New Delhi: The Supreme court will conduct hearing on the Ayodhya mediation report on Friday. The Ayodhya mediation panel, which was allowed time till July 31 to continue talks to develop consensus between Hindu and Muslim parties on the temple dispute, has submitted a report in a sealed cover. Based on the report, the top court will decide its further proceedings on Friday. In the last hearing, the court said it had received a report of the three-member mediation panel, headed by former apex court judge F.M.I. Kalifulla, and took on record the contents. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The other two members of the panel are spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The court has barred publication of the report’s contents as the panel will continue the mediation process till the end of the month. The top court had on March 8 appointed the three-member panel to talk to all stakeholders and try to reach a consensus to resolve the Ayodhya row. Recommending mediation, the court had said it was looking for “a possibility of healing relationships”. It expected mediation to succeed in developing a consensus on the sensitive matter. It asked the panel to conduct in-camera proceedings.
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday indirectly hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diaspora outreach event ‘Howdy, Modi!’ in Houston, Texas on Sunday, saying that the ongoing slowdown was a speed breaker in his government’s claims of working towards making India a $5 trillion economy. “Creating a media blitz by repeating $5 trillion everyday and managing headlines will not trigger economic reforms. Sponsored events in foreign countries do not bring investors. Investors have lost faith. Economic investment has lost ground,” tweeted Priyanka without taking the name of the ‘Howdy Modi!’ event. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The BJP government is not accepting the truth. This economic slowdown is a speed breaker in the path of becoming an economic superpower. Without corrective measures, all the show-off is worthless,” she further tweeted. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal too questioned the logic of organising publicity extravaganzas outside the country. “If ‘Howdy Modi!’ is being held out of India, then it should take place here as well. Modi should have an event like ‘Howdy Modi!’ in the rural areas of the country and the people will tell him what they are facing.” “He organises such extravaganzas for both internal and external consumption, these don’t result in prosperity for ordinary people here, they are only for publicity,” said Sibal. The White House had confirmed that US President Trump will be making a joint appearance with Modi at the Houston event.
The young adults on the autism spectrum who worked on visual effects for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” which opened in theaters last week, could have easily been pigeonholed into jobs that were either rote technical jobs or routine jobs, like stocking shelves at a grocery store.Exceptional Minds visual effects artists are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds on the autism spectrumInstead, they went on to develop visual effects skills at Exceptional Minds vocational school – and surprised an industry that is known for its creativity: Hollywood.Meet Patrick Brady, Lloyd Hackl, Lauren Kato, Eli Katz, David Miles, Jeremy Pollock, Erik Prothero and Mason Taylor, who are part of a new generation of creative 20+ year olds with autism. These visual effects artists at Exceptional Minds Studio completed 27 tracker marker removals for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Exceptional Minds is an approved studio for 20th Century Fox, which produced and distributed the film, as well as other major movie studios. In addition to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Exceptional Minds Studio has worked on more than 30 movies or TV shows, including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” another 20th Century Fox production.The project was overseen by Susan Zwerman, Visual Effects Executive Producer and Job Developer for Exceptional Minds; Craig Seitz, Exceptional Minds’ Head of Production; and Immanuel Morris and Josiah Van Arsdel, supervisors.
