The Elders Urge International Support For Interim Palestinian Government

first_imgThe Elders have welcomed the establishment of the long-awaited Palestinian unity government.They urge all nations to support the government as it works towards free and fair elections within the next six months.The last elections in January 2006 set the scene for bitter internal conflict, exacerbated by external powers, that has persisted to this day.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “The isolation of Gaza from the West Bank and divisions between Fatah and Hamas have had deeply damaging consequences for the peace process and for Palestinian aspirations for independence and an end to occupation. The social and economic damage to the long-suffering people of Gaza has been tragic and will take a long time to repair.“The new government offers hope: hope of a road to renewed and united leadership; hope of a return to a more normal life and of economic activity for the Palestinians – while strengthening their ability to engage effectively with Israel in any further peace negotiations.”Jimmy Carter, former US President, said: “Together with the international treaties and conventions that Palestine has recently acceded to, democratic elections in six months’ time offer an opportunity for fully representative and accountable government for all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is a deadline that should not be allowed to slip.“Unlike in 2006, when Hamas’s legitimate electoral victory was widely rejected, the international community should recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. We expect it to renew past commitments to pursuing independence through non-violent means and to recognise Israel within internationally agreed borders.“This is an opportunity to preserve the world’s hope of seeing, one day, two states in the Holy Land living side by side in peace and security.”last_img read more

Canadian YouTube stars talk starting out and taking off online ahead of

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the Internet’s favourite and most popular video creators attended this year’s YouTube FanFest at the Molson Ampitheatre on Aug. 13.The event, put on around the world, allows fans to get up close with the creators and stars for meetups and a live performance.“It was so important for us to bring it Canada, specifically Toronto,” said YouTube’s Canadian Marketing Director Fabricio Dolan. “We helped build up the YouTube space in Toronto to help incoming creators. Toronto is a hub for creative talent across the board.” Facebook Dolan said he is always asked if there’s a certain number of Canadians he must include for Toronto’s event.“Of course we have Canadian creators,” he said. “But they’re not here because we have to have a certain Canadian quotient. They’re here because they’re the biggest global name.” Twitterlast_img read more

British Airways to launch its shortest flight

first_imgLondon: British Airways is launching its shortest flight till date, a 54-mile, 50-minute flight from Bahrain International Airport to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Saturday. The return flight will be even quicker, with only 40 minutes spent in the air, CNN quoted the airlines as saying in a statement on Friday. The brief flight succeeds the airline’s current shortest trip: a 62-mile hop between the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Saint Kitts. The new service to Dammam is an extension of an existing route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Muharraq, Bahrain. At present, customers disembarking in Bahrain are offered a 90-minute limousine journey to Dammam. From December 1, travelers from London will have the option to continue on the same plane — a four-class Boeing 777-200 — to Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport. The 54-mile flight will not operate as an individual journey. Only passengers travelling to or from London will have access to the Bahrain-Dammam route. “The direct service will now enable seamless travel in eight hours from our home at Heathrow,” the airline statement said. “More than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas is produced in this region, so this new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth onward connections to Europe and the US.”last_img read more

German FA Uncertain of 2026 World Cup Host Vote

By Karen DuarteRabat – The German Football Association (DFB) is still uncertain as to which of the two bids to host the 2026 World Cup it will support. The competing offers are: a joint North American bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico and one from Morocco.The FIFA Council will vote on the bids at the 68th FIFA Congress on Wednesday, June 13 in Moscow. FIFA has judged Morocco’s bid to be “high-risk” because of a lack of infrastructure, transportation, and accommodations. There has also been “allegations that president Gianni Infantino has tried to undermine Morocco’s bid.”Although Morocco should reach FIFA’s stadium and infrastructure requirements in time for the tournament, North America’s bid would allow FIFA to concentrate on other aspects of the tournament.In the North America bid evaluations, FIFA says that they will “focus on a number of exciting initiatives related to sports science, fan engagement, multimedia interaction, and other new forms of digitalization.” However, the North African country is believed to be popular among many of the voting countries.According to German weekly sports magazine Sport Bild, DFB President Reinhard Grindel said his association has yet to make a decision as to which bid it will support.“FIFA’s bid evaluation favors North American because task force sees advantages in the areas of stadium, transport, as well as ticketing and hospitality,” he said.“But in fairness, we will now await the debate over the FIFA Council report. Only after that will the DFB delegation make a decision on which bid to back.” read more

