Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled in Iowa Train derailment

first_imgThe derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles (240 kilometres) from the derailment site. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.Omaha’s public water utility, Metropolitan Utilities District, said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.Rock Valley, Iowa, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the accident. It plans to drain and clean its wells and use a rural water system until testing shows its water is safe.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) DOON, Iowa – An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 litres) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County leaked oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars had derailed.Nearly half the spill _ an estimated 100,000 gallons (378,530 litres), had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles (8.05 kilometres) downstream, Williams said. Skimmers and vacuum trucks were being used to remove the oil. Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water. “In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern,” Williams said.Officials still hadn’t determined the cause of Friday morning’s derailment, but a disaster proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds for Lyon and three other counties placed the blame on rain-fueled flooding. Reynolds visited the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. The nearby Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.A major part of the cleanup work includes building a temporary road parallel to the tracks to allow in cranes that can remove the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars Saturday.The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons (20,817 imperial gallons) of oil.Beaudo said Saturday that the derailed oil cars were a model known as DOT117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident.last_img read more

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Swaraj Thapa files nomination after resigning from GJM Bimal faction

first_imgDarjeeling: Swaraj Thapa, who had resigned from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction), filed his nomination from the Darjeeling constituency on Tuesday.Incidentally, GJM (Bimal faction) and the GNLF have extended support to the BJP. Following the announcement of the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, Thapa had tendered his resignation from GJM (Bimal faction). Following the filing of nomination, Thapa told media persons: “Niraj Zimba, the GNLF Spokesperson, had called me up and told me that the GNLF had recommended my name to the BJP for the Darjeeling constituency as the fittest candidate. I have decided to contest the election so that people get a strong alternative.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThapa, who was a close confidant of Gurung and served as an Advisor at the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, stated: “BJP has fielded a candidate from outside. People are unhappy with the choice. I am sure I will be able to do more than him.” The Gorkhaland issue would be Thapa’s poll plank. “In an electoral process, people should be given a choice of candidates. I am sure I can do much more for the issue than the previous BJP MPs who have won from this constituency,” said Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHarka Bahadur Chettri, the Jan Andolan Party president, also filed his nomination on Tuesday. “We had tried to bring the regional parties from the Hills together and field a consensus candidate. When this fizzled out, we decided to contest,” Chettri said. Though the main agenda for Chettri’s party is the Gorkhaland issue, he stated that other issues like drinking water and minimum wage for tea garden workers will also be taken up by the party. “I will carry the voice of North Bengal to the Parliament,” added Chettri. 21 candidates have filed nominations from the Darjeeling constituency. Tuesday was the last day of filing nomination. The constituency will go to polls on April 18.last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia Wants to Recruit Female Professors from Mohammed V University

By Sana ElouaziRabat – After many scandals broke out due to the cruel treatment of Moroccan maids in Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Kingdom is looking for a different kind of Moroccan female workers.The Saudi Arabian embassy in Rabat has solicited Mohammed V University for a meeting between the faculty representatives and officials from Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. The Saudi university wants to recruit female professors from Mohammed V University, working in various fields including dentistry, computer science, psychology, fine arts and other domains.Located in Riyadh, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University is the first and largest public university to be reserved exclusively for women, accommodating up to 60,000 students in total.Despite the Saudi request to recruit female professors, Morocco has always been one of the main countries to supply Saudi Arabia with different kind of jobs, namely maids and domestic servants.Saudi Arabia has long been home to more than two million housemaids from countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh and many others.“Husbands takers,” “sex workers” or even “sorcery adepts,” there are just a few of  the assigned labels to Moroccan women living in Gulf countries, even though most of them are trying to nobly make a decent living away from their families.Many foreign workers in Gulf countries, like Saudi Arabia, operate under the sponsorship system known as Kafala, which require foreign workers to have local sponsors and rigidly binds migrants to their employers, enabling the latter to commit abuses, while preventing workers from changing jobs or leaving the country.The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the organization of Human Rights Watch has previously criticized the sponsorship system applicable in the Gulf States and considered it as a comparable to slavery.Last year, many videos flooded social media, showing Moroccan women recounting their ordeal and claiming to have been assaulted and abused in Saudi Arabia.In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation announced that it will no longer validate maids’ employment contracts in the Gulf state of Saudi Arabia, with an aim to “spare Moroccans” from facing “compromising situations.” read more

