New Delhi: Rain brought a much needed respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday and this spell of pleasant weather is likely to continue for another couple of days. Several parts of the national received morning showers which made the weather pleasant. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average and humidity was recorded at 82 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory, recording for which is considered official for the city, recorded traces of rainfall, while Palam and Lodhi Road observatories recorded 1.8 and 1.5 mm rainfall respectively. The weather man predicted a windy day with the possibility of thundershowers, light rain accompanied by lightning. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 34 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT department official, light rain is predicted for the next two days.
Rabat – An Englishman subject to an international search warrant by the International Police Organization (Interpol) for digital fraud was arrested in Tangier on Wednesday, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The 49-year-old was the subject of an Interpol red notice, a request to locate and provisionally arrest individuals ahead of their extradition.The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Morocco’s national security agency, said that his arrest is in line with the efforts made Moroccan security services to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation to fight transnational crime.DGSN added that competent Moroccan judiciary authorities will decide on the extradition procedures, noting that coordination in this regard is under way between Morocco, Interpol headquarters, and its bureau in Washington.According to the security agency, Interpol distributed a red notice to its member states against the man in question on July 17. An international arrest warrant has also been issued against him by United States judiciary authorities for digital fraud.
Rabat – Venezuelan president Nicolas Madoro arrived in the Algerian capital on Sunday for a two-day visit.The Algerian presidency said in a statement that Madoro’s trip to Algiers is an opportunity “to evaluate bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”Madoro was greeted at the city’s Houari Boumediene airport by Abdelkader Bensaleh, the president of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of the country’s parliament. As the Algerian online media outlet TSA pointed out, the agenda of Madoro’s trip is not known. The news website described the visit as seemingly having been scheduled at the last minute.The embattled Venezuelan leader landed in Algiers following his participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Astana, Kazakhistan, where he took part as the serving president of the Non-Aligned Movement.AFP said that Algerian officials did not exclude the possibility of a meeting between Madoro and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.However, the health of the Algerian president continues to deteriorate. The last time he received a foreign official was in March, when he he met with Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.Caracas and Algiers entertain good relations. Both countries are members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and both share a similar stance on the question of Western Sahara.Along with Cuba, Venezuela is the Polisario Front’s biggest supporter in Latin America, which has often led to verbal clashes between Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and the Venezuelan ambassador Rafael Ramírez.Madoro’s visit to Algeria takes place at a time where the South American country is still divided between the president’s supporters and his opponents.The Venezuelan government met anti-Madoro protests with oppression, accusing them of serving a foreign agenda to topple the regime.On Monday, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra‘ad al Hussein stated that crimes against humanity had been committed in the country.
Rabat – Despite Polisario’s attempts to block the Euro-Mediterranean agreement on air transport between the European Union and Morocco, the European Parliament adopted the agreement by a large majority of 511 votes in a plenary session this Tuesday.The EU-Morocco air agreement gives European airlines “unrestricted freedom, landing, take-off, passenger and cargo, between the EU and Morocco,” including the region of Western Sahara.Under the agreement, Moroccan airlines also enjoy the same rights in all EU countries. Prior to the adoption of the agreement, the Polisario Front’s representative in Europe, Mohamed Sidati, issued a statement calling on the European Parliament to postpone the vote until the European Commission “provides legal clarity on the territorial scope of Western Sahara.”However, his objection was not taken into account.“The EU’s decision to include the Western Sahara in the aviation agreement it signed with Morocco is a hard blow to the Polisario and its statehood claims,” said Morocco World News senior analyst Samir Bennis.“Not only does the agreement represent a tacit recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory, but it shows also that the EU is not ready to sacrifice its strategic relations with Morocco at all levels to accommodate Algeria and the Polisario’s ambitions to establish an independent state in southern Morocco.”The agreement entered into force temporarily in December 2006. In February 2014, the European Commission proposed some amendments following the admission of three new countries to the EU and the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2017.Sidati denounced the adoption of the agreement, saying that it strengthens Morocco’s “illegal occupation” of Western Sahara.The agreement also coincided with a lawsuit the Polisario Front filed against Transavia Airlines over its new line between Paris-Orly and Dakhla in Western Sahara, which opened October 26, 2017.While the Polisario called for the ban of the line and for EUR 400,000 in damages, “the lawsuit will be overruled because it has no legal basis now,” said Bennis.
