Rabat – A video of a gun salesman in Florida has been stirring controversy after his declaration to suspend his services to all Muslims, calling his business a “Muslim-Free Zone.”Florida Gun Supply storeowner Andy Hallinan says in his video posted on the store’s Facebook page, “I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community, and so effective immediately, I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply as a Muslim-free zone. I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”He goes on to say, “Our leaders are telling us that Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance, love and hope. Don’t believe their lies.” The video follows the tragic killing of five people in a Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Mohammad Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, opened fire in a Navy building, killing five servicemen.Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait and had Jordanian citizenship. It remains unclear exactly what the gunman’s motives were, and further investigation is underway. Authorities can say for sure, however, than the gunman acted alone.“So far, there is nothing connecting the attacker to ISIS or other international terror groups,” said Ed Reinhold, special agent in charge of the regional FBI office. “Abdulazeez was not on any U.S. databases of suspected terrorists.”According to Abdulazeez’s family members in Tennessee, he had been battling depression and drug abuse for years. Friends and family are still surprised by his sudden actions.James Petty, a close friend to Abdulazeez who considered the 24-year-old a devout Muslim, told CNN that he did not believe the gunman was influenced by ISIS, saying Abdulazeez considered it, “a stupid group and that it was completely against Islam. And not to even think about going towards them.”Amongst the number of recent shootings in the US, such as the tragic incident where a shooter in Charleston, South Carolina shot and killed nine churchgoers in a historically African American church in June, this viral video highlights the larger issue of associating specific ethnicities and religions such as Islam closely to acts of violence. Such an issue may raise questions as to why religions of other attackers are less frequently reported on or discussed, and whether or not these associations cause false prejudices.
Rabat – The Public Prosecutor at the Rabat Court of Appeals has ordered an investigation into the death of a protestor. Abdellah Hajili was accompanying his daughter at a Contractual Teachers’ demonstration when the incident took place. The incident dates back to April 24 when the deceased called “spiritual father” by the teaching community for his unwavering support of their cause, was among the protesting teachers with his daughter, Houda.During the protest, Hajili allegedly sustained serious wounds when police used water cannons and violence to clear out protestors who were holding an overnight sit-in at the parliament building in the Capital, Rabat. The statement says that the deceased will undergo a post postmortem examination to pinpoint the causes and circumstances of his death, adding that the authorities will take due legal action in this matter. On May 27, following the death of Hajili, the National Coordination of Teachers Forced into Contract (CNPCC) released a public statement expressing sorrow and sympathy, while calling for a three-day strike in Rabat in commemoration of the deceased, who they called “a martyr.”The CNPCC “barbaric police intervention,” urging all human rights groups to join forces to denounce the “arbitrary approach against peaceful protests.”Read also: Contractual Teachers’ Representatives Boycott Dialogue with Education MinistryContractual teachers staged several strikes across a number of Moroccan cities, protesting the conditions of teachers in the public sector and calling for the abolition of fixed-term contract.The teachers argue that fixed term contracts are “discriminatory” in that it does not guarantee them the same rights permanent teachers enjoy.Strikes began on February 20, to commemorate the February 20 movement, and since then contractual teachers have been in a tug of war with the Ministry of Education. Both held several meetings to negotiate a mutual settlement. The discussions yielded no positive results.Both the government and contractual teachers’ representatives have accused each other of reneging on promises made during negotiations and no compromise has been reached.The contractual teachers returned to work, in response to calls from parents’ associations, to avoid a “blank year” (annee blanche) for students, which would nullify all exams taken this academic year.
Apple Inc. has a backup plan if the U.S.-China trade war gets out of hand.The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s primary manufacturing partner has enough capacity to make all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if necessary, according to a senior executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer now makes most of the smartphones in the Chinese mainland.China is a crucial cog in Apple’s business, the origin of most of its iPhones and iPads as well as its largest international market. But President Donald Trump has threatened Beijing with new tariffs on about US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods, an act that would escalate tensions dramatically while levying a punitive tax on Apple’s most profitable product. China’s trade war threat to withhold rare earths from U.S. would inflict ‘devastating’ blow Apple earnings could be slashed 29% if China retaliates with product ban, warns Goldman Sachs Down to Business podcast: Why the Canada-China trade relationship is making Canadian businesses uneasy Hon Hai, known also as Foxconn, is the American giant’s most important manufacturing partner. It will fully support Apple if it needs to adjust its production as the U.S.-Chinese trade spat gets grimmer and more unpredictable, board nominee and semiconductor division chief Young Liu told an investor briefing in Taipei on Tuesday.“Twenty-five per cent of our production capacity is outside of China and we can help Apple respond to its needs in the U.S. market,” said Liu, adding that investments are now being made in India for Apple. “We have enough capacity to meet Apple’s demand.”Apple shares were up less than 1 per cent to US$194.40 in New York Tuesday morning.Apple has not given Hon Hai instructions to move production out of China, but it is capable of moving lines elsewhere according to customers’ needs, Liu added. The company will respond swiftly and rely on localized manufacturing in response to the trade war, just as it foresaw the need to build a base in the U.S. state of Wisconsin two years ago, he said.It’s unclear if India will ever become a major production base for Apple’s marquee device. Foxconn is now running quality tests for the iPhone Xr series there and plans to begin mass production at a facility in the suburbs of Chennai. Older models are already assembled at a Wistron plant in Bangalore.Foxconn has also agreed to build a 13,000-worker facility in Wisconsin in exchange for more than US$4.5 billion in government incentives. But that project has since come under criticism for low-paying jobs, sudden dismissals and ever-changing goals. On Tuesday, executives reaffirmed that employment goal, saying construction remained on schedule and that it will hire as many as 2,000 Americans by the end of 2020.It will also start making networking and server products for the U.S. market by the end of next year, on top of LCDs starting next year, Liu said.Bloomberg.com
