ED notice to Thampi, 3 Holiday Group firms

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has served show-cause notices on NRI C.C. Thampi of the Holiday Group and three of his companies for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), involving transactions of ₹288 crore.According to the ED, the notices have been served on Mr. Thampi, Holiday City Centre Pvt. Ltd., Holiday Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Holiday Bekal Resorts Pvt. Ltd. The NRI entrepreneur had acquired agricultural land in the name of his company Holiday City Centre Pvt. Ltd allegedly in violation of the FEMA provisions.According to the agency, Mr. Thampi — as a person residing outside India — had advanced unsecured loans to his three companies, which were later on converted into equity in his name and in the name of his family members in these companies.Land around NCR“By using the said funds, he had acquired huge agricultural land mass in Haryana’s Palwal, the National Capital Region and Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, through these companies, which he could not have otherwise purchased as he resided outside India. The agricultural land purchased by Mr. Thampi through these companies has also been proposed for confiscation to the Central government’s account,” said an ED official.The Directorate had questioned Mr. Thampi in December last year, after he did not get any relief from the Kerala High Court on the look-out circular issued against him. The businessman runs educational institutions and has varied business interests in the United Arab Emirates and India.last_img read more

Akalis take exception to helmets for Sikh women

first_imgWith the Chandigarh administration making helmet mandatory for all women driving two-wheelers or riding pillion, the Shiromani Akali Dal has taken exception to the decision, saying that the step was not in consonance with Sikh religion and culture.To deliberate on the decision, a meeting of all women Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members has been convened on July 12 at the SGPC head office in Amritsar, said Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the Istri Akali Dal, in a statement here.“The decision is not in consonance with Sikh religion and culture, and hence we have decided to discuss the issue in its entirety,” she said. Ms. Kaur added that women intellectuals have also been invited to participate in the meeting and give their views on the matter.“Depending on the views expressed at the meeting, we would plan our next line of action, which could include a protest, if required,” she added.The Chandigarh administration had on Friday last issued a notification making use of helmet mandatory for all women, including Sikhs, while driving two-wheelers or riding pillion. The notification exempts Sikh women wearing a turban from wearing a helmet.last_img read more

Analyst Says The New Zach Smith Information Is “Massive”

first_imgUrban Meyer walking off the field after an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Another storyline was added to the Zach Smith-Urban Meyer-Ohio State controversy this morning, when The Blade’s Kyle Rowland reported that Smith was arrested on DUI charges in 2013.The arrest had not previously been reported or disclosed by Ohio State, per reports. Full details of the arrest can be seen here.It’s unclear at this point what this arrest meant to Smith in regards to his status at Ohio State and/or if he was punished by the Buckeyes because of it.USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken says this new information, though, is “massive.”“Despite all the nonsense over the weekend, the bottom line is this: Why did Urban keep Zach Smith around? That is the only question that matters. The drunk driving arrest is a massive new element to this story. How much did they ignore or cover up and why?” he tweeted.Despite all the nonsense over the weekend, the bottom line is this: Why did Urban keep Zach Smith around? That is the only question that matters. The drunk driving arrest is a massive new element to this story. How much did they ignore or cover up and why?— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 13, 2018It’s a fair question to ask, but it might be a stretch to say that a report of a 2013 DUI arrest is “massive” to Urban Meyer and Ohio State now.Perhaps the Buckeyes’ investigation into Meyer and the domestic violence allegations will find a lot more that could be troubling. Or, perhaps they won’t.We should find out soon. Ohio State said last week that its investigation was expected to take two weeks.last_img read more

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to host a segment during IPL 2019 final

