G7 and European Union unite to reject recent election in Venezuela

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and its fellow G7 countries along with the European Union issued a joint statement today saying they are united in rejecting and denouncing the recent presidential election in Venezuela.The May 20 election of Nicolas Maduro has already attracted widespread condemnation, with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland earlier calling the vote “illegitimate and anti-democratic.”The joint statement says by “failing to meet accepted international standards and not securing the basic guarantees for an inclusive, fair and democratic process, this election and its outcome lack legitimacy and credibility.”The G7 and EU add that while the Maduro regime “solidifies its authoritarian grip, the people of Venezuela continue to suffer human rights abuses and serious deprivation.”The statement calls on Maduro to restore constitutional democracy in Venezuela, schedule free and fair elections, immediately release all political prisoners, restore the authority of the National Assembly, and provide for full, safe and unhindered access by humanitarian actors.On Monday, the Canadian government applied some pressure on its own by saying it would not seek to replace its ambassador in Caracas and would “downgrade” its diplomatic ties with the South American country.Ottawa also imposed a ban on formal military co-operation with Venezuela and ensured the Canadian embassy in Caracas is only headed by a charge d’affaires rather than an ambassador.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Crash Luke Bryans Party and Meet Him Backstage

first_imgWhatever plans you have, break them… because you and a friend are crashing Luke Bryan’s party.Crash Luke Bryan’s Party and Meet Him Backstageomaze.com is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet country music star Luke Bryan. You’ll get to head backstage at his show in Lake Tahoe, snap some photos, and chat about hunting, fishing or whatever you’d like. All we know is you won’t want this night to end. Flights and hotel are included.All you have to do is visit omaze.com and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis Tennessee, is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Its mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving Children. Your donation will support the groundbreaking research of St. Jude and their cutting-edge work combating pediatric cancer, all while making sure families never pay a dime for anything.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.But be quick, this opportunity only has a few more days to run.To find out more, and take part, click here.last_img read more

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Accidental Prez

first_imgIrony gasped when the ‘Servant Of The People’ actually ended up being just that. In a very interesting turn of events, a comedian with absolutely no political moorings has been elected as the President of Ukraine with 73 per cent votes. Volodymyr Zelenskiy became a phenomenon with his landslide electoral victory in the Ukrainian Presidential polls announcing the departure of the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. The 41-year-old comedian, as though prophetically, starring in a political satirical drama called ‘Servant Of The People’ (streaming on Netflix) plays a character that accidentally becomes the President of Ukraine. This remarkable win is viewed as one against social injustice, corruption, and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed over 13000 lives. As the world looks on, the President-elect has his platter of issues ready before him. His policies are eagerly looked forward to. Zelenskiy will assume office in about a month’s time and among the primary questions already swirling around him are about his policy position towards Russia. Zelenskiy is a native Russian speaker and critiques accuse him of having a soft stance towards Russian aggression: mainly the support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014. He is also accused of accepting funds and financial assistance from the Kremlin and has been touted as the preferred choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has had a rocky relation with the outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s previous on and off friendly inclination to Russia and the criticism he attracted from the Russian media seem passé before the promises he made to the people of Ukraine proper to the polls. The promise to bring home 24 Ukrainian sailors under arrest in Russia after being captured in a naval incident near Crimea earlier this year is claimed to be his number one priority; he has stated that talks are unavoidable between Ukraine and Russia because there’s a “real war” between the countries, adding that “there can’t be any compromise on Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence. “We don’t sell our people and we don’t sell our territories.” This boldness is quite a turnaround from what he said in March 2014: “I really want to address Mr. Putin. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Do not allow even the hint of a military conflict to happen. Because Russia and Ukraine really are brotherly nations… If you want, I can beg you on my knees. But please, do not put our people on their knees.” Allegations and controversies apart, the intensity of Zelenskiy’s thumping victory speaks more loudly of the fact that the public wants a change more than anything else.last_img read more

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Longtime business correspondent Ali Velshi joining MSNBC

