Motion of nonconfidence Nunavut members to vote on removing premier

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut could have a new leader before the week is out — less than a year after Premier Paul Quassa was chosen.John Main, who represents the community of Arviat in the territorial legislature, has told the assembly that he will be introducing a motion Thursday that would require Quassa to step down.“It’s a motion of non-confidence,” Main said Tuesday.He was unwilling to immediately discuss the reasons for the motion.“In terms of the motion and the reasoning behind it, that will all be discussed in the house,” he said.The motion could have a good chance of succeeding.Main is chairman of the regular members caucus, which — under the rules of Nunavut’s consensus government — consists of all members of the legislature who aren’t in cabinet. He said the motion was widely discussed in that caucus, which functions as a kind of opposition.“There’s a degree of confidence (in the vote),” he said. “It’s not something that would be brought up on a whim without consideration of available options and voicing of opinions within the caucus.”A simple majority of the legislature’s 22 members would be enough to bring Quassa down. There are 13 regular members.Quassa declined requests for an interview.If the motion succeeds, a new premier will have to be selected. In Nunavut, the premier and cabinet are chosen by vote from among all members.Normally, that happens shortly after a general election. That’s how Quassa was chosen premier last November.The process could happen quickly, said John Quirke, clerk of the legislature.“I envision it happening Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, with a new premier in place by Friday morning,” Quirke said.New Nunavut premiers traditionally huddle with their colleagues at the start of their first session to determine the government’s priorities for its term in office. It’s not clear if a replacement premier would reset those priorities.“That’s the type of decision that would be made in full caucus,” said Main.It’s also not clear what would happen to the territory’s budget, recently tabled by Quassa’s cabinet and being debated in the legislature. The legislature is also debating important bills on subjects such as marijuana legalization.“We have our hands full,” Main said.Quassa would retain his seat.If the motion succeeds, it would be the first time a sitting premier has been removed in Nunavut’s 19-year history. Quirke said one cabinet minister has been removed in that time.The Northwest Territories, which also uses consensus government, has had five non-confidence votes between 1998 and 2009. The only premier forced from office was Don Morin in 1998.Quassa, 65, was born near Igloolik on the Melville Peninsula, a member of the last generation of Inuit leaders to be born on the land. At the age of six, he was taken to a residential school in Churchill, Man., where he was to spend his next 13 years.He was one of the negotiators of the Nunavut land claim and his signature is on the document.Since then, Quassa has led the group that administers the claim. He spent the better part of a decade as a CBC journalist. He’s worked for Isuma Productions, an award-winning film and video studio in his home town of Igloolik.He was the education minister in the last Nunavut government and oversaw an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to modernize territorial legislation to promote fully bilingual students.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Central African Republic refugees pouring into Chad in dire need of help

6 February 2009Thousands of refugees from the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) have flooded into south-eastern Chad, fleeing renewed violence between the Government and rebel militia, the United Nations refugee agency announced today. In the last few days alone, up to 5,000 refugees have sought safety in the remote Daha village area of Chad after fighting, which flared up in CAR towards the end of December, intensified earlier this week, bringing the total number of refugees stranded in the area to around 10,000. “Most of the new arrivals are women and children,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Ron Redmond.“Many are sheltered under trees in the open. Others have constructed flimsy shelters that offer very little protection from the weather,” Mr. Redmond told journalists at a briefing in Geneva.Local authorities have reported to UNHCR that food is scarce and medical supplies have run out as a result of the sudden influx of new refugees. Highlighting the refugees’ dire need for assistance, Mr. Redmond said that “medical supplies are urgently needed – especially to treat malaria. Refugees as well as the local population of Daha – about 4,000 people – have little access to clean water.”An emergency relief convoy of 11 trucks and five light vehicles from UNHCR, the World Food Programme (WFP), and the German Government is scheduled to leave Abéché – the agency’s operations hub in eastern Chad – on Friday on a three-day, 720 kilometre trip south to Daha.The trucks will ship food, medical supplies and basic assistance items, including 2,500 pieces of plastic sheeting, 3,000 kitchen sets, 3,000 jerry cans, 4,000 blankets, 4,500 mats and soap. WFP is providing 15-day food rations for the 10,000 people and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching 20 tons of essential supplies – including vaccines against measles – and will conduct a health/nutrition assessment. “The main problem remains the logistical challenges to reach the area. Roads are in very bad condition and will become impassable once the rainy season starts in two months,” said Mr. Redmond. “We are exploring the possibility of using an airstrip in Haraze Manguiegne, 120 kilometres from Daha.”Last month the Security Council approved the deployment of some 5,500 UN blue helmets to replace European troops in areas of Chad and CAR, and boost the UN mission there, known as MINURCAT.Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur war, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. read more

