The BBC just announced the release of a Doctor Who social game from the makers of the excellent Puzzle Pirates and Spiral Knights. True to form, it’s a solid game with simplicity for the new players, depth for the experienced ones, and plenty of clever Doctor dialogue all along.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a 2D, browser-based, Flash-powered game based on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series that heavily features mini-games riffing on some classic puzzle games like Bust-A-Move, Pipe Dream and even Tetris.As alluded to at the outset, it’s developed by Three Rings Design, a San Francisco-based casual studio recently acquired by Sega. Three Rings made a name for itself with an online collaborative puzzler, Puzzle Pirates, and followed it up with a Diablo–lite dungeon crawler with a futuristic look, Spiral Knights. The studio’s reputation for quality and polish is evident here with gameplay that prioritizes depth over monetization.In Worlds in Time, players create their own characters who are then recruited by The Doctor to defend civilization by traversing several worlds (including Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) and taking on the series’ well-known monsters (such as Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels) to essentially save the world. The game’s 2D art reflects the dark palettes of the television series and has some solid attention to detail, as you can see in our screenshots.The gameplay is essentially a series of quests where objectives are accomplished by playing puzzle-based mini-games. Players are sent out to get fragments of Time itself and can get it back by playing games with some pretty familiar mechanics. Lockpicking, for example, is a vertical match-3 in the vein of Bust-A Move or Puzzle Bobble. Rewiring devices is a twist on Pipe Dream where players rotate pipes to complete a path for a flowing current.Other RPG-lite elements, such as dialogue and combat, are also handled with puzzle games. Dialogue is accomplished by winning at a Puzzle Quest clone, and even the Barricade task is a cleverly disguised drag-and-drop Tetris.While these things may sound incredibly basic, they’re proven gameplay mechanics that are easy for almost anyone to pick up. For those searching for more depth, there are crafting features that allow players to get assistance and power-ups for winning more difficult puzzle rounds.All the while, players are treated to humorous dialogue from The Doctor himself. He provides tutorials early on and also gives direction for where to go next. He’s fantastically written, so much so that he beckons for a voice actor to give him life. Also outstanding is the music, which follows in the Doctor Who tradition of vaguely electronic sounds and stands heads-and-shoulders above the usual cheap MIDI loops that comprise Flash-based social games.After clearing the tutorial levels, the game’s multiplayer features open up. Like other Three Rings games, players can form loose groups to do individual quests together. In the absence of real-life partners, the game assigns you AI minions who you can assign to take on certain actions. Dislike the combat puzzle game? Send a “partner” to do the fighting while you repair a device or pick a lock. This feature isn’t common in your run-of-the-mill browser-based game and adds a touch of depth for players who would be getting bored of straightforwardly solving puzzles to advance the quest.It wouldn’t be a social game without a place to spend some money on virtual goods, and Worlds in Time is no different. The requisite virtual store is there and allows purchases of cosmetic changes (new outfits to replace your default pajamas) and crafted items for use in puzzle games. Still, there’s a noticeable lack of pay walls as seen in the Facebook social game du jour.As an open beta, the game isn’t flawless. Flash performance can get sluggish at times from all the action on screen, even on a modern machine and in a modern browser. There’s also a minor hiccup in the registration process – after creating my character, I’m then ripped out of the game and forced to click a link inside a confirmation email to start playing. Logging in via social media services such as Facebook or Twitter would be very welcome here.Still, these are minor quibbles. All told, Worlds in Time is a very good use of the BBC’s popular licensed IP and a social game that’s really worth the time put in.Verdict: If you’re a Doctor Who fan who’s bored of social games like FarmVille and looking for something more, this is the game for you.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is currently in open beta and playable now.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The head of leftist SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, who is hoping to lead his party to first place in the June 17 elections, accused his two main rivals, PASOK and New Democracy, on Sunday of scaremongering about Greece’s future in the euro.ND leader Antonis Samaras attacked SYRIZA in a speech on Saturday, while PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos also had harsh words for the leftists in a televised press conference on Sunday. Samaras said SYRIZA’s intention to repudiate Greece’s loan agreement, or memorandum, with the European Union and International Monetary Fund would lead the country out of the euro.