Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland win The Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Congratulations to Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland, winners of The Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award! Presented by the Toronto Community Advisory Board, it recognizing their achievements in film and television, and their exemplary example of partnership and relationship. They founded their TIFF, Gemini and Canadian Screen award winning production company Hungry Eyes Film & Television. They have 3 beautiful daughters and are active in their community, mentoring young filmmakers.Jen and Sudz’s newest project is CBC’s Shoot The Messenger TV Series , a gripping 8-part drama series that follows a rookie reporter who witnesses a murder, and while investigating becomes enmeshed in a sticky web of drugs, guns, gang and too big to fail plot of political and corporate corruption. You can watch all four episodes online at bit.ly/SHTMEp1 and new episodes Mondays at 9pm on CBC!Award presented at 1st Fridays Women & Men Edition : This Friday November 11th, 2016 @ FUSE Restaurant2nd Floor – 366 Queen St. E., Toronto ON Twitterlast_img read more

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Two Killed 18 Seriously in Road Accident NorthEastern Morocco

Boulemane – Two people were killed and 18 others seriously injured in a road accident that occurred Monday near Boulemane (Northeastern Morocco), the Civil protection said.The accident occurred around 10:00 am on the road between Immouzer Marmoucha and Ait Bazza, when the driver of a tractor trailer lost control of his vehicle violently hitting an illegal transport vehicle, the same source pointed out.Authorities opened an investigation to shed light the exact circumstances of the tragedy.

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Ban stresses crucial role of science in addressing current global challenges

In a message to the 59th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs that opened in Berlin, Mr. Ban thanked the organization for its efforts over the past half a century to bring scientists and policy-makers together to advance common interests in peace, security and human welfare worldwide.“Your efforts were especially welcome during the Cold War in helping to end the nuclear arms race, and they remain vital today as we continue to seek progress in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation,” said the Secretary-General.He noted that his predecessors and he have been working to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction since 1946, when the General Assembly first adopted the goal for the United Nations.“With active support from the Pugwash organization, along with determined efforts throughout civil society and by concerned Member States, the potential for progress in these fields is considerable indeed,” said Mr. Ban.The Pugwash Conference seeks to promote constructive dialogue on sensitive matters of international security.Mr. Ban pointed out in his message that opportunities to advance the nuclear disarmament cause include the forthcoming review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), efforts to establish a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, international gatherings to strengthen nuclear safety and security, and a conference next year to negotiate an arms trade treaty.“When the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 1995 Peace Prize to Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash organization, it expressed the hope that the award ‘will encourage world leaders to intensify their efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons’,” said Mr. Ban. 1 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the role of science and technology in helping humanity to address global challenges such as climate change, infectious diseases, terrorism, hunger, disaster preparedness and nuclear disarmament. read more

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Iraq continues to suspend oil exports used to fund UN relief programme

The suspension was announced on 4 June, but loadings that had been initiated before then continued through 5 June. According to the Office of the Iraq Programme, during the week ending 8 June, Baghdad exported 7.2 million barrels of oil, raising an estimated €205 million in revenue. United Nations oil overseers, meanwhile, have approved an additional oil purchase contract for 2 million barrels destined for the United States market. There are now 174 approved contracts covering the lifting of over 351 million barrels of oil. “As at 8 June 2001, approximately $2.23 billion and over €1.97 billion in unencumbered funds were available in the United Nations escrow account for the issuance of additional letters of credit for the purchase of humanitarian supplies and oil spare parts and equipment by the Government of Iraq,” the Office said. read more

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Apples hidden profits billions tucked away for taxes it may never pay