“I think this is the time for us as the international community to look into this phenomenon,” Michele Falavigna told a news conference in New York.Mr. Falavigna, who took up his post as UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad about three months ago, said that while there is an obligation to protect and care for refugees, it is also vital to offer young men and women growing up in camps the hope for a decent life.If not then the young women and girls may join prostitution rings, while the young men will “find a Kalashnikov” and join a gang or armed group, he added. Eastern Chad is suffering from a spill-over from wars in neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region and the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as its own rebel conflict and crimes committed in the country by heavily armed bandits.The region is host to some 300,000 refugees from Darfur, 120,000 from CAR, as well as around 150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Chad.Mr. Falavigna voiced hope that 2010 would see a greater increase in returnees within Chad, noting that returns to ancestral lands is now possible, following consultations held between the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN bodies, and local and traditional authorities. He added that efforts would be made to provide incentives for the CAR refugees to return to their homes, including economic assistance for agriculture and livestock, micro-credit, and assistance in dealing with issues of the right to land. A UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINURCAT, is in place to protect refugees and other civilians in Chad and CAR.Speaking in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena today, the head of MINURCAT, Victor da Silva Angelo, highlighted the work being done by the mission in Chad, including supporting the protection of refugees, IDPs and civilians in danger, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance and working to create favourable conditions for reconstruction and development in eastern Chad. He also commented on developments in CAR and the wider region, in his speech to the 29th ministerial meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa. 12 November 2009The top humanitarian official in Chad called for urgent attention to be paid to providing a better life for young men and women languishing in camps for refugees and displaced persons, warning that the alternatives for them would be prostitution or violence.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar in Syracuse owes New York state $250K in unpaid sales taxes by The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 6:54 am MDT SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The New York location of country music star Toby Keith’s chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state.The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/1uAeH9r ) that a tax warrant filed by the state earlier this month seeks $107,000 owed by Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse.Keith’s Syracuse bar, which opened last year, also owes more than $145,000 in sales taxes from earlier in 2013.The musician’s chain of restaurants, named for the title of one of his hit songs, features guitar-shaped bars, beer in mason jars and traditional southern food.The Phoenix, Arizona-based chain has 16 locations in 12 states, with five more restaurants planned.A call to the chain’s corporate office wasn’t returned.___Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Every year, the Day serves as a call to every person to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering, he said in a message. But for this year’s observance, the world has a new focus for volunteering and giving: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Mr. Ban said that this new universal framework, with 17 goals at its core, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted by world leaders, and “for it to work, we must unleash the full force of the human spirit.”Global philanthropy continues to generate innovative approaches and provide much-needed resources. An important new dimension is the dramatic rise of philanthropy in the global South, which is leading new actors to become involved in addressing local and global challenges, he said.“I call on people everywhere to be part of our 15-year partnership for humanity, and to help make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all,” the Secretary-General said. In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within and among nations, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated 5 September, the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing, as the International Day of Charity, in its resolution adopted in 2013.
“The UN in Colombia regrets and repudiates this act of violence and reiterates that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes a threat to peace and security,” read a statement (in Spanish) issued by the UN Country Team over the weekend. “We remain determined to continue to support Colombians and their government in their efforts to build sustainable and lasting peace in the country,” the statement added. At least three people (one French citizen and two Colombians) were killed and another nine wounded in the terrorist attack that struck the Andino shopping centre, located in Bogota’s Chapinero district. The blast occurred at around 5 pm local time (GMT -5:00) on a busy Saturday, with many people shopping for Father’s Day, the next day. In the UNCT statement, the agencies also expressed their condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Colombia and of France and wished for a speedy recovery of those injured.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Josh Carlton and Jalen Adams each scored 17 points and UConn routed New Hampshire 91-66 on Saturday.Christian Vital added his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebound for the Huskies (5-1).Jordan Reed had 17 points for New Hampshire (2-4), which has not beaten a Division I program this season.The Huskies have struggled in recent years with midmajors, losing in 2016 to Wagner and Northeastern and needing overtime last season to beat Columbia and Monmouth.But they took control of this one from the opening tip.Carlton dunked on the first possession of the game and UConn never trailed.A 3-point play from Vital gave the Huskies their first double-digit lead at 18-8. Carlton (4 of 5), Jalen Adams (4-4) and Tyler Polley (5-6) combined to hit 13 of their 15 shots in the first half and UConn went into intermission up 48-29.A spin move and double-pump layup by Alterique Gilbert made him the fifth UConn player to hit double figures. That highlighted an 11-2 run that put the Huskies up 73-48 and the Huskies led by as many as 28 points in the second half.BIG PICTURENew Hampshire: The Wildcats held the Huskies to just 4-of-16 shooting from 3-point range, but made just 8 of 30 from behind the arc. The Wildcats had made 10 or more 3-pointers in each of the first three games and came into this game 50 of 130 from long range.UConn: The Huskies had five players in double figures. Polley finished with 12 points and Gilbert had 11. UConn dominated underneath, outscoring the Wildcats 54-24 in the paint and outrebounding UNH 50-33.UP NEXTNew Hampshire: The Wildcats host Boston University on Wednesday night.UConn: The Huskies return to campus to play their third of five straight home games on Tuesday against UMass Lowell.Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press
