Login/Register With: The other six Best Picture nominees — Manchester by the Sea, Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water — make for a total of nine, one more than last year and all of them dramas. The singing-and-dancing sensation also breaks the record for most nominated musical, set a half-century ago by Mary Poppins, which had 13 nods. Tied as the closest challengers to La La Land, with eight nominations apiece including Best Picture and Director, are Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival. There were few surprises and even fewer snubs among Tuesday’s diverse nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, which is exactly as it should have been. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There’s not a single undeserved nomination amongst the lot of them, even if academy voters rightly felt pressure to address the dearth of non-white actors in two previous years of nominations. Advertisement As predicted by pundits and earlier wins, Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood ode La La Land topped the golden list with 14 nominations, including best picture, director, actor (Ryan Gosling) and actress (Emma Stone), tying Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for the Oscar noms record. Advertisement Sometimes a little push is needed to get people to do the right thing. Twitter
Advertisement Where I’m at with my style right nowEven though I love fashion and I love watching people who are effortlessly fashionable, and I would love to be one of them, I just find it daunting. I always end up reverting to jeans and a T-shirt while I envy people from the sidelines. I resort to what’s comfortable.How I learned to stop worrying and love getting dressedSince I started playing Alexis (who is quite the opposite of me), I have had my eyes opened to different designers and possibilities and ways of carrying myself. My co-star, Dan Levy, makes fun of me all the time. He’ll say, “How do you not know Derek Lam? How do you not know Isabel Marant?” Fashion is still pretty bizarre to me in a lot of ways. But one thing I have taken from my character on the show is taking more pride in how I look going out of the house.My secret source of style inspirationI am a bit of a lurker. It’s really creepy. Especially if I’m in New York or any glamorous city, I find myself compiling my own inconspicuous street style blog that only exists in my phone. I take pictures of people who are beautiful, stylish or looking exceptionally confident. I keep a little collection of ideas and inspiration for myself. Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:
UPDATE – Here is an update from School District 60: Peace River North. They still haven’t said what routes are cancelled – Due to heavy snow overnight some of our buses are unable to run today. Drivers will contact families if their bus will not be running. Schools remain open.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School buses in and around Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Buses are still running in Chetwynd, but they have been cancelled in Dawson Creek. There is no word yet from School District 60 if buses are running or not in the North Peace. A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace. The region could see another two centimetres of snow before it ends later today.
Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati Monday asked why the Election Commission was not cancelling the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, despite the “BJP ratna” issuing controversial statements. “Malegoan blast case accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya is claiming that she is contesting a ‘dharm yuddh’. This is the real face of BJP/RSS which is being exposed continuously. But why is the Commission only issuing notices and not cancelling the nomination of BJP ratna (gem) Pragya?” Mayawati tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “If the Election Commission is not able to work in an impartial manner to the satisfaction of people despite severe criticism in the media, it is an issue of grave concern for democracy and no one else but BJP and PM Modi, who are surrounded by serious electoral allegations.” Thakur is out on bail in the Malegaon blast case of 2008. She is under fire for saying that Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 terror attacks because she had cursed him for “torturing” her in custody when he probed the Malegaon blast as Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP candidate from Bhopal retracted the statement after it drew severe criticism. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town about 200 km from here in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. Thakur has also said she was “proud” of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her. On Monday in Kolkata, BJP national president Amit Shah defended his party’s decision to field Thakur as its Lok Sabha candidate, saying allegations against her are false and the real culprits in the Malegaon blast case have evaded the law.
