Haryana targets 2 lakh jobs for youth under ‘Saksham Yojana’

first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the State government has set a target to provide employment to two lakh youth in the State under the ’Saksham Yojana’ He directed officials to recruit youth under the Yojana for various departments where there was shortage of employees. The step is being taken so that no educated youth is unemployed in the State, Mr. Khattar said in a meeting to review development work in Karnal district. The Chief Minister said that apart from government offices, the youth should also be provided job opportunities in industrial units. There was a plan to establish a trauma centre at every 60 km to provide instant medical facilities to those injured in road accidents on national highways, he said, adding that work in this direction was being carried out. The Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of development projects in different areas of the district, an official release said. He said that a sum of ₹325.16 crore would be spent in Karnal under AMRUT. This amount would be spent on sewerage and drainage, urban transport and development of green spaces and parks, it said.Rain water drainage The Chief Minister said about ₹84.50 crore would be spent on drainage of rain water whereas ₹160 crore would be spent on laying sewerage lines, the release said. A total of 3,500 announcements were made in the entire State, of which 2,100 have either been completed or nearing completion. The remaining would be completed by the end of this year, Mr. Khattar said. The Chief Minister also inaugurated a 33KV sub-station in Bhoji Khalsa in Indri sub-division which had been set up at a cost of about ₹4 crore, the release said. He laid the foundation stone of 33KV sub-station in Gharaunda which would be set up at a cost of about ₹5 crore and the work would be completed in about six months, it said. The newly-constructed V R single span steel bridges on Karnal-Munak road-Ghoghripur-Naru Kheri-Pingli and on Budhanpur-Jani-Jundla-Assandh-Gharaunda road were also inaugurated. He said that ₹508.69 crore and ₹531.70 crore had been spent on these bridges, respectively. In the review meeting, the Chief Minister directed the director of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College Surender Kashyap and Civil Surgeon Yogesh Sharma to start OPD services in the old building of the general hospital, as the new one is under construction. Mr. Kashyap informed that land has been identified in Sector 32 for construction of new general hospital.last_img read more

Nagpur Test: Indian bowlers dismiss defensive Sri Lanka for 205

first_imgSHARE Skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to play only four specialist bowlers was vindicated as India bundled out a defensive Sri Lanka for a paltry 205 on the opening day of the second cricket Test, here today.At stumps, India were 11 for 1 with KL Rahul (7) back in the pavilion, being played on to a Lahiru Gamage delivery.With no demons on a sporting track where stroke-play wasn’t too difficult, the visitors never got going as spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (4/67) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/56) along with comeback-man Ishant Sharma (3/37) shared the spoils.After the completion of the first innings, Ashwin now has 296 wickets in his 54th Test. He will get another innings in this game plus the Delhi Test to get the remaining four scalps and break Dennis Lillee’s (56 Test) record fastest to 300 wickets.Sri Lanka were 160 for four at one stage during the final session, looking good enough to stage a fightback before a batting collapse saw them lose six wickets for only 45 runs.Their batsmen were ultra-defensive in their approach during the first session on a Jamtha track, which had good bounce and carry but was far from the menacing green-top that was on offer at the Eden Gardens during the first Test match.The lack of intent to get going in the second and third sessions affected their performance. Only skipper Dinesh Chandimal (57) looked like in control till he was at the crease.The other batsman with notable contribution was opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who was twice lucky in the first session — being dropped once and stumped off a no-ball another time, but still he could not fully capitalise on the reprieves getting out for 51 in the post-lunch session.The immensely talented Niroshan Dickwella (24) committed hara-kiri when things were starting to look up during the post tea-session. He tried to whip Jadeja through mid-wicket and the ball ballooned up for Ishant to take a simple catch at mid-off.The trio of Ishant, Ashwin and Jadeja did not bowl anything exceptional but their unwavering consistency saw the Lankans buckle under pressure.The best delivery undoubtedly was the one that Ashwin got Dasun Shanaka (2) with. Ashwin had previously bowled an off-break that made him uncomfortable and then fired an angular delivery that looked more like a leg-break clipping the off-stump.Ishant, who normally bowls back of the length, mixed it up with good full length deliveries that got him the wickets, while Jadeja’s armers proved to be very effective.He was instrumental in dislodging the stodgy Karunaratne, who had by then already played 147 deliveries, hitting six boundaries.His skipper Chandimal would have expected Karunaratne to help him conjure a bigger partnership than the 62 runs that they added for the fourth wicket.Ishant finally sent the dogged Karunaratne back with a delivery that looked to have straightened after pitching.Karunaratne went for DRS, but the replays showed that the delivery would have hit the off-stump.Chandimal showed more intent than his teammates to get the scoreboard moving, hitting four boundaries and a down the ground six off Jadeja.Courtesy Chandimal, Sri Lanka managed to score 104 runs in 32 overs during the post-lunch session, losing a couple of wickets. All the hardwork was undone in the post tea session after Dickwella’s dismissal. ‘It also affected Chandimal’s confidence as he was not the same player again.Opting to bat, opener Sadeera Samarawickrama (13) and one down Lahiru Thirimanne (9) were out during the first session, where the visiting team went into a shell with a safety-first ploy in the 27 overs bowled during the period.Ishant, playing his first Test since the home series against Australia, bowled his customary back of the length stuff with an occasional fuller delivery.He set up opener Samarawickrama with a delivery that was on fifth stump. The right handed opener rightly left it but the very next delivery was fuller, angled in at a drivable length.The batsman took the bait and the thick outside edge was pouched by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.The seasoned Thirimanne was in a defensive mode from the start as his 58-ball stay at the crease would suggest. So intent was he on defending that he tried to play an ugly sweep shot to a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery that hardly turned and missed the line completely to get bowled. COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL November 24, 2017center_img cricket COMMENT Published onlast_img read more