Central African Republic UN outlines options to tackle security threats

The UN Mission in the CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) was set up by the Security Council in 2007 to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted due to insecurity in the two countries and neighbouring Sudan. The Council voted in May to end the mission by 31 December, after the Chadian Government requested the move and said it would assume full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory. “An urgent solution will have to be found during the next two months to fill the security vacuum following the departure of MINURCAT from the north-east of the Central African Republic,” Youssef Mahmoud, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and head of the Mission, told the Council today. Presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on MINURCAT, Mr. Mahmoud noted that the threat to civilians, internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and humanitarian workers in north-eastern CAR remains real. “The lack of sustained progress in combating security threats in north-eastern CAR is mainly the result of the weak presence of its armed forces and the lack of logistical and other means for its operations,” he added. Mr. Ban said in his report that the overall security situation in north-eastern CAR continues to suffer from inter-ethnic conflict, banditry and cross-border criminal activity. He outlined two options on how to mitigate the impact of MINURCAT’s departure in the area. The first option provides for a UN peacekeeping force in north-eastern CAR which would deter insecurity in the area and provide security for humanitarian actors until the Government has developed adequate capacity. The second option focuses on strengthening efforts to build State capacities for ensuring security and the rule of law, coupled with immediate measures to strengthen the capabilities of the national armed forces (FACA) in the north-east. Based on his assessment of the situation and the position of the CAR Government, Mr. Ban believes the second option is the most appropriate course of action. On Chad, Mr. Mahmoud noted that the Government has spared no effort to gradually assume its responsibility for the protection of civilians since the Council voted to end MINURCAT. “When necessary, vigorous actions have been undertaken,” he stated, adding that the UN-trained Détachement intégré de sécurité (DIS) has made considerable progress alongside the other security forces in providing protection for humanitarian activities. He said the sustainability of the DIS will be a “long and painstaking” process which will require the full attention of the Government and its partners. In addition, he reported that the humanitarian situation in eastern Chad remained a concern. Some 70 international humanitarian organizations continued to provide aid to the 255,000 Sudanese refugees and 168,000 IDPs in the area, and 64,000 CAR refugees in south-eastern Chad. An estimated 150,000 members of the host population also receive humanitarian assistance. 10 August 2010The United Nations has proposed strengthening the capacities of the Central African Republic (CAR) to enable it to effectively tackle security and humanitarian challenges when the world body’s peacekeepers withdraw from the country at the end of this year. read more

Gold bars smuggled from Sri Lanka seized in Tamil Nadu

Gold bars weighing around 18 kg, smuggled into India from Sri Lanka, were seized in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu and three people were arrested, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said.On a tip-off, DRI sleuths intercepted a car proceeding to Chennai Thursday and recovered the 17.83 kg of gold bars from it and arrested two persons, a release from DRI said, the Press Trust of India reported. During interrogation, the accused confessed that the gold was being smuggled from Sri Lanka and they were transporting it to a recipient in Chennai “for a monetary consideration”. The DRI officials also apprehended the recipient here and are probing his role in the entire gamut of smuggling, it added. read more

Niagara police make two arrests after rash of break ins

Niagara police have made two arrests in a rash of break and enters in Niagara Falls.Police launched an investigation in December 2018 into a series of break ins at commercial storage units in the city. Members of the Niagara Falls Street Crime Unit gathered evidence that lead to the execution of a search warrant which recovered stolen property from the break and enters.Ashley Powell, 33, and Raymond Orcutt, 38, have been arrested and charged. Powell faces a count each of break and enter commit theft and possession of property obtained by crime. Orcutt is facing five counts of break and enter commit theft. Anyone with additional information that could help investigators is asked to contact Niagara police. read more