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Transcontinental sells 12 small Quebec newspapers to Groupe Lexis Media

MONTREAL — Transcontinental Inc. has sold 12 Quebec newspapers and their related web properties to Groupe Lexis Media Inc.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Under the agreement, 75 employees of the various publications and 16 employees from TC Media’s production team have been transferred to Groupe Lexis Media.Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B) also signed a multi-year agreement for the printing and distribution of all of the titles as well as for the printing of the magazines already owned by Lexis Media.The newspapers sold to Groupe Lexis Media are: Le Citoyen Rouyn-Noranda, Le Citoyen de la Vallee-de-l’Or, L’Echo Abitibien and La Frontiere, distributed in Abitibi-Temiscamingue; L’Action D’Autray, L’Action – Wednesday Edition, L’Action – Weekend Edition, L’Express Montcalm and Hebdo Rive-Nord, in Lanaudiere; Le Bulletin, La Petite-Nation and La Revue, in Outaouais.Transcontinental launched a plan to sell its local and regional newspapers in Quebec and Ontario in April. It says 60 per cent of the publications included in the process are now in the hands of local owners. read more

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Ohio State baseball set for matchup with Morehead State

Redshirt-freshman pitcher Adam Niemeyer is set to make his 2nd collegiate start against Morehead State on April 21 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerAfter coming off of a series victory against No. 24 Nebraska this past weekend in Lincoln, Neb., the Ohio State baseball team is back in Columbus to take on Morehead State for a pair of midweek nonconference games.With the victory against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes clinched their fourth Big Ten series win of the season and improved to 26-10 overall and 9-3 in conference play.“It’s great to get a road series victory against a good ball club,” coach Greg Beals said in a press release after the win Sunday. “I felt good about how we played. We had to grind it out and our pitching was really good.”Morehead State has been successful this season as well, holding a record of 25-14 overall. The Eagles are set to travel to Columbus on Tuesday with hopes of extending their three-game winning streak.Redshirt-freshman pitcher Adam Niemeyer is expected to open up for the Buckeyes on Tuesday night, coming off his first career start against Louisville last week.Niemeyer, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow last year, tossed five innings for the Buckeyes and gave up just two hits and no runs in the 2-0 win against Louisville.“I was nervous heading into (the game), but once I took the field and was around the rest of the guys and the team, it was just like any other game,” Niemeyer said after the Louisville game. “It’s been a long process but I’ve tried to stay positive. I knew when I came back I would have an opportunity to show what I could do.”First pitch against Morehead State is set for 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday at Bill Davis Stadium. The teams are scheduled to square off at the same time on Wednesday to conclude the series. read more

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Concerns raised about Irish nuclear risk

first_imgWe recognise that some of the older facilities at Sellafield do not meet modern engineering standards and their safety cases therefore cannot demonstrate the high standards required for nuclear facilities.In January of this year workers at the plant were asked to stay at home due to elevated radiation levels. At the time, the operator of the plant said that they were operating at a “reduced manning level”.It was later shown that the incident had occurred because of naturally occurring background radon. In a statement after the incident the company said:“All of our plants and storage facilities were quickly confirmed as operating normally, and we were always confident that the issue posed no risk to the workforce or public because the levels being detected, whilst above background radiation levels, were still low.”Read: Sellafield says there is ‘no risk to public’ because of elevated radiation levelsAlso: Sellafield facilities “do not meet modern standards” – UK nuclear watchdog SINN FÉIN HAVE hit out at the Sellafield nuclear plant over its potential risk to the Irish public.This comes in response the the first annual report issued by the British Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). In the report, improvements at Sellafield site are outlined as being a matter of urgency.Making reference to the age and fragility of the complex, the report described the renewal of the site as being of “national priority”.Speaking about the site, Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD said:“The Sellafield plant continues to roll from one crisis to another and it is an unwelcome blot on the Irish horizon…  since its construction it has been associated with numerous health risks to those living on Ireland’s east coast.”The site is located in Cumbria, in the north of England and lies around 180 km from the Irish coast. There have been some concerns about the potential impact that an incident at the facility would have here.However, an assessment recently issued by the Irish Government demonstrated that in the majority of cases an incident at the site would have a low level impact in Ireland.The report from the ONR goes on to say:last_img read more