This day, that year: Twenty-three years since Brian Lara’s epic 501*

first_imgBrian Lara’s 400* against England back in 2004 in Antigua still stands as the highest individual score by a player in Test cricket but very few would know that it’s not his highest score ever.Twenty-three years from today back in 1994, he scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston. In the process he overtook the previous best of 499 by Hanif Mohammad for Karachi against Bahawalpur in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy semi-final in 1959.Lara achieved the milestone off 427 balls and in 474 minutes. Luck was shining for him and he made the most of it.The now 48-year-old was bowled off a no-ball when he was batting on 12 by Anderson Cummins and was then dropped by wicketkeeper Chris Scott on 18. What followed was fluent and delightful to watch. He hit 174 runs before lunch on the final day of the match and finally brought up his 500 with a cover drive off the bowling of John Morris. Lara hammered 62 fours and ten sixes in his 501*.With that innings, he also became the first man to make seven hundreds in eight first-class innings. His previous best of 375 against England was the first of the eight centuries. It was also the highest individual score in Test cricket until Matthew Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003. But he took his record back in April 2004 with 400* against England in Antigua.The Prince of Trinidad is considered as one of the best cricketers in the history of the game and his ability to play long innings has always made him stand out. And when he was dropped on that day, the players knew that they will have a huge task ahead of them to knock the West Indian down.advertisement”Oh dear, he’ll probably go on and get a hundred,” said Scott apparently after dropping him.Dermot Reeve, the captain of Warwickshire was amazed at the confidence Lara showed. It prompted him to continue and not declare the innings as the West Indian was nearing the record landmark.  “During the interval the crowd grew as word spread Lara was hitting out. I thought about declaring at lunchtime to make a game of it,” Reeve told the Daily Express.”But Brian said, ‘Let me go for 500’. It shows how confident he was,” he added.His 501* remained the highest individual score by any batsmen.He played his last Test in 2006 and one-day international a year later. While he has 11,953 runs from 131 Tests — averaging 52.88, he has scored 10,405 runs in 299 ODIs at an average of 40.48.He tried his hand at the shortest format of the game as well, when he played in the now defunct Indian Cricket League but failed to make a mark there. He went onto play a few T20 games here and there but his stats are nowhere near his Test and ODI records.last_img read more

Airports Authority of India to hire 170 junior assistants, apply now

first_imgThe Airports Authority of India (AAI), today has announced vacancies for the post of Junior Assistant in various airports in the state of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.Candidates who are eligible and interested can now apply online visiting the official website at www.aai.aeroAs per the official notification on the website, the AAI will be hiring 170 junior assistants in fire services. The authority has said that a Computer Based Online Test will be conducted before making the final selection. Candidates will also have to undergo Medical Fitness/Physical Measurement Test, Driving Test and Physical Endurance Test.Important details of the vacancies:Name of post: Junior Assistant (Fire Services) NE-04 levelNumber of vacancies: 170 postsPay scale: Rs 12500-28500Opening date for online registration of applications: December 06, 2017 at 10:00 hoursLast date for submission of online application and online payment of application fee: December 31, 2017 up to 23:59 hoursEducational Qualification: 10th Pass plus 3 years approved regular diploma in Mechanical/Automobile/fire with minimum 50 per cent marks; OR 12th Pass (Regular Study) with 50 per cent marksAge Limit: Candidates must be between 18 to 30 years of age as on December 31, 2017. Upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST, 3 years for OBC candidatesWritten Examination pattern: The examination will be conducted for 100 marks. The minimum pass marks will be 50 out of 100 for General/OBC candidates and 40 out of 100 for SC and ST candidates. The time duration for Computer Based (Online) test will be two hoursFind the details about subjects below:Basic Arithmetic: 25 marksBasic Science: 25 marksElementary English/Grammar: 25 marksGeneral Knowledge: 25 marksSteps to apply for the post:Go to the official website, www.aai.aeroRegister yourself with valid email ID and phone numberWhile applying online candidate should keep the scanned copy of their passport size color photograph and signature (in format *.jpg or *.jpeg file only)Scanned copy of all relevant certificates/documents/details relating to eligibility criteria viz., educational qualification, caste certificate, driving license should be kept readyNow fill the application form with your detailsPay the application feesSubmit the applicationSave and take a print out of the application form for future referenceRead: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Barca confirm Getafe loan move for full-back Cucurella

