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Orange Is The New Black Cast Unites On The Auction Block for

first_imgIn case you needed another reason to love Orange is the New Black, here it is. Piper Chapman, Big Boo and Litchfield’s Spanish Mamis are offering fans three unique opportunities to meet them in New York City through an online auction at Charitybuzz.com.The online auction, featuring lunch with Taylor Schilling and Piper Kerman, shopping with the Spanish Mamis Flaca Gonzalez, Maria Ruiz and Blanca Flores, and a coffee date with Lea DeLaria, is part of the cast’s effort to raise awareness for the Women’s Prison Association (WPA).The WPA promotes alternatives to incarceration and helps women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives.Fans can bid here through August 27 to help the ladies of Litchfield support the cause.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences that span the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more

Court allows six Trans Mountain appeals focusing on Indigenous consultation

first_imgPeople rally at a “Picnics not Pipelines” event in Kamloops, B.C. April 22, 2018. APTN file photo.APTN NewsThe Federal Court of Appeal says six legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project focusing on Indigenous consultation can proceed.The federal government has twice approved a plan to triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval, citing both an insufficient environmental review and inadequate consultations with Indigenous communities.The Liberals say they fixed both problems and approved the expansion a second time in June.Environmental groups and First Nations sought leave to appeal, arguing the ecological assessment and consultation process were deficient the second time as well.The court has released a written decision saying it will allow six of the 12 requests to appeal.It says the allowed challenges are limited to the narrow issue of the adequacy of the consultation with Indigenous Peoples and related issues between Aug. 30, 2018, the date of the court’s earlier decision, and June 18, 2019, when the government approved the project a second time.At a June 18 press conference in Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government had now fulfilled the Federal Court of Appeal’s conditions on Indigenous consultation.“Our consultation was very thoughtful, meaningful, two-way, and we listened very carefully to the concerns from the communities,” he said.“We are satisfied that we have discharged our duty to consult with Indigenous communities.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the same conference that despite the government’s efforts, “there are people out there for whom no amount of accommodations or conditions or changes to the plan would have made the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, acceptable.“Those people will not be convinced by the arguments that we have put forward. We accept that, and they will use the legal means at their disposal to advance that argument.”But First Nations leaders immediately fired back.At a press conference in Vancouver several leaders said the Trudeau government’s approval of the project represented a conflict of interest, since Canada now owns the pipeline. They also said the renewed consultation process was rife with problems.Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) Chief Leah George-Wilson said TWN “continues to withhold our free, prior and informed consent and are prepared to use all legal tools to ensure our governance rights are respected.”First Nations leaders stood united against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion last June following Canada’s announcement it was proceeding with the project. APTN file photo.On June 18 Trudeau defined free, prior and informed consent — which the Liberals have vowed to observe and practice via commitments to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — as “engaging, looking with [First Nations], listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”Trudeau explained the consultations resulted in “changes to the process, to the NEB conditions…and that is an essential part of free, prior and informed consent.”The court has ordered that the six legal challenges proceed on an expedited basis. It says short and strict deadlines for the steps in the litigation will be set.The groups granted leave to appeal include the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Upper Nicola Band, Coldwater Indian Band, Tk’emlúps Te Secwepemc of the Secwepemc Nation, and seven Ts’elxweyeqw Tribes.Environment groups still say there are not adequate protections for endangered marine species that will be affected by tanker traffic picking up oil from the terminal in suburban Vancouver.Several First Nations say the federal government came into the most recent discussions having predetermined the outcome.The federal government bought the existing pipeline and the unfinished expansion work for $4.5 billion last year, promising to get it over the political opposition that had scared off Kinder Morgan Canada from proceeding.The move disappointed environmentalists and Indigenous peoples, who say the global climate can’t handle more emissions from Alberta’s oilsands and the eventual burning of the petroleum they produce.The Liberals say they are working with Indigenous stakeholders interested in buying the pipeline and will use any profits from the project to fund Canada’s transition to a cleaner-energy economy.In a written statement Wednesday afternoon George-Wilson said she is “confident that the court will once again decide in our favour.”She said the Tsleil-Waututh Nation “participated in consultation in good faith again, but it was clear that Canada had already made up their mind as the owners of the project. Canada continued to do the legal minimum and in our view, fell well below the mark again.“[T]he federal government has again failed to respond to the concerns we have been raising in regards to this project. This feels like déja vu,” the chief added. “We have no choice but to appeal again and we expect the same results – the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be overturned.”With files from The Canadian Press.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Morocco Expresses Solidarity with Bahrain Following Dismantling of Terror Cell: Foreign…

Rabat – Morocco expresses its “total solidarity” with Bahrain following the dismantling by its security services of a terror cell that has planned and initiated the execution of crimes and destructive acts in the country, said Monday a statement by the Foreign ministry.“Following the dismantling by the Bahraini security services of a terror cell armed with guns and ammunition, which has planned and initiated the execution of crimes and destructive acts in the country, the Kingdom of Morocco expresses its solidarity with the brotherly Kingdom of Bahrain in legal and security, preventive and coercive measures taken to protect the security and safety of the country, and immunize it from any attack, destruction or interference likely to undermine the stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in order to maintain the peacefulness of its population and national cohesion,” the statement said.MWN with MAP read more

EU’s AFET Adopts Morocco-EU Agricultural Agreement

Rabat –  The vote reflects the positive position of political groups that represent the commission at the EU Parliament concerning the partnership between EU and Morocco, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Other EU commissions will discuss the EU-Morocco agricultural deal, including the commission of foreign trade and fisheries (INTA) before the final vote on the agreement.Prior to AFET’s vote, the EU Parliament committee on Agriculture and Rural Development announced that it is in favor of renewing the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement earlier this month. The committee’s views may reflect the “position of the political groups represented therein in favor of the adoption by the European Parliament of this agreement which aims at extending trade preferences to agricultural and fishing products from Morocco’s southern provinces.” Read Also: EU Agriculture Committee Views Morocco-EU Agriculture Deal PositivelyMorocco and the EU also agreed on renewing their fisheries deal, which expired on July 14.The fisheries deal must pass through the EU Parliament and receive ratification by all 28 EU member states before entering into effect.Several members supported the renewal of partnership between Morocco and the EU, including Spain.On November 13, Spanish Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas called for a “rapid ratification” of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement at the European Parliament.The official asked them to speed up the ratification so that it can be approved in the first quarter of 2019 to allow Spanish fishermen to fish in Moroccan waters. He told the press that he received positive reactions from the MPs. read more

UN staff in Somalia mourn loss of colleagues killed in deadly blast

Mark Bowden, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, has confirmed that Mohammed Geele and Sayid Hashi were killed in the car bomb attack on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) compound that occurred on Wednesday morning.Mr. Geele, a Local Security Advisor who had worked for the UN for five years, is survived by his wife and five children. Mr. Hashi had been a driver for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) since 1997 and leaves behind a wife and three sons.“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and colleagues of our two staff members who died in the explosion,” Mr. Bowden said in a news release issued in Nairobi, where his office is based.“Right now our immediate concern is for the well-being and support of the families of the victims and staff members who have survived this trauma. Given the extremely violent and targeted nature of the attack, many are severely shaken and mourning the loss of their colleagues,” he added.Six other staff members were injured, and two of them with serious injuries were evacuated to Djibouti for immediate medical attention. Their condition is now stable. Several buildings in the UNDP compound – which also houses other agencies such as Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UNOPS, UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS and the Resident Coordinator’s Office – suffered significant damage.There were 74 international and almost 200 national UN staff working in Hargeisa at the time of the attack, which was condemned by both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.“The Secretary-General deplores these outrageous acts of violence deliberately targeting innocent civilians and United Nations personnel who work tirelessly to alleviate the dire suffering of Somali citizens,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement yesterday.The Security Council, in a statement read out today by Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the Council’s presidency for October, strongly condemned the “heinous” attacks and underlined the need to bring those responsible to justice.Somalia has been beset by fighting and massive humanitarian suffering for the past two decades but the violence has flared anew this year, particularly in and around the capital, Mogadishu, and caused widespread displacement. The country has not had a functioning national government since 1991.“While Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers, Hargeisa has been relatively stable and consequently many United Nations staff were stationed there,” said Mr. Bowden. “It’s because of the stability that the UN has been able to help move forward the reconstruction process, constructing schools, drilling boreholes, and building on the peace which has been achieved there since 1998,” he added.UN agencies are working in Hargeisa and the northwest regions with the local government and communities to deliver much needed services such as water and health care. They are also providing assistance for returnees, helping build local institutions and responding to the drought. 30 October 2008United Nations staff in Somalia are mourning the loss of two of their colleagues who were killed in yesterday’s explosion at the UN compound in Hargeisa, which also seriously injured six others and was part of a wave of attacks in the north of the strife-torn nation. read more

