‘Stalking’ case: Chandigarh police summon Vikas Barala, friend Ashish

first_imgThe Chandigarh police have summoned Vikas Barala, son of the Haryana State BJP president Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish, for questioning for their alleged act of stalking and harassing a young woman on a road in the city last week.The police have pasted the summons notice outside Vikas Barala’s house, directing the two to appear at the Sector-26 police station on Wednesday. This was done after the non-acceptance of the summons, sources said.Vikas and Ashish were arrested on the charge of stalking the woman but they were released soon on Friday night.The police have been facing flak for not invoking Sections 365 (kidnapping) and 511 (attempt to commit offences punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC against them.last_img

Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Lazio’s Nani, top, and Udinese’s Bram Nuytinck go for the ball during a soccer match in Rome, Italy. Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City. The team said Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ORLANDO, Florida — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Nani served as Portugal’s captain after Cristiano Ronaldo was hurt during the first half of the extra-time victory over France in the 2016 European Championship final. He has 24 goals in 112 international appearances, including a goal against the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup.He has played for Sporting Lisbon (2005-07, 2014-15 and 2018-19), Manchester United (2007-14), Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2015-16), Spain’s Valencia (2016-17) and Italy’s Lazio (2017-18). He won four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Azkals give up two late goals, yield to Vietnamese Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Best setter award last thing in Michelle Cobb’s mind

first_imgCeres-Negros slays Bung Karno demons Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Cobb’s numbers alone and the Lady Spikers’ 10-3 record are enough to give her a considerable case for the Best Setter award but Cobb is more geared towards the championship.“It never occurred to me, and I didn’t even think about it,” said Cobb in Filipino. “I think there are far more important things to focus on because my priority is the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“For now what I want is to get the four-peat.”Cobb is the league’s no.4 setter prior to their game against UE with 5.63 excellent sets per period but the prospect of winning a four straight title—a feat that hasn’t been done since University of Santo Tomas won seven consecutive in 1985 to 1991—brings more allure to her. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michelle Cobb in action. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Michelle Cobb is considered as one of the best, if not the best, setters in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament after helping De La Salle to the past three championships.The setter’s exploits also led La Salle to its dismantling of the Lady Warriors in three sets, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, Wednesday where Cobb finished with 20 excellent sets with three points to boot.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Lady Spikers have ruled the playing field for much of the decade having won six titles in the 2010s—with only Ateneo as the other school to win championships with two—and Cobb wants it to stay that way.“The award really isn’t my priority, I want to focus more on my team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Barcelona eye six-trophy haul in calendar year, says Iniesta

first_imgWinning the treble last season has spurred Barcelona to try and win all six trophies up for grabs this year and replicate the feat they achieved in 2009, midfielder Andres Iniesta said on Monday.When the Catalan side take on Sevilla in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup, they will be eager to build on last season’s success — when they claimed La Liga and King’s Cup titles before capping it off with victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.”Last season we got better as we went along and that is the way that it should be,” Iniesta said.”Tactical changes were made and also new players were assimilated into the team. This all went well and we arrived at the end of the season very strong.”It is difficult to compare one season to another but we always have the same mentality of wanting to have the ball and building play from the goalkeeper forward. We need to keep growing and making changes and we have to build and evolve from here as well.”Barcelona became the first Spanish side to win the treble in 2009 and then went on to lift six trophies in a calendar year with successes in the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.”After you win the treble then you start to think about whether you can go on from there and lift the two Super Cups (including the domestic Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao later this month) and the World Club Cup,” added Iniesta.advertisement”The next step is against Sevilla which will not be easy as they are a strong side. We know the team well and they have an excellent coach.”last_img read more

Future imperfect, Mumbai Cricket Association seeks guidance from BCCI

first_imgEven as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) await the final order from the Supreme Court, they have received a letter from a key state unit, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) seeking guidance on how to approach the future if their members reject the Lodha report and the annual subsidy continues to be withheld from use.”We understand that the State Associations have option of not changing the constitution, at the cost of loss of annual subsidy. If it is not an order mandatory for State Associations to change the respective constitutions and internal composition, and for these reasons if the general body of the Association does not approve the changes in toto at the cost of forgiving the subsidy, how does the state Associations deal with such a situation? Kindly, guide,” writes MCA Jt Secretary PV Shetty to the BCCI.Before reserving order in the last hearing the Supreme Court had passed an interim order where the state associations were asked to implement the Lodha reforms in totality if they wanted to continue getting grants from the BCCI.The Sharad Pawar led MCA like a host of other BCCI state units are opposed to some significant governance reforms in the Lodha report.Shetty writes, “Alteration or amendment or addition to Memorandum of Association or to these rules shall not be made except at a General Meeting by a resolution carried by a majority of two third of the votes of the members present and voting at the meeting.”advertisementMCA WAITING FOR BCCI’S RESPONSE MCA is awaiting a response from the BCCI before deciding on convening a SGM for the same.It has assured the BCCI that they are happy to keep Rs 18.92 crore subsidy it received from the Board in a meeting which was questioned by the Lodha committee, in FD for now.MCA is to host the fourth test of the upcoming India-England series starting 8th December and although they have funds for now to keep the cricket going, sources say it was important to  communicate with the BCCI to frame their legal position.Pointing out Mumbai cricket’s dominance on the domestic circuit and transparency in selection and cricket operations, MCA also underlines to the Board the need for the state bodies to seek advise from the Lodha committee on their difficulties in implementation of the report.”Our experience of dealing with government and local authorities are totally different when it comes to match preparations and cannot be left to professional employee managers, when the compliances are time bound and are addressed by the authorities invariably at the last critical moments even if state Associations initiate the process much in advance.””These arguments seem to have never (been) made before the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Under the circumstances, I personally feel that State Association(s) including MCA should present (these) before the Justice Lodha committee and seek advice as directed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” Shetty said in the letter.Sources in the MCA confirm after much deliberation it was decided to write to the BCCI and not the Lodha committee as they are not direct party to the case and the original petition was also being contested between the Cricket Association of Bihar and the BCCI.last_img read more