A mother of four left paralysed after being “catapulted” from her bed while having sex is suing the manufacturer for seven-figure damages at the High Court.Claire Busby suffered life-changing damage to her spine after she toppled off the end of the “defective” bed while switching positions during intercourse. The 46-year-old from Maidenhead, Berks, appeared at the High Court in a wheelchair yesterday, where she is taking legal action against Berkshire Bed Company, trading as Beds Are Uzzz.The court heard the bed was one of five delivered to Ms Busby’s then home in August 2013 when she was renovating the property in Theresa May’s constituency. Ms Busby, a successful businesswoman in the property industry, was injured just a week after the bed’s delivery.She told the court that she was kneeling in the middle of the bed performing a sexual act on her partner, John Marshall, when she decided to move position and “swung her legs” from underneath her, before laying back on the bed.At that point, she said the bed gave way and she fell off the end, landing dangerously on her head.“I was positioned kneeling over him,” she told Judge Barry Cotter QC. “I was kneeling over him and my right hand was touching him, maybe my left hand was touching his leg. I was half way down the bed. “I spun around, I put my hand down and then I felt like I was catapulted off the back of the bed,” Ms Busby told the court.”My head hit the floor, I fell to the side and then I heard like a spring in my body snap,” she added.Ms Busby claims the two halves of the divan bed, which made up the base, were not properly fastened together and two “gliders” – or feet – were missing from the end of the bed, creating a height difference between one end and the other.Her barrister Winston Hunter QC said she expected the mattress to support her weight as she lay back on the bed, but that it failed to do so and she continued moving “backwards and downwards”.He told the court: “It is the claimant’s case that the point at which she left the bed is precisely the location where the different height of the two divans was at its maximum. “It represented the area where the mattress was most likely to ‘fall away’ due to the fact that it was partially unsupported.”Mr Hunter said it was “accepted that the particular circumstances of the accident are unusual”, but it was enough for there to have been “some foresight of some loss of balance in the use of the bed” for the firm to be found liable. Berkshire Bed Company denies culpability for Ms Busby’s injuries, with its lawyers arguing the bed was properly assembled at the time of delivery. They also said that even if the two gliders were missing by the time of the accident, that would not have caused the bed to lose balance in the way suggested by Ms Busby.Neil Block QC, for the firm, said: “It is overwhelmingly likely that, whatever her actions, they were too close to the edge of the bed and she simply lost balance and toppled backwards.”The firm sells super king-size divan bed bases for as much as £1,500 online, with the cheapest costing £147. The hearing at the High Court continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Shoplifting costs the retail industry millions of pounds each year It was hoped the threshold would save the courts time and money on cases, but it is feared that it has led to the effective decriminalisation of shoplifting.Organised gangs of shoplifters are thought to be exploiting the system by travelling around the country and hitting multiple stores, while always remaining careful to stay under the £200 threshold.But the cost to the businesses is often passed onto shoppers in the form of rising prices.James Martin, crime and security adviser to the British Retail Consortium, said: “These figures indicate that, despite the best efforts of our members, criminals are increasingly targeting supermarkets.”Ultimately, the costs are borne by everyday shoppers and those who rely on retail for their livelihoods.”We acknowledge the difficult resourcing and prioritisation decisions which police forces face, but it is clearly time that every police force gives retail crime the strategic priority it deserves.”Association of Convenience Stores chief executive James Lowman said: “The numbers of reported thefts pale in comparison to the reality of retail crime. In total, we estimated over 950,000 incidents of theft in convenience stores last year.“In the convenience sector, more than half of thefts are now not reported due to frustration with police forces not investigating or prosecuting thieves. Some police forces have introduced arbitrary thresholds below which they no longer investigate thefts, ranging from £100 to £200. Shoplifting offences are on the rise following the introduction a £200 threshold before criminals are pursued.Figures obtained from 25 police forces across England and Wales suggest there has been at least a seven per cent increase in the number of offences reported by supermarkets over the past four years.Officers were called to investigate more than 78,000 shoplifting incidents in 2017, up from just over 72,000 in 2014.The figures also suggested a rise in the number of pick-pocketing incidents at supermarkets, where shoppers have their purses and wallets stolen by opportunistic thieves.But the true scale of the problem is thought to be hidden because many smaller stores do not bother to report shoplifting offences because they have no faith that anything will be done.Last year the Telegraph reported how retailers were angry at the introduction of a £200 threshold for shoplifting offences. “Adopting these thresholds effectively prices small stores out of receiving any response to thefts against them, and publicising these policies encourages more theft and gives the impression of these offences being decriminalised. “Challenging offenders in store often leads to violent incidents which have a huge personal impact on retailers and shopworkers. Only Government action can break the cycle of more theft, violence, inadequate police response and ineffective sanctions.”John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation acknowledged that shoplifting was not a priority crime for stretched forces.He said: “These figures mirror the increase seen in many other types of crime. And, although they may not be considered the most serious of offences, it is important those responsible are not allowed to do as they wish without the fear of being caught.”The reality is that officers can be tied up, sometimes for hours dealing with shoplifters, preventing them from answering other 999 calls which may be more urgent. It’s all about priorities.”He went on: “The sad fact is that as forces struggle to meet 999-call demand, incidents such as these are increasingly likely not to be attended by officers at all which, as a serving police constable with 26 years’ service, I find quite shocking.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Most hard pressed police forces will only now dispatch an officer to investigate if there has been a threat of violence against a member of staff.The £200 threshold was introduced as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and means anyone accused of “low value shoplifting” no longer has to attend court and can plead guilty by post in the same way as a speeding motorist.
Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph insists they are not worrying over Liverpool, despite falling four points behind in the Premier League title racePep Guardiola’s side were handed a shock 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday to lose ground to their rivals.Although City will have the chance to make up for the loss when they host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3.But Delph, who captained City for the day, insists they are only taking things one game at a time.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Obviously the result is a setback. We have lost but we are only looking at ourselves game to game,” Delph told the club website.“We had a few chances which we have put away in the past, but fair play to Crystal Palace – they were stubborn and organised.“It’s hard to analyse and we will go back to the drawing board and look at it. We started slowly and the ball wasn’t zipping about.”City will next take on Leicester City on Boxing Day.
August 28, 2018 Updated: 10:38 PM Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helping our men and women in the military find jobs in the civilian world has always been important. Now, business leaders are reaching out to boost career and job opportunities for the husbands and wives of servicemembers.Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched a new program to connect more military spouses with employers in the San Diego area. Through a program called the “Empowerment Zone,” the business group hopes to join more military families with employers through the Chamber’s website, “Hiring Our Heroes.”Elizabeth O’Brien, who’s introducing the program to other cities around the nation, suggested military spouses face special challenges in finding meaningful jobs because of frequent orders to move.“Military spouses traditionally move every three years. We know, by and large, resumes and interview opportunities with employers happen through networks, so every time we move, we lose our network and we have to rebuild,” O’Brien said.Brian Alvarado, who’s married to a Navy sailor is part of a “Hiring Our Heroes” volunteer group that’s trying to build stronger career connections for the wives and husbands of San Diego servicemembers.“When they get their orders, the military spouse says, “Oh, what am I going to do? I have to quit my job.” Well, they have a place to go now in our network to start looking for that next job.” Alvarado explained.The “Empowerment Zone” has also been launched in other cities, including Tampa, Colorado Springs, San Antonio and the entire state of Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is planning to roll it out to Newark and Chicago and other locations later this year. Posted: August 28, 2018 Sasha Foo Boosting job opportunities for military spouses Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter
The Highway 141 Fire, burning between White Salmon and Husum in the Columbia River Gorge, was reported as 50 percent contained late Saturday by fire managers.The blaze, which started Wednesday afternoon and has burned timber, brush and grass, grew by about 200 acres since Friday to 1,614 acres, according to an 8 p.m. update posted at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3238/.Good progress was reported on line construction and burnout in the eastern portion of the fire, with Level 2 evacuation notices remaining in place.About 150 people attended a community meeting Saturday morning at Columbia High School Gym in White Salmon.More than 650 people were assigned to the fire Saturday. Seven dozers, 12 water tenders, six helicopters and assorted wildland and structural protection engines were on scene.No structural losses or damage, or injuries, have been reported on this incident. An email address had been established for fire information at Highway141Info@gmail.com. Anyone wishing electronic daily updates may contact that address to be added to an email list.Several events scheduled for the weekend for the Huckleberry Festival will occur as scheduled, fire officials said.
