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Morocco Cuba Reestablish Diplomatic Relations

New York – Morocco and Cuba on Friday decided to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries.“In accordance with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco on Friday re-established its diplomatic relations with Cuba,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.According to the same source, the decision was made following “a joint statement was signed between the Permanent Missions of the two countries to the United Nations in New York, providing for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.” The decision was made a couple of weeks after King Mohammed’s private visit to Cuba. It was the Moroccan monarch’s first visit to the country since his coronation in 1999 and the first ever made by a Moroccan king.Since the 1960’s, relations between the two countries were marked by increased tension as a result of Cuba’s decision to side with Algeria during the Morocco-Algerian military conflict of 1963 known as the “Sand War.”And in the 1970’s, Cuba chose again to side with Algeria in its support for the independence of the Western Sahara from Morocco.Morocco severed its relations with Cuba back in 1980 as a result of Cuba support for the Polisario and its stance on the territorial dispute.Analysts regards this move as a major setback for the Polisario, which has for long considered Cuba as the bulwark of its secessionist agenda and among its fiercest supporters at the United Nations.For the past four decades, Cuba has welcomed and trained scores of young Saharawis from the Tindouf camps.The opening of a Moroccan embassy in Cuba and a Cuban embassy in Morocco will enable the two countries to reestablish the channels of dialogue and work for the betterment of the interests of their respective peoples. read more

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King Mohammed VI Inaugurates New RabatSalé Bridge

Rabat- King Mohammed VI has inaugurated the urban bypass N2 Highway linking the city of Rabat to Salé over the Bouregreg River. The sovereign named the bridge “Ribat Al Fath.” The project is part of the King’s 2014-2018 Rabat development program launched in 2015 to improve road security and help with the city’s traffic congestion.The new bypass is 8 kilometers long, extending from Tadla Avenue in Rabat to the national highway N6 in Salé. The bypass has a vehicle-carrying capacity of 30,000 cars daily, encompassing 28 percent of the total traffic between the two cities.The bypass also includes a tunnel connecting the Mohammed VI Avenue crossroad in Rabat and an above-ground passage at Zarbia Road in Salé.The project’s construction budget reached MAD 520 billion, carried out by the Bouregreg Valley development agency. read more

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UN human rights chief begins visit to Slovenia

30 January 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights arrived today in Slovenia for a two-day official visit in the country that current holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. While in the capital, Ljubljana, Louise Arbour is scheduled to meet the country’s President Danilo Türk, Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and other representatives of the Government, according to a statement issued by her office.Ms. Arbour is also expected to hold discussions with Slovenia’s human rights ombudsperson and with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).In a separate development, the UN independent human rights expert on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, will tomorrow start an eight-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where he will meet with Government representatives, the military, police, human rights organizations and other civil society groups. read more

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Memphis recordsetting Henderson eyes conference title

