first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhüttl hails Southampton spirit for victory at Leicesterby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton are out of the dropzone after victory over Leicester City.James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and Shane Long’s first goal for nine months earned victory at the King Power Stadium.Long’s strike, in first-half injury time, came just 120 seconds after Yan Valery had been sent off for a second bookable offence.Wilfred Ndidi pulled a goal back in the second half for the Foxes but Claude Puel suffered defeat against his former club. “After the red card for Yan Valery, nobody will have thought we can win this game with 55 minutes to go. It’s a long time to defend against such a good team. Then we scored the second goal which is unbelievable,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl said.“Longy did a fantastic job today I think. He was hard-working, going after every ball. In the second-half we said that we will try to keep the clean sheet as long as possible and if a goal happens we stay focused and keep believing that we can take this win.“It’s a fantastic win. It can be a very important one because we showed that we act as a team with fantastic commitment. That’s what I want to see.“We showed today more of our potential that we have to bring to excellence, which is the step we want to go to. It’s only possible with hard work and we had a very good week ahead of this game.”Now I think we have made a very important step but only one, the others have to follow.” last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Patagonia Recycles the Old with New re\\\collection Close Since Patagonia founder Yvon Choinard began his outdoor outfitting business’ first foray into environmentalism with the introduction of his reusable aluminium climbing chocks, designed specifically to prevent damage to pristine rockfaces (known as “clean climbing”), Patagonia has been at the forefront of producing environmentally-friendly and eco-conscious products.Patagonia’s second major leap forward as an environmentally conscious business was in 1993 when the company began producing its first line of fleece made from recycled plastic bottles that were once destined for thousands of years of degradation in a landfill. Today, Patagonia is a certified B-Corporation with the mission of building great products that cause no unnecessary harm all while using the business to develop solutions to the ongoing environmental crisis. Recognized around the world for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, Patagonia has contributed nearly $80 million dollars in environmental grants and donations.And now, Patagonia is going even further with the announcement of their fall 2016 “re\\\collection,” a line of down jackets, shirts, sweatshirts, and pants made with 100 percent recycled down, 100 percent recycled wool, 100 percent recycled polyester, 80 percent recycled zippers, and 50 percent recycled buttons.Patagonia’s Creative Director of Product Design, Miles Johnson, says of the new collection, “From the insulation to the outer materials—all the way down to the buttons and drawcords—this collection is an experiment in creativity and responsibility.”It’s also an experiment in streamlining down clothing so that each piece is not only warm, but slim with a stylish silhouette. You won’t look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow man with this collection, especially in the v-neck pullover ($149) or reversible vest ($179).The collection also features a down shirt ($199), a down shirt jacket ($199), and most amazingly of all, waffle-cut down pants ($149), which may take the top prize for most amazing lounge-pants ever. If you like your legs feeling like they’re tumbling around in a warm cloud, these are your pants.Filled with 100 percent Patagonia Recycled Down (a mix of 600-fill-power goose and duck down) reclaimed from used items, the re\\\collection boasts identical performance benefits as virgin down, with none of the negative environmental impacts. As Patagonia says, “By plucking some of  [our] down (and associated fabrics) from the trash, Patagonia is reducing discards and helping to grow and add value to a recycling stream.”“We have to take responsibility for what we make, from birth to death and then beyond death, back to rebirth.” Yvon Choinard, Patagonia founder and owner writes in his book Let My People Go Surfing. With Patagonia’s new recycle-focused re\\\collection, that ethos is obvious. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now center_img Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! REI’s Gear Rental Program Will Change How You Experience the Outdoors 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

