The bigger, the better

first_imgHiren Patel, Founder and Architect, Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad residence in Ahmedabad is a combination of my raw emotions and the freedom I was given by the client to create something that has not been seen before. The inviting grand entrance porch sets the tone for the rest of,Hiren Patel, Founder and Architect, Hiren Patel Architects, Ahmedabad This residence in Ahmedabad is a combination of my raw emotions and the freedom I was given by the client to create something that has not been seen before. The inviting grand entrance porch sets the tone for the rest of the home. A central visual axis was derived to let the gaze automatically move towards the gazebo rather than the party lawn. Other eye-catching features include two courtyards in the front and centre, for ventilation and transparency. Understanding the layoutThe ground floor has a drawing room, dining room, living area, family lounge, guest room and a master bedroom. A beautiful verandah was designed on the ground floor facing east to enjoy the morning sun. Corridors have strategic cut-outs that let natural light to seep in through the skylights. An eight feet wide passage takes you around the central courtyard that eventually leads to a beautiful staircase. The staircase takes you to the first floor that has open terraces, a multi-purpose hall and four gargantuan bedrooms each equipped with its very own dressing area and private lounge. For privacy (especially for the female family members), an infinity pool has been designed on the first floor. The pool overlooks a lush garden and the trees come up to the first floor ensuring that the homeowners can enjoy a stunning view as they take a dip. The minimalistic design of the structure becomes a bridge between modern architecture and natural green landscapes.advertisementThe bathoom with a stunning light feature Overcoming the challengesDesigning a home for a joint family is different and at times a difficult challenge. You need to ensure that it has a flexible design, as the members of the family vary from a four-year-old child to grandparents aged 75 plus. Therefore house is designed in such a way that it keeps the family connected yet gives individuals their own space and privacy. So, the home is in a C-shape creating a central green courtyard; and the bedrooms are kept far away from each other.large floor-to- ceiling windows let this living space bathe in natural light Keeping it lightThe main structure is on the western side leaving the large east facing garden open. In the morning it bathes in the sun and in the evening the building casts a shadow over the garden. The gorgeous east verandah was created to encourage outdoor living. The best part? The home gets ample natural light throughout the day through the central green and C-shaped passage’s skylight. The pergola in this area casts intricate patterns of shadows that constantly keep changing as the sun moves. That is how one gets connected with the sun even when you are inside. Another intersting aspect is the sculptural canopy at the entrance, which looks great and doubles up as a welcoming gesture. The family also believes in the importance of sports and fitness. This is the reason why the infinity pool has a steam and sauna next to it. Speaking of the outdoors, there’s even an open rest room designed to be used during outdoor gatherings. All in all, this bungalow is just the right mix of spatial planning, functionality and aesthetics.The infinity pool on the first floor offers a great viewlast_img read more

Kiccha Sudeep’s look in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy revealed on his birthday

first_imgKannada actor Kiccha Sudeep, who is known across all the states of South India, is celebrating his 45th birthday today. As a treat to his fans, the makers of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy have revealed his look from the film.Kiccha, who plays the ruler of the Owk (Avuku) dynasty in the film, looks kickass in black attire and turban. Weapon in hand, he sports a menacing look in the motion poster.Directed by Surender Reddy, the film has Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead role of Narasimha Reddy, a freedom fighter who waged war against the British.The film is produced by Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan. It also stars many other actors like Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Amitabh Bachchan.ALSO READ| Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy teaser receives 12 million views in 24 hoursALSO WATCH | Farewell Sridevi: Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Chiranjeevi say farewell to Chandnilast_img read more

India scoops 11 medals with three gold, javelin thrower Sandeep smashes world record

