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first_imgIn the agriculturally-rich Hanumangarh district of northern Rajasthan, the seepage of water from the Indira Gandhi Canal into about 30 villages of Pilibanga and Rawatsar blocks is set to decide the depth of support to different political parties in the Assembly election. Two generations of farmers, facing the problem for 40 years, have felt betrayed by politicians here.Turned into wastelandOver 4,370 hectares of fertile land in the region has become wasteland with the canal waters flooding the agricultural land as well as houses. The water seeps into the fields, but is unable to go deep because of the underground gypsum layer. As a result, the salted water floods and destroys the land.Neither any compensation nor the assistance for rejuvenation of land has been given to the farmers, leading to resentment in the agricultural community. Farmers have now taken a pledge to support only that party which helps them raise their living standards. Many farmers, who were once rich, have been driven to penury with their land becoming infertile.Dhanna Ram Godara, bio-farming head of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in the district, who has led an agitation on the issue for more than a year, told The Hindu that the drainage of water through pipelines had turned out to be impractical. “Some farmers were relocated and allotted land elsewhere in 1992. The problem persists because of insensitivity of the successive governments. It has affected 26,000 families,” he said.After signing an agreement with the agitating farmers in October 2017, the BJP government pursued the matter with the Centre. A comprehensive plan with the Central allocation for a project to remove water from the fields was still awaited, Jakhdawali-based activist Bhajan Lal pointed out. However, lining of the Indira Gandhi Canal’s distributaries by adding an impermeable layer at the edges has been taken up at some places.State Water Resources Minister Ram Pratap, who was instrumental in making Hanumangarh a district in 1994, is contesting the election as a BJP candidate again from the constituency. As the farmers in the seepage-affected areas expect him to do something to help them out, he is facing anti-incumbency in his constituency.Elsewhere in the district, elections to the irrigation water utilisers’ associations — under the Bhakra irrigation system’s second division — have been delayed because of the model code of conduct being enforced for the Assembly polls. At present, the Irrigation Department’s officials are running the 49 canal distributaries in the system, supplying water to 277 villages in Ghaggar, Khara and Pilibanga blocks.Right to manage Farmers have been given the right to manage the affairs of canals under the Rajasthan Farmers’ Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000. The election of chairpersons of water utilisation associations enables them to control the works such as delineation of areas, fixing the turn of fields to get irrigation waters, sanctioning the construction of new heads and maintenance and cleanliness of the distributaries.With the ruling BJP having represented all the five Assembly constituencies in the district in 2013, the voters in the city, situated near Ghaggar river, as well as in the rural areas are still waiting for resolution of the issues of lack of agro-based industries, poor infrastructure for civic amenities and closure of the local spinning mill.CPI(M) candidate from Bhadra Balwan Singh Poonia, who had lost to the BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar in the 2013 election, expects to turn the tide this time and get farmers’ support while campaigning for more water for irrigation and better minimum support prices for agricultural produce.Interestingly, the district administration here has launched an intensive campaign to ensure a good turnout of voters during the December 7 polling. The initiatives for releasing posters of a “Votu” mascot and playing of jingles in the local dialect have attracted the people. A mobile app to enable the people to take a pledge to cast their votes, after which they get a signed certificate, had especially generated a “sense of participation” among the electorate, said Collector Dinesh Chandra Jain.last_img read more


first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Courtois was substituted by recently signed French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who has quickly become a fan favorite after some good performances in goal, including against Brugge, when he made a great save while facing a one-on-one situation in his first action of the game.Courtois had failed to do the same in a similar play in the first half, leading to Brugge’s second goal. He also could have done better in the first, when he was caught out of position following a counterattack.“Courtois and Areola are Real Madrid goalkeepers,” Zidane said. “Everyone has their own opinion, I’m not going to get into that. I’m not worried. Courtois is trying to do his best and that’s what matters.”Zidane recognized things improved after the change in goal but went out of his way not to single out Courtois.“The second half was better and that’s what I take away with me,” Zidane said. “In the first half, we could point the finger at Courtois, but we are all in it together, and I am the first who has to take criticism. That’s how it is. I am the one responsible.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keylor Navas used to be Madrid’s starter before Courtois arrived, helping the team win three straight Champions League titles. Still, he was among the first to be criticized at the first sign of trouble, considered the weak link in the team led by Ronaldo. The Costa Rica goalkeeper was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain this offseason in the deal that involved Areola joining Real Madrid on a loan.Zidane has yet to announce whether it would be Areola or Courtois playing in goal on Saturday in the Spanish league match against Granada at the Bernabéu.MESSI’S APPEARANCELionel Messi made a rare appearance in front of the media after Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, blaming Barcelona’s poor start on the team’s busy preseason schedule.“It’s not a criticism, but it’s a reality,” Messi said. “When you travel, you can’t practice well. You don’t get a sequence of practice sessions. But we will keep improving, we will be getting better. It’s understandable that the club plays these games, all of the big teams do, they are needed.”Barcelona started the season with only two wins from its first six games in all competitions as Messi was sidelined with a calf injury. He later also hurt an abductor muscle, and the match against Inter at the Camp Nou was the first in which he played the full 90 minutes this season.“I’m happy that it went well,” Messi said. “I lacked rhythm and I’m tired, but match after match I’ll keep improving. The more I play, the better I’ll feel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ With Courtois in goal, the lingering doubts about Madrid’s goalkeeping position would finally be put to rest.A year later, though, Madrid is again facing a goalkeeping crisis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manCourtois was booed by the Santiago Bernabéu crowd in the team’s 2-2 draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday, then was strangely replaced by coach Zinedine Zidane at halftime after conceding two goals from three shots against the Belgian club.Zidane gave few hints after the game about what was wrong with Courtois, saying he wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t continue. The club later said stomach problems kept the Belgium goalkeeper from returning to the game. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Palace: No mass transport crisis yet in Metro Manila PLAY LIST 01:14Palace: No mass transport crisis yet in Metro Manila00:50Trending Articles02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis scores his side’s opening goal past Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois during the Champions League group A soccer match between Real Madrid and Club Brugge, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, Oct.1, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Thibaut Courtois was Real Madrid’s top signing after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last year.Real Madrid felt its only real need at the time was to improve the goalkeeping position, and it tried to do that by bringing in the man voted as the best at that position at the World Cup that year.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Naomi Osaka reaches quarterfinals at China Open Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore fans were left shocked and dazed when stand-in skipper Shane Watson had dropped Chris Gayle against Kings XI Punjab in the third match of their IPL 2017 campaign. (RCB vs MI Blog | Scorecard)Many questioned the wisdom of that move further when RCB imploded despite a breathtaking, unbeaten 89 from AB de Villiers. The South African ace found no support from anyone else in the line-up as KXIP restricted them to a modest total and then chased it down without fuss. (Points Table)However, parity seems to have been restored in the Bangalore order with the return of Virat Kohli, who had missed the first three matches due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Ranchi Test against Australia last month.Gayle has 3464 runs in 94 matches and all five of his hundreds have come for RCB. He had a coupe of bad games this year, prompting Watson to drop him for the clash against KXIP.However, Watson himself did not set IPL 2017 on fire with only 43 runs in three matches. Kohli is known to be in awe of Gayle and the two are great friends.So it was no surprise when the first thing Kohli did was to get Gayle back in to the line-up at the expense of Watson.Kohli also included West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree for another Australian Billy Stanlake.So, that’s what Kohli has done immediately after taking charge – two West Indians in, two Australians out. On a lighter note, didn’t Kohli say he was no longer friends with the Aussies?advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgApril 18, 2008: A new beast was about to take the cricketing world by storm and no one had any idea what kind of impact it would have on the game. Yes, India had won the World T20 and the cricket-loving public here wanted more of this razzmatazz format.  Would it be a hit? Or would the IPL peter out despite the big moneys and the glitz?The questions were answered by a Kiwi from far ashore . Brendon McCullum was signed up by the star-studded Kolkata Knight Riders , who took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, exactly nine years ago. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffer major blow: AB de Villiers ruled out vs Gujarat Lions)New Zealand, it must be remembered, had been exposed to the frenetic world of T20 cricket, a lot before the concept had hit home here in India. Riding on experience and sheer skill, Baz took apart an RCB attack that was led by two very able India pacers – Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan. The legendary Jacques Kallis was tonked for 48 runs in his four overs while Australian leg-spinner Cameron White conceded 24 runs in one horror over.The other KKR batmsen just played a supporting role around McCullum as he blazed 10 fours and 13 sixes in a 73-ball 158 not out. Two of world cricket’s giants – Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, two of McCullum’s four batting partners that evening at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, were mere spectators. (Also read: April 18, 2008 – Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener)advertisementDavid Hussey, who batted at No.4, stayed on for 12 balls to merely take singles and had the strike back to McCullum so he could do more carnage on an already battered bowling line-up.What happened to some of the stars involved in the inaugural IPL clash:- Following the onslaught, RCB were shot out for 82 to crash to a 140-run defeat. The team underwent a major revamp and soon turned into one of the most dangerous units in the IPL.- RCB stormed to the final next year when the IPL was held in South Africa- KKR won the title twice in 2012 and 2014- Jacques Kallis later moved to KKR and was an integral part of a successful outfit. He is their present coach and wields enormous influence in the team- Ganguly, Ponting, Zaheer, Rahul Dravid, Hussey and Sunil Joshi retired from international cricket since that iconic IPL opener.- Zaheer is now captain of the Delhi Daredevils where Dravid is coach- Mark Boucher’s (RCB wicketkeeper for the inaugural edition) career came to an abrupt end when he was hit by flying bails in a tour match in England.- Most importantly, a 19-year-old, who walked out to bat at No.3 for RCB, that evening, is the biggest superstar in world cricket today. Virat Kohli, who was yet to debut for India, had made 1 before being done in by Ashok Dinda. Kohli, has since, peaked new scales for India and only last year, hit a record-smashing 973 runs and four hundreds in the IPL. He is currently India and RCB captain.McCullum also quit international cricket after leading New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup. He played for Chennai Super Kings and was bought by Gujarat Lions in 2016.In a quirky coincidence, McCullum and Kohli will face off again later on Tuesday when Gujarat take on RCB, nine years down the line from that surreal evening in Bengaluru.last_img read more


first_imgBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Spain did it again, Sevilla did it again and Liverpool could do little to turn the tide as a Europa League title slipped away on Wednesday.Sevilla’s thrilling second-half comeback in a 3-1 win ensured the club’s third straight Europa League title, and a fifth in 11 seasons.It also ensured Spain will sweep Europe’s club competitions for a third straight year, ahead of the Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid final of the Champions League on May 28.It was fitting that Spain’s former King Juan Carlos stood beside the Spanish soccer federation president, Angel Maria Villar, who presented the trophy as UEFA’s senior vice president to Sevilla captain and two-goal standout Coke.“Maybe we are not the ones who should say it,” Sevilla coach Unai Emery said when asked to explain Spanish dominance of European club soccer. “Maybe others should analyze what we do.”“I have my own theory,” Emery added. “We really compete and we have been able to win against teams that were better than us.”Liverpool certainly was better in the first half at rain-swept St. Jakob Park, tearing at the two-time defending title-holder in a strong end to the first half.Still, the high-intensity pressing game demanded by Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp yielded one goal — Daniel Sturridge’s beautifully curled shot with the outside of his left foot in the 35th minute.When Sevilla equalized less than 18 seconds after the restart, with Kevin Gameiro’s goal from close range, the tempo and flow of the game utterly changed. Coke struck with right-foot shots in the 64th and 70th minutes and Liverpool had little answer.The ferocious spirit Liverpool showed at Anfield in overhauling Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals and Villarreal in the semifinals was strangely muted.Defeat leaves Liverpool with no European football next season and potentially a tougher time to recruit players in Klopp’s first offseason at a storied club he joined just seven months ago.It also dealt the charismatic German coach a fifth straight loss in a cup final, including the 2013 Champions League final when he was at Dortmund.Klopp accepted he and his players reacted poorly after Sevilla’s fast start to the second half.