Opposition seeks clarity on Hambantota deal through court

Nanayakkara claimed that even some cabinet Ministers are clueless about the deal. He said that the opposition hopes the case will be heard soon and that during the case the opposition will be able to express its concerns on the deal.The Government is to sign a 99 year lease agreement with a Chinese company to operate the Hambantota port in order to recover the huge losses suffered by the port. (Colombo Gazette) He said that no one seems to know what the agreement on the Hambantota port is between the Government and China. The joint opposition says it is seeking clarity on the Hambantota port deal through a court ruling.Joint opposition parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara told reporters today that a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the sale of the Hambantota port. read more

Sexual exploitation of women in NorthEast continues

Women also report an increase in demand for sex work from men drawn to the provinces by post-war business opportunities. In other cases, facing physical and economic insecurity, some women heading households enter into short-term or informal sexual relationships in return for economic benefits or protection. Activists believe the cases reported to them are only the tip of the iceberg. Women’s groups are also working on incidents of domestic sexual abuse and violence, among them a significant number of incest cases.Justice for sexual and gender crimes is rare: few cases are prosecuted, especially if the alleged perpetrator is in the security services, and even fewer end with convictions.Court procedures are long and not gender sensitive; delays, the adversarial approach of lawyers and social stigma all combine to re-traumatise many victims and discourage others from seeking justice. Women interviewed spoke of military personnel frequently trying to befriend women, visiting their homes and approaching them on the streets, which left them feeling vulnerable.Gender based and sexual violence is reportedly very high in both provinces, though there is little detailed documentation.38 Community-based activists in all seven districts where this research was conducted said they had received complaints of sexual violence, including rape. The victims were reluctant to pursue legal cases, however, fearing reprisals and stigma. This contrasts starkly with the level of security women felt when they lived under the rule of the LTTE, which had strictly enforced prohibitions against sexual abuse. Government officials, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, workers and military personnel continue to exploit women in the North and East.While domestic abuse and sexual violence or exploitation are problems across Sri Lanka, its higher prevalence in the north and east is a consequence of armed conflict and continued militarisation, exacerbated by the culture of sexual exploitation and harassment, intimidation and fear that now exists there, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report on Friday based on interviews conducted by the organisation . Nearly every woman interviewed for this research spoke with regret of no longer be-ing free to walk safely at night, expressing contempt for social behaviours, such as the casual harassment of women, which they found degrading and disrespectful.ICG says the injustices women have experienced and the pressures they continue to face are at the intersection of Sri Lanka’s most important post-war challenges and require urgent attention. Addressing these issues skillfully could reinvigorate the larger justice agenda and reaffirm that positive change is still possible. (Colombo Gazette)Full report: Many women interviewed described routine exploitation by men in a range of positions: state officials, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, workers and military personnel. In return for providing help to find their loved ones or improve their economic status, men often demand sexual favours. Download (PDF, 1.17MB) read more

Maria Figliola sentenced to life

Maria Figliola was sentenced to life in prison last night for the 2001 murder of her husband, Frank Figliola, through a hitman.The jury took four days to deliberate after a six month trial.But as Lisa Hepfner reports, not everyone accepts the verdict.Part 200:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Part 100:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UK motor industry issues warning shot on CO2 targets as anti diesel

New cars on sale in 2017 emit -12.6% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent older models, but average UK new car CO2 rises 0.8%.New report finds shift away from diesel responsible for almost half of CO2 increase – with ‘disappointing’ electric car sales unable to bridge the gap.Tough EU industry targets looking increasingly challenging with -5.9% annual reduction needed to meet 95g/km level by 2021.SMMT calls for consistency from government in messages to consumers and long term incentives to deliver shared ambitions on climate change.The UK automotive industry today called for realistic policies from government to support the transition to a low carbon future, with a warning that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goalsThe move came as a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that the fleet average CO2 of newly registered cars rose for the first time on record in 2017 – despite vehicles becoming ever more efficient.The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions rose for the first time in two decades last year, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. This despite cars being ever more efficient, with new and updated models in 2017 emitting, on average, -12.6% less CO2 than those they replaced.However, this was not enough to offset a -17.1% decline in new diesel registrations as confusion over government policy caused buyers to hold back. Because diesel cars typically consume less fuel than petrol equivalents they emit, on average, 15-20% less CO2, and about half last year’s overall CO2 rise was attributable to this decline in diesel demand. Meanwhile, a substantial fall in registrations of smaller cars also had a significant effect, as falling consumer confidence hit the lower end of the market.The increase in the fleet average new car CO2 figure follows 19 years of reductions thanks to massive investment in new, advanced engine, fuel and battery technology, as well as the use of lightweight materials such as aluminium and composites. These ongoing improvements mean average CO2 is still a third (-33.1%) lower than in 2000.The light commercial vehicle sector, 96% of which is powered by diesel, has also shown impressive progress – with new vans last year reducing CO2 by -4.8% – to a new low of 165.4g/km.The report highlights the importance of internal combustion engines in the UK’s journey to a low carbon future, with 99.5% of the UK’s 2.5 million strong new car market still powered, wholly or in part, by petrol or diesel.Alongside advances in petrol and diesel vehicle technology, which deliver lower CO2, vastly reduced NOx and almost zero particulates, industry is investing heavily in alternative technologies. More than a fifth of new car models now available are zero emission capable, yet they make up just 5% of sales. For pure battery-powered vehicles, take up is even lower (0.5%).Incentives have been scaled back and new tax measures imposed on hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars are undermining consumer and industry ambition for these technologies. Given hybrid vehicles outsell battery electric vehicles by a factor of 2.5 to 1, they will be an important part of the transition to the zero emission roads of the future.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The industry shares government’s vision of a low carbon future and is investing to get us there – but we can’t do it overnight; nor can we do it alone. The anti-diesel agenda has set back progress on climate change, while electric vehicle demand remains disappointingly low amid consumer concerns around charging infrastructure availability and affordability.To accelerate fleet renewal, motorists must have the confidence to invest in the cleanest cars for their needs – however they are powered. A consistent approach to incentives and tax, and greater investment in charging infrastructure will be critical. Now, more than ever, we need a strategy that allows manufacturers time to invest, innovate and sell competitively, and which gives consumers every incentive to adapt.The SMMT UK New Car CO2 2018 report charts the UK automotive industry’s progress on new vehicle CO2 reduction over two decades, and sets out its vision for the transition to low carbon motoring. It outlines the technology advances and electrification strategies of car manufacturers selling in the UK, with many committing to offer electric models across their entire product ranges by at least 2025.The report also calls for collective action from all stakeholders, including industry, government, fuel and energy companies, to overcome fears around range anxiety, accessible charging and affordability.Download The ReportDownload the 2018 CO2 ReportDownload the 2018 CO2 SummaryPrevious editions of the SMMT CO2 reportAverage new car CO2 1997-2017 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Running backs quiet as OSU relies on Pryors arm

Hall scores twice Running back Jordan Hall is used to making plays in the ground game, but Saturday he did his damage through the air, as he caught and threw for a touchdown. “It definitely feels good to get involved in the offense and try to make plays for the team,” he said. Hall scored on his only reception when he caught Bauserman’s pass out of the backfield and found the end zone 17 yards later in the fourth quarter. He threw a 20-yard touchdown to Pryor on a trick play in the third quarter. “I was nervous because I didn’t warm up (my arm) on the sideline,” Hall said. Hall had 63 total yards of offense, more than the 46 yards he totaled in the first three games of the season. Berry finds the end zone Jaamal Berry took a handoff to the right side 67 yards for his first career touchdown with about eight minutes left in the game Saturday. “I just saw the end zone and knew I wasn’t going to stop until I got there,” Berry said. “I’ve been waiting for that.” Tressel said it was a great individual effort by the running back. Berry, who has seen limited game action in his career, said he doesn’t remember the last time he scored a touchdown in a game. Despite putting up 73 points of offense against Eastern Michigan Saturday, concerns remain in the running game. “Their game plan was probably to stop the run since we’re a team that likes to set up the run first,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. Dan Herron managed just 56 yards on the ground on 12 carries, and Brandon Saine had just three carries for 11 yards. “There was an extra safety down about four yards from the line of scrimmage every time we had two backs, and they weren’t going to just let us line up and run the ball,” coach Jim Tressel said. Opponents’ game plan aside, this is not the first time this year that Saine and Herron, the team’s top two tailbacks, have struggled. The pair averaged just 3.6 yards per carry against Ohio University a week ago. Their average for the last two games is only 3.9 yards per carry. Neither back has been able to break off a big gain against the Mid-American Conference opponents. The longest carry of either back Saturday was a 13-yard gain by Herron. Tressel did not seem concerned about the tailbacks in his postgame press conference and said that run blocking was not an issue. Left guard Justin Boren attributed the lack of success on the ground to play calling. “I think if we ran (as much as we passed), we would have been just as successful,” he said. Pryor surpasses the century mark For the second time this season, quarterback Terrelle Pryor went more than 100 yards rushing. He had seven carries for 104 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. Pryor’s 53-yard touchdown run on the first Ohio State drive of the game was a career-long and set the tone for his big day on the ground. “He is such a great athlete,” Boren said. “He is the best athlete on the team.” Pryor leads the team with 311 yards on the ground this season. The backup quarterbacks, Joe Bauserman and Kenny Guiton, added 32 yards and a touchdown on the ground. read more