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 14:34 IST Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be promoting their upcoming film Bharat at IPL final.In a first, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be hosting a special segment during the final match of Indian Premier League this year. The two actors will be promoting their upcoming film Bharat at the cricketing extravaganza. Apart from hosting a segment, the actors will appear in various promos during the live telecast of the final match which will be held on May 12.But Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will not go on the field to host the segment due to security reasons. Rather the actors will shoot the show inside a studio.A source close to the development told an entertainment portal, “IPL is one of the biggest and most expensive cricket shows and the final gets maximum eyeballs. The producers of Bharat, Atul Agnihotri and Nikhil Namit have come up with a brilliant IPL-integration marketing scheme. Instead of going on the field, they will be seen live at a studio, as going on the field would have become a security issue.” Instead of the usual events and promotions they are trying a different strategy. The source added, “Salman and Katrina will host a segment together in the IPL and Salman has already shot for the main ad which will be shown on Star Sports network over the weekend. One more ad featuring kids and Bharat will also be aired. Apparently, the ads were shot keeping Bharat as the theme and have a powerful message. Right now, the channel and everyone associated with it has been instructed to be tight-lipped about it till the promo is aired.”advertisementNikhil Namit told the portal, “Yes, Salman and Katrina will host the show live and it’s an unusual strategy implemented by team Bharat. It’s like our strategy of having the Bharat trailer attached with Avengers: Endgame, the biggest Hollywood film, to get maximum eyeballs to watch our film. It worked and now the next step is television and what can be bigger than the IPL? We don’t want to go the usual route of promoting Bharat through the usual publicity and marketing methods. Integrating IPL, which garners millions of viewers, with Bharat is an exciting way to promote the movie.”Watch the official trailer of Bharat:ALSO READ | Producer Atul Agnihotri on Salman Khan’s Bharat clashing with India’s World Cup: It will be fineALSO READ | Salman Khan’s Bharat had 120 artists recreating 1960s circus. Watch new videoALSO READ | After Bharat, Salman Khan to play a detective in Atul Agnihotri’s next filmALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow BharatFollow Salman KhanFollow Katrina Kaif Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to host a segment during IPL 2019 finalSalman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be promoting Bharat during IPL final. The actors will do a live segment inside a studio to promote their film.advertisementlast_img read more

Scorpio Tankers Takes Delivery of STI …

first_imgzoom Scorpio Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of a MR product tanker newbuilding, STI Opera, from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea.The vessel will be time chartered-out for up to 120 days at approximately $19,000 per day.Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 21 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 14 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.0 years, time charters-in 30 product tankers (nine LR2, four LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax tankers),The company has contracted 63 newbuilding vessels (30 MR, 12 LR2, and 14 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers and seven VLCCs), 43 are expected to be delivered to the Company in 2014, 16 in 2015 and four in 2016. The Company also owns 30% of Dorian LPG Ltd.Scorpio Tankers, January 29, 2014last_img read more

Aicha Tachinouites Latest Music Video Wach Katfhem Laarabi Exceeds 2 Million

Rabat – Moroccan Amazigh star Aicha Tachiniouite has racked up more than 2 million views on Youtube for her new video clip “Wach Katfhem Laarabia” since its release on August 1.Aicha surprised her audience with a brand new song, mixing between Amazigh and modern sounds and lyrics. Translated as “Do You Understand Arabic”, the hit received positive feedback by social media users.The video clip, directed by Nabil Belhrich, has reached 19,190 likes on YouTube. The footage features the star singing and dancing with four backup dancers. It also shows funny interactions between other three characters and the singer. read more

Moroccan US Armies Simulate Raid in African Lion Joint Exercises

Rabat – Units of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the US army, and the British army conducted a joint exercise on Tuesday in Tifnit, a coastal city south of Agadir, to strengthen their capabilities in the fight against violent extremist organizations. The training is part of the combined Moroccan-American “African Lion” joint exercises. The annual exercise began on March 16 and will continue until April 7 in southwest Morocco, in areas around Agadir, TanTan, and Tata, and in Ben Guerir, a city between Casablanca and Marrakech. Thousands of military personnel took part.Captain Thomas Jelly, commander of the British specialized infantry, said that the three nations’ armies simulated a raid against violent extremists planning terrorist attacks. Read also: Morocco Retrieves Upgraded F-16 Fighter Jets from US Military BaseHe added that several teams from the three countries participated in the exercise, including teams for observation, air assault, main assault, and security cordon.The operation tested the skills the different teams learned during African Lion 2019, particularly demonstrating their ability to work together.African Lion 2019 is jointly organized by the United States Command for Africa (AFRICOM) and FAR to consolidate cooperation and training and exchange experience between the various military components. The exercises saw the first usage of invisible laser-guided bombs, the GBU-24 Paveway III and GBU-12 Paveway II. Moroccan and US F-16s also conducted surface attacks and large-scale operations.As well as the US and Morocco, the military exercise is attended by military units and observers from five countries: Canada, Spain, the UK, Senegal, and Tunisia. read more

TNA votes in support of motion JVP abstains

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) meanwhile, abstained from voting. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted in support of the motion presented to Parliament today expressing confidence in United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.The TNA voted for the motion after reaching an agreement with Wickremesinghe last evening.

