Life on rent

first_imgBefore you go gaga over the girl sporting her chic Gucci glasses, Louis Vuitton bag and kitschy Nicola Fenetti dress, there are chances that ‘the look’ might have been rented. From swanky interiors, select artworks to high-end designer labels, Mumbai is renting it all. And if that was not enough, a unique library offers to rent interactive toys and books on hire to keep your kids busy. Borrowing everything without spending a bomb is the new trend catching up in the city.Rent an artworkWho: Dilip Ghevaria, 60At: Art Intaglio, WorliWhat: Ghevaria, a businessman, deals in manufactured plastic tubes but his real passion lies with art. He has been collecting art for the last ten years. It was only two years ago that he decided to give it a more organised shape. “I had collected almost 5,000 paintings from all over the world including India,” he says. So he decided to set-up Art Intaglio, to rent out the collection and reach out to people who want to own art work but don’t spare the cash.How: The gallery offers prints of works by famous artists from MF Husain to Jehangir Sabavala. One can get the art works for nine percent of its actual cost for a period of three months and if the customer wants to keep it for longer duration, they have the option of buying it too.Rent a dressWho: Chole Vasishtha, 34At: BandraWhat: Vasishtha, an Australian fashion designer shifted base to Mumbai after marriage. Along with her came more than 2000 dresses. Her collection comprises her own label-Kloe and a set of vintagewear-that includes famous brands like Versace, D & G, Gautier and Moschino.How: Renting high-end designer brands might be a trend in New York, but Mumbai is catching up. Depending on the labels, jackets, party or casualwear can be taken on rent for Rs 3,000 to 10,000 for a night. “Vintage dresses are a rage in Australia. They are a piece of history from a celebrated designer’s collection. However, the understanding in India is still at a nascent stage,” says Vasishtha. She wants to reach out to young girls, middleaged women who want to look their best and to women who love to flaunt international designer labels. Her collection is also open for commercial purposes like ad films and Bollywood.advertisementRent a toyWho: Karishma Zaveri, 31 and Hetal Zaveri Amin, 30At: Out of the Box Toy Library, Vile ParleWhat: Bored with their regular life and dull professions, the duo decided to break the monotony. Two years ago, Zaveri and Amin, both on a sabbatical from their respective professions, teaching and interior designing, decided to do something out of the box. The girls set-up a toy library.How: This unique toy library offers international toy brands like-Orchard, Learning Resources, Kindaroo and SmartGames. Apart from cuddly soft toys and board games, the library also stocks educational toys which offer a great medium to learn and enjoy. “Parents can avail a three-month membership for Rs 1,800 which includes a refundable deposit of Rs 700 and Rs 300 admission charges. According to this plan, one can rent two toys and a book,” says Zaveri. Over 2,000 children books including picture dictionary and musical books are stocked in this library. No more cranky kids, parents can keep their children busy with these colourful books and mindful games. Zaveri claims that it’s a perfect library for parents who have children aged between one to 10 years. Instead of buying overpriced toys that would eventually wear out after the little ones grow up, they can now take it on rent.Rent a tieWho: Amar Lodaya, 26 and Lucy Mehra, 26At: AL’z Creation, Masjid Bunder.What: It was launched last year by Lodaya and Mehra, management graduates. The two were colleagues at an insurance firm and set-up this full-time business of manufacturing and renting ties. “We wanted to experience the rare combination of hard work with fun. We weren’t satisfied with the regular humdrum in the office and hence we decided to start this business,” explains Lodaya.How: They offer ties in various materials- microfiber, jacquard and silk. A set of 10 ties is available at Rs 750 for a month, with a refundable deposit of Rs 1,500. “Buying a good quality tie could cost anywhere between Rs 600 to Rs 1,200. We offer the same quality at an economical rent,” explains Lodaya.Within a year, the store has acquired a smart clientele comprising corporate employees, especially from the sales and insurance sector. Lawyers, doctors and students also hire ties on regular basis.Rent your furnitureadvertisementWho: Ashutosh Pandit, 43At: Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, Goregaon.What: Pandit is an architect. With Memrito Infrastructure Management Limited, he aims to offer interiors on hire.How: If you are new to the city and don’t have the addresses of plush interior stores then just give seven days to Memrito. His team will furnish the whole house, including the electronics and the carpets of your choice. The whole package is available for a monthly rental of Rs 50,000 for three years, Rs 60,000 for two years and Rs 75,000 for a year. “We cater to people all over India. Our customers are generally expats. Most of them have transferable jobs and prefer to take our services,” says Pandit.last_img read more

Honda Cars gets green nod for Rs 1,577-cr expansion project

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Honda Cars has received the environment clearance for a Rs 1,577-crore expansion project at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan.Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) wants to expand the production capacity at the Tapukara plant in Alwar district along with indigenisation of various car parts to reduce the cost of its products.The companys proposal was first examined by an expert panel last month and based on its recommendations, the environment ministry gave the go-ahead to the expansion project.The environment clearance has been given subject to the compliance of certain specific and general conditions, the ministry said in a letter issued to HCIL. PTI has reviewed a copy of the letter.The proposal is for enhancement of aluminium melting from 20,000 tonnes per annum (TPA) to 30,000 TPA, propane storage from 50 tonnes to 100 tonnes and power back-up from 4.9 MW to 37.3 MW at the existing premise of Tapukara plant.HCIL has informed that it has a total land area of about 17.68 lakh square metre which is enough for the proposed expansion. Total investment would be Rs 1,577 crore.Among conditions specified, the company has been asked to develop green belt in 33 per cent area to mitigate the effects of fugitive emissions and ensure plants operate on a zero- discharge concept and treated water be recycled and reused.Besides Tapukara, HCIL has another manufacturing facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. The combined production capacity is nearly 2.4 lakh units per annum.The company is seeing a strong sale momentum this year. Its domestic sales rose 21 per cent to 55,647 units during April?July of the ongoing fiscal from 45,880 units in the year-ago period, as per the companys data.advertisementHCIL sells compact car Brio, compact sedan Amaze, mid- sized sedan City, premium hatchback Jazz, premium sports utility vehicle CR-V, among others. PTI LUX ANU SBTlast_img read more

