Amendments to Public Utilities Act

first_img The maximum amount a public utility can spend before applying to the Utility and Review Board for approval will be increased from $25,000 to $250,000. “This amount better reflects the reality of the costs of capital projects for water and electrical utilities in Nova Scotia,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This helps to better streamline the investment process, which will help create jobs and grow the economy.” Changes will also allow all public utilities, not just Nova Scotia Power, to submit annual expense plans to the UARB for prior approval. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities was consulted about the amendments. —————————————————————Amendments to the Public Utilities Act introduced today, May 6, will make it easier for public utilities in Nova Scotia to proceed with capital projects. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Amendments to Public Utilities Actlast_img read more

Top Chef Richard Blais Runs For Team Save The Children At NYC

first_imgCelebrity chef and “Top Chef All Stars” winner Richard Blais took a break from the kitchen this week to run the New York City Marathon for Team Save the Children and help give kids in the United States and around the world a strong start in life.“Running is a vital part of my health regimen, but running for a cause is much more meaningful,” said Blais. “I’m thrilled I got to run this year’s New York City Marathon with Team Save the Children — a charity committed to giving kids all over the world a brighter future.”Save the Children’s international endurance program, Team Save the Children, provides athletes the opportunity to take on a personal challenge while raising funds for Save the Children programs.The team came to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with 24 members – including Blais – all focused on raising funds that will help kids survive, learn and be protected. They entered the race on target to raise more than $50,000 for kids.Blais, who just finished his fourth New York City Marathon, said before the race that he was not targeting a time to beat, but just wanted to run a “healthy and happy race.”“I want to be able to jog the next day, that’s my goal,” he said.He also said his post-race meal always includes “red meat – a lot of it,” while he likes to keep his meal choices very simple the night before.“I’ve been 20-plus miles in before, burping up charred octopus,” he said. “I don’t recommend it.”In 2015, Save the Children worked in 120 countries and reached an estimated 185 million children. This included helping to deliver high-impact health care to 22.6 million kids and quality education for 12.2 million children.last_img read more

Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.last_img read more

Fires Ravage 65 Hectares of Forest in North of Morocco

Rabat – A wildfire that started last Thursday, August 29, is still ravaging Achacha-Tassift forest, in the Chefchaouen province (north of Morocco). The fires have damaged around 65 hectares of forest so far, announced the regional director of Water, Forests, and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD) in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, Abdelaziz Hajjaji.“Members of the regional delegation of HCEFLCD, Civil Protection, Auxiliary Forces, Royal Armed Forces, and local authorities are combining their efforts to control the wildfire”, explains Hajjaji. He added that two “Canadair” planes have been deployed to support the efforts of the security and emergency services at the scene.Read Also: G7 Countries Pledge $22 Million to Help Amazon Rainforest“All air and land assets are mobilized to extinguish the fires,” added Hajjaji. However, fire trucks face difficulties accessing the fire zone because of the mountainous landscape. Planes also cannot be deployed in the early mornings because of dense mist obstructing their view. The wildfire may cause still more damage if the authorities do not manage to control the flames.The National Center for Forest Climate Risk Management released a report on April 11, 2018, stating that around 841 hectares of forest were damaged by a total of 343 wildfires in Morocco, during 2018. read more

14 European states sign on to new air treaty with unlimited accident

The Montreal Convention, which replaces the 75-year-old Warsaw Convention System on compensation in cases of international air accidents, introduces a two-tier system, the first providing strict liability of up to 100,000 Special Drawing Rights (SDR), or about $135,000, irrespective of a carrier’s fault, and the second, based on presumption of fault, with no limit. The 1929 Warsaw Convention set a limit of 125,000 Gold Francs – or about $8,300 – in case of death or injury to passengers. The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said 14 European contracting states and the European Union (EU) deposited instruments of ratification and approval on 29 April, meaning the new convention will become effective for them on 28 June. The EU countries are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Norway also ratified the treaty last Thursday. Two other EU countries, Greece and Portugal, ratified it in 2002 and 2003 respectively. The Montreal Convention entered into force on 4 November last year after its ratification by its 30th member – the United States. The number of parties now stands at 52. read more