first_imgzoom The European Union will support with just over €1 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies to analyse the potential introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in Spain and France.The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, aim at determining the feasibility of implementing LNG bunkering facilities in the Port of Roscoff (northwest France) and the Port of Santander (northern Spain). They take into account the conformity of the infrastructure and equipment with the standards for risk prevention, environmental protection and the eventual constraints, revealed by the impact assessments and the public inquiries.LNG is rapidly emerging as a more environmentally friendly fuel for the maritime sector and its uptake is encouraged by the European Union. The European market for LNG for maritime transport is presently limited and infrastructure to cater for the small-scale supply of LNG is almost non-existent.The findings of these studies will be an essential decision making tool for:a) the ferry operator, to start the construction and the retrofit of LNG vesselsb) port authorities in Roscoff and Santander that will be able to plan the design and the implementation of LNG bunkering stationsc) the authorities in charge of the public passenger transport in Cantabriad) helping to contribute to the realisation of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 INEA, January 10, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom The restructuring of the shipping alliances is expected to bring modest container volume growth to Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings Bhd, the Star reported, citing Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, the group’s CEO, as saying.“The industry will go through a recalibration process as the shipping lines adjust to different routes and different alliance partners. I would give it 15 months before the dust fully settles to get a clearer picture of container growth,” Gnanalingam told reporters after the company’s annual general meeting on April 25.In 2016, the port operator saw a 10% increase in its container volumes by handling 9.95 million TEUs, against 9.05 million TEUs in 2015.However, this year will be challenging for the group’s terminal at Port Klang as two of its biggest clients, CMA CGM and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) are members of new alliances, according to Westports’ CEO.The Ocean Alliance, comprised of CMA CGM, China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), and launched in early April, will use Westports as the regional transshipment hub.In mid-2016, the group completed the Container Terminal 8 (CT8) Phase 1 expansion. The latest CT8 Phase 2 expansion is on schedule, and the additional 300-meter wharf facility is expected to be completed by mid-2017.In the second half of 2016, the Container Terminal 9 (CT9) Phase 1 commenced due to high utilization of existing container terminal facilities at Westports. Expected to be completed by the end of this year, the CT9 expansion will encompass the construction of a 600-meter wharf and additional equipment such as STS and additional RTG cranes.“For Westports, the completion of phase one of container terminal nine (CT9) would bring its annual container handling capacity to about 14 million TEUs by year-end,” Gnanalingam added.Separately, the Star reported that Westports plans to invest RM 800 million (USD 187.8 million) in its port expansion this year. The investment covers the construction of the CT8 Phase 2 wharf and a container yard as well as the construction of the CT9 wharf.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Congress leader from Maharashtra Yashomati Thakur has alleged she was stopped by the police from meeting her party’s Karnataka MLA Shreemant Patil, who is undergoing treatment at St George Hospital in south Mumbai. Patil was admitted to the government-run hospital after he complained of chest pain on Thursday -the day when Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved confidence motion in the Assembly of that state. Thakur, who is All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge for Karnataka, said the police deployed at the hospital stopped her from meeting Patil Friday night. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “We helped him (Patil) during the Karnataka Assembly elections (held in 2018). So, I wanted to see him at the hospital. But the police stopped me from meeting him at the behest of the state government,” Thakur told over phone. She added that Patil’s son Shreenivas was present when she visited the hospital. “He (Shreenivas), too, was against me meeting his father. He was the one who coordinated the elections preparation with us during the Karnataka polls,” she added. Politics in Karnataka has witnessed dramatic turn of events over the past few weeks with the BJP claiming the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine lacks numbers to prove majority on the floor of the House. According to sources, 15 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD (S) are camping at a luxury hotel in Mumbai even as the confidence motion was moved earlier this week.last_img read more

