Murder accused in MP Assembly government in trouble

first_imgBhopal: The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh has run into fresh trouble over its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The husband of one of the two BSP legislators who prop the minority government is wanted in murder case of a senior Congress leader. Furor over his presence in the Assembly on Friday has embarrassed the ruling party. Govind Singh Thakur, the husband of BSP legislator Rambai Thakur, was seen sauntering in the Assembly premises though there is an arrest warrant against him for the past four months. An award of Rs 25,000 was announced for his arrest. The government quietly dropped the award last month triggering an outcry within the party and the opposition. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Devendra Chaurasia, a former senior leader of the BSP who had joined the Congress just before the elections, was murdered in March before the Lok Sabha elections. His son Somesh Chaurasia has now accused the Kamal Nath government of protecting his father’s “killer” in a bid to remain in power. The Congress, which has 114 seats in the state Assembly, enjoys only a slim lead over the BJP’s 108 in the state Assembly. Four independents, two BSP and one Samajwadi Party MLA are backing it. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s Shamli “I’m an eyewitness to my father’s murder and had recorded before the magistrate that Govind Singh Thakur was among those who killed my father. Now I feel that my father made a mistake by joining the Congress,” said Somesh. Damoh district police who declared Rs 25,000 reward on Thakur’s arrest dropped it after he submitted several applications saying he was not involved in the murder case. Govind Singh Thakur is also convicted in a 1998 murder case of Congress leader Rajendra Pathak by district court. He is currently out on bail granted by the state High Court. Former Minister Vishwas Sarang slammed the government saying: “A murder accused was roaming freely in the Vidhan Sabha despite the heavy security. I could not have happened without the connivance of the police at the behest of the Congress which is at the mercy of the BSP leader.” Home Minister Bala Bachchan pleaded ignorance even while the television channels had shown Thakur moving about in the Vidhan Sabha. His stock reply was, “We’ll look into the matter.” Devendra Chaurasia was murdered on March 15, 2019 in Hatta town of Damoh district. Thakur and his aides are accused in the case. Govind Singh Thakur had earlier claimed before newspersons he was not present at the spot of murder. Rambai had also had raised the issue many times in the Vidhan Sabha saying her husband and close relatives were being falsely implicated in the murder case.last_img read more

Gesture for elderly to make Pujas a special affair

first_imgKolkata: In order to help the senior citizens,who cannot go for shopping due to ill health, a three-day pre puja fair will be organised at Swapno Bhor in New Town.The three-day fair from August 15 to 18 will be inaugurated by Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco), while the Chief Guest will be poet Subodh Sarkar. Prasanta Maji, head of Swapno Bhor, said there would 30 kiosks, which will be put up on the first floor of Swapno Bhor building. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere will be stalls selling saris, kurtas, kurtis, costume jewellery, bed sheets and pillow covers, handcrafts, jute bags and room decorations. There will be two stalls selling books and some food stalls. This is the third edition of the fair. Hidco officials said the fair has become very popular among the senior citizens who are members of Swapno Bhor and they buy the items that are on display. Swapno Bhor is the only state-run organization for the senior citizens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere is huge lush green field covering an areas of three acres of land. The two-storeyed building houses an auditorium, lounge, library and a coffee shop. Indoor games for the members are held every year. Cultural programmes are held in the auditorium throughout the year and the members are taken out on annual tours. The senior citizens do gardening with the help of an NGO where organic vegetables are grown. Snehodiya, a state of the art housing facility for the senior citizens, has come up near Swapno Bhor.last_img read more