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple’s hidden profits: billions tucked away for taxes it may never pay NEW YORK, N.Y. – On Tuesday, Apple is set to report financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting net income of US$9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won’t reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax manoeuvre.Apple Inc., already the world’s most valuable company, understates its profits compared with other multinationals. It’s building up an overlooked asset in the form of billions of dollars, tucked away for tax bills it may never pay.Tax experts say the company could easily eliminate these phantom tax obligations. That would boost Apple’s profits for the past three years by as much US$10.5 billion, according to calculations by The Associated Press.While investors might rejoice if Apple suddenly added $10.5 billion to its profits, unilaterally erasing a massive U.S. tax obligation could tarnish its reputation as a relatively responsible payer of U.S. taxes. Instead, the company is lobbying to change U.S. law so that it can erase its liabilities in a less conspicuous fashion. The issue has become part of the presidential campaign.Like other companies, Apple typically keeps profits on overseas sales in overseas accounts. When someone buys an iPad in Paris or Sydney, for instance, the profit stays outside the United States.Apple may pay some corporate income taxes on that profit to the country where it sells the iPad, but it minimizes these by using various accounting moves to shift profits to countries with low tax rates. For example the strategy known as “Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich,” routes profits through Irish and Dutch subsidiaries and then to the Caribbean.When it comes to using creative tax techniques, Apple is no different from other multinational corporations, says Robert Willens, an independent accounting expert.And just like other corporations, Apple leaves cash overseas. If it brought it home to the U.S., it would have to pay federal income taxes on the money (though it would get a credit for foreign taxes already paid). In Apple’s case, those overseas accounts have grown to a staggering $74 billion — equal to the market value of Citigroup Inc.The money is accumulating overseas because corporations are counting on lower U.S. tax rates in the future. At 35 per cent, the U.S. corporate tax rate is among the highest for developed countries. In 2004, Congress enacted a one-year “tax holiday” for overseas earnings, and multinationals are hoping for a repeat of that. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to permanently eliminate federal taxes on overseas profits. President Barack Obama attacked that idea last week, saying it won’t create U.S. jobs, like the Romney campaign contends.Where Apple does differ from other companies is that it sets aside a portion of these overseas profits, marking them as subject to U.S. taxes sometime in the future. Essentially, it’s saying “this is money that we’ll likely have to pay U.S. federal income taxes on” because we intend to repatriate it, says Willens.But because Apple doesn’t actually bring the profits into U.S. accounts, it doesn’t pay the taxes. Instead, it records a tax liability. When Apple reports quarterly results, it subtracts these liabilities from its profits, even though it hasn’t actually paid the taxes.The liabilities accumulate, and as Apple’s profits grow, they’re piling up faster and faster.“When you capitalize that into the future, it might be tens of billions of dollars,” said Martin Sullivan, an economist with Tax Analysts, a non-profit publisher.The company had a net $6 billion of tax liabilities at the end of September, the last reported figure. It’s had two blow-out quarters since then and is expected to report another one Tuesday. Based on reported and expected profits for the last three quarters, the liabilities can be estimated at around $10.5 billion.Apple declined to comment on the specifics of its tax strategies or why it records tax liabilities that other multinationals avoid.“Apple has conducted all of its business with the highest of ethical standards, complying with applicable laws and accounting rules,” the Cupertino, Calif., company said in a statement.Yet Apple has made clear that it has no intention of repatriating its profits from overseas at the current U.S. tax rate. When CEO Tim Cook announced that the company would start paying a dividend this summer, he said the board determined the size of the dividend solely by looking at the amount of cash the company has in U.S. accounts.“We do not want to incur the tax cost to repatriate the foreign cash at this time,” Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer told investors in March.Apple’s net tax liabilities started building three years ago, when its sales started rocketing because of the iPhone. In that time, the company has reported a total of $69 billion in net income. If it had applied the same accounting practices as other multinational technology companies, and not marked some overseas profits as subject to U.S. taxes, its profits would have been about $78 billion, or 13 per cent higher.The boost to net income could mean a boost to the stock, since companies are usually valued on their earnings. If investors were to value Apple based on the last 12 months of earnings, with the tax liabilities added to earnings, the stock might be 13 per cent higher.Willens and Sullivan say that Apple could erase its liabilities by considering the profits “permanently reinvested” overseas, acknowledging that they will never be brought home. That would erase the tax liability, but it could make Apple look like a less responsible corporate citizen.“I doubt they’re going to do that on their own, because they don’t want to be set up for criticism,” said Willens.Groups such as Citizens for Tax Justice compile lists of the tax rates corporations report. Apple looks like a relatively good taxpayer on such lists, with a 24 per cent rate. But Apple doesn’t actually pay the 24 per cent, since it isn’t repatriating its overseas profits. The actual taxes Apple pays are 13 per cent of profits, as computed by Sullivan. That’s a relatively low rate compared with other multinationals.But keeping the money overseas limits what Apple can do with it. It means, for instance, that Apple can’t use it to buy another U.S. company, or give it to shareholders.To get the money home without paying full U.S. taxes on it, the company advocates a change in U.S. tax law. It’s a member of Working to Invest Now in America, or WinAmerica. The coalition is lobbying for two congressional bills that would temporarily reduce the tax rate on such earnings to 5.25 per cent. That would encourage the repatriation of some of the $1.4 trillion in cash that U.S. companies have sitting in overseas accounts, the group says.The temporary tax amnesty enacted in 2004, resulted in hundreds of billions being brought home to the U.S. But according to the Congressional Research Service, it didn’t create jobs or stimulate the economy, as had been hoped.Google Inc., Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. are also members of WinAmerica, but none of them stand to gain as much as Apple from a tax amnesty, because they have less cash overseas. by News Staff Posted Jul 23, 2012 5:11 pm MDT read more