Football Ohio State versus Nebraska shows why Big Ten is top conference

OSU head coach Urban Meyer stands with the Buckeyes before their game against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorSaturday will mark the fifth all-time meeting between the Ohio State and Nebraska football teams. Although the Buckeyes hold a better record all-time over the Cornhuskers with a 3-1 mark, this year will see a pair of Top 10 conference teams squaring off in a year of Big Ten dominance. The Big Ten is tied with the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference with five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, giving these three conferences a majority of the best teams in the nation. Two other conference teams join OSU and Nebraska in the top 10 — Michigan and Wisconsin.So far, OSU has faced Wisconsin in a primetime showdown in Madison, which also served as the home for that morning’s ESPN College Gameday. In a thrilling game, the Buckeyes pulled out a 30-23 overtime victory. Nebraska dropped its contest with the Badgers last Saturday, and will be looking to regain some momentum late in the season.OSU will face Michigan at the end of the season, but all eyes in Columbus are falling on the task at hand for the Buckeyes. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he knows this matchup will be a tough one while noting just how strong the Big Ten is this season.The contest this Saturday will mark the first evening home game for OSU this season, and Meyer knows how important this game will be. “Our primetime game against Nebraska — very good team,” he said. “Really impressed with our conference, with the quality of play, players and teams we’re playing, and these guys are really good.”On Monday at the Cornhuskers weekly athletics press conference, Nebraska coach Mike Riley said his team will be ready to face whatever OSU will throw at them. After going 6-7 in his first year at the helm, Riley and his team are out to a 7-1 start.When asked about the competition around him and the rise of Nebraska to national relevance once again, he put it plainly.“You either rise up and compete, or get left in the dust,” Riley said.This kind of swagger can be found not only at Nebraska and OSU, but also the rest of the Big Ten. All told, the conference has a total of 68 wins, tying it with the ACC for the most wins out of the Power Five conferences. Michigan is leading the Big Ten as one of five undefeated teams left in the FBS.With the initial playoff polls now released with the Big Ten currently in with Michigan at No. 3, and OSU, Wisconsin and Nebraska looking in, it seems for sure a conference opponent or the Buckeyes themselves will be reaching for playoff glory in the near future. read more

Football Offensive lineman Kevin Feder transferring from Ohio State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Kevin Feder warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ 62-14 victory against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State appears to be losing one member of its offensive line, with redshirt sophomore Kevin Feder announcing his intention to transfer Thursday.“As of today, I am reopening my recruitment and looking for a place to expand on my football career as well as my academics,” Feder wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank Coach [Urban] Meyer, [offensive line] Coach [Greg Studrawa], and the rest of the coaching staff for the opportunity to play at this prestigious university.”He said in the statement he plans to graduate in the spring, which will make him immediately eligible to play at a Division I program in 2018.Onto the Next…— Six (@Kevin_feder) January 11, 2018Feder rarely saw the field in his time with the Buckeyes, having struggled with a foot injury for his first couple years with the program. Feder, a former four-star prospect from New Jersey, has not been listed on the two-deep depth chart since playing for Ohio State and was considered as an outsider to compete for either of the two starting spots open on the offensive line in 2018.Feder’s decision to transfer leaves Ohio State with 85 scholarship players, which is the NCAA limit, when factoring in the 22 incoming freshmen who signed during the Early Signing Period. read more

