On Aug. 25, 1949, Roshan Sharma got his first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge as the SS President Wilson approached San Francisco, California. The 22-year-old from Bhumbli in Punjab had braved a long, uncomfortable journey on the ship from Hong Kong, subsisting on the only vegetarian food available: boiled rice, potatoes, and fruit.Read it at Quartz Related Items
Aston Villa have handed much-travelled manager Steve Bruce the task of leading the former European champions back into the Premier League.Bruce, former manager of Villa’s arch-rivals Birmingham City, replaced Italian Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked after 124 days in charge with the club 19th in the Championship standings following their relegation from the Premier League.”Its a wonderful opportunity. It is one of the big clubs of this country. To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific,” the 55-year-old Bruce told the Villa website.”I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be — and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years.Bruce has been without a club since he quit as Hull City manager in July after leading the team to Premier League promotion with a playoff victory over Sheffield Wednesday.The former Manchester United captain, who has managed several English clubs including Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Sheffield United, was interviewed for the England manager’s job before Sam Allardyce was appointed in July.”With his track record, not only at leading teams to promotion from the Championship, but also vast experience in the Premier League, I believe we have secured the services of an excellent manager,” Villa owner Tony Xia said.Villa, seven-times English champions, won the European Cup in 1982 and finished runners-up to Manchester United in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93.Their fortunes declined, however, under a succession of different managers and they finished 17 points adrift at the bottom of the standings last season to be relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987.advertisementIn the recent transfer window we focused on character, personality and experience,” Chief Executive Keith Wyness said.”These three words can be applied in spades to Steve Bruce and I look forward to working closely with him as we turn the club around and get us back to where we all want to be.??
Sergio Aguero, fresh from becoming the top scorer in the 137-year history of Manchester City, said he would be giving away his historic match shirt as a special memento for his son Benjamin.The popular Argentine was hailed as a “legend” by team mates and former City greats alike after scoring his 178th goal for the club – another crucial one – during their thrilling 4-2 win at Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.Aguero’s strike put City 3-2 ahead in the 69th minute of a remarkable game and he revealed that he would be taking home a prized souvenir for his eight year-old son.”He texted me, saying ‘if you score, bring it (the shirt) to me’,” the 29-year-old said after going past the 177-goal landmark of Eric Brook that had lasted for 78 years.Vincent Kompany, City’s captain, led the tributes to Aguero by calling him a “true legend” while their former England international Francis Lee tweeted that he was a “superstar”.Aguero’s feat has been compiled relentlessly over the six years he has been at City ever since he struck twice in a memorable Premier League debut in August 2011 against Swansea City.It took him nine minutes to score his first goal and there have been many memorable and significant ones since, not least the 94th minute winner in the last match of the 2012 season against Queens Park Rangers that brought City the Premier League title.Manager Pep Guardiola reckoned goal number 178 in his 264th match for City was the only fitting way for the talismanic striker known universally as ‘Kun’ to break the record “because it was such an important goal to make it 3-2.”advertisementThe Spaniard added: “It’s amazing, another part of the history and legend for the club.”Although Raheem Sterling added a fourth in injury time, it was typical Aguero sharpness that broke Napoli and allowed Guardiola’s side to become the first English team to win a European tie at the Italians’ San Paolo stadium fortress.After a pulsating game, Guardiola reckoned that beating Napoli, the free-scoring league leaders in Serie A, twice in two weeks was an “incredible achievement”.”They are perhaps the best side I’ve faced in my career,” he added.”We tried to block their left flank, but they got there first and were too strong. They massacred us for 20 minutes and we didn’t have the courage to play. I am glad with the way we reacted.”One down to a Lorenzo Insigne goal, City hit back through headed goals from their centre backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones either side of halftime, before Jorginho checked their momentum from the penalty spot.”I am so proud because I know the side we beat,” added Guardiola, who has now overseen 22 unbeaten matches as City boss.”I am in love with Napoli, with the way they make short passes and they didn’t give us time to think in the opening 20 minutes.”Yet while City have booked their place in the last 16 with a maximum 12 points, this attractive Napoli side are now in grave danger of missing out on the knockout stages with just three points in third place.Their manager Maurizio Sarri could take scant consolation in how “we caused problems for a very strong team, probably the best of all right now.”