New Delhi: Hundreds of teachers under the aegis of the DUTA held a vociferous Black Flag Demonstration at Gate No 1, while the University Vice Chancellor and officials presided over a function celebrating the Foundation Day of Delhi University. The teachers were protesting against the fact that the University has refused to intervene in the matter of two colleges, viz Vivekanand College and Shyamlal (E) College, whose Principals have issued illegal letters to their Associate Professors in Physical Education informing them that they would be retiring at 62 years instead of 65. These letters are wholly unwarranted, arbitrary and in blatant violation of existing Rules and Regulations. “The Principal (Officiating) of Vivekanand College went so far as to misrepresent the College Governing Body by claiming that the GB had directed her to seek “legal opinion” in the matter. This claim has been contradicted by a written statement issued by nine members of the GB (copy attached). The matter has assumed utmost urgency as the two Associate Professors concerned will attain the age of 62 in May and July 2019 respectively,” said a protesting teacher. He added that by failing to intervene in the matter, the University has failed to protect its own EC Resolution No 127 of 1990, the consequential Ordinances and the University Notification dated 12.5.2017, in which it had been made clear that Physical Education teachers, like those of any other discipline, are to be placed in the faculty roster.
Ahmad Allam-Mi told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate that the mission, to be known as MINURCAT, will help lighten the heavy burden that until now has been borne by Chadian gendarmes working to help alleviate the plight of refugees, displaced persons and others victimized by the conflict.He paid tribute to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and friendly countries which have been supporting Chadian forces who have been acting with courage in the face of a “sensitive and dangerous” mission.“The new operation can count on the support and cooperation of the Chadian authorities,” he pledged. “We dare to hope that it will create conditions that will foster stability and reconstruction in the eastern region of our country that have been devastated by incursions of the Sudanese Janjaweed and other armed men coming from Darfur.”According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the situation in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), where MINURCAT will also be deployed, the humanitarian situation “has shown no signs of improving” since February, with more than 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of the fighting and an estimated 700,000 others in host communities also affected. 2 October 2007The Foreign Minister of Chad today welcomed the recent creation of a United Nations-mandated, multidimensional presence in the country, pledging full support for its work on behalf of the thousands of people who have been uprooted by insecurity in the region, including the conflict-torn Darfur region of Sudan.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday.Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc., down $2.02 to $41.70The restaurant and arcade operator cut its sales forecast for the year as it faces increased competition.GameStop Corp., down 50 cents to $4.59The video game retailer reported disappointing second quarter financial results and slashed its full-year profit forecast.Zscaler Inc., down $11.93 to $49.67The cloud-based information security provider gave investors a weak profit outlook for the year.The Lovesac Co., up $2.90 to $21.31The furniture company beat Wall Street’s second quarter financial forecasts and said it continues to shift manufacturing out of China.RH, up $8.07 to $166.95The owner of furniture company Restoration Hardware topped Wall Street’s second quarter profit expectations and raised its financial forecast for the year.Baker Hughes, down $1.82 to $22.29General Electric plans to shed its majority stake in the oilfield services provider.Mobile Mini Inc., up $1.46 to $34.59Investment firm The Donerail Group built a stake in the portable storage company and is pushing it to consider a sale, according to media reports.CenturyLink Inc., up 71 cents to $13.31The communications company bought Steamroot Inc. to help improve video and content delivery in areas with constrained bandwidth.The Associated Press
“The UN system in Colombia deplores and condemns the violent murder of Monsignor Isaías Duarte Cancino,” said a press statement released on Sunday, which characterized the incident as “part of the deplorable series of violent acts perpetrated in Colombia against civilians.””We call on the Colombian authorities to immediately and urgently take all judicial actions to find, prosecute and punish those responsible for the crime,” the UN urged.The statement also voiced solidarity and extended condolences to the family of Monsignor Duarte Cancino – who carried out an ongoing dialogue with the UN – as well as the authorities and people of Cali.