Celtic back in the Champions League as Legia Warsaw eliminated by UEFA

first_img“As a consequence, Celtic have qualified for the UEFA Champions League play-offs on away goals (agg: 4-4) and Legia will compete in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.In addition the player Bartosz Bereszynski has been suspended for one additional UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”What do you think of the decision?33 of our favourite Fantasy Football team names5 reasons to watch the League of Ireland this weekend CELTIC HAVE BEEN handed an unlikely Champions League reprieve this morning.UEFA have decided to punish Legia Warsaw for fielding an ineligable player by kicking them out of the tournament.The Polish side hammered the Scottish champions 6-1 on aggregate.An investigation was launched by the European football chiefs after it emerged that Bartosz Bereszynski — an 86th minute sub in the 2-0 win in Edinburgh — should not have played.After a red card in a game against Cypriot side AEL Limassol last season, Bereszynski was given a three game suspension. However, it appears the problem arises from the uncertainty surrounding whether or not he was listed as being in the squad for the either leg of their tie with St. Patrick’s Athletic in the previous round.A UEFA statement reads: “Legia have been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player (article 18 of the UEFA Champions League regulations and article 21 of the Disciplinary Regulations). The match has been declared as forfeit meaning Legia Warszawa have lost the match 3-0.last_img read more

Internet traffic dipped 40 percent during Googles 5 minute outage

first_imgWhat happens when a site as big — and essential — as is momentarily inaccessible? Traffic on the Internet falls off a cliff as people wait for it to come back online.On Friday, August 16, Google experienced a few minutes of downtime late in the day. It didn’t last long (5 minutes), but remember: this is a site that was recently estimated to account for 25% of all Internet traffic. For some third-party websites, the brief blackout sent traffic spiraling down by a whopping 40%.Analytics company GoSquared watched the dip happen in real time on Friday as it monitored more than 30,000 customer websites for traffic data. The trouble started at around 23:52, and it took just one minute for inbound pageviews to stall.It’s possible that GoSquared’s clients just happen to be websites that rely heavily upon incoming search traffic and have been built to attract it. When the world’s number one search engine is inaccessible — and therefore incapable of passing along visitors — search-optimized sites take a pounding.A 40% drop is enough to send chills down the spines of the people who pay the bills, but thankfully this was a very ephemeral drop. It was business as usual a few minutes later when the Google train was happily dropping off search passengers once again.Clearly web surfers were ecstatic when was responding once again. The massive spike that touched off at 23:57 was no doubt the result of people furiously re-submitting their queries and clicking through links to make up for lost time. Either that, or it’s from geeky types responding to innumerable panicked inquiries from friends and family about why Google wasn’t working.last_img read more

Barnardos didnt stick to the guidelines for paying its senior staff says

first_img A NUMBER OF issues related to the salary of CEOs and senior executives have been found by a HSE internal audit into the activities of children’s charity Barnardos.According to the internal auditors, “unclear information was provided to the board of Barnardos and to the media in relation to the CEO’s salary and CEO’s donations and Dublin City Council honorarium”.The audit quotes an interview given to the Irish Mirror in 2013, in which Finlay said that the board had decided that his “salary should be pegged at the level of a management salary in the HSE, not top-level management, but middle to senior management, and that is where I am pitched”.In response, Barnardos said its board was “entirely satisfied that all information provided to it… and to the public has at all times been accurate, truthful and clear”.In the audit, it was also said that:CEO and senior management pay was not in line with HSE/Tusla pay scales.The audit, which looked at records between 2012 and 2015, found that CEO Fergus Finlay was paid a gross salary of €114,651 for the year 2014, which identified as the 9th largest in a survey of charities in Ireland last year.Under the terms of the Haddington Road agreement, the maximum pay scale in the HSE had been set at €110,183.While Finlay had taken a voluntary pay cut of 5% in 2012, this was reinstated to €117,591 in the middle of 2014.In response, Barnardos said that they report the pay-scales annually to the HSE and Tusla, and that some senior executives roles “do not have equivalent scales in the HSE/Tusla”.The HSE and Tusla “consider that these salaries are entirely appropriate”, according to Barnardos.The charity also pointed out that Barnardos was “not covered by Croke Park and is not covered by Haddington Road”.Other items found in the audit include that senior management expense claims had inadequate evidence to support the expenditure claimed.Barnardos replied that it had “reinforced its policy” in relation to expenses to ensure that “detailed receipts are received in all instances, rather than totaled receipts”.A spokesperson for Barnardos told that the charity had accepted and implemented 37 of the 38 recommendations of the audit report that it has responsibility for.Ambulance fuel cardsIn a separate internal audit conducted by the HSE, it was found that fuel cards meant to be used by National Ambulance Service (NAS) vehicles had been used by non-HSE vehicles in some cases.The audit found that 26 vehicles that had been assigned a fuel card that were not listed on the NAS vehicle register for north Leinster.The audit found “significant weaknesses” in the control procedures around fuel cards, as well as around payroll claims for hours worked and overtime.In one instance, an invoice recorded one vehicle purchasing fuel a total of 27 times, but the mileage figure had not been recorded for any of these transactions.The invoices were then paid without verifying or approving all of the fuel transactions.Read: REVEALED: The charities with CEOs still earning more than €100,000Read: UK Supreme Court rules Brexit must be approved by Parliament Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 24th 2017, 9:54 AM Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Short URL Barnardos didn’t stick to the guidelines for paying its senior staff, says audit Another HSE audit found a discrepancy in fuel cards used by the National Ambulance Service.center_img By Sean Murray Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 9:54 AM 21,907 Views Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay 34 Comments Share266 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Sinn Féin is readying to fight MEP elections in Northern Ireland

