Better coordination of efforts to help Afghanistan priority for new UN envoy

Kai Eide, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told his first press conference in Kabul that he wants to “create a new sense of momentum and a new sense of urgency” in the way international efforts are coordinated. Mr. Eide just returned from Bucharest, Romania, where he joined Mr. Ban, President Hamid Karzai and other leaders at last week’s high-level meeting on Afghanistan, held as part of the summit of the member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).In Bucharest, Mr. Ban acknowledged that the UN has not been as effective as it needs to be in coordinating the international community, adding that the new Security Council mandate will allow the world body to take a more assertive role in coordination.“We have to get away from a situation where an Afghan administration which is still in need of capacity-building is faced with a too fragmented international community,” Mr. Eide stated. “And we have to make sure that the agenda that we pursue is the Afghan agenda and not a number of national agendas. Among the coordination structures in place is the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), co-chaired by the UN and set up in 2006 to monitor implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year blueprint for the country’s reconstruction.Related to the issue of better coordination is the question of aid efficiency, the Special Representative noted. “We have to ask ourselves, do we have adequate resources, do we spend them well enough, do we spend them sufficiently through Afghan channels and budgets, and can we eliminate duplication,” he said. Mr. Eide added that the Bucharest meeting was “very encouraging” for the UN, since it reaffirmed that the international community wants a stronger and more prominent role for the Organization in the country. The meeting also displayed a strong international commitment to help Afghanistan not just by increasing troop levels but also by strengthening efforts in reconstruction and development and in governance. “I have never before seen such a strong international commitment to a broadly-based international effort to support Afghanistan,” he said. 9 April 2008Improving coordination of international efforts to help bring peace and development to Afghanistan will be a key priority for the United Nations, the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the strife-torn nation pledged today. read more

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For sale bejewelled Beedle The Bard given by J K Rowling to

first_imgBarry Cunningham with his copy of The Tales of Beedle the BardCredit:Barry Cunningham One of the seven books previously sold for nearly £2m JK Rowling, the author, is said to have given her blessing for the sale It is one of only seven presentation copies of the book in existence, all given by Rowling to the most important people who helped bring her boy wizard to the public.It is conservatively estimated to sell for up to £500,000. The first of the seven copies to be sold, in 2007, went for £1.95million.Mr Cunningham, who now runs his own publishing house, said he would be sad to part with the edition, but that he hoped to use the gift to benefit his children as well as Rowling’s charity Lumos. He spotted the potential of J K Rowling’s first Harry Potter manuscript, signing her up before warning her she ought to get a day job because she was unlikely to make money out of children’s books.But no man could be more delighted to be proved wrong than Barry Cunningham, the editor, who will next month make a fortune after selling his unique bejewelled copy of a rare Potter book at auction.Cunningham, a father-of-six, is to sell his one-off edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard at Sotheby’s with the blessing of J K Rowling, nearly 20 years after Harry Potter first hit the shelves. JK Rowling, the author, is said to have given her blessing for the sale But, he admitted, he had told Rowling on their first meeting that she may wish to consider taking a second job because “you don’t make a huge amount of money from children’s books”.“She nodded wisely and then sensibly decided to ignore me,” he joked. Each of the seven books had its own personalised cover It contains illustrations by JK RowlingCredit:Sotheby’s It tells five wizarding fairytales left, in the story, to Hermione Grainger by Albus Dumbledore to help Harry Potter finally defeat Voldemort in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.The book will be on display at Sotheby’s, London, this weekend before being sold on Dec 13.  “It was an amazing and totally unexpected gift,” he said. “It’s absolutely breathtakingly wonderful, and I now want to make sure I can do good with it.”The manuscript is decorated with seven unique mounted rhodochrosite stones, differing with each copy to represent each owner’s personality. To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOUJK Rowling One of the seven books previously sold for nearly £2mCredit:Sotheby’s It contains illustrations by JK Rowling It will be sold along with the envelope it arrived in through the post; an unexpected gift which he said left him “flabbergasted”. It is inscribed: “To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell… THANK YOU”.Mr Cunningham told The Telegraph he had been won over by the friendships in the novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, believing it would go on to be a “book for book-huggers”. For years, the book was kept locked away in Mr Cunningham’s house, but it has recently been loaned to museums and stored in a bank. Each of the seven books had its own personalised coverCredit:Sotheby’s 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. Barry Cunningham with his copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bardlast_img read more