Financial market highlights on Thursday SPTSX 1577630 up 5530 points

Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,776.30, up 55.30 pointsDow — 22,775.39, up 113.75 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,552.07, up 14.33 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,585.36, up 50.73 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, down 0.44 of a centPound — C$1.6476, down 0.77 of a centEuro — C$1.4699, up 0.21 of a centEuro — US$1.1714, down 0.48 of a centOil futures:US$50.79, up 81 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,273.20 per oz., down $3.60(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.786 oz., up 16.6 cents$700.42 kg., up $5.34 read more

BMWs Ian Robertson and Boschs Peter Tyroller to headline 2012 SMMT International

The Society of Manufacturers and Traders is pleased to announce details of its fourth annual International Automotive Summit to be held at Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, on 12 June 2012.Now firmly established as a must-attend event in the automotive calendar, the 2012 Summit will include keynote addresses from global industry figures Ian Robertson, BMW, Board Member, Global Sales and Marketing, and Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH. The event will once again be chaired by national broadcaster, Justin Webb.This year’s Summit centres around three main streams:The Changing Face of Vehicle Retail, supported by GForces Web Management.Innovation in Ultra Low Carbon Technology, supported by EDF Energy.Growth in the Supply Chain.Throughout the day, panellists will explore each stream with intensely focussed session topics including the changing nature of the consumer and the emergence of the ultra-low carbon vehicle market, plus the key technologies manufacturers are adopting and – with the shift towards low carbon transportation – how the UK can play a major role in technology innovation.  Attendees will also gain insight into vehicle manufacturers’ future purchasing strategies, funding opportunities, capital investment and workforce training in the supply chain.Keenly awaited, up to 250 delegates are expected from across the full breadth of the automotive industry.  At the Summit in 2011, vehicle manufacturers represented included Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Suzuki, Tata Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen.  Last year’s attendees included eight European or national CEOs / MDs of car companies as well as a number of directors of marketing, corporate and public affairs, engineering, assembly, sales, planning and operations.Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. An earlybird booking rate of £187.50 + VAT for SMMT members and £300 + VAT for non-members is available until 2 March. Full price tickets are priced at £250 + VAT for SMMT members and £400 +VAT for non-members. To book your place at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, please visit or call SMMT on 0808 178 8818.To discuss advertising, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact 0808 178 8818 or event will run alongside the Canary Wharf Motorexpo which runs from 11-17 June.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Urban Meyer talks position battles impressive freshmen

Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon. read more

ICAT to showcase dust water and fire solutions at Electra Mining

first_imgExhibiting for the first time at Electra Mining Africa 2016 heing held September 12-16 atExpo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, environmental solutions company I-CAT is to launch a range of water, fire and dust-suppression technologies. I-CAT Marketing Director comments that the flagship exhibition is an ideal forum to showcase the company’s services and products to potential new clients. “I-CAT has been in existence for ten years, and our exponential growth in the last five years has underlined our unique offering to clients in the mining industry.”“We operate in a very competitive industry, and Electra Mining will afford us the opportunity to offer mining operators an alternative to their current service and product providers. Due to the prestige and sheer size of Electra Mining, we expect it to draw a much more focused visitor profile dedicated specifically to finding solutions and suppliers for their specific requirements,” van Rensburg stresses.The R-SDR (Retractable Stockpile Dust Ring) will be showcased as the latest innovation from I-CAT Dust Solutions. Introduced to address dust issues at conveyor discharge points, the R-SDR system creates a virtual curtain around material flow for outstanding particle containment.The I-VAP System (Waste Water Evaporation Cannon) from I-CAT Water Solutions is capable of handling 500 m3 per 12-hour day. The evaporation rate is 60% to 65%, depending on the ambient weather conditions.The Roto-Fire-Pack (Backpack Fast Response System) from I-CAT Fire Solutions makes use of T-Rotor technology, currently the leading misting technology internationally. It extinguishes all classes of fires by using foam mist as the agent.In addition, I-CAT will also be exhibiting its standard range of products for dust suppression and environmental services, including RDC 20 and GreenBit. A range of fire extinguishers, vehicle protection and localised protection systems will also be showcased.Visitor participation and interaction will be encouraged by on-site demonstrations of the Roto-Fire-Pack and various extinguishers and systems, together with a working model of a dust suppression ring and a full-size evaporator.“I-CAT will have an expert from each division on-site every day, together with a representative from top management. These will be able to answer any questions and carry out demonstrations where needed,” Jansen van Rensburg elaborates.“All mines need to comply with environmental and OHS regulations, and most of our services and products are aimed to offer specific solutions in this sub-sector. We believe our brand is becoming well-known in the mining fraternity, and want to underline its relatability to ‘excellent service’ and ‘superior products’,” he concludes.last_img read more