FILE – In this Sept. 20, 2013 file photo, Ali Velshi, appears as a moderator to discuss the topic “Disputive Forces in the World” during the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alberta, in Canada. MSNBC announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, the immediate appointment of Velshi, best known from his more than a decade as a CNN anchor and its chief business correspondent. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal, File) Long-time business correspondent Ali Velshi joining MSNBC NEW YORK, N.Y. – Long-time business correspondent Ali Velshi is joining MSNBC.The news network announced Tuesday the immediate appointment of Velshi, best known from his more than a decade as a CNN anchor and its chief business correspondent.He joined the Al Jazeera America network in 2013, remaining there until it ceased operations earlier this year.He has covered tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey and the debt crisis in Greece.As a business expert, he reported on the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. government’s bailout plan, the automobile industry, and the debt ceiling and budget debates.Velshi’s “sharp economic analysis will be a valuable asset to MSNBC,” the network said. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Four campus buildings will be closed this Saturday

Several campus buildings will be closed for 12 hours this Saturday as part of the construction of the Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex (NHBRC).Mackenzie Chown A Block, Taro Hall, the Student Alumni Centre and the Plaza building will be closed on July 24 from 12 noon to midnight. This is to accommodate NHBRC project contractors, who are doing water main work that includes the installation of a fire hydrant near Taro Hall. During this time, water to the washrooms, toilets, drinking fountains, kitchen facilities and sprinklers in these buildings will be unavailable.Security will be on fire watch during the building closures. The buildings can only be accessed in an emergency, and with a security escort. If you have any questions or concerns, contact 905-688-5550 x3717 or facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca, or contact Cassie Kelly, director of Maintenance and Operations, at 905-688-5550 x3533 or ckelly2@brocku.ca The Alumni Greenhouse may also have water interruptions for about five days starting Aug. 7. This is so workers can connect a water main. Faculty and staff impacted by this will get further details. read more

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Mahomes throws 4 TDs to lead Chiefs past Raiders 4033

OAKLAND, Calif. — Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes Sunday to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only QBs to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games. The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game since releasing star running back Kareem Hunt, 40-33 over the Oakland Raiders.The Chiefs (10-2) cut ties with Hunt after a months-old video surfaced on TMZ on Friday, showing him shoving and kicking a woman. No charges have been filed in the case from February, but the Chiefs let Hunt go because he misled them about the incident .Spencer Ware replaced Hunt as starter and scored on a direct snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter. Mahomes did most of the rest of the damage against the Raiders (2-10) with his arm.He connected on two short touchdown passes to Travis Kelce in the first half, then found another tight end, Demetrius Harris, on a 13-yard pass late in the third quarter one play after an apparent TD to Kelce was called off by a replay review.Mahomes finished 23 for 38 for 295 yards and engineered a late TD drive capped by a 2-yard pass to Chris Conley after Oakland cut the deficit to three.Oakland added a late field goal, but the Chiefs recovered the onside kick to seal the win.Mahomes has 41 TD passes on the season, joining Manning (44 in 2004, 41 in ’13) and Brady (41 in 2007) as the only QBs with at least 40 in the first 12 games of a season.Kelce had 12 catches for 168 yards, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season.Derek Carr threw three TD passes for the Raiders, but Oakland lost three fumbles that led to three scores for the Chiefs and reached double-digit losses for the 12th time in 16 seasons.QUICK STRIKEThe Raiders got on the board on Doug Martin’s 1-yard run to cut Kansas City’s lead to 13-7. But Mahomes needed just 57 yards to drive the length of the field. Demarcus Robinson had a 38-yard catch and raced across the entire width of the field to get out of bounds with 12 seconds left and the Chiefs having no timeouts.Mahomes then found Kelce for his second TD of the game on the next play. Arden Key blocked the extra point to keep the score 19-7.SCUFFLEOakland’s Jared Cook and Kansas City’s Eric Murray got into a scuffle late in the first half when they were jostling near the sideline well after the play. Both players were called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.GIVE IT AWAYThe Chiefs got off to a rough start when Kelce lost a fumble on the opening play from scrimmage. It didn’t hurt the Chiefs, who got the ball back when the Raiders were unable to get a first down and punted after Rodney Hudson was called for a hold on a fourth-down run.Martin and DeAndre Washington then lost fumbles for Oakland in the first half, leading to field goals for Harrison Butker. Oakland’s other halfback, Jalen Richard, lost a fumble in the third quarter that led to a TD for the Chiefs.UP NEXTChiefs: Host Ravens next Sunday.Raiders: Host Steelers next Sunday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State falls to UMass 63 in home