Harsh, dry weather during the cropping season in the southern and central parts of Mozambique has left more than half a million people there facing a severe food shortage, the United Nations reported today.According to a joint report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), some 70,050 tons of food aid will be needed between now and next April to help approximately 515,000 people facing severe food insecurity caused by drought-devastated agricultural production and the exhaustion of their coping abilities over the past four years.In contrast, the report notes that abundant and well-distributed rains in other parts of Mozambique led to better cereal crops there.Emergency agricultural inputs such as seeds are urgently needed to help drought-affected farming families restart agricultural production during the upcoming planting season, according to the report. The promotion of seed multiplication and improved seed storage are recommended measures to further improve food security.Overall, 2002 cereal output is estimated at 1.77 million tons, 5 per cent above last year, and maize output at 1.24 million tons, an increase of 8 per cent. Exportable maize surplus in northern and central areas is projected at 100,000 tons but high internal transport costs make it uncompetitive to move the maize to deficit areas in the south, the report says.The report was compiled based on information gathered during an FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission from 21 April to 10 May.
Updated 3.45pm THE BBC HAS confirmed that it will play a ‘short clip’ of the Wizard of Oz song ‘Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead’ on its airwaves this weekend as the track surges up the music charts in the wake of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s death.In a brief statement issued this afternoon, the broadcaster said: “The BBC finds this campaign distasteful but does not believe the record should be banned.“On Sunday, the Radio 1 Chart Show will contain a news item explaining why the song is in the charts during which a short clip will be played as it has been in some of our news programmes.”The song currently lies at number one in the iTunes UK top ten following an internet campaign to push the song up the charts following the death of Thatcher on Monday. She was 87 and died of a stroke.The BBC has in the past banned controversial songs including Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ and ‘God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols and had come under pressure to not play the song on the radio this Sunday during its weekly Official Chart Show.Thatcher’s official biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore had yesterday accused the BBC of trying to get the song higher up the charts.Speaking on the BBC’s own Question Time programme, Moore said that rather than being a wicked witch herself, Thatcher was in fact the 1939 hit film’s heroine, Dorothy.“The reason that song is sung, I think, is that the witch that’s dead is the Wicked Witch of the East and it was Mrs Thatcher who defeated the east, and in this tale and this song Mrs Thatcher is Dorothy,” he said last night.Separately BBC News reports that a police officer in London’s metropolitan force has resigned after he wrote on Twitter that her death was “87 years too late” and added that the world is a “better place” as a result of her death.Read: Here’s who is attending Thatcher’s funeral on behalf of the Irish government…Video: When Margaret Thatcher didn’t want to jump for TV
Apple announced a ton of new software updates earlier this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Along with the iOS 5, iCloud, and Lion OS X announcements, Apple also made some changes to what apps can be submitted to the iTunes App Store. One of the noticeable changes in the guidelines is that Apple will no longer accept any apps that promote driving under the influence of alcohol.The apps that are no longer being allowed in the App Store are designed to notify users of DUI checkpoints set up by law enforcement agencies. Apple said these apps encourage and enable drunk driving. Honestly, we’re surprised these apps were even able to exist in the App Store this long. AOL’s AutoBlog discovered the update to the guidelines, listed in Section 22.8 in Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines. You have to have an Apple Developer account to see the guidelines.It didn’t take long for Apple to change its rules after receiving a letter from a group of U.S. senators asking Apple, along with Google and Research in Motion, to remove the apps from their respective app stores. The letter, sent to Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, said that 10,000 Americans die in drunk-driving crashes every year, and that an app that tells them where the D.U.I. checkpoints are is extremely harmful to public safety.Neither Google nor RIM has changed their app review guidelines yet, but they’ll probably follow suit now that Apple has.Via NYT