Thousands of children in northern Kenya are malnourished, or at risk of malnutrition, and face the threat of polio and rising regional violence over scarce water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, as it appealed for $4 million. “More than 20,000 children are malnourished or at serious risk of malnutrition,” UNICEF said. “The risk of polio has soared, with cases now reported in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, which border the remote, drought-affected districts in Kenya.” In addition, rising tribal and clan violence – often politically motivated and related to competition over scarce water resources – has targeted children, costing lives and injuries, and forcing thousands to abandon their homes. UNICEF said it needed funds to assist 700,000 children, including 21,000 facing malnutrition and polio and 96,000 who need anti-malarial bed nets. It would also build drop-in-centres for 40,000 children fleeing violence and provide 100,000 people with water. UNICEF Representative Heimo Laakkonen praised efforts by the Kenyan Government to broker peace between northern groups, with some success. “Yet the risk of more violence remains, and the legacy of these brutal attacks marks children for months, years, even for life,” he warned. A recent UNICEF review of the impact of tribal and clan conflict in Kenya listed some of the clashes that have occurred in 2005, including those in Laikipia between Maasai land claimants and white ranchers; in Kwanza between the Pokot and the Bukusu; in Maai Mahiu between the Maasai and the Kikuyu; and in Marsabit between the Borana and the Gabra communities. Since last December an estimated 20,000 people have been displaced by violence in Mandera between the Garre and Murulle clans. In many areas, even before the clashes, children and women out searching for water and fuel wood were sexually assaulted by perpetrators who most often acted with impunity, UNICEF said. Mr. Laakkonen said the area suffered from poverty, lawlessness, poor governance and the lack of investment and development, including inadequate access to reproductive health services, schools and water supplies.
Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) runs a recovered fumble toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor nearly three quarters of play, Ohio State football fans across the country must have thought it was deja vu.Just like the previous year, OSU was heavily-favored going into its game against archrival Michigan. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, however, the Wolverines were once again matching them step for step. With 7:41 left in the third quarter, Michigan tied the game at 21 following a 12-play, 75-yard drive. The Wolverines had already scored on drives of 80 and 95 yards in the first half, leaving a record Ohio Stadium crowd virtually quiet.Enter Michael Bennett.The senior defensive lineman and co-captain gave a speech to the entire Buckeye defense after the score, he said, and the unit then forced the Wolverines into two straight punts and a fumble, allowing the offense to take the lead back in what would become a 42-28 OSU victory.OSU allowed just 129 yards in the game following the speech, and after the game redshirt-freshman Darron Lee credited Bennett with the improved caliber of play.“Second half, yeah — credit that to Mike Bennett for getting into us in the third quarter. He’s a vocal leader, a vocal force when we’re not doing our job,” Lee said. “He’s a great captain for that. We all needed that for our defense and it showed.”Bennett took similar action during halftime of OSU’s game against Minnesota on Nov. 15. At that point the Buckeyes only led by three, and this time around Bennett said the message was simple.“When you gotta say something, you gotta say something. I felt like that was the best time. I think they had just scored, and it didn’t feel right, they way they were scoring,” he said after The Game. “We expected them to do a bunch of screens and draws and all this stuff, but they just straight up ran the ball down our field and scored, and that’s not all right.”The Centerville, Ohio, native finished with three solo tackles and one sack, as did his linemate, junior Adolphus Washington. Washington noted after the game that Bennett’s interventions in the games against Minnesota, and now Michigan, have been important to the defense’s play.“Guys definitely respond better to peers than they do to a coach, so Mike’s been showing a lot of leadership these past couple weeks,” he said. “And I think that’s been helping us a lot in this second half.”But before addressing his teammates, Bennett and Buckeyes were just hanging on against Michigan’s redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner. In the meeting between the two team’s last season, Gardner threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns. This year he had 129 yards in the first half, and helped the Wolverines convert on four of six third-down attempts in the opening 30 minutes.Washington credited the competitive nature of the rivalry as the reason why the Wolverines — who ranked last in scoring offense in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s game — put together long drives and 21 points through three-and-a-half quarters.“They always got a game plan for us, they always have something up their sleeve for us. Like you said, they were coming right at us and was we were making mistakes on little things and they were just capitalizing on it,” he said. “But once we went in there the second half and we talked about it, we got it covered.”Despite the defense finding its collective footing and the offense doing similar, perhaps the biggest play of the game came on the first play of the fourth quarter. With OSU driving, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was tackled after a short game. But he didn’t get back up. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate had to be carted off the field, and an OSU official said after the game that Barrett suffered a fractured right ankle on the play, meaning his season is over.Lee said he approached Barrett after the play to reassure him that the team had the game under control.“I went out there and told him, ‘hey man, we got you.’ Told him I love him because I do, he’s a great guy and he’s a great brother,” Lee said. “Everybody was just gonna pick it up from there on, and that’s all it was.”After the teams traded three drives in which they punted, the Buckeyes extended the lead to 14 when sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in from 44 yards. On Michigan’s next drive came the real game-clincher: sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa stripped Gardner, before Lee picked up the ball and took it another 33 yards into the end zone.It was a similar play to the first game of the season against Navy when Lee — in his OSU debut — gathered a fumble and ran for a score. The linebacker said his play against the Wolverines hadn’t quite hit him yet.“It’s really different from the video games, I’ll tell you that. It’s nice, a lot louder,” he said. “Hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good that we won.”Even in victory, eyes turn to OSU’s quarterback situation as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones takes the reigns for a Dec. 6 matchup in the Big Ten Championship and a potential bowl game. Junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who leads the Buckeyes in total tackles with 108, said the change means the defensive side of the ball has to be even better than before.“We’ve got some things to shore up, definitely,” he said. “We can’t have six and seven-yard runs on first down. But you get past the emotions of the game and you really turn on the film and see what you need to work on, and we’ll find out.”Lee had similar feelings when it comes to what the defense must do to help the team win going forward.“Personally, I feel like defense is going to have to step up tremendously now,” he said. “I’m gonna do everything I can, and if that means I gotta do a little extra, then so be it.”OSU is scheduled to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.