first_imgBarcelona youngster Marc Cucurella is once more heading out of the Blaugrana as they confirmed a loan move for the defender to Getafe on Thursday. Cucurella, 20, had been re-signed from Eibar on Tuesday for a fee of €4 million, with Barca making use of their buyback clause to repatriate the prospect. Now, just two days later and as previously revealed by Goal, he is gearing up for a fresh start at fellow Liga side Getafe, marking a hectic transfer window for the left-back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Incredibly, this Getafe switch marks a third transfer for the player in less than three months, after Eibar exercised their purchase option on Cucurella at the end of May only to almost immediately send him back to Catalunya.”Barcelona and Getafe have come to an agreement over the loan of Marc Cucurella to the Madrid club for the 2019-20 season, with a purchase option for €6m,” Barca confirmed on their official website.”In that case Barcelona would be entitled to 40 per cent of the player’s future transfer fee from Getafe to another team. “Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Marc Cucurella for his commitment and dedication and wish him luck and success for the future.”Getafe finished the 2018-19 campaign in fifth place in La Liga, meaning they secured Europa League qualification for the upcoming campaign.That played a big part in Cucurella deciding to join the Madrid-based club, where he is likely to be given more exposure to the first team than he would have had at Barca, who already possess Jordi Alba in that position.Acuerdo con el Getafe por la cesión de Marc CucurellaTodos los detalles 👉https://t.co/oXXbifKBaz 👈 pic.twitter.com/s9uJuDpM1M— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) 18 de julio de 2019The decision to sell the former Spain youth international does mean that Barca will look to recruit an alternative back-up option for the left side of defence, with Real Betis defender Junior Firpo on their radar.The 22-year-old made 24 appearances in Spain’s top flight for Betis last season and any deal for the defender is likely to include Juan Miranda heading in the opposite direction.Cucurella started his career as a trainee at Espanyol before switching to Barcelona in 2012. A stalwart in the club’s ‘B’ side in previous seasons despite his tender age, he leaves Camp Nou without a single senior appearance to his name, although he did play more than 30 Liga matches for Eibar in 2018-19 while out on loan.last_img read more

ESPN Reveals What Purdue Star Did After Beating Ohio State

first_imgRondale Moore breaks an Ohio State tackle.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 20: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball and tries to fight off Jahsen Wint #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 20, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Purdue had its signature moment of the season last weekend, when they dominated Ohio State at home. The victory was so important that most Boilermakers fans probably spent their night celebrating.Well, that doesn’t apply to wideout Rondale Moore. Despite finishing with 12 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns, the star freshman was more concerned with how he can continue to improve.Seriously, Moore waited all night until film was available from the game. With an upcoming matchup against Michigan State on the schedule, his priority was to learn from his mistakes.Rondale Moore didn’t party after beating OSU last night.Instead, he waited until 3 AM for the film to be posted so he could learn from his mistakes. #FootballGuypic.twitter.com/lT05Y49Kza— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) October 27, 2018Being a leader takes more than just putting up eye-popping statistics. If that was the case, then almost every team in sports would have a bonafide captain to follow.In this instance though, it’s obvious that Moore is eager to turn his first-year success into a career filled with great moments.Through seven games, Moore has 57 receptions, 891 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns.The Boilermakers are currently in action against the Spartans, as Moore tries to build off his amazing performance against the Buckeyes.last_img read more

