ONCF Launches App to Answer RailRelated Queries in Morocco

Rabat – The National Office of Railways (ONCF) on Friday launched “ONCF TRAFIC”, a mobile application showing the status of trains in order to let passengers know about delays on their routes. The application, which is free to download, has been designed to work as a fully fledged inquiry system providing information on arrivals, departures, delays, cancellations, ways to reach the nearest station, and daily correspondences.“[The application] is updated instantly and provides information with accuracy around 100 percent,” said the railway company. The launch of this mobile application forms part of the services recently offered by the company to better meet the evolving needs of its customers.

Mawazine 2018 The Chainsmokers Explosive Concert Shakes OLM Souissi Stage

Rabat – American DJ and producer duo the Chainsmokers were on fire Tuesday night at the OLM Souissi stage, giving the audience a night to remember for the fifth day of the 2018 Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World.Sife ElamineThe energetic duo, composed by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, showed how passionate they were to perform in Morocco, investing the stage with their incredible ability to mix trap, house, and rock, a versatility that conquered the receptive festival-goers.Sife ElamineSife ElamineThe most influential DJ duo of the moment played their most famous tracks, including “Roses,” produced in collaboration with American singer Rozes; “Until You Were Gonna;” “Somebody,” released in collaboration with Drew Love,; and “Paris.” The crowd was unstoppable, shouting while the two DJs did some pretty impressive remixing of popular hits, such as Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha say,” Drake’s “God’s plan,” and Beyonce’s “Run the world (girls).”Sife ElamineSeduced by the dazzling staging, the festival-goers were also treated to a mash-up of the duo’s songs, sung by Andrew Taggart, in addition to their famous hits “Something Just Like tThis,” “Closer,” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”Sife ElamineWith electronic music, light shows, breathtaking staging, and fireworks, all the ingredients were present to create a symbiosis between a charmed audience and artists at the top of their careers. The two DJs who enlightened the capital left the scene allowing their drummer, Matt Mcguire, to show the full extent of his talent, producing a rhythmic sound with an infernal cadenza that carried the audience in an unprecedented frenzy.Andrew Taggart was born in 1989 in Oregon and Alex Pall was born in 1985 in New York. In 2012, they formed the duo called “The Chainsmokers.”Sife ElamineThe promising DJ duo is at the origin of a unique pop sound that hits the world. At the same time producer, author, and composer, the group has received four Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy Award, an MTV Music Award, and achieved more than 5 billion cumulative views on YouTube.The festival-goers of the international stage of OLM Souissi will have to prepare themselves for another night of madness, starting tonight at 10 p.m. with the funky pop sensation and international superstar Bruno Mars. Stay tuned! read more

Prison superintendent will remain

Files belonging to the prisoners were also destroyed when the protestors set fire to a building inside the prison.They also pelted stones towards the baseline road disrupting the traffic. Some prisoners had been nabbed attempting smuggle heroin into the prison premises concealed inside lunch packets. The Superintendent of the Welikada prison will not be replaced despite the protest by prisoners on Tuesday, the Minister in charge of Prisons Chandrasiri Gajadeera said.He told The Sunday Leader that the prisoners were demanding the removal of the superintendent after he nabbed suspects attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison. Inmates of the Welikada prison staged massive protest on Tuesday demanding the removal of the superintendent and the protest subsequently turned violent resulting in over 31 people being injured. Gajadeera said that over Rs. 6 million in dmages was caused as a result of the prison riot. read more