India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday refused to comment on the Mahendra Singh Dhoni gloves controversy, saying it will be for everyone to see whether the former captain will sport the regimental dagger insignia on his keeping gloves during India’s clash against Australia on Sunday.”I don’t know what is happening with that (the gloves controversy), I have nothing to say. Maybe you’ll see tomorrow,” Rohit told reporters on the eve of India’s World Cup clash against defending champions Australia.India’s opening game in the ongoing World Cup against South Africa on Wednesday saw Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicketkeeping gloves.The Army insignia was spotted on Dhoni’s gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.While the BCCI asked the ICC to allow Dhoni to continue sporting the insignia, the game’s governing body rejected the plea, saying that the regulations for ICC events didn’t permit any individual message and that the logo also breached the regulations in relation to what was permitted on wicketkeeping gloves.Talking about his match-winning 122 against South Africa in India’s cup opener, Rohit said it was a special knock, one which he rated very highly.”My 122 not out at Southampton was a very special hundred. One of my best. It wasn’t an easy pitch and I had to be patient. It wasn’t a typical innings from me. Not my best, but right up there,” Rohit said.advertisementAsked about breaking records at the World Cup, Rohit, who already has three ODI double centuries to his name, said: “Personally I don’t look at getting past anyone’s record. I have to get the job done for the team. That’s what matters. Opening wasn’t easy for me initially. The journey continues. I want to win maximum games for my country.”The senior batsman also backed K.L. Rahul who batted at No. 4 for India in the first match, settling the much-debated issue of who should bat in that position. While Rahul did not get as many runs as he would have liked, the right-hander forged a crucial partnership with Rohit.”KL (Rahul) didn’t get a lot of runs in the last game, but he looked good and helped me put on a big partnership. His 26 was as good as a 50. I have a lot of hope on him for the tournament,” he said.Rohit further said that the 2017 Champions Trophy played in England and Wales, in which he amassed 304 runs from five innings, gave him a lot of confidence. “Champions Trophy gave me a lot of confidence. Opening hasn’t been easy, it’s a challenge. I’ve really understood my game in the last 4-5 years.Also Read | No player will think of what MS Dhoni is sporting on his gloves on Sunday: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Tough to understand how ICC has a problem: RP Singh on MS Dhoni glove controversyAlso See
Public Awareness Campaign Being StrengthenedThe Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is among several agencies and departments, which are now intensifying the streamlining of their operations, to ensure greater levels of efficiency, as part of the Government’s overall thrust to increase fiscal prudence.Head of the fire service, Commissioner Laurie Williams says the department is adjusting its 2013/2014 operations to this end, and gives the assurance that despite financial challenges the JFB will strive to improve service delivery.“One of the ways I think we will need is a renewed emphasis on fire prevention and public education. It means that we must continue to treat the Community Fire Safety Programme that we rolled out in 2008 as a priority on the similar level of importance as we will put into enhancing the fire suppression activities of the organisation,” he says.Commissioner Williams points out also that there will be increased use of information communication technologies. This he says will play a greater role in meeting service delivery, noting that the Brigade has acquired computer hardware to ensure that by the end of the current financial year, all stations will be linked.“The next step is the procurement of dedicated fire service management software, which will allow us to analyze in real time what is happening in terms of our response patterns; allow us to dispatch more quickly, and do GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, which in real time shows us the closest hydrants, which hydrants are out of service, where the incident is and what other resources are available to the fire fighters in the field,” he explains.While highlighting access to dedicated sources of water as one of the primary challenges the brigade faces, the fire chief also expresses concern about the public’s propensity to burn “any and everything” in clean-up activities, or to clear land. He says further education