Ohio State redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a UMass shot in the first period of the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 19 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to UMass 6-3 after falling into an early hole in its home opener.Ohio State (2-1-0), ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time in team history, allowed six goals against UMass (3-0-0) on only 27 shots. Though the loss was disappointing for the Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik said there were positives from their first home outing, and they know what they need to work on.“Number one, we’ve got to just keep getting better. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s our third game, it’s a long season,” Rohlik  said. “We played a really good hockey team tonight, we knew that. You know, we didn’t have the start we wanted. I liked their compete coming back.”UMass senior forward Brett Boeing opened up the scoring off an assist from sophomore defenseman Cale Makar with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period.It wouldn’t be the last time Makar would leave his impression on Ohio State, as he would provide another assist and an empty net goal of his own later on.With just over seven minutes remaining in the second period, it was 3-0 in favor of the Minutemen and the Buckeyes seemed out of sorts, and were looking for a jump start on offense.“At that point is was kind of a do or die,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “You know we had to come out and give them our best to stay in the game, and the guys battled really hard, we got back into it.”After the Buckeyes killed a penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer gave the Buckeyes some momentum late in the second period off a penalty shot for his second goal of the season. He followed it up minutes later with his second goal of the game to cut the UMass lead to one.Though the game ended in defeat for the Buckeyes, Meyer still had an impressive game for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals that gave Ohio State a chance to mount a comeback.Halfway through the third period, senior forward Dakota Joshua scored to again cut the lead to one. But with less than five minutes remaining, UMass freshman forward Bobby Trivigno made it 5-3 in favor of the Minutemen to ice the game. An additional goal was tacked on a minute later by Makar to bring the final score to 6-3.Ohio State outshot UMass 38-27 on the night and were one for five on the power play. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved 21 shots and allowed five goals.Looking to tomorrow’s game, Larocque said the team knows what it needs to improve on to earn its first home win of the season.“I think just, like coach has been saying, coming out ready to play, start to finish. It’s something we’ve struggled with in past years, being consistent throughout an entire game, and it’s something that we really need to improve,” Larocque said.The Buckeyes will return to the Schottenstein Center to play their second game against UMass at 5:00 p.m on Saturday. read more

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Farmers banned from shooting birds on their land after Natural England backs

Natural England has conceded that this could be the case, and said in a statement: “The change follows a legal challenge to the way the licences have been issued, which could mean users who rely on them are not acting lawfully. Farmers have been banned from shooting ‘pest’ birds on their land as Natural England has bowed to a legal challenge from environmentalists including Chris Packham.Previously, the government issued a list of 16 birds it was permissable to kill under general licence if they were causing damage to property or crops, or posing a health and safety issue. Under the old laws, they did not have to ask permission to kill the animals or record their deaths or the reason for shooting them.Now, Natural England has withdrawn all general licences and if people want to shoot these ‘pest’ birds, including pigeons, Canada geese and crows, they must apply for an individual licence.Chris Packham celebrated the news, and told The Telegraph: “As the Governments statutory body Natural England should be strictly about effecting proper wildlife conservation in the UK.”The ethics of their bird killing licences have been questioned on several accounts and levels recently and this result will ensure that current practices are reconsidered and amended for the benefit of wildlife and its proper and legal management by people.”His group, Wild Justice, argued that because landowners did not have to apply to the government for a licence before killing birds, there was no way of telling if there was a humane alternative to shooting or if it was done for good reason, which meant the licensing was unlawful. Environmentalists have welcomed the licence change. Chris Corrigan, the RSPB’s director for England said: “This is a positive step in the right direction. We need an open and transparent system of licencing that everyone can be confident in, and is being used appropriately. It is important that licences are only issued when there is no other option, and when non-lethal alternatives have been exhsted. Any new system that Natural England now develops should be based on this principle.”A spokesperson for Wild Justice said: “We are delighted to have won this legal case. What sort of world is it where the statutory body with responsibility for wildlife protection is operating a bird-killing licencing scheme that is unlawful?”Millions of birds are killed each year under the terms of the General Licences and many of these deaths will not be justified.”This is a mess of Natural England’s making – they have operated an unlawful licencing system and they have dillied and dallied over admitting it.” “Natural England is working at pace to put in place over the next few weeks alternative measures to allow lawful control of these bird species to continue where necessary.”However, many farmers are furious, arguing that this is the worst time for the general licence to be revoked as it means they cannot stop birds from destroying newly-sprouting crops.Deputy President of the National Farmers’ Union Guy Smith said: “[General licences] are absolutely necessary at this time of year when crops are particularly vulnerable to pests. For example, a flock of pigeons could decimate a farmer’s field of crops.“We understand Natural England will be reissuing the licences from 29 April and for the NFU it is a matter of priority that they do that. It is incredibly disappointing that farmers and growers find themselves in this position, particularly at this time of year.”The Countryside Alliance said the move is “completely impractical and irresponsible” and will result in “thousands of people unknowingly breaking the law.”Tim Bonner, chief executive of the group, said: “To withdraw the historic ability to manage these species without individual licences at 36 hours’ notice is a recipe for disaster. Many of those involved in pest control will be unaware of the changes, and this decision will only serve to bring the law into disrepute.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Newmont tells conference that global gold discoveries are falling behind the discovery