Updated 5pmTHE FIRST GOAL of today’s 3pm Premier League games came after just 12 seconds… and was scored by a goalkeeper.Stoke went a goal up against Southampton at the Britannia Stadium thanks to this incredible effort from Asmir Begovic: YouTube: XrevzXGamingBegovic is the fifth goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League, according to Opta Stats. The other four were: Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson.The game was ultimately a 1-1 draw however, thanks to this equaliser from Jay Rodriguez. Begovic will be less pleased with his contribution here:YouTube: KooraVidKeane and O’Neill scheduled for ITV duty in San Sebastian this weekMick McCarthy: O’Neill set for Ireland job
GERMAN AIRLINE LUFTHANSA has cancelled almost all its flights within Europe today due to strike action provoked by an ongoing staff pay dispute.Dozens of flights to and from Ireland and the UK have been affected, with Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports all targeted by the strikes.The Lufthansa Group said flight operations would be “considerably restricted” in response to the industrial action by ver.di union members, with just a few short-haul flights – such as in Berlin – operating on Monday. In total, only 20 of the 1,650 planned Lufthansa short-haul flights will operate today due to the limited flight schedule.In addition to the cancellations in Germany and Europe, massive flight cancellations and delays are to be expected for long-haul flights. Lufthansa said that, of the 50 planned flights in Frankfurt, just six will operate; in Munich, of the 17 planned flights, just three will operate; whereas, in Dusseldorf all three long-haul flights are scheduled to operate as planned.Flights operated by Germanwings will not be affected.The airline said it regrets any inconvenience to passengers caused by the strike measures by ver.di, and said it would do its “utmost” to minimise impacts on passengers.Lufthansa passengers have been advised to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport and to calculate extra time for travelling.The airline says affected customers can change flights free of charge.Read: Lufthansa flights cancelled as staff strikes commence
Some of us geeks have always been envious of artists who are able to take an idea from their minds and express it on paper or through sculpture. While I posses the skill to create ideas digitally, I have never been able to create them in the real world. If you are in the same boat, there is hope for us as a team from the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab has created a handheld digital milling device that will both guide our hands and allow us to be creative at the same time. Called the “FreeD,” the device communicates with your computer in order to establish boundaries when carving a model that the device won’t allow you to violate. Using a magnetic sensor in both the device and the work-table, the FreeD sends a 3D CAD program its exact location at all times. If you are working on a piece and your actions are going to deviate too much outside of the 3D model that you are using as your template, the device automatically withdraws the milling bit to save you from making a drastic mistake.What is impressive is that when using the FreeD, you have total freedom to create what you want while working inside the 3D model. This gives you the flexibility to be creative, and the confidence that you will be able to create something that resembles the idea that you had in your head. Think of it as a guide to “color in the lines.”The FreeD team is also working on creating a handheld 3D printer/extruder that works on the same principles mentioned above, letting you inject your creativity into the 3D printing process. These are pretty exciting times as the 3D creation process makes huge strides forward as a technology.via MAKE
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person who, they said, shot and killed a man in broad daylight at a shopping plaza in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting at Northwest Second Avenue and 199th Street, at around 4:40 p.m., Sunday.Investigators said the subject pulled into the plaza next to the Payday Loan and opened fire, striking the victim. He then fled westbound on 199th Street.Police described the victim as a 34-year-old man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.7News cameras captured the man’s body covered with a yellow tarp and several police officers at the strip mall as they searched for clues and interviewed witnesses.Police have not provided any details about the shooter, as they continue to investigate.The victim’s body was later removed from the scene. If you have any information on this shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Digital—readers, advertising, revenue—is growing, but publishers are managing that growth in different ways depending on where their value propositions lie.For a news-driven operation, that could mean emphasizing speed and developing paid products in niche verticals. It could be offering extensions like e-commerce and education for service-oriented publications.Other elements are universal. Content is consumed differently on mobile devices; data collection makes targeted advertising possible. Publishers from different pockets of the industry discussed where they’re finding value in digital at the DeSilva+Phillips Dealmakers Summit on Thursday. Rob Grimshaw, managing director of the Financial Times website, FT.com, Inbar Barak, SVP of digital programming and strategy at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, John Brown, Chief Digital Officer for Taunton Press, and Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital, were on the panel moderated by Miriam Gottfried, Heard on the Street columnist at The Wall Street Journal.