Zgounder silver expansion progressing well

first_imgMaya Gold & Silver provides a technical update on its works and development at Zgounder silver mine in Morocco. The main topics are:500 t/d flotation mill construction progressRC drill programEngineering study for the 2,000 t/d ramp-upAt the flotation mill, construction work is progressing well, despite the extreme weather conditions of last winter, which caused serious delays. The crews are all at work and advancing the construction of the buildings and associated infrastructures. The structures, electrical components and key equipment for grinding and flotation are being installed. The picture shows the thickener and regrind section under construction.The company is about to start a Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program at Zgounder.  The drill pads are completed and drill ready, mobilization by contractor is now imminent. The objective of this program is to convert a portion of Inferred Mineral Resources identified in the PEA open pit into indicated as well as trying to increase mineral resources near surface.In order to prepare for the scenario highlighted in the PEA with the objective of extracting 2,000 t/d at Zgounder from underground and pit, the company has hired GoldMinds engineers to prepare technical engineering documents to enable request for proposal of three main tasks: the shaft sinking and associated equipment, main ramp development with associated equipment and pit operation to be sent to contractors and entrepreneurs.The scope of work aims at preparing the information, dimensioning, design for a 600 m vertical shaft, a 816 m long main ramp to daylight and preparation for operation of an open pit.Maya Gold & Silver is a Canadian publicly listed mining corporation focused on the exploration and development of gold and silver deposits in Morocco. Maya has initiating mining and milling operations at its Zgounder mine owned by Zgounder Millenium Silver Mining, a Maya 85% owned joint venture with l’Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of the Kingdom of Morocco (15%).The Boumadine property is also a joint venture with ONHYM, whereby Maya owns 85% of the polymetallic deposit located in the Anti-Atlas Mountains of eastern Morocco. ONHYM awarded Boumadine to Maya after evaluating international tenders.The Maya portfolio also includes the Amizmiz and Azegour properties, 100% Maya owned, gold, tungsten, molybdenum and copper deposits, covering over 100 km2 in a historical mining district with both precious and base metal mineralization.last_img read more

Suspicious device found at Harolds Cross declared a hoax

first_imgUpdated 9.45pmGARDAÍ AND THE Defence Forces bomb disposal team were called to a site in Harold’s Cross this afternoon following the discovery of a suspicious device.Harold’s Cross Road was closed in both directions between Kimmage Rd Lower and the canal, creating traffic delays for motorists in the area during rush hour.The package was found near the hospice in the area but was soon declared a hoax.Read: No further action from Central Bank over Anglo following tapes controversyToday: Girl dies after getting trapped in sofa bedlast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch

first_img We’re halfway through 2019, and just like last year, it seems as if the Nintendo Switch has spent a relatively light first half of the year preparing to knock our socks off in the second half. Super Mario Maker 2 is our current obsession but Nintendo’s unreal E3 2019 showcase gave us plenty of reasons to be excited for the console/handheld hybrid for the rest of the summer, the holidays, and into 2020.And it’s not just games we’re excited about. Nintendo also finally confirmed a new Switch revision, the cheaper portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite, coming this September. So that’s another option to choose from when considering a Switch. However, while the original Switch is quietly getting some slightly new internal components, a full-on upgraded Nintendo Switch Pro won’t be coming until 2020 at the earliest. Keep reading for everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.After a decent 2018, which finished strong with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let’s Go, fans have been looking to 2019 for the Nintendo Switch to gain back a bit of its momentum from its legendary 2017 debut. And the most recent Nintendo Direct gave them some reason to hope again. While we didn’t see anything more from previously announced titles like Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3, we did get more details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Daemon X Machina, and the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI. Even better, we got exciting new announcements for games like Super Mario Maker 2, a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, new title Astral Chain from Platinum Games, and even a dang Tetris battle royale. See for yourself and keep reading to learn everything else you need to know about Nintendo Switch, from new hardware rumors to our game reviews.As you all surely know by now, when it comes to “Everything You Need To Know About Nintendo Switch,” the first thing you need to know is that it’s basically two video game machines in one. Take the tablet with you as a powerful portable handheld. Slot it in the dock to enjoy the same games on the TV like a home console. Two uses. One device.But in 2019 there may be more than one Nintendo Switch model to consider. Japanese news outlet Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo may release a smaller, cheaper, portable-only version of the Switch this year. This backs up earlier Wall Street Journal reporting suggesting a new model of Switch may arrive in 2019.While some fans were hoping the new Switch would be a more powerful Pro model, and that may still be the case, a Switch with fewer features but more portability makes more sense. A cheaper price means more sales, especially since Nintendo just announced it won’t quite make its ambitious Switch sales targets this year even as the best-selling console in 2018. A portable, less fragile Switch could finally replace the 3DS as Nintendo’s entry-level device, something that’s a long time coming. And big Switch games this year like Animal Crossing and Pokemon shine on the go.But that’s all on the horizon. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch available right now!Almost two years into its life, there’s a lot to talk about the Nintendo Switch, and not just the fact the handheld/console hybrid is basically two video game machines in one. We’ve spent a lot of time covering the Switch, writing news, reviews, and features about its biggest or most overlooked games and hardware features. And this very page contains a lengthy rundown of the hardware itself as well as particularly big pieces of news in the months since. But if you’re looking to get a Nintendo Switch this Black Friday and holiday season (which you should because it’s really cool), you and need advice that’s a little faster, here are some of our favorite 2018 articles that truly tell you everything you need to know about what makes Nintendo Switch special: the games.A Modest Review of Nintendo Switch OnlinePlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Single-Player Is a Glorious GrindPokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are For Your Heart, Not Your BrainDonkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Is Very Funky on Nintendo SwitchBayonetta 2 Is Still a Perfect Game on Nintendo SwitchOctopath Traveler Is An Epic RPG Anthology for Nintendo SwitchCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker Proves The Potential of Nintendo SwitchCrash Bandicoot And Wolfenstein II Are Very Different Nintendo Switch PortsSushi Striker Is A Tastier Puzzle Game on Nintendo SwitchDiablo III and Civilization VI Bring PC Hits To Nintendo SwitchThe World Ends With You On Nintendo Switch Makes Me Want A SequelSuper Mario Party Is Exactly How I Remember ItMario Tennis Aces Is The Most Hype Mario Sports GameGeek Pick- Starlink: Battle For AtlasAfter being delayed a week following a tragic earthquake in Japan, Nintendo pulled back the curtains on its Nintendo Switch plans for holiday 2018 and beyond in a new Nintendo Direct. Amidst the dozens of headlines there was lots of cool little stuff you might have missed like Cities: Skylines available now, a Katamari Damacy HD remake, Town: The Game (from Game Freak), a collection of Capcom beat’em ups, and an ungodly amount of Final Fantasy ports. We also got some more news on the Nintendo Switch Online service launching September 18, although we already knew pretty much everything important.But the heavy hitters at Nintendo Directs are Nintendo games. Here we got updates on Yoshi’s Crafted World and Daemon X Machina, a new Wii U port in the form of New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, and two bombshells to bookend the show: Luigi’s Mansion 3 and a new Animal Crossing both on track for 2019. Take a look!E3 2018 has been full of obvious highs and subtle lows for the Nintendo Switch. On one hand we got a massive blowout for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featuring every character ever in the series and then some. It looks incredible and we can’t wait to play.But besides that, things are looking a little light for the console/handheld hybrid until the one-two-three punch of Super Mario Party, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, and Smash hit in October, November, and December. Meanwhile, Fire Emblem Three Houses has slipped in 2019 while there’s still no firm details on the likes of Metroid Prime 4, Yoshi, and Bayonetta 3. But Smash Bros. hype is a hell of a thing. So we can’t blame you for letting it overpower everything else.While Smash isn’t coming until December, multiplayer games in general on Switch are in for a change when Nintendo launches the paid Nintendo Switch Online service in January. And we heard most of the details for that before E3 even started.You’ll have to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online to keep playing online multiplayer in games like Mario Kart and Splatoon 2. You’ll also have to keep using that ridiculous mobile app for voice chat (or maybe not since it’s been confirmed Fortnite on Switch can now do voice chat over headsets plugged into the headphone jack). We already knew that. However, your subscription will now also let you back up saves online to protect them in case your Switch breaks. It’s absurd we can’t back up saves locally but it is a godsend to be able to back up saves at all.The most curious and potentially cool part of your online Switch subscription though is access to an expanding library of classic Nintendo games. At launch, you’ll be able to play 20 NES games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Ice Climber. You can play offline as well as online, competing with friends or taking turns playing cooperatively. This is pretty nifty, a good potential foundation for the collective dream of a Netflix-style successor to the Virtual Console. But it all depends on how quickly Nintendo adds new games and consoles to the service.The real saving grace of Nintendo Switch Online though is the pricing. $20 per year ($35 for a family plan of up to eight people) is significantly cheaper than the competition, and makes the significantly lessened functionality easier to swallow. You’ll also get exclusive deals on buying digital games. But we hope this is just the humble beginning for Nintendo’s planned online services on Switch.The Nintendo Switch has been one of if the biggest stories of 2017 in video games. Since its reveal in January and launch in March, we’ve have had a lot to say about Nintendo’s smash hit handheld/console hybrid. This feature alone contains thousands of words detailing everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.But not everyone has time for that, especially with the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching. The Nintendo Switch is bound to be a hot item, with gamers either picking it up for themselves and their rooftop parties or parents buying them for their kids (since it’s time to abandon the 3DS already). Finding and purchasing a Switch is just the beginning, though. You also need to research games and accessories and just how to work the thing. That’s why we’re here to help.This story below features our exhaustive review of the Nintendo Switch hardware as well as various other updated aspects of the device, like its online voice chat and TV streaming functionality. But for anyone picking up a Switch this Black Friday and beyond, we just wanted to give you a quick and handy list of links to key game reviews, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, as well as product recommendations.Protect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesEssential Acessories for Your Nintendo SwitchGame of the Year: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the WildSuper Mario Odyssey is a Camp ClassicSwitch Games That Aren’t Zelda (ongoing reviews of smaller Switch games)Doom, Skyrim, and L.A. Noire: Nintendo Switch’s Hardcore Holiday HittersEvery Switch Port Deserves the Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament Deluxe TreatmentSplatoon 2 is a Modern Video Game SequelMario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the Best Bootleg Mario GamePlay These Nintendo Switch Indie GamesNintendo Switch Now Has A Virtual Console… Sort OfWhile the Nintendo Switch has undoubtedly had a fantastic first year, some believe Nintendo rushed the device to market in order to kill the failing Wii U as fast as possible and therefore neglected to fully finish the console/handheld hybrid. While the core “switching” premise works beautifully, features like fleshed-out online, a Virtual Console, video capture, save transferring, and media apps that aren’t games were missing. Even the Wii U had Netflix at launch.Fortunately, Nintendo has steadily rectified most of these issues, with the biggest upgrade being next year’s launch of the Switch’s paid online service. But right now, you can expand your entertainment options on the platform beyond games thanks to the surprise release of a Hulu app for Nintendo Switch.As one of the biggest online streaming TV services, Hulu lets subscribers watch all sorts of TV shows and movies and sports, including acclaimed original shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, starting at $8 per month. Part of what makes streaming services so convenient is that they let you watch whatever you want anywhere. You aren’t bound to a traditional TV schedule. Meanwhile, the Switch is all about letting you enjoy content however you want, on a big screen at home or portably on the go, so it’s a perfect fit for services like Hulu, arguably more so than any other console. Our brief testing showed the app works as well as you’d hope (although touch screen support is weirdly absent).With Hulu now on Switch, hopefully this is just the first of many streaming apps to hit the system. I can wait to hop between Super Mario Odyssey and the latest escapades in the Marvel Cinematic Sex Netflix Universe.About a year ago the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, and with system version 4.0 the console/handheld has gotten arguably its most substantial update yet. As promised during the Switch event in January, you can now use the capture button to not only take screenshots but also record 30-second video clips. Just hold the button instead of pressing it.Taking screenshots is one of the secret most addictive and enjoyable parts of the Switch. It’s so memeworthy. Thankfully, it’s similarly easy to edit and share videos (even if the video quality is lower presumably to save space). However, right now the functionality is limited to a handful of Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms. Hopefully all games on the system will be able to access this neat feature sooner rather than later.The 4.0 Switch system update includes a smattering of other features like support for wireless USB headphones and more specific play time hours. It also might temporarily break compatibility with some third-party accessories. But the other big change is the ability to finally transfer save data between systems.When the Switch first launched, all of your save data was tied not to your account or the game cartridge but to the system itself. You couldn’t, say, back