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Security Council urges countries to factor child protection into conflict prevention efforts

The Council met to debate the latest UN annual report on Children and Armed Conflict which revealed that once again, the number of boys and girls affected by fighting has increased, with more than 21,000 violations documented during the past year.Virginia Gamba, the UN expert on the issue, said these abuses should remind countries that they need to work together to reverse the trend.“We cannot further jeopardize our most precious resource through inaction, but must increase our efforts to develop preventive tools, utilize reintegration strategically to break cycles of violence and address the cross-border nature of violations through increased cooperation,” she said.We cannot further jeopardize our most precious resource through inaction – Virginia Gamba, UN Special RepresentativeBesides being maimed or killed, children caught in combat also suffer when schools or hospitals are attacked. Some are even forced into fighting, or fall victim to rape and other forms of gender-based violence.The head of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, reported that one in four boys and girls globally has been impacted by conflict or disaster.Henrietta Fore asked the 15 ambassadors to think about what will become of these children, both in the short and long term. UN Photo/Loey FelipeHenrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), addresses the Security Council meeting on children and armed conflict. July 9, 2018 “In his lifetime, a seven-year old Syrian child has never known a peaceful Syria. An Afghan teenager has never known a peaceful Afghanistan. And consider what the children of South Sudan have endured — and continue to endure — as they mark their country’s seventh year of independence today,” she said.“How can we prepare children to shape peaceful futures if they don’t know what peace even looks like?”Yenny Londoño, a former child combatant from Colombia, explained how human rights abuses are at the root of child recruitment. She said boys and girls forced to take up arms are denied access to education, health care, housing and security, among other rights.  Now a law student and expecting a baby, Ms. Londoño emphasized the need to treat former child soldiers as victims, not criminals.“I ask Governments not to see us as a problem but rather to give us the opportunity to show you our ability to be changemakers”, she said, speaking in Spanish. “That’s what we want to be: changemakers for society.” read more

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Historic Kentucky bridge now up for adoption

The span was built around 1919 and has been determined as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.Engineer Deneatra Henderson said good uses for the 60-foot long steel Pratt pony truss bridge include adding it to a hiking and biking trail or as part of a golf course cart path.Those interested in adopting the bridge can submit letters of interest and proposals before Dec. 1. Officials say if no one adopts the span, it will be demolished. MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Transportation officials are offering a historic bridge for adoption.A statement from the agency says it is trying to find an acceptable reuse for the Blackford Creek Bridge at the Hancock-Daviess County line, which is scheduled to be replaced next year.- Advertisement –

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THW Kiel with 7 from Kolding