“A return to the drachma would lead to incomes, savings and assets being halved, while debt would grow,” Samaras told party members at an ND national congress in Athens. “Tsipras will bring a worse memorandum that will serve the drachma lobby, which will be able to buy up the country on the cheap.”Samaras’s comments were echoed by Venizelos who said that an outright rejection of the loan terms would be “catastrophic.” “This would strengthen extremists, while making life easier for the drachma group, which is investing in the prospect of buying Greece up cheaply.”Venizelos said Greece should aim to extend its fiscal adjustment period from 2014 to 2017.To Vima newspaper suggested that ex-Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned party leaders that Greece will run out of money in the next few weeks. The state of public finances was set out in a letter to President Karolos Papoulias shared with party leaders during their failed talks to form a government after the May 6 elections.Papademos indicated that Greece would run out of money by June 20 and would be reliant on funding from the eurozone and the IMF.This prompted Tsipras to accuse “domestic political forces” of “blackmail, threats and lies.” Instead, he pointed to comments by the head of the Institute of International Finance, Charles Dallara, who estimated that the cost of a Greek exit could exceed 1 trillion dollars. “Just as the head of the IIF, economists and European Commission officials underline the need to stop talk of Greece leaving the euro… the domestic Taliban of the memorandum continue to terrorize the people so they abide by the plans of the IMF and [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel,” said Tsipras.Four polls published on Sunday showed SYRIZA narrowly trailing New Democracy.Source: Kathimerini
Scotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed he plans to rest defender Kieran Tierney when the team faces European champions, Portugal on Sunday.Tierney is one of five players to have left the Scottish team since the 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday night, a game settled when the 21-year-old’s poor clearance beat Allan McGregor, who was in goal for Scotland to give the Israelis all three points.The Celtic left-back was playing his 22nd game of the season across all competitions for both club and country in Haifa, leaving him on course to match the 60-game shift he put in last term.With the game against Portugal of little or no competitive significance, McLeish has opted to grant Tierney some rest with the injured Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay also dropping out.“We have players who’ve played a lot of games already this season,” said McLeish, according to Daily Mail. Arsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“We were prepared to make a concession to Celtic in the summer over Kieran because he is a young guy growing up and has played an enormous amount of games.”“I remember back to my Aberdeen days with boys like Neale Cooper and Neil Simpson. They played a lot of games at an extremely young age, and they finished their careers relatively early.”“We don’t want that to happen to the current crop of players. That’s why Tierney is away back again. The medical team said he had a bit of fatigue, so it was right and proper that he went back to his club.”Tierney’s absence might allow McLeish to experiment with a flat back four, thus resolving one of the main criticisms of the performance in Israel, namely that the 3-5-2 formation chosen to accommodate both the Celtic man and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson does not help the team’s wide men.
The Paris Saint-Germain coach is keeping quiet especially about Edinson Cavani’s chance of playing on Tuesday against NapoliUruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been struggling with injury for some time.But Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel won’t confirm if the South American will be able to play tomorrow night against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.“I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play,” Tuchel said according to Football Italia.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”“You always say that we’re favorites, that Napoli are small or outsiders. We know it’s a huge challenge though, the 2-2 in the first game was well deserved. We could have done better but for 30 minutes we were not at our level,” he added.“Napoli are a strong team, they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have an understanding, quality, and defensive discipline.”“It’ll be a big challenge but we want to win, this is the second half after the 2-2 in the first. We’re coming off two beautiful games against Marseille and Lille,” he commented.
