first_imgAn Indian-origin woman and her ex-lover have been jailed for more than 20 years by an Australian court here for fatally poisoning her husband with cyanide-laced orange juice.Sofia Sam, 34, and Arun Kamalasanan, 36, both from Kerala, were in February found guilty of murdering Sofia’s husband Sam Abraham at his home in Epping in Melbourne in October 2015, Australian news agency AAP reported.Read it at The Hans Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThibaut Courtois has emphatically denied reports that he was dreading the potential hiring of Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.Courtois played under both managers during his time in Chelsea, and the two have been linked to the Real Madrid job as potential replacements for under-fire Julen Lopetegui.A report from El Pais stated that the Belgian goalkeeper told teammates that he “cannot believe” that the two were being considered while turning pale at the suggestion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Courtois reportedly added that he left Chelsea “to not have to go through something like that again”, but the Real Madrid goalkeeper took to Twitter on Friday to deny those allegations.Quiero desmentir rotundamente la información publicada hoy en el @elpais_deportes referente a mi persona. Incluye mentiras que me dañan como profesional y espero una rectificación meditando tomar acciones legales.— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) October 26, 2018″I emphatically deny the information published today in @ elpais_deportes regarding me,” Courtois said in a tweet.”Included are lies that hurt me as a professional and I expect a retraction as I consider taking legal action.”Courtois won Premier League titles under both Conte and Mourinho, but returned to Madrid this summer in a move that brought him closer to his family.Conte is currently out of a job after leaving Chelsea this summer, although the Italian’s potential hiring by any club could impact his settlement payments from Chelsea.Mourinho, meanwhile, is under fire as well following a difficult start to Manchester United’s season.The Portuguese recently ruled out a return to Real Madrid, a team he managed from 2010-13, while adding he hopes to stay at Manchester United long-term.Real Madrid faces Barcelona in El Clasico this weekend, a match that could be decisive in Lopetegui’s future.last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s Indigenous Advisory Committee is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified, currently accredited, and active coaches to fill coaching positions for National Indigenous Open Teams for 2008.Please find attached a memo outlining Coaching expression of interest and the process involved.Expression of interest for these positions closes on COB Wednesday 25 July 2007 and should be forwarded to Isobel Appo at:nttouch@octa4.net.auRelated Filesindigenous_coach_position_description__2_-docnational_indigenous_coach_eoi-doclast_img read more

first_imgRight now you’re about to give up on your New Year’s resolution to get fit. And that’s understandable, because building new habits is hard — it’s winter, it’s cold and dark outside all the time, and, honestly, it’s much easier to hide a little excess flab under a winter sweater than to get to the gym and do a full series of yoga poses. We hear you, we really do. But, we’re also here to motivate you to keep your resolution and to get fit, if not for your looks, then certainly for your health. And we’ve got a giveaway that serves as not only a fun thing to win to improve your mood (hello serotonin spike), it’s also a behavioral nudge to get on the mat.Thanks to our friends over at OHMME, a men’s athletic movement apparel maker seeking to “change the attitudes of current societal stereotypes of masculinity … encourgain[ing] guys to be able to move more freely through practices like yoga and be totally comfortable in their own skin,” we’re giving away to 46 individual winners either a pair of the brand’s 2-Dogs Lined Yoga Shorts or a pair of its Mayura shorts in black.The sizing for this giveaway is restricted to mediums only, a size that provides a 16.25-inch outside leg length for both shorts, with both appropriate for waist sizes between 29 and 33 inches.Just enter to win below for your chance at one of these great pieces of athletic wear. And, even if you’re not into yoga (you should be) or working out all that much, both pairs of shorts are pretty damned good for lounging. Just sayin’ …2-Dogs Lined Yoga Shorts ($70)The 2-Dogs Lined Yoga Shorts from OHMME offer total flexibility for the man who needs it. With a soft-compression layer to keep everything in place no matter the movement and made from resistant, silk-like polyester jersey with sweat-wicking, fast-drying, and wrinkle-resistant properties, the 2-Dogs are perfect for a morning work-out, afternoon jog, or evening in.Mayura Yoga Shorts ($54)Much like the 2-Dogs, OHMME’s Mayura Yoga Shorts offer an inside panel, extending from the crotch to the inside of the leg that provides extra flexibility and comfort, during even the most tortured of movements. Add to that the fact that these can also double as swim shorts thanks to the fast-drying four-way stretch material, and you’ve got the perfect all-in-one package. The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair is expected to resign as a Montreal MP in the new year.A spokesperson for the New Democrats confirms Mulcair plans to depart after the spring parliamentary session, adding that the date of his resignation will be announced in the “near future.”He is expected to take on a teaching role at a university but the name of the institution has not