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Distribution of pension books commences on Monday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioners to receive allowances with ease through electronic systemNovember 11, 2016In “latest news”Audit finds discrepancies in distribution of Old Age Pension booksJune 10, 2016In “latest news”Govt seeking to phase out old age pension booksJanuary 24, 2018In “latest news” Despite plans to do away with the pension book system and digitise the process, the Social Protection Ministry has announced that the 2019 Senior Citizen Pension Booklet will be distribution on Monday.The Ministry made the disclosure in a notice in several of Guyana’s daily newspapers.According to the notice, pensioners are expected to have their 2018 booklet as well as their national identification (ID) card to be able to uplift the new books.This time around, the Ministry has also noted that all pensioners will be required to uplift their booklets themselves, as no authorization will be allowed.It was noted that the distribution centers were placed as close as possible to pensioners.Distribution of the new booklets will be facilitated from 09:00h on Monday and wind down daily around 14:00h at the more than 100 locations across the country.This year’s disbursement of pension books is likely to come to a halt by December 7.The government had first revealed plans for an electronic payment system for pensioners back in 2016. The system is intended to have pensioners uplift their monthly allocations through the local banks.Director of Social Services, Wenthworth Tanner, was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that the ministry was working in collaboration with the Public Telecommunications Ministry to upgrade the system into an automated one.Tanner noted that an important aspect of the project will be the sanitisation of the old age pension database to remove deceased pensioners from the pension register. The digitisation project was intended to ensure efficiency, accountability, and transparency in the distribution of Old Age Pension. read more

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England v Ireland what we learned from the Wembley stalemate

first_imgThe result. This was no moral victory of old. It was a genuinely respectable draw away to one of the top 10 international sides around. No, England are not world-beaters or potential World Cup winners but their fundamental quality is high and their own desire in winning this game was revealed with the increased pressure of the final 15 minutes. Having put it up to them, Ireland held on. A draw at Wembley is not to be dismissed, regardless of the context.speaking of that context, this was an eminently enjoyable atmosphere. As Robbie Keane referenced beforehand, it may even reflect a healthier rivalry between the two countries. Beyond a few scattered boos for James McClean, there was barely a hint of ‘No Surrender’ and plenty of respect for the anthems. Chants like ‘you’re supposed to be at home’ were borne of friendly mischief rather than any malice.the charge of electricity that went around the ground as Shane Long powered that header into the net. For a few minutes, it seemed Ireland might have been on the verge of something a little special that transcended the status of a friendly game.the quality of that header itself. You will not see many better in the air.the manner in which Seamus Coleman and Long combined for such a moment of technical excellence also illustrated their obvious importance to the team. Along with James McCarthy, they were the finest performers of the night and proved their status as the side’s new core. This was the kind of thing people were railing about when Giovanni Trapattoni was neglecting them for so long.as a consequence of that new core, Ireland also continued to play this more progressive game than during the 2008-11 period. It was also positive that, as that perseveres, so did Trapattoni’s capacity for claiming good results away from home.the performance of David Forde, and especially that late one-on-one against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The badthe failure to hold on to that lead. Ireland did have the chance to turn a positive occasion into something to really remember.that inability was a result of a defensive rawness. By the time Frank Lampard got his touch on that 29th international goal, there were seven Irish defenders in the box. It was atrociously slack marking that wouldn’t have been seen in the first three years of the manager’s reign. In that, there’s also perhaps an unfortunate irony for Trapattoni. Just as he starts to develop the attacking side of the team, he loses the dependability of his backline.while Trapattoni now deserves credit for belatedly but relatively successfully introducing that new nucleus, the ongoing treatment of Wesley Hoolahan is odd. His introduction last night would not only have allowed Ireland to better keep the ball against a one-dimensional England, it would have provided the player with a significant boost in international terms. You could understand him getting a bit agitated with it all.on that note, some of the manager’s substitutions in general continue to be surprising.Robbie Keane is a fine figurehead who ‘gets’ occasions like that and may well be a productive impact sub, but he no longer has the energy to lead the line.British and Irish Lions hit the ice baths in recovery session before first TestMarouane Fellaini: No plans to join Manchester United GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI’S IRELAND side battled to a 1-1 draw with England last night. Here’s what we can take from the performance.The goodlast_img read more