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 3:34 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 11,768 Views Short URL 53 Comments Share3 Tweet Email1 Sinn Féin is readying to fight MEP elections in Northern Ireland We don’t know for sure yet that the elections will go ahead. Party leader Mary Lou McDonald. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ By Rónán Duffy SINN FÉIN LEADER Mary Lou McDonald has said that the party is preparing for European elections in Northern Ireland should they go ahead next month.The party’s Northern Ireland MEP Martina Anderson is promising to fight an “energetic and solid campaign” in the elections.As it stands, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on 12 April but Prime Minister Theresa May has requested this deadline be put back to 30 June.European leaders have insisted that the UK could not remain part of the EU if it did not hold MEP elections that are due across Europe between 23 and 26 May. The European Union fears legal challenges could be brought against the EU by British citizens who wished to exercise their vote in the European election.This has raised the prospect that the UK may be forced to hold European elections next month, even if the UK may leave the EU soon afterwards. An eventuality which would likely affect Ireland’s process for electing MEPs. UK political parties area already making preparations for the elections with Labour beginning the process of selecting candidates and Nigel Farage preparing to lead The Brexit Party into the European Parliament. Sinn Féin currently has four MEPs, three in the Republic and one in Northern Ireland, and party leader McDonald said today that they are preparing for elections on both parts of the island. “One of the uncertainties is the whole issue around elections in the north, whether or not there will be European elections, we’ll be discussing that here at our Ard Comhairle today and we will be ensuring that we will be prepared and above all this is about protecting Irish interests,” McDonald said today. In a tweet after that Ard Comhairle meeting, Anderson said that she is ready to seek re-election as a Northern Ireland MEP.“SF will fight an energetic and solid campaign which puts your interests, your rights & entitlements first. SF more than up for an EU campaign in the north of Ireland,” she tweeted. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Apr 6th 2019, 3:33 PM Party leader Mary Lou McDonald.last_img read more

Finance Minister named head of CDB Governors

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMinister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon Washington Misick holds the prestigious position now of Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank; he was appointed to the post last month during the closing ceremony of the 46th Annual Board of Governors Meeting held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Next May, the Turks and Caicos Islands will now host the annual gathering of the CDB regional board of Governors. Minister Misick as the new Chair of the CDB Board of Governors said: “The ongoing proactive engagement among leaders is invaluable; bringing new possibilities and benefits that go beyond national and even regional boundaries.”last_img read more

ASA Seeks Nominations for Annual Soy Recognition Awards

first_imgASA Davie Stephens (right) presents Paul Casper, Lake Preston, S.D. (left) with the 2019 Pinnacle Award during the annual ASA Banquet at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida. Credit: Joe MurphyThe American Soybean Association (ASA) wants to recognize exceptional soy volunteers and leaders—and we need your help. During ASA’s annual awards banquet, individuals will be recognized and honored for state association volunteerism, distinguished leadership achievements and long-term, significant contributions to the soybean industry. The nomination period is open through Oct. 14, 2019.The Recognition Awards categories are:ASA Outstanding State Volunteer Award–Recognizes the dedication and contributions of individuals who have given at least three-years of volunteer service in any area of the state soybean association operation.ASA Distinguished Leadership Award–Distinguished and visionary leadership of ASA or a state soybean association is recognized with this award to either a soybean grower-leader or association staff leader with at least five-years of leadership service.ASA Pinnacle Award–An industry-wide recognition of those individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of contribution and lifetime leadership within the soybean family and industry.For more information and to submit nominations, click here.All nominations must be received online, no later than Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. No nominations by telephone, email or fax will be accepted. A judging committee will be assigned to make the final selections.Recipients will receive their awards at the ASA Awards Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas at Commodity Classic.last_img read more

