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EU Council Renewing of EUMorocco Fisheries Deal Essential for Western Sahara

Rabat – The European Council has decided that the scope of the fisheries deal between Morocco-EU “should be defined so as to include the waters adjacent to the territory of Western Sahara” in southern Morocco.On November 27, the Brussels-based council shared a document to announce its decision on the fisheries deal.  The council also recalled that it had authorized the EU Commission to start “negotiations with the Kingdom of Morocco with a view to amending the Agreement agreeing on a new Implementation protocol.”The decision of the EU and its council brushed aside Polisario’s repeated claims that Morocco exploits the natural resources of Western Sahara. In July, the EU and Morocco agreed to renew their fisheries agreement, which expired on June 14. Read Also: Spain Calls for Speeding up EU-Morocco Fisheries AgreementThe council said that the agreement aims to enable the two partners “to work together more closely on promoting a sustainable fisheries policy.” It also seeks to promote the fisheries sector and a blue economy.The council added that the fisheries deal should benefit the people concerned, “owing to the positive-economic impacts on those people, particularly in terms of employment and investment.”The council also decided that the agreement has a positive impact on the development of the fisheries sector and fish processing sector because the fishing activities are in line with the “best scientific advice and recommendations.”The council also said that “extensive consultations” took place in Western Sahara and in Morocco with the attendance of socio-economic and political actors who were “clearly in favor of concluding the Fisheries Agreement.”The council also reaffirmed its support for the UN-led political process in the face of claims by the Polisario that the EU is siding with Morocco’s position.The agreement added that “it should be possible for Union fleets to continue the fishing activities they had pursued since the entry into force of the Agreement.”It also stressed that the renewal of the agreement is “essential in order for that territory to continue to benefit from the sectoral support provided under the Agreement.”Morocco and the EU are also set to renew their agriculture agreement. On November 21, the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) adopted the Morocco-EU agriculture deal. For Morocco, the vote reflects the positive position of political groups that represent the commission and the EU Parliament. read more

Two Canadians to meet in Rogers semis

Its been quite a Rogers Cup so far, from major upsets like Ferrer and Murray going down to controversy like Milos taking a 12 minute injury time-out, when you’re really only supposed to have 3 minutes. Its been fun to say the least.Speaking of Milos Raonic, history was made Thursday when two Canadians advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1989.Milos and Pospisil in action Friday looking to make more history.The last time a Canadian was in the semi final was 1969. Earlier in the day on centre court, Vasek Pospisil taking on Nikolay Davydenko. Good start for the Canadian, opening game Pospisil with backhand winner holding serve at love, he’s up 1-0. Pospisil would then get an early break winning a second straight game breaking the Russian who sends it wide. 3rd game off the rally and Davydenko seems to be struggling; he can’t get to the Pospisil winner. After going down 3-0, Nikolay calls for the trainer who checks him out. Davydenko then decides he can’t go anymore and retires from the match after 19 just mins. Pospisil advances to the semis.Then, it was Milos. Taking on Ernest Gulbis…pick it up….5-4Raonic’s serve too much for gulbis. 5-5They’d need a tie breaker. But no problem for Milos. Up 4-1 and Milos too much as Gulbis misses the forehand and he takes it out on his racket. Not the racket’s fault!Couple of points later, its 6-3 Ace. Milos takes the first set 7-5.Mom and dad. loving it.Unfortunately, 2nd set. 1st game. Gulbis able to break Milos.Gulbis takes the 2nd set 6-4. Match tied at 1.3rd set and it’s 2-1 Milos with a break point chance.Gulbis gives it to Milos with the double fault. Milos up 3-1.However, very next game, Gulbis up love-40 & following a good rally, Milos’ shot goes wide. Gulbis breaks him. 3-2.Pick it up, Milos with the advantage, going for the break and the match. Gulbis’ shot is in the net. Milos wins! Milos wins!And yes, it will be Milos Raonic versus Vasek Pospisil in the semi-final on Saturday.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Feds states investigate possible antitrust violations among big movie theatre chains

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Justice Department and several states are investigating alleged antitrust violations by the country’s biggest movie theatre chains, according to securities filings and the Ohio attorney general.AMC and Cinemark both acknowledged investigative demands by the government in recent SEC quarterly filings.Last month, AMC also acknowledged similar requests from Ohio, Florida, Kansas, New York, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia.The government wants documents related to potentially anticompetitive conduct, “including film clearances and participation in certain joint ventures,” AMC said in a Nov. 4 SEC filing. The company said it may receive similar requests from other jurisdictions.“The Company does not believe it has violated federal or state antitrust laws and is co-operating with the relevant governmental authorities,” AMC said in the SEC filing.The Justice Department declined to comment.Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Thursday his office was the first among 10 jurisdictions examining whether AMC, Cinemark and Regal have taken action to keep competitors and new theatres out of the market.At issue is so-called exclusionary conduct by AMC, Cinemark and Regal that would limit consumers’ choices and stifle innovation, DeWine said. The investigation is looking at whether the chains have tried to thwart independent movie theatres and non-profit film centres, among others, said DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney.“All businesses should have a fair chance to compete,” DeWine said. “We’re investigating the movie theatre chains because of concerns that smaller, independent businesses have been unfairly pushed out of the market.”Messages seeking comment were left with Leawood, Kansas-based AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.; Plano, Texas-based Cinemark Holdings Inc.; and Knoxville, Tennessee-based Regal Entertainment Group.___Associated Press Writer Mark Gillispie in Cleveland contributed to this report. Feds, states investigate possible antitrust violations among big movie theatre chains by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2015 11:21 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