Rabat – After three months of negotiations, Morocco and the EU signed their long-anticipated fisheries deal July 24 in Rabat. Criticism of the agreement, however, indicates a brewing legal battle: the Polisario Front has said it will fight the fisheries deal.EU-Morocco fishery ties date back to 1995. Strong pushback against this particular deal—from the Polisario Front, the European Court of Justice—failed to block the EU and Morocco from moving forward in negotiations.The Polisario Front stated its intentions to pursue legal action against the EU and the fishery deal in April. On Sunday, Polisario Front Envoy to the European Commission Mohamed Sidati said, “[The deal] only encourages the Moroccan occupation… Morocco steals the resources of Western Sahara people, who largely live in exile and in poverty, deprived of their land and sea. And the European Commission is accomplice to this robbery.”Western Sahara Resource Watch Coordinator Sara Eyckmans asserted the imminent failure of the deal.“As no effort has been made to seek the consent of the people of Western Sahara, a new deal with Morocco for these waters will be illegal.”In February the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled against the inclusion of Western Saharan coastal waters in the fisheries deal. ECJ Advocate General Melchior Wathelet asserted that the deal’s inclusion of the Western Sahara undermines its legitimacy and warrants the agreement should be declared null and void.Former Policy Advisor at the European Parliament Jeanne Laperrouza explained, however, that this ruling is significant but does not hold jurisdiction over the legal outcome. “The ECJ court does not have the authority to conclude that Sahara waters do not fall within the sovereignty or jurisdiction of Morocco,” she said.In July, the EU rejected a proposal by European Parliament members to block the deal. Concerns include the notion that involving territory not globally recognized as part of Morocco in this arrangement contradicts international law.Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita emphasized the geographic provisions of the law, including waters off the coast of Western Sahara, during a statement to the press.“The answer is clear, since Article 1 of this agreement stipulates that the fishing area extends from parallel 35 to parallel 22, meaning from Cape Spartel in northern Morocco to Cap Blanc in the south.”Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita and Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhannouch praised the agreement’s inclusion of Sahrawi waters. Morocco, expressing satisfaction with the deal, issued a statement applauding the EU’s compromise to include the Western Sahara despite “maneuvers by our enemies to question the unity of Morocco as a nation.”“Attempts by the opponents of Morocco to question this exclusive jurisdiction have been foiled and rejected,” the statement declared.Before entering into effect, the deal must pass through the European Parliament and receive ratification by all 28 EU member states. read more

Accordingly, the new Commission will look into the monetary allocations, loans, shares, investments and other finances from the Treasury, Central Bank, People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon or any other financial institution for the three institutions. Retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunarathna, Court of Appeal Judge Gamini Rohan Amarasekara, Retired High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, Retired Deputy Auditor General Mallawa Arachchige Don  Anthony Harald, the Director General of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board Mrs.Wasantha Jayaseeli Kapugama had been appointed as the members of the Commission. It will also look into the establishment, operation and cessation of Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the reasons for the termination of the agreement entered between the SriLankan Airlines and Emirates Airlines, which is the international Airlines Company of the U.A.E. and its complex results, entering, extending and termination of agreements to purchase of aircrafts and other assets, selling, leasing, selling and re- renting, conveyance, exchange, releasing and disposal, purchase, hire, lease, charter, sale, and transfer of aircraft or any assets valued more than Rs 50 million, consigning and appointing of sub agents, brokers and consultants, companies, individuals or entity to supply goods, services or any other function, opening, maintenance and suspension of networks and offices in other countries, the interactions between SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka, Human Resource Management including selection, appointment, remuneration, promotions, transfers, employee restructuring and retirement of the Board of Directors, CEOs, Chairman and other senior management and financial reporting, compliance with relevant accounting and auditing standards, and financial and operational performance and standards. (Colombo Gazette) The Presidential Commission investigating allegations surrounding SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Catering, has found that the first board of Directors for Mihin Lanka was appointed without written approval from the Government.The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate financial irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering (Pvt.) Limited and Mihin Lanka, commenced recording evidence last week. read more

At a high-level event held in that spirit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, in New York, on Thursday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, drove home that point: “We should never forget the profound progress that has been made over the decades – and, indeed, that is happening as we speak.”“Progress in one corner of the world plants a seed of hope in another,” he stated, referencing his own personal story. “I grew up under the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal and did not know democracy until I was twenty-four years old…But it was the human rights struggles and stories of others around the world that inspired and moved us to believe in change at home.”Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who also delivered opening remarks cited recent human rights advancements across the world including in India, the Horn of Africa, South Africa, Georgia, Liberia, Tunisia and Chile.“In many countries, things are moving in the right direction, sometimes not quickly enough, sometimes it’s not perfect, but nevertheless, they are moving and the broader impact is clear,” she said. The event went on to showcase several initiatives and progress made to strengthen human rights in various countries, including the promotion of diversity in Indonesia, the role played by civil society in Korea, new legislation for gender equality in Tunisia, and prison reform in Georgia, to name a few. On Wednesday, the UN held another high-level event marking the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, to highlight how making the text a reality, can be a powerful tool for nations across the world to prevent conflict and poverty. read more