Memphis’ Darrell Henderson has bigger goals to accomplish, so he doesn’t have time to waste celebrating his American Athletic Conference record or his status as the nation’s second-leading rusher.Henderson wants to win an AAC championship.Memphis (8-4) carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s AAC championship game against No. 7 Central Florida (11-0, No. 8 College Football Playoff ). The Knights have won 24 straight games over the last two years but will be playing this week without injured star quarterback McKenzie Milton.The Tigers’ opportunity to claim a conference title comes one week after Henderson set the AAC’s single-season rushing record.“It felt good, but I had to flush that because we’ve got a (chance at a) bigger accomplishment this week,” Henderson said. “We’ve got to go play for the conference championship, so I’m just focused on my team right now. This championship is more important right now.”This game represents a second chance for Henderson, whose potential go-ahead 32-yard touchdown run was nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter of a 31-30 loss to UCF last month. Even without that touchdown, Henderson still rushed for 199 yards in that game.“We’ve just got to play relentless and make sure we finish this game,” Henderson said. “We just had too many turnovers and too many mistakes (last time).”Henderson is the biggest reason why Memphis is back in the conference championship game one year after losing quarterback Riley Ferguson and Chicago Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who had formed one of the nation’s most dynamic passing combinations.Memphis has utilized a more run-oriented offence this year while leaning heavily on Henderson, who had rushed for 1,154 yards last season despite sitting out a Liberty Bowl loss to Iowa State with a hamstring injury. Memphis coach Mike Norvell says Henderson gained about 15 pounds in the off-season to prepare for the increased workload.The 5-foot-9 junior from Batesville, Mississippi has responded by rushing for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 8.6 yards per carry. He has gained at least 40 yards on 13 separate plays from scrimmage (10 runs, three catches) to lead all FBS players.Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is the only FBS player with more yards rushing than Henderson this season. Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary is the only FBS player with more touchdown runs. Henderson is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award given annually to college football’s top running back.“He’s got great vision and the ability to make you miss, and he’s got enough power to run through you as well,” UCF coach Josh Heupel said. “He’s electric when he gets into space and can turn a 5-yard gain into a big one real quick.”While Henderson has put up huge rushing totals, he prides himself on his versatility. Henderson has caught 41 passes over his last two years while developing more of an all-around game.Henderson’s three touchdown catches and 19 touchdown runs give him 22 overall touchdowns this season to match Singletary for the FBS lead. Norvell calls him an “absolute complete back” while citing Henderson’s blocking and receiving ability.“He is an unselfish player who will do whatever it takes for this team to be successful,” Norvell said.Henderson’s drive has enabled him to prove many people wrong.While his explosiveness was never questioned, Henderson says his lack of size caused Power Five schools to shy away from him.“It just put a chip on my shoulder and made me hungry,” Henderson said.Henderson said he felt at home during a visit to Memphis, where he’s been proving his worth ever since. Yet as he reflects on his records and his lofty status in the NCAA rankings, Henderson believes he’s capable of much more.“I feel good, but I still feel like I could have played better,” Henderson said. “I just take it game by game and try to learn from each game and each mistake I make in a game.”Consider that a warning to UCF and Memphis’ eventual bowl opponent.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargeeSteve Megargee, The Associated Press read more

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Army experts called in as three explosive devices found in Tallaght

first_imgTHREE VIABLE BOMBS have been rendered safe by army experts in Tallaght, the Defence Forces have confirmed.It follows an alert in the St Dominics area of the south Dublin suburb this afternoon.An Army bomb squad responded to a call-out from gardaí, after one suspect device was found outside a house in the estate. A number of houses were then evacuated and nearby roads were closed off.The team arrived on scene at 4.20 pm, and the devices were made safe without the need for a controlled explosion. The all clear was given after around 30 minutes.The component parts have since been brought to a military location for further examination, and will be handed over to investigating gardaí.Read: Man in 30s hospitalised, two youths questioned after Cork city centre assaultlast_img read more

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Google un énigmatique lancement après demain

first_imgGoogle : un énigmatique lancement après demainSous la forme d’une curieuse annonce, Google pourrait dévoiler un nouveau service le 16 novembre prochain. Mise à disposition d’Ice Cream Sandwich ? Google Music Store ? Le mystère plane sur la toile mais certains indices laisseraient supposer que la seconde option pourrait bien être la bonne…Google fera une annonce mercredi, mais se garde bien de révéler quel en sera le sujet. Mais alors que court la rumeur selon laquelle le géant de Redmond aurait l’intention de lancer une boutique de téléchargement de musique au sein de la plate-forme Google Music store, certains indices laissent deviner que cet événement spécial concernera le monde de la musique.L’invitation reçue par plusieurs médias américains a été envoyée par un certain Nigel Tufnel, avec le titre These go to eleven. Cet homme est le guitariste du groupe Spinal Tap, auquel le réalisateur Rob Reiner a consacré un documentaire parodique. Dans ce film, est prononcée la phrase The go to eleven, qui fait référenceà un ampli permettant au son de dépasser le niveau dix auquel sont limités les autres amplis. Il y a donc peu de doutes quant à la nature musicale de l’annonce prévue par Google. Un événement qui sera retransmis sur le compte Youtube du système d’exploitation mobile Android.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Mario Chain Chomp Lamp