We are declaring emergency now A transcript of final cockpit communications

first_imgHALIFAX – The following is a transcript of the final conversations Sept. 2, 1998, involving the crew of ill-fated Swissair Flight 111, air traffic control centres in Moncton, N.B., and Halifax, as well as the crews of two British Airways Speedbird flights and a Virgin Airlines plane in the area at the time of the emergency situation (times in parentheses are p.m. ADT):Swissair 111 (9:58:15.8): Moncton Centre, Swissair one-eleven heavy good, uh, evening level three-three-zero.Moncton controller (9:58:20.4): Swissair one-eleven heavy, Moncton Centre, good evening. Reports of occasional light turbulence at all levels.Swissair 111 (9:58:26.1): Moncton, Swissair.(Extensive communications between Moncton Centre and other aircraft. Unintelligible squelch covered by United Flight 920.)Moncton controller (10:14:12.0): United nine-two-zero heavy, Moncton Centre. Good evening, occasional light turbulence reported at all levels. Other aircraft calling, say again.Swissair 111 (10:14:18.0): Swissair one-eleven heavy is declaring Pan Pan Pan. We have, uh, smoke in the cockpit. Uh, request immediate return, uh, to a convenient place, I guess, uh, Boston.Moncton controller (10:14:33.2): Swissair one-eleven, roger . . . turn right proceed . . . uh . . .you say to Boston you want to go.Swissair 111 (10:14:33.2): I guess Boston . . . we need first the weather so, uh, we start a right turn here. Swissair one-one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:14:45.2): Swissair one-eleven, roger, and a descent to flight level three-one-zero. Is that OK?Swissair 111 (10:14:50.3): Three-one-zero. (Unintelligible words obscured by a noise. Possibly the noise associated with donning oxygen masks.) Three-one-zero . . . one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:15:03.1): Swissair one-eleven, Centre.Swissair 111 (10:15:06.6): Swissair one-eleven heavy, go ahead.Moncton controller (10:15:08.6): Uh, would you prefer to go into Halifax?Swissair 111 (10:15:11.6): Uh, standby.Virgin 12 (10:15:15.9): Moncton, Virgin twelve will be standing by.Moncton controller (10:15:17.3): Virgin twelve, roger, standby.Swissair 111 (10:15:38.4): Affirmative for Swissair one-eleven heavy. We prefer Halifax from our position.Moncton controller (10:15:43.8): Swissair one-eleven, roger. Proceed direct to Halifax. Descend now to flight level two-niner-zero.Swissair 111 (10:15:48.7): Level two-niner-zero to Halifax, Swissair one-eleven heavy.BAW Speedbird 214 (10:15:58.3): And, uh, Swissair one-eleven heavy, from Speedbird two-one-four, I can give you the Halifax weather if you like.Swissair 111 (10:16:04.1): Swissair one-eleven heavy, we have the, uh, the oxygen mask on. Go ahead with the weather.BAW Speedbird 214 (10:16:10.4): OK, it’s the three hundred zulu weather was one-zero-zero at niner knots, one-five miles, scattered at one-two-zero, broken at two-five-zero, plus seventeen, plus twelve, two-niner-eight-zero, over.Swissair 111 (10:16:29.8): Roger, Swissair one-eleven heavy. We copy the, ah, altimeter is two-niner-eight-zero.Moncton controller (10:16:38.6): Swissair one-eleven, you’re cleared to ten thousand feet and the Hal . . . altimeter is two-nine-eight-zero.Swissair 111 (10:16:41.7): Two-niner-eight zero, ten thousand feet, Swissair one-eleven heavy.Moncton controller (10:16:52.5): And Swissair one-eleven, uh, can you tell me what your fuel on board is and the number of passengers?Swissair 111 (10:16:58.3): Uh, roger, standby for this.BAW Speedbird 1506 (10:17:15.5): Speedbird one-five-zero six is at Tusky listening out.Moncton controller (10:17:19.3): Speedbird one-five-zero-six, roger.Moncton controller (10:18:19.3): Swissair one-eleven, you can contact Moncton Centre now one-one-niner-point-two.Swissair 111 (10:18:24.4): One-one-niner-point-two for the Swissair one-one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:18:31.0):Roger.Swissair 111 (10:18:34.3): Moncton Centre, good evening. Swissair one-eleven heavy, flight level two-five-four descending flight level two-five-zero on course Halifax. We are flying at the time on track zero-five-zero.Halifax controller (10:18:46.8): Swissair one-eleven, good evening. Descend to three thousand the altimeter is two-nine-seven-nine.Swissair 111 (10:18:51.8): Ah, we would prefer at the time around, uh, eight thousand feet, two-nine-eight-zero, until the cabin is ready for the landing.Halifax controller (10:19:00:9): Swissair one-eleven, uh, you can descend to three, level off at an intermediate altitude if you wish. Just advise.Swissair 111 (10:19:07.2): Roger. At the time we descend to eight thousand feet. We are anytime clear to three thousand. I keep you advised.Halifax controller (10:19:14.5): OK, can I vector you, uh, to set up for runway zero-six at Halifax?Swissair 111 (10:19:19.4): Ah, say again latest wind, please.Halifax controller (10:19:22.1): OK, active runway Halifax zero-six. Should I start you on a vector for six?Swissair 111 (10:19:26.3): Yes, uh, vector for six will be fine. Swissair one-eleven heavy.Halifax controller (10:19:31.0): Swissair one-eleven, roger. Turn left heading of, ah, zero-three-zero.Swissair 111 (10:19:35.1): Left, ah, heading zero-three-zero for the Swissair one-eleven.Halifax controller (10:19:39.5): OK, it’s a back course approach for runway zero-six. The localizer frequency one-zero-niner-decimal-niner. You’ve got thirty miles to fly to the threshold.Swissair 111 (10:19:53.3): Uh, we need more than thirty miles. Please, ah, say me again the frequency of the back beam.Halifax controller (10:19:59.5): Swissair one-eleven, roger. You can turn left heading three-six-zero to lose some altitude, the frequency is one-zero-niner-decimal-niner for the localizer. It’s a back course approach.Swissair 111 (10:20:09.5): One-zero-niner-point-niner, roger. And we are turning left to heading, ah, north. Swissair one-eleven heavy.Halifax controller (10:21:23.1): Swissair one-eleven, when you have time could I have the number of souls on board and your fuel onboard please for emergency services.Swissair 111 (10:21:30.1): Roger. At the time, uh, fuel on board is, uh, two-three-zero tonnes. We must, uh, dump some fuel. May we do that in this area during descent? (Note: Two three zero tonnes represents the current gross weight of the aircraft, not the amount of fuel on board.)Halifax controller (10:21:40.9): Uh, OK, I am going to take you . . . Are you able to take a turn back to the south or do you want to stay closer to the airport?Swissair 111 (10:21:47.0): Uh, standby short, standby short.Swissair 111 (10:21:59.1): OK, we are able for a left or right turn towards the south to dump.Halifax controller (10:22:04.2): Swissair one-eleven, uh roger, uh turn to the ah, left, heading of, ah, two-zero-zero degrees and advise time when you are ready to dump. It will be about ten miles before you are off the coast. You are still within about twenty-five miles of the airport.Swissair 111 (10:22:20.3): Roger, we are turning left and, ah, in that case we’re descending at the time only to ten thousand feet to dump the fuel.Halifax controller (10:22:29.6): OK, maintain one-zero-thousand. I’ll advise you when you are over the water and it will be very shortly.Swissair 111 (10:22:34.4): Roger.Swissair 111 (10:22:36.2): (Du bisch i dr) emergency checklist (fur) air conditioning smoke? (Translation: You are in the emergency checklist for air conditioning smoke?)Halifax controller (10:22:42.9): Uh, Swissair one-eleven, say again please.Swissair 111 (10:22:45.3): Ah, sorry, it was not for you. Swissair one-eleven was asking internally. It was my fault, sorry about.Halifax controller (10:22:50.8): OK.Halifax controller (10:23:33.1): Swissair one-eleven continue left heading one-eight-zero. You’ll be off the coast in about, ah, fifteen miles.Swissair 111 (10:23:39.2): Roger, heading left one-eight-zero. Swissair one-eleven and maintaining at ten thousand feet.Halifax controller (10:23:46.3): Roger.Halifax controller (10:23:55.7): You will, ah, be staying within about, ah, thirty-five, forty miles of the airport if you have to get to the airport in a hurry.Swissair 111 (10:24.03.9): OK, that’s fine for us. Please tell me when we can start, ah, to dump the fuel.Halifax controller (10:24:08.8): OK.Swissair 111 (10:24:28.1): (Background phone). Ah, Swissair one-eleven. At the time we must fly, ah, manually. Are we cleared to fly between, ah, ten thou . . . eleven thousand and niner thousand feet? (Sound of autopilot disconnect warbler).Halifax controller (10:24:28.1): Swissair one-eleven, you can block between, ah, five thousand and twelve thousand if you wish.Swissair 111 (10:24:45.1): Swissair one-eleven heavy is declaring emergency; (10:24:46.4 second voice overlap) Roger, we are between, uh, twelve and five thousand feet. We are declaring emergency now at, ah time, ah, zero-one-two-four. (Possible intercom sound toward end of transmission).Halifax controller (10:24:56.0): Roger.Swissair 111 (10:24:56.5): Eleven heavy, we starting dump now, we have to land immediate.Halifax controller (10:25:00.7): Swissair one-eleven, just a couple of miles, I’ll be right with you.Swissair 111 (10:25:04.1): Roger. (Sound – probable autopilot disconnect warbler).Swissair 111 (10:25:05.4): And we are declaring emergency now, Swissair one-eleven.Halifax controller (10:25:08.6): Copy that.Halifax controller (10:25:19.2): Swissair one-eleven, you are cleared to, ah, commence your fuel dump on that track and advise me, ah, when the dump is complete.Halifax controller (10:25:43.0): Swissair one-eleven, check you’re cleared to start the fuel dump.Swissair 111 (10:25:49.3): (Unrecognizable noise, followed by silence)last_img read more