Allegro MicroSystems: automotive sinusoidal sensorless BLDC fan driver IC

first_img Continue Reading Previous ON Semi: image sensor platform enables new functionality for industrial camera designNext u-blox: small industrial Bluetooth 5 module Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new sensorless BLDC controller. The A5932 three-phase BLDC motor controller solution is targeted at high-power automotive fan applications with very low vibration and audible noise requirements. MOSFET gate driver outputs permit motor currents that can be scaled to fit the applications requirements. A user-friendly GUI interface means fast evaluation and a shorter time to market. Key automotive applications include seat, battery, infotainment and headlamp cooling fans. The motor speed is controlled by applying a duty cycle command to the speed input. The SPD input is allowed to operate over a wide frequency range. A sinusoidal voltage profile is applied to the windings of the motor at startup to quietly start up and gradually ramp up the motor to the desired speed. This new device has a 5.5 to 50 input voltage rating with an operating range of -40 to 150°C.The A5932 is available in a 24-contact 4 × 4 mm QFN with exposed thermal pad (suffix ES), and a 24-lead TSSOP with exposed thermal pad (suffix LP). The QFN package is supplied in a wettable flank allowing visual PCB solder inspection. These packages are lead free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Flipkart Big Shopping Days coming soon: Re 1 offers, discounts on Nokia and Xiaomi phones planned

first_imgFlipkart will hold fresh sale on its website. The e-retail site has started teasing the upcoming Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale on its website, highlighting the kind of discounts that willbe available to consumers. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days will start on July 15, albeit only for Flipkart Plus customers, and last until July 18. On the first day of the sale, Flipkart Plus users will have access to deals, with everyone else getting a chance to buy something in the sale from July 16.The Flipkart Big Shopping Days will see Flipkart offering discounts on products across the site. Here are the highlights:– TV and home appliances like washing machines will get up to 75 per cent discount.– Electronics and accessories will get up to 80 per cent discount.– Apparel and shoes will have discounts ranging between 40 to 80 per cent.– Home products and furniture too will get discounts between 40 to 80 per cent.– Books, toys and sports goods like cricket bat will get up to 80 per cent off.– Mobile phones will get good discounts but from Flipkart reveal so far we are not seeing that.– There will be Re 1 deals on grocery items.– It is important to note that during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days, customers using SBI card will also get additional 10 per cent discount.While the deals that Flipkart is promising sound quite nice, specifics are not yet available. Those will be likely revealed on July 15 or just before that. For now, only broad guidelines are available. Like, and says Flipkart, in the coming Big Days sale, smart TVs will be available at prices starting from Rs 21,999. Gaming laptops will be available at prices starting from Rs 51,999. And so on and so forth.advertisementAs far the preview for deals on smartphones is concerned, there is no deal that seems extremely exciting. Flipkart reveals that in the Big Shopping Days Realme phones will be available at with prices starting at Rs 7,499, Nokia 5.1 Plus will sell at Rs 9,999, Poco F1 will have a price of Rs 19,999, Infinix Note 5 will come in at Rs 7,999 and Vivo V9 Pro will be selling at a price of Rs 15,990.Also will be available:– The Redmi Note 6 Pro at Rs 13,999.– Asus Zenfone Lite L 1 at Rs 4,999.– The Lenovo A5, Lenovo K9 and Infinix Hot S3X, all under Rs 10,000.– The Honor 7 at Rs 5,999.– Extra Rs 2,000 discount on exchange for Vivo V11 Pro, Vivo V11 and Oppo F9 Pro.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S gets Rs 1,000 price cut on Flipkart, Xiaomi website: Here’s how you can get this discountALSO READ | Realme X to be sold on Flipkart after July 15 launch, teaser confirmslast_img read more

Panama desperate to finally top Mexico

first_imgMexico Why Panama is hungry for World Cup qualifying win over Mexico Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:03 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Orbelin Pineda Mexico Luis Ovalle Panama friendly 10112016 Mike DiNovo Mexico Panama Mexico v Panama WC Qualification CONCACAF World Cup The Central American side has never topped El Tri in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier and Friday sees its chance to overcome years of frustration Even in the modern era where the slightest frustration between two teams is branded a rivalry or clasico, Panama and Mexico doesn’t qualify.Mexico hardly thinks about Panama. But the same can’t be said in reverse. Many Panamanians consider El Tri the team’s biggest rival, even over other Central American nations, and there’s a real feeling of dislike from the Central American nation.Players haven’t held back ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Mexico City. Center back Adolfo Machado, perhaps frustrated after he had to take a looping path to join up with the team because of Hurricane Harvey hitting his home side the Houston Dynamo, used an idiom to describe that Mexico thinks it’s God’s gift to soccer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “The Mexicans are living in the past. They believe they’re the last Coca-Cola in the desert,” Machado told RPCTV. “They’ve got to understand that all that has changed. It’s all changed. Panama has grown a lot. But I think it’s good, it’s good that Panama has less pressure and they’re thinking we’re a little team because there’s a God in the sky and we’ve got faith that the day of the game we’re going to get a good result.”Adolfo Machado Panama Chicharito MexicoThe bad blood involves far more than simply frustration at how Mexico sometimes comports itself. Panama fans will still mention Mark Geiger’s poor officiating in the 2015 Gold Cup when two late penalties saw El Tri win the match 2-1 and Panama’s players held up a banner comparing CONCACAF to a band of thieves after the contest. More painful still was the 2014 Hex where Panama fell just short of making the playoff and possibly its first-ever World Cup.That Graham Zusi goal in the dying moments of the Caneleros’ contest against the U.S. on the final matchday might seem like the most frustrating moment, but Panama was just moments away from a point in the Estadio Azteca the round before when Raul Jimenez lashed an overhead kick past Jaime Penedo to give El Tri all three points. It’s a goal that one tabloid in Panama reacted to by splashing English-language profanity across its front page, a decision as revealing as it was puzzling. That was the Central Americans’ chance.”I think a lot of people remember the game against the United States from that round, but as a manager I remember the game against Mexico for us,” Julio Dely Valdez, who was coaching Panama at the time, said earlier this week. “That goal from Jimenez in the last minutes, the bicycle kick, practically put us out”Machado may be sounding off out of frustration, but he’s not wrong about countries outside of North America closing the gap on CONCACAF’s giants. In fact, while Panama is still looking for its first qualifying victory over Mexico, it has managed to hold El Tri to a scoreless draw in the previous two contests in Panama City.Some of that comes down to the tactical plan put onto the field by coach Hernan “Bolillo” Gomez. The 61-year-old knows Juan Carlos Osorio well, stretching back to matchups between the two in the Colombian domestic league.  Right now, Panama is in prime position to make the playoff, but that could set up yet more hearbreak for a country that desperately wants to make it to the World Cup – and would consider it a point of pride to do so before it expands. To do that, it may have to do something its never done before – beat Mexico in the Azteca.last_img read more