first_imgThis is a fearsome lamp, standing over 18 inches tall and weighing over six pounds. It starts with a heavy base designed to look like a brown Mario block with rivets. It carries most of the lamp’s weight, which means you’ll have a hard time knocking it over.The chain that runs from the top of the lamp is a single, stiff piece of metal shaped like an S, with molded chain links through which the power cable runs. It isn’t flexible, and I wouldn’t recommend trying to bend it into different shapes. The pose is pretty dynamic, even if it is still; it looks like the chain chomp is rearing up like a snake.Then there’s old chompy. The chain chomp itself is a dark blue plastic ball shaped like Pac-Man, with vacant cartoon eyes and pointy rubber teeth. While the chain doesn’t bend, you can twist and bend the chomp on a hinge at the top of the chain. The bulb is mounted inside the chomp’s mouth, and is a permanent cluster of white LEDs. You can’t replace the bulb, but it puts out a respectable 60 lumens and should last at least 30,000 hours.The lamp is optionally USB-powered. The power cable runs out of the base and terminates in a USB connector, which you can plug into a power outlet with the included adapter. LEDs aren’t particularly power-hungry, and I ran the lamp off a USB hub connected to a notebook computer with no problems. The light’s pretty bright, too. It won’t cover a whole room, but it can shine a good amount on a floor or surface.The Mario Chain Chomp Lamp isn’t fancy, but it’s fun. It’s a nightmarish ball of teeth on a chain that shines light and reminds you of video games. That’s worth $49.99, at least if you’re shopping for a sturdy desk lamp. You can also paint the chomp yellow and make it a demon Pac-Man lamp. The possibilities are… well, not endless, but it’s a nice lamp.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on targetcenter_img Chain chomps are rad. They’re the Terminators of Mario. Just big, scary, Langoliers-ass teethballs on chains that can’t be hurt. They’ll mess you up, especially in Mario 64. Or you can keep one on your desk or shelf and use it as a reading light. ThinkGeek’s Mario Chain Chomp Lamp is just that: a chain chomp desk lamp.last_img read more

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Register Now for the Soy Social and Auction and Join the Soybean

first_imgForget the Golden Globes or the Oscars—if you really want to be at the hottest party this February, then register now for the ASA Soy Social and Auction. The Soy Social and Auction is Thursday, Feb. 27 at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Register online by Feb. 20 and you will be entered into a drawing for a $200 cash gift card. “I encourage everyone to go to the Soy Social and Auction webpage and look at all of the great items to bid on,” Soy Social and Auction Chairman and SoyPAC Vice Chairman Mike Cunningham. “We are offering exotic trips, farming equipment, luxury vacations, autographed memorabilia and many other items.”For 2014, ASA is offering the following tickets for individuals, couples and for auction only. The ticket prices for the 2014 Soy Social and Auction are:Individual: $79.00 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 27)Couples: $144.00 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 27)Auction Only: $44.00 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 27)Individual: $89.00 (At door registration)Couples: $154.00 (At door registration)Auction Only: $44.00Individuals who purchase Auction Only tickets will only be allowed to enter at 6:30 p.m.For 2014, ASA is continuing to offer the following events to make the Soy Social and Auction experience special. These events include:“First Sighting Party” – ASA is pleased to announce Intelliair as the sponsor for the “First Sighting Party.”VIP Seating Areas – Yes that is correct, areas! Once again ASA is offering multiple VIP seating areas for the Soy Social and Auction. Each VIP seating area will feature comfortable couches and chairs and your own private server so you don’t miss a minute of the auction. Each VIP seating area will seat the winning bidder and five of his/her closest friends. The first VIP seating area will be auctioned off at the ASA December Board Meeting, the second will be auctioned off at the 2014 ASA Soybean Leadership College and the third will be auctioned at the start of the live auction.Commemorative Hat and Apparel Auction – ASA is pleased to have Renewable Energy Group as the sponsor again for this year’s Commemorative Hat and Apparel auction.Mystery Box Auction Item – ASA is pleased to have Bayer CropScience as the sponsor for the Mystery Box Auction Item as part of the live auction.Registration InstructionsParticipants will register through ASA’s new web portal system that automatically integrates the information into our database system. Please note the following:Each person must have an ASA web portal account to register (if you haven’t already done this, it’s a one-time setup that takes just a few minutes then you will have your web account for other ASA meeting registrations).Register for the 2014 ASA Soy Social and Auction by clicking here. (Web portal accounts can also be set up at this link).After clicking on the registration link:Select “View and register for events”Select “ASA Soy Social and Auction”Log on (or select “create new account”)Follow the registration directionsThe ASA Soy Social and Auction benefits SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee. For more information about the 9th Annual Soy Social and Auction, or if you would like to sponsor the auction or donate an auction item, contact Byron Keelin at (314) 754-1355 or email bkeelin@soy.org or go to click here.last_img read more