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Republican state senator says Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposal is the perfect tool for asking Alaskans if they want a budget that goes to extremes or if they are open to broader discussion.Sen. Peter Micciche (mih-CHIK’-ee) says Alaskans can help decide if they want to “live essentially like cavemen” without services they count on or want to find a different balance.Dunleavy has proposed addressing Alaska’s deficit with sweeping cuts and tax collection changes that would benefit the state but pinch some boroughs and municipalities.He also has proposed a full payout to residents this year from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund.Micciche says if his constituents want a full dividend, he’ll push for that. But he says the effect of the current budget plan is to shift costs locally.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
TORONTO – The Progressive Conservatives accused Premier Kathleen Wynne of lying about the state of Ontario’s finances Monday and said the Liberals intentionally misled taxpayers and international bond rating agencies.But the Liberals say they provided an update on the province’s finance last September, six months after the “secret reports” now being highlighted by the opposition.Cabinet documents released to a legislative committee show finance ministry officials warned the government in 2013 that it was not on track to balance the budget by 2017-18, but Wynne publicly said exactly the opposite and didn’t rein in government spending, said Opposition Leader Tim Hudak.“We found ministry of finance documents for cabinet that say that the premier was told flat out that her plan to balance the budget was a phoney plan,” said Hudak.“Kathleen Wynne knew she was driving Ontario in the wrong direction, knew it would cost families jobs, but instead she kept her foot on the gas and she continued to mislead the people of the province.”There’s no way the Liberals can eliminate the $11.7 billion deficit on schedule, and the cabinet documents provide irrefutable proof that the Liberals can’t be trusted, added Hudak.“So I guess it’s a question of who do you believe: the senior finance officials who actually crunched the numbers or the Wynne-McGuinty Liberals who have a habit of lying to taxpayers,” he said.In the legislature, Wynne said the Liberals made it clear in last fall’s economic statement that revenues were $5 billion off because of a faltering global economy.“Ontario’s revenues are more than _ I think you should hear this because you haven’t read it _ $5 billion lower than projected since the 2010 budget,” she said. “We are constantly updating numbers.”Outside the house, Finance Minister Charles Sousa accused the Conservatives of playing games, and said their accusation was “a bit rich” coming from a party that hid a $5.6 billion deficit in their last year as government in 2003.“We’ve already released an updated statement in September realizing and recognizing the challenges before us and recalibrating the spending necessary in order to meet our targets,” said Sousa. “We’re doing what’s necessary, so I find it rather humorous that they’re playing politics this way.”Wynne told the legislature it was the government’s job to understand what is changing in the province’s fiscal and economic situation.“Of course we worked with our officials and there are numbers that are updated, changes that are made,” she said. “We run scenarios. We look at options. That’s how you develop a responsible position, and that’s what we are doing.”But Hudak wasn’t buying Wynne’s explanations.“I think that people expect the government to be honest with taxpayers about the true state of finances _ another, as you characterize it, fundamental difference between you and me,” said Hudak.The documents also show the Liberals counted on revenue from a Toronto casino, which never got off the ground, and an expected savings of $239 million from the divestment of Ontario Northland Transportation Corporation, which in fact would cost the government $790 million.Despite the changes, Wynne was confident the books will be balanced on schedule, and will keep adjusting the numbers as it goes forward.“We are dealing with the numbers that we are confronting and we are going to make responsible decisions that keep us on the path of investing in people and in businesses, but at the same time making sure we stay the leanest government in the country,” she said. “It’s that balancing act that we’re dealing with.”The Liberals still haven’t said when they will introduce this year’s budget, but issued a news release Monday noting that the last three budgets from the previous Conservative government were introduced in May or June.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa hold a media availability in Toronto, Monday, March 17, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 17, 2014 9:06 am MDT Conservatives accuse Premier Wynne of lying about state of Ontario’s finances AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Trey Wertz scored a career-high 33 points on 9-of-15 shooting Thursday night to help Santa Clara beat Jackson State 81-70.Wertz made 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 11 of 13 at the foul line. Josip Vrankic added 19 points and Josh Martin had 14 rebounds to go with six points.The Broncos (2-5) never trailed in the game and had their largest lead at 69-57. It was Santa Clara’s second win in a row after opening the season with five straight losses.Jontrell Walker scored 17 points, Chris Howell added 16, Justin Johnson and Venji Wallis had 10 each for the Tigers (1-7).Jackson State closed the deficit to 39-36 with a 7-0 run spanning both halves. Keshawn Justice’s 3-point play gave Santa Clara a 62-54 lead and the Broncos led by at least seven the rest of the way.The Tigers lost their third in a row.The Associated Press
The oil on canvas portrait of the Queen, by Michael Noakes between 1972 and 1973, appears to have been raised several inches up the wall from its previous position to ensure it is visible in the official picture by photographer, Matt Holyoak. Below her, gathered together for the first time, are the faces of those who will carry the baton for decades… Given her advancing years and remarkably busy schedule, it was understandable that the Queen, by mutual consent, chose not to attend Prince Louis’s christening. 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. But the 92-year-old monarch poignantly retains a place in an intimate family portrait taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House last week, watching over the next generation of her family.