Liga MX playoffs headlined by Clasico Joven

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX playoffs set with Clasico Joven leading the way Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Herrera Club America Yuri Cortez Liga MX América Atlas v Pachuca Querétaro v Pumas Cruz Azul v Veracruz Monterrey v Tigres UANL León v Guadalajara Necaxa v Morelia Toluca v Tijuana Santos Laguna v América León Cruz Azul Morelia Monterrey Atlas Tigres UANL Toluca The Liguilla begins Wednesday, with a Mexico City rivalry looking like the most enticing matchup The Liga MX quarterfinals are set after the league announced the dates and times for each series Monday morning.Monterrey and Club America will host the deciding legs of their matches Sunday with the first legs taking place Thursday. Tigres and Morelia will host the second legs of their matchups Saturday with the first legs taking place Wednesday.Para que lo anotes en tu #AgendaFutbolística 📅⚽, ya están listos los partidos, horarios y sedes de la #FaseFinal 😱😱😱Así se jugarán los #4tosDeFinal del #Apertura2017 en la #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 20, 2017A late goal by Club America midfielder Guido Rodriguez gave Las Aguilas a 1-0 victory over Santos Laguna on Sunday to set up a meeting with crosstown rival Cruz Azul in the quarterfinals of the Liga MX playoffs. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player America had struggled against the already-eliminated Guerreros, but the Argentine’s first-time shot beat Jonathan Orozco and gave America the three points it needed to jump from the five seed into the three seed and set up the meeting between Mexico City sides.#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAZO de Guido Rodríguez @ClubSantos 0-1 @ClubAmerica   #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 20, 2017 Cruz Azul clinched its spot in the Liguilla a day earlier with a 1-0 win over Veracruz, which combined with Necaxa’s 2-1 loss to Morelia put La Maquina into the postseason for the first time since the 2014 Clausura.Monterrey’s victory over rival Tigres on Saturday, combined with the results near the bottom of the table, confirmed that Rayados would be the top seed and take on Atlas. Despite the defeat, Tigres secured the No. 2 seed but drew a tough matchup against a Leon team that has one of the league’s most powerful attacks — including forward Mauro Boselli, who tied Monterrey’s Aviles Hurtado for the top scorer crown — and handed Tigres one of their three defeats this season.In a battle of clubs that are a bit off the radar but could certainly make a charge to the final, Morelia and Toluca round out the Liguilla field. Each ended a team’s hopes of making the Liguilla this weekend, with Monarcas defeating Necaxa and Toluca rolling to a 3-1 home win against Tijuana.The quarterfinals are:No. 1 Monterrey vs. No. 8 AtlasNo. 2 Tigres vs. No. 7 LeonNo. 3 Club America vs. No. 6 Cruz AzulNo. 4 Morelia vs. No. 5 TolucaThe first tiebreaker in the quarterfinal series is away goals, though if the teams are still level, the club with the better regular-season finish moves to the semifinals rather than playing extra time. The tournament is reseeded after each round.last_img read more