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Poll Do you believe intelligent alien life exists

first_imgPoll: Do you believe ‘intelligent alien life’ exists? Your daily bite-sized ballot break. YOU MAY NOT be aware of this but there is a $100 million search ongoing for evidence of intelligent alien life has been reporting that the Green Bank Telescope project has not yet found “compelling signs” of alien civilisations but that it is just the “beginning” of the search.What do you think?Do you believe there is intelligent extraterrestrial life out there? Yes (10592) By Fora Staff 26,564 Views Image: Shutterstock/Fer Gregory 165 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Fer Gregory Apr 25th 2017, 12:45 PM center_img Share9 Tweet Email2 No (2335) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article YesNoDon’t knowVote Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 12:45 PM Poll Results: Short URL Don’t know (1207)last_img read more

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Greek community leaders in Whittlesea honoured on Australia Day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This year’s Australia Day awards in Whittlesea inadvertently turned into a celebration of the much-loved Greek leaders of the community, with four nominees being of Greek Australian background. While the award ceremony takes place each year on January 26, local councillor Mary Lalios says they had never before had a such a strong contingent from one sector of the community. “It’s great to see such a strong contribution being made by our Greek community,” Cr Lalios told Neos Kosmos. “Especially Taso (Anastasios Vlahos), being involved in the community for 53 years; that’s just amazing.”Anastasios Vlahos was a nominee for Senior Citizen of the Year for his ongoing service to the Greek community over five decades. A volunteer for the Greek Orthodox community of Whittlesea, Mr Vlahos was also the founder of the Whittlesea and Districts Greek Elderly Citizen Club, and founder and key contributor to the purchase of the community building in Lalor. Over the years, he also established relationships with the RSL, and has hosted commemorative ceremonies for days of Greek national significance. Also nominated for Senior Citzen of the Year were Jim Papadimitriou and Spiros Bassiliadis. Mr Bassiliadis was recognised for his voluntary services at the Panagia Soumella Association of Whittlesea and has assisted with organising activities for the community. Meanwhile, Elpida Tellis was nominated for Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year. She has worked as a volunteer teacher at the Greek Orthodox parish of Agios Nektarios, has volunteered at the Grace of Mary Aged Hostel in Epping, and also served as president of the northern suburbs Community of Cypriots women’s group.L-R: This year’s Australia Day ambassador and former premier of Victoria, John Cain together with his wife Nancye Cain and Cr Mary Lalios.While the City of Whittlesea boasts the fourth largest population of Greeks in Victoria, with approximately 9,000 living in the area Cr Ialios says it was a pleasant surprise and an honour to celebrate the achievements of her fellow Greek Australians.“As a fellow Greek it gives you the honour and pleasure to see people from your background being awarded. It was fantastic, especially this year being such a strong contingent, it’s absolutely amazing,” Cr Lalios said.“For everyone who was nominated, it’s just a privilege to be nominated, and it’s such a hard decision because everyone does a great job.”This year a total of 24 generous individuals were recognised for their contribution to the community, with four finalists selected by the Australian Day Committee. Formerly awarded by Mayor Ricky Kirkham were Glen Wall as Citzizen of the Year, Tabitha Anderson Young Citizen of the Year, Elizabeth Pratt Senior Citizen of the Year, and Trevor Carroll was Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year.Three thousand people turned out to the ceremony on Australia Day at the Whittlesea council offices in South Morang, where along with the awards, 150 new Australians had their citizenship conferred, followed by an afternoon of food, music, face painting and an impressive display of fireworks. This year’s Australia Day ambassador was former premier of Victoria, John Cain.last_img read more

