The clashes that broke out in North Kivu in the early hours of 28 August between the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congress for People’s Defense, known by its French acronym CNDP, was the first major incident since a peace agreement was signed between the parties in January.Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC), condemned the fighting “in the strongest terms,” stressing that any military action by the signatories of the Actes d’engagement reached in January constitutes a violation of the ceasefire.“MONUC calls on the parties to exercise restraint, return to their original positions and avoid any action that could lead to a further escalation of violence,” the mission said in a statement.The mission has dispatched patrols to the area and has been in touch with officials on both sides since the incident. Meanwhile, officials from the UN, European Union and Rwanda met on Wednesday in Kigali in preparation for a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group – through which DRC and Rwanda review efforts to tackle threats to peace and stability in their region, as agreed in a communiqué issued last November.They discussed a number of issues, including disarmament and repatriation of the DRC-based armed group FDLR (Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda), ahead of the meeting which will take place on Monday in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. 29 August 2008The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has strongly condemned the recent fighting between the Congolese army and rebels in the country’s east, stressing that it goes against the ceasefire signed earlier this year.
This is a corrected story. The previous version said there were six bitumen leaks.COLD LAKE, Alta. — A First Nation says it is concerned about two other leaks at an oil sands project in northeastern Alberta, bringing the total in recent months to six.Chief Bernice Martial of Cold Lake First Nation said Monday that she is worried about the safety of drinking water, animals and vegetation in her region.In July, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said a mechanical failure at an old well was behind ongoing bitumen seepage at its oilsands project on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.About 1.5 million litres of bitumen has since been recovered from bush and muskeg in the area.The band said in a news release that it recently learned of two additional leaks of bitumen, but the Alberta Energy Regulator says they both involved produced water back in May and June.Spokeswoman Cara Tobin said the waste water from the two sites, about 8,000 litres in total, has since been cleaned up.Company spokeswoman Zoe Addington confirmed there have been no further bitumen discoveries.“Each location has been secured and cleanup of bitumen at the four other sites is ongoing,” she said in an email.The last report posted by the regulator tallies dead wildlife from the leak at two beavers, 46 small mammals, 49 birds and 105 amphibians.“Our future generations will not be able to enjoy what once was pristine Denesuline territory,” Martial said in a news release.“Animals such as wolves and bears are now migrating through our community, which is a safety risk and precaution. The environment is changing and definitely not for the positive.”CNRL has been ordered to limit the amount of steam it pumps into the reservoir while the regulator investigates.Gerry Protti, chairman of the regulator, said that the spill has significantly affected the company’s finances.“We’re working extremely hard to come up with the cause of the issue and resolution around it. But when you’re taking 40,000-plus barrels of production out of their cash flow, that has a direct impact,” he said Monday in Calgary.“But that shows the importance that the province is attaching to development occurring with the minimum environmental impact.”Last month, company president Steve Laut said he didn’t expect the ongoing spill would have a long-term impact on production.He said he’s confident the company can either repair problematic wellbores or adjust its steaming strategy to work around them.
Noting the troubling fact that many countries, particularly fragile and conflict-affected States, may not meet the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Taur Matan Ruak, President of Timor-Leste underscored the inextricable links between peace and development and the attendant necessity of creating inclusive and responsive institutions.This was the message of the member States of the so-called g7+, which Timor-Leste currently chairs. Mr. Ruak said the 18-member voluntary coalition believed that the international community as a whole must draw lessons from this as it planned for the future. Along with Timor-Leste, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose leaders addressed the Assembly separately today on a range of development issues, the g7+ comprises Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan and Togo.Specifically on Timor-Leste, Mr. Ruak said that at the regional level, his country has established friendly relations with neighbouring countries in South-East Asia and the Pacific, in particular with Australia and Indonesia, “our closest neighbours, with whom we maintain intense cooperation.”“The process of reconciliation between Timor-Leste and Indonesia, and the excellent relations that our two countries have developed represent a model containing lessons that are useful and relevant beyond our borders and outside our region,” he said. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderIn his statement, Idriss Déby, President of Chad, also weighed in on the theme of the session – achieving the MDGs and identifying a coherent set of successor goals. He said the 2015 “will soon be upon us” and, sadly, it appears that a number of countries, particularly those that were fragile, will not meet the targets. That was largely due to lagging commitments in official development assistance (ODA) and other forms of assistance aimed at eradicating poverty. As that was the case, he said the African countries planned to adopt its own strategic development plan to achieve the aims of the MDGs. He said that Africa is dealing with wars, terrorism and other ills. He said that his Government hoped to see long awaited reform of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council. Keeping African countries outside the Council seemed shocking in this day and age. Indeed, Africa’s indispensible contribution to preventing and ending conflict meant that the continent can no longer be sidelined. Speaking later in the day, Ikililou Dhoinune, another member of the g7+, said that the United Nations had been set up to address the terrible scourges that were still plaguing the world today, terrorism, poverty and hunger among them. Yet, 68 years after the adoption of the UN Charter continued to exist under a state of domination by France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council. He citied many relevant resolutions reaffirming the independence of the Comoros and expressed frustration at the ongoing situation. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeHe said that since 6 July 1975 when the country had received its independence Comoros had continuously called simply for the application of international law. He said that when he had become President, he had sought to change the situation and had met with President Françoise Hollande on the matter and looked forward to those negotiations going forward. He requested the Secretary-General to provide his backing to the bilateral path that Comoros and France were undertaking in dealing with Mayotte. During the negotiations, Comoros will call on other international organization to which it is affiliated to provide it with full support. These leaders are among a number senior Government officials to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.
