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Anwar disapproves of Sidhu’s Muslim pitch

first_imgSenior Congress leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday disapproved of Navjot Singh Sidhus appeal to Muslims to defeat BJP and said he would have stopped the Punjab Minister from doing so had he been present at the rally held in his Lok Sabha constituency of Katihar. “I have always held the view that votes must never be sought in the name of religion and caste. This has also been the policy of the Congress party. I do not approve of what Sidhu has uttered. I would request the party leadership to take note for suitable action,” Mr. Anwar said in a statement.Mr. Sidhu, against whom an FIR has been lodged at Katihar in Bihar for violating the model code of conduct, made the controversial statement at a rally in Barsoi police station area of the district on Monday. The matter came to light when a video footage of his utterances were beamed on TV news channels on Tuesday wherein he could be heard asking Muslims, who have a sizeable presence in Katihar, to be wary of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM alleging that it was being propped up by the BJP. He also urged the Muslim voters to unite in favor of the Congress candidate Tariq Anwar and drawing an analogy from cricket, remarked Modi will go for a six if you do so. “I was not present at the Barsoi rally. Had I been there, I would have immediately stood up and expressed my disapproval of the way he was canvassing for me,” Mr. Anwar clarified in his statement. The episode in Bihar came close on the heels of the Election Commission taking punitive action Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati for violating the poll code of conduct.last_img read more

Lifesavers up even minus star import

first_imgMOST READ Read Next “It’s all about having the proper mind-set,” said Vicente. “They were very motivated, relaxed and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game.”Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was Iriga’s lone bright spot on offense with 15 points as Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are trying to move on from suspended star spiker Grethcel Soltones.The Lifesavers were brilliant at the attack zone with 43 kills compared to the Lady Oragons’ 28. They also ruled the block, 6-1, and service departments, 7-4, to underscore their dominance and step back on the winning track after absorbing back-to-back losses.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playful presidential push for Popovich-Kerr QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA A national team member of Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin still suited up for the game despite a bum stomach. But Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente opted to just give her limited minutes of action.“She’s dehydrated,” said Vicente, who fielded Ramdin for a brief period in the second set. “But she’s now OK. We just don’t want to force her so she’ll be up and ready in our next game against F2 Logistics next week.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Ramdin at sickbay, Croatian Katerina Pilepic took up the cudgels by hounding and pounding the Lady Oragons’ defense from start to finish.Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20 points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers, who took the floor with a fighting mind-set despite the absence of their top spiker. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika LifeSavers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOGenerika-Ayala competed with limited personnel, but it hardly mattered as it still triumphed over Iriga City in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the time on the bench as the Lifesavers coasted to their second victory.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Morrison delivers promise to win gold for his grandmother PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Takashi was very pleased over her feat but she could not express her emotions because she can’t speak English or Filipino.“I’m happy,” said Takahashi through her coach, Rio Olympian Kodo Nakano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTakahashi competed for the Philippines in the Jigoro Kano Cup held early this year here.She is a high school senior at Shukugawa Gakuin High School and only child of a Davaoena mother and Japanese father. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasioncenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi rocked the judo competition after a shocking ippon victory over a four-time champion Sunday in the Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 3.The 16-year-old Kobe, Japan-native pinned down Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in less than one minute of the -70 kilogram final to secure the country’s second gold of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thongsri was holding on to a 1-0 lead before Takahashi scored ippon.On the way to the finals, Takahashi beat Vietnam’s Thi Diue Tieng Ngyuen in the semis.Sydney Sy took the bronze in the women’s -78kg via a 1-0 win over another Thai, Chattayaporn Prawiset. She came from the repechage bracket after losing her first bout.Kiyomi Watanabe had earlier gifted the country with a gold in women’s -63kg last Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Wont allow VIP culture in Delhi govt hospitals

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed the Health Department to “end VIP culture” in Delhi government’s hospitals and said all citizens will get equal treatment.The chief minister said there would be no private rooms for VIPs in government-run hospitals in the national capital. “I have directed the Health Dept to end VIP culture in govt hospitals. No more private rooms for VIPs. All citizens will get equal treatment, but it will be of the best quality,” Kejriwal tweeted. There are a few hospitals which have private rooms that can be booked at some charges.last_img read more