been announced.Mulcair, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister, scored a stunning 2007 byelection upset for the federal NDP in the Montreal riding of Outremont, until then a Liberal stronghold.He became leader of the NDP in 2012 in a contest sparked by the death of Jack Layton, who’d led the party to official Opposition status for the first time in its history.But six months following disappointing election results in 2015, when the party dropped back into a distant third place, Mulcair became the first federal leader ever rejected by his own party members in a leadership review vote.Jagmeet Singh took over the helm of the party this fall.Mulcair’s departure is expected to spark a fierce byelection contest in Outremont, with the governing Liberals eager to reclaim their one-time bastion.last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A pediatric critical care specialist says the results of a CT scan on the brain of a boy whose parents are on trial in his death was one of the “most devastating” she had ever seen.Dr. Shauna Burkholder was testifying Thursday at the trial of David and Collet Stephan on one count each of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son, 19-month-old Ezekiel Stephan.They treated the toddler with alternative and natural medicines instead of seeking medical assistance right away.A medical examiner has previously testified that Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis and a lung infection in 2012.Burkholder testified that she directed the boy’s care for hours when he was flown to Calgary Children’s Hospital from Lethbridge. The Crown is seeking to have Burkholder declared an expert witness at the judge-alone trial and her comments have not yet been entered as evidence.Burkholder was asked by the Crown about her diagnosis of the boy.She testified that the CT scan and blood tests in combination with her physical exam and speaking with the Stephans led her to believe that Ezekiel likely had bacterial meningitis.At this point in the voir dire, David Stephan, who is representing himself, challenged Burkholder’s qualifications and ability to accurately read a CT scan.His cross-examination of Burkholder is to continue Friday.It is the second trial for the Stephans. A jury found them guilty in 2016, but the Supreme Court overturned the convictions last year and ordered a new trial. (LethbridgeNewsNow)last_img read more

first_imgUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spoke at a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly dedicated to the life of Nelson Mandela in New York this week.“We join in this global assembly to honour our era’s greatest ambassador for human dignity,” he said. “Nelson Mandela was a human being with flaws and frailties like any of us. And yet, from his humanity came humility; from humility came strength; from strength came transformation; from utter goodness came epic greatness.“Isolated for years in a tiny cell, he emerged with a vision as big as all creation. Unable to see his own children grow up, he became a father to his country and an inspiration to us all.“Last week, I had the unforgettable privilege, together with the President of the General Assembly, to take part in the service in his memory in Johannesburg. There were kings and queens — presidents and prime ministers and foreign ministers — many thousands, tens of thousands, of people united in tribute.“The skies over Soweto opened up, as if in blessing. The rain came down all day long. It was a reminder that there can be no rainbow without rain — so, together, in Nelson Mandela’s rainbow nation, we mourned a tragic loss and celebrated a triumphant life.“I saw once again how much Nelson Mandela meant to the people of South Africa — and the people of South Africa shared with me how much the United Nations meant to them. Their struggle was our struggle. From its earliest days, the General Assembly took on the poison of racial discrimination in South Africa.“Through the years, the Assembly used every tool we had including sanctions, embargoes, and diplomatic isolation, to bring about change. A Special Committee against Apartheid, supported by the UN Centre against Apartheid and a trust fund, provided crucial support. We refused to relent.“In his first address to a United Nations audience upon his release, Nelson Mandela said: ‘Despite the thickness of the prison walls, all of us in Robben Island could hear your voices.’“Nelson Mandela came back to the United Nations again and again — as President, as global peacemaker, as transcendent moral voice.“Each year, we mark the International Day against Racial Discrimination on the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. And, of course, we celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day on his birthday, July eighteenth, as a way to build on his contributions and foster a culture of peace and public service.“Through his extraordinary life, Nelson Mandela showed that tyranny and oppression never have the last word. Justice triumphs in the end.“I can understand when some say we will never see his like again. But, I see it differently. Because whenever people stand up for human rights; wherever people speak out for freedom and reach out for reconciliation — there is Nelson Mandela.“That is the heritage of hope he bestowed on each and every one of us. That is our inheritance. Now it is our duty to build the better world that he showed is within our grasp.“Let us follow his rainbow. Today and every day, let us be inspired by his passion, his compassion, and his undying conviction in the human spirit and the global good.”last_img read more