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Poll Have you ever made an official complaint about a company

first_img Yes, I don’t let them away with anything (1269) No, I’ve never OFFICIALLY complained (2275) THERE WERE MORE than 56,000 complaints made by consumers to the National Consumer Agency (NCA) last year.Most of the complaints were about the sale of second-hand cars but people also complained about banks, retailers, service providers and other companies.We’re wondering how much you lot kick up a fuss if you’re unhappy with a service or company.Have you ever officially complained either to a company or to the NCA? Poll Results: Yes, I don’t let them away with anythingNo, I’ve never OFFICIALLY complainedVotelast_img read more

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Trump says Palestinians need to get rid of hate as he supports

first_imgTrump says ‘Palestinians need to get rid of hate’ as he supports one-state solution in Israel conflict International consensus has called for a two state future, but Trump has taken a different view. Trump with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu today. Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association Images Short URL Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 9:23 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3242074 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email center_img Feb 15th 2017, 9:23 PM 87 Comments Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association Images 19,425 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has halted Washington’s quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.The new president warmly welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the “unbreakable” bond between their countries.And – while he urged Netanyahu to “hold back” from building Jewish settlements for a “little bit” – Trump broke with the international consensus insisting on a two-state future.A two-state solution would see two separate states created, while the one-state solution would see both Israelis and Palestinians granted citizenship and equal rights in the entity which combined Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza strip.“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,” he said.I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but, honestly, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition, and Trump’s views on the shortcomings of the Palestinian position will delight them.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” he said, echoing Netanyahu’s argument that the Palestinians are not ready for peace.Netanyahu had warm words for the Israeli-US alliance, and hammered home his own prerequisites for peace.“First, the Palestinians must recognise the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction,” he said.“Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River,” he added.This region contains the entire West Bank area that would represent the heart of any Palestinian state as conceived in all previous international agreements.Arab capitalsThe previous US administration of Barack Obama had warned Israel that if it did not reach a two-state deal with the Palestinians, it would never reach an accommodation with the Arab world.But Netanyahu insisted he was already developing closer security ties with his Sunni neighbors, who share Israel’s concerns about Iranian subversion and “radical Islam.”And he urged Trump’s administration to get on board.“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” he told Trump.“I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.”But whatever the view in Cairo and in Riyadh, the change in the US position, which was revealed overnight by a White House official, triggered Palestinian despair and consternation in international capitals.The second-ranking official in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Saeb Erekat, denounced it as an attempt to “bury the two-state solution and eliminate the state of Palestine.”And he implicitly warned Israelis that any single state that emerged would not be a specifically Jewish nation.“There’s only one alternative,” he told a news conference. “A single democratic state that guarantees the rights of all: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”Victory cryThe new US message deliberately echoed the long-standing Israeli position: No peace deal can be imposed from outside and the agenda for talks must reflect the reality on the ground.Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader of the hardline Jewish Home party and an opponent of any Palestinian state, cried victory.“A new era. New ideas. No need for third Palestinian state beyond Jordan and Gaza. Big day for Israelis and reasonable Arabs. Congrats,” he tweeted.But Trump’s decision flew in the face of an international consensus that any final status agreement must be based on a return to Israel’s 1967 border — albeit with land swaps.Just five days before Trump’s 20 January inauguration, Obama’s outgoing US administration was among 70 countries to endorse this vision at a peace conference in Paris.And just a month before that, Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations allowed a Security Council motion that criticised Israeli settlement building to pass without the usual US veto.Addressing a US-Israeli conference in December, the then secretary of state John Kerry called settlements a “barrier” to progress.Under Trump, that vision appears dead, and Washington has aligned itself with Netanyahu’s government and its supporters in the right-wing settler movement.Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.France, which organised the January peace conference, was also unimpressed.Its ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, told reporters “our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever.”Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to lead peace efforts.Kushner had dinner with Netanyahu – a long-time family friend – and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on yesterday night and attended the White House news conference with his wife Ivanka Trump.© – AFP 2017Read: After damning leaks, Trump says his own spies are behaving ‘just like Russia’Read: White House urged to discipline Conway over ‘free commercial’ for Ivanka Trump with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu today.last_img read more