up saves to the MicroSD card and move them around. In our opinion, it was the single biggest and most inexcusable initial failure of the portable system, especially if you made a ton of progress on a friend’s Switch before buying your own. This new solution isn’t perfect. You can transfer the saves of a profile from one Switch to another. But the data can only exist on one Switch at a time. It’s wiped from the Switch left behind. And you still can’t back anything up. But it’s better than absolutely nothing. Hopefully Nintendo will continue to expand transfer options.As far as games goes, the Switch’s library is expanding quite nicely. But that doesn’t mean the platform is without issues. The full online functionality for Nintendo Switch doesn’t arrive until September 2018. However, to go along with the release of its excellent team shooter Splatoon 2, Nintendo has released a preliminary version of the smartphone app needed for certain online features. There’s still time to fix things, but now that we’ve used the app, the best thing we can say about it is that it is unnecessary.Let’s start with what works. Within the larger Switch online app are sub-apps dedicated to different games. Splatoon 2 is the only supported game so far but it’s a cool experience for fans of the series. The fresh undersea aesthetic is ripped out of the game and you can easily view information like your own stats, the map schedule, and even how much ink you need to splat a real pyramid.Unfortunately, the app is also needed for voice chat, which is where things falls apart. First you need to set up an online lounge in the game itself. This sends a notification to your phone where you then create a room. You can see which friends already have the app and invite them to your lobby. You’ll all then be able to talk to each other in a shared lobby before being separated into teams.The whole process is very fussy, making you to fiddle with different screens. If you quit out of the app or lock your phone screen you can no longer hear your friends until you get back in, which is annoying and presents battery issues. As we’ve already seen, you also need a spaghetti bowl’s worth of cables to use a headset and hear game audio (like Splatoon 2’s banging music). Just look at the Frankenstein’s monster/late-period Sega Genesis we cobbled together for a “streamlined” voice chat solution using the Astro A10 headset and Nyko Clip Grip Power controller. Also notice how the app is portrait-orientation only.Again, the Nintendo Switch Online app is free through the rest of the year, hopefully giving Nintendo time to improve it. You also don’t really need to use it. Splatoon 2 already lets you create matches with friends through the game itself. Just do that and talk to buddies on Discord instead. Or don’t because Splatoon brilliantly presents all vital information through visuals. And while paying $20 per year for this voice app as it is now is definitely pointing, keep in mind that in the future that relatively low price will also pay for things like a Netflix-style catalog of retro games and the ability to play online at all, which is a pretty good deal.Online app aside, we’re still feeling pretty great about the Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid in general, especially after a fantastic E3 featuring Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Prime 4, Yoshi, Kirby, Pokémon, Rocket League, and more Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda. Keep reading for all of our thoughts on the Switch as a product so far.Reviewing the Nintendo Switch now feels weirdly premature considering the features that won’t come to the device until after launch, features like the complete online multiplayer service and Virtual Console games on the eShop.However, it’s hard to worry about any of that while you’re holding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in front of your face in bed instead of sleeping.For years I’ve believed the ideal way to experience the breadth of what video games have to offer with as few devices as possible is to own a gaming PC for third party games, a Nintendo console for first party games, and an iPhone for nifty mobile games. Plus, you already need a computer and a phone for real-life stuff, too. The Nintendo Switch makes that triumvirate even more appealing. For as many small annoyances surround the system, from iffy kickstands to occasional controller connection issues, the core hybrid concept is very strong and incredibly well-executed.Nintendo can’t justify making as much hardware as it used to. The market has changed, and sooner or later the company needs to admit the 3DS and dedicated handhelds with their own game libraries are finished. But with the Switch, the company has combined nearly all of its hardware ideas and philosophies into a final, elegant, focused, singular form. One device for all of Nintendo’s studios and partners to make of all of their amazing games for one library. Once again, Nintendo has reminded us how essential it is as both a software and hardware maker. The Switch just is really that cool.Inside the box are the tablet, two Joy-Con controllers, a grip, a dock, an HDMI cable, and a USB-C cable for charging. Honestly, that’s enough to get you going, but if you’re interested in more Switch accessories check out our list.The first thing you’ll see after opening up the box and powering on the tablet is the user interface. Sure it’s a little empty right now before launch, but it’s fast and modern and straightforward in a way Nintendo’s interfaces haven’t been in a while. It’s a joy to scroll through and look at on the gorgeous 6.2-inch capacitive touch screen. The company should be proud! Games are displayed as a prominent row of squares. You can also access other systems features like the Mii Maker (with added options like blue hair), amiibo and controller settings, lock screen settings and other usability preferences, your album of captured screenshots, and, the eShop, and a feed of game news. The eShop uses a similarly sleek design, making it simple to browse through the (currently limited) list of digital games to purchase.The Switch’s major online features are still in the works, but thanks to the day one update players are now able to create a 300-person friends list. Yes, the dreaded friend codes have returned. Each system (not each game) has a code that can be swapped with another player to become friends. But that’s not the only option. Users in the same physical space can easily friend each other. You can friend strangers you’ve already played with online. You can even add friends from other Nintendo software that uses your Nintendo account like Miitomo or Super Mario Run. I’ve already built up a decent friends list without typing in a single friend code.There’s a light theme and a dark theme to choose from, and you can set up multiple accounts on the same system with different profile pictures and game save data. I just hope moving saves off the 25 GBs of usable storage onto a microSD card is easy. Having multiple users on one device is great for writers sharing systems in an office, but I imagine it’ll be even better for families when paired with the system’s powerful parental features. However, save data is currently locked to the system, which is a serious bummer that should be fixed immediately.While launch titles are limited, just fiddling around with the Switch is kind of a game in and of itself. If you don’t already know, the Switch’s main trick is that it is a tablet that can also plug into a dock to output to a TV. It’s a handheld and home console. Meanwhile, the controllers (or Joy-Con, a word I kind of never want to type again) attach and detach from the tablet and have a variety of functionality. It’s a more fully realized take on Nintendo’s previous underrated but financial failure of a home console the Wii U.The hardware itself also feels more realized, and not just because the custom Nvidia Tegra chip is vaguely more powerful. The matte finish and solid but not overwhelming weight give the feel of a premium product. But sliding controllers on and off the side to sync, fitting them into a controller grip, attaching (somewhat finicky) wrist straps with extra buttons, or slotting the tablet into the dock provides the toy-like joy of transforming Optimus Prime from truck to robot. Put the Switch in my chest. The speakers even play a little “click” sound when you attach the controllers again. And being able to break off a piece of that Nintendo Switch for easy and convenient multiplayer is a dream. It sounds backwards, but the small size of the controllers actually mitigates the seemingly awkward button configurations when the controllers are held sideways.While I never experienced any left Joy-Con connections issues. Other have. Fortunately, Nintendo is offering free repairs through customer support.The tablet has fans and can get a little hot after you take it out of the dock since it’s running at higher settings. But overall I enjoy the hardware in a physical and tactile way, which I usually can’t say about video game consoles. I don’t care about my Xbox One. To me, it’s a big dumb black brick that just happens to play some games I like out of obligation. It’s a means to an end. But the Switch itself is so cool it makes we want to play games on it, even if those games aren’t necessarily here yet. Plus, the discreet dock just looks a lot nicer next to my TV, even with the bright blue and red controllers jutting off of it. I’m glad we didn’t get the gray one.You can read more detailed Zelda impressions here, but even though the game was developed for and is still coming out on the Wii U, it does a pretty good job of selling the convenience Switch concept. The dense open world offers rewarding, uninterrupted gameplay whether you’re playing for hours on your TV or just a few minutes waiting for a bus. Plus, the game loads quite quickly off of the cartridge format. It’s a great game, but it’s not the only Switch game. Check out our column Switch Games That’s Aren’t Zelda for more.I played in all three modes: handheld mode in my bed, tabletop mode with the kickstand on my desk using detached controllers like a Wii remote and nunchuck, and TV mode using the controllers slotted into the grip. The Switch is great as a handheld system. Think PlayStation Vita but with a life ahead of it. It’s wide but not that unwieldy compared to a larger smartphone or 3DS, and much of the size comes from the beautiful screen.Tabletop mode is a cool option, but I would have appreciated more viewing angles and the ability to charge the system while it’s propped up. Moving to the universal USB-C cable is nice, but you’re going to want to be able to charge the Switch as often and as easily as you can to make up for the three-hour battery life with a game like Zelda.On the TV in the dock the Switch is just any other game console. Sliding the tablet into the dock isn’t quite as satisfying as sliding on the controllers. There’s no click! But I was surprised how comfortable the included (non-charging) grip is. If you’re wary about spending $70 on the Pro Controller right away, you may be surprised by how usable this grip is for hardcore games. Even the left cluster of buttons felt closer to an actual D-pad than I expected.Not all games will support all of these modes. But while some see this as a negative, I think it’s good Nintendo isn’t limiting what kinds of games come to the system. If a game like a good mobile port wants to take advantage of the multitouch screen at the expense of the TV, I say let them. It just grows the library. Most of the greatest Wii U ignored the GamePad, but Super Mario Maker relies on it. They can coexist. Not every game is going to support the sideways controllers, but they work just fine for a simple and fast multiplayer game like a plethora of indie content or the consistently fun, if overpriced, Super Bomberman R.Since we haven’t yet played famous baby simulator 1-2 Switch outside of the preview event, I haven’t gotten to further test the Switch’s more unique features like the enhanced motion control, IR camera, and HD Rumble. But having a button for capturing screenshots right on the controller makes preserving your craziest moments very addictive. Being able to add text to screenshots and share them on social media makes the Switch a killer meme machine. That was the best part of Miitomo.The strength of Nintendo’s first party games alone makes its hardware at least worth looking at. But even without the brand the Switch is a sleek, impressive piece of hardware, from its screen to its build quality to its variety of uses to the fun of clicking and sliding everything around. In a way, it takes what has always been intriguing about the Android microconsole concept (Ouya, Nvidia Shield) like ease of development and mobile chips and a compact design but applies enough actual knowledge about how people want to enjoy video games along with video games people actually want to play. It brilliantly fills in that space between phones and consoles that might as well PCs.The Nintendo Switch as it is now is an extremely cool system for straight up playing games, and I have faith future updates will flesh out its other features nicely. But the best