Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsTucked within the forest down a dirt logging road in the central interior of British Columbia is the Unist’ot’en Camp.It’s the Unist’ot’en clan’s re-occupation of Wet’suwe’ten traditional lands.Freda Huson built the camp to reconnect with her Indigenous culture and to teach land-based wellness.“People keep calling this a protest camp and it’s not a protest camp,” said Huson. “It’s a homestead, we actually live here and we get visitors from all over the world that want to learn about what we are doing.”The only access to Huson’s homestead is a bridge that is protected by a large gate.It blocks the road that leads to the future Coastal GasLink pipeline.Although Huson welcomes some visitors – not all are welcome.She said she wants nothing to do with workers from the oil and gas business.“Our medicines, our berries, the wildlife, the salmon, the water, the air we breathe, a lot of those are not replaceable,” she said. “If they destroy those and wipe out those species then they are wiping out our food and our way of life.”Huson built the first cabin along the Morice River almost 10 years ago.It’s location was strategic – the front line of a battle that continues to this day.“The number one reason that I moved back out was because of my dad,” she said. “He said the only way we are going to win and protect our territory is you have to occupy.”A decade ago, an Enbridge pipeline project was threatening the territory – so Huson built her home right where the pipeline was scheduled to run through.And for 10 years, she has been able to keep unwanted industry out.But Huson and her supporters now face their biggest challenge.The Coastal GasLink pipeline.The brand-new, 670-kilometre pipeline project will bring fracked gas down from Dawson Creek, B.C., to LNG Canada’s processing plant in Kitimat.One hundred and ninety kilometres of that pipeline will run through Wet’suwe’ten territory.Huson said she has the full support of the territory’s highest hereditary chiefs to stop it.“Unist’ot’en is not standing alone. We have the Wet’suwet’en, the head hereditary chiefs and their clans backing us,” she said.Hereditary Chief Na’moks says the Coastal GasLink pipeline challenges and ignores the authority of the Wet’suwe’ten hereditary chiefs and their feast system of governance, which was recognized by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 1997.“Each of the clans have held feast in our feast hall, which is our Parliament building, stating we are opposed to this,” said Na’moks.“It must always be recognized that we are unceded, undefeated and we have never signed any form of document saying that we as hereditary chiefs are not the law and jurisdiction on the land.”TransCanada, the company building the Coastal Gaslink pipeline signed agreements with all 20 Indigenous communities along the route, including the Wet’suwe’ten’s band council.But the hereditary chiefs say the band doesn’t have the jurisdiction to give consent on behalf of the entire territory.“I think the number one thing that people have to realize is that a band is like a municipality,” Na’moks said. “They have jurisdiction within the band boundaries. The territory itself belongs to the people and we as hereditary chiefs we’re obligated through our names – through our culture for thousands of years – to look after it.“The band’s only look after the infrastructure within a reserve.”But Karen Ogen, the former chief of the Wet’suwe’ten Nation, who is responsible for consultations and who signed the agreement with the gas company, says there has to be give and take for the good of the community.“I really believe there’s a place for both levels of government to be working together for the people,” she said.“But it seems a bit of a power struggle because the elected system isn’t going away any time soon and the hereditary chiefs system isn’t going away at all.“As far as I’m concerned, the hereditary chiefs look after their clan members and the land, the elected chiefs look after the members and everything under the sun with very few resources to do it.”Ogen says she’s not actually proud that she signed the agreement.“I wouldn’t say proud. I did my job as the chief of the nation to take care of the people and our environment.”Despite not having approval from the hereditary chiefs, Coastal GasLink recently tried to get past the gate to conduct preparation work at the pipeline site.But members of the homestead turned them away.The company, in turn, responded with an injunction application and civil suit.Freda Huson says she’s not going anywhere.“I live here, this is my home,” she said. “And I don’t plan to leave.”Members of the homestead expect to be in court sometime this month.Construction on the pipeline is scheduled for the first quarter of the new firstname.lastname@example.org@lauriehamelin
New Delhi: The BJP Monday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of being a “habitual liar” and asked people not to fall in his “trap” in the Lok Sabha polls, a reference to his recent promises to the poor, including the minimum income scheme.BJP vice president and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed Congress governments in states like Madhya Pradesh have “cheated” farmers by not fulfilling their promise of waiving agriculture loans. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’There was no immediate response from the Congress to the BJP’s attack on its president. Chouhan told reporters Gandhi had claimed that the Congress will waive farmers’ loans within 10 days of coming to power in Madhya Pradesh but, he said, it had not been done even after 104 days of Kamal Nath taking over as chief minister. He played two video clips of Gandhi, first purportedly showing him making the promise and second in which he is heard saying that the state government has fulfilled it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Gandhi speaks lies with confidence and shamelessly. He is a habitual liar,” he claimed. Lakhs of farmers recently received a state government message telling them that the loan waiver exercise was put on hold due to the Model Code of Conduct that came into effect after the general election announcement, he claimed. It seems Kamal Nath had been waiting for the poll announcement so that he could get rid of this promise, he said taking a swipe at the state government.