← Previous Story HSV Handball sign Zarko Markovic Next Story → Social media Guru Lewis Howes plays handball in Spain! friendly handball matchKIF KoldingkoldingTHW Kiel Friendly match between KIF Kolding Copenhagen and THW Kiel 26:19 (11:9) was a clear domination of Danish vice-champion. In front of 2000 spectators, team of Kasper Hvidt, Kim Andersson and other great Scandinavian players surprised “Zebras” and showed that they won’t be only a participants at upcoming VELUX EHF Champions League…

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Raspberry Pi planning incremental launch of 25 PC in December

first_imgUpdate: Raspberry Pi have since posted an update in response to this article clarifying a few things. First of all, the 10,000 “devices” we stated is actually parts kits. So the incremental launch will be those devices as they are manufactured. Also, the point about these going to programmers only was apparently not as specific as it first seemed. Raspberry Pi view it as this first batch going to enthusiasts, so if you order one, you may be lucky and get one depending on the level of demand. Orders will be on a strictly first-come, first-served basis so some of you may still get them in December.Ever since the $25 PC came on our radar at Geek we have been expecting a November launch. But then a few days ago I saw a tweet from the official Raspberry Pi account that said the following:So I decided to investigate further and contacted Raspberry Pi to see what was going on. Eben Upton was kind enough to email me back and give us some good and bad news. The bad news is, we aren’t getting the $25 PC this month as expected. But that’s where the bad news ends as it is still arriving in 2011 for some people.Eben confirmed that an order has been placed for 10,000 units, but they won’t arrive until the end of November. That means we will see Raspberry Pi go up for sale in December, but it won’t be a typical “get as many out the door as you can” launch.Raspberry Pi is a charity, and this is a very new and experimental device. With that in mind it has been decided to do an incremental launch. As Eben points out, “We could burn through capital pretty fast if we chuck out 10k units and get a 10% return rate.”Although that thinking may upset a few people expecting to have at least one Raspberry Pi in their possession for Christmas, it does make the most sense for the Foundation.David Braben has also backed up this stance by stating via GigaOM that those first 10,000 units will be going to programmers. Why programmers? Because the ultimate aim of the $25 PC is to get it into the hands of kids, and the more software available on the device at a real, consumer launch, the better chance there is more kids will embrace it.With that in mind, we won’t be seeing the consumer version of the $25 PC until sometime in 2012.No details have been made available yet as to how those first 10k units will be allocated, but hopefully the plan will appear on the official Raspberry Pi website before we reach the end of November.last_img read more

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Nintendo readies 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for December release

first_imgIt’s still hard to believe Nintendo didn’t integrate a second thumbstick into the larger 3DS XL $299.99 at Amazon , but apparently there just wasn’t space unless a smaller battery was used. So that means 3DS XL owners would be getting a new Circle Pad Pro to fit the larger handheld and allows games like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Resident Evil: Revelations to be played as intended.Until now Nintendo has only confirmed that the larger Circle Pad Pro was in development, but not when it would be released. However, a quick check on the Nintendo Japan website reveals it has been added to the accessories catalog and will be available from December 12 in Japan. Other regions may get it at the same time, or otherwise will probably be forced to wait until early 2013.Compared to the original Circle Pad Pro, Nintendo has made some changes to minimize the size and make it easier to grip. As you can see, the plastic below the right thumbstick curves inwards as it reaches the corner, where as the 3DS Circle Pad Pro went straight down. The plastic also forms a thinner border around the front and left side of the 3DS XL. Both these changes have clearly been done for hand comfort and to stop smaller hands needing to strech to reach the buttons.It’s unclear why it has taken Nintendo so long to get the new accessory ready and why we have to wait until December to get our hands on it. Could it be Wii U and 3DS manufacturing is taking priority? If so, then Nintendo needs to add some capacity to its production lines.More at Nintendo Japan, via Nintendo Everythinglast_img read more