By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFROIn second grade, Denise Pendleton was hit by a car. She ended up in a full body cast for a year and went to an elementary school for disabled children. By the time she was in high school though, she was a Soul Train dancer, and the winner of innumerable dance contests that were so popular back in the sixties and early seventies. “My mother thought I was doing something nefarious when I would come home with two or three thousand dollars but [me and my dance partners] were winning all the dance contests!”Pendleton though, who attended Chicago’s High School for Metropolitan Studies, the first alternative high school in America, had overcome the trials of her childhood to become much more than just a dancer. At just fifteen years old, she had the ear of the founder and producer of Soul Train, Don Cornelius in its earliest days when it still filmed in Chicago. She recalls, “I used to book talent, was assistant to the producer, dance choreographer. I did a lot!”It was around this time that one of the teachers at her high school introduced her to some of the staff at Burrell Communications. Founded in 1971 by Tom Burrell and Ed McBain, it was the leading Black owned advertising agency and revolutionized the way Blacks were depicted in commercial advertising as well as how the Black demographic was targeted by advertisers. Pendleton recalls one of her first visits to Burrell. “They were doing a Coca-Cola commercial with Bill Cosby and Betty Carter. There were all these amazing Black people!”Natalie Cole, who had just married Pendleton’s minister, exposed her to the music industry via her connections to Capitol Records. “I got to see how a record is made, from the ground up. In my mind, I said I want more people to see that!” Pendleton ended up at Motown where she worked as a film and television producer, artist management, tour coordinator and image consultant. She subsequently oversaw the concert tours for such artists as El Debarge, Jennifer Holiday, Deniece Williams, The Temptations and Luther Vandross.Pendleton leveraged her knowledge and contacts in the entertainment industry and her relationship with Burrell Communications where she says, “I always kept my relationship with Burrell even when I went to Motown. They were like my second family.” She spearheaded Burrell’s signature use of musical talent in its commercials. She explains, “I used to tell them who was hot and who they should look to use in their ads especially for Coca-Cola since Coca Cola was grounded in the music industry.” Her proudest moment was producing the 1995 Super bowl commercial hit ‘Big Mac Scat” featuring Al Jarreau and Vesta. “That ended up being in the Superbowl and the Special Olympics. It was the first black commercial to have that prominence.” Pendleton explains. So iconic and historic were the Burrell Agency’s commercials that many of them are catalogued in the Library of Congress archives.It was a no brainer that Pendleton would choose the Burrell agency as the subject of her first documentary. First, there was her intimate personal and professional history with the company. Burrell Communications also launched the careers of many pioneering Black television and film talent and has won multiple CLEO Awards; the equivalent of an Oscar for the advertising industry. Pendleton also has tremendous respect for Tom Burrell, the agency’s founder. “I think Tom’s story is so inspiring! He’s been legally blind since the age of 27 so he really had to trust his instincts and trust the people around him. It’s one thing when you have one hundred percent vision and another when you only have five.” Indeed Pendleton’s film documents not just the triumph of a Black man, “Inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements,” overcoming all of the odds, it is also the story of a disabled person refusing to limit himself.Called Burrell: Advertising Revolution the film is about an hour long and features a treasure trove of archival footage from the seventies forward. It’s important American history wrapped in a delightful walk down memory lane. Pendleton had full access to the library at Burrell Communications and was able to get much of the footage for the film that way. Now in the midst of trying to raise funds to expand to a full length feature documentary, she was also the recipient of a lot of people’s largesse. She laughs, “There were just people sending me stuff and not telling me where it was coming from!”
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C., email@example.comDespite the religious history behind the celebration of Christmas, the holiday season’s message has been transformed to one of spending and gift-giving. TV One’s “Coins for Christmas,” however, flips the script: The main characters are strapped for cash during the holidays and end up giving and receiving gifts that make them better people and teach them life’s true values.“[‘Coins for Christmas’] is a great film with a great message and the story line is not at all what typical Christmas movies are all about,” said Stephen Bishop, who plays the role of Alec in the film. Bishop, from “Being Mary Jane” fame, stars alongside “Marlon” actress Essence Atkins who plays the character of Madison.‘Coins For Christmas’ (Courtesy Photo)“Alec is an NFL player that’s coming off of an injury, and because of his [braggadocian] and arrogant nature, very few people are wanting to work with him and he needs to get that together. And Essence’s character (Madison) is a single mother who is trying to scrape money for Christmas because her bank accounts have been seized due to her ex husband’s behavior. They come together and they teach other how to be better people and how to get past what some would see as perceived flaws,” Bishop told the AFRO.Bishop said the lessons Alec and Madison learn are relatable for audiences across demographics.