Hakeem Olajuwon199514.812.910.213.7✔✔ Does it get any better than this? The best player in the world, under pressure that would break lesser men, appears to be using it somehow to make himself even better. LeBron James’s NBA Finals performance so far is the kind of thing we like to dream great athletes can do.Unfortunately, he’s probably going to lose.Monday on FiveThirtyEight, my colleague Neil Paine discussed how both James’s basic and advanced stats point to his being one of the all-time great finals series. On the mothersite, Kevin Pelton argues that James should win the MVP based on WARP (wins above replacement player), and it seems that the idea that James should win the MVP even if the Cavs lose is getting popular.So I’d like to look at James’s production from a slightly different angle. Rather than just look at how James’s production stands on its own right, let’s see how much impact James has had on the series relative to everyone else — combined.Through the first five games, James has gathered an incredible 18 percent of all the points scored, assists dished and rebounds collected by anyone in this series. If that stands, it will be 1.1 percentage points higher than the next highest over the past 46 years (since they started having a finals MVP in 1969). Here are the top 20, plus James: Kobe Bryant2009220.127.116.114.9✔✔ Tim Duncan200318.104.22.1685.9✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200117.018.011.616.6✔✔ LeBron James201519.0%13.6%23.0%18.0%–– Shaquille O’Neal200217.914.88.415.8✔✔ PLAYERSEASONPTS.REBS.ASST.ALLWONMVP Tim Duncan199916.617.87.015.8✔✔ Michael Jordan19922.214.171.1244.4✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200018.020.25.416.9✔✔ Michael Jordan199116.28.824.315.6✔✔ Michael Jordan1998126.96.36.1994.1✔✔ The player closest to James who didn’t win the MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had a 15.5 percent share in the 1974 finals. Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks lost the finals that year to the Boston Celtics, and the MVP went to John Havlicek. The only person to win the finals MVP in a losing effort was Jerry West in 1969, and he happens to be right around the fringe where players any more dominant almost always get the MVP trophy.Meanwhile, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry — the most likely candidate to deny James (again) — presently has the second-highest share in the finals with 11.5 percent of all points, rebounds and assists. If it holds, this 6.5 percentage point gap between first and second would be the second-largest ever (since 1969):The only player with a greater than 4 percentage point gap who didn’t win the MVP was James last year, when the winner was Spurs breakout star and current Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard.In other words, not only has James been the most dominant player in these finals, he has also been one of the most dominant “most dominant” players in finals history.Of course dominating production isn’t necessarily the same as “value,” and I’ve dabbled in esoteric theories of value myself (like, say, how Dennis Rodman might have been more valuable than Michael Jordan).Still, this gap between James and most other finals MVPs — barring any substantial changes — is so wide that unless you rule out the defeated on principle, it will be hard to argue that he doesn’t belong in their company. LeBron James201214.313.021.914.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199718.58.615.115.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197113.518.66.614.1✔✔ Kobe Bryant201016.110.011.313.8✔✔ Dwyane Wade2006188.8.131.525.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197417.314.111.315.5 LeBron James201313.013.317.713.7✔✔ Michael Jordan199319.29.812.816.0✔✔ Jerry West1969184.108.40.206.5✔ Wilt Chamberlain197010.423.67.413.5
OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s inexperienced secondary exceeded all expectations during the 2016 football season. All one has to do is look at the success in pass defense — in terms of interceptions, passes defended and passing yards allowed — to understand why OSU has both starting cornerbacks and its best overall player at safety projected as possible first-round picks.Dominance from cornerback Gareon Conley was seen as a possibility before the season. But the emergence of Marshon Lattimore opposite Conley was not as anticipated. Now, both are gone and the Buckeyes will have to reload.They certainly have the class to do that.OSU coach Urban Meyer snagged the top two cornerbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, according to recruiting site 247Sports, in freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade who have already enrolled.To add to that, Alabama transfer and the No. 1 junior college cornerback Kendall Sheffield will also join the Buckeyes in 2017. Okudah, Wade and Sheffield are all in contention to start at cornerback next year, and all will participate in spring practice which begins March 7. Sheffield is expected to join the program that month.“When me and Jeff (Okudah) talked, we said we are going to push each other no matter who starts or who plays over each other, we are going to push each other,” Wade said on National Signing Day. “That’s really the only thing we were talking about.”The OSU secondary intercepted 21 passes and returned a school-record seven for touchdowns. Conley and Lattimore each had four interceptions while safety Malik Hooker reeled in seven, including three touchdowns. The first-year starting safety was the most athletic of the bunch and will be difficult to replace.It’s probably too much to ask of the four freshmen cornerbacks in the 2017 class — which includes four-star, early-enrollee Marcus Williamson — or the current cornerbacks, junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette, to duplicate the numbers that Lattimore and Conley produced. But that’s not saying that expectation isn’t there.“We’ve only been here for a month, so we haven’t gotten a chance to feel the expectations but we know what the expectations are,” Okudah said. “With the class like the one we brought in, it’s the highest expectation and that’s to win a national championship.”For beginners, Okudah, Wade and Sheffield — all of which were former five-star recruits — possess the size of Conley, Lattimore and former OSU and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple. Standing at 6-foot or taller, each of the three already fit into that mold that has become a breeding ground for NFL cornerbacks. That being said, Conley, Lattimore and Apple all redshirted their first seasons in Columbus. It’s not unprecedented for freshman to start at OSU, but to have an opportunity to play immediately for not one, but three players at one position — a chance that often isn’t presented to even the most heralded OSU recruits — is a rarity. However, that’s an even greater tribute to the talent, confidence and maturity the newcomers have before being with the program for a full month.Meyer said that immediate assistance will come in the defensive backfield.“I see those guys (helping),” he said. “We targeted those guys from day one, and we got the three primary guys.”
The Liberian president has been attacked by an opposition politician who believes this is not how things should be doneAfter news broke out about the plan by Liberian president and former football star George Weah to award Arsene Wenger, some critics started speaking out.Weah wants to give his country’s highest honor to the ex-Arsenal manager and French football coach Claude Le Roy on Friday.Mertesacker says Arsenal lacked consistency to win the EPL under Wenger Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the former Gunners footballer, Per Mertesacker, the team played well but lacked something special to be crowned champions.But an opposition politician has criticized the plans.Darius Dillon said on Wednesday that the president is only recognizing people who played a role in “his personal life”, according to an article by the Associated Press.“It only tells the publicity stunt, the political stunt that the president wanted to gain out of today didn’t happen,” Dillon said a few days ago after storming out of a meeting with Weah.