first_img(Eds: Updating with more details, including world record by Sandeep) Jakarta, Oct 8 (PTI) Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary produced a stunning world record effort as India bagged 11 medals, including three gold, on a productive day at the Asian Para Games here on Monday. Chaudhary clinched India’s first gold of the Games in the men’s F42-44/61-64 category in the morning session, before middle distance runner Raju Rakshitha (women’s T11 1500m) and swimmer Jadhav Suyash Narayan (men’s S7 50m butterfly) added the yellow metals later on the second day of competitions. Chaudhary claimed the top spot with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt. He, in the process, shattered the F44 world record, bettering the earlier mark of 59.82, which Chinese Mingjie Gao made in 1980. Chaudhary’s disability falls in the F42-44/61-64 category, which relates to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement. The athletes in this category compete with or without prosthesis. Para-athletics gave two more silver also with Ramya Shanmugam and Radha Venkatesh finishing second in women’s F46 javelin throw and women’s T12/13 1500m race respectively. Swimming also fetched four medals for India. Besides, the gold from Narayan, India also won three bronze from swimming on Monday. India also won a silver in para-powerlifting while shooting para sport gave the country a silver and a bronze. With today’s 11 medals, India’s medal tally stood at 3 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze to occupy the eighth spot in the medal table. India had won two silver and three bronze on Sunday.advertisement China is on top of the medal table with 35 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze, followed by South Korea with 14 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze. Javelin thrower Chaudhary was one of the star performers of the day in the Games with his world record throw. “For the Asian Para Games, I had a very good preparation and with a world record I have won a gold medal and I’m really happy with that,” a beaming Chaudhary said after his event. “I’m not going to stop there with that performance, I will try my best at the next World Championships in Dubai. Thanks to my coach and the Paralympic Committee of India who supported me at every level, it is a really good achievement for India and for me also,” he added. In the women’s T11 1500m race, Rakshitha clocked 5 minute 40.64 seconds to clinch the gold. Her disability falls in T11 category which relates to very low visual acuity and/or no light perception. Narayan clinched the gold in men’s S7 50m butterfly by clocking 32.72 seconds while swimming at lane number 5. Yang Hong of China was second with 33.54 while Payungsakul Boonyarit of Thailand took the bronze in 38.09. Swimmers with S7 classification mainly use their arms and trunk. They have limited leg function or are missing a leg or parts of both legs. This class includes a number of different disabilities including people with amputations and cerebral palsy. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more


first_imgThe Sioux City Growth Organization is seeking new business ideas for the upcoming 7th Annual Innovation Market competition.Spokesman Chris Jackson says this years event will take place at the Sioux City Public Museum on February 16th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………will be speaking. :22Local businessman Jim Baldwin, President of Four Season’s Health Club will also speak.Keynoting the evening is a speaker from the entrepreneurial world, John Meyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Lemonly:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..United Nations. ;13Jackson hopes to receive a record amount of business submissions this year, topping 2016’s total of over 40.Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas now at through midnight on Sunday, February 12th.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Bakayoko reveals PSG ambition

first_imgChelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed his burning ambition to play for Paris Saint-Germain, with a return to Stamford Bridge on the cards this summer.The France international signed for the Blues from Monaco in 2017 but failed to live up to expectations during his first season in the Premier League.The 24-year-old was shipped out on a season-long loan to AC Milan last summer and he racked up 31 Serie A appearances in total despite enduring a fractious relationship with now-departed head coach Gennaro Gattuso. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bakayoko is due back at Chelsea for pre-season duty, but he has been linked with a permanent move elsewhere while Milan still have the option to buy the midfielder for €35 million (£31m/$40m).Bakayoko has three years remaining on his existing deal at the Bridge and his agent has insisted he will remain with the Blues ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.However, he has his sights set on a transfer to PSG in the coming years, having been born in the French capital.“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” he told L’Equipe.”I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”Bakayoko went on to confirm he will go back to Chelsea for the time being, adding: “My future? Yes, I will go back to Chelsea. I still have a three-year contract.”I have no choice. I don’t know what will happen after that but I have to go back to Chelsea. It is the only thing I know.”The ex-Monaco enforcer helped Milan finish fifth in the Italian top flight last term, but he found himself at odds with Gattuso at regular intervals.The pair were involved in a tense confrontation on the sidelines after the Rossoneri beat Bologna 2-1 in May, with Bakayoko reportedly telling his manager to “go to hell”.He went on to admit that he never saw eye to eye with Gattuso, before insisting that some reports over his behaviour had been exaggerated.”I had difficult moments [at Milan], especially at the start,” said Bakayoko. “I’m sad to go away but this is life. Gattuso? I had a complicated relationship with him, we didn’t understand each other. I don’t really want to talk about him.”It is difficult to hear certain things, especially when they are false. It didn’t go the way it was told but we know the current world, a piece of news is enough to analyze the situation.”last_img read more