Orange Crush Secures Peyton Place

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SANTA CLARA, CA — The script didn’t go according to plan for Super Bowl 50, but is surely did for the career of one of football’s most heralded quarterbacks, Peyton Manning.The 39-year-old son of Archie and younger brother of Eli – whom he has eclipsed in virtually every NFL statistic except Super Bowl victories, one to Eli’s two – Manning won his first Super Bowl in nine years, capping an illustrious career and by all conventional wisdom now heading into retirement a winner as his Denver Broncos defeated the favored Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win America’s most-watched sporting event.Manning actually had little to do with the win, at least on paper: 13 -for-23 with a mere 141 yards passing, one interception, and no touchdowns. Were it not for a late two-point conversion, Manning would have put up no points on the scoreboard. But his presence loomed larger than anyone’s and his fast start helped the Broncos jump to an early 3-0 lead, snapping the Panthers’ perfect postseason streak of leading in every minute of every game.The 15-1 Panthers earned a Super Bowl berth on the strength of their quarterback, Cam Newton, who picked apart defenses all year with his rifle arm and turbo legs. If he’s not drilling passes downfield at blinding speed, he’s eluding defenders with the deftness of a running back.But Newton more than met his match against the vaunted Broncos “Orange Crush” defense, led by Von Miller, who was voted the game’s MVP. The Broncos linebacker was selected second overall in the 2011 NFL draft – with Newton picked as number one that year.The Broncos jumped to a 10-0 lead on a defensive touchdown generated by Miller’s stellar play, and never looked back. They led 13-7 at halftime, with the Panthers coming back with a one-yard plunge by running back Jonathan Stewart, who leaped over a sea of Bronco defenders into the end zone, reminiscent of the great Marcus Allen.After Denver added another field goal in the third, Carolina closed the gap with a field goal of their own, making it a one-score game at 16-10. But Denver sealed the game by forcing a Carolina turnover late in the fourth quarter and scored on a rushing TD of their own by their starting running back C.J. Anderson. Manning then found wide receiver Bernie Fowler in the endzone for the two-point conversion, putting the game out of reach, 24-10 with just over three minutes left.Peyton Manning won in his first Super Bowl appearance, nine years ago in Super Bowl 41, when his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17, in which he was named MVP.Manning then lost three years later in Super Bowl 44 to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, who came from behind to beat the Colts 31-17.Perhaps Manning’s most disappointing loss was two years ago, in Super Bowl 48, after returning from a career-threatening neck injury and signing with the Broncos, an incredible comeback season in which he broke the NFL record by throwing for an amazing 55 touchdowns during the regular season and winning his fifth league MVP award, his Broncos were embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8.That’s when Broncos Executive VP John Elway, a two-time Super Bowl winning Bronco quarterback himself, proceeded to sign some more talent to bolster the defensive ranks. It worked. The Orange Crush held the Panthers’ juggernaut offense at bay all game long.Peyton Manning will undoubtedly go down as one of the game’s greatest players, having amassed a seemingly endless array of records during his 18-year career, perhaps the most notable of all his 539 career regular season touchdown passes.last_img read more