“I think across the board it’s a good message to take away. For Essence’s character it’s a good lesson in self-esteem and confidence. For Alec’s character it’s a good lesson in humility. There’s a duality there, where we’re converging on both sides. One guy is completely arrogant and full of himself and the other character is completely humble and doesn’t give herself enough credit and they teach other how to be the opposite,” Bishop said. “So there’s messages all over: How to treat people. You never know what the next person is going through, so how to be kind. And then there’s a message of friendship there.”Particularly during an era of political, nationwide and world tension, Bishop said that “Coins for Christmas” offers cheerfulness packed with a message.“It’s a good addition to the holiday spirit and the family time,” the actor said. “It gives a bit of levity to people during the holidays. Where they’re coming into the holidays maybe burdened with a lot of angst from what’s going on in the country and around the world and it gives them the opportunity to breathe, and have some lighthearted moments and learn some good lessons.”Besides the message behind the film, Bishop told the AFRO he got involved in the project because he’s always wanted to add to families’ holiday cheer by having a role in a Christmas film.“Every year a new slate of Christmas films comes out, some of them turn into classics. And it’s just for me, it’s always been a thing where I wanted to have a chance to be in people’s living room’s or on the screen during the Christmas time, because it’s kind of like its own little season of films and television,” he said.Additionally, Bishop wanted to join the film when he found out he’d be acting with Atkins.“I got a chance to work with a good friend of mine Essence Atkins, who is just amazing. I’ve wanted to work directly opposite her since we worked together in a different film, but we weren’t directly opposite each other,” Bishop told the AFRO.Bishop also highlighted director Jamal Hill, who he said did “an excellent job.”The cast also included TC Carson (“Living Single”), Kelly Price (“Saints and Sinners”) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”)“Coins for Christmas” premieres on TV One on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern with an encore at 9 p.m.For those in the Washington, D.C. area, TV One and Xfinity will be hosting a special premiere of the film on the Dec. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Studio Xfinity Store (715 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001). A free event for the whole family, the premiere will include special giveaways, in-store promotions and a post-screening discussion. For more information go to Eventbrite.com .
Tuma Basa, who in March left Spotify, where he led curation of the popular RapCaviar playlist, has been appointed YouTube’s Director of Urban Music.YouTube today announced that Basa “will lead activities that draw on his deep industry connections and expertise in programming to increase our engagement with the urban music community, artists and consumers.” Asked for further details on this newly created role, a source told Variety that Basa will be helping artists and labels get the full benefit of YouTube’s direct-to-fan tools through product education; will serve as a liaison between YouTube and the artist community; and will also be programming, a component of which is playlisting. Said Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube: “Tuma brings a deep knowledge of the Music Industry with many years of experience at BET, MTV, REVOLT and most recently, Spotify. His experience will be invaluable to the music journey we are on at YouTube, connecting artists and fans across the globe, and I am thrilled to welcome his voice to our collective efforts.” Popular on Variety Upon Basa’s exit from Spotify, where he worked for three years as global programming head for hip-hop, the Swedish streaming giant noted: “Tuma has been an incredible asset to the RapCaviar team, and we thank him for his contributions,” Spotify said when announcing his departure Thursday. “The RapCaviar team, which is rapidly expanding with boots on the ground globally, is committed to building the brand and giving its users the best hip hop experience on the platform.”YouTube has recently launched its own music streaming service called YouTube Music. Basa’s appointment comes on the heels of the recent move by Carl Chery from Apple Music to Spotify. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Stay on target We all knew it would have to happen at some point. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was always about this strange team that Agent Coulson assembled working together. Even back during the unfocused, kind of terrible first season (at least before Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out), the show’s biggest strength was the dynamic between the agents.This season started off differently with Daisy off doing her own thing as the superhero Quake. S.H.I.E.L.D. also had a new director who restructured everything and split the team up. The awkwardness of everyone’s new roles was fun for a few episodes, but it was time to get everyone back on the same page. That’s exactly what this episode was for.The show opened with a scene that should make Fitz-Simmons fans happy. Simmons is checking out a new apartment for the couple to move into together and Fitz is complaining about how much it probably costs. Simmons’s apartment tour is interrupted by Daisy, whose arm is still all messed up and she has a bullet wound in her back. The reason for that last part is she ran into some Watchdogs and found out that they had a list of Inhumans’ names and GPS coordinates. Worse still, they got the information by hacking S.H.I.E.L.D.Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) together again. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Daisy forces Simmons to help her at gunpoint so Simmons can pass her next mandatory lie detector test. Yeah, seems like being the boss at S.H.I.E.L.D. really sucks. Daisy is surprised to learn that Simmons now has enough power in the organization to make hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Inhuman records easy. All she has to do is ask a subordinate to plug a random flash drive into her computer. For all its secrets and lie detectors, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the least secure spy operation.Daisy and Simmons figure out the Watchdog’s next target is likely James, or Hellfire from last season. They find him working in a fireworks shop, which sounds like a terrible idea. He explains the fireworks are a reminder of what he doesn’t want to be. Daisy and Simmons tell him the Watchdogs are after him and help him take off his tracking device. Daisy seemingly convinces him to join her in fighting the Watchdogs, and he tells them to meet him after work to grab some weapons from a Warehouse.Well, you’ve probably guessed by now that James is actually working with the Watchdogs. He was using his tracking device to allow the gang access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computers. The warehouse doors open to reveal a large group of Watchdogs. Daisy and Simmons are able to fight off a few of them and get away but are soon cornered by James.Who doesn’t love a good classic car chase? (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Meanwhile, Coulson and Mack are trying to get to the bottom of who these ghostly figures are and where they’re going. Their search leads them to Robbie Reyes’s uncle, who is in jail for assaulting his boss. After getting nowhere with him, they see Robbie in the parking lot and give chase. And oh, what a spectacular car chase it is, featuring two pristine classic rides. Sadly, it’s cut short when Robbie’s car runs into a cloaked Quinjet.Don’t worry; the car is undamaged. One of the perks of working with the devil. Coulson convinces Reyes to help out S.H.I.E.L.D. and get some information from his uncle. They learn that the scientists were trying to create matter out of nothing. The boss was pushing too hard, and the experiment went wrong, turning them all into the ghosts we see them as today. The woman was actually the boss’s wife. They also learn that they are after an ancient book said to contain all knowledge.Before they can go after the book, Coulson gets the signal that James’s tracking device had gone offline. They head to the warehouse, taking Reyes with them. Reyes arrives just in time to stop James from killing Daisy and Simmons with a fiery chain. Reyes grabs it, and James tries to blow him up with his Inhuman-made bombs. It doesn’t work. The flaming skull comes out, and Ghost Rider uses the chain to whip James around. Finally, Ghost Rider has all his tools.The Ghost Rider we’ve been waiting for. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The pair bust through the wall of the warehouse and into the fireworks shop. Seeing that two firepowered dudes fighting in a fireworks shop is a recipe for disaster, Coulson, Mack, Simmons and Daisy get out of there. They watch the most patriotic explosion in history as Reyes emerges dragging James, unconscious but alive, behind him.Coulson convinces Daisy and Reyes to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. (finally) and the group goes to Radcliffe’s home to check on Agent May. Fitz and Radcliffe have been running extensive tests to make sure those seven minutes of being dead didn’t do any permanent damage. Radcliffe has also been using May’s presence as an opportunity to test how well AIDA passes as human. It turns out, pretty well. Coulson and May are fooled, but Simmons sees right through it. She’s fascinated until Fitz reminds her that she has a lie detector test the next day. That should be interesting.The whole purpose of this episode was to get all the characters on the same team again and to get Ghost Rider to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Even though it was mostly setting up the agents’ big mission for the season, it also managed to be a fun hour of TV on its own. That’s due in large part to the presence of Ghost Rider. It was nice to have him back after a full episode without him last week. Daisy and Simmons also have such great chemistry; it was fun seeing them take on a solo mission together. And now we have a fiery skeleton who made a deal with the devil fighting a bunch of ghosts. I can’t think of a better story arc or the Halloween season. MCU News: Donald Glover’s Role, a Chris Stays On, & Ms. Marvel UpdatesJessica Jones Gets Another Round, Agent Coulson Returns & More MCU News
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed to review the “conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments and irrigation dams” in the state, with the onset of monsoon.Sources said that the Chief Minister has given the direction as she is concerned about the common people and she wants the review to be done so that no untoward incident takes place during monsoon.After the assessment of the condition of the structures, the concerned authorities will take necessary steps for repairing them, if needed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated: “With the onset of monsoon, it would be appropriate to undertake a quick review of the conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments, irrigation dams, etc. throughout the state.”It may be mentioned that such an exercise of assessing the condition of all such structures across the country was made two years back.It has also been directed that “all the departments concerned must carry out necessary audit of the condition of all these structures, so that the structures remain stable and Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPno untoward incidents take place.”Chief Secretary Malay De will be supervising to ensure that all “the reports are submitted in 15 days”.In the report, the inspecting official or engineer has to mention the name of the structure, its proper location including the name of the district, condition of the structure (severely damaged/moderately damaged/minor damaged/good), observation of the construction wing, recommendations if any and if any steps have already been taken. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, the top brass of the state Public Works Department (PWD) has urged all its zonal engineers to inspect the condition of all bridges and flyovers under their jurisdiction.Direction has been given to the zonal engineers to submit the report to the Engineer-in-Chief of the department by July 13 and the compiled reportwill be finally submitted on July 16.The zonal engineers have been directed that they must take immediate steps for repairing after restricting traffic movement on bridges and flyovers, if the necessity of immediate repair is found during the inspection.It may be mentioned that the state government has already completed the assessment of all roads in the state.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27658/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> InterContinental Hotels has taken a swipe at Hilton Hotels launching a brand new competition for disgruntled loyalty club members who recently had their points devalued.Early this year Hilton increased the level at which many of their members could redeem their points, effectively devaluating their HHonors points by about 20%, and now IHG has announced that it will award the HHonors member who has lost the most points two million of their loyalty points.Additionally the new “Luckiest Losers” competition sees any HHonors member who submits an entry automatically receive 1,000 of IHG’s Priority Club Points, while the top 20,000 entrants will gain back up to 20% of their current HHonors Balance in Priority Club points.“If you want your loyal customers to stick with you during tough times, it’s vital to show you appreciate them and give them more value, not less,” said Tom Seddon, IHG Chief Marketing Officer.“Some of our customers, particularly ones we’re talking to on social networking sites, asked us if there was anything we could do to help – so we’re offering to replace their lost Hilton HHonors points with Priority Club points.”IHG says the top prize is enough for about 80 free hotel nights at its properties around the world.InterContinental Hotels Group will run the promotion until the 28th of February.
Tourisme Montreal is spearheading an initiative to attract a wide range of new investors to the city in an effort to diversify available tourist attractions and events to bring about a broader and more varied experience. Developing the local tourism product has thus become a priority in the Tourisme Montreal’s strategic plan for 2014-18.An Investment Development Committee was created in 2014 to oversee the initiative. Led by Tourisme Montréal, the group includes Investissement Québec, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Business Development Bank of Canada and Montréal International. The committee aims to develop a better understanding of business opportunities for tourist products, analyse the competition, solicit investors and forge connections with local businesses, private investors and international real estate developers.With a dynamic tourism industry, substantial growth in 2015, promising projections for 2016 and the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations on the agenda for 2017, Montréal is well positioned to attract new tourism players, which will in turn foster growth within the city.“Product development is closely linked with Tourisme Montréal’s mission and the various tourism and financial leaders have to be proactive in attracting international investors to promote growth in Montréal and enhance the city’s reputation,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.“Investing in the tourism industry is investing in local job creation. Fonds de solidarité FTQ recognises how important this sector is for Quebec’s economy and has supported its development ever since we began investment activities in the late 1980s,” said Janie Béïque, Senior Vice-President, Industry, Entertainment and Consumer Goods at Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
The need to update legislation regulating the use of drones was discussed by the House legal committee on Wednesday.In statements after the end of the session, Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said that no one should violate anyone’s private life using modern technologies and raised the issue of national security at a time when a drone can also fly over military areas.He said this needs to be regulated and there was an absolute consensus in the committee on the issue and the subject would be discussed again after the submission of a specific legislative proposal by the government.“Unfortunately technology is ahead of legislation,” Akel MP Aristos Damianou said, adding that that there was no legislation regulating the operation of drones.He said the present uncontrolled state of affairs had significant consequences on flight safety and human rights issues.According to the MP there have been incidents of violations of citizens’ privacy and personal data, and there was a serious problem with the implementation of KDP 402/2015 by which the civil aviation department licenses the operation of the drones.“We urgently need to legislate this issue … we are already late,” he said.The issue is due to be discussed again in two months pending the submission of a specific bill.He said the police had expressed concerns about the possible illegal use of drones.Just last week drone instructors met with the transport minister and members of the civil aviation department, asking for the legislation to be updated.At the meeting, they warned that drones were very different when the current law was drafted in 2015 and present regulations are obsolete.Not only the size, weight, cost, and popularity of drones has changed but lighter drones can also carry more precise cameras and fly at greater heights.