A College Football Bowl Record Was Broken Today

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon the Purdue Boilermakers and Auburn Tigers met in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Unfortunately, only one team truly showed up to play on Friday afternoon.Auburn has dominated the game on both sides of the ball. The Tigers are on pace for nearly 800 yards of total offense and 112 points after racking up 397 yards and 56 points in the first half.Auburn’s 56 points at the half are the most in any first half of a bowl game in college football history. The scoring total passes West Virginia’s 49 points in the team’s first half against Clemson in the Orange Bowl in 2012.Auburn has officially set the FBS record for most points in one half of a bowl game (56).Previous record was WVU’s 49 vs. Clemson in 2012 Orange Bowl.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 28, 2018That same West Virginia program set the all-time scoring mark for a bowl game at 70 points – which was matched this season by Army in the Knights win over Houston.Auburn is on pace to crush that record, though we’ll have to wait and see if the Tigers field their starters in the second half with the game in hand.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Malaika Arora nails jaw-dropping yoga pose. Arjun Kapoor hearts her new pic

first_imgMalaika Arora nails jaw-dropping yoga pose. Arjun Kapoor hearts her new picRecently, Malaika Arora took to Instagram to post a picture of her practicing couple yoga poses with her friend and it will keep your Monday blues at bay.  advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 14:53 IST Arjun Kapoor likes Malaika Arora’s gym pictureMalaika Arora has been turning a lot of heads with her rumoured relationship with Arjun Kapoor recently. But it is not just her relationship that has been making headlines.From her frequent fashionable appearances to her holiday pictures and her gym looks, the diva is known for her goals-worthy lifestyle.The 45-year-old often posts her workout pictures and videos on her Instagram account.And recently, she once again posted a picture of her practicing yoga poses and it will keep your Monday blues at bay.View this post on Instagram#malaikasmondaymotivation with @sarvesh_shashi trying to ace some backbends @thedivayoga …. our beautiful studio @reebokindia #fashionablyfitA post shared by Malaika Arora (@malaikaaroraofficial) on Jan 27, 2019 at 11:41pm PSTIn the image, Malaika can be seen nailing a couples yoga pose with her friend. She posted the pictures with the caption, “#malaikasmondaymotivation with @sarvesh_shashi trying to ace some backbends @thedivayoga …. our beautiful studio #fashionablyfit.”For her yoga session, Malaika donned a sports bra and gym tights paired with a messy bun. Striking a picture-perfect pose, Malaika flaunted her toned body and looked simply stunning. Arjun Kapoor likes Malaika Arora’s gym pictureBest part, the photo was liked by Arjun Kapoor too.After looking at these pictures we can definitely say that the 45-year-old is aging like a fine wine.Malaika, who is currently dating Arjun Kapoor, has already started hunting for houses with him. According to grapevine, things are very serious between the two and they are planning to tie the knot soon.advertisementALSO SEE | Malaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan nailing a tough workout will make you want to hit the gym RNALSO SEE | Deepika Padukone to Malaika Arora: Celeb boss ladies rock the power suit better than menALSO WATCH | Malaika-Arjun to make it official soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Malaika AroraFollow Arjun Kapoor Nextlast_img read more

Trump introduces World Bank critic David Malpass to lead it

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday introduced David Malpass, a Treasury official he has nominated to lead the World Bank, as the “right person to take on this incredibly important job.”Malpass, who is now Trump’s undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department, has been a sharp critic of the 189-nation World Bank. He has argued that the bank, a lending institution with a focus on emerging countries, has concerned itself too much with its own expansion and not enough with its core missions, like fighting poverty.Malpass would succeed Jim Yong Kim, who left in January three years before his term was to end.Malpass, 62, made clear Wednesday that his focus at the World Bank would include furthering the Trump administration’s agendas for developing countries.One major initiative, he said, would be to implement changes to the World bank that he and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin helped negotiate. And in a nod to the president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, Malpass said he would focus on improving the status of women.“A key goal will be to ensure that women achieve full participation in developing economies,” Malpass said. “I know Ivanka has been a strong leader on women’s economic empowerment, and I look forward to continuing our work together on her women’s global development and prosperity initiative.In a meeting with reporters after Trump announced his nomination, Malpass sought to put his longtime criticism of the World Bank and its sister lending organization, the International Monetary Fund, into context.He said his efforts going back to his service in the Reagan administration have been aimed at reforming both institutions. He pointed to the work he had done in the Trump administration to gain approval for a $13 billion capital increase for the bank, the first increase in eight years, a boost that included various lending reforms.He said his challenge will be to implement the reforms included with the capital increase, including restrictions on World Bank lending to major developing nations such as China and India.He said loans to those countries took away resources that should be going to poorer nations.“I look forward to working with China and others on what the appropriate pace of that wind-down (of their loans) should be,” Malpass told reporters.The U.S. nomination of Malpass for the top job will go before the bank’s board of directors on Thursday. He said he did not know whether other countries would put forward their own candidates but he said he would be travelling over the next several weeks to various countries to promote his candidacy, stopping first in China and Japan.Since the World Bank and IMF were formed in the mid-1940s, the World Bank has always been led by an American and the IMF has always been led by a European. The United States is the largest shareholder in both organizations.Senior administration officials, insisting on anonymity to discuss plans for the World Bank, said Malpass would evaluate bank programs based on such criteria as whether they helped raise median incomes and improved financial transparency.Addressing climate change, which has been a priority for the World Bank, was pointedly not among the benchmarks of success that these officials named, though they said Malpass would honour existing initiatives.Trump, who has been openly skeptical of climate change, announced in 2017 that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an international accord that created a framework for curbing carbon emissions.___AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.Darlene Superville And Josh Boak, The Associated Press read more