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South Floridians protest for peace in Nicaragua

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens in a South Florida community gathered for a protest to call for peace in Nicaragua.A group of people took to the streets to voice their concern and frustration over the country’s government, Monday night.Those in attendance held flags, signs and speeches throughout the protest. This comes after the crisis in Nicaragua which plagued the nation and its people.“The people of Nicaragua right now are suffering. There are young men and women fighting for liberty,” said a protester. “They are being massacred by the current government, and it’s no longer about the tax increase that the government has raised for Nicaragua. It is now about what’s right and what’s wrong, and humanity.”“We are fighting for our rights, for their rights and we will never stop supporting you,” said protester Evike Turi.The deadly riots sparked over the weekend after the government planned to overhaul its pension system, which the Nicaraguan president has since revoked.At least 25 people were killed, including a 10-year-old boy. last_img read more

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OPEC set for no deal as Iran rejects Saudi oil output offer

first_imgIran on Tuesday rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia to limit its oil output in exchange for Riyadh cutting supply, dashing market hopes the two major OPEC producers would find a compromise this week to help ease global glut of crude.”The gap (in views) between OPEC countries is narrowing. I don’t expect that an agreement will come out of the consultations tomorrow,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters.Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said earlier: “It is not the time for decision-making.” Referring to the next formal OPEC meeting in Vienna on November 30, he added: “We will try to reach agreement for November.”The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will hold informal talks at 1400 GMT on Wednesday. Its members are also meeting non-OPEC producers on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum, which groups producers and consumers.Oil prices LCOc1 have more than halved from 2014 levels due to oversupply, prompting OPEC producers and rival Russia to seek a market re balancing that would boost revenues from oil exports and help their crippled budgets.The predominant idea since early 2016 among producers has been to agree to freeze output levels, although market watchers have said such a move would fail to reduce unwanted barrels.A deal has also been complicated by acute political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which are fighting several proxy-wars in the Middle East, including in Syria and Yemen.Sources told Reuters last week that Saudi Arabia had offered to reduce its output if Iran agreed to freeze production, a shift in Riyadh’s position as the kingdom had previously refused to discuss output cuts.WHAT IRAN WANTSOn Tuesday, several OPEC delegates said the positions of Saudi Arabia and Iran remained too far apart. Oil prices were down more than 3 percent by 1802 GMT. “There is a move forward, but they (OPEC) haven’t got to the finish,” Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said after meeting Falih and Zanganeh. Novak and Falih said a deal was still possible later this year.Three OPEC sources said Iran, whose production has stagnated at 3.6 million barrels per day, insisted on having the right to ramp up to around 4.1-4.2 million bpd, while OPEC Gulf members wanted its output to be frozen below 4 million.Several OPEC sources said Iran effectively rejected the offer despite last-minute attempts by Russia, Algeria and Qatar to rescue a deal.The Saudi and Iranian economies depend heavily on oil, but Iran is seeing the pressure easing as it emerges from years of sanctions. Riyadh, on the other hand, faces a second year of record budget deficits and is being forced to cut the salaries of government employees.BLAME GAMEIranian oil sources said Tehran wanted OPEC to allow it to produce 12.7 percent of the group’s output, equal to what it was extracting before 2012, when the European Union imposed additional sanctions on the country for its nuclear activities.Sanctions were eased in January 2016.Between 2012 and 2016, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf OPEC members have raised output to compete for market share with higher-cost producers such as the United States.As a result, Iran believes its fair production share in OPEC should be higher than its current output, which it says should rise once Tehran agrees on new investments with international oil companies. Saudi output has risen to 10.7 million bpd from 10.2 million in recent months due to local needs for summer cooling.Gary Ross, a veteran OPEC watcher and founder of U.S.-based think tank PIRA, said Saudi output had risen too steeply in recent months and even if it were cut to pre-summer levels, Iran would see an offer to freeze its own output as unfair.”It is a carefully calculated offer because Saudi Arabia knows it will not be acceptable to Iran … Saudi Arabia wants to put the blame of OPEC inaction in Algiers on Iran,” he said.Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB Markets, said: “We cannot see how Iran could possibly accept the Saudi offer. It would be like asking a long-time prisoner who was finally released from prison to go back again.”He said the lack of a deal in Algeria would result in further downside pressure on oil as Saudi Arabia would maintain elevated output levels while Iran boosted supply too.Falih said he saw no need for significant output cuts as the market was re-balancing itself. He added that Saudi Arabia was investing in additional spare capacity and could withstand the current trend in oil prices.last_img read more