Virat Kohli ahead of Conor McGregor, Mohamed Salah in Instagram Rich List

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli is among the top 10 in Instagram ‘Rich List’ for sports for 2019 that is headed by Juventus and Portugal superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.Virat Kohli is ranked 9th in the Instagram Rich List for sportspersons and is ahead of the likes of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, UFC great Conor McGregor, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and boxing great Floyd Mayweather.Incidentally, Virat Kohli is the only cricketer in the top 16 of the sports list. The India captain, who is among the most-followed cricketers in the sport, is also the only cricketer in Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes for 2019. According to the Forbes 2019 list, Virat Kohli is estimated to earn $21m from endorsements and $4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25m for the last 12 months.Cristiano Ronaldo, according to HopperHQ — an Instagram scheduling tool — earns close to $975,000 per post while Virat Kohli earns $196,000 per Instagram post. Ronaldo is also 3rd on the overall list, only behind Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande.Neymar has pipped Lionel Messi to be on the 2nd spot on the sportspersons list while former England and Manchester United football player, David Beckham holds the 4th spot. Basketball star LeBron James is at the fifth spot while Ronaldo Moreir, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupy the next 3 spots.Former UFC star Ronda Rousey and tennis great Serena Williams are the only 2 women in the top 16 . Notably, Serena has been the only tennis player among the top 16.Instagram Rich List for Sports 2019 – Top 16advertisement1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $975,000 cost per post2. Neymar – $722,000 cost per post3. Lionel Messi – $648,000 per post4. David Beckham – $357,000 per post5. LeBron James – $272.000 per post6. Ronaldo Moreira – #256,000 per post7. Gareth Bale – $218.000 per post8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $200,000 per post9. Virat Kohli – $196,000 per post10. Luis Suarez – $184,000 per post11. Conor McGregor – $169,000 per post12. Mohamed Salah – $165,000 per post13. Stephen Curry – $142,000 per post14. Floyd Mayweather – $124,000 per post15. Ronda Rousey – $67,750 per post16. Serena Williams – $60,500 per postAlso See:last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the last edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for July 2005…the next edition will be August 1st…hard to believe how fast the year is going! The All Nations tournament is now exactly 3 months away, keep an eye on the website for all the latest news as the event draws closer… * We’re having a massive stocktake sale in an attempt to clear some of the piles of merchandise, hats, t-shirts etc that have built up in our storage over the last couple of years. There’s some great bargains, including clothes from the 2005 Youth World Cup, NTL gear and more. If you’re a coach or from a local association looking for some shirts that you could use for uniforms for your juniors, there’s plenty of options here. These shirts could be perfect for your kids to run around in at their park competition, could have numbers ironed on and are a cheap matching uniform! If you’re after some gear like hats, waist bags and beanies, there’s also plenty of sales, so make sure you get in quick. Stock is certainly limited, check out the following website for all of the prices, sizes, colours and styles on offer: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Any orders can be purchased online or sent to Casey at ata@austouch.com.au * Just so everyone knows we’ve now become Touch Football Australia (rather than Australian Touch Association) as we were previously known. TFA will replace ATA. (It will take a little getting used to for us all!) * The Southern Suns held their annual forum over the weekend, bringing together representatives from their region to Yass for discussion on all areas of the sport, technical area, AusTouch and more. One positive outcome of the forum was the response to the junior Touch Footy program AusTouch…the Suns are aiming to get an AusTouch leader accredited in each affiliate and have commenced with Goulburn, Yass, Leeton, Tarcutta, Moruya, Temora, Wollongong and Finley already achieving this goal. Courses are also planned for Griffith and Wagga to accredit people from Hay, Moama-Echuca, Coolamon, Junee, Albury, Ardlethan, Cootamundra and Gundagai as AusTouch leaders. The Coaching forum and Selctors forum were also very well received by attendees and the Referees forum covered a lot of topics which will continue to help the Southern Suns become a stronger and better region. Congratulations to Ross Freestone who has been appointed to replace Brian Smith as the Suns Director of Referees and the Suns would like to than Brian for the great job he did and wish him well in his move North. Suns director Rod Wise also indicated how great it was to see the smaller affiliates like Finley, Temora, Moruya, Jerrabomberra, Leeton and Tarcutta represented at the forum. * In other NSW news the Vawdon Cup held it’s second round over the weekend, with Cronulla, Penrith, Parramatta, Central Coast all coming out winners and Wests and Canterbury playing out a 3-3 draw in the Mens Premier League. In the Womens Premier League Canterbury, Newcastle Uni and Easts all grabbed wins. * In Queensland development officers Phil Gyemore and Terry McSweeney have visited the town of Charleville in Western Qld last week. Charleville is the largest town in the South West of Queensland’s outback region and Queensland Touch will be sending us a report of what’s happening in Touch for that region later this week. * For those of you who are wondering what staff changes have been taking place in the TFA (formerly ATA) office in recent times, here’s an explanation… CEO Bill Ker has now officially retired, although he continues to help the office staff with finalising several important matters. Kevin Thompson is now working his way steadily through the piles of daily work on his desk. Gwynne Ker, who organised international tours and also acted as Personal Assistant to the CEO has also retired and from her reports is busy at home spending more time with her beautiful grandkids and packing up their home for their upcoming move interstate. Maree Curran has taken over the work Gwynne was doing for the All Nations tournament, so please be patient as there is a lot of organisation and preparation to do for 10 Australian teams! Kristy McManus has moved from the receptionist role to be Kevin’s Personal Assistant and has also taken over organising National Travel and Accommodation for events such as AGM’s, staff trips, tournaments etc. Kristy has taken this Travel Management role from Rachel Moyle, who will continue her work in the field of Media and will also take over Gwynne Ker’s other role in the Merchandise area. Rachel will be organising the merchandise you see on sale on the internet shop and so forth. Casey Topp comes into the office after working for several months helping with odd jobs and data entry, taking over the role of receptionist for the office. Finally, Colm Maguire has come on board as the Elite Performance Manager, he’ll be based out of the Touch SA office for the next couple of months, after which he’ll be moving to Brisbane and continuing the role there. It will no doubt take us all a few weeks to settle into our new roles, so please be patient with us as we work together and of you’re unsure of who to contact for your query, check out the homepage with all the contact details http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=14 * Remember all requests for assistance with writing media releases or gaining some coverage for upcoming events such as the Under 18 Championships and the All Nations tournament can be sent to Rachel Moyle at media@austouch.com.au * If you have any info for future editions of Sixty Seconds in Touch, send the details to media@austouch.com.au * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk is due out next week, already it’s looking choc full of more great articles, info and feature stories on our Open and Senior Australian representatives. To join the mailing list simply send your email address to media@austouch.com.au or jump on the website next Wednesday for the latest edition. * The National 18’s Championships are just 2 months away. Preparations are well underway with the teams being finalised and organisation for an Opening Ceremony getting started. We’ll be holding a big opening ceremony that combines welcoming all teams with sending off the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations. Plans are well afoot to send them off in style, presenting them with an Australian flag and allowing the National 18’s players to wish them all the best as they head off to face the other nations and especially as they reignite the rivalry with the Kiwis. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Lance Bass Emmanuelle Chriqui Locked In Charity Battle

first_img‘N Sync’s Lance Bass and Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui are battling to see who can raise the most money for their favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Colon Cancer Canada.The Power of 2, a charity initiative dedicated to unlocking celebrity power for social good, has wrangled the star studded pair to duke it out for their debut American P2 match-up – and there’s a catch, the loser has to perform a crazy stunt.The Power of 2 allows celebrities to go beyond the red carpet and use social media as a tool to make meaningful social impact and educate their fans. And, the bet will make things very interesting. Fans can donate $2 or more to Emmanuelle and Lance’s favorite charity at www.power-of-2.org as many times as they would like up till midnight on Thursday, June 14th to see who will be crowned the Power of 2 champion.Chriqui vs Bass – Which one will you support?Both charities will win, but the celebrity loser will have to cash in during a very public dare. If Emmanuelle wins, Lance will dress up as PooFu the dog (a costume he wore for one of his first jobs in Laurel, Mississippi) and Emmanuelle will walk him though LA’s Runyon Canyon, the area’s most popular hiking and dog walking spot.“I lost my mother to colon cancer at a very young age and my father continues to battle the disease,” states Emmanuelle. “This is a cause very close to my heart, and it’s a preventable cancer if caught in time. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to promote awareness and take the shame out of getting tested. And this spring I’m looking forward to this Power of 2 competition, earning the most donations and taking Lance on a good long walk.”But if Lance wins, Emmanuelle will have to hit the stage and sing with Steel Panther at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard and face that all too common fear, even for an accomplished actor, singing in public!“I know Emmanuelle has a real fear of singing in public, so if I’m going to win this Power of 2 wager I want to see her hit the stage,” says Lance. “And this is such a great, and easy, opportunity for all of us to use social media for good. My charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, does more than good. They change the lives of kids and families all over the world, every single day.”The Power of 2 is win-win-win: Both charities get a big check to support their great work, Emmanuelle and Lance have fun online conversations with their fans and colleagues, and fans get an opportunity to engage and support their favorite celebrity through an important social cause.That’s the Power of 2.Get social: Twitter @PWROF2 and Facebooklast_img read more