One month into Mosul battle UN and partners profoundly concerned for civilian

Expressing their “profound concern” in a joint statement, UN relief agencies and their partners underscored that these latest developments further exacerbate a humanitarian crisis in a country where 10 million people already were in need of aid. In newly retaken areas, schools, hospitals, and infrastructure – such as water and power plants – are damaged and medical services are often unavailable.Families are going hungry as a result of loss of livelihoods, disruptions in food production and supply, and higher market prices. Water supplies and agricultural equipment have also been damaged, leading people to drink untreated well water. Children are not vaccinated, nor do they have access to formal education. Many require psychosocial support.Furthermore, the agencies emphasized that the armed groups controlling Mosul have created both immediate and long term risks for people and the environment thanks to scorched earth tactics and improvised mines.“Wherever we can, humanitarian partners are helping displaced people and vulnerable families in newly retaken communities,” announced Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, who spoke on behalf of the humanitarian community.“We are working as quickly as we can and in close coordination with Iraqi authorities to help some of the most at-risk people in the world,” she added.At the onset of the offensive by Iraqi government forces against ISIL in the city of Mosul, on 17 October 2016, United Nations agencies stepped up their response, marshalling efforts to provide assistance to displaced civilians caught up in the fighting that ensued. One month on, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to more than 100,000 people affected by the conflict, with ready-to-eat food and monthly food rations.Almost 59,000 people have been displaced over the past month, 26,000 of which are children. More than 40,000 are living in formal camps throughout three governorates prepared and managed by the UN, Iraqi Government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). More than half of those who have been displaced are women and girls who are survivors of sexual assault and other human rights abuses. Many households are female-headed.More than 100 humanitarian partners, as well as the United Nations and the Government of Iraq, are assisting those affected by the military operations. Experts are worried, however, that given the imminent operations to reach more densely-populated portions of the city, many families will be unable to reach safety and assistance.According to the joint statement, a worst case scenario would leave one million people at extreme risk for cross-fire, snipers, and contamination from improvised explosive devices. There is also a risk that civilians will continue to be used as human shields. A five year-old boy collects a baby kit from the first UN interagency aid convoy in Mosul. The convoy brought water purification tablets, food, soap, toothpaste, diapers for babies, hygiene products for women and high-energy biscuits for children. Photo: UNICEF/Chris Niles The agencies said that 13,000 displaced people are living with host communities or in public facilities. In addition, 69,000 have been given assistance within 48 hours of their displacement, including more than 114,000 who have received food rations, more than 14,300 recipients of emergency health services, more than 66,000 who were provided with emergency household items, and some 124,000 now have access to water, hygiene, and sanitation services. More than 6,700 women and girls have received reproductive consultations, including life-saving assisted deliveries. 1,400 sessions have been held to support survivors of gender-based violence. Meanwhile, stakeholders are expanding shelter capacities and building new sites.Donor support to the UN and NGOs has been critical, but more is urgently needed. Winter is approaching and families who fled their homes have virtually nothing to guard against the cold. “The humanitarian community calls upon all parties in the conflict to take every possible measure to protect the rights and lives of civilians as part of their obligations under international humanitarian law,” the statement concluded. read more

Duchess of Sussex announces first solo project a cookbook in support of

The Duchess of Sussex has announced her first solo project as a member of the Royal family: a charity cookbook to help the community affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.The Duchess, who has made a succession of “quiet visits” to the Hubb Community Kitchen since January, has contributed a lengthy personal foreword to the book, praising the benefits of women cooking together and disclosing her own fond memories of family meals.Created with more than 50 recipes from women affected by the Grenfell fire, the book is aimed at raising £250,000 to keep the kitchen open full time, as well as encouraging others to find solace in “the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food”.The book will be launched by the Duchess at Kensington Palace on Thursday, where guests including her husband will gather to eat food from the women of Hubb, which means “love” in Arabic.It is the first solo project for the Duchess after her May wedding, and the result of months of behind-the-scenes work. Hearing that it could only stretch to two days, due to limitations on  funding, the Duchess suggested a cookbook as a way to raise enough money to allow the community’s women to gather there every day “to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together”.The communal kitchen, founded in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, allows women without their own cooking facilities to prepare fresh food for their families, friends and neighbours.”Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to,” the Duchess said, in a foreword.”Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.” Speaking of her favourite meal of collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread, she described “a meal I would look forward to throughout my childhood: the smell of yellow onions simmering amongst a slow-cooked pot of greens from my grandma’s back garden… a tradition steeped in ancestral history where each component has a meaning: the black-eyed peas for prosperity, the greens for wealth, the cornbread for health and nourishment.” Credit:Jenny Zarins/PA Wire The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen  The Duchess of Sussex with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen  Since her engagement to Prince Harry, she has made private visits to see those affected by Grenfell, building on the public work of her in-laws.The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have both visited the site, with the former taking part in a DIY SOS project to rebuild the community, while the Queen herself visited survivors in the immediate aftermath of the fire. Disclosing that she had visited the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in January, seven months after watching the Grenfell disaster unfold on her television in Canada, the Duchess said she had found herself wrapped in an apron and under instructions to wash rice for lunch immediately after asking how she could help.Later, she asked coordinator Zahira Ghaswala how often the kitchen was open. Food on the table in the Hubb Community Kitchen The Duchess of Sussex cooking with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen Credit:Jenny Zarins/PA Wire I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project “Together” a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together. I could not be more excited about it and proud of you. It’s beautiful – diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy pic.twitter.com/RkB2O35qmG— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 17, 2018 Halima Al-huthaifi in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre In her previous life as an actress and lifestyle blogger, the Duchess – then Meghan Markle – regularly shared her favourite recipes and restaurant tips. Together –Our Community Cookbook, published by Ebury Press, 20th Sept, £9.99  It also marks a new phase for the Royal Foundation, which has added “women and girls” to its list of key campaigning areas along with the causes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. Halima Al-huthaifi in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage CentreCredit:Jenny Zarins Describing how it takes visitors 15 minutes to enter the Hubb kitchen “joyfully greeted by kisses by each of the incredible women there”, the Duchess said of her visits:  “You should undoubtedly arrive on an empty stomach because upon departure you will have been stuffed to the gills with samosas flecked with cinnamon, chapatis flavoured with carrots and onion, Russian Semolina cake and my very favourite avocado dip that I now make at home”.“The kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life; laughing chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers,” she added.The book, which is out on September 20, also sees the Duchess write of her own evocative food memories, praising “the power of a meal to take you to places you’ve never been, or transport you right back to where you came from”. Together –Our Community Cookbook, published by Ebury Press, 20th Sept, £9.99  She added: “During my time at university in Chicago I would wait with bated breath to return to LA for the winter break and have a bowl of my mother’s gumbo.”And while living in Toronto (seven years of being adopted by that beautiful place for work), I embraced poutine and several other Canadian culinary favourites, but the Southern California girl in me always craved fish tacos, and the memory of eating hometown fare infused with a strong Mexican influence”.She concluded:  “This cookbook is a celebration of life, community and the impact of coming together. Food on the table in the Hubb Community KitchenCredit:Jenny Zarins “The duchess came round to have a look at the service we were providing. She just got stuck in straight away. The next minute I realised there was an apron put on her, and she was washing rice! “It was just all natural – the joy, the happiness. The environment just makes everyone feel you want to join in. She was loving – the recipes, the flavours that were put together. She tasted some of our menus, and she asked me, ‘Let’s make a cookbook’.”She said the Duchess had visited several times since January and “got stuck in with helping, preparing, serving, making chapatis.”Photography for the recipe book, by Jenny Zarins, was done at a kitchen at Kensington Palace.The Royal Foundation is administering the transfer of funds from the sale of ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ to the Hubb Community Kitchen and related projects.The book has already reached number three in the Amazon bestseller chart, which is based on updated hourly sales.  “Our hope is that within these pages you will find new recipes and family favourites that you can enjoy in your own homes, because these recipes aren’t simply meals; they are stories of family, love, of survival and of connection.”From a Thanksgiving supper to a Shabbat dinner or a Sunday roast, the meals that bring us together are the meals that allow us to grow, to listen, to engage and to be present.”We invite you to do the same, together, in your home, communities and beyond.”Zahira Ghaswala, 38, the coordinator at the Hubb Community Kitchen, said the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre had opened its doors to those who no longer had a place to cook hot meals following the Grenfell Tower fire.  Show more Show more read more