Nokia veut reconquérir le marché des smartphonesFinlande – Nokia va proposer un service gratuit de navigation sur ses téléphones. Le géant finlandais compte prendre une place plus importante sur le marché des smartphones après avoir souffert de l’émergence de plusieurs concurrents.Nokia s’attaque au GPS. Le constructeur finlandais va offrir un service de navigation et de cartographie gratuit pour ses usagers, histoire de se revigorer sur un marché où il a souffert récemment. “Nous offrons la navigation piétonne et routière dans 74 pays et 46 langues . Ovi Maps va devenir complètement gratuit à partir de maintenant”, a déclaré Jukka Hosio, directeur du marketing de Nokia. Après cette annonce, les actions de fabricants de GPS ont chuté en bourse. Ce recul devrait d’ailleurs se confirmer après 2011 au profit des smartphones. Selon une étude, en 2014, le nombre de smartphones équipés d’une navigation dépassera celui de GPS. Par ce biais, le géant finlandais compte reconquérir des clients après avoir subi l’émergence de RIM et de l’iPhone.Le 22 janvier 2010 à 12:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeJump Force is a Fighting Game With Favorite Shonen Action Heroes Stay on target If you thought you saw some totally adorable Halloween costumes this year, you’ve not seen anything yet. A little girl named Momo, a 2-year-old from Kaoisung, Taiwan, wore a costume featuring No Face from Spirited Away just last year. It ended up freaking her classmates out, but since Momo’s awesome and capable of pulling off some hardcore cosplay lewks, she became an internet sensation.それか明日これやってくださいwwwwww去年保育園でカオナシのコスした子が今年はリュークだっていやほんとお母さんのセンスでしょ pic.twitter.com/QMrLvONIGJ— Yuka (@daehyun1004bap) October 28, 2017This year, her Halloween costume stayed once more, though her little sister Miemie got in on the action too, dressing up as Ryuk and L from Death Note. Momo rocked the goth-feathered leather outfit at Ryuk, carrying an apple and her own little miniature version of a Death Note, and Miemie nailed the L “squat” pose, as the two took a photo of their Halloween costumes, which beats out a good portion of cosplay you see plastered online. Seriously, it’s pretty great.Miemie and Momo’s mom even dressed up as L to complete the whole “mini me” illusion, and kids were mostly loving it, but also pretty terrified. As you should be. If you ran into Ryuk in real life, you’d be terrified too. As expected, the internet absolutely loved what they saw, which they very well should have. These kids’ costumes eclipsed even adult cosplays, and absolutely slayed the holiday. And most importantly, they could probably have done a better job re-enacting Death Note than the Netflix live-action film. Don’t @ us on this.What other kids have you seen totally killing the cosplay and costume game this Halloween? The season may have come and gone, but the spirit of awesome anime costumes lives on in all of us. Post your favorite costumes and let us know about some of the best you’ve seen out there. Don’t forget to be creepy! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
RelatedPosts Potential for sports betting in Japan Tabcorp cleared as Australian Federal Police close investigation into Cambodia sports betting bribery claims Indian court denies request to block all online gambling sites during cricket World Cup “By bringing the entire gaming sector eco-system together under the same roof, we will create more opportunities for exchanges of ideas between the sports betting and casino sectors. We want to give everyone the answers they’ve been looking for and the tools to survive and thrive in African market for years to come,” said Eventus International Conference Producer Jordan Crossley.Sessions at the 2018 BiG Africa Supershow include Insights into Africa’s Regulations: A Full African Report of the gaming sector, Investing in Gaming: A Safe Bet or a High Risk, Masterclass Session: How to extend player life cycles and Responsible Gambling: How It Sustains the longevity of the sector.There will also be breakaway sessions covering sports betting and the casino and hospitality industries. Eventus International has announced its agenda format and prospective speakers for the upcoming 6th Annual BiG Africa Supershow, to be held at Emperors Palace from 5 to 6 November 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.The BiG Africa Supershow will include the 6th installment of the Betting & iGaming Africa Summit, with a brand-new additional conference stream dedicated to Casino Marketing and Hospitality. Attendees will be joined together for discussions related to the gaming sector at large and then break off to individual stages for discussions about Sports Betting and Land-based casino and hospitality management respectively. Load More