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Mourinho admitted that he likes Joao Mario

first_imgJoao Mario was loaned to West Ham United this season but it is not sure whether he will stay in the Premier League or not – and José Mourinho insisted that he would like this to happen.The Portuguese coach admitted that he likes a lot the way his fellow countryman plays and he would love him to stay at West Ham – and he insisted that a future transfer to Old Trafford is realistic.The controversial manager spoke about Mario as he said, according to Football Italia:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’d like him to stay in England, it would be better for him. He’s started a good process and it would be right to complete it. It’s a process through which he can establish himself in English football. Staying in the Premier League would be good for his growth.”“Joao Mario at United? Why not! West Ham is a historic, important club that wants to grow. Joao just had to adapt.”“He’s someone who thinks and acts quickly, he’s recovering intensity and aggressiveness, I’ve liked him more in every game.”last_img read more

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Roberto Mancini doesnt miss being Serie A boss

first_imgRoberto Mancini has suggested that he does not miss being a Serie A boss on the day the fixtures are released, stating that the Italy job is the one to aspire to.The Azzurri Coach insists he is happy with his current position and is ready for the ‘important’ challenge of restoring the Nazionale’s fortunes.“Do I miss Serie A on the day the fixtures come out? Why?” Mancini said to Gazzetta dello Sport via Football Italia.“The Nazionale is still something you aspire to as a Coach, just as it is to wear the Azzurri shirt when you are a player.“There are some who prefer to have that daily relationship with the team and maybe, because of that, they don’t feel called to be a national team boss.“I felt ready for such an important experience. We have started on a journey and we want to take Italy back to being one of the main players in international football.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Mancini is adamant that the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus will only serve to help young Italian players in years to come.“It’s great for Juve and the League. You always learn from champions and our young players, who are already around the Nazionale, can only improve by having the chance to face him.“Someone like him is a blessing for Serie A, and I hope it’s the first in a long list.“It’s the fact mediocre foreign players are brought into the League that isn’t good, not world class players.”last_img read more

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Gutka seized 2 held

first_imgNeredmet: The Special Operations Team (SOT) sleuths of Malkajgiri Zone on Wednesday raided a gutka den at Dwarakamai Colony in Old Safildguda under Neredmet police station limits and arrested two persons S Chandrahasan (56) and Mohammed Aziz (26). They seized gutka products of different brands worth Rs 65,000 and handed them along with accused over to Neredmet police for further action.last_img

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S Korean lifts sunken ferry that killed 304 people

first_imgThis aerial image shows part of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges after being raised during a salvage operation at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo on March 23, 2017. AFPA South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a grey sea on Thursday, a sombre reminder of a tragedy that traumatised the country.The ferry, the Sewol, was structurally unsound, overloaded and travelling too fast on a turn when it capsized and sank during a routine voyage off the southwest coast on April 16, 2014.Bereaved families have been calling for the ship to be raised and for a more thorough investigation into the disaster. Officials also hope to find the last nine missing bodies.”We can’t help but feel stunned seeing the ship being raised,” Lee Kum-hee, whose daughter Cho Eun-hwa was one of the nine, told reporters.”My Eun-hwa has been in that dirty place. My poor Eun-hwa. It’s been heart-breaking, how cold she’s been there,” Lee said in tears.Salvagers started to bring up the vessel, which has been lying on its side at a depth of 44 metres (144 feet), late on Wednesday, and worked through the night.[Search resumes, 29 still missing, death toll 275]Television pictures taken from the air early on Thursday showed the white 140-metre (460-foot) long hull, coated in mud and sediment, breaking above the surface, flanked by winching barges.”The work needs to be done very cautiously,” Lee Cheol-jo, an official at the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, which is in charge of the operation, told a briefing.A Chinese salvage company has fitted 33 beams beneath the hull with 66 hydraulic jacks inching the ship up.Salvage workers in orange overalls and white hard-hats clambers over the hull fixing cables. The name Sewol could just be made out through the grime.Lee said the ferry would be raised as high as 13 metres (42 feet) above the sea and then moved onto a semi-submersible vessel. That operation was expected to take until Friday and it would then be taken to a nearby port, but that could take up to 12 or 13 days, he said.This aerial image shows part of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges after being raised during a salvage operation at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo on March 23, 2017. AFPOnce the sunken ferry had been secured on the semi-submersible vessel, bereaved families would be allowed to observe from a closer distance, another official said.Only when the ferry has been brought to port will it be inspected, media reported.Of those killed, 250 were teenagers from the same high-school, many of whom obeyed crew instructions to remain in their cabins even as crew members were escaping the sinking ship.The botched rescue and toll of children in one of Asia’s most technically advanced economies shocked and angered the country, with former President Park Geun-hye and her administration the focus of much of the ire at the time.Park denied accusations that she failed to act decisively but for many South Korans, she has never fully explained what she was doing during the seven hours between the first news reports and her first television appearance that day.Her response to the disaster was again raised in recent months after she came under suspicion in the course of an investigation into a corruption scandal that led to her dismissal from office on March 10.The captain of the ferry was found guilty of homicide in 2015 and jailed for life. More than a dozen other crew members got shorter sentences.The salvage is costing about 85 billion won ($75 million), another ministry official said this week.last_img read more

