Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom hopping into theme parks

first_imgLOS ANGELES | For his next trick, Shigeru Miyamoto is working in reality, not virtual reality.While the famed Japanese creator of “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” spent most of his trip to last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo touting such upcoming Nintendo games as “Super Mario Maker” and “Star Fox Zero,” Miyamoto was also enthusiastic about a totally different undertaking. He’s helping to bring his digital creations to life in Universal theme parks.“We’ve come to the point where the kids who grew up playing Nintendo games are now parents who have their own kids,” said the veteran game designer during an interview translated by Bill Trinen, product marketing director at Nintendo of America. “I think for them it will be a tremendous experience.”FILE – In this June 11, 2014 file photo, Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces the Nintendo’s Mario Maker during a press event at the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. While the Japanese creator of “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” spent most of his trip to last week’s 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo hyping the upcoming video games “Super Mario Maker” and “Star Fox Zero,” Miyamoto is equally excited about his next project: bringing his digital creations to life in Universal theme parks. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)Nintendo Co. announced plans last month for immersive experiences featuring the Japanese gaming giant’s characters at Universal theme parks, but it didn’t provide any details. Universal Parks & Resorts is owned by cable company Comcast Corp. and has properties in Los Angeles; Orlando, Fla.; Osaka, Japan; and Sentosa, Singapore.Miyamoto suggested that plucky plumber Mario and his colorful Mushroom Kingdom would be hopping into Universal’s parks, though he didn’t elaborate on specific attractions. He noted Nintendo has been working closely with the theme park behemoth on the project.“We have all the knowledge of who the Mario character is, what the Mario world is and how it’s represented,” said Miyamoto. “We have been in constant communication with (Universal) communicating our vision to them, and they’re turning it into something that could exist within that park. It’s really about that partnership.”Despite the forthcoming release of the sci-fi space combat game “Star Fox Zero” and the do-it-yourself platformer “Super Mario Maker” for Nintendo’s Wii U console, the 62-year-old game designer has no immediate plans to retire — and his colleagues don’t want him to, either.“For me, because it’s Mr. Miyamoto, I want him to continue making things as long as he wants to continue making things,” said Shinya Takahashi, general manager of the software planning and development division at Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo. “I really think that Mr. Miyamoto will continue to be creative — and not just in the area of video games.”Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its groundbreaking platformer “Super Mario Bros.” throughout the year, culminating with the Sept. 11 release of “Super Mario Maker.” The new game allows users to construct and upload their own “Super Mario” levels.The designers at Universal, which has in recent years achieved success with Harry Potter-themed areas in its parks, likely won’t have it as easy as “Mario Maker” players.“That’s the challenge put forth to Universal Studios,” said Miyamoto. “How do you take something digital and bring it into the real world in a way that people can experience it in real life? That’s where we’re working together.”Online:https://mario.nintendo.comFollow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.last_img read more

Steel Sensations…An epic battle awaits

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) is hit by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Bell was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Don Wright)They did it, somehow, some way, the Steelers found a way and won the AFC North. They came out on Sunday night and got the job done against a very solid Bengals team who led the division nearly all season long. But the Steelers, who never seem to play well against the lesser opponents, stepped up and played well against a good one, something they did most of the season.The win was enormous for many reasons, it vaulted them from a potential 5th seed wild card team to the 3rd seed division winner, providing them with a home game and the opportunity to avoid the number one seed Patriots until the AFC championship, should they get there.The killer B’s are more than capable of getting the job done but that trio may have taken a big hit on Sunday night as LeVeon Bell, the team MVP, went down with a knee injury. The good news is the injury doesn’t contain any structural damage but the bad news is he may not be ready for Saturday night’s show down against the Baltimore Ravens.Should Bell not be able to play, the team will be tested and the decision to release LeGarret Blount last month may come back to haunt them. They have a skeleton backfield without Bell, rookies Dri Archer and Josh Harris are all they have and neither man can do what Bell does. Harris would most likely get the bulk of the carries while Archer would be the back catching passes out of the backfield. Bell does both better than anyone in the league and while these two rookies may be able to team up for a few plays, it’s unlikely they will be dynamic enough to provide the team with what they need out of the running back position.This all leads to more pressure on the offensive line, Big Ben, the wideouts and of course the defense. Bell is a big reason why the offense is so balanced and has the ability to score 30 points in a game against anyone. Take him away and the expectation to score 20 may be unrealistic. The Steelers will certainly throw the ball more often and while Big Ben did toss six TD’s the last time these two met, he was provided the ability to do so because the Ravens were concentrating on stopping Bell. This time the O line will need to ensure they stop the blitz, keep Ben upright and allow him time, as they did against the Bengals.The defense will need to play at a top level, knowing the team can’t afford to give up 24 to 30 points. The secondary has played pretty well in the last few weeks in the absence of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor and they’ll need to continue to do so. William Gay, Brice McCain and Antwon Blake have manned the corners and Mike Mitchell and Will Allen seem to have it working at safety. I actually believe the team may be better off proceeding with these guys vs. worrying about playing Polamalu and Taylor.However, at the end of the day, no matter who plays, it’s going to be an epic Ravens vs. Steelers battle and one where everyone is going to need to deliver their best, winner moves on, loser goes home.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.Pittsburgh Steelers fans hold a giant Terrible Towel in the stands before the NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)last_img read more