Gary Gold’s US Eagles face stiff challenge against Māori All Blacks

first_imgReuse this content USA rugby union team Share on Facebook On Saturday at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, the USA women kick off a fascinating triple-header against the New Zealand Black Ferns. Ireland play Italy next, the Irish returning to the scene of a historic win against New Zealand two years ago. Rounding the day off, the US men will take on the Mãori All Blacks.For USA Rugby, this is a major event. A union in transition, it has a new chief executive, the Scotsman Ross Young, and new board members including the great Argentinian scrum-half Agustín Pichot, there to represent World Rugby, now a significant creditor, of which he is vice-chair.Two big events were staged in the States last summer: South Africa v Wales in Washington, which was a damp squib, and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, which wasn’t. More than 100,000 fans attended three days’ play by the Bay. Now the show moves to the Windy City, which has sold out Soldier Field before: for USA v All Blacks in 2014 and for that indelible Irish win.For a clue to likely attendance this year, it pays to look to another Soldier Field occasion, staged in September 2015. A World Cup warm-up against Australia saw the Eagles briefly wobble the Wallabies. But the crowd was a little over 23,000. Not bad at all for rugby in America, but nearly 40,000 less than those two All Black sellouts. On Thursday, USA Rugby said more than 30,000 tickets had been sold this year.This weekend, the All Blacks are in Japan. What’s more, this is not one of three November weekends officially sanctioned for international matches. For teams like Ireland and Italy, in charge of their own players, and for England, able to deal with the powerful clubs who employ theirs, this is not a problem. For the likes of the USA, it is. Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Gary Gold’s blazing Eagles beat Scotland – US rugby has momentum Ireland v All Blacks is pick of autumn feast with strong World Cup flavour Read more Facebook Read more Pinterest Akira Ioane beats a tackle from the USA’s Tony Lamborn to score a try in Chicago in 2016. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Share on Pinterest No coach of male or female Eagles ever got that. In his first year, Gold has overseen eight wins from eight through the Americas Rugby Championship and three June internationals. He has an inviting set of November fixtures: the Mãori, Samoa, Romania and Ireland. But he must start without most of the senior players who led in victory over Scotland in Houston in June.Blaine Scully and Samu Manoa of Cardiff, Joe Taufete’e of Worcester, Paul Lasike of Harlequins, AJ MacGinty of Sale. Even if all were fit – and MacGinty’s injury means Gold will be without his world-class fly-half the entire fall – none could play. As it happens the new US women’s coach, Rob Cain, faces a similar problem. The best American women are paid to play sevens and cannot face the Black Ferns, the No 1 team in the world.There’s more. Many US men play in the second divisions of England and France but the top level of the US domestic game is Major League Rugby. It concluded its first season in July and will not kick-off again until the end of January. That means some of the USA’s most promising players – including the flanker Hanco Germishuys and the wing Nate Augspurger – have not played pro rugby in four months. In contrast, the Maori are coming off Super Rugby and provincial competition. Rugby union Shaun Davies, one of the USA’s home-based players, clears his lines against Scotland. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport/REX/Shutterstock Twitter Gary Gold talks to the press, before the USA’s victory over Scotland in Houston in June. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport/REX/Shutterstock All Blacks sprinkle caps like confetti with England and Ireland in mind Read more Facebook features For rugby union in America, nothing is ever simple. The Rugby Weekend in Chicago is no exception. Pinterest “In June,” Gold said, “all the players were playing in MLR, and it really gave us a lot. You got nervous because the guys might pick up an injury or a knock or something but now it’s even more daunting, because not many players have been playing for very long.“Obviously I don’t want to be too controversial about stuff, but having a game of this magnitude out of the window is, well, let’s just say it’s not ideal. The optimist in me says, well, it’s a nice opportunity for a lot of young players, and I believe it is. So that’s what this weekend is going to be about. I’m excited to see a couple of our young guys get this opportunity. But I’m very realistic about what’s waiting for us.”That realism is born of experience. Gold was an assistant coach for South Africa at the 2011 World Cup and coached in the English Premiership with London Irish, Bath, Newcastle and Worcester. The Mãori are a “proper rugby team”, he said, predicting a severe test that will, as in any game, start up front. With the Eagles’ propping reserves depleted there will be game time at loosehead for the aptly named Chance Wenglewski, a former wrestling champion and football defensive end who became a collegiate All-American in rugby and is in fact still at college, at Lindenwood University. No exam could be tougher.‘A colossus of a kid’For pointers on the Mãori team, the Guardian contacted Scotty “Sumo” Stevenson, a Sky TV commentator and rugby writer who knows a bit about America too, being a fast friend of New York Old Blue, a leading club team. “This is one of the most storied teams in all of rugby,” Stevenson wrote, by email. “A team that represents the people and the place; the history and the future. The existential timeline begins in 1888 but the thread passes back through many generations, connected by tribal bloodlines to ancestors long mythologised, their spirits now the living ink of Ta Moko (traditional tribal tattoos).”The “All Blacks” in the Mãori name is in contrast a branding thing, in place since 2012. In Chicago there will likely be only one man who has played for the team that really owns the name: No 8 Akira Ioane, who featured for a non-Test XV in France last year and was considered unlucky to miss Steve Hansen’s squad for Japan and Europe now. Stevenson picked out others to watch: front-rower Chris Eves, young locks Pari Pari Parkinson and Isaiah Walker-Leawere, Mitchell Karpik “an omnipresent menace” at flanker, scrum-half Brad Weber “an itch that can’t be scratched: the hobbit-sized half-back of bad dreams”.And so, Gold’s men will face a true test of their mettle. The Eagles have never beaten the Mãori, last losing by eight tries to one and 54-7 at Toyota Park in Chicago two years ago. Ioane scored twice then. So the Americans might seek alternative inspiration, from a game played in 2013. At the Talen Energy Stadium, a US team powered by a raucous Philly crowd and the back-five forward Cam Dolan – available this year – gave the Mãori a genuine fright.The tourists still won, though, by 29-19.USA v Mãori: L Hume (New York); N Augspurger (San Diego, capt), G Moore (North Harbour), D Audsley, R Matyas (both San Diego); W Hooley (Bedford), S Davies (Glendale); C Wenglewski (Lindenwood University), D Fawsitt (New York), P Mullen (Newcastle), B Landry (Ealing), N Civetta (Doncaster), J Quill (Glendale), T Lamborn (Southland), C Dolan (NOLA). Replacements: J Hilterbrand (Manly), A Purpura (Old Blue New York), D Waldren (London Scottish), G Peterson (Glasgow), H Germishuys, P Wooching (both unattached), R de Haas (Free State), W Magie (Glendale).Mãori All Blacks: S Stevenson (North Harbour); J Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), R Thompson (Manawatu), T Walden, R Ware (both Taranaki); O Black (Manawatu), B Weber (Hawke’s Bay); C Eves (North Harbour), A Dixon (capt), B May (both Hawke’s Bay), I Walker-Leawere (Welllington), PP Parkinson (Tasman), R Prinsep (Canterbury), M Karpik (Bay of Plenty), A Ioane (Auckland). Replacements: R Abel (Auckland), R Wright (Northland), M Renata (Auckland), H Matenga (Bay of Plenty), B Harmon (Canterbury), J Ruru (Auckland), J Ioane (Otago), M Lansdown (Waikato)USA v Black Ferns (12pm CT, 1pm ET, 10am PT), Ireland v Italy (3pm/4pm/12pm) and USA v Maori All Blacks (6pm, 7pm, 4pm) will be shown live in the US on … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “Ioane is a colossus of a kid who has yet to fully grasp his potential,” Stevenson wrote. “This is a great stage upon which to play the performance of his career. It is another All Blacks audition: a defining moment.”There are in fact other All Blacks in the Mãori squad, but here Gold might take some comfort. He is not the only coach at the mercy of rugby’s ridiculous calendar. All the Test-capped players in Clayton McMillan’s selection, the World Cup-winning wing Nehe Milner-Skudder among them, are with the senior team in Japan. They will only join the Mãori when they move on to Brazil and Chile. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian US sports The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Autumn internationals Facebook New Zealand rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share via Email “Preparation’s going well,” Gary Gold, the US men’s head coach, told the Guardian. “It’s going well under the circumstances. It’s a difficult time. I’m still finding time in the States such a learning curve. I’ve learned to be careful what I wish for.” Share on Twitter Twitter last_img read more