Viktor Szilagyi about Qatar 2015 ticket We need a few days to

Austria wrote one of the best chapter of handball history by qualifing for World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Icelander on Austrian bench, Patrekur Johannesson was happy after tough battle with Norway 28:28 (first match 30:28):– I am so proud of what the boys have done here. It was a tough match, Norway has demanded everything from us, but what this team has done with fighting spirit, including support team is great.Experienced goalkeeper Nikola Marinovic, was one of the heroes, and that wasn’t the first time for him…– This is madness I’m proud of the guys and I hope that the team will be again the same at the World Championship.Legendary captain, Viktor Szilagyi will lead his team once again on the big stage…– If you look at that list of fantastic teams who couldn’t win the tickets for Qatar and you know that we are for the fourth time in five years there, then that is just incredible. I think we all need a few days to realize that.photo credit: Joachim Schuetz/Stregspiller.  Austria handballAustrian handballQatar 2015Viktor Szilagyi ← Previous Story SILENCE IN MAGDEBURG: Poland at WCh 2015! Next Story → EUROPEANS OFF TO QATAR 2015: Iceland and Hungary out – BIH first event in history! read more

Mens U20 EHF EURO 2014 Spain attacks France – Mini 14 finals

← Previous Story Beach Handball WCh 2014: Brazilians going for a double? Next Story → VIDEO: Beach Boys from Veszprem Four teams, members of TOP 8 at the Men’s EHF U20 EURO 2014 in Austria are already known. The four other teams will qualify for the semi-finals battles after the matches of Round 3 in Traun and Linz on Sunday. The most interesting match will be one between Spain and France. Spain lost against Norway and desperately need a victory over French team, who won two starters.Denmark has to confirm the first place in the group over Swiss team, while Germans VS Austrians and Sweden against Slovenia are mini “quarter-finals” if we know the fact that teams are already at TOP8 and that they are fighting for the points in the Main Round.Today´s schedule in HAKA Arena Traun:14:00: ESP vs. FRA16:00: SRB vs. EST18:00: MKD vs. NOR20:00: DEN vs. SUIToday´s schedule in TIPS Arena Linz:14:00: ISR vs. HUN16:00: SWE vs. SLO18:00: GER vs. AUT20:00: SVK vs. BLRAll matches streamed live on LAOLA1.tv. Men’s EHF EURO 2014 read more