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Lazio confirm the signings of Badelj Correa

first_imgLazio boss Simone Inzaghi has confirmed the signings of Milan Badelj and Joaquin Correa.Badelj joined Lazio on a free transfer after his Fiorentina contract expired, while Joaquin Correa returns to Italy for a reported 16m euros, having spent the last two years at Sevilla.“Badelj is an important player and will improve us, while we’ve replaced Felipe Anderson with Correa,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I’m satisfied with Correa’s arrival. He’s young, and he has quality.”Inzaghi also commented on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s situation in the Italian capital.“I spoke to him, he wanted to join up with the team yesterday,” he added.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“However, I told him to do so by next week. He’s happy in the capital and with his teammates.“Milinkovic is calm. You can never say never in the market. Things would become all the more difficult if he left us, but we’ll look at what can be done.”Joaquin Correa from Sevilla to Lazio! Done deal, 5-years contract ✅?? #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 26, 2018last_img read more

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Local students learn about HIVs impact on communities

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some South Florida high school students came together for a day of awareness.The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project observed National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Thursday morning.Students learned about HIV and its impact on local communities.Program Administrator Dr. Marcus Bright said, “We have medical experts here from Jackson Memorial Hospital who are going to invest and feed information into our young men, so they can be informed to make quality decisions.”More than 100 students participated in the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones products The coolest goods for Westeros watchers

first_img We all don’t have our own Master of Coin, so we need to keep our gold dragons somewhere. This dragon-scale-patterned wallet even bears House Targaryen’s sigil. Steal from it, and get burned. Share your voice Comment If you’ve ever wanted to look more like Cersei (or a White Walker), check out this limited-edition collection of makeup in palettes that evoke House Stark, House Targaryen, House Lannister and those spooky ice creatures who dwell north of The Wall. You get eyeshadows, eye pencils, blush, highlighter and lipstick. The kit even comes with Jon Snow’s Longclaw Large Eyeshadow Brush, which may or may not double as a weapon.  Khaleesi could walk into fire with these beautiful eggs and come out unburned. It might be best to just light them on your mantel and enjoy the look. HBO James Martin/CNET 1 See at Etsy Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.Read more: Game of Thrones season 8: When it starts, schedule and how to stream HBO without cable Game of Thrones HBO Hodor doorstop: $20 See at Amazon Personalized House doormat: $25 Weirdwood tree goblet: $59.95 Stark/Targaryen 2020 shirt: $25 HBO See at Amazon Etsy Shield light set: $20 1:41 Amazon HBO See at HBO See at Amazon Raise a glass to The Old Gods with this creepy but cool goblet showing one of the famed Weirwood trees that play a role in Bran’s visions. Hand of the King/Queen bottle openers: $14 See at Amazon Within minutes of Hodor’s famous scene, which explains his name and delivers his fate, multiple outlets were selling doorstops of Bran’s devoted friend. This one’s a simple version, but if you prefer a more elaborate design, your wish is Hodor’s command. With this Game of Thrones Monopoly board game, it’s OK to be as cutthroat as you want, just like Cersei. Choose your own favorite house as your playing piece, and stack the Chance cards in a replica of the Iron Throne that actually plays the show’s theme song. See at HBO Amazon See at Sephora Best Game of Thrones merchandise for fans Collectible pins: $12.95 Originally published on March 25, and updated as we come across more cool stuff.  Instead of House Stark or House Tyrell, personalize this welcome mat with your own last name, and keep all the White Walkers out. (Or get this “Bend the Knee” doormat, which Cersei would probably prefer.) Urban Decay Game of Thrones Vault makeup kit: $195 See at Target Think Geek See at Jean Cocteau Cinema Game of Thrones Monopoly: $29.99 Now playing: Watch this: Autographed copy of Fire & Blood: $45 Sephora/Urban Decay Targaryan wallet: $19.99 Amazon If you thought American politics were nasty, hold the door, because in Westeros, torture and murder are a normal part of the path to the throne. But maybe a presidential/veep duo of Jon Snow (aka Stark) and Daenerys Targaryen could get the job done in 2020. Or maybe you just want to Make Westeros Great Again. See at ThinkGeek Oh, sweet Hodor, we hardly knew ye. This shirt’s here to remind us that not everyone on Game of Thrones was only out for themselves. Dragon Egg candles: $27 Wear your support on your sleeve, or at least your lapel, with these collectible pins showing everything from the three-eyed raven to Daenerys’ dragon eggs. HBO What’s that Tyrion famously said about himself? “I drink and I know things.” These Hand of the King (or Queen) bottle openers will help you with the first part. They come in a two-pack, so you can give one to your Sun and Stars, or to the Moon of your Life. Hodor the hero T-shirt: $14.95 Wrap them around your Christmas tree or dangle them from your fireplace mantel year-round. This strand of lights, featuring direwolves, lions and other signs of the great houses, will light up your next watch party. See at HBO Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. It’s not The Winds of Winter, but Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin spends hundreds of pages detailing the history of the Targaryens in Fire & Blood — and this is only the first volume. Pick up an autographed hardcover copy from Martin’s New Mexico theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Game of Thrones is about to wrap up with its eighth and final season, starting Sunday night on HBO. And over eight years, there have been plenty of products released trying to cash in on the craze for direwolves and dragon memorabilia. Here are some of the products we’ve spotted online that seem most deserving of a place on the Iron Throne.  Target Tags TV and Movies See at Amazonlast_img read more