Mr Cook did not hold a pilot’s licence but had accompanied his friend as a passenger previously. Following his death, he described by his daughter as an “incredible mentor” who was “at his desk at 6.45am every morning”.Mr Lewis, a former chairman of Hull RUFC was a flying enthusiast who part-owned an airfield until he sold it in 2017. He had two children and two stepchildren. “He never had a bad word for anyone, and would do anything for anyone. He spent a lot of time planting trees for people to enjoy the village as much as he did. He was a lovely man, who we will all miss very much,” Mr Lewis’s family said in a statement. The men who were lifelong friends hailed from Burton Pidsea, East Yorkshire where Mr Cook, a grandad of four, owned farmland and ran businesses including a country store.  During the flight, the pilot telephoned a friend from the flying club he was a member of asking him to light-up the touchdown area of the grass runway with the headlights of his car. Mr Lewis’s friend arrived at the airfield soon after and angled his headlights along the airstrip. He was unable to turn on the clubhouse lights as he left the keys at home according to the report. “The aircraft was manoeuvring in the final approach area when it was seen to descend rapidly to the ground. Both occupants were fatally injured,” the accident report said.The club member reported watching the plane circling the airfield before suddenly descending vertically and disappearing from view. The man then alerted the emergency services.The wreckage was discovered in a small area of woodland following a four-hour search by emergency service workers and local farmers. The initial impact was not survivable for the aircraft occupants the report concluded. “The pilot…was aware there was an option of diverting to nearby Humberside but, perhaps because of his unfamiliarity with Humberside, he decided to attempt to land at his home airfield Beverley,” the AAIB wrote in its report into the accident.  Beverley airfield where the Richard Lewis intended to land Beverley airfield where the Richard Lewis intended to land It would be an “unfamiliar and demanding task” for Mr Lewis to fly in darkness, the AAIB said, “there was no evidence he had ever flown at night before.” AAIB image shows the crash site where the plane descended  The pilot of a plane which crashed last October, killing two, was unqualified to fly at night and asked a friend to illuminate the airfield using his car headlights, an investigation has found. Pilot Richard Lewis, 76, and passenger Tony Cook, 79, were killed on October 10 when the Reims Cessna aircraft  they were travelling in went down near the Beverley airfield in East Yorkshire. The two men were returning from a day-trip to Scotland where Mr Lewis was visiting a relative. They encountered a delay when departing from Mildem airfield due to a technical issue with the aircraft which held-up their departure time and forced Mr Lewis to fly at night which he was unqualified to do. Mr Lewis held a private pilot’s licence for 25-years but did not have a night rating which would have permitted him to fly in darkness. No night flying experience was recorded in the pilot’s logbook. The accident occurred at 6.25pm on October 10 when the sunset was recorded at 5.15pm. “It was dark and there was no moon,” according to the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) report. AAIB image of crash site  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

first_imgNew World Resource has had recent discussions with the Bolivian Government. New World says it “has been clearly informed that pre-existing rights would be respected within the new mining law. It has also been invited to join the Bolivian Government’s Scientific Support Committee (‘Advisory Committee’) set up within the evaporates division of Corp Minera de Bolivia (Comibol). This Advisory Committee aims to assist the government in its plan to develop a pilot plant at the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s largest lithium resource which is currently part of the country’s strategic fiscal reserve. New World’s Pastos Grandes project is located outside of this strategic fiscal reserve. The government is currently in the process of establishing a new mining law with a final draft anticipated before the end of May. Bolivia’s Mining Ministry is consulting with interested parties including foreign companies in drafting the new mining law. New World reports that “the Ministry will be providing foreign companies operating in Bolivia’s mining sector, including New World along with the Ambassador and Senior Trade Commissioner of the Government of Canada an opportunity to comment and give input in regards to the new law before it is finalised. Although no new law has been established, New World has been advised that pre-existing rights would be respected within the new mining law.”After discussing with the Ministry the agreements signed between the company and the local municipality near Pastos Grandes, and a subsequent presentation of the preliminary brine chemistry results from Pastos Grandes, the company was invited to join the Scientific Support Committee.New World President John Lando comments, “The warm reception that we received from the Mining Ministry of Bolivia is encouraging. Although a new mining law is not yet finalised, at the senior level of the ministry we were clearly assured that pre-existing rights will be respected under the new law. This assurance along with the invitation to join the Scientific Advisory Committee gives us confidence that we will be able to further develop Pastos Grandes and the company’s Lipeña copper-gold project.”last_img read more