Mosquito memories

If you check out the Hamilton Air Show this weekend, you’ll have the chance to experience the world’s only flying Mosquito. The World War II aircraft was one of the fastest planes of its time.Friday, Melissa Raftis spoke with a 92-year old pilot as he was reunited with “the wooden wonder.”00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk from climate crisis warns UNICEF

According to the study – Gathering Storm: Climate change clouds the future of children in Bangladesh – the country’s flat topography, dense population and weak infrastructure make it “uniquely vulnerable to the powerful and unpredictable forces that climate change is compounding”. The threat is felt from the flood and drought-prone lowlands in the country’s north, to its storm-ravaged coastline along the Bay of Bengal, it explains. Today, around 12 million of the 19.4 million children most affected by climate change live in and around the powerful river systems which flow through Bangladesh and regularly burst their banks.  “The danger that is represented by flooding is extreme and it is almost on an annual basis,” Mr. Ingram said. “The last major floods to hit Bangladesh were in 2017 when something like eight million people were affected by a series of flooding events that took place.” The major flooding of the Brahmaputra River described by Mr. Ingram inundated at least 480 community health clinics and damaged some 50,000 wells, which are essential for meeting communities’ safe water needs.  “This had an enormous effect not just in terms of displacing families and pushing them out of their homes,” Mr. Ingram said, in addition to the “destruction that it caused to health facilities and to basic services like water and sanitation”.  In addition to at-risk communities living close to rivers, another 4.5 million children who live in coastal areas are regularly struck by powerful cyclones. This includes almost half a million Rohingya refugee children who began fleeing neighbouring Myanmar in August 2017, and who now live in bamboo and plastic shelters, UNICEF’s report explains, noting that a further three million children live further inland, where farming communities suffer increasing periods of drought. There are already something like six million climate refugees in Bangladeshi cities and that number is growing fast Simon IngramRising sea levels and unchecked salt water intrusion are also a serious threat to pregnant women, according to the UNICEF report, which underlines the link between high salinity in drinking water and an increased risk of grave medical conditions including preeclampsia and hypertension, identified among mothers-to-be at the coast. One of the consequences of the country’s long struggle with the elements is a spike in the number of families leaving rural areas and heading for major cities such as Dhaka and Chittagong, where children’s rights are frequently violated. “There are already something like six million climate refugees in Bangladeshi cities and that number is growing fast,” Mr. Ingram said. He described “brutal surroundings” where children “are forced to essentially fend for themselves, while many children are “pushed into very hazardous forms of child labour. Many girls who end up being pushed into taking early marriages because their families can no longer look after them. And there are other girls that also end up in what is clearly a flourishing and expanding sex trade in the cities.”  Highlighting the resilience of Bangladesh’s poorest communities who are those most at risk from the “deepening” climate threat, the UNICEF official noted that more than 1,500 youth activists in the south of the country are increasingly involved in raising awareness about the climate crisis. Working in coastal and climate-vulnerable regions across the country, members of YouthNet spread messages on disaster preparedness, water and sanitation, menstrual hygiene, gender-based violence and child marriage. “We wonder how on earth they can survive, and yet there is the sense also that society is pulling together,” Mr. Ingram said. “They have really learned a lot over the term of their last climate change strategy which the Government instituted in 2009, and which is now being renewed.” UNICEF/BrownMohamed supports his family by collecting plastic bottles for recycling, in Bangladesh. UNICEF/UddinA family left homeless by cyclone Aila wait for assistance in Koira, Khulna District, Bangladesh. read more

Wright Siewert lead Colorado pull away from Portland 9369

BOULDER, Colo. — McKinley Wright IV scored 22 points and Lucas Siewert had 18, helping Colorado pull away in the second half to beat Portland 93-69 on Wednesday night.Tyler Bey added 12 points for Colorado (4-1), which remained unbeaten in three meetings with Portland (5-4). Siewert led the Buffaloes with 10 rebounds.Josh McSwiggan had 22 points to lead the Pilots. No other Portland player scored in double figures.McSwiggan connected on a 3-pointer to even the score at 51-all but the Pilots failed to make additional headway as the Buffaloes responded with a 16-1 run to re-take control of the game. Wright ignited the surge with a 3-pointer and Bey drove the lane for a dunk and reverse layup as Colorado pulled away to a 67-52 lead with 7:50 left.Another 3-pointer by McSwiggan wasn’t enough to stop Colorado’s momentum. The Buffaloes went on a 12-0 tear capped by Wright’s layup for a 79-55 lead that quashed any thoughts of a Pilots’ comeback in the closing minutes.Colorado got a dunk from Bey around four made free throws in the last couple minutes of the first half to take a 39-36 lead at the break.The Buffaloes had led by as many 12 points in the opening period but the Pilots put together a 20-8 run to get back in the game. McSwiggan scored eight of his points during the run.BIG PICTUREPortland: Portland hung in against Colorado for much of the game before wearing down in the second half. The Pilots have been playing short-handed because of a rash of injuries that have sidelined key players, including guard Crisshawn Clark and forward Jacob Tryon.Colorado: As the Buffaloes’ point guard, Wright struck the right balance between scoring and facilitating the offence by pushing the ball and getting it to the open man. The dual approach was at the centre of the Buffaloes second-half surge that allowed them to take control of the game.UP NEXTPortland: Gets one-week break before taking on intracity rival Portland State.Colorado: Hosts intrastate rival Colorado State on Saturday._____More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Kam Williams careerhigh point output leads Ohio State to 9743 win over