—On adapting your content for mobile: “People consume content on mobile in fundamentally different ways from how they do on desktops,” Grimshaw says. “It really is a revolution. The device is always with you and you use it habitually—people pick up their mobile device, I think, 150 times a day—and every time you expect a quick, bite-sized update.”They’re not the only ones, but Grimshaw’s team has developed a product, fastFT, specifically for that purpose. It’s staffed 24-hours-a-day, providing a continuously-updated stream of condensed news summaries.Taunton has approached the problem by going responsive, Brown says. They’re looking at what kind of experiences can be adapted to mobile, but for now, none of it is mobile-specific.”Mobile has forced a simplification of the reading experience,” Young says. “In addition to shorter, bite-sized [content], we’re seeing the death of the right rail.”On adding talent through acquisitions: As publishing and technology continue to merge, finding the right technical expertise has become a challenge, Young says, calling many SaaS companies potential targets for publishers.”It’s a New York problem and it’s a media problem,” he says. How much mobile traffic do you get?Grimshaw, FT: “We’re seeing an enormous shift toward mobile consumption and tablets,” he says, putting it at about 40 percent of total traffic. It’ll be more than half by the middle of this year though. It’s already crossed that threshold (58 percent) for core subscribers only.Young, Hearst: Mobile audiences account for as much as three-quarters of the total readership for Hearst, Young says.Brown, Taunton: Brown says Taunton gets about 38 percent of its traffic from devices at the moment. They’re not a news-driven business though, so it hasn’t been imperative to this point.Barak, MSLO: Mobile readership is close to 50 percent right now for MSLO, and is projected to cross that mark by midyear. Right now the focus is on figuring out new ways to reach the user: “We have this tremendous opportunity to figure out how else to embed this in your life.”On paywalls: “Doing a paywall well is hard, but deciding to do it is an easy decision,” Brown says. “It solves itself from a business-model standpoint.”One of Taunton’s properties, Fine Cooking, just took its paywall down because the epicurean space is crowded right now, he says. Meanwhile, paywalls are thriving for most of the company’s other brands.Paywalls aren’t the solution for Hearst, Young says—the markets they occupy are too competitive. While that takes the paywall solution off the table, it’s forced them to look into other revenue streams like e-commerce.”Paywalls aren’t the solution for every media out there,” Grimshaw says. “But the big thing for publishers is diversifying their businesses.”On e-commerce: It’s been growing rapidly for MSLO, Barak says. Paywalls won’t work for them—”You don’t really want to read about organizing,” she says—but they’re in the solutions business. They give you the information you need to buy and then the option to purchase.On education: Taunton is focusing on real-time interaction with its consumers. They’ve been in the digital learning space for years through video and how-to guides, but now they’re making instructors available on-demand. The project is in beta, Brown says.On developing niche verticals: With digital distribution costing so much less than print, if you can occupy a number of niches, you can build a business with scale, Grimshaw says. Marketing those verticals is easier when you’re building them off of an already-established core though. The FT’s regional intelligence vertical for China, for example, is marketed to people spending a lot of time on FT.com’s unpaid China pages.More on this topic Rob Grimshaw Paywalls Versus Advertising? Why Not Both? 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Zombicide: Black Plague, $89 Horrified, $45 See at Target See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET • Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Dan Ackerman/CNET The Fallout 76 video game not doing it for you? Don’t feel bad, it’s not hitting the right note with a lot of people. As an alternative, may I suggest this expansive board-game version, which feels much more like a traditional Fallout game. It’s got factions, settlements, super mutants, buying and selling — and, of course, lots of deadly radiation. It’s also a bit fiddly, so set aside some serious time to learn the rules. This behemoth of a board game is expensive and occasionally hard to find (but has recently dropped from about $130 to $95 at many stores). Still, it’s worth the effort and expense to explore a rich world spiced with deep, strategic combat. Gloomhaven replaces the traditional dice-based combat with a card-based system that reduces randomness and works stunningly well. While daunting at first, the gameplay turns out to be a surprisingly simple matter of picking the right cards at the right times to beat up the big scary monsters blocking your path forward. When not fighting, you can move the surprisingly rich story forward with choose-your-own-adventure style moments that reveal the interesting depth and complexity of this well-crafted and unique fantasy world. — Andrew Gebhart Dan Ackerman/CNET We live in a golden age of video games, to be sure. New console hardware in the works, amazing advances in PC graphics hardware and esports are big business. But there’s a potentially more interesting gaming revolution going at the same time. Old-school tabletop board games have been gaining in momentum for the past couple of years, and are just this side of mainstream. They’re a natural match for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch fans, as many take just enough of a cue from modern video games to feel familiar. Many