about fire hazards and fire safety is therefore another important focus of the department.Commissioner William also points to the proliferation of informal settlements and the inability of fire units to access these settlements because of the narrow roadways. Furthermore, the hazardous materials used to construct dwellings in these settlements, and the minimal access to water in the event of a fire emergency, are also worrying issues.He notes that although these are unplanned settlements, these citizens are also entitled to the JFB’s services when the need arises. Inner cities also pose their own challenges due to illegal electricity connections in some instances, and damage to hydrants. These communities, and unplanned settlements will therefore be targeted for the department’s public awareness and education campaign.Mr. Williams praises residents who are aware, and who have on occasion invited the Brigade’s assessment team into their homes to indicate what is needed to improve fire safety.“Usually what we find and what we need to pay attention to is the overloading of receptacles, not parking vehicles in close proximity to those working hydrants, (and) not using hydrant pits as repositories for litter or the stuffing of the orifices of hydrants,” he says.Meanwhile, some of a large number of hydrants, which were not functioning, have been restored by the JFB’s maintenance team under the Hydrant Maintenance Programme. “Hydrant rehabilitation is ongoing and over the last financial year (2012/2013) over $2.5 million has been spent on acquiring hydrants. These are used to replace those knocked over from traffic accidents etcetera. We have also installed hydrants in areas where our analysis has indicated a need for a hydrant in closer proximity,” he informs.Plans are in place to install hydrants on highways and additional ones in rural communities, following further assessment. The JFB will continue to build on its critical relationship with the National Water Commission and establish relations with other water authorities that have access to various sources.
zoom Ocean carriers have incurred huge additional costs in terms of speeding up ships on the westbound leg, chartering in tonnage and paying labour overtime and extra quay rent amid chronic congestion in the US West Coast ports, London based shipping consultant Drewry said.Twice in November they attempted to impose a congestion surcharge (PCS) of USD 1,000 per 40ft and twice they were forced to capitulate, firstly as a result of pressure from shippers, and on the second occasion because the FMC challenged the legality of such a surcharge.A FMC Commissioner said the congestion was largely of the lines’ own making: by withdrawing chassis provision, by placing larger ships into the trade and by allowing vessels to bunch as a result of poor schedule reliability.According to Drewry, the judgement was rather harsh, since in October the carriers had trimmed back monthly capacity by 4.5% by means of blanked sailings and that must have afforded some succour to the situation developing in the San Pedro Bay terminals. “Advertised provision in November was only 1.4% higher than the previous month – in reality, given all the ships off schedule, it was probably less. Against a year ago, November’s supply was 7.2% higher which is not an unreasonable increase of tonnage given that the rolling 12-month average demand growth is running at 5.2%,” the UK-based consultant went on to say. “At the same time, the lines have not done themselves any favours by allowing spot market rates to fall so sharply during the last week of November. In that week, prices dropped from USD 1,925 to 1,725– a fall of 10% and, despite the growth in traffic this year, spot rates have sunk to more or less where they stood a year ago,” Drewry added.Drewry believes that the current slack season volumes will give some respite to the USWC port congestion but fundamental issues need to be addressed by the industry’s stakeholders if this not to be a recurring theme.The eastbound trade has enjoyed an extremely strong peak season.Drewry’s data shows that the volume of cargo moving on the headhaul leg during September to the WCNA ports hit an all-time record of 1.1 million teu, registering a year-on-year rise of 5.1%.Asian boxes pouring into the US ports surpassed the 900,000 teu threshold for the first time ever, and the Mexican market remained strong with a rise of 17.5%.Only the Canadian tradelane remained subdued with loads scarcely any higher than a year ago, and September volumes were well off their June peak. On a 12-month rolling average basis, the eastbound WCNA growth rate has steadied at 5.2% for the third consecutive month.The peak season for the American market continued into October with Far Eastern goods bound for the States totalling again above 900,000 teu.Member container lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) issued a recommendation for a further USD 1,000-per-40-foot container (FEU) general rate increase (GRI) for all origins and destinations.According to TSA members, the proposal reflects stronger than expected holiday traffic and related service demands.Source: Drewry