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TRANSPORT Authority has been called on to rectify issues with some Irish Rail ticket prices.Rail Users Ireland (RUI) said today that there were “serious errors” in the fare changes which came into force in December 2013.It alleged that the changes made by the National Transport Authority (NTA) were incomplete and as a result “created a series of serious inconsistencies”, resulting in fare increases for many journeys.According to RUI, it is now cheaper to travel from Rush & Lusk to Grand Canal Dock than the shorter distance from Rush & Lusk to Dublin Pearse.RUI spokesman Mark Gleeson said: “The only way to resolve the inconsistencies in Irish Rail’s fare structure is to start with a clean sheet, ensuring that there is a direct relationship between the distance traveled and the fare charged”.RUI is calling on the National Transport Authority to resolve this issue within one week, with a comprehensive revision undertaken to eliminate all inconsistencies by the end of 2014.It also asks that all future changes to fare zone and bands be subject to public consultation.Bye lawsRUI added:Under Irish Rail’s bye laws (SI 109 1984, section 6) it is deemed to be an act of fare evasion if a passenger purchases a ticket, but leaves the train at an earlier station where the fare is greater.It wants Irish Rail to issue a formal statement that it will not prosecute passengers under this bye law.In addition, it wants both Irish Rail and Leap Card to retrospectively refund all passengers where they were overcharged as a result of this issue.ResponseThe National Transport Authority (NTA) said that it inherited a fare and zone structure which was not distance-based, and “which contained major structural inequalities for users”.We are moving towards a fairer structure of distance-based zonal fares, but are doing this over a number of years, in order to phase-in any significant fare increases for those users who have historically benefitted disproportionately compared to other rail users from the anomalies.Over the last two years the NTA has been introducing improvements across Iarnród Éireann’s Short Hop Zone fares structure, including removing numerous fares anomalies and better alignment of zone fares to distance travelled.In this recent determination, the NTA reclassified a number of origin-destination pairings.However, it pointed out that rectifying historical anomalies “can result in some fares going up and some going down”.It said it has tried to avoid making changes that will result in large increases in order to mitigate the impact on passengers, or decreases for significant numbers of passengers in order to protect revenues to ensure the amount of services available can be maintained.It has limited the changes to pairings that have demonstrated very low levels of patronage.  The NTA will continue to remove fare anomalies on a phased basis over the coming years.Naturally, as we began to make changes to implement a more distance-based fare scheme and then left particular origin-destination pairings for the reasons above, then has led, in the interim, to some station-to-station pockets that don’t follow the natural progression of the zones. In no case has the Authority raised fares beyond the distance-based formula.These anomalies exist “because we could not move in one step to rectify everything – without either putting undue hardship on users, or damaging the revenue base”, said the NTA.It is looking at that small number of cases where a longer trip by single ticket costs less than a shorter journey along the same corridor, with a view to possibly bringing forward sooner the required fare reclassification.Fares examplesNTA said that if you examine the fares from Rush & Lusk prior to it making any amendment:rail customers from that station were only travelling four stations before they were paying the highest zonal fare, ie the fare from Rush & Lusk to all stations south of Portmarnock were at Zone E, the highest fare. Comparatively, if you look at Greystones, however, a customer from that station starts paying the Zone E fare north of Landsdowne Road.It gave the example of the Rush & Lusk to Pearse Zone E single adult fare of €5.70, which has not changed zone in 2014 but received the general fares increase.In the implementation of the distance-based zonal structure, this trip needs to change zone, which will result in a fare reduction for customers. However the NTA recommended that this reduction not take place at this time due to the impact on Iarnród Éireann fare revenue.Read: Irish Rail cash fares increase from today>last_img read more