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HandsOn Super Mario Maker 2 Is Great… With a Stylus

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch I love Super Mario Maker. I love the idea so much I recommended you to not buy an actual Mario game on Nintendo Switch on the hypothetical chance they would announce Super Mario Maker for Switch. And a month later they finally did announce Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch. You’re welcome. So when offered a chance to play the plumber’s upcoming game design software, I didn’t hesitate. And although my preview was all too brief, I’m pretty confident Super Mario Maker 2 will live up to expectations… as long as you make one key investment.The original Super Mario Maker was one of the Wii U’s very best games, a game that might have saved the system as a launch title instead of a late release. The brilliant hook was that using the friendly and intuitive Mario Paint-esque interface, players could create their own 2D Mario levels. With access to all sorts of parts and enemies from the original game, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, the community created stunning remixes of the ur-platformer and shared them online. It was beautiful.Crucial to that game’s success though was the fact that the Wii U GamePad, typically a hindrance for most of the console’s games, here was the perfect creation interface. Quickly drawing levels with pinpoint precision was a breeze on the tablet thanks to its touch screen.As a handheld, the Nintendo Switch does have a touch screen. But considering the game also has to work while docked, Super Mario Maker 2 features a new streamlined interface where players select from different wheels of assets like blocks of novelty items. Assign frequently used items like pipes or music blocks to your nav bar like hot keys. And while using a mushroom to make enemies big has a fun Mario logic to it, altering objects is much more straightforward, just hold down for another context-specific menu.However, none of these methods feels quite as good as the original. That’s why the best decision I made before heading to this demo was swinging by a local Best Buy and picking up a cheap little capacitive touch screen stylus. And sure enough, using this instrument made level editing so much more convenient when undocked. Nintendo should really release that Mario stylus worldwide instead of just overseas.With the control issues settled, I immediately fell back into my old Mario Maker habits. It’s so seamless to switch between playing and editing for rapid-fire experimentation. In my precious few minutes with the demo I dove deep into the new Super Mario 3D World theme considering 2D takes on that 3D adventure would essentially be brand new games. As charming as the sprites are, the 3D models in this theme are also the most visually pleasing a 2.5D Mario platformer has ever been.I messed around with Mario’s catsuit but my real goal was to make an almost Limbo or Inside kind of level where Mario manipulated jumping Skipsqueaks to turn off spike blocks in front of clear pipes. I didn’t get it to work in time but just the process was as creatively satisfying as ever. And I was only working with a fraction of the new pieces available. Mario drives a car now!Super Mario Maker 2 has an almost overwhelming amount of potential. To help ease you into the level-making process, Nintendo provides multiple tutorials that are basically an intro to game design. Along with explaining specific pieces you’ll also learn about general concepts like difficulty curves and how to guide a player along. You’ll also see plenty of great examples in the story mode, where Mario play levels to earn coins for rebuilding Peach’s destroyed castle.But even if you don’t want to make levels, Super Mario Maker 2 still has plenty to offer you. With its potentially endless amount of user-made levels (if you have a Nintendo Switch Online account) it’s almost like a roguelike of 2D Mario platforming levels. We’ll have to test this in the real-world, but the demo interface for selecting levels online seemed serviceable. Browse between different styles and gameplay types, including levels designed for the raucous new multiplayer mode for local and online play alike.Super Mario Maker 2 brings this excellent education to a Nintendo platform people actually like on June 28. Just make sure to get a stylus before then. For more on Nintendo Switch here are some cool Switch games to play right now and read our review of Yoshi’s Crafted World before making your own Yoshi-centric levels.View as: One Page Slides1/91. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.last_img read more

