total six people were killed in the most violent 24 hours to hit the West Bank and Jerusalem in months.The Israeli army said a Palestinian exited his car at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement in the West Bank before opening fire on soldiers and civilians.Two soldiers were killed and at least two other people — including another soldier — were wounded, the army said, with the attacker fleeing.”We are searching for the terrorist. We will find him,” the military said on Twitter.Following the attack, the army raided the nearby city of Ramallah, home to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.Entrances and exits to the city were sealed and the army entered multiple neighbourhoods, AFP correspondents said.Clashes broke out in multiple spots.One man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, in what the army said was an attempted car ramming.- Hamas claim -The bus stop shooting came only hours after Israeli forces killed two militants allegedly responsible for West Bank attacks that claimed the lives of three Israelis, including a baby.The armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel in Gaza since 2008, claimed the two Palestinians as its “fighters.”Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded Palestinian protester during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian demonstrators in Ramallah, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank on 13 December, 2018. Photo: AFPOne of them was Salah Barghouti, a 29-year-old accused of shooting seven Israelis on Sunday, also at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement.The Shin Bet Israeli internal security service said that other members of Barghouti’s group, all of them affiliated with Hamas, had been arrested overnight.A woman who was seven months pregnant was among those wounded in that attack.Doctors tried to save her baby boy with an emergency caesarean but he died on Wednesday and was laid to rest in Jerusalem.The mother remains in hospital in a serious condition.The other Palestinian killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday night had been suspected of shooting dead two Israelis in October.Ashraf Naalwa, 23, was killed when forces tried to arrest him near Nablus in the West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said.In another incident Thursday morning, a Palestinian stabbed two Israeli border police in Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot dead.- Condemnation -On October 7, Naalwa allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Kim Yehezhel and 35-year-old Ziv Hagbi in the Barkan industrial zone settlement.The two Israelis were employees of the recycling company where Naalwa worked.The violence came amid heightened tensions in the West Bank, with a former head of Shin Bet’s intelligence and research division saying it appeared to be a “new front” opened by Gaza’s rulers Hamas.While Abbas’s forces control Palestinian cities in the West Bank, some Hamas cells continue to operate.”It is a part of the new initiative of (Hamas) that decided to open a new front in the West Bank after a period of time that they got to the conclusion they will ease down their efforts from the Gaza Strip,” Barak Ben-Zur said.Since Sunday’s attack, Israeli forces have made a series of incursions into central Ramallah, where Abbas’s Palestinian Authority is based.Abbas himself condemned the anti-Israeli attacks but highlighted Israeli raids as a potential cause.”The climate created by the policy of repeated intrusions into the cities, the provocations against the sovereignty of the president and the lack of a horizon for peace are what led to this unacceptable series of violence that we condemn and reject,” he said.Hebrew posters have been pasted in the West Bank over the past week inciting the killing of Abbas.Israel seized control of the West Bank and east Jerusalem in a 1967 war.Around 600,000 Israelis now live in settlements there considered illegal by the international community.Many Palestinians consider violence against Israelis in the West Bank to be a justified response to the growth of settlements on land they see as theirs.last_img read more

first_img The pernicious stereotype of the “gamer” as a basement-dwelling, Cheetos-coated, forever-alone nerd is, thankfully, dissolving into faint memory. Anyone can be a gamer now. There are millions and millions of us, and we’re not alone anymore. Some of the best games in the world are designed to be experienced with more than one person. With that said, we decided to pick out 11 games that you can share with your loved one on Valentine’s Day and beyond. From cutesy co-op to some serious competition, these are video games that will strengthen your relationship or destroy it completely.OvercookedIf you need to work on your communication skills and don’t mind a little stress, Overcooked is the game for you. This feverish co-op experience lets players take on the job of a chef in a bustling kitchen. As orders come in, you must prepare dishes and get them to waiters by following a series of steps. The thing is, it’s literally impossible for one chef to do it alone, so you and your partner will have to coordinate your movements to optimize service and not get in each others’ way. It’s wildly fun, sometimes aggravating, and the 2018 sequel offers even more of the same.Portal 2Valve’s follow-up to their smash hit continues to warp the fabric of space, but now there’s co-op. Heroine Chell smashes the mold of video game babes as boob-flopping sex objects, the writing