Commentary Lenzelle Smith Jr deserving of more recognition

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternAaron Craft. LaQuinton Ross. Amir Williams.These are the names that come to mind first when most people think about the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team (15-0, 2-0).Someone that doesn’t often make the headlines is senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.Smith Jr., the team’s lone senior aside from Craft, has been huge for the Buckeyes all season.Currently second on the team in scoring with an average 12.7 points per game, and third on the team in both rebounding and assists with 4.9 and 1.6 respectively, Smith Jr. should be one of the stars of the team.And yet he is less talked about then certain bench players like athletic junior forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.The respect that Smith Jr. garners is not befitting of someone as vital as he is to the Buckeyes’ chances to success. He has scored in double figures in 11 of OSU’s 15 games this year, including a season high 20 in a 65-50 win against Wyoming Nov. 25.But perhaps Smith Jr.’s best performance of the season came when he was at his worst.Against Notre Dame Dec. 21, the Buckeyes were in danger of losing for the first time this season. Trailing by eight points with less than a minute remaining, OSU needed something to change to keep their unbeaten run alive.That change came in the form of Smith Jr.Failing to score up to that point in the game, Smith Jr. was struggling to make an impact. But in the final 50 seconds, he scored nine points and helped the Buckeyes go on a 14-3 run to win the game.Even though the final box score reads only nine points, Smith Jr.’s contribution was the difference in the final stretch.Players like Craft and Ross deserve their recognition, both are fantastic players, but the shadow they cast should not completely hide the work Smith Jr. has been doing for OSU.He is third on the team in minutes, just behind Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott, with an average of 27 a game. He is also third on the team in field goal percentage, behind only the teams two centers, and second in 3-point percentage.Although the season is not yet half over, the Buckeyes will need Smith Jr. to continue his stellar play if they hope to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament.Maybe then the senior guard not named Craft will be recognized by Buckeye fans for everything he has done. read more

Football Cornerback Denzel Ward named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award

Junior corner back Denzel Ward (12) tackles Taivon Jacobs of Maryland during the Ohio State game on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Ward was ejected immediately after for targeting. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State cornerback Denzel Ward’s strong start to the season has put his name among the semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, an award bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back.The junior has stood out in the conference as he is tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended. He also has nine pass break-ups and an interception. Ward is one of three defensive backs in the Big Ten on the list of 13 semifinalists, which was released Monday. The other two are both members of the team Ohio State will play this weekend as Penn State safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley were both named to the list. The two played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions’ victory last season against Ohio State. Allen blocked a kick which Haley subsequently returned 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time in Penn State history a blocked kick had been returned for a touchdown.The trio of defensive backs will square off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football The quarter that defined JT Barretts career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe score was 35-20, and there was just 13:13 left in the game. At seemingly the worst time, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the football. It was an unlucky play at an unlucky time that nearly resulted in the game-sealing drive as Penn State began its drive with the ball at the Ohio State 42-yard line. Then something happened.Barrett was handed the football trailing by five points after leading his team on back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. After four plays and with 1:48 remaining in the game, he found redshirt senior Marcus Baugh open in the end zone and hit him with a perfect pass over leaping linebackers Manny Bowen and Jason Cabinda to put Ohio State on top 39-38.Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn 12 minutes, Barrett went from being the goat of the game to having his Heisman-candidate moment and leading the Buckeyes to a miraculous comeback victory.And as head coach Urban Meyer stood answering questions at his postgame press conference with fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” in the background as they exited the stadium, Meyer had nothing but the highest praise to levy on his three-time captain.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had more respect for a human being and as a person, because you earn respect and you witness people in very dire straits at times, tough situations,” he said. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn, he was close tonight.”The fourth quarter proved a tumultuous one for the Ohio State quarterback. In an attempt to hand the football off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, Barrett mishandled the snap, losing his grip on the football and costing his team possession. The fumble could have changed the narrative of this story entirely. Penn State could have capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a touchdown to make the game 42-27 and putting Ohio State’s championship hopes in the rearview mirror. “It’s one of those things, like, really J.T.? Right now? That’s not the best timing,” Barrett said after the game.At that moment, doubt began to creep into Meyer’s mind as the game was getting late and the Buckeyes were still down two scores.“The one fumble, I kind of thought, ‘uh-oh,’” Meyer said. That moment could have defined Barrett’s performance in one of the most important games of his career. He did not let that happen.Just after fumbling the football, Barrett was aided by Ohio State’s special teams, as cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and linebacker Dante Booker recovered it at the Penn State 41-yard line. One play later, Barrett turned the excellent field position into seven points with a 38-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The next Penn State drive saw the Nittany Lions march 64 yards down the field before being held to a field goal. Barrett responded by leading his team down the field for a 76-yard drive that resulted in seven points. A three-and-out by Penn State forced a punt, setting Barrett up for his game-winning drive.On the play, Baugh found himself wide open in the end zone with only a linebacker several yards away standing between him and his quarterback. Barrett delivered a perfect pass just over the leaping hands of the defenders to find his man and redefine his performance in the game.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I was like, ‘Just put it over the linebacker and we score.’ And so I was able to do that,” Barrett said.Barrett made it sound easy, and throughout the game, he made his success look easy. He completed 33-of-39 passes, threw for 328 yards — including four touchdowns — and had rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries against a defense Meyer called, “the No. 1 defense in America.”Though the fourth quarter was Barrett’s shining moment, his teammates saw the same player all throughout the game — a leader, just as calm and composed trailing by 14 as he was ahead by one.“J.T. is the same all four quarters. He’s a smooth dude and he has a lot of confidence in us as playmakers and in himself,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “He’s the epitome of a leader. He never got too high, never got too low. Even when we scored a touchdown and we needed another stop to score another touchdown, it was the same demeanor from him and that’s what made him great.”This game will prompt many superlatives to be lauded on him, and early award predictions to be made. Heisman Trophy candidate was thrown out by Meyer, Barrett’s teammates and Barrett himself. Meyer went so far as to call Barrett’s performance “one of the best I’ve ever seen a quarterback play.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett celebrates with fans in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn the team’s loss Week 2 against Oklahoma, fans were calling for Barrett to be replaced and questions arose as to whether he was capable of winning a big game. Behind closed doors, there was never any doubt to the players about whom their leader was. “With all due respect, people who had that opinion, in the Woody Hayes facility there wasn’t any opinion. There was zero conversation about that topic,” Meyer said. “When I hear people say, ‘Oh, there’s a lot of people thought —’ that’s not one time I’ve walked into a staff meeting saying, what do you guys think? What do the fans and media think about J.T.? We don’t talk about that.”Seven weeks ago, those fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” were calling for Barrett to be benched. Now those same fans might be calling for him to win the Heisman Trophy. read more