Natalie Portman Honors Legacy of Vegetarian Nobel PrizeWinning Author

first_imgNatalie Portman, who was nominated for an Oscar for her insightful portrayal of Jackie Kennedy, stars in a new PETA video spotlighting the legacy of maverick animal advocate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991), who won the Nobel Prize in Literature 40 years ago this autumn.Video: Natalie Portman Wants Everyone to Treat Animals With Kindness“Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family,” says Portman in the video. “And like them, he fled the horrors of the Holocaust. But the cruelties he witnessed made Singer one of the most powerful writers of the 20th century.” The heroes in his bestsellers championed women’s issues and gay rights (for example, in “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy”) and especially animal rights. “I did not become a vegetarian for my health,” Singer once declared flatly. “I did it for the health of the chickens.”In his autobiographical novel Shosha, the Jewish icon famously wrote, “We do to God’s creatures what the Nazis did to us.” In The Slaughterer, which he wrote for The New Yorker, he tells the story of a young man who loves animals but is appointed his town’s ritual slaughterer. Tormented by the cruelty of his actions, the slaughterer ponders the roots of violence. Singer wrote, “As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”“Nowadays, many of us speak up for animals, but it wasn’t always like this,” says Portman, whose PETA video aims to make a new generation aware of Singer’s legacy. “Decades ago, one man articulated the plight of animals so boldly that the modern world couldn’t ignore him.”Moby provided music for the video, which was directed by filmmaker Jesse Dylan, whose father, Bob Dylan, was inspired by Singer in the 1960s.last_img read more

Volkswagen to Open a Factory in Morocco

Rabat – Germany’s leading automaker, Volkswagen, is set to open a production unit in Tangier, in northern Morocco.Negotiations among members of Volkswagen’s top brass and the Moroccan government about potentially building a factory on the outskirts of Tangier are reportedly in progress, multiple reports said.According to Moroccan website Al Ayam, the German automaker chose Morocco over Tunisia in order to open its production unit in an effort to supply the Middle East and North African markets. Morocco’s stability is believed to be one of the main reasons that pushed the German auto-maker to consider investing in the North African country.Volkswagen probably will disclose the timeframe when the factory will be set up after reaching an agreement with the Moroccan government.Last year, the deputy mayor of Tangier, Fouad El Omari, told the French newspaper Les Echos that he had been contacted by a company interested in opening a production unit in Morocco to build low-cost cars destined for the African and Asian markets.However, El Omari did not reveal whether or not the German automaker will benefit from the tax breaks and others incentives that Renault was afforded when it established its Dacia factory in Tangier in 2012.The Moroccan government still did not disclosed any information regarding the German company’s alleged decision to open a factory in Morocco.If confirmed, Volkswagen will be the second Tangier-based automobile factory after the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory, specializing in the manufacturing of low-cost cars, which was inaugurated in Tangier, in February 2012. read more

UNICEF recommends helpline to protect children in Lesotho from abuse

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has recommended the establishment of a telephone outreach line in Lesotho to help prevent abuse, violence and exploitation of the country’s young people. “A child helpline offers a tremendous opportunity to establish a long-lasting protective environment for children,” said Anne-Marie Fonseka, Programme Coordinator, UNICEF Lesotho. “Abuse, neglect, HIV and AIDS, conflict with the law and social challenges facing children should be topics of ongoing discussion.”The impact of HIV and AIDS on the development of children in Lesotho is compounded by factors such as poverty, abuse, violence and exploitation, the agency said, citing the results of a study it conducted of 500 individuals, mainly children, throughout the country. About 94 per cent of children interviewed in the study said they had felt sad because of such reasons as death or sickness of parents; being beaten; lack of empathy from parents including following rape and being neglected, insulted and scolded, UNICEF said. When asked whether children have problems, 91 per cent said yes, quoting not going to school, hunger, rape, death of loved ones, being abused, insulted, threatened and exploited. Over 90 per cent of children said it is important to listen to children’s opinions. UNICEF quoted one 16-year old female respondent as saying, “children are often raped and treated badly, especially orphans, so listening to our opinions is important to protect us from these problems.” A Child Helpline – a phone and outreach service for children – would provide emergency assistance and link children in need of care and protection to long term services and resources, UNICEF said. “The child helpline will be linked to Social Welfare services, to the police and adolescent-friendly health services to provide a comprehensive and effective all-round protection for children” said Nafisa Binte-Shafique, UNICEF’s Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist in Lesotho. In the study, more than three quarters of all children said they would call a helpline and 81 per cent said they have used and have access to a phone, even in rural areas. 8 June 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has recommended the establishment of a telephone outreach line in Lesotho to help prevent abuse, violence and exploitation of the country’s young people. read more