include companion apps that run on phones, tablets or laptops, handling much of the stat-counting, card shuffling and other minutiae that can scare people off from tabletop gaming.The themes are, not surprisingly, often focused on dungeons dragons style fantasy, zombie attacks, sci-fi battles and Lovecraftian supernatural high jinks. The latest big-budget release is Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, which combines miniature figures, map tiles, and a highly polished tablet app. Here are some of my current favorites for best board games, any one of which can turn game night into an epic multi-hour adventure. Feel ambitious and want to make your own extra accessories, game pieces or card holders with a 3D printer? We’ve got that covered, too. Got your own suggestions? Let me know your picks for the best board games in the comments or on Twitter. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Steamforged Games See at Amazon See at Amazon reading • Put down the gamepad, these are the best tabletop board games for video gamers Dan Ackerman Dan Ackerman/CNET As a long-time Resident Evil fan, I had to snatch this up immediately. Like many big box board games, it started as a Kickstarter project, but is now available from Amazon and other retailers. Unlike arcade-y zombie games like Zombicide, the vibe here is much closer to the survival horror feel of the Resident Evil video games. If you have a 3D printer, there are a ton of accessories you can download and print, like 3D walls, doors and typewriters, to replace the cardboard tokens that come with the game. The best Star Wars game I’ve played in years isn’t a video game, it’s this challenging tabletop strategy game, where rebel heroes fight through various skirmishes with Imperial forces. There’s a fantastic companion app that not only teaches you how to play, it handles the storytelling and enemy placement, too. The miniatures are fantastic, and include a giant AT-ST, and sold-separately add-ons and expansions can add dozens of new figures. Fun fact — this is actually a remixed version of a game called Descent: Journeys in the Dark, so check that out if you want a game that plays like Imperial Assault, but with a D&D/Game of Thrones/fantasy theme. Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 See at Amazon It’s time to get the fellowship back together. This is a great game for joining up with four other players (or just as a solo player) to go tromping across Middle-earth by moving cool-looking sculpted miniatures around map tiles. There’s a free, but mandatory, app available on iOS, Android and via Steam, which tells you how to lay out the map tiles and which monsters to fight, and provides for a certain amount of randomization. Built from the ground up as an app-based board game, it really makes getting set up and learning the ropes easy. Mansions of Madness, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Fallout: The Board Game, $50 Star Wars: Imperial Assault, $79 Fantasy Flight Games See at Amazon Read: Fallout 76: The wasteland is more fun with friends Share your voice See at eBay Resident Evil 2, $75 Comments Deep Madness, $130 and up Arkham Horror: The Card Game, $31 You’ll have to hit eBay or a resale shop to find this giant game. So far it’s sold through two printings on Kickstarter, but there are no plans for a retail release. Trapped in an underwater research station, one to six players avoid flooded rooms and, you guessed it, Lovecraftian monsters. Derivative, but great atmosphere and art direction. Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets See at Amazon There are a ton of different versions of this series of popular board games. Whether set in a prison, hospital or ruined city, they all have the same basic theme — an ever-growing bunch of zombies chase your crew around a map as you race for the exit. This version is the universal favorite, taking the action back to medieval times. There’s a handy iOS/Android app that can handle all the card-shuffling and inventory, leaving you free to focus on strategic thinking and filling the game board with plastic zombies. If you want more of a Walking Dead vibe, there are also several very good Zombicide games set in modern times, such as Prison Outbreak or Rue Morgue. There’s also a brand new iOS/Android standalone Zombicide game, which is great for subway rides where setting up a giant game board would be frowned upon. Get those “gonna need a bigger boat” jokes out of your system now. This clever new two-part strategy game is asymmetrical, which means one player is the overpowered super-shark, and the other players are hapless humans, who need to combine their skills and resources with the goal to survive and win. The best feature is the game board, which flips from the the beaches of Amity Island in the first half, to Quint’s boat in the second half, which slowly gets eaten by the shark. See at Amazon I’ve been playing an early version of this Universal-Monsters-inspired game, which hits stores at the beginning of August, and it’s a fun mix of nostalgia and modern game design, pitting players against all the classic Universal movie monsters of the 1940s and ’50s, from the Wolf Man to Dracula. Just don’t accidentally call Frankenstein’s Monster “Frankenstein,” or I’ll subtweet you. Another giant-box-game. This is one of my favorites because it includes tons of floor tiles with which to create a haunted mansion, plus dozens of plastic miniatures for investigators and monsters. The vibe is definitely classic old-school Lovecraft, and this board game actually requires you to use its companion app, which creates the layout, spawns monsters and even adds sound effects. See at Amazon Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Jaws, $29 See All See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET A stripped-down version of the Lovecraftian game subgenre. This is strictly a card-based game, so no map tiles or plastic game pieces. Even so, it has amazing narrative storytelling and laying out location cards on the table to give each player a clear picture of what’s going on and where. If you like this, it’s a “living card game,” which means new packs of cards are released on a regular basis. 