Argentina going to Brazil with 7 LNH players

← Previous Story EHF CUP (Round 3): Fuchse strike Nantes – Hamburg in Sweden Next Story → TOP 5 GOALS: “Romanian princess” bomb attack on Suslina Argentina handballlaura agena Argentina’s coach Eduardo Gallardo has nominated 19 players for the ‘Four Nations’ to be disputed in Brazil between October 30th and November 1st, with the participation of the host nation, Algeria and Egypt. Leonardo Querín (Billère, FRA), with an ankle injury, will be the only absent from the squad that took gold in Canelones, Uruguay on the Pan American earlier this year.Argentina’s only doubt as of today is Montpellier’s Diego Simonet, who suffered an ankle injury last week against Toulouse. Results are being awaited to know the extent of the injury, which made him miss the Champions League clash against Veszprem and tonight’s French league match against St.Raphael. If everything turns out as good as expected from both Montpellier and the Argentine NT, then the playmaker should be present in Brazil.Goalkeepers: Matías Schulz (Nantes, FRA), Fernando García (SM Vernon, FRA)Line players: Gonzalo Carou (Istres, FRA), Sergio Crevatín (SAG Almirante Brown, ARG), Mariano Cánepa (SAG Villa Ballester, ARG)Backs: Marco Arce (Ferro Carril Oeste, ARG), Juan Pablo Fernández (Unlu, ARG), Damián Migueles,Pablo Portela (RiverPlate, ARG), Diego Simonet (Montpellier, FRA), Pablo Simonet (Ivry, FRA), Sebastián Simonet (Ivry, FRA), Juan Manuel Vázquez (RiverPlate, ARG), Agustín Vidal (Maristas Algemesi, SPA), Federico Vieyra (Istres, FRA).Wings: Federico Fernández (Unlu, ARG), Adrián Portela (RiverPlate, ARG), Federico Pizarro (Unlu, ARG),  Facundo Cangiani (RiverPlate, ARG)TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more