By the end of May 2007, assessments of counter-terrorism measures taken by all United Nations Member States will have been presented to the Security Council committee that monitors the global fight against the menace, its chairman said today.Ambassador Ricardo Alberto Arias of Panama, the chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), established by resolution 1373 (2001) after the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States, said that this will give the Committee a comprehensive picture of the implementation of that resolution, as well as a better idea of assistance needed by States to better comply.Assisting Member States to fulfil their reporting responsibilities was also a top priority for the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by non-State actors, particularly terrorists, said its chairman, Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia.Since the last briefing to the Council in September 2006, Antigua and Barbuda, Nicaragua, Tuvalu and Vanuatu had submitted their first reports, leaving a shortfall of 55 reports, most of them from countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. In order to help those States fulfil their reporting their requirements, the Committee had sent to them, in October/November 2006, a legislative database and a partially completed draft matrix prepared by Committee experts to serve as a starting point. The chairman of the 1267 (1999) Committee concerning Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions, Ambassador Johan Verbeke of Belgium, told the Council that its most important work at the moment is revamping its procedures and improving the list of targeted persons and organizations.In that regard, he appealed for the assistance of States in updating the list, both with new names to be included, as well as additional information for those already on the list.Equally important, said all three chairmen, are efforts to coordinate the work of the three committees. “We all expressed a willingness to work more intensively together, especially in the area of addressing the issue of non-reporting States,” Mr. Burian told the press after the meeting. 22 May 2007By the end of May 2007, assessments of counter-terrorism measures taken by all United Nations Member States will have been presented to the Security Council committee that monitors the global fight against the menace, its chairman said today.
The Connect Africa Summit, held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, brought together some 1,000 participants, including political leaders, executives of information and communication technology (ICT) companies and heads of development banks.Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said that African leaders had committed themselves to creating the right regulatory environment, and private sector leaders had pledged to invest in the continent’s ICT sector. “Companies are ready to invest and they know they can make money here.” Highlighting the impact of technology such as mobile phones, Mr. Touré said telecom companies were making profits, farmers were getting the information they need, and teachers were receiving educational aid. “Mobile phones even have an impact on democracy. During elections, people have used mobile phones to get election results fast and in a transparent manner.”The technologies to connect the whole of Africa are available, said Craig Barrett, the Chair of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development and the Chairman of Intel Corporation. “What we are dealing with here is not a technology problem. The technology is ready to be delivered. It is a question of policies, of creating the right environment.”“This is not a technology issue but an implementation issue,” Mr. Barrett said. “It is a question of taking existing technologies, existing models, and implementing them in Africa, as they have been implemented in other parts of the world.”“Africa needs cost-effective connectivity,” he said, as it was currently saddled with the highest connectivity costs in the world. “All the universities of sub-Saharan Africa taken together pay $3 million per month in connectivity. This money could be used more effectively elsewhere.”Providing technology, connectivity and content was not a problem one company or one government alone could solve, Mr. Barrett said. “We need to work together –governments and the private sector,” capitalizing on the fact that the cost of access and hardware continued to decrease.“The technology is there, even the financial resources are there,” said Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who hosted the meeting. “We have to be decisive and make a political choice about how to tap into these possibilities. The right policies and choices have to be made…. for these technologies to become a part of the solution.” “The challenges are still significant, but let’s not underestimate what has been accomplished, especially by the telecom industry,” said Mohsen Khalil of the World Bank Group. Africa had jumped from 1 per cent to 20 per cent of telephone density within a few years. “We must now take this to the next level, and replicate the model of mobile telephony.”The challenges ahead included extending ICT access to the poor, assisting governments in utilizing ICT for services to the public and to business, and harmonizing the legal and regulatory environment in the continent, Mr. Khalil said.Among the partnerships announced today at the Summit, the ITU and the African Development Bank (ADB) agreed to work together on interconnecting all African capitals and major cities with ICT broadband infrastructure and on strengthening connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012.ADB President Donald Kaberuka announced that the Bank had approved a $150 million loan for a pan-African cable, the East African Submarine Cable System, which would bring speedy and cheap bandwidth to at least 23 African countries. The system would run between South Africa and Sudan, with six landing points along the way, he said.The Connect Africa Summit was attended by the Presidents of Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Malawi and Senegal, together with 53 ICT ministers and 19 ICT companies, including Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Ericsson.The event was organized by ITU, the African Union, the World Bank Group and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in partnership with the ADB, the African Telecommunication Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Global Digital Solidarity Fund. 30 October 2007As a two-day summit on improving Africa’s information technology infrastructure wrapped up today in Rwanda, the head of the United Nations telecommunications agency reminded investors that Africa is “open for business and looking for partnerships.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock indexes are rising in early trading; Gap and Priceline.com rise on higher earnings by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 12:05 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock indexes are mostly higher in midday trading on Wall Street and are on track to post solid gains for the week.The Dow Jones industrial average moved between small gains and losses Friday morning. It was down 16 points at 15,066 as of noon Eastern Daylight Time. Other indexes rose slightly.The Dow is up 0.6 per cent for the week and 15 per cent so far this year.Prices for commodities including crude oil and gold fell sharply as the dollar continued to strengthen against other currencies, especially the Japanese yen.Priceline.com and chipmaker Nvidia rose sharply after reporting higher earnings.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a fraction of a point at 1,627.The Nasdaq composite was up 12 points at 3,421.
Trent NewmeyerToday is World AIDS Day, and a Brock professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies continues to do important research into the disease.Trent Newmeyer researches various aspects of the health of HIV positive women during preconception, pregnancy and motherhood. His latest work will be a qualitative evaluation of the Positive Pregnancy program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.Newmeyer will work with midwife Jay MacGillivray and obstetrician Dr. Mark Yudin, who founded the program in 2006. He will also work with Dr. Mona Loutfy of the Women’s College Research Institute. The team has been given a $25,000 research grant from the Ontario AIDS Bureau.The Positive Pregnancy Program is dedicated to the care of HIV-positive pregnant women. It provides care from a variety of perspectives, including medical, social and psychological.Through the program, women attending prenatal appointments are seen by the physician, midwife and a prenatal nurse and social worker. More than 100 women have gone through the program in the past five years.Newmeyer’s other research includes a three-year, $900,000 study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.Related story:• Professor studying HIV and pregnancy
Harness the power of nature’s winter wrath by turning it into your own PC cooling system. Hack-a-Day showed off a geek’s setup of his rig next to a window with, what looks like, a dryer duct enabling a seamless connection between the great outdoors and his tower. The computer system’s internal fan sucks in the cold air, which when mixing with the hot air inside the PC may cause unwanted condensation. Ultimately leading to rig death. While a brilliant showing of how to “go green” with an o-natural cooling system, it’s not a perfect system. Even though the outdoor portion includes a hood, damper, and some Scotch Brite pads as a filter, there’s always the factor of having your PC a little too cold. Though this could be the poor-man’s solution to keeping high-end heated components cool without a liquid-based system.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Aboriginal woman who lived in a tent for two years in a remote part of the Northern Territory before going on to develop her own seafood empire, is among the winners of the 2012 Ethnic Business Awards. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott joined the awards at a special gala dinner in Sydney last week, which aims to recognise Australia’s diverse people and the contribution they’ve made to business, innovation and the community The three categories included were Indigenous in Business, Small Business and Medium to Large Business. Entries from all over Australia were accepted and were open to migrants and first generation Australians. Yvonne Bradley, who won the Indigenous in Business award, began catching crabs with her husband Neil by the Wearyan River in remote Borroloola. Soon their fishing expertise developed into a thriving commercial seafood operation that is distributing to markets across Australia. Bradley’s Seafood has now doubled the size of its operations in three years and continues to grow. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mrs Bradley explains just how much they had to overcome to get the business up and running. “We had to improvise and do the things we had to do to make it work. We moved out there for the environment and we ended up liking the area and selling everything we had in Queensland and moving away to a tent. “We get flooded out every year but we’ve learnt to improvise. No matter what kind of weather condition it is, we still go to work,” she says. Very humble about her win, asking her what she will do with the prize money, she admits she hadn’t even thought of it: “I might buy myself a new outfit or might go on a trip with the family, who knows?” Also winning the Medium to Large Business award was Faddy Zouki, who fled war-ravaged Lebanon and settled in Melbourne. He won for his company’s innovative retail model that has transformed the food, cafe and retail experience in our hospitals and health facilities. Over 60 outlets operate under the Zouki banner across Australia. Initially a welder, Salem Sukkar won the Small Business award with his fine dairy foods. Buying a farm in NSW, Sukkar wanted to follow in his mother’s footsteps and started producing high quality dairy goods for the State. Green Valley Dairy now graces Australian supermarkets, and all the products are natural, with no added preservatives or flavours. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who comes from a migrant family herself, praised the entrepreneurship of migrants and their unique way of harnessing the best of Australia. “Australia was a great country before post-war migration. But our migrants showed us a way to make it greater still. Ethnic businesses are a big part of the story. Your hard work and self-sacrifice are legendary, from the smallest corner store to the great enterprises founded by migrant pioneers,” she said. Minister for Multiculturalism, Senator Kate Lundy, said the Awards were a way to recognize the large contribution of Australia’s diverse population and give them the recognition they deserve. “Australia’s economic and cultural success owes much to the contribution of its diverse people – from our first inhabitants to more recent waves of migrants settling in this great land. “The skills, experience and spirit of enterprise that they have carried with them have irrevocably transformed the nation’s fortunes and made us richer for it,” Senator Lundy said. The winners each received $10,000 from the National Australia Bank – founding partners of the awards, a unique crystal trophy, and luxurious accommodation at Sydney’s Shangri La Hotel. More than 500 nominations from 53 different countries of origin were received in the 2012 Ethnic Business Awards.
Plane With 9 On Board Crashes in Misty FjordsLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanA Promech float plane with nine people on board apparently crashed near Ella Lake in Misty Fiords National Monument outside of Ketchikan. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker says the plane was reported overdue this afternoon.‘Northern Edge’ Military Exercise Returns to Alaska After 4-Year HiatusZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageFor the last week and a half, the military has been conducting Northern Edge, the largest training exercise held in Alaska. About 6,000 troops from all branches of the military are in Anchorage and the Gulf of Alaska.State Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on SubsidiesLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageMore than 16,000 Alaskans will keep their health insurance subsidies under a ruling issued Thursday by the United States Supreme Court. The Court ruled 6 to 3 in favor of the argument that the Affordable Care Act allows residents in states like Alaska to access federal subsidies on healthcare.gov.E. Coli Detected in Haines’ Water SupplyEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauHaines residents are being told to boil their drinking water after E. coli was found in the municipal water system.Partial Evacuations Underway in Aniak and ChuathbalukBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFires are growing quickly in the middle Kuskokwim. The North Aniak fire has reached the river below Aniak, threatening the Crow Village area.Sled Dogs Safe, But Musher Stays To Protect Fire-Threatened HomesteadDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksYukon Quest champion Brent Sass remains at his wildfire-threatened compound in Eureka, but his dogs are safe in Fairbanks.Soldotna Lodge Opens Doors to Fire Victims 2 Years RunningShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerThe Card Street fire near Sterling is diminishing and many evacuees are returning to their homes this week. Across the central peninsula, hotels and restaurants that helped with relief efforts are getting back to business as usual. But for one hotel in Soldotna, this isn’t the first time they’ve stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year.Ready.. Set… Sparc!Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageStrolling down D Street in downtown Anchorage, the Sparc! studio blends in with the line of shops and galleries. But behind the displays of vivid paintings and sculptures, artists are learning more than just creative expression.Historic Juneau Park Becomes an Oasis for Alaska ArtistsLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauMore than six decades later, the historic cabin is being used as an oasis for Alaska artists. 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 @aprn.Download Audio
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian was administered the oath of office by Governor Acharya Devvrat at a simple but an impressive ceremony here. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his cabinet colleagues, high court judges and senior government functionaries attended the oath-taking ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan, where Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal conducted the proceedings and read out the warrant of appointment issued by the President.