“In this moment we lost faith in our style of play,” he said. “We have 44 minutes to strike back, so where is the problem? The reaction was the problem.”Victory lifted Sevilla back into the Champions League group stage with Europe’s elite next season.“Sevilla and its fans love this competition. We want it so much,” Emery said. “Now we want to take the step toward the Champions League.”Klopp suggested his side had no luck with potential handball and offside decisions that went against his team.The third Sevilla goal was furiously disputed by Liverpool after an assistant signaled what at first seemed an apparent offside against Coke, then lowered his flag.Still, that goal — and Gameiro’s earlier — exposed defensive errors by former Sevilla player Alberto Moreno on the left side of Liverpool’s defense.Sevilla caught Liverpool cold after Moreno’s poor header gifted possession to Mariano Ferreira. The right-back then broke too easily through a Moreno tackle to pass the ball across the goalmouth for the unmarked Gameiro to score.Coke soon struck a sweeping shot from the edge of the penalty area, after Vitolo played two return passes and broke through a tackle. Coke then exposed Moreno’s lack of attention by firing low into Mignolet’s goal.Liverpool had led when its three forwards linked together for the first time. Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho passed across the Sevilla defense to find Sturridge to step forward and strike a sweet shot.Liverpool fans far outnumbered Sevilla supporters in the 35,000 crowd and fights broke out 30 minutes before kickoff in a poorly divided area behind one goal. Only then did a line of police and stewards stand between the two groups of fans.Most Liverpool fans had long left the stadium when Sevilla players danced in the rain on the field with the silver trophy that was theirs yet again. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_img Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: new embedded oscilloscope family with 10-bit vertical resolutionNext Hyperstone announces DACOM West as distribution partner Conrad introduces the new IoT starter kit C-Control 10. Developed in collaboration with Elco Industrie Automation and Microtronics, the kit simplifies entry into the Internet of Things market, Industry 4.0, and digitization for enterprises and developers. It consists of the IoT board, an integrated M2M SIM, several sensors, general purpose analog and digital inputs, USB, SPI, UART, I2C and GPIO as well as a Bluetooth interface.In addition to an optional temperature recording, any sensors and actuators can be connected to the board. Data will be transferred to the Conrad Connect platform via GSM, which makes it accessible from the cloud. This allows for simple and cost-effective entry into M2M applications, even without mobile phone communication expertise. The functionality ranges from monitoring and diagnostics to maintenance and entire automation applications.The small 39 x 32 x 6mm module has its own operating system and is ready for immediate use. User applications can be designed immediately using readily available tools. Data transmission is AES-encrypted and with server authentication. The GSM module is implemented as an ultra-low power version to save energy. A LiPo battery with 520mAh serves as the power supply, which makes the box suitable for mobile use. The 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 based MCU supports low-power operation.The purpose of the board is for testing IoT concepts. For commercial implementation, Conrad Connect and Elco also offer a broad M2M portfolio. The platform c-control.elco-automation is available for programming, managing and monitoring the IoT starter kit C-Control 10. Furthermore, Conrad supports users with C-Consulting and the creation of proof of concepts.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


first_img Akshay Ramesh PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 07:13 IST India vs South Africa, 1st Test match: Players in action (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on South Africa in the 2nd Test in Pune from ThursdayIn-form India favourites to clinch unbeatable series leadSouth Africa will look to revamp bowling attack after listless display in VizagIndia have been unbeatable at home for quite some time now. Since 2013, the Asian giants have lost only 1 Test in 30 Tests. However, that rare defeat came when in Pune — the venue of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa — in 2017.Steve Smith scored a second innings hundred. Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon outshone India’s lethal spin twins Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin to hand India a crushing 333-run defeat.The decision to prepare a rank-turner backfired. India were made to come back from behind and beat Australia in the hugely-exciting 4-match series.Can South Africa seek inspiration from what Steve Smith’s men did to India at their own backyard?South Africa will be battling to stay alive in the series when the 2nd Test gets underway at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Thursday. They were expected to be rolled over after India made 502 for 7 declared in the 1st innings of the Visakhapatnam Test last week. However, the visitors showed fight and reduced the deficit to less than 100 only to suffer a collapse in the 2nd innings and concede a 1-0 lead to India in the 3-match series.Pune pitch has been under the spotlight in the lead up to the 2nd Test. One thing is for sure — India will not risk playing on a rank-turner once again despite South Africa not possessing the same quality that the visiting Australian team had in their spin department in 2017.There was reportedly a tinge of green on the MCA pitch a day ahead of the 2nd Test.advertisementMoreover, Virat Kohli’s men will be keen to prove a point in Pune and banish the memories of the unforeseen defeat from 2017.The odds are stacked heavily in favour of India. They have two world class spinners who seem to have just warmed up to their partnership after not playing together for nearly a year. They have a newly-promoted opener who is hungrier than ever for runs, especially in red-ball cricket. They have a fast bowler who refuses to go away even if he is asked to bowl on a wearing 5th-day wicket in the sub-continent.And they have a captain who believes in hitting the refresh button before the start of every single Test. The World Test Championship and the points up for grabs in it has only made him even more focused.South Africa are certainly staring at an uphill task. As conceded by their captain Faf du Plessis at the pre-match press conference, South Africa need to find a bowling attack that is capable of bowling India out twice in a Test. The one that they had fielded in Visakhapatnam was a big letdown when it came to putting pressure on the mighty Indian batting unit.And more importantly, their batsmen need to figure out a way to keep the scoreboard moving without losing wickets at regular intervals against India’s quality spin attack.Faf du Plessis said he wanted his batsmen to find the right balance between attack and defence. Easier said than done, the South African skipper added. He is spot on.Also Read | Harbhajan: People will have their opinions but Virat is the best captainAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow MCA Stadium Next India vs South Africa, Pune Test: Well-oiled India look to banish memories of rare home defeatIndia vs South Africa, 2nd Test preview: India return to Pune — the venue they suffered a rare home defeat in 2017. With South Africa looking to fightback after losing in Vizag, India will have a point to prove when they begin the battle at the MCA Stadium from Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgParents and teenagers often find it difficult to talk about sex and alcohol, but a new study suggests that doctors can help. Results published in the journal JAMA Network Open suggest that doctors have an opportunity to help parents and teens communicate about sex and alcohol in ways that will help young people make healthier choices about sexual behaviours and alcohol use. The randomised clinical study evaluated whether interventions targeted at parents in primary care pediatric settings might improve communications between parents and their teenagers about sexual health and alcohol use. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to the researchers, the study included 118 parents-adolescent pairs, with 38 pairs in a sexual health intervention, 40 pairs in an alcohol prevention intervention, and 40 pairs in a control group for comparison who received usual care. The interventions were selected because in previous research, they have been shown to encourage teens to wait until they are older to have sex, use protection if they do have sex and reduce alcohol use. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardParents in the interventions received coaching on key messages regarding sexual health and alcohol and were encouraged to engage in parent-adolescent communication about it within two weeks, at which time there was a follow-up call to parents from health coaches. Participants were surveyed four months later and the researchers reported an increased frequency of parent-teen communications in the intervention groups compared to the control group.last_img read more


first_imgIn the wake of deadly flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, Canadians with ties to the region fear for friends and relatives left stranded by the disaster that’s been called the worst in the country’s history.More than 300 people have died this week in the wake of the flooding, officials said, and more than 800,000 have been displaced by the floods and landslides that are a result of heavy rains that began on Aug. 8.“No one was prepared for this,” said Prasad Nair, president of the Mississauga Kerala Association, located west of Toronto. “Most people have lost everything that they have.”Nair, who came to Canada from Kerala in 2003, said one of his relatives saw his house fully submerged in water and had to stay on the roof for two days before being rescued.“The house that I lived in during my childhood has been fully submerged in water for five days,” said Nair, 47.The international community needs to understand what’s happening in Kerala because the state will need help, he said.“Most of us here are Canadians and we will always be a part of Canada, but a part of us belongs there too.”Nair said the association will continue to fundraise for the disaster, but urged the Canadian government to pledge to donate, especially to rebuild, as officials estimate over 10,000 kilometres of roads have been damaged.“We are working really hard to get an appointment with the PM’s office,” he said. “But we have not heard anything back from him yet.”“Canada has the technology, ability and experience in these kinds of disaster operations,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter Saturday that he sends his deepest condolences to those affected, and a spokesperson for Global Affairs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Joe Thottungal, 46, came to Canada 20 years ago from Kerala and in 2004 opened a restaurant in Ottawa that serves Keralan cuisine.He said it’s devastating to see the state he grew up in face such destruction.He regularly returns to the region, and has for the past three years brought Canadians along with him to explore the state’s food scene.Its tea plantations, backwaters and abundance of spices like cardamom are some of the reasons tourists are so keen to visit, he said.Nelson Abraham, who also owns a restaurant in Ottawa, said some of his Canadian friends who travelled to the province are stuck because the airport is closed.“Everyone that we know is safe, but a lot of people are suffering for the food and the drinkable water,” Abraham said, adding that he will return to India later this year to take care of his family.“My mother is alone there, so I must go,” he said. “I think everything will be all right in the next month … at least I hope so.”Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that its thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of those killed in the flood.It said 3,748 Canadians in India have officially registered with the department’s emergency notification system, but this is not necessarily a complete picture of how many Canadians are in the country.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Like his “Stranger Things 3” character, Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard is at a crucial point in adolescence.At 16, the shaggy-haired Vancouver star is trying to finish high school while juggling international fame, looming adulthood and goals for his career and garage-rock band, Calpurnia.“I don’t know if I’ll go right off the bat to post-secondary, to college,” Wolfhard said in a recent phone interview.center_img Twitter Finn Wolfhard arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Facebook “I have plans to, after high school, live on my own for a bit and try testing out living in a few different places and just being a kid for a few months, and just write and hang out with friends and stuff.“After ‘Stranger Things 4’ and graduating high school — if ‘Stranger Things 4’ happens, because it’s not official, but if it does — I’d love to just soak up the world a little bit.”He also wants to direct features.“That’s why I wanted to get into acting, is because I wanted to be a director and I thought that if I acted, I could get a lot of experience just on set and learn a lot on set while also having an awesome time,” said Wolfhard, who co-directed the music video “Sonora” for his friend’s band, Spendtime Palace, in 2017 — when he was just 14.“I’m writing something now that I’m still trying to figure out. It’s more of an outline. I’m still developing the acts and stuff.”Helping him along the way are his mentors on the set of Netflix’s Emmy-winning sci-fi/supernatural hit “Stranger Things,” which launched its third season Thursday.Wolfhard said the creators, the Duffer brothers, as well as executive producer/director Shawn Levy and actors David Harbour and Joe Keery, have been “a huge inspiration.”“I love those guys. They’re definitely huge mentors for me. They just teach me a lot about everything — career and life and acting.”Wolfhard has made a splash as freckle-faced unlikely hero Mike Wheeler, part of a group of teens beset by mysterious events, frightening monsters and covert government operations in Hawkins, Ind.good morning ??: Miller Mobley pic.twitter.com/eIzxEMhOAV— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 4, 2019This season is set a year after the last one, in the summer of 1985, when another threat looms over the group’s excitement over new love and a new town mall.“It does have more gore and more blood but … it doesn’t take itself more seriously,” Wolfhard said.