India calls on UN to play lead role in reform of economic

1 October 2007A comprehensive overhaul of the world’s key financial institutions and drastic changes to the rules of international trade are necessary if poor countries are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015, India’s External Affairs Minister told the General Assembly today. A comprehensive overhaul of the world’s key financial institutions and drastic changes to the rules of international trade are necessary if poor countries are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015, India’s External Affairs Minister told the General Assembly today.“The United Nations must play an important role in overseeing the reform of the international financial architecture,” Pranab Mukherjee told the annual high-level debate of the Assembly, held at UN Headquarters in New York.“This should include measures to ensure a greater voice for and participation by developing countries in the Bretton Woods institutions,” he said, referring to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).Mr. Mukherjee said these reforms must be taken to their “logical conclusion if the credibility of these institutions is to be enhanced,” noting that progress towards the MDGs – a series of eight anti-poverty targets which world leaders agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to work towards over the next 15 years – has been tardy.“Early and substantive progress” in the current Doha round of international trade negotiations is also essential, he said, urging special attention be paid to the needs and interests of subsistence farmers in poor States.“The overarching principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries remains a categorical imperative.”The External Affairs Minister voiced alarm at the “regrettable inversion of global resource flows” in recent years, with a net outflow of resources from developing countries.Overall, official development assistance (ODA) from the industrialized world fell markedly last year, he said, and remains well below the target measure of 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).The ODA that is being sent is “primarily being used to finance debt relief. That this is happening after so many years of liberalization and globalization highlights our collective failure. Perhaps we should be considering mechanisms such as an international debt commission to redress the problem of developing country debt.”Mr. Mukherjee also pressed the case for reform of the Security Council, saying it was now time for intergovernmental negotiations on the issue to begin on the latest proposals for altering the 15-member body’s membership and working methods. read more

New deadline established for competition to design navys new warships

OTTAWA — Defence companies and shipbuilders competing to design Canada’s new fleet of warships have been given until Nov. 17 to submit their proposals.It’s the third such deadline for the design competition, which is the most recent — and arguably most politically sensitive — phase in the entire $60-billion plan to build 15 warships.Participating firms were originally supposed to have submitted their designs for the new vessels in April, but that deadline was pushed back to June before disappearing entirely.The question now is how many submissions the government will receive, whether any will meet the navy’s requirements, and when the winning design will be selected.Changes to the evaluation process have been made in case none of the designs match up with what Canada needs in its new warships, which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three destroyers.Meanwhile, time is of the essence because any delay in the construction schedule would push up costs and force the navy to operate its current warships longer than has been planned. read more

Hamilton man charged after driving wrong way on Red Hill Valley

A Hamilton man has been charged with impaired driving after going the wrong way on the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP). Police say an officer saw a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction down the Greenhill Ave. ramp and onto the RHVP around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle but the driver continued driving northbound in the southbound lanes. The officer called for assistance to try and halt the vehicle before it made its way onto the Queen Elizabeth Parkway. The vehicle finally came to a stop after it collided with a police cruiser.The 58-year-old driver was arrested and taken to the police station. The man was later released on a promise to appear in court at a future date.

TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey to leave company in February 2020

Companies in this story: (TSX:TD)The Canadian Press — With files from The Associated Press TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.’s president and chief executive Tim Hockey says he is leaving the online brokerage in February 2020.Hockey took the helm at the Omaha, Nebraska-based company in 2016, after more than three decades at Toronto-Dominion Bank.During his tenure at TD Ameritrade, Hockey oversaw the integration of rival Scottrade after that acquisition.Hockey says he and the board decided it was time for a new CEO to lead the company.He declined to explain the decision, but he said he is not leaving for another job or to spend more time with family.Hockey agreed to stay on in order to help with the transition after a search for the new chief executive is conducted.TD Bank’s chief executive Bharat Masrani, who is also vice-chair of the TD Ameritrade board, said the company remains “confident in the business and its continued success.”TD Bank Group is the online brokerage’s largest shareholder. “We also extend our thanks to Tim for his leadership and for the important contributions he has made at TD Ameritrade,” Masrani said in a statement. “We wish him the very best for the future.” read more

Target teams up with Disney to open shops

NEW YORK — Target is hoping to bring the magic of such characters as Mickey Mouse and Elsa to its own customers by opening permanent Disney shops at a cluster of stores starting this fall.As part of the collaboration with The Walt Disney Co., the Minneapolis-based discounter says it will open 25 Disney-branded stores start on Oct. 4, with 40 additional locations opening by October 2020.Target is also launching a Disney-focused online experience on its site on Sunday. And it’s planning a new store near the entrance of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.“This is a great fit for our brand and theirs,” Brian Cornell, Target’s CEO told reporters during a conference call on Saturday.The moves, made public officially Sunday, come as Target is looking to build on its strong sales streak. Last week, the discounter raised its annual profit expectations after reporting strong second-quarter profits and sales. The discounter has been sprucing up its stores with new brands and displays.Disney, which operates about 300 of its owns stores globally, is looking for new ways to reach customers amid weak traffic declines at malls. Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said there’s a 90% overlap between Disney and Target customers.Disney also has shops at about 600 J.C. Penney stores. But unlike Target’s Disney shops, they’re not Disney store branded and do not have the breadth of merchandise or the interactive features.Chapek told reporters that there are no plans to end the agreement with struggling Penney and said that the shops are doing well.Target, which has long sold Disney merchandise, says the Disney shops will average about 750 square feet (70 sq. meters) each and will be located near children’s clothing and toys. They will feature more than 450 items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations. The shops will feature music, interactive displays, photo opportunities and a seating area where families can watch Disney movie clips.Financial terms were not disclosed.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

African local authorities with HABITATs aid agree to become autonomous

Yves Cabannes, a regional coordinator for the UN Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT) in Latin America and the Caribbean, attended the 2 to 6 December Africities meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with Mayor Eduardo Brenta of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Mayor Gilberto Vargas of the southern Brazilian city of Caxias.They explained at a workshop how participatory budgeting, giving local communities a direct say in how municipal budgets are spent, has spread to 250 towns and cities in Latin America since 1989, with major development improvements in many poverty-stricken urban areas.In a joint statement, meeting participants noted that because many countries and cities in Africa were short of financial resources, it was imperative to seek assistance from the private sector, as well as to exploit opportunities provided under Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiatives.”We are only too keenly aware that in African cities, poverty is characterized by a growing lack of basic services, as increasing demand outstrips supply and as municipalities find themselves institutionally and financially limited,” Alioune Badiane, HABITAT’s Regional Director for African and Arab States, said.With 72 per cent of people in urban Africa living in slums and informal settlements, he said, it was more important than ever that Africa keeps the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in mind by bringing in better urban development capacity, good governance, transparency and decentralization through active coordination between the state and local communities.Some of the 700 African mayors at the meeting signed a letter of intent with the two Latin American mayors to start introducing the home-grown Brazilian municipal administrative system of participatory budgeting.The letter of intent was signed by Mr. Badiane, Mr. Cabannes, mayors from both continents, and Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi, Coordinator of the Municipal Development Partnership (PDM), the driving force behind the Africities concept. read more