According to the Red Devils manager, the team is responsible for resurging after the bad start of the 2018-2019 season.When Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United at the start of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season things were not good.The Red Devils had many problems at the start of the season and there were a lot of rumors about fights and other kinds of discussions.But after Mourinho was let go, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the team’s helm and has renewed the confidence of United.“I’m not here to talk about myself,” Ole said according to the team’s official website.“It’s about how you work with the players, how you work for the club, so you’ve got to manage for the club. It’s not about me at all.”“Sir Alex [Ferguson] has been to the training ground a couple of times,” Solskjaer added.“I always make sure I go and visit him after every game in his lounge at Old Trafford and it’s great to see him at the games because he’s well, he’s healthy.””It’s just great to have a little football chat with him and his friends after every game. We don’t speak every week on the phone, of course, but we keep bumping into each other at the stadium,” he explained.“Of course, my job is to make them [the players] perform better and my management with them is to get the team playing better.”“I’ve got Mike, Kieran, Michael, Demps [Mark Dempsey] and Emilio [Alvarez] with the keepers – fantastic staff,” he commented.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Of course, if we work together as a team and the players respond to that, the results are coming and the playing style is coming, that is a big plus for us as a club, but I don’t think about it away. This has never been about me at all.”“It’s the staff, us together with the players and with the crowd,” Ole said about who was in charge of the resurgence.“So, in the last 10 minutes against Burnley, that was the crowd lifting the players. That was the players then responding to that. It’s not about me as a manager if I put in this system or that system.””It’s how we work together and that for me is more of a testament to the club than it is to me and what we’ve done so far,” he continued.“I had to come in and talk to the players. Talk about their performances, how we perform, what we expect from the playing style.”“If we can get the playing style right, I’m sure we’ll get enough points to be in with a shout towards the end of the season,” he concluded.📢 Voting has opened for #MUFC’s January Goal of the Month!Does @MarcusRashford’s fine finish v Spurs get your pick? 🎯— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2019
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, owned by Ambre Energy and Arch Coal Inc., wants to export up to 44 million metric tons of coal annually to Asia.In a statement emailed Monday to The Columbian, Wendy Hutchinson, vice president of public affairs for Millennium, said the decision by Oregon’s Department of State Lands to deny Ambre’s proposed coal-export operation in that state does not “have any impact on our permitting process here in Washington.” She also said the environmental review of Millennium’s proposal is moving forward and that “we expect a draft environmental impact statement around this time next year.”PORTLAND, — Oregon state regulators rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia.The decision is a victory for tribal groups that said the terminal threatened their fishing and environmentalists opposed to sending what they call “dirty coal” abroad.In denying an important permit, the Department of State Lands said Monday that the terminal would interfere with what regulators called “a small but important and long-standing fishery in the state’s waters.”
WILMINGTON, MA — If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should have received information from your plan regarding open enrollment. This information explains changes in your plan for 2018.During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 to December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year.SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan, changes and options you may have. Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs.To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Buzzell Senior Center at 978-657-7595. It is important to bring your Medicare and insurance cards along with a complete list of your medications. Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment.There will be a group presentation on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1pm at the Wilmington Senior Center.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center To Offer SHINE Counselors During Upcoming Medicare Open EnrollmentIn “Government”SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Issues Scam AlertsIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”
Comments The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 5:26 17 Photos Every Pokemon is someone’s favourite #BringBackTheNationaldex #DelaySwordandShield pic.twitter.com/NiSCoNFL5B— NoplS #JoyConBoyz (@NoplSssbm) June 23, 2019 This likely means a harder experience than that found in the Let’s Go games, which, while a delight to play, presented almost no challenge whatsoever to the PokeMasters among us.Another Let’s Go feature noticeably absent from the Sword and Shield trailer is rideable Pokemon, which replaced bikes and flight skills (known in the games as HMs). Bikes make a return in this game, and at one point we even see our Pokemon trainer bike across a body of water, suggesting a new bike model will replace the Surf HM. Welcome to GalarThe latest game’s region is loosely based on the UK. Nintendo Sword and Shield take place in a region of the Pokemon world known as Galar. Based on official Nintendo art, Galar looks absolutely huge, and what we’ve seen in trailers presumably only gives us a taste of what wondrous sights are within.What we do know, though, is that the region is loosely based on the UK. Each of the seven preceding Pokemon regions have been based on actual cities and areas. While Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnohh (Gen 1 to Gen 4 regions) are all inspired by different parts of Japan, the Pokemon team has looked at international regions to base newer games on. Unova (Pokemon Black and White) had a New York City vibe to it, while Kalos (Pokemon X and Y) took on France and Alola (Pokemon Sun and Moon) was a clear take on Hawaii.The launch trailer depicts scenes that certainly look British, with fields reminiscent of England’s countryside and buildings that look like English manors.Plus, the northernmost city in the aforementioned region artwork has a clocktower, a ferris wheel and a bisecting, Thames-like river. We’re assuming the housing market in the city is appropriately unaffordable. Jump back into the world of Pokemon with Pokemon Shield and Sword. Nintendo November 15. That’s the date that Pokemon Sword and Shield, known to fans as “Gen 8” for being the eighth generation of games in the main franchise, will hit store shelves. Until now, each new generation of Pokemon game has been released on a Nintendo handheld, from the Game Boy to the 3DS. Sword and Shield are exciting because they’re developed from the ground up for the Nintendo Switch. We found out a lot about the games in June, including the aforementioned release date, what Sword and Shield’s legendary Pokemon look like and, enraging many fans, the fact that not every Pokemon ever will be in the game. Most recently, Nintendo dropped a trailer on August 7 which showed us who the Team Rocket-esque bad guys of Sword and Shield are. We’re sure to learn much more about Gen 8 as November 15 draws closer. Here’s everything we know so far. Hype for new Pokemon! That bridge in #pokemonswordshield is located in Manchester (in Castlefield), which makes me think that this city isn’t London at all (except for Big Ben, a hybrid maybe?). Here’s a photo I just took of the real bridge! Is a similar one in London? pic.twitter.com/D7W37IVmxy— Yasmin Down (@Gashu_Monsata) February 27, 2019 A new startPokemon has changed a lot since 1996’s Red and Blue, but one component hasn’t: You still choose between a fire-, grass- or water-type starter Pokemon.Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey are your three options here. Each was profiled briefly in the Sword and Shield reveal trailer.Scorbunny is a bipedal white rabbit with red-tipped ears and feet. It harbors the power of fire within, but also looks like it could evolve into a fighting type, like Gen 3’s Blaziken. Then there’s Sobble, a stealthy water-type Pokemon that has the ability to camouflage itself. The little guy doesn’t look very confident in itself, but in the Pokemon universe that often means a fierce evolution looms.Finally there’s the grass-type, which is usually kind of lame. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but in Gen 8 the grass-type Pokemon actually looks the coolest. It’s Grookey, a green primate fellow who scares off Sobble in the trailer by beating his stick into a rock like a cheeky monkey warrior bashing a war drum.Scorbunny, the fire type. Nintendo Sobble, the water type. Nintendo Grookey, the grass type. Nintendo Nintendo has steadily drip-fed us information on other Pokemon since the launch trailer. There are some run-of-the-mill types, like Wooloo, that you don’t need to fuss over. But there are also already some standouts, like Corviknight, a raven Pokemon that doubles as a transportation service, Duraludon, steel/dragon-type Pokemon, and Yamper, who appears to be an electric Corgi, if you’re into that type of thing.Then, of course, there are Zacian and Zamazenta, the legendary wolves of Sword and Shield. You can tell which Pokemon is exclusive to which game by the fact that one carries a sword in its mouth and the other is basically half wolf and half shield.Corviknight. Nintendo Duraludon Nintendo Zacian and Zamazenta, Sword and Shield’s legendary wolves. Nintendo Following a feature introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon, the Gelar region will have it’s own variations of generations-old Pokemon. Weezing, for instance, is now a 1920s fat cat, and will be a Fairy/Poison type rather than the usual Poison type. Galarian Zigzagoon and Linoone add Dark typing to the standard version’s Normal, and they’ll have a new evolutionary stage, Obstagoon, exclusive to Gelar. August’s trailer also introduced Morpeko, a new form-changing creature who looks a bit like Pikachu. This Pokemon switches between two forms that are apparently related to how hungry it is: “full belly mode” is its happy one, but it also has a “hangry”mode. Nintendo Hangry guy. The Pokemon Company #BringBackNationalDex outrageThough June brought plenty of Pokemon news, not all of it was pleasing to fans. At E3 some fans were crestfallen to hear that Sword and Shield won’t include every Pokemon in the franchise’s history.At the beginning of each Pokemon game you’re given a Pokedex which contains information on all the Pokemon native to that region. After you beat the main game, you’ll usually get upgraded to a National Pokedex, which enables you to use every Pokemon from previous games. At E3 Junichi Musada, Sword and Shield’s producer, revealed these games will feature no such upgrade, and that only Pokemon in the Galar Pokedex can be used in the games. In other words, players can only use Pokemon that developers decide are native to the world of Sword and Shield. Neither GameFreak, the studio developing the games, or Nintendo have said how many of the 807 existing Pokemon will be included, or how many new ones will be introduced. Musada told Japanese publication Famitsu the decision to curtail the amount of Pokemon within the game mainly came down to gameplay balance and making each Pokemon feels visually unique. However, many hardcore fans are accusing the team of being too lazy to include all Pokemon, leading to the #BringBackTheNationalDex hashtag. “I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokemon,” Musada said in a statement addressing the fan outrage. “After so many years of developing the Pokémon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me. I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.””We are pouring our hearts into these games, and we hope you will look forward to joining us on this new journey.” You can read the full statement here.Bigger is betterPokemon X and Y introduced Mega Evolutions of certain Pokemon, and now Sword and Shield are taking that to another level with two features: Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing. They don’t exactly roll off the tongue, but do look to add an extra layer of depth to combat.Specific details have yet to be released, but Dynamaxing appears to super size your Pokemon, like they just ate a super mushroom from a Super Mario game. Gigantamaxing, meanwhile, not only makes your Pokemon XXL, it also changes their appearance. Regular Alcremie. Nintendo Gigantamax Alcremie. Nintendo Take Alcremie as an example. Alcremie is a whipped-cream Pokemon. Dynamax Alcremie is a very large whipped-cream Pokemon. Gigantamax Alcremie, however, appears atop several pillars of cake, thus making it more fearsome. Dynamax Pokemon are bigger and more powerful than average, while Gigantamax Pokemon are bigger, more powerful and can use a special G-Max Move.According to Sword and Shield’s website, only certain Pokemon with certain attributes will be able to Gigantamax. Dynamaxing is “common to the Pokemon from Galar,” which likely means all Pokemon, or at least a lot of them, will be able to eat the proverbial super mushroom. Exclusive Gyms All mainline Pokemon games have had exclusive monsters. Sword and Shield continues this tradition and expands it to gym leaders. The same towns will have different gym leaders depending on which game you’re playing. For instance, one town in the game will have Bea, a fighting-type Gym Leader, in Sword, but Allister, a ghost-type Leader, in Shield.Other known gym leaders are Milo and Nessa, who use grass- and water-type Pokemon, respectively. Enlarge ImageGyms change depending on what game you play. Nintendo As with old games, the main story takes you from a small-town kid to regional hero. You’ll compete against Gelar’s eight gym leaders and eventually enter the Champion’s Cup, which is presumably like the Elite 4 from earlier Pokemon titles. The current Champion in Leon, who battles alongside his trust Charizard. (That’s so 1998.) You’ll also regularly run into Leon’s brother, Hop, who acts as your Gary Oak-esque rival throughout the game. New and old Pokemon will be exclusive to both games, too, as Nintendo have already said that Deino is exclusive to Sword, while you can only find Larvitar in Shield. (Both Pokemon eventually level up to incredibly powerful Pokemon in Hydreigon and Tyrannitar, respectively.)More rivals more problemsYou’re not the only one who wants to become Galar’s Pokemon Champion, and Hop is not your only competition. In August Nintendo unveiled two more rivals you’ll have to deal with: Marnie and Bede.Bede looks like an ominous dude. He wants to become Champion but also, according to his official bio, “seems to have other objectives as well.” Let’s keep an eye on him. Demanding more attention is Marnie, another trainer gunning for status of Galar Champion.Such calm, so style. The Pokemon Company Say hello to Team Yell. Nintendo She has her own fan club, and they’re apparently very aggressive. August’s trailer shows Team Yell, comprised of Marnie’s fans, as a gang of trainers you’ll regularly have to battle, similar to Red and Blue’s Team Rocket. “She has many passionate fans, thanks to her sense of style and calm, calculated battle strategies,” Nintendo says. Cool. Everything elseThe Game Boy experience: While you can play these games on your TV, they’ve been designed to cater more to the handheld Switch experience. That’s according to Shuntaro Furukawa, president of Nintendo.”Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu! and Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee! … are designed to highlight the fun of Nintendo Switch in TV mode,” he said during Nintendo’s Q1 2019 fiscal results briefing, while “Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are being developed to emphasize the fun of playing Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.”Poke Jobs: You’ll be able to send your Pokemon away to help out at various workplaces and universities around Gelar. Not only will they become productive members of society, they’ll also gain experience and, if you send them away for long enough, earn you rare items. Tradition is tradition: All the way back to Kanto’s Professor Oak, the main character’s mentor is always named after greenery of some description, mostly trees. That stays true here: In Sword and Shield it’s Professor Magnolia who will give you your Pokedex.Two types of training: The trailer for Sword and Shield reveals several glimpses of trains. This could just be a background aesthetic ode to Britain, where railway transport was invented, but some fans are speculating these trains could provide either fast transport or a post-game link to another region.Stuff of legends: Another visual nod to Britain comes in the form of a geoglyph, seen below. It could be a random anthropomorphic shape, but it’s unlikely to mean nothing. I’m guessing it has something to do with the legendary Pokemon in Sword and Shield. Originally published May 15.Update, July 8: Includes new information from June, E3 and July trailer.Update, July 16: Adds information on exclusive gyms, Champion’s Cup and more. Update, August 8: Adds information on new rivals, Gelar-form Pokemon.Whatever that thing depicts, it could probably wield both a sword and a shield. Think about it. Nintendo Reminder that Masuda was hospitalized by the workload he took on to ‘save Pokémon’ with Gen III. That Ohmori has tweeted that he’s been working on and thinking about Galar so much that he goes home and still dreams about it. You can argue about priorities, but they are not lazy.— ⚔️ PLDH 🛡 (@PLDHnet) June 28, 2019 Nintendo unveils sleep tracker, Pokemon Go Plus Plus Gaming Share your voice Passing GoSword and Shield aren’t the first Pokemon games developed specifically for the Switch. They follow Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Let’s Go: Eevee, reimagined versions of 1998’s well-regarded Pokemon Yellow.The Let’s Go games were fun, but unlike the main-line Pokemon games in a few ways. There were no random encounters, with Pokemon scuttling about in front of you instead of hiding in the tall grass. You couldn’t battle wild Pokemon, only other trainer’s Pokemon, and instead gained experience by catching Pokemon repeatedly a la Pokemon Go.As you probably guessed, Pokemon Sword and Shield reverts to the playing style of old. The first Sword and Shield trailer shows our intrepid Pokemon trainer getting into a random encounter-style confrontation with a Pikachu, with no Go-style catching depicted. Tags 2 Now playing: Watch this: Okay so the more I look at the Galar region the more it looks UK based as opposed to Germanic, mainly bc of the hill figures, which are things you find on hills in England pic.twitter.com/snr8itN2SP— ✨Chiibe✨ (@ItsChiibe) February 27, 2019 Pokemon Go Nintendo
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLawmakers to meet in Juneau this week to vote on capital budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Legislature will return to Juneau on Thursday to vote on a capital budget that senators and House members have agreed to.Washington man pleads not guilty to murder, theft in Ketchikan doctor’s deathLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanA 32-year-old Washington state man pleaded not guilty Monday to first- and second-degree murder charges related to the March 16 death of Ketchikan surgeon Dr. Eric Garcia.Strong winds sweep through InteriorDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksHigh winds swept across the Interior late yesterday, causing downed trees and numerous power outages.Two separate deaths on road system over the weekendAssociated PressThere were two unrelated fatalities this weekend weekend along the road system.Trump nominates Alaska US attorneyCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageVeteran federal prosecutor Bryan Schroder was nominated Friday by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.Marine debris won’t stop, but neither will those cleaning it upAaron Bolton, Alaska’s Energy Desk – HomerOn many Alaska beaches, plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Chris Pallister’s clean up work incredibly expensive.2 Haines food entrepreneurs are finalists in Southeast business contestEmily Files, KHNS – HainesTwo Haines entrepreneurs are finalists in a regional business competition. The Path to Prosperity program offers support to small businesses and startups in Southeast Alaska.Personal use king crab fishery in Juneau area to open for 5 daysQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game will allow each household to take two male crab total for the five-day summer season. It’s been years since any personal use king crab could be taken.‘Mayor’ Stubbs the Cat passes away at 20Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaStubbs the cat passed away in the overnight hours between Thursday and Friday, according to his owners.Behind the scenes of Wild Alaska LiveMikko Wilson, KTOO – JuneauThe BBC and PBS are teaming up on a special series of live, prime-time nature programs showcasing Alaska’s wildlife to tens of millions of people around the world. The first Wild Alaska Live show premiered Sunday.
hajjThousands of hajj pilgrims have gathered at Islam’s holiest city Makkah, the birthplace of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh).After reaching the city, they first perform Umrah and then Tawaf (going round Al-Kaaba seven times in a defined manner ending with prayer) and Sa’ay (running or walking between the hills of Safa and Marwah).Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims have also gathered in the city. Bangladeshi citizens, who are living in Makkah, are visiting their relatives.However, the Bangladeshi pilgrims, who could not speak in English and Arabic, have to suffer a lot when they are lost from their groups with several missing incidents reported so far.In the gathering of thousands of hajj pilgrims, their identity cards and wristbands have become their safeguards.Basirullah, a teacher of Keraniganj Girls’ School and College who came to perform hajj with his nephew, once went missing.After reporting to police, they took him to the Bangladesh Hajj Mission.After passing a day there, a hajj agency rescued him from the mission.Officials at the hajj mission said they have already received over 100 missing incidents. The mission is working for the hajjis around the clock, they said.
