After 35 years Saudis will be able to go watch movies in theaters

first_imgSaudi Arabia has lifted ban on commercial cinemas. The ban lasted over three decades.According to media reports, the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday, December 11, said that from early next year commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses.The first cinemas in the country are expected to open in March 2018.More about the resolutionThe step is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 social and economic reform programmeThe opening of movie theaters, the Saudi government is hoping will act as a catalyst for economic growth and will create new employment opportunities along with giving Saudis a vast range of entertainment optionsThe Ministry of Culture said that it plans to have 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030Read: Finally, women can drive in Saudi Arabia The country’s crown prince has already relaxed certain restrictionslike lifting the ban on women to drive and allowing them the permissionto enter the country’s sporting venues.Also, men and women have already started mixing at major conferences, and the kingdom also hosted music concerts this year.Why were the movie theaters shut down in Saudi Arabia?Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980’s during a wave of ultra-conservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt as sinful.(Main image source: abc.net.au)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Which PL giants will handle the pressure?

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Friday pressure briefing: Can Mourinho and Wenger overcome their nemeses? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Arsene Wenger - Pep Guardiola Getty Manchester United v Chelsea Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Premier League League Cup A spectacular Sunday pits Man United against Chelsea in an Old Trafford grudge match while Arsenal and Man City fight it out for the Carabao Cup Fresh from their European adventures this midweek, England’s biggest clubs are now hurtling towards a spectacular Sunday as four of the ‘Big Six’ meet in two standout fixtures of the season so far.The Premier League returns with a clash of the titans, as old foes Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte lock horns once again with Manchester United hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford.Mourinho has lost three matches in all competitions against Chelsea as United manager – more than against any other opponent – while Antonio Conte has won three and drawn one of his clashes with the Portuguese. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player What’s more, the hosts have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against the Blues, but will take some solace in the fact that their lone victory over that period arrived in this exact fixture last season.Sure Pressure Index 23022018Following their 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign, Chelsea will be looking to draw level on points with second-placed United by completing a Premier League double over the Red Devils for the first time since 2010.And the reigning Premier League champions will be desperate for the points, with Tottenham sitting just one point below them in the race for the final Champions League qualification place.The Blues will be hoping that Eden Hazard will keep up his goalscoring form, with the Belgian having found the net with each of his last three shots from open play.Paul Pogba, meanwhile, will be hoping to return to the starting lineup after a fractious few weeks that have seen him in and out of the team.Will Man Utd go three-at-the-back this weekend against Chelsea?https://t.co/eGfbSWLbUG pic.twitter.com/IISQKXClu6— Goal (@goal) February 23, 2018Attentions will then turn to the Carabao Cup final, with this season’s first piece of silverware up for grabs as Manchester City meet Arsenal at Wembley.Arsene Wenger has won just three of his previous 12 managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola, drawing three and losing six, but Arsenal have won both previous meetings with Man City at Wembley – 3-0 in the 2014 Community Shield, and 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup semi-final.City go into the clash as favourites, having lost just one of their last five meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, beating them 3-1 in their previous meeting in the Premier League this season.And Guardiola has triumphed in six of his previous seven major domestic and European finals, losing only to Real Madrid with Barcelona in the 2011 Copa del Rey final.Sunday is pressure-packed for all involved. The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

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5 days agoArsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal commence Ceballos fee talks with Real Madridby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have set their price to buy Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.The midfielder is on a straight loan with the Gunners this season and El Desmarque says he has told Real president Florentino Perez he wants to stay.Ceballos held talks with Perez during the international break,Arsenal are prepared to do business for a price of €35m, though Perez is insisting on a higher valuation.Real will demand at least €40m to sell Ceballos in January. last_img read more