thing I can say about the Switch is that even if Nintendo doesn’t fully deliver on things like online multiplayer or Virtual Console (the SNES Classic doesn’t count) or third party support or even a consistent schedule of games, I would still try to find ways to play the system. It’s just that fun to use. Like the analog stick or rumble pak or any other past Nintendo innovation, I would not be surprised in the slightest if this ends up being a new paradigm shift, a switch, in what video game hardware is. More power is great, but chasing power alone leads to stagnation. We have to be willing to constantly rethink what video games and the machines we play them with are. The Nintendo Switch is good for video games.Keep reading for everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch!The future of Nintendo will soon be now. Watch the Nintendo Switch livestream and learn everything you could possibly want to imagine about Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid. And keep coming back to this page as we update it with news, videos, hands-on impressions, and everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.What Does Playing the Nintendo Switch Feel Like?So how does playing the Nintendo Switch actually feel? Well considering the variety of ways to approach the system, it takes a little longer than you’d think to figure that out. However, after getting three solid hours of hands-on time with the thing, I have a pretty good idea.For an old-fashioned gamer who doesn’t want to bother with a new twist on their game controls, just leave the Switch in the dock and pick up a Pro Controller. Despite the weird translucent plastic, the Pro Controller is totally traditional and feels hefty yet comfortable, which it should given its price. You can easily bust out Violent Ken combos in Ultra Street Fighter II or blast friends to smithereens in the new Konami(!) not free-to-play(!!) Super Bomberman R.However, the more pressing question is what does it feel like to break off a piece of that Nintendo Switch and use the Joy-Con? Again, this depends on the game. Using the Joy-Con slotted into the Pro Grip feels close enough to using a regular controller, only much lighter. But I preferred foregoing the grip entirely and holding the Joy-Con freely like a Wii remote and nunchuk. It made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild much more comfortable compared to the E3 Wii U version.Using individual Joy-Con is when the situation gets a little trickier. Holding one on its side and attaching the shoulder-button strap makes the controller bigger than I imagined, but still noticeably undersized. That said, controlling a 2D platformer like the surprisingly competent Sonic Mania or a racing game like the now-perfect Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Battle Mode is no problem.Where things get truly weird though is when you’re asked to use the Joy-Con’s bevy of extra features. The stretchy-limb fighting game Arms is visually pleasing, and its gameplay, which is basically a more elaborate version of Wii Boxing, is intriguing. Plus fake Tron Bonne from Mega Man Legends is in it. But I felt I needed more time to learn the intricacies of the motion controls. I suppose that’s better than the controls having no depth at all.The other big showcase of Joy-Con motion controls is the party game 1 2 Switch. These minigames combine cleverness and absurdity in a way that made me wish it was a WarioWare game. There’s even dumb FMV! Use the Joy-Con to milk a cow or eat a sandwich or gun down your partner or swing a sword or guess how many balls are rumbling in your hand. Geek’s box expert Will Greenwald and I really bonded over this one. Not making this a pack-in game feels like a mistake.But what impressed me most about the Nintendo Switch (don’t let the sadness above fool you) was how fantastic it feels to use as a portable device. Transitioning from the TV to the tablet is as seamless and elegant in practice as it is as a concept. It’s big, but because it’s mostly a thin screen, it doesn’t feel as ungainly as the Wii U GamePad. It’s sturdy, too. Everything locks nicely into place and the weight is fairly evenly distributed. But most importantly, it just feels like a cool piece of technology. Even on a 720p screen, Splatoon 2 looks gorgeous, and pulling off the game’s deceptively complex set of moves with the side controllers is a breeze. I was dual-wielding and side-dashing and paint-rolling and turning from kid to squid with ease in 4v4 local multiplayer matches.With the exception of Zelda, the games at this Nintendo Switch event were a little slight. But they were also all incredibly, immediately fun, and seeing them in one concentrated blast went a long way towards making up for the awkward live unveiling of the system. And launch lineups are always questionable anyway. The real crucial thing I learned about the Switch is that the hardware itself is high quality, a sweet spot between toy and tech. It’s something I want to keep using. I want to carry it with me and play it on a plane. I want to dock it and play on a TV with a Pro Controller or Pro Grip or detached Joy-Con. I want to play more weird Joy-Con games. I didn’t get to pop out the kickstand due to security reasons, but I imagine I want to do that, too. I desperately want to go to New Donk City. With the Nintendo Switch, I want to believe. Now just give me more games.For more Nintendo Switch info, keep reading.What Is It?The Nintendo Switch, formerly known as NX, is Nintendo’s next gaming platform. It merges the company’s handheld and home gaming consoles into one device. You can “switch” between playing on the go or playing at home on a TV.When Can I Get It? How Much Does It Cost?The Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 for $299.99. Nintendo is shipping two million units to retailers for launch, so if you want one you better pre-order.What Does It Do?The Nintendo’s Switch’s main gimmick is that you can switch between handheld and home console modes. The brains of the system, powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra chip for beefy mobile devices, live inside the 6.2-inch 720p capacitive touchscreen tablet you can carry anywhere. The battery ranges from 2.5 to 6.5 hours and you can charge over USB-C.Prop up the kickstand to enjoy the Switch on a plane. Slide off the Joy-Con controllers for quick and easy local multiplayer or connect up to eight Switches wirelessly. Games come on cartridges so no need to worry about fragile spinning discs. At home, simply slide the tablet into the dock to enjoy games on your big and beautiful television screen. In TV mode the Switch can output 1080p visuals at 6o framers per second. Expand the 32GB of internal storage with microSD cards. Any microSD card up to 2TB will be supported. Don’t feel the need to go buy overpriced, branded cards.The Joy-Cons themselves also have a range of functionality including motion control, shape-detecting IR camera sensors, “HD” rumble, an NFC scanner for amiibo, and a share button for capturing screenshots and video. The included strap also makes the shoulder buttons more prominent. Joy-Cons in color sets like red and blue can be purchased for $80 or as a set or $50 individually. Other accessories include the $30 Joy-Con Charging Grip controller (the included grip doesn’t charge), a $15 steering wheel shell, and the $70 Pro controller (which also has motion controls, HD rumble, and an amiibo NFC scanner).Patents have suggested the Switch may one day introduce a VR headset, but that day is not today.Parents interested in parental controls should just watch this PSA starring the Bowser family.Moving away from the channels of the Wii and Wii U, the home menu displays games and apps as a simple string of tiles, as you can see below. On the home screen you can also access the eShop digital store, your album of captured screenshots, account settings, controller settings, and apparently a news feed of Nintendo Switch game info.Also, thanks to some recent leaks, we now have a better idea of what the Switch’s user interface is like. Here’s what you can expect to see after booting up your Nintendo Switch for the first time. At last, digital purchases are tied to your account rather than hardware. Previous eShop funds will transfer over.What Are The Games?Currently, seven games are planned for the Switch launch on March 3:The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Bomberman RThe Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (pushed to later this March)I Am Setsuna1 2 SwitchSkylanders ImaginatorsJust Dance 2017World of GooLittle InfernoHuman Resource MachineSnipperclips (possibly)Fast RMXShovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Treasure TroveThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the promising Wii U open-world reinvention of the classic series, is also releasing on the Switch on launch day, March 3. Check out this gorgeous new trailer.Also at launch will be the minigame collection 1 2 Switch, which shows off Joy-Con functionality. Anyone who has played hipster PlayStation Move game Johann Sebastian Joust may experience deja vu. The video opened with a quick-draw cowboy shootout that just made us want a new Mad Dog McCree.The new 3D Mario game teased in the Switch reveal is the absolutely bonkers Super Mario Odyssey. Bowser is trying to marry Princess Peach so Mario travels around the world in a hat-shaped airship. Also he can throw his hat and jump on it. Also his hat has eyes. And did we mention he goes to a fake New York City full of realistic human people called New Donk City?!?!. See for yourself how ludicrous yet awesome this return to Mario 64 sandbox 3D platforming looks.Coming this Spring is the bluntly named Arms, a strange new Nintendo fighting game where all the characters, from Spring Man to Ribbon Girl, have big stretchy arms. Sure!It wasn’t detailed in the presentation, but an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 called Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits the Switch this April. The new game features added characters like King Boo and Bowser Jr, returning items like the feather, an improved Battle Mode, and characters and maps taken from Splatoon.Speaking of Splatoon, beloved new Nintendo franchise Splatoon returns as Splatoon 2 this summer. The sequel features new weapons, new moves, and most importantly, new hairstyles.JRPG fans have a ton of Switch titles to look forward to. Dragon Quest X and XI and Heroes 1 and 2. A new Shin Megami Tensei running on Unreal Engine 4. A sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles (no, not Xenoblade Chronicles X) called Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Disgaea 5. And something called Octopath Traveler. These games can be played anywhere thanks to the Switch been region free.Also from Japan we can expected the new Project Sonic 2017 and Sonic Mania, a Fire Emblem/Dynasty Warriors mashup (along with a real Fire Emblem game in 2018), and some mysterious new Suda 51 project featuring No More Heroes’s Travis Touchdown. Tucked away in a montage was some kind of Street Fighter II remake called Ultra Street Fighter II, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Super Bomberman R, and shape-cutting game called Snipperclips.As for western developers, we got a confirmation that Skyrim is coming to the Switch as well as the new FIFA from EA Sports and NBA 2k18 from 2K. Lego City Undercover, Minecraft, Skylanders (you can scan the toys with the controller, no portal needed), Steep, Just Dance, and Rayman Legends are also on their way.Finally, a boatload of indie games are being announced for the Switch. Right now we know about Shovel Knight, The Binding of Isaac, Stardew Valley, Rime, Seasons of Heaven, a sequel to F-Zero homage Fast Racing NEO, and Has-Been Heroes and dozens more.Online?Nintendo didn’t detail its Switch online plans too much. We don’t know exactly what role My Nintendo plays or what the Virtual Console situation is like. However, we do know this fall Nintendo is rolling out a paid subscription service. Certain features will be free to anyone but subscribers gain access to online gameplay, lobbies and voice chat, smartphone integration, and free game giveaways like SNES games but with added online play. Premium features will be free to all for a short time. Premium features might cost between $17 and $27 per year, much cheaper than the competition.We also now know that the Miiverse social network and Street Pass are not returning. Meanwhile, Netflix won’t be available at launch. But Nintendo says apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are coming at some point.Anything Else?As more Nintendo Switch news drops we’ll let you know, but in the meantime enjoy these other stories we’ve written about the device.Port These Lost Nintendo Games to the SwitchPlease Save These Wii U GamesGadgets to Scratch Your Nintendo Switch Itch9 Ways Nintendo Can Make the Switch a Success10 Ways Nintendo Could Still F*ck Up The SwitchThe Nintendo Switch: Why a Portable System Still Matters in 2017Mario is Supposed to be WeirdBuy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchPro ControllerThe Best Nintendo Switch Cases Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