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10 Things To Know For Wednesday

first_img Share AP Photo/Eugene HoshikoU.S. Vice President Mike Pence, front, waves to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, at the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.1. GEORGIA HOUSE SEAT STILL UNDECIDEDA June 20 runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is an early barometer for Trump and both parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.2. ‘THE SHIELD STANDS GUARD AND THE SWORD STANDS READY’From the deck of a massive aircraft carrier off Tokyo, Vice President Mike Pence warns North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military.3. TRUMP SHAKING UP STATUS-QUO IN NORTH ASIAIn trying to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Pyongyang sees more volatility, China calls for calm and Japan weighs a retaliatory capability.4. WHAT MAY HAVE MOTIVATED FRESNO SHOOTERBefore he shot to death three people at random, Kori Ali Muhammad, a 34-year-old black man, told police he wanted to kill as many white people as he could before he was captured.5. MANHUNT ENDS IN UNLIKELY FASHIONFacebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone when a worker at a McDonald’s near Erie, Pennsylvania, recognized him at the drive-thru window.6. WHERE TRUMP SUPPORT IS STRONGResidents of Androscoggin County, Maine, backed a Republican for president for the first time in decades because many support his views on immigration, AP finds, even though the town has been bolstered by immigrants.7. AP: PERU BACKSLIDING ON ILLEGAL LOGGINGThe 2015 impoundment of a freighter in Houston carrying tons of Amazon rainforest wood represents a rare victory in the battle to preserve tropical forests.8. HOW NAVY IS ADDRESSING FEMALE SAILORSDefense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first U.S. fleet of Navy submarines built specifically to accommodate female crew members.9. NO SPINNING THIS ONEViewership of Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” drops without its vacationing and scandal-riddled host, Bill O’Reilly.10. WHO’S WONDERING WHETHER HE’LL ‘GET THAT ITCH AGAIN’Michael Phelps hasn’t gotten the urge to return to swimming, but the winningest athlete in Olympic history hasn’t ruled out yet another comeback.last_img read more