Ireland Women will face England in Rugby World Cup semifinal

first_imgIRELAND WILL FACE England in the semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Wednesday after the seeding for the top four was confirmed this evening.Philip Doyle’s side famously beat England on their way to the 2013 Grand Slam, but fell to a 17 – 10 defeat at Twickenham earlier this year.Ireland booked their place in the semis with a 40 – 5 victory over Kazakhstan early today, but it was this evening’s last Pool fixture that finally settled the upcoming fixture list.Hosts France kept up their 100% record with a 17 – 3 victory over Australia and moved to 14 points, enough to edge Ireland out of the number one seed slot and Australia out of the top four.Next up, Les Bleus will face Canada who claimed a 13 – 13 draw against England to leave both sides on 12 points (with Canada edged into second place due to England’s superior points difference).That result meant that New Zealand – reigning World Cup champions since 1998 – were dethroned before they even kicked off in their 34 – 3 win over the USA.The southern hemisphere superpowers now have only placing matches to look forward to while Canada and Europe’s finest do battle for the big prize.Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals (Wednesday August 13):Ireland v England (17.oo Irish time)France v Canada (19.45 Irish time)Fleming’s lung-bursting try and more great pictures as Ireland Women win againAnalysis: Black Ferns broken by Ireland’s clever attacking at World Cuplast_img read more

Spaceflight sim Kerbal Space Program has landed on PS4 and Xbox One

first_imgFor the last several years, PC gamers have been able to build and fly their own rockets manned by little green men. Now, console gamers can hit the launch pad with the release of Kerbal Space Program on PS4 and Xbox One. The game has been released on both platforms in recent days, and it preserves the deep technical gameplay of the PC version with some tweaks to make it playable with a controller.Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is not your average video game. It’s your chance to run an entire space program in career mode, or just mess around with haphazard rocket designs in sandbox mode. However you choose to play, you’ll be at the mercy of a physics engine that is both incredible and maddeningly realistic. You’ll actually have to learn things about rocket science and orbital mechanics to make progress in KSP. The video below really captures the feel of the game.The Kerbals in KSP live on an Earth-like planet called Kerbin with two moons. These moons will be your first target for exploration, but that’s just the start. Advanced players will find a huge solar system to explore with planets very similar to our own Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and more. I have personally burned more than 200 hours playing Kerbal Space Program on the PC and can vouch for how addictive the process of designing rockets and exploring the solar system can be. The game is available for download on PS4 and Xbox One right now for $39.99. A Wii U version is supposed to be on the way, but there’s no news on that front.KSP is very well-made and enjoyable, but it’s also extremely challenging. If you need a little primer, we’ve got one from the v1.0 PC release last year. Most of that should transfer over to the console version.last_img read more

SPOILER Details on final inductee for WWE Hall of Fame

first_imgFacebook Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Kevin Nash is scheduled to be announced as the final inductee into the Class of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame this Monday night during RAW. Nash will be going in under his former WWE persona of Diesel according to multiple wrestling media reports.Source:, The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Ric Flair Gene Okerlund Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Rob Van Dam shares thoughts on John Oliver, wrestling high in ECW, WWE Hall of Fame Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+center_img Pinterest Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash reveals he recently underwent stem cell treatment Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

619 WWE Results Saginaw Michigan John Cena vs Kane

first_img Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Twitter Google+ John Cena Now Playing Up Next Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theroncenter_img Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Facebook Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar 6/19 WWE Results: Saginaw, Michigan* Neville def. Bo Dallas.* Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel def. The Miz & Heath Slater.* Alicia Fox & Emma def. Cameron & Summer Rae.* Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett.* Cesaro def. Erick Rowan.* WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players def. The New Day.* WWE United States Champion John Cena def. Kane in a Steel Cage match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game eventlast_img read more