Yemen UN partners seek 21 billion to stave off famine in 2017

This has left an alarming 18.8 million people – more than two thirds of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which also estimates that 10.3 million people are acutely affected and nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished.“We remain committed to the principle that our plans must be grounded both in evidence and actual capacity, and I ask donors today to help Yemen in its moment of great need,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick.In 2016, 120 national and international partners including UN agencies and non-governmental organisations working out of humanitarian hubs in Aden, Al Hudaydah, Ibb, Sana’a, and Sa’ada assisted more than 5.6 million people with direct humanitarian aid. Source: OCHA 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen VIDEO: UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick warns against imminent threat of famine in Yemen. Credit: UN News The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen in 2017 – the largest-ever humanitarian response plan for the war-torn country. “Two years of war have devastated Yemen… Without international support, they may face the threat of famine in the course of 2017 and I urge donors to sustain and increase their support to our collective response,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien in a press release on the launch of the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in Geneva. “Humanitarian partners are ready to respond. But they need timely, unimpeded access, and adequate resources, to meet the humanitarian needs wherever they arise,” said Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Without international support, they may face the threat of famine in the course of 2017He noted that since March 2015, violent conflict and disregard by all parties to the conflict for their responsibility to protect civilians have created a vast protection crisis in Yemen and millions of people face threats to their safety and basic human rights every day. In addition, deliberate war tactics are accelerating the collapse of key institutions and the economy, thereby exacerbating pre-existing vulnerabilities. VideoAudio AUDIO: According to Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, mass starvation for millions across the country is likely without a massive emergency aid package. Credit: UN News read more

UK used car market down 28 in Q2

The UK’s used car market declined by a moderate -2.8% in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,034,236 transactions took place representing a shortfall of fewer than 60,000 units compared to the same period last year as the market showed signs of slowing.Used car sales have fallen in every month this year apart from March, when they rose just 1.9%. In the second quarter, drops in the North West, Scotland and the South East drove the decline, while all other regions experienced increases in demand. Cities topping the list for used car sales were London, Birmingham and Sheffield.Demand for petrol and diesel models declined in the second quarter, down by -3.7% and -2.5% respectively. However, combined sales of the fuel types still made up 98.3% of the market. Meanwhile demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars continued to grow, up 24.8%, with 33,492 models changing hands. Of these alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), pure electrics experienced the largest growth – up 32.8%, with hybrids also rising 25% to 29,321 units, but this growth was unable to offset losses elsewhere.Reflecting trends in the new car market, superminis remained by far the most popular used buy, with 665,469 of these smaller cars finding new owners, while the dual purpose segment enjoyed the largest growth, up 9.1% to 227,197 units. One in five used cars bought in Q2 were black, buyers’ favourite colour choice ahead of silver/aluminium and blue, with pink the least popular of all despite a 20.3% rise in transactions, the largest uplift of any colour.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,With the country still gripped by economic and political uncertainty it’s perhaps unsurprising to see the used car market slowing down. This means owners are often holding on to their cars for longer, delaying the widespread introduction of the latest, cleanest models which is not good for air quality. We need a boost to consumer confidence, something that a Brexit deal would deliver, to improve the fortunes of the industry and the wider economy.Notes to editorsUsed car data supporting this release was sourced by SMMT from DVLA.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK used car transactions down -2.8% in Q2 with 59,000 fewer vehicles traded in first three months.Market still at a high level with more than 2 million used cars changing hands.Strong uplift in demand for hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, but growth fails to offset petrol and diesel declines read more

Abbott visits Frutex

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott and the Liberal member for Barton Nick Varvaris visited Frutex Australia in Kingsgrove Sydney this week. Frutex is a family company in the field and food industry founded in 1968 by Mr Peter Magiros. The company is a major player in the food industry in Australia, with warehousing, distribution and manufacturing facilities.Mr Abbott visited Frutex not only in recognition of its rapid development, but also because he wanted to highlight with a specific case study the financial impact that the carbon tax has on Australia’s companies.As it was stated, the cost of electricity consumption at Frutex in 2011 was $ 159.600, whereas in 2013, after the implementation of the tax, the electricity bill increased by 37.5 per cent to $219.400.“Our campaign against the carbon tax is related to the creation of more jobs,” said the prime minister, and described Frutex as an example of a great Australian success story. A family of migrants created a great company that exports its products and provides jobs and this company is now facing increased costs due to the carbon tax, he stated. During his visit Tony Abbott also acknowledged the dynamism of the local federal member of parliament Mr Varvaris and stressed the vital role that businesses have to play in providing employment and prosperity for the country.Ms Sandy Tsoutsas speaking on behalf of Frutex expressed to Mr Abbott her concerns about the increase of the operational expenses due to the carbon tax and informed the prime minister that her company had to pay $500,000 recently in order to create its own electricity infrastructure.last_img read more