“It has the fun and charming qualities that season 1 had and going into season 2. We’re amping everything up.”Wolfhard marvelled at how he started “Stranger Things” as “kind of a rookie” a mere three years ago and has come a long way since then.He’s currently starring in a new campaign for French luxury fashion house Saint Laurent and has three major movies coming up this year alone: “It: Chapter Two,” the follow-up to the 2017 hit in which he also had a role; “The Goldfinch,” a drama with Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson based on the acclaimed novel; and an animated remake of “The Addams Family.”Next year he’ll star in the supernatural horror “The Turning,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and return to the Netflix animated series “Carmen Sandiego” for its second season.He revealed he’s also in talks to possibly be in a Canadian indie film being developed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, who has directed music videos for Toronto punk band PUP, which has been a big inspiration for Wolfhard’s music group.“I still kind of am a rookie, I consider myself, but I’ve definitely learned a lot since the first season about … film and people and what to say on set and stuff,” Wolfhard said.“I’m excited. Everything I’ve been doing is for a reason. I don’t want to get typecast and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff to make that happen and not be the case.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Private power producer Tata Power will lead the nation’s renewable energy transition with gradual withdrawal from building new coal fired power plants, a report said. The country’s largest private integrated power company has recently made it clear that it will cease to build new coal-fired power capacity, according to ‘Tata Power: Renewables to Power Growth’ report released by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report highlights the company’s long-term strategy that will see renewable energy dominate its power capacity build-out going forward. Tata Power’s focus on renewables makes sense given the major energy transformation now occurring, report author Simon Nicholas, Energy Finance Analyst at IEEFA, said in a statement. The company’s Strategic Intent 2025′ plan calls for up to 70 per cent of new capacity additions to come from solar, wind and hydro through to 2025, said Nicholas. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThis represents a significant departure from the accepted wisdom of just a few years ago that a major expansion of coal-fired power would be required to serve India’s growing electricity demand, Nicholas. According to the report, the majority of Tata Power’s thermal capacity is now centred on its Mundra coal-fired power plant – one of the biggest power plants in India – which experienced losses reaching $191 million for the first three-quarters of FY2018-19. The Mundra plant is making consistent, significant losses that are dragging back the company’s overall financial performance, said Nicholas. While a bailout of the plant is being planned, which will increase the tariff burden on consumers and realise a debt write-down for bank lenders, Tata Power has stated it will only halve the losses at Mundra,” said Nicholas Nicholas further said, “Tata Power’s experience at Mundra has helped convince the company to turn away from new coal-fired power. Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s Director of Energy Finance Studies noted that Tata Power’s shift mirrors the transition underway within the Indian power sector as a whole, driven by least cost renewable energy. The shift away from new coal-fired power is moving faster than anyone had predicted, said Buckley. With more than 40 gigawatts of existing coal-fired power plants under financial stress in India, Tata Power is seeking to only add new coal-fired power capacity via fire-sale acquisition, at 30 to 40 per cent of historical investment. It no longer plans to build new coal-fired power plants, the report said.last_img read more


Josh Dawson (MA ’13) will be presenting a talk titled “Emma Bovary, Justine and Juliette: Three Sisters of the Enlightenment” on Friday, Nov. 14  at 1 p.m., International Centre Building, IC 306 as part of the Department of Philosophy’s Research in Progress Colloquium Series.For more information, please consult the Department of Philosophy’s website.This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.


by News Staff Posted Jun 7, 2012 5:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Australia’s competition regulator has approved the friendly takeover bid of Calgary-based Viterra by European commodities giant Glencore PLC.Viterra says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the $6.1 billion deal.Shareholders at the Canadian agribusiness (TSX:VT) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal in May, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice have already approved the takeover.The federal Competition Bureau had also indicated earlier that it doesn’t plan to intervene.Viterra has said 99.8 per cent of votes cast by its shareholders last month were in favour of accepting the offer of $16.25 per share in cash from the Swiss commodities giant.Viterra expects the transaction to close by the end of July, but adds that could change.It says the closing is still subject to clearances under the Investment Canada Act and the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board.Viterra was formed several years ago after Saskatchewan Wheat Pool bought Agricore United. The company has since expanded beyond Canada.Glencore approached Viterra in March as it was preparing to benefit from the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on the marketing of wheat and barley in Western Canada.The Glencore deal includes a side agreement that will see a large chunk of Viterra’s business sold to two other Canadian companies.Calgary-based Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) will pay $1.8 billion for the majority of Viterra’s retail business.Meanwhile, privately held Richardson International of Winnipeg will also acquire a 23 per cent share of Viterra’s grain handling assets in Canada, plus other North American assets.Glencore has also agreed to keep Viterra’s North American head office in Regina. Australian competition regulator approves Glencore takeover of Viterra read more


Boeing tells political leaders that union vote will decide fate of jobs on 777X wing SEATTLE – Boeing Co. told political leaders in the Puget Sound on Monday that this week’s vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.Local politicians gathered at a press conference in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the revised contract offer. Boeing executive Ray Conner told the government leaders earlier in the day that an accepted contract will ensure that work on the airplane’s wing stays in the Puget Sound, but a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere.Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says there is no other choice but to vote yes. Otherwise, the politicians warned of a decline in the state’s aerospace industry.“We will see the demise of the economic stimulus that Boeing has provided us,” Cooke said.Boeing spokesman Doug Alder declined to discuss details of the company’s conversations with local leaders but said this week will “be the last opportunity for the union to vote prior to Boeing making a decision” on where it will build the 777X.Local union leaders have opposed the contract because they believe it involves too many concessions, including a plan to shift workers away from traditional pensions. National leaders in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have scheduled a vote despite the objections of local officials.Since the Machinists rejected a contract offer last month, the company has solicited bids from other states. A total of 22 states have submitted offers to secure work on the 777X.Boeing’s warning on Monday focused on the composite wing needed for the 777X. John Lovick, the Snohomish County executive, said Boeing plans to build a 1.2 million square foot building to construct the wing in the Puget Sound if the Machinists approve the latest offer.The political leaders said the company’s warnings didn’t address where the fuselage would be built if Machinists reject the offer.Still, they said the composite wing is a new technology that will be a critical component for airplanes of the future. If that work goes elsewhere, it likely will mean that future airplane production will go where the wings are built, the government leaders said.