(WSVN) – Two searches have been suspended for people missing at sea.The Coast Guard called off the search for a plane that disappeared off the Bahamas, Monday.The twin engine aircraft was headed from Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida, when officials lost contact with it. A 40-year old mother, her two young children and the pilot were on board. Some debris was found but no bodies or survivors.The Coast Guard also suspended the search for a Delray Beach woman lost at sea.That woman was identified as Isabella Hellman. The catamaran she and her husband were on, sank Sunday night, also near the Bahamas.Hellman’s husband was rescued after being found floating in a life raft.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Two can play at this game pic.twitter.com/pNbcOkXTZ7— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 I’m an absolute unit too pic.twitter.com/Rf0BTJmeEN— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2019 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Tags Perhaps Musk’s Twitter game is only rivaled by MERL’s, which posted this shortly after the swap. Elon Musk How long the swap will be maintained for is currently unknown. But for now, here’s a public service announcement: If you’re looking for Elon Musk in your Twitter timeline, he is a sheep. An absolute unit, to be precise. Online PewDiePie/YouTube Elon Musk is no stranger to the hellish battleground that is Twitter. It’s got him in trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, caused grief during the Thai cave rescue in 2018 when he called one of the rescuers a “pedo guy” and he’s even used it to show support for YouTuber PewDiePie as he struggled to hold onto his YouTube crown. Musk is constantly exchanging memes in between actual useful information about the companies that he runs: Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company. As a result, even Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder, has heaped praise on Musk’s use of his service.Just last week he used it to call Jeff Bezos a copycat. Now he’s turned his attention to another domesticated animal: The sheep.After a tweet from MIT Technology Review about the world’s biggest plane was titled “look at the size of this absolute unit”, Musk replied with the now-famous meme of an Exmoor Horn aged ram originally posted by the Museum of English Rural Life on April 9, 2018. pic.twitter.com/HB0it7lIuc— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 13 Photos Comment 1 Excuse us @elonmusk but what pic.twitter.com/2c1w8KpaOJ— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) April 17, 2019 Of course, this is the internet in 2019 — and more specifically, Twitter in 2019. So shortly after, Elon Musk — a wealthy tech entrepreneur and CEO of electric vehicle company Tesla, space flight company SpaceX, brain-computer interface developer Neuralink and the founder of tunnel making company The Boring Company — changed his Twitter profile picture to that of the ram at the request of another Twitter user.The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) quickly caught wind of the change and followed up with a tweet of their own. Share your voice That’s right. In this, the year 2019, the Museum of English Rural Life and Elon Musk have switched Twitter profile pictures and I cannot keep up anymore.
Democratic members were scarce, but U.S. Rep. Gene Green of Houston attended the ball with his wife. They said it was their sixth Black Tie and Boots Ball, and Green empathized with Williams’ logistical tasks for the night — Green served as president of the society during President Obama’s 2013 second inauguration.“Four years ago, I was in Roger Williams’ place, and I’m glad he’s doing it this year,” Green said. The Beach Boys were the headline entertainment, performing hits like “Surfer Girl,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Be True to Your School,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Don’t Worry Baby.”Flores said the iconic band was emblematic of a country coming together after a divisive election.“There’s a new sense of optimism in the country, and so the songs they sang bring back the optimistic attitude Americans used to have.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/01/19/texans-celebrate-trump-black-tie-and-boots-ball/. Share Allison Shelley for The Texas TribuneAn attendee sports a pair of self-commissioned “Make America Great Again” boots at the 2017 Black Tie and Boots Ball on the eve of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on Jan. 19, 2017.OXON HILL, Md. — An estimated 12,000 people adorned in cowboy hats, boots, furs, formal wear and an occasional “Make America Great Again” ballcap contributed to a jovial scene at the Texas State Society’s Black Tie and Boots Ball, just outside of the city limits of Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.For the largest red state in the country, there was reason to celebrate on the eve of a Republican takeover of the White House.“Ladies and gentlemen, I promise you that in a Donald Trump administration, there will be no bullshit,” said former Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight from the stage. The Texas State Society president, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, concurred: “Does he need to repeat that?”But mostly, members of the Texas delegation on the scene were careful to take a bipartisan tone. “Any time there’s a peaceful transfer of power, it’s good,” said a smiling U.S. Rep. Randy Weber of Friendswood. Weber, like many in attendance, sported a felt black cowboy hat with his tuxedo.Many of his colleagues and statewide officials were also at the ball: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and U.S. Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis, Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi, Bill Flores of Bryan, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and Kenny Marchant of Coppell.U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, poses for a photo with the Lil’ Wranglers of College Station at the Black Tie and Boots Ball.Allison Shelley for the Texas Tribune