Offering consumers both a range of laptops and popular games hardware does have its advantages when it comes to tempting students into buying new kit. Sony has decided to take full advantage of that fact by bundling either a PS3 or PS Vita with an Ultrabook purchase.If you class as a student or faculty member then Sony has a number of Ultrabooks and laptops that qualify for the offer. The cheapest of these is the Vaio 13.3″ T Series Custom Ultrabook that includes a Core i5-3317U running at 1.7GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, and 13.3-inch display. All for just $749.89 including a free carry case worth $50.The prices escalate beyond that right up to the $2,899.99 for the Vaio Z Series. But in all cases you have the option of an additional device for free or discount off another purchase. The choices include a 160GB PS3, a PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi version, $200 off a range of PlayStation gear, or 8% off a Vaio PC purchase.It’s a very tempting offer, especially when you consider the PS3 costs $249.99 so you’re effectively getting that Vaio T Ultrabook for $499.99. The PS3 and PS Vita are also instant additions to your cart using the eCoupon, so they will probably ship at the same time as your new laptop.There’s no end date listed on the Sony offer page, but I wouldn’t take too long deciding on whether to take them up on the offer. As word of the free hardware gets around stock is surely going to disappear quickly.More at Sony
Community Home Health & Hospice will offer an eight-week, free grief support group for survivors of suicide loss.The class will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 7 through March 28 at Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 N.E. 134th St., Vancouver. It will be facilitated by hospice volunteer Rick Sievers.“Those first two months, I felt like I was having a heart attack every day,” Jarl Peterson, a group participant, said in a press release. “I want everyone to know about this group. I want to reach as many people as possible.”This group focuses on the grieving process of suicide bereavement. You can learn about the biology of suicide, and meet other families dealing with grief. After completing the course, attendees then continue to meet monthly in an open-ended group. They can come once, or indefinitely.Only one member of a family should participate in each eight-week session so the person can focus specifically on their grief. Registration is requested. Please call 360-703-0300 or email email@example.com.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – Providenciales – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating the following reports over the last few days:On Sunday, February 4th 2018, at 11:45 p.m., a man in the Snake Hill area, on Millennium Highway, contacted 911 after he and his wife were awakened by two males with handguns, one dressed in blue pants and a blue T-Shirt and the other in a green shirt and blue pants. The culprits made way with money and two cellular phones.Also on Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. a man of Millennium Highway requested police assistance after he was awakened by two males with handguns. According to the complainant, one of the males was wearing a blue shirt and pants and the other, a green shirt and blue pants. The culprits got away with two Samsung galaxy phones and $25.00USD cash.On Monday February 5th, 2018 at 12:47 a.m., 911 Central received a report that a man was at home in Snake Hill, Millennium Highway, when a male dressed in black, entered his house with a firearm and took his cellphone and money and fled the scene.On Monday February 5th, 2018 at 12:59 a.m. another resident of Snake Hill, reported to 911 that two masked men entered his apartment, both with firearms and demanded money. A watch, cellphone and money were taken. The culprits fled by foot.On Monday February 5th, 2018 at 12:48 a.m., A man contacted 911 and reported that he was held at gun point at his home by a masked man in Blue Hills . The culprit left with $65.00USD.On Monday February 5th, 2018, the 911 Centre received a report of a Robbery in the Blue Hills area. The complainant stated that he and a friend were approached by two armed males, one wearing all black, the other- all white. Taken were, two cellphones, watch, and identification cards.Also on Monday, February 5th, 2018, at 3:13 a.m., a man contacted the 911 Centre to report a burglary in Blue Hills. Among items missing were one