Hurling Previews for the weekend

first_imgIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Kiltormer v Annaghdown, Duggan Park at 7pmSaturday April 6thSalthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Portumna v Turloughmore, Kenny Park at 3pmSalthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1St Mary’s GAA Athenry v Beagh, Loughrea at 3pmSalthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Abbeyknockmoy v Ardrahan, Duggan Park at 3pmIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Kilconieran v Moycullen, Pearse Stadium at 3pmSalthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Tommy Larkins v Castlegar, Duggan Park at 4.45pm Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Kilnadeema-Leitrim v Gort, Loughrea at 4.45pm Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Craughwell GAA Club v Oranmore-Maree, Pearse Stadium at 4.45pmIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Carnmore v Turloughmore, Kenny Park at 4.45pmSunday April 7th Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Ahascragh/Fohenagh v Pádraig Pearses, Kenny Park at 12.45pmSalthill Hotel Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Liam Mellows v St Thomas, Kenny Park at 2.30pmSalthill Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Loughrea v Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, Duggan Park at 4pmSalthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2 Balindereen v Kilimordaly, Gort at 4pmIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1 Kinvara v Sylane, Pearse Stadium at 4pmIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2An Spidéal v Meelick-Eyrecourt, Carnmore at 4.30pmSalthill Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 2 Cappataggle v Sarsfields, Duggan Park at 5.45pmSalthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2 Mullagh v Clarinbridge, Gort at 5.45pmIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Rahoon-Newcastle v Castlegar, Pearse Stadium at 5.45pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sean Walsh and Niall Canavan were in Kenny Park, Athenry last night to look ahead to the start of the Galway Hurling Championships in the company of Hurling Committee Chairman Mike Larkin and St Thomas’ and Galway star David Burke.. Friday April 5th last_img read more

NBA: Westbrook closes in on history with 40th triple-double

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dive for loose ball during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Russell Westbrook has a slice of NBA history in his sights, but his 40th triple-double of the season on Sunday didn’t translate into a win for his Oklahoma City Thunder.Westbrook scored 40 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in the 113-101 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot The Thunder guard is now one triple-double away from tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s single-season record of 41, set in 1961-62 for the Cincinnati Royals.READ: NBA: Thunder’s Westbrook eyes history, but Spurs get winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith six games left in the regular season, Westbrook can match the record when the Thunder host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.It was Westbrook’s first career triple-double against the Hornets. The only team left in the league that he has never posted a triple-double against is the Chicago Bulls. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Fajardo earns praise from Bolts import Stepheson Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The season’s top scorer notched his sixth straight triple-double, and his fifth straight featuring 30 or more points.But the playoff-bound Thunder endured a second straight defeat.Oklahoma City put authored an 11-1 scoring run to trim the Hornets’ lead to 102-91 with less than five minutes to play.Charlotte’s Cody Zeller converted a three-point play to slow the Thunder’s surge and they wouldn’t get the gap below 11 points from there. CBBADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Creamline tests Adamson-Akari

first_imgLaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Also beefing up Creamline is former MVP Mary Jean Balse.“Everyone’s beefing up to try and stop [champion] Pocari Sweat,” said commissioner Tony Boy Liao when he guested with PVL president Ricky Palou at Sports IQ Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s going to be a very competitive conference,” said Palou, who made a pitch for the men’s game: “Watch it live. It’s a great experience.”In the men’s division, defending champion Air Force battles Gamboa Coffee at 10 a.m. and Megabuilders tackle Army at 1 p.m. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Collegiate league top setter Jia Morado teams up with fellow Ateneo alumna Alyssa Valdez as Creamline parades a fortified team in Saturday’s inaugural of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Creamline tests its mettle against newcomer Adamson-Akari before Perlas-BanKo takes on Air Force in the double-header that starts at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Galang, Laure eyed for national pool Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