Road crash victimsVictims of recent gruesome road accidents have accused police of negligence over filing cases.Police records say as many as seven cases were filed over the much-talked-about seven road accidents in the month of April. The victims who either lost their limbs are Russel Sarkar, Rozina Akhter, Khalid Hossain, Runi Akhter, Ayesha Khatun, and Rajib Hossain.Of them, Rajib and Rozina succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.Legal experts said all the cases except one related to a police inspector were filed under those articles of the penal code that do not reflect the gravity of the incidents.One of the cases which were filed by Russel Sarkar’s family.Russel lost one of his legs in a road accident in Dholairpar of the capital on 28 April after a bus of the Greenline Paribahan hit him.The victim said the driver of the bus deliberately hit him and attempted to kill him.Though it was a case of attempted murder, it was filed under articles 279 and 338(a) of the criminal code.Lawyers said the cases under both the articles are bailable offences.As per the law, an accused could be handed maximum three years in jail under the article 279 and maximum 7 years under article 338A. Russel’s brother Arif Sarkar who filed the case told Prothom Alo that his brother was a victim of attempted murder.He added that when he went to file the case, police told him that an attempted murder case cannot be filed ‘directly’.Arif said he had no previous experience filing any such case.He said as the accusations in the case are weak, the accused could be exempted.He doubts the outcome of the case.Dhaka Metropolitan Judge Court’s counsellor Abdullah Abu said, “The case should be filed under article 307 or it will not be accurate.” Investigation officer of the case, sub-inspector Sayed Hasan told Prothom Alo that the case was filed on the basis of the immediate information about the incident.If investigations find that it was an attempted murder incident, then another article will be added.In another road accident in Banani of the capital on 20 April, a certain Rozina Akhter lost one of her legs. The accused driver received bail five days after a case was filed under the articles 279 and 338 (a).A transport worker Khalid Hossain lost his hand in another road accident in Gopalganj district on 17 April. The accused of the accident also walked free on bail. The case was also filed under the articles 279 and 338(a).Delwar Hossain, a police inspector, was injured in Palashi of the capital while on duty on 16 April.This is the only road accident case which has included article 307 which is non-bailable, along with bailable articles 279 and 338(a).The case statement says the driver of a bus carrying employees of the public administration crushed one of the legs of a traffic policeman when the policeman tried to stop the bus. Runi Akhter was injured as she was hit by a bus of New Vision Paribahan in the capital on 11 April.The accused got bail in the case which was filed under the articles 279 and 338(a).Pedestrian Ayesha Khatun was injured in a road accident on Mirpur Road in front of New Market in the capital on 5 April.The rickshaw carrying Ayesha was pressed between two buses of Bikash Paribahan while the drivers of the buses were competing with each other.Ayesha, the mother of two children, cannot move and is undergoing treatment at CRP Hospital.Mozharul Islam and Shah Alam, the two accused in a case filed over the incident, are enjoying bail.Ayesha’s husband Tanzir said, “The matter is known to the judiciary and the government. Despite that the accused got bail. This is why there is no end to the reckless driving.”On 4 April, Rajib Hossain, a student of Government Titumir College, lost one of his hands and died in hospital while undergoing treatment.The concerned case was also filed under the articles 279 and 338(a).Later, the article 304A was included after Rajib’s death.According to the article 304, the accused could be handed 14 years in jail.Shahbag police station’s officer-in-charge (OC) Abul Hossain said attempted murder cases cannot be filed over every accident.Lawyers said the accused receive bail easily as the articles 279 and 338A are bailable. “The articles should be changed to non-bailable.”The DMP additional commissioner (traffic) Mir Rezaul Alam thinks there nothing to be worried about at the moment.There is always an opportunity to include new articles in any road accident.No implementation of compensation promisesLawyer Ruhul Kuddus filed a writ petition with the High Court a day after Rajib lost his hand in a road accident. An HC bench comprising justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice AKM Zahirul Haque then asked the BRTC authorities and Swajan Paribahan owners to bear Rajib’s treatment costs.Rajib’s aunt Jahanara Khatun told Prothom Alo that certain persons introducing themselves as BRTC officials gave them Tk 20,000 and some introducing themselves as Swajan Paribahan’s men gave another Tk 20,000. Ayesha Akhter’s family did not receive any compensation at all despite an HC order in this regard.Russel’s family is bearing his medical expenses. The Greenline Paribahan authorities never turned up after the incident.Lawyer Sara Hossain led the case filed over the road accident in which filmmaker Tareque Masud and journalist Ashfaque Mishukh Munier were killed.Sara said no one is taking the matter seriously.Cases are only given proper treatment when the higher court takes action, she added. “Standards of the compensations, accountability and the matter of safety need to be specified by the law.”