Regardless of how you feel about the third-person stealth-em-up gameplay in The Last of Us, the game’s narrative is nothing short of a harrowing, amazing, devastating experience.Fans of the game want more, but the story of the two main characters, Joel and Ellie, is so perfect that a sequel would ruin it. It seems that Naughty Dog will satisfy both of those requirements for wanting more game to play, while not disrupting the perfect narrative of the main characters.Naughty Dog has teased that it’ll be revealing information regarding some TLOU DLC this week. The developer is planning three packs– a campaign add-on, and two multiplayer packs. The DLC is available for purchase in a season pass pack for a total of $19.99 (saving you around 30% on the price if you would purchase each pack individually), as is customary this generation.If you’re worried about what the campaign DLC might be because it might disrupt the perfect ending of the story, never fear. Not too long ago, the creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, said that Joel and Ellie’s story is over. Druckmann did say that if TLOU gets a sequel somewhere down the line, the team feels the world is still ripe for story — just not the stories of Joel and Ellie.From that (totally correct) sentiment, it sounds like the campaign DLC will focus on other characters throughout the game, of which there were enough to fill out a side-story, such as wacky loner Bill.Whatever the campaign DLC ends up being, we’ll find out sometime this week. If the TLOU team can craft a story even half as good as the main campaign’s story, the DLC will be well worth the investment.
Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.I would much rather write about video games than try and make them, but every so often I do have an idea I think it would be fun to develop. One of my most recent and exciting game ideas was for a project called “Rogue Cops.” In this game, players would control two procedurally generated cliche buddy cops, managing their randomly assigned traits like “loose cannon,” “too old for this shit,” or “robot” to take on classic cop scenarios like city patrols or hostage crises. I think it’s a legitimately fun idea and on a lark I nearly pitched it to Hideo Kojima at Tribeca Games Festival.“Rogue Cops” will probably never get made, but after playing story-driven cop management sim This is the Police from Weappy Studio, I almost don’t care any more. Even if it’s not connected to your personal in-joke, this Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda (and is on other platforms) is an intriguing attempt at gamifying one of the most high-stakes, dense, morally complex professions of our time.AdChoices广告This is the Police opens with Jon St. John talking about strippers shaking it, but this isn’t a Duke Nukem game. Instead, the iconic gaming voice actor portrays aging Freeburg police chief Jack Boyd. It’s a great performance, full of weary old everyman gravitas, a far cry for action hero parodies. And St. John does a fantastic job giving life to a character portrayed via stylish but muted and minimal angular expressionless illustrations.It’s a good thing St. John’s work is so strong here because you’ll be hearing his voice a lot. Much of This is the Police is an almost Twine-style adventure game where players guide Jack through his typical routines. Put up with the mayor. Put up with the mob. Put up with other cops Put up with the press. Put up with your missing wife’s mom. Put up with your own personal problems in therapy. It’s through these vignettes where players learn more about Boyd’s overarching goal, to earn a half of million dollars through police work (legal or otherwise) before he is forced to retire 180 days.However, where players make actual progress toward reaching that goal is through This is the Police’s other set of gameplay mechanics: a simulation of actually making decisions as chief of police. You’re presented with a map of the city as well as a selection of diverse cops for that shift. As the day goes by in real-time, crimes pop up and you must respond by sending the officers you deem worthy. Watch how things play out, deal with the unforeseen consequences, end the day, put on a new smooth jazz album, and do it all over again.This is the Police’s gameplay depth comes from the sheer amount of factors you have to consider when making these decisions. Different cops have different levels of professionalism, with higher-level cops being more effective. Cops also earn points after successfully completing a task or when you manually promote them. So you’ll want to do things like pairing rookies cops with veterans on tough cases or send freshly hired recruits down to guard a movie theater in a safe part of town to free up better cops for more pressing issues.Situations can always go south, though. Missions may randomly force you to give direct orders to your cops like “taser the fleeing suspect” or “jump out of the window.” Make the wrong choice and your best cop may get killed in action, and it’s as gutting as losing a key