“We have an opportunity to either grow the aerospace industry here in Everett … and here in the state of Washington,” said Bob Drewel, former Snohomish County executive, “or, unfortunately and conversely, we will watch that industry shrink in front of us.”Production of Boeing’s 777X would likely secure thousands of well-paying jobs to whatever region wins the work. The plane is a new iteration of its strong-selling 777, and the company recently received orders for 225 new 777X planes from three airlines at the Dubai Airshow.Boeing began offering the 777X in May, but it’s still finalizing plans for the plane and aiming to deliver the first aircraft by the end of the decade. Boeing has said it is expected to carry as many as 400 passengers and be more fuel efficient than the current 777.___Follow AP Writer Mike Baker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeBakerAP by Mike Baker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 30, 2013 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Complementing Bangladesh’s continuing efforts, the 2018 appeal aims to bring together more than 100 UN agencies and national and international non-governmental organizations to ensure that refugees and host communities receive the life-saving assistance, protection and the support they desperately need. It also includes contingency planning for 80,000 more refugees in the coming months.“The needs and vulnerabilities of the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh are immense,” said William Swing, Director General of    the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).“Many Governments generously supported the last Rohingya crisis appeal. Given the large scale of the emergency and the amount of humanitarian services needed to ensure lives can be protected with dignity, continued and enhanced support is necessary,” he added.Fifty-four per cent of the appeal is to ensure food, water and sanitation, shelter and other basic aid, with food alone accounting for 25 per cent of the total.While acknowledging great appreciation for the generosity with which the response has been funded, Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, lauded the Government’s efforts.“In terms of being the first responders, in terms of providing land, in terms of keeping its borders open, in terms of providing asylum, in terms of building roads, extending electricity networks, providing food, seconding civil servants, providing police and army to keep order in the camp. The biggest donor to this crisis continues to be the people and the Government of Bangladesh.”The humanitarian response faces immense challenges, including congested conditions, gender-based violence and critical public health concerns, namely measles, diphtheria and diarrhoea.So far, the emergency response from September 2017 to February 2018 has received $321 million of the $434 million required. “We are talking about truly critical needs here both on the part of the Bangladeshi communities who have so generously opened their doors, and of a Stateless and refugee population that even prior to this crisis was among the world’s most marginalised and at risk,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in Geneva, launching the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the rohingya humanitarian crisis.Over the months since the most recent Rohingya influx began, it has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – with tens of thousands fleeing by land and sea daily from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state at the peak of the emergency.The Bangladesh Government and people have responded with extraordinary generosity and hospitality to the 671,000 Rohingya refugees who have arrived since 25 August.Almost seven months in, refugees continue to arrive and the situation in Cox’s Bazar remains fluid.The Kutupalong-Balukhali site, where some 600,000 refugees are living, is now the largest and most densely populated refugee settlement in the world.Precarious conditions and the ongoing emergency response there are about to be further challenged by the approaching monsoon season, placing more than 150,000 Rohingya refugees at risk of landslides and floods, threatening disaster on top of the current emergency.“The solutions to this crisis lie inside Myanmar, and conditions must be established that will allow refugees to return home,” said Mr. Grandi. “But today we are appealing for help with the immediate needs, and these needs are vast.” read more


Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorOhio State field hockey is set to take on Ball State after coming off a packed yet successful weekend, playing two games in less than 24 hours. The Buckeyes and the Cardinals are set to compete Friday at the Buckeye Varsity Field at 3:30 p.m.With its 3-2 overtime loss Friday against No. 11 Wake Forest and 5-0 victory against Missouri State this weekend, OSU (2-2) has been gaining momentum this week, both on and off the field. Sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey has been off to a fast start offensively, leading the team with nine goals, including finding the back of the net in each of the Scarlet and Gray’s four games.Coach Anne Wilkinson, who captured her 302nd career win last Saturday against Missouri State, says she enjoys seeing the team work as a unit in order to promote individual successes.“(Humphrey) is just is a great finisher, she loves to score … and I’m excited when she scores a goal too,” said WIlkinson. “You can just see the whole team really finding each other well on the field and doing a good job setting each other up.”Another standout player from last weekend was sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile, who registered three assists, resulting in her first three points on the season. Kile says she looks to keep up the positive energy from last weekend when squaring off against Ball State.“We need to go into this game keeping our momentum from playing successfully thus far,” Kile said. “I think a team like Ball State is going to come in hard against us … but (in practice) we make each other better every day. There’s an uphill incline happening in our skills and our games together.”Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro goes into Friday’s game humble, holding a new accolade after being named Big Ten’s defensive player of the week on Tuesday. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native  — who ranks 19th on OSU’s all-time list for career saves with 137 — credits her team’s support for why she is able to have such success.“I feel really honored by it,” Tamburro said. “It’s all due to (the help) of my teammates.”Friday’s game against Ball State is set to be the first meeting between the two teams since last year when the Cardinals knocked off the Buckeyes in overtime, 4-3. Ball State has struggled thus far as it heads to Columbus winless in five attempts. The team’s leading scorer, junior forward/midfielder Lexi Kavanaugh, returns to the field with four points, scoring one goal to go along with dishing out two assists.Wilkinson is looking for OSU to continue passing the ball well to make it hard for the Cardinals and other teams to press them.“We need to see some discipline within our system,” Wilkinson said. “To perform the basic skills with pressure and speed and not getting caught up in making a mistake and going rogue … we need to continue to play together.”Defense holding strongAlong with Tamburro’s defensive accomplishments thus far, senior back Emma Royce alongside a pair of freshmen — back Hannah Pany and midfield/back Courtney Daniels — as well as redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroesen — are successfully safeguarding the field. Thus far, opponents are averaging only 1.5 goals and 9.2 shots per game.OSU stands tall in Big Ten statsThe Buckeyes are faring well amongst their Big Ten foes so far in 2015, and the numbers are there to prove it.Humphrey is tops in the conference for shots per game, with 5.25. She is tied for the lead in both goals (four) and goals per game (one). She also ranks second in points, with nine.Kile holds a share of the conference lead in assists, with three.After the CardinalsFollowing the Buckeyes’ game Friday, the team has a week off before traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, to kick off Big Ten play against Michigan State. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m. read more