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National news Several Indigenous youth have been featured in a new film.It sheds light on the similarities between residential schools and the current child welfare system.The film, Displaced, was screened in Calgary over the weekend.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

13 March 2009The Pakistani Government today reached an agreement with the United Nations refugee agency allowing some 1.7 million Afghans to continue sheltering in their country until the end of 2012. The pact sets out measures relating to the temporary stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, their gradual and voluntary repatriation, and international support for hosting one of the largest refugee communities in the world.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative Guenet Guebre-Christof and Pakistan’s Minister of State and Frontier Regions Najamuddin Khan signed the Letter of Mutual Intent at a ceremony in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.“This is a responsible move by Pakistan, which recognizes both the realities on the ground in Afghanistan and the importance of robust systems to legalize and manage the temporary stay of Afghans in Pakistan,” said Ms. Guebre-Christof.Under the agreement UNHCR will raise $140 million from the international community to fund the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme, which includes development projects aimed at boosting employment prospects, reviving agricultural and irrigation systems, repairing farm to market roads, improving crop and livestock production, and marketing produce.With some 45 per cent of Afghans camped in refugee villages and the rest scattered among host communities, the RAHA programme benefits both Afghans and Pakistanis in 21 districts of Pakistan, mostly in Balochistan and North West Frontier Province, which have hosted the majority of Afghan refugees.UNHCR has also committed to raise funds for the Registration Information Project of Afghan Citizens (RIPAC) to improve the quality of registration data and to update and correct the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards so that information about the Afghan population remains current.Since 2002, almost 3.5 million Afghans have returned home from Pakistan with UNHCR assistance. read more

23 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern at an upsurge in fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels in the war-scarred region of Darfur and urged both sides to cease hostilities and turn to the negotiating table. Media reports indicate that as many as 18 civilians have been killed and numerous properties destroyed in the area in and around the North Darfur town of Korma over the past week.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to use restraint, renew their commitment to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, and redouble their efforts to reach a political settlement of the conflict in Darfur,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson last night.“The Secretary-General also reiterates the importance of ensuring a safe and free passage for United Nations and humanitarian personnel to assess the situation on the ground and provide life-saving assistance to those in need.”More than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003, and all three groups have been accused of attacks against civilians and human rights abuses.Another 2.7 million people have had to leave their homes across Darfur, a region roughly the size of Iraq on Sudan’s western flank, during the past six years. Since the start of 2008 a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force known as UNAMID has been deployed to try to quell the fighting and alleviate the humanitarian situation.Clashes between Government forces and rebels have diminished overall in the past year and the UN has also been involved in efforts to bring the warring sides together to reach a comprehensive peace settlement.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended operations in the region around Adilla, in South Darfur, following a carjacking incident in which enough food to feed 10,000 children was stolen.The agency says that Government of Sudan officials were able to negotiate the release of the drivers of the two vehicles, but the carjackers refused to give up the vehicles, which remain in their possession at this time. UNAMID is following the matter closely. read more

VANCOUVER — The National Energy Board must reconsider whether a proposed natural gas pipeline critical to the development of the Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project falls within provincial or federal jurisdiction, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.The judgment marks a setback for the $36-billion LNG development, which secured conditional approval from the federal government last year.“The board did not ask itself whether an arguable case for federal jurisdiction had been made out,” wrote Justice Donald J. Rennie in his decision Wednesday in response to a proceeding launched by Michael Sawyer, who received funding support from the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust.Sawyer argued the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, a roughly 900-kilometre pipeline from Hudson’s Hope, B.C., to a natural gas terminal on the province’s Lelu Island, required federal and not provincial approvals.The province has green-lighted the pipeline project proposed by TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). But the overall venture is still waiting for a final commitment from Pacific NorthWest LNG, which would build and operate the $11-billion facility on Lelu Island, if it proceeds.Pacific NorthWest LNG, whose majority owner is Malaysia-based Petronas, could not be reached for comment. On its website, it says it is conducting an internal review of the project and will then table it to shareholders for a final investment decision.Prior to launching the case, Sawyer had filed an application to the NEB asking it to hold a hearing to determine what jurisdiction the pipeline project falls under. He argued that while the pipeline’s route falls fully within the province, it would ship gas destined to be exported to markets overseas, and therefore should be under federal jurisdiction.The NEB rejected his application, but now must reconsider it due to Rennie’s ruling.