Maritime Ship Modelers Guild members were recognized for contributions to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic by the museum’s board of governors today, April 18. Since 2003, the dedicated modelers have spent nearly 13,000 hours volunteering at the museum, using their expertise to conserve, treat and preserve almost all of the models in the museum’s extensive collection. The volunteers also devote time to public programming. Working from the museum’s model shop, they share their knowledge of this time-honoured craft with interested visitors of all ages. Through their passion for ship models and love of maritime history, these people help create an awareness, appreciation and understanding of a part of Nova Scotia’s marine heritage. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
Rabat – In early December, Royal Air Maroc said that it would sue Algeria Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel for accusing the flag carrier of “transporting something other than passengers,” referring to hashish. Now, the airline is geared, with two high profile French lawyers, to bring Messahel to justice.The case surfaced on October 2, when the top Algerian diplomat claimed during a meeting with business leaders in Algiers that the Moroccan state-owned carrier transports cannabis to sub-Saharan Africa.His slur immediatly backfired. The company is using all of the legal means at its disposal, including top French lawyers Ralph Boussier and Jean-Yves Dupeux and the Royal Palace’s lawyer Hicham Nacirito, to file a complaint on January against the Algerian official for “defamation” in the Paris District Court. The two celebrated French lawyers have already collaborated with Morocco in national cases.Boussier has represented Morocco in an 1999 case against the French daily Le Monde for accusing Hassan II of being the primary cannabis exporter in the world.In 2003, he intervened on behalf of Othman Benjelloun in a fraud case.Jean-Yves Dupeux has also stood on the side of Morocco, when boxer Zakaria Moumni claimed that he was tortured in Morocco in 2016.Heavy AccusationsThe Algerian minister went so far as to accuse Morocco of funding its investments programs in sub-Saharan Africa with money obtained from drug trafficking, as well as that Moroccan banks helped launder money from the hashish trade.“Moroccan banks are money laundering hashish, that everyone knows. The leaders of so many African countries have told me this, ” he added.These remarks were squarely denounced by Moroccan authorities, who said that the Algerian minister showed a lack of knowledge regarding the Moroccan banking system and the rules of international civil aviation.
America’s National Mining Association (NMA) is examining a final rule issued recently by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requiring new proximity detection technology to be installed on all continuous mining machines used in underground coal mines. The rule is effective beginning March 15 with staggered deadlines varying with the manufactured dates of machines in use. The final rule accepts NMA’s suggestion to replace MSHA’s proposed requirement for fixed distance detection zones around continuous miners with a performance standard for determining when machines would automatically be stopped. As finalised, the rule also addresses a second NMA concern by allowing more time for re-built machines to implement the requirements for installing the proximity technology.NMA will comment further on the rule after consulting with member companies and soliciting their views of its impact on operations.
← Previous Story Vukovic: “Our defense was impressive! – Wenta: “Efficiency ZERO” Next Story → Lindgren: “We can be satisfied”; Sundovski: “We played our game” Danes weren’t impressive in the first win at the EHF EURO 2012 against Slovakia 30:25, but Danish coach Ulrik Wilbek, somehow, expected this kind of a match:-This was a typical first game of the Tournament. We were nervous, then we had bad 10, 20 minutes at the second half, Slovaks came close, back to the match. I am satisfied with a win, but our performance was a mix of good and bad things. We are now in the tournament, we hope to progress to the Main Round, but tough tasks, as the next match against Serbia waiting for us.