Retirement community coming to Salmon Creek

first_imgo What: A residential development for seniors that includes 63 independent living units, 53 assisted living units and 24 suits for seniors with memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.o Where: 13700 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.o Cost: Not disclosed.o Developer: Bonaventure Senior Living.o Opening: Winter 2014.o Web: www.bonaventuresenior.comBonaventure Senior Living says 140-unit complex will employ 60, open in 2014By Cami JonerColumbian staff writerA 140-unit retirement community is coming to Vancouver’s Salmon Creek area as part of a business expansion for a Salem, Ore.-based builder and operator of senior housing.Bonaventure Senior Living is preparing to build the four-story community on 3.5 acres on the northwest corner of Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue and 136th Circle, near Washington State University Vancouver and close to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Although Bonaventure would not disclose the project cost, a spokeswoman said the complex will include 63 independent living apartments, 53 assisted living units and 24 memory care suites.The complex is expected to open in early 2014 with jobs for about 60 employees, said Allison Goodwin, the company’s director of sales and marketing. She said Bonaventure’s local development is part of an expansion spurt for the company. The company owns and operates 37 senior living communities in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Colorado and Washington, including the Bridgewood at Four Seasons in Vancouver. Its two newest centers in Salem, Ore., and Castle Rock, Colo., opened in 2012. The company’s 38th property, in Colorado Springs, is slated to open in November.last_img read more

Trump says Germans are very bad

first_imgUS President Donald Trump delivers a speech during the unveiling ceremony of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, on May 25, 2017, during a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit. AFP US President Donald Trump launched a salvo against Germany and its car sales in the United States at a meeting Thursday with European Union leaders, German weekly Der Spiegel reported.”The Germans are bad, very bad,” he said during a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council head Donald Tusk and other senior officals in Brussels, the news magazine’s online edition said.”See the millions of cars they are selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this,” he reportedly said according to “participants at the meeting”.Juncker then intervened, according to the same source, to defend Germany by saying that free trade benefits everyone.Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet Friday at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.Neither the chancellery nor the White House commented immediately on the report.Trump’s reported comments came during a visit to Brussels where he berated NATO allies for “not paying what they should be paying” and did not declare his commitment to the alliance’s collective defence guarantee.Trump, even before his election, had attacked Germany and Merkel.In keeping with his nationalist economic agenda, Trump had in particular hit out at Germany’s substantial trade surplus with the US, threatening to introduce customs duties in retaliation.After describing his meeting with Merkel in Washington in March as “GREAT”, Trump the following day launched a diatribe against Germany, accusing it of owing “vast sums of money” to NATO and the US.For her part, Merkel had called on Trump after his election to uphold the values of Western democracy following a divisive presidential campaign.last_img read more

Fight or flight Lufthansa lists on Airbnb in midst of revenue drop

first_imgFight or flight: Lufthansa lists on Airbnb in midst of revenue drop << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 28, 2016 Posted by Sharecenter_img Tags: Lufthansa FRANKFURT – Times may be tough for Lufthansa right now, but that isn’t stopping the airline from having a bit of fun.Last week, the German airline lowered its revenue forecast amid declining bookings, citing “increasing political and economic uncertainties,” reports The Economist. Recent events like the Brexit vote and terror attacks in Europe have resulted in less people booking flights, particularly long-hauls to Europe.To get around this, Lufthansa has found a new way to reach potential customers: via Airbnb. The airline posted a listing on the popular accommodation booking site, representing the first flight to ever be offered via the platform, says Quartz, which first reported the listing.Titled “Luxury Awaits Above the Clouds,” the listing goes on to say, “Our cabin isn’t in the woods, but in the sky!” Amenities include TV, heating and wireless Internet but not “free parking on premises” and “elevator in building.” Lufthansa also included three “house rules” in the listing: no smoking, not suitable for pets, and no parties or events.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn true tongue-in-cheek style, the minimum stay is listed as four nights, although the airline notes, “Just 1 night? Well, the flight doesn’t take more than that.”As for the price of Lufthansa’s ‘room in the sky’, the listing puts the per-night-cost at US$790, plus a $95 Airbnb service fee.So is this a sign of things to come? Will Airbnb change its model to include flights becoming a one-stop shop for all travel-related services? Lufthansa’s listing is little more than gimmick, sure, but it’s not that hard to imagine this trending in the near future. We’ll just have to wait and see. Travelweek Group last_img read more

AviancaTaca drops five nonstop flights to Costa Rica lays off 261 employees

first_imgRelated posts:Delta to add new Minneapolis-San José flight New Costa Rican airline offers to operate routes eliminated by TACA Delta Airlines to offer nonstop flight between San José and Los Angeles Costa Rican Hotels Chamber demands government action on Avianca-Taca flight cancellations Colombian-based airline Avianca TACA announced Friday it is eliminating five nonstop flights to Costa Rica, which means the dismissal of 261 employees in the country.The measure applies for flights between San José and Los Angeles, New York, Havana, Quito and Guayaquil.The company said the changes would not mean increases in ticket prices, and it promised to increase the number of daily flights.Costa Rican operations will be handled by 1,000 employees after the layoffs, meaning the company laid off 20 percent of its local staff.The airline stated the changes were needed because the company “is seeking to be more competitive and profitable.”Alos, beginning May 28, the trademark TACA will disappear and the airline will be identified only as Avianca, as the company had previously announced last October.Customers with questions about tickets already purchased to these destinations can call the airline at 2299-8222 or go to the airline website: www.taca.com.A full list of cancelled flights can be found here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