Dinner auction raises 30K for blind athletics

first_imgThe Northwest Association for Blind Athletes held its 2013 Benefit Dinner & Auction on Saturday at Pearson Air Museum.The dinner and auction, titled “Going The Distance,” is the association’s largest fundraising event.Preliminary estimates are that the association received $30,000 in cash donations Saturday.The Vancouver-based group works to provide opportunities through sport and physical activity to the blind and visually disabled.It offers programs in more than 10 sports, and works with schools, communities and other programs to train staff in how to adapt sports for people who have visual impairments and their sighted friends and families.The group also hosts sporting events across the Northwest and provide scholarships.last_img

Pavlof Volcano Downgraded To Lowest Alert Level

first_imgPavlof Volcano’s latest eruption appears to be subsiding.The Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded Pavlof to the lowest alert level. Volcanologist Tina Neal says the volcano isn’t producing new lava flows and it hasn’t released much ash since early this month.Download AudioLava fountains out of Pavlof Volcano, as seen from Cold Bayearly June 3. (Photo courtesy Robert Stacy)“Based on that, and the fact that we’re not seeing ongoing strong seismicity, we think the eruption is over,” Neal said. “One thing we do caution, though, is that Pavlof is the type of volcano that sometimes goes through periods of pause in a longer eruptive interval. So we wouldn’t be too surprised if it turned back on sometime soon.”Neal says that could happen without much advance notice.“The system is very hot and open,” Neal said. “It’s been erupting now, on and off, for a couple of years. So we would not expect necessarily to see a lot of earthquakes giving us warning.”Right now, Pavlof is still restless. Neal says it’s undergoing small earthquakes and letting off steam and puffs of ash as it cools down. She says the AVO will be on the lookout for a temperature spike, which could foretell another eruption.The AVO has five volcanoes on alert in the Aleutians right now. Neal says none of them were affected by the major undersea earthquake that happened Monday near Adak.last_img read more

Should we kill him or not

first_imgMubashar Hasan CaesarrThe kidnappers of North South University (NSU) teacher Mubashar Hasan Caesar debated whether they should kill him or keep him alive.“I heard the kidnappers, for a few days, arguing whether they should kill me or not,” Mubashar told journalists in front of his South Banasree residence in Dhaka on Friday morning.Mubashar returned home in the small hours of Friday after remaining ‘missing’ since 7 November.Coming out of his residence with his father, uncle and sister in the morning, he exclaimed, “Such a bright day after so long!”“The kidnappers kept me locked in a dark room. There was a window but they had sealed it. There was a dirty mattress in the room they locked me in. I slept on that,” said Mubashar, an assistant professor of political science and sociology at NSU.“There was another room. I could overhear them talking. They used to serve me food brought from cheap hotels.”Mubashar said he heard the kidnappers talking about money often. They also snatched Tk 27,000 he had with himself.“It seemed to me that one of the kidnappers had gone missing. They used to ask me whether any big gun is my friend,” the NSU teacher added.“The kidnappers had blindfolded me before forcing me to board a vehicle. Then they dropped me somewhere on the Airport Road saying, ‘Go. If you look back we shall kill you’. I called a CNG-run auto-rickshaw and returned home,” said Mubashar, while narrating his return.Responding to queries about what had happened on the day of his abduction, he said, “I called a UBER car to return home after attending a meeting at the UNDP building in Agargaon area of Dhaka. I was working on my mobile phone after getting into the car. Soon, several men intercepted the car and said ‘this is a stolen car, you have to get down’.”“I got down and was about to look for another vehicle. Then someone rubbed ointment on my eyes from behind and I was thrust into a microbus. They gagged something on my mouth and I lost consciousness.”Mubashar thanked the media for its role during the time he was ‘missing’.“It seems that we have got a new life. We are very happy,” said Mubashar’s father Motahar Hossain.last_img read more