After 10 minutes and seven seconds, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team had just a seven-point lead against High Point on Wednesday night.Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during a game against High Point on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 97-43, behind a career-high 23 points from Williams.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternThen redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams was subbed into the game.Less than a minute after taking the floor, Williams hit a pull-up 3-pointer, then tacked on another five points in just over two minutes. By halftime, he had 13 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor as the Buckeyes took a 43-24 lead into the break.After the game, Williams said his success shooting the ball stems from the work he puts in between games.“Well I try to take all of my shots in the flow of the offense, and the shots I was taking today I practice those everyday,” he said. “The key is when you’re practicing to just take game time reps so when the game time comes it’s a lot easier.”After the game, coach Thad Matta agreed that Williams was shooting within the offense, and not forcing his attempts, which comes from an understanding of his job on the court.“Kameron obviously had a hot hand. I think he only hit the rim once or twice. All of his shots came within the system. I thought he did a great job of adjusting,” Matta said. “Kameron has done a great job of understanding his role and what he needs to do.”OSU’s first-half surge helped the Buckeyes (7-1) to a 97-43 win over the Panthers (6-3) for their second win in a row since losing to then-No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 2.Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the loss to the Cardinals — which came after a fun-win run to start the season — was used as a learning point for the Buckeyes.“It (the loss) was an eye-opener, but you can’t really just keep thinking about that,” Tate said after the game. “You just gotta get up the next day and try to get better.”After High Point hit a free throw early in the second half, the Buckeyes took over to extend their lead to 30 with 15:50 to play. The lead ballooned to 36 just over two minutes later and then to 40 points with more than 10 minutes to play.By the 10-minute mark, Williams and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell each had 16 points to lead all players as the Buckeyes already had five different players in double digits.With 9:11 to play, sophomore forward Marc Loving hit two free throws, meaning all 10 OSU players to take the court had registered at least one point.Matta said he would like for the Buckeyes to keep up a balanced scoring output, but knows that won’t necessarily always be the case.“It is something that you hope can continue. We are going to play games where maybe we don’t have as many possessions or whatever,” Matta said. “The more balance you have as a basketball team, the better you can become down the stretch and without question, getting five guys in double figures, almost six is something that as a coach, it excites you.”Williams tacked on another four points in a row to give the Buckeyes an 85-41 lead with about six minutes to play. Those four points — coming on two mid-range jump shots — made him a 20-point scorer for the first time in his collegiate career.OSU shot 62.5 percent from the field, compared to a 32.1 percent clip from the Panthers.To go along with Williams’ instant-offense in the first half, Russell tallied 11 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Buckeyes shot 55.2 percent from the floor and made four of their first seven 3-point attempts.On its way to a 19-point first half lead, OSU outrebounded High Point, 23-11, and benefited from an eight-point advantage in points off the bench.Williams’ career-high 23 points led all players as Russell added 18 for OSU. Tate, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson each finished in double figures as well, with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.Williams said the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team when every player on the floor successfully executes their role.“That’s the biggest key,” he said. “If everybody on our team does their job and brings energy, we’re gonna be a hell of a basketball team.”Williams finished the game eight-of-10 from the floor and four-of-five from beyond the 3-point arc.High Point redshirt-junior guard John Brown finished second in the game with 19 points.After outscoring his closest opponent by four points, Williams said he’s always had success as a shooter on the basketball court.“All my life that’s what I’ve been known to do, is put the ball in the bucket,” he said. “And that’s something that I’ve always had a knack for, so to me it wasn’t really a surprise.”Tate added that his teammate’s success shooting the ball wasn’t a shock to him, either.“He does that every day,” Tate said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the Schottenstein Center on Saturday to take on Morehead State at 1 p.m. read more

Annual Theatre Awards cancelled after opera shortlisted for prize consisted of all