Amendments to Government Legislation

first_imgService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Jamie Muir introduced amendments to several pieces of legislation, today, Nov. 29. “These amendments are the direct result of collaboration and discussions with municipalities and the legal, business, landlord and tenant communities,” said Mr. Muir. “These changes will make it easier for businesses to do business in Nova Scotia while, at the same time, strengthening local government and enhancing Nova Scotian communities.” Changes will be made to: — Municipal Elections Act. Councils will have more flexibility to advertise elections, define and clarify processes involving school board elections and keep legislation current. — Rental Property Conversion Act. Information that must be filed by a landlord looking to convert his or her property to a condominium will be clarified. It will also stress that tenants will be able to remain in a unit for 12 months after the date of a proposed conversion. — Companies Act. About 30,000 hours of paperwork burden per year will be reduced by simplifying procedures for registering Nova Scotia n companies without losing protections for creditors and minority stakeholders. The amendment contributes to the province’s goal of reducing the paperwork burden faced by businesses through the Better Regulation Initiative. Municipal Government Act. Halifax Regional Municipality will have the authority to allocate supplementary education funding where it believes it will make the most impact. The changes will also give municipalities the authority to assign more accurate civic addresses to parks and recreational areas to ensure first-responders have the accurate information they need when dispatched to protect and assist Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Israel to attend US Mideast peace conference minister

first_imgJerusalem: Israel will attend an upcoming conference on the economic aspects of Washington’s peace plan aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Foreign Minister Israel Katz has said. Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,” Katz wrote on Twitter late Sunday. Israel has the ability to contribute to the development of the region with technology, innovation and other ways,” he added. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London sked by AFP to elaborate, a foreign ministry official did not say whether Israel would be represented by government officials or business leaders. he June 25 and 26 gathering will see the unveiling of the economic aspects of the US initiative spearheaded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. he idea is to woo the Palestinians with the economic benefits if they accept the United State’s political proposals, which will be detailed at a later date yet to be announced. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Trump’s Middle East envoy hinted Sunday that it would not be before November. The Palestinians have already rejected the plan, which they believe will be partial to Israel, and they are boycotting the Bahrain workshop. The White House said last week that Egypt, Morocco and Jordan have agreed to attend, but none of the three countries have yet confirmed their participation. The United Nations announced it would send its deputy Middle East coordinator to the event. Relations soured between Washington and the Palestinians after the Trump administration recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017. Trump is attempting to forge a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians, a task at which all who have tried before him have failed. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the plan may be considered unworkable, in comments to a private meeting of Jewish leaders leaked to US media. “It may be rejected. Could be in the end, folks will say, ‘It’s not particularly original, it doesn’t particularly work for me’,” The Washington Post reported, citing an audio recording of the meeting it had obtained. (AFP)last_img read more

Naidu demands CBI probe into former Andhra Speakers death

first_imgHyderabad: Terming the death of former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who allegedly committed suicide, as “murder,” TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident. Blaming the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government for the death of Rao, Naidu said, “I have seen 11 CMs in my career and I my self have held the post for so many years. I have never seen such a chief minister ( Jaganmohan Reddy). This (suicide) is nothing but murder by the government.” “The entire case has to be investigated by the CBI. Intellectuals in this country should debate on the government’s attitude,” he told reporters here.last_img

Saudi Court Upholds 10years in Prison 1000 Lashes Against Blogger for

Rabat- Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld a 10-year in jail and 1,000 lashes sentence against jailed blogger Raif Badawi on charges of insulting Islam, according to Amnesty International.The sentence has caused uproar worldwide with human rights group Amnesty International describing it as a “dark day for freedom of expression.”Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife who, along with their three children, have received asylum in Quebec, in Canada, told Al Jazeera that his family were “shocked by the decision.” “We had had some hope before that maybe he would get his sentence reduced,” she said. “I am very sad about this and very worried for Raif.”She expressed fear that the implementation of the flogging sentence “might resume very soon”.“I was optimistic that the advent of Ramadan and the arrival of a new king would bring a pardon for the prisoners of conscience, including my husband,” she told AFP.Badawi co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group. He was arrested in 2012 in Jeddah, and later sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for allegedly insulting Islam. A judge also ordered the website shut after it criticized Saudi Arabia’s religious police.An appeals court later upturned the verdict and ordered a retrial. In May 2014, the court sentenced Badawi to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and to pay a $266,000 fine.Badawi received the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes he was sentenced. Saudi authorities later postponed Subsequent rounds of public lashings on medical grounds, according to Amnesty.Amnesty International condemned the “abhorrent” decision to uphold the “cruel and unjust sentence.”“Blogging is not a crime and Raif Badawi is being punished merely for daring to exercise his right to freedom of expression,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa director.Saudi Arabia denounced the media campaign against the ruling, saying that “it does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs and rejects (…) the attack on the independence of its justice system.”Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Raptors run provides a golden opportunity for longterm economic boost