Share Galveston County Sheriff’s OfficeThis booking photo shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis. On August 9, 2018, he was formally indicted for the mass shooting that occurred at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018.Lawyers for Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, want to change the venue for the case.They argue there has been so much media coverage and discussion about the mass shooting in the community that their client won’t get a fair trial in Galveston County.Judge John Ellisor has to make the ruling whether or not to grant the request filed by Pagourtzis’ lawyers.Ten people were killed in the shooting last May, including eight students and two teachers.Pagourtzis is scheduled to appear in court later this month.You can read the motion filed by Pagourtzis’ lawyers here:
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:48 Texas State Library and Archives CommissionTexas House of Representatives. Listen UPDATE (May 21, 2019): This bill has now been passed by both chambers, and will head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. He has until June 16 to sign or veto the bill. Texas could be one of the first states in the nation to criminalize sending unsolicited sexually explicit images. House lawmakers passed the bill on Thursday, sending it to the Senate for consideration. If signed into law, HB 2789 would make it a class C misdemeanor to send lewd pictures to unwilling adults, with an up to $500 fine. Lawmakers outside of Texas have considered similar legislation, though a bill introduced by New York City Council in November hasn’t come up for a vote. Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and CEO of the dating app Bumble, testified for the bill, calling the offense “harassment, plain and simple.” According to Herd, a Bumble survey found that one-third of women users have received an unwanted sexually explicit image. “If indecent exposure is a crime on the streets, then why is it not on your phone or your computer?” Herd said. “We want the standards of acceptable behavior online to match those in real life.”State Representative Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, filed the bill, motivated by Southern Methodist University students in his district. He said it fills a void where Texas law is currently silent. “HB 2789 addresses a modern, and sadly, a growing problem across digital communication platforms such as text, email, social media and dating apps,” Meyer said. “Currently, if a person commits indecent exposure, it is a crime. Yet if that same person engages in such an act over texting or a dating app, the unwanting recipient has absolutely no recourse, even for repetitive offenses. This must stop.”Meyer’s office told News 88-7 they’re very confident they will have a Senate sponsor for their bill. They expect the Senate will pass the measure, even though it’s a sensitive issue in that chamber.Last year, a UT-Austin graduate student accused State Senator Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, of texting her lewd images. Schwertner denied the charges and he did not cooperate with the university’s investigation, which ended inconclusively in December. X Share
×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 Popular on Variety Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro’s AfterBuzz TV has partnered with Joseph Kapsch’s upcoming digital news platform The Populist for a newly weekly talk series, Variety has learned exclusively.Titled “Meet the Hollywood Press” and hosted by Kapsch, the series will feature a rotating guest panel of entertainment industry journalists and personalities discussing the week’s biggest Hollywood news. The show will also feature in-depth discussions about topical issues affecting the industry such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, female pay disparity, and diversity in Hollywood. It will also air special themed episodes around TV, movies, music, and awards season. The show will launch on June 24. Menounos, Undergaro and Kapsch will executive produce along with AfterBuzz TV COO Phil Svitek. The show will be available both in podcast format on iTunes and video format via YouTube, AfterBuzz, and The Populist immediately after its first run. In addition, Undergaro will join the board of The Populist. AfterBuzz TV will then serve as producers of The Populist’s daily news shows while Kapsch’s team will serve as an editorial arm for AfterBuzz. Kapsch and his Populist staff will also appear as panelists on some of AfterBuzz’s TV after shows. Kapsch just recently wrapped a run as co-host of the weekly “AfterBuzz’s American Idol Aftershow.”“When Kev pitched ‘Meet the Hollywood Press’ to me years ago, I told him to pause until we had the right host and the right network,” said Menounos “As for the right host, Joseph Kapsch’s extensive background running some of entertainment news’ most trusted digital outlets and his dynamic ability for conversation, make him the natural choice to produce and lead these important weekly discussions. Joseph and our team will also be assembling the industries’ top journalists to co-host, presenting the most diverse and balanced view possible. As far as the right network, AfterBuzz TV, with its colossal global reach that features a roster of over 400 original shows and provides the greatest, most in-depth and widest TV, movie and entertainment discussion, has ascended to truly become ‘the ESPN of TV Talk’. There is no network more perfectly suited to produce this show. We couldn’t be more excited.”AfterBuzz TV produces after-shows for a wide range of TV shows, including “America’s Next Top Model,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The Walking Dead.” The company produces up to 200 hours of weekly programming in both video and audio form and receives up to one billion downloads annually.The Populist marks Kapsch’s first ever turn as founder of a news startup in which he will also serve as editorial director. He formerly served as top digital news chief for the Hollywood Reporter, TheWrap, and Los Angeles Times, as well as Zap2it and Access Hollywood. Kapsch is also a seasoned on-air talent, having conducted on-camera interviews with stars like Jennifer Aniston, Viola Davis, Nick Jonas, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart.
Blizzard recently announced that Hearthstone will adopt the traditional CCG mechanic of banning older cards and sets in order to more easily maintain game balance. Though the Wild format allows use of every card (and is essentially the same game you’ve been playing for years), Standard will become the “official” format (used in tournaments), and will ban cards older than a couple of years. If it eats at your soul that cards you’ve worked hard to collect will no longer be viable in the “official” format and you’re looking for a Hearthstone alternative, Counterplay Games’ Duelyst might be your way out of Blizzard’s grasp.Duelyst, which doubled its Kickstarter funding goal back in April of 2014, has a design team filled with industry pedigree, which includes former lead producer of Diablo III Keith Lee and Rogue Legacy lead artist Glauber Kotaki, among others. So far, only in open beta and a little over halfway to version number 1.0, both Duelyst’s industry pedigree and Hearthstone influence is quite apparent.Like most CCGs, the game is easy enough to explain: two players duke it out using a range of units and spells, except unlike Hearthstone or Magic: the Gathering, the units are summoned onto a grid and unit spacing and movement come into play. The game draws a lot of inspiration from Hearthstone, and certain aspects are so similar that “inspiration” might be too soft a word. Thanks to the gorgeous pixel art and grid movement, Duelyst both looks and plays differently from Hearthstone, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the game replicates much of what makes Blizzard’s CCG so easily accessible and successful.AdChoices广告The very clever tactic of naming your decks after the legendary cards in them.The card collection interface (seen above), for instance, is strikingly similar to Hearthstone‘s, as is the way Duelyst allows you to craft cards using Spirit, the game’s crafting material and Hearthstone’s Dust