Fire damages Uptown Village landmark

first_imgCrews from the Vancouver Fire Department climbed to the roof to get the upper hand on a two-alarm fire in a landmark downtown business center Thursday.Facing a fast-moving fire at one end of the Schofield’s Corner business center near the intersection of Main Street and McLoughlin Boulevard, firefighters with a ladder company and engine company went on the attack to save the structure, going after the fire as it burned through a double roof and a drop ceiling.“There was a moment there when it was going to go either way, and the ladder company and the other engine made a significant difference in stopping the fire,” said Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department. “Some exceptionally skilled firefighting happened up there on the roof tonight.”About $500,000 damage was done to the structure of the business center, with the vast majority at Mojo’s Restaurant & Lounge,1819 Main St., Flaherty said. Damage to two neighboring businesses — City Dog Wash and Cover to Cover Books — appeared to be mostly from smoke. A rehabilitation company had been called in and was preparing to go to work once investigators cleared the building.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Snake

first_img Snake Kept You Waiting!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Snake. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Snake… had a hard life. There are actually a whole lot of boys from the Metal Gear series who have some kind of “Snake” codename. But here we’re talking about the legendary mercenary Solid Snake, clone son of Big Boss and threat to walking tanks everywhere. Despite all the sci-fi anime shenanigans surrounding him and his origins, Snake’s appeal comes not just from his super soldier/spy competence but also his Die Hard-esque everyman fallibility. David Hayter’s voice acting also helps.Smash HistorySnake’s reveal at the end of the first Super Smash Bros. Brawl trailer, when he climbed out of that cardboard box, will never be topped as the hypest moment in Smash Bros. history. Not only was he the franchise’s first non-Nintendo character, but the very mature Metal Gear Solid series feels practically dangerous and transgressive compared to the rest of the cuddly cast. Why is this grown man snapping the necks of cartoons? It makes a little more sense in retrospect. Kojima and Sakurai are friends. There was a Gamecube Metal Gear Solid remake. And the original Metal Gear was on NES. But nothing can compare to how brain-melting Snake’s appearance in Brawl was, and how disappointing his absence in Smash Wii U/3DS then felt.What Looks New in Ultimate?Along with being a great surprise, Snake wound up being a very powerful character in competitive Brawl. And despite taking a decade-long break from the franchise, Snake arrives in Ultimate mostly the same. He’s lighter, now feeling like a person instead of a sack of weights. He only has the remote mines and instead kicks for his down smash attack. And his aerials connect better. He also has a new “!” logo, probably because the old Kojima Productions Foxhound logo wouldn’t fly with current Konami. But your favorite Snake tactics, from powerful tilts to grenade set-ups and missile pressure, are all here.Our Hopes?We’re so grateful Snake is even here at all. But now that he is, we just want as much Metal Gear Solid content as possible in this game. New codec conversations! Phantom Pain music! A Snake Eater stage! More observations about how online interactions are destroying society! Snake can’t coast by on his third-party novelty anymore. He needs to bring what makes his series truly special.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. 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Let your wishes come true this Christmas and new year