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of sexual battery and kidnapping in Miami Beach, Sunday.According to authorities, 23-year-old Delmar O’Sullivan approached his victim on Christmas Day at around 10:30 p.m. as she walked along a boardwalk between the 1500 block and 2100 block.The victim told police O’Sullivan had complimented her hair before he repeatedly groped her and asked her to join him near the shoreline, to which the victim refused.When the the victim refused to kiss the suspect, she says, O’Sullivan picked her up over his shoulder against her will and walked her to the shoreline where he continued to grope her and digitally penetrated her.According to police, O’Sullivan finally stopped after the victim’s mother called her cellphone multiple times during the alleged assault.While in police custody, authorities said, O’Sullivan confessed to picking up the victim, taking her near the shoreline, hugging her and groping her buttocks.O’Sullivan has also been charged with false imprisonment and battery. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Unrest in Nicaragua sparked protests in the streets of Downtown Miami, Sunday.South Floridians continued to speak out after dozens of people died in the Central American country during protests to impeach Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.Related: Protesters gather in West Miami-Dade in solidarity with NicaraguaTensions rose after the Nicaraguan government was accused of killing and abusing citizens. However, some believe U.S. intervention might not be in Nicaragua’s best interest.“The United States should stay out of the business of Nicaragua because history has shown time and time again that it is not in the interest of the people,” said Miami demonstrator Carolina Abarca. “It is — it has its own interest, and it is never of the people; it is for whatever the U.S. has in mind and plans to do.”Nicaraguan Attorney General Inés Miranda has launched an investigation into the deaths of protesters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked Stay on target Legends of Tomorrow really came into its own last season. With The Flash growing ever more somber, Legends emerged as a fun, wacky superhero alternative. One episode in and this season is already doubling down on what worked. Well, after starting the episode with a truly frustrating decision. The second season ended with something really exciting. As a result of all the time manipulation in the finale, they ended up in a present day Los Angeles that had dinosaurs running around. I couldn’t wait to see what they did with that. As it turns out, absolutely nothing.We saw another brief glimpse of a T-Rex walking around a city before a suddenly put-together Rip Hunter appears. Since time has gone all the way wrong, Hunter spent five years developing an organization to replace the Time Masters. In that time, the Time Bureau has become very efficient at fixing the anachronisms the Legends caused. So, only 15 minutes after Rory entrusted the team with the Wave Rider, he returns to take it away. Los Angeles is cleaned up, and the Legends are forced back into normal lives. Everything that follows is a lot of fun, but it’s hard not to feel cheated. We were baited with something truly amazing and ridiculous, only to have it taken away in the episode’s first five minutes. I realize this show requires some kind of reset every season, but what was the point of this? Admittedly, the episode’s actual plot is enjoyable, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what we all imagined a dinosaur in L.A. story could have been. You can’t show us a T-Rex in a modern city and do nothing with it. Haven’t they ever heard of Chekhov’s T-Rex?Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)I’d be angrier if seeing the Legends try to adjust to normal life wasn’t so funny. Sara’s working at a bootleg Bed Bath and Beyond, where she has the same fantasies of murdering her boss that we all do when we work those jobs. The difference is she has the skills to plan out exactly how she’s going to do it. Nate is trying to be Central City’s second superhero, but it’s not working out. They’ve got Wally and Wally is the best. Ray is forced to work at an app developer in Silicon Valley, where nobody appreciates his work. Jax and Martin have moved back home, where Martin is spending some time with his now-pregnant daughter. Also, Nate, and Amaya have broken up, and Nate doesn’t want to talk about it. I think there’s more to the story than that, which we’ll learn as the season goes on. As we saw at the end of the episode, she’s back in her hometown in the 1940s, defending it from poachers and colonialists. I guess the Time Bureau may have forced them apart. Her existence in the modern day would certainly count as an anachronism. My only question is, are they going to bring her back, or is this the show’s way of getting us to Mari McCabe?Rory actually did make it all the way to Aruba, where he’s running up a room service tab at a private resort he almost certainly doesn’t intend to pay. It’s there he finds an anachronism the Time Bureau missed. Julius Ceaser is on the beach, planning to conquer the new land he finds himself in. (His constantly flapping face-cover somewhat muffles his voice. It’s a reminder that this show doesn’t exactly have the highest budget.) He contacts the rest of the Legends who decide to get the band back together. It’s satisfying to watch everyone reunite, and it’s also interesting to learn that the Bureau isn’t infallible. They may be more professional than the Legends, but they miss some pretty big things. To prove to Rip that they can still do their old jobs, they steal their ship back, get it repaired and capture Caesar.