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Robert HandsCyprus will be hosting the EuroHockey Indoor Championship III (Men), taking place in Nicosia at the Tassos Papadopoulos-Eleftheria Sports Hall in Engomi, from the 12th to the 14th January. It is a biennial official national team event of the European Hockey Federation and the first ever international hockey tournament to be held in Cyprus.The national team of Cyprus will be making its maiden appearance at the indoor format. The competition also includes the national teams of Belarus, Greece, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Wales. The teams will all play each other over the three days of the event and the winner – who will gain promotion to EuroHockey Indoor Championship II in 2020 – will be determined by the overall points classification. The 2016 edition in Finland was won by Italy.Indoor hockey is an exciting variant of traditional “field hockey”, featuring six-a-side teams on smaller pitches and some rule differences, including that the ball cannot be hit but only pushed or deflected. Each game lasts 40 minutes (two periods of 20 minutes) and it is often characterised as quick, technical and physical.During a press conference, Petros Karafokas, President of the Cyprus Hockey Association (CHA), said “This is the most important task ever undertaken by our association and we are all working very hard to bring it to fruition. I would like to thank the volunteers for their great effort and our sponsors for their invaluable support.”Petros Karafokas (centre) speaks at the press conferenceKarafokas also spoke about the CHA’s determination to make the sport more widely known in Cyprus, visiting schools – both private and state – and working with physical education teachers to inform children about hockey and encourage them to take up the sport. “Hopefully, as a result of attending this event, we will see an increase in the number of pupils involved in our sport”, Karafokas said.The Chairman of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Dinos Michaelides, said “I would like to congratulate the Cyprus Hockey Association. Even though hockey is not well-known in Cyprus, it is actually one of the oldest sports on the island and it deserves to have more exposure… It is a great honour for the Association to have been entrusted with hosting a European tournament.”Opap Cyprus is the principal sponsor of the event, which is also supported by the Cyprus Sports Organisation, the Cyprus Olympic Committee, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Petrolina, Pizza Hut, Cipa, Classic Hotel, APS Athienites Ltd, Euthor, Yiakoumi & Partners Ltd, MerinoKnit Ltd, Second Cup and BR HUB.Entrance to the games at the Tassos Papadopoulos-Eleftheria Sports Hall in Engomi is free of charge. Matches will commence at 10am on Friday and Saturday, with the last match of the day at 7:20pm. On Sunday, action will start at 8am and the event will conclude with the Prize Giving Ceremony at 4pm. Cyprus will face Scotland at 11:10am on Friday and Belarus at 5pm, on Saturday it’s the turn of Greece (12:20pm) and Wales (7:20pm) and on the last day, Slovenia at 11:30am and Slovakia at 3pm.For the complete schedule of matches visit the CHA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Cyprus-Hockey-1620824201465119/. More information about hockey in Cyprus, and details of the academy for children aged 7-16, can be found on the CHA’s website, https://www.cyprushockey.orgYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The President of the Cyprus Permanent Committee for the Standardization of Geographical Names (CPCSGN), Andreas Hadjiraftis, strongly protested a statement by the representative of Turkey, which questioned the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island, during the first day of the session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names, held at UN headquarters in New York.According to an official press release, during the session, which takes place every two years in New York and lasts for a week, CPCSGN submitted its activity report for the last two years. It is added that during the session, the representative of Turkey submitted a statement, questioning the name and jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island while invoking the 1960 Treaties of Establishment, Guarantees and Alliance.Taking the floor, Hadjiraftis strongly objected and protested the statement, noting that “the international community has no doubts over the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and the fact that this sovereignty extends over the whole of Cyprus.” “This is the reason why the international community only recognizes the Republic of Cyprus” he said, adding that the sole legitimate government of Cyprus represents the county internationally.He added that the Turkish position about the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus has been categorically and definitely rejected through various resolutions by the UN Security Council, which is tasked with safeguarding international peace and security.He reminded that the Security Council declared the effort to create a secessionist entity in Turkish-occupied Cyprus as null and void, and called all countries to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.He also called on the Turkish delegation to respect the technical nature of the Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names and refrain from efforts to politicize the matter.The only aspect of the Cyprus problem relevant to the work of the UN Group of Experts is the fact that Turkey has illegally and arbitrarily changed over 35,000 geographical names in the northern, Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, in an effort to erase its historical identity and cultural heritage, the CPCSGN President concluded.CNAYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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