Representational imageIBT Raghavendra NThe central government-backed General Insurance Corporation of India’s (GIC Re) initial public offer (IPO) opens today for subscription at the primary market and different brokerages already gave positive recommendations.Through the IPO of the company, at the upper end of the price band, the government is likely to raise around Rs 11,370 crore. The company has set a price range of Rs 855 to Rs 912 per share for its IPO.In terms of valuation, the IPO would be the country’s third biggest after Coal India’s 15,200 crore and Reliance Power’s Rs 11,700 crore issues.The IPO consist of an offer for sale (OFS) where the reinsurance company will dilute 10.75 crore share and also a fresh issue of 1.72 crore shares.The company earlier said that the amount raised from the fresh issue will be used to increase the firm’s capital base and to maintain current solvency levels. At the upper price band, the company will garner worth around Rs 1,569 crore from the fresh issue offer.GIC Re is the largest reinsurance company in India in terms of gross premiums accepted in financial year 2017.Here are some of the brokerages views of the issue:Angel Broking The brokerage has given a subscribe recommendation citing well-managed investment book, robust balance sheet, but cautioned the investors that the firm’s financials may get affected adversely if India witnesses bad monsoon.CENTRUM BROKINGThe brokerage believes that issue is fairly priced considering a return ratio of 16 percent RoE and gives buy recommendations, Business Standard reported. In the light of the company’s full valuation and size of the issue, the stock is expected to give returns only in the long term, it added.Reliance SecuritiesReliance Securities expects company’s business to grow further owing to policies like Fasal Bima Yojana. The brokerage gives buy recommendation as it thinks that the firm is fairly valued at 4 times price to book based.
A trader reacts as he watches screens on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Feb 5, 2018.ReutersAsian shares started the week on a positive note, even as markets in Hong Kong and China are closed for the Lunar New Year holiday and in the U.S. for Presidents’ Day.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose marginally on Friday to mark its biggest weekly increase in five years.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 percent. Japan’s Nikkei gained 1.2 percent. Hong Kong markets reopen on Tuesday while Chinese mainland markets open to trading on Thursday.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 286 points or 0.84 percent to close at 34,010 on Friday.India currency and debt markets are closed on Monday for a public holiday.The partially convertible rupee ended at 64.22 per dollar on Friday from its previous close of 63.91 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 0.54 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1 billion from local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile this week as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude gained 0.8 percent for the second day at $65.34 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.2 percent to $61.81 a barrel.Fed minutes: On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its January meeting at which the central bank opted to leave interest rates unchanged but upgraded its inflation outlook.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a dinner, organised in her honour by the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at his residence in Tokyo. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Tokyo on Friday morning for Saudi Arabia, the second destination of her tri-nation tour, wrapping up her four-day visit to Japan.A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed Haneda International Airport, Tokyo around 9:45am (local time).Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Toshiko Abe saw her off at the airport.The flight will land at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 5:25pm (local time).During her three-day stay in Saudi Arabia, the prime minister will attend the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit in Makkah and perform the holy Umrah on Saturday and offer Ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on Sunday.In the early hours of 3 June, Sheikh Hasina will leave Saudi Arabia for Finland where she will be staying till 7 June.During her stay in Finland, Sheikh Hasina will have a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on 4 June.Saudi Arabia is hosting the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit in Makkah. The summit, titled ‘Makkah Summit: Together for the Future’, aims to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the OIC summit on Friday evening.On Saturday, she will attend the first working session at 12:30am and the second working session at 1:30am.The prime minister will attend the closing session at 2:30am and then join the Suhoor Banquet at Safa Palace.In the evening, she will perform Umrah.On Sunday morning, the Sheikh Hasina will leave Jeddah for Madina by air and offer Fateha at the Rawza Mubarak (grave) of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). In the evening, she will depart Madinah for Jeddah by air.On the morning of 3 June, she will leave Jeddah for Helsinki, Finland via Frankfurt. She will land at Helsinki at 1:00pm (local time).Earlier on 28 May, the prime minister left Dhaka for Japan to attend the Nikkei International Conference on ‘The Future of Asia’ there.During her stay in Japan, the two countries signed the 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion after a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzō Abe on Wednesday.Besides, she joined a community reception accorded to her and attended a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese Business leaders.Also the Japanese family members of the Holy Artisan victims and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka separately met Sheikh Hasina there.On 8 June, the prime minister is scheduled to return home wrapping up her 12-day tri-nation visit.