UN relocates first batch of Somali refugees from overcrowded Kenyan camp

18 August 2009The first of nearly 13,000 Somali refugees have been moved out of an overcrowded Kenyan camp by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency reported today. The first of nearly 13,000 Somali refugees have been moved out of an overcrowded Kenyan camp by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency reported today. Just over 300 refugees arrived on 15 August after a three-day road journey at Kakuma camp, in Kenya’s north-west, from the Dabaab complex, whose three sites house a total of 289,500 refugees. Another convoy carrying 520 refugees left the congested Dabaab camps for Kakuma yesterday. The relocation of Somali refugees “is part of a multi-phase plan to alleviate the chronic overcrowding in the 18-year-old Dabaab refugee camps, which currently host more than three times the population they were initially designed to accommodate,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters today in Geneva. The moves will wrap up by the end of October before the start of the rainy season, he added. Upon arriving in Kakuma, refugees were given blankets, sleeping mats and kitchen sets before being transferred to their new accommodations. Escalating violence and a deteriorating humanitarian situation have driven thousands of Somalis from their homes, with many seeking refuge in neighbouring nations. Since the start of this year, more than 43,000 Somali refugees have arrived in Dabaab. Mr. Mahecic also voiced concern over the prolonged clashes in Somalia, where a World Food Programme (WFP) compound was attacked over the weekend, the fourth time in two months that UN offices in the Horn of Africa nation have been deliberately targeted. “The continued abductions, killing and intimidation of aid workers and the pillaging of humanitarian facilities and supplies are making it increasingly difficult to reach and access the needy population,” he said. The security situation is also thwarting the delivery of aid to 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, where more than 3 million people are in dire need of assistance, the spokesperson emphasized. UNHCR helps and protects over 500,000 refugees in Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. read more

Red wine effective at blocking the growth of lung cancer cells Brock

Will that be red or white?Make it red – if you value your lungs.Researchers from Brock and McMaster Universities have found that, while both red and white wine block the proliferation of lung cancer cells, red wine is more effective at doing so.Wine contains polyphenols – in particular, resveratrol – that are shown to have anti-cancer and other health benefits.In their experiments on non small-cell lung cancer cells, researchers discovered that red wine inhibited cancer cell proliferation in doses as low as two per cent concentration.To achieve the same effect, white wine doses need to be at concentrations of five per cent.Litsa Tsiani“This research looks at the effects of wine on human lung cancer cells,” says Dr. Litsa Tsiani, associate professor in Brock University’s Department of Health Sciences.“What we uncovered was a significant reduction in cancer cell proliferation, which is basically growth. And that’s what you want when you’re trying to stop the spread of cancer,” Tsiani says. “This study provides the first step, the basis, for further research to explore anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic potential of wine.”Also on the team is Gary Pickering, a Brock professor of biological sciences and psychology/wine science, and Dr. Theos Tsakiridis, a clinician-scientist from McMaster University who works at Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Institute and is also affiliated with the Niagara Health System.The study, “Inhibition of human lung cancer cell proliferation and survival by wine,” will be published later this week in the journal Cancer Cell International. read more

PODCAST Goodman student presents research at international conference

This week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast features Luciano Lapa, a student in Goodman’s Master of Science in Management program who recently presented his research at an international conference.Lapa just returned from California, where he shared his research paper on consumer behaviour in mobile commerce at the Academy of Marketing Science conference — an opportunity he says is notable for an MSc student.“It was a little overwhelming because you do so much research and you have all the names that you’re familiar with in your citations and then you put faces to those names,” he said.Lapa’s research, supervised by Professor Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, looks at what motivates people across international markets to use mobile devices to purchase products or services.Lapa came to the Goodman School of Business from Brazil last year to pursue his dream of a career in academia.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series, which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

Handball Master 2012 in Ljubljana

Handball Master 2012 ← Previous Story Slovenian Maribor signs three players Next Story → Mladen Rakcevic stays in Metalurg Skopje Europe’s veteran handball players are looking forward to the throw off of the European Masters Handball Championship, which will take place in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana from 15-17 June 2012.In cooperation with the Handball Federation of Slovenia (Rokometna zveza Slovenije) the European Handball Federation will organise the world’s largest senior handball event,16 teams will take part in each category, including Men 35+/45+/50+ and Women 33+/43+.The city of Ljubljana will welcome teams from: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungry, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.The groups for each age categories can be found here.Further information about the tournament can be found at read more