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Madhapur: The 31st edition of the prestigious World Design Assembly will take place for the first time in India in the city on October 11-12, in tandem with the inaugural edition of Hyderabad Design Week (October 9-13). It is a five-day city-wide event organised by the Government of Telangana, in partnership with India Design Forum (IDF), aimed at demonstrating the power of design to improve lives. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Key events in the programme include: the Autodesk Design Night (October 9), WDA Education Forum (October 10), IDF Awards (October 10), networking dinners at the historic Taj Falaknuma Palace (October 11) and Chowmahalla Palace (October 12), the HDW Design Conference (October 11-12) and curated design expo at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC). It will present designs by leading students and design professionals from across the nation on October 11-12, as well as citywide tours showcasing the best of the region’s heritage crafts on October 13. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us More than 150 international participants, including members of the WDO, HDW, will showcase Indian designs on a global platform. A key highlight of the programme will be the highly anticipated Design Conference (October 11-12), which will take place at HICC and feature eminent design industry figures such as Marcus Fairs (Dezeen), Tim Kobe (Eight Inc.), Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects), Jane Withers (Jane Withers Studio), Emma Greer (Carlo Ratti Associati), Pratap Bose (Tata Motors), Ruchika Sachdeva (Bodice), Sandeep Sangaru (Sangaru Design Studio), and Shiva Nallaperumal – to name but a few. Advertise With Us Hyderabad was praised by the WDO for a proposal that presented opportunities to position design as a critical tool for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With the theme of Humanising Design, the conference will consider how design innovation can be used to address pressing humanitarian issues such as poverty, pollution, and the rapid depletion of natural resources. “Contending among other global cities in 2018, the city won the bid to host the prestigious World Design Assembly. It is even more wonderful that it will be held in tandem with the city’s own design event Hyderabad Design Week from October 9 to 13,” said Jayesh Ranjan, the Principal Secretary (Industry & Commerce). The city’s first ever Design Week seeks to not only make an impression over the course of the five-day programme, but to have long-lasting impact for the region through awareness raising initiatives, change-making projects, and memorable events. “There are many challenges in today’s world such as ecological crises, infrastructure of the future, ethical impact of technology, among others. Humanizing design will play a crucial role in addressing these,” said Praveen Nahar, Director, NID, Ahmedabad, talking about the theme of the programme.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.TwitterBeating Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Person 2019’ in the reader’s poll conducted by UK-based British Herald magazine.While PM Modi won with 30.9 percent votes, he was followed by Vladimir Putin (29.9 percent), Donald Trump (21.9 percent), and Xi Jinping with 18.1 percent votes.The website described him as a key figure in the Asian region who has played an active role in implementing his “act east policies”. It also complimented the global recognition PM Modi received regarding efforts towards climate change as it affects millions of rural Indians.Apart from welfare initiatives like Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna, Swatch Bharat (Clean India), his aggressive stances regarding national security as demonstrated during the Balakot airstrikes, were cited as elements that guaranteed him support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, criticism such as the high unemployment rate, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), high inflation rates as well as rates of fuel despite promises made in 2014 was also cited as ‘backlash’. Other major policies such as the demonetisation, revamping of goods and services tax (GST) were also stated as a major threat to the Indian economy.Despite the criticism, the website stated that it was because “the people of India have accepted his style of governance and politics” that the Modi achieved a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi on the British Herald magazine’s July 2019 cover.British Herald websiteNarendra Modi will be featured on the front cover page of the British Herald magazine which will be released on July 2019. The magazine had featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in its May-June issue and Russian President Vladimir Putin in its March-April issue.But what is the British Herald?A recent investigation by Alt News revealed that while its official wesite, www.britishherald.com mention ‘via Reuters’ under its logo banner, it is owned by an Indian, Ansif Ashraf.Although the company is registered in the UK, Alt News reported that Ashraf is an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owner of British Herald with 85 percent shares. Ansif Ashraf’s Wikipedia page describes him as an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owns British Herald.