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Dublin Fire Brigade to be balloted on strike action

first_img TRADE UNION SIPTU is planning to ballot members of Dublin Fire Brigade on industrial and strike action.The decision was made at a meeting yesterday and is in relation to a lack of ambulance resources.Siptu represents about 800 members of DFB – the majority of employees.A letter sent to Siptu members, and seen by TheJournal.ie, refers to a recent Hiqa review that requested Dublin City Council (DCC) “urgently identify and implement measures to address ambulance capacity issues in Dublin”.It states that DFB management “subsequently identified a requirement for four additional resourced ambulances” – something Siptu says has not been provided.The letter described the decision to ballot members on industrial action as “regrettable” but “the only option available”.Overworked and under-resourced Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, Siptu sector organiser Brendan O’Brien said he believes funding is the main reason behind the additional ambulances not being provided.As a result, our members who work in Dublin Fire Brigade are put under undue pressure to deliver a service which is under-resourced.“Anyone who has been brought to hospital by DFB this winter has seen how hard these guys work, they don’t stop. This is an unsustainable situation.”O’Brien said it will take a few weeks to ballot members.In a later statement, O’Brien added: “In December, senior management of Dublin City Council was informed by Siptu members that if the DFB was denied the resources necessary for it to achieve its Hiqa targets it would automatically trigger a ballot for industrial and strike action.”A spokesperson for DCC said it has “no comment to make on this matter at the moment”.Read: ‘It’s such a tragedy’: Community in shock after woman (26) dies in crashRead: Big changes ahead for how courts award damages in cases of catastrophic injuries Dublin Fire Brigade to be balloted on strike action Siptu says a lack of ambulances means firefighters are overworked and under-resourced. Friday 13 Jan 2017, 4:59 PM Jan 13th 2017, 4:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36 Comments Image: DFB/Twitter 9,343 Views By Órla Ryan Share61 Tweet Email Image: DFB/Twitter Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3185392 last_img read more

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Melbourne and Sydney shapeup for a massive New Years Eve

first_imgLord Mayor Robert Doyle has promised a new “Melbourne Moment” will sound the beginning of the new decade this New Year’s Eve in Melbourne.And instead of the customary Lord Mayoral address, the city will be lit up by a 10-second countdown to midnight that will see V-shaped comets shoot from the rooftops of the city’s tallest skyscrapers.“It’s a real Melbourne thing with its own identity,” Mr Doyle told the Sunday Herald Sun.“It’s absolutely Melbourne and I love the idea that there will be tens of thousands of people in the streets to countdown 10, nine, eight and so on.”The countdown will be followed by a 10-minute fireworks spectacular that will be visible from anywhere in the city, as well as any vantage points throughout the suburbs that have a view of the city skyline.The fireworks display will be the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration that Melbourne has ever seen.The $225,000 spectacular will be set to a soundtrack featuring memorable pop songs that will be broadcast on 99.7FM, a frequency setup especially for the occasion.Celebration sites will also be setup at Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, Alexandra Gardens and Docklands.Family-friendly celebrations will be held at Yarra Park, near the MCG, commencing at 5pm and ending with a fireworks display at 9:15pm.There will also be an early fireworks display at 9:15pm at Victoria Harbour, Docklands.NOT TO BE OUTDONE the City of Sydney will host its own massive New Year’s Eve celebrations, commencing at 5pm with aerial displays over the city centre, and projections on the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge of the evening’s theme, ‘Awaken the Spirit’, in multiple languages including Greek.Sydney’s celebrations will also include a family fireworks display at 9pm, and culminate in a 12-minute fireworks spectacular at midnight.For the full program of celebrations in Melbourne click here while for the full program of celebrations in Sydney click here. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Quand les poules auront des droits