Callinan the name on everyones lips as Cabinet meets

first_imgTHE TAOISEACH HAS urged Ministers to raise their concerns over the Garda Commissioners remarks about whistleblowers at the Cabinet table and this morning, they will get their chance.The Cabinet meets today to discuss a number of issues, but the issue of a remark made by Martin Callinan at the Public Accounts Committee is expected to dominate the agenda.Callinan had said that the manner in which whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson had acted was “disgusting”. He clarified that he had been referring to the release of personal information by the whistleblowers.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar reignited the row last week, calling the actions of the whistleblowers “distinguished”.He was backed up by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.The Labour Party wants Callinan to withdraw the remark, but is understood to not be interested in taking the issue any further.Backbenchers, members of PAC and other Ministers have  weighed in, but the Taoiseach is adamant that the issue will only be discussed at Cabinet.The remark, and the fallout from it, has increased the focus on Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who has been silent on the matter this week.Shatter’s own treatment of Garda whistleblowers, as well as his staunch support of Callinan, has put him in the opposition’s crosshairs. Earlier this month, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin called on Shatter to “do the honourable thing” and apologise to Maurice McCabe.Martin said McCabe and his fellow whistleblowers had been “vindicated” by the Garda Inspectorate report on the penalty-points issue.Another remark made by Shatter, where he said Garda whistleblowers hadn’t cooperated with investigations is also expected to be discussed.Explainer: Why is Alan Shatter under pressure – and will he survive?last_img read more

Sony Honeycomb Tablet Hitting States by End of Summer

first_imgSony’s getting ready to drop a new Android Honeycomb tablet on all of your heads. The company’s CEO Howard Stringer told Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei that the tablet will be hitting the States first–by the end of summer. Engadget points out that the timing lines up well with the rumored launch of the PlayStation-Certified S1 tablet–that oddly curved device, which is supposed to hit store shelves in September.The company also apparently told another Japanese site that the aforementioned Honeycomb tablet is due out by the end of 2011–which could refer to the later Japanese launch date, or may highlight a slip from Stringer.last_img