first_imgGoogle corrige Chrome et remercie ceux qui l’ont aidéLe navigateur Web de Google a fait l’objet de nouveaux correctifs de sécurité et propose désormais une nouvelle version stable aux internautes.Google a mis à jour son navigateur Web Chrome en publiant une nouvelle version stable (17.0.963.65). Clubic précise que 17 failles de sécurité jugées “à haut risque” ont été corrigées et que cette nouvelle version met à jour plusieurs problèmes concernant par exemple des chargements de plugins ou de copier-coller. Enfin, ce correctif propose une nouvelle version du plugin Flash Player intégrée. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Google a également tenu à préciser que trois développeurs ont reçu, chacun, la somme de 10.000 dollars (7.700 euros) pour leurs recherches et bénéficient désormais des titres de Rockstar, Legend et Superhero. D’autres spécialistes ont eux reçu entre 500 et 2000 dollars (380 et 1.500 euros), Google ayant distribué en tout 47.500 dollars (36.200 euros). Cette nouvelle version de Chrome sera éprouvée lors du Pwn2Own, un concours de hacking sponsorisé par Google, afin de repérer d’éventuelles vulnérabilités. Le 8 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img This week the finale for Batman: The Telltale Series arrives on nearly every (non-Nintendo) gaming machine out there. To prepare, I spent the weekend playing the first four episodes of the adventure game juggernaut’s take on the Dark Knight. After such a highly concentrated Batman blast, not only am I stoked for the final episode, I was also reminded that even a familiar rendition of a well-worn franchise can still be pretty great.Telltale’s Batman isn’t based on any one version of Batman but rather the Batman mythos as a whole. This frees the developers to add their own twists to the series like a less charitable view of Bruce’s saintly parents, a suspiciously suave redesign for The Penguin, and an increased focus on Bruce Wayne’s high-class escapades alongside Batman’s urban brawls.Still, anyone with even a passing Batman familiarity will immediately recognize much of what is going on in this game overall. Characters like Catwoman, Harvey Dent, Jim Gordon, Alfred, and others show up and do pretty much what you expect them to do. You can make pivotal story choices as is the Telltale tradition, but there are certain core Batman tents too strong for anyone who isn’t Bane to break.At first this bugged me a little. Throughout the first episode I just kept saying, “Yup, this sure is some Batman. Been there, done that.” But I kept playing and was eventually hooked for a pretty simple reason. Batman stuff, when done well, is awesome. Gotham is still a compelling place with a fantastic cast of characters even when you’ve seen it all before.Instead of being annoyed by every moment that reminded me of something in the Nolan movies or the animated series or the comics, I relished the opportunity to recall entertainment I’ve enjoyed. This game is Batman comfort food. I wish it took more chances. Casting anyone more interesting than Troy Baker would’ve been a start. But I can’t deny the appeal of safe but solid Batman.At this point, that’s pretty much the only way to approach Telltale’s games as a whole. This is the first series I’ve played from the developer since 2012’s The Walking Dead. There are some Batman-specific flourishes like dynamic quick-time event fights and light puzzle-solving detective segments.However, for the most part, this is the same style of branded, story-based, branching dialogue-dependent, technically janky, cartoony adventure game the company dedicates all of its time and resources towards. On one hand, that’s a disappointment.On the other hand, if you take long enough breaks between Telltale games you can gain a better appreciation for the formula. It’s like Pokemon in that way. Allowing players to dictate the story through their dialogue choices is still a great gameplay hook for episodic experiences trying its hardest to be a TV show.When given the opportunity to be a silent or chatty Batman, I always chose silent Batman, leading to a nice mix of hilarious and badass results. Other games in other genres from other companies just can’t give you intriguing emergent opportunities like that when adapting these kinds of franchises.So now we’re just waiting to see if Batman: The Telltale Series sticks the landing. Hopefully, it’ll truly justify the M-rating. For as nice as it is to play games for adults that are actually mature instead of pandering, it is weird that between this and Batman: Arkham Knight, there are multiple modern Batman games that children can’t buy. That doesn’t feel like Batman. Fortunately, the rest of the game completely does. The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsChristian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert Pattinson Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe National Weather Service said a long swath of Oregon and Washington, including the greater Vancouver area, may experience patchy, light freezing rain Friday morning.There is a small window of possibility for the forecasted freezing rain in the area. The rainfall will create little, if any, ice accumulation on the roads from 8 to 10 a.m. for the Willamette Valley and Clark County, according to the weather service.The threat may last until 1 p.m. for valleys in the south Washington Cascades, far north Oregon Cascades and Upper Hood River Valley, according to the weather service.At 3 a.m. Friday, temperatures in many lowland areas were in the upper 20s to lower 30s.Temperatures are expected to rise, but “there is a chance that temperatures may not warm abovefreezing before the rain begins. This would result in patchy light freezing rain,” an NWS special weather statement said.The weekend forecast for Vancouver calls for a 30 percent chance of rain until Monday night.last_img read more