In push to make mobile payments popular Visa hooks up with Samsung

In push to make mobile payments popular, Visa hooks up with Samsung, PayPal doesn’t care by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 3:17 am MDT BARCELONA, Spain – Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren’t warming to it.At the world’s largest cellphone trade show, here in Barcelona this week, the 70,000 attendees are encouraged to use their cellphones —instead their keycards— to get past the turnstiles at the door. But very few people took the chance to do that. The process of setting up the phone to act as a keycard proved too much of a hassle.It’s a poor omen for an industry that’s eager to have the cellphone replace both tickets and credit cards. Companies are building chips antennas into phones that let the gadgets interact with “tap to pay” terminals and other devices equipped with short-range sensors, like subway turnstiles. But getting the technology to do something useful and convincing people to adopt it is a slow process.To make a payment in a store with your cellphone, “you need a lot of things to align,” said Reed Peterson, who heads the Near-Field Communications initiative for the GSM Association, a global trade group for the wireless industry. The phone needs to be properly equipped with NFC hardware and software; the store needs to have the proper equipment and training. The phone company needs to support the transaction, and banks and payment processors need to be in on it.Some of these things have fallen into place, Peterson said, but the network of commercial agreements that supports these payments needs to expand. And consumer demand remains elusive.“I want to get to the point where the consumer goes into the store and says ‘Show me only the phones that have NFC’,” Peterson said.Today, a buyer is quite likely to go into a store and ask for an iPhone, and that’s an obstacle to NFC adoption. Apple Inc. is the lone holdout among major smartphone makers, and hasn’t built NFC into any of its devices yet.Visa, the global payments network, announced a coup at the show: it has struck a deal with Samsung Electronics to take charge of the “secure element” in the next flagship phone from the South Korean company. The Galaxy S IV is expected to be launched at an event in New York on Mar. 14, though the name has not been confirmed.The “secure element” is sort of like a safe inside the phone. Whoever controls access to it decides which credit cards, transit passes or other verified “documents” the phone can store. A bank that wants to let customers use their Samsung smartphones as virtual credit cards will have to go through Visa.Control of the secure element is a crucial battleground for NFC. The GSMA, which is dominated by cellphone carriers, advocates putting the secure element not in the phone itself, but in the subscriber identity module, or SIM card, which plugs into the phone to identify the user and supply a phone number to the network. SIM cards are issued and controlled by the carriers who would like to be the ones in control of the secure element.While Visa, phone companies and Google (which has its own payment initiative) duel over the secure element, eBay Inc.’s PayPal is wondering what all the fuss is about. The online payment network thinks NFC is a lot more trouble than it’s worth. The company isn’t afraid to say so at the wireless industry tradeshow.“If you want to change something, you have to solve problems that people have in everyday life,” said David Marcus, the president of PayPal. “It’s not like everyone is thinking ‘Oh, I wish someone came up with something better’” than paper money and credit cards.PayPal is putting a lot of effort into making cellphones central to the way we shop, but is focusing on the shopping experience itself, rather than payments. The company’s ideal vision for buying a cup of coffee: You pull out your phone on the way to the store, fire up PayPal’s app to order your double-skim latte and pay for it in advance. When you arrive at the counter, the barista has your picture and your coffee, and gives it to you right away. Then you’re out the door.Thirty years ago, Marcus said, store clerks knew the people in their neighbourhood and greeted them by name.“We think with this technology, we could recreate that personal connection,” he said. “We feel this is going to leapfrog the efforts of NFC.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Libya UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed

Speaking to the press yesterday, Bernardino León, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said the UN is preparing a new draft political deal on the future of the country, which would be handed to parties in the first week of June. He expects the new draft to address the concerns of all parties, but made it clear that it was impossible to have a text that has 100 per cent of the wishes and ideas of everyone reflected.“There will be an agreement if they understand clearly that they have to give up on important issues, that they have to be flexible,” he said. “A political agreement with concessions, even if it does not reflect the key concerns of the parties will be better than continuing this conflict that is going nowhere.”Efforts went beyond the political, he said, pointing to a security track, where negotiations were ongoing with different armed actors, the army, armed groups, militias and others. He stressed the role of the international community, the UN and the European Union (EU) in future security arrangements.“These two elements – political and security – have to work together if we want a stable Libya which will soundly return to democracy in the future,” he said.He said that the second session of meetings focused on the role of the EU and the Organization’s partnership with the UN, noting that dialogue-centred approaches were “in the DNA” of both organizations and stressing the convergence that exists between them.“Our views are the same about Libya,” he said. “It has to be a Libyan-owned process, a Libyan-Libyan solution with the support of the International community.”The EU’s historical links to Libya in terms of trade, economics and politics were extensive and Mr León said the EU was a very important partner, as well as Libya’s neighbours, with whom the UN was also working closely. He underscored it was “difficult to say” whether the new draft would bring about agreement within three or four weeks but he underlined the existence of the possibility and stressed that Libyans have a very clear idea that such an agreement was the only solution to their current predicament.“Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse,” he explained, noting that the country is “facing a huge security threat” in the form of Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL), as well as increasing political division.“Da’esh is trying to build strong bases in Libya. Libya also is facing an increasing political division with these competing institutions in the east and in the west, so all these challenges will oppose the possibility of an agreement,” he said, stressing: “This is the context in which we are working, the context in which we are proposing this agreement and in three, four weeks we will see whether it is working or not.” read more