Incontinent nut

first_imgSatiricus couldn’t believe his eyes. There in black and white was the claim that the most intellectual man in Guyana was nuts! And of all places it was made in a court and by a man who was a lawyer. He retired to his assignation at the Back Street Bar still seething.“It’s jealously!” he exclaimed to his friend Cappo, the cane cutter who had beaten him to the drink and was already seated. “It’s pure and simple jealously!”They were ensconced – as was their custom for years – at their back seats, just as they had sat in class during their primary school days. Cappo had always been the class clown.“Sato, me shore a jalasy!” he said mildly as he took a sip of beer. “”But a who yuh ah täk ’bout?”“Didn’t you read about it?” he demanded. “That two-bit lawyer, Han No Man, claimed Kiss-Soon is “nuts”!”“Na, me na read da,” Cappo confessed. “Me read de laa-ya seh Kissoon “incontinent”. Da wan prappa big word and me look am up in me data dickshanary. ‘E mean Kiss Soon cyaan hold in ‘e sh*t”Sayiricus eye goggled and he looked at Cappo carefully to see if he was pulling his leg. He decided not and said, “The lawyer said Kiss-Soon was “incompetent”…which means that Kiss-Soon is nuts!”“Wha’ mek ‘e seh suh?” Cappo replied innocently.“Well, yuh know Kiss-Soon is the biggest intellectual in the world,” said Satiricus who was still agitated. “And Han No Man couldn’t put his question in an intellectual way that Kissoon could understand them!”“Gi’e me wan example na?” said Cappo quietly and he continued sipping his beer.“Well the lawyer asked Kiss-Soon if he saw the man who threw the miasmic substance at him and Kiss-Soon asked him back whether he was using the word “see” in an “epistemological” or “ontological” sense,” reported Satiricus.“Raas Budday!” Cappo exclaimed. “Me bin t’ink eider yuh see de man or yuh na see de man!”“That’s because you’re not an intellectual, Cappo,” said Satiricus firmly, “As Kiss-Soon said, “There are dimensions of the truth. I am educated, sir.”“Yes da adda big in-chu-lek-chwal pan Channel 6 bin seh suh too,” said Cappo. “Ev’ry story gat t’ree side. Me side…you side and de adda side! He and Kiss-Soon shou’d täk to mattie!”last_img read more

Infrastructural projects and accountability

first_imgIt is unbelievable the quality of work that is being carried out by some contractors engaged in public infrastructure projects; most of which cost the Treasury millions of dollars. All around the country one can point to numerous examples of substandard work for which contractors were paid huge sums; in fact, in some cases they were even overpaid.In many cases, very little action is taken against these errant contractors for not meeting their contractual obligations, resulting in them walking scotch free. In fact, some persons would even be shocked to learn that these same persons who have done poor work or left work incomplete were awarded additional contracts.Year after year, in his report, the Auditor General would highlight a number of examples of substandard or incomplete work in construction projects across the country – whether they be schools, hospitals, roads, bridges etc. His most recent report was no different.In that report, the AG pointed to some instances where projects were incomplete, or left abandoned even though contractors were already paid huge sums to do a proper job. Many have asked what actions are being taken against these contractors to recoup these monies, or what sort of systems has been put in place to ensure these contracting firms are debarred from bidding for future projects.Several previous sittings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and regional officials to address several irregularities it was pointed out at that in the past, sums of money were overpaid to contractors in mobilisation fees – which is a fraction of the contractual cost that is paid to the contractor to get his/her equipment to the site where the project is to be implemented. In some cases, sums of money over the standard or required amount are paid to the contractor, and the works are still not completed.This, certainly, is unacceptable. And while taxpayers have used different forums to complain previously, the relevant agencies have a duty to ensure that public monies are well spent and accounted for.From what is gathered, there are several lapses in the national procurement system from time to time which need to be corrected urgently. For example, it is clear that there is poor monitoring and reporting mechanisms in place to ensure contracting firms carry out works as per contractual agreement. Also, there seems to be no strict policy to penalise and/or debar contractors for failing to meet their contractual obligations.The Public Infrastructure Ministry last year had said that it is in the process of establishing a database which will keep a track record of the number of projects awarded to local contractors and their performance with respect to each. It would also be helpful if procuring entities keep a proper record of the performance of companies with regard to projects awarded. This could be used as an effective measure to better inform the process for selecting competent contractors to handle Government projects.With the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in place, one would have hoped that the relevant mechanisms would have been put in place with the aim of ensuring these lapses are corrected. The PPC would need to reexamine and implement effective measures for blacklisting, so that contractors who are consistently delinquent could face the requisite level of debarment. A contractor found to have a record of producing poor and incomplete work cannot and should not be awarded additional contracts.That said, citizens also have a role to play in ensuring that they get value for money. They should also be encouraged to provide the relevant feedback to the respective authorities in relation to how certain projects are progressing in their communities.last_img read more