5 questions for a Salvadoran street artist in Costa Rica

first_imgArt as therapy. Art as a way to relax a daily, unstoppable anxiety that appears unexpectedly. Art as a release, the reason why Salvadoran street artist Dunkest has created graffiti throughout the city of San José, Costa Rica.For him it’s a way to ease stress while also commemorating the places he’s been exploring in the city. He also loves to bring colors and happiness to walls that are abandoned or simply dull.Using art as therapy started out when Dunkest was just 12 years old and began drawing Precious Moments cartoon characters from a coloring book his mother had given him. His dabbling grew into a need to draw and create art on a daily basis.It was years later that he first grabbed a can of spray paint to do his first graffiti by writing out “Dunk” on a wall; the nickname was given to him when he was in high school in El Salvador, where he was known for his slam dunks on the basketball court. He would go on to study graphic design at Francisco Gavidia University in San Salvador, but he never graduated. Instead, he began working as a graphic designer in El Salvador, moving to Costa Rica three years ago to work with a design agency.Here, he has also continued creating graffiti, which he says helps ease the anxiety he lives with as a result of having Asperger’s Syndrome.“My therapy will [always] have to be painting. It’s become a habit: doing what I like and wanting to improve it all the time,” Dunkest told The Tico Times.On a warm afternoon in Lindora, Santa Ana, west of San José, The Tico Times sat down with Dunkest, 24, to talk about his life and works. Excerpts follow.When did you realize that being consistent made a difference for you?I’ve always said that when you start to draw and have the notion of wanting to do it, you must save the worst sketch that you have done to remember where you came from… I started drawing when I was 12 years old. My mother bought me a book of Precious Moments [laughs]. I was always drawing the characters everywhere and I’d always do an aurora around them. It looked very nice and once when I started going out of the house by myself I began seeing graffiti with an aurora effect, and I began relating the two.The first time I grabbed a can of spray paint was in 2006 or 2007 and I made a big splatter, so I needed lots and lots of practice. Maybe I did not practice daily, but I’d find a can of spray in my sister’s house and I’d go to a vacant lot to practice. You must be constistent in what you like because if not you’ll never learn to do something. Salvadoran artist Dunkest likes to use vibrant colors within his complex letters in his graffiti. Courtesy of DunkestWhat is your process like?First, you must have in mind what you want to create, then see the space. I like to do letters because for me letters have a lot of culture in my life. Maybe I’ve taken this from graphic design: trying to make the letters stronger than the graphic part of it by placing drawings in them depending on the topic.Then, it’s about colors: how many colors will be used, if rollers will be used, if you’ll use [painting] guns to make it faster or if you’ll only use spray. Then, the dimensions are done on grids to start planning it according to the space. Salvadoran artist Dunkest likes to experiment with angles, shapes and curves to improve his graphic image in graffiti. Courtesy of DunkestHow do you choose the walls to paint on?The walls come to be a very fun game. There are certain parts of San José that are very obscure, lots of drugs passing by. Sometimes people say they don’t want to walk there because it’s awful. It’s funny to me because it’s very abandoned, I start to paint there… and then people start taking pictures. I just wonder: if you’re scared of passing by, why are you taking out your phone while I’m doing this?They tell me that they do it because they like what I’m doing and they’re not scared anymore. I ask them why and they tell me that if I have the courage to do those things here, then they shouldn’t be scared of passing by certain areas. I painted in the zona roja (the most dangerous part of San José) and the people from there would tell me that ever since I started painting there, people come by more often to take pictures.They asked me who I was; I just said that I’m nobody. I’m just getting rid of my anxiety. I always try to look for places that are boring or dangerous and just take a drop of happiness. If there’s evil, you always have to take a bit of happiness where there isn’t any. Salvadoran artist Dunkest usually likes to include cartoons in his graffiti. Courtesy of Dunkest Drawing happy faces within his graffiti is something that Salvadoran artist Dunkest enjoys doing to bring happiness. Courtesy of DunkestHow is graffiti different here in Costa Rica from El Salvador?It’s very different. Graffiti in El Salvador is considered something that comes from gangs. You run the risk that if they catch you painting you can go to jail, or they’ll even think you’re a gangster just because you have a [can of] spray paint.Here [in Costa Rica] it’s very different because that problem does not exist, and it’s nice. In El Salvador you get rocks thrown at you for that. I’m more open to the world and I know that I’m not doing anything wrong, so just respect what I’m doing.One of the first times that I painted here, a woman came by and gave me ₡5,500 (about $11) [laughs]. I asked her why, and she told me to go buy a juice. I then asked her if she knew what I was doing and she said that I was beautifying San José.I found that to be quite curious because in the culture of my country there’s the trend that it’s something bad. Here in Costa Rica, it’s much more pleasant. Happy people in front of one of Dunkest’s graffitis. Courtesy of Dunkest A collaboration that Dunkest made in with New York artist Mr. Never Satisfied. Courtesy of DunkestWhen did you notice that drawing and painting worked for you as therapy?When I accumulated a lot of energy I did not know how to release it. I used to play soccer a lot before. I tried skating…. it didn’t quite work as well. But being alert on the streets [while painting] at night helped. I’m not scared of the police, but I’m scared that there’ll often be strange things happening at night such as drug trafficking or people who simply live there at night and may have something bad that’ll end up [affecting] you by mistake.That made me activate all of my senses, and I’d be in a phase that I’d be experiencing with all five. It’s very curious because sometimes the smallest sound can make you more alert or certain shadow makes you full of adrenaline, and it becomes a fun game. One of Dunkest’s graffitis located in an alley in Barrio Escalante, east of San José. Courtesy of DunkestFor more of Dunkest’s art, follow him on Instagram.“Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at elang@ticotimes.net. 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Dimon Explains JPMorgan Chases Investment in Detroit

first_imgDimon Explains JPMorgan Chase’s Investment in Detroit Share September 26, 2017 733 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Newscenter_img In light of JPMorgan Chase’s recent contribution to the community of Washington D.C., JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon goes into detail about investments lessons learned when investing in Detroit, Michigan in a recent interview with Fortune.com. Jamie Dimon JPMorgan Chase 2017-09-26 Joey Pizzolatolast_img

The Peninsula Hotels has partnered with Imperial T

first_imgThe Peninsula Hotels has partnered with Imperial Tours, China’s leading travel designer, to curate three epic journeys of discovery through China. En route, guests enjoy transport by private jet, helicopter, luxury yacht and limousine, and unparalleled access to the finest gastronomic, cultural and family travel experiences in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.China is one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations renowned for its stunning diversity of culture, art, landscapes, ancient cities and cuisines. The fast-paced urban modernisation of recent years adds a dynamic new magnetism. The Peninsula’s Journey Through China programme has been exclusively created to provide tailored luxury experiences for guests in each city, while enjoying VIP privileges at The Peninsula hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.Family tour of ChinaChina is a fun-filled destination for all the family. This 10-day adventure has been carefully tailored to create immersive experiences in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong for parents and children to share together – and treasure forever.The journey begins in Beijing, China’s family-friendly capital. Guests embark on private tours of the ancient Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, and share a private banquet atop the Great Wall of China. Back at The Peninsula Beijing, children learn Chinese painting with a local artist while parents explore the hotel’s original Chinese art collection. A family pedicab ride through the Hutongs can be combined with a game of jianzi and a table tennis session with a former Olympian.Compelling adventure awaits family guests in Shanghai. A cooking lesson teaches aspiring chefs of all ages how to prepare favourite Shanghai dishes. While parents explore Shanghai’s rich architectural heritage, children join a treasure hunt inspired by local arts and culture. An evening Chinese acrobatics show is guaranteed to delight and inspire, and the family fun continues with VIP access to the newly opened Shanghai Disney Park.Arriving in Hong Kong, parents and kids get to be honorary panda keepers at Ocean Park, share an upward ride on the legendary Peak Tram and take a private boat trip to spot rare pink dolphins. Young chefs can don an apron for a Candy Wonderland themed baking class, and the trip is completed with a breathtaking helicopter tour to view the Hong Kong skyline, Victoria Harbour and the Repulse Bay coastline from high above the clouds.Culinary voyage through ChinaThe myriad cuisines of China have been perfected across several millennia, making it one of the most diverse gastronomic destinations in the world. This exquisite 10-day journey enables guests to experience the distinctive dishes and delicacies of Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong.Beginning in Beijing, China’s culinary capital, guests meet the chefs at the city’s renowned restaurant as they demonstrate how to prepare peerless Peking Duck. In addition to taking part in an introduction to Northern Chinese cuisine and a noodle cookery class, guests enjoy dinner at a converted Buddhist Temple and a classic tea ceremony in a Beijing hutong.In the magnetic city of Shanghai, an exquisite Cantonese meal is served at the two-Michelin starred Yi Long Court, plus a Chinese spirit tasting with the sommelier. A guided tour of the former French Concession wet market provides insights into favourite Shanghainese dishes. A day trip to the lakeside city of Hangzhou explores the hillside plantations nurturing the famous Longjing green tea, and guests learn how Traditional Chinese medicine has influenced Chinese cooking through the ages.After a private jet transfer to Hong Kong, guests savour Champagne and canapés aboard a traditional junk while cruising the harbour, and visit one of the largest seafood markets in Asia. The Executive Chef at The Peninsula Hong Kong hosts a Cantonese dim sum class before the climax of the trip: a private helicopter flight to view the soaring city skyline plus the surrounding coast and mountains.Culture and heritage of ChinaChina’s remarkable history and cultural traditions blend seamlessly with a captivating modern dynamism and eager embrace of the future. This exclusive 10-day adventure goes behind the scenes at the finest ancient and contemporary cultural attractions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.The eclectic exploration begins in Beijing, the timeless epicentre of China. Guests sample imperial court life at The Forbidden City and Summer Palace, and visit a private section of the Great Wall of China to enjoy lunch with a world-renowned conservationist. A taste of ancient Chinese calligraphy painting is followed by a private tour of 798 Art District, the heartbeat of China’s vibrant arts scene.In the metropolis of Shanghai, guests hop aboard The Peninsula Shanghai’s private yacht for a luxurious river cruise, and explore the city’s classic and contemporary architecture with an expert guide. A walk through ancient Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum is followed by an out-of-hours tour at one of the city’s finest modern art museums and dinner at the home of a leading gallery owner.After arriving by private jet in Hong Kong, the feng shui influence on the city’s dazzling architectural landscape is explained during a combined guided tour on foot and by helicopter. After private visits to Hong Kong’s leading contemporary arts centre and its newest cultural institution, guests enjoy a personal dinner prepared by Alvin Leung, who helms a vibrant new genre of Hong Kong cooking.last_img read more