is sharp and clever, and the puzzles will tax both of your intellects to the max. If you thought managing one pair of portals was tricky, adding a second pair allows you and your bae to bend the rules of physics in some pretty startling ways. You might argue a lot, but the feeling of solving one of Portal 2’s challenges with a partner is almost orgasmic.BombermanThe best multiplayer games are ones where you immediately suffer the consequences of your actions, and that’s why Hudson’s Bomberman franchise has been a legend for over thirty years. The goal is simple: blow up your friends but don’t get yourself blown up, and across multiple platforms it’s stayed pretty much the same (well, except for the “gritty” Act Zero from 2006 which tried to transplant the basic gameplay into a realistic “dark future” setting) – you plant bombs and try to manipulate your enemies into getting blown up by them. It’s fast-paced, strangely strategic fun.Mario KartNintendo’s character-filled racing franchise is generally regarded as one of the best multiplayer games of all time. Pit the iconic Mario brothers against Donkey Kong, Bowser and even Princess Peach as they step behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles and race to the finish. The game’s seen eight installments, with the latest on the Wii U, but there’s nothing stopping you from pulling out an older system or even an emulator and getting down with the classics. Just don’t get too mad when your partner takes you out of the lead with a blue shell.NidhoggFighting games are among the purest forms of competition the vidya world has to offer, but they can be a little unfair for new players. Having to memorize complicated controller motions to do certain moves can be frustrating when all you want is to beat somebody’s ass. Mark Essen’s brilliant Nidhogg takes the genre and distills it into a pure one-on-one experience. Armed with swords, two players face off across a pixelated environment and duel to reach a goal at the far end of the playfield. It’s easy to learn but boasts layers of strategy and opportunities for some serious upsets.Lovers In A Dangerous SpacetimeCandy-colored co-op Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime has romance right in the title, but don’t worry — this tale is extremely G-rated. Each player controls a little pilot in a massive, spherical spaceship. One station runs the engines, the other the shield, et cetera, and to work each part you need to run around inside the thing to get there. That means that to accomplish the game’s goals and collect all of the captured space creatures to open the heart-shaped portal to the next universe, you need to work together. Easier said than done, but this one is a low-stress and wildly fun experience.Lara Croft and the Guardian Of LightOkay, sure, the Tomb Raider franchise maybe isn’t the best representation of women in the world of video games, but Lara has moved beyond being just a pair of big polygonal boobs and transformed into an actual interesting character. Oddball 2010 entry Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light changed everything up, taking the series into a new perspective that also added a second controllable character, a Mayan tribesman named Totec. The way the two characters interact and depend on each other is a major part of the game, so think of it as a team-building exercise for your real-world relationship.MonacoThe best co-op games don’t just get easier with more than one player – they also get harder. Monaco, by Pocketwatch Games, is a heist game starring a gang of pixelated criminals that have to rob a variety of buildings and locations. The gameplay is a combination of Pac-Man and Metal Gear Solid, but it’s in co-op where it truly shines. Since each crook has a different special ability and remaining unseen is vital, players need to really communicate to get through each mission without tripping alarms and alerting guards.Rayman: OriginsPlatform games can sometimes be tricky for co-op play because if one player runs out of lives, they’re stuck watching while the more skilled gamer basically does all the work. Ubisoft’s lush Rayman: Origins has precise, friendly controls and a beautifully-rendered environment that you and your partner can run, jump, swing and climb through on your quest. Levels are nicely bite-sized and offer a variety of challenges. Co-op is also drop-in and drop-out, meaning that either of you can step away to make a snack without stopping the whole game and messing up their rhythm.Until DawnUnlike the other games on this list, Until Dawn is strictly a single-player experience. But the moral choices you make in this horror hit make it perfect for a backseat driver to give their input. As a group of friends invited up to a remote mountain cabin a year after a horrible accident, you explore terrifying locations and figure out mysteries while trying to stay alive. One of the most interesting aspects of the game is that there’s no continues – if you make a mistake, the story keeps going and you just have to deal with it. Some remarkably effective scares also mean it’s a good excuse to get closer with your partner.Keep Talking And Nobody ExplodesGetting non-gamers into VR can be a struggle, but this brilliant co-op game is so easy to understand and fun to play that it’s a great bridge. The premise is simple: a bomb’s about to blow up. The good news: you have a manual for defusing bombs! The bad news: the person defusing the bomb can’t look at the manual, because they’re wearing the VR headset. So the other player