Alan Cumming Urges Dairy Queen To Offer Vegan Options

first_imgIn celebration of National Ice Cream Month, PETA is urging Dairy Queen to make its menu more chill with vegans.This week, Tony Award–winning vegan actor Alan Cumming sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to CEO John P. Gainor Jr. asking the Minneapolis-based company to join other leading dessert chains — such as TCBY, Ben & Jerry’s, and Pinkberry — in offering nondairy items.“Given the increased global demand from people who suffer from dairy allergies and lactose intolerance as well as those concerned about their health, the environment, and animal welfare, it’s no surprise that the dairy alternatives market is expected to reach $19.5 billion in value by 2020,” he writes.“Dairy Queen has the opportunity to broaden its appeal by offering healthier, “greener,” animal-friendly vegan treats.“When TCBY added a chocolate almond-milk frozen yogurt, the company noted that the product was “so popular in the first week that TCBY locations are reporting as much as an 80 percent increase in sales.” In less than a week, some stores were already sold out. Pinkberry then launched its first dairy-free soft serve, joining other brands with popular vegan frozen desserts, such as Red Mango and Tutti Frutti. Now, to tremendous fanfare, Ben & Jerry’s has introduced a lineup of vegan ice creams for retail shelves and its scoop shops. I hope Dairy Queen will be next.”Alan, who just wrapped the final season of The Good Wife, also stars in a new Not a Dairy Queen vegan outreach campaign for PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.” The campaign image is being featured at gay-pride events across the country this summer.last_img read more

Finalists Announced For Inaugural Sharapova Womens Entrepreneur Program

first_imgToday, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announces the seven finalists that will participate in the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program, in partnership with five-time Grand Slam tennis champion and successful entrepreneur, Maria Sharapova.Over the course of 12 months, this program will provide these seven finalists a free virtual educational and mentoring experience to significantly grow both their leadership and business success.“Congratulations to all the Spectacular Seven in NAWBO’s inaugural partnership with Maria Sharapova through the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program,” said Loreen Gilbert, NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development Board Chair. “The NAWBO Institute is constantly working to provide opportunities for women business owners to gain skills to grow and develop their business, and we are excited to see how our members will capitalize on such invaluable programming and mentorship over the next 12 months.”The seven finalists represent a wide array of business industries, geographical locations, and states of business development. The winners include:Reema Dutt, LuminouStudios, NAWBO Los Angeles Chapter,Camille Eddera, Birthstone Scents, NAWBO Los Angeles Chapter,Deanna Montrose, Paraffin International, Inc, NAWBO Phoenix Chapter,Kelly Parthen, Bean Sprouts, NAWBO Orange County Chapter,Lindsay Wilson, Ink Factory, NAWBO Chicago Chapter,Denise Doczy Delong, Singleton Construction, NAWBO Columbus Chapter, andKimmi Wernli, Crazy Richards Peanut Butter Company, NAWBO Columbus Chapter.“Providing tools and resources in order to help women business owners scale their business will be my focus for the NAWBO Institute,” said Gilbert. “Specifically, moving the needle for women serving on corporate boards and international microlending programs are a focus for the NAWBO Institute.”Maria Sharapova, commented, “As I carefully went through the piles and piles of applications for the Women’s Entrepreneur Program, I was blown away by the talent and experiences of these emerging business leaders. I am excited to get to know the seven businesswomen selected, and can’t wait to watch them flourish and grow as they begin the 12-month mentorship program with me, my team and the team at the NAWBO Institute.”“Like most entrepreneurs, I made a few mistakes starting and growing my business. that could have been avoided if I had found the right someone to guide me,” said Gilbert. “I want to lead and harness this collective brilliance of women entrepreneurs through the Institute to help women at every aspect of their business – scaling their business, providing business education, increasing their presence on corporate and non-profit boards and giving back. I believe all of us are smarter than any one of us.”last_img read more

Moldova UN agencies maintain emergency assistance in wake of drought

Enough seed corn is being distributed so that more than 30,000 farming households can start their spring season planting in the coming months, while some 9,000 tons of livestock fodder has already been delivered to over 20,000 households, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a press release issued today.Kaarina Immonen, the UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, told reporters that the provision of livestock fodder and corn is only the latest phase of a multi-step programme to help Moldovans get back on their feet after the drought. So far, more than 135,000 people have received assistance.The relief and recovery programmes are being organized by UNDP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Programme (WFP), who responded to an appeal for help by the Moldovan Government last July.Rainfall was so sparse last year that some regions of the small Eastern European nation experienced no rain for four consecutive months, and the overall totals for the year were 50 to 75 per cent below average.The drought – considered the worst since 1946 – hit Moldova particularly hard because its economy is so dependent on agriculture, which provides a livelihood for two-thirds of the population of roughly 4.5 million. About 84 per cent of arable land was affected.Ms. Immonen said a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated that the agricultural sector lost 100,000 jobs, while inflation caused the price of many basic goods and services – including gas and petrol – to soar. 27 February 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies are continuing to provide emergency assistance to families in Europe’s poorest country, Moldova, which last year experienced its worst drought in six decades. read more