first_imgThe world is facing a diminishing level of major gold discoveries above 5 Moz and is danger of global output and costs rising above the rate of new reserves, according to the world’s second largest gold miner, Newmont. Addressing the opening day of the 2008 Paydirt Gold Conference in Perth, Newmont Australia’s General Manager – Tanami Operations, Adriaan van Kersen, cited his company’s own experience as indicative of the tightening discovery versus mining trend on a broader scale within the gold sector.“Newmont depletes its reserves at 10 oz a minute and needs a replacement discovery rate of near 14 oz a minute,”  van Kersen said. “However, only 4% percent of gold deposits in the world are now above 5 Moz in reserves.”“Exploration is not only becoming tougher and riskier but more expensive and it is becoming more and more difficult to find gold in any surface quantity. As an industry, we are spending more and more on exploration but even in a high demand and high price environment, and more drilling happening, the gold sector is not discovering the same ounces as it used to.“Against this background, there is an alarming and decreasing trend in discoveries above 1 Moz and the sector is now facing real challenges of replacing its production unless there are technological breakthroughs.”He also warned against the impact of rising costs – up 24% in the past year as higher fuel, spare parts and labour costs impacted heavily.Newmont plans to produce between 5.1 and 5.4 Moz of gold in 2008. The company has 86 Moz of gold in its global reserves inventory including major Australian mines, and for 2008, has assigned an exploration budget of $220-230 million for exploration.The sale last year of its merchant banking unit generated $1.3billion in proceeds, further built on with a $1 billion convertible notes raising to help drive an invigorated global exploration, acquisition and mining campaign.last_img read more

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Beach Handball exbition in Lausanne Olympic sport not…

Beach Handball Exbition in Lausanne will be held today at 18hrs with the main purpose to convince Dr. Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee and other dignitaries from the International Olympic Committee to give the handball discipline “green light” for the family of Olympic sports (2024).Two ALL STAR matches will be played, both men’s and women’s.MEN:Team ¨Orion¨: Igor Totic (CRO), Victor Ladyko (UKR), Bruno Carlos de Oliveira (BRA), Mathias Jensen (DEN), Oleksandar Poltratskyi (UKR), David Mendoza Gomez (ESP), Gil Pires (BRA), Mladen Paradzik (CRO).  Coach: Davor Rokavec (CRO)Team “Sirius”: Jorge Oliva (ESP), Marko Pavlovic (SRB), Martin Vilstrup Andersen(DEN), Roman Kalashnikov (RUS), Thiago Gusmao (BRA), Nikolay Prokhorov (RUS), Juan Antonio Vazquez Diz(ESP), Drago Vojnovic (CRO). Coach: Fernando Posada (ESP)WOMEN:Team “Mira”: Agnes Györi (HUN), Renata Csiki (HUN), Cristina Gheorge (DEN), Patricia Scheppa (BRA), Bozsana Fekete (HUN), Renata Santiago (BRA), Anika Niederwieser (ITA), Raquel Caño Dominguez (ESP). Coach: Tamas Neukum (HUN)Team “Vega”: Line Hedegaard (DEN), Serpil Iskenderoglu (TUR), Tonje Klevstad (NOR), Olga Laiuk (UKR), Cathrine Korvald (NOR), Vlatka Samarinec (CRO), Luisa Garcia Toro (ESP), Tsakalou Lamprini (GRE). Coach: Sasa Kuburovic (SRB)“OLYMPIC SPORT – NOT “SUMMER PRIVATE PARTY”Year by year, Beach handball has more and more fans across the Globe, but it is obvious that still a big part of the handball family don’t understand what exactly “summer boys and girls” doing between two seasons. A lot of handball Federations still don’t put money in their “sand” teams, looking on this as a good “summer party” of certain number of people. There were some events like in Colombian Cali where some amazing records were set for handball world, but standards and interests of the fans aren’t equal. We had “empty” courts during the European Championship in Lloret De Mar with average “live-strean” offer, so there were no chance that Beach Handball pick up some new worshipers.Hopefully, Lausanne event will do that. We need Beach Handball, open, modern, trendy, avaliable and suggestive to all the handball people in all the countries. And not only handball. We don’t want more tha “aura” of good summer fun for the certain group of people… ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic to PSG Handball until 2019! Next Story → Struga to host 43rd International Handball Tournament read more