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How Nintendo won E3 and why it probably doesnt matter

first_imgThere were no zombies, faux military combat sequences, or pot shots at the competition, yet somehow Nintendo managed to delight and surprise everyone at E3 today. Nintendo demonstrated over and over again that they are weird, wonderful, and paying close attention to what their audience wants. Unfortunately, the company’s situation is looking like a textbook case of too-little-too-late.Having spent the last 24 hours completely saturated in all things E3, I can say without a doubt in my mind that Nintendo’s presentation was the best. It was funny, quirky, and completely devoid of any stuffy business talk or jabs at Sony and Microsoft. Every single game that was announced is something I want to add to my Wii U and Nintendo 3DS collection, and perhaps more importantly it was all stuff I could share with my kids.The presentation reminded me of why I love Nintendo, and how excited we can all get when a new Nintendo game comes out. The Wii U and 3DS lineup coming into the next year is looking truly special, and as long as Nintendo can deliver on the things they announced today there’s a good chance there will be tons of happy fans out there once these games come to market.We learned more about Super Smash Bros. $59.99 at Dell, including the new Mii Fighter setup and the Skylanders-esque Amiibo platform for the Wii U. Mii Fighters are going to be customizeable, so you can put yourself in the fight or make your own Bruce Lee or Harry Potter and stick them in the game to fight on your behalf. The Amiibo platform uses NFC figurines to add characters into the battle, but Nintendo has made it clear that eventually this will be more than just Super Smash figurines.Mario Kart 8 $59.99 at Dell was tipped as part of the Amiibo plans, which now makes it clear what Nintendo’s plans for DLC are for the platform. If you can purchase additional physical racers and add them to the game, Nintendo could keep things interesting for quite a while.Zelda made a big splash for this presentation in two different ways. We got a little explainer for the upcoming Zelda Wii U game $59.99 at Best Buy, which looks big and beautiful despite only having seen a few seconds of it. Zelda for the Wii U appears to be going the route of open exploration, which has some incredible potential behind it as long as it doesn’t get too confusing. Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors hybrid with Zelda art all over, got some screen time as well. The game looks exactly as advertised so far, with major Zelda characters acting as generals you can choose to play as during the game. This means that your main character can be Link, Zelda, or even Midna from Twilight Princess if that’s your thing.The rest of the presentation was a ton of cool little things. We’re getting a new Yoshi game based in an even crazier yarn world, Toad’s mini-game in Super Mario 3D World is being promoted to its own title, and a new multiplayer online game called Splatoon looks like and incredible amount of fun regardless of your skill level.Mario Maker is going to let us all live out our dreams as level creators for Super Mario, and share them with friends to see who can be the best level creator out there. There’s even some more adult themed games in the mix with the mech heavy Xenoblade Chronicles and the creepy but cool Bayonetta fighter. On all accounts, this combination of titles is exactly the kind of excitement and age mix that Nintendo needed to deliver on. So, why does it feel like Nintendo is still in trouble?If you set aside the lack of AAA titles — by which I mean the latest Call of Duty and Battlefield offerings that really weren’t all that impressive to begin with — Nintendo’s E3 lineup is almost entirely aimed at 2015 releases. While Microsoft and Sony had the same basic problem during their announcements, the Xbox One and PS4 aren’t in trouble right now. As much as Nintendo fans like to cheer on the 6 million consoles sold figure for the Wii U, the console is still seriously behind.Mario Kart 8 is one of several great games for the console recently that are going to keep sales going for a bit, but there was nothing from this presentation that counts as a major title for the console that will be available in time for the holidays. That means the titles that are really cool for the Wii U right now will start to collect dust right around the time Nintendo needs to be crushing it. Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS was delayed until October, and there’s not even a launch date for the Wii U version yet. It looks like Nintendo has a seriously impressive 2015 planned, but the second half of 2014 looks a little on the barren side right now.If you ask me, Nintendo won E3 with their presentation this year, and the ability to put Super Smash Bros in the hands of the users at Best Buy locations later this week is a big deal, but it’s a long time between now and 2015.last_img read more