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave and Simon Merrells as Caesar (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW )Now it wouldn’t be a Legends of Tomorrow episode if they didn’t royally screw things up. Because none of them can keep their mouths shut, the team lets slip that Caesar is betrayed and murdered by Brutus. The general steals a history book from Nate, and the Legends learn he went on to conquer the entire world. Home, for them, no longer exists. This is the point where it felt like Legends of Tomorrow was truly back. They see a problem, try to solve it, and end up making things worse. That’s the fun of this show. It’s also great that when the Time Bureau tries to fix things for them, they screw up too. Since The Legends aren’t all heroes, they can recognize less-than-honorable tactics. They instantly figure out that Caesar has set a trap, and save the day with their superpowers. See? There’s a good reason to employ criminals. This show may not have given us more than five seconds of a T-Rex in L.A., but it gave us superheroes fighting Julius Caesar. That’s not a bad consolation at all.In the end, Rip gives them their ship back, acknowledging that their loose cannons, but damn it, they get results. Plus, he vaguely hints at a coming threat that they just might want the Legends around for. We really have nothing to go on as far as what that threat is, but we’ll find out soon enough. Even with the bait-and-switch beginning, Legends of Tomorrow’s season premiere was a hell of a lot of fun. All summer, my Tuesday nights were lacking ridiculous superhero action, and I’m so happy this show is back. It’s big, it’s stupid and I wouldn’t have it any other way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… The past year or so has been pretty stressful to say the least. In fact, quality video games are pretty much the only good things 2017 has going for it. And we need those video games because when it feels like the world could end at any moment on Twitter it’s so nice to have somewhere to escape to just to maintain your own sanity.As a system you can play anywhere, on the go or at home, the new Nintendo Switch is the perfect video game machine for the Hell of 2017. It can provide emergency relief at a moment’s notice wherever you are, like at a protest. And recently I’ve been playing two games on my Switch that deliver all the chill you could ever want: Golf Story and Stardew Valley.Why lump these games together? They just feel like perfect companions. They both draw inspiration from classic 16-bit JRPGS in their visual presentation, jaunty music, and overall gameplay structures. They both feature charming dialogue delivered by lovable characters. They both turn seemingly mundane activities (golfing and farming) into sweeping, joyful adventures. And they are both inexpensive games that provide exponentially more fun than some AAA competitors. But let’s drill down further.Golf Story came out of nowhere from Australian developer Sidebar Games. Like the handheld Mario sports games of old, Golf Story features accessible sports gameplay as the “battle system” of a light role-playing game. You’re a grown man with a strained relationship but a love of golfing bestowed upon you by your father. So you’re on a quest to be the best golfer you can possibly be.You’ll be playing a lot of golf in Golf Story and fortunately it’s pretty intuitive. This isn’t some hardcore sim. You collect and choose between different clubs with different stats and chart out where you want to hit. A timing minigame, the wind, and your own personal stats determine how close you get to your mark. It’s like Neo Turf Masters but with the added joy of very tactile HD Rumble. And if you don’t even want to bother with the story you can quickly play a few holes at anytime.But the story in Golf Story really is delightful. The game is full of well-written, quirky, Earthbound-esque characters. There are shady club owners out of sports movie, pretentious disc golf practitioners, students who just can’t dial back the strength of their swings, reluctant coaches, and even a whole realm of caveman golfers.The story also provides plenty of opportunities to golf in different, entertaining contexts. Most quest-lines end with a lengthy game of golf. But to get to that point you’ll have to complete specific challenges like bouncing balls off of