What happens when your father the founder and managing director of the

first_img Mar 12th 2017, 8:15 AM 14 Comments Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Fora By Fora Staff Share Tweet Email2 20,868 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Wines Direct ‘What happens when your father, the founder and managing director of the company, dies?’ As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Westmeath-based firm Wines Direct. Image: Wines Direct AS HE WATCHED the business that he had spent years building burn before his eyes, Paddy Keogh could do nothing except pace backwards and forwards.It was near Halloween 2007 and some teenagers were messing around with fireworks near the Wines Direct warehouse in Mullingar, where the company stored tens of thousands of vintage bottles of wine.One of the bangers flew into the warehouse, and the whole thing quickly went up in flames.“I remember hearing the champagne pop,” says Paddy’s son Gareth. His brother, Gavin, pipes in: “It was about €2 million worth of wine.”The pair were in Dublin when they first heard about the fire and raced down the motorway in a panic.“I drove down at 120 kilometres per hour, only to realise that the car was in miles,” Gareth says. They had been wondering why the vehicle was shaking so much.“We got to Mullingar and we were cornered off back at the road,” says Gavin. “I saw our stock manager and my mother, and a couple of guys from the warehouse.“I turned round to the guys and I was like, ‘Where’s dad, where’s Paddy?’ I was a bit worried that he was inside. Our stock manager nods at the building and there was my old man, in front of the building, as it was on fire. He’s marching up and down, up and down.”Paddy, who had started the business in 1991 from his home, was an ex-army officer and an eminently practical man.“This is kind of the pinnacle of things that changes my overall outlook on life and how things are dealt with,” says Gavin. “He said, ‘Come on, we’ll go for a drink’, and so we went for a drink.“He said ’8.30 tomorrow morning the office crew is in my house, we have the dining room set up’. By seven the next morning trucks were rolling to new temporary premises. If that was a Tuesday, we didn’t send anything to a restaurant on a Wednesday. But we did on a Thursday.”Fortunately, the family had a decent chunk of its stock kept in bond in Dublin and found new premises for the wholesale wine business about a year later.Paddy KeoghBorn in Dublin in 1949, Paddy joined the army as a cadet in 1969, rising to the rank of commandant and serving in Lebanon. He began importing wine from France in the 80s after visiting the region.What started as a hobby soon grew and he started Wines Direct in 1991, initially working from the family home. Paddy KeoghGavin remembers watching TV and helping his father pack wine at age eight. “I’m watching Thundercats and packing two-bottle boxes. I was allowed watch TV as long as I packed two-bottle boxes in our living room,” he says.Paddy retired from the army in 1997 and began giving more attention to Wines Direct, building up the company to employ about two dozen people before the fire 10 years later.The company’s profits collapsed as it grappled with the twin effects of the fire and the recession, dropping from almost €371,000 in its 2008 financial year to less than €30,000 in 2009.Things began to improve when Wines Direct got the chance to open a small stand in Arnotts in Dublin, which the brothers say would eventually help to boost the profile of the company.However, Paddy would never see the stand in Arnotts. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Although the disease quickly took its toll, he remained ‘commander-general’ up until just a few months before his death at the age of 64.“At one point, the doctors came in to tell the old man he was on palliative care,” Gavin says.“He said: ‘OK, so when am I going to start chemo again?’ I said: ‘Well Paddy, it’s not going to happen.’ He said, ‘Can you do me a favour? Go out that fucking door and come back in with a better answer’.“That was his attitude. When we were growing up, and in Wines Direct, he always said, ‘Don’t give me a problem, give me a solution.’ I think it kind of stood to us when…”Gareth completes the thought: “When things started going south.” Gavin on Paddy’s shoulders in 1985Asked what how they ran the business after their father’s death, Gareth says: ”There was a very good support staff there so that when Paddy started stepping back, plan B went into operation. The system took over.”Face to faceOne of the most pressing tasks the company faced was to meet with all of its suppliers.Wines Direct imports wine from dozens of different producers in nine countries, with France being its main source. The firm says it finds independently produced wines from small vineyards rather than buying mass-produced drinks from large companies.Paddy had insisted on meeting all of his suppliers in person when he ran the business, so his family decided to do the same thing after he passed away.“We did it all face to face. This is how we do business,” Gavin says.“You can’t do it over the phone because they knew who Paddy was, but they didn’t know who I was,” Gareth says. “I was with a guy in Burgundy and he asked are you changing the way you’re sourcing your wine? We had to say, ‘No, and that’s why we’re here’.”Wines Direct sells about 350 different types of wines to hundreds of businesses across Ireland, most of which are high-end restaurants or bistro pubs. Many of its bestsellers cost between €20 and €35 per bottle.While the wholesale side of the business makes most of the money, the firm also has the Arnotts stand as well as a retail offering at its Mullingar headquarters.The company now has about 35 employees between its wholesale and retail businesses and is led by managing director Siobhan Keogh. Sons, Gavin, 34, and Gareth, 38, are company directors and handle much of the firm’s sales. Siobhan Keogh with Gareth (left) and Gavin Source: Eduardo GoncalvesThe pair talk a lot about ‘demystifying’ the winemaking process – something Gavin also refers to as “the war on bullshit” – by making the drink accessible to people who have no idea about different types of wine.“We’re not a suit company, we’re not a tie company,” says Gavin. “This year we sponsored the show The Restaurant, and when we sat down with the production company they said, ‘OK, we’re gonna get you to open a bottle of wine and swirling glasses.’ Nope.“These are the kinds of things that (make) people start to close up around wine. People forget that wine is made by farmers – it’s the exact same thing except you just transport the process to somewhere that sounds sexier, like the south of France.”Good grapesThe pair frequently refer disparagingly to larger wine labels, many of which they say are badly made but lots of people continue to drink because of effective marketing.“We’re never the cheapest on the market, but we’re the best value. There’s a point where you start to go into ‘horse burger’ wine territory with industrial wines. It’s where they start putting in loads of stimulants and chemicals,” Gareth says.Why does that matter? Gavin helpfully interjects. “It’s what gives you the banging hangover.”“The guys we deal with do everything themselves on the land. It all comes down to the juice at the end of the day. They got good grapes, they give you good juice,” Gareth says.While the brothers expect their growers to make good wine, in turn their suppliers expect Wines Direct to get their products into ‘good’ locations.“They like to hear that it’s going to a Michelin-star restaurant, into a shop like Arnotts, into good gastropubs, good bistros,” Gavin says. Arnotts in Dublin“They don’t want to hear that it’s been sold with the local groceries or with petrol,” Gareth says. “And it’s not a market that we’re interested in,” Gavin adds.“The reason for that is because in your lifetime you do, maximum, 50 vintages, 50 harvests. Then you hand it onto the next generation. They say in order for their children to survive, we have to make sure that we’re adding value to our name, our domain.”Baby stepsWhile the brothers don’t give any indication of revenue, the company is profitable, making about €300,000 in its 2016 financial year to leave it with accumulated profits of just over €3 million.The family had been hoping to dip a toe into the UK market, but Brexit put paid to their plans. Wines Direct is now focusing on expanding in Ireland, selling to more businesses and potentially opening more retail outlets.“The retail is baby steps, and we definitely would like to roll that out, but essentially we want to get these great wines to as many people as possible and it’s how we’re going to get them there,” says Gareth.“Through restaurants, through online, through shops. We have about 20 different things but we shouldn’t say them. But our core business is restaurants and you don’t want to do something that will adversely affect that.”Asked what they think their father’s opinion on the business would be now, the two brothers take a look at each other.“He would always presume he could do it better himself,” Gareth says. “But overall, I think he would be quite proud.”“The old man would always want us to learn from our mistakes,” Gavin says. “He would say if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not learning. This whole idea of ‘I am built on success’, I think is a whole pile of bullshit.“Built on success is a lovely thing to say, but what happens when failure comes? What happens when someone burns down your building? What happens when your managing director, father and founder of the company dies?“You put on your big boy pants, you get out there and you work hard. And that’s what’s happened.”Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3281379 last_img read more

Hulk Hogan added to WWE live event this weekend

first_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Google+ Kurt Angle WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 11/24 WWE Starrcade Results: Cincinnati, Ohio (WWE star returns, Steel Cage Matches) Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 5/6/19 (Roman Reigns defies WWE management to appear on the show) Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Facebook Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has been added to this weekend’s 12/27 live event in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the first house show Hogan will be appearing on since his return to WWE earlier this year. Hogan will also be part of tonight’s live 12/22 WWE RAW and this Friday’s 12/26 WWE Smackdown that was taped yesterday as the guest GM.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns says he will kick off Monday Night RAW live from Cincinnati Videos Articles Videos Articleslast_img read more

New matches and stipulations announced for Great Balls of Fire

first_img I really hope this is the last match in the Miz/Ambrose fued. It’s a stale feud and Dean as any champ is boring. Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins WhatsApp July 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Shawn Michaels The card doesn’t look too bad… but I STILL can’t believe there’s ACTUALLY a PPV called GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!! Now Playing Up Next July 4, 2017 at 12:46 am Jeremy King Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. July 4, 2017 at 4:56 am Facebook Big Cass (CaZXL) responds on social media to reports of a possible return to NXT Christopher Jimerson Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Moonsaves Ronda Rousey Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Now Playing Up Next Pinterest During tonight’s episode of WWE RAW from Phoenix, new matches and stipulations were announced for this Sunday’s WWE Great Balls of Fire PPV.Officially added to the card this Sunday was Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass, The Miz will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose and Sheamus and Cesaro will defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against The Hardy Boyz in a 30 Minute Iron Man Tag Team match in Dallas.THIS SUNDAY: The #HardyBoyz challenge @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus in a 30-MINUTE #IronmanMatch for the #RAW #TagTeamTitles at #WWEGBOF! pic.twitter.com/0do3iXb5ht— WWE (@WWE) July 4, 2017Here is how the card for Great Balls of Fire looks as of late Monday night.WWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa JoeAmbulance MatchRoman Reigns vs. Braun StrowmanSeth Rollins vs. Bray WyattEnzo Amore vs. Big CassWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipThe Miz (c) vs. Dean AmbroseWWE RAW Tag Team Championships30 Minute Iron Man Tag Team MatchSheamus and Cesaro (c’s) vs. The Hardy BoyzWWE RAW Women’s ChampionshipAlexa Bliss (c) vs. Sasha BanksKickoff Show:WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipNeville (c) vs. Akira TozawaWrestleview.com will have live coverage of Great Balls of Fire this Sunday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list I’m really looking forward to this. Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight 5 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apart from Ambrose/Miz and Rollins/Wyatt it’s a pretty good looking card. I have a feeling the iron man match could be a bit of a dark horse. Now Playing Up Next ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ Mukesh Dhimar July 5, 2017 at 1:20 am Twitter Videos Articles July 5, 2017 at 7:23 am Goodness gracious. Videos Articleslast_img read more