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Can Facebook earn our trust back at its F8 conference The 359

first_img Tech Industry On this podcast, we talk about: A preview of Facebook’s F8 and a review of its earnings.Our scoop on 20 cities that are expecting to get 5G for the Galaxy S10 5G. The fact that bootleg streaming devices are infested with malware.The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher The Daily Charge Tags 0 Can Facebook earn our trust back at its F8 conference?…center_img Now playing: Watch this: 4:58 Share your voice Post a commentlast_img read more

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Fairbanks police investigate shooting death of Army sergeant

first_imgPolice in Fairbanks are investigating after an Army sergeant died when a firearm he was handling accidentally discharged.The U.S. Army says in a release that 25-year-old Sgt. Nathan Michael Higginbotham died from a single gunshot wound to the head early Sunday. The 9 mm pistol involved in the shooting was privately owned.Fairbanks police said in a statement the shooting appears to be accidental based upon statements from two witnesses.Police say they aren’t releasing “specifics regarding what actions Sgt. Higginbotham was taking with the firearm at the time of its discharge.”The body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.The native of Schenectady, New York, entered active duty in 2010. He deployed to Iraq in 2011, was assigned to the base near Fairbanks two years later.last_img read more

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As Harvey Repairs Continue Bayou Partnership Considers The Future Of Houston Greenspaces

first_img Share X 00:00 /01:03 Don Geraci, Houston Public MediaBuffalo Bayou Park between Allen Parkway and Memorial Parkway is seen inundated by Harvey’s floodwaters.A month after Harvey, there’s already talk about expanding Buffalo Bayou Park. Harvey damaged much of the park, but the group that takes care of it says the storm could be an opportunity as well.“Everyone’s saying that this is the new norm for Houston and for really the country and the world,” said Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The non-profit the park saw almost 39 feet of water during Harvey and the storm destroyed hundreds of trees and damaged trails. The bayou’s greenways were designed to flood, but not to withstand this size of a flood. Olson said during a typical storm, the group knows what to expect.“We know what’s going to be left on the ground afterwards, but never imagined the incredible amount of silt and sediment that’s been left by this storm.”Still, Olson said Harvey shows the need for more – and perhaps smarter – flood-designed green spaces along the bayou, which the partnership is already planning east of downtown.“We feel that there’s a lot of opportunity to use that sector of the bayou as really a model and a prototype for how you can plan in a more resilient manner,” she said.The group hopes to finance the project – which could stretch into the hundreds of millions of dollars – through public and private investment. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