Greek defence minister resigns over FYROM name change

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, leader of the junior partner in the country’s coalition government, has resigned over the FYROM name deal, which he opposes.Kammenos resigned following a Sunday morning meeting with Tsipras.The Greek Prime Minister said he will seek a vote of confidence by the Greek Parliament following Kammenos’s resignation.Kammenos said his party is quitting the government.“I am not going to give a vote of confidence to the SYRIZA government” he said.Greece and FYROM agreed last June to a deal that would change the name of Greece’s northern neighbor to North Macedonia. In exchange, Greece would lift its objections to  FYROM joining NATO.FYROM’s parliament ratified the deal Friday. The Greek parliament now needs simple majority for ratification.Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party has 145 deputies in the 300-member Greek Parliament, while Kammenos’ right-populist Independent Greeks party has seven. Tsipras could need opposition help to pass the Macedonia deal.last_img read more

Mouths On Super Mario Cereal is an Unbalanced Breakfast

first_img Even More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft BeerArchaeologists Discover Ancient ‘Cheerios’ at Bronze Age Site Stay on target I think there’s a ton of untapped potential when it comes to cereal mascots and video games. Imagine the insanity of a Capcom Vs. type of fighting starring Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, and that Sugar Smacks frog. Or how about a survival horror game that takes place in the Dark Universe of Count Chocula and Franken Berry? Who killed Boo Berry?But if cereal mascots won’t come to video games then video game mascots must come to cereal. Decades after the Nintendo Cereal System of the late 1980s, Nintendo is back in the breakfast game with Super Mario Cereal. We would’ve gone with “Super Mari’Os” or maybe “Super Mario O’dyssey” since that’s the game being promoted. But whatever you call it, this Nintendo food product is coming December 11th, and we already got to put some of it in our mouths.Before we even get to the cereal, get a load of this box. First off, isn’t it weird seeing Mario so centered and straight-on? We then get a glimpse of the “mixed berry cereal with marshmallows” itself. To properly represent the Mario #brand, the marshmallows are vaguely shaped like familiar Mario items like yellow question blocks and red and green power mushrooms. Although given their nutritional value, these mushrooms are more likely to shorten your life rather than extend it.The craziest thing about this box, though, is that it has amiibo functionality just like Nintendo’s toys-to-life line, the last toys-to-life still standing. How ridiculous is it that in 2017 you can scan a Mario cereal box to make things happen in a Mario game? Just hold the box next to the Switch’s NFC (Near Field Cereal) reader while playing Super Mario Odyssey and reap the rewards.Video games pic.twitter.com/dN0T5zZavr— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) December 6, 2017No, you won’t suddenly unlock a cereal box costume for Mario in the Luncheon Kingdom or a new Kellogg’s NYC-style store in New Donk City or a giant marshmallow to capture for dank memes. We’re guessing this was a collaboration between Kellogg’s and Nintendo of America, so asking the Japanese dev team to create whole new assets was probably out of the question. This isn’t like the Mercedes Mario Kart 8 deal.Scanning the box just gets you coins and a hint for a Power Moon location. But the game does remark on how “delicious” the amiibo is, and we can’t deny the novelty of scanning a dang cereal box. It’s totally in line with the absurd camp quality that makes Super Mario Odyssey so appealing.#SuperMarioOdyssey #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/txI7F9Z0IM— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) December 7, 2017Eventually you’ll want to put down the game and actually eat the food. Nintendo even sent along some bowls and stickers to make it look like Cappy was in control of our breakfast. In terms of flavor profile, Super Mario Cereal probably most resembles Lucky Charms. But even the non-marshmallow pieces tasted especially sweet, or maybe my old mouth just isn’t the target kid demographic anymore. In any case, it doesn’t taste like pasta. I hear you all asking, “How does it taste with milk?” But surprising absolutely no one, I hate milk (even smart milk) and don’t drink it with cereal, when I even bother to eat breakfast at all. Just eat fruit.Super Mario Cereal is just the latest example of Nintendo extending its beloved franchises beyond video games. Wake up and eat your Mario cereal before heading to the Super Mario theme park at Universal and play Super Mario Run on your phone while you wait in line. Then finish off the day with Super Mario Odyssey on your Nintendo Switch. Oh, and watch a trailer for the upcoming Super Mario movie. They want to own your entertainment life, Disney-style.Look out for Super Mario Cereal on your grocery shelves next week. What Nintendo food do you want to eat next? Donkey Kong bananas? Zelda chicken? Wario garlic?Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