Three killed one injured in crash by restaurant

first_imgA deadly crash near East Evergreen and Grove Street killed three men Friday night and injured another male, according to reports from the Vancouver police and fire departments.Firefighters and police responded to a call at about 10:20 p.m. of a car crash near the intersection in Vancouver, where they found a black BMW sedan with two men trapped inside and two lying on the roadway, according to reports.Joe Spatz, public information officer for the fire department, said firefighters removed the two men from the car.Two people were pronounced dead at the scene while the other two were taken to PeaceHealth with life-threatening injuries, Spatz said.Vancouver police said one of the men died upon arriving at PeaceHealth.No one else was hurt in the crash. Only the one car was involved.Vancouver police spokesman Ilia Botvinnik said police closed the road for hours while they investigated and crews removed debris strewn across the road.Spatz said dispatch notes indicate a witness on the scene reported seeing the car roll multiple times. KATU reported that a witness said the car broke into pieces on impact.The car crashed into a patio with chairs and tables outside of the Igloo Restaurant, but reports are unclear on whether the restaurant itself was struck by the car.The condition of the male taken to the hospital is unknown at this time and none of the men’s names have yet been released.last_img read more

TCI now linked to worlds largest with Chicago Flight added

first_img Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Recommended for you Stileet, DMAC & many more to perform for GB Independence Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chicago, ministry of tourism, o’hare airport, ralph higgs, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association, united airlines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Dec 2015 – New airlift again for the Turks and Caicos and the Director of Tourism points out that the nation is on a roll. Ralph Higgs on Saturday joined Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Ministry of Tourism to welcome the first flight for the country from Chicago by United Airlines. Higgs said this now links the TCI to the two busiest airports in the world – Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta and O’Hare in Chicago. Premier attends town hall meetingslast_img read more

Drake releases Care Package for fans

first_img(WSVN) – Drake really cares for his fans and wanted to show them by releasing a new compilation album.“Care Package” was released on Friday and includes older songs from his career that were never officially released.Among the 17 songs included in the album are “The Motion” and “Can I.”The Toronto rapper took to Instagram on Thursday to announce the release.This isn’t Drake’s first throwback project of the year. Earlier this year he re-released his “So Far Gone” mixtape to streaming platforms.Fans are reacting to the “Care Package” release by jokingly saying the songs will lead them into an emotional fall season.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Holidaymakers leaving Dhaka

first_imgHolidaymakers throng to Sayedabad Bus Terminal as they travel home to be with their families ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on 22 June, 2017. Photo: Sazid HossainDhaka city dwellers have started leaving the city on Thursday afternoon for their respective village homes to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones, says UNB.Mostly government and semi-government employees along with their families left the capital as today was the last working day for them before Eid.Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals for the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on 26 June (Monday) or 27 June (Tuesday) subject to the sighting of the Shawwal moon.Around 70, 00, 000 people are expected to leave the city for enjoying Eid at their village homes. They will travel by trains, buses and launches until Sunday to reach their destinations.Hundreds of people wait to board launches at Sadarghat Launch Terminal home to be with their families ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on 22 June, 2017. Photo: Hasan RajaHighway police sources said the Eid holidaymakers will suffer less on the national highways this time if the weather remains favourable as they will get a 3-4 holiday before Eid. Similarly, they expected hassle-free journeys on rail and river routes.The sources said the homebound people faced almost no gridlock on the highways except Dhaka-Tangail one today.The Dhaka-Tangail highway experienced a long tailback from the early hours as two vehicles went out of order in two separate places on the national highway, inflicting sufferings on the homebound people.However, the situation has improved.Vehicles ran at a slow pace on the highway as the work to turn it into four lanes is progressing but no tailback was reported till afternoon, said police super of Gazipur Highway Police Shafiqul Islam.People cram onto a train as they travel home to be with their families ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, in Dhaka on 22 June, 2017. Photo: AFPAs Lailatul Qadr is being observed tonight (Thursday night), most of the holidaymakers will start leaving Dhaka after Fajr prayers, he said, adding that there will be a huge pressure on the highway from Friday morning. Comilla Highway Police SP Paritosh Ghose also said though Thursday was the last office day for government employees, pressure of vehicles on the Dhaka Chittagong highway was relatively less till evening following the Lailatul Qadr.Meanwhile, sources at Mohakhali, Gabtoli and Sayedabad bus terminals said most of the buses left the stations for respective destinations as per the schedule.Almost all trains also left Kamalapur Railway Station in time, said a railway officer.He said only Khulna-bound Sundarban Express and Kishoreganj-bound Kishoreganj Express ran behind the schedule.Holidaymakers cram onto a train as they travel home to be with their families ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, in Dhaka on 22 June, 2017. Photo: AFPlast_img read more