Toy Tuesday The Craziest And Coolest Metal Gear Solid Toys

first_imgMetal Gear Solid 1/2 Scale Replica Bionic ArmHere’s a collectible for the true fans: a scale model replica of the red robotic arm that Venom Snake is tricked out within The Phantom Pain. Snake got the arm after losing his left appendage in the Ground Zeroes incident, and it’s full of fun goodies like a built-in Taser, the ability to launch the fist like a rocket and guide it by remote control, and more. Sadly, none of those lethal features are available in this replica, but it sure is cool looking. Man On Fire Action FigureThe villains of the Metal Gear Solid series are where Kojima really lets his freak flag fly, from senior citizen snipers to psychopathic beekeepers. The Phantom Pain pushed things even further when Snake had to contend with the Man on Fire, the GRU colonel who tried to take over the USSR during Operation Snake Eater. Consumed with a desire for vengeance, Volgin was experimented on and developed the power of pyrokinesis, making him able to start a fire with his mind. This Play Arts figure stands 12″ tall with outrageous detail and comes with add-on flames and Volgin’s trademark brass knuckles made of live rifle shells. Revoltech Solid Snake Action FigureIf you buy just one thing on this list, make it this beautiful Revoltech Solid Snake action figure. Based on the super-spy’s classic design, the 4″ figure has 16 points of articulation that let you pose it to a ridiculous degree – you can even change the direction Snake’s eyes are pointing! It comes with a number of weapons and accessories as well as a base for optimum display. If you’ve got feelings for the Solid Snake you see in Super Smash Bros, this figure is the best depiction of him on the market. Metal Gear Solid RiskThe world of geopolitics is the background for the Metal Gear Solid series, where the never-ending war for territory and superiority drives men to do insane things. Sounds a lot like a famous board game, and lo and behold, here we have a Metal Gear Solid-branded take on Risk. The game replaces the traditional world map with the nation of Outer Heaven and lets five players battle for it with 290 custom game pieces and tons of themed cards and characters. Metal Gear Solid Tap Sound Cardboard BoxIt’s pretty amazing how Solid Snake manages to use a simple cardboard box as tactical camouflage pretty much everywhere. He’s just that good, I guess. Complete your collection of MGS toys with this replica cardboard box that comes with a battery-operated tapping mechanism so you can draw the attention of guards and then strike from cover and CQC them into submission. Yes, you’re paying for a glorified cardboard box, but true fans don’t balk at even the most ridiculous expenditures. Solid Snake NendoroidThe Good Smile company’s cute little four-inch figures depict characters from dozens of media franchises, but their Solid Snake represented a few steps forward for the line. First and foremost, it’s the first Nendoroid that can be posed either standing up or in a prone position, essential for the tactical espionage action you know and love. It comes with a pair of face parts, one of which duplicates the classic low-poly look of the original PS1 game for nostalgia hounds. Throw in an assortment of weapons and survival tools and this one is a must-buy. Metal Gear Ray Light-Up Action FigureThis thing is pretty incredible, and with a sticker price of nearly $450, it’d better be. Clocking in at over a foot tall, this beautifully detailed replica of the Metal Gear Ray. After the Metal Gear Rex genie was out of the bottle, the United States Marine Corps had to develop a countermeasure. That was the Ray, an amphibious tank that was kitted out to hunt down the deadly weapons platforms. With a much slicker and more modern design, this brutal beast was first seen in Metal Gear Solid 2. With rubberized feet, light-up eyes and cockpit and a 40-inch wingspan, this might be the coolest figure you’ll ever buy.center_img Learn everything you need to about Metal Geek Solid in our Geeksplainer. Find the ultimate present for any Metal Gear fan in our gift guide. Watch The Simpsons/Metal Gear Steamed Hams Mashup. Follow all Solid Snake updates here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. D-Dog Action FigureMetal Gear Solid 5 gave players the opportunity to befriend and recruit all sorts of soldiers to man their base and accompany them on missions, but only one of them was D-Dog. The eyepatch-wearing hound was found by Venom Snake in 1984 and was trained by Ocelot at Mother Base to serve as combat support. He can distract foes by barking and detect nearby prisoners and useful items. This detailed Play Arts Kai action figure is poseable, comes with multiple heads and extra weapons. Hideo Kojima may have stepped away from the Metal Gear franchise after the bigwigs at Konami messed with his artistic vision one too many times, but it still stands as one of the most important video game series of all time. The NES titles paved the way for PS1 classic Metal Gear Solid, which single-handedly made “tactical espionage action” a thing. Fusing whip-tight sneaking and gunplay with immersive environments and a heaping helping of geopolitical intrigue, each game was groundbreaking.And, naturally, with big games come big toys. The hyper-militarized high-tech world of Metal Gear Solid lends itself perfectly to action figures, playsets and the like, and we’ve selected eleven of the most amazing. You’ll find everything from that insanely accurate Solid Snake action figure to models of the menacing Metal Gear mechs ready to be added to your desk display or playspace.Kotobukiya Metal Gear Rex Plastic ModelThe titular Metal Gears are mobile missile launching platforms that serve as the fulcrum for many of the series’ conflicts, as bad actors try to use them to spark World War III or IV or whatever one we’re up to. One of the coolest is the Metal Gear Rex, which Solid Snake and Liquid Snake fistfight on top of in the first Metal Gear Solid game. The bipedal tank can deliver a nuclear payload to any point on the Earth and also packs a stealth system and a railgun just for giggles. This wildly detailed 600 piece plastic model kit stands almost nine inches tall and features multiple points of articulation for dynamic posing. Union Creative Venom Snake Action FigureIt’s wild to me how insanely detailed and complex action figures are in the 21st century. Back when I was a kid, you were lucky if your little dudes could bend their knees or hold a sword convincingly. Now they’ve got untold points of articulation, alternate parts, and more weapons and tools than you can shake a stick at. For a great example, peep this Venom Snake figure made by Japanese firm Union Creative. It’s got the trademark robotic rocket arm, plus a sniper rifle, two machine guns, and Revoltech joints allowing you to pose him in millions of different ways. Metal Gear Rising: Revengence Raiden Action FigureWhen Raiden was discovered as the surprise protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 2, many franchise fans weren’t terribly pleased. It took the character until 2013’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. That game – developed with the frantic action masterminds at Platinum – morphed the often-nude ninja into a tornado of violent vengeance, dismembering foes and draining their essence to power his mission. This absurdly detailed Revoltech figure comes with his high-frequency blade and several eye, hand, and visor alternates for maximum customization.last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Passes Child Support Bill

first_imgAlaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support orders for one another.The Senate passed the bill, without debate, 14-6 on Monday. The measure previously passed the House.Gov. Bill Walker’s administration said Alaska faced losing about $19 million in federal child support funding and $45 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds if it didn’t pass the bill. All states are being asked to do this.Congress required passage of legislation to receive federal child support funding. According to the state, about two-thirds of Alaska’s Child Support Services Division is federally funded, and states must have federally compliant child-support programs to receive funds for the needy families program.last_img read more