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Maersk Cotonou Attacked off Nigerian Coast

first_imgzoom The 4,496 TEU containership Maersk Cotonou was attacked by supposed criminals attempting to board the vessel off the Nigerian coast on November 19, Danish shipping giant Maersk Line confirmed to World Maritime News.Maersk said that the 2011-built vessel was attacked at 10am local time while it was en route to Walvis Bay, Namibia.The containership applied counter piracy measures and the attack was unsuccessful.The crew and cargo are safe, Maersk said, adding that the containership has resumed its voyage.Maersk Cotonou started its journey from Nigeria’s Onne port on November 19.UK-based security broker agency Asket informed that up to eight criminals approached the boxship in a speed boat.The attempted attack is believed to have been carried out by the same pirates who tried to attack an inbound convoy earlier the same day.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Indian tribal art gets global recognition

first_imgWith the aim to promote tribal arts and crafts, and provide an aid in the socio-economic welfare of over 700 Indian tribes, TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched ‘Go Tribal Campaign’ in association with Amazon Global. The event was held at the India Habitat Centre on June 28, 2019.The event was attended by Renuka Singh, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs; along with Deepak Khandekar, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Mary Kom, Brand Ambassador, Tribes India; Pravir Krishna, IAS, MD, TRIFED; and other dignitaries. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAs a part of global marketing initiative, Amazon has released three distinctive initiatives of ‘Tribes India’ in the form of ‘Go Tribal’ Campaign comprising of ‘Tribes of India Heritage Collection’ and ‘Tribes of India Natural Collection’. With an array of product range, the heritage collection includes handcrafted textiles like ikats, silks, and pashminas; tribal jewellery like dokras and banjaras, gifts and pottery, while the natural collection includes Telangana coffees, Uttarakhand soaps, Karnataka spices and more. The line is available at Amazon and Tribes India website. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe launch was followed by a unique fashion skit of carefully crafted embroidered pieces by Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan of Rajasthan. Named after the president of GCVS, Ruma Devi herself, the ‘Ruma Devi’ collection is an assortment which promotes traditional craft of applique and tanka work created by tribal women artisans of Barmer. Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, awarded with ‘Nari Shakti Samaan’ by President of India this year, is a grassroots organisation which aims to empower women artisans through Self-Help groups (SHGs). Renuka Singh Saruta, Union Minister of State Tribal Affairs and the chief guest of the programme believes that tribal arts and crafts of India are truly unique and unexplored. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “In the 21st century, when a common man is running after money, these tribal artisans are working hard for their survival.” Pointing out at the beautifully handcrafted textiles and natural products Singh further added, “We have so much talent in our country, but we fail to acknowledge it.” Talking about how taking tribal art to the online platform was a much-needed initiative, she stated, “Online market has no geographical boundaries. Through this initiative, we want to promote the tribal communities of India and their art, while helping them to go global and providing them opportunities to attain a sustainable livelihood. Youth is embracing native fashion and lifestyle more than ever. This initiative will further strengthen cultural ties with other countries.” Speaking on the occasion, Mary Kom, a World-acclaimed Boxing champion and Brand ambassador of Tribes India, said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs through TRIFED has been creating livelihood opportunities for tribal artisans and entrepreneurs. Through ‘Go Tribal Campaign’, which is being launched today, our effort is to reach the mainstream market and take tribal products as well as this brand to great heights.” “To be associated with Tribes India, and contribute in giving a push to the tribal artisans is a matter of pride for me. I come from one such tribe of Manipur, and therefore understand the necessity of such initiatives in promoting the hidden gems of our nation,” added Kom. Pravir Krishna, IAS, MD, TRIFED concluded the event with his address. He said, “The careful precision and handcrafted intricacy of the works of tribal master craftsmen from across India will be showcased through the ‘go tribal’ campaign. Our association with Amazon will help us reach worldwide and avoid middleman as much as possible. Budget for the campaign is 1000 crore per year, and the plan is to cater to 190 countries worldwide.” And, then he thanked Mary Kom for all the support that she has extended.last_img read more

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India planning to attack Pakistan again this month Qureshi

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India is planning to attack again between April 16 and 20, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday, amid tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAmid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Addressing a press conference in his home town of Multan, Qureshi said the government had “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “A new mishap could be staged…And its purpose will be to justify their [India’s] offensive against Pakistan and to increase diplomatic pressure against Islamabad,” he alleged. “If it happens, you can imagine the impact of the occurrence on the peace and stability of the region. According to our information, the action could be taken between 16-20 April,” Qureshi said, adding that preparations were being made for the attack against Pakistan. The foreign minister said Pakistan had already briefed the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members over the issue and stated Islamabad’s apprehensions. “We want the international community to take notice of this irresponsible behaviour and reprimand them [India] for taking this route,” he said. He said the Indian action would have impact on peace and stability of the region. The foreign minister also criticised the global community for keeping silent when India violated Pakistan’s territory on February 26. However, Qureshi’s remarks were not taken seriously by the Opposition. The Pakistan People Party (PPP) accused the government of using war threat by India to hide its failures. “The government has failed to deliver and now using the threat of war by India to distract public attention from issues faced by the people,” PPP leader Nafeesa Shah said.last_img read more