first_imgQuand les poules auront des droitsL’année 2012 verra le rêve des poules de vivre dans de grands espaces se réaliser. L’Union européenne avaient adopté en 1999 de nouvelles normes visant à élargir l’espace vital des poules pondeuses. Elles doivent entrer en vigueur dimanche prochain.A partir du 1er janvier prochain, les normes, relatives à l’élargissement de l’espace de vie des poules, adoptées il y a près de 13 ans, devront être appliquées. Elles imposent d’étendre l’espace vital pour chaque poule. Elles feraient ainsi passer cet espace réduit de 550 centimètres carrés, soit la surface d’une feuille A4, à 750 cm2, dont 600 cm2 au minimum de surface utilisable. Les aménagements sont eux aussi redéfinis. En effet, une mangeoire d’au moins 12 centimètres de long devra être procurée à chaque poule et l’accès à un abreuvoir, à un nid, à la litière, à un perchoir et à un dispositif de raccourcissement des griffes sera désormais obligatoire. À lire aussiL’étonnante éclosion d’œufs du crapaud de SurinamAlors que les pays membres de l’Union européenne devaient se préparer à ces changements avant l’entrée en vigueur de la nouvelle législature, beaucoup sont en retard comme la France et la Pologne. La Commission européenne avait annoncé qu’environ 51 millions de poules européennes restaient, encore au mois de novembre, tenues dans des cages non aménagées. Elle a d’ailleurs menacer d’ouvrir des procédures d’infraction contre onze Etats de l’Union. La France en fait partie.Cette nouvelle législature, qui a pris plus de dix ans pour être appliquée, annonce des progrès. Cependant, l’association L214 pour l’élevage en liberté ne se fait pas trop d’illusions. “Actuellement, les poules disposent d’une surface équivalente à une feuille de format A4 (550 cm2 par poule), et à partir de dimanche, elles disposeront d’une surface supplémentaire d’un peu plus de deux tickets de métro”, explique-t-elle. Selon elle, les batteries sont très utilisées pour la production d’œufs, bien plus que ce qu’on s’imaginerait. Elles hébergeraient actuellement 80% des poules produisant les œufs consommés en France. Ne plus acheter les oeufs apposés d’un code 3 En ce sens, l’association invite les consommateurs à boycotter les œufs de poules élevées en batterie. Ces œufs sont reconnaissables au code apposé sur chacun d’eux qui commence par le chiffre 3. Lorsque le code commence par le chiffre 2, cela signifie que la poule a été élevée au sol mais sans accès à l’air libre. Enfin, le chiffre 1 est réservé aux œufs de poules élevées en plein air et le 0 à l‘élevage bio.Le 29 décembre 2011 à 20:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Hidden River City Ransom Password Discovered After 27 Years

first_imgIf you were a gamer during the Nintendo Entertainment System era then you no doubt remember that quite a few titles had password features. Most games didn’t have a way for players to save their progress so passwords were the best alternative. Since the NES and its games have been around for decades, it would be easy to assume that all passwords for all of those classics have been discovered. However, a new video proves otherwise.A YouTuber by the name of Bisqwit managed to find a long-lost password for River City Ransom. In the video below, he explains the arduous process he had to go through in order to find this password. The difficulty stems from River City Ransom‘s unique password system, which has spaces as valid characters. Also making things trickier is the fact this password uses a 5-7-5 haiku pattern. Therefore the pattern doesn’t match up to the game’s 33 letter password system.This password wasn’t used for the purposes of starting at a specific level in the game. Instead, it grants players beefed up stats including boosts for a hidden stat that increases combo speed and grants maximum money and access to all of the technique books. The code basically makes you more of a bad-ass and is effectively a Game Genie-esque cheat code.It’s always fun when something new for an old game is discovered. Beyond being a great find in and of itself, what makes this particular discovery even more impressive is that Bisqwit had never even played River City Random before digging around for passwords. Make sure to watch the video in full as this really is quite a remarkable accomplishment.last_img read more

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Rhythm Game SpinOffs We Want After Cadence of Hyrule