Nawaz Sharif rejects resignation call

first_imgMaryam Nawaz .Photo : ReutersPakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation at an emergency cabinet meeting to chart out a counter to the Panamagate probe panel’s report that recommended the filing of a graft case against Sharif and his family.Addressing the cabinet members, Sharif termed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report a “concoction of allegations and stories” regarding his family’s private businesses, Geo News reported.”Without any hesitation I presented myself and family before the JIT,” the prime minister said, adding that his family business predates the entry of any family member into politics.”My family didn’t earn anything from politics but did lose a lot,” Sharif said, adding that despite reservations he accepted the formation of the JIT to probe allegations of money laundering against him and his family.The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader said that the language used in the JIT report displayed “malafide intentions”, Dawn newspaper reported.Pointing to the opposition parties who were demanding his resignation following the release of the JIT report, Sharif said that the PML-N had bagged more votes than those of the opposition parties combined.”Those demanding my resignation on false and unwarranted claims should first look at themselves,” said Sharif. He said he will not let the country’s development become a “target of conspiracies”.”The people of Pakistan have elected me and only they can remove me from this post,” Sharif said.The members of the meeting agreed that there’s no legitimacy to the demands for Sharif’s resignation and expressed their complete support in him, said the report.Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed the hope that Sharif will be exonerated.”We are not one to be worried as we have faced such difficulties before with the people’s help,” said Khawaja Asif, water and power and defence minister.Several projects related to power generation and other economic initiatives of the government were also discussed in the meeting.On Wednesday, Sharif presided over an informal consultative meeting where he was briefed by legal and constitutional experts regarding the preparations of the government’s stance on the JIT report, Geo News reported.The JIT in its 10-volume report submitted to the apex court earlier this week recommended that a corruption case should be filed against Sharif and his sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, under the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) ordinance 1999.Maryam Nawaz Sharif had on Wednesday expressed the party’s resolve in a tweet that Sharif will not step down.”Insh’Allah he won’t resign. Should Nawaz Sharif resign because not a single allegation of misuse of public money has been proven against him?” she said.last_img read more