black wallet, one Samsung Galaxy phone value $350.00USD, a Black Hand bag and a cream color hand bag.Police are also investigating a report made on Monday February 5th, 2018 by a man of Boddle Way, Blue Hills, who stated that between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. he was forced to leave his home with gunmen to drive to the ATM Machine. $300USD was taken from the complainant’s home, while he was forced to withdraw $1000USD from the ATM machine.The complainant described the culprits as two masked males, one dark in complexion, about 5 feet 7 inches, slim build, wearing dark clothing, with both hands covered with socks. The second male was dark complexion about 6 feet tall, slim build, wearing dark clothing, and both hands covered with socks.Anyone who may knowledge of the crimes mentioned, the police would like to hear from you. Please contact Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.#MagneticMediaNews#homeinvasionspreeinProvo#TCIpoliceconcernedaboutarmedthefts Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#homeinvasionspreeinProvo, #magneticmedianews, #TCIpoliceconcernedaboutarmedthefts
A coalition of agricultural organizations, including ASA, submitted a letter this week to the Senate Finance Committee, identifying priorities for comprehensive tax reform.The Senate Finance Committee established working groups to review options and invited groups to submit their priorities and comments by April 15.The ag coalition identified the following priorities: retaining cash accounting for agricultural operations; restoring Section 179 expensing limits to $500,000 and indexing for inflation; removing limitation on the amount that property values can be reduced to reflect use valuation for estate tax purposes under Section 2032A; maintaining stepped-up basis; maintaining capital gains rates at lower levels; and maintaining 1031 like-kind exchanges. Thirty six agricultural organizations signed the letter, which can be viewed here.The prospects for comprehensive tax reform moving forward or getting enacted are low, due to the difference in tax policy priorities among Democrats and Republicans and the many different views held by individuals and interest groups who are concerned with the net impact it could have on their tax liabilities. The overarching goal of Republicans is to simplify the tax code and eliminate some tax credits in exchange for reducing overall corporate and individual rates. Democrats want to protect and maintain tax provisions that benefit lower income individuals and increase tax revenue to invest in other priorities. While prospects for agreement on tax reform are low, the need to identify revenue to pay for legislative priorities such as a new, long-term highway infrastructure bill could provide some impetus to bipartisan negotiations on tax reform.
Gov. Bill Walker scheduled meetings with two of President Obama’s cabinet secretaries while he was in Washington Tuesday for the swearing in of Alaska’s new U.S. senator.Download AudioHe says he talked to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the road options to the Greater Moose’s Tooth field on the North Slope. That wasn’t the only road they discussed. Walker says Jewell seems resolute in opposing a road between King Cove and Cold Bay, but he says it was good to hear her exact reasons. Walker says he doesn’t think it’s a lost cause.“Well I’m not convinced of that. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes on it is a good thing,” Walker said. “So I’m going to take a look and see if there are some options available in advancing that road project.”He took up the Prince Rupert ferry dock with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Walker says they discussed the possibility of a waiver from the requirement to use U.S. steel, an issue Walker says he’s still undecided on himself.“The main thrust of the meeting was that. We also talked about some of the issues associated with moving liquefied natural gas by train,” he said. “It’s something that’s been discussed. It’s an option for moving Cook Inlet gas from the Mat-Su area to Fairbanks.”It was the new governor’s second trip to the nation’s capital since he was sworn in. He says he doesn’t plan to make the trip so frequently in the future. Correction: An earlier version of this story said the governor “made the case” to Sec. Foxx for a waiver from the U.S. sourcing requirements for the Prince Rupert dock. The governor’s office says he did not request a waiver.