“The board is reviewing the court decision and will consider next steps after doing so,” NEB spokesman James Stevenson said Thursday in an email.TransCanada has 60 days to apply for leave to appeal. Spokesman Matthew John said in an email that the company is still reviewing the ruling and considering its options.“It is notable that this decision is not a determination that federal jurisdiction applies,” he said, adding that the NEB only needs to reconsider Sawyer’s case.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

first_img 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. This stunning picture shows the moment dolphins leaped out of the water to the shock of some nearby surfers.As the surfers prepared to ride the waves in the blue Cornish sea, the water mammals disrupted their plans.Father-of-four Malcolm, of Newport in Wales, was visiting family when he caught sight of the show.”I was walking down a coast I hadn’t visited in a while,” said marine mammal watcher, Malcolm.”A friend bought me a pasty and I sat down to eat it and the next thing I knew I was watching these dolphins.”last_img read more

first_imgA Liberal Democrats councillor who made a “male appendage” joke at a Labour rival called John Thomas has been found to have breached standards. Councillor Nigel Porter made the jibe during a Leicester City Council meeting in October last year.He was debating with City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby about a development in his ward of Aylestone when he was heckled by Mr Thomas. I won’t take any lectures from a man named after a male appendageCouncillor Nigel Porter He also complained that another colleague had directed a mental health slur at him by suggesting he needed to seek psychological assistance at the same October meeting.He added: “It’s called innuendo. It’s a joke.The council and this committee seem determined to pursue a vindictive complaint.”If Cllr Thomas was offended he must have a very, very, thin skin. He is only upset because he lost face.”A future standards committee will now decide what sanctions to enforce on Cllr Porter. 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. Councillor John ThomasCredit:Leicester Mercury / SWNS.com Video footage from the council’s webcast shows the moment Cllr Porter immediately retorted: “I won’t take any lectures from a man named after a male appendage.”John Thomas is a slang description of a penis derived from DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.Lord Mayor Steven Corrall, who chaired the meeting, asked the councillor to retract the comment but he refused.Cllr Porter was reported to Leicester City Council’s standards hearing sub-committee after the exchange.The committee decided the councillor had breached the rules after a meeting on Monday night.At the standards hearing on Monday night, Cllr Porter insisted the words he had used were not offensive. Councillor John Thomaslast_img read more

Promising: Turner teeing off as a youngster Credit:Family photograph Ash Turner playing golf in his family's back garden with his father Simon Ash Turner playing golf in his family’s back garden with his father SimonCredit:Family photograph To this day Mr Spence remains Turner’s mentor. He coached the youngster through the Wee Wonder junior programme when he was just six, playing off scratch at 14-years-old and representing England in each age group and is now alongside him at Carnoustie.Speaking before the start of The Open, Turner said of his unusual route into the sport: “The main problem was that I couldn’t put my heel on the floor properly and would only walk on my toes. When I fell over, I wouldn’t put my hands out, so for the first three years at school I had to wear a crash helmet.” “It was immediately obvious how good he was, even at the age of four,” he said.By the age of six doctors were able to tell Mr Turner and his wife Angela that their son had managed to control and overcome the worst symptoms of the Ataxia.“There’s no doubt the golf helped him improve his motor skills and balance and now he’s reaping the fruits of that, playing in a major tournament like The Open,” said Mr Langford. “It’s created such a buzz at the club. Everyone here is willing him to achieve.”Turner, now 22, qualified for Carnoustie by finishing top of Final Qualifying at Hollinwell last month. Last week, he won £800 after finishing 10th in a minor tour event in Leeds and now finds himself going up against the likes of golfing superstars such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. Promising: Turner teeing off as a youngster  Even at that age Turner’s natural ability shone through, said Mr Langford. He added: “My dad had played a lot of golf when he was younger. And so my parents bought me some plastic clubs to see if it would help. And it did.” When Ash Turner developed a rare form of cerebral palsy after a freak childhood accident his parents turned to golf to help him improve his balance and coordination.Remarkably