N Korea slams drills between Seoul and Washington

first_imgNorth Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an “open challenge” to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula.The US and South Korea agreed on Sunday to replace two major war games that take place every spring — the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills — with a shorter “Dong Maeng” or “Alliance” exercise which kicked off this week.The move was designed to further ease tensions with the North following the dramatic detente since early 2018.There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion.However, following the first meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year, Trump raised eyebrows at a press conference when he said Washington would suspend the “very provocative” US joint military exercises with South Korea.The two leaders also signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.But the North’s official KCNA news agency has now warned that the ongoing nine-day drills were an “open challenge” against efforts for peace and stability.”The ill-boding moves of the South Korean military authorities and the US are a wanton violation of the DPRK-US joint statement and the north-south declarations in which the removal of hostility and tensions were committed to,” it said, using the acronym for the North’s official name.The flare-up comes just days after Trump and Kim Jong Un held a second summit, this time in Vietnam, but the talks broke up early with no progress toward Washington’s goal of getting the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons.Following the stalemate, researchers said this week that Pyongyang was rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed last year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures.Trump said he would be “very, very disappointed” if the reports proved true.last_img read more

Hundreds Say Goodbye to Beloved DC Resident

first_imgAbout 200 people gathered at the Temple of Praise in Southeast, D.C. on Jan. 27 for the funeral service of Vivian Marrow, according to Marrow’s sister.Marrow, 68, a wheelchair bound resident, was murdered on Jan. 16 after being caught in the crossfire of a neighborhood shooting in Southeast, D.C.Vivian Marrow, a disabled woman, was shot and killed in the District on Jan. 16. (Courtesy photo)“It was packed,” Renee Green, a resident of Woodbridge, Va., told the AFRO. “I guess the whole neighborhood was empty because they were all there.”Green, 63, said that even though her sister was confined to a scooter, the mother of three, grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of 25, spent her days sitting outside of her home chatting with neighbors and helping others when she could.She was known as the “Candy Lady” around the 2400 block of Elvans Road, SE where she had lived alone for going on 30 years, Green said.On Jan. 16 around 10:16 a.m., Marrow was out front of her apartment complex heading to a local grocery store when she was gunned down after being caught in the middle of a violent altercation, D.C. police said.Officials released video surveillance of the incident on Jan. 18. The video shows Marrow riding her wheelchair along the front of her apartment complex when two men ran around the corner. Shots are fired and Marrow is struck.“She couldn’t run, duck a bullet if she tried, they ran in between where she was,” said Green, the youngest of Marrow’s three siblings. “It was senseless.”Green said Marrow was the “jokester” in the family. She grew up in Southwest, D.C. and lived with her mother Justine Brown. Marrow’s father passed away when she was 8-years-old from liver complications.Decades ago, Marrow was hit by a bus in D.C., crushing her legs. She struggled with mobility after the accident and her disability caused her to experience depression which she treated with counseling and medication, her sister said.“That took a lot of her youth in terms of working,” Green explained. She said Marrow who she nicknamed, “Big Red” had difficulty in the workforce. “She wasn’t able to get out there and get a job like the rest of us were able to.”Nonetheless Marrow persevered and did her best to stay active. She would leave her home on her scooter and travel around the area often.Green said the crash made her sister appreciate life more and led to her being a helpful member of the community, assisting others whenever she was able, “giving her last” sometimes.“She didn’t have a lot to do but if she could feed you, by God she would do that.”Now, Green and her family are hoping the death of Marrow will help put an end to the ongoing violence in D.C. So far, the Marrow has been the only homicide with the area of Evans Road, SE this year.  The city had a total of eight homicides in 2017 as of Feb. 1.“This incident, the way it happened, I just know this won’t go away. They will try to do something about it,” Green said.Police are still investigating the murder or Marrow, but Green is hopeful her sister’s killing will encourage authorities to improve the living conditions of D.C. ghettos. She said the gun violence stems from the amount of illegal firearms easily accessible in the District. “You can’t shake everybody down. More police? What can you do,” she questioned.The current District homicide rate is up 14 percent as of Feb. 1, according to The Metropolitan Police Department’s website.The department did not immediately respond to the AFRO’s request for comment on the increase in murders.last_img read more