Here is the explanation of the Voting process for the World’s Best Player 2013. Handball-Planet.com made the Jury consisted of the handball specialized journalists from 11 countries (Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Ireland, Argentina, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Slovenia and Macedonia) and the last member were fans. All the Jury members gave the three names per position with 3, 2 and 1 point, while the fans’ opinion was calculated different with 5, 3 and 1 point per position.Three players with the biggest support – Laszlo Nagy (23.528), Kiril Lazarov (20.256) and Niklas Landin (8.715) got 10,7 and 6 points. handballhandball worldworld’s best handball player ← Previous Story WORLD’S BEST HANDBALL PLAYER 2013: DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK! Next Story → EHF CUP TOP 16 draw BEST LEFT BACK 2013?Mikkel Hansen (44%, 7,920 Votes)Filip Jicha (35%, 6,314 Votes)Siarhei Rutenka (21%, 3,583 Votes)Total Voters: 17,817BEST PLAYMAKER 2013?Domagoj Duvnjak (50%, 8,316 Votes)Nikola Karabatic (32%, 5,298 Votes)Uros Zorman (18%, 3,156 Votes)Total Voters: 16,770BEST RIGHT BACK 2013?Laszlo Nagy (53%, 23,528 Votes)Kiril Lazarov (45%, 20,256 Votes)Jorge Maqueda (2%, 871 Votes)Total Voters: 44,655BEST RIGHT WING 2013?Hans Lindberg (53%, 8,629 Votes)Ivan Cupic (32%, 5,206 Votes)Victor Tomas (15%, 2,393 Votes)Total Voters: 16,228BEST LINE PLAYER 2013?Julen Aguinagalde (39%, 5,944 Votes)Igor Vori (31%, 4,640 Votes)Jesper Noddesbo (30%, 4,489 Votes)Total Voters: 15,073BEST GOALKEEPER 2013?Niklas Landin (53%, 8,715 Votes)Arpad Sterbik (35%, 5,792 Votes)Johannes Bitter (12%, 1,890 Votes)Total Voters: 16,397Jury members:Bjorn Pazen (Germany, Handball-Woche) Bence Martha (Hungary, hatosfal.hu, Digisport) Wojciech Osinski (Poland, przegladsportowy.pl) Rici Gjamovski (Macedonia, MKD Sport) Lojze Grcman (Slovenia, SIOL) Tom O Brannagain (Ireland, EHF TV) Patrick Andersen (Denmark, hbold.dk) Jorge Dargel Amigo (Spain, Marca) Gaston Rudich (Argentina, superhandball.ar) Nicolas Chardon – Handnews.fr TEAM (France) Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com) BEST LEFT WING 2013?Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (41%, 7,383 Votes)Anders Eggert (37%, 6,592 Votes)Uwe Gensheimer (22%, 3,936 Votes)Total Voters: 17,911
WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter OC O WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Trump On Activist Investor Taking Stake In AT&T: CNN Is ‘Bad For The USA’ Man, it would’ve been over 5 and 4 million if America’s Choice 2016 and the Democratic Convention wasn’t on that night. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Comments are closed. Toronto Raptors Selling Team-Branded Hijab For Muslim Women Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter July 27, 2016 at 6:50 am Now Playing Up Next Last night’s 7/25 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.34 million viewers on the USA Network on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 3.17 million viewers. RAW was the No. 3 show overall on cable for Monday night behind “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and CNN’s live coverage of the Democratic National Convention.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.412 million viewers (up from 3.204 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.350 million viewers (up from 3.236 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.255 million viewers (up from 2.960 million viewers)RAW averaged a 1.23 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, up from a 1.13 last week. The show did see a drop off in the third hour (1.24, 1.24 and 1.21).Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipToronto Raptors Selling Team-Branded Hijab For Muslim WomenVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT Facebook
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety So what’s next for Viacom? A major merger perhaps, possibly the long-rumored partnership with CBS? Bakish seemed dismissive. “Our plan is fundamentally based on the assets we have,” he said. “We don’t need a transformational deal.” Instead, Viacom was focusing on smaller deals through acquisitions of companies like Vidcon and Awesomeness.Instead of merging to compete, Viacom is looking to diversify its distribution. “We are active in the OTT space,” he said. “We are also active in the SVOD space through our third-party production business.” A growing part of this strategy will be to lean into mobile, said Bakish. “Mobile distribution really is the catalyst that will turn this whole decline of television argument on its head.”One of the