-Corruptions have been alleged in over 1,000 government projects worth Tk 263.5 million in Magura.Among the projects under Test Relief (TR), and Taka for Work (TW) for the rural infrastructure maintenance and renovation programme, over 100 projects do not even exist. Some 35 have been listed twice and hardly any work has been done on most of the others, according to a Prothom Alo investigation.The month-long investigation was conducted on some 35 development projects in the district.According to the Magura district relief and rehabilitation office, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief allocated Tk 263.5 million for 1,132 projects in the 2016-2017 fiscal. As per the rules, the projects were supposed to be completed by 30 June this year.Of the allocated funds, Tk 72 million was drawn for 969 projects under TR (special) and Tk 195 million for 163 projects under TW (special).Deputy commissioner Mohammad Atiqur Rahman told Prothom Alo they are looking into the allegations of irregularities in these projects.Visiting Project SitesSome 30 tonnes of rice were allocated for reconstructing a road in Bishnupur village. But, local union parishad (UP) member Zahidul Islam said, “As far I know, no work of road construction has been done here in past one to two years.”Tk 12,98,397 and 35 tonnes of rice were allocated for constructing a Thoipara road in Dhaneshwargati UP. District Awami League leader Sarwar Mallick and also resident of the UP said that there exists no road by this name in the area. The funds of the project might have been embezzled, he added.As many as 200 tonnes of rice were allocated for six projects of dredging canals and ponds in Sreepur upazila. But, no such work was done.Likewise, 120 tonnes of rice were allocated in three projects for dredging another canal in Shalikha’s Dhaneshwar UP. But, local Narayan Chandra Shikder said, “I cannot remember any canal dredging work here in five to seven years.”UP member Ashraful Islam and also president of the three projects said, “The canal was not dredged. Despite being the project head, I know nothing about the projects.”District relief and rehabilitation officer Mohammad Zakaria said, “The project implementation officials submit reports of completing the project by the month of June and draw money.”“The DC directed Upazila Nirbahi Officers last August to investigate irregularities on the projects and they found proof of irregularities,” he added.According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, the ministry allocated the funds following demand order (DO) of three members of parliament – Biren Sikder, ATM Abdul Wahab, and Kamrul Laila.MP ATM Abdul Wahab of Magura-1 constituency said, “I distributed the projects to local AL leaders. The UNOs and PIOs are supposed to take care of the projects whether they are done or not. If this does not happen, it’s their [UNOs and PIOs] responsibility.”MP Biren Sikder of Magura-2 constituency, also state minister for youth and sports said that he did not issue any DO under TR and TW projects.“I don’t even know there were these allocations,” he said.MP Kamrul Laila of reserved women seats in parliament said, “I had a meagre allocation. My DOs were for renovation of mosques and temples. I submitted the list of allocations to the DC.”The inquiry report submitted by the UNOs to the DC office states that most of the projects have been completed and a few are ongoing.The UNO of Mohammedpur told Prothom Alo, “My investigations reveal that there has been no work on any of the projects here and I submitted report to the deputy commissioner about this. The allocations for the projects will have to be returned. No money will be given to anyone if work isn’t done.”Sadar upazila UNO Ashafur Rahman said, “Most of the projects don’t even exist. And no work has been done on the projects that are in place. So the allocations haven’t been released.”Other UNOs came up with similar accounts of non-existent and non-implemented projects.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a restriction on the expatriates from working in 12 sectors from the next Hijri, according to Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette. Saudi labour and social development minister Ali Al-Ghafees on Monday issued a ministerial decision in this regard in an attempt to create more job opportunities for Saudi citizens.The 12 work areas banned for expats are: watch shops, optical stores, medical equipment stores, electrical and electronics shops, outlets selling car spare part, building material shops, outlets selling all types of carpets, automobile and mobike shops, shops selling home furniture and ready-made office material, sale outlets of ready-made garments, children clothes and men’s supplies, household utensils shops and pastry shops.
The battle for eyeballs in the already-crowded Indian OTT space is set to intensify further. Former tech company, MX Player is about to join the fray as a streamer.MX Player began life as a cross-platform media player developed by South Korea’s J2 Interactive. In June 2018, Times Internet, part of India’s giant Times conglomerate acquired a controlling stake MX Player for $140 million and re-launched it as a video streamer. It hired former Eros Now COO Karan Bedi as CEO.The platform has stayed relatively quiet since then. Speaking to Variety at the ongoing Asian TV Forum & Market, where he is a presenter, Bedi said that the company is going through a research and development phase, with the big announcements set for the first quarter of 2019.What sets MX Player apart from its immediate competitors like Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony Liv and Voot is its staggering subscriber base. “We have more than 270 million monthly actives around the world and more than 70% of that is in India,” Bedi said. “In terms of downloads we are well north of 600 million worldwide.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 MX Player has signed partnerships with more than 100 companies to provide content for the platform. Partners include Alt Balaji, Arre, TVF, Dice Media and Sony. For the moment, MX Player is an AVoD platform, but the company is looking into other models as well. Eventually, the platform will offer more than 50,000 hours of content across 10 Indian languages.“We are not looking at a niche,” said Bedi. “At this scale it is a cross-section of the Indian internet audience. We have a lot of consumption across different Indian languages, so we are making sure that we are covered in most languages.”MX Player has also signed content supply deals with Pakistan’s Hum TV and ARY. It is also sourcing content from countries culturally relevant to India, such as Turkey. “Over time we will go after all there is to go after,” said Bedi.The company is also producing 20 Indian original series by A-list filmmaking talents. Fresh off the box office success of “Veere Di Wedding,” Shashank Ghosh is directing “Hey Prabhu,” a comedy about the angst of millennials, for MX Player.More than 80% of the MX subscriber base is under the age of 34, said Bedi, a millennial generation who may not have had access to the TV remote control in a single television household, and prime time content is usually focused on the homemakers. Most of the MX original content will address this sector. “These millennials are now consuming content hand over fist,” Bedi said.Other MX originals include an untitled biography series directed by Gautham Menon (“Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya”,) a comic commentary on the Indian advertising scene by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy (“A Billion Colour Story”,) and a take on the Indian entertainment industry by Abbas Tyrewala (“Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na”).There are also several non-fiction series being produced, including a Bollywood quiz show, music shows and a reality show set around an Indian wedding. Popular on Variety