TD raises dividend but profit rise misses expectations

Toronto-Dominion Bank increased its dividend as it reported a 2.4 per cent uptick in first-quarter profits to $2.41 billion, falling short of street expectations.The lender’s earnings from its U.S. retail operations were strong, up 30 per cent from a year earlier, but net income from its Canadian retail operations slipped and wholesale banking reported a net loss of $17 million.The quarter also included a $607-million charge related to the long-term loyalty agreement with Air Canada, which had an impact of 24 cents per share, the bank said.“TD’s retail segments in both Canada and the U.S. had a strong start to the year, with continued revenue growth and solid earnings,” chief executive Bharat Masrani said in a statement.“However, market volatility and lower client activity impacted our wholesale segment in the quarter.”The bank’s net income for its first quarter amounted to $1.27 per diluted share, up from $1.24 for the quarter ended Jan. 31 last year.The result came as TD increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by seven cents to 74 cents per share. On an adjusted basis, TD earned $2.95 billion, relatively flat compared with the same period a year earlier. That amounted to $1.57 in adjusted earnings per diluted share, up from $1.56 a year earlier, but below the $1.72 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon. CIBC hikes dividend as declining profit misses expectations Big miss for Laurentian Bank as profit drops 32% in volatile markets, 10% of workforce to go Banking abroad boosts BMO, Scotiabank as domestic market slips Canadian retail net income totalled $1.38 billion, down 22 per cent from the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted net income, to exclude the Air Canada charge and a $31-million charge associated with its acquisition of Saskatchewan-based Greystone Managed Investments, was $1.86 billion, up six per cent from a year earlier.It’s U.S. retail division, however, was a bright spot with net income of $1.24 billion, up 30 per cent from the first quarter in 2018. TD Ameritrade contributed $311 million, up from $106 million a year earlier. TD’s retail banking division, excluding TD Ameritrade, earned $929 million, up 10 per cent on loan and deposit volume growth, and higher margins, the bank said.Wholesale banking, however, reported a net loss for the quarter of $17 million, compared with earnings of $278 million in the first quarter last year “reflecting lower trading-related revenue and origination activity, and higher expenses.” Revenue was down 35 per cent from the same period last year, “impacted by challenging market conditions and reduced client activity.”TD is the latest Canadian lender to report weaker market-related earnings, in the wake of market volatility late last year amid political uncertainty, including trade tensions between the U.S. and China.Provisions for credit losses, or money set aside for loans that could go bad, totalled $850 million, up $157 million from the same quarter in 2018.The bank’s common equity tier one ratio, a key measure of its financial health, was 12 per cent, up from 10.6 a year ago but flat from the previous quarter.TD’s loss in capital markets drove this quarter’s miss, said Gabriel Dechaine, an analyst with National Bank of Canada Financial Markets.“Canadian P&C performed relatively well, while U.S. P&C was weighed down by single-name utilities loss,” he said in a note to clients. read more

TSX advances amid strong growth reading high hopes for US holiday shopping

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX advances amid strong growth reading, high hopes for US holiday shopping by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2013 6:14 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended higher Friday amid a stronger than expected showing for third-quarter economic growth in Canada, while indications pointed to a successful start to the U.S. holiday shopping season.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 24.57 points to 13,395.40.The Canadian dollar weakened despite higher commodity prices and a report from Statistics Canada that gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 2.7 per cent in the third quarter. That was better than the 2.5 per cent pace that economists had expected.GDP growth in September was ahead 0.3 per cent from the previous month versus the 0.2 per cent rise that had been expected.At the same time, the agency revised second-quarter growth downward to 1.6 per cent from 1.7 per cent.The loonie lost 0.3 of a cent to 94.16 cents US as the greenback gained ground against other currencies.U.S. indexes largely ran out of steam as New York markets operated on a shortened post-Thanksgiving session, which ended at 1 p.m. ET.The Dow Jones industrials closed down 10.92 points to 16,086.41, the Nasdaq ran ahead 15.14 points to 4,059.89, and the S&P 500 index was 1.42 points lower at 1,805.81.Black Friday has been traditionally the start to the busy shopping season, sandwiched between U.S. Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was named Black Friday because that is when retailers are said to begin moving out of the red and into the black, or becoming profitable.In the past few years, however, U.S. retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night and Canadian retailers have begun to promote Black Friday sales in this country.“Everybody likes a good deal, right?”, said John Tsagarelis, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management, adding that retailers are operating at a disadvantage this year.“This Christmas, just because of where U.S. Thanksgiving falls at the end of the month, there are six less days during the Christmas shopping season. So a lot of retailers are expecting sales that, even with the six less days, are flat, but that I suspect is optimistic.”Sales’ figures for this year’s U.S. Thanksgiving and Black Friday will trickle out in the next couple days, but some big chains were already proclaiming Friday morning that the start to the holiday shopping season had been successful.The much-battered gold sector led advancers on the TSX as the February bullion contract, which was the most active, rose $12.50 to US$1,250.40 a barrel. Argonaut Gold (TSX:AR) improved by 24 cents to C$5.61 while Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) rose 13 cents to $3.18.The industrials sector was ahead 0.6 per cent with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) ahead $1.01 to $119.51.The energy sector rose 0.4 per cent as oil prices moved higher after losing ground the previous four sessions because of concerns of rising supplies in the United States. Data released Wednesday showed inventories up last week for a 10th week in a row.Oil has declined from about US$110 in September partially due to reduced tensions in the oil-rich Middle East, but mostly attributed to muted demand and high supplies.On Friday, the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange climbed 42 cents to settle at US$92.72 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 16 cents to C$34.58.Base metals slipped 0.6 per cent while March copper gained 1.5 cents to US$3.21 a pound.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Nova Scotia’s energy regulator has approved a revised agreement from energy company Emera (TSX:EMA) to proceed with the $1.5-billion Maritime Link project, which would ship hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador to Nova Scotia. Emera shares were down 14 cents to $29.31.In other corporate developments, Saputo’s bid to buy Australia’s oldest dairy processor hit a snag Friday when a regulator ordered the Canadian cheese giant to take a two-month break in adding to its shares in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.The Australian Takeovers Panel responded to an application from Murray Goulburn Co-operative by placing an interim order on the company (TSX:SAP), which has accumulated nearly 10 per cent of Warrnambool shares, according to information released in Australia. Saputo gained seven cents to $48.63. read more