Porn company offers bid to rename Miami Heat arena

first_imgRobredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption American Airlines’ contract with the Heat is reportedly set to expire at the end of the year.“Miami is known for many things-South Beach, beautiful women, and sports teams like the professional NBA team the Miami Heat. Miami is also known for BangBros. So it makes sense to pair up winning programs like the Miami Heat andBangBros for a sponsorship opportunity, naming the home arena they play in,” the statement read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“The last major winning sports team the city had, the Miami heat, were led by legends Dwayne [sic] Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh,” read the statement. “That’s why another legend, adult company BangBros, wants to come in and put their stamp of approval on the arena.”The American Airlines Arena has been the venue for the Heat’s home games since 2000. MOST READ “To show how serious BangBros is, they have already offered $10 million to Myles Gallagher of Cleveland’s Superlative Group, and are suggesting the name BangBros Center (The BBC) as the new home of the Miami Heat for the next decade.”While it’s highly unlikely that a deal with be made, basketball fans on social media had fun at the idea of having a BangBros Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – A general view of American Airlines Arena prior to the game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPA Miami-based adult-content website is making its case to land the naming rights to American Airlines Arena, the home of NBA franchise Miami Heat.In a statement announced on its Twitter account, BangBros said it has submitted a $10 million bid in a “serious” attempt to rename the arena “BangBros Center” or “The BBC” for the next decade.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Calls for Andrew Bogut ban after Australia’s crushing World Cup loss Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

STAFFORD NAMED U SPORTS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

first_imgStafford earned the Dr. Wendy Jerome Trophy as OUA’s most valuable performer in women’s track and field following a dominant performance at the conference championships two weeks ago.She was nothing short of golden over the two-day OUA championships. On Day 1, the Toronto native took home the 1000m title, leading the race right from the gun en route to running an impressive 2:45.48.Later that evening, she anchored her team to a 4x800m gold medal, where her relay ran a nation’s best time of 8:52.23. Stafford then came back the next day to finish the job in the 1500m, where she crossed the line first in a time of 4:28.73. University of Toronto Varsity Blues star Lucia Stafford was honoured as the female track athlete of the year as the national season award winners were announced Thursday morning prior to the start of the 2018 U SPORTS track and field championships in Windsor. “Lucia is one of the most selfless young women I have had the privilege of coaching in our program,” said Varsity Blues head coach Carl Georgevski. “She is bright, talented and she is the ultimate teammate. Lucia has clearly demonstrated that she is and will be one of the very best middle distance athletes in the country.”2017-18 U SPORTS TRACK & FIELD AWARDS Story Links MenAthlete of the Year (track events): Thomas Land, GuelphAthlete of the Year (field events): Benjamin Ingvaldson, Lethbridge  Rookie of the Year: Mark Bujowski, GuelphStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Tyler Smith, VictoriaFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Women Athlete of the Year (track events): Lucia Stafford, Toronto  Athlete of the Year (field events): Sarah Mitton, Windsor  Rookie of the Year: Audrey Jackson, MontrealStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Beth Lawrence, StFX  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more