Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe mayor of Oka, Que. surprised a room of community members announcing council wouldn’t support opening an old mine Monday.The mine operated from 1961-1977 producing niobuim, a mineral used to strengthen steel.It was blamed for water shortages and contamination.A company was looking to reopen the mine with promises of jobs.But farmers weren’t buying it.
Land was reportedly purchased in Sri Lanka allegedly through a corrupt Maldivian project deal.The Deputy Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and Hulhuhenveyru Constituency MP Moosa Manik alleged that many had benefited from the Addu City Equatorial Convention Center project, with many having had purchased land in Sri Lanka. However, he did not reveal who had benefited from this, the Maldivian media reported. Last year the current Government of Maldives announced that the Equatorial Convention Centre in Hithadoo, Addu City will be converted into a 100-bed tertiary hospital. (Colombo Gazette) The Equatorial Convention Centre (ECC) is a convention centre located in Hithadhoo, Addu City of Maldives. It was specially build for the seventeenth SAARC summit which was held in November 2011 in Addu City and nearby Fuvahmulah island. ECC was formally opened by then President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed on November 10, 2011.
Ohio State wrestler sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald has competed unattached many times during his collegiate career. Courtesy of Sam JanickiOn most weekends, a large part of the Ohio State wrestling roster can be found competing on their own, with no coaches, not wearing Buckeye singlets in a small gym in front of minimal crowds. These wrestlers are competing unattached in open tournaments. NCAA wrestling allows 16 dates of competition for Division I teams. Any event that has more than six competitors on a team counts as a full event. As a result, Ohio State pays for six or fewer nonstarters to compete at open events nearly every weekend. The wrestlers do not wear Ohio State-affiliated clothing and coaches rarely attend since it is not an official team event. The true value of unattached events for a wrestling team might come from the athletes that attend but do not have their expenses paid for by the university. Wrestlers in their redshirt year compete in opens as well, but must pay their own way. They find a way to compete while redshirting, unlike a football redshirt who must watch from the sidelines. “There’s a formula that made these guys Ohio State recruitable, and part of that formula is you have to compete,” head coach Tom Ryan said. “We don’t make it mandatory but I think winners and guys that want to eventually be starters and have a really successful redshirt year just have to compete.”OSU redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder controls the hands of Cleveland Statesophomore Collin Kelly in a match on November 21, 2017 in Columbus, OH. Credit: Colin Barringer | For The LanternRyan encourages his unattached wrestlers to attend any competition that takes place within a five-hour drive from Columbus. Ohio State wrestlers have competed in events like the Michigan State Open, the Eastern Michigan Open and the Purple Raider Open in Alliance, Ohio. Competing unattached is a right of passage in the Buckeye wrestling room. “More often than not, you need a year in a college room to be hardened and it’s like driving on the interstate versus driving on the autobahn,” Ryan said. “High school wrestling is the interstate or a residential neighborhood and college wrestling is the autobahn.”While attending open meets, unattached wrestlers often carpool to the events and stay in hotel rooms together. They eat together and coach each other from the corner while wrestling. Redshirt freshman heavyweight Gary Traub has competed at multiple opens in his first two seasons, and has found that his best friendships on the team were forged on those trips. “When I first got here, I didn’t know anybody,” Traub said. “So my first open, I’m like, ‘I want these guys to know that I belong here.’ I’m trying to do all this fancy stuff and these fancy moves and stuff like that just to show them that I belong because at first I really didn’t think I did.” Open events bring much-needed experience to Ohio State wrestlers, but can pose a challenge for those who must pay their own way. Ryan estimates the cost of competing unattached for a season at around $900, accounting for food, travel and entrance expenses. “That was tough,” Traub said. “I wanted to go to as many as I could, but there were a lot of times where [I said], ‘Damn, if I go I have to pay $40 for the entrance fee, I have to buy my own gas up there, I have to buy my own hotel.’ The cost of it was a big deterrent for a lot of the guys to go.”The environments of open meets are less formal, which can allow for a looser attitude for competitors. However, less formality often comes with less regulation. An entrance fee is the only requirement to compete at most meets. As a result, the Ohio State wrestlers have seen some interesting things. Redshirt freshman heavyweight Kevin Snyder saw a wrestler he estimated to be in his late 20s earlier this month. Snyder also added he’s seen a lot of heavyweights pushing the 285-pound limit. Sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald watched a wrestler lose a match, then slam his head on the ground.“I feel like I wouldn’t see that at one of our meets or at a tournament that we’d go to,” he said. “I don’t think a coach would allow that.”Traub recalled a weekend where a couple of his friends from high school found out that he would be competing in an open. “They wanted to wrestle me so they literally just signed up for it and wrestled unattached, which was pretty funny,” Traub said. “That’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve seen, but it was a lot of fun.”The stories that come from the unattached trips seem to be more memorable for the Buckeye wrestlers than the matches themselves. Snyder reflected fondly on packing into redshirt junior Anthony DiCarlo’s dad’s RV and traveling to meets. Traub remembers saving money by staying at redshirt freshman Clay Ragon’s house when entering meets up north. For every high-profile Ohio State wrestling match at a Big Ten tournament or at the NCAA championships, there is an open match or a story from the journey to compete unattached on the other side of the spectrum. This is the side of collegiate wrestling that isn’t seen on the surface. “I can see it makes sense from an outsider’s perspective,” Ryan said. “What do you mean he’s wrestling here and he’s not in an Ohio State singlet? It’s a little different, but in the wrestling world for recruits, prospects coming in, it’s the norm.”
Ohio State senior utility player Noah McGowan (4) connects with a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s offensive production cooled down with the weather over the past week, with the team averaging just three runs a game the last four games in sub-40 degree temperatures.Now the Buckeyes (21-10, 3-3 Big Ten) travel to State College, Pennsylvania, for a three-game series with the Penn State Nittany Lions (7-19, 1-8 Big Ten). Seventy-degree highs and a Nittany Lion staff ERA of 5.83 roar with potential for an Ohio State offensive revival. “In all due respect, Penn State is ripe, I should say, for us,” head coach Greg Beals said. Even with the recent lapse in production, the Buckeyes still have four of the top 10 hitters in the Big Ten in batting average and the conference’s RBI leader in senior utility man Noah McGowan.One change to facilitate more offense has been to move freshman backup catcher Dillon Dingler to center field.“I’m a little nervous out there,” Dingler said. “But after a couple catches [Tuesday against Ohio] I feel like I’m getting the hang of it.”Penn State’s primary threat on the mound is Friday night starter Justin Hagenman, a junior who is 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 42 strikeouts. Senior Taylor Lehman, who will start Saturday, brings a 4.15 ERA into his start.The bullpen is where the Nittany Lion pitching staff really falls apart. Freshman Mason Mellott has anERA of 3.72 after 19.1 innings of work this year, but beyond him, no Penn State reliever with at least 10 innings of experience has an ERA lower than 5.50.That doesn’t match up well against the best run-producing team in the conference. It’s not just at the plate Ohio State could see success though. Penn State has the Big Ten’s worst team batting average at .212, and will face a Buckeye pitching staff fresh off a combined shutout against Ohio.The only Nittany Lion hitter above .265 on the year is junior catcher Ryan Sloniger, who bats .290 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. Ohio State has six hitters above .265 by comparison. Squaring off with the Penn State lineup will be Ohio State’s usual weekend rotation. Junior Connor Curlis (5-1, 3.21 ERA, 53 strikeouts) will kick things off Friday with junior Ryan Feltner (3-2, 5.11, 45) going on Saturday and redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer (2-2. 5.06, 31) closing things out Sunday.“We’re not gonna roll. Nobody in our conference allows you to do that,” Beals said. “But it’s a great opportunity for us to have a good weekend and get ourselves right back in a championship look.”