SNCLavalin expects stronger profits ahead despite soft end to last year

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin is projecting higher profits from most of its operations and new contract wins this year despite a soft end to 2016.The Montreal-based company anticipates that performances from all segments, aside from mining, will drive a 13 to 32 per cent improvement in adjusted earnings from its core engineering and construction operations.Still, the $1.70 to $2 per share earnings guidance for the year missed analyst forecasts of $2.28 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) said it expects to benefit from higher infrastructure spending in North America, global nuclear opportunities and higher oil and gas activities in the Middle East and the U.S. However, it forecasts earnings from mining and metallurgy will remain flat because of softer commodity prices.Its investment in Highway 407, a toll highway near Toronto, is also expected to generate higher returns, the company said.“We expect 2017 to be another good year for SNC-Lavalin,” CEO Neil Bruce said during a conference call.He said the company is focused on infrastructure opportunities particularly in Canada and expects to at least double the number of winning bids, mainly outside Canada, by the end of the first quarter in its small mining segment.“Our diversified business model, solid balance sheet and diversified revenue backlog give us confidence that we can meet our growth ambitions,” Bruce told analysts.The company also said it expects to move forward this year with efforts to unlock value from its North American concessions by transferring assets excluding Highway 407 to a fund and selling portion of it to private investors.While reporting its fourth-quarter earnings, SNC-Lavalin also provided a brief update on the status of its corruption and fraud case, saying a preliminary inquiry scheduled to begin in September 2018 may be expedited to late 2017. SNC-Lavalin, its construction division and its international subsidiary have pleaded not guilty to one count each of fraud and corruption.The RCMP alleges SNC-Lavalin paid nearly $47.7 million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions. The Mounties also accuse the company of allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of about $129.8 million.SNC-Lavalin said it has recovered $15.2 million as of year-end from former vice-president Riadh Ben Aissa, who pleaded guilty in 2014 in Switzerland to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Aissa was ordered to repay the company $17.2 million plus interest. He also faces fraud charges in Canada in relation to a large Montreal hospital contract.In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings, the company said it made $1.6 million in net income, or one cent per share, down from $49.2 million or 33 cents per share in the previous year. It attributed the decline to a loss at its core engineering and construction business, partially offset by higher earnings from capital investments including Highway 407.Revenue fell nearly 17 per cent to $2.21 billion.SNC-Lavalin said its adjusted earnings during the quarter was 77 cents per share, including 49 cents from its core engineering and construction business, two cents above analyst forecasts.It also announced that its quarterly dividend will rise by five per cent to 27.3 cents per share, payable March 30.For the full year, its net income fell 37 per cent to $255.5 million as revenues declined 11 per cent to $8.5 billion. Adjusted profits grew to $387.1 million or $2.58 per share, with $1.51 per share coming from its core engineering and consulting operations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, SNC-Lavalin shares closed up 15 cents to $54.76 in Thursday trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. SNC-Lavalin expects stronger profits ahead despite soft end to last year by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2017 6:04 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

CIBC divorce from PC Financial shines light on bruised loyalty card industry

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CIBC divorce from PC Financial shines light on bruised loyalty card industry MONTREAL – Another divorce in Canada’s loyalty card sector has consumers stuck in the middle asking questions about the future of an industry still bruised by the actions of some of its largest providers.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce announced this week it is severing ties with Loblaw’s (TSX:L) President’s Choice Financial and rolling PC’s two million bank accounts into its Simplii Financial brand starting Nov. 1.It is the latest split between loyalty programs and the country’s banks, which are increasingly moving towards digital banking, following prior breakups between Shopper’s Drug Mart and Royal Bank of Canada and Costco and American Express. TD took over from CIBC as the primary card for Aeroplan, while Air Canada recently said it plans to move away from Aeroplan to start its own loyalty program after 2020.Technology and the structure of loyalty programs have dramatically changed since CIBC and Loblaws partnered almost two decades ago, said Jacques Nantel, marketing professor emeritus at the University of Montreal’s HEC business school.The industry has been going through an upheaval, he said, because of the high cost to retailers of operating a rewards program.“The payback is not what it used to be.”CIBC’s experience running the PC Financial online banking operation will allow it to compete with rivals such as Tangerine, while Loblaws will focus on its credit card and PC Plus loyalty program, said Patrick Sojka, a travel rewards expert and founder of RewardsCanada.ca.“Even though banks are still making tons of money they are trimming the products that aren’t adding enough to the bottom line,” he said.Some industry observers believe the breakup clears the deck for Loblaws, which purchased Shoppers in 2014, to merge or overhaul the PC Plus and Optimum programs, recognized in surveys as among the most favoured by Canadians.“What it tells me is get ready for a Loblaws-Optimum merger,” said Ken Wong, marketing professor at Queen’s School of Business.He said the emergence of data analytics even in the last two years has prompted companies to seek to control their data.Retailers mine card use data to target members with personalized deals designed to lure them to return and spend more.Meanwhile, consumers increasingly want programs that allow them to collect and redeem points quicker. That has favoured programs, including those offered by credit cards, that provide cash rewards on purchases instead of points that need to be saved for big redemptions.Canadians carry on average 12.2 loalty cards, up 25 per cent in the last four years, according to marketing agency Bond Brand Loyalty. However, they only actively use about seven of them.Satisfaction is highest for co-branded debit cards like PC Financial, coffee cards, credit cards and programs run at drugstore, grocery and gas retailers, according to the Bond Report. It is lowest at coalition programs like Air Miles.The ire of members has been stoked after several cards unilaterally made changes. Air Miles owner LoyaltyOne Co. abandoned a plan after customer outrage last December to void unused Air Miles after five years.In 2013, Aeroplan found itself in the midst of an uproar for attempting to invalidate miles that weren’t used over a seven-year period.Shopper’s Drug Mart this week settled a long-standing class action with a Quebec consumers’ rights group, which filed claim in 2010 after Pharmaprix changed the Optimum points program.But while consumers have witnessed musical chairs by banks and retailers, they seem to be taking it in stride, said Scott Robinson, vice-president design and strategy at Bond Brand Loyalty.“What we know is that Canadians have an insatiable appetite for loyalty.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said that TD took over as the primary card for Aeroplan from RBC. In fact, TD took over from CIBC. Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Another divorce in Canada’s loyalty card sector has consumers stuck in the middle asking questions about the future of an industry still bruised by the actions of some of its largest providers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