first_imgIt’s Christmas paving way for a brand new year!! Gear up to be mesmerised with the sound of carols in the air and the sparkles of the festive hues. Chefs at The Imperial promise to make the season memorable for you at as the year end festivities begin. The lobby at The Imperial will welcome you with a spectacular and a huge Christmas ball filled with goodies. With gift boxes, bells, trinkets and many more enchanting pieces, the ball will be hung from the ceiling wrapped in sparkling lights, leaving one awestruck. The inventive installation art and the unique flower decor across the hotel are designed to create unique thematic experiences for one and all. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpearheaded by Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, the Christmas treat brings out the epicurean in you while offering a satiating experience. Plethora of packages with extensive menus has been put together by the master chefs for the visitors to experience the festive occasion in style. Christmas eve celebration at 1911 restaurant begins from December 24 to entice your taste buds with an exquisite Christmas eve dinner buffet from 6:30PM – 11:45PM . The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, Pork loin in a blanket, Bread stuffing, Giblet gravy, Cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and a selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble with hot and exquisite Asian spread namely Kung krapao – prawns tossed with Thai sweet basil, silken tofu, bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, hot garlic sauce along with seafood, Indian, Tandoori favorites and Italian specials, salads, desserts and cold cuts. The extensive feast will male you ask for more.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive1911 Restaurant will feature a lavish Christmas Brunch on December 25 with global cuisines like Basil pesto marinated chicken, couscous stuffed tomatoes, grilled artichokes, Ricotta and spinach spanakopita, spiced tomato chutney, smoked salmon and many more tempting offerings along with desserts like Spiced apple mousse, Traditional plum cake and Plum pudding with brandy anglaise put together with classic wines, present indulgent eateries to celebrate the occasion. The festive brunch would be open from 12 PM – 3:30PM where the little ones can also enjoy their favorite Mini Danish or Hakka noodles in the kids buffet. 1911 also offers a sumptuous New Year Eve dinner buffet with a selection of fine delicacies on December 31, the last night of the year 2016.last_img read more

Mayor seeks cooperation of all agencies to tackle dengue

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday cautioned the Central and state government agencies that stern action would be taken against them if mosquito larvae are found in their establishments.He sought cooperation of all agencies to combat dengue. Hakim presided over a high-level meeting which was held at the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday afternoon. “I seek everyone’s cooperation because with collective effort, dengue can be controlled,” he told the gathering. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAtin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor, Khalil Ahmed, municipal commissioner and Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner along with the senior officials of KMC’s health, building, solid waste management and programme management unit departments attended the meeting. Senior officials of the state Irrigation and Waterways department, Public Works department and Transport department, along with their counterparts in Eastern Railway, Metro Railway and Central Public Works department also attended the meeting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that a meeting was recently held in Nabanna where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed that drives should be conducted at Metro construction sites where the water kept for construction purposes might serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds. Hakim said that if mosquito larvae are found at the Central or state government establishments, KMC’s Health department would issue notice under section 496A of KMC Act. Under the section, a fine is imposed which is added to the property tax and the owner, while paying the property tax, has to pay the fine as well. The amount of fine can vary between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1 lakh. The civic authorities have identified 20 wards that are vulnerable to dengue. The councillors of the wards and the chairmen of 16 boroughs were present at the meeting. KMC has prepared a blueprint which is to be followed to carry out drives in these wards. KMC has decided to carry out anti-larvae drive throughout the year. On February 2, one hundred and forty five rallies had been brought out in all the wards. The Central rally was held at KMC headquarters. The first phase of the drive will be carried out From January to June. The second phase will be from July to October, while the follow-up drives will be conducted in November and December. It may be recalled that the KMC has successfully brought down the number of dengue affected people to one-third in 2018. The KMC drives are being led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh.last_img read more