Pakistanis began casting votes on Sunday for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party hopes a resounding victory in the eastern city of Lahore would show that support for the family was undiminished despite the Supreme Court’s removal of Sharif in July.Sharif’s daughter Maryam has spearheaded the PML-N campaign for her mother Kulsoom – who is the MPL-N candidate despite receiving cancer treatment in London with Nawaz at her side.Maryam, who some PML-N leaders see as a future leader, has framed the poll as a chance for voters to give a bloody nose to the judiciary by handing the party a thumping victory.“Will you take revenge for your disrespected vote?” Maryam asked supporters at a recent rally.Opposition leader Imran Khan – whose threats of street protests pushed the Supreme Court to launch a probe into Nawaz’s wealth – is seeking to build on the success of his anti-graft crusade by making inroads into Sharifs’ power base in Punjab.The Supreme Court in July disqualified Sharif because he did not declare a monthly salary, equivalent to $2,722, from a company owned by his son when the veteran leader, who had held power twice in the 1990s, became prime minister for the third time. Sharif denies receiving the salary.Khan has turned the by-election into a plebiscite about corruption, and has accused the provincial Punjab government, which is run by Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz, of abusing state resources to help the PML-N campaign.“Your prime minister owns some of the most expensive real estate in the world – all in his daughter’s name. Meanwhile half the children of this country are malnourished,” Khan told a rally on Saturday.Analysts predict PML-N will win again but they say Khan’s party would build momentum ahead of the 2018 poll if PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid, a gynecologist from the area, substantially reduces the PML-N’s 40,000 vote-winning margin from 2013.“PTI would be very happy if the margin ended up being small. That would be a victory for them,” said Hasan Askri a political analyst.Many of the 321,633 registered voters in the central Lahore NA-120 consituency are conflicted.“My head goes towards PTI while my heart goes towards PML-N,” said Ali Raza, 25, a bank employee.Kulsoom and Rashid will be competing against about 40 other candidates, including religious parties. One candidate is backed by a new party that is led by an Islamist firebrand who is subject to a $10 million bounty offered by the United States.Hafiz Saeed heads the Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity, having founded and formerly led the Lashkhar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group that carried out the 2008 attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people. The United States has placed Saeed, the charity and LeT on a terrorist list.Voting began at 9am (0400 GMT) and the polls are due to close at 5pm, with results likely to be announced after midnight.
For three hours, the audience — former “SCTV” crew, friends and family, Canadian media industry and cultural types, and hundreds of ticket buyers (but, sadly, no one dressed as Edith Prickley) — in the packed 1500-seat Elgin responded with laughter and applause to smartly assembled, themed montages that provoked the group chat. Beauty, eh? As Levy related, “SCTV’s” first two seasons, which aired on the then-fledgling Ontario network Global (the show was only available then in syndication in the U.S.) “taught us what not to do — almost everyone came out of theater, so we had to learn how to produce a show.” After the tech checks (one camera boom was named Johnny LaRue, after the late “SCTV” star John Candy’s recurring character), the curtain rose on panel moderator Jimmy Kimmel, standing center stage in front of eight armchairs, which were set in a curved row, and a backdrop of large “SCTV” stills that surrounded a two-story-high image of a vintage television. Popular on Variety While the actors took some polite digs at rival show “SNL” — they had a hoot recalling the “SCTV” sketch “Thursday Night Live” — they more frequently described the show’s supportive working vibe, which was the polar opposite of the fictional station’s dysfunction. “We would stand behind the cameras, it was always collaborative,” Martin recalled. “We were a part of everybody’s scene, it was never us against them.”The Toronto audience particularly enjoyed the discussion of Candy’s brilliance and warmth, and of how everyone the cast met or worked with — even longtime “SCTV” producer Andrew Alexander, who is one of the reunion-special producers — inspired a bit for the show. “We couldn’t believe how easy it was,” laughed Moranis, who played Bob. “It was nothing like any of the other pieces in the show — one of those weird things that caught on.” In addition to naming favorite and despised characters, the actors discussed the origins and ethos behind iconic bits, recurring sketches, and, of