Price of the good life

first_imgManual labour has become a thing of the past for most of us. This indicates better living, lesser wear and tear of the body and sometimes the mind, better use of our cerebral senses and diminishing psychological pressure of targets and deadlines. Nevertheless, the fatigue continues as there is constant pressure to excel and work harder to achieve the best of what life has to offer. In all this, what we tend to forget is the fact that the body goes through a deluge of ups and downs, owing to our sedentary lifestyle and lack of proper relaxation. A recent survey shows how visits to doctor clinics increased to 3.2 times a year in 2018, highlighting a rise in lifestyle ailments in India by almost 2.7 times compared to the previous year. Correspondingly, the sale of medicines has increased too. The first-ever mapping indicates most visits were to gynaecologists, dermatologists and paediatricians. This states that women and children’s issues demand more attention along with skin problems. The study also shows four out of 10 medicines ordered were to treat Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies, while two were for diabetes. Another research points out that sedentary lifestyle may be a risk factor for early mortality as well. For those who get the least amount of physical exercise, replacing half an hour of sitting time with physical activity was associated with up to nearly 50 per cent reduction in the mortality rate. The study suggested that replacing the modest amount of sitting time with even light physical activity may have the potential to reduce the risk of premature deaths among less active adults. Yet another analysis revealed that prolonged sedentary time significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes, regardless of physical exercise. The health risk associated with prolonged sitting is not cancelled out by exercise. Further, the longer one sits, the higher the risk of chronic diseases. In some countries, employers are trying to come up with innovative and useful wellness strategies for their employees who form the core machinery of their organisations. Thus, the irony lies in the fact that we all work for better living but in the process, we cause much harm to our own body. People do travel to places in order to rejuvenate and keep their body and mind calm, relaxed and fresh but they tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle for days and months relentlessly, inflicting self-sabotage on something which they so dearly want to protect.last_img read more

Islamic State claims Sri Lanka carnage toll is 321

first_imgColombo: The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as the death toll in the Easter Sunday bloodbath touched 321, including 10 Indians, with over 500 injured. The Islamic State’s claim came as the country held a mass funeral for some of the victims at a sprawling grave near the St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, around 40 km north of Colombo, where mourners struggled to hold back their tears. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details An Arabic language statement on the group’s official al-Amaq news agency made the claim on the encrypted messaging app, saying the suicide bombers were “fighters of the Islamic State”. “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the crusader alliance (anti-IS US-led coalition) and Christians in Sri Lanka were Islamic State fighters,” the brief message said. Tuesday’s statement came after an unconfirmed video posted to social media by an affiliated group suggested that the Islamic State was behind the Easter horror. That video showed photos of three of the alleged suicide bombers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The men, who are described as “assailants” rather than the more common “martyrs”, were named as Abul Barra, Abul Mukhtar and Abu Ubaida and featured in front of a black IS flag giving the one-finger salute, the news.com of Australia said. Authorities have so far named a Sri Lankan Muslim group, the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT), for the bombings but said the mayhem would not have been possible minus international support. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the Easter attacks were a “retaliation” for last month’s Christchurch mosque shooting that left 50 Muslims dead and were blamed on a white supermacist from Australia. The Minister put the latest death toll in Sri Lanka at 321. The Islamic State’s and the Defence Minister’s claim give an international dimension to the Sunday carnage that killed mostly Sri Lankans but also some 35 foreigners, including from the US and other Western countries as well as 10 Indians. The Indian High Commission said that with the death of two more Indians, the Indian death toll had risen to 10. Also on Tuesday, Sri Lanka observed a day of national mourning, with the national flags on public buildings flying at half mast. The mourning started at 8.45 a.m. to coincide with the start of the deadly attacks on Easter worshipers at churches and guests at hotels in three Sri Lankan cities. Three minutes of silence were observed across Sri Lanka to honour the dead. The police have detained 40 suspects in connection with the attacks. Reports said they include a Syrian who was caught after the interrogation of local suspects. The government has suggested that seven suicide bombers were involved in the bombings. A CCTV video showed one of them, a young man wearing a sky blue shirt and jeans and carrying a backpack, casually walking into an Easter congregation in a church where he blew himself up. The series of attacks on Sunday began with six nearly simultaneous explosions targeting three luxury hotels in Colombo and three churches – one in Colombo, another in Negombo and the third in the Tamil-majority Batticaloa town in the island’s east. Hours later, a seventh blast took place in a small hotel near the Colombo zoo killing two persons. The last of the bombings occurred when police raided a residential complex in Dematagoda, a neighbourhood in Colombo, but a terrorist detonated himself killing three policemen and also the wife and sister of one of the suicide bombers. Sunday was the deadliest day in the country since the end of a civil war between Tamil Tigers and government forces that began in 1983 and ended in 2009. Meanwhile, police in Colombo issued an alert that a van or truck carrying explosives may be in Colombo following which security was stepped up at government buildings and police stations.last_img read more