Bacon shortage wont hit Canada but prices will rise industry warns

OTTAWA — Canadians should prepare to pay more to bring home the bacon next year.The Canadian Pork Council says while stores aren’t likely to run out of the so-called other white meat, prices will rise dramatically within four to six months due to limited supply.The warning comes as a British farming organization is predicting a worldwide shortage of bacon and pork next year.Britain’s National Pig Association says global drought conditions are driving up the price of grain, a major staple in hog feed.It says pig farmers around the world are selling their herds because retail prices are not rising fast enough to cover the record-high pig-feed costs.[np-related]Several Canadian pork producers have filed for bankruptcy in recent weeks and the council says others may soon follow suit unless they get some relief.Martin Rice, the council’s executive director, says it costs roughly US$180 to raise a hog that only fetches about US$150 on the market.While prices are expected to rise again by next summer, he says many farmers simply don’t have the savings to hold on until then.“The hog industry is really going through a struggle here,” he said.Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said this month he has asked officials to explore all assistance options under current programs.In the United States, the government has introduced a pork-buying program in a bid to keep its pig farmers in business.And, the Chinese government is putting pork into cold storage, as a buffer against shortages and high prices next year. read more

Supporters join First Nation in fight against northwest coast LNG plant

Supporters join First Nation in fight against northwest coast LNG plant by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2015 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A battle against a liquefied natural gas plant proposed for an environmentally sensitive region near Prince Rupert, B.C., is gathering powerful support.Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Donnie Wesley’s letter opposing the Pacific Northwest LNG plant has been signed by more than 70 First Nations, scientists, unions, businesses, university and faith groups.Wesley’s letter urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environment minister to reject the plant proposed for Lelu Island and Flora Bank, an area environmentalists say is vital to the Skeena River salmon run, the second largest run in Canada.There’s concern the plant will irreparably harm salmon returning to spawn, and also destroy the sea grasses on Flora Bank that shelter salmon smolts heading back to the ocean.A spokesman with the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation says of all the thousands of miles of coastline, Pacific Northwest chose the one location most critical for Skeena salmon.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency decision is expected within months and critics say it is the final regulatory hurdle the project must overcome before proceeding.Note to readers: Moves Business and Regional. Guard against duplication. read more

South Sudan must do more to protect civilians in Jonglei UN says

“It is of utmost importance that the Government continues to call for restraint and engages with all communities to prevent a further escalation of violence,” the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a news release about the human rights report, which also urged greater cooperation between the UN Mission and the Government.The Mission also voiced its concern about potential revenge attacks following the 8 February attack near Walgak in West Akobo.In order to create a “strong deterrent” to further criminal activity the Mission said it was “crucial that an investigation takes place with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice and seeking redress through compensation.” The Walgak attack represents the highest single loss of life since an increase in inter-communal violence began several months ago,” UNMISS reported. UN Human Rights Officers reported that the majority of those killed were women and children. Given the difficulty accessing the area, 34 additional people are reported missing. “It is of grave concern that so many people were killed in such a brutal attack,” said the Mission’s Human Rights Director, Richard Bennett.In the report, UNMISS determined that the causes of the attack ranged from widespread availability of weapons and insecurity to marginalization and lack of development. The Mission also blamed the “criminal incident of violence in deep-rooted inter-community relations, particularly between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities of Jonglei.” The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, met with people wounded during the attack and other community members in Walgak. She urged government and community leaders to work towards greater unity in their communities. According to the UN investigation, a group of pastoralists, mainly innocent women and children from the Lou Nuer community, were attacked by a group of armed men, allegedly members of the Murle community, while taking cattle on their annual migration to a grazing area on 8 February.They were escorted by a platoon of approximately 40 national soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), who were meant to provide security and deter cattle-rustlers. “The attack is assessed to have lasted several hours and involved both indiscriminate and targeted fire by the assailants against civilians as well as the SPLA who were eventually overwhelmed and suffered casualties,” UNMISS reported. read more

Say Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably Not

When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.) The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. read more