The revival of Korean Pop

first_imgKorean Pop stepped in India way back in 2012, when Psy sensationalised peppy beats and vivacious dance moves through his global hit ‘Gangnam style’. Soon after Psy’s hit, the K-pop wave became dormant, only to come back with a bang in 2016. Thereafter, prominent K-pop groups like EXO and BTS gained popularity in the country, clearly indicating the revival of K-pop. In India, where Bollywood and English music dominate, the rise of K-pop and the emergence of its fan base is an intriguing journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut what actually caused the sudden acceleration of K-pop? Students at the Korean Cultural Centre said: “K-pop is a complete package. You can witness dancing, singing, and visuals all in a power-packed performance and that’s what gives K-pop the popularity it has.” Many K-pop followers also believe the ‘style’ and ‘personality of the k-pop stars – like the boys of the BTS – is very appealing and people tend to follow them. Also, the lively beats compel them to tap their feet, making it their favourite option to enjoy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut for sure, it has some drawbacks. “One of the drawbacks K-pop has is the language barrier, which sometimes nullifies the feel and the aura of K-pop,” said the K-pop academy’s dance instructor Hyeongju Cho.” Indian students are quite familiar with K-pop style since they’ve watched many videos on internet and TV. They are very accustomed to the dance and try their best to cover it but the language is the only barrier,” he informed.Despite athe odds, the art is becoming popular and is no longer confined to a particular region. More than two lakh Indians are following K-pop and the number is increasing every day. Seeing the popularity, K-pop Contest India 2018 initiated by Korean Cultural Centre, India, buckles down to reach out to other Indian music enthusiasts.K-pop Delhi regional round, which aims to select the Indian representatives for K-pop event in the world was held on June 16. The event was graced by the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India – H.E. SHIN Bongkil, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India. Among 1216 participant from India, 95 Delhi participants were able to make it to the regional round. Beside Delhi the regional rounds also happening in Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Bengaluru, Odisha, Hyderabad, Mizoram and Manipur till June 30. The winners will participate in India Grand Finale round at Siri FortAuditorium on July 9 at 06:00 pm. The winners will have the final stage in Korea.India and Korea are linked in two ways, be it the historical blood relation with the ‘Kim’ dynasty or the alike choices and taste for music.Director (Korean Cultural Centre) Kim Kum-pyoung believes such competitions and initiatives are a great step towards strengthening the cultural exchange between the two countries. Also, the competition will implicitly flatter the South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to India next month. But most importantly it is going to be a sheer delight for the K-pop lovers.last_img read more

Equator Launches MortgageServicing Blockchain Solution

first_img Share Equator, a California-headquartered Altisource business unit and a provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country’s top servicers, real estate agents, and vendors, has announced an agreement with Factom, Inc. to integrate the Factom Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform into the Equator PRO solution.Equator PRO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that helps servicers increase efficiency and vendor oversight across the default servicing process. Designed for all portfolio sizes, the Equator PRO product suite of loan management, loan modification, short sale/deed-in-lieu, foreclosure/bankruptcy, and real-estate-owned (REO) focused products, provides servicers with tools to help manage defaulted loans and REO and make more strategic and cost-efficient default servicing decisions.Factom’s Harmony BaaS platform harnesses the power of blockchain to create an immutable record of activities, data, events, and decisions. Factom’s blockchain solutions will provide a distributed mechanism to preserve data, files, and digital records, making them verifiable and independently auditable.“Equator is committed to delivering technology that provides transparency and compliance throughout the default process,” said Patrick G. McClain, SVP of Equator and Hubzu Auction Services for Altisource. “Incorporating Factom’s blockchain tools will support our customers’ compliance obligations. At Equator, we are regularly working to improve and advance our default servicing technology, and adding cutting-edge tools like Factom’s Harmony is another example of our continued leadership.”The addition of Factom’s Harmony provides Equator customers the opportunity to incorporate the recordation of data, documents, and key audit events onto Factom’s blockchain solution. Factom’s Harmony provides options for individual loans to be tracked as individual chains of data on the blockchain. This design allows Equator PRO customers the option to embed blockchain preservation into their various workflows, allowing for an immutable and encrypted blockchain audit record to be built for each loan and each workflow step.“At Factom we know a practical blockchain solution is needed to specifically deal with complex business data and documents,” said Laurie Pyle, COO of Factom. “We look forward to working with Equator, who shares the vision of using blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the default servicing process.”Equator PRO with Harmony offers a blockchain technology solution to help address the complexities of the default mortgage process. The combination of Equator’s powerful workflow technology and Factom’s blockchain offers default mortgage participants the opportunity for enhanced tracking, management, and collaboration within the default servicing process. In this model, each party retains their documents, files, and data securely within their data centers while providing confidence in the integrity of the information being shared and accessed. November 15, 2018 696 Views in Data, Headlines, journal, News, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Blockchain Company News Equator Factom 2018-11-15 David Wharton Equator Launches Mortgage-Servicing Blockchain Solutionlast_img read more