Childlike sex dolls are being sold on websites such as eBay and

first_imgIt is not a crime to make these dolls, to distribute them or to possess them. This is bafflingPeter Wanless, the NSPCC, Chief Executive David Turner, 72, had attempted to argue that the 3ft 10in doll, which was dressed in children’s clothing, was not “indecent or obscene”, but in a landmark ruling the judge rejected the legal challenge.The married pensioner was caught in November last year after Border Force officials intercepted a parcel containing another doll he was attempting to import from China. 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. Child-like sex dolls are being sold on websites such as eBay and Amazon, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned, as campaigners urge the government to outlaw the disturbing trade.More than 120 dolls, which are manufactured in the Far East and cost up to £1,000, have been seized by customs officials in recent months.But a loophole in the law means while it is illegal to bring them into the country, it is not against the law to possess, distribute or manufacture them.Officials from the NCA – dubbed Britain’s FBI – said people with a sexual interest in children were purchasing the products from legitimate websites such as eBay and Amazon, and said the trade was proving difficult to tackle because they could be difficult to distinguish from perfectly legal adult sex dolls.Yesterday a former school governor and churchwarden became the latest person to be convicted of importing one of the child sex dolls into Britain.center_img Dan Scully, deputy director for intelligence operations at the Border Force, said this showed those who ordered the models often strayed into sex crimes.He said: “By identifying these importations, working with partners, what we’ve identified is a whole set of people with interests in sexual activity with children who were completely unknown.”The NSPCC has now written to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, to ask that the gap in legislation is urgently addressed.In a letter seen by the Daily Telegraph, Peter Wanless, the NSPCC, Chief Executive, said: “It is not a crime to make these dolls, to distribute them or to possess them. This is baffling and needs to be changed so that the law in relation to child sex dolls is brought in line with the law on prohibited images of children.”An NSPCC spokesman added: “Until this loophole is closed, online retailers who have these items available to purchase should immediately remove them from sale.”Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: “The importation of child sex dolls into the UK is an extremely disturbing new phenomenon and one that needs to be tackled with robust legislation and enforcement.He added: “Evidence from the NCA shows there’s a clear connection between possessing these dolls and a sexual interest in children, with owners being charged with offences such as being in possession of indecent images of children.” When he arrested him at his home in Ramsgate, Kent, they found another anatomically correct doll which he had had sex with, but he claimed he had purchased as a “companion” for he and his wife.Turner, who was also found to have in his possession 34,000 indecent images of children,  faces up to 14 years in jail for the offences when he is sentenced in September.After being arrested Turner resigned as a school governor of St Ethelbert’s Church Primary School in Margate and from St Ethelbert’s and Gertrude Church where he was a warden.Analysis of Turner’s computers showed he viewed websites selling items advertised as “flat chest love doll” and “mini silicone sex doll 65cms little breasts”.But Hazel Stewart, of the NCA’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, said the products were also on sale on sites such as eBay and Amazon.She said law enforcement officials had been in touch with the companies, but likened stopping the trade to “turning round a tanker”.A spokesman for Amazon said: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.”Border Force officers have seized 123 dolls in little more than a year since March 2016 and so far seven people have been charged with importing them, including one man who was jailed last month.last_img read more

Mazaruni River tragedy Autopsy confirms one of the victims died due

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo feared dead as boat sink in Makari BackdamFebruary 25, 2018In “latest news”PME reveals man was murdered before body dumped in Mazaruni riverNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Two missing following Mazaruni Boat crashDecember 14, 2015In “Crime” Two men are now dead after the boat in which they were transporting a dredge sank in the vicinity of Makari Backdam, Mazaruni River, on Saturday evening.One of the dead men has been identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Dirwar of Lot 111 Miles Mahdia, Region Eight, while the other man has only been identified as “Fineman”.An autopsy performed by Government Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh on the body of Dirwar today (Monday), has confirmed that he died as a result of drowning and trauma to the head.  Based on reports received, the two now dead men along with three others were transporting a dredge on a small boat powered by a 15HP outboard engine on Saturday evening. During their journey, the engine reportedly encountered mechanical issues and due to the rough water, the boat capsized and finally sank.Three of the men successfully swam to shore but the two others went under the water and never resurfaced. The body of Girwer who is also referred to as “Dougla” was fished out the river on Sunday afternoon while that of “Fineman” was found late Sunday evening.Relatives of “Fineman” are said to be on their way to Georgetown to make a positive identification before an autopsy is done.An investigation into the incident has been launched. read more

CYi software upgraded to include DMS classification cyclones

first_imgMultotec’s CY-i suite of cyclone sizing and selection software has been upgraded to include the sizing of DMS and classification cyclones and incorporates several other program enhancements. Launched in 2010, this innovative software suite has been developed to equip Multotec customers with a scientific and structured approach to making the initial selection of a DMS or classification cyclone solution, by using variables within their own plant configuration to determine cyclone configuration.Ian du Plessis, Product Manager (Classification Cyclones) at Multotec, says: “The latest enhancements have laid an excellent foundation for the development of an even more sophisticated version of CY-i which will provide engineering companies with a greater depth of information with which to make fully informed decisions. The next version will be set up to give access to a component selection section that allows engineers to define more variables.“There is a real need for this kind of software in the industry, to make absolutely sure that the most appropriate cyclone is selected for a particular application. There are so many different cyclones available and in some instances, we are not privy to all the information around the customer’s decision-making process. By applying the CY-i software in-house, customers reduce the uncertainly about the right choice and this makes for a win-win situation. Our customers are able to reduce risk associated with success of their project, while we can proceed confidently with the manufacture of the cyclone product, knowing that the right cyclone has been selected for the particular process.”The CY-i software allows for a spectrum of data to be selected and then calculates a mass and water balance. After using the initial selection software, customers have the option of automatically generating an e-mail communicating this data to Multotec’s cyclone specialists.  These engineers refine the data, using a greater selection of variables to provide the best solution for specific applications together with a technical and commercial proposal.The software also provides access to detailed product information on the Multotec range of cyclones, which further enables an informed decision.The new DMS software is similar to that of the classification selection software, but goes even further to provide guided inputs for the selected industry. Du Plessis says this eliminates a lot of guesswork and makes the process much simpler.  “CY-i is the product of more than a year’s intensive research and aligns with world technology trends. We are one of few companies making this kind of program available as freeware, as a value-added service to our customers,” he adds.last_img read more