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form I always thought Crypt of the NecroDancer was a cool concept. Fighting monsters while staying on beat turned combat into a kind of dance mixed with a very fast turn-based strategy game. And the music was absolutely incredible, even if the retro sprites were a little too retro. But the neat idea was ruined for me by the needless difficulty and randomization of the roguelike genre.So I’m thrilled the recent inexplicable yet incredible crossover Cadence of Hyrule- Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda fixes virtually all of those problems. The game is still tough and there are still random elements but they are heavily reduced in favor of a typical 2D Zelda adventure where you can actually make progress over hours of play. The roguelike elements are almost vestigial.Cadence of Hyrule is much more about messing around with Zelda items like hookshots and boomerangs in this new rhythm game context, as well as soaking in the 16-bit Zelda art you’d never guess an indie game pulled off. As far as 2019 Zelda games on Nintendo Switch go, I may end up enjoying this game even more than the Link’s Awakening remake just because of how fresh it feels to explore and fight through.But of course Cadence of Hyrule’s greatest strength comes from the art form powering the whole gimmick. The music, once again by Danny Baranowsky, is absolutely incredible. Chill Zelda beats to study to. Rousing symphonic overworld journey music backed by dance hall beats. Disco descents into enemy dungeons. Epic boss showdown show tunes that make you feel like you’re listening to a Zelda-themed rock opera. I just wish more modern songs got recognition along with classic remixes, but that’s only because I want more music in general.I also want more games like Cadence of Hyrule. Not just other weird Nintendo mash-ups like Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle or Star Fox in Starlink, although those are both great. But I mean more games that apply the Crypt of the NecroDancer formula to other games with killer soundtracks. Games like these.Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, SplatoonAfter playing a game as awesome as Cadence of Hyrule, I could basically fill this entire list with Nintendo games that should get the same treatment. From the ambient natural atmosphere of Donkey Kong Country, to Metroid’s sci-fi riffs that metal musicians love, to the new-school punk dance hits of Splatoon, to the iconic tracks of the Mario franchise, these are all ripe for music spin-off potential. Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix isn’t enough.CastlevaniaCastlevania is almost underrated for the sheer variety of fantastic gothic techno music it presents to players. It gets your blood pumping as you prepare to slay some blood suckers. Castlevania’s general game design, using temporary items to explore a sprawling castle full of monsters, would also easily translate to the NecroDancer formula.Metal GearWe’d be grateful for a good new Metal Gear game period after the messy departure of creator Hideo Kojima. But a NecroDancer-style dance game, as weird as it sounds, is worth pursuing. Metal Gear is never afraid to inject some random goofiness into the serious military action. Snake sneaking around enemy bases is basically the same as exploring dungeons. And Metal Gear is chock full of awesome operatic vocal tracks that would be absolute bangers in a music game.Final FantasyFinal Fantasy technically already got a rhythm spin-off with the two Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games. But while they did feature some light RPG elements, they were really just about tapping and swiping icons on beat. What I’m asking for here is a full-on adventure based on the iconic Nobuo Uematsu tunes of this beloved enduring JRPG franchise.Guardians of the GalaxyWhile Square Enix has finally unveiled its big AAA Avengers video game (which looks more than a little creepy) rumors persist that the studio is also prepping a Guardians of the Galaxy game with its Marvel partnership. And given how prominent pop music is in the cinematic version of this franchise, a video game adaptation should totally go full-on rhythm game.Sonic the HedgehogFrom anonymous Michael Jackson contributions to beloved Crush 40 butt-rock, there’s a lot to choose from when making a Sonic music platformer. And the success of Sonic Mania should convince Sega to basically hand over the hedgehog to indies. But what really pushed us over the (h)edge was hearing this crazy “Green Hill Zone” cover by Stephen Colbert late night band leader on Jon Batiste who has also covered other gaming songs from Mario and Zelda. It makes more sense than “Gangsta’s Paradise!”Anything by Supergiant GamesDespite their disconnected fantasy/sci-fi worlds, projects from developer Supergiant Games share many things in common. They have gorgeous illustrated art. They have deep strategic gameplay systems. Logan Cunningham voices someone or something important. And most relevant here, they have stunning soundtracks by composer Darren Korb and vocalist Ashley Lynn Barrett. So whether it’s Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades, or something brand new, we need a Supergiant Games game that’s even more about the music.last_img read more

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Kaiser Permanente reaches deal with nurses health professionals

first_imgKaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a national, three-year collective bargaining agreement.The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals ratified the national and local agreements Friday evening by a vote of 98 percent. Other chapters will be voting throughout October on the agreement, and local union representatives believe the agreement will be completely ratified this month.That agreement covers health care workers at the five Kaiser clinics in Clark County. Once fully ratified, it will cover the 6,300 health care professionals in Washington and Oregon, and nearly 48,000 unionized Kaiser Permanente health care workers nationwide.The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals’ main focus was safe staffing, which means that Kaiser is allowing the proper amount of nurses to work, so that patients can get quality treatment.“We call it (safe staffing) because we see that there needs to be a certain amount of staff there for the patients to get the care they deserve,” OFNHP President Adrienne Enghouse said.The agreement also includes across-the-board wage increases, which vary by region and year, and safeguards for pensions that will ensure future employees can have pensions. It also means nurses won’t have their shift canceled.last_img read more