Marine A What happens now The three options open to the court

first_imgThe court marital appeal court has been asked to quash Alexander Blackman’s murder conviction and then either order a retrial or downgrade his conviction to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.The appeal was heard from February 7 to 9 by Lord Thomas  (Lord Chief Justice),  Sir Brian Leveson (President of the Queen’s Bench Division), Lady Justice Hallett (Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division), Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Sweeney.There are three possible scenarios for this morning:1. The appeal is dismissedThe worst case scenario for Blackman’s supporters would see his bid fail and him remain serving his life sentence for murder.He was told he would serve a minimum of eight years and would not be eligible for release until 2021 at the earliest. 2. The court could quash his murder conviction and order a retrialThis would mean a long wait of months or perhaps as long as a year before Blackman was tried again. In this case his legal team may apply for bail while he awaits trail 3. ManslaughterIf his conviction is replaced with manslaughter, he will still not go home on Wednesday. A date will need to be set for another sentencing hearing in the next week or so.Only when Blackman knows his new sentence for manslaughter will he know if he is to be immediately released because of time already served.He has already spent three and a half years in prison. The case will be heard by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal CourtCredit:Eddie Mulhollandcenter_img The case will be heard by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court 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.last_img read more

Venezuelan exofficials charged in Andorra over 23bn graft scheme

Those charged are accused of taking bribes in return for lucrative PDVSA contracts (AFP image)BBC- A judge in Andorra has charged 29 Venezuelans with corruption – among them two former deputy ministers.Prosecutors allege that they were part of a network of corrupt officials who received $2.3bn (£1.8bn) in bribes from companies in return for lucrative contracts with Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA.They allegedly hid the money in the Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA) bank.BPA is defunct after it was named as a “primary money-laundering concern”.Judge Canòlic Mingorance in Andorra, a tiny financial haven located between France and Spain, charged the Venezuelans with taking kickbacks of up to 15% to facilitate contracts with PDVSA, Spanish daily El País reports [in Spanish].The list of those charged includes Diego Salazar, who is the cousin of former oil minister Rafael Ramírez, as well as two men who served as deputy energy ministers in the government of Hugo Chávez. They are Nervis Villalobos and Javier Alvarado.There has been no comment so far from those charged.‘Web of corruption’The network they allegedly formed part of is thought to have taken $2.3bn in bribes between 2007 and 2012.The money was then laundered and hidden in Andorra’s BPA bank before some of it was transferred into tax havens, prosecutors say.BPA was accused in 2015 by the US treasury of helping organised crime groups launder money. The Andorran authorities ended up seizing its assets.Judge Mingorance has been investigating the case since 2012. She alleges that the accused “joined forces to take control of PDVSA’s public tendering as well as energy infrastructure projects run by PDVSA’s subsidiaries, Corpoelec and Electricity of Caracas”.Former BPA bank officials have also been charged.Critics of the current Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro and that of his predecessor, President Chávez, have long suspected that officials misappropriated government funds.On Monday, US treasury official Marshall Billingslea accused President Maduro of “rapacious corruption” and of operating “a kleptocracy”.A number of other high-ranking government officials have had sanctions placed on them and had their assets frozen. Among them is Industry Minister Tarek El Aissaimi, who has been blacklisted by the US for alleged drug trafficking.Venezuela’s government says it is being attacked by “imperialist foes”. It blames US sanctions for the dire state of Venezuela’s economy, and the poor performance of PDVSA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBanned at sea: Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankersApril 18, 2017In “Regional”U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro -sourcesJuly 26, 2017In “latest news”Brazil ex-presidents Lula and Rousseff charged in corruption caseSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

VIDEO What are Irish mammies like

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVqOyXdDQTcYouTube/ClisareAH, MAMMIES. Providers of Sunday dinners. And warm, loving embraces. And guilt trips.YouTube comic Clisare, the creator of Shite Irish Girls Say, is back with a new video: Shite Irish Mammies Say.Chalk up one visit home for every saying you recognise. Did she miss any? Add them in the comments…VIDEO: How You Know You’re Irish>last_img

New 13inch MacBook Pro just as hard to repair as its big

first_imgBrace yourselves, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been cracked open and its inner workings laid bare. As you’ve probably guessed, Apple’s been up to its usual design shenanigans.Those lovely Apple pentalobe screws keep the 13-incher sealed shut, though they’re not nearly as abundant as the screws in the Surface Pro 2. Immediately after popping the cover off, iFixit noticed that accursed soldered-on RAM.If you’re going to buy the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, make sure you buy a model with the maximum RAM you think you might need. The 4GB model is going to be stuck at 4GB forever, so you’d do well to save up the extra $200 for 8GB and a 256GB SSD if you plan on keeping your MacBook Pro for several years.When Apple sent those ‘We’ve got a lot left to cover” invites, they must have been dropping a hint about the trackpads in their new MacBook Pros. They’re now sandwiched beneath the 71.8wHr battery pack, and those aren’t coming out without a fight. Should your trackpad ever quit working, it’s going to take a whole lot of jabbing, prying, and knuckle-scraping to swap it out.It wasn’t all bad news for iFixit, however. Apple does at least use a standard mini-PCIe SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And, interestingly enough, the 13-inch model doesn’t use a Samsung SSD. The 15-inch does, so Apple obviously doesn’t have issues going to Samsung for certain important parts in its highest-end machines.The less expensive 13 appears to be totally Samsung-free. About the only other good news is that the speakers were fairly easy to pop out. That wasn’t nearly enough to move the needle, of course, and iFixit awarded the 2013 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display yet another 1/10.Apple is scoring points for consistency. It’s just too bad that it’s for making products that are consistently hard to repair.last_img read more