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Moroccos Royal Navy Rescue 53 SubSaharan Migrants off Nador

Rabat – About 53 sub-Saharan undocumented migrants were aboard, including eight women.The members of the royal navy found 15 dead bodies aboard the boat, which had been drifting for four days after an engine failure.According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the members of the royal navy brought the migrants back to the port of Nador. In recent years, Morocco has been under constant pressure due to the flow of undocumented migrants who consider Morocco a transit country to reach Europe.The North African country has launched several operations to combat human trafficking networks.Read Also: Spanish Navy Rescues 9 Moroccan Irregular Migrants off the MediterraneanOn October 30, the National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) arrested 26 suspected members of a criminal network in Oujda and Berkane in northeast Morocco. The recent arrest dates back to November 23 in Tangier when members of Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) dismantled a criminal network involved in irregular migration.In August, Morocco’s government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said that Moroccan authorities had foiled  65,000 undocumented migration attempts in 2017.El Khalfi said that the number of undocumented migration attempts has increased in recent years, especially since 2016. read more

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Latin America Caribbean meeting set to battle hunger at UN meeting next

With the Latin America and the Caribbean region overall showing significant progress in fighting hunger, officials from 33 countries are set to attend a United Nations conference in Guatemala beginning Monday in a bid to consolidate gains and remedy shortfalls as part of the global effort to halve hunger levels by 2015.The weeklong UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean will decide the main thrust of the work to be carried out by the regional office during 2004 and 2005.Latest figures show that South America improved its food security, reducing the number of undernourished from 41.5 million people to 32.9 million during the 1990’s. The situation in the Caribbean region remained stable, with 7.9 million people suffering from malnutrition, but in Central America the number increased from 5 million to 7.5 million. FAO is urging all 33 participating countries to ensure that improving food security becomes a principle strategy in advancing rural development. “FAO believes that food security – and by this we mean both physical and economic access for all to the food needed to live a healthy and active life – is essential for economic growth and long-lasting, sustainable development,” Gustavo Gordillo de Anda, FAO’s regional Assistant Director-General, said in a statement released today. While hunger worldwide is increasing once more despite the reduction achieved during the first half of the 1990s, Latin America and the Caribbean, along with Asia and the Pacific, were the only two regions that managed to reduce the absolute number of undernourished people during the decade.The reduction amounted to 5.5 million people, but progress was not uniform across all sub-regions. In South America the average overall number fell to 10 per cent of the population but in some countries, such as Bolivia, the percentage reached 22 per cent, placing it close to the Central American average.The Latin American countries with the lowest levels of undernourishment – less than 5 per cent of their population – include Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile.At the opposite end of the scale, Haiti heads the list of countries with an extremely high level – around 50 per cent of the population lack sufficient food to lead healthy lives. This is followed by Nicaragua (29 per cent), Panama (26 per cent) and The Dominican Republic and Guatemala (25 per cent). read more

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Car output levels out as CV production rises again September CV production

Car output levels out as CV production rises againProduction figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Car production in September 2001 fell by 1.8 per cent CV Production in September 2001 rose by 73 per cent For more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car production in YTD 2001 fell by 13.3 per cent

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Livein housekeeper tried to marry millionaire on his deathbed to keep his