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Thimbleweed Park Is A Retro Adventure Game I Dont Hate

first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay 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.I don’t like adventure games. Along with roguelikes and games cribbing from Dark Souls, it’s a beloved gaming genre I’ve always been able to consistently write off. I respect the unique settings and emphasis on comedic storytelling that sets classics like Grim Fandango, Maniac Mansion, and The Secret of Monkey Island apart from other games. But I’ve just never had the patience for the slow pace, copious amounts of dialogue, and gameplay consisting of obscure puzzles.So Thimbleweed Park, a throwback to the Golden Age of adventure games made by LucasArts veterans Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, from the very beginning seemed like a game I would dislike. And like Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People, it’s a game I ultimately enjoy in spite of its adventure game elements, not because of them. But after playing the game on Nintendo Switch, I’ve come to appreciate the modern touches the game uses to keep this fascinating fossil relevant in a drastically different adventure game landscape.Thimbleweed Park’s humor and plot are literally its entire point, so I won’t say too much. But suffice it to say it fits right in with the irreverent, quirky, T-rated house style of the games it emulates. This ensemble piece has you unraveling the dark secrets of a quiet and quaint yet mysterious small town with a handful of different playable characters.There are some federal agents out of The X-Files (or Twin Peaks), a cursed vulgar clown, an aspiring game developer/pillow factory heiress, and a ghost with unfinished business. These characters and the weirdos they encounter are brought to life through appropriately tongue-in-cheek voice acting. I especially enjoyed the flashbacks that introduce the characters because they’re nice narrative curveballs as well as self-contained digestible sequences within the overall chapters, free from the anxious sprawl of a full, complex, and lengthy adventure game.The different playable characters also play into Thimbleweed Park’s smart structure for keeping narrative momentum up. You can’t die or run into any dead ends, and having different playable characters to hop between lets you feel like there is always something you can pursue somewhere. More characters can also let you perform tasks more efficiently. While controlling both agents, I had one talk to a fortune teller in need of some magic mushrooms, and as luck would have it, I had already parked the other agent near the swamp where the drugs grew. Some puzzles even require you to use several characters in tandem in creative, exciting, satisfying ways.The biggest way Thimbleweed Park keeps you on the right track without just telling you what to do (until you call the hint hotline) is by giving each character a to-do list. At any time you can go into your inventory and just read a list of things you need to do, plainly laid out, so you don’t get trapped in some endless puzzle tangent. Find the bloody wallet. Spruce up your clown afro. Apply for a job at MMucasFlem (great gag). It seems small, but always having at least some sense of what you should be working towards next relieves a lot of potential headaches caused by getting stuck and gives you a fair head start on puzzles.But honestly, the best choice the Thimbleweed Park developers made, the reason this is a retro adventure game I could actually stand, is the casual mode. This shorter, easier difficulty streamlines puzzles, making the story move forward more consistently. Instead of sussing out the combination to your own safe to get the money to buy back your joke book, just open the safe and buy back your joke back.Purists may balk, and if so they can stick to the more authentically old-school standard mode, but to me without concessions like this I would just resent the game for wasting my time or for making me follow a guide. The casual mode even admits that not everyone has the time or interest to put up with more nonsensical hoops to jump through. It’s like how Fire Emblem only became playable to me once they allowed for no permadeath. There’s no shame in avoiding difficulty that’s fake and cheap and frustrating and dumb.I suspect I’m not alone in thinking this. Adventures games are in a very different spot than they were in the vague 1987 Thimbleweed Park takes place in. Telltale Games may started by revisiting beloved LucasArts adventure game franchises, but the studio didn’t truly take off until The Walking Dead and its radical reinvention of the genre. Instead of guiding characters across prerendered screen picking up objects to smash together, these new episodic adventure games are cinematic choose-your-own-adventures forcing players not to solve puzzles but make harrowing branching moral decisions.Even adventure games not from Telltale are reacting to its impact. The spooky teen tale Oxenfree, also now available on Switch, has some puzzles but is way more interested in its quippy yet realistic overlapping youthful dialogue trees. The same goes for Firewatch, from former Walking Dead devs, starring everyone’s favorite Mad Man Rich Sommer.Obviously Thimbleweed Park doesn’t go that far. It’s much closer to an old adventure game than a new one. But the relaxed difficulty options to me seem to be an intelligent acknowledgement that some players now just prefer adventure games that get out of their own way and let the story be its own entertainment. It reminded me of how Sonic Mania feels like old Sonic games but is actually much better due to its subtle but fundamental modern tweaks.But one area where Thimbleweed Park is defiantly retro is in its visuals and controls. The pixelated vistas would feel right at home on an old Apple II or Amiga or whatever, and they convey a surprisingly moody overall atmosphere. Even through the lo-fi filter an eerie empty bus stop at night or a store full of glowing vacuum tubes look like what they are supposed to. And in one of the game’s constant meta winks at its own lineage, you can spot dozens of specks of dust to literally hunt pixels.Meanwhile, the controls give you trademark point-and-click adventure game options like “Walk,” Pick Up,” “Talk To,” and “Look At.” The interface itself still feels designed for a PC but the console controls try to be as intuitive as they can. For example, having the two analog sticks control the cursor at different speeds is a clever solution. On Nintendo Switch you can also just tap everything in handheld mode.Thimbleweed Park will be best enjoyed by actual fans of adventure games. Along with being able tolerate the tenuous puzzle philosophy of the more substantial standard mode, they’ll also understand the game’s numerous callbacks to adventure games past. The spellbook on Insult Swordfighting is surely one of the more shallow references.But it’s healthy for a game to reach out of its own niche, especially in a genre with a niche this hyper-specific. It’s the only way to draw in potential new fans. After surviving the crash of adventure games once, the creators of Thimbleweed Park seem to recognize the value of some added accessibility, and in doing so they made a retro adventure game I actually like playing. Impressive!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. Thimbleweed Park is a new adventure game very much in the style of LucasArts classics.2. Unravel the quirky mystery of this quaint small town.3. Play as several different characters like a vulgar clown and shady federal agents.4. Casual difficulty options streamline puzzles and let the story be its own entertainment, giving the game some modern accessibility. 5. But fans of old-school point-and-click adventures will be the ones who get the most out of Thimbleweed Park.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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UK 2 arrested after Twitter child abuse probe