If you’re looking for a hot new sidescroller for iOS, developer CocoaChina/Chukong has you covered. Never heard of them? Don’t worry about it — these guys, through an untold number of twists of fate, obtained the license for Contra and are remaking the NES classic on iOS. It’s Contra — up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right Contra — on your iPhone.The new game will be known as Contra Evolution (note the brave lack of a colon) and it will be “the first fully licensed mobile version of Konami’s classic alien-and-human-shooting side-scroller Contra.” The game has already launched in China, but will be landing in the US on June 27th. The iPhone version will be 99 cents while the iPad one will be $2.99.A release noted that the game is a “complete mobile reincarnation” as opposed to being a new game inspired by the legendary franchise. The screenshots (in the gallery above) confirm this — the first stage and second stage look to be high-resolution remakes of the original NES game. Videos already posted to YouTube double confirm this.Unfortunately initial reviews have been mixed, while some are quite negative. It’s no surprise that touch controls are not ideal for Contra, but it looks like they become a serious problem as the difficulty ramps up (which happens early on). Also the game seems to be quite reliant on in-app purchases. IAPs are used to buy diamonds which are, in turn, used to buy continues (of which you need many). You also need to pay to unlock the game’s two females characters, which are new for this release.So, yes, Contra is coming to iOS, or might already be here depending on your region. We’ll see if that’s good news or not. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Contra EvolutionContra EvolutionContra Evolution – 001Contra Evolution 003Contra Evolution 002Contra 1st bossContra Poster
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Stoke-on-Trent road is closed following an accident involving a car and a motorbike this morning. Emergency services are at the scene of the collision, which has taken place near the New Finney Gardens pub on Werrington Road in Bucknall. Police are directing traffic and the road is closed as a result. UPDATE: We now have an update on this story One woman has been cut free from the car by firefighters and is now in the care of paramedics, the fire service have confirmed. The closure is also causing delays at Lime Kiln Traffic Lights on Leek Road – with slow traffic reported on Bucknall New Road travelling to and from Hanley as a result. Inrix, the traffic data company, says the collision was first reported at around 6.30am today (Monday February 11). Read MoreTeenagers found cycling on M6 in Staffordshire Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they were called to the scene at around 7am this morning. A spokesman said: “We have removed one female from a free. She is now in the care of the ambulance service. “We had the call at 7am this morning from Staffordshire Police to reports of one small car vs one motorbike. “One person was trapped in the car and we carried out an extrication.” First Potteries say a number of bus services are disrupted as a result of the road closure. A spokesman said: “Due to a serious accident at Trent Bridge Bucknall Road both sides have been closed and is affecting services 5,11,12,12A and 32. “Due to a traffic incident, Werrington Road at Bucknall is closed. We are experiencing severe delays of up to one hour on routes 5, 11/12, 32. “We are not able to serve the stops on Bucknall Road at the junction of Leek Road. “Customers on route 5 in Abbey Hulton, please wait on the opposite side of the road to normal for buses into Hanley.” We will bring you an update on this story as soon as one becomes available. Read MoreFirefighters tackle blaze at this North Staffordshire school Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Queensland airports have experienced a weekly domestic seat capacity at over 280,000 seats in May 2012, with 75 per cent of this total travelling in and out of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns. Airlines have made a number of adjustments to routing and frequency in Queensland so far this year, starting with Jetstar’s reduced flight frequency for Darwin – Cairns route to three times weekly. Virgin stopped flying direct from the Gold Coast to Townsville early this month, while in April this year Tiger Airways resumed its Melbourne – Cairns service, taking more passengers into the sunshine state from Victoria.In response to high global jet fuel prices, Qantas Group announced further increases to fuel surcharges and domestic fares, announced in February 2012. Domestic Qantas and QantasLink fares saw an average increase of five per cent from 05 April 2012.