Alisha Marcus, the mother of 8-year-old Anellie Hoyte, who was reportedly kidnapped from her school over a week ago, said that he daughter was reportedly found by in the care of a relative of her deceased husband in North East La Penitence.Found: Annelie Hoyte is now in state custodyAlisha Marcus said she found her daughter on Monday at the elderly woman’s home, and Anellie has since been taken into state custody.She explained that the elderly woman related that she was unaware that it was reported that Annelie Hoyte had been kidnapped, and decided to take the child into her care since she claimed that she was seen wandering the streets of Georgetown.According to the child’s mother, her daughter said that a male had taken her to the Vreed-en-Hoop junction in a dark coloured car, and had left her there.The child then reportedly boarded a route 32 minibus, travelled to Georgetown, and was seen by friends of relatives, who took her to the North East La Penitence area.Marcus, however, noted that Annelie’s story is not adding up, hence the reason why she is still in state custody as an investigation has been launched.This publication had reported that the child was allegedly abducted at about 09:00hrs on Wednesday last, as she was about to enter her school’s (Tuschen Primary) compound.She was reportedly grabbed from behind by a male, and was placed in a parked, dark coloured car, which then sped away.Students outside of the school who witnessed the incident quickly reported what transpired to a teacher who made contact with the child’s mother.The matter was also reported at the Leonora Police Station.Marcus had disclosed to this publication that her husband died just over two months ago and ever since, his mother who resides overseas has allegedly been attempting to take her daughter from her.Marcus reported that in making efforts to do so, the woman made contact with the welfare office in Guyana and made claims of her (Marcus) being an unfit mother.The angered woman and mother to two other children relayed that an investigation was carried out by a group of welfare officers.“The claims she and her relatives made against me were found to be false and Annelie was placed back in my care” Marcus disclosed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of kidnapped 8-year-old begging for her return, implicates grandmotherFebruary 9, 2018In “Crime”Two years jail for mother found guilty of burning 9 – year – old daughterJune 12, 2014In “Crime”Kidnapped 5 – Year – old spotted in Berbice with motherSeptember 19, 2014In “Crime” read more


first_img 10 Comments Image: Carol Rosenberg via PA Feb 15th 2018, 9:01 PM By AFP The Army value of the week on display in Guantanamo’s Detention Zone on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in a photo approved for release by the US military. Image: Carol Rosenberg via PA The Army value of the week on display in Guantanamo’s Detention Zone on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in a photo approved for release by the US military. Share22 Tweet Email1 Guantanamo ‘prepared’ for new inmates: US admiral Obama had tried to shut down the detention centre.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3854738 10,566 Views Short URL A TOP US military official said the prison at Guantanamo Bay is “prepared” to take new detainees, but has not yet received the order to do so.President Donald Trump last month signed an executive order reversing his predecessor Barack Obama’s ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter the much-maligned US prison centre.“We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us,” Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the military’s Southern Command that includes Guantanamo, told lawmakers.“As of today we have not been given a warning order that new detainees might be heading in our direction, but our responsibility will be to integrate them in effectively.”US military officials have been openly discussing the fate of Islamic State group detainees, mainly foreign fighters, held by US-backed militias in northern Syria.Guantanamo has not received any new inmates since 2008 but on the campaign trail, Trump vowed to load the facility with “bad dudes,” and said it would be “fine” if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.During his State of the Union speech in January, Trump said IS captives would in “many cases” end up in Guantanamo.© – AFP, 2018Read: The weapon allegedly used in deadly Florida shooting is known as ‘America’s rifle’ > Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 9:00 PMlast_img read more


first_img Apr 27th 2017, 1:20 PM 10,714 Views http://jrnl.ie/3361222 Government approves selling parts of Irish TV to Irish diaspora newspaper The exact amount of the sale isn’t known. Short URL Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 1:20 PM 13 Comments Share10 Tweet Email2 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: gnepphoto/ShutterstockTHE GOVERNMENT HAS approved the sale of parts of the now-defunct Irish TV to a newspaper for the Irish diaspora in Britain.Irish TV, the short-lived station based in County Mayo, went into liquidation late last year after collapsing under millions in losses.The London-based Irish Post announced that it was buying digital and intellectual property from Irish TV, which includes the station’s business name, business databases, website domains, social media and extensive video content library.The sale was awaiting the go-ahead from the state’s competition regulator, which has been officially approved today by the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.The exact amount of the sale isn’t known.Competition regulator Communications minister Denis Naughten. Source: Sam BoalThe Competition and Consumer Protection Commission cleared the proposed merger on competition grounds, with the Minister notified of the approval in March of this year.The regulator’s examination included determining the merger’s potential effect on the plurality of media in the state.As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination this Wednesday that the proposed media merger will not adversely affect the plurality of media in the state and, as such, that it may be put into effect.Founded in 1970, The Irish Post is a media brand focused on the Irish in Britain. It manages a weekly newspaper and a website.Read: The Irish Post is going to take over parts of Irish TV after its closureRead: Liquidator appointed to oversee wind up of Irish TV Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Arguably the most shocking, exciting announcement from Nintendo’s recent indie game blowout at PAX was the reveal of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. Initially teased at the Switch