TORONTO — Excitement over the Toronto Raptors’ NBA finals run is great news for bars across the country, but experts say the moment is an invaluable marketing opportunity for Toronto that could provide a substantial long-term economic boost to the region.The championship run has already proven to be a boon for watering holes as people gather to take in the games with other fans.“It’s interesting if I’m sitting at home watching it. It’s exciting if I’m sitting in a bar with 200 of my best new friends watching a game,” said Jeff Guthrie, chief marketing officer at payments firm Moneris.The company found that spending at bars in the Greater Toronto Area was up 72 per cent for game two last Sunday against the Golden State Warriors, compared with the same day last year. At its peak, spending was up 183 per cent at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time during the game.Nationally, spending at bars jumped 28 per cent on the day of game two, and was up 89 per cent at the peak.“It really shows that the Raptors are Canada’s team,” said Guthrie.And while Moneris focused on bar tabs, the boost around game spending will be felt more broadly, said Hannah Holmes, assistant professor of economics at McMaster University.“You’re going to see sales at bars go up, you’re going to see hotel room bookings increase, people coming in from out of town. You’re going to see increased revenue for transportation.”However, the increased spending isn’t necessarily boosting the overall economy, since the money is often being diverted from other local spending.“Money that may have been spent elsewhere like going to the movies or something like that, now’s being redirected. So it’s not new spending,” said Holmes.“Where you make money is when you have new money coming in, when you get tourists coming in and spending money, that’s an injection into local economies.”That longer-term economic boost is what Tourism Toronto is hoping the team’s run will translate into, along with some changed perceptions about the city.“Over the long run, this is a tremendous exposure opportunity for Toronto,” said Andrew Weir, executive vice president at Tourism Toronto.“Toronto’s well-known to many people. But there’s still a lot of people in the U.S. and elsewhere that don’t know the city too well, and associate it with the cold of Canada, and perhaps think it’s more of a mid-sized city.”The NBA championship run is a way to showcase Toronto at its best to what’s become an increasingly global NBA audience in countries like China, Brazil, Mexico and the U.K., said Weir.“The NBA is a pop-culture phenomenon, and it’s part of the global conversation. That puts Toronto squarely in that global conversation.”The exposure would help attract future conferences and travellers, which could have a bigger impact than the Raptors games themselves, he said.While there are a host of factors that push hotel bookings up and down, the day of game one last Thursday saw hotel occupancy climb about seven per cent compared with the same day last year. Meanwhile, a week earlier over the usually quiet Victoria Day weekend, the big Collision technology conference helped boost occupancy by 29 per cent compared with last year.  The city will have a big opportunity to attract more big events when it hosts a major conference of meeting planners that could overlap game six and seven, if the series goes that far, said Weir.“Right now Toronto’s riding a high, so that helps us secure more wins in other areas, because people want to be associated with that, it’s a place people are interested in visiting.”The Canadian Press read more

Top UN rights official welcomes release of global report on child soldiers

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson issued her statement to mark the release of the Global Report on Child Soldiers by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.”This study draws attention to the continuing widespread abusive exploitation of children through their involvement in armed conflict,” she said. “I recall vividly what children I met in Sierra Leone told me of their terrible life as child soldiers, and yet more than 300,000 children, boys and girls under 18, are fighting as soldiers with governmental armed forces and armed groups in more than 30 countries worldwide.”The High Commissioner pointed to the clear responsibility of States. “As we prepare for the special session on children in September, I call on States to give priority to the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 May 2000,” she said. “Progress in ratification of the Protocol is quite slow despite the encouraging number of States who have signed it.” As of today, 4 States have ratified the Optional Protocol and another 76 have signed it. Six more ratifications are needed for it to enter into force. The Optional Protocol establishes 18 years as the minimum age for direct participation in hostilities, compulsory recruitment in governmental armed forces and any recruitment in armed groups. It also calls on States to raise the minimum age from the 15 years set in 1989 by the Convention on the Rights of the Child for voluntary recruitment in governmental armed forces.The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers was founded by six international non-governmental organizations – Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Save the Children Alliance, Jesuit Refugee Service, the Quaker UN Office-Geneva, and International Federation Terre des Hommes. The Coalition has maintained active links with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and the UN agencies for children (UNICEF), refugees (UNHCR), human rights (UNHCHR), and education, scientific and cultural issues (UNESCO). read more

UN conference to urge countries to ratify nuclear test ban treaty

The Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will be held from 11 to 13 November at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – in his capacity as depositary of the Treaty – convened the meeting following a request by a majority of ratifying States.Speaking to reporters today, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala, said the first two days would be devoted to a general exchange of views by those countries that have either ratified or signed the Treaty. Seventy-nine countries are so far scheduled to speak, with 59 of them at the ministerial level, including France, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.Non-signatory States and representatives of non-governmental organizations will speak on the Conference’s last day before it concludes with a final declaration.According to Mr. Dhanapala, the Treaty currently has 161 signatories and 84 ratifications. The CTBT can only enter into force when 44 countries listed in an annex as possessors of nuclear research or nuclear power reactors have signed and ratified it.Of those 44 countries, 41 have signed the Treaty and 31 have ratified it, Mr. Dhanapala said, adding that three of those States have neither signed nor ratified the accord: India, Pakistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He also noted that of the nuclear-weapon-States, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom have ratified the Treaty, while China and the United States have only signed it.The Treaty itself bans all nuclear explosions for military or civilian purposes, and after its adoption and opening for signature, the UN established a preparatory commission for the CTBT and its provisional technical Secretariat in order to prepare for the Treaty’s entry into force.A global verification regime was being established to monitor compliance with the Treaty, Mr. Dhanapala said, which consisted of an international monitoring system (IMS) with communications and data management techniques, a consultation and clarification process, an on-site inspection process, and confidence-building measures. The IMS consisted of a network of 321 monitoring stations and 16 radionuclide laboratories, which would monitor the entire world for evidence of nuclear explosions in all environments. read more