China Russia Cuba back Sri Lanka

The resolution welcomes the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013. Russia reiterated that it was counterproductive to adopt politicized country resolutions, which discredited the work of the Human Rights Council and undermined an authentic dialogue in the area of human rights. The Russian government said it did not support the country-specific resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Syria and Sri Lanka. Cuba reiterated its opposition to country resolutions like those adopted on Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea saying those initiatives did not enjoy true cooperation and were led by solely political motives and might be used to promote and justify military interventions.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions. The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, in presenting the resolution to the Council, said that there were 41 co-sponsors to the resolution.The resolution had as the co-sponsors Austria, Canada, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America.In a toned down document as compared to the previous drafts, the resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with input from relevant special procedures mandate holders, as appropriate, to present an oral updateto the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fourth session, and a comprehensive report followed by a discussion at the twenty-fifth session, on the implementation of the present resolution. China, Russia and Cuba have slammed the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka last week.China said that it rejected any attempt to name and shame countries and to exert pressure in this way on States, and pointed out that the resolution on Sri Lanka was a product of politicization. It also welcomes and acknowledes the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, resettling the majority of internally displaced persons, and noting nonetheless that considerable work lies ahead in the areas of justice, reconciliation and resumption of livelihoods, and stressing the importance of the full participation of local populations, including representatives of civil society and minorities, in these efforts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Public urged to protect the Government

The public have been urged to protect the Government and not be misled by what they see taking place in Parliament on television.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that after 20 years the United National Party (UNP) was able to form a Government. Kiriella said now that the opposition has formed a Government, the public must take efforts to protect the Government. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had agreed on the need to find a permanent political solution for the North and East.Kiriella said that the coalition was able to also prevent international pressure on the country as both main political parties were now working together.He also said that while members of the Government and the opposition engage in heated arguments in Parliament, when they are outside Parliament the mood is different. He said that no one believed the UNP, which was in the opposition this time last year, could form the next Government. “We have good chats outside Parliament like friends,” he said. He noted that when the UNP was in the opposition similar scenes were seen in Parliament but it was hardly seen on television since the live broadcast of Parliament proceedings was not approved.However the new UNP led Government has agreed to the live broadcast of Parliament proceedings and the public have been able to see serious arguments taking place between the Government and the opposition. (Colombo Gazette) “We can do a lot for the Government only if it is protected,” he said.The Minister said that the coalition Government was formed to address key National issues including the ethnic conflict. read more

Black Lives Matter Protest

After 2 weeks of protesting outside Toronto Police head quarters, the Black Lives Demonstration has ended, but the pursuit of equality is far from over.Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke with demonstrators in person on April 4th to stress the the urgency of the issues. The group has given Wynne, Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory 300 hours to meet with group organziers. They’re demanding, among other things, changes to the special investigation unit, elimination of carding and the release of the identity of the officer who shot and killed a 45-year old black man last year.Activists in Hamilton had a mix reaction to the demonstrations and the Premier’s promises for change. McMaster Univeristy Professor Dr. Gary Warner who was put into the Order of Canada and received the Hamilton Black History Month J.C. Holland award emailed CHCH to give his reaction to Premier Wynne’s promises to demonstrators saying:“The ball is in the Premier’s court to demonstrate that the issues related to racial profiling and carding are being addressed proactively and in an effective manner by her government.” read more

Teens build toilet paper fort in Simcoe store sleep inside

Ontario Provincial Police says two teenagers are feeling “remorseful” after they built a toilet paper fort in a Simcoe store and fell asleep inside. Officers were called to a store on Queensway East at 4:36 a.m. on Feb. 5. Police say a 13-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy went to the store around 8 p.m. the night before and built a fort after they watch a prank video online of others teens hiding in a store overnight. The pair ended up falling asleep inside the fort and woke up the next morning when they realized employees were restocking shelves. The teens ran to a bathroom in the building in an attempt to hide but a staff member saw the youths and contacted police. Officers arrived and say the teens were “very remorseful.” Police took them home to their parents and say no charges will be laid at the request of the store. read more

Julen Aguinagalde will be ready for the Main Round

euro 2014handballJulen AguinagaldeSpain The world’s best line-player Julen Aguinagalde will be ready for the Main Round at the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. Spanish giant has missed two opening matches against Hungary and Norway, but he will be fully recovered for the decisive battles in Herning next week.– I need another two to three days to reach full capacity – said Aguinagalde for his club website – Vive Targi Kielce. ← Previous Story Tim Suton is new generation of “Lions” Next Story → SURPRISE IN ARHUS: Russia beat Serbia! read more