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. An annual theatre awards ceremony has been axed for good after a row about a “racist” opera.Last year, the Wales Theatre Awards came under fire for shortlisting an opera which cast white people in non-white roles. This caused great controversy at the time, and the National Theatre Wales pulled out of the ceremony in protest.After the criticism failed to die down, the 2019 ceremony and all future award shows have been cancelled.The 2018 awards shortlisted The Golden Dragon for a prize, despite the controversy it had caused during its 2017 tour, in which it was accused of “yellowface.”In the opera, white performers play Asian characters working in a Chinese takeaway.The opera was written by Peter Eötvös, a Hungarian, and based on a script by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig. The cast plays roles including “Chinese mother”, “Chinese aunt”, “Old Asian” and “An Asian”.Kumiko Mendl, the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre, which champions east Asian performers, said at the time that the performance was “another frankly disappointing and incomprehensible case of yellowface”.At the beginning of this year, more than 40 professionals from within the live performance industry signed an open letter criticising the inclusion of the opera.The letter read: “It is our firm belief that in 2018, a convenient or ignorant casting practice is no longer acceptable and it should certainly not be rewarded with accolades.“Globally in our industry there is finally a significant appetite for change on this and other structural inequalities. We in Wales do not want to be left behind.”The Wales Theatre Awards defended its choice at the time, adding that the shortlist was decided by a wide range of judges.The ceremony went ahead, and organisers planned for the next awards, due to be held at the Blackwood Miners’ Institute on 2 February 2019However, the criticism reared its head again when Wales Arts Review wrote that the BAME community had been “failed” by the shortlisting, and pointed out the muted response to criticism.Now, the awards, which have been taking place since 2013, will no longer continue.The ceremony’s director Mike Smith said: “In relation to the motives or agenda of the blogger who made a recent attack on the arts community in relation to the awards on an online literary website, we have no comment to make.”Our responsibility is to protect the arts community and reviewers from any further hostility.” read more

Security Alert Backdoor found in HP modular storage arrays UPDATED

first_imgIt’s critical for any small business to be able to rely on the hardware they pay for to do the job without a ton of maintenance. Many small businesses don’t even pay a full time IT guy, much less keep up to date on the latest in security flaws that are found. They rely on companies like HP, who offer complete solutions in security, warranty, and maintenance to handle a lot of their day to day activities. So, what happens when relying on a solution like this results in ignoring a great big security hole that was created by  the very group protecting you?Do you or your company own a HP MSA2000 G3? For those that don’t know, it’s a modular storage array connected to servers providing a storage solution on a large scale.AdChoices广告If you do happen to use on at your place of work, you should be aware of a recent discovery that there is a hidden user on each of these boxes that does not show up in the user manager.This admin user, with a password of !admin, can’t be changed in any way, including the password, since they do not show up in user manager. This is the kind of backdoor that would cripple any business that relied on secure networked storage, should your network be discovered by someone malicious.Hopefully there is an update HP can deploy en masse that could resolve such a backdoor, but for now it is a problem that all HP MSA2000 G3 owners should be aware of.Read more at SECLISTS.orgUpdate from HP – 12/16/10 – An HP rep had this to say regarding the security issue:HP identified a potential security issue with the HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 MSA only. This does not impact HP’s entire MSA line of storage solutions. HP has identified an immediate fix for this issue and is rapidly informing customers of the solution. More information can be found at: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c02662287last_img read more