turtles, only hitting into bunkers, racing around a course on foot, or using a wedge to dig for fossils. You can even tee up literally anywhere at any time. Some of these objectives are more tedious than fun, and some can even lead to game-breaking crashes, but overall they help make Golf Story one of the best surprises on Nintendo Switch.Stardew Valley’s high quality, on the other hand, is no longer surprising. When the Harvest Moon homage was first released in 2016 by one dude(Eric Barone!) it certainly was a shock. But now we’ve all accepted Stardew Valley as one of the best indie games you can buy, and so we couldn’t wait to buy it on Nintendo Switch.And now that I’ve played it I understand. Stardew Valley feels like a game you need to spend hours and hours and hours with to properly evaluate. I haven’t done that, yet. But even just based on the time I have invested I’ve been utterly charmed by its world and enthralled by its mechanical complexity that slowly reveals itself to you.Chopping down trees, shattering rocks, and cutting talls grass to clear a field for planting crops sounds like the most boring and repetitive thing in the world, especially since your energy is limited and crops take days to grow. But it quickly becomes a relaxing ritual, one of many you’ll fall into. I went to the functioning arcade in the bar at 5PM every day to socialize with everyone and become a better member of the community. I earned cash selling my excess resources. I ventured into procedurally generated mines to slay monsters and find gems. I talked to a cowboy wizard and went fishing outside his tower.There’s so much to do but no pressure to rush through any of it. Outside of some late-game story goals, Stardew Valley is an experience you approach entirely at your own pace. Whether it’s building a chicken coop or wooing a spouse, do it when you feel like doing it as the seasons pass. At first I felt compelled to make the most out of a day, working so hard I (virtually) passed out and lost money. But I soon realized the joy of going to bed at like 9PM, even if that meant triggering the fairly long saving process through a user interface still rooted in PC sensibilities.That feeling also ties into the game’s larger themes of enjoying nature’s tranquility. The closest thing Stardew Valley has to a villain is an omnipresent corporation the player used to work for and that still exists within the town. But the best way to resist them is to just keep living your humble life off of the land and not get wrapped up in arbitrary rat races. It’s a great message to hear while playing the game on cramped New York City subways. In fact, the bite-sized nature of each day combined with the Switch’s portability makes it even easier to choose exactly how much or how little you’d to play every day.There’s a sort of backhanded compliment you could give both Golf Story and Stardew Valley, that they’re merely fine indie imitations that can tide you over until the real Nintendo games you want are on Switch. And the sooner Nintendo releases its own follow-ups to Mario sports RPGs and Animal Crossing the better. But they wouldn’t diminish the quality of Golf Story and Stardew Valley, two games that put together cost less than individual big games but offer arguably as much if not more. They are must buys for Nintendo Switch owners who want to chill out in the most entertaining, engrossing ways possible.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/61. Golf Story is a surprise hit indie game for Nintendo Switch.2. It’s basically a chill RPG where battles are replaced by rounds of golf.3. Charming writing and characters make this a world you want to hit the links in. 4. Stardew Valley is one of the most acclaimed indie games of the past few years.5. Along with tending a farm, you can do everything from socializing to exploring mines to fishing to learning from a wizard.6. Stardew Valley is a game you approach entirely at your own pace, and that’s even more convenient on Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Mutual fund managers pumped in over Rs 40,000 crore in debt markets during April-May this fiscal primarily on account of improved business sentiments.This follows a fund infusion of nearly Rs 6 lakh crore in debt market in the last financial year. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), fund managers invested net sum of Rs 17,389 crore in May and Rs 22,650 crore in April, taking the total amount to Rs 40,039 crore in the ongoing financial year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashIn comparison, mutual funds invested a net amount of Rs 13,420 crore in equities during the first two months of 2015-16. “After a spectacular past fiscal, we are upbeat about overall inflows in equities and debt markets for the current financial year (2015-16) as well,” an industry expert said.This inflow has helped the mutual fund industry to reach around Rs 12 lakh crore mark in assets under management (AUM) by May-end.