course, the pop-culture phenom Bob and Doug McKenzie, the toque-wearing, beer-guzzling hosers who emerged in 1980 when the show was aired on pubcaster CBC and two additional minutes of Canadian content was required. Kimmel, who watched “SCTV” growing up in Las Vegas, called the show “one of the strangest, greatest things I’ve ever seen” and the reason why the U.S. is “not building a wall on the Northern border,” then introduced the first clip montage, which included the first scene of Episode 1 and generous clips of some legendary “SCTV” sketches and characters. Announced last month, the as-yet-untitled special, directed by Martin Scorsese, will explore the legacy of “SCTV” —the beloved Canadian sketch-comedy series that ran six seasons, between 1976 and 1984, and chronicled the singular oddball characters and outrageously ambitious programming of a small, perpetually underfunded station in fictional Melonville. Canadian broadcaster CTV announced that it has teamed with Netflix to become the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the special. Under the partnership, Netflix will premiere the “SCTV” special worldwide in all territories except Canada, where it premieres exclusively on CTV. Following CTV’s airing, the special will be available on Netflix in Canada. Three days before the Sunday taping, local excitement heightened when it was confirmed that Rick Moranis — who in 1997 took a hiatus from regular onscreen work — would join previously confirmed “SCTV” members Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, and Dave Thomas onstage. TORONTO — Loud and abundant hometown love set the tone in Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on Sunday, as seven stars of the legendary “SCTV” reunited for a lively conversation filmed in front of a live audience for inclusion in an original Netflix comedy special, set to air in 2019. While there were few revelations, the warm, effortless banter that flowed between the actors kept the audience hanging on every word, whether it be about celebrity impressions, wrap-arounds, wrap parties, or the secret behind successful “SCTV” parodies of well-known American plays, soap operas, and mobster films. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Stay on target While most of us have logged our fair share of hours playing Diablo 3 and Minecraft, sometimes we all need to unplug from our terminals and take part in some face-to-face contact with fellow humans. Of course, there is no rule that says that this contact has to be limited to serious activities. In fact, I prefer to gather my geeky friends around a large table with some comfortable chairs on top of a rug (that really ties the room together) and to roll some dice, lay out some tiles, and take part in the act of tabletop gaming.Whether it be every player for themselves or the group working as a team against an unspeakable horror, there are some amazing board games out there that smash through the humdrum stereotype that has been created around games like Monopoly and Scrabble. If you find yourself on a quest to have some honest-to-goodness geeky fun that requires people to actually physically near each other, here are five of the best board games that we every geek should have in their libraries, ready to be brought out at a moment’s notice.Ticket to RideProbably one of the most entertaining best board games that I have ever had the opportunity to play, Ticket to Ride is a strategic title that put players in the role of a railroad tycoon in the early 1900’s. The goal is to build an empire that spans the United States while making shrewd moves that block your opponents from being able to complete their freight and passenger runs to various cities. With a method of gameplay that’s startlingly simple yet incredibly entertaining, Ticket to Ride appeals to all types of players. Of all the titles in this list this is the one that non-geeks will have the most fun with, at least based on my experience.This is also a great title for train enthusiasts, as there are several different versions including a Marklin set that focuses on scale model trains using a German map. A game for up to five players, Ticket to Ride is appropriate for people of all ages. We have seen children as young as seven years old play and win this game with no handicaps placed on the adults at the table. PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&…‘Metal Gear Solid’ Board Game Is Tactical Tabletop Action Arkham HorrorWhere most board games usually pit player against player, the creators of Arkham Horror designed a gameplay experience where everyone who’s playing the game is working together to beat the board. Based on the classic Lovecraftian horror mythos, players work to battle and banish the Ancient Old Ones, like Cthulu and the King in Yellow, as these creatures struggle to destroy the world. Players have to battle both insanity and phyical attacks from supernatural creatures as they race around the board to try and save the day.Arkham Horror stands as one of the most deep and complex best board games that has ever been devised. With games taking upwards of six hours to finish, the experience is one that isn’t for everyone (or for kids under the age of 13). With over 700 pieces and an equal number of cards, this is a title that requires a lot of space to play on, especially since it’s not uncommon to have to leave the game for another session to actually complete.Even if you’re not familiar with HP Lovecraft and his monstrous (in several senses of the word) writings, Arkham Horror and its expansions are still incredibly entertaining. Settlers of CatanSettlers of Catan is most likely a title that you have heard of before. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, it’s one of the most successful best board game franchises of all time. While not usually available in mainstream department stores, it’s not unusual to see copies for sale in a Barnes and Noble book store. Set on the fictional island of Catan, players struggle to build the largest settlement on the island by shrewdly trading resources and placing buildings to gain control of items that will help in the construction efforts.Of all the games on our list, this is probably the most cutthroat one we have played. If you have ever played Monopoly with your grandparents who lived through the Great Depression, you know what we mean when we say this. Settlers is laid out that you have to trade with other players to reach your goal of winning the game. If one player in the game decides to hold onto a specific resource, they can impede the progress of the rest of the gaming group. Of course there are mechanics to try to stop this from happening, but skilled players know how to negotiate these in a way that’s beneficial to themselves. That being said, the game is still extraordinarily entertaining. While we wouldn’t call the game fast-paced, the experience is anything but boring as each game is randomized by the shifting around of the islands tiles each time you start a session. CarcassonneOften hailed as the “gateway drug” of tabletop board gaming, Carcassonne is a tile-based game where players compete to score as many points as possible by recreating the fabled French city of Carcassonne and its fortified walls. Known as one of the most conquered cities in history, the historical backdrop of Carcassonne provides a rich tapestry of structures to be built to help players score the most points to win the game. Because it’s a fast game that has an element of luck that when combined with some strategy, beginning gamers find it a very accessible title.Working in a round-robin turn system, each player randomly selects a tile then places it on the board in an effort to build fortified cities, cloisters, and farms and garner the most points possible. Using followers called “meeples”, players can claim tiles in hopes that the tile map will go the way they need to help them finish their structures.Also probably one of the best values in the board game market along with being one of the best board games, you can pick up the Carcassonne “Big Box” that contains the base game along with five expansions that add to the gameplay experience in different ways. Memoir ’44As an answer to the horde of World War II video games that have been churned out every since Saving Private Ryan hit the silver-screen, Memoir ’44 is a card based board game that seeks to recreate some of the historical assaults and battles that took place during the epic struggle between the Axis of Evil and the Allied forces in Europe. Requiring strategic play of randomly received cards, players maneuver their plastic army men across the map in an effort to achieve the victory conditions of the scenario chose at the start of play. With fifteen different expansions, the franchise offers an incredibly flexible amount of gameplay options that are available to groups of two players all the way up to eight commanders when played in “Overlord Mode” which requires two copies of the base game.What we like about this best board game is that it’s very easy to play, and can be enjoyable for anyone not just military buffs looking to recreate the Omaha Beach landings. If you’re looking for an incredibly deep strategic experience that successfully mimics actions on the field of battle, then Memoir ’44 isn’t for you. However if you are looking for a fun gameplay experience that’s set in one of the most compelling periods of global history, then you can’t go wrong.Of course, there are a great many more titles that are equally as enjoyable as these five of the best board games we have laid out for you above, but this list should give you a good start if you are just beginning to build a library of your own. If you have suggestions for titles that should be added to the list, leave them in the comments! And check out other board game lists like these Halloween tabletop games and Catan gifts.