Trump insists hes not dropping citizenship question effort

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he is not dropping efforts to include a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census, even as the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without it.“News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!” Trump said in a tweet. “We are absolutely moving forward.”The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what he meant, but the confusion sown by Trump’s tweet prompted federal judges handling census cases in Maryland and New York to ask the Justice Department for clarification.Trump’s tweet directly contradicted comments made less than 24 hours earlier by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Justice Department lawyers that they were standing down, following a Supreme Court decision halting the question.“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement Tuesday. “My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”last_img read more

Police seek publics help in finding missing Plantation woman

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a woman who disappeared without a trace in Plantation.Gretchen Hollingsworth was last seen along Fourth Street and North State Road 7 around 12:30 p.m., Saturday.Plantation Police said the 67-year-old stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.Police believe she may be endangered.If you have any information on Hollingsworth’s whereabouts, please call Plantation Police at 954-797-2193.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CES Responded To Dryer Fire In Backtracker Trailer Park

first_imgCES crews were also dispatched to a medical call at the same time as the fire. An ambulance and three personal responded to the medical call. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to a dryer fire in mobile home in Sterling, at 5:56 p.m., last night. According to CES Chief Dan Grimes, CES responded with two engines, a water tanker, an ambulance, and 10 personal. Kenai Fire Department was initially requested for assistance, but were cancelled en route. Grimes: “The fire was contained to the dryer, with minimal smoke damage to the trailer.”  The trailer is located at the Backtracker Trailer Park, around mile 90 of the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

Jharkhand Two held rare snake worth Rs 16 crore seized

first_imgBokaro: Bokaro police on Friday arrested two men and recovered a rare snake Red Sand Boa worth Rs 1.6 crore. “We have arrested two men from a hotel here and recovered a rare snake from their possession worth Rs 1.6 crore,” the police said. The arrested accused have been identified as Sunil Paswan and Md Shahabuddin. “These snakes are mostly found in Maharashtra. People bring it from there and sell it in the international market, especially China. This goes via Nepal. There is an international gang which is involved in such smuggling,” a forest officer Surendra Bhagat told ANI. A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.last_img read more

Norway stores pull violent games from shelves after attacks WoW included

first_imgFollowing the terror attacks in Norway two weekends ago, retailers in that country have begun to pull major shooter and role-playing games from their shelves.Gaming business site Gamasutra has compiled reports from Norwegian gaming and IT news sources showing that retailer Coop Norway made the first move by stopping carrying 51 gaming and toy brands. The stoppage mostly includes shooters such as Homefront, Counter-Strike Source, Call of Duty titles, and Sniper Ghost Warrior, but also World of Warcraft.Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the attacks in Oslo and the island of Utoeya and killed 77, had posted online a rambling 1500-page manifesto prior to the attacks mentioning WoW and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and painting the author as part of a modern Knights Templar.Coop Norway director Geir Inge Stokke said in a Norwegian newspaper that the company moved to remove the games once “we realized the scope of the attack.” He added that it was appropriate at the moment to take the games down and mentioned the “negative effects of games like these.” Continuing, Stokke mentioned that the company will carefully consider when to put the games back on shelves, that the business involved is “of no importance,” and that he wouldn’t be surprised if other retailers followed suit.In fact, others have begun to fall in line. Norwegian entertainment seller Platekompaniet has pulled the same games from its shelves as well.The practice of removing games after a violent tragedy has a precedent in Europe. German store Galeria Kaufhof pulled all mature-rated games from its shelves following a 2009 school shooting.via GamasutraBlake’s OpinionMany countries have stricter attitudes toward violent entertainment than the United States. Germany, for example, makes the news several times a year for stopping the sale, or requiring serious modification, of particularly violent games.Stopping the sale of World of Warcraft and Call of Duty following their publication is a capricious and ineffective reaction. One level of Modern Warfare 2 aside, these games offer nothing of value to an aspiring terrorist. Moreover, it would require a perplexing combination of mental instability and determination to read 1,500 pages of nonsense and try everything the madman suggests. Stopping terrorist activity is always an admirable goal, but stopping selling a few games won’t prevent any would-be terrorist from plotting and only serves to annoy gamers.It is, however, free publicity for Coop Norway. The video games industry is thankfully outgrowing the outdated perception that this new form of entertainment is the primary cause of social ills. Bear in mind that The Beatles were viewed in a similar light by some in the 1960s. The recent declaration in the United States that video games are protected speech is a big step forward for the gaming cause worldwide, but that doesn’t mean that gaming won’t gradually gain acceptance in hearts and minds.last_img read more