reveal in January, we finally got a confirmation that the “most hardcore assassin in video games” would be making his return on Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid.To me, the original No More Heroes from a decade ago is a modern classic, as is its sequel to a somewhat lesser extent. Beyond the novelty of playing a crude and violent action game on the family friendly Wii, making jerk-off motions with your bloody beam katana, the game is true punk art loaded with social meaning and allegory that would make Hideo Kojima blush. The article “No More Heroes is Not Punk” offers its interpretation of the game’s relationship to Western vs Eastern game design and the gaming industry in general. It was one of the first pieces of gaming criticism that really blew my mind, and that’s based on the artistic density of the game itself.However, Travis Strikes Again, which sees Travis and his rival Badman sucked into a haunted game console, appears to be a very different kind of game. It’s not called No More Heroes 3 after all. But every public attempt to explain it, while remaining somewhat coy to preserve surprises, has only left us more confused as to what the game actually is. To settle this, we went to source and interviewed Goichi “Suda51” Suda, the game’s director and head of maverick Japanese game developer Grasshopper Studio.Geek.com: In the trailer Travis talks about reintroducing himself to modern players. Do you think Travis Strikes Again works as a jumping on point for Switch owners who didn’t play previous No More Heroes games? Why bring him back now?Suda51: I actually hope that TSA works as exactly that. While I obviously wanted to create the sort of game that fans of the original NMH series would enjoy as much as they enjoyed the first two, I also wanted to make sure that this game could be picked up by someone who had absolutely no knowledge of Travis or NMH whatsoever and still be enjoyed without having to go back and play the first two games as well.Although it’s definitely not necessary to enjoy this title, I would highly recommend to anyone interested in checking out Travis’ previous adventures to go out and pick up some used copies of the original NMH 1 and 2 for the Nintendo Wii as soon as possible, as the prices have apparently been going up since this game was announced.As for why I decided to bring Travis back now, I’d been wanting to revisit him and see how he’s been doing for years now, as well as to reintroduce him to the newer generation of gamers who may not have had the chance to meet him back during the original run, and with the unveiling of the Nintendo Switch and all its capabilities and features, this felt like the perfect time to do that.Geek.com: How did you get the idea to collaborate with indie developers? We figure you probably can’t reveal more partners yet other than Hotline Miami in the trailer, but are there any devs you wanted to work with that you were unable to?Suda51: I decided to work with indie developers because not only am I a huge fan of indie games, but I feel that Travis would definitely be a huge fan as well. You can see him playing Hotline Miami in the trailer, and if you look closely you can see that he’s actually really close to beating the game – that’s how much of a fan he is.I also wanted to work with indie developers because I still see myself and Grasshopper as indie creators, which is how we began, and I wanted to show my support for these guys and help get the word out as I feel that what they’re doing is truly great and they really deserve all the recognition they can get.As for devs with whom I wanted to work, at this point I can’t mention any specific games apart from Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight, but altogether we’ve got about 15 games lined up for the collaboration and so far nobody has said “no”; they’ve all been really supportive and have all been more than happy to help out.Geek.com: What aspects of past No More Heroes games can fans expect to see in the sequel? How does the indie anthology aspect change things?Suda51: Apart from Travis himself, who, while having possibly matured just a little bit and having had some major changes in his life which will be detailed more in the game, is still the same old Travis at heart, the game will include some of the more iconic elements of the original games. Things like the beam katana and the “charge” using the motion controller, Travis saving his game on the toilet, and the general atmosphere of his trailer – which replaces his apartment from the original games – will all be very recognizable and familiar to fans.The indie collaboration aspect won’t really change much of the game itself. At this point, the only aspect of the indie collaboration which I can speak concretely on would be the t-shirt collaboration, in which Travis will be wearing t-shirts featuring the different games with which we’re collaborating. I definitely want to go even deeper with the collaboration and try out some really cool ideas we’ve come up with, but at the moment I’m afraid that that’s all I can say about that.Geek.com: Do you see a kind of kinship between what modern indie game developers are doing now and what Grasshopper has been doing for years?Suda51: Definitely, yeah. Grasshopper – and myself – started out as a true indie developer, and while we have grown in size somewhat and have worked on some larger titles over the years, I still consider both myself and Grasshopper to be indie creators, and one of the things I hope to accomplish with TSA is sort of getting back to those indie roots, with a smaller team size and more direct control over every aspect of the game.These indie creators out there who you see at PAX and Bit.Summit are really amazing guys, and what they do is truly great stuff, creating the games that they want to create and doing the real “punk” thing by creating things on their own terms and trying stuff that larger companies aren’t willing to try, and I really respect and want to support that.Geek.com: Between the first two games on Wii and now Travis Strikes Again on Switch, is there a particular reason this franchise sticks to Nintendo platforms?Suda 51: I’ve been working with Nintendo since the first two No More Heroes games, and they have always offered an immense amount of support and have always been willing to allow me to try new things and make the games I want to make. Just as the Wii was revolutionary in its time, with its motion controls and the various features it had, the Switch is also a revolutionary console, and I feel that the Switch and Nintendo are really the most “punk” console and maker out there, doing things that nobody else has done yet.On top of that, as always, Nintendo has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout development of Travis Strikes Back as they were with the first two titles, and in addition to the ease and comfort of working with them, I also simply felt that the Switch would be the perfect platform on which to bring Travis back from the first time I saw it demonstrated back when it was still called the “NX”.Thanks to Suda51 for his time and to Nintendo setting up for this interview.View as: One Page Slides1/51. In Travis Strikes Again, the most hardcore assassin in video games returns on Nintendo Switch.2. This time, players are sucked into a haunted video game console, loosely connected to fellow Grasshopper game Let It Die.3. Travis’s nemesis is Badman, who is seeking revenge over the murder of his daughter in the first game.4. Like a true gamer, Travis will wear different shirts featuring actual acclaimed indie games like Hotline Miami and Shovel Knight.5. There’s still so much left to learn about Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes before its launch next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more