Review Super Smash Bros Ultimate Is Majestic

first_imgBut these similarities only help Ultimate stand out more with its smart changes and additions. It starts with presentation. Similar to how Brawl’s visuals impressed compared to Melee’s even though the Wii and Gamecube weren’t that different, Ultimate’s graphics are also noticeably more upgraded even though the Switch is a souped-up Wii U. (I still low-key resent the 3DS version for holding back the Wii U version when they both should’ve just been their own things.)The lighting is more dramatic and the characters are more detailed, almost like colorful clay statues at times, gorgeous in either TV or handheld mode. Flourishes like the red-and-black lightning strike with killing blows return, but they are accentuated with slow-mo on strong strikes and faster, more dynamic Final Smash attacks that feature character portraits.I could write a whole other review about how much more powerful and memorable the main theme “Lifelight” is because of the choice to include ridiculous lyrics (another cue from Brawl and its Latin choir). And it feels petty, but even just having the “Ultimate” subtitle makes the game feel that much more important than the video game product Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.The goal of stellar presentation though is to shine a light on content, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate doesn’t have a content problem. Granted, it’s not a lot of brand new content. But the proper way to view this game is to look at it as the most robust enhanced port in fighting game history. Call it Super Smash Bros. 5 Turbo Championship Edition HD if that helps. And if the game had to sacrifice new material to feel as complete as it does, I’m fine with that.Solid Snake and Ice Climbers coming back, along with every other fighter is more exciting than many hypothetical newcomers. A lot of songs in the 1000-song soundtrack are old, but that King K. Rool remix really slaps. Four new stages doesn’t sound so bad when the total stage number tops 100 each with tournament-friendly flat versions and the ability to morph between them mid-match. Collecting all of this legacy material furthers the game’s wonderful mission of video game preservation pageantry.With so much though, where do you even begin? Just play the game, man. Playing matches is the best way to get handle for the new feel and the fastest way to unlock the 60+ characters you can get along with the base roster of eight. Having characters doled out to you this way keeps the choice from being overwhelming. By the time you’ve figured out how the Inkling paint mechanic works, it’s time to try out Isabelle and her tricky traps. The “right” way to play the game is just playing whatever part you want however long you want, dabbling elsewhere as you see fit. The offline multiplayer is as solid as ever, with plenty of different rules and controller options along with support for absolutely chaotic eight-player battles now on every stage.The online play has also been a pleasant surprise, and the mode I’m sinking the most time into. With so many different ways to play (items, stamina, stock, stage hazards, Final Smash meter) proper matchmaking always sounded like a tricky proposition unless you just fought in private friend lobbies. But for the most part, I’ve had plenty of no-frills, competitive, one-on-one matches with really great players teaching me to be better by beating me. I haven’t had many stability or lag issues either, although I have been using a wired connection. The Global Smash Power ranking system seems like a vague way to determine skill, like the game is obfuscating how much you actually suck as the player base increases. But it did feel great to become skilled enough with my main character Ganondorf to briefly enter the upper echelon of Elite Smash despite sucking with Pichu.The raw fighting has never been better. The shift towards more aggressive play, with altered defensive options, makes matches more exciting to watch and participate in. The speed and technical finesse finally create the perfect compromise with the hardcore crowd and the franchise’s inherent accessibility. Giving aerials the speed of L-cancelling without the fiddly input needed to actually L-cancel is fantastic. As we’ve noted in our ongoing character breakdowns, each fighter has received loving individual balance adjustments, however big or small. Unlocking veterans is addictive, not disappointing or tedious, because you’re excited to see how they play now. I’m so happy that Cloud is worse.And while this is true for all Smash Bros. games, here I just really appreciated the shift in fighting game theory the game asks you to make with its core conceit of racking up damage but also knocking your opponent off the stage. I’ve heard some Smash newbies with other fighting game experience actually say the platformer-style importance of moving and positioning makes the game tougher, which was delightful to hear after decades of Smash being written off as “not a real fighting game.” Smash is primed for its eSports moment at last.But even if you never want to fight an actual human being Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has something for you. Truth be told, I still think modern Mortal Kombat/Injustice are the games to beat when it comes to fighting game single-player modes. And in Ultimate you do feel the lack of past throwaway extras like Break The Targets and Home-Run Contest. But you can still beat up a bunch of Miis forever. And the big single-player modes that are here are very big indeed.It’s another small presentation touch, but I love how each character’s Classic Mode arcade ladder is personalized. Simon Belmont fights a bunch of spooky monsters. Wii Fit Trainer whips the fat dudes into shape. Duck Hunt Dog fights other animals including a dragon from Monster Hunter. If the game isn’t going to have that many absurd cutscenes, the least it can do is use its fight setups to explore different narrative crossover possibilities.The Adventure Mode, “World of Light,” is also all about taking the crossovers to their logical conclusion. As I’ve written before, there’s a RPG grind element to this mode and the Spirits mechanic that drives it. You’re fighting clever custom matches evoking other characters to earn their Spirit JPEF file and level up your own Spirits. And honestly, I’m only playing a little bit at a time to avoid burnout. But playing it this way gives you more appreciation for just the sheer amount of effort put into the mode.The world map is huge and surprisingly puzzle-filled. The different Spirit buffs and skill trees provide tons of different ways to play characters you thought you were already used to. I’ve got a poison-immune Donkey Kong with beefier punches. And the thought put into the Spirit battles themselves are consistently charming. Dash attack Wario is Chargin’ Chuck. Jumping Little Mac is Ricky the Kangaroo. Zero Suit Samus is The Boss. Sonic and Sukapon are Rayman for some reason.I’ll probably never get too invested in Spirits. I won’t level them up with snacks or train them or send them on missions. And “World of Light” is substantial enough I feel no need to fight Spirits directly on the Spirit Board. But I admire how the campaign makes great but tangential parts of previous Smash games, Event Matches and hordes of video game history collectibles, a core part of the experience. These controls were never meant for platforming anyway, sorry “Subspace Emissary.”If this review feels all over the place it’s because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is masterful in so many different directions. And this was before they decided to add Persona 5 DLC characters to it. I don’t want another Smash Bros. game like this. A new game would have to take a different direction like a Vs. game or 3D game or just take a decade off. Otherwise, I don’t know how a follow-up wouldn’t be a step back compared to this.Even if it could’ve given me a little bit more of what I didn’t know I wanted, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gives me everything and everyone I do want. It’s the best version of my favorite video game. I hope everyone who loves video games one day gets to play something that gives them the satisfaction this game gives me.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target I don’t think I’ll ever be more excited for a video game than I was for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was just the perfect storm of hype: the long wait after years of playing Melee, the surprising graphical leap and epic realistic aesthetic befitting the legendary cast, the shocking guest characters like Snake and Sonic, the cinematic adventure mode, stage building and replay sharing and online play!Complaints of slower gameplay aside, I’ll always love Brawl as the one and only game I camped out at midnight for waiting on its release. It was majestic as both feature-rich fighting game and bonafide video game history art object. And the best thing I can say about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch is that it taps into that same breadth and depth of majesty.This isn’t a knock against other Super Smash Bros. games. The Nintendo 64 original is a game you should play before you die. Melee still has the edge on speedy competitiveness. Much of Ultimate’s accomplishments stem from the fact that it very much builds off of the Wii U version’s foundation. And at the end of the day, they are still the same core game of iconic cartoons trying to knock each other into oblivion.center_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