ACL Ultra Address Music Festival Security In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

first_img Email ACL, Ultra Address Music Festival Security In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is known for being one of North America’s biggest and best dance music festivals. Part of the appeal of the festival is the downtown location of Bayfront Park, with its massive stages and impressive light shows set with the backdrop of the Miami skyline.Ultra’s organizers work hand-in-hand with local police to monitor the festival. CBS Miami spoke with acting Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina about the increased safety concerns arising from the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.”Like Las Vegas, we have a lot of outside venues with the weather and people want to be outside,” Colina said. “We train and go over scenarios, active shooter scenarios where the policemen are reminded to get wherever the shooter is.”And with Ultra returning to Bayfront Park in March 2018, additional conversations and arrangements are still in the works. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez also urges citizens to report any suspicious activity.”We live at a time where you have to be on guard at all times,” Perez said. “If you see something, say something, and with this slogan we are asking people to come forward and we depend on people to call the cops and Homeland Security.”With music festivals playing such a prominent role in the music industry, future festivals provide an opportunity for artists and fans to come together as a community and stand in support of the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.GoFundMe Campaign Raises $3.8 Million (So Far) For Victims Of Las Vegas ShootingRead more Facebook ACL’s organizers work year-round to ensure safety is always top priority, and Miami Police reassess safety concerns for Ultra 2018 Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2017 – 12:34 pm Music festivals are the ultimate celebration of both artists and audiences. But for festival organizers, safety is always the number one concern. However, the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival has certainly raised new safety concerns and considerations.Upcoming festivals, including Austin City Limits Festival and Miami’s 2018 Ultra Music Festival, are addressing these concerns to assure festival goers that every necessary safety precaution is being taken.With ACL slated for to take place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, over the next two weekends, the festival’s producers, C3, have issued a statement to reassure fans and artists alike that safety comes first.”Safety has always been our top priority,” C3 said in a statement. “Over the years, tighter security measures have been implemented at ACL Fest, including a layered security plan that includes elements that are seen and unseen, as well as pat downs, bag searches and size limits, and an enhanced security and law enforcement presence inside and outside the festival.”center_img News ACL, Ultra Address Music Festival Security acl-ultra-address-music-festival-security-wake-las-vegas-shooting Twitter last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Moulton Statement on Chemical Attack in SyriaMoulton, Smith, Gallego, and O’Rourke Lead Letter to Sec. Mattis on Use of DOD Funds for Border FallSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:As Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Testifies to Congress, Senators Markey and Blumenthal Introduce Privacy Bill of RightsSenator Markey Calls on Pruitt to Repay Taxpayers for Outrageous Security Cost OverrunsSenator Markey: Retaliatory U.S. Military Strikes on Syria Unconstitutional, IncoherentSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military RetireesWarren, Rubio Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Shut Down Access to the Financial System for Human TraffickersWarren, Rubio, Colleagues Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Allow for Safe Disposal of Unused Opioids by Home Hospice ProvidersLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Canadian Air Force hunts for 2 fugitive teens suspected of

first_imgMontreal: The Royal Canadian Air Force has joined the hunt for two fugitive teens suspected of triple murder, officials said Saturday, backing up a vast search operation unfolding in Manitoba’s remote northeast. The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week. Authorities say they believe the two are behind the killings of 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, as well as of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old Canadian. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Since Tuesday, the village of Gillam, near Hudson Bay, has been at the epicenter of an intense manhunt involving tracker dogs, a drone and armored vehicles. The area features dense, sometimes nearly impenetrable forest. Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale announced the air force involvement, which followed a request from Brenda Lucki, head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The C-130 Hercules arrived in the Gillam area Saturday to assist with aerial search operations, and will have onboard a federal police officer to direct the search, the military said. Police have said they could not rule out the possibility that the two suspects had altered their appearances and slipped out of the region, possibly with the unwitting help of an area resident. Advertise With Us However there were no new sightings “and no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area,” the RCMP said Saturday. Earlier in the day officers began an operation canvassing all homes and buildings in the Gillam area and nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation of indigenous peoples, the RCMP said. The fugitives are thought to have wound up in the village, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of Winnipeg, the Manitoba capital, after traveling 2,000 miles from British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. The surrounding region is particularly inhospitable, with wild animals including bears, and swampy areas infested with ferocious mosquitoes. Locals say conditions are brutal, and that the suspects, if on foot and unprepared, would have difficulty surviving for long. There have been two reported sightings of the wanted teens in Gillam, but none since Monday. The two young men have been formally accused in the murder of Dyck, a botany professor, and are suspects in the killings of Fowler and Deese, whose bodies were found along a highway in northern British Columbia. The teenagers were initially considered as missing after their car was found torched on July 19. But police then discovered Dyck’s body near another burned-out vehicle believed to have been used by the pair. The father of one of the teens, Alan Schmegelsky, said his son was “on a suicide mission,” deeply troubled since his parents’ divorce in 2005.last_img read more