Siri pleinement compatible avec liPhone 4 Cest chose faite

first_imgSiri pleinement compatible avec l’iPhone 4 ? C’est chose faite !Le hacker, Steve Troughton-Smith, a finalement réussi à faire fonctionner Siri, l’assistant vocal d’iOS, sur l’iPhone 4. Réservé à la nouvelle génération d’iPhone, ce programme est désormais ouvert aux heureux possesseurs de l’ancienne gamme de célèbre smartphone d’Apple, ainsi qu’à l’iPod Touch 4G.Comme nous l’indiquions dans un précédent article, les manipulations de Troughton-Smith n’avaient pas encore atteint une fluidité exemplaire. Avec de la persévérance, l’iPhone 4 a cédé, apparement le hack se permettra de duper aisément les serveurs Apple. On se demande surtout pourquoi Apple n’avait pas ouvert Siri à son précédent modèle d’iPhone, sinon une raison commerciale. Une course à la consommation vers l’iPhone 4GS, seul produit à faire tourner l’assistant vocal sans souci. Ou alors, le géant américain aurait-il rencontré de réels problèmes lors du portage ?À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La question ne se pose plus, aujourd’hui, grâce au travail de “bidouilleurs” comme Steve Troughton-Smith, qui, à défaut de pouvoir proposer des applications officielles, préfère les “bricoler” et étendre leurs surfaces d’application. Voici quelques informations en vidéo, notamment pour montrer que le smartphone est tout aussi rapide malgré l’ajout de Siri.Le 31 octobre 2011 à 18:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A nose for history Fort Vancouver hosts walk for people pups

first_imgDesigned for visitors and their dogs, this summer’s ‘Bark Ranger’ walking tours at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site cover the history of dogs that lived at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks during the 19th and 20th centuries. There are two tours remaining, both beginning 10 a.m. at the parking lot for the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. At the July 15th tour of the Land Bridge Trail park rangers will cover the history of the Northwest’s oldest apple tree and the dogs of historic Fort Vancouver Village. On August 19th, people can learn about the history of Vancouver Barracks, the Northwest’s oldest U.S. Military post, and dogs kept as workers and mascots by soldiers living there.last_img read more

Zidane doesnt want to be like Guardiola

first_imgZinedine Zidane was relieved that his side made it through the Champions League quarterfinals and he insisted that the referee’s job isn’t always easy and he doesn’t want to argue with them just as Pep Guardiola did.Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands in his side’s home game against Liverpool and Zinedine Zidane insisted that he doesn’t want to be like the Spaniard in this case and will prefer to “keep his mouth shut” sometimes.The former France international spoke about his opinion on this problem as he said, according to Sport Witness:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“You just have to shut up sometimes. I had moments where I could have argued with referees, but I didn’t do it. What Guardiola has to say doesn’t interest me because we went through and won the Champions League.”“A referee’s job is hard. Sometimes it goes in your favour, other times against.”“It was a penalty, and, in the end, we went through.”last_img read more

Walt Disney World announces opening date for muchanticipated Toy Story Land

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WSVN) — It’s official! The much-anticipated Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World will open this summer.The new park will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Jun. 30, 2018.“When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard,” according to the Disney Parks Blog.The land inspired by the Pixar movie series will feature two new attractions: the Slinky Dog Dash is described as a family-friendly rollercoaster, while Alien Swirling Saucers will feature aliens trying to capture riders’ vehicles with “The Claw.”Disney says a third track has also been added to the ever-popular Toy Story Mania ride, which frequently has lines in excess of an hour. With a third track, wait times are expected to show significant improvement.Jessie and Rex were the first Toy Story characters to be put in place.last_img read more

Officers rescue kitten trapped under car hood in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police officers came to the rescue of a kitten that found itself trapped under the hood of a car.Officers were dispatched to rescue the furry animal stuck in the engine compartment, Saturday.Video captured the moment as multiple officers knelt beside a car to save the cat.“He got him, he got him. Oh, my God. Oh, that’s awesome,’” said a woman in the video. “Look, that’s the little kitten that was stuck.”Officials said the rescue took place during Saturday’s soccer game at Hard Rock Stadium.After the rescue, officers were able to find a home for the kitten.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Forma8 is a Slow and Steady SciFi Search