The Oscar Pistorius murder investigation in South Africa, which has the attention of much of the world, has quickly degenerated into amateur hour. And you thought the Los Angeles prosecutors and police were incompetent during the O.J. Simpson trial of 1995?As bizarre as some of the twists in the Simpson murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, already the Pistorius case has been jumbled. Most recently comes word that Hilton Botha — the lead investigator in the case of the Valentine’s Day shooting of Reeva Steenkamp — has a May court trial on seven counts of attempted murder. Yes, the detective is not only still on the job despite serious charges against him, but he is the lead investigator in the most publicized case in South Africa in recent memory.Police Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday that Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a minivan in October 2011. The charges were initially dropped, but police said they learned Wednesday that the charges had been reinstated.“The (Pistorius) prosecutors were not aware of those charges (against Botha),” Medupe Simasiku, of the National Prosecution Agency, said. “We are calling up the information so we can get the details of the case. From there we can take action and see if we remove him from the investigation or if he stays.”That was Wednesday. Thursday Botha was, indeed, dismissed from the case and replaced by Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo, who will “gather a team of highly skilled and experience detectives,” according to officials. Moonoo is called South Africa’s “top detective.” But he will have to overcome some damage Botha and others left behind.A checklist of police blunders helped the case against Pistorius unravel. Botha testified that authorities had no evidence to challenge the double-amputee Olympian’s claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally by shooting through the bathroom door because he thought a burglar was in his home in Pretoria, the South African capital.Prosecutors were seen rubbing their temples while looking down at their notes in dismay as Botha said he misjudged distances of a witness who said he heard shouting coming from the Pistorius house. Botha acknowledged that a forensics team left in the toilet bowl one of the bullet slugs fired at Steenkamp. Police also allowed a Pistorius friend to take evidence out of the home: bullets that the accused had for the murder weapon.It likely will be difficult to convict Pistorius, a national hero as it is. The police’s ineptitude so far has made it more difficult.To wit: Botha said the witness who heard “nonstop talking, like shouting” in the early-morning hours was in a house more than 650 yards away from the murder scene, a distance equal to four city blocks, making it nearly impossible for someone to hear from that distance.But when prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Botha, the veteran detective said the distance was much closer. Botha also said police found syringes and steroids in Pistorius’ bedroom. Nel cut off the officer and said the drugs actually were testosterone. Yes, much of the police investigation and testimony have been bungled, which may create doubt in the minds of the potential jurors.
Freezing temperatures are likely to hit Britain this winter as the polar vortex above the Arctic moves south bringing bone-chilling weather in the run up to Christmas, the Met Office has predicted.Health officials have issued a desperate plea to the public, urging them to wrap up warm and turn to pharmacies at the first sign of illness, amid “enormous pressure” on casualty departments. Forecasts suggest Britain could be facing the coldest winter for five years, with average minimum temperatures likely to fall below zero in some parts of the UK. In recent years, the NHS has struggled to cope despite a succession of mild winters but Arctic winds are expected later this week, and cold snaps are forecast to continue between now and Christmas. Weather forecasters say a weak polar vortex – the name for the winds which circle the Arctic – is causing chilly weather to be pulled further south and increasing the risk of bad weather. Every degree drop below 5C sees a 10 per cent rise in pensioners seeing GPs for breathing difficulties, along with almost a 1 per cent rise in emergency hospital admissions and a 3.4 per cent increase in deaths.”We are urging people to take practical steps such as to wrap up warm before the temperature dial hits freezing,” Prof Willett said. Health officials are concerned that the icy spells ahead could overload hospitals which are already battling record levels of bed-blocking, with warnings that a crisis in social care has reached “tipping point”.Prof Keith Willett, NHS England medical director for acute care, asked the public to do all they could to reduce “avoidable” visits to Accident & Emergency departments. Warning that the NHS was now under “enormous pressure,” he urged the public to take more responsibility for their own health. Prof Willett said: “The NHS is here to help but there are important things we can all do to take care of ourselves during the winter months,” he said.”It is vital that the most vulnerable people take preventative steps to keep healthy and stay well. We have a high number of A&E attendances over this time that are due to issues which could have been avoided had people sought advice at the first sign of illness.” The senior doctor advised keeping homes warm, with regular hot drinks and meals, and urged people to see their pharmacist at the first sign of health problems. Elsa aged 8 sledging in the snow near Nenthead CumbriaCredit:North News and Pictures Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A frosty morning captured at sunrise at Corfe Castle, Dorset Credit:Emily Endean / SWNS.com Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office Hadley Centre, said: “There is an increased risk of cold snaps between now and Christmas.