44 feel confident discussing stress or mental health issues with their employer

first_imgLess than half (44%) of respondents would not feel confident discussing unmanageable stress or mental health problems with their current employer or manager, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).Its study of more than 2,000 employees also found that 31% of respondents have experienced a mental health problem at some point during their working life. This is a rise on the 26% that said the same in 2011. Of this group, 42% have had a problem in the last 12 months, to the extent where it has affected their health and wellbeing.The research also found:46% of respondents feel their organisation supports mental health issues very or fairly well, compared to 37% in 2011.32% of respondents are offered a phased return to work to help manage mental health problems, while 30% are provided with access to flexible-working arrangements.27% of respondents are given access to occupational health to help with mental health issues and a further 27% have access to counselling services.3% of respondents have access to a mental health first aider and 5% can speak to a mental health champion.10% of respondents know that there is training for line managers which informs how to manage and support people who experience a mental health issue.Rachel Suff, employment relations advisor at the CIPD, said: “With people’s experiences of mental health problems at work on the increase, it’s disappointing not to see more employers stepping up to address them. Mental health should get just as much attention, awareness and understanding as physical health, and employers have a responsibility to manage stress and mental health at work, making sure employees are aware of, and able to access, the support available to them.“This agenda needs to be championed from the very top by business leaders and senior staff; either through role-modelling or open conversations about their own experiences. There’s also a clear role for HR professionals and line managers to ensure that employees are getting the support they need and feel they can speak up.“It’s crucial that organisations work to promote an open and inclusive culture so that employees feel confident about disclosing mental health issues and discussing the challenges they are experiencing.“Promoting good mental health also makes good business sense, [because] employees are likely to be more engaged and productive if they work for an organisation with a workforce wellbeing strategy that emphasises the importance of both good mental and physical health.”Emma Mamo (pictured), head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, added: “Creating mentally healthy workplaces needn’t be difficult or expensive. Often, it’s about putting in place small adjustments, such as regular communication and flexible-working hours.”last_img read more

Musical tribute to Pancham

first_imgMusic lovers in the city were treated to a series of evergreen hits from the 1960s to the 80s on last Friday evening at one of city’s prominent cultural centre – Nritya-Forum for Performing Arts. The occasion was the celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of the iconic music director Rahul Dev Burman and the programme was interestingly titled ‘ Panchamrit’ punning on the nickname of the music director Pancham. It also showcased the sweet sounds and symphony of the composer who held sway for more than two decades in Hindi cinema. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us While a major portion of the event was focused on the variety of compositions of the maverick musician, the group Dakshin Dhwani also included works of celebrities whose birth/ death anniversaries fell in the month of June. Famous names like Hemant Kumar, Madan Mohan etc., whose creations still resonate all over were part of the song selection. Spread over three hours, a dozen singers, of varying age groups crooned duets and solo numbers which included a classical one from a private album of R D Burman. The numbers selected were from films like ‘Manmauji’ to ‘Jeeva’, which also meant different genres of music and singers who matched the karaoke tracks enthusiastically. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us As can be expected, the senior citizens who were part of the audience liberally indulged in recollecting their lives and times during that era when filmi music was the main source of entertainment. They had more occasions to feel nostalgic as the show comprised of audio-visual clips , which were biographies of music directors Madan Mohan and RD Burman. As it all ended, the audience was treated to a fare, which made them travel back in time and celebrate the good things that were part of the glorious progress of Hindi cinema.last_img read more