it helped the young Ash regain control over his limbs, so much so that he is now competing in that most prestigious of golf tournaments, The Open.Turner, who teed off at Carnoustie on Thursday, was left with  cerebral palsy after falling into a fish tank and fracturing his skull at the age of one.The potentially fatal condition, called Ataxia, affected his arms and legs and left him with poor coordination and balance, requiring the toddler to wear a crash helmet for the most normal of activities.But as well as using standard physiotherapy to help Turner, his father Simon signed him up to his local golf club, Kenwick Park, in Louth, Lincolnshire, where he fell under the wing of its professional, Paul Spence.Michael Langford, the club’s director of golf, told The Telegraph: “Ash’s father played a lot when he was younger and thought it was the kind of activity that would help him. Golf requires balance and to be good on your feet. Just swinging a golf club at any age improves your coordination.” 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. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In spite of statements of disapproval from the U.S. and British embassies in Athens, Greece’s Prison Board granted the infamous and unrepentant leader of the disbanded terrorist group 17 November another furlough, the fifth consecutive prison leave in a short period of time.The most recent prison leave will last six days, with another two days allocated on top of that, registered as travel time.The furlough has been granted on the basis of good behaviour and time served with the note that Koufodinas always returns on time to prison and makes good use of his leave.Koufodinas’ previous leaves had been granted from high-security Athens penitentiary Korydallos, while in August the terrorist was transferred to the Volos Agricultural Prison, an open-air prison that operates as an agricultural facility with much lenient conditions for prisoners. His holiday season leave is the first granted from the Volos facility.This decision has again seen the SYRIZA administration under fire as the highly dangerous hitman is responsible for the murders of American and British military attachés in Athens and has been involved in the assassination of 23 people including Greek politicians, businessmen and journalists.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Originally, the entire point of Tetris 99 was to promote Nintendo’s paid online service for the Nintendo Switch. It was technically free but required the subscription. And the 99-player battle royale only works with a large online player base. But then the game became so popular in its own right Nintendo started treating it like a full-fledged game to support instead of just a perk, holding tournaments and adding new modes.And now, Tetris 99 becomes a real boy with a physical European release this September 20 (the same day as the new Nintendo Switch Lite). This cart includes the paid DLC like offline modes against bots and local co-op and competitive multiplayer options. You’ll also get a year of Nintendo Switch Online.If you want to experience the joy of a Tetris battle royale game but haven’t gotten a chance to play Tetris 99 through Nintendo Switch Online soon you’ll have another chance. Tetris Royale is basically the same 100-player competitive block-dropping bonanza but coming to mobile iOS and Android devices. And it’s releasing this summer! Mario Royale next, please.For the past few months the free Tetris 99 has been one of the best reasons to actually pay money for Nintendo Switch Online. However, if you want the joy of competing against a hundred other Tetris players without the stress of those players being real people, you can now pay $10 for a new offline mode that pits you against CPU bots instead. It’s also a good way to keep your skills sharp when you’re disconnected. And if you’re looking to test those sharp skills there’s yet another prize tournament coming up in just a few days, this time with a retro Game Boy Tetris skin.Apex Legends wasn’t the only free battle royale game to drop out of nowhere this month. At the most recent Nintendo Direct we learned about Tetris 99, a new spin on the classic perfect puzzle game that has you battling 99 other online players on Nintendo Switch. It’s not only good, it’s not only great, it’s not only the best battle royale, it’s the only good battle royale. Here’s why.I can beat it.FUCK ALL OF YOU #Tetris99 #Tetris #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/xZqx0oZuhA— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) February 17, 2019But there’s more to it than that.I just don’t like battle royale games. When I first tried PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds two years ago and immediately bounced off of it I naively thought it was issues specific to that game I disliked, not the genre as a whole. I really should’ve known better though because I did compare it to Dota 2, and Dota isn’t the problem. MOBAs as a whole are.I admit that later battle royale games appealed to me slightly more than PUBG did. While I don’t care about building in Fortnite I appreciate the game’s distinct identity and can’t help but admire its massive popularity. Blackout mode in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 brings the speed, polish, and great gun-feel I felt was sorely lacking in competitors. And I love the diverse (both in abilities and appearances) characters of the recent Apex Legends. I just don’t want to coordinate with a squad.But even as the genre evolves core aspects of its, however intelligent, design just keep annoying me. Ideally battle royales are these tense slow builds of