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Carragher on Solskjaer criticism Its absolute nonsense

first_imgLiverpool great Jamie Carragher has hit back at doubters questioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impact at Manchester United as “nonsense”This comes in light of comments made by former United midfielder Paul Ince, who suggested that “anyone” could have come in and achieved what Solskjaer has managed as interim coach.The Norwegian has won all six of his opening games in charge at United and has revitalised the squad’s style, which has seen the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford return to their best.And Carragher is certain that Solskjaer’s feats are worthy of praise.“A lot has been written about Solskjaer and everything being very, very positive on the surface,” Carragher told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think underneath that, a lot of people were looking at it before the Spurs game and thought: ‘Anyone could have gone in there and done that’. It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense.“He’s made big decisions by leaving people out – [Romelu] Lukaku, an £80 million striker, on the bench. When he’s brought him on he’s made an impact.“You think of Jose Mourinho, people were saying these games were easy. Last season, when Manchester United finished second and got to a FA Cup final, Mourinho lost three games to promoted teams.“So it’s not easy to go and wipe the floor with these teams. He’s made a great start to his career.”The Red Devils will be back in action on Saturday at Old Trafford to face Brighton in a Premier League match.last_img read more

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Melco says eSports stadium vital to Japan IR plans

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Melco Resorts & Entertainment has highlighted eSports as a key component of any integrated resort project it builds in Japan.According to Melco’s Group CFO Geoffrey Davis, an eSports stadium would comprise a significant piece of its IR pie should it be granted one of three Japan casino licenses on offer. RelatedPosts “It is very likely that the eSports stadium [will] become one of the key components of our integrated resort in Japan,” Davis told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in Kyoto. “The content that eSports offers will be very diverse, with the advancement of technology, by the time a resort opens in Japan.”Melco Resorts recently became the first of Macau’s six concessionaires to open a permanent eSports venue in the Asian gaming hub with Macau eStadium launching operations at Studio City in July.According to Davis, it is important that Melco targets visitors to a Japan IR who “are interested in experiencing and discovering new culture.“Since the gaming area accounts only for 3% of the total area, entertainment becomes very important,” he added.According to director of operations for the Japan IR Association, Ayako Nakayama, eSports are becoming an increasingly interesting option for casino operators worldwide.“Casino operators are starting to put eSports facilities into their resorts, hoping to increase occupancy by bringing in international players worldwide for various tournaments,” the Nikkei Asian Review quotes Nakayama as stating.“They are unlikely to secure the occupancy rate of hotels and convention centers with only general visitors. Specific events that can draw massive amounts of customers are necessary for their resort management.”last_img read more

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WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Looking For An Easter Basket Gift Idea

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Easter is coming up! Still looking for great gifts for your baskets? How about tickets for area attractions from the Recreation Department!Options include Boston Red Sox tickets for the game at Fenway Park on Friday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. We have bleacher seats reserved in Section 42 for $48 each.Or  theme park tickets for Six Flags New England, Canobie Lake Park or Altitude Trampoline Park.How about movie tickets? We have Showcase, AMC and Jordan’s IMAX tickets in stock.Of course, we always have Gift Certificates available for those who want to give the option for any kind of recreation!To purchase any of these tickets, please visit the Recreation Office in Town Hall, Room 8, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”Wilmington Recreation Department Selling Commemorative Bricks & Memorial Benches For Yentile FarmIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From The Recreation DepartmentIn “Community”last_img read more

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Avengers Endgame spoilers Just dont Russo Brothers say

first_img Endgame has leaked: How you can avoid spoilers online Marvel’s Kevin Feige: Endgame is ‘definitive ending’ #DontSpoilTheEndgame pic.twitter.com/YZhbrwcijJ— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) April 16, 2019 49 Photos 3:41 Marvel The Avengers Tags 1 Share your voice The note applauds the fan base that’s been on the Marvel Avengers movie ride for over a decade. “Please know that the two of us, along with everyone involved in Endgame, have worked tirelessly for the last three years with the sole intention of delivering a surprising and emotionally powerful conclusion to the Infinity Saga,” the brothers wrote. Please note the use of the word “surprising.” Now playing: Watch this: Show Us Yours: Marvel fandom pictures from our readers Endgame nears the end Enlarge ImageDon’t make Thanos mad by spoiling Endgame. Marvel Studios After a dastardly Avengers: Endgame leak, it’s going to be harder than ever to avoid spoilers for the upcoming Marvel movie. If you see it before your friends do, just keep your trap shut. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have asked politely. Please don’t disappoint them.The Russo brothers took to Twitter Tuesday to share a letter similar to one they composed ahead of Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. The Russos asked fans to please not spoil the movie for others who haven’t seen it. “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence.” Avengers: Endgame will fly into theaters on April 26 in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia. You don’t have to hide out on some other planet until then: Check out our guide to avoiding Avengers spoilers.    How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order TV and Movies Commentlast_img read more