Recent Renaissance Grad Makes Best Case For School

first_imgThis week, members of the Baltimore Ravens organization, including team president Dick Cass, tight end Benjamin Watson and Ravens Ring of Honor member (and surefire NFL Hall of Famer), Ed Reed, as well as Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, gathered at Renaissance Academy High School in West Baltimore to officially unveil the recently completed $1.5 million renovation of the school financed by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.Renaissance, a school located in Druid Heights, is one of the most impoverished and violent communities in the city, near the epicenter of the uprising of 2015, and faced imminent closure last year. Allegedly, when Bisciotti got wind of Renaissance’s plight his reaction was something to the effect of, `That school can’t close.’“The Ravens decided to fund the restoration after multiple news stories highlighted the students’ and community’s dedication to the school, amid fears it would be forced to close,” the Ravens organization said in a statement.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)“Thanks to the courageous investment from the Baltimore Ravens, there is no doubt that the children in this school and in this beloved community will deliver equal returns,” said Nikkia Rowe, the school’s principal said during a press conference. “At Renaissance, we always speak to `changing the outcome’ and we are humbled by the leap of faith taken by the entire Ravens organization.”There is no doubt, Rowe is an indefatigable advocate for the young people that attend her school. Most people outside of Renaissance and Druid Heights will never fully know how hard she has fought for them and the wider community.Perhaps the best case for Renaissance’s survival can be made by young people like Christopher Streeter, 18, a young brother who just graduated from the school in June.I first met Streeter when he was with other Renaissance students, faculty members and community leaders during a segment on The AFRO’s First Edition. They were fighting for the school to remain open, when its fate was still in doubt in 2016.“North Avenue…or whoever makes the decision to close these schools down has to understand…these mentors, these administrators, they are the ones who are going to have to deal with the bloodshed after they allow all of these schools to combine into one school and let kids from different parts of the city in,” Streeter said in 2016, revealing wisdom that eludes many at least twice his age. Once I spent some time with him, it didn’t take long for me to recognize the resilience I’ve written about and spoken about so many times over the years. But, what seems to set young Streeter apart is his ability to endure the virulent cruelties reserved almost exclusively for Baltimore’s Black and poor communities, yet remain relentlessly optimistic.He has witnessed the aftermath of bloodshed in abundance already; he entered Renaissance in 2014 and in 2015 and 2016 four students, four young Black men like himself who attended the school, were murdered. One of them, Ananias Jolley, who was stabbed to death by a classmate inside the school, Streeter was particularly close with. In fact, it was Jolley’s grandmother who helped Streeter get a job less than a month after he graduated.Streeter currently lives in Northwest Baltimore however, he spent most of his childhood in Yale Heights in Southwest Baltimore, which has experienced more than its share of murders over the last several years. As he reflected on his time there, he offered a searing critique of his generation and ultimately the plight of urban America.“In Baltimore it’s a whole different ballgame. You have people that envy you, who you hang around everyday…you’ve got to watch who you hang around with. I try to stay positive, because there is a lot of negativity out here…I don’t want that to be my downfall,” Streeter said. “My generation really don’t have any morals and principles that we live by…that’s why we get killed. It’s our environment.”He saved his harshest indictment for the power structure, which enables and sometimes fuels pathology. During a recent trip to Annapolis he was supposed to address a hearing convened by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, focused on Baltimore violence. That did not happen.“They know what they are doing…they waited to push everybody back to talk,” Streeter said. “The people who actually live in B-More, they didn’t get to talk…the people who really know what’s going on. There’s a difference between B-More and Baltimore, it’s two different worlds,” Streeter added.Still, Streeter is determined to transcend “B-More.” He is enrolled at Catonsville Community College where he is scheduled to begin studying Information Technology in January.“I want to get paid good money working in information technology. With my information technology money, I want to invest in real estate in Baltimore. There’s so much I want to do, it’s just how I’m going to get there,” he said. “I just want to take it one step at a time.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of The AFRO’s First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img