Despite barely speaking enough English to communicate, she says the former waitress tried to tie the knot with Mr Williams in hospital, only for the pensioner to send her and the registrar packing.Representing the daughter, barrister Barry Coulter said Miss Bok had “sought to marry” Mr Williams as he lay gravely ill in hospital, going as far as calling in a registrar to perform the ceremony. A live-in houskeeper tried to marry a millionaire on his deathbed in a bid to keep his fortune, a court heard – and then changed the locks on his home after his death to keep it from his children.Bok Soon Song, 72, is at the centre of a court battle over the estate of John Williams. She claims she was more than his carer, and insisted they were a loving couple.But Central London County Court heard 66-year-old Mr Williams died intestate – without making a valid will – and so his fortune would normally be split between his three children, Deborah John-Woodruffe and her brothers, David and Andrew Williams.After his death from bowel cancer in 2016, Miss Bok changed the locks on his Kensal Rise home and began a claim to over £500,000 from his £1m-plus fortune.Mrs John-Woodruffe, however, claims Miss Bok was nothing more than a “live-in housekeeper” who took advantage of her dying dad. The £1m house in Chamberlayne Road where Bok Soon Song claims to have lived as a couple with John Williams Deborah John-Woodruffe The court heard Miss Bok moved to the UK from South Korea in 1983 and worked as a waitress, and later as a manager, in restaurants.She met Korean food lover and engineer Mr Williams in the early 1990s through mutual friends and, she claims, began a long-term relationship with him.Although Miss Bok is suing all three siblings, only Mrs John-Woodruffe is represented by lawyers and she is the one party seeking Miss Bok’s removal from the property.The hearing continues. “Mrs John-Woodruffe’s case is that no part in this was played by the deceased and, when the wedding party arrived, he sent them on their way,” he told Judge Marc Dight. Deborah John-WoodruffeCredit:Paul Keogh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The £1m house in Chamberlayne Road where Bok Soon Song claims to have lived as a couple with John WilliamsCredit:Paul Keogh read more

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VLC Media Player for Android is almost a reality

first_imgAndroid as a platform has always fallen a little short when it comes to media playback. The native apps that come with every Android device don’t make it easy to watch movies. The only native app that allows you to navigate movies is the Gallery app, which is great for photos, but bad for movies.There are a handful of third-party apps in the Android Market that try to act as a suitable replacement, but most of them only have a few file types they will support. Converting your entire video library to support your phone seems pretty silly to me. On my computer it’s easy, it doesn’t matter what the file type is as long as I’ve got the VLC Media Player installed. The greatest atribute VLC has is the truly massive library of video and audio codecs enabling it to play nearly any video or audio file. Fortunately for the rest of us, one clever developer found the tools needed to start bringing VLC to Android.Among the many contributions to the Android ecosystem made by Austen Dicken are his developments in support of the Motorola Droid line of phones for Cyanogenmod, Embedded Gentoo for Android, and as a fun side project he’s playing with VLC for Android.Austen describes his work on VLC for Android to be pre-alpha at this point in time, but he is still able to show some impressive results regarding basic functionality. In its current form, VLC for Android is actually two separate programs, one for the two different processor types currently supported by Android. The processor types are flagged NEON and NONEON. You will need to know which your phone is in order to use the app.Currently, the app supports playback, and little else. There’s some file management so the app can just pull from a single folder on your SD card instead of searching the entire card, but no more of the features you would expect to see in a desktop version of VLC. For a pre-alpha, the app has been faster and more stable than any other video player I have used on Android. On top of this, it’s free and has played every file I have thrown at it so far.Please be aware that this app is pre-alpha. It’s not available in the Android market, and Austen has already stated in his blog that there is no support for this app. Download and install it at your own risk, but be prepared to enjoy a great video playback experience.last_img read more

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Why do McDonalds burgers look different in ads

first_imgYou’re ravenously hungry and in need of a fast food fix, so you take a trip to your local McDonald’s to fill your stomach. You peruse the menu, examining the burgers that look thick, juciy, and full of tasty ingredients, you place your order at the counter, and moments later you’re greeted by a poor excuse for a burger.You gobble the burger down anyway because it still tastes damn good. It’s unlikely you complain, but my bet is that everyone has thought “why the hell don’t they look like they do in the ads?” Well, in a strange show of openness, the director of marketing for McDonald’s Canada, Hope Bagozzi, has produced this video to explain exactly why this is the case.Whereas the food you order in store is with you in a matter of minutes, the preparation and shooting of the burgers for the ads takes several hours. A food stylist (hands up if you never knew that job title existed until now) is used to prep the burger, the patty is lightly cooked on the outside so as not to shrink it down and, as required by law, all the same ingredients are used as you find in the burgers you get over the counter.The burger is then prepped so as to show all the ingredients contained within and to make it look aesthetically pleasing. Once the shot has been taken it is passed on to be retouched, removing any blemishes from the bun and such.Overall it’s nice to see some honesty and openness from a mega corporation such as McDonald’s, but I fail to see what they gain from it (except maybe all the free publicity from blogs covering the video).via AdAgelast_img read more