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PTI asks Ayesha to apologise for harassment allegation

first_img.Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday issued a “legal notice” to former party member Ayesha Gulalai for her scathing allegations against party chief Imran Khan, demanding that she apologise and resign from the National Assembly.PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that since Gulalai has accused the party of moral and financial corruption, she should no longer retain her National Assembly seat won on the PTI’s ticket. He added that if she fails to resign, the party will request the Election Commission of Pakistan to denotify her.“We know that she (Gulalai) met Amir Muqam a day before she held the press conference,” Chaudhry maintained, implying that she was in talks with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.Gulalai in a press conference on Tuesday, however, denied that she would be joining the PML-N and levelled a series of serious allegations against Imran Khan and other top party members.Another party member, Alia Hamza, expressed her anger at Gulalai’s allegations, saying that Imran Khan had never disrespected her or any other female party member.“Our party is called the women’s party,” Hamza claimed. “With her accusations, she has not insulted Khan — she has insulted us (women).”In an angry tirade, Hamza asked why Gulalai remained in the party for four years if she was facing harassment. Hamza accused her of ruining politics for women for personal gains.“You weren’t even part of the core committee, yet you sat on the stage with party leaders during the (thanksgiving celebrations),” she said. “Imran Khan and the party gave you immense respect.”Gulalai, who hails from Waziristan and was elected to the Lower House on a reserved seat for women from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, announced her exit from the party on Tuesday, making  allegations against Imran Khan and other top party members.Gulalai made the announcement moments before the election of a new Prime Minister, and claimed “ill-treatment” of women in the PTI. She said she had conveyed her grievances to the party leadership but no action had been taken.last_img read more

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MPD Takes Community Policing to the Museum

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROFlanked by the cadets of the Metro Police Department (MPD) Academy, Mayor Bowser announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and MPD. UDC professors will teach all sworn and civilian member of the MPD a self-developed curriculum providing insight into the Black experience and the history of the District’s neighborhoods. The Smithsonian Institution will provide the blueprint for the course.“This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for our community and one small but important way we can provide our officers at MPD with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful,” Bowser said. Official training began for the entire staff in January 2018 but members of MPD’s Command Staff have been touring NMAAHC since June 2017.DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, MPD Chief of Police Peter Newsham and the cadets of the MPD Academy. (Courtesy Photo)With the NMAAHC in the backdrop, MPD Chief of Police Peter Newsham acknowledged the history of racialized animosity between the Black community and local police; a history well-documented in the museum’s exhibits.This training is an attempt to change that history. “The staff of the Metropolitan Police Department will gain detailed knowledge of the local community with historical context which will strengthen service for residents and visitors,” Newsham said.The new partnership builds on the Bowser’s stated commitment to building trust between law enforcement and the community. Since 2017, MPD has focused its community policing efforts  on a sector policing model to improve accountability and performance amongst the ranks.The move to innovate the MPD’s training program comes at a time when police departments nationwide grapple with institutional racial bias found across many police forces.Bowser punctuated the importance of the training program, “When residents and officers trust each other and understand each other, we are all safer,” she said.last_img read more

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GTA V PC preorders expected to start on Friday

first_imgTo say there’s a desire for Rockstar to release GTA V for the PC is a bit of an understatement. The game has had glowing reviews on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and there’s many a PC gamer who wants to have the chance to play it on their rig and at a much higher level of detail than current-gen consoles can achieve.We expect Rockstar will eventually announce the game for PC, but we don’t know when. However, we’re now hearing that pre-orders for the game on PC are expected to start this coming Friday.That’s the news coming our of Sweden, where retailer Elgiganten, better known as the Dixons Retail group of companies, is set to launch preorders for the game on January 31.We’ve seen the game go up for pre-order on online stores before, but that’s usually due to a mistake and the listing disappears soon after. In this case the pre-order offer looks to be planned and has been confirmed as going ahead by a manager of one of the Elgiganten stores.Rockstar hasn’t commented yet, but if it does get announced for PC on Friday we should also expect the PS4 and Xbox One versions to be announced soon after, or maybe even on the same day. On the other hand, with GTA Online factored in, a staggered launch might be the preferred option and news of a next-gen console launch could eat in to ongoing current gen sales of the title.Although this pre-order offer is meant to be happening in Sweden, by default that would also extend to other European countries. I’d also be very surprised if it didn’t include the US, too. Rockstar will want the PC version out in as many territories as possible at the same time.last_img read more

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