gathering weapons, searching for the enemy, avoiding the walls literally closing in on you, and culling the weak before the inevitable final confrontation. But more often than not I’m either completely bored running and waiting around doing basically nothing or getting caught in a random frantic firefight and dying at 56th or 15th place having learned no lesson.And perhaps worst of all, because battle royales are today’s prime example of long-lasting games as service with huge audiences, even though I’m not interested, as a games enthusiast I have to listen to other people talk about them basically forever. People can like what they like, that’s fine. But at least right now this one particular zeitgeist is sucking obnoxious amounts of air out of the discourse.So imagine how pleased I am that not only is Tetris 99 as good as it is but also other people seem to be digging it as well. It sounds so simple, almost like a parody of the battle royale craze. Take standard multiplayer Tetris, where clearing more lines sends garbage blocks to opponents, and expand it to 100 players that all compete until there’s one left standing.But Tetris 99 keeps what I find intriguing about the battle royale formula while jettisoning the junk. There are macro strategies to consider, like choosing who to send garbage to such as players in the lead or players already on the verge of death. The idea that you don’t need to win but just outlast everyone also elegantly adds to the sublime stress already intrinsic to Tetris. Even the gradual speed increase serves as its own kind of shrinking ring.The only difference is that playing Tetris is still fun even by yourself. The battle royale format here is a great context for gameplay that’s already enjoyable. It’s a battle royale that’s addictive without long stretches of boredom. And you can improve without relying on stumbling across other players. Really, Tetris 99 suggests to me that the future of making fun and interesting battle royale game ideas requires moving away from the competitive shooter genre entirely.Much like how Fortnite and Apex Legends are free partially to help grow the userbase of their publishers’ own digital platforms, Tetris 99 is only “free” in that Nintendo is using it to entice you into paying for the Switch’s recent shaky online subscription plan. But you know what, $20 per year for the only good battle royale isn’t too bad.For more on Tetris watch us talk about why it’s a game to play before you die and read about Tetris Effect, last year’s beautiful Tetris innovation. ‘Tetris Effect’ Brings Puzzle Game Psychedelia to PCWatch: ‘Tetris’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die last_img read more

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia — World leaders Sunday prepared to release details of a plan aimed at injecting life into the world’s listless economy, with infrastructure investment and the lowering of trade barriers flagged as key components of the initiative.Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies, wrapping up a two-day gathering in the Australian city of Brisbane, were hammering out the final components of a plan to boost global GDP by more than 2 percent above expected levels over the next five years, which amounts to around $2 trillion.“That is millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in extra production,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in an address to the G-20 conference. “Yes, we want freer trade and we will deliver it. Yes, we need more infrastructure and we will build it.”G-20 nations, which represent 85 percent of the global economy, are under pressure to take definitive action at this year’s summit, rather than simply producing a set of vague, unmeasurable goals. The International Monetary Fund has warned about a “new mediocre” for the world economy, putting renewed focus on the G-20’s growth initiative.The final communique, to be issued later Sunday, will be based on individual plans submitted by each G-20 country, outlining how they will achieve their contribution toward the growth target. World GDP this year is about $77 trillion.last_img read more

first_img Dell Intel Meet Alienware’s Aurora and Dell’s G5 gaming desktops 0 4:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Although IFA 2019, Europe’s largest consumer tech show, doesn’t start until Sept. 6, Dell is already getting its big news out. The company’s top ultraportable laptop, the XPS 13, will be updated with Intel’s 10th-gen 14nm processors, including a six-core Intel Core i7-10710U. In fact, most of Dell’s Inspiron lineup will be flipped to the new chips as well. To be clear, these are not the 10th-generation 10nm Ice Lake Core processors that you’ll find in Dell’s XPS 13 two-in-one, the world’s first Project Athena-verified laptop. Instead, these are 14nm Comet Lake CPUs that include the aforementioned six-core i7 and a speed bump in supported memory up to LP4x-2933, LPDDR3-2133 and DDR4-2666 (the XPS 13 uses up to 16GB DDR3 2,133MHz). Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 are in the supporting chipset, unlike Ice Lake, which incorporates those into the CPU die. 26 Photos Post a comment Share your voice The current XPS 13 earned a CNET Editors’ Choice award earlier this year due to its overall design, features, performance and lengthy 12-hour battery life. The new six-core processor should help it retain its title as “the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class” by boosting its speed while still letting us work through a flight or binge-watch shows from morning to night.  The updated Dell XPS 13 will be available Aug. 27. 