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A Pompéi les habitants mangeaient varié des lentilles du poisson et même

first_imgA Pompéi, les habitants mangeaient varié : des lentilles, du poisson et même… de la girafeEn analysant les restes de nourritures retrouvées dans la ville romaine de Pompéi, une équipe de chercheurs est parvenue à mettre en évidence le régime alimentaire des habitants de l’époque. Selon les résultats, le peuple avait un régime alimentaire équilibré, tandis que les citoyens un peu plus riches s’octroyaient des mets plus exotiques comme de la girafe. Avant que la ville ne soit ravagée par une éruption volcanique, le peuple de Pompéi mangeait à sa faim. Ces conclusions sont tirées d’une étude menée par Steven Ellis, professeur de Lettres classiques à l’Université de Cincinnati. Avec ses collègues, le chercheur a mis au jour près de vingt devantures de restaurants et établissements dont les latrines, situées dans ce qui était autrefois l’arrière boutique, contenaient des déchets alimentaires. D’après les estimations, les restes de nourritures remontent jusqu’au IVème siècle avant J.C, époque à laquelle la ville commençait à se développer. 

En analysant ces déchets, les chercheurs ont pu mettre en évidence le régime alimentaire des habitants de classes sociales différentes. Les résultats indiquent que la partie la plus défavorisée de la population se nourrissait d’aliments peu chers mais équilibrés, contrairement aux idées reçues selon lesquelles le peuple mourrait de faim. “L’image répandue d’une masse de petits rongeurs infortunés grappillant tout ce qu’ils peuvent chiper dans la rue ou agglutinés autour d’un bol de bouillie, doit être remplacée par celle d’une alimentation et d’un niveau de vie plus élevés, au moins pour les habitants de Pompéi” a expliqué à l’Huffington Post Steven Ellis.Des olives à la girafeÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Selon les chercheurs, le peuple de Pompéi suivait un régime méditerranéen simple mais équilibré. Celui-ci se composait principalement d’olives, de noix, de poisson, de lentilles et de viandes salées pour les grandes occasions. Les habitants de classe moyenne, un peu plus aisés, se réservaient quant à eux une alimentation plus fine et exotique comme en témoignent les restes retrouvés dans les fosses d’aisances qui appartenaient autrefois à des établissements apparemment plus haut de gamme. “Le contenu des canalisations a révélé une variété de substances suggérant une distinction socio-économique assez claire entre les activités et les habitudes alimentaires de chaque propriété, des établissements hôteliers autrement impossibles à distinguer” indique Steven Ellis. Les déchets alimentaires retrouvés contiennent notamment des traces d’épices, de fruits de mer, d’oursins et même les restes d’une patte de girafe.Un régime alimentaire très divers “Le fait que ce morceau d’animal découpé se soit trouvé être un déchet alimentaire dans ce qui semble être un restaurant pompéien standard en dit long, non seulement sur le commerce des animaux exotiques et sauvages, mais aussi sur la richesse, la variété et la diversité du régime alimentaire d’une classe sociale moyenne” conclut Steven Ellis.Le 8 janvier 2014 à 09:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Brawlout is Almost Super Smash Bros For Nintendo Switch