“Several factors, including tropical rainfall, are known to drive UK and European winter conditions: following a strong El Nino last year, the tropics are now influenced by a weak La Niña and unusual rainfall conditions in the Indian Ocean.“Historical weather observations and our latest computer model simulations agree that these factors are increasing the risk of a cold start to winter for the UK.” The Met Office today also launches its Get Ready for Winter campaign after finding that millions are left vulnerable by not making simple checks and changes ahead of the colder months.Four in 10 adults have been injured due to bad weather while nine in 10 underestimate how chilly Britain can get in the winter time. Communities minister Andrew Percy said: “Severe winter weather can have a terrible impact on communities and wreak havoc on people’s day-to-day lives. I would urge everyone to visit the Met Office’s new website so they can help prepare appropriately for the wintery weather ahead.” Research has also shown that people with conditions such as heart disease, lung problems including asthma, and dementia are much more likely to die in winter.Cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure, which heightens the risk of heart failure, kidney disease and stroke. It also makes the blood more likely to clot, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke, and reduces the lung’s ability to fight off infection.The Stay Well This Winter campaign urges those who are eligible for their flu vaccination to get one now. Anyone with a cough and cold should seek early help from a pharmacist, the guidance from NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) says. Snowplows have already been out this winter in CumbriaCredit:North News and Pictures
A protester sits in front of a barricade during a protest near Taksim square in Istanbul. Pic: Kostas Tsironis/AP/Press Association ImagesFRESH CLASHES HAVE erupted in Turkey this morning as protesters defied a government plea to end days of unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-long rule.Police used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators who ignored warnings to disperse in several major cities including Istanbul and Ankara.The new trouble flared after a second major trade union confederation announced it would join protests against the government, calling a strike for Wednesday.Thousands gathered in Istanbul’s main Taksim Square for a sixth day early Wednesday, yelling defiance at Erdogan, who has dismissed the protesters as “extremists” and “vandals”.“The vandals are here! Where is Tayyip?” yelled the crowd.Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc sought yesterday to defuse tensions by apologising for the tough police handling of the initial demonstrations.But that did not appease outraged demonstrators who have been on the streets since Friday to protest at the policies of Erdogan, seen as increasingly authoritarian figure in Turkey.The nationwide turmoil first erupted on Friday after police tear-gassed demonstrators at a peaceful rally against plans to build on a park in Istanbul, one of the world’s most visited cities.Explainer: What is going on in Turkey?On Tuesday, Arinc said sorry to those who had been caught up in the initial violence but called on “responsible citizens” to stop the protests. He was speaking in the absence of Erdogan, who began a trip to north Africa this week despite the problems at home.Two people have been killed in the clashes, officials and medics say, and rights groups say thousands have been injured. The government puts the figure at around 300.The atmosphere in Taksim late Tuesday was initially festive, with Turkish pipe music and singing blaring over speakers and fans from rival football teams linking arms, before police fired tear gas and water cannon.In the western city of Izmir, police detained at least 25 people for tweeting “misleading and libellous information”, the Anatolia news agency reported, after Erdogan accused the microblogging site of spreading “lies”.Protesters, many of them young Turks, rely heavily on social media to organise demonstrations and warn of trouble spots, and have complained bitterly about a lack of coverage of their action in the mainstream media.The Turkish Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK), which represents 240,000 employees, lent its weight to the protests when it launched a two-day strike yesterday while an even bigger union grouping known as DISK and which claims 420,000 members, said it would join the strike and demonstrations today.Yesterday: Deputy PM apologises for violence against protestersYesterday: Two dead in government crackdown as Turkish union calls two-day strike
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has decided to free the last four Turkish officers of the group of eight men that fled to the country following the attempted coup in Turkey back in 2016.All eight servicemen are now under heavy police protection, Kathimerini reports, residing in an undisclosed location until they are allowed to travel to another European state.The officers were last being held for the past 18 months; that is the maximum detention period under Greek law.Greece’s Council of State issued a ruling on 23 May granting asylum to the co-pilot of the military helicopter that transferred the servicemen to Greece and now the rest of the officers are also waiting on their papers to be issued after Greece’s Supreme Court rejected all extradition requests from Ankara.Quoted by the Associated Press, defence lawyer Omiros Zelios said yesterday that the last of his clients was released from police custody last week.Turkey earlier condemned rulings not to extradite the eight ‘putschists’ as “politically motivated” according to a report published on the Turkish website Daily Sabah dubbing the procedure a “sham trial”.