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EU protests Russian blacklist of European politicians

first_img Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober MOSCOW (AP) — The European Union on Saturday protested against a Russian list banning entry for nearly 90 European politicians.The bloc said in a statement that several politicians had been denied entry into Russia in recent months on the grounds that they were on a confidential “stop-list.” The statement said the 89 names on the list have now been shared with EU officials, but “we consider this measure as totally arbitrary and unjustified.” The vital role family plays in society Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Phone calls to the Russian Foreign Ministry seeking a comment went unanswered. But the state news agencies Tass and RIA-Novosti late Saturday cited an unnamed foreign ministry official as saying the list was developed in response to sanctions against Russia that the EU imposed over the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.The respected newspaper Kommersant said the list includes European figures with top positions in the military and intelligence spheres.The entry ban comes amid increased tensions between the West and Russia over its alleged support of the eastern Ukraine armed separatists.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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How Will Rising Mortgage Rates Impact a Buyers Willingness to Enter the

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination How Will Rising Mortgage Rates Impact a Buyer’s Willingness to Enter the Market? February 12, 2018 557 Views They may slow down their search for a new home or look for smaller homes, but a very few buyers looking at purchasing a home in 2018 will halt their plans if mortgage rates go beyond 5 percent, according to a study by online brokerage firm Redfin.The study, which was conducted in late 2017 targeted 14 major metro areas across the U.S. and compared the answers of the respondents to a similar study conducted by Redfin in May 2017.According to the findings, only 6 percent of the people surveyed said that they would halt all plans of buying a home if the mortgage rates touched 5 percent or more during the year, showing a modest one-point increase from the earlier survey. In contrast, 27 percent of the respondents said that an increase in interest rates would slow down their home search, down two points from the last survey. The study indicated that 21 percent of the respondents would consider buying a home that was smaller or in another area if the interest rates increased, showing a three-point increase over a similar response in the earlier study. Interestingly, consistent with the number in the last study, 25 percent of the respondents said that an increase in mortgage rates would not impact their plans to buy a home.After remaining under 4 percent for most of 2017, 30-year fixed mortgage rates increased above 4 percent in January and were at 4.32 percent in the first week of February. A robust economy, increase in jobs and a generally sound housing market has economists predicting a hike in Fed rates over the next few months, which would continue the upward trend for mortgage rates. The study also gauged buyer response to the tax bill and how it would impact the economy. High taxes were the most cited response with 38 percent citing this reason among their top three concerns. Affordable housing came a close second with 33 percent respondents citing it as a concern, followed by 28 percent respondents citing the income gap between the rich and the poor as a concern after the tax bill.When asked if they expected home prices in their areas to rise, a majority of the respondents replied in the affirmative. The study indicated that only 6 percent said that they expected a decline in price. More than half (52 percent) respondents said that they expected to home prices to rise slightly while 25 percent expected a significant rise in prices.center_img Affordable Housing Home Prices Homebuyers homes HOUSING Mortgage Rates Redfin 2018-02-12 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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Main defendant in double murder to change plea updated