needs to communicate with them to ask about what they’re seeing and give them clear directions for what to do. It’s simultaneously insanely stressful and deeply hilarious, and the multiple different bomb types and puzzles give it a remarkable amount of longevity.So, if you’re brave enough to achieve your dream of having the kind of relationship where you don’t leave the room sometimes because all the entertainment you two could ever need is sitting under the television, the above 11 games the best place to start. Also, we would’ve included Spaceteam, but we’re not too experienced with relationships that consist of more people than you can count on your hands.More on These Nintendo Switch Games in 2019The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Shout Out to Black Women in ‘Apex Legends’ Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Despite several BJP supporters and workers were allegedly seen vandalising the Vidyasagar College in video clips, BJP candidate in Jadavpur constituency Anupam Hazra without bothering about the party’s humiliation started campaigning with a man dressed up as Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. On Thursday, during Hazra’s campaigning, which started from Jadavpur 8B bus terminus, a person dressed up as Vidyasagar was seen with him. Hazra said it was his style of protest against how Vidyasagar has been politicised by the TMC. Though in the video clips, BJP supporters and workers were seen vandalising Vidyasagar College, Hazra refused to believe that. Leaders from various political parties said what BJP workers and supporters did on Tuesday, after that Hazra was just maligning Vidyasagar by using him during campaigning. But Hazra claimed the TMC was maligning Vidyasagar. He claimed the BJP had nothing to do with the vandalism though several workers of the saffron party have been arrested after being identified from the video clips.last_img read more

first_imgParisian fire brigades held the line. They kept the fire from spreading into the towers of the western face of the cathedral. The wood—itself an architectural treasure—was lost. “Cathedrals like Chartres had all burned off,” Bork says. “This was quite special, and it was from the time that they were really developing roof techniques.” But the rest of the building seems to have been spared. Tallon died late last year, and his mentor, a pioneer in using modern engineering forensics in historic architecture named Robert Mark, died in early 2019. “Both of them loved this building,” Bork says. “I’m just glad they didn’t have to see this.”As for what happens next, no one seems sure yet. In a statement, Macron insisted the cathedral would be rebuilt. And even if France finds the money to do so, what exactly will that entail? An exact copy, perhaps using Tallon’s scans? Something different? “This has not ever happened before in my lifetime, so I don’t have a paradigm to go to,” Bork says. “Original hand craftsmanship is irreplaceable. When you restore it, it’s not exactly the same thing. You lose information. You can tell sometimes when a stone has been carved by the kind of chisel marks on it. You can tell sometimes the chemical content of the mortar.”That texture and detail—and the knowledge to be gained by studying it—is what a fire burns away. A new wall doesn’t contain any of that, even if it looks exactly like what once stood. “Do we clean it up and make it all look unified, or do we try to let the memory remain?” Bork asks. “Every time they have a cathedral that needs restoration and tender loving care, there’s the question of, do you make it Disneyland, or do you let it decay? In this case, God willing, the cathedral will have some of its original structure left, and they’ll put it back as best as they can.”More Great WIRED StoriesWhy a new crop of electric SUV batteries come up shortIs it OK to make your dog vegan?Coding is for everyone—as long as you speak EnglishCelebrating Tower Bridge, London’s engineering marvelThe body pullers of Raqqa, Syria👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. The beams and exterior of the roof over the nave, the long main section of the building, date from between 1220 and 1240. Nearly a millennium ago it was forest; today, after a catastrophe that cuts to the heart of French culture and human history, it’s ash.“It was one of the oldest—until today—surviving roofs of that kind,” says Robert Bork, an architectural historian at the University of Iowa. “It’s incomparable.”The fire began Monday evening, around 6:30 pm, in the church’s attic. The building’s familiar towers and flying buttresses loomed over the Ile de la Cité for centuries, prompting the author Victor Hugo to locate Notre Dame not only at the literal center of the city of Paris but also at its historical center, as a symbol. Flames and a column of smoke made it even more striking, and as the flames spread the potential impact of the blaze became more clear. President Emmanuel Macron canceled a speech. Four hundred firefighters mustered. The cathedral’s lead-and-wood spire, built by Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc in 1860 as part of a controversial remodel, caught fire and fell.By Monday night, the art and treasured objects kept in the cathedral had been saved, it seemed. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame. “If the fire burns out while the stone vaults are intact, then the repair is a repair,” Bork says. “If the vaults start to crack and fall down, then the building is going to be lost. We’d be talking about rebuilding, not a repair.”center_img As a landmark, Notre Dame lives on in uncountable drawings, paintings, and photographs, not to mention the memories of people who visited, worshipped, and listened to music amid its incomparable acoustics. But because it survived largely intact into the digital era, Notre Dame lives on in the virtual world, too—and that may make its restoration all the more complete. For the last half-decade or so, an architectural historian named Andrew Tallon worked with laser scanners to capture the entirety of the cathedral’s interior and exterior in meticulous 3D point clouds. His billion points of light revealed a living structure; the magnificent flying buttresses had indeed held the walls true, but the Gallery of Kings, statues on the western facade, were a foot out of plumb, Tallon told National Geographic in 2015.Just as it had in Victor Hugo’s day, the entire building had in fact fallen into disrepair by then. In 2017, the problems became too serious to ignore. The New York Times reported on stacks of masonry, fallen or removed, in the gardens. Gargoyles had given way to plastic pipes to drain away rainwater. A remodel was imperative, though as Time reported, it wasn’t clear who would pay for it. This is the renovation project that was underway when the fire started, and architects now hope that Tallon’s scans may provide a map for keeping on track whatever rebuilding will have to take place.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Exiles in Costa Rica denounce alleged Venezuelan kidnapping plot Venezuela to demand mandatory visas for US citizens Venezuelan voters showed ‘overwhelming desire for change,’ says John Kerry Former Colombian, Bolivian leaders warn of looming humanitarian crisis in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela is giving the United States 15 days to present plans to slash the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez said Monday.The move came after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro lashed out Saturday at U.S. “conspiracies” against his socialist government and ordered his foreign ministry to reduce the number of officials at the U.S. Embassy from 100 to 17.Rodríguez told journalists she had a “cordial” meeting with the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas, Lee McClenny, to discuss the new measures.“Regarding the reduction to 17 staff, he was given a period of 15 days to present a plan,” the foreign minister said.She also said the government would in the coming hours publish its new visa requirement for U.S. visitors — another measure announced by Maduro.In a fiery speech Saturday that showed rising tensions between the two countries, Maduro said he was banning a list of U.S. “terrorists” from Venezuela, including former president George W. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, as well as Latino lawmakers Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.Calling for “equal terms between states,” he said the United States must not have more diplomats in Caracas than Venezuela has in Washington — 17. He also announced plans to charge U.S. citizens the same visa fee that Venezuelans pay to visit the United States.Tensions have been growing between the two countries since Maduro said on Feb. 12 that a U.S.-backed coup plot against him had been disrupted.The United States dismissed the claim as “baseless and false.”In the following days, Venezuelan security forces arrested the opposition mayor of Caracas on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government, a move condemned by Washington.Like his late mentor Hugo Chávez, Maduro regularly denounces alleged coup plots and assassination attempts against him.A fervent critic of “American imperialism,” he has had numerous diplomatic spats with the United States. The two countries have not sent ambassadors to each other’s capitals since 2010. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNew data released from travel search engine Skyscanner has highlighted Australia’s 2015 top destinations for winter travel,The report revealed that Aussies are chasing summer’s warmth as the chill approaches.While it is of no surprise that domestic travel remains the most popular choice, the list sees European countries like Italy, Germany and Ireland gaining increasing popularity amongst Aussies.Bali, Rome and Athens also recorded significant growth in travel from the land down under.Winter breaks on the slopes are still popular amongst Aussies with Melbourne and Sydney remaining on the list.Travel from Australian cities also revealed shifts in destination preferences for example travel from Sydney and Melbourne to Bali saw a 17 percent and 26 per cent increase respectively.Dublin and Honolulu are also becoming increasingly popular winter getaway destinations for Sydney-siders.The week commencing 29 June was also the most popular week for Australian travel and with increasing travel to Italy.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