Jurgen Klopp admits Dejan Lovren is still battling with injury problems and remains a doubt for Bayern Munich after missing Liverpool’s mid-season training camp.Klopp’s men are currently second in the Premier League on goal difference with a game in hand over Manchester City.With the Reds out of the FA Cup, the club headed to Marbella to make the most of a free weekend. But travelled without Lovren as he remains out, having suffered a hamstring blow against Wolves in early January.The Croatia defender had initially been named in Liverpool’s group, yet Klopp confirmed on Tuesday that his rehabilitation would instead continue back on Merseyside.Considering the fact that Virgil van Dijk is suspended and Joe Gomez is still out injured leaves the Reds with Joel Matip as the only fit centre-back to face Bayern in the Champions League last-16 first leg on February 19.Klopp told Liverpool’s official website of Lovren’s absence: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here.“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Robbo trying to get in on the Salah/Lovren bromance 🔴 pic.twitter.com/IUSp4pazx4— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) February 12, 2019“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”Other players who missed out from the training session on Tuesday include James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho but Klopp insisted this was purely due to precautionary measures.“None of them are serious, all will be fine,” he said.
Updated: 1:41 PM March 16, 2018 Posted: March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two men who wore stolen Marine Corps clothing during a series of armed robberies at eateries and convenience stores in San Diego were each sentenced Friday to lengthy prison terms.David Magana, 28, pleaded guilty last year to 11 counts of robbery, conspiracy, auto theft and personal use of a firearm and was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.Joseph Olmos, 25, pleaded guilty to eight robbery charges, conspiracy, auto theft and evading police and received 16 years in prison.“I’m very sorry. I know everything was wrong,” Olmos said before he was sentenced.Deputy District Attorney James Koerber said Magana and Olmos “terrorized” their victims for the “sake of a few hundred dollars.”Magana’s attorney, Casey Donovan, told Judge Kathleen Lewis that his client was in “desperate straights,” living out of his car and trying to support three children when he committed the robberies.Magana told the judge he took full responsibility for his actions and will come out of prison a better person.The robbery spree — dubbed the “Stolen Valor” bandit series because of the military gear worn in at least one of the holdups — happened between January and March 2016 at five establishments, including BBB Shoes in National City, Sombrero’s on West Main Street in El Cajon and Jamba Juice on College Grove Way. In two other robberies, the thieves got away with more than$800 and a person’s wallet, authorities said. In the March 3, 2016, robbery at Sombrero’s, one of the robbers fired a shot as the criminals made their getaway, Koerber said.A military footlocker and stolen Marine Corps clothing were recovered at Magana’s residence, and investigators also found military clothing in Olmos’ car.A third defendant, 27-year-old Jonathan Esquivel, pleaded guilty to one robbery count at an earlier hearing. ‘Stolen Valor’ bandits receive lengthy sentences for armed robberies in military clothing KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Parth Samthaan and Erica FernandesInstagramParth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes, who play the roles of Anurag and Prerna in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, are one of the hottest couples of telly town. The duo is loved by millions for their striking on and off screen chemistry.Recently, Parth and Erica flew off to Maldives and while both have shared pictures from the exotic location on their Instagram handles, fans hadn’t come across any image of them together. But now, a few pictures have made its way to the Internet where Parth and Erica are seen by the beach and enjoying their time together.Apparently, the duo are in Maldives for a shoot, yet, the happy faces of the two must have surely brought smiles to their fans, who were worried about Parth and Erica’s alleged breakup. Last month, news of the Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 couple parting ways sent shock waves among their millions of fans for many reasons.Besides their social media pages that spoke volumes of them head over heels in love with each other, Erica also celebrated her birthday in May with Parth in Mussoorie and shot for a travelogue there. The duo had also flooded their Instagram pages with pictures of their trip to Switzerland in July for the shoot of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. It should be mentioned here that although Parth and Erica had never admitted to their relationship, their fondness for each other was evident, not just on social media but on the sets as well. It was said that the alleged lovebirds spent more time together, when not shooting for the show. They used to arrive together, have meals together and also leave the sets together.Meanwhile on Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, fans of AnuPre are eagerly waiting for Anurag Basu and Prerna’s reunion, however, Prerna has expressed her love for Mr Bajaj (Karan Singh Grover). On the other hand, Bajaj has started living in the Basu mansion and it remains to be seen if Anurag and Prerna avoid each other and for how long.