factors that will drive mobile forward will be 5G, but Bakish also looked further ahead to driverless, 5G-connected cars. “The last vestige of video-free consumption is the automobile,” he said. In the future, cars could add many more viewing minutes, just like the bedroom TV did many years ago. “That’s coming,” quipped Bakish.Bakish added that the company was also looking to strike new distribution deals, including its partnership with Facebook to stream MTV shows, to keep the company’s brands “top of mind” for consumers.And finally, Bakish also hailed the new platforms as a frontier for advanced advertising, calling out Dish and Sling TV as examples. Dish was still mostly serving up ads the traditional way, whereas Sling’s ad business is a lot more targeted. “All the Sling ads are dynamic,” he said. Viacom CEO Bob Bakish isn’t ready to celebrate victory just yet. “I wouldn’t ever say mission accomplished, and certainly not in the changing world we are living in,” Bakish said during his keynote conversation at Variety’s CES Summit Wednesday.That’s despite the fact that Bakish has overcome quite a few challenges since taking over the helm of the media company in late 2016. “The company was in the need of a turn-around,” he recalled. Two years ago, Paramount lost a whopping $0.5 billion, and Viacom was struggling on other fronts as well.Two years in, the company’s movie business is doing a lot better. “Paramount is in a fundamentally better place,” he said. This is also manifesting itself in the bottom line: “We’ve had seven straight quarters of earnings improvement,” Bakish said.
Stay on target We love video games here at Geek.com. We think they’re a great, valid modern art form. But one thing that makes video games more… unique compared to other mediums is the relative importance (or lack thereof) of narrative when it comes to the quality of the overall work. To put it bluntly, you can make a great video game with an awful story or no story at all. Kind of tough to pull that off with a movie or book.Don’t get us wrong. There are games with great stories, especially these days as designers tend to put more effort into them. Gone Home tells a touching queer relationship drama. Mafia III turns 1960s southern racism into a pervasive gameplay mechanic. And The Stanley Parable has players make choices to comment on the futility of choice in games.But if series like Super Mario can be (rightfully) hailed as masterpieces even as plot after plot revolves around a turtle stealing a woman, great narratives remain optional for great games. Here are some examples of awesome games with terrible storylines.Resident Evil 5As a game Resident Evil 5 doesn’t reach the landmark heights of its predecessor, the survival-horror third-person shooter masterpiece Resident Evil 4, but it is pretty good. However, the decision the set the game in Africa while making the main character a jacked white dude leads to perhaps the most racist AAA game we’ve seen so far, even if all you’re technically doing is fighting zombies. It’s a shame because with the right touch this could’ve been a real powerful premise, The Constant Gardener with zombies. At least “you were almost a Jill sandwich” has some ironic charm.Far Cry 5Far Cry 5’s expansive open-world and free-form shooter combat makes it arguably the most fun game in the series. But this is a game released in 2018, set in rural Montana, that has players fighting a religious death cult that actively avoids having any kind of political message, or message of any kind really. It’s empty and cowardly.God of War 3The first God of War (and the 2018 reboot) did an okay job being a bro gamer take on a Greek tragedy structure, what with Kratos’s ultimate failure to purge himself of his family slaughtering nightmares even after killing Ares. But God of War 3 ends with Kratos unleashing a plague on Greece before using the power of hope inside Pandora’s box to beat Zeus to death with his bare hands in first person. Classic God of War spectacle sure does look and play nice in HD though!Kingdom HeartsI feel bad for kids who fall for Kingdom Hearts. They think they’re getting a lighthearted adventure where Mickey Mouse hangs out with some anime folks like Cloud and Sephiroth. And the action RPG combat inside colorful Disney worlds backs that up. But what truly they’re signing up for is a nigh-incomprehensible juggernaut of nonsense fiction involving keyblade wars, multiple doppelgangers, extraneous fractions, and worst of all, lengthy stretches with no Mickey Mouse whatsoever.Super Paper MarioFor some reason there are legions of people who think Nintendo needs to maintain