Make Mine Metroid Axiom Verge VS Samus Returns

first_img Two games I’ve been playing recently, 2015 indie hit Axiom Verge now on Nintendo Switch and remake of 1991 Game Boy game Metroid: Samus Returns on Nintendo 3DS, share a lot in common. They’re not only both textbook examples of the nonlinear, exploration-heavy, 2D sidescroller Metroidvania subgenre, but specifically descendants of the “Metroid” half of that equation. Axiom Verge’s art, atmosphere, and gameplay all evoke retro (not Retro) Metroid whereas Samus Returns straight-up is the newest, long-awaited 2D Metroid from Nintendo and former Castlevania developers MercurySteam.I was concerned that playing two very similar games at the same time, games that require a lot of mental effort and methodical memorization as you learn their labyrinthine layouts, would make me sick of both of them. But because I’m such a fan of this genre, instead I began to enjoy picking out the ways in which the games are similar and different. And just like my story on Snake Pass vs. Yooka-Laylee, I think those comparisons are worth discussing.Level DesignAxiom Verge takes place in a huge, interconnected alien world that owes much to the original 8-bit Metroid and its 16-bit follow-up Super Metroid. Even the pixel art (12-bit?) is somewhere in-between those two on an aesthetic level. While your progress is limited by your current set of skills, you’re still free to get loss in crisscrossing corridors and expansive spaces with no idea of where to go next until you just start poking at everything.Being a remake of Metroid II: The Return of Samus, the Game Boy game released in-between Metroid and Super Metroid, Samus Returns uses that game’s more level-based approach. As Samus fulfills her mission to exterminate all Metroids, she can access deeper parts of the planet. Each part is a small, self-contained chunk of traditional Metroid nonlinear exploration. But unless you want to find early extra items with later tools, you progress through the chunks in fairly linear fashion.Both of these styles are valid. Samus Returns marries standard Metroid progression with a more digestible, handheld-friendly structure. Axiom Verge’s world is initially much more confusing, but the later satisfaction you gain from mastering the space is much more rewarding, just like Super Metroid.Axiom Verge also makes its backtracking more approachable in subtle, smarter ways than just breaking the world off into discrete pieces. Aspects of the level design slyly prevent you from leaving certain areas until you find and master the right tools. The creepy yet colorful art style and music (Kur!) also do a fantastic job at making each area memorable in your mind for later revisiting. Samus Returns has a smooth 3D graphics engine, but its environments quickly begin to blur together since they have no motivation not do.PlotAxiom Verge’s minimalist plot involves a spooky alien world full of giant lady robot heads and gross, glitchy monsters. You play as a pretty bland scientist dude named Trace terrified but fascinated by this world he’s been thrust into before learning a BioShock Infinite-esque twists about his relation to the main villain. It’s fine.Metroid: Samus Returns takes full advantage of the fact that it is set in one of Nintendo’s most beloved, long-running, hardcore, sci-fi universes and stars its iconic leading lady. Collecting new armor for Samus is just so much cooler than getting new lab coats for Trace. I can’t get enough of those alien bird elders. Nintendo themselves have said they see Metroid’s lore and Samus herself as things that separate the series from its legion of indie imitators. And even among Metroid games Samus Returns features a pivotal plot. This is the Metroid with by far the most Metroids in it as Samus is tasked with eliminating the entirety of the parasitic space species.However, whereas Axiom Verge’s plot gets out of the way of its fantastic gameplay, Samus Returns’ plot seems responsible for one of its more annoying gameplay decisions, a decision the developer chose to include from the Game Boy original. While there are a few bosses, most of the major enemy encounters are fights against the 40 Metroids you track down across eight areas.There are a handful of different Metroid evolutions, and among those evolutions different Metroids have different elemental attacks, but the Metroid genocide gets repetitive fast. It feels like filler in a genre known for especially lean gameplay. By necessity, Samus Returns is a radical reinvention of the squashed, ancient monochrome Game Boy game, but this is one area it could’ve been improved by even more significant streamlining.What They Add To MetroidAs much as they want to make you think about old Metroid games, Axiom Verge and Samus Returns are both new games in their own right and also want to stand as such. Therefore, they both add things to the Metroid formula to give themselves distinct identities.Axiom Verge has a wide variety of guns to choose from with radically different shot types like quick-dropping flame pillars and electric shotguns. It puts an emphasis on wacky, Mega Man or Contra-style gunplay Metroid typically avoids with its more modest ice and wave beams. And speaking of pulling from other games, you’ll soon find a Bionic Commando-grappling hook along with a Drill Dozer personal drill.As for more unique skills, you can warp through walls, launch a tiny drone much more versatile than a Morph Ball, and change enemy and environmental properties with a gun that glitches them out. That last tool is especially creative, doing everything from turning acid into hard platforming surfaces to changing monster lasers into your allies.My preview of Samus Returns already touched on the game’s smart tweaks to the traditional Metroid experience. But to recap they largely revolve around admirable attempts to give the player optional ways of making the game easier, while harder difficulties are trapped behind amiibo toys.The tactile and satisfying, if repetitive, melee counter leaves tough foes vulnerable to large amount of cinematic damage. The new Aeion abilities can cover you in invulnerable armor or reveal nearby secrets. The game’s controls are also just really fluid. Axiom Verge handles super tight, but Samus Returns’ forgiving ledge-grabbing, floaty jump physics, and analog free-aiming and shooting in particular take great advantage of the fact the polygonal game isn’t technically locked to a 2D grid.Choice of PlatformIt’s petty, but I honestly prefer the physical act of playing Axiom Verge on my new Nintendo Switch than playing Samus Returns on my aging 3DS. The Switch looks better, feels less cramped, and is a handheld device I still plan on carrying around with me for a few years. I just think the Switch is a better device than the 3DS by every meaningful metric, and that’s even before the home console functionality. The sooner Nintendo shifts all of its development to the Switch the better.Samus Returns has some convenient second screen features like managing weapons and your map, and folks insist the stereoscopic 3D is somehow worthwhile. But I would toss those features in a heartbeat if I could dump this 240p resolution Circle Pad gameplay for 720p and Pro Controller support instead.And while I hate to quantify a game’s price and value based on length or whatever, Axiom Verge and Samus Returns are similar games of about the same length, even for speedrunners. As an indie game largely made by one dude (Thomas Happ), Axiom Verge doesn’t have the name-brand appeal or production value of Samus Returns (even if that production value is hamstrung by 3DS hardware) but it is half the price for comparable quality. However, Axiom Verge is only $20 digitally. The forthcoming physical Switch version is $40, just like Samus Returns.ConclusionIt sounds like I’m leaning more toward Axiom Verge over Samus Returns here, and I am, but both games are worth playing. And depending on what platforms you own, your choice of Metroid homage may have already been made for you.But to me the real fun in this comparison to me is how it illuminates the bind the Metroid series has found itself in. Like Zelda, it’s an example of a franchise becoming so influential it limits the original’s capacity to evolve. I mentioned how Nintendo said Metroid’s lore is what would help it attract fans, but is that what fans want? Is that what the developers want? Do any of them even know what they really want?Axiom Verge didn’t need to surpass Super Metroid to be considered a success. It just had to come admirably close. Just look at all the praise the mechanically sound but aesthetically drab Metroid-like Shadow Complex got in its day.But Metroid has now built up all this baggage and insecure need to reinvent and top itself without undoing the specific reasons folks like the games in the first place. It’s a tough tightrope! The only time it really happened before was with Metroid Prime, the best Metroid game, and “jump to 3D” is a card you can only play once. Just look at all the drama between fans and Nintendo after the underrated Metroid: Other M (its problems are largely imagined and/or all anime’s fault) and inoffensive spin-off Metroid Prime: Federation Force. No wonder the franchise went dormant for years trying to figure out what to do next.The good news is that Zelda managed to answer this dilemma earlier this year with the absolute masterpiece that is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. So there’s hope Metroid can also deliver a new game that brilliant. Maybe that game will be the upcoming Metroid Prime 4. Maybe that game will be some other future interpretation of the series.But for all of its positives, that game is not Metroid: Samus Returns, which is just a cool and appreciated new(ish) 2D Metroid you already know and love. Heck, it’s arguably not even the best Metroid II remake if you’re a fan of the forbidden fan game AM2R. I want Metroid to have a bright future ahead of it, but in the meantime, I hope the games growing in its shadow remain as great as Axiom Verge.Buy Metroid: Samus ReturnsBuy Axiom VergeView as: One Page Slides1/51. Metroid: Samus Returns supports the Samus amiibo and the squishy Metroid amiibo.2. The European special edition of Metroid: Samus Returns is way cooler than its American counterpart.3. At last, 2D sidescrolling Metroid is back with Metroid: Samus Returns.4. Samus returns to planet SR388, the home of Metroids, in this remake of a Game Boy classic. 5. Make use of new features like a smart map and melee countering.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 25 Years Later, How ‘Super Metroid’ Defined a GenreRetro Studios Is Now Making Metroid Prime 4… Eventually last_img read more

Bowlful of culture

first_imgDelhi came alive with the myriad hues of the North East at the North East Festival which showcases the best of what the region has to offer! The weekend went by gloriously as people turned up in huge numbers at the day two and  three of the festival. After a successful inaugural last year, the second edition of the North East Festival was held in great style from 7 to 10 November at the capital’s IGNCA. Day two started with a fashion show with some of the most famous fashion designers of the North East like Dhiraj Deka, Garima Saikia Garg, Yana Ngoba, LD Roslyn Konshai along with other upcoming designers showcased their finest creations. This was followed by  the king of Naga folk blues Guru Rewben Mashangva, Assamese heartthrob Zubeen Garg, Tetseo Sisters, Mayukh Hazarika, Frisky Pints setting the stage on fire with their performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year’s edition of the festival focused on the various business and investment opportunities that the region presents, apart from showcasing the multifarious culture and rich heritage of the North Eastern states. There were lively discussion sessions on ‘Opportunities for investment in IT and ITES in North East’ and ‘Entrepreneurship and investment in North East India’ and included eminent speakers discussing on issues related to investments and opportunities in the region. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSumptuous cuisines carrying fragrances of the North East were in abundance in the various food stalls along with exquisite handicrafts and ethnic handlooms from the region. Various music bands like from NER like Foot Wings, Stuti Choudhury, Minutes of Decay performed all through the day much to the delight of the onlookers.Adding colour to the proceedings, artistes from various states of North East India along with Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a range of ethnic dances from the region. A film festival featuring the best of North East cinema commenced as well, which was inaugurated by Rajani Basumatary, one of the biggest film directors from the region. The festival has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform. North East Festival is organised by the socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with North East Community of Delhi.last_img read more