analog. The game approaches win conditions the way Blizzard does, too — by using General units (Hearthstone’s heroes), rather than the Magic route of using a disembodied pool of health, and each General has its own set of class-specific cards. Even the booster pack pricing structure and draft mode entry fee are the same as Blizzard’s juggernaut.The game’s meta (for the uninitiated, a term used to describe the game’s balance of power) is even abstractly similar to Hearthstone’s, as the cards’ powers and stats are all pretty similar, though adapted for Duelyst’s grid movement and spacing system. If you overheard two players discussing the game aloud and were half-paying attention, it’d be difficult to tell which game they were talking about: “a two-two for two that draws on card on death.”Despite the games’ similarities, Duelyst doesn’t really feel like Hearthstone unless you think about it. Like, check this out:The detailed, gorgeous pixel art and animations juxtaposed on the slick game board goes a long way to setting the game apart from competitors, and the SRPG-like gameplay makes your brain work in different ways when you’re playing — even if you’re summoning a five-five for five with provoke (Duelyst’s version of Hearthstone’s Taunt).All of the digital CCG staples are there: a draft mode (called Gauntlet), a ranked and unranked (coming soon) ladder, earning in-game currency without spending money in order to grab some free packs, and so on. Duelyst does implement puzzles, though, something that Hearthstone players only get in the form of player-created scenarios that pop up on out-of-game communities like the subreddit. So far, each puzzle involves a pre-made unit, deck, and hand configuration and tasks players with defeating the enemy in a single turn. They’re all pretty fun, and you earn a bit of in-game currency for completing each puzzle, which is a great way to get some packs to start your collection.Perhaps this is because it’s currently a beta, but Duelyst is far more generous doling out in-game currency and crafting materials (and it either takes less materials to craft or you get more back when you disenchant), and it sure has better card rarity rates within packs. You have the standard “one pack will have at least one rare or better” promise, but those “at least” and “or better” delineations trigger pretty frequently. Right now, a legendary seems to drop every four or five packs, compared to Hearthstone’s one-in-20. This doesn’t mean you’ll complete the collection and have nothing to strive toward, though, as Duelyst currently allows three instances of any card in a 40-card deck. That means you can load a deck with three of the same legendaries, and so far, it seems pretty balanced.After playing for a few weeks, matchmaking has never taken more than a few seconds (even though the matchmaking screen consistently and incorrectly estimates it to take over a minute) in any format, so the community seems pretty active. You can also pour over detailed charts of your personal stats:At the time of writing, Duelyst is sitting at version 0.57.4, and there’s much more the developers have said is just over the horizon, such as expansions and a potential mobile port. There’s also a “secret” client that runs in a Chrome tab, which makes it pretty easy to sneak some matches in while you’re at work.So far, the game is shaping up nicely, and totally scratches that CCG itch. Its similarities to Hearthstone are by no means a detraction, but rather will help you feel comfortable with what is new — namely, the movement and spacing system, and getting distracted by staring and the gorgeously animated units and spells.Give Duelyst a try. It’s free, and the best Hearthstone alternative on the market.
Darjeeling: A bus service from Dhaka to Siliguri via Banglabandha and Fulbari is all set to commence from May 26.The bus will be flagged off on that day from Kamlapur, Dhaka. The luxury bus service will take around 14 hours. The residents of Panchagarh district, Bangladesh will accord a warm welcome to the travellers on the maiden voyage at Banglabandha (the Bangladesh border town on the Indo Bangla border.) Preparations are on at Fulbari, on the Indian side. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTest runs had been conducted last year between Dhaka, Siliguri and Nepal. The bus service is seen to boost tourism. Banglabandha-Fulbari is the third largest dry port and transit point on the Indo-Bangla border. Since long there has been a demand from a bus service between Dhaka and Siliguri. After the inking of the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement, on 23 April 2018 test runs of two buses had taken place between Dhaka, Siliguri and Kathmandu. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe buses will ply through Asian 2 Highway. The highway connects the three countries. As of now the service will be between Dhaka and Siliguri. There are plans to extend services to the Nepal capital Kathmandu later on. The luxury buses will have seats for 28 passengers. The fare has been fixed at 2,000 Bangladesh Taka (around Rs 1500) Shyamoli Travels will operate two buses as of now. One from Dhaka and one from Siliguri everyday. As Shyamoli is a private enterprise, initially the services will be by transshipment. A bus will ferry passengers from Siliguri to Fulbari, a distance of around 6km. The passengers after completing travel and immigration formalities (passport-visa checks) will be provided another bus from Banglabandha on the Bangladesh side to take them to Dhaka. The same system will be followed from Dhaka. The bus from Dhaka will drop passengers at Banglabandha. The passengers will be provided another bus from Fulbari to Siliguri.
Sydney Airport introduces indoor Google Maps at terminalsSydney Airport today announced a new indoor Google Maps feature which will empower its visitors to navigate through the airport directly from the palms of their hands.The new initiative delivers the most up-to-date terminal location information via indoor Google Maps and will allow millions of passengers to travel through the airport using familiar technology.Sydney Airport General Manager Technology Stuart Rattray said the introduction of indoor Google Maps enhanced the airport’s service to passengers.“We’re pleased to welcome indoor Google Maps across our terminals, and we’re confident this new interactivefeature will assist passengers with a more seamless journey through the airport,” Mr Rattray said.“The new maps give our visitors visibility of airport location information at the touch of a button, and we expect travellers will enjoy the benefits of accessing this information as they navigate through the terminal to reach their gate.“Importantly, this initiative builds on our commitment to transform the airport experience through adding innovative digital technologies and our open data strategy to better serve the 42 million passengers who use Sydney Airport each year.”The maps feature all of the airport’s facilities including gates and check in counters, retailers and other locations of interest across its multi-level floors through the T1 International and T2 Domestic terminals, with T3 to be added shortly.Visitors and passengers using the new maps will benefit from Google’s intuitive search capabilities, such as locating similar nearby stores to those previously searched, as well as the ability to share live social media feedback on retailers directly from the app or website.The zoomable maps’ other features include both indoor and outdoor coverage and integration with various modes of transport.The initiative is part of Sydney Airport’s technology strategy, which has seen the airport roll out a range of new and customised technology measures, including free Wi-Fi, self-service check-in, automated bag drops, SmartGates, and multilingual wayfinding e-directories.New multilingual Flight Information Displays (FIDS) are also available in 13 languages at the T1 International terminal. They feature intuitive display to enhance readability and wayfinding for passengers.Additionally, the airport has introduced a real-time queue measurement system to help passengers anticipate how long it will take them to pass through security and passport control. Sydney AirportSource = Sydney Airport