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Interview Befriending the Justices in Supreme Courtship

first_img Politics are all around us, in everything and everyone. This has always been true but has become even harder to ignore. And you shouldn’t ignore it! Ignoring politics just makes you ignorant to their influences. Trying to “remove politics” from video games makes the medium more vulnerable to the worst kinds of politics. Politics aren’t some team sport. They are literally life and death, so you should embrace and engage with them all the time.But that doesn’t mean politics have to be boring. At least, that’s what the developers of Just Us Games think. They’re the folks behind Supreme Courtship, an indie upcoming game about trying to befriend that United States Supreme Court Justices while trying to become one yourself and learning more about the system. The premise is… intriguing to say the least.However, almost as unavoidable as politics is the negative side of politics. And while I found Supreme Courtship’s desire to presents an educational “politically positive” view of the Supreme Court ambitious admirable, it could also be a very dangerous and disingenuous “comedy adventure” if not handled with the gravity the thorny real-world topic deserves. I mean, just from the start I was pretty uncomfortable looking at sexy young versions of the Justices considering how scared I am over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s actual elderly health leading to another lifetime appointment for a monster.Fortunately, the folks at Just Us Games were gracious enough to respond to my pretty skeptical questions about Supreme Courtship and its methods. But in the spirit of the game, I’ll let you be the judge. (Note the answers have been edited for clarity and flow).On Calling Supreme Courtship A “Dating Game”Supreme Courtship is a “dating game” more in form than in content. While we’re borrowing some aspects from dating games (character-focused storylines, and the ability to grow a friendly relationship by spending time together), the game itself does not have any overt sexuality or romantic relationships. Think of it like Persona – you can optionally become closer with some of the Justices over the course of the game, by spending time with them outside of the Court. Doing so will unlock side stories and endings for that Justice, but the core game will remain largely the same.The “dating” is more akin to friendship-building. We want to emulate the friendship that Justice Ginsburg and the late Justice Scalia shared. You can befriend any of the Justices regardless of your gender (or their politics). The demo currently has a male and female option for players, and we plan to include a non-binary option as well.How does the game avoid erasing the complexities of these real-life prominent figures and how we relate to them?The truth is, most Americans can’t name even one Supreme Court Justice. Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, since unlike the president or congresspeople, Justices don’t need to be elected or campaign for your vote. Our goal with Supreme Courtship is to make the judicial branch more interesting and relatable, to help players develop informed opinions about the only members of our government that serve for a lifetime.The Supreme Court is very complex – as are each of the Justices – and we will do our best to capture this complexity in Supreme Courtship. After all, complex characters are fascinating. However, we’ll never be able to do as good a job as we’d like. Our hope is that we can take players with a surface-level knowledge of the Supreme Court, and introduce them to some of that complexity. Perhaps society can do the rest?(At the other end of the scale, many of our most ardent fans are law students, lawyers, and law clerks that love seeing pop culture references to the Supreme Court. It is unlikely our game will cause them to be misinformed about the Court!)If I find Clarence Thomas, his anti-same sex relationship rulings and past sexual misconduct, abhorrent, can I express those feelings?We very much want players to come away from Supreme Courtship with strong feelings about the Justices, and not try to sugarcoat anything. As far as expressing those feelings within the game, that’s something I’d very much like to explore, but I don’t know exactly what form it’ll take. (Due to the nature of crowdfunding campaigns, we need to raise more money in order to finish this thing up!)One thing that we are certain to include is the ability for players to make informed choices about who they want to spend time with and befriend. Due to the political nature of the game – and the fact that players might want to avoid certain Justices – we will make sure that players are always choosing which Justice they want to spend one-on-one time with, and will never be stuck with one of them.If this game had come out later would I have been asked to “date” Brett Kavanaugh given what he’s been accused of?The original concept for the game did focus more heavily on the “dating” aspect. With Thomas – a man infamously (and unapologetically) accused of sexual harassment – on the Court, this was already a sensitive topic. We met with local leaders of Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action to discuss how to handle Thomas in the game, and our takeaway was that he should be included in the game, and that we should address the controversy within the game rather than sweep it under the rug. We kept working on Supreme Courtship, and prepared for a launch in mid October 2018, to capitalize on the heightened political energy around the midterms.But Kavanaugh blasted those wounds wide open again. Not only was Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault, he chose to deny it with a fury and an openly partisan bias that will have a lasting effect on public trust in the judiciary. After all, it’s difficult to trust in the integrity of the Supreme Court when men accused of violence against women are in a position to tip the scales against them, as Thomas did with his deciding vote in Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.After Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the idea of making a game where you “date young, sexy versions of the US Supreme Court Justices” (our original tagline) was no longer appealing to us. After taking some time off, we decided to rebrand – our art became less “sexy” and more stylish and cartoony / expressive. And we focused more on the Phoenix Wright-style humor that had always been at the heart of the concept. After that rebrand, we’ve all been much more excited to work on the game again.But no. There’s no room in our idealized version of the Supreme Court for a man who has been credibly accused of sexual assault, and chose to deny it with a fury and an openly partisan bias that will have a lasting effect on public trust in the judiciary. There is no place for that divisiveness in our game, let alone our nation’s highest Court. It’s a shame that a small indie studio from Seattle must maintain higher standards than the US Senate.Some have accused us of writing revisionist history. No decision we make is going to please everyone, and doing so was never the goal. We can only make the game that speaks to us and our values, and hope it resonates with others as well.We won’t be ignoring Kavanaugh’s confirmation entirely – his demeanor and the manner of his appointment have raised issues that we’ll address within the game. What is the effect of having two men with a history of harassment or assault against women serving on the Court? What happens when the public loses faith in the judiciary? How can a Justice be impeached?We’ve written about our stance on Thomas and Kavanaugh, if you’re interested in reading more.Is Merrick Garland in this game and does the game delve into politics of senators holding court picks hostage from rival presidents?It’s worth noting that in Supreme Courtship, the only “real-life” characters are the Justices themselves. Members of other branches of government (cough Trump cough) are not in the game – we instead use fictional characters to represent them. The notable exception will be Merrick Garland.Thanks again to Just Us Games for taking the time to answer our questions. If Supreme Courtship still sounds like the Phoenix Wright meets Dream Daddy of your wildest legal desires see it for yourself on Kickstarter. For less political Valentine’s Day gaming check out these games to play with your partner. 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