TCI cautioned ahead of 2016 Compliance Evaluations by the CFATF

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Apr 2015 – The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force told Magnetic Media that the Turks and Caicos has to be careful if it is going to stand up to the scrutiny of the CFATF when evaluations come around next year. Jefferson Clarke, Law Enforcement Advisor, CFATF: “Is relatively out of the third round, what we refer to as the third round evaluations. They (TCI) will be evaluated sometime in 2016 or thereabouts and they will be evaluated against the new methodologies. There are a number of things the TCI will now have to put in place in order to meet the new standards. So in terms of a comparison between where you were then and where you are now, it is probably not fair to make a comparison, but I’d like to say the road ahead, if you are not careful is not going to be paved as smoothly as you think.”Jefferson Clarke was one of the presenters last month at the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Conference co-hosted by the Financial Intelligence Agency branch of the Financial Services Commission, FSC. Mr. Clarke, who is the Law Enforcement Advisor to the CFATF, said all of the member countries, which number 27, have significantly improved to measure up to the 40 regulations and standards laid out by the CFATF; but with the goal posts shifting slightly, there is new work to be done and it will be more expensive and more tedious.“There is no room to really relax, because we are discovering after the first few countries were evaluated with this new methodology – first country was Trinidad and Tobago, the second country is gonna be Jamaica and in the wider world, we had Norway, Spain and Australia – but we are discovering the new methodology is very burdensome, so because of the increased burdens it demands resources.”Clarke admitted there may be a need for technical assistance, but explained that the TCI has the professional expertise, that the FIA has recently been empowered by new legislation and he believes there is willingness by the TCI Government to color within the lines, so to speak. The evaluation will test the TCIs ability in the area of due diligence when it comes to inward investment in particular. These comments from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force become particularly important in light of the recent news that the Desarrollos Hotel Group is linked to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC of the United States. Government has still not commented on the matter which may jeopardize a recently signed $224 million dollar Ritz Carlton hotel project agreement. Related Items:Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, jefferson clarkecenter_img TCIG Enganging Its Stakeholders Through Compliance Conference Three Agencies synergize for Anti-Money Laundering Conferencelast_img read more

WSUV welcomes students for fall

first_imgThe Washington State University Vancouver campus was abuzz for the first day of the fall semester Monday.Employees and student ambassadors on the Salmon Creek campus donned blue T-shirts during WSUV’s Welcome Week, signaling students to ask them any questions they might have about campus.While exact enrollment numbers won’t be available until late next week, campus officials say they are expecting the same number of students as they had in the fall of 2011 — about 3,000 — said Brenda Alling, a campus spokeswoman.WSUV is offering two new degree programs this year: a doctorate in nursing practice and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.And the campus will be under new leadership. Mel Netzhammer this spring was appointed to lead the Vancouver campus as its chancellor. He’s taking over from Lynn Valenter, the vice chancellor of finance and operations, who had served as interim chancellor since last year. Hal Dengerink, who had led the branch campus since its inception, died September 2011, shortly after retiring.last_img read more