first_img Between Mario and Zelda, Nintendo has already delivered two fantastic new versions of its heaviest hitters in the debut year of the Nintendo Switch. That has left some folks wondering what franchises are left to help the system out during the rest of its life. Well for one thing we still have no news about any potential Super Smash Bros. games coming to the system. The beloved fighting game series is easiest one of Nintendo’s biggest multiplayer system sellers this side of Mario Kart and is just waiting in the chamber.But with Smash Bros. for Switch still a hypothetical imagine our surprise to see indie game Brawlout step in to fill the void here in real life right now. Beta tested on PC earlier this year, Brawlout from Angry Mob Games is basically a modest Smash Bros. in all but name only on Nintendo Switch. It’s as exciting as it sounds.Brawlout is Super Smash Bros. There really isn’t a better way to describe it than that. Between two and four players control colorful cartoon characters (including guests from other video games) hopping around platform-filled stages beating each other up with normal, special, and smash attacks to rack up damage. With more damage the more sensitive you are to being launched off screen with no chance of recovery. Nearly all of your Smash Bros. muscle memory will come back. You can play with all sorts of controllers and even wirelessly connect locally with other Switches, but this game might as well exist on a CRT television with a GameCube beneath it.AdChoices广告Describing the actual differences between Brawlout and Smash Bros. just further highlights how similar they are (and how granular my own Smash knowledge is). Capitalizing on Smash’s growing eSports cred, Brawlout is a more tournament-focused game. There are no items, stage gimmicks aren’t too wacky, and by default players lose a stock when they fall. The game also advertises advanced techniques very familiar to Smash veterans like teching and wavedashing.Even the changes in how the game plays feel designed to reward competitive players. There are no grabs or shields. Your defensive options are limited to dodges and breaking a combo once your powerful rage meter fills all the way. This makes for faster and more aggressive combat, a dream for folks who still cling onto Melee after all these years.However, if all those technical differences mean nothing to you, Brawlout is still a great little Smash clone and fun alternative fighting game in its own right. Aside from some occasional stutters that should hopefully be fixed with an upcoming patch, the game runs with the speed and fluidity the genre requires. The cast of characters is limited but mechanically creative like a monkey with a whip, a bomb-tossing chicken, a Goro-esque wrestler frog, a desert lady who summons quicksand, and a jungle creature who plays like Pikachu meets Blanka. Guest characters Juan and The Drifter from indie hits Guacamelee and Hyper Light Drifter, respectively, round out the alt-Smash vibe.I really like playing Brawlout and don’t need much of an excuse to get back in and fight, but I still wish the progression system wasn’t as grinding. As you fight, whether it’s offline or online or in tough single-player arcade ladders, you’ll earn various currencies. Use these currencies (and not real money) to buy loot box-esque piñatas full of random goodies.But even if you specifically tackle objectives that net you the most cash, the whole process is just slow, like a free-to-play mobile game practically begging you to spend real money already. At the very least the items you buy are largely inessential, like cosmetic skins, emotes, stages, and “new” characters that are mostly clones. I still want those prizes, though. And with the budget likely too small for a sweeping single-player mode, unlocking this content is really the only overarching goal aside from just getting better at the game.It’s also just cool that the Smash Bros. school of fighting games can be seen as its own legitimate subgenre. You don’t need arbitrarily complicated quarter-circle motions to be a real fighting game. Brawlout isn’t even the only example. Icons: Combat Arena from Wavedash Inc. is another upcoming “platform fighter” from folks behind the infamous Project M mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Still, even if this Smash renaissance continues, the less said about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, where the bulk of the fighting is literally pointless, the better.It’s a bit of a backhanded compliment that the best thing about Brawlout to me is how well it proves a “real” Smash Bros. will eventually play on Switch. But real or not, this is still one of the most enjoyable fighting games you can play on your Nintendo system this holiday. Hope for the future but live in the now.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Brawlout is a new “platform fighter” for Nintendo Switch.2. That basically means it’s Super Smash Bros. in all but name only, and that’s awesome.3. The limited cast of characters all have creative movesets.4. And in true Smash fashion you can play as guest characters from other games.5. Clone or not, Brawlout is a fun, fast, and fluid indie fighting game.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Motorcyclist lay dead near Interstate 5 for 3 days