named unit in X-COM. When you get updates on an officer’s funeral, you can’t help but see them as people instead of a collection of stats. You also may lose cops for less dramatic reasons. Sometimes cops may quit if you don’t give them enough time off. Other times they’ll just be so incompetent you need to fire them and come up with an excuse later. It’s a satisfying headache.But there all these other factors, too. If you send cops to farther part of town, it will take longer for them to become available again. You only have a few seconds to respond to a crime so timing really matters. That’s why you may not want to send all the cops you can to an event, but fewer reinforcements increase the risks. Also increasing the risks are various outlandish requests from the mayor and from the mob, requests like ignoring deadly casino shootouts, firing all Black cops, or sending a SWAT team to a peaceful feminist protest. But if you refuse to cooperate you’ll lose out on perks like extra cash or extra cops.There’s even this whole investigation sub-system where you deploy detectives and rearrange their clues to solve crime narratives. Later, you can turn suspects into informants to infiltrate gangs and arrest their leaders. At least this mode freezes time so it doesn’t distract you from normal demanding police work.This is the Police deeply satisfies my strategic brain with its constant tough choices, and the way it kind of forces players to grapple with systemic police issues in moment-to-moment gameplay fascinates my political brain. When you’re making life-or-death snap decisions, it’s tempting to fall back on harmful unethical biases, but that’s still not excusable.But the result of all this thinking means that even a single relatively brief in-game day of play, a session I can easily knock out on the go on Switch during my brief commute, can still be mentally exhausting. So the idea of going through 180 days of policing to see the end of the story sounds a little too daunting. Beating the game also unlocks as endless mode since much of the game is already randomly generated. And I think I would’ve preferred to see an endless mode available from the start alongside a tighter campaign.I’ll save you my… complicated opinions about cops in the troubled real world. But controlling the video game cops of This is the Police ended being more nuanced, thoughtful, and ultimately enjoyable than I would’ve expected. It’s taxing and repetitive, but that feels purposeful, a way to convey a feeling through gameplay instead of just the prominent story sections. Plus, it lets the man behind Duke Nukem be a real, sad, actor. How cool is that?Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. This is the Police puts you behind the badge of aging chief of police Jack Boyd, voiced by Duke Nukem’s Jon St. John.2. Go through Jack’s typical routines like dealing with the press, the mayor, and the mob.3. Alongside story sections, gameplay revolves around strategically deploying cops to deal with situations in the city.4. There are many factors to consider, like pairing veteran cops with rookies, making sure no one gets killed, choosing when to send a detective or SWAT team, and knowing when to ignore a crime.5. This is the Police is an intriguing attempt at gamifying one of the most high-stakes, dense, morally complex professions of our time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Ridley Hits The Big Time!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Ridley. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?With its isolated space-horror setting and surprise female hero, the Metroid series owes a lot to Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise. So Nintendo repaid the director by naming Samus’s purple space dragon nemesis, you guessed it, Ridley. One of the few constants throughout the Metroid franchise, Ridley and the space pirates he kind of leads find new ways to terrorize Samus. And since Samus keeps beating him, he keeps coming back in new, more mechanized forms.Smash HistoryA glimpse of Ridley in the opening for Super Smash Bros. Melee gave fans hope he’d be appearing alongside Bowser and Ganondorf as a classic baddie made playable. Nope. Things got even nastier when Ridley only showed up as a boss in later games, and fans refused to accept the rational that the giant monster was simply too big to fight alongside Mario and friends. However, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s emphasis on fan-favorite newcomers, Ridley finally made his playable debut at the very end of the E3 2018 announcement trailer.What Looks New in Ultimate?Ridley is a very big boi. His hunched posture and furled wings do a lot of work concealing his true mass. And his moveset reminds us of other heavy villainous characters. He has Bowser-esque fire breath and a grab that scraps you along the ground almost like Ganondorf. However, his piercing tail move is unique and very powerful if you pull off the satisfying precise spacing it requires.Our Hopes?For some, there’s nothing left to hope for in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now that Ridley is confirmed. And our hands-on impressions left us feeling his moveset, while not particularly dominant thanks to surprisingly weak flying recovery, does make one feel like they are embodying the character. Also the Meta Ridley costume is one of the few times Nintendo has acknowledged the western Metroid Prime side of Metroid, a good sign leading up to Metroid Prime 4.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. 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