David Cage sucks. He sucks. And while I’m sure there are plenty of talented developers at Quantic Dream, as long as the team is completely at the whim of his wannabe amateur film auteur ego its games have also sucked. Heavy Rain sucks. Beyond: Two Souls sucks. And last year’s Detroit: Become Human is so bad I don’t know if its stupidity or its racism offends me more. And that’s just the games, that’s before you start digging into creepy details like a nude model of Ellen Page made without her permission or David Cage suing journalists who investigate credible sexism complaints at this studio.But none of that is new. So why bring up Quantic Dream today? Admittedly one of the studio’s strengths is creating games with shockingly photo-realistic human characters (humans then made to participate in the dumbest “realistic” games and stories alive) and that technology historically has been used to show off the graphical prowess of PlayStation hardware. But now Quantic Dream is getting a new partner and is leaving Sony exclusivity behind. And at GDC the team revealed that former PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are all now coming to PC through the Epic Games Store later this year.Quantic Dream is remaining independent, but it is getting a substantial investment from huge Chinese publisher NetEase, whose other projects include Diablo Immortal, whatever Bungie is working on besides Destiny, and probably a bunch of mobile games that a earn billion dollars per day. Quantic Dream made this announcement with a stunningly creepy video given to Variety featuring one of its beautiful android lady slaves from Detroit, whose sole existence is to smile and explain this dry and arguably dystopian financial news to you before turning herself off.Given how advanced their technology is, and how ultimately limited the market for its games probably are, we suspect Quantic Dream had to rely on Sony for its ambitious projects just to get funding. But with NetEase’s help, Quantic Dream will have the resources it needs to make games for whatever systems it wants, from the beefiest gaming PCs to whatever the PlayStation 5 and next-gen Xbox turn out to be. Heck, they might even make a Nintendo Switch game.And even if it didn’t ultimately prevent the deal, NetEase reps did say they were aware of the controversy surrounding the studio. But the most important takeaway here, and this can’t be said often enough, is that David Cage still sucks. For good PlayStation 4 exclusives check out our reviews of Spider-Man and God of War. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits
Here are the dates for Disney’s Star Wars & Marvel Days at Sea in 2019 Tags: Disney, Theme Parks & Attractions Share Thursday, January 25, 2018 Posted by CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line will set sail in 2019 with more epic adventures at sea, featuring some of today’s most beloved superheroes and sci-fi characters.Two popular itineraries – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea – will sail across the Caribbean and Bahamas on two Disney cruise ships.From January to early March 2019, Star Wars Day at Sea will sail special seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean. The cruise features a full day of Star Wars activities including a deck party with a fireworks display, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, encounters with heroic characters, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise.Star Wars Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral.Departing Jan. 5, 19, Feb. 2, 16 and March 2, 2019, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica, and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDeparting Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9 and 23, 2019, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.Marvel Day at Sea will take place onboard five-night Disney Magic sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas from January to early March. Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the select Disney Magic sailings, this celebration of the Marvel Universe combines the thrills of Marvel comics, films and animated series with the excitement of a Disney Cruise.Marvel Day at Sea will only be offered on 10 Disney Magic Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami.Departing Jan. 6 and 20, 2019, the western Caribbean itinerary includes George Town, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.Departing Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8 and 22, and March 8, 2019, the Bahamian itinerary includes Key West, Nassau and Castaway Cay.Departing Feb. 3, 17 and March 3, 2019, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel and Castaway Cay.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more information go to disneycruise.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
MIAMI — Carnival will operate its largest Bermuda season ever in 2019-2020, with more than 40 voyages visiting the island, including eight week-long cruises departing from Baltimore and Charleston in 2020.In total, six different Carnival ships – Carnival Breeze, Magic, Pride, Radiance, Sunshine and Sunrise – will offer four- to nine-day Bermuda cruises from five homeports along the eastern seaboard between now and next year. Carnival is the only cruise operator to offer round-trip Bermuda cruises from Charleston, Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale. Nine-day Bermuda departures have also been added to the New York-based schedules of the totally transformed Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance that include four-day cruises to the island as well. “Guest feedback on our Bermuda program has been nothing short of sensational and we’re delighted to expand our offerings to provide even more guests an opportunity to experience all this tropical island paradise has to offer,” said Fred Stein, Carnival’s Vice President of Revenue Planning and Deployment. More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe seven week-long cruises to Bermuda from Baltimore will be offered aboard Carnival Pride and spend three days in Bermuda, while a seven-day cruise from Charleston aboard Carnival Sunshine will feature two days on the island along with a visit to the private Bahamian destination of Princess Cays. Baltimore departure dates include May 31, Aug. 2 and 23, Sept. 6 and 20, and Oct. 4 and 18, 2020. The cruise from Charleston departs Oct. 17, 2020. Share Monday, July 15, 2019 Carnival will operate its largest Bermuda season ever in 2019-2020 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Bermuda, Carnival << Previous PostNext Post >>