first_imgThe family of a Ridgefield man is looking for answers after he was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash, but his body wasn’t found until family searched the area three days later.The incident first began at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 15 when a trooper was in the area of Interstate 5 northbound near state Highway 14 and saw what appeared to be someone walking with a flashlight south of him, Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said.To access the area, the trooper went north on I-5 and looped back to the on-ramp and arrived to find a motorcycle leaned up against the jersey barrier and another vehicle pulled over, Finn said.The motorist had seen the motorcycle and stopped to see if anyone needed help, Finn said.The trooper, who previously worked as a traffic collision reconstructionist, saw that the motorcycle had minor damage and saw no evidence of a major crash, Finn said. He thought that the driver had walked away in the time it had taken him to get to the scene, Finn said.“In the initial investigation, it appeared to be a minor abandoned collision,” Finn said. “It looked like someone pulled over and left it there.”last_img read more

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Pakistans NADRA sacks 40 officials on graft charges

first_imgAt least 40 senior officials of Pakistan’s premier agency responsible for managing database of citizens have been sacked on graft charges.National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has sacked a Director General, GM projects, DGM operations, Intelligence Officer and various managers yesterday after an internal probe showed some of the top ranking officers guilty of corruption and other crimes.The sacked employees were working in different NADRA offices in Karachi and were allegedly involved in issuance of fake Computerized National Identity Cards besides various other crimes, Geo Tv reported.Also, four Director Generals were demoted to lower positions for misusing their authority.NADRA is responsible for automated record of Pakistani nationals and issuing national identity cards, passports and other documents.last_img read more

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French families sue state to recognize surrogate births

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The families of surrogate children who have been effectively denied French citizenship have gone to the country’s highest court to challenge the law denying birth certificates for babies born abroad.Friday’s case could change how surrogate births are handled in France, where infertility treatments are highly regulated. Until now, children born abroad to surrogate mothers have been denied French birth certificates and a means to prove citizenship. Last year, Europe’s top human rights court ordered France to change the law, saying France’s refusal to recognize the children was “an attack on the child’s identity, for which descent is an essential component.” France has yet to comply.Infertile and same-sex couples who want a family have limited options in France. For-profit sperm banks are forbidden, as is surrogate parenthood, because both are seen as commercializing the human body. All sperm and egg donations must be anonymous and from someone who is already a parent.The high court ruled in 2013, the same year that France legalized gay marriage, that surrogate babies were born fraudulently and could not receive birth certificates even if the biological father was French.Children born abroad to a French parent are otherwise automatically granted a French birth certificate in addition to whatever citizenship is conferred by the birth country.“For France, these are neither my children nor my husband’s,” said Sarah Levine, a Denver native who is married to a Frenchman and is the mother of two children born to surrogate mothers in the United States. “According to French law, we are nothing.” A gay couple with two children born to surrogate mothers in Russia has challenged the law. In both cases, the Russian birth certificates bear the names of the French fathers and the Russian mothers.At court on Friday, Patrick Spinosi, a lawyer arguing on behalf of parents, said French courts had to resolve “the deafening silence of legislators.” He described the 200 children involved as “ghosts of the Republic.”Jean-Claude Marin, a lawyer for the government, condemned the “commodification of women’s bodies,” although he said he would not oppose recognizing children whose French fathers can prove a biological link.The court plans to rule on July 3.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   last_img read more

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MPs approve rules for paternity surrogacy leave

first_imgPARLIAMENT on Friday approved bills providing for paternity leave, raising income criteria for child allowances, and maternity leave for both women in cases of surrogate childbirths.The House plenum also approved the payment of widow pension in cases where the deceased got married after retirement, provided five years of wedlock have gone by.The government had asked for an amendment to the current law after observing that millions of euros were exported abroad as a result of marriages lasting between several months and two years.All bills were unanimously approved apart from the one raising the income criteria for child allowance, which was voted down by independent MP Pavlos Milonas.The law will come into effect on August 1. It provides for two-weeks holiday for men whose wife gave childbirth or had a child through surrogacy or in the cases where the couple have adopted a child aged up to 12-years-old.The paternity leave can be taken during the period starting from the week before labour or adoption, and ending 16 weeks later. It can be extended due to premature birth and or multiple births.The law also included provisions affording a 16-week maternity allowance to mothers who have a child through surrogacy, and a 14-week allowance to surrogate mothers.The child allowance law will come into effect on January 1, 2018.The new law raises the requirement for legal and continuous residency in Cyprus from three to five years.The right to a child allowance is regulated in a staggered manner depending on the size of the family: maximum family income for one child was set at €49,000, €59,000 for two children, and an additional €5,000 for each additional child thereafter.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep McCready announces April office hours