first_imgThe main defendant in the brutal double murder of a husband and wife in April in Nicosia informed the court on Monday that he planned to change his plea in some of the charges he had previously pleaded guilty to.Loizos Tzionis, 33, had admitted to seven out of eight charges including premeditated murder, but denied burglary, saying the house had been open.His girlfriend Sarah Shams, 21, his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23, and 22-year-old friend Marios Hadjixenophontos, have denied all the charges including premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit felony, burglary, robbery and abduction.At the start of the proceedings, Tzionis’ new lawyer, Andreas Anastasiou, informed the court that he will now be assuming the defendant’s representation following the latter’s request for legal aid. Anastasiou said his client wanted to file a request to change his plea to charges he judged required such a change, after studying the evidence.On June 13, during his arraignment, Tzionis had dismissed his original lawyer and informed the court that would not be requiring legal representation until the completion of the trial. He later hired Anastasiou.In another dispute over legal representation, Solomou on Monday requested legal aid because he too had fired his lawyer over disagreements over defence strategy. The court granted the request.Solomou’s lawyer, Evangelos Himonas, told the court that he would be withdrawing due to a disagreement with his client.Solomou then requested a three-week period to file a request for legal aid and appoint a new lawyer. He was granted a week.The defendant clarified that the disagreement with his lawyer occurred last Friday, when the lawyer had asked him to plead guilty to some offences he said he had not committed.The case was adjourned until November 5.The suspects are accused of killing Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59, in what appeared to be a botched robbery on the night of April 18-19.The couple were found in their bedroom stabbed multiple times.All four had admitted their involvement in the crime, according to police, with Tzionis being the mastermind and the person who killed the couple.The couple’s son, 15, was inside the house at the time but the perpetrators didn’t hurt him. Their target appeared to be a safe the 33-year-old had spotted in 2012 while doing some work at the house on Zalongou Street in the suburb of Strovolos.Police previously told the court they had witness testimony saying Tzionis had told a relative two days before the murder ‘tomorrow I will be rich and I will buy all the houses here and I will kick you out of the house’.Asked by the relative where the money would come from, the suspect allegedly said he was planning to do a ‘job’ that was certain to be a success ‘because we have an insider’.The court heard that the defendant left his home on Wednesday, April 18, at around 9.30pm and returned at 4.40am on Thursday.He then took his grandfather’s car and left.Inside the car, officers found two notebooks in which he had written all the facts relating to the case, His girlfriend also wrote in the notebooks.Shams told police that they all met at their house on April 18 to organise the crime. According to investigators, the woman claimed Tzionis had told them he may have to kill the residents.Police said he and Hadjixenophontos planned to go to the house, tie up the residents and then steal a safe which the suspect knew they had.Tzionis had asked Shams and Solomou to stay at his house in Aglandjia and wait for his call. The plan was for them to drive to the house to pick up the stolen goods.Authorities were alerted after the couple’s 15-year-old adopted son went to a neighbouring house at 1.35 am saying his parents had been murdered and that he had been locked in the basement but managed to escape.The boy told police he was in bed at 10.30pm when he heard his mum crying but was not sure whether he was dreaming.A few minutes later, an unknown man, Tzionis, entered his room and told him he had killed his parents and asked him where the money was.The man, who did not have his face covered, got the boy out of bed, covering his mouth and threatening him with a knife.He led him downstairs to the kitchen and on the way told him not to be afraid.“I will not hurt you. I also have a son,” the boy reported him saying.The suspect asked the boy to open the kitchen door, which he did, and a second, hooded individual, came in.He was then taken to the pantry where he was locked inside.Police said the boy managed to escape half an hour later by removing the louvres from the aluminium door, hurting his hands in the process.He then went upstairs to his parents’ room where he found them stabbed and then rushed outside to ask for help.The perpetrators got away with nothing as the safe Tzionis had anticipated finding had been removed. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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Elderly woman dies hours after being hit by car

first_imgA 72-year-old woman died on Monday afternoon a few hours after being hit by a car while trying to cross a street in Paphos.Myrofora Aresti was hit by a car driven by a 47-year-old woman while crossing a street in Episkopi village in Paphos. The accident occurred at around 1pm.Aresti was transferred to the Paphos general hospital where she died some five hours later.The driver of the vehicle, who had initially abandoned the scene but went back around half an hour later, was arrested.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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