ALBNP clash leaves 12 injured in Bogura

first_imgAt least 12 people were injured and 13 others were arrested during a sporadic clash between ruling Awami League (AL) and BNP over election campaign in Bogura’s Sonatola upazila following the upcoming national polls, reports UNB.Witnesses said 10 motor-cycles, six shops were vandalised, another four motorcycles were torched and local AL office was vandalised during the clash that lasted three hours.Police fired rubber bullets and tear shells to control the situation.An agitation has been prevailing for past few days between AL candidate Abdul Mannan and BNP candidate Kazi Rafikul Islam in Sonatola upazila of Bogura-1 constituency over electioneering.In the morning the two groups declared to conduct their election campaign in the same upazila and locked into clash with sticks and stones.The two groups chased each other and hurled cocktails at each other for hours before AL men fled from the spot at one stage.Later, BNP men vandalised several motor vehicles, shops and AL office at Charpara area.Additional police superintendent of Bogura Arifur Rahman Mandal said additional force has been deployed in the area to fend off any further unwanted situation.They also arrested 13 people from the spot, he added.last_img read more

HandsOn Oninaki Is an Emotional Action RPG Experience

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Tokyo RPG Factory has a reputation for creating modern-day role-playing games that capture the spirit of the genre’s classics. Its latest title continues this tradition. Last week, I got to check out a preview of Oninaki. Like I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear before it, Oninaki is a visually arresting game containing tried-and-true RPG mechanics. It’s also surprisingly emotional and resonant.Oninaki’s main theme focuses on the cycle of reincarnation. You play as a Watcher, whose job is to ensure the spirits of the deceased move on to the afterlife. Helping to fulfill this task are creatures called Daemons, who provide the game’s version of Jobs (think Final Fantasy). Throughout the journey, the Watcher must enter a spirit world called the Veil and destroy dangerous creatures. As the game progresses, the Watcher unravels the mysteries of the world and learns the meaning of life and death.The demo I played consisted of two parts. The first half was the opening of the game. You see the main character as a young boy who loses both of his parents. He cannot grieve for them as doing so will prevent them from resurrecting. When the boy grows, he decides to become a Watcher and help spirits move on. From the jump, Oninaki doesn’t pull any emotional punches. Don’t let the cute graphics fool you, this game will tear at your heart.AdChoices广告After the short intro, I launched into the game proper. My first task was helping the spirit of a lost spirit boy see his living parents one final time. Accomplishing this wasn’t easy since I had to contend with a field of monsters and solve a number of puzzles.Oninaki is an action RPG. Those used to hack-n-slash titles will feel at home with its basic controls. Sword attacks feel tight and responsive. There is no dodge button, but most enemies telegraph their attacks, giving you time to move out of the way. The game has no qualms with throwing multiple bad guys at you. The overhead isometric camera ensures you see everything happening around you.Daemons help to spice up combat. These spirits allow the character to unleash devastating special attacks. The first Daemon in my arsenal gave me a forward-thrusting sword attack that dealt massive damage. There is a cooldown period every time you use one of these attacks. This prevents players from spamming the same move. It also adds strategy to engagements since it’s best to save specials for the most dangerous opponents.Each Daemon provides players with new weapons which in turn change up combat. I found a Daemon that let me whack foes with a giant hammer. The hammer dealt greater damage than the long sword but it took longer to use the heavier weapon. This Daemon’s special attack caused meteors to fall from the sky. Though cool, I wasn’t a big fan of this Daemon since the hammer attacks were too slow and got me killed during a boss fight. But if you’re a fan of slow but hard-hitting weapons, you’ll no doubt dig it.One interesting gameplay aspect is the ability to enter a secondary world called the Veil. It is a dark, twisted version of the living world, only populated with more monsters. You’ll have to switch back and forth between the living world and the Veil to progress. There were a couple of instances where I had to solve puzzles in one world to open up paths in the another. This particular mechanic is something I haven’t seen since the days of Soul Reaver. Going into the Veil is pretty awesome because of how otherworldly the environment is.After wading through a sea of monsters, I finally made it to the home of the spirit boy. It turned out the reason he had not passed on was that his parents still grieved for him. I won’t spoil what happened, but the ending of this quest came as a complete shock. This simple(ish) mission showed Oninaki isn’t afraid to go to dark places. I’m curious to see how others will react to this specific scene since it is very unexpected.The second portion of the demo was Battle Mode. Players unlock this after completing the main story. As the name implies, it is a giant zone where you beat the hell out of endless waves of monsters. I had access to four Daemons in Battle Mode. This gave me a good feel for what players will have at their disposal later in the game. The two new Daemons allowed me to use a spear or a scythe and I was able to use four special attacks with each weapon. As before, using a special ability initiated a cooldown period. However, with so many specials at my disposal, I could use multiple attacks while others recharged. If you strategize it correctly, you can continuously unleash special attacks. This aspect alone has me curious to see how insane combat will get and what combinations one can pull off.Oninaki is graphically similar to I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear. Like its predecessors, the game has a decidedly anime visual quality. The characters and monsters all share traits you’d find in the medium. I’d say the main graphical difference between Oninaki and its predecessors lies with the muted color palette. Oninaki is a game about death and reincarnation so its fitting it has an almost “dead” color theme. With that said, the graphics pop out of the screen and are very eye-pleasing. If you’re playing it in handheld mode on Switch, I think you’ll appreciate it even more.I am a fan of both I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear so Oninaki easily won me over. It feels simultaneously familiar and unique. The combat is solid and I like the ability to swap fighting styles mid-battle. My session lasted an hour but I enjoyed the experience and want to play more. If you’re a fan of Tokyo RPG Factory and/or Japanese Role-Playing games, Oninaki is worth keeping an eye on when it lands on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on August 22.More on Geek.com:Review: ‘Etherborn’ Is 2019’s Trippiest Puzzle GameReview: ‘Blazing Chrome’ Is the Best ‘Contra’ Game in YearsReview: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ Is Two Great Tastes in One Stay on targetlast_img read more