first_img28Mar Rep. McCready announces April office hours ### State Rep. Mike McCready invites residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township. No appointment is necessary.“I always look forward to hearing input from residents in our area,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Office hours are an important tool to meet with people and hear questions and concerns regarding state government.”Anyone unable to attend Rep. McCready’s office hours is encouraged to contact his office by calling toll-free at (855) 373-8670, emailing MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or visiting his website, www.RepMikeMcCready.com.center_img Categories: McCready Newslast_img read more

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Rep Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards

first_img03Mar Rep. Griffin bill to update 21st Century education standards Categories: Griffin News,News State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan is helping set the table for all Michigan students’ futures as part of a four-bill package to update state high school graduation standards.Griffin’s legislation specifically requires students complete at least three courses in 21st Century Skills including foreign language, visual or performing arts, computer science or coding, or a formal career/technical education (CTE) program in order to graduate.“This is a great step towards helping prepare kids for today and their future,” said Griffin, a former teacher at Parchment Middle School. “This bill package gives students better choices and options to prepare for life after high school. It’s crucial to help match educational opportunities with which careers and jobs are out there today versus 20 years ago.”The merit education package will also:Allow the foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a CTE program or visual/performing arts course.Allow completion of a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration general industry or construction training program to fulfill a health education requirement.Allow for statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit standards that require at least four mathematic credits to graduate.“As a teacher, it makes me feel good to know the classes students could be taking may lead directly to a future career,” Griffin said. “As a former county commissioner and educator, I’ve talked to a lot of employers who say ‘we’ve got jobs but we can’t find employees with the job skills we need.’ This a great step forward for students, families and our community.”#####last_img read more

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Rep Kahle hosts summer reading contest for area kids

first_img05Jul Rep. Kahle hosts summer reading contest for area kids One winner will be ‘A Rep. for a Day’State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced she is sponsoring a summer reading contest for children, first through fifth grade in Lenawee County. Rep. Kahle, of Adrian, is partnering with several libraries and organizations in the district for the contest.Area students are encouraged to read as many books as they can during July and August. Children or their parents can record the titles of completed books and the number of pages read on a bookmark available at the participating locations or at www.repkahle.com. Readers must submit the bookmarks in the contest box by Sept. 1 to be eligible to win. One winner will be drawn, and the winner and his or her family will be guests of Rep. Kahle at the state Capitol to be a “Rep. for a Day.”“Over the summer months, kids should try to read every day so they can maintain, and hopefully strengthen, the reading skills they learned during the school year,” Rep. Kahle said. “Plus, reading is fun. Students can travel to distant lands and exciting new worlds. They can meet unique characters and make new friends in the pages of a book.”Libraries and organizations taking part in the contest are:-Stair Public Library, Morenci-YMCA of Lenawee, Adrian-Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee, Adrian-Adrian District Library, Adrian-Lenawee District Library, Adrian-Clinton Township Public Library, Clinton-Deerfield Branch Library, Deerfield-Cradle To Career Summer Learning Pop Up Literacy Labs (locations vary around the county) Categories: Kahle Newscenter_img #####last_img read more

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Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation approved by House

first_img Categories: Bellino News 06Dec Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation approved by House The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Patients sometimes are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“To protect patients from being hit hard with air ambulance bills costing in the tens of thousands of dollars, this bill stresses ground ambulance transportation over air,” said Bellino. “Too many patients have gone into debt because of air ambulance medical costs.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“In a case in which an air ambulance is requested, hospitals should order an air transport vehicle from a participating provider with the nonemergency patient’s health benefit plan to help avoid huge billing costs,” Bellino said. “I am happy my colleagues in the House voted in favor of protecting patients. I look forward to working with the Senate to further advance my measure.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

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