02-dell-inspiron-14-7000Dell’s new Inspiron 14 7000 weighs less than 2.5 pounds. Sarah Tew/CNET Several of Dell’s Inspiron laptops will be updated with the new 10th-gen Comet Lake processors and joined by a new Inspiron 14 7000. Though the Inspiron models don’t typically have the premium touches of the XPS line, the 14 7000 is build from lightweight magnesium alloy to keep its weight under 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). An updated hinge design lets you open it one-handed and there’s a new lid sensor, so the laptop will boot the instant you lift the lid. Other upscale touches include a fingerprint reader, narrow bezels around its 14-inch FHD display — available with or without touch — and a 100% sRGB color gamut. It’ll be available with an optional Nvidia GeForce MX250 discrete GPU, too.The new Inspiron 14 7000 is currently expected to be available in October.  A few simple tweaks make the Dell XPS 13 a near-perfect… Tags Computers Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgThey may have parted on a bad note but Salman Khan and Sangeeta Bijlani continue to be good friends. A picture of Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Aarti Bahl, Iulia Vantur and Sangeeta Bijlani has been doing the rounds on social media.As per reports, Salman Khan had hosted a hush-hush birthday party for former girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani. Mohnish Bahl’s wife, Aarti shared a picture from the event on her Instagram handle and since then the picture has received massive comments and likes.Former Indian captain Mohd Azharuddin and his love-life with model-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani remained under the spotlight for a very long time. The fact that Sangeeta Bijlani had left superstar Salman Khan and was finding solace in the cricketer was too much for many to digest. It was reported that after dating for a long period, Sangeeta Bijlani and Salman Khan were all set to tie the knot in 1994 but owing to his adultery and non-committal attitude, Sangeeta called off the wedding a few days before the function.As per a report in India.com, Sangeeta had caught Salman Khan red-handed with Somy Ali. Not willing to listen to any of the convincing, Bijlani called off the wedding with a heavy heart. It was during the same phase that Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohd Azharuddin came together for an ad shoot. While Sangeeta had been told that Azhar is a man of very few words, when they met, something in them triggered and the duo got along like a house on fire.Despite having parted ways under not-so-amicable circumstances, the duo continues to remain on cordial terms. While Sangeeta is a constant fixture at all the events by Salman Khan and family, same is the case for Salman Khan when it comes to events hosted by Sangeeta.last_img read more

first_imgPicture: A fuel tanker moves past Air India passenger jets parked at an airport in Kolkata. [Representational Image]Reuters fileAir India is planning for road shows in India and abroad to attract buyers as the Narendra Modi government is all set to sell the loss-making state-owned airline.The company has now laid down details of a tender requesting proposals for engagement of advisers and also said that it is planning on “conducting road shows in India and abroad,” Mint reported.The report also suggests that the government is aware of the possibilities of international players showing interest in the airline. So, they may amend rules, which at the present bar international companies from bidding.On the modalities of strategic disinvestment, timing, and positioning of the strategic sale, merchant bankers will assist and advice the government.The government will have the option of getting the valuation done by another agency and will also consider the report of the asset value, Mint reported.”The bidder needs to have at least five years of experience in providing similar advisory services for disinvestment, strategic sale, merger and acquisition activities, private equity transaction etc., and should have advised, handled and successfully completed at least one transaction of merger/acquisition/takeover/strategic disinvestment/private equity transaction of the size of Rs 4,000 crore or more between April 2012 and 30 June 2017,” the business daily quoted the release as saying.The pre-bid meeting will be held by the Finance Ministry’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) on September 25and final bids from the buyer must reach the department by October 12.The tender has also outlined the detailed offer — Air India has an operating fleet of 142 aircraft comprising 65 Airbus A-320, 15 Boeing B777, 24 787, 23 737-800, 11 ATRs and 4 B747. The carrier plies in 42 international and 70 domestic destinations.Low-cost carrier IndiGo’s parent company InterGlobe Aviation and Bird Group have already expressed interest in bidding for Air India and have written to the Civil Aviation Ministry.In July, IndiGo’s co-founder Rakesh Gangwal had said that the budget airline is interested in Air India’s international operations and that of its low-cost international subsidiary Air India Express.Currently, Air India has an accumulated debt of about Rs 50,000 crore and staff strength of around 20,000. It earned an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015-16 on total sales of Rs 20,526 crore.The carrier is owned by the central government and its share capital as on March 31 was Rs 24,425 crore.Back in June, the Modi government had approved an in-principle sale of Air India. “The Cabinet today gave an in-principle approval to the divestment of Air India,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said.last_img read more