Moodys downgrades ratings for Canadas big banks amid consumer debt worries

Moody’s downgrades ratings for Canada’s big banks amid consumer debt worries TORONTO – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Canada’s six big banks in another worrying sign about growing consumer debt and housing prices.The cut reflects an ongoing concern that expanding levels of private-sector debt could weaken asset quality in the future, Moody’s senior vice-president David Beattie said.“Continued growth in Canadian consumer debt and elevated housing prices leaves consumers, and Canadian banks, more vulnerable to downside risks facing the Canadian economy than in the past,” Beattie said.Shares of TD Bank (TSX:TD), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM), National Bank (TSX:NA) and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) all fell Thursday in the wake of the downgrade, which may increase their cost of borrowing. Royal Bank closed down 58 cents at $92.75, while TD Bank dropped 47 cents to $63.42.David Madani, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, said the downgrade comes amid mounting concerns about the housing market and its effect on the economy.“Even the banks themselves have admitted recently that housing is a problem,” he said.Despite moves by the federal government in recent years to cool the housing market, Moody’s noted that house prices and consumer debt levels remain historically high and business credit has also grown rapidly.“We do note that the Canadian banks maintain strong buffers in terms of capital and liquidity,” the Moody’s report said.“However, the resilience of household balance sheets, and consequently bank portfolios, to a serious economic downturn has not been tested at these levels of private sector indebtedness.”But Madani said the Canadian banks have taken steps to protect themselves even if there is a major housing correction that leads to a broader economic slowdown.“The thing to keep in mind though is when it comes to the major traditional larger banks, they’ve been very careful to insure a lot of their non-conventional mortgages,” he said.Madani said the Canadian banks would take a hit, but they have also expanded their operations outside of the country and diversify where they make their money in recent years.Moody’s said it expects the six big banks will face a more challenging operating environment for the remainder of this year and beyond.The debt rating agency downgraded the baseline credit assessments, the long-term debt and deposit ratings and the counterparty risk assessments of the banks and their affiliates by one notch, with the exception of TD Bank’s counter party risk assessment which was affirmed. It also maintained its negative outlook for the relevant ratings on the six banks.The change cut TD Bank’s long-term rating to Aa2, while the five other banks fell to A1.The move comes amid heightened scrutiny of the Canadian housing and financial sector, particularly around alternative mortgage lender Home Capital, which was forced to seek an emergency $2-billion line of credit recently as customers rushed to withdraw their deposits from their high-interest savings accounts.Madani downplayed the possibility of trouble at Home Capital causing broader problems in the sector.“They aren’t too big to fail, their balance sheet is very small and lately we’ve already seen some private lenders step up and purchase some of their presumably better quality mortgages,” he said. by The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2017 7:39 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 13 December 2013

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France LNH Round 6 Paris HC invincible beats Chambery in Savoie

← Previous Story New problems for HSV Hamburg, Blazenko Lackovic injured Next Story → “Dream week” for MKB Veszprem (VIDEO) AbalobasicbojinovicChamberyhansenhonrubiaparisparis hc Paris HC are on good way to justify the invested money in the team in attacting the biggest stars. After beating Montpellier few rounds ago, Paris HC now showed that they are “No. 1” in France, by beating Chambery away. Chambery did not play a bad game, but simply Paris HC proved too strong. At half time took a narrow one-goal lead, in the end to win by four goals, 28-24 for the Parisiens. Honrubia and Bojinovic showed that they are eager for handball after the brief police detention, scoring 9 and 7 goals respectively, followed by Hansen with 6 goals. Chambery’s team top scorer so far was this games’ top scorer as well, Edin Basic contributed with 10 goals. read more

Histoire dune invasion biologique Caulerpa taxifolia ou lalgue tueuse

first_imgHistoire d’une invasion biologique : Caulerpa taxifolia ou l’algue tueuseL’algue Caulerpa taxifolia est en nette régression. Apparue en 1984 sur les côtes de Monaco, elle est rapidement devenue envahissante dans plusieurs pays. Mais des observations scientifiques confirment qu’elle a presque disparu des fonds marins du nord de la Méditerranée. Surnommée “la peste verte” ou encore “l’algue tueuse”, la Caulerpa taxifolia est apparue en 1984, sous les fenêtres du Musée océanographique de Monaco – dont elle décorait certains aquariums. Selon les spécialistes, une portion de l’algue, un stolon, aurait alors été expulsée accidentellement dans le système de rejet des eaux de ces aquariums, en pleine mer.Tandis que la première colonie de Caulerpa n’occupait qu’un hectare en 1984, l’algue en a ainsi envahi 2.000 en 1990 dans un rayon de dix kilomètres autour de la Principauté. “C’est donc bien par la main de l’homme et à partir de la Principauté que ce clone est arrivé en Méditerranée”, réaffirme aujourd’hui Alexandre Meinesz, cité par LeMonde. Ce professeur de biologie marine au laboratoire Eco Mer de l’université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis est un spécialiste de la Caulerpa, à laquelle il a consacré une thèse et plusieurs ouvrages. Mais en vérité, tous les scientifiques ne sont pas d’accord sur l’origine de l’algue. La thèse d’une invasion naturelleEn effet, la thèse d’une propagation involontaire à partir de l’aquarium du musée était globalement admise par la communauté scientifique. Toutefois, dès décembre 1995, un article publié par l’Académie des sciences et signé par des chercheurs monégasques avançait le contraire : la Caulerpa n’était selon eux pas arrivée accidentellement, mais naturellement à Monaco, de la mer Rouge, via le canal de Suez. Elle se serait ainsi “métamorphosée en Caulerpa taxifolia en atteignant les côtes méditerranéennes”, précisait alors Jean Jaubert, de l’Observatoire océanique européen (OOE) à Monaco, avec ses confrères écossais et australien. Une thèse contestée par le Pr Meinesz qui qualifie “d’incident” le fait que l’algue soit partie du musée.  Il avait d’ailleurs, à l’époque, alerté sur les ravages engendrés par l’algue. Du fait de sa grande taille, le végétal élimine toutes les autres algues qui vivent en Méditerranée qui abrite 1.200 espèces. “Quand j’ai plongé en 1989, pour la première fois, j’ai été affolé par l’invasion. De toute façon, la Caulerpa taxifolia se serait répandue, moins vite cependant, si des mesures avaient été prises tout de suite.”, se souvient-il. Pourtant, des mesures ont bien été prises : l’algue prospérant, via les bateaux et les filets de pêcheurs, une campagne de prévention puis divers procédés ont tenté d’enrayer sa prolifération, mais rien n’y a fait.La thèse de la propagation involontaireSelon le Pr Meinesz, des études génétiques de divers laboratoires européens indépendants, ont permis d’établir que la variété en question était originaire de Brisbane. Quant à son développement, elle a été transportée et cultivée afin d’être exposée dans des aquariums, sa croissance étant très rapide et son aspect décoratif. Ensuite, entre 1980 et 1983, cette souche a été donnée à l’aquarium tropical marin de Nancy, puis à l’aquarium de Monaco. Mais l’histoire de l’algue tueuse ne s’arrête pas là puisque cette Caulerpa a aussi été repérée en Californie dans un lagon et même au Japon. Néanmoins, en Méditerranée, “nous avons déployé un réseau de surveillance sur les 152 zones où l’algue prospérait. A partir de 2004, ces observateurs nous ont alertés sur le fait qu’elle commençait à disparaître. Et nous le confirmons”, indique le professeur. En effet, aujourd’hui, 80 % des surfaces colonisées auraient disparu. Le chercheur affirme ainsi : “Dans certaines zones, comme au cap Martin, où Caulerpa taxifolia était omniprésente, on ne la trouve plus et la vie retrouve peu à peu ses droits !”Une disparition inexpliquéeÀ lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Toutefois, les causes de cette régression ne sont pas encore établies de manière certaine. Plusieurs hypothèses sont émises par les scientifiques, comme celle d’une dégénérescence génétique alors que l’algue initialement importée d’Australie pour agrémenter les aquariums s’est reproduite par bouturage, rapporte Le ailleurs, la morphologie de cette algue, avec un tuyau pouvant atteindre 3 mètres dans lequel prospèrent des bactéries et des virus, pourrait également être à l’origine de ce dépérissement, souligne le biologiste marin. La Caulerpa taxifolia est donc encore loin d’avoir livré tous ses secrets… Le 11 septembre 2011 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Port These Lost Nintendo Games to the Switch