Belfast cathedral recovers stolen 500yearold silver plate

first_imgA SIXTEENTH CENTURY plate that was stolen from an office in a Belfast cathedral last month has been recovered.The plate was among a collection of silverware stolen from St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast in October. The original plate, as well as a copy made in 1894 and a silver chalice, were taken from a back office, police said.The Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend John Mann said that the items have since been recovered and that further details would be available in the coming days.“”Needless to say that I am delighted and relieved to hear that the stolen cathedral silver plate has been found, and that St Anne’s will have it back soon. These communion vessels are important to us, not for their monetary worth, which is comparatively small, but for their historic and sacramental connection with the cathedral worshipping community, and to the old St Anne’s church which stood on the site before the cathedral was built.“I would like to thank all who have been responsible for the recovery of these vessels, which we will have back in use, with much joy, as soon as possible.”Read: New graveyard rules ban food, drink and ‘inappropriate’ headstonesRead: Willy-shaped church ‘doesn’t look much like a willy’, insists architectlast_img read more

Child care in crisis

first_imgRevelations that a catalogue of sexual abuse has been occurring in Victoria’s child protection system led to accusations this week that the Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge, had “her head in the sand” over the issue.Victorian Shadow Minister Jenny Mikakos turned up the heat on her counterpart, saying that the minister was in denial over the state’s child care system being broken.Last week, after accessing leaked internal documents from the Department of Human Services, the ABC reported that hundreds of alleged rapes, sexual assaults and instances of sexual exploitation were reported across Victoria’s out-of-home care network over a 12-month period up to March 2014.During the period in question, 98 alleged rapes were reported by children in the out-of-home care network, along with 96 indecent assaults, and 73 instances of sexual exploitation: providing sex in return for items such as cigarettes, alcohol and money.Ms Mikakos told Neos Kosmos she was “shocked and appalled” by the revelations.“These figures are absolutely staggering,” said Labor’s combative front bencher. “The revelations of sexual abuse in Victoria’s child protection system just keep getting worse.”As Shadow Minister for Community Services and Children, Ms Mikakos said the incidents were symptomatic of a “systemic problem” and the figures identified to date could be just the tip of an iceberg. “There may be many more cases out there,” she said.“Every single case is one too many, but the sheer scale of the abuse of children, happening in a system designed to protect them, is just scandalous.”Defending the government’s record, Minister Wooldridge told the ABC that any sexual assault of a child in care was unacceptable but said she did not believe the incidents were the result of a ‘systemic’ problem.“What is systemic is that the children in out-of-home care are particularly vulnerable … I don’t believe that sexual assault is inevitable in the out-of-home care system,” she said, adding that organised groups of predators had targeted victims in the system.“When that happens we have set up a police task force …there have been charges laid, intervention orders, [and] disruption activities are under way.”In a statement provided to Neos Kosmos this week, a spokesperson for the state government said it had begun “implementing wholesale reform for out-of-home care which will result in all residential care placements being delivered under a therapeutic model … with more staff and better access to professionals…”The reform program relates to the government’s 5-year Out of Home Care plan which is supported by a funding package of $128 million “to strengthen and improve the out-of-home care system …with a view to all residential care placements being therapeutic by the end of 2019”.The statement adds that the government has invested more than $900 million in vulnerable children and families over the last four budgets, including $12 million in the 2014-15 budget towards Child FIRST and family support services, which provide early intervention for families with the aim of “diverting children away from child protection services”. Jenny Mikakos says the government’s plan will do little to alleviate the immediate crisis in the out-of-home care system.“The minister gets a report on her desk every time one of these incidents occurs, and the number of cases of abuse are piling up.“Her plan does not address the inadequate staff levels nor the poor training of staff looking after our most vulnerable children. While the minister has contracted out the care of these children, she is still responsible for their welfare”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Awesome Games With Terrible Storylines