Sanjiban Hospital ties up with Malaysias Lincoln University College

first_imgKolkata: Sanjiban Hospital in Hooghly has tied up with the Lincoln University College (LUC), Malaysia, to introduce Doctor of Medicine (MD) course which the hospital authorities have claimed to be an equivalent degree to that of the MBBS in India.The private hospital group on Saturday made the official announcement about the new initiative which, they claim, would be soon introduced. Sanjiban Hospital authorities are yet to declare what would be the intake capacity of the course, offered by the foreign university and some other necessary details related to the new course. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the Sanjiban Hospital, the medical aspirants will get an opportunity to enroll themselves and study in its campus here at Fuleswar in Hooghly but the degree would be awarded by the LUC from Malaysia.Dr Subhasis Mitra, Director, Sanjiban Hospital, said the step has been taken so that the crisis of doctors can be addressed. He also added that the hospital has recently signed a collaborative agreement with the LUC to begin the MD course where students from the state will obtain a degree from the foreign university that would be treated at par with the MBBS. The Medical Council of India (MCI), the highest regulating body, has given a clearance to the course, Dr Mitra maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The main objective of this programme is to build a high-quality health education system by providing an innovative platform. Our country requires 20 million doctors by 2030 and the doctor-patient ration in the country is pitifully low. The number of medical seats needs to be increased,” Dr Mitra said. West Bengal University of Health Sciences has already approved various paramedical, healthcare and diploma courses run by the college, he added. The students can also get a chance to qualify for licensing examinations like the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test (PLAB), Australian Medical Council (AMC) Examination and Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) by studying in Sanjiban Hospital campus.last_img read more

Super Mario to Go Mobile as Nintendo Ventures Into Smartphone Games

first_imgMarch 17, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will venture into smartphone games, heeding calls from investors to boost revenue by taking iconic characters like Super Mario to players increasingly shunning its consoles.Nintendo, which already warned its annual operating profit would halve on weak console sales, said on Tuesday it was teaming up with online gaming firm DeNA Co Ltd to develop and operate gaming apps.The two companies will also launch later this year an online membership service accessible on mobile devices as well as Nintendo’s existing Wii U console and the portable 3DS.”This will allow us to build a bridge between smart devices and gaming consoles,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. “It doesn’t mean smart devices will eat away at gaming consoles, it will create an entirely new type of demand.”Investors have long called on Nintendo to shift its focus to mobile devices after losing customers to both smartphone gaming app makers and console rivals like PlayStation maker Sony Corp and Xbox maker Microsoft Corp.The company had so far resisted these calls, pinning its hopes on hit games such as “Mario Kart 8”. But in January, it halved its operating earnings target for the fiscal year through March to 20 billion yen ($169 million), citing weak 3DS sales in the year-end holiday season.Under the partnership, Nintendo and DeNA would buy 22 billion yen worth of shares in each other. As a result, Nintendo will acquire a 10 percent stake in DeNA while DeNA will acquire a 1.2 percent stake in Nintendo.Although Iwata didn’t disclose any details about Nintendo’s first mobile game, he said it would not be a hand-me-down from the company’s famed console titles.He also said Nintendo was currently developing NX, a new gaming platform, but declined to give further details.For DeNA, which grew from a startup launched in 1999 to a major online gaming company, a tie-up with Nintendo will help it regain momentum lost in the past two years as users moved on to more popular gaming apps. DeNA mainly develops games played on browsers.As a result of the capital alliance, Nintendo will become the second largest shareholder of DeNA after its founder, Tomoko Namba, who has a 13.1 percent stake.(Additional reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Miral Fahmy) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

Embracing Modern Technology Learn to Implement Artificial Intelligence in 9 Easy

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