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s an overused term in gaming circles, but I’d be lying if I said Metroidvanias weren’t one of my favorite genres. Slowly exploring a huge nonlinear map, mastering navigation and expanding your possibilities with new tools, just scratches a specific gaming power fantasy itch. And since you can make meaningful progress in short and long sessions alike, Metroidvanias seem like a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch’s console/handheld hybrid nature.And yet, Metroid: Samus Returns, the new 2D sidescrolling Metroid game coming out soon and the first promising Metroid game in almost a decade, is only releasing on the aging Nintendo 3DS. Meanwhile, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the true successor to classic Castlevania, doesn’t land on Switch or any other platform until next year.AdChoices广告Fortunately, Metroidvanias are also a popular genre among indie games. The acclaimed indie Metroid cover Axiom Verge releases on Switch this Fall, but in the meantime, there’s a nifty Metroidvania available on Switch right now that may have flown under your radar. While Forma.8’s pace is slow, its quality is steady.Metroidvania fans tend to like it when the game just throws them into the space with virtually no guidance. Smart level design should point them in the right direction, but players should feel like they are charting their own course, that they are figuring it out for themselves.Forma.8 is definitely a game you need to figure out for yourself since it’s completely wordless and pretty minimal when it comes to other ambient music and sounds. I’m still not entirely sure what’s going on, which helped me empathize with the tiny floating circle hero who also seems completely confused in these alien environments. The maps are super vague, as are the purposes of the optional collectibles.Instead of text, Forma.8 presents itself purely through aesthetic tableaus. The game is full of stark compositions featuring huge, angular, simple but striking forms. The limited colors and heavy use of cute dark silhouettes look like Limbo or Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. The atmosphere does a great job of making you slightly creeped out but super curious to keep poking at every corner. It’s impressive what the game can accomplish with what only seems like a handful of elements.That goes for the gameplay itself, too. While you do get new powers that allow you to reach new areas, you don’t get that many, and they don’t come that frequently. Instead, you are encouraged to find new smart survival applications of powers you already possess. For example, you can release short flash to damage nearby foes, plant a bomb that explodes after a few seconds, or use the flash to safely launch the bomb from a distance at a specific target.All of Forma.8’s strengths coalesced for me during one gameplay sequence where I had to guide a baby monster out of a maze to its parent. For the most part, I was separated from the creature by a wall, but by hitting the wall in just the right way, I could command the creature to move to certain spots and activate certain buttons. I figured this all out through experimentation at my own pace. And when the maze ended with me back where I started but now with the monster in tow, I finally put it together without explanation that freeing the little monster would placate the big monster blocking my path in the overworld, which is exactly what happened.Unfortunately, Forma.8 also has some aspects that aren’t nearly as sublime. In general, the game is incredibly slow-paced. Maybe this is due to its touch-heavy mobile routes, but the floaty flight controls have so much delay it’s like gliding through molasses. All of your powers also feature similar lag. I’ve never been so grateful to receive a speed boost power-up in a video game.The speed issue isn’t too bad in non-threatening sections like guiding the baby monster. But the game is also bafflingly full of perilous sections that require a level of timing and precision the controls just can’t comfortably provide like quickly bouncing bombs into specific boss weak points or participating in full-on races through tight corridors with deadly energy blobs on your tail. Plus the sluggish movement pace discourages backtracking by making it boring for even the most patient players.But if you power through the slow controls, which is totally possible, Forma.8 is a lovely little nonlinear adventure. Now, where’s my real Metroid game for Nintendo Switch?Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Forma.8 is a moody, minimal, Metroidvania game.2. Explore an expansive sci-fi environment with almost nothing to guide you.3. The game challenges you to come up with creative uses of your limited set of powers.4. However, the sluggish controls and general slow pace can’t keep up wih the game’s more demanding sections.5. Still, Forma.8 is a lovely little nonlinear adventure.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm is also in charge of the team’s offensive line.The same offensive line that paved the way for the Cardinals to pick up just 43 yards rushing last Sunday against Seattle, with just 27 of those coming from the team’s running backs. In a word, the run blocking was bad. In a stronger word, it was horrid.“We need to improve on the running game,” Grimm said. “We didn’t run the ball as well as we can run the ball.” Grimm said the line had an average game overall, as the pass blocking wasn’t particularly bad. But if the Cardinals are to be successful on offense they will need to fare better on the ground, which will be especially tricky against New England this week.“The two big boys on the inside, they’ve got a stellar front seven,” Grimm said of the Patriots.New England runs a base 4-3 defense with Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love anchoring the middle. As a team the Patriots held Tennessee back Chris Johnson to just four yards on 11 carries last week so yeah, they may be fairly adept at stopping the run.And until the Cardinals prove they can burn teams in the passing game, teams are more likely to stack the box and take away the run.According to running back Beanie Wells that’s no excuse for a lack of production.“We’ve still got to find out ways to be successful running the ball when they do that because we know that’s going to be a task that we face all year,” he said. Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more