first_img We love video games here at Geek.com. We think they’re a great, valid modern art form. But one thing that makes video games more… unique compared to other mediums is the relative importance (or lack thereof) of narrative when it comes to the quality of the overall work. To put it bluntly, you can make a great video game with an awful story or no story at all. Kind of tough to pull that off with a movie or book.Don’t get us wrong. There are games with great stories, especially these days as designers tend to put more effort into them. Gone Home tells a touching queer relationship drama. Mafia III turns 1960s southern racism into a pervasive gameplay mechanic. And The Stanley Parable has players make choices to comment on the futility of choice in games.But if series like Super Mario can be (rightfully) hailed as masterpieces even as plot after plot revolves around a turtle stealing a woman, great narratives remain optional for great games. Here are some examples of awesome games with terrible storylines.Resident Evil 5As a game Resident Evil 5 doesn’t reach the landmark heights of its predecessor, the survival-horror third-person shooter masterpiece Resident Evil 4, but it is pretty good. However, the decision the set the game in Africa while making the main character a jacked white dude leads to perhaps the most racist AAA game we’ve seen so far, even if all you’re technically doing is fighting zombies. It’s a shame because with the right touch this could’ve been a real powerful premise, The Constant Gardener with zombies. At least “you were almost a Jill sandwich” has some ironic charm.Far Cry 5Far Cry 5’s expansive open-world and free-form shooter combat makes it arguably the most fun game in the series. But this is a game released in 2018, set in rural Montana, that has players fighting a religious death cult that actively avoids having any kind of political message, or message of any kind really. It’s empty and cowardly.God of War 3The first God of War (and the 2018 reboot) did an okay job being a bro gamer take on a Greek tragedy structure, what with Kratos’s ultimate failure to purge himself of his family slaughtering nightmares even after killing Ares. But God of War 3 ends with Kratos unleashing a plague on Greece before using the power of hope inside Pandora’s box to beat Zeus to death with his bare hands in first person. Classic God of War spectacle sure does look and play nice in HD though!Kingdom HeartsI feel bad for kids who fall for Kingdom Hearts. They think they’re getting a lighthearted adventure where Mickey Mouse hangs out with some anime folks like Cloud and Sephiroth. And the action RPG combat inside colorful Disney worlds backs that up. But what truly they’re signing up for is a nigh-incomprehensible juggernaut of nonsense fiction involving keyblade wars, multiple doppelgangers, extraneous fractions, and worst of all, lengthy stretches with no Mickey Mouse whatsoever.Super Paper MarioFor some reason there are legions of people who think Nintendo needs to maintain not just one but two entire Mario JRPG spin-off series. On the gameplay side, Super Paper Mario took things in a better direction by swapping turn-based combat with classic Mario platforming and an added dimension-shifting mechanic. But it’s weighed down by this interminable story about weddings and evil books and endless amounts of text that’s just impossible to care about in a boppy Mario game.Street Fighter VFighting games certainly have tons of great lore to tie their dozens of colorful characters together. But weaving that all into a cohesive story is easier said than done. At its core Street Fighter V feels as fantastic to play as you’d expect for the fighting game standard-bearer. But its attempt to ape NetherRealm’s new standard for fighting game stories is just embarrassing. It’s about evil moons and somehow setting the stage for Street Fighter III, completing the timeline Fast and Furious-style.Far Cry 3Before Far Cry 5 failed to say anything about American politics, Far Cry 3 failed to say anything about global politics. Folks love how this game took Far Cry 2’s open-world shooter philosophy and removed the more hardcore, restrictive mechanics only weirdos (correctly) got into. But it’s wrapped up in a story about dude bros crashing on an island flaunting their privilege so hard they literally have sex with crazy murderous native women (in first-person) to become the culture’s champion or something.NBA 2K16The NBA 2K series is the only name in town when it comes to basketball games. Secure in that knowledge, we appreciate how it tried to broaden its scope with a cinematic story mode in 2K16. Even more shocking, they hired Spike Lee, a true auteur filmmaker behind masterpiece films on race in America like Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X. Unfortunately, the tale of Frequency Vibrations’ rise through the NBA isn’t Lee’s finest outing. The Devil Michael Jordan opening rules though.Dead IslandDead Island is like Oblivion with zombies, with the bugs and open ambition that implies. In a vacuum, its story about a paradise resort beset by the undead is also totally fine. What isn’t fine is the gimmicky trailer that first tried to spin this as some somber, soulful, harrowing, heartbreaking tale about family suffering in a zombie apocalypse. In reality, the game is definitely more Dead Rising than The Last of Us.StarCraft II: Heart of the SwarmAs a whole, the StarCraft II story is big, operatic, goofy, pulpy fun that does a good job wrapping up all the insane lore the series built up in-between being an eSport. But the middle chapter, unlike in most trilogies, is the weak link. It sucks how part one is all about making Kerrigan human only for this game to undo all that. The game itself seems to know how pointless the human political squabbling is compared to the larger cosmic threat. And in general trying to spin Kerrigan as some kind of anti-hero feels like a lame retcon that’s in response to her Darth Vader-esque popularity. The StarCraft real-time strategy gameplay, of course, remains perfect.Blaster MasterPlenty of classic games have fever dream plots written on the fly by whoever was putting together the manual in that particular country. It’s the perfect fit for abstract visuals and contextless gameplay challenges. Blaster Master is a fantastic early example of the Metroidvania subgenre that’s split between action-packed tank shooter levels and exploratory on-foot levels. And it’s all about rescuing your pet frog Fred, which is awful or awesome depending on your point of view.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

WWDC iPadOS leak reveals Apple plan to rename iOS for iPad

first_img See It See also The company made the news official during its annual WWDC keynote address. Apple previously called its mobile operating iPhone OS before shortening the name to iOS with the launch of iOS 4 in 2010. Apple also detailed its latest version of iOS, called iOS 13, Monday.  Read more: Current-generation iPad 9.7 drops to $240WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Amazon Comment iOS 13 iOS 12 iPadOS Rumors Apple Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC See It reading • WWDC: iPadOS leak reveals Apple plan to rename iOS for iPad 8:07 The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren’t soaring like they used to. People are holding onto their devices for longer, which makes it important to give them services that get them paying monthly. Apple has made augmented reality, mobile payments, streaming music and other areas key focuses over the past couple of years.Read more: 6 new uses for your old iPadThe company last week said it has 20 million developers in its Apple Developer Program, and they’ve made more than $120 billion from selling digital goods and services in their App Store apps. Apple also touted the creation of over 1.5 million jobs in the US and over 1.57 million across Europe. $329 WWDC 2019 Apple Event 1 Now playing: Watch this: Holy crap it’s true and on the dev downloads portal pic.twitter.com/gqPpTDmlOr— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) June 3, 2019 Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Tablets CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $249 See All Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them nowcenter_img 46 Photos See it Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Tags Best Buy Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? $249 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Apple • Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now iOS on the iPad may soon be called iPadOS Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Apple’s iOS is getting a spinoff. A new leak spotted right before the company’s WWDC developer conference revealed the new name for the iPad focused version of iOS: iPadOS. Spotted by a number of notable Apple followers, including developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the company appears to have revealed the new name on its developer portal.  $249 Apple iPad See It Share your voice WWDC 2019 WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see WWDC liveblog.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story.Update June 3, 2019, 11:15 a.m. PT: Adds details on official iPadOS naming.   Apple TV app 2019: Everything you need to knowlast_img read more