not just one but two entire Mario JRPG spin-off series. On the gameplay side, Super Paper Mario took things in a better direction by swapping turn-based combat with classic Mario platforming and an added dimension-shifting mechanic. But it’s weighed down by this interminable story about weddings and evil books and endless amounts of text that’s just impossible to care about in a boppy Mario game.Street Fighter VFighting games certainly have tons of great lore to tie their dozens of colorful characters together. But weaving that all into a cohesive story is easier said than done. At its core Street Fighter V feels as fantastic to play as you’d expect for the fighting game standard-bearer. But its attempt to ape NetherRealm’s new standard for fighting game stories is just embarrassing. It’s about evil moons and somehow setting the stage for Street Fighter III, completing the timeline Fast and Furious-style.Far Cry 3Before Far Cry 5 failed to say anything about American politics, Far Cry 3 failed to say anything about global politics. Folks love how this game took Far Cry 2’s open-world shooter philosophy and removed the more hardcore, restrictive mechanics only weirdos (correctly) got into. But it’s wrapped up in a story about dude bros crashing on an island flaunting their privilege so hard they literally have sex with crazy murderous native women (in first-person) to become the culture’s champion or something.NBA 2K16The NBA 2K series is the only name in town when it comes to basketball games. Secure in that knowledge, we appreciate how it tried to broaden its scope with a cinematic story mode in 2K16. Even more shocking, they hired Spike Lee, a true auteur filmmaker behind masterpiece films on race in America like Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X. Unfortunately, the tale of Frequency Vibrations’ rise through the NBA isn’t Lee’s finest outing. The Devil Michael Jordan opening rules though.Dead IslandDead Island is like Oblivion with zombies, with the bugs and open ambition that implies. In a vacuum, its story about a paradise resort beset by the undead is also totally fine. What isn’t fine is the gimmicky trailer that first tried to spin this as some somber, soulful, harrowing, heartbreaking tale about family suffering in a zombie apocalypse. In reality, the game is definitely more Dead Rising than The Last of Us.StarCraft II: Heart of the SwarmAs a whole, the StarCraft II story is big, operatic, goofy, pulpy fun that does a good job wrapping up all the insane lore the series built up in-between being an eSport. But the middle chapter, unlike in most trilogies, is the weak link. It sucks how part one is all about making Kerrigan human only for this game to undo all that. The game itself seems to know how pointless the human political squabbling is compared to the larger cosmic threat. And in general trying to spin Kerrigan as some kind of anti-hero feels like a lame retcon that’s in response to her Darth Vader-esque popularity. The StarCraft real-time strategy gameplay, of course, remains perfect.Blaster MasterPlenty of classic games have fever dream plots written on the fly by whoever was putting together the manual in that particular country. It’s the perfect fit for abstract visuals and contextless gameplay challenges. Blaster Master is a fantastic early example of the Metroidvania subgenre that’s split between action-packed tank shooter levels and exploratory on-foot levels. And it’s all about rescuing your pet frog Fred, which is awful or awesome depending on your point of view.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on February 19, distributed 1,000 Electric Potter Wheels along with other pottery equipments among the potters at Varanasi.Creating positive impact on the lives of artisans, among whom the Prime Minister had earlier distributed 260 Electric Potter Wheels along with Blungers and Pug-mills. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), under its Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, has identified another 1,000 potters in Varanasi for distributing Electric Potter Wheels, Pug-Mills, and Blungers. Training of those 1,000 has already been completed. These 1,000 Electric Potter wheels, 100 Pug-Mills, and 100 Blungers will create 4,800 direct employments in Varanasi region as each machine provides direct jobs to four persons. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said it is a matter of pride for KVIC that the Prime Minister has distributed its Electric Potter Wheels, Blungers and Pug-Mills for the second time. “The Electric Potter Wheels had appeared as major game-changer for the lives of Kumhar community. Since Varanasi and surrounding areas have a significant number of Kumhar people, the demand for more Electric Potter Wheels have come in a big way after its distribution,” he said, adding, “We had requested the Railways to make use of these products mandatory at Varanasi and Raebareilly Railway Stations. Accepting the request, The Railways issued the orders on January 16.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt may be noted that KVIC, for the first time, has reached the remotest areas of Leh / Ladakh, to create employment opportunities in that region, which was so far, cut-off from the main land of the nation. “These Electric Potter Wheels have not only revived the pottery industry from extinction but also has created a big ray of hope for the further generation of employment. We have identified the artisans for pottery with the help of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) in the villages like Likhit, Saspole and Matho etc. of Leh region, which will create direct employment for 720 people. We have set a target of distributing another 10,000 Electric Potter Wheels with 1,000 Pug-Mills and 1,000 Blungers by March 31 this year,” the KVIC Chairman added.
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NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays in air travel because of an increase in sick leave at two East Coast air traffic control facilities. LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey were both experiencing delays in takeoffs. According to the FAA’s website, arrivals at both airports are being delayed at their departure points – by up to 90 minutes at LaGuardia and an hour at Newark.The effects have hit Canadian airports, where departure boards are showing delays and outright cancellations of flights bound for American destinations.Air Canada has posted a travel alert for both LGA and EWR, citing Air Traffic Control restrictions at both airports. Air Canada is allowing passengers booked in and out of either airport today, Jan. 25, to alter their flight plans with no change fees.LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport), tweeted at about 11:10 a.m. this morning: “Due to staffing shortages at FAA air traffic control centers along the East Coast there are major delays at LGA. Confirm your flight with your airline.” LaGuardia has continued to update travellers about the length of delays throughout the day, via @LGAairport.FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed. The staffing problems were at air traffic centres in Jacksonville, Florida and a Washington D.C. centre that controls high-altitude air traffic over seven states. Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of “minimal impacts” on travel. The White House says President Donald Trump has briefed on airport delays amid the extended partial government shutdown. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the federal government shutdown is impacting safety and security at airports and putting travellers at risk. The Democrat wrote to Republican President Donald Trump today demanding that he reopen government immediately. Cuomo said the partial shutdown is reducing staffing for Transportation Security Administration workers as well as air traffic controllers. He noted an increase in the number of TSA workers calling in absent, and said many air traffic controllers are working extra shifts without pay. Tags: Delays, Government Shutdown, LaGuardia Airport Share Friday, January 25, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Major delays reported at LaGuardia, EWR as shutdown wreaks havoc More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksWith files from The Canadian Press By: The Associated Press
Associated PressHANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Police in central Vietnam say they have found the carcasses of two endangered wild tigers in the trunk of a car that was stopped for speeding.Police in Quang Binh province say they detained the two men in the car for questioning after finding the tiger carcasses Monday. The men told police they were hired by an unknown man to transport the carcasses to nearby Quang Tri province. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Tiger bones are used In Vietnam to make a medicine which is used as a traditional pain killer. It sells for about $1,000 for 100 grams, or several hundred dollars an ounce.The conservation group WWF ranked Vietnam last week as the worst country in the world for wildlife crime.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Comments Share How men can have a healthy 2019 5 treatments for adult scoliosis