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President In less than two weeks, we’ll learn so much more about the Nintendo Switch. After a live unveiling next Thursday full of details and games, Nintendo is letting folks gets their hands on its latest console, and will be there! Rumors are flying fast and furious about just what will be revealed at the event, and one of the most recent, tantalizing suggestions is that Nintendo will finally bring Mother 3 to the West with a Switch port.If you don’t know, Mother 3 is the sequel to EarthBound, known as Mother 2 in Japan. It’s the game Lucas came from before popping up in Smash Bros. Originally developed as an N64 game, Mother 3 eventually arrived on the GBA in 2006, but only in Japan. Since then, the small but ravenous EarthBound community has been clamoring for the game, to the point of making their own well-received but questionably legal fan translation in 2008.So will Mother 3 at long last make its official American appearance at the Switch conference next week? It’s not too hard to believe. An EarthBound re-release seemed impossible until it showed up on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013. A Mother 1 re-release seemed even less likely, as it was localized but never released in America, but in 2015 it made its surprise English debut as EarthBound Beginnings. Nintendo has even made fun of Mother 3 fans during E3 sketches. At least they’re admitting the game exists!But why stop at Mother 3? Tons of great Nintendo game have never left Japan. Here are some we’d like to play on the Nintendo Switch.Devil WorldAs you may have seen during our Gifted and Talented Program, Devil World for the NES is basically Pac-Man… but you’re being terrorized by a blue devil in a little thong. As he physically shifts the maze around, you must adjust your movement plans on the fly. It’s a neat twist on the Pac-Man formula. Unfortunately, the religious imagery kept this one from coming to America. Here’s hoping the Switch is a lot more secular.Doshin the GiantAnother vaguely religious game, Doshin the Giant is Nintendo’s take on the god game genre. But instead of controlling populations as some disembodied deity players become a friendly yellow giant who answers prayers, changes the land, and saves his followers from natural disasters up close and personal. Originally released on the Japan-only Nintendo 64DD accessory, the game was later ported to the GameCube in Japan and Europe. If the Switch offers GameCube Virtual Console games, Doshin the Giant would be a great, surprise pick.Joy Mech FightBefore Smash Bros. (but after Urban Champion) Nintendo dabbled in the fighting game genre with Joy Mech Fight. While other games were chasing Street Fighter’s focus on martial artists, Joy Mech Fight’s shockingly large 36-character roster is comprised of weird robots with floating heads and limbs. It’s like Mega Man meets Rayman but a fighting game. Originally released on the NES after the Super Nintendo had already hit its stride, Joy Mech Fight is currently only available on the Japanese and South Korean Virtual Console. Time to change that with the Switch.Disaster: Day of CrisisMonolith Soft is known for its epic role-playing games like the Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade franchises. But the developer’s first game after being acquired by Nintendo is the pulpy, cheesy action game Disaster: Day of Crisis for the Wii. In this interactive Roland Emmerich movie, players control tough guy Ray Bryce saving the world from volcanoes, earthquakes, and nuclear-armed terrorists. This game isn’t great, but we still want to see it on the Switch because it premiered in America during E3 2006 but never actually came out here.Captain RainbowWho doesn’t love watching a bunch of Nintendo characters hang out? But in Captain Rainbow you won’t find Mario or Link or Pikachu. Instead, obscure Nintendo characters like Birdo and Lip and Takamaru have come to the mysterious Mimin Island to make their dreams come true. And as the Power Ranger-esque Captain Rainbow, you’ll help them. Given how thoroughly Japanese this game is, it’s not surprising it hasn’t come west. But if Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE can come out here anything is possible.Star Fox 2A SNES sequel to the original Star Fox was essentially finished before being cancelled in 1995 due to the upcoming N64. A lot of its ideas, from a bipedal Arwing chicken form to a nonlinear map, were incorporated into later Star Fox games. Still, it doesn’t feel right knowing there’s a complete Star Fox out there just waiting to be played. Nintendo could easily fix this mistake by releasing Star Fox 2 for the first time on the Switch.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.last_img read more