first_imgKorean Tourism Industry on the Rebound as PM Declares MERS All-ClearThe Korean outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been officially declared over, according to South Korean prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The announcement was made on July 28th, 23 days after the last suspected case, with no new cases reported.“After weighing various circumstances, the medical personnel and the government judge that the people can now be free from worry,” said Mr. Hwang on Tuesday, according to Yonhap. The statement comes amidst a flurry of increased activity for Korea’s tourism and business events sector; with 3,000 employees of Chinese health products company He He Kang Yuan departing from Tianjin on July 27th for a six-day cruise trip to Seoul and Incheon.Meanwhile, the country recently secured two major event and travel bid wins for 2016, including a Chinese incentive tour in May for 15,000 employees of health product company Joymain International Development Group Inc. the largest-ever incentive travel group ever to visit Korea by airplane. Busan, meanwhile, won hosting duties for next year’s 27th FISM World Championships to Magic, to be attended by an expected 2,500 participants from 50 countries.With inbound travel to the country returning to normal, the Korea Tourism Organization recently launched its 100-day Tourism Recovery Plan, aimed at revitalizing the industry and attracting international visitors back to the country, thereby normalizing the tourism demand enjoyed by Korea prior to the outbreak.Under the plan, the KTO will focus on promoting Korea’s distinctive touristic appeal to the global community by inviting foreign media and key industry decision makers to participate in sponsored programs in the nation’s main tourism destinations. The programs explore popular interests such as Korean cuisine, major local attractions, and hallyu (Korean Wave)-related content.Earlier in the month, KTO International Tour Marketing executive vice president Rhee  Jae-sung stated that the plan aimed to capitalize on traditional holiday periods in neighboring countries, such as the three-day Obon Festival and “Silver Week” held in Japan during August and September respectively, and China’s Golden Week holiday period in early October.The MERS outbreak significantly impacted the Korean economy since the first case was reported on May 20th, with the nation’s largest feeder markets, namely China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, accounting for the biggest drop in inbound travel to Korea.However, the World Health Organization (WHO) consistently maintained that it “does not recommend travel or trade restrictions with regard to this event”, while most countries did not issue any travel warnings.Source = Korean Tourism Industrylast_img read more

first_imgappointmentsVoyages Chairman Rick Allert has announced the appointment of three new members to the Voyages Board of Directors, thanking outgoing Board members Ian Ward Ambler, Peter Thomas and George Bedwani for their significant contributions during their terms of office.Dana RonanSenior tourism professional Dana Ronan has held positions with a range of tourism companies including Discovery Holiday Parks, Voyages Hotels and Resorts,, the APT Group and AAT Kings, as well as her own business the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. Dana is currently on the board of Visit Ballarat, Victoria Walks and advises the boards of several private family tourism businesses.Daniel TuckerAboriginal leader and founding Managing Director of Carey Mining, the largest 100 percent Indigenous owned and managed contracting company in Australia, Daniel Tucker is a Wongatha/Mirning man and an inaugural member of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council and has previously served on the Council of Curtin University as well as on the boards of a number of private, not for profit and publicly listed companies.Andrew McEvoyAndrew McEvoy is a former Managing Director and CEO of Tourism Australia and former Managing Director of Fairfax Life Media and Events. Andrew is currently also Chairman of Sealink Travel Group, a Director of Ingenia Communities, Chairman of AATS (Skybus), Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and a Director of the Lux Group.last_img read more

first_imgOn Wednesday, Bill Snyder said he has no plans of retiring.“I could go on for quite some time,” Snyder told the Wichita Eagle, “if I don’t get fired and keep having an impact on the players in my program and my family is comfortable with it. I don’t see any particular end in sight.”Snyder said he thinks every head coach should have a 5-year contract, thereby guaranteeing he’ll be there for the duration of each recruit’s career.“A head coach is supposed to be there for five years, so with every guy coming in, you are supposed to tell them you are going to be there five years. but I don’t know if I’m going to be here in five years and I don’t want to lie to you,” he told the paper. “I wouldn’t be worth my salt and I wouldn’t want to play for me if I was going to lie to you.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix On Thursday, Kansas State put its money where Snyder’s mouth is, as the Wizard signed a new 5-year contract. The new deal will pay him $3.45 million in 2018, $3.75 million in ’19 and $4.05 million in ’20. The contract carries a salary renegotiation clause after the 2002 season.“It has been a pleasure watching our football program up close over the past year and seeing one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football continue to positively impact student-athletes while also producing winning seasons on a yearly basis,” K-State AD Gene Taylor said in a statement. “With this new contract, we felt that it was important to recognize his commitment to our football program, and we look forward to his continued leadership.”Snyder made $3.2 million in 2017, according to USA Today, which placed him 35th nationally.Now in his 27th season as K-State’s head coach — and 10th since returning from a temporary retirement in 2009 — Snyder is 210-110-1 as the Wildcats’ head coach with two Big 12 championships, six top-10 finishes and 19 bowl trips, including eight consecutive. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.Snyder spent most of the 2017 off-season battling throat cancer, but returned to lead the Wildcats to an 8-5 season. He will turn 79 on Oct. 7, and be 83 upon the contract’s completion.Snyder has been vocal about his preference that his son, Sean, should take over the program after his departure, a plan that has not been met with the same enthusiasm by most everyone else in purple. Thursday’s announcement pushes that dilemma deep into the future.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.last_img read more