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WISHH Supports World Egg Day Activities in Ghana

first_imgPhoto: Eggs are stored in crates before being sold in markets. The eggs are taken from layers at the I.M. Unity Farms in Dormaa, Ghana.Every year on the second Friday of October, World Egg Day is celebrated with activities worldwide that recognize the importance of eggs to nutrition.This year, the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), with support from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) AMPLIFIES Ghana Project, used the day to increase awareness of the benefits and nutritional value of eggs, using its new slogan “For good health, think egg.”AMPLIFIES supported GNAPF in the design, planning and organization of this year’s festivities at Ghana’s State House. A promotional float involving hundreds of participants including students, farmers, association members and various stakeholder groups paraded through Accra, distributing eggs and promotional leaflets, while also disseminating information on eggs. All this was done with the support of a brass band and a master of ceremonies.At the Ghana State House, students from Accra Polytechnic showcased over 40 egg dishes, demonstrating the egg’s versatility as a “superfood.” Keynote addresses and speeches were given by prominent nutritionists, government officials and poultry farmers. The presentations were interspersed with entertainment, music and fun facts about eggs. The turnout and ensuing media profile provided much needed visibility to GNAPF, and set the foundation for the upcoming, joint Ghana Poultry Project (GPP)-AMPLIFIES national campaign to promote poultry products, and increase per capita consumption from less than one egg a month to higher levels, closer to other countries with similar levels of development.last_img read more

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Grief for woman lost in house fire