Unused waterbodies to be utilised for fish production

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is chalking out a comprehensive road map in order to utilise all the unused waterbodies across the state for fish farming, thereby increasing the overall fish production in the state, state fisheries minister Chandra Nath Sinha said.He was speaking at ‘Fisheries Conclave: Maximising Production and Ensuring Safety’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at a city hotel on Tuesday. Bengal has the potential to overtake Andhra Pradesh in fish production within the next couple of years, the minister said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”If we could utilise the unused waterbodies in the state for pisciculture through more scientific intervention, Bengal will surpass Andhra Pradesh in the near future. A lot of initiatives are being taken to educate people involved in fish farming. Our department is formulating a road map to increase fish production in the next couple of years,” Sinha said.Bengal has exported around 1.7 lakh metric tonne of fishes abroad including 70 thousand tonne of shrimps. Last year, the overall fish production in the state remained at 17.42 lakh metric tonne, while the fisheries department has set a target to increase the productivity up to 18. 5 lakh metric tonne in the next year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources at the fisheries department, around 15 percent of waterbodies in the state have been lying unused. If these waterbodies could be used for pisciculture, fish production would be manifold. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said Bengal will be self-reliant in case of fish production. Banerjee’s brain child ‘Jol Dhoro, Jol Bhoro’ project has significant contribution towards the increase in fish production in the state in the past few years. The Fisheries department has developed Moyna in Purba Medinipur district as Bengal’s largest fisheries hub, following instructions of the Chief Minister to cut down on fish imports from other states. A stress has been given to increase the productivity of small fishes as well. Steps have also been taken to use ponds for cultivating small fishes twice in a year. A study has been conducted to examine what species of fishes can be produced in which aquatic conditions in the districts, Sinha said.”We are trying to increase the production of prawns in the districts. Our department is setting up hatcheries in various places and fingerlings are being distributed among farmers by our department for free,” Sinha said.Soumyajit Das, Managing Director, the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) Ltd said farmers training, application of scientific food and medicine have been given utmost importance to maximise the production. Ravi Inder Singh, Principal Secretary, department of Fisheries said steps have been taken to strengthen cold chain management in the state. Focus is on creating infrastructure in production and exports of fishes, he added.last_img read more

6G Internet Huawei Begins Research On Next Level Connectivity From Their Canada

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ExIsraeli soldier seeks Palestinian citizenship

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Associated PressRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – In an odd twist to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian saga, a former Israeli soldier has embarked on a new fight: He wants to renounce his Israeli citizenship and move to a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.Andre Pshenichnikov, a 23-year-old Jewish immigrant from Tajikistan, was recently detained by Israeli police for residing illegally in the Deheishe Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. There he told police that he wants to break all ties with Israel, give up his Israeli citizenship and obtain a Palestinian one instead. “I hate Zionism … I want to be part of the Palestinian resistance,” Pshenichnikov told The Associated Press. “I call for other Israelis who support the existence of a state of Palestine to do the same, to come live in the West Bank or Gaza as Palestinians.”The Palestinians want to make the West Bank part of an independent state. For the time being, in accordance with past agreements with Israel, they technically don’t have a Palestinian citizenship but the self-rule authority issues I.D. residency cards and Palestinian passports.Pshenichnikov said he chose to live near Bethlehem in hopes of taking advantage of his fluency in Russian to guide Russian tourists in Jesus’ traditional hometown.Residents say he was initially treated with suspicion. Many Palestinians suspected him of being an Israeli spy and Palestinian officials eventually handed him over to Israeli authorities. But Pshenichnikov remained undeterred, returning to Deheishe where was apprehended by Palestinian forces and handed over to Israel again.Israeli police released him under restrictive conditions and banned him from entering the Palestinian-controlled areas pending the end of legal proceedings against him. Pshenichnikov is currently traveling in Europe for two months. When he returns, he hopes to move to the West Bank.It’s incredibly rare for Israelis to seek to live under Palestinian rule. There are only a few known cases of Jewish Israelis who have done so, mostly ones who have married Palestinians, as well as a journalist for the Israeli daily Haaretz who moved to Ramallah and reports from there. None are known to have renounced Israeli citizenship _ though some Israelis living abroad have. Nor are any known to have sought Palestinian residency instead. People are not allowed to be dual citizens.Reached at his Israeli home, Pshenichnikov’s mother Svetlana said she was troubled by her son’s plans.“I’m his mother and I am trying to support him like a mother should,” she said. “But I don’t support his war.”The family immigrated to Israel when Pshenichnikov was 13. Israel grants automatic citizenship to anyone who is Jewish. He later completed his three years of mandatory military service, enlisting as a computer programmer in the army’s signals corps, and even served an additional year and a half as a career soldier.But sometime during his military service, he began to question Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians. Since then, he has completely rejected his adopted country. After his service ended, he moved to the refugee camp in April and worked as a waiter in a Bethlehem hotel and as a construction worker in Deheishe. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home “He wasn’t supposed to come illegally. If people knew his true identity, there’s no guarantee for his safety. He should have informed the Palestinian side with an official request and his request would be considered,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Tareq Abu Sheikha, who rented Pshenichnikov a room for a month, said he was “suspicious and not honest.”Abu Sheikha said Pshenichnikov presented himself as a Russian foreign activist and was even seen throwing stones at Israeli soldiers during demonstrations. But he was also heard speaking in Hebrew on his phone and carried his old military I.D. card with him.“We don’t have a problem with any Israeli coming to be one of us. We’ll be honored and give them an I.D. card, but this young man was suspicious and he lied and that’s why we handed him to the Israelis,” he said.Officially renouncing Israeli citizenship is a lengthy, complicated process. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad said that one has to file a request at an Israeli representative office overseas, prove that one has another citizenship and then await a ruling, which is not always granted. She said she wasn’t familiar with Pshenichnikov’s case, but that only few hundred people have their citizenship revoked each year.The Israeli military declined to comment on Pshenichnikov.Abdel-Fatah Hamayel, the governor of Bethlehem, said that in principle there should be no problem granting Pshenichnikov Palestinian citizenship, but that it would have to go through the proper legal channels. 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