first_imgCambodian luxury jungle camp Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild has launched its all-natural Khmer Tonics Spa, enhancing the wild experience even further and underlining its position as a game-changing model for tourism conservation. Nestled deep within the wilderness of the South Cardamom National Park, a short stroll from the camp’s 15 extravagant Bill Bensley-designed tents, the Khmer Tonics Spa is the perfect oasis after a day spent traversing the waterways on the camps bespoke river boats, foraging with the chef or accompanying Wildlife Alliance rangers on an anti-poaching patrol.  The refined treatment menu celebrates Cambodia with chemical-free tonics made from a unique mix of medicinal plants, herbs and spices all of which are present in the surrounding rainforest. About as wild as you can get, the spa’s two treatment rooms are set high up in the tree canopy amid dramatic natural boulders, but the river takes centre stage, too: guests can enjoy a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool. Alternatively, guests can experience the traditional Khmer art of healing during a full body massage which employs a range of acupuncture techniques and passive stretching. ADVERTISEMENTThe spa offering, which also includes natural heat healing, a full-body scrub and a detoxifying facial, can be enjoyed anywhere guests desire, whether that be on the deck of their tent, atop a peak in the jungle or aboard a custom Bensley expedition boat. Unlimited spa treatments are included in the room rate at no extra charge.Guests may also choose to unwind and enjoy the health benefits of immersion in nature by trying a Cambodian take on tenkara: a meditative form of Japanese catch-and-release fly fishing, or yoga and guided meditation in the depths of the jungle. Not forgetting the camp’s 35-meter pool, complete with bucket shower which is dramatically set up in the canopy next to the river.A programme of visiting wellness guru’s offering guests access to specialist knowledge and experiences in this unique location will be launched in the coming months.Perched over 1.5 kilometres of river and waterfalls, Shinta Mani Wild’s 14 one-bedroom tents and one two-bedroom tent were meticulously designed to evoke Bensley’s vision of what it might have been like to be on luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’, who travelled throughout the kingdom with king Sihanouk in 1967.Creative luxury adventures include exploring the untrammelled waterways of south-east Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard a custom Bensley-designed expedition boat; or joining Wildlife Alliance rangers on anti-poaching patrols. Ever changing menus are inspired by sustainably foraged wild edible plants, as the camp’s naturalists guide guests through the forest to discover – and taste – Cambodia’s natural larder. OlderYpsilon partners with Amadeus for low-cost carrier payment solution NewerValència reports strong tourism position as key summer season approacheslast_img read more

first_imgOlderWilderness Safaris Jao Camp debuts new spa Mayfair hotel Dukes London has appointed Paul Skinner as the new general manager. He will take up the role on September 2nd.With a career in catering and hospitality spanning 27 years, Skinner joins the five-star hotel from Jumeriah Carlton Tower, London, where he has held the position of operations director.His extensive experience in the luxury hospitality and tourism industry in a top London hotel will stand him in good stead for his role as General Manager at Dukes London.Reporting to the owning office, Skinner will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the hotel; as well as being a figurehead for Dukes London, his role will ensure that both behind the scenes and front of house activity runs smoothly, while maintaining a motivated team, happy guests and a healthy profit.ADVERTISEMENTChief executive of Dukes London, Bin Sulayem, said: “The team and I are delighted to welcome Paul to the Dukes family. “I’m sure that Paul will help Dukes London to maintain and enhance its reputation, delivering world-class service and exceptional guest experiences at the hotel.”Tucked away within the heart of London’s West End, Dukes London is a private and welcoming venue.In existence for over 110 years, Dukes London has become a British landmark and hosts a wealth of history, from its ivy filled courtyard dated 1532 to the tales of its past elite guests.Of his new appointment, Skinner said: “I am delighted to be joining Dukes London; the hotel is a prestigious establishment and has a long tradition of providing luxury service and hospitality for its customers. “It is an honour to be appointed as the general manager, and I very much look forward to commencing my position in September.” NewerCathay Pacific completes Hong Kong Express Airways acquisitionlast_img read more