Cloak and Daggers Reunion Takes a While But Its Worth It

first_img Marvel’s newest series Cloak and Dagger is already resistant to formula. After a two-hour-long premiere last week, its third episode gave us something entirely different. The show continues to have some pacing issues, but it’s hard to get too mad at them when everything else is so good. The story is engrossing, the characters are complex and fascinating, and the show just looks good. Even scenes that aren’t actively driving the plot are still fun to watch because of how this series plays with light and shadow. It doesn’t feel like any other superhero show, nor does it feel like other shows on Freeform. We’re three hours in, and each one so far has been its own unique thing.That’s not to say the entire episode is perfect. It still spends too long getting our two leads together. Even after last week’s cliffhanger forced them into the same physical space, which lasts for all of two minutes. Tyrone, ever practical even in inexplicable situations like this, immediately checks to see if Tandy’s OK. He forgets to put his gun away, which freaks Tandy out a bit, but you forget things when emotions run high. He tells Tandy she has a concussion, which comes back in a cool way later in the episode. She doesn’t want to hear any of it. She’s still determined to get out of New Orleans, which is now complicated by her busted car and head injury. She tells Tyrone she never wants to see him again, which we all know won’t be the case. The show is called Cloak AND Dagger, after all.OLIVIA HOLT (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)The rest of the episode is told in two parts over the same span of time. It’s a cool way to structure the episode. It slowly builds anticipation for the moment when they’ll connect again, and lets us stew in the mystery of how it will happen. It’s not without its downsides. It often switches to a new scene (via commercial break) the minute each story starts getting good. When all you want is for these two great characters to be in the same room again, that’s a little frustrating. The episode starts with Tandy’s story. She ditches her car and heads back home to clean up her head wound. This is the part where the episode starts to give its characters a break. While her mother flips wildly between indignant and protective, there’s a knock at the door. A police detective is looking for Tandy. Her mother covers for her, saying she hasn’t seen her daughter in weeks. Their relationship is interesting, and I definitely want to see the show explore it further in the future.Detective O’Reilly isn’t here to arrest Tandy, though. She visited her attacker in the hospital and notices his story isn’t adding up. He has a weak explanation for the scratch marks on his face, and none for why his pants were unbuckled when the paramedics found him. She puts everything together fast, but not quite fast enough. By the time Tandy contacts her, the rich rapist gotten himself an alibi. With a little help from a friend in the police department, who closes the case. Wouldn’t you know it, it’s the same cop that got away with murdering Tyrone’s brother. So no justice for Tandy, but at least someone in the department believes her. This probably isn’t the last time O’Reilly will look into the case either. Still, Tandy is disillusioned all over again and skips town on a bus. She falls asleep and finds herself in a dream where Tyrone as a little kid dribbles a basketball alone.Aubrey Joseph (Photo via Freeform)That’s where the episode rewinds itself to show us what Tyrone’s been doing this whole time. After his surprise appearance in front of Tandy’s car, he prays to his brother for some guidance on just what is going on. His maybe-more-than-a-friend Evita overhears what he’s talking about and has a suggestion for him. It turns out she runs a voodoo walking tour after school, because I guess that’s a thing teens in New Orleans can do to earn some money. Hers looks to be one of the more authentic ones, considering her aunt is an actual voodoo priestess. She prescribes Tyrone an herbal bath to open the mind, noting a concussion would do the same thing but this is more comfortable. (Ha!)I love Tyrone and Evita’s relationship in this episode. They’re so awkward and adorable together. They know they both want something more than friendship, but are unsure of how to proceed. Evita is a little bolder, staying in the bathroom while Tyrone undresses, and only turning around when he makes her. If there’s anything a Freeform show should get right, it’s the mechanics of teenage flirting, but they are nailing the uncertainty and awkwardness here. Yeah, it probably won’t end well once Tandy and Tyrone start hanging out together more, because that’s just how these stories go. For now though, Evita and Tyrone are just so cute.WAYNE PARE, AUBREY JOSEPH, OLIVIA HOLT (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)The herbal bath takes Tyrone into the dream world, and our leads are finally together… sort of. Tyrone sees a young Tandy standing on top of the Roxxon building. The shared dream sequence that follows is one of the series’ best moments so far. It’s the moment where Cloak and Dagger lets you know what kind of show it is. It’s not afraid to break from formula, and it’s willing to play in the surreal. It’s not as in-your-face or deliberately confusing as Legion, but it’s willing to dedicate half an entire episode to pure symbolism. Tandy and Tyrone see visions of each other’s struggles. To Tandy, Tyrone appears in 18th-century clothes and approaches a table of weapons. In a repeating sequence, he uses each one to kill his brother’s murderer. Each time, he’s hunted down and lynched by police. I have to say, I was not expecting that kind of commentary on police treatment of black people in America from a Marvel superhero show aimed mostly at teens.Over on Tyrone’s side, he sees Tandy standing outside a glass room, helplessly watching her father get tortured by Roxxon representatives. Each time, she runs away and falls into a pit. Both realize they have to use their powers to help each other. Tandy places her light dagger on the table of weapons. When Tyrone touches it, it turns into handcuffs, which he uses to arrest the dirty cop. Tyrone uses his powers to hold Tandy in place, giving her the courage to intervene in her dad’s torture. Both outcomes are something you don’t normally see in superhero stories. They’re using their powers to support each other, not hurt their enemies. That will come later, though.(Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani) OLIVIA HOLTAs hopefull as those images are, the dream sequence ends with some pretty dark imagery. The last thing Tandy sees is young Tyrone, unconscious, surrounded by torn checks from his murdered brother. Tyrone sees a young Tandy giving communion to all those Roxxon men, poisoning each one. Just before they wake up, they sense each other on the other side of a stained glass window they both recognize from the real world. I love this whole sequence. It’s haunting,  powerful and just a little bit disturbing. And because we’ve already spent so much time with both of these characters, the show makes us care about what happens to them in it. The significance of what Tandy and Tyrone see lands just as intended because we know exactly what these images mean to them. They also work together so well on screen, it’s captivating even when they aren’t directly acknowledging each other.I do wish the show didn’t end right as they decide to meet in the real world. They both head to the church with the stained glass window from the dream, and decide they need to talk. That’s it. As much as I liked this episode, the show is taking way too long to get Cloak and Dagger together. Their forced meeting from the end of the last episode turned out to be little more than a fake out. They separated so quickly, it felt a little lame. Much of the first half of this episode was essentially finding reasons for Tandy to stay in New Orleans. That’s not quite as much fun to watch as super-powered dream sequences, and the episode spends a lot of time on it. The show’s pacing could certainly be better, but that should come with time. It makes up for it with great characters and an unwillingness to stick to a formula. Three episodes in, Cloak and Dagger still refuses to be what we’re used to seeing from superhero TV. That’s enough to keep me watching.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Stay on targetlast_img read more