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered Saturday at the site of a fatal house fire in the Sifton area to mourn the passing of a woman they described as “everybody’s mom.”Donna Franchino, 58, died Friday after a house fire ripped through her home at 15209 N.E. 74th St., her family confirmed Saturday.“She was always the first person in the neighborhood to welcome new neighbors and let the kids know that our home was their home,” said Franchino’s daughter, Nicole Franchino. Looking at the many people who endured the rain to pay their respects, she said: “These are all her kids; she took care of everybody.”Candles illuminated tear-streaked faces as people shared their memories of Donna Franchino.Originally from New York, she was heavily affected by the Sept. 11 attacks.She once dated a firefighter and got to know members of his ladder company in Manhattan. “They took me under their wing,” Donna Franchino told The Columbian in September 2001. She helped raised $3,200 for the families of the firefighters who died in the tragedy.The national tragedy spurred her to take on a career as a technician in the emergency room at Providence Portland Medical Center, Nicole Franchino said.Virgil Adamson worked alongside Donna Franchino for nine years as a security guard at the hospital.She often showed her love, he said, by cooking.“Your waistline would expand when you worked with her,” he said. Adamson said she would stay up late after a graveyard shift to cook for others, and she was known for bringing in multiple cheesecakes at a time.last_img read more

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Retired Coral Springs deputy police chief arrested for road rage

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A retired Coral Springs deputy police chief was arrested for allegations of road rage.Fifty-six-year-old Mark Haydu is now being held without bond at the Broward County Jail.Witnesses said he got into a fender bender with another driver, then hopped out and punched that driver twice in the face.The road rage incident happened Friday morning in the Home Depot parking lot, located near State Road 7 and Wiles Road, in Coconut Creek.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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APD releases names of officers involved in Home Depot shooting

first_imgThe Anchorage Police Department has released the names of the officers involved in last week’s fatal shooting. Officers Cole Grigg and Bart Filipowicz both fired on 23-year-old Benjamin Zekovic after he advanced on them while throwing weapons. The incident took place after a robbery at Home Depot in East Anchorage. Both officers were put on a 4-day administrative leave after the July 12th incident.Listen nowlast_img

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Party Politics National Edition Ep 31 War On Opioids Indictments And The

first_img 00:00 /20:23 White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and what he thinks happened with the Civil WarAnd finally, Brandon and Jay get into what happened earlier this week when the Robert Mueller Russia investigation around the 2016 election started to make their first arrests. Remember we’ve also got a weekly Texas-centered episode, too that you can find on iTunes!Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting with: New York terrorist attack, eight deadPresident Trump declaring war on OpioidsPresident Trump versus director Michael Moore Photo via Twitter @RealtorJairolast_img read more

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Chicago Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Black Man Running Away

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer fatally shot a 24-year-old Black man who authorities said pulled a gun while running away, prompting questions from the man’s family about why the encounter turned deadly.Sgt. Rocco Alioto said the “armed confrontation” Wednesday evening on the city’s South Side happened as officers conducted a narcotics investigation. He said the suspect fled on foot when officers approached. Alioto said in a statement that officers told the man to stop and he “produced a weapon,” so the officer shot him.In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo, Chicago Police remain at the scene of a shooting near 47th Street and Prairie Avenue in Chicago. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune via AP)The man, later identified as Maurice Granton Jr., died of a gunshot wound to the back, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Thursday. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which is investigating the shooting, said late Thursday that preliminary evidence shows there were three shots discharged from the officer’s firearm.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that officers involved in a narcotics investigation were watching the area Wednesday evening through one of a number of surveillance cameras mounted on poles throughout the city. They saw Granton taking part in what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction and dispatched officers to the scene.Guglielmi posted on Twitter a photograph of what he said was Granton’s weapon found at the scene. He said that there is physical evidence that the gun had been fired. No officer was shot although a sergeant may have suffered a broken ankle during the confrontation.The police department has not released the name or race of the officer involved in Wednesday night’s shooting. Alioto said the officer has been placed on 30-day administrative leave in line with department policy.The shooting of Granton comes as police have faced intense scrutiny over allegations of excessive force involving Black suspects. White officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald. He has pleaded not guilty. Release of a video of the shooting of McDonald a year after it happened prompted outrage and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.Chicago police released more details of the Wednesday shooting after Granton’s sister, Joanna Varnado, suggested that the officer had used excessive force.“Since when does running validate somebody getting shot?” she asked. The Chicago Tribune reported that Granton’s family expressed doubts that the gun belonged to Granton, the father of two young daughters.“I just want to know what the real story is,” Varnado said. “If it was misconduct, I want justice. My brother was 24 years old. He loved his girls. That’s all he lived for, was his kids.”last_img read more

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