Luxury cruise and tour operator, APT, has acquired an equal share in South American tailor-made land operator, Setours.Effective immediately, the deal makes APT the only Australian tour operator to have ownership of its operations in South America and therefore the ability to control the product and overall experience offering from APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica.APT has worked closely with Setours since 2011, with Setours handling much of the land touring for both its APT and Travelmarvel brands, and feels the investment was the next natural step in the relationship.“Currently nearly 50 percent of our land touring in South America is based in Peru and while this partnership enables us to grow further in this destination, it also helps us to facilitate rapid growth across the rest of the continent,” APT chief executive officer Chris Hall said.“Setours will expand into Chile, Argentina, and eventually Brazil, so now, with our own local expertise we’ll be able to branch out across the continent in a phased approach to include even more exciting and exotic destinations for APT, Travelmarvel and Botanica.”Growth to the destination is exceeding 30 percent year on year for APT and 125 percent for Travelmarvel, and APT believe this is the perfect time for the acquisition.“Having APT as a partner will allow us to expand faster and with more confidence to neighbouring countries, where we will replicated the successful business model that has been Setours’ trademark in Peru,” Setours general manager Peter Holzweber said.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich
(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks didn’t sugar coat anything during his Monday press conference.With a Cardinals offense that has sputtered through six weeks of football and fans asking for an offensive change, Wilks opened up about how important Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos really is.“I would say all of our jobs are in jeopardy,” Wilks said when asked if offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s job was on the line. “Including mine if we don’t win.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 80 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Since returning from his wrist injury, Johnson has struggled to find a rhythm.Although he has found the end zone five times through five games, the running back has averaged 3.2 on the ground. He had eight touchdowns in 2016 though six games and was much more efficient with his touches, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Johnson has failed to reach the century mark in each of the first six games of 2018, with 71 yards being his season-high against the Seattle Seahawks.Looking at the rest of the league, the Cardinals are dead last in rushing yards (384) and rushing yards per game (64.0).Johnson hasn’t been a factor in the passing game, either. Through six weeks, the running back has just 17 receptions for 135 yards and one score compared to accumulating 265 yards on 20 catches over that same span in 2016.With a short week and a Denver Broncos defense that sacked Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff five times in Week 6 coming to town on Thursday, the offense will once again be in the spotlight.“I think really what we need to look at is really a lot of carry over,” Wilks said when asked what his plan was for the offense with a short week. “Some of the things we’ve done this past week, how much can we carry over in a short week to try to make things simpler on the quarterback so therefore he can go out there and process things and play fast.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I’m not so much sure on them trying to gameplan against us. I’m sure they’re going to be in the same situation as well.” Top Stories It’s been a rough road for the Cardinals offense.Going with Sam Bradford under center to start the season, Arizona was hit in the mouth early on.Related LinksArizona Cardinals HC Steve Wilks: Iupati, Pugh day-to-dayArizona Cardinals unveil blackout jerseys for Thursday nightBickley: Cardinals on verge of mutiny heading into Thursday Night FootballCardinals’ Steve Wilks: Patrick Peterson trade rumors ‘ludicrous’In their first two games of the season, only running back David Johnson found pay dirt as the team scored just six points in eight quarters.Week 3 would bring two touchdowns through the air for Bradford in the first half, but the QB would regress in the second with two interceptions and the eventual benching for rookie signal caller Josh Rosen.Bradford ended his reign as Arizona’s starter tossing four interceptions and two touchdowns in a little more than two and a half games played. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 400 yards and had a QBR of 62.5.Since then, the team has gone 1-2 — the win coming thanks to a five-takeaway effort from the team’s defense — with question marks continuously looming over the offense and its coordinator.Arizona ranks last in yards per game (220.5), total yards (1,323) and second to last in points per game (13.7). Through the air, the team is slightly better than the Buffalo Bills in terms of passing yards per game.One of the biggest questions surrounding McCoy’s offense has been the usage of David Johnson.
By Stelios OrphanidesThe Nicosia district court has rejected the Central Bank of Cyprus’s application to appoint a liquidator at the Cyprus branch of Tanzania’s FBME Bank Ltd, two sources familiar with the matter said.The decision came five days after Tanzanian authorities decided to revoke the lender’s licence and liquidate it following the latest US court ruling. The April decision affirmed the decision of the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to ban the lender from opening and maintaining correspondent accounts with FBME.FinCEN considers FBME as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern with links to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia deemed a terrorist organisation in both the US and the EU.A Central Bank of Cyprus spokesperson said that the Resolution Authority, which consists of the bank supervisor’s board of directors, has not yet studied the court’s ruling and will decide the next steps after it does so.You May LikeMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoscienceglory.comNew Evidence on Eerie Easter Island is Changing What We Knewscienceglory.comUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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