Wikipedia Commons/Henry HanMFAH Watkin BuildingThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston may be closed Mondays, but on this day, the lobby sounds like a busy weekend.It’s not filled with school children on tours, but instead hundreds of smartly-dressed art museum curators from around the country. It’s part of the 15th-annual Association of Art Museum Curators conference. This is Houston’s first time to host it.“The primary function of the conference is networking,” says MFAH Director Gary Tinterow.He says this is a chance for curators — who rarely get to see each other in person — to exchange ideas.“New projects are born at these conferences: Exhibitions, publications, symposia and seminars are derived from conversations and encounters,” he says.Helen Evans is the presidentof AAMC and Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Mary & Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art.She says the dominant topic this year is diversity. “How to build a diverse curatorial body,” Evans explains. “How to get internships that would bring people in, who wouldn’t necessarily and historically think they could be curators.”The conference includes touring a number of art institutions around town, ranging from the Asia Society Texas Center to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. It wraps up Tuesday. Listen X 00:00 /01:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Stay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.During high school, I was too busy reviewing terrible iPhone games to get a menial fast food job like a real teenager. So I can’t relate to stories of desperately trying to put meals together as fast as possible with fellow chefs while customers waited impatiently, mentally reducing their tips. Or rather, I couldn’t until I played Overcooked, cooking co-op indie darling and fresh hot new Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Overcooked has this whole insane story mode about time travel and onion knights and a food beast that may or may not be an homage to famous atheist deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But that’s all just absurd window dressing. The real meat of Overcooked are the dozens of levels that challenge you alone or you and your friends to make as many meals as possible in just a few minutes.Recipes get more complicated the later you get (although not as complicated or varied as I maybe would have liked) but each step remains relatively simple. Press a button to start chopping mushrooms. Let a burger sit for a few seconds on the pan. Boil the rice for your burrito and take it off the stove. Carry a dirty dish to the sink. Put out a fire. Even Cooking Mama has more elaborate simulations of the act of preparing food. But that’s a good thing.In Overcooked the goal is speed, not realism. These actions have to be simple because you have to constantly perform and coordinate them with your teammates over and over again before time runs out. You have to memorize steps and perform loops and check incoming orders for slight variations like no tomatoes or lettuce. One step out of line, one soup burned or carrot left unchopped, and you’ll be yelling at your friends like Gordon Ramsay. The meals never actually stop coming. You just need to make as many as you can. Sometimes it’s even smarter to just abandon a meal on the verge of expiring to get an early jump on a later one to earn a bigger tip.Overcooked is tough enough just in a standard kitchen, but to spice things up most new levels add some environmental gimmick you also have to consider. Trying cooking in a kitchen split between two moving trucks, or a kitchen infested with Ratatouille-esque vermin who steal food left unprepared for too long. The stage hazards really force you to consider positioning while planning your cooking routes. The dash button is key.Once you cook your way through the main campaign you can also enjoy two expansions included in this special Nintendo Switch edition. They add new levels, recipes, playable characters, and holiday cheer. But with or without this bonus material, Overcooked is just such a great fit for the platform. The time limit makes portable play easy, and the simple controls work scrumptiously on two sideways Joy-Con. Co-op is the real way to play the game so being able to easily access it is a killer feature. HD Rumble cues also let you instinctively know when it’s time to start or stop some actions like chopping or grilling.Unfortunately, while the cute art style doesn’t look like it should be too demanding, the Switch version does suffer from some frame rate issues, which can impact a game about speedy precision like this. But the developers at Ghost Town Games are working on a fix.Cooking was one of my favorite parts of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But with Overcooked I can just cut out all the exploration fat. That chicken burrito my friends and I managed to finish at the last second may not buff my stamina, but we still had fun making it.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Overcooked is a cooking co-op indie darling.2. Work together with friends to make as many meals as possible.3. Different kitchen gimmicks force you to come up with new cooking strategies.4. Each individual action is simple, but performing several of them nonstop while coordinating with others gets tough quick.5. The meals never stop coming. Just make as many as you can before time expires. And don’t get burned.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Look what you made Taylor Swift do: The singer-songwriter reportedly employed facial recognition software to scan for stalkers at her Rose Bowl concert in May.As reported by Rolling Stone, the fan-favorite kiosk showing clips of Swift in rehearsal was actually a front for high-tech security.Inside, a hidden camera snapped photos of people as they peered in to watch run-throughs of the May 18 stadium event.AdChoices广告Images, sent to a “command post” in Nashville, were then cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers, according to Mike Downing, chief security officer at Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues.“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Downing, who personally attended the concert, told Rolling Stone.Neither Oak View Group nor Swift’s reps immediately responded to a request for comment.It is unclear who owns the kiosk in question, and whether the collected footage was kept on file. Or, for that matter, whether any real stalkers were identified by surveillance officers some 2,000 miles away.Before you call a lawyer or draft a petition, keep in mind that concert venues are typically private locations. Which, according to Quartz, means that owners can subject attendees to “any kind of surveillance they want”—including facial recognition.Despite its privacy concerns, the technology is on the rise, cropping up in China, where police are experimenting with AR glasses and authorities are cracking down on jaywalkers, and the US.Early this year, Customs and Border Protection began rolling out cameras at the Mexico-Texas border, and the Secret Service are planning to test similar tech at the White House.These sorts of trials have, understandably, conjured an Orwellian “Big Brother” impression across the country, where folks are concerned that ever-evolving facial recognition technology may not always be accurate.More on Geek.com:Face Recognition CEO Warns of Police AbuseFacial Recognition Helps Astronomers Understand GalaxiesFacebook to Face Angry Illinoisans Over Facial Recognition Tech Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearLondon Police’s Facial Recognition System Has 81 Percent Error Rate
The love story of Ms. Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII of England is the stuff of legend. He literally gave up the crown to be with her. As the head of the Church of England, the king could not marry a divorcée such as Ms. Simpson, since the Church would not support it, especially as both of her former husbands were still living.His only recourse was to renounce his crown, giving the throne to his brother, George VI, and marrying Wallis six months later, thus spending the rest of his days with the woman of his dreams.Edward VIII surrounded by heralds of the College of Arms prior to his only State Opening of Parliament, November 3, 1936.The pair was seemingly a perfect match, although their union remains a matter of controversy.Added to this is speculation that Ms. Simpson – now the Duchess of Windsor – was in love with another man during her marriage to the former king.Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward, 1935.Wallis and Edward (known to those closest to him as David) met when Wallis was introduced to Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness, who was Edward’s mistress at the time.Thelma introduced Edward to her new friend in 1931, and they continued to cross paths for the next few years until, in 1934, she became Edward’s newest love interest.Lady Thelma Furness and the prince in 1932.Their courtship continued, against the better wishes of his parents, King George V and Queen Mary, and despite claims that Wallis was having an affair with Mr. Guy Marcus Trundle.After the assignation and subsequent abdication of Edward (he reigned for just under a year), Wallis fled the United Kingdom as the scandal of their relationship became public, and went to the south of France.Instrument of abdication signed by Edward VIII and his three brothers, Albert, Henry and George, December 10, 1936.They remained apart, with Edward taking refuge in Austria in order to avoid compromising the granting of a decree absolute in her second divorce proceedings.They were reunited in May 1937 in France, and married a month later.However, according to well-known royal historian, Andrew Morton, the new Duchess of Windsor was in love with someone else during her marriage to Edward, and was only using Edward for his title.Portrait of Wallis Simpson, 1936.The mystery man in this royal love triangle, according to Morton, was an American named Herman Rogers, who Wallis had met in China when her first marriage fell apart.They became friends, and she even stayed with Herman and his wife Katherine during her self-imposed exile to the south of France. They were so close that Herman gave her away at her wedding to Edward.Herman Rogers; Katherine Rogers; Wallis, Duchess of Windsor; Peregrine Francis Adelbert Cust, 6th Baron Brownlow. Photo by Daily ExpressBut just 2 days before their wedding, Edward left Wallis alone at Herman’s chateau, where she allegedly tried to seduce him, saying that any child that resulted would be presumed to be Edward’s. It is believed, however, that Herman did not take Wallis up on her offer.U.S. President Richard Nixon and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1970.As if this wasn’t enough, when Herman married his second wife Ms. Lucy Wann (Katherine had died in 1948), Wallis apparently told Lucy on her wedding day that Herman was the only man she had ever truly loved.It is rumoured that there was no love lost between Wallis and Lucy, which is not surprising given the apparent circumstances of their relationship.Indeed, it would seem that the former Mrs. Simpson became quite bored with Edward, especially after Herman’s second marriage.Wallis Simpson at a fancy dress party in 1930.She was known to merely tolerate him, and their relationship was more like mother-son than husband-wife, according to some sources.Some believe that Wallis had had her eye on the queen’s crown the entire time, and was sorely disappointed that Edward gave up the throne for her, instead of fighting for it.Her dreams of being an American queen were dashed, and she never really forgave him for it. She was not even allowed to be addressed as “Her Royal Highness” despite being a Duchess, and both she and Edward resented the rest of the royal family for it.Read another story from us: Royal Love Triangle – Princess Diana’s Sister First Dated Prince CharlesPerhaps most telling of her dislike and bitterness towards the entire “institution”: she was not even with Edward when he died from cancer at home in Paris in 1972, although she did travel to the UK for his funeral and stayed at Buckingham Palace.Perhaps all was eventually forgiven after all, at least by some.