Godzilla King of the Monsters a raging beast of a disappointment

first_imgAs the bad guy plans to balance humanity and nature by inciting nature to crush humanity beneath its giant scaly foot, there’s a hint of an intriguing moral question in there somewhere about ends justifying means. But this isn’t explored in any depth. It doesn’t bode well for the promised crossover Godzilla vs King Kong, coming in 2020.King of the Monsters isn’t all bad though. The monster designs are striking and memorable despite the iffy CGI, and the final battle is cool to look at as long as you don’t think about it too much. There are also moments when light and color give this mindless blockbuster a distinct palette, while Bear McCreary’s score is appropriately grandiose and gives us a sense of the Titans’ magnificence.Unfortunately, those elements don’t make up for a poorly laid-out narrative, predictable climax or joyless ensemble of human characters, several of whom utter the Godzilla catchphrase “Long live the king.”It’s good to know Godzilla will live on long after this movie. 2019 movies to geek out over Godzilla’s been stomping cities and battling beasties for 65 years across more than 30 Japanese films and countless other media. You’d think this cinematic behemoth would be tried and tested, yet Hollywood still can’t get it right.Godzilla: King of the Monsters, directed by Michael Dougherty and in theaters worldwide now, is the third American movie featuring the legendary Titan, after attempts in 1998 and 2014 disappointed audiences. The new flick even implies a link to the vintage version of the iconic creature by borrowing the US title of the very first Godzilla movie back in the 1950s. In terms of direct links, King of the Monsters is a sequel to the dour 2014 Godzilla, and also draws on elements of 2017’s delirious Kong: Skull Island. Five years after this new version of the atomic lizard stomped San Francisco, clandestine agency Monarch has tracked down assorted other giant monsters, called Titans, in hidden hibernation around the world. Luckily, Monarch has also created a device called the Orca to wake and placate the Titans.With the movie’s McGuffin established, an eco-terrorist (played by Charles Dance from Game of Thrones) kidnaps a Monarch scientist (Vera Farmiga) and her daughter (Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown) so he can use the Orca to motivate the Titans to trash the planet.Vera Farmigia and Millie Bobby Brown hail the King of the Monsters. Daniel McFadden Sound complicated? That’s just the first 20 minutes. From here, King of the Monsters rushes to introduce various characters, human and Titan, as we build to the first big fight sequence between Godzilla and his three-headed rival, King Ghidora.This first battle perfectly showcases all the film’s problems. There’s too much shaky camera work and too many quick cuts, making the action unclear. And unconvincing CGI gives the Titans, and the locations in which they roam, an odd crystalline quality.The set pieces are tied together by a bunch of talky scenes filmed with rapid camera movement to inject a sense of urgency and raise the stakes. Instead, it distances us from the characters. When the rampaging Titans cause the worst disasters in human history, we learn about it through impersonal news footage of ruined cities, failing to give us any sense of the human cost.godzilla-king-monsters-rev-1-gkm-fp-520267-high-res-jpegGodzilla does the monster mash. Warner Bros. Pictures The fast pace also leaves little breathing space for the human characters, who are poorly developed, with unclear objectives. It’s hard to care about their fate or even what they’re doing while the giant beasties duke it out.Which is unfortunate when you consider the stellar cast of Bradley Whitford, CCH Pounder, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch and Ziyi Zhang. This talented crew does what they can with their underwritten characters, but it’s just not enough — you won’t care when they’re killed off, whether it’s sudden or with a choking amount of melodrama. And that’s if you can even see their demise through the CGI haze. TV and Movies Tags 0 King of the Monsters trailer teases battle with King Ghidorah Shin Godzilla is the Dunkirk of Godzilla movies Post a comment 77 Photos Originally published May 29.  Let them fight Share your voice Movie reviewslast_img read more

Anna Hazare appears before court in Nimbalkar murder case

first_imgMumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare appeared on Tuesday before a special CBI court in Mumbai as a prosecution witness in the 2006 murder case of Congress leader Pawan Raje Nimbalkar and recorded his statement. Former NCP MP Padamsinh Patil, an accused in the case, was also present in the court of Special Judge AL Yawalkar. Nimbalakar was murdered in June 2006 in Kalamboli area of Navi Mumbai. His wife Anandi Devi had moved the trial court seeking Hazare be made a witness in the case. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The court had, however, rejected her plea, saying that he was not a direct witness in the case and his statement could just be “hearsay”. Anandi Devi had challenged the trial court order before the Bombay High Court which also rejected her plea. Later, she filed a plea in the Supreme Court which set aside the high court order and directed the CBI to make Hazare a witness in the case. In 2002, Hazare had alleged that Padamsinh Patil threatened to kill him.last_img read more

BNP trying to capitalise on quota reform movement Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to cash in on the quota reform movement after failing to wage an agitation of its own, reports UNB.”Their (BNP’s) daydream of going to power by using the student community after failing to launch any movement won’t be fulfilled,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting with the authorities concerned in Gazaria of Munshiganj to ensure smooth journey on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the country’s people now do not trust BNP. “They’re doing a nasty politics over the jail life and sickness of Khaleda Zia which is now evident to people.”About the traffic jam, the minister said from the next year, there will be no traffic congestion on the Dhaka- Chattogram highway.last_img read more