Custom brawlers The final frontier of Super Smash Bros

first_imgEarlier today at Nintendo’s 2014 E3 briefing, it was par for the course. A new Yoshi game, a new Mushroom Kingdom game (featuring Toad, at least, instead of Mario), two Zelda universe games, a Kirby game, a Mario level editor, a Xenoblade sequel, and so on. Of course, the new Super Smash Bros. is right around the corner — with two separate versions for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS — so Nintendo gave us an in-depth look at some new series features, one of which is the biggest and most important addition to the franchise. In the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, players can not only import their own Mii’s into the game as playable fighters, but can customize their move sets.Back on the Wii, Nintendo introduced leveling editing for Brawl, and now with the next generation, players are going to be able to edit playable fighters. While the character customization isn’t on the level of, for example, an Elder Scrolls game, the fighters will be able to choose between three types — brawler, sword fighter, and gunner — and can mix and match up to 36 special moves. You won’t be building your own move animations or applying your own particle effects (as far as we can tell, at least), but you should be able to create a fighter with a unique move list tailored to your style of play.While this is no doubt a cool feature, it might represent Nintendo’s Smash endgame. Once a fighting game allows you to customize your own characters, where does it go from there? Sure, iconic characters being added will always be a draw, but once you can make your own, what’s left?Likely, a refinement of this system in a future installment is where the series is headed. Mii’s still look like Playskool toys (by design), and despite the versatile roster in Smash, they look out of place. Furthermore, allowing players to build their own fighters is an extremely delicate venture in a competitive game — just imagine if you could build your own champion in a MOBA? Nothing would be balanced, or everyone would have the same exact ideal combination of skills and stats. Nintendo will likely gauge how this limited customization will go, and figure out ways to introduce a more robust system in a future installment — assuming the new feature proves popular.For players jaded with Smash (myself included), this might be enough to pull them back in. Perfecting their own unique character, making hilarious parodies of celebrities or athletes — Smash has moved more toward robust custom content than ever before, and that’s where it will end up.last_img read more

PS4 and Xbox One will be 299 with bundled games on Black

first_imgIf you’re looking to buy a PS4 or Xbox One right now, chances are you’ll end up paying in the region of $350 for one. That’s not a bad price at all considering, but the Black Friday deals have started to appear, and both Microsoft and Sony’s consoles are in line for a steep discount on the biggest shopping day of the year.Both GameStop and Meijer have had their Black Friday advertising go public, and they both show the $299 deals. In the case of the PS4, you’ll get the console, a controller, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $299.99. The Xbox One deal includes the console, a controller, and Gears of War. Meijer is also offering $50 off your next purchase if you buy either machine, effectively taking the price down to $249.99.The dilemma faced by gamers is not whether to wait for these deals or not, it’s if you’ll actually be able to purchase one or the other with the 15% discount applied at all. Stores both physical and online are sure to be extremely busy on Friday, November 27. Some people are going to lose out if it’s too busy or stock at this price point is limited.If you look around it is possible to pick up the PS4 Uncharted bundles for around $325 right now. I’ve seen the Xbox One Gears of War Bundle for $340. So there are already discounts, some of which make waiting for Black Friday probably not worth it. Buy now and relax playing games while others waste Black Friday trying to save an extra $25, right?Of course, another retailer may go even lower on price…[GameStop image courtesy of Mike Mozart on Flickr]last_img read more

Costa Rican banks warn of email scam

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC) issued an alert about the circulation of a fake email, which recommends bank customers “to download a free security software to remove phishing threats.”According to a release, the email indicates that the software (Etterblock) will be mandatory to perform online transactions in all banks starting Jan. 25.ABC stated that none of the country’s banks is currently offering any software, or requesting personal information from its customers.They also recommend contacting a security specialist with each bank or calling ABC at: 2253-2898 (Spanish only). Facebook Commentslast_img

Belgium arrests terror suspect wanted by Spain

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The statement said Al Lal was the group’s financial chief.The group allegedly trained the militants at bases in Ceuta and in neighboring Morocco.The ministry has said the recruits fought against the Syrian regime and some had taken part in suicide bombings.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img MADRID (AP) – Spanish authorities say Belgian police have arrested a suspected top member of a terrorist recruitment network based in Spain that allegedly sent militants to carry out attacks for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria.A Spanish Interior Ministry statement said Ismail Abdelatif Al Lal was arrested Thursday in Vilvoorde, north of Brussels, on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Spain.Police detained eight suspected members of the network in June in the Spanish north African enclave of Ceuta. It arrested the group’s suspected leader in Ceuta on Sept. 16. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more