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Textiles get a glam touch

first_imgThe Capital’s textile and handicraft hub — popularly known as Dilli Haat, turned into a ramp on Thursday night with leading models strutting their stuff in ensembles designed by well-known designers. Hosted by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Incredible Handicraft was a  fashion show that brought together designers like Abraham & Thakore, Payal Jain and Samanth Chauhan who showcased fashion creations based on the Indian handicrafts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ India, which is well-known for its handicrafts and textiles, was the focus of the fashion show. ‘The Development Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India endeavours to sustain and nurture the essentially diminishing art of Indian handicraft. The office seeks to promote the artisans and the practitioners of the trade and aims at improving their daily quality of life by supporting them in their quest of preserving their natural and traditional skills along with fostering their knowledge and craft skills,’ said SS Gupta, Development Commissioner, O/O Development Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.  ‘By bringing together the big names of the Indian fashion Industry, our endeavour is to introduce the current generation to the uniqueness of Indian handicrafts and encourage them to endorse the wonderful creation of Indian legacy,’ he added.  Models like Sonalika Sahay, Donna Masih, Aanchal Oberoi, Anousha Chauhan, Himani Thapa, Priyanka Bhau and others showcased creations that included the traditional kedia silhouette with handcrafted shibori, Lucknowi chikankari work and Bhagalpur silk. The Indian handicrafts sector provides employment to people belonging to socially and economically weaker sections of the country, particularly in rural areas.last_img read more

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Mentally deranged woman beaten up on childlifter charges

first_imgDhupguri (West Bengal): A mentally deranged woman has been beaten up in Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal on suspicion of being child-lifter, police said today. The incident occurred yesterday evening at around 8 pm at Barogharia Gram Panchayat area in Dhupguri Block. Locals claimed thar the woman was spotted in the neighbourhood for the past few days and used candies to lure children. “There have been incidents of child trafficking here. We found that the woman was carrying several candies,” Samir Roy, a resident of Barogharia said. The bruised woman was taken to a hospital yesterday and was released after initial treatment. “We are investigating the incident. We have taken the mentally deranged woman into our custidy,” Jalpaiguri Superintendent of Police Amitava Maity said.last_img read more

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Bridging the fashion divide

first_imgThe different techniques of embroidery, colour combinations and stitching methods have embellished the creative attires adorned by fashion aficionados since time immemorial. Creative trends in fashion today have managed to reach a much wider audience through various mediums such as films, TV and the internet. Between India and Pakistan, the proximity had enabled the transfer of various techniques of embroidery since the pre-partition era, a time when people knew about Chikankari or Multani Tanka. Later, as political complications restricted it, the need for another way of accessing the latest trends, arose. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Initially films were used to showcase various fashion trends, cuisines and talents in the two neighbouring countries but soon it became more one-sided with only Indian films and fashion trends making their way to the other side. It was only after the introduction of Pakistani TV serials (through the TV Channel Zindagi) that the affection for Pakistani artists and their fashion trends reached its zenith in India, which has further prompted events, combining and showcasing the efforts of both the nations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe launch of Shaan-e-Pakistan is the latest event in line for these collaborations. Here, the latest fashion trends of both the countries will be showcased. Huma Nassr, the curator of Shaan-e-Pakistan revealed, “The different kinds of embroidery such as Chikankari, Kundan, Mukaish work, Zardozi and Multani Tanka will be showcased through the bridal collections along with the works focusing on the high-street fashion by the Indian and Pakistani designers.”  When asked if the Pakistani TV serials have contributed in any way to popularise the event, Nassr said, “Yes, Pakistani serials have helped to promote Pakistani fashion to Indian audience with some of the Pakistani and Indian celebrities even supporting this event.” Supported by Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi and Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), the three-day event which will be starting from September 10, will showcase the works of Indian designers such as Anju Modi, Vinky Singh, Sadan Pandey, Poonam Bhagat along with their Pakistani counterparts like Huma Nassr, HSY, Mona Imran, Nadia Hussain among others. Vinky Singh, who will be showcasing her Fulkari collection said, “I am looking forward to the fashion show and I hope that it brings the two nations closer.”last_img read more

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