SouthWest Germany has witnessed a growth of 23.3% with 27,615 Indian tourist arrivals during the January-October period as India continues to retain its position as the second fastest growing market for the region.“We are targeting 40,000 Indian visitors in 2016. India still has the highest number of overnight per visit, currently it is 5.9 days per visit. The international average for South- West Germany is 2.3 days. For the period ended October 2015, we will have 200,000 overnights which we targeted at the beginning of the year. We aim to reach 250,000 overnights in 2016, an increase of 25% from 2015,” said Hector D’souza, Director – India, SouthWest German Tourism.Further, with the MoU signed between SouthWest Germany and Maharashtra, events will be organised in 2016 in conjunction with each other.Regarding the visa procedure, D’souza said that Germany has made it compulsory to collect biometric data of travellers, adding that “all visitors have to personally visit the VFS visa application centre and the passport is handed over directly to the passport holder or is sent by courier to the residential address…The biometric data can be submitted once in five years.”
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Share March 26, 2018 592 Views For Seattle residents, 15 minutes and 40 minutes in the rush hour traffic could mean the difference between owning a home that costs over $900,000 and one that costs approximately $600,000. According to an analysis by Zillow, homes in Seattle with peak commute times of less than 20 minutes cost 40 percent more per square foot than those that are a 20-40 minute commute.The analysis found that buyers of typical Seattle-area homes should expect to pay a premium of 7.5 percent to live in a home that was five minutes closer to downtown during rush hour. When converted to actual values, this could mean paying up to $35,000 more on a home costing $468,000—the median value of homes in Seattle.“Put another way, a typical Seattle house might sell for $962,000 if it came with a 15-minute rush-hour commute, but only $632,000 with a 40-minute commute,” Zillow said in its analysis.It’s not only the price that people trade-off to live closer to work. According to the analysis, near the city center, where a car commute was under 20 minutes during peak hours, the median single-family home was about a third smaller than the median for the metropolitan area as a whole, coming in at around 1,260 square feet compared to 1,830 square feet in the larger metropolitan area.For those who use the public transit system too, a lesser commute time meant paying more dollars towards buying a home. Homes, mostly condos, with a transit commute of under 20 minutes were typically priced at around $690 per square foot, around 40 percent more than homes, mostly single-family units, with transit commutes between 20 and 40 minutes.While renters got a better deal than homeowners, the analysis found the story wasn’t very different when you compared apples to apples. The analysis found that while five-minute decreases in car and transit commute times were associated with 3 percent and 1.3 percent rise in rents for otherwise similar apartments as homeowners. However, rents per square foot were about 34 percent higher for units with the shortest commutes, relative to those with longer ones.For the analysis, Zillow, along with Here Technologies, estimated peak commute times to Seattle’s downtown from every home in the metro area and then matched that data with its own database on individual home sizes, home values, or rents. It then grouped these homes into bands by commute time (for car and transit commutes) and characterized the typical home in each band. Finally, Zillow estimated a model to compute counterfactuals i.e. how much would these homes cost if they came with a shorter commute. Apartments Buyers Condos Costs Home Prices Home Sales Home Values homeowners HOUSING property Rents sales Single-Family Homes Space square feet 2018-03-26 Radhika Ojha Up Your Commute Time for a Dramatic Decrease in Home Prices
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