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Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica 5 questions for a Costa Rican photographer 5 questions for Costa Rican actor Radek Lord 5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH Where music, art and visual communication meet: that’s where you’ll find Costa Rican director Federico Peixoto. His inexplicable love for these distinct artistic disciplines has inspired the artist, and since childhood, he has had the opportunity to get acquainted with different cultures throughout the world. He was born in Germany to an Uruguayan father and Costa Rican mother, and grew up between Costa Rica and Berlin, where he witnessed the demolition of the Berlin Wall as well as cultural impact of both punks and skinheads.Back in Costa Rica, he launched his most ambitious project: “Todos Hermanos Centroamericanos” (“All Central American Brothers”), a documentary that explores the use of graffiti throughout the region. The film is the result of twenty years of constant documentation with the simple purpose of striving towards a unified Central America through humane artistic expression.Portraying his artistic friends on film started out as a hobby, but then became Peixoto’s profession with the creation of his own video producing business, Gafeto TV. Peixoto, 38, studied video production at the National Learning Institute (INA) and Centro de Cine, and film and television at the Veritas University. Peixoto also performs as a DJ and organizes festivals.The Tico Times sat down and spoke with Peixoto at our offices in Barrio Amón on a warm evening. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose to dedicate your life to audiovisual production?It began with the need to tell the world that we [artists] exist. That’s the need that someone has when creating graffiti: “I’m here. This is me.” That was the real motivation: expressing my group of people, which I felt didn’t have a voice. We were different and I felt we were not represented in our society. I’ve always liked to tell stories and create music. It’s very natural for me, that need of telling stories.I was born in Germany, but I’m not German, so I didn’t feel I quite fit in there. I was an immigrant. In Costa Rica I’m Tico, but I also have a part of me that isn’t from here, so I didn’t feel I fit in here, either, and I created my own world in which I can say whatever I want. That world is GafetoTV.What are your inspirations?Everything I see, smell, listen to, and eat. I’ve got way too many inspirations. My first inspirations were my parents’ vinyl collection. All of those social musical movements that have been created from the need for change, inspire me. Hip hop, reggae and punk were created to change the things that were not right, to establish a new idea of a society and expose social hypocrisy. All of the people who have been courageous and fought for causes that maybe even led them to their deaths, and have made it through an artistic way, inspire me.Sometimes people feel frustrated by all of the problems that exist and question what they can do. You can do a lot of things. You can go out there and fix your roads. You can teach kids from neighborhoods to dance or create a musical group. You can do anything you want. People can refuse to accept the reality that’s imposed on them: in the moment you begin affecting others, things begin changing. If everyone did that, everything would be different.What does your research process look like when you want to portray a particular topic?I usually deal with topics I experience, so my investigation is my daily life. If I have to work on a topic someone hired me to explore, I search for all the information I can get: I watch all the documentaries and movies that have been done about that particular topic, read all the written information there is, look for the people, get to know them and talk to them. It’s about looking for clues like a detective.With my graffiti documentary, I’ve tried to watch as many documentaries as possible. Graffiti has been discussed for a long time; it’s nothing new, and I don’t want to say the same things that have already been said only because I’m in Costa Rica. I want to think on a global level and contribute something new. If I don’t have something to contribute and everything has been said, I’d rather not do it. …This is not only about placing images with music. It’s about reaching someone’s mind or heart in the deepest way possible and waking up something within them. It’s rarely achieved, but it’s the place towards which you’re aiming. As a communicator, why do you feel the need to tell a story?It’s mainly because I know that the story I’ll tell will be different than everyone else’s story. Each one of us has a different vision. You and I can be [experiencing] the same situation, but if we tell our story of it, it will be different and each one will be true. If I don’t tell my stories, the world will be missing out on that particular vision. If I’m truly sincere with anything that I do, it won’t be like anyone else’s.I feel everyone should leave some sort of legacy, their personal trademark. When I die, the world won’t have me anymore, whether people value that or not… It’s always about letting people know that there are other ways in which you can see the world. If you find a way to express yourself, you’ll contribute to humanity and you’ll feel better by expressing it. In a certain moment someone will see it and it’ll inspire someone else to do something. We’re all important.What is the educational purpose behind “Todos Hermanos Centroamericanos“?Strengthen the concept of Central American union. Letting people know about all of these great artists from all of these countries who deserve acknowledgment. It’s about positioning Central America as a place that can be recognized internationally by people who are interested in art and urban artistic movements.We have to communicate that there is talent here and that it’s an important movement, and get rid of those stereotypes that exist about the Central American region. There’s way more to us than the problems that we face.If you want to teach kids from a low-income urban community, you need to show them something that’s attractive for them, something with values behind it, such as discipline. You won’t be a great graffiti artist if you don’t go out every day and paint. To achieve your goals, you’ll need to work hard, and if you want to be great you’ve got to push your limits.And we’ve got to change this mentality that not everything young people do is bad and a crime. Maybe young people have a real reason to rebel. You can’t expect them to follow orders in a society that’s unjust, a society that’s violent against them. Our education system teaches children to follow all orders and stay quiet: in real life, if you act like that, it won’t work unless want to be someone that’s not taken seriously. The first thing kids should be taught is how to eat healthily, grow their own food, have their own criteria to know if they’re being lied to. Not to memorize dates.I find it very healthy that new generations question everything that are wrong in society and express them artistically. Would you rather see them hitting people or breaking stuff? Art is a way in which we can focus on the friendly side before confronting things in a different manner. Art is so important. Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments
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