first_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean LONDON (AP) – British police say they have arrested a man and a woman in relation to a probe into child abuse on Twitter.Metropolitan Police say the pair, both in their 40s, have been released to return in November pending further questioning. They were arrested at a London apartment Friday.Police took action after receiving information from the Sunday Mirror newspaper, which carried out a probe into sex offenders operating on the social media network. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Sponsored Stories The tabloid reported that it found 200 Twitter users who openly expressed interest in sexual images of children, and that it passed on its findings to the Metropolitan Police’s unit tackling pedophiles.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Price Appreciation Looms as PendingHome Sales Rise in Miami

first_imgPrice Appreciation Looms as Pending-Home Sales Rise in Miami Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2012-07-30 Krista Franks Brock Share July 30, 2012 453 Views center_img Following the recent month’s change in the national Pending Home Sales Index from the “”National Association of Realtors (NAR),””: pending home sales in Miami-Dade County decreased month-over-month in June but increased year-over-year. [IMAGE]However, while the national index moved down 1.4 percent from May to June, Miami’s pending home sales declined 13 percent, according to the “”Miami Association of Realtors””: and Miami’s Multiple Listing Services system. Miami’s change in pending sales year-over-year was also more exaggerated than the change reported in the national index. NAR’s national index rose 9.5 percent year-over-year in June, while Miami’s June pending sales are up 22 percent from last year. [COLUMN_BREAK]The total number of pending home sales in Miami in June ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô including both single-family homes and condominiums ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô is 3,334. Pending home sales are a forward-looking indicator that reflects contract signings but not closings. Total cumulative pending home sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô all pending sales on record at the end of the month, including those pending from previous months ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô are up 2.1 percent from last year and 0.8 percent from May. “”Despite low levels of housing inventory in Miami, pending sales activity continues to point to strong future sales,”” said Martha Pomares, current chairman of the board of the Miami Association of Realtors. Pomares predicts continued price appreciation in Miami-Dade County due to “”[d]windling supply coupled with rising contract activity.”” “”The Miami real estate market is a focal point for buyers and investors who are drawn to the favorable market conditions, the attractive investment opportunities, and the exciting local lifestyle,”” said Patricia Delinois, president of the Miami Association of Realtors. Single-family home pending sales are improving more than condominium sales. Pending sales for single-family homes in June were 7 percent higher than they were this time last year, while pending sales for condominiums are 1.2 percent higher than last year. in Data, Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

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