Gitanjali School holds investiture ceremony

first_imgKukatpally: A grand investiture ceremony was organised on Thursday by Gitanjali Olympiad School located at VV Nagar. IAF Warrant Officer Joginder Singh and Kukatpally SI Narayan Singh presided over the ceremony. The march-past by the students of four ‘houses’ of the school cabinet drew wide appreciation from everyone. The event was conducted by school chairman P Srinivas, principal Gayathri, vice-principal Sudha Madhavi and the faculty.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi, September 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 36.30 points up to stand at 19892.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 5.75 points up to stand at 5879.60. BHEL and JP POWER were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.53% and 5.89% along with Financial Technologies and Oberoi Realty with an increase of 4.73% and 4.44% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HDIL and Indian Oil Corp with a decrease of 4.67% and 4.10% along with OIL INDIA and Reliance Communications Ltd. with a decrease of 3.85% and 3.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 4.29 points at 11,186.12 while the banking sector is down 36.74 points at 11,452.68 and the realty sector is down 11.42 points at 1,209.29. The Indian currency is up 0.43% at Rs 62.17 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgPriyanka Chopra in Nick Jonas’ SuckerPriyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra/Instagram)Priyanka Chopra may become a Royal godmother of sorts. Reportedly Meghan Markle’s friend Priyanka Chopra is in the running to be godmother to her royal baby, according to the latest odds.Meghan Markle is expected to give birth in April and as such preparations are being made for what happens after the baby arrives. And bookies are already trying to figure out which of Meghan Markle’s famous friends will be the Royal baby’s godmother or godfather.Apparently, a host of her celebrity pals are on the list of potential royal godparents, including Indian actress Priyanka, George and Amal Clooney and tennis star Serena Williams. Bookies Ladbrokes makes it 3/1 that Priyanka will be the royal baby’s godmother. Apparently, Meghan’s best friend and stylish Jessica Mulroney is the favourite to be chosen at 4/6.Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Famous faces are queuing up in the royal baby godparent betting but as things stand it’s Jessica Mulroney who’s seemingly a shoo-in for the honour.”Bookmaker Coral’s odds on Priyanka being the royal tot’s godmother are at 5/1.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThey also have Meghan’s former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer at 3/1, Oprah Winfrey at 12/1, Soho House director Markus Anderson at 16/1 and former US president Barack Obama is even in with a chance at 33/1.Princess Eugenie is 5/1, Prince William is 6/1 and Prince Harry’s childhood pal Tom Inskip – who he is rumoured to have cooled his friendship with – is 4/1.Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “We think that Jessica Mulroney is almost guaranteed to be a godmother to the new baby, and she tops our betting at 1/2.”The latest addition to the royal family is likely to have a few godparents and there is plenty of other contenders, with Priyanka Chopra right in the mix at 5/1 along with Princess Eugenie.”Meghan Markle sure has a lot of choices to go through. The fact that Priyanka Chopra is in the running itself seems like a big deal. And we have to say that Priyanka may make a very good godparent if given the chance. And it does seem like the fact that she is even in the running means that there is no friction between the Bollywood actress and the Duchess of Sussex.last_img read more

BSF guns down 2 Bangladeshis picks up 2 others

first_imgBSFIndia’s Border Security Force aka BSF on Tuesday shot dead two Bangladeshis along Khosalpur border in Mohespur upazila of Jhenaidah and picked up two others along Hapania border in Naogaon, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Harun, 25, son of Kawser Ali of Shyamkur village in Mohespur upazila, and Sohel Tarafdar, 20, son of Shahidul Tarafdar of Khoshalpur village in the same upazila.Commanding officer of Moheshpur BGB Battalion-58 lieutenant colonel Zillur Rahman said the BSF troops of Kumari camp in India opened fire on a group of 10-12 Bangladeshi cattle traders around 11:00am when they went to the bordering area to bring cattle, leaving Harun and Sohel dead on the spot.However, other traders managed to flee.Later, the BSF members took away the bodies to their camp.The BGB authorities are taking preparation to hold a flag meeting with BSF over the matter, Zillur Rahman added.Besides, two Bangladeshi nationals were picked up by BSF members at Duarpal along Hapania border in Porsha upazila.The victims are: Mainul Islam, son of Ketab Ali and Manirul Islam, son of Abdul Mannan of Duarpal village in the upazila.Nayek Subedar Abdur Razzak, commander of Hapania Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) camp, said the BSF members of Adaripara camp chased some Bangladeshi cattle traders near border pillar no 232 while returning to the country with cattle in the dead of night.At one stage, the BSF members picked up the two Bangladeshi nationals while the others managed to flee the scene.Later, they were handed over to Habipur police in India.last_img read more