7Eleven Pilots New ScanAndGo Checkout Technology

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target 7-Eleven is joining the high-tech store race with its latest convenience perk for customers: cashierless “scan-and-go” checkout technology.Starting Monday, 14 7-Eleven locations in Dallas will feature a new “scan-and-go” technology on the company’s mobile app, so customers can easily scan and buy items on their smartphones, Digiday reported.According to Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven’s chief digital officer,  the aim of “Scan & Pay” is to increase customer loyalty by providing a seamless, hassle-free checkout experience.When a customer stops by one of these 7-Eleven stores, the “Scan & Pay” feature will automatically show up in the 7-Eleven Rewards app, which can be dowloaded on Android or iPhone smartphones. On the shopping trip, customers can scan item barcodes and pay for them directly on their smartphones with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a card to rack up rewards. Before they leave the store, customers can scan a QR code to confirm that they bought their goods.“Retailers are looking at the same trend, saying how do we create frictionless experiences,” Singh told Digiday. “Imagine every consumer walking with the point of sale in their hand and they don’t have to wait in the line.”Over the past three months, 7-Eleven has been testing this technology at its Dallas-based Store Support Center and requesting customer feedback along the way. According to 7-Eleven, customers gave the feature a high rating, with most customers rating it a 4.8 out of 5 for convenience. Most of these respondents only bought one or two items, demonstrating that this “scan-and-go” technology could be helpful for quick trips.7-Eleven’s cashierless efforts follow those of other high-tech retailers, including Amazon and Sam’s Cub, where customers can automatically buy items in a pinch. With the new “Scan & Pay” feature, 7-Eleven customers don’t have to wait to buy their favorite beverages, food, and toiletries when they visit. According to Singh, 7-Eleven aims to expand the new technology to more locations next year in move to make shopping a more convenient task.More on Geek.com:First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San FranciscoNASA Releases First 8K Footage From Space (And It’s Really Cool)Apple Potentially Opening Pilot Program For Vintage Product Repairslast_img read more

Douglas Costa believes in Ronaldo

first_imgAccording to the Brazilian winger, Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus “to the next level” not only in Italian Serie A but also in EuropeBrazilian start Douglas Costa says Juventus is like a big family.“I think Juventus know how to win a player over,“ he told Italian Football TV.“I think the Juventus family are most important, It’s a world where I’ve learned to live,” he added.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Allegri’s a Coach with a great passion for the defensive side of the game and, for me, it was really important because I’m a player used to going forward a lot.”And these are some of the reasons he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to take Juve to the highest level.“Ronaldo is a really important player, but we also have Dybala and other important players. I’ve played with Neymar, so it’s not totally new for me to play with someone at [Ronaldo’s] level.”“Everyone has welcomed him and we know how much he can improve us. We can’t hide it, it’s clear.”last_img read more