Ferdinand sceptical of Liverpools inform SAS partnership

first_imgLIVERPOOL PAIR Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have lots of work to do to become a special strike partnership, according to Rio Ferdinand.The duo have made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, scoring a combined total of 14 goals as Liverpool have surged to third in the Premier League table.Of the five games they have played together, the Suarez and Sturridge partnership — christened the ‘SAS’ by Liverpool fans – has scored 10 times, leading to several pundits describing them as the best strikeforce in the country.However, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels the pair must prove themselves over the course of the season to deserve such a title. And although he admitted to being impressed by their form, the 34-year-old says the jury is still out.“In this country and in football in general I think we build people up too quickly,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.“That’s not to say they’re not a great partnership — they’re proven at the moment. They’re on top of their game and they’re playing very, very well. They’ve scored some great goals.“But I think you judge partnerships over a period of time. Look at (Dwight) Yorke and (Andy) Cole, (Teddy) Sheringham and (Alan) Shearer.“These types of partnerships aren’t developed overnight over a course of part of a season, it’s over a period of time. So I think it’s better to give these people time.”The Suarez and Sturridge partnership will next be tested by Arsenal, with Liverpool travelling to the table-toppers on Saturday.The worst corner kick you’ll see todayLiverpool right to hold firm on Suarez, says Rodgerslast_img read more

Mindless wanton thuggery Limericks iconic Treaty Stone vandalised overnight

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3276634 Source: Live 95FM NewsGARDAÍ ARE TO examine security camera footage from locations around Limerick city as they investigate an act of vandalism at the site of the 325-year-old Limerick Treaty Stone, which was defaced with blue paint overnight.The Treaty of Limerick was signed on a block of limestone on 3 October, 1691. It ended the Williamite War in Ireland between the Jacobites and the supporters of William of Orange, and concluded the Siege of Limerick.The stone has rested on a pedestal since 1865, at the Clare end of Thomond Bridge after it was erected at the site, under the direction of then Mayor of Limerick John Rickard Tinslay.Maintenance worker, Dermot McNamara, from Stenson Park, who arrived for work at 8am today at St Munchin’s Church, which is located adjacent to the Treaty Stone, alerted the authorities about the paint attack.“I went over and checked it and then I rang the city council. It’s awful to see it like that,” he said. Source: Live 95FM NewsVolunteers with Limerick Civic Trust, along with crews from Limerick city and county council, arrived on the scene shortly after 9am to begin cleaning the monument.“Luckily they used a water-based paint. If they used gloss paint it would have been very hard to clean it,” McNamara added.‘Mindless, wanton thuggery’The Mayor of Limerick, Fianna Fáil councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, condemned the paint attack, saying: “This is mindless, wanton thuggery. Who would want to deface any property? Let alone one of the iconic symbols of Limerick. Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves. Shameful damage to our historic memorial – Someone knows who did this – let’s hope they are brought to account. https://t.co/sIgeL6sWv6— Maurice Quinlivan TD (@QuinlivanTD) March 8, 2017 By David Raleigh Source: Maurice Quinlivan TD/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 8th 2017, 12:33 PM Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 12:33 PM Their actions impact on everyone, on Limerick, and I would encourage anyone who saw anything or knows who did it to contact the gardaí. These types of actions have got to be stamped out.A council spokesman said: “A water-based paint, possibly art paint from a tube, was daubed all over the monument.“From initial investigation, there is no lasting damage. Street cleansing crews are power hosing down the monument.“It appears the damp weather last night meant the paint didn’t adhere to the Stone. A specialist will examine the stone as a precaution,” he added. 17,857 Views ‘Mindless, wanton thuggery’: Limerick’s iconic Treaty Stone vandalised overnight Gardaí are examining CCTV footage to try to find those responsible for defacing the 325-year-old monument. Local Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan described the incident as “shameful” in a personal tweet this morning.“Shameful damage to our historic memorial. Someone knows who did this-lets hope they are brought to account,” he stated.Gardaí at Henry Street are investigating the incident and can be contacted on 061 212 400.Read: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fireRead: New terms of reference of Grace inquiry on the way after extremely angry Dáil exchanges Share36 Tweet Email2 58 Comments last_img read more

Time to unlock multicultural Victorias potential

first_img“Technology is for answers and humans are for questions” is the mindset leading futurist and thought provocateur, Morris Miselowski will bring to the Art and Science of Communication in Multicultural Victoria forum on Thursday 17 March.The inaugural industry event – led by Polaron Language Services in partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) – will be opened by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, as part of Cultural Diversity Week celebrations.Mr Miselowski will explore the Future of Multiculturalism in a Digital Age and expose the changes this Cultural Revolution will have on life, family, community, work, communication and language.The inaugural forum will open the stage to an eclectic mix of presenters who will explore the ever-evolving communication landscape in Victoria. It will bring together emerging trends, and ideas and technologies in the global context of the digital revolution. Accelerated learning, sharing knowledge and establishing networks will be just some of the topics included in the program.ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said the forum presented an outstanding opportunity to put communications and their potential in multicultural Victoria “under the microscope”.“I would strongly urge service providers working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities throughout Victoria, who are interested in improving the way they communicate – especially through various electronic media – to attend this forum, which promises to be ground-breaking.”Other presenters at the forum include: Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages’ executive officer Paul Paton, who will talk about Aboriginal languages and their central role to identity; “digital wizard” and ABS program manager, Duncan Young, with the latest on Victorian population trends, and Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive director Noemi Cummings, on her experience of improving the image of Bendigo in light of recent negative media reports.There will also be two art performances. Visual artist Anna Caione will create a collage made of “found objects”, while audio artist Cristina Marras will present an audio-installation inspired by a “day-in-the-life” of diverse Victorians.The forum is aimed at media and communications managers, ethnic community leaders and organisations wanting to improve engagement with multicultural Victorians.The Art and Science of Communication in Multicultural Victoria is a free event open to the public. For the full program, visit www.vicforum.com. For more information or bookings, visit: www.polaron.com.au/vicforum Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greenpeace campe sur une plateforme de forage au Groenland

first_imgGreenpeace campe sur une plateforme de forage au GroenlandGroenland – Mardi, quatre militants de Greenpeace ont réussi à escalader une plateforme du groupe écossais Cairn Energy pour protester contre l’exploitation pétrolière qui ne cesse de se développer en Arctique.Comme l’explique l’organisation écologiste dans un communiqué, les quatre militants à bord de canots pneumatiques sont parvenus à déjouer la surveillance des gardes-côtes danois, puis à grimper sur la plateforme de la compagnie Cairn Energy qui effectue des forages à l’ouest de l’île de Disko. À lire aussiLa couche de glace la plus ancienne et la plus solide s’est brisée en ArctiquePour manifester contre la croissance de la prospection pétrolière qui menace l’environnement fragile de l’Arctique, les militants ont installé, à quinze mètres au-dessus des eaux glaciales, des tentes suspendues avec des cordages, empêchant ainsi les opérations de forage de la plateforme. “Aujourd’hui, cette plateforme revêt une importance stratégique : elle pourrait donner le signal d’une ruée vers l’or noir en Arctique, ce qui ferait peser une lourde menace sur le climat et sur cet environnement fragile”, déplore Greenpeace. Et l’association de protection de l’environnement de souligner que “cette région abrite 80 à 90% des narvals de la planète, des baleines bleues, des ours polaires, des phoques, des cormorans”.Disposant de vivres suffisants pour tenir plusieurs jours dans leur étonnant campement, les quatre militants entendent empêcher le plus longtemps possible les opérations de forage de Cairn Energy. La compagnie a annoncé avoir découvert du gaz sur une installation située à quelques kilomètres de la plateforme. Mais la sonde ayant heurté une roche volcanique, elle devra être déplacée à environ 100 kilomètres pour permettre de procéder à un nouveau test. Greenpeace espère que grâce à son action, ce déplacement sera retardé, voire annulé. Le 4 septembre 2010 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide PacMan

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Who Are They?Pac-Man (or Puck-Man if you’re feeling cheeky) is the little yellow hungry circle man who reached feverish unprecedented levels of gaming popularity during the 80s arcade craze. He’s older than Mario and, at least for a time, is arguably more famous. Pac-Man lore is about as abstract at the original game itself. But really what more do you need to know beyond “eating pellets” and “chasing ghosts?”Smash HistorySmash Wii U/3DS was developed by Bandai Namco, and considering Pac-Man is what put Namco on the map we were surprised when Mega Man was announced as the next third-party guest character. But soon enough Pac-Man was revealed as well, a yellow counterpoint to Mario’s red and Sonic/Mega Man’s blue. That’s a nice little quartet right there, and Pac-Man was actually the only other third-party character before DLC.What Looks New in Ultimate?Pac-Man was never a great character. He mostly gets by on his tricky trap moves like tossing down a fire hydrant, cycling between different fruit projectiles with weird properties, and throwing out a power pellet to chase and eat. But he’s not going to win in a straight-up punching contest, even if he can summon ghosts as smash attacks. In Ultimate he has a little more power/combo potential, and his awful grab is much faster. But then he also has weird nerfs like a newly vulnerable trampoline recovery. So it’s kind of a wash.Our Hopes?We want three things for Pac-Man. One, he should be better as he’s one of the most delightful additions to the roster, tiers notwithstanding. Two, Ms. Pac-Man should be a skin, just get over your Western bootleg bias and admit Ms. Pac-Man was the better game. And three, Pac-Man’s only stage shouldn’t be based on the relatively obscure Pac-Land. It should be, you know, the game Pac-Man. Cutting that 3DS stage honestly makes no sense. Upgrade it to Pac-Man Championship Edition’s neon club dream!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. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on targetcenter_img Pac-Man Hungers For Battle!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: Pac-Man.last_img read more

Forlan hails Simeones work at Atletico Madrid

first_imgThe Uruguay international praised Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, he hopes they can get that unique chance of Champions League glory this season.Back in the day when Diego Forlan played for Atletico Madrid, we enjoyed one of the world’s greatest strikers who easily could’ve featured in Diego Simeone’s side today.The Colchoneros have a very unique opportunity to reach a Champions League final and play it in their own stadium which is something that the Uruguay international would’ve loved, he is one of the players who began making Atletico Madrid the great club they are today.However, the former striker recognizes that there is a before and an after Diego Simeone as the Atletico Madrid manager.“Atletico Madrid, since Simeone started coaching it, has always been competitive enough to have options to win the Champions League every season,” said Forlan for Diario AS.“Having the chance to play the final at home won’t change that, this is one of the biggest hopes the supporters have this season but the squad’s real objective is winning as many games as possible and going step by step.”“Playing a final that everybody yearns for and winning it would be spectacular, but the fact that it will be at the Metropolitano is not something that should force them to win it,” he added.Forlan was part of a public ceremony for La Liga’s ambassadors in Madrid, where he confirmed that he is still active but doesn’t have a club right now after he finished his contract with a club from Hong Kong where he was still playing a few months ago.Diego wishes that Antoine Griezmann can win the Ballon d’Or and he does it while still being relevant for Atletico Madrid.“Griezmann has been a champion this year, he also had a great role to play in the most important or decisive matches with his club and country, but success sometimes doesn’t come even when you deserve it,” said Forlan at the event.“With his achievements from this year alone, I think he deserves to win the trophy, but there are so many players in the contest like Modric, Cristiano, Messi…”“Griezmann could be the chosen one but the other three I mentioned also had a fantastic year. There is only place for one winner.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.💬 “Ahí tendría que entrar no sólo otro jugador sino el equipo en sí”💬 “Hoy el Atleti tiene equipo y plantel para pelear por todas las competiciones”https://t.co/M7wsci4qWI— AS (@diarioas) October 16, 2018During the red carpet for the ceremony, Diego Forlan analyzed Atletico Madrid’s chances of actually winning La Liga this season and also spoke about the problems that Real Madrid and Barcelona are going through.The Uruguay international also mentioned how surprised he is for the other clubs that are hanging at the top, he still thinks that many of them will falter sooner or later and only the top three squads will remain in the end.“In today’s football, Atletico Madrid buys players at the same level of the greatest clubs in the world, this gives them the opportunity to have a great squad that I love watching compete and I hope they can fight for all the trophies this season.”“Real Madrid and Barcelona have fought head to head for many years, Atletico has been closer lately and that must be very annoying for the other two clubs. But in general, I think that things being evened out is good for football.”“Cristiano Ronaldo will be an important absence for Real Madrid but they have many great players and we must give them time. Barcelona is going through a difficult moment right now because they have so many defensive injured players, but I expect their top players to show their vast experience in the most complicated moments.”“La Liga is barely getting started, we have to see how much longer can the other clubs endure in a few weeks time. Every club has a lot of great players with great experience, and when their physical condition is not enough, their experience is what should help them out,” concluded the Atletico Madrid legend.El GOLAZO de Forlán que nos clasificaba para la final de la Europa League 2010. pic.twitter.com/KEc3VUYUiu— Vines Atleti (@VinesATM) October 15, 2018Do you agree with Diego Forlan, or Atletico Madrid has no chance of winning trophies this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested

first_img Posted: October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Thursday publicly identified a 20-year old woman fatally shot two weeks ago in front of a Point Loma Heights strip mall, allegedly by her boyfriend, who has remained at large since.Patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire found Octavia Williams of Phoenix, Arizona, mortally wounded in a parking lot in the 4000 block of West Point Loma Boulevard shortly after 11:30 p.m. Oct. 9, according to San Diego police.Medics took Williams to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide investigators believe that the victim’s boyfriend, 41-year- old Joe Bennette Conway, shot her over some type of disagreement before fleeing, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Investigators have few leads on the whereabouts of Conway, who, according to police, may be driving a red four-door Chevrolet Cavalier with Arizona license plates.A warrant was issued for Conway’s arrest for murder. On October 30, 2018, Conway was located and arrested in Tempe Arizona with the help of the Phoenix Police Department. Conway isbeing held pending extradition for the murder of Williams. Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested October 25, 2018center_img Updated: 7:51 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Next Issue Media Names Tech Team Hints at Digital Newsstand Plans

first_imgFormed last year, Next Issue Media initially was headed by former Time Inc. executive vice president John Squires, who left the venture in June. Publishers participating in the Next Issue Media venture include Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp. Next Issue Media, the digital publishing consortium including some of the magazine industry’s biggest players, has expanded its senior technology team and, at the same time, announced the opening of a technology development office in California’s Silicon Valley.Among the new hires is former Ovi.com (Nokia) general manager Keith Barraclough, who was named CTO and executive vice president of products. Also joining the company from Nokia are Richard Quach as senior vice president of engineering and operations and David Irvine, who was appointed vice president of software architecture. Alex Limberis—who previously served as COO of software, devices and Web services producer Popbox—was named vice president of business development.According to Next Issue Media president and CEO Morgan Guenther, the four new hires “represent a Silicon Valley ‘dream team’ for Next Issue Media. Their experience and expertise—melding technical vision with a track record for execution across the digital media landscape—will create the industry leading foundation for the delivery of interactive magazine and newspaper content to consumers.”Speaking Tuesday at the MPA’s American Magazine Conference in Chicago, Guenther didn’t offer many specific details about Next Issue Media’s plans but said it is getting ready to unveil a digital newsstand, which will sell print and digital magazines together, sometime next year.last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin fires up moon landing engine in successful first

first_img Tags Share your voice Sci-Tech Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Moon lunar lander, plans for huge space colonies NASA taps SpaceX, Blue Origin and others for Artemis lunar lander project First hotfire of our #BE7 lunar landing engine just yesterday at Marshall Space Flight Center. Data looks great and hardware is in perfect condition. Test went full planned duration – 35 seconds. Kudos to the whole @BlueOrigin team and grateful to @NASA_Marshall for all the help! pic.twitter.com/cTjjrngumY— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 20, 2019 Bezos is following in the footsteps of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who also likes to post engine test footage on Twitter. It’s a good way for space fans to keep tabs on the development of new engine and rocket technologies.A large version of the Blue Moon lander is meant to carry astronauts to the lunar surface, a landmark Blue Origin hopes to achieve by 2024. But first, it needs to prove the lander’s engine is up to the task. The successful hot fire is a step in the right direction. 3 Blue Origin looks to the mooncenter_img Comments Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) 11 Photos Blue Origin hopes to take its Blue Moon lander all the way to the lunar surface. Ben Rubin/CNET Jeff Bezos has already conquered Earth with Amazon. Now he’s looking to the moon with his Blue Origin spaceflight company. Its BE-7 engine, designed to shepherd a lander to the lunar surface, just passed its first hot-fire test.Bezos posted a video of the test, which took place at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, to Twitter late on Wednesday.  “Data looks great and hardware is in perfect condition. Test went full planned duration – 35 seconds,” Bezos wrote. The Amazon CEO unveiled the new Blue Origin lunar lander, named Blue Moon, in early May after years of development. Blue Origin is one of 11 companies working with NASA to develop lunar lander prototypes for the Artemis moon program. Blue Origin Jeff Bezos NASA Spacelast_img read more

What is an independent candidate this election

first_imgSecrecy folders for ballots and “I Voted” stickers at a polling place in the State Office Building for early and absentee voting, Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)If you’ve felt like there are a lot more candidates in this year’s state elections running as independents: you are not alone.Listen Now Races up and down the ticket in Alaska have candidates dropping party affiliations all together. And, of course, Governor Bill Walker ran and won as an independent after dropping his Republican affiliation.But is this an ideological shift, or just a new form of political calculus?House District 22 in southwest Anchorage is heavily Republican, but it could quite feasibly elect an independent representative next week: political new-comer Jason Grenn.“I literally did not know where the division of elections was,” Grenn said by phone.Up until a few months ago, the 35-year-old was a registered Republican all of his adult life. His wife is still registered with the party. But after feeling like the state GOP has drifted further to the right of his own moderate beliefs, and hearing frustrations about the district’s incumbent, Grenn decided on last minute run over a phone-call with his wife.“We decided it was OK,” Grenn said. “The timing in our life was good, and the timing for our state was good.”The good timing Grenn is referring to concerns what he sees as the state’s biggest single issue: the need to secure a comprehensive budget solution amid the state’s economic crisis. It’s a topic he was loosely involved with even before his candidacy.But there may be another timing advantage, too. Grenn is part of a trend this election cycle of strong independent candidates for office. He’s one of three running as independents in Anchorage. In southeast’s district 36, Dan Ortiz is running to keep his spot as an independent in the state house. In the U.S. Senate race, independent Margaret Stock trails well behind incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, but has pulled in $627,404 so far in campaign funds, the majority of it from individual donations.As he’s door-knocked in the district, Grenn said his non-affiliated status has helped him connect with voters on issues, rather than getting stone-walled or pigeon-holed once he mentions a party.It’s an optimistic and bipartisan vision that Grenn’s opponent, incumbent Republican Liz Vazquez, doesn’t find plausible.“He’s really a Trojan Horse, because he hasn’t really exposed what he really thinks and how he thinks,” Vazquez said by phone.She sees independents like Grenn as merely Democrats going by another name, a claim often leveled against Ortiz and Anchorage senate seat L candidate Vince Beltrami, head of the state’s largest labor union.Vazquez points to Grenn’s prominent liberal donors, including many public employees and union groups, as well. Grenn also got $7,584 in donations from Together for Alaska, a PAC made up of labor interests that’s poured $174,600 into this election, including a recent $25,000 donation from attorney Robin Brena, who purchased Gov. Walker’s law firm. Together for Alaska also spent $2,285 on materials opposing Vazquez.Vazquez believes that after Walker’s victory as an independent, his allies are trying to replicate the successful model by backing other independents they think will help advance a similar agenda.“It did work for the Governor, he did run as a quote ‘independent,’ although there’s a lot of buyer’s remorse on that,” Vazquez said. “People are now seeing (him) for what he really is, and he’s not as independent as he claimed.”Vazquez and leaders of the Alaska Republican Party see the independent push as having two components. The first is political opportunism by Democrats hoping to break apart Republican control in the Legislature. Alaska GOP Chairman  Tuckerman Babcock  said state Democrats are passively supporting the independents by pulling or not running candidates of their own in some races, including district 22, where Ed Cullinane dropped out after winning the Democratic primary.Less passively, liberal donors are making individual contributions to independents like Grenn, who’s own politics are more center-right than the state Democratic party’s state platform.“There are some strange bedfellows,” Babcock said.“I think there are two paths,” he added. “The Democrats themselves have not been in the majority for decades, and they very much would like to be, to advance Democratic policies.”The second path, as the GOP sees it, is an effort by Walker and his political allies outside the party system, to address the budget crisis with their particular fiscal strategy. Babcock sees this year’s cluster of independent partisans running for state seats as loosely united on an economic platform that includes an income tax, cuts to the dividend, increased oil taxes, and minimal cuts to state government. It’s an alliance he thinks will be only temporary.“It’s definitely a flash in the pan, and it’s a unique set of circumstances that have come up,” Babcock said.But that doesn’t account for why independent candidates are getting traction among voters in districts with Republican incumbents. Or why, unlike the third candidate in the District 22 race, independent Dustin Darden, funders and PAC groups have stepped in with a lot of cash.Taylor Bickford has worked as a Republican political consultant, though he’s not currently involved with any campaigns this cycle. Speaking recently on the Midnight Sun podcast, that part of the reason independents like Grenn are politically viable right now is dissatisfaction with how republicans have governed in the legislature.“I think that incumbents are unpopular everywhere,” Bickford said, speaking about the district 22 race.“I think Republican incumbents are especially unpopular everywhere in the state, and I think that in some way it has less to do with (Grenn) and his campaign than it has to do with just the simple math and structural advantage you have running as an independent against a Republican without a Democrat on the ballot,” Bickford continued.And that dissatisfaction isn’t exclusive to the legislature. With low favorability ratings across the country for the two major party candidates running for president, Bickford and others believe there could be a down-ballot boost for anyone without a D or and R next to his or her name.last_img read more

Cyber Monday May Have Lost Its Sheen With Pre and Post Black

first_imgBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are probably the two most profitable days for retailers in the entire year. But the dynamics of retail are changing. With several deals being announced before and continuing even after the shopping sale events, the D-days may have lost their sheen.Stocks of most retailers have been up this weekend. That’s no surprise given the Black Friday and pre-Black Friday deals announced this year. With the discounts kicking off even before Americans could finish their turkeys on Thanksgiving, stores saw crowds on Friday but the intensity was a lot lesser this year.The rush and sales weren’t restricted to the brick-and-mortar store. Online shops have also made good money this Black Friday with sales improving 8 percent on a year-over-year basis. About 47 percent of the sales came from mobile devices this year, according to TechCrunch.If people are already lapping up deals online, before and on Black Friday and with some retailers announcing Cyber Monday deals that spill into the next eight days, would Cyber Monday really make a difference when it comes to sales?”Retailers have plenty of Black Friday deals that are available for shopping online, meaning that any new sales specifically designated for Monday blend into the hoards of longer-running sales that began on Black Friday or earlier,” Hilary Milnes writes for BostInno.com.The money factor also weighs in here. Analysts found that the pre-Black Friday discounts were steeper than the original Black Friday deals and the rush on those pre-deals eliminated the demand for “door busting” offers on Black Friday this year.”There’s no question we’re in Black November going forward. You’re watching a new tradition being born right before your eyes – the front-loading of the holiday,” Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at the NPD Group told The Sacramento Bee.It all boils down to competition, experts explain.”It’s fierce out there. You have to compete for traffic and conversion, on pricing and availability. There’s multiple layers of competition. And you’re dealing with one of the most informed consumers that we’ve had in years, if not ever,” Calvin Silva, a senior analyst of NASDAQ told Venture